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WWE SmackDown Results and January 29 Recap

January 31, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s WWE SmackDown is live in Hartford, CT, due to the bad weather in the northeast. The Big Show will face Roman Reigns, and Daniel Bryan will face Kane in a casket match.

The show opens with the COO of WWE, Triple H, coming down to the ring. He says, “Welcome to Monday Night RAW” as a joke, pointing out the snowstorm, and how the show was postponed. One thing they don’t like in WWE is being told what to do, so when they were told they couldn’t do RAW, for the first time ever, RAW emanated from WWE Headquarters. A lot of people said they couldn’t get 1 million subscribers to the WWE Network, and this week, they made that happened. To all that have subscribed, he’s got two words for ya: Thank you. Then, they said they couldn’t do a show tonight in Hartford. That’s why Trips is here to welcome the crowd to Smackdown Live. It’s been a crazy week, and controversial as well, coming out of the Rumble on Sunday. WWE isn’t the only one on controversy on them. The Super Bowl is Sunday, and there’s controversy all over it. The NFL and Roger Goodell have a problem with their balls. Some like their balls soft, some like them hard. According to Tom Hardy, some like old balls. One thing about WWE and Trips, they’ve never had a problem with balls. Unlike Goodell who has controversy and does nothing, when Trips has controversy, he takes action. On 2/22 at Fastlane, he will deal with a current problem. He has a problem with a man called Sting. At Fastlane, he will go face-to-face with that problem and resolve it. Now, there’s other controversy coming out of the Rumble. Not the Rumble itself, which was spectacular (boos). The triple threat for the WWE title is one of the greatest matches Trips has ever seen. Seth Rollins proved to the world he’s the future of wrestling. It was a match where John Cena proved to the world that he is the past. And it is a match in which Brock Lesnar proved he is the beast and still the WWE World Champion. That match wasn’t the problem. No, the problem was the Rumble itself (boos). When that match was over, that building was rumbling. People were going crazy, from top to bottom. It was electric, and the next day, it got worse. Everyone talked about it, including ESPN and Bill Simmons. If you don’t know what he means, let’s take a look at the controversy.

We see video of the final moments of the Rumble, when Roman Reigns eliminated Big Show and Kane before the Rock came out to clear the ring. Reigns then eliminated Rusev to win the match to one of the worst reactions I’ve ever heard. Back to the arena, Trips says that, on RAW, he’ll put an end to the controversy. On Monday night, he will make an announcement that will shake the WWE Universe to its core.

As he starts to leave, Reigns comes down through the crowd. There’s mostly boos, but it’s a little more mixed than at the Rumble. He says Trips keeps talking about controversy; Reigns doesn’t see it. He won the Rumble match, so that means he’s going to Wrestlemania. Trips says that he did win the Rumble, but let’s see if he wins this one.

MATCH 1: ROMAN REIGNS VS. THE BIG SHOW
The two lock up, and Show backs Reigns to the corner. Reigns fights out with rights. Show tries for another lock-up, but Reigns ducks him. Show shoves him to the corner for some body blows, then whips him across the ring. He misses a hip attack, and Reigns hits a pair of corner splashes. Reigns goes for a suplex, but Show easily blocks and counters with one of his own. Show hits a bodyslam, then lands another body blow. Reigns gets whipped hard into the corner, but fights back from his knees with punches. Show lands a big shoulder off the ropes, then drops Reigns with a headbutt. He picks Reigns up for another headbutt, then sets him in the corner for a big biel throw. Reigns escapes a snake eyes attempt, then begins pounding Show in the back of the head before stomping Show down in the corner. Show comes back with yet another body blow, but then gets clotheslined to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Show is back in control, and he locks Reigns in a half-crab. He breaks the hold to strike Reigns in the knee a few times, then picks him up in his new hanging leg lock. Reigns manages to pull himself up on the ropes, grab show in a headscissors and send him over the top rope. Reigns hobbles to the floor and kicks Show into the ring post. Show recovers and sends Reigns back into the ring, but Reigns is up first and hits show with a pair of clotheslines. He ducks one from Show, then finally takes him down with the third one. Reigns hits Show with a Samoan drop, sending him back to the floor. Reigns heads to the apron and hits a flying clothesline. Both men make it back in before 10, and Reigns goes for the Superman Punch. Show catches him and hits a chokeslam for 2. Show rolls to the apron and heads up top. Reigns gets to his feet and blasts Show with a Superman Punch. Show is still up on the buckles, so Reigns hits another one, then slams Show to the mat. Reigns calls for the spear, hits it and gets 3.

WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.

The crowd actually turned around quite a bit over the course of the match.

Vince McMahon appears via tape. He promotes Fastlane, talks about the 1 million subscribers, then tells those who haven’t subscribed that the month of February will be free for them to try out.

We get the second inductee for the Hall of Fame announced, and it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Seth Rollins comes out with J&J Security. He says he told everyone, and last Sunday at the Rumble, he proved once again just how good he really is. He was one second away from pinning John Cena and becoming the new WWE World Champion. What’s more impressive than that is that he stuck a dagger right into Lesnar by breaking his ribs. Cena can’t say that. The Undertaker sure can’t say that. And even though he didn’t walk out of Philly as champion, he still has the future firmly in his reach (his case). He’s feeling so good tonight that he’s issuing an open challenge to anyone in this entire building who thinks they’re even half the man he is. Come out and test him. See? Nobody has the guts. Nobody…

Ryback’s music hits, and he marches straight to the ring. J&J jump him, but he fights them off before Rollins nails a dropkick. The three proceed to triple-team him until Erick Rowan runs down to the ring. J&J try to stop him, but he takes them both down. Rollins nails him with a kick and continues stomping Ryback. Dolph Ziggler now runs down, and he tackles Rollins to the floor. Rollins throws him into the announce desk, then heads back to the ring for Ryback. Ryback is up and picks him up for Shell Shocked, but J&J manage to free Rollins and rolls him to the floor before bailing themselves. Rowan grabs them by their shirt collars, but Rollins frees them by nailing Rowan with a dropkick to the back.

Kane is in the back with the casket. Tonight, he writes the final chapter of Daniel Bryan’s story. Surprise, there is no happy ending. Bryan doesn’t know what happens in a casket match. First, Kane will beat him beyond the human capacity for pain, then dump him in the casket, shut the lid and secure the lad. The only thing Bryan will see is beautiful black darkness. All he’ll feel is the cold, hard casket squeezing the life out of him, and all he’ll hear is the frantic beating of his heart as it threatens to explode out of his chest, until he wonders how many beats he has left. That’s when he’ll scratch and claw, desperate to escape. But there is no escape. Don’t be alarmed, because soon enough, he’ll reach his final destination along the River Styx, towards eternal hellfire. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. May God have mercy on your soul, because the devil’s favorite demon will not.

MATCH 2: WWE TAG TEAM CO-CHAMPION JEY USO (W/NAOMI AND JIMMY USO) VS. TYSON KIDD (W/CESARO AND NATALYA)
Kidd nails Jey with a kick and goes for a corner whip. Jey avoids contact and hits an uppercut. He sends Kidd, and Kidd avoids contact before kicking Jey in the back of the leg. He ties Jey’s leg in the apron skirt and stomps down on it before applying a modified spinning toehold. Jey fights his way out, but Kidd is back on the attack quickly. Kidd drops an elbow to the knee, then applies a legbar before going for an anklelock. Jey kicks him away, and Kidd spills to the floor. Kidd is back up, but Jey puts him back down with an uppercut, then goes for a suicide dive. Kidd blocks it with a kick from the apron, misses a springboard, then runs into an Alley-Oos. Jey signals for the corner hip attack, but Cesaro distracts him. Jimmy wipes Cesaro out with a dive from the steps. In the ring, Kidd whips Jey leg-first into the buckles, then hits Just Kidding for 3.

WINNER: TYSON KIDD.

We see Kane staring at the casket.

Rusev and Lana are in the ring. Pretty sure he defends the US title even less than Dean Ambrose did. He says everyone saw what happened at the end of the Rumble. He should have been declared the winner. Lana screams in Russian. Rusev says he should be facing Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. He is the most dominant superstar, the only undefeated superstar, and your United States Champion. Your USA doesn’t give him Lesnar like he deserves. They give him a man with no titles, who is not a challenge. A man from the past: John Cena. Cena has no hunger or desire, and he’s not the superstar Rusev is. Cena is a loser. Cena doesn’t belong in the ring with him.

Cena comes out and says sometimes, the he and the WWE Universe don’t see eye-to-eye, but he thinks everyone will agree with him when he says shut your mouth, or he’ll shut it for you. Has anyone else noticed Cena slips in and out of what sounds like some bizarre amalgamation of a Boston and southern accent lately? Rusev needs a lesson in the word respect. Rusev is undefeated and the US Champion, and has crushed everything in his path, but he just made the biggest mistake of his life. He says Cena is a man of the past and a loser. Cena says he’s a 15-time World Champion, 2-time Rumble winner, has made 10 appearances at WM and is the face who runs the place. He was holding the US title before Rusev had pubes and Lana had boobs. So, Rusev needs to slow his role. Cena will give him a challenge right now, and then he blathers about dancing. He tells Lana to go back to Tinder, then challenges Rusev to a fight right now. Rusev hands over his medal and belt, but Lana tells him not to waste his time on this. Rusev stares Cena down for a moment, then decides to leave the ring instead. Cena makes some “ho” jokes, then says this isn’t a waste of time; this fights Rusev at Fastlane. This beats Rusev at Fastlane. And this, at Fastlane says the champ is here.

Nikki Bella vs. Paige for the WWE Divas Championship is announced at Fastlane. Makes sense since, you know, Natalya was the one who beat Nikki in several matches recently.

Renee Young is now standing by with Paige. She mentions the match I just did, but is then interrupted by the Bellas, who can do nothing but comment on how pale Paige is. Brilliant. And so clever, too. They call her a vampire. Paige nails Brie in the face with a forearm, and Nikki “nails” her with one before Brie “hits” a knee. Nikki then puts her down with another forearm.

MATCH 3: GOLD & STARDUST VS. THE ASCENSION (KONNOR AND VIKTOR)
Finally, the Ascension get to face a real team. We get an inset promo, and the Ascension talk about destroying the New-Age Outlaws at the Rumble. Tonight, the destruction rolls on. They send “Oldust” and his cosmic freak brother back to outer space. Welcome to the Wasteland. Viktor and Stardust start, with Stardust getting a quick sunset flip for 1. Stardust then reverses a hiptoss before Viktor applies a waistlock. He ducks a clothesline and applies a full-nelson before sending him into Konnor. Stardust nails Konnor, but then gets hit from behind by Viktor. Konnor tags in and stomps Stardust down, then hits him with a European uppercut. He chokes Stardust over the bottom rope, then tags in Viktor, who nails a gut shot and a bodyslam. Viktor hits a fist drop for 1, then applies a rear chinlock. Stardust breaks free, but gets put down with a forearm. Konnor tags in and stomps Stardust down in the corner. Stardust crawls to his corner, but Konnor picks him up and goes for a back suplex. Stardust lands on his feet and hits the drop-down uppercut. Viktor tags himself in, and Goldust gets the hot tag to almost no reaction. He hits an uppercut, an inverted atomic drop and a boot to the side of the head, then sends Viktor into the corner. Viktor reverses, then runs into a powerslam. Konnor tries to interfere, but Goldust hits a drop-down uppercut on him. Back to Viktor, he calls for the bulldog, but Stardust tags himself in. He goes for the Disaster Kick, but Konnor knocks him on his ass. Konnor tags in, knocks Goldust off the apron, then the Ascension hit the Fall of Man for 3.

WINNERS: THE ASCENSION.

More footage of Kane with the casket.

We see some magician performing a trick with an Oreo for Summer Rae, R-Truth, Zack Ryder and Alicia Fox. The Miz and Damien Mizdow walk up, and Miz says he knows how the trick is done. The magician says he’s a big fan, and would love to do a trick with an A-lister. Miz likes the idea, but the magician is actually talking about Mizdow. Miz says he’s the stunt-double, and if the magician wants to do a trick, he does a trick with Miz. The Magician does an old trick with an egg and a handkerchief, then shows him how to do it. The magician then adds to the trick, turning the fake egg into a real egg. He then smashes it on Miz’s forehead. Mizdow is laughing.

Bray Wyatt appears on the screen and asks what makes you smile? Is it spending time with a loved one? Is it money? Power? Perhaps it’s memory you hold dear, maybe something nostalgic from childhood. But him? He’s different. He finds enjoyment in the types of things your mommy and daddy have shielded you from your entire life. (laughs) He is not like you. He is legion amongst men. He fears nothing, living or dead. So, what makes you smile? Because after what transpires next, he promises it will be hard for you to ever smile again. Run.

MATCH 4-CASKET MATCH: KANE VS. DANIEL BRYAN
Kane rolls the casket down to ringside during his entrance. The crowd is FIRMLY behind Bryan here. They circle each other for a few moments until Kane shoves Bryan into the corner. Bryan ducks a shot and hits a few kicks before Kane hits him. He hits a bodyslam and a low dropkick before going for a pin for no reason. Bryan counters into a Yes! Lock, but Kane fights him off and tries to roll him into the casket. Kane then goes for a back suplex, but Bryan lands on his feet and hits several kicks to the back of Kane’s leg, eventually putting him down. Bryan tries to roll Kane into the casket, but Kane holds onto the ropes. He hits Bryan with a right, but then gets tripped into the buckles. Bryan kicks him in the face, then mounts the buckles for some punches. Kane shoves him off, but Bryan is right back on him. Kane shoves him off again, then goes for a chokeslam. Bryan fights out, ducks a clothesline and runs into a boot. Kane then goes to throw Bryan into the casket, but Bryan escapes and dropkicks Kane in the back near the casket. Bryan looks for a charge, but Kane moves to the other side of the ring, away from the casket. Commercials.

Back from the break, Kane has Bryan on the apron. He pulls the skirt over Bryan’s face and pelts him with rights. Back in the ring, Kane goes for a suplex into the casket. Bryan lands on the apron, so Kane boots him. Bryan holds onto the ropes, so Kane tries shoving him face-first into it. Bryan almost goes in, but then kicks Kane away. Back in the ring, Bryan immediately runs into a big boot. Bryan gets hit with a corner splash and a sidewalk slam. Kane tries to shove Bryan into the casket through the ropes, but Bryan braces himself on the apron before hitting some elbows. Kane launches him, but Bryan skins the cat and pulls Kane over with a headscissors. Kane quickly escapes to the floor, where Bryan dropkicks him through the ropes. Up top now, Bryan wipes Kane out with a plancha on the floor. He pelts Kane with rights, then comes off the apron with another dive. Kane cathes him and rams him back-first into the ring post before booting him into the casket. Bryan crawls out on the other side, so Kane shoves him back in. Bryan puts his feet up to prevent the lid closing, then boots Kane in the face repeatedly. Bryan dives again, and gets caught with a mid-air uppercut. Commercials.

Back from the break, Bryan nails a few shots on Kane before Kane hits a DDT off the ropes. Kane kicks Bryan towards the casket, then tries to shove him in with a boot to the face. Bryan slides under his legs and back into the ring, where Kane assaults him in the corner. Kane hits a short-arm clothesline, then whips Bryan into the corner. Bryan flips out of it, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. Bryan fires up the Yes! Kicks, but Kane ducks the buzzsaw. Kane charges at Bryan, but Bryan low-bridges him to the floor and then hits a suicide dive. He kicks Kane in the leg, knocking him against the barricade, where Bryan hits him with a running dropkick. Bryan assaults Kane with rights and goes for another dropkick into the barricade, but gets sent into the timekeeper’s area instead. Kane throws Bryan over the announce desk, then rolls him back over it to ringside before grabbing a chair. He cracks Bryan over the back three times, then drags him by the hair over to the casket. He throws Bryan face-first into the open lid, then rolls him onto the apron. Kane picks him up for the tombston, but Bryan slides out into the ring. He hits Kane with a hotshot, then nails a running dropkick. Kane is still hanging onto the ropes, so Bryan does it again. Kane still holds on, and on the third attempt, blocks Bryan and hits him with a chokeslam. Kane rolls him in, but Bryan kicks him in the face. Bryan then pulls Kane in with the Yes! Lock. Kane isn’t in all the way, so Bryan releases the hold and goes for the lid. Kane gets his arm up, so Bryan hits some Yes! Kicks to the chest. Kane blocks the buzzsaw and hits an uppercut. Back in the ring, Kane turns Bryan inside-out with a clothesline. He goes for the tombstone again, but Bryan reverses into the Yes! Lock. Kane escapes and goes for the chokeslam. Bryan escapes and low-bridges an incoming Kane into casket. Kane holds on, and Bryan blasts him with another kick. He then dropkicks Kane into the casket and finally closes the lid.

