WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 23, 2016) from Tucson, Arizona with a taped show on the USA Network featuring all the continued fallout from the Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Paradise, Nevada.
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 below.
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!
Chris here. Let's do this.
WWE intro and a recap of Raw and Money in the Bank's main event and Dean Ambrose winning it all.
Seth Rollins comes out to the ring, and note that no boos were edited in for Rollins.
Rollins asks if we remember our childhoods and how our parents told us how hard work can get us anything.
Rollins says that that he is the hardest worker on the roster, and proved it at Money in the Bank when he pinned Roman Reigns right in the middle of the ring for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
It was supposed to be Rollins' night....until Dean Ambrose cashed in his briefcase to steal the WWE WHC.
And now instead of a simple one-on-one match, Rollins has to face Ambrose AND Reigns at Battleground.
It doesn't matter to Rollins. He will still prove that he was the best member of The Shield.
But that's Battleground. As for tonight, Rollins wants to prove that he's more of a man than Ambrose. To do this, he issues an open challenge to any person to face him in tonight's main event.
Who answers? Why, none other than Sami Zayn.
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, SAMI ZAYN EVERYBODY!"
Rollins asks Sami if his master, Kevin Owens, let him off the leash. He then says that Sami is the perfect person for Rollins to make an example of.
Rollins mocks Sami until Dean Ambrose comes out.
Ambrose tells them to stop everything. He calls for a set.
IT'S AMBROSE ASYLUM TIME (Championship Edition)! He makes a slight edit for Championship Edition.
First question to Seth: Why are you being such a jackass? Rollins responds by saying that he doesn't have time for Ambrose's games.
Sami asks a simple question: why wait for the main event when we can do it right now?
Ambrose reasks the question, and Rollins freaks out, saying that everything is done HIS way before storming out of the ring like a petulant child.
"Is he always like this?" - Sami
Oh hey, David Otunga has replaced Jerry Lawler on commentary. Let's see how this goes...
Cesaro vs Alberto Del Rio
As you'd expect, these two had themselves a really fun and competitive match. In the end, Del Rio looked like he was gonna lock in the cross-armbreaker to win. However, Cesaro rolled through and got Del Rio up for the Gotch Neutralizer. That ending sequence needs GIF'd as soon as possible.
Cesaro def Alberto Del Rio
Apollo Crews vs Sheamus
This one was more of Sheamus and Crews beating the hell out of each other instead of a traditional match. In the end, Sheamus Brogue Kicked Crews into the steel ring steps. Crews then got counted out.
Sheamus def Apollo Crews by count-out
Backstage, The Club revels in beating up John Cena lately when The Usos grace us with their presence. They say stuff and The Club gets confused by The Usos. Jimmu challenges AJ, and AJ accepts before saying that "the scary Club" will stay backstage.
Jimmy Uso vs AJ Styles
This was a pretty good one that saw Jimmy get more offense than you'd expect. The ending comes after Jimmy hits AJ with a superkick. The Club comes in to attack Jey, causing Jimmy to dive onto The Club. The distraction allows AJ to dive on Jimmy with a forearm. A second Phenomenal Forearm ends it.
AJ Styles def Jimmy Uso
The Vaudevillains vs The New Day
This happened. New Day rocks.
The New Day def The Vaudevillains
Afterward, The Wyatt Family interrupts for a promo. Bray Wyatt talks about a measure of a man and the power of positivity. The power of positivity brought back The Wyatts, and New Day will find that this was a terrible mistake.
New. Day. Falls.
Bob Backlund tries to make Darren Young great. This time they talk goals.
Greg Hamilton interviews Sami Zayn about his issues with Kevin Owens. After a video, Zayn says that he wanted to end his rivalry with Owens, but that didn't happen.
Renee Young interviews Charlotte and Dana Brooke about tonight's match. I didn't get much because I'm on the phone.
Becky Lynch vs Dana Brooke
Very quick one. After the trademark distraction, Dana wins via roll-up
Dana Brooke def Becky Lynch
Afterward, Charlotte and Dana beat down Becky. Soon after, Sasha Banks comes out to confront Charlotte. She runs Charlotte out of the ring. Dana tries a cheapshot, but Sasha hits her with BO$$ SMASH and locks her in the Bank Statement while gloating at Charlotte.
Dean Ambrose meets up with Seth Rollins and says stuff. Rollins walks away and Ambrose follows, causing Rollins to move faster.
Sami Zayn vs Seth Rollins
Dean Ambrose is on commentary.
This was a really good match that woke this Tuscon crowd up with dueling chants for Sami and Seth. In the end, Seth was able to somehow hit a Pedigree from out of nowhere to win it.
Seth Rollins def Sami Zayn
After the match, Ambrose and Rollins jaw a bit before the inevitable brawl. Ambrose sends Rollins running to end.