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This episode of Smackdown concludes an exciting week of WWE programming. Monday night saw Daniel Bryan stand up to the authority and Wednesday night saw him defeat Kane. Tonight expect to see the escalation of this story line along with the advertised appearance of the Big Show.
This week's show starts out with a recap of Raw with Daniel Bryan standing up to HHH and the Authority. It also shows Bryan's match with Batista and its aftermath.
Batista comes down to the ring and is met with a chorus of boos from the crowd. Michael Cole and JBL say its a mixed reaction but there is nothing mixed about it. Batista gets on the mic and asks again "Where have all the real men in the WWE gone?" and recounts his match last week against Dolph Ziggler. He then talks about his match against Daniel Bryan on Raw calling him a "Goatfaced Troll" and that he is no superhero. He says that he beat Bryan on Monday. Daniel Bryan's music hits and the place goes nuts.
Bryan gets on the mic and says Batista is not a hero either. Batista says that Daniel Bryan is nothing but an overblown fan. Daniel Bryan makes fun of Batista's skinny jeans, that they are cutting off the circulation to his brain. He reminds Batista that he didn't win on Monday. Batista retorts by saying he is bigger faster stronger and smarter than Bryan. He says that the WWE Universe became his universe upon his return and that Daniel Bryan should be thankful for existing in his universe. Daniel Bryan says he doesn't want to exist in a universe where people make fashion choices like Batista's. Kane's music hits and Batista hits Bryan from behind as Kane approaches the ring.
The two team up on Bryan and the Big Show's music hits. Kane and Batista scatter as the Big Show heads into the ring. Vickie Guerrero comes out and sets up a tag team match between the 4 men later in the night
A graphic plays for the Shield
MATCH: Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler
As Christian stands in the ring, a recap plays of Christian attacking Sheamus backstage on Monday night.
Alberto Del Rio joins in on commentary
The match starts out with the two locking up and Christian is sent to the mat with a shoulder block. Christian fights back with some hard right hands. Ziggler hits a big clothesline off the ropes. He then delivers his signature series of elbow drops on the matted Christian. Ziggler covers christian for a 2 count. The action pours out of the ring. Christian slams Ziggler's head into the mat and then catapults him into the steel steps.
The action returns with the momentum in favor of Christian. Ziggler attempts to fight back but is thrown to the mat. Christian slingshots Ziggler's neck into the bottom rope then gets him in a chin lock. Ziggler fights out but is countered by an elbow and back kick. Christian goes on the middle turnbuckle but is countered by Ziggler. Ziggler gets Christian in the corner and hits him with a series of punches followed by a neckbreaker. He gets a 2 count. Christian fights back but is planted by a big DDT from Ziggler. Christian hits ziggler with a big boot to the face. Ziggler fights back and plants Christian face first from the second rope. Del Rio distracts Ziggler from the announce table and Christian hits the Killswitch. He covers Ziggler and gets the 3 count.
WINNER: Christian via pinfall
Christian is interviewed after the match and is asked why he is directing his anger at Sheamus. Shemus' music hits and the two men start to battle. Sheamus goes for the Brogue kick but Christian rolls out of the ring and retreats.
A graphic plays of Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar
The show returns with Ryback and Curtis Axel in the ring. The Usos make their way to the ring.
MATCH: The Usos vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel
The match starts with Axel and Jay in the ring. Ryback is quickly tagged in. Ryback is driven to the corner and Jimmy is tagged in. The two Usos deliver a series of chops. Axel is tagged in and gets Jimmy to the outside. Back in the ring, Axel gets a 2 count and tags in Ryback. He gets Jimmy in a submission hold. Jimmy fights out but is stopped by a knee and scoop slam from Ryback. Ryback goes to the middle rope but Jimmy avoids the headbutt. Jay is tagged in and gains the momentum. He hits a big Samoan Drop on Ryback and follows with a Stinkface. Jay pins Ryback but it is broken up by Axel at 2. Jimmy sends Axel to the outside. Ryback is hit by a double side kick from both Usos. Jimmy dives over the top rope onto Axel and Jay hits the splash on Ryback for the 3 count.
