While a colossal SmackDown main event took center stage, the conquering new WWE Tag Team Champion Usos also returned to Friday night and a Shield Summit threatened to completely destroy The Hounds of Justice.
Scoffing at the collective boos of the WWE Universe, Batista relished in “destroying” Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan in consecutive matches on SmackDown and Raw. Then, when The Beard emerged, Batista regarded him as nothing more than an “overgrown fan.”
In turn, WWE’s “Yes!” Man pointed out that – without the interference of Randy Orton, Corporate Kane and WWE COO Triple H on Monday night – the “fan” would have defeated the WrestleMania No. 1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Title. When Batista threatened to end Bryan’s existence in “his universe,” Bryan only poked a bigger stick at The Animal, inciting a conflict that ended with Batista being sent out of the ring. However, when Kane’s entrance led to a 2-on-1 assault, a returning Big Show charged the ring to even the odds and sent the aggressors to a hasty retreat.
As a result of the bedlam, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero made a huge main event match: Daniel Bryan & Big Show vs. Kane & Batista!
Four days after carrying out a fierce backstage assault on Sheamus on Raw, Christian battled Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown – with Alberto Del Rio sitting in on commentary.
At the height of the subsequent contest, a fast-talking Del Rio climbed up onto the announce table, bringing enough of a distraction for Christian to hit The Killswitch and topple The Showoff. The crafty move by the Mexican Aristocrat came as a direct response to “Need for Speed” star Aaron Paul’s distraction on Raw, which allowed Ziggler to defeat The Essence of Excellence.
As the smoke cleared, Sheamus interrupted the victorious Christian’s post-match interview with Renee Young, immediately engaging Captain Charisma and nearly Brogue Kicking his head off.
Refusing to slow down after winning the WWE Tag Team Titles Monday on Raw, The Usos followed up their fast-paced title defense over Los Matadores on WWE Main Event with a SmackDown showdown against RybAxel. High-flying Samoans score huge win | Brothers who won tag team titles
And after Jimmy leaped over the top rope to take out Curtis Axel, Jey hit the splash off the top rope to pick up the three-count on Ryback.
In intense Divas tag team action, third-generation Diva Natalya avoided AJ Lee’s Black Widow attempt in order to make the Divas Champion tap out with the family Sharpshooter!
The ominous manager of The Undertaker and Kane will take his rightful place among the elite of WWE.
After Seth Rollins walked out on his fellow Hounds of Justice while they were battling The Wyatt Family on Raw, the “Architect” of The Shield called a Summit of all three members in an attempt to get them all on the same page.
With every moment more tense than the one before, United States Champion Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Rollins proceeded to work out their issues – utilizing both verbal and physical attacks on each other to make their points known – and put their fists in the middle to walk out of SmackDown apparently reunited.
In a fierce battle between long-standing adversaries, Sheamus escaped two Cross Armbreakers, blasting Alberto Del Rio with a Brogue Kick for the victory.
As the SmackDown tag team main event collapsed into an all-out melee, Big Show’s battle with Batista moved outside the ring and culminated with the giant hurling The Animal into the steel ring post.
Then, as Kane grabbed the ropes in order to stop Daniel Bryan from rolling him up – looking ready to attempt a chokeslam in the process – The World’s Largest Athlete hit the Director of Operations with a KO Punch through the ropes. This allowed The Beard to pick up another huge victory. “YES!”
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Christian defeated Dolph Ziggler (9:48)
- The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) defeated RybAxel (Curtis Axel & Ryback) (4:21)
- Eva Marie & Natalya defeated AJ & Tamina (3:55)
- Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio (10:36)
- Dark Match: Big E defeated Jack Swagger
- Daniel Bryan & The Big Show defeated Batista & Kane (11:08)
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