June 25, 2015
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WWE: Then. Now. Forever.
We see footage of Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman from RAW to open the show. Heyman explains how after Brock apologized to JBL and Michael Cole, it is now time to apologize to Seth Rollins for the beating he will obtain at Battleground. Heyman says Rollins has a one way ticket to "Suplex City."
We then see footage from RAW of Seth Rollins sucking up to his former "family members." Triple H tells Seth that he needs to apologize to The Authority members, but as he begins Brock Lesnar interrupts and Seth Rollins is left alone in the ring with Brock. Kane then attacks Lesnar leading to multiple suplexes on Rollins until Kane takes the upperhand giving The Authority an opportunity to take out Lesnar.
Jerry Lawler, Tom Phillips and Jimmy Uso on commentary with Byron Saxton helping on Tough Enough.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins opened the show with Kane and Joey Mercury by his side. "The Authority is back" proclaims Rollins. Rollins claims he burned suplex city to the ground. Seth gives us another history lesson as he recalls his time in The Shield. He talks about how Jamie Noble suffered three broken ribs on RAW. We see footage of Noble being speared by Brock Lesnar. Rollins said he is dedicating this episode of Smackdown tonight to Jamie Noble.
Kane then says that the Big Show was taken out by a coward in Ryback. We see footage of Ryback and Big Show fighting backstage on RAW where Show was laid out on a pile of pipe. Ryback is called out setting up Ryback vs. Kane later tonight. Ryback is given a lesson on champion conduct by Seth Rollins. Ryback calls Seth Rollins a sell out and says that Ambrose should be champion. They start to walk up the ramp and Rollins doesn't make it all the way up as he wants to finish the job with Dean Ambrose. Rollins calls out Dean Ambrose for tonight. Rollins and The Authority stand united at the top of the ramp.
Tonight's matches include:
*Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler
*Alicia Fox vs. Naomi
*Ryback vs. Kane
*WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players & The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day & Bo Dallas
*WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
We see Dolph Ziggler and Lana walking in the back as we go to commercial.
UP NEXT: Dolph Ziggler vs Sheamus
Back from the break we see Dolph Ziggler and Lana in the ring. Lana and Ziggler lock lips and Lana lets her hair down. Sheamus' music hits and the crowd boos emphatically for the Money in The Bank briefcase holder.
Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler
The match begins with Sheamus sending Ziggler into the corner hitting a series of kicks and punches to the body. Sheamus sends Ziggler into the ropes and Ziggler ducks Sheamus countering with a sleeper hold in the middle of the ring. Sheamus fights out of it and Ziggler wants to hit him with a super kick but the attempt is void as Sheamus ducks out of the ring. Ziggler gives chase hitting Sheamus with a kick sending him off the apron. Sheamus lies outside the ring and we hear a voice from the speakers.
We then see Rusev coming down the ramp with crutch in hand, telling Lana to stop it. Lana meets him half way and Rusev says to stop this and come back to him. The crowd starts a "You tapped out" chant as Rusev continued to beg Lana for relationship renewal. He tells Lana that he will kiss her the right way. Lana turns her back and Rusev begins screaming in his native tongue trying to get her attention. She walks away and heads towards the ring to support Ziggler.
As Ziggler is distracted, Sheamus tries to hit the Brogue Kick on Ziggler. Ziggler ducks the attempt and rolls up Sheamus for a two count. Sheamus counters with a knee to Ziggler on the ropes sending Ziggler out of the ring. We go to break with Ziggler lying outside and Lana looking concerned.
Back from commercial we see Sheamus holding Ziggler down on the mat with a headlock. Sheamus wrenches down on him as Ziggler mounts his comeback. Ziggler breaks free and hits the ropes. Sheamus catches Ziggler and hits a backbreaker. Sheamus mounts the second turnbuckle poised to hit Ziggler as he lay on the mat. Sheamus gives it a second thought and decides to go higher. This decision led to an opening for Ziggler to jump on Sheamus on the turnbuckle and he sends Sheamus to the mat face first. Both men are lying on the mat.
Ziggler and Sheamus battle in the center of the ring with a series of back and forths. Ziggler goes for another super kick but fails once more as Sheamus catches his foot. Ziggler escapes and hits the ropes. He mounts Sheamus and rolls him up for a two count. Sheamus counters with a big boot to the face of Ziggler. Ziggler is wobbly in the corner as Sheamus makes his move. Ziggler out of nowhere, FINALLY hitting the Super Kick. He covers Sheamus, but he kicks out at two. Ziggler is shocked!
