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WWE SmackDown Results and August 27 Recap

August 29, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s show opens up with the Wyatt Family, including the newest member, Braun Strowman. So much for those rumors of Adam Rose. We cut over to his debut on RAW, where he beat up both Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, while apparently using that lame chokehold Samuel Shaw uses as his finisher. Back to the arena, the lights are still out, and the Wyatts are in the ring. Luke Harper says your eyes have been sewn shut, and your ears clogged with the lies they’ve told you. Everyone is already dead, but they don’t know it. Bray Wyatt’s truth will give everyone new life. Wyatt says unlike Reigns, he doesn’t throw out words like “brother” and “family” as a smokescreen to hide his selfish ways. No, family means everything to him, and he means everything to his family. Sister Abigail gave him so much, like guidance and inspiration. And just when he thought he had nothing left, when he needed her the most, she provided him a savior. That is what being a family is all about. Abigail has told Wyatt all about Strowman, her “little black sheep”. This is his purpose, because she knew he was perfectly imperfect, and she gave Wyatt Strowman because she knew where he could lead Strowman. Now, it is time, because he is the new face of fear. Harper is the new face of desolation. And now, for the world to see, Strowman is the new face of destruction. Strowman removes his black sheep mask and laughs.

Reigns and Ambrose appear in the crowd and almost immediately head down to ringside. They stare down the Wyatts, and Reigns says it is what it is. The big boy whipped their asses on RAW, but it isn’t the first time they’ve been whipped, and it won’t be the last. If they’re going down, they’re going down swinging. Ambrose says he’ll take the ugly one. The two enter the ring, and the five stare each other down. Wyatt holds Strowman back and screams he’s already inside Reigns’ head. The Wyatts then leave the ring.

Later tonight, Ambrose will face Sheamus, and we will also see the Smackdown return of the Dudley Boyz.

MATCH 1: THE ASCENSION (KONNOR AND VIKTOR) VS. THE DUDLEY BOYZ (BUBBA RAY AND D-VON)
At this rate, the Ascension will be gone after Wrestlemania, if not sooner. WWE completely blew it with these two. Konnor and Bubba start with a lock-up and jockey for position. Bubba is looking chunky again. Bubba backs Konnor into the corner, gives a clean break, then screams. They lock up again, and Konnor clubs Bubba down. They collide in the middle of the ring, and now Konnor is doing the screaming. He eats a kick off a back-body drop attempt, and now D-Von tags in to hit Konnor with a double shoulderblock for 1. Konnor fights back and tags in Viktor. D-Von comes off the ropes with a flying shoulder for 1, then tags Bubba back in. The two hit a version of the old Sidewinder (The Smoking Gunns’ finisher, not the swinging sideslam) for 2. Bubba hits the Flip, Flop and Fly, then follows up with a bodyslam. He calls for the Wassup as Konnor argues with the ref. Bubba then orders D-Von to get the table. He obliges, only to have Konnor clothesline him at ringside. Bubba turns around into an STO, and now Konnor tags in. He hits an assisted avalanche, then whips Bubba into a Viktor boot for 2. Konnor clubs Bubba before Bubba comes back with a surprise clothesline. D-Von tags in and hits another shoulder off the ropes before giving an incoming Viktor a flapjack. He drops Konnor with a neckbreaker, follows up with an avalanche, then connects with another shoulder for 2 as Viktor breaks it up. The Ascension miss a double clothesline and get hit with one by D-Von. Bubba tags in, tosses Viktor to the floor, then the two connect with the 3-D for 3.

WINNERS: THE DUDLEY BOYZ.

D-Von slides a table into the ring, and they set it up near the corner. That’s when the New Day run down to ringside, and they’re holding up picket signs that say a bunch of stupid things about saving the table. The Dudley Boyz ignore them, then put Viktor through a table with a superbomb.

MATCH 2: NEVILLE VS. KEVIN OWENS
They lock up, and Neville applies a side headlock. Owens pulls the hair and backs Neville into the corner, where he misses a chop. He tries to block a kick before Neville locks him in a waistlock, then sends him to the floor with a hurricanrana. Neville goes for a baseball slide, misses and gets hit with a clothesline. Owens breaks the count before rolling Neville back in, where he hits him with an inverted TKO for 2. Commercials.

Back from the break, Neville tries to fight out of a rear chinlock, but instead gets hit with a short-arm before a running senton gets 2. Owens goes back to the chinlock. Neville fights out, hits a boot in the corner, then lands several strikes. He ends the series with a running boot to the side of the head. He follows up with an avalanche and a big kick. A springboard missile dropkick gets 2. Neville goes for a German suplex, but Owens fights out and goes for a back suplex. Neville escapes, sends Owens into the ropes and rebounds with a quick German. Owens rolls to the floor, so Neville tries the baseball slide again. He misses once more, but then ducks a clothesline and lands a superkick. Owens is rolled back in, and Neville heads up for the Red Arrow. Owens gets to his feet, so Neville drops to the apron for a kick. He tries to slingshot himself back in, but Owens stops him with a superkick of his own. He pulls Neville into the ring and puts him down for 3 with a pop-up powerbomb.

WINNER: KEVIN OWENS.

We see Becky Lynch and Charlotte celebrating in the back, but they’re stopped by the Bella Tw*ts. This leads to a Bellas promo that involves high school graduation (seriously). They point out Paige isn’t here, and they’re trying to turn Lynch and Charlotte on Paige. It isn’t working. Charlotte points out the Nikki Bella heel turn last year that we’d all like to forget. Lynch and Charlotte walk away, and now the Bellas are arguing. Riveting television, folks.

MATCH 3: CHARLOTTE AND BECKY LYNCH VS. THE BELLA TWINS (BRIE AND WWE DIVAS CHAMPION NIKKI)
Team BAD are on commentary, while Jimmy Uso has stepped aside. This is not an improvement. Charlotte and Nikki start with a lock-up, which Nikki turns into a wristlock. Charlotte counters with her own, then tags out to Lynch. PCB hit a double dropkick for 1. Sweet merciful crap, we’re less than two minutes in, and I have to put my computer on mute. Nikki elbows out of a hammerlock, then hits a sunset flip for 2. She tags to Brie off a front chancery, and the Bellas hit a double back elbow and a double hair whip for 2. Lynch recovers and puts Brie down with a dropkick. She drops a trio of legs before tagging in Charlotte, who misses the Flair Knee. Brie dropkicks her in the knee for 2, then applies a modified Haas of Pain. Charlotte crawls for the ropes, but Brie stops her with “punches”. Brie escapes a bodyslam after Charlotte’s knee buckles, but then she runs into a boot in the corner. Charlotte backdrops her to the apron, then knocks her to the floor with a forearm. She crawls for the tag, low-bridging an incoming Nikki in the process. Lynch drops to the floor to take care of Nikki, then comes back up for the tag, only to have Brie forearm her to the floor. Brie turns around into a quick schoolgirl into a bridge by Charlotte, and this one’s over.

WINNERS: CHARLOTTE AND BECKY LYNCH.

Seth Rollins comes out, and in case you’re like me and didn’t watch Summerslam, Rollins is now both the WWE US and World Champion. He’s also facing Sting in a “dream” match for the World title at Night of Champions. Rollins says RAW was supposed to be the greatest night of his life. A statue of his likeness was created in recognition of his greatness, and it was set to be unveiled in front of the WWE Universe. It was supposed to be a moment that would take him from legendary status and move him into immortality. He understands no one understands what greatness is about. He is the first man ever to cash in MITB in the main event at Wrestlemania and walk out the World Champion. He is the first man in the history of WWE to hold both the World and US belts at the same time. That is greatness, and deserves more than a statue. It deserves a parade in every town. Hollywood should make a movie about his story. Everyone would lobby to play the part of Rollins in his biopic. 8/23, the day he beat John Cena at Summerslam to hold both titles, should be declared a national holiday. They were set to unveil his statue to take him to immortality. He was about to join Bruno Sammartino, Andre and the Ultimate Warrior. What should have been the greatest night of his life, was instead replaced by [Sting hiding on the statue podium]. We go to the footage from RAW, where Sting beat Rollins up before holding the title belt over his head. Back to the arena, Rollins says he understands why Sting is jealous. Everyone is jealous of him. He has accomplished more in a few years than Sting did his entire career. He is atop the mountain of WWE while Sting toiled for years in the minor leagues. He gets why Sting is jealous, but what he doesn’t get is what gives Sting the right to ruin his moment, to stand in his ring, to assault him without provocation, to take his title and hold it over his head like Rollins owes him a damn thing. Rollins isn’t afraid of a freak in face paint. The old man should be afraid of Rollins. Triple H said his one regret was not finishing Sting off for good at Wrestlemania, and Rollins begged Trips for the match at NoC. Rollins always get what he wants. At NoC, Sting gets his opportunity to enter immortality when “The Architect” defends his title against “The Artifact”. Rollins guarantees that, when he beats Sting, he will finish the job Trips started when he crushes Sting’s old bones to dust.

JoJo is standing by with Sheamus. She mentions the match later, and Sheamus says Dean Ambrose has a lot on his mind. That’s too bad, because he needs to keep his eyes directly on Sheamus tonight. If he turns away for a second, Sheamus will Brogue Kick his head off his shoulders. Why? He holds the MITB contract, and what that means is that, whenever he chooses, he will be the next WWE World Champion. You could say it is what it is.

MATCH 4: INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION RYBACK AND DOLPH ZIGGLER (W/LANA) VS. THE BIG SHOW AND RUSEV (W/SUMMER RAE)
Ryback and Show start with a lock-up. Show backs Ryback to the corner for a series of body blows. Ryback crawls across the ring before shoving Show into the corner for some shoulder thrusts and kicks. Ryback ducks a clothesline and explodes with a flying shoulderblock. Or maybe Show hit the move. It looked really bad, so it’s possible. Anyway, Show is up first, and he goes for the chokeslam. Ryback escapes and definitely connects with the shoulder this time. He knocks Rusev off the apron, but then turns around into a spear. Rusev tags himself in and orders Show to the outside as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Rusev has a rear chinlock applied. Ryback escapes and hits a few punches before Rusev hits a dropkick for 2. He brushes Show off after Show asks for a tag, then stomps Ryback in the back. He lands another kick and drops an elbow. Show is still looking for a tag. Rusev feigns tagging out, but then goes back to stomping Ryback instead. Ryback fights back with right hands, but Rusev catches him with a back elbow. He knocks Ziggler off the apron, then trash-talks Lana, who no longer sports the power suits. Rusev turns around and gets caught with a spinebuster. Rusev makes the tag, as does Ryback. Ziggler hits a pair of dropkicks and a corner splash before Show catches him. Ziggler counters with a DDT, then puts Show down with a superkick for 2. He goes for the kick again, but Show goozles him. Ziggler escapes and kicks Show in the knee before going for the rocker dropper. Show picks him up and hits a reverse powerbomb before dropping Ziggler with a KO Punch. Rusev tags himself in and knocks Ryback off the apron. He then stomps Ziggler in the back and calls for the Accolade. He locks it in, but then breaks the hold when Show hits him with a KO Punch. Ziggler wakes up and has enough wherewithal to cover Rusev with one arm and get the 3.

WINNERS: RYBACK AND DOLPH ZIGGLER.

Expect Show heel/face turn #812 any day now.

We see Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns in the back. Ambrose says he’ll take care of Sheamus and teach him all about respect tonight. Reigns says he’ll take care of the Wyatts, and Ambrose needs to focus. He needs to put his boot into Sheamus’ pasty, white face. He needs to keep thinking that while Reigns goes Wyatt-hunting.

MATCH 5: SHEAMUS VS. DEAN AMBROSE
Sheamus goes on the attack with punches before stomping Ambrose down in the corner. He hits a short-arm, then throws Ambrose to the floor. Outside, Sheamus continues the attack befor eplaying with his hair. Ambrose slams him face-first into the announce desk repeated, then nails him with a forearm. He throws Sheamus into the barricade, rolls him into the ring, then clotheslines him back to the floor. Ambrose nails another forearm off the announce desk, then follows up with chops. Sheamus clubs him in the gut, then throws him into the barricade by the announce desk. Sheamus hits a bodyslam on the edge of the announce desk as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, the match is back in the ring. Sheamus drops Ambrose gut-first across the top rope, then drops him to the apron with a running kneelift. Back in the ring, Sheamus hits a standing vertical suplex, then locks in the stretch muffler. Ambrose pulls himself up onto Sheamus’ shoulders, but then gets powerbombed right back down. Sheamus goes for the pin, but only gets 2. Ambrose rolls to the apron, and Sheamus looks for the 10 Beats of Bodhran. He gets about 6 before just punching Ambrose in the head. Ambrose comes back with some punches of his own, then goes for his own version of the 10 Beats. Sheamus stops him with a hotshot, sending Ambrose to the floor. Ambrose tries to climb back in, but Sheamus kicks him back to the floor. Sheamus heads out and tries to roll him back in, only to have Ambrose spin through and nails Sheamus with a clothesline. Ambrose is back in first, followed by Sheamus. Ambrose lights Sheamus up with strikes, nails a couple forearms off the ropes, another one in the corner and a running bulldog. A la magistral cradle gets 2. Sheamus tosses Ambrose into the buckles, but then misses a shoulder, crashing into the post and onto the floor. Ambrose knocks him into the barricade with a suicide dive. Sheamus rolls back in, and Ambrose hits a flying elbow for 2. Sheamus rolls to the apron, where he nails another punch and a kneelift. Back in, he misses a Brogue Kick, and Ambrose rolls him up for 2. Sheamus fights off Dirty Deeds before eating a rebound clothesline. Ambrose goes after Sheamus again, only to have the lights go out. When they come back on, the Wyatt Family have surrounded the ring. Sheamus uses the distraction to nail a Brogue Kick and get 3.

WINNER: SHEAMUS.

The Wyatts enter the ring, but before they do any damage, Roman Reigns’ music hits. Braun Strowman needs to find gear that actually fits. Anyway, Luke Harper heads out to ringside to wait for Reigns, only for Reigns to run down the ramp and blast him with a Superman Punch from the steps. He fights off Bray Wyatt before he’s left standing in the ring with Strowman. Strowman no-sells some offense before grabbing Reigns by the jaw. He then slams Reigns face-first before he locks in that same stupid chokehold from RAW. Strowman looks like a slightly more fit Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds). Strowman picks Reigns up for a powerbomb, but then turns it into a face-first slam (think the Big Ending). The Wyatts stand over Reigns as the screen fades.

END OF SHOW.

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It’s Good to be the King: The Jerry Lawler Story WWE DVD Review

August 27, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

As if it needs to be said, Jerry “The King” Lawler has led an incredible life and career, the latter of which has spanned forty some-odd years. In that time, Lawler has damn near seen it all and done it all. With this set, Lawler finally gets to share those stories and talk about his life in and out of the squared circle in a new set that should not be missed.

Like most of these sets, Lawler starts off talking about his life growing up, his family, etc. As you might expect, he initially got interested in wrestling as a way to bond with his dad, and the two used to attend matches weekly in his hometown of Memphis. During his early years, Lawler also developed an interest in art, specifically drawing/sketching, and during the matches with his dad, would draw pictures of what he was seeing. Eventually, he submitted some of those drawings to the local network that showed wrestling, the art was later shown on TV, and that led to the head of the territory, the now-legendary Jackie Fargo, inviting Lawler to come back and become the official artist for the promotion.

As if that weren’t enough, not only did Lawler later go to school with Jimmy Hart (with the two later on pretty much spending their careers in pro wrestling together), but a local radio network job late at night led to Lawler accidentally becoming a pro wrestler, with him literally lying (by his own admission) about a non-existent career to another promoter in the area-basically a backyard fed before such things existed-and Lawler was just thrown into the sport. Turns out he was kind of a natural.

Without giving away the entire set, that’s kind of how Lawler’s story goes. Turns out he was just naturally gifted in numerous areas, and the doors repeatedly opened for him. Every single chunk of the documentary portion of this set seems to feature a story like that, with Lawler just kind of lucking into his different roles in pro wrestling over the years.

