Baton Rouge, Louisiana
January 15, 2015
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"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
A new and improved Smackdown video opens the show, and we're treated to a pyrotechnics display. Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler welcome us to the show.
Daniel Bryan addresses his return to the ring
Byron Saxton is in the ring, and he introduces Daniel Bryan to the ring to a tremendous reception. Bryan is dressed to compete as a huge "YES!" chant breaks out in the arena. Saxton says that Bryan is in good spirits, and Bryan wonders why he wouldn't be. He's back home where he belongs in front of all these great people. Bryan says he's not here wearing jeans and a flannel. He's in his gear because he is ready to fight. Saxton says everyone is thrilled to have him back, but the monster he's about to face almost ended his career a year ago. A replay is shown of Kane viciously assaulting Daniel Bryan last April. Kane gave Bryan three Tombstone Piledrivers at ringside.
Saxton says Bryan has to be taking things more seriously after seeing that footage. Bryan says he is taking things seriously. Nobody knows how dangerous Kane is like he does. Bryan has been out for nine months. First, he and Kane had a rivalry, but then they became a team. They were Team Hell No and were Tag Team Champions for almost nine months. He considered Kane a friend and brother. Kane stabbed him and all the people in the back when he traded his mask in for a suit. Since that time, he's had doctor after doctor telling him that he'd never wrestle again, but he's here tonight. Despite what any of those doctors say, he is ready. Bryan tells everyone not to think he isn't worried about his neck. We don't know what will happen until he's in here fighting, but here is how he'll prove it to himself and the people who have been supporting him for the last nine months: tonight he'll fight Kane, and he'll win. In two weeks at the Royal Rumble, he'll win again. Then in three months at WrestleMania XXXI, he'll win again! A "YES!" chant breaks out.
Some people think that's all a pipe dream. They think he's dreaming himself away thinking he can be as good as he was before. Does he actually think he can do it? Do the people think he can do it? Bryan screams, "YES!" and the people join in.
The Authority's music hits. Triple H, Seth Rollins, Big Show, J&J Security, and Kane make their way to the ring. Kane will face Bryan in his first match back since May on Thursday Night Smackdown, next.
Daniel Bryan vs. Kane w/ The Authority
The bell rings, and Kane is still conversing with Triple H in the corner. Bryan immediately catches Kane with a running dropkick. Bryan kicks and punches him until Kane knees him in the midsection and clubs him down. Kane holds his head in pain before going for a back suplex, but Bryan flips through. Bryan then gives him a drop-toe-hold into the turnbuckle before kicking the middle rope into his face. Bryan kicks away at him before bending his leg around the middle rope. Bryan then dropkicks the knee. Bryan punches away at him until Kane puts his head through the second rope. Bryan backs up before walking into an uppercut. Kane grabs him by the hair and throws him into the corner. Kane punches him down in the corner and stomps him. Kane uppercuts him down again as a "Daniel Bryan" chant breaks out. Kane hits a neckbreaker, and Bryan writhes in pain on the mat. Kane hits a second neckbreaker for a near fall. Kane applies a neck vice, but Bryan elbows out. Bryan hits the ropes, but Kane big boots him down for a two count. Triple H is seen smiling at ringside. Kane kicks him before hitting a DDT for another two count. Kane reapplies the neck vice, but Bryan fights up and elbows out. Kane knees him in the face, and Bryan drops to a knee. Kane sends him into the ropes, but Bryan holds on. Kane then charges him, but Bryan pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Bryan baseball slides Kane into the barricade before going to the ring apron. Bryan jumps off the apron, but Kane catches him with an uppercut.
We come back from the break to see Bryan trapped in a chin lock, but he counters out with a jawbreaker. Kane quickly kicks him before hitting a running DDT for a near fall. Kane screams at the referee before punching away at Bryan. Kane grabs him by the arm and whips him to the corner for a clothesline. Kane then catches him with a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Kane applies a chin lock, but Bryan fights up and backs himself to the corner. Kane knees him in the midsection before putting him on the top rope. Kane head-butts him before trying for a superplex. Bryan blocks it and punches him down. Bryan catches him with a cross-body block for a near fall. Kane quickly kicks him before sending him to the corner, but Bryan scales the ropes and backflips over him. Bryan then hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and hits a flying clothesline.
