WWE Smackdown Results (7/23/15)
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
From Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Report by Zack Krasney of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Hello everyone and welcome back to the Zackdown Results! We are dealing with the fallout of Battlegrounds where we saw the return of The Undertaker! On Raw we saw The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar have it out in a brawl that took security, half the locker room, and cops to break up. Lesnar shouted he is going to kill The Undertaker, to which Undertaker responded Lesnar would have to. John Cena looks like he could be next in like for the WWE Title. So stay with us in the comments and tell us your thoughts on tonight's Smackdown!
WWE Smackdown Results
Dean Ambrose's music hits to kick things off for us on Smackdown! We see a replay of Ambrose and Roman Reigns having it out with Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper. Sheamus makes his way down to the ring and says.
Sheamus: You know Deano you may have the entire WWE Universe fooled but I know the truth, you're just plan reckless. Last week in our tag match, you and Big Show went through the announce table. Some people might think that's courageous but I know it's cowardice. It was to get out of fighting me. Guess what? Tonight there's no where to run or hide. I'm going to show you and everyone else a good old fashion arse kicking, from the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion!
Ambrose: Those are some profound words Sheamus. You got me thinkin...*you look stupid chants*..it is true what they say...you do look stupid.
Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus
These guys lock up quick and Ambrose gets Sheamus in the corner, but he fights out quick. Ambrose takes down Sheamus, but he gets to the ropes and rolls out. Sheamus gets back in and kicks Ambrose in the gut then follows up with some uppercuts. Ambrose fights back with several right hands but Sheamus gets the high knee. Sheamus gets a knee to the gut but Ambrose gets a good kick to the gut in. Ambrose clotheslines Sheamus out of the ring and gets for a suicide dive but Sheamus blasts Ambrose before he can get through the ropes. Ambrose fights Sheamus from the ring skirt, and hits Sheamus with a tornado DDT. We head to break.
As we return from break Ambrose is on the top but Sheamus runs up to stop Ambrose from coming off. They exchange blows but Ambrose gets the upper hand and knocks Sheamus down. But Sheamus runs up again and knocks down Ambrose. Sheamus picks up Dean and throws him, leg first, into the bottom rope, then does it again. Sheamus puts into a submission where Ambrose's knee is behind Sheamus's head. Sheamus proceeds to stand up this way, Ambrose tries to reverse it by sitting up, but Sheamus uses that to powerbomb Ambrose. Pin but a 2 count. Sheamus goes back to a half-crab submission to focus on the knee. Ambrose reverses out of it and then hits Sheamus with a rebound clothesline. Both men are down until a 6 count. When both men get up the exchange blows but eventually Dean gets a series of forearms and then puts Sheamus in the corner and hits a running forearm! Dean goes for the bulldog but Sheamus shakes it. Dean ends up getting a roll up but only 2 count. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick but Dean pulls down the top rope and Sheamus goes over it. Dean hits a suicide dive and rolls Sheamus back in. Ambrose with an elbow from the top rope!
The lights go out and out comes Bray Wyatt on the ramp. Then we see Luke Harper on the announce table. Ambrose looks around and decides to go after Harper, but eats a Brogue Kick from Sheamus on the outside! Sheamus rolls Ambrose in the ring and then hits another Brogue Kick when Dean stands back up. Sheamus pins Ambrose for the win.
We see a video package of the Neville and Stardust rivalry. Backstage JoJo is with Neville. She asks him about Stardust attacking himm last week.
Neville: Stardust is unlike anyone or anything I've ever encountered. You see, he's nuts. He sees me as some kind of superhero and himself as a super villain. I don't see him as a villain, I see him as a coward. He's a coward who attacked me from behind. Next time I see him in the ring, I'll show him you can't keep down what gravity can't contain.
Neville walks away but the TV behind JoJo goes haywire. Stardust appears on it laughing and hisses.
