Here are your quick and dirty, editorial-free WWE SmackDown results for July 19, 2016. The show was headlined by a WWE Championship rematch between the champion, Seth Rollins, and the challenger, Dean Ambrose, as well as some sort of fantasy draft or something. Be back here tomorrow for the full Best and Worst of SmackDown column.
WWE SmackDown Results:
Please be aware that these are just the match results and important happenings. For the full WWE Draft results, please click here.
— The show opened with the COOs and General Managers of both shows coming to the podiums to begin the draft. After the first round of five was drafted, John Cena’s music hit and he came to the ring for his match. The authority figures would continue to draft round of five picks throughout the evening, between matches.
1. John Cena defeated Luke Gallows. Enzo Amore and Big Cass came to ringside before the match started to make sure The Club wouldn’t interfere. Sure enough, Enzo and Cass thwarted the evil machinations and Cena won via pinfall with the Attitude Adjustment.
2. Darren Young and Zack Ryder defeated The Miz and Rusev. This was a “champions vs. challengers” match heading into Battleground. Darren Young got Miz to tap out to the Crossface Chickenwing to get the win for his team.
3. Bray Wyatt defeated Xavier Woods. Woods acted terrified and hesitant for the duration of the match, while Wyatt taunted the New Day on the outside. Wyatt won via pinfall following the Sister Abigail.
— Kane vs. Kevin Owens never happened. Sami Zayn jumped Owens on the ramp during his entrance, so Owens threw him at Kane. Kane chokeslammed both men, then hit his pyro and left.
4. Dana Brooke and Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks in a 2-on-1 handicap match. Sasha had the Banks Statement locked in on Dana, but Charlotte stomped her and hit Natural Selection to get the pinfall.
5. Chris Jericho defeated Cesaro. Jericho, wrestling in a Raw shirt, was able to catch a springboarding Cesaro in the Code Breaker and get the pin.
— Natalya vs. Alicia Fox never happened, as Becky Lynch beat down Natalya and the two women had to be separated by referees and officials.
6. WWE Championship Match: Dean Ambrose (c) defeated Seth Rollins. After another nearly 20-minute match, Ambrose was able to hit Dirty Deeds and get the clean pin.
— After the match, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan ran to the ring to congratulate SmackDown pick Dean Ambrose, who heads into Sunday’s Battleground pay-per-view still WWE Champion.