WWE Smackdown Results
July 18, 2014
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Smackdown video plays, and we’re brought into the arena to be welcomed by Michael Cole and JBL.
Dean Ambrose addresses the attack from Monday Night RAW
Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring looking none too pleased. As he makes his way to the ring, a replay is shown of the vicious assault Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, and Kane perpetrated on him on Monday Night RAW. Kane gave him a Chokeslam on a crate before Rollins gave him a Curb Stomp. The commentators wonder what type of condition Ambrose will be in at WWE Battleground this Sunday against Seth Rollins.
Ambrose says all he’s heard for the last two years is that Seth Rollins is the “smart one.” People say Rollins is the architect of The Shield. Ambrose says Rollins is smart because he knew he couldn’t beat him down by himself so he had Randy Orton and Kane, two more Authority goons, help him out. They put him in the hospital, but if they thought for one second that the three-on-one attack was going to keep him from here tonight and destroying him Sunday at Battleground, then Rollins isn’t as smart as he thinks he is. Ambrose then says, “I’ll ask you one more time: ‘Is that all you got?'” Ambrose wonders if that’s all The Authority has got. Ambrose says it’s not a rhetorical question because he plans to find out. Ambrose doesn’t want to wait until Sunday, and he calls out Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins appears on the titantron laughing. Rollins says Ambrose doesn’t get it. He’s so talented, but he just can’t seem to figure it out. Without him, Ambrose is nothing. Without him, Ambrose was just some babbling, out of control lunatic destined for an insane asylum. Rollins says Ambrose has guts, but clearly after Monday, he has more guts than brains. This Sunday is the first time ever its Shield vs. Shield: Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins. That is a huge box office draw, so there is nothing he would love more than to come down to the ring and Curb Stomp his face into the mat again. Unfortunately, he can’t do that. He tweaked his knee on Monday and isn’t medically cleared. Rollins apologizes that it can’t happen tonight.
Ambrose says it looks to him like Rollins is scared, and he should be. Ambrose says he’d be scared too. Ambrose says it’s time to face your fears and make daddy proud. Ambrose tells him to take his beating like a man. Rollins says Ambrose always goes back to the “daddy” line. Ambrose thinks he’s tough and always has something to prove, so he’ll give him a chance to prove how tough he is tonight. Rollins just talked to Triple H, and he wanted Ambrose to know that he has a match. It’s not against him… it’s against Kane. Kane is shown on the screen, and he makes the ring posts explode with his pyro. Kane’s music plays as Ambrose stares menacingly at the titantron.
Chris Jericho will take on Luke Harper of The Wyatt Family later tonight.
Fandango and The Miz vs. Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler
A replay is shown of The Miz on WWE Main Event. The Miz said he was leaving Cleveland, Ohio, his old hometown, behind to go to Hollywood. Sheamus then came out to make fun of him. Sheamus then defeated The Miz later in the evening when Miz was too busy trying to protect his face.
Dolph Ziggler will start the match against The Miz. The Miz mentions to him that he can’t touch his face. They lock up, and Ziggler applies a side headlock. Miz backs him to the corner and goes for a cheap shot, but Ziggler ducks. Ziggler goes to punch him in the face, but Miz drops down and covers his head. The referee makes Ziggler back up from the corner. Miz kicks him and applies a side headlock. Ziggler counters into one of his own. Miz whips him off, but Ziggler takes him down with a shoulder block. Ziggler hits the ropes, but Miz leapfrogs him and goes for a hip toss, but Ziggler counters into an attempt of his own. Miz blocks that, ducks a clothesline, and counters a dropkick into a Figure Four Leglock attempt, but Ziggler kicks him away and goes for a punch in the face, but Miz avoids it. Fandango tags in, and he runs into a hip toss. Ziggler hits a dropkick before gyrating and dropping an elbow for a two count.
Sheamus tags in, and he punches Fandango in the midsection. Sheamus bounces him in the corner before giving him a shoulder thrust. Sheamus hits a short-arm clothesline before dropping a knee for a one count. Sheamus wrenches the arm, but Fandango knees him in the midsection. Fandango clubs and knees away at him, but Sheamus quickly punches back. Sheamus goes for a rolling senton, but Fandango slides off. Fandango knees him in the midsection and chops him against the ropes a few times. Sheamus then turns him around and does the same before throwing him out of the ring. The Miz runs in, and he quickly falls back when Sheamus goes to punch him in the face. The Miz then gets out of the ring as Ziggler threatens to kick him.
