WWE SmackDown Recap and Reaction (July 22, 2022): New Era


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We should start off by talking about how weird this all happened right after Vince McMahon announced he was retiring. The circumstances surrounding this – the timing of this, most notably given the WWE Board of Directors’ ongoing investigation into the silence payouts – cast a long shadow and absolutely influence the general attitude towards it. It’s hard to sympathize here.

Having said that, it’s strange to live in a world where Vincent Kennedy McMahon doesn’t run WWE. His long reign as the most powerful person in professional wrestling is over. His daughter Stephanie will be co-CEO along with Nick Khan, so the family name will remain with the company with all the power that comes with it. But it’s not the same.

It will never be the same.

To kick off this new era properly, Stephanie McMahon launched this week’s episode Friday evening. She was there to say goodbye to her father and to do so in front of WWE fans so they too can know and understand that we are really and truly moving forward without him. Against all odds, fans showered him with chants of “Thank you Vince.” She told him that she loved him.

And so it was.

Right after that Street Profits came on stage, their music signaled that the show would go on like it always did, they definitely wanted us to believe that it would always be like that. Yes, Vince is gone, but the WWE is still there and it’s still worth watching. After all, this is what he will do.

Here we are in a new day.

What an incredible wrestling story this Brock Lesnar thing has turned out to be, huh?

McMahon is retiring, and immediately there are reports that Lesnar is so unhappy with this that he leaves the show. This won’t be the first time a wrestler has done this, and it won’t be the last. But since it’s the main event of the next PPV, which is just over a week away, WWE must do everything possible to bring it back.

As it turned out, they managed to patch things up by any means necessary, and Lesnar returned to the arena just in time for the main event, which ended up having a much bigger impact, if only because no one really expected him to be there. because of all the reports.

Heck, it was even mentioned in the comments, but not mentioned directly!

This is where professional wrestling can exist, where you’re not sure if what you see is work or reality. Perhaps it was the result of a quick backroom deal where Lesnar used some leverage to get a better deal for himself, or perhaps Vince himself picked up the phone and talked Brock in, or Lesnar just came to his senses and came to his senses. returned to receive a large salary, which he will certainly receive for the stadium show he is going to head. It could be anything!

It’s also at least possible that it was a well-organized job to generate interest, though I highly doubt it. It probably doesn’t even matter if that’s the case. The fact that this is at least arguably what makes this industry so unique gives us legitimate jaw dropping moments when a guy appears on a show he’s always been advertised on.


I really liked how they did it.

I’m not thrilled to send these two to a backstage face-to-face meeting that only lasted two minutes, but they accomplished a hell of a lot in that short amount of time.

Liv Morgan winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship was certainly a sweet moment, but it always led to the question of how they would handle what came next. That “next” will always be a rematch with Ronda Rousey, and what will the program between these two look like in general?

They made it easy and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t work.

Rosie more or less scoffed at the idea that it was even worth the time because, I mean, she is Ronda Rousey and Liv Morgan is Liv Morgan. Let’s be real, it’s a landslide in one direction.

Morgan responded in the only way she could, by admitting that she was at a huge disadvantage, but she did have all the passion that Rhonda had always credited her for, and because of that, she wanted it more. Sometimes that’s enough to win the day.

It’s as good as they can get with it, and they’ve both been damn good in their performance here.

  • Ludwig Kaiser defeated Shinsuke Nakamura, but only after GÜNTER intervened and hit the latter with a large forearm on the back of the head. The Kaiser was on his way to another defeat and GÜNTER wasn’t happy with how it ended, so he did his routine sweep. He pretended he didn’t mean to, and then he put Kaiser down anyway. I’m not sure how it works so well. The Kaiser is not at all sympathetic, but you still really dislike GÜNTER for what he does to his man number two.
  • The slacker Corbin attacked Pat McAfee at ringside, causing the color commentator to chase down his enemy and the two to fight backstage. After that, McAfee cut another commercial for him, setting up their match perfectly, saying, “When that foot touches your ugly, herpes-like head, I lay down your big ass to take a nap for good.” See you in Nashville bitch Their battle words!
  • The Vicious Viking Raiders defeated Jinder Mahal and Shanky via countout. Brains to go with muscles was the message they were trying to send. I haven’t bought any of these yet.
  • Seamus wants to ban Drew McIntyre’s bigsword, and you know what? He is right! This should be prohibited! There is no reward for McIntyre brandishing it. Looks cool, sure, but it doesn’t look like he’s actually going to cut anyone with it one day. Just get rid of it. Luckily, next week they will do just that in a good old match in Donnybrook where they will finally agree on who will lead the Castle Rumble.
  • Sonya Deville kept playing a cruel joke on Adam Pierce, so he ordered her to fight Raquel Rodriguez. They had a surprisingly strong televised match in which Deville received retribution. Not much to say about it but I liked the match they put together and it’s clear they could do more here with both of them if they choose to do so later.
  • Lacey Evans doesn’t even pretend to be pretty anymore. She challenged Boston by saying she accomplished more today than all of them have in the last year and “no wonder Tom Brady left” the city. Alia was there again, demanding a match she’d been close to getting for weeks now, and Evans did as usual, hitting her cheaply and bailing out. They can do this so many times, so we’ll soon see what happens next.
  • Is it just me, or is Jeff Jarrett starting to look a bit like Mickey Rourke from The Wrestler, but with shorter hair?
  • Maxxine Dupri’s big debut came ahead of the record, where the artist formerly known as NXT’s Sophia Cromwell said they’d be back with another collection next week, this time for Beachwear. It was as disappointing as can be.

I don’t even know what to think about all this after all.

Grade: B-

Your turn.

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