Friday Night Smackdown Recap, June 12, 2020 – AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan collide and one will be crowned the new Intercontinental Champion. Also Jeff Hardy and Sheamus meet face-to-face for a contract signing for their upcoming battle at BackLash. The Universal Champion Braun Strowman tags along Heavy Machinery to face off against Dolph Ziggler, Miz, and John Morrison.
Jeff Hardy and Sheamus contract signing – This segment went on for about 15 minutes or so. They continue to up the antics with Sheamus constantly bashing Jeff Hardy and his troubling past with bringing up his drug and alcohol addicting. It’s really refreshing when they add actual reality factors that are some truth or have all truth to which builds up for a more relatable yet legit story. Hardy pledges that he’s continuing his battle because he wants to be a symbol for others battling what he does, he wants people to know they’re not alone. I’m invested in this feud, it’s something different and to some people they’re taking a gamble on considering it’s still a PG based entertainment show.
The New Day vs. Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura – This match went pretty well and considering who’s in the match, we can’t really complain. But first I want to personally shoutout both Big E and Kofi Kingston for taking a knee and balling their fists as they show their support with what’s been going on this past month in our country. I know it meant a lot for them and I know it meant a lot to fans who support The New Day. The match was pretty good; surprisingly I didn’t expect Nakamura to get the victory, considering how he’s been booked ever since joining the main roster, but he executed a perfect reverse on Kingston and won with a modified roll up. Could this lead up to a possible Championship match? If so, let’s try our best to keep it OFF the kickoff show.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan – This should’ve been the main event of the show; the match practically took up a whole hour, but man it was worth it. Both Styles and Bryan trading blows, repeating the same moves to each other, countless 2-counts. This match had it all. They gave all of us that chain wrestling, with impressive counters from both superstars. This match was very enjoyable to watch as both Styles and Bryan were targeting each other by going after certain body parts. As a pure wrestling fan, you can’t complain or say much that went wrong with this match. I mean it was almost as if to the point where you really couldn’t pinpoint who had the edge or who was actually going to win for that matter. AJ eventually hit Bryan with a Styles Clash and then followed up with a Phenomenal Forearm to claim his first-ever Intercontinental Championship. I’m hoping to see him elevate the title and have a decent run with it as well. Also we should pay attention to who he actually loses it too, cause that in itself will say a lot if WWE is going back to their roots with using that title as a symbol to show who’s the next big star.
Braun Strowman and Heavy Machinery take on Ziggler, Miz & Morrison – This match was just fun. I was still fixated on the IC Title match that just took place; but all in all it was a very entertaining match. From Ziggler getting pummeled, to seeing the Strowman Express clear each opponent on the outside of the ring, then seeing Otis’s signature ‘Caterpillar’, this match definitely felt the mood it presented, considering the Universal Title match that is set for BackLash.