Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap (July 8, 2022)

For those of you who want just the quick results and don't want the details of matches, this is a quick recap of tonight's show. There are spoilers for tonight's show below. The full results can be found right here and you can find our preview over here! Tonight's episode aired live from Forth Worth, Texas' Dickies Arena.

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Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap for July 8, 2022

Matches Tonight: Five (approx. 9, yes NINE, minutes)
  • Tag Team Match: the Viking Raiders vs Jinder Mahal & Shanky. Jinder started the match, was squashed in under a minute, and that's all, folks. The post-match beatdown, that involved the New Day attempting to save Mahal & Shanky (and get squashed themselves), lasted an additional 3-4 minutes. 8:28-8:29pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs Ludwig Kaiser w/ Gunther. Nakamura defeated Kaiser; after the match, Gunther chopped Kaiser repeatedly as punishment for losing. 8:44-8:49pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Natalya vs Ronda Rousey. Short match that saw Rousey target Natalya's left leg, slapping on a pair of ankle locks before Nattie tapped less than two minutes in. If that. 9:11-9:13pm EST.
  • Tag Team Contenders Match: Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions the Usos vs Los Lotharios. The Usos squashed Los Lotharios. 9:45-9:46pm EST.
  • Number One Contenders Main Event Match: Sheamus vs Drew McIntyre, with the winner getting a title shot at Reigns in Cardiff. Sheamus then faked a cough so Butch (Pete Dunne) would have to fight, instead, leading to a short match (theme of the night it seems). 9:54-9:56pm EST.
Miscellaneous Non-Match Segments of Note:
  • Time for Some Acknowledgement: Who did what, blah blah. Yes, the first 11 minutes were entrance + a video highlighting Lashley's US title win. Roman toyed with the crowd lightly before Heyman cut a promo praising Roman's accolades, and some of Lesnar's, before informing the Tribal Chief that he'll have to debut a more savage version of himself if he hopes to finally put away the Beast at SummerSlam. 8:10-8:22pm EST.
  • Gunther's Open Challenge: It's not as open as we would hope, with the Ring General teasing a challenge...then stating no one deserved to be in the ring with him. Shinsuke Nakamura showed up to challenge him to a match. 8:39-8:43pm EST.
  • The (new) Champ is Here: SmackDown Champion Liv Morgan returned to SmackDown after a triumphant Money in the Bank win, and cash-in, last weekend. She did NOT open our program as previously advertised throughout the day. She did, however, cut a nice promo--still emotional over her big win--until both Natalya and Ronda Rousey interrupted, teasing a triple-threat at SummerSlam. 9:00-9:06pm EST.
  • Maximum Male Models Presents..: ...their inaugural Tennis Collection. The models, well...modeled a tennis line. Okay. This literally ran seven minutes, and was nothing but sensationalist phrases from the former-LA Knight as they're buried.9:19-9:26pm EST.
  • False Start: A match was advertised--Lacey Evans & Aliyah vs Shotzi & Shayna Baszler. Prior to the match, Evans made her entrance three times--unhappy with the crowd's admittedly-neutered reaction--then she chastised the live crowd for not giving her the respect she was due, etc. In other words, that heel turn finally took a step after months of waffling. She then attacked Aliyah to end the segment. 9:
  • Monday on Raw: Riddle vs Theory, Bobby Lashley hosts a US Championship open challenge, and Brock Lesnar returns to the red brand.
  • Next Week on SmackDown: Natalya vs Liv Morgan in a contendership match. Moss vs Theory.
  • Why Pat Was Absent: For those wondering, we were shown clips from last weekend's Money in the Bank aftermath, that saw Happy Corbin attack Pat McAfee after the premium live event while accepting McAfee's challenge.
Commercial Break Tracker: Total 30 Mins of Ads*:
  • Break 1: 8:11-8:14pm; Break 2: 8:24-8:27pm; Break 3: 8:35-8:38pm EST.
  • Break 4: 8:44-8:47pm; Break 5: 8:56-8:59pm; Break 6: 9:06-9:09pm EST.
  • Break 7: 9:16-9:19pm; Break 8: 9:29-9:32pm; Break 9: 9:39-9:42pm EST.
  • Break 10: 9:48-9:51pm

*For reference, the industry standard average is 16 minutes of commercials & 44 minutes of programming per hour of broadcast air time.

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