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Smackdown!: Ambrose, Reigns, Ziggler all winners heading into SummerSlam
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Doesn't it feel like Wrestlemania was only last month? Well, it wasn't and SummerSlam will be here Sunday. The final Smackdown! before the midsummer classic (ed. note: that would be the MLB All-Star Game, not SummerSlam) stops in Seattle, Washington. As always, Michael Cole and JBL call the action before making their way to Los Angeles.

Intercontinental Champion the Miz is dressed to host his own show as the show starts. The guest on Miz TV, tonight, none other than Roman Reigns, but first Miz says he's happy to be headed to LA to be with "his people". Miz goes on to say that he wants to mentor Roman Reigns, as he takes on Randy Orton this Sunday. Miz asks Roman if he is prepared to know he just couldn't quite break through to superstardom. Miz offers to answer any question Roman has; Reigns asks a question with a fist to the mouth. Miz is knocked out of the ring, and thinks better of getting back in with Reigns. Miz cradles his face as he walks to the back. Reigns grabs the mic and promises the Seattle crowd he will beat Randy Orton at SummerSlam.

Match #1 - Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro

Remember when Cesaro won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal and aligned himself with Paul Heyman? Um, yea, neither do I. Ambrose knocks Cesaro out of the ring and then launches himself over the top rope to take out Cesaro again. Back in the ring, Cesaro is able to drive the injured shoulder of Ambrose into the ring post and we go to commercial.

After the break, Ambrose breaks out of a chin lock, but gets blasted in the corner. Ambrose backdrops Cesaro to the floor and follows with a suicide dive. Ambrose gets caught on the top turnbuckle, but a bite to the face sends Cesaro to the mat. Ambrose follows with a DDT, but can't get the pin. Ambrose nearly steals the match with a small package, but Cesaro kicks out. Cesaro looks for a suplex, but Ambrose counters into Dirty Deeds and is able to get the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Dean Ambrose

After the match, Seth Rollins walks out on stage to address his opponent at SummerSlam. Rollins says that he will prove to the WWE Universe that he is the future on the company and he is better than Ambrose.

Backstage, corporate Kane tracks down Miz, but Miz is the one who needs to talk. Miz wants Roman Reigns banned from Miz TV, but Kane has another idea. The Miz will taken on Roman Reigns, tonight.

Match #2 - Dolph Ziggler vs. Titus O'Neal w/ Heath Slater

Why is Slater with Titus? I think it's because they almost ruined the Hulkster's birthday on Monday. It involved a sad looking cake on the Network that shall not be named to Canadians. (Seriously, you guys got a raw deal. No pun intended.) Anyway, Dolph hits the Zig Zag after knocking O'Neal into the corner and covers to get the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

Match #3 - Mark Henry w/ The Big Show vs. Luke Harper w/ Erik Rowan

Even with Big Show at ringside, that doesn't deter Rowan from entering the match. Rowan kicks Mark Henry in the face to save Harper from the World's Strongest Slam. Bug show does chase Rowan and Harper from the ring, though, to save his partner.

Winner via disqualification: Mark Henry

During the break, Corporate Kane order all four men back to the ring for a tag team match.

Match #4 - Mark Henry and The Big Show vs. Luke Harper and Erik Rowan

The time Henry gets to hit the World's Strongest Slam. He drops Rowan after Big Show took care of Harper and then decked Rowan with the KO punch. Henry covers for the win.

Winners via pinfall: Mark Henry and The Big Show

Three weeks ago I was fired up for Steph versus Brie, but now with the whole "Daniel Bryan cheating" thing and Brie getting arrested after Steph did weeks before, I've turned on it.

Match #5 - AJ Lee vs. Eva Marie

AJ is looking for redemption after Paige caused her to lose to Eva of all people. AJ attacks Eva, but it doesn't take long for Paige to come skipping down to ringside. AJ immediately jumps Paige and beats her into the security barrier. AJ loses track of the count and can't make it back into the ring in time. Eva picks up another win.

Winner via count out: Eva Marie

Eva scrambles out of the ring and Paige is able to attack AJ from behind. Paige leaves AJ broken in the ring, while shouting that she loves her.

Match #6 Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Bo Dallas

Bo Dallas is a jobber all ready? Wow, I didn't think it would happen that quickly. Dallas works over the injured ribs of Swagger. Swagger catches Dallas celebrating early and is able to apply the Patriot Lock. Bo quickly taps.

Winner via submission: Jack Swagger

After the match, Lana and Rusev walk out on stage to announce that Rusev will be dedicating his match to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Match #7 Roman Reigns vs. The Miz

Miz tries to protect the moneymaker but leaving the ring. Miz refuses to enter until Reigns backs off. Miz ducks a clothesline and answers with a slap, that just angers Reigns. Miz ducks out of the ring, but Roman catches him and slams him into the security barrier. Back in the ring, The Miz takes down Reigns with a cheap shot to the knee. Miz then catches a boot in the corner and drives his elbow into the leg. He follows by wrapping Roman's leg around the ring post. Miz locks in the figure four, but releases it after punching Reigns in the head. Roman counters another attempt, driving Miz into the ring post. Reigns follows with a Samoan drop and the a straight punch to the face. Miz gets drop kicked in the face and Reigns looks for the Superman punch. Miz rolls out of the ring and heads back up the ramp. Dolph Ziggler is waiting for Miz, though, and the distraction allows Reigns to connect with a Superman punch on the ramp. Miz is rolled back into the ring, where Reigns finishes him off with a spear. Roman covers to get the win.

Winner via pinfall: Roman Reigns

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