This week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown opens up with Daniel Bryan making his way to the ring. Looks like we’re going right into a match.
MATCH 1: Daniel Bryan vs. Christian
Lock-up to start, and Bryan goes straight into an armbar. Crisscross ends with a shoulder by Christian, and he follows up with a middle rope dropkick for 1. Bryan rolls to the apron, where he shoulders and incoming Christian, and he begins stomping Christian down. Bryan hits a kitchen sink off the ropes, then drops a knee for 2. Bryan goes for a surfboard stretch, and Christian breaks it with a mule kick. Bryan blocks a charge out of the corner, but runs right into a spinebuster for 2. Christian hits a forearm off the ropes and follows up with a spinning European uppercut from the middle rope for 2. Bryan charges in and gets backdropped to the floor. Christian misses a baseball slide, and Bryan clotheslines him before hitting a running knee from the apron. Commercials.
[adinserter block=”1″]Back from the break, Bryan misses a corner dropkick, and Christian pins him for 2. Christian hits a neckbreaker for another 2, then kicks Bryan in the spine before applying a rear chinlock. Bryan fights out, then sidesteps a charging Christian, sending him to the floor. Bryan goes for a suicide dive, but Christian counters with an uppercut through the ropes. Both men are outside now, and Bryan lands a forearm that knocks Christian into the steps. He hits a running seated dropkick, and now both men are back in the match. Bryan fires up the Yes! Kicks in the corner and sends Christian in. Christian counters and hits a sunset flip from the middle rope for 2. They exchange kicks and punches until Bryan gets tripped into the ropes. Christian hits the outside-in uppercut, then hits an inverted hotshot before going to the top rope. He goes for a cross-body and misses, and Bryan goes up top, missing the Flying Goat. Christian mounts the middle rope and goes for a tornado DDT, but Bryan throws him off before firing up more Yes! Kicks. Christian ducks the Buzzsaw and lands the falling inverted DDT. He signals for the spear, but Bryan blocks it and hits the Buzzsaw for 2. Bryan with more Yes! Kicks in the corner and he connects with the running dropkick before Christian counters a second attempt with a spear for 2. Christian signals for the Killswitch, and Bryan counters into the Yes! Lock. Christian escapes before getting a stun gun into the top turnbuckle. Christian recovers, hits a mule kick and goes for the cross-body. Bryan catches him, applies the Yes! Lock, and gets the submission win.
WINNER: Daniel Bryan.
We see Teddy Long on the phone when he’s interrupted by Dolph Ziggler. Long has some good news for Ziggler: he has the night off. Ziggler doesn’t want that. Long says Alberto Del Rio is competing against Sin Cara tonight, and he wants to make sure Ziggler doesn’t interfere. Vicki Guerrero was fired on Monday, and he doesn’t want to get fired, so he wants to make sure the show goes smoothly. Ziggler accuses him of being friends with ADR, then says it doesn’t matter because he’ll be the new World Champion on Sunday.
MATCH 2: WWE Tag Team Co-Champion Seth Rollins (w/Roman Reigns) vs. Jey Uso (w/Jimmy Uso)
Lock-up, and Rollins goes into a waistlock. Uso counters into a side headlock. Rollins counters into his own, then clubs Uso. Uso comes back with a forearm off the ropes, then hits an uppercut in the corner. He follows up with a snapmare and a low clothesline for 2. Rollins reverses a corner whip, then runs into an elbow. Uso mounts the middle rope, and Rollins trips him up for 2. Rollins with a back suplex for another 2. Rollins hits an avalanche for another 2. Rollins applies a rear chinlock before throwing Uso to the corner. He throws him to another corner, and Uso is no-selling the shots. Rollins tries some chops, and that’s also no good. Uso hits a pair of forearms, a superkick and an uppercut before connecting with an avalanche. He follows up with a running hip bump and goes for the pin, but Reigns causes a distraction Jimmy Uso takes him out on the floor and, back in the ring, Jey Uso hits Alley-Us for 2. He goes up for the Samoan Splash as Reigns takes Jimmy out on the outside. Rollins crotches Jey in the ring, then hits a running push-stomp to the back of the head for 3.
WINNER: Seth Rollins.
MATCH 3: Chris Jericho vs. Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel (w/Paul Heyman; non-title)
Axel immediately assaults Jericho in the corner, stomping him down to the mat. He whips Jericho, but Jericho blocks the charge and answers with some chops to the chest before hitting a back elbow. He follows up with a second rope dropkick for 2, then clubs Axel with forearms. Axel comes back with a kneelift, then throws Jericho to the corner. Jericho avoids a corner whip, and Axel gets sent shoulder-first into the post. Jericho goes for the Codebreaker, and Axel counters by dumping Jericho face-first into the top turnbuckle for 2. Commercials.
