Knockout for America.
Five nights after Night of Champions, the 788th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, AR. Following an altercation between the two former United States Champions on WWE Main Event on Tuesday night, the unhinged and unpredictable “Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would go one-on-one with the self-proclaimed “A-Lister” The Miz on SmackDown!
It has certainly been a rollercoaster week for Dolph Ziggler already as “The Show-Off” lost the Intercontinental Title to The Miz at Night of Champions only to win the title back one night later on RAW and, now on SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler would face his third title match of the week against an unknown opponent as a Battle Royal would take place to determine the new #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Title and the winner of the Battle Royal would challenge “The Show-Off” for the Intercontinental Title later in the evening!
Another championship that changed hands at Night of Champions was the WWE Tag Team Championship as Gold & Stardust defeated The Usos to end the 202-day reign of the twin brothers, but The Usos would get the opportunity to regain their gold as The Usos would challenge Gold & Stardust for the WWE Tag Team Titles on SmackDown.
Also, after his friend and tag team partner, Mark Henry, suffered back-to-back crushing losses to Rusev at Night of Champions and on RAW, “The World’s Largest Athlete” would step in to avenge “The World’s Strongest Man” on SmackDown as Big Show would go one-on-one with “The Hero of the Russian Federation” Rusev.
- Dean Ambrose def. The Miz (with Damien Mizdow, Kane, & Seth Rollins) by pin following Dirty Deeds.
- #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Cesaro def. Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Bo Dallas, Damien Mizdow, Heath Slater, Titus O’Neil, Zack Ryder, Big E, Xavier Woods, Justin Gabriel, Los Matadores, & Sin Cara to become the #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Title.
- WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos def. Gold & Stardust (c) by DQ after Goldust (c) attacks Jimmy Uso with one of the WWE Tag Team Title belts. As a result, Gold & Stardust (c) retains.
- Summer Rae & Layla def. Natalya & Rosa Mendes by Layla rolling up Rosa Mendes with the tights.
- Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) def. Cesaro by roll-up despite Cesaro grabbing the bottom rope. As a result, Dolph Ziggler (c) retains.
- Big Show def. Rusev (with Lana) by DQ after Rusev uses the Russian flag as a weapon.
See page 2 for detailed results.