SmackDown airs tonight (Aug. 5) with a live show from Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. This is the first SmackDown episode during the five week build towards Clash at the Castle, coming up on Sept. 3.
Goodbye, Ronda Rousey!
While it’s unclear who McGregor will play, it seems Rousey is no longer attached to the project at all. For those unfamiliar, shortly after appearing in action films such as “The Expendables 3” and “Furious 7,” Rousey was tapped for her biggest acting role yet as the lead of a planned remake that would see her take on the role that Patrick Swayze made famous in the original film.
Other names attached to the cast include Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Lukas Gage, Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle, B.K. Cannon, Arturo Castro, Dominique Columbus, Beau Knapp, and Bob Menery. Meanwhile, Doug Liman is directing a script written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.
Smackdown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan successfully defended her title against Ronda Rousey on Saturday but in a bit of controversial fashion. While in a submission, the champ managed to get the challenger’s shoulders pinned to the mat for the three-count but tapped out while the pin was happening. The referee missed this and awarded the bout to Morgan, prompting Rousey to go into a rage and attack both the referee and Morgan after the bout. As a result, Rousey has been suspended indefinitely, leaving at the question of who will challenge the champ before the inevitable rematch.
Goodbye, Ronda Rousey!
One of WWE’s goals at SummerSlam was to keep the SmackDown women’s title on Liv Morgan while protecting Ronda Rousey in defeat. Their match at SummerSlam was a quick one-sided beatdown by Rousey that resulted in Morgan tapping out, but the referee blew the call and counted Ronda’s shoulders down to the mat first. Ronda rightfully snapped after the match, attacking Morgan and the shitty referee. As a result, Rousey has been suspended and will miss tonight’s episode of SmackDown.
Thanks to a huge assist from The Usos and Paul Heyman, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns retained his gold against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Drew McIntyre will challenge reigns for the belt at Clash at the Castle. Part-timer Reigns is listed on WWE’s events page for tonight, so these two men might actually go face-to-face while hyping up their title fight.