With their Great War well behind them, "Woken" Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt receive a "wonderful!" reception at WWE Live's first night in Cape Town, South Africa.04/19/2018 - 18:45
SmackDown results: After unleashing a fierce sneak attack on Alberto Del Rio, The Viper tabled Rodriguez with the devastating RKO!
The Brogue Kick vs. The KO Punch Contest
San Jose, Calif. — As the anticipation of WWE’s Apex Predator return from a Alberto Del Rio attack transformed into all-out bedlam at the conclusion of SmackDown’s main event, the power of the Brogue Kick went head-to-head with the KO Punch and Dolph Ziggler attempted to dominate The Devil’s Favorite Demon.
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Just 16 days before Big Show will lock horns with World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus for the first time — challenging him for the World Title at WWE Hell in a Cell ( MATCH PREVIEW)— SmackDown General Manager Booker T set out to find out what was more powerful: The World’s Largest Athlete’s devastating KO Punch or The Great White’s earth-shattering Brogue Kick.
While Big Show appeared outraged that he was being put through such an exercise, The Great White seemed enthusiastic over the unusual challenge and opted to go first. He hit the full force of the Brogue Kick at a special calibrated machine, measuring the impact of his boot at an incredible 1,322 pounds per square inch.
While it looked for a moment as if the irate giant wouldn’t go along with the contest at all, when The Celtic Warrior once again mocked his 45-second World Title reign last December, The World’s Largest Athlete’s temper took hold and he released his KO Punch. The impact of the punch registered a miraculous 1,809 pounds per square inch, establishing that his finishing maneuver indeed packed more of a wallop than his WWE Hell in a Cell adversary’s.
Moments after the intense Big Show stomped out, completely focused on his pay-per-view World Title Match, Sheamus was suddenly attacked from behind by the massive Tensai — no doubt in response to The Great White’s interference in his match with The World’s Largest Athlete one week again.
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus def. Tensai
While still recovering from the effects of the assault, The Great White chose not to wait for the contest to start, engaging his tattoo-ridden opponent on the ramp with the fiery intensity of a true World Champion.
While the referee did get control of things long enough to call for the bell eventually, what followed was less a match and more of an all-out brawl. While the massive Tensai mounted an impressive effort, the first Irish-born World Heavyweight Champion would ultimately rise above. After miraculous lifting Tensai off his feet to deliver White Noise, Sheamus finished him off with the Brogue Kick.
But, will he be able to withstand the awesome onslaught of Big Show and the KO Punch at WWE Hell in a Cell? ( MATCH PREVIEW)
Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal def. Santino Marella & Zack Ryder
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On Monday’s Raw, moments after they were overcome in the semifinals of the WWE Tag Team No. 1 Contenders’ Tournament, Santino Marella & Zack Ryder were suddenly attacked by the treacherous trio of Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal.
On SmackDown, prior to Slater & Mahal’s tag team match against The Milan Miracle & Long Island Iced-Z, Slater, Mahal and McIntyre addressed Monday’s assault. The Chosen One insisted that their actions were not a beatdown as much as “beautiful music.” The self-proclaimed “Maharishi” added that as solo acts, their careers were “out of tune.” But together, they were a “super group.” It was an alliance that Slater called a band, prompting the three to begin playing air guitar.
This sentiment, indeed, turned into beautiful music for Slater & Mahal in the match that followed. While Ryder managed to hit the Broski Boot on The One-Man Band, the heated contest soon brought all four competitors into play. And after both Santino and Mahal were sent out of the ring, an outside distraction by McIntyre allowed Slater to regain control and plant Ryder’s head into the canvas. This led to the huge victory and an air guitar celebration by the victorious trio.
