Cesaro challenges for the WWE intercontinental championship and the Big Show goes one on one with Rusev on this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
MATCH 1: THE MIZ (W/DAMIEN MIZDOW) VS. DEAN AMBROSE
Ambrose ducks a clothesline, then swings for the fences, causing Miz to bail to the floor. Back in, they lock up, and Ambrose hits a hip throw, into a standing side headlock. He follows up with a shoulder off the ropes, then counters a kneelift with a schoolboy for 2. Miz bails to the apron, where he hits a hotshot. Miz clobbers Ambrose with a double axe handle from behind, then stomps him down. Ambrose blocks a hiptoss, misses a right, and Miz bails once more. Ambrose heads out and chases Miz back in, then tackles him down before peppering him with rights. Ambrose goes for his modified Regal Stretch, then grinds Miz’s face into the mat. Back up, Ambrose nails a chop, then grinds his forearm into Miz’s face in the corner before stomping him. Miz comes back with a punch, then hits a sloppy Reality Check for 2. Miz stomps Ambrose down once more, but Ambrose comes back with a seated dropkick that sends Miz outside. Ambrose floors him with a slingshot plancha, then tosses him back-first into the barricade. Ambrose drops Miz chest and face-first across the top of the barricade, then rolls him back in. Mizdow causes a distraction, which allows Miz to nail a big boot. Commercials.
Back from the break, Miz is stomping Ambrose down in the corner. Ambrose pulls himself to his feet and blasts an incoming Miz with a forearm to the face. Ambrose hits a series of jabs, ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of his own. Ambrose connects with a cross-body, then peppers Miz with more rights before clotheslining him to the floor. Ambrose hits a suicide dive and rolls Miz back in before chasing Mizdow to the other side of the ring. Miz catches Ambrose with a quick small package as he climbs back in, but it’s only good for 2. Ambrose drops him with a tornado DDT for 2. Up top, Ambrose nails Mizdow, who is on the apron, then goes for a seated missile dropkick on Miz. Miz blocks it and “locks” in the figure 4. Ambrose crawls on his back to the bottom rope to get the break, so Miz goes for it again. Ambrose boots him away, gets hit with a left, then hits a rebound clothesline. Corporate Kane and Seth Rollins appear on the stage, and Ambrose is distracted. Miz tries to go for the SKF, but Ambrose almost immediately breaks it and hits Dirty Deeds for 3.
Kane and Rollins climb into the ring, and Ambrose goes right after Rollins. Kane pulls him off, so Ambrose attacks Kane as well. The same thing happens to Rollins. Kane goes for the chokeslam, but Ambrose escapes and low-bridges Kane. Rollins hits a running kneelift, but Ambrose shakes it off and hits a rebound clothesline. He grabs the MITB case, ducks a clothesline from Kane and bails, heading out through the crowd, case still in-hand.
We get another Dust Brothers promo. Goldust says they have the cosmic key (the tag belts), and the Usos want them back. Stardust says they can’t have the key back. Goldust says they won’t get it, and they’ll never forget the name Gold & Stardust.
MATCH 2-14-MAN BATTLE ROYAL, WITH THE WINNER FACING DOLPH ZIGGLER FOR THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP LATER TONIGHT; PARTICIPANTS: CESARO, JACK SWAGGER, HEATH SLATER, TITUS O’NEIL, DIEGO, FERNANDO, BO DALLAS, ZACK RYDER, SIN CARA, XAVIER WOODS, BIG E, JUSTIN GABRIEL, DAMIEN MIZDOW AND KOFI KINGSTON
Dallas quickly eliminatees ones of the Matadores. He then throws Cara. Gabriel tries to eliminate Dallas shortly thereafter, but fails. Mizdow tosses the other half of the Matadores.
Los Matadores and Sin Cara have been eliminated.
Kofi tosses Gabriel. Cesaro then tosses Woods.
Justin Gabriel and Xavier Woods have been eliminated.
Cesaro and E go at it, and Cesaro presses E over his head before Titus stops him from the toss. Titus beats Cesaro down in the corner as everyone else seems focused on getting rid of Dallas. Ryder tries to toss Slater, so Swagger tries to toss them both. Titus saves his partner as E goes for a press on Cesaro. Cesaro escapes and press-slams E to the floor.
