WWE Smackdown Results
January 3, 2014
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The show kicks off with a video of Daniel Bryan joining up with The Wyatt Family at the end of Monday Night RAW. Daniel Bryan said, “You were right. You were always right. I’m yours. Let me join the family.” Bray Wyatt then knocked out Bryan with the Sister Abigail before they carried him to the back.
Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield welcome us to the show. Cody Rhodes and Goldust will defend the WWE Tag Team Championships against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan of The Wyatt Family. They wonder what role Daniel Bryan will play in the match.
The Shield makes their way to the ring through the crowd. Dean Ambrose asks if the crowd thinks they don’t know what is going on. They’ve heard the rumblings throughout the locker room and the WWE Universe. They say The Shield isn’t on the same page anymore, and they are crumbling from within. They also say that some egos have gotten out of control. Ambrose stood by Roman Reigns while saying that. Ambrose says they are dead wrong. CM Punk is dead wrong if he thinks he can divide and conquer The Shield. What Punk fails to understand is The Shield cannot be conquered because The Shield cannot be divided.
Roman Reigns takes the microphone, and he says Ambrose is right. To divide a great team, you have to attack its weakest link. As it pertains to The Shield and the so-called “weak link,” it’s pretty obvious. Reigns takes a moment to look toward Ambrose before saying, “There is none.” Seth Rollins says any setbacks The Shield has had recently are only temporary. In the end, they will prevail because they will do what they do best – come together and dominate. Reigns tells the crowd to believe that. Rollins then says, “Believe in The Shield.” They put their fists together in the ring.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. Jimmy and Jey Uso
Dean Ambrose joins Michael Cole and JBL on commentary for the next match. Roman Reigns will start the match against Jimmy Uso. They lock up, and Reigns powers him to the corner. Reigns backs up, punches him in the ribs, and head-butts him down. Reigns then throws him hard to the opposite turnbuckle before stomping him. Seth Rollins is tagged in, and he punches Jimmy before trying to whip him to the corner. Jimmy puts the brakes on and hits two clotheslines on Rollins. Jey Uso is tagged in, and he catches Rollins with a forearm shiver in the corner. Jey sends him into the ropes and hits a back elbow for a one count. Jey wrenches the arm and tags Jimmy back in. They send Rollins into the rope and hit a double back elbow before dropping a double elbow for a two count. Jimmy chops him in the corner, and Rollins comes back with a chop of his own. Rollins puts him in the corner, but Jimmy quickly pops up and responds with some punches. Rollins kicks back, but he has a whip reversed on him. Jimmy then hits him with a back body drop for another two count. Jey is tagged in, and he comes off the top rope with an axe handle to the arm. Jey hits an arm drag, and he keeps the arm bar applied. Rollins fights up, and he catches Jey with a jawbreaker. Rollins punches him to the ropes. Jey ducks a clothesline and goes into the ropes. Jimmy blind tags in as Jey blocks a kick from Rollins and catches him with an uppercut. Jimmy then clotheslines Rollins over the top rope. Reigns runs in, but the Usos duck a clothesline and kick him in the midsection. The Usos then double clothesline him over the top rope. Rollins run back into the ring, and they give him a back body drop over the top rope onto Reigns!
We come back from the break to see Rollins trapped in a hammerlock from Jey Uso. Rollins fights up and manages to make a tag to Reigns without Jey knowing. Rollins whips Jey off, and Reigns floors him with a back elbow for a two count. Reigns punches and kicks him a few times before stomping him. Jey rolls to the apron, and Reigns picks him up to club the chest. Reigns gets him back in the ring, and he suplexes him for a two count. Rollins is tagged in, and he comes off the top rope with a punch to the ribs. Rollins puts him in a hammerlock before sending him into the turnbuckle shoulder first. Rollins stomps on the arm a few times before pulling at his nose. Rollins then applies a cobra clutch, but Jey soon fights up and pulls him off. Jey goes for a tag, but Rollins stops him and hits a hot shot into the ropes. Reigns is tagged in, and he drops an elbow for a near fall. Reigns slams the arm down before dropping a knee on it. Reigns then punches him in the face before tying the arm around the bottom rope. Reigns then yanks the arm before applying a chin lock. Jey fights up, and he tries to elbow out, but Reigns knees him in the midsection. Reigns pushes Jey into the ropes, but he hangs on. Reigns then charges at him, but Jey pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Reigns quickly gets back on the apron, and Jey punches him down. Jey crawls over to his corner, but Reigns grabs the ankle. Jey quickly kicks him off, but Reigns falls to his corner where Rollins tags in. Rollins tries to grab Jey, but he tags in his brother.
