Roman Reigns goes head to head with former WWE world heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio in the Friday Night SmackDown main-event.
MATCH 1: WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE USOS (JEY AND JIMMY) VS. RYBAXEL (CURTIS AXEL AND RYBACK) (NON-TITLE)
Jey and Ryback start the match with a lock-up. Ryback applies a side headlock, then hits a shoulder off the ropes. They crisscross until Ryback blocks a hiptoss and hits one of his own. He misses the Warrior Splash and Jimmy tags in. Jey hits a low clothesline, and Jimmy follows up with a jumping headbutt for 2. Jimmy hits a couple of chops, then nails an uppercut. Ryback misses a clothesline, so Jimmy hits another chop before mounting the corner for some punches. Ryback shoves him off and nails a running shoulderblock. Axel tags and runs into a Japanese armdrag. Jimmy applies an arm wringer, but Axel counters into a side headlock. Axel hits a shoulder off the ropes, the two crisscross now, and Jimmy applies a waistlock. Ryback makes a blind tag before getting knocked off the apron. Axel then clotheslines Jimmy to the floor. Outside, Ryback nails a clothesline as we go to commercials.
[adinserter block=”1″]Back from the break, Axel is nailing Jimmy in the corner with chops. Jimmy fights back with rights and chops, but Ryback rams him into to the buckles to tag in Axel, who stomps Jimmy down. The two trade some shots until Axel hits a clothesline to the back of the head. Jimmy gets knocked to the apron off a running knee, and Axel covers him for 2. Ryback tags in and hits a jumping splash for another 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Jimmy fights out, misses a jumping roundhouse, keeps spinning and nails it on the second try. Jey and Axel tag in, with Jey getting in the hot-tag offense. He hits an uppercut and a seated dropkick off the ropes. Axel slumps to the corner, where Jey hits him with a running hip attack. A Samoan drop gets 2 as Ryback breaks it up. He gets low-bridged, and Jey takes him out with a suicide dive. On the apron, Jey gets knocked back down by an Axel dropkick. Jimmy pulls himself near Jey, and Axel doesn’t notice. He rolls Jimmy in by mistake, and Jimmy gets in a quick small package for 3.
WINNERS: THE USOS.
We see the Miz sign an autograph in the back for a fan that doesn’t want it. MizTV is up next, which basically means break time for me.
Miz comes out for his dumbass segment. He starts to talk, and all I can hear is seven types of crap pouring out of his mouth. He’s giving an “acceptance” speech in regards to winning the IC title at WWE Battleground last Sunday. His parents are in the audience, and his dad still doesn’t look interested. He then interviews them. On the plus side, when he asks his mom who her favorite wrestler is, she says Roman Reigns. He thanks his face for all of his success.
I never thought I’d say this, but thankfully, Bo Dallas interrupts the segment. Dallas says it’s okay Miz didn’t mention him by know, because he knows Miz won the battle royal because he Bolieves. Miz is apparently a fan and wants to do lunch.
Even more thankfully, Dolph Ziggler now interrupts. He compliments Miz on winning the IC title, then takes credit for all the work in the battle royal since Miz hung out on the floor. He can see why Miz and Dallas get along: they both inspire millions around the world, they both have million-dollar smiles, and they’re both full of crap. Miz calls him jealous, and Dallas says Ziggler can be like them as long as he Bolieves. Ziggler shoves him, and Miz bails. Dallas then nails him from behind.
MATCH 2: BO DALLAS VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER
Dallas immediately goes on the attack with forearms to Ziggler’s back, beating him down to the mat. Miz is on commentary, so I’m turning this on mute. Dallas nails a forearm to the face, and now Ziggler makes a comeback with rights. Dallas shakes them off and hits a back elbow for 2 before applying a cravat. Ziggler breaks free, but is immediately yanked down by the hair. Dallas hits another back elbow, then another, then a short-arm clothesline for 2. Ziggler reverses a corner whip, and Dallas hits the buckles hard, collapsing to the mat. Ziggler nails an elbow to the head, then follows up with a leaping DDT for 2. Dallas rolls to the floor, and Ziggler rolls him right back in before faking Miz out with a superkick attempt. Back in the ring, Ziggler misses a rocker dropper, and Dallas schoolboys him for 2. Ziggler gets up and hits it on the second try, getting a 2-count. Ziggler signals for the Zig-Zag, but Miz jumps up on the apron. Ziggler swings at him, misses, and Dallas rolls Ziggler up from behind for 3.