Not that Lawler doesn’t deserve it. Over the course of his career, Lawler has worked exceptionally hard to be considered a true living legend of the sport, and it’s all covered within this set. From his beginnings in Memphis Wrestling all the way to his Hall of Fame induction in 2007, as well as much more. My personal favorite section is, as you might expect, the chunk spent talking about his legendary feud with Andy Kaufman. Not only is it fun to hear him tell these stories (seriously, the Kaufman stuff never gets old), but even cooler is that Lawler is joined by Kaufman’s best friend, Bob “Tony Clifton” Zmuda, as well as his former girlfriend, Lynne Marguiles. The face that both of these individuals wanted to be on the set is awesome, and they add tons of color to the stories of Lawler and Kaufman, and contribute even more throughout the rest of the set.

Although I think I know quite a bit about Lawler’s career, having been following it for at least the last 21 years and going back later on to check out his early work, I still came away surprised with some of the stuff that is discussed, including how he got his own promotion off the ground in Memphis, how he wound up in the WWF in 1993 in the first place, how he and Kaufman originally pitched their feud to the WWF, and more.
The set ends on something of a bittersweet note, as the last main story covered is the now (unfortunately) famous on-air heart attack Lawler suffered in mid-2012. Admittedly, I never could bring myself to watch the footage originally, but it’s mostly intact here, with the added “bonus” of backstage footage of Lawler being revived, as well as both Vince McMahon and Michael Cole understandably breaking down and on the verge of completely losing it the entire time. Needless to say, it’s incredibly hard to watch, and I found myself getting choked up, even though I knew the eventual outcome. Thankfully, we also get to see his emotional return to the company later in the year, and more thankfully, there was no permanent damage. Despite heart disease running in Lawler’s family (it took his father right before his wrestling career was about to start), Lawler has remained extremely healthy his career and recovered quite quickly. Although it’s not mentioned here, Lawler has never drank alcohol, smoked a cigarette or done drugs, essentially making him straight edge before it existed.

In addition to all of this, there are tons of stories from his contemporaries, including all those previously mentioned as well as Jim Ross, his son, Brian Christopher, his girlfriend, school teachers, legendary wrestling journalist Bill Apter, and many more. Plus, in between segments, Lawler does some illustrations of various characters and people who have been important in his life, all the while continuing his stories. In case you’ve never seen Lawler draw, he is good. Exceptionally good.

Although the documentary runs about average for these sets (90 minutes or so), it feels so much longer, thanks to the ridiculous amount of content crammed into that short period of time. And that doesn’t even include the matches. There are two full discs of matches that span Lawler’s entire career, as well as some of his classic promo segments. The matches span 1981 up until 2011, and features a who’s who of opponents, including Terry Funk, Roddy Piper, the Undertaker, Curt Hennig, Kerry Von Erich, and plenty more. Sadly, his ‘Mania match with Cole is also included, but given that it was his first and only ‘Mania match, it can be forgiven. Surprisingly, a lot of content from the “New Generation” era is included here, despite the fact that he didn’t have a lot of memorable matches during that point (although his commentary and interviews were still top-notch). There’s a handful or rare “Attitude Era” matches as well, plus some “legends” matches against the likes of Ric Flair and Tazz, as well as his one-and-only WWE Championship match against the Miz, which, given Lawler’s age at the time and the fact that the Miz will always be terrible, is really better than it has any right to be.

Overall, this set is one of my favorites to come along in a long time, and one I consider a must-own for fans of all ages. Lawler is a rare breed who has not only lived through nearly every major era in professional wrestling, but contributed to each one in a number of ways. Not only that, but he pretty much did it all on his own as a self-made man.

While his commentary work the last few years has been questionable in its quality, it can’t diminish the fact that Lawler is truly a legend in the business who deserves the respect of everyone, from the fans all the way up to the promoters, and if this set doesn’t prove that, I don’t know what will.

DISC 1:

Documentary:

Intro
Early Years
High School
Growing up a Memphis Wrestling Fan
Father Passes Away
Jerry’s Art Teacher
Jerry’s Start in Wrestling
Passing the Torch
Family Life as a Wrestler
Building a Star
A New Beginning for Memphis Wrestling
Andy Kaufman
Memphis Wrestling in the 1980s
Jerry’s Start in the WWE
Announcing Career
Running for Mayor of Memphis
Leaving & Returning to the WWE
Hall of Fame
1st WWE Title Match
WrestleMania XXVII
Heart Attack
Closing

DISC 2:

Empty Arena Match
Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk
Memphis Wrestling • April 25, 1981

Jerry Lawler vs. Andy Kaufman
Memphis Wrestling • April 5, 1982

No Disqualification, Loser Leaves Town Match for the Southern Heavyweight Championship
Jerry Lawler vs. “Superstar” Bill Dundee
Memphis Wrestling • June 6, 1983

Jerry Lawler vs. Eddie Gilbert
Pro-Wrestling USA • October 20, 1984

Jerry Lawler vs. Curt Hennig
AWA Championship Wrestling • March 12, 1988

Jerry Lawler on Being AWA Champion
AWA Championship Wrestling • May 29, 1988

AWA & WCCW Championship Unification Match
Jerry Lawler vs. Kerry Von Erich
World Class Championship Wrestling • September 24, 1988

Jerry Lawler’s WWE Debut
Prime Time Wrestling • December 7, 1992

Jerry Lawler vs. Jim Powers
RAW • April 5, 1993

King’s Court with Giant Gonzales
Wrestling Challenge • May 23, 1993

Jerry Lawler interrupts Bret Hart’s coronation
King of the Ring • June 13, 1993

King’s Court with Tiny Tim
RAW • July 19, 1993

Jerry Lawler vs. Owen Hart
Wrestling Challenge • July 25, 1993

Bret Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
RAW • July 26, 1993

King Foolish
RAW • April 11, 1994

King’s Court with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
RAW • June 6, 1994

Jerry Lawler vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
King of the Ring • June 19, 1994

Casket Match
Jerry Lawler vs. The Undertaker
White Plains, NY • September 28, 1994

DISC 3:

King’s Court with William Shatner
RAW • January 9, 1995

Kiss My Foot Match Training #1
RAW • June 5, 1995

Kiss My Foot Match Training #2
RAW • June 12, 1995

“Kiss My Foot Match”
Jerry Lawler vs. Bret Hart
King of the Ring • June 25, 1995

Jerry Lawler vs. Al Jackson
Superstars • March 23, 1996

Jerry Lawler vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
SummerSlam • August 18, 1996

The Great Debate – Jerry Lawler vs. Paul E. Dangerously
RAW • March 10, 1997

Jerry Lawer & Rob Van Dam vs. The Headbangers
Shotgun Saturday Night • June 14, 1997

Jerry Lawler vs. Tommy Dreamer
ECW Hardcore Heaven • August 17, 1997

Jerry Lawler & Brian Christopher vs. Flash Funk & Scott Taylor
Shotgun Saturday Night • October 14, 1997

Jerry Lawler vs. Tazz
SummerSlam • August 27, 2000

Legends Match
Jerry Lawler vs. Ric Flair
RAW • November 29, 2004

Jerry Lawler – Hall of Fame Induction
Hall of Fame • March 31, 2007

TLC Match for the WWE Championship
The Miz vs. Jerry Lawler
RAW • November 29, 2010

Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole
Special Guest Referee: Stone Cold Steve Austin
WrestleMania XXVII • April 3, 2011

BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES:

Stories:

Meeting Jimmy Hart
Jerry’s First Match
The King Gets His Crown
Mid-South Coliseum
Life on the Road
Sam Bass
The King vs. The King?
Living Clean
Jim Ross
Brian Christopher: Mexican Shooter

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Ric Flair vs. Jerry Lawler
Memphis Wrestling • August 4, 1982

Wrestler vs. Boxer & Manager Match
Jerry Lawler vs. Andy Kaufman & Jimmy Hart
Memphis Wrestling • November 21, 1983

King’s Court with Jerry Lawler interviewing himself
Wrestling Challenge • June 27, 1993

Jerry Lawler & Nova vs. The Prototype (John Cena) & Sean O’Haire
OVW Wrestling • June 28, 2002

After Raw Birthday Celebration
RAW • November 29, 2010

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WWE SmackDown Results and August 20 Recap

August 21, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s WWE SmackDown broadcast opens with the Big Show (HOW THEY HATE HIM!), and it looks like we’re going into our first match.

MATCH 1: INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION RYBACK VS. THE BIG SHOW (NON-TITLE)
The two trade punches before Ryback unloads in the corner. He tries one too many times, however, and runs into a big clothesline. Show hits a bodyslam and a kick to the ribs. He then hits the Nightmare on Helms Street for 2 before applying what I think is supposed to be a cobra clutch, despite looking like ass. Ryback easily fights out, ducks a clothesline and knocks Show off his feet with a flying shoulderblock. He hits a few shoulder thrusts in the corner, but then turns around into a big overhand chop. Ryback recovers and puts Show down with a spinebuster. He calls for the Meat Hook, but Show sees it coming and spears Ryback for 2. Ryback rolls to the apron, and Show dropkicks him to the floor. Outside, Ryback rams Show back-first into the ring post. He tries for a bodyslam, but can’t get Show up. Show goes for a powerslam, but Ryback escapes and clotheslines Show through the barricade by the timekeeper’s area. Both men are then counted out.

WINNER: NONE; DOUBLE COUNT-OUT.

MATCH 2: LOST MATADORES (DIEGO & FERNANDO) AND EL TORITO VS. THE NEW DAY (BIG E, KOFI KINGSTON AND XAVIER WOODS)
Woods and a Matador start, with the Matador dropkicking Woods in the back off a Torito distraction. Woods goes into the middle rope, and the Matador throws his weight across Woods’ back while sliding through the ropes and simultaneously making the tag to the other Matador, who comes in with a tope con hilo for 2. This is apparently Fernando. Woods breaks free of an arm wringer and tags in Kofi, who runs right into a back-body drop. Fernando chops him and tags in Diego. Los Matadors hit a series of strikes before Diego springs off the middle rope with a somersault plancha. He hits a double-leg and tags in Fernando, who hits a slingshot splash off a catapult. Kofi blocks an Irish whip and gets pulled to the floor, only to have Torito kick him through the ropes. Commercials.

Back from the break, Woods is in control of Fernando. He kicks Fernando off the ropes, then runs into a back elbow. E tags himself in and hits a snake eyes before tagging out to Kofi, who gets 2. The New Day then do their stomping bit, finally ending with E whipping Woods in for a low corner dropkick. Woods tags out to Kofi, who hits a running kick for 2, only to have Diego break it up. Kofi tosses Diego before Fernando goes for a tag. Fernando escapes a back suplex, then avoids a corner splash. Woods and Torito both make the tag, with Torito hitting a springboard cross-body. Torito hits a couple chops and a springboard headbutt. He knocks both Kofi and E off the apron, then hits a satellite into a roll-up for 2 as Kofi breaks up the pin. Kofi throws Torito to the floor, and as Los Matadores re-enter the ring, E drops them both with a double clothesline. Kofi then dropkicks one of them to the floor. E tags in and picks Torito up before throwing him right back down for a backbreaker. E then squashes him with a Warrior Splash and tags in Woods, who dances around before pinning Torito.

WINNERS: THE NEW DAY.

Dolph Ziggler and Lana come down to the ring. Ziggler says damn it feels good to be back here, with Lana. The last six weeks have been rough. The “Bulgarian Baboon” crushed his throat with a crutch and put on the shelf. It hurt to do pretty much anything, and he got sick of sitting at home, drinking dinners out of a straw. The worst was watching helpless as Summer Rae put Lana in the Accolade. Those six weeks at home…when he saw that, he knew he had to come back. Lana says the first thing she said to Ziggler after he checked on her was, “We have to crush those bastards”. Ziggler calls the revenge “hot”, and says he knew he had to come back on RAW, shut Rusev up and take a front-row seat while Lana kicked the fake off of Rae. Lana says she loves that he fights for what he believes in. She has to speak her mind, and that’s why they make a great team. Ziggler says she proved she’s not only strong and independent, but has a sense of humor when she shoved a fish in Rae’s face. Lana went onto prove that she is a bonafide badass. Lana agrees and says Rusev can have his stupid, pathetic wannabe Lana, while only Ziggler will get the real thing. The two then make out before a Bulgarian flag with Rusev’s face on it drops down.

This leads to Rusev and Rae coming out. Go figure, right? Rusev says Ziggler thinks he knows pain. At Summerslam, he’ll show Ziggler real pain when he crushes his throat again before crushing his spine into a jigsaw puzzle. Then, he’ll apply the Accolade, and Ziggler will beg him to stop. Rusev will let him go before he passes out, so Ziggler can watch Rae put Lana in the hold as well. Then, they’ll be face-to-face, feeling each other’s agony and screams. Ziggler will be helpless, and then he will know what real pain is. At Summerslam, Rusev stops his comeback and will crush him once and for all. Ziggler says his comeback won’t even start until Summerslam when he kicks Rusev’s teeth down his throat, steals the show, then steals his girlfriend, the real Lana.

MATCH 3: BO DALLAS VS. NEVILLE
Yes, Dallas is still under contract. For reasons. Neville applies a waistlock, then gets backed into a corner, where he eats a back elbow. Neville reverses a corner whip, runs into a boot, then gets hit with a Northern Lariat. Dallas drops a couple knees before screeching, then hits a short-arm for 2. He applies a cravat while screeching some more, only for Neville to roll out. He gets tossed to the apron, lands on his feet and comes off the top with a cross-body, only for Dallas to roll through for 2. Neville pops up with a quick kick, drags Dallas to the corner, then comes off the top with the Red Arrow for 3.

WINNER: NEVILLE.

Stardust appears on the TitanTron for another one of his rambling promos. This one actually seems worse than most. King Barrett is with him and says at Summerslam, red and green turns black and blue. He’s going to punch Neville, and Stephen Amell will learn there are no second takes in their universe. Neville will be permanently grounded by a Royal Bullhammer. He’s currently calling himself the “Cosmic King” in the midst of this crap. God, I hate what they’ve done with Barrett.

After C*m Team Dumpster Fire comes out, Alicia Fox cuts a promo. Nikki Bella then cuts one. Absolutely no one gives a damn, especially me. The fact that Nikki is only a couple weeks away from becoming the longest-reigning WWE Divas Champion in history makes me want barf. Oh, and Fox is talking again. And now, Nikki is. Jesus f**k, now it’s time for Naomi to cut a promo. And now Banks. Who the f**k have I pissed off this week? Listening to the two of them try to be “gangsta” is nauseating. Now Becky Lynch is cutting a promo. I love this woman, but I can’t deal with any more talking in this segment. Fortunately, she keeps it short and basically just says she’s going to kick everyone’s ass. See? Simple. How hard is it?

MATCH 4-TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: BRIE BELLA (W/NIKKI BELLA AND ALICIA FOX) VS. NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION SASHA BANKS (W/NAOMI AND TAMINA) VS. BECKY LYNCH (W/CHARLOTTE)
Brie does some crap on Banks. Lynch armdrags her. Another one for Banks. Brie hits some weak strikes on Lynch. Commercials.

Back from the break, Brie continues to echo the one thing I agreed with Banks on tonight, and that’s ride her husbands coattails. She’s doing the Yes! Kicks while Nikki and Fox are pointing and chanting with the crowd. Ugh. Brie pins Banks for 2, then goes after Lynch. Lynch hits her with forearms before getting tripped into the middle rope. She dropkicks Banks, bellows to the crowd (or talks normally; I’m not sure anymore), then hits both of her opponents with running knees against the ropes. She pins Lynch for 2, but Banks breaks it up. Banks runs into an elbow in the corner, blocks a pair of boots, then does some stupid headscissors spot where she sends Lynch into Brie, who is draped across the middle rope. Banks drives her knees into Brie’s gut for 2, then slams her face in the mat. She stomps Brie down in the corner and follows up with a foot choke for 2. Brie kicks her off the ropes and connects with a clothesline. Lynch makes her way back into the ring and hits everyone with everything before hitting an exploder suplex on Banks. She dropkicks both in the corner, then hits an exploder on Brie. Brie escapes a bodyslam, shoves Lynch into Banks on the apron, then rolls her up for 3.

WINNER: BRIE BELLA.

