WWE Smackdown Results (4/23/15)
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
From Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Report by Zack Krasney of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Hi everyone and welcome to this week's Smackdown coverage! We welcome you to join in to the discussion in the comment thread below! This is the last stop before Extreme Rules this Sunday! What does WWE have in store for us tonight!? We'll find out!
WWE Smackdown Results
Seth Rollins opens the show and says isn't Randy Orton clever. RKO RKO RKO out of nowhere. Seth is glad he got it out of his system on Raw, because Sunday the RKO is banned. He talks about how Kane was appointed gate keeper for the match. Which, he doesn't need. He doesn't need J & J security, no offense to them. He certainly doesn't need the help of a jealous, aging, former monster like Kane.
--Kane's music hits and Kane makes his way to the ring. Kane says he's not a former monster, as he knows, he can chokeslam him to hell. He's not just a corporate stoog, he could be his best friend this Sunday, or who is responsible for his greatest loss. Seth says that he is pretty sure that if Kane doesn't do what's best for business this Sunday he'll be, in the words of the chairman, FIIIRRREEEDDD. Kane mocks Rollins and says how original to imitate the family that signs our paychecks. He says if Rollins was as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be sucking up to Kane. Seth says the only reason Triple H put Kane as keeper of the door is because he feels sorry for him. Triple H said it on Monday, you're not a monster anymore. Rollins says Kane needs to stick to what he's good at, like when he laid down for Rollins a few weeks ago. Kane actually agrees, since we're doing what's best for business. What's fair is fair, since Kane laid down for Rollins, it's Rollins turn to lay down for Kane. Seth Rollins laughs and then asks if he's serious. He's the WWE Champion, he's not going lay down for anyone. Kane screams he isn't just anyone! He is the keeper of his match on Sunday. Kane brings a referee out. Seth says he won't do it. Kane has J & J security leave the ring. Seth says that Triple H is just one state over. Kane replies that he isn't here, so that makes HIM The Authority. Seth still refuses and Kane tells him he will explain it in a way he'll understand, lay down or he will reach down his throat and rip out his guts! So lay down NOW!
Seth Rollins vs. Kane in a non-title match
Seth looks distraught but slowly lowers himself to the mat and onto his back. Kane gets down on one knee and says he's just messing with him man! What happened to his sense of humor man. We're both part of The Authority so we always have each others back. Unfortunately his opponent tonight isn't as funny. Seth laughs thinking Kane is joking again. Kane says he isn't, he needs to get ready for Extreme Rules with an extreme opponent, his former Shield brother, Dean Ambrose! Ambrose makes his way to the ring, but Luke Harper's music hits and he follows Ambrose down the ramp. Ambrose is stuck between Seth in the ring and Harper behind him. Ambrose decides to go after Seth in the ring. Ambrose takes down Rollins but J & J are all over him and Harper follows quickly behind. Ambrose and Harper brawl on the outside. Rollins comes in and helps Harper take control. The bring him in ring and beat him down until Roman Reigns comes down to even the odds. Reigns and Ambrose clear the ring and stand tall. We see Kane on the outside looking as if business is usual.
Dolph Ziggler and Neville vs. Bad News Barrett and Sheamus
Sheamus has a mic on the way down. Their opponents are underdogs of the WWE, underdogs and undersized. It's unfair that people compare them to real athletes like them. He says he'll bring a step ladder to Extreme Rules so when Ziggler loses he won't have to stand on his tip toes to kiss his arse.
Neville and Sheamus start this off with a lock up. Sheamus whips Neville who slides out of the way and thend ropkicks Sheamus in the knee. Sheamus chases him down but Neville flips across the ring. Neville sends Sheamus to the outside and when Bad News Barrett comes running in Ziggler sends him over the top rope too. Neville comes flying over the ropes and takes down both guys.
Back from break and Barrett has Neville in a headlock. he whips Neville into the corner but Neville ducks a big boot in the corner. Sheamus tags in and stops Neville from tagging. Ziggler is fired up in the corner and swings at Sheamus. Sheamus suplex drops Neville. Are you not entertained?! Sheamus throws a knee to the gut of Neville. Neville jumps up and kicks Sheamus in the head. Ziggler is all kind of fired up in the corner. Both men make the tag and Ziggler takes down Barrett, then hits a splash in the corner, then a jumping elbow. He goes for the Fameasser and misses, but Ziggler hits the spike DDT. Sheamus distracts Ziggler on the outside, allowing Barrett to hit Wasteland. Barrett sets up for the Bullhammer. Ziggler ducks it and goes for Superkick but it's caught. Barrett goes for it again, but Ziggler rolls him up in a crucifix roll up for a two count. Barrett tries the Bullhammer again, but Ziggler ducks, gets tagged out and then hits the ZigZag! Sheamus pulls Ziggler out but Ziggler hits the Superkick. Neville hits the Red Arrow for the win!
