WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 16, 2015) from Birmingham, Alabama with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring the go home show to the upcoming Battleground pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this Sunday night in St. Louis.
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!
BaconStrips here. Let's do this.
Roman Reigns comes out to start this show.
Reigns says that his feud with Bray Wyatt started all the way back at Money in the Bank, and despite all his attempts, he has not gotten to Reigns at all. He tells Wyatt to stay out of his business tonight as he announces a match: Him and Dean Ambrose vs Sheamus and Big Show.
As Reigns keeps going on, Bray Wyatt appears on the Titantron and says that he's impressed. He calls Reigns "the perfect combination of brutality and brains." He also says that Wyatt "felt" Reigns' presence on Raw, and he can see why everyone believes in Reigns
After calling Reigns a stone monument of all that is right or whatever, Wyatt vows to crush the monument at Battleground. Reigns tells Wyatt to come out like a man, but Wyatt just blows it off. He eventually says that he's capable of some truly bad things, and that their fun is just beginning.
Reigns drops a fact, however: Wyatt did run away from Reigns at Raw. Wyatt enjoys this, saying that this fire is what he has been trying to draw out of Reigns. Wyatt tells Reigns to apologize to everyone he loves because he may not come home after Battleground.
Anyone but you...
The New Day vs Lucha Dragons
Honestly, I was outside helping someone out, so I missed this one. My apologies.
The New Day def The Lucha Dragons
After, The New Day cut a promo on the Primetime Players, who were on commentary.
Jack Swagger vs King Barrett
Standard fare here with nothing to write home about. Barrett gets the win here.
King Barrett def Jack Swagger
Afterwards, Barrett cuts a promo on R-Truth, who shows his lovely face.
A hype video airs for Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins
Cesaro, on his way to the ring, receives a "good luck, buddy" from Kevin Owens
Cesaro vs Rusev
This was a very good, long, and physical match. Both men hit some big moves on each other, and they just kept on coming back for more. Cesaro got hit with DAT KICK twice, but he kept on fighting and reversed a Rusev headbutt into a Swiss Death. He followed this up with the Neutralizer for the win.
Cesaro def Rusev
And if you're keeping score at home, this is the first time on the main roster that Rusev has legitimately been pinned clean.
Rich Brennan interviews Sheamus. Sheamus hits on Brennan being little and starts talking about the beating him and Big Show are going to unleash on Ambreigns. Yes, we will be entertained.
Neville vs Stardust
Before this match, a very cool, comic-book inspired video package is played.
Like on Raw, this was a fun and fast-paced match albeit short. Stardust tried to cheat again when the ref caught him. Neville took advantage and used a modified victory roll for the win (and he teased the poison frankensteiner...little stinker).
Neville def Stardust
Backstage, Rich Brennan interviews Neville about his win as Stardust stalks them. Stardust finally attacks and tells Neville to "be my hero"
Recap of Team Bella meeting their match due to the debut of Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte.
After the video, Jojo asks Naomi, Tamina, and Sasha about the video. Naomi says that the odds have been evened with Sasha on their side. Sasha says that it's THEIR time to shine. Naomi says that they're bad and other stuff. Sasha says we can bank on that, and they leave (except Tamina, who eyes Jojo before leaving).
Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns vs Big Show and Sheamus
This was a pretty standard tag match that started getting fun toward the end when Ambrose reversed a Big Show chokeslam into a DDT through the announce table. Inside, Reigns was going to spear Sheamus when Bray Wyatt attacked, causing a DQ.
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose def Big Show and Sheamus by DQ
After the bell, Reigns took Wyatt out with a Superman Punch after escaping Sister Abigail and speared Sheamus shortly after.