Match Ratings For WWE Smackdown 7/30/19 From Sean Ross Sapp

Owens, Shane, Drew

  • Shane McMahon appears on the TitanTron and says he's not going to be there tonight. I wouldn't want to be there either, based on the creative mess we've heard about today.
  • He says his life coach is calming him down.
  • Kevin Owens comes out to the ring and isn't too sad about Shane McMahon not being there. He's overjoyed and hypes up their upcoming Summerslam match.
  • Drew McIntyre comes out and reveals they have a match tonight, then attacks Kevin Owens.
  • After attacking Kevin Owens, he reveals that the match will get started right now. Not bad. A match kind of 9 minutes in, though it'll be 13 after the break.
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Kevin Owens defeated Drew McIntyre

  • Drew McIntyre has control the first several minutes of this match, and throws Owens all over the ring.
  • Owens battles back with a Cannonball, but does anyone buy that as the finish?
  • I could buy a frog splash as a finish, though maybe not here. McIntyre gets his knees up on a Swanton.
  • The swinging sitout side slam is a personal favorite move of mine, and McIntyre does it so well.
  • A pop-up sitdown powerbomb hits for Owens, and it rules. What a fantastic spot.
  • Another great spot is a White Noise falling backwards off the middle rope. This match is a barn burner.
  • Drew sets up Kevin on the announcer's table, but eats a Stunner.
  • KO rolls him back in the ring and sets up a superkick and a Stunner to win.
  • This ruled.

Backstage Crappenings

  • Dolph Ziggler is big mad backstage, and eventually cuts the same kind of promo he has for a long, long time.
  • Aleister Black is moody again. Later on, Sami Zayn says he thinks Aleister Black is hurt and begging for help
  • Daniel Bryan still refuses to say anything.
  • The OC are backstage, happy about how Summerslam is unfolding.
  • Firefly Funhouse runs with the rabbit pretty excited about Summerslam. Bray Wyatt approaches and laughs maniacally.

Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross defeated Ember Moon & Bayley

  • Bayley warns Ember Moon to not "try anything" in their match tonight. Why would this even be booked?
  • We get a commercial mid-match, and I didn't realize how much I missed those.
  • We come back to Alexa and Nikki working over Bayley.
  • Ember gets a hot tag, and it's a good one. She really lays her stuff in there.
  • Eclipse on Nikki, but Alexa posts Ember. Twisted Bliss lands on Ember and Alexa wins clean.
  • We missed most of this match, but it was good. Between this and last night's Becky Lynch match it seems like the style is stiffening up again.
  • Bayley hits her finish on Ember Moon. Ember really got jobbed out in this segment.

Trish and Charlotte

  • Jerry Lawler comes out and brings out Trish Stratus.
  • In a very fake and set up spot, Jerry Lawler asks Trish if she wants to have a match to end things.
  • Trish says she's a mom now, but she'll always have this itch.
  • Charlotte comes out and challenges Trish.
  • Whoever came up with this idea to set up Charlotte/Trish, whew. Charlotte calling her out cold would have been better. They just had to wedge Lawler in because of Memphis.
  • Trish Stratus accepted Charlotte Flair's challenge for Summerslam, which will be her first singles match since facing (and losing to) Vickie Guerrero in March 2011.

Dolph Ziggler defeated Finn Balor

  • Dolph Ziggler attacks during the commercial to kick the match off.
  • Finn Balor takes over after the break and hits Eye of the Hurricane and sets up for a dive.
  • The lights go out.
  • It's Bray Wyatt. He's filmed different than everything I've seen before.
  • Superkick from Ziggler, pinfall.

Ali defeated Shinsuke Nakamura
5/10 (short)

  • Ali comes out aggressive and finds a bunch of success.
  • Nakamura drops his face across the top rope, then does the reverse Exploder.
  • Ali scores a huge superkick, and rolls up Nakamura shortly after.
  • 50/50.

Kofi Kingston (w/ New Day) defeated AJ Styles (w/ THE OC)

  • We see a pretty good Randy Orton video package explaining his disdain for Kofi Kingston.
  • This for sure is getting turned into a six-man tag, I thought.
  • There's some good back and forth until AJ does one of the coolest and sickest looking apron sliding knees you'll ever see in wrestling.
  • This is a really physical match.
  • Kofi hits an amazing tornado DDT.
  • Trouble In Paradise counter, Ushigoroshi counter, SOS. Wonderful transition.
  • New Day and the OC come face to face. They brawl and Kofi Trust Falls onto the pile.
  • Trouble In Paradise midair to stop a Phenomenal Forearm. GREAT finish.
  • They really didn't need to book this match, but Kofi is a STRONG champion.


  • He's about to announce his Summerslam challenge, and something falls on him.
  • That Roman Reigns thing was one of the most unrealistic, hastily dumb shots I've ever seen. A production camera set up behind the rig that fell on him? It showed him getting squashed, then not? A camera rushing to him when there were already two there? WTF.
  • He's okay.

Rating guide

10- Perfect, 9- MOTY Territory, 8- Excellent, 7- Great, 6- Good, 5- Average to above average, 4- Slightly below average, 3 or below: Poor

Each match starts at a 5 and slides up and down based on entertainment, execution, time, environment, reaction and stakes. The ratings are in no way an indication of a "star rating," which is a completely different system. A standard, non-offensive "TV match" lands at a 5. The gap between 5.75-6 is generally the largest, with anything reaching 6 being recommended viewing.
These are opinions, and incredibly inconsistent ones. Don't take them too seriously, and have (and share) your own!

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