Friday Night Smackdown!
January 9, 2015
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For the last six and a half years of my life, recapping wrestling on Friday nights has been a constant. Finally at long last I can say this is the last Friday night I have to recap because Smackdown is finally going back to Thursday night!
"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps the events from this past Monday's RAW. Triple H added Seth Rollins to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at the Royal Rumble in appreciation for him getting The Authority back on the show. The Authority then declared it to be "John Cena Appreciation Night." They then took that as an opportunity to fire Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback in appreciation of Cena's efforts to get rid of them at Survivor Series.
The show opens up with some pyrotechnics, and we're welcomed to the show by Tom Philips, Michael Cole, and JBL.
Seth Rollins comes out to gloat about The Authority's actions
Seth Rollins makes his way out to the ring to big heat from the crowd. Rollins walks down to the ring smiling with J&J Security. Rollins stands in the ring as a "You Sold Out" chant breaks out. Rollins says he is feeling good tonight. Rollins asks if the crowd saw the look on John Cena's face at the end of RAW. Rollins says he loved it so much that he needs to see it again. Cena's dumbfounded expression is shown on the titantron. Rollins laughs and says that's the look of a man who knows he's been had. Rollins manipulated Cena into doing something that he swore up and down he would never do. Rollins says he singlehandedly manipulated Cena into bringing back The Authority. With The Authority back in power, that's on Cena's head. The other thing on his head is the fact that three of his friends that trusted him with their careers are no longer employed by this company. On Monday, they were fired. Those three men were Erick Rowan, Ryback, and Dolph Ziggler. Rollins says everyone owes Cena a debt of gratitude because happy days are here again. The Authority is back in power, and he is in the main event of the Royal Rumble! Rollins says the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match will now be a triple threat. John Cena versus Brock Lesnar versus him. The crowd boos this.
Rollins says the people like to say that The Authority's actions are vindictive. Rollins thinks they're justified. For the sake of everyone to not think he's a bad guy, he would like to take this time to ask for ten seconds of silence so everyone can acknowledge the lackluster careers of Erick Rowan, Ryback, and Dolph Ziggler. Rollins then asks everyone to bow their heads while the bell tolls ten times. Rollins and J&J Security bow their heads while the bell tolls.
Roman Reigns' music then hits in the middle of it, and he makes his way to the ring through the crowd. Reigns gets in the ring, and Rollins says, "It's good to see you again, 'brother.'" Reigns says he didn't mean to interrupt… actually he's not sorry. Reigns says Rollins is just so full of himself now. Reigns then says he's full of something else. Rollins is a sniveling little suck-up of suffering succotash. Reigns says Rollins has "donkey dung" for brains. What he's trying to say is he's going to kick Rollins' ass. Reigns punches Rollins in the face before taking out J&J Security. Reigns then punches Rollins over the top rope. Rollins quickly retreats up the ramp with J&J Security. Big Show comes out and joins Rollins at the top of the stage. Big Show stares at Reigns, and then Corporate Kane walks out. Kane says Reigns has an expression, "One versus all." Kane wants to put that to the test tonight. It'll be Reigns taking on Seth Rollins and The Big Show, unless Reigns can find a tag team partner. If anyone joins with Reigns, they would lose the favor of The Authority. Kane wishes him luck before saying he'll need more than that and laughing.
Big Show says Reigns wants to compare his Superman Punch to his giant fist. This fist is going to knock Reigns out. If Reigns can find a partner, he'll knock him out as well. If the crowd doesn't like it, he'll knock each and every one of them out. Big Show says Reigns woke up a sleeping tiger. What's even worse is he's riled the ire of a 7-foot, 450-pound giant. The fact of the matter is Reigns is screwed!
Later tonight, we'll see The Usos defend the WWE Tag Team Championships against The Miz and Damien Sandow as well as Gold and Stardust. The New Day is seen backstage. Big E will be in action, next.
Kane is talking on his cell phone about how he has everything under control. The Miz and Damien Sandow walk in. Miz congratulates Kane on The Authority being back. Miz says he gets that The Authority wants Seth Rollins to have his own spotlight, just like he should have his own spotlight. To be fair, they should face The Usos in a straight up match. Kane says that does sound fair. Miz asks for Mizdow to give him water, and it splashes all over Kane. Kane says life isn't fair, and he can thank his partner because the triple threat is still on.
