After an eventful episode of Monday Night Raw, WWE remained in Canada as Friday Night SmackDown was being taped in Ottawa.
Last week SmackDown aired on America’s birthday as Dean Ambrose took on Randy Orton, only for Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins to hand Ambrose the victory via disqualification after hitting him on the shoulder with the briefcase.
This resulted in a beat down, only for Roman Reigns to come out and help Ambrose fight off the vicious beat down from Randy Orton and Seth Rollins.
This week in Canada, Lilian Garcia kicked off the show by singing the Canadian national anthem before Rusev and Lana made their way out to the ring, cutting an anti-Canada segment but they didn’t get very far as Rusev’s opponent for the night interrupted him, Roman Reigns.
He made his way down the aisle through the crowd and told Rusev to his face that unlike all of his previous victims, he will not be crushed as we have seen with the likes of Big E. and many other talents over the last few weeks.
Lana told Roman Reigns that he should fear the Bulgarian Brute but Roman Reigns found that amusing, both men teased a brawl however the referee’s stopped anything from starting as they interrupted them and separated them, they did however face off in the main event later on in the evening.
Match One: AJ Lee vs. Cameron
This was a non-title match which – as expected – AJ Lee won by hitting the Shining Wizard. During the match Cameron, who finished her alliance with Naomi on Raw, did try to leave the ring but her former partner Naomi came to throw her back into the ring.
Result: AJ Lee defeats Cameron
Backstage we see Randy Orton in an interview with Renee Young and he mentions that he doesn’t care what Roman Reigns thinks will happen at the Battleground pay-per-view later in the month, because he will do whatever is best for business. He then says he will take on the returning Chris Jericho later in the show, and will show him why he’s called the Legend Killer.
Match Two: Adam Rose vs. Fandango
A match not many people were looking forward to, just something for the fans to sing along to with Fandango and the Adam Rose theme songs. Adam Rose won the match through a count out, after the match Summer Rae attacked Layla whilst Rose hit the Party Foul to please the fans.
Result: Adam Rose defeats Fandango
Match Three: The Usos vs. Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil
It looks as if this big Titus O’Neil heel turn has crashed and burned, nevertheless this was a very quick match in which the tag team champions picked up the victory before The Usos announce that they will be giving Luke Harper and Erick Rowan of The Wyatt Family a rematch for the gold at the Battleground pay-per-view; however this time it will be contested in a best-of-three falls match, should be very entertaining.
Result: The Usos defeat Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil
As Chris Jericho made his way out to the ring, Bray Wyatt appeared on the screen and began to taunt Y2J before his match with Randy Orton.
Match Four: Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton
A very entertaining match and as we all expected Bray Wyatt did have a part to play in the outcome. Jericho was close to winning it by hitting the Lionsault on Orton, but The Wyatt Family graphic flashed which distracted Jericho, allowing Orton to hit the RKO for the win.
Result: Randy Orton defeats Chris Jericho
We then get a rematch from the Money in the Bank event, with Summer Rae taking on Layla as Fandango plays the role of the special referee once more. Before the match Summer Rae kissed Fandango, before Layla did the same. Fandango then started to dance much to the delight of the audience; however in a surprising turn of events both divas began to attack Fandango. The segment ended with Fandango sitting down, not believing what just happened whilst Layla and Summer Rae danced in the ring.
Match Five: Goldust vs. Ryback
Curtis Axel and Stardust were at ringside for their partner as Goldust picked up the victory.
Result: Goldust defeats Ryback
Match Six: Bo Dallas vs Diego and El Torito
A handicap match with Bo Dallas defending his unbeaten streak, and that streak remained intact as Bo Dallas pinned Diego. After the match he started to attack El Torito and took him out with the running Bo-Dog.
Result: Bo Dallas defeats El Torito and Diego
Main Event: Roman Reigns vs. Rusev
A highly anticipated match between Reigns and Rusev after their battle royal face-off a couple of weeks ago, however this match ended in disqualification as Randy Orton decided to interfere. The match itself was good as Rusev actually looked more dominant than Reigns which was very surprising, but Reigns pulled a Cena-esque comeback, hitting the Superman punch until Orton stopped Reigns form hitting the Spear.
Rusev hit an impressive super kick on Reigns and was about to continue attacking him, but Lana stopped him. Randy Orton hit Reigns with the RKO and was about to steal his finisher, setting up the Spear only for Reigns to get back up and hit Orton with the Spear first to conclude the show.
Result: Roman Reigns defeats Rusev
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