WWE Tag Team Champion Kane def. Dolph Ziggler by Disqualification
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Following a Tout challenger by Dolph Ziggler earlier this week, The Showoff took on The Big Red Monster, Kane, one-on-one. At the height of the action, as Kane looked to attack his bleach blond opponent from the top rope and Vickie Guerrero climbed up on the apron, Ziggler suddenly attacked The Devil’s Favorite Demon with the Money in the Bank briefcase — giving the masked Superstar the victory by disqualification.
As Kane regained the post-match advantage on The Showoff, Daniel Bryan ran down to the ring, coming to the aid of his partner two seconds too late. As Kane and Bryan began to argue with each other yet again, Matt Striker entered the ring and attempted to get an interview with Team Hell No. When he questioned the submission specialist on speculation that he was the weak link in the team, Bryan put the SmackDown announcer in the “No!” Lock. Kane yanked his partner off him by the beard, only to hit Striker with the Chokeslam himself.
While WWE Tag Team Champion Team Hell No’s opponent at Hell in a Cell will be set in stone after this week’s RAW ( MATCH PREVIEW), there is no telling what will come of the latest attack on a WWE announcer. ( FULL STORY)
Big Show def. Kofi Kingston
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Four days after catching World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus’ Brogue Kick and sending the World Heavyweight Champion over the top rope on Raw, the giant took on Kofi Kingston — with Intercontinental Champion The Miz joining the SmackDown announce team. While the decorated highflier pull off an explosive opposition that The World Largest Athlete does not often experience, in the end, Show repelled Kofi’s Trouble in Paradise to deliver the KO Punch for the victory.
As the smoke cleared and the giant exited, The Awesome One entered the ring, mocking Kingston for always coming up short, before assuring him that the result would be the same when Kofi challenges The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship this Wednesday at 8/7 CT on “WWE Main Event.”
Theodore Long wigs out over the continued Divas controversy
Watch as the discovery of a blond wig intensified an already volatile situation, both within the Divas division and within the administration of SmackDown General Manager Booker T.
Sin Cara def. Damien Sandow
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Three days before he and Rey Mysterio will compete against Team Rhodes Scholars in the final of a tournament to determine the No. 1 contenders to Team Hell No’s WWE Tag Team Titles at Hell in a Cell ( MATCH PREVIEW), Sin Cara took on Damien Sandow, one-on-one.
After Sin Cara leaped from the top rope onto Cody Rhodes at ringside, the grandson of a plumber tripped up his partner’s opponent. As the referee ejected Rhodes over the incident, Sin Cara leaped at a completely distracted Sandow, using his incredible athletic prowess to pick up the quick pin.
Alberto Del Rio def. WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan
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Two weeks ago, Alberto Del Rio attacked Randy Orton twice during SmackDown. The first assault was a sneak attack, just before Randy Orton’s World Title No. 1 Contender’s Match against Big Show — a crafty move that ultimately contributed to WWE’s Apex Predator losing that match. Then, once The World’s Largest Athlete emerged victorious, Del Rio continued his onslaught when SmackDown went off the air.
But after The Viper tweeted earlier this week that he would return to SmackDown, The Mexican Aristocrat sent Ricardo Rodriguez looking for The Viper, putting the personal ring announcer on pins and needles the entire night. This included a run-in with another snake, Santino’s Cobra. ( WATCH)
Despite this intimating atmosphere surrounding the expected emergence of WWE’s Apex Predator, Del Rio was able to overcome WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan in an action-packed main event showdown — making the submission specialist tap out with the Cross Armbreaker.
Following the bell, Del Rio grabbed the microphone, claiming that Orton’s tweet was misleading and that he was not on SmackDown, before branding him a coward. But, he was proved wrong in one-second’s time, as The Viper suddenly appeared from seemingly nowhere. Orton moved in for the attack, unleashing an assault on the shocked Mexican Superstar outside the ring.
However, before the nine-time World Champion could RKO his adversary onto the SmackDown announce table, Del Rio threw his personal ring announcer to the dogs. As a result, Rodriguez would instead feel the sting of The Viper.