Adam Rose w/ Cesaro and Tyson Kidd vs. Big E w/ The New Day
Replays are shown of Cesaro and Tyson Kidd attacking The New Day after pretending to be Rosebuds. The bell rings, and Big E punches him to the corner before sending him to the opposite corner and hitting a running shoulder thrust. Big E punches him before avoiding a clothesline. Rose then connects with a spinebuster for a two count. Rose punches him in the face before dropping a few elbows. Rose sneers at the crowd before dropping another elbow for a one count. Rose applies a chin lock, but Big E powers up and clotheslines him twice. Big E then connects with a belly-to-belly side suplex. Big E catches him with a big splash, and then he sets up for the end. Big E goes for the Big Ending, but Rose slides off. Rose stuns him with a kick to the head before catching him with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Rose screams in frustration before elbowing him. Rose goes for Party Foul, but Big E pushes him off and connects with the Big Ending for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Big E
Match Rating: 1/2 *
The New Day celebrates in the ring as Cesaro and Tyson Kidd head up the ramp. Replays are shown of the finish of the match. The New Day wants Cesaro and Kidd to get in the ring.
The Usos will defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against The Miz and Damien Sandow as well as Gold and Stardust. Big Show and Seth Rollins will also face Roman Reigns and a partner of his choosing.
The commentators make mention of the fact that this is the last time Smackdown will air Friday as it is moving to Thursday night next week.
Two local wrestlers vs. The Ascension
Before the match begins, they grab a microphone. Viktor says there have been plenty of dominant tag teams, such as Hawk and Animal, The Road Warriors. Konnor says they couldn't even carry their shoulder pads. Then there was the Powers of Pain. Konnor says their power would cause them pain. They are The Ascension. Welcome to the Wastelands.
Konnor starts the match out, and he throws the first wrestler down before kicking him. Konnor then dumps him out over the top rope. Viktor tags in, and he clotheslines the man at ringside. Viktor puts him back in the ring and tags in Konnor. Viktor knocks the second partner off the apron. The Ascension then connects with The Fall of Man for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Ascension
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Byron Saxton is backstage with The Usos. Saxton asks about the ending to RAW. Jimmy Uso says it's messed up and unfair that Erick Rowan, Ryback, and Dolph Ziggler were fired. Jey Uso says it's also unfair that they're defending their titles in a triple threat. It's ok because they're Uso-crazy.
Replays are shown of Alicia Fox attacking Naomi backstage on RAW after rubbing it in that she was fired from "Total Divas."
Alicia Fox vs. Naomi
Naomi cut a pre-taped promo, and she said when Alicia Fox attacked her on RAW, she exposed herself as a psychotic and shady person. She's taking a page from her husband's book because she's going to get Uso-crazy on her.
The bell rings, and Naomi quickly dropkicks her down. Naomi throws her across the ring and slams her head on the mat. Naomi punches her to the corner before whipping her to the opposite side. Naomi splashes her in the corner and hits a snapmare before kicking her in the back. Alicia reverses a whip, but Naomi ducks a clothesline. Alicia then goes a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, but Naomi counters into a pin for a one count. Alicia knees her in the midsection and grunts at her. Naomi quickly hits a monkey flip followed by a hurricanrana. Alicia then catches her with a sloppy roll up with her feet on the ropes for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Alicia Fox
Match Rating: 1/4 *
A clip from Michael Cole's interview on WWE.com with Triple H is shown. Triple H says Ziggler, Rowan, and Ryback knew the risks. They were the ones in the match at the end. Sure there was Sting, but those guys were the heroes. They won until the guy that talked them into joining in the mutiny turned on them. Cena turned on them and put them back on the chopping block. Cena should have known they'd have been fired. He willingly gave them up. Triple H sarcastically says Cena isn't a stand-up guy.
Highlights are shown from the Ambulance Match from this past Monday's RAW. Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose in a brutal match after giving him Sister Abigail on the floor.
Bray Wyatt is seen pacing backstage. Wyatt says when he first saw him, he thought he was looking at his own deranged reflection. Wyatt thought Dean Ambrose was different, but he was wrong. Ambrose is just like the rest of the people. He's an insect, trying to climb his way out of a jar. Ambrose found out you can't hurt a stone and outrun fate. Fate is a pretty girl with a sword in her hand. She's always watching. As fate closed in on Ambrose, the ambulance door shut. When one journey ends, another must begin. This long and winding road will lead him to a new destination. In three weeks, he'll arrive at the Royal Rumble. Twenty-nine men will follow him, and twenty-nine men will fall.
The Usos make their entrance followed by Gold and Stardust. The WWE Tag Team Titles will be defended, next.
They promote that Daniel Bryan will return to in-ring action after a seven month absence next week on Thursday Night Smackdown!