We come back from the break to see Sheamus send Fandango to the corner before going for a running powerslam, but Fandango pulls himself to the apron before snapping him off the top rope. Fandango wiggles his hips for the fans. Sheamus tries to catch him with the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán, but Miz distracts him. Fandango then kicks him in the head before hitting a rolling wheel kick for a near fall. Fandango punches away at him before tagging Miz back in. Miz stomps him in the corner before viciously punching away at him. Sheamus punches back at him before Miz sends him to the ropes for a knee to the midsection. Miz hits the ropes and kicks him in the face for a two count. Miz applies a chin lock, but Sheamus powers up with him on his back. Miz slides off, kicks him in the knee, and hits a DDT for a two count. Fandango is tagged in, and he stomps Sheamus before dropping a knee for a one count. Fandango punches him in the corner before the referee backs him up. Miz gets some cheap shots in and chokes him while the referee’s back is turned. Fandango uppercuts Sheamus, and Sheamus punches back. Sheamus hits the ropes, and Fandango takes him down with a dropkick. Fandango wiggles his hips again, and Sheamus pops up with White Noise. Both men are down, but they’re crawling to their respective corners.
Ziggler and The Miz are tagged in. Ziggler hits a pair of leaping clotheslines before elbowing Fandango off the apron. Ziggler splashes Miz in the corner before hitting a neckbreaker. Ziggler goes for the famouser, but Miz gets out of the ring. Sheamus quickly sends Miz back into the ring, and Ziggler hits him with a leg lariat for a near fall. Miz pushes him away and goes for a Reality Check, but Ziggler counters with a big DDT. Fandango breaks up the pinfall. Sheamus runs in and goes for a Brogue Kick on Miz, but Miz ducks and Fandango eats it. Miz throws Sheamus out of the ring, and Ziggler hits him with the Zig-Zag for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: **
Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler stare at the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship that is displayed on a pedestal at ringside. Both men will be in the Battleground Battle Royal to determine the new champion.
Alicia Fox vs. Eva Marie
Special Referee: Nikki Bella
A replay is shown of Brie Bella quitting WWE at the Payback PPV in June. Brie then slapped Stephanie McMahon in the face. Ever since then, Nikki has been paying the price to atone for his sister.
Nikki calls for the bell, and the match begins. They circle the ring and lock up. Eva powers her to the ropes, and Nikki backs her away. They circle the ring again and lock up. Eva backs her up to the ropes again, so Nikki backs her up one more time. They lock up a third time, and Eva applies a side headlock. Alicia whips her off, leapfrogs her, and hits a hip toss for a one count. Eva quickly rolls her up for a one count. Eva hits a quickly spinebuster for another one count.
Eva argues the count and puts her finger in Nikki’s face. Nikki argues back at her until Alicia kicks her down. Eva and Alicia then double-team Nikki with rapid forearms to the back. They then do a double-team slam as the crowd boos. Alicia drops Nikki with a Scissor Kick before doing a pose with Eva. Eva then blows a kiss to Nikki before leaving the ring with Alicia.
Match Rating: N/A
Stardust is shown backstage saying he can see it. It’s a hypothetical, self-contained separate reality co-existing in one zone. Stardust wonders where the cosmic key to the door is. Goldust appears next to him and says beyond the door is another dimension. It’s a dimension of sound, sight, and bizarre. Stardust holds the key to that door. All they need is a little… Stardust blows some stardust into his face. Goldust chokes on the stardust before telling him to stop doing that. Stardust then does his pose.
Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring. Jericho has a black and blue on his cheek. Jericho got that when Bray Wyatt gave him Sister Abigail on the stage. He’ll be in action against Luke Harper of The Wyatt Family, next.
The WWE 2K15 promo with Sting is shown.
Chris Jericho vs. Luke Harper w/ The Wyatt Family
As The Wyatt Family makes their way to the ring, a replay is shown of Erick Rowan and Luke Harper viciously assaulting The Usos while their backs were turned on Monday Night RAW. They’ll face them in a two-out-of-three falls match for the WWE Tag Team Championships this Sunday at WWE Battleground.
