Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns team up to take on Seth Rollins and Randy Orton in this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown main-event.
MATCH 1: THE WORLD’S STRONGEST TAG TEAM (THE BIG SHOW & MARK HENRY), AND WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY) VS. GOLDUST, STARDUST, LUKE HARPER AND ERICK ROWAN (W/BRAY WYATT)
Goldust goes after Jimmy, but Jimmy throws him to the corner and nails a series of strikes. Goldust reverses a corner whip, Jimmy puts on the breaks and knocks Goldust down for 1. Goldust recovers and throws him to the heel corner. Stardust tags in and nails a right. Jimmy comes back with a mule kick and a chop. He hits another one in the corner as Jey tags in. Jey hits a chop that sends Stardust into the middle rope. Jey drives his knee into Stardust’s back, then applies an arm wringer. Jimmy back in, and he comes off the top with a double axe handle. Stardust pushes him back to the heel corner and Harper tags himself in. He misses a couple of clotheslines and gets hit with a seated dropkick. Henry tags in and hits a big headbutt. He drops down for a JYD headbutt, then hits a corner whip, followed by an avalanche. Harper gets whipped one more time, but comes back with a big boot for 2. Wyatt, who was on the stage, starts to come down to the ring, only to have Show step between him and the ring. Commercials.
WINNERS: THE USOS AND THE WORLD’S STRONGEST TAG TEAM.
We see Kane with Seth Rollins and Randy Orton, saying RAW was a huge success. Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns won’t soon forget what these two did. Rollins says he knows what makes Reigns tick. It’s too bad Reigns can’t harness that fear. Tonight, they finish him for good. Orton likes the sound of that. Jericho says Orton has had everything handed to him. The beating Jericho suffered on Monday will be nothing compared to the beating they hand out to him tonight. Kane calls that what is best for business.
MATCH 2: BO DALLAS VS. JUSTIN GABRIEL
Wow. First time I’ve seen Gabriel outside of the bunny suit in a long time. Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter are at ringside for this match. The bell rings, but before the action starts, Dallas gets a mic and says that life’s funny sometimes. Most of the crowd are destined to be failures their entire lives. But if they work hard and listen to what he says, they can be just like him; you can all be “America’s Sweetheart”. Now, would you please rise and put your hand over your heart…Zeb cuts him off and says if Dallas is “America’s Sweetheart”, he’s Arianna freaking Grande. I have no clue who that is, so this reference means nothing to me. Zeb emphasizes that even he doesn’t know who that is. Good job there. Dallas needs to admit he’s running a scam. He shouldn’t be in the ring; he should be on an infomercial, selling snake oil. Real Americans don’t need to Bolieve; they need to cover their heart and say, “We the People”.
The action finally starts, with Dallas hitting forearms. Gabriel slides under his legs, hits a few kicks and rolls him up for 2. He hits an Oklahoma roll for another 2, but then gets sent hard into the corner. Dallas hits some mounted punches and a short-arm clothesline. Dallas applies a rear chinlock, and Gabriel counters with a jawbreaker. He hits some more kicks, then nails a forearm to the face. He hits another one off the ropes and follows up with a roundhouse to the chest. He hits a cross-body in the corner, then comes off the top with a springboard version for 2. Gabriel blocks a clothesline and hits an STO before missing an Asai moonsault. Dallas hits a running knee to the face, then hits the Running Bo-Dog for 3.
WINNER: BO DALLAS.
Dallas challenges Swagger to get in the ring, and Swagger responds. Dallas tries to stop him at the apron, but Swagger shoves him away. Dallas immediately turns tail and heads up the ramp.
AJ Lee is on commentary for the next match, which is fine by me.
MATCH 3: SUMMER RAE (W/LAYLA) VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION PAIGE (NON-TITLE)
Apparently, WWE is still doing the bit with Rae and Layla, despite the fact that absolutely no one is interested. Paige backs Rae to the corner with a lock-up. Rae reverses and attempts to stomp Paige down in the corner. She applies a version of the full-nelson with her legs, then turns it into a bodyscissors while hitting Paige in the back. Paige turns onto her stomach and breaks the hold with a headbutt. She ducks a clothesline and hits a short-arm clothesline of her own. She throws Rae to the middle rope for a series of kneestrikes from the apron, then gets back in the ring to attempt to apply the Black Widow. She mostly gets it right, and Rae taps out.
Layla enters the ring to confont Paige, but Lee stops her with a mule kick to the gut. She then drops Layla with a Paige Turner. Paige gets pissed and tries to lecture Lee, but Lee blows her off and skips her way out of the ring.
Michael Cole is in the ring, and he announces we are getting a USA vs. Russia arm-wrestling contest right now. He then plugs the WWE Network before introducing Mark Henry as the first contestant. Rusev and Lana are out next.
MATCH 4-ARM-WRESTLING CONTEST: MARK HENRY VS. RUSEV (W/LANA)
Before the contest starts, we must endure Lana’s usual crap (“Shut tup!”). Her and Henry verbally fellate their “respective” countries (since Lana is from Florida, and Rusev is Bulgarian).
After Rusev chalks up, the two get into position. Rusev pulls away after the start, claiming he slipped. Referee Dan Engler (aka Rudy Charles. Didn’t realize he still worked here) calls for a restart. Rusev re-chalks, and the contest starts. Henry immediately powers Rusev down, winning in easy fashion.
