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WWE Smackdown Results (7/16/15) - Cesaro Pins Rusev!

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WWE Smackdown Results (7/16/15)
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
From the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.
Report by Zack Krasney of

Hello everyone and welcome back to Smackdown AKA Zackdown with me, Zack Krasney! Tonight is the last event before Battleground so let's see what WWE has to over us tonight! Be sure to join us in the comments section below to give us your two cents on the action!

WWE Smackdown Results

The show kicks off with Roman Reigns making his way through the crowd in his traditional fashion. Roman grabs a mic.

Roman: This all started with Bray screwed me at Money in the Bank. And ever since then he's interfered in every match, taken every chance to get in my head. Let me tell you right now, he ain't in my head, he's not going to beat me, and he can't break my focus! If he could, I don't think I'd have whooped him like I did on Raw. So stay out of my business Bray cause I'll do it again tonight. Tonight I team up with brother Ambrose to take on Sheamus and ---
DEEEHHHH *Bray appears on the scream*

Bray: I am so impressed Roman, it appears the prophesy is true, you're the perfect combination of brutality and brains. What is it Roman that you did to deserve those gifts, and what makes you think you can try and make a clown out of me?! Last week I didn't need to turn around to find you, I knew you were there. I could feel your presences. For a moment I was like all these people, I admired you. I could see why they chose you, why they believe in you. After all, you are the unattainable. You are the statue that represent everything that is good in this world. My fist is the hammer that destroys the monument, and leaves it crumbled.

Roman: The hammer, you keep talking about, why don't you bring it down to the ring, or are you gonna stay on the TV all night. It sounds like Birmingham wants you to bring it RIGHT NOW!

Bray: You have no power over me! You fool! This is what true power looks like Roman. And while you stand out there with those people, just because they cheer for you and chant your name. Collect your roses, Gladiator. At the end of the day none of them are real. While you're out there gallivanting around with them, I am back here with the people you really care about. Do you really think you can protect them all from me? I am capable of some very horrific things Roman, and our little game has only just begun.

Roman: Real. You want to talk about real? The reality is that everyone say the face of fear, Bray Wyatt run from Roman Reigns LIVE ON RAW!!

Bray: Yes! There it is Roman, that fire I have been trying to get out of you. I know that when I corner that dog, I am expecting him to bite me. I know you don't understand Roman, that I am the master. When I raise my hand that trained dog will sit. I am to give you some advise before Battleground Roman. I want you to go home, and I want you to surround yourself with the people you love most, tell them you love them and you are sorry, because after Battleground you can not promise you are coming home. Anyone but you Roman, anyone but you!

Lucha Dragons vs. New Day (Big E and Kofi w/ Woods) w/ Prime Time Players on commentary

Kofi and Sin Cara start things offf. Kofi lands a shoulder block to take down Cara. Kofi dodges Cara a few time then claps confidentially. Sin Cara lands a shoulder block of his own, then lands a springboard crossbody. Big E tags in and lays into Sin Cara. Big E twists Cara's arm then tags Kofi. Sin cara manages to turn it into a double takedown off the ropes. Cara makes it to his partner and tags Kalisto in. Kaliso goes for a pinfall but only gets 2. Kalisto twists Kofi's arm and then tags his partner back in. Cara comes off the top rope and drops a hammer on the shoulder. Kofi tags Big E, Cara goes for a springboard crossbody on both New Day members, but gets caught and thrown out of the ring as we head to break.

