WWE Smackdown Results 10/17/14

WWE Smackdown Results
October 17, 2014
Birmingham, Alabama
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com

“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.

A video kicks off the show that highlights the events from this past Monday’s RAW. Dean Ambrose and John Cena had a verbal confrontation until being confronted by Triple H. Triple H didn’t want to wait until Hell in a Cell for them to tear each other apart, so he booked the Contract on a Pole match for that RAW. The winner gets to face Seth Rollins, and “the other guy” gets to face Randy Orton. Ambrose defeated Cena after lots of interference. Ambrose will face Rollins, and Cena will face Orton with both matches being held in the Hell in a Cell structure.

Seth Rollins addresses his Hell in a Cell match against Dean Ambrose

Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring with the Money in the Bank contract as the crowd boos him. Rollins smiles at them, and a chant of “You sold out” kicks up. Rollins mocks them and the chant. Rollins says they’re right that he sold out. When you’re young and naive, lofty principles, integrity and honor mean the world to you. Honor doesn’t pay the bills, however. If any of the cowards in the crowd had any guts, they’d realize that they’d sell out their mothers, fathers, dogs, and grandparents. You’d sell you your brothers, best friends, and anyone and everything. You’d sell your soul for an opportunity to be anything like him. The major fault in that logic is they will never be like him. They’ll never look like him, talk like him, and be as successful as he has become. Why? Because they will all never realize what he’s come to understand: selling out is the best thing you could ever do in your life. Rollins says he’s better than he’s ever been. He’s Mr. Money in the Bank. He’s the future of the WWE.

That brings him to his Hell in a Cell match with Dean Ambrose. He’ll only say it once so he’ll make himself very clear. Dean Ambrose does not belong at Hell in a Cell. Ambrose belongs in a straightjacket. Ambrose may walk into Hell in a Cell, but he guarantees he’ll be carried out. Rollins tells him to mark his words. When he is finished with him, all of his hopes and dreams and everything he’s ever wanted to become will be left in a pile of rubble in that cell. Ambrose will be nothing more than a hot, sweaty, smelly mess. The crowd begins a light chant for Ambrose. Rollins says he sold Ambrose out, but at Hell in a Cell, he’ll put him out.

Dolph Ziggler’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. Replays are shown of Ziggler’s match against Randy Orton on RAW, which he lost. Rollins gave Ziggler a Curb Stomp after the match ended. Ziggler takes a microphone and asks if Rollins can hear the sound. It’s the sound people make when they want to see someone. Rollins wouldn’t know anything about that because Ambrose isn’t out here. The thing is, when you sell you, you get the money and fame, but there’s one thing way more important that you can’t get. You get self-respect. Rollins asks if anyone really cares about respect. Did respect do anything for Ziggler when he Curb Stomped his face into oblivion? No. Respect won’t get Ziggler anything tonight, and neither will showing off for all of these people. Ziggler then dropkicks him in the face.

Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler

Charles Robinson, the best referee ever, calls for the bell. Ziggler quickly ducks a clothesline and delivers a back body drop. Ziggler quickly clotheslines him out of the ring and celebrates. Rollins kicks the ring steps in frustration as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Rollins take Ziggler down hard. Rollins mounts Ziggler and punches away at him. Rollins then hits a snap suplex for a two count. Rollins applies a cobra clutch, but Ziggler soon fights up and punches out before hitting an arm drag. Ziggler goes for a clothesline, but Rollins counters into an STO into the turnbuckle for a near fall. Rollins takes a moment before stomping Ziggler’s midsection. Rollins stomps his hand for good measure before standing on it. Rollins is really working a slow and methodical pace. Rollins rips at his face before allowing Ziggler to pull himself up using his tights. Rollins knees him in the midsection a few times before slapping him on the head a few times and talking some trash. Rollins sends him into the ropes, but Ziggler holds on. Rollins charges him, but Ziggler throws him out of the ring. Rollins appears to have tweaked his knee upon landing.

Ziggler quickly capitalizes by attacking him at ringside and sending him into the barricade. Ziggler throws him into the ring, grabs him by the legs, and goes to smash it off the ring post, but Rollins pulls him face first into the ring post instead. Rollins throws him into the ring and shakes some feeling into his knee. Rollins goes to the top rope, but Ziggler scales the ropes and hits a big face-buster off the top rope for a near fall!

