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WWE SmackDown Results and Grades 21 August 2020: WWE star to leave after SummerSlam

Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose will clash in a loser leaves WWE match at SummerSlam
Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose will clash in a loser leaves WWE match at SummerSlam (WWE)

WWE SmackDown Results and Grades: It was the dawn of a new era for WWE thanks to the debut of ThunderDome.

WWE promised to bring fans closer to the action during this pandemic, however, there were some other storylines needed to be fleshed out before SummerSlam 2020.

Vince McMahon opened this week's SmackDown
Vince McMahon was out to show off ThunderDome (WWE)

Vince McMahon was to start off this week’s SmackDown and we start this results and grades piece with the boss of WWE.

Retribution vs Strowman

McMahon opened the evening and was speaking about ThunderDome before The Fiend came out.

Braun Strowman came out to attack the Fiend, however, Retribution made an appearance. The Fiend disappeared and it was left to the SmackDown roster to save Strowman.

However, Strowman attacked a few stars later on after being saved.

Grade C

It was a nice move to not have McMahon speak too much in this segment. However, too much was going on in one segment alone.

Big E impresses again

Big E continued his singles run on SmackDown and he faced off against Sheamus after getting into a quarrel.

Wrestlers were around the ring as the pair started to fight. There was a distraction as King Corbin attacked Matt Riddle which allowed Big E to get the win.

Big E beats Sheamus

Grade B

E and Sheamus put on a decent show but the distraction finish wasn’t needed. Riddle vs Corbin is a good rivalry but it will be interesting to see what is next for E.

Tag team champs in action

Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro, the SmackDown tag champions, were in action against Lucha House Party.

It were the champs who got the win after some impressive moves. However, after the match, Gran Metalik had to keep Lince Dorado and Kalisto away from each other as the pair almost fought.

Nakamura and Cesaro beat House Party

Grade B

The match was decent in itself but felt extremely short, especially for a title match. The bigger talking point was seeing the members of LHP clash with one another, is the faction coming to an end?

Different Beat the Clock challenge

Sasha Banks and Bayley each face Asuka as they each defend their titles against the Japanese star. Naomi came out to challenge each star in a beat the clock challenge. The winner would go second against Asuka at SummerSlam.

Banks got her win in 3:39 while Bayley lost in a couple of minutes. Asuka came out and took out both her rivals after this match.

Banks beats Naomi; Naomi beats Bayley

Grade B

WWE deserves a bit of credit for trying out something different and giving Naomi the win. It also raises questions of Bayley’s mental state ahead of the clash on Sunday.

Deville vs Rose takes a new twist

Sonya Deville was back on SmackDown after the horrible ordeal from earlier this week. Mandy Rose wanted the best friends to be back together but Deville slapped Dana Brooke as the star tried to offer her sympathies.

Deville came out on stage and laughed off the suggestion. She then turned the SummerSlam match into a No DQ one with the loser leaving WWE.

Grade A

It will be interesting to see how the match goes and if Deville gets a bit of a break from her ordeal too.

Deville has been excellent on the microphone since turning heel and she was fantastic again.

Styles vs Hardy

After last week’s madness, Jeff Hardy got a title shot against AJ Styles. Hardy was in a knee brace after Styles attacked him during the opening segment of the show.

Hardy couldn’t move much and Styles got cocky, but the knee brace came into place and the Enigmatic Charisma picked up a shock win.

Hardy beats Styles

Grade B

While the match and story telling was great, it was a surprise to see Styles lose. The former champion shouted at Joseph Parks after the clash but this was an interesting turn of events.

Rumble in the Firefly Fun House

Bray Wyatt was speaking about Strowman and Alexa Bliss’ relationship. However, Strowman knocked out Wyatt in the Firefly Fun House and dragged him out in the arena.

He chokeslammed Wyatt and the medical personal had to take Wyatt away in an ambulance. However, the vehicle stopped and then The Fiend emerged from it and laughed as the show ended.

Grade B

Strowman has now turned completely into the monster and this was a great ending to SmackDown. The Fiend vs Strowman could be one of the best matches of the evening at SummerSlam, especially if we get a bit of storytelling in all this.

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