WWE SmackDown Results – July 31, 2020

– Tonight’s WWE SmackDown on FOX opens up with a video package. John Morrison and The Miz send a warning to Big E and laugh at the idea of a singles run for him, while Lacey Evans and Naomi trade promos. Gran Metalik and WWE Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles also have words in separate pre-recorded promos.

– We go right to another Firefly Fun House episode. Bray Wyatt appears and says he’s sorry he was late as he was out looking for WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman, who must be out in the bottom of the swamp. Unless the gators got him. Wyatt jokes that part of Strowman’s spirit will always be there. We see a few flashes from the recent Wyatt Swamp Fight. Wyatt makes it clear that he never wanted to hurt Strowman. Now “He” wants Strowman and something Strowman has. Until “He” gets what he wants, none of you are safe. We get flashes of The Fiend. Wyatt looks straight ahead and says, “Let me in!” He snaps back out of it and waves goodbye to end the segment.

– We’re live on a tape delay from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida as Michael Cole welcomes us to SmackDown. He’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves as the developmental trainees cheer in the crowd.

WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Gran Metalik vs. AJ Styles

We go right to the ring for tonight’s opener and out first comes WWE Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles. They talk about how Gran Metalik earned this title shot last week. Out next comes Metalik with Lucha House Party partner Lince Dorado. They hit the ring and pose as AJ barks at them. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and we get formal ring introductions from Greg Hamilton. The bell rings and here we go. AJ takes it to the corner and backs off as the referee warns him. They lock up again and go back to the corner. AJ ends up suckering Metalik in and beating him down to boos. AJ takes Metalik to the corner and chops him down. AJ with a backbreaker over his knee. AJ keeps control and hits a big suplex for another close 2 count.

AJ keeps control and whips Metalik hard into the corner, sending him back down. AJ smiles. More back and forth now. Metalik looks to mount some offense but AJ counters then misses an elbow drop as Metalik misses. Metalik sends AJ face-first out of the ring. AJ ends up bringing it back in and kicking Metalik in the shin, sending him back down. AJ looks to do some flying out but Metalik takes him down on the apron. Metalik flies from the apron while AJ counters and they hit the barrier hard. Both are down as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Metalik ends up on top with a big crossbody but AJ kicks out at 2. The crowd rallies for Metalik but AJ shuts him down again. AJ goes for the gut and kicks Metalik around while he’s down. AJ catches a kick and delivers knee strikes to the hurt leg. AJ takes Metalik right back down and locks him in as the referee warns him. AJ focuses on the leg some more. AJ grounds Metalik in the middle of the ring, working on the leg as Metalik screams out in pain.

AJ with a half-Crab now but the referee breaks it as Metalik gets the bottom rope. AJ kicks Metalik while he’s down some more. Metalik unloads while up on one leg now. Metalik with a close pin attempt. They tangle some and Metalik hits a big tornado DDT for another close 2 count. Metalik goes to the middle ropes and hits a big missile dropkick. AJ still kicks out at 2.

Metalik scoops AJ on his shoulders but the knee goes out. AJ unloads on Metalik with a flurry of big strikes, dropping him with a clothesline. AJ goes to the apron for the Phenomenal Forearm but has to roll through as Metalik dodges it. Metalik comes back with an enziguri and they both go down now. Metalik leaps off the middle rope again but AJ knocks him out of mid-air. AJ covers but Metalik kicks out. They go on and AJ ends up rolling Metalik into the Calf Crusher in the middle of the ring. AJ pulls back on the hold until Metalik taps out and AJ retains.

Winner: AJ Styles

– After the match, AJ stands tall as the boos get louder. The music hits and we go to replays. AJ is making his exit but he stops and takes out Dorado with a cheap shot. The boos pick up and AJ drops Dorado in the middle of the ring with a Styles Clash. AJ raises the title and leaves to boos.

