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August 19, 2022
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“Then. Now. Forever. Together.” The WWE video leads us into the show.

The fireworks go off, and Michael Cole welcomes us to the 1,200th episode of SmackDown. Pat McAfee mentions he was 11 years old for the first SmackDown.

Ronda Rousey walks by the commentators and gets in the ring to a big ovation. They shout that she’s supposed to be suspended. Rousey wants the SmackDown music cut. She gets a mixed reception in Canada. Last week, she paid her fine and then some. So tonight, she’s not leaving. Rousey calls out WWE Official Adam Pearce to lift her suspension.

WWE Official Adam Pearce comes out with security by his side. Pearce says she cannot demand to have the suspension lifted or hijack the show. Besides, lifting suspensions is above his paygrade. She asks what isn’t above his paygrade. Pearce asks her respectfully to leave the ring peacefully. Rousey says she chose to leave peacefully last week. A “We want Ronda” chant picks up. Rousey warns him to not make her choose violence.

Security makes their way to the ring. Two men get in the ring, and she punches and kicks them out. Rousey throws one. Two others get in, and she easily handles them. Rousey grabs the one man’s arm and locks eyes with Pearce before applying the armbar. The man desperately taps out. Two police officers, one male and one female, then come down to the ring. Pearce tries to talk some sense into her. Rousey willingly gives her hands, and they handcuff her. The police escort Ronda Rousey to the back.

We go backstage to see the police escort Rousey to the car. She talks trash to Adam Pearce the entire way. Rousey furiously looks out of the window. As the police car drives off, a huge black SUV drives into the arena. Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns steps out of it. The crowd roars in approval. He’ll have a face-to-face confrontation with Drew McIntyre later tonight.

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Later tonight, Sheamus, Madcap Moss, Happy Corbin, Ricochet, and Sami Zayn will compete in a Fatal 5-Way Match to determine who will face Gunther for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Bayley, Dakota Kai, and IYO SKY from Monday Night Raw come through the crowd and sit behind the commentary table.

Video Package: Toxic Attraction sizzle reel

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament
First Round Match
Natalya and Sonya Deville vs. Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne)
Natalya starts against Gigi Dolin. Natalya quickly takes her down and gives a clean break. Dolin kicks Natalya and wrenches the arm. Natalya rolls through and kips up, but Dolin takes her down by the hair. Dolin taunts the crowd, so Natalya rolls her up for a two-count. Natalya stares at Bayley before tagging in Sonya Deville. Deville rolls up Dolin for a one-count. Dolin whips her off, but Deville shoulder blocks her down. Deville hits the ropes, but Dolin leapfrogs her. Deville spears Dolin and hits a jackknife pin for a two-count. Dolin rocks her with a right hand and goes for a hurricanrana, but Deville counters. They botch the counter and struggle a moment. Jacy Jayne tags in and takes Deville down for a one-count. Deville bounces Jayne off the top turnbuckle a bunch of times before kicking away at her. Deville charges, but she hits the ring post shoulder-first when Jayne moves. Deville falls to the floor, so Jayne hits a cannonball off the apron. Jayne avoids a blindside from Natalya, and Dolin kicks her in the face. Toxic Attraction then whips Natalya into the steel steps.

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We come back from the break to see Dolin applying a bow and arrow stretch to Deville. Deville rolls through and picks up a two-count. Dolin whips her to the corner and tags Jayne in. Dolin whips Jayne into Deville. Jayne then sends Dolin into Deville in the corner before hitting a cannonball. Jayne covers for a two-count. Jayne sends Deville to the corner, but Deville boots her back. Deville elbows Dolin down. Jayne quickly fights back and takes Deville down. Jayne goes for a Sharpshooter to mock Natalya (and the Harts to a greater extent), but Deville fights it.

Natalya tags in to a big reception and hits Jayne with a side leg sweep. Natalya hits a pair of snap suplexes before whipping her to the corner. Jayne elbows her back, but Natalya quickly comes back with a German Suplex. Natalya brings Jayne to the center of the ring and goes for a Sharpshooter. Michael Cole shouts it’s shades of 1997. Jayne fights her off and tags Dolin in. Dolin hits Natalya with a nasty clothesline and covers, but Deville breaks it up. Deville sends Dolin out of the ring, so Jayne sends her out of the ring. Jayne and Deville brawl before Jayne sends her into the barricade in front of Bayley, Kai, and Sky. Jayne then big boots Deville’s face off.

