WWE SmackDown Recap: August 7, 2018
S18 episode 32 Aired on August 7, 2018

The New Day squared off against The Bar with the opportunity to face The Bludgeon Brothers for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at SummerSlam hanging in the balance. Elsewhere, the tension continued to boil over between The Miz and Daniel Bryan.

Carmella was on commentary for the contest, continually harping on the fact that she was being treated unfairly by being placed in the Triple Threat Match at SummerSlam. In the ring, The Queen and The Irish Lass Kicker didn’t seem too deterred by The IIconics’ attempted mind games, rattling off a flurry of offense that put Lynch in position to win. However, when Becky was pushed back into Flair, The Queen instinctively made a blind tag that allowed her to finish Royce with the Figure-Eight Leglock for the tapout win.

Before the best friends had too much time to react to the victory or the blind tag, Carmella made a definitive statement by standing on the announce table and holding her SmackDown Women’s Championship proudly in the air.

After adamantly declining, The Miz announced earlier in the day that he would indeed battle Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam. To discuss that decision and other matters, The A-Lister (flanked by security guards on the TitanTron) joined Byron Saxton (who was in the ring) for an exclusive interview from the set of Miz & Mrs.

However, Miz seemed more eager to discuss the success of Miz & Mrs. over anything even remotely related to Bryan. Eventually, Miz focused on Bryan and ran his name through the mud as usual, claiming The Beard is “beneath him” and insinuating that Bryan needed a match against Miz far more than the other way around.

The A-Lister seemed primed to continue the onslaught of insults, but suddenly, The “Yes!” Man appeared out of nowhere, decked Miz repeatedly and started dropping the security guards. Bryan couldn’t get his hands on The Miz the way he wanted, however, due to security trying to intervene, which caused Bryan to get struck with a vase across the upper back by The A-Lister. Miz and the security then quickly fled the scene as Bryan slowly staggered to his feet.

The finals of the SummerSlam Tag Team Tournament took place in the main event of SmackDown LIVE, as The New Day challenged The Bar with the opportunity to challenge The Bludgeon Brothers for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles on the line.

Continuing to show no signs of ring rust, Sheamus & Cesaro attempted to wear down Kofi Kingston & Big E with several stiff strikes in the early goings. However, with the two teams so familiar with one another after all their epic clashes over the years, the momentum shifted several times over, keeping the WWE Universe thoroughly enthralled throughout the bout.

With the WWE Universe roaring their approval, Big E somehow overpowered Cesaro, standing straight up while still trapped in a crossface and getting The Swiss Superman in position for The Midnight Hour, allowing Kofi to drop his opponent for The New Day to get the W and the chance to face The Bludgeon Brothers at The Biggest Event of Summer.

As The New Day celebrated, The Bludgeon Brothers watched on menacingly from the audience. Will The New Day still be celebrating come SummerSlam?

In other action … Randy Orton addressed his continued targeting of Jeff Hardy … AJ Styles fired back after Samoa Joe’s salacious address from last week … Zelina Vega def. Lana … Shinsuke Nakamura def. R-Truth … and The Bludgeon Brothers def. 3SK.

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