Friday Night SmackDown results: July 31, 2020
AJ Styles def. Gran Metalik
He’s "The Face that Runs the Place," and AJ Styles proved it once again against Gran Metalik. The Lucha House Party member sought a huge breakthrough by claiming the Intercontinental Title, but it was clear from the start that Styles did his homework. The Phenomenal One was methodical in his attack against The King of the Ropes and neutralized the aerial assault. Styles remained in control, but Metalik’s hunger motivated him to battle back and nearly secure the win on multiple occasions. Gran Metalik made one final effort from the skies, but Styles was waiting and entangled the challenger in a debilitating Calf Crusher that forced the tapout. The Intercontinental Champion added one final exclamation point with a Styles Clash for Lince Dorado before exiting the ring.
King Corbin def. Drew Gulak
Jeff Hardy was ready for a moment of redemption, but King Corbin had his own plan and interrupted the heartfelt address to the WWE Universe. Drew Gulak took exception and attacked the royal Superstar to set up the in-ring showdown. The emergence of Matt Riddle nearly allowed Gulak to swoop in for the win, but Corbin angrily regrouped and landed an End of Days to secure the win. The Original Bro wasted no time in attacking the victor, but Shorty G found a new calling in pursuit of the King’s Ransom with an attack on the blue brand newcomer. What will come of the unlikely alliance between the former Olympian and the regal antagonist?
Big E def. The Miz
With Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods both injured, it’s Big E’s time to shine. The New Day member didn’t ease into his solo run, as he faced one of the most accomplished Superstars of the last decade in a battle with The Miz. A slap from The A-Lister enraged Big E, and he put his opponent on the run. Without New Day there to back up Big E, John Morrison inserted himself into the action with a mind-blowing parkour attack and kick on the ropes. The Guru of Greatness was ejected from the exterior, and the odds moved back in Big E’s favor. Big E showed off his abilities by ending the match with a crushing submission hold on The Miz. Even solo, it remains clear: Big E rocks.
Naomi def. Lacey Evans
The WWE Universe wants better for Naomi, and on Friday Night SmackDown, she delivered right back for them. Lacey Evans ruthlessly attacked The Glow early, hoping to send her own dominant message back to the masses. The Sassy Southern Belle went back to the well by again tying her opponent’s hair to the ropes, but this time, Naomi anticipated the Woman’s Right and rolled up Evans for the win.
Bayley def. Nikki Cross – SmackDown Woman’s Championship Match
Nikki Cross put her relationship with Alexa Bliss on the line for one more rematch with Bayley. And after the conclusion of the latest title showdown, that partnership may be shattered for good. Cross’ crazed approach once again had her on the offensive early, and it appeared the elusive title victory may finally be within reach. After a roll-up attempt from the challenger, Bayley planted Cross face-first into the mat and retained the title. Bliss tried to console her friend, but Cross was crushed after the latest defeat and shoved Five Feet of Fury to the mat. A confused Bliss was left alone in the middle of the ring. That is until “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt emerged, hovering above the Superstar in distress, and the demonic figure delivered a Mandible Claw to a stunned Bliss.