Smackdown TV Report for September 24th, 2015 – “Side A or Side B?”
Introduction Segment: Video Promo and Arena Promo
Night Of Champions and Raw is recapped with a video montage, then we go live to the arena in Corpus Christi, Texas. Eden Stiles asks us to welcome the Director Of Operations, Kane. The (former) “Big Red Machine” is thrilled to be back, and books a couple of bouts for the night. Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens will partner with Rusev to face Dolph Ziggler and Ryback; Roman Reigns will take on Luke Harper; and Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, and Braun Strowman are banned from ringside.
He is about to announce another match when WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins comes out on stage. Kane is happy to see him too, but Rollins can’t figure out what’s going on with him. He accuses Kane of still being “the demon” despite wearing corporate attire now. The 7-footer almost turns to that side, but backs down. Seth alludes that Kane needs professional help, psychologically, but Kane will just “take that under advisement.” The WWE World Heavyweight Champion can’t believe it, and Kane puts him in a match against Dean Ambrose, later!
Rich Brennan, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Booker T. address us from the announce table. Booker speculates that Kane now has Split-Personality Disorder, but Lawler thinks that Kane is just playing it up to …. Rollins.
Roman Reigns makes his entrance to meet Luke Harper!
Match #1: Single – Roman Reigns VS. Luke Harper
Luke kicks to begin and tries a powerbomb immediately, but Roman blocks and tries one of his own. Harper slides out and the two fight on the outside. Luke is tossed back in the ring and given a big suplex. Reigns whips Luke into the ropes and attempts a Samoan Drop but Harper elbows out. Roman puts Luke into the corner and clotheslines him ten times, then slugs away on the opposite side.
They brawl back on the floor, with Luke giving Reigns a big boot-to-the-face. Back in the ring, Harper impressively slingshots himself from the apron onto Roman with a senton splash! He powerbombs Reigns for a near-fall, then measures him up. He goes for the Discus Clothesline, but Roman counters with a Superman Punch and the Spear; he covers for the victory!
Winner via Pinfall: Roman Reigns
Up next, Neville and The Lucha Dragons will be in Six-Man Tag-Team wrestling with Tag-Team Champions The New Day!
Match #2: Six-Man Tag-Team – Tag Team Champions The New Day (Xavier Woods, Big E., and Kofi Kingston) VS. Neville and The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara)
Prior to the bout, all three New Day members cut a promo about defeating The Dudley Boyz on October 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. That match will be for the Tag-Team Championship
Neville and Kofi start out, then Neville tags in Kalisto, who flips around. Kofi retreats with New Day for a break.
Kalisto is now wrestling Big E, with the big man taking control. New Day triple-kick Kalisto repeatedly in the corner, while Xavier sounds off with the trombone. Kofi is the legal man and kicks Kalisto in the head, then clamps on an armlock after only two.
Cara is tagged in and flies all over Woods. This breaks down, with Dragons and Neville getting the best of New Day. Neville, Cara, and Kalisto triple-dive onto the New Day from the ring to the floor! Cara and Xavier are left in the ring, and Xavier knees Sin in the head and gets the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winners via Pinfall: Tag-Team Champions The New Day (Xavier Woods, Big E., and Kofi Kingston)
Post-match, The New Day celebrates on the announcer’s table with more trombone playing and dancing!
Match #3: Single – Cesaro VS. Bo Dallas
Before this commences, Dallas tells Cesaro to “Bo-lieve” to get better. An elbow/collar tie-up is first, then Dallas engages in a wristlock. Cesaro kips up and rolls Dallas around in a couple pin combos. Cesaro continues to control until Bo elbows him out of the corner. Dallas gives Cesaro a forearm into the lower back and wears him down. Cesaro reverses later into another new pin combo that finishes this one!
Winner via Pinfall: Cesaro
Segment #2: Photo/Video Promo
A recall of Charlotte’s Divas Title win from Night Of Champions and her interview with her father, Ric Flair, from Raw is shown. She will be out after.
Segment #3: Arena Promo
Divas Champion Charlotte, followed by Becky Lynch, comes to the ring. She puts over Nikki Bella for her long reign, and thanks the fans for their support. “The future has never been brighter.”
