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WWE SmackDown Results and April 23 Recap

April 25, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Seth Rollins, and J&J Security are heading down to the ring. We get clips from RAW of Randy Orton RKO’ing everybody. Back to the arena, Rollins calls Orton oh-so clever, #RKOOuttaNowhere. He’s glad Orton got it all out of his system, because this Sunday at Extreme Rules, Orton is banned from using the RKO. I cannot stress enough that Orton is banned from using a move in a match with no disqualifications. How is no one in WWE seeing the problem here? Anyway, Triple H appointed Kane the special “gatekeeper” for this match. Rollins doesn’t care, as he doesn’t need the help of anyone in the Authority, including some aging, former monster like Kane.

This of course brings Kane down to the ring. He says Rollins doesn’t get it. He’s not a former monster. He can chokeslam Rollins to hell. He’s not just a veteran or corporate executive; he’s the guy who could be Rollins’ best friend on Sunday, or the guy who could secure the greatest loss of Rollins’ career. Rollins says they both know if Kane is not on Rollins’ side on Sunday, he’ll be fired. Kane says if Rollins were as smart as he thinks, he’d suck up to Kane, since Kane watches over the door of the cage. Rollins says the only reason Trips appointed Kane this position is because he feels sorry for Kane. Trips said it himself: Kane is not a monster; he’s a suit. A corporate entity. So, he should stick to doing what he does best, like when he laid down for Rollins. At Extreme Rules, stick to what he’s best at doing, and that’s being told what to do. That’s what’s best for business. Kane agrees and says that they believe in doing the right thing by one another, there’s something Rollins could do for him. After all, since Kane laid down for Rollins, it’s only fair that Rollins do the same for him. Rollins laughs before he realizes Kane is serious. He’s the WWE World Champion. He doesn’t lay down for anyone. Kane points out that he’s the man who holds the key to Rollins’ destiny, then orders a referee down to the ring. A referee runs down as Kane says this is non-title. He then orders J&J out of the ring. Rollins says Trips is one state away, but Kane says to ring the bell.

MATCH 1: WWE WORLD CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY) VS. KANE (NON-TITLE)
Rollins continues to scream at Kane, and says they are not doing this. Kane says Trips isn’t here right now. That means that tonight, Kane is the Authority. Rollins says this isn’t best for business. Kane orders him to lay down, or he will reach down and rip Rollins’ guts out. Rollins tells him to calm down, then slowly lowers himself to the mat. Rollins tells him to get it over with. Kane gets down and tells Rollins he’s just messing with him. Kane says they’re both part of the Authority. That means they always have each others back. Unfortunately, Rollins’ real opponent isn’t as reasonable as Kane.

WINNER: NO CONTEST.

Rollins argues about having to wrestle, but Kane reminds him he has the power tonight, as he’s now apparently He-Man. Days away from Extreme Rules, Rollins needs to be reminded of what extreme is. That’s why he’s facing his former Shield brother, Dean Ambrose, right now.

Dean Ambrose heads down to the ring, but before he gets there, Luke Harper’s music hits. He comes out, and now Ambrose is debating what to do. He charges into the ring after Rollins, only to have J&J jump him. He fights them off until Harper knocks him to the floor. Ambrose throws him into the announce desk, only to have Rollins roll him back into the ring. Ambrose fights him off, but quickly gets attacked from behind by Harper and J&J. They quadruple-team him until Roman Riegns hits the ring. He proceeds to take out everyone before going for the Superman Punch on Rollins. Rollins sees it coming and bails. Reigns turns around into a mule kick by Harper, who then goes for a powerbomb. Reigns escapes, and Ambrose nails Harper. Reigns then drops him with a Superman Punch as Rollins and company throw a fit on the stage. Kane just shakes his head from ringside.

Tonight, Rusev faces Ryback. I guess someone on creative remembered that these two were feuding at one point, only to never have a real match.

MATCH 2: DOLPH ZIGGLER AND NEVILLE VS. BAD NEWS BARRETT AND SHEAMUS
We get an inset promo from Ziggler and Neville. Ziggler says at Extreme Rules, after he beats Sheamus, he gets to make the big fella pucker up and kiss his own arse. But first, he is teaming up with the “Man That Gravity Forgot”. Neville says tonight, they cut a couple bullies down to size.

Sheamus comes out and has a mic. He says their opponents are the underdogs of WWE. Underdogs, and undersized. Now, it’s an insult that people compare Ziggler and Neville to real men like them. It’s a fantasy. Size matters, and underdogs never win. Where’s the rest of Neville? As for Ziggler, this Sunday, he’ll bring Ziggler a step ladder so he won’t have to stand on his tippy-toes when he has to kiss Sheamus’ arse.

Finally, the bell rings, with Neville and Sheamus starting. Sheamus throws Neville to the corner, but Neville comes back with kicks to the leg. Neville avoids a corner whip, flips across the ring, hits a pair of boots and sends Sheamus to the floor with a hurricanrana. BNB charges in, and gets low-bridged. Neville wipes them both out with a twisting suicide dive as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, BNB is now legal for his team, and he has Neville in a rear chinlock. Neville gets back to his feet, but BNB hits him with a kneelift. In the corner now, BNB misses a running boot. He tags in Sheamus, who prevents Neville from tagging out by dropping a knee to the back. He hits the release vertical suplex, then follows up with another one. He picks Neville up, hits him with a knee, then starts screaming in his face. Neville comes back with an enziguri, then crawls for a tag. BNB and Ziggler both tag in. Ziggler ducks a clothesline, hits one of his own, follows up with a corner splash and ends the sequence with a neckbreaker. The Shot to the Heart connects for 2. He misses the rocker dropper, ducks a big boot and hits the leaping DDT for 2. Ziggler nails Sheamus on the apron, but then runs into the Wasteland by BNB for 2. BNB signals for the Bull Hammer, but Ziggler ducks and goes fo rthe superkick. BNB blocks it and goes for the Winds of Change. Ziggler quickly counters that into a crucifix for 2. BNB charges at him in the corner, only to get hit by Neville on the apron. Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag after a quick tag to Neville, who goes up and hits the Red Arrow as Ziggler takes out Sheamus on the floor, and that’s good enough for 3.

WINNERS: NEVILLE AND DOLPH ZIGGLER.

We get a video for the return of WWE Tough Enough. This is coupled with clips of a bunch of dipsh*ts pretending to be wrestlers, including this horrendous girl who looks to be about 13 that goes by the YouTube handle lugeyps3. You want your IQ to drop immediately? Listen to just a few seconds of any of her 8000 “commentary” videos on there. Oh, and one other girl says it would be great to get in the ring with Brie Bella. That should tell you all you need to know (if the fact that the track record for contestants in WWE is pathetic didn’t already do the job).

Bray Wyatt appears on the screen. He says your streak is just an illusion, like everything else. But you can’t fool him. He sees right through you. He knows what drives you. He knows what motivates you, because it’s the same for every man. It’s the fear. You can’t help it. It runs through you. It’s ingrained in your genetic composition. And he will soon expose you for the weakling you are. He will take that one thing from you that you cannot live without. Tell him, friend. After all, what use is there for a butterfly with no wings?

MATCH 3: NATALYA VS. NAOMI
The two lock up, and Naomi backs Nattie into the ropes, where she hits a kneelift and a forearm to the back. Off an Irish whip, Nattie blocks a hiptoss and hits one of her own. She ducks a clothesline and hits a modified side-Russian legsweep before attacking Naomi against the bottom rope. Naomi pulls Nattie face-first into the middle buckle, then catapults her underneath the bottom rope for 2. Naomi hits a forearm to the face, then applies a rear chinlock. Nattie gets to her feet, and Naomi hits her with a kneelift. She follows up with a bodyslam and elbow before missing a legdrop. Nattie ducks a clothesline and hits a slingshot atomic drop before stepping over Naomi’s head and hitting a seated dropkick for 2. Naomi avoids a corner whip and goes for headscissors, and Nattie tosses her to the apron. Naomi hits a high kick to the face, then follows up with a slingshot sunset flip. Nattie rolls through and goes for the Sharpshooter, but Naomi breaks it with a slap to the face. She avoids a corner splash and hits the Rear View for 3.

WINNER: NAOMI.

After the match, Naomi talks some trash to Nattie, then kicks Nattie in the ribs.

We get another promo with the Prime-Time Players. Titus O’Neil says they’ve addressed all of the other tag teams, but still need confirmation on where they can find Los Matadores, those Puerto Rican bullfighters. Finally, someone said it! Onto the next team, the champions, Cesaro and Tyson Kidd. He says they’re great athletes, and Cesaro is one of the most interesting characters on the WWE roster. He’s interesting because he’s uhh…Darren Young says it’s because he’s German. Titus corrects him and says he’s Swiss, which is the same, but different. Two things that make him interesting: his beret and his bag. Young calls it a purse, then reads a poem about Kidd, mocking him with juvenile fart and p*ssy/cat jokes. Titus calls the PTP the best team in the company, future champs, and worth millions of dollars. You know what comes next.

Rusev and Lana are in the ring. Lana says there is an American phrase that says, “Knowledge is power.” This past Monday on RAW, Rusev educated John Cena on the true power of the Russian chain. We see a still as Lana says Cena struggled and tried, but yet again, failed. The Russian chain has protected Russia’s most valuable treasures and secured the most dangerous criminals for generations. But this Sunday, at Extreme Rules, Cena will be chained to the “Super Athlete”, where the chain will destroy America’s last great hope. Rusev tells Cena that, on Sunday, he won’t be able to escape. The chain is a handicap for him, but a weapon and tool for Rusev to drag his body around the ring as he exposes Cena’s failure to the world. He is America’s champion and this is Rusev’s world. He promises Cena will beg for mercy, and he also promises no mercy will be shown. And tonight, the “Big Guy” Ryback is going to join the list of fallen Americans.

MATCH 4: RUSEV (W/LANA) VS. RYBACK
Rusev talks some trash, and now the two lock up. They jockey for position until Rusev hits a kneelift. He clubs Ryback down with double axe handles, then kicks him a few times before applying a side headlock. Ryback counters with a back suplex, then hits Rusev with some headbutts. He follows up with shoulder thrusts in the corner, then nails a big chop. Rusev comes back with some punches and sends Ryback across the ring. Ryback explodes out of the corner with a shoulder for 1. He applies an arm wringer, but Rusev comes back with another kneelift. He goes for a suplex, but Ryback counters with a delayed vertical. Rusev rolls to the floor, and Ryback follows. He nails a right and rolls Rusev back in. Rusev avoids a shoulder in the corner, sending Ryback shoulder-first into the post and down to the floor. Rusev heads out and rams him back-first into the post. He rolls Ryback in as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Ryback breaks a waistlock attempt, but then gets sent face-first into the buckles. Ryback fights his way out of a bearhug moments later, hits a back elbow out of the corner, avoids a corner splash, hits a boot, then a series of rights. Ryback hits a couple of forearms, then hits a spinning belly-to-belly out of the corner for 2. Ryback goes for the Warrior Splash, but Rusev blocks with his knees. Ryback hits another boot out of the corner, then catches an incoming Rusev with a powerslam for 2. Ryback misses the Meat Hook, but then blocks a thrust kick and hits a standing spinebuster. He calls for the Meat Hook again and connects for 2. Ryback sets up Shell Shocked, only to have Rusev escape and bail to the floor. Ryback goes after him, only to get hit in the gut with Rusev’s chain, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: RYBACK.

Rusev continues the assault, wrapping the chain around his arm and nailing Ryback in the back of the head. He stomps Ryback in the back, then locks in the Accolade while pulling the chain across Ryback’s face. He rolls into the ring, chain still in-hand. Lana places his medal around his neck, and then the Russian flag drops from the ceiling.

We see Seth Rollins with J&J, and they’re apparently looking for Luke Harper. Jamie Noble says he’s Harper is his cousing, then makes inbred jokes. Harper surprises them, and Noble just wants to make sure they’re on the same page, and that he needs to do whatever Rollins tells him. Harper stares off into space as Rollins lectures him. Joey Mercury taps him on the shoulder, then makes a bunch of hand gestures. Harper grabs him by the collar and says Mercury broke his concentration. He was busy thinking of all the way he was going to hurt Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Pain is his specialty. Don’t get in his way.

The New Day come out for Kofi Kingston’s one-on-one match. On a side note, did Xavier Woods piss someone off? He almost never gets a match of any kind. Anyway, Big E grabs a mic and says there is a plague in the WWE Universe, and it’s a lack of positivity and smiling. A lack of embracing the one next to you. And worst of all, a lack of clapping. Woods says one of the main problems is that the tag champs refuse to embrace this type of positive message. But have no fear, New Day is here! They’re like medicine: they might not taste good going down (Nope. Not going to do it), but they’ll cure whatever problem you have. Kofi says when they become the champs, the entire WWE Universe can get back to doing what the world needs more of, clapping. They clap to keep the faces smiling, to keep the WWE Universe positive, and so they can embrace the New Day.

MATCH 5: KOFI KINGSTON (W/BIG E AND XAVIER WOODS) VS. WWE TAG TEAM CO-CHAMPION CESARO (W/TYSON KIDD)
Kofi quickly goes for a roll-up, getting 1. He hits Cesaro with a dropkick, then gets some moral support from his partner. Off a side headlock, the two crisscross until Cesaro catches Kofi in mid-air and puts him down with a backbreaker. In the corner, Kofi hits the Pendulum, then nails a cross-body, right into some punches. Kofi applies a sleeper, but Cesaro escapes and hits a spinebuster. He goes for the Cesaro Swing, but is distracted by Woods on the apron. Kidd pulls him down and sends him to the floor. E steps in and hits Kidd with an overhead belly-to-belly at ringside. Cesaro dropkicks E through the ropes, but then turns around into Trouble in Paradise for 3.

WINNER: KOFI KINGSTON.

We get a backstage interview with Big Show. He’s whining about Roman Reigns not paying his dues. At Extreme Rules, he’ll expose Reigns for what he is: beneath Show.

MATCH 6: DEAN AMBROSE AND ROMAN REIGNS VS. LUKE HARPER AND WWE WORLD CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY)
As both teams are in the ring, Kane comes out. He’s apparently going to sit at ringside. Harper and Ambrose start, with Harper backing Ambrose into the corner. They switch positions a few times until Ambrose gets whipped across the ring. He avoids contact, blocks a kick and hits a dragon screw. Ambrose hangs Harper’s leg on the ropes and hits a seated dropkick before tagging in Reigns. Reigns kicks Harper in the corner, then nails a clothesline off a corner whip. Ambrose tags back in, and he snaps off a few jabs before hitting a snapmare, a low clothesline and a power drive elbow. Harper comes back with punches and an uppercut before tagging in Rollins. Rollins hits a hip throw. Ambrose gets back to his feet and tries to escape a side headlock, which he does, off a back suplex. He ducks a clothesline and begins laying into Rollins in the corner. Reigns tags in and nails an uppercut. Reigns connects with a suplex for 1, then applies an arm wringer. Rollins gets corner-whipped, but blocks the charge. He clubs Reigns across the back of the head, then drives him down with a front chancery. Reigns powers his way back up and throws Rollins onto his face. Ambrose tags in and hits a pair of chops to the throat, followed by a forearm in the corner. Rollins blocks a bulldog attempt, but then gets nailed in the corner. Ambrose goes up for possibly a moonsault, but then gets crotched. Rollins shoves him to the floor, and Ambrose takes a nasty spill, nearly colliding with the ring steps. Rollins distracts the referee, which allows J&J to double-team Ambrose, followed by Harper dropping him with a big boot. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rollins hits a Sling Blade for 2, then locks in a body scissors. Ambrose breaks free and catapults Rollins into the corner. Harper tags himself in and clotheslines Ambrose from behind. Ambrose comes back with a boot out of the corner and follows up with a tornado DDT. Harper recovers first and tags in Rollins, who nails Ambrose with rights to the side of the head. Rollins smacks Ambrose around until Ambrose surprises him with a quick punch. Rollins responds by peppering him with rights and hitting a pair of short-arm clotheslines. He goes for a third, but Ambrose ducks, and the two collide off the ropes with simultaneous cross-body attempts. Harper and Reigns tag in, and Reigns nails a few clotheslines before hitting a few more in the corner. Harper ducks another, then gets hit with a Samoan drop. Rollins comes in, and Reigns puts him down with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Back to Harper, Reigns hits him with what kind of starts as a Saito suplex, but then gets turned into a powerbomb. That’s the best way I can describe it, anyway. Reigns loads up the Superman Punch, only to have J&J jump on the apron and cause a distraction. Reigns puts them both down at the same time with a single Superman Punch, only to have Harper roll him up in a schoolboy. He rolls through, however, and levels Harper with another Superman Punch for 2 as Rollins breaks it up. Ambrose takes Rollins out with a flying elbow, then low-bridges Harper to the floor. He hits Harper with a suicide dive, only to have Harper catch him and throw him back-first into the apron. Harper then throws him into the timekeeper’s area before turning around into a running clothesline by Reigns. Reigns rolls him back in and signals for the spear. Rollins tries to come back in, so Reigns knocks him to the floor with an uppercut. He turns around into a superkick by Harper, followed by another one off the ropes that gets 2. Rollins tags in and heads to the top rope, where he hits a flying knee for 2. He calls for Harper, who tags himself in as Reigns gets powerbombed into the buckles. Harper then nails a discus clothesline, but it’s only good for 2 as Ambrose breaks it up. Ambrose rolls to his corner and looks for a tag, which he gets as Rollins also tags in. Ambrose dives off the top rope, over Rollins, who then hits a mule kick. He kicks Ambrose into the ropes, only to have Ambrose rebound with a clothesline. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but breaks it when Harper runs in. He low-bridges Harper, then backdrops Rollins to the outside as well. Ambrose heads up top and hits Rollins, Harper, and J&J with a flying elbow. At this point, Kane finally stands up at ringside. He rolls Rollins in to break the count, but Ambrose rolls back in as well, behind Rollins’ back. Rollins doesn’t realize it and celebrates like he won. Meanwhile, Reigns tags himself in and hits Rollins with a spear for 3.

