WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results From April 18, 2014

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April 18, 2014
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee

First In-Ring Segment: Here’s HHH to get things going. He says part of his job is to find new talent that can truly succeed in the WWE. At the top of that list, there is no one higher than the Shield. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns are three of the most talented guys he’s seen come along in years so he gave them power.

Maybe it was too much though because they tried to see how far that power can take you on your own. When you set out on the journey to find that line in the sand, make sure you don’t cross it. The Shield found that line and on Monday they crossed it. We get a clip from the end of Raw with Evolution taking out the Shield to end the show in a huge beatdown.

HHH told Cole on Wednesday that he was willing to allow Shield to give an apology and put everything behind them. All he got was silence though, save for a response from Roman Reigns. Roman said that soldiers win wars instead of soldiers. That’s a great line for a movie, but it’s not reality. In reality, soldiers are the currency on which empires are bought and sold. The Shield has lost their value and while it hurts HHH to destroy what he created, he’ll do just that at Extreme Rules. In life you adapt or perish, and that’s Evolution. He announces that the Shield will take on Evolution at Extreme Rules.

First Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E

 We get an inset interview with Big E. saying he’d love to face anyone. He’s also been in a pop, lock and drop it competition in Tampa. Big E. runs Del Rio over and gets a quick one to start but Alberto fights out of the triple backbreaker. A running enziguri in the corner is good for two on the champion before he charges into Del Rio’s boots in the corner.

Del Rio stomps away but misses a charge into the corner to give Big E. a breather. The announcers talk about past IC Champions as Big E. runs Del Rio over a few more times. Big E. hits a belly to belly into the Warrior Splash, only to have Alberto get his knees up. Back from a break with both guys getting back in the ring but Big E. charging into the post.

A DDT gets two on Big E. but he catches Del Rio diving off the top in a backbreaker. Now the Warrior Splash connects and there go the straps. The Big Ending is countered into a Backstabber for a close two but Big E. blocks the armbreaker and makes the rope. Del Rio won’t break it though and that’s a DQ

Winner: Big E by DQ

Post match Del Rio loads up the superkick but walks into the Big Ending.

Tonight after SmackDown on the WWE Network, There will be a special edition of the Legends of WrestleMania show hosted by Josh Matthews and special guest will be Booker T, Sgt Slaughter, and Ted DiBiase and they will discuss the passing of the late great Ultimate Warrior

We get a vignette for upcoming NXT Superstar Bo Dallas

Second In-Ring Segment:Paul Heyman comes out and brags over and over about how Brock Lesnar broke the Streak, then he gloats and takes a bow.

Second Match: Paige vs. Aksana

Before the match, Tamina says she’s taking the title at Extreme Rules.Before the match Aksana insults Paige and says everyone is jealous of her despite Paige just getting lucky. She jumps the champion and there’s the bell, only to have Paige go off on Aksana in the corner. They head outside where Aksana nails a hard clothesline followed by that release spinebuster of hers inside.She doesn’t cover though and rubs Paige’s face in the mat for two instead. We hit a reverse chinlock for a bit until Aksana needs to crawl around the ring. A running cross body puts Paige down but Aksana can’t follow up either. Paige fights back and hits a running dropkick followed by the scorpion crosslock for the submission.

Winner: Paige

Renee Young interviewed Sheamus, he said that he is ready to get his payback on Batista

Third Match: El Torito w/Los Matadores vs. Hornswoggle w/3MB

The announcers play this as a total joke so let’s get this over with. They shove each other around to start until Torito runs him over a few times, sending Horny to the apron. The leprechaun rocker sends him head first into the middle buckle and drops a bottom rope Banzai Drop. A hard clothesline and splash get two for Horny and we hit the horn lock. Seriously. Horny plays some air guitar and gets rolled up for two. Just end this thing already. Please. Torito comes back with a Gore and Bronco Bustero followed by a top rope moonsault for the pin.

Bad News Barrett rips on the previous match and blames the audience for what we just saw.

