Dean Ambrose takes on Kane and Seth Rollins in a handicapped match and Chris Jericho battles Erick Rowan this week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
MATCH 1: JACK SWAGGER (W/ZEB COLTER) VS. CESARO
It’s weird to think Swagger and Dutch Mantell are faces now. Swagger starts with a waistlock. Cesaro reverses and smacks Swagger across the back of the head. Swagger comes back with a pair of waistlock takedowns and goes for the Patriot Lock, but Cesaro escapes to the floor. Back in the ring, Cesaro hits a boot and nails a right to the face. He hits another right in the corner, and Swagger comes back with one of his own. Cesaro receives a corner clothesline, and Swagger lays in a few more shots. Cesaro thumbs him in the eye, then nails a big boot. Cesaro hits a deadlift gutwrench for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Swagger escapes, but then gets hit with a standing powerslam. Cesaro lands a double-stomp for 2, then goes into the mount for some rights to the face. An elbow gets another 2, and now Cesaro has gone back to the rear chinlock. Swagger gets to his feet yet again, but Cesaro knocks him around until he falls into the ropes. Swagger comes back with a back elbow and a clothesline. Swagger nails a running knee in the corner and follows up with a big boot. He goes for the Swagger Bomb, but Cesaro sees it coming, catches Swagger’s legs and tosses him to the floor. Commercials.
Back from the break, Cesaro is looking for a top rope superplex. Swagger fights him off and climbs to the top. He goes for a dive, and Cesaro nails him in mid-air with a Very European Uppercut for 2. Cesaro hits a big boot and a right. Swagger reverses a corner whip, then gets hit with a boot. Cesaro goes to the middle rope, dives off and gets caught with a belly-to-belly for 2. Swagger hits the Swagger Bomb this time, but it’s only good for 2. Cesaro rolls to the apron and hits a hotshot. Back in the ring, Cesaro hits a tiger bomb for 2. He nails a boot to the side of the head, then another. On the third attempt, Swagger grabs the foot and applies the Patriot Lock. Cesaro taps out.
WINNER: JACK SWAGGER.
As Swagger and Zeb are celebrating, Rusev and Lana make their way out onto the stage. Lana talks about Russia’s flag being the only red, white and blue flag that matters. The promo then turns into her usual mindless cheap heat crap before challenging Swagger to a Flag Match between him and Rusev at Summerslam. Zeb says real Americans never run from a fight, and they accept, on behalf of every real American within the sound of his voice.
Randy Orton heads down to the ring, and he says that, last Monday night on RAW, he was informed Brock Lesnar would face Cena at Summerslam for the WWE World title. He has no issue with Lesnar, but everyone knows Orton deserved the shot. The only reason he’s not in the match is because of Roman Reigns. As long as Reigns is around, Orton won’t get what he deserves, so he delivered a message to Reigns on RAW. We see the footage from RAW, where Orton attacked Reigns prior to his match with Kane. Orton then assaulted Reigns at ringside before hitting a pair of RKOs through the announce desk. Back to the arena, Orton dares Reigns to step in the ring at Summerslam, a viper who will inject poison into his veins, just like he did on RAW. And Reigns can believe that.
MATCH 2: R-TRUTH VS. BO DALLAS
Why Truth was chosen to end Dallas’ undefeated streak is beyond me. Anyway, Dallas tries to start with a handshake, but Truth just tackles him. Dallas gets knocked to the floor, and Truth goes after him. Dallas climbs back in the ring and tries to kick Truth away, so Truth grabs his feet, drags him to the outside, and throws him into the barricade. Back in the ring, Truth misses a corner splash. Dallas hits a short-arm back elbow, then another, then misses a clothesline. Truth rolls him up for 2, then hits a backslide for another 2. Truth ducks a clothesline and a back elbow, then hits a cross-body for 2. Dallas rams Truth into the corner, hitting a series of kneelifts and clotheslines. Dallas boots Truth, then begins nailing him with rights while in the ropes. He doesn’t stop before the count of 5, leading to the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: R-TRUTH.
Dallas continues the attack after the match, repeatedly nailing him with rights. He drives his knee into Truth’s face as the ref tries to get him to stop, and he eventually grabs a mic. He says he Bolieves Truth got exactly what was coming to him. Bolieving is a spiritual experience, and he knows the fans have not lost faith, because he knows they all truly Bolieve in him.