Before the match begins, Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair, and he says that he remembers everything. He remembers how Jericho said he would always be here and save us all. Wyatt says he sees right through him. Jericho is a liar and a charlatan. Jericho is the biggest hypocrite of all, and he deserves everything that is coming for him. They’ve gone too far and can’t turn back. When it is Jericho’s fate that is hanging in the balance, it will not matter if he is one foot or a hundred feet off the ground. It will be too late. Jericho shouldn’t worry about “saving us.” He should focus on saving himself. Wyatt then laughs before whispering advice to Harper.
Harper gets in the ring, and the bell rings. Jericho circles the ring, and Harper pushes him into the corner. Wyatt screams, “Save us, Chris.” Harper punches Jericho in the corner before delivering an uppercut. Harper pushes his face against the ropes. Jericho comes back with some chops before sending him into the ropes for a dropkick. Harper staggers to the corner, and Jericho connects with a corner clothesline. Jericho knees him in the corner before Harper pushes him away. Harper uppercuts him down and stands on his head. Harper pushes him into the ropes and punches him. Harper sends him into the ropes, and Jericho rebounds with a diving forearm that sends Harper out of the ring. Harper quickly gets back on the apron, and Jericho knocks him off. Harper regroups with his family as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Jericho trapped in a chin lock. Jericho fights up and elbows out. Jericho chops the chest before sending him to the corner for a clothesline. Jericho sends him to the opposite corner and hits the same move. Jericho goes for the ten punches, but Harper punches him and pulls him down to hit a suplex for a two count. Harper elbows him in the shoulders before applying a chin lock. Jericho fights up, and Harper goes for a slam, but Jericho rolls him up for a two count. Harper quickly punches him back down for a two count. Harper stomps him before hitting a guillotine catapult into the bottom rope. Jericho falls out of the ring clutching his throat. Harper goes outside and drops him chest first on the barricade. Harper chokes him with his boot before putting him in the ring and dropping an elbow for a two count. Harper does the gator roll and keeps the chin lock applied. Jericho fights up and elbows him. Harper sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Jericho hits a running shoulder block, but Harper doesn’t go down. Jericho tries again with the same results. Harper sends him to the apron, but Jericho lands on it and goes to the top rope for a double axe handle that finally takes Harper down.
Jericho gets the crowd going before attempting the Walls of Jericho, but Harper twists through. Jericho quickly comes back with a step-up enzuigiri for a near fall. Jericho kicks him in the head before punching him into the ropes. Jericho has a whip reversed, and Harper hits a sit-out body slam for a near fall. Harper sends him to the corner and runs into a boot. Jericho goes to the top rope and hits a cross-body block for a two count. Wyatt is seen watching anxiously from his rocking chair. Jericho knees him in the midsection before going for a face-buster, but Harper pushes him off and hits a big boot. Harper hits a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Harper’s eyes bug out after the kick out.
Wyatt yells for Harper to finish him. Harper goes for a splash in the corner, but Jericho sidesteps him. Jericho follows up with a Lionsault, but it takes him a few moments before he can pin him due to his injuries. Harper kicks out at two and a half. Jericho goes for the Codebreaker, but Harper throws him off. Harper goes for another sit-out powerbomb, but Jericho fights out. Jericho then applies the Walls of Jericho. Erick Rowan runs up to the apron, so Jericho takes him out with a springboard dropkick. Jericho turns and ducks a discus clothesline before rolling him up for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Chris Jericho
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Rowan immediately attacks Jericho, and Wyatt gets in to join the attack. The Usos run down and clear the ring of Harper and Rowan. The Wyatt Family retreats up the ramp, as Jericho stands tall in the ring with The Usos.
Dean Ambrose will face Kane in tonight’s main event.
The Real Americans address Rusev and Lana a final time
Zeb Colter is in the ring with Jack Swagger, who is waving an American flag. Colter calls Lana “Tammy Faye” and says she made a bad mistake on RAW when she slapped him. She’ll have to pay for that. Colter says he wants to get to the bottom of this. Colter says for weeks and weeks we’ve watched these peg leg Russians come out waving the flag while talking about how great Mother Russia was, Putin is, and the Rusev crush is. They’re sick and tired of it. They called Americans stupid and leaderless. No one has been a bigger critic of the government than him, but that’s for them to say and not illegal outsiders. Lana and Rusev are visitors that are only here because they allow them to be here. They have a serious problem that will be settled in two days at WWE Battleground. Colter tells Lana to translate this to “Bullwinkle:” Jack Swagger will be “crush proof.” Enough is enough – We the people! Colter then has everyone in the building say, “We the people!”
