1/31 WWE Smackdown Recap
by Brian Leeman
We open up the show with a recap from Raw with Daniel Bryan making his case to get into the Elimination Chamber match. We see Cena & Sheamus make the save when The Shield attack Bryan.
Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring with a big pop, followed by Antonio Cesaro, accompanied by Zeb Colter. This match will be for a spot in the elimination chamber that Sheamus, Bryan, Cena & Orton are already in.
Antonio Cesaro vs Dolph Ziggler
Really fast start with Ziggler getting the best of Cesaro with a couple quick covers. Fame-asser from Ziggler for two. Cesaro regroups outside the ring and gets a pep talk from Colter before they both get back in. Cesaro catches Ziggler off a jump and hits a backbreaker. Cesaro rakes the face of Ziggler and puts him in the corner. Ziggler with a few punches before taking a clothesline over the ropes. Cesaro lifts Ziggler over his head and drops him on the barricade. As Cesaro is in the ring, Ziggler finally gets back in at the referee’s count of nine. Cesaro continues working over Ziggler and locks in a chinlock. Ziggler dodges a clothesline and hits a big dropkick. Cesaro with a forearm strike and an attempt at a backbreaker that Ziggler reverses into a sleeper hold. Cesaro with a gutwrench suplex to Ziggler, pulling him off his back. Cesaro throws Ziggler in the air for the uppercut but Ziggler reverses into a DDT. Cesaro counters a Zig Zag attempt by holding onto the rope. He hits the big swing and follws up with the Neutralizer for the victory.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
We’ve got The Shield in the ring. Ambrose says he doesn’t apologize for trying to throw Reigns out of the Rumble. Reigns says he doesn’t either. Reigns and Ambrose go face to face before Rollins gets them back on track. Seth Rollins calls out the Wyatt Family and blames them for screwing them out of the elimination chamber. Rollisn compliments Ambrose and Reigns and tries keeping them together. Ambrose says that if they can’t get into the Chamber, they’ll wipe the Wyatt Family off the face of the earth. Vickie Guerrero comes out and is about to announce the match until Triple H interrupts. Triple H tells The Shield to let it go. Reigns gets face to face with Triple H. Reigns says that they’re not asking Hunter for the match. “Roman”‘ chant breaks out and Triple H gives them the match.
Fandango & Summer Rae on their way to the ring.
Fandango w/Summer Rae vs Xavier Woods w/R-Truth
Fandango avoids a few attacks from Woods and begins dancing. Woods with a smack to the face. Fandango takes control and stomps away at Woods. Clothesline from Fandango. Rear naked choke from Fandango. Fandango tosses Woods into the corner. Woods athletically lifts himself on Fandango and rolls under him, slamming Fandango into the ground. Woods with punches and a headbutt. Woods knocks Fandango out of the ring and dives onto him. Woods is on the top rope but Fandango knocks him off and hits a falcon arrow. Leg drop from Fandango for the win.
Fandango attacks Woods but Truth makes the save.
We return with Axel & Ryback in one corner and the Prime Time players in the other.
Prime Time PLayers vs Curtis Axel & Ryback
Ryback and Darren Young in the ring. Ryback with a couple punches and tosses Young out of the ring. Ryback with a big clothesline as Young gets back in. Tag to Axel who hits his neckbreaker for the win.
Winners: Axel & Ryback
Titus doesn’t look impressed. Titus gets a mic and says that he came to WWE to be a champion. Titus calls Young dead weight. Titus beats down Darren Young in the ring.
We get the announcement that Jake Roberts will be going into the Hall of Fame!
Alexander Rusev promo vignette.
Christian vs Jack Swagger
This match is for the final spot in the Elimination Chamber. Swagger holding Christian in a back body lock and rolling around. Christian with elbows to the head. Swagger trash talking. Knee to the stomach from Swagger. Swagger bomb! Swagger with knees to Christian in the corner. Tornado DDT out of the corner from Christian. Christian goes for the Killswitch but Swagger reverses with a gutwrench powerbomb for two! Christian with a sunset flip for two, followed by Swagger tossing Christian up in the air into an ankle lock. Christian with a big splash off the top rope for the win!
Kofi Kingston vs Damien Sandow
Sandow works into Kofi to start the match. Abdomen stretch from Sandow with repeated clubs to the ribs. Kofi Kingston with a running kick. Kofi goes for a flying crossbody and misses, Sandow gets two. Kofi goes for the Trouble In Paradise but misses. Kofi with the SOS for the win!
Winner: Kofi Kingston
We get a recap of Brock Lesnar’s appearance on Raw and Triple H’s reaction to it.
The New Age Outlaws make their way to the ring, the new tag champions. Cody Rhodes, with Goldust comes out after.
Cody Rhodes vs Road Dogg
Road Dogg works over the bandaged arm of Cody. Road Dogg slams Rhodes’ arm into the ground. Kicks to the arm of Cody. Cody fights back with a kick to the gut, followed by a springboard front dropkick. Billy Gunn and Goldust brawl on the outside. Road Dogg goes for a roll up. Disaster Kick from Rhodes for the win!
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Brawl after the match where the Rhodes Bros fight off The Outlaws.
Short Wyatt Family promo addressing the Shield.
The Shield vs Sheamus, Rey Mysterio & Daniel Bryan
Sheamus and Rollins start us off. Reigns tags in nearly immediately. Reigns gets the best of Sheamus in the corner, slamming away. Sheamus fights back and slams Reigns to the ground. Soccer kick to the back of Reigns. Clothesline from Sheamus. Ambrose comes in and Sheamus clubs him in the chest ten times. Shield regroups as Sheamus does the Yes chant. He then tags in Bryan! Bryan and Rollins go at it and Bryan locks him in the surfboard stretch. Mysterio comes in and kicks Rollins in the head. Mysterio goes for a headscissors takedown, however Ambrose slams him on his face. Reigns in now and is beating down Mysterio. Rollins back in and locks in a chinlock on Rey. Rollins sits Rey, backwards on the ropes, and goes for a back suplex. Rey fights out. Mysterio with a huracanrana to Rollins. Daniel Bryan gets the tag and he goes off on Reigns. Huge dropkick followed by the repeated kicks to the chest of Reigns. Bryans holds the top rope down and Reigns goes flying over. Suicide dive onto Reigns, suicide dive onto Ambrose! Irish Curse to Rollins, however Reigns hits the superman punch to Sheamus. Bryan with a dropkick and the Yes Lock to Reigns but Ambrose breaks it up. Sheamus gets his elbow slammed into the post but hits the Brogue Kick to Ambrose. Mysterio gets the tag and jumps at Reigns off the ropes, hitting Reigns with a seated senton.
Mysterio sets up for the 619 and knocks Ambrose off the apron. Bryan dives with a flying knee to Rollins off the apron. Mysterio sets up for the 619 to Reigns again but Reigns catches him with the spear for the win!
WInners: The Shield
The Shield celebrate outside the ring to end the show!