|Friday Night Smackdown|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||April 18, 2014|
|Transmission||Taped (Apr 15, 2014)|
|Event reference||Smackdown #765|
|Special event details||2 hr episode|
|Previous episode||April 11, 2014|
|Next episode||April 25, 2014|
Following Monday’s reunification of one of the most dominant factions in WWE history and their demonstration of “what true power really is” at the expense of The Shield, WWE COO Triple H issued an ultimatum to the black-clad trio during his exclusive WWE.com interview with Michael Cole on Wednesday: Crawl back and apologize and all will be forgiven.
Unsatisfied with Roman Reigns’ tweet that “kings don’t win wars, soldiers do,” The Game opened SmackDown with a blockbuster announcement: Evolution will battle The Hounds of Justice in a Six-Man Tag Team showdown at Extreme Rules. He then put the exclamation point on what Evolution is about, stating that, “in life, you adapt or perish.”
As an eight-Superstar tournament to name the new No. 1 contender to his Intercontinental Title continues to rage during Raw, Big E went head-to-head with former World Champion Alberto Del Rio on Friday night.
In the final moments of the fevered contest, “Mexico’s Greatest Export” failed to release his attempted Cross Armbreaker at the five-count, forcing the referee to call for the bell. Outraged, Del Rio turned his anger back on his powerful opponent, only to suffer a Big Ending for his troubles.
In case someone hadn’t yet heard, Paul Heyman emerged before the WWE Universe to reiterate that “[his] client, BROCK LESNAR, conquered The Streak!” He said it loud, he said it proud, and he said it over and over and over and over again.
Three days after Tamina won a Divas Battle Royal to become the new No. 1 contender to the Divas Championship at Extreme Rules – airing during WWE Main Event, exclusively on WWE Network – titleholder Paige continued to prove she is not “a flash in the pan” by making Aksana submit to her modified Scorpion Crosslock.
Sure, there was Hogan vs. Andre, Bret Hart vs. HBK and Cena vs. Edge. However, the latest SmackDown showdown may just leave them all in the dust!
In the midst of growing friction during the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony and this past Tuesday’s WWE Main Event, a 3MB-backed Hornswoggle battled Los Matadores’ El Torito on SmackDown. In the height of the action, El Torito would ultimately reign supreme, hitting the Bullsault for the victory.
Following a Raw altercation born out of the ruthless aggressiveness of his match against Xavier Woods, Alexander Rusev faced off against R-Truth on SmackDown.
The Bulgarian Brute dominated The Rapping Superstar before making him submit to The Accolade. Then, after the bell, Woods attempted to stop the continued destruction, only to be overtaken and tossed over the top rope.
For the second week in a row, Layla helped her new dance partner, Fandango, in his SmackDown clash against Santino – stealing The Milan Miracle’s Cobra mere moments before it was about to strike its prey. This time, however, Emma was ready for Layla, launching a counter assault on the former Divas Champion.
The commotion carried into the ring, where Marella utilized a sunset flip on his smooth-stepping opponent to pick up the three-count. After nearly hitting a post-match Cobra attack on his foe, though, Santino made the mistake of using his slithering sidekick to high-five Emma – making her entire arm go lifeless!
Four days after a reunited Evolution stepped back into the spotlight to take The Shield to task, a reinvigorated Batista once again squared off against Sheamus.
In a brutal slugfest main event that took both Superstars to the absolute brink, The Animal caught The Celtic Warrior on the top turnbuckle and dropped him onto the ropes. This ultimately allowed the six-time World Champion to triumph with a Batista Bomb!
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Dark match: Bo Dallas defeated ???
- Dark match: Titus O'Neil defeated Bordell Walker
- Big E defeated Alberto Del Rio (10:00)
- Paige defeated Aksana (4:00)
- El Torito (w/ Diego & Fernando) defeated Hornswoggle (w/ Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal) (4:00)
- Alexander Rusev (w/ Lana) defeated R-Truth (w/ Xavier Woods) (2:00)
- Santino Marella (w/ Emma) defeated Fandango (w/ Layla) (1:00)
- Batista defeated Sheamus (10:00)
- Dark match: Sheamus defeated Batista in a Last Man Standing Match
Other on-screen talent