An early preview of the 2014 WWE world title Money in the Bank 2014 match headlines this week’s Friday Night SmackDown.
MATCH 1: Seth Rollins vs. Kofi Kingston
Rollins has spiffy new gear. Michael Cole mentions that there is indeed a contract ladder match at MITB, and we get a cut-away promo from Kofi, saying he wants in. The match starts, and Kofi applies a waistlock. Rollins counters into an arm wringer. Kofi escapes, trips Rollins and hits a jumping splash for 2. Rollins backs him to the corner, but Kofi escapes and hits a few rights. Rollins blocks one and hits a complete shot into the middle buckle. He stomps Kofi down, hits a snapmare and applies a rear chinlock. Kofi fights out, but gets clubbed back down. Kofi backflips off a back suplex, hits a back chop, a clothesline and a dropkick. He misses another clothesline and gets thrown to the corner. Rollins misses a corner splash, and Kofi hits a springboard cross-body for 2. Rollins recovers and hits a pair of spinning back kicks to the midsection. Kofi snaps off a hurricanrana, then misses TIP, hitting the ropes in the process. Rollins clubs Kofi across the back, then powerbombs him into the buckles. The jumping curb stomp connects, and Rollins gets 3.
WINNER: Seth Rollins.
[adinserter block=”1″]Rollins tells the crowd he’s not only the first entrant in the MITB match, but he guarantees…Dean Ambrose appears on the screen and tells him to listen. Every time Rollins steps into the ring, he wants Rollins wondering, “Is tonight the night Ambrose gets even?” It could be any night, and it will happen. Rollins says Ambrose has Kane later tonight, but he’d love to kick Ambrose’s teeth down his throat. Ambrose tells him to shut up. He’ll deal with Kane, then he’s focusing everything on Rollins. They will have a lot to talk about when Ambrose sends them both back to where they belong: Hell.
John Cena makes his way out and points up to the belts hanging above him. They are a symbol of excellence, but some fans might be asking why they’re hanging over his head. Cena goes over everything that has happened in the last year over the course of a few seconds. He gets up to Daniel Bryan being stripped of the title, and how that title is up for grabs at MITB, where he and six other guys will fight for it. He’s going to punch all of the competitors, then climb the ladder so he can say once again, “The champ is here.”
Alberto Del Rio tells him he needs to spend less time talking and more time worrying about ADR. He was the first one to qualify for the match, and he’ll be the first one climbing the ladder to win the title. Cena doesn’t remember how dangerous ADR is, but he’ll make Cena remember once he’s standing over Cena as the new champion.
Sheamus comes out and says no one has forgotten how dangerous ADR is; it’s just that no one gives a damn about him. At MITB, it’s every man for himself, but the biggest challenge isn’t either of these two; it’s him, trying to figure out how to get the belts through airport security every week, because after Sunday, he’ll be both the US and the WWE World Champion, fella.
Cesaro and Paul Heyman come out. Heyman says that, for the first time ever at MITB, the title will be decided in a Ladder Match, where we are guaranteed a new champion. However, it won’t be any of these guys; it’ll be his client. He talks about how great of a strategist he is, and his strategist will take Cesaro all the way to the title.
Roman Reigns comes down through the crowd (with a slightly modified version of the Shield entrance theme, but only slightly). He says that, ever since Seth Rollins stabbed him in the back, he’s had a lot of trouble trusting people these days. The only thing that matters now is the WWE title, and he doesn’t care how many there are who those people think they are; there’s not a man in this ring that’s going to stop him now. He gets right in Cena’s face as he is saying this, and Cena begins taking off gear, looking to fight.
Before that happens, Randy Orton comes down and says Reigns has finally learned he can’t trust anyone. Let’s not forget Orton is the face of WWE, and the company was at an all-time high when he was champion. Reigns says he’s going to run through everyone in the ring. Orton isn’t in the ring, and Reigns isn’t going to run through him. As a matter of fact, at MITB, those titles are coming home with him. Reigns drops to the floor and immediately goes after Orton. They brawl near the stage, and now a brawl has started between the remaining four in the ring. ADR and Cesaro are tossed to the floor, with Cena and Sheamus left standing.
MATCH 2: Dolph Ziggler vs. Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett (non-title)
Ziggler gets a cut-away promo, also stating his desire to be in the MITB Match. When BNB comes out, he’s afraid he’s got some bad news. He has every intention of winning the MITB Match. So, the other competitors in the match are like the US team in the World Cup. They might have high aspirations, but BNB will destroy all of them. BNB nails a boot and a series of forearms to the back. Ziggler ducks a clothesline, avoids a bodyslam and hits a dropkick. He misses a corner splash, and BNB kicks him off the ropes and to the floor. Commercials.