– We go backstage and King Baron Corbin walks up on Shorty G watching what just happened. Corbin is trying to talk G up, saying he could’ve been out there competing. Shorty G says so now they’re just supposed to be friends? Corbin says they’ve always been friends. Corbin goes on about how G has been over-looked and then “barefoot idiots” come in and get all the opportunities. G sees what’s happening, that Corbin just wants him to take out Matt Riddle. Corbin dismisses this idea, he just wants G to see how he’s being done wrong in WWE. But Corbin does say that the King’s Ransom is still on the table and there for G if he wants to be the one that takes Riddle out. Corbin walks off.

– The announcers show us a video package with highlights from last week’s Bar Fight between Sheamus and the winner, Jeff Hardy.

– We see Jeff Hardy walking backstage now. He’s greeted by several WWE Superstars and officials. Otis hugs him and the others congratulate him. Jeff greets them back and we return to commercial.

– Back from the break and out comes Jeff Hardy to a pop. He’s all smiles.

Jeff takes the mic and says he hasn’t felt this good in a long time. These past months with Sheamus have been tough as he has been a constant reminder how dangerous his demons can be. Jeff says sobriety will be a never-ending challenge and he has to face every day. Beating Sheamus in the Bar Fight was a reminder he’s on the right path. Jeff says he’s an alcoholic but he’s so much more than that – he’s a loving father, husband, and he’s a WWE Superstar. He gets to perform in the ring for the fans and he loves that. Jeff goes on and says he never wants to let anyone down again. The struggle is real and he will fight it every day but he’s grateful to be here. He goes on but the music interrupts and out comes King Baron Corbin.

Corbin is tired of hearing Jeff talk about his sobriety. The crowd boos. Corbin says Jeff is The Charismatic Enigma, what’s up with all the crying and whining about recovery? He goes on and mentions the problems with Matt Riddle and tonight’s match with Drew Gulak. Corbin feels like he’s losing his mind, like his kingdom is an insane asylum. Jeff says maybe the real problem is Corbin. Corbin goes on running Jeff down as Jeff just shakes his head in the ring. The crowd boos. Gulak suddenly attacks Corbin from behind on the stage and we go to commercial.

Drew Gulak vs. King Baron Corbin

Back from the break and the match is already underway as King Baron Corbin and Drew Gulak go at it. Gulak takes Corbin down by his arm. Corbin gets up and delivers a knee to the gut.

Gulak fights back and focuses on the leg now. Gulak clubs the arm and sends Corbin back down. More back and forth between the two. Gulak catches a kick and continues beating Corbin around to cheers. Gulak ties the arm up again as the crowd rallies. Gulak with more damage to the hand and arm, then a headbutt into the corner. Corbin misses a big shot, allowing Gulak to unload with strikes in the corner. Corbin rams Gulak back into the corner and punches him. Corbin finally levels Gulak out of the corner with a big right hand for a 2 count.

Corbin works Gulak over on the mat some more. Gulak fights back and out of the corner but Corbin drops him and applies a half-Crab. The referee checks on Gulak in the middle of the ring. Gulak slides out of the hold. Corbin wastes some time and Gulak pulls him down into the Crossface submission. Gulak pounds on Corbin but Corbin still gets the bottom rope to break the hold. Gulak runs into a back elbow. Gulak dropkicks Corbin into the ropes. Corbin misses a clothesline and Gulak nails two more dropkicks, dropping Corbin with the second. The crowd rallies for Gulak now.

Gulak goes to the top with the flying clothesline. Corbin still kicks out at 2. Corbin scoops Gulak but Gulak slides out. Corbin comes right back with a Deep Six. “Bro!” suddenly rings out as the music hits and here comes Matt Riddle to watch the match from the stage. Corbin is briefly distracted but he goes back over and gets pulled into a pin attempt. Corbin comes right back and hits End of Days for the pin to win.

Winner: King Corbin

– After the bell, Riddle immediately rushes the ring and goes to work on Corbin from behind. Shorty G makes the save from behind and ends up hitting a big German on Riddle, dropping him on his head as Corbin smiles. G stands tall and looks back at Corbin as the crowd boos. G motions to Corbin for the money as Corbin’s music hits and we go to replays. G joins Corbin on the ramp and they both make a gesture for the money. Corbin rants about this being his kingdom as they back up the ramp together.