Friday Night Smackdown!
January 2, 2015
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"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps the events that transpired at the end of this week's Monday Night RAW. Seth Rollins called out John Cena before attacking Edge and Christian when he didn't respond. Rollins held his foot on Edge's neck until Cena agreed to bring back The Authority. Cena reluctantly brought them back. Rollins went to Curb Stomp Edge anyway, but Cena stopped him. Rollins and Big Show knocked Cena out before going to the top of the ramp to celebrate with Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon.
Edge and Christian are once again guest GMs for the evening
Edge and Christian make their way to the ring to a nice reception. Tony Chimel once again does the introductory announcements for them. Edge is wearing a Cesaro "King of Swing" t-shirt. Michael Cole, Tom Philips, and JBL welcome us to the show. Cole mentions that Edge and Christian have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against WWE, Stephanie McMahon, and Triple H for breach of contract, assault and battery, and loss of consortium. Edge says he's been running through the events of RAW in his head pertaining to the direction of WWE, and he feels like it's his fault, so he apologizes. Edge says if there were something they can do to Seth Rollins, they would tear him apart. Rollins has a huge target on his back with a John Cena sized missile directed at him.
Christian says the show must go on before asking if everyone is ready to see an amazing Smackdown tonight. Edge says, "That totally reeks of awesomeness." The best part is that The Authority can't do anything about it. Edge asks the crowd if they're ready to kick off the show, and they cheer that they are. The titantron then shows a limousine pulling up in the garage. The limo driver gets out and opens the door. Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury step out. Noble says, "Hey boss, I told you to 'step on it,' not 'step in it.'" The limo driver lifts his shoe, and it's revealed that he stepped in dog excrement.
Seth Rollins' music hits, and J&J Security makes their way to the ring. Edge and Christian do not look happy to see them. Edge tells them they should try going under the bottom rope since the middle rope seems to be a little too tall for them. Christian says he was having some trouble with his Twitter, and now the Geek Squad is here. Noble says they have come with a prepared statement from The Authority. Mercury pulls out the statement, and it reads, "Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, henceforth known as The Authority, hereby disavow any knowledge of any premeditated attack by Seth Rollins and Big Show on the hosts of RAW, Edge and Christian. Seth Rollins acted on his own accord, and The Authority neither condones nor supports his actions. Said simply, we apologize." Edge says that seems convenient, but Mercury cuts in and says he's not finished. Mercury continues, "Furthermore, The Authority recognizes Edge and Christian's contractual right to host Smackdown and shall not interfere with said right. In order to ensure that Smackdown operates in a manner acceptable to The Authority, Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury, henceforth known as J&J Security, shall be appointed official observers of Smackdown, and any and all breaches of protocol by Edge and Christian shall be reported forthwith the WWE Corporate offices in Stanford, Connecticut. Sincerely, Triple H."
Edge thinks about it before saying that's really interesting, but the fact remains that they're still in control. They can make all the matches, and the first match they should make is J&J Security against Ryback. Noble and Mercury don't look happy to hear that. Edge tells them to settle down, as he won't endanger their lives like Rollins. Edge then says Ryback will take on The Big Show. Christian says that's a great match and a main event in any arena in the world, but he has to trump him. Christian then says the main event will be Rusev taking on Roman Reigns. Edge says that's a great match. Noble says he's taking notes of everything that happens, and it'll all go on their permanent files. Edge reminds them that he doesn't actually work here. No matter what, they're in control tonight. They won't get to host a show for a long time, so this is their show tonight. Christian tells them to put that in their permanent file before calling them "dork chops." The show starts now.
Bray Wyatt makes his entrance to the ring. He'll be in action, next.
