The Good, the Great and the Awesome from SmackDown (July 4)

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The Good, the Great and the Awesome from SmackDown (July 4)
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A holiday episode of Raw or SmackDown can typically take one of two paths. It can either be a solid show featuring great wrestling, or it can descend into silliness and feature all sorts of gimmick matches pertaining to said holiday.

Friday night, WWE presented an episode of SmackDown that featured brief tributes to the United States and a strong statement from Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter to Rusev and Lana, but it was largely a show that featured good wrestling and the advancement of several programs.

There were no comedy skits, no backstage barbecue parties or extravagant displays of American pride. Instead, everything stayed on task and meant something in relation to top stories and building toward the July 20 Battleground event.

Dean Ambrose finished off his monumental week with a great performance against Randy Orton. Roman Reigns provided backup for his friend in the face of a beatdown by The Viper and Seth Rollins.

Sheamus appropriately defended the United States Championship on the country's birthday, taking on Alberto Del Rio as they renewed their rivalry.

Paige had the best seat in the house as she watched AJ Lee take on a Total Divas star, the red-hot Eva Marie, while Bo Dallas dedicated his match against Diego to former WWE World Heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan.

It was a solid placeholder episode of SmackDown as we gear up for what should be a very eventful episode of Monday Night Raw.

Relive the very best of the best from the July 4 broadcast now with The Good, the Great and the Awesome!

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