WINNER: BO DALLAS.
After the match, Dallas is doing his victory lap when Ziggler blasts him with a superkick. Miz then shoves Ziggler face-first into the ringpost before petting his own face and leaving.
Renee Young is standing by with Roman Reigns. She asks about Reigns stopping Orton from getting a title match at Summerslam. Reigns calls Orton a spoiled baby. As for Triple H’s plans, they don’t matter. Reigns is a wanted man, and that’s fine with him. It’s one vs. all. As for Alberto Del Rio tonight, he’s not on Reigns’ side, so Reigns will run through him.
MATCH 3-NO DISQUALIFICATION MATCH: DEAN AMBROSE VS. CESARO
Ambrose immediately lays in some rights before assaulting Cesaro in the corner and grinding his face on the top rope. Cesaro comes back with some shots, but misses a corner charge. Ambrose stomps Cesaro down, then hits a suplex and a power-drive elbow. Ambrose rolls to the floor and pulls a kendo stick from under the ring. He decides against that and grabs a pile of chairs. On the apron, Cesaro boots him back down to the floor. Outside, Cesaro rams Ambrose face-first into the ring post, then grabs another kendo stick. Ambrose ducks a shot, then clotheslines Cesaro into the timekeeper’s area. He dives at Cesaro, then tosses a leather office chair to ringside before tossing Cesaro. He grabs the ring bell and nails a diving shot from the barricade. Ambrose grabs one of the sticks and goes for a dive off the announce desk, but Cesaro nails him in the gut with one of the sticks in mid-air. Commercials.
Back from the break, Cesaro has a rear chinlock on Ambrose, with a kendo stick thrown in for good measure. Ambrose breaks free with a bite to the hand, so Cesaro cracks him over the back with the stick. He sets up two chairs to face each other, then bodyslams Ambrose onto them for 2. Cesaro sits on a chair on Ambrose’s back, then shoves the stick into Ambrose’s mouth in a modified camel clutch. Cesaro breaks the hold and nails Ambrose’s bad shoulder with the stick, then does it again after a bit of taunting. Cesaro pulls him back up and goes for another swing, but Ambrose blocks it. Cesaro boots him away, and Ambrose hits a rebound clothesline. Ambrose has the stick now, and Cesaro grabs a chair. Ambrose nails Cesaro in the gut and back, then hits a White Russian Legsweep for 2. Ambrose grabs a chair from outside and sets it up in the ring before setting up another. He turns them so they’re back-to-back, then looks for a suplex. Cesaro blocks and tries to reverse. Ambrose blocks this time and hits a headbutt. He rams one chair into Cesaro’s gut, then suplexes Cesaro onto the other one for 2. Ambrose grabs the first chair and mounts the middle rope, where he hits a chair-assisted flying elbow for 2. Cesaro is in the corner now, where a chair has been wedged into the ropes. Not sure when that happened. Anyway, Ambrose charges in, but Cesaro sidesteps him and drives him shoulder-first into the chair for 2. Cesaro then sends Ambrose shoulder-first into the ringpost. He drops to the floor and grabs a chair, missing a swing against the post as Ambrose moves out of the way. Ambrose then floors Cesaro with a suicide dive before throwing even more chairs into the ring. After about a dozen chair are tossed in, Cesaro is rolled back into the ring. Seth Rollins appears from out of nowhere and attacks Ambrose. Ambrose reverses things and sends Rollins into the timekeeper’s area with a clothesline. Up top now, Cesaro crotches Ambrose and sends him back to the apron. Cesaro nails a right, then hits his superperlex from the apron onto the pile of chairs, hurting himself in the process. Cesaro crawls over for the cover, but still only gets 2. Cesaro picks Ambrose up, and Ambrose sneaks in a quick small package for 3.
WINNER: DEAN AMBROSE.
Seth Rollins jumps into the ring and immediately assaults Ambrose, stomping him in the head in the corner. Cesaro joins in, nailing a running boot in the corner, followed by the Neutralizer. Cesaro leaves to let Rollins finish the job, and Rollins screams at Ambrose to learn to stay down and die. He picks Ambrose up, then puts him right back down with a curb stomp.
Aside from the finish, that was a hell of a good match. Not that you would expect any less from Cesaro and Ambrose.
MATCH 4: NAOMI VS. PAIGE
Paige skips around the ring to mock AJ Lee before grabbing a mic. She says her and AJ are still friends. She likes AJ, and she likes Naomi. Thank you. Oohkay.