WINNER: DANIEL BRYAN.

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results and January 22 Recap

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

Smackdown opens up with Daniel Bryan making his way down to the ring. Tonight, his spot in the Royal Rumble is on the line when he faces Kane. He says we are days away from the RR, and we’re about to begin the Road to Wrestlemania. He could talk about how important his match against Kane is tonight, how he’ll do anything to win. He could talk about how, ever since he had to forfeit the title due to injury, he’s spent every waking moment thinking how to win the belt back. He could talk about Sting and his first-ever appearance on RAW. He could talk about how the Authority flat-out sucks. He could talk about all of that, but he won’t, because John Cena did something very important on RAW. Instead of Bryan yakking, he knows some guys who have some things they want to get off their chests.

Bryan points to the stage, and out first is Ryback. Erick Rowan is out next, and finally, Dolph Ziggler. All three join Bryan in the ring, and Bryan introduces them all to the crowd. He’s sure they’re all excited to get into the ring. He asks what Ryback what he thinks, and Ryback says it sounds like there are some hungry people in Austin, TX. Both he and Bryan know what it’s like to sit at home and watch the world pass them by. He could have felt sorry for himself, but this was his dream since 12, and no one takes that away from him, especially the Authority. Thanks to Cena and the man they call Sting for reminding the world how bad the Authority sucks. This little game is over, and so is Ryback. The “Big Guy” is back.

Rowan takes off his mask to a surprisingly loud pop. He says being gone was sort of a blessing. He had time to sit back and think. He used to be a different person. He was naive. He was somebody’s puppet. These last few weeks…he’s seen himself in a new light, and he knows who he really is.

Last but not least is Ziggler. He says he sat around, ate some stuff-crust pizza, watched the new Trips and Steph fitness DVDs…anyway, before he was fired, he finally started to show everyone what he’s known all along, and that is that he belongs on top in this company. He was the IC Champion and the sole survivor at Survivor Series. He earned the right to fight with the best, but the Authority tried to take it all away. These guys are a threat, and they stood up for something they believed in. So, he’d rather sit in the ring and face any punishment forever than sit at home and complain on a podcast. This is what he loves to do, and he’s just getting started.

Corporate Kane, Seth Rollins, the Big Show and J&J Security come out onto the stage. Rollins calls this a Survivor Series reunion, only Superman Cena has been replaced with Bryan, the garden gnome. Ziggler says he didn’t recognize Rollins without his nose buried up the Authority’s backsides. Ever since Rollins conned Cena into bringing the Authority back, Ziggler’s been waiting to beat the crap out of him, so let’s do it right now. Rollins says he’d love that, but he’s not going to do it right now, because as Ziggler probably noticed, Rollins has more important things to do than deal with him. In only three days, he’ll not only beat Cena, but Brock Lesnar as well, and become the next WWE World Champion. As for the fitness DVDs, they’re phenomenal, and Ziggler should use them if he wants to be half the man Rollins is. Ziggler says that’s funny because those DVDs have a lot of cardio in them, and he’s never seen someone run from Lesnar faster than Rollins did on RAW. Kane interrupts and says Ziggler is disrespectful for someone who was just rehired. As for Bryan, the Authority is still in control, and Bryan still has to go through him to get into the RR. Bryan says he has a better chance against Kane than the Authority had against Lesnar on RAW. We then see footage of Lesnar destroying Rollins, Kane and Show. Show fires off some dumb insults and says he’d love to give everyone on the roster a first-class ticket over the top rope, because flying first-class would be unique for these four losers. But that doesn’t matter, because Bryan has Kane tonight. Kane tells Bryan they have history, and Bryan has forgotten the levels of sadism Kane is capable of. As for Ziggler, he’s chomping at the bit for an IC title match, but technically, as a new employee, he’s back at the bottom of the ladder. However, he’ll face the man who took the title tonight, and that match is right now.

MATCH 1-ROYAL RUMBLE QUALIFIER: DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION WADE BARRETT (NON-TITLE)
Much like other matches we’ll see later, Ziggler has to win to get into the RR. BNB hits a waistlock takedown. Ziggler counters into an arm wringer, then goes into a side headlock. BNB backs him into a corner, hits a cheap shot, then stomps him down. Ziggler ducks a clothesline and pops up with a dropkick for 1. In the corner, Ziggler nails a series of rights. BNB reverses a corner whip, blocks a reverse leapfrog and nails a kick to the gut. He sends Ziggler shoulder-first into the ring post, which causes him to collapse to the floor. Outside, BNB rams Ziggler into the apron, then slams his arm into . BNB wraps the same arm around the ring post. Ziggler tries to fight back, but to no avail. BNB rolls him back in for 2, then applies 3/4-nelson. Ziggler tries to fight out, but BNB snaps him back down to the mat for 2. BNB continues to work over the bad arm before applying a fujiwara. Ziggler gets to his feet and hits a few rights before BNB kicks his bad arm. BNB misses a corner splash, which allows Ziggler to hit a leaping DDT for 2. Commercials.

Back from the break, BNB is back in control. He sets Ziggler up on the top, nails a couple shots to the back, then hits a running kick to the gut for 2. BNB applies an armbar, which Ziggler counters out of with a jawbreaker. BNB charges in, and collides with the ring post, much like Ziggler earlier. Ziggler hits a corner splash and a neckbreaker. The Shot to the Heart connects for 2. Ziggler misses the rocker dropper, and BNB rolls him up for 2. Ziggler comes back with a superkick for 2 of his own. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, but BNB grabs the top rope. Ziggler ducks a big boot, but then gets put down with a mule kick. He sets up the Bullhammer, but Ziggler surprises him with a dropkick to the elbow and quickly hits the Zig-Zag for 3.

WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER.

Ziggler is now officially in the Rumble.

It is announced that the Ascension will face the New-Age Outlaws at the Rumble. Didn’t Billy Gunn nearly die the last time he wrestled on PPV? Is this really wise?

Renee Young is standing by with Roman Reigns. She quickly cuts back to RAW when the Big Show knocked out Ric Flair, only to have Roman Reigns come down and clothesline him over the top and to the floor. Back to Young and Reigns, Reigns cuts her off and says apparently Show is a giant. He knows because Show reminds everyone every chance he gets. You know who didn’t have to do that? Andre the Giant. Andre was the man, and Show is an insecure man trapped in a giant’s body. Reigns doesn’t want his spot; he wants his own. He wants to carve his own path and that starts at the Rumble. His feet will be planted, his head will be on a swivel, and his fist will be cocked. He’ll have no friends, and it is one versus all. You’re looking at the one. Believe that.

We see Fandango (remember him?) with Rosa Mendes (remember her?) in the back, with Fandango about to draw his entry number for the Rumble. He looks at his number and seems very pleased. He starts to make out with Rosa, with his back turned to the tumbler. Dean Ambrose walks up and switches Fandango’s ball with another one and walks off.

MATCH 2-ROYAL RUMBLE QUALIFIER: RYBACK VS. WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION RUSEV (W/LANA) (NON-TITLE)
I was starting to forget Rusev worked here. It was kind of nice. The two lock up, and Rusev shoves Ryback away. They go at it again, and Ryback applies a side headlock before nailing a shoulder off the ropes. He goes for the cover, but Rusev immediately rolls to the floor. Back in the ring, Rusev nails some shots before stomping Ryback down. He goes for a suplex, but Ryback blocks it and hits one of his own for a 1-count. Rusev rolls to the floor once again. Back in, Ryback goes on the attack in the corner, hitting a series of shoulder thrusts. Rusev comes back with a dropkick off the ropes, sending Ryback to the apron. Rusev attacks Ryback’s knee, and Ryback slumps to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rusev puts Ryback down with a DDT for 2. Rusev drags Ryback to the apron, then slams his knee onto it from the floor. Rusev pulls him over to the ring post, wrapping the leg around the post. Back in the ring, Rusev hits a knee and a bodyslam. He connects with a second slam, then starts pie-facing Ryback. Ryback surprises him with a slingshot back suplex. Ryback connects with an elbow to the head and a forearm. Rusev reverses a corner whip, runs into a boot, then gets hit with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam for 2. Rusev hits a couple of shots, then ducks a roundhouse and picks Rusev up for a backpack stunner for 2. Ryback nails shots to the side of Rusev’s head and sets him up for a powerbomb. Rusev blocks and counters into an Alabam Slam for 2. The two trade punches, with Ryback getting the better of the exchange. Rusev sends him into the corner and charges in, but Ryback catches him with a belly-to-belly. Ryback heads up top, but Rusev crotches him before blasting him with a jumping side kick. Ryback slumps to the mat and Rusev covers, but it’s only good for 2. Rusve begins throwing a fit, then stomps Rusev in the back before setting up the Accolade. Ryback blocks it, powers himself up, rolls Rusev off his back and hits a standing spinebuster. Ryback goes for the Meat Hook, but Rusev hits the floor. Ryback heads out and assaults him with rights. He hits some knees to the gut, then whips Rusev into the barricade. He mounts Rusev and nails more rights to the head. He hears the ref count to 9 and manages to run in just before the count.

WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: RYBACK.

Ryback qualifies for the Rumble, but before he can celebrate, Rusev nails him with a forearm to the head. He stomps Ryback down, then signals for the kick. Ryback blocks it and hits the Meat Hook. He goes for Shell Shocked, but Rusev escapes and heads for higher ground.

MATCH 3: NAOMI VS. BRIE BELLA (W/NIKKI BELLA)
Paige and Natalya are on commentary. We get an inset promo from the Bella Twins. They bash Nattie for liking cats and Paige for being pale. That’s pretty much it. The match starts and Naomi rolls Brie up for 1. She hits a dropkick, ducks a clothesline and hits a flipping clothesline. She hits a kick in the corner, then nails a few more shots before Brie hits a back elbow. Brie hits some forearms and goes for an Irish whip. Naomi slides under the bottom rope and winds up on the apron. Brie blocks a high kick and hits a hotshot, sending Naomi to the floor. Brie rolls Naomi back in and hits a low dropkick for 2. Brie throws Naomi to the corner, then hits a bulldog for 2. Brie hits a knee off the ropes, then goes for one against the ropes. Naomi avoids it and hits a pair of clotheslines. Brie blocks a high kick, hits a leg stunner, then follows up with a diving facebuster for 3.

WINNER: BRIE BELLA.

Luke Harper is somewhere in the back. He says that, this Sunday, in the Rumble, you can send in anyone you want, but don’t send in anyone you want back. After tonight, Rowan, you won’t even get the chance. Don’t blink, or the monsters will get you, the monsters that live in here now. Are you scared yet? You should be.

It’s time for Gold & Stardust to choose their entry numbers for the Rumble. Stardust rambles on, then draws his number. He doesn’t look pleased. Goldust draws his, and it’s hard to tell if he likes it or not. Then they start hissing at each other.

MATCH 4-ROYAL RUMBLE QUALIFIER: ERICK ROWAN VS. LUKE HARPER
Rowan gets the jobber non-entrance, so his chances here aren’t good. They immediately start trading punches. Rowan sends Harper into the corner and hits a big boot for 2. He drives Harper’s head into the top buckle and hits a bodyslam for another 2. Harper rolls to the floor, and Rowan follows. He hits a shot and rolls Harper back in, where he hits a Pounce for yet another 2. Rowan sets up a powerbomb, but Harper counters with a hurricanrana. Rowan is quickly back up, and he powers Harper to the corner for some headbutts. After a corner whip, Rowan hits an avalanche. Harper recovers and hits a big dropkick off the ropes. Harper runs into an elbow in the corner, and Rowan tosses him upside down into the buckles. Rowan hits another avalanche, then another across the ring. Another one connects, and a spin kick gets 2. Rowan goes for a full-nelson, but Harper escapes. He runs into a knee, and Rowan puts him down with a powerbomb for 2. Rowan heads up top, missing a big splash. Harper nails a superkick and lands the discus clothesline for 3.

WINNER: LUKE HARPER.

Rowan becomes the first man to not qualify for the Rumble tonight. Big surprise. Seriously, WWE seems to have no clue what they want to do with this guy.

Rollins and Kane are in the back, and Kane says it’s a big night, and he needs every possible advantage. the camera pans out to show that J&J and Show are there as well. Kane wants to borrow J&J for this match. Rollins understands and knows they need to make sure Daniel Bryan stays out of the Rumble. Rollins agrees to let J&J accompany Kane for the main event.

We get the annual “By the numbers” video for the Rumble.

Damien Mizdow gives Miz a latte in the back, and Miz asks if it’s his way of apologizing for embarrassing Miz on RAW. Mizdow says he doesn’t know what came over him. He got caught up in the moment, but to be honest, the people seemed to like it. Miz says the crowd is never cheering for Mizdow. He is a stunt-double, so when he thinks the crowd is cheering for him, they’re really cheering for the Miz. Miz says the latte needs more froth, and he’ll be in his trailer. He walks off, and the Usos approach Mizdow. Mizdow says he has nothing to say. The Usos say that they’ve got a tag title match at the Rumble, and then the Rumble itself, where its every man for themselves. Last year, they almost eliminated each other. If Miz goes over the top rope, will Mizdow do it, too? This is Mizdow’s chance to be a star. Think about it.

MATCH 5-NO-DISQUALIFICATION ROYAL RUMBLE QUALIFIER: DANIEL BRYAN VS. KANE (W/J&J SECURITY)
Bryan hits some quick strikes, but Kane retaliates almost immediately. Bryan ducks a clothesline and htis a cross-body for 1 before getting tossed to the apron. J&J interfere, and Kane boots Bryan to the floor. Kane hits a neckbreaker at ringside, then dumps Bryan across the top of the barricade. Kane grabs a kendo stick from under the ring and cracks Bryan across the back several times. He rams the end of the stick into the back of Bryan’s neck, then rolls him back in. He grabs the stick before climbing back in and swings for the fences. Bryan ducks the shot nails a forearm and grabs the stick. He nails Kane repeatedly across the arm and shoulder while peppering in some Yes! Kicks for good measure. He puts Kane down with a Buzzsaw for 2, then goes up top, stick still in hand. He comes off the top for a shot to the head, but Kane meets him with an uppercut for 2. Bryan gets tossed to the floor as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Kane has Bryan in a rear chinlock. Bryan fights out, but Kane kicks him in the knee and hits a DDT off the ropes for 2. Jamie Noble hands Kane a chair, and he rams Bryan in the gut before cracking him across the back for 2. Kane wedges the chair in between the middle and top buckles and goes back to Bryan. Bryan lands a kick to the head, then hits a series of kicks and punches. Kane shoves him into the ropes and charges in, but Bryan low-bridges him to the floor. Bryan dropkicks him through the ropes and goes for a suicide dive, but Kane nails another uppercut, sending Bryan crashing to the floor. Bryan gets whipped into the steps, and now J&J are tearing up the announce desk. Kane climbs on, and J&J roll Bryan onto the table. Kane goes for the tombstone, but Bryan escapes and shoves Kane to the floor. Bryan dives off, right into a goozle. He escapes a chokeslam attempt and shoves Kane shoulder-first into the ring post. Bryan rolls into the ring, where he hits a suicide dive. Bryan then hits a running dropkick against the barricade before attacking both members of J&J Security. The distraction allows Kane to nail Bryan from behind, and he rolls Bryan back into the ring. Kane heads up top and goes for the clothesline, but Bryan catches him in the Yes! Lock. J&J break it up before Kane can tap. Bryan fights them both off, hitting each with dropkicks in the corners. Kane recovers enough to hit a chokeslam, but it’s only good for 2. Kane flips out before rolling to the outside for another chair. Back in the ring, Kane charges in with the chair, but Bryan dropkicks him in the knee, sending him into the buckles face-first, the chair colliding with his face in the process. Bryan blasts him with the knee strike and gets 3.