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Ziggler sidestep an avalanche in the corner. Ziggler and Rollins get to their feet. Ziggler ducks a right hand and hits a clothesline before hitting a stinger splash in the corner followed by some rapid punches and a neckbreaker. Ziggler drops a big elbow for a two count. Rollins rolls to the apron to recover, and he snaps Ziggler off the top rope. Rollins goes to the top rope. Ziggler goes for the big face-buster off the top rope again, but Rollins counters and punches him. Rollins goes for a sunset flip powerbomb, but Ziggler hangs on. Ziggler punches him, and they fall into a clunky spike DDT spot for a near fall.

Ziggler goes for a Zig-Zag, but Rollins holds the ropes. Ziggler avoids a Curb Stomp, and he kicks Rollins before going for a famouser. Rollins counters into a powerbomb attempt, but Ziggler rolls him up for a two count. Rollins quickly gets him back in a powerbomb position and powerbombs him into the corner. Rollins quickly follows up with a Curb Stomp for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: ** 1/2

Replays are shown of the last moments of the match. Rollins stands over Ziggler with the Money in the Bank briefcase.

Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring holding the contract he won on Monday Night RAW. Ambrose gets in the ring, and Rollins gets out. Ambrose asks why Rollins is running since he just wants to chat. Ambrose says he’s finally got what he’s been foaming at the mouth for, and that’s Rollins inside the Hell in a Cell, the most demonic structure in WWE history. Ambrose says he’ll make the most of it. He’ll tear Rollins inside out and tear his face clean off. Ambrose will take his left boot and jam it down his throat. Then he’ll take his right boot, his lucky boot, and stick it where the sun don’t shine. What he’ll do next, he can’t even say on this show.

Kane’s music hits, and the Director of Operations makes his way to the stage. Kane says it’s true that Ambrose is competing with Rollins at Hell in a Cell. Kane doesn’t get to have a match, which makes him feel aggressive. Kane likes hurting people. The shrieks of terror help him sleep at night. He would very much like to hear Ambrose scream in pain tonight during the main event when he faces him.

Sheamus will team with The Usos to take on the team of Goldust, Stardust, and The Miz. AJ Lee is seen skipping backstage. She’ll be in action, next.

-Commercial Break-

Paige will be on commentary for the next match. Alicia Fox stands by her shoulder. Footage is shown of Layla walking off on AJ Lee on Monday Night RAW. AJ still was able to rebound and win her match. AJ then attacked Layla on the ramp.

Layla vs. AJ Lee

A pre-taped promo is shown with AJ Lee. She says she doesn’t play well with others nor does she have any friends in the Diva’s locker room. AJ looks at the title and says it will never betray her. AJ would do anything for the title and no one will keep them apart. AJ kisses it before saying no one can have it but her.

AJ skips around the ring before they lock up. AJ applies a hammerlock, but Layla elbows her in the mouth. AJ quickly takes her down with a clothesline before hitting an avalanche in the corner. AJ hits a spinning heel kick for a two count. AJ kicks her in the midsection before hitting a neckbreaker. AJ hits a second neckbreaker for a near fall. AJ sends her into the ropes, but she lowers her head and eats a kick. Layla takes her down before throwing her in the corner. Layla throws her down before applying a head-scissor submission. AJ counters with a pinfall attempt. Layla applies a headlock, but AJ punches out. AJ sends her to the corner, but she runs into a boot. Layla goes for a springboard cross-body, but AJ sidesteps her. AJ then applies the Black Widow for the win.

Winner by Submission: AJ Lee
Match Rating: *

Alicia Fox runs into the ring, but AJ takes her down with a Thesz Press. Paige then big boots AJ down. Paige follows up with the Ram-Paige before skipping around the ring and holding up the title. She then skips around the ring with Alicia.

Kane is in the office removing his jacket. Rollins walks in and says he wants Kane to have some fun, but he wants a favor from him. Rollins asks him to leave him just a little bit of Dean Ambrose. Kane cuts him off and says Rollins has never experienced Hell in a Cell nor has Ambrose. Both of them are facing a first time apocalypse. Neither one of them understand the punishment and pain involved in that type of match. Rollins will get that shot at Ambrose soon enough. Together him, Rollins, and Orton will do damage to John Cena and Ambrose in their handicap match on RAW. As for tonight, Kane tells Rollins to pay attention because he just might learn something. Kane says he knows Ambrose will.

-Commercial Break-

Sheamus will defend his WWE United States Championship against The Miz at the Hell in a Cell PPV. We then see a replay from WWE Main Event when The Miz had Sheamus as a guest on Miz TV. Sandow was impersonating Sheamus, so Sheamus knocked him out.

