WWE Smackdown Results
August 29, 2014
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps the events of Seth Rollins' eulogy for Dean Ambrose from this past Monday's RAW. Roman Reigns came out to interrupt it, and he brawled with Kane and Rollins. Later in the night, Kane booked a handicap match against Reigns with himself and Rollins teaming up. The match ended in disqualification. Rollins tried to put Reigns through more cinder blocks at ringside, but he fought out of that. Rollins retreated as Kane took the brunt of the punishment.
Todd Philips, Michael Cole, and JBL welcome us to the show.
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt w/ Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
The bell rings, and they lock up. Wyatt punches him a few times before Reigns puts him in the corner and goes to the second rope for the ten punches. Wyatt sneaks through his legs and pulls him down. Wyatt punches him before sending him hard into the corner, but Reigns soon explodes out with a clothesline. Reigns punches him a few times before Wyatt throws him out of the ring. Reigns stares at Harper and Rowan as they approach him. Reigns gets on the apron and punches Wyatt. Wyatt kicks him in the face as he tries to get into the ring. Wyatt then avalanches him off the apron to the floor. Wyatt goes outside and clotheslines him down. Wyatt punches him before putting him in the ring. Wyatt covers for a no count. Wyatt elbows him in the face a few times before applying a chin lock. Reigns soon fights up and punches out, but Wyatt kicks him in the midsection. Wyatt clubs him down before talking a little trash. Reigns then grabs him and clotheslines him down.
Reigns punches him before having a whip reversed. Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. Reigns sends him to the corner, but he runs into a boot. Wyatt then runs into a back elbow. Reigns goes for a Samoan Drop, but Wyatt elbows out and floors him with a flying elbow. Wyatt follows up with a senton splash for a near fall. Wyatt goes to the second rope, but Reigns cuts him off. Reigns then catches him on his shoulders and hits a Samoan Drop for a two count. Reigns clotheslines him in the corner and punches him down. Reigns goes outside, ducks a clothesline from Harper, and connects with a running dropkick on Wyatt. Reigns then begins punching Harper. Rowan attacks from behind, and they soon double-team him for a disqualification.
Winner by Disqualification: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: * 1/2
Harper and Rowan throw Reigns into the ring. Big Show and Mark Henry meander their way down to ringside. They begin brawling with Harper and Rowan. Reigns throws Wyatt out of the ring as Rowan is thrown back in. Reigns connects with a Superman Punch. Big Show and Mark Henry stand tall in the ring with Reigns.
We'll take a look at the progression of the Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena feud with the events from Monday Night RAW later tonight. Jack Swagger will also take on Rusev in a Submission Match. Coming up next, we'll see Seth Rollins take on Rob Van Dam.
Tonight's main event was changed to Roman Reigns, Big Show, and Mark Henry taking on The Wyatt Family.
Rob Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins
Footage is shown from WWE Main Event where Rob Van Dam defeated Seth Rollins by count-out. This is the rematch.
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee of all time, is the official for this match. They lock up, and Rollins quickly powers him to the corner before stomping him down. Rollins punches him to another corner before whipping him to the opposite corner. Rollins runs into a back elbow, and RVD comes off the second rope with a thrust kick. Rollins reverses a whip into the ropes, but RVD backflips over him. Rollins quickly kicks him in the midsection before dropkicking him into the ropes. Rollins hits a body slam for a two count.
We come back from the break to see Rollins send RVD into the corner before hitting a Stinger Splash. Rollins does the "R-V-D" taunt as the crowd boos. Rollins then applies a chin lock. RVD fights up and elbows out, but Rollins quickly elbows him in the head. RVD blocks a shot to the corner, and Rollins avoids a high kick to the forehead. Rollins then stands straight up and catches the high kick on the rebound. Rollins staggers into the ropes before RVD hits a pair of clotheslines. RVD hits a superkick before going for Rolling Thunder, but Rollins moves out of they way.