Bryan gets himself pumped up as the "YES!" chant breaks out in the arena. Bryan kicks away Kane while he's on his knees. Bryan hits the ropes and connects with a big kick for a near fall. Bryan kicks away at him in the corner before going for a running dropkick, but Kane grabs him by the throat. Bryan gets out and goes for the YES! Lock. Kane fights it, but Bryan locks it on. J&J Security runs in and kicks away at Bryan. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: Daniel Bryan
Match Rating: **
Bryan quickly gets away from J&J Security and takes them down with a double dropkick. Bryan dropkicks Big Show off the apron as he tries to get in. Bryan then ducks a briefcase shot from Seth Rollins, and he gets out of the ring. Bryan backs up the ramp as The Authority gathers and threatens to run him down. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose then come to Bryan's side to help even the odds. Triple H grabs a microphone and says if Reigns and Ambrose want to stick their noses in this, then they'll be involved. Tonight, we'll have a six-man tag to put an end to this little uprising. That's what's best for business.
Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Jerry "The King" Lawler talk about what just happened. In addition to the match just made by Triple H, we'll see Bad News Barrett defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against the man who pinned him on Smackdown last week, Sin Cara. Coming up next, we'll see the Hall of Fame video for "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
The commentators talk about the main event of Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose taking on Seth Rollins, Kane, and Big Show.
They show the tremendous Hall of Fame video package for "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Savage will headline the WWE Hall of Fame: Class of 2015.
Bray Wyatt's video cuts in, and we see him backstage. Wyatt says he is not a human being. He's an ideology. He is the forbidden fruit and the cure. For thousands of years, our society has labeled things like him as a threat. You can only contain a poison of this caliber for so long before it seeps through the cracks and contaminates everything they hold precious. They were right. Wyatt laughs. After he wins the Royal Rumble match, it'll be too late to run. Accept your fate and follow the buzzards.
The Usos make their entrance followed by Naomi. They'll be in action against The Miz, Damien Mizdow, and Alicia Fox, next.
The Usos and Naomi vs. The Miz, Damien Mizdow, and Alicia Fox
The Usos will defend the WWE Tag Team Championships against The Miz and Damien Mizdow at the WWE Royal Rumble PPV. Replays are shown of Naomi fighting Alicia Fox with one arm tied behind her back on RAW. Naomi was being punished for something The Usos said about The Authority on the prior Smackdown.
The Miz will start the match against Jimmy Uso. They lock up, and Miz applies a side headlock. Jimmy whips him off, but Miz comes back with a shoulder block. Miz hits the ropes, but Jimmy takes him down with a back elbow. Jimmy chops the chest and tags in Jey Uso. They send Miz into the ropes and hit a double back elbow. They go for a double-team elbow drop, but Mizdow runs in, hits the ropes, and gives himself a back elbow. The Usos then give Miz a double-team elbow drop, and Mizdow sells it as well. Jey then clotheslines Miz over the top rope. Jimmy tags back in, and Jey holds the ropes open as Jimmy hits Miz with a suicide dive. Jimmy throws him back into the ring, but Miz begs him off and tags Mizdow in. The crowd is happy about that, but then Alicia Fox tags herself in. Naomi is automatically added in, and she dropkicks Alicia down. Naomi punches away at her before hitting a running hurricanrana. Naomi gets dropped on the apron, but she kicks Alicia in the head. Naomi hits a cross-body block, but Alicia kicks out. Alicia quickly gets away and tags Miz back in. Jey comes in for his team. Jey hits Miz with an uppercut before hitting the ropes, but Miz big boots him down. Miz stomps away at him in the corner before kneeing him in the face. A "We Want Mizdow" chant breaks out. Miz fakes tagging in Mizdow. Jey counters out of a Reality Check, and they take each other out with a double clothesline.
Jimmy tags in, and he hits Miz with a pair of clotheslines followed by a kick to the midsection and an uppercut. Jimmy then connects with a Samoan Drop. Jimmy goes for a running hip bump, but Miz moves out of the way. Jimmy then catches him with a corkscrew senton. Alicia runs in and breaks up the pinfall. Jimmy then catapults Naomi on top of Alicia. Miz rolls Jimmy up, but Jimmy rolls through. Mizdow runs in, and Jimmy superkicks him down. Miz then catches Jimmy with a Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Miz, Damien Mizdow, and Alicia Fox
Match Rating: * 1/2
Renee Young is backstage with Roman Reigns. She asks how he'll coexist with people he'll be competing against at the Royal Rumble. Reigns says if this were the Royal Rumble, those boys would be in for a world of hurt. This is a different situation. Tonight is another opportunity to screw over The Authority. At the Royal Rumble, it's one versus all, and Ambrose and Bryan fall into the category of "all." He's the one, and you can believe that.