WINNERS: The Usos via pinfall
A recap of Heyman's speech on Monday night plays. The part about CM Punk is omitted and instead it focuses on Heyman and Lesnar talking about ending the Undertaker's streak. The brawl between Lesnar and Mark Henry is also shown with Lesnar delivering the F5 to Henry through the announce table.
A graphic plays for the Undertaker followed by one for the Hall of Fame inductees.
The show returns with an interview with Kane. Kane says that Daniel Bryan didn't really defeat him on Wednesday, he simply got lucky. Kane recalls Bryan's anger issues and inferiority complex. He says he is going to rip Bryan's beard off his face and shove it down his throat.
MATCH: Eva Marie and Natalya vs. AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka
The match starts out with Tamina and Eva Marie. Tamina over powers Eva Marie at first. Eva Marie fights back with an armdrag. Tamina drives Eva Marie into the corner and sends her to the mat. AJ Lee is tagged in. She sends Eva Marie to the mat and gets a 2 count. Tamina is tagged in, delivers a few blows then tags AJ Lee back in. AJ gets Eva Marie in a headlock. Eva fights out and gets the tag to Natalya. Natalya delivers a big clothesline to Aj Lee followed by a series of snap suplexes. She delivers another slam to AJ and pins her. The count is broken up by Tamina. AJ goes for the Black Widow but Natalya reverses and gets her in the Sharpshooter. AJ taps out giving the victory to Eva Marie and Natalya.
WINNERS: Eva Marie and Natalya via submission
The video from Monday plays announcing the late Paul Bearer (aka. Percy Pringle) as the newest inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame.
The Shield comes to the ring for a "Shield Summit". Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns come through the crowd without Seth Rollins.
A recap plays of The Shield's match against the Wyatt Family with Seth Rollins walking away from his team and watching them get beat.
Dean Ambrose gets on the mic and says that he can handle anything except being lied to by one of his own teammates. He calls Rollins to the ring. Rollins comes to the ring and says he was trying to prove the point that the "war" they were fighting wasn't against the Wyatt's but amongst themselves. He says he sacrificed himself on Monday. Dena Ambrose says that while he fought off, Rollins walked off. Seth says that they can go their separate ways and be fine but together they are essentially invincible. He calls for them to remain together as the Shield. He is shoved to the mat by Ambrose. Reigns then shoves Ambrose to the mat. Rollins returns with a slap to the face of Ambrose. He then allows Ambrose to punch him in the face. Rollins gets up and puts out his fist. He is joined by Roman Reigns. After some hesitation Ambrose joins his teammates in their show of solidarity.
A graphic plays for the upcoming tag-team match followed by one for Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus
MATCH: Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
The two lock up. Del Rio drives Sheamus to the corner and delivers a few kicks to his legs. Sheamus fights back and sends Del Rio over the top rope. Sheamus hits a rolling senton then drives Del Rio into the barricade near the time keeper. He send Del Rio back in the ring and delivers a series of knees to Del Rio's face. Del Rio rolls to the outside. Sheamus follows him and Del Rio drives him into the steel steps.
The show returns with Del Rio delivering a big kick to the head of Sheamus as he sits on the top rope. Del Rio goes for a pin and gets a 2 count. Del Rio gets Sheamus in a submission but Sheamus fights out. He goes to kick Sheamus through the middle rope but Sheamus moves. Del Rio is hit by a big clothesline. Del Rio fight back but is slammed to the mat by Sheamus. Sheamus tries to go to the top rope but is stopped by Del Rio. Sheamus does his signature chops from behind to Del Rio's chest. Del Rio fights out and delivers a huge kick to Sheamus. He gets a 2 count. Del Rio goes for the cross arm breaker but Sheamus counters. He hits a backbreaker on Del Rio. Del Rio fights back and gets Sheamus in the cross armbreaker. Sheamus picks up Del Rio and slams him to the mat. Del Rio gets Sheamus in another armbreaker. Sheamus gets to the rope. Del Rio continues his attack by stomping Sheamus in the corner. Del Rio backs off and Sheamus hits him with the Brogue Kick from out of nowhere.
