- Tonight's WWE SmackDown opens up with a video package for Independence Day and tonight's big return. He says he's not a part-timer, he's an all-timer, and said he's going to work on both Raw and Smackdown. Rusev, with a Bulgarian flag in hand, then proceeded to degrade Cena and the United States. "You line them up, I will knock everyone one of them down".
Rusev disparaged America a bit before Cena challenged him to a flag match tonight, with Rusev saying that it would happen on his terms.
He's since been busying himself with television and film commitments in Hollywood, but made his return on the Independence Day episode of Smackdown Live in typical fashion, challenging old rival Rusev to a bout that will take place at the upcoming Battleground pay-per-view. The Usos and The New Day spit fire in a battle that was hosted by Wale, and things got real personal.
James Ellsworth was fined $10k and suspended for 30 days by Smackdown general manager Daniel Bryan for interrupting last month's first Women's Money in the Bank ladder match.
The Modern-Day Maharaja arrives with a warning for Randy Orton ahead of their Punjabi Prison Match at WWE Battleground.
The former tag-team star was assaulted outside the ring before Orton was disqualified from their match for hitting English with a set of steel stairs. AJ Styles and Sami Zayn were the last two standing in the ring.
After Zayn threw Dillinger out of the ring, The Underdog from the Underground was eliminated by Styles who delivered a Pele Kick for the victory. Kevin Owens sat in on commentary for this match.