This week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown opens up with a video for the Wyatt Family and their feud with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. I have to say the potential in this feud is quite great.
Immediately following the video, CM Punk makes his way out into the arena. He says “Best in the world” means a whole lot of things to a lot of different people, and to the Wyatt Family, that means a 3-on-1 beatdown. They have a problem, and that is CM Punk. He doesn’t know why they attacked him, nor does anyone else. He doesn’t care what the reason is, though, as he’s here to fight. He’s used to being outnumbered, but he’s never outgunned. He squashed the biggest rat in WWE in Paul Heyman, so if the Wyatts want a fight, how about right now, face-to-face? He’s here, and he’s here all night long. He’s not going anywhere until they show up and he can kick them in their faces.
Instead of the Wyatts, we get Curtis Axel, sans Heyman. Axel stops on the stage and tells Punk he needs to shut his mouth. He doesn’t care about the Wyatts. They can wait in line. He and Punk have some unfinished business. Because of Punk, Heyman is laid up in a hospital bed in Europe. But Axel is going to make him proud. He just talked to Vickie Guerrero, and she granted him a match with Punk. Right now.
MATCH 1: CM Punk vs. Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel (non-title)
Axel immediately boots Punk and throws him to the corner, stomping him down to the mat. Axel grinds his knee into Punk’s face, then hits a chop and a punch to the face. Punk gets whipped across the ring, but comes back with a back elbow. He throws Axel to the corner, then climbs up top, hitting a double axe handle. Punk picks him back up and assaults him in the corner. Punk hits a snapmare and a dropkick to the back of the head. Punk spins Axel in circles with kicks to the back of the knee, but Axel recovers and sends Punk face-first into the middle buckle. Punk gets launched to the outside, but he manages to sweep Axel on the apron, sending him crashing to the floor. Punk drops Axel gut-first across the barricade as we go to commercials.
[adinserter block=”1″]Back from the break, Axel is back in control with an armbar. Punk tries to counter into a GTS, but Axel escapes to the floor. Punk baseball slides him, then heads outside to roll Axel back in. Axel rolls to the floor once more and rams Punk back-first into the barricade. Axel rolls Punk back in for a 2-count, then begins driving his forearm into Punk’s chest, getting another 2. Axel hits a backbreaker near the corner, then comes off the middle rope with another forearm drop for 2. Axel sends Punk to the corner, and Punk fights out with chops to the chest. Axel reverses a corner whip, runs into a boot, then dodges a twisting cross-body from the top rope. Axel levels Punk with a clothesline for 2, then applies a crossface. Punk gets to his feet and counters into a back suplex. Both men get to their feet, Punk ducks a clothesline and hits a jumping side kick. He ducks another clothesline and hits a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Axel pulls himself to his feet in the corner, and Punk hits him with the Pepsi Max. He follows up with a short-arm clothesline, then heads to the top rope for the Macho Elbow. Before he can hit it, the lights go out. When they come back on, Punk is distracted, and Axel hits a clothesline to the back of the head. He follows up with the Perfect-Plex, but it’s only good for 2. Axel pounds Punk in the back of the head repeatedly. He goes for the Stone Cutter, but Punk counters into a backslide, then turns that into a GTS for 3.
WINNER: CM Punk. After the match, we hear Bray Wyatt laughing. The lights go out once more, and Wyatt appears on the TitanTron. He simply stares at Punk before blowing out his light.
MATCH 2: 3MB (Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater) vs. The Usos (Jey & Jimmy) and R-Truth
Jey starts with Slater, rolling him up in a schoolboy for 2. Jey follows up with a mule kick to the gut, then tags in Jimmy. Jimmy hits a forearm to the face, then hits a chop to the chest. Mahal makes the tag and hits Jimmy with a running knee off a Drew distraction for 2. He hits a neckbreaker and a jumping kneedrop for another 2, then tags Slater back in. Slater immediately tags Drew as he and Mahal hit a double slingshot suplex. Drew stomps Jimmy down, then hits some mounted punches. Mahal tags in, and the two pick him up in a double back suplex. Slater tags in and hits a jumping neckbreaker from this position for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Jimmy elbows out, but gets clubbed down. He escapes a bodyslam and hits a reverse Dragon Whip. Mahal tags in and knocks Jey off the apron before running into a full-nelson bomb by Jimmy. Truth tags in and hits a pair of clotheslines followed by a series of rights. He ducks a clothesline and hits a jumping side kick. He follows up with an Osaka Street Cutter for 2 as Slater breaks it up. Jey sends him and Drew to the floor before hitting a double plancha over the top rope. In the ring, Truth ducks a clothesline and hits Lil’ Jimmy for 3.
WINNERS: R-Truth and the Usos.
Later tonight, Luke Harper faces Daniel Bryan one-on-one in Harper’s SD singles debut.