Fourth Match: Alexander Rusev w/Lana vs. R-Truth

Truth actually gets in some offense such as a middle rope dropkick but Little Jimmy is caught in midair. The superkick and fall away slam set up the Accolade for the submission for Rusev.

Winner: Alexander Rusev

We get a recap of the WWE’s tribute of the Ultimate Warrior on Monday Night Raw

Fifth Match: Fandango w/Layla vs. Santino Marella w/Emma

Santino does a slow motion kick to the leg for no apparent reason so Fandango hammers him in the head. Fandango misses a charge though and Santino comes back with the usual schtick. Layla steals the Cobra sock so Santino sunset flips Fandango for the pin.

Winner: Santino Marella

Sixth Match: Batista vs. Sheamus

Batista pulls him to the floor to start and the brawl is on early. Sheamus takes him back inside and cranks on the arm before nailing the ten forearms. A running knee puts Batista on the floor and we take our last breakBack with Batista kicking the steps into Sheamus to take over. More power offense keeps Batista in control and a powerslam gets two. Sheamus throws him to the floor for a breather and sends Batista shoulder first into the post.

A Batista Bomb is broken up and another knee lift rocks the Animal. Ten lame looking forearms to the chest set up the battering ram for two. The Irish Curse gets two but Sheamus can’t hook the Cloverleaf. Batista ducks the Brogue Kick and heads outside before another kick misses inside. Spear gets two on Sheamus but he backdrops out of the Batista Bomb. He goes up top but gets crotched onto the top rope, setting up the Bomb for the pin.

Winner: Batista

Josh’s Grade for WWE SmackDown: 7/10

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday April 18, 2014

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Nashville, Tennessee. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

Triple H opened Smackdown with a promo and announced that Evolution will face The Shield at Extreme Rules.

-Intercontinental Champion Big E defeated Alberto Del Rio by DQ.

It was announced that the Night of Champions pay-per-view will be held in Nashville on September 21…

Paul Heyman cut a promo reminding fans that Brock Lesnar is the one in 21-1. Cameron labeled it a “tremendous promo”…

-Paige beat Aksana. A physical match that was reminiscent of NXT women’s matches. It’s almost as if giving them some time to work with is a good thing.

Sheamus was interviewed backstage.

-El Torito beat Hornswoggle. No, seriously, writes Cameron. That match actually happened. I will say that it was entertaining than I thought it would be, but it was still a waste of time.

-Alexander Rusev beat R-Truth. A sub-3 minute squash, but Rusev looked vicious during the match and had a post match decimation of Xavier Woods. “I feel bad for Woods because he deserves better than this,” writes Cameron. “Lana is even more awesome live.”

-Santino Marella (w/Emma) defeated Fandango (w/Layla). Santino won via sunset flip. It was not an especially great match, but there was a very Emmataining moment when Emma took out Layla. That distraction is what let Santino pick up the win. There was some bad comedy after the match with Emma asking for a high five and Santino forgetting to take the cobra sleeve off.

-Batista defeated Sheamus with a Batista Bomb. A pretty decent fight. They worked in some great near falls on both sides, but the right guy went over for sure.

After the taping, Batista grabbed a mic and challenged Sheamus to a last man standing match which Sheamus won via Brogue kick to send everyone home happy. Side note: Sheamus grabbed a Warrior-clad little girl from the crowd and carried her around for a bit. It was a touching enough moment that one of the photographers had to wipe away tears. He finished up the evening by signing some autographs and posing for photos. What a class act.

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results From April 11, 2014

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April 11, 2014
Cajun Dome
Lafayette, Louisiana

We open with the In Memory graphic for Warrior. Cole does a voiceover offering condolences to his fans and announces that Raw will be a tribute show.

First Segment:Here’s John Cena to get things going. Cena says the fans sound tired but he asks if they’re ready to go. Wrestlemania XXX started with the most iconic moment John Cena has ever seen with Hogan, Rock and Austin standing together in the middle of the ring. Cena lists off some other highlights from the show before getting to Bray Wyatt. Bray tried to turn a man into a monster but he still can’t see Cena.

