WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 17, 2014) from Birmingham, Alabama with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Dallas.
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!
- Seth Rollins was out first for a promo. He encouraged "YOU SOLD OUT" chants before saying "honor doesn't pay the bills". He told the crowd they would all sell out if they were him but they can't be him. He said Dean Ambrose should be in a straitjacket and at Hell in a Cell he'll put him out. Dolph Ziggler came out at this point. Dolph took a shot at him over the reaction he got before saying Rollins may have sold out for money and fame but he can't get self-respect and that's priceless. Rollins laughed him off. "Respect isn't going to save you tonight; neither is showing off to all these people, pal." So Dolph drop kicked him and that led into the match.
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins: Not unsurprisingly, Ziggler bumped all around. Seth was selling a knee at one point and giving Dolph a lot more offense than you might expect considering their situations. They went back-and-forth quite a bit with Ziggler getting multiple near falls. Ultimately, though, Rollins got the corner powerbomb and Curb Stomp for the win.
- After the match, Dean Ambrose's music hit and he came out with the contract for their match at Hell in a Cell, still on the clipboard. Dean said he's going to make the most of his opportunity at the pay-per-view. He's going to take his left boot and put it down Rollins' throat, then he's going to take his right boot -- that's his lucky boot -- and stick it where the sun don't shine. This brought out Kane, who said he likes hearing screams of pain because they help him sleep at night. And because he isn't booked for Hell in a Cell, he's feeling aggressive. So he booked Ambrose vs. Kane in the main event.
- AJ Lee vs. Layla: Paige and Alicia Fox were on commentary. AJ cut an inset promo saying she doesn't have any friends other than the best friend in the world, the Divas title. They asked Paige why she's friends with Alicia and she called her a "lovely human being" who "keeps me grounded". The match wasn't much, with AJ winning with the Black Widow. Paige sent Fox in after and said "this is why she's my best friend". When Fox got bested quickly, she responded with "this is why I have to do things myself" before climbing in the ring and hitting the RamPaige.
- Kane was backstage getting ready for Ambrose. Rollins showed up and asked him to leave a piece of Dean to him. Kane got the point across that neither Rollins nor Ambrose have been in a Hell in a Cell match.
- Renee Young was backstage to interview The Usos and Sheamus. She asked how they feel heading into tonight's match. Sheamus said Damien Mizdow's performance last week was good; not quite Oscar worthy but a kick in the head worthy. What?!? The Usos told back jokes and called each other "Uce". There was more yelling and promising of winning.
- Another promo aired for Erick Rowan. He's been set free. Run.
- Sheamus & The Usos vs. Gold & Stardust & The Miz: Damien Mizdow was on his game again. This was your typical six-man tag, with Sheamus set up as the hot tag and choas reigning surpreme late until the Brogue Kick put Goldust down for the pin.
- Big Show was out next. "If you guys haven't figured out, I'm what's known as a giant. I kind of stick out in a crowd." Well, there you go. He talked about being big as a kid and that meaning he got responsibility thrust upon his shoulders. So he accepted it at an early age, and he's willing to accept it in regards to pinning Rusev at Hell in a Cell. He asked Mark Henry -- "my brother from another mother, ha ha" -- to come down to talk. Show got touchy feely with him, telling him he smelled good. "I showered," Henry said. Show then told a story about the two traveling together and vandalizing vehicles because they were hungry and some guy took a parking spot they were eyeballing. Good lord. Show finally got around to telling Henry he wanted him to stay away from the match with Rusev so he can knock him out and pin him himself. Henry admitted it made him angry but man-to-man, friend-to-friend, brother-to-brother, he would let Show handle his business. JBL: "What is this, the Hallmark channel?" Rusev and Lana walked out. Lana made fun of the two for being blown up, then Rusev cut a promo saying he's going to break Show's spine. "YOU CAN'T CRUSH MY SPINE, IT'S AMERICAN MADE!"
- Naomi vs. Nikki Bella: They announced that there was another stipulation added to the Nikki vs. Brie match at Hell in a Cell, that if the loser doesn't go through with being the winner's personal assistant for a month, that person will lose their job at WWE. Yeah. Meanwhile, Brie was shown watching the match. When they cut to the ring action, Nikki had Naomi in a headlock and mentioned knowing that Brie was watching and "this is what I'm going to do to you!" Naomi made a quick comeback but it was foiled before long and the Rack Attack got the pin.
- Another promo for Bray Wyatt.
- Renee Young welcomed Dean Ambrose for an interview. She asked what's going through his mind right now before his match against Kane. The crowd was DEAD. He brought them out of their stupor with a cheap pop but otherwise it was a standard promo.
- Dean Ambrose vs. Kane: The match was moving along as expected, with Dean up early and Kane coming back late. Then, to the surprise of absolutely no one, Seth Rollins, who was ringside for all of this, interfered to cause a disqualification. Kane grabbed a chair and Rollins tried for a Curb Stomp on it but Ambrose got out of the way and grabbed the chair. Before he could get to Rollins, though, Kane interfered and took all the back chair shots while Rollins escaped off.