This week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown The Shield goes 5 on 3 with 5 WWE superstars and Cesaro takes on Jack Swagger.
MATCH 1: Curtis Axel (w/Ryback) vs. WWE Tag Team Co-Champion Jey Uso (w/Jimmy Uso)
The two go nose-to-nose before the bell rings, and once it does, the commence with trading fists. Uso nails a forearm off the ropes, then slaps on a rear chinlock. Axel backs him into the corners to break the hold, then hits a quick back suplex. Uso rolls under the bottom rope, where Axel stomps him down before hitting a slingshot elbow to the floor. Back in the ring, Uso nails a pair of uppercuts before getting a boot to the gut off the ropes. Axel hits a running knee that knocks Uso into the corner. Axel grinds Uso’s head into the bottom buckle, then connects with a backbreaker and a jumping elbow for 2. Axel stomps Uso down in the corner, but then misses a splash. Uso hits a pair of clotheslines, a mule kick and an uppercut before kicking Axel in the back of the knee. He connects with another uppercut, then goes up top. Ryback distracts him, which allows Axel to slam Uso’s face into the top buckle. Back in the ring, Axel whips Uso down by the hair, then hits the Stone Cutter for 3.
WINNER: Curtis Axel.
Vickie Guerrero is in the ring, and she’s here to address the Shield. Due to their disrespectful conduct on RAW, they will be facing Rybaxel, Alberto Del Rio and 8 other wrestlers in a Handicap Match later tonight. Now, it’s time for “the great debate”. In the ring are Zeb Colter (w/Jack Swagger), and Paul Heyman (w/Cesaro). Zeb is up first. He thanks everyone and says he and Swagger have differing opinions with Heyman. He reminds us what happened the night after Wrestlemania, then says Heyman has fleas (?). Cesaro is with Heyman now, but 10 months ago, no one knew his name. He came to Zeb, needing some help and begging to join the Real Americans. Swagger didn’t agree, but Zeb convinced him. Little by little, Zeb brought Cesaro along and shaped him…time’s up.
[adinserter block=”1″]Now it’s Heyman’s turn to speak. He thanks Vickie and the crowd for this opportunity. He says Zeb needs to be aware of the fact that his client, Brock Lesnar, beat the Streak at WM. To that point, it was his client that ended the Streak. He needs Zeb to understand that his client ended the Streak, because his client ended the Streak. The fact is, his client ended the Streak. Time’s up. Zeb says he doesn’t care about Lesnar; he cares about Cesaro. Heyman owes everyone money. He’s a liar and thief, and Cesaro will find that all out. Heyman will learn about Cesaro as well, as he’s a different breed of animal. Having said that, why did Heyman steal him from the Americans? Heyman tells him he’s the 1 behind the 1 in 21-1. His guy won the 1. When was the last time Swagger won? The last time a Zeb Colter guy won the Andre battle royal, except that when he won, he was already a Paul Heyman Guy. Heyman then repeats that Cesaro won the battle royal repeatedly like he does with Lesnar.
Zeb takes credit for Cesaro entering the battle royal, then turns to Heyman. He’s known Heyman forever and a day. He knew this would be a sham, and he was right. Zeb knocks his podium over and says this isn’t between Cesaro and Swagger; it’s between them, and Zeb wants to settle this like men. Heyman says that will be a problem because with him and Zeb, they’re still a man short. Zeb makes fun of Heyman being bald, and now they’re going after each other. Cesaro and Swagger pull them apart, and now Mike Chioda is in the ring, trying to separate them.
