February 26, 2015
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Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Smackdown video plays, and we're brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. We are 31 days away from WrestleMania 31. Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Jerry "The King" Lawler welcome us to the show. We'll see a WWE Fastlane rematch as Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback will take on Seth Rollins, Kane, and Big Show in the main event.
Daniel Bryan talks about his next move
Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring to a good reception. Still photos are shown of him losing to Roman Reigns at WWE Fastlane. Bryan stands in the ring as the crowd chants, "YES!" Bryan then screams, "NO! NO! NO!" Bryan says he doesn't know if everyone remembers, that's what he said instead of "yes" because he was frustrated and not getting any opportunities. He felt like there wasn't anybody in his corner. Bryan says he was wrong because the people were in his corner and gave him opportunities. They gave him so many opportunities that last year at the Superdome in the main event of WrestleMania XXX, he finally won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after scratching and clawing for fourteen years. The crowd starts another "YES" chant. Then, due to injury, he lost the championship. The crowd boos this. At WWE Fastlane this past Sunday, he got what most people never get: a second chance. He had the opportunity to get everything back, and he failed. That means he won't be in the main event of WrestleMania, and he won't get the WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity.
A lot of people have been asking him if the YES! Movement is dead. The crowd chants, "NO," and Bryan shouts that over and over again. Bryan says he will not give up or back down. Despite not being in the main event of WrestleMania, he's got big plans. This year at WrestleMania 31, he plans on...
Bad News Barrett's music interrupts him. Barrett makes his way to the ring without the WWE Intercontinental Championship because Dean Ambrose stole it from him. Barrett asks how much longer Bryan is going to carry on with this nonsense. No one wants to hear about Bryan's sob story. Barrett says it just so happens that he has some Bad News for him. Bryan won't be getting a WrestleMania moment this year. Losers like Bryan don't deserve the spotlight. Another person who doesn't deserve the spotlight is the lunatic thief, Dean Ambrose. Ambrose has stolen his Intercontinental Championship. Barrett says he's still the Intercontinental Champion. Barrett warns Bryan to get out of the ring.
Dean Ambrose's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a great reception from the crowd. Ambrose is carrying the stolen Intercontinental Championship in his hand. Ambrose quickly punches away at Barrett and knocks him out of the ring before sending him into the barricade. Barrett then pulls Ambrose face first into the barricade. Bryan looks at the Intercontinental Championship and picks it up. Bryan looks at it as Barrett gets back in the ring. The crowd lightly chants "NO" at giving the title back to Barrett. Bryan stalls for a bit before giving it back to Barrett. Barrett then turns into a right hand from Ambrose. Bryan then takes Barrett down with a big kick to the head. Ambrose picks up the Intercontinental Championship and stands tall in the ring with Bryan, who is doing a "YES" chant.
We'll hear from Roman Reigns in an interview with Byron Saxton later tonight.
Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz
The commentators talk about Damien Mizdow possibly filming a commercial as the reason he isn't there. The stolen Intercontinental Championship is by the corner of the ring. They lock up, and Ambrose applies a side headlock. Miz whips him off, but Ambrose takes him down with a shoulder block. Ambrose hits the ropes, but Miz leapfrogs him. Ambrose quickly comes back with a schoolboy for a two count. Ambrose body slams him before dropping an elbow for a one count. Ambrose runs his forearm in Miz' face in the corner before chopping the chest. Ambrose sends him to the opposite corner, but he runs into a boot. Miz quickly connects with the Reality Check for a two count. Miz stomps him before ripping at the face. Miz then transitions to a chin lock. Ambrose fights up and punches out. Miz quickly reverses a whip into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Ambrose hits some right hands before hitting a pair of clotheslines. Ambrose stomps him in the corner before slapping him in the face. Ambrose connects with a running forearm in the corner before hitting a bulldog. Ambrose goes to the top rope, but he notices Bad News Barrett return to ringside and take the Intercontinental Championship back. Ambrose quickly chases him down and clotheslines him at ringside before taking the title back.
Miz kicks Ambrose as he comes back in the ring and goes for the Skull Crushing Finale. Ambrose fights him off before getting elbowed into the ropes. Ambrose rebounds off the ropes and hits a big clothesline. Barrett quickly grabs the Intercontinental Championship and runs off with it. Ambrose hits Miz with Dirty Deeds and picks up the victory. Ambrose is not happy about Barrett taking the title back.
