WWE SmackDown results, winners, and grades 22 July 2022: Brock Lesnar returns


Here are the SmackDown results for the 22nd of July, 2022.

Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey will come face-to-face on this week’s episode of SmackDown. Ludvig Kaiser has another chance to prove his worth to Gunther as he takes on Shinsuke Nakamura. Brock Lesnar is set to return to SmackDown.

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Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring

Stephanie McMahon comes out to the ring and talks about her father announcing retirement a few hours ago. She said that Mr. McMahon founded the company and it was time for everyone to thank him. She began the chant “Thank you, Vince!” The WWE Universe joined in.

The Street Profits come out to the ring to cut a promo

The Street Profits emerged from the audience and made their way to the ring. They hyped up their match against The Usos at SummerSlam next week. They want the smoke alright. The talented duo was interrupted by Theory. Mr. Money in the Bank came out to the stage area and said that nobody cares about what The Street Profits are doing because everybody cares about what he is doing.

Theory said that he will regain the United States Championship after beating Bobby Lashley and go on to cash his Money in the Bank briefcase on either Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar. The Usos warned Theory. The tag champs said that if the RAW Superstar takes Reigns’ name once again then he will not make it to SummerSlam. The Street Profits had a laugh and this made Theory lose his cool. The heel told Montez Ford that both he and his wife would return empty-handed after SummerSlam ends. Ford had heard enough as a brawl began. The Street Profits were a man down but Madcap Moss rushed to the ring to even the odds. The babyfaces managed to take out their rivals.

Shinsuke Nakamura versus Ludvig Kaiser

Ludvig started positively with a series of kicks and stomps. Nakamura came back with a vicious kick to the face. The Japanese star delivered a knee drop. However, Kaiser impressed once again with a vicious kick followed by a snap suplex. Kaiser dropped Nakamura onto the mat and followed it up by pushing the former Intercontinental Champion into the steel steps. Back inside the ring, Kaiser applied a chin lock on his opponent. Nakamura hit back with an enzigiri followed by a sliding knee.

Nakamura went up on the middle rope and delivered a knee to Kaiser’s face. Gunther came in the way of Nakamura on a couple of occasions. Gunther delivered a cheap shot on Nakamura behind the referee’s back. This allowed Kaiser to take advantage and get the win. After the match, both the heels were standing at the stage area. Gunther hit a hard chop on Kaiser to take him off his feet.

Winner – Ludvig Kaiser

Grade – B

Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey come face-to-face

Liv Morgan and Ronda Rosey were interviewed backstage. Rousey called Liv winning the title a breath of fresh air. Morgan said that she will keep the title because she loves and needs it more than anyone else. Rousey patted Liv and said that she has more passion than anybody else in the locker room except her.

Happy Corbin came out of nowhere and delivered a big boot to Pat McAfee. The heel sent McAfee into the barricade. McAfee recovered and chased Corbin backstage. Both men got involved in a brawl backstage as many officials had to appear in order to pacify the situation.

McAfee returned to the ring. He had only one thing to say to “Bum ass Corbin”. The SmackDown announcer said that he will put Corbin to sleep at SummerSlam.

Jinder Mahal and Shanky versus The New Vicious Viking Raiders

Erik started the match with Mahal. The heel dominated the former world champion. Ivar got the tag in and it was all one-way traffic.

Outside the ring, Ivar sent Mahal into the steel steps. That wasn’t enough though as he dumped Mahal into The New Day who had joined in on commentary for the match. The Raiders won via count out. By the time The New Day entered the ring, the former RAW Tag Team Champions had already made their exit.

Winners – The New Vicious Viking Raiders

Grade – D

Sonya Deville comes into Adam Pearce’s office. She mocks him for the way he is doing his job. She also complained about Lacey Evans has got another match. Deville said she would have done a better job if she were in charge, and Pearce probably would have been fired. Pearce was agitated and asked Deville to be quiet. He said that Deville will have a match tonight against Raquel Rodriguez.

The Brawling Brutes come out to the ring

Sheamus said that tonight they are going to make history. The Celtic Warrior complained about Drew McIntyre yielding his sword to almost cut his head off a couple of weeks ago on the blue brand.

Sheamus wanted McIntyre’s sword to be banned. Drew McIntyre came out to the ring with his sword. The Irish star asked McIntyre to put his sword down and he will ask Butch to leave the ring. McIntyre obliged. The Scottish Warrior said that Roman Reigns has held the title hostage. He asked Sheamus to step up so that one out of them could get the chance to headline Clash at the Castle and win the championship from Reigns.

McIntyre wanted Sheamus in a one-on-one match but the latter said that he will not wrestle tonight but the match will happen next week. Sheamus challenged McIntyre in a good old Donnybrook match next week but the latter’s sword would be banned. Pearce made it official. McIntyre used his sword to cut a shillelagh held by Sheamus in half.

Paul Heyman advised The Usos backstage to use Theory’s skills in their match later on in the night. The Usos and Theory will be taking on The Street Profits and Madcap Moss. Heyman instructed The Usos to teach Theory a lesson after the match ends.

Raquel Rodriguez versus Sonya Deville

Deville infuriated Rodriguez early on with a slap. Rodriguez tried to outpower Deville but the veteran showed a mean streak and delivered a series of elbows. Deville slammed Rodriguez’s head into the turnbuckle several times. Rodriguez got back in the match with a fallaway slam.

Deville got a near fall after delivering a DDT. In the end, Rodriguez managed to pick up the win with the one-handed powerbomb.

Winner – Raquel Rodriguez

Grade – C

Lacey Evans versus Aliyah

Lacey Evans once again came out to the ring and cut a heel promo. Aliyah wanted to get started with the match but Evans delivered a cheap shot to drop the youngster. The Sassy Southern Belle left the ring once again without competing in the scheduled match.

Isn’t this disappointing the fans? Same thing happening for a few weeks now. We have seen superstars being suspended for walking out of a show. Oh yes, that wasn’t kayfabe though.

Jeff Jarrett was interviewed backstage. The WWE Hall of Famer called The Usos versus The Street Profits match at SummerSlam the biggest tag team match in SummerSlam history. WWE needed someone to call the match down the middle and Double J was the right man.

Sofia Cromwell introduced herself as Maxxine Dupri. She said her brother has great taste but she has better. She will show it when she debuts their beachwear collection next week.

The Street Profits and Madcap Moss versus The Usos and Theory

The Usos and Theory were finding it hard working as a team. The Street Profits and Moss took advantage and cleared the ring. Ford was one fire as he took care of all three of his opponents with elegance. The heels came back strongly as Jimmy tossed Ford into the timekeepers’ area.

Jimmy nailed a Superkick on Moss for a near fall. Jimmy went for a tag on Theory but Mr. Money in the Bank chose to walk away. He couldn’t go too far as Jey Uso hit him with a Superkick. The Street Profits returned as a brawl ensued outside the ring. Theory and Moss went back and forth in the ring. However, the former had enough as he assaulted Moss with the Money in the Bank briefcase and got himself and his team disqualified.

The beatdown continued before Brock Lesnar’s music hit. The Beast Incarnate made his way to the ring with Theory waiting to welcome him with his briefcase. It didn’t help as Lesnar hit Theory with the F5 and followed it up with a few shots with the briefcase. In the end, Lesnar delivered another F5 as Theory landed on the briefcase.

Winners – The Street Profits and Madcap Moss

Grade – B

Overall show grade – C+

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