RKO in the Bank?
Two nights before Money-in-the-Bank, the 725th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. Before this Sunday’s Money-in-the-Bank All-Stars Ladder Match with a future WWE Title shot on the line, four of the seven combatants in the match would be in action on SmackDown as, in the main event, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus would go one-on-one with his former tag team partner, “The Viper” Randy Orton. Plus, Daniel Bryan would square off with “Captain Charisma” Christian.
- Daniel Bryan def. Christian by submission to the Yes Lock.
- Seth Rollins (with Roman Reigns) def. Jey Uso (with Jimmy Uso) by pin following the knee to the face.
- Non-Title: Chris Jericho def. Curtis Axel by count-out.
- Ryback def. The Miz by pin following Shell Shocked.
- Fandango def. Wade Barrett by roll-up.
- Sheamus and Randy Orton fight to a No Contest after Daniel Bryan hits both Superstars with a ladder.
SmackDown kicks off with a match between two of the six combatants in the Money-in-the-Bank All-Stars Ladder Match as Daniel Bryan would go one-on-one with “Captain Charisma” Christian. At the end of a stellar match between the two former World Champions, it was Daniel Bryan catching Christian in the Yes Lock, forcing “Captain Charisma” to tap out to pick up the win.
Backstage, SmackDown Senior Advisor Theodore Long informs Dolph Ziggler that he is giving “The Show-Off” the night off to keep Dolph from interfering in Alberto Del Rio’s match later in the evening. Ziggler argues that he wants to compete, but Long explains to him that, after Vickie Guerrero was fired on RAW, he is not taking any chances and he will not tolerate any interference on tonight’s show.
Before Jimmy & Jey Uso challenge The Shield’s Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns for the WWE Tag Team Titles on the Money-in-the-Bank Kickoff this Sunday night, Jey Uso, with Jimmy Uso in his corner, would go one-on-one with one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Seth Rollins, with Roman Reigns in his corner. During the match, Roman Reigns would get on the ring apron, temporarily distracting Jey Uso, but Jimmy Uso would take Reigns out with a kick to the mid-section. However, while Jey Uso climbs the top rope, Roman Reigns takes Jimmy Uso down with a flying clothesline on the outside of the ring and the concern for his brother costs Jey Uso as Seth Rollins knocks Jey off of the top rope, following it up with a knee to the face en route to picking up the win.
After suffering his first loss on RAW, Curtis Axel would be looking to avenge the loss as the Intercontinental Champion, with Paul Heyman in his corner, would go one-on-one with the man who defeated him on RAW, Chris Jericho, in a non-title match. During the match, Curtis Axel would find himself on the outside of the ring and, when Axel tries to come back into the ring, Chris Jericho catches the Intercontinental Champion with the Codebreaker. This would keep Axel from being able to get back into the ring before the referee’s ten-count, resulting in a count-out victory for Jericho. After the match, Curtis Axel would snap, ripping the announce table apart before Paul Heyman is finally able to calm his client down.
Two nights before their respective matches at Money-in-the-Bank, the #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Title, The Miz, would go one-on-one with the man who will face Chris Jericho at Money-in-the-Bank, “The Sin City Cyborg” Ryback. During the match, The Miz would target the supposedly injured leg of Ryback and, while Ryback refuses to have the match stopped, the referee tries to help the monster to his feet. However, Ryback spots an opening and clobbers Miz with the Meat Hook Clothesline, following it up with Shell Shocked en route to picking up the win.
