Two nights before Battleground, the 737th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, LA. After getting pushed too far and nearly getting himself fired by waiting for Triple H in his office in order to knock the COO out on RAW, Big Show would receive his punishment on SmackDown as “The World’s Largest Athlete” would be forced to face all three members of The Shield in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match.
- Rob Van Dam def. Fandango by DQ after Summer Rae interferes.
- Ryback def. R-Truth by pin following Shell Shocked.
- Non-Title: Alberto Del Rio def. Dolph Ziggler by submission to the cross armbreaker.
- Los Matadores def. Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal by Diego pinning Jinder Mahal following the double-team Samoan Drop.
- Brie Bella def. Aksana by pin following the facebuster.
- Kofi Kingston def. Big E. Langston by roll-up.
- 4-on-1 Handicap Match: Randy Orton & The Shield def. Big Show by DQ after Big Show punches a steel chair into the face of Dean Ambrose.
Before he is forced to face The Shield in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match, SmackDown kicks off with “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, who says that, in recent weeks, he has been forced to do some terrible things to some perfectly innocent individuals, including Daniel Bryan, The Miz, and WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes. Big Show says that Triple H & Stephanie McMahon are holding his job over his head, saying that he cannot ask for the forgiveness of the fans, all he is asking for is a little “understanding” for what he is going through. Big Show says that he has a lot of anger and frustration built up and, on RAW, it nearly cost him his job as he was ready to knock Triple H out. Big Show then vows to turn all of his rage and frustration loose on The Shield tonight, saying that they are going to be in the ring with a “lunatic giant” and, if he is going to go down, he is taking The Shield with him! Before Big Show can leave the ring, WWE COO Triple H comes out, saying that he is “ashamed” of what Big Show has become, saying that all of Big Show’s problems are on him. The COO then reveals that, as of this morning, Big Show no longer owes any money to the bank for the mortgage on his house, he now owes it to Triple H! Triple H continues, saying that his patience with Big Show is running thin, telling Big Show that he better get his emotions in check or he will be living in Big Show’s house! The COO then says that he cannot put The Shield in harm’s way, so he is changing the main event as The Shield will have a tag team partner in Randy Orton, making the match a 4-on-1 Handicap Match!
Two nights before he challenges Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Hardcore Rules Match at Battleground, the opening match of the night would pit “Mr. Friday Night” Rob Van Dam, with Ricardo Rodriguez in his corner, against “The Lord of Dance” Fandango, with Summer Rae in his corner. During the match, Rob Van Dam would head to the top rope for the Five-Star Frog Splash, but Summer Rae would knock RVD off of the top rope, resulting in a disqualification. After the match, Fandango would pummel Rob Van Dam, but a distraction from Ricardo Rodriguez would allow RVD the opportunity to fight back, hitting a DDT on Fandango. RVD then produces a metal trash can, having Rodriguez hold it in place as RVD soars across the ring with the Van Terminator to the face of Fandango!
Before he faces CM Punk at Battleground, Ryback, with Paul Heyman in his corner, would go one-on-one with R-Truth. In the end, it was Ryback hitting Shell Shocked on R-Truth en route to picking up the win. After the match, Curtis Axel would slide into the ring, hitting R-Truth in the back of the head with a clothesline.
The World Heavyweight Champion was in action on SmackDown as Alberto Del Rio would collide with an old adversary in “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match with “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Damien Sandow a guest on commentary. In the end, it was Alberto Del Rio locking in the cross armbreaker on Dolph Ziggler, forcing “The Show-Off” to tap out to pick up the win.
After an impressive debut on RAW, Los Matadores would make their SmackDown debut as Diego & Fernando, with their miniature bull mascot El Torito in their corner, would face 3MB’s Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal. In the end, it was Los Matadores hitting the double-team Samoan Drop on Jinder Mahal as Diego pins Mahal for the win.
Before she challenges AJ Lee for the Divas Title at Battleground, Brie Bella, with Nikki Bella in her corner, would face Aksana on SmackDown. In the end, Brie would hit the facebuster en route to picking up the win. After the match, Divas Champion AJ Lee, along with Tamina, comes out with a message for Brie Bella, saying that, when Brie and Daniel Bryan have a child, the doctor is not going to slap the baby, the doctor will slap Brie.
Kofi Kingston was in action on SmackDown as the high-flyer would face the powerhouse Big E. Langston. In the end, Kofi Kingston would use his quickness to surprise Big E. Langston with a roll-up for the win. After the match, Bray Wyatt would appear with lantern in hand as Luke Harper & Erick Rowan appear behind Kofi Kingston as The Wyatt Family surrounds Kofi on the ramp. Bray Wyatt tells Kofi that his “laws” have “failed” him, vowing that, “on this Sabbath, the first will fall”.
Then it was time for the main event as “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show would be forced to face the team of “The Viper” Randy Orton and The Shield in a 4-on-1 Handicap Match. The match would descend into chaos and would ultimately result in a disqualification after Big Show punches a steel chair into the face of Dean Ambrose. Randy Orton would then hit Big Show in the back with the chair, but Big Show would barely be fazed by the shot and would try to chokeslam Randy Orton and Seth Rollins. However, Roman Reigns would take Big Show down with the Spear, allowing Randy Orton & The Shield to commence their beat down, but when Randy Orton tries to wrap a steel chair around Big Show’s head like he did to The Miz, The Usos rush out, brawling with The Shield and Daniel Bryan would soon follow, attacking Randy Orton and even locking in the Yes Lock on “The Viper”. However, Dean Ambrose would break it up and Daniel Bryan would make the United States Champion pay, taking Ambrose down with a running knee to the face!
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