This week WWE SmackDown emanates from the World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO.
We’re kicking the show off in the worst way, with another episode of “MizTV”. Miz is accompanied by Damien Mizdow, who has been demoted from stunt-double to asssistant. Mizdow is ordered to sit at ringside during the segment. For the “show”, Miz has two guests. A big “We want Mizdow” chant breaks out. His two guests will face each other at Fastlane, with the winner facing Brock Lesnar for the WWE World title at Wrestlemania. Daniel Bryan is out first, followed by Roman Reigns. Reigns immediately knocks out Miz upon entering the ring, and Bryan laughs. Reigns says Bryan thinks he’s going to slide in and take Reigns’ opportunity. He went through 29 superstars to get to this point, and he has no problem going through one more, because he’s going to Wrestlemania. He’s fighting Lesnar and he’s going to win the title. Would Bryan like to know how? Reigns is going to beat him at Fastlane. He doesn’t think they should wait, though. He thinks they should do it right here and now. Reigns tosses the director’s chairs from the ring. Bryan starts to talk, but instead tosses the last chair.
Before this goes further, Seth Rollins and J&J Security come out, with Rollins wearing a huge sh*t-eating grin. He says he hates to be a party-pooper, but actually, it’s kind of his thing. Anyway, he’s got a bone to pick with both of them. Bryan knows that on RAW, he was on the verge of beating Bryan, punching his ticket to Fastlane, and moving onto the main event of WM. But, he wasn’t victorious because Reigns tried to stick his nose into Rollins’ business. Reigns sucker-punched him because he’s a coward and doesn’t have the guts to face him one-on-one like a man. He gets it. After the role Rollins has been on, if he were Reigns, he wouldn’t want to face Rollins, either. In case Reigns forgot, he’s the guy who brought back the Authority and nearly slayed “The Beast” at the Rumble. It doesn’t matter what happens at Fastlane or WM, because he holds the future (his case) in his hands. On the subject of futures, Bryan’s future is in jeopardy. Per the Authority, Bryan has a match tonight…against J&J Security…and Rollins himself. Good luck making it to Fastlane.
MATCH 1: GOLD & STARDUST VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER AND RYBACK
We get an inset promo from Ziggler and Ryback. They say they’re targets of the Authority, but they’re not going anywhere, no matter how much punishment they take. It’s just too bad for Gold & Stardust that they’re just too good. Feed them more. Back to the ring, the match starts with Ryback and Stardust. Ryback applies a side headlock, then hits a shoulder off the ropes. Ryback catches Stardust off the ropes, tags in Ziggler, hits an inverted atomic drop, then holds Stardust there for a Ziggler dropkick for 1. Ziggler applies an arm wringer, then tags in Ryback. Ryback hits a bodyslam, then mounts the middle rope for a falling splash for 1. Ziggler back in , and the faces hit a pair of back elbows before doing a Fargo strut. Ziggler then hits the Show-Off Elbow before Ryback hits a splash for 2 (not sure why he’s considered legal). Stardust back in as we go to commercials.
Back from the break, Goldust is legal, and he’s grinding his knee into Ryback’s face. Ryback rams him into the corner and goes for a back-body drop. Goldust tags out, then hits a sunset flip, only for Stardust to boot Ryback for 2. Goldust tags in and applies a front chancery. Ryback fights out, but gets hit with a series of knees. Off a corner whip, Ryback knocks Stardust off the apron, then hits Goldust with a back elbow before backdropping him to the floor. Goldust rolls in and tags in Stardust, who comes off the top, only to get nailed in the gut. Ziggler tags in and drops Stardust with a clothesline. He hits a corner splash and a neckbreaker before knocking Goldust off the apron. The Show-Off Elbow gets 2, and Ziggler goes for the superkick. Stardust blocks and goes for a back suplex, but Ziggler lands on his feet and goes for the rocker dropper. Stardust avoids it, but then gets hit with a leaping DDT for 2. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, but Stardust holds onto the ropes before hitting the Disaster Kick. Goldust starts screaming for “Cody” to tag out, so Stardust does so by chopping Goldust across the chest. He then bails on the match as Ziggler hits Goldust with a superkick. Ryback tags in and hits Shell Shocked for 3.
