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411’s WWE Smackdown Report 4.30.15

April 30, 2015 | Posted by Eric Palmer

*Smackdown opens with Seth Rollins backstage with J&J Security. He runs into Kane and they argue about who hit who on Raw. Rollins blames Kane for having to face both Roman Reigns and Randy Orton at Payback. Rollins said Kane isn’t doing his job well. He says Kane is jealous of him because Kane is a fading star while Rollins’ is rising. Kane said he’s going to make a man out of Seth Rollins and announces our main event: Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose in a non-title match. Rollins says Kane is irrelevant and dares Kane to prove himself to the authority.

*We go into the Smackdown introduction video. Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips and Jerry Lawler are on commentary tonight.

*Roman Reigns’ music hits as he enters from the crowd. We get a recap of what happened on Raw with Roman Reigns assaulting the Authority before Kane snapped and helped Reigns and Orton beat Rollins. He then revealed Rollins will defend the WWE Championship against Reigns and Orton in a Triple Threat match due to fan voting. Roman gives a shout out to Dean Ambrose and wishes him luck in the main event. He says Seth Rollins’ destroyed the Shield and took the WWE Championship from Roman. He says he’s had to scratch and crawl since Wrestlemania to get another title match. That’s a full four weeks of scratching and clawing, folks. Kane comes out and starts taking off his dress shirt. He signals to the stage and calls down a referee as he puts on his elbow pad and apparently we have a match.

*Match times are not exact.


*Roman Reigns vs Kane

This match starts out of the blue with no announcements and Kane takes control early, but Roman counters with some strikes before Kane starts tossing him into the corner. Backdrop by Kane followed by some grounded strikes. Kane charges at Roman near the ropes, but Roman sends him outside and follows him to the floor. They exchange stair strike for ring post strike before Roman hits his dropkick to the apron. He goes for one near the announce table but Kane catches him and hits a sidewalk slam onto the announce table as we go to commercial. 

Back from commercial, Kane has Reigns in a bearhug in the middle of the ring, but Roman is fighting out of it before Kane rams him into the corner. Whip and clothesline in the corner by Kane gets a two count. Kane starts trash talking but Reigns starts fighting back as they exchange blows. Reigns wins that war with a suplex, because match formatting is hard. Both men are down and back to their feet at the same time. Reigns hits a big clothesline and hits a big boot before hitting another big clothesline from the second rope. He hits a series of clotheslines in the corner to Kane, but Kane retaliates with some big strikes before running into a Samoan Drop. Reigns cocks his fist and sets up the Superman Punch, but Kane hits a big chokeslam for two. Kane is freaking out about it and signals for the tombstone. He tries, but Reigns reverses it into a big DDT followed by a Superman Punch. Reigns calls for the Spear, but Kane rolls out of the ring and leaves. Yep. That’s the match.

Official Result: Roman Reigns via Count-Out @ 9:00

*Rollins is backstage with J&J security mocking Kane when Renee Young walks up. He says Kane got in over his head and said the biggest difference between him and Kane is that Rollins never runs away from a fight. He says he doesn’t need anybody’s help to beat Reigns and Orton at Payback. He is the future and the future is now, which makes Rollins “The Man.”

*We get hype for the Tag Team Title rematch tonight between New Day and Cesaro/Kidd later on as we go to commercial.

*Back from break we get a recap of Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow having a brawl on Raw. Which leads to…

*Curtis Axel vs Damien Sandow

I like Sandow’s new music. Sandow is repeating everything JoJo is saying and I find that kind of annoying. Axel is out next and I’m assuming we get a quick match here. The bell rings and they start arguing. Axel rips his shirt Hogan-Style and Sandow tries, but Axel attacks him. Sandow shoves Axel down and rips his shirt off anyway before tossing Axel to the outside. Sandow goes outside and sits down next to Axel before elbowing him in the chest. Back inside, Axel takes advantage with some stomps in the corner followed by an irish whip and a big splash in the opposite corner. Axel is choking Sandow in the corner and is playing the heel role really well. He goes for another splash, but Sandow moves and kips up to his feet before hitting a few strikes and a big boot. Sandow hits the You’re Welcome full nelson slam for the win.

Official Result: Damien Sandow via pin @ 2:30

*Renee Young is backstage with Ryback. He says he doesn’t know why Bray Wyatt is attacking him, but that he’s bitten off more than he can chew. He said he’s dedicating his match against Luke Harper to Bray Wyatt. He says his message will be very clear “feed me more.” That match is next as we go to commercial. 