Lana and Rusev make their way to the stage. Lana says Colter and Swagger are stupid Americans that will never learn. This Sunday at WWE Battleground, Rusev will crush Jack Swagger and all of America. Rusev then chants the name of Russia, but the crowd chants USA. Swagger waves the American flag, and Rusev waves his Russian Federation flag.
Dean Ambrose will face Kane in tonight’s main event.
As Alberto Del Rio makes his way to the ring, a pre-taped promo is shown. Del Rio says the WWE Intercontinental Championship has eluded him for a long time, but this Sunday at WWE Battleground, the greatest international superstar of all time will be the new champion. Tonight, he will prove to Kofi Kingston that no one can do anything about it.
When Kofi Kingston comes to the ring, a pre-taped promo is also shown. Kingston says that winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship was the greatest accomplishment of his career. It made him the superstar he is today. At the Battleground Battle Royal, he won’t be soaring over the top rope. He’ll be soaring to new heights when he becomes a five-time Intercontinental Champion. Boom!
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
The bell rings, and Kingston applies a waistlock. Del Rio quickly applies a hammerlock and powers him to the corner. Del Rio kicks him in the midsection before punching away at him. Del Rio sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Del Rio quickly drops Kingston to the apron and hits an enzuigiri to knock him to ringside. Del Rio goes outside and whips him sternum-first into the apron. Del Rio puts him back in the ring for a two count. Del Rio applies a chin lock, but Kingston fights up and punches out. Del Rio knees him in the midsection and punches away at him. Del Rio then throws him out of the ring again. Del Rio goes to send him sternum-first into the apron again, but Kingston leaps into the ring, hits the ropes, and takes Del Rio out with a suicide dive!
Kingston throws him into the ring and hits a springboard axe handle. Kingston hits some chops before connecting with a dropkick. Kingston hits a leaping clothesline before doing the Boom Drop. Kingston sets up for Trouble in Paradise, but Del Rio gets out of the ring. Kingston follows him outside and chases him. Del Rio gets in the ring and kicks him in the head as he gets in the ring for a near fall. Del Rio can’t believe it. Del Rio goes for a Cross Arm Breaker, but Kingston counters out. Kingston hits him with the SOS, but Del Rio grabs the bottom rope to break the pinfall. Del Rio quickly snaps him off the top rope before climbing to the top rope. Kingston crotches him and goes for a superplex, but Del Rio fights him down. Kingston is hung up on the second rope, and Del Rio hits a double stomp to the mat! Del Rio picks up the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: * 3/4
Summer Rae and Layla are talking backstage when Fandango walks up. He wishes them luck before saying he looks forward to seeing them both in action. They scoff. Fandango says he wants to wipe the slate clean. Fandango knows that ladies love jewelry and what’s a better accessory than gold? When he wins the WWE Intercontinental Championship this Sunday, they can both have their arms around his guns (arms). Summer Rae says they didn’t know that they were sharing him until they found out he was two-timing them. Layla says they don’t want him in their lives. Summer says they deserve something better than an egotistical flamingo dancer. They walk off, and Fandango puts his head down. Bo Dallas walks up and says, “You know what they say: if you love them, let them go. If they don’t come back, they were never yours to begin with. Well that’s kind of stinky to think about!” Dallas says Fandango that he will be fine with his smooth moves and fancy pants. Some girl will dance into his arms. All he has to do is Bolieve!
Summer Rae and Layla vs. AJ Lee and Paige
A replay is shown of AJ Lee returning to Monday Night RAW and defeating Paige to win the WWE Divas Championship. They’ll face each other Sunday at WWE Battleground.
AJ will start the match against Summer Rae. Summer does a dance and pushes AJ. AJ stands back while Summer does a split. AJ then kicks her in the back and skips around. AJ ducks a clothesline and kicks her in the midsection before hitting a neckbreaker for a one count. Layla and Paige are tagged in. Paige sweeps the feet for a one count. Paige sends her into the ropes, but she lowers her head and eats a kick. Layla quickly takes her down with a thrust kick for a two count. Layla puts her in the corner and applies a head-scissor while hanging over the top rope. Layla lets go before she is disqualified. Layla sweeps the feet before tagging in Summer. Layla dropkicks Paige in the face before Summer hits a running boot for a one count. Summer has a whip to the corner reversed, and Summer drops her on the apron. Paige head-butts her back and knees her in the chest. Paige then knees away at her from the apron before knocking Layla down.