WINNERS: DEAN AMBROSE AND ROMAN REIGNS.

End of show.
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WWE SmackDown Results and April 16 Recap

April 18, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week, the show emanates from London, England. Kicking off the show is the WWE United States Champion, John Cena. After a clip of him being attacked by a chain-wielding Rusev on RAW, Cena thanks London for hosting WWE. The energy from the crowd made RAW memorable, and admist that energy, we found out that Rusev will face Cena in a Russian chain match for the US title at Extreme Rules, which is the same damn thing as a dog collar match, a strap match, etc. Cena says the match won’t be pretty and may not even involve him. Every time he issues the US Open Challenge, you have a chance to see a new champion. So, enough about RAW and Extreme Rules. This is Smackdown, and there will be another challenge right now.

Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Natalya come out. Kidd says they’re not out here to accept the challenge. What they are out here for is to drop some facts. Cesaro says they are the greatest champions in WWE today. Fact. Kidd says they don’t pander to the audience. Fact. Cesaro says Cena came out on RAW and said London deserves a Wrestlemania. Fact. Kidd says that wasn’t a fact. London doesn’t deserve WM. Fact. Cesaro says there were great chants on RAW. Fact. Kidd’s personal favorite was “Please retire”, but it was directed at the wrong person. Fact. Cesaro says everyone wishes they could not see Cena. Fact. Kidd says, instead, they want to see Kidd and Cesaro. Fact. Cena says that the fans don’t want to see him, but do want to see the tag champs, how about one of them step aside and the other fight him right now?

Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan heads down to the ring and says he heard some talk about the greatest champions in WWE today. Do the fans think Cesaro and Kidd are the greatest today? Resounding boos, followed by a “Yes!” chant. Bryan asks if it’s Cena, and we get more boos. He then asks if he’s the most handsome man in WWE. Mixed reaction. So, instead of Kidd and Cesaro running their mouths, why don’t they prove it against the US and IC Champions? Big “Yes!” chant in response. The tag champs discuss it before Nattie gets in the faces of Cena and Bryan. Kidd pulls her back before saying the match is on.

Later tonight, Neville will face Sheamus. Bray Wyatt is also in action.

MATCH 1: R-TRUTH VS. BRAY WYATT
The two go into a lock-up, and Truth gets backed into the corner before quickly sliding away. He lands a few rights on Wyatt and applies a side headlock. Truth ducks a clothesline and hits the Lie Detector. After some dancing, Truth stops when Wyatt starts crab-walking. He charges in, and Wyatt drops him with an uppercut. Wyatt drives his knees into Truth’s head as the crowd starts singing. He goes for a uranage, but Truth escapes and goes for the axe kick. He misses, ducks a right, then gets blasted with a flying back elbow. Wyatt hits Sister Abigail and gets 3.

WINNER: BRAY WYATT.

We get another “exclusive” sit-down interview, this time with Roman Reigns. I am so sick of these, and not just with Reigns; with everyone. He blathers on beating the Big Show, also known as a feud absolutely no one wanted.

The Miz is in the ring. Last Monday on RAW, Damien Mizdow got lucky, and he promises it will never happen again. Everyone knows Mizdow is nothing without the Miz. He made Mizdow who he is today. He made Mizdow who he is, because that’s what he does: he makes things. He made Mizdow, he made Summer Rae, he made the Marine 4 in a soon-to-be success, and he made each and every one of the fans.

Hometown boy Bad News Barrett comes out to a respectable pop. He says Miz is confused. We’re not in the wretched Hollywood; we’re in London. The WWE Universe hasn’t come out to see a pretend movie star; they’ve come to see the man from the UK, the man who is going to crush the Yes! Movement at Extreme Rules and become a 6-time IC Champion.

MATCH 2: THE MIZ VS. BAD NEWS BARRETT
Miz’s pre-match shtick is just the f**king worst. As he’s doing it, BNB just stares him down, turns the elbow pad inside out when Miz isn’t looking, and knocks his ass out with a Bull Hammer when he turns around for 3.

WINNER: BAD NEWS BARRETT.

Renee Young is standing by with Damien Mizdow and Summer Rae. This combination sucks. Mizdow didn’t need Rae to get over, and Rae? She couldn’t get over if she was riding a guy in a porn movie. Young asks how it felt to get a win over Miz on RAW. Mizdow says it’s like walking outside and the sun is shining, it feels like a bright summer…Rae. She points out the kiss last week, and that’s when Miz interrupts. He tells Young to leave, then tells Mizdow the win was a fluke, and he wants a rematch. He also wants Mizdow to go back to being Damien Sandow. Stop dressing like Miz, using his entrance theme, etc. There’s only one Miz. Rae says everyone knows Mizdow does the Miz better than the Miz. Sweet Jebus, she’s awful. Miz says he’s the original, and Mizdow begins to do his stunt-double bit again, which pisses Miz off. Rae whispers in Mizdow’s ear, and Mizdow says let’s have a rematch on RAW, with the winner getting the rights to the entire Miz brand. Rae does some hideous whining bit before trying (and failing miserably) to look sexy. Miz says on RAW, Mizdow will wind up in the unemployment line, and Rae can go back to the lingerie football league, wearing a helmet, which will be an improvement in her case. Wow. I actually agree with the Miz on something. Anyway, she slaps him, and Mizdow feigns getting slapped as well. Miz storms off, and Miz says that was awesome.

MATCH 3: SHEAMUS VS. NEVILLE
Before the match, Sheamus says he thought Neville would be taller, but he’s just a teeny, tiny little man, just like all the other undersized superstars. Where is he from? That’s right: Newcastle, England. In case he didn’t know, Sheamus is from Ireland. The REAL Ireland, and where he comes from, they don’t like English bastards, which means he really doesn’t like Neville. Neville stares him dow and puts in a mouth guard as the bell rings.

Neville avoids a couple lock-up attempts before Sheamus backs him into the corner and talks some trash. Neville shoves him, which gets him a boot to the gut. Neville slides unders his legs and hits a dropkick. He kicks Sheamus in the leg, flips out of a corner whip, hits a pair of boots in the corner and sends Sheamus to the floor with a running hurricanrana. Neville wipes Sheamus out with a twisting suicide dive, then rolls him back in. Neville goes up top for the Red Arrow, but Sheamus drops to the floor. Neville charges after him, but gets hit with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam at ringside. Commercials.

Back from the break, Sheamus has Neville in a rear chinlock. Neville tries to get up, but Sheamus yanks him right back down. Neville eventually does get back up and tries to break free, but Sheamus stops that with a kneelift. He hits a shoulder thrust in the corner, then drops Neville with a release vertical suplex. Sheamus goes for the Irish Curse, which connects. Neville pulls himself back up, so Sheamus yanks him down with a rake of the eyes before going into a rear chinlock. Neville counters with a jawbreaker before running into a back elbow. He avoids a shoulder thrust in the corner, which sends Sheamus to the floor. Sheamus rolls back in, where Neville meets him with a series of kicks and a running boot to the side of the head. He hits a standing SSP for 2, and now Sheamus is in the corner. He kicks Neville in the knee, then pulls himself up and tosses Neville to the outside. Neville lands on the apron, which sets him up for the 10 Beats of the Bodhran. Neville elbows his way out, however, then nails Sheamus with a forearm. He avoids a kick through the ropes, kicks Sheamus in the side of the knee, then hits a springboard seated dropkick for 2. In the corner, Neville nails a huge kick to the head. He goes up top and hits a Phoenix Splash from the middle rope for 2. He goes up for the Red Arrow, but Sheamus crotches him. Sheamus hoists him up for the rolling fireman’s carry, but Neville counters into a sunset flip for 2. Neville hits a step-up enziguri, then does it again on the ropes before clotheslining Sheamus to the floor. Outside, Neville grabs him in a front chancery, but Sheamus picks him up and throws him face-first onto the announce desk, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: NEVILLE.

Sheamus isn’t done. He drags Neville to the floor, then picks him up on his shoulder and walks him back into the ring, where he hits a standing powerslam over the ropes. Sheamus drops a series of knees until Dolph Ziggler runs down and attacks Sheamus from behind. He pelts Sheamus with rights until Sheamus rolls out of the ring and heads up the ramp. Ziggler gets on a mic and says he gets why Sheamus doesn’t like the English, because they don’t like him, either. Come to think of it, neither do the Germans, Hungarians, Dutch, Welsh, millennials, bronies, you name it. Not even the Irish like him. You know why? Because Sheamus is nothing but a bully, and there’s only one thing to do to a bully, and that’s stand up to him. That’s what Ziggler is doing right now, and he wants Sheamus in the ring right now. From the stage, Sheamus calls Ziggler adorable, and a little man speaking big words. Sheamus tells him to “kiss me arse”. He walks away, but Ziggler eggs him on. Ziggler turns around and says he meant that literally. In two weeks at Extreme Rules, they are going to compete in a “Kiss Me Arse” match, which means that, in front of the world, he will humiliate Ziggler by making him kiss his arse. Ziggler doesn’t care; he just wants the match. He is going to stretch Sheamus so bad, he won’t know which way is up. Then, in front of the world, he’ll make Sheamus kiss his own arse.

Crap. I can’t believe they’re dusting this match off again. Does no one remember Rock/Mr. Ass or Rikishi/A-Train?

MATCH 4: LOS MATADORES (DIEGO AND FERNANDO, W/EL TORITO) VS. BIG E AND KOFI KINGSTON (W/XAVIER WOODS)
The New Day comes out, and the crowd are still dumping all over them. Big E says they’re here to bring foggy London sunshine and light. Kofi Kingston says they don’t get bent out of shape when they’re told they suck. They clap so they don’t snap. They’re going to clap on and on and on and on and on. Xavier Woods says to make today your New Day (Sucks!).

Does WWE have beef with Woods? Why is he always the corner man? Anyway, E starts with one of the Matadores. The Matador ducks a shot and hits a few chops. E steamrolls him, throws him to the corner and tags in Kofi, who he then slingshots into the corner for a low dropkick for 2. Matador comes back witha jawbreaker, but then gets tripped. Kofi heads to the top for a springboard, but gets caught mid-air with a dropkick. The other Matador tags in and hits a chop from the top before knocking E off the apron. Avoids a shot in the corner by Kofi and hits a jumping back elbow. He hits another one, then goes for a corner whip. Kofi reverses, but the Matador springs off the ropes and hits a somersault plancha for 2 as E breaks it up. The other Matador comes in and puts E on the floor with a hurricanrana. Kofi hits the illegal Matador with Trouble in Paradise, sending him to the floor as well. The legal Matador rolls Kofi up for 2. In the corner, Kofi hits a Pendulum. Torito jumps on the apron, so Woods pulls him down into a fireman’s carry and begins marching him around the ring. Torito spins out into an armdrag. Kofi is distracted, so the Matador goes for a Backstabber. However, E is holding onto Kofi from the apron, resulting in the move being blocked. E tags in, and he & Kofi hit their combination Big Ending/leaping DDT from the middle rope for 3.

WINNERS: BIG E AND KOFI KINGSTON.

We see Rosa Mendes and Fandango in the back. She whines at him in Spanish, and he says this is the end of them. Rosa needs to move on and let the whole world Fandango. He kisses her hand and leaves her crying. That’s when the Exotic Express runs by, doing their stupid chant. Adam Rose stops and says it’s a shame, because when he looks at her, he sees her for what she is, and if she makes the right move, she might once again be #1 in a certain somebody’s life. Think about it.

The Big Show comes out for, oh, who the hell really cares at this point? If you really want to know, though, he says it was made obvious on RAW that people from England suck. Englishmen don’t appreciate him. He’s the greatest giant in history. He can do what he wants, when he wants, and no one can stop. No on in the arena in the arena can stop him, no in the country can stop him, no one in the world can stop him. Not even Roman Reigns can stop him. The fans respect Reigns because he went toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania, right? Show respects what he did at WM, but this past Monday, Reigns was disrespectful to Show. Show doesn’t answer to anyone but the Authority. Some people in the Authority think Reigns is a threat. He doesn’t see Reigns as a threat, but a victim of an automobile crash. When he threw Reigns like a flyweight into the car on the stage, it was the car getting hit by the person. We go back to RAW to see that event. Back to the arena, Show thought Reigns would be smart and stay down, but he got back up, so Show through him into the car again. Another clip. Back to Show, when he thought Reigns would finally stay down, he got up again. Reigns doesn’t get that he can’t stop Show, so Show drove his knee into Reigns’ skull. Another clip. Back to Show. He then picked Reigns up, threw him onto the roof, then chokeslammed him onto it. Another clip, this time in slow-motion. Show is now sitting on the car. He thought the chokeslam would be it, but during the commercials, Reigns got up again. Yet another clip. God, this segment sucks. Back to Show. Reigns made it to the back, stumbling and bumbling. He then makes a joke about the Brits having bad teeth, despite the fact that it’s been scientifically documented that British teeth are generally in much better shape than those of Americans. Show couldn’t be bother to do two minutes of research to find that out though, and instead had to go with an old stereotype that is complete horsesh*t. Show could have continued the attack, but chose not to, because he didn’t have to. Instead, he went to the Authority and made a request: at Extreme Rules, he will face Reigns in a last man standing match. When he’s done with Reigns, Reigns won’t be the last man standing. Respect that.

MATCH 5-TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: NATALYA VS. ALICIA FOX VS. CAMERON
Poor Nattie, having to make these two look good. Nattie and Fox go after Cameron, and she rolls to the floor. Fox rolls Nattie up for 2. Nattie goes for the Sharpshooter, but Fox rolls to the apron. Nattie knocks her to the floor with a forearm. Cameron comes back in and tries to roll Nattie up, getting 2. Nattie hits her with a clothesline as Fox gets back into the ring and breaks up a pin at 1. Fox sends Nattie into the ropes, rolls backwards and hits a spinning headscissors, followed by a back elbow. She goes for the flipping legdrop, but misses. Nattie walks over the back of her neck and hits a seated dropkick for 2 as Cameron pulls her to the floor. Cameron shoves her into the barricade, then gets back into the ring. She hits Fox with a couple of forearms before Fox hits a big boot for 2. Cameron gets sent to the corner, where she avoids another big boot. Cameron snaps Fox down by her hair, then goes up top. Nattie tries to pull her down, but gets a kick to the face. Fox meets Cameron on the middle rope and looks for a superplex. Nattie gets back and puts them both down with a powerbomb (Tower of Doom-type spot). Nattie covers Cameron for 2, then Fox does the same. Nattie rolls Fox up for 2, then hits her with a discus clothesline. She rolls Fox to the apron and kicks her to the floor, then goes after Cameron, who sneaks in a roll-up for 2. Nattie ducks a clothesline and goes for a waistlock. Cameron counters into a victory roll for 2. Nattie counters into a roll-up for 2. Cameron counters again into another victory roll for 2. Nattie gets up, trips Cameron and locks in the Sharpshooter. Cameron tries to get to the ropes, so Nattie pulls her back to the middle of the ring. Fox comes in and tries to break up the hold with an axe kick, but Nattie sees it coming and moves. She then ducks a clothesline, hits a double-leg, then applies the Sharpshooter on Fox. Cameron comes back in and breaks up the hold with a double axe-handle on Nattie. She tries to throw Nattie to the floor, but Nattie reverses and sends Cameron flying. Fox gets back up, hits Nattie with a running big boot, then hits her atrociously bad axe kick. Cameron back in, and she throws Fox to the floor before pinning Nattie for 3.

WINNER: CAMERON.

After the match, Fox throws a fit as Cameron looks at herself in a compact mirror. I don’t know or care why on either end.

MATCH 6: ADAM ROSE (W/THE EXOTIC EXPRESS) VS. FANDANGO
Fandango is back to his old entrance theme as we have to sit through this match yet again. Apparently, he’s a face now. Rose applies a side headlock, then hits a shoulder off the ropes. The two crisscross until Fandango hits a dropkick before clotheslining Rose and his 80’s jobber tights to the floor. Fandango follows up with a slingshot plancha. He rolls Rose back in as Rosa Mendes runs to ringside. Fandango and Mendes argue, and the distraction is enough for Rose to knock Fandango down with a baseball slide. He rolls Fandango back in, then flirts with Mendes. Back in the ring, Rose stomps Fandango in the corner, and now Mendes is on the apron. Rose walks to her, and Fandango comes in from behind and rolls him up for 3.