MATCH 2: Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman)
Swagger nails a boot to the gut right after the opening bell. He throws Cesaro to the corner for some kneelifts, then applies a side headlock. Cesaro breaks free, they crisscross, and Cesaro then catches Swagger mid-air with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. He nails two European uppercuts in the corner, then sends Swagger across the ring for another one. He hits a clothesline for 2, and Swagger recovers enough to launch Cesaro to the floor. As Cesaro jumps on the apron, Swagger knocks him down with a running knee. Outside, Swagger goes for a running clothesline, but Cesaro meets him with a European uppercut. He then throws Swagger into the barricade, slaps him in the face, hits a European uppercut and a big boot. Back in, Cesaro hits a double-stomp for 2 before applying a rear chinlock while he calls Swagger a “piece of crap”. Swagger backs him into the corner, ducks a clothesline and hits a front chopblock. Swagger hits a quick belly-to-belly for 2, then nails some crossface punches before applying a double chicken wing. Cesaro breaks it with some reverse headbutts, ducks a clothesline and hits an awesome springboard spinning European uppercut. He nails the deadlift gutwrench for 2, then tees off on Swagger in the corner. Swagger escapes a bodyslam, shoves Cesaro into the corner, hits a back-body drop and nails the Swagger Bomb for 2. Cesaro gets back up and trade punches before Cesaro nails a big boot. He ducks a clothesline and sends Swagger to the floor with one, the momentum taking him out as well. Commercials.
Back from the break, Swagger is going for a superplex, but Cesaro fights him. Swagger recovers, then gets nailed with a big forearm. He hits a spinning European uppercut from the top for 2, then charges to the corner. Swagger blocks him with a boot and hits a clothesline for 2. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb again, and Cesaro gets the boot up. Swagger grabs him and goes for the Patriot Lock. Cesaro rolls through, gets to his feet and runs into an elevated belly-to-belly for 2. Cesaro recovers, hits a European uppercut, ducks a clothesline and nails a tiger driver. Cesaro calls for the Cesaro Swing to a huge pop and nails it. He quickly hits the Neutralizer and gets 3.
WINNER: Cesaro. Damn good match. Cesaro looks better every time he works, and he was already damn good to begin with.
As Cesaro and Heyman are celebrating, the Shield’s music hits. Heyman and Cesaro leave, and Swagger is still laid out in the ring. The Shield surround him, and Reigns absolutely blasts him with the Superman Punch. The Shield then hit the triple powerbomb. Apparently, Swagger was going to be in the Handicap Match later tonight. Dean Ambrose says Triple H keeps talking about, “adapt or perish”. Seth Rollins says Swagger just failed to adapt. Roman Reigns says they’re just getting started. Believe that.
Vickie Guerrero is in her office, apparently on the phone with Triple H. She has called the Shield into her office, but they haven’t arrived yet. Shen then rambles about Brad Maddox before telling Trips she’ll do what’s best for business and take the night off. Maddox enters and says she doesn’t know how to handle a situation. The Shield don’t listen to her, but they will listen to him, since he’s real authority.
MATCH 3: Tamina Snuka vs. Natalya
Nattie applies a waistlock, takes Tamina down and applies a front chancery. She then blocks a kick, rolls through and applies a modified Indian deathlock. Tamina escapes, but gets hit with a short-arm clothesline. Nattie takes her down with a hip throw, then shoulders her off the ropes before hitting a dropkick that sends Tamina to the floor. Tamina pulls her through the ropes by the hair, dumping her right on her back. She rolls Nattie back in for a 2-count, then drives her knee into Nattie’s back for a rear chinlock. Nattie tries to elbow out, so Tamina snaps her down by the hair. She drives her knee into Nattie’s back for 2, shoves her into the ropes and catches Nattie with a Samoan drop. Nattie gets dragged to the corner, and Tamina goes up for the Superfly Splash. Nattie sees her jump off and moves, with Tamina landing on her feet before tripping a bit. Nattie rolls her up in a small package for 2, then goes to the corner, where she hits a back elbow. She hits a kick off the ropes, but then gets caught with a kneelift. Nattie comes back with a sunset flip and immediately goes for a Sharpshooter. Tamina kicks her away, but Nattie recovers and nails a discus clothesline for 2. Tamina reverses a corner whip and catches Nattie on her shoulder. Nattie escapes and goes for a roll-up. Tamina holds onto the ropes, Nattie rolls through, charges in and gets hit with a superkick for 3.
WINNER: Tamina Snuka.
We see 3MB in the back, talking about how they’re back in the main event tonight. Seth Rollins walks up, and he’s joined momentarily by Dean Ambrose as Heath Slater talks trash. He turns around to see Roman Reigns. Reigns stares at him as Rollins and Ambrose destroy Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre in the background. Slater says he can deal with this later tonight, so Reigns drops him with a Superman Punch.
