Ready for SummerSlam.
Two nights before SummerSlam, the 782nd edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the KeyArena in Seattle, WA. Before he goes one-on-one with Randy Orton for the first time ever at SummerSlam, the intense and hard-hitting Roman Reigns would join Intercontinental Champion The Miz on The Miz’s talk show, Miz TV. Roman Reigns is a man of few words, so what will “The Juggernaut” have to say to the brash Intercontinental Champion?
With a Lumberjack Match against Seth Rollins awaiting him at SummerSlam, Dean Ambrose was in action on SmackDown as “The Lunatic Fringe” would go one-on-one with a man he defeated in a No DQ Match a few weeks ago, “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro. Also on SmackDown, “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry would square off with The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper, “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler would face Titus O’Neil, and Divas Champion AJ Lee would be looking to avenge her loss to Eva Marie when she faces the Total Divas star in a non-title rematch.
- Dean Ambrose def. Cesaro by pin following Dirty Deeds.
- Dolph Ziggler def. Titus O’Neil (with Heath Slater) by pin following the Zig Zag.
- Mark Henry (with Big Show) def. Luke Harper (with Erick Rowan) by DQ after Erick Rowan interferes.
- Big Show & Mark Henry def. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan by Mark Henry pinning Erick Rowan following the World’s Strongest Slam.
- Non-Title: Eva Marie (with Paige) def. AJ Lee by count-out.
- Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) def. Bo Dallas by submission to the Patriot Lock.
- Non-Title: Roman Reigns (with Dolph Ziggler) def. The Miz by pin following the Spear.
Before he defends the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam, SmackDown kicks off with Intercontinental Champion The Miz, who welcomes everyone to Miz TV. The Miz says that, this Sunday, he will be around people who know how to appreciate the “elite”, telling the fans to imagine how excited Los Angeles will be after he successfully defends the Intercontinental Title. The Miz continues, saying that he is feeling “charitable” so he is going to “mentor” one of the younger Superstars in WWE before introducing his guest on Miz TV, Roman Reigns. Roman has a seat in the ring next to The Miz and the champion asks Roman Reigns if he is “nervous” about his match against Randy Orton at SummerSlam, saying that, if Roman loses to Orton, he will go down in history as some guy in a vest who couldn’t “rise to the occasion”. However, the loud-mouthed Intercontinental Champion would continue to interrupt Reigns, not letting “The Juggernaut” so Roman Reigns pops The Miz in the face with a right hand as Miz quickly rolls out of the ring and heads to the back. With The Miz out of the way, Roman Reigns says that he has to “respect” what Randy Orton has accomplished, which will give Orton every reason to “respect” him after he beats “The Viper” at SummerSlam!
Two nights before he faces “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins in a Lumberjack Match at SummerSlam, the opening match of the night would see “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose go one-on-one with “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro. In the end, it was Dean Ambrose surprising Cesaro with Dirty Deeds, pinning Cesaro for the win. After the match, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins would come to the stage, telling his SummerSlam opponent that twenty men will surround the ring for their Lumberjack Match and, this Sunday, he will prove to everyone that he is the “future” of WWE and he is “better” than Dean Ambrose. Rollins then says that Ambrose was never his “brother” and he never “gave a damn” about Ambrose.
Backstage, The Miz is walking with a rather large ice pack on his face when he is confronted by The Authority’s Director of Operations, Kane, and Miz says that some people don’t know the meaning of “respect”. The Miz then says that Roman Reigns needs to “banned” from Miz TV, but Kane says that he had a different idea, saying that the “moneymaker” needs more screen time before revealing that The Miz will go one-on-one with Roman Reigns later tonight!
With his shot at the Intercontinental Title coming up against The Miz at SummerSlam, “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler would go one-on-one with Titus O’Neil, with Heath Slater in his corner, on SmackDown. In the end, it was Dolph Ziggler hitting the Zig Zag on Titus O’Neil, pinning Titus for the win.
One-half of the largest tag team in WWE was in action on SmackDown as “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry, with Big Show in his corner, would go one-on-one with The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper, with Erick Rowan in his corner. During the match, Mark Henry would lift Luke Harper up for the World’s Strongest Slam, but Erick Rowan would enter the ring, hitting Mark Henry with a big boot, ending the match via disqualification. Big Show would then enter the ring, scaring Luke Harper & Erick Rowan out of the ring.
After Erick Rowan got involved in the match between Luke Harper and Mark Henry, Director of Operations Kane would make an impromptu tag match on SmackDown as “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry and “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show would face The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. In the end, it was Mark Henry lifting Erick Rowan up for the World’s Strongest Slam and, with Big Show knocking Erick Rowan out, Mark Henry would plant Rowan with the World’s Strongest Slam, pinning Rowan to pick up the win for himself and Big Show.
Before she defends the Divas Title against Paige at SummerSlam, Divas Champion AJ Lee would go one-on-one with Eva Marie in a non-title match. During the match, Paige would again come skipping to the ring in an attempt to distract AJ Lee, but this time, the Divas Champion dives off of the ring apron, pummeling the #1 Contender and slamming her repeatedly into the ringside barricade. However, AJ Lee would temporarily forget that the match was still going on as the Divas Champion fails to make it back into the ring before the referee reaches his ten-count, resulting in another victory over AJ Lee for Eva Marie. After the match, Paige blasts AJ Lee with a kick to the face before hitting the Paige Turner on the Divas Champion.
With Zeb Colter in his corner, “The Real American” Jack Swagger would go one-on-one with Bo Dallas on SmackDown. In a dominant victory, it was Jack Swagger forcing Bo Dallas to tap out to Patriot Lock, picking up the win. After the match, Jack Swagger’s SummerSlam opponent, Rusev, would come out with Lana in tow as Lana says that the winner of the Flag Match at SummerSlam will have their country’s flag raised high above the ring. Lana then says that Rusev is dedicating the Flag Match to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Then it was time for the main event of the evening as, with a match against Randy Orton awaiting him at SummerSlam, Roman Reigns would go one-on-one with Intercontinental Champion The Miz in a non-title match. Towards the end of a punishing match, Roman Reigns would set The Miz up for the Superman Punch, but The Miz would fear for his moneymaker, rolling out of the ring. However, The Miz’s SummerSlam opponent, Dolph Ziggler, would be waiting on the stage, keeping the Intercontinental Champion from escaping. Dolph’s distraction would allow Roman Reigns the opportunity to blast The Miz with the Superman Punch on the outside before Roman rolls The Miz back into the ring, hitting the Spear and pinning The Miz for the win.
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