WINNER: DANIEL BRYAN.

Bryan keeps his spot in the Rumble. He celebrates on the stage, only for Big Show to attack him from behind. Show boots Bryan down the apron, then picks him up over his shoulder and carries him to the ring for a 4-on-1 attack. Ziggler, Ryback and Rowan hit the ring to even the sides. Harper, Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Titus O’Neil then come out to attack the faces. Goldust, Stardust, R-Truth, Sin Cara, and pretty much everyone else in the Rumble then hit the ring, and we’ve got a massive brawl. Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and he joins the fray. Now it’s time for Roman Reigns to come down through the crowd as guys are getting tossed over the top rope left and right. Reigns goes right after Show, knocking him out. He lays out J&J with a Superman Punch, then drops Titus with a spear. Reigns, Ambrose, Ryback and Bryan are left standing as Show & Kane look on from the apron.

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results and January 15 Recap

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

This week marks the first episode for SmackDown’s move back to Thursday nights, where it originally started. This week originates from Baton Rouge, LA.

The show opens with Byron Saxton in the ring, and he welcomes Daniel Bryan out, who will return to action later this evening. The announce team for tonight is Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, with JBL thankfully nowhere to be found. Bryan says he’s back at home where he belongs, in front of the great fans, and he’s not out here wearing jeans and flannel; he’s out here in gear, because he’s ready to fight. Saxton says the man Bryan will face nearly single-handedly destroyed Bryan’s career. We get a video clip from Bryan’s run with the WWE World title, when he was repeatedly tombstoned by Kane. Back to the arena, Saxton says Bryan must be taking things more seriously. Bryan says that’s exactly what he’s doing. He knows Kane better than anyone. They had a rivalry, then became Team Hell No!, winning the tag titles and holding them for nine months. He considered Kane a friend and brother. But Kane stabbed him in the back, as well as all of the fans the moment he traded in a mask for a suit. Since then, Bryan has had all the doctors telling him he’d never wrestle again…but he’s here tonight. He’s here, and despite what the doctors say, he’s ready. He’s a little worried about his neck. No one knows what will happen until he gets into the ring. But this is how he’s going to prove his worth. Tonight, he fights Kane, and he wins. Then, in two weeks, at the Royal Rumble, he wins. Then, in three months at Wrestlemania XXXI, he wins. Now, some people think that’s a pipe dream. Does he actually think he can do it? Do the fans think he can do it? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Triple H comes out, flanked by Corporate Kane, the Big Show, Seth Rollins and J&J Security. They march down to the ring, and the bell sounds.

MATCH 1: DANIEL BRYAN VS. CORPORATE KANE (W/THE BIG SHOW, J&J SECURITY, SETH ROLLINS AND TRIPLE H)
Bryan immediately hits a dropkick in the corner, then tees off on Kane with punches and kicks. Kane comes back with a kneelift as Byron Saxton has joined the announce desk. Bryan avoids a back suplex, then trips Kane into the buckles. Bryan kicks the middle buckle into Kane’s face, then starts to fire up the Yes! Kicks. Bryan ties up Kane’s left leg in the ropes, then hits it with a running dropkick. Bryan nails some European uppercuts until Kane hits an uppercut of his own. Kane throws Bryan to the corner for an assault, stomping him down. Kane drops Bryan with a straight right, then hits a neckbreaker. He follows up with another one, but it’s only good for 2. Kane locks in a cravat, but Bryan elbows his way out. Off the ropes, Bryan runs into a big boot for 2. Kane hits a DDT for another 2 before applying a neck vice. Bryan fights out again until Kane hits him with a kneelift. Bryan blocks an Irish whip, then low-bridges Kane to the floor. Bryan hits a dropkick through the ropes, then dives off the apron, only to have Kane floor him with an uppercut. Commercials.

Back from the break, Bryan counters a rear chinlock with a jawbreaker. Kane recovers and hits a super slo-mo DDT off the ropes for 2. Kane gets frustrated and pounds Bryan’s chest with forearm shots. In the corner, Kane hits a clothesline and follows up with a sidewalk slam for 2. Kane backs Bryan to the corner with a chinlock, then hits him with another kneelift. He sets Bryan up for a superplex, but Bryan puts on the breaks. He fights Kane off with gut shots, then knocks him down with a headbutt. He hits a cross-body for 2, and Kane is back up with a boot. Bryan backflips off a corner whip, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. Bryan hits some more Yes! Kicks, and a running one gets 2. More kicks in the corner now and Bryan goes for a running dropkick. Kane goozles him and goes for the chokeslam. Bryan escapes and looks for the Yes! Lock, driving Kane down. He locks it in, but J&J hit the ring, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: DANIEL BRYAN.

As Kane bails, Bryan takes out both members of J&J, dropkicks Show through the ropes, ducks a briefcase shot from Rollins and bails to the ramp.

The Authority start to stalk Bryan up the ramp, but he’s joined by Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, causing the Authority to stop almost immediately. Triple H tells them if they want to get involved, later tonight, we’re going to have a 6-man tag team match. We’ll put an end to this uprising, because that is what’s best for business.

We get the announcement for Randy Savage being inducted into the Hall of Fame, which we can all agree is long overdue.

Bray Wyatt appears on the TitanTron. He says he’s not a human being; he’s an ideology. He’s the forbidden fruit; he’s the cure. For thousands of years, your society labels things like him a threat. You can only contain a poison of this caliber for so long before it starts to seep out of the cracks and starts to contaminate all things they hold precious. They were right, and after he wins the Royal Rumble, it will be too late to run. Accept your fate, and follow the buzzards.

MATCH 2-6-PERSON TAG TEAM MATCH: WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY) AND NOAMI VS. THE MIZ, DAMIEN MIZDOW AND ALICIA FOX
Miz and Jimmy start. Miz applies a side headlock, then hits a shoulder off the ropes. The two crisscross until Jimmy hits a back elbow. He nails a chop, then another, and he makes the tag to Jey. They hit Miz with their double back elbow, which leads to Mizdow running into the ring and bumping off it as well. The Usos just shrug and drop a double elbow on Miz as Mizdow continues to sell. Miz gets clotheslined to the floor, then gets floored by a suicide dive by Jey. Back in the ring, the crowd begs for a Mizdow tag, which they get. However, Fox immediately tags herself in. Naomi automatically becomes legal and hits Fox with a dropsh*t. Naomi pelts her with rights, then hits a leaping hurricanrana. Fox backdrops her to the apron, where Naomi lands on her feet and hits a high kick. He follows with a top rope cross-body for 2. Fox tags out to Miz, and Jey comes in as well. Miz nails him with a big boot, then stomps him down in the corner. Michael Cole basically just called Miz talentless, which makes me happy. Miz hits a few knees, then teases a tag to Mizdow. Jey hits a few weeks shots until Miz goes for the Reality Check. Jey blocks it, and the two wind up simultaneously clotheslining each other. Jey makes the tag to Jimmy, who hits a series of strikes, ending in a release Samoan drop. He goes for the hip attack, but Miz sees it coming. Jimmy instead climbs the buckles and hits a corkscrew moonsault. Fox breaks up the pin before the ref can start counting. Naomi comes in, and Jimmy throws her over his head onto Fox in a cannonball. Meanwhile, Miz rolls Jimmy up for 2, but Jimmy reverses for 2. Mizdow comes in, and Miz shoves him into a superkick. Miz sneaks in from behind and hits the Skull-Crushing Finale for 3.

WINNERS: ALICIA FOX, THE MIZ AND DAMIEN MIZDOW.

Renee Young is standing by with Roman Reigns. She says he’ll be in the Royal Rumble in 10 days, where it’s every man for themselves. Tonight, can he coexist with his partners, knowing they could stand in between him and a title match at Wrestlemania? Reigns says if tonight was the RR, those boys would be in a world of hurt. But it’s not. Ambrose is his boy, and he has no beef with Bryan. However, he has a huge problem with the Authority and their huge crybaby, the Big Show. Tonight is another chance to screw over the Authority. As for the RR, it’s one vs. all, and we’re looking at the one. Believe that.

We see Paul Heyman marching into the arena.

After some commercials, Heyman is making his way down to the ring as we see what happened between Rollins, John Cena and Brock Lesnar on RAW, ending with Rollins curb-stomping them both. Back to the arena, Heyman introduces himself, then says he doesn’t mind admitting publicly that, for the first time in his career, he’s afraid. If you think about it, Lesnar does what he does because he’s a beast. When he conquered “The Streak”, he did it because he wanted to, because he could. When Lesnar took a hundred-million dollar franchise in Cena and dumped him on his head en route to winning the title, he did it because he wanted to. It was a Sunday, and he had nothing better to do. Now, Lesnar is pissed off. He’s walking with a purpose, and that purpose is to get his hands on Rollins and F-5 the future straight into the past.

On that note, Rollins comes down, with J&J Security. Rollins says he’s sick and tired of everyone walking around on eggshells in regards to Lesnar. He’s sick of everyone telling him he hides the Authority and J&J. He is not afraid of Lesnar. And you know what? He’s so sick of it, to hell with it, he’s cashing in tonight. He wants Heyman’s client tonight. Let’s give the crowd the biggest main event in the history of this show: Lesnar vs. Rollins for the WWE World title, right here, right now! Heyman calls the challenge interesting, but they both know Lesnar is not here tonight. Rollins says if he can’t curb stomp Lesnar, then he’s going to do it to Heyman. Heyman laughs and calls this stereotypical. Everyone says stuff like this when Lesnar isn’t around. Will this attack make him tough? Will that prove he’s the future of WWE? Rollins says it isn’t about being tough, it’s about being smart. If he feels like stomping Heyman tonight, he takes away Lesnar’s greatest asset. Then, at the RR, he’ll be fighting all brawn with no brains. Then, Lesnar is nothing more than a 300-lb. mass of muscle he will run circles around. And he’s proven Cena is not a threat to him. Let’s face the facts: he’s curb stomped Lesnar twice, and at the RR, he’ll make it count for the third time, beat Lesnar and walk out as the champion. So, tell him again why he shouldn’t stomp Heyman right now? Heyman says the Authority in power now, but they’ve already been removed once. What makes him think the Authority can’t be removed again? By hook, by crook, by the Board of Directors, by Vince McMahon’s whims. The future of WWE is a long-term vision, and since Heyman has been back in WWE, he’s gained power every day. He gained it when Lesnar conquered “The Streak”. He gained it when Lesnar became the WWE World Champion. His client has a death grip on the title, and Lesnar will control the title as he deems appropriate. Lesnar can control the title by defending it, or he can protect the new champion when Heyman decides the future is now. Heyman then marches off as Rollins looks contemplative.

MATCH 3: NATALYA (W/PAIGE) VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION NIKKI BELLA (W/BRIE BELLA) (NON-TITLE)
They two lock up, and Nattie applies a hammerlock. Nikki counters with an armdrag and flexes her garter snakes. Nattie applies a waistlock, into a legbar. Nikki breaks it with a kick, then hits an elbow in the corner before hitting a tornado armbar takedown. Nikki begins to work over Nattie’s arm and snaps her over for 2. Nikki applies a scissored armbar, but Nattie rolls to her stomach and powers Nikki up, breaking the hold by slamming Nikki. In the corner, Nikki misses a clothesline. Nattie hits a snapmare, a kick to the back, a seated dropkick and a discus clothesline. She goes for the Sharpshooter, but Brie jumps on the apron with the Divas title. On the other side, Paige slaps Nikki behind the ref’s back. Nattie then applies the Sharpshooter and gets the submission win.

WINNER: NATALYA.

Renee Young is now standing by with the Big Show. Oh, joy. She starts to give the same interview she did with Reigns, but he cuts her off. He says he knocked out Cena and Reigns on RAW. As for tonight, he’ll knock out all three of them. At the RR, he’s entering himself. He dominates there. He’s a giant, and he’s going to put himself back on top. He’ll throw 29 other superstars over the top rope. Who can throw him out? There is no one who can eliminate him. The camera pans over, and we see Kane. He says he’s also in the Rumble. Also, Show has apparently forgotten all of the times people have thrown him out.

MATCH 4-INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: SIN CARA VS. BAD NEWS BARRETT (CHAMPION)
Cara immediately gets in a schoolboy for 2. He then hits another roll-up for 2. BNB nails a gut shot and sends him to the corner. Cara moves to the apron and hits a kick before going up top. BNB sends him right back down with a high hiptoss. He sends Cara into the buckles for 1 before applying a rear chinlock. Cara fights out, but BNB puts a stop to that with an elbow. Cara backlips off a back suplex, hits a kick and a pair of springboard cross-bodies for 2. BNB nails another gut shot, then hits a kneelift. Cara reverses an Irish whip, but Barrett puts on the brakes and sends Cara to the apron. Cara lands on his feet and heads up top for a dive. BNB sees it coming, moves, then catches Cara with the Winds of Change. BNB turns the elbow pad inside out for the Bullhammer, then winds up. Cara ducks and rolls BNB up in a schoolboy for 2 before powering him up and dropping him with a powerbomb. Odd spot for a cruiserweight, but it got a nice pop. Cara goes up top for the swanton bomb, but misses. He avoids another Bullhammer shot and goes for another springboard cross-body, but gets caught mid-air with the Bullhammer on the third attempt for 3.

WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: BAD NEWS BARRETT.

Dean Ambrose is in the back, and he says he was the kid you avoided when you were young. He was disruptive in class as well. That will serve him well in the RR. The person who wins won’t care about alliances or friendships. They won’t give a damn about their well-being, as long as the end justifies the means. Don’t count him out; count him in. Tonight, two of his RR opponents are his partners, and they have one thing in common: they detest the Authority. No one tells him what to do; he just goes out there and does it.

MATCH 5: SETH ROLLINS, THE BIG SHOW AND CORPORATE KANE (W/J&J SECURITY) VS. DANIEL BRYAN, DEAN AMBROSE AND ROMAN REIGNS
Ambrose and Rollins start, with Rollins going on the attack right away. Ambrose comes back with a series of strikes in the corner, then throws Rollins across the ring. He grinds his forearm into Rollins’ face before hitting a power-drive elbow. A neckbreaker connects, and now Ambrose is stomping Rollins in the gut. Reigns tags, and they give Rollins a wishbone. In the corner, Reigns hits a clothesline, followed by a beal throw. Reigns stares at Show as he hits Rollins with a suplex. Reigns begins working over Rollins’ left shoulder before applying a front chancery. Rollins fights out, but gets clubbed across the back for his troubles. Rollins hits a kick off the ropes and tags in Kane. Kane applies a side headlock, then hits a shoulder off the ropes for 1. He goes back to the headlock, but Reigns counters with a back suplex for 1. Kane fights off an arm wringer with rights, then sends Reigns into the ropes. Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. Reigns hits a big uppercut, then tags in Bryan. Bryan lays in some kicks in the corner before stomping Kane down. Bryan hits a European uppercut, then several more in the corner. Kane shoves him away and hits an uppercut of his own before tossing Bryan to the floor. Show and Rollins drop down, but Ambrose and Reigns stop them from doing anything. Bryan nails Kane, and now a brawl has spilled out between the two sides. Rollins gets thrown into the timekeeper’s area by Ambrose, and now the faces are standing tall in the ring as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Bryan nails Rollins with a kitchen sink. Ambrose tags in and stomps Rollins in the corner before grinding his face across the top rope. Ambrose nails a bunch of strikes before hitting a seated dropkick against the ropes for 2. In the corner, Ambrose hits some gut shots, then gets whipped across the ring. Ambrose blocks an incoming Rollins and goes up top. Rollins crotches him, sending him into a tree of woe. Rollins hits a flying stomp to the face, then tags in Show, who hits a big headbutt. Show applies a modified leglock, hanging Ambrose upside-down in the process. He drops Ambrose, then picks him up by the forehead. In the corner, Rollins tags in and stomps Ambrose repeatedly. Behind the ref’s back, Show and Kane get in a few cheap shots before Rollins goes for the pin, getting a 1-count. He applies a rear chinlock, then throws Ambrose into the corner for some gut shots. Show tags in and hits a running hip attack. He nails a bodyslam, then goes for a jumping elbow, which connects for 2. In the corner once more, Show goes for his big chop. Ambrose ducks and starts to unload on Show before Show stops him with a headbutt. He drops an elbow to Ambrose’s knee, then goes back to the leglock. He drops Ambrose and tags Kane, who does some jazz hands before hitting a kick. He continues the attack on Ambrose’s knee, then slaps him in the face. He picks Ambrose up and puts him right back down with a suplex for 1. In the heel corner, Rollins tags in and stomps Ambrose’s hand. Rollins screams in Ambrose’s face until Ambrose slaps him. Rollins comes back with a thrust kick and tags in Kane. Rollins peppers Ambrose with rights, and Kane hits an uppercut. Ambrose comes back with a kick off the ropes, and Kane responds with another uppercut. Ambrose falls into the ropes and hits the rebound clothesline. Rollins tags in and cuts off the tag. Ambrose sends him to the floor with a backdrop. J&J distract the referee as Show clips Ambrose’s knee. Reigns drops Show with a Superman Punch, and Rollins puts him down with a dropkick. Back in the ring, Ambrose makes the tag to Bryan, who ducks a shot from Rollins and nails Kane with a dropkick on the apron. He nails Rollins with rights, flips out in the corner, ducks a clothesline and hits Kane with a suicide dive on the outside. On the apron, he hits Rollins with a hotshot, then climbs back into the ring and nails him with a running corner dropkick. Bryan sets him on the top and snaps off a super hurricanrana for 2. Rollins comes back with a kick to the head and tags in Kane, who hits a chokeslam, but it’s only good for 2 as Reigns breaks it up. Reigns rolls to the floor, where Show drops him with a side kick. Show begins to tear up the announce desk, so Reigns tackles him over it. Back in the ring, Bryan counters a second chokeslam attempt with the Yes! Lock, only to have Rollins break it up. Ambrose nails him with a seated dropkick, then drops both members of J&J with rights. He then clotheslines Rollins to the floor before heading up top for a flying elbow to ringside, taking out everyone. Kane picks Bryan up for a tombston, but Bryan escapes and hits the running knee strike for 3.

WINNERS: DEAN AMBROSE, DANIEL BRYAN AND ROMAN REIGNS.

As Bryan is celebrating, Triple H comes out. He congratulates Bryan and says he got lucky tonight, but he has a feeling Bryan’s luck will run out. Next Thursday, Kane deserves a rematch, and when Bryan loses, he’ll not only lose the match, he’ll lose his spot in the Rumble. Good luck.

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results and January 9 Recap

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

This week opens up with Seth Rollins, flanked by J&J Security. He says he’s feeling good tonight. Did everyone see the look on John Cena’s face at the end of RAW? He loved it so much, he wants us all to take a look at it again. We see a freeze-frame of said expression, and Rollins says that’s the look of a man who knows he’s been had.

He manipulated Cena into doing something Cena swore he’d never do again, and that’s bring back the Authority. With them being back in power, that’s on Cena’s head. What’s also on his head are three of his friends are no longer employed by WWE. On Monday, they were fired, the three being Erick Rowan, Ryback and Dolph Ziggler. Everyone owes Cena a debt a gratitude because, thanks to him, the Authority is back in power, and Rollins is in the main event at the Royal Rumble. At the RR, the WWE World Championship match will now be a triple threat: Cena vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Rollins. Everyone that says that the Authority is vindictive is wrong. He thinks they’re justified. But, just so everyone doesn’t think he’s a bad guy, he’d like to ask for ten seconds of silence so we can acknowledge the lackluster careers of Rowan, Ryback and Ziggler. So, if everyone could, let’s bow our heads and ring the bell. The timekeeper does the 10-bell salute, but before it’s finished, Roman Reigns’ music hits.

Reigns comes down through the crowd and heads straight for the ring. He’s already got a mic, and Rollins says it’s good to see him again, brother. Reigns apologizes for interrupting, then says he’s not sorry. Rollins is full of himself, as well as something else. Rollins is a sniveling suck-up sell-out. His so-called brother here has donkey dung for brains. What he’s trying to say is he’s going to kick Rollins’ ass. He then knocks Rollins down with a right before taking out J&J Security. Rollins tries a few weak shots, but Reigns sends him flying over the ropes with an uppercut.

The Big Show joins Rollins and J&J on the stage, and he’s soon followed out by Corporate Kane. Kane says Reigns always says it’s one vs. all. Let’s put that to the test tonight, as he takes on both Rollins and Show…unless Reigns can find a partner. Bear in mind if they join Reigns, they would fall out of favor with the Authority. He wishes Reigns luck, but says he’ll need more than that. Show asks if he wants to compare the Superman Punch to the catcher’s mitt he calls a fist. Tonight, that fist will knock Reigns out, and if Reigns can find a partner, he’ll knock the partner out, too, as well as everyone in the audience. Reigns woke up a sleeping tiger. What’s even worse is he’s raised the ire of a 7-foot, 450-lb. giant. Reigns is screwed.

We see Kane on his phone in his office, saying he has everything under control. He ends the call when the Miz and Damien Mizdow walk in. Miz sucks up to him, and he’s not even sad “MizTV” got canceled tonight. They wants Rollins to have his own spotlight, just like Miz has. That being said, he thinks it’s only fair to fight the Usos in a two-on-two match for the titles tonight. Kane says that’s fair, and Mizdow accidentally spills water on him. Kane says nothing in life is fair, so Miz can thank his stunt double that the title match will still be a triple threat match.

MATCH 1: ADAM ROSE (W/THE EXOTIC EXPRESS AND THE MASTERS OF THE WWE UNIVERSE) VS. BIG E (W/KOFI KINGSTON AND XAVIER WOODS)
E goes right on the attack with body blows and a corner whip. He hits a shoulder thrust, then follows up with more body blows. Rose ducks a clothesline and hits a spinebuster for 2. Rose peppers E with rights, then drops a few forearms to the chest for a 1-count. Rose goes into a sleeper, but E breaks free and hits a pair of clotheslines. Rose runs into a belly-to-belly, and E then hits him with a Warrior Splash. He signals for the Big Ending, but Rose escapes. He hits an enziguri out of the corner, then lands a tornado DDT for 2. Rose drops a couple elbows to E’s neck, but then E catches him with a tilt-a-whirl right into the Big Ending for 3.

WINNER: BIG E.

The New Day challenge the Masters to get in the ring, but to no avail.

The Ascension come out for their match, but before that, it’s promo time. Viktor says there have been plenty of so-called dominant tag teams in WWE history, like the Road Warriors. Konnor says they couldn’t carry the Ascension’s shoulder pads. The Powers of Pain? The Ascension’s power would cause them pain. They are the Ascension. Welcome to the wasteland.

MATCH 2: THE ASCENSION (KONNOR AND VIKTOR) VS. TWO JOBBERS
Couldn’t find who these guys were, so we’ll just call them One and Two. Konnor and One start, with Konnor throwing One across the ring. Konnor boots One in the face, then just throws him over the top rope. Viktor tags in, drops to the floor and hits an STO. Back in, Konnor tags back in. Viktor knocks Two off the apron, and the Ascension hit the Fall of Man before Konnor gets 3.

WINNERS: THE ASCENSION.

Byron Saxton is standing by with the Usos. He asks about the ending of RAW. They call it unfair and messed up. It’s also not right they have to defend their title against two teams tonight. But, it’s all good, because they’re the best team in WWE, and they’re leaving as champions tonight.

MATCH 3: ALICIA FOX VS. NAOMI
It seems Fox is becoming the Miz of the divas division, with desperately trying to make us care about her. We get an inset promo from Naomi, and she basically calls Fox a psycho, and she’s going to get crazy on Fox tonight. The bell rings, and Naomi hits a dropsh*t, followed by a hiptoss and some mounted punches. She hits a corner whip, follows up with a splash, hits a horrible snapmare and a weak kick to the back. She ducks a clothesline, then counters a tilt-a-whirl into a cross-body for 2. Fox hits some weak shots until Naomi comes back with a monkey flip and a hurricanrana. Fox avoids a corner charge, hits a sunset flip and gets 3 with her feet on the ropes.

WINNER: ALICIA FOX.

Bray Wyatt appears on the screen and says when he first saw him, he thought he was staring at his own deranged reflection. He thought Dean Ambrose was different, and he was wrong. Ambrose is just like everyone else: an insect trying to climb out of a jar. Ambrose found out you can’t hurt a stone, and you can’t outrun fate, for fate is a pretty girl with a sword in her hand. She’s watching, man. She’s always watching. As fate closed in on Ambrose, the ambulance door shut. When one journey ends, another must begin. This long, winding road will lead him to a new destination. In three weeks time, Bray Wyatt will arrive in the Royal Rumble. 29 others will join him, and 29 others will fall. Run.

MATCH 4-TRIPLE THREAT MATCH FOR THE WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: THE USOS (JEY AND JIMMY; CHAMPIONS) VS. GOLD & STARDUST VS. THE MIZ AND DAMIEN MIZDOW
Miz and Jey start the match with a lock-up. Miz goes into a side headlock, but Jey quickly counters out. Goldust tries to tag in off Miz, but Miz squirms away. Miz reapplies the side headlock before hitting a shoulder off the ropes. He calls for a tag to Mizdow, then changes his mind. Jey applies a side headlock, then hits a shoulder. The two crisscross until Jey hits a crucifix into a sunset flip for 2. Miz then reverses for 2. The two trade reversals until Jey hits an uppercut and a hip throw. Jimmy tags in and hits a double axe handle of the top for 2. Miz comes back with a jawbreaker, then stomps Jimmy down. Jimmy avoids a corner whip and hits an uppercut for 2. Jimmy hits a couple of hard chops. Miz comes back with a boot before Stardust makes a blind tag. Stardust applies a hammerlock on Jimmy, which Jimmy counters. Stardust breaks it up, only to run into a jumping side kick by Jimmy. Jey tags in and hits a corner forearm before landing a jumping headbutt for 2. Jimmy comes back in, and the Usos hit a double back elbow, followed by a double elbow drop. Stardust shoves Jimmy to the corner, where Goldust hits a cheap shot. Goldust tags in and pelts Jimmy with punches. Jimmy comes back with a clothesline that sends Goldust to the floor. Stardust comes in and gets taken out. The same happens to the Miz. Mizdow comes in and allows himself to be taken out. Jey then wipes out everyone except Mizdow with a suicide dive. Stardust trips Jimmy in the ring, then hits a Falling Star on Jey and Miz. Mizdow then takes a bump. Jimmy hits the floor and wipes out Stardust with a clothesline off the steps. Back in the ring, Jimmy heads up, only to have Goldust crotch him. Stardust gets 2 as we go to commercials (and everyone forgets he’s not the legal man).

Back from the break, Stardust blocks a kick from Jimmy, spins him around, and gets blasted with a reverse dragon whip. Miz tags himself in off Jimmy, then throws Jimmy to the floor. He hits a boot on Stardust for 2, and now Mizdow is begging for a tag. Miz says no, then gets rolled up by Stardust for 2. Miz goes for the Reality Check, but Stardust rolls him off and into the corner. Mizdow tags himself in to a huge pop and hits a clothesline. He then hits a Reality Check, kips up and looks for the snap DDT. He’s distracted by Miz, who is asking to be tagged back in, which allows Stardust to clip his knee and send him to the floor. Goldust tags in, drops to the floor and nails Mizdow with a clothesline. He rolls Mizdow to the apron and hits a falling elbow. Back in the ring, Goldust gets a 2-count. He works on Mizdow’s leg, then hits an uppercut before applying a rear chinlock. Mizdow gets free with a sit-out jawbreaker, but Goldust is back on the attack before tagging in Stardust, who stomps Mizdow down in the corner. Goldust gets in a cheap shot from the floor as Stardust taunts the crowd. He stomps Mizdow in the midsection, then tags in Goldust for a wishbone. Goldust applies a rear chinlock, but Mizdow fights out. Goldust shoves him off and hits a spinebuster. Stardust tags in, stomps Mizdow down, then hits Miz with a Disaster Kick. He charges in at Mizdow, but runs into a back-body drop. Goldust comes in and Mizdow sends him flying. Mizdow tags in Jey, who hits Stardust with several strikes before botching a Samoan drop. Stardust slumps to the corner, and Jey calls for the running hip attack. Goldust pulls Stardust out of the way at the last second and tags himself in. He avoids a Samoan drop and rolls Jey up for 2. He drops down for an uppercut, ducks a clothesline, then misses the powerslam. Jimmy tags in, and the Usos hit him with a double superkick for 2 as Miz breaks it up. Jey sends him to the floor with a superkick. Mizdow sends Jey out with a Skull-Crushing Finale. Goldust then drops Mizdow with a Final Cut. He goes for it again on Jimmy, but Jimmy counters into a roll-up for 2. Back up, Goldust hits an uppercut as Stardust pulls himself up on the apron. A miscommunication leads to Stardust low-bridging Goldust to the floor. Jimmy then takes them both out with an over-the-top suicide dive. He rolls Goldust back in, goes up top and hits the Samoan Splash for 3.

WINNERS AND STILL CHAMPIONS: THE USOS.

Predictable but fun match. Expect Miz and Mizdow to split any day now.

Daniel Bryan returns to action next week.

MATCH 5: SETH ROLLINS AND THE BIG SHOW (W/CORPORATE KANE AND J&J SECURITY) VS. ROMAN REIGNS AND DEAN AMBROSE
It looks like it’s going to be a handicap match until Ambrose surprises everyone. He hits the ring and goes right after Rollins as Reigns sends Show to the floor. Rollins and Show are throwing a fit at ringside, and the bell still hasn’t rung yet. Rollins tries to get everyone to regroup, then volunteers to start this match. The bell rings, and Ambrose nails him with rights. He hits a cross-body, hits some more punches, then throws Rollins to the corner. He hits a chop against the ropes, follows up with a snapmare and drops a power-drive elbow. Reigns tags in, and he throws Rollins to the corner for a clothesline. Rollins reverses a corner whip, but gets hit with another big clothesline. Reigns applies a cravat and hits a kneelift as Ambrose tags in. Ambrose hits a running seated dropkick against the ropes. Rollins reverses a suplex and goes for a waistlock. Ambrose counters, sends Rollins into the ropes and hits a kneelift. He hits a few jabs and goes for another dropkick, but Show pulls Rollins to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Show is now legal for his team, and he hits Ambrose with a big chop in the corner. Show kicks Ambrose in the back of the knee, then mock-cries before tagging in Rollins. Rollins come off the middle with a kick to the back of the knee, then stomps Ambrose’s left hand. Rollins drops an elbow to the knee, then another. Ambrose comes back with a surprise right and looks for a tag. Rollins clips his knee, then hits a leg-scissors stomp. He continues working over the knee before peppering Ambrose with rights. Ambrose gets tossed to the floor, where J&J send him into the barricade behind the ref’s back. Rollins rolls Ambrose to the apron and hits him in the chest with forearms. Rollins then lands a big boot to the side of the head before climbing back in for a 2-count. Show tags in and hits a big shot to the gut. He taunts Reigns as Ambrose gets to his knees. He gets some weak shots in before Show hits him in the face with a knee. He targets Ambrose’s knee once again, then proceeds to repeatedly pie-face him. Ambrose has head enough, and he hits some forearms. Show goozles him, but Ambrose escapes and hits a boot in the corner. Ambrose hits a tornado DDT from the middle rope, then hobbles over to Reigns for the hot tag. Rollins also tags in, but Reigns dominates him from the get go, ending with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. He calls for the Superman Punch, but Kane causes a distraction. He sends Rollins into Kane, knocking him off the apron. Rollins turns around into a Superman Punch, and that’s when J&J get on the apron. Reigns takes them both out at the same time with another Superman Punch. Show comes in drops Reigns with a chokeslam. Ambrose sends Show to the floor with a seated missile dropkick. He hobbles to the top rope, then wipes out the entire Authority team with a flying elbow. In the ring, Rollins looks for a curb stomp, but Reigns sees it coming, moves, then comes off the ropes with a spear for 3.

