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WWE SmackDown Results and August 20 Recap

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

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

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

WINNER: NONE; DOUBLE COUNT-OUT.

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

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

WINNERS: THE NEW DAY.

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

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

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

WINNER: NEVILLE.

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

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

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

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

WINNER: BRIE BELLA.

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

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

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

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

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

END OF SHOW.

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

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WWE SmackDown Results and August 13 Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNER: CHARLOTTE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: ROMAN REIGNS.

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: THE PRIME-TIME PLAYERS.

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: KEVIN OWENS AND SETH ROLLINS.

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

END OF SHOW.

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WWE SmackDown Results and August 6 Recap

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: MARK HENRY AND THE PRIME-TIME PLAYERS.

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

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

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

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: CHARLOTTE.

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

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

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

WINNERS: SASHA BANKS AND NAOMI.

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

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

WINNER: STARDUST.

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

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

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

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

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

WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.

Reigns becomes the third man to pin Rusev.

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

END OF SHOW.

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

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WWE SmackDown Results and July 30 Recap

July 31, 2015 By: Category: Videos

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

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

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

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

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: CESARO.

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: LOS MATADORES AND THE LUCHA DRAGONS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNER: RUSEV.

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

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

The feud with Neville and Stardust is STILL going.

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

WINNER: STARDUST.

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

We see Sheamus in the back with a stagehand.

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

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

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

WINNERS: DEAN AMBROSE AND CESARO.

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

END OF SHOW.

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WWE SmackDown Results and July 23 Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNER: SHEAMUS.

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

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

WINNER: NEVILLE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: RUSEV.

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: THE BELLA TWINS.

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

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

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

WINNER: SETH ROLLINS.

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

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

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results and July 16 Recap

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

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

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

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

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

WINNERS: BIG E AND KOFI KINGSTON.

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

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

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

WINNER: KING BARRETT.

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

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

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

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

WINNER: CESARO.

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

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

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

WINNER: NEVILLE.

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

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

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

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

WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: DEAN AMBROSE AND ROMAN REIGNS.

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

END OF SHOW.

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WWE SmackDown Results & June 9 Recap

July 10, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The show emanates from Milwaukee, WI this week, and we’re kicking off with Seth Rollins, sans J&J Security, as a result of the attack by Brock Lesnar on RAW. He says on RAW, he marched to the ring and he did the unthinkable. Boo all you want, but he is more of a man than anyone in the arena. This past RAW, he came to the ring and called out Brock Lesnar. He gave Lesnar every opportunity to come into the ring, like a man, stare him down, like a man, and prove to the world he is the beast everyone thinks he is. Instead, Lesnar proved to the world what he truly is: Lesnar is a coward. Lesnar is a coward because instead of staring Rollins in the eyes like a man, he took his frustrations out on Rollins’ brand-new, $56,000, 2015 Cadillac CTS. When Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury to stop him, Noble got his arm snapped like a twig, and Mercury got suplexed through the windshield. It’s not the car that bothers him so much. 56 grand is pocket change. It’s what the card represented. It was a gift he gave to his friends, his family. Lesnar messed with his family, so at Battleground, he will not only slay the beat, he will humiliate Lesnar.

He’s interrupted when we hear a loud beeping in the arena. Rollins looks up to the stage, where a flat-bed tow truck is carrying what’s left of the Caddy.

Paul Heyman comes out on the stage. He introduces himself, and he’s here to confess his sins. Admittedly, he’s the advocate of the beast that did that damage to that car, the conqueror, Brock Lesnar. He could come out and spew a bunch of stupid metaphors like how Rollins is alone in the ring and he’ll be alone without J&J at Battleground when he loses the WWE World title to Lesnar, or metaphor about how the damage to the car pales in comparison to the damage that will be suffered by Rollins for violating the 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not intentionally provoke the beast, Brock Lesnar”. But the truth is, the metaphor that applies is the damage to the car will pale in comparison to the damage when Lesnar on July 19th at Battleground, gets his hands on Rollins and drags him to the pits, not of hell, but to a place far, far, far worse, a place they like to call “Suplex City”. Rollins wants to know what Heyman is doing here. Heyman thinks the car is a metaphor for what Rollins will look like after Battleground? No, that car is a metaphor for what Lesnar will look like after what Rollins does to him. And Heyman wants to talk about Rollins being alone? After Battleground, Heyman will be alone, because he will no longer have a client to advocate for. Did he and Lesnar forget who Rollins is? He is the “Architect”. He destroyed the Shield. He cashed in his MITB contract at Wrestlemania and took the title from Heyman’s client. He’s also the man who reunited the Authority and left Lesnar laying in the ring. So, Paul, who do you think will walk out of Battleground the champion? Heyman is happy to answer this question. The person that will leave Battleground as champion is the one that will have his foot on Rollins’ chest, with the title in the air, and he will be declared the brand-new reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Champion, Brooooo….

Rollins tells Heyman to shut up repeatedly. He’s heard enough of this crap. The man who will walk out of Battleground as the reigning, defending, undisputed World Champion is Seth Rollins. I think some of the audio was re-recorded there, because it didn’t sound right when Rollins said “reigning, defending, undisputed”.

Jimmy Uso is STILL on commentary. Who in the bloody hell thought this was a good idea?

MATCH 1: DEAN AMBROSE VS. BO DALLAS
Of course, Dallas comes out with a mic. He says after months of falling short of winning the WWE World title, Ambrose looks like he’s in need of some inspiration. And maybe a shower. Help is on the way, though. Last week at a WWE live event, he inspired the Rock to strive for greatness. Look at him now, starring in a hit TV show on HBO. He’s on top of the world, thanks to Dallas. If he can turn bland, unattractive people into mega-stars, then there’s still hope for Ambrose. All he has to do is Bolieve!

The two trade waistlocks before Ambrose goes for an arm wringer. Dallas tries to reverse, but gets pulled to the mat. Ambrose applies a hammerlock, but Dallas gets a rope-break. Dallas comes back in, misses a clothesline and gets rolled up for 2. Ambrose nails a chop to the chest, then corner-whips him. He hits a forearm and goes for a bulldog, but Dallas escapes and sends Ambrose shoulder-first into the ring post twice. He then does it a third time across the ring, and Ambrose falls to the floor. Dallas heads out and sends Ambrose into the barricade, then rolls him back in. Ambrose rolls to the apron, so Dallas heads to the floor and nails some forearms to the back with Ambrose draped across the apron. Dallas continues the attack, while covering Ambrose’s head with the ring skirt. Back in, Dallas hits a belly-to-belly off the ropes for 2, then applies a cravat. Commercials.

Back from the break, Dallas has Ambrose in a version of a crossface. Ambrose escapes, gets punched and nails a rebound clothesline. He lays in some jabs and backhands, ducks a clothesline and clotheslines Dallas to the floor near the announce desk. Ambrose sends him onto the table with a suicide dive, then mocks Dallas’ stupid sideways “thumb’s up” pose. He rolls Dallas back in the ring and goes up top, but Dallas recovers and hits a belly-to-belly superplex. Dallas then hits a complete shot in super slo-mo, but only gets 2. Dallas grabs Ambrose by the hair and goes for the Running Bo-Dog. Ambrose throws him off, avoids a corner charge, hits a clothesline and a running bulldog. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Dallas backdrops him. Ambrose holds on and tries for a sunset flip, so Dallas sits down for 2. Dallas then argues with the ref before going for a clothesline. Ambrose ducks and hits Dirty Deeds for 3.

WINNER: DEAN AMBROSE.

We see Seth Rollins in the Authority’s office, and he’s joined by the Big Show. He says with Lesnar taking J&J out like that and coming after Rollins, times are tough, and Rollins has to be a bit overwhelmed right now. Rollins says he can take the neanderthal down by himself…but if Show would like to help burn Suplex City to the ground…Show says no. He’s just here to make sure Rollins is focused on Ryback tonight. Rollins says he’ll make an example of Ryback tonight. He’ll show Ryback brains always beat brawn, and then at Battleground, he’ll destroy Lesnar. Show says that’s the right attitude, and that’s why Rollins is the champion. Show is going to do Rollins a favor and take care of Roman Reigns tonight. Oh, we get another installment of Show vs. Reigns? Goodie!

MATCH 2: RUSEV (W/SUMMER RAE) VS. FANDANGO
Rusev backs Fandango into the corner, but Fandango escapes and hits some chops. Rusev comes back with one of his own, misses a clothesline and gets hit with a spinning headscissors. He misses a corner attack but then hits a shoulder off the ropes. He connects with a vertical splash after a crisscross, then stomps Fandango down before dropping an elbow. Rusev kicks Fandango in the gut before Fandango comes back with some weak punches. Rusev hits a back elbow off the ropes, then applies a double trapezius claw. Fandango eventually escapes and snaps off some jabs before ducking a clothesline and hitting a seated dropkick. He nails a chop in the corner before getting corner-whipped. He blocks a charge with an elbow, then hits a flying clothesline to the back of the head for 2. Fandango goes up top once more, dives over an incoming Rusev, then gets nailed with a thrust kick. Rusev stomps Fandango in the back, locks in the Accolade and gets the quick submission.

WINNER: RUSEV.

After the match, Rusev reapplies the hold as Summer Rae continues to look absolutely horrible in every possible way.

MATCH 3: ROMAN REIGNS VS. THE BIG SHOW
Show is now wrestling in a shirt under his singlet, and looking fatter than ever. That’s pretty much the only thing of note here. It’s a Big Show match, after all.

Near the end, Reigns calls for the Superman Punch, but the lights go out. Bray Wyatt’s music hits, and someone who looks like Wyatt comes out on the stage. As Reigns is staring at him, the real Wyatt sneaks up onto the apron out of nowhere. Reigns turns around and manages to knock him to the floor. He turns back around, ducks a KO Punch, escapes chokeslam attempt, hits two Superman Punches and calls for the spear. Wyatt recovers and grabs Reigns legs, crotching him around the ring post, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: ROMAN REIGNS.

After the match, Show hits a chokeslam before leaving. Wyatt enters the ring and crab-walks over to Reigns from the corner, then lays Reigns out with Sister Abigail.

MATCH 4: WWE TAG TEAM CO-CHAMPION TITUS O’NEIL (W/DARREN YOUNG) VS. BIG E (W/KOFI KINGSTON AND XAVIER WOODS)
Kofi causes a distraction, which allows E to nail Titus from behind. He stomps Titus down in the corner, then clubs him in the chest. E hits a vertical splash off the ropes for 2, then applies an abdominal stretch before clubbing Titus in the chest again. Titus manages to toss E to the floor, but E lands on his feet and gets back up on the apron. Titus catches him with a knee through the ropes, then slingshots him back into the ring. Titus nails a shoulderblock and a clothesline, then hits a bodyslam. A legdrop off the ropes connects, and Titus follows up with an avalanche. E catches him off the ropes with a belly-to-belly, and now Woods is distracting the referee as Kofi jumps on the apron on the other side of the ring. He goes for a sneak attack, but the referee sees him. He then ejects both Kofi and Woods from ringside. E argues with the referee just before turning around into the Clash of the Titus for 3.

WINNER: TITUS O’NEIL.

Yay! It’s “Story Time With Randy Orton”! Great, because I’ve been suffering from insomnia lately. We see some clips from RAW regarding his current feud with Sheamus that no one is interested in. Back to the ring, Orton says he’s been here a little over 13 years now, and he’s made more enemies than he can count, but no one has gotten under his skin like Sheamus. Sheamus acts like he’s a modern-day gladiator, saying, “Are you not entertained?” No, Orton is not entertained (or entertaining). Sheamus has succeeded at getting Orton’s attention, so he’s going to attempt to make the impossible possible, and that’s make Sheamus entertaining. He’s going to do that by ripping the mowhawk off his head and shoving it up his pale, white arse.

Orton starts to leave, but the Ascension come out for some reasons. Viktor says this is their match time, so Orton can leave. Konnor says if he stays, he’ll fall pray to two hungry wolves. That was a really awkward promo. Orton looks around as the Ascension take off their entrance gear. Viktor says there is absolutely nothing more that they would enjoy doing than ripping him limb from limb. They jump in the ring, and Konnor tells him to leave, or they will personally introduce him to the Wastelands. Orton starts to back off, but then drops Konnor with an RKO before hitting a suspended DDT on Viktor. Orton then hits another RKO. Somehow, it’s “outta nowhere” according to the commentators, despite the fact that Orton signaled for it.

It’s a safe bet that after that pointless segment, the Ascension are officially dead in Vince’s eyes.

MATCH 5: BRIE BELLA AND ALICIA FOX (W/NIKKI BELLA) VS. NAOMI AND TAMINA
Brie and Naomi start with a lock-up. Naomi pie-faces Brie, and Brie returns the favore before “tackling” Naomi and punching her. Brie “trips” Naomi into the middle rope, then knees her in the face for 2. Tamina tags in and throws Brie to the corner. She misses a splash, and Brie hits a few kicks before going for a cross-body from the middle. Tamina catches her and hits a sidewinder for 2. In the corner, Tamina kicks her a few times and tags in Naomi, who stomps Brie down. Brie escapes a bodyslam and nails a shot to the back of the head. Naomi prevents a tag and drops an elbow, then goes to drive Brie’s head into the buckles. Brie shoves her off and makes the tag to Fox. Fox hits two dropsh*ts, then…um…something. She connects with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, unaware Tamina made a tag off the Irish whip. Fox goes for the pin, but Tamina nails her from behind. She clubs Fox across the back, then goes for a Samoan drop. Nikki jumps on the apron for a distraction, which allows Brie to come in, pull Fox to safety, then shove Tamina into Naomi on the apron. Fox hits the “axe kick” and gets 3.

WINNERS: BRIE BELLA AND ALICIA FOX.

The new interview guy is standing by with Ryback. He asks for Ryback’s thoughts on his match with Seth Rollins tonight. Ryback mentions their face-to-face on Smackdown recently, then says there’s no denying Rollins is talented. But the way he’s conducted himself as champion represents a gutless child. A champion fights, a champion doesn’t run or hide. We all saw what happened on RAW when Lesnar showed up. When the going got tough, Rollins got going. Tonight, there is no running or hiding. Two weeks ago, he said what it means to be champion and tonight, Ryback shows him what it means to be champion. It’s feeding time.

MATCH 6-CHAMPION VS. CHAMPION: INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION RYBACK VS. WWE WORLD CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS (NON-TITLE)
The two lock up, and Ryback throws Rollins toward the corner. Rollins applies a side headlock before getting shouldered off the ropes. He rolls to the floor for a breather, then comes back in with a series of boots to the gut. He goes for a suplex, but Ryback blocks and hits a delayed vertical after a long delay. Ryback then clotheslines Rollins to the floor as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Rollins is in control, with Ryback on the apron. Rollins goes for a suplex, but Ryback pulls him to the apron. Rollins kicks Ryback in the knee, then sends Ryback to the floor with a thrust kick to the face. Ryback pulls himself to the apron, but gets sent back down with a knee to the side. Rollins then hits a suicide dive before throwing Ryback into the barricade. Ryback gets rolled back into the ring and pulls himself to a seated position in the corner. Rollins mocks Brock Lesnar on the apron, then nails a corner forearm after climbing back into the ring. Rollis applies a scissored sleeper on the mat, but Ryback powers back up and hits a backpack stunner. Rollins gets up first and misses a corner splash. Ryback ducks a clothesline and hits a back-drop before hitting a running sit-out powerslam for 2. Rollins escapes a powerbomb and hits a boot in the corner. Up top, Rollins dives off for the flying knee. Ryback avoids it, Rollins through, then runs into a spinebuster. Rollins rolls to the apron, and Ryback goes for a suplex. Rollins rolls through into a schoolboy for 2. He goes for another kick, but Ryback blocks it and hits him with a powerbomb. Ryback connects with the Meat Hook, then calls for Shell Shocked. He gets Rollins up, but Rollins escapes. Ryback grabs him by the legs and tries to slingshot Rollins up. Rollins spins through and hits a kick to the head. He then heads outside, grabs the WWE World title and begins heading for the back. Ryback cuts him off on the ramp and rolls him back into the ring. Rollins heads to the floor again and tries to escape through the crowd. Once again, Ryback catches him and throws him back to ringside. Rollins crawls into the ring, only to have Ryback yank him back down to the floor. Ryback calls for Shell Shocked on the floor, but Rollins escapes and runs through the crowd. Ryback returns to the ring and gets a count-out win as Rollins makes his way through the crowd and towards the stage.

WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: RYBACK.

The Big Show’s music hits, and Show & Rollins are heading back to the ring. They each take a side of the ring and this quickly leads to a double-team on Ryback. Roman Reigns’ music hits and he comes down the ramp. He nails Rollins and spears Show. Rollins goes for the Pedigree, but Reigns escapes and shoves Rollins into a Shell Shocked by Ryback.

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results and July 2 Recap

July 03, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Smackdown opens with Seth Rollins, flanked by J&J Security. Jimmy Uso is back on commentary this week, and I’m already in hell. Rollins says in today’s fast-paced culture, everyone’s always in a hurry to get where they’re going. It’s too bad none of you can get there in style. His boys, J&J epitomize style and will be riding around in a brand-new 2015 Cadillac CTS that he gave them. They’re generation, they’re up on technology, like Apple watches, like the ones he gave to J&J and Kane. He’s as eager to talk about the future as anyone, but they need to focus on the present. We are living in historic times. The world is changing before their eyes. Their children’s children, and their children, are going to want to know what it was like to be part of such a historic era. He then pretends to be a kid, asking “Uncle Joey” and “Uncle Jamie” about Rollins destroying the “Roman Empire” and burning “Suplex City” to the ground. We go to footage from two weeks ago when the Authority quadruple-teamed Lesnar. Back to the ring, Rollins says he never gets tired of seeing that. In the matter of two weeks, he decimated the other two men in the main event of Wrestlemania. He cemented his place as the greatest superstar of his generation, if not the history of WWE. He conquered the conqueror. He beat the one in 21-1. He slayed the “Beast Incarnate”. This past Monday, they did the same thing to Reigns. Mercury and Noble were too much for him. Kane is a legend, and Reigns could never measure up to him. They left him in a heap, while his best friend was in a heap on the outside of the ring. Bray Wyatt set him up, and they knocked him down. Wyatt then picked the bones. He wants everyone to know the Authority is fair. Before Kane took off on his flight to Tokyo, he made sure Ambrose and Reigns would be afforded opportunities at payback tonight. With that said, Ambrose goes one-on-one with Wyatt, and Reigns goes one-on-one with Rollins in the main event. That is, of course, if Reigns shows up. No one’s heard from Reigns since Monday, but if he knows Reigns as well as he thinks…

Ambrose interrupts and marches down the ramp a ways before heading back up to the stage and behind the curtain. He comes back out a moment later, wielding a kendo stick. He tosses Mercury before getting double-teamed by Noble and Rollins. Mercury grabs the stick, but Ambrose kicks him away, grabs the stick, then swings wildly as everyone bails. Ambrose gets on the mic and says if Ambrose is ready for payback, that’s great, because his match with Wyatt is happening now.
MATCH 1: DEAN AMBROSE VS. BRAY WYATT
The two lock up, then trade some punches before Ambrose hits a snapmare and a low clothesline. Ambrose nails a few more strikes before Wyatt runs through him with a flying back elbow. He hits a headbutt, then chokes Ambrose over the middle rope. Wyatt hits a standing suplex, then mule-kicks Ambrose in the chest for 2. He drives his knee into Ambrose’s back before applying a rear chinlock. Ambrose fights out before Wyatt knees him in the gut. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He hits a forearm off the ropes, then blocks a clothesline and turns it into a swinging neckbreaker. Ambrose heads to the top, but Wyatt rolls to the floor on the other side of the ring. Ambrose follows him out, ducks a clothesline, gets rolled into the ring, continues spinning then knocks Wyatt down. Commercials.
Back from the break, Wyatt nails Ambrose in the gut off a top rope dive and goes for Sister Abigail. Ambrose counters into a schoolboy for 2, then goes for Dirty Deeds. Wyatt escapes and looks for a standing uranage. Ambrose escapes again and low-bridges Wyatt to the floor. Ambrose floors Wyatt with a suicide dive, then rolls Wyatt back in. He hits a corner forearm before Wyatt blocks a running bulldog. Ambrose hits a back elbow out of the corner and follows up with a tornado DDT for 2. Ambrose goes for a neckbreaker, but Wyatt escapes before fighting out of a waistlock. Ambrose goes for the rebound clothesline, but Wyatt drops him and hits a running senton for 2. Wyatt throws himself backwards in the corner before dropping right down into a crab-walk. Ambrose kicks him in the head, but Wyatt recovers and nails an avalanche. Ambrose follows up with a corner forearm, eats an uppercut, then nails the rebound clothesline. Up top, Ambrose hits the flying elbow for 2. Wyatt rolls to the floor and walks towards the announce desk. Ambrose follows, climbs up on the desk and dives off. Wyatt catches him and hits the standing uranage against the barricade. Wyatt rolls Ambrose back in, hits Sister Abigail and gets 3.
WINNER: BRAY WYATT.
After some commercials, we come back, and Adam Rose is in the middle of an in-ring promo, accompanied by Rosa. Rose is sporting a mustache now, and he looks like an out-of-work 70’s porn star. He says that people don’t get it, and they never will, because they’re all too “jelly” of him and Rosa. Thanks, Adam. Short yet pointless.
R-Truth comes out, and he’s apparently doing some spoof of King Barrett, wearing a homemade cape & crown, and carrying a plunger. He gets an inset promo and talks about King Barrett, but it was dumb, so I’m not going to recap it.
MATCH 2: ADAM ROSE (W/ROSA) VS. R-TRUTH
Rose applies an arm wringer, which Truth counters into a side headlock. He hits a shoulder off the ropes, the two crisscross, Truth puts on the breaks, ducks a clothesline and hits a back elbow. Rose gets pissy and runs into a hiptoss. He avoids a corner splash, then gets an Eskimo kiss from Rosa. Rose drops some elbows for 1, then goes for a bodyslam. Truth escapes and goes for a roll-up. Rose holds onto the ropes to block, then goes for a back-body drop off the ropes, which Truth counters with a sunset flip for 2. Truth blocks a few shots and hits the Lie Detector for 3.
WINNER: R-TRUTH.
After an interview clip of Ryback talking about destroying Mark Henry tonight, we see Henry in the back, standing by with some interviewer. This guy asks Henry what he thinks of Ryback’s words. Henry says Ryback put his name in his mouth, and Henry’s going to leave a bad taste in it. He disrespected the Henry’s name, and the name of the Big Show. Maybe he has amnesia from the whipping he took last week. Ryback has bit off more than he can chew, and if he thinks he’s going to put Henry up, he’s out of his mind. Tonight, Ryback will get his hairline pushed back, and will definitely be put in the “Hall of Pain”.
MATCH 3: MARK HENRY VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION RYBACK (NON-TITLE)
The two lock up and jockey for position. Henry gets Ryback against the ropes, then shoves him to the floor. Ryback lands on his feet and gets back in, where Henry clubs him down. Henry nails some forearms to the back in the corner, then biels him across the ring. Henry misses an avalanche, and Ryback hits a few rights. He gets whipped across the ring, but blocks a charge with a back elbow. He looks for Shell Shocked, but can’t quite get him up. Ryback shoves Henry against the ropes, but then gets knocked down with a clothesline. Henry stands on Ryback’s back against the ropes, then picks him up for a straight right. Off the ropes, Ryback ducks a clothesline and hits a shoulder. He connects with a Warrior Splash for 2, then looks for a suplex. Henry blocks and nails Ryback with a forearm to the back. He chokes Ryback over the middle rope, then corner-whips him, Ryback slumping to the mat on impact. Henry hits a sit-down splash to the back, then picks Ryback up for a bodyslam. Henry applies a double trapezius claw, then turns Ryback around for a headbutt and a bearhug. Ryback fights out and goes for a bodyslam, but Henry lands on top of him, getting 2. Ryback ducks a clothesline, and the two collide off simultaneous clotheslines in the middle of the ring. Both get back up, and Ryback lays in some rights before stomping Henry down in the corner. Ryback goes for a suplex and gets Henry up and back down this time. He calls for the Meat Hook and connects, then calls for Shell Shocked. Henry punches Ryback and goes for the WSS. Ryback escapes, lands on his feet and hits a spinebuster. Ryback drops the straps, hoist Henry up and drops him with Shell Shocked for 3.
WINNER: RYBACK.
Seth Rollins is in the back with J&J. Joey Mercury shows Rollins his watch, apparently showing an email that says Roman Reigns still isn’t in the building. Jamie Noble shows him the same thing, but in text. Mercury and Noble continue playing with their watches.
MATCH 4: BRIE BELLA (W/ALICIA FOX) VS. NAOMI
Naomi grabs the hair, and Brie gets her in an arm wringer. Naomi counters, sends Brie on her ass, then kicks her in the face for 2.  Naomi gets in arm wringer, but Brie counters by flipping off the ropes. Naomi chases her outside, ducks a clothesline from Fox, then gets hit with one by Brie. Back in the ring, Brie stomps Naomi down then goes to throw her into the corner. Naomi counters, runs into a back elbow, then gets hit with a second-rope dropkick for 2. The crowd is bored sh*tless. Brie applies a modified rear chinlock, but Naomi escapes and hits a dropkick. She gets tripped into the second rope, then hit with a running knee to the face for 2. In the corner, Brie kicks Naomi in the gut and hits a bulldog for 2. Brie applies another rear chinlock, but Naomi fights out and sends Brie into the corner. She ducks a clothesline and hits a version of Eat Defeat. In the corner, Brie backdrops Naomi, but Naomi lands on her feet and hits a forearm. As the ref pushes Brie back, Fox grabs Naomi’s foot on her way back into the ring. She trips a bit, which allows Brie to boot Naomi and hit her with a sit-out facebuster for 3.
WINNER: BRIE BELLA.
Bray Wyatt appears on the screen and tells Roman Reigns to come out, come out, wherever you are. He misses Reigns. After all, he doesn’t have anyone to blame but himself for why Reigns isn’t here. He’s the reason Reigns wasn’t there to protect his only friend in this world, Dean Ambrose. Where are you, man? Wyatt thinks he’s hiding, deep in some black cave, feeling sorry for himself, licking his wounds like some injured animal. But that ain’t the Reigns he tells everyone he is. That ain’t the Reigns that he feeds to all these kids. Nah, man. One versus all. That’s who he is, right? It’s a lie. The real Reigns has too many people that he loves, too many people that he cares for, and it makes him weak. Wyatt has no one, and he’s never had anything since he’s been alive on this planet. That makes him strong. He wants to Reigns a promise: everything Reigns loves in this world, Wyatt will burn all around Reigns until there is nothing left, until it’s just Reigns, standing all alone. Then, he will show Reigns the ultimate mercy: he will finish Reigns last. Anyone but you, Roman. Anyone but you. Run.
MATCH 5: THE ASCENSION (KONNOR AND VIKTOR) VS. WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE PRIME-TIME PLAYERS (TITUS O’NEIL AND DARREN YOUNG) (NON-TITLE)
Titus and Viktor start. Viktor ducks a lock-up and hits some chops, which Titus no-sells. Titus grabs him by the face, throws him to the corner and hits a big chop. He does it again, then calls for one more before tagging in Young. Young walks over Viktor before Titus gourdbusters Young onto Viktor. Young hits a sit-down splash for 2, but then gets backed into the heel corner. Konnor tags in and nails several shots. Young comes back with some forearms before getting shouldered off the ropes. The two crisscross until Young hits a rolling elbow. Konnor comes back with an uppercut. Young hits a few shots, but then gets tripped into the middle rope. Viktor tags in as Young rolls to the apron. The two fight on the apron until Young hits a back suplex onto it. He then nails Konnor with a forearm before Viktor throws him face-first into the ring post. Commercials.
Back from the break, Young is trying to fight out of the heel corner, to no avail. Konnor tags in and hits a legdrop for 2. Konnor drives Young down with a rear chinlock. Young fights to his feet before being thrown to the corner. He fights out before getting tripped. Viktor tags in and stomps Young in the back. Young goes for a sunset flip off the ropes and gets it, but not before Konnor makes the tag. He breaks up the pin with a kick, then tags in Viktor, who hits a bodyslam for 2. Viktor applies a rear chinlock, but Young quickly fights out. Viktor hits a high knee off the ropes, sending Young to the apron. Young backdrops him to the floor, then starts to crawl for a tag. Titus and Konnor both tag in, with Titus hitting a shoulder off the ropes. Viktor tries a top-rope cross-body, but Titus catches him and just throws him to the side. He nails Konnor with a big boot, then connects with an avalanche and a Pounce for 2. Viktor breaks up the pin, then boots an incoming Young. Young tosses him to the floor and connects with a cross-body from the apron. Back in the ring, Titus avoids a corner whip and hits the Clash of the Titus for 3.
WINNERS: THE PRIME-TIME PLAYERS.
Rusev and Summer Rae come out.
Nope.
MATCH 6: WWE WORLD CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY) VS. ROMAN REIGNS (NON-TITLE)
Reigns is still reportedly not in the building. Rollins says he normally wouldn’t want to come out and burden everyone with the formality of giving Reigns the count of ten to come out here, but man, he really wants to see these sweet Apple watches in action, so let’s count it down, hop in the Cadillac and get the hell out of this rotten city. The bell is rung, and J&J proceed to start counting.
Reigns’ music hits before the 10-count, and we see him coming down through the crowd. Rollins starts to clobber him on his way into the ring, but Reigns quickly powers him into the corner. Reigns whips him across the ring, with Rollins flipping upside-down. He lands on his feet, but then turns around into an uppercut. Joey Mercury jumps on the apron, so Reigns throws him into the ring. He puts Mercury up for a powerbomb, but Rollins boots Reigns in the gut, then powerbombs Reigns into the buckles for 2. He stomps Reigns down, then chokes him over the middle rope. Mercury gets in a cheap shot behind the ref’s back. Rollins goes to the top and hits a double-stomp to Reigns’ back for 2. Rollins strikes Reigns in the back with some forearms, then tees off on him in the corner. Rollins stomps Reigns down, then applies an arm wringer. Reigns tries to fight back, but Rollins quickly stops him before hitting a bodyslam. Rollins heads up top again and dives off, but is met in mid-air with an uppercut. Reigns hits a few more rights before Rollins lands a mule kick. He nails a corner forearm, but Reigns comes back with a corner clothesline. Reigns hits a few more of those, then nails an incoming Mercury with an uppercut. Rollins looks for another corner powerbomb, but Reigns counters witha  back-body drop. Rollins lands on his feet, but then turns around into a powerbomb by Reigns. Reigns loads up the Superman Punch, but Jamie Noble grabs his foot. Mercury then comes in and starts pelting Reigns with punches, leading to the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: ROMAN REIGNS.
Rollins hits a clothesline, and now we have a triple-team attack going. Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and he runs down with a kendo stick. He swings at everyone, clubbing Rollins repeatedly in the process. Rollins recovers and goes for the Pedigree, but gets blasted with a Superman Punch. Reigns loads up the spear, but J&J pull Rollins to the floor and try to leave through the crowd. Rollins escapes, but Ambrose and Reigns catch J&J and throw them back into the ring. Ambrose cracks Mercury over the back with the stick, and Reigns drops him with a Superman Punch. Ambrose then clobbers Mercury with the cane as Noble has escaped back through the crowd. Reigns then cuts through Mercury with a spear.
End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results and June 25 Recap

June 26, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week opens with Seth Rollins, flanked by Joey Mercury and Kane. Jamie Noble is out with a broken rib for now. Jimmy Uso is filling in for Byron Saxton on commentary this week, as Saxton is apparently working on Tough Enough at the moment. Couldn’t tell you for sure, because I’m not watching that crap. Rollins says the Authority is back. They’ve got the band back together. They took a trip to Suplex City on Monday night, and burned it to the ground. It might have been uncomfortable for some fans, but change is a necessity. You need it to grow and evolve. He is a perfect example. A little over a year ago, he was a member of the Shield. He made the change that was necessary. It wasn’t popular at the time, but look at him now. He’s the undisputed WWE World Champion. He’s a proud member of the Authority, and he’s surrounded by true family, true brothers, like Joey Mercury. Mercury has had his back since day one and is a genius. He helped mastermind the beat-down of the Beast on RAW, and he’s glad to have Mercury on his side. It’s bittersweet for everyone, though. He points out Noble is missing. He was taken to a medical facility after RAW, suffering three broken ribs at the hands of Brock Lesnar. We go to the footage, where Lesnar rams Noble back-first into the aisle barricade. Back to the arena, Rollins says he and Mercury spent the previous night with Noble. Noble is a champion and will make a full recovery. Now, Rollins will say tonight what they said to Noble, and that is that tonight is dedicated to the career of Noble. Noble wouldn’t want them to be sad about what happened; he’d want them to celebrate, and no one has more to celebrate than Kane. Yeah, those two World titles and a handful of tag title runs in 20 years with the company is something special, let me tell you. Rollins says Kane took Lesnar down on RAW. Before that, he chokeslammed Dean Ambrose straight to hell, and he showed everybody that no matter what, Kane is forever the “Devil’s Favorite Demon”. Kane says whether your name is Roman Reigns, Ambrose or Lesnar, if you cross the Authority, there will be consequences. Speaking of which, there is a giant absence in the family tonight. Their extended family member the Big Show (apparently, that’s still a thing) is not here tonight after the unprovoked actions of the IC Champion. We go to RAW again, where Ryback assaulted Show in a backstage brawl. Back to the arena, Kane asks Ryback to please join them in the ring.

Ryback comes down, and Kane asks him to explain his actions from RAW. Ryback said Show didn’t want to hear what Ryback had to say, but wanted to see what he could do, and “The Big Guy” showed him. Rollins says he endangered countless, innocent employees. He’s the IC Champion; that’s not how a champion is supposed to act. If he wants to know how a champion should act, maybe he should take lessons from Rollins. Ryback says he’s what a champion looks like, then rips off his shirt. There’s a difference between a champion and a sellout. A champion stands and fights; a sellout runs and hides. A champion stands by people every day; a sellout like Rollins plays nice when Lesnar is in town. He wishes Ambrose had his grip and could have held on for one more second at MITB, because then we would have a real champion instead of a pathetic, cowardly, over-protected, gutless child like Rollins. Rollins stares daggers through Ryback, and Kane tells Ryback he’ll have the opportunity to show the WWE Universe how he thinks a real champion behaves when he faces…wait for it…it’s a shocker…I promise…Kane.

The Authority leave, but halfway up the ramp, Rollins calls for the music to be cut off. He is sick of the lack of respect. He is the WWE World Champion. Kane will take care of Ryback tonight. Ryback mentioned Ambrose like Rollins still has something to prove. He didn’t barely beat Ambrose at MITB; he annihilated him. But since Ambrose is still walking around, Rollins wouldn’t mind finishing the job, so tonight, he’ll take on Ambrose one-on-one, and he’ll show the world the Authority is not only back, but always wins.

MATCH 1: DOLPH ZIGGLER (W/LANA) VS. SHEAMUS
Sheamus boots Ziggler, then hits a European uppercut before beating Ziggler down in the corner. Ziggler avoids a bodyslam and locks in a scissored sleeper. Sheamus tosses him off, then rolls to the floor to avoid a superkick. Up on the apron, Ziggler dropkicks Sheamus, and that’s when Rusev comes out. He tells Lana to stop as he hobbles to the ring. She heads up the ramp to meet him. He tells her to stop this and come back to him over and over. He offers to kiss her the right way, and she turns her back on him. He screams at her in Bulgarian, and she marches back to ringside. He says he’s done, and this is it. He curses at her some more, and back in the ring, Sheamus tries for a surprise Brogue Kick, but Ziggler avoids it and rolls Sheamus up for 2. He goes for a leaping DDT, but Sheamus drops him gut-first across the top rope. Sheamus knocks him to the floor with a running kneelift as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Sheamus has Ziggler in a rear chinlock. Jimmy Uso is insufferable on commentary. Ziggler fights out before running into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Sheamus goes to the top, but Ziggler brings him back down with a super facebuster, hurting himself in the process. He still gets up first and hits a few rights. He blocks a back-body drop and goes for a superkick. Sheamus blocks and goes for a back suplex. Ziggler lands on his feet, boots Sheamus and goes for the rocker dropper. Sheamus catches him and looks for a powerbomb, which Ziggler reverses into a sunset flip for 2. Sheamus gets up and hits a kneelift, but then runs into a superkick for 2. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, but Sheamus holds onto the ropes. Ziggler runs into a tilt-a-whirl, but counters it into a scissored sleeper. Sheamus tries to break it by ramming Ziggler back-first into the buckles, but Ziggler holds on. Sheamus then sends him face-first into the buckles before a couple back rams finally breaks it. He grabs Ziggler on his shoulders, but Ziggler fights him off from the middle buckle. Sheamus crotches him on the top rope, then nails a Brogue Kick for 3.

WINNER: SHEAMUS.

We see Rusev limping in the back, muttering to himself. He screams at someone backstage before continuing limping to a chainlink fence. He shakes the fence before Summer Rae tries to calm him down. She says Lana’s not worth it and walks away. I guess Rae would know about being worthless better than just about anyone, right?

MATCH 2: ALICIA FOX (W/THE BELLA TWINS) VS. NAOMI (W/TAMINA)
Fox hits a hip throw, then goes into a side headlock. Naomi sends her into the ropes and gets hit with a shoulder. She kips up, but then gets hit with an awful kick that sends her to the apron. She gets up and kicks Fox in the face, then comes back in with a quick hurricanrana. She hits a bulldog into the second buckle, then stomps Fox in the back before slapping her int he back of the head. Naomi hits a bodyslam and a jumping legdrop for 2. Naomi applies a rear chinlock, and I just noticed she’s wearing light-up sneakers, because she’s apparently 10 and this is 1991. Fox fights her way out of the chinlock and reverses a corner whip into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Fox then tackles her through the ropes and to the floor, right in front of the Bellas. Naomi recovers and rams Fox back-first into the apron, then kicks her in the back a couple times before rolling her back in the ring, which Fox botches. Naomi gets in the face of the Bellas before Tamina superkicks Brie. Nikki tackles Tamina, but then gets thrown into a superkick by Naomi. Naomi crawls back in and Fox cuts her off before hitting some stupid-looking version of Melina’s old Extreme Makeover for 3.

WINNER: ALICIA FOX.

I love how all of the divas on the roster right now except for Paige and Natalya are heels. Makes a whole lot of sense.

Jesus. Jimmy Uso is using the term “Oos” for everything tonight, and it’s making my ears bleed.

Jo-Jo is standing by with the New Day. They are clapping. She points out they lost their titles at MITB. Xavier Woods says they don’t focus on losses or negatives. Kofi Kingston and Big E ramble on about positivity and overcoming things. Thankfully, they’re cut off by the Prime-Time Players. They start a “New Day sucks” chant as Jo-Jo leaves. PTP point out that there’s a dilemma, because there’s only two of them and three of the New Day. One of the New Day will have to sit on the sidelines and be a weak link at Battleground, but he’s sure they’ll figure it out through the power of positivity. They leave, and New Day start bickering and throwing a tantrum. Bo Dallas walks up, and he’s not happy about seeing the most positive entity in WWE so angry. They inspire so many, including him, which is why he asked the Authority if he could ask to join New Day against PTP and their partners. Thank goodness, because with him, the New Day will be sweltering hot and sunny, with a 100% chance of victory. New Day then get him to do a clap with him, because the WWE hates me.

As Ryback comes out for his match with Kane, Big Show attacks him and throws him into the lower screen on the stage. Show knees him in the face, then rips the IC title off and throws it to the side. He continues the attack on the ramp, then throws him down it. The attack continues at ringside as Kane looks on from the ring. Show’s kicks look like a bunny could shake them off with ease. Show throws Ryback chest-first into the barricade, then tosses him into the ring. Kane orders the referee to ring the bell, and the referee begrudgingly does so.

MATCH 3: KANE (W/THE BIG SHOW) VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION RYBACK (NON-TITLE)
Kane rolls Ryback over for the easy pin, but only gets 2. He stomps Ryback down in the corner, then grinds his knee into Ryback’s back over the middle rope. Kane hits an uppercut before Ryback manages to ram him into the buckles. Kane reverses positions and knees Ryback in the gut. Kane hits a couple kicks and an uppercut. He hits some pathetic shoulder thrusts in the corner, but tries it once too many times as Ryback moves and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Ryback is up first, and he drops Kane with a spinebuster. He pulls himself up int he corner and calls for the Meat Hook, which connects. He signals for Shell Shocked, but Show causes a distraction on the apron. This allows Kane to go for the chokeslam, but Ryback escapes, kicks Kane and goes for Shell Shocked. Show comes in and plants Ryback with a side kick, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: RYBACK.

Ryback tries to fight back, tackling Show. Kane and Show quickly overwhelm him and stomp him down. Show then puts him down with a chokeslam. Ryback still tries to pull himself to his feet, so Show plants him with another chokeslam. Jerry Lawler at this point mentions the Miz, the third member in the IC title three-way at Battleground. Miz is so crucial to this match and the company, this was the first time he was mentioned all night.

MATCH 4: BO DALLAS AND THE NEW DAY (BIG E, KOFI KINGSTON AND XAVIER WOODS) VS. WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE PRIME-TIME PLAYERS (TITUS O’NEIL & DARREN YOUNG) AND THE LUCHA DRAGONS (KALISTO & SIN CARA)
Titus and Kofi start, with Kofi applying a headlock, turning it into a hammerlock and hammering Titus across the back. Titus throws him to the corner and hits two very loud chops, then picks Kofi up and slings him across the ring. Young tags in, and the PTP hit a double shoulder. Young hits a sit-down splash for 2, then gets backed into the heel corner. Dallas tags in and hits some forearms before Young cuts him down with a clothesline. He hits a big forearm, then follows up with an inverted atomic drop, a couple punches, a European uppercut and a suplex for 2. He hits a hip throw and cinches in a side headlock before getting back to his feet. Dallas fights out, but then eats a couple knees. Young goes for the Gut Check, but Dallas escapes to the floor. He and the New Day have a clap session as their opponents just look on. Commercials.

Back from the break, Kofi is beating Cara down in the corner. He mocks the Dragons, then goes for a corner whip. Cara reverses, Kofi climbs the buckles, and dives off into a dropkick for 2. Cara runs into a back elbow as Woods tags in. Cara gets backdropped to the floor, where he punches Woods a couple times. He tries to climb back in, but Kofi hits him with a baseball slide, followed by a superkick by Woods. Far too many wrestlers in WWE use the superkick. Just saying. Woods mocks the Dragons, then rolls Cara back in before taunting Jimmy Uso at the announce desk. Back in the ring, he stomps down Cara, then tags in E. E does some more stomps, then tags in Kofi. Kofi stomps Cara. Dallas tags in and does some stomps. Woods tags in and does some more. So does E. Kofi tags in and E whips him in for a dropkick on Cara. Dallas in, and he picks Cara up, then immediately tags out to E. Whatever. E applies an abdominal stretch, but Cara fights out. E clubs him down and tags in Kofi. They set Cara up for a superbomb, which Cara counters with a hurricanrana. Cara crawls for a tag as Woods tags in. Kalisto makes the tag and hits a springboard cross-body. He follows up with a springboard corkscrew cross-body, hits a Kalisto Kick, then snaps off a low hurricanrana into a driver for 2 as Dallas breaks it up. Young comes in and hits Dallas with the Gut Check. E runs through Young, then turns around into a spinebuster from Titus. Kofi sends him to the floor with Trouble in Paradise, but then gets dropkicked to the floor by Cara. Woods rolls Kalisto up for 2, misses a clothesline, then gets hit with a Tidal Crush. Cara climbs to the top and wipes out everyone on the floor. In the ring, Kalisto hits a springboard 450 splash for 3.

WINNERS: THE LUCHA DRAGONS AND THE PRIME-TIME PLAYERS.

Roman Reigns is in the locker room and is approached by Dean Ambrose. Bray Wyatt is really ticking him off. He messed with Ambrose, and now he’s messing with Reigns, hiding in the shadows, delivering spooky messages and trying to get in people’s heads. He wants to search the building until they find him and deliver a nasty message to Wyatt. Reigns cuts him off and says he’ll worry about Wyatt. He’ll bust Wyatt’s ass at Battleground, and Ambrose needs to worry about the Authority. He’s got Ambrose’s back tonight. Ambrose leaves, and Reigns finds something in the pocket of his vest. It’s a picture of himself with the words “Anyone But You” written on it, with Reigns’ eyes scratched out.

After some commercials, we see Reigns marching around in the back, looking for Wyatt. Kane stops him and Reigns says to either tell him where Wyatt is, or get the hell out of his way. Kane says ever since Wyatt got into Reigns’ thick skull, he’s become a liability. Reigns crossed the line, and it won’t be tolerated. He’s ejecting Reigns from the building. Some security guys come out. Kane says Reigns can’t fly off the handle, and he needs to maintain a safe working environment. The security wrestlers surround him, but he shoves them off. He says if he finds Wyatt, it’s going down. He shoves Kane, then marches out of the building.

MATCH 5: DEAN AMBROSE VS. WWE WORLD CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS(W/KANE AND JOEY MERCURY) (NON-TITLE)
They lock up and trade arm wringers before Rollins hits a hip throw. Ambrose is back up, and he receives a shoulder off the ropes. They crisscross until Ambrose hits a pair of armdrags and goes into an armbar. He turns it into a hammerlock, then armbars the other arm while putting pressure on Rollins’ shoulder. Rollins comes back with a boot and some punches on the ropes. Ambrose then clotheslines Rollins to the floor, sending him into the barricade in the process. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rollins hits a dragon screw across the middle rope on Ambrose’s left leg. He attacks Ambrose’s leg some more, then nails a corner forearm shot before applying a deathlock. Ambrose crawls to the bottom rope and manages to break the hold. Ambrose comes back with some punches before Rollins trips him and applies a half-crab before just slamming the knee into the mat. He assaults Ambrose in the corner, nails another running forearm, then tosses Ambrose to the middle of the ring. He heads up top, but Ambrose hobbles to the corner and meets him with a punches before hitting a butterfly superplex from the middle rope. Ambrose slaps himself in the knee, snaps off some jabs and chops, then hits a pair of forearms. He hits a corner forearm, misses a bulldog, avoids a splash and rolls Rollins up for 2. He ducks a roundhouse and hits a back suplex into a facebuster for another 2. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Rollins backs him into the corner. He sets Ambrose on the top rope and goes for a superplex. Ambrose fights him off and goes for a tornado DDT. Rollins tosses him off, and he lands on his bad knee before Rollins hits a superkick for 2. Rollins heads up top once more and goes for a cross-body. Ambrose rolls through for 2, then hits a swinging neckbreaker. Ambrose heads up now, and Kane jumps on the apron. Ambrose kicks him away, dives over Rollins, ducks a clothesline and hits Kane with a suicide dive. Rollins tries a dive, but Ambrose forearms him through the ropes. Back in the ring, Ambrose hits the flying elbow and goes for the pin, but Mercury distracts the referee. Ambrose breaks the pin and goes after Mercury, who drops to the floor. Rollins rolls Ambrose up for 2 and goes for Dirty Deeds. Mercury is back up as Rollins escapes, only to have Rollins thrown into him, knocking him off the apron. Ambrose rolls Rollins up for 2, then hits an elbow out of the corner, followed by a tornado DDT for 2. Ambrose hits a few more strikes against the ropes, but then walks into a back kick. He goes for the rebound clothesline, but Rollins ducks and sets up the corner powerbomb. Ambrose manages to hurricanrana him over the top and to the floor, then heads to the top rope, wiping everyone out with a flying elbow. He rolls Rollins back in, but Rollins surprises him with a spin kick. Ambrose comes back with a rebound clothesline, then goes after Mercury, who is trying to crawl into the ring. Ambrose assists him and goes for Dirty Deeds. Rollins turns him around and drops him with the Pedigree for 3.

WINNER: SETH ROLLINS.

END OF SHOW.

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WWE SmackDown Results and June 18 Recap

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

This week opens with Sheamus, the new Mr. Money in the Bank. Why he won it this year, I don’t really know. After some stills from the “PPV” showing how he won, Sheamus thanks the crowd for booing him. When he returned to WWE, everyone stood up and chanted “You look stupid”. That was the best you could do? Everyone proved what he was thinking: they’re narrow-minded people with pea-sized brains. Now, with the briefcase, how stupid does he look? He feels like a million dollars. Actually, more than that, because the case is worth its weight in gold. He can cash in whenever, wherever, and he’s just one opportunity from becoming your next WWE World Champion. That feels so good to say. If there is anyone out there who thinks they can stand in his way, well, let’s take a look at what happened to Randy Orton on RAW.

