At the end of the show last week, the hounds of justice did as they said they would, and mauled Triple H. But was it just revenge or were they doing a job for the Chairman? Mr. McMahon watched as they attacked, and went on to say "Justice has been served." How will The Game retaliate when he's face to face with Mr. McMahon again?
The first two Superstars in the WHC Money in the Bank match were announced. "The Viper" Randy Orton was the first to enter, and proved how much he wants to get back to the top after defeating The Shield and RKO'ing a returning Christian. And "The World's Strongest Man" Mark Henry was named the second entrant by Vince McMahon after viciously inducting Heath Slater and referee Charles Robinson into the Hall of Pain. Find out the next two Superstars in tonight's Money in the Bank Qualifying Matches.
Curtis Axel successfully retained his Championship in a hard fought battle last week against Wade Barrett. After the match William Regal approached Barrett and seemed interested in taking him to bigger and better things. Who's next in line in the hunt for the Intercontinental Championship?
A video package is played showing what happened at the end of the show last week. "The Game" Triple H called out Mr. McMahon, but soon suffered a brutal beat down by The Shield. The Chairman stood and watched, then said "Justice has been served." Find out what happens when The Chairman and The COO are face to face in the ring, right now!
Triple H's music blares as the show begins. He gets a great pop from the crowd as he comes out from behind the curtain. He heads down to the ramp holding a sledgehammer! Triple H enters the ring quickly and is handed a mic. He tells Vince to get his ass out here right now, and he can bring his henchmen if he wants, because he's got an equalizer. He waits a moment until Vince's music hits. He soon comes out to the stage without The Shield. Triple H stares angrily as McMahon enters the ring. After Vince had a microphone, Triple H demanded answers. He asked if Vince had The Shield attack him. Vince stuttered as he said he thought it was payback for making them lose Ambrose in the draft. Triple H questioned why he said "Justice has been served." and why Vince didn't try to help him. Vince finally gave in and told him that he hired them to attack Triple H, because he doesn't like the way he's running things, and wanted to make him disappear for a while. Triple H couldn't believe he would do that to his own son-in-law. He went on to say he's doing a damn good job around here, but Vince stopped him. Vince said this company is his, and he will make all the changes; not Triple H. If he says one more word, he will be suspended on the spot, then told Triple H to have a nice evening and headed to the back. Triple H throws the sledgehammer down and watches him leave.
The cameras go ringside to the announce table. They talk about what a dysfunctional family they are for a bit then move on to the card. Later on tonight there will be a Number One Contender's Tournament for the World Tag Team Championship, featuring Jimmy and Jey Uso taking on Hunico and Camacho in the first round. Also, Vickie Guerrero decided that due to Alberto Del Rio leaving his match and being counted out, there will be a rematch of last weeks main event. You get to vote on the WWE Active app, what kind of match you want to see. The choices are No Disqualification, Tables Match, or a Last Man Standing Match. The polls are not open yet, but they will be later on in the show. Up next we will see the first official WHC Money in the Bank Qualifying Match.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match Antonio Cesaro def. Justin Gabriel Antonio Cesaro is still on a mean streak after savagely beating Justin Gabriel. Gabriel landed a few quick maneuvers at the start of the match, and tried to keep a fast pace going. But Cesaro had other things in mind. Gabriel had Cesaro in the corner and went for a Monkey Flip, but Antonio landed it, and ran back to land an Uppercut straight to the jaw which left Gabriel dazed for the rest of the match. Cesaro had the momentum, until Justin used the last bit of energy in him to go for a Hurricanrana. Cesaro stopped him mid-swing to finish him off with the Neutralizer!
Cesaro's hand was raised and declared the winner. He taunted Gabriel, but not for long as Mark Henry's music began playing. Cesaro rolled out and kept his distance as Henry climbed in the ring. The referee tried to stop him from attacking Gabriel, but he was pushed down to the mat. Henry grabbed Justin by the hair, lifted him up, and dropped him with the World's Strongest Slam! Henry headed up the stage leaving Gabriel in the middle of the ring into the break.
