WWE Smackdown Results
July 4, 2014
Newark, New Jersey
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
The show opens with a video recapping the events of Monday Night RAW. The Authority gloated about Seth Rollins winning the Money in the Bank briefcase before calling out the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena. They announced that he would be on the cover of WWE 2K15. Cena then said they were being way too nice a night after they were disappointed that he won the title. They then announced that he would be in a Fatal Four Way at WWE Battleground. The main event of the night was John Cena and Roman Reigns versus Randy Orton and Kane. The match ended in chaos. Reigns and Orton fought to the back. Kane attacked Cena with the steel steps and gave him a Tombstone Piledriver. Triple H then called out Seth Rollins to cash in, but Dean Ambrose stopped that from happening. Reigns then came back to make the save as Kane went to attack Cena. The Authority had to back down.
The Smackdown video plays, and we're brought into the arena. Michael Cole and JBL welcome us to the show.
Seth Rollins' music hits, and Mr. Money in the Bank makes his way to the ring. Rollins says he was seconds away from cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on John Cena this past Monday. Rollins has a message for Cena: he got lucky on Monday night, but the clock is still ticking. Not even 24 hours into Cena's 15th reign as champion, he was flat on his back unconscious in the ring. That doesn't bode well for Cena because on a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. That means sooner rather than later, he will cash in that contract and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The crowd boos him. Rollins tells the crowd to get used to his face because it will soon be the new face of the WWE.
Dean Ambrose's music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Ambrose says Rollins is delusional and talking crazy. Rollins isn't going to get his hands on those titles while he's around. Ambrose warned him that no matter where he is or what he does, no matter what kind of plans he and his sugar daddy Triple H concoct, he's going to be there. Ambrose then asks him how his championship coronation went on Monday. A replay shows Rollins attempting to cash in on Cena only for Ambrose to attack him before the bell rang. Ambrose tells Rollins to watch that footage over and over again because that's his life for the rest of the year. Rollins thinks that briefcase is a blessing, but it's a curse because it's every excuse he needs to ruin his life, future, and that precious face of WWE.
Rollins says he doesn't care how many times he shows that video. He knows Ambrose better than anybody, and he knows that he can't keep that up for a year. Ambrose got lucky on Monday night. Ambrose can't keep that up for a year, and he can't stop him from cashing in this contract and becoming the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Ambrose says he can, and he's going to start right now. Ambrose charges the ring, and he ducks a briefcase shot from Rollins. Ambrose takes him down and punches away at him. Randy Orton quickly runs down to the ring, and he attacks Ambrose. Rollins and Orton double-team Ambrose before Roman Reigns runs down to make the save. Orton and Rollins attack him as he enters the ring, but Reigns soon fights them off. Orton and Rollins escape up the ramp.
Triple H's music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Triple H thinks Reigns and Ambrose have made their point, and he wants to make his since it's the only one that matters. Ambrose wants a fight and he's going to get one when he faces Randy Orton. As for Reigns, since he likes to stick his nose in everyone's business, if he interferes then he is out of the Fatal Four Way Match at WWE Battleground for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H sarcastically wishes them luck.
Chris Jericho returns to Smackdown later tonight for the first time in a year. Sheamus is seen walking backstage. He'll defend his WWE United States Championship, next.
WWE United States Championship Match
Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
The circle the ring and lock up. Del Rio connects with some right hands, but Sheamus soon powers him to the corner. Sheamus kicks and punches him. Del Rio comes back with a kick before hitting a snapmare and a kick to the spine. Del Rio puts him in the corner and punches him before mounting the second rope to punch him some more. Del Rio runs into a back elbow, and Sheamus connects with a rolling fireman's carry. Sheamus drops a knee before punching him. Sheamus hits a pair of uppercuts before Del Rio comes back with a kick to the face and a clothesline. Del Rio misses a stomp, but he soon kicks Sheamus over to the ropes. Del Rio exits the ring and hits a running kick to the temple. Sheamus comes back with a right hand before sending him into the barricade. Sheamus goes to whip him into the steel steps, but Del Rio counters that. Del Rio puts him on the apron and hits a backstabber!