Jimmy ducks a clothesline from Rollins, and he forearms Reigns in the corner. Jimmy then sidesteps Rollins as he goes for a splash in the corner, and he takes him down with a running back elbow. Jimmy then hits a clothesline and a kick to the midsection. Jimmy sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Rollins then hits the ropes, and Jimmy counters him with a Samoan Drop. Jimmy gets the crowd going before going for a running butt bump to the face, but Rollins rolls out of the ring. Reigns runs in, and he blocks a kick from Jimmy. Reigns spins him, and Jimmy stuns him with an enzuigiri. Jey runs in, and they throw Reigns out of the ring. They signal for stereo planchas and hit the ropes, but Ambrose gets off commentary and sweeps the feet of Jey Uso to cause a disqualification.
Winners by Disqualification: Jimmy and Jey Uso
Match Rating: * 1/2
Ambrose pulls Jey out of the ring, and he clotheslines him down. In the ring, Rollins attacks Jimmy from behind. Rollins and Reigns stomp Jimmy while Ambrose stomps Jey outside the ring. Ambrose then gets in the ring, and he stomps at Jimmy as well. The Shield sets up for the Triple Powerbomb, but CM Punk’s music hits, and he runs down to the ring. The Usos and Punk then team up to fight The Shield off. The Shield escapes through the crowd before taking any serious damage.
Vickie Guerrero comes out to the stage. We’ll find out what she’s doing, next.
During the commercial break on the WWE App, Vickie Guerrero worked up a solution for this problem in the ring. Vickie then books the main event for the evening as CM Punk and The Usos versus The Shield.
Fandango w/ Summer Rae vs. R-Truth
Xavier Woods joins Michael Cole and JBL on commentary for the next match. The bell rings, and Fandango quickly attacks R-Truth by punching him down in the corner. Fandango stomps him before sending him to the opposite corner. R-Truth slingshots over him, does a cartwheel, and catches him with a hip toss. R-Truth punches Fandango in the face before having a whip reversed on him. R-Truth hangs on to the ropes and taunts Fandango with a dance. Fandango charges him, and R-Truth sends him to the apron. Fandango quickly snaps him off the top rope and takes him down with a rolling wheel kick for a two count. Fandango boots him in the head before hitting a suplex for another two count. Fandango applies a chin lock, but R-Truth fights up. Fandango quickly clubs him down before hitting the ropes. R-Truth then takes him down with a jumping calf kick.
R-Truth hits a forearm shiver before hitting a clothesline. R-Truth punches him before sending him to the corner. R-Truth then runs into Fandango’s boot. Xavier Woods then climbs on top of the commentary table and calls for the Funkadactyls. Woods dances on the table with JBL’s hat while the Funkadactyls come out to the stage dancing. In the ring, R-Truth splits under a clothesline and hits “What’s Up?” for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: R-Truth
Match Rating: 1/2 *
R-Truth and Xavier Woods dance in the ring with The Funkadactyls after the match.
We’ll take a look at what happened with Daniel Bryan and The Wyatt Family at the end of RAW, next. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan will also challenge for the WWE Tag Team Championships against Cody Rhodes and Goldust later tonight.
A promo airs that highlights the upcoming return of “The Animal” Batista.
A video recaps the main event of Monday Night RAW. Daniel Bryan defeated Luke Harper and then Erick Rowan to get a shot at Bray Wyatt. Harper and Rowan then brutally attacked Bryan. Wyatt then came in the ring, and Bryan was again brutally attacked by Harper and Rowan. Bryan then asked to join the Wyatts.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust make their way to the ring. They’ll defend their WWE Tag Team Championships against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan of The Wyatt Family, next.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan appear in the ring after the lights go out. Bray Wyatt’s rocking chair is at ringside, but he is not in it. The commentators wonder where Wyatt is along with Daniel Bryan.