MATCH 3: The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) vs. WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka
We get a cut-away promo from AJ, talking about the return of Total Divas, saying she’s the only one who actually matters out of all the divas. Snuka and Cameron start the match, with Snuka throwing Cameron to the corner. Cameron comes back with some forearms and a hip throw out of the corner. Naomi tags in and the Funkadactyls hit a double Dropsh*t. The two then dance before low-bridging Tamina to the outside. Naomi tries for a dropkick through the ropes after a couple of flips, but Snuka moves and drops Naomi with a clothesline. Back in the ring, Snuka gets 2, then rams her knee into Naomi’s face. AJ tags in, boots Naomi, then applies a guillotine. Naomi breaks the hold and backdrops AJ, but AJ rolls through and trips Naomi. Naomi hits an enziguri and tags in Cameron, who hits a clothesline and a pair of Dropsh*ts. She connects with a cross-body off the ropes, but misses a charge in the corner. Snuka tags in and misses a clothesline before getting hit with a bodyscissors into a bulldog for 2. Cameron gets sent into the corner and hits a back elbow. She goes for a dive off the middle rope, but Snuka catches her and hits a powerbomb for 2 as Naomi breaks it up. AJ interferes and eats a forearm from Naomi before Snuka nails Naomi with a big boot. She headbutts Cameron a few times, then tags in AJ, who immediately applies the Black Widow and gets the submission win.
WINNERS: AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka.
Alberto Del Rio makes his way down to the ring for one of his brilliant promos. He says he’s more than just a world-class athlete; he’s a Mexican one, and that makes him better to the rest of the world. That makes him better than any of these gringos. He should still be the World Champion, but the title was stolen from him by John Cena. You cheer for him because you have no brains. If you were smart, you would see Cena for what he really is: a thief. He’s walking around with something he doesn’t deserve. You gringos don’t know this, but at Hell in a Cell, ADR was really sick. He had a fever, his knee, elbow and neck hurt, and he had to beg the doctors to let him compete that night. Any of you lazy Americans would have called in sick that day, but not ADR, because he is Mexican and has pride. After his rematch against Cena, he’s gonna tell every gringo, “The champ is here.”
John Cena makes his way down to the ring. He says he’s normally excited to come down here, but today’s a little different because we just heard ADR is sick. He is sick, and we have done nothing for him. Cena is going to fix this with a gift from Edible Arrangements, a card that plays music when you open it up, and then write a message that says that he’s sorry that ADR is no longer the champ. ADR says this isn’t funny and calls Cena a stupid little kid. He wants Cena to leave his show right now. Cena tells ADR to make him leave. The World Champion is two feet away. He’s not calling in sick or taking the night off. ADR has a rematch, so let’s make this episode of SD a “Championship Edition” and gives the fans the rematch tonight. ADR says that’s exactly why he’s here. He wants a referee out here right now, as well as a doctor, because Cena is going back to the hospital. He’s going take his title back and break Cena’s arm tonight.
Vickie Guerrero walks out on stage and reminds them she’s in charge. The World title rematch will not take place tonight. However, ADR will face Cena for the title in two weeks at Survivor Series, and that’s what’s best for business. Cena says Vickie is sick, too, with a chronic case of diarrhea of the mouth. Vickie has done two things good for business: getting fired, and shutting up. ADR agrees with Cena. Vickie says these two will have matches tonight, and she’s picked their opponents. Cena will face Ryback. As for ADR, since he is just as disrespectful and offensive as Cena, he will take on this monster right now…which turns out to be the Great Khali.
MATCH 4: Alberto Del Rio vs. The Great Khali
The two lock up, and Khali shoves ADR back into the ropes. ADR comes back with punches to the gut before receiving a forearm to the head. Khali hits some back elbows in the corner, followed by an open-hand chop. ADR falls into the adjacent corner, where Khali sets him on the top rope for another chop, knocking him to the floor . Khali steps over the top rope and drops to the floor, where he headbutts ADR and sends him into the barricade. ADR is rolled back into the ring, then climbs back in, where ADR hotshots his left arm and hits a thrust kick. ADR stomps Khali down, drops to the outside and ties up Khali’s arm in the bottom rope. Back in the ring, ADR kicks Khali in the spine before repeatedly slamming his arm into the mat. ADR tries to apply an armlock, but Khali knees him in the head. ADR kicks him in the back and mounts the middle rope, jumping off into a boot by Khali. Khali pulls himself to his feet, hitting a back elbow in the corner. He follows up with a big boot and a forearm to the top of the head. ADR rolls to the floor, and Khali heads outside once more. He rolls ADR back in, then hits another open-hand chop in the corner. He sets ADR on the top rope, where ADR applies a jujigatame over the rope. Khali breaks the hold by slamming ADR into the arpon. Back in, ADR hits a step-up enziguri, hitting Khali in the back. He applies the rolling jujigatame, and Khali taps.
WINNER: Alberto Del Rio.