WINNERS: DEAN AMBROSE AND ROMAN REIGNS.

End of show.

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Daniel Bryan Returning To Action On WWE SmackDown

January 09, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Daniel Bryan is officially getting back in the ring. Bryan will make his return next week on WWE SmackDown when the show moves to Thursday nights on January 15, marking Bryan’s first match in eight months.

Bryan will make his long awaited return as part of the kickoff to SmackDown’s switch to Thursday. I see this as both a smart and questionable move. I like the idea of throwing something new on SmackDown to draw attention to the switch. I absolutely hate the idea of giving his return away pre-Royal Rumble and question whether that is truly best for business. Bryan will also be working Luke Harper and Kane on house shows this month.

I think this could be intentional in taking focus off of Bryan in the Rumble. If Bryan were to mark his first match back in the Rumble, I think fans would expect him to win. If he doesn’t it could get ugly and if the WWE is going with Reigns or someone else, it could turn into a Batista situation. On the other hand, Bryan returning and winning the Rumble would be one of those moments that you never forget, making the 2015 Rumble something to talk about for years.

Several reports recently surfaced indicating that the WWE are not as committed to putting Reigns over in the Rumble as they were months ago. According to those reports, there is some serious consideration being given to Bryan. I can tell you this. Bryan winning the Rumble and then defeating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania for the title would be one hell of a story. The biggest question I see is how much the WWE wants to commit to Bryan and that is a question nobody will know until January 25.

The argument against Bryan is of course his physical history. Bryan is no labeled as an injury-prone wrestler, yet to my knowledge Bryan’s recent stint on the unable to perform list is the first time I can ever remember where Bryan missed a substantial amount of time in the ring. I think it is a little unfair, especially when you look back at the injury history of Randy Orton and John Cena and I can guarantee you that they missed more time in their WWE careers than Bryan. Thus the injury label on Bryan is a little unfair.

I am intrigued about the idea of a Bryan vs. Brock Lesnar match at Mania. One of the things that reportedly worries WWE officials is that the fan reaction to Lesnar as a lame duck champion will not be good. While this is to be expected, it certainly doesn’t bode well when you are trying to give Roman Reigns his Mania moment. With Bryan in the match against Lesnar, I tend to think that the backlash will be minimal, with fans more excited about seeing Bryan regain the title. I could be wrong and the landscape could be much different from last year but I think Bryan winning the Rumble and challenging Lesnar at Mania would be better received than Brock vs. Rollins.

Regardless, I love the unpredictability of Mania and the Rumble. Recent years have seen very predictable Rumble and Mania booking which tend to play out exactly as you’d expect it to, for better or worse. This year’s Rumble is different and I love it. Welcome back Daniel Bryan!

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WWE SmackDown Results and January 2 Recap

January 04, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Edge (who I notice is wearing a Cesaro shirt) and Christian are in charge of the show this week, and they are here to open the show. There is a storyline going that they have filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the Authority. Edge says he’s been running over RAW in his head since Monday, as well as the direction of the company, and he feels like it’s his fault, so he’s sorry. If there was something they could do to Seth Rollins, they’d tear him apart. Rollins has a target on his back, and John Cena is a missile aimed at the target. Christian says the show must go on, and Edge says the Authority can’t do anything about them still running the show tonight.

We cut to the TitanTron, and we see a limo has arrived in the building. The driver opens the door, and J&J Security get out. Jamie Noble points out the driver has literally stepped in crap. Joey Mercury, meanwhile, has a leather folder in his hand. We go back to E&C, but before they can continue, Seth Rollins’ music hits. Instead of Rollins, however, we get J&J. Edge makes fun of their height, then says they don’t need to hear anything. Christian makes a “Geek Squad” joke. Noble says they have a prepared statement from the Authority. Mercury pulls out a document that basically says Triple H and Stephanie McMahon disavow any knowledge of the actions on RAW, saying that Rollins acted on his own accord. They apologize, then state that they recognized E&C are still in charge tonight, while J&J are official observers, who will report to Trips any wrongdoings. Edge says that’s all interesting, but they’re still in control, which means they can make all the matches. The first match Edge wants to make is…J&J Security…against…the “Big Guy”, Ryback. J&J start to flip out, so Edge tells them to calm down and instead makes Ryback vs. The Big Show. Christian then wants to one-up Edge by making Rusev vs. Roman Reigns. Edge likes that, and Noble buts in, saying he’s taking notes, with everything going on E&C’s permanent files. Edge points out he doesn’t work here. He may not get to host again for a while, but tonight, this is their show, and it starts right now.

MATCH 1: BRAY WYATT VS. ERICK ROWAN
Wyatt immediately orders Rowan to lay down, saying they’re not meant to fight. Rowan walks toward him, takes off the mask and shakes his head “no”. Wyatt slaps him in the face, then hits an uppercut. Rowan no-sells, throws Wyatt and hits a big boot. He rams Wyatt’s head into the top buckle, then does it again on the other side. Rowan misses a corner charge, hits the ring post and falls to the floor. Outside, Wyatt shoves Rowan face-first into the ring post. He asks Rowan why he’s doing this, then rolls him onto the apron. He nails a series of forearms to Rowan’s head against the ring post, then splashes his head into it. Back in the ring, Wyatt hits a series of headbutts and applies a rear chinlock. Rowan breaks the hold, but then takes a boot and an uppercut. Wyatt comes off the ropes, right into a double-chop. Rowan rams the back of Wyatt’s head into the top buckle and hits a trio of avalanches before hitting a Pounce. Wyatt gets to his knees and says, “no more”. He begs off and calls himself Rowan’s father. Rowan picks him up and is apologizing, which allows Wyatt to quickly drop him with Sister Abigail for 3.

WINNER: BRAY WYATT.

Rowan continues to be the Stevie Ray/Rick Steiner/Jim Neidhart, etc. of the former Wyatt Family.

Wyatt says he gave his only begotten son a beating. If he’s willing to do that to his own flesh and blood, what on earth will he be willing to do to Dean Ambrose? It’s been fun, but all good things must end, and their story ends with Ambrose laying on a slab in the back of an ambulance. Follow the buzzards.

We see Edge and Christian in the back, and Edge says they can make J&J do anything. He asks Christian to play along, and they start talking about practicing their 5-second pose. J&J walk up and say they’re doing everything around here tonight, and that includes doing the pose themselves.

MATCH 2: ADAM ROSE (W/THE EXOTIC EXPRESS), GOLD & STARDUST VS. R-TRUTH AND WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY)
Rose and Truth fight for crowd chants until Truth gets in a roll-up for 2. He ducks a clothesline and hits an uppercut before tagging in Jey. After a quick crisscross, Stardust low-bridges Jey from the apron. Commercials.

Back from the break, Goldust is legal for his team, with Jey in a rear chinlock. Goldust picks him up by the neck, with Jey quickly fighting out. Jey hits a back elbow and an uppercut out of the corner before running into a quick powerslam for 2. Stardust tags in as Goldust sets Jey on the middle buckle. Gold & Stardust hit a pair of leaping stomps before Stardust stomps Jey down. Rose tags in and tees off on Jey’s head. He hits a jumping knee, then knee-chokes Jey over the bottom rope. Jey comes back with an uppercut, then another. Rose shakes them off and hits a back elbow. Goldust tags in, and Jey hits him with a series of strikes before knocking Stardust and Rose off the apron. Jey then backdrops Goldust to the floor and crawls for the tag, tagging Jimmy. Rose tags in, and Jimmy hits him with a series of moves, ending in a Samoan drop. Jimmy ducks a clothesline from Goldust, hits the running hip attack on Rose, then holds Goldust’s foot before Truth drops him with a kick. Truth and Goldust both roll outside, where Stardust hits a Falling Star on Truth. In the ring, Rose goes for a schoolboy for 2, then looks for the Party Foul. Jimmy shoves him off and hits a superkick. Jey tags in, hits the Samoan Splash and gets 3.

WINNERS: R-TRUTH AND THE USOS.

A couple of the Rosebuds try to hit the ring, but Truth and the Usos quickly take them out.

MATCH 3: RYBACK VS. THE BIG SHOW
The two lock up, and Show shoves Ryback to the ground. Ryback gets up and rams Show into the buckles. Show reverses a corner whip, then clotheslines Ryback to the floor. Show goes after him, picking him up by the head. Ryback breaks free and hotshots Show before hitting a boot in the corner and a double axe handle from the middle rope. He hits another one, finally knocking Show down. Ryback calls for the Meat Hook, but Show bails to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Show is back in control, hitting Ryback with a big chop. Ryback fights back with some punches and a few shoulder thrusts int he corner. Show in turn hits a boot out of the corner and drops Ryback with a clothesline. Show heads to the outside, drags Ryback to the corner and whips his knee into the ring post. Show nails an elbow to the back, then begins targeting Ryback’s left leg. Show hits a series of knees to the face and follows up with a bodyslam. He slams Ryback’s left knee into the mat and applies a version of the Haas of Pain. Ryback wills himself to the bottom rope to break the hold, but Show is right back on the attack, hitting a bodyslam that results in Ryback’s knee connecting with the top rope on the way down. Ryback pulls himself up and manages to low-bridge Show to the floor. Show gets back in at 7, and Ryback is on the attack with shoulderblocks. He ducks a clothesline, hits a Thesz press, slams the back of Show’s head into the mat and hits a Warrior Splash. Ryback goes for a falling splash from the middle, and Show catches him by the throat. He goes for the chokeslam, but Ryback escapes and hits a standing spinebuster. He signals for the Meat Hook, and that’s when a giant Russian flag drops from the ceiling. Rusev and Lana come down to ringside, and Ryback exits to the apron as Rusev gets closer. Show turns Ryback around and knocks him to the floor with a Knockout Punch. The ref starts his count, and although Ryback starts to come to, he can’t make in by 10.

WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: THE BIG SHOW.

Ryback rolls back into the ring as Show leaves. Rusev takes off his medal and the US title and hits the ring. He stomps Ryback in the back, then goes for the Accolade. Ryback escapes and Meat Hooks Rusev to the floor. Rusev is flipping out as Ryback is challenging him to get back in the ring.

Edge is standing in a hallway when J&J walk up, wanting to know where Christian is. Edge says he’s going to the bathroom, and asks if they’re going to go in and takes notes on that as well. Noble says that’s exactly what he’s going to do. We hear a woman scream, and Noble comes right back out. Turns out Edge was standing in front of the women’s bathroom.

MATCH 4: LOS MATADORES (DIEGO AND FERNANDO, W/EL TORITO) VS. THE MASTERS OF THE WWE UNIVERSE (CESARO AND TYSON KIDD, W/NATALYA)
We get an inset promo from the Masters, with Cesaro saying they’re glad the Authority is back in power. Maybe now, they’ll get the recognition they deserve, with their resolution being to win the WWE Tag Team titles with the Usos.

Kidd starts with Diego, and Fernando tags in almost immediately. They do a series of leapfrogs, ending in a spinning neckbreaker from Fernando for 2. Cesaro makes a blind tag off an Irish whip as Fernando knocks Kidd to the floor. Cesaro drops to the floor as Fernando goes for a suicide dive, hitting him with a European uppercut in mid-air. Cesaro rolls Fernando in and tags out to Kidd, who kicks Fernando in his right leg. He lays in some forearms in the corner as Cesaro stomps him. Cesaro tags in, and the Masters hit a double back-body drop for 2. Cesaro applies a rear chinlock, which Fernando fights out of. He hits an elbow out of the corner and dives for a tag. Cesaro catches him, tags to Kidd and hits the Cesaro Swing as Kidd comes in with a seated dropkick mid-move for 2. Diego breaks up the pin, and now Cesaro has tagged back in. After some quick offense, Kidd tags in. Fernando tosses Cesaro, then tosses Kidd. Kidd lands on the apron, pulls Fernando down by the neck and goes up top. Fernando catches him mid-air with a dropkick, then crawls for the tag. Cesaro and Diego both tag in, with Diego hitting a series of spinning headbutts. Out of the corner, Diego hits a headstand into a headscissors. He ducks a clothesline, flips into Cesaro for a hurricanrana, and Cesaro holds on. Kidd tags in and comes off the top for a combination powerbomb/blockbuster for 3.

WINNERS: THE MASTERS OF THE WWE UNIVERSE.

Kidd celebrates with Cesaro, completely ignoring Natalya in the process.

MATCH 5: CURTIS AXEL VS. DEAN AMBROSE
Hey, Axel still works here! And Ambrose is looking more and more like Brian Pillman with that hair. Ambrose hits the ring and immediately assaults Axel. The bell hasn’t even rang yet. Axel escapes to the floor, but Ambrose continues the attack. Axel tries to fight back, but Ambrose is having none of it. Ambrose rolls him into the ring, boots him and hits Dirty Deeds.

WINNER: NO CONTEST.

Ambrose gets a mic and says he hopes Bray Wyatt is listening. Ambrose heads up the ramp and says they have the first-ever RAW ambulance match. He heads to the stage, where an ambulance is parked. He says he’s going to crack the windshield with Wyatt’s face before running him over, breaking every one of Wyatt’s fingers. Then, he’s going to run him over again. He’ll tie him to the bumper and drag him all over. Then, he’s going to drag Wyatt’s lifeless body, throw him into the back, step on the gas, and the two of them will take a one-way trip to Happy New Year Hell.

We get a video from the Ascension. They say first there were Hawk and Animal, the Road Warriors. Then, there were Ax and Smash, Demolition. Now, there are Konnor and Viktor, the Ascension. Welcome to the Wasteland.

MATCH 6: THE ASCENSION (KONNOR AND VIKTOR) VS. LANCE ANOA’I AND RHETT TITUS
The names of the Ascension’s opponents are never revealed, but they are former ROH World Tag Team Champion Rhett Titus and Lance Anao’i, yet another member of the Samoan Clan (cousin of the Usos). Titus and Vikto start, with Viktor tossing Titus to the corner for an assault. Konnor tags in, and the Ascension stomp Titus down. Konnor hits a forearm and a chop, then another forearm before tagging in Viktor. Viktor continues the assault as Konnor comes back in, and the two beal Titus across the ring. Lance tags in, and Konnor hits them with a double avalanche after tagging in Viktor. The Ascension hit the Fall of Man and Viktor gets 3.

WINNERS: THE ASCENSION.

Christian and Edge are in an office. J&J walk in and begin to tear the office apart and replace the decorations, saying E&C’s time is almost up. They appreciate E&C stopping by, and they can escort themselves out. As J&J leave, Edge pulls out a pair of Sharpies, and they proceed to draw all over a poster for the new cover of Muscle & Fitness, featuring the Authority. Edge makes me laugh by writing “I (Heart) HBK” on Triple H’s arm.

MATCH 7: ROMAN REIGNS VS. WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION RUSEV (W/LANA) (NON-TITLE)
I’m guessing this will end in a DQ, since every Reigns/Rusev match thus far has. The two lock up, and Rusev backs Reigns into the corner. He gives a clean break, then goes for a cheap shot, which Reigns ducks. They lock up again, and Rusev once again backs Reigns into the corner. Rusev stomps Reigns down in the corner, but Reigns comes back with body blows. He misses a short-arm, and Rusev takes him down with a pair of waistlocks. Reigns fights out with back elbows and uppercuts before clotheslining Rusev to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rusev has Reigns in a front chancery. Reigns breaks it by ramming Rusev into the buckles. He reverses a corner whip and goes for a splash. Rusev backdrops him, but Reigns lands on the apron, where he hits a hotshot. Back in, Reigns goes for a corner charge, misses and collides with the ring post. Rusev hits a release German suplex, then a modified suplex for 2. Rusev goes back to the waistlock, which Reigns quickly breaks free of. Rusev drops him with a back elbow, then proceeds to stomp him down. Rusev applies a rear chinlock, but Reigns gets back to his feet quickly. Rusev hits a kneelift, then runs into a big uppercut. Rusev recovers and hits a fall-away slam for 2. Rusev applies a head-and-arm, and Reigns is fading. He starts to stir after a minute and manages to break the hold. Rusev hits him with a kneelift and throws him to the corner. Reigns puts on the breaks, so Rusev kicks him in the gut. Rusev tries it again, Reigns once again blocks and hits a few rights. Rusev tosses Reigns outside, and Reigns gets pissed. He charges back into the ring, so Rusev does it again. Once again, Reigns charges into the ring. He shoves Rusev back and hits a leaping clothesline. Reigns connects with a corner clothesline and a diving schoolboy for 3. Rusev escapes a Samoan drop, so Reigns hits him with a back suplex for 2. Reigns signals for the Superman Punch, but runs into a dropkick for 2. Rusev signals for the big kick, which Reigns blocks. Reigns nails an uppercut, then hits a Superman Punch off the ropes. Rusev goes flying out to the floor, and Reigns follows. He rolls Rusev back in, and that’s when the Big Show comes down to ringside. Reigns sees him and hits him with a Superman Punch. Back in the ring, Rusev hits the jumping side kick for 2. He’s back to his feet first, and he calls for it once more. Reigns sidesteps it and hits the spear. He goes for the pin, but Show pulls him out to the floor and launches him into the barricade, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: ROMAN REIGNS.