WWE Tag Team Championships Match
The Usos (c's) vs. Gold and Stardust vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow
Jey Uso will start the match against The Miz. They lock up, and The Miz applies a side headlock. Jey rolls him off, and Miz has to avoid Gold and Stardust trying to make a tag. Miz reapplies a side headlock, but Jey whips him off. Miz hits a shoulder block and taunts the crowd. Miz points at Mizdow before saying he's not going to tag him in. Jey applies a side headlock, but Miz whips him off only to take a shoulder block. Jey hits the ropes and rolls Miz up (which Mizdow mimics) for a two count. They trade pinfall attempts to no avail. Mizdow is getting a workout on the ring apron. Jey punches him before hitting a headlock takeover. Jimmy Uso is tagged in, and he hits an axe handle for a two count. Miz hits a jawbreaker before stomping him. A "We Want Mizdow" chant breaks out. Miz sends him to the corner, but Jimmy slingshots over him and punches him down for a two count. Jimmy chops the chest a few times before sending him into the ropes. Jimmy lowers his head and eats a kick. Miz hits the ropes, but Stardust bling tags in, so Miz must go back to his corner.
They lock up, and Stardust applies a hammerlock. Jimmy comes back with one of his own, but Stardust elbows him in the face. Jimmy then catches him with a jumping calf kick for a two count. Jey tags in, and he hits Stardust with a flying forearm. Jey hits a snapmare before dropping a head-butt for a two count. Jimmy tags back in, and they hit a combination back elbow/elbow drop. Stardust powers Jimmy into the ropes, and Goldust gets a cheap shot in before being tagged in. Goldust punches away at him before having a whip to the corner reversed. Jimmy then hits a clothesline. Stardust runs in, but The Usos clothesline him over the top rope. The Miz runs in, but The Usos throw him out as well. They then look at Mizdow, and he throws himself out of the ring. Jimmy holds the ropes open, and Jey hits a suicide dive. Stardust quickly sweeps Jimmy's feet and hits the Falling Star on Miz and Jey. Mizdow then does a wild bump. Jimmy then takes Stardust out with a flying shoulder block off the ring steps. Jimmy throws Stardust into the ring, but Goldust distracts him. Stardust quickly attacks Jimmy for a two count.
We come back from the break to see Jey hit Stardust with a quick kick. Miz blind tags in, and he throws Jey out of the ring. Miz then picks up a near fall. Miz fakes tagging Mizdow in, and Stardust rolls him up for a two count. Mizdow blind tags in, and he hits a clothesline before doing the Reality Check. Mizdow then kips up, and the crowd loudly applauds him. Mizdow goes for a kneeling DDT, but Miz distracts him by screaming to be tagged in. Stardust throws Mizdow out of the ring, and Goldust tags in. Goldust clotheslines Mizdow at ringside before being thrown into the ring. Goldust then drops an elbow on him for a two count. Goldust drops a knee before applying a chin lock. Mizdow gets out with a jawbreaker, but Stardust is soon tagged in. Stardust stomps him down in the corner, and Goldust gets a cheap shot in. Stardust stomps the midsection a few times before hissing at the crowd. Goldust tags back in, and they hit a wishbone split on Mizdow. Goldust applies a chin lock, but Mizdow fights up and elbows out. Goldust throws him into the ropes and connects with a spinebuster. Stardust is tagged in, and he stomps Mizdow a few times before hitting Miz with a springboard kick. Mizdow then gives Stardust a back body drop and goes to tag in Miz, but he's not there. Goldust runs in, but Mizdow throws him out. Mizdow then tags in Jimmy.
Jimmy hits Stardust with a pair of clotheslines before kicking him and giving him an uppercut. Jimmy connects with a sloppy Samoan Drop before going for a running hip bump, but Goldust pulls Stardust out of the way. Goldust tags in, and he rolls Jey up for a two count. Goldust kicks him before delivering an uppercut. Goldust ducks a clothesline and goes for a powerslam, but Jimmy blind tags in. The Usos give Goldust a double superkick, but Miz breaks it up. Jey superkicks Miz, and Mizdow catches Jey with a Skull Crushing Finale. Goldust then hits Mizdow with the Final Cut. Goldust goes to give Jimmy a Final Cut, but he gets out. Jimmy then gets Goldust out of the ring, and he takes Stardust out with a leaping over the top rope plancha. Jimmy throws Stardust into the ring, and he catches him with a Superfly Splash for the win.
Winners and still WWE Tag Team Champions: The Usos
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Big Show and Seth Rollins will face Roman Reigns and any partner he can find in the main event.
Replays are shown of Bad News Barrett defeating Dolph Ziggler on RAW to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship (with a lot of help from The Authority). Barrett says he's actually got some good news as he's the new Intercontinental Champion. Just to show that there are no hard feelings, he wants Dolph Ziggler to come out right now. Barrett says he's in a generous mood, and he wants Ziggler to get his championship rematch. Barrett then remembers that Ziggler can't come out because he got fired. Moving on very rapidly, he has a second piece of good news because he's officially entering into the 2015 Royal Rumble match. Shortly after, he'll become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Thank you very much.