Randy Orton is seen in the locker room lacing up his boots when Christian walks in. Orton stands up and asks him what he wants. Christian told him that he's got some great news. He talked to Vickie Guerrero and was granted a match against Orton tonight... and if he wins, he gets a spot in the Money in the Bank Match! Christian patted his back and smirked, then said see 'ya later and walked off.
Tag Team Championship: No. #1 Contender's Tournament The Usos def. Hunico & Camacho Both teams showed great chemistry and made it unclear as to who the winner would be. Lots of back and forth action ensued until The Shield's music hit. They came down to the ring and stood in front of the barricade, but only to watch the match. Jey turned around and ran at Hunico, but he flipped him over with a Hip Toss into the turnbuckles, where Jey landed right on the top of his head. Camacho was tagged in and climbed the top rope, as Hunico dragged Jey to the middle of the ring. He jumped up for a Diving Headbutt, but missed. Jey crawled and crawled until finally reaching his corner. Jimmy is tagged in and runs inside to hit a Running Forearm Smash to Camacho, and then to Hunico. Camacho gets back up and goes for a Clothesline but Jimmy ducks and lands a huge Superkick. Jimmy climbs up the turnbuckle and does the Samoan Splash into the cover! 1..2..3! The Usos advance in the tournament.
The Shield dropped their titles on the ground and prepared to go after The Usos, but Triple H came running down the ramp with his sledgehammer and hit Rollins from behind. Reigns turned his attention to Triple H and charged at him for a Spear, but he missed and went right into the steel steps. Triple H continued his merciless attack on them until a group of officials came out from the back. He tried pushing his way back through, but they wouldn't let him. The Shield stared on as the officials led Triple H to the back.
Vickie and Brad Maddox are standing in the GM Office while Heath Slater complains to them about last weeks match. He said it isn't fair that he had to fight a man ten times bigger than him. Just when they calmed him down, Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel walk in. Heyman demanded to know why the Intercontinental Champion doesn't have a match. Maddox stepped in and said he has an idea. How about Axel takes on Slater later tonight? They both accepted the match, then the cameras go back to JBL, Cole and Lawler. A replay is shown of Triple H's attack on The Shield with a sledgehammer earlier tonight. Michael Cole has gotten word that Vince McMahon has suspended Triple H from COO duties/wrestling indefinitely. Also, the polls for the main event are now open, so he reminds the WWE Universe of their options and tells them to vote.
If Christian wins, he wins a spot in the Money in the Bank Match Christian def. Randy Orton These two stole the show in an amazing match with near fall after near fall. The match began as the two locked up and countered each others' moves many times. Christian got the upper hand as the match continued. He threw Orton into the ropes and Flapjacked him onto the second rope. He ran to slingshot over the top rope and slap Orton, but Randy moved out of the way. Christian climbed up onto the apron, but Randy came at him and knee'd him in the gut. Orton lifted him up and smashed his face into the mat with a Rope-Hung DDT. Orton quickly goes for the pin, but only gets a two count. Annoyed, he drops down and pounds the mat, setting up for the RKO. Christian staggers back to his feet and turns around, when Orton jumps! But Christian pushes him away and Dropkicks him in the knee, then plants him with the Impaler DDT! Christian goes for the cover. 1..2..kick out! Several minutes later, both are gassed and have tried everything to finish each other off, when Orton throws Christian into the corner. Randy takes off toward him and goes for a Clothesline, when Christian slips out onto the apron and kicks him in the head. While Orton is stunned, Christian climbs up to the top rope and leaps to do a Flying Crossbody but Orton dives out of the way in the nick of time. He rolls Christian over for the cover, but still only gets two! Orton just can't finish him off. Finally, he heads to the corner as a last resort. He waits on Christian to get up on all fours and goes for the Punt Kick, but misses! Christian rolls him up in the School Boy! 1..2..3! Christian wins it!