Can I call it or what? Show grabs Reigns once more and throws him into the barricade by the timekeeper’s area. Show picks Reigns up again, throws him into another barricade, then puts Reigns down with a spear of his own. Show begins to tear up the announce desk, then picks Reigns up by the throat. He goes for a chokeslam through the desk, but Reigns escapes and slams Show’s face into the desk. Reigns gets up and hits his apron kick on Show. Show gets up and charges at Reigns, who sidesteps him, sending Show flying over the announce desk. Turning the tables (literally) on Show from RAW, Reigns then dumps the announce desk onto Show.

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results and December 26 Recap

December 28, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week opens up with Hulk Hogan in the ring. I’m not recapping this, other than to tell you he informs us he’s running Smackdown tonight, him mentioning a couple of things he’s done on Smackdown, and to let us know Edge and Christian will be running RAW Monday night.

Seth Rollins, along with J&J Security, interrupt things. He says he just wanted to come out here and shake Hogan’s hands before saying some might call Hogan the Seth Rollins of the 80’s. I still can’t believe they recycled Billy and Chuck’s logo for Rollins’ merchandise. Anyway, all joking aside, Rollins wants to thank Hogan. He’s one of the main reasons Rollins got into the business, but at this point, Hogan doesn’t belong in the ring anymore. This ring belongs to Rollins, so if Hogan doesn’t mind…Hogan cuts him off and says he’s running SD whether Rollins likes it or not, brother. Rollins hates hearing that, then says the company has been in the dump since the Authority were ousted out of power. Let’s take two of the smartest business people ever-Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, two people who know what’s best for business-take them out of power and replace them with a carnival sideshow like Hogan. Hogan is a legend and a Hall of Famer, but he has no business in Rollins’ business. As the undisputed future of WWE, trust him when he says this is his business. But you know what? If Hogan is going to be out here and be the GM, why doesn’t he spend his time doing something worthwhile, like maybe who is going to lead this company into the future? How about Hogan, the “Immortal One”, endorse the future of WWE, Seth Rollins? And when he’s done, maybe he’ll realize it’s almost 2015, Hogan doesn’t belong in the ring, and he can take his ass out of it. Hogan more or less threatens to beat Rollins up, then says he’s not sure if Rollins is the guy for the future. Rollins says he’s Mr. MITB and the standard-bearer. There’s no one else to run this place in the future. Hogan thinks he has better choices than Rollins for the future, namely the man who has beaten Rollins twice, Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler comes out and thanks Hogan for the invite and calling him the future. But, Rollins is right. He is the future. Just ask him. It’s all he ever talks about. Since he’s the future, why doesn’t he leave WWE and not come back for another 10 years? Rollins says Ziggler isn’t a big picture type of guy. The future is not a popularity contest. He should do everyone a favor by curb-stomping Ziggler in front of everyone. How does that sound, brother? Ziggler says it’s happened before, and he’s always gotten back up, so what does Rollins want to do right now, brother?

Now the Big Show joins us. Show appreciates Rollins’ intellect and wits. Sometimes you can’t use wits, and you need to use force. So, Show is going to get in the ring, knock out Hogan, then knock out Ziggler as a bonus.

Roman Reigns makes his way down through the crowd and enters the ring. Show, Rollins and J&J leave to the apron, and Reigns tells Show not to come through the ropes unless he wants to get hit again, especially in front of his wife and kids. Hogan then puts together a match for tonight, Rollins/Show vs. Reigns/Ziggler. Unlike the Authority, he gives people what they want. Insert catchphrase.

MATCH 1: KANE VS. RYBACK
Kane hits a boot and an uppercut. Ryback comes back with punches, a corner whip and a corner clothesline. He then runs into a boot, and now Kane is stomping him down. Kane nails a series of strikes in the corner as JBL makes a “Christmas Creature” reference. Ryback gets corner-whipped, but then fights back with rights. Kane drops him with a back elbow. Ryback comes back with rights, receives a kick off the ropes, then hits a spinebuster. Rusev’s music hits, and he comes out, followed by Lana. Rusev gets on the apron, and Ryback boots him to the floor. He turns around into a goozle by Kane, escapes and drops Kane with a Meat Hook. Shell Shocked connects, and this one’s over.

WINNER: RYBACK.

Rusev jumps on the apron after the match, and Ryback challenges him to get in the ring. Rusev does, and Ryback turns around to nail Kane. When he turns back to Rusev, Rusev nails a jumping side kick. Kane then hits two chokeslams on Ryback. Rusev stomps Ryback in the back and applies the Accolade. Several referees hit the ring and try to get him to break the hold. He refuses to do so until Lana smacks him in the arm.

We see Lana and Rusev talking in the back when they’re interrupted by Hulk Hogan. He says the night is still young, and tonight, Rusev will defend the title, brother. And sister.

MATCH 2: ALICIA FOX VS. NAOMI
Naomi hits a hip throw, and Fox counters with a headscissors. Naomi kicks out, but gets hit with a dropsh*t for 1. Naomi avoids a corner whip, then does…something in the corner before hitting a leg lariat for 2. Naomi applies a rear chinlock, then turns it into an arm wringer, then turns that into a hammerlock. Fox elbows out before hitting a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. Fox slams Naomi’s face into the mat before applying a rear chinlock. Naomi tries to break free, but gets thrown to the corner. Fox hits a northern lights suplex for 2, then tosses Naomi outside. Naomi lands on the apron and hits a high kick before hitting a hotshot. Back in the ring, she hits a flying clothesline and a hurricanrana. She goes for a sunset flip, but Fox sits down on her for 2. Fox slaps Naomi and goes for a corner whip. Naomi counters, and Fox does the splits onto the top rope. Naomi nails her with a step-up enziguri, knocks her back down to the mat, hits a split-legged moonsault for 3.

WINNER: NAOMI.

We see the Miz watching from the back, celebrating Naomi’s win.

Naomi is in the back, when she’s stopped by Jimmy Uso, who congratulates her. He says she’s on a role, and she says the role will continue when he beats Miz later on.

MATCH 3: R-TRUTH VS. ADAM ROSE (W/THE EXOTIC EXPRESS)
On his way out to the ring, Rose briefly gets into it with one of the Rosebuds. The Bunny is also absent this week. The rest of the Rosebuds wait to do the body surf, but Rose looks at them and simply tells them to back off. The match starts, and Rose goes for a clothesline. Truth ducks and nails a shot. He plays to the crowd, which allows Rose to attack him from behind. Rose hits a series of mule kicks in the corner for 2, then snaps off a suplex for another 2. Rose applies a sleeper, which Truth fights his way out of. Rose nails a kneelift, but then runs into a jumping heel kick. Truth nails a pair of clotheslines and hits a corner splash. He goes for the Osaka Street Cutter, but Rose lands on his feet and sends Truth shoulder-first into the ring post. The Party Foul connects for 3.

WINNER: ADAM ROSE.

Rusev comes out for his title match, and we still don’t know who his opponent is. Lana says this isn’t fair. Rusev has done nothing to disrespect the fans they way they disrespect him. But it doesn’t matter. Regardless of opponent, Rusev will crush him. Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and it looks like we’ve got our challenger.

MATCH 4-UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP: RUSEV (CHAMPION; W/LANA) VS. DEAN AMBROSE
Ambrose and Rusev lock up and end up in the corner. Rusev misses a swing, and Ambrose starts to work him over in the corner. Rusev comes back with his own shots and begins to stomp Ambrose down before choking him over the middle rope. He hits a few more shots, but Ambrose comes back with a cross-body and some punches. He ties Rusev up in the ropes and hits a series of chops before nailing a seated dropkick. Rusev is still on his feet, so Ambrose hits another one, sending Rusev to the floor. Ambrose drops him with a suicide dive and rolls Rusev back in for a jackknife for 2. Rusev hits a variation of the Stun Gun, then proceeds to stomp Ambrose down. He hits a series of elbows, then applies a rear chinlock. Rusev breaks the hold and hits a series of elbows into Ambrose’s shoulder before nailing a boot for 2. Rusev applies a head-and-arm, which Ambrose breaks by stomping on Rusev’s feet before hitting a jawbreaker. Rusev hits a kitchen sink off the ropes, ties Ambrose up in the ropes, and knocks him to the floor with a splash to the back. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rusev has a trapezius claw on Ambrose. Ambrose breaks it with a headbutt, then hits a boot out of the corner. Ambrose lays in some jabs and chops, ducks a pair of clotheslines and goes for a cross-body. Rusev catches him and hits a modified fall-away slam for 2. He signals for the jumping side kick, which connects. He stomps Ambrose’s back, then goes for the Accolade. Ambrose refuses to let him lock it in and gets a rope break. Rusev kicks him in the corner, then whips him before missing a splash. Ambrose rolls him up in a quick schoolboy for 2. He hits a few punches and kicks, nails a couple of running forearms, hits another in the corner, then caps it off with a running bulldog. Ambrose climbs to the top and divs over an incoming Rusev. Rusev nails a forearms, which allows Ambrose to hit the rebound clothesline for 2. He goes up top once more and hits a vertical flying elbow for 2. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Rusev escapes and rolls to the floor. Ambrose heads out nails Rusev in the back of the head before throwing him into the barricade. Rusev picks him up on his shoulder, but Ambrose escapes and shoves him into the barricade. Ambrose charges in, but Bray Wyatt runs through Ambrose out of nowhere, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: DEAN AMBROSE; STILL CHAMPION: RUSEV.

Wyatt continues to assault Ambrose, then rolls him into the ring as Rusev heads up the ramp. Wyatt signals for Sister Abigail, but Ambrose fights him off. Wyatt throws Ambrose outside, then follows. Ambrose tackles him over the announce desk. Back on his feet first, Wyatt grabs Ambrose and throws him into the timekeeper’s area. He tears up the announce desk, and when he goes after Ambrose, Ambrose hits him in the face with a chair. Wyatt rolls into the ring, and Ambrose starts launching chairs at him. As Ambrose hits the ring, Wyatt escapes to the ramp.

MATCH 5: WWE TAG TEAM CO-CHAMPION THE MIZ (W/DAMIEN MIZDOW) VS. JIMMY USO (W/JEY USO)
Miz applies a waistlock, and Jimmy counters. Miz breaks it with a back elbow, then hits Jimmy with a boot. Jimmy pops up with a shoulder, and Miz rolls to the floor. Jimmy chases him back in, avoids a stomp, pulls him back to the floor and starts slamming him face-first into the apron. Back in the ring, Miz tries to escape, but Jimmy pulls him in and hits a clothesline as Mizdow sells it on the floor. In the corner, Jimmy beats Miz down until Miz hits a back elbow. Miz charges in and runs right into a Samoan drop. Jimmy calls for the running hip attack, but Miz hits the floor and heads up the ramp. Jimmy chases after him, blocks a punch and hits one of his own. Miz gets thrown into the barricade before getting rolled back into the ring, where he begs off. He offers to help both Jimmy and Jey, as well as Naomi, then offers a handshake. Mizdow is doing the same to no one on the outside. Jimmy acts like he’s going to accept, but then hits a pair of superkicks instead. He heads up top, hits the Samoan Splash and gets 3.

WINNER: JIMMY USO.

Another video for the Ascension. Looking forward to these guys being on the main roster.

Goldust is in the back, dressed like a wizard, looking into a “crystal ball”. He says something about seeing the future, and in 2015, it will be the year off…he electrocutes himself on the ball before finishing. Stardust walks in, laughs, then says his name.

MATCH 6: SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY) AND THE BIG SHOW VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DOLPH ZIGGLER AND ROMAN REIGNS
Ziggler and Rollins start with a lock-up, and Ziggler backs Rollins into the corner. After a clean break, Rollins applies a side headlock before hitting a shoulder off the ropes. The two crisscross until Ziggler hits a hiptoss for a 0-count. He goes for a tag to Reigns, and as he makes it, Rollins bails to his corner and tags in Show. They lock up, and Show backs Reigns into the corner. Reigns a voids a shot and hits a few of his own. Show comes back with a shoulder off the ropes, then nails a body blow in the corner. Rollins tags in, boots Reigns down, then applies an arm wringer. Reigns immediately counters and snaps Rollins onto his back. Reigns jerks on Rollins’ arm, then throws him shoulder-first into the buckles. Ziggler tags in and hits a neckbreaker before landing the Shot to the Heart. Rollins gets to his feet, and Ziggler puts him back down with a dropkick. J&J distract the ref, which allows Show to nail Ziggler from behind. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rollins has Ziggler in a rear chinlock. Ziggler fights out and goes for a dropkick. Rollins blocks it and slingshots him into the corner. Rollins steps on Ziggler’s face, then tags in Show. Show drops to the floor, drags Ziggler to the apron and drops a big chop on him. Back in the ring. Show hits a Nightmare on Helms Street for 2. Ziggler gets back up and hits a few weak punches before Show drops him with a forearm to the back. He stares Reigns down, then stomps Ziggler in the chest. Ziggler slumps to the mat off a corner whip, and Show is now standing on his face. Show whips him hard into the corner, then begins taunting Reigns on the apron. Show throws Ziggler to the corner, and Ziggler responds with a pair of boots before hitting the rocker dropper. Rollins tags in and cuts Ziggler off from making the tag. Ziggler lands on his feet off a back suplex, avoids a corner splash, and tags in Reigns. Reigns unloads on Rollins, ducks a clothesline and hits a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. He loads up the Superman Punch, but Jamie Noble jumps on the apron to distract the ref as Joey Mercury grabs Reigns’ foot. Reigns pulls him up by the head and throws him to the floor. Rollins sneaks in a schoolboy with a handful of tights for 2, then hits a thrust kick to the face for another 2. Rollins looks for the powerbomb into the buckles, but he can’t get Reigns up. Reigns counters with a back-body drop, and Rollins lands on his feet. Reigns ducks a big kick and nails a shot to the face. He picks Rollins up for a Samoan drop, but Rollins escapes and shoves Reigns into Show, who looks for a chokeslam. Reigns escapes and shoves Show into Ziggler, who hits a superkick. Show turns around, and Reigns cuts through him with a spear. Rollins throws Reigns to the floor, then tosses Ziggler. Rollins distracts the ref, which allows J&J to ram Reigns into the barricade. After they’re done, Rollins hits Reigns with a suicide dive. Rollins rolls Reigns back in, then looks for a springboard move. Outside, Ziggler takes out Mercury with a clothesline, then looks to grab Rollins’ leg. Rollins jumps over him, and Ziggler instead hits Noble with a superkick. Rollins gets in the ring, turns around, and Reigns hits him with a spear for 3.

WINNERS: ROMAN REIGNS AND DOLPH ZIGGLER.

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WWE Super SmackDown Results and 800th Episode Recap

December 18, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s episode is a special live edition, due to this being the 800th episode.

