WWE Smackdown Results
January 24, 2014
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
Dedicated to the memory of George Scott: 1929-2014.
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Smackdown video plays, and we’re brought into the arena. Josh Mathews and JBL welcome us to the show. The main event of the evening will be Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Big E Langston, and The Usos taking on The Shield and The New Age Outlaws in a 10-man tag team match.
The Real Americans are in the ring with Zeb Colter seated in a chair. Colter is still recovering from the Knockout Punch he received from Big Show last Monday on RAW. Colter says one of their opponents tonight are the Big Show, a big, overbearing, obtuse bully who attacked a war veteran just because he could. They then show a replay of Big Show knocking him out. Colter says that is disgraceful. His partner tonight is not much better. A man who comes to the ring wearing a mask named Rey Mysterio. Colter wonders what “Señor Mysterio” is running from, if that’s even his real name. Speaking of names, at least they have a real name. They’re the Real Americans. Colter is going to give Big Show and Mysterio a team name. How about the “Border Hopping Bullies?” How about “El Gordito and the Jumping Bean?” Maybe “Tacos Supremos – Hold the Salsa?” No matter what you call them, they’re a big part of the problem as are anyone who agrees with them. Colter then asks all of the Real Americans to say, “We the people!”
The Real Americans w/ Zeb Colter vs. Rey Mysterio and Big Show
Before the match begins, they show replays of Big Show throwing Brock Lesnar across the ring a few weeks back on RAW. Then it shows the big confrontation Big Show had with Lesnar on this past Monday’s RAW. They’ll face each other at the Royal Rumble.
Big Show will start the match against Jack Swagger. They lock up, and Big Show immediately powers Swagger down. Swagger charges him, but Big Show quickly clubs him down. Antonio Cesaro is tagged in, and Big Show just stares at him. They lock up, and Big Show powers him to the corner before throwing him across the ring. Big Show tosses Cesaro again before whipping him into the corner hard. Big Show body slams him down before doing a modified curb stomp. Big Show clubs him down before sending him into the ropes for a flapjack. Big Show then throws him out of the ring. Rey Mysterio is tagged in, and he hits Cesaro with a flying seated senton. Mysterio immediately gets up, and he takes Swagger out with a head-scissor takeover into the barricade. Mysterio stands tall in the ring as a commercial break hits.
We come back from the break to see Mysterio trapped in a chin lock applied by Cesaro. Mysterio fights up and elbows out. Mysterio hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and does a wheelbarrow into a rollup for a near fall. Cesaro quickly hits a double leg takedown before doing the Cesaro Swing with five revolutions. Cesaro taunts the crowd before tagging in Swagger. They hit a double-team back elbow for a two count. Swagger powers him to the corner and stomps him down. Cesaro gets a cheap shot in while the referee is distracted. Swagger hits a guillotine catapult into the ropes for a two count. Swagger grounds him and under-hooks the arms. Mysterio fights up, but Swagger sends him to the corner. Mysterio catches him with a boot to the jaw and goes for a flying hurricanrana, but Swagger stays standing. Mysterio then counters into a head-scissor into the turnbuckle. Swagger quickly stops Mysterio before he can tag in Big Show. Swagger tags in Cesaro, and Mysterio catches them both with a head-scissor into a double DDT.
Big Show is tagged in, and he swats Swagger away before chopping Cesaro down. Big Show throws Cesaro into Swagger into the corner before standing both of the Real Americans up. Big Show then grabs them both and throws them across the ring. Big Show throws Swagger out of the ring. Mysterio then catches Cesaro with a 619, and he stumbles into a Knockout Punch from Big Show. Big Show then tags in Mysterio. Mysterio gets on Big Show’s shoulders, and he falls onto Cesaro with a splash for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Rey Mysterio and Big Show
Match Rating: **
Paul Heyman comes out to the stage, and he tells Big Show to enjoy the celebration. Heyman says he doesn’t think he needs to apprise the people of the fact that he is Paul Heyman. Heyman tells Big Show to cherish every single moment of this celebration because there will be nothing for him to celebrate this Sunday at the Royal Rumble PPV. To Big Show’s giant credit, he stopped a takedown attempt by Brock Lesnar. Big Show heaved Lesnar over the top rope. That’s why beating Big Show this Sunday will not be enough. Heyman assures him that as unpleasant as this may be, Big Show will suffer and be subjugated by his client. Then Brock Lesnar will go on to conquer the rest of the WWE Universe. Heyman then walks off.
