Archive - 08/02/2017

Smackdown rating for 08/01/2017

Smackdown this week, with the first ever Shinsuke Nakamura vs John Cena match, did a total of 2,569,000 viewers, just 34,000 up from last week’s show. Smackdown was #1 in the top 50 cable chart among the 18-49 demographic and #3 in overall viewership. (Ratings credit: Showbuzzdaily.com)

Nakamura apologizes to John Cena for dropping him on his head

There was a scary spot towards the end of the Nakamura/Cena match when the former NXT champion dropped Cena right on his head with an exploder suplex, a move that served as the lead-in to the Kinshasa and the subsequent pinfall. Cena took a nasty bump but he did not look like he suffered any serious injury. When he delivered the AA to Baron Corbin...

Shane McMahon to referee U.S. title match at SummerSlam

Kevin Owens will get another shot at the United States title after losing unfairly to AJ Styles last night on Smackdown. Styles pinned Owens but Owens’ shoulder was not on the mat, with referee Mike Chioda unable to see it after he was punched in the face by mistake just seconds earlier. Following the match, Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon...

Shinsuke Nakamura becomes #1 contender for WWE title

Former NXT champion Shinsuke Nakamura will get his first WWE title shot later this month at SummerSlam after the King of Strong Style defeated John Cena – clean – on Smackdown last night. This was the first-ever match between Nakamura and Cena, and Nakamura pinned his opponent after delivering his Kinshasa finishing move. After the...

Bayley suffers shoulder injury, SummerSlam status unknown

Bayley’s participation at SummerSlam is up in the air as the former WWE Raw Women’s champion suffered a shoulder injury during her match against Nia Jax on Raw this week. Due to the amount of swelling involved, initial diagnosis by WWE medical personnel was inconclusive according to WWE.COM. Bayley has been told to rest the shoulder until next...