In the ring, Dolin takes it to Natalya. Dolin hits the ropes, but Natalya hits a Discus Clothesline. Natalya punches her in the corner, but Dolin elbows her back. Jayne blind tags in. Natalya takes Dolin down and applies a Sharpshooter. Jayne runs in and rolls Natalya up for the win! Toxic Attraction advances!

Winners by Pinfall: Toxic Attraction
Toxic Attraction advances to the Semi-Finals of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament against Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah.

Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre go face-to-face later tonight.

Sami Zayn is walking backstage and is in front of Roman Reigns’ locker room. Someone tells Zayn that Reigns wants to see him. Zayn looks surprised and cautiously knocks on the door. Zayn opens it, and Reigns is sitting on a couch. Reigns asks him how it’s going. Zayn starts to complain for a while about how The Usos, especially Jey Uso, have been getting in his face. Zayn says they’re ungrateful before stopping himself. Reigns says that Zayn is right. Jey doesn’t appreciate anything. Reigns loves him, but Zayn should be talking to Jimmy. Reigns is going to “correct” this and tells Zayn to stay seated. Reigns’ phone rings and it’s Jey Uso. Reigns tells Zayn to answer it. Zayn answers it and tries to calm Jey down. Zayn says Jey is screaming and says there was trouble at the border. The Usos aren’t going to be here tonight. Zayn says that he’s still here. Reigns says the Intercontinental Championship would look good in The Bloodline. Reigns tells Zayn to get at it.

Zayn says they should do this more. Reigns then stops him and asks if he’s still cool with Kevin Owens. Zayn says he is. Reigns tells Zayn to let Owens know that he doesn’t owe anybody anything ever. Zayn says he’ll relay the message to him. Zayn goofily gets fired up and walks off.

-Commercial Break-

This Monday on Raw, Edge will battle Damian Priest in Toronto. Dakota Kai and IYO SKY will also battle Alexa Bliss and Asuka in the Semi-Finals of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship. WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus will also appear.

Video Package: Gunther defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship last week on SmackDown.

Sheamus, Madcap Moss, Happy Corbin, Sami Zayn, and Ricochet will battle in a Fatal 5-Way with the winner facing Gunter for the title at WWE Clash at the Castle.

The Maximum Male Models are in the ring. As they begin talking, Hit Row interrupts them. Hit Row get in the ring. Max Dupri says they are not Maximum Male Models material, so Hit Row attacks and knocks them out of the ring. Ashante “Thee” Adonis, B-Fab, and Top Dolla begin rapping about their return. Maxxine Dupri looks into what they’re doing, which upsets Max.

The Fatal 5-Way is next.

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Karrion Kross and Scarlett are backstage. Kross says Drew McIntyre used to be The Chosen One. What happened? When he’s on, he is the chosen one, like Reigns. When he failed, they chose someone else. Still, they come back to him. Deep down, McIntyre knows the people are wrong to choose him.

Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns goes face-to-face with Drew McIntyre later tonight.

Fatal 5-Way Match
Sheamus vs. Madcap Moss vs. Happy Corbin vs. Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn
The winner will face Gunther for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at WWE Clash at the Castle. Sami Zayn got a MASSIVE pop coming out to the ring.

Ricochet chases Corbin out of the ring. Moss clotheslines Sheamus (and himself) over the top rope. The crowd loudly sings “OLE” to Zayn. Zayn goes after Ricochet, and Ricochet takes him down with a hurricanrana to boos. Ricochet sets up for a dive, but Corbin runs in and chokeslams him. Everyone breaks up the pin. Sheamus goes after Moss, while Zayn beats Corbin down.

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We come back from the break to see Corbin bounce Zayn off the commentary table. Sheamus picks Ricochet up and slams him into the barricade. Corbin whips Zayn into the barricade. Sheamus’ left thigh has an awful bruise on it. Corbin sends Ricochet into the ring. At ringside, Sheamus and Moss brawl. Corbin viciously whips Ricochet into the corner. Sheamus sends Moss into the barricade and charges, but Moss drops him into the timekeeper’s area.

