This week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown, Chris Jericho vs. Curtis Axel. This could be damn good. Also tonight, MizTV will feature Team Hell No! and Randy Orton. In fact, it looks like that’s opening the show.
Miz comes out for another episode of his painful talk show. He brings out Randy Orton first, followed by Team Hell No! Bryan’s left arm is bandaged as a result of the powerbomb through a table by Ryback from this past Monday night. Miz starts with Daniel Bryan, pointing out he was pinned in the 6-man on Monday. Bryan stops him and says that, before Miz stirs the pot, he has something to say. Bryan says he’s had a lot of time to think since Monday, and he knows Orton didn’t intend to hit him. And Kane, you’re the best partner a guy could ask for, and Bryan pushed him away when Kane was just trying to help him. Kane asks if he’s going to drop the weak link garbage, and Bryan wouldn’t exactly call it garbage. Miz interjects and says last Friday, Bryan single-handedly took out all three members of The Shield. Miz asks if Bryan is getting the respect he feels he deserves. He says sometimes. Miz insults him, and Orton says Bryan’s head is messed up. Kane agrees, and Bryan says it’s because he wants respect. That’s why they think he’s messed up. Kane says everyone does respect him, and Orton says he respects him less and less when he whines about being the weak link. Bryan says he got caught on Monday is because Orton got in his way. Miz asks Orton about being blamed for the loss. Kane tells him not to answer, then tells Bryan that they need to go. Bryan screams about him having his back, and Kane says he’s tired of Bryan not trusting him. Bryan calls that a joke. How many times has Kane left him in the ring with The Shield, alone? When people call him the weak link, does Kane come to his defense? The dirty fact is Kane was forced to team with Bryan. If Kane had Orton, John Cena, or anyone else but him, he’d be out in the ring in two seconds. Kane tells Bryan he’s lost his mind, and Orton is on his own. Kane heads to the back, and Miz asks if we just witnessed the break-up of Team Hell No! Bryan says everyone will blame this on him before starting a “No!” chant.
Teddy Long comes out and says Bryan sounds like a man with a lot to prove. He wants to give Bryan another chance. Tonight, he’ll face WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Since Kane wants nothing to do with him, he has no choice but to pair Bryan with Randy Orton.
MATCH 1: Chris Jericho vs. Curtis Axel (w/Paul Heyman)
Heyman is doing commentary for this match. Lock-up to start, and Axel goes to a side headlock before shouldering Jericho off the ropes. He ducks a clothesline, leapfrogs Jericho, but then gets hit with a dropkick. Jericho follows up with a right and a pair of knife-edge chops before throwing Axel to the corner. Jericho stomps Axel down, but Axel fights back with various strikes. Jericho boots Axel off the ropes, then clotheslines him to the floor. Jericho dropkicks him through the ropes, then slams him into the announce desk. Back in the ring, Axel boots Jericho coming back in and hits a hanging neckbreaker for 2. Commercials.
Back from the break, Axel chops Jericho on the outside before rolling him into the ring for 2. Snapmare by Axel, followed by a rolling neck snap for 2. Axel applies a rear chinlock. Jericho throws Axel off, hits a pair of shoulders off the ropes, then charges in. Axel sidesteps him, but Jericho lands on the apron, then comes off the top with a double axe handle. Axel kicks off a Walls attempt, but gets hit with a running facebuster. Jericho misses the Lionsault, and Axel hits the Broken Axel for 2. Axel grinds his forearm into Jericho’s face, then corner whips him. Jericho avoids an avalanche, then goes up top, connecting with a cross-body for 2. Jericho kicks Axel, but Axel blocks a charge with a backslide. Jericho escapes, and Axel knees him in the gut before going for the Perfect-Plex. Jericho breaks free and counters into the Walls of Jericho, locking it in. Axel crawls to the ropes and makes it, forcing the break. Axel rolls to the apron, where Jericho connects with the inside-out missile dropkick. Paul Heyman climbs onto the announce desk and screams, “It’s clobbering time!” Punk’s entrance music hits, distracting Jericho. Axel quickly gets back in the ring and schoolboys Jericho for the 3.
WINNER: Curtis Axel. I would have liked for these two to have more time, but still a pretty solid match. After leaving the ring, Jericho looks back at Axel celebrating, then charges the ring, eventually hitting Axel with the Codebreaker.