WINNER: Sheamus via pinfall
A video plays of the Wyatt's calling out John Cena. Bray Wyatt says that John Cena feels he has a void inside himself that he needs to fill. Wyatt says that the world was his teacher and that he wants to stand back and warm his hands as "it all burns down".
Batista is interviewed and says that Daniel Bryan is finally facing reality. He says that he can take on Big Show and Bryan by himself and that once that is complete, he can focus on beating Randy Orton so a real man can be the WWE champion.
A promo plays with Josh Matthews introducing the post Smackdown panel. The Panel includes Alex Riley, Booker T and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Each member talks about their favorite moment of the night.
Alexander Rusev and Lana come out. They speak in their native tongue. Lana says (in English) Rusev will invade the WWE.
A graphic plays announcing that Hulk Hogan will be on Raw this week.
Renee Young interviews Big Show and Daniel Bryan backstage. She asks for Bryan's reaction to Batista's comments. Bryan says that if he isn't a real man, then neither is HHH. Big Show cracks another joke about Batista's skinny jeans.
A graphic plays of the Undertake saying he will be at Raw on Monday.
MATCH: Big Show and Daniel Bryan vs. Kane and Batista
A video plays of Michael Cole's interview with HHH about Daniel Bryan
The match starts with Kane delivering a boot to Daniel Bryan's midsection. Kane goes for a cover and gets a 2 count. Bryan changes the momentum by taking down Kane and delivering a flurry of blows on the mat. Big Show is tagged in. He Irish whips Bryan into Kane in the corner. Big Show sends Kane to the opposite corner and follows with a big chop. Kane fights back and tags in Batista. The crowd boos loudly as he enters the ring. Batista and Kane try to double suplex Big Show but he counters by suplexing both men. Batista and Kane role out of the ring. Daniel Bryan is tagged in and delivers a suicide dive to both Kane and Batista.
The action returns with the momentum in favor of Big Show . He delivers a big chop to Batista. Bryan is tagged in and delivers a series of kicks to Batista. He whips Batista to the corner but Batista reverses. Daniel Bryan does his signature backflip over Batista. He continues the fast paced offense before Batista delivers a big spine buster for a 2 count. Kane is tagged back in. Kane tries to superplex Bryan from the top rope but Bryan fights out. He delivers a missile dropkick to Kane. Batista is tagged in and is met with more boos. He delivers a clothesline to Daniel Bryan, driving him to the mat. He then whips Bryan to the corner and elbows his head as it hangs off the mat outside the ring. Bryan tries to fight back but Batista delivers a spear and floors Bryan. Bryan goes for the Batista bomb but Bryan fights out and delivers a huge kick to Batista's head. Kane and Big Show are tagged in. Big Show delivers a splash to Kane in the corner followed by a shoulder block. Bryan is tagged in and delivers a flying headbutt to Kane. Bryan gets a two count before it is broken up by Batista. Big Show fights Batista to the outside. Bryan goes to the second rope but is caught in chokeslam position by Kane. Bryan fights out of the chokeslam and tries to roll up Kane. Big Show reaches in the ring and delivers a KO punch to Kane. Bryan covers Kane and gets the 3 count.
WINNERS: Big Show and Daniel Bryan via pinfall
Overall, not a bad episode of Smackdown. Daniel Bryan is building up some great momentum leading into WrestleMania. Hopefully they have something historic in store for him. While it seems that he will be facing HHH at the biggest show of the year, a triple threat match for the title is still not out of the question. The "Shield Summit" was a good segment. It showed that the Shield remains a dangerous team but you can still sense the tension between Ambrose and the other teammates. The other matches were your typical Smackdown filler matches. It would be great if they somehow tied some of these midcard feuds into the Intercontinental Championship title picture. Putting the likes of Christian, Sheamus, Del Rio and Ziggler into that title hunt would elevate the status of the once prestigious belt and add some beef to these storylines.
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