Back from the break, Axel drops a knee, then hits a Hart elbow from the middle rope for 2. Axel grinds his forearm into Jericho’s face. Axel chokes Jericho in the ropes until Jericho comes back with knife-edges and a running forearm. He ducks a pair of clotheslines and hits a northern lights suplex for 2. Jericho goes for the Walls, but Axel spins out. He ducks a clothesline and hits a back suplex for 2. Axel attacks Jericho in the corner again, but misses a splash. Jericho goes up top and hits a nice cross-body for 2. The running facebuster connects, but Jericho misses the Lionsault. He lands on his feet and charges in, and Axel sends him through the ropes. Jericho lands on his feet, and Axel charges in with a kneelift and hits a suspended neckbreaker for 2. Jericho escapes a bodyslam and goes for the Walls again. Axel counters into a roll-up for 2, but then gets blasted with a step-up enziguri for 2 by Jericho. Jericho backdrops Axel to the floor off an Irish whip, but misses a baseball slide. Axel drops him with a clothesline on the outside, then throws him back in the ring. As Axel is coming through the ropes, Jericho hits a Codebreaker, sending Axel back to the floor. Axel can’t make it back into the ring in time, and Jericho picks up another win.
WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: Chris Jericho. Axel has a fit after the match, throwing chairs into the ring and tearing the announce desk apart.
MATCH 4: The Miz vs. Ryback
Lock-up to start, and Miz suckers Ryback into the corner. They do the same spot again, then Miz ducks a pair of clotheslines before low-bridging Ryback to the floor and hitting a dropkick through the ropes. Miz connects with a double axe handle from the apron before Ryback gets back into the ring. Miz gets in as well and hits a boot out of the corner, but gets caught in a dive by Ryback, who turns the move into an over-the-shoulder powerslam. Ryback stomps Miz down, then rams him into the corner. Miz receives a hard corner whip and collapses to the mat, where Ryback stands on his face. Miz tries to fight back from his knees. Ryback scoops him up for a slam, but Miz escapes and hits a chopblock. Ryback recovers and runs through Miz with a shoulderblock. He grabs Miz by the ears and begins slamming his head into the mat. Ryback hits a bodyslam, but Miz blocks the Warrior Splash attempt. Miz is back up first, and he fires off some lefts, ducks a clothesline and dropkicks Ryback in the knee. He follows up with a running kneelift and a running boot. The hanging clothesline in the corner connects, as does a double axe handle from the top rope. Miz works the knee over until Ryback kicks him to the corner. Miz kicks him in the knee and DDTs the leg. Miz ties Ryback’s leg up in the ropes and hits a few kicks before blocking a kick by Ryback and hitting a leg stunner. Ryback gets back to his feet as the ref asks if he wants the match stopped, then hits a Meat Hook. He gets Miz up in the Shell Shocked and hits it on a bad leg for 3.
Renee Young is standing by with Sheamus. Say what you will about WWE compared to TNA, but at least WWE lets us see who the interviewed wrestler is talking to when they’re being interviewed. She asks his thoughts on facing Randy Orton tonight. He mentions driving snakes out of Ireland, then turns the conversation to MITB. He’s not one to carry a briefcase to work, but who knows? Maybe he’ll fill the case with pints or corned beef and cabbage. Seriously though, he plans to win the case, become a 3-time WWE Champion, and when that happens the pints are on him. He then tells Renee she’s cute.
Teddy Long is in the ring with the entire divas division and Big E. Langston. Kaitlyn and AJ Lee are sitting on opposites sides of the table, as we are going to have a contract signing. Teddy asks them to sign, but before AJ does, she says half the divas don’t like Kaitlyn. The other half don’t like AJ, but they should. The divas division was meaningless until she won the belt. Everyone can line up and thank her. After Sunday, they can congratulate her for retaining the belt. Long cuts her off and says we don’t have time for this, so AJ flips through the pages and signs her name. She then tells Kaitlyn she shouldn’t sign the contract, because if she does, she’ll embarrass Kaitlyn worse than ever before. Layla then takes the pen out of AJ’s hand to let Kaitlyn sign the contract. Long makes the official announcement, and AJ says she tried to help Kaitlyn. Now, she has no choice. Remember all of those real texts Kaitlyn sent to her fake secret admirer? AJ has them in her phone, and begins reading them off, starting with a slam on Natalya. The second one is about Naomi and Cameron caring only about their reality show. Kaitlyn slams her fists into the table, and AJ responds with, “Hulk smash!” She throws one of the texts to Langston up on the TitanTron, and Kaitlyn is now pacing. AJ tells her to just do everyone a favor, tear up the contract and walk away, never showing your face around here again. Kaitlyn tells her no, saying this won’t work again. She lost her friends, her title and herself the first time. She will never, ever, let a needy, clingy, man-crazed, psychopath destroy her again. She will be the champion again. AJ will end up rocking back and forth in the fetal position, drooling like the crazy…AJ slaps Kaitlyn, so Kaitlyn shoves her back into the chair, then blocks her in the corner by shoving the table into her. She attacks AJ until Langston pulls her off. Kaitlyn slaps Langston, then spears AJ.
