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On the last SmackDown before WWE turns Extreme this Sunday, there was no shortage of crafty puns and chaotic action during the first-ever “WeeLC” contract signing; Daniel Bryan and Kane proclaimed their willingness to carry their battle straight to hell and Dean Ambrose defended his United States Championship against three hungry challengers.
Kicking off SmackDown was a main-event-caliber Six-Man Tag Team Match featuring The Wyatt Family against Sheamus & WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos. The hard-fought contest reached a fevered pace after an embattled Sheamus tagged in Jimmy Uso, turning the tide against Bray Wyatt and his fearsome followers. However, amidst the frenzied commotion by all six Superstars, The Eater of Worlds tagged himself in without being noticed, introducing a surprised Sister Abigail to one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions to produce an impressive victory.
Despite the loss, Jey Uso and a heated Celtic Warrior continued to take the fight to their opponents outside the ring – which included an electrifying over-the-top-rope leap from the soaring Samoan onto the weary Wyatts – but were unable to overcome the brutality of their SmackDown opponents. Is John Cena destined to suffer Sister Abigail this Sunday at Extreme Rules?
Before Hornswoggle and El Torito face off in the first-ever “WeeLC” Match on the Extreme Rules Pre-Show – airing exclusively on WWE Network at 7:30 ET – the determined rivals first needed to sign on the dotted line. With SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero hosting the contract signing and 3MB and Los Matadores backing up their pint-sized partners, the ring was full of potential raucousness.
The in-ring soirée began with Heath Slater reading off a list of demands from the former Cruiserweight Champion, which clearly didn’t sit well with Hornswoggle’s surprisingly talkative adversary. A height-off soon left both these manic mascots standing tall – on top of a table – ready to go to battle.
It wouldn’t be a contract signing without some chaos, though, and these frenzied foes didn’t disappoint. A physical confrontation exploded, resulting in El Torito hitting the Gore on ‘Swoggle and launching himself ringside onto a disoriented 3MB.
With Cesaro and Paul Heyman joining the SmackDown announce team, Rob Van Dam and Jack Swagger competed in a hard-hitting bout. When the action spread outside the ring, an impulsive Swagger took full advantage of his close proximity to The King of Swing, knocking his former tag team partner to the ground with a powerful attack.
Paul Heyman’s client got quick retribution, however, distracting The Real American enough for RVD to hit the Five-Star Frog Splash for the win. The Swiss Superstar capped off his momentum-building moment by cutting short his Extreme Rules opponent’s victory celebration and nailing a Neutralizer on Mr. Monday Night.
Alexander Rusev and Lana’s path of destruction ran into a roadblock Friday night when The Bulgarian Brute’s attack on Xavier Woods outside the ring turned his match against R-Truth into a two-on-one scuffle. Despite winning via disqualification, the 300-plus-pound powerhouse chose to retreat after his Extreme Rules opponents successfully knocked the burly Bulgarian from the squared circle.
Two days before his Extreme Rules Match this Sunday against Kane, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan came before the WWE Universe, still donning a neck brace from his former Hell No tag team partner’s Tombstone-riddled attack. Explaining that the Demon Kane raised their rivalry to appalling levels when he put his hands on his wife, Brie Bella, the impassioned Bryan described that he will do anything to protect his family, even if that means taking a trip to hell with The Devils Favorite Demon.
The WWE World Heavyweight Champion’s SmackDown speech was cut short when WWE’s Director of Operations appeared on the TitanTron. The frightening 7-footer clarified that a voyage to the underworld would include even deeper depths of depravity – a welcome journey for The Big Red Demon.
In response, The Beard removed his neck brace, ready to risk everything at Sunday’s pay-per-view!
Damien Sandow – still dressed in his Raw getup as the not-so-super X-Men villain Magneto – was once again unable to evoke the powers of magnetism. Instead, a cape malfunction caused him to fall victim to Dolph Ziggler’s Zig Zag in a highly entertaining encounter.
Titus O’Neil’s newfound and overly aggressive approach backfired after he not only was disqualified for failing to heed to the referee’s plea, but suffered a brutal post-match beat down at the hands of an irritated Intercontinental Champion Big E.
The intense encounter raises the question: Will the powerful titleholder be ready to face No. 1 contender Bad News Barrett at Extreme Rules?
With his fellow Hounds of Justice banned from ringside and a match against Evolution imminent at Extreme Rules, the odds were stacked against Dean Ambrose retaining his gold in SmackDown’s Fatal 4-Way main event. However, with The Lunatic Fringe’s nearly 350-day reign as United States Champion on the line, an early 3-on-1 assault on the titleholder quickly turned into every Superstar for himself.
At the height of the action, after Ambrose was sent spiraling into the timekeeper’s area, Curtis Axel, Ryback and Alberto Del Rio all attempted to make their claim for the coveted championship. When Ryback hit Shell Shocked on Del Rio, only Axel’s interference stopped The Human Wrecking Ball from reigning supreme. The son of Mr. Perfect then tried to steal the victory, but the lone Hound of Justice remerged in time to pick up the swift pin on his unsuspecting foe.
After the match, RybAxel looked to take their frustrations out on the secluded Shield member, until Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins arrived and delivered swift justice that ended with a Triple Powerbomb on Axel.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Dark match: Santino Marella (w/ Emma) defeated Brodus Clay
- Dark match: Bo Dallas defeate Tyson Kidd
- The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan & Luke Harper) defeated Sheamus & The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) (10:13)
- Rob Van Dam defeated Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) (1:49)
- Alexander Rusev (w/ Lana) defeated R-Truth (w/ Xavier Woods) by DQ (1:05)
- Dolph Ziggler defeated Damien Sandow (3:21)
- Big E defeated Titus O'Neil by DQ (2:17)
- Dean Ambrose (c) defeated Alberto Del Rio and Curtis Axel and Ryback in a Four Way Match to retain the WWE United States Championship (12:23)
- Dark match: The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) defeated The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan & Luke Harper)
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