WWE Smackdown Results
September 12, 2014
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
Footage is shown from the RAW main event of Roman Reigns versus Randy Orton. They had a long match that saw Reigns nearly pin Orton until being attacked by Corporate Kane and Seth Rollins. A prolonged beat down was given to Reigns, including seeing Seth Rollins hit Reigns with a cross-body off the top of the cage. It culminated with Orton bashing him with a chair a few times before Rollins gave him a Curb Stomp onto the chair.
Todd Philips, Michael Cole, and JBL welcome us to the show. Tonight’s main event will see Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns team up to face Seth Rollins and Randy Orton. We’ll also see Mark Henry have an arm wrestling contest against Rusev.
Big Show, Mark Henry & The Usos vs. Goldust, Stardust & The Wyatt Family
Before the match begins, replays are shown of Goldust and Stardust viciously assaulting Jey Uso’s injured knee two weeks ago on RAW. Then this past Monday, The Usos got even by attacking them from behind.
Bray Wyatt is seated at the top of the stage in a rocking chair. Jimmy Uso will start the match against Goldust. Goldust charges him, but Jimmy powers him to the corner and punches away at him. Goldust reverses a whip, but Jimmy puts the brakes on and takes him down with a clothesline and an uppercut for a no count. Goldust quickly kicks him and tags in Stardust. Stardust punches him before being kicked in the midsection. Jimmy chops the chest a few times before tagging in his brother, Jey Uso. Jey, whose knee is still heavily wrapped, limps into the ring and chops him before choking him on the ropes. Jimmy tags back in, and he comes off the top rope with a double sledge to the shoulder. Stardust quickly powers him to the corner, and Luke Harper blind tags in. Harper and Stardust stare at one another before Harper misses a clothesline, and Jimmy dropkicks him down.
Mark Henry is tagged in, and he head-butts Harper down before doing a JYD head-butt. Henry sends him to the corner and hits an avalanche. Henry gets the crowd going before sending Harper to the opposite corner. Henry somehow got distracted, and Harper took him down with a big boot. There seemed to be some miscommunication there. Bray Wyatt now powers down to ringside, but the Big Show stands in his way. Wyatt smiles and backs up the ramp.
We come back from the break to see Jimmy hit Harper with a cross-body block off the top rope. Jimmy hits a clothesline and a kick to the midsection before hitting an uppercut. Jimmy ducks a clothesline and goes for a Samoan Drop, but Harper gets out of it. Harper blocks a kick, but Jimmy comes back with an enzuigiri. Harper stumbles to the corner. Jimmy charges, but Harper catches him with a back body drop to the apron. Jimmy loses his balance, tries to hang on to the ropes, but he falls to the floor and hurts his knee. His brother, Jey, with the already injured knee, comes by to check on him.
Stardust tags in and attacks the injured Jimmy at ringside. Stardust bounces him off the apron and the commentary table before putting him in the ring for a two count. Goldust tags in, and he clotheslines him in the back of the head for a one count. Goldust stomps him before Harper tags himself in. Harper kicks him before delivering an uppercut. Jimmy comes back with a punch and some chops before hitting a sunset flip for a two count. Harper quickly dropkicks him down for a two count. Erick Rowan is tagged in, and he drops a knee on Jimmy before digging his fists into his temple. Jimmy fights up and punches, but Rowan takes him down. Rowan hits the ropes, but Jimmy catches him with a Samoan Drop. Goldust is tagged in, and he attempts a back suplex, but Jimmy flips through and lands on his feet. Jimmy then connects with a big superkick.
Big Show and Stardust are tagged in. Big Show clotheslines his former WrestleMania XXVIII opponent before sending him to the corner for an avalanche. Big Show sends him to the opposite corner and hits a corner clothesline before hitting the ropes and turning him inside out with a shoulder block. Big Show goes for a Chokeslam, and Goldust runs in to stop him. Big Show grabs him by the throat as well, but the Dust Brothers kick him and hits a double-team suplex! Mark Henry runs in and avalanches Goldust. Harper and Rowan punch him out of the ring and double-team him. Goldust also joins in on the beating. Jimmy Uso then takes them all out with a running dive over the top rope!
