Roman Reigns had a point to prove on Friday Night SmackDown; after falling victim to a vicious attack by Kane, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton inside the steel cage; he teamed up with another star attacked by Orton earlier in the night, Chris Jericho.
Friday Night SmackDown was coming off the back of a good episode of Monday Night Raw as the Night of Champions events edges closer.
The show opens up as expected, a recap of the main event of Monday Night Raw which was concluded by a vicious Curb Stomp on to a steel chair by Seth Rollins on to his former Shield stable mate, Roman Reigns.
The first match of the night kicks off with a big six man tag team match where the Tag Team Champions The Usos team with The Big Show and Mark Henry as they go up against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan of The Wyatt Family, Stardust and Goldust.
A back and forth match especially involving The Usos, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Goldust and Stardust. The faces started off the match on the front foot as the heels just couldn’t get going until Bray Wyatt decided to make his way to the ring, and was stopped by The Big Show as Luke Harper got the heels back into the match.
The turning point of the match saw Jimmy Uso hot-tag The Big Show as he cleared the ring with Stardust feeling the brunt of it all. The Wyatt Family focused on Mark Henry whilst The Big Show hit a Knockout Punch to Stardust which was followed up by a Superfly Splash on to Stardust to give the faces the win.
Result: The Usos, Mark Henry and The Big Show defeat Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Stardust and Goldust.
We are treated to a recap of the epic back and forth discussion between Paul Heyman and John Cena on Raw; before we head backstage with Kane. He praises Randy Orton and Seth Rollins for their actions on Monday Night Raw when they took out Roman Reigns.
Seth Rollins says he knew all along he would get inside the head of Roman Reigns and will do the same tonight and take him out once and for all as the tag team match is made official for the main event.
Match Two: Bo Dallas vs. Justin Gabriel
The Inspirational Bo Dallas in action against former WWE Tag Team Champion, the always exciting Justin Gabriel. As you’d expect, not the longest and most exciting of matches but Bo continued to draw heat as Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter joined them at ringside.
Before the match officially begins, Bo says that the fans are destined to be failures for the rest of their lives, but they could be just like him if they Bolieve. He calls himself America’s Sweetheart and asks everyone to put their hands over their heart but Zeb Colter responds in brilliant fashion.
He tells Bo that if he is America’s Sweetheart, then he is “Ariana freaking Grande; and I don’t even know who that is” which was met by a huge reaction.
The match started as Justin Gabriel went right for Bo Dallas before missing a moonsault which allowed Bo to hit the running Bo-dog for the victory inside five minutes but runs away from Jack Swagger after the match.
Result: Bo Dallas defeats Justin Gabriel
Match Three: Paige vs. Summer Rae
AJ Lee is on commentary for this match as expected and Summer Rae gets some early offense in but the Divas Champion was always going to walk out the winner one way or another. Paige fought back with some headbutts and a few clotheslines before locking in AJ Lee’s Black Widow leaving Summer Rae no choice but to submit. But AJ wasn’t going to leave it there, hitting Summer Rae with Paige’s finisher – the Paige Turner – before skipping away and leaving Paige extremely annoyed.
Result: Paige defeats Summer Rae
Rusev and Mark Henry are face to face once more and whilst tensions are supposed to be rising with the two men…we have an arm wrestling contest.
Lana continues to draw great heat and play a great heel by offering Mark Henry the chance to forfeit and brings up Henry’s Olympic past. Loud USA chants as Mark Henry talks about representing the USA again and Henry wins in an anticlimactic finish.
Rusev offers a rematch left-handed, but Lana throws powder in Henry’s face as Rusev issues a beat down.
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With Chris Jericho now as he ridicules Orton for taking him out last week and losing his cage match against Bray Wyatt, before promising to take care of Orton in the main event.
Match Four: The Miz and Damien Mizdow vs. Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth
An interesting tag team match next as Sandow continues his role as Miz’ stunt double but Ziggler has his own stunt double, R-Truth in Ziggler’s attire topped off by the swivelling hips on the stage as well which received a great reaction and was picked up by the commentary team.
Another expected resulted as the champion Ziggler cleared the ring towards the closing stages as he allowed his stunt double in R-Truth to use his Zig-Zag finisher on Mizdow for the victory.
Result: Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth defeat The Miz and Damien Mizdow
A quick recap of the horrible Jerry Springer segment from Raw before AJ tells Nikki Bella that she’s only getting a championship match as she is Stephanie McMahon’s lapdog, before Paige tells AJ she will defeat her whilst Nikki Bella is feeling pretty confident.
Main Event: Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton and Seth Rollins.
This was never going to be a standard tag team match as this turned into a brawl very quickly and was spilled to the outside. It was a solid tag team match, all four men had great chemistry as Orton and Reigns continued to work together very well; maybe one day they can reignite a feud which doesn’t last a month.
The heels dominated the middle stages of the match but Jericho fought back by hitting a dropkick on Orton and hot-tagged Reigns who cleaned house and brought Jericho back into the match so he could follow Rollins into the crowd.
Jericho was almost finished but reversed a DDT into a roll-up pin to give himself and Reigns the victory heading into the final Monday Night Raw episode before Night of Champions and what could also be Chris Jericho’s final appearance.
Result: Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns defeat Randy Orton and Seth Rollins
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