Friday, Week 2, July, 2014
WWE Friday Night SmackDown! (Live from Macon Coliseum (GA), 6,736 in Attendance)
Pre-Show: Christina Von Eerie versus Layla
In an awful match that was completely devoid of heat, Layla defeated Christina Von Eerie in 18:16 by pinfall with a Lay-Out. Christina Von Eerie and Layla have pretty good chemistry as opponents, and it lifted the match here. Ultimately it is the former WWE Divas Champion Layla who picks up the all-important victory in this one after hitting Christina Von Eerie with her Lay-Out finishing maneuver. The WWE Universe werenít too bored with this match despite it going on for a long time.
Match Rating: E+
Pre-Show: R-Truth and Christian versus Prime Time Players
In a match that had some good action and average heat, Truth & Christian defeated Prime Time Players in 18:08 when R-Truth defeated Titus O'Neil by pinfall with a What's Up. The Friday Night SmackDown commentary team of Josh Mathews, Joey Styles and Matt Striker take up their positions at ringside prior to this tag team match taking place which sees Truth and Christian get the win over the Prime Time Players of Darren Young and Titus OíNeil after R-Truth pins Titus.
Match Rating: C-
Pre-Show: Justin Gabriel versus Luke Harper
In a bout that had solid in-ring action and average heat, Luke Harper defeated Justin Gabriel in 17:34 by pinfall with a Running Big Boot. As the Friday Night SmackDown commentary team looks on from ringside Luke Harper gets the win over Justin Gabriel.
Match Rating: D+
Friday Night SmackDown kicks off with the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins making his way to the ring. Seth Rollins receives a chorus of boos from the WWE Universe in attendance as he retrieves a microphone from the ringside area. Rollins says that ever since he was the first ever NXT Champion, over a year ago competing inside the NXT Arena in front of the NXT Universe, he knew that he was destined for greatness. Rollins reminds everyone how at his very first Wrestlemania just a few months ago he defeated the Undertaker to end the Undertakerís Wrestlemania undefeated streak. Rollins therefore says he isnít surprised that now he is at the top of the industry as the ďmanĒ and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, that he has Superstars coming at him from so many angles. Rollins says that he understands that the Friday Night SmackDown General Manager Eva Marie wants a marquee title match for Money in the Bank which is why Rollins will put his title on the line in a Fatal Four-Way match against Damien Sandow, Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. However, says Rollins, he thinks itís a bit unfair that he has to take on the Irish madman Sheamus in tonightís non-title main event. The Friday Night SmackDown General Manager Eva Marie then comes to the entrance-way with a microphone in hand and says that Rollins should make the most of his time in the ring with Sheamus tonight as if Sheamus wins the Money in the Bank ladder match and Rollins remains the WWE Champion after Money in the Bank then Rollins may have to face Sheamus again in the not so distant future.
Non-Title: WWE Womenís Champion Naomi versus Tamina
In an awful match that was completely devoid of heat, Naomi defeated Tamina in 6:58 by pinfall with Nightfalls. Naomi and Tamina have great chemistry as opponents, and it showed in their performances tonight.
Match Rating: D-
As Naomi celebrates her victory in front of the WWE Universe, the cheers soon turn to boos as Rain once again rushes to the ring and attacks Naomi from behind before standing over the fallen Womenís Champion.
Non-Title: WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usoís vs. Team Gorgeous (Breeze & Madsen)
In a bout that had solid in-ring action but not much in the way of heat, The Uso's defeated Team Gorgeous in 7:24 when Jey Uso defeated Tyler Breeze by pinfall with an Alley-Us. The Friday Night SmackDown commentary team note how at the Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View Jimmy and Jey will be opponents in the SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder match and may have to fight one another.
Match Rating: D+
The lights go out in the arena and a countdown clock appears on the screen which ticks down to zero before Chris Jericho makes his return much to the delight of the WWE Universe. However before he can say anything Jericho is joined in the ring by Stardust who looks at Jericho in a strange way which causes Jericho to leave the ring with Stardust looking angry.
Non-Title: WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens versus Mark Henry
In a match that had some good action and average heat, Kevin Owens defeated Mark Henry in 7:54 by pinfall with a Package Piledriver. Mark Henry was really off his game tonight which allowed Kevin Owens to get the win.
Match Rating: D+
Following a commercial break Damien Sandow comes to the ring and tells the WWE Universe that at the Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View he will win the Fatal Four-Way match to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
As the WWE Universe cheer Damien Sandow in the ring the lights dim and Bray Wyatt appears on the screen. Bray Wyatt tells Sandow that heís lucky Randy Orton isnít here tonight, but Sandow cuts off Bray and says that he doesnít fear Wyatt or Orton.
Ted DiBiase versus Goldust
In a bout that had solid in-ring action but not much in the way of heat, Goldust defeated Ted DiBiase in 6:43 by pinfall with a Reverse STO. The Friday Night SmackDown commentary team note that Goldust looked very vicious tonight.
Match Rating: D
(Arn Anderson would seriously consider either turning Goldust or trying a new gimmick as he has become a stale character and needs a shake-up.)
Following his victory Goldust takes a microphone from the ringside area to address the WWE Universe. Goldust says that Ted DiBiase may be a second generation Superstar but that Goldust is the most dangerous man on Friday Night SmackDown.
We cut backstage to find Sheamus approaching Mickie James. Sheamus looks Shy and canít look at Mickie in the eye. Mickie asks Sheamus why heís so shy as sheís seen him talking to Hailey Hatred in recent weeks. Sheamus says that Mickie is a former Womenís Champion and makes his belly go all funny.
Antonio Cesaro versus Tyson Kidd
In a match that had some good action and average heat, Antonio Cesaro defeated Tyson Kidd in 8:08 by pinfall with a Neutralizer. Antonio Cesaro was once again accompanied to the ring by his manager Robbie Brookside.
Match Rating: C
Following his victory Antonio Cesaro celebrates with his manager Robbie Brookside in front of the WWE Universe until the US Champion Kevin Owens hits Cesaro in the back of the head with his US Championship title belt.
A video is played hyping the Friday Night SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder match which will see Antonio Cesaro, Sheamus, the US Champion Kevin Owens, the WWE Tag Team Champions Jimmy and Jey Uso as well as Daniel Bryan compete for the briefcase.
We cut backstage to find Mark Henry being consoled by Big Show after Mark Henryís loss earlier tonight. Suddenly, Goldust and Stardust rush into the room and the brothers attack Mark Henry and Big Show until John Cena and Chris Jericho rush into the room to make the save.
Non-Title: WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins versus Sheamus
In a bout that featured great action and great heat from the audience, Seth Rollins defeated Sheamus in 14:58 by pinfall with a Phoenix Splash. Sheamus is improving in Technical skills but itís Rollins who gets the win here.
Match Rating: B
Post-Show: Uncle Elgin versus Wade Barrett
In a bout that had solid in-ring action but not much in the way of heat, Wade Barrett defeated Uncle Elgin in 12:42 by pinfall with The Wasteland. The Friday Night SmackDown commentary team stay at ringside to watch this one.
Match Rating: D
Post-Show: Colt Cabana versus Camacho
In a bout that had solid in-ring action but not much in the way of heat, Colt Cabana defeated Camacho in 12:40 by submission with an Inverted Boston Crab. Steve Lombardi accompanied Camacho to the ring.
Match Rating: E+
Final Show Rating: B-
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