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WWE SmackDown April 30, 2015 Results

WWE SmackDown
April 30, 2015
iWireless Arena
Moline, Illinois

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Seth Rollins & Kane Backstage Segment: 

Seth Rollins backstage with J&J Security. He runs into Kane and they argue about who hit who on Raw. Rollins blames Kane for having to face both Roman Reigns and Randy Orton at Payback. Rollins said Kane isn’t doing his job well. He says Kane is jealous of him because Kane is a fading star while Rollins’ is rising. Kane said he’s going to make a man out of Seth Rollins and announces our main event: Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose in a non-title match. Rollins says Kane is irrelevant and dares Kane to prove himself to the authority.

Josh’s Grade for this Segment/Storyline: 92/100 A- 

Roman Reigns Promo: 

Reigns gives a shout out to Dean Ambrose and wishes him luck in the main event. He says Seth Rollins’ destroyed the Shield and took the WWE Championship from Reigns. He says he’s had to scratch and crawl since Wrestlemania to get another title match. That’s a full four weeks of scratching and clawing, folks. Kane comes out and starts taking off his dress shirt. He signals to the stage and calls down a referee as he puts on his elbow pad and apparently we have a match.

Josh’s Grade for this Segment/Storyline: 88/100 B+ 

First Match: Roman Reigns vs. Kane 

Kane takes control early, but Reigns counters with some strikes before Kane starts tossing him into the corner. Backdrop by Kane followed by some grounded strikes. Kane charges at Reigns near the ropes, but Reigns sends him outside and follows him to the floor. They exchange stair strike for ring post strike before Reigns hits his dropkick to the apron. He goes for one near the announce table but Kane catches him and hits a sidewalk slam onto the announce table. Kane has Reigns in a bearhug in the middle of the ring, but Reigns is fighting out of it before Kane rams him into the corner. Whip and clothesline in the corner by Kane gets a two count.

Kane starts trash talking but Reigns starts fighting back as they exchange blows. Reigns wins that war with a suplex, because match formatting is hard. Both men are down and back to their feet at the same time. Reigns hits a big clothesline and hits a big boot before hitting another big clothesline from the second rope. He hits a series of clotheslines in the corner to Kane, but Kane retaliates with some big strikes before running into a Samoan Drop. Reigns cocks his fist and sets up the Superman Punch, but Kane hits a big chokeslam for two. Kane is freaking out about it and signals for the tombstone. He tries, but Reigns reverses it into a big DDT followed by a Superman Punch. Reigns calls for the Spear, but Kane rolls out of the ring and leaves.

Winner: Roman Reigns by Countout 

Josh’s Grade for this Match/Storyline: 86/100 B 

Seth Rollins Promo:

Rollins says that Kane got in over his head and said the biggest difference between him and Kane is that Rollins never runs away from a fight. He says he doesn’t need anybody’s help to beat Reigns and Orton at Payback. He is the future and the future is now, which makes Rollins the man.

Josh’s Grade for this Segment/Storyline: 88/100 B+ 

Second Match: Damien Sandow vs. Curtis Axel 

Sandow is repeating everything JoJo is saying. The bell rings and they start arguing. Axel rips his shirt Hogan-Style and Sandow tries, but Axel attacks him. Sandow shoves Axel down and rips his shirt off anyway before tossing Axel to the outside. Sandow goes outside and sits down next to Axel before elbowing him in the chest. Back inside, Axel takes advantage with some stomps in the corner followed by an irish whip and a big splash in the opposite corner. Axel is choking Sandow in the corner. He goes for another splash, but Sandow moves and kips up to his feet before hitting a few strikes and a big boot. Sandow hits the You’re Welcome full nelson slam for the win.

Winner: Damien Sandow 

Josh’s Grade for this Match/Storyline: 83/100 B 

Ryback Promo: 

Ryback says he doesn’t know why Bray Wyatt is attacking him, but that he’s bitten off more than he can chew. He said he’s dedicating his match against Luke Harper to Bray Wyatt. He says his message will be very clear “feed me more.

Josh’s Grade for this Segment/Storyline: 87/100 B+ 

Third Match: Ryback vs. Luke Harper 

Lock up and a shoulder block by Ryback that gets him a quick one fall. They exchange headlocks with strikes before Ryback locks on an arm lock before Harper hits a forearm to break out of it. Ryback fights back and whips Harper off the ropes and hits a Lou Thesz press. Corner strikes by Ryback now as he lifts Harper onto the top rope. Harper reverses with a strike and hits a big suplex on Ryback before flexing. Another suplex attempt by Harper, but Ryback hits an impressive stalling suplex. Ryback tries the ten corner punch but takes a sitout powerbomb instead for a near fall.

Harper taking out Ryback with an elbow for two. Harper hits his gator roll and keeps the front headlock in, but Ryback reverses it and drops Harper right on his face. Ryback fights back with some strikes and knocks Harper into the corner. Big boot by Ryback leads to a big powerslam and a splash for two. Ryback goes for a powerbomb, but Harper rolls him up for two. Spinebuster by Ryback and Ryback signals for the meathook clothesline, but Harper boots the arm and hits a superkick for two.  Harper goes for the discus lariat, but eats a Meathook and a Shellshocked to give Ryback the win. After the match the lights go out as Wyatt comes into the ring and hits a Sister Abigail on Ryback.