The bell rings, but before the match can get off the ground, Cameron’s music hits and she comes out on the stage. Naomi is distracted, and Paige nails her from behind. She then hits the Ram-Paige (her wicked cradle DDT) and locks in the PTO for the submission win.
Paige skips to the back as Cameron heads to the ring. She begins shoving Naomi in the face and screaming at her before snapmaring Naomi by her ponytail. She tosses Naomi to the apron, and Naomi hits a forearm. She starts to climb to the top, but Cameron knocks her to the floor. Cameron then checks her makeup before stepping on Naomi on her way back up the ramp.
Another Goldust/Stardust promo. Goldust is looking at one of those glass electrified balls (I forget what they’re called) and pretending to be a fortune teller. He’s talking about the cosmic key again and says it will come home soon. Stardust is standing there, with his head through a table. He talks about constellations and says Goldust is looking in the wrong direction. He has Goldust hold some glitter for him to blow, then says they need to look to the stardust. I really don’t get the point of all of these promos. Thus far, they are leading nowhere, especially since this team has rarely been active in the ring as of late.
MATCH 5: R-TRUTH VS. BRAY WYATT (W/LUKE HARPER AND ERICK ROWAN)
They lock up, and Wyatt shoves Truth back. He misses a corner attack, and Truth nails some rights. Wyatt shakes off a kick and hits a running shoulder. Wyatt clubs Truth across the back, misses an elbow and gets hit with the Lie Detector. Truth does the splits and starts to bounce off the ropes, but Wyatt pops up into his crab walk. He sends Truth into the ropes and runs through him with a back elbow. Love that move. Wyatt hits an avalanche, signals for Sister Abigail, nails it and gets 3.
WINNER: BRAY WYATT.
Erick Rowan drags Truth to the middle of the ring as Harper hands Wyatt a mic. I notice Wyatt has a hell of a shiner. He says Truth was there when Jericho needed him. Where is Jericho now when Truth needs him the most? Jericho is no savior…but Wyatt is. Save us, Jericho!
MATCH 6: ROMAN REIGNS VS. ALBERTO DEL RIO
The two lock up, and Reigns backs ADR into the corner. He gives a clean break, blocks a punch and nails one of his own. Reigns stomps ADR down, but ADR comes back with a kick to the leg. He begins working on Reigns’ left arm, then hits a double-knee armbreaker. He goes for the rolling jujigatame early, but Reigns sees it coming and shoves ADR to the floor. Commercials.
[adinserter block=”2″]Back from the break, Reigns is in control, throwing ADR into the buckles. He telegraphs a back-body drop, but recovers and hits a Samoan drop before clotheslining ADR to the floor. Outside, Reigns goes to lawn dart ADR into the ring post, but ADR escapes and shoves Reigns face-first into the post. After taking a minute to remember which arm he’s supposed to work on, he targets Reigns’ left arm with a few shots before hitting a thrust kick to it. Back in the ring, ADR gets 2. Reigns starts to make a comeback, but then gets hung up on the middle rope in the corner. ADR goes up top and hits his double stomps, which causes Reigns to roll to the floor. Outside, ADR slams Reigns’ left arm into the ring steps not once, not twice, but thrice. Back in the ring, ADR gets a 1-count, and now ADR has an armbar locked in. Reigns fights out, but then gets sent to the corner, where ADR hits a step-up enziguri for 2. ADR goes back to the arm with an armbar, but Reigns begins to fight back with headbutts. He rams ADR into the corner, then sets him up on the top rope. ADR locks in the jujigatame from this position, pulling him over the top rope. Reigns muscles him back up, then breaks the hold with a straight shot to the face. ADR falls to the floor outside, and now Reigns goes on the attack, first ramming ADR back-first into the apron, then tossing him into the barricade. ADR goes face-first into the announce desk and is then rolled back in the ring. ADR misses a clothesline, while Reigns connects with one. ADR blocks a trio of charges in the corner, but Reigns shakes the hits off and nails another clothesline. ADR crawls to the bottom rope, and Reigns looks for his jumping kick from the floor. ADR sees it coming, moves, then dropkicks him through the ropes and into the barricade. Back in the ring, ADR gets 2, then sets Reigns up in the tree of woe. ADR hits a series of kicks to the gut, but then misses a tackle. ADR goes shoulder-first into the ring post, and Reigns drops to the floor, nailing his kick on the second attempt. He loads up the Superman Punch and connects. He signals for the spear, cuts through ADR and gets 3.
WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS.
End of show.
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