WWE Tag Team Championships
Cody Rhodes and Goldust (c) vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Goldust will start the match against Luke Harper. They circle the ring before Goldust walks up to him. Goldust rubs himself and chops at him, but Harper doesn’t flinch. Goldust ducks a right hand and hits one of his own. Harper powers Goldust to the corner and punches him in the ribs. Harper sends him into the ropes and shoulder blocks him down. Harper taunts Goldust as he gets up. Goldust punches him in the face and tags in Cody Rhodes. They hit Harper with a double-team suplex for a no count. Harper reverses a whip on him, but Rhodes slides through his legs and dropkicks him in the knee. Goldust is tagged in, and he drops an elbow on Harper before applying a side headlock. Harper punches out of it, and he tags in Erick Rowan. Harper rakes Goldust’s eyes before Rowan comes in and head-butts him. Rowan clubs at him, but Goldust responds with some punches of his own. Rowan powers him to his corner, and Harper tags in. Harper sends him into the ropes, but he misses a clothesline. Goldust then takes him down with a clothesline of his own before hitting him with an uppercut. Goldust then catches him with some punches in the corner. Rowan comes over by Goldust, and he gets punched down. Harper then takes him down with a vicious forearm to the jaw!
Rowan is tagged in, and he drops a knee on Goldust. Rowan forearms the chest before whipping him hard into the opposite corner. Goldust falls to the mat from the impact. Rowan chokes him on the bottom rope before clubbing him on the back. Rowan punches him in the corner before tagging in Harper. Harper punches him down before applying a modified headlock. Goldust fights up, but Harper punches him back. Harper sends him to his corner, and he runs into a boot. Goldust elbows Rowan in the face, and he catches Harper with a leg trap sunset flip!
Cody Rhodes is tagged in, and he floors Harper with a springboard missile dropkick. Rhodes hits some punches before ducking a clothesline and hitting a high knee to the face. Rhodes uppercuts him in the face before hitting him with a knee to the kidneys to send him out of the ring. Rhodes then surprises Rowan with a Disaster Kick to knock him off the apron. Rhodes then scales to the top rope to take Harper out with a plancha to the outside! Rhodes picks him up, and Harper sends him into the barricade. Harper then picks him up, and he whips Rhodes into the steel steps. Goldust comes over to check on his brother, but Harper and Rowan stand in his way.
We come back from the break to see Rhodes flip through a back suplex attempt and kick Rowan in the face. Rowan quickly powers him to the corner and punches away at him. Rowan then applies the Claw to Rhodes’ head before throwing him across the ring. Harper tags in, and he looks at Goldust before splashing Rhodes in the corner. Harper punches him down before executing the gator roll. Harper then applies a grounded side headlock. Rhodes fights up from the move, and Harper uppercuts him before knocking Goldust off the apron. Harper punches him back before hitting the ropes. Rhodes hits the ropes alongside him, and he takes Harper down with a clothesline. Rowan is tagged in, and he stops Rhodes from tagging in Goldust. Goldust yells at Rowan before head-butting Rhodes in the back of the head. Rhodes fights back, but Rowan pushes him into the ropes. Rhodes hangs on. Rowan charges at him, and Rhodes pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Harper quickly throws Rowan into the ring to tag himself in before Rhodes tags his brother. Harper punches Goldust off the apron before hitting Rhodes with a sit-out powerbomb. Goldust breaks up the pinfall, and he clotheslines Rowan out of the ring as he tries to come in and help. Harper then knocks Goldust out of the ring.
Harper sends Rhodes into the corner, but Rhodes surprises him with a rollup for a near fall. Harper then floors Rhodes with a big boot. Harper picks Rhodes up and puts him in the corner before ripping at his nose. Harper sets Rhodes up on the top rope, and he clubs Rhodes in the back. Harper goes for a super back suplex, but Rhodes elbows him off. Rhodes then takes him down with a moonsault block. Harper tags in Rowan before Rhodes gets to his corner. Rowan sends him into the ropes, but Rhodes ducks a clothesline. Goldust blind tags in as Rhodes ducks a hammer throw from Rowan. Rowan then catches Rhodes with a back body drop. Goldust then immediately follows up by sending Rowan into the ropes and rolling him up for the win!
Winners and still WWE Tag Team Champions: Cody Rhodes and Goldust
Match Rating: **
Renee Young is backstage with the WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston. She wishes him luck against his match against Curtis Axel tonight. She then asks for his reaction to what happened to Mark Henry. Langston says Henry was looking for a wrestling match against Brock Lesnar, not a brawl. Henry is banged up, but he’s ok. Curtis Axel is heard laughing off camera. Axel comes up to him, and he says he is sorry about what happened to Mark Henry, but that’s not what he’s laughing about. Axel then says he actually is laughing about what happened to Henry. Axel says he’ll be laughing all the way to the bank when he beats Langston tonight. Langston says Axel won’t be laughing at all after their match.
CM Punk and The Usos will take on The Shield in tonight’s main event.