Winner by Pinfall: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: *
Still photos are shown of Randy Orton's return at WWE Fastlane. Orton attacked members of The Authority, but he couldn't get his hands on Seth Rollins. Then on this past Monday's RAW, Orton was forced to team up with Rollins in the main event. Rollins took the pin in the main event. Orton looked frustrated, but he didn't attack him.
Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback will face Seth Rollins, Kane, and Big Show in a WWE Fastlane rematch in the main event.
Bad News Barrett is walking backstage with his WWE Intercontinental Championship when Renee Young stops him for an interview. Barrett cuts her off and says he reclaimed what is rightfully his from the grubby mitts of that lunatic Dean Ambrose. Ambrose can't hold a candle to him in the ring and neither can that disgusting goat, Daniel Bryan. Now that he has the title back, he is never letting it out of his sight.
Naomi w/ The Usos vs. Natalya w/ Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
Replays are shown of Naomi pushing Tyson Kidd's feet off the ropes as he tried to pick up a cheap win on Jimmy Uso. Natalya then shoved her down at ringside. Natalya caused the match to end in disqualification. Naomi then pulled Natalya off the apron and injured her knee.
Natalya is still shaking her leg like the knee is still bothering her. The bell rings, and Natalya kisses Tyson Kidd. They circle the ring, and Natalya takes her down with a headlock takeover. Naomi fights up and elbows out. Naomi whips her off, but Natalya takes her down with a shoulder block. Naomi glares at her before Natalya hits the ropes. They take turns going over one another before Naomi rolls her up for a two count. They lock up, and Natalya shoves her down. Naomi kips up and hits an arm drag. Natalya quickly takes her down and grabs the leg, but Naomi counters with a head-scissor takedown. Naomi keeps the head-scissor applied and looks for a submission, but Naomi powers up and spins her around. Naomi rolls her up, but Natalya quickly gets out. They hit the ropes and take each other out with dual cross-body blocks.
They slowly get to their feet, and Naomi viciously kicks her in the knee. Kidd quickly goes to check on his wife as the referee holds Naomi back. Jimmy Uso gets on the apron and superkicks Kidd to the floor. Cesaro pulls Jimmy off the apron. Jimmy reverses a whip on Cesaro and sends him into a superkick from Jey Uso. The referee keeps Naomi back as Natalya was selling the knee injury. Natalya then takes Naomi down with a vicious clothesline for the win. The announcers speculate that Natalya was playing possum.
Winner by Pinfall: Natalya
Match Rating: * 1/4
We'll find out what's next for John Cena after his defeat at the hands of Rusev at WWE Fastlane later tonight. We'll hear from Rusev and Lana, next.
Rusev and Lana address John Cena's challenge for a rematch
WWE United States Champion Rusev and Lana are in the ring when we return from the break. Rusev holds the title up and says it's the symbol of a true champion. Lana asks if the crowd knows what an American champion is. A champion is someone who stands tall, stands full of pride, and stands above everybody else. He stands above Americans who are far beneath him. Lana asks if they know what a champion doesn't do. Rusev says he doesn't have to agree to anybody's terms. Lana says especially when this happens at WWE Fastlane: still photos are shown of John Cena being beaten by Rusev. Rusev says when it gets tough, Americans just give up. Lana says we can imagine their surprise when the great hero John Cena begged them for a rematch. Lana says Rusev is a champion who answers to no one and ignores the inferior, especially someone who falls asleep on the job.
Lana says they're going to talk about something that is way more important than John Cena. Rusev has received e-mails from the greatest president on earth, Vladimir Putin. Putin's image is shown on the screen before the e-mail is shown. Lana reads, "I am so proud and grateful for not only your victory but also for your fortitude and for your strength for not bowing down to American tyranny when John Cena crassly demanded a rematch on Monday Night RAW. I am so proud of the greatest United States Champion, the true Hero of the Russian Federation, Rusev."
Rusev says he will have a great match at WrestleMania against an opponent that is worth his time. He will defeat this opponent like he does everyone else. This opponent will never be John Cena because he has been beaten, broken, and crushed.
Jack Swagger's music hits, and he makes his way to the stage. Swagger asks if Rusev is scared to give John Cena a rematch. Swagger says if Rusev is scared to fight, then he's come to the wrong city. Swagger tells Atlanta to stand up. Swagger says Rusev is surrounded by real America and real Americans. Swagger gets in the ring as the crowd chants "USA." Rusev talks trash to Swagger. Swagger then does the "We the people" taunt. Rusev tries to attack, but Swagger takes him down and punches him. Swagger then gets him in the corner and knees away at him before knocking him to the ring apron. Swagger then clotheslines him off the apron and does the "We the people" taunt again.
