After winning the 2015 King of the Ring Tournament exclusively on the WWE Network last Tuesday night, SmackDown kicks off with the 2015 King of the Ring Bad News Barrett as King Barrett would take part in an exclusive in-ring interview with WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler. After touting what it takes to be a King of the Ring winner in WWE, Lawler would introduce King Barrett, who makes his way to the ring. Before the Hall of Famer can even ask his first question, Barrett interrupts Lawler to say that there is only “one true king” in WWE and it’s not Jerry Lawler. Barrett then says that Lawler just likes to call himself “The King” but he actually earned the right to be called “King”, saying that Lawler is not his “equal”. Barrett continues, calling Elvis Presley a “fake king” and saying that, much like Elvis, the only “throne” that Lawler belongs on is a “toilet”. King Barrett then demands that Lawler say “all hail King Barrett”, but the proud Hall of Famer refuses and Barrett responds by saying that the interview is over. However, instead of leaving the ring, King Barrett puts his robe and scepter down and is about to clobber Lawler with the Bull Hammer Elbow when Dolph Ziggler intervenes, making his way to the ring. Dolph says that Barrett was wearing his crown a “little too tight”, saying that he’s going to take Barrett down right now.
The opening match of the night would see the 2015 King of the Ring in action as Bad News Barrett would go one-on-one with “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler. During the match, Dolph Ziggler would hit the Famouser on King Barrett, but when Ziggler goes for the pin, Sheamus rushes out and attacks “The Show-Off”, ending the match by disqualification. Sheamus and Barrett then try to tie Dolph in the ropes to deal out more punishment, but Neville makes the save and, together, Neville and Ziggler clear the ring of the two bullies.
In an impromptu tag match, “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Neville would team with “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler to face 2015 King of the Ring Bad News Barrett and “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus. In the end, it was Dolph Ziggler hitting the Zig Zag, pinning King Barrett to pick up the win for himself and Neville.
The commander of “Fandangoing” was in action on SmackDown as Fandango would go one-on-one with Luke Harper. In the end, it was Luke Harper scoring with the Discus Clothesline, pinning Fandango for the win. After the match, Luke Harper’s former Wyatt Family brother Erick Rowan would inexplicably make his way to the ring. Rowan would stare Harper down, but instead of fighting Harper, Rowan puts the boots to Fandango and, as his former brother looks on, Rowan plants Fandango with a full nelson slam! Erick Rowan then exits the ring, leaving Luke Harper dumbfounded.
Rusev’s manager Lana would make a solo appearance in the ring on SmackDown. Lana thanks the fans for their cheers, but asks the fans to stop cheering for her because it angers Rusev. This brings out “The Super Athlete” as a visibly displeased Rusev makes his way to the ring, taking the microphone away from Lana and ordering Lana to leave the ring and go to the back. As a dejected Lana does as she’s told, Rusev addresses his Payback opponent, John Cena, saying that all of Cena’s wins over him have been a “miracle”. Rusev then says that “mercy is a sign of weakness”, saying that, at Payback in their “I Quit” Match, he will crush John Cena once and for all. Rusev then vows that, this coming Monday night on RAW, he will face Cena in the middle of the ring and tell him exactly why he’s going to make John Cena say “I Quit”!
The WWE Tag Team Champions were in action on SmackDown as The New Day would face former champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd, with Natalya in their corner, and a mystery partner in a 6-Man Tag Match. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd’s mystery partner would then be revealed to be “The Big Guy” Ryback as Ryback would join forces with Cesaro & Tyson Kidd to combat The New Day! During the match, chaos would break out and Ryback would stalk Xavier Woods on the outside, but that is when it would appear as if Bray Wyatt was about to show his face. However, it would all prove to be a ruse as the lights would come back on and Bray Wyatt was nowhere to be found and, with Big E taking out Ryback and Cesaro taking out Big E on the outside, it came down to Kofi Kingston and Tyson Kidd in the ring as Kofi surprises Kidd with a roll-up, illegally hooking the tights to score the three-count, picking up the win for The New Day.
The Divas were in action on SmackDown as, with her new bodyguard Tamina in her corner, Naomi would go one-on-one with Emma. In the end, it was Naomi hitting the Rear View, pinning Emma for the win. After the match, Tamina would enter the ring as Naomi & Tamina would commence a two-on-one beatdown on Emma as Naomi serves the Australian Diva up for a super kick from Tamina.
