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WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, News And Notes From July 31, 2020

Friday Night SmackDown featured the beginning of Big E’s singles push, the continuation of Matt Riddle’s feud with Baron Corbin and the end of Jeff Hardy’s feud with Sheamus.

Friday Night SmackDown had yet another discouraging week this past Friday with just 1.924 million viewers. With SmackDown going up against NBA and MLB regular season programming for the first time in 2020, things could quickly get ugly.

  • July 24, 2020—1.924 million viewers
  • July 17, 2020—1.893 million viewers
  • July 10, 2020—1.900 million viewers
  • July 3, 2020—1.777 million viewers
  • June 26, 2020—2.174 million viewers

WWE Friday Night SmackDown—Key Competition

  • Mainstream News Coverage of COVID-19
  • MLB Regular Season Slate
  • NBA Regular Season Slate

Pro Wrestling Bits—Big E’s Time is Now on WWE SmackDown

WWE SmackDown Total YouTube Viewership this Past Friday

6,458,026 views (Up from 3,790,642)

  • Most-Viewed: Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus—Bar Fight (1,969,159 views) 
  • Least-Viewed: Jeff Hardy, Sheamus and JBL Set the Stage for a Bar Fight (144,659 views)
  • Median Viewership: 364,961

WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results: Friday, July 31, 2020

Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House

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At what point do WWE officials begin searching that swamp for Braun Strowman?

Upon Braun Strowman’s return, I suggest he show up covered in greenery like Swamp Thing.

AJ Styles def. Gran Metalik—WWE Intercontinental Championship

Once I realized AJ Styles was actually wrestling Gran Metalik, and not some wily babyface, I just looked at my watch and waited for AJ to retain.

It’s not Gran Metalik’s fault but his absence of having a chance in this match took it down several notches for me.

Jeff Hardy Appears Live

Every Friday, WWE makes Jeff Hardy go to work and share his Alcoholics Anonymous monologue for that week.

The WWE locker room is filled with people who don’t have sympathy for recovering addicts.

Baron Corbin def. Drew Gulak

Drew Gulak makes such a great and convincing underdog.

After this match crossed the five-minute mark with no Zoom appearance from Daniel Bryan, I knew Gulak would be in trouble.

There was a hope spot where Drew Gulak rolled up Baron Corbin while Corbin was distracted by Matt Riddle, and I fell for it hook, line and sinker.

Big E vs. The Miz

The story of this match was Big E digging deep to beat The Miz, so WWE is starting out very slow with this singles push.

Corey Graves noted he believes Big E will be a singles champion in WWE, but tonight isn’t the night. That’s a pretty safe bet to make, win, lose or draw.

If this patterned booking continues, with Big E getting incrementally more meaningful victories each week, he can be a ready-made top babyface by Survivor Series.

Naomi def. Lacey Evans

Against all odds, this match featured a slick “entanglement” reference by Michael Cole.

WWE is intent on running this “#NaomiDeservesBetter” hashtag into the ground.

Match Summary: Lacey Evans played with Naomi’s hair for five minutes until she was tripped up and fell into a rollup. Also #NaomiDeservesBetter.

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