A giant 10-man tag team main event will happen later tonight. CM Punk will also address Kane putting him in the Royal Rumble in the first spot.
Brodus Clay vs. The Miz
Before the match begins, Wade Barrett’s music hits, and his podium rises above the stage. Barrett bangs his gavel and asks for some decorum. Later on tonight, we have a huge 10-man tag team match. It’ll be filled with action and star power. It would be a main event match in any era, but he’s afraid he has some bad news. In the meantime, we’re going to make the crowd suffer through one of the worst matches in WWE history. It’s Brodus Clay versus The Miz. Barrett wants to start the match with a chant of his own: “Miz is awful.”
The bell rings Barrett’s chant, and Miz ducks a clothesline. Miz punches away at him, but Clay pushes him off and hits a head-butt. Clay drops some elbows for a two count. The crowd was chanting, “Miz is awful.” Barrett says the match is terrible as Clay punches Miz down. Miz fights back, but Clay knees him in the midsection and sends him to the corner. Clay hits a t-bone suplex. Barrett orders Clay to do something entertaining. Clay yells at him, and then he turns around into a DDT from The Miz. Miz picks up the win.
Winner by Pinfall: The Miz
Match Rating: 1/4 *
The Miz quickly leaves the ring and approaches Barrett’s podium. It’s too high for Miz to reach him. Miz shakes it, but it won’t go down. Barrett says the bad news is that he’s up there, and Miz is down there.
The Royal Rumble numbers video airs, and it showcases all of the interesting tidbits about the match.
AJ Lee w/ Tamina Snuka vs. Cameron w/ Naomi
Cameron goes for a lockup, but AJ kicks her in the midsection, and she powers her down. AJ puts her in the corner and stomps her down. AJ sends her to the opposite corner, and she runs into a boot. Cameron then takes her down by the hair. AJ gets to her feet, and Cameron hits a pair of clotheslines before hitting a dropkick. Cameron dances around a bit before hitting a splitting leg drop for a near fall. Tamina tries for a distraction, but Cameron takes her out with a baseball slide. AJ rolls her up for a two count. AJ then takes her out with a Shining Wizard for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: AJ Lee
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Tamina gets in the ring, and she throws Cameron out of the ring. Naomi ducks a clothesline from AJ Lee, and she hits her with a flipping clothesline. Naomi hits a flying back elbow before hitting a full nelson bomb before doing a cover to prove that she could beat her in no problem.
The RAW Rebound highlights the return of “The Animal” Batista.
The Shield is shown backstage. Dean Ambrose says in two days, twenty-seven other superstars will enter the Royal Rumble with hopes, dreams, and aspirations of headlining WrestleMania. There is the romantic notion that anything can happen in WWE and dreams can come true, but this year its not like that. The Shield is in the Royal Rumble, and the dogs are hungry. Seth Rollins says in all the years of the Royal Rumble, it has never seen anything like The Shield. They will dominate every single second. Any superstar that steps between the ropes will be a casualty. Roman Reigns says after that, the big dog will win the Royal Rumble, and he’ll headline WrestleMania. Reigns says to believe that, and believe in The Shield.
Curtis Axel and Ryback vs. Los Matadores w/ El Torito
Ryback will start the match against Diego, and Ryback clubs him down. Ryback sends him into the ropes, but Fernando avoids the strike. Ryback then catches him with a military press powerslam before dropping a leg for a one count. Curtis Axel is tagged in, and they both whip Diego hard into the corner. Axel punches Diego before having a whip into the ropes reversed. Axel then takes him out with a nice dropkick. Axel talks a little trash before putting him in the corner. Axel kicks away at him before tagging in Ryback. Ryback body slams him down before hitting a big splash for a near fall. Diego fights back, but Ryback knees him in the midsection and clubs him down. Ryback goes to the second rope and goes for a splash, but Diego gets his legs up. Axel is tagged in, and he misses an avalanche in the corner.
