WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (April 11, 2014) from Lafayette, Louisiana, with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring the fallout show from the WrestleMania 30 pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza that went down this past Sunday night in New Orleans.
Because SmackDown is a taped show, you can simply go read the spoilers to know everything that happens (find them by clicking here).
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!
RESULTS AND LIVE UPDATES
- They opened with both a graphic for Warrior and Michael Cole saying Raw on Monday will be dedicated to him where they will pay tribute and honor his memory.
- John Cena was out first. He talked about WrestleMania, dropping a line about how Bray Wyatt tried to turn him into a monster but he still "can't see me". That was played up for both comedy and his being smug. He got solemn when talking about the end of Undertaker's streak but got back to popping big for Daniel Bryan winning the title. Then it was on to Raw and he put over that show, including the fans rewriting his theme song. He was literally just recapping the week that was. Based on reports, he had brought up Ultimate Warrior but that was edited out here. He settled on saying he's the measuring stick in WWE and if anyone wants to get to the top of the mountain, they have to go through him. That's when The Wyatt Family cut in with a promo. Luke Harper told Cena to "embrace your future; it's his gift to you". Bray said sometimes he wishes he could feel pain but he's different and we should all embrace our differences, right kids? For instance, if he lost to Cena at WrestleMania, why can't he stop smiling? Why does he feel so good? It's because he saw into Cena's eyes and he saw what is inside of him. He's seen inside himself and he knows it. But Cena must be scared because he was really close to going over the edge. Now he knows he's got to go to new extremes to go that final inch.
- Cesaro vs. Big Show was next. Instead of entrance music, Cesaro walked to the ring with Paul Heyman cutting a promo talking about being the greatest manager of all time as well as the greatest strategist ever. He called Cesaro the next sure thing, the next big thing, the king of swing. There wasn't a lot of action early, with the high spot being, I'm not kidding, Big Show sitting on Cesaro's chest. He went for the KO punch not long after, but Cesaro ducked out and Heyman, who was on commentary, told him to take Show's air because "you can't win if you can't breathe". That's the master strategist, ladies and sirs. After a commercial break, Cesaro was working a sleeper, so I guess he took that literally. Show sold for the sleeper until he broke it, at which point his wind was fine. Then he went for a choke slam and Cesaro locked on another sleeper. He broke that by falling to his back and followed with a flying elbow. That put Show down and fans started calling for the Cesaro Swing. Sadly, Jack Swagger ran in for the disqualification. Show sent Swagger packing but Cesaro attacked Show after anyway. No Cesaro Swing but he did hit the Neutralizer. Show really went up for him too. Good stuff.
- Los Matadores vs. Rybaxel was next. El Torito was cheered, for those wondering if fans would turn him heel after that ridiculously stupid bit during the Hall of Fame ceremony last week. The match was standard tag team fare with spots incorporated to include El Torito. In the end, Axel hit his finish to get the pinfall in the ring after Torito had caused a ruckus with Ryback on the outside.
- Rob Van Dam was walking backstage and Renee Young stopped him for an interview. He said "it's like the entire face of the company has changed in the time I was gone". He knows Renee is excited too but she needs to relax because everything's cool when you're R-V-D.
- Van Dam vs. Damien Sandow was next. Big pop for RVD but it's SmackDown, so you can never tell. JBL brought up it maybe not being a smart idea for Sandow to "use his rematch". Are their rematch clauses in contracts for every singles match? Sandow repeated his bit from Raw, interrupting Van Dam working his gimmick to look for a quick pin. It didn't happen. He did have control for most of the match, but RVD came back late, hit a Frog Splash, and picked up the win.
- Hulk Hogan was out next. He got a big chant and stopped it by opening with his big line: "Well, let me tell you something, brother!" He brought up the Superdome joke again, then said Daniel Bryan turned WrestleMania into Yes-tleMania. That got a YES chant. He brought out Bryan and led the crowd in their chant. Bryan opened like Hogan before saying this has been the best week of his life. He headlined WrestleMania, won the WWE world heavyweight title, is getting married, and was in the ring with "The Immortal", Hulk Hogan. He said he was a big mark for Hogan growing up. He said he followed every word Hulk said, training and saying his prayers and taking his vitamins. "I have been a Hulkamaniac for as long as I can remember, and this is just an incredibly special moment to me." Bryan asked for Real American to be played and he wanted Hogan to work his gimmick. So they both posed and played to the crowd for a few minutes.
- Bad News Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston was next. Barrett may have been over big on Raw, but he was booed heavily here. He started the match like he did with Rey Mysterio. Remember on Raw, though, Mysterio kicked the mic out of his hands before he could say he had some bad news. This time, he asked for decorum, then popped Kingston, then worked his gimmick. This was great. Kingston immediately took control of the match, however, and remained in control until Barrett hit the Bullhammer Elbow while Kofi was trying to hit Trouble in Paradise. That was all she wrote for this one.
- Santino Marella vs. Fandango was next. Fandango came out alone at first, then put his arm out to introduce Layla, who was dancing with him. For those WWE fans who aren't on Twitter or don't care about social media, Michael Cole caught everyone up on the story of the break up with Summer Rae. The commentators pointed out that Layla is an accomplished dancer. Santino and Emma were clapping watching the two dance in the ring while they were on the outside. The match was short and was really just Layla assisting Fandango in beating Santino so the announcers could put over that she's done more for Fandango already than Summer had in the time before their break up.
- They ran a big video promo for Paige. This was both to introduce her to the audience better and put over her Divas title win over AJ Lee on Raw this week.
- They replayed The Shield helping Daniel Bryan on Raw, then their promo from Main Event. Then they cut to Kane talking to Batista and Randy Orton. He said they have two things in common: Bryan and The Shield. Orton brought up having three things in commong: Bryan, The Shield, and The Usos. Kane wanted to get his hands on Bryan and Batista wasn't okay with that because he wants him first. Orton chimed in with a reminder that he's got a rematch coming first. Kane said they all answer to a higher authority, so they need to stick together. Batista and Orton weren't big fans of this and have never been big fans of Kane, apparently.
- Main event was next, with Bryan teaming with The Usos against Corporate Kane, Batista, and Randy Orton. They ran a scroll really slow on the bottom of the screen reminding everyone that they will pay tribute to Ultimate Warrior on Raw next week. This was a six-man tag, so they worked it like they work all these matches. Heels were in control getting the eat on one Uso, tagging in and out to keep everyone fresh. The camera continued cutting to Bryan begging to get in the match to work his magic. Finally, he got in while Kane was the legal man and his first move was a missile drop kick into a kip up. Batista was sent flying and Bryan ran wild on Kane. They set up a spot with Bryan hitting a suicide dive on Kane only for Batista and Orton to attack. This led to The Usos hitting suicide dives of their own, though Batista did an awful job protecting his guy from a nasty smack on the outside mat. Shortly after, a brawl broke out and they called the match. A double count out? Couldn't tell. Evolution took out The Usos in the ring while Kane was getting ready to put Bryan through a table on the outside. The Shield ran in to make the save. They hopped in the ring but Evolution backed off. Kane tried to come in with a chair while The Shield had their back turned but Bryan hit his flying knee. Then he called on The Shield to hit Kane with the Triple Powerbomb, so they did. "YES" chant to close the show while The Shield's music played.