WINNER: FANDANGO.

Fandango dances on the announce desk as Mendes leaves, upset.

The screen cuts to Bray Wyatt. What happens when it all just fades away? Dedication to yourself can only take you so far. Eventually, you will be left alone, owning nothing but your own regret. Hey. You wanna hear a secret? You should be more careful, friend. Because the Reaper walks in the daylight. *laughter* Run!

MATCH 7-ALL-CHAMPIONS TAG TEAM MATCH: INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DANIEL BRYAN AND WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION JOHN CENA VS. WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS CESARO AND TYSON KIDD (W/NATALYA)
Cena, sporting a shiner, starts off with Kidd. Cena applies a side headlock, then hits a shoulder off the ropes. Kidd tags out to Cesaro, who goes for a test of strength with Cena. He puts Cena down to his knees, but Cena gets back up, breaks the hold and applies an arm wringer. He goes for a tag, but Cesaro yanks him down. He hits a European uppercut, then tags in Kidd, who nails several forearms. Kidd tags out, and Cesaro stomps Cena down before applying a front chancery, turning it into a modified armbar. He throws Cena to the corner and hits a running European uppercut. Kidd tags in and stomps Cena before hitting an elbow to the forehead. Kidd applies a front chancery now, but Cena breaks free and hits a right. Off the ropes, Cena runs into a spinning heel kick for 2. Kidd foot-chokes Cena near the ropes, then hits a slingshot legdrop on the apron. Cesaro tags out, prevents a tag on the other side by grabbing Cena’s foot, then gets booted to the floor. Cena crawls for the tag to Bryan, but Cesaro knocks Bryan off the apron with a kneelift. He then hits Cena with a deadlift gutwrench for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Cena gets to his feet and reaches for a tag, then counters the hold with a back suplex. Cena pulls himself up in the corner, avoids a running shoulder thrust, tosses an incoming Kidd to the floor, then begins his crawl to the corner. Cesaro tries to stop him, only to have Kidd yank Bryan off the apron just as Cena was about to make it. Cena manages to lock in the STF a moment later, but the referee is checking on Bryan on the outside. This allows Kidd to come in and break up the hold. Kidd tags in, and Cena immediately goes for the AA. Kidd lands on his feet, hits a spinning back kick and drops Cena with a running seated dropkick for 2. He goes for another shot on Bryan, but Bryan blocks it and hits a right, sending Kidd into a back-body drop from Cena. Cena makes a diving tag to Bryan, and Bryan ducks a clothesline from Kidd before hitting Cesaro in the corner. He turns back to Kidd, pelting him with rights in the corner. Bryan flips off a corner whip, ducks a clothesline, kicks Cesaro (who is now on the floor) through the ropes, then hits a drop toehold on Kidd, sending him face-first into the middle buckle. Bryan hits the corner Yes! Kicks, then sets Kidd up for a super hurricanrana, which connects for 2. Bryan fires up the Yes! Kicks again, then hits an incoming Cesaro with a kick before lighting both up with the Yes! Kicks. He hits Cesaro with the Buzzsaw, only to have Kidd roll him up for 2. Bryan recovers and nails Kidd with a Buzzsaw as well. He signals for the running knee, only to have Natalya jump on the apron and distract him. Kidd tries to attack from behind, but Bryan sees him coming and shoves him into Nattie, sending her flying into the arms of Cesaro at ringside. Bryan then traps Kidd in the Yes! Lock. Cesaro drops Nattie and runs into the ring, only to have Cena intercept him with an Attitude Adjustment as Kidd taps.

WINNERS: DANIEL BRYAN AND JOHN CENA.

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results and April 9 Recap

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The show opens with Daniel Bryan in the ring, and he says last week was one of his career highlights, when he climbed a ladder in front of 76,000 people and won the IC title at Wrestlemania. But a title only means as much as the actions of the holder, and that goes for any title, including his. So how does he make the IC title mean even more? By defending it with everything he has against anyone who wants to fight for the belt. And he did that the night after WM when he defended it against Dolph Ziggler. But after that match, who should come out? Sheamus. Sheamus came out, looking all stupid. He didn’t congratulate Bryan or even challenge for the title; instead, he kicked Bryan in the face. He then did it even worse to Ziggler, to the point that Ziggler couldn’t compete on the last two shows. So, what did Bryan do? He fought Sheamus last week. During that match, he got knocked to the floor, and he looked up, with blood on his forehead, and he saw Wade Barrett (Yes, Bryan called him Wade). In the middle of all that, what happens?

Bad News Barrett interrupts and says what happened was Bryan’s magical week turned into a nightmare when BNB dropped him with a Bull Hammer.

Sheamus joins BNB on the stage, and says he then kicked Bryan’s head off with a Brogue Kick as a reminder not to pick on someone who’s not your own size. The reason he tolerates BNB is because he’s not a munchkin like Bryan. When he determined how much he detests “undersized insects”, he decided that he and BNB should come down there and give Bryan a European-style arse kicking, because they can. The two head to the ring as Bryan takes off his belt and prepares to fight. Ziggler comes out with a mic and says Sheamus talks a big game for a guy who looks like Captain Jack Sparrow and Carrot Top had a baby that no one liked. And for BNB, maybe the reason he’s so tall is because he and Sheamus’ heads are so far up each other’s arses. They want to fight, let’s do it right now.

Ziggler joins Bryan in the ring and prepares to fight, when the Big Show comes out. I swear, Show is like that kid in high school that just leeched onto other people and whatever they were doing, like “Hey, guys! Me too! I like this stuff, too!” He is just a huge waste of space. Anyway, he says he and Sheamus don’t see eye-to-eye, but he has to agree that he’s sick of these little pipsqueaks whining and complaining all the time. He’s the winner of the Andre battle royal, which means he eclipsed Andre the Giant in history, which means he’s the greatest giant to ever set foot in this business. Ugh. Now, if Sheamus and Mr. Barrett are going to come out here and beat up these munchkins without him, they’re sadly mistaken. All three heels step into the ring, and that’s when Roman Reigns marches down through the crowd. Show tells Reigns not to step into the ring, so Reigns climbs in and immediately tackles him, which then leads to Ziggler tackling Sheamus while Bryan starts nailing BNB with punches. The faces clear the ring, and I’m guessing we’ll get a 6-man later.

“MizTV” is back with a special edition tonight. Also, Neville makes his Smackdown debut.

We get confirmation of the aforementioned 6-man.

Cesaro and Tyson Kidd are in the ring, waiting for their opponents, which will be two members of the New Day. Wow. The crowd here in Dallas,TX immediately starts sh*tting on the New Day once their music hit. As they come down to the ring, Big E tries to start getting a New Day chant going, but instead gets a response of “Sucks!” every time. Xavier Woods looks confused, and E says they come out, clapping for the fans, and they want to chant that New Day sucks. Right now, he wants every fan to stand up and clap. Instead, we get a “New Day sucks!” chant. We may be seeing the first time Kofi Kingston ever goes heel in his career. E says they’re out here bringing positivity to everyone, and the people want to ruin their New Day? Something has got to change. E rolls into the ring and says the fans have got to like them. You’ve got to love them, because they’re here for you. They’re here for a New Day!

MATCH 1: WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS CESARO AND TYSON KIDD (W/NATALYA) VS. BIG E AND KOFI KINGSTON (W/XAVIER WOODS) (NON-TITLE)
You know, I kind of like the fact that the New Day are acknowledging that the fans are supposed to like them but don’t. Kind of breaking the fourth wall a bit there. Kofi and Kidd start the match as a “New Day sucks” chant breaks out. Kofi goes for a waistlock, which Kidd counters. Kofi coutners that as well, only to have Kidd counter and trip Kofi. Kofi goes into a headscissors, but Kidd gets a rope break. Kidd boots Kofi, then nails him with forearms in the corner before hitting a monkey flip. Kofi lands on his feet and ducks a clothesline on the apron from Cesaro. Kidd clubs him from behind and pulls him to the heel corner for a tag. Cesaro comes in and drops him with a European uppercut. My feed cuts away, and when it comes back, E and Kidd are legal, with both men down. Kidd tags out first, and Cesaro prevents E from tagging out with a deadlift gutwrench for 2. Cesaro rakes at E’s face before hitting a series of crossface shots and applying a rear chinlock. Kidd tags back in and kicks E in the chest before driving his foot into E’s face. E rolls under the bottom rope, where Kidd hits him with a slingshot legdrop. Cesaro back in, and he hits a slingshot double-stomp for 2. Cesaro applies a front chancery, putting himself between E and Kofi. E tosses him off, but Cesaro lands on his feet, knocks Kofi off the apron with a back elbow, then avoids a corner charge, sending E shoulder-first into the ring post. Cesaro rolls him up in a schoolboy for 2, then hits the Cesaro Swing as Kofi tries to interfere, only to have the ref cut him off. Cesaro gets 2 before Kofi breaks up the pin. E pulls himself up in the corner and hits Cesaro with a uranage. Kofi and Kidd tag in, with Kofi hitting a springboard clothesline, a couple chops and a dropkick. He hits a jumping clothesline and then hits a Boom Drop. He calls for TIP as the crowd dumps all over him. Cesaro comes in, but Kofi stops him before E reenters the ring. The ref shoves him back to the corner, and as Kofi turns back to Kidd, Kidd catapults him into the ropes, where Cesaro blasts him with a European uppercut from the floor through the top and middle ropes. Kidd puts Kofi down with Just Kidding and gets 3.

WINNERS: CESARO AND TYSON KIDD.

After some commercials, we’re back with Curtis Axel in the ring. He says not to change the channel. Two weeks ago on RAW, the road to Axetreme Rules hit a small speedbump named Neville. But you know what, Axelmaniacs? Axelmania will live forever. That’s why he asked for this rematch tonight. So, Neville, whatcha gonna do when Axelmania runs wild on you?

MATCH 2: CURTIS AXEL VS. NEVILLE
So glad Neville is on the main roster now. I was worried he wouldn’t get the call-up due to his size, and I’m glad I was wrong. An “NXT” chant breaks out as the two lock up. Neville backs Axel into the corner, only for Axel to grab him by the hair and throw him into the ropes. Neville handsprings off, then does a backflip and hits a pair of armdrags before putting Axel down with a spinning back kick. Axel comes back with a knee to the gut, then throws Neville to the corner for some stomps. He grinds his forearm into Neville’s face, then goes for a corner whip. Neville avoids contact, then flips himself across the ring, where he hits Axel with a pair of boots in the opposite corner. Neville goes to the apron, shoulders Axel in the gut, flips over him, then lays in a flying forearm. Neville kicks Axel to the floor, then hits a twisting suicide dive. Back in the ring, Neville hits a bodyslam and heads up top. He hits the Red Arrow and gets 3.

WINNER: NEVILLE.

God. How the hell does he do that move?

Renee Young, looking like she’s wearing a Joker mask, is standing by with Natalya, Cameron and Alicia Fox. One of these things is not like the other. Young says they maybe manipulated Kane into making a divas battle royal next week. Do they think they cheated Naomi (which young pronounces Ny-Oh-Me) out of her number-one contendership. Fox says no one cheated anyone out of anything; they were just trying to show Kane how important #GiveDivasAChance really is. Natalya says Naomi has earned her title match. Cameron laughs and tells Nattie to save it. She’s just happy she has a chance at the divas title as well, but that won’t happen. Come Monday, Cameron is going to win. Fox argues with her and calls herself a veteran, which makes me choke on my own bile. Nattie apparently feels the same way, and says Fox needs to show respect to the divas that came before her. They start shoving each other, as Cameron tries to break it up.

MATCH 3: ALICIA FOX VS. NATALYA (SPECIAL REFEREE: CAMERON)
Nattie hits a double-leg and starts pelting Fox with rights. Fox reverses and gets Nattie to the ropes, only to have Nattie roll to the apron. Nattie gets back to her feet in the ring, and now we get a shoving match. Now they trade slaps. Fox dives at Nattie, only for Nattie to catch her and take her down. They roll around into the ropes again, and Nattie once again ends up on the outside. Back in, Fox hits her with a forearm, then misses a flipping legdrop. Nattie runs over her neck and hits her with a seated dropkick for 2. Fox reverses a corner whip and hits a big boot. Nattie slumps in the corner, and Fox snaps her onto her back for 2. Fox hits a northern lights suplex for 2, aka one of the whole four moves she knows. Fox applies a rear chinlock. Nattie tries to elbow out, so Fox snaps her down by the hair for 2. Fox then goes right back to the rear chinlock. Cameron hasn’t shut the f*ck up this entire match, and she’s not even miked. Nattie elbows her way out, ducks a clothesline, then counters a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker into a cross-body. Fox is back up, and she hits a running clothesline. The two trade forearms until Fox hits a sunset flip out of the corner. Nattie rolls through and locks in the Sharpshooter, and Fox taps out.

WINNER: NATALYA.

After the match, Cameron lays both women out with DDTs, then calls for a mirror. Why does she have a job again?

We get a video package for Erick Rowan, because we’re apparently still supposed to give a damn about him, for reasons that have yet to be explained.

Bray Wyatt comes out, and says he remembers the first time he saw Erick Rowan. He was lost, cast out by a society that could never understand him. They looked at him as if he were some monster, some creature, some plague that could destroy everything this society considers real. But they were wrong, and when they saw all of his flaws, Wyatt saw his possibilities. He took Rowan in. He found him dirty, laying in the mud, and he became the teacher. He showed him what it was liked to be loved, what it was like to have a family, and there was a time Wyatt was proud to call Rowan a brother. He fixed Rowan like you would fix a broken toy. When the time was right, he had no choice. He had to set Rowan free. He had to show Rowan what a cruel, horrible, rotten world they live in, so he could see with his own eyes this was filled with carnivorous insects who want nothing more than to rip you apart because evil is real, and evil is all around us. Evil lives in every single one of you. And what did you do? You returned Rowan back to Wyatt, and he is broken just like he was before, and it’s everyone’s fault. So, he decided tonight would be special, because he wants to teach Rowan one last little lesson. He wants to show Rowan that you can trust no one, that evil inside of us all, and there’s no escaping it. So tonight, he’ll finally destroy Rowan. Now imagine if he could do that to someone he loved, someone he used to call his brother, just imagine what he could do to you. Behold, the new face of fear.

MATCH 4: BRAY WYATT VS. ERICK ROWAN
Rowan comes out, and the crowd goes mild. Wyatt clubs Rowan across the back, so Rowan throws him to the corner. He misses a splash, and Wyatt goes on the attack with punches. Rowan comes back with his own strikes before ramming Wyatt head-first into the buckles. He knocks Wyatt to the floor with a Pounce, only to have Wyatt come back in and lay in some more punches. He pulls Rowan up by the beard, which Rowan doesn’t like. Rowan lays in some headbutts in the corner, then misses a corner charge, hitting the post and falling to the apron. Wyatt sends him into the barricade with a seated dropkick as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Wyatt has Rowan in a rear chinlock. Rowan fights out, only to get dropped with a DDT for 2. Wyatt goes for a running senton, but Rowan gets his knees up into Wyatt’s back. Both are back up, and Rowan hits a clothesline and an avalanche. He hits another across the ring, then puts Wyatt down with a roundhouse for 2. Rowan goes up top, but Wyatt rolls to the floor on the opposite side. Rowan charges after him, only to have Wyatt clobber him with a clothesline. He hits the running senton on the floor, then rolls Rowan back in. Wyatt goes for a uranage, but Rowan reverses into a full-nelson attempt. Wyatt escapes and explodes off the ropes with a flying back elbow. He bridges up and crab-walks over to Rowan, only to quickly put him down with Sister Abigail for 3.

WINNER: BRAY WYATT.

After the match, Wyatt cradles Rowan’s head in his lap, then looks up at the ceiling and laughs.

Considering Rowan has only one won singles match since the group broke up that I can recall, I’m wondering if they’re going to release him soon.

It’s now time for “MizTV”, and we see a poster for The Marine 4 on the Titan-Tron, because WWE knows no one remembered this movie even existed. Miz calls this a special “movie edition” of the show. His latest film comes out tomorrow on digital HD, and later this month on Blu-Ray and DVD. We are then “treated” to a trailer for the film, which co-stars fellow waste of a human life Summer Rae. Back to the ring, no one cares about the movie. He claims his film has been getting rave reviews from Holly…

Speaking of wastes of human life, here’s Summer Rae herself. She calls this “our” action movie. Miz bitches about interruptions, and tells her she should be privileged, since he’s “giving a diva a chance”. She says she’ll speak whenever she wants, and the crowd still doesn’t care. They argue over who the star is as she desperately tries (and fails) to look sexy. This segment absolutely sucks. Rae tells him Damien Mizdow upstaged him in the Andre battle royal. The fans only care about Mizdow, who isn’t even out here yet. Miz says he blames everyone in the WWE Universe for what has happened with Mizdow. Mizdow is not a leading man. You cheer him and chant his name, but you don’t want Mizdow without Miz. In three months time, you’ll forget his name. Damien Sandow was fired twice from WWE and was on his way out a third time until Miz saved his career. Miz made him.