Adam Rose vs. Neville
Neville gets behind Rose, but Rose gets a hold of the arm of Rose. Neville reverse it but Rose grabs the hair of Neville and moves him to the corner. Rose stomps away at Neville in the corner until the ref breaks it up. Neville runs to the other corner but Rose follows and stomps away again. Rose hits a snap suplex on Neville and then goes into a headlock. Neville fights out of it but Rose hits a hurricarana off the second rope. Neville is sent to the outside, Adam looks to follow up with a suicide dive but gets blasted in the face before he can make it through the ropes. Neville slides back in and follows up with some spinning kicks and a dropkick. Neville runs at Rose who sends him over the top rope to the ring skirt. Neville hits a kick from the skirt to the head of Rose. Adam seems stunned and falls out of the ring to the floor below. Neville hits his springboard moonsault to Rose. Neville sets up for the Red Arrow and connects for the win!
As Neville celebrates Stardust appears on the screen.
Stardust: All hail the hero! Neville! The capped crusader (pretty sure that's copyright infringement) Enough! They come and they go, even the sharpest arrow, no matter what color (he's holding a green streamer)! Only stars are eternal. So reach out, Neville, and know that my hand is touching your hand. Be my hero! Embrace the strange! *Hiss*
We see a video package for Sasha Banks, the Boss!
King Barrett comes out with a mic,
Can I have some decorum please! Now this past Sunday, at Battleground, due to all the hoopla of the Undertaker's return, I think all you peasants have lost sight of what's truly important. And that is the greatest King in the history of the King of the Ring, me, King Barrett! Now at the King of the Tournament I beat 3 top competitors in less than 24 hours to win this cape and this crown. Last Sunday, I showed you exactly what happens when you mock my accomplishments. In layman's terms, if you want a shot at this King, you better hit me right between the eyes because you won't be getting a second chance. Be warned, the whole world is on notice, because this King's best is yet to come. Now all hail King Barrett.
Kevin Owens vs. Rusev
Kevin Owens grabs a mic before things start.
Owens: Ever since my match with Cena on Sunday, I keep hearing three words everywhere I go. Tap Owens tap. While that is cute, it's not what happened at Battleground. What did happen, and no one can deny this, is that I gave John the toughest fight of his career. I have no problem looking in the mirror. See I'm not the one with the motto never give up. I am smarter than that, my outlook is live to fight another day. That's exactly what I decided to do on Sunday. So people can chant Tap Owens Tap all they want. The fact is I have a family, I have kids who depend on me. I wasn't willing to risk a career ending injury at the hands of John Cena. That might be hard for some of you people, and some guys in the back, to understand. But I do what I think is best for my career, always. And Monday Night on Raw was no different. See because once Sheamus left us high and dry, I knew there was no point in trying to take on 3 of WWE's top superstars. My team was one man down and if Rusev hadn't been trying to figure out which Lana he wants to go to second base with, he would understand that was the right choice.
Rusev comes out with Summer Raw to get things started. Rusev starts hammering Owens, who rolls out of the ring. We head to commercial.
As we return Owens stops Rusev from getting back in the ring by kicking him as he enters. Owens goes after Rusev but Rusev fights back with headbutts. Rusev his a suplex and gets a 1 count. Owens reverses a whip and hits an elbow to the face of Rusev. Rusev is sent face first into the second rope. Owens goes for a german, but Rusev reverses it and goes for a german of his own, but Owens reverses it. Rusev picks up Owens and throws him over his head. Rusev comes after Owens but eats a superkick to the face. Rusev falls backwards into the bottom turnbuckle and Owens hits the cannonball! Owens pulls Rusev into the middle of the ring for a pin, and yells God lose some weight. 2 count pin. Owens hammers away at the head of Rusev. Owens picks up Rusev and clotheslines him, goes for a pin but 2. Kevin Owens hits a codebreaker on Rusev! Owens locks in a headlock. Rusev fights out but Owens continues to hammer away at Rusev. Rusev manages to land several right hands and starts to take control of Owens. Rusev reveres a whip by Owens and hits a reverse spinning slam. Rusev runs at Owens but eats an elbow. Rusev ducks a clothesline by Owens and hits a spinning heelkick! Rusev lines up and hits the Superkick. Rusev signals and sets up for the Accolade but Owens rolls to the outside. Kevin decides the match isn't worth it and walks out.