We go to footage from that event, where Sheamus helped Kane beat Orton. Back to Sheamus, he starts laughing. “The Viper” became a problem, so Sheamus eliminated him. Now he’s moving forward to deal with Seth Rollins, the Authority, and of course, “The Beast” Brock Lesnar. These are factors he will use to his advantage. Nobody, and he means nobody, will stand in his way in returning to the top of WWE. When it’s all said and done, he promises everyone they will be entertained.

This brings out Dean Ambrose, who says he doesn’t speak Irish gibberish. Did he just say no one will stop him? He’s pretty sure someone did when Ambrose pinned him on RAW. Also, if it weren’t for Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns would have the case. If Sheamus wants to continue to spit lies in front of people who paid not to hear him, maybe Ambrose will beat him a second time tonight and takes the case out of Sheamus’ potato-farming hands and give it back to its rightful owner. Sheamus says those are brave words from a guy who can’t deliver on the mic. Unlike Sheamus, Ambrose lost at MITB. Ambrose likes to steal other people’s property. He can’t win the big one on his own. If he wants the contract, why doesn’t he get in the ring and take it?

Ambrose doesn’t have the stones to get in the ring with Sheamus. Ambrose starts to climb in, but Kane comes out. Kane says no one is stealing anything tonight. He has Ambrose figured out. Ambrose likes to cause trouble and make life difficult, but he’s not good at following through. Ambrose wants to know why Kane is here, since he needs to go pick up the Authority’s dry-cleaning or something. Kane says he’s tired of the disrespect, and he imagines Sheamus feels the same way. So, here’s what we’ll do. We’ll give Ambrose a good arse-kicking in a 2-on-1 handicap match against Kane and Sheamus. That match starts…um…sometime in the future somewhere? I don’t know. Kane is never very clear on these things, is he?

MATCH 1-2-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH: DEAN AMBROSE VS. KANE AND SHEAMUS
Ambrose rolls to the floor and hangs out near the barricade. Sheamus goes after him, but Ambrose runs back into the ring. He ducks a pair of Kane clotheslines and dropkicks Sheamus off the apron. Kane goes for a chokeslam, but Ambrose low-bridges him. Sheamus back in, and the two trade punches. Ambrose hits a flying forearm, then wipes Kane out with a suicide dive. He hotshots Sheamus on the apron, then goes up top. He fights Sheamus off, but gets crotched by Kane. The two heels beat Ambrose down in the corner, and that’s when Roman Reigns’ music hits. Sheamus heads to ringside to intercept him, but Reigns appears on the other side of the ring and starts pelting Kane with rights, leading to the DQ.

WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: KANE AND SHEAMUS.

Sheamus returns to the ring, but gets clotheslined to the floor by Reigns. Reigns hits Kane with a jumping clothesline, and Ambrose dropkicks him to the floor.

As a result of the first match, the main event will be Ambrose/Reigns vs. Kane/Sheamus in the never-ending Reigns/Kane saga.

We see Ambrose and Reigns walking around in the back. Renee Young stops them to ask their reaction to the main event. Reigns says Bray Wyatt crossed the line on Monday. Reigns has never run. Wyatt better find Reigns before Reigns finds him first. Ambrose has nothing to say.

MATCH 2: PAIGE VS. BRIE BELLA
The two lock up, and Brie backs Paige to the corner, slamming her head into the buckles in the process. Brie hits a running bulldog for 2 and follows up with a low dropkick. Paige trips her off the ropes and blasts her with a running knee for 2. Brie comes back with a weak dropkick, and Paige responds with one of her own. In the corner, Paige hits a shoulder thrust and some punches. She sets Brie on the top rope, only to have Brie fight her off. They trade a few shots as Paige climbs to the middle rope. Brie comes off the ropes with a sunset flip powerbomb for 2. Commercials.

Back from the break, Brie is kneeing Paige in the back before she gets a 2-count. Brie hits a neckbreaker for another 2, then goes for a rear chinlock, with her knees in Paige’s back. Paige fights to her feet before getting thrown to the corner. Brie gets in a few kicks in the corner, but then misses a clothesline. Paige pins her in the corner and lands several back elbows, followed by some kneelifts. Paige ducks a clothesline and knocks Brie to the floor with a side kick. She heads out and takes Brie down with a somersault plancha off the apron. She rolls Brie in, and Brie feigns a knee injury as Paige goes up top. As the ref checks on Brie, Alicia Fox comes down and knocks Paige off the buckles. Brie then plants Paige with a sit-out facebuster for 3.

WINNER: BRIE BELLA.

The Bellas celebrate with Fox on the stage after giving her gear that matches theirs. Oh, god. I’m already dreading where this angle is going.

Renee Young is standing by with NXT Champion Kevin Owens. She asks for an explanation for the attack on Machine Gun Kelly. Owens says she must be a fan of MGK. He says he already apologized and got carried away, but none of that would have happened if MGK hadn’t put his hands on Owens first. If you want someone to blame, you can blame John Cena. If Cena hadn’t been there and started all of this, none of that would have happened. Young then asks about his criticisms about his match on RAW with Dolph Ziggler and not making it a title match. Owens says the whether it was a title match or not doesn’t matter. He beat Ziggler, so who cares? He’s not Cena. He doesn’t need to pander to the crowd. He likes it when people earn their title matches against. On that note, he wants to make it clear there will be no NXT Championship Open Challenge tonight. Owens is then interrupted by Cesaro. He’s heard all the hype, but Owens does nothing but talk. So, whenever he’s done talking, why doesn’t he step in the ring with the “King of Swing”? And, just so there’s no miscommunication (Cesaro lightly taps him), Cesaro put his hands on Owens first.

As Dolph Ziggler comes out, we get confirmation that Owens/Cesaro will happen later tonight.

Bo Dallas comes out as Ziggler’s opponent. As he walks down, he says Lana is on the rebound. It’s a hard place to be, and it breaks his heart to see her like that. But not as much as it breaks Rusev’s heart. She left her man in his darkest hours, with a broken heart, a broken body and a broken soul. Despicable! Then, she ran to Ziggler, literally the worst rebound ever. If Ziggler’s profile popped up, he’d swipe left and keep looking for a real man. He’s out there somewhere, Lana. All you have to do is Bolieve!

MATCH 3: DOLPH ZIGGLER (W/LANA) VS. BO DALLAS
I just spotted someone wearing a Bo Dallas shirt. L. Ron Hubbard help us. Ziggler immediately nails a dropkick, but then misses a corner splash. Dallas hits a few corner clotheslines and a short-arm for 2. He locks in a cravat, but Ziggler fights out. Dallas hits him with a few knees to the face, then yanks him down by the hair. We see Rusev watching on a monitor backstage. Back to the match, Ziggler ducks a clothesline and hits the Zig-Zag for 3.

WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER.

Lana kisses Ziggler, and we see Rusev flip out backstage.

MATCH 4: XAVIER WOODS (W/BIG E AND KOFI KINGSTON) VS. NEVILLE
Woods hits a quick forearm and stomps Neville down for about half a minute. He then hits a fist drop for 2 before applying a cobra clutch. Neville snaps him off and backdrops him to the floor. He then hits a twisting plancha, only to have E and Neville surround him. New WWE Tag Team Champions the Prime-Time Players show up at ringside to even things out as Woods rolls back into the ring. Neville climbs in, and Woods rolls him up for 2. Woods escapes a slam and hits a boot in the corner. He heads up top for the Red Arrow, only to have Kofi distract him on the other side of the ring. That allows Woods to crotch Neville. Kofi then dives onto Titus O’Neil, who catches him and throws him into the barricade. E hits a vertical splash on Titus, only to turn around into a straight right by Young. Woods dropkicks Young through the ropes, but then turns around into a big kick from Neville. Neville heads up once more, hits the Red Arrow and gets 3.

WINNER: NEVILLE.