WINNERS: RYBACK AND DOLPH ZIGGLER.
Stardust stares at Goldust from the stage.
We get a Black History Month segment for “The Big Cat” Ernie Ladd.
Curtis Axel is in the ring, ready for a match with Dean Ambrose. Before that happens, however, Axel is going to cut a promo. This should be stunning. He says not to change the channel, but change the course of history. He was never eliminated from the Rumble. A “You’re not Perfect” chant breaks out. He says he should be headling WM as the entire crowd tries to stifle their laughter. He should be headlining WM, so he wants everyone to join the movement with the hashtag #AxelMania.
MATCH 2: CURTIS AXEL VS. DEAN AMBROSE
Axel goes on the attack with shots in the corner, but Ambrose quickly comes back with a series of jabs and kicks. He grinds Axel’s face across the top rope, then hits him with a chop. He explodes off the ropes with a cross-body into some mounted punches, then drops a power-drive elbow. In the corner, he grinds his forearm into Axel’s face and goes for a corner whip. Axel reverses, blocks a boot, sends Ambrose’s legs through the ropes, then nails him in the back of the head repeatedly as Ambrose is hung up. Axel nails a few more shots, then tosses Ambrose to the floor. Outside, Axel continues the attack, then screams at the announcers. He goes to roll Ambrose back in, but Ambrose blocks it and nails Axel in the face. He rolls Axel in and hits a corner forearm, followed by a bulldog. Up top, Ambrose goes for an elbow, but Axel boots him and goes for the Perfect-Plex. Ambrose blocks it, misses a clothesline, gets hit with a right, then rebounds off the ropes with a clothesline. Ambrose quickly hits Dirty Deeds and gets 3.
WINNER: DEAN AMBROSE.
Bad News Barrett appears on the big screen and says he has breaking news courtesy of the Bad News Zone, or BNZ. Ambrose is a deranged vagrant of a superstar who is trying to make himself relevant by challenging BNB for the IC title. Unfortunately, things aren’t looking good for Ambrose, because he’s too much of a lunatic to deserve a title opportunity. For more breaking news, please stay tuned to BNZ.
MATCH 3: FANDANGO (W/ROSA MENDES) VS. ADAM ROSE (W/THE EXOTIC EXPRESS)
Yay! A rare heel vs. heel match, only it involves two men no one in their right mind gives a damn about. Before the match, Rose goes for his trust fall, but the Rosebuds drop him. Rose loses it and begins assaulting them. On the apron, Fandango snaps Rose into the ring. The bell rings, and Fandango hits a spinebuster. In the corner, he hits a couple chops, then hits a back elbow off the ropes. Rose reverses a corner whip, and Fandango slumps in the corner. Rose stomps him down before hitting a short-arm clothesline. Fandango rolls to the apron, where Rose knocks him back down with a boot. On the apron, Rose hits a back suplex. Rose slams him face-first into the apron, then screams at the Rosebuds. Back in the ring, Fandango sneaks in a small package for 2. Off the ropes, he connects with a spinning heel kick, then goes up top, where he hits the Last Dance for 3.
The Miz comes down for a match with Reigns (who we learn accepted the challenge moments ago), then demands a mic. He says Reigns has embarrassed him on “MizTV” for the last time. You want to headline WM, why don’t you come out and face someone who actually did it?
