Dean Ambrose squares off with Kane on the WWE Battleground go-home edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
MATCH 1: FANDANGO AND THE MIZ VS. WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION SHEAMUS AND DOLPH ZIGGLER
Miz and Ziggler start with a lock-up. Ziggler applies a side headlock and gets backed into the corner. Miz misses a wild swing, then crouches down while trying to protect his face as the ref calls for a separation. Back in the middle, Miz hits a kick and applies a headlock. Ziggler reverses before hitting a shoulder off the ropes. The two crisscross until Ziggler blocks a hiptoss. He misses a clothesline and goes for a dropkick. Miz catches him and goes for the figure-4. Ziggler kicks him away and Miz tags out. Fandango runs into a hiptoss before getting hit with the Show-Off Elbow for 2. Sheamus tags in and nails a blow to the gut before ramming Fandango into the corner. He hits a short-arm clothesline before dropping a knee for 2. Sheamus applies an arm wringer, but Fandango comes back with a kneelift and rights. He begins attacking Sheamus in the corner, but Sheamus shakes it off and goes for White Noise. Fandango escapes, hits a few more strikes, then nails some chops against the ropes. Sheamus no-sells and starts hitting his own before dumping Fandango to the floor. Miz comes in and covers his face as Sheamus tries to nail him. Ziggler comes in and goes for a superkick, but Miz sees it coming and drops to the floor. Sheamus heads out and nails Fandango from behind before chasing Miz off. Fandango is rolled back in, where Sheamus hits a slingshot Battering Ram for 2. Back up, Ziggler tags in off an arm wringer, then mounts the second rope for some punches before nailing a dropkick for 2. Fandango gets thrown into Sheamus’ boot, and Sheamus tags himself in, hitting a bodyslam. A jumping kneedrop connects for 2. Fandango blocks a corner charge, then gets caught by Sheamus. He manages to drop to the apron for a hotshot. Instead of capitalizing, Fandango dances. Sheamus goes for the 10 Beats, but gets distracted by Miz. Fandango nails a kick from the apron, climbs back in and hits a spinning heel kick for 2. Fandango peppers Sheamus with rights and tags in Miz, who stomps Sheamus down in the corner. Sheamus comes back with body blows, but then gets caught with a kitchen sink. Miz follows up with a running boot for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Sheamus gets to his feet, Miz on his back, and looks for a tag. Miz drops down and boots Sheamus before hitting a snap DDT for 2. Fandango back in, and he gets 2 off a kneedrop. Fandango beats Sheamus down in the corner, then distracts the ref so Miz can choke Sheamus. Fandango hits a European uppercut, and Sheamus knocks him down with a forearm. Fandango comes back with a dropkick for 2, then starts dancing again. Sheamus picks him up mid-dance and hits White Noise. Miz and Ziggler tag in. Ziggler hits the hot-tag offense, nails a corner splash and a neckbreaker. Miz avoids the rocker dropper and heads to the floor. Sheamus throws Miz back in, and Ziggler takes him down with a Rough Ryder for 2. He goes for another neckbreaker, but Miz shoves him off. He hits the first part of the Reality Check, but Ziggler shoves off the neckbreaker attempt and hits a leaping DDT for 2 as Fandango breaks it up. Sheamus enter the ring, and Miz ducks a Brogue Kick, with Fandango taking it instead. Miz shoves Sheamus to the floor, and Ziggler catches Miz from behind with the Zig-Zag for 3.
WINNERS: SHEAMUS AND DOLPH ZIGGLER.
Rollins appears on the TitanTron and says Ambrose doesn’t get it. He’s talented, but he can’t figured it out: without Rollins, Ambrose is nothing but an out-of-control lunatic destined for the insane asylum. Ambrose has guts, but more guts than brains. For the first time ever, it will be Rollins/Ambrose. That’s a huge box office draw, and there’s nothing Rollins would love more than to curb stomp Ambrose yet again. Unfortunately he can’t do that. He tweaked his knee on Monday and he’s not medically cleared. Sorry. Ambrose says Rollins is scared. It’s time for him to face his fears. Rollins mocks the “tough guy” talk and will give Ambrose a chance to back that up. He talked to Triple H, and Ambrose has a match tonight, against HIM. The camera pans over, and we see Kane standing next to Rollins.
MATCH 2: ALICIA FOX VS. EVA MARIE; SPECIAL REFEREE: NIKKI BELLA
They lock up, and Marie backs Fox into the ropes. Bella forces a clean break, and the two lock up once more. The same spot occurs. One more lock up, and now Marie applies a side headlock. Fox shoves her off and hits a hiptoss for 1. Marie gets a schoolgirl for 1, then hits what I think is supposed to be a spinebuster for another 1. Eva Marie is such a waste of space. Anyway, she argues with Bella’s count, and now begins poking her in the forehead. Fox then boots Bella, and now the two are beating her down.
WINNER: NO CONTEST.
After the “match”, the two pick her up and snap her back-first into the mat. Fox then hits her “axe kick” that I’m pretty sure will kill someone someday since she has no clue how to do it.