Corbin sends Ricochet into the ropes and punches him down. Moss gets in the ring, so Corbin knees him in the corner. Corbin then whips his former partner hard into the corner. Moss collapses in pain. Corbin grabs Ricochet and whips him sternum-first into the corner. Moss punches Corbin back. Corbin reverses a whip and hits an out-and-in clothesline. As Zayn gets in the ring, Corbin knocks him off. The crowd loudly boos Corbin. The crowd has been doing nothing but chanting for Zayn. Ricochet attacks Corbin and goes for a springboard, but Corbin swats him out of midair. Sheamus gets in the ring and attacks Corbin. Corbin sends him into the corner and hits a back suplex for a one-count. Ricochet comes back on Corbin with a dropkick. Ricochet then hits Moss with a springboard cross-body block. Ricochet then dropkicks Zayn off the arpon to boos. Ricochet hits Corbin with a tornado DDT and follows up with a standing shooting star press for a two-count.

Moss hits the ropes hard and wildly sends Ricochet flying with a shoulder tackle. Moss stomps and punches Sheamus in the corner and talks some trash. Sheamus punches and clubs Moss back. Moss has a whip reversed and kicks Sheamus in the face. Sheamus quickly comes back with an Irish Curse Backbreaker on Moss. Zayn runs into the ring, and Sheamus hits him with an Irish Curse Backbreaker. Sheamus’ shoulder is cut, his face is blemished, and his leg is really messed up. Sheamus goes over to Moss and hits the 10 Beats of the Bodhran. Sheamus sees Corbin on the apron, so he grabs him and pulls his shirt over his head. Sheamus then hits Corbin with the 10 Beats of the Bodhran. The crowd loudly counts along. Sheamus sends Ricochet to the apron… and he gets fired up for it again! Sheamus hits the 10 Beats of the Bodhran on Ricochet now! Sheamus continues to 17, and Ricochet falls lifeless to the floor.

Sheamus goes over to Zayn and puts him in the ring. The crowd, who was happily counting along with him, now boos as he sets Zayn up for the 10 Beats of the Bodhran. Zayn snaps him off the top rope to avoid it. Corbin charges, so Zayn pulls the top rope down to get him out. Zayn then hits Sheamus and Corbin with a somersault senton to a LOUD pop! Zayn goes at it with Ricochet. Ricochet hits the ropes, but Zayn hits a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Zayn goes for a Helluva Kick, but Moss intercepts him. Zayn fights out and hits Moss with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall! Zayn cannot believe it. The crowd chants for Zayn and cheers as he goes to the top rope. Corbin goes after him, but Zayn punches him off the top rope. Ricochet scales the ropes, but Zayn fights him off. Sheamus attacks Zayn and sets up for White Noise off the second rope. Sheamus hits White Noise, and Zayn rolls out of the ring to recover.

Ricochet kicks Sheamus in the back of the neck. Moss runs in and shoulders Ricochet and Sheamus. Ricochet leaps over a second one. Sheamus wipes out Moss and Ricochet. Corbin runs in, and all four men in the ring are soon down. Outside the ring, WWE referees bring Zayn to the back. Zayn is holding his shoulder in pain.

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We return from the break to see Moss hit Sheamus with a fallaway slam off the second rope! Moss takes his time to recover before rolling Sheamus over for a two-count. Ricochet hits Moss with a springboard moonsault for a near fall. Corbin quickly attacks Ricochet and punches away at him. Corbin sends Ricochet into the ropes, but Ricochet flips through a clothesline. Ricochet pulls the top rope down to get Corbin out of the ring. Ricochet hits Corbin with a handspring back elbow, but Corbin quickly bounces back with a big boot. Corbin hits Ricochet with a torture rack neckbreaker for a near fall.

Sheamus and Corbin start brawling in the ring. Sheamus slides out of a slam and avoids an avalanche. Sheamus then clotheslines him out of the ring. Moss rolls Sheamus up for a two-count. Moss hits the ropes hard, but Sheamus knees him in the face for a near fall. Sheamus is huffing and puffing from this battle. The crowd in Montreal is really into this. Sheamus goes for a Brogue Kick on Moss, but Moss counters into a slam. Ricochet hits Moss with a Recoil that sends him out of the ring. Ricochet goes to the top rope and hits Sheamus with a shooting star press. Corbin breaks up the pin. Ricochet flips out of End of Days and pulls the top rope down to get Corbin out of the ring.

All of a sudden, the place comes unglued as Zayn stumbles down to the ring. Zayn is still holding his shoulder. Zayn gets in the ring and hits Ricochet with an exploder suplex into the corner. Zayn sizes up Ricochet and hits a Helluva Kick! Zayn covers, but Corbin pulls him out of the ring! The crowd loudly boos. Corbin whips Zayn into the ring post and gets in the ring. Corbin gets Ricochet to his feet, but Sheamus rocks him with a Brogue Kick! Sheamus covers Corbin for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Sheamus
Sheamus will go to WWE Clash at the Castle to face Gunter for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Video Package: Drew McIntyre gets fired up for WWE Clash at the Castle.