Hubbard forbid too many weeks go by without a Bella winning a match. With a schmozz ending, no less.

MATCH 5: RANDY ORTON, DEAN AMBROSE, CESARO AND ROMAN REIGNS VS. SHEAMUS, KEVIN OWENS AND THE WYATT FAMILY (LUKE HARPER & BRAY WYATT)
Orton and Sheamus start and circle each other before Orton immediately goes for the RKO, because of course he does. He’s the James Storm of WWE. Commercials.

Back from the break, Owens is now legal for his team. He asks for Cesaro to tag in, but doesn’t get it. Orton applies a headlock and tags in Cesaro, who hits a delayed vertical while Owens tries to fight out. Owens tags out to Harper, and now Ambrose tags in. They lock up, and Harper backs Ambrose into the corner. Ambrose ducks a punch and unloads on Harper with strikes before hitting a snapmare, a low clothesline and a power-drive elbow. Reigns tags in and hits another snapmare, followed by a running boot. Harper comes back with a forearm and tags in Wyatt, who uppercuts Reigns in the corner. Reigns gets corner-whipped, but explodes off the buckles with a clothesline. Cesaro tags in and hits a few European uppercuts in the corner. Wyatt comes back with a punch and throws Cesaro to his corner, where Harper tags in. They trade uppercuts before Harper goes for an Irish whip. Cesaro flips over the top rope and lands on his feet on the apron in an impressive spot, then fights off the heels in the corner before slinging back in with a sunset flip for 2. He calls for the Cesaro Swing, but Owens breaks it up with a kick to the back. Ambrose charges at him, but the ref holds him back. Harper then nails a big boot and tags in Wyatt, who hits an avalanche. He tags in Sheamus, and Sheamus hits a release suplex. Owens in, and the two trade a couple punches before Owens hits a corner clothesline. He follows up with a cannonball, then gets 2. Commercials.

Back from the break, Sheamus is legal for his team now, and he has Cesaro in a rear chinlock. Cesaro fights out, but then gets caught in a rolling fireman’s carry slam. Harper tags in and hits a tope con hilo. Wyatt tags in and hits a running senton. Owens tags in and hits the same move before getting 2. Owens drives his knee into Cesaro’s back and applies a rear chinlock. Cesaro gets up, but then gets muscled to the corner. Sheamus tags in, only for Cesaro to fight his way out of the corner. However, he takes his eyes off Sheamus and runs into an Irish Curse. Sheamus drives Cesaro down with a rear chinlock. Cesaro fights to his feet, so Sheamus goes for a back suplex. Cesaro lands on his feet and falls into the buckles, where Sheamus catches him with a shoulder and a running knee. Cesaro recovers enough to pop up with a surprise dropkick. He finally tags out to Reigns, who explodes off the ropes with a clothesline. He runs into a pair of boots in the corner, and Sheamus tries a tilt-a-whirl. Reigns escapes, runs him into the corner, hits a series of clotheslines and nails an uppercut. He hits the Fly-By in the corner, nails the other heels, then comes back in with a Samoan drop. Harper runs interference and gets a Samoan drop as well. Owens in, and Reigns blocks a punch before hitting a third. He stares down Wyatt, then attacks him in the corner before Sheamus clobbers him from behind for 2. Sheamus connects with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam for another 2. Sheamus signals for the Brogue Kick before nailing Orton off the apron. When he turns around, Reigns drops him with a Superman Punch. Ambrose and Harper tag in. Ambrose gets in a few shots, nails a corner forearm and connects with a running bulldog. Up top, Ambrose misses a dive, eats an uppercut and rebounds with a clothesline. He nails Wyatt on the apron and hits him with a plancha on the floor. Harper gets low-bridged, and Ambrose follows up with a suicide dive. Back in, Ambrose connects with a flying elbow, only to have Owens break it up with a senton. Cesaro hits him with a springboard spinning back elbow. Sheamus drops Cesaro with a Brogue Kick. Orton drops Sheamus with an RKO. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail, but Orton escapes and goes for the RKO. Wyatt shoves him off into a Harper superkick. Reigns cuts through Wyatt with a spear. Harper drops him with a superkick. He goes for the discus clothesline on Ambrose, but Ambrose blocks it and turns it into Dirty Deeds for 3.

WINNERS: DEAN AMBROSE, CESARO, RANDY ORTON AND ROMAN REIGNS

END OF SHOW.

*AUTHOR’S NOTE: This recap may be missing some content. The available feeds were pretty lousy, and this one was the highest-quality I could find, but unfortunately was also the shortest.*

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WWE: The Kliq Rules DVD Review

August 19, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Admittedly, when I first got a hold of this DVD for reviewing, it looked like a quick cash-grab by WWE’s home video department. I mean, at this point in time, everyone and their grandmother knows the story of the Kliq and what they did for (and to) the business over the careers of each member: Scott Hall, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Kevin Nash, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman and Shawn Michaels. Chances are, most fans have read enough books or watched enough DVDs that discuss this notorious group to choke a horse, so what’s one more DVD to add onto the pile?

Fortunately, even with everything on the Kliq that’s already out there, this set still turns out to be quite enjoyable.

While all the stories presented here by the Kliq are probably ones you’ve heard a hundred times (although there were still a few surprises), this is probably the first time all five members have been collected for a set to give their opinions and viewpoints about everything that happened during the group’s highs and lows from 1993 and on. In addition to the core members, numerous wrestlers and personnel who were around or involved with the Kliq in some way weigh in as well, including former employees like Lex Luger, Tammy “Sunny” Sytch, Vince Russo, the Godfather, junior Kliq member Justin Credible, Sting, and of course Vince McMahon himself, to name a few. Also included are surprise appearances by the two fans responsible for filming the infamous “Curtain Call”, which is kind of cool. Hearing the perspectives from two straight outsiders (no pun intended) just adds another layer to the stories.

The stories from everyone are pretty entertaining, as well as very candid. Even better is all five members of the Kliq are surprisingly honest. Instead of blame being placed here, there, and everyone else for all of the bad times (which were plentiful, especially during WWE’s dark years before the “Attitude Era”) each man not only offers their perspective, but more or less confirms everything that’s ever been said about the Kliq, with no denial being found whatsoever. Shawn Michaels does tend to tiptoe around a few anecdotes, but never in any kind of damaging way or in any way that paints himself a saint with everyone else being scum. Even Vince Russo dials it down and presents himself as more of a straight shooter, something that must be really foreign territory for him.

While most everyone on the set comes off honest and open about the run of the Kliq, leave it to the new “He who shall remain nameless” one in wrestling, whose stage name rhymes with “Bulk Bogan”, to paint himself like an idiot. The absolute best is when, while talking about the Outsiders and Syxx being in WCW, [NAME REDACTED] talks about how everyone hated these guys because they were making power plays, flexing creative control, refusing to help out the company and instead were only out for themselves, etc. Listening to [NAME REDACTED] say that, I had to roll my eyes and just think to myself, “Good god. If that isn’t the pot and the kettle…” Fortunately, his time on the DVD is amazingly short, and instead more story time is focused on the Kliq themselves, as well as other performers who have way more interesting stories to tell. The documentary is relatively short at around 90 minutes, but again, given how much is out there on the Kliq at present time, that’s probably for the best.

Now, onto the matches. There’s definitely an eclectic mix of goods here, but it’s all pretty fun. A whole slew of “New Generation” matches are featured on the second disc. Say what you will about these guys at the time, but they consistently put on some of the best matches in WWF at the time. There’s a rare (and excellent) match between HBK and the 1-2-3 Kid from RAW, some tag team matches featuring Kliq members from both RAW and the Action Zone (remember that show?), some typical stuff like Kid’s upset over Razor Ramon in 1993 and the Wrestlemania X ladder match, and a couple lesser-seen PPV matches, such as a “Crybaby Match” between Ramon and Kid and the Bad Guys vs. the Teamsters from the 1994 Survivor Series that led to Diesel’s mediocre run as WWF Champion.

The “New Generation” matches continue onto the first part of the third disc, which also included the “Curtain Call” in its entirety. The rest of the matches are a couple of WCW affairs, an “Attitude Era” match and three post-WCW matches. These matches are hit or miss, but thankfully, the second disc is loaded to make up for that.

Overall, while not the most revealing or eye-opening set, The Kliq Rules is a fun collection that will especially be enjoyed by fans who grew up during the “Monday Night Wars”, as it provides a really enjoyable trip down memory lane during what was considered by many to be the most exciting period in wrestling history.

Disc One – Documentary
Friends 4 Life
Forming a Bond
Strength in Numbers
“Kliq Only”
The Curtain Call
Divide and Conquer
Excess Baggage
Resurgence

Disc Two
Razor Ramon vs. The Kid
RAW • May 17, 1993

Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid
RAW • June 21, 1993

Diesel vs. Razor Ramon
RAW • November 29, 1993

Shawn Michaels vs. 1-2-3 Kid
RAW • December 6, 1993

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Quebecers vs. Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid
RAW • February 21, 1994

Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania X • March 20, 1994

Intercontinental Championship Match: Razor Ramon vs. Diesel
Superstars • April 30, 1994

Shawn Michaels & Diesel vs. Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid
Action Zone • October 30, 1994

Survivor Series Elimination Match: The Bad Guys (Razor Ramon, 1-2-3 Kid, British Bulldog & The Headshrinkers) vs. The Teamsters (Diesel, Shawn Michaels, Jeff Jarrett, Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart)
Survivor Series • November 23, 1994

Razor Ramon vs. Hunter Hearst-Helmsley
RAW • January 22, 1996

“Cry Baby” Match: Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid
In Your House • February 18, 1996

Disc Three
No Holds Barred Match for the WWE Championship: Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel
In Your House: Good Friends, Better Enemies • April 28, 1996

Shawn Michaels vs. Hunter Hearst-Helmsley
RAW • May 13, 1996

“MSG Curtain Call”
Madison Square Garden • May 19, 1996

WCW Tag Team Championship Match: The Outsiders vs. The Steiner Brothers
WCW Nitro • January 12, 1998

Kevin Nash vs. Scott Hall
WCW Halloween Havoc • October 25, 1998

Triple H vs. X-Pac
Backlash • April 25, 1999

Six-Man Tag Team Match: Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & X-Pac vs. Hulk Hogan, The Rock & Kane
SmackDown • March 28, 2002

World Heavyweight Championship Match: Triple H vs. Kevin Nash
Judgment Day • May 18, 2003

Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match: DX (Shawn Michaels & Triple H) vs. Jeri-Show (The Big Show & Chris Jericho)
TLC • December 13, 2009

Blu-ray Exclusives
Scott Hall & Syxx vs. Harlem Heat
WCW Nitro • July 14, 1997

Kevin Nash vs. The Rock
SmackDown • March 21, 2002

Sledgehammer Ladder Match: Triple H vs. Kevin Nash
TLC • December 18, 2011

Triple H vs. Sting
WrestleMania XXXI • March 29, 2015

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WWE SmackDown Results and August 13 Recap

August 15, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week WWE SmackDown once again opens up with Seth Rollins. He tells the crowd to calm down, and everyone needs to take a moment to recognize what is happening right before our eyes. He knows we all live fast-paced lives, but if we don’t soak it in, we’re taking life for granted. Something this special doesn’t come along every day, month or year. There aren’t words to describe the greatness everyone is apart of. Babe Ruth was the greatest of all time. This would be like if he hit 1000 more home runs. Or, if Michael Jordan won 20 MVPs. This is genius on the level not even the Rolling Stones or the Beatles could dream of. This is unparalleled greatness. This is…Seth Rollins. This is YOUR WWE World Champion at the top of his game. Look at the last few weeks of his life. On RAW, he tamed “The Viper” Randy Orton. He even escaped an MITB cash-in by Sheamus. Last week, he brought “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Neville back down to earth. And let’s not forget the creme de la creme: he turned John Cena’s face into surrealist art when he shattered Cena’s nose into a million pieces. One day, your grandchildren will ask what the greatest accomplishment in your life was, and everyone will tell the kids they saw Rollins in his prime. The craziest part of this is there are still some people who refuse to believe the future is now. People like Cena. He still doesn’t get it. Let’s take a look at what Cena had to say on “Tough Enough” earlier this week. We go to the clip, and I’m not recapping that hideous show. Back to the arena, Rollins says Cena has accepted the challenge and will face him at Summerslam, title-for-title, winner-take-all. Cena accepted the challenge on the show, but had Daniel Bryan accept for him. Cena is a coward, and if he’s half the man he thinks he is, Rollins has one more challenge for him. Rollins dares Cena to come to RAW this week and answer him face-to-face. At Summerslam, Cena will realize what everyone else has figured out: when you mess with greatness like this, you will fail. Brock Lesnar failed. Neville failed. Orton failed. Dean Ambrose failed. Every single…

Neville interrupts and marches down to the ring. Rollins cracks wise and says no one rang for a superhero. Neville says no one called for a superhero, but he’s out here because it apparently takes one to shut Rollins up. He’s been listening tonight, and he’s disappointed Rollins left out some details. For example, although Rollins broke Cena’s nose, Cena still won the match. Or how about if it weren’t for Orton, the new champion would be Sheamus. Or best of all, how about little ol’ Neville? When he hit the Red Arrow, Rollins couldn’t kick out. Rollins says Neville isn’t a superhero; he’s more like a Mouseketeer with a Napoleon complex. That phrase is really stupid, since Napoleon was of average height by not only his time period’s standards, but by today’s standards as well (he was 5’7″). Anyway, Rollins says Neville had his opportunity to shut Rollins up, and he failed just like everyone else. So, Neville can twist around, run off and get the hell out of the ring. Neville tells him he talks too much. Rollins just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on…

Now Cesaro is joining the party. He says Neville is right in that Rollins just keeps going on and on and on and on and on…The WWE Universe knows it’s true, and the “Cesaro Section” is sick…Before he can continue, Kevin Owens blindsides him out of nowhere. In the ring, Rollins does the same to Neville. Owens throws Cesaro into the ring steps while Rollins powerbombs Neville into the buckles, then stomps him in the back while talking more trash. I’m betting on a tag team match later now.

Roman Reigns will face Luke Harper later tonight, Charlotte vs. Naomi is next.

MATCH 1: CHARLOTTE (W/BECKY LYNCH) VS. NAOMI (W/SASHA BANKS AND TAMINA)
Naomi slaps Charlotte before Charlotte chases her through the ropes. Naomi comes back in with a kick before getting hit with a Thesz press and some mounted punches. The two crisscross before Charlotte hits a knee to the gut. A punch sends Naomi to the floor. Charlotte tries to pull her back in, but gets tripped on the apron. On the floor, Naomi hits a step-up enziguri. Commercials.

Back from the break, Naomi has Charlotte in a rear chinlock. Charlotte tries to break free, so Naomi pelts her with forearms. She drives her knees into Charlotte’s shoulders for 2, then applies a half-nelson with a chinlock. Charlotte gets back to her feet and tries to break free, so Naomi pulls her back with a handful of hair before bulldogging her into the middle buckle. She kicks Charlotte in the ribs, then lands a dropkick before hitting a suicide legdrop for 2. Naomi goes back to the half-nelson/chinlock combo, which Charlotte breaks with a gut shot. Naomi knees her in the gut and goes for the corner bulldog again. Charlotte escapes before eating a kick to the face. In the corner, Charlotte comes back with a big boot. She ducks a clothesline and lands a couple knife-edges before hitting a modified neckbreaker and a spear for 2. Naomi blocks a corner charge, but then gets backdropped to the floor, on top of her Team BAD teammates. Charlotte rolls her back in, goes for a double-leg and locks in the Figure-8 for the submission win.

WINNER: CHARLOTTE.

Lo and behold, the main event for tonight is now Cesaro and Nevill vs. Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins.

Ryback comes out, and says “The Big Guy” is back. He feels great, better than ever, and he’s back in the ring where he belongs. A few months ago at Elimination Chamber, he won the IC title. It was the proudest moment of his career. That one night made everything worth it. Just when things were going his way, this happened. We see a still on the TitanTron of Ryback’s legs, with the right deformed and swollen. Ryback says that is staph infection, which can be deadly. It took him off his feet, but made a mistake when it didn’t finish him. He pulled himself up, gave the infection a Meat Hook, a Shell Shocked, then trailblazed his big ass right to Portland (the location of tonight’s episode). While he was home, he saw a lot of people say the IC title was cursed. He had to listen to the Big Show and the Miz say he should forfeit the belt. When he started to second-guess himself, he saw tons of fan support on social media, which inspired him. He’s back, hungrier than ever, and at Summerslam, he’s going to defend what is rightfully his. Show and Miz better wake up, because at Summerslam, it’s feeding time.