In the ring, Stardust hits Big Show with the Disaster Kick. Big Show soon is quick to get back to his feet, so Stardust dropkicks him into the ropes. Big Show rebounds with a Knockout Punch. Jey Uso tags in and hits a Superfly Splash off the top rope for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Big Show, Mark Henry & The Usos
Match Rating: * 3/4
Mark Henry will be back later on to face Rusev in an International Arm Wrestling Contest.
A video recaps Paul Heyman trying to turn John Cena to the dark side on Monday Night RAW. John Cena declined to do so and instead challenged Heyman or Brock Lesnar to a fight next week.
Brock Lesnar will be on Monday Night RAW this week, and he will meet face to face with John Cena.
Corporate Kane is backstage with Seth Rollins and Randy Orton. Kane says that this past Monday’s RAW was a resounding success. The season premiere is a night Roman Reigns won’t soon forget. Rollins says he knows what makes Reigns tick. Rollins says they’ll finish Reigns for good tonight. Orton says he likes the sound of that. However, Chris Jericho says that Orton has had everything handed to him in WWE. The beat down he gave on RAW won’t compare to the beat down they’ll give that wannabe rockstar tonight. Kane says that’s what’s best for business.
Bo Dallas makes his way to the ring. He’ll be in action, next.
Bo Dallas vs. Justin Gabriel
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter are at ringside to scout the match. The bell sounds and the match begins, but Dallas has a microphone. Dallas says that life is funny sometimes. Most are destined to be failures for their entire lives, but if you work hard and listen to what he has to say, you can be just like him: America’s sweetheart. Dallas asks everyone to rise, place their hands over their hearts… Zeb Colter cuts him off and says if Dallas was America’s sweetheart then he’s Ariana freakin’ Grande! Colter doesn’t even know who that is! Colter says Dallas is running a scam. He shouldn’t be in a ring — he should be on a late night infomercial. Colter says what Americans need to do is rise, put their hands on their hearts, and say, “We the people!”
Dallas finally turns his attention to Gabriel, who was just standing there listening even though the match already started. Dallas punches him before sending him to the ropes. Gabriel slides under him, punches him, and hits a snapmare before pinning him for a two count. Gabriel rolls him up again for a two count. Gabriel hits a forearm in the corner, but Dallas soon comes back with a back elbow before hitting a hard whip to the corner. Dallas viciously punches away at him before hitting a short-arm clothesline. Dallas then applies a chin lock, but Gabriel fights up and hits a jawbreaker.
Gabriel kicks and clotheslines him down. Gabriel hits a running forearm and a spin kick. Gabriel hits a springboard cross-body block for a two count. Gabriel hits an STO and goes for a springboard moonsault, but Dallas moves. Dallas hits a running kick before hitting the Bo-Dog for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bo Dallas
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Dallas angrily challenges Swagger to get in the ring. Dallas attacks him as he gets on the apron, but Swagger punches him away. Swagger gets in the ring, and Dallas runs for the hills.
Mark Henry will face Rusev in an International Arm Wrestling Contest later tonight.
AJ Lee comes to the commentary table to talk about the next match.
Summer Rae w/ Layla vs. Paige
They lock up, and Paige powers her to the corner. Summer soon kicks and punches her down in the corner until the referee backs her up. Summer applies a modified full nelson with her legs. Summer transitions it to a body-scissor, but Paige head-butts out. Paige hits a short-arm clothesline before putting her on the ropes and kneeing away at her from the apron. Paige looks at AJ before getting back in the ring. Paige then applies the Black Widow, AJ’s move, for the win.
Winner by Submission: Paige
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Paige stares at AJ before going to leave the ring. Layla goes to attack Paige, but AJ takes Layla and kicks her. AJ then hits her with the Paige Turner. Paige takes exception to that, but AJ simply skips away.
Chris Jericho will team with Roman Reigns to face Seth Rollins and Randy Orton in the main event. Coming up next, we’ll see Rusev and Mark Henry have an International Arm Wrestling Contest.
International Arm Wrestling Contest
Mark Henry vs. Rusev
Michael Cole is in the ring to announce the participants of the arm wrestling contest. There is an arm wrestling contraption in the ring. Cole reminds the fans that these two men will face at Night of Champions, which you can watch on the WWE Network for just $9.99.
Mark Henry is the first to the ring. Rusev is out next with his manager, Lana. Lana takes a microphone, and a USA chant breaks out. She tells the crowd to shut up. She says they’re surprised Henry accepted their challenge. Henry can spare himself the embarrassment of losing tonight and at Night of Champions if he just embraces the American way and forfeits, just like he failed in the Olympic Games. Henry says he was proud of his Olympic experiences, but he was sad he had to withdraw due to injury. He never thought he’d get another chance to represent his country, the greatest superpower on the planet, the United States of America. A big USA chant breaks out. Henry says he’ll unleash 400-pounds of fury on Rusev. Now he’s going to show him what he does.
Lana says they will first dedicate this impending victory to their fearless leader, Vladimir Putin. Putin’s image is shown on the screen.
Henry and Rusev go to set up on the table, but Rusev backs away and puts chalk on his hands. They lock hands and start the contest. Rusev’s hand slips off, and he takes more chalk. They lock hands again, and Henry begins to pull him down. Henry smiles at him as he wins the competition. Rusev clutches his arm in pain. Lana yells at the referee, and the referee says something to Michael Cole. Cole says they want a rematch, but Henry has to use his left hand. Henry accepts the challenge.
Henry nearly beats Rusev again, but Lana throws chalk into his eyes. Rusev kicks him in the midsection and knocks the table over. Rusev then kicks him in the back and talks some trash. The crowd boos as the Russian Federation flag unfurls above the ring. Henry soon pulls himself up, and Rusev takes him down with a big thrust kick. Rusev talks more trash before having his arm raised by Lana.
Renee Young is backstage with Chris Jericho. Renee asks for his reaction to his cage match against Bray Wyatt and the attack by Randy Orton. Jericho says he had one of the greatest cage matches in RAW history this past week. He even took some chances by scaling the 25-foot cage and jumping onto Wyatt. Some chances worked and some didn’t, but he lost on his terms. What he can’t accept is being attacked by Randy Orton. No one makes a statement using him. As of right now, he’s the Viper Vanquisher, the Cobra Crusher, the Snake Shredder, the Adder Mad Hatter, the Ophidian Obsidian, the Copper Headed Shredder Chris Jericho. When he’s done with Randy Orton, he’ll never be the same again. Jericho hisses like a snake and walks off.
The Miz is walking backstage with his stunt double Damien Sandow. They’re in action, next.
After The Miz and Damien Sandow make their way to the ring, Dolph Ziggler comes out to the stage. Ziggler says the idea of having a stunt double is pretty rad. Ziggler then introduces his stunt double for the night, R-Ziggler (R-Truth). R-Truth comes out in Ziggler’s gear and does his exact entrance.
The Miz and Damien Sandow vs. Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth
Ziggler will start against Sandow. They lock up, and Sandow quickly kicks him in the knee. Ziggler punches back, wrenches the arm, hits a snapmare, and drops an elbow. R-Ziggler is tagged in, and he wrenches the arm before hitting a snapmare. R-Truth wiggles his hips and drops an elbow for a two count. Ziggler is tagged in, and he wrenches the arm before hitting a big dropkick for a two count. Ziggler applies a front face-lock and talks trash to Miz. The Miz tries to get in, but the referee stops him. R-Truth sneaks in and attempts twin magic by applying the front face-lock. The referee catches on and tells him to leave the ring. Miz runs into a double-team hip toss, as does Sandow. Ziggler and R-Truth then clothesline both men out of the ring. Ziggler and R-Truth do identical taunts as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler trapped in a chin lock applied by Miz. Ziggler whips him off and kicks him away before tagging in R-Truth. R-Truth hits a flying clothesline, a regular clothesline, and Ziggler’s splash. R-Truth punches Sandow off the apron, and Miz big boots him. Miz stomps him before signaling to his moneymaker. Miz then kicks him in the face. Sandow is tagged in, and he covers for a two count. Sandow does a moneymaker poser and kicks R-Truth in the face for a two count. Miz tags in, and he stomps R-Truth a few times. R-Truth fights him away before Miz hits the Reality Check for a near fall. Sandow is tagged in, and he attempts the Reality Check, but R-Truth counters into a backslide pin for a two count. Sandow takes him down and tags in Miz, who drops a knee. Ziggler taunts Miz, but he stays on R-Truth by choking him on the ropes. Sandow tags in and works on the leg. Sandow goes for a Figure Four, but R-Truth kicks him away. Miz tags in, and he stomps R-Truth before knocking Ziggler off the apron. R-Truth then hits Ziggler’s spike DDT.