Rollins goes for the Curb Stomp, but RVD moves. RVD then takes him out with a double leg spin kick. RVD goes for the Five Star Frog Splash, but Rollins rolls out of the way. RVD gets to his feet and avoids a clothesline, but Rollins takes him out with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Rollins goes to the top rope, and RVD kicks him down on the turnbuckle. RVD goes for a superplex, but Rollins blocks it with a rake of the eyes. Rollins then does a sunset flip, but doesn't powerbomb him. Rollins has him on his shoulders before running to the corner to powerbomb him into the turnbuckle. Rollins hits a second turnbuckle powerbomb before hitting the Curb Stomp for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: **
A replay is shown of the attempted Bella Twin reconciliation. It ended with Nikki Bella telling Brie she wished she had died in the womb. Nikki then attacked Brie and slapped Jerry Lawler when he tried to help.
We'll take a look at the progression of the Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena feud later tonight.
Footage is shown of Paige beating Natalya on RAW. AJ Lee then distracted Paige as Natalya laid her out. AJ then kissed Paige's hand and skipped around her. Paige acted like she was extremely uncomfortable.
Emma vs. Paige
Emma does here dance at the sound of the bell, and Paige shoves her down by the face. Paige skips around her, but Emma schoolgirls her for a two count. Paige kicks her before sending her to the corner. Paige runs into some boots, and Emma goes to the apron. Paige grabs her, but Emma hits an unconventional kick to the side of the head. Emma goes to the top rope, but Paige rips her off. Paige then applies the PTO for the submission.
Winner by Submission: Paige
Match Rating: 1/2 *
AJ Lee's music hits, and she skips down to the ring with a heart-shaped box. AJ says it's not Valentine's Day, but you should always show your friends how much you love and appreciate them. AJ presents one of the chocolates to Paige, but she doesn't take it. AJ asks what's wrong. Paige said in the past that she loved her and they're best friends. AJ then becomes flustered that she hasn't had a chocolate. AJ angrily says, "Eat one!" Paige does so before spitting it back at AJ. Paige leaves the ring as AJ eats a chocolate and smiles at her.
Michael Cole calls attention to how much Tom Philips looks like Forrest Gump. They then talk about the WWE Network.
Jack Swagger will take on Rusev in a Submission match, next.
Lana asks for silence in her native tongue. Lana says all the men in the audience are ugly. The Russian male follows the great example of Vladimir Putin. They are fit and possess great stamina. A USA chant breaks out, and Lana tells them to shut up. Jack Swagger's music then hits to interrupt her.
Rusev w/ Lana vs. Jack Swagger
They circle the ring before Swagger grabs the leg. Swagger quickly goes for the Patriot Lock, but he quickly escapes. Rusev is still limping. Swagger's ribs are also taped. Swagger applies a waistlock, but he can't lift him because of the ribs. Rusev kicks him in the ribs. Rusev goes for another kick, but Swagger slaps his injured ankle away. Rusev hobbles to the ropes and holds his ankle. Lana shouts some instructions. Rusev charges out of the corner, and Swagger catches him with a waistlock takeover. Swagger fakes going for a Swagger Bomb, which Rusev rolls away from. Swagger then catches him with a Patriot Lock, but Rusev is already under the bottom rope. Rusev quickly rolls out of the ring. Swagger goes to attack him on the outside, but Rusev sends him ribs first into the barricade. Rusev sends him into the barricade again as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Swagger elbow out of a bear hug. Swagger hits the ropes, and Rusev takes him down with a flapjack. Rusev splashes him against the ropes, and Swagger falls out of the ring. Swagger pulls himself up on the ring post. Rusev goes outside and punches him in the ribs a few times. Rusev goes for a kick, but Swagger counters into a Patriot Lock. Rusev claws back into the ring, but he breaks the hold before being disqualified.
Swagger gets in the ring, ducks a clothesline, and hits one of his own. Swagger hits a running knee in the corner before whipping him to the other turnbuckle, but Rusev collapses because he can't run on the ankle. Swagger shoves him to the corner and wraps it around the middle rope before kicking it. Swagger then big boots him down. Swagger hits a Swagger Bomb, but he hurts himself in the process. Rusev quickly takes him down and applies a Patriot Lock on Swagger! Swagger then counters into a Patriot Lock the way it should be done. Swagger drags him to the middle of the ring, and Rusev is in a lot of pain. Rusev refuses to submit as he bites his fist. Rusev then lets out a burst of energy and gets to the bottom rope. Swagger drags him back into the middle of the ring, but Rusev kicks him a few times in the injured ribs to get him away. Swagger tries to chop block the knee, but Rusev sidesteps him. Rusev then takes him down with a big thrust kick.