Damien Mizdow comes out as Miz mocks him. Miz says he’s on a steep decline. He needs to do the right thing, get his career, life and future on track. These people can’t do that for him. Miz can, though, and he’s willing to forgive everything that has happened, because he’s a charitable person. He will forgive Mizdow if he just says “I’m sorry”, and everything will go back to the way it was. Mizdow looks around to everyone cheering him. Miz rambles on some more. He says he can make Mizdow a star if he just shakes his hand and apologizes. Does Mizdow want his career in the hands of the fans, or Miz? The fans will forget about him, unless he stays with Miz. Mizdow takes off his sunglasses as Miz demands a handshake and an apology. Mizdow shakes Miz’s hand, then says he’s sorry…he didn’t do this sooner. Mizdow attacks Miz with punches, sending him to the floor. He then starts tossing chairs as Miz heads up the ramp. He looks at Rae and proceeds to make out with her before celebrating with some fans at ringside.

MATCH 5: BAD NEWS BARRETT, THE BIG SHOW AND SHEAMUS VS. ROMAN REIGNS, DOLPH ZIGGLER AND INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DANIEL BRYAN
Ziggler starts with Sheamus, and Sheamus shoves Ziggler back to the corner before giving a clean break. Perhaps in response to Sheamus, I notice Ziggler has a ridiculous hairstyle tonight. Anyway, Sheamus backs him into the opposite corner off another lock-up, then slaps Ziggler. Ziggler retaliates, which leads to both throwing punches. Ziggler hits a few shoulders against the ropes until Sheamus comes back with a kneelift. Show tags in and hits a body blow before picking Ziggler up by the face. He throws Ziggler to the corner, where he hits a big chop. Ziggler gets whipped into the buckles, and Show follows up with a running hip attack. Show goes for the spear, but Ziggler dropkicks him in the knee before hitting a leaping DDT for 2. Ziggler charges at him in the corner, only to get swatted out of the air with a chop. BNB tags in and hits a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Ziggler escapes a chinlock, kicks BNB off the ropes, then runs into the Winds of Change for 2. Sheamus tags in, and he stomps on Ziggler’s hand. Sheamus picks Ziggler up, only to put him back down with a European uppercut. He stands on Ziggler’s face against the ropes, then slaps him around in the corner. Ziggler comes back with a flurry of rights, escapes a tilt-a-whirl, shoves Sheamus away and tags in Bryan. Bryan ducks a clothesline and dropkicks BNB off the apron. He hits Sheamus with rights, backflips off a corner whip, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He fires up the Yes! Kicks, misses the Buzzsaw, then backdrops Sheamus to the floor. Bryan nails him with a suicide dive, then rolls him back into the ring. As the ref’s back is turned, BNB levels Bryan with a big boot. Commercials.

Back from the break, Show is now legal for his team, and he has Bryan in a bearhug. Bryan tries to fight out, so Show hits him with a bodyslam. Show then hits a big elbow off the ropes for 2. BNB tags in and throws Bryan into the corner before setting him across the top buckle for some forearms to the back, followed by a running kick to the gut. BNB pulls Bryan down for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Bryan tries to escape with some elbows, only to have BNB nail him in the back of the head. BNB whips him across the ring before missing a big boot in the corner. He tags in Show, who prevents Bryan from tagging out by standing on his back. He then knocks Ziggler off the apron and into the barricade before signaling for the chokeslam. Bryan escapes and pulls Show down into the Yes! Lock, only to have Show toss him to the floor moments later. Sheamus tags in, and he hits Bryan with a European uppercut before rolling Bryan back in. He hits another one, then sets Bryan up on the top buckle. He hits a pair of kneelifts, then goes up for a superplex. Bryan fights him off, putting him down with a series of punches. He goes for a cross-body, but Sheamus catches him and tosses him onto his shoulders. Bryan spins out and hits a tornado DDT. Reigns and BNB tag in, and Reigns unloads on BNB in the corner with a series of short clotheslines. He nails an uppercut, then mounts BNB for some punches before blasting Show on the apron with a Superman Punch. BNB receives one as well, but only gets 2 as Sheamus breaks it up. Ziggler runs in, and Sheamus tries to catch him with White Noise. Ziggler escapes and nails a superkick, sending Sheamus into the ropes before clotheslining him to the floor. Outside, Bryan nails Show with a running knee off the apron. Back in the ring, BNB hits a mule kick on Reigns, then signals for the Bull Hammer, only to have Reigns surprise him with a spear for 3.

WINNERS: DANIEL BRYAN, ROMAN REIGNS AND DOLPH ZIGGLER.

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results and April 2 Recap

April 04, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The show this week emanates from Fresno, CA, and we’re kicking off the show with the NEW WWE World Champion, Seth Rollins, who is accompanied by J&J Security, Kane and the Big Show. We see the Andre battle royal placed at ringside, which Show stands next to for no real reason. Rollins says it feels so good when a plan works out perfectly. This past Sunday at Wrestlemania, he cashed in his MITB contract, inserted himself into the main event, beat Brock Lesnar, beat Roman Reigns, and became the new champion. Just like that, he solidified himself as the new face of WWE. Being the champion isn’t all about being the very best in the ring, because right after he shocked the world and took the title, he flew on a private jet to New York for an appearance on the Today Show. After he showed them what’s what, he flew all the way back to California, just in time to walk into RAW and hear Lesnar demanding his rematch. He knows the fans can’t understand this, but flying coast-to-coast twice in a day makes you pretty jet-lagged. He’s new to being champion, but the WWE Universe deserves Rollins at his best. And although Lesnar does deserve a rematch, Monday night just wasn’t his night. For every action, there’s a reaction. If Lesnar hadn’t lost his mind, there might have been a title rematch tonight on Smackdown. The feed goes black for about 30 seconds, then freezes for another 30 or so. When it comes back, Randy Orton is out on the stage. He says he remembers everything that has happened between them. Several months ago, Rollins curb-stomped him through a desk and stepped. He remembers playing them all like fiddles until he got his sweet revenge. He also remembers nearly ripping Rollins’ head off with an RKO at WM right before he cashed in his contract. Most importantly, he swears he’ll go to the papers, if he has to. Also, he’s still owed a rematch from last year. So, with Lesnar suspended indefinitely, that should put Orton at the top of the list to face him for the title. Rollins says not to dwell in the past when the present and future of WWE is standing in the ring. He doesn’t know who Orton thinks he is, but in Rollins’ universe and WWE, he and he alone decides when and where the next title shot happens. Orton says Rollins has never done anything by himself. He gets why J&J leech onto who is in power, because they’re spineless sewer rats. But Show and Kane? They were monsters, but now they’re just lapdogs for the Authority. At least Show won at WM when he won the Andre battle royal. Kane? What did he do at WM? Orton doesn’t recall seeing him there. What does the Director of Operations really do anyway? As far as Orton can tell, he went from the “Big Red Monster” to Little Red Riding Hood. Kane says that, as DOO, he has plenty of power. That’s why tonight, Orton will face Show. And, if he can defeat Show, maybe the Authority will reconsider his title opportunity. By the way, that match starts right now.

MATCH 1: THE BIG SHOW VS. RANDY ORTON (W/KANE, J&J SECURITY AND SETH ROLLINS)
Show backs Orton into the corner, but Orton punches his way out before running into a shoulder. Show throws him to a corner for a body blow and a running hip attack. Orton avoids the spear, however, and puts Show down with a dropkick. Why is Orton wearing elbow pads? It looks odd. Show rolls to the apron, and as he tries to come back in, Orton boots him in the side of the head twice before hitting a suspended DDT across the top rope. Orton coils up for the RKO, but before it hits, the rest of the Authority hit the ring and beat Orton down, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: RANDY ORTON.

Rollins enters the ring as the beatdown continues and tells everyone to part. He looks to be setting up the curb stomp, but Orton tackles him with a Thesz press. Kane puts Orton down with a chokeslam, which leads Ryback to run down to the ring. He takes out Kane and J&J before Orton hits Mercury with an RKO. Noble receives Shell Shocked, and Kane goes down after another RKO.

Originally, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler were scheduled to face Sheamus and Bad News Barrett. However, Ziggler is playing up a storyline injury after the attack by Sheamus, so the match will now be Bryan vs. Sheamus one-on-one.

It was cool to see my girl Ronda Rousey at WM, by the way.

The Bella Tw*ts are on commentary yet again. Who the hell did I piss off to repeatedly have to listen to these two?

MATCH 2: NATALYA VS. NAOMI
We get an inset promo from Naomi. My computer is on mute, so I have no idea what she’s saying. Probably something about winning the Divas title. Naomi locks up with Nattie, who turns the hold into an arm wringer. Naomi counters, and Nattie counters that. Naomi breaks the hold, goes into a crisscross, and the two attempt simultaneous dropkicks before kipping up at the same time. Nattie backs Naomi into the corner, ducks a kick to the head, then goes for a slingshot back suplex, only to drop Naomi on her ass. She hits a low dropkick for 2, then pounds Naomi in the head repeatedly before applying a modified abdominal stretch. Naomi breaks it with some elbows to the knee, then reverses into her own attempt. Nattie breaks it with a snapmare, then goes for a corner whip. Naomi tries to catch her with a headscissors, but gets dumped to the apron. She lands on her feet, hits a high kick to the head and a springboard sunset flip. Nattie rolls through and looks for the Sharpshooter. Naomi counters with a roll-up for 2, then grabs Nattie in a low headscissors and drives the top of her head into the mat, which which is apparently enough for 3.

WINNER: NAOMI.

Shock of shocks, Nikki Bella holds the belt over her head at ringside while making stupid faces.

Later tonight, we’ll hear from both John Cena and Roman Reigns.

We see Kane in his office. Seth Rollins enters and apologizes for the RKO, but loves that he led Orton to believe he gets a title match. Kane says he is considering a title match. He has the authority to make executive decisions. Extreme Rules is less than four weeks away, and a title match between Rollins and Orton sounds good to him. Is Rollins concerned Orton will beat him? Rollins says Kane is buying into the hype, but the fact is he’s smarter than Orton. Kane responds that Rollins is better than Orton. Rollins says this stinks, and it turns out he’s actually talking about the office. We hear a toilet flush, and that’s when Dean Ambrose enters the frame. He compliments Kane on his office. Kane says that, since Ambrose rudely used his bathroom, he’ll face the man who threw him through a ladder at WM, Luke Harper. Ambrose likes the idea and thanks Kane.

Byron Saxton sat down with Roman Reigns for an interview earlier this week. Saxton asks what it was like to finally face Brock Lesnar. Reigns says it was an honor just to be a part of the main event. His plan was to come out swinging, and he did, only to have Lesnar throw him around. He showed a lot of people he could take a beating. He stepped in the ring, got knocked and picked himself up everything. He got right back in the fight. Saxton asks about strategy going in. Reigns says Lesnar gave him a ride to every borough in Suplex City, with Lesnar hitting every kind of suplex he could think of. Lesnar did it, but he doesn’t think Lesnar was ready when Reigns hit him in the mouth. He rode the wave and survived. He likes Suplex City. Lesnar wasn’t ready for him, because when he hit Lesnar in the mouth, Lesnar didn’t have an answer. He hit and hit, and finally knocked Lesnar down. When it comes down to it, he changed Lesnar’s face with his fist, permanently. Saxton points out that Reigns smiled and laughed during the match. What was the message he was trying to send? Reigns says you don’t see fights like this often. It changed their lives. Lesnar smacked the piss out of him and tried to keep him down for good. When you get to that point, you’re doing more than sending a message. Reigns kept getting back up, spit up blood and smiled in Lesnar’s face. Lesnar could not legitimately knock out Reigns. Saxton moves onto Rollins winning the title, right after Reigns thought he had the match won. Reigns calls it terrible. He was right there. He climbed the mountain. He felt the top. He was looking down, and he got pulled right off of it in a matter of moments. That was Rollins’ job, and that’s what he did. He had the MITB case he could cash in any time. What a perfect time. Let the animals take each other out and he could pick the bones. That’s what Rollins did. Reigns could have beaten Lesnar in about 30 more seconds. When it comes to Rollins, Reigns has beaten him before. He can, he has, and he will beat him again.

MATCH 3: THE MIZ VS. R-TRUTH
The two lock up, and Miz applies an arm wringer. Truth counters, so Miz punches him and applies a headlock. Miz hits a shoulder off the ropes, goes into a crisscross and receives a hiptoss. Truth ducks a clothesline and hits a jumping heel kick. Truth hits a corner splash, a kick and goes for the axe kick. Miz avoids it and goes for a roll-up. Truth hangs onto the top rope to block. Miz rolls to the apron, boots Truth through the ropes and then hits the Skull-Crushing Finale for 3.

WINNER: THE MIZ.

Damien Mizdow comes down and lays Miz out with a Skull-Crushing Finale of his own, then steals Miz’s sunglasse before standing over Miz.

John Cena, the NEW United States Champion, makes his way down. He has a document in his hand. After pandering to the crowd, he says that the paper (which is apparently the title contract he and Rusev signed) was his Declaration of Independence, WM would be his revolution, and now the US title will get the respect it deserves. He is taking nothing away from Rusev as an athlete. Rusev took him to the limit after spending a year undefeated, but him being the US Champion made him sick. Not because he’s Russian, and not because he can’t fight; because every time he opened his mouth, Rusev proved himself to be the world’s biggest jackass. Here’s the sad thing, Rusev IS the American Dream. He came to America, was given opportunity and had success. Was he thankful? No. Instead, he just told everyone how much America sucks. Newsflash, America doesn’t suck. Cena is proud of the US, and he’s proud of the US title. America is the land of opportunity, and this title is not just a beacon of excellence. From now on, it represents opportunity. He recites what’s written on the Statue of Liberty. He stands here now, saying bring him your outcasts, your underdogs, your future stars, your have-nots, anyone the Authority says is a B+ player, the ones the fans want to see that the Authority doesn’t want them to…Hell, bring him anyone from Lesnar to the Bushwhackers. He’ll fight them all. He’ll give them opportunity to become the champion, and here’s how. On RAW, he issued the first open challenge for any superstar in the back to come to the ring and earn the title. Right now, he’s going to continue the challenge each week, because the US was built on a fighting spirit…

Rusev and Lana interrupt. Lana says what happened at WM was a travesty, not an opportunity. Cena is not worthy of being champion, and he’s half the man Rusev is. Cena’s revolution is a mere fantasy. This is Rusev’s world, and everyone should be grateful they live in the era of Rusev. Rusev says he did not lose at WM, while staring a hole through Lana. He’s still America’s champion. He is the super athlete. He is a Russian tank. Cena is not a hero; he is a coward, just like all of the fans. He then speaks in Russian before saying this is his domain. This is his country. This is his world. In his world, little people like Cena get opportunities, too, like the opportunity to surrender what belongs to Rusev back to him, or get crushed at Extreme Rules. Cena calls Rusev dumb, blind and drunk. Rusev lost at WM and got his butt whipped. Cena is standing in the ring, and the only things standing between the two of them are fear and common sense. Rusev starts marching down to the ring and Cena says if he wants to get it on in Fresno, the champ is here. Rusev just starts waving the Russian flag back and forth, then orders the large flag to be dropped. It doesn’t come down, so he screams for it to drop again. Nothing happens, so Cena says Rusev means we’ll see [a giant US flag dropping from the ceiling]. Cena starts listing off stereotypical American things, then says he pledges allegiance to kick Rusev’s ass at Extreme Rules, which doesn’t even make sense.

So…Rusev/Cena will headline a third PPV in a row. Hooray.

We get a promo for Adrian Neville, who is apparently going to go by just Neville at this point. I’m glad they’re still calling him “The Man That Gravity Forgot”.

MATCH 4: LUKE HARPER VS. DEAN AMBROSE
The two immediately trade punches before Ambrose throws Harper tot he corner. He grinds his forearm into Harper’s face, then goes for a whip. Harper reverses and runs into a back elbow. Ambrose hits a spinning back elbow from the middle rope, puts Harper down with a snapmare, hits a low clothesline and then gets 2 off a power-drive elbow. Harper comes back with a throat thrust, then hits a pair of uppercuts in the corner. He rakes Ambrose across the face, then nails a European uppercut. Ambrose comes back with punches and a kick off the ropes. He hits several strikes, ducks a back elbow, ducks a clothesline and goes for a cross-body. Harper catches him and tosses him to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Harper slaps Ambrose across the face and tosses him to the corner. Ambrose avoids a big boot, and Harper goes over the top rope before crashing to the floor. Harper catches a suicide dive and rolls Ambrose into the ring. Ambrose spins through, returns to the floor and drops Harper with a clothesline. He rolls Harper back into the ring, then comes off the top with a flying elbow for 2. Ambrose hits a few punches, but Harper retaliates with a big boot. He signals for the sit-out powerbomb, but Ambrose escapes and low-bridges Harper to the floor. Ambrose goes after him, but gets thrown into the timekeeper’s area. He starts tearing apart the announce desk, only to turn around into a flying forearm from the barricade by Ambrose. Ambrosse then goes for a powerbomb through the announce desk, but Harper shoves him spine-first into the ring post. Harper then powerbombs Ambrose through the announce desk.

