January 29, 2015
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Triple H & Roman Reigns Segment:
Triple H welcomes us to Monday Night Raw, but then he says it has been a crazy week. We were supposed to be here on Monday, but there was this wacky, epic, historic snow storm so they told us we had to postpone Raw. Hunter says there is one thing they don’t like to do, is be told what to do. For the first time he can remember, they did Raw from WWE headquarters. They told us we could not hit one million subscribers to the WWE Network, but this week, we hit that number. To all of you who have subscribed, he has two words. Thank you! Then they told us we couldn’t do a show in Hartford. That is why he is here to tell the people of Hartford, welcome to Thursday Night Smackdown.
It has been a controversial week coming out of the Royal Rumble on Sunday. The WWE is not the only one with controversy. The Super Bowl is Sunday and there is controversy surrounding the whole thing. The NFL and Roger Goddell has a problem with their balls. Some guys like their balls soft while some like them hard. Tom Brady says that some guys like old balls. Hunter says the WWE has never had a problem with balls. Unlike Roger Goddell, who has controversy and does nothing, Hunter says he takes action. On February 22nd, live on the WWE Network, he will deal with a current problem. Hunter says he has a problem with a man called Sting. Hunter promises at Fastlane he will stand face to face with his problem and he will resolve it.
There is other controversy out of the Royal Rumble. Not with the event, because it was spectacular. That Triple Threat match is one of the greatest matches he ever saw. It is a match where Seth Rollins proved to the world that he is the future of this industry. It was a match where John Cena proved to the world that he is the past. It is a match where Brock Lesnar proved that he is the beast and is still the WWE Champion. That match was not the problem. The problem was with the Royal Rumble match itself. When that match was over and all was said and done, the building was rumbling and he felt nothing like it in his life. People were going crazy from the back row to the front row. It was electric. The next day it got worse. Everyone was talking about it. It was all over the news. We see what happened at the end of the Royal Rumble match. Monday on Raw, he will put an end to the controversy. On Monday night, he will make an announcement that will likely shake the WWE Universe to its core. Roman Reigns’ music plays and he makes his way through the crowd and into the ring to go face to face with Triple H. Roman says Hunter talks about controversy but there was no controversy. He won the Royal Rumble match. That means he is going to Wrestlemania Triple H says Roman did indeed win that match. Hunter asks Roman if he will win this one.
First Match: Roman Reigns vs. The Big Show
Reigns punches Show but Show pushes him back. Show backs Reigns into the corner and he punches Reigns and then he Irish whips Reigns but misses a splash into the corner. Reigns tries for a suplex but Show blocks it and he suplexes Reigns. Show with a slam and he punches Reigns in the corner. Show with a hard Irish whip. Reigns punches Show and then Show connects with a shoulder tackle. Show with a head butt to Reigns. Show with a second head butt. Show with a biel to Reigns. Reigns hits Show in the back of the leg and he punches Show in the corner. Reigns kicks Show. Show punches Reigns in the corner but Reigns clotheslines Show over the top rope to the floor and we go to commercial. Reigns is down on the mat holding his knee. Show with a knee bar and we see footage from the commercial break of Reigns clotheslining Show over the top rope again, but Show hit a spear on Reigns.
Show continues to work on Reigns’ leg. Show with an elevated knee bar and ankle lock. Reigns gets to the ropes and then he sends Show over the top rope with a head scissors like move. Reigns with the Juggernaut Broad Jump Drop Kick. Show sends Reigns into the ring and Reigns with a clothesline but Show stays on his feet. Reigns with another clothesline and Show stays on his feet. Reigns with a third clothesline and Show goes down. Reigns with a Samoan drop. Reigns comes off the apron and hits a cross body onto Show and both men are down. Reigns tries for the Superman punch but Show blocks it and he hits a choke slam but Reigns kicks out at two. Show goes up top but he takes too long and Reigns hits a Superman punch but Show stays on the ropes. Reigns with a second one and Show stays on the ropes. Reigns with a press slam and he sets for the spear and he hits it and gets the three count.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Vince McMahon Announcement:
Vince says that they are in the Fastlane on the Road to Wrestlemania. There are currently more than one million subscribers, but why aren’t you if you haven’t already registered. If you are a new subscriber, it is free for you in February.
We see a video package of Arnold Schwarznegger who’s the celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
Seth Rollins Segment:
Rollins says he proved at the Royal Rumble just how good he really is. Rollins says he was one second away from pinning John Cena and becoming the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Rollins says he stuck a dagger right into the heart of The Beast and broke Brock Lesnar’s ribs. Rollins says he didn’t walk out with the title but he still has the future within reach and raises the briefcase. Rollins says he feels good and is out here to issue an open challenge to anyone in the building. Rollins brags about how nobody can beat him. The music hits and out comes Ryback to answer the challenge.