*Ryback vs Luke Harper

We start with a lock up and a shoulder block by Ryback that gets him a quick one fall. They exchange headlocks with strikes before Ryback locks on an arm lock before Harper hits a forearm to break out of it. Ryback fights back and whips Harper off the ropes and hits a Lou Thesz press. Corner strikes by Ryback now as he lifts Harper onto the top rope. Harper reverses with a strike and hits a big suplex on Ryback before flexing. Another suplex attempt by Harper, but Ryback hits an impressive stalling suplex. Ryback tries the ten corner punch but takes a sitout powerbomb instead for a near fall as we go to commercial.

Back from break we see Harper taking out Ryback with an elbow for two. Harper hits his gator roll and keeps the front headlock in, but Ryback reverses it and drops Harper right on his face. Ryback fights back with some strikes and knocks Harper into the corner. Big boot by Ryback leads to a big powerslam and a splash for two. Ryback goes for a powerbomb, but Harper rolls him up for two. Spinebuster by Ryback and Ryback signals for the meathook clothesline, but Harper boots the arm and hits a superkick for two.  Harper goes for the discus lariat, but eats a Meathook and a Shellshocked to give Ryback the win

Official Result: Ryback via pin @ 9:29

*After the match the lights go out as Wyatt comes into the ring and hits a Sister Abigail on Ryback.

*We get hype for the main event of Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose, but next is the WWE Tag Team Title match.

*WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E)(c) vs Tyson Kidd & Cesaro

The tag team champions enter first and I hate that. I also don’t like Kidd and Cesaro working as faces for absolutely no reason, but I guess that’s the big thing these days, seeing as the Bellas are doing that too.  Nevertheless, Kidd and Cesaro get a huge pop.  Kofi and Kidd start the match with Kidd going for a quick win early with a rollup that got no count. We get some pretty decent chaining from the two, including a Kidd pinfall attempt that got one count before the chaining continued. Kofi fights out and tries to toss Kidd over the top rope, but he skins the cat onto Cesaro’s back and pulls himself back in for a cool spot. Cesaro tags in an hits a big uppercut and a gutwrench suplex for a two count. Backslide gets a two and then Cesaro applies a wrist lock. Kofi escapes, so Cesaro locks in a sleeper, but Kofi breaks free and goes for a small package, but Cesaro lifts him out of into a suplex. He tags in Kidd and they hit a suplex/crossbody combination that looked good. Kidd gets a two off the double team and goes for the arm lock again. Cesaro tags back in now and hits a big double arm suplex before Kofi rolls to the outside. Cesaro follows Kofi around the ring and Big E gets the tag as Kofi rolled in, but Big E ate a big german suplex before Kidd tags in. They hit double team moves to the crowd chanting “new…day sucks.” Kidd is knocked onto the apron, but he’s distracted by Woods before Big E knocks him into the barricade. Big E throws Kidd into the barricade some more before clapping in his face. Back inside, Kofi tags back in and hits a big dropkick to Kidd in the corner for a two count. Kofi trips up Kidd and goes to the middle rope for a crossbody, but Kidd catches him with a big dropkick. Kidd tries to get to Cesaro, but Big E knocks him off the apron and suplexes Kidd. Kidd rolls to the outside as we go to commercial.

Back from break, Big E hits a big belly to belly suplex on Kidd for a two count. Kofi tags in and goes for the Boom Drop and connects. He knocks Cesaro off the apron and signals for the Trouble in Paradise. Kidd ducks and gets the hot tag to Cesaro. Cesaro lays out Kofi and knocks Big E off the apron before hitting a huge clothesline on Kofi for a two count. Cradle pin by Cesaro gets another near fall. Cesaro press slams Kofi and drops him face first and immediately follows with a double stomp for two. Woods gets on the apron to distract Cesaro as Kofi rolls him up for two. Kick by Kofi and a clothesline by Big E gets a two. Kidd tosses Kofi to the outside and hits a big a suicide dive onto Kofi. Cesaro hits a flying uppercut on Big E and tags in Kidd as they go for the big swing/dropkick combo and connect! Kidd covers, but Woods breaks up the pin for the DQ.

Official Result: Tyson Kidd & Cesaro via DQ @ 13:00 ; New Day retain the WWE Tag Team Championship.

*After the match New Day continues the assault before leaving with the titles.

*Backstage, Cameron and Summer Rae are talking crap about Brie Bella. Nikki overhears this and challenges Cameron to a match. These two in the same promo is basically capital punishment. Their match is up next as we go to commercial.

*Back from break, the announcers are hyping up Tough Enough and show up some audition clips that were sent in. I laughed at seeing “The Big O” from Ryder’s YouTube show. 