The Wyatt Family appears on the TitanTron. Portland. We’re here.

Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper come out. Harper says they try to tell you all human beings are inherently evil. Something has to happen, and when it does, it flips like a switch. But Harper, he’s a little different. He was born holding the devil’s hand. What’s your excuse? Wyatt says he once was blind, but Wyatt gave him sight. And tonight, his eyes are set on Reigns. At Summerslam, it will be family vs. family. He will bring his brother, and Reigns better make sure he brings his lunatic, because this is a moment they have been waiting for since…

Dean Ambrose comes out and says he doesn’t have anything to say. He just wants to watch Reigns do what they do, which is talk with their fists.

MATCH 2: LUKE HARPER (W/BRAY WYATT) VS. ROMAN REIGNS (W/DEAN AMBROSE)
Reigns immediately slugs away at Harper. Harper comes back with a boot before Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits a leaping one. He clotheslines Harper to the floor as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Harper nails Reigns with a pair of uppercuts. He rakes Reigns’ face in the corner, then goes for another punch. Reigns blocks and hits Harper with a modified back suplex. He goes for it again, but Harper fights his way before catching Reigns with a Michinoku driver #2 for a 2-count. Harper stands on Reigns near the ropes, then does it again from the apron. Back in the ring, Harper lands another uppercut, followed by a European. Harper catapults Reigns under the second rope for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. He then locks in the Gator Roll before going back to the chinlock. Reigns breaks free, but then eats an uppercut. He avoids a knee in the corner, causing Harper to collide with the buckles and fall to the floor. He’s back in quickly, and Reigns sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Harper recovers, and the two trade shots. Harper hits a thrust kick to the gut before Reigns comes back with a pair of clotheslines. He catches another one in the corner, runs into an elbow and comes back with an uppercut. Harper surprises him with a dropkick off the ropes, sending Reigns to the floor. Harper heads out as well, but Reigns meets him with another uppercut. Reigns then drops him with a back suplex onto the apron before hitting the Fly-By. Wyatt tries to get in Reigns’ face as he rolls Harper back in, but Ambrose puts a stop to that. Reigns heads back in before Wyatt jumps on the apron. Ambrose takes him out as Reigns rolls Harper up for 2. He goes for a Samoan drop, Harper tries to break free with elbows, but gets dropped in the move anyway. Outside, Wyatt drops Ambrose across the barricade with a standing uranage. Harper and Reigns trade more shots, with Reigns getting the better of the exchange. He stomps Harper down until the ref pulls him off, which allows Harper to land a big superkick for 2. Harper sets Reigns up for the sit-out powerbomb, which Reigns counters with a back-body drop. He then nails the Superman Punch and gets 2, only for Wyatt to break up the pin and cause the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: ROMAN REIGNS.

Ambrose charges the ring and tackles Wyatt, pelting him with fists before Harper gets involved. Ambrose drops Harper with a clothesline and tees off on him as well. Wyatt nails Ambrose with an uppercut, which leads to a rebound clothesline by Ambrose. Harper then charges at Ambrose, but gets low-bridged. Wyatt joins Harper at ringside, where they’re both wiped out with a suicide dive. Wyatt recovers and slams Ambrose face-first into the announce desk. The Wyatts double-team him until Reigns flies off the step with a clotehsline. He tosses Wyatt into the crowd, then he and Ambrose do the same to Harper.

Rip Thomas is standing by with Sheamus. He mentions Sheamus nearly cashing in his MITB contract. We go to the footage, which ended with Sheamus being hit with an RKO by Randy Orton before the bell could ring. Back to Sheamus, he cuts Thomas off and says he’s in no mood for the questions. The WWE Universe is sick of the same old things. Seth Rollins keeps telling everyone how tough he is, and Orton hitting RKOs “outta nowhere”. The WWE Universe deserves and demands to be entertained. On RAW, he was about to give them what they crave: a brighter future, a worthy champion. But, Orton ruined his moment. As champion, Sheamus would have ushered in a new era in WWE, an era of real men, of warriors. But Orton knew he couldn’t survive in that future, so he stopped it like some sort of Terminator movie. Is that it, Orton? You want to be the Terminator? Well, on RAW, Sheamus will be back. He’ll be back to Brogue Kick hole through Orton’s chest, and he’ll be back to do it again. And again. And again until Orton is reduced to dirt and erased from existence. Then it’ll be just Sheamus and Rollins. A brighter future is just a Brogue Kick away. It is what it is.

MATCH 3: BIG E AND XAVIER WOODS (W/KOFI KINGSTON) VS. WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE PRIME-TIME PLAYERS (TITUS O’NEIL AND DARREN YOUNG) (NON-TITLE)
We get an inset promo from the PTP where they weigh in all three of their opponents at Summerslam-the New Day, the Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores. Apparently, they’re big like an afro. Woods and Titus start, with Titus hitting a shoulder off the ropes. Woods escapes a powerslam and tags in E, who clubs Titus in the gut. Titus responds with another shoulder and a clothesline before tossing E across the ring. He follows up with an avalanche before E tosses him to the floor. With the ref distracted, Kofi kicks Titus in the face. E rolls Titus in after tagging Woods, and they do their stomping bit. It ends with Woods tagging back in, and E sends him in for a low dropkick in the corner. Commercials.

Back from the break, E has Titus in an abdominal stretch. Titus tries to break free with elbows, so E starts nailing him in the gut. He hits a running shoulder in the corner, then charges in again, only to have Titus explode out of the corner with a clothesline. Titus kicks E away and tags into Young as Woods also tags in. Young hits some clotheslines and some jabs before catching Woods with an overhead belly-to-belly off the ropes. He nails a rolling elbow, sending Woods to the apron, where he’s hit with a back suplex across the apron. Kofi charges at Young at ringside, only to receive a back-body drop. Young heads back in and chops Woods in the corner. Woods reverses a corner whip, charges in, gets backdropped to the apron, hits a shoulder through the ropes and goes for a tornado DDT through the ropes. Young blocks it and hits a northern lights suplex. Instead of holding the pin, Young rolls through and hoists Woods up for the Gut Check. E gets on the apron and yanks Woods to the floor, saving him from the move. The New Day start to leave the match, but Los Matadores and El Torito come out onto the stage. They are joined by the Lucha Dragons as well. As the New Day are focusing on the other teams, the PTP nail Kofi and E from behind, leaving Woods alone. He turns around and tries to back off. Titus grabs him by the hair and throws him into the ring, right into the Gut Check from Young, which gets 3.

WINNERS: THE PRIME-TIME PLAYERS.

Los Matadores and the Lucha Dragons enter the ring and surround the PTP, but no further confrontations occur.

I love that, when announcing the judges for Tough Enough, the Miz is announced as “Former WWE Champion”, but Daniel Bryan, despite being a 3-time World Champion, gets nothing.

MATCH 4: NEVILLE AND CESARO VS. WWE WORLD CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS AND KEVIN OWENS
Rollins and Cesaro start with Rollins ducking a clothesline before being caught with a northern lights bomb that Cesaro turns into a delayed vertical. Owens tries to run in, but is cut off by Neville. Meanwhile, Cesaro just continues to hold Rollins upside-down while the respective partners fight. He finally drops Rollins after Neville boots Owens to the floor. Neville then hits Rollins with a standing SSP before Cesaro clotheslines him to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Owens and Neville are legal, and Owens hits a snapmare, which he then turns into a rear chinlock. Neville fights out of the hold, but then gets spiked with a DDT for 2. Owens hits a forearm, then tags in Rollins, who clubs Neville in the back. Neville gets bodyslammed, and Rollins follows up with a jumping knee for 2. Rollins applies a rear chinlock, which Neville counters with a jawbreaker. He crawls for the tag, but Rollins cuts him off and whips him hard into the corner. Owens tags in and kicks Neville in the back, then drops him with a short-arm for 2. Owens goes back to the rear chinlock. Neville fights out with punches before he’s shoved to the corner. Neville catches an incoming Owens with a big boot. Rollins tries to interfere, but gets tossed to the floor. He lands on his feet and yanks Cesaro off the apron just as Neville is about to tag. Owens gets back up and nails Neville with a cannonball for 2 as Cesaro breaks it up with a headbutt. Owens shoves Cesaro back to the floor. He goes back to Neville, who rolls him up for 2. Owens drops him with a clothesline, then misses a running senton. Rollins tags in and cuts Neville off with a back suplex. Neville lands on his feet, forearms Rollins and goes for the tag. Rollins corner-whips him, but Neville dives over Rollins’ back and flips across the ring for the tag to Cesaro. Cesaro catches Rollins with an overhead belly-to-belly, then boots Owens to the floor. he hits his series of corner Europeans, then presses Rollins over his head and tosses him to the floor. Owens moves out of the way instead of catching his partner, then checks on Rollins a second later. He sees Cesaro coming out for a suicide dive and shoves Rollins into the move while backing away. Neville then wipes Owens out with a twisting plancha. Cesaro blasts Rollins with a European uppercut that sends him flying over the announce desk, then rolls him back in and hits a top-rope cross-body for 2. Owens hits the ring, but Cesaro throws him right back out. Rollins pops up with a Ghetto Blaster, then looks for the turnbuckle powerbomb, which connects. Rollins sets up the Pedigree, but Cesaro counters with a back-body drop. Rollins hangs on and catches a sunset flip for 2, only to have Cesaro spin around and turn it into a Sharpshooter. Rollins crawls for the bottom rope, so Cesaro pulls him back to the center. He breaks the hold when he sees Owens coming, trips Owens, looking for the Cesaro Swing. As Owens fights it, Rollins sneaks in and rolls Cesaro up with a handful of tights for 3.

WINNERS: KEVIN OWENS AND SETH ROLLINS.

Owens stomps Cesaro down after the match, then boots Neville as well. Cesaro recovers, tackles Owens and pelts him with rights. He then ducks a clothesline, powers Owens up into an inverted fireman’s carry and turns it into a front powerbomb. Neville then heads up top and comes off with the Red Arrow.

END OF SHOW.

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Daniel Bryan: Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes! WWE DVD Review

August 14, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I’ve been a long-time fan of Daniel Bryan, ever since I first read about him in the Apter mags and found out he grew up about 40 minutes north of me. The state of Washington hasn’t produced a huge amount of major successes in pro wrestling, so to see someone tear it up on the indy and international circuits for years before becoming a huge success in WWE is pretty damn cool.

After all the last five years or so, Bryan’s success in WWE has finally earned him the documentary DVD treatment. Thus far, the only other DVD I recall him getting was an entry in WWE’s ill-fated “Superstar Series” line of DVDs, so I was pretty happy to see this DVD come along. The layout is similar to the recent Destruction of the Shield in that, instead of just a sit-down interview with the star, it’s actually recorded as a build-up to a specific match. In this case, it documents Bryan’s road to his pair of matches at Wrestlemania XXX and how he got to that point. Over the course of 90 minutes or so, Bryan documents his career, starting with his time training under Shawn Michaels, working the independents (specifically Ring of Honor), then his hiring/firing/hiring in WWE just a few years ago.

Over the course of Bryan, he doesn’t pull punches about his career and is very honest about everything that has happened over its course. Along with Bryan, we hear stories from his wfie Brie Bella, former trainers William Regal & the aforementioned HBK, Steve Austin, John Cena, Cesaro, Seth Rollins, etc., and they’re just as open and honest about Bryan’s life and career as he is. Rollins and Cena especially heap praise on Bryan, with Rollins actually calling Bryan his hero when they were both on the indy circuit and Cena discussing his full support of Bryan in WWE when not many would (Cena was highly instrumental in getting Bryan rehired after the infamous “TieGate” incident, which is discussed at length). Sheamus also talks about his pair of feuds with Bryan, and how Bryan was so frustrated when he got shafted in two ‘Mania matches with Sheamus. Surprisingly, Sheamus was just as frustrated with those matches, and was exceptionally angry during their ‘Mania match that only last 18 seconds. Apparently, there was a big plan for their match, with the two men discussing at length all they wanted to do in an attempt to steal the show and tear the house down, only to be told at the last minute it would relegated to basically a joke match (they fortunately got to somewhat make up for it the next PPV in an awesome best-of-3-falls match at Extreme Rules).

Over the course of the documentary, what’s somewhat surprising is how humble Bryan is about damn near everything. Despite being a major star in WWE with a worldwide fanbase, he still only cares about the wrestling. In fact, Bryan and his wife both repeatedly mention how uncomfortable he is when doing appearances, media blitzes, etc. Even if fans are excited to see him, by his own admission, he somewhat locks up and gets a bit shy, never really accepting the fame and recognition he’s rightfully earned. He sees himself as nothing more than a wrestler who has just happened to get some lucky breaks, and all he truly cares about at the end of the day in terms of his job is getting out in the ring and doing his thing.

While the documentary is good and pretty informative, much like the aforementioned Shield DVD, it feels rushed. While Bryan talks about all the major parts of his life and career, a lot of the parts are really glossed over and condensed into segments that last only a few minutes. It would have been nice to hear him talk more at length about his time with HBK and on the indies, maybe hear some stories about his favorite indy opponents, matches, and things of the like. It definitely contains some really enjoyable stories from Bryan and others, but I would have liked to hear more. After stellar sets like the ones WWE has put out for Steve Austin, Chris Jericho and Edge, where they get a pretty hefty documentary portion, it seems like they are getting shorter and shorter with some of the newer releases.

Fortunately, there’s still a lot to be enjoyed, and that brings us to the matches. While there’s not a lot on here most current fans haven’t seen, what is here is great. You get Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho from NXT, the triple threat from ‘Mania, his classic with CM Punk at Money in the Bank and his Summerslam match with John Cena when he won his first WWE Championship, to name a few. Also included are one of his matches from Velocity as an enhancement talent with Jamie Noble (remember when Velocity and Shotgun Saturday Night matches featured the roster wrestling local or enhancement talent, and they were super competitive instead of just squashes?), as well as his very first match with WWE, which was recorded prior to a Sunday Night Heat taping and featured him (under a mask as American Dragon) and Shooter Schultz (whatever happened to him?) vs. Spanky and Lance Cade in an all-Texas Wrestling Academy tryout. The match is surprisngly good, especially when you consider all four guys were only a few months into their careers at that point. The lack of commentary makes it kind of awkward, but the crowd gets really into it towards the end, and it was a good omen for most of the people involved.

Overall, the set is really enjoyable, and listening to Bryan’s stories is really interesting and entertaining. What it lacks in content, it makes up for in quality, and is definitely a must-have for any Daniel Bryan fan out there.

Disc 1

“Journey to WrestleMania” Documentary:

The Journey Begins
Chasing The Dream
Shawn Michaels
Independent Scene
Remaining Humble
NXT
The Nexus
Press Conference
WrestleMania XXVII
The History of Yes!
WrestleMania XXVIII
Daniel Bryan: WWE Superstar
The Yes Movement
Kickboxing
Media Frenzy
Training for WrestleMania
Triple H
Occupy Raw
The Movement Grows Stronger
Brie
WrestleMania Axxess
Hall of Fame
WrestleMania XXX
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
Triple Threat Match
Champion
Reaching Your Dream
WWE WrestleMania 30 – Daniel Bryan Winning World Heavyweight Championship

DISC 2
WWE – Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho on NXT

Power of Yes

Tryout

American Dragon & Shooter Schultz vs. Brian Kendrik & Lance Cade
Austin, TX [SmackDown Taping] • February 8, 2000

Extra List

Jamie Noble vs. Brian Danielson
Velocity • January 18, 2003

Getting Signed

Daniel Bryan vs. Chris Jericho
NXT • February 23, 2010

Borderline Insulting

United States Championship Match
The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan
Night of Champions • September 19, 2010

Money in the Bank Winner

World Heavyweight Championship Match
The Big Show vs. Daniel Bryan
TLC • December 18, 2011

Champion

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Daniel Bryan vs. The Big Show
SmackDown • January 6, 2012

Redemption Match

2 out of 3 Falls Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
Extreme Rules • April 29, 2012

Anarchist

No Disqualification Match for the WWE Championship
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Special Guest Referee: AJ Lee
Money in the Bank • July 15, 2012

Team Hell No

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Daniel Bryan & Kane
Night of Champions • September 16, 2012

WWE – Daniel Bryan Winning First World Heavyweight Championship

DISC 3
WWE – Triple H as Referee for Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena SummerSlam Match

B-Plus Player

Gauntlet Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger, Antonio Cesaro and Ryback
RAW • July 22, 2013

SummerSlam Main Event

WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan
Special Guest Referee: Triple H
SummerSlam • August 18, 2013

Great Moment / Short Reign

No Disqualification Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
RAW • March 17, 2014

The YES Movement

Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan
WrestleMania XXX • April 6, 2014

Victory, Injury, & Recovery

Daniel Bryan’s Big Announcement
RAW • December 29, 2014

What’s Next??

Winner Will Face Brock Lesnar At WrestleMania For The WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns
FastLane • February 22, 2015

WWE – Daniel Bryan Injury Announcement on RAW

BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES

He Gave Me A Lot

John Cena vs. Brian Danielson
Velocity • February 8, 2003

Mentor

Daniel Bryan vs. William Regal
NXT • April 13, 2010

Brie

Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. Ted DiBiase & Maryse
RAW • December 6, 2010

Daniel Bryan and Kane Attend Anger Management
RAW • August 2012

The Wyatt Family’s Newest Member

Steel Cage Tag Team Match
The Usos vs. Bray Wyatt & Daniel Bryan
RAW • January 13, 2014

WWE – Daniel Bryan & Bray Wyatt Cage Match with The Usos

Stories:

School of Wrestling
Just A Dude
Memphis Developmental
King of the Indy’s
Stigma
Charisma
NXT Troubles
Fired
Yes / No ?
The Proposal
Giant YES!
Book of Yes
The Beard

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August 08, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE SmackDown opens up on Roman Reigns, mid-promo, talking about the Wyatt Family reunion at Battleground. Reigns doesn’t ask for help, but when it comes to family, he can do family vs. family. Do the fans want to see a family war? It’s very simple: If the Wyatts are man enough to face Reigns…and his psychotic brother, Dean Ambrose at Summerslam…but if Wyatt is brave enough, he’ll be picking his teeth out of his beard all night long, because he and Ambrose are bringing the fight all night long. Believe that.

Rusev and Summer Rae come out. Rusev says Reigns needs to get out of the ring, as Rusev has more important things to talk about. Reigns wants to know what that is. Rusev says Reigns has more important things to worry about, like facing him later tonight. Reigns asks if Rusev is going to talk about making his new girlfriend look like his old girlfriend, and how creepy it is. Rusev says not to talk about his “Hot Summer”. Reigns laughs. Rusev rambles on, then says he’ll call Reigns “Lana” because he reminds Rusev of him. Reigns echoes my thoughts and says no one has any clue what Rusev just said. The only thing everyone got out of that speech is that Rusev is a sexist freak. If Rusev wants to enter the ring, they can talk in a language the whole world understands. Reigns then “cocks” his fist after dropping the mic.

MATCH 1: THE NEW DAY (BIG E, KOFI KINGSTON AND XAVIER WOODS) VS. WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE PRIME-TIME PLAYERS (TITUS O’NEIL & DARREN YOUNG) AND MARK HENRY
Henry is giving Big Show a run for his money in terms of face/heel turns. We get an inset promo from PTP about how the New Day want to cut the front of the line for a shot at the titles. Henry is there, too, and says something about how they’re in line for the “Hall of Pain”. E screams for Henry to retire. I agree. Woods and Young start with a Woods arm wringer. Young counters with a fireman’s carry and a wringer of his own. Woods counters into another arm wringer, which Young counters again. Woods breaks free and hits a dropkick. He headbutts Young, then hits a few strikes in the corner. He hits a snapmare and goes for a rear chinlock, but Young counters into a side headlock. Woods backs him to the corner and hits a quick shoulder before hitting a corner whip. Young avoids a splash and rolls him up for 2. They crisscross until Young catches Woods with an inverted atomic drop. He follows up with a quick kick for 2. Kofi tags in, but gets knocked to the apron with a punch. Young follows him out and back suplexes him on to the apron. Wrestlers really need to stop doing apron moves. Ask BJ Whitmer. Woods tries to interfere, but he gets hiptossed at ringside. E then comes around, only to be cut off by Titus and Henry. Commercials.

Back from the break, Titus is legal for his team, and he drops Kofi with a chop. He follows up with another chop in the corner, then tags in Henry. Henry hits a blow to the gut, then walks across Kofi’s chest. He throws Kofi to the corner and avalanches him before tagging in Young. Young hits a back elbow for 1. He misses a clothesline and catches a knee to the face. Kofi gets tossed to the floor after making a blind tag to E. E hits Young with a vertical splash, then stomps him down in teh corner. Woods tags in and does the same. You know this spot. Kofi’s in. Then E. Then Woods. Then Kofi. Then E. Woods tags in one more time and gets sent in by E for a low dropkick in the corner. Woods hits a fist drop for 2, then applies a cobra clutch. Young breaks free with a jawbreaker before hitting E on the apron. E and Kofi fire back, and when Young turns around, Woods nails him with a superkick. E tags in and hits a Warrior Splash for 2 as Titus breaks it up. E picks Young up for an over-the-shoulder backbreaker, but Young escapes. He ducks a clothesline and connects with an enziguri. Titus and Kofi tag in. Titus knocks Kofi down a couple times, drops Woods on the apron, then blasts Kofi with a big boot. In the corner, Titus hits an avalanche and follows up with a powerslam for 2 as E breaks it up. Young drops E with a spinning neckbreaker before getting dropkicked to the floor by Woods. Young goes for a slam on Woods, but Woods escapes and goes for an Irish whip. Henry makes the blind tag before Titus knocks Woods down. Kofi comes flying off the buckles, but Titus catches him and hits a fall-away into a World’s Strongest Slam from Henry for 3.

WINNERS: MARK HENRY AND THE PRIME-TIME PLAYERS.

WWE now has a prank show on the Network. It looks about as entertaining as you’d think (that is to say, not at all).

We see the New Day bitching about their loss in the back when New Guy stops them for an interview. He asks if this loss will move them down in regards to a shot at the tag titles. Woods says the PTP did not beat them; Henry scored the pinfall. Kofi says Henry should have retired a long time ago. E does his dumbass shtick. Kofi and Woods continue from this point before saying they’ll be the next champs. Then they start chanting.

MATCH 2: CHARLOTTE (W/BECKY LYNCH) VS. NAOMI (W/SASHA BANKS AND TAMINA)
Charlotte has an amazing entrance theme. Naomi’s is “Bloobity, bloobity, YEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAH!” Just felt like pointing that out. The two lock up beofre Naomi hits a monkey flip. Charlotte hangs on, does the same, then floats over for 1. Naomi goes into a waistlock, which Charlotte counters. Naomi counters with a side headlock into a springboard sunset flip for 1. Charlotte answers with a roll-through for 2. In the corner, Naomi tries to ram her ass into Charlotte’s face before kicking her away. Charlotte is back up, and she drops Naomi with a chop. Naomi slaps her, so Charlotte hits a tackle and goes for the Figure-8. Banks comes in and stomps Charlotte, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: CHARLOTTE.

Lynch hits the ring and tosses Naomi to the floor. The faces then duck a clothesline attempt by Tamina before dropping her as well. We see referee Mike Chioda talking to the ring announcer, getting instructions in his ear piece. You know where this is going.

MATCH 3: CHARLOTTE AND BECKY LYNCH VS. NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION SASHA BANKS AND NAOMI (W/TAMINA)
Charlotte goes after Banks, who immediately goes to the ropes, where she kicks Charlotte in the face. Charlotte comes back with a Thesz press and some mounted punches. She pulls Banks to her corner for a tag. Lynch comes in, and the faces hit a double hiptoss and double elbow drop. Lynch applies an arm wringer before Banks backs her to the corner. Naomi tags in and clubs Lynche before working on her left arm. Lynch comes back with an arm wringer, ducks a punch and goes for a roll-up. Naomi blocks it, so Lynch turns it into a sunset flip for 2. She follows up with an Oklahoma roll for another 2, then a crucifix for 2, and finally a dropkick. She follows up witha two legdrops, gets a blind tag, hits a revolution legdrop, then moves so Charlotte can hit a Nature Boy Knee for 2. Charlotte hits a series of rolling headscissors before Naomi tags out to Banks. Banks gets rolled up for 2 off a missed clothesline, then reverses a corner whip. Charlotte does the Flair Flip before shouldering Banks through the ropes. Banks distracts the referee, which allows Naomi to grab Charlotte’s foot. She kicks Naomi away before Tamina gets on the apron and knocks her to the floor with a superkick. Banks heads out and celebrates, despite doing absolutely nothing in the match thus far. She rolls Charlotte in for a pin, getting 2. Naomi tags in (go figure), and the heels hit a double back elbow for 2. Naomi lands a series of forearms to the face and follows up with a snapmare before kicking Charlotte in the spine. A low clothesline gets 2, and now Naomi has Charlotte in a rear chinlock. Charlotte counters with a jawbreaker, but Naomi quickly recovers and hits an enziguri for 2. Banks tags in, and the heels hit Charlotte with a pair of kicks before hair-whipping her for 2. In the corner , Charlotte backdrops Banks to the apron. Banks lands on her feet and yanks Charlotte down by the hair for 2. Banks takes a swing at Lynch and misses before hitting Charlotte with a straightjacket backcracker. She holds on, turning the move into a submission. Charlotte manages to snapmare out of it before hitting a back-body drop. Lynch and Naomi tag in, with Lynch hitting a pair of clotheslines and a couple of kicks. She hits a nice exploder suplex for 2 as Banks breaks it up. Charlotte tosses Banks before Tamina pulls Charlotte to the floor behind the ref’s back. In the ring, Lynch gets kicked in the face for 2. Naomi follows up with a bodyslam and a legdrop for 2. Naomi applies a rear chinlock with her knee in Lynch’s back. Lynch fights to her feet before eating a back elbow. Naomi applies a straightjacket, except she doesn’t appear to know what she’s doing. Commercials.

Back from the break, Lynch gets a pin on Banks for 2 before Banks slams her face into the mat. Naomi tags back in and kicks Lynch in the corner. Lynch hits a few body blows and goes for a tag, but gets tripped. Naomi drags her away from her corner, then hits a suicide legdrop for 2. She bulldogs Lynch into the middle buckle before tagging in Banks, who runs into Lynch’s back with a pair of knees for 2. Now Banks applies a straightjacket while ramming Lynch face-first into the mat. She holds on and goes for a submission. Why is this such a popular move in this match. Lynch mares out of it and tags in Charlotte. Charlotte hits a pair of chops, a modified neckbreaker and a spear for 2 as Naomi breaks it up. Naomi rolls Charlotte up for 2, even though she never made the tag, which Jerry Lawler points out. What is this, TNA? Charlotte ducks a clothesline, but then gets knocked down off the ropes. Now Jimmy Uso is even pointing out Naomi never tagged in. She goes for a pin, but Charlotte reverses for 2. They do this spot again and Naomi gets 3 with a handful of tights.

WINNERS: SASHA BANKS AND NAOMI.

That match was a f**king mess, especially at the end, with all fault squarely on the shoulders of Banks and Naomi.

MATCH 4: STARDUST VS. ZACK RYDER
Gee, I wonder if Ryder has a chance? The two lock up and jockey for position before Stardust gives a rope break. He taunts Ryder, so Ryder shoves him. Stardust clubs Ryder down before getting hit with a facebuster. Ryder follows up with a corner clothesline and a few mounted punches. He blocks a kick and whips Stardust’s leg down, only for Stardust to go into a handstand and kick Ryder with the other foot. Stardust then throws Ryder face-first into the middle buckle before standing on his face. He stomps Ryder in the ankle, then punches him before driving his knee into Ryder’s spine. He locks in a bow-and-arrow, which Ryder reverses into a pin for 2. Ryder goes for a clothesline, but Stardust blocks it and hits a sit-out uranage for 2. Stardust stomps Ryder in the leg, then goes for the uranage again. Ryder elbows out before hitting a flapjack off the ropes. Ryder connects with a couple punches and a pair of knees in the corner. A missile dropkick from the middle connects, as does a corner forearm. Ryder hits the Broski Boot and goes for the pin, only getting 2. Ryder calls for the Rough Ryder, but Stardust flees to the corner, where he boots Ryder in the face. He stacks Ryder up for 2, only for Ryder to reverse into a pin of his own for 2. Stardust kicks Ryder off the ropes and connects with the Queen’s Crossbow for 3.

WINNER: STARDUST.

Stardust cuts a promo about Stephen Amell being on RAW. No one cares. He also calls Neville “The Man That Gravity Deprived”. Still no one cares.

WWE has a Demi Lovato song for the Summerslam theme, because they’re obviously in touch with their fanbase right now.

New Guy, who’s name is apparently either Rip Bronson or Rip Thomas, judging by the announce team (I’m going with Thomas, since that was [NAME REDACTED]’s character name in No Holds Barred), is standing by with the “World’s Largest Waste of a Wrestling Paycheck”, the Big Show. Show is shadow-boxing. Thomas talks about Ryback still being scheduled to fight both Show and the Miz (WHY???) in a triple threat at Summerslam for the title, despite his injury. Thomas asks Show if that’s affected his preparation going into the “pay-per-view”. Show says he’s ready to fight now. Ryback is at home, starring in his own “Rocky” movie. Show does a terrible Ryback impression. Then makes stupid jokes about movies that are currently in theaters. He calls Miz a “part-timer”, then says he’ll knock out Ryback. Much like Mark Henry, who in the blue hell is paying to see/hear this guy?

MATCH 5: ROMAN REIGNS VS. RUSEV (W/SUMMER RAE)
This is supposed to be the main event, yet according to my feet, there’s still about 34 minutes left in the show. I got a bad feeling about this. They stare each other down, then go into a lock-up. Rusev backs Reigns to the corner, but Reigns pushes off before breaking the hold. They lock up again, and now Reigns applies a side headlock. Rusev blocks a hip throw, then shoves Reigns into the ropes. They collide before Rusev hits a pair of shoulders. Reigns comes back with a forearm and a shoulder of his own before hitting a hip throw. Rusev breaks free by yanking the hair, then clubs Reigns across the back. He assaults Reigns in the corner, but Reigns comes back with an uppercut. He gets backdropped int he corner, lands on his feet on the apron and hits another uppercut. He pulls Rusev through the ropes and kicks him twice in the chest before pelting him with rights. Rusev grabs him by the hair and sends Reigns face-first into the post, causing him to crash to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rusev is driving his elbow into Reigns’ neck. He then applies a trapezius claw before dropping some more elbows for 1. He goes back to the claw, and I choke on my own bile as the cameraman won’t stop filming Rae. Reigns starts to stir and fights his way out of the hold with punches. Rusev shoves him to the corner, blocks a boot and hits a spinning back suplex for 2. Rusev drops a couple headbutts, then stomps Reigns in the chest. He mounts the middle buckle and dives off for another headbutt, but misses. The two slowly get to their feet and trade punches. Reigns gets the better of the exchange until Rusev kicks him. Rusev charges off the ropes, but so does Reigns, who hits a misdirection clothesline. They pull themselves up in opposite corners, and Reigns runs into a back elbow. He shakes it off and hits a pair of clotheslines before flying off the ropes with a third. Reigns hits his series of corner clotheslines, then knocks Rusev down with an uppercut. Rusev falls to the bottom rope, so Reigns runs around ringside and hits what is now apparently known as the Fly-By. Back in the ring, Reigns hits a release German suplex. He goes for the move again, but Rusev elbows him and tries one. Reigns blocks it before running into what is supposed to be a spinning heel kick (but is actually a spinning ass-to-the-face) for 2. Rusev gets Reigns in the corner and hits him with a series of knees before Reigns catches him, powers him up and drops him with a sit-out powerbomb for 2. Reigns gets up first and goes for the Superman Punch. Rusev meets him with a thrust kick, but Reigns just kind of haphazardly spins around and connects with it anyway before collapsing. Rae starts to make her way into the ring before the referee sees her. As she walks back down the steps, Lana marches down to ringside and spears Rae before slapping her across the face. Rusev screams at her before Reigns rolls him up for 2. As Reigns gets up, Rusev hits another thrust kick for 2. Rusev starts throwing a fit as Reigns pulls himself to his feet. He misses a third kick, and Reigns connects with a spear for 3.

WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.

Reigns becomes the third man to pin Rusev.

Bray Wyatt appears on the TitanTron as Reigns is celebrating, and he’s clapping. He says he tried to warn Reigns. He tried to tell him that Wyatt’s hands bring Reigns’ empire crumbling. As far as Reigns’ challenge for Summerslam, consider it accepted. Family vs. family. Reigns brings his lunatic, and Wyatt brings his brother. But Reigns should know by now that Wyatt welcomes this war. *laughter*

END OF SHOW.

Okay, so apparently, my feed was just screwed up, and part of the show was repeated at the end. Not sure what that was about, but at least we didn’t get a half-hour Rusev match.

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WWE SmackDown Results and July 30 Recap

July 31, 2015 By: Category: Videos

Seth Rollins is opening the show this week, and he’s smiling. We go to clips from his match with John Cena on RAW, which resulted in Cena suffering a broken knows as a result of a high knee. Back to the arena, Rollins doesn’t care about the “You tapped out” chant. He single-handedly forced Cena to put the Authority back into power, and everyone said “So what?” He became the first man to cash in the MITB case at Wrestlemania, and heard the same thing. He stood toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar at Battleground, did exactly what he said he would, and all he hears is those same two little words from everyone. A man can only take so much, and on RAW, he reached his breaking point. The unfortunate victim of his rage was Cena. Cena was sent to the ER with the aforementioned broken nose. He pummeled and unloaded on Cena until his nose was smashed sideways across his face. We go back to the footage again, only we see it in slow-motion, which is pretty rough. That’s followed up with black-and-white photos of Cena’s nose. It doesn’t look as bad as Rory MacDonald’s at UFC 189, but still pretty damn nasty. Back to the arena again, Rollins is laughing. What he did to Cena was gruesome, but at the same time, it was kind of beautiful in a way, kind of heavenly and divine. It was like a work of art, but on psychedelic mushrooms. He turned Cena’s face into a Picasso painting. He is an artiste. And John Cena…

Cesaro interrupts, and Rollins says he wasn’t finished. Cesaro knows, because Rollins just goes on and on and on and on and on…about how great Rollins thinks he is, like he always does. But talking about the match on RAW, Rollins failed to mention the best part, when Cena made Rollins tap. Rollins says Cena didn’t make him. It was a strategic move. He has a bigger thing to worry about than the US title. Cesaro says for him to keep telling himself that, champ. And since they have a rematch, Cesaro will see him later tonight. Rollins tells him to “git”, because this is his ring. Cesaro comes back and says that since they’re both here right now, how Cesaro makes him tap out right now? They get in each others’ faces, and a referee appears to make this match official.

MATCH 1: WWE WORLD CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS VS. CESARO (NON-TITLE)
Cesaro blocks a kick and hits two dragon screws. He looks for a half-crab, then the Sharpshooter, before Rollins escapes to the floor. Kevin Owens slowly walks down to the ring, and Cesaro notices him. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rollins has Cesaro in a side headlock. The two crisscross before Cesaro catches a cross-body attempt and hits a backbreaker for 2. Owens is on color commentary now. Cesaro goes for the Sharpshooter again, but then instead hits a double-stomp for another 2. Cesaro hits a European uppercut, sending Rollins to the floor. Rollins rolls back in, misses a double axe handle, then gets hit with a sunset flip from the apron. Cesaro rolls through and goes for the Sharpshooter yet again. Rollins gets to the ropes, gets in a quick shot and goes to the middle for a cross-body. Cesaro catches him and hits an elevated northern lights bomb for 2. In the corner, Cesaro lands another European uppercut, followed by another. Rollins comes back with a complete shot into the middle buckle, then dropkicks Cesaro in the back for 2. Rollins mounts Cesaro for a few punches, then lands a European of his own. Cesaro comes back with a trio before eating a kick off the ropes for 2. Rollins applies a rear chinlock, which Cesaro counters with a back suplex. He misses a corner uppercut, then gets dropkicked to the floor. Rollins goes for a suicide dive, but Cesaro hits a European through the ropes. He comes off with a few more in the corner back in the ring, then goes for the Cesaro Swing. Before it can happen, Owens hits the ring and assaults Cesaro, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: CESARO.

Rollins shoves Owens, acting like he’s pissed, but then the two both stomp Cesaro down as more referees hit the ring and push both men back.

Later tonight, Jack Swagger faces Rusev for the 812th time.

MATCH 2: LOS MATADORES (DIEGO & FERNANDO, W/EL TORITO) AND THE LUCHA DRAGONS (KALISTO & SIN CARA) VS. THE ASCENSION (KONNOR & VIKTOR), KOFI KINGSTON AND BIG E (W/XAVIER WOODS)
The Prime-Time Players are on color commentary. The New Day come out and call both masked teams winners, then asks if they could be the next champs. Yes, they could, and that means if the New Day win, they could become the new top contenders and then the 2-time champs. When asking who the fans would like to see as the new champs, Big E completely ignores the Ascension. After the pointless squash by Randy Orton and this promo, it’s safe to say the Ascension are dead in the water in WWE.

Viktor and a Matador start. The Matador hits a sweep for 1, ducks a clothesline, puts on the brakes, taunts Viktor, then trips Viktor onto the middle rope. He hits Viktor across the back and slides to the floor, tagging the other Matador in the process. Matador hits a slingshot elbow and tags in Cara, who hits a tope con hilo before applying an armbar. Viktor backs Cara into the corner and tags in Konnor. He stomps Cara down in the corner before tagging in Viktor. The Ascension miss a double clothesline and get hit with a double Asai moonsault. Cara goes up top, but gets knocked to the floor by Woods when the ref’s back is turned. Commercials.

Back from the break, Kofi is stomping Cara down in the corner. E tags in and does the same. Then Konnor. Then Kofi. Then E. Viktor tags in and gets 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Cara fights out before eating an uppercut. E tags in and clubs Cara in the gut. Kofi in, and he hits a running kick for 2. Kofi applies an armbar with a chinlock, but Cara fights out. He goes for a tag, but Kofi yanks him down by the mask for 2. Konnor tags himself in and stomps Cara down. Viktor in, and he whips Konnor in for an avalanche. Konnor then sends Cara into a high knee by Viktor for 2 as one of the Matadores breaks it up. Viktor drops a big elbow for 2, then nails a chop. E tags himself in and stomps Cara down. Kofi tags in, and E whips him in for a low dropkick in the corner. Viktor tags himself in as Kofi hits a catapult under the bottom rope. Viktor gets 2, then applies a rear chinlock. You wouldn’t think these 8 would make a boring match, but you’d be wrong. Viktor throws Cara into the buckles, eats a pair of boots, blocks a tag, then misses a corner splash. Cara pulls himself to the corner as E tags in. Kalisto makes the tag and hits a sprinboard dropkick, followed by a springboard twisting cross-body. He dropkicks the rest of the heels off the apron, then runs into a shot by E before hitting a handspring Tidal Crush. He connects with a tornado DDT before Woods distracts him. Torito hits a kick to the head around the post on Woods. Konnor picks him up for a slam, but then gets wiped out by a double suicide dive, courtesy of Los Matadores. Kalisto turns around and ducks Trouble in Paradise and sends Kofi to the floor. He turns around and gets caught with a vertical splash by E. E picks Kalisto up for the Midnight Hour, but Viktor tags himself in before Kofi has the chance. E nails Viktor before Los Matadores pull E to the floor. Viktor recovers and goes for a leglock, but Kalisto reverses it into a modified victory roll for 3.

WINNERS: LOS MATADORES AND THE LUCHA DRAGONS.

New Guy tries to stop Kevin Owens in the back for an interview, but Owens blows him off. New Guy follows him and tells him he’s now in a match tonight. He and Seth Rollins will take on Cesaro and a partner of his choosing. Owens asks who made the match, and New Guy says the Authority. New Guy says he’s sorry, and Owens agrees, but he won’t be as sorry as whoever teams up with Cesaro. Trust him.

Summerslam will be four hours this year. Does anyone care?

We get a video package for Becky Lynch. I love this woman, and it’s not just because of the red hair or the steampunk-themed gear.

The screen cuts to the Wyatt Family. Luke Harper says he used to be a man who thought he had nothing. But Bray Wyatt saved him. He showed Harper the truth, and now, he has everything he never needed. He has a purpose: his life for Wyatt. Wyatt says there’s no doubt in his mind that going into battle with Harper that Harper would be willing to give his life in the name of God. Roman, can you be sure Adam Rose is willing to do the same for you? He’s warned everyone before to be careful, inviting the devil into your backyard, because he might just like it and decide to stay. They’re here to fix the mistake. Anyone but you, Roman. Anyone but you.

Adam Rose is rumored to be the newest member of the Wyatt Family, since Erick Rowan has been shelved with an injury. Needless to say, I’m not happy.

Before the next match, Rusev cuts a promo about Lana’s unprofessional behavior on RAW. Lana disrespected “Hot Summer”. Lana is jealous because she wants to be with Rusev. He knows Lana is watching somewhere. He is ashamed the way he fell for her, then calls her a “Russian wannabe”. He tells Rae that, after he crushes his opponent, he’ll take her and their new puppy, Dog Ziggler, for a walk. Not here in Oklahoma, of course. Mayble they’ll lay down a blanket, stare into each other’s eyes…And Jack Swagger comes out to get squashed in his home state.

MATCH 3: RUSEV (W/SUMMER RAE) VS. JACK SWAGGER.
What do you think? Rusev wins with the Accolade.

WINNER: RUSEV.

Rusev tries to continue the attack after the match, but misses an avalanche. Swagger hits him with an elevated belly-to-belly and applies the Patriot Lock before Rusev escapes.

New Guy (who I think they called Rip Morgan or something. I don’t know, I wasn’t really listening) is standing by wth Cesaro in the locker room area. He points out the match tonight and asks if he has a partner. Cesaro says not yet, but he’s the one with the issue with Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins. No one owes him anything. If someone wants to join the fight, fine. If not, he’s been on his own his whole career. If he has to do it again tonight, that’s fine. He knows what he’s walking into.

The feud with Neville and Stardust is STILL going.

MATCH 4: R-TRUTH VS. STARDUST
They lock up, and Truth applies a side headlock before hitting a shoulder off the ropes. They go into the crisscross before Truth hits a forearm. He slaps Stardust and whips him into the corner before missing a splash. Stardust kicks him in the back of the leg and rakes the eyes before hitting a clothesline to the back of the head for 2. Stardust applies a crossface chickenwing, but Truth breaks free and gets in a sunset flip for 2. He connects with a pair of clotheslines and a jumping side kick for 2. Truth goes for an Osaka street cutter, but Stardust escapes and shoves him into the buckles. He then hits the Queen’s Crossbow, the move formerly known as Cross-Rhodes, for 3.

WINNER: STARDUST.

Stardust cuts a promo about outer space while holding a yellow mask molded after his own face. He then calls for Neville before trying to put the mask on Truth. Truth briefly gets away before Neville hits the ring. Neville dropkicks Stardust to the floor, then wipes him out with a twisting suicide dive. He rolls Stardust back into the ring and goes up for the Red Arrow, but Stardust bails through the crowd.

We see Sheamus in the back with a stagehand.

After some commercials, we’re back with Sheamus, who is now with Jo-Jo. She asks what triggered him to attack Randy Orton on RAW. Sheamus says he doesn’t need a trigger. Orton thought he’d show up at Battleground and that would be the end. Not by a long shot. When Sheamus returned to WWE, he targeted the underdogs. He did it because he’s a real man. Orton might fancy himself a real man, but when Sheamus’ Brogue meets Orton’s face and Sheamus is the last man standing, he truly will be the last real man in WWE. Before you think he’s the bad guy in this, Sheamus isn’t responsible. Orton said he’d be waiting for Sheamus to cash in his MITB contract to become the next WWE World Champion. When Sheamus sees a threat, he gets rid of it. All of these attacks will not stop until Orton is gone from WWE. Think about it: WWE without Orton. It’s like a blue sky without clouds, or Oklahoma without Tulsa. It’s a dream come true, and he’s entertained.

MATCH 5: KEVIN OWENS AND WWE WORLD CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS VS. CESARO AND DEAN AMBROSE
The two teams start immediately throwing fists and pair off. Ambrose knocks Rollins to the floor, followed shortly by Cesaro doing the same to Owens. Owens and Rollins re-enter the ring, but it’s more of the same. Commercials.

After the break, the bell rings to officially start. Ambrose and Rollins start. Ambrose hits a snapmare and a low clothesline before tagging in Cesaro. They wishbone Rollins before Cesaro hits a low European uppercut for 2. He hits another in the corner, ducks an Owens clothesline and knocks him to the floor. Rollins takes advantage before tagging Owens in. Owens stomps Cesaro down before foot-choking him, then taunts Ambrose. Owens nails a chop and a few punches before hitting a back elbow. Cesaro comes back with a boot and tries to fight his way out of the corner before Owens puts a stop to that. Owens stomps Cesaro some more, then tags in Rollins. They get in a couple shots on Cesaro before Rollins connects with a short-arm clothesline for 2. Rollins applies a rear chinlock as Ambrose bounces on the apron. Cesaro fights out with Europeans before Rollins nails a Ghetto Blaster. A jumping elbow gets 2, and now Owens is back in. More stomps for Cesaro, followed by a running senton for 2. Owens hits a couple straight rights for another 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Cesaro counters with a back suplex, then crawls for the tag. Owens cuts him off and sends him into the corner. Cesaro sidesteps a charge and sends Owens into the post. Rollins tags in, gets backdropped to the apron, then heads up for the flying knee. He misses as Cesaro rolls for the tag to Ambrose. Ambrose hits a cross-body into some mounted punches, then throws Rollins to the corner for some stomps, a running forearm and a bulldog. Rollins heads to the apron, dropkicks Owens in the knee, then backdrops Rollins to the floor. He hits Rollins with a suicide dive and follows up with a chop before rolling him back in. Owens tries to knock Ambrose down, but gets kicked away from the buckles. Ambrose dives over Rollins, lands on his feet, then intercepts a thrust kick and looks for Dirty Deeds. Rollins escapes before getting rolled up for 2. Ambrose ducks a roundhouse and hits a back suplex into a sit-out facebuster for 2. Ambrose sets Rollins up in the corner for a superplex, but Rollins blocks while calling for help. Ambrose sees Owens coming and knocks him to the floor. He goes up again, but Rollins rakes the eyes, flips over Ambrose and runs across the ring with a corner powerbomb for 2. Rollins heads up top and connects with the flying knee before following up with a thrust kick for 2. Owens is back on the apron and looks for the tag, which he gets. He knocks Cesaro off the apron on the other side, then heads up top. Ambrose recovers enough to crotch him, then goes up top for a superplex. Owens fights him off, but Ambrose shakes it off, nails a forearm and tries again. Owens blocks it and hits a twisting superplex for 2, only to have Cesaro break it up with a double-stomp to the back. Owen goes after Cesaro who drops to the floor. Owens then turns his attention back to Ambrose, missing a running senton in the process. Cesaro tags in and blasts Owens with Europeans in the corner, then powers him up on his shoulders with a modified Argentinean backbreaker, only to turn it into a front powerbomb for 2. Cesaro breaks his own pin to lock in the crossface, which he breaks when he sees Rollins coming in. He grabs Rollins by the legs and hits him with the Cesaro Swing before locking in the Sharpshooter. He breaks it when he sees Owens coming back and clotheslines him to the floor. Rollins climbs up top, but gets cut off by Ambrose. Ambrose finally hits the superplex on Rollins, then clotheslines him to the floor. He turns around into an Owens superkick. Owens goes for the pop-up powerbomb, but Ambrose instead leapfrogs over Owens, as well as Cesaro who is right behind. Cesaro rolls Owens up off the ropes and gets 3.