Fernando is tagged in, and he hits Axel with a springboard brain chop. Fernando chops the chest a few times before having a whip reversed. Fernando then hits a flipping clothesline before knocking Ryback off the apron. Fernando then hits a springboard flying head-butt. Fernando hits Axel with a modified double arm DDT, but Ryback breaks up the pinfall. Diego charges Ryback, but he gives him a back body drop over the top rope. Fernando then dropkicks Ryback out of the ring. Fernando sets up for a plancha, but Axel rolls him up for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Curtis Axel and Ryback
Match Rating: *
Axel celebrates in the ring until El Torito takes him out with a springboard head-scissor takeover that sends him out of the ring. Fernando takes Axel out with a plancha, and El Torito hits Ryback with a flying cross-body to the floor. Ryback is infuriated as Los Matadores celebrate at the top of the stage.
CM Punk is seen walking backstage. He’ll address Kane, next.
CM Punk addresses the Director of Operations Kane
CM Punk makes his way to the ring to a tremendous reception. They show a replay from last week’s Smackdown where Punk called Kane out as a “suck up.” Kane then came in the ring and Chokeslammed him. A replay is then shown of Kane being forced to apologize to CM Punk on Monday Night RAW. Punk then attacked Kane and gave him a high knee to knock him out of the ring. Back to live action, Punk looks satisfied with himself while watching the footage. The crowd chants his name. Punk says last Monday on RAW, The Authority’s lapdog (or Kane) announced that he would be the number one entrant in the Royal Rumble match. That is, of course, The Authority’s way of stacking the deck against him with their hidden agendas. Punk isn’t surprised. He assumes this was done to ensure that he doesn’t win. What it has done is make him wonder exactly how much Triple H and Stephanie McMahon pay attention to their surroundings, especially after having dealt with him for almost a decade. What else could you expect from Vince McMahon’s wicked, spoiled brat daughter and his doofus son-in-law? Being number one in the Royal Rumble motivates him. He’s focused on his ultimate goal of being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and headlining WrestleMania.
Punk says he’s done many special things in WWE. Some people say he’s done it all, but if there is one glaring omission on his resume, and that is winning the Royal Rumble match. The Authority made him number one. This match wouldn’t be easy if he was number thirty, but when you call yourself the Best in the World, you don’t complain. You back it up, and that’s what he intends to do. This Sunday, he walks straight into the lion’s den, and he’ll punch him in his stupid face and throw him over the top rope. He’ll do that along with twenty-nine other superstars, and he will be the last man standing.
Kane’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage smirking. Kane says on behalf of The Authority, he wants to wish him the best of luck in the Royal Rumble match. They say that number one is a nearly impossible position to win the match, but he’s done some calculations. Punk actually does have a .000000186% chance of winning – about 1 in 500 million. However, being Best in the World will tip the scales a little more in his favor. Punk tells him to never tell him the odds. Secondly, Punk is sad that this is what’s become of the Big Red Machine. He used to be the Devil’s Favorite Demon, but now he’s at the top of the ramp in a nice suit as The Authority’s Favorite Statistician. Punk supposes when Kane handed in his mask, he included his manhood. Punk knows being number one isn’t easy, but that number has won before. The Best in the World will do it again because he’s been the best since day one.
Tonight’s main event will be a big 10-man tag team match.
A video highlights Daniel Bryan turning on Bray Wyatt in an incredible ending to RAW a week and a half ago. Then it shows Daniel Bryan saying this past week that he exposed the Wyatt Family. Bryan will face Bray Wyatt at the Royal Rumble.