We also saw the Streak broken, but then we saw the Game get played and a NEW WWE Champion. That was just Wrestlemania, because everything really went down on Raw. We turned Silver into Super, believed in the Shield, found out that Brock Lesnar was the one and heard the WWE Universe change his theme music. On top of that, on Monday John Cena was taught to Bo-Lieve, found out what you need to have a party, saw a big man named Alexander Rusev and the Divas division finally turned the Paige.Cena lists off various nicknames and says he’s none of those things. He’s the standard bearer and measuring stick. If someone wants to stand on top of the WWE mountain, they have to go through him to get there.

We all should embrace our differences and now he can’t stop smiling after losing at Wrestlemania. He feels so good because he saw that Cena isn’t hollow inside. Bray sees a lot of things inside himself and is thrilled because Cena is just one push away from becoming a monster. Wyatt will have to go to further extremes to make Cena because that monster, so hang on because this ride is just starting. He’s got the whole world in his hands.

First Match: Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. The Big Show

Heyman does Cesaro’s intro and the King of Swing comes out without music. Paul brags about guiding Lesnar to a victory over Undertaker and says how it allowed him to pick the next big thing in Cesaro. They shake hands to start as Heyman joins commentary. Cesaro bounces off Big Show and falls to the floor. A loud chop knocks Cesaro off the apron but he gets back inside and tries to suplex Big Show from the apron.That goes as well as you would expect and Big Show suplexes him to the floor, only to have Cesaro land on his feet. He tries a sunset bomb but Show sits on his chest to crush Cesaro against the apron for two. Cesaro bails from the KO Punch and has a meeting with Heyman. Paul’s advice: take his air.

Back from a break with Show charging into a boot in the corner and getting caught in a sleeper.Show drives him into the corner to break but misses a charge and gets put in the sleeper again. The giant shakes him off again and runs Cesaro over, only to have the chokeslam countered into a third sleeper. Heyman actually gives us some backstory by saying he had given Cesaro the advice that won him the battle royal. Big Show misses a middle rope splash and Cesaro loads up the Swing, only to have Jack Swagger run in for the DQ .

After the match Show cleans house but gets caught by some uppercuts from Cesaro, setting up the Neutralizer to a gasp from the crowd.

Winner: Cesaro by DQ

Second Match: Los Matadores w/El Torito vs. Rybaxel

The announcers talk about being Bo-Lievers despite no vignette airing.  Ryback throws Diego around to start but gets caught by a dropkick. Not that it has much effect though as Ryback powerslams Diego down for two before tagging Axel in for the first time. A clothesline to the back of the head gets two and it’s back to Ryback who gets two off a clothesline of his own. We hit the chinlock for a bit before a charge in the corner gets two on Diego.

Back to the chinlock from Ryback as this has been one sided so far. Diego fights up and makes the tag to Fernando for almost no reaction at all. Fernando cleans house and gets two on Axel with a leg trip DDT. Torito dives onto Ryback but gets caught in midair, only for Fernando to make the save. The distraction lets Axel hit his neckbreaker into a cutter for the pin

Winner: Rybaxel

Renee Young interviews Rob Van Dam backstage,Van Dam says stuff is changing but it’s cool when you’re RVD.

Third Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Damien Sandow

Sandow elbows him in the jaw to start but gets his head kicked off for his efforts. Rob poses but gets rolled up for two, only to get caught by Rolling Thunder. Another kick to the face sends him into the barricade but he comes back with some shots to the knee. Wind-Up Elbow gets two on Rob but he comes back with a rollup and another kick. Sandow breaks up the Five Star but gets shoved off when trying a superplex, setting up the Five Star for the pin.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

We got a vignette for the debuting Adam Rose

We get a commercial promoting WrestleMania 31 on March 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, California

Second In-Ring Segment: It’s Hogan time. Hulk praises Daniel Bryan’s performance at Wrestlemania and says he turned it into Yes-tlemania. The sight of Bryan holding both titles up gave him chills, so here’s Bryan in person. Daniel wants to tell the Hulkster something: this has been the best week of his life. He’s getting married soon and he just won the title in the main event of Wrestlemania.