Jack Swagger is on commentary, being flanked by Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro. Apparently, these two are now going to be called “The Real Americans”.
MATCH 5: Wade Barrett vs. Fandango (w/Summer Rae)
Fandango ducks a clothesline and dances, but gets nailed with a running boot for 2. Barrett assaults Fandango in the corner, then whips him to the opposite side, catching Fandango with a backbreaker for 2. Barrett hits some kneelifts and a short-arm clothesline, then picks Fandango up for more kneelifts before setting him across the top rope. Barrett targets the back as Team Rhodes Scholars come down to ringside and argue with the Real Americans. In the ring, Fandango boots Barrett and quickly rolls him up for 3.
Michael Cole informs us Kane is out of the MITB match on Sunday as a result of the attack by the Wyatt Family this past Monday night on RAW.
MATCH 6: World Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara (non-title)
No Ricardo Rodriguez again this week. Starting to wonder if he was let go. Cara immediately slides into the ring and attacks ADR. ADR comes back with a boot, and Cara once again assaults ADR, knocking him to the outside. Back in the ring, Cara ducks a clothesline and hits a Zig-Zag.
WINNER: No contest, as the bell never rang. We hear Vickie Guerrero’s shrill voice, and she appears at ringside. She screams something about buying a ticket to the show, then demands Teddy Long be fired. I can barely make out anything she’s saying, and her voice is piercing my eardrums. Long walks out and said that, on Monday night, Stephanie McMahon had two words for Vickie, and those were, “You’re fired”. Long says he has one word for her tonight: “security”. Some security staffers come out and escort her out of the building through the crowd.
We see Sin Cara walking around in the back, and Long is right behind him, he keeps asking Cara to stop by calling him “Dolph”. Cara stops, and that’s when Dolph Ziggler walks up. He congratulates Cara on looking good out there, then says he’s out of here for the evening.
MATCH 7: Sheamus vs. Randy Orton
As Sheamus comes out, Michael Cole informs us the All-Stars MITB match will now feature six instead of seven, with no one replacing Kane. Lock-up to start, and Sheamus tries to back Orton into the corner, which he does. Orton thumbs Sheamus in the eye, and now they trade strikes. Sheamus throws Orton to the corner for some rights to the head, and Orton once again rakes the eyes before hitting some mounted punches. Sheamus shoves him off and goes for a suplex, getting 2. Sheamus applies an armbar, and Orton breaks it with a headbutt and a European uppercut before running into a tilt-a-whirl powerslam for 2. Orton suckers Sheamus in and sends him to the floor. Sheamus drags Orton outside, and now they’re trading punches. Sheamus gets the better of it and slams Orton into the announce desk. Orton tries to whip Sheamus into the steps, but he blocks it before getting hit with a clothesline. Commercials.
[adinserter block=”2″]Back from the break, Orton has Sheamus in a rear chinlock. Sheamus fights out, but gets hit with a dropkick for 2. Orton goes back to the chinlock and adds in a bodyscissors. Sheamus fights out with right hands, and Orton comes back with his own before getting hit with a clothesline off the ropes. Sheamus hits a pair of Irish Hammers, a running shoulder in the corner and goes for a running kneelift. Orton sidesteps and fires up the Four Moves of Boredom, hitting the first three for a 2-count. He stomps Sheamus’ head before running into the Irish Curse for 2. Sheamus picks Orton up for the rolling fireman’s carry slam, but Orton escapes and hits the 3.0 for 2. Sheamus climbs outside to the apron, and Orton looks for the suspended DDT. Sheamus escapes and backdrops Orton to the outside. Orton lands on his feet on the apron, where Sheamus hotshots him. Orton tries to fight off the forearm shots, but to no avail. Sheamus picks him up on his shoulders from the apron and hits the rolling fireman’s carry slam. He calls for the Brogue Kick, but Orton ducks. Sheamus regroups and hits a back elbow before mounting the middle rope. Orton cuts him off and hits the suspended DDT out of the corner. He signals for the RKO and goes for it, but Sheamus throws him off and rolls to the apron, where he goes to the top rope. Orton crotches Sheamus, but Sheamus fights him off from the top turnbuckle. Orton hits a few headbutts and goes up for the superplex, but Sheamus pulls him down to the floor outside, also falling to the floor in the process. Daniel Bryan runs down to the ring and drags out a ladder, putting it in the ring. He hits both competitors with the ladder as they try to get back in, resulting in a double DQ.
WINNER: Double disqualification. Bryan climbs the ladder to grab the briefcase, but Sheamus pulls him down and clotheslines him to the floor. Sheamus then climbs the ladder to grab the case, and that’s when Christian runs down and knocks him off the ladder. Christian starts climbing, and Sheamus pulls him down before he starts climbing again. Christian climbs the other side and knocks Sheamus off with punches. He almost grabs the case when Bryan comes back in and tips the ladder over, sending Christian to the floor. Bryan starts to climb when Orton comes in and hits him with an RKO. Orton climbs to the top and takes the briefcase off the hook.
End of show.
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