The Prime Time Players vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper w/ Bray Wyatt
Luke Harper will start the match against Darren Young. Harper grabs Young and powers him into the ropes before punching him. Young fights back, but Harper stumbles him with a punch before hitting a big boot. Erick Rowan is tagged in, and he hits Young with a fall-away slam. Rowan punches away at him before tagging in Harper. Harper fakes whipping Rowan into Young. Instead, Rowan whips Harper into Titus O’Neil with a big boot. Harper then pushes Rowan into Young with an avalanche. Rowan then whips Young into a discus clothesline from Harper for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Bray Wyatt enters the ring as Harper and Rowan stand Young up. Wyatt bends back in the corner before approaching Young and hitting him with Sister Abigail. Wyatt takes a microphone. Wyatt says at the Royal Rumble he won’t just defeat Daniel Bryan – he’ll hurt him. Wyatt says he’ll then change the world. They won’t be able to comprehend his actions, but he guarantees that they won’t be able to deny him anymore. Follow the buzzards!
Daniel Bryan’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage to a massive reception. Bryan tells Wyatt to listen to the people. The crowd is going off with a huge “YES” chant. Bryan says they fear not fate, the reapers, or burning with the saints. This Sunday at the Royal Rumble, when Wyatt looks across the ring, he will no longer be trapped in the prison of Wyatt’s madness. Wyatt will be trapped in the prison of his. Wyatt will find out who the real monster is as the entire universe chants, “YES!” The crowd does a big “YES” chant as Wyatt yells at him in the ring.
We’ll see a preview of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Randy Orton and John Cena later on.
Fandango is seen walking backstage. He’ll face Kofi Kingston, next.
Fandango w/ Summer Rae vs. Kofi Kingston
Before the match begins, they show a pre-taped promo with Kofi Kingston. Kingston says in the past he’s done all he could to not be eliminated in year’s past. This year, he will win the match and headline WrestleMania.
The bell rings, and they lock up. Fandango quickly applies a side headlock, but Kingston whips him off. Fandango takes him down with a shoulder block. Fandango hits the ropes, and Kingston jumps over him a few times before hitting a jumping back elbow for a one count. Fandango reverses a whip, but Kingston hangs on to the ropes. Fandango runs into a boot. Fandango charges, but Kingston sends him over the top rope. The camera pans over to show Emma from NXT in the crowd with a sign that says #EMMAlution. Kingston leaps off the steel steps for a clothesline, but Fandango avoids it. Fandango then clotheslines him down at ringside. Fandango poses for the crowd before throwing Kingston into the ring for a one count. Fandango punches away at him before sending him to the corner. Kingston then springboards out of the corner with a dropkick.
Kingston hits some chops before hitting a dropkick. Fandango avoids a leaping clothesline, and he drops Kingston with a jumping kick to the skull for a two count. Fandango goes to the top rope, but Kingston intercepts him. Kingston then hits him with Trouble in Paradise for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Kofi Kingston
Match Rating: 3/4 *
We’ll see a preview of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at the Royal Rumble, next.
Another Royal Rumble video plays highlighting some more of the interesting numbers associated with the match.
A video highlights the very long feud between John Cena and Randy Orton. They’ll fight this Sunday at the Royal Rumble with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line.
The Shield makes their way to the ring. They’re soon followed by the New Age Outlaws. The 10-man tag team main event starts next.
The Shield and The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos, Big E Langston, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust
Jimmy Uso will start the match against Seth Rollins. They lock up, and Rollins powers him to the corner. Rollins knees him in the midsection before stomping him down. Rollins tries to whip him into the opposite corner, but Jimmy slides before hitting a shoulder block. They hit the ropes, and Jimmy does a dance before hitting a full nelson bomb for a one count. Jey Uso is tagged in, and they hit a double-team shoulder block/elbow drop combination for a one count. Rollins punches Jey down before tagging in Dean Ambrose. Jey avoids a clothesline and punches away at him. Ambrose kicks and punches him before having a whip reversed on him. Jey hits a jumping forearm for a one count. Jimmy is tagged back in, and he comes off the top rope with a club to the arm. Jey is tagged in, and Jimmy hits Ambrose with a shoulder thrust. Big E Langston is tagged in, and Jey hits a shoulder thrust on Ambrose. Langston then hits a running shoulder thrust on Ambrose. Langston hits some more thrusts before slamming Ambrose down. Ambrose quickly ducks a clothesline before trying for a flying cross-body, but Langston catches him. Langston hits a few rib-breakers. Ambrose pulls himself up in the corner, and Langston runs into a boot.
