WWE SmackDown Summary and Feedback (July 29, 2022): Off to SummerSlam

WWE SmackDown Summary & Feedback (July 29, 2022): Off to SummerSlam

Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar have a long history, the kind of history you can count on to tell a simple story heading into another big match between the two. That’s more or less what we got at the main event venue Friday night smackdown This week in Atlanta.

Paul Heyman was accused of saying a few words, but he didn’t need to say much. This is the kind of match that sells itself.

Instead, they went with everything around it, just enough to add some intrigue to it. Theory attacked Lesnar from behind before he could get his hands on Heyman, and Brock completely annihilated the poor guy because Vince apparently forgot to teach him that you’re not attacking Lesnar in the back, you’re attacking him in the crotch.

Straight to my biggest weakness, boy.

While Theory was trying to rush out, Drew McIntyre hit the scene to put him out with Claymore before staring at Lesnar. This may be what the future holds. Maybe not, but maybe!

It was a little weird to get on this show without the Roman era, but that’s a fact we have to get used to at this point. The part-time status of the senior players will be a major talking point for McIntyre going forward, so we’ll just have to deal with it.


There have been reports for a while now that Vince McMahon wanted Ronda Rousey to smile more. If you think that more or less goes against everything that always makes Rousey interesting, then you are one of many.

They may actually be correcting course now that McMahon is out.

That’s for sure how she felt on this show, as Rousey is back to being super grumpy, looking to kick some ass and take some names. She is the “worst woman on the planet” after all. The main goal should always be to make badass look really bad at all times, while finding new and interesting ways to explain it.

Here, they achieve it by trying Shotzi to bragging about scoring a win over Aliyah and Rousey hitting the scene telling her to get the hell out of it. When Schutze came back with an “Oh, Rhonda” and tried to deliver a punch, Rhonda easily put her on her butt and smoothly replied “Bye, Schutze.”

This is badass.

She took the microphone and faltered at her words a little while knowing how angry she was, obviously a step back, but she made up for it by telling a random person in the crowd, “Shut up, your mom let you down.”

Also pretty badass.

You don’t need to be a Rousey fan to support this, simply because it’s not so much that he’s Rousey but rather a sign of creative minds now that understand how to use someone like Rousey. this is good!

All this led to the cooperation of Russia with its opponent in summerslam, Liv Morgan, in a match against Natalia and Sonya Deville. They told a good story with the match too, with Morgan repeatedly refusing to tag Rousey because she wanted so badly to show she could win on her own and didn’t need Ronda.

Finally, Morgan got close enough that Rousey could tag herself, at which point she was walking around Deville, tapping her ankle lock while Morgan looked after Natalia. What was notable was that Morgan only won after entering Ronda.

This was a great way to build on their title in summerslam.


all the rest
  • WWE opened this show with Drew McIntyre and Sheamus finally after the good old Donnybrook match, likely because they wanted to set up the next top contender for September’s PPV at the start of the show so they could build on tomorrow night’s PPV at the end. They’d still finish this segment off attacking Theory for McIntyre, because I think the theory should get its hands on at least 50 percent of all clips on any WWE show at the moment. In any case, the match itself was a fun brawl, which was well received by the fans in the arena. It’s no wonder McIntyre got that prominent spot in Cardiff.
  • I really enjoy Pat McAfee and hope they get him to work on some other shows while he’s with WWE, but it would be great if they come up with the best creations for those shows from “the guy who doesn’t like him harassing/attacking him while he’s trying to ‘do his job in commentary’.” This time it was Bum Ass Corbin screams behind him from the crowd – he bought a ticket for this, apparently – while they read an entire ad for summerslam Card. It was very annoying, and it wasn’t in a good way. He also held back the really interesting thing here, that he was holding up a banner that had a mugshot of McAfee from his 2010 arrest for public intoxication. The problem is that there will likely be a lot of WWE fans, probably the vast majority, who don’t know much about it. They didn’t bother explaining it in any way. I just used it to get it cheap and left unexplained to an audience that definitely needs that explanation. The clip ended with Corbin jumping on the rail, of course, and McAfee kicking in the nuts.
  • We were supposed to have a high match against Lacey Evans, but the latter wasn’t medically cleared, we were told, and instead got Alia against Schutze. In the end, Schutze scored the victory with a faint response.
  • The Usos and The Street Profits met with Jeff Jarrett to review the rules for the tag team title match at SummerSlam. He makes it clear that his only job is to count to three when someone’s shoulders are down, but that’s at SummerSlam and if they want to squabble here, go for it. They did, and inevitably, Jarrett was completely destroyed by a piercing kick in the face from Jey Uso. He apologized over and over but Jarrett wasn’t eager to forgive him and the clip ended with The Street Profits standing tall. A little added intrigue, I think, doesn’t mean this match needs it.
  • Max Dupre is still around after all! He showed up with Maxxine to help launch his Beachwear collection for the first time in a pre-recorded behind-the-scenes clip that you might have missed if you blinked during the latter half of that show. His beard resurfaced and he looked more relaxed but there wasn’t much to gain from this short strip.
  • The Vicious Viking Raiders beat The New Day and I can’t make myself care about any of this. The match was good, I’m not terribly immersed in this whole thing. After the match, they ran with an injury angle on Xavier Woods, using their shields to bring him down and a chair to injure his ankle.

This was a very good show overall!

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