WINNER: NO CONTEST.

The referee is calling for help as Harper walks over Ambrose’s body. The other referees manages to get Harper away from the area, then turn their attention to Ambrose.

During the break, EMTs and referees walked Ambrose to the back.

We see the Prime-Time Players in a studio. Titus O’Neil says they’re here to talk to everyone about something that is played out, that being the New Day. First off, Big E. Titus sprays himself with a water bottle as we cut to a still of E wiping his forehead. Titus mocks E’s dorky promos as Darren Young tries to calm him down. Titus doesn’t know what denomination E is going for, but he sounds like he has a possum stuck in his throat. Young says E has no rhythm. They both call Kofi Kingston a natural athlete, but then make fun of the fact that he has a Scott Steiner chest (okay, they called it sunken). Finally, there’s Xavier Woods, a personal hair disaster. Young used to have an afro, but Woods’ hair is nappy. If your hair is nappy, ain’t nobody happy. Now they’re trying to do the New Day chant as crickets start chirping. Titus then does his barking bit before breaking out the “millions of dollars” chant.

I love that even WWE admits the New Day gimmick sucks, and is having everyone say it sucks in some bizarre attempt to get it over.

Sheamus comes out for his match, and he has a fancy new entrance theme to go with the new look and attitude. It sounds pretty cool, actually. A “You look stupid” chant breaks out, and Sheamus just goes with it. If you’re wondering why he attacked Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler on Monday, the answer is simple: because he can. While he was out with an injury, he sat at home and watched RAW & Smackdown every week, and all he kept wondering was where have all the real men gone? All your Bryans and Zigglers…they’re great little fellas! Hard workers! Go-getters! But they make Kevin Hart look like Shaquille O’Neal. They’re two vertically-challenged runts, and yet you’re disappointed when they fail you. They can’t even hang in the main event. Shame on you. As for Sheamus, he’s not here to disappoint you or put a smile on your face; he’s simply here to crush your hopes and dreams. A real man has come back to WWE, and he promises everyone he won’t rest until he puts all of the underdogs out of their misery. Fella.

We get a commercial for four new WWE Network shows. The first is a TV-MA cartoon by Seth Green. Then, there’s some crap by one of the people responsible for Jackass. Third is a new show hosted by Jerry Springer. Finally, they’re bringing back the Divas Search. Sweet f*cking Chr*st. Seeing this garbage, I’m now starting to be really thankful that the WWE Network is completely broken in my household and that I’ve sworn to never pay for another month again.

MATCH 5: SHEAMUS VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DANIEL BRYAN (NON-TITLE)
Bad News Barrett is on commentary. Sheamus pie-faces Bryan into the corner, but Bryan reverses and starts laying in some kicks. Sheamus comes back with strikes of his own, then goes to throw Bryan across the ring. Bryan puts on the brakes and lays in some kicks in the corner. Sheamus whips him across the ring, then hits him with a running clothesline. Sheamus nails a European uppercut, then another. Then another. Then another. Sheamus slaps him in the gut, then hits a kneelift. He steps on Bryan’s face, then pie-faces him some more while calling him “Danny Boy”. Bryan comes up with some more kicks, then hits a dragon screw before going into a leglock, which he breaks to then hit a series of palm thrusts to the side of Sheamus’ head. Sheamus heads to the floor for a breather, then comes back in for a lock-up. He backs Bryan into the corner, nails a shot, then goes for an Irish whip. Bryan ducks a clothesline, slides through Sheamus’ legs, then hits some kicks to the chest before Sheamus catches him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, sending Bryan to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Sheamus has Bryan in a rear chinlock. Bryan elbows his way out, only to get cut down with a kneelift. Sheamus hits a release vertical suplex, then drops a big knee off the ropes. He screams, “Are you not entertained?”, which makes me happy. Sheamus then hits the release vertical suplex again. Bryan barely pulls himself to his feet, and Sheamus nails him with a straight right. Sheamus hits another European uppercut, then stands on Bryan’s head against the middle buckle. Sheamus heads to the apron to taunt the crowd, then comes back in to slap Bryan around and talk some trash. Bryan begins slapping Sheamus across the face until Sheamus retaliates with one of his own. Bryan backflips off a corner whip, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. Sheamus gets up and charges at Bryan, so Bryan low-bridges him to the floor. Bryan knocks him into the barricade with a suicide dive, then rolls him back in. Up top, Bryan hits a seated missile dropkick, then kips up. He fires up the Yes! Kicks, but Sheamus blocks the Buzzsaw and looks for White Noise. Bryan breaks free by kneeing Sheamus in the head and looks for the Yes! Lock. Sheamus won’t go down, and he shoves Bryan into the corner. He charges in, only to have Bryan hit a drop-toehold into the middle buckle. Bryan then kicks the buckle into Sheamus’ face and heads back up top. Sheamus crotches him, then hits him with another series of European uppercuts. He pulls Bryan off the buckles with a cravat, which he then turns into a spinning neckbreaker. Bryan rolls to the apron, and Sheamus pulls him up for the 10 Beats of the Bodhran. Bryan blocks it after three or four shots, hits a forearm and a series of headbutts. Sheamus shakes it off before knocking Bryan to the floor with a forearm. Bryan gets back up, and he’s busted wide open. The referee prevents Sheamus from going after him, and the distraction allows BNB to get up and blast Bryan with the Bullhammer. Alliteration is fun. Sheamus drops to the floor as a trainer has come out to check on Bryan. The match is still going, as the referee is counting down. Sheamus decides to take the cheap win by climbing back in at around 7, and Bryan is counted out.

WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: SHEAMUS.

End of show.

Sheamus looked good in his return, and has added several new moves to his repertoire. The mohawk has to go, however. Why he couldn’t just shave his head? I don’t know.

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WWE: The Road is Jericho, Epic Stories & Rare Matches from Y2J DVD Review

March 31, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I was pretty excited when I found out that not only was there a new Chris Jericho DVD, but that I would get to review it. Jericho is one of my all-time favorite in-ring performers, and easily one of the best storytellers in wrestling history. Fortunately, both aspects of the man are on full display here.

While many of these kinds of sets are set in a “documentary, followed by matches and clips” layout, this collection is laid out a bit different. For starters, there is no documentary whatsoever. Now, while that might turn you off at first, there are good reasons for it. For starters, the last Jericho DVD (Breaking the Code) pretty much took care of that, and was an excellent set overall. Instead, the DVD literally goes on the road with Jericho, as he discusses things from the back of a limousine on a road trip from New York to Lancaster, PA, where he is doing a rock concert for his band Fozzy.

What you get here is a collection of Jericho matches that, by his own admission, are matches he has never watched, and instead discusses based solely on memory (Jericho’s memory is almost eidetic; he is insanely smart). In addition to discussing said matches, Jericho shares the backstories of the matches, as well as just some humorous anecdotes about a wide variety of topics, from Leonardo DiCaprio to being outsmarted by a coffee cup. It’s really cool, as Jericho is very laid back and frank about each stories, and never veers into the territory of “sometimes kayfabe, sometimes not” like many releases over the years (the Ric Flair & The Four Horsemen DVD is a good example of this).

The matches cover a good chunk of his career, including stuff as recent as last year, and very early matches like his ECW TV title win over Pitbull #2. While not all are five-star classics, for the most part, the selection here is really fun and enjoyable. In fact, watching through all of the matches, I was really only disappointed with two matches, the first being a meaningless triple threat tag team match between Jeri-Show (a team name Jericho has always apparently hated, although he calls Show the best tag partner he’s ever had), D-Generation X, and the Undertaker & John Cena. While it’s nothing special, it’s something that obviously meant a lot to Jericho, given it’s inclusion on this set. And that’s another cool thing about this set: Jericho chose each and every one of these matches for inclusion, a rarity on a WWE DVD. The second match is nothing special either, but is interesting due to the fact that it was a post-RAW dark match between himself and John Cena that, until now, had never been seen anywhere else. Apparently, Jericho really enjoys these dark matches, and included this one because Cena is one of his favorite opponents, and the two guys tend to put more efforts into post-RAW matches than the average wrestler, given that most of these matches are a minute or two, and this one goes on for at least ten.

The rest are surprisingly made up of mostly rare RAW and Smackdown matches, with only a handful of PPV matches sprinkled in, their inclusion being that they’re some of Jericho’s favorites. I’m disappointed with the selection of pre-WWE matches on the set, but only because there are so few (one from ECW, and one from WCW). Minor complaint aside, the rest of the selections are pretty solid. I mean, it’s Chris Jericho. If you have a bad match with Jericho, nine times out of ten it’s your fault.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable set, and I can definitely recommend it to just about anyone, Jericho fan or not. Listening to Jericho’s stories is entertaining as hell and worth the price of admission, with the collection of matches just being the icing on the cake. It’s roughly seven hours of Jericho talking and wrestling, the two things he does better than most anyone else in the sport, so you know you’re in for a solid set and a good viewing experience if you pick it up (which you definitely should)

DISC 1:

I Don’t Take Time Off

A Big Title To Win

ECW World Television Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Pit Bull #2
ECW Hardcore Heaven * June 22, 1996

Wrestle & Romance

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Ultimo Dragon
WCW Bash at the Beach * July 13, 1997

The Chains Came Off

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Dean Malenko
WCW Uncensored * March 15, 1998

A Really Tough Transition

Steel Cage Match
Chris Jericho vs. X-Pac
No Mercy * October 22, 2000

Scalding Hot Water from the Coffee Machine

Last Man Standing Match
Chris Jericho vs. Kane
Armageddon * December 10, 2000

Things Go By So Fast

WWE Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Special Outside Referee: Mick Foley
RAW * June 4, 2001

DiCaprio

WCW Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Booker T
RAW * July 16, 2001

DISC 2:

A Refugee Camp

WCW Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Kurt Angle
Rebellion * November 3, 2001

A Dastardly Finish

WWE Undisputed Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. The Rock
Royal Rumble * January 20, 2002

The George Harrison of WWE

Winner Faces Hulk Hogan for the Undisputed Championship
Chris Jericho vs. Triple H
SmackDown * April 25, 2002

The X-Factor

Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy
RAW * February 10, 2003

Injury-Prone

Chris Jericho vs. Edge
RAW * March 7, 2005

Because It Was There

Last Man Standing Match
Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
RAW * November 10, 2008

DISC 3:

Dark Matches

Street Fight for the World Heavyweight Championship (Dark Match)
Chris Jericho vs. John Cena
Manchester, NH * December 29, 2008

That’s What Bullies Do

Mask vs. Intercontinental Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio
The Bash * June 28, 2009

This Is Where You Can Live Forever

Triple Threat Tag Team Match
Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. John Cena & The Undertaker vs. D-Generation X
RAW * November 16, 2009

Wardrobe Malfunction & Crowd Participation

Chicago Street Fight for the WWE Championship
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
Extreme Rules * April 29, 2012

I’m Your Guy

Chris Jericho vs. Rob Van Dam
RAW * July 15, 2013

Something I Can Sink My Teeth Into

Steel Cage Match
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
RAW * September 8, 2014

Stairway to Heaven

Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton
Night of Champions * September 21, 2014

Great Opponents; Great Moments

BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES:

Landing Butt-First

Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Chris Jericho vs. Christian
Unforgiven * September 12, 2004

Band Collage

Intercontinental Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio
RAW * June 15, 2009

Pushed Out of the Nest

Chris Jericho vs. Evan Bourne
Fatal 4-Way * June 20, 2010

The Ultimate Violation

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Payback * June 16, 2013

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WWE SmackDown Results and March 26 Recap

March 28, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week, SmackDown emanates from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. This is the “go-home” show before Wrestlemania XXXI, so don’t expect much.

MATCH 1-FATAL 4-WAY MATCH: JIMMY USO (W/NAOMI AND JEY USO) VS. BIG E (W/XAVIER WOODS) VS. FERNANDO (W/DIEGO AND EL TORITO) VS. WWE TAG TEAM CO-CHAMPION CESARO (W/TYSON KIDD AND NATALYA)
This is a preview of the fatal 4-way for the tag titles that will take place on the WM kickoff show. The four start off attacking each other in opposite corners until E and Jimmy are left standing. They duck shots from each other, and collide with Cesaro & Fernando in opposite corners. Looks like tag rules are not in effect here. Jimmy chops Cesaro as Fernando is hit with an overhead belly-to-belly from E. He does the same to Jimmy, then throws Cesaro into the other two, hitting the trio with a corner attack. He gorilla presses Cesaro into Jimmy, then hits Fernando with a belly-to-belly. He hits the Warrior Splash on Fernando for 2 as Cesaro breaks it up. E sends him to the floor, then turns around into a reverse dragon whip from Jimmy. Jimmy goes for a suicide dive, but Fernando intercepts him with a dropkick before hitting a suicide dive on E and Cesaro outside. Jimmy then takes his turn, wiping out all three. He rolls Cesaro in, then goes up top for the Samoan Splash. E stops him, and Cesaro knocks him to the floor with a European uppercut. Cesaro dropkicks E off the apron, then nails Fernando on the apron with punches before going for the lifting superplex. Jimmy climbs up to the middle rope as well, while E comes in from behind with a German suplex, taking all three down in a variation of the “Tower of Doom” spot. He covers Fernando, but only gets 2. Fernando comes back with a complete shot/DDT combo on Jimmy and E for 2 as Cesaro breaks it up. Cesaro boots Fernando, then runs into a pair of boots in the corner. He catches Fernando off a dive and hits the Cesaro Swing before catapulting Fernando into Jimmy. He then does the same thing to E before going for the Neutralizer. Fernando breaks it up with a Backstabber, and E looks for the Big Ending on Cesaro. He hits it, but only after Jimmy nails him in the face with a superkick, putting both men down in the process. Fernando tosses Jimmy to the apron, but Jimmy backdrops him to the floor. He heads up top and hits Cesaro with the Samoan Splash for 3.

WINNER: JIMMY USO.

In the main event, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan and Mark Henry will take on Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, the Big Show and Kane in an 8-man tag team match.

What comes next, like ever year, is craploads of filler, emanating from Wrestlemania Axxess.

Back to the arena, AJ Lee is in the ring. The fans have known her for a long time. They’ve seen her as a diva, a GM, everyone’s girlfriend, and the longest-reigning Divas Champion in history. She loves that belt, and so does Paige. On RAW, the Bellas used that love to turn them on each other. It worked, but because of that, at Wrestlemania, she’s going to step up to the plastic mannequins, and she is going to beat them. The only question she has is whether she’s doing it alone. Paige, whether you want to join her at WM is entirely up to you.

Paige comes out and says she loves how Lee wants to skip past RAW, but she’s not fooling anyone. It’s been a year since the day after last WM when Paige beat Lee for the title, and she knows Lee doesn’t want Paige to have it back. Lee says it’s not about that. She wants the belt, and when she wants something, she gets it. But now is the time for WM, and as long as they are threatening each other, they are no threat to the Bellas. Paige agrees, but how does she know if this isn’t another one of Lee’s tricks? Lee says it’s because she hates losing. Paige is the same way. She’s weird, crazy and stubborn as hell, and she also hates losing. That is why they can’t let the Kardashians win at WM. Paige agrees, says to ditch the “frenemies” thing and become actual tag team partners.

The Bella Tw*ts come out, and my ears are already bleeding. Nikki calls them names and says Lee is a manipulator, but that won’t help them win. Brie says they have a bond that can’t be broken. She’ll always forgive her sister, because they’re sisters. Nikki says these two desperately want the title, and we all know if Lee gets it, she’ll never defend it. Brock Lesnar showed up for work more times last year. Nikki says she has been running the division since Lee has been on vacation. These two remind her of every other diva in the locker room, trying to be them. Brie says everyone wants to be a Bella, and I throw up in my mouth. Lee says that they’re right: everyone wants to be failed, D-list actors like these two. I’ve mentioned I love AJ Lee right? Okay, good. Nikki responds with the most brilliant retort ever: “Not a failed actress, no.” Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Paige says they don’t want to be the Bellas because they prefer to be freaks, geeks, widows, misfits and oddballs. Most of all, they prefer being the ones that can be themselves. Lee says they are what real women look like, and at WM, they are going to kick the Bellas asses. Nikki says she prefers no labels, but a real woman prefers to let her actions do the talking, so why don’t you garblegarblegarble? Brie pretends to hold her back, then makes some stupid comment about how being held back makes them real women and calls Paige/Lee bitches.

Holy lord, the Bellas are worthless. Every time I think they’ve gotten as worthless as they possibly could, they outdo themselves.

More filler.