Winner by countout: Rusev
Cesaro is backstage and the interviewer says Cesaro has built up a lot of steam lately, but tonight he takes on WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins. How does he feel going into his match.
Cesaro: It feels right. Me pushing Cena to the limit is the past, tonight it's Seth Rollins. People always told me I was crazy for wanting to do this. I spent years honing my craft, sleeping on floors, driving hundreds of miles for a handshake, I missed my best friend's wedding, I haven't spent Christmas at home in 11 years, but I wouldn't change a thing because I love this business. Tonight I'm facing the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Hard doesn't happen over night. I'm going to go out there tonight and show everyone that hardwork pays off.
Kevin Owens interrupts...
Owens: Awww you missed your best friend's wedding?! Christmas without your family...NO ONE CARES! You took Cena to the limit? I beat him in my first night! I did more in one night than you have done in your whole career! You abandoned your family!
Cesaro: You should be the authority on abandonment since you abandon half your matches here in WWE. Where did you come from anyway? Catering? Oh no you abandoned your match, AGAIN.
Owens: Yeah well catering is where I'm heading to grab a sandwich and watch you lose to Seth Rollins.
Cesaro: Yeah well don't choke on your food, like you choked against John Cena last Sunday. Now why don't you do what you do best and walk Owens walk.
Sasha Banks and Naomi vs. The Bella Twins
Nikki Bella and Naomi start things off. The lock up and Nikki flips Naomi. Fireman's carry on Naomi and an arm bar. Naomi fights out and hits a low clothesline on Nikki. Nikki hits a spinebuster and gets a 2 count. Brie tags in and the Bellas hit a double flapjack. 2 count. Brie goes for a neckbreaker but Naomi reverses it and tags Sasha banks. Sasha goes for a whip but Brie reverses and tags Nikki. Nikki takes down Sasha and goes for a pin but only gets 2. Nikki locks in a choke with her legs and then does push ups to show off. Sasha kicks herself out of the hold, but Nikki locks in a headlock and tags Brie. Brie comes off the middle rope with a missile dropkick. Brie goes for Brie Mode but Tamina pulls Sasha out of harms way. The ref gets distracted and Tamina is able to hit a superkick on Brie. Sasha banks attacks Brie on the outside as we head to commercial. We return wit Naomi taking it to Brie Bella. Naomi scoop suplexes Brie. Brie tries to reach for a tag, but Naomi does a running bulldog into the second turnbuckle, and tags Sasha. Sasha comes back in and mocks Brie. Sasha puts Brie in the corner and chokes her with her boot and yells "Brie Mode!" and laughs. Sasha props Brie up and drops knees to the gut of Brie. Sasha knocks Nikki off the side and the puts Brie in her team's corner. Naomi tags in and supplexes Brie. Sasha tags in and Naomi hits a tailbone buster. Sasha locks in a chokehold. Brie fights out and goes for a tag but Brie can't reach it. Naomi tags in and suplexes Brie. Naomi locks in a headlock, then punches Brie in the back of the head. Naomi puts Brie in the corner and hits a splash. She goes for a second but Brie flips Naomi to the outside. Tamina rolls Naomi back in to stop the tag, but Naomi doesn't get there in time! Nikki tags in and hits a clothesline, two, three on Naomi. Nikki is fired up and knocks Sasha out. Nikki hits the Alabama Slamma on Naomi and get Naomi up for the Rack Attack! Sasha comes in and tackles Nikki before she can connect with the Rack Attack. Brie tackles Sasha out of the ring. On the outside Brie and Alicia Fox take out Sasha and Tamina. Back in the ring Naomi goes for a pin but gets two. Naomi goes for the Rear View but misses and Nikki hits the forearm and connects with the Rack Attack for the win.