Lana orders Rusev to crush Swagger. Rusev stomps the spine and applies the Accolade. Swagger gets an arm out and starts to pull to the bottom rope. Rusev clutches the arm again, but Swagger again gets an arm out. Swagger eventually claws his way to the bottom rope. Rusev drags him to the other side of the ring and stomps on the spine before reapplying the Accolade. Swagger begins to power up and get to his feet, but someone off camera throws a white towel into the ring. The referee is confused and tosses it out of the ring. As his back is turned, Bo Dallas sweeps Swagger's feet. Swagger hits the mat with Rusev still on his back. Dallas hides by the ring apron. Rusev puts on the Accolade, and Swagger has no choice but to tap out.
Winner by Submission: Rusev
Match Rating: ** 1/2
Rusev and Lana celebrate in the ring as a giant Russian Federation flag unfurls above the ring. Bo Dallas enters the ring as they leave. Dallas says, "Hey, tough loss buddy." Dallas claims he saved him from further embarrassment. Dallas says he wouldn't have had to throw in the towel if Swagger had learned to Bolieve. Swagger lunges at him, but he doesn't have enough energy. Dallas kicks him in the ribs and hits the Bo-Dog. Dallas then smiles and raises his arms up.
The Miz is backstage on the phone, and he gives a triumphant fist pump. Miz tells his agent that he'll be on set within the hour. Someone taps on his shoulder, but Miz says he's busy and will sign later. The person then grabs his shoulder. It's Corporate Kane. Kane takes the phone and tells Miz' agent he won't make it to the set. Kane says The Miz is booked in a match with someone who is known for moving moneymakers with one swift kick, Sheamus. Kane then sarcastically says that he loves The Miz' work and is a big fan.
Roman Reigns, Big Show, and Mark Henry will take on The Wyatt Family in the main event.
The Usos make their way to the ring. Jimmy Uso will be in singles competition against Stardust. As they come to the ring, a replay is shown from RAW when Goldust and Stardust attacked the Usos after accusing them of getting counted out on purpose in the WWE Tag Team Title Match.
Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso vs. Stardust w/ Goldust
Before the match begins, Goldust takes the microphone. Goldust says they want to apologize for their actions on Monday. They really want the Tag Team Titles, and they lost their heads. Goldust asks them to accept their apology.
The bell rings, and they lock up. Uso powers him to the corner, but Stardust gets away. Uso puts him in the other corner and chops him a few times. Stardust pushes him away and kicks him in the side of the head. Stardust punches him before shouldering him in the corner. Uso then explodes out of the corner with a schoolboy for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Jimmy Uso
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Goldust attacks Jimmy from behind. Stardust chop blocks the injured knee of Jey Uso as he tries to get into the ring. Goldust and Stardust brutally attack them before throwing them out of the ring with the titles.
Roman Reigns, Big Show, and Mark Henry will take on The Wyatt Family later tonight. Sheamus will take on The Miz, next.
We come back from the break to see The Miz in the ring with Damien Sandow dressed in one of The Miz' new ring jackets. Sheamus comes out to the ring ready to fight. The Miz says the moneymaker is the most important thing in the WWE. It can't afford to be Brogue Kicked tonight. Once again, playing the part of The Miz is none other than his stunt double, the method man, Damien Mizdow.
