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Tonight, two titles will be on the line. The first will be a rematch with Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Finn Balor for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The main event will be a triple threat match between Kofi Kingston (c.) vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship. In between those two matches, "The Drifter" Elias will put on a musical performance, or he might get interrupted, which seems to be his luck lately. Tune in to find out if a new champion will be crowned tonight.
Tom Phillips and David Otunga welcome fans to Smackville. Phillips announced that earlier today, WWE put out a Tweet informing the WWE Universe that Finn Balor has been battling an injury and he won't be cleared tonight to compete. So, fans will find out who Shinsuke Nakamura will compete against next, if there is an opponent who wants to take Balor's place.
During the week, @FinnBalor suffered an undisclosed injury. @WWE Medical has unfortunately not cleared him for competition tonight at #SMACKVILLE. It is unknown who or if @ShinsukeN defends his title tonight. Stay tuned as we learn more.— WWE (@WWE) July 28, 2019
This leads into introducing the WWE Intercontinental Championship title match.
Nakamura takes a microphone and says "No Finn. I win by forfeit." Nakamura asks for the referee to begin the count. Halfway into the count, the music of Ali's plays. He steps into the ring and says that he'll take Balor's place instead.
.@FinnBalor is unable to compete tonight, but @AliWWE is and he's ready to take FULL ADVANTAGE of this opportunity!@AliWWE vs. @ShinsukeN for the #ICTitle RIGHT NOW on @WWENetwork! #SMACKVILLE pic.twitter.com/gp41m5AN6I— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) July 28, 2019
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Ali for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
The bell rings, and Nakamura puts Ali in a side headlock. He then pushes Ali and yells at him to "come on." Ali fights back and then mimics Nakamura with the "come on" gesture. Nakamura kicks Ali while he is on the apron and kicks him off. Nakamura steps outside of the ring and knees Ali in the face, who is now in the ring. Nakamura goes for Bad Vibrations on Ali in the corner. Nakamura lifts up Ali and lands him down on the mat face first. He then goes for a few knee strikes on Ali. Nakamura goes for the pin...Ali kicks out at 1. Next, Nakamura puts Ali in a headlock.
Ali goes down on one knee. Ali fights back and is able to get out of the headlock. Both men are on their feet now and Ali goes for a few right hand hits to Nakamura. Ali then plants Nakamura face first on to the mat. Double knees to the chest of Nakamura from Ali, after Nakamura gets back up and hangs in the corner of the ring. A sliding German Suplex comes from Nakamura to Ali to bring him down. That does not last long, as Ali goes for a satellite DDT and pins Nakamura. Nakamura kicks out at 2. After a few counters, Nakamure plants a Kinshasa and pins Ali. 1-2-3, Nakamura retains.
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura (by Pinfall)
Backstage: Samoa Joe says that tonight he will put down Kingston and Ziggler and become the new WWE Champion.
Next, Elias is in the center of the ring. He wants his microphone to be turned up more so the audience can here him. The production still has not turned it up so he yells at them again. He does some improv playing on his electric guitar. It has a bluesy sound. After he is done playing, he says that Nashville is a special place for him, especially since he got to meet Johnny Cash awhile back. He says that Cash told him that the Tennessee Titans will never make to the Super Bowl. A loud boo comes from the crowd. The first official song he is going to play is dedicated to Shane McMahon. The fans continue to boo. He says that if they continue to boo, he will just leave the ring entirely. The fans begin to cheer. Then for a few minutes he goes back and forth between the ring and back to his seat. The fans take turns cheering and booing.
He then gives in and says that he'll play anyway. His song focuses on all the good qualities that Shane has. He stops midway and says that Vince McMahon is calling him. He answers it and says that the fans are not booing him (McMahon). He continues on with his song for Shane and says that he'll beat Kevin Owens at SummerSlam. Coming up from behind Elias is Owens himself. He starts playing one of his guitars. Elias runs to attack Owens, and Owens counters back. Owens grabs a microphone and asks if Elias can "just shut his stupid face."
Owens issues a match against Elias. He asks if a referee can come to the ring and help start up this match. A referee comes out and tells the ring announcer that the match between Elias and Owens is official.
Elias vs. Kevin Owens
As the match begins, Elias goes for a hit. Owens counters it. Elias then goes out of the ring. On the apron, Elias tries to hit Owens, Owens then throws a hard right, causing for Elias to fall off the apron. With Elias already in the ring, Owens tries to go back in and Elias kicks Owens right in the face. Now both men are back in the ring. Elias on the top rope walks across it halfway with the help of Owens, which then leads to a double knee take down.
Now both men are on the top rope. Elias trying to lift up Owens, Owens headbutts Elias and he falls to the mat. Elias after some time, gets back up and goes to the top rope, and jumps to try and land an elbow on to Owens. Owens moves out of the way. Owens then goes for a stunner and a pin, Elias doesn't kick out. Owens takes the win for the night.
Winner: Kevin Owens by Pinfall
After the match, a video package is shown detailing how the main event came to be tonight between Kingston, Ziggler, and Joe.
Backstage: An interviewer asks Kingston how he is feeling about the match tonight, and how he has the odds stacked against him. He says that this does not bother him. He knows that he is going to walk to the ring champion, and leave Smackville the champion still.
The triple threat main event of the night is about to start!
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship
The bell rings, and Kingston goes for a leg drop on Ziggler, who rolls out of the ring. Kingston then goes for Joe, who also rolls out of the ring. As Kingston is about to do a dive outside of the ring, Ziggler grabs him from the outside. Now all three men are out of the ring. Ziggler and Joe are working together to wear down the current champion. Now all three men are back in the ring. Joe holds Kingston will Ziggler throws a hit. Kingston is able to get out of it with a headbutt to Joe. Kingston climbs to the top rope and lands a right on Ziggler. A boom drop to Ziggler from Kingston is next. Joe makes it back to the ring to plant a Samoan Drop on Kingston. Joe then lifts Kingston up to the top turnbuckle. Kingston counters and Joe falls off. Ziggler now back in the ring plants a DDT on Joe.
Kingston goes for an SOS on Ziggler. He goes for the pin and Ziggler kicks out at 2. Now it's Joe and Kingston duking it out, outside of the ring. While Kingston is down, Joe goes over to where Ziggler is laying and tells him "goodbye" and throws him across the announcers table. Both Joe and Kingston are now in the ring. Joe elbows Kingston then goes for the pin, Kingston kicks out at 2. Joe tries to lock in the Coquina Clutch and Kingston counters it. Joe tries to go for it again, but this time, Ziggler comes back into the ring and superkicks Joe. Ziggler goes for the pin and Kingston makes the save. Next, Kingston and Ziggler throw back and forth forearm hits. Ziggler then Zig Zags Kingston, it's a success. Ziggler goes for the pin and Kingston kicks out. Joe is now back in this and attacks Ziggler. Kingston lands a Trouble In Paradise on Joe. Kingston goes for the cover and 1-2-3, he retains the WWE Championship.
Winner and still the WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston (by Pinfall)
This concludes Smackville. Thank you for watching!