This week’s WWE SmackDown is from Manchester, England, and in the main event, CM Punk will team with Daniel Bryan to face Ryback and Curtis Axel. Also, Alberto Del Rio challenges John Cena to an arm wrestling match.
Rowan and Jey start the match with a slugfest before Jey hits a European uppercut. Rowan comes back with a kneelift to the gut, then applies a side headlock before driving Jey head-first into the top buckle. Harper tags in and hits a European uppercut, sending Jey into the corner. Jey gets whipped across the ring, but blocks a charge with a boot. He rams Harper into his corner, tagging in Jimmy. Jimmy hits a forearm to the face, but Harper comes back with a European uppercut and a headbutt. Jimmy hits an uppercut before Jey makes a blind tag off the ropes. Jey hits an uppercut, and Jimmy hits a thrust kick to the midsection. Jey comes in and runs right into an uppercut by Harper. Rowan tags in and hits a jumping kneedrop near the ropes. He hits a second one, then lands a big bodyslam for 2. A neck vice is applied by Rowan, and Jey fights out before getting clubbed down. He escapes a back suplex and tags in Jimmy, who hits a couple of forearms and a thrust kick to the gut. Jimmy tries something off the ropes, but winds up getting back body dropped in an awkward spot for 2. Jimmy comes back with a sunset flip, dodges a sit-down splash and hits a low seated dropkick. Rowan runs into a boot in the corner, but recovers and hiptosses Jimmy into the buckles. Commercials.
Back from the break, Harper is the legal man, and he has the Gator Roll applied on Jimmy before turning it into a side headlock. Jimmy fights out before getting avalanched against the ropes. Harper boots him through the middle and bottom ropes before catapulting him into the middle one. Rowan tags in and hits a modified backbreaker for 2. Jimmy manages to hit a reverse Dragon Whip off the ropes, and now both men are down. Jey and Harper tag in, and Jey hits the hot-tag offense before landing a mule kick to the gut and an uppercut. He hits a splash in the corner, avoids a corner whip and comes off the top with a flying clothesline. He hits a Samoan drop after ducking a clothesline, and Harper crawls to the corner, where he runs out of the corner with a big boot for 2 as Jimmy breaks up the pin. Rowan runs in, and Jimmy low-bridges him to the floor. Harper sends Jimmy flying, and when he turns around, Jey hits a superkick for 2. Harper rolls to the floor, and Jimmy hits a plancha over the top rope. Jey tries the same thing, but Harper gets up to the apron and blasts Jey with a forearm before getting back in the ring and hitting the discus clothesline for 3.
WINNERS: Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt. After the match, Bray Wyatt enters the ring. The Usos try to fight back, but are double-teamed by Harper and Rowan. They hold Jimmy, and Wyatt assaults him as Jey is still laid out on the floor. Wyatt hits Sister Abigail on Jimmy, and Harper rolls him to the outside with his head. Wyatt says that, at Survivor Series, they will teach the world how to leave a scar. They will turn heroes into victims, and leave their venom pulsating in their veins so they can never forget the taste of tragedy. CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, his advice to you is run.
We see Curtis Axel backstage, along with Ryback, who is pacing. Ryback tells Axel if he’s still a Paul Heyman guy, he has no intention of teaming up tonight. He reminds us what Heyman said about him on RAW. If Axel still sucks up to Heyman, Ryback won’t team with him tonight. Axel turns the tables and reminds Ryback of how badly he sucked up to Heyman. He says he’s not a Paul Heyman Guy anymore either, and tonight, they should focus on taking their frustrations out on Punk and Bryan.
R-Truth is rapping in the locker room area when the Prime-Time Players enter and join him in rapping. After this for a minute, Truth rambles about making millions of dollars tonight. I barely understood any of that.
MATCH 2: Natalya vs. Tamina Snuka (w/WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee)
Nattie backs Tamina into the corner before hair-whipping her down. Nattie slams her head into the mat a few times, then goes for a corner whip. Tamina reverses and runs into a back elbow before hitting a Samoan drop. Tamina misses a splash, as well as a corner charge. Nattie hits a discus clothesline, and now AJ is on the apron. Tamina tries to charge from behind, but Nattie moves, causing her to collide with AJ. Nattie rolls Tamina up in a schoolgirl, then turns it into a Sharpshooter for the submission win.
We are in Vickie Guerrero’s office when she’s approached by Brad Maddox. Maddox says he wouldn’t want to be her when the the Levesques get back from vacation. Vickie says Maddox is the GM of RAW and Kane is the Director of Operations, and they didn’t override her on Monday. They’ll get in trouble, not her, and she can’t wait to watch them both squirm.
MATCH 3: The Union Jacks (Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater) vs. The Prime-Time Players (Titus O’Neil & Darren Young) and R-Truth
3MB are now apparently called “The Union Jacks”. I have heard this gimmick change may stick, so we’ll see when next week rolls around. Titus and Mahal start the match. Titus blocks a boot and whips Mahal down face-first. He catches Mahal out of the corner and just swings him across the ring. Mahal comes back with a kneelift, and Drew makes the blind tag. Titus fights them both off until Drew hits a flying boot. He chops Titus in the corner before beating him down and tagging in Slater. 3MB triple-team him as Mahal makes a tag, and he hits a running knee to the face for 2. Slater tags back in and hits a snapmare before hitting a few rights for 2. Slater applies a rear chinlock as JBL has to cover himself for accidentally using “heat” as a wrestling term. Titus comes back with a shoulder off the ropes, and both men are down. Truth tags in, and he hits a pair of clotheslines, a series of rights and a jumping side kick after ducking a clothesline. The Hat Rack Crack connects for 2 as Drew breaks up the pin. Mahal comes in and receives the Clash of the Titus as Drew gets the Gut Check from Young. Truth hits Lil’ Jimmy on Slater and gets 3.
