The final WWE broadcast prior to Money in the Bank 2014 features Roman Reigns vs. the demon Kane in the Friday Night SmackDown main-event.
MATCH 1: WWE United States Champion Sheamus vs. Bray Wyatt (w/Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) (non-title)
Wyatt backs Sheamus into the corner right off the bat, then gives a clean break. Sheamus applies a side headlock, then shoulders him off the ropes. The two begin trading punches until Sheamus backs Wyatt into the corner. Wyatt reverses a corner whip, then runs into a pair of boots. Sheamus backflips up to the top and hits a Battering Ram. Wyatt rolls to the apron, where Sheamus goes for the 10 Beats. Wyatt fights him off and drops to the floor, where Rowan causes a distraction. Wyatt trips Sheamus on the apron, then shoves him face-first into the ring post. Commercials.
Back from the break, Wyatt levels Sheamus with a running back elbow for 2. The Usos are now at ringside to even things out. Wyatt sets Sheamus on the top rope and goes up for a superplex. Sheamus fights him off with headbutts, but then receives an uppercut that knocks him for a loop to the floor. Wyatt slides out and continues the attack at ringside. Wyatt clubs Sheamus down and rolls him into the ring for a 1-count, then continues the attack in the corner, nailing Sheamus with headbutts. Wyatt goes for a suplex, but Sheamus blocks it. Wyatt nails a knee, hits a suplex and floats over for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Sheamus fights out, but receives yet another uppercut that knocks him into the corner. Wyatt charges, and Sheamus cuts him off with a clothesline. Sheamus recovers first and tosses Wyatt to the apron. They trade more punches until Sheamus ties Wyatt up for the 10 Beats of the Bodhran, hitting 12 instead of 10, however. He picks Wyatt up for a fireman’s carry, but Wyatt escapes. Sheamus hits a pair of Irish Hammers and a running shoulder thrust. He misses the kneelift but manages to catches Wyatt with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam for 2. He goes for the Irish Clover-Leaf, but Wyatt kicks him off into the corner. Wyatt hits an avalanche and a running senton for 2. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail, but Sheamus elbows his way out before catching Wyatt with a botched Irish Curse. Sheamus up top now, and he hits a flying kneedrop. The Irish Clover Leaf is locked in, but Harper runs in and drops him with a big boot.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Sheamus.
Seth Rollins, Randy Orton and Triple H are in the ring. Trips welcomes the crowd and says in wrestling, people refer to things as eras: The Golden Era, the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Era, the Attitude Era, the Ruthless Aggression Era…He’s heard WWE called the Reality Era lately, but he says it’ll be the Authority Era. The Authority makes history, and more history will be made on Sunday at MITB when we crown a brand-new WWE World Champion. And that man will be the brand-new face of WWE. But that’s not all. At MITB, we also get a Contract Ladder Match that will allow the winner to create his own opportunities. If he were a gambling man, he’d say that after Sunday, the brand-new champion and face of WWE will be Orton. And standing by his side with a contract in-hand for a title match will be Rollins. Whether you like it or not, that is what’s best for business. Orton agrees with Trips. This Sunday at MITB, he will ascend the ladder and will become the WWE World Champion, and once again the face of WWE. Rollins says he will also climb the ladder, defeat six other stars, including Dean Ambrose, and forge his own destiny when he grabs the contract. In case things don’t work out, they’ve always got a plan B. Orton wants to know what he thinks will go wrong. Rollins says it’s not unthinkable Orton might not get the job done again. Orton points out that the Shield are no longer around, and he can whip Rollins’ ass. Trips steps in and says there might be trust issues. They should trust each other because Trips trusts both of them. The reality is there is one constant in this whole equation, and that’s the Authority. That won’t change, so these two can either survive against the Authority, or they can thrive with the Authority. So, while trust might be a bitter taste, adapt or perish. This is the future, this is the plan, and this is best for business. Now, moving on. Where you see Rollins lately, you also see Ambrose. We’ll see Ambrose again in a moment. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, he’s got some bad news for Ambrose.
Bad News Barrett comes out, and it looks like he’s facing Ambrose next.