Aksana vs. Nikki Bella
They circle the ring and lock up. Nikki powers her into the ropes and gives a clean break. Aksana pushes her before taunting her. Nikki punches her to the ropes before whipping her into the ropes for a hip toss. Nikki then hits her with a body slam before powering her to the corner. Nikki shoulders Aksana in the corner before hitting her with a suplex for a two count. Aksana rolls out of the ring to recover. Nikki tries to pull her into the ring, but Aksana slams her arm into the ring post a few times. Aksana gets in the ring, and she punches at her before wrapping her arm around the second rope to stretch it out. Aksana then picks her up and walks around with her before hitting a sidewalk slam. Aksana crawls around the ring before kicking her for another two count. Aksana applies an overhead wristlock. Nikki fights up, but Aksana slams her down. Aksana reapplies the hold, but Nikki fights up and punches out. Nikki then hits her with a monkey flip.
Nikki hits Aksana with a drop-toe-hold into the second rope before pumping the crowd up a bit. Nikki hits her with a clothesline and a dropkick before kicking her in the midsection. Nikki then hits a bulldog for a two count. Aksana reverses a whip to the corner, and she blocks a kick. Aksana then punches her down before the referee backs her up. Nikki then sidesteps a splash and catches her with a torture rack rib-breaker for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Nikki Bella
Match Rating: 1/2 *
The commentators talk about John Cena getting a rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton at the Royal Rumble. A career retrospective of Randy Orton is then shown.
Big E Langston is seen walking backstage. He’ll face Curtis Axel, next.
Big E Langston vs. Curtis Axel
The bell rings, and Langston punches Axel in the ribs a couple of times. Axel knees him in the midsection and punches away at him before chopping the chest. Langston then explodes with a clothesline. Langston shoves him to the corner and shoulders him there a few times. Langston then backs up and hits a running shoulder thrust. Langston punches him in the ribs before whipping him across the ring. Langston then runs into a boot. Axel goes to the second rope, and he jumps into a shoulder block from Langston for a two count. Axel hangs on to the apron as Langston tries to pull him to the center of the ring. Axel then kicks him in the knee before hitting a clothesline in the back of the head. Axel stomps and punches him a few times before choking him with his foot. Axel then slingshots over the top rope with an elbow to the sternum. Axel picks up a two count for that. Axel then applies an arm bar, but Langston fights up. Axel turns it to a face-lock, but Langston still powers out and hits him with a back body drop.
Langston hits a pair of clotheslines before ducking one from Axel and hitting him with a belly-to-belly side suplex. Langston jumps over him twice before hitting a big splash. Axel gets to his feet, and Langston tries to catch him with the Big Ending. Axel uses his legs to tie himself up in the ropes, and he falls to the apron before snapping Langston off the top rope. Axel then runs into the ring, and Langston floors him with a vicious clothesline. Langston pulls the straps down before hitting the Big Ending for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Big E Langston
Match Rating: 3/4 *
We’ll take a look at Brock Lesnar’s return to the WWE, next.
The RAW Rebound shows Brock Lesnar’s vicious assault on Mark Henry. Lesnar speared him through a barricade before hitting him with an F5 on the floor! Footage is then shown of Michael Cole’s interview on WWE.com with Paul Heyman. Heyman says Lesnar is looking to do something a little “old school” this Monday on RAW.
Wade Barrett is introduced to the crowd, and he rises up on his giant podium. Barrett pounds the gavel and asks for some decorum. Barrett says the new year is upon us, and he is sure everyone is busy making resolutions to be healthier and more productive in 2014. However, he’s got some bad news. Looking out at the people in the crowd, there is no way that any of them will be capable of sticking to their resolutions. By this time next year, they’ll be just as fat, unproductive, and unhealthy as they are now. Barrett wishes everyone a happy new year!
CM Punk makes his way to the ring. He’ll team with Jimmy and Jey Uso to face The Shield, next.