MATCH 3: ROSA MENDES VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION AJ LEE (NON-TITLE)
Appparently, Mendes is the newest cast member of Total Divas, in case anyone gives even the slightest sh*t about that show. Mendes starts screaming at Lee, so Lee nails a roundhouse to the gut, then immediately applies the Black Widow for the submission win.
WINNER: AJ LEE.
Lee is celebrating on the stage when Paige appears out of nowhere and shoves her off the side of the stage. The referees come out to check on Lee as Paige screams that she’s fine and that they’re still friends.
Dean Ambrose is in the back, and he says Seth Rollins thinks he’s safe because he brought along uncle Kane tonight. Triple H probably thinks this is funny. He keeps setting up obstacles for Ambrose. He’s willing to go through all of them, though, and when he gets to Rollins, no demon will be able to stop him. He hopes Kane brought two masks, because after Ambrose is finished with Rollins, he’ll need one as well.
During the break, AJ Lee was stretchered out of the arena to get looked at.
MATCH 3-2-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH: KANE AND SETH ROLLINS VS. DEAN AMBROSE
Ambrose’s shoulder is still taped up. Kane starts for his side, nailing Ambrose from behind off a Rollins distraction. He misses a corner splash, and Ambrose mounts the corner for some punches. Kane shoves him off and hits an uppercut. Rollins asks for a tag until Ambrose starts to fight back. Kane drops him with a big boot and tags in Rollins, who proceeds to stomp Ambrose down before applying an armbar. Rollins nails a right and stomps Ambrose down in the corner. Ambrose comes back with a hair whip, causing Rollins to tag out. Kane nails a clothesline, then a series of stomps. Kane snaps Ambrose down with an arm wringer, then sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Rollins drops to the floor and talks trash to Ambrose as Kane comes around to work over the shoulder. He nails an uppercut through the ropes, then comes back in to tag Rollins. Rollins slaps Ambrose around until Ambrose nails a shot to the face. Rollins recovers and stomps Ambrose down before backing him into the corner. Kane tags in and continues to work over the shoulder. Kane hits a corner whip and clothesline. He goes for it again, but Ambrose blocks and hits a few rights before running right into a sidewalk slam. Rollins tags in and circles Ambrose before going for a powerbomb. Ambrose counters with a back-body drop before clotheslining Rollins to the floor. Kane gets low-bridged, and Ambrose takes them both out with a suicide dive. Rollins gets rolled back into the ring, and Ambrose hits Kane with a drop-toehold into the steps. He sees Rollins in the ring and tackles him before assaulting him in the corner. He whips Rollins across the ring by his hair, and as Rollins tries to escape, Kane pulls Ambrose through the ropes and tosses him into the timekeeper’s area. Kane checks on Rollins, and Ambrose re-enters the ring with a steel chair, assaulting both men until Kane drops him with a big boot.
WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: KANE AND SETH ROLLINS.
Kane looks for a chokeslam on the chair, but Ambrose escapes and hits a DDT. Rollins recovers and escapes to the back just as Ambrose is about to get his hands on him. Ambrose then grabs the chair and continues to assault Kane, eventually knocking him out of the ring.
Renee Young is standing by with Chris Jericho. She shows him video of his history with the Wyatt Family over the last few weeks. Back to Jericho, he calls Battleground one of the greatest nights of his career. He beat Bray Wyatt, but ever since then, he’s been paying the price. He can’t beat 3-1 odds, and everyone knows it. That’s why the stipulation has been made that, if he can beat Erick Rowan tonight, he is banned from ringside in the rematch at Summerslam. He will do whatever he can to beat Rowan, and after tonight, the Wyatt Family will never, ever, be the same again.
We get another Stardust promo. Goldust is standing next to him, in a cowboy hat. Stardust asks what color the cowboy’s saddle is. Goldust says brown, which is apparently wrong. The answer is always written in star dust. I, uh…I have no idea what the hell is up with this gimmick anymore.
MATCH 4: FANDANGO VS. DIEGO (W/LAYLA, SUMMER RAE AND EL TORITO)
So, apparently the gimmick for Layla and Rae is that they are nothing but ring rats. Super. Fandango goes on the attack at the bell, hitting a short-arm clothesline out of the corner. Diego comes back with rights until he gets hit with a kneelift. Diego is tossed outside, where he lands on the apron. He goes for a flip back in, but Fandango catches him mid-air with a backbreaker for 2. Torito taunts him outside, leading to Fandango chasing him around the ring. The ring rats stop him, and Diego tries to use the distraction. Fandango hotshots him and gets back in the ring. His music hits, and the ring rats are dancing with Torito. He’s distracted, and Diego hits a backcracker for 3.
