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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results: NXT Talents Shine Before Payback

10409422_10152164452091443_313463594929200816_nWWE SmackDown
May 30, 2014
Philips Arena
Atlanta, Georgia

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First In-Ring Segment:

The Shield made their ring entrance to a huge pop. Seth Rollins started the promo saying what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and they were stronger and hungrier than ever after what happened Monday. A video recapped the attack by Evolution. Ambrose took over and said Evolution had no idea who they were dealing with. He said you hit them with sledgehammers and they don’t care. He asked how crazy Evolution was willing to get on Sunday because the Hounds were going to make it really ugly.

Rollins took over again and hyped the elimination rules for their match. He teased Triple H being surrounded in a three-on-one situation. He said the end of Evolution would be extinction. Reigns said Evolution put him through an announce table on Monday but they were going to put them through every table they can find. Believe that and believe in the Shield

A video hyped the Intercontinental Championship by showing various incarnations of the belt and different titleholders as setup for the Champion vs. Champion match

First Match: Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. Kofi Kingston

Before the match started there was pre-recorded interview with Kofi Kingston and he said that at this time last he defeated Cesaro for the United States Championship and if Cesaro wins on Sunday he’s ready to get back in the hunt for the US Championship. A hard shoulder puts Kofi down early so he tries an armdrag. Cesaro doesn’t move and instead lifts Kofi up off the mat by the arm into a backbreaker. A gorilla press puts Kofi down again but he avoids a charge in the corner and hits a springboard right hand to the head. Kingston gets two off a kick to the head and goes up for cross body, only to dive into an uppercut for the pin.

After the match Paul Heyman instructs Cesaro to go back in the ring and gives Kingston the Netraulizer.

Winner: Cesaro

Renee Young interviews Bad News Barrett backstage.Barrett says he’ll beat Sheamus tonight to prove a point to RVD. The International Title is more prestegious than the US Title.

Second Match: Tamina Snuka vs. Paige

Before the match started there was pre-recorded inteview with Paige and she talks about how she’s excited to take on Tamina make a statement to her and the rest of the Divas. Paige also she says after tonight she is ready for Alicia Fox.Alicia comes out almost immediately and takes pictures with fans. Paige loses her focus, allowing Tamina to headbutt her down to take over. Fox takes the title belt for another distraction, so Tamina kicks Paige’s head off for two. Paige gets all ticked off and fires elbows in the corner, followed by fast clotheslines and knees to the face. The Paige Turner sets up the Scorpion Cross Lock (PTO: Paige’s Tap Out) for the submission. 

Winner: Paige

Renee Young interviews Sheamus backstage. Sheamus says Cesaro not shaking his hand is like feeding a Gremlin after midnight. He doesn’t know much about geography or continents, but he knows when the US Champion’s foot connects with the Intercontinental Champion’s face, it’s going to knock Barrett’s teeth down his throat.

Third Match: Bo Dallas vs. Xavier Woods

Dallas starts with an armdrag and heads to the floor to celebrate. Woods grabs him but gets sent out to the floor as it’s all Bo so far. Back in and a knee drop sets up a cravate on Woods but he comes back with a clothesline and a dropkick. The Honor Roll (flipping clothesline) gets two for Woods but Bo dropkicks him out of the air, setting up the Bodog for the pin.

Bo does the big celebration and congratulates Woods on such a hard fought effort.

Winner: Bo Dallas

We got a recap of the segment with The Wyatt Family, The Usos, John Cena, Jerry Lawler and JBL from Raw.

Fourth Match: El Torito w/Los Matadores vs. Jinder Mahal w/3MB

Pretty much the same thing as Torito’s match on RAW. Jinder bullies him around the ring – no pun intended – and then Torito does some high flying stuff to make him look stupid. He hits a top rope moonsault for the win. 3MB tries to attack Torito, but Los Matadores make the save. The babyfaces taunt them with a big pair of hedge clippers to set up this Sunday’s pre-show Hair vs. Mask match.