Stardust is doing one of his weird promos in the back, talking about parallel universes. He asks for a cosmic key to a door, and then Goldust appears. He says that beyond that door is another dimension of sound, sight and bizarre. Stardust holds the key to the door, and all they need is…Stardust blows glitter in his face before he can finish. The two then hiss at each other.
MATCH 3: CHRIS JERICHO VS. LUKE HARPER (W/ERICK ROWAN AND BRAY WYATT)
Before the match starts, Wyatt gets on the mic and says he remembers everything about Jericho. He remembers how Jericho said he’d always be there for the fans, and how he’d save everyone. He sees right through Jericho. Jericho is a liar, and the biggest hypocrite of them all, deserving of everything that is coming for him. There is no turning back now, and when it’s Jericho’s fate hanging in the balance, it won’t matter if he’s 1 or 100 feet off the ground, as he’ll be too late. Don’t worry about saving them; he should be worried about saving himself.
The match starts and Harper immediately shoves Jericho into the buckles. He then begins clubbing Jericho down before hitting a European uppercut. He grinds his forearm into Jericho’s face, but Jericho comes back with chops and a dropkick. He nails a corner clothesline and a series of kneelifts before Harper shoves him off and hits another European uppercut. Harper stands on Jericho’s face, then slaps him. Jericho comes back with a forearm that knocks Harper to the floor. Harper gets on the apron, and Jericho knocks him back down. Commercials.
Back from the break, Harper has Jericho in a rear chinlock. Jericho fights out, knocking Harper back with chops. He sends Harper across the ring and follows up with a corner clothesline before doing the spot again. Jericho mounts the middle rope for some corner punches, but Harper stops it by nailing Jericho in his bad eye. Harper then hits a suplex out of the corner for 2. Harper drops a couple elbows to Jericho’s traps, then goes back to the rear chinlock. Jericho gets to his feet, and my feed cuts out for a moment. When it comes back, Jericho counters a bodyslam with an inside cradle for 2. When Jericho gets back up, Harper puts him down with a big right for 2. Harper then catapults Jericho under the bottom rope, sending him to the floor in the process. Harper heads out and hits a stun gun across the barricade before stepping on Jericho’s face. Back in the ring, Harper drops an elbow for 2, then applies the Gator Roll before applying another rear chinlock. Jericho gets to his feet and hits a boot off the ropes. He lands a couple shoulders and a right, with Harper still on his feet. Harper tosses him to the outside, but Jericho lands on his feet on the apron, then comes off the top with an elbow. He goes for the Walls, but Harper kicks him off. Jericho recovers and hits a step-up enziguri for 2. Jericho boots Harper in the head before getting caught off the ropes. Harper hits a Michinoku driver #2 for 2, then corner-whips Jericho. Jericho blocks with a boot and goes up top, hitting a cross-body for 2. Jericho hits some knees to the face and sends Harper in for the running facebuster out of the corner. Harper shoves him off and hits a big boot before hitting a sit-out powerbomb for 2. Wyatt screams for Harper to finish this, and Harper sets up for a splash in the corner. Jericho moves, sending Harper into the buckles, then hits the lionsault for 2. Jericho goes for the Codebreaker, but Harper catches him and just shoves him off. He looks for another powerbomb, but Jericho blocks it and locks in the Walls of Jericho. Rowan jumps on the apron, Jericho sees him coming and takes him out with the dropkick. Harper loads up the discus clothesline, but Jericho ducks and rolls Harper up for 3.
WINNER: CHRIS JERICHO.
Rowan and Wyatt hit the ring, but before they can do any further damage, the Usos charge down and clear the ring.
Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger are in the ring. Zeb tells Lana she made a bad mistake when she slapped him, and she’ll pay for that. For months and months, we’ve seen these Russians come out, waving their flag, talking about how great Rusev and Russia are. Zeb is sick of it. Lana has called them every name in the book. He’s been a big critic of the government, but that’s his right to say. Lana and Rusev are visitors; they’re only here because the US allows them to be here. Zeb and Swagger have a problem with Lana and Rusev, and they’ll settle it at Battleground, where Swagger will be crush-proof.
After their catchphrase is out of the way, Lana and Rusev come out onto the stage. She goes into her “stupid Americans” bit, then says Rusev will crush Swagger and all of America. Rusev tries to get a “RUSS-I-A” chant going. The crowd instead chants “U-S-A”, and that’s where the segment ends. Weird.
MATCH 4: ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. KOFI KINGSTON
ADR gets a cut-away promo, talking about winning the IC title at Battleground. Tonight, he’ll prove to Kofi Kingston no one can do anything about it. Kofi then gets one, talking about being a former champion and becoming a 5-time champion at Battleground.
Kofi grabs a waistlock, and ADR counters into a hammerlock before shoving Kofi into the corner for some kicks. Kofi comes back with a kick off the ropes, gets backdropped to the outside, lands on his feet, then gets knocked to the floor with a dropkick. Outside, ADR whips Kofi into the apron, then rolls him back in for 1. ADR applies a rear chinlock. Kofi fights out, but ADR knees him in the face before forearming him down to the mat. Kofi is tossed to the floor, and ADR heads out for another whip into the apron. Kofi somersaults into the ring, then hits a somersault plancha through the ropes. Back in the ring, Kofi hits a springboard clothesline, a dropkick and a jumping clothesline. The Boom Drop connects, and now Kofi calls for TIP. ADR sees it coming and rolls to the floor. Kofi chases him back in, where ADR nails a thrust kick to the face for 2. He signals for the rolling jujigatame, but Kofi escapes, blocks a clothesline and hits the SOS for 2 as ADR grabs the ropes. ADR rolls to the apron and hotshots Kofi before climbing to the top rope. Kofi crotches him, then goes up for a superplex. ADR fights him off and knocks him into the middle rope with a headbutt. ADR nails a double-stomp from the top and gets 3.
WINNER: ALBERTO-DEL RIO.
Summer Rae and Layla are talking when they are interrupted by Fandango. He wishes them luck tonight, then says he wants to wipe the slate clean. He knows the ladies love jewelry and gold. When he wins the IC title, they can share it with him and his guns. Rae and Layla then start mocking his dancing and saying they don’t want him in one of the most obnoxious ways possible. Bo Dallas enters and says if you love someone, let them go. If they don’t come back, they were never yours to begin with. That’s kind of a stinky thing to think about, but hey buddy. You’ll be fine. Some girl will dance into your life. All you have to do is BOlieve.
MATCH 5: LAYLA AND SUMMER RAE VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION AJ LEE AND PAIGE
Rae and Lee start, with Rae mocking Lee’s height before making me want to puke with her “sexy” dancing. Rae does the splits, so Lee kicks her in the back of the head. She ducks a clothesline and hits a roundhouse to the gut, followed by a neckbreaker for 2. Layla tags in, as does Paige. Paige trips Layla for 1, ducks a kick, then gets caught with another one for 2. Paige gets thrown to the corner, and Layla applies a headscissors over the top rope. She drops to the floor and trips Paige before tagging in Rae. Layla hits a seated dropkick, and Rae hits a running boot for 2. Paige reverses a corner whip and gets backdropped to the outside. Paige lands on the apron and hits a headbutt, followed by some kneelifts. Layla tries to interfere, so Paige drops her with a kick. Back in the ring, Paige knocks Rae down with another kick, and Lee makes a blind tag before locking in the Black Widow for the submission win.
WINNERS: AJ LEE AND PAIGE
Paige appears to be getting pissed about the blind tag. Lee offers a handshake, Paige accepts, and they hug.
Seth Rollins is in the Authority’s office with Kane. He wants to get on the same page. He knows what happened on Monday, and Kane shouldn’t take what Orton did personally. That was about the WWE World Championship. Tonight, it’s about Ambrose, and Kane needs to take care of business. Kane says he’ll do things his way tonight, and he hopes Orton is watching, as he has plans for Ambrose. Rollins likes that, and asks Kane to leave just a bit of life in Ambrose so Rollins can finish the job at Battleground. Kane nods and leaves. He then comes back and tells Rollins not to get any ideas about cashing in his MITB contract.
MATCH 6: DEAN AMBROSE VS. KANE
Ambrose attacks Kane from behind as he’s setting off the pryo. Kane falls to the floor, and Ambrose goes for a suicide dive. Kane blocks it with a shot to the bad shoulder, then climbs in the ring to start the match. Ambrose avoids a corner charge and assaults Kane with rights until Kane shoves him down on his shoulder. Ambrose come back with a back elbow, but gets hit with an uppercut as he comes off the middle rope. Kane boots Ambrose, then ties the bad arm up in the middle rope with a hammerlock. Kane drops to the outside and hits another uppercut. Back in the ring, Kane snaps Ambrose down by the arm, then hits what was supposed to be a legdrop for 2. Kane shoulders Ambrose down, drops a leg on the bad arm and applies a scissor-hold. Ambrose rolls to his knees, where Kane hits yet another uppercut. He connects with a corner clothesline, but Ambrose blocks the second attempt. From the middle rope, Ambrose hits a tornado DDT. Ambrose nails some jabs. Kane hits a kneelift, and Ambrose comes back with a kitchen sink. He peppers Kane with rights, then hits a seated dropkick against the ropes. Up top, Ambrose hits a seated missile dropkick. Kane shoves him into the ropes and grabs him in the goozle. Ambrose escapes the chokeslam and low-bridges Kane to the outside before nailing a suicide dive. Ambrose slams Kane face-first into the apron, but Kane recovers and throws Ambrose shoulder-first into the ring steps. Kane slams Ambrose face-first into the bottom half of the steps, then looks for a tombstone. Ambrose escapes and shoves Kane face-first into the ring post. Seth Rollins runs down and nails Ambrose from behind with his briefcase, leading to the DQ.
Rollins rolls Ambrose into the ring, then he and Kane push the ring steps in. Ambrose tackles Rollins, but Kane grabs him and hits a chokeslam. Rollins paintbrushes Ambrose, then signals for Kane to put Ambrose on the steps. Kane sets Ambrose up, and Rollins hits the jumping curb stomp. Rollins then holds his briefcase over his head, on the steps.
End of show.
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