WWE SmackDown Results, Recap, Grades: Drew McIntyre beats Sheamus in Gruesome, Entertaining Match

Drew McIntyre defeated Sheamus in a Battle of Attrition on WWE SmackDown. McIntyre will now challenge the undisputed WWE Universal Champion – Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar or Theory – at Clash at the Castle in September.

McIntyre and Sheamus made the most of their half-hour slot at the Blue brand on Friday. Longtime coworkers fought tooth and nail in a lawless “Irish Donnybrook” match. McIntyre will now challenge for WWE’s top prize at the promotion’s first major UK stadium show in 30 years.

Elsewhere on the card, Ronda Rousey has an edge over SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan ahead of their SummerSlam rematch. And Theory loomed large over Reigns versus Lesnar with his Money in the Bank briefcase.

CBS Sports was with you all night long with recaps and highlights of all the activities at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

McIntyre vs. Sheamus marks and tells the story

Drew McIntyre def. Sheamus via pinfall in “Irish Donnybrook” match To earn a shot against the undisputed WWE Universal Champion at Clash at the Castle. Longtime comrades and rivals presented a physical match that lasted about 30 minutes and left Pratibha in a pool of blood. McIntyre and Sheamus beat Stuffing to each other in a no-count-out match with Irish-themed weapons ringside, without disqualification.

The contest began with Sheamus attacking McIntyre during McIntyre’s entrance. McIntyre nearly closed the show by driving Sheamus head into six steel chairs with a Future Shock DDT. Sheamus appeared on his last legs before his brawling brutes intervened. Ridge Holland hits a shillag on McIntyre’s back and Butch blows a long barrel at McIntyre. Sheamus had the best moment of the match when he hit McIntyre with an avalanche white noise from the corner ropes.

The closing moments of the “Irish Donnybrook” match came when McIntyre faced a brogue kick from Sheamus, which opened a three-count. In a surprising feat of strength, McIntyre caught Sheamus in the standing powerbomb position as the Irishman searched for a second brogue kick. McIntyre powerbombed him through a table and hit his foe with a Claymore kick to secure the win. McIntyre repented as he stampeded on Sheamus’ final glimmer of hope. The Money in the Bank briefcase holder Theory attacked McIntyre after the match.

Backstage, Theory insisted that he would cash in on the briefcase on either Lesnar or Reigns at SummerSlam. Reigns’ Special Counsel Paul Heyman contacted Theory for a private conversation.

Heyman closed the show by claiming that Reigns would eliminate Lesnar at SummerSlam. Theory tries to attack Lesnar from behind, and “The Beast Avatar” interrupts his former friend before he fails. Lesnar tossed Theory before McIntyre emerged and landed a vengeful Claymore kick on Theory. SmackDown ended with McIntyre and Lesnar staring at each other.

The result was never in doubt, but the pain and passion deserve praise. McIntyre and Sheamus’s chemistry was ruled out of this match. The impact was overwhelming and his story benefited from shades of grit, struggle and regret. McIntyre and Sheamus deserve a ton of credit, even if external conditions took the match away. The winner was never in question; It’s not necessarily a bad thing but it takes away from the drama. There has been some disappointment with WWE’s decision to repeatedly delay matches. McIntyre vs Sheamus was tremendous in retrospect, but not enough effort for it to justify multiple re-bookings. In the end, I’m not convinced that defeating the three men benefits McIntyre as much as The Brawling Brutes. Weighing the good and the bad, it’s hard to discredit the brilliant efforts made by McIntyre and Sheamus. He knocked it out of the park. Everything was fine after the match. Nice to see many people in the title picture. Lesnar, Reigns, McIntyre and Theory are all in the mix. Grade: B+

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • Happy Corbin dismisses Pat McAfee, Corbin bought a front row ticket behind the announcer’s desk. He repeatedly troubled McAfee before leaping to his SummerSlam opponent.
  • Shotji def. Aliyah via Pinfall After planting him with the Never Wake Up finishing move.
  • Ronda Rousey vents her frustrations on Shotzik In the ring after Natalya and Sonya Deville interrupt their photoshoot with Liv Morgan.
  • Ronda Rousey and Liv Morgan def. Sonya Deville and Natalya via Submission After Rousey surrounds the Devil. Before the SummerSlam rematch, there was a lot of tussle between the winners.
  • The Street Profits (Montage Ford and Angelo Dawkins) are better than The Usos (Jay Uso and Jimmy Uso). In a brawl before their tag team match at SummerSlam. Special guest referee Jeff Jarrett was present and was accidentally hit by The Usos.
  • Maxxine Dupri and Max Dupri Unveil Maximum Male Models’ SummerSlam Collection With Mansoor and Mace.
  • Viking Raiders (Eric and Ivar) def. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) via pinfall After Ivar covers Kingston. The Viking Raiders brutally beat Woods after the match, hitting his injured leg between a steel chair.

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