Big E has been eliminated. Commercials.
Back from the break, Kofi is trying to eliminate Mizdow. Doesn’t look like anyone else was eliminated during the break. Cesaro tries to toss Mizdow, but Mizdow escapes. Titus gets Ryder on the top, then knocks him to the floor.
Zack Ryder has been eliminated.
Swagger follows up by tossing Titus. Shortly thereafter, he tosses Slater as well.
Slater and Gator have been eliminated.
We’re down to Swagger, Kofi, Mizdow, Dallas and Cesaro. Everyone surrounds Mizdow, then quadruple-team before chucking him to the floor.
Damien Mizdow has been eliminated.
Swagger goes after Kofi while Cesaro tries to dump Dallas to the floor. Kofi avoids elimination and dives onto Swagger’s shoulders. Swagger chucks him outside, but Kofi lands on the apron. Dallas tries to break Kofi’s grip, so Kofi pulls him to the apron with his legs. Dallas rams him into the buckles, and Kofi responds with a Pendulum that sends Dallas to the floor.
Bo Dallas has been eliminated.
Cesaro goes after Kofi, but Kofi knocks him back into the ring with a kick. Swagger nails Cesaro with a Swagger Bomb. Kofi dives onto Swagger, Swagger catches him in a powerbomb position, then tumbles backwards across the ring, sending Kofi face-first into the buckles. That didn’t look like it was supposed to happen that way. Swagger goes for another Swagger Bomb, but Cesaro blocks it and tosses Swagger to the apron. He then tries to knock Swagger to the floor with rights, but fails. Kofi hits Swagger with a chop from the second rope, but Swagger just falls down on the apron. Kofi then tries to power Cesaro over the top rope, so Cesaro rakes his eyes. Back in, Cesaro shoves Kofi into Swagger, then press-slams him onto Swagger, eliminating them both at the same time.
WINNER AND NEW #1 CONTENDER TO THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: CESARO.
Cesaro moves onto Dolph Ziggler later tonight, which should be a damn good match. Awesome spot at the end with the press-slam. I’m wondering if WWE is going to want him to do that more often, considering how many times he did it in this match.
Renee Young stops the Usos in the back to ask about their title match tonight. The Usos ramble on before basically saying they want the tag belts back.
MATCH 3-WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: THE USOS (JEY AND JIMMY) VS. GOLD AND STARDUST (CHAMPIONS)
Stardust starts against one of the Usos. Uso elbows Stardust off a hammerlock, but then gets hit with a hiptoss. Uso responds with a schoolboy for 2, then nails a pair of chops. We find out this is Jey (hard to tell anymore since they both have dual sleeves now). Stardust avoids a corner whip and celebrates before turning around into a bodyslam by Jey. Jey then clotheslines Stardust to the floor. Goldust comes in, and they take him out with a pair of uppercuts, sending him to the floor. The Usos then hit stereo suicide dives onto the champions. Commercials.
