Nine nights before SummerSlam, the 781st edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, TX. As a result of winning the Beat The Clock Challenge on RAW, Dean Ambrose gets to choose the stipulation for his SummerSlam match against Seth Rollins and, on SmackDown, “The Lunatic Fringe” will reveal what stipulation he has in mind for his collision with “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”!
SmackDown would also feature the return of “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show as the giant would team up with “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry as the gargantuan team would face RybAxel in tag team action on SmackDown! Is there any stopping this humongous team? What does this partnership mean for the rest of the tag team division?
- Big Show & Mark Henry def. RybAxel by Big Show pinning Curtis Axel following the chokeslam.
- Sin Cara def. Damien Sandow by pin following the senton.
- Seth Rollins def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following the Curb Stomp.
- Rusev (with Lana) def. Big E by submission to the Accolade.
- Dean Ambrose def. Randy Orton by DQ after Seth Rollins interferes.
SmackDown kicks off with “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose, who says that The Authority thought they had a “foolproof plan B” on RAW with the Beat The Clock Challenge, saying that you can’t “plan” for Dean Ambrose. Ambrose says that, since he outsmarted Seth Rollins, he gets to pick the stipulation for their match at SummerSlam. Ambrose proposed several different matches like JBL’s hat-on-a-pole match, a Boxing Match, a match with alligators around the ring, a Good Housekeeping Match, a Loser Washes Triple H’s Car Match, but says that Seth Rollins already does that. Ambrose is then interrupted by “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins, who tells Ambrose to “cut the crap”, saying that he knows that Ambrose knows what stipulation he wants. Rollins then tells Ambrose that SummerSlam will be “the end” for Dean Ambrose and Ambrose says that, this time, Rollins will not get him kicked out of the building and Rollins will not be able to run away because, if Rollins tries to run, he will be blocked by “bodies”. Ambrose explains that The Shield made a lot of enemies during their time and those enemies are going to make sure that they “tear each other apart”. Ambrose then reveals that they will go one-on-one in a Lumberjack Match at SummerSlam before guaranteeing that “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” will “go broke” at SummerSlam! Rollins then says that, no matter what happens at SummerSlam, he still has the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase and that ensures that he is the “future” of the company. Rollins continues, saying that The Authority has given him the option to choose Dean Ambrose’s opponent tonight as Ambrose will go one-on-one with the man who destroyed Roman Reigns a couple of weeks ago on RAW, “The Viper” Randy Orton!
The opening match of the night would feature a gargantuan team-up as “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show would return to action to team with “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry as the huge team would collide with RybAxel! In the end, it was Mark Henry hitting the World’s Strongest Slam on Ryback while Big Show plants Curtis Axel with the chokeslam, pinning Axel to pick up a dominant win for the huge team.
Dressed as a Border Patrol officer, Damien Sandow would go one-on-one with Sin Cara on SmackDown. In the end, it was Sin Cara hitting the senton on Damien Sandow en route to picking up the win.
Following an intense backstage confrontation earlier in the night, “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler would go one-on-one with “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Seth Rollins on SmackDown. In the end, it was Seth Rollins putting Dolph Ziggler’s skull into the mat with the Curb Stomp en route to picking up the win.
Nine nights before she challenges AJ Lee for the Divas Championship at SummerSlam, the unstable Paige would go one-on-one with Natalya. In the end, it was Paige locking in the PTO on Natalya, making Natalya tap out to pick up the win.
Before he faces Jack Swagger in a Flag Match at SummerSlam, “The Hero of the Russian Federation” was in action on SmackDown as Rusev, with Lana in his corner, would face Big E. In the end, it was Rusev locking in the Accolade on Big E, making Big E submit to pick up the win.
Then it was time for the main event as, nine nights before he faces Seth Rollins in a Lumberjack Match at SummerSlam, “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would go one-on-one with “The Viper” Randy Orton. During the match, Dean Ambrose would go for Dirty Deeds on Randy Orton, but Seth Rollins would jump on the ring apron in an attempt to distract Ambrose. Ambrose would knock Rollins off of the ring apron and would counter an attempted RKO by Randy Orton, hitting Dirty Deeds on Orton. However, before Ambrose would get the three-count, Rollins pulls Ambrose out of the ring, ending the match via disqualification. With the match over, Rollins would attempt to beat Ambrose down, but “The Lunatic Fringe” would get the advantage, pummeling Rollins until Randy Orton gets involved, hitting Ambrose with the RKO. With Dean Ambrose defenseless, Seth Rollins would take full advantage and, in an act of revenge for what Ambrose did on RAW, Rollins would grab a drink from a fan at ringside, pouring it on the head and face of his SummerSlam opponent. Rollins then screams at Ambrose that SummerSlam will be “the end” for Ambrose before hitting the Curb Stomp on Ambrose, leaving a broken Dean Ambrose at his feet.
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