In a battle of two masked tag teams, SmackDown would see The Lucha Dragons square off with Los Matadores, with El Torito in their corner. In the end, it was Sin Cara using an inside cradle to hook Fernando for the three-count, picking up the win for The Lucha Dragons. After the match, El Torito would try and console Fernando after the loss and the anger of Fernando would briefly get the better of him as he shoves the mini-bull down.
Then it was time for the official contract signing for the Fatal 4-Way for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Payback as The Authority’s Director of Operations Kane would moderate the contract signing. Kane first introduces “The Viper” Randy Orton, who makes his way to the ring before the Director of Operations introduces Roman Reigns, who joins Orton in the ring. “The Lunatic Fringe” then joins the men in the ring as Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring. Lastly, Kane introduces the man who will put the title on the line at Payback, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, who is flanked by J&J Security. However, the champion does not step into the ring, opting to remain on the stage. Dean Ambrose dares Seth Rollins to come to the ring, but the champion says that he’s just going to stay on the stage and let the three of them work things out amongst themselves. Roman Reigns responds to this by saying that he’s going to sign the contract then he’s going to come up there and get a piece of Seth Rollins. Roman is the first to sign the contract before Randy Orton says that all three of them want to be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion before tossing the microphone out of the ring and signing the contract.
Clearly itching for a fight, Dean Ambrose asks if he is going to have to drag Rollins down there himself. As Ambrose signs the contract, Seth Rollins says that, as the Director of Operations, Kane has the authority to sign the contract on his behalf, saying that is the option he is going to take. Kane says that, in theory, that is correct before remembering Seth Rollins calling him “obsolete” and “irrelevant” earlier in the night. The Director of Operations then says that he could sign on the champion’s behalf if Rollins was physically unable to do so himself, but seeing as Rollins seems to be in perfectly capable condition, then Rollins should come down there and sign the contract himself! Reluctantly, Seth Rollins comes down to the ring with J&J Security not far behind, but instead of entering the ring, the champion sends Joey Mercury to retrieve the contract, claiming that he needs to review it. Seth Rollins then tries to use his past friendship with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns to claim that all three of his challengers have said things about each other behind the other Superstars’ backs. Rollins then cautiously enters the ring with the contract in hand, signing the contract before getting in Kane’s face, again calling the Director of Operations “obsolete. As Kane and Rollins argue, Dean Ambrose begins clearing the ring, pushing two of the chairs out of the way and propping the table up in the corner. Ambrose then nonchalantly says that everyone knows how this is going to end anyways before calling “dibs” on the table!
Dean Ambrose then fires the first shot, tossing Joey Mercury onto the table before all hell breaks loose with J&J Security beating down Ambrose, Roman Reign squaring off with Kane and Randy Orton battling Seth Rollins. Orton opts to bring his fight with Rollins to the outside, but the champion fights back as Roman Reigns and Kane fight at the announce position and Dean Ambrose throws Joey Mercury out of the ring. As Ambrose hits Jamie Noble square in the head with one of the chairs that were in the ring, Rollins joins Kane in beating down Roman Reigns before Ambrose dives out of the ring, taking Kane down. Ambrose then tosses Rollins into the ringside barricade before Kane grabs Ambrose by the throat, but Roman Reigns then launches himself off of the steel steps, catching Kane with the Superman Punch! Ambrose then slides back into the ring just in time to keep Rollins from escaping and, after Roman nearly collides with “The Lunatic Fringe” by accident, Rollins knocks Reigns into Ambrose in the corner. The champion then narrowly avoids the RKO by Randy Orton, quickly sliding out of the ring. Ambrose and Reigns then get in each other’s faces before Randy Orton spins “The Lunatic Fringe” around and drops him with the RKO followed by Reigns blasting Orton with the Superman Punch! However, this is when Seth Rollins picks his spot as the champion comes off of the top rope with a knee to the face of Reigns, followed by a straight kick to the chin! This leaves Seth Rollins holding the WWE World Heavyweight Title belt high as Rollins stands over the chaotic carnage strewn in and around the ring.
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