SmackDown announced Roman Reigns and Jey Uso as their SummerSlam showdown approaches, Santos Escobar vs. Rey Mysterio for the right to become #1 contender to the United States Championship and Karl Anderson vs. Karrion Kross in singles action.
Last week’s broadcast of SmackDown on FS1 drew 1.23 million viewers.
WWE SmackDown Results | 28 July 2023
- Santos Escobar def. Rey Mysterio
- LA Knight def. Ashante Adonis
- Bianca Belair and Charlotte Flair def. Green and Deville
WWE SmackDown Ratings
- July 21, 2023 | 1.23 million (FS1)
- 14 July 2023 | 2.309 million
- July 7, 2023 | 2.561 million
- 30 June 2023 | 2.354 million
- June 23, 2023 | 2,430 million
- WWE SmackDown Venue: Smoothie King Center (New Orleans, LA)
- WWE SmackDown Tickets Distributed: 8,228
- Available tickets: 310
WWE SmackDown Winners and Ratings
The Bloodline kicks off SmackDown
Roman Reigns told Jey Uso that if Reigns loses, he’s still Roman Reigns. If Jey Uso loses, he loses everything.
WWE may have done too good of a job booking SummerSlam because it looks like they hit the card early. There was no major story development that came out of this segment, and I can’t imagine that will happen during the going-home show next week.
Bloodline opening segment grade: C+
Santos Escobar Def. Rey Mysterio
Santos and Rey Mysterio were about to have a really good match, but during the break, Mysterio suffered an injury during a dive. Referee Jessika Carr called off the match, and while it seemed legit at first, the segment seemed more fake as it went on. About WRKDis the injury part of a story.
Santos Escobar vs. Rey Mysterio Character: B
LA Knight Def. Ashante Adonis
In an interesting choice of words, LA Knight said “many people claim to be undeniable.”
This match felt like a treat for WWE fans to keep LA Knight out of another Big 4 pay-per-view.
Poor Hit Row seems to be the only ones WWE lets LA Knight beat.
Backstage, LA Knight was lobbying to be in the SummerSlam Battle Royal and if he doesn’t win it, help me God.
L.A. Knight vs. Ashante Adonis Grade: B-
Flair and Belair def. Green and Deville
Backstage, Bobby Lashley upgraded the Street Profits’ wardrobe and even said that Trick Williams and Carmelo Hayes spoke highly of the Profits. To my knowledge, Trick and Melo have never crossed paths with Street Profits. Are we just to assume they know each other because they are black?
Flair and Belair found themselves in a good old fashioned “can they co-exist” storyline and the answer was “yes, but not without tension.”
Charlotte scored the winning pin in this non-title match, much to the chagrin of Bianca Belair. WWE continues to make a run at these women’s tag team titles, which just changed hands a few short weeks ago, and the new champions are already cannon fodder.
Flair and Belair vs. Green and Deville Grade: B-
Karrion Cross Def. Karl Andersen
This was the most dominant Karrion Kross has looked since his days in NXTXT.
Karrion Kross’ new finisher, called the Final Prayer, is a pumphandle slam to a powerslam to a DDT. Kross screamed AJ Styles’ name before delivering the move.
Cross vs. Anderson Grade: C+
Jey Uso vs. Grayson Waller
Michael Cole mentioned how Grayson Waller launches the legend rehabilitation program for legends like John Cena and The Rock to understand social media.
Fans were pretty quiet during the early going of this match.
Jimmy Uso was mentioned several times throughout this broadcast. I fully expect Jimmy to show up.
Grayson Waller continued to troll The Rock with an attempt at a People’s Elbow. Roman Reigns, sitting at ringside, was more than amused.
Jey Uso won with a Spear and then an Uso Splash. Grayson Waller continues to pay his dues on the way in. It’s a reverse Goldberg.
Jey hit a spear and splashed Roman Reigns before being laid out by Solo Sikoa. Reigns finished off Uso with the spear and thumb combination.
Fans chanted “you got pinned” at Roman Reigns, only for Reigns and Solo to hit their double team again.