Five nights after Battleground, the 779th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Amway Center in Orlando, FL. After Dean Ambrose went over the edge on RAW, compacting Cesaro’s shoulder with a steel chair shot, ending their match via disqualification, SmackDown would see a rematch between “The Lunatic Fringe” and the former Paul Heyman Guy as Dean Ambrose would go one-on-one with “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro and, this time, there would no disqualifications!
After coming within moments of winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal 4-Way Match at Battleground, Roman Reigns would be looking to pave his way back to title contention as the unstoppable juggernaut would go one-on-one with “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio on SmackDown.
- Non-Title: The Usos def. RybAxel by Jimmy Uso rolling up Curtis Axel.
- Bo Dallas (with The Miz) def. Dolph Ziggler by roll-up.
- No DQ: Dean Ambrose def. Cesaro (with Seth Rollins) by roll-up.
- Paige (with Cameron) def. Naomi by submission to the PTO.
- Bray Wyatt (with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) def. R-Truth by pin following the Sister Abigail.
- Roman Reigns def. Alberto Del Rio by pin following the Spear.
For the first time since besting Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match at Battleground to successfully retain the WWE Tag Team Titles, the WWE Tag Team Champions were in action on SmackDown as The Usos would face RybAxel in a non-title match to kick off the show. During the match, both of The Usos would find themselves down on the outside of the ring and Curtis Axel would retrieve the wrong Uso, rolling the fresher Jimmy Uso into the ring. Jimmy would quickly take advantage of the mistake as Jimmy surprises Curtis Axel with a roll-up, scoring the three-count to pick up the win for the WWE Tag Team Champions.
After outlasting eighteen other Superstars in the Battleground Battle Royal, the brand new Intercontinental Champion would appear on SmackDown as the self-proclaimed “A-Lister” The Miz would host his talk show segment, Miz TV. The new Intercontinental Champion says that he never got the opportunity to give them his “acceptance speech”, saying that he would like to thank The Authority, his “publicists”, and he would like to thank his parents. The Miz then greets his parents at ringside, asking his mother what it’s like to have a “Hollywood star” as her son and she says that it’s “awesome”. Miz then asks his mother who her favorite Superstar is and Mrs. Mizanin says Roman Reigns! The Miz then utters that she is “embarrassing” him before hopping back over the barricade and claiming that his mother was joking. The Intercontinental Champion then gets back into the ring, thanking his wife, Maryse, and his dogs before thanking the “most powerful influence” in his life, his “moneymaker”, gesturing to his face. The Miz is then interrupted by the self-proclaimed “inspiration” Bo Dallas, who takes a victory lap around the ring before entering the ring. Dallas tells The Miz that he knows that Miz won the Battleground Battle Royal because he “bo-lieved” and Miz says that he is a big fan of Bo Dallas. Dolph Ziggler then crashes Miz TV, saying that he understands why The Miz and Bo Dallas get along so well, saying that they both “inspire millions around the world” and they both have “million dollar smiles” before saying that they are also both “full of crap”. The Miz accuses Dolph of being “jealous” of his success with Bo Dallas telling Ziggler that all he has to do is “bo-lieve”. Dolph then makes a move towards The Miz and Bo Dallas attacks “The Show-Off” from behind, giving the Intercontinental Champion the chance to escape.
In an impromptu match stemming from an attack by Bo Dallas during Miz TV, the “inspirational” Bo Dallas would go one-on-one with “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler with Intercontinental Champion The Miz a guest on commentary. During the match, Dolph Ziggler would slide to the outside of the ring to embarrass The Miz, acting like he was going to kick the Intercontinental Champion in the face, nearly making Miz fall out of his chair. Shortly after this, The Miz would serve as the distraction, allowing Bo Dallas to surprise Dolph Ziggler with a roll-up to pick up the win. After the match, Dolph Ziggler would interrupt Bo Dallas’ victory lap around the ring with a straight kick to the face, but The Miz would take this opportunity to shove Ziggler face-first into the steel ring post, leaving “The Show-Off” laid out on the outside.
