Smackdown!: The Shield handed their first loss heading into Payback
DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
Payback is coming. On Sunday, in fact, but before the Pay-per-View there is one last Smackdown! that will try to entice you into dropping sixty bucks on a show that runs shorter than a run-of-the-mill Monday Night Raw. Michael Cole and JBL bring us the action from Greensboro, North Carolina.
Daniel Bryan kicks off the show by addressing the crowd. Bryan has always thought he would be World Heavyweight Champion, but he never thought he would lose it in 18 seconds. He also thought he could win the Tag Team belts with anyone, but didn't think it would be with Kane. Bryan invites Kane to the ring, who is only interested in their six man tag against The Shield later tonight. Bryan wants to talk about Payback, where Kane will not be his partner. Bryan says when he wins, Kane will no longer be his partner. Kane says the same thing will happen when he beats Dean Ambrose for the US title. Bryan will be a part of team RK-No. Kane doesn't think they can win, because Bryan despises Randy Orton. Bryan wants to prove he is not the weak link, in fact he call Kane the weak link. Kane doesn't take kindly to that, but Randy Orton stops Kane from hurting his partner. Orton needs him at %100, and threatens Kane with an RKO. Bryan tells Orton he didn't ask him to come down. Kane wants no part of this argument and starts to walk away, when The Shield appears on the Titantron. The Shield says they just want to watch, but they do say that they are unstoppable.
Match #1 - Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro
Damien Sandow walks out on stage to address Sheamus. Sandow pretty much tells Sheamus that he will beat him on Sunday. Cesaro and Sheamus lock up; fighting into the corner. Cesaro slaps Sheamus, enraging the Irish Warrior. Sheamus drives Cesaro into the turnbuckle and then drops him with a clothesline. Cesaro takes Sheamus down with a gut wrench and unleashes some amateur wrestling moves. Sheamus catches Cesaro leaping off the apron and tosses him into the security barrier. We go to commercial.
After the break, Cesaro is in control after slamming Sheamus into the ring steps. Back in the ring, Cesaro applies a chin lock, that Sheamus fights out of with a back body drop. Cesaro catches Sheamus coming off the ropes with a clothesline. Sheamus responds with a high knee and catches Cesaro on the apron. Sheamus lands a series of clubbing blows across the chest and looks for White Noise. Cesaro fights him off, but walks right into a Brogue Kick out of the corner. Sheamus covers to get the win.
Winner via pinfall: Sheamus
Sheamus basks in the glory of his win, only to get jumped from behind by Damien Sandow.
No one knows for sure if CM Punk will show up on Sunday to face Chris Jericho, but WWE is betting he will, showing a video package announcing his return. (Plus the Chicago Blackhawks don't play that night, so he should be there.)
Teddy Long is on the phone plugging Samckdown's sponsor. He is then interrupted by World Champion Dolph Ziggler and company as he is about to chow down. Ziggler isn't happy about wrestling in a tag team match, tonight. And then Big E eats half of Teddy's burger.
Match #2 – The Great Khali w/ Natalya and Hornswoggle vs. Heath Slater w/ Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre
See kids, this is why you DVR the show and start it 30 minutes late. That way you can fast forward though dreck like this. Slater pins Khali after a DDT.
Winner via pinfall: Heath Slater
Match #3 – Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho w/ Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston w/ AJ Lee
Ziggler wants nothing to do with Del Rio, tagging in Big E to start the match. Langston drives Del Rio into the corner, but Del Rio fights back and is able to tag Jericho in. Y2J catches E with an enziguri and follows with a low drop kick. Ziggler softens up Jericho, but Big E can't capitalize, allowing Del Rio to tag in. Ziggler bails out on Del Rio and we go to break.
After the commercials, Jericho tosses Langston out of the ring. AJ slaps Jericho in the face, allowing Langston to get the upper hand. Del Rio gets the hot tag and is finally able to get his hands on Ziggler. Del Rio hits a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Langston jumps in, decking Del Rio. Jericho clears out Langston, but Ziggler is on his feet. The champ walks over to Del Rio, who was playing possum. Del Rio quickly rolls Ziggler up and gets the pin with a small package.
Winner via pinfall: Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho
Backstage, Renee Young gets a word with Chris Jericho, who says his match with Punk has taken on a life of its own. Jericho says although Punk is the hometown favorite, he has had a lot of great moments there. Paul Heyman stops by and wishes Jericho the best of luck. Heyman then points out luck is for losers. Jericho knocks the microphone into Heyman's mouth and walks off.
Match #4 – Kaitlyn vs. Aksana
Kaitlyn got catfished by AJ on Monday night, way to be six months behind on that trend WWE. Kaitlyn is still so upset by getting emotional crushed she snaps on Aksana. Aksana tries to fight back, but is overwhelmed by the Diva's champ. Aksana breaks free and runs back up the ramp.
Match #5 – Curtis Axel w/ Paul Heyman vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett asks Heyman why are they are having this match, because it's bad for business, someone could get hurt. The Miz walks out and wants to see them fight. The audience backs him up and the bell rings. Barrett kicks Axel out of the ring, and stares down The Miz when he leaves the ring. Axel charges Barrett, who dodges the move, and Axel decks The Miz. Barrett gets caught with a swinging neck breaker coming into the ring; Axel covers and gets the win.
Winner via pinfall: Curtis Axel
After the bell, Miz hits Axel with the Skull Crushing Finale.
We get another look at the Wyatt family. Bray Wyatt looks like he should be bidding on storage lockers, somewhere.
Match #6 – The Shield vs. Kane, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton
Bryan and Rollins start off the match. Bryan snaps Rollins to the mat and tags in Kane, who connects with a drop kick. Rollins goes to work on Bryan in the corner and tags in Ambrose. Orton gets a hot tag, taking out every member of The Shield. He sets up Ambrose and Rollins for the elevated DDT, but Reigns makes the save and we go to break.
After the commercials, Ambrose has Orton laid out. Orton sidesteps a charge from Reigns, who catches all ring post. Kane tags in, and hits a sidewalk slam on Ambrose. Kane misses a flying forearm Bryan makes a blind tag. He knocks Ambrose from the ring and then throws himself in Rollins in the corner. Bryan catches Reigns with a kick and nearly gets the pin on Rollins. Bryan climbs the turnbuckle, fights off Ambrose, but misses the splash on Rollins. Bryan kicks out of the quick pin. Kane clears the ring, but is tossed out by Reigns, who follows with a spear to Orton. Kane slams Reigns and Ambrose into the time keepers area. Rollins misses a splash from the top, allowing Bryan to apply the LeBell lock to Rollins. Rollins taps out and The Shield suffers their first team loss.
Winner via submission: Kane, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @Dplummer627