February 14, 2014
1.) Daniel Bryan, Christian, and Sheamus vs. The Shield
Seth Rollins and Christian started the match, and brawled a bit. Roman Reigns tagged in and he and Christian traded offense until Sheamus tagged into the match. Roman Regins and Sheamus had a stare down and Sheamus opened up with some strikes. After a bit of back and forth action, Sheamus hit a forward roll slam. Sheamus then drove knee into Reigns and covered him for a two count. Reigns turned things around with a back elbow and ragged in Ambrose.
Sheamus started to take over Ambrose with a clothesline and tagged in Daniel Bryan. Bryan came into the match off a hot tag and started to the land the majority of his signature moves on The Shield. He attempted to lock Ambrose in the Yes Lock, but both Shield members entered, and then Christian and Sheamus, and all six men had a standoff mid-ring.
The crowd rocked a big Yes chant as Daniel Bryan tagged out to Sheamus. He hit his clubs to the chest on Rollins and tried to climb to the tope. A brief distraction from Ambrose allowed Rollins to knock him down to the apron, where Reigns hit a running dropkick from the floor. Roman Reigns grabbed Sheamus and tossed him into the barricade, and then back into the ring for Ambrose. Ambrose hit some strikes and then tagged Rollins back in, who continued the beat down.
Reigns tagged in and the heels continued to cut off the ring and force Sheamus to deal with all three of them. He got in a hope spot or two, but otherwise Roman Reigns dominated. He got cocky and talked smack to Christian, which allowed Sheamus to hit a uranage. Rollins tagged in and tried to prevent the hot tag, but missed a running senton, and Christian tagged in. He went to work on all three heels, knocking Rollins and Reigns off the apron, and then hit a tornado DDT on Ambrose for a broken pin.
Bryan entered to rescue Christian, and took all all three Shield Members. He took out Reigns with a suicide dive on the outside, and then ate one himself from Seth Rollins. In the ring, Sheamus inadvertantly hit Christian with a Brogue Kick, and then Roman Reigns hit him with a spear. Ambrose covered Christian for the clean pin.
Winner: The Shield
Backstage, Vickie Guerrero was on the phone and was interrupted by Zeb Colter. Colter asked Guerrero to be his valentine. Colter says that Jack Swagger deserves a chance at a championship and Guerrero announce that tonight there will be a Fatal Four Way Match to determine the number one contender to Big E’s Intercontinental Championship. The participants in this match tonight will be Swagger, Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston and Mark Henry.
Back from commercial break Cesaro was interviewed by Byron Saxton. Cesaro says that he feels that nobody belives that Cesaro has no shot to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Cesaro says when he beats Randy Orton tonight he will prove that he will get the respect he deserves.
They aired the highlight package of Lita being the newest inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
2.) 4 Way Match to determine the Number One Contender to the Intercontinental Championship
Rey Mysterio vs. Mark Henry vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston
Kofi and Rey worked together to take down Mark Henry early and send him out to take a powder. Kingston and Mysterio hit the ropes and Kingston hit a back elbow for a two count. Mysterio rolled through a sunset flip attempt by Kingston and kicked him in the face. Swagger got in the match and tripped Mysterio as he hit the ropes. Kingston dove on Swagger on the outside, and then Mysterio jumped on Kingston.
All three men got up, and Mark Henry was going to attempt a suicide dive, until Jack Swagger entered the ring and hit a low tackle around his knees. He followed up with a Jack Swagger bomb and Mark Henry rolled to the outside again. Jack Swagger and Rey Mysterio then went back and forth until Rey Mysterio reversed out of a suplex attempt and hit a face buster. Kofi Kingston broke up a pin attempt. Kofi Kingston then sent Rey Mysterio into the ring post and went to work on Jack Swagger.
He hit a boom drop on Jack Swagger and fired up the crowd. Kofi Kingston avoided a distraction by Rey Mysterio, but Jack Swagger met him up on the top rope. Mark Henry then approached Jack Swagger from underneath and grabbed him for a powerbomb. Mark Henry then hit a big clothesline on Kofi Kingston, but got hit with a chop block by Jack Swagger. Jack Swagger then applied the patriot lock, but couldn’t get the submission. Rey Mysterio hit 619 on Mark Henry’s gut, and then Kofi Kingston hit Trouble in Paradise to put the big man down. He rolled to the outside again.
Jack Swagger, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston did a double german spot with Jack Swagger as the anchor. Jack Swagger tossed Kofi Kingston from the ring, but Rey Mysterio tripped him onto the second rope for 619. Kofi Kingston jumped back into the ring and hit Trouble in Paradise on Rey Mysterio. He then used both feet to shove Mark Henry into the announce table at ringside. As Kofi Kingston tried to skin the cat, Jack Swagger grabbed him for the patriot lock. After a struggle, he tapped out to give Jack Swagger the win.
