Roman Reigns takes on the Miz and Dean Ambrose wrestles Cesaro in the SummerSlam go-home show edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
MATCH 1: DEAN AMBROSE VS. CESARO
Cesaro applies a side headlock, then rams Ambrose with his shoulder. Ambrose comes back with a kitchen sink, and now he’s hitting snap jabs in the corner. Cesaro comes back with various strikes before stomping Ambrose down in the adjacent corner. He drops Ambrose with a straight right, then hits a short-arm clothesline. Cesaro stomps Ambrose down, but Ambrose comes back with some rights, followed by a pair of forearms. Cesaro catches him off the ropes and goes into a fireman’s carry, but Ambrose escapes and clotheslines Cesaro to the floor. Ambrose hits a slingshot plancha, then rolls Cesaro back in. In the corner, Ambrose nails more rights, but Cesaro comes back with a kneelift before throwing Ambrose bad shoulder-first into the ring post. Ambrose is hung up in the ropes, and Cesaro heads outside, hitting a suplex from the middle rope to the floor. Commercials.
Back from the break, Cesaro has Ambrose in a sleeper. Ambrose manages to fight his way out, but quickly gets sent to the corner. Cesaro nails him with a running European uppercut, then a couple snap jabs. Ambrose comes back with some punches, then backdrops Cesaro to the floor. Ambrose nails a suicide dive, then rolls Cesaro back in. Up top, Cesaro crotches Ambrose before he can dive, then goes for a superplex. Ambrose blocks it by biting Cesaro’s nose, then hits a tornado DDT for 2. Ambrose goes for a butterfly suplex, but Cesaro escapes and hits a big boot. He ducks a rebound clothesline and nails a clothesline of his own for 2. Ambrose recovers enough to go for another tornado DDT, but Cesaro blocks it and blasts Ambrose with a Very European Uppercut for 2. Ambrose reverses a suplex attempt into a small package for 2. Cesaro comes back with a burning hammer for 2. I thought maybe he was going to go for the UFO for a second there. The two trade some more shots until Ambrose hits a rebound clothesline for 2. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Cesaro escapes and nails him in the back with some forearms. He goes for a waistlock, but Ambrose nails a couple back elbows before sneaking in a quick Dirty Deeds for 3.
Seth Rollins comes out onto the stage and says that, at Summerslam, they finally go one-on-one in a Lumberjack Match, a match where 20 superstars who don’t like either of them will surround the ring and ensure that the match stays in the ring. This Sunday, Rollins will prove to everyone what he’s known all along: he is the future of this company, and he is better than Ambrose. He is better than some lunatic fringe, some bi-polar nutjob, some hellcat with rabies who was never his friend or brother, or who he never gave a damn about in the first place.
The Miz comes out for “MizTV”. I don’t need to say anything more.
His guest is Roman Reigns, who he claims he can mentor. Miz calls him impressive, then points out that his mom likes Reigns. He then goes on about Randy Orton and asks if Reigns is nervous. He interrupts Reigns as he tries to answer, then more or less calls him a nobody and a choke artist. Reigns starts to speak, so Miz interrupts him again and offers advice if Reigns has questions. Miz rambles about all of his supposed Hollywood success, so Reigns knocks his ass to the floor from a seated position with one punch to the face. Miz heads up the ramp, about to cry, and Reigns now turns his attention to Orton. He says Orton is “the Viper”, for a damn good reason. He’s won tons of championships, and Reigns respects that. That gives Orton every reason to respect Reigns when Reigns beats him this Sunday at Summerslam.
We see Miz in the back, holding an ice bag to his face. Corporate Kane stops him and says they need to talk. Miz agrees, saying he was trying to teach Reigns a valuable lesson. Some just don’t know the meaning of respect. Kane says he was thinking the same thing. Miz calls for Reigns to be banned from “MizTV”. Kane has something else in mind. He’s giving Miz a match against Reigns later tonight. Ciao.
MATCH 2: TITUS O’NEIL (W/HEATH SLATER) VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER
Who would have ever thought Slater would be in the midst of a win streak? The two lock up, and Titus backs Ziggler to the corner for a forearm to the chest. Ziggler ducks a pair of clotheslines, puts on the brakes and low-bridges Titus to the outside. Ziggler plays cat-and-mouse for a moment, and when Titus gets back in the ring, Ziggler nails him with a dropkick. Titus shakes it off and begins assaulting Ziggler in the corner. He hits a series of backbreakers into a release sidewinder for 2. Ziggler gets sent to the corner, and Titus nails him with an avalanche before clubbing him across the back. Ziggler comes back with a pair of boots, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He nails another dropkick and a splash in the corner. Titus blocks a neckbreaker and hits a big boot off the ropes for 2 as Ziggler grabs the bottom rope for the break. Titus picks Ziggler up for another slam, but Ziggler escapes. He dodges a corner charges and hits the Zig-Zag for 3.
WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER.
MATCH 3: MARK HENRY (W/THE BIG SHOW) VS. LUKE HARPER (W/ERICK ROWAN)
The two lock up, and it leads to nothing but a break. They go for it again, and this time, Harper backs Henry to the corner before giving a break. Henry asks for a test of strength, but Harper begins nailing him with rights instead. Henry grabs Harper by the beard and tosses him to the floor. On the apron, Harper nails a forearm, then begins hitting Henry with several strikes. Henry comes back with right hands before getting a knee to the face out of the corner. Harper nails a running big boot for 2, then stomps Henry in the head and knees. Harper knocks Henry down with a European uppercut for 1, then applies a rear chinlock. Henry fights back to his feet, shoves Harper away and hits a clothesline. He goes for the WSS, but Rowan comes in and puts a stop to that with a big boot.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: MARK HENRY.