We come back from the break to see Del Rio miss a clothesline. Sheamus then hits him with a running cross-body block. Sheamus flies over the top rope, and Del Rio rolls out of the ring. Both men get back in before being counted out. They trade punches with Sheamus coming out on top. Del Rio reverses a whip, but Sheamus comes back with a pair of Irish Hammers. Del Rio quickly knees him in the face as he goes for a shoulder thrust, but he runs into an Irish Curse Backbreaker for a two count. Sheamus goes for White Noise, but Del Rio elbows out. Del Rio sets up for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Sheamus pushes him off. Sheamus goes for a powerslam, but Del Rio counters into a DDT for a near fall.
Del Rio punches away at him before hitting a running boot to the skull. Del Rio goes to the top rope, but Sheamus cuts him off. Sheamus tries for a superplex, but Del Rio fights him off. Sheamus climbs the top rope and goes behind Del Rio to hit the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán! Sheamus then connects with a flying battering ram shoulder block. Sheamus gets the crowd going before signaling for the end. Del Rio quickly ducks a Brogue Kick and takes him down. Del Rio goes for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Sheamus holds his arm. Sheamus fights him off and applies the Irish Cloverleaf. Del Rio quickly claws to the bottom rope.
Del Rio hits a back elbow before trying to climb the top rope. Sheamus gets him in the electric chair position before transitioning to a White Noise attempt. Del Rio counters that into a Cross Arm Breaker! Sheamus quickly rolls over and picks him up with one arm before powering him into the corner. Del Rio sidesteps him as he attempts a shoulder thrust. Del Rio then hits a kick to the temple. Del Rio pulls himself up and goes to the second rope. Del Rio goes for a moonsault, but Sheamus moves. Del Rio lands on his feet and rolls through. Del Rio then runs into a Brogue Kick! Sheamus picks up the win!
Winner and still WWE United States Champion: Sheamus
Match Rating: ** 1/2
Stardust is backstage talking about what is in a name. Stardust talks about cosmic revelations and children of dust. It's an age-old question that has plagued the universe for centuries: what's in a name? Goldust comes in and says he doesn't know, but it must be pretty important. Goldust says it's written in the stars. Stardust says it's a harmonic convergence. It's that convergence that makes Goldust and Stardust a celestial entity unlike any the world has ever seen. Stardust then goes away. Goldust does his taunt when Stardust comes up and blows some dust.
Byron Saxton is backstage with Roman Reigns. Saxton asks for Reigns' reaction to Triple H saying he'll be removed from the Fatal Four Way at WWE Battleground if he interferes in tonight's main event. Reigns says Triple H will do what he needs to do to protect his "baby boy" Randy Orton, but he knows Dean Ambrose and he knows he'll be just fine tonight. Reigns says he would never jeopardize his spot in the Fatal Four Way. He'll have to go through The Authority's chosen one, Randy Orton, Kane, and John Cena. Reigns says he's walking out of WWE Battleground as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Believe that!
A video recaps Michael Cole's interview with Daniel Bryan at WWE Money in the Bank. Bryan said he didn't know when he would be back. Bryan says he will eventually come back and be better than ever. Bo Dallas then came out and said Bryan may not be able to compete, but he will get better if he Bolieves. Bryan calls him a "bo-ner" before saying, "Bo... leave."
Bo Dallas makes his way to the ring. Dallas says he thinks they can all "Bolieve" that despite Daniel Bryan's recent shortcomings that he's still a special little fellow. That's why when he enters the WWE Battleground battle royal, he's going to win for "Little Daniel." Our injured superstars are proof that no matter how much you lose, you're still winning as long as you Bolieve!
Bo Dallas will be in action, next.
Bo Dallas vs. Diego w/ El Torito
Diego does an "Olé!" taunt, so Dallas mindlessly mimics it. Diego dropkicks him down. Dallas quickly powers him to the corner and kicks him down. Dallas hits a short-arm clothesline before dropping a knee and celebrating. Dallas sends him to the corner, but he runs into a boot. Diego hits a diving shoulder block off the second rope before hitting a running back elbow. Diego chops the chest before sending him to the corner. Dallas drops him to the apron, but Diego fights him away. Dallas quickly counters a slingshot head-scissor attempt and hits the Bo-dog for the win. 12 and Bo!