WINNER: MARK HENRY.
Lana immediately complains to the referee, and that’s when Michael Cole says she and Rusev want a rematch, using the left hands this time.
They lock up again, and Henry once more dominates. That’s when Lana throws chalk in Henry’s face. Rusev nails Henry in the gut with a kick, then another to the back. The Russian flag drops as Rusev celebrates his loss. Rusev starts to leave, but Henry pulls himself to his feet. Rusev knocks him back down with a jumping thrust kick to the face.
Renee Young is standing by with Chris Jericho. She asks about the Cage Match with Bray Wyatt, as well as the attack by Randy Orton. Jericho says that, last Monday night, he fought in one of the greatest Cage Matches in RAW history. He took chances, even scaling to the top of the cage and jumping off onto Wyatt. It was awesome. He took some chances. Some worked, some didn’t. He lost that match, but he did it on his terms, and he can accept that. What he can’t accept is being attacked from behind by Orton to make a statement. By taking Jericho out, Orton makes a statement, but he didn’t finish Jericho off. “The Viper” made a mistake because, as of right now, Jericho is the “Viper Vanquisher”. And, as of right now, after this is over, Orton will never, ever be the same again. Hiss.
We see the Miz and Damien Mizdow. They’re in action next.
Miz and Mizdow come out for their tag team match, and Dolph Ziggler is out next. He grabs a mic and says Miz’s idea for a stunt-double is pretty rad, so, please welcome, for the night, Ziggler’s stunt-double, R-Ziggler.
MATCH 5: THE MIZ AND DAMIEN MIZDOW VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DOLPH ZIGGLER AND R-ZIGGLER (R-TRUTH)
Dolph and Mizdow start, and Mizdow hits a kneelift. Dolph blocks a punch, hits one of his own, hits a snapmare and lands the Show-Off Elbow. R-Ziggler tags in and applies an arm wringer before hitting a snapmare. He hits a Show-Off Elbow of his own for 2. Dolph tags in and continues the focus on the arm before hitting a dropkick for 2. Dolph applies a front chancery while taunting Miz. He switches places with R-Ziggler as the referee is dealing with Miz. The ref sees what is going on, and apparently decides to let it go for a moment before telling them to swap. Miz tries the same thing, only to get hit with a double hiptoss. Mizdow receives the same fate before both men are clotheslined to the floor. R-Ziggler and Dolph taunt the crowd as we go to commercials.
Back from the break, Miz is in control of Dolph with a rear chinlock. Dolph reverses and kicks Miz away. R-Ziggler makes the hot tag, hitting a couple clotheslines and a corner splash. Mizdow distracts R-Ziggler, then gets knocked to the floor for his troubles. Off the distraction, Miz hits a big boot. Miz stomps R-Ziggler down, then gives himself a money shot before booting R-Ziggler in the face. Mizdow tags in and goes for a cover, getting 2. Mizdow nails a running boot off the ropes for 2, then tags in Miz, who stomps R-Ziggler down. R-Ziggler fights him off, but then gets hit with the Reality Check for 2. Mizdow tags in and goes for the Reality Check, but R-Ziggler counters into a backslide for 2. Miz tags in and hits a legdrop off the ropes as Michael Cole actually makes a “This match may go broad-way” joke. Mizdow backs in, and he goes for the figure-4. R-Ziggler kicks him away, and Miz tags in, knocking Dolph off the apron in the process. Miz turns around into a leaping DDT by R-Ziggler. Dolph pulls himself back up and makes the tag. Mizdow tags in for his team as well, only to get hit by a full-assault by Dolph, ending with a neckbreaker out of the corner. Dolph misses the rocker dropper, and Mizdow goes for the SKF. Dolph escapes and hits the rocker dropper for 2. Miz breaks up the pin, and the referee is trying to get him out of the ring. R-Ziggler comes in, misses an axe kick on Mizdow, and Dolph nails a right. R-Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag, and Dolph gets the pin.
WINNERS: DOLPH ZIGGLER AND R-ZIGGLER.
Byron Saxton is with Nikki Bella. He asks about the Jerry Springer intervention. She says it has been a rough week, and the world got a taste of her rough life. She’s the victim here, not Brie, and now everyone knows it. Brie put Springer on a stretcher, and she has to live with that. Now, she’s going to focus on the Divas title, which helps make her forget she has a sister. AJ Lee interrupts and says Nikki weaseled her way into the title match, then calls Nikki Stephanie’s lapdog. The camera pans out to show Paige, saying they shouldn’t be fighting. Lee is right; it’s about her and Lee, not, “whatever-your-name is”. She loves Lee and wants to settle this. She says bye to “Brie”, and as she & Lee leave, Nikki says this will be easy.
MATCH 6: CHRIS JERICHO AND ROMAN REIGNS VS. SETH ROLLINS AND RANDY ORTON
Reigns and Orton start, and Orton immediately lays in some right hands. Reigns comes back with a snapmare and a pair of shoulderblocks before clotheslining Orton to the floor. He knocks Rollins off the apron, then heads outside to continue the assault on Orton. He nails Rollins, then tosses Orton back into the ring. Orton recovers and knocks him off the apron, into the announce desk. Commercials.
WINNERS: CHRIS JERICHO AND ROMAN REIGNS.
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