Another “Bolieve” video.
The Wyatt Family enter the ring, where a cage has been set up. Bray Wyatt encourages the crowd to keep singing. All power in this world is measured by how much love you have. Whether you love to bring joy or suffering, you cannot deny that love is a delectable experience. It is a ravenous wildfire with beautiful flames. It is a divine wine that brings warmth to those that drink it in. Love cannot be defined. You have to live it. Get them to love you, John. Then, they’ll do anything for you. But you already know that, don’t you? How does it feel, John, to know you’ve lost their love? That they’d rather see you suffer than smile? This past Monday night, Cena’s people were given a choice. They could have given him a fair fight, but they didn’t. Instead, they threw him to the wolves like a piece of meat. We’ve reached the threshold, and Cena needs to stop underestimating him. He is not just a man; he’s the conscious of a world that has thrown itself away to the monsters. He’s everywhere, and he’s everything. His words are razor blades that cut deep, and they are working. At Extreme Rules, they have a date with destiny inside a steel cage. How fitting. They’re just like a couple of modern-day gladiators. This cage defines Cena’s world. All the blood, sweat and tears has led Cena to be trapped like a rat in a box. It was Cena who invited him here, and Cena hasn’t even removed his venom. His nightmare’s have become Wyatt’s dreams come true. In his dreams, he sees them all, one-by-one, following him. Wyatt then climbs to the top of the cage and says they’re singing with him. Brothers and sisters, he’s got the whole world in his hands. Wyatt then sings the song a couple of times as the crowd joins in.
MATCH 4: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (w/Bray Wyatt) vs. Goldust and Cody Rhodes
Rhodes and Harper start the match. Rhodes applies a waistlock, which Harper breaks with a back elbow. He throws Rhodes to the corner, but then gets hit with a pair of boots. Rhodes hits a missile dropkick from the middle to Harper’s knee, but Harper recovers and knocks him down. Rhodes comes back with a misdirection clothesline, but Harper once again quickly recovers and tags in Rowan. Goldust also tags in and hits a series of rights. Rowan comes back with some shots, misses a clothesline and gets hit with a bulldog. Goldust drops an elbow and tags in Rhodes, who hits a gut shot. Rhodes ducks a clothesline and hits the Goldust uppercut. Rowan no-sells and knocks Rhodes down as Wyatt begins screaming about his team on the microphone. Harper tags in and knocks Rhodes down with a European uppercut. He catapults Rhodes under the middle rope and tags in Rowan, who hits a big gut shot. Rowan hits a kneelift, then applies a neck vice. Rhodes breaks free and goes for a cross-body. Rowan catches him and sets him on the top rope. Harper tags in and clubs Rhodes across the top rope before hitting a headbutt. He applies the Gator Roll and turns it into a side headlock. Harper breaks it and knocks Goldust off the apron. Rhodes hits him with a right and looks for a tag, but Goldust is down. He avoids an attack by Harper and hits the Disaster Kick before tagging in Goldust. Goldust hits a clothesline, knocks Rowan off the apron, then hits another clothesline. He hits his uppercut, then gives both men inverted atomic drops before hitting a double cross-body from the top. Rowan gets low-bridged by Goldust, who then ducks the discus clothesline from Harper and snaps off a powerslam. He gets 2 as Rowan breaks it up, who then gets hit with a missile dropkick from Rhodes before Rhodes clotheslines him to the floor. Rhodes climbs to the top, but Harper sends Goldust into him, knocking him down and into the barricade. Goldust turns around and gets nailed with a discus clothesline for 3.
WINNERS: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
Brad Maddox is on the phone, likely with Trips. The Shield enter and take his phone, throwing it to the floor. Maddox says beating up superstars won’t prove their point. Reigns grabs him by his tie and just launches him back-first into the wall. Ambrose dives over the couch and beats the hell out of him for good measure.