Back from the break, Jimmy avoids a corner splash by Goldust and tags in Jey. Jey hits a series of chops, sends Goldust across the ring and hits a back-body drop for 2. Goldust backdrops Jey in the corner, but Jey lands on the apron. He knocks Stardust down, then gets hit with a hotshot by Goldust. Goldust whips Jey into the buckles from the apron, then dumps him to the floor. Stardust begins slamming Jey into the announce desk while screaming at Michael Cole. Jey blocks a slam into the steps, hits a kick and rolls back in the ring. Stardust tags out, and Goldust nails an elbow to the back on Jey. Goldust applies a rear chinlock, but Jey fights out. He goes for a powerslam, but Goldust escapes and hits an armbreaker. Stardust tags in and gets 2, then begins laying punches into Jey’s shoulder before dropping a knee. Goldust back in and he hits a straight right for 2. Goldust rips Jey’s shirt off and throws it at him before hitting a hard right. Jey comes back with a right of his own, so Goldust tackles him and tags in Stardust, who stomps Jey in the chest. Stardust tees off on Jey with rights, then mocks Jimmy. He charges at Jey, and the two hit simultaneous clotheslines on each other. Goldust makes the tag, and he prevents Jey from tagging. Jey hits a back elbow out of the corner, then kicks Stardust off the apron before backdropping Goldust to the floor. Goldust comes back in, and Jey stops him with a Samoan drop. Jimmy and Stardust both tag in, and Jimmy hits a pair of clotheslines, a mule kick, an uppercut and an exploder suplex. Goldust gets knocked outside with with a spin kick. In the ring, Stardust receives the running hip attack in the corner. Jimmy misses the superkick, gets crotched and sent to the floor. Outside, Goldust goes for a somersault plancha from the apron on both Usos. They catch him and toss him into the barricade. Stardust then hits a springboard backwards plancha, taking the Usos out. He rolls Jimmy back in the ring and covers him, only getting 2. Stardust heads up top for a moonsault, but Jimmy picks him up in an electric chair. Jey tags in, and they hit a Doomsday Device. Jimmy tags back in and hits the Samoan Splash for 2 as Goldust breaks it up with a tag belt shot, leading to the DQ.
WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: THE USOS (STILL CHAMPIONS: GOLD AND STARDUST)
Seth Rollins is with Corporate Kane in an office, complaining that Dean Ambrose stole his briefcase. Kane tells him to calm down, because he still has the contract regardless. Rollins knows that, and he knows he’s the next World Champion when he decides the time is right. That isn’t the point. The point is Ambrose has crossed the line. He despises everything Ambrose represents, and if Ambrose doesn’t return the case in the same condition he took it, he’s going to make the incident with the cinder blocks look like child’s play.
MATCH 4: LAYLA AND SUMMER RAE VS. ROSA MENDES AND NATALYA
Nattie goes after Rae, and Rae immediately tags out to Layla. Nattie rolls Layla up in a schoolgirl for 2. Layla comes back with a kick and an arm wringer. Nattie counters into one of her own. Layla reverses a hiptoss into a roll-up. Nattie breaks free and goes for the Sharpshooter. Layla kicks her away and tags in Rae. Nattie slingshots Rae into the ring, then hits her with a discus clothesline. In the corner, Nattie hits a series of kneelifts. Rae screams that she wants to be friends, then trips her into the middle buckle before stomping her in the back of the head. Rae goes for a pin, getting 2. Layla tags in and hits a kick to the gut. Rae back in, and she stomps Nattie down in the corner. Layla in again, and she foot-chokes Nattie on the bottom rope. Rae in once more, and she chokes Nattie before tagging in Layla. Layla applies a hanging headscissors over the top rope, breaks the count, then drops to the floor and trips Nattie. Rae back in as Layla hits a low seated dropkick. Rae hits a running kick, then applies a bodyscissors. Nattie flips to her stomach and nails Rae as Rae tries to apply a guillotine. Nattie throws her over her head, so Rae whips her down by the hair. Rae misses a legdrop, and Mendes tags in. Layla tags in as well, and Mendes hits two of the worst clotheslines in history before the worst dropkick this side of Erik Watts for 2. Layla hits the Bombshell for 2, but Nattie breaks it up. Rae charges in, and Nattie immediately dumps her to the floor. Nattie turns around, and Layla kicks her to the floor as well. She rolls Mendes up with a handful of tights and gets 3.
WINNERS: LAYLA AND SUMMER RAE.
Wow. That is one of the worst Divas matches I’ve ever seen. And that screams volumes.
Renee Young is wasting oxygen with the Big Show. She asks about the footage with Mark Henry from Main Event, as well as tonight against Rusev. He says he’s known Henry for a long time. Henry has a big heart. He took his losses to Rusev hard, and they got to him. He has a strong bond with Henry. They’re brothers from different mothers. Rusev and Lana want to degrade Henry and the US. You have the freedom to do that in this country, but freedom comes with a price. Jack Swagger told Rusev, “We the people”. Henry told them the same thing. Now, Rusev has to deal with the Big Show, and Show is going to knock his ass out.