Both men stay down on the mat until the referee helps Christian up to raise his arm. Cole excitedly announces Christian just won his spot in the Money in the Bank Match! JBL says if he tries as hard then as he did tonight, he's guaranteed to win the match. Cole reminds everyone to vote for the main event stipulation on the WWE App, then hypes up Axel vs Slater next.
Triple H is seen walking around backstage, busting in doors, trying to find Vince. He checks with backstage workers, guys in the locker room, anyone he finds, but no one has seen him. His hunt continues as the cameras go back to the ring where Heath Slater waits for Axel to come out.
Curtis Axel def. Heath Slater Slater actually held his own for the first few moments in the match. But Axel really started taking it to him when he smacked Slater with a series of chops in the corner that turned Slater's chest a deep red. Curtis went on to hit a devastating Saito Suplex, and a Perfectplex soon after to get the easy victory.
Heyman raises Axel's hand and his Intercontinental Championship in the ring as they celebrate. Back at ringside we're informed that the results from the WWE Active poll are in.
No DQ Match: 23% Tables Match: 47% Last Man Standing Match: 30%
The main event is coming up next!
Triple H is still trying to hunt down Mr. McMahon when Rollins and Reigns attack him from behind. They continuously kick him while he's down before picking him back up throwing him into the camera man, who drops the camera causing the screen to black out. Back in the arena, Langston and Del Rio head to the ring.
Alberto Del Rio def. Big E LangstonLangston was in no hurry to end this one. He wanted to savor the beating he got to give Del Rio since he couldn't finish his match last week. Del Rio still got some offense of his own in though, but mostly later into the match. Big E was looking under the ring for a table when Del Rio Dropkicked him through the bottom rope, then slammed Langston into the steps. He worked the legs with multiple stomps, then smashed Langston's calf between the steps. He took his time getting a table out so he could catch a breather. But he took too long, as Langston was back up to attack him just after getting the table back in the ring. As the match drew to a close, Langston had it in the bag. The table was set up in the corner as he set Alberto up on his shoulder. Just as he set him up, Rollins and Reigns came down the ramp dragging Triple H with them. After being distracted for a moment, Langston walked over to the other side of the ring and looked to be going for a Running Powerslam through the table but Del Rio pushed himself off. Langston almost went through the table, but managed to stop himself. He turned around and charged at Del Rio, going for a Running Body Block but he misses. He turns around again, taking off toward Alberto, but Del Rio sends Langston crashing through the table with a Back Body Drop.
The cameras quickly turn to Rollins and Reigns out by the announce table. While the match was still going on, they cleared off the announce table. But now they had pulled Triple H over to the table, where Rollins helped Reigns lift him up for the Powerbomb! Then sent him flying down straight through the table without remorse. Triple H lied out cold on the floor while Rollins and Reigns yelled "Believe in The Shield!" as the show drew to a close.
Interesting stuff with Triple H and The Shield. I have an idea of what it may lead to, but I don't want to say in case I'm right lol. Great show though. I'm liking your build to MITB as well as what happens next with Orton and Christian.
A video package recapping the main event from last week is shown. The final moments of the video focus on a downed CM Punk with EMT's around him and Chris Jericho looking concerned. The video then fades out to the opening video package with "Adrenaline" by Shinedown playing. ________________________________
The camera's then open on the arena where pyro blasts off around the stage and the camera's pan through the crowd. Mick Foley and Josh Matthews welcome everyone to the show, while Matthews hypes up that tonight will feature the crowning of the new Cruiserweight Champion and then the music of Chris Jericho cuts him off.