Daniel talks about growing up watching wrestling and seeing Hogan as the biggest star in the world. He prayed every night to be able to main event Wrestlemania and took his vitamins to get 24 inch pythons. Bryan has been a Hulkamaniac since before he can remember but there’s one thing that would make it even better. He asks for Hogan’s music to be played and the posing begins.

Fourth Match: Bad News Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston

Barrett does the catchphrase to start but gets kicked down for his efforts. Some more kicks have the same effect and the Boom Drop connects for good measure. Bad News bails from Trouble in Paradise before laying out Kofi with the Bull Hammer for the pin.

Winner: Bad News Barrett

We get a video package of WWE thanking the WWE Universe for their support over the years.

Fifth Match: Santino Marella w/Emma vs. Fandango w/Layla

Apparently Fandango has dumped Summer Rae and replaced her with Layla. Not a bad trade. Santino hammers away to start as the announcers talk about the dictionary. The hiptoss looks to set up the Cobra but Layla steals the sock, allowing Fandango to grab a rollup for the pin

Winner: Fandango

We get a recap  of the end of Raw with Shield officially turning face by attacking HHH and his pals.

On Main Event, Shield said they were prepared for war with the Authority’s injustice.

Back live with Kane telling Batista and Orton that they need to put their differences aside and fight their common enemies. He wants Bryan for himself but Orton and Batista both want him for themselves. Kane says that’s what’s wrong with thembecause they all need each other.

Sixth Match: Daniel Bryan & The Usos vs. Kane, Batista and Randy Orton

Batista shoves Jimmy into the corner to start as we hear about HHH battling with Shield over Twitter. Off to the injured Jey who takes a shot to his bad ribs as the heels take over. Orton comes in and stomps away before ripping off the tape. We take a break and come back with Kane knocking Jey out of the air with an uppercut for two. Back to Orton for a catapult into the bottom rope and another two count.

Randy shrugs off a chop and dropkicks Jey down before tagging Kane back in again. That goes nowhere so here’s Orton again for a chinlock with a body vice followed by the powerslam for two. Daniel offers a distraction though and Jey nails a Samoan drop. Kane can’t break up the hot tag and it’s hot tag to the World Champion. Bryan kicks Kane to the floor for the FLYING GOAT before the Usos dive on the other heels as well. The brawl continues on the floor and it’s a double countout.

Winner: Match ended in a Double Countout

Josh’s Grade for WWE SmackDown: 8/10

WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown was taped on Tuesday night in Lafayette, Louisiana. The show airs tonight on the Syfy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the matches and highlights that take place on tonight’s show.

-Big Show vs. Cesaro

-Los Matadores vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel

-Rob Van Dam vs. Damien Sandow

-Bad News Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston

-Fandango vs. Santino Marella

-Daniel Bryan and The Uso Brothers vs. Batista, Randy Orton, and Kane

-John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

Also on the show, a segment takes place between Bryan and Hulk Hogan.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday March 21, 2014

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The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Houston, Texas. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

Kane started off the show and did a promo about how Daniel Bryan is garbage and how the Authority is better than everyone, then the boos and you sold out chants started. He then read a letter from Triple H that explained how he and Stephanie regret what happened on Raw, but Bryan pushed them to that point.

-Fernando (w/Diego) defeated Fandango (w/Summer Rae). The crowd didn’t seem to care. Fernando won with a roll up. It’s a shame these guys are in the spot they’re in because they have so much talent.

-Dolph Ziggler defeated Damien Sandow. Ziggler got a nice pop. Yeah, we have seen this match more times than we’ve seen Cena win the title, but I’ll never get tired of seeing these two wrestle. Sandow got more offense, but Ziggler beat him with the Fameasser.

The Wyatt Family had an on screen promo about John Cena being scared. Not sure if that will make it on TV but the crowd paid close attention to it.

-Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (w/Roman Reigns) vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. The Real Americans (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre (w/Heath Slater) in a No. 1 contenders match for a shot at the WWE Tag Team Championship ended in a DQ. The match was pretty good until there was a DQ when Kane came out and started to attack Reigns, but I’m not too sure if that caused the DQ. Reigns and Kane fought up the ramp when the New Age Outlaws came out to a nice pop, then they started to attack Reigns. While that was happening, Cesaro and Ryback performed their finishers on the other Shield members. Reigns finally got back into the ring and Kane gave him a chokeslam them he left the ring with the Outlaws. I guess we’ll see The Shield vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws.
They set up Miz TV and his guest was Big Show. They bickered at each other and then Miz brought out Titus O’Niel, Kofi, ADR, Cody, Big E, Henry, Goldust then Sheamus. Sheamus said something on the mic and Miz said they should beat up on Show which resulted in a brawl between all men. The last two men in the ring were Sheamus and Show. Miz tried to help get Show out of the ring but Show threw both men out.

-Alberto Del Rio beat Big E in a non-title match.

-The Bella Twins defeated Natalya and Summer Rae.

There was a backstage promo with all the heels involved in the tag team match. Kane gave The Real Americans and Ryback & Axel tag title matches (at WrestleMania?) and put all members of 3MB in the battle royal. There was a brief Alexander Rusev promo with Lana.

-John Cena beat Luke Harper (w/Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan). Cena and Harper had a short match with a few good spots. The crowd was really into it with the back and forth chants for Cena. Cena ended up winning with the AA then ran out of the ring while the other Wyatts ran in. Afterward, Cena cut a promo, saying that there was another wrestler that had a similar entrance to the Wyatt Family, then said they could rest in peace. Undertaker came out. Taker and Cena cleaned house, causing Bray leave the ring. Cena and Taker hit their finishers on Rowan and Harper to finish the show.

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WWE Fails to Reach Agreement with NBCU, TV Licensing Deal Up for Grabs

Last Friday came and went without the WWE and NBC Universal reaching a new agreement on a television deal before their exclusive negotiating period ended.  Now, the WWE can officially negotiate with other networks including Viacom, Disney and 20th Century Fox which may be looking to land the TV rights for WWE programming.

WWE confirmed that no agreement was made to Variety.com and also released this statement: “While we were unable to reach an agreement with NBCU during this period, we have certainly appreciated our long and productive partnership. With year-round, live programming that is highly coveted by programmers, distributors and advertisers, we are extremely excited about our future. We look forward to engaging with potential partners who recognize the value of having the #1 show on cable and live content delivered 52 weeks a year.”

In a perfect world, WWE would like to have all of its shows on one network family but it may have to split them up.  The company fully expects to more than double the almost $140 million a year it currently receives in licensing fees in any upcoming deal.

While a new agreement has not been reached between WWE and NBCU, the network does have the right to match any offer made by another potential partner.   And the sports entertainment juggernaut has implied in the past that it would prefer to remain with NBCU.

It will be interesting to see what other networks go hard after WWE programming and would also be willing to take all of the shows on the table including “Raw”, “Smackdown”, “Main Event”, “Total Divas” and “Saturday Morning Slam”.

WWE has said that it hopes to have a deal done by April or May at the latest.

 

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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Dolph Ziggler Says He Will Not Be Outdone

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Dolph Ziggler lost to Antonio Cesaro in a match in where the winner would be in the Elimination Chamber for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at the Elimination Chamber event on February 23.

After the match, Ziggler talked to Tom Phillips on the WWE App and you can see the video. This is quite possibly the best promo of Ziggler’s career. Here are some highlights of what he said.

“Every night, every night, I deliver,” Ziggler screamed. “And what do I get for it? Hey, don’t be so good. Hey, you’re doing this right, you’re doing this wrong. You know what? I’ve seen Monday Night Raw, I’ve seen Friday Night Smackdown. I know what’s right and what’s wrong, and if everyone’s in my head telling me what’s wrong, I know that I am right! Everything I do is to become better, the best! Ever!

“I’m not going to stop until I reach that point, and I don’t know if I can continue doing this. I’ve been told I’m a loser, I’ve been told I suck. I’ve been told I’m not tall enough, I’ve been told I’m too loud, I’ve been told I run my mouth backstage. You know why I run my mouth? Because if one person, One Person! outdoes me in this business in any aspect, in the back, in the ring, in my house, I Don’t Care! I Will Not Be Outshined!”

