SmackDown Results: Cena def. Harper, Kane orchestrated a massive ambush on The Shield

Kane addressed the Raw slaughter of Daniel Bryan

HOUSTON – The latest stop on The Road to WrestleMania saw John Cena’s continued struggle against the intimidation of The Wyatt Family, a pre-Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal free-for-all and a WWE Tag Team Title No. 1 Contender’s Match that transformed into an all-out assault on The Hounds of Justice.

SmackDown Results: Cena def. Harper, Kane orchestrated a massive ambush on The Shield

In SmackDown’s opening segment, rather than responding to The Shield attacking him – both  one week ago and on  Monday’s Raw – Director of Operations Kane focused on WWE COO Triple H’s brutal Raw assault of Daniel Bryan. Referring to the onslaught as the end of the “Yes!” Movement, the WWE executive said The Beard deserved what he got. Then Kane put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the WWE Universe for feeding Bryan’s ego and reaffirmed that no one is bigger than The Authority.

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Kane then read a written statement from The Game, who expressed regret about being forced to take matters into his own hands in response to Bryan’s lack of respect and discipline. The message also shared his hope that the WWE Universe would understand that there must be respect for Authority.

Fernando def. Fandango

Fernando vs