Winner: Jack Swagger
3.) The Usos and The Rhodes Brothers vs. Rybaxel and The New Age Outlaws
Goldust and Billy Gunn started, and I had a High School flash back. They went back and forth and Road Dogg and Cody Rhodes tagged in quickly. They went back and forth as well, with Cody Rhodes finally slowing down the pace with a clothesline. Jimmy Uso tagged in, and the Uso Brothers hit some double team offense. Jey Uso remained in the ring, but couldn’t keep Road Dogg down. He hit a kick to the gut and tagged in Curtis Axel.
Curtis Axel took control of the pace and stomped and used arm holds to keep Jey on the mat. Ryback tagged in, and they continued to isolate Jey Uso in their half of the ring. He hit a back elbow and a big press slam, and then backed Jey Uso into the heel corner
Jey Uso was still trapped on the wrong side of the ring as Billy Gunn took his turn with punches and stomps in the corner. Billy Gunn missed a splash in the corner and both men crawled for tags. Jimmy Uso hit a superkick on Ryback to knock him off the apron, and sent Curtis Axel to the floor with an elbow. He hit a Bubba Bomb on both Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, and then hit a butt splash on both in the corners. The match broke down after Curtis Axel broke up the pin. Everybody ended up on the outside after a series of splashes from the apron, and Jimmy Uso pinned Road Dogg with a splash from the top.
Winner: The Usos and The Rhodes Brothers
Backstage, Renee Young interviewed Randy Orton. Randy Orton said the Authority has always had his back, and he now realizes these challenges were to make him a stronger Champion, and not weaken him before the Elimination Chamber. Randy Orton says Cesaro can beat Orton, but he is not getting Randy Orton, Cesaro is getting The Viper.
4.) Damien Sandow vs. Darren Young
Short match Darren Young was distracted by Titus O’Neil who was on commentary with JBL and Michael Cole. Damien Sandow took control of the match after attacking Darren Young from behind. Darren Young reversed a hip toss attempt into a school by to pick up the victory over Damien Sandow.
After the match Titus O’Neil attacked Darren Young from behind. Titus O’Neil started playing to the crowd, but Darren Young got back up and knock Titus O’Neil out of the ring.
Winner: Darren Young
5.) The Miz vs. Fandango w/Summer Rae
Fandango turned Miz inside out with a clothesline early. They traded offense back and forth without anyone in particular taking control. Fandango hit a nice dropkick, but Miz flipped out of a suplex attempt and fired up with a few clotheslines. Miz hit the reality check, but couldn’t follow up with either a figure for or a skull crushing finale. Emma and Santino Marella entered, and Summer Rae confronted them at the ramp. They shoved each other and Emma took her down. The distraction allowed Miz to hit the skull crushing finale for the victory.
Winner: The Miz
6.) Randy Orton vs. Cesaro w/Zeb Colter
Cesaro goes for a quick rollup before Randy Orton heads outside, then he gets back in and Cesaro gets another near fall before Randy Orton bails. Randy Orton reenters the ring and Cesaro gets him with a waistlock takedown, then he hits a gutwrench slam for two before hitting a double stomp. Cesaro uppercuts him and whips him across the ring, but Randy Orton clotheslines him and connects with a few uppercuts in the corner. Cesaro throws a few uppercuts of his own, then they go outside and Randy Orton whips Cesaro into the barricade and drops him with a clothesline. We get back from a break to see Randy Orton throw Cesaro headfirst into the barricade, then applies a headlock before throwing a few more uppercuts. Cesaro comes back with some uppercuts and headbutts, then Randy Orton knocks him outside and slams his head into the apron and barricade.
Randy Orton sets up for a hangman’s DDT but Cesaro counters with a 18 revolutions Giant Swing, then he calls for a Neutralizer but Randy Orton backdrops him. Cesaro lands on his feet and charges him, but Randy Orton connects with a spinning powerslam for two and follows with a hangman’s DDT. Randy Orton calls for a RKO but Cesaro catches him with an uppercut, then he follows with a European uppercut for two and Randy Orton retreats to the corner. Cesaro charges him but Randy Orton dropkicks him, then he sets up for a superplex but Cesaro breaks it up with some kidney shots. Cesaro hits a sunset flip powerbomb and a rolling uppercut, then he follows with a Neutralizer for the win.
JPOV: WOW! What a SmackDown. A lot of great matches tonight I will have to say the match of the night was the 6 man tag team match with The Shield beating Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and Christian. A great main event match with Cesaro picking up the suprising upset on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. SmackDown would be my vote for show of the week.
Josh’s Grade for SmackDown: 9.5/10
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