Damien Sandow w/ The Miz vs. Sheamus
The great Charles Robinson is back for another match. The bell rings, and The Miz quickly gets on the apron to distract Sheamus. Sheamus goes to grab him, and that allows Sandow to club away at him. The Miz then joins the commentators. Sandow punches and knees away at him before hitting some head-butts. Sandow sends him into the ropes and hits a back elbow. Sandow head-butts him before stomping away at him in the corner. The referee backs him up before he whips Sheamus into the corner. Sheamus comes out with a pair of Irish hammers and a powerslam. Sheamus throws him to the apron and hits the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán. Sheamus follows up with White Noise for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Sheamus
Match Rating: 1/4 *
The Miz immediately gets in the ring and knocks Sheamus down with a forearm to the face. The Miz quickly leaves the ring and taunts him. Dolph Ziggler runs down and throws Miz into the ring. Miz sidesteps a Brogue Kick, and Sandow catches the full force of it. The Miz escapes through the crowd and taunts him.
Roman Reigns will team with Big Show and Mark Henry to face The Wyatt Family. Coming up next, we'll see the return of John Cena to Monday Night RAW.
They show the entire Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman video. They then show John Cena coming out and interrupting the Hall of Fame panel.
Big Show, Mark Henry, and Roman Reigns come out to the ring for the main event. They'll face The Wyatt Family, next.
Mark Henry, Big Show, and Roman Reigns vs. The Wyatt Family
They all stand face to face in the ring. The referee tries to order them to the apron and leave the legal members in there. A brawl breaks out, and the ring clears. The bell rings, and it is Erick Rowan starting against the Big Show. Rowan punches Big Show a few times before sending him into the ropes. Big Show surprises him with a sunset flip for a two count. I've never seen him do that before. Big Show hits a clothesline for a one count. Big Show wrenches the arm and elbows him in the shoulder. Roman Reigns is tagged in, and he punches Rowan. Reigns wrenches the arm a few times before tagging in Mark Henry. Henry clubs Rowan down before tagging Big Show back in. Big Show head-butts him before putting him in the corner. Big Show shushes the crowd, but Rowan slaps him away and tags in Luke Harper. Harper runs into a hip toss, and Big Show wrenches the arm. Big Show chops the chest, and Harper stumbles in a daze to the opposite corner. Big Show chops the chest and punches away at him. The crowd chants for one more. Big Show hits a snapmare and connects for a low dropkick for a two count.
Henry is tagged in, and he does a JYD crawling head-butt. Henry sends him to the corner before avalanching him. Henry scares Rowan off the apron before turning into a dropkick from Harper. Bray Wyatt is tagged in, and he begins to attack Henry as a commercial hits.
We come back from the break to see Henry fighting up from a chin lock applied by Rowan. Rowan knees him in the midsection and goes for a suplex, but he can't get Henry up. Henry suplexes him and tags in Big Show. Big Show hits a pair of clotheslines on Rowan before sending him to the corner for a butt bump. Big Show follows up with a shoulder block. Big Show goes for a Chokeslam, and he big boots Wyatt down as he tries to interfere. Rowan elbows out and clotheslines him down.
Harper is tagged in, and he clubs away at Big Show before punching wildly at him. Harper kicks away at him before applying a front face lock. Harper does the gator roll before going to a side headlock. The crowd claps for Big Show, and he begins to fight up. Big Show elbows out before hitting the ropes and eating a dropkick. Wyatt is tagged in, and he kicks and punches Big Show before hitting a DDT for a two count. Rowan is tagged in, and he punches Big Show before hitting a big splash for a two count. Rowan drops a knee and rips at his face. Big Show fights up, but Rowan powers him to the corner and punches him down. Rowan whips him to the opposite corner, but he runs into a boot. Rowan then takes him down with a back elbow. Harper is tagged in, and he stretches Big Show on the ropes. Wyatt looks at Big Show with a crazy face. Harper applies a chin lock, but Big Show powers up with him on his shoulders. Big Show then counters into a sidewalk slam. Harper tags in Wyatt, and he attacks Big Show. Wyatt punches and head-butts him before hitting a running forearm. Wyatt goes for an avalanche, but Big Show counters with a clothesline.
Reigns and Harper are tagged in. Reigns hits a pair of clotheslines before punching Rowan off the apron. Reigns throws Harper out of the ring. Reigns goes outside and drives him into the barricade before sending him into the apron. Reigns then gives him a back suplex on the apron. Reigns puts him in the ring, ducks a pair of clotheslines, and he hits one of his own. Reigns clotheslines and uppercuts him in the corner. Harper falls into the ropes. Reigns punches Wyatt away before hitting a running apron dropkick. Reigns signals for the end. Wyatt grabs him, but Reigns punches him away. Reigns ducks a clothesline and connects with a Superman Punch, but Rowan breaks up the pinfall.