Ziggler and Sandow are tagged in. Ziggler ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of his own. Ziggler splashes him in the corner before hitting a neckbreaker. Sandow sidesteps a famouser and goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Ziggler escapes. Ziggler hits the famouser, but Miz breaks up the pinfall. R-Truth runs in and misses a Scissor Kick on Sandow. Ziggler punches Sandow, and R-Truth hits the Zig-Zag. Ziggler pins him for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth
Match Rating: * 1/4
We’ll see Jerry Springer’s attempt at an intervention for The Bella Twins, next.
The absolutely atrocious segment with Jerry Springer and The Bella Twins is inexplicably shown in near entirety. You can almost hear remotes clicking the channel button.
Byron Saxton is backstage with Nikki Bella. Saxton asks what the Jerry Springer intervention meant for her. Nikki says it was a tough day. The entire world got a taste of what she’s gone through. She’s the victim, not Brie. Nikki says she’s going through a lot when she should be focusing on the Divas Title Match. Focusing on winning that match makes her forget that she has a sister. AJ Lee comes up and says Nikki weaseled her way into her rematch for the title. There are certain benefits to being Stephanie McMahon’s lapdog. Paige comes up and says its not about her, AJ, and Nikki. It’s about her and AJ only. She’ll beat AJ one more time so they can be friends again. Paige forgets who Nikki is and walks off. Nikki says this could be easy.
Chris Jericho’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. Footage of Randy Orton’s attack on him from RAW is shown. Roman Reigns is out next through the crowd. The main event is next.
Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins and Randy Orton
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is the official for this match. Roman Reigns will start the match against Randy Orton. Orton kicks and clubs him before punching away at him. Reigns comes back with a snapmare and a pair of shoulder blocks. Reigns then clotheslines him out of the ring before knocking Rollins off the apron. Reigns bounces Orton off the apron and punches Rollins down. Reigns gets on the apron, and Orton knocks him into the commentary table. Reigns’ ribs are hurt as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Orton choking Reigns on the middle rope. Reigns punches Rollins down on the apron, but Orton quickly gains control by attacking from behind and pinning him for a near fall. Orton applies a chin lock, but Reigns fights up and hits a back suplex.
Jericho and Rollins are tagged in. Jericho hits a diving chop from the top rope before knocking Orton off the apron. Jericho hits a shoulder block on Rollins before hitting a sleeper hold slam. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Rollins fights it. Jericho turns it into a catapult into the turnbuckle. Jericho then applies the Walls of Jericho, but Jericho lets it go to attack Orton as he tries to interfere. Jericho hits a bulldog on Rollins and goes for a Lionsault, but Orton punches him in the head. Rollins covers Jericho for a near fall.
Orton tags in, and he stomps Jericho’s ribs a few times before dropping a knee for a two count. Jericho gets to his knees, and he chops Orton a few times. Jericho hits the ropes, and Orton hits a powerslam for a near fall. Orton cannot believe it. Orton stomps Jericho’s midsection before Rollins tags in. Rollins hits the Three Amigos before staring at Reigns. Rollins charges Jericho, but Jericho gives him a back body drop out of the ring! Rollins is able to get back in before Jericho makes the tag. Orton tags in, and he stomps Jericho some more. Orton applies a chin lock and clubs the chest. Orton stomps him before sending him to the corner. Orton runs into the boots, and Jericho hits a missile dropkick.