Back from the break, BNB has Ziggler in a modified surfboard. Ziggler fights out, avoids a corner whip, but then gets kicked in the ribs off a headscissors attempt for 2. BNB knee-chokes Ziggler over the middle rope, then hits a series of kneelifts through the ropes before booting Ziggler to the floor once again. Outside, BNB sends Ziggler over the barricade and into the timekeeper’s area. BNB pulls him back over and rolls him in the ring for 2 before applying a modified abdominal stretch. Ziggler counters with a jawbreaker, nails a back elbow, ducks a clothesline and hits a cross-body into some mounted punches. BNB recovers and nails a quick Winds of Change for 2. He signals for the Bull Hammer, but Ziggler ducks, causing BNB to collide with the top buckle. Ziggler hits some mounted punches, and BNB holds onto him, looking for a powerbomb. Ziggler rolls through into a sunset flip, scoring the 3.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler celebrates in the corner after the match, and as he jumps off the middle rope, BNB knocks him out with the Bull Hammer.
MATCH 3: Titus O’Neil vs. Adam Rose (w/the Rose Buds)
They lock up, and Titus backs Rose into the corner for a right. He hits a chop and another right in the adjacent corner before sending Rose across the ring. Rose ducks a corner clothesline and rolls Titus up in a schoolboy for 3.
WINNER: Adam Rose.
Titus tells Rose that he’s not going to take advantage of Titus like that. He wasn’t ready. He tells Rose to get back in the ring right now, and they won’t be partying after it’s over this time.
MATCH 4: Titus O’Neil vs. Adam Rose
Rose slaps Titus. Titus charges in, misses another clothesline and gets rolled up in a schoolboy for 3.
WINNER: Adam Rose.
MATCH 5: Kane vs. Dean Ambrose
Seth Rollins is on commentary. Ambrose immediately charges at Kane with rights before running into a big boot. Kane nails an uppercut, hits a corner whip and a sidwalk slam for 2. Kane nails a forearm across the top of the head, then a straight right in the corner. He follows up with a series of kneelifts, then nails another big boot. Ambrose gets whipped across the ring and hit with a corner clothesline. Ambrose blocks a second attempt, goes up top and hits a seated missile dropkick. Ambrose nails a series of punches and a pair of kicks. Kane shoves him into the ropes, and he comes back with a rebound clothesline. Another seated dropkick connects, and now Ambrose mounts the corner for some punches. Kane shoves him off and goes for the chokeslam. Ambrose escapes and connects with a tornado DDT for 2. He signals for Dirty Deeds until he spots Rollins standing up at the announce desk. Kane charges in, and Ambrose low-bridges him to the floor. Ambrose levels him with a suicide dive, then dives over the desk onto Rollins, peppering him with rights. He dives onto Kane and dives right into an uppercut. Kane rolls Ambrose back in and hits a chokeslam for 3.
After the match, Rollins gives Ambrose the jumping curb stomp.
Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger are in the ring. Zeb says an injustice occurred here last week when Big E took a handout, he took a distraction from a blonde bimbo to get the advantage over Swagger, and Zeb doesn’t like that. With that said, Zeb wants to know how long E has been in cahoots with Lana. Also, does E believe what she says about America? Before Zeb can go any further, E comes out for the match.
MATCH 6: Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Big E
Swagger immediately hits a front chopblock, then follows up with a series of kneelifts in the corner. E gets clotheslined to the floor, and Swagger rolls him back in. Swagger shoves E into the corner and whips him across the ring. E avoids the splash and hits a vertical splash. The Big Ending connects for 3.
WINNER: Big E.
Fandango is in the back, waiting for Layla to finish getting ready. He comes across Summer Rae, and she wants to apologize for how she’s been acting lately. She didn’t treat him right when they were together, and she understands why he left her. Layla is the right choice for him, because she loves him…but she doesn’t love him like Rae does. Rae then shoves her tongue down his throat as Layla comes out of the dressing room. She fake-cries and goes back inside.
MATCH 7: Bo Dallas vs. Fandango
After Fandango comes out, Summer Rae runs down to the ring and tries to start dancing with him before leaving the ring. Layla runs down and attacks her from behind as the bell rings. Fandango tries to pull them apart as the roll into the ring. Layla backhands Fandango and continues the brawl. Fandango pulls Rae off, and Layla goes for the Bombshell. Rae ducks and she nails Layla. Rae bails and Layla goes after her. Dallas checks on Fandango, then immediately hits the Running Bo-Dog for 3.
WINNER: Bo Dallas. Remember when Fandango beat Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania? Look where he’s at now.
Dallas tells Fandango it’s okay, and that there are plenty of fish in the sea. One day, he’ll catch the right one. All he has to do is Bolieve.
The Wyatt Family appear on the screen. Bray Wyatt says in nature, man has always fascinated him. Men run around like blind mice, chasing after a piece of cheese. Well, riddle him this: what shall happen when a snake enters the maze? He’ll play the game for now, but he is the king. He is the designer of chaos and decides who does what & when. When he clamps down, the world will shake. At MITB, he will end this childlike charade. All he has to do is climb the ladder and take what is his. Enter the era of Wyatt. Run.