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Updated Lineup for WWE Elimination Chamber 2014

EliminationChamberPPV2014Following Monday night’s edition, we knew four of the participants in the main event for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.  Now we know all six following the Smackdown taping for this Friday’s show.

The six people who will be vying for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Elimination Chamber match include Randy Orton, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Christian and Antonio Cesaro.

Both Christian and Cesaro won qualifying matches on Smackdown to earn their spots in the main event match which, for Cesaro, will be his first with the WWE.

Two other matches are also set for the pay-per-view including a six-man tag-team match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family while Batista will square off against Alberto Del Rio.

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WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – November 8th, 2013

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For a second time this week, WWE kicked off the show with CM Punk. And while his promo here against The Wyatts was decent, the follow-up match with Curtis Axel was nothing to write home about. We’ve seen these guys do this exact same thing almost every week. Furthermore, Axel continues to look like a tool for coming out and essentially sacrificing himself at the altar of Paul Heyman every week. The IC title is in bad, bad shape, folks. [Read more...]

Video: John Cena Return, Triple H, Michael Hayes – October 10, 2013

Brian, Michael and Steve talk about John Cena’s return following his triceps surgery, where he could be used, Triple’s H involvement in storylines, who the number two babyface is behind Cena, issues with Smackdown, Michael Hayes being suspended and more.

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WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 27th, 2013

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Smackdown opened with Triple H again defending his recent actions to the fans, but took a curve when The Miz came and confronted him. I liked it. I thought Miz made the segment more interesting, and he held his own on the mic against Triple H. It also served as great storyline continuity from show-to-show. Give The Miz more stuff like this, and less MizTV time, and he’ll probably start to shine a little more. [Read more...]

WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 13th, 2013

Daniel Bryan Randy Orton No LockOpening segment featuring Big Show, Triple H, and The Shield was excellent. Big Show’s fake apology letter cracked me up, and Triple H coming out to confront show about his actions made sense. But I was afraid that was going to be all there was to it. Fortunately, The Shield came out to liven things up, and Big Show entered an entertaining, hardcore, five-minute brawl with the trio. The fans in attendance were digging it, I was digging it, and it kicked things off in a hot way. [Read more...]

WWE Smackdown Reaction and Review – September 6th, 2013

Randy Orton over Daniel BryanThe opening segment was a mixed bag. On the one hand, I thought Triple H was very entertaining, and liked the “town meeting” set-up for a televised wrestling show. It’s the exact kind of thing a narcissistic heel would do. Also, having Hunter describe himself as the COO of WWE and, therefore, “the WWE itself,” was a great way to draw heat. Unfortunately, some of the booking just didn’t make sense. [Read more...]

WWE SMACKDOWN Reaction and Review – August 30th, 2013

The opening from Friday night’s show was fantastic. MizTV is often a complete waste of time, but I’m glad the creative team leveraged an establish segment to further an ongoing storyline. The Miz, Big Show, and Dolph Ziggler being together as a unified front made a lot of sense; likewise, it gave Triple H another way to continue building his corrupt boss heel-persona. I’m also happy when the opening establishes a theme for the night. [Read more...]

WWE Smackdown Rundown – 8/23/2013

Tonight’s WWE Friday Night Smackdown comes only five short days after an epic SummerSlam pay-per-view event.  Del Rio looks for revenge in a match against Christian, and 3MB is being advertised against Mark Henry and Big Show.  Let’s see if this week’s show delivers. [Read more...]

WWE Smackdown Rundown – 8/16/2013

As the final show before this Sunday’s major Pay-Per-View event, story of the night should be SummerSlam feuds.  Expect final build for Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow, the World Heavyweight Championship match, and The Shield. [Read more...]

WWE Smackdown Rundown – 8/2/2013

smackdown outlineVery entertaining wrestling-heavy edition of WWE Smackdown tonight.  There were a few misses (see below), but the in-ring action, highlighted by a fantastic main-even, made this a show worth watching. [Read more...]