WINNERS: DEAN AMBROSE AND CESARO.

Awesome tag team match. These are the kinds of guys the main event picture should be full of right now.

END OF SHOW.

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WWE SmackDown Results and July 23 Recap

July 24, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Thursday Night SmackDown kicks off with Dean Ambrose coming down to the ring. Looks like we’re going to go into our first match.

MATCH 1: DEAN AMBROSE VS. SHEAMUS
Before the match, Sheamus says Ambrose may have the WWE Universe fooled, but not him. Everyone believes Ambrose is some crazy lunatic, but Sheamus knows he’s simply reckless. Last week, Ambrose and Big Show went through the announce desk. Some people might think it was courageous, but Sheamus thinks it’s just cowardice. He got out of fighting Sheamus last week that way, but guess what? Tonight, there’s nowhere to run or hide. There’s no escape, because Sheamus promises to give Ambrose a good, old-fashioned arse-kicking from the next WWE World Champion. Ambrose says those are profound words, and they got him thinking. It is true what they say: Sheamus does look stupid.

Sheamus throws Ambrose to the corner, but Ambrose escapes and applies a waistlock. Sheamus rolls through and gets under the bottom rope before sliding to the floor. Back in, Sheamus goes for a test of strength before clubbing Ambrose down. He hits a few more shots before Ambrose comes back with rights. Sheamus hits him with a kneelift and a kick off the ropes. Ambrose comes back witha kitchen sink and a seated dropkick against the ropes. He goes for it again, but Sheamus catches him in a tilt-a-whirl. Ambrose escapes and clotheslines Sheamus to the floor. He goes for a suicide dive, but Sheamus nails him with a forearm through the ropes. Ambrose rolls to the apron, where he hits Sheamus with a few punches before hitting a tornado DDT from the apron. Commercials.

Back from the break, Sheamus cuts Ambrose off on the top rope and goes up for a superplex. Ambrose blocks, escapes and pelts Sheamus with forearms, knocking him down. Sheamus recovers and crotches Ambrose by kicking him in the leg. Sheamus slams Ambrose, with Ambrose’s now-bad knee catching the bottom rope. He does it again, then applies a stretch muffler before powering Ambrose up. Ambrose pulls himself to a seated position for a hurricanrana, but Sheamus counters with a sit-out powerbomb for 2. He then applies a half-Boston crab. Sheamus drags Ambrose to the middle of the ring and sits down all the way, only to have Ambrose roll through and break free with kicks. Sheamus hits a European uppercut, but that leads to a rebound clothesline from Ambrose. Ambrose starts slapping his knee, and now the two are trading punches. Sheamus goes low with a kick, misses a clothesline and eats a pair of forearms. Ambrose hits another one in the corner and goes for a bulldog. Sheamus shoves him to the buckles and charges in, misses and gets rolled up for 2. He goes for the Brogue Kick, but Ambrose ducks, sending Sheamus to the floor. Ambrose hits a suicide dive, rolls Sheamus back in, then comes off the top with a flying elbow.

Bray Wyatt’s music hits, and he walks down to the ring. The lights come on, and that’s when we see Luke Harper on the other side of the ring. Ambrose goes out after Harper, only to get blasted by a Brogue Kick from Sheamus. Sheamus rolls Ambrose back in and connects with a second Brogue Kick for 3.

WINNER: SHEAMUS.

Jo-Jo is standing by with Neville. She points out what happened last week with Stardust, and Neville says Stardust is unlike anyone or anything he’s encountered. Stardust is a nut. He refers to Neville as a superhero and himself as a supervillain. Neville sees him as nothing but a coward, and Stardust will learn you can’t hold down what gravity can’t contain. The “Altitude Era” is now. After Neville leaves, the screen behind Jo-Jo scrambles, only to have Stardust appear on it and do nothing except hold his gloves together.

MATCH 2: ADAM ROSE VS. NEVILLE
Why does Rose still have a job? Can anyone give me a legitimate reason? Neville goes for a waistlock, and Rose counters into an arm wringer. Neville flips off the ropes and counters into his own. Rose backs him into a corner, then stomps him down. Rose stomps him in the adjacent corner, then snaps off a suplex for 1. Rose applies a rear chinlock. Byron Saxton referred to Rose as having a new “aggressive streak”. Apparently, “aggressive streak” translates into “expert jobbing abilities”, as the same crap was said about Fandango when he returned and then proceeded to lose most of his matches. Same with Bo Dallas. Anyway, Neville gets back to his feet and fights out of the hold. He reverses a corner whip, runs into a back elbow and gets hit with a hurricanrana off the middle rope. Neville rolls to the floor, and Rose goes for a suicide dive. Neville blasts him through the ropes, flips back into the ring, hits a series of kicks and a flying forearm. Rose backdrops him in the corner, but he lands on the apron and nails Rose with a kick, causing Rose to fall to the floor. Neville hits an Asai moonsault as an “NXT” chant breaks out. Rose is rolled back in, and Neville comes off the top with the Red Arrow for 3.

WINNER: NEVILLE.

Stardust shows up on the big screen, wearing a party hat, with horns blowing in the background. He says a bunch of stupid crap I don’t care about, then asks Neville to be his hero and embrace the strange.

We get a video for Sasha Banks. I can’t tell you how much I hate her gimmick. She’s decent in the ring, but her gimmick is just boring and lazy.

King Barrett comes out and asks for some decorum. At Battleground, amidst all the hoopla concerning the return of the Undertaker, the peasants lost sight of what truly matters, and that is the greatest king in the history of WWE, the “King of Bad News”. At the KOTR tournament a couple months ago, he beat three top superstars in less than 24 hours to wear this cape and crown. At Battleground, he showed the world what happens when you try to mock his accomplishments. In layman’s terms, if you want a shot at this king, you better hit him right between the eyes, because you won’t be getting a second chance. Be warned. The world is now on notice, because this king’s crowning moment is still to come. All hail King Barrett!

MATCH 3: KEVIN OWENS VS. RUSEV (W/SUMMER RAE)
Before Rusev comes out, Owens says that ever since his match with John Cena at Battleground, he keeps hearing three words everywhere: “Tap, Owens, tap”. It’s cute, but not accurate. What did happen is he gave Cena the toughest fight of his career. So he has no problem looking in the mirror, because he’s not the one who goes by the motto “Never give up”. He’s smarter than that. His outlook is “Live to fight another day”, and that’s exactly what he did on Sunday. People can chant all they want, but he has a family to think, kids whose futures depend on him, so he wasn’t about to suffer a career-ending injury at the hands of Cena. That’s probably a hard concept for many to grasp, but the fact is he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He does what he feels is best for his career always, and it was no different on RAW. Once Sheamus left his team high and dry, he knew there was no point in sticking around. Again, he wasn’t going to risk injury fighting three top superstars when his team is one man short. If Rusev if wasn’t so busy trying to figure out which Lana he wants to get to second base with, he would understand that was the right choice.

Rusev marches down to the ring and goes right after Owens with punches. The bell rings, and Owens rolls to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Owens is stomping Rusev down. He nails a right, then hits a chop in the corner. Rusev fights out of the opposite corner with headbutts before Owens hits a forearm. Rusev comes back with a suplex for 2, then gets hit with a back elbow off the ropes. Owens kicks Rusev in the spine, then pelts him in the temple with rights before kicking Rusev down. Owens goes for a German suplex, but Rusev reverses. Owens fights him off before getting hit with a vertical splash. Rusev connects with a fall-away slam. Rusev misses a splash in the corner and gets hit with a superkick. Owens connects with the cannonball, then drags Rusev away from the corner for a pin that gets two, while yelling “God, lose some weight!” Owens hits a couple rights and a short-arm clothesline for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Jesus, keep the camera off of Summer Rae. She’s repugnant. Rusev gets back to his feet and slugs Owens in the gut before Owens hits a lung blower for 2. Owens goes back to the chinlock, grinding Rusev to the mat. Owens pulls Rusev back to his feet and breaks his own hold with some punches. Rusev starts punching back, knocking Owens down several times. He connects with a kick to the chest, another kick off the ropes and a swinging back suplex. Rusev runs into a back elbow in the corner, ducks a clothesline and hits a spinning heel kick. And by “kick”, I mean he connected with his upper quad. Rusev hits the thrust kick, stomps Owens in the back and goes for the Accolade. Owens slides out and rolls to the floor. He starts to climb back in at 6, but then decides he’s had enough and heads up the ramp, losing via count-out.

WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: RUSEV.

Owens screams up at Rusev that he fights on his own terms, that’s he’s Canadian and not a stupid American.

New Guy is standing by with Cesaro. New Guy says Cesaro has been picking up a lot of momentum lately, and tonight, he faces WWE World Champion Seth Rollins. Cesaro says this feels right. Pushing John Cena to the limit is in the past. Tonight, he’s got the champ. He always wanted to be in this spot. He spent years honing his craft. He hasn’t spent Christmas with his family in 11 years, but he wouldn’t change anything because he loves this. Tonight, he faces the champ, and success doesn’t come overnight. For everyone in this country that has hopes and dreams, he wants to prove that hard work pays and the American dream never dies.

Kevin Owens interrupts him and says no one cares. He beat Cena in his first night. He accomplished more in one night than Cesaro has done his entire career, and nobody cares about his dreams or how he abandoned his family, which is what he did. Cesaro says Owens is the authority on abandoning things since he’s abandoned half his matches since coming to WWE. And where did he come from? Catering? Oh, no. He came from another abandoned match. Owens says he’s headed to catering now to grab a bite and watch Cesaro lose to Rollins. Cesaro tells him not to choke on his food, like he did against Cena at Battleground. Now, why doesn’t Owens do what he does best and “Walk, Owens, walk.” Owens wishes him a sarcastic “good luck” and walks away.

MATCH 4: NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION SASHA BANKS AND NAOMI (W/TAMINA) VS. THE BELLA TWINS (BRIE AND WWE DIVAS CHAMPION NIKKI, W/ALICIA FOX)
Naomi and Nikki start with a lock-up. Nikki hits a monkey flip out of it for 1, then follows up with an arm-drag into an armbar. Naomi whips her down by the hair, then hits a low clothesline. She walks into a spinebuster for 2, and now Brie tags in. The Bellas hit a double flapjack for 2. Brie goes for a neckbreaker, but Naomi spins through and hits a couple kneelifts. Banks tags and gets kicked. Nikki tags in and hits a dropsh*t for 2 before applying a headscissors. Nikki then does some push-ups in the hold for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Banks eventually kicks out of the hold, then walks into a side headlock. Brie tags in and hits a missile dropkick off the middle rope for 2. Brie hits a knee against the ropes, hollers like a banshee and goes for a running knee. Tamina pulls Banks to the floor, avoiding the move. The ref apparently gets distracted by Fox as Brie grabs Banks through the ropes, allowing Tamina to hit her in the face with a superkick. Brie falls to the floor. Banks stomps Brie down as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Naomi is now legal, and she’s stomping Brie in the corner. Naomi kicks Brie, follows up with a kneelift, a bodyslam and a legdrop for 2. She runs Brie’s head into the middle buckle, and Banks tags in for the cover, getting 2. She throws Brie to the corner for a foot-choke, then sets Brie across the middle buckle and drops a pair of knees into the midsection for 2. Banks knocks Nikki off the apron, then throws Brie to the corner for some illegal double-teaming as Nikki argues with the ref. Naomi tags in and hits a snap suplex for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Brie fights out before running into a flying back elbow. Banks tags in as Naomi hits a full-nelson bomb. Banks kicks Brie in the chest for 2, then applies a straightjacket. Brie eventually snaps Banks off and dives for a tag, but Banks catches her and powers her to the corner for a tag to Naomi. Naomi hits a version of Eat Defeat for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. She breaks the hold and hits some crossface shots before going back to it. Brie fights out before Naomi clocks her and throws her to the corner. Naomi connects with a splash in the corner before getting backdropped to the outside. She lands on her feet on the apron, only to have Brie dropkick her to the floor. Tamina rolls Naomi back in as Nikki makes the tag. Nikki connects with two clotheslines, a dropsh*t and a back-body drop. She knocks Banks off the apron and connects with an Alabama Slam for 2. She goes for the Rack Attack, but Banks nails her in the gut. Brie tackles Banks, and the two roll to the floor. Brie gets to her feet near Tamina, and she & Fox take Tamina down with a double clothesline. In the ring, Naomi rolls Nikki up with a handful of tights for 2. Nikki avoids the Rear View and connects with a forearm shot. She hits the Rack Attack and gets 3.

WINNERS: THE BELLA TWINS.

For Banks’ big Smackdown debut, she did next to nothing, then jobbed to the Bellas. Good booking, WWE.

MATCH 5: WWE WORLD CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS VS. CESARO (NON-TITLE)
Cesaro goes right after Rollins, causing Rollins to immediately bail to the floor. He gets back in and Cesaro rolls him up in a schoolboy, which he turns into a front chancery. Rollins counters into an arm wringer. Cesaro does the same and hits a snapmare for 1. He catches Rollins in a gorilla press off the ropes and drops him in a front Warrior Slam. Cesaro goes for a European uppercut in the corner, but Rollins moves, causing Cesaro to collide with the buckles. Rollins knocks him to the floor with a knee to the back. Rollins follows up with a suicide dive as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Rollins has Cesaro in a scissored sleeper. Cesaro manages to get to his knees and power himself up. He breaks the hold by falling into the buckles, but then turns around into a complete shot into the middle buckle. Rollins hits a short-arm clothesline for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Cesaro gets to his feet and breaks the hold with a very nice Saito Suplex. That’s a move we don’t see enough in American wrestling. Rollins recovers, charges in and gets shoved to the floor. He lands on his feet and heads up top for a flying knee. Cesaro moves, but Rollins lands on his feet. He goes for a corner forearm, which Cesaro also avoids. Rollins collides with the buckles, then turns around into an overhead belly-to-belly. Cesaro connects with his series of corner European uppercuts, then goes a spinebuster. Rollins tries to counter into a sunset flip, but Cesaro powers him up into a suplex for 2. Cesaro goes for a Sharpshooter, but Rollins squirms too much. Cesaro says “screw it” and goes for a double-stomp instead, getting 2. Rollins recovers and backdrops him to the outside. Cesaro lands on his feet, fights Rollins off and hits a top-rope cross-body. Rollins rolls through for 2. A backslide gets another 2, as does a low thrust kick. Rollins sets up a powerbomb, but Cesaro sandbags him. Rollins hits a couple kneelifts and goes for it again. Cesaro counters with a back-body drop. Rollins lands on his feet, only to get taken out with a surprise dropkick off the ropes for 2. Rollins rolls to the apron and begins crawling to the corner. Cesaro meets him and goes for the outside-in superplex. Rollins blocks and nails a kick from the apron before slingshotting in for a sunset flip. Instead, he holds Cesaro up and runs him across the ring for a corner powerbomb. Rollins goes for the Pedigree, but Cesaro breaks free and locks in the Sharpshooter. Rollins tries to get a rope-break, so Cesaro blocks his arm and transitions the hold to a crossface. Cesaro then rolls himself over, keeping the hold locked in and rolling Rollins away from the ropes and more towards the center, all in one fluid motion. Rollins tries to crawl to the bottom rope. Cesaro sees it, breaks the hold and goes for a leglock. Rollins grabs the ropes, and when Cesaro tries to snap him down, Rollins lands on his feet and hits Cesaro with a Ghetto Blaster. Rollins comes off the ropes, but Cesaro catches him with a Very European Uppercut for 2. Rollins rolls to the floor and grabs his title belt, looking to bail on the match. Cesaro rolls out on the other side of the ring, charges around and blasts Rollins with another European uppercut. He rolls Rollins in, kicks the title belt out of Rollins’ hand and hits a spinebuster. He goes for the Cesaro Swing, but Rollins thumbs him in the eye while the ref is taking the belt out of the ring and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Rollins hits the Pedigree and gets 3.

WINNER: SETH ROLLINS.

Kind of a crappy finish, but that was a killer main event.