Emma and Santino Marella come out for yet another mixed tag team match against Fandango and Layla. However, as Fandango comes out on the stage, the Shield appear about a minute later and just stomp him into oblivion. I have never been a bigger fan of the Shield than right now. They drag Fandango to the side of the stage, and they triple powerbomb his ass through some tables on the floor.
Another Adam Rose video. So, who fails first: Dallas or Rose?
As the Shield make their way out for the main event, we learn that Curtis Axel was apparently destroyed in the back somewhere.
MATCH 5-5-on-3 Handicap Match: The Shield (WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) vs. Ryback, Bad News Barrett, Alberto Del Rio, Damien Sandow and Titus O’Neil
Ryback and Rollins start for their teams, with Ryback nailing a boot and a hip throw. He hits a shoulder off the ropes, then gets nailed with a dropkick. Reigns tags in and headbutts Ryback in the gut before attacking him in the corner. Ambrose in, and he hits a series of gut shots, followed by some kneelifts. Ryback shoves him away, but Ambrose stays on top of him, backing him into the corner for an assault by Rollins, who tags in. He comes off the top with a cross-body, but Ryback catches him and hits a powerslam. Titus tags in and hits a bodyslam. He misses an elbow, and Rollins nails him with a chop. Ambrose in, and he hits a series of kneelifts to the face with Titus locked in a cravat. Reigns back in, and he hits a short-arm clothesline for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Ambrose in once again, and he lands a kick to the gut. Titus shoves him across the ring to his corner and tags in Barrett, who goes for a suplex. Ambrose blocks it and tags in Rollins, who helps him with a double suplex. The other heels try to enter, but the Shield fend them all off. Commercials.
[adinserter block=”2″]Back from the break, Barrett and Ambrose are still legal, with Barrett applying a rear chinlock. Ambrose breaks free and strikes everyone, but Barrett stops that with a big boot for 2. He knee-chokes Ambrose over the middle rope as ADR makes his first tag. He hits a kick and a seated dropkick for 2. ADR applies a rear chinlock, but Ambrose fights out. ADR reverses a corner whip and nails the step-up enziguri for 2. Ambrose gets thrown to the floor, where Ryback nails a cheap shot. ADR rolls him back in and tags in Ryback. Ryback nails a kick to the head, then hits a quick bodyslam and a jumping splash for 2. He has Ambrose in a rear chinlock now. Ambrose eventually gets to his feet and pulls Ryback face-first into the middle buckle. It’s all for naught, however, as Ryback recovers and hits him with a spinebuster for 2. Rollins breaks it up and begins taking swings at all the heels until Ryback tosses him face-first to the floor. Back in the ring, Ryback misses a clothesline in the corner. ADR comes in illegally for a dropkick, but Ambrose sidesteps him, sending him through the ropes and to the floor. Reigns and Sandow tag in. Reigns nails a clothesline, ducks one and hits a jumping version. Titus comes in illegally and gets the same treatment. Ryback receives a Samoan drop. Reigns ducks a Sandow clothesline and turns it into a Proto-Bomb for 2 as Titus and Ryback break it up. Rollins and Ambrose hit the ring and set those two up for a double clothesline to the floor by Reigns. They continue the assault outside. Reigns drops to the floor and does his running apron dropkick on Sandow before climbing back in. He signals for the Superman Punch, but is distracted when ADR and Barrett jump on the apron. Reigns challenges them both to fight, but they instead decide to bail on the match. Rollins takes Ryback out with a somersault plancha on the floor near the announce desk, then he and Ambrose wipe Titus and Sandow out with a pair of suicide dives. As ADR and Barrett are up on the stage, Reigns appears out of nowhere and drops ADR with the Superman Punch. The three of them head back to the ring and roll Sandow in the ring. Ambrose comes in and nails him with a dropkick, followed by a spear by Reigns for 3.
WINNERS: The Shield.
After the match, Titus gets rolled into the ring, and Reigns cuts through him with a spear as well. Ambrose and Rollins grab Ryback and roll him in, where he suffers the same fate. Ryback gets the triple powerbomb to cap the night off.
End of show.
Not the best main event, but dammit if it wasn’t fun as hell. Really excellent show overall.
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