*Cameron vs Nikki Bella

After that Tough Enough hype, Cameron is already in the ring. We get a promo on the little screen by Naomi. Naomi is the worst promo in WWE history. Worse than Zack Ryder running away from Kane. They start with a lock up and Nikki Bella throws Cameron around a bit. She goes for a shoulder block that Cameron bumps way too early. Cameron hits a few strikes and throws Nikki into the corner and eats an elbow by Nikki but ducks a dropkick for two. Cameron beats on Nikki a bit and kicks her outside the ring. She throws Nikki into the barricade and plays to the crowd. Back inside, Cameron hits a split legged leg drop for two. By that I mean she did a split and connected with one foot. Nikki with a snapmare and Cameron with a facebuster and a stomp. This match has had more time than Sandow/Axel which saddens me. Cameron has a sleeper locked in, Cameron charges but Nikki ducks and hits a few clotheslines and a dropkick. Springboard enziguri to Cameron gets a two count. Cameron hits an awful looking roll up for two and slaps Nikki and hits her with a vicious elbow and a Rack Attack for the win. 

Official Result: Nikki Bella via pin @ 4:00

*We get a promo with the Prime Time Players. Darren Young is crying because New Day are tag team champions. They crap on New Day and do their own clap to promote themselves. Nothing interesting from this.

*We get hype for a King of the Ring recap up next. Yep. They’re hyping the recaps now.

*Back from break we can a backstage promo with Rollins trying to get Ambrose to back out of their match. Rollins says his title match is at stake, and Ambrose has a funny look on his face. Ambrose says “sounds good” and then slaps him on the back and says “see ya out there.” Ambrose just wants to beat Rollins’ face in and leaves.

*Next is the recap of the King of the Ring from Tuesday Night. Not much to note besides Bad News Barrett being King…and then not being on this episode of Smackdown to advance his gimmick of king.

*Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose

Ambrose comes out first to a huge pop as we go to commercial. Seth Rollins comes out to a pop just as big, which is pretty bad for the top heel. They start with a lock up and Ambrose brings Rollins down with a hammerlock. Rollins rolls outside immediately after as Ambrose is relaxing in the ring taunting Rollins. Back inside, Rollins takes advantage and takes Amborse down with a hammerlock now, slapping him in the back of the head. Ambrose gets a drop toe hold and was about to lock on an STF, but kicks Rollins the back instead. Rollins takes control back with forearms choking Ambrose in the middle rope. Whip into the ropes, Ambrose hits a crossbody and some punches before knocking Rollins to the outside. J&J Security try to distract Ambrose, but he tosses Rollins back in the ring. The distraction is enough to let Rollins hits a dropkick sending Ambrose into the announce table. Kane comes out to the ring for some reason as we go to commercial.

Back from break Rollins is in control until Ambrose hits a huge forearm, but Rollins no sells it and keeps stomping away. Clothesline by Ambrose and Kane still doesn’t have a shirt on for some reason. Another clothesline by Rollins. Ambrose hits one of his own now as both men are slow to get up. Ambrose hits the punch, chop combo and a forearm in the corner followed by a bulldog. He goes up top and tries for that elbow drop, but Rollins kicks him in the gut and goes for the turnbuckle powerbomb. Ambrose reverses and hits the ropes with a big dropkick that sends Rollins to the outside. Ambrose follows with a big suicide dive before rolling Rollins back into the ring. Ambrose goes for the rebound lariat, but Seth ducks and Ambrose hits a beautiful sitout facebuster for two. Rollins rolls onto the apron, but Ambrose brings him to the top rope and goes for a superplex but Rollins blocks it and hits a sunset flip into a powerbomb to the opposite corner. I love that spot, it looks sick when he hits it right. Rollins gets a two count and goes for a superkick, but Ambrose rolls him up for two. Dirty Deeds attempt is reversed into an enziguri and a superkick by Rollins for another near fall. Kane and Rollins are arguing with the ref and Ambrose knocks Rollins into Kane, knocking him off the apron. Ambrose follows that up by sending Rollins over the top onto Kane and then hitting an elbow drop from the top onto J&J Security and Kane. Rollins throws Ambrose into the barricade and he asks Kane if he’s okay. Kane grabs Rollins and Ambrose by the throat, but the ref threatens to DQ Rollins so he lets go. Ambrose tosses Kane into the ring post and hits a clothesline to J&J before Rollins throws him into the steps and into the ring. Rollins’ hits his new DDT finisher for the win. Interesting take on the move, as Rollins face bumped with Ambrose on it.

Official Result: Seth Rollins via pin @ 13:30

*After the match, The Authority continues the assault until Roman Reigns’ music hits and he clears house after hitting a double spear to J&J. Kane comes back in and grabs Ambrose and Reigns by the throat. They escape and Ambrose hits the rebound lariat followed by a spear by Reigns. They stand tall to end the show.

*Thanks for joining us this week. Come back next Thursday for more live coverage of WWE Smackdown!

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