As we return Big E is stomping away on Cara, then tags Kofi who does the same. Another tag to Kofi who hits a running corner dropkick. Kofi hits a running knee to the face of Sin Cara. Kofi throws a headlock on Sin Cara. Kofi slides out of the ring and pulls down Cara. Sin Cara hits a hurricarana from the middle ropes and goes for a pin but Kofi kicks out quick. Kofi pops up and knocks Kalisto off the side before Cara can get up. Kofi then kicks Cara in the side and tags Big E. Big E locks a midsection stretch on Cara. Cara fights out but eats an elbow from Big E. Big E kicks Cara in the head. Cara gets himself into the corner, Big E comes running in but Cara gets his feet up to knock E away. Cara knocks Kofi off the side and pops himself up to the top rope, E comes chasing after but Cara dives over him and makes a tag! Kalisto hits a kick off the tag and then goes for a spinning elbow but Big E catches him and throws Kalisto into the ropes. Kalisto, however, bounces of the ropes and lands a flipping elbow. Kalisto trips E and then kicks him in the head. Kofi runs in but eats a kick from Kalisto. Cara runs in and hits a suicide dive on Kofi who rolled to the outside. Big E sneaks up on Kalisto and tries for a German but Kalisto reverses it by running up each of the ropes and then flipping over Big E and planting him down. Woods pops up on the side for a distraction but Cara knocks him down. Kalisto goes for the tag but Kofi pulls Cara down. Kalisto tries to springboard onto Big E but gets caught, Big E and Kofi hit a double team slam and pin Kalisto for the win.

Winners: New Day

Xavier Woods: Did you see that? That's what the power of positivity is all about.
Kofi Kingston: You thought you could keep us down, but when we get riding on the train of positivity, nothing can derail us.
Big E: Ladies and gentleman, and even you two, and clap! Because at Battleground, we take what is rightfully ours and Prime Time is our time. Because those return to us and we become the Tag Team Champions. And then Everyone, women, children, mother, fathers will chant with us. New... Tag Champs, New...Tag Champs.

Roman Reigns is shown backstage and Dean Ambrose joins him.
Ambrose: You good?
Reigns: I just want to get to Sunday man, I'm tired of this crap. I am ready to beat the crap...I just want to punch him in his face.
Ambrose: I'm sick of him too, been dealing with him for months! He's lucky he didn't get it worse on Monday. Let's just take care of these two jokers tonight and keep our eyes peeled for Wyatt.
Reigns: If he shows up tonight he's not making it to Battleground.

King Barrett vs. Jack Swagger

They lock up to start and Swagger gets behind Barrett for a take down. Swagger moves Barrett into the ropes but has to let go. Swagger goes for the ankle of Barrett but ends up behind Barrett again. Barrett throws some elbows to escape then moves Swagger into the corner. Swagger is thrown into another corner but moves before Barrett can hit a splash. Swagger follows up with a big clothesline and sets up for the Swaggerbomb but Barrett rolls out of the ring. Swagger follows to the outside and slams Barrett's head on the ring side. As Swagger is getting back in Barrett hits a big kick and then sends Swagger into the steel post and props him up on the top turnbuckle. Barrett goes for an attack on Swagger but Jack reverses it, Swagger charges at Barrett but Wade gets a knee up and then follows it with the Bullhammer for the win!

Winner: King Barrett

R-Truth comes out in his"King" gear.
Truth: Hear ye, hear me.
Barrett: No no no, you stop that right now
Truth: Ay I got some royalty--
Barrett: I don't care, this has gone on way too long, I am the King of the Ring! Because I won an 8 man tournament. I beat 3 men in less than 24 hours. You on the otherhand, you entered that tournament and couldn't cut it. So you make a mockery of it. This is one of the most prestigious items in the WWE. *holds up his crown* Some of the greats have worn this, and yes I include myself in that group. No matter how many times I beat you, you come out and make a mockery of it, for what? For fun and games. That's fine, it all ends on Sunday. I'm not just gonna beat you, I'm going to beat you so badly you end up bowing to the one true King of the Ring. You will all hail King Barrett.

Cesaro is walking backstage on his way to the ring and passes Kevin Owens. Owens sarcastically wishes him good luck.

Rusev w/Summer Rae vs. Cesaro

These two powerhouses lock up and test each other's strength. Rusev gets Cesaro in the corner. Rusev goes for a strike but Cesaro ducks it. Cesaro gets behind Rusev and takes him down. Rusev fights and gets to the ropes. Rusev uses to opportunity to strike Cesaro and take him down. Cesaro gets whipped against the ropes but lands a kick on Cesaro. Rusev get a knee to the gut of Cesaro and goes for a suplex but Cesaro blocks it and gets a suplex of his own. Cesaro punches Rusev into the corner. Rusev sends Cesaro over the ropes to the side of the ring. Rusev tries to slam Cesaro's head into the turnbuckle but Cesaro blocks it and sends Rusev headfirst into the turnbuckle instead. As Cesaro is re-entering the ring Rusev gets a running knee on Cesaro and hits a spinning fall away slam. Rusev starts stomping Cesaro and then chokes him on the bottom rope. Rusev throws Cesaro hard into the corner. Cesaro tries to fight Rusev while on his knees but Rusev lands a knee shot. Cesaro starts fighting out with some right hands. Rusev tries for a punch but Cesaro ducks it and grabs Rusev and hits a German suplex. Cesaro tries for a 2nd German but Rusev fights out and hits another fall away slam as we head to break.

