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WWE SmackDown Results: The Authority’s Influence

WWE SmackDown
January 2, 2015
Norfolk Scope
Norfolk, Virginia

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Edge & Christian Segment: 

Edge said he had been thinking about how the WWE is going and he just wanted to say that he is sorry for that direction because it is because of him. Christian said the show must go on and we have a great show for all of us. Edge said that the Authority can’t do anything about it because… we see a limo arrive on the big screen and out pops J&J security. They make their way out to the ring. Edge wants to know what just happend. Edge mocked their height. Noble said that they have a prepared statement from the Authority that they would like them to read. Mercury said that they had no idea about the attack on Raw. They do not support the actions of Seth Rollins and they apologize. Furthermore, they recognized that Edge and Christian will guest host SD tonight.

However, Noble and Mercury will make sure they do not breach any rights in their contracts. Edge said that they can make all of the matches tonight and he has a great idea, which is J&J security vs. Ryback. They are in shock, Edge said to settle down, but instead Ryback will face The Big Show. Christian said he has one more better and that is Roman Reigns vs. Rusev. Noble said that he is taking notes and they will go on their permanent files. Edge said he does not work here anymore, so tonight is their show!Christian said that their show starts right now.  Bray Wyatt’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring.

First Match: Bray Wyatt vs. Erick Rowan 

Bray Wyatt tells him to lay down as the fans chant “Husky Harris”. Rowan said no and takes off his mask. Wyatt slaps him, this makes Rowan anger and a brawl breaks out. Rowan throws him into the corner, but Wyatt moves and Rowan eats the ring post. Wyatt sends Rowan face first into the ring post. Back in the ring, Rowan fights back and nailed a splash in the corner. Rowan with a clothesline then another, off the ropes and he connected with a shoulder block. Rowan lifts him up and says he is sorry, but Wyatt hit Sister Abigail out of nowhere for the win. After the match, Wyatt cut a promo about how he will make Dean Ambrose pay this Monday night onRaw.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

J&J Security does a 5 second pose in the backstage area.

Second Match: Goldust, Stardust and Adam Rose vs. The Usos & R-Truth 

Rose and R-Truth start things off, Truth gets an early roll up for two count. He tags in Jey, who attacked the left arm. Stardust pulled down the top rope and Jey went flying out to the floor as we go to break. We’re back with Jey fighting off Goldust. However, Gold cuts him off with a power slam for a near fall. Moments later, Jey throws Gold over the top rope and gets the hot tag to Jimmy. He cleans house onAdam Rose, who is now legal. Jimmy with a back kick and an uppercut. Jimmy with a samoan drop, a back splash in the corner. Jimmy blocked a kick by Gold and Truth hit him with a heel kick. Truth with a dive over the top rope onto Gold. Star hit a springboard dive taking out Truth. Rose rolled up Jimmy for two count. However, Jimmy pops up and hit a superkick. He tagged in Jey and hit a dive off the top rope for the win. After the match, some of the Rosebuds tried to attack the Usos, but they fought them off and stood tall in the ring.

Winner: The Usos & R-Truth

 Third Match: Ryback vs. Big Show

Big Show sends Ryback over the top rope with pure force. Ryback uses the top rope to his advantage, Ryback hit a big boot and then hit an double axe off the middle rope twice to knock the big guy down. Ryback goes for the meathook clothesline, but Big Show ducked out of the ring. We’re back with Ryback trying to gain some kind of offenses, but Big Show nailed a clothesline out of the corner. Big Show targets the left knee of Ryback. However, Ryback fights back on his weak left knee and knocked Big Show out of the ring. Back in the ring, Ryback hit a series of shoulder blocks. Ryback ducked a punch and Ryback took him down.

He hit a splash and then went up to the middle rope where he is caught by Big Show and the Big Show went for the chokeslam, but blocked and Ryback nailed a spinebuster. Ryback is about to hit the meathook clothesline, but the Russian flag came down. Lana and Rusev make their way down to the ring. Ryback goes out to the apron, which has Big Show knock him off the apron with the KO punch and Ryback losses this one via count out.  After the match, Rusev goes to attack Ryback even more, but Ryback fought back and Rusev got the hell out of the ring. Rusev and Lana retreat to the back.

Winner: Big Show by Countout 

 Fourth Match: Cesaro & Tyson Kidd w/Natalya vs. Los Matadores w/El Torito 

Diego and Kidd start things off, Fernando is tagged in almost right away for them to hit a double team move. Kidd went to the apron where Cesaro blind tagged himself in, Fernando drop kicked Kidd off the apron and when Fernando went for a dive through the ropes and he ate an uppercut. Both Fernando and Kidd double team Fernando, but when Kidd went for a drop kick off the top rope, Fernando drop kicked him instead.  He gets a hot tag to Diego and he cleans house on Cesaro. Diego with a head takeover on Cesaro, but when he goes for it a second time he is caught and Kidd and Cesaro hit their finisher for the win.

Winner: Cesaro & Tyson Kidd 

Fifth Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Curtis Axel 

Ambrose goes right after Axel and this one turns into a brawl quickly. Ambrose hit a big time clothesline on the apron. Back in the ring, Ambrose hit the dirty deeds and then walked up the stage. He grabbed a mic and said that this Monday will be a hell of a way to kick off the new year when he faces Wyatt in an ambulance match. He said he is going to drag Wyatt straight to happy new year hell.

Winner: No Contest 

We’re shown a video package on The Ascension. The Ascension said first it was The Road Warriors, then it was Demolition and now it’s The Ascension and they welcome us to the wasteland.

Sixth Match: The Ascension vs. Local Independent Competitors

Not much to this one, they beatdown one of the jobbers for minute or two and then they hit the fall of man for the win.

Winner: The Ascension

Seventh Match: Roman Reigns vs. Rusev w/Lana

They lock up, Reigns clotheslined Rusev over the top rope leading to break. We’re back from break with Reigns missing a spear and Rusev hitting a german suplex. Rusev puts the boots to him. Moments later, Reigns fought out of a chin lock and made his comeback. Reigns with a clothesline in the corner and roll up for two count. Reigns lifted him up, but blocked. Reigns instead hit a back suplex for two count. Reigns went for the superman punch, but blocked and Rusev hit a drop kick for two count. Rusev went for a super kick, but blocked and Reigns hit an uppercut followed by superman punch.

Rusev rolled to the floor and The Big Show ran down to attack Reigns. However, Reigns nailed a superman punch before Big Show could do anything.Back in the ring, Rusev hit a super kick toReigns for a near fall. Rusev missed another big kick and Reigns hit a spear. Reigns went for the pin attempt, but Big Show dragged him out of the ring and sent him into the barricade causing the DQ. Big Show tried to chokeslam him through the announce table, but Reigns blocked. Big Show went for a spear, but Reigns moved and Big Show went flying over the table. Reigns threw the table on top of Big Show to end the show.

Winner: Roman Reigns by DQ 

Josh’s Grade for WWE SmackDown: 92/100 A-

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