Roman Reigns wrestles The Miz, Seth Rollins battles Jack Swagger, and Rob Van Dam takes on Randy Orton on this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
The show starts off with Randy Orton coming down for yet another coma-inducing interview. He says that, just because you’ve won the battle, doesn’t mean you’ve won the war. One match doesn’t define him or Roman Reigns. He’s been called the Legend Killer, the Apex Predator and the Viper, but he’s never been called a loser. The loss made him more focused, and when he’s focused, things like this tend to happen. We cut away to a video from last month of Orton putting Reigns through the announce desk with an RKO. Back to Orton, he says that is the Apex Predator, and Reigns will get what he deserves, maybe even tonight. First things first, he has a match with RVD tonight. Sorry, Rob, but you are collateral damage. It will serve a warning to everyone that if you stand in Orton’s way, he’ll put you away. He’s Randy Orton, a 12-time World Champion and the greatest star in this industry. He deserves everyone’s respect. Now that he has his focus, he’ll simply take it from everyone.
MATCH 1: SETH ROLLINS VS. JACK SWAGGER
Swagger hits a waistlock takedown, then does it again. Rollins breaks free, but immediately gets tripped. Swagger goes for the Patriot Lock early, but Rollins kicks him away and rolls to the floor. Back in, Swagger blocks a kick and rams Rollins into the corner with shoulder thrusts. Rollins comes back with kidney shots and a seated dropkick. He drops his knee into Swagger’s ribs, then applies a bodyscissors. Swagger rolls to his knees and gets up, Rollins on his back. He breaks the hold by falling into the buckles, but Rollins recovers and nails several shots before hitting a forearm in the corner. On the middle rope, Rollins dives off, but gets caught with a belly-to-belly. Rollins rolls to the apron, and Swagger misses a charge. Rollins knocks him to the floor with a kick as we go to commercials.
WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: SETH ROLLINS.
Bo Dallas comes out, grabs a mic and tells Swagger that, after letting down 318 million Americans by losing to Rusev at Summerslam, he’s gone from being an American hero to an American zero. But, in true patriotic fashion, he’s willing to pick up the pieces of Swagger’s failure and become the new American sweetheart. He knows things seem bleak right now, but a great American once said there is nothing to fear, but fear itself. All we have to do is look fear in the face and say, “I Bolieve!”
We see the Miz ordering coffee. He hangs up his phone, and we see he’s in Kane’s office. Kane apparently wanted to see him about something. Kane says this isn’t about an IC title rematch, but since he’s into sequels, he’s got one against Roman Reigns.
MATCH 2: RUSEV (W/LANA) VS. SIN CARA
Cara gets thrown to the corner, and Rusev nails a couple of punches before stomping Cara down. He picks Cara up, then knocks him right back down with a headbutt. Cara stomps on Rusev’s foot, kicks his leg, ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of dropkicks. He nails a chop in the corner, avoids a corner whip, hits a kick from the apron and comes off the top with a seated missile dropkick. Rusev blocks a corner charge before hitting his jumping side kick. He stomps on Cara’s back and locks in the Accolade for the submission win.
Rusev keeps the hold locked in after the match as Lana does her usual crap, eventually breaking it. Mark Henry pops up on the screen and says since they didn’t get the message on Monday, Henry’s going to have to deliver another one right now. He comes down to the ring, and Rusev immediately bails to the floor. Henry challenges him to get back in the ring, but Lana is holding him off.
Renee Young is standing by with Rob Van Dam. She says he’s got Orton tonight and wants to know how he feels. RVD feels great and Orton needs to chill out. Roman Reigns is a great competitor, and Orton is becoming obsessed. Tonight, he needs to worry about the Whole Dam Show, R-V…before he can finish, Orton nails him from behind and says he’ll be waiting for RVD in the ring.
MATCH 3: RANDY ORTON VS. ROB VAN DAM
RVD charges to the ring, and Orton immediately rolls to the floor. Orton climbs in to start the match, and the two start trading shots until Orton trips RVD into the middle rope. He stomps RVD down in the corner, then whips him across the ring before reversing directions. RVD avoids a corner splash, hits a high kick to the head and a springboard thrust kick before clotheslining Orton to the floor. RVD hits a slingshot somersault plancha to the floor, then breaks the count. He hits a gourdbuster onto the top of the barricade, but then misses a spinning legdrop from the apron. Orton launches him into the barricade, then does it again by the timekeeper’s area. He slams RVD face-first into both announce desks, then throws him back-first into the steps by his neck. He does it again into the other set of steps, then slams him into the German announce desk once more as the bell rings.
WINNER: DOUBLE COUNT-OUT.
Orton continues the assault after the bell, hitting a back suplex onto the English announce desk. He hits a short-arm clothesline, then tosses RVD over the barricade, pulling him back over for a suspended DDT on the floor. Orton picks him up, rolls him in the ring, then grabs a folding chair. In the ring, Orton sits on the chair and stares down at RVD while mocking him. He gets up from the chair, sets it up on the other side of RVD and hits a running RKO onto it. I’m guessing this means RVD is about to take another break? Orton walks up to Michael Cole and says, “Tell Roman I’ll see him later.” Back in the ring, Orton taunts the crowd as referees and a trainer check on RVD.
Renee Young is now standing by with Roman Reigns. She points out what just happened, then says Orton is coming for him. Reigns hopes for that. He knows exactly what Orton and the Authority are capable of. And now that he’s seen what Kane and Seth Rollins did to his boy Dean Ambrose, they will have their revenge. As far as what just happened with RVD, he guesses they all have everything under control. But Orton said that, at Summerslam, he’d methodically decimate Reigns. He guess that was true until Reigns speared his ass and beat him. If Orton wants to finish this, that’s fine. Someone needs to kill the legend of Orton, and that someone is him. Believe that.
MATCH 4: NATALYA VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION PAIGE (NON-TITLE)
Paige goes right on the attack with forearms before stomping Nattie down in the corner. Nattie comes back with a slap and a series of kneelifts. She connects with a butterfly suplex, and Paige rolls to the floor. Nattie hits her with a baseball slide and tosser her back in. Paige drops to the floor on the other side, where she blasts Nattie with a side kick. She grabs Nattie by the arm and yanks her shoulder-first into the ring post, then gets in the ring, where she skips around like AJ Lee. Nattie beats the count, and Paige responds with a series of headbutt. Paige puts her through the ropes and hits a series of kneelifts to the face, then applies a bodyscissors. Nattie rolls to her front, and that’s when Lee skips down to the ring. The distraction allows Nattie to hit a forearm. She goes for a bodyslam, but Paige shifts her weight into a cross-body for 2. Outside, Lee grabs the Divas title and skips around the ring with it. Nattie uses the distraction to roll Paige up for 2. Paige hits a knee to the face, and Lee skips up to the stage. Paige goes after her, and that’s when Lee sets the belt down on the stage. She points out that the ref is counting, and Paige runs back down to the ring, beating the count at 8. Nattie hits a double-leg and applies the Sharpshooter. Lee skips back down to ringside and poses with the belt as Paige taps out.
MATCH 5: GOLDUST AND STARDUST VS. LUKE HARPER AND ERICK ROWAN
We get a cut-away promo from the Usos, saying the Dusts got lucky on RAW, and it won’t happen again. Harper and Stardust start, with Stardust nailing some forearms. Harper comes back with a shot and goes for a back suplex. Stardust lands on his feet, and then gets backed into the corner for some shots. He avoids a corner whip, hits a kick and a drop-down uppercut. Harper comes back with a back elbow and tags in Rowan, who knocks Stardust down with a headbutt. Stardust slides under Rowan’s legs and makes the blind tag to Goldust, who hits a bulldog. Goldust lands a series of uppercuts, avoids a corner clothesline and nails some shots on Rowan. Rowan shakes them off and beats Goldust down in the corner. Rowan hits a kneelift and an elbow to the back of the head. Goldust comes back with uppercuts, then mounts the corner for some punches. Rowan comes back with a forearm in the corner, but then gets hit with another uppercut. He shakes it off and Pounces Goldust right out of the ring. Commercials.
Back from the break, Harper is now legal for his team, and he drops Goldust with a dropkick. Rowan tags back in and hits a kneedrop to the back and a delayed bodyslam. A jumping legdrop gets 2, and Rowan follows up by ramming Goldust head-first into the top buckle. Goldust comes back with some rights, but Rowan stops him with a back elbow. He sets Goldust on the top and tags in Harper, who nails Goldust with fists and a headbutt. He applies the Gator Roll into a side headlock, but Goldust is back up. Harper hits a European uppercut, then runs into a shot in the corner. Goldust hits a hurricanrana from the middle, but Harper is right back up with a superkick. He folds Goldust up with a sit-out powerbomb, but only gets 2 as Stardust breaks it up. Rowan charges at Stardust, but gets low-bridged to the floor. He nails Harper with a headbutt, but Harper kicks him off the apron. Goldust then rolls Harper up with a schoolboy for a quick 3.
WINNERS: GOLDUST AND STARDUST.
MATCH 6: ROMAN REIGNS VS. THE MIZ
What the f**k is up with Miz’s stupid ring jacket? As the bell rings, Randy Orton marches down to ringside. Miz tries to attack off the distraction, but gets knocked on his ass. Reigns hits a few more punches, but Miz escapes some in the corner and drops to the floor. Reigns heads outside and levels him with a clothesline. Back in the ring, Miz attacks Reigns from behind as Orton lurks at ringside. Miz hits a few knees to the face, but Reigns shakes them off and hits a Samoan drop. Orton tries to sneak into the ring, but Reigns sees it coming. Miz attacks Reigns from behind once more, then nails a big boot. He hits a few punches and a running kick to the face, then goes for the SKF. Reigns shoves him off and cuts through him with a spear for 3.
WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.
Reigns challenges Orton to get in the ring. Orton obliges, and the two trade punches. Orton hits a European uppercut, then clotheslines Reigns to the floor. Reigns blocks a throw into the steps, then sends Orton face-first into them. Reigns no-sells a throw into the barricade and continues the attack. He blocks a shot onto the table and hits one of his own. Orton thumbs Reigns in the eye and grabs a chair, hitting him in the gut and across the back. He tosses the chair in the ring and rolls Reigns in as well. As Reigns tries to pull himself up, Orton sets the chair up. He grabs Reigns, but Reigns nails an uppercut. He folds the chair up and nails Orton in the gut and across the back. The Superman Punch connects, and Orton gets knocked out of the ring.
End of show.
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