TV Club: An Independence Day Battle Royal lets SmackDown Live remember all its stars

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • Results: AJ Styles defeats Chad Gable; Naomi defeats Lana to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship; the New Day defeat the Usos in a rap battle via disqualification; Aiden English defeats Randy Orton by disqualification; AJ Styles wins the Independence Day Battle Royal to become number one contender to the United States Championship
  • A two-hour running time appears to only be long enough for SmackDown to pay attention to three of the four components at any given: the main event, the midcard, the women’s division, and the tag teams. With Money in the Bank defining the …

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