The June 25, 2019 episode WWE SmackDown aired live from the Moda Center in Portland, OR. In addition to the takeaways below, Shinsuke Nakamura interrupted a backstage interview with Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor during tonight’s show.
Here are 5 takeaways from this week’s show:
5Dolph Ziggler Still Thinks It Should Have Been Him
SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon kicked off the show with a backstage. Shane said that he isn’t afraid of The Undertaker and boasted about already defeating Roman Reigns. Shane warned the rest of the SmackDown locker room to not get on his bad side because he is pissed.
New Day came down to the ring and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston grabbed the microphone. Kingston stated that since becoming WWE Champion, he has had some of the greatest moments of his life. However, he has also experienced some of the most painful experiences as well.
Kingston showed footage of Samoa Joe attacking him last night on RAW and compared the Coquina Clutch to the jaws of a great white shark. Continuing with the goofy shark analogies, Kingston stated that Joe is a shark that has found his prey but he will damned if he is eaten alive.
Dolph Ziggler interrupted and whined about Xavier Woods helping Kingston at Super ShowDown. Ziggler claimed that Kingston took the coward’s way out by leaping out of the cage and that everyone knows he should be WWE Champion right now.
Dolph then announced that if he defeats Kofi Kingston, he will be added to the WWE Championship match at Extreme Rules. He added that tonight’s match will be 2 out of 3 Falls to avoid Kofi taking the coward’s way out again.
Kofi’s promo tonight was overly written and forced. It was as if the writing team was watching Jaws in the background when they came up with this promo. His words sounded completely unnatural and I’m not sure if any superstar could have made that work. Dolph Ziggler versus Kofi Kingston AGAIN is ridiculous, and making it 2 out of 3 Falls to account for Vince’s new commercial break obsession is comical. I’ll just let you know now that this wasn’t the only 2 out of 3 Falls Match tonight.