WINNERS: The Prime-Time Players and R-Truth.
Michael Cole is in the ring with an arm wrestling table. He introduces Alberto Del Rio, who asks if John Cena will accept his challenge to an arm wrestling match. He wants Cena’s answer right now, perro. Cena’s music hits after about a minute, and this UK crowd is heavily booing him. Cena comes out with his left arm wrapped in a brace. Cena says they have an audience, an announcer, a referee and a table, so let’s have an arm-wrestling challenge right now. ADR tried to break his arm on Monday. The left arm is bad, but the right one is good. Now, Cena is going to break ADR’s arm. JBL mentions Scott “Flash” Norton, which makes me happy. Cena beats ADR in about 2 seconds. Literally. ADR demands a rematch, saying he wasn’t ready. Cena agrees, and now we’re going again. Cena then stands up and does the “You can’t see me” gesture before sitting back down. Cena once again beats ADR in about 2 seconds, and ADR immediately hits him in the face with a left. He kicks Cena in the bad arm then lands a thrust kick to the face. He traps Cena’s good arm in a folding chair, but Cena escapes. ADR ducks a chair shot before catching Cena out of the corner and hitting a spinebuster through the table.
MATCH 4: The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) vs. The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki)
The crowd was completely silent for the Funkadactyls’ entrance. Nikki ruins tall socks for me tonight. Cameron and Nikki start the match. Nikki applies a waistlock, and Cameron counters with a split snapmare before applying an armbar. She goes for a sunset flip, but Nikki catches her in an Alabama Slam for 1. She hits a hammerlock slam for 2, then sends Cameron into the corner. Cameron boots her before hitting a cross-body from the middle rope. Naomi tags in, and the Funkadactyls hit a double seated dropkick and a double suicide for 2. Nikki escapes a slam before applying a front chancery, and now Brie tags in. Brie hits a clothesline and a pair of Dropsh*ts before hitting a missile dropkick from the middle for 2. Naomi escapes a back suplex and hits a bodyscissors into an Ace Crusher for 2. Nikki takes out Cameron before Naomi hits the Rear View on Brie for 3.
WINNERS: The Funkadactyls.
Renee Young is standing by with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. She talks about the feud with the Wyatt Family, then asks several questions that can be answered with “Yes!”, which the two do simultaneously. Bryan calls them “The Beard and the Best”. Punk likes it, but Bray Wyatt doesn’t. He calls Wyatt brilliant and says no one knows anything about the Family other than they are dangerous. After they go through the Family, they’re going after Wyatt. The easiest way to kill a snake is to cut off his head, and they’re going to do just that.
MATCH 5-2-on-1 Handicap Match: Camacho and Hunico vs. The Great Khali
Hey, it’s Camacho and Hunico! Bet you forgot they still worked here. Sad, because they could be a good team if pushed properly. I know Hunico was out with an injury, but that’s beside the point. Camacho starts for his team and runs into a forearm to the head. Khali throws him to the corner and hits an open-hand chop. Camach kicks Khali in the leg and begins attacking him in the corner before tagging in Hunico. Camacho gets whipped into Khali and eats a back elbow. He takes Hunico out with a clothesline, then a brain chop connects on Camacho. Hunico comes off the top rope, right into the Punjabi Plunge for 3.
WINNER: The Great Khali.
MATCH 6: CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel and Ryback
Punk and Axel lock up before Axel applies a side headlock. Punk fights out before getting shouldered off the ropes. They crisscross, and it ends with a hiptoss by Punk. He applies an arm wringer and tags in Bryan, who comes off the top with a double axe handle to the arm. He snaps Axel’s arm over his own shoulder before hitting a kitchen sink off the ropes for 2. Back to the arm wringer, but Axel backs Bryan into the corner to break it. Ryback tags in and begins shouldering Bryan in the corner before sending him hard across the ring. Bryan avoids a charge, and Ryback lands face-first into the middle buckle. Punk tags in the faces hit a double dropkick for 2. Punk ducks a pair of clotheslines and goes for a cross-body, but Ryback catches him and hits a bodyslam. Axel tags in and hits a series of elbows for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Punk counters with a back suplex and hits the Pepsi Max in the corner before hitting a short-arm clothesline. He goes for the Macho Elbow, but Ryback pulls Axel to the floor. Punk and Bryan take them out with a double suicide dive. Commercials.
WINNER: No contest. The beating on Axel continues as Harper sends Rowan in for an avalanche. Rowan whips Axel into a big boot by Harper. Ryback gets to his feet, and now the Family is assaulting him as well. Harper holds Ryback as Rowan nails him with rights. The two then send him to the floor as Wyatt looks under the ring for something. He stomps both Axel and Ryback as Punk and Bryan emerge from under the ring on the other side. They hit Harper and Rowan with kicks before bailing and heading up the ramp.
End of show.
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