WWE Friday Night SmackDown features a head-to-head challenge between rising stars Roman Reigns and Rusev in the main-event.
MATCH 1: FANDANGO (W/LAYLA) VS. ADAM ROSE (W/SUMMER RAE AND THE EXOTIC EXPRESS)
Two of the worst gimmicks in WWE. Lovely. They lock up, and Rose applies a side headlock. He then avoids a bodyslam and smacks Fandango on the ass. Fandango begins pounding him as Rae and Layla fight outside. Fandango goes out to separate them, getting hit in the face in the process. The divas brawl continues, and Fandango is counted out.
WINNER: ADAM ROSE.
Jesus, all four of these people are wastes of space. After the match, Fandango tries to attack Rose, but Rose ducks a clothesline and hits the Party Foul.
[adinserter block=”1″]Renee Young is standing by with Chris Jericho. She asks about him facing Bray Wyatt at Battleground. Jericho says the match could be a classic. They are two very unique individuals, and he calls Wyatt a black, dark spider. He can’t save Wyatt, as he’s too far gone. He’s unlike anyone Jericho has ever faced. Wyatt is right about action over words, and tonight, he’ll put that in action against Randy Orton, one of his favorite opponents. Tonight, he’ll crush the head of the serpent, and as far as Wyatt goes, Jericho crushes spiders with his foot, and he’ll see Wyatt at Battleground.
Rusev and Lana come down to the ring. Yet another awful (and horribly overdone) gimmick. Typical Lana promo, only she’s singling out Roman Reigns for being all style and no substance. His inferiority will be exposed, and Rusev will crush. Thankfully, Roman Reigns’ music hits before she can continue talking.
Reigns stares at Lana as a pretty sizable “Roman Reigns” chant breaks out. He says he’s a business man without a lot of time. Rusev thinks this is his ring. This is Reigns’ ring. Rusev thinks he can crush Reigns, but he better think again. Reigns has a hair trigger, and if Rusev makes one wrong move, Reigns will put his fist right across Rusev’s face. Lana tells him to be careful what he wishes for. Reigns isn’t impressed. He assesses and attacks. He’s assessed the situation, and the only thing missing is a referee. One needs to get down here, so Reigns can attack. Charles Robinson hits the ring and wants to start the match, but Lana says it won’t happen on Reigns’ terms and orders Rusev to the back.
MATCH 2: CAMERON VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION AJ LEE (NON-TITLE)
It’s announced that Lee will defend her title against Paige in a rematch. The bell rings, and Cameron is still putting on lip gloss. She then tackles Lee and grinds her head into the mat for 1. She slams the back of Lee’s head into the mat, then tries to cover Lee’s face in lip gloss. She knee-chokes Lee against the middle rope, then applies a double chicken-wing before turning it into a cattle mutilation. Cameron breaks the hold to smack Lee across the back of the head, then reapplies it. Lee counters into a victory roll for 1, but Cameron pops up with a seated dropkick for 2. She pie-faces Lee, and now Lee is smiling. She grabs Cameron by the hair and yanks her to the mat. Cameron gets corner-whipped before getting hit with a corner clothesline and a neckbreaker. Lee grabs her by the hair, skips around the ring and knocks Cameron down with a roundhouse for 2. Cameron shoves her away and heads to the outside, complaining that Lee messed up her face. She heads up the ramp when Naomi appears and throws her back in the ring. Lee rolls her up in a schoolgirl, lets it go, then blasts her with a shining wizard for 3.
WINNER: AJ LEE.
Renee Young is now standing by with Randy Orton. She asks about what happened on RAW when Kane told Orton that he hates him. Orton says he doesn’t care about what Kane says, but what he does that’s best for business. That is Orton walking out of Battleground with the title. As for Chris Jericho tonight, Jericho has done everything there is to do. Some say Jericho is a legend. With that being said, Orton has to introduce Jericho to the “Legend Killer”.
MATCH 3: TITUS O’NEIL AND HEATH SLATER VS. WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE USOS (NON-TITLE)
Supposedly, Titus/Slater will be a new team from here on out. We’ll see. Jimmy starts against Titus, and is immediately distracted by Slater. Titus clubs Jimmy from behind, then hits a clothesline. Slater tags in and stomps Jimmy down. Jimmy comes back with an uppercut and a chop before Slater hits a jumping side kick for 2. Slater applies a rear chinlock, but Jimmy gets to his feet. Slater clubs him back down, but then gets hit with an Alley-Uce for 2 as Titus breaks it up. Jey knocks him out with a superkick, and Slater knocks Jey to the outside. He comes off the middle, and Jimmy hits a superkick in mid-air. Jey tags in, hits the Samoan Splash and gets the 3.