As Rollins is celebrating on the stage, Kevin Owens marches down to the ring and proceeds to assault Cesaro before hitting the pop-up powerbomb.

End of show.

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July 17, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This Sunday is WWE Battleground, although no one really seems to care. Roman Reigns makes his way down through the crowd. After seeing a clip of the fight between Reigns and Bray Wyatt on RAW, Reigns says this started when Wyatt screwed him at MITB. Ever since then, he’s interfered in every one of Reigns’ matches and tried to get in his head with stupid mind games. Reigns is sick of it, and Wyatt isn’t in his head. He can’t break Reigns’ focus. If he could, Reigns wouldn’t have whipped him on RAW all over Atlanta. Wyatt needs to stay out of his business tonight, because he’s got a good one for Birmingham. He’s teaming with Dean Ambrose, and they’re bringing the fight to Sheamus and Big Show. The good guys…

The lights go out, and Wyatt appears on the TitanTron, clapping. He’s impressed. It appears the prophecy is true. Reigns is the perfect combination of brutality and brains. What is it that Reigns did to deserve those gifts? What gave him the right to try and make a clown out of Wyatt? On RAW, he didn’t need to turn around to find Reigns; he knew he was there. He could feel Reigns’ presence. For a moment, he was like everyone else and admired Reigns. He can see why they chose Reigns and believe in him. After all, Reigns is the unattainable. A stone monument that represents all that is good in this world. But understand Wyatt when he says his hand is the hammer, and at Battleground, the hammer destroys the monument and leaves it crumbling on the ground. *Laughs* Reigns says Wyatt keeps talking about this hammer. Why doesn’t he bring it down to the ring? Or is he going to stay on the TV all night? It sounds like Birmingham wants him to come down the ring now. Wyatt laughs and says Reigns holds no power over him. This is what true power looks like, and while Reigns stands out there with the insignificant people, just because they cheer for him, chant his name…go on, Reigns. Collect your roses, gladiator, because at the end of the day, none of them are real. But what is real is that while Reigns is in the ring, gallivanting around, Wyatt is back here with everything Reigns actually cares about. Does Reigns honestly think he can protect them all from him? He’s capable of some horrific things, and their game has only just begun. *Laughs* Reigns says the only thing that’s real is the whole world saw the “Face of Fear” run from Reigns live on RAW. Wyatt says that’s the fire that he’s been trying to get out of Reigns. Give it to him, because he knows that when he corners this vicious dog, he’s expecting the dog to bite him. But what Reigns doesn’t understand is that he’s the master, and when he raises his hand, that vicious dog will sit and obey. He wants Reigns to take some advice: Before Battleground, he wants Reigns to go home and surround himself with the people he loves most, and he wants Reigns to kiss them, tell them he loves them, and tell them he’s sorry. After Battleground, he won’t be able to promise he’s coming home. Anyone but you. Anyone but you.

MATCH 1: THE LUCHA DRAGONS (KALISTO AND SIN CARA) VS. BIG E AND KOFI KINGSTON (W/XAVIER WOODS)
The Prime-Time Players are on commentary for this match. Cara and Kofi start with a lock-up. Kofi applies a side headlock, hits a shoulder off the ropes, goes into a crisscross, poses for the crowd, then starts clapping. Cara applies a headlock now and hits his own shoulder off the ropes. More crisscrossing until Cara hits a springboard cross-body. Kofi comes back with some shots and tags in E. E tees off on Cara in the corner, then tags Kofi backs in. Cara boots both of them and counters an E arm wringer with a takedown on E and a headscissors on Kofi simultaneously. Kalisto tags in and Cara wheelbarrows him onto Kofi for 2. Cara back in, and he comes off the top, hitting Kofi with a forearm to the back. E makes a blind tag, Cara ducks a double clothesline and goes for another cross-body. E and Kofi catch him and dump him to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, E and Kofi take turns stomping Cara down in the corner. E whips Kofi in for a low dropkick in the corner, and Kofi follows up with a kick off the ropes for 2. Kofi applies a half-nelson/chinlock combo, but Cara elbows out. Kofi trips him and slides to the floor in the process. Back in, Kofi goes to the middle rope and snaps off a hurricanrana, but Cara rolls through for 2. Kofi nails Kalisto before kicking Cara and tagging in E. E locks in an abdominal stretch, but Cara knees his way out. E catches him with a back elbow off the ropes for 2, then kicks him across the ring. Cara blocks a corner charge, fights off Kofi, dives over E and tags in Kalisto. Kalisto hits a springboard cross-body, then goes for a corkscrew plancha. E catches him and sends him into the ropes, where he hits a handspring Tidal Crush. Kalisto trips him before hitting a Kalisto Kick. He ducks an incoming Kofi and nails him, knockin him to the floor. Cara wipes Kofi out with a suicide dive. Kalisto gets grabbed from behind by E for a roll-up, but he counters into a Salida del Sol and goes for the pin before Woods jumps up on the apron. Cara blasts him with a kick and calls for a tag, but Kofi yanks him down. Kalisto tees off on E and goes for an Asai moonsault. E catches him before tagging in Kofi and the two hit the Midnight Hour for 3.

WINNERS: BIG E AND KOFI KINGSTON.

Woods grabs a mic and tells the PTP that what just happened is what the power of positivity is all about, baby. Kofi says the PTP thought they could keep the New Day down, but what they failed to realize is when they ride the train of positivity, there is nothing in the world that can derail them. E then just orders the crowd to clap, because at Battleground, they’re taking what is rightfully theirs, and prime time is their time. The belts return to them, and they become the new WWE Tag Team Champions. Woods says then everyone will sing with them, “New-Tag-Champs”. The PTP hit the ring, so the New Day bail.

Roman Reigns is in the locker room with Dean Ambrose. Ambrose checks to see if Reigns is good. Reigns says he’s just ready for Sunday. He’s ready to beat the crap out of Bray Wyatt and be done with him. Ambrose is sick of him, too. He’s lucky they didn’t do worse to him on Monday. He wants to take care of the jokers tonight and keep an eye out for Wyatt.

MATCH 2: KING BARRETT VS. JACK SWAGGER
Swagger takes Barrett down by the waist, then rolls him over for 1. He picks Barrett up by the neck, but Barrett quickly gets to the ropes for the break. Swagger goes for a waistlock again after tripping the leg. He then powers Barrett up for a takedown. He goes for it again, but Barrett elbows out and nails Swagger in the corner. Swagger gets corner-whipped, avoids a splash and hits a clothesline off the ropes. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb, but Barrett sees it coming and rolls to the floor. Swagger follows and slams him face-first into the apron before rolling him back in. On the apron, Barrett nails a mule kick, then throws Swagger into the top buckle. He drapes Swagger across the top, nails some forearms to the back and goes for a kick. Swagger avoids contact, and Barrett collides with the buckles. Swagger hits a hotshot from the apron and rushes back in, only to have Barrett nail him in the face. Barrett follows up with the Royal Bull Hammer and gets 3.

WINNER: KING BARRETT.

R-Truth’s music hits, and he starts to do a speech, but Barrett cuts him off. He says this has gone on way too long. He’s sick of Truth’s nonsense. He’s the King of the Ring because he won an 8-man tournament, defeating 3 wrestlers in less than 24 hours. Truth was in the tournament, but wasn’t good enough to win it, so he makes a mockery of Barrett’s crown. The crown is one of the most prestigious accolades in the history of WWE. Some of the all-time greats have been the King, including himself. Truth wants to come out every week, no matter how many times Barrett beats him, to make a mockery of the crown. That’s fine, but the jokes and laughter end on Sunday. Barrett is going to beat him so badly, Truth will be on his knees, bowing down to the true King, and all will hail King Barrett.

We see Cesaro getting ready for his match. Kevin Owens spots him, wishes him luck, then walks away.

MATCH 3: RUSEV (W/SUMMER RAE) VS. CESARO
The two lock up and jockey for position. Rusev eventually controls and backs Cesaro into the corner. He misses a clothesline, and Cesaro takes him down with a waistlock before rolling him over into a crucifix for 1. He holds onto the waistlock before Rusev gets to the ropes. Rusev gets in a couple cheap shots, then clubs Cesaro down. Rusev hits a kick off the ropes, but Cesaro no-sells and nails a clothesline. He goes for a suplex, but Rusev fights him off and clubs him across the back. Rusev hits a knee, then goes for a suplex. Cesaro blocks twice and powers Rusev up for one of his own, getting a 1-count. Cesaro nails a right and a European uppercut. Rusev backdrops him to the apron, then tries to throw him into the buckles. Cesaro blocks counters and climbs back in. Rusev catches him with a knee and a goofy-looking swinging back suplex. Rusev stomps Cesaro down befor foot-choking him against the bottom rope. Rusev corner-whips Cesaro, then catches him with a knee to the chest. Rusev knocks him down with a punch, then lays in some stomps. Cesaro comes back with some rights and body shots. He ducks a clothesline and hits a German suplex. He hangs on for a second, but Rusev elbows his way out and hits a vertical splash against the ropes before dropping Cesaro with a fall-away slam for 2. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rusev headbutts Cesaro in the back before applying a rear chinlock. Cesaro elbows out, ducks a clothesline and hits a springboard European uppercut. He follows up with more uppercuts in the corner, then hits an overhead slam for 2. He sends Rusev to the floor with a dropkick and goes for a suicide dive. Rusev nails a forearm through the ropes, comes back in, ducks a clothesline and hits a spinning heel kick for 2. Rusev stomps Cesaro on the back and Cesaro then counters the Accolade attempt by rolling onto his back. He pulls Rusev down for a Sharpshooter, then instead hits a double-stomp to the gut. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer, but Rusev backdrops him. Cesaro lands on his feet, then turns around into a thrust kick. Rusev calls for the Accolade again, stomping Cesaro in the back. He tries to lock it in, but Cesaro blocks it before grabbing the ropes. Rusev stomps him down, then charges in, only to get low-bridged to the floor. Cesaro dropkicks him through the ropes and lands outside as well. He charges in, only to have Rusev nail him with a big kick. Rusev rolls Cesaro back in and breaks the 10-count at 9, but then decides to go up top. He goes for a dive, but Cesaro meets him mid-air with a Very European Uppercut. Cesaro hits the Neutralizer and gets the 3!

WINNER: CESARO.

Cesaro becomes only the second man to pin Rusev, and he proceeds to celebrate with the fans in the front row. That’s a good win for Cesaro, and I hope it leads somewhere.

New Guy approaches Sheamus (who is now sporting a bull ring) for an interview about tonight’s main event, as well as his match with Randy Orton on Sunday. What are Sheamus’ thoughts on his upcoming challenges? Sheamus say they might seem like big challenges to a little man like New Guy, but he is just one Brogue Kick away from becoming the next WWE World Champion. It’s just another day at the office. He doesn’t cower from challenges; he embraces them. Tonight will be fun when he teams up with Big Show to take on Ambrose and Reigns. And he can’t wait to see the smile on his own face after what happens in the ring tonight. He wants to send a message to Orton, who has been jumping and mocking him. He invites Orton to watch tonight and see the battering he gives his opponents, because it’ll be nothing compared to the beating at Battleground. Tonight is about competition, but Sunday is personal, and everyone will be entertained.

MATCH 4: STARDUST VS. NEVILLE
Neville blocks a kick and applies a side headlock. They crisscross before Neville hits a seated dropkick. He lands a spinning back kick before Stardust hits a misdirection forearm. He stomps Neville down in the corner, then lands a snapmare and a running knee to the face for 1. Stardust drives his knee into Neville’s back, then takes him down with a rear chinlock. Neville snapmares out, runs into a back elbow, then leapfrogs an incoming Stardust, sending him crashing to the floor. Neville heads out and connects with an Asai moonsault beore rolling Stardust back in. He goes for a slingshot sunset flip, but Stardust drops down for the pin and grabs the ropes. The ref sees it before he counts three, leading the two to argue. Neville then surprises Stardust with a victory roll and gets 3.

WINNER: NEVILLE.

New Guy stops Neville in the back to congratulate him on his victory after his loss on RAW. What was his strategy in this match? Neville starts to talk about strategy when he gets attacked by Stardust from behind. Stardust then rambles.

We see Sasha Banks, Naomi and Tamina watching clips from the 9-woman brawl on RAW, when Jo-Jo asks for a reaction to that brawl. Naomi says finally, the odds are even. Her and Tamina having been riding together, but now they have the NXT Women’s Champion with them. Banks says “The Boss” (horrible nickname) is here in WWE. It’s their time to take over and run the divas division. The Bella Tw*ts, Alicia Fox, Paige, Charlotte and Becky Lynch want to step to them? They think they can take Banks and her girls? They’ll handle their business. Naomi says they’re bad, the best at dominating. Why? Because they are the most amazing & athletic diva, the most power diva and the baddest diva on the same team. They are the trifecta. They didn’t come here to make friends or play nice. Play time is over. Banks says you can bank on that. Tamina then stares Jo-Jo down.

MATCH 5: DEAN AMBROSE AND ROMAN REIGNS VS. SHEAMUS AND THE BIG SHOW
The IC triple threat that was supposed to feature Ryback, Show and the Miz for the title has been canceled due to Ryback suffering a staph infection in his knee. Sheamus locks up with Ambrose and backs him into the corner. Ambrose reverses, then grabs a waistlock and takes Sheamus down. Sheamus backs him to the ropes, turns around and hits a European uppercut. He hits another out of the corner, but then Ambrose comes back with some forearms. Sheamus catches him with a kneelift and a snapmare before kicking him in the spine. Sheamus hits another European uppercut, misses a clothesline and gets caught with a flying forearm. Ambrose hits another in the corner and goes for a bulldog. Sheamus shoves him off and hits a forearm, but Ambrose rebounds with a clothesline and knocks Sheamus to the floor. Reigns tags in as Show checks on Sheamus on the floor and nails them both with a running apron kick. Back in, he tags in Ambrose, who wipes them both out with a flying elbow. Commercials.

Back from the break, Reigns tags in to face off with Show, who is now legal. Show goes for a test of strength, but quickly breaks it and throws Reigns to the corner. He goes for a big chop, but Reigns fights out with kicks and punches. Ambrose tags in and hits Show with several punches and chops before running into a shoulderblock. Sheamus tags in and hits a standing release suplex. Ambrose comes back with punches and gets him against the ropes for a running dropkick. He follows up with a second, then goes off the ropes, only to have Show yank him down. Sheamus capitalizes with the Irish Curse for 2, then tags in Show. Show boots Ambrose, then punches him in the gut. I just realized Show isn’t wearing a shirt like he did last week. Not sure what that was about. Anyway, Show hits a bodyslam, then walks across Ambrose’s gut. He connects with the Nightmare on Helms Street for 2, then throws Ambrose to the corner for a pair of chops beofre tagging out to Sheamus. Sheamus throws him to the adjacent corner, hits a running shoulder thrust, a kneelift and an Irish Hammer. Show tags back in and hits another bodyslam. Show misses a big elbow off the ropes, and Ambrose makes the tag. Sheamus also tags in, and Roman drops him with a trio of clotheslines. He hits several more in the corner, then nails a big uppercut and a Samoan drop. Reigns calls for the Superman Punch, sees Show getting back up and goes after him instead. Show catches him with a goozle and shoves him into Sheamus’ White Noise for 2 as Ambrose breaks it up. Ambrose then dropkicks Show in the knee, sends him to the floor and goes for a suicide dive. Show catches him by the throat and goes for a chokeslam through the announce desk, but Ambrose counters with a DDT through the desk. Back in the ring, Reigns and Sheamus trade punches and uppercuts. Reigns gets the best of the exchanges before being thrown to the corner. Reigns backdrops an incoming Sheamus, but Sheamus lands on the apron, peppers Reigns with punches and then hits a hotshot. Sheamus heads up for the Battering Ram, but Reigns sees it coming. Sheamus rolls through and turns around into a Superman Punch. Reigns calls for the spear, but Bray Wyatt appears out of nowhere and attacks Reigns, leading to the DQ.

WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: DEAN AMBROSE AND ROMAN REIGNS.

Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail, but Reigns escapes and nails a Superman Punch. Sheamus is back up and he goes for the Brogue Kick. Reigns ducks and nails him with a spear.

END OF SHOW.

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