Both men are up and Sheamus sends Ziggler off the ropes. Ziggler counters with a sleeper hold on Sheamus. Sheamus forces Ziggler to the corner trying to break him loose of the sleeper. Ziggler hangs on and gets Sheamus to the center of the ring. Sheamus battles again trying to break Ziggler loose. He gets loose as Ziggler sits on top of the turnbuckle. Sheamus goes for a slam but is blocked as Ziggler hits a series of punches to Sheamus. Sheamus counters leaving Ziggler swinging on the top rope. While on the ropes Sheamus hits him with a Brogue Kick. He drags Ziggler in to the ring further for the pin and the 1...2...3.
Sheamus celebrates holding the MITB briefcase as we see replays of the match. Lana comes to the aid of Ziggler in the ring. We see Rusev hobbling in the back yelling and shaking a fence. Summer Rae comes up to Rusev and says, "Lana's not worth it."
Still to come: Ryback vs. Kane.
The history between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins is shown. We see footage of Rollins turning on his Shield mates to join The Authority.
Still to come: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
Alicia Fox's music hits. Alicia Fox is accompanied to the ring by The Bellas as she makes her way to the ring.
Alicia Fox vs. Naomi
Jimmy Uso is on commentary to watch his wife Naomi face Alicia Fox. The match begins with a lock up by Alicia Fox where she takes Naomi down quickly. Naomi hits Fox in the corner looking pleased with herself. Naomi slams Fox in the center of the ring. Naomi covers Fox and she kicks out at 2. Naomi holds Fox in a headlock now and Fox counters hitting a backbreaker.
Fox sees her opportunity as Naomi is on the ropes and she spears Naomi falling outside of the ring awkwardly herself. Both Divas lay on the mat as The Bellas cheer Alicia Fox on. Fox is pushed into the side of the ring by Naomi. Naomi rolls her back in the ring. Naomi is taunting The Bellas outside of the ring. Out of nowhere Tamina hits a Super Kick on Brie Bella. Nikki takes out Tamina with a Spear into the Crowd Mats. Naomi goes over to help Tamina and pulls Nikki up holding her while Tamina hits her with another Super Kick.
Naomi celebrates and goes to get back in the ring but Alicia is ready and catches her with a Devastating Leg Drop finishing maneuver and gets the 1...2...3.
Winner: Alicia Fox
Alicia Fox retreats up the ramp with The Bellas as Tamina and Naomi sit in the ring in disgust.
Up Next: we take a look at the upcoming WWE United States Championship match at Battleground between John Cena and NXT Champion Kevin Owens.
Back from the break we learn that WWE is the most influential brand on Twitter. Follow me by the way via @DustinHolland84.
We are shown stills of Cena vs Owens at MITB where Cena defeated Owens and when Cena extended his hand Owens hits him with a Pop Up Powerbomb on the apron injuring him. We then are shown footage of Owens taking out Machine Gun Kelly on RAW two weeks ago. We are shown footage now of RAW where Owens says he doesn't care about pleasing fans. He is here to win titles and he wants the US Title as his own. Cena responds by calling Owens a "disrespectful suck bag" leading to a Kevin Owens eye roll on the stage. Cena accepts the challenge setting up the match for WWE Battleground.
JoJo is backstage with an interview of The New Day. They come in clapping. They want everyone to stop being so negative. They say they will overcome and reclaim the titles at Battleground and nothing will stop them.
Here comes The Prime Time Players with whistles blowing to ruin the New Day's sermon of resurrection. They start a "New Day Sucks" chant and the crowd quickly joins in. Xavier Woods is livid and declares, "We do not suck!" Big E pulls him back and JoJo is out of there leaving the tag teams to talk amongst themselves. Titus plays up the fact that at Battleground one of the members of New Day will be forced to sit on the sidelines during the title match and that through the power of positivity surely they will figure it out amongst themselves. As they begin to steam after the exit of PTP, Bo Dallas comes in and has some words of positivity for the New Day. He asked The Authority if he could join the New Day in facing The Prime Time Players and whoever else they choose later that night. All the positivity will surely bring them victory if they just "BO-LIEVE". New Day brings Bo in on the clap with Bo showing us he has no rhythm whatsoever.
Kane's music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
Up next: Kane vs. Ryback
Back from break, Ryback's music hits. "It's Feeding Time" for the big guy as he makes his way out. The crowd is pumped for Ryback as he begins his "FEED ME MORE" shtick, when the Big Show (who was supposedly injured and not in attendance) attacks him on the ramp sending him into the video board. Big Show strips the belt off of Ryback and hits him with giant slaps to the chest. Big Show rolls Ryback down the ramp towards the ring. Show kicks Ryback in the ribs and he mocks him saying, "Feed me more Ryback." Big Show continues to punish Ryback as a "Big Show Sucks" chant starts up in the crowd. The referee is pleading with Show to put him in the ring. Big Show puts him in the ring and Kane demands for the bell to start the match.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback vs. Kane (Non-Title)
The match officially begins with a pin by Kane for the 1…2…NO!!! Ryback kicks out. Kane immediately puts the boots to Ryback with a series of stomps to the head. Ryback mounts a little comeback forcing Kane to the corner but Kane quickly recovers and spins it on Ryback putting his back against the turnbuckles. Kane again takes it to Ryback with a series of kicks to the head.