WINNERS: THE USOS.
Byron Saxton gets in the ring and tells them they’ve got the Wyatts at Battleground for the titles in a Best-of-3-Falls Match. Jimmy says they’ve never been in one of these matches, but if he thought about it, both of the pinfalls would go something like this…Jey begins doing commentary about what’s going to happen, basically boiling down to them beating the Wyatts in 2 straight falls.
Chris Jericho comes out for his match with Randy Orton, but before Orton enters, the Wyatts appear on the TitanTron. Bray asks Jericho to save them, then begins singing, the crowd of course joining in. He then tells Jericho to save himself before disappearing.
MATCH 4: CHRIS JERICHO VS. RANDY ORTON
They lock up, and Orton applies a side headlock before shouldering Jericho off the ropes. They crisscross, and Jericho nails a dropkick. He stomps Orton down in the corner and goes for a clothesline off the ropes. Orton puts on the brakes and bails to the floor. On the apron, Jericho nails him with a dropkick from the middle rope. Commercials.
Back from the break, Jericho has Orton on the middle rope and is standing on his back. Jericho hits a running knee to the back for 2, and Orton comes back with a kick to the gut. He backs Jericho to the corner for a clothesline, then foot-chokes him against the bottom rope. Jericho comes back with a series of chops and a corner whip. He misses a splash and tumbles over the top rope, to the floor. Outside, Orton throws Jericho shoulder-first into the ring steps, then does it again into the other set. Orton hits a back suplex across the top of the barricade, then rolls him back in the ring for 2. Orton taunts the crowd, and Jericho sneaks in a schoolboy for 2. Orton comes back with a clothesline for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Jericho tries to fight out, but Orton holds on. Jericho is successful on the second try, but then gets yanked down by his hair. Orton once again taunts the crowd, then stomps Jericho in the gut before hitting a kneedrop for 2. Orton goes back to the rear chinlock, because of course he does. Jericho counters with a back suplex. The two trade various strikes until Jericho nails some chops and a flying forearm. He hits a shoulderblock before Orton throws him outside. Jericho lands on the apron, heads up top and hits an elbow to the top of the head. He goes for the Walls, but Orton kicks him away before snapping off a powerslam out of the corner for 2. Jericho gets corner-whipped, avoids contact, leaps over Orton’s back and hits a step-up enziguri for 2. Jericho boots Orton to the corner, whips him across the ring and nails a clothesline. Up top again, Jericho winds up getting crotched when Orton falls into the top rope. He goes up for the Ace Superplex, but Jericho knocks him down with a headbutt before nailing a cross-body from the top for 2. Jericho lays in some chops, but then misses a clothesline, allowing Orton to nail the 3.0. He throws Jericho to the apron for the suspended DDT, but Jericho counters into the Walls of Jericho. Orton manages to crawl to the bottom rope for the break, then pulls himself up on the ropes. He low-bridges Jericho to the outside, Jericho lands on his feet, gets back up on the apron, and gets taken out with a suspended DDT. Orton drops down for the RKO. Jericho blocks it and hits the Lionsault. The lights go out, and when they come back on, there’s no one there. Jericho turns around and gets hit with an RKO for 3.
WINNER: RANDY ORTON.
MATCH 5: LAYLA VS. SUMMER RAE (SPECIAL REFEREE: FANDANGO)
Yippee! A rematch of the worst match at the Money in the Bank PPV! I do not understand how Rae has a job. She has absolutely no talent, and she’s ugly as sin. Same with Eva Marie. Fandango is sporting the worst referee’s shirt in history. Layla kisses him before the bell, so Rae does the same thing. Fandango shoves her away, and Fandango rings the bell. Layla charges, but Fandango catches her and shoves her into the corner. Lather, rinse, repeat for Rae. Fandango then dances. Wow. This is actually worse than the Fandango/Rose match from earlier. Both women then attack Fandango and stomp him down. He bails and heads to the back, screaming that he made both of them.
WINNER: NO CONTEST.