Chris Jericho makes his way out to the ring to a loud reaction of cheers from the crowd. Jericho gets in the ring and takes a mic as his music fades out. Jericho says that he was able to watch footage from last week and he saw what led to him winning the contenders match, and while an older version of himself might have been satisfied with a win that way, these days it's unacceptable. He says that he would like to put him contendership on the line against CM Punk in a rematch from last week. This brings out Booker T who says that while he commends Jericho for not wanting to win the way he did, CM Punk isn't going to be medically cleared for action until the Money in the Bank pay per view, therefore the planned championship match between himself and John Cena is still on. Jericho says that's fine, but Punk should get first dibs at whoever is champion after the ppv to which Booker agrees. They are then interrupted by the music of United States Champion, Dean Ambrose. Ambrose walks out on stage next to Booker T and says that he was in the back and heard Jericho lay down a challenge to CM Punk, which can't happen, so now Ambrose is asking for a match with Chris Jericho. He says that he is looking to face the best that SmackDown has to offer. Booker T says that is a great idea and books Chris Jericho vs Dean Ambrose for the main event.
Money In The Bank Qualifier Sheamus def. Alex Riley Riley actually put up a good effort against Sheamus. Both guys shook hands before the match to acceptance from the crowd. It went back and forth for a few minutes, with Riley nearly getting the win off a backslide. Sheamus looks shocked that he nearly lost and the match continued. Sheamus went for a second rope diving shoulder block that Riley was able to evade, which led to Riley getting Sheamus up for the Final Score, but Sheamus was able to fight free and then nail the Brogue Kick for the win.
Sheamus' arm was raised in victory by the referee and then he helped Riley up. Sheamus raised Riley's hand in approval of a close match as the camera's cut to the back.
Kane and Daniel Bryan were shown talking in the locker room about their opportunity to once again become tag team champions. Kane says that after they win tonight, they will go into a championship match at Money in the Bank against the Prime Time Players. That match is up next!
Team Hell No def. Epico and Primo Epico and Primo did a great job of isolating Bryan from Kane. They kept getting quick tags in and out, while working over Bryan on their half of the ring. The crowd chanted for Bryan as Kane stood impatient on the ring apron. Bryan started fighting back as the crowd was getting behind him, but Primo was able to chop block him right before he got the tag to Kane and then he drug Bryan back across the ring. Epico and Primo whipped Bryan off the ropes and went for a double backdrop but Bryan turned into a double ddt as the crowd exploded. Bryan crawled towards the corner as Kane stretched his arm out. Bryan quickly jump to the corner from the mat and got the tag and the place went crazy. Kane came in like a wild man and knocked Primo and Epico down with a double clothesline and then as they both staggered up, he grabbed them both by the throat and tried for a double chokeslam, but they both kicked him in the knees. As Kane dropped down, Bryan came flying over him and nailed Primo and Epico with a double flying knee. Epico was knocked out of the ring and then Bryan quickly charged across the ring and nailed a huge suicide dive as Kane finished on Primo in the ring with a huge chokeslam for the win.
Kane and Bryan celebrated their win as the crowd went crazy with excitement. Foley and Matthews put over how well of a team they are and said that O'Neil and Young are in for a war at Money in the Bank.
A match graphic hyping the Cruiserweight Championship match is shown with Josh Matthews saying that match will be coming up shortly.
The camera's cut backstage where Drew McIntyre is shown entering Booker T's office. McIntyre demands to be put in the Money in the Bank match, to which Booker T says he must earn his way in by winning a match, next!
Money In The Bank Qualifier Drew McIntyre def. Jinder Mahal Jinder was the surprise opponent for Drew, after last weeks events. During the match, John Laurinaitis walked out on stage and stayed there for the remainder of the match. Jinder got a pretty good chant throughout the match, but it wasn't enough to help him win it, as McIntyre was able to pick him apart and he eventually put him away with the Future Shock for the win.
McIntyre had his hand raised in victory and he signaled that he will be the next winner of the MITB match. John Laurinaitis looked on from the stage before leaving.
A video package is shown hyping the debut of The Wyatt Family. It was the usual creepy video package that ended with Bray Wyatt saying "We're coming..."
Ted DiBiase is shown backstage walking up to Booker T's office. He asks Booker what he has to do to get a shot at the US Championship. Booker says he's the third person today to ask that question and then Booker makes a contender-ship match for next week's SmackDown between Ted DiBiase, The Miz, and Bo Dallas. DiBiase looks satisfied before walking off.
Mick Foley and Josh Matthews hype the Cruiserweight Title match, it's up next!
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Kofi Kingston def. Evan Bourne, Sin Cara, and Yoshi Tatsu Rey Mysterio was introduced to the crowd, he will present the winner with the championship. The crowd was on fire for this elimination match. The first elimination came when Cara missed a springboard moonsault and Bourne ended up nailing the Shooting Star Press. The final three battled for a while longer, with neither man getting a clear advantage. The next elimination came when Evan Bourne went for his Shooting Star Press again, this time on Tatsu, but Tatsu rolled out of the way and Bourne crashed on the mat. As he staggered up, Tatsu nailed him with a huge kick to the head for the elimination. Immediately following the elimination, Kofi came in and rolled up Tatsu for the quick victory much to the surprise of the crowd. Everyone was surprised that Kofi went with such a cheap, come from behind win. Tatsu looked on in disbelief that he lost that way. As he got up, Kofi dropped him with a nasty Trouble in Paradise. Matthews and Foley put over that, that was uncalled for as confused Rey Mysterio enters the ring with the title.
Kofi quickly snatches the title from Rey as Matt Striker enters the ring. Striker asks Kofi why he's had such a sudden change of character. Kofi said he's just tired of putting on a fake smile for the kiddies. He said that everyone should get used to this new Kofi Kingston, "'cuz he ain't got no worries". Rey looks on in disappointment as Kofi leaves with the title.
Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho are shown side by side on different camera's headed through the building, the main event is next!
Main Event Dean Ambrose def. Chris Jericho John Cena was on commentary with Foley and Matthews. A great main event with a lot of back and forth action. Jericho tried to lock in the Walls of Jericho early on, but nearly got beat with a counter roll up off the move by Ambrose. The two fought on some more and then John Laurinaitis made his way down to ringside, watching the match. Jericho and Ambrose exchanged holds and then Ambrose almost picked up the win with his signature headlock driver. Jericho was able to kick out and then fought back and was able to lock in the Walls of Jericho. Ambrose struggled for the ropes, but Jericho pulled him back to the center of the ring. John Laurinaitis still at ringside, got into an argument with John Cena by the announcers desk. The argument between the two distracted Jericho, which ended up allowing Ambrose to get to the ropes. The referee was now distracted by Cena and Laurinaitis, which also got Jericho's attention. Jericho stood at the ropes and told them both to shut the hell up, and then turned to go back after Ambrose but he was met with a running knee lift to the jaw that dazed him, and then Ambrose finished him off with the Midnight Special.
Matthews and Foley talked about how this was a huge win for Ambrose. Meanwhile, John Laurinaitis said "I'm done here" and started to walk off, but as he did, Cena grabbed him and asked him what the hell he's up to, to which John Laurinaitis responded "You'll know soon enough". Ambrose had already left the ring and a dazed Jericho got to his feet and yelled at Cena for costing him the match. Cena entered the ring and had words with Jericho. SmackDown came to an end with Cena and Jericho arguing in the ring while John Laurinaitis had a smirk on his face.
-Friday Night SmackDown has come to terms on the release of The Great Khali, effective immediately. We wish him the best in all future endeavors.
After Kofi Kingston's Cruiserweight Title win last week and then his shocking, new attitude, what is next for the champion?
John Laurinaitis made his return to television last week and ended up getting into a verbal confrontation with John Cena, which ended up costing Chris Jericho his match with US Champion, Dean Ambrose. Chris Jericho looked to be very upset, even having words with Cena as the show ended. What's next for these two?
General Manager Booker T announced on WWE.com that there will be a last chance battle royal that will feature superstars not already involved in the MITB match, including superstars who may have lost qualifying matches. Who will get the final spot in this years MITB match?
Tune in to SmackDown for answers to all of these questions, plus more!