Mark Henry endorsed Roman Reigns; Corporate Kane made a main event tag team match
The show started as the No 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight championship Roman Reigns came out to the arena. Reigns entered the ring and said that it felt him so good to see Casus City. He said that Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman thought they could intimidate him.
Before he could finish Mark Henry interfered, he said that he wanted to find out what Roman had in that ring. Henry said that these people did not see what happened to him last week, he showed the footage from last week on the big screen where the World’s Strongest Man tried to tell the Samoan Superstar he can’t beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31, but the returning competitor found out the hard way that you don’t tell Reigns what he can’t do. After getting pushed by his massive detractor, WWE’s powerhouse Superstar responded by delivering a Superman Punch and Spearing Henry through the barricade.
After the footage, Henry said that he got what he deserved. So Henry said that at WrestleMania 31, not only did he expect Roman Reigns to win but he was putting all his money on him, because Roman Reigns could and he would.
Seth Rollins came out with J & J and Kane (Kane working as the bodyguard of Seth Rollins? Seriously Kane, how worse could you go?) Kane asked Henry since the World’s Strongest Athlete became the World’s Stringest Self Help Guru. He asked Henry if he seriously believed for a single second that Roman Reigns would beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31.
Seth Rollins raised his Money in the Bank briefcase and said that anything could happen at WrestleMania. He said that the entire world was buzzing since he accepted the challenge made by Randy Orton for a match at WrestleMania. He informed that Orton was not here tonight and he would not be here tonight since J & J blocked every door way and entrance of the building. He said that it was not for his protection, it was for Randy Orton’s own good. He was saving all of his aggression for WrestleMania.
Kane announced a tag team match which was Seth Rollins and Kane vs. Roman Reigns and mark Henry.
With The Road to WrestleMania bearing down on SmackDown, Roman Reigns overcame authoritative odds, Dolph Ziggler outlasted his fellow Intercontinental Title contenders in a grueling Intercontinental Contender Gauntlet Match and Randy Orton slithered past J&J Security for a main event ambush.
Roman Reigns kicked off SmackDown, and much like last week, was quickly interrupted by Mark Henry. Only this time, The World’s Strongest Man arrived a believer in the No. 1 contender, giving his personal endorsement for The Big Dog in his WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31.
The Authority quickly interjected themselves into the conversation with Seth Rollins informing everyone that Randy Orton would not be allowed in the building thanks to the world-class efforts of J& J Security. Corporate Kane then announced that he and Mr. Money in the Bank would be facing Henry & Reigns in the evening’s main event.
Paige def. Brie Bella
As AJ Lee and Divas Champion Nikki Bella traded verbal jabs on commentary alongside the SmackDown announce team, Paige fought her way past Brie Bella’s hard-hitting attack to pick up the victory via a rollup.
Footage from last week was shown where Randy Orton was scheduled to face Seth Rollins and True to Randy Orton’s prediction, the squabbles between the infighting Authority (Jamie Noble quit! Triple H threatened his protégé) turned out to be little more than a ruse to lull Orton into a false sense of security before his match against Seth Rollins. No sooner had Rollins made his entrance than the corporate crew reformed and closed ranks around Mr. Money in the Bank, leaving The Viper thoroughly outfoxed. What happened next, however, really was surprising.
Before Orton could be sent packing to the emergency room, the lights cut out and Sting came to the aid of The Apex Predator, clubbing Kane with the baseball bat and Stinger Splashing J&J Security before dispatching Noble with the Scorpion Death Drop. Orton followed suit with an RKO to Joey Mercury, and The Authority, duly rebuked, backed off from the scorpion-snake tandem. Unfortunately for Rollins, his WrestleMania fate may already be sealed anyway. Thirteen days till, well, show time.
Dean Ambrose def. Stardust, Dean Ambrose def. R-Truth in a pair of Intercontinental Title Contender Gauntlet Matches
Dean Ambrose and Stardust kicked off SmackDown’s Intercontinental Title Contender Gauntlet Match and it didn’t take long for it to become as chaotic as the chase for Bad News Barrett’s coveted championship. The Lunatic Fringe picked up the “W” after reversing the former Intercontinental Champion’s sunset-flip attempt.
Displeased with the loss, Stardust inflicted a post-match attack on his unstable opponent, before R-Truth came out for his match and cut off the crazed competitor. The rapping Superstar would fall victim to Ambrose’s Dirty Deeds, however, after getting distracted by Stardust on the ring apron. So who would be the unstable Superstar’s next opponent in this frenzied Gauntlet Match?
Luke Harper def. Dean Ambrose, Daniel Bryan def. Luke Harper in a pair of Intercontinental Title Contender Gauntlet Match
Luke Harper was up next, with the menacing Superstar showing no remorse toward Dean Ambrose’s injured shoulder. The Lunatic Fringe put up a determined fight, but a clothesline, sit-down powerbomb combination from the former Wyatt Family member finally put an end to the unstable Superstar’s night.
Daniel Bryan was the next Intercontinental Title challenger out, giving the WWE Universe a modern day “David vs. Goliath” battle with bearded Superstars. Eventually, the leader of the “Yes!” Movement cut his creepy opponent down to size, forcing him to tap out to a devastating single leg submission maneuver. The “Yes!” Man would have little time to celebrate, though, as the final Gauntlet Match participant appeared, ready to steal the show.
Dolph Ziggler def. Daniel Bryan in an Intercontinental Title Contender Gauntlet Match
Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler engaged in an epic clash that pushed both former World Champions to their limit. In the end, it was The Showoff who would stand tall, dodging a kick from Bryan before hitting the Zig-Zag for the win.
The two exasperated Superstars shared a handshake after the contest, but Bad News Barrett came down to the ring to deliver bad news in the form of Bull Hammer Elbows to both men.
Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Natalya def. Los Matadores & El Torito
The first-ever Six-Being Interspecies Tag Team Match had no shortage of high-flying action. With Los Matadores and the WWE Tag Team Champions sprawled out around the ring amid a hectic attack, Natalya took advantage and powerbombed El Torito for the emphatic win.
Roman Reigns def. Seth Rollins & Kane
This tag team match turned into a 2-on-1 Handicap Match after Mark Henry was found laid out backstage before the contest. Roman Reigns remained undeterred, however, overcoming Authority after delivering a Superman Punch to Seth Rollins and Spearing Kane en route to victory.
Mr. Money in the Bank’s rough night quickly got a whole lot worse as Randy Orton slithered into the ring before inflicting a ferocious post-match attack on The Architect. Soon, The Viper was RKO’ing everybody in sight, including Rollins’ crack security team. Somehow, the self-proclaimed “Future of WWE” escaped SmackDown without suffering the venomous fate of Orton’s RKO finisher. But will Rollins be so lucky at WrestleMania 31?