Ryback rolls away though forcing Kane to the corner once again. Kane makes his way to Ryback and he is met with a slam from The Big Guy. Ryback is gaining momentum now and mounts for his comeback. He winds up and hits Kane with the Meat Hook clothesline. Ryback calls to "Finish It" but is distracted as Big Show comes to the apron.
Kane takes advantage and goes for a choke slam. Ryback slips out and up goes Kane for Shell Shock. Big show interferes with a big boot to the IC champ and the match is over.
Winner: Ryback via DQ
Big Show again attacks Ryback exposing his ribs. Ryback tries to bounce back but it is 2 on 1 as Kane and Show take it to him. Big Show hits a massive choke slam on Ryback and he hovers over him watching like a predator over his prey. Ryback though still has some fight left in him and he tries to get up. Big Show quickly stops that idea and hits another giant chokeslam on The Big Guy. Big Show's music hits and he raises his fist in the air.
We see more history between Ambrose and Rollins. Footage from Elimination Chamber is shown where Dean Ambrose believes he has won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Rollins when a second referee makes the three count after Rollins pulled the first one into harm's way. The match is declared a DQ as Ambrose is the one who actually hit the first referee. Ambrose is livid and says he won the match and is taking the title with him. We see him leaving the arena through the crowd with the title belt.
Later tonight: Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
We see footage of Tough Enough where Hank was the first elimination of the season getting the lowest numbers of votes out of the bottom three.
The New Day and Bo Dallas are in the ring. The Prime Time Players music hits and they introduce their partners, The Lucha Dragons.
WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players & The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day & Bo Dallas
The match begins with Kofi Kingston and Titus O' Neil meeting in the center of the ring. Kofi is quickly thrown in the corner where Titus hits a series of chest slaps. Titus manhandles Kofi as he picks him up and throws him like a rag doll. Titus then "barks" at the opposing team. Titus tags in Darren Young.
Young and Titus double team Kingston and Young hits a leg drop. He covers Kingston but he kicks out at 1. Young is forced into the opposing corner by Kingston where Bo Dallas tags himself in.
Dallas hits a series of punches to Young and throws him to the ropes. Young bounces back and hits Bo with a clothesline. Young hits Bo Dallas with an Atomic Knee Drop and a Suplex. Young covers Dallas for a two count. Young with a headlock now on Bo. Bo fights out of it and slips out of the ring as the crowd chants "New Day Sucks". The New Day comes to his rescue, protecting him outside the ring. The New Day tries to get their own chant going with the help of positive power. We go to commercial with both teams at a standstill and stalling by taunting each other.
Back from commercial we see Kofi Kingston taking it to Sin Cara. Kingston hits the top rope but is met by a kick from Cara. Sin Cara pins Kingston for a two count. Xavier Woods is tagged in and Sin Cara is sent out of the ring by Kingston. Woods meets him outside as the legal man. Sin Cara is hit by a sliding kick from Kingston and sent right into a super kick from Woods. He mocks the Lucha chant.
Woods takes Sin Cara back into the ring and stomps on him in the corner. New Day and Bo Dallas take turns tagging each other in while kicking Sin Cara while he is down. Big E is finally the last one in after a plethora of tags by the Team of New Day and Dallas. He puts Sin Cara in a stretch hold forcing him to the mat. Big E passes Sin Cara off to Kingston as he goes for a power bomb from the top rope but Sin Cara counters with a hurracanrana leaving Kingston in the center of the ring.
Sin Cara makes the tag to Kalisto as Kingston tags in Woods. Kalisto hits Woods with a big splash off the top rope. Kalisto with a series of high flying maneuvers gets a pin but it is broken up by Bo Dallas. Darren Young comes in for Dallas hitting him with a Gut Check. Big E now hits a clothesline on Young. Titus hits a big power slam on Big E and Kingston comes out of nowhere with Trouble in Paradise on Darren Young. Kalisto now hits Kingston and sends him out of the ring.
Xavier Woods sees his opportunity and rolls up Kalisto but he kicks out. Kalisto springs off the ropes and hits Woods with a kick to the head. Sin Cara heads up top to take out the New Day Team outside the ring. Kalisto off the top rope hits Woods with a 360 splash and covers for the 1…2…3
Winners: The Prime Time Players & The Lucha Dragons
Lucha Dragons and PTP celebrate in the ring.
