WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results from February 7, 2014

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WWE SmackDown
February 7, 2014
Wells Fargo Center
Des Moines, Iowa

First Segment: Daniel Bryan comes out to a massive pop from the Des Moines audience #YESMovement. Bryan tells the crowd their great. Daniel Bryan says he doesn’t want to be the face of the WWE. He wants to be himself. He mention that the Authority show their colors when Bryan former best friend Kane came down to the ring during Bryan match with Randy Orton. Daniel Bryan calls out Kane and wants to figure how his best friend turn into a big red corporate sellout.

Kane comes out and Bryan cuts him off and tells him to come down to the ring. Kane apologizes for his actions last Monday Night. Daniel Bryan mentions all the great moments they had in the past. Bryan was hoping that Kane wouldn’t embrace being apart of The Authority. Bryan tells Kane to take off his cheap suit and give up this corporate Kane crap. Kane says he happy that his Team Hell No days are over and says that him and Bryan are no longer friends. Kane says they were never friends and mentions that in this business you can make friends or you can make money. Bryan says he is doing fine by himself due to having the support of the WWE Universe.

Daniel Bryan calls out Kane to come down to the ring and have a match with Bryan. Kane says he is fine, but since Bryan wants to fight so bad Kane schedule a match with Daniel Bryan taking on Antonio Cesaro.

1.) Roman Regins and Dean Ambrose w/Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston

Seth Rollins joins JBL and Michael Cole on commentary. Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston lock up to start the match. Kofi Kingston tags in Dolph Ziggler and they double team Ambrose and Ambrose kicks out at 2. Dolph Ziggler lands 10 elbows to the chest of Dean Ambrose. Dean Ambrose tags in Roman Regins and knocks down Ziggler to the bottom rope.Roman Regins tags in Dean Ambrose and Ziggler knocks him down and that allows him to gain momentum and get the hot tag to Kingston. Kofi Kingston knocks down Ambrose with the crossbody and lands a couple of kicks to the head and tags in Ziggler. Dolph Ziggler dropkicks Roman Regins to the ringside, but Regins got back up and drop kicks Ziggler from outside of the ring to gain control of the match as SmackDown went to commercial break.

Back from the commerical break Dean Ambrose lands a butterfly suplex on Kingston for a near fall, and the applied a chin lock.He continues the assault with strikes and then sets Kofi up on the top rope in the corner. He went for another suplex, but Kofi pushed him off and hit a splash. Ziggler wanted a tag, but Ambrose prevented the tag. Kofi kit a side kick, and both guys made a tag. Ziggler hit a drop kick and a splash, and some mounted punches. He followed up with a neck breaker, and attempted a Fameasser, but Reigns countered and planted Ziggler with the back suplex.

Roman Regins tries to set up for a Superman Punch, but Ambrose interrupted him by trying to sneak in with a tag. The distraction allowed Kofi to pull Ambrose off the apron, and Dolph hit a Fameasser for a near fall. Reigns recovered and hit a Superman Punch and a spear. He then tagged in Ambrose with a smirk on his face and Ambrose comes in and pins Ziggler to pick up the victory for The Shield.

The Wyatt Family interrupt The Shield arguement and starts laughing at them. Bray Wyatt says that they think he is a joke, but said can they see the monster in his eyes. Bray Wyatt says that The Shield will know how real he is. Luke Harper says The Shield will be the first to burn and to follow the buzzards.

Winner: Roman Regins and Dean Ambrose

Sheamus was shown backstage walking towards the ring as he will take on Ryback next on SmackDown.

2.) Sheamus vs. Ryback w/Curtis Axel

Sheamus and Ryback lock up to start the match. Sheamus applies a side headlock on Ryback.  Sheamus hit a forward roll slam, and then rolls outside the ring and hits a Brouge Kick on Curtis Axel. Sheamus then goes on to clubs Ryback on his chest. Ryback hit a spinebuster to Sheamus then applies a chin lock. Ryback hits the backpack stunner and then goes on the top rope and goes for the splash, but Sheamus rolled out of the way.

Sheamus starts gaining momentum and hits a powerslam. Sheamus goes for the Brouge Kick, but Ryback caught him and hit a massive powerbomb for a near fall. Ryback fires up for the meat hook clothesline, but Sheamus Brouge Kicks Ryback out of nowhere as he was charging towards him to pick up the victory.