He hits the ring and looks to go for Rollins but Mercury and Noble make the save. They beat Ryback down 3 on 1. Erick Rowan runs out and levels The Stooges at ringside. He gets on the apron but Rollins nails a kick to the head. Rollins goes back to work on Ryback. Dolph Ziggler is out next to a big pop. Ziggler nails Rollins and they go to the floor. Ziggler goes down and Rollins goes back in the ring. Ryback grabs him for Shellshocked but The Stooges make the save. They pull Rollins to safety. They go to leave but Rowan grabs them. Rollins runs back and shoves Rowan into the apron, allowing The Stooges to retreat with him.
Kane Backstage Segment:
Kane says he’s putting an end to Daniel Bryan tonight and taunts Bryan. When Kane puts Bryan in the casket and shuts the lid, all he will see is beautiful darkness, all he will feel is the casket squeezing the life out of him and all he will hear is heart threatening to beat out of his chest. Kane goes on and says there will be no escape but soon enough, Bryan will reach his final destination. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust… may God have mercy on Bryan’s soul because The Devil’s favorite demon will not.
Second Match: Jey Uso w/Jimmy Uso vs. Tyson Kidd w/Cesaro & Natalya
Kidd with a kick but Jey slides into the corner and he connects with an uppercut. Jey with an Irish whip but Kidd knocks Jey off the tunbuckles and he puts Jey’s leg in the ring skirt and he stomps on the leg. Kidd with a step over knee drop to the injured leg. Kidd with an elbow drop to the leg. Jey kicks Tyson through the ropes and to the floor. Jey punches Kidd and knocks him back to the floor. Jey sets for a suicide dive but Kidd with a kick on the apron and Jey goes down. Kidd sets for the springboard elbow drop but he sees Jey move so he lands on his feet. Jey with a Samoan drop. Cesaro distracts Jey and Jimmy hits Cesaro on the floor. Kidd with a drop kick to the injured knee and then Kidd with the swinging fisherman’s neck breaker for the three count.
Winner: Tyson Kidd
John Cena & Rusev Segment:
Rusev says that everyone saw what happened at the end of Royal Rumble pay per view match. Rusev says he should have been declared winner. Lana takes the mic and she speaks in Russian and then she gives the mic back to Rusev. Rusev says he should be facing Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. Rusev says he is the most dominant superstar, the only undefeated superstar and your United States Champion. Rusev says they give him a man who has no titles, a man who is no challenge. A man from the past John Cena. John Cena has no hunger or desire. He is not the superstar that he is. John Cena is a loser.
John tells Rusev that the WWE Universe and him don’t always see eye to eye, but everyone will agree with him when he tells Rusev to shut his mouth or he will shut it for him. Rusev needs a cold, hard lesson in the meaning of respect. You are the United States Champion and you have crushed everything in his path. You just made the biggest mistake of your life. To say that he is a loser. John reminds Rusev who he is. He is a fifteen time World Champion, two time Royal Rumble winner, and the face who runs the place. Cena tells Rusev & Lana that he was holding onto that championship before you had pubes and you had boobs. He tells Rusev if he wants to fight they can dance right now. He says Hosie O’Donnell can go back to Tinder while him and Rusev fight now. Lana tells Rusev don’t waste your time on this and she walks out of the ring. Rusev says something to Cena but he holds the ropes for Lana to leave the ring and Rusev follows. Cena says Rusev is undefeated. He is 69 and ho. This is not a waste of time. This fights Rusev at Fastlane. This beats Rusev at Fastlane. Cena reminds us the Champ is Here.
Paige & The Bella Twins Backstage Segment:
Paige is congratulated on her title match at Fastlane, but Nikki and Brie enter before Paige can say anything. Nikki asks Paige if she is okay because she looks so pale. Brie says the blizzard brought SmackDown its own snow angel. Nikki says Paige looks like a blood sucking vampire. Paige laughs at the joke and then she hits Brie, but Nikki takes care of Paige and hits her with her Lex Luger forearm while Brie holds her.
Third Match: Gold & Stardust vs. The Ascension
Viktor picks up Stardust but Stardust with a sunset flip. Viktor with a forearm but Stardust with a hip toss. Viktor with a waist lock but Stardust with an elbow. Viktor with a full nelson and Stardust hits Konnor on the apron. Viktor hits Stardust from behind.Konnor tags in and he kicks Stardust. Konnor chokes Stardust and he tags in Viktor. Viktor punches Stardust and slams him. Viktor with a fist drop for a near fall. Viktor with a rear chin lock. Stardust with elbows but Viktor with a forearm. Konnor tags back in and he kicks Stardust.Konnor lets Stardust crawl halfway across the ring but Konnor goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Konnor lands on his feet and he kicks Konnor.