Winner: The Bella Twins
We see a video package of The Undertaker/Brock Lesnar rivalry.
Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro
Cesaro immediately goes into his takedown legs and Rollins runs away, eventually sliding out of the ring. Cesaro sits on the ropes and invites Rollins back in. Seth eventually slides back in and gets rolled up immediately. Cesaro grapples with Seth, Seth get a hold of Cesaro's arm but Cesaro rolls his way out of it. Cesaro picks up Rollins in a gorilla press and drops him face first to the mat. Cesaro goes for the uppercut on Rollins in the corner but Rollins moves and then knocks Cesaro out of the ring and follows it up with a suicide dive! We head to commercial.
As we return Rollins has Cesaro in a headlock in the middle of the ring. Cesaro manages to stand up with Seth on his back and slams him into the turnbuckle. Seth comes off but manages to plant Cesaro face first into the middle turnbuckle. Seth locks the the headlock right back on. Cesaro fights out again and picks up Rollins and dropped him on his back. Seth comes after Cesaro but gets sent through the ropes to the outside. Rollins runs up to the top rope and goes for the high knee but Cesaro dodges it. Cesaro grabs Rollins and hits a great belly to belly suplex to really show off his strength. Cesaro hits a running uppercut in the corner, then whips Rollins and does the same, he does this 4 times. Cesaro hits several more uppercuts in the corner. Rollins goes for a roll up but gets caught. Cesaro pulls him from the mat into a suplex! 2 count pin! Seth tries to send Cesaro to the outside but Cesaro lands on the skirt. Seth grabs Cesaro and tries to send him face first into the turnbuckles but Cesaro stops it and shakes out of Rollins grip. Cesaro goes to the top rope and hits a crossbody, but Rollins rolls through into a pin 2. Rollins hits a kick to the jaw of Cesaro, but only a 2 count as result. Rollins goes for the Pedigree, but Cesaro blocks it. Cesaro flips Seth to get out of the Pedigree, but Rollins lands on his feet! Rollins charges at Cesaro who delivers a beautiful dropkick right to the jaw of Rollins! Cesaro goes for the pin but only a 2 count. Rollins on the ring skirt gets caught by Cesaro, who goes to pick up Rollins for the corner suplex. Rollins reverses with a kick to the head of Cesaro. Cesaro, stunned, gets caught in a sunset flip by Rollins who turns the powerbomb into a corner powerbomb. Seth goes for the pedigree on a stunned Cesaro. Cesaro reverses it into the sharpshooter! Cesaro blocks the arm of Rollins from getting to the ropes then turns it into a crossface!! Cesaro rolls out of it to pull Rollins back to the middle and Rollins grabs the ropes. When Cesaro pulls him Rollins manages to flip midair and land on his feet, then follow up immediately with a kick to the back of the head of Cesaro. Rollins runs at Cesaro who throws Rollins up into the air and hits a BIG uppercut to the champ! 2 count but Rollins kicks out. Rollins rolls out of the ring and grabs his title, and starts to walk out. Cesaro sees it and comes running around the corner and BLASTS Rollins with an uppercut. He rolls Seth back in and kicks the title out of his hands. The ref grabs the title and gives it to an offical but as he does Rollins hits Cesaro with a thumb to the eye. Rollins throws Cesaro shoulder first into the post and follows up with the Pedigree for the win.
Winner: Seth Rollins
After the match Kevin Owens makes his way to the ring and stands over Cesaro. Owens starts hammering away at Cesaro and then hits Cesaro with the Pop Up Powerbomb. Owens talks trash to close out the show.