MATCH 5: Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper (w/Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt)
Bryan immediately strikes Harper before Harper beats him down in the corner. Harper foot-chokes him against the bottom buckle, then nails a European uppercut. He applies the Gator Roll into a front chancery, but Bryan fights out before Harper hits a standing avalanche against the ropes. Harper catapults him into the second rope, then sends him into the ropes. Bryan backdrops Harper to the outside and follows up with a suicide dive, slamming himself into the barricade in the process. Bryan fires up the Yes! Kicks on the outside, but it’s not long before Harper simply grabs him and throws him into the barricade, shoulder-first. Commercials.
Back from the break, Harper has Bryan in the corner and is nailing him with uppercuts. He hits a few more before Bryan begins to fight back. Harper shakes Bryan’s attack off and beals him across the ring. He hits a running boot, getting a 2-count before applying a rear chinlock. Bryan elbows out before getting a forearm to the back. Bryan comes back with kicks, ducks a clothesline and hits some more to the left leg before hitting a dragon screw. He hits another one, then applies what appears to be a Nagata Lock, only to twist the hold so he’s back on his feet. Bryan drops down to hit a few forearms to the face before getting a 2-count. Harper lands a big right out of the corner and sends him in. Bryan backflips out and hits a running clothesline off the ropes. More Yes! Kicks connect, but Harper blocks the Buzzsaw and turns the move into a sit-out powerbomb for 2. As Harper goes to grab Bryan, Bryan snares him in the Yes! Lock. Erick Rowan hits the ring on this note, stomping Bryan down.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Daniel Bryan. Harper and Rowan continue to attack Bryan for a moment until Bray Wyatt gets on the apron. CM Punk slides into the ring and attacks Harper as Bryan breaks free and knocks Rowan to the outside. Wyat continues to laugh while standing on the apron, dropping down a moment later and regrouping with the Wyatt Family. Well, aside from the DQ finish, that was a pretty awesome match. Harper’s looking good as a singles wrestler.
MATCH 6: World Champion John Cena vs. Ryback (non-title)
A lock-up starts the match, and Ryback goes into a side headlock. He turns it into a hip throw, then gets back to his feet, still applying the headlock. Cena breaks free, but gets shouldered off the ropes. Ryback reapplies the side headlock, and Cena counters into his own. Ryback breaks free, and the two meet with shoulders in the ring. Cena hits a few rights, knocking Ryback into the corner. He goes for a bulldog off the ropes, but Ryback simply launches him across the ring. Ryback knocks Cena down with a right, then hits a body blow. He presses Cena, turns him around in the ring, then drops him in a Warrior Slam. Cena pulls himself up in the corner, where Ryback hits some shoulder thrusts. He sends Cena across the ring, missing a running charge in the corner. Commercials.
[adinserter block=”2″]Back from the break, Ryback has Cena in a half-Boston crab. Cena tries to counter into the STF, but Ryback kicks him off, then runs through him with a shoulderblock. In the corner, Ryback shoots Cena across the ring, and Cena collapses to the mat upon impact. Ryback stands on the back of Cena’s neck, then foot-chokes him against the bottom rope. Ryback shoots Cena across the ring once more, and once more, Cena collapses to the mat. Ryback covers him for a pin, but only gets 2. Ryback applies a front chancery, then goes for a bearhug. Cena elbows his way out, headbutts Ryback, then backs him into the corner. Ryback reverses a whip, runs into a back elbow, then gets shouldered. Cena loads the spaceship with the rocket fuel, then hits the Proto-Bomb. He calls for the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, but Ryback pops back to his feet and hits a standing spinebuster. He calls for Shell Shocked, but Cena squirms free and counters with a DDT. Cena goes for the AA, but Ryback immediately breaks free and hits a jackhammer for 2. Ryback sets up for the Meat Hook in the corner, but Cena drop toe-holds him mid-run and applies the STF. Ryback powers his way to the ropes, breaking the hold. Cena gets back to his feet, and Ryback spears him for 2. He calls for a powerbomb, but Cena escapes mid-move and hits a full-nelson slam into a neckbreaker. Actually, not a bad move there. Cena goes to the top, hitting a cross-body. He goes for the AA once more, but Ryback grabs the top rope to break free. Cena charges in and gets caught with a running powerslam. Cena gets to his feet in the corner and boots Ryback. The two proceed to trade punches, with Cena getting the best of the exchange. He bounces off the ropes and runs right into the Meat Hook. Ryback signals for Shell Shocked and starts to run with it, but Cena escapes and hits the Attitude Adjustment for 3.
WINNER: John Cena. After the match, Alberto Del Rio hits the ring and attacks Cena with punches. He drags Cena to the ring post and wraps the bad arm around the post before hitting a thrust kick to said arm. Back in the ring, Cena comes back with some kicks and a weak clothesline, sending ADR back to the outside.
End of show.
Aside from the predictable ending, the main event was surprisingly good. Cena even added a couple of moves to his set, which is practically a Festivus miracle. Having said that, I still have no interest whatsoever in his feud with ADR.
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