Goldust tags in and he clotheslines Viktor a few times. Goldust with a drop down uppercut followed by a reverse atomic drop and a boot to the head. Goldust with punches in the corner. Viktor with an Irish whip but Goldust with a power slam. Goldust with a drop down uppercut to Konnor. Stardust makes the blind tag and he kicks Viktor and tries for the double jump drop kick but Konnor pushes him off the ropes. Goldust is knocked off the apron and Konnor and Viktor hit the Fall of Man for the three count.
Winner: The Ascension
The Miz & Mizdow Backstage Segment:
One of the guys from Wizard Wars on Syfy is backstage doing magic tricks for Zack Ryder, R-Truth, Summer Rae and Alicia Fox. The Miz and Damien Sandow interrupt. The TV host gives props to Sandow and Miz doesn’t like it. They do a magic trick and Miz gets an egg smashed on his forehead. They all leave and Miz is upset as Sandow laughs at him.
Bray Wyatt Promo:
He asks what makes us smile loved ones, money or power, something from your childhood. Wyatt says he’s different, he’s not like us. Wyatt says he fears nothing, living or dead. Wyatt says after what transpires next, it will be hard for us to ever smile again.
Fourth Match: Casket Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
Bryan takes Kane to the corner with kicks but Kane quickly turns it around. Kane with a scoop slam and a dropkick to the face. Kane rolls Bryan to the casket and the referees open the lid. Bryan fights his way out of the casket area but Kane still has control. Bryan counters a move and goes to work on Kane’s knee to take him down. Fans chant “yes” as Bryan kicks and Kane finally goes down. Bryan asks for the lid to be opened and he tries to get Kane in but Kane fights him off. Bryan turns it back around and takes Kane to the corner. Bryan mounts Kane with right hands as fans chant. Kane pushes him off but Bryan runs back up. Kane fights him off again and goes for a chokeslam but has to settle for a kick to the gut. Kane asks for the lid to be opened but Bryan counters. Bryan comes close to getting Kane in the casket but Kane gets up and moves out of the way as fans boo.
Kane has Bryan’s face in the apron cover as he hits him with right hands. During the break, Kane took control after Bryan missed a dropkick in the corner. Kane tries to put Bryan in the casket but Bryan barely avoids it. Kane gets closer to putting Bryan in but Bryan fights back with kicks to the head. Bryan runs and gets dropped by a big boot. Kane keeps control and hits the sideslam. Kane goes to put Bryan in the casket again but Bryan fights him off with elbows. Kane tosses Bryan over the rope and his feet go in but he avoids it. Bryan brings Kane over and has him half way in but Kane freaks out and jumps out before it’s closed. Bryan drops Kane on the floor. Bryan goes to the top and nails a splash out to the floor onto Kane. Kane catches Bryan in mid-air and rams him back into the steel ring post. Kane big boots Bryan into the casket but Bryan scrambles half of his body out the other side before Kane can close the lid. Kane puts him down into it and tries to shut the lid but Bryan fights it. Bryan with kicks to the face now. Bryan leaps off the casket but Kane nails him in mid-air.
Kane asks for the lid to be opened again and tries to kick Bryan into it. Bryan fights back in the ring and Kane stomps some more. Kane with a headbutt and shots in the corner. Kane drops Bryan and calls for the lid to be opened again. Bryan blocks an attack and runs the ropes for a big clothesline. Bryan rallies and hulks up. Bryan with kicks on Kane as fans chant. Kane ducks the roundhouse kicks but Bryan sends him over the top rope, to the floor. Bryan runs the ropes and nails a big dive to the floor.Bryan with kicks on the floor. Bryan nails a big dropkick into the barrier and comes up clutching his neck. Bryan with more lefts and rights on the floor. Bryan charges but Kane backdrops him into the timekeeper’s area. Kane tosses Bryan over the announce table and the announcers get out of the way. Kane rolls Bryan back over the table and grabs a steelchair. Kane with a big chair shot to the back and another. The casket is opened but Kane slams Bryan’s face into the lid. Kane rolls Bryan into the ring.
Kane tries to Tombstone Bryan into the casket but Bryan counters and dropkicks Kane on the apron. Kane teeters as Bryan hits another dropkick. The third attempt sees Kane counter and chokeslam Bryan on the mat. Kane rolls Bryan into the casket but Bryan kicks him in the face before it’s closed. Bryan applies the Yes Lock while putting Kane into the casket. Bryan has it locked while Kane is half way into the casket. Bryan breaks the hold and goes to close the lid but Kane gets an arm up. Bryan with kicks to the chest. Kane catches a kick and fights his way back into the ring. Kane nails a big clothesline. More counters. They end up on the apron again. Kane takes a kick to the head. Bryan charges and dropkicks Kane into the casket. Bryan closes the lid and wins the match.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Josh’s Grade for WWE SmackDown: 82/100 B-
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