Renee Young is backstage with Sheamus and The Usos. She asks about their six-man tag match. Sheamus says Damien Mizdow gave an award winning performance on Miz TV. It was a boot-to-face winning performance. Sheamus says Mizdow makes a great Sheamus, or he did until he kicked his face off. The Usos make a reference to “Twins” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. Sheamus says the only stars Miz, Goldust, and Stardust will see are the ones floating around their heads as they lay on the mat.

A promo building up Erick Rowan is shown.

Sheamus makes his entrance, and he is soon followed by The Usos. They’ll be in action, next.

-Commercial Break-

Sheamus and The Usos vs. The Miz, Gold and Stardust

Replays are shown of the two fluke victories The Miz has gotten over Sheamus on Monday Night RAW. A pre-taped promo is shown with Gold and Stardust. Stardust says the stars have spoken without saying a word. Goldust says in space, no one can hear you scream, but on Earth, their agony will be deafening.

Sheamus will start the match against The Miz. The Miz quickly tags in Goldust and bails out of the ring. They circle the ring and lock up. Sheamus whips him off, but Goldust hits a shoulder block before taunting him. They lock up, and Sheamus applies a side headlock. Goldust whips him off, but he eats a shoulder block. Sheamus hits the ropes and blocks a hip toss. Goldust ducks a short-arm clothesline and hits the ropes only to take a hip toss. Stardust is tagged in, and he hits the ropes to eats a back elbow. Jey Uso tags in, and he uppercuts Stardust for a one count. Jimmy Uso tags in, and they hit a double-team back elbow/elbow drop combo for a one count. Stardust knees him in the midsection and clubs him down.

The Miz tags in, and he stomps away at Jimmy. The Miz was wearing his shades the whole time, so he removes them. The Miz hits the ropes, and he takes a knee to the midsection. Miz ducks a clothesline, but Jimmy body slams him before hitting a low clothesline for a two count. Jimmy has a whip reversed, but he holds on. Jimmy then throws Miz out of the ring and hits a baseball slide. Damien Mizdow, despite being far away, sells it like a good stuntman in a really funny visual. Jimmy points and laughs at Mizdow before throwing Miz into the ring. Jimmy goes to the top rope, and he attacks Goldust before he can attack. Miz then big boots Jimmy down.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Jey fight up from a chin lock applied by Goldust. Goldust quickly comes back with a spinebuster for a two count. Stardust is tagged back in, and he kicks away at him. Stardust clubs him down before choking him. The Miz gets a cheap shot in, and Sheamus chases him away from the ring. Jey rolls up Stardust for a near fall. Stardust quickly rebounds with a clothesline. Goldust tags in as Miz returns to the apron. Goldust punches him before kicking him in the head for a near fall. Goldust stomps him and talks some trash before taunting the crowd. Jey fights him off, but Goldust comes back with an uppercut before punching Jimmy off the apron. Jey then catches Goldust with a Samoan Drop.

Sheamus and Stardust are tagged in. Sheamus hits a pair of Irish hammers before knocking Goldust off the apron and scaring Miz away. Sheamus hits a running shoulder block in the corner before hitting a high knee and a powerslam. Miz runs in, but Sheamus clotheslines him out of the ring. Jimmy Uso takes Damien Mizdow out with a splash. Sheamus goes for the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán on Miz, but Stardust runs in. Sheamus throws Stardust into Miz before trying for a rolling senton, but Goldust tags in. Goldust catches him with a snap powerslam for a near fall broken up by the Usos. Stardust catches Jey with a reverse DDT, but he’s soon taken out by a superkick from Jimmy. Goldust eats an enzuigiri, and Sheamus takes him out with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus picks up the win.

Winners by Pinfall: Sheamus and The Usos
Match Rating: * 3/4

Dean Ambrose will face Kane in the main event of the evening. Big Show will be out to address facing Rusev at Hell in a Cell, next.

-Commercial Break-

Big Show addresses facing Rusev at the Hell in a Cell PPV

Big Show makes his way to the ring to a nice reception. We see replays of Big Show beating Rusev by disqualification three weeks ago on Smackdown. Big Show knocked him out following that encounter. Then this past Monday on RAW, Big Show lost by DQ after Mark Henry interfered. Big Show again knocked out Rusev at ringside.

Big Show says he can watch that footage over and over. If the crowd hasn’t figured it out, he’s what you would call a giant. He sticks out in a crowd. Growing up as a kid, he was 6’2 at twelve years old. When you’re that big, responsibility is thrust on you at an early age. People expect you to act differently and be mature, so you adapt. That’s why he accepts the responsibility of pinning Rusev on the ring on his shoulders at Hell in a Cell. He’s beaten Rusev, but he hasn’t pinned him. He’s knocked him out twice. The third time will be the charm. This past Monday on RAW, his best friend Mark Henry got a little emotional and got involved in that match to cause a disqualification. He wants to talk to Henry about Monday night right now friend to friend.