Miz is on commentary for the next match, so I turn my computer on mute.
MATCH 5: ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER
ADR immediately knocks Ziggler down and stomps him in the corner. Back up, Ziggler ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick before landing the Show-Off Elbow. Ziggler hits a few rights, blocks a back-body drop and goes for his leaping DDT. ADR counters with a pancake and hits a double-stomp to the gut for 2. ADR applies a rear chinlock, which Ziggler breaks with a jawbreaker. ADR misses a corner splash, and Ziggler takes him down with a clothesline. He hits a corner splash of his own and a neckbreaker before eyeballing the Miz. Ziggler misses the rocker dropper and gets hit with a bridging German suplex for 2. ADR signals for the thrust kick, misses and gets hit with a leaping DDT for 2. Miz jumps up on the announce desk and says something that is probably extremely douchetastic about his stupid face. Ziggler is distracted, and ADR rolls him up with a schoolboy for 2. He misses a step-up enziguri, and Ziggler hits him with a rocker dropper for 2. Miz is still apparently talking as Ziggler signals for the Zig-Zag. Instead, he heads outside and begins assaulting Miz, knocking him over the guardrail. Back on the apron, ADR hits the enziguri, then applies the jujigatame for the submission win.
WINNER: ALBERTO DEL RIO.
After the match, Miz jumps back over the guardrail and checks his face as he heads to the back.
We find out AJ Lee has been transported to a local medical facility for observation, aka she’s fine.
MATCH 6: ERICK ROWAN (W/LUKE HARPER AND BRAY WYATT) VS. CHRIS JERICHO
If Rowan loses, he’s banned from ringside at Summerslam. Rowan backs Jericho into the corner, then nails a body blow and a headbutt. He tosses Jericho under the bottom rope, at the feet of Harper and Wyatt. Jericho sees them and heads to the other side of the ring, where Rowan meets him on the apron with a forearm. In the ring, Rowan stomps Jericho down, then tosses him to the corner. Jericho ducks a clothesline and gets in some kicks. Rowan shoves him down again, then throws him to the corner for another headbutt. Rowan clubs Jericho down and sends him to the ropes. Jericho low-bridges him to the outside, then hits a missile dropkick from the middle rope, sending Rowan to the floor. Jericho baseball slides him, then rolls Rowan back in. As Rowan distracts the referee, Harper trips Jericho from the outside. Referee Mike Chioda tells Harper he heard Jericho fall, and ejects Harper from ringside. Commercials.
Back from the break, Rowan is driving his fists into Jericho’s temples. Jericho fights out, but quickly gets a kneelift and a pumphandle backbreaker for 2. Rowan drops a big elbow, but Jericho gets back to his feet and hits a few chops. They have no effect, as Rowan throws Jericho to the corner and clubs him in the chest. Jericho gets whipped hard across the ring, slumping in the corner. Rowan shoves him to the floor with his boot, heads outside and slams Jericho face-first into the apron. He nails a forearm to the face, then rams him back-first into the ring post. Back in the ring, Rowan gets a 2-count, then applies a neck vice. Jericho fights back to his feet and begins laying in some chops. He ducks a clothesline and goes for a cross-body. Rowan catches him, but Jericho counters a slam attempt into a DDT for 2. Jericho boots Rowan in the ribs a couple times, then heads to the middle rope for a missile dropkick that gets 2. Rowan gets back up and hits a pretty impressive roundhouse for 2. Rowan hits a kneelift and a running boot to the side of the head, then picks Jericho up for a headbutt. He misses a second boot and Jericho schoolboys him for 2. Jericho ducks a clothesline, hits a step-up enziguri and a low dropkick. The lionsault connects to Rowan’s back, but it’s only good for 2. Rowan nails a back elbow in the corner, then runs through Jericho with a shoulderblock. He sets Jericho across the top buckle, then climbs up, looking for a super fall-away slam. Jericho fights him off, but Rowan recovers and knocks Jericho to the apron. Jericho hits a forearm, then comes comes off the top, right into a big boot by Rowan for 2. Rowan picks Jericho up for a swinging bearhug, then looks to ram him into the corner. Jericho slips out, shoves Rowan into the corner, then hits the Codebreaker for 3.
WINNER: CHRIS JERICHO.
End of show.
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