Bray Wyatt vs. Erick Rowan
The commentators play up the fact that Wyatt was a mentor to Rowan for nearly a year and a half. Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is the official for this match. Wyatt demands that Rowan lie down for him. Wyatt says they aren't meant to fight before asking if Rowan remembers him. Rowan steps out from the corner, removes his mask, and shakes his head no. Wyatt slaps him and laughs. Wyatt punches him, and Rowan throws him down before giving him a big boot. Rowan applies a side headlock before driving him headfirst into the turnbuckle. Rowan repeats the move before going for a shoulder thrust, but Wyatt sidesteps him, causing him to hit the ring post shoulder-first and fall out of the ring. Wyatt follows him outside and viciously sends him into the ring post headfirst. Wyatt asks why he's making him do this before slapping him in the face. Wyatt throws him into the ring and bashes his skull against the ring post before avalanching his skull into it. Wyatt gets in the ring and applies a chin lock. Rowan soon fights up and breaks the grip. Wyatt quickly kicks and uppercuts him before hitting the ropes. Rowan then takes him out with a back elbow.
Rowan powers him to the corner and punches him before sending him to the opposite corner for an avalanche. Rowan sends him to the opposite corner again and avalanches him twice. Rowan then runs him over with a wild shoulder block. Wyatt gets to his knees and extends his arms. Rowan helps him up and apologizes. Wyatt then surprises him with Sister Abigail for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bray Wyatt
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Replays are shown of the end of the match. Wyatt grabs a microphone and says a line from the Bible about his own begotten son. Wyatt asks if he was willing to do that to his own flesh and blood, to someone he saved and love, what on earth is he willing to do to Dean Ambrose? It's been fun, but all good things must come to an end. Their story ends with Ambrose lying on a slab in the back of an ambulance. Wyatt laughs before saying, "Follow the buzzards!"
Big Show will go one-on-one with Ryback later tonight.
Edge and Christian are talking backstage about how they can make J&J Security do anything. Edge then says they'll practice doing the 5-second pose in the hallway for no reason whatsoever. J&J Security walk up and ask what they're doing. They then say they'll be doing the posing, and they pose like fools while Edge and Christian silently laugh at them.
Adam Rose, Gold and Stardust vs. R-Truth and The Usos
Replays are shown of Adam Rose viciously assaulting The Bunny last week on RAW after a loss to R-Truth. Replays are then shown of The Usos defeating The Miz and Damien Mizdow to regain the WWE Tag Team Championships this past Monday on RAW.
R-Truth will start the match against Adam Rose. R-Truth asks the crowd, "What's up?" and they respond in kind. Rose tries the same thing, but they boo him. R-Truth then says, "Whoomp there it is!" and the crowd answers back. Rose tries it, and R-Truth rolls him up for a two count. Rose goes for a clothesline, but R-Truth splits underneath it and punches him. Jey Uso tags in, and he comes off the top rope with a chop to the shoulder. Stardust blind tags in, as Rose reverses a whip into the ropes. Jey hits the ropes, but he falls out of the ring due to Stardust pulling the top rope down. Stardust hisses at him and throws JBL's hat as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Goldust applying a chin lock to Jey. Goldust stands him up and keeps a front face-lock applied. Jey punches out, but Goldust sends him to the corner. Goldust runs into a back elbow, but he soon comes back with a powerslam for a near fall. Goldust yells in frustration. Stardust tags in, and they prop him up on the second rope before giving him a double stomp to the canvas. Stardust stomps him before tagging Rose in. Rose punches him a few times before dropping a knee. The Rosebuds are seen at ringside clapping for him. Jey comes back with a pair of right hands, but Rose knocks him back down with an elbow. Goldust tags in, and he talks a little trash before punching him. Jey punches back and goes to make a tag, but Goldust stops him and whips him to his corner, but Jey takes both of his partners out with a club. Jey then gives Goldust an uppercut before giving him a back body drop over the top rope.
Jimmy and Rose are tagged in. Jimmy hits a pair of clotheslines before kicking him and delivering an uppercut. Jimmy ducks a clothesline and hits a Samoan Drop before throwing his shirt into the crowd. Jimmy ducks a clothesline from Goldust and hits Rose with a running hip bump. Jimmy then blocks a kick from Goldust, and R-Truth takes him down with a jumping calf kick. R-Truth hits Goldust with a plancha. Stardust then takes R-Truth out with the Falling Star. In the ring, Rose rolls Jimmy up for a near fall. Jimmy sends him into the ropes, and he superkicks him down. Jey is tagged in, and he hits the Superfly Splash on Rose for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: R-Truth and The Usos
Match Rating: **
Replays are shown of the conclusion of the match. The Rosebuds then run in to attack R-Truth and The Usos. R-Truth clotheslines one of them over the top rope. The Usos each superkick one down before hitting a double superkick on a Rosebud flying off the top rope.