After assaulting Cesaro with a steel chair on RAW, resulting in a disqualification end to their match, SmackDown would see the rematch as “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would go one-on-one with “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro and, this time, there would be no disqualifications. It would not take long for Dean Ambrose to take advantage of the no disqualification stipulation as Ambrose pulls steel chairs and kendo sticks from under the ring. However, it was Ambrose would narrowly dodge a kendo stick shot from Cesaro on the outside before Ambrose dives over the ringside barricade onto Cesaro, pummeling Cesaro. Ambrose then grabs the ring bell and smashes Cesaro in the back of the head with the steel weapon! However, when Ambrose tries to dive off of the announce table, he is caught with a kendo stick shot to the mid-section by Cesaro. Back in the ring, Cesaro would set up two steel chairs in the ring before slamming Ambrose on the two chairs. Cesaro then targets the injured shoulder of Dean Ambrose, blasting the shoulder with multiple kendo stick shots, but Ambrose would grab the stick before blasting Cesaro with a huge clothesline. Ambrose then grabs the kendo stick, using the stick to deliver a shot to the mid-section and the back of Cesaro before using the stick to deliver a side Russian leg sweep. Ambrose then sets up two steel chairs in the ring with the backs of the chairs facing each other before both men struggle to try and utilize the steel chairs, but Ambrose would improvise on the situation, grabbing one steel chair to jab Cesaro in the mid-section with before delivering a suplex to Cesaro on the other steel chair! Cesaro would continue to kick out and both men would struggle to get back to their feet and Cesaro would send Ambrose shoulder-first into the steel ring post.
Then, with revenge in mind, Cesaro would swing a steel chair at the shoulder of Ambrose, but Ambrose would move out of the way. Ambrose then sends Cesaro into the ringside barricade before grabbing countless steel chairs from under the ring, piling the steel into the ring. Ambrose then rolls Cesaro into the ring, but that is when Seth Rollins would attack, ambushing Ambrose. However, Ambrose would get the better of the situation, sending Rollins over the ringside barricade, but the temporary distraction would allow Cesaro to take advantage, delivering a superplex to Ambrose onto the pile of steel chairs, but Ambrose would still kick out! Cesaro would then pull Ambrose to his feet, but Ambrose would surprise Cesaro, trapping Cesaro in a roll-up for the three-count! After the match, Seth Rollins would waste no time in ambushing Dean Ambrose again as “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” would beat Ambrose down before Cesaro delivers a running boot to the face of Dean Ambrose. Cesaro then puts a smile on the face of Seth Rollins by delivering the Neutralizer to Dean Ambrose in the center of the ring, which is followed up with the Curb Stomp by Seth Rollins.
For the first time since her betrayal of Divas Champion AJ Lee on RAW, Paige was in action on SmackDown as the former champion went one-on-one with Naomi. However, just as the match begins, Cameron comes out to the stage, serving as the crucial distraction that would allow Paige to lock in the PTO on Naomi, making Naomi tap out to pick up the win. After the match, Cameron would enter the ring, delivering a snap mare to Naomi, but Naomi would get a shot in before Cameron shoves Naomi off of the ring apron to the floor.
After The Wyatt Family viciously beat Chris Jericho down in the backstage area on RAW, the leader of The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt, with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in his corner, went one-on-one with R-Truth on SmackDown. Bray Wyatt would make quick work of R-Truth, hitting the Sister Abigail en route to picking up the win. After the match, Bray Wyatt asks where Chris Jericho is when R-Truth needs him the most, saying that Jericho is no “savior”, but he is. Bray then kneels next to R-Truth, shouting “save us Jericho”.
Then it was time for the main event as the seemingly unstoppable Roman Reigns would go one-on-one with “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio. Throughout the match, Alberto Del Rio would counter Roman Reigns at every turn, but the powerhouse would still find a way to prevail, battling back against Del Rio and ultimately hitting the Spear on Del Rio en route to picking up the win.
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