Winner: Sheamus

They showed the exclusive interview Michael Cole conducted with Triple H on Wednesday on WWE.com. Triple H was visibly upset at Michael Cole with the questions that were addressed to him and says that his job is to make sure each WWE Superstar gets better no matter what the situation is. They plugged the match between Orton/Christian and Bryan/Cesaro which will happen later on tonight on SmackDown.

Back from commercial break and they show us a preview of the WWE’s Legends House show which will air in April on the WWE Network.

Renee Young is backstage with Alberto Del Rio, and footage was shown of his attack on Batista from Monday Night Raw. Alberto Del Rio says that he is an Animal tamer, and he would turn Batista into a little chihuaua drinking milk from a saucer. Back to ringside The Real Americans come out as Antonio Cesaro prepares for his match with Daniel Bryan.

Back from commercial break Michael Cole announces that Mark Henry will return on this Monday’s Raw Live! from Los Angeles, California

3.) Daniel Bryan vs. Antonio Cesaro

Bryan got his offense early with kicks and knees. Cesaro hit a knee of his own plus a european uppercut,and then covered Bryan for two count. They battled back and forth, and Bryan took Cesaro down and applied a short arm scissors. Cesaro used his power and picked Bryan up and dropped him from an electric chair position. Bryan got fired up a moment later and hit a running clothesline. He followed up with a top rope hurricanrana for a two count. Cesaro got back into the match with a tilt a whirl back breaker.

Back from a commerical break Antonio Cesaro hits a running european uppercut to Bryan in the corner. Bryan tried to gain some momentum, but Cesaro lands a big boot to the face of Daniel Bryan.Bryan tried for a diving knee on the outside, but he hit Swagger instead after Cesaro moved. Bryan climbed to the top and tried for a splash, but Cesaro hit him in the gut. Cesaro went for the Neutralizer, but Cesaro reversed into a Yes Lock attempt. Cesaro avoided it and got to his feet. Cesaro caught Bryan’s attempt at a head scissors, but Bryan spun out of it and landed in position to apply the Yes Lock. Cesaro was forced to tap out.

After the match Kane comes down to the ring and distracts Daniel Bryan. Cesaro goes from behind and hits the netrualizer on Daniel Bryan. Kane picks up  and Bryan lands a vicious chokeslam.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Renee Young interviews WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and says Bryan victory over him last Monday was a fluke. He says he will beat Christian, John Cena, Sheamus and Randy Orton. Orton says after the Elimination Chamber is over he will become the greatest WWE Champion of this generation or any other generation.

4.) Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee w/Tamina Snuka

Nikki picked up AJ by the collar and tossed her into the corner. AJ jumped on Nikki’s back and applied a sleeper. Nikki escaped and hit a couple of clotheslines and a hip toss. Nikki went for her Torture Rack, but Tamina caused a distraction. Brie and Tamina brawled outside the ring, but AJ knocked Brie off the apron. AJ applied the Black Widow for the win.

Winner: AJ Lee

Renee Young interviews Titus O’Neil.Titus said that he and Darren were partners for two years, and for a guy who takes no days off, he was off for all 731 days. He tried to come up with redeeming qualities for Darren, but could only say he had nice hair. He called him dead weight, and said it was over. He said his destination is the world championship. He said Renee did a fine job, and pointed her away from him. Darren Young then attacked him from behind, and threw him into some shipping containers

5.) Bray Wyatt vs. Goldust

A very interesting stare down occur with Bray Wyatt and Goldust as the match started. He grounded Goldust and applied a chin lock. Goldust fired back with a back elbow out of the corner and then a clothesline. Goldust hit a hurricanrana off the top rope and then lands a spine buster. Wyatt rolled to the outside, but Goldust hit a rolling senton to the outside onto Wyatt. Harper and Rowan attacked Cody on the outside as a distraction, which allowed Bray to sneak attack Goldust. Wyatt hits Sister Abigail on Goldust to pick up the victory.

