This week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown, Christian faces Sheamus in the main event. Also, Rey Mysterio teams with the Rhodes boys to take on the Wyatt Family.
Daniel Bryan makes his way down to the ring, and we’re going into our opening match.
Bryan’s shoulder is taped up as a result of the attack by Kane on Monday. Swagger immediately goes for the arm. Bryan shoves him off, hits a few kicks and a drop-toehold. Bryan applies a side headlock, and Swagger counters into an armbar. The two crisscross, and Bryan lands a kitchen sink. He nails Swagger with a series of kicks in the corner, backflips off a whip, ducks a clothesline and nails one of his own. Swagger slumps in the corner, and Bryan lands a pair of running dropkicks. Swagger bails to the floor before Bryan can hit a third, but Bryan manages to dropkick him through the ropes. Swagger catches him running off the apron and drops him arm-first across the barricade. Bryan then gets sent shoulder-first into the barricade, and Swagger follows that up by gorilla-pressing Bryan into the ring post, with Bryan’s shoulder taking most of the move. Back in the ring, Swagger covers Bryan for 2 before applying a hammerlock. He turns it into a wristlock and picks Bryan up while maintaining the hold. Bryan gets his arm tied across the top rope, and Swagger hits a series of kneelifts to the shoulder. Back to the hammerlock, Swagger turns it into an elevated belly-to-belly while keeping the arm locked. Swagger hits the move again for 2. Swagger sets Bryan on the tope turnbuckle and looks for the belly-to-belly again. Bryan slides out and blasts Swagger with the running knee strike for 3.
WINNER: Daniel Bryan.
Vickie Guerrero and Kane make their way out onto the stage. Vickie congratulates Bryan on his victory. For that inspiring performance, he has been awarded an opportunity to compete in another match tonight…against Cesaro, and that starts right now.
MATCH 2: Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro (w/Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger)
Cesaro immediately shoves Bryan into the corner and stomps him down. Bryan pulls himself to the apron, and Cesaro grabs Bryan by the arm, whipping it into the ring post. Back in the ring, Cesaro slams the bad arm into the mat, then yanks it through the ropes before standing on it. Cesaro applies a modified top wristlock, then shoves Bryan into the buckles. Bryan trips him face-first into the middle buckle, then begins nailing some kicks. Cesaro is set on the top rope, but he fights Bryan off and drives his knee into Bryan’s shoulder for 2. Cesaro hits a hammerlock slam and follows up with a double stomp to the shoulder for 2. Cesaro applies another wristlock, then slams the arm into the mat. He kicks the bad shoulder a few times, then snaps Bryan over by his arm. Bryan hits a back elbow out of the corner and goes for a dive, but Cesaro catches him mid-air with a shoulderbreaker for 2. Cesaro applies an armbar, then hits a European uppercut. Bryan recovers and low-bridges Cesaro to the floor and takes him out with a suicide dive. Cesaro gets rolled back in the ring, and that’s when Zeb climbs up onto the apron. He distracts Bryan, and that’s enough for Cesaro to boot him back to the floor. Swagger grabs a chair and approaches Bryan, but referee Chad Patton sees it and ejects Swagger from ringside. Zeb gets in Patton’s face, so Patton ejects him as well. Commercials.
Back from the break, Cesaro has Bryan in an armbar. We see Kane sitting at ringside now. Cesaro hits a running European uppercut in the corner, then sets Bryan on the top rope. After a couple of gut shots, Cesaro heads up for a superplex. Bryan fights him off before knocking him down with a headbutt. Bryan gets to his feet on the top and nails a seated missile dropkick. Bryan fires up the Yes! Kicks, but Cesaro blocks the Buzzsaw and goes right into the Cesaro Swing for 20 revolutions. Bryan rolls to the apron, and Cesaro shoves him the rest of the way to the floor before heading outside himself. Cesaro rolls Bryan back in, and when he gets himself back in, Bryan rolls him up in a small package for 2. Back to his feet, Bryan goes for a hurricanrana, but Cesaro counters into the Very European Uppercut for 2. Bryan pulls himself to his feet in the corner, and Cesaro nails him with a running European uppercut. He follows up with a series of gut shots, but Bryan surprises him with a running knee strike. Before Bryan can go for the pin, Kane hits the ring and drops Bryan with a chokeslam, leading to the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Daniel Bryan. Kane grabs a mic and announces Bryan as the winner due to outside interference. As Bryan gets to his feet, Cesaro gets back in the ring and drops him with a Neutralizer.