Swagger goes outside to get more of Rusev. Swagger punches him and throws him into the ring, but Rusev quickly rolls out. Rusev punches him as he tries to leave the ring before kicking him in the head. Rusev kicks him in the back of the knee a few times before kicking him in the head. Rusev then drags him to the center of the ring and stomps the spine before applying the Accolade. Swagger taps out in pain. The flag of the Russian Federation unfurls above the ring as Rusev reapplies the Accolade. Referees run down to get Rusev off him. Rusev lets him go, but he then goes back to the Accolade for a third time. Lana hands him the United States Championship and puts his medal around his neck.
Bad News Barrett will face Daniel Bryan, next.
Replays are shown of Bad News Barrett taking back his Intercontinental Championship earlier in the night during Dean Ambrose's match.
Both men are already in the ring when we return from commercial. R-Truth is on commentary, and he humorously mistakes Byron Saxton for Jonathan Coachman.
Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News Barrett
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee of all time, is the official for this match. They lock up, and Bryan applies a waistlock before taking him down by the legs. Barrett quickly pushes him back. They go for a test of strength, but Barrett kicks him in the midsection. Barrett stomps him down in the corner before whipping him to the opposite corner. Bryan quickly catches Barrett with a drop-toe-hold into the turnbuckle. Bryan then kicks the second rope into his face. Bryan uppercuts him down before twisting the leg. Bryan drops a knee before applying a leg lock. Bryan then tries for a surfboard stretch, but Barrett fights it off. Bryan then stomps on Barrett's knees. Barrett quickly punches Bryan in the midsection and kicks him to the corner. Barrett hits a snap suplex for a two count. Bryan punches him a few times before kicking him in the chest a few times. Bryan hits the ropes, but Barrett counters with the Winds of Change for a two count. Barrett then throws Bryan out of the ring. Barrett picks up the Intercontinental Championship and runs around the ring with it as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Bryan tied up in the ropes and takings some knees to the midsection. Barrett then big boots him to the apron. Barrett drags him into the ring and picks up a two count. Barrett applies a chin lock, but Bryan fights up and elbows out. Barrett quickly elbows him in the back of the head. Barrett sends him to the corner, but Bryan scales the ropes and backflips over him. Bryan then ducks a clothesline and hits a flying elbow to the chest. Bryan kicks Barrett in the chest as the fans chant "YES" with each kick. Bryan then kicks him in the head for a near fall.
Bryan kicks him in the corner before hitting a corner dropkick. Barrett then sidesteps a second corner dropkick. Barrett notices the Intercontinental Championship fell off the apron, and he goes outside to retrieve it. Bryan then takes him down with a baseball slide. Bryan then takes him out with a suicide dive. Bryan goes to the top rope, but Barrett crotches him up there. Barrett goes for The Wasteland, but Bryan counters into the YES! Lock! R-Truth gets off commentary and sneaks up to the Intercontinental Championship before putting it under his shirt. Barrett makes it to the bottom rope. Barrett kicks Bryan in the midsection before sending him shoulder-first into the ring post. Barrett sets up for the Bull Hammer, but Bryan counters with the Busaiku Knee Kick for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Daniel Bryan
Match Rating: **
Bryan goes off to a great reception from the crowd. Barrett comes to and looks for the Intercontinental Championship. Barrett exits the ring and looks around for it. Barrett then looks at R-Truth, who denies seeing the title. R-Truth lifts up his shirt, but the title isn't there. Barrett then looks completely dejected and sits on the commentary table without his title.
The commentators talk about the WWE Network's birthday.
A pre-taped sit down interview is shown with Bryon Saxton and Roman Reigns. Saxton congratulates him on his victory over Daniel Bryan at WWE Fastlane. Saxton talks about that being the toughest match of his career. Reigns says that's the type of competitor Bryan is. Bryan knows what it takes to get to where he's going. Reigns says he's going to beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Saxton then throws it to Paul Heyman's statement on RAW. Heyman says Reigns could beat Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, and André The Giant. Reigns isn't fighting a man at WrestleMania, though. He's fighting a beast. Reigns can't slay his beast.