Show hits the ring before the Wyatts can do any further damage.
After a commercial break, an impromptu tag team match is in progress.
MATCH 4: THE BIG SHOW AND MARK HENRY VS. LUKE HARPER AND ERICK ROWAN
Show is in control of Harper with an armbar. Harper fights back and nails a forearm, but gets hit off the ropes. Apparently, Corporate Kane made this match during the commercial. Anyway, Show hits a big chop in the corner, then does it again on the opposite side of the ring. Harper comes back with some throat thrusts and a European uppercut. Show goozles him off the ropes, but Harper nails a shot to the throat. Show recovers, whips Harper into the corner, hits a running hip attack and a running shoulderblock. He calls for the chokeslam, but Harper bails to the floor. Show pursues, and Rowan nails him with a clothesline. Harper hits show with another shot to the throat before rolling him back in the ring. Rowan tags in, and he stomps Show down before hitting an elbow for 2. Rowan chokes Show over the bottom rope, then rakes at his eyes. Harper tags in and whips Rowan into Show in the corner. Rowan then sends Show into a superkick by Harper for 2. Harper locks in a rear chinlock. Show fights to his feet and counters with a back suplex. Henry and Rowan both make tags, with Henry dominating. He hits an avalanche in the corner, then does it on the opposite side. He goes for the WSS as Harper comes into the ring. Show knocks Harper to the floor, then nails Rowan with the Knockout Punch (while Henry is still holding him) before Henry finishes him off with the World’s Strongest Slam for 3.
WINNERS: THE BIG SHOW AND MARK HENRY.
MATCH 5: WWE DIVAS CHAMPION AJ LEE VS. EVA MARIE (NON-TITLE)
Lee goes right after Marie, and Marie drops to the floor. Lee heads out, and Marie trips her on the apron. Back in the ring, Marie gets 2. She pie-faces Lee and goes for a slap, but Lee blocks it and yanks her down by the hair twice. She hits a corner clothesline and a neckbreaker for 2. Lee apparently pulled out some extensions on that move. She hits a roundhouse off the ropes, and that’s when Paige skips down to ringside. Lee tackles her with a Thesz press from the apron, then throws her head-first into the barricade before slamming the back of her head into it repeatedly. Meanwhile, she gets counted out.
WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: EVA MARIE.
Lee goes after Marie, who bails to the floor. when she turns around, Paige nails her with a kick before laying her out with the Paige Turner.
MATCH 6: JACK SWAGGER (W/ZEB COLTER) VS. BO DALLAS
Swagger’s ribs are taped up. He applies a side headlock, then shoulders Dallas off the ropes. Dallas hits him in the gut, then nails a series of corner clotheslines. Swagger shoves him off, and Dallas comes back with a shoulderblock. Swagger grabs his leg as he’s celebrating and spins over into the Patriot Lock for the submission win.
WINNER: JACK SWAGGER.
As Swagger is celebrating, Lana and Rusev come out. She rants about Flag Matches as each man holds up their respective flag.
MATCH 7: ROMAN REIGNS VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION THE MIZ (NON-TITLE)
Miz’s new entrance attire is a douchey, Don Johnson-esque white suit.
The two lock up, and Reigns backs Miz into the corner before attempting a punch. Miz covers up and crouches down in the corner. Back up, he ducks a lock-up and applies a side headlock. Reigns backs him to the corner once more, and Miz shoves him away before heading to the floor. Back in the ring, Miz applies a hammerlock, followed by an arm wringer. Reigns blocks an Irish whip, then receives a kick off the ropes, which pisses him off. Miz hits a right, and Reigns is more pissed. Miz heads to the floor, and Reigns chases him back into the ring. Miz goes for a stomp, but Reigns grabs his foot, drags him to the floor and begins launching him into the barricade. Back in the ring, Miz rolls to the apron, where he hits a hotshot. Miz goes up top for a double axe handle, but Reigns drops him with a gut shot mid-air. Miz recovers in the corner and kicks Reigns in the knee. Reigns shoves him off and goes for a boot, but Miz blocks him and hits a leg stunner. He drags Reigns legs-first near the ring post and wraps Reigns’ leg around the post. Back in, Miz hits a kneedrop to the back, then nails a right hand. He goes back to working on the knee, then goes for the figure-4. Reigns sits up and breaks the hold. Miz hits a few rights, then gets up to reapply it. Reigns kicks him off this time, sending him shoulder-first into the ring post. Miz charges and runs right into a Samoan drop. Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits a jumping one of his own. He nails a corner clothesline, then hits Miz in his stupid face with an uppercut. Miz lands throat-first on the bottom rope, so Reigns heads outside and nails his apron kick from the floor. Back in the ring, Reigns signals for the Superman Punch, but Miz sees it coming and begins to bail on the match. Dolph Ziggler stops him at the stage, and when he turns around, Reigns nails him with a Superman Punch on the floor. He rolls Miz in, hits the spear and gets 3.
WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.
End of show.
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