Renee Young is standing by with Christian. She says we saw a new, aggressive attitude from Christian on Monday. Christian says he’s been desperate since he returned. The last couple of weeks haven’t gone how he wanted them to, and he’s more desperate than ever. No one is going to help him, and if he wants one more match, he’s gotta be desperate. Sheamus will find out just how desperate tonight, and he will go on, win the EC, and become the WWE World Champion if it’s the last thing he does in this company.
The Wyatt Family make their way down to the ring. Bray Wyatt says there isn’t much else to say. The Shield don’t realize it yet, but they are just three dominoes set up in a line. When they get knocked down, the next will follow. They beg people to believe in them. How will anyone believe in the Shield when they are crawling on their hands and knees, looking up at the eater of worlds? Follow the buzzards.
MATCH 2: The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt) vs. Rey Mysterio, Goldust and Cody Rhodes
Rey and Harper start the match. Harper immediately begins clubbing Rey across the back, then stands on his throat. Rey avoids a clothesline, tags Rhodes, and the two hit a double dropkick. Harper comes back with a right and a European uppercut, followed by a headbutt. Rhodes answers with a misdirection clothesline for 2. Harpter boots Rhodes and nails an uppercut. Rowan tags in and clubs Rhodes across the back. He knocks Rhodes down with a headbutt, then goes for a powerslam. Rhodes escapes and dropkicks Rowan in the knee. Goldust tags in and hits a gut shot, followed by an uppercut. He hits two more in the corner, and Rowan comes back with a kneelift. He misses a corner splash, but then catches a cross-body attempt by Goldust and turns it into a fall-away slam. Wyatt tags in and hits an uppercut. He sends Goldust sternum-first into the buckles before hitting a big cothesline. He stomps Goldust, then hits a big elbow for 1. Goldust gets choked over the middle rope as Rowan tags in. Rowan hits a headbutt, then boots Goldust in the gut. He nails a forearm to the head, and a jumping kneedrop gets 2. Harper tags and drops a trio of elbows before applying a rear chinlock. Goldust fights out with rights, but runs into a back elbow. Harper applies a quick Gator Roll, then turns it into a side headlock. He nails a couple of elbows to the back of the head, then locks in the Gator Roll/headlock combo once more. Goldust falls back into the corner, then hits a sunset flip powerbomb. Rhodes tags in and hits a springboard missile dropkick. He nails the Goldust uppercut, then comes off the top with a moonsault for 2. Rey makes a tag as Harper gets low-bridged. Rey kicks Harper in the face, and Rhodes skeeballs him into a splash on the outside. Rey hits a spinning headscissors on the floor before Harper rolls back in. He sets up the 619, but Harper recovers and nails a clothesline. Wyatt tags in and gets 2. Wyatt beats Rey down in the corner with headbutts. Rowan tags in, hits a bodyslam, then locks Rey in a swinging bearhug. Rey breaks the hold with elbows to the head and goes for another headscissors, but Rowan counters into a sidewalk slam for 2. Harper back in, and he stomps Rey down before raking the eyes. He hits a European uppercut, then another, then rakes at the face and hits a big suplex. Wyatt tags in and corner-whips Rey. Wyatt squashes him with an avalanche, but misses a second one as Rey counters with a drop-toehold into the middle buckle. Rowan tags in and gets nailed with a boot. Rey tags in Goldust, who hits a clothesline, an uppercut, an inverted atomic drop and a spinebuster. Harper receives an uppercut on the apron, then runs into a kneelift. He comes back with a back elbow and hits a cross-body from the top rope. Wyatt runs in and gets sent to the floor. Rowan receives an uppercut that sends him into the ropes. Rey comes in with a 619, and Goldust hits a powerslam for 2 as Harper breaks it up. Rey tries a hurricanrana on Harper, but gets caught and thrown into the barricade. Rhodes wipes Harper out with a top rope plancha as Wyatt makes the tag. Goldust sees him coming in and knocks him to the floor. He hits a bulldog on Rowan, then sets him up for the Golden Globes. Before he can hit it, Wyatt intercepts him with a running back elbow. He follows up with Sister Abigail and gets 3.
WINNERS: The Wyatt Family.
Byron Saxton is in the locker room with Sheamus. He asks about Christian tonight, as well as EC. Sheamus says he’s responsible for Christian’s new aggressive side. Christian is dangerous, but Sheamus couldn’t be happier. He’s looking forward to a knock-down, drag-out fight. Last week, he Brogue Kicked Christian by accident. Tonight, it’ll be on purpose.