We see Kane in the back, and he’s stopped by Ryback. Ryback asks if Kane saw what he did to Bryan on Monday, and bets Kane would like to do the same. Kane says Bryan is his partner, no matter how annoying he can be. Ryback put Kofi out and slammed Bryan through a table. Let’s see if he can do that to Kane. Ryback says Ryback rules. Kane responds by listing some of the things he’s done, then says Ryback’s rules don’t apply to him.
Video package for The Wyatt Family. I will say it again: This gimmick is money.
MATCH 2: Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Heath Slater (w/Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre)
Before the bell rings, Mahal and Drew attack ADR while Slater keeps Ricardo cornered. ADR ducks a boot by Drew, causing Drew to kick Mahal, sending him to the floor. Drew gets thrown as well, and ADR hits Slater with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker before applying the rolling jujigatame. He lets go after Slater taps, and that’s when Mahal & McIntyre return to the ring. ADR sends Mahal to the floor as Ricardo jumps on Drew’s back. Drew whips him off before getting sent back to the floor by ADR. Ricardo climbs to the top rope and hits a plancha on both of them.
WINNER: No contest. Ricardo points up to the screen as ADR is celebrating, and we see Dolph Ziggler on the screen. He congratulates ADR on his “victory”. He’s sorry for stealing the spotlight, but that’s kind of his thing. He has a present for ADR, and that is that he’s been medically cleared to compete, and will return this Monday on RAW.
MATCH 3: Kane vs. Ryback
Lock-up to start, and we get a stalemate. Another lock-up, and this time, Ryback backs Kane into the corner before shoving him. Kane responds with an uppercut and a series of rights. Ryback ducks a clothesline and hits a running shoulderblock. He misses a legdrop, and Kane hits a low dropkick for 2. Ryback hits a kneelift out of the corner and follows up with a Warrior Press. Ryback stomps and kicks Kane on the mat, then foot-chokes him by the ropes. Ryback clubs away at Kane’s back, but Kane no-sells a kick before going for a goozle. Ryback breaks free and is hit with a bit boot. Kane follows up with a pair of corner clotheslines and a sidewalk slam for 2. Kane hits a DDT off the ropes, then clotheslines him to the floor. Kane follows, and Ryback suckers him into the barricade. Ryback rams Kane’s head into the barricade a few times, then goes under the ring for a table. He slides it into the ring before Kane comes back with an uppercut. Ryback rolls into the ring, and Kane goes to the top rope. Ryback avoids the clothesline and hits a spinebuster. Kane blocks the Meat Hook and hits the chokeslam, but only gets 2 when Ryback grabs the ropes. Kane sees the table and goes to set it up. He calls for another chokeslam, but Ryback rakes the eyes before hitting a powerbomb through the table.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Kane.
Damien Sandow is in the ring and says that, over the last few weeks, he’s tried to engage Sheamus in a series of intellectual challenges, and Sheamus has failed every time. That is because Sheamus will never be his intellectual equal. So, who is his equal? The answer is no one. Let’s be honest-Nassau Community College? He has seen preschools with higher standards. The truth stings, doesn’t it? You are all a bunch of checker minds living in a chess world. Silence! Which leads to the only thing on this planet capable of matching him intellectually: a super computer. Sandow then introduces a super computer, Deep Blue. This is the computer that defeated a chess master, and knows no equal. Sandow will attempt to recreate the match by challenging and defeating Deep Blue. This might take some time, but since everyone is intellectually starved, they will sit back in silence and watch, and hopefully learn. Sandow says Bobby Fisher was a chess champion at 15, and Sandow was a champion at 8. Sandow begins to play chess with the computer until Sheamus interrupts and says every week there’s a new challenge, and this is the most impressive yet. Sandow is a couple moves away from beating a super computer at chess. Week after week, Sheamus has done these challenges, and this week, he has a small one for Sandow. Tonight, he bets he can beat the super computer in one move. Sandow reminds Sheamus he’s on television and shouldn’t embarrass himself. Sheamus says the only one who has been embarrassed has been Sandow, and if Sandow is too scared to accept, let him know. Sandow agrees to the bet, and Sheamus stares at the screen for a minute as Sandow taunts him. Sheamus steps back to calculate his move, and he comes up with his move. As you would guess, Sheamus Brogue Kicks the computer off the table. Sandow attacks Sheamus, assaulting him with rights. He sets the table up on its side, then rams Sheamus’ head into it repeatedly. WWE needs to keep this kind of booking up for Sandow. This was how he was booked in the beginning, and it worked. Sandow stomps Sheamus once more for good measure, then screams “You’re welcome!” in his face.