Roman Reigns goes face-to-face with Drew McIntyre later tonight.

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Video: The Viking Raiders are in a forest having a Viking funeral for The New Day. They respect The New Day, but their time has passed. They have failed to heed their warnings. Soon it will be the dawn of a new viking day. They burn a bunch of New Day merchandise while clips of them destroying The New Day are shown.

The commentators talk about what they’ve just seen.

Video: Shayna Baszler viciously attacks the injured arm of SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan

Kayla Braxton asks SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan about competing after that attack. Morgan says she has to be in the ring competing so she knows where she’s at. She’ll battle Shoti next.

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Shotzi is backstage and says that Liv Morgan has made a very big mistake agreeing to this match against her.

Non-Title Match
SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan vs. Shotzi
Charles Robinson, one of the all-time great referees, is the official for this match.

The bell rings, and Morgan quickly takes it to Shotzi. Morgan hits a high knee in the corner, but Shotzi fights back with a kick to the head. Shotzi targets the injured left arm of Morgan. Morgan boots her back and hits a missile dropkick. Morgan charges, but Shotzi sidesteps her. Morgan puts her on the apron, but Shotzi kicks her back. Shotzi then gives her a DDT on the apron!

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We come back from the break to see Shotzi kicking away at Morgan. Shotzi lifts her, but Morgan counters into a crucifix pin for a near fall. Shotzi avoids an Ob-Liv-ion and hits a full nelson suplex for a near fall. They begin brawling before Morgan slaps her and hits the Ob-Liv-ion for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Liv Morgan
After the match, Shayna Baszler attacks Morgan from behind and viciously knees her in the face. Baszler grabs the injured arm and sets it up. Morgan struggles, and Baszler has her dead to rights. Baszler then stops and says she’s going to break her arm at Clash at the Castle. The only reason she doesn’t do it now is she wants the title. Baszler teases doing it again and stops before kicking Morgan aside. Baszler leaves the ring as the crowd loudly boos her.

Footage is shown of Ronda Rousey being arrested earlier tonight.

Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is in his locker room. He gets up for his face-to-face confrontation with Drew McIntyre.

Elsewhere backstage, Drew McIntyre grabs his leather jacket. McIntyre sees that Karrion Kross has left an hourglass in his locker room. McIntyre looks frustrated and walks off.

-Commercial Break-

Next week on SmackDown, Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah will battle Toxic Attraction in the Semi-Finals of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament. Ricochet will also battle Happy Corbin.

Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre go face-to-face
Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring minus his entire Bloodline. Replays are shown of Brock Lesnar giving Paul Heyman an F5 through the commentary table three weeks ago. Reigns says, “Montreal… acknowledge me!” Reigns says he’s not here every week, so he has to correct some stupid things he’s heard. If anyone thinks he’s not the face of the company or that they’re carrying the company on their back… Drew McIntyre is lying. There’s only one man carrying this company on his back. That’s the Head of the Table, the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. Reigns says he’s a man of his word. What he says has substance here. Reigns doesn’t have to say anything to McIntyre’s face because he’s beneath him.

Drew McIntyre’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring wearing a shirt celebrating SmackDown’s 1,200th episode. McIntyre wants to get straight to it since Reigns is not always here. McIntyre will represent the titles the way they deserve. Reigns doesn’t deserve to be champion. Reigns is incredulous at that statement. McIntyre says he’s had a Wise Man working for him politically and The Usos working for him politically. The Bloodline protects him. Reigns thinks he’s in God Mode, but he’s just a man. McIntyre sees fear and concern. Reigns should be. There isn’t a man alive that McIntyre cannot tear about with his bare hands. At Clash at the Castle, he will tear Reigns apart and take the titles. Tonight is a unique night. McIntyre wants to go at it in Montreal.

Reigns punches away at McIntyre, but McIntyre quickly fights back and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. McIntyre sets up for a Claymore Kick, but he hits Sami Zayn who ran down and intercepted it. Reigns hits McIntyre with a Superman Punch and sets up for a Spear. Reigns charges, but McIntyre floors the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion with a Claymore Kick! McIntyre holds up the titles as the show comes to an end.