Paul Heyman is seen walking furiously backstage. He'll be out, next.
Paul Heyman addresses Seth Rollins' actions from RAW
Paul Heyman comes out to the ring as the crowd boos. Replays are shown of the contract signing from RAW. It ended with a brawl that saw Seth Rollins the last one standing as he gave John Cena and Brock Lesnar a pair of Curb Stomps.
Heyman is pacing in the ring and looking irate. Heyman says, "Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and I am the advocate for the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World, Brock Lesnar." Heyman says he doesn't mind coming out and admitting publicly that for the first time in his career he is afraid. If you think about it, Brock Lesnar as a conqueror does what he does. Lesnar is a beast and does what he wants because he can. When Lesnar conquered The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania, he did it because he could and felt like it. Lesnar had nothing personal against The Undertaker. He wanted to conquer the streak, and that's what he did because that's what a conqueror does. When Lesnar took a $100 million franchise named John Cena and dumped him on his head 16-times en route to taking the WWE Title away from him, like taking candy away from a baby. Lesnar did it because he wanted to, could do it, and felt like it because it was a Sunday, and he had nothing better to do that evening.
Now, his client, Brock Lesnar, is ramped up and pissed off. Lesnar is walking around with a purpose because he wants to get his hands on Seth Rollins at the Royal Rumble and F-5 the future right back into the past.
Seth Rollins' music hits, and Heyman looks absolutely livid. Rollins storms his way down to the ring with J&J Security. Rollins gets in the ring and gets directly in Heyman's face. Rollins says he is sick and tired of everyone walking around on eggshells thinking they need to be afraid of Brock Lesnar. Rollins is sick of everyone telling him that he hides behind The Authority and J&J Security. Rollins says, "Let me tell you something, Paul. I am not afraid of Brock Lesnar." Rollins says he's sick of it. He's so sick of it, he wants to cash in his Money in the Bank contract tonight. Rollins says it's time to give Smackdown on Thursday the biggest main event. Heyman says that's a very interesting challenge, but Rollins knows that his client is not here this evening. The crowd boos that.
Rollins says if he can't Curb Stomp Lesnar, then he's going to Curb Stomp Heyman. Heyman says that's so stereotypical. Heyman tells him to do something original. Everyone always threatens to beat him up when Lesnar isn't around. Now he'll Curb Stomp him. Why? Does that make him tough? Heyman looks worried after finishing his statement. Rollins says it doesn't make him tough. It makes him smart. If he feels like Curb Stomping Paul Heyman, and he really does, then he takes away Brock Lesnar's greatest asset. Rollins corners Heyman and climbs the ropes to get more in his face. Then at the Royal Rumble, he's fighting all brawn and no brains. Then Lesnar is reduced to being nothing more than a 300-pound mass of muscle that he will run circles around. Rollins has proven that John Cena is not a threat to him. Rollins tells Heyman to face facts. He has Curb Stomped his client not once, but twice. He'll Curb Stomp him a third time at the Royal Rumble when he beats him and walks out as the WWE Champion. Rollins orders Heyman to tell him again why he shouldn't Curb Stomp him right now.
Heyman nervously says he'll tell him. The Authority is in power now, but they've already been removed from power once. What makes Rollins think The Authority can't be removed from power again by hook, by crook, by the Board of Directors, or by Vince McMahon's whims? Rollins backs away from Heyman. The future of WWE is a long-term proposition. Since he's been back in WWE, he's gained power every single day. When his client, Brock Lesnar, took away The Undertaker's streak, he gained power. When Brock Lesnar took the WWE Title from John Cena, he gained power. His client, Brock Lesnar, has a death grip on the WWE Championship. Brock Lesnar will control that championship as long as he deems appropriate. Brock Lesnar can control that title by defending the championship or protecting the new champion when he decides the future is now. Heyman then leaves the ring, as Rollins looks confused.
Daniel Bryan will team with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose to take on Seth Rollins, Kane, and the Big Show.
Natalya w/ Paige vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella
Replays are shown of Tyson Kidd perhaps inadvertently costing Paige her match against Brie Bella on RAW.