MATCH 8-4-on-3 Handicap Match: Roman Reigns, WWE United States Champion Sheamus and John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman), Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt
Sheamus and Cesaro start with a lock-up. They jockey for position in the corner, with Sheamus giving a clean break. Cesaro hits a cheap shot, and Sheamus comes back with some shots of his own. Cesaro hits a waistlock takedown, then smacks Sheamus across the back of the head before tagging in Wyatt. Wyatt clubs Sheamus in the corner, nailing him with a headbutt and an uppercut. Sheamus comes back with a running shoulder in the corner and a kneelift. Wyatt’s team distracts Sheamus, allowing Wyatt to nail him from behind. Cesaro tags back in and nails Sheamus with some rights. Sheamus comes back with a few of his own before hitting a tilt-a-whirl powerslam and some forearms to the chest. Cena tags in and hits a few rights. Cesaro gets corner-whipped, and Cena follows up with a running facebuster, then a big boot. ADR tags in and applies a side headlock. They crisscross, and Cena hits a hiptoss. Sheamus tags in and beats ADR down in the corner before hitting a neckbreaker for 0. ADR comes back with a weak thrust kick and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro nails some jabs in the corner, then hits a big boot. Cesaro connects with a suplex, then corner-whips him. Sheamus blocks the charge and hits an Irish Curse for 2. He tosses Cesaro to the apron for the Ten Beats of the Bodhran, then knocks him off with a forearm to the back of the head. Commercials.
[adinserter block=”2″]Back from the break, ADR is in control for his team, hitting Sheamus with a suplex for 2. He applies a rear chinlock, but Sheamus fights out. ADR comes back with a kick, but then runs into a rolling fireman’s carry slam. Orton and Cena tag in. Cena loads the spaceship with the rocket fuel, then hits the Proto-Plex and the Five-Knuckle Shuffle. He looks for the AA, but Orton grabs the top rope and drops to the floor. Cena goes after him, and now we’ve got a stand-off between the two teams, which shortly breaks out into a brawl. Orton gets Cena back on the apron, where he hits him with a suspended DDT. Orton taunts Reigns on the apron, then turns his focus back on Cena, beating him down in the corner while apparently channeling the Berzerker. Wyatt tags in and nails a kick to the chest before knocking Cena down with a right hand. Cena pulls himself up in the corner, and Wyatt crushes him with an avalanche. Cena blocks a second one before running into a standing uranage for 2. ADR tags in and hits a thrust kick to the face. He pounds Cena down with rights before missing a dropkick, sending himself through the ropes in the process. Cesaro picks ADR up and rolls him back in, allowing ADR to tag out to Orton, who snaps off a quick powerslam for 2 as he stares at Reigns. Orton peppers Cena with rights, then stomps him in the face before Cesaro tags in. Cesaro nails Cena with a European uppercut, then beats him down in the corner. Cesaro hits a delayed vertical suplex and floats over for 2 before going right into some mounted punches and a double-stomp for 2. Cesaro applies a rear chinlock, and Cena gets to his feet. Cesaro turns it into a side headlock as Reigns begs for a tag. Cena eventually counters into a weak back suplex, and now both are down. Cena goes for a tag, but Cesaro intercepts him with a Very European uppercut for 2. Cesaro stares at the belts above the ring, then nails Cena with a gut shot. He knocks Cena down with a straight right, then tags in ADR. ADR hits the step-up enziguri for 2, then proceeds to punch Cena in the ear for some reason. Up top, ADR kind of hops off, where he kind of gets caught with a sort-of dropkick by Cena. God, he’s awful. He gets back up and dropkicks Cena in the knee before hitting a thrust kick to the face for 2. Cesaro tags in and boots Sheamus off the apron before getting hit with a back-body drop by Cena. Reigns and ADR tag in. Reigns nails a clothesline, then knocks Orton off the apron. He hits another clothesline, followed by a corner version and an uppercut, sending ADR to the bottom rope. Reigns slides outside, nails Wyatt, then runs around to the side of the ring for a jumping kick to the side of ADR’s head. He ducks a Cesaro clothesline, and Cesaro turns around into one by Sheamus. Reigns is back in the ring, and Orton causes a distraction. ADR tries to attack from behind, but Reigns sees him coming and picks him up on his shoulders. ADR escapes and shoves him into Wyatt who is on the apron now. Wyatt nails a right hand, but Reigns shakes it off and hits the Superman Punch. Orton comes back in and goes for the RKO, but Reigns simply shoves him to the floor. ADR nails a kick to the gut and goes for the rolling jujigatame. Reigns shoves him off into the ropes and hits a spear on the rebound for 3.
WINNER: John Cena, Roman Reigns and Sheamus.
The three faces stare each other down, look up at the belts, then celebrate their win.
End of show.
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