Big Show comes in and Chokeslams Rowan down. Wyatt runs in and takes Big Show out with a flying back elbow. Henry takes Wyatt out with the World's Strongest Slam. Harper then takes Henry out with a big boot. Harper then hits Reigns with a superkick for a near fall. Harper cannot believe it. Harper picks him up and sends him into the ropes. Harper goes for a discus clothesline, but Reigns counters into a Spear for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Mark Henry, Big Show, and Roman Reigns
Match Rating: **
Roman Reigns celebrates in the ring with Big Show and Mark Henry as replays are shown of what just happened. The Roman Empire lives on Smackdown according to Tom Philips.
Quick Match Results
Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt via DQ
Seth Rollins def. Rob Van Dam
Paige def. Emma via Submission (non-title)
Rusev def. Jack Swagger in a Submission Match
Jimmy Uso def. Stardust
Sheamus def. Damien Sandow (non-title)
Mark Henry, Big Show, and Roman Reigns def. The Wyatt Family
Mike's Quick Thoughts
* I really liked the way they kicked off the show tonight with Roman Reigns taking on Bray Wyatt. For me, this is a future main event a year or a little more from now. They didn't give too much of the match away here. It's Smackdown after all. Nothing that happens on this show hardly ever has any implications on the rest of WWE programming. Hopefully that will change when the show moves to Thursday nights.
* I liked the match between Seth Rollins and Rob Van Dam. It was probably the first RVD match I've enjoyed in a while. He probably brought a little something extra since this is his last night for a while. I heard RVD will be coming back at some point down the road, but I don't see the point anymore. I can't think of one remarkable thing he's done since he returned in April nor can I think of anyone who has benefitted from being in the ring with him on this go around. I say that with all due respect because he was great at one point. Unfortunately, time catches up with everyone.
* Paige and AJ Lee had pretty much the same interaction from RAW, only this time with chocolates and Paige spat at her. I actually found this segment to be really sad. I remember watching this matchup on NXT Arrival back in February when both were up and coming Divas. After that bogus arrest, firing, and re-hiring of Emma, the complexion of this match has changed. How long is the poor girl going to be in the doghouse? She can go. Let her go.
* Wow - I really enjoyed that match between Jack Swagger and Rusev. This was one of my favorite feuds of the summer, especially when they were heading into SummerSlam. While I really enjoyed the build and promos, the matches weren't always what I thought they could be. Tonight's match was everything I thought it could be and more. These guys mesh really well together. It seems like it's over as Swagger is going on to feud with Bo Dallas, who was great with the finish. Still, I'd love to see this again somewhere down the road. Oh, and it is so refreshing to see two guys who know how to sell their injuries. They were absolutely fantastic. It was like a master class in selling. I was so happy to see that.
* They did a quick follow up of the Goldust and Stardust heel turn from Monday. Luckily they had a good crowd on hand tonight, and they responded well to it. This is obviously the Tag Title Match at Night of Champions. Cody Rhodes just kind of became Stardust one day, then they disappeared doing bizarre backstage skits about a cosmic key, and now they're heels. Can't say I completely care about the team.
* The second go around of Damien Sandow as The Miz' stunt double wasn't as enjoyable as the first from Monday Night RAW. I was hoping that was a one off. Hopefully it ends tonight. The Miz can't really have a stunt double... right?
* The main event was kind of a rehashing of the RAW main event, only with Roman Reigns instead of John Cena. I could probably enjoy this one way more because I didn't have to sit through a ridiculous segment where Roman Reigns treated Bray Wyatt like he was a job boy. It was a fun, typical Smackdown tag match. I must say I was impressed with the Big Show's offense. I can't remember if I've ever seen him do a sunset flip. It was a fun way to end the show. As usual, this will have no repercussions on anything. Just some good wrestling.
Thanks again to Jason Namako for covering Smackdown for me last week while I was on vacation!
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