Winner: El Torito

Video package for the United States Championship, talking about all the great title holders like Dusty Rhodes, Booker T, Eddie Guerrero, etc. Very well done.

Fifth Match: Sheamus vs. Bad News Barrett

Non-title and Heyman is on commentary and has now stretched the Streak to a twenty five year accomplishment. Cole asks Heyman which title means more and gets this great response: “Whichever is next held by a Paul Heyman Guy.” Barrett hammers away in the corner to start before taking over with a running clothesline. Bad News comes back with that cool spot where he sets himself up for a superplex but jumps down and spins into a snap suplex for two.

Sheamus’ ten forearms are broken up and Barrett knocks him to the floor for a running elbow off the apron. Back in and a running clothesline drops Barrett, followed by the rolling fireman’s carry. Barrett gets knocked to the floor and Sheamus takes him down with a shoulder from the apron. Sheamus takes too much time though and gets whipped into the steps as we take a break.

Back with Sheamus fighting out of a chinlock and nailing his running ax handles followed by the running knee lift. Sheamus charges into an elbow in the corner though and a loud low superkick gets two. An Irish Curse gets Sheamus out of trouble and the ten forearms to the chest have Barrett in trouble. White Noise is escaped though and Winds of Change get another close call. Wasteland is countered and a Brogue Kick gets the pin.

Sheamus goes after Heyman post match but Paul talks his way to safety.

Winner: Sheamus

Renee Young interviews The Usos backstage. The Usos are banged up from their match on Main Event where they lost to the Wyatt Family. Tonight it’s Jimmy vs. Bray Wyatt in a last man standing match. They give a solid, fired up promo about throwing the rulebook out the window tonight.

Sixth Match: Big E vs. Titus O’Neil

Big E. comes out with the American flag due to what happened with Rusev on Monday. The match for Sunday is official. Also before the match we get the usual from Lana, this time running down the American flag and saying Russia has the true red white and blue flag. Rusev comes out for his Russian speech and Titus uses the distraction to jump Big E. That lasts a few seconds before Big E. comes back with a belly to belly suplex and the running body attack. The Warrior Splash sets up the Big Ending for the pin.

Big E. waves the flag like a Real American.

Winner: Big E

Seventh Match: Adam Rose vs. Jack Swagger

 Colter is on commentary and Swagger gets a jobber entrance while we look at what happened between these two on Monday. Colter wants Rose deported and the party people arrested for impersonating human beings. Rose runs around with the lollipop in his mouth to start and offers it to Swagger. Jack charges but is easily sidestepped before Rose jumps into Swagger’s arms. Swagger has no idea what to think and bails to the floor where Rose quickly follows. Back in and Jack tries a monkey flip but Rose dives forward to pull Jack’s legs forward for a pin.

Winner: Adam Rose

This week’s Raw Rebound features the segment between Daniel Bryan and Stephanie McMahon.

Eight Match: Last Man Standing Match Bray Wyatt vs. Jimmy Uso

Bray hammers on Jimmy in the corner to start before running him over with a shoulder block. A dropkick puts Jimmy on the floor and a big dive takes him down again but Bray is quickly back up. Back from a break with Bray hitting a running splash in the corner but Jimmy fires off some right hands. Bray plants him with his suplex slam and hammers away, only to walk into a Samoan drop.

That doesn’t keep Bray down either but he gets low bridged out to the floor. Jimmy tries a running dive off the barricade but Wyatt ducks underneath, only to walk into a huge superkick for seven. Back in and Bray hits that running cross body, followed by the Spider Walk out of the corner. Jimmy headbutts out of a superplex and nails the Superfly Splash for a count of eight but Bray is mad.

He throws Jimmy out to the floor but the Uso catches him with a jumping enziguri. The running Umaga attack against the barricade has Bray in big trouble but he uses the steps to get up at nine. The Family takes out Jey but Jimmy nails Wyatt with another superkick, only to have another Umaga attack hit the steps. Sister Abigail on the floor is good for the win.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Josh’s Grade for SmackDown: 8/10

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