SmackDown Results: 'Justice' prevails over Outlaws; The Viper strikes down Langston
The Usos vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan ended in a Double Count-Out
PHILADELPHIA – Amidst continued allegations of dissention in their ranks, The Shield stood strong – and united – as they dropped CM Punk & The New Age Outlaws in a decades-spanning SmackDown main event. And in an epic showdown, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton emerged victorious over Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston.
Bray Wyatt may have informed Daniel Bryan that they will team together next week on Raw to take on The Usos, but in the meantime, disciples Erick Rowan & Luke Harper faced the always-amped-up Samoans on SmackDown.
With Wyatt and Bryan conspicuously absent from ringside, Harper & Rowan engaged The Usos both inside and outside the ring. When all order in the bout deteriorated into chaos and the action spilled to the outside, the referee was forced to call for the Double Count-Out.
As the Wyatts continued their assault after the bell, Jimmy & Jey slipped through the ropes and headed up the ramp. But the danger was far from over for the brothers, as the lights went out and Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan appeared to incite a 4-on-2 beat down.
Will Jimmy & Jey be at their best when they face Wyatt & Bryan Monday night?
Orton promised to give The Authority ‘a piece of his mind’
As a result of SmackDown GM Vickie Guerrero making official tonight’s bout between WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston without first consulting The Viper, a furious Orton charged into SmackDown demanding to speak to WWE COO Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
When the Queen Diva informed him that The Authority was not present, WWE’s Apex Predator vowed to give The Authority “a piece of his mind” this Monday on Raw, claiming “that’s what’s best for Randy Orton”!
Royal Rumble challenge thrown down on 'Miz TV'
It’s the question on everyone’s mind: Why did Big Show confront Brock Lesnar Monday on Old School Raw and hurl The Beast Incarnate across the ring like a sack of potatoes? Well, that’s exactly what The Awesome One aimed to answer on another unpredictable episode of “Miz TV.”
Explaining that he got involved in the beef between Lesnar and Mark Henry because he’d seen enough and he simply does not like Brock, The World’s Largest Athlete threw down a giant-size gauntlet to The Beast, challenging Lesnar to a fight!
While Lesnar didn’t grace the SmackDown faithful with his presence, Paul Heyman did — and the former ECW head honcho accepted the giant’s challenge on behalf of his client, telling the WWE Universe that The Beast will face The World's Largest Athlete at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view!
Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara & Los Matadores def. Curtis Axel, Ryback & The Real Americans
Just as the dust cleared from a massive “Miz TV,” an Eight-Man Tag Team Match raged between a quartet of highflyers and four big, bad dudes on Friday night’s best show.
At the height of the fast-paced, back-and-forth battle that included a death-defying top-rope dive to the outside by El Torito, Rey Mysterio silenced Jack Swagger (and, hopefully, Zeb Colter, too) after hitting the Real American with the 619.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton def. Intercontinental Champion Big E. Langston
He may not be well-liked by the WWE Universe — or by those in the locker room for that matter — but WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton once again backed up his serpentine words with an impressive win over the scary-strong Big E Langston on SmackDown.
Despite Big E’s extraordinary efforts in a match that truly showcased the raw power and unlimited potential of this fast-rising Superstar, a thumb to the eye followed by a thundering RKO felled the former powerlifter and propelled The Viper to victory.
Xavier Woods def. Fandango
After Fandango cost R-Truth & Xavier Woods a potential victory on WWE Main Event, the fleet-footed Superstar squared off against “The Rookie” on SmackDown.
Woods dropped the ballroom dancer for the three-count, leading Summer Rae to get up in the future PhD’s face after the bell. The Funkadactyls didn’t take too kindly to the verbal assault, and they quickly dispatched of Fandango’s dance partner while Woods and R-Truth took care of Fandango himself.
The Shield def. CM Punk & The New Age Outlaws
Before Friday night’s massive main event commenced, Roman Reigns stood in the middle of the ring and declared himself “The New Best in the World” after he pinned CM Punk on Old School Raw. Coming to SmackDown for the first time in nearly 14 years, The New Age Outlaws teamed with The Second City Saint, hoping to humble Reigns and his black-clad cohorts.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans, and The Shield ultimately prevailed over the fan-favorites after Reigns drilled Billy Gunn with a devastating Spear, sending a bold-faced message to the WWE Universe that the black-clad trio is as strong as ever.