WWE Friday Night SmackDown
July 11, 2014
Canadian Tire Centre
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First In-Ring Segment:
The show opened cold with Rusev’s music. He and Lana made their ring entrance as Michael Cole and JBL checked in on commentary. She said Canada was like the US in that they did not deserve to be anywhere near Rusev or Vladimir Putin. She started to say Rusev would crush Roman Reigns, but his ring entrance cut her off.
Reigns got a chant and let it marinate. He said he was going to get to the point. He said it wasn’t Rusev’s ring, it was his. He asked Rusev if he really thought he could beat him and laughed. Reigns continued to run him down and Rusev got chesty. Reigns said he had a hair trigger too and he would put his fist across Rusev’s face, “boy.” Lana told him to be careful.
Reigns said if a ref would come out he would kick Rusev’s “Putin kissing ass, boy.” He threw the mic and a ref ran out. The ref told Lana to get out so they could fight. Lana said, “Not on his terms,” and called off Rusev. They left the ring and Reigns continued to jaw at Rusev.
It was announced that AJ Lee will defend her WWE Divas Championship against Paige at the Battleground PPV.
First Match: AJ Lee vs. Cameron
The bell rings but Cameron wants to put on lip gloss. Cameron takes her down and tries to put makeup on AJ, which JBL thinks is a foreign object. A double chicken wing has AJ in trouble and Cameron shouts a lot. Back up and AJ sends her into the corner for a running clothesline followed by a shot to the face for two. Cameron tries to leave because AJ messed up her face, only to have Naomi run down and throw her back in. The Shining Wizard gets AJ the pin.
Winner: AJ Lee
Randy Orton was backstage for an interview with Renee Young. She asked what he thought of Kane saying “I’m starting to hate you” on Raw this week. Orton said he doesn’t care what Kane says, just what he does. So as long as Kane helps him win the title at Battleground, all’s well that ends well. Then he turned his attention to Chris Jericho, his opponent tonight, and said he’s a legend who will be introduced to the “Legend Killer”.
Second Match: Fandango w/Layla vs. Adam Rose w/Summer Rae
It was hardly a match. Before they could really get going, Summer Rae ran down to attack Layla. When Fandango went out to break it up, he was counted out. When he got back in the ring, Rose met him there and shoved a blow pop in his face before giving him the Party Foul.
Winner: Adam Rose by Countout
Chris Jericho was backstage for an interview with Renee Young. Jericho says his match with Bray has a chance to be a classic because they’re from opposite sides of the spectrum. Bray says save us Y2J but Wyatt is too far gone to save. Jericho is going to follow Wyatt’s advice and let actions do the talking tonight against Randy Orton. Maybe it’s time to crush the head of the serpent. As for Wyatt, Jericho is coming. He blows very gently in a nice touch.
It was announced at WWE Battleground The Usos will defend their WWE Tag Team Championship against The Wyatt Family in a Two out of Three Falls Match.
Third Match: The Usos vs. Heath Slater & Titus O’Neil
Jimmy pounds on Titus to start but it’s quickly off to Slater who gets kicked in the face for two. Heath takes him down into a chinlock but gets caught in a bad looking Samoan drop for two more. Everything breaks down and Slater jumps into a superkick, setting up the Superfly Splash.
Post match the Usos say they love the rivalry with the Wyatts. Jey imitates a stereotypical commentator while Jimmy acts out a lot of the moves he describes. Odd but kind of entertaining actually.
Winner: The Usos
Fourth Match: Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton
Before the match Bray pops up on screen and sings his song before telling Chris to save himself. Cole actually gives us some backstory here, talking about Orton arrived in WWE in 2002 and called Jericho to pick him up at the airport because Jericho was the only person he knew in WWE. Now Orton only cares about himself and isn’t like his old self. Jericho quickly sends Randy to the apron and dropkicks him out to the floor as we take a break.
Back with Jericho hitting a running knee to the back for two as Cole brings up Orton punting Jericho out of WWE back in 2010. I’m digging this storytelling from Cole. Chris misses a charge and falls out to the floor where Orton sends him into the steps. It’s good for two back inside and the fans loudly chant for Y2J. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Orton slams Jericho’s head down onto the mat.
Back to the chinlock as the fans chant for the Canadian again. He fights up with a belly to back suplex and a dropkick but Orton kicks away from the Walls. A powerslam gets two for Orton but Jericho comes back with a running clothesline in the corner. Orton crotches him on the top, only to have Jericho come back with a top rope cross body for a close two.
The backbreaker puts Chris down again and Randy loads up the Elevated DDT but Jericho counters into the Walls. Orton makes the rope and now the Elevated DDT connects. Jericho blocks the RKO and hits the Lionsault but the Wyatts seem to be coming. The lights come up and they’re nowhere in sight, allowing to hit the RKO for the pin.
Winner: Randy Orton
Fifth Match: Layla vs. Summer Rae w/Fandango as Special Guest Referee
Fandango is refereeing again and gets kissed by both girls to start. The bell rings and Fandango stops both girls from charging at the other. Apparently he wants to dance but the girls aren’t impressed. Instead they both beat him up and knock him to the floor before dancing together as Fandango is stunned.
Winner: No Contest
Sixth Match: Curtis Axel w/Ryback vs. Goldust w/Stardust
Feeling out process to start with Goldust breathing at Curtis. Stardust gets on the barricade and seems to be conducting the crowd as Axel takes over on Goldust. A dropkick sends Goldust outside and Stardust is now laying on the announcers’ table. He puts on JBL’s hat as the match heads back inside where Goldust kicks Axel in the head. A powerslam gets two for Goldust and the Final Cut gets the pin.
Ryback goes after Goldust but Stardust blows gold dust into his eyes and sends Ryback to the floor.
Seventh Match: Bo Dallas vs. El Torito & Diego
Bo promises to be handi-capable against Diego and his Bo-vine friend. The big guys start but Diego stops him to shout OLE. Dallas hammers away in the corner but gets sent into the buckle, setting up the Bodog for the pin.
Torito gets pulled into the ring post match but Bo helps him to his feet, only to give him a Bodog.
Winner: Bo Dallas
The Authority will be back this Monday on Monday Night Raw. Also announced that John Cena, Dean Ambrose and Roman Regins will take on Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and Kane
Eight Match: Roman Regins vs. Rusev w/Lana
They lock up to start until Rusev kicks at the legs to take over. Reigns cleans house with right hands and knocks Rusev to the floor as we take a break. Back with Rusev controlling with a nerve hold before he drops Reigns with a spinwheel kick. We hit the nerve hold again before Reigns’ comeback is squashed by a kick to the chest. The fans think Russia sucks and help Roman fight out of the third nerve hold. A running clothesline drops the Russian and a Samoan drop does it again. The apron kick has Lana freaking out and there’s the Superman Punch, drawing in Orton for the DQ.
Rusev lays Roman out but Lana orders Rusev out of the ring instead of CRUSH. Orton heads inside and hits an RKO to end the show.
Winner: Roman Regins by DQ
Josh’s Grade for WWE SmackDown: 7.5/10
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