The Good, the Great and the Awesome from SmackDown (August 1)

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The Good, the Great and the Awesome from SmackDown (August 1)

With the programs between John Cena and Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton and Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon dominating headlines coming out of Monday's Raw, this week's SmackDown focused the spotlight on the more prevalent midcard feuds heading into August 17's SummerSlam extravaganza.

Chris Jericho squared off with Erick Rowan in the night's main event and had plenty to wrestle for. A win would mean Rowan would be barred from ringside when Y2J meets Bray Wyatt at the summertime spectacular. Did Jericho succeed in taking one step closer to evening the odds at SummerSlam or did Rowan pick up the biggest singles win of his career?

Dean Ambrose was at a disadvantage when he met Seth Rollins and Kane in a Handicap match. Would this be the night the Lunatic Fringe was left unable to get up or would he fend off both of his rivals, intensifying the feud with Rollins ahead of SummerSlam in the process?

Paige's latest attack on AJ Lee left her immobilized, a brace supporting her neck and preventing further injury as she was stretchered out of the arena. Suddenly, questions surrounding the mental state of the former Divas champion and the extent that she is willing to go to avenge her title loss to AJ over a month ago.

Dolph Ziggler once again lost to Alberto Del Rio, thanks to a distraction from current Intercontinental champion The Miz. The budding rivalry between the Ohioans seemingly sets up a championship bout for SummerSlam, though such a match is unconfirmed. If and when they finally clash, expect the Showoff to do everything in his power to shut the Hollywood Superstar up for good.

Another eventful edition of SmackDown is in the books, meaning WWE has completed one more stop on the road to SummerSlam. Find out everything they did right Friday night with this week's edition of the Good, the Great and the Awesome.

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