Bad News Barrett vs. Sin Cara
Barrett big boots him down at the sound of the bell. Barrett punches away at him for a one count. Barrett puts him in the corner and clubs away at him on the top rope before kicking him in the ribs. Barrett picks up a two count for that. Barrett applies a chin lock, but Cara fights up. Barrett clubs him down before sending him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Cara blocks a punch before hitting a springboard head-butt. Cara clotheslines him before hitting a springboard cross-body block for a two count. Barrett reverses a whip, but Cara ducks a clothesline. Barrett then catches him with Winds of Change for a near fall. Barrett picks him up and goes for The Wasteland, but Cara rolls him up for a two count. Barrett punches him and sends him to the apron. Cara hits a springboard kick and goes to the top rope. Cara hits the Falling Star for the upset victory.
Winner by Pinfall: Sin Cara
Match Rating: *
Barrett attacks him as he leaves the ring and throws him back in. Barrett pulls the elbow pad down and sets up for his big move. Barrett then connects with the Bull Hammer before raising the Intercontinental Championship up.
We'll take a look at the firing of Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, and Erick Rowan, next.
Comments are shown from Erick Rowan, Ryback, and Dolph Ziggler responding to their firing immediately following RAW. These aired on WWE.com.
Roman Reigns is seen walking backstage. Reigns looks worried as we go to commercial. The main event is next.
Daniel Bryan returns to action next Thursday on Smackdown!
Seth Rollins and Big Show are in the ring waiting for Roman Reigns. Kane and J&J Security are seen looking quite happy at ringside. They believe Reigns hasn't found a partner. Replays are shown of Reigns attacking Rollins and J&J Security earlier in the night. Dean Ambrose's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a big pop from the crowd. Ambrose runs down to the ring, and he punches away at Rollins as Reigns knocks Big Show out of the ring. Rollins gets out of the ring to regroup and talk strategy. The crowd is really buzzing over Ambrose's arrival.
Seth Rollins and Big Show vs. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose will start the match against Seth Rollins. Ambrose kicks and punches him before having a whip reversed. Ambrose hits a running cross-body before punching him. Ambrose puts him in the corner and rubs his forearm in his face. Ambrose chops the chest before hitting a snapmare. Ambrose drops an elbow before tagging in Roman Reigns. Reigns punches Rollins before throwing him to the corner. Reigns clotheslines him in the corner before having a whip to the corner reversed. Reigns quickly rebounds with a clothesline. Reigns applies a neck vice before Ambrose tags back in. Ambrose dropkicks Rollins against the ropes before staring at Big Show. They exchange words before Ambrose goes for a suplex on Rollins. Rollins gets out of it and elbows him in the face. Rollins hits the ropes, but Ambrose knees him. Big Show quickly pulls Rollins out of the ring to regroup with him.
We come back from the break to see Big Show attacking Ambrose in the corner before chopping the chest. During the commercial break, Ambrose hit Rollins with a suicide dive. Then Big Show gave him a chop block. Rollins is tagged in, and he attacks the injured knee of Ambrose. Ambrose hurt the knee in the Ambulance Match. Rollins talks some trash before stomping the hand. Rollins continues to assault the knee before slapping him in the face. Ambrose then hits a forearm to the face. Rollins quickly chop blocks him before hitting a knee breaker. Rollins slams the knee down a few times before punching away at him. Rollins then throws him out of the ring and distracts the referee as J&J Security throw Ambrose into the barricade. Reigns gets angry, but the referee talks him back. Rollins punches away at him as Kane claps in approval. Rollins boots him in the head before high fiving J&J Security. Rollins picks up a two count. Big Show tags in, and he punches him in the ribs. Big Show talks trash to Reigns before Ambrose tries to punch back. Big Show knees him in the midsection before chopping the chest. Big Show attacks the knee and talks some trash, but Ambrose defiantly punches back. Big Show goes for a Chokeslam, but Ambrose gets out. Ambrose boots him in the face before hitting a tornado DDT.
Reigns and Rollins tag in. Reigns punches him down before having a whip reversed, but he comes back with a leaping clothesline. Reigns hits a tilt-a-whirl powerslam before setting up for the Superman Punch. Kane gets on the apron, and Reigns throws Rollins into him. Reigns then hits Rollins with a Superman Punch. Reigns then hits J&J Security with a Superman Punch. Big Show then catches Reigns with a Chokeslam. Ambrose then takes Big Show out with a missile dropkick. Big Show falls out of the ring. Ambrose then takes out Big Show, J&J Security, and Kane with a flying elbow drop from the top rope to ringside. Reigns avoids a Curb Stomp and hits the Spear for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: **
Replays are shown of the end of the match. The Authority do not look happy at ringside as Reigns and Ambrose walk up the ramp. The announcers remind everyone that Smackdown is on Thursday next week, and thus concludes the final Smackdown on Friday night.