Prior to the live edition of Friday Night SmackDown, a pair of dark matches took place for the audience in Houston including an appearance by Davey Boy Smith Jr.
The son of The British Bulldog, Smith Jr. teamed with Austin Theory against Odyssey Jones and Xyon Quinn (Daniel Vidot, who is the former professional Rugby played that signed with WWE in 2018).
Davey Boy Smith Jr. (real name Harry Smith) previously worked for WWE from 2006 until 2011, mainly as a member of The Hart Dynasty team with T.J. Wilson and Natalya. After leaving WWE, he worked for several years with New Japan Pro Wrestling teaming with Lance Archer as the Killer Elite Squad where they won the IWGP tag titles on three occasions.
Smith left New Japan in 2019 and had been wrestling for MLW since their re-launch in 2017.
Earlier this year, he joined his mother Diana and sister Georgia inducting his father into the WWE Hall of Fame over WrestleMania weekend.
— Davey Boy Smith Jr. (@DBSmithjr) July 17, 2021
In addition to the tag match, there was also a dark match between Aliyah and Xia Li.