After laying waste to Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns on RAW, The Authority would kick off SmackDown as WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring with J&J Security by his side. After taking the time to remind J&J Security of the gifts he gave them on RAW, Seth Rollins says that the “world is changing” right before their very eyes and future generations will want to know what the past was like. The champion then says that Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury’s children and grandchildren will ask them about The Authority laying waste to Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, not to mention “The Beast” Brock Lesnar. Rollins continues, saying that he cemented his place as the “greatest Superstar of our entire generation” before saying that he “slayed the beast” and, on RAW, they did the same thing to Roman Reigns. Rollins then says they left Reigns in a “heap” in the middle of the ring while Dean Ambrose was left in a “heap” on the outside of the ring, saying that Bray Wyatt “picked the bones” of Roman Reigns on RAW.
Revealing that Kane is in Tokyo right now, the champion says that, before the Director of Operations left for Japan, he made sure that Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns would get their opportunity for “payback” as Dean Ambrose will go one-on-one with Bray Wyatt while Roman Reigns will go one-on-one with the champion himself in the main event! Seth Rollins then questions whether or not Roman Reigns is even in the building after the beat down from RAW. This brings out “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose, who brings a kendo stick to the ring with him, swinging at Seth Rollins as well as J&J Security, but The Authority is able to narrowly escape the stick-wielding Ambrose. The champion then informs “The Lunatic Fringe” that his match with Bray Wyatt is going to take place right now!
In a match made by Director of Operations Kane before he departed for Japan, the opening match of the night would see “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose square off with the self-proclaimed “New Face of Fear” Bray Wyatt. During the match, Bray Wyatt would slam Dean Ambrose spine-first on the barricade on the outside and Bray would follow this up with Sister Abigail in the ring, pinning Ambrose to pick up the win.
Still sporting a cardboard crown and carrying a plunger and referring to himself as “King What’s Up”, R-Truth would go one-on-one with Adam Rose, with Rosa Mendes in his corner. In the end, it was R-Truth hitting the Lie Detector, pinning Adam Rose for the win.
A little over two weeks before he defends the Intercontinental Championship in a Triple Threat Match against Big Show and The Miz at Battleground, Ryback would be in action on SmackDown as the Intercontinental Champion would collide with “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry in a non-title match. In the end, it was Ryback hoisting up Mark Henry, delivering Shell Shocked and pinning “The World’s Strongest Man” for the win.
The Divas were in action on SmackDown as Naomi would go one-on-one with Brie Bella, with Alicia Fox in her corner. In the end, it was a distraction from Alicia Fox on the outside that would allow Brie Bella to hit the Bella Buster and pin Naomi for the win.
From his remote location, Bray Wyatt would address Roman Reigns, saying that he thinks that Roman is “hiding”, saying that the “real Roman Reigns” has too many people that he cares for and that makes Roman “weak”. Bray says that he has “no one” and he has always had no one and that makes him “strong”, saying that he is going to take everything that Roman loves and he will “burn it to the ground”. Bray then says he will finish Reigns last before telling Roman, “anyone but you”.
The WWE Tag Team Champions were in action on SmackDown as The Prime Time Players would face The Ascension in a non-title match. In the end, it was Titus O’Neil hitting the Clash of the Titus, pinning Konnor to pick up the win for The Prime Time Players.
After interrupting Dolph Ziggler & Lana “going public” on RAW, resulting in a brawl between Lana and Summer Rae, Rusev & Summer Rae would make an appearance on SmackDown. Summer Rae says that she wants to be the “bigger person” and apologize for her actions on RAW, saying that she should have never sunk to Lana’s level. Summer then says that Rusev is a “gentle man with a great heart”, saying that Lana’s “loss” is her “gain”. Rusev then kisses the hand of Summer Rae before saying that Summer is a “real woman”, saying that Summer knows her “place” and he doesn’t need Lana and he never needed that “blonde-headed witch”. Rusev then mistakenly says that he has a “better Lana now” before correcting himself and saying he has a “better woman now”. Rusev continues, saying that, whenever he sees Dolph Ziggler, he will “crush” his skull and Dolph will soon find out what it is like to “lose everything”.
Then it was time for what was scheduled to be Roman Reigns going one-on-one with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins in a non-title match. However, with Roman Reigns still not in the arena, Seth Rollins would make his way to the ring with J&J Security in tow. The champion calls for the bell to be rung before they start a ten-count for Roman Reigns, not expecting Reigns to show up. However, much to the surprise of Seth Rollins and J&J Security, Roman Reigns was in the arena and Roman would make his way to the ring and, despite being worse for wear, Reigns would have his sights set on Rollins. Roman would dominate the early part of the match, but when Joey Mercury enters the ring, Reigns would go for a powerbomb and Rollins would take advantage with a kick to the mid-section. Despite Seth Rollins targeting the back and mid-section of Roman Reigns throughout the match, as well as J&J Security repeatedly getting involved, Roman would somehow battle back against the champion, planting Rollins with a powerbomb.
However, when Roman Reigns goes for the Spear, J&J Security would enter the ring and attack Reigns, ending the match by disqualification. This would lead to a three-on-one beat down by Seth Rollins and J&J Security before Dean Ambrose rushes to the ring with a kendo stick in hand, using it to take out J&J Security, but Rollins would endure the shots before trying to the Pedigree on Ambrose. However, Reigns would catch the champion with the Superman Punch, but Rollins is able to escape. Unfortunately for Joey Mercury, he was not so lucky as Ambrose and Reigns would isolate Mercury and, as Rollins and Jamie Noble watch from the crowd, Dean Ambrose would wear Mercury out with countless kendo stick shots before Reigns finishes it with the Spear! Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns then stand tall in the ring as Seth Rollins looks on with a look of surprise on his face as Ambrose & Reigns get a small measure of revenge against The Authority.
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