SmackDown would be home to a WWE first as the first ever contract signing for a Divas Title match would take place between Divas Champion AJ Lee & #1 Contender Kaitlyn. With the Divas division, as well as Big E. Langston, joining Theodore Long in the ring, Long asks the two Divas to sign the contract. Before signing the contract, AJ Lee says that no one cared about the Divas division before she won the Divas Title, so they can all thank her for that. However, Theodore Long cuts AJ off, saying that they do not have time for all of that. The Divas Champion cooperates, signing the contract, but as Kaitlyn gets ready to sign, AJ says that Kaitlyn does not want to sign for the match because she will embarrass Kaitlyn like never before. Kaitlyn begins to ask if the champion has more altered photos, but Layla snatches the pen away from AJ, handing it to Kaitlyn, who signs the contract to make the Divas Title match at Money-in-the-Bank official. After the signing is complete, AJ Lee gets her cell phone out, opting to read the texts that Kaitlyn sent to her “secret admirer”. AJ reads the first text that discusses Natalya’s obsession with The Great Khali, concluding with “never trust a Neidhart”. AJ then reads the next text message that targets Cameron & Naomi, saying that they only care about their reality show. Kaitlyn then snatches the phone out of AJ’s hand, tossing it down, but the Divas Champion does not flinch, instead showing the personal texts on the Tron. AJ then tells Kaitlyn to rip the contract up and walk out of the building and never show her “trashy hair” again. Kaitlyn refuses, saying that she lost her title and herself, but she will never, ever, let a “man-crazed psychopath” destroy her again! Kaitlyn says that she will be the Divas Champion again and AJ will be put in an asylum. However, the crazed Divas Champion would slap Kaitlyn across the face and Kaitlyn would respond by shoving the table all the way into the corner, trapping AJ Lee and waylaying the Divas Champion in the corner! Big E. Langston then pulls Kaitlyn off of AJ Lee, allowing AJ to escape the corner, but Kaitlyn slaps Langston before nearly breaking AJ in half with the Spear!
With Zeb Colter a guest on commentary, with Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro standing at ringside, two of the seven combatants in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match for a future World Heavyweight Title shot, Wade Barrett would go one-on-one with “The Dancing Enigma” Fandango, with Summer Rae in his corner. During the match, Team Rhodes Scholars would come out to ringside, taking issue with The Real Americans, but, in the ring, Fandango surprises Wade Barrett with a roll-up, picking up the win. After the match, Wade Barrett joins the argument on the outside, blaming the men on the outside for his loss.
Two nights before he defends the World Heavyweight Championship against Dolph Ziggler at Money-in-the-Bank, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio would go one-on-one with Sin Cara in a non-title match. However, before the match can begin, “Sin Cara” assaults Alberto Del Rio, pummeling the World Heavyweight Champion before laying Del Rio out with the Zig Zag!
With Alberto Del Rio down in the ring following an attack by Dolph Ziggler, who was disguised as Sin Cara, the former Managing Supervisor of RAW, Vickie Guerrero, snatches the microphone away from Lilian Garcia as Vickie says that, ever since she was fired on RAW, she has been shown no respect and she even had to buy a ticket to get into the arena. Vickie then rips up the ticket before demanding that SmackDown Senior Advisor Theodore Long be fired, but Theodore Long comes out, reminding Vickie that she was fired before calling for security before a team of security guards come out, escorting Vickie out of the arena.
Backstage, Theodore Long stops Sin Cara in the hallway, thinking that Dolph Ziggler is still under the mask. Dolph then appears behind Theodore Long, claiming that he had to come back because he forgot his phone. Ziggler then commends Sin Cara, saying he “looked good out there”.
Then it was time for the main event as two of the six competitors in the Money-in-the-Bank All-Stars Ladder Match would square off as “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus would go one-on-one with “The Viper” Randy Orton. During the match, with both Sheamus and Randy Orton down on the outside of the ring, Daniel Bryan would rush to the ring, grabbing a ladder from under the ring. Bryan then slides into the ring with the ladder, smashing the steel into both Sheamus and Orton! Bryan then sets the ladder up in the middle of the ring, but when Bryan goes for the climb, Sheamus pulls Bryan down, knocking Bryan to the outside. Sheamus would then try his hand at climbing up, but Christian would rush out, taking Sheamus off of the ladder, but both Christian and Sheamus would find themselves on top of the ladder. Christian would manage to knock Sheamus off, but Daniel Bryan would re-enter the ring, tipping the ladder over and dumping Christian to the outside. When Daniel Bryan goes for the climb to the top, Randy Orton pulls Daniel Bryan down, striking with the RKO before climbing the ladder himself and retrieving the briefcase!
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