Paige clotheslines Summer before kicking her in the chest. Paige screams triumphantly until AJ blind tags in. AJ then applies the Black Widow to Summer for the win.
Winners by Submission: AJ Lee and Paige
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Paige doesn’t look happy about what just happened. Paige angrily looks at her. AJ smiles and puts her hand out. Paige then shakes it and pulls her in for a hug.
Replays are shown of Chris Jericho defeating Luke Harper earlier in the evening. The Usos then saved him from an attack by The Wyatt Family.
Dean Ambrose will face Kane in the main event, next.
The RAW Rebound airs highlighting Roman Reigns accidentally spearing John Cena.
Seth Rollins is backstage with Kane. Rollins says he wants to get on the same page with Kane. He knows what happened on Monday night with Orton, but Kane shouldn’t take that personally. That was about the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Tonight is different. Tonight is about Dean Ambrose. Kane says he doesn’t need Rollins’ voice of reason. He’ll deal with Orton on his own. He hopes Orton is watching because he has plans for Ambrose. Rollins asks for Kane to leave a little bit of life so he can finish the job at WWE Battleground. Kane walks off, but he comes back. Kane tells him not to get any ideas about cashing in his championship contract.
Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring. As he does, they show the replay of him being attacked on RAW backstage by Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, and Kane. Ambrose’s shoulder is all taped up. Ambrose will face Kane, next.
Dean Ambrose vs. Kane
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is the official for this match. Kane makes the ring posts explode with fire, and Ambrose attacks him from behind. The match hasn’t started yet. Ambrose punches him out of the ring and goes for a suicide dive, but Kane punches him in the face.
They get in the ring, and the bell sounds. Ambrose punches him in the corner, but Kane pushes him away. Ambrose comes back for the ten punches, but Kane pushes him away again. Kane sends him to the corner, but he runs into a back elbow. Ambrose jumps off the second rope into an uppercut. Kane hits a running boot before twisting the injured arm about the ropes. Kane releases before being disqualified. Kane then redoes the move. Kane leaves the ring and uppercuts him from ringside. Kane gets back in the ring and takes him down by the arm. Kane drops a leg for a two count. Kane pulls him up by the arm and hits a shoulder thrust. Kane then drops a leg on the arm and applies a modified wristlock. Ambrose fights up and head-butts out. Kane quickly uppercuts him down before sending him to the corner for a clothesline. Kane sends him to the opposite corner and runs into the boots. Ambrose then hits a tornado DDT.
Ambrose blocks a punch and hits some of his own. Kane knees and clubs him down. Kane goes to the ropes, but Ambrose cuts him off with a knee to the midsection. Ambrose punches him against the ropes before hitting a dropkick to the chest. Kane falls to a knee as Ambrose goes to the top rope. Ambrose then takes him down with a missile dropkick. Ambrose punches himself in the head a few times. Kane pushes him into the ropes, so Ambrose goes for his rebound clothesline, but Kane grabs him by the throat. Ambrose gets out of the Chokeslam attempt and pulls the top rope down to get Kane out of the ring. Ambrose then hits a wild looking suicide dive! Ambrose bounces him off the apron, but Kane comes back and sends him into the steel steps. Kane bounces him off the bottom half of the stairs and goes for a Tombstone Piledriver, but Ambrose slides off and sends him into the ring post. Seth Rollins then comes from out of nowhere and hits Ambrose in the back of the head with the briefcase!
Winner by Disqualification: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: * 1/2
Rollins stomps away at Ambrose before putting him in the ring. The commentators point out that Rollins isn’t limping whatsoever. Kane puts the bottom part of the steel steps in the ring. Ambrose takes Rollins down before punching away at him. Kane quickly grabs Ambrose and gives him a Chokeslam. Rollins slaps Ambrose in the face a few times. Rollins tells Kane to set Ambrose up on the steps. Rollins then hits the Curb Stomp on the steel steps! Rollins talks trash before standing on the steps with his briefcase held up as the show ends.
Quick Match Results
Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler def. Fandango and The Miz
Alicia Fox NC Eva Marie (Guest Referee: Nikki Bella)
Chris Jericho def. Luke Harper
Alberto Del Rio def. Kofi Kingston
AJ Lee and Paige def. Summer Rae and Layla via Submission
Dean Ambrose def. Kane via DQ
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