They lock up, and Nikki elbows her in the face before hitting an arm drag. Nikki flexes her muscles before they circle the ring. Natalya takes her down and applies a leg lock. Nikki kicks her in the face before giving her a back elbow. Nikki then hits a tornado arm breaker. Nikki then applies a hammerlock. Nikki takes her down for a one count. Nikki applies an arm bar, but Natalya powers her up and slams her down. Natalya sidesteps an avalanche, hits an avalanche, steps on her, and hits a dropkick to the face. Natalya hits a spinning clothesline for a two count. Natalya goes for a Sharpshooter, but Brie distracts her. Paige uses Brie's distraction to slap Nikki in the face. Natalya then applies a Sharpshooter for the win.
Winner by Submission: Natalya
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Renee Young is backstage with the Big Show. Big Show cuts her off and says she won't take control of this interview and negate what he did on Monday. This past Monday, he knocked out two of WWE's top superstars. He knocked out John Cena and Roman Reigns. Did she expect anything different? As for the six-man tag match tonight, he'll knock out Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Daniel Bryan. Let's go to the Royal Rumble match. He's entering himself into that match. That's his place. That's where he dominates. He'll throw 29 other superstars over the top rope. Who can throw him over the top rope? There's not a group of men in this company that can eliminate him from the Royal Rumble. Kane walks in and says it seems like Big Show hasn't heard that he's also in the Royal Rumble match.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Sin Cara vs. Bad News Barrett (c)
Replays are shown of Sin Cara pinning Bad News Barrett in an upset on Smackdown last week. Eden Stiles does the in ring introductions for both men to give this the big fight feel.
The bell rings, and Cara quickly rolls him up for a one count. Cara rolls him up again for another one count. Barrett punches him in the midsection and sends him to the corner, but Cara rolls to the apron. Cara kicks him in the head and goes to the top rope, but Barrett punches him down. Barrett stomps and punches him. Barrett puts him in the corner and covers for a one count. Barrett applies a chin lock, but Cara fights up and punches out. Barrett elbows him in the head and goes for a back suplex, but Cara flips through and kicks him in the hamstring. Cara hits a springboard head-butt followed by a clothesline. Cara connects with a springboard cross-body for a two count. Barrett punches him in the midsection before kneeing him in the face. Barrett has a whip reversed on him, but he throws him to the apron. Barrett punches him on the top rope and backs up. Cara jumps over him, but he runs into the Winds of Change. Barrett stands over him and pulls his elbow pad down. Cara ducks the Bull Hammer and rolls him up before lifting him and slamming him down. Cara goes to the top rope and goes for a senton, but Barrett moves. Cara ducks a clothesline and springboards off the second rope, but Barrett hits him with the Bull Hammer mid-air for the win.
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Bad News Barrett
Match Rating: * 1/4
The commentators talk about the WWE Network coming to the United Kingdom and Ireland this Monday, January 19.
Still to come is Daniel Bryan teaming with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose to face Seth Rollins, Kane, and Big Show.
Dean Ambrose is seen backstage. Ambrose says when he was a kid, he was the one you avoided on the playground because he didn't play well with others. When he got his report card from school, it always said he was disruptive in class. That serves him well because he's one of the thirty competitors in the Royal Rumble match. Anyone can win. The person who wins that match won't care about friendships or any of that "do the right thing" crap. The person who wins won't give a damn about their physical wellbeing as long as the end justifies the means. Don't count him out -- count him in. As for tonight, two of his opponents in the Royal Rumble are his partners tonight. They've got one thing in common -- they detest The Authority. Nobody tells him what to do. He just goes out there and does it.
All six competitors in the main event make their respective entrances. The main event is next.
Seth Rollins, Big Show, and Kane vs. Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns
Dean Ambrose will start the match against Seth Rollins. Rollins kicks and punches him to the corner before stomping away at him. Ambrose turns him around and unleashes some fast right hands on him. Ambrose bounces him off the corner before slamming him on the turnbuckle. Ambrose hits a snapmare and drops an elbow before ripping at his face. Ambrose hits a neckbreaker before stomping the midsection. Roman Reigns tags in, and they hits a double-team wishbone split. Reigns sends him to the corner and hits a clothesline. Reigns hits a snapmare before hitting a suplex. Reigns stares at the Big Show. Reigns wrenches the arm before driving his shoulder into him. Rollins punches him, but Reigns punches him down. Reigns sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick.
