The chaos that ensued at the end of this week's Friday Night SmackDown courtesy of RETRIBUTION was enough to get fans buzzing, but the rest of the show wasn't too shabby, either. In his review of the August 7, 2020 episode of SmackDown, Graham "GSM" Matthews sounds off on RETRIBUTION wreaking havoc on the blue brand and who could be behind it, The Miz and John Morrison doing their worst attempt at "comedy" yet during The Dirt Sheet, how the Money in the Bank briefcase has felt like an afterthought in Otis' possession, Sheamus and King Corbin teasing tension and if it means Sheamus is turning babyface, the overabundance of interference finishes, Cesaro colliding with Lince Dorado, the return of Braun Strowman and the latest on an alliance between Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss, a women's tri-branded Battle Royal announced for next week with SummerSlam implications, and more!
Ahead of his Swamp Fight at Extreme Rules, Universal Champion Braun Strowman chats with Graham "GSM" Matthews to kick off this week's WrestleRant Radio! They're talking his rise in WWE as part of The Wyatt Family, what he learned from working with Bray Wyatt, potentially facing The Fiend at some point, his Universal Championship reign so far, winning the title on a whim at WrestleMania 36, if a match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 was ever in the cards, and more!
RJ Marceau and Alexis DiGiacomo then join GSM in the remaining hour of the show giving their two cents on Raw Underground and if the concept has potential, the new Redemption stable and who could be a part of it, the tremendous talking segment between Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton from Raw, additions to the SummerSlam card, Dakota Kai becoming the number one contender to the NXT Women's Championship, Damian Priest qualifying for the NXT North American Championship Ladder match at TakeOver XXX, why Adam Cole vs. Pat McAfee isn't intriguing on paper, Jon Moxley defending the AEW World Championship against Darby Allin on AEW Dynamite, the debate between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy, and if Matt Cardona impressed in his in-ring AEW debut.
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For the second straight week, SmackDown was (shockingly) enjoyable on Friday night, but will the blue brand be able to maintain the momentum going into SummerSlam? In his review of the July 31, 2020 episode, Graham "GSM" Matthews discusses the unique opening, what's next for Sheamus, Sonya Deville assaulting Mandy Rose backstage and why their next showdown should be saved for SummerSlam, AJ Styles defending his Intercontinental Championship against Gran Metalik and who else should challenge The Phenomenal One, King Corbin apparently recruiting Shorty G and why it will hopefully lead to the return of Chad Gable, Big E beating The Miz, Naomi avenging her loss to Lacey Evans and if a renewed push for her is on the horizon, Bayley and Nikki Cross meeting in a rematch for the SmackDown Women's Championship, The Fiend attacking Alexa Bliss, and more!