Friday Night SmackDown took place in Atlanta, Georgia and it was one of the more highly anticipated SmackDown episodes in a while.
The big question on everyone’s minds was why Seth Rollins attacked Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose on Monday Night Raw; we were supposedly set to receive an answer.
SmackDown starts with the music of Triple H blasting the PA system and the COO comes out to a loud negative reaction. He stops on the stage as he welcomes Seth Rollins who slowly follows him out and both men walk to the ring as loud ‘you sold out’ chants start. But Triple H says he is here to help us all with our questions, and that Rollins is the reason and the man who managed to bring down the most dominant group in the WWE; The Shield.
Rollins says the only person who needs to know why he did it, is himself and that he doesn’t need to tell us. Dolph Ziggler surprisingly interrupts Rollins and Triple H and he too calls Rollins a sell-out. He says he might get a beating for what he will say but he doesn’t really care now, he points out all of The Shield’s highlights in the WWE and points out that he turned his back on his brothers and will always be known as a traitor.
Triple H stops him and tells Ziggler that he will definitely be getting a beating tonight, with Ziggler taking on Seth Rollins.
Match One – Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins
Triple H is playing more of a manager role and it really looks like he has taken Seth Rollins under his wing, just like he did with Randy Orton many years ago and if that was anything to go by; expect a bright future for Rollins. Nevertheless this match was possibly the best match of the night. A solid match, back and forth action, Rollins is incredible in the ring and Ziggler isn’t far behind and certainly knows how to sell a move.
It was a good finish too, Rollins blocked the zig zag and nailed a side kick to knock Ziggler down, hitting a big power bomb into the corner followed by the curb stomp for the victory.
Result: Seth Rollins defeats Dolph Ziggler
We go backstage with Renee Young who has Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett with her. He talks about his match tonight being unfair, he is in a different league to Cesaro and Rob Van Dam; there will only be one winner and that’s him.
We then go to Triple H and Seth Rollins who are walking and are met by Randy Orton who shakes their hands. The Big Show is then shown looking angrily towards Rollins and he too calls Rollins a sell-out, and dares Rollins to do the same to him. Triple H then tells Show he will take on Randy Orton instead.
Match Two – The Usos vs. RybAxel
The Usos continue to impress in the ring and look better as champions than they did at the beginning of their reign. It was a solid tag team match and Jey hit the super kick followed by Jimmy hitting the big splash on Curtis Axel for the win. I don’t think the loss for RybAxel will harm their chances for the titles that much, especially since Luke Harper and Erick Rowan look to be next in line.
Result: The Usos defeat RybAxel
Match Three – Rusev vs. Xavier Woods
Rusev received a huge negative reaction and rightfully so with the gimmick, but it looks to be working wonders for him and Lana. Xavier Woods didn’t last that long, perhaps less than 15 seconds in fact as Rusev locked in The Accolade for the victory. The Russian flag at the end was a great touch and received a lot of heat.
Result: Rusev defeats Xavier Woods
Match Four – Intercontinental Championship: Bad News Barrett © vs. Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam
A very good triple threat match, and it is a positive for Barrett and the championship that it is being defended, defending it more frequently will make Barrett look a better champion and he certainly looked it in the triple threat match. Paul Heyman was on commentary and continued to mention how Cesaro would walk out as champion, but it was Barrett who retained.
Rob Van Dam hit a five star frog splash on Cesaro but Barrett hit the Bull hammer elbow on RVD for the victory.
Result: Bad News Barrett defeats Rob Van Dam and Cesaro – Still Intercontinental Champion
Bray Wyatt is on the titan tron next, his first appearance since his loss to John Cena in the last man standing match at Payback. He talks a little about John Cena before going on to say he used to be afraid, until she told him it was going to be okay. He knew death is real and in death he will find his true meaning. He also added that Sister Abigail warned him all of this would happen.
He follows up by saying he is reborn and his message will come in time. Cities will gall and they will all come to know him, and now that he is reborn we should all join him.
Match Five – Alicia Fox vs. Natalya
An average divas match which Natalya wins by reversing a suplex attempted by Fox and landed on her for the win. The best part of the whole match took place after it. As usual Alicia Fox through another massive tantrum, trashing the announcer’s desk and screaming at them, as well as Lilian Garcia.
Result – Natalya defeats Alicia Fox
Match Six – Bo Dallas vs. Santino Marella
A short match as Bo hits an arm drag and then exits the ring to celebrate with an early lap of honour. Santino does the same after a few more arm drags as Bo follows up with a series of clotheslines. Bo Dallas hit the BO-Dog for the victory, still unbeaten in his second stint on the main roster.
Result – Bo Dallas defeats Santino Marella
The Big Show is backstage and says that Evolution are bullies, he goes on to talk about his childhood and how he was once picked on, and that Orton will get knocked out by the giant.
Randy Orton then cuts a promo backstage with Byron Saxton, and says anything can happen in the ring. The Big Show shouldn’t have stuck his nose where it doesn’t belong and he knows how to deal with people like that, and The Big Show can as Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns about that.
Main Event – The Big Show vs. Randy Orton
A good main event but we knew how this was going to go, it was never going to be a clean finish or a normal ending. The Big Show was on his way to victory by going for the knockout punch but Triple H got on to the apron to distract him, The Big Show then went for the double Chokeslam on Triple H and Randy Orton.
Seth Rollins made the save by attacking The Big Show as all three men attacked him. Orton and Rollins stood over The Big Show to finish the show.
Result – The Big Show defeats Randy Orton via disqualification
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