Winner by Pinfall: Bo Dallas
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Bo Dallas does a victory lap around the ring as replays show the end of the match. Dallas gets in the ring and talks to El Torito. Dallas says he knows he's a "bo-vine," but if he wants to grow taller, all he has to do is Bolieve! Dallas goes to leave the ring, and El Torito gores him in the backside. Dallas scolds him, and El Torito does a twerk. Dallas then picks him up and slams him down. Dallas blows a kiss to the crowd as they boo him. Dallas then leaves the ring as El Torito is laid out in the ring.
Michael Cole and JBL talk about this past Monday's RAW. A video then recaps the return of The Miz. The Miz talked about how he's an A-lister, but the WWE Universe doesn't respect him. Chris Jericho then made his shocking return and laid Miz out with a Codebreaker. The Wyatt Family then came out and attacked Jericho.
Chris Jericho will be out next.
Chris Jericho addresses the attack by The Wyatt Family
Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring to a tremendous reception. Jericho says he's back on Smackdown for the first time in a year. To be in this ring in front of the thousands of Jerichoholics and the millions at home, it feels good. To come back last Monday night as a complete surprise, it was one of the greatest moments of his career, and that felt good. Then along came a spider - a big, dark venomous spider and his family. He knows since he's been gone, Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family have become one of the most dominant forces in WWE history. He knew when they surrounded him in the ring, it was not going to feel good. He was right because they beat him down three-on-one, and that was not good. He has one thing to say to The Wyatt Family: thank you. Jericho thanks them for reminding him that the WWE isn't all about lighted jackets, music, surprise entrances, and "Y2J" chants because WWE is about survival as well. This ring is a dangerous place, but he can be a little dangerous. Jericho smiles as he says they've never worked with someone like him. He doesn't look, think, or act like anybody else. For those reasons, that's why he's the best in the world at what he does.
The Wyatt's can come to the ring and light a torch, rock in a chair, and sing a song. They can do whatever they want to do, but if they want to get a crazy, he can get a little crazy. If they want to get nuts, he can get nuts. If they want to get crazy, he'll get crazy with them, but when he does, they will never, ever be the same again, and that's a promise.
The Wyatt Family's video flashes on the screen, and we see them backstage. Bray Wyatt says the world does not have a voice of its own. It can't tell you what it wants and needs, but it's yearning for something to point it in the right direction. A savior, perhaps. Wyatt tells Jericho to save them. Wyatt laughs before wondering where his manners have gone. He doesn't think he's had a chance to formally introduce himself. Jericho can call him Bray Wyatt, but he has a thousand faces and names. Seducer, accuser... destroyer. Wyatt says he is the color red in a world full of black and white. If Jericho values his ability to breathe, then don't get too close. Wyatt says, "Save us, Chris. Save yourself." Wyatt laughs before his video flashes away.
Jericho says he wants to get close with Wyatt. Instead of standing back where he is in the dark...
Jericho is interrupted by The Miz, and he comes out to massive amounts of boos that weren't there on Tuesday night. The Miz points and waves at the crowd as if they're cheering him. Miz asks Jericho how it feels to be interrupted. Last Monday night, Jericho deprived the audience and everyone around the world of something special. It was a moment everyone would remember forever: the return of The Miz. It's a shame what happened to Jericho afterward with The Wyatt's, but he could have helped him. It could have been two former WWE Champions fighting side by side taking down The Wyatt's, but Jericho broke the golden rule: he tried to hurt the moneymaker (his face). Jericho got lucky because nothing did happen to the moneymaker. Miz goes to get in the ring. As he gets in the ring, Jericho hits him with a Codebreaker. Jericho puts Miz' sunglasses on and looks into the crowd.
Dean Ambrose will take on Randy Orton in tonight's main event. If Roman Reigns interferes, he'll be removed from the Fatal Four Way match at WWE Battleground.
