WWE returned on this very special Independence Day edition of Smackdown Live in Phoenix, Arizona. This week we got to enjoy the fireworks, a battle royal, a rap off, a women's title match and the return of John Cena! What other surprises would we get on this week's Smackdown Live?
** Smackdown Live Card **
- AJ Styles battled Chad Gable with the winner getting a spot in the Independence Day Battle Royal.
- WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Naomi defended her title against Lana.
- WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions The Usos battled The New Day in a non title Rap Off with rapper Wale as the host.
- Randy Orton battled Aiden English.
- An Independence Day Battle Royal to determine a #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship.
- John Cena returned this week to announce his future plans with the company.
- Carmella and James Ellsworth get their Carmellabration interrupted by Daniel Bryan.
** Smackdown Live **
- Backstage, AJ Styles and Chad Gable are talking about tonight's Battle Royal with Daniel Bryan. Bryan unfortunately has bad news and says Kevin Owens made a case that both shouldn't be in the Battle Royal since he's beat both of them already. Bryan announces Styles vs. Gable tonight with the winner being in and the loser being out.
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall, to advance to the Independence Day Battle Royal.
- Backstage, Mojo Rawley is down about losing last week. Zack Ryder tries to cheer him up by telling him he got them spots in the Independence Day Battle Royal. Mojo hypes back up and gets excited.
Winner: Naomi, by submission, to retain the WWE Smackdown Live Women's Championship.
Winners: The New Day.
Winner: Aiden English, by DQ.
- After the match, Orton hits an RKO on English. Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers arrive on the stage. Mahal immediately mocks America and it's birthday. Mahal promises to end Orton's legacy in the Punjabi Prison Match at WWE Battleground. Orton tells Mahal to shut up and he's about to RKO Mahal's ass back to India. Orton says that Mahal is right that nobody likes him, but it's not because of the way he looks and sounds, it's because he's a jackass. Orton poses to Mahal to end the segment.
- Backstage, Tyler Breeze is dressed as Renee Young and tries to get Tye Dillinger to give out his strategy in the Battle Royal. Dillinger wonders what would happen if the last two came down to Breezango and walks off. Fandango appears and tells Breeze they'll fight each other for America but they'll always be partners.
- Backstage, Mike and Maria Kanellis have arrived. Maria says love is ageless and timeless but not everyone gets it. Mike talks about how beautiful Maria is when suddenly Sami Zayn accidentally interrupts by knocking over equipment. Zayn apologizes and says he's a fan of their love messages. Zayn walks off leaving Mike and Maria angry that they were interrupted.
Winner: AJ Styles to become the #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship.
- After the match, Kevin Owens attacks Styles from behind and beats him down. Owens shoves his United States Championship in Styles' face and talks trash. Styles fights back and goes for the Styles Clash, but Owens escapes it. Owens runs as Styles celebrates with the United States Championship to end the show.