Reigns says Heyman talks nonstop before saying it irritates him that Heyman says he can't slay the beast. Reigns doesn't like being told he can't do something. He can and will beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Saxton asks how he's preparing to face Lesnar. Reigns says he hasn't taken a cruise in quite some time, so maybe he'll get back on the boat. Reigns says he has to train harder than he ever has before. He has to be watch old tapes and be stronger and faster. Athleticism won't beat Brock Lesnar. This is a man who has been in the main event before. Reigns hasn't. Reigns likes doing things on his own, but he's not a fool or too proud. He needs to tap into his resources, talk to his family, and let them prepare him.
Reigns says he can be pretty cocky and egotistical, but this opportunity is once in a lifetime. The bubble can be popped at any moment. He had to fight to keep this opportunity. He hopes Lesnar is cocky and arrogant at WrestleMania. Lesnar will see a man fighting and representing a proud family. Reigns says that's a scary combo. Reigns says, "I'm going to beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, and I don't care if you believe it. I know it, and I'm going to prove it."
Rosa Mendes is in the ring dancing when she's joined by Fandango. Fandango will be in action, next.
The Bushwhackers are the latest inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame: Class of 2015.
R-Truth is walking backstage with the WWE Intercontinental Championship on his shoulder. Dean Ambrose walks up to him and asks how he's doing before asking if he's the new champion. R-Truth says he just beat Barrett for the title. Ambrose says he's going to come after the title and wants it back. R-Truth then just gives it to him. R-Truth says, "Two title changes in one night? Smackdown is on fire!"
Fandango w/ Rosa Mendes vs. Curtis Axel
Before the match begins, Curtis Axel asks everyone to not turn the channel. Everyone knows he was attacked from behind at the Royal Rumble and never got in the match. Axel says he's set the record for longest time for the Royal Rumble ever. He's been in the match for 32 days, 7 minutes, and 25 seconds. Axel incorrectly said 32 hours, which the commentators immediately jumped on. Axel says no one eliminated him from the Royal Rumble, and they won't eliminate him from the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. Axel then yells "Axelmania" into the microphone a few times.
They circle the ring, and Fandango catches him with a waistlock. Axel elbows him in the face and stomps away at him. Axel then throws him over the top rope and yells "Axelmania" over and over again. Axel points at the WrestleMania sign before Fandango rolls him up for a two count. Fandango hits a modified front suplex before going to the top rope for the Last Dance. Fandango then picks up the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Fandango
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Damien Mizdow is seen filming a commercial. From the monologue he said, it appears to be a commercial for Viagra. The Miz then interrupts the shoot and denigrates Mizdow's acting ability. Miz says he hasn't seen acting this bad since Michael Keaton in "Birdman." Mizdow says Keaton was nominated for an Oscar. Miz mocks Mizdow for not having an identity or a brain. Miz tells the director to ditch the zero and catch the hero. The director says they'd love to use him and hands him the script. Miz throws it away and says the only script he needs is the moneymaker. Mizdow looks extremely upset. Miz tells him to get out of the shot before telling the production crew to get in their places.
We'll take a look at Triple H's face-to-face meeting with Sting at WWE Fastlane, next.
They show Mr. McMahon's "Muscle & Fitness Magazine" cover photo.
They show the career retrospective for Sting. It then shows Sting challenging Triple H for a match at WrestleMania 31. The challenge was accepted, and Sting will have his first WWE match in 31 nights.
Adam Rose makes his way to the ring with the Rosebuds. A pre-taped promo is shown of Adam Rose and the Rosebuds. Rose says this year's WrestleMania will be the ultimate party because he'll be crashing it and winning the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. He tells all the losers of the match to not be a lemon; be a Rosebud. He'll face Goldust, next.
A replay is shown of Stardust attacking Goldust after losing his match at WWE Fastlane this past Sunday.
Adam Rose vs. Goldust
The bell rings, and Adam Rose immediately attacks him. Rose chops him in the corner before sending him to the ropes, but he lowers his head and takes an uppercut. Goldust punches him in the corner before having a whip reversed. Goldust quickly comes back with a powerslam for a two count. Goldust blocks a boot, but Rose counters with an enzuigiri. Rose jumps off the top rope, but Goldust sidesteps him. Goldust then connects with the Final Cut for the very quick victory.
