Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, 7.19.14: WWE Smackdown

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon is here, brought to you by Triple Threat Podcast! It's the Smackdown recap in this edition. This week's Smackdown serves as the last show before Sunday's Battleground "Special Event", live on WWE Network. Smackdown took place in Fayetteville, N.Carolina.

***Recap Note***
I stated in this past week's RAW recap that it appeared that Seth Rollins injured his leg in the main event as he took a clothesline dive over the top rope. Good news, Rollins was able to apply pressure on his leg after being helped to the back by WWE officials. Rollins will not miss any days as it appears he just tweeked it.

- Smackdown kicked off with the "Lunatic Fringe" Dean Ambrose, cutting a promo. Ambrose talks about how all he's ever heard about is how special Seth Rollins is, how he was the brains and the architect of The Shield and how the three on one attack on RAW didn't keep Ambrose down. Ambrose asks "Is that all you've got?" and dares The Authority to come out. Seth Rollins appears on the Titantron and says that Ambrose is a lunatic destined for the asylum and without Rollins, Ambrose is nothing. Rollins wants nothing more to come out and meet Ambrose face to face but uses the tweeked knee and not being cleared to fight excuse. Rollins and Ambrose go back and forth some more until it's revealed that Ambrose will meet Kane in the main event tonight.

- Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus vs The Miz and Fandango: Sheamus goes for the "Brogue Kick" on The Miz but The Miz moves, causing Sheamus to hit Fandango instead. The Miz dumps Sheamus outside but gets hit from behind with the "Zig Zag" from Ziggler. Ziggy scores the pinfall on The Miz.

- Alicia Fox vs Eva Marie (w/Nikki Bella as referee): Match ends in a no contest after Fox and Eva two on one attack Nikki.

- Backstage we get another bizarre Stardust and Goldust promo about other dimensions which ends with Stardust blowing dust in Goldust's face.

- Chris Jericho vs Luke Harper: Bray Wyatt cuts a promo before the match about Jericho "saving us", calls Jericho a liar and says he sees right through him. Jericho with the "Walls of Jericho" on Harper however Rowan jumps on the apron with the distraction. Jericho spring board drop kicks Rowan, ducks a Harper clothesline then scores the rollup pinfall. The Wyatt Family three on one attack Jericho after the match until The Usos make the save.

- Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger cut a promo. Zeb talks about Russia, Rusev and Lana and says that Swagger will take care of them at Battleground. Rusev and Lana arrive. Lana says that stupid Americans will never learn and Swagger will be crushed at Battleground. Rusev and Swagger then wave their flags at each other.

- Alberto Del Rio vs Kofi Kingston: Del Rio blocks a superplex attempt by Kofi. Del Rio hits a double stomp to Kofi's chest for the pinfall.

- Fandango is backstage and tells Layla and Summer Rae they will want him back when he wins the I-C Title on Sunday. Both ladies refuse Fandango. Bo Dallas appears and gives Fandango an inspirational speech about setting the girls free and he'll have a new girl soon as long as he "Bo-Lieves".

- Summer Rae and Layla vs A.J. Lee and Paige: A.J. applies the "Black Widow" on Summer, after force tagging herself in. Summer taps out. A.J. and Paige stare each other down after the match. A.J. goes for a handshake but Paige hugs her instead.

- Kane and Seth Rollins are backstage. Rollins wants to be on the same page as Kane and knows what Orton did to Kane on RAW wasn't personal. Rollins asks Kane to save some of Ambrose for him. Kane tells Rollins to not even think about cashing in his Money In The Bank contract at Battleground.

- Dean Ambrose vs Kane: Kane goes for a tombstone on Ambrose right on the ring steps. Ambrose escapes and tosses Kane into the ring post. Seth Rollins appears out of nowhere and hits Ambrose with the money in the bank briefcase. After the match
Rollins and Kane attack Ambrose. Ambrose tries to fight back but gets choke slammed by Kane. Rollins then hits the "Curb Stomp" on Ambrose right on the ring steps as Smackdown closes out.

And that wraps up the Smackdown recap for this week. I'll be back on Monday afternoon with the WWE Battleground highlights. Till then, tap or snap

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