SmackDown Recap: July 7
S2016 episode 878 Aired on July 7, 2016

WWE Champion Dean Ambrose kicked off SmackDown by anointing himself a Special Guest Referee, and he proceeded to distract Seth Rollins with several obscure announcements during The Architect’s match against Jey Uso. Just when it looked like Uso might prevail with the Samoan Splash, however, Rollins managed to lift his knees at the last second and hit the Pedigree for the win.

The Lunatic Fringe continued to play (mic) mind games after the bell. But who will be in a playful mood following the epic WWE Title Triple Threat Match at WWE Battleground between Ambrose, Rollins and Roman Reigns?

After they helped John Cena expel The Club from the ring on Raw, Enzo Amore and Big Cass came to SmackDown to explain that their actions were intended to send a message to AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. And it wasn’t long before The Club answered that message with Styles ultimately challenging “Sugar Ray Amore” to a one-on-one match. 

But moments after, Anderson caused a distraction by climbing on the apron and Gallows and Big Cass neutralized each other with dual boots to the face. The Phenomenal One was able to hit Amore with the Styles Clash and walked away with the win.

In a huge announcement, the WWE Universe learned the returning Beast Incarnate will go head-to-head against The Viper at The Biggest Event of the Summer.  

With Kevin Owens opting to join SmackDown commentary, SmackDown’s main event went InZayn as Sami Zayn took on six-time World Champion Chris Jericho.

When the action moved outside the ring, however, Kevin Owens threw water at Zayn, prompting his adversary to respond in kind and hurl Jericho toward him. Back in the ring, “The Underdog from the Underdog” took a quick break from his explosive offensive to deliver a Helluva Kick to Owens when The Prizefighter climbed onto the ring apron. Then, moments later, as Jericho tried for the Walls of Jericho, Zayn quickly countered and picked up the three-count!

As the smoke cleared, though, Jericho delivered a post-match Codebreaker to Zayn, paving the way for Owens to execute a vicious assault on his defenseless adversary that ended with the Pop-up Powerbomb.

In other action... Zack Ryder def. Sheamus... Natalya attacked Becky Lynch... and The Miz def. Kalisto.