MATCH 1: FANDANGO (W/ROSA MENDES) VS. ROMAN REIGNS
Fandango has new entrance music, and it’s about as generic as you can get. Both guys have new gear as well. Fandango looks like a CZW referee, but in red. The two lock up, and Reigns backs Fandango into the corner. Fandango hits a punch, and Reigns responds by dropping Fandango with one of his own. Fandango hits a kick to the gut and applies a side headlock. Reigns reverses, then breaks a waistlock before snapping Fandango over by the arm. Reigns works on the arm and shoulder, knocking Fandango into the corner. Reigns tosses him across the ring, hits a corner splash and a short-arm clothesline that sends Fandango to the floor. Reigns pulls him up, and Fandango hits a hotshot before ramming Reigns face-first into the top buckle. He hits a few punches for a pair of 1-counts, then applies a rear chinlock. Reigns breaks the hold by backin into the corner, but Fandango quickly reapplies it, taking Reigns down in the process. After a couple minutes, Reigns gets back to his feet and sends Fandango to the corner. Fandango hits a back elbow and comes off the middle rope, only to get knocked on his ass with a mid-air uppercut. Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He follows up with a corner clothesline, a whip and a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. He loads up the Superman Punch, connects, then nails the spear for 3.

WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.

Later tonight, Ryback will take on Seth Rollins.

Dean Ambrose heads out to the ring. Bray Wyatt said there was a special place in hell for people like them, and at TLC, they went to that special place. Ambrose loved every single second of it. It feels to get out all of your anger and fly too close to the flame. Regardless of what happened at the end, he lost the match. He noticed fear in Wyatt’s eyes, because for the first time, Wyatt was in the ring with someone who just doesn’t care. For the first time, Wyatt faced someone as twisted as him. Tomorrow night, the fight continues at Tribute to the Troops in a Boot Camp Match.

Wyatt appears on the TitanTron and says Ambrose doesn’t understand that the only reason he’s still breathing is because Wyatt is enjoying the game oh so much. But if Ambrose could only see what he is. If anyone could see the creature that lives behind his eyes, they’d know he is hope, that he is disdain, that he is a slave to his calling. And he can’t stop, even if he wanted to. He can’t stop until the heroes fall and the cities crumble. Hatred fuels him. He is the battlefield, and it can’t end until he watches it all burn.

MATCH 2: THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY) AND ERICK ROWAN VS. WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE MIZ & DAMIEN MIZDOW, AND LUKE HARPER
Miz and Jey start, with Miz immediately bailing to the floor, but not before tagging out to Harper. Harper rams Jey into the corner, and hits him with a chop to the throat before standing on Jey’s face. He sends Jey in for a corner whip, but Jey slides out of the way and comes back with an uppercut. He goes for an arm wringer, but Harper drops him with a right. Miz tags in and stomps Jey down in the corner. Jey comes back with chops, then pounds Miz down on the opposite side. He goes for the running hip attack, but Miz sees it coming and slides to the floor. Jey chases after him, but Harper steps between the two. Now, both teams are facing off at ringside as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Miz is in control of Jey. Jey blocks a suplex attempt and hits one of his own. Jimmy tags in and nails Miz in the gut. He hits a chop, but Miz comes back with a kick. Jimmy quickly recovers and clotheslines Miz to the floor. Mizdow comes in and clotheslines himself to the floor. Harper apparently tagged in somewhere, and he hits a big boot for 2. He catapults Jimmy under the middle rope, then applies a rear chinlock. Jimmy hits a few punches, but then runs into a dropkick. Miz tags himself in and stomps Jimmy down before hitting a low running boot for 2. Miz hits a few punches before choking Jimmy over the middle rope, then goes for another boot. Jimmy ducks and rolls him up for 2. Back up, Miz drops Jimmy for a clothesline. Mizdow begs for a tag to a huge pop, so Miz tags in Harper. Harper nails an uppercut for 2, then applies the Gator Roll. Meanwhile, Mizdow is rolling around on the floor at ringside. Miz yells at Mizdow for mimicking the wrong guy. Back in the ring, Jimmy goes for a tag, but Harper stops that before hitting a scrapbuster for 2. Miz tags in and, lo and behold, does more stomping. Harper tags himself back in and stomps Jimmy before Mizdow tags himself in. Mizdow goes for the hanging clothesline in the corner, but Miz stops him and tags himself in. Miz knocks Jey off the apron and goes for the clothesline, but Jimmy drops him with one of his own as Mizdow hits the floor at ringside. Rowan tags in and throws Miz to the corner for a series of headbutts. Miz gets bealed across the ring before Rowan hits him with an avalanche and a running shoulderblock. He hits a full-nelson slam for 2 as Mizdow breaks it up. The Usos toss him, then hit Harper with a double superkick, sending him to the floor. Miz receives one as well. They hit a double suicide dive on Harper near the announce desk, leaving Rowan and Miz alone. They yell for Rowan to go up top, which he does, before coming off with a big splash for 3.

WINNERS: ERICK ROWAN AND THE USOS.

We see Naomi warming up for her match tonight, when Jimmy enters the area to encourage her. He apologizes to her for how he’s been acting. She says she appreciates it, but she needs to do this on her own tonight. Jimmy is okay with that, then says they’ll celebrate with the new Divas Champion afterward.

We’re supposed to have Seth Rollins vs. Ryback now, but as Ryback comes out for the match, but is attacked on the stage by Rusev, who then promptly kicks him off the stage. On the floor, Rusev kicks Ryback over an equipment box.

In the ring, Rollins grabs a mic and says that, without the Authority, this place is a mad house. It’s complete chaos and lawlessness. And after everything he’s been through in the last two days, can you believe this? At TLC, he was robbed of one of the biggest wins of his career by Roman Reigns. Finally, last night, after he orchestrated the beatdowns of Chris Jericho and John Cena, he single-handedly beat Cena in a cage. Tonight, he’s out here with severely bruised ribs, but was still ready to compete against Ryback. And now, this? He says this works in his favor because, honestly, after the last two days, nobody deserves a day off more than him. So, let’s take the night off and celebrate.

As he and his security team are leaving, Dolph Ziggler’s music hits. He knows Rollins is good at scamming his way out of things, including last night on RAW as well as tonight with Ryback. But here’s some news: the Authority is out of power, and it’s all because of Sting and himself. He reminds Rollins he put the Authority out of power, as well as beat Rollins. As far as he’s concerned, Rollins is probably contractually-obligated to compete tonight. The fans deserves to see “Mr. Money in the Bank” compete tonight, so how about going one-on-one with Ziggler? Rollins says Ziggler hasn’t done anything lately to deserve a shot in the ring with him. Ziggler mocks him and says if he’s afraid, that’s fine, and all he has to do is say so. He doesn’t blame Rollins for being afraid. Rollins says this is just Ziggler. He’s in a giving mode, so he has two gifts. The first is to Ziggler, as he’s going to accept the challenge. The second gift he will give to himself when he curb stomps Ziggler later tonight. Ziggler says he’s going to get his gear, steal the show and beat Rollins because…that’s what’s best for business.

Another video for the Ascension.

MATCH 3-WWE DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP: NAOMI VS. NIKKI BELLA (CHAMPION; W/BRIE BELLA)
Miz supposedly secured this match through his agent, as if anyone still cares about this angle. Naomi applies a waistlock and turns it into a sunset flip for 1. Nikki comes back with a clothesline for 2. Naomi gets whipped to the corner, has a kick blocked, but hits one on a second attempt. She hits a pair of knees for 2. Nikki comes back with an Alabama Slam for 2. A snap suplex from Nikki gets another 2. A slingshot suplex gets yet another 2. Nikki applies a rear chinlock, which Naomi breaks with an armdrag. The two simultaneously hair-mare each other, and now both are down. Miz comes down to ringside, cheering Naomi on. In the ring, Naomi ducks a clothesline and hits a trio of dropsh*ts. She connects with a flipping clothesline for 2, then heads to the apron. She connects with a high kick, then hits a hotshot for 2. Naomi lays in some forearms before Nikki hits a facebreaker for 1. Nikki mounts the middle rope and hits a cross-body, but Naomi rolls through for 2. Nikki suckers Naomi into the ropes, sending her to the floor. As Miz encourages Naomi, Jimmy Uso runs down to ringside and sends Miz to the back. Naomi is distracted, which allows Nikki to roll her up in a small package for 3.

WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: NIKKI BELLA.

MATCH 4: KANE VS. ADAM ROSE (W/THE EXOTIC EXPRESS)
The Bunny is wearing a neckbrace as a result of Monday night. Rose rolls around the ring and heads out to check on the Bunny before asking the Rose Buds to psyche him up. He re-enters the ring, hits a kick, and then gets knocked on his ass with a shoulder. He blocks a corner charge, then goes up top, hitting a cross-body. Instead of going for a pin, Rose starts celebrating. He turns around, only to have Kane lay him out with a big boot. Kane hits the chokeslam and gets 3.

WINNER: KANE.

Kane heads up the ramp, then stops. He turns around, stares at the Bunny, and tosses him into the ring by the neckbrace. Kane then hits him with a tombstone to a big “Yes!” chant.

We get a promo from Gold & Stardust. They hate Christmas, and on RAW, they’re going to turn the holiday season upside down. It will be the most unhappy time of the year.

Renee Young is with Seth Rollins and J&J Security. She brings up Rollins admitting he orchestrated the attacks on Jericho and Cena. Rollins says he doesn’t expect her to understand this, but Cena and Cena alone has the power to bring back the Authority. Until Cena does that, Rollins will make sure Cena is unsuccessful at everything he tries, including the World title match at the Royal Rumble. Cena needs to be vulnerable, and if that means he has to work with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, so be it. As for Jericho, he thought he could run RAW. No one can replace the Authority. They are coming back, but until they do, Rollins will take great pride in making everyone else’s lives miserable, starting with Dolph Ziggler.

MATCH 5: INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. SETH ROLLINS (W/J&J SECURITY) (NON-TITLE)
Rollins immediately bails to the floor to consult with his security team. After a moment, he gets back in the ring and goes for an arm wringer. Ziggler counters, then turns the hold into a side headlock. Rollins sends him into the ropes, and Ziggler sends him to the floor with a shoulder. I should point out Rollins is selling an injury, courtesy of athletic tape around the midsection. Anyway, back in the ring, Rollins hits a hip throw. Ziggler gets back to his feet, sends Rollins in for a crisscross, then hits a hiptoss for 1. Rollins tries to bail, but Ziggler pulls him back in for a right hand. Rollins tries to bail again, so Ziggler hits him int he gut. Rollins comes back with a kick and a headbutt before throwing Ziggler into the buckles. Rollins beats Ziggler down with rights, then hits a short-arm clothesline. Rollins drops a knee for 2, then pulls Ziggler to his feet for a back suplex. Ziggler flips out and rolls Rollins up for 2 before hitting a dropkick. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, but Rollins grabs the top rope to block it. Ziggler gets distracted by J&J on the apron, and Rollins sends him to the floor. Outside, Jamie Noble nails Ziggler as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Ziggler counters a rear chinlock with a sit-out jawbreaker. He goes for a dropkick, which Rollins blocks and turns into a catapult for 2. Rollins grinds his boot into the back of Ziggler’s neck before Joey Mercury hits a cheap shot behind the ref’s back. Rollins hits a few punches, then sends Ziggler in for a hard corner whip. Rollins boots Ziggler in the face until Ziggler comes back with a series of gut shots. He hits a dropkick to the gut, but Rollins recovers enough to hit a clothesline. He tosses Ziggler to the floor, then goes for an axe handle from the apron. Ziggler moves and sends him into the announce desk. Ziggler then shoves Rollins gut-first into the ring steps before rolling back into the ring. Rollins is on the apron, where he hits a hotshot. Rollins heads up top, but Ziggler trips him, sending crashing across the top rope and then into the mat. Ziggler hits a corner splash and and a neckbreaker before the Shot to the Heart gets 2. Ziggler hits yet another dropkick for 2. Rollins comes back with a kneelift. Ziggler goes for the leaping DDT, which Rollins blocks. Ziggler then ducks a kick and hits it on the second try for 2. Ziggler pounds Rollins in the head, and now the two are trading shots. Rollins blocks a superkick and connects with a spin kick to the head for 2. Rollins pulls himself up to his feet on the apron, then heads up top. Ziggler meets him and hits a super facebuster for 2. Ziggler goes for the rocker dropper, but Rollins avoides and goes for a waistlock. Ziggler counters into a roll-up for 2. J&J jump on the apron as a distraction, then drop back down to the floor when Ziggler takes a swing at them. Rollins charges in, and Ziggler backdrops him to the outside, onto J&J Security. Ziggler rolls Rollins back in and hits the rocker dropper for 2. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, but the ref is distracted by Mercuary, which allows Noble to punch Ziggler in the face in the corner. Referee Mike Chioda has finally had enough, and he ejects J&J from ringside. As Rollins is arguing with the ref, Ziggler hits a surprise Zig-Zag for 3.

WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER.

J&J hit the ring, but Ziggler quickly avoids both of them and heads up the ramp to celebrate his first one-on-one win against Rollins.

End of show.

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Has WWE NXT Overtaken Raw and SmackDown?

December 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE fans are buzzing after NXT’s REvolution event that occurred on Thursday, December 11. The night was filled with some very solid wrestling, top notch entertainment and overall was an impressively strong card.

Of course, the majority of us expected it to be. NXT has been red hot as of late, especially since the advent of the WWE Network. One week after another brings more excitement and more fun to a company that often finds itself struggling to deliver on both. But the question is has NXT overtaken WWE?

I have to say, I never thought I would be asking this question right now. Don’t get me wrong, it has nothing to do with the quality of the NXT product. WWE’s developmental territory has been getting it done and then some for quite a while now.

And it’s not because I didn’t think it could ever reach this point. Each new week seems to always top the previous one and in an environment where virtually all of the talent is striving to improve, it’s inevitable that very thing would happen. Eventually the product would reach the level that it has and we would all be left having this very debate.

So yes, I did think it was entirely possible. But let’s just say I didn’t think WWE would allow it to get this far. I never thought that the company would intentionally hold the NXT talent down, however. We’ve seen that before over the years, more times than any of us care to admit.

I guess what surprises me the most is that the main roster is not better right now. WWE has allowed its developmental brand, the one that features Superstars that are supposedly not ready for prime time, to completely show up its primary locker room. NXT is supposed the be the proving ground, the place where new faces are sent to hone their skills and build their characters in front of a WWE audience that may or may not have any previous knowledge of who they are.

But instead, NXT is now a parade of main event stars. These guys don’t need time to adapt. Building confidence is not necessary, theirs is at an all time high. The NXT roster looks more than ready to be transplanted straight to Monday Night Raw. Like scab players that just want a job, the NXT team would be a welcome change to the major league roster rife with overpaid athletes. Think Necessary Roughness, only these guys are much better actors that Keanu Reeves.

Of course, that is an oversimplification of the whole situation. The fact is that a good number of the NXT stars are not replacement players; they’re ready and they’re ready right now. There’s a lot of great talent in Florida and that talent only really needs a stage to perform on. Once they get it, they kill it. That’s what professionals do.

Kevin Owens debuted on REvolution, in one of the most highly anticipated matches in recent memory. The wrestler formerly known as Kevin Steen did what he does best; he steamrolled his opponent. CJ Parker was Owens’ first victim and he will not be the last. I have to say that I didn’t know how Owens would look on WWE programming or if he would even fit in. And the fact is he didn’t; he stood out. Keep your eyes on Owens, everyone else will be.

Charlotte retained her NXT Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks, who was not even on my radar at all. Well, she is now. For any Diva on the main roster that’s interested in how a match should be run, there can be no better example than this one. Both women turned in very solid performances and that belt could not be in better hands right now. Charlotte is the real deal.

If not for the NXT Championship match, Hideo Itami and Finn Balor versus The Ascension would have been the main event. The reason for that is Balor, who finally brought the paint to TV. Looking more like a Spider-Man symbiote than a pro wrestler, Balor crawled down the ramp and changed NXT forever. This guy was made for WWE and if all goes well, he should make some serious money for them and for himself.

Then there’s the aforementioned main event, Adrian Neville versus Sami Zayn. You know how the word “clinic” is so cliché and so overused? Well, this was a clinic. This was what a professional wrestling match is supposed to be and how it’s supposed to look. Fans loved every minute of it because unlike some of their Raw counterparts, Zayn and Neville were allowed to tell their story in the ring without having to suffer some ridiculous run-in or otherwise weak ending.