Roman Reigns will face Rusev later on in the main event. We'll see a replay of Daniel Bryan's announcement from RAW, next.
The commentators talk about Daniel Bryan's announcement from RAW before throwing it to the replay. Bryan talked about all the ups and down of 2014 before saying his career is not over. He will be in the 2015 Royal Rumble!
A replay is shown of Ryback's promo from RAW where he talked about his journey and all he overcame to get to where he is today.
Ryback vs. Big Show
The bell sounds, and they circle the ring before locking up. Big Show throws him down. Ryback quickly gets to his feet and powers him to the corner before hitting some shoulder thrusts. Big Show reverses a whip to the corner and clotheslines him out of the ring. Big Show reaches over the top rope and brings Ryback to the apron by the head. Ryback quickly snaps him off the top rope and gets in the ring, but Big Show grabs him by the throat. Big Show throws him to the corner, but he runs into a boot. Ryback then hits him with a pair of double axe handles that take him down. Ryback sets up for the meat hook clothesline, but Big Show gets out of the ring to avoid it.
We come back from the break to see Big Show clubbing Ryback's chest. Big Show head-butts him, and Ryback comes back with some right hands. Big Show quickly clubs him, but Ryback powers him to the corner and gives him some shoulder thrusts. Big Show quickly boots and clotheslines him down. Big Show smiles at the crowd before pulling Ryback to the ring post. Big Show then slams Ryback's surgically repaired knee off the ring post. Big Show gets back in the ring and clubs him down. Big Show drops an elbow on the leg before pulling his kneepad off. Big Show then drives his knee into the joint. Ryback writhes in pain. Big Show kicks away at him before executing a textbook body slam. Big Show then slams the injured limb off the canvas before taunting the crowd. Big Show then applies the Haas of Pain. Ryback screams in pain before getting to the bottom rope. Big Show looks angry before kicking him and body slamming his leg against the ropes. Big Show charges, but Ryback pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring.
Big Show gets back in the ring at the count of seven. Ryback hits him with some shoulder blocks, but they only cause Big Show to stumble back. Ryback then ducks a clothesline and hits the Lou Thesz Press before slamming the back of his head off the mat a few times. Ryback then hits a body splash. Ryback goes for a body splash from the second rope, but Big Show catches him by the throat. Ryback gets out of it and gives him a spinebuster. Ryback sets up for the meat hook clothesline, but an explosion sounds before the flag of the Russian Federation unfurls above the ring. Rusev and Lana make their way out to the stage. Ryback stands on the apron and challenges Rusev to get in the ring. Big Show then turns him around and clobbers him with a Knockout Punch. Ryback falls to ringside. Rusev and Lana smile as the referee counts the unconscious Ryback out.
Winner by Count-Out: Big Show
Match Rating: * 1/2
Big Show raises his arm in victory before leaving the ring and walking right by Rusev and Lana. Rusev removes his Hero of the Russian Federation medal and getting in the ring. Rusev stomps on the spine before going for the Accolade. Ryback slides out, ducks a clothesline, and clotheslines him over the top rope! Ryback challenges him to get back in the ring, but Rusev doesn't accept. Rusev and Lana go up the ramp as Ryback stares at them.
Rusev will be back out later on to take on Roman Reigns in the main event.
Edge is standing in front of a door when J&J Security walk up to him. Jamie Noble asks where Christian is, and Edge says he's "dropping the kids off at the pool." Edge says he doesn't want to go in there, but Noble says he does. Noble goes into the bathroom. A high-pitched scream is heard before we see Noble rush out of the bathroom. Edge then moves, and the sign says, "Women." Edge laughs before saying Christian is in the Men's Room before walking off.