MATCH 2: Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett vs. Dean Ambrose (non-title)
The two lock up, and Ambrose gets the advantage before stomping BNB down in the corner. BNB comes back with some forearms, misses a clothesline and gets tackled by Ambrose. Ambrose tosses BNB to the floor, then slams him face-first into the apron before whipping him into the barricade. BNB gets rolled back in, and he recovers enough to drop Ambrose with a big boot for 1. BNB peppers Ambrose with rights, then stomps him in the gut. He connects with a swinging neckbreaker for 2, then knee-chokes Ambrose over the middle rope. He sets Ambrose up on the middle rope, hits some kneelifts, then drops Ambrose to the floor with a big boot. Outside, BNB whips Ambrose into the barricade, then rolls him back in the ring. He sets Ambrose up across the top rope, then hits a running kick to the midsection for 2. BNB applies a rear chinlock, but Ambrose breaks it with a headbutt before running into a back elbow for 1. BNB goes back to the chinlock and grinds Ambrose down as he tries to fight it off. Ambrose starts to get a second win, slapping himself in the face. He gets to his feet, breaks the hold, nails some rights, ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of forearms. He snaps BNB back by the head, hits a running shoulder in the corner and grinds his forearm into BNB’s face. He goes for a tornado DDT, but BNB simply tosses him face-first. BNB goes for a pumphandle slam, but Ambrose escapes, falls into the ropes and hits a rebound clothesline. Dirty Deeds connects and gets 3.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose.
Jack Swagger’s music hits. He and Zeb Colter march down to the ring as Ambrose is begging him to fight. Swagger stares at him, then sees BNB on the outside. He nails a clothesline on BNB, then throws him into the barricades twice before going for the Patriot Lock. Ambrose has had enough, and he nails Swagger with a suicide dive. He grabs a small ladder and nails Swagger twice with it, then rolls Swagger into the ring. Swagger grabs Ambrose and dumps him over the top rope before pointing to the briefcase hanging from the ceiling. Ambrose comes back in, tackles Swagger, then clotheslines him to the floor. Outside, Swagger gets thrown into the timekeeper’s area. Ambrose slams him face-first into the announce desk, and that’s when Seth Rollins appears and shoves Ambrose face-first into the ring steps. Rollins peppers Ambrose with rights before rolling him into the ring. Rollins screams at Ambrose, then hits the jumping curb stomp.
MATCH 3: Cameron (w/Naomi) vs. WWE Divas Champion Paige (non-title)
Naomi is going to be on commentary. She has to be better than Cameron at this. She just has to. They lock up, with Paige shoving Cameron into the corner. She shoves Cameron’s head into the top buckle repeatedly, then stomps her down. Cameron reverses a corner whip, Paige avoids contact, then turns around into a lungblower for 2. Cameron applies a headscissors, but Paige fights her way out before hitting the Paige Turner for 3.
After the match, Cameron shoves Paige into Naomi. Naomi stands between the two, then gets shoved into Paige. Paige shoves back, and now the two are arguing as Cameron looks on with a smile on her face.
Byron Saxton is standing by with Goldust. He asks about Main Event, where Rybaxel challenged him and Stardust to a match at MITB. Goldust says they have no idea what they are asking for. He mentions Stardust, who then walks in to dramatic lighting and music. He says Rybaxel called them hermaphrodites. The sun is the universe’s biggest star. It’s blinding, terrifying and beautiful. He lists off some other stars, including everyone’s favorite star, Stardust. He leaves, and Goldust says what he thinks Stardust is trying to say is that they accept.
