Ronda Rousey has a new challenger. The SmackDown women’s champion was aiming for Hell in a Cell (this Sunday) and plans indicated that Sasha Banks would be her rival. The sit-in by ‘the boss’ and her subsequent sanction of employment and salary broke the plans. Raquel Rodríguez took her place and challenged the monarch, but could not defeat her. Now, Ronda will have her first one-on-one against Natalya for the belt. Naty defeated, in a great match, Aliyah, Raquel Rodriguez, Xia-Li, Shayna Baszler and Shotzi. Afterwards, both confronted each other in the ring… it is foreseeable that they would see each other this Sunday, since there is only one absolute title in contention (the Raw women’s title), but that will not be the case. There will be a crash, but currently no date.
In fact, despite being the last SmackDown before Hell in a Cell, little was said about that PPV. He went overboard. Madcap Moss returned and confronted Happy Corbin. There was a fight and by using an illegal object, Corbin was disqualified. Moments later, Adam Pierce confirmed that they will meet this Sunday in a ‘No Barriers’ fight. That’s it for the PPV promo. The program toured other places. The highlight was that Drew McIntyre and the New Day (Xavier Woods and Kofi Kington), who was celebrating his latest triumphs, and He issued a challenge to Roman Reigns: he wants to be his rival in Clash at the Castle (September 3). It was predictable. The event will be in Wales and Drew had to be in the main fight against the great king of the company.
After the challenge, New Day and Drew McIntyre were interrupted by Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Ridge Holland and Butch), who claimed they could beat them. They did it. On the other hand, Roman Reigns was the protagonist in the main duel of the night and he was not even in the pavilion. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) retained the SmackDown tag team titles. Matt Riddle teamed up with Shinsuke Nakamura in search of “revenge.” Riddle was doing well, but when Reigns’ entrance music played he got distracted. That fact led to his defeat, which made ‘Bro’ angry. It was learned that Sami Zayn had been the one who activated Reigns’ entrance music, and Riddle went after him… although they managed to stop him. On the other hand, it was announced that Ricochet will defend the Intercontinental Championship against Butch next week y Jinder Mahal defeated Humberto Carrillo.