Big E vs. Cesaro
As Big E makes his way to the ring, a pre-taped promo is aired. Big E says he stands up for what's right. He stands up for his friend, Kofi Kingston. Tonight, he'll stand up against Cesaro to prove that he will win the Battleground Battle Royal. A replay is then shown of Kofi Kingston defeating Cesaro on Monday Night RAW. Cesaro then viciously assaulted Kingston.
Paul Heyman comes out to the stage. Heyman says he gives to us the next reigning, defending Intercontinental Champion, Cesaro.
Before the bell rings, Cesaro takes Big E down with a big boot. Cesaro throws him into the barricade before backing him into it. Big E reverses a whip into the barricade, and he clotheslines Cesaro down. Big E throws Cesaro into the timekeeper's area before hitting him with a chair. Cesaro dumps Big E over the barricade before throwing one of the rolling chairs onto him. Cesaro throws him over the commentary table, and JBL's headset is ripped off. Cesaro sends Big E into the steel steps. Cesaro goes to throw him into the ring post, but Big E blocks it. Big E then hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex on the floor! Heyman then pulls Cesaro away as referees come down to keep Big E back.
The new WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee is seen skipping backstage. She'll be in action, next.
Paige is at ringside, but she's just there to observe the next match.
Eva Marie vs. AJ Lee
Before the match begins, a replay is shown of AJ Lee making her return on Monday Night RAW. AJ goaded Paige into putting the title on the line, and she beat Paige for the championship.
The bell rings. Eva Marie whips her hair into AJ's face before pushing her down. AJ goes to attack her, but Eva puts herself between the ropes. Eva Marie then throws her out of the ring. AJ gets in the ring, and Eva Marie bounces her in the corner. Eva sends her into the ropes and hits a sloppy clothesline for a two count. Eva sends her into the corner, and AJ boots her in the face. AJ jumps on her back for a sleeper hold, but Eva counters into a sidewalk slam attempt. AJ then counters into the Black Widow for the win.
Winner by Submission: AJ Lee
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Paige gets up from her seat and claps for AJ. Paige gets in the ring and claps for AJ before shaking hands with her. Paige then leaves the ring as AJ looks a bit confused. AJ then celebrates in the ring with her WWE Divas Championship.
Dean Ambrose will face Randy Orton later tonight.
Damien Sandow is in the ring dressed as Bruce Springsteen. Sandow, speaking as Springsteen, asks if anyone is alive out there. Rusev's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with Lana. Sandow tries to attack Rusev as he gets in the ring, but Rusev hits a thrust kick. Rusev then throws him out of the ring.
A loud "USA" chant breaks out before Lana tells the crowd to shut up. Lana says today is America's birthday. To celebrate our nation's birth, we sing pointless songs and launch fireworks in the sky to boost the spirits of our pointless and hopeless lives. The only impressive thing we do on July 4th is show the world how much fatter we've gotten. Perception is reality, and our perception of reality is no one can resist the will of Mother Russia.
Jack Swagger's music hits, and he makes his way out to the ring with Zeb Colter. Colter says he wants to educate these Karl Marx loving socialists about a few things. There are two types of people that he hates: illegal immigrants, which they probably are, and ungrateful illegal immigrants, which they probably qualify for as well. Lana, if that is her real name, can come out and talk about this country. He's going to educate her on the history of the USA and Russia. Colter is going to give her a little test. She'll have two seconds to answer. Who invented the internet? It wasn't a Russian. Who invented the automobile? It wasn't a Russian. Who put the first man on the moon? It wasn't a Russian. The only thing that Russia invented that was worth a crap was vodka.
Lana yells for them to shut before calling them American swine. Swagger and Colter get in the ring, and a big "USA" chant breaks out. Colter tells her not to shut up before telling her to shut up. Colter says they had a chat on Monday night about First Amendment rights and free speech. He asks if she has dementia. Colter says he's not here to chat with Lana. He's come to get something straight along with Swagger. They can get it straight right here, right now, tonight. Colter says, "Yea or nay." Colter says they'll be inspired by Real American sounds come crashing down on their head. Colter asks every Real American to rise, put their hand over their hearts, and in a loud, clear voice say, "We the people!" The entire arena does so.