MATCH 4: Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman) and Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam and Dolph Ziggler
Heyman is on commentary. ADR and RVD start with ADR applying a side headlock and hitting a shoulder off the ropes. He backs RVD to the corner for some punches, then goes for a corner whip. RVD reverses and hits a rolling monkey flip for 1. RVD nails some forearms and a roundhouse in the corner, then tags into Ziggler. Ziggler hits a snapmare and a Show-Off Elbow for 2. ADR hits an elbow in the corner, then pancakes an incoming Ziggler before tagging out to Cesaro. Cesaro stands on Ziggler’s face, then throws him to the corner. ADR tags in and hits a step-up enziguri to the shoulder for 2. Cesaro back in, and he sends Ziggler into the ropes. Ziggler ducks a clothesline and hits a cross-body into some punches. He nails some mounted punches in the corner, then follows up with a neckbreaker for 2. He misses a rocker dropper, but then avoids a corner charge. Cesaro goes shoulder-first into the ring post, and Ziggler follows up with a successful rocker dropper for 2. He goes for the Zig-Zag, but Cesaro holds on and ADR makes a blind tag. Ziggler nails Cesaro with a dropkick but then gets hit with a kick to the back of the leg by ADR before getting sent to the floor with a thrust kick. ADR drops to the floor and sends Ziggler into the barricade. He rolls Ziggler into the ring and gets 2. Cesaro tags in and hits a running boot to the face for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Ziggler fights out, but then runs into a spinning sidewalk slam for 2. ADR tags in and nails a series of punches, then mocks RVD. Back to Ziggler, ADR hits a snapmare and a seated dropkick to the back for 2. He applies a rear chinlock now, but Ziggler fights out before hitting a sunset flip for 1. Back up, Ziggler runs into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. Up top, ADR hits a diving fist drop to Ziggler’s back before tagging in Cesaro. Cesaro knocks Ziggler down with a right, gets 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Ziggler comes back with a headscissors into a scissored sleeper. Cesaro breaks it by backing into the corner. Ziggler fights both Cesaro and ADR off, sending them both to the floor. ADR rolls Cesaro in near the corner and tags in. RVD tags in as well, hits a pair of clotheslines, ducks one and nails a superkick. Cesaro comes in, and he gets hit with a step-over spinning heel kick. Rolling Thunder connects on ADR for 2. ADR comes back with a double-knee armbreaker, but misses a step-up enziguri in the corner. RVD nails him with a split-legged moonsault for 2 as Cesaro breaks it up. Ziggler goes for a leaping DDT on Cesaro, but Cesaro nails him with a Very European Uppercut. Cesaro gets nailed by RVD in the corner, and RVD goes up top for the Five-Star Frog Splash. ADR gets his knees up, then locks in the jujigatame for the submission win.
WINNERS: Alberto Del Rio and Cesaro.
ADR begins screaming that he won the match, not Cesaro. Cesaro responds by laying him out with a Neutralizer.
Renee Young is standing by with the Usos. She asks about putting the titles on the line against the Wyatts at MITB. Jimmy says something about cockroaches and flies. Jey tells her the early bird gets the worm. I don’t understand this promo at all.
Rusev and Lana are in the ring. Lana goes on about how America is pathetic, then shows a decaying steel factory (the show is in Pittsburgh). It just goes on like this, like every other Lana promo you’ve ever heard. Rusev then says he’ll crush America. Sort of.
MATCH 5: Sin Cara vs. Rusev (w/Lana)
Cara hits a few early strikes, then gets thrown to the apron. Cara hits an apron kick, misses a moonsault, rolls through and gets dropped with a jumping side kick. Rusev stomps on his back and applies the Accolade for the submission win.
Big E comes out and does another promo where he is trying to sound like Martin Luther King, Jr. I don’t get this at all. He says a real man doesn’t attack an opponent from behind; he looks him dead in his eye. They face off in the ring, but Lana holds Rusev back. As E turns around, Rusev tries to attack him, but E ssees him coming and nails a vertical splash. JBL says E may be the person who can finally put down Rusev. I guess he forgot that E lost to Rusev at Extreme Rules.
MATCH 6: Kane vs. Roman Reigns
Kane hits a boot and a right before knocking Reigns down with a shoulder for 0. He nails an uppercut, misses a back elbow and gets hit with a shoulder for 1. He picks Kane up and nails a right, then a headbutt. He hits a few more rights in the corner until Kane starts to fight back. Reigns blocks a corner whip attempt and hits a bodyslam for 2. Kane comes back with a DDT off the ropes for 2, then gives him a quick stomp. Commercials.
Back from the break, Kane has Reigns in a rear chinlock. Reigns breaks free and hits a headbutt off the ropes before catching Kane with a Samoan drop. Reigns ducks a clothesline, but runs into a big boot for 2. Reigns gets hit with a corner whip, a corner clothesline and a sidwalk slam for 2. Kane nails a boot to the face for another 2, then tosses Reigns to the floor. Kane heads outside and begins tearing apart the announce desk, then signals for the chokeslam. Reigns fights him off and rams him back-first into the ring post and steps. Kane recovers enough to hit a back elbow, then rolls Reigns in the ring. Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits a jumping clothesline of his own. He dodges a corner splash, nails a clothesline and an uppercut before headbutting Kane down onto the middle rope. Outside, Reigns nails his jumping kick from the floor, then gets back in to signal for the Superman Punch, which connects. Reigns crouches down for a spear, but Randy Orton hits the ring and attacks Reigns, leading to the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Roman Reigns.
End of show.
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