This week’s WWE Smackdown emanates from the Crown Complex in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Here’s the non-spoiler edition of the show, to be aired on Friday, July 18, 2014:
Dean Ambrose Promo
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
Alicia Fox vs. Eva Marie (w/ special guest referee Nikki Bella)
Chris Jericho Promo
Chris Jericho vs. Luke Harper (w/ Wyatt Family)
Zeb Colter/Jack Swagger and Lana/Rusev Promo
Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz and Fandango
A.J. Lee and Paige vs. Layla and Summer Rae
Dean Ambrose vs. Kane
One thing really strikes me about this lineup — the WWE continues to put two women’s matches on the show. For Raw (a three-hour show), I can see why they’d do it — they simply have a lot of time and need to fill that time.
Maybe WWE is taking a page out of TNA’s book and really want to push their Divas division. On the other hand, they’re probably just keeping A.J. Lee there for the CM Punk rub and the Fox/Marie/Bella stuff can be correlated to the WWE Network/WWE Divas push.
Match list courtesy of Wrestling Observer.