After the match The Shield was shown on the titantron. Ambrose said they have a lot of pride, and that’s because they are the best in the business at what they do. Rollins said he’s not afraid of them whether they are man or monster, and he will scrape their beards off their face with his boots for costing them a shot at the Elimination Chamber. Reigns said thankfully, they know a few ways to make people understand, and they would understand The Shield at Elimination Chamber. Believe in The Shield.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

6.) Randy Orton vs. Christian

Orton applies a side headlock and follows with a shoulder tackle, but Christian comes back with one of his own before throwing Orton outside. Christian backdrops Orton outside and dropkicks him as we go to a break, then we get back to see Christian try to slam Orton into the ringpost. Orton ends up kicking him into it, then he suplexes Christian on the barricade and taunts the crowd upon reentering the ring. Orton applies a side headlock but Christian counters with a suplex, then they trade punches until Christian uppercuts Orton and sends him into the corner.

Christian connects with some mounted punches before snapping Orton’s head on the ropes, then he heads up top and hits a crossbody for two. Christian calls for a Killswitch but Orton counters with a spinning powerslam for two, then he turns and sends Christian into the ringpost. Christian comes back with some strikes on the apron and heads up top, but Orton avoids a frog splash and connects with a hangman’s DDT. Orton pounces and calls for a RKO, but Christian counters with a backslide before setting up a Killswitch. Orton shoves him into the corner so Christian tries to connect with a springboard uppercut, but Orton hits a midair RKO for the win.

Winner: Randy Orton

JPOV: Very entertaining edition of SmackDown tonight. I really enjoy the matches tonight besides the Bray Wyatt/Goldust match and divas match. Daniel Bryan look very strong tonight with his match with Antonio Cesaro plus his promo earlier in the night with Kane. Those thinking this is going to be a throw away match with Kane and Bryan well I have to disagree these guys have history with each other and they had good matches in the past i.e. SummerSlam 2012. I enjoyed the promos from The Shield and The Wyatts. The Sheamus and Ryback match came as a surprise to me, but they delivered and I really hope these guys face each other again in the future. Christian and Randy Orton match was what I expected to be, but I wasn’t disappointed I’m happy that while Orton is in this Authority Gaunlet he is not losing every match before the PPV.

Josh’s Grade for SmackDown: 8/10

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WWE Total Divas Return Draws Solid Viewership

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The show had the lead-in of the season finale of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which drew an average of 2.3 million viewers.

The return of “Total Divas” highlighted the Summerslam main event of John Cena vs Daniel Bryan as Nikki Bella is dating Cena and Brie is with Bryan. The episode always shows the rise of Eva Marie who had completed a shoot for Maxim magazine.

Will the show continue the solid rating without the Kardashians lead-in?

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Tonight’s Show

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Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.

- The Big E. Langston – Curtis Axel match that was announced for WWE Main Event never took place.

- The Usos defeated Camacho and Hunico.

- Nikki Bella defeated Alicia Fox.

- The Wyatt’s defeated The Prime Time Players.

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WWE’s “Total Divas” Viewership Down From Last Week

A big question heading into WWE’s reality show, “Total Divas” on Sunday, was how viewership would fare competing against Summerslam.

This week’s episode averaged 1.35 million viewers for the fourth episode compared to 1.67 million viewers from last week, but the episode from Sunday did better than the debut episode. Week two of the averaged 1.53 million viewers.

WWE has to be pleased with the rating considering it went up against one of the biggest PPV’s of the year.

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Bella Twins Choose Eva Marie For Summerslam Axxess Match

The Bella Twins announced on Twitter that Brie Bella’s partner will be Eva Marie as they will square off against Natayla and Maria Menounos at Summerslam Axxess.

WWE Summerslam takes place this Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with John Cena versus Daniel Bryan for the WWE title and CM Punk facing off with Brock Lesnar in the featured matches.

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WWE Total Divas Extended For Six More Episodes

If you are a fan of WWE’s Total Divas, you are going to see additional episodes of this season. E! and WWE released a statement moments ago stating that “Total Divas” will have six additional episodes for this season.

Here is the statement released moments ago:

Total Divas” Has Grown Each Week Since Its Premiere And Hit A Series High With 1.7 Million Total Viewers In Its Most Recent New Episode On Sunday Night

Los Angeles, CA, August 14, 2013 – E! has picked up six additional episodes of its popular new series “Total Divas,” which offers the first-ever look into the world of the WWE Divas both inside and outside the ring, bringing season one to a total of 14 episodes. The product of two entertainment giants, E! and WWE, teaming with reality hit maker Bunim-Murray Productions (“Keeping Up With The Kardashians”), “Total Divas” has successfully attracted infatuated pop culture enthusiasts who have made the series an instant hit after only three episodes. The series’ sexy stars have let cameras into their glamorous private lives, their sometimes rocky romances and behind the scenes of their hectic sports entertainment careers. Building on its ratings success and enormous social media buzz, E!’s “Total Divas” will continue with new episodes airing Sundays at 10pm with a summer finale on Sunday, September 15 at 10pm. The six additional episodes will debut this fall starting Sunday, November 17 at 10pm ET/PT only on E!

