WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 6, 2014) from Cincinnati, Ohio, with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring the fallout edition from the Payback pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Chicago.
Because SmackDown is a taped show, you can simply go read the spoilers to know everything that happens (find them by clicking here). We will provide results with a live blog below anyway.
You can use this space to discuss all the events as they occur, however, and it's probably going to enhance your viewing experience. In fact, I know it is because we're a lot of fun around here.
Enjoy the show!
SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG
- The show started with "The King of Kings" music hitting the speakers. Triple H came out alone, stopped at the ramp, then looked to the entrance. Seth Rollins walked out and stood next to him. He smirked. When they got to the ring, Rollins stood on the ropes and Triple H lovingly pointed to him. A "You sold out" chant broke out and the two guys in the ring laughed about it. Triple H talked about getting answers from Rollins. He said it was Rollins who was responsible for the group that ran roughshod over everyone, even Evolution. When Rollins got on the mic: "So everybody wants an explanation. You want to know why I did what I did to my BROTHERS on Monday night. So let me tell you ... that the only person who knows why I did what I did on Monday, and the only person who needs to know, and the only person that I owe anything to ... is me." Dolph Ziggler's music hit at this point. He said he's sure he'll catch a beating for what he's got to save -- "hand to Hunter" -- I'm sure I'll be pushed farther down the totem pole. Ziggler told Rollins he wasn't a fan of The Shield but they accomplished some amazing things, like beating Evolution and causing Batista to quit. But what Rollins did was worse than what The Shield has done to anyone, turning his back on his own brothers. He did the worst thing possible when he "sold out". Triple H jumped in and said Dolph's right, Rollins is going to sell out arenas everywhere and Ziggler is going to catch a beating because he had a match against Rollins next.
- They went about working the match yo would expect from these two. Triple H watched from ringside. He stopped in on commentary and got in JBL's ear about why Rollins is so good. "He's like a machine. You know what makes him so good? His ability to adapt to anything." They had a really great sequence late with Ziggler going for a Famouser, Rollins throwing him over his head, the two rolling through and getting back up so Dolph could stand up in perfect position and then actually hit the Famouser. It got a two count and a dejected Dolph looked up to see Triple H smiling devilishly while holding up two fingers. Shortly after, Ziggler hit a face plant off the top rope for two and "The Game" was getting increasingly nervous ringside. The crowd was hot and this was a main event caliber match. Rollins got the pin after the Peace of Mind. Michael Cole called it the Curb Stomp. Triple H's music played after the pinfall, by the way.
- Renee Young interviewed Bad News Barrett. She asked for his thoughts about the triple threat match tonight and whether or not there will be repercussions. Barrett said it wasn't fair that he had to defend his title against two men. Then he dumped on Cesaro for his actions on Raw and Main Event. He called RVD a flower child and said Cesaro has fleas because he sleeps with a dog named Paul Heyman.
- Seth Rollins and Triple H ran into Randy Orton backstage. Orton said "welcome to the dark side". Rollins responded by saying "hey, I never left". All three guys ran into Big Show and he said Rollins was trash and he wishes he would try something on Show like he did with Dolph. So Triple H made a match between Show and Orton.
- The Usos were out next for a match for a match with Rybaxel, who were already in the ring after a jobber entrance. The match was short and nothing special. The announcers put over Rybaxel but The Usos went over clean after a splash.
- Lana was out next. She was putting over Russia. What else is new? Rusev was out working his same schtick. Xavier Woods was his opponent, himself working the American hero gimmick. Rusev crushed and after he won, a Russian flag came down over the top of him while he was celebrating in the ring with Lana.
- Up next was the triple threat Intercontinental title match, Bad News Barrett vs. Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam. Paul Heyman was on commentary, and that means we got to listen to him bickering at Michael Cole. That stopped being fun weeks ago. Barrett retained his title after hitting the Bullhammer on RVD, who had just hit Cesaro with the Five Star Frog Splash. This was a very good TV match, especially for SmackDown.
- Bray Wyatt showed up on the titantron. "John Cena locked me in a box. And as I peered into the darkness, my memories began to haunt me. And I felt the cold hand of the reaper pulling me down. I was afriad. But then I began to remember her face. And how she used to warn me about this evil place. And how she said 'they're going to circle you in the water, Bray, just until they see red. But those sharks, they're the ones who are going to help you realize that death is real. And in death, Bray, you will find your rest. But in your rebirth, you will grown much stronger and you will learn to accept these new great responsibilities'. ... There's nothing left to fear. I am reborn, brothers and sisters; join me."
- Natalya vs. Alicia Fox was next. Fox was screaming at Natalya each time she tried to get close shortly after the match started. Alicia apologized and shook her hand, only for Nattie to throw her down and stomp on her hand. Then she got up and slapped her saying "I'm crazy too". Alicia told her, "Okay, do it again". So Natalya did it again. That was great. Fox took control briefly after this but Natalya regained the advantage and ended up winning the match via pinfall. Alicia freaked out after the match and got in Lillian Garcia's face. She was demanding to know who rang the bell. Then she blew a kiss to Lillian before ringing the bell repeatedly. They played her music and Cole literally said on commentary, "yeah, that's your cue. Leave." So she did.
- Santino Marella and Emma were doing their usual goofy schtick coming to the ring. They were both way too happy about everything, and hugging everyone. Bo Dallas was out next and he's being introduced as "The Inspirational". Bo earned a quick takedown and then did his usual lap around the ring while shouting "I'm winning". Santino responded well, and shook his hand when he got back in the ring. Santino hit an armdrag and then he worked his schtick outside the ring. Bo did not like this, and made that clear by getting super aggressive. He hit the Running BoDog and got the pin. He was still scowling while the referee was raising his hand, then realized it, shook his head out, and went back to smiling and talking about Bolieving. He told Emma not to think of Santino as a loser because he did his best and to be a winner in life all you have to do is Bolieve.
- Renee Young interviewed Big Show. She wanted to know how he feels getting ready to wrestle Randy Orton. Show called them all bullies. "You might not believe this, but I wasn't always this big and handsome. There was a time when I was smaller in grade school and I was picked on a lot." Oh, come on. He said he had a bully kick a kickball into his face while he was trying to tie his shoes. He said eventually he found that bully and he balled up his fist and "you can get what happened after that". He kept saying something about balling up his fist and I'm laughing too hard.
- Byron Saxton interviewed Randy Orton. He didn't ask a question, just saying Orton was probably expecting The Shield to be breathing down his neck and instead he's got Show. Orton responded by saying sometimes crazy things happen that you wouldn't expect, just ask Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.
- Big Show vs. Randy Orton in the main event was next. Orton came out with Triple H but he was using his own music. Rollins was not with them. Orton was in control for most of the match thanks to an assist from Triple H. Late, Show made his comeback with a spear and was setting up for the KO punch when Triple H got on the apron to help. Show had both Triple H and Orton by the throat when Rollins came out to make the save. Orton hit an RKO, then Triple H grabbed a chair and handed it to Rollins. He put it under Show's head while Orton picked him up just enough for Rollins to hit the Curb Stomp. Once wasn't enough. They did it twice. That was that.