Los Matadores vs. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd w/ Natalya
A pre-taped promo with Cesaro and Tyson Kidd is shown. Natalya is also there. Cesaro says they are happy that The Authority is back. Cesaro thinks they'll get the recognition they deserve. Their New Years Resolution is to win the Tag Team Titles from The Usos. They high five. Natalya goes for a high five, but she's ignored.
Tyson Kidd will start the match against Diego. They lock up, and Diego applies a side headlock. Fernando tags in, and they take turns leapfrogging Kidd before hitting a kick and a dropkick. Fernando sends him into the ropes, but he holds on. Cesaro blind tags in as Fernando dropkicks Kidd off the apron. Fernando goes for a suicide dive, but Cesaro annihilates him with A Very European Uppercut as he comes down at ringside! Cesaro throws him into the ring and tags Kidd back in. Kidd kicks the leg before punching him down in the corner. Kidd distracts the referee as Cesaro gets a cheap shot in. Cesaro is tagged in, and they hit a double-team back body drop for a two count. Cesaro then applies a chin lock. Fernando fights up and tries to get a tag, but Cesaro slams him down and does the Cesaro Swing. Kidd had tagged in, and he dropkicks Fernando mid-swing. They send Fernando into the ropes, but he kicks Kidd in the face and throws Cesaro out of the ring. Kidd quickly takes him down and jumps off the top rope, but Fernando dropkicks him out of mid-air.
Diego and Cesaro are tagged in. Diego hits a springboard chop to the head before connecting with a pair of spinning back elbows. Cesaro tries to counter with a drop to the apron, but Diego quickly comes back with a head-scissor takeover. Diego punches him before hitting the ropes and going for a hurricanrana, but Cesaro holds him up in a powerbomb position. Kidd tags in, goes to the top rope, and they hit an impressive powerbomb/blockbuster combination for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd
Match Rating: * 3/4
Cesaro and Tyson Kidd celebrate in the ring, but they completely ignore Natalya. Natalya doesn't seem like she's happy about that.
Dean Ambrose is seen walking backstage. He'll be in action, next.
Curtis Axel vs. Dean Ambrose
As soon as Ambrose gets in the ring, he immediately attacks Axel. The bell hasn't sounded yet. Ambrose clotheslines him, and Axel rolls out of the ring. Ambrose sends him to the barricade before bouncing him off the commentary table. Axel fights back before throwing Ambrose into the ring, but he bounces off the ropes and clotheslines him at ringside. Ambrose gets in the ring and connects with Dirty Deeds! The referee is yelling at Ambrose to stop.
Ambrose takes a microphone and says he hopes Bray Wyatt is listening real good. This Monday, they will have the first ever Ambulance Match on Monday Night RAW. An ambulance is seen next to the stage. Ambrose goes up to it and rubs it. Ambrose says he'll crack the windshield with Wyatt's face before running him over with the vehicle. He'll break every one of Wyatt's fingers before running him over again. He'll tie him to the bumper and drag him all over the arena. When Wyatt can't take it anymore, he'll throw Wyatt into the back of the ambulance and drive off with him into a "Happy New Year Hell." The sirens wail as Ambrose stands on the bumper.
Roman Reigns will take on Rusev in tonight's main event.
The Ascension cut a promo. They talk about how The Road Warriors and Demolition came first, but now they're here. They'll be in action, next.
Replays are shown of Seth Rollins and Big Show attacking Edge and Christian on RAW to force John Cena to reinstate The Authority.
The Authority will be back this Monday on RAW.
The Ascension vs. Local wrestlers
Viktor takes Jobber #1 and powers him to the corner before chopping the chest a few times. Konnor tags in, and they stomp the jobber for a few moments. Konnor clubs him down a few times before tagging Viktor back in. Viktor stomps him in the corner before Konnor tags in, and they throw the man across the ring. Jobber #2 tags in, and Konnor avalanches both men in the corner. The Ascension then connects with the Fall of Man for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Ascension
Match Rating: N/A
Edge and Christian are backstage when J&J Security comes in one more time. Jamie Noble says it's about that time to get the office ready for The Authority. They clear Edge and Christian's things and put up some posters of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, including one of their covers of Muscle and Fitness. J&J Security leaves, and Edge pulls out some Sharpies. Edge and Christian then draw on the magazine cover. Edge makes Triple H look like Braveheart with an "I <3 HBK" tattoo. Christian gives Stephanie some black teeth and a unibrow.