CM Punk and The Usos vs. The Shield
CM Punk will start the match off against Dean Ambrose. They circle the ring and lock up. Ambrose powers him to the corner and punches him down before yelling at the referee. Punk turns Ambrose around, and he punches and kicks him. Punk sends him to the opposite corner and chops the chest. Punk sends him into the ropes and hits a back elbow. Punk then whips Ambrose to The Shield’s corner, and Punk yells to find out which of them is the weak link. Seth Rollins tags in, and he keeps Ambrose back from Punk. Rollins locks up with Punk, and he applies a hammerlock. Punk twists into a side headlock, and Rollins whips him off. Punk then takes him down with a shoulder block. Punk hits the ropes and blocks a hip toss before elbowing Rollins in the face. Punk hits a neckbreaker, and Jey Uso tags in. Jey hits a falling head-butt to Rollins before tagged in Jimmy Uso. Jey applies a Boston Crab as Jimmy drops a leg on the back of Rollins’ head. Jimmy picks up a one count for that. Jimmy wrenches the arm, but Rollins punches him in the ribs a few times. Jimmy reverses a whip to the corner, and he takes Rollins down with a dropkick. Jey is tagged back in, and he superkicks Rollins in the ribs. Rollins turns Jey in the corner and punches away at him. Jey comes back with a big right hand, and he hits him with a shoulder block for a two count. Jey then clotheslines Rollins over the top rope. Jey goes for a running plancha, but he stops when he finds Reigns standing in front of him.
We come back from the break to see Reigns tagged in, and he hits Jimmy with a jumping clothesline for a two count. Reigns drops a leg on Jimmy’s arm before applying a front face-lock. Rollins is tagged in, and he punches and kicks Jimmy down before choking him with his foot. Rollins talks a little trash before hitting a senton splash for a two count. Jimmy fights up and elbows out, but Rollins elbows back at him. Jimmy then whips him hard to the corner, turning Rollins inside out. Ambrose is tagged in, and he stops Jimmy from making a tag. Ambrose stomps the face before dropping an elbow for a two count. Ambrose then applies a chin lock. Jimmy fights up and hits a jawbreaker, but Ambrose comes right back with a clothesline. Ambrose sets him up on the top rope, and he goes for a super back suplex, but Jimmy elbows him off. Reigns is tagged in, and he tries to pull him off the top rope, but Jimmy kicks him away. Jimmy then takes him down with a corkscrew senton. Rollins is tagged in, and he knocks Jey off the apron. Rollins then goes for a senton splash, but Jimmy rolls out of the way.
Punk is tagged in, and he hits Rollins with a springboard clothesline before hitting Ambrose with a big boot. Punk then takes Rollins down with a jumping calf kick before hitting a neckbreaker. Punk catches Rollins with a high running knee in the corner followed by a short-arm clothesline. Punk then goes to the top rope, and Ambrose distracts him. Rollins then knocks Punk down on the top rope. Punk falls to the mat. Rollins pulls himself up to the top rope, and he catches Punk with a cross-body block. Punk then rolls through into the Anaconda Vice, but Ambrose runs in to quickly break that up. Jey Uso runs in to punch Ambrose out of the ring. Reigns runs in and blocks a kick before laying him out with a Superman Punch.
Ambrose is tagged in, and he shoves Punk to the corner before punching away at him. Ambrose talks some trash to Punk before setting him up on the top rope. Ambrose hits a scary looking double arm suplex off the top rope for a near fall. Reigns wants to be tagged in, but Ambrose doesn’t listen to him. Reigns looks frustrated as Ambrose advances on Punk. Punk then stuns Ambrose with a roundhouse to the face. Punk goes for the GTS, but he throws Ambrose into the path of Reigns. Reigns stops to avoid hitting Ambrose, and he then walks into a roundhouse kick from Punk. The Usos run in, and they superkick Reigns out of the ring. They then duck a clothesline from Rollins, and Punk back body drops him out of the ring. The Usos then take out Rollins and Reigns with stereo planchas. In the ring, Punk ducks a clothesline from Ambrose and turns it into a GTS for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: CM Punk and The Usos
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns do not look happy as they walk up the ramp. Dean Ambrose is not with them. CM Punk and The Usos celebrate in the ring.
The Wyatt Family appears on the screen before it goes black. An image of Bray Wyatt sitting in a rocking chair in an empty farmhouse is seen. Wyatt asks if we’ve heard the good news. Wyatt says the Earth is rotting beneath our feet. The human race is a bacterium that destroys. Bryan needed him. Fate works in strange ways. Wyatt says she dances in the light and lurks in the shadows. She always gets her way. Wyatt says Bryan has a new home. The words of the WWE Universe mean nothing to him now. Bryan only hears his truth.
Quick Match Results
Jimmy and Jey Uso def. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns via DQ
R-Truth def. Fandango
Cody Rhodes and Goldust def. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to retain the WWE Tag Titles
Nikki Bella def. Aksana
Big E Langston def. Curtis Axel (non-title)
CM Punk and The Usos def. The Shield
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