Winner by Pinfall: Goldust
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Goldust celebrates in the ring before leaving. Goldust passes through the Rosebuds before one of them attacks him. The Rosebud is wearing a sock monkey outfit. The Rosebud takes the mask off, and it's revealed to be Stardust. Stardust rolls him into the ring and punches away at him. Stardust then viciously sends him into the corner. Stardust then hits the Cross Rhodes as the crowd lightly chants, "Cody." Stardust hisses at him before leaving the ring.
Bray Wyatt is seen backstage. Wyatt says, "Do my words not mean anything to you, Deadman? Sometimes I wonder if you can hear me at all, or maybe you're just too busy clinging to whatever life it is you have left that you can't even heed my call. But I need you to know this: I'm not just a man; I'm the serpent. Even the bravest rat can only outrun the snake's fangs for so long before fate calls them by name. Your ignorance mocks me, Undertaker. How long is it that you think you can hide from me? Well Hell is my playground, and I would go to the deepest, darkest depths just to see your face. Time's ticking. WrestleMania approaches. So come on, Deadman, show yourself. Find me. Find me."
Dolph Ziggler's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with Erick Rowan and Ryback. They'll face Seth Rollins, Big Show, and Kane, next.
As Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring with Big Show, Kane, and J&J Security, they replay the video feud with Jon Stewart.
Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback vs. Seth Rollins, Kane, and Big Show
J&J Security are at ringside for this match. Erick Rowan will start the match against Kane. They lock up, and Kane quickly wrenches the arm before applying a side headlock. Rowan whips him off and doesn't budge when Kane hits him with a shoulder block. Kane kicks him before sending him to the corner, but Rowan comes right out with a shoulder block. Rowan head-butts him before sending him to the ropes for a fall-away slam. Rowan goes to the top rope before hitting a diving back elbow for a one count. Rowan applies a side headlock and tags in Dolph Ziggler. They have a turnbuckle camera set up, but it's very low quality. Ziggler wrenches the arm, but Kane clubs him in the neck. Ziggler comes back with a drop-toe-hold into the turnbuckle before connecting with a dropkick for a two count. Kane quickly powers him to his corner and tags in Seth Rollins. Rollins punches him down before sending him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Ziggler sends him to the corner and hits a splash before connecting with a neckbreaker. Ziggler drops an elbow for a one count.
Ziggler hits the ropes and goes for a famouser, but Rollins sidesteps him and rolls him up for a two count. Rollins falls into Big Show, who blind tags in. Ziggler dropkicks Rollins before Big Show shoves him down. Big Show applies a cobra clutch (maggot) before throwing him across the ring.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler trapped in a chin lock applied by Kane. Ziggler eventually fights up and punches him, but Kane throws him down. Ziggler avoids an elbow drop and goes for the famouser, but Kane sidesteps him and big boots him down. Rollins is tagged in, and he picks up a two count. Rollins punches him down for another two count. Rollins sends him headfirst into Big Show's boot before tagging him in. Big Show head-butts him down before going to the second rope. Big Show then hits a slingshot splash for a near fall. Big Show hardly ever connects with that move. Big Show sends him to the corner, but he runs into a boot. Ziggler then connects with the famouser. Kane is tagged in, and he stops Ziggler from making a tag. Kane knocks Rowan off the apron before turning into a big DDT from Ziggler.
Ryback and Rollins are tagged in. Ryback hits a pair of running forearm thrusts before sending him into the ropes for a Thesz Press. Ryback slams the back of his head off the mat a few times before hitting an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Ryback gets pumped up before running into a boot. Rollins hits the ropes, but Ryback catches him with a military press powerslam. Ryback connects with the Meat Hook Clothesline. J&J Security distracts him, but he attacks them. Ryback brings Joey Mercury into the ring and goes to hit a double Shell Shocked on him and Rollins, but they get out of it. Big Show then takes him down with a thrust kick. Rowan punches away at Big Show before knocking him over the top rope. Rollins then takes Rowan out with a cross-body on the floor.
Rollins goes to the top rope before jumping into Shell Shocked. Rollins gets out of it, and Kane attempts a Chokeslam, but Ziggler hits him with a Zig-Zag. Rollins quickly throws Ziggler out of the ring before kicking Ryback in the face. Rollins taunts the crowd before setting up for a Curb Stomp. Rowan distracts him by throwing Jamie Noble in the ring. Rollins goes for the Curb Stomp, but he jumps into a superkick from Ziggler. Ryback then hits Rollins with Shell Shocked for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Replays are shown of the finish of the match. Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback celebrate their victory in the ring as the show comes to an end.