“Our audience has embraced ‘Total Divas’ in a big way and we’re excited to build on the show’s tremendous momentum with six additional episodes,” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Program Development. “For many women, WWE Divas possess aspirational personalities because of their glamorous lifestyles and international stardom, but it’s their genuine and dynamic personal lives that have truly captivated so many viewers.”

The series was an instant hit with audiences, delivering 1.3 million total viewers in its debut, and has built week-to-week since with its most recent episode on 8/11/13 delivering 1.7 million viewers. The third episode of the show on 8/11 was its strongest yet in all key 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 targets including women and men as well as households.

With only three episodes having aired, “Total Divas” has a lot more to share this season as the lines between the Diva personal lives and ring lives begin to get blurred. Nattie’s (WWE Diva Natalya) relationship with her long-time fiancé WWE Superstar Tyson Kidd hits a rough patch as the flame that brought them together starts to flicker. What was supposed to be smooth sailing to a fairytale wedding has become a rocky road and a relationship in trouble. Meanwhile the devilish duo, “The Bella Twins,” are separating for the very first time. Brie Bella is moving to a quieter home base in Phoenix with boyfriend WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan, which leaves her sister Nikki Bella and her boyfriend WWE Superstar John Cena living their life of luxury across the country in Tampa. The women also struggle to mend their strained relationship with their father, who was in and out of their lives growing up, and deal with body issues as Nikki gets dubbed “the fat twin” by “haters” on social media.

Tag-team partners Trinity (WWE Diva Naomi) and Ariane (WWE Diva Cameron) who make up “The Funkadactyls” are at odds when they begin to question what each other bring to the ring and how it will further their individual careers. On their own, Trinity is at odds with her fiancé WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso when she refuses to wear her engagement ring so she is more appealing to male fans, and Ariane is considering a breast augmentation which requires her to stop wrestling for an extended period of time, thus taking “The Funkadactlys” out of the spotlight they have worked so hard to get into.

Back at NXT, the WWE developmental system, the Divas-in-training are being put through the ringer at performance boot camp and while JoJo is questioning her dedication to becoming a Diva, fiery redhead Eva Marie is continuing to make herself known in the sports entertainment business for all the wrong reasons as she defies the rules set by WWE, flirts with veteran Superstars while hiding her engagement, bites off more than she can chew with performance promises she can’t keep and bumps heads with the big bosses.

Total Divas is produced by WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions. Jon Murray, Gil Goldshein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are Executive Producers for Bunim-Murray Productions.

The fall premiere of “Total Divas” begins November 17th at 10pm ET/PT. And don’t miss this summer’s new episodes of “Total Divas” every Sunday at 10pm ET/PT on E!

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WWE Setting Up Celebrity Match for Summerslam 2013

While it is not confirmed yet, it looks like the WWE is setting up a celebrity match for this Sunday’s WWE Summerslam PPV.   The talk is that Maria Menounos and Natalya will face Brie Bella and a partner for SummerSlam.

Nikki Bella could be her tag partner is she received medical clearance.  If not, they will find another partner for the match.

It’s far from the first time that Menounos has been involved with the WWE.  She teamed with Kelly Kelly at WrestleMania 28 where they defeated Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres.  She even worked the match with cracked ribs that she suffered while training for Dancing With The Stars.

If this match happens at Summerslam, it will be Menounous’ fourth match in the WWE.

Her first match was on October 12, 2009 when she teamed with Kelly Kelly and Gail Kim to beat Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, and Alicia Fox.

Then on the Tribute to the Troops show on December 11, 2011 she once again teamed with Kelly Kelly along with Eve Torres and Alicia Fox to beat the Bella Twins, Natalya and Beth Phoenix.

Menounos also introduced longtime friend Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class.

It’s no surprise that the WWE would have interest for a celebrity match, especially at Summerslam which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, right among the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

Plus, with Menounos being the host of the celebrity show Extra! along with Mario Lopez, she will get the WWE and Summerslam some extra attention and at the least will not hurt interest in the show.