The 13-time WWE World Champion’s return was on Smackdown’s Independence Day broadcast, which was touched on his announcement with Cena exclaiming that there was no better time for the return of the champ.This marks Cena’s return from his last appearance at the WrestleMania 33 event in April, while Rusev reappears after his last appearance at the Fastlane event in March of this year.The pair threw barbs with Cena defending the honour of United States of America as Bulgarian Rusev questioned its values and freedoms. It was then and there that Rusev made a decision to instigate some kayfabe drama by interrupting the festivities, with a flag match now set for Battleground. Eventually, Cena said they would face off tonight in a flag match. This match was set up by Daniel Bryan, and was for entry into the Independence Day Battle Royal, the victor of which will become the No. 1 contender to the United States Championship.The Smackdown Women’s championship match was contested next between Naomi and Lana.Carmella and James Ellsworth begin to gloat over her second Money in the Bank victory, but Daniel Bryan arrives with bad news for Ellsworth.Randy Orton prepared for his “Punjabi prison” match against WWE Champion Jinder Mahal at Battleground by battering Aiden English.The New Day may have won this battle but their real challenge is on 23 July when they take on the Usos in what promises to be a fantastic encounter if their last one is anything to go by.The Independence Day Battle Royal took place in the main event of Smackdown. The Phenomenal One’s celebration was cut short by Owens who rushed to the ring and attacked Styles from behind. However, Styles hit with a kick to shove him away from the ring.