Roman Reigns vs. Rusev w/ Lana
Charles Robinson, the greatest ever, is back for another match. A loud "USA" chant breaks out as they circle the ring. They lock up, and Rusev powers Reigns to the corner. Reigns ducks a right hand and goes to the center of the ring. They lock up again, and Rusev powers him to the corner. Rusev kicks and punches him down in the corner. The referee backs him up, and Reigns turns him around and starts punching him. Rusev quickly comes back with a pair of waistlock takeovers. Reigns elbows out of his grip and punches him. Reigns then clotheslines him over the top rope.
We come back from the break to see Reigns fights up and backing Rusev to the corner. Reigns hits some shoulder thrusts, but Rusev clubs him down. Reigns reverses a whip to the corner, but Rusev drops him to the apron. Rusev then snaps him off the top rope. Reigns gets in the ring and goes for a running shoulder thrust, but Rusev moves. Reigns hits the ring post shoulder-first. Rusev hits a German Suplex followed by a face-lock suplex for a two count. Reigns is trapped in a waist-lock, but he soon elbows out. Rusev takes him down with a back elbow before stomping away at him. Rusev reapplies the waist-lock before transitioning to a chin lock. Rusev knees him before sending him to the ropes, but Reigns hangs on. Reigns punches him, but Rusev soon comes back with an impressive fall-away slam for a near fall. Rusev goes back to the chin lock. Lana is seen anxiously watching at ringside. Reigns eventually fights up, but Rusev knees him in the midsection. Reigns blocks a shot in the corner, but Rusev kicks him in the ribs. Rusev tries again, but Reigns blocks it. Reigns punches him, but Rusev kicks and throws him out of the ring. Reigns punches the commentary table in frustration before getting back in the ring and punching away at Rusev. Rusev again gets the better of him and throws him out of the ring. Reigns gets back in, hits some punches, ducks a clothesline, and hits a big leaping clothesline.
Reigns pushes him to the corner and punches, but Rusev pushes him away. Reigns quickly clotheslines him in the corner before jumping over him to roll him up for a near fall. Reigns goes for a Samoan Drop, but Rusev slides off. Reigns hits him with a back suplex for a near fall. Reigns looks at his fist and punches the mat. Reigns goes for the Superman Punch, but Rusev dropkicks him down for a near fall! Rusev screams in frustration. Rusev stomps the mat a few times before going for a thrust kick, but Reigns blocks it and punches him. Rusev punches back, and Reigns takes him out with the Superman Punch. The momentum takes Rusev out of the ring. Reigns goes outside and rolls him back into the ring.
Reigns then looks up and sees Big Show lumbering down to ringside. Reigns circles around and delivers a Superman Punch to Big Show. Rusev hits Reigns with a thrust kick as he gets in the ring, and he picks up a near fall! Rusev cannot believe it. Rusev pulls himself up and waits for Reigns to get up. Rusev goes for a thrust kick, but Reigns avoids it and Spears him. Big Show pulls him out before he can pick up the first pinfall over Rusev!
Winner by Disqualification: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: **
Big Show sends Reigns into the barricade a few times. Big Show angrily looks to the crowd and shouts at them. Big Show sends him into the barricade and spears him down at ringside. Big Show disassembles the commentary table before picking Reigns up by the throat. Big Show goes for a Chokeslam, but Reigns gets out and slams him on the table. Reigns then takes him down with an apron dropkick. Reigns then sidesteps Big Show as he charges him, which causes him to fly over the table. Reigns then struggles to topple the table over on top of Big Show. Reigns yells in victory as replays are shown of what just happened.