WWE SmackDown Recap: July 9, 2019
S19 episode 28 Aired on July 9, 2019

Kevin Owens finally exploded on Shane McMahon, verbally assaulting The Best in the World at the start of the night and dropping him with a Stunner at the end of it, massively altering the main event between Roman Reigns and Dolph Ziggler.

After Kevin Owens got into a jaw-dropping brawl with Dolph Ziggler in the parking lot earlier in the day – which resulted in Shane McMahon canceling a match between the two Superstars – KO stormed into the arena to kick off SmackDown LIVE ready to verbally unload on “The Best in the World.”

Owens pulled no punches on Shane, saying that the former SmackDown LIVE Commissioner was smothering all of WWE and that Shane’s presence was making him sick.

Shane repeatedly tried to cut out KO’s microphone before finally summoning security to obtain Owens and escort him out of the ring and, presumably, the building. However, Owens exited through the timekeeper’s area (the same way he entered) before security could grab him.

Shinsuke Nakamura very clearly set his sights on Finn Bálor’s Intercontinental Championship two weeks ago during a backstage confrontation, and he looked to put himself in prime position for a title opportunity by defeating The Extraordinary Man in one-on-one competition tonight.

The captivated WWE Universe members were on the edge of their seats for the first-time-ever matchup, as Nakamura looked to ground and pound The Extraordinary Man in the early goings, but Bálor battled back, whipping Shinsuke down to the mat with the Slingblade and looking to finish the deal. However, The King of Strong Style cut Finn off at the pass and brutalized him on the outside. And when Finn narrowly beat the 10-count for the second time to avoid a count-out loss, Shinsuke greeted him with a ring-rattling Kinshasa for a statement-making victory.

Everyone, including the Intercontinental Champion, should be on high alert: Shinsuke is back.

After Shane McMahon cancelled a match between Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler due to a shocking parking lot melee, “The Best in the World” appointed Ziggler a new opponent – Roman Reigns – in hopes of wearing down The Big Dog before Shane-O-Mac & Drew McIntyre collide with Reigns & The Undertaker at WWE Extreme Rules.

However, before the match could even get underway, Shane, McIntyre and Elias would arrive to “observe” the contest. From the jump, The Big Dog would have to deal with not just The Showoff in the ring, but also his lurking rivals at ringside. However, Reigns would overcome all the obstacles put in front of him, taking out almost all of his opposition with an awe-inspiring dive over the top rope. The only one left standing was Shane, who was egging Reigns on in the ring. Yet, Ziggler would drop Roman with a superkick, leaving “The Best in the World” alone. Which, seemingly, should have been fine, but Kevin Owens darted into the ring, dropped Shane-O-Mac with a Stunner and exited as soon as he arrived. From there, Ziggler and Reigns staggered back to their feet, and The Big Dog connected with a match-clinching Spear to get the win ahead of WWE Extreme Rules. Believe that.

In other action: Bayley and Nikki Cross signed the contract for the SmackDown Women’s Title Handicap Match for WWE Extreme Rules … Nikki Cross def. Carmella … Insults were slung during the first-ever SmackDown Tag Team Championship Summit … and Otis def. Xavier Woods and Daniel Bryan in a Triple Threat Match.

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