Mark Henry’s music hits, and Big Show dances a bit to it. Henry gets in the ring, and they smile a bit. Big Show puts his arm around Henry and talks about how good he smells. Big Show says they’ve traveled up and down the road many times. Big Show tells a story about how they had to stop and eat at a Waffle House at 2 in the morning one time. They pull in and the lot was full with only one spot. Someone cut them off and stole it. They’re both hungry and grumpy. They then flipped the guy’s car over. They then had to eat sandwiches at a gas station. Henry doubles over in laughter. Henry says they were angry, but they were also hungry.

Big Show talks about Henry’s family and says they are family. Henry took the weight of America on his shoulders at Night of Champions. Big Show says he needs to do this on his own just like Henry wanted to do. Big Show needs to knock Rusev out and pin him. At Hell in a Cell, that’s exactly what he’ll do. Henry says Big Show is right. He had his shot against Rusev, but the guy is not human. Henry says it’s a hard pill to swallow with Big Show saying he’ll do something he couldn’t. Henry says if Big Show wants him out of his business, he’ll get out of his business. They shake hands and hug.

Rusev’s music hits, and he goes out to the stage with Lana. Lana says this is pathetic. Big Show and Mark Henry are the Goodyear blimps of WWE – all blown up full of gas and very slow. Rusev takes the microphone and says after he beats Big Show, the people will turn on him. They won’t chant USA because he’ll let them down like Henry did. After Big Show loses to him, he’ll disgrace himself and the stupid USA. Rusev says he’ll like that. Rusev says he will crush Big Show. Big Show yells at him to stop. Big Show says Rusev can’t crush his spine since it’s American made. Big Show says he’ll knock his glass jaw off his face at Hell in a Cell before pinning him. Big Show’s music hits as Rusev yells and waves his flag from the stage.

Dean Ambrose will face Kane in the main event. Nikki Bella will be in action, next.

-Commercial Break-

Naomi vs. Nikki Bella

Footage is shown of Nikki Bella telling Brie Bella that they’ll have a match at Hell in a Cell where the loser will be the winner’s bitch.

They lock up, and Nikki powers her to the corner before hitting some shoulder thrusts. Nikki throws her across the ring by her hair before stomping her in the corner. Nikki slams her by the hair as Brie Bella watches backstage. Nikki applies a chin lock, but Naomi fights up and hits a pair of dropkicks. Naomi ducks a clothesline and hits a flipping clothesline. Naomi hits a dropkick and kips up. Naomi punches her before having a whip reversed. Naomi hits her with the Rear View, but Nikki gets her foot on the bottom rope. Nikki quickly snaps her off the top rope. Nikki then hits the Rack Attack for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Nikki Bella
Match Rating: 1/2 *

Dean Ambrose will face Kane in the main event.

-Commercial Break-

A video of Bray Wyatt talking about Sister Abigail is shown.

Renee Young is backstage with Dean Ambrose. Renee asks about facing Kane in the main event. Ambrose says Kane rudely interrupted him earlier. He was explaining to Seth Rollins what he was going to do at Hell in a Cell. You cannot prepare for the unknown. Even he doesn’t know what he’s going to do. Kane wants to hear him scream in pain, but he thinks he’s starred in one too many flicks. This isn’t Hollywood. It’s Birmingham.

Kane makes his way to the ring with Seth Rollins. The main event is next.

-Commercial Break-

Kane w/ Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

They bell rings, and Ambrose applies a waistlock. Kane elbows him in the face before going for a body slam. Ambrose slides away and gets out of the ring next to Rollins. Kane quickly gets out, and Ambrose gets back in the ring. Ambrose ducks a punch and punches away at Kane. Kane grabs him by the throat and throws him into the corner. Kane punches away at him, but Ambrose comes back with some punches of his own. Ambrose dropkicks Kane before clotheslining him out of the ring. Ambrose invites Rollins to come into the ring, but he doesn’t oblige. Kane tries to blindside Ambrose, but he pulls the top rope down. Ambrose then lays him out with a plancha.

Ambrose stomps away at Kane before choking him with his boot. Ambrose stomps him in the corner before having a whip reversed. Kane runs into a boot, and Ambrose goes for a tornado DDT. Kane throws him off and big boots him down. Kane throws him out of the ring and drives him into the barricade. Kane drives him into the apron for good measure. Kane slams his arm off the steel steps before putting him back into the ring. Kane uppercuts him and chokes him in the corner. Kane punches him before violently wrenching the arm for a two count. Kane talks a little trash to him as he applies a wristlock. Ambrose bites him to get out of it. Kane then throws him out of the ring. Ambrose comes back by slamming him off the steel steps and dropkicking him into them. Ambrose gets in the ring and hits a suicide dive. Ambrose throws him into the ring and hits a missile dropkick. Ambrose splashes him in the corner and hits a bulldog for a two count. Ambrose slaps the mat and himself in frustration.