Layla and Rae stare each other down, then begin dancing. Then they dance with each other. Just when you think this angle can’t get any worse…
MATCH 6: CURTIS AXEL (W/RYBACK) VS. GOLDUST (W/STARDUST)
Goldust applies a side headlock and hits a shoulder. They crisscross until Axel puts on the breaks, then turns around into an uppercut. He gets a break in the corner, then nails Goldust with a forearm from behind as Stardust plays to the crowd outside. Axel is distracted, and Goldust schoolboys him for 2. Axel knocks him back down, then nails a dropkick off the ropes. Goldust falls out of the ring, right by Ryback. Axel heads out as Stardust lays across the announce table to distract Axel, which allows Goldust to nail him with an uppercut outside. Axel recovers and rolls Goldust back in the ring as Stardust steals JBL’s hat. In the ring, Goldust hits an uppercut, an inverted atomic drop and a running boot. Axel nails a corner whip, but then runs into a powerslam for 2. Axel hits a boot off the ropes and goes for the Perfect-Plex. Goldust blocks it and hits the Final Cut for 3.
After the match, Ryback attacks Goldust and goes for Shell Shocked. Stardust hits the ring, blows glitter into Axel’s face, then low-bridges him to the floor.
MATCH 7-2-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH: DIEGO AND EL TORITO VS. BO DALLAS
As Dallas comes out, he says that he’s in a Handicap Match tonight, but he’s going to be handi-capable. What the matador and his BOvine friend don’t know is, the crowd are all his tag team partners. All of his BOlievers!
Diego ducks a lock-up attempt, and Dallas applauds him. On the second try, Diego applies a side headlock. He then ducks a couple of clotheslines, puts on the breaks and sweeps Dallas for 2. He applies an armbar, but Dallas nails him with a forearm before hitting a few punches in the corner. Diego avoids a back-body drop and hits a dropkick. He misses a splash in the corner, and Dallas hits the Running Bo-Dog for 3.
WINNER: BO DALLAS.
[adinserter block=”2″]After the match, Dallas grabs Torito from the apron and flips him into the ring. Dallas acts like he feels remorse and is checking on Torito. He picks him up, and then hits the Running Bo-Dog once more before doing a victory lap.
MATCH 8: RUSEV (W/LANA) VS. ROMAN REIGNS
They lock up, jockeying for position with no clear winner. Eventually, Rusev shoves Reigns away and begins kicking him in the legs, sending him to the corner in the process. Reigns comes back with a series of rights, backs Rusev in the corner and mounts the middle buckle for some punches before knocking Rusev to the floor with an uppercut. Rusev jumps on the apron, and gets knocked down yet again. Commercials.
Back from the break, Rusev has Reigns down in the ring with what looks like a trapezius claw. Reigns fights out with rights, but runs into a spinning heel kick. In the corner, Rusev hits a series of kicks before knocking Reigns down with a roundhouse. Rusev headbutts Reigns in the shoulder a couple of times, then goes back to the trapezius claw. Reigns gets to his feet, but gets whipped right back down. Rusev hits a headbutt and a double axe handle, then stomps Rusev. Reigns headbuts him a few times, but then gets hit with a kneelift. Rusev sends Reigns hard into the corner, then does it again. Rusev hits a running kick to the gut. God, he’s boring. Not even Reigns can make him look good. He hits another running kick. Rusev applies a double trapezius claw now, and Reigns is starting to stir. He pumps himself up, breaks free, shoves Rusev into the corner and assaults him with rights. Rusev whips him across the ring, but Reigns explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Rusev is still standing, so Reigns knocks him down with a jumping clothesline. Reigns hits a corner splash, an uppercut and a Samoan drop. Rusev crawls to the ropes, so Reigns heads outside and nails his jumping apron kick. Back in, Reigns signals for the Superman Punch, which connects. Reigns gets in spear position, but Randy Orton appears and hotshots Reigns, leading to the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: ROMAN REIGNS.
Rusev nails Reigns from behind, but Reigns ducks a clothesline before nailing Orton (on the apron now) with a Superman Punch. He turns around and gets hit with a jumping side kick by Rusev, which would normally lead to the Accolade. Instead, Lana orders Rusev to the back as Orton is getting back to his feet, apparently giving Reigns to Orton. Orton looks around and heads to the ring, where he signals for the RKO. Orton grabs Reigns by the hair, picks him up and drops him with the RKO.
End of show.
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