SmackDown Results: Punk’s pipebomb backfires; Outlaws drop the champions

SmackDown Results: Punk’s pipebomb backfires; Outlaws drop the champions

The New Age Outlaws def. Cody Rhodes & Goldust

WORCESTER, MA — In an epic confrontation to end SmackDown, just nine days before Royal Rumble, CM Punk looked to stand up against all of his foes at once, and received a thundering Big Red chokeslam for his efforts. Meanwhile, The New Age Outlaws followed up their  Monday night crimes against The Second City Saint with a Friday night win over WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust.

Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws: SmackDown, Jan. 17, 2014

The current WWE Tag Team Champions square off with the former tag champions on SmackDown.

When SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero interrupted Friday night’s opening tag team match, titleholders Cody Rhodes & Goldust found themselves down and out at the hands of The New Age Outlaws.

Moments after Cody nailed Billy Gunn with a Disaster Kick, signaling that a win may be in the sights of the brothers Rhodes, The Queen Diva interjected. Vickie reminded the WWE Universe — and the participants of the bout — that the Royal Rumble Match is an every-man-for-himself affair, one that could even come down to brother against brother. With Cody’s attention sufficiently diverted, Gunn used the distraction to roll him up for the three-count, resulting in a huge victory over the Tag Team Champions.

With The Miz sitting in on commentary, however, an “awesome” night of SmackDown action still laid ahead.

Heyman announced Brock Lesnar will appear on Raw

SmackDown Results: Punk’s pipebomb backfires; Outlaws drop the champions

With the imminent  Big Show/Brock Lesnar battle at the Royal Rumble event looming, Paul Heyman came to SmackDown, looking to apparently rewrite the circumstances of his client’s recent Raw confrontation with the angry giant. He also made the chilling announcement that The Beast Incarnate will appear on WWE’s flagship show this Monday. Despite Big Show’s attacks on both Lesnar and Heyman in recent weeks, the former ECW head honcho warned that he does not fear The World’s Largest Athlete as long as he walks at The Anomaly’s side.

Big Show manhandles Les nar! | The Walrus runs away!

Never one to be intimidated, though, Big Show arrived, and chased the advocate from the ring. The giant went on to roar a response to Heyman — “At Royal Rumble, I’m knocking Brock Lesnar out!”

Rey Mysterio def. Alberto Del Rio

Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio: SmackDown, Jan. 17, 2014

The rivalry between Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio continues on SmackDown.

Since his January return to in-ring action, Alberto Del Rio has continued to impress. In recent weeks, The Essence of Excellence has frequently called out Batista, the former World Champion scheduled to come home to Raw this Monday. Looking to garner more momentum ahead of The Animal’s return, the haughty Del Rio battled the highflying Rey Mysterio on SmackDown, just days after Del Rio’s Raw victory over The Master of the 619 and post-match missive aimed at Batista.

Photos of Rey vs. Del Rio | The Animal unleashed!

Before the bout commenced, Mysterio responded, telling Del Rio that he should stop worrying about The Animal, and instead worry about The Ultimate Underdog. Mysterio went on to back up his big words in a fast and furious back-and-forth battle, finally trapping his opponent with an out-of-nowhere roll-up for the quick pinfall.

After the bell, however, Del Rio once again attacked Rey, locking him into the devastating Cross Armbreaker. How will Batista respond when he makes his monumental return this Monday?

Naomi def. Tamina

Naomi vs. Tamina Snuka: SmackDown, Jan. 17, 2014

Naomi and Tamina Snuka face off in Divas action on SmackDown.

Coming off a Monday night  tag team loss to Divas Champion AJ Lee & Tamina, one-half of The Funkadactyls, Naomi, battled the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Snuka on SmackDown. And with NXT’s own Emma in attendance, Naomi scored a big win over Tamina with an  incredible moonsault into a cover — helped in part by Cameron’s aggressive suppression of an attempted distraction by AJ. 

Bray Wyatt addressed Daniel Bryan’s "betrayal"

SmackDown Results: Punk’s pipebomb backfires; Outlaws drop the champions

In the wake of Daniel Bryan’s Monday night  display of defiance in the face of The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt delivered a highly anticipated diatribe, aimed directly at his former family member.

The Eater of Worlds ended his eerie missive with one of his most cryptic promises yet: “Daniel Bryan was given every chance to walk with the reapers, and now he will burn with the saints.”

Big E Langston def. Fandango

Big E Langston vs. Fandango: SmackDown, Jan. 17, 2014

Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston goes one-on-one with Fandango.

In a battle of two Royal Rumble Match participants, despite an extremely aggressive display by Fandango, Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston continued to tear through the opposition,  dismantling the dancing Superstar in a one-on-one match that was capped off by The Big Ending.

The Shield promised to emerge unified from Royal Rumble Match

SmackDown Results: Punk’s pipebomb backfires; Outlaws drop the champions

Acknowledging the fact that they may well end up in opposition during the every-man-for-himself Royal Rumble Match in nine days, all three members of The Shield promised that, no matter what happens, the faction will always remain united. 

The Usos def. The Real Americans

The Usos vs. The Real Americans: SmackDown, Jan. 17, 2014

The Usos clash with The Real Americans on SmackDown.

After finding himself on the  wrong end of a Big Show KO Punch Monday on Raw, the always obnoxious Zeb Colter arrived on SmackDown in a wheelchair and donning a neck brace.

Despite brandishing bandages of their own due to injuries suffered during Raw’s Steel Cage Match, the surging Samoan brothers dropped Colter’s Real Americans in an all-out tag team melee of a match – as Jimmy hit the Splash on Jack Swagger, just moments after  ramming Zeb and his wheelchair head-on into Antonio Cesaro.

CM Punk’s stand was unseated by Kane’s chokeslam

After calling out his enemies, CM Punk gets chokeslammed by Director of Operations Kane: SmackDown, Jan. 17, 2014

CM Punk ends SmackDown on a painful note.

After The New Age Outlaws  left CM Punk holding the bag during their Six-Man Tag Team Match against The Shield Monday on Raw, a furious Second City Saint called out all of his enemies at once — The Shield, The Outlaws, The Authority and anyone else he could think of.

Punk betrayed! | The Best in the World takes on ... everyone!

However, just as The Voice of the Voiceless launched into a diatribe against The Game himself, Triple H, both The Hounds of Justice and The New Age Outlaws surrounded the ring. When order was about to break down, however, Director of Operations Kane came out to quell the tensions.

Telling Punk that his anger is misplaced, Kane tried to assure The Best in the World that The Authority is actually on his side and that Kane’s top directive is to make sure the former WWE Champion is treated fairly. Punk wasn’t buying it, however, and when The Big Red Monster attempted to exit the ring, The Second City Saint struck with a vicious verbal assault that led to a  ring-shaking chokeslam to The Best in the World as SmackDown went off the air. 

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