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Neville
We see the Triple H announcing Tough Enough and we see some of the video entrants. Mostly they're awful, but some show some real athletes doing their thing.
Bray Wyatt appears on screen and says your strength is an illusion just like everything else. You can't fool me, no, I know what drives you, what motivates you. Because it's the same as every man, it's fear. It runs through you. It's ingrained in you. I will soon expose you for the weakling you are. I will take that one things from you that you can not live without. Tell me friend, what use is a butterfly with no wings?
Natalya vs. Naomi
Naomi and Natty lock up, Naomi hits a cheap shot to the gut. Natty hits a hip toss and a White Russian Leg sweep. Naomi trips Natty up and sends her face first into the turn buckle. Naomi then slingshots Natty face first into the bottom rope from the mat. Naomi throws on a headlock that Natty almost fights out of but Naomi slams Natty. Naomi goes for a leg drop but Natty moves. Natty hits slams Naomi down onto her butt and then hits a dropkick. Natty takes control and goes for the Sharpshooter but Naomi slaps Natty to get out and hits the Rear View for the win.
After the match Naomi talks trash and then hits a cheap shot on Natty while she is down, in case we don't get she's a heel already.
Prime Time Players cut a vinette on Cesaro and Kidd. They say Cesaro is an interesting player because he's...he is interesting because...uhhh...well uhh HE'S GERMAN. Wait no he's Swiss. Tyson Kidd has been trained by the Harts, but he's like being in church after someone farts. He doesn't wear the pants in his house, he's whipped by that P...woahhh woahhh this is a PG program. The Prime Time Players are the roughest, toughest tag team in WWE. Fact. They are future Tag Team Champions. Fact. They're worth millions of dollars! Fact!
Rusev and Lana are in the ring. Lana says there is an American phrase that says knowledge is power. This Monday Rusev educated Cena on the power of a Russian chain. He struggled and tried, but failed. *USA chants* The Russian chain has held down Russian criminals for generations, but this Sunday it will be used to end America's last great hope. Rusev says John Cena at Extreme Rules, you won't be able to escape. For Cena the chain is binding, but for Rusev it's a weapon. Rusev says he IS America's champion. He promises Cena one thing, he will beg him for mercy and no mercy will be shown. Tonight Ryback is going to join the list of fallen Americans.
Ryback vs. Rusev
Ryback and Rusev stare down in the middle of the ring. They lock up and push each other around to show off strength. Rusev hits a high knee and then beats down Ryback with some big kicks and hammers. Rusev throws a headlock on Ryback. Ryback picks up Rusev and slams him down. Ryback gets Rusev in the corner and lands some shoulder shots, Ryback tries to get him into the other corner but Rusev reverses it. Ryback takes back control, but Rusev matches. Rusev goes for a suplex, but Ryback blocks and hits a delayed suplex of his own. Rusev rolls out but Ryback comes after him and rolls Rusev back in. Ryback coems chasing after Rusev but Rusev sends Ryback shoulder first into the steel post. Rusev picks up Ryback on the outside and slams his back into the steel post again as we head to break.
Back from break and Ryback is fighting out of a reverse bear hug but Rusev locks it back in. Ryback fights out with headbutts but Rusev puts Ryback in the corner. Ryback plants Rusev head first into the top rope. Ryback hits a big boot. Ryback with a belly to belly suplex and 2 count. Ryback goes for a big splash but Rusev gets hits knees up. Rusev goes for a splash in the corner but Ryback gets a foot up. Ryback picks up Rusev and plants him hard in the center of the ring. 2 count. Ryback lines up the Meat Hook but misses. Ryback plants Rusev with a spinebuster and then hits the Meat Hook! Only a 2 count. Ryback sets up for the Shellshocked but Rusev rolls out of it and out of the ring, then hits Ryback with the steel chain.
Winner: Ryback by DQ
Ryback is hit again with the steel chain. Rusev puts Ryback in the Accolade with the steel chain. Rusev and Lana get back in the ring and pose with the chain and the Russian flag drops.
Backstage Seth and J and J are looking for Harper. Jamie Noble says don't worry he can talk to this guy, they're family. His uncle married his wife's mechanic..any way they're family. They find him but he isn't talking, just staring out into space. Rollins gets frustrated but Mercury taps Harper and basically plays charades with him. Harper grabs Mercury and says he broke his concentration! Harper was thinking about all the ways he could hurt Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Seth Rollins shouldn't get in Harper's way tonight...
Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day vs. Cesaro with Tyson Kidd
Big E says there is a plague in the WWE Universe, and that plague is a lack of positivity and smiling. A lack of embracing the one next to you, and worst of all a lack of clapping. Xavier says that the Tag Team Champions refused to embrace this. They are like medicine, they might not be good going down, but we'll cure what has got you ill. Kofi says we clap to keep the smiles on our faces, we clap to stay positive.
Kofi starts off the match by immediately rolling Cesaro up but only gets 1. Kofi hits a dropkick and gets some cheers from his teammates. Cesaro catches Kofi in a jump and slams him down. Pure strength. Kofi whipped into the corner but he slides into the middle and kicks Cesaro in the head. Kofi puts Cesaro in a headlock, but Cesaro plants Kofi and looks like he's going for the big swing when Woods jumps up on the side for the distraction. Kidd pulls Woods off and throws him into the barrier but then Big E comes over and suplexes Kidd. Cesaro hits a baseball slide through the middle and bottom rope on Big E. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise off the distraction for the win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
We see an interview from earlier tonight with Big Show and Renee Young. Show says he doesn't think Reigns deserves what he's been getting, title shots, opportunities, commercials, etc. At Extreme Rules he'll show what Reigns really is, beneath him.
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins and Luke Harper
Kane is out watching from the sidelines. Harper and Ambrose start things off and Harper gets Ambrose in the corner and hits an uppercut. He whips Ambrose into the other corner but Ambrose pops up for the reversal. Harper tries for a kick but Ambrose catches it and does a leg drag. Ambrose locks in a submission then pulls the face of Harper. Ambrose puts Harper in his teams corner and then attacks the leg, while tagging Roman Reigns. Reigns puts Harper in the corner and hits some big kicks to Harper. Harper whips Reigns into the opposite corner but Reigns bounces out and hits a BIG clothesline. Ambrose tags back in and punches the gut and face of Harper. He hits a low running clothesline. Harper hits a big slap to Ambrose and tags in Rollins. Rollins does a headlock takedown. Ambrose fights out with a back body drop. Ambrose with some big chops to Seth into the corner. Roman tags in and Ambrose holds Rollins, Roman with a big right hand. Reigns with a suplex and cover, kick out at 2. Reigns twists the arm of Rollins and then slams it against his shoulder for added effect. Seth manages to shake Reigns and go on the attack with some kicks. He puts Reigns against the bottom rope and lands some punches to the head. Rollins puts Reigns in a headlock on the mat. Reigns fights out and picks up Rollins and dropping him. Ambrose tags in and hits some wild offense. Ambrose goes to the top rope but Seth knocks him down. Seth distracts the ref so that Harper and J & J can attack Ambrose on the outside as we go to break.
Seth Rollins takes down Ambrose as we come back from break. Rollins puts Ambrose in a mat submission. Ambrose fights out and slingshots Rollins into the corner, but makes the tag. Harper stops Ambrose from tagging in. Into the corner Ambrose goes but he gets his elbow up and then hits the tornado DDT. Ambrose goes for the tag but Harper stops it and attacks the leg of Ambrose and tags Rollins. Rollins with some punches to the head of Ambrose. Rollins with some slaps to the head of Ambrose, which results in Ambrose jumping up and just DECKING Rollins in the jaw. Rollins gets pissed and beats Ambrose back down. Ambrose and Rollins both go for a crossbody and collide mid air. Both men get the tag. Roman Reigns hits a clothesline then moves Harper into the corner for multiple corner clotheslines. Rollins runs in but meets a tilt-a-whirl slam. Reigns then grabs Harper from behind for an altered german suplex. Reigns sets up for the Superman Punch, but J and J are up on the side and both eat one punch. Reigns then hits on on Harper. Rollins in again, but Ambrose comes flying from out of nowhere and sends him to the outside. Harper goes after Ambrose and go outside. Harper throws Ambrose into the time keeper area. Reigns hits a jumping clothesline on Harper. He moves him inside but eats a big boot. Harper for the pin but only a 2 count. Rollins tags and get a flying knee from the top rope, only gets him a 2 count though. Rollins tags out and hits the corner powerbomb on Reings, followed by a spinning clothesline from Harper. Ambrose breaks up the pin. Both men make the tag. Ambrose to the top jumps over Rollins but gets a kick to the gut and chest, but Ambrose bounces off the ropes! He goes for Dirty Deeds but Harper comes in so Ambrose sends him flying over the top rope. Ambrose then sends Rollins over the top as well! Ambrose to the top rope and hits a flying elbow to Harper, Rollins and J and J security! Kane gets up from his chair and he picks Rollins up and rolls him into the ring because the ref was at an 8 count. Reigns tags in and hits the spear for the win!
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns