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Smackdown!: Roman Reigns is the last man standing heading into Money in the Bank
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Money in the Bank is Sunday and to say WWE really didn't have a strong plan going into the Pay-per-View would be an understatement. As of this taping, there were only 4 matches on the card. Fortunately, two more matches were added Friday afternoon, Rusev will be taking on Big E, while Layla will taken on Summer Rae with Fandango as the ref. So, don't except many surprises tonight from Smackdown!

Seth Rollins and the rest of the evolved Evolution are in the ring to kick of the show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hunter is all ready trying to name this era of WWE. No matter what you say, Trips, this is the Reality Era, not the Authority Era. Hunter sells Money in the Bank, intoning that Orton will win the WWEWHC and Rollins will walk away with the briefcase. Rollins infers that Orton might not get the job done and Hunter has to make the peace. The COO tells them to trust each other, because he trusts them both. Hunter goes on to address the thorn in Rollins' side, Dean Ambrose. He has some bad news, though; Ambrose has to take on Bad News Barrett, now.

Dolph Ziggler of all people, walks out on stage, knowing that he'll probably taking a beating and pushed even further down for saying this, but by turning his back on his brothers, Rollins has done the worst thing ever. Hunter is glad that Dolph has shown some initiative and tonight he will catch a beating, from Seth Rollins.

Match #1 - Bad News Barrett vs. Dean Ambrose

Barrett knees Ambrose out of the ring after he ties him up in the ropes. Ambrose floats over a pump handled slam and plants him with a reverse DDT, aka Dirty Deeds. Ambrose covers to get the win.

Winner via pinfall: Dean Ambrose

After the bell, Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring. Ambrose is looking to fight, but instead Swagger attacks the dirty foreigner Barrett. Swagger goes for the Patriot Lock, but Ambrose cuts him down with a suicide dive through the ropes. Rollins runs in from the crowd and attacks Ambrose from behind and curb stomps him in the ring.

That was a good brawl, but I'm afraid I have some bad news. Wade Barrett legitimately separated his shoulder and his status is unknown for Sunday. Sorry, that's the Reality Era for you.

Match #2 - Paige vs. Cameron

So Total Divas is available to stream on the WWE Network. I would rather watch a marathon of the Great Khali's greatest matches. All that show does is teach you to hate every Diva on it, especially Cameron. Naomi joins the announcers since she is facing Paige on Sunday. Paige hits the Paige Turner and covers to get the win.

Winners via pinfall: Paige

After the match, Naomi and Paige have a stare down, until Cameron attacks from behind. Naomi breaks it up, but still almost comes to blows with Paige.

Luke Harper and Erik Rowan cut a promo for their championship match. And Rowan cutting a promo means saying nothing and wearing that creepy sheep mask.

Match #3 - Sheamus vs. Bray Wyatt w/ Luke Harper and Erik Rowan

The Usos run down to even the odds, but inevitably Harper and Rowan interfere, getting Bray disqualified. The Usos help Sheamus clear the ring, taking out Rowan and Harper. Sheamus avoids a Sister Abigail, but can't connect with the Brogue Kick as Bray ducks out of the ring.

Winner via DQ: Sheamus

Byron Saxton is back in the locker room with Goldust and his new partner Stardust. They have been challenged by Rybaxel to a match on Sunday. Goldie is very impressed with his brother and accepts the challenger.

Match #4 - Rob Van Dam and Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio and Cesaro

Paul Heyman joins the announce table, and refuses to answer any of Michael Cole's questions. Del Rio counters the Five Star Frog splash from RVD and is able to lock in the cross arm breaker. RVD taps.

Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio and Cesaro

After the bell, Cesaro jumps ADR and plants him with a Neutralizer.

Renee Young is backstage with The Usos. She asks them about facing the Wyatt's on Sunday, and the champs say there are bringing the entire arsenal on Sunday.

Match #5 Rusev w/ Lana vs. Sin Cara

Rusev and Lana are in the ring to take shots at Pittsburgh and Rusev then crushes Sin Cara. After a thrust kick, Rusev locks in the Accolade and Sin Cara taps.

Winner via submission: Rusev

After the bell, Big E walks out on stage to address the Bulgarian Brute. E has seen and heard enough; getting in Rusev's face. Lana holds him back and orders him to leave the ring. Big E fends off an attack and Rusev finally heads to the back.

In case you missed it, Vicki Guerrero got fired on Monday night, but did throw Steph into a pool of pudding, so she has that going for her.

Match #6 - Kane vs. Roman Reigns

Roman tackles Kane to the mat and then works him over in the corner. Reigns follows with a body slam. Kane answers with a DDT. Reigns runs into a big boot, but is able to kick out of the pin. Reigns powers out of the pin after sidewalk slam, but then gets kicked in the face. The fight spills to the floor and Kane in driven into the ring steps. Back in the ring, Reigns connects with a flying clothesline and follows with the Superman punch. Reigns looks for the spear, but Randy Orton runs in. The ref calls for the bell, as Orton stomps away at Reigns in the corner.

Winner via DQ: Roman Reigns

Orton helps Kane to his feet, but then turns into a Superman punch. Kane is still able to choke slams Reigns, though, and goes out to grab a ladder. The Demon sets up the ladder underneath the title belts hanging from the rafters. Kane walks away though, allowing Orton to climb up and grab the belts. Orton poses in the ring, before telling Kane to back off of Reigns. Orton looks for the punt, but Reigns gets to his feet and cuts him down with a spear. Reigns then catches Kane with a spear. Reigns picks up the belts and ends the showing standing tall in the ring with titles raised.

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