Kane tags in, and they circle the ring. They lock up, and Kane applies a side headlock. Reigns whips him off, but Kane shoulder blocks him down for a one count. Kane reapplies the side headlock, but Reigns counters out with a back suplex for a two count. Kane punches and kicks him down before sending him into the ropes. Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits a flying clothesline. Reigns uppercuts him before tagging Daniel Bryan in. Bryan kicks away at him in the corner before the referee backs him up. Bryan uppercuts him a few times before Kane pushes him back and uppercuts him down. Kane then throws him out of the ring in front of J&J Security. Ambrose and Reigns run over to keep them back. A brawl between the teams breaks out at ringside. Bryan, Reigns, and Ambrose come out on top. Bryan leads a "YES!" chant in the ring as we go to a commercial.
We come back from the break to see Bryan send Rollins into the ropes, and he turns him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Ambrose tags in, and he rubs Rollins' face on the top rope. Ambrose punches and chops him against the ropes before hitting a dropkick for a near fall. Ambrose puts him in the corner and punches away at him. Rollins reverses a whip to the opposite corner, but he runs into a boot. Ambrose goes to the top rope, but Rollins sweeps the feet and puts him in the tree of woe.
Rollins then stomps him before tagging Big Show in. Big Show stomps and punches him until he falls out of the tree of woe. Big Show head-butts him before lifting him up and applying a leg vice. Jerry Lawler says if you don't believe Big Show is large, he heard his publicity shot had to be shot by Google Earth. Big Show lifts him up by the head and puts him in the corner. Rollins tags in, and he stomps Ambrose down. Kane and Big Show take cheap shots when the referee isn't looking. Rollins hits a running forearm on him for a two count. Rollins applies a chin lock, but Ambrose fights up. Rollins stomps him and tags Big Show back in. Big Show hits a running butt bump before hitting a body slam. Big Show drops an elbow for a two count. Big Show and Reigns exchange words. Big Show shushes the crowd and goes for a chop, but Ambrose ducks it. Ambrose punches and chops him, but Big Show head-butts him back. Big Show then drops an elbow on the injured knee. Big Show then goes back to the leg vice. Kane is tagged in, and he kicks Ambrose a few times before dropping some elbows on the leg. Ambrose clutches his leg and rolls away. Kane hits a suplex for a one count. Rollins tags in, and he stomps Ambrose's hand. Rollins talks some trash to Ambrose. Ambrose slaps him in the face, and Rollins kicks him in the midsection. Kane tags in as Rollins punches away at him. Kane uppercuts him before sending him into the ropes. Kane lowers his head and eats a kick. Kane quickly uppercuts him, but Ambrose rebounds off the ropes with a clothesline. Rollins tags in and stops Ambrose from making a tag. Ambrose then gives Rollins a back body drop over the top rope. J&J Security distract the referee as Big Show knocks Ambrose down. Reigns hits Big Show with a Superman Punch. Rollins then dropkicks Reigns down at ringside.
Ambrose makes the tag to Bryan, and the crowd erupts. Bryan ducks a clothesline and dropkicks Kane off the apron. Bryan punches away at Rollins before having a whip reversed on him. Bryan backflips over him, ducks a clothesline, and takes Kane out with a suicide dive! Bryan snaps Rollins off the top rope and hits him with a corner dropkick. Bryan puts him on the top rope and hits a super-hurricanrana for a near fall. Bryan picks him up, but Rollins hits him with a kick to the head. Kane is tagged in, and he gives Bryan a Chokeslam. Reigns breaks it up, leaves the ring, and takes a superkick from Big Show. Big Show removes the top of the commentary table, and Reigns spears him over it. In the ring, Bryan surprises Kane with a YES! Lock, but Rollins breaks it up. Ambrose dropkicks Rollins and takes out J&J Security. Ambrose then clotheslines Rollins over the top rope. Ambrose then goes to the top rope and drops an elbow on Rollins and J&J Security at ringside!
Back in the ring, Kane goes for a Tombstone Piledriver, but Bryan slides off. Bryan backs up to the corner and connects with the Busaiku Knee Kick for the win! Michael Cole exclaims, "The Magic is back!"
Winners by Pinfall: Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns
Match Rating: ** 1/2
Daniel Bryan leads a huge "YES"! chant in the ring following the victory. The Authority's music hits, and Triple H comes out to the stage sarcastically clapping for him. Triple H congratulates Bryan on getting lucky tonight, but he has a feeling his luck will run out. Next Thursday on Smackdown, he thinks Kane deserves a rematch. When Bryan loses, he'll not only lose the match. He'll lose his opportunity to compete in the Royal Rumble match. Triple H says, "Good luck," as his music hits. Kane is seen smiling, as Bryan looks concerned.