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Smackdown!: The Authority and Evolution keep pressure on The Shield
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Luke Harper gets rather excited while working against the Usos. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea



Since Wrestlemania The Shield has dominated the spotlight. Dean Ambrose lost his US title after being put in a 20 man Battle Royal, and Evolution has been targeting the group that once worked for Triple H. Dean Ambrose will get his rematch, tonight, in Buffalo, though.

Match #1 - Sheamus (Champion) vs. Dean Ambrose (Challenger) - United States Title Match

Ambrose comes to the ring, alone. Ambrose takes Sheamus to the mat, only to get locked in a head lock. A shoulder block sends Ambrose to the mat and Sheamus works on the arm. The two trade punches in the middle of the ring and then spill to the floor. Ambrose is bounced off the announces table, but answers with a suplex. Back in the ring, Sheamus misses a spear and eats the ring post. Ambrose connects with a suicide dive through the ropes. Ambrose rolls Sheamus into the ring and locks in a figure four. Sheamus is able to break the hold and hits the Irish Curse back breaker. The US champ follows with a cloverleaf, but Ambrose is able to force a break by getting to the ropes. Sheamus catches Ambrose on the apron and clubs away at his chest. Ambrose nearly gets kicked out of the ring, but recovers, exploding off the ropes with clothesline. Sheamus responds with a massive Brogue Kick that sends Ambrose crashing out of the ring. Ambrose gets back into the ring just under the ten count. Ambrose walks into another Brogue Kick allowing Sheamus to get the win.

Winner via pinfall and still United States Champion: Sheamus

Match #2 RVD and Big E vs. Cesaro and Bad News Barrett w/ Paul Heyman


Barrett delivers some bad news about climate change as thousands of deniers start writing angry letters to WWE. RVD is also sporting one heck of the shiner during this match. And it can't feel good as Barrett lays him out with a clothesline on the floor. Barrett takes care of RVD on the outside, allowing Cesaro to hit Big E with the Neutralizer. Cesaro covers to get the win.

Winners via pinfall: Cesaro and Bad News Barrett

Match #3 - Alexander Rusev w/ Lana vs. Kofi Kingston

Nothing like preying on current political tensions by having Lana profess her love of Mother Russia and Vladimir Putin. Kofi keeps his distance with kicks and his quickness. A fierce thrust kick send Kofi to the mat. Rusev catches Kofi, slamming him to the mat. Lana calls for Rusev to finish him and he locks in the Accolade. Kofi taps.

Winner via submission: Alexander Rusev

Bray Wyatt cuts another promo on John Cena; questioning Cena's judgment.

Match #4 - Fandango and Layla vs. Santino and Emma - Mixed Tag Team Match

Please end this feud and split up Emma/Santino so Emma can take on Paige for the Diva's title. If you missed it, those two did some excellent work in NXT. Emma pulls out her own cobra, but a distraction by Fandango allows Layla to get the pin with a roll-up.

Winners via pinfall: Fandango and Layla

Match #5 Roman Reigns vs. Mark Henry

So what you will about Mark Henry, but the guy will do whatever he is asked. Tonight, they need him to be a heel. Henry says that he a score to settle with Reigns, since he received a beating at the hands of The Shield. Henry taunts Reigns and tosses him out of the ring. Reigns is selling the beating he took from Evolution. Reigns is able to get to his feet before Henry can splash him. Reigns gets Henry up, hitting a Samoan drop. Reigns finishes him off with a spear.

Winner via pinfall: Roman Reigns

After the match, Big E shows his mean streak, destroying Titus. Big E smashes him into the announce table and security barrier, before tossing him back into the ring and standing tall over him.

Bray is back with another creepy promo.

Match #6 3MB vs. Los Matadores

Okay, this was cute for a while, but this feud has run its' course. Slater tags himself in, only to get pinned by EL Torito after a moonsault.

Winners via pinfall: Los Matadores

Match #7 Seth Rollins vs. Batista

Batista dominates Rollins to start the match, sending him to the floor. The Animal keeps Rollins grounded, smashing him into the turnbuckle and then delivering a massive suplex. Rollins is also selling his beating from Monday. He is able to shove Dave into the ring post, then delivers a series of fore arm shivers. Rollins lands on the apron, catching Batista with a kick but then runs right into a spine buster. Batista goes for the Bomb, but Rollins is able to float over and hits an enziguri. Rollins goes up top, but Batista sees him coming and slams him into the announce table. Batista makes it back into the ring, but Rollins doesn't and the Animal picks up the win.

Winner via count out: Batista

After the bell, Batista rolls Rollins back into the ring to deliver more punishment with a Batista Bomb.

Match #8 John Cena and The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family

Cena unloads on Erik Rowan to start the match, sending him tagging out after a suplex. Harper enters the ring and Cena takes the fight to him. Jey Uso tags in, decking Harper into the corner. Rowan and Harper work over Jimmy in the corner. Bray tags in, not allowing Jey to make a tag. Bray with a splash in the corner and follows with a crab walk. Jey still can't make a tag. A low bridge sends Bray to the floor. Harper is still able to cut Jey off from a tag, though, and uses a Gator Roll to get Jey in a head lock. Harper delivers a big boot and Rowan tags in. Jey avoids a splash and Jimmy finally gets the hot tag. He knocks Bray down with a heel kick and follows with a splash in the corner. Jimmy cleans house with a series of super kicks and a brawl breaks out on the floor. Jey takes out Bray and Rowan as the attack Cena. In the ring, Harper explodes into Jimmy with a clothesline and is able to get the pin.

Winners via pinfall: The Wyatt Family

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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627