Keith Lee Interrupted Randy Orton; Lee def. Dolph Ziggler to Qualify for the WWE Championship No. 1 Contender's Triple Threat Match
Orton's promo addressing Drew McIntyre was short, sweet and straight to the point. Lee also fared well on the mic. I think I enjoyed their verbal exchange a bit more than I did last week since I wasn't as distracted by his terrible entrance theme and attire. The match that followed was excellent in allowing Lee to showcase his skills to a bigger audience. The outcome was never in doubt and it can be argued it should have been over quicker because Ziggler lacks credibility, but Ziggler sold Lee's offense like a champ, so I can't complain.
Kickoff Show: The Riott Squad def. The IIconics
I would've been much more interested in this match had we not just seen it a month ago in addition to every combination of these four against each other since then. The story was that Liv Morgan didn't know if she could trust Ruby Riott, but it hasn't been all that engaging. This was perfectly fine albeit nothing special. Hopefully the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship are in The Riott Squad's future.
The Brian Kendrick def. Tehuti Miles
Kendrick has been off WWE TV for the entire quarantine period, so it's great to have him back. I also liked hearing from Miles for a change and getting to know a bit more about him. This was way too short to be anything special, but Miles had a decent showing and it was a well-wrestled match on the whole. Hopefully Kendrick can find some direction this time around.
Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy def. SmackDown Tag Team Champion Shinsuke Nakamura
This was an open challenge issued by Hardy and he specifically said that AJ Styles couldn't answer it. Speaking of Styles, he sat in on commentary and did well. This was a pretty good match, but it was slow at times due to Hardy selling the knee injury and it didn't help that viewers had no reason to take Nakamura seriously as a threat to the title. Sami Zayn returning afterward and attacking Hardy was great to see as he's been off the show since April. That's another nice boost to SmackDown with Roman Reigns returning as well last weekend.