Roman Reigns is tagged in, and he takes Langston down with a clothesline. Reigns head-butts him to the corner before kicking away at him. Reigns rubs his forearm into Langston’s face. Ambrose is tagged in, and he punches Langston a few times. Ambrose hits the ropes, and Langston catches him with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Cody Rhodes is tagged in, and he hits a springboard dropkick. Rollins is tagged in, and he runs into a back body drop. Rhodes then knocks the others off the apron. Rhodes hits an uppercut, but he misses a Disaster Kick. Billy Gunn blind tags in. Rhodes throws Rollins over the top rope, and he turns into a clothesline from Gunn. Gunn punches away at him before picking up a two count.
We come back from the break to see Rhodes roll Rollins up for a two count. Rollins quickly pops up and takes him down. Gunn is tagged in, and he takes him down before dropping a fist for a two count. Gunn applies a chin lock, but Rhodes fights up. Gunn punches him down, and he tags in Reigns. Reigns kicks Rhodes in the midsection before grinding his boot into Rhodes’ skull. Rhodes fights back, but Reigns kicks him before slapping his back. Reigns clubs him before applying a neck vice. Ambrose is tagged in, and he punches away at Rhodes before choking him on the ropes. Ambrose wrenches the arm before hitting a back suplex for a two count. Ambrose talks trash before kicking him. Ambrose props Rhodes up on the top rope before going for a super back suplex, but Rhodes fights him off. Rollins is tagged in, and he goes for a superplex to the floor, but Rhodes fights him off. Rollins falls to the floor and tags in Reigns. Reigns grabs him, but Rhodes fights him off before taking him down with a moonsault block!
Goldust and the Road Dogg are tagged in. Goldust ducks a clothesline before hitting a pair of his own. Goldust uppercuts him before hitting a spinebuster. Goldust hits Billy Gunn with a back elbow before hitting an incredible diving hurricanrana on him! Goldust then clotheslines him out of the ring. Road Dogg goes for Shake, Rattle, and Roll, but Goldust ducks the big right hand before hitting a powerslam for a near fall.
Goldust goes for a DDT, but Rollins takes him out with a flying knee to the skull. Langston runs in and clotheslines Rollins down. Langston goes for a Big Ending on Rollins, but Reigns takes him out with a Spear! Jey Uso takes him down with a superkick before throwing Rollins out of the ring. Jimmy hits Reigns with a Superfly Splash. Jey then throws Ambrose out of the ring. The Usos go for double planchas, but Gunn pulls one of them out of the ring. The other takes out Ambrose and Rollins with a plancha. In the ring, Gunn hits the other Uso with a Famouser. Rhodes runs in and hits Gunn with a Disaster Kick. Rhodes then turns into a Pumphandle Slam from Road Dogg. Road Dogg tells Rhodes to “Suck it” before being rolled up by Goldust, but The Shield breaks it up. The referee throws the match out.
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Almost everyone who appeared on tonight’s show storms down to the ring, and a massive brawl breaks out in the ring. CM Punk’s music hits, and he stands at the top of the stage soaking in his reception before running down to the ring. A giant, Royal Rumble-eque brawl breaks out in the ring as the show comes to an end.
Quick Match Results
Rey Mysterio and Big Show def. The Real Americans
The Miz def. Brodus Clay
AJ Lee def. Cameron (non-title)
Curtis Axel and Ryback def. Los Matadores
Erick Rowan and Luke Harper def. The Prime Time Players
Kofi Kingston def. Fandango
The Shield and The New Age Outlaws NC The Usos, Big E Langston, Cody Rhodes and Goldust
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