Reigns is tagged in, and he clotheslines Orton before punching Rollins off the apron. Reigns hits another clothesline on Orton before going for a Samoan Drop. Reigns drops Orton and catches Rollins with the Samoan Drop instead as he was trying to interfere. Orton kicks him, but Reigns comes right back with a jumping clothesline. Reigns puts Orton and Rollins into the corner. Reigns splashes them and punches Rollins out of the ring. Reigns then punches Orton down and leaves the ring to dropkick him in the head. Rollins springboards into Reigns’ grip, who throws him out of the ring. Jericho is tagged in, and he hits Orton with a cross-body block for a near fall. Reigns and Rollins fight in the crowd as Jericho runs into a back elbow. Orton hits his trademark backbreaker as cameras show Reigns and Rollins fighting in the crowd. Jericho counters a hanging DDT into a roll up for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns
Match Rating: **
Orton cannot believe it, and he is livid in the ring. Jericho and Reigns back up the apron and seem satisfied with their victory.
Quick Match Results
Big Show, Mark Henry & The Usos def. Goldust, Stardust & The Wyatts
Bo Dallas def. Justin Gabriel
Paige def. Summer Rae via Submission (non-title)
Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth def. The Miz and Damien Sandow
Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns def. Seth Rollins and Randy Orton
Mike’s Quick Thoughts
* The eight-man tag team match was a fun way to open up the show and showcase two tag team feuds. It filled up time, so it did its job. I only had a few issues with some things. First, Jey Uso could barely make it to the stage on RAW with the knee injury. He still had crutches and was limping badly. You’re telling me that in four kayfabe days he was cleared to wrestle and is able to do a splash off the top rope? Come on now. I can suspend my disbelief only so much. Another qualm I had with the match was Goldust and Stardust doing a double-team suplex on Big Show. It took two guys to get him off his feet, but I feel like Big Show has been leaving his feet way too much to the point where it’s not impressive to see a 450-pound man get slammed. In the past few weeks we’ve seen like two or three body slams from Rowan and now this. Big Show should only be getting slammed on PPVs. It should be a spectacle, not a throwaway on a random Smackdown that has nothing to do in the big time picture. Don’t get me wrong – the match was still fun, but there were a few problems.
* I really didn’t like the Bo Dallas match at all. Nothing against Bo Dallas; I like the guy a lot. It’s on the people who booked it. The bell rings, and then Dallas cuts a promo with his back to his opponent the entire time. Are you kidding me? Gabriel never thought to himself, “Gee, he’s not paying attention to me whatsoever; maybe I should surprise him with a roll up!” I don’t know if the referee jumped the gun and had them ring the bell too early or what. You’re asking way too much of me to suspend my disbelief on that. That was absolute crap and lazy booking. Smackdown has simply become a show they just churn out, no different from Superstars and Main Event. Hardly anything of consequence ever happens on the show anymore. It’s just a show on the schedule. They have to do something, so let’s just put stuff, any kind of stuff, out there.
* Ok, the divas match brought the show back for me a little bit. I don’t always like it, but I enjoyed this little bit of one-upmanship with them stealing their finishers. Quick fun.
* The arm wrestling contest was fun for the first few moments, but it quickly started to drag with the attack. Henry just laid around forever before eating another kick. This match-up doesn’t have the same sizzle the Swagger match-up did.
* I know I may be in the minority here, but I absolutely love the stunt double angle with The Miz. Damien Sandow is absolutely perfect in his role right now. So many people cry that he’s not being utilized properly. I’d agree if he sucked at this role, but he doesn’t. He’s got comedy skills, so he’s being used properly. He’s featured every week on RAW or Smackdown or both in a lot of cases. The guy is pulling in a paycheck for what he does. I’m sure he’s not losing sleep over it. The R-Truth thing as R-Ziggler legitimately made me laugh. It may be the greatest thing he’s done in WWE since he came out dressed as a Confederate Soldier singing “When Little Jimmy Comes Marching Home.”
* The main event of the show was your basic paint-by-numbers Smackdown tag team main event match. You get double hot tags so it stretches out a bit. This too contained some really laughable mistakes. Ok, so Jericho did a dive off a 25-foot cage (his words) on Monday and injured his knee in the process, right? Ok, so why in the name of all that is good and holy is he doing missile dropkicks and diving chops to the head days after that? Jericho is a great worker and gets a pass, but come on. There wasn’t one agent who went up to Jericho and told him to really sell the knee? I barely saw any limping. Also, where is the intrigue for the Rollins/Reigns match? Reigns dominated him every single chance they made contact. Like I said in my thoughts from RAW, if they don’t start booking Reigns to be a little more vulnerable, he’s dead in the water before he even takes off.
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