The WWE World Champion, Seth Rollins, makes his way down to the ring. As he climbs in, we cut to footage from RAW, where it was revealed that Brock Lesnar will be Rollins’ next challenger. Rumor has it Lesnar will face Kevin Owens at Summerslam, possibly with the World title at stake. Back to Rollins, he says he is the biggest star in WWE, the WWE World Champion, and the undisputed future of this industry. He knows the fans will never understand what it is like to be in that position, so he will try to explain it. 24/7, he is under the most intense scrutiny imaginable. Everything he does is magnified for the world to see. Does he ever get a thank you? A pat on the back? No, all he gets is disrespect. This week has taken it to a new level. The only thing he’s been asked is how he feels about facing Lesnar at Battleground. When he heard Lesnar’s music on RAW, his first reaction was shock. That was the last person he expected to be named. The last time we saw Lesnar, he brutalized several employees, including Michael Cole. But as Lesnar walked down the ramp and circled the ring like a shark, that shock turned into undertanding. There’s no other way. This is how it has to be. He’s beaten everyone else. Orton, Reigns, Ambrose, everyone put in front of him. For him to cement his legacy, he has to beat Lesnar at Battleground. The same Lesnar that conquered the Undertaker’s streak. The same guy that took Roman Reigns and John Cena to “Suplex City”. That guy walked into the ring on RAW, stood toe-to-toe with Rollins and did nothing. Do you know why? Because Lesnar remembers Wrestlemania. Lesnar knows better than anyone how dangerous Rollins can be. If he would have taken one swing at Rollins, Rollins would have knocked his teeth down his throat, and that mystique Lesnar walks around with would have been gone forever. Rollins is the diamond Triple H thinks he is, and at Battleground, he will shine brighter than he ever has. So, to answer the question, how does he feel about Lesnar at Battleground? He can’t wait.

After some clips from RAW for the feud between Reigns and Bray Wyatt, we see Wyatt sitting in a locker room, staring off into space. Dean Ambrose is there, and he says he can’t wait for this match tonight. He’s going to rip the braids out of Sheamus’ face. He hates Sheamus’ stupid hair, too. Reigns doesn’t responds, so Ambrose smacks him to get his attention. He tells Reigns not to let Wyatt get into his head. Reigns says not to mention him. He needs to get this match done tonight and head home.

MATCH 5: NXT CHAMPION KEVIN OWENS VS. CESARO
Cesaro applies a wastelock and rolls Owens up for 0. Owens fights back near the ropes and applies a side headlock before hitting a shoulder for 2. He kicks Cesaro in the back, then nails him with a forearm. Owens hits a kick off the ropes, but Cesaro comes back with a clothesline, knocking Owens to the floor. Cesaro hits a suicide dive, nearly piledriving himself in the process. Fortunately, he’s okay, and he blasts Owens with a running European uppercut against the barricade. He rolls Owens in, and Owens goes for a suplex from the apron. He can’t get Cesaro up, so he hits a few forearms. Cesaro comes back with a clothesline from the apron. He then gets knocked to the floor after Owens pulls him face-first into the ring post. Commercials.

Back from the break, Owens has Cesaro in a rear chinlock. Cesaro escapes, ducks a clothesline and hits a springboard spinning European uppercut. Nice move. You don’t see Cesaro do stuff like that often. Owens pulls himself to his feet in the corner, but then walks into a flurry of punches. He hits a back elbow out of the corner, then nails a beautiful tornado DDT for 2. Owens mocks Cesaro and goes for the Neutralizer, but Cesaro backdrops him and goes for the Cesaro Swing. Owens kicks him off, but then gets caught coming in, with Cesaro hitting a modified fireman’s carry into a front slam for 2. Cesaro hits a few European uppercuts in the corner, then runs in with another for 2. Owens catches him with a surprise flapjack into the buckles, then follows up with a release German suplex. He nails a cannonball in the opposite corner and goes for a pin, but only gets 2. Owens heads up top, but Cesaro gets to his feet. He meets Owens with punches, then nails yet another European uppercut. Cesaro climbs up and goes for a superplex. Owens tries to counter with a powerbomb, but Cesaro lands on his feet and knocks Owens off the buckles with a dropkick. On the apron, Cesaro throws Owens face-first into the buckles, then goes for an outside-in superplex. Owens manages to crotch him on the top rope, then hits the pop-up powerbomb for 3.

WINNER: KEVIN OWENS.

Damn fine match right there.

Miz now has a new segment, “Miz at the Movies”. It’s basically a piece of crap to promote the new WWE Studios movie, Vendetta, starring the Big Show and Dean Cain. This leads to Miz trying to start fights with Ryback and the Big Show. This will not make anyone give a tinker’s damn about Miz, no matter how badly WWE wants it to happen.

We get the video package for Dusty Rhodes. Still hard to believe he’s gone…

MATCH 6: ROMAN REIGNS AND DEAN AMBROSE VS. SHEAMUS AND KANE
Sheamus and Ambrose start. Sheamus hits some quick kicks and a European uppercut, then stomps Ambrose down in the corner. Ambrose ducks a short-arm, snaps off a few jabs, whips Sheamus across the ring and hits a shoulder thrust. Sheamus comes back with a snapmare and a kick to the back. They trade a few more shots until Sheamus hits a knee to the face. He grinds Ambrose’s face against the ropes before Ambrose comes back with chops in the corner. He mounts the corner for some punches, but Sheamus escapes and drops Ambrose face-first onto the top buckle before nailing a short-arm clothesline for 2. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and hits a cross-body, right into some punches. Kane tries to enter the ring, but Reigns cuts him off as Sheamus is backdropped to the floor by Ambrose nails a forearm on Kane in the corner before he and Reigns clothesline Kane to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Kane is now legal for his team, and he’s laying into Ambrose in the corner. Ambrose comes back with some of his own shots and hits a seated dropkick against the ropes. Kane manages to make a blind tag, leading Sheamus to drag Ambrose to the floor, dropping him face-first at ringside. Sheamus throws Ambrose onto the announce desk with a bodyslam, then rolls him back into the ring, where he stands on Ambrose’s chest. Sheamus drops a knee for 2, then tags in Kane. Kane kicks Ambrose in his left leg, then stomps him on the back. Kane pushes Ambrose to the corner and tries to work over the wrong leg. After a quick burst from Ambrose, Kane drops him with an uppercut, then tags in Sheamus. Sheamus works on the correct leg, locking Ambrose in a stretch muffler. Ambrose powers himself up onto Sheamus’ shoulders and sends him to the floor with a hurricanrana. Sheamus is back in quickly, however, and he drops Ambrose with a chop-block. Kane tags in and slams Ambrose’s knee into the mat. Ambrose rolls to the ropes, where Kane stands on his face and neck. Kane distracts the referee to allow Sheamus to get in a couple stomps, then catapults Ambrose under the bottom rope. Kane hits a right in the corner, then another. Then another. Then another. Ambrose comes back with a few of his own before getting tossed outside. Ambrose catches himself and hotshots Kane before hobbling to the top rope. He comes off with a flying elbow, but tweaks his knee again in the process. Kane tags out to Sheamus, who tries to prevent a tag. Ambrose elbows him away and tags out to Sheamus. Reigns hits his standard hot tag moves before running into a pair of boots in the corner. He escapes a tilt-a-whirl and shoves Sheamus into the opposite buckles before nailing a series of corner clotheslines. Kane then receives an uppercut before Sheamus rolls Reigns up for 2. Reigns comes back with a Samoan drop, then loads up the Superman Punch. Kane comes in and intercepts Reigns with a goozle, then catches Ambrose off the buckles with one. He shoves Ambrose away, who responds with a rebound clothesline, sending Kane to the floor. Sheamus drops Ambrose with a Brogue Kick before ducking a Superman Punch. Reigns ducks a Brogue Kick and connects with the Superman Punch on the next try. He signals for the spear, only it’s interrupted when Bray Wyatt appears on the TitanTron, singing “I’m a Little Teapot” to a picture of Reigns and his daughter. The distraction is enough for Sheamus to recover, and he nails Reigns with a Brogue Kick for 3.

WINNERS: KANE AND SHEAMUS.

Wyatt stays on the screen as Sheamus leaves the area. He laughs before telling Reigns, “Happy Father’s Day, Roman. Run.” The lights go out, and when they come back on, the picture of Reigns and his daughter is in the ring, next to Reigns.

End of show.

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