Ambrose goes for a Double Arm DDT, but Rollins gets on the apron. Ambrose knocks him off and runs into a Tombstone Piledriver attempt from Kane. Ambrose slides off and goes for a rebound clothesline, but Rollins pulls him out of the ring for the disqualification.

Winner by Disqualification: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: * 1/2

Kane stomps away at Ambrose as Rollins gets in the ring. Rollins powerbombs him into the corner as Kane grabs a steel chair. Rollins sets him up for a Curb Stomp. Ambrose sidesteps him and punches Kane off the apron. Ambrose grabs the steel chair and corners Rollins. Kane attacks him from behind, but Ambrose gets out and slams the chair off Kane’s back a few times. Rollins and Kane retreat up the ramp as Ambrose stares them down.

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Quick Match Results

Seth Rollins def. Dolph Ziggler (non-title)
AJ Lee def. Layla via Submission (non-title)
Sheamus and The Usos def. The Miz, Gold and Stardust
Nikki Bella def. Naomi
Dean Ambrose def. Kane via DQ

Mike’s Quick Thoughts

* I liked the promo Seth Rollins cut at the start of the show. He’s getting a lot more comfortable with his promo work. He’s not perfect, but he’s head and shoulders beyond where Roman Reigns is. Rollins took some campy material and delivered it strong to make it a bit of a success. Reigns is unable to do that. Rollins delivered everything well and did a good job of building up the Hell in a Cell match against Dean Ambrose.

* That was a really fun match between Rollins and Ziggler following the promo. The promo Ziggler cut was kind of lame, but that didn’t hurt the match at all. These guys have good chemistry, and I can’t help but wonder how good the match would be if they were really allowed to go at it. This match was given a lot of time, but they never really went at it 100%. They’ve been having Rollins work the slow and methodical pace, so that takes away from it sometimes. My one problem is that Ziggler has been losing way too much and shouldn’t have probably had this match tonight. Why is it every time someone gets a mid-card title, they don’t win another match for a while? It cheapens the title. I still enjoyed the match and would hate to have given it up, but for the good of that title and Ziggler, it may have been worth it. If they want to get the mid-card titles over again, stop talking about how it has a history of elevating people (because that hasn’t been the case since the early-to-mid-90’s) and let it actually elevate them. You do that by not jobbing the champion out at every given instance.

* I wasn’t a fan of the follow-up promo by Dean Ambrose. The crowd was dead, though they have been the whole show thus far, and it was clear he was reciting scripted material when he asked why Rollins was running away when he was doing anything but running. Ambrose usually does a good job of adapting on the fly, but that was a rare miss. Also, Kane in the main event doesn’t excite me whatsoever. Kane’s really been showing lately that he’s closer to 50 than he is 40 in the way he works.

* Fun fact: Did you know that the Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer, titles held by Kane and Triple H respectively on the show, are really the same exact job? They’re just different titles. It’s like President and Commander in Chief. I wonder if they thought about that when assigning the titles.

* I am thoroughly bored with the AJ Lee and Paige feud. There has been no forward motion. They’ve just been trading moves every week. I’m not even sure I know the issue. It was never established that they really were friends. Now they’re enemies that used to be friends. Who cares? This could have been a great feud, but a lack of any actual story has crippled it.

* I found the six-man tag match to be terribly boring. The lack of any heat really hurt this. They could have at least piped in some fake cheers. It’s striking how little the crowd cares about anyone on the mid-card not named Damien Sandow. The Usos are so stale right now and there is nothing terribly interesting about Gold and Stardust.

* Good lord, that segment with Big Show and Mark Henry was absolutely brutal. That story wasn’t funny and didn’t seem like it contained any truth other than the fact that they probably do eat at Waffle Houses. It took way too long to get to the point. Also, Rusev should never speak ever. That’s what Lana is there for. If Rusev speaks perfect English, why does he need Lana? Lana is the mouthpiece and Rusev is the muscle. It’s not rocket science.

* There wasn’t anything wrong with the Nikki Bella vs. Naomi match. It was quick and they didn’t screw anything. I liked Nikki’s new attire as well. It’s a lot more flattering for her.

* Yet another disqualification in a main event. How creative.

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