Former P.C.B. partner Paige walks out. She tries to make peace, but Charlotte and Becky aren’t buying. Natalya now interrupts, which displeases Paige. She is very satisfied with the way the Divas Division has gone, and is going. She puts over Paige for when she won the Divas Champion, but isn’t sure why the change of attitude in her. Paige responds by slapping her, after declaring that Natalya “let the Divas Revolution pass you by.” Paige walks off and mocks the Flair Strut on the stage.
Match #4: Tag-Team – Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens and Rusev (with Summer Rae) VS. Dolph Ziggler and Ryback
Ryback and Kevin go to start, but Owens quickly switches with Rusev. Instead of Ryback, Rusev asks for Dolph, so he gets him and begins to pick apart Ziggler. He yells at Dolph, but “The Show Off” hits back with a dropkick. His comeback doesn’t last long, as Rusev gives him a twisting slam then is tagged by Owens. Both he and Rusev dominate Ziggler for a bit until Dolph leaps on Rusev with a DDT!
Kevin is back in control over Dolph. He also taunts Ziggler as he works him over. Rusev back in and stomps away. Owens does the same and scoop-slams Dolph, then prompts Rusev to do the same and “one-up” him. Dolph, however, hops out of Rusev’s scoop-slam and does the same. He also scoop-slams Owens, then jumps for the hot-tag to Ryback. He tries to clean house, but Rusev kicks “The Big Guy” hard and almost takes this!
Ryback suddenly catches Rusev with a spinebuster, then hits Kevin off the apron. He turns into another kick from Rusev, but Kevin decides to walk away with his Intercontinental Championship! This leaves Rusev be kicked by Dolph and planted with the Shellshock and the W!
Winners via Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler and Ryback
Segment #4: Video Promo
Big Show’s warnings to Brock Lesnar are featured, along with a highlight montage of Show’s literal hits. They will square off at Madison Square Garden.
Segment #5: Backstage Promo
The Dudley Boyz are walking when Rene Young shows up and chats with them. Bubba insinuates that The New Day are just a role with the “save the tables” and championships. The Prime Time Players walk up and challenge them when they are finished with Xavier, Kofi, and Big E.
Segment #6: Backstage Promo
Jojo interviews WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. He continues about Kane needing help, but still goes along with taking on Dean Ambrose and concedes that Kane is the Director Of Operations. “I am going to destroy Dean Ambrose.”
Dean makes his entrance for the main-event!
Match #5: Single – Dean Ambrose VS. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins
They lockup and Ambrose wristlocks Seth. He clamps on another, works on his shoulder, and stomps on Rollins’ hand. He has a headlock on, but Seth pushes Dean into the corner. He then stomps away, but Dean ducks a clothesline and gives him a running front-dropkick!
Rollins is dominating again, giving a scoop-slam to Dean, then wearing him down with a grounding rear chinlock. He gives Ambrose a punch as he ran, then dives off the top turnbuckle with a knee-to-the-head! He corners and taunts Dean, but “The Lunatic Fringe” turns him around and chops a number of times.
Seth kicks hard again, then runs at Dean in the corner. He whips Ambrose again, but Dean hits back with a clothesline. He rapidly punches Rollins, then brings him from the turnbuckle to the middle of the mat with a suplex! “The Lunatic Fringe” ascends the turnbuckle, but Seth meets him up there. They both go back-and-forth with counters and pin combos, then Dean tosses Rollins to the floor!
He follows up with a dive, then blocks a kick into a Fisherman’s Suplex for two! Rollins hits back with an enziguri, then they both punch at each other! They continue to counter moves, until Seth pokes Ambrose in the eye, then drives him into the corner with a powerbomb!
Kane’s pyro suddenly explodes on stage, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion is searching. Dean takes advantage and rolls up Rollins to get the victory!
Winner via Pinfall: Dean Ambrose
Post-match, Rollins demands to know what’s going on with Kane. “Do you know who I am? Do you know what I’m capable of? Every single person who has stepped in this ring with me has paid the price. Did you see what I did to ‘The Icon’ Sting at Night Of Champions?” He closes the show by stating how good he is and holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship high.
End Of Smackdown!
Reporter’s Rumblings – By Moe Tapp
This the first time ever in all of my reports that I liked absolutely everything promo and match-wise on this show! Smackdown! was excellent this week, with a good mix of promos and action, and all was well put together/spoken. I don’t even have to go into my usual breakdown, as the whole show would go into my “excellence” category. Way to go, Smackdown!
Until Raw, Be Excellent Wrestling-Online Readers and Fans!