A loud "USA" chant breaks out. Swagger and Colter wait for Rusev to make a move. Rusev and Lana instead back out of the ring and retreat. Swagger doesn't take his eyes off Rusev as he circles the ring.
Dean Ambrose will take on Randy Orton, next.
Chris Jericho will face The Miz next week on Monday Night RAW.
Seth Rollins is on commentary for the next match.
Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose
The bell rings, and Ambrose quickly punches Orton to the corner. Orton tries to fight back, but Ambrose backs him to the corner and punches him some more. Orton comes back with a kick. Ambrose blocks a shot into the corner, and he hits the ten punches. Ambrose hits a clothesline, but Orton soon comes back with an arm wrench. Ambrose holds the shoulder he injured at Money in the Bank as Orton gets out of the ring to recover. Orton slowly gets back in before Ambrose knees him in the midsection before punching him. Ambrose punches him against the ropes and goes for a suplex, but he can't lift him with his bad shoulder. Orton then dropkicks him in the shoulder for a one count. Orton then applies an arm bar. Ambrose rolls through and takes him down before stomping the midsection. Ambrose applies a death-lock before pointing toward Rollins on commentary. Ambrose stomps Orton's hand. Orton then pulls Ambrose face-first into the turnbuckle. Orton then snaps the bad arm off the top rope before applying an arm bar. Ambrose fights up and punches, but Orton stops the momentum. Orton sends him into the ropes, but he misses a clothesline. Ambrose then takes him down with a diving cross-body followed by some punches. Ambrose sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Ambrose goes for a rebound clothesline, but Orton boots him in the face and out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Ambrose kick out of a pinfall attempt. Orton wrenches the arm before sending him to the corner. Orton runs into a boot, and Ambrose goes to the top rope. Orton counters a missile dropkick attempt, and he picks up a two count. Orton applies a hammerlock before sending him into the turnbuckle. Orton goes to ringside, and he punches away at Ambrose's injured shoulder. Orton then pulls him shoulder first into the ring post. Orton then hits a back suplex on the barricade before putting him in the ring for a two count. Orton quickly applies an overhead wristlock, but Ambrose fights up. Orton kicks him in the midsection before wrenching the arm. Orton goes to send him shoulder first into the ring post, but Ambrose counters that on Orton.
Ambrose slams his shoulder off the mat to get it back into place. Ambrose and Orton trade punches with Ambrose coming out on top. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of running forearms. Ambrose hits a shoulder thrust in the corner before rubbing his forearm on his face. Ambrose hits a back elbow before hitting a diving elbow off the second rope. Ambrose gets to his feet and clotheslines him out of the ring. Ambrose slaps himself in the face before hitting Orton with a suicide dive. Ambrose sends him into the barricade before putting him into the ring. Ambrose walks around before diving over the commentary table and attacking Seth Rollins! Ambrose punches him before sending him into the barricade.
Ambrose gets in the ring, and he snaps Orton off the top rope. Ambrose rolls him up for a two count. Orton quickly kicks him and punches him into the ropes, but Ambrose bounces back and clotheslines him down. Ambrose slaps the mat before going for Dirty Deeds, but Orton pushes him off and hits a powerslam. Orton goes for a hanging DDT, but Ambrose counters with a back body drop over the top rope. Ambrose goes for another suicide dive, but Rollins hits him in the shoulder with the briefcase! The referee calls for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: **
Rollins throws Ambrose into the ring. Orton gets in and gives him an RKO. Rollins rips the bandage off Ambrose's shoulder, and he stomps the injured shoulder. Orton twists the arm before Rollins goes to the top rope. Roman Reigns then runs down and tosses Rollins off the top rope. Reigns then ducks a clothesline from Orton and connects with the Superman Punch. Reigns sets up for a spear, but Rollins pulls Orton out of the ring. Orton and Rollins retreat up the ramp as Reigns stares them down. Reigns checks on Ambrose at ringside before putting him in the ring. Reigns helps him up, and they stand tall in the ring as the show comes to an end.
Quick Match Results
Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio to retain the WWE US Championship
Bo Dallas def. Diego
AJ Lee def. Eva Maria via Submission (non-title)
Dean Ambrose def. Randy Orton via DQ
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