SmackDown results from Birmingham, AL:
The opening segment featured Roman Reigns coming to the ring to talk about his recent run-ins with Bray Wyatt. He warned Wyatt to stay out of his business tonight because he and Dean were going to handle Big Show and Sheamus. Wyatt appeared on the big screen and said for a moment on Monday he was actually impressed. He called Reigns a "stone monument for everything good in the world" but added that "he is the hammer that will break him to pieces." Reigns suggested for Wyatt to bring the hammer to the ring. Reigns told Wyatt he really has nothing to fear, because on Monday the whole world saw the new face of fear running away. Wyatt looked into the camera and told Reigns he wants him to go home ahead of the PPV and gather all his loved ones around to tell them he's sorry. Wyatt said he can't promise that Reigns will be coming home again after Sunday.
New Day defeated Lucha Dragons via pinfall. New Day hit the Midnight Hour finisher on Kalisto to pick up the win, moments after Xavier Woods prevented Kalisto from covering Big E. Post-match, New Day talked trash about Prime Time Players. PTP showed up and caused New Day to back away from the ring.
King Barrett defeated Jack Swagger via pinfall. Barrett went for a charge at Swagger late, but Swagger put his knees up to block it. Moments later, Barrett hit a big clothesline on Swagger and then got the Bull Hammer for the win. R-Truth came out post-match and the two trash talked. Barrett said he would end this mockery Truth is making of the KOTR tournament on Sunday and make him drop to his knees to hail the King.
Cesaro defeated Rusev via pinfall. The match lasted fourteen minutes. Late in the contest, both men were being counted out but got back in before 9. Rusev went up to the top rope but as he jumped off, Cesaro hit the European Uppercut. Cesaro hit The Neutralizer for the win.
Neville defeated Stardust via pinfall. Neville tried for a sunset flip late in the match, but Stardust held the ropes and covered Neville instead. The ref caught it and broke the count. As Stardust was arguing with the ref, Neville rolled him up for the surprise win.
In a backstage interview, divas Sasha Banks, Tamina and Naomi talked about how now the odds have been evened. Sasha said the boss is here in WWE and now they’ll handle business. Naomi said “playtime is over.”
Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose defeated Big Show & Sheamus via pinfall. Late in the match, Big Show attempted to chokeslam Ambrose into the announce table, after catching Dean from a suicide dive. Ambrose countered and DDT’d Show so both men crashed through the table. Meanwhile, Reigns and Sheamus fought around the ring. Sheamus got to the top rope, but Reigns pulled him off and hit the Superman Punch. He set up for a Spear, but Bray Wyatt rushed in and attacked Reigns, causing a DQ. Post-match, Wyatt prepared for Sister Abigail, but Reigns escaped and hit a Superman Punch on him. Sheamus came in and attempted a Brogue Kick. Reigns avoided it and speared Sheamus down instead. The show ended with Reigns standing tall.
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