Winner: Ryback 

Josh’s Grade for this Match/Storyline: 90/100 A-

Fourth Match: WWE Tag Team Championship Match 
The New Day (c) w/Xavier Woods vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro w/Natalya

Kofi and Kidd start the match with Kidd going for a quick win early with a rollup that got no count. We get some pretty decent chaining from the two, including a Kidd pinfall attempt that got one count before the chaining continued. Kofi fights out and tries to toss Kidd over the top rope, but he skins the cat onto Cesaro’s back and pulls himself back in for a cool spot. Cesaro tags in an hits a big uppercut and a gutwrench suplex for a two count. Backslide gets a two and then Cesaro applies a wrist lock. Kofi escapes, so Cesaro locks in a sleeper, but Kofi breaks free and goes for a small package, but Cesaro lifts him out of into a suplex. He tags in Kidd and they hit a suplex/crossbody combination that looked good. Kidd gets a two off the double team and goes for the arm lock again. Cesaro tags back in now and hits a big double arm suplex before Kofi rolls to the outside.

Cesaro follows Kofi around the ring and Big E gets the tag as Kofi rolled in, but Big E ate a big german suplex before Kidd tags in. They hit double team moves to the crowd chanting New Day Sucks! Kidd is knocked onto the apron, but he’s distracted by Woods before Big E knocks him into the barricade. Big E throws Kidd into the barricade some more before clapping in his face. Back inside, Kofi tags back in and hits a big dropkick to Kidd in the corner for a two count. Kofi trips up Kidd and goes to the middle rope for a crossbody, but Kidd catches him with a big dropkick. Kidd tries to get to Cesaro, but Big E knocks him off the apron and suplexes Kidd. Kidd rolls to the outside. Big E hits a big belly to belly suplex on Kidd for a two count.

Kofi tags in and goes for the Boom Drop and connects. He knocks Cesaro off the apron and signals for the Trouble in Paradise. Kidd ducks and gets the hot tag to Cesaro. Cesaro lays out Kofi and knocks Big E off the apron before hitting a huge clothesline on Kofi for a two count. Cradle pin by Cesaro gets another near fall. Cesaro press slams Kofi and drops him face first and immediately follows with a double stomp for two. Woods gets on the apron to distract Cesaro as Kofi rolls him up for two. Kick by Kofi and a clothesline by Big E gets a two. Kidd tosses Kofi to the outside and hits a big a suicide dive onto Kofi. Cesaro hits a flying uppercut on Big E and tags in Kidd as they go for the big swing/dropkick combo and connect! Kidd covers, but Woods breaks up the pin.

Winner: Tyson Kidd & Cesaro by DQ, but STILL WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day 

Josh’s Grade for this Match/Storyline: 91/100 A-

Summer Rae, Cameron and Nikki Bella Backstage Segment: 

Cameron and Summer Rae are talking crap about Brie Bella. Nikki overhears this and challenges Cameron to a match.

Josh’s Grade for this Segment/Storyline: 70/100 C-

Fifth Match: Nikki Bella vs. Cameron 

They start with a lock up and Nikki Bella throws Cameron around a bit. She goes for a shoulder block that Cameron bumps way too early. Cameron hits a few strikes and throws Nikki into the corner and eats an elbow by Nikki but ducks a dropkick for two. Cameron beats on Nikki a bit and kicks her outside the ring. She throws Nikki into the barricade and plays to the crowd. Back inside, Cameron hits a split legged leg drop for two. Nikki with a snapmare and Cameron with a facebuster and a stomp.Cameron has a sleeper locked in, Cameron charges but Nikki ducks and hits a few clotheslines and a dropkick. Springboard enziguri to Cameron gets a two count. Cameron hits an awful looking roll up for two and slaps Nikki and hits her with a vicious elbow and a Rack Attack for the win.

Winner: Nikki Bella 

Josh’s Grade for this Match/Storyline: 79/100 C+ 

Sixth Match: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose 

They start with a lock up and Ambrose brings Rollins down with a hammerlock. Rollins rolls outside immediately after as Ambrose is relaxing in the ring taunting Rollins. Back inside, Rollins takes advantage and takes Amborse down with a hammerlock now, slapping him in the back of the head. Ambrose gets a drop toe hold and was about to lock on an STF, but kicks Rollins the back instead. Rollins takes control back with forearms choking Ambrose in the middle rope. Whip into the ropes, Ambrose hits a crossbody and some punches before knocking Rollins to the outside. J&J Security try to distract Ambrose, but he tosses Rollins back in the ring. The distraction is enough to let Rollins hits a dropkick sending Ambrose into the announce table. Kane comes out to the ring.

Ambrose battling his way into the match. He goes up top for the elbow, but Rollins counters with a kick. Ambrose immediately fires back with a dropkick and a suicide dive, before rolling Rollins back in for an inverted powerbomb that only gets two. A turnbuckle powerbomb from Rollins isn’t enough to put Ambrose away, but he counters a Dirty Deeds with a big kick to the head for another two. Rollins is sent into Kane and J&J, and when Ambrose tries to dive outside, he’s sent into the rail. Kane has both by the throat, and threatens the ref, but Abrose runs him into the post. J&J get sent over the table, and Rollins pushes Ambrose into the stairs. He hits his new finish for the win. The Authority all beat down Ambrose after the match, and Reigns makes the save. Spear to Kane leaves Ambrose and Reigns standing tall.

Winner: Seth Rollins 

Josh’s Grade for this Match/Storyline: 93/100 A- 

Josh’s Grade for WWE SmackDown: 86/100 B

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