Mutual respect does not equal friendship. Example: WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose and his new No. 1 contender Dolph Ziggler.
The Lunatic Fringe kicked off SmackDown Live, wasting no time in calling out The Showoff in order to try and get the mental edge leading to their pay-per-view showdown. The two engaged in a war of words with Ambrose targeting everything from Ziggler’s appearance to his infatuation with ”stealing the show.”
Refusing to back down, Ziggler fired right back at Ambrose with a passionate plaea promising to beat him at SummerSlam, one that Ambrose simply debunked and then walked away.
As Ambrose made his exit, Ziggler was left to question whether he was as good as he thought he was alone … until the lights flickered ominously and then suddenly the No. 1 contender was met with a Sister Abigail from Bray Wyatt.
With The Showoff at his feet, Wyatt got on the microphone and claimed that Ziggler was not deserving of the title opportunity at SummerSlam, challenging an out cold Ziggler to a match tonight where if Ziggler lost he would relinquish his No. 1 contendership to The New Face of Fear.
John Cena and AJ Styles are ready to “face” off.
Styles and Cena continued their ever expanding rivalry on SmackDown Live and in the process agreed to a mega-match for SummerSlam.
The fact that both held one pinfall over the other did little to temper their verbal jousting, as Styles proposed that they run it back again at SummerSlam, but this time with a twist — if Styles snags the victory at the Biggest Party of the Summer, Cena will have to claim The Phenomenal One is the better Superstar.
Never one to scurry away from pressure, Cena immediately accepted. And now, at SummerSlam, someone is guaranteed to face the music.
Following Randy Orton’s surprise attack and subsequent RKO on Brock Lesnar Monday night on Raw, an eager Viper clamored to Shane McMahon for even more of The Beast after … careful what you wish for, Randall Keith.
With the ring surrounded by security guards in event of a Lesnar sighting, Orton took on a disgruntled Fandango who was still upset over the disparaging remarks Orton made about him at WWE Battleground.
Yet, even with his Breezango partner Tyler Breeze at ringside, Fandango did not have enough in the tank to get out of Viperville … until Viperville suddenly transformed into Suplex City when Lesnar emerged.
Repaying the favor from Monday night, Lesnar charged the ring and hit a brutal F-5 on Orton, laying out The Apex Predator before security intervened and escorted The Beast out of the arena while Orton laid lifeless on the mat.
Accepting Bray Wyatt’s challenge from earlier in the show, Dolph Ziggler put his SummerSlam No. 1 contendership up for grabs in the SmackDown Live main event.
The Showoff and The New Face of Fear went at it full tilt from start to finish in a knockdown, drag out brawl, until, in the final moments, Ziggler exposed the steel underneath the top turnbuckle, which he eventually smashed Wyatt’s head over, allowing him to connect with a superkick and pick up the hard-fought victory to secure his chance at glory.
After the match, Dolph’s celebration was short lived as Erick Rowan attacked the No. 1 contender out of nowhere.
The Lunatic Fringe, watching from the commentary desk, refused to stand for the ambush and attempted to help his now confirmed SummerSlam opponent. However, the darkness of Wyatt and Rowan proved too much to handle, as they threw Ambrose out of the ring and Wyatt struck Ziggler with Sister Abagail.
When the smoked cleared, the horrific contingent stood triumphant over a prone Ziggler and Ambrose.
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