MATCH 5-INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: CESARO VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER (CHAMPION)
The two quickly reverse several hold attempts by each other before going into a lock-up. Cesaro backs Ziggler into the ropes, forcing a break. Cesaro takes Ziggler down, and Ziggler counters. They go through several more counters until Cesaro backs Ziggler into the corner. He gives a clean break, then boots Ziggler before nailing a straight right. Ziggler gets whipped across the ring, and Cesaro hits a monkey flip. Ziggler lands on his feet and hits a hiptoss before dropping the Show-Off Elbow for 1. Ziggler attacks Cesaro in the corner, but quickly gets dumped to the floor. Cesaro heads out and throws him back-first into the barricade before deadlifting him up and rolling him into the ring. Cesaro hits a slingshot double stomp for 1, then applies a top wristlock. Ziggler breaks it with a knee to the gut, then goes for a neckbreaker. Cesaro spins through into a back suplex, then taunts the crowd. Ziggler gets back to his feet, and Cesaro applies an abdominal stretch. He grabs the top rope for leverage without the ref seeing, then breaks it when the ref checks on the hold. He repeats this spot once more. Ziggler manages to get his footing and counters the hold with a falling hiptoss. Cesaro is back to his feet first, and he stomps Ziggler in the face before mounting the middle of the middle rope, hitting a flying elbow for 2. Cesaro applies a modified cobra clutch, and Ziggler manages to counter with a sit-out jawbreaker. Ziggler hits a back elbow in the corner, then avoids a splash. He goes for one of his own, but Cesaro catches him mid-air with a shot to the face. Ziggler recovers enough to pop up with a dropkick. He goes for the rocker dropper, but Cesaro catches him in position for a powerbomb. Ziggler tries to reverse it into a hurricanrana, but Cesaro powers him back up. Ziggler rolls over Cesaro’s back into a stacked-up pin and manages to get 3 while Cesaro has his hand on the bottom rope, out of the ref’s line of sight.
WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: DOLPH ZIGGLER.
God. More Renee Young. And she’s joined by Rusev and Lana. Oh, for joy and happy day. Lana speaks in Russian, mocks Young for not understanding, then says Big Show will suffer the same fate as Mark Henry. Rusev will crush him. Rusev then speaks in Russian.
MATCH 6: RUSEV (W/LANA) VS. THE BIG SHOW
Show goes on the attack, sending Rusev to the corner with body blows. He whips Rusev across the ring, hits a corner splash, and takes Rusev down with a headbutt. He sets Rusev up in the corner for a chop, whips him across the ring and hits a corner clothesline. Show nails another series of body blows, then throws Rusev to the adjacent corner for another chop. Rusev stops it with a chop to the throat, then goes on the attack with rights. Show comes off the ropes with a sunset flip for 2, then knocks Show to the floor with a running shoulderblock. Commercials.
Back from the break, Rusev hotshots Show on the outside. Back in, Show hits him with another shoulderblock. He knocks Rusev down with another headbutt, then lands a big chop in the corner. Show hits another shot to the gut and another chop. Show hits a hip attack and bounces off the ropes, where Rusev takes him down with a front chopblock. Rusev begins working over Show’s left leg before applying a legbar. Rusev punches Show in the knee while in the hold, then drops a series of elbows before reapplying it. Show gets his other leg over Rusev’s head and breaks the hold by slamming his leg across Rusev’s nose. Rusev charges in, and Show counters with a sidewalk slam for 2. Show calls for the Knockout Punch, but Rusev ducks and hits a jumping side kick for 2. Rusev applies a rear head-and-arm, but Show powers himself up and breaks the hold with a series of elbows. Show nails a pair of clotheslines, sends Rusev into the corner for another one, then does it again on the other side of the ring. Rusev ducks another clothesline, but Show then puts him down with a chokeslam. He calls for the KO Punch again, but Lana grabs his foot. He turns his attention to her, and Rusev clobbers him with the Russian flag, leading to the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: THE BIG SHOW.
Rusev continues the attack with the flag, then signals for his kick. Show blocks it and levels Rusev with the Knockout Punch.
End of show.