MATCH 2: JOHN CENA, MARK HENRY, DANIEL BRYAN AND ROMAN REIGNS VS. SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY), THE BIG SHOW, KANE AND BRAY WYATT
Reigns is getting Cena-levels of boos. Reigns starts with Rollins, with Rollins ducking a lock-up attempt. He then applies a side headlock before Reigns breaks free and hits a shoulderblock. Rollins throws Reigns to the corner and stomps him down, only to have Reigns hit him with a running clothesline. He follows up with a series of short corner clotheslines, misses a short-arm, then hits a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Rollins counters an arm wringer with a jawbreaker, then tags in Wyatt, who knocks Reigns down with an uppercut. Reigns comes back with a back elbow, then throws Wyatt to the corner for some kicks. Wyatt gets whipped across the ring, where he backdrops Reigns to the apron. Reigns lands on his feet and hits a hotshot before nailing Wyatt with the apron dropkick. Wyatt tags out to Kane, who shoulders Reigns off the ropes. He nails an uppercut, misses a clothesline and gets hit with one by Reigns. Reigns hits a couple uppercuts, hits a boot out of the corner, then lands a flying clothesline from the middle for 2. Kane tags out to Show, and now Henry is begging for a tag. Reigns obliges. The two big men trade punches before Show hits a shoulder off the ropes, then nails a big body blow before throwing Henry to the corner for a hip attack. Wyatt back in, and he drops a couple elbows before peppering Henry with rights. Rollins in, and he stomps Henry down. He screams in Henry’s face, leading Henry to shove him away. Kane tags in before Henry can tag out and stomps Henry some more. In the corner, Kane hits a straight right, then tags out to Show. Show hits a big chop, but Henry starts fighting back with punches. Off the ropes, Show connects with a big side kick, then walks over Henry before draping him on the bottom rope. Show stands on Henry’s back as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Cena and Wyatt are now legal, with Cena hitting a Proto-Plex. He connects with the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, then looks for the AA. Kane tries to interfere, but gets knocked to the floor. Cena turns his attention back to Wyatt, who runs through Cena with a flying back elbow. Show tags in, and he drops Cena with a bodyslam. Kane in, and he hits an uppercut before stomping Cena down. On a side note, watching the new Road is Jericho DVD (review coming soon) and watching him work with Kane back in 2000 or so, you realize what a lazy slob Kane has turned into in the years since. Back to the match, Kane locks in a front chancery, and Cena is trying to power his way to his corner for a tag. Kane muscles him across the ring back to his own corner, where Rollins tags in. Rollins stomps Cena down, then distracts the ref as Wyatt nails a cheap shot. Cena fights back as Rollins talks trash, and now the two are trading punches. Cena ducks a clothesline and goes for the AA. Rollins lands on his feet, kicks Cena and hits him with an Asai DDT for 2. In the corner again, Wyatt tags in and beats Cena down. He hits the running senton for 2, then goes for it again. Cena moves on the second attempt, and is now crawling for the tag. Rollins tags in and cuts Cena off with a sleeper. Cena fights back to his feet, so Rollins jumps on his back with a bodyscissors. Cena rams him back-first into the buckles to break it up, then collapses. He looks for a tag, but Rollins stops him with a botched blockbuster for 2. Rollins tags out to Show, who then boots Henry off the apron. Show goes to the middle rope for a Vader Bomb, but Cena dodges it by rolling to the apron. Cena rolls himself back in and begins to crawl, only to have Rollins tag in and cut him off yet again. He charges at Cena, but gets backdropped to the floor. Cena dives for the tag and gets Bryan, who ducks a Rollins clothesline and knocks the rest of the heels of the apron. Rollins sends him into the corner, Bryan backflips off, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He connects with a corner dropkick, then sets Rollins up for a super hurricanrana. Bryan fires up the Yes! Kicks and goes for the Buzzsaw, but stops when J&J jump on the apron. Bryan dispatches of them quickly, only to turn around into a Ghetto Blaster by Rollins. Show looks for a tag as Reigns does the same. Show tags in first and knocks Reigns off the apron as Henry gets back up. He goes for the chokeslam on Bryan, only to have Reigns enter the ring and nail him with a Superman Punch. Wyatt comes in and goes for Sister Abigail, but Reigns shoves him off and hits the spear. Kane comes for a chokeslam, so Reigns escapes and hits another spear. He connects with a corner clothesline on Show, and Henry comes in to hit Show with an avalanche. Cena in with the AA, and Bryan caps it off with the running knee for 3.

WINNERS: DANIEL BRYAN, JOHN CENA, MARK HENRY AND ROMAN REIGNS

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results and March 19 Recap

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

This week, the show emanates from Kanas City, MO. To kick things off, here comes Roman Reign through the crowd, sporting a new shirt that says “I Can. I Will.” He says Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman think they can intimidate him.

Mark Henry interrupts and says he came out last week and he wanted to find out just what Reigns had in the ring, and Reigns showed him something. Henry climbs in the ring and shows what happened last week, for those that weren’t watching. We cut to last week, where Reigns knocked Henry to the floor and speared him through the barricade. Back to the arena, Henry says he doesn’t normally say things like this, but he got what he deserved. He then tells Reigns that, at Wrestlemania, he not only expects Reigns to beat Lesnar, but he’s putting all of his money on it, because Reigns can and will. The two shake hands, and that’s when Seth Rollins’ music hits.

Rollins comes out, flanked by J&J Security, as well as Kane. Kane mocks Henry and calls him the world’s biggest self-help guru. He can’t believe for a second that Reigns will beat Lesnar at WM. Rollins says, then again, anything can happen, before staring at his MITB case. The real reason they are out here is because everyone’s been buzzing since he accepted Randy Orton’s challenge at WM. Unfortunately for the fans, Orton isn’t here tonight, and he won’t be here. The best security team in the world, J&J, have secured the entire building and blocked the entrances. Orton will not step foot in here tonight. This isn’t for Rollins’ protection; this is for Orton’s own good, because when he finally gets face-to-face with Orton, he’s saving all of the humiliation for WM. Thankfully, for Reigns and Henry, he’s in the mood for a WM tune-up. Kane interjects and announces he and Rollins will take on Henry and Reigns. Believe in the Authority.

Tonight, all of the title contenders in the IC title ladder match at WM will face each other in a gauntlet match.

Tatsumi Fujinami is the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame.

MATCH 1: PAIGE VS. BRIE BELLA (W/NIKKI BELLA)
AJ Lee is on commentary, which is A-OK with me. Nikki Bella is also going to be on commentary, which now means I have to mute my computer, godd*mmit. The match starts, and Paige immediately tackles Brie to the floor and lays into her with punches. Paige slams her back-first onto the announce desk and hits a few more punches before Brie fights back and rolls her back into the ring. Back inside, Brie hits a middle rope missile dropkick for 2. She applies a rear chinlock, then whips Paige down by the hair. In the corner, Paige goes face-first into the top buckle a couple times, then gets hit with a running bulldog for 2. Brie then goes back to the chinlock because why the f*ck not? Paige tries to elbow out, so Brie clubs her with a forearm. Paige comes back with a kick off the ropes, and the two collide with simultaneous clotheslines. Paige is up first and goes for the big kick, but Brie blocks it and snaps Paige onto her face. She hits a weak running knee against the ropes and goes for a lackadaisical cover for 2, which Paige counters into a crucifix for the surprise 3.

WINNER: PAIGE.

We’re outside the arena, with J&J checking in with their security staff. Jamie Noble tells them they need to tell him right away if Orton shows up.

MATCH 2-GAUNTLET MATCH; PARTICIPANTS: DEAN AMBROSE, STARDUST, R-TRUTH, LUKE HARPER, DANIEL BRYAN AND DOLPH ZIGGLER

Ambrose and Stardust are the first two competitors. Stardust gets an inset promo during his entrance. He says the competitors don’t matter, something about the “ivory enterprise”, blah, blah. Basically, he wants the IC title. Ambrose applies a hammerlock, but then eats a back elbow before hitting a forearm off the ropes. Ambrose snaps off some jabs, then ties Stardust up for some chops. Stardust bails to the floor off an Irish whip, leading to a chase back into the ring. Stardust hits Ambrose with a kick, ducks a rebound clothesline and hits the Disaster Kick for 2. Another pin attempt gets 2 before Stardust hits a boot off the ropes. He stomps Ambrose down against the ropes, then hits a standing gourdbuster. We see Bad News Barrett watching on a monitor in the back. In the ring, Stardust goes for a sunset flip, but Ambrose drops down and pins Stardust for 3.

Stardust is eliminated.

Stardust attacks Ambrose from behind and rams him shoulder-first into the ring post twice as entrant #3, R-Truth, comes out. He pelts Stardust with rights, ducks a clothesline and hits a jumping heel kick. The ref checks on Ambrose to make sure he’s okay, Ambrose nods, and this match continues. Stardust jumps on the apron, and Truth quickly knocks him down. He turns around, only to have Ambrose drop him with Dirty Deeds for 3.

R-Truth is eliminated.

Entrant #4 is Luke Harper. He also gets the inset promo treatment, and says you never know true freedom until you’ve lost everything. He knows, because they took it from him. Now he will use you to set them all free. At WM, he will piece himself back together.

Commercials.

Back from the break, Ambrose pelts Harper with rights before dropping him with a cross-body. More rights from Ambrose, but Harper recovers and snaps Ambrose down with an arm wringer. He hits an armbar takedown, then applies a modified top wristlock. We see BNB looking on once more. Ambrose gets back to his feet and tries to fight out, but Harper cuts him off with a kneelift. He hits a snake eyes into the middle buckle, then applies a modified crossface. Ambrose shimmies his way to the bottom rope, leading to a break. He pulls himself up on the apron, where he low-bridges an incoming Harper. Ambrose comes off the apron with a flying elbow. Back up, Ambrose rolls Harper in the ring and goes for a tornado DDT. Harper tosses him and goes for the discus clothesline. Ambrose ducks and rolls Harper up for 2. Harper recovers and surprises Ambrose with a seated scrapbuster for 2. Harper goes back to the crossface hold from before, torquing Ambrose’s bad shoulder in the process. Ambrose breaks the hold by biting Harper in the hand. He then snaps off some jabs and chops, hits a kitchen sink against the ropes, then follows up with a seated dropkick. A la magistral gets 2, and now Ambrose heads up top. He dives over an incoming Harper, rolls through and gets blasted with a superkick before hitting a rebound clothesline. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Harper shoves him off and hits the discus clothesline. He then folds Ambrose up with a sit-out powerbomb for 3.

Dean Ambrose is eliminated.

Entrant #5 is Daniel Bryan. Commercials.

Back from the break, J&J are talking to security staff, stationed by doors. Noble tells one of them that no one can come through the doors without credentials. Someone comes in on a phone, but he has photo ID, so they let him go through. Noble says to keep an eye out for suspicious people and they should radio him immediately if they see anyone.

Back to the ring, Harper/Bryan is already underway, with Bryan targeting the legs of Harper, wrapping the left one around the ring post from the floor. Back in the ring, Bryan kicks at Harper’s left leg repeatedly, finally taking him down. Bryan goes for a surfboard stretch as BNB is still looking on. Back in the ring, Bryan gets the surfboard on, then turns it into a rear chinlock. Harper elbows out of the hold, but can’t stand up. Bryan fires up the Yes! Kicks, but goes for one too many as Harper blocks him, picks him up and dumps him to the floor. Harper then collapses before he’s finally able to stand up. Bryan rolls back in, where Harper meets him with a pair of elbow drops for 2. He hits a bodyslam, but is still limping a bit. He locks in the Gator Roll, then goes into a side headlock. Bryan gets to his feet and breaks the hold with a legbreaker. Harper manages to immediately hit a European uppercut, however, then lands another big bodyslam. A third slam connects, and he goes for another uppercut. Bryan ducks and gets Harper in a backslide for 2. Harper pops up and hits his big boot for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Harper hits a couple of knees and goes for another slam. Bryan escapes and hits a few kicks before getting sent over the ropes. Bryan holds on, skins the cat and pulls Harper to the floor with a headscissors. He sends Harper into the barricade with a suicide dive, then hits a few more kicks against the barricade. Back in the ring, Bryan fires up the Yes! Kicks, but misses the Buzzsaw. Harper then drops him on his head with a dragon suplex for 2. Bryan blocks a discus clothesline, but Harper spins once more and connects on the second try for 2. Harper goes for the sit-out powerbomb, but Bryan counters into a sunset flip before turning it into a heel hook for the submission win.

Luke Harper is eliminated.

The sixth and final entrant is Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler gets an inset promo, and says the IC title ladder match at WM has all types. Whether you’re a dirty lunatic, a rapper that refuses to get high, a guy going to a costume party on Mars, a homeless zombie, a Brit with no stones or just a turd, they’re not as good as him. He’s bringing the title back where it belongs, and it’s just too bad he’s too good. Commercials.

We’re back, and the two start with a lock-up. Bryan turns it into a hip throw, which Ziggler counters with a headscissors before Bryan escapes back to his feet. They lock up again, and repeat the sequence, but with the roles reversed. BNB watches on. Bryan applies an arm wringer and backs Ziggler to the corner before hitting him with a spinning back kick. Bryan hits some more Yes! Kicks, then picks Ziggler up for a European uppercut. Ziggler comes back with a flurry of rights, only to have Bryan trip him up. Ziggler blocks the attempt at a submission hold and stacks Bryan up for 2. The two go for a test of strength, but Ziggler boots Bryan, backs him into the corner, and hits a Rude Awakening. Nice touch there. He misses a corner splash, which allows Bryan to hit a running corner dropkick. He connects with a super hurricanrana, but Ziggler rolls through into a sunset flip for 2. The two trade shots, which Ziggler eventually getting the best of the exchange. He headbutts Bryan in the corner and goes for a whip. Bryan backflips out, ducks a clothesline, and the two collide off simultaneous cross-body attempts. Commercials.

Back from the break, Bryan is working over Ziggler’s arm. Ziggler escapes a back suplex, hits a couple kicks and lands a big dropkick. He goes for the rocker dropper, but Bryan counters it with a powerbomb into a jackknife for 2. Bryan goes up top, but Ziggler crotches him and looks for a superplex. Bryan slides under his legs and crotches Ziggler. Bryan then goes up for a back superplex, which Ziggler counters with a mid-air cross-body for 2. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, and Bryan grabs the ropes to block. Ziggler rolls away, only to get nailed with a Buzzsaw for 2. Bryan signals for the running knee. Ziggler sees it coming and drops Bryan with a superkick for 2. Ziggler picks Bryan up in a front chancery, but Bryan counters it into a quick Yes! Lock. Ziggler breaks free and jackknifes for 2. Bryan powers up to a vertical base, and now the two fight over a backslide attempt. Bryan drops to one knee and manages to pull Ziggler down for 2. He misses the Buzzsaw, and Ziggler hits a surprise Zig-Zag for 3.

WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER.

Damn, that was a hell of a match. It was pretty average at first, but once R-Truth was out, it really picked up and didn’t stop. I could watch Ziggler/Bryan all day.

After Ziggler celebrates, he has a stare-down with Bryan, only to shake his hand a moment later. BNB comes out and congratulates them for stealing the show, just like they’ve been trying to steal the IC title over the last few weeks. He’s got some bad news for both of them: stealing the show is a code. It’s a code for being…well, we never find out, because BNB immediately drops Ziggler with a microphone shot. Bryan starts nailing BNB with kicks and goes for a running corner dropkick, but BNB is back up, and he nails Bryan with the mic as well. He loads up the Bull Hammer and blasts Ziggler with it, then gives one to Bryan as well.

Bray Wyatt promo, hyping the match with the Undertaker at WM. Sorry, but as soon as this match was made official, I completely lost interest.

We get predictions from the divas on who will win the divas tag team match at WM. Who the hell cares? It features the Bellas, so it will absolutely suck. Listening to Cameron and Summer Rae talk…I’d rather hump a splintered piece of balsa wood.

Another Sheamus hype video.

J&J are with more security guards, by the shutters. Same stuff as the last two times.

MATCH 3-jINTER-SPECIES TAG TEAM MATCH: WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS CESARO & TYSON KIDD, AND NATALYA VS. EL TORITO AND LOS MATADORES (DIEGO & FERNANDO)
Cesaro and a Matador start, with Cesaro hitting a shoulder and dropping an elbow for 2. The two crisscross until the Matador hits a hurricanrana. Nattie tags herself in, which automatically brings Torito in. Kidd tags himself in before anything can happen. Torito kicks Kidd in the leg, then tags in a Matador, who suckers Kidd into a trip into the second rope. The Matador drops himself across Kidd’s back as he slides through the ropes and to the floor, tagging in the other Matador in the process. The legal Matador hits a tope con hilo for 2. Kidd recovers and sends him throat-first into the middle rope for a knee-choke. Behind the ref’s back, Cesaro hits a boot on the apron. Cesaro tags in, and he stomps the Matador down before hitting a European uppercut. The Matador gets tossed to the floor. Kidd tags in and goes for an attack from the apron, but gets tripped. The other Matador tags in and hits a springboard chop. He knocks Cesaro off the apron and hits a spinning headbutt. Torito tags in, and the two hit a springboard version of the Sidewinder (the Smoking Gunns’ old finisher) for 2. A Matador tags in and hits a somersault plancha from the top for 2 as Cesaro breaks it up. The other Matador hits Cesaro with an enziguri, then pulls his partner over for a tag to Torito. Torito sends Kidd head-first into Cesaro off a springboard hurricanrana. Nattie tags herself in as Los Matadores send the champs to the floor with a pair of dropkicks. They follow up with stereo suicide dives. Torito looks for one, but gets grabbed by Nattie. He counters into an armdrag, then comes off the top for a hurricanrana. Nattie catches him and hits a sit-out powerbomb for 3.

