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Smackdown!: Rollins, Kane soften up Ambrose heading into Battleground
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


WWE Battleground is this Sunday and unlike last month for Money in the Bank, the card is pretty much set. Although, there's always room for a surprise or two. As it goes with these shows before a Pay per View, expect a lot of variation on the matches that we will be seeing Sunday.

Dean Ambrose heads to the ring to kick off the show from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Ambrose is looking for revenge after the Authority's goons jumped him backstage on RAW. Something like a three on one attack, won't keep him off Smackdown! though. Ambrose wants to know if that's all they got and calls out Kane, Ambrose and Orton. Rollins pops up on the Titantron, telling Ambrose he is nothing without him. Rollins also says he tweaked his knee, though, and won't be fighting him tonight; instead Ambrose has to face Kane.

Match #1 - Fandango and The Miz vs. Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler

I'm pretty sure all four of these guys are in the Intercontinental Title Battle Royal. In fact, I'm pretty sure every mid-carder is in that match on Sunday. The Miz is more concerned with protecting his "money maker" then his face. I don't have a problem with that, but fellow SLAM! writer, Nick Tylwalk, has pointed out that the "don't hit my pretty face" gimmick has been done to death. Sheamus breaks up a double team with a Brogue Kick to Fandango, which allows Ziggler to hit the Zig Zag on Miz. Dolph covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler

If you live in the US, please order the WWE Network. I'm tired of seeing WWE beg for subscribers every week. It's sad.

Match #2 - Alicia Fox vs. Eva Marie - Special Guest Referee Nikki Bella

Something doesn't seem right here. This doesn't add up, no, doesn't add up at all. And that feeling was correct, as Alicia and Eva stop fighting each other and beat down Nikki in the ring, who is still paying the price for her sister quitting and then slapping Steph.

No Contest

Stardust delivers another bizarre promo with his brother. Big props to Goldust for the Twilight Zone reference, which no one under 30 will get.

Match #3 - Chris Jericho vs. Luke Harper

Before the match, Bray tells Jericho that he remembers everything and calls him a liar and that he needs to focus on saving himself. Harper delivers an uppercut in the corner, but Jericho fights back with chops to the chest and a standing drop kick. Harper is knocked from the ring with a flying forearm and keeps him from entering the ring. Harper hits the floor and we go to break.

After the commercial, Harper drops Jericho with a vertical suplex. Jericho nearly steals the match with a small package, but Harper kicks out and decks Jericho with a right cross. Harper catapults Jericho into the bottom rope. Harper follows with a gator roll and applies a chin lock. Jericho fights back, but cannot lock in the Walls. Harper catches Jericho going for a cross body and slams him to the mat. Jericho catches Harper with a boot and connects with a flying cross body. Harper kicks out and then counters the running bull dog. Jericho kicks out after a powerbomb. Harper blocks a Code Breaker, but Jericho counters a powerbomb into the Walls. Rowan hits the ring, but Jericho fights him off and is able to roll up Harper to get the win.

Winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho

Bray hits the ring with Rowan after the bell, but Jericho is saved by the Usos, who run in to even the odds.

Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger are in the ring to address Lana and Rusev. Unfortunately, this whole story line might be brought to a halt by real world events. Colter says as Americans, we have the right to criticize our own government, but outsiders need to shut it. Lana and Rusev walk out on stage to deliver their rebuttal, which entails calling Americans stupid and Swagger will get crushed.

Match #4 - Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston

With the fight on the floor, ADR whips Kofi to the apron, but Kofi leaps into the ring, reverses his momentum and hits Del Rio with a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Kofi hits a Boom Drop, but Del Rio rolls out of the ring to avoid Trouble in Paradise. Del Rio gets Kofi caught upside down in the corner, and drives both feet into his chest. Del Rio pulls him to the middle of the ring and covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Alberto Del Rio

Backstage, Fandango tries to fix his lady problems. He tells Summer and Layla they will be back when he wins the IC belt. Summer tells him that they know he has a third women in his life. Bo Dallas offers some inspiration adn all he has to do is BOLIEVE!

Match #5 - Summer Rae and Layla vs. Paige and AJ Lee

AJ makes a blind tag so she can get Summer to tap to the Black Widow. Paige isn't happy and stares her down after the bell, but then relents and gives her a hug.

Winner via submission: AJ Lee and Paige

Not only are the Usos tag team champs, they are also SONIC pitchmen.

Backstage, Rollins tries to get on the same page with Kane. Kane says he will deal with Orton on his own. Rollins asks Kane to leave a little bit of Ambrose for him at Battleground.

Match #6 Dean Ambrose vs. Kane

Ambrose attacks Kane before bell and knocks him from the ring. Kane fights back with a shot to the injured shoulder and the bell rings to start the match. Kane goes to work on the injured shoulder of Ambrose and then whips him into the corner. Ambrose gets a boot up and follows with a DDT off the top rope. Kane goes to one knee after a drop kick and the Ambrose delivers a missile drop kick from the top turnbuckle. Kane looks for the choke slam, but Ambrose counters and sends him to the floor. Ambrose follows with a suicide dive. Kane recovers and drives Ambrose into the ring steps. Ambrose floats over a tombstone attempt and shoves Kane into the ring post. Ambrose is jumped from behind from Rollins. The ref calls for the bell.

Winner via pinfall: Dean Ambrose

The attack continues with Kane choke slamming Ambrose in the ring. Rollins taunts him and has Kane lay him on the ring steps. Rollins delivers a curb stomp on the steel steps. The show ends with Rollins standing over a broken Ambrose in the ring.

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