SmackDown Results from Evansville, IN:
The show opened with a Bray Wyatt promo about Ryback and how Wyatt will expose Ryback as a man chasing a Garden of Eden that doesn’t exist. He said Ryback needs to resist the urge to scratch his wounds or they will keep festering.
Dean Ambrose came out to talk about how he was the last man standing in the ring after the big brawl on Raw between the Payback Fatal Fourway participants. He brought up Rollins calling him a loser with a goon squad, and said the last anyone heard of Orton he was hit by a Spear from Reigns. He said as for Reigns he didn’t mean to hit Dirty Deeds on him, but had something to say. Reigns’ music hit and he came out to face Ambrose in the ring. They talked about being brothers still and on the same page for tonight to make it to Sunday, but come that match, it’s all out and each man for himself. Kane came out to interrupt saying they may not make it to Sunday as Reigns will face him later tonight and Ambrose faces Sheamus, now.
Dean Ambrose defeated Sheamus via pinfall. Late in the match, Sheamus tried to toss Ambrose out of the ring from the corner. Ambrose escaped and was able to pull Sheamus down from there, causing Sheamus to hit his head on the post. Ambrose got the rollup for the win.
Rusev came out with Lana and told the people that “the woman wants to talk.” She read from a script saying she had shamed herself by participating in perverse American customs and stands by the Russian Federation and its true champion, Rusev. Rusev grabbed the mic to cut a promo about Cena and his match on Sunday. He said he knows Cena mentally quit when he put him in The Accolade recently. Rusev said at Payback, the people will hear Cena say the words he has already said many times before. A tape was played of Cena repeating “I Quit” over and over. Rusev celebrated with the Russian flag to close the promo out.
As Ryback was heading to the ring, Bray Wyatt appeared out of nowhere to attack, knocking him down with a shoulder block. Wyatt’s sound effect played and he disappeared as refs helped Ryback up ahead of his match with Rollins.
Seth Rollins defeated Ryback via pinfall in a non-title match. Late in this one, Ryback went for the Meathook Clothesline. Joey Mercury distracted him a bit. Rollins tried for a rollup, but Ryback avoided that. Ryback responded with a clothesline for a near fall. Moments later, Ryback went for Shellshocked, but Rollins avoided it and delivered a kick from the top rope. With Ryback down, he hit two Superkicks on him in the seated position before taking the pin.
Backstage, Renee Young interviewed Naomi and Tamina about their change in demeanor in the divas division. They said girls like them don’t get opportunities so they need to do what’s necessary to get them. She called Nikki “pathetic” and Brie a “quitter” like her husband. Tamina said they own the division now.
New Day came out to talk about how they’re giving Cesaro and Kidd another chance out of the kindness of their hearts. They said they’re the change the crowd needs to see and tried to lead an unsuccessful “New Day rocks” chant.
Tyson Kidd defeated Kofi Kingston via submission. Natalya distracted Xavier Woods after Cesaro clotheslined Big E down outside. Kidd delivered a kick to Woods. In the ring, Kidd was able to put Kofi into the Sharpshooter to make him tap out.
They showed the video footage of some of Daniel Bryan’s speech from this past Monday’s Raw where he relinquished the IC title and said he may be forced to retire to WWE if his health doesn’t get better. Bo Dallas came to the ring and talked about how this may be the last we ever see of the beloved Daniel Bryan. He talked about five stages of grief including denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Dallas said we all need to accept Bryan is never coming back. Neville made his ring entrance.
Neville defeated Bo Dallas via pinfall. The fight ended up outside and Dallas was able to get the apprehend when he yanked Neville off the apron to the floor. He used the apron to his advantage and kept hitting punches on Neville. However, Neville made his comeback in the ring and delivered punches to Dallas and an enziguiri kick, followed by Red Arrow for the win.
Backstage, Rosa and Adam Rose were shown staring at one another. Rosa said the hot dog is staring at them. Rose asked the hot dog character to come over and tell him what is going on. The Hot Dog said he just wants to know when they’re going to get paid. Rose yelled at him, saying he’s just like the bunny, but it’s not all about the money, it’s about “high art.” Rose told him the party was officially over and threw the Hot Dog to the ground. Rose and Rosa started making out, just as Kane walked by who had a disgusted look on his face.
Kane made his entrance first and then Reigns came through the crowd. Kane went out to brawl with him at ringside, eventually tossing Reigns into the announce booth and the steel steps. Reigns was holding his shoulder before commercial break.
Roman Reigns defeated Kane via pinfall. In the late part of the match, Reigns escaped a Tombstone attempt by Kane then hit him with a Superman Punch. He followed with a Spear into Kane through the table in the corner and then took the pinfall for the win. Backstage, the cameras cut to Renee Young interviewing Seth Rollins about what the match he just saw does to his confidence heading into Payback. He said he isn’t taking anything away from Reigns but it will take much more than that to beat him Sunday.
Dean Ambrose came into the scene with a tray of cookies as Renee started to walk off. Ambrose and Rollins started to brawl with Ambrose getting a few shots in before J&J pulled him off. Reigns came rushing in to make a save with a rolling cart. The heels took off but Reigns and Ambrose were left there. Ambrose picked up the WWE title belt that Rollins left behind and put it on Reigns’ shoulder telling him “don’t worry I’ll take it on Sunday.”
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