Oh, for joy. We get another Emma/Summer Rae dance-off tonight.
Emma and Santino Marella make their way down to the ring, as Fandango and Summer Rae area already there. Renee Young goes over the rules, and the audience will determine the winner based on applause. You all know how this goes, and I’m sure you can all see the end result coming a mile away. Summer Rae is up first, and she dances. Emma does a dance called the “Advanced Shopping Trolley”, which is the exact same dance she always does, but to different music. Rae says she wasn’t ready, then asks for them to play Fandango’s music. She then does her normal ballroom stuff, ending in a split. Rae looks like Paris Hilton, and that’s not a compliment. Now it’s time for Emma’s crap. Again, this might as well be the same damn segment from Emma’s official debut a few weeks back. Of course, the crowd boos Rae and cheers Emma, so she’s declared the winner. Rae then tries to throw Emma to the floor, but Emma reverses. Fandango then drops Santino with a knee to the gut before dancing for Emma. Emma pushes him over Santino, then dropkicks him to the floor. JBL makes a joke about weed being legal in Colorado in regards to Emma winning.
Another video for Lana and Alexander Rusev.
MATCH 3: Dolph Ziggler vs. Titus O’Neil
Darren Young is on commentary. To think Ziggler was World Champion just a little over a year ago. Now he’ll be jobbing to Titus O’Neil, who was barely an afterthought back then. Ziggler applies a waistlock, but Titus escapes and tosses Ziggler away. Ziggler hits a couple of kicks and a dropkick. Titus catches a cross-body, hits a backbreaker and throws Ziggler face-first onto the mat. He nails a forearm to the back, then hits a chop in the corner before working on Ziggler’s right arm with an armbar. He picks Ziggler up for a rear chinlock, and Ziggler counters with a jawbreaker. He avoids a corner charge, ducks a clothesline and hits a cross-body. Ziggler jumps on Titus in the corner and nails some punches to the head and hits a neckbreaker. He goes for the rocker dropper, but Titus sidesteps him and hits a big boot. Young leaves the announce desk and begins blowing on Titus’ whistle. Titus is distracted, and Ziggler rolls him up for 3.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler. Looks like I was wrong about Ziggler losing. Still, he should be higher on the card.
MATCH 4: WWE Tag Team Co-Champion the Road Dogg (w/Billy Gunn) vs. Jimmy Uso (w/Jey Uso)
The two lock up, and Jimmy backs Dogg into the corner. Dogg nails a couple of rights, then throws Jimmy to the adjacent corner. Jimmy blocks an Irish whip and goes for a hiptoss. Dogg blocks it and hits a running boot to the head for 2. Dogg applies a rear chinlock, then kicks Jimmy in the back. He follows up with a boot to the gut and a shot to the head before getting 2 off a snapmare. Dogg applies a rear chinlock, and Jimmy fights out before getting clubbed down. Dogg comes off the ropes and runs into a Samoan drop. Jimmy ducks a clothesline and hits a mule kick. Dogg comes back with the Juke ‘n’ Jive, but Jimmy avoids the last shot and hits a full-nelson bomb. He goes for a running hip bump, but Dogg slides to the floor. He hits an uppercut, gets back in the ring and goes for the Stretch Armstrong. Jimmy escapes and lands a superkick for 3.
WINNER: Jimmy Uso.
MATCH 5: Sheamus vs. Christian
They lock up, and Sheamus backs Christian to the corner before giving a clean break. They do the same spot again, and Sheamus challenges Christian to get aggressive. Christian applies a side headlock, then gets shouldered off the ropes. Christian applies a waistlock, but Sheamus breaks it and hits another shoulderblock. Christian rolls to the apron for a break, then gets back in for another lock-up. He breaks the hold and hits a trio of uppercuts. Sheamus no-sells them and assaults Christian in the corner. Christian gets whipped across the ring and Sheamus goes for a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Christian escapes, then low-bridges Sheamus to the floor. He misses a baseball slide, and Sheamus picks him up in an attempt to lawn-dart him into the ring post. Christian escapes, so Sheamus picks him up and hits a rolling fireman’s carry slam on the floor. Commercials.
WINNER: Sheamus. That was actually a really great main event if you get the chance to check it out. Sheamus is so much better than most give him credit for.
As Sheamus is celebrating, Christian knocks him off the buckles, and he lands shoulder-first on the floor outside.
End of show.
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