We learn that Jimmy Uso will be on Commentary all summer long while Byron Saxton helps with Tough Enough.
We see footage of Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus on RAW when the match is interrupted by Bray Wyatt, daring Reigns to find him. We see Reigns go into the room where Wyatt has written "Anyone But You" on the wall with creepy pictures of Reigns everywhere. Wyatt is heard singing "I'm a little Teapot" while Reigns is trying to catch his bearings.
We then see Roman Reigns backstage and Dean Ambrose enters talking smack on Bray Wyatt. Ambrose says that him and Reigns should bust some heads tonight going after Wyatt in the parking lot "Cincinnati Style." Reigns tells Ambrose to focus on his match because The Authority is stronger than ever and Seth Rollins has them back on track. Ambrose leaves for the match with Reigns letting him know that he has Dean's back tonight. Reigns goes to put on his vest and sees something sticking out of one of the pockets. It is a picture of Reigns with the eyes cut out and it says "Anyone but You." Reigns leaves abruptly and the paper is shown lying on the locker room floor.
Back from the break we see Roman Reigns searching in the back for Wyatt. Kane sees Reigns put his hands on a backstage employee and he ejects Reigns from the building. Security tries to escort Reigns but he has no part of it and walks out on his own accord.
Dean Ambrose's music hits and he gets the biggest pop of the night as he makes his way to the ring.
We see footage of Rollins vs. Ambrose at MITB where both men fell with the belt and Rollins held on to retain the belt.
Up Next: The main event with Seth Rollins taking on Dean Ambrose.
Back from commercial, Seth Rollins comes down to the ring accompanied by Joey Mercury and Kane.
We see footage again from RAW where The Authority takes out Brock Lesnar.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose (Non-Title)
The match begins with a lock up. Rollins rolls Ambrose to the mat. They exchange a series of back and forths before Ambrose is taken to the mat by Rollins once again. Ambrose counters and puts an arm bar on Rollins in the center of the ring. Rollins counters now with a series of punches but Ambrose takes him over the top ropes as we go to commercial.
Back from the break we see Rollins taking control hitting Ambrose in the corner and applying a leg lock on Ambrose. Ambrose is fighting to get out looking for the ropes. He gets there and Rollins breaks the hold.
Ambrose tries to gain momentum but is taken down again and put in another leg lock by Rollins. Rollins slams the knee of Ambrose into the mat. Rollins hits a series of punches and elbows in the corner on Ambrose and sends him to the center of the ring.
Rollins goes to the top rope. Ambrose meets him there and hits a suplex from the top turnbuckle. Ambrose is favoring his leg again. Ambrose hits Rollins with a series of slaps, punches and chops to the head and chest. He sends Rollins to the ropes and misses a running bulldog. Rollins now turning the tables but he is rolled up by Ambrose for a two count. Ambrose up with Rollins and hits a front facing slam on Rollins. He covers for a two count again.
Rollins now on the offensive again puts Ambrose on the top turnbuckle where he hits a series of punches. Ambrose counters and goes for the DDT off the top but Rollins ducks it and hits Ambrose square in the chin with a Super Kick. Rollins covers for a two count.
Rollins is back to the top rope again. Rollins flies connecting with Ambrose but Ambrose rolls through pinning Rollins. Rollins kicks out. Ambrose hits a neck breaker on Rollins. Ambrose to the top rope and Kane looks to interfere. Ambrose kicks him away and jumps over Rollins hitting the ropes. He runs off the ropes and takes out Kane on the outside. Rollins is on his way to take out Ambrose and he is met by a punch to the face. Ambrose hits the flying elbow off the top rope pinning Rollins. Joey Mercury has the referee tied up on the apron though and he misses the pin.
Ambrose goes to get the referee and is rolled up by Rollins for a two count. Ambrose takes out Joey Mercury now as he pins Rollins once again for two. Ambrose hits the DDT off the top turnbuckle now and Rollins is down. Pins for a two count. Both men are exhausted as they lay in the ring.
Ambrose hits the jabs and chops again until Rollins counters. Ambrose sends Rollins out of the ring and jumps up top to take out everybody.
Back in the ring Rollins sends Ambrose reeling into the ropes but Ambrose connects sending Rollins back to the center of the ring. Joe Mercury comes in and Dean Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds on Mercury. Rollins spins him around and hits a Pedigree on Ambrose. He covers Ambrose for the 1…2…3
Winner: Seth Rollins
We see replays from the match. We go off the air with The Authority claiming victory standing over a broken Ambrose.