As we return Rusev has Cesaro in a headlock. Cesaro fights out with elbows and hits a spinning springboard uppercut! Cesaro hits a running uppercut on Rusev in the corner then follows up with a few more. Cesaro goes for the pin but gets 2. Cesaro with a big dropkick, then goes for a suicide dive on Rusev who rolled out, but Rusev manages to stop the suicide dive with a forearm to Cesaro. Back in the ring Rusev hits Cesaro with a spinning heel kick. 2 count for Rusev. Cesaro grabs Rusev by the ankles and sets up for the Sharpshooter, Rusev fights it so Cesaro jumps on his chest instead. Cesaro sets up for the Neutralizer but Rusev reverse and hits a superkick! Rusev goes for the Accolade but Cesaro fights it so Rusev can't lock it in. Cesaro makes it to the ropes. Rusev runs at Cesaro but Cesaro pulls down the ropes and sends him flying to the outside. Cesaro follows up with a baseball slide. Cesaro runs at Rusev when he gets up, but Rusev lands another superkick! Rusev rolls Cesaro back in the ring, and then goes to the top rope. Rusev comes off the top rope but Cesaro pops up and hits an Uppercut mid air!! Cesaro sets up and connects with the Neutralizer for the win!! Cesaro beats Rusev clean!

Winner: Cesaro!

Sheamus is interviewed back in the lockerroom. He is asked about his thoughts about some of his bigger challenges, facing off against Reigns and Ambrose tonight and Randy Orton on Sunday.
Sheamus: These may seem like big challenges to a little man like you, but for a man who is only one Brogue Kick away from becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion, they're nothing. You see I don't run away from challenges, I embrace them. Tonight's gonna be fun, because I'm teaming with a giant! I can not wait! I'm going to send a message to Randy Orton who has been jumping me after every match, making fun of my hair and beard. I invite him to watch the beating I'm going to give to those two because tonight is business but Sunday is personal.

Stardust vs. Neville

Stardust goes for a kick but Neville catches it. Neville and Stardust dance around each other with reversals and then Neville hits a dropkick to the chest of Stardust. Stardust manages to hit Neville with a forearm and then stomps him repeatedly in the corner. Fans chant "Cody" which gets to Starudst. Stardust hits a running knee on Neville. Stardust stomps the fingers of Neville. Neville arm drags Stardust, Stardust comes running after him but Neville dodges and sends him to the outside. Neville goes to the ringside and hits a springboard moonsault on Stardust. Neville goes for a roll up but Stardust drops and grabs the ropes so he is the one doing the pinning, and cheating. The ref gets to a 2 count before he notices that Stardust is holding the ropes and calls it off. Neville pops up on Stardust's shoulders and rolls him up for a 3 count!

Winner: Neville

Neville is walking backstage when an interviewer grabs him. He says tonight was a big win and after facing Stardust last week, what was Neville's strategy?
Neville: First, it felt good to get some retribution after Monday. *Stardust appears about 10 feet behind them* As far as strategy goes, I always wait for the right moment and hit the Red Arrow.
Stardust runs up and attacks Neville and says "If this is the altitude era, there is going to be turbulence!"