WINNERS: CESARO, TYSON KIDD AND NATALYA.

Nattie sure looks good in a leather catsuit. Just saying.

Roman Reigns comes out for the main event, and Mark Henry’s music hits next. However, after a minute or two, Henry isn’t coming out. THe cameras cut to the back, and Henry’s been laid out near the locker rooms. Seth Rollins and Kane come out, flanked by J&J Security. Rollins waves his arm, and about half a dozen security guards join them. The guards line up at the bottom of the entrance ramp, and it looks like this is going to become a handicap match.

MATCH 4-2-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH: ROMAN REIGNS VS. KANE AND SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY)
Kane starts off for his team, eating a series of rights by Reigns. Rollins distracts the referee, which allows J&J to trip Reigns near the ropes. Off the distraction, Kane hits a big boot before tagging in Rollins. Rollins clubs Reigns down, then hits a neckbreaker for 1. Rollins chokes Reigns over the middle rope, then tags in Kane. Kane sends Rollins into the corner for a forearm, and Rollins then sends Reigns into Kane for a sidewalk slam, which gets 2. Kane rams Reigns face-first into the top buckle, then sends him across the ring. Reigns blocks a splash, hits a few rights, then gets caught with a DDT off the ropes for 2. Rollins tags in, pulls Reigns to the apron from the floor and nails him with rights, followed by a running boot. Back in the ring, Rollins clubs Reigns down. Reigns comes back with rights until he gets hit with a complete shot into the middle buckle. Kane tags in and hits a quick pair of elbows. Rollins back in now, and Kane sends him in for a corner splash. Reigns sees it coming and backdrops Rollins to the apron before hitting Kane with a leaping clothesline. Rollins misses a springboard knee, lands in the corner, and gets hit with several clotheslines from Reigns. Reigns misses a short-arm, ducks a kick, misses a leaping clothesline and hits a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. He loads up the Superman Punch and nails an incoming Joey Mercury with it. He goes for it again on Rollins, but Rollins blocks it and goes for a spinning neckbreaker. Reigns blocks that, the two spin through several more times, and Reigns ends the series with a shot to the back of the head. Jamie Noble gets knocked off the apron as Rollins rolls to the apron himself. Reigns goes after him, and Rollins hits him with a hotshot. Rollins goes up top as Kane tags himself in. Reigns nails Rollins with a punch in mid-air, but Kane then comes in and grabs Reigns for a chokeslam. Reigns escapes, ducks a clothesline and connects with the spear for 3.

WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.

After the match, Reigns shoves the security guards on the ramp out of the way. Rollins starts throwing a fit in the ring as Randy Orton’s music hits. He turns around, and Orton hits the ring through the crowd. He tackles Rollins, then proceeds to take out the security guards. He catches and incoming Rollins with a powerslam, then coils up for the RKO. Noble tries to interfere, but gets hit with an RKO. Rollins escapes an RKO attempt, but Orton grabs him by the foot before he can leave the ring. Mercury tries to attack Orton from the buckles, but gets hit with a mid-air RKO as Rollins escapes up the ramp.

End of show.

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WWE Best of Raw and Smackdown 2014 DVD Review

March 18, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

So, I’ve reviewed several of these over the last couple of years, and let’s be honest: these sets are more or less a quick cash grab. They are a collection of Raw and Smackdown matches that range anywhere from terrible to good, and that’s pretty much it. There are a few talking head segments interspliced into the DVD between matches and segments from people involved in them, but beyond that, there’s little else here.

Now, that’s not to say that the DVD set can’t be enjoyed. Some of the segments are decent, some matches feature alternate commentary from the competitors, and there are a handful of matches and segments on here that are very enjoyable. Stuff like a 6-man Elimination Chamber qualifier, Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton, the Usos winning the tag team titles from the New-Age Outlaws, a Shield handicap match and a triple threat for the IC title between Dolph Ziggler, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (a dark horse candidate for WWE match of the year 2014, in my opinion), are all here, as well as several others. As for good in-ring segments, you’ve got the “Occupy RAW” piece, The army of Wyatt Family children surrounding the ring and the “last stand” between Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho.

The rest of the DVD? While there are some other good matches on here, there’s a TON of what basically feels like filler, including Dean Ambrose losing the US title in a battle royal, a Bo Dallas/Sin Cara match that no one probably even remembers, the mud pool “match” between Vickie Guerrero and Stephanie McMahon, Batista attempting (and failing) to bash the WWE Universe, and others.

Fortunately, the good matches outweigh the bad stuff overall, but it’s still somewhat of a mixed bag. Chances are, you’ve seen most everything on this DVD if you already watch RAW and Smackdown every week. There might be one or two things new to you overall, but nothing that you will likely need to go out of your way to see.

The set overall is not a “must-buy” by any means, but if you can find it at a good price or get it as a gift, there’s definitely some enjoyment to be found (seriously, watch the IC triple threat). If you’re a collector and/or always get these installments, you likely have your mind made up and already know what you’re in for. Like I said, it’s not bad by any means; it’s just nothing spectacular and, as I said before, just feels like the quick cash-grab it’s obviously intended to be.

DISC 1

An Epic Year

Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
The Shield vs. John Cena, Sheamus & Daniel Bryan
RAW * January 27, 2014

Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
RAW * February 3, 2014

#1 Contender’s Fatal Four-Way Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Mark Henry
SmackDown * February 14, 2014
(Alternate Commentary with Zeb Colter)

John Cena vs. Cesaro
RAW * February 17, 2014

The Next Guy

The Deadman vs. The Beast

Brock Lesnar & The Undertaker’s WrestleMania XXX Contract Signing
RAW * February 24, 2014

Batista Goes “Hollywood”

Batista Bashes the WWE Universe
SmackDown * February 28, 2014

Batista vs. Dolph Ziggler
SmackDown * February 28, 2014

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos
RAW * March 3, 2014

The Usos’ Moment

Undertaker Chokeslams Brock Lesnar – WWE RAW Contract Signing

DISC 2

The Yes Movement vs. The Authority

Daniel Bryan “Occupies” RAW
RAW * March 10, 2014

John Cena vs. Luke Harper
RAW * March 24, 2014

Sending a Message

WWE Divas Championship Match
AJ Lee vs. Paige
RAW * April 7, 2014

Turning the Paige

The Band is Back Together

Handicap Match
The Shield vs. Rusev, Alberto Del Rio, Bad News Barrett, Jack Swagger, Fandango, Titus O’Neil, 3MB, and RybAxel
RAW * April 14, 2014

The Wyatt Family & Children Surround the Ring
RAW * April 28, 2014

Following the Buzzards

Cracking The Shield

20-Man Battle Royal for the United States Championship
RAW * May 5, 2014

John Cena & The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family
SmackDown * May 9, 2014

BO-lievers

Bo Dallas vs. Sin Cara
SmackDown * May 23, 2014
(Alternate Commentary with Bo Dallas)

Seth Rollins Turns on The Shield
RAW * June 2, 2014

Daniel Bryan Occupies WWE RAW – Yes Movement

DISC 3

Why Seth, Why?

Seth Rollins Explains His Side
SmackDown * June 6, 2014

There’s Always a Plan B

Gold & Stardust vs. RybAxel
RAW * June 16, 2014
(Alternate Commentary with Stardust)

Vickie’s Last Laugh

Mud Pool Match with Vickie Guerrero’s Career on the Line
Vickie Guerrero vs. Stephanie McMahon
RAW * June 23, 2014

Brie Bella & Stephanie McMahon’s SummerSlam Contract Signing
RAW * August 4, 2014

Stephanie Will Pay

The Authority Introduces Brock Lesnar as WWE World Heavyweight Champion
RAW * August 18, 2014

Falls Count Anywhere Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
RAW * August 18, 2014

Jericho and Wyatt’s Last Stand

Steel Cage Match
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
RAW * September 8, 2014

The Rock Interrupts Rusev and Lana
RAW * October 6, 2014

15-Man Tag Team Match
Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny
SmackDown * October 10, 2014

Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins
RAW * November 3, 2014

Triple Threat Elimination Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro vs. Tyson Kidd
SmackDown * November 14, 2014

John Cena, Ryback, & Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins, Kane & Luke Harper
RAW * December 1, 2014

Looking Back at 2014

WWE: The Destruction of the Shield

WWE: Best of Raw and Smackdown 2014

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WWE SmackDown Results and March 12 Recap

March 14, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Thursday Night SmackDown opens with Daniel Bryan. He says that, ever since Fastlane, week after week, he has tried his hardest to ignore the giant Wrestlemania sign. But he can’t ignore it anymore. He has to accept that he can’t repeat his WM last year, when the Yes! Movement took him all the way to the WM main event. That door has closed, but when one closes, another opens. A couple of weeks ago, he was in the ring, surrounded by the WWE superstars, fighting for the IC title. And that got him thinking about the guy who were his heroes, when he watched WM. Guys like Mr. Perfect, Ricky Steamboat, Bret Hart, HBK and Randy Savage. They were all IC champs at WM, and when they were, they were more exciting than anything going on in the World title division. And, he also realized one more thing: since he has been in WWE, the only title he hasn’t won is the IC title. So…even though he can’t repeat last year, he can create a new moment this year. He made a request, and he’s out here to announce he’s officially in the IC title ladder match at WMXXXI.

Bad News Barrett (still sans belt) comes and says he has some bad news. Despite what everyone seems to think, he’s still the champion. After WM, he will remain the champion. So, you could say that will make BNB Bryan’s new hero.

Dolph Ziggler comes out next. He says BNB may never be Bryan’s hero, but he is Ziggler’s hero. Ziggler has never met someone so delusional and desperate to be relevant in his life. BNB is the champion, but where is the title? He can’t hang onto the belt. How’s he going to retain it against six hungry stars throwing him off ladders at WM?

Luke Harper joins the party now. He says he wants his WM moment and points to the sign. He and Bryan go nose-to-nose for a moment, until…

Dean Ambrose marches down to the ring and says if these guys think they can get in the ring and throw fists without inviting him, they need to be locked up for observation. If no one can wait until WM, he’s fine mixing it up in a fight, and he’ll do it with anyone in the ring.

Stardust charges down to the ring, looking all over for something. He asks where his white stallion of the Milky Way? Where is the ivory enterprise?

R-Truth comes out, and he’s carrying what is likely the title belt in a burlap sack. He opens the sack, and that’s exactly what’s in it. He starts talking to the belt. He knows BNB is the champion, but he’s going to hold onto the belt for safe-keeping, at least until WM. Even though he’s scared of heights, he’s climbing the ladder. BNB says he won’t make it to the second rung before pulling Truth back down. Truth pulls a page out of the Frank Rizzo playbook and calls BNB “sizzlechest”. He says possession is 9/10 of the law, so that makes him the big boss man. #ComeGetIt (his words). BNB says that’s his and starts to leave the ring, but a brawl breaks out before that can happen. Bryan tosses BNB before Ziggler does the same to Stardust. Harper gets backdropped by Ambrose, and now he, Ziggler and Bryan are the last three left in the ring.

We’ll have an exclusive interview with Randy Orton later tonight.

MATCH 1: KOFI KINGSTON, XAVIER WOODS AND THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY) (W/BIG E AND NAOMI) VS. LOS MATADORES (DIEGO & FERNANDO), AND WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS CESARO & TYSON KIDD (W/EL TORITO AND NATALYA)
We get an inset promo from Los Matadores, who say that, after losing to the tag champs last week, they made the decision to do whatever it takes to win the belts and claim their WM moment.

Kofi starts off with one of the Matadors. Kofi gets thrown to the corner and stomped down. Kofi avoids a corner whip and hits a dropkick out of the corner for 1. Woods tags in and comes off the middle with a forearm for 2. The two crisscross until Woods hits another forearm for 2. The Matador comes back and tags in the other Matador, who hits a dropkick. Woods comes back with punches and a kick. One of the Usos makes the blind tag and hits a few chops, followed by a back-body drop out of the corner. This is Jimmy. Jimmy hits a European uppercut out of the corner, but then gets distracted by apparently Diego on the apron as he goes for the corkscrew moonsault. That makes Fernando the man in the ring, and he proceeds to crotch Jimmy on the top buckle. Fernando knocks him to the floor as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Jimmy is fighting out of a Fernando headlock. Fernando sends him face-first into the middle rope and lands across Jimmy’s back while simultaneously tagging out. Diego comes in and hits a slingshot elbow for 2 beofre going into a rear chinlock. Jimmy escapes, misses a reverse Dragon Whip, keeps spinning and connects on the second try. Jey tags in, as does Kidd. Jey nails Kidd with several strikes, ducks a clothesline and hits a Samoan drop. He hits the running hip attack in the corner before Kofi tags himself in. Kofi hits a springboard cross-body for 2, only to have Cesaro break it up. Woods comes in to fight off Cesaro, leading one of the Matadors to come in. A miscommunication leads to the Matador clotheslining Cesaro to the floor. Woods then sends him flying. Before Woods goes for a dive. One of the Usos comes in and hits one of his own. Woods tops him by hitting a somersault plancha, only to wipe out one of the Usos on accident. In the ring, Kidd hits a slingshot roll-up for 2, only to have Kofi reverse it for 2. Kofi goes for another one, but Cesaro blasts him with a European uppercut from the floor. One of the Usos takes Cesaro out with a superkick. In the ring, Kidd goes for Just Kidding, only to have one of the Matadors tag in. Kofi goes for TIP on Kidd, Kidd ducks, and the Matador gets blasted. On the other side of the ring, one of the Usos prevents Cesaro from interfering. As the referee is distracted, Los Matadores switch places, and Kofi gets hit with a Backstabber for 3, with a handful of tights.

WINNERS: CESARO, TYSON KIDD AND LOS MATADORES.

Connor “The Crusher” Michalek is the newest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, and the first recipient of the Warrior Award. Honestly, this is my favorite thing that WWE has done since, well, probably ever. Connor was an amazingly special kid, and it’s obvious he meant everything to everyone in WWE.

Ryback comes out for his match with the Miz, and now Renee Young is standing by with the Miz and Damien Mizdow. She calls Ryback one of the favorites in the Andre battle royal. Miz laughs and says he’s one of the most decorated superstars in WWE. Mizdow starts mocking Miz. Miz says he hasn’t gotten the Andre trophy yet, but when he puts his mind to something, he wins, which makes him the odds-on favorite. He calls Ryback brainless, and Mizdow responds that Ryback is a 295-lb. machine (I call BS, but whatever). Miz cuts him off and says he can beat Ryback, AND do it by himself. He doesn’t need Mizdow. What he needs Mizdow to do is press his pants and get him a macchiado or some such bullsh*t.

MATCH 2: RYBACK VS. THE MIZ
Miz has the worst entrance and pre-match ceremony ever. The two lock up, and Miz applies a side headlock. Ryback powers him up to the top rope and leaves him there before taunting him. Miz charges, so Ryback snaps him down on his face. Miz hits a couple back elbows, then runs into one from Ryback. Ryback hits a delayed vertical suplex as we see Mizdow watching on a monitor. Miz rolls to the apron and hits a hotshot. Back in the ring, Miz hits a few shots. Ryback comes back with his own, but then runs shoulder-first into the ring post. Miz chokes him on the middle rope, then drops a leg across his back for 2. Ryback blocks a snapmare, but then takes a few kicks and a boot to the head. Ryback blocks a second attempt and drops Miz with a spinebuster. Ryback blasts Miz with the Meat Hook, hits Shell Shocked and gets 3.

WINNER: RYBACK.

We see Mizdow laughing at what he just witnessed.

Roman Reigns heads down to the ring. We cut to what Paul Heyman said about Brock Lesnar on RAW. Back to Reigns, he says Heyman claims he knows Reigns and his family. The reality is Heyman just disrespected them all. He says the Anoa’i clan is just three generations removed from cannibals. Who says that? Heyman takes every opportunity he can to tell Reigns he can’t. If there are two things Reigns won’t accept, they are people disrespecting his family, and telling him he can’t. He can, and at WM, he’s going to represent his Samoan blood and win the WWE title, and you can believe…

Mark Henry marches down to the ring. Apparently, he still works here. Henry says he was listening to Reigns, and he just had to come out here. Either Reigns is a comedian, or one too many coconuts fell on his head. Henry doesn’t like anyone talking about his heritage either, but Reigns needs to understand Heyman has gotten under Reigns’ skin. He talked about Reigns’ heritage, then told him he can’t. Reigns says he can, and Henry disagrees. He’s the strongest man in the world. He knows who he is, which is more than he can say for Reigns. He’s been in the ring with Lesnar. Lesnar broke his arm and damn-near killed him with an F-5 on the floor. Is Reigns ready for that? Henry doesn’t think so. Reigns starts to say “With all due respect”, but Henry cuts him off. He says Lesnar doesn’t respect Reigns. The fans don’t respect him. The boys in the locker room don’t respect him. Reigns has to earn his respect here. Nobody is going to give it to him. Reigns starts to leave, but Henry stops him. This is what he’s talking about. The young bucks think they know it all and have done it all. Reigns hasn’t been anywhere. Henry then slugs him, and Reigns responds with a quick Superman Punch. Henry rolls to the floor, and Reigns goes after him, spearing him through the barricade and into the timekeeper’s area. Reigns says to hell with “I can’t”. He can, and he will. Believe that!

MATCH 3: AJ LEE AND PAIGE VS. CAMERON AND SUMMER RAE (W/EVA MARIE)
Sweet merciful crap. The Bellas are on commentary AGAIN. Mute time. Cameron and Paige start off, and Paige immediately takes Cameron down with a boot to the gut. She throws Cameron face-first into the buckles, then tags in AJ, who hits a roundhouse. Cameron gets sent to the corner, where AJ hits a splash and a neckbreaker. She hits a spinning back-kick to the gut, then goes after Rae on the apron. The temporary distraction allows Cameron to hit AJ from behind. Cameron then hits a split-kick for 2, remembering to turn her opponent onto her back for the pin this time. Rae tags in and, and they hit a series of garbage double-teams for 2. Rae applies a rear chinlock, then whips AJ down by the neck before knocking Paige off the apron. Cameron tags in and stomps AJ in the corner before tagging in Rae. AJ fights them both off, then hits Cameron with a clothesline. Paige tags in and hits Rae with a trio of short-arm clotheslines, followed by a dropkick off the ropes. Paige ducks a clothesline, hits her big side kick and locks in the PTO for the quick submission win.

WINNERS: AJ LEE AND PAIGE.

AJ and Paige start to leave, but turn back when Nikki throws her hat at them. Yes, her hat. She then tops that by throwing her jacket. Tough broad right there, I assure you.

We see a trainer checking on Mark Henry. Renee Young steps in for an interview and asks if he was intentionally antagonizing Roman Reigns earlier. He says he was. He’s invested his whole career in WWE, and tonight, Reigns made a believer out of Henry. He pushed, and Reigns pushed back. He doesn’t know if Reigns can beat Lesnar, but he believes he can.

Earlier today, Michael Cole sat down for an interview with Randy Orton. Cole goes back four months, when Orton was excommunicated from the Authority. We see the clips, and Cole asks him how that effected him emotionally. Orton says something changed in him that day. The four months he was off, all he could think about was his revenge on the Authority, especially Seth Rollins. Cole says Orton wove his way back into the Authority. Orton agrees, but he had his blinders on for Rollins. He thought he’d get back at Rollins at Fastlane, but Orton saw an opportunity present itself. He’s an opportunist, and yes, he wove his way back in. He was just biding his time. The mind games were fun. Cole points out Orton helped Rollins beat Reigns a couple weeks ago. Orton says he’s not friends with Reigns. He used Reigns, and he’d do the same to anyone if that meant he could get to Rollins. He knew that would solidify his position in the Authority and keep them believing. This past RAW, he used reverse psychology, and berating the Authority was the last thing anyone would expect. At that moment, he knew he’d get his revenge, and it would be sweet. The revenge happened later on in a handicap match with Reigns. Orton points out that Kane and Big Show have imploded and were sent home. The two giants were out of the way. During the 2-on-1, J&J got in the way, and Orton took care of them. Now four were out of the picture, and it was down to Orton and Rollins. When Rollins needed a tag, and Orton pulled back…what motivates men? Fear. He saw fear in Rollins, and it lit something up in Orton. He enjoyed beating the hell out of Rollins after the match. All the weight of the world was off his shoulders at once during that assault. When he put Rollins through a table with an RKO, it was just relief. He enjoyed every second. Cole says there will be hell to pay. Orton says he’ll pay. It was worth it. Cole asks what is the first thing Orton will do this Monday on RAW. Orton says he’ll find Rollins, spit in his face and challenge him to a match at WM.

MATCH 4: DANIEL BRYAN, DEAN AMBROSE AND DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. LUKE HARPER, STARDUST AND INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION BAD NEWS BARRETT
Ambrose and BNB start with Ambrose applying a side headlock. Ambrose hits a shoulder off the ropes, goes into a crisscross and hits a clothesline. Ambrose drops a power-drive elbow, then applies his version of the Regal Stretch before tagging in Ziggler. Ziggler applies an arm wringer, which BNB counters. He tags in Stardust, who nails a fist off the top rope. Rhodes goes for a corner whip, gets it reversed, and collides chest-first with the buckles. Bryan tags in and comes in off the top with a double axe handle. Bryan applies a surfboard, then drops Stardust back to his knees for a chinlock. Stardust breaks free and tags in BNB, who gets hit with a drop-toehold. Bryan hits a series of European uppercuts before BNB attacks Bryan in the corner. Stardust tags back in and hits a couple of corner headbutts. Bryan reverses a corner whip and hits a running dropkick. Up top, Bryan hits a super hurricanrana, then calls for the knee. Stardust sees it coming and bails to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Harper is now legal for his team, and he gets a 1-count on Bryan before applying the Gator Roll, then turning it into a side headlock. Bryan gets to his feet and tries to power himself to the corner for a tag, but Harper snaps him down by the hair. BNB tags in and throws Bryan to the corner. He sets Bryan across the top buckle and clubs him across the back before hitting a running kick to the gut for 2. Stardust tags in, and he hits a few strikes before tagging in Harper. Harper goes for a slam, but Bryan counters into a schoolboy for 2 before nailing a Buzzsaw. He crawls to his corner and tags in Ambrose as Stardust also tags in. Ambrose hits a splash in the corner and follows up with a running bulldog. Ambrose hits a back suplex into a facebuster for 2 as Harper breaks it up. Harper pulls Ambrose to the floor, but Ambrose sends him into the barricade. Stardust charges at Ambrose on the apron, and Ambrose low-bridges him to the floor. Up top, Ambrose takes out both Harper and Stardust with a flying elbow. Back in the ring, Stardust nails Ambrose, only to have Ambrose rebound with a clothesline. He signals for Dirty Deeds, but lets go when BNB tries to interfere. Ambrose boots BNB in the head, then rolls to the floor to slam him face-first into the announce desk. Harper then drops Ambrose with a big boot. Commercials.

We’re back, and BNB is nailing Ambrose with knees while he’s tied up in the ropes. BNB hits a big boot for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Ambrose fights out, but gets put back down quickly before Stardust tags in. Stardust attacks Ambrose in the corner and goes for a superplex, but Ambrose reverses into a release gourdbuster from the top. Ambrose then hits a seated missile dropkick. Ziggler and Harper tag in, and Ziggler goes on the attack, hitting a corner splash and a neckbreaker. The Shot to the Heart connects for 2. He goes for the rocker dropper, misses, nails BNB on the apron, then nails Harper with a dropkick. The rocker dropper connects for 2, and Ziggler then nails Stardust on the apron. Harper rolls Ziggler up for 2, then gets nailed with a superkick for 2 as Stardust breaks it up. Bryan takes Stardust out with a big kick, then backdrops BNB to the floor. Bryan, Ambrose and Ziggler line up, looking for a trio of suicide dives. Bryan and Ambrose connect, but Ziggler is put down with a big boot by Harper. Harper hits a sit-out powerbomb, but only gets 2. Harper picks Ziggler up in a torture rack, but Ziggler counters with the Zig-Zag. He falls into a tag from Bryan, who nails Harper with the running knee for 3.

WINNERS: DEAN AMBROSE, DANIEL BRYAN AND DOLPH ZIGGLER.

Michael Cole enters the ring and congratulates Bryan on the pin. Bryan thanks him, only to have Ziggler cut Bryan off. Bryan stole one for the team, but he gets it. It’s every man for himself. Last year, Bryan had Lady Luck on his side. This year, he’s all alone, and Ziggler’s out there, too. Just remember that. Ambrose interjects and gives both men a half-assed congratulations. He says they stole the show, just like everyone’s been stealing the IC title, which was his original idea. Back to the jealousy between Ziggler and Bryan. He thinks Ziggler doesn’t believe he’s as good as Bryan, and that bothers him. And Bryan is very good, and everyone thinks he’s nice, but everyone in the locker room knows the truth: Bryan’s a turd.

End of show.

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WWE Destruction of the Shield DVD Review

March 11, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I was worried about this DVD initially, if for no other reason than the Shield just plain weren’t around that long. Were they an amazing, dominant faction that produced some great moments and matches? Absolutely. However, their run was limited thanks to a split in early 2014 that left most fans scratching their heads (especially when it happened a night after their huge clean sweep of Evolution in a 6-man tag team elimination match at Payback). Despite this, however, The Destruction of the Shield is overall a really fun DVD that covers a lot of ground.

Being that these three guys haven’t been in WWE long, you’d hope the the DVD would start with some discussion of each man’s work prior to their debut in 2012 at Survivor Series…and that’s exactly what we get. With the exception of Roman Reigns, who went straight to developmental (more on him in a minute), both Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose have their independent careers covered here, leading to each of their signings with WWE’s then-developmental system, FCW. Although these pieces are somewhat limited, CZW, ROH and DGUSA/Evolve were all still cool enough to loan WWE some footage in order to cover the respective careers of these two athletes. What’s even cooler is commentary from guys both men worked with that are in WWE today, including Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Sami Zayn (El Generico) and a surprise appearance from referee Drake Wuertz, better known as long-time CZW mainstay Drake Younger. All parties praise the efforts of both Rollins and Ambrose on the indy circuit, with the general consensus being that both men would eventually make it to WWE (on a side note, Rollins mentions that he nearly didn’t sign with WWE because John Laurinaitis was horrible about returning calls, and instead nearly signed with TNA, or as he puts it, “some other company).

Now, as I said, Reigns never really worked the indy circuit, and instead went straight to FCW. However, that’s not to say he had an easy ride. Yes, he’s a member of the famous Anoa’i wrestling family, but if anything, he comes off as feeling even more pressured to be successful in wrestling as a result, which is completely understandable. Aside from this, Reigns was a star football player in high school (on a team with his cousins, the Usos, no less), became an even better player in college, and nearly made it big in the pros before being cut from his practice squad. From that point, Reigns decided to go into the family business, as he felt he had a better shot at providing a stable life for his daughter, a move that was obviously a smart gamble.

In addition to these stories, numerous WWE personnel discuss the careers of all three men, including Joey Mercury, who was apparently very instrumental in getting all three contracts, as well as legends like Mick Foley and William Regal, who have both worked extensively with Ambrose in the past. Even Ambrose’s attempted feud with Foley is covered, and I didn’t realize the reason the legs were cut off before it had the chance to really grow was Foley was more or less told by doctors he could never wrestle again, contrary to the popular rumor that WWE simply didn’t like the angle.

From the signings, each wrestler spending time in FCW/NXT is discussed, including the frustrations of both Ambrose and Rollins waiting longer than originally expected to get called up (in Rollins’ case, most notably attitude problems and serious issues with WWE agent Terry Taylor), up until the idea was created to put the three together and make them something a modern-day Horsemen group. At this point, most fans should be familiar what happens next: the Shield entered the WWE and caused complete destruction for a year and a half, until their break-up at the aforementioned RAW the night after Payback. This part of the DVD is less interesting, if for no other reason than it’s pretty common knowledge. And, surprisingly, despite all of this taking place on WWE, this section is really glossed over, with only a handful of matches being mentioned and a small blurb about their championship runs.

All of this leads up to the break-up and ends with the Ambrose/Rollins and Reigns/Orton matches at Summerslam. Both matches are looked at in detail, including preparations each man went into to physically get ready (all three are major workout junkies, and it shows), capped off with what ended up being two show-stealing matches at the second biggest card of the year.

That’s all on disc 1, which is also where the matches start. And the match list for this set is really extensive. Although no indy footage for Rollins and Ambrose was obtained, we still get some exclusive matches featuring both them and Reigns from both FCW and NXT, most of which the average fan has never seen. One of note is a triple threat match between the three, back when Reigns was still wrestling as Leakee Lee. Also included are an awesome match between Ambrose and one of his heroes, William Regal, as well Rollins becoming the first NXT Champion in a match with former WWE scrub, Jinder Mahal.

Aside from this, the rest are WWE matches you’ve probably seen, but that’s not really a bad thing. The Shield have been involved in some awesome matches, of the singles, tag and 6-man varieties, with a little bit of each thrown in for good measure. The Payback 6-man is here, as well as the awesome one vs. the Wyatt Family from last year’s Elimination Chamber. Also included are Ambrose’s US title win over Kofi Kingston and Reigns/Rollins beating Team Hell No! for the tag titles, both of which took place at Extreme Rules 2013. Both Summerslam matches mentioned above are included in their entirety, as well as Rollins’ MITB case win last year. All in all, 18 matches are included, and all of them are pretty enjoyable in their own ways.

While the documentary could have been a little bit better (mainly in the detail department, with less glossing over), the set overall is a really solid collection, with the match listing definitely being the selling point. If you’re a fan of all three guys or just one or two, you’ll want to pick this set up if you have the chance.

Documentary
*Who is the Shield?
*Game Changer
*Seth Rollins’ Journey Begins
*Dean Ambrose’s Journey Begins
*Roman Reigns’ Journey Begins
*Brothers in Arms
*The Ambrose-Rollins FCW Rivalry
*The Face of NXT
*Clashing Egos
*The Quick Study
*Failure to Launch
*Assembling the Shield
*Immediate Impact
*Bringing the Sword
*The First WrestleMania
*Extreme Success
*Lone Survivor
*Royal Record
*State of Evolution
*Shield Disassembled
*Buying In
*Lunatic Fringe Unleashed
*One Versus All
*Rollins Training for Summerslam
*Ambrose Training for Summerslam
*Good Friends, Better Enemies
*Reigns Training for Summerslam
*A Most Intriguing Matchup
*Arrival in Los Angeles
*Summerslam
*The Future is Now

Matches

Dean Ambrose on Seth Rollins FCW Rivalry

15-Minute Time Limit for the FCW 15 Championship
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
FCW * August 14, 2011

Seth Rollins on Dean Ambrose FCW Rivalry

30-Minute Time Limit for the FCW 15 Championship
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
FCW * September 18, 2011

Roman Reigns on FCW Triple Threat Match

Triple Threat Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Leakee
FCW * February 5, 2012

WWE Shield DVD Full Match Listing

DISC 2

Dean Ambrose on William Regal FCW Rivalry

Dean Ambrose vs. William Regal
FCW * July 1, 2012

Seth Rollins on NXT Championship

Gold Rush Tournament Finals for the NXT Championship
Seth Rollins vs. Jinder Mahal
NXT * August 29, 2012

Roman Reigns on NXT Debut

Roman Reigns vs. CJ Parker
NXT * October 31, 2012

Seth Rollins on Shield In-Ring Debut

6-Man Tag Team TLC Match
The Shield vs. Ryback & Team Hell No
TLC * December 16, 2012

Dean Ambrose on United States Championship

United States Championship Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Kofi Kingston
Extreme Rules * May 19, 2013

Roman Reigns on WWE Tag Team Championship

Tornado Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Team Hell No
Extreme Rules * May 19, 2013

Roman Reigns on Facing the Usos

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. The Usos
Money In the Bank * July 14, 2013

Roman Reigns on Survivor Series 2013

Classic Survivor Series Elimination Match
The Shield & The Real Americans vs. The Usos, Rhodes Brothers & Rey Mysterio
Survivor Series * November 24, 2013

WWE Shield DVD Full Match Listing

DISC 3

Dean Ambrose on Wyatt Family Rivalry

6-Man Tag Team Match
The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)
Elimination Chamber * February 23, 2014

Seth Rollins on Evolution Rivalry

No Holds Barred 6-Man Elimination Tag Team Match
The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) vs. Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton & Batista)
Payback * June 1, 2014

Seth Rollins on Money in the Bank 2014

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger
Money in the Bank * June 29, 2014

Dean Ambrose on SummerSlam

Lumberjack Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
SummerSlam * August 17, 2014

Roman Reigns on SummerSlam

Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
SummerSlam * August 17, 2014

Seth Rollins on Falls Count Anywhere Match with Dean Ambrose

Falls Count Anywhere Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
RAW * August 18, 2014

Roman Reigns on Seth Rollins Rivalry

Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins
RAW * September 15, 2014

Deleted Scenes
*The Dean Ambrose – William Regal Rivalry
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WWE Shield DVD Full Match Listing

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Roman Reigns on FCW Triple Threat Match

20-Minute Time Limit for the FCW 15 Championship
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
FCW * August 28, 2011

Dean Ambrose on Facing The Undertaker

The Undertaker vs. Dean Ambrose
SmackDown * April 26, 2013

Seth Rollins on Facing Orton and Bryan

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton & Daniel Bryan
Payback * June 16, 2013

Roman Reigns on Royal Rumble

30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Royal Rumble * January 26, 2014

WWE: The Destruction of the Shield

WWE: The Destruction of the Shield (Blu-ray)

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