Results, summary, qualifications of WWE SmackDown: Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks ready for SummerSlam

The SummerSlam card continues to tie in with two major matches that became official during SmackDown on Friday night. The most notable of those matches is a WrestleMania rematch between SmackDown women’s champion Bianca Belair and former champion Sasha Banks.

Belair offered Banks the opportunity for a title shot a week after Banks’ return to SmackDown and subsequent attack on the champion. Once again, proving his dominance, Belair capped off his night by defeating Zelina Vega in a non-title fight.

Another SummerSlam challenge was accepted on Friday, and Edge managed to get under Seth Rollins’ skin long enough to agree to a reunion on August 21. The match will be the first one-on-one matchup between Rollins and Edge.

CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks ready for SummerSlam

Sasha Banks opened the show with an in-ring promo, explaining her attack on Bianca Belair last week. Banks took credit for Belair’s success and said that Belair would be nothing without her. This brought Belair out of the back. Belair said Banks begged him to face her at WrestleMania so they could make history before disappearing for four months when Belair beat her to take the SmackDown women’s championship. Belair said that if Banks wanted a chance to get the belt back, she could get it. This brought Zelina Vega into the ring, and Vega said that Belair had accepted her challenge last week. Belair said Banks would get his shot at SummerSlam and Vega would get his later in the show.

Defeat Bianca Belair. Zelina Vega via pinfall with the Kiss of Death. Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville told Vega that he couldn’t get a title shot on short notice without time to promote the match, so the match was not for the title. As Belair dominated the match, Banks’ music played and he started walking towards the ring. The distraction allowed Vega to turn the tables. That momentum didn’t last long before Belair was able to regain control before hitting the Kiss of Death for victory.

Belair vs. Banks makes more sense than anything else for Belair, which speaks both to Banks’ status at the company and to the lack of any other challenger that has been properly built for the venue. In Vega’s case, he has not won a match since returning to WWE, but he continues to act as a potential title challenger. Also, it’s a bit difficult to understand the call that they couldn’t give Vega a title shot on the show because there was no time to promote him, which is never a consideration in other situations. But why apply logic or expect consistency? At least we’re ready for another classic between Belair and Banks. Grade: C

Finn Balor’s gaze remains fixed on Roman Reigns

Paul Heyman was interviewed behind the scenes and said that John Cena’s contract to face Roman Reigns for the universal championship had no merit as the contract was intended for Finn Balor. Heyman asked if he would have a legitimate $ 75 million contract if he attacked Tom Brady and signed his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers instead. Due to the absurdity of the situation, Reigns had nothing to say about Cena’s contract, Heyman said.

Finn Balor def. Baron Corbin via pinfall after a coup de grace. Corbin apologized to Balor for ruining his SummerSlam contract last week, an apology Balor rejected. After the quick fight, Balor said that he would not sit and smile about the situation and that he would stop by John Cena to get his fight with Roman Reigns, just mention the time and place. This brought Reigns. Reigns said he understands Balor’s frustration, especially with Cena, but he needs to remember that Reigns tried to give him a chance and that Balor needed to keep Reigns’ name out of his mouth. Balor pushed Reigns out of the ring only to be jumped from behind by The Usos. Balor fought back, taking out both Usos and bringing Reigns back to the ring. Balor took the fight to Reigns, but was again attacked by the Usos, this time the numbers proved too great when Reigns posed on Balor’s body as the show went off the air.

Heyman’s points about Cena’s situation were legitimate, which always helps a promotion carry some weight. Of course, it doesn’t really matter because it’s not like WWE is going to make the situation anything more than a nuisance to Reigns. Balor continuing to seek his Reigns opportunity and getting revenge on Cena is the right decision and sets them up with something meaningful beyond SummerSlam, although there is a risk that Reigns’ act will run out if he cuts the rest of the babyfaces in the locker room without suffering. a real setback soon. Grade B

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • Jey Uso def. Dominik Mysterio via pinfall after a splash on the top rope. Jimmy Uso provided interference from the outside throughout the game, helping the Usos gain momentum ahead of their title defense against the Mysterios at SummerSlam.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura def. Apollo Crews via disqualification after the interference of Commander Azeez. As has become routine in Crews matches, Azeez saved for the DQ as soon as it looked like Crews was on the verge of losing.
  • Tegan Nox def. Tamina via pinfall with a roll-up. Shotzi Blackheart fired a missile from his tank which caused a distraction to allow Nox to score the pin.
  • Edge and Seth Rollins agreed to fight at SummerSlam. Edge dropped the challenge, which Rollins (appearing remotely) blew out, saying he would consider it. Edge continued to push, saying that Rollins was trying to follow in his footsteps but that it was really just “Edge-lite”, pushing Rollins to the limit before he accepted Edge’s challenge.
  • Montez Ford def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall after a frog splash.

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