We see a replay of the new NXT Divas premiering on Raw! Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Sasha Banks! So excited to have them finally called up. Backstage Naomi, Tamina and Sasha are interviewed by Jojo. She points out that in one night the whole Divas division was changed.
Naomi: Of course it was, because now things are even. Me and Tamina have been good, been riding together, but now we got the NXT Women's Champion riding with us.
Sasha: The Boss is in WWE and it's our time to run this Diva's division. The Bella Twins, Paige's little team? They wanna step to us? They think they can take us? Well we'll hand our business.
Naomi: I don't think you get it JOJO! Let me elaborate for you. We BAD. Best. At. Dominating. Because you got the most Amazing and athletic diva, the strongest diva, and the Baddest Diva. We didn't come here to make friends or play nice. All these other divas know we came to play.
Sasha: And you can BANK on THAT.

Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus and Big Show

Ambrose and Sheamus start things off and they lock up and spin around the ring. Ambrose gets behind Sheamus but Sheamus gets things to the ropes. Sheamus lands a few shots on Ambrose. He tries to plant him in the corner but Ambrose reverse and puts Sheamus in the corner. Ambrose rubs his fists into the eyes of Sheamus. Sheamus fights out and then kicks Ambrose in the back. Sheamus hits an uppercut on Ambrose and then whips Ambrose against the ropes, but Ambrose lands a big clothesline! Ambrose puts Sheamus in the corner and then hits a clothesline. Ambrose goes for the bulldog but gets an elbow from Sheamus. Ambrose hits his bounce back clothesline. Sheamus goes to the outside, so Dean tags Roman. Reigns runs along the outside and hits a high running kick to Sheamus and Big Show (who ran over to comfort his partner). Reigns tags Ambrose back in and Dean goes to the top rope and hits an elbow on both his opponents as we head to break!

As we return Reigns and Show are having a stare down, Show wants a test of strength. As soon as they lock up Show kicks him in the gut. Show puts Reigns in the corner and goes for the big chest smack, but as Show was saying "Shhh!" Reigns decked him in the mouth. Reigns makes a tag to Ambrose who runs in with a corner clotheslines. Ambrose follows it with punches and jabs. Big Show hits a big shoulder block to shut Dean down. Show tags Sheamus who suplex throws Ambrose. Ambrose blocks a punch and lands a few of his own. Ambrose then hits a dropkick to the chest of Sheamus, then another! Ambrose goes off the ropes but Big Show grabs him while the ref isn't looking. It gives Sheamus a chance to land the Irish Curse backbreaker. Sheamus tags Show into the match and Show punches Ambrose in the gut. Big Show picks up Ambrose and does it again, and then picks him up for a scoop suplex. Big Show then walks over the ribs of Ambrose. Big Show puts an elbow on the chest of Ambrose and then pressed him down to the mat with it. Show tags Sheamus, who puts Ambrose in the corner and hits a shoulder to the gut and follows it with a forearm to knock Ambrose down. Show tags in and slams Ambrose to the mat. Show goes for a jumping elbow but Ambrose moves! Ambrose makes the hot tag and Reigns is in and starts in on Sheamus who also made the tag. Clothesline to Sheamus, and a second! Reigns is all fired up! Reigns hits 10 corner clotheslines on Sheamus and follows it with a Samoan drop! Reigns sets up for the Superman Punch. Big Show gets up on the side so Reigns goes to hit the Superman Punch on him but gets grabbed by the throat! Show pushes Roman into Sheamus, who connects with White Noise. Sheamus goes for the pin but Ambrose breaks it up. Ambrose dropkicks Show off the side and then goes for a suicide dive on Show, but Big Show catches Dean. Show sets up for the chokeslam on the outside, right next to the announce table. Ambrose manages to reverse it into a DDT on the table and breaks the announce table! Both men are out! Back in the ring Sheamus and Reigns are exchanging blows. Sheamus throws Reigns into the corner, but Reigns sends him over the top rope. Sheamus hits a guillotine and goes to the top rope. Reigns runs to knock him down but Sheamus jumps over him and rolls to his feet. Reigns connects with the Superman Punch right as Sheamus gets to his feet. Reigns sets up for the spear but Bray Wyatt runs in and attacks Reigns for the DQ.

Winners by DQ: Reigns and Ambrose

Bray attacks Reigns and goes for Sister Abigail, but Reigns reverses and lands a Superman Punch on Bray Wyatt! Sheamus runs in and goes for the Brogue Kick but Reigns side steps and connects with a spear on Sheamus! Reigns stands tall to close the show!

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