MATCH 4: THE MIZ (W/DAMIEN MIZDOW) VS. ROMAN REIGNS
Miz knocks Reigns off the apron before the match starts, then throws him into the ring steps. The ref checks on Reigns to see if he wants to continue, and Reigns obliges by rolling into the ring. The bell rings, and Miz attacks Reigns in the corner. The ref backs him up, only to have Miz go back in for some kicks. He goes for a corner whip, and Reigns rebounds with a clothesline. He tosses Miz to the corner, then stomps him down. In the adjacent corner, Reigns hits a big headbutt. Miz comes back with a kick off the ropes, so Reigns Pounces him out of the rope as Mizdow looks on, seated at ringside. Miz screams at Mizdow to do something, only to turn around and get blasted by a Reigns clothesline. Back in, Miz goes for a tackle on the apron, misses, and gets kicked through the ropes. He manages to come back with a big boot out of the corner, then hits a quick kick off the ropes for 1. Miz rakes at Reigns’ face, then applies a rear chinlock. Reigns breaks free and nails Miz with a couple of punches before Miz blocks and hits the Reality Check for 1. Miz knee-chokes Reigns over the middle rope, while simultaneously raking at his face. He drops a leg across Reigns’ back for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Reigns fights to his feet and goes for an Irish whip. Miz reverses and hits a kitchen sink. Miz looks for the hanging clothesline in the corner, but Reigns explodes out of the corner with a clothesline of his own. Reigns hits a pair of corner clotheslines, then a short-arm. He goes for a Samoan drop, but Miz escapes and kicks Reigns in the knee before looking for a snap DDT. Reigns blocks it twice, powers Miz up onto his shoulder, then hits a spin-out flapjack. He blasts Miz with the Superman Punch, then cuts through him with a spear for 3.
WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.
MATCH 5: WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION RUSEV (W/LANA) VS. ERICK ROWAN
Rowan is seriously the biggest jobber (both literally and figuratively) on the roster right now.The two immediately go to blows. Rusev shoves Rowan away, but Rowan comes back with a big boot. He rams Rusev’s head into the top buckle, then hits a Pounce, sending Rusev to the floor. Rowan rolls him back in, then blocks a kick attempt before shoving Rusev into the corner. Rowan hits an avalanche, but Rusev comes back with a spinning heel kick for 2. Rusev applies a rear chinlock, but then breaks it to hit a series of elbows before going back to the hold. Rowan fights out, but gets put back down with a knee. In the corner, Rowan hits an elbow and a right. He sends Rusev into the corner, then nails him with a Polish Hammer. Rusev gets bieled across the ring, and Rowan hits him with a spinning European uppercut off the middle rope. He hits another avalanche, then mounts the middle buckle for some punches. Rusev slides under his legs and knocks him off the ropes with a kick to the leg. Rusev lands a low jumping side kick, stomps Rowan in the back and applies the Accolade for the submission win.
It’s announced that Rusev’s match with John Cena at Fastlane will now be for the US title.
Renee Young is standing by with Paige. She says Paige has been having a tough time with the Bellas. What is going through her head? Paige says she doesn’t get embarrassed easily, but she was really embarrassed on RAW. She gets that she’s pale, she doesn’t look like every other diva or act like every other diva. She’s not a cookie cutter cutie pie like the Bellas, and she’s not a conformist. As for the Bellas, they’ll be the ones walking out embarrassed when she beats Nikki for the Divas Championship.
MATCH 6: ALICIA FOX VS. PAIGE
Paige still has some of the spray paint on her stomach from RAW. Paige tackles Fox and pelts her with rights before hitting a big boot. She grabs Fox by the hair and begins ramming her head into the mat. Fox comes back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. We see the Bellas looking on from a monitor backstage. Back in the ring, Fox picks Paige up for a sidewalk slam, but instead throws her through the ropes and to the floor. Paige makes it back in at 8, and Fox snaps her down with an arm wringer before hitting a northern lights suplex for 2. Fox applies a rear chinlock, but Paige elbows her way out. She hits a kick and a trio of short-arm clotheslines before connecting with a dropkick off the ropes. She ducks a clothesline and hits another big boot, then applies the PTO for the submission win.
MATCH 7-3-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH: DANIEL BRYAN VS. SETH ROLLINS AND J&J SECURITY (JOEY MERCURY AND JAMIE NOBLE)
Bryan starts off with Mercury, who asks for a test of strength. Mercury tries to yank him to the corner, but receives a kick to the leg for his troubles. Bryan reverses a waistlock and hits a takedown, only for Mercury to makes it to the ropes for a break. Noble tags in, and Bryan applies an arm wringer before sending Noble into the corner for a series of kicks. He then hits a kitchen sink for 2 before going back to the arm. He folds Noble’s arm over his head, then stomps the elbow before going for a jujigatame, only to have Noble quickly make it to the ropes. Noble rolls to the floor before coming back in for a tag to Rollins. Rollins talks a bunch of smack, then goes into a lock-up. Bryan turns it into a hammerlock, only to have Rollins elbow him in the face. They crisscross, with Bryan landing a dropkick for 1. Rollins backs him into the heel corner for an assault. Bryan fights them off, but then gets taken down by a shot from Rollins. Rollins hits a neckbreaker and tags in Noble, who hits a short-arm clothesline and a legdrop. Bryan goes for his legs, but Noble gets to the ropes before kicking Bryan away. Noble pulls Bryan to the middle, where Bryan fights back with kicks, sending Noble to the corner. He goes for a corner dropkick, but Rollins pulls Noble out of the way, causing Bryan to crash into the buckles. Rollins tags in, pulls Bryan to the floor and sends him neck-first into the barricade. Commercials.
Back from the break, Rollins has Bryan in a neck vice before hitting him with a release German suplex. Rollins talks some more trash, mocking Brock Lesnar in the process, then hits another release German. Mercury tags in and hits an elbow for 1. Noble in, and he stomps Bryan from the middle rope before dropping a pair of elbows. He does some shadow boxing before hitting a stomp, then tags in Mercury for a gut shot. Mercury hits a dropkick for 2, then tags in Rollins. Rollins stomps Bryan in the gut, then nails him in the back of the neck with a pair of forearms. He goes back to the neck vice, but Bryan fights out. He ducks a clothesline, and the two collide in the middle off simultaneous cross-body attempts. Back up, Bryan hits a few rights, but then gets hit with a complete shot into the middle buckle. Rollins stomps Bryan down, then tags in Noble. Noble immediately tags out to Mercury, while Rollins mounts the middle rope. J&J set Bryan up for a Rollins superbomb, but Bryan counters with a hurricanrana, sending Rollins to the floor. Noble gets hit with a drop-toehold into the middle buckle, and Bryan then kicks the ropes, sending Noble snapping backward. Mercury attacks from behind and goes for a corner whip. Bryan backflips, ducks a clothesline and hits Rollins on the outside with a suicide dive. Mercury then gets hit with a hotshot, and Bryan comes off the top with a double seated missile dropkick on J&J. He fires up the Yes! Kicks on both, then goes for the Buzzsaw. Rollins comes in to stop it with another German, but Bryan lands on his feet and clotheslines Rollins to the floor. Noble then gets backdropped to the outside. Mercury gets hit with a spinning back kick to the gut before Bryan calls for the running knee. Rollins pops up on the apron, and Bryan knocks him right back down, with the distraction allowing Mercury to roll Bryan up for 2, which Bryan quickly counters into the Yes! Lock, with Mercury almost immediately tapping out.
WINNER: DANIEL BRYAN.
As Bryan is celebrating on the stage, Kane nails him from behind and kicks him down the ramp. Kane rolls him into the ring, and now we have a 4-on-1 attack. J&J pick Bryan up and send him into a Kane chokeslam. They pick him up once more, and Kane hits another chokeslam. Rollins orders J&J to set Bryan up for the curb stomp, which connects. Rollins then tells Bryan, “Good luck making it to Fastlane. Welcome to the deep end.”
End of show.