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Smackdown: One down, two to go for Jericho
By NICK TYLWALK - SLAM! Wrestling


Hey, why is Raw only two hours tonight? And why is it on SyFy instead of USA? Wait a minute ... That's right. It's Friday, and this is Smackdown, not Raw. You know what? I'm recapping this anyway. Let's head to Corpus Christi, Texas, not at all live on SyFy.

Match 1 - Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro

Zeb Colter implies that Cesaro might be an illegal immigrant, which is pretty funny considering he used to be part of the Real Americans. Swagger is able to win a fairly evenly fought match, dodging a big boot and locking in the Patriot Lock until Cesaro taps out. Rusev comes out after the bell, with Lana declaring the Russian flag the “real red, white and blue.” In an almost inevitable move, Lana challenges Swagger to face Rusev in a Flag Match at SummerSlam. Zeb gets all real Americans within the sound of his voice to help him accept.

Randy Orton comes out to speak a little more about his displeasure due to getting passed in the pecking order for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship title shot by Brock Lesnar. He doesn’t blame Lesnar, though, he says Roman Reigns is the cause of his problems. To that end, he rolls footage from Raw, where he tried to take Reigns out of the equation with a vicious assault. Orton dares Reigns to face him at SummerSlam, using a rather lengthy snake analogy to describe what he’ll do to the former Shield member.

Match 2 - R-Truth vs. Bo Dallas

Maybe Truth just has Dallas’ number. He comes out firing here, battering Bo outside the ring. Dallas gets in his share of offense, but Truth manages a bunch of near falls. Dallas snaps when Truth is stuck in the corner, administering a continuous beating that won’t stop even when the ref says it should. It’s Bo’s second straight loss, this time via disqualification. He keeps dishing out punishment for a while before explaining how his losing streak affects his ability to Bo-lieve. Hint: it doesn’t.

Match 3 - Rosa Mendes vs. AJ Lee

Mendes shouts that she wants a Divas title shot, but after stumbling into the Black Widow and being forced to submit in mere seconds, her case isn’t exactly a strong one. Lee backs up the ramp, so she doesn’t see Paige coming from behind to throw her off the stage and right into a camera. Oh yeah, but they’re still friends.

Dean Ambrose isn’t scared just because Seth Rollins has “Uncle Kane” on his side tonight. We all have an uncle like that, right? One who can magically make pyro erupt with just a gesture? No?

Match 4 - Kane and Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Despite his tough talk, Rollins appears very willing to let Kane do the heavy lifting here. A big portion of the heels’ offense focuses on Ambrose’s injured arm. Dean manages to weather the storm, getting both of his enemies out to the floor and then diving onto both of them. Kane gets his face slammed into the steel steps, leaving Rollins helpless against a full-on assault -- but only for a minute. Kane recovers and hurls Ambrose over the restraining wall. Dean comes back in with a chair, getting himself disqualified. Kane has thoughts of a chokeslam on the chair, but Ambrose reverses it into a DDT. Rollins has seen enough, slinking back up the ramp while Ambrose gives Kane a few more chair shots.

Renee Young welcomes Chris Jericho, but it isn’t very welcoming to make Y2J watch footage of the Wyatt Family beating him down over the past two weeks.Chris knows he can’t beat the three-on-one odds, which is why he really needs to beat Erick Rowan to ensure he is banned from ringside at SummerSlam. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to get a victory, promising the Wyatts will never, ever be the same again.

I think Stardust is starting to weird out Goldust. And that’s saying something.

Match 5 - Fandango vs. Diego

For a mid-carder, Diego sure has a large entourage. El Torito, Summer Rae and Layla are all in his corner again, and the ladies prevent Fandango from menacing the little bull. A tango between the girls and the bull distracts Fandango enough that he’s easy prey for the Backstabber, and the dancer takes another ‘L.’

Match 6 - Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler

The Miz takes some time out from his busy acting schedule (ahem) to join the commentators. Michael Cole actually is pretty funny asking Miz what Hollywood projects he has in the works. He interrupts the match to thank more people during his acceptance speech … for something. Meanwhile Ziggler almost gets the win with a Famouser, but he finally gets fed up with Miz and chases him into the crowd. That was a detour Dolph couldn’t afford to make, and Del Rio takes advantage with the cross arm breaker to grab a submission win.

The Raw Rebound recaps the angle du jour, which is the Brie Bella-Stephanie McMahon saga. Brie tells Cole in an exclusive WWE.com interview that she doesn’t care about the day after SummerSlam or the day after that, because no matter what happens to her, Steph will have to live with the memory of getting humilated in front of the entire WWE Universe in Los Angeles.

Bray Wyatt has some more words for Jericho, saying that after SummerSlam, he won’t be able to save anyone, especially himself.

Main Event - Erick Rowan vs. Chris Jericho

Rowan’s strength and size prove difficult for Jericho to handle in the early going. A springboard dropkick that knocks Rowan to the outside helps change the momentum, and when Luke Harper tries lending a hand, the referee evicts him from ringside. Commercial time. We return to find Jericho getting tossed around like a rag doll, and Jericho getting carried and slammed into the post makes Wyatt especially happy from his vantage point in his rocking chair. Y2J manages to hit a DDT for a near fall, and a missile dropkick earns him another. Rowan responds with a spin kick to get a two count, but an enzuigiri and a low dropkick set up a Jericho Lionsault that forces him to kick out at two. A Rowan boot catches Jericho coming off the top rope and nearly ends it, but Y2J is able to hurl his foe into the corner and catch him with a Codebreaker to earn the victory. As the show fades out, Jericho signals to Wyatt that it’s one down, two to go. See you next week!