The future is now. How’s that for cliché? But in this case, it’s the absolute truth. So now that we’ve established the NXT crew is primed and ready for the big time, the only issue is when will it happen and why is Florida still a developmental territory? Isn’t NXT basically the third WWE brand now? And shouldn’t it be?

Again, how did WWE let this happen? How is the main roster so full of nonsense that the supposed C show is running A+ right now? NXT looks more like what WWE should be, while Raw and even SmackDown have both basically become old hat. NXT is called the future but shouldn’t it be the norm?

Now here’s a bit of news that no one really wants to think about. Just because the NXT program is money right now does not necessarily mean that its talent can get over on Monday nights. Call it an overall unfamiliarity with the product, call it a blasé attitude among the audience, call it what you will. The fact is that the NXT crowd and the typical WWE crowd are not always one and the same.

But maybe it will be. And maybe it needs to happen sooner rather than later. NXT is taking over, if it hasn’t already.

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December 14, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s episode opens with John Cena making his way down to the ring. He says in two days, it’s the TLC PPV. That means that in two days…

Seth Rollins wastes no time interrupting this segment. He comes out, flanked by J&J Security, and tells Cena to do us all a favor and shut up. How many times in the last ten years has Cena come out before a huge match and told everyone what he was going to do in the ring? Rollins gives him credit: Cena is in the spot he’s in because he’s always stepped up, and 99 times out of 100, the things Cena says he’ll do have happened. That’s how good he is. But after this Sunday when Rollins beats him, there will be a new standard set for the things he says he’ll do 99 times out of 100. Cena talks all the time about how the future has to go through him. The future doesn’t exist without Rollins. All Cena wants to do is talk. Well, spare us. On RAW, Cena said it was about stepping up or stepping aside. Cena’s time is up, and Rollins’ time is now. At TLC in the tables match, he doesn’t have to pin Cena or make him submit.

All he has to do is send Cena’s ass crashing through a table. Cena tells the crowd to mark this day on the calendar: the day Rollins has finally become a man. He doesn’t see the Shield or the Authority; what he sees is a confident Rollins standing on his own two feet. That’s exactly what Cena wants. After he beats Rollins on Sunday, Rollins will have to look in the mirror and say, “I am not ready.” Rollins is good, but he’s not ready to go face-to-face with the man who runs this place. This Sunday, they have a tables match, and Rollins is about to find out that, for over a decade that there is no safer bet than Cena. Rollins calls himself the future, but that future isn’t Sunday, next week or next year, because Cena is here. Rollins says Cena doesn’t get it. He keeps talking about the future like it’s a far-off distant place. Rollins is the embodiment of the future. It’s right in front of him. Cena has been living in it for two years since Rollins came in. Every step he has taken has led to this Sunday in the match with Cena. When he puts Cena through the table, he won’t just be beating him or taking away another shot at the WWE World title; this Sunday marks the beginning of the end for Cena. This is a paradigm shift, and what that means is when Rollins wins, everything Cena has worked for goes up in smoke. Cena will fade into the background. He’ll become a ghost and a memory. This will be the end of Cena, and the rise of the new standard-bearer in WWE, Seth Rollins. Cena says his confidence makes him a fool. Rollins is good, gifted and has a bright future in WWE. However, this is Cena’s life, and if Rollins thinks for one second that Rollins will shove him out the door, Rollins can line up with the 10,000 who thought the same thing and wound up eating those words. From Rene Dupree to Triple H, from Orlando Jordan to the Rock, he has survived them all because of passion, focus, heart and the guts to never give up. Here’s a piece of advice: Rollins will show up thinking Cena has lost a step, and that foot he thinks is missing will be placed right up Rollins’ ass.

Tonight’s main event will be yet another 6-man tag team match, as Erick Rowan, Dolph Ziggler and Ryback face the Big Show, Luke Harper and Corporate Kane.

We get a video for Adam Rose, as if anyone still gives a sh*t.

This is then followed by a video for the Ascension. Glad to see they’re finally getting called up. They come off a bit like Demolition in the video, which makes me very happy.

MATCH 1: CESARO AND TYSON KIDD (W/NATALYA) VS. THE USOS (JEY AND JIMMY)
The Miz and Damien Mizdow are on commentary. We get a cut-away promo from Cesaro and Kidd. They call themselves two of the most talented and underrated talents in WWE history, and they are the perfect guys to grab the brass ring. Kidd and an Uso start, with Kidd applying a side headlock. He slides under Uso’s legs, and Uso then hits a shoulderblock. Uso blocks a hiptoss and hits a headbutt as we see Naomi watching from the back, meaning this is Jimmy in the ring. Jimmy hits an uppercut and tags in Jey, who comes off the top. Kidd rams him into the corner and tags in Cesaro, who stomps Jey down. He hits a European uppercut, then nails a knife-edge in the corner. Jey comes back with a couple of his own. Cesaro rips his shirt off as Jimmy tags in. He nails a shot in the corner and hits a snapmare for 2. Cesaro fights out of an armbar by hitting a powerslam for 2. Cesaro applies a rear chinlock, but Jimmy escapes and hits a seated dropkick that sends Cesaro to the outside. Jimmy hits an over-the-top suicide dive, then rolls Cesaro back in. He goes after Cesaro in the ropes, and as the ref pulls him back, Kidd tags in. Jimmy winds up on the outside, where Kidd nails a kick to the face. Miz gets a phone call from his agent, and he apparently has to leave to go talk to Naomi. Commercials.

Back from the break, Uso fights out of a side headlock, but then runs into a bearhug that is turned into an overhead belly-to-belly for 1 as Jimmy gets in the ropes. Kidd tags in and applies a side headlock. As Jimmy tries to fight out, Kidd hits a spinning back kick. He goes for a legdrop on the apron, but misses. He crawls back in and tags Cesaro, who knocks Jey off the apron with a big boot. He turns around and gets hit with a back-body drop by Jimmy. Cesaro hits a running European uppercut in the corner for 2, then calls for the Cesaro Swing. He tags in Kidd, hits the Swing right into a seated dropkick from Kidd for 2 as Jey breaks it up. Kidd tosses Jey to the outside and tags in Cesaro. He hits a slingshot legdrop to the back of Jimmy’s head, and Cesaro comes off the top with a double-stomp for 2. Cesaro misses a corner charge and collides with the ring post. Jimmy crawls for the tag as Jey pulls himself up. Jimmy hits a reverse Dragon Whip, then tags in Jey, who hits a top rope cross-body. He nails several more shots, knocks Kidd of the apron, then hits a Samoan drop on Cesaro for 2. Jey beats Cesaro down in the corner before hitting a running hip attack for 2. Kidd breaks up the pin, so Jimmy tries to launch him to the floor. Kidd reverses, but Jimmy lands on his feet. He avoids a dropkick through the ropes, pulls Kidd to the floor and lays him out with a superkick. In the ring, Cesaro rolls up Jey for 2 with his feet on the ropes. Jimmy shoves Cesaro’s feet off the ropes, and as Cesaro argues with him, Jey blasts him with a superkick. Jimmy tags in, hits the Samoan Splash and gets 3.

WINNERS: THE USOS.

We see Naomi celebrating in the back, when she’s approached by Miz and Mizdow. Miz doesn’t know why her husband is mad at him. He says things aren’t going well for her in WWE, so she should try Hollywood. She knows Miz is messing with her head and trying to get to her husband before the title match, causing the Usos to lose focus. Miz says this is exactly her problem. He got a call from his agent, who wants to take Naomi’s offer off the table. Her and her husband are drama-prone, but he’s got the agents calmed down for now. She has a jealous husband problem. This isn’t about him; it’s about helping her. Associating his brand with her damaged persona could ruin him. He’s sticking his neck out for her, but she needs to get this sorted out quickly. He thinks she’s talented, and he thought she should know that.

After some commercials, we see Naomi pacing in the back. The Usos approach her, and Jimmy says he’s happy for her. She gets mad, saying he’s treating her like she’s incapable of making her own decisions. She storms off, and Jey says she may have a legitimate point. Jimmy is getting riled up, and Jey says this is exactly what Miz wanted. Jimmy needs to get his mind right, or Miz has played everyone.

We get a video package for the history between Rollins and Cena.

Bray Wyatt appears on the screen, and he says he offered Dean Ambrose the path to salvation, but he chose the road to damnation. Ambrose is just like you, and you, just like him, deserve everything you get. This is no longer about what could have been; it’s now about what must be. 2000 years from now, people will be talking about the great things Wyatt did. 2000 years from now, the children will learn about him in school. This Sunday, Ambrose’s demise is his salvation. Tables, ladders and chairs…run.

MATCH 2: WWE DIVAS CHAMPION NIKKI BELLA (W/BRIE BELLA) VS. ALICIA FOX (NON-TITLE)
AJ Lee is on commentary, cradling her new Slammy. They lock up, and Nikki applies a side headlock. Fox escapes and hits a dropkick. She leaps over Nikki, hits an armdrag and then goes into an armbar. Nikki escapes and hits a monkey flip, but Fox lands on her feet. She tries to avoid a corner charge by leaping to the top rope, but Nikki knocks her to the floor. Back in, Nikki stomps Fox down, then hits a suplex for 2. Nikki applies a modified surfboard as Fox literally squeals. Fox tries to get back to her feet, but Nikki whips her back down before hitting a release hammerlock slam for 2. Nikki goes back to the surfboard, and Fox hits the worst variation of an armdrag I’ve ever seen to escape. Fox hits a pair of clotheslines, ducks one from Nikki and botches a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, apparently hurting herself in the process. Fox hits a northern lights suplex for 2 and goes for a clothesline. Nikki catches her arm and hits a facebreaker before missing a charge in the corner. Fox then misses a high kick in the corner, and Nikki drops her with a forearm. Nikki hits the Rack Attack (ugh) and gets 3.

WINNER: NIKKI BELLA.

After the match, Nikki picks Fox up and hits another Rack Attack while staring at Lee at ringside. Lee stands up and simply stares the Bellas down.

MATCH 3: BIG E (W/KOFI KINGSTON AND XAVIER WOODS) VS. GOLDUST (W/STARDUST)
We get an inset promo from Gold & Stardust. Something about blotting out the sun and darkness falling on the New Day. Goldust goes on the attack with punches. E comes back with a back elbow, but then runs into a powerslam for 2. Goldust hits an uppercut, a kick to the knee and a DDT for another 2. E comes back with a pair of clotheslines and a belly-to-belly, then goes for the Warrior Splash. Goldust pops up and catches him with a spinebuster. Goldust calls for the Final Cut, but E escapes and goes for the Big Ending. Goldust escapes and drops tot he apron. E hits him with a right and goes for his spear through the ropes. Goldust instead nails him in the head with a knee. Back in, E hits a vertical splash, waits for Goldust to get up and hits the Big Ending for 3.

WINNER: BIG E.

Wow. When was the last time E won a singles match?

MATCH 4: TITUS O’NEIL VS. JACK SWAGGER
Swagger goes right into a lock-up, and the two jockey until Swagger backs Titus into the corner. Titus shoves him away after the break, so Swagger takes him down and nails some rights. He hits a corner clothesline, gets whipped across the ring, blocks the charge and sends Titus to the floor. Outside, Swagger hits a boot from the apron, but then gets yanked shoulder-first into the ring post. Titus rolls him back in for 2, then nails a series of forearms. He yanks Swagger down by the neck, then hits a standing fall-away slam. Swagger rolls to the apron, where he hits a hotshot. Back in, Swagger ducks a clothesline but runs into a big boot. Titus rakes Swagger in the eyes and goes for the sidewinder. Swagger swings through and applies the Patriot Lock. Titus taps out.

WINNER: JACK SWAGGER.

The Russian flag drops down, and Rusev & Lana walk out onto the stage. Rusev simply holds the US title over his head, rendering this part of the segment meaningless.

After a video package for the Wyatt/Ambrose feud, we cut to Ambrose in a room somwhere, sitting under a ladder. He says that, when Wyatt talks, he makes it sounds like they’re viking gods, battling in the clouds while the world burns. Ambrose isn’t a mythical warrior; he’s a gutter rat. He’s just a dog that likes to fight. That’s all this is: a fight. Truth be told, he couldn’t be having any more fun. He and Wyatt weren’t meant to rule together; they were meant to tear each other apart. No matter what happens to him, he won’t stop. Maybe he doesn’t know any better. When it’s all said and done, “the Eater of Worlds” will be swallowed, and when Ambrose has the whole world in his hands, he will crush it.

MATCH 5: DOLPH ZIGGLER, ERICK ROWAN AND RYBACK VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION LUKE HARPER, CORPORATE KANE AND THE BIG SHOW
Ziggler and Kane start, with Kane applying a side headlock before nailing a shoulderblock off the ropes. Kane goes back to the headlock, gets sent into the ropes and hit with a dropkick. Ziggler hits a cross-body into some mounted punches, then tags in Rowan. Rowan nails a couple shots and hits a bodyslam. Commercials.

Back from the break, Show is legal for his team, and Rowan is clubbing him down near the ropes. Show gets kicked to the outside, and Rowan backs him into the ring post. Rowan charges in, and of course Show sidesteps him, sending him face-first into it. Show hurls Rowan onto the apron, opens the top of his jumpsuit and lands a big chop. Show traps Rowan under the bottom rope, then tags in Kane. Kane nails a series of shots in the corner, then hits a corner splash. Harper tags in and drops a quick elbow for 1 before applying a rear chinlock. Rowan gets back to his feet, but Harper floors him with an elbow. Kane tags in, misses a clothesline, and he & Rowan crash into each other in the middle. Rowan tags in Ziggler, who hits a missile dropkick. He nails a corner splash and follows up with a neckbreaker. The Shot to the Heart connects for 2, and Ziggler goes for the rocker dropper. Kane blocks it and goes for a powerbomb, but Ziggler counters into a sit-out facebuster for 2. Harper causes a distraction, which allows Kane to nail a big boot for 2. Show tags in, and we go to commercials.

Back once more, Harper has tagged in, and he has Ziggler in a rear chinlock. Ziggler fights out and goes for a dropkick. Harper blocks it and slingshots him underneath the middle rope for 2. Kane tags in and hits an uppercut, then goes for a suplex. Ziggler lands on his feet and hits Kane in the knee with a seated dropkick, sending him face-first into the middle buckle. Show tags in and prevents Ziggler from making a tag by dropping an elbow across the back. Ziggler gets whipped into the corner, and Show hits him with a hip attack. Show bounces off the ropes, and Ziggler drops him with a dropkick to the knee. Show grabs Ziggler by the foot, so Ziggler tries to hit a few rights. Show shakes them off and goes for the chokeslam. Ziggler escapes and applies the scissored sleeper. Show is still standing, however, and he snaps Ziggler off his back. He goes for the chokeslam again and hits it, but Ziggler kicks out at 2. Show drops his straps and loads up the Knockout Punch. Ziggler ducks and hits a surprise Zig-Zag. Ryback and Harper tag in, and Ryback cleans house on everybody before hitting Harper with a Thesz Press and a standing splash. Harper comes back with a knee, but then runs into a standing spinebuster for 2 as Kane breaks it up. Rowan drops Kane with a big boot, then sends him into the barricade on the outside. Show takes him down with a running shoulder tackle. In the ring, Harper goes for a powerbomb, but Ryback counters with a back-body drop. He hits the Meat Hook and goes for Shell Shocked, which connects for 3.

WINNERS: ERICK ROWAN, RYBACK AND DOLPH ZIGGLER.

Kane brings a chair into the ring and drops Ryback with it. Outside, Rowan sends Show into the stairs. Ziggler enters the ring and drops Kane with a superkick. Rowan drags a ladder into the ring as Ryback grabs Kane’s chair and begins assaulting him with it. Rowan and Ziggler hold the ladder and run it right into Harper and Kane, sending them to the floor. Ryback and Rowan hold the ladder next to the ropes as Ziggler climbs up and wipes out the opposing team with a plancha.

End of show.

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