We see Daniel Bryan warming up for his match later tonight. Randy Orton steps in and says Kane had to be treated after his match with Ryback. Orton tells him to put his personal problems aside tonight. Bryan says he doesn’t have problems; he has a mission. He’s taking The Shield out tonight and wants Orton to stay out of his way. Orton says they’re partners tonight, but that’s it. He doesn’t like partners, and he doesn’t like Bryan.
Another video for The Wyatt Family.
The Miz joins JBL and Michael Cole on commentary for the next match.
MATCH 4: Fandango (w/Summer Rae) vs. Zack Ryder
It’s announced that, at Payback, The Miz will face Fandango and Wade Barrett in a triple threat for the IC title. We’re in Long Island, so I guess Ryder has to get his obligatory hometown appearance in. Poor guy is nothing but a glorified jobber now. Fandango immediately assaults Ryder with punches before hitting a spinning heel kick. Fandango hits a series of knees to the face and follows up with a European uppercut. Ryder tries to fight back with rights and manages to hit a facebuster off the ropes. Ryder blocks a corner charge and hits a middle rope missile dropkick. Ryder connects with a Broski Boot for 2. Discus clothesline connects, and Ryder calls for the Rough Ryder. Fandango catches him and counters into a powerbomb. Up top, Fandango hits a guillotine legdrop for 3.
WINNER: Fandango. So much for WWE telling him not to do the legdrop so much for his own safety.
Natalya is seen walking around the back when she stops Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn announces she’s meeting her secret admirer on Monday Night RAW. Nattie is worried, and Kaitlyn wonders if Nattie really cares about her potentially meeting her dream guy. Nattie says she is happy, but this guy could be a creep. Kaitlyn says if he were a creep, he’d be texting Nattie.
MATCH 5: WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan (non-title)
Rollins and Bryan start the match. Bryan ducks a clothesline and fires off some rights. Crisscross ends in Bryan blocking a leapfrog with a dropkick. He hits some kicks, then locks in a surfboard before stomping the knees. Bryan lands a kick to the chest before applying an arm wringer into a shoulder stunner. Bryan takes Rollins down with a hammerlock, then begins driving his knee into Rollins’ back before stepping on the other arm and turning the hammerlock into a pinning combo for 2. Rollins finally breaks free, but runs right into a dropkick for 2. Bryan applies a front chancery, which allows Rollins to ram him into the corner. Reigns tags in and beats Bryan down in the corner. Reigns hits a shot to the face and tags in Rollins who kicks Bryan in the chest. He stomps Bryan down before tagging Reigns back in. Reigns whips Rollins into Bryan, then follows up with a big clothesline for 2. Reigns applies a side headlock, and Bryan fights out before getting kneed in the gut. Reigns stomps Bryan down in the corner until Bryan trips him into the middle buckle. Rollins and Orton both tag in. Orton hits the Four Moves of Boredom, then calls for the RKO. Reigns pulls Rollins to the floor as we go to commercials.
Back from the break, Reigns is in control against Orton. He chokes Orton over the middle rope, then pins him for 2. Reigns applies a rear chinlock, but Orton fights out and hits a back suplex. Rollins tags in and prevents Orton from tagging out, assaulting him with kicks and punches. Reigns back in, and he stomps Orton down. Rollins in, and they send Orton to the corner. He blocks a charge from Rollins, then sends Reigns shoulder-first into the ring post. Clothesline for Rollins, and now Bryan tags in. He comes off the top with a double dropkick, then begins firing off No! Kicks on both members of the tag champs. Buzzsaw for Reigns. Rollins ducks one, but Bryan connects on the second attempt for 2. Rollins gets sent to the corner for more kicks. Rollins counters a second whip, but Bryan backflips off of it and hits a release German suplex, sending Rollins to the floor. Bryan wipes both him and Reigns out with a suicide dive, then rolls Rollins back in. Up top, Bryan hits the Flying Goat for 2 as Reigns breaks up the pin. Orton gtes back in the ring and hits Reigns with an RKO. Rollins rams Orton into the corner with shoulder thrusts. Bryan tries to attack from behind, but Rollins ducks, causing Bryan to nail Orton with a corner dropkick. Rollins rolls Bryan up in a schoolboy, but Bryan counters into the No! Lock. Dean Ambrose shows up and assaults Bryan, leading to the DQ.
WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. Ambrose continues to assault Bryan and holds him up for Rollins. Bryan boots Rollins away, elbows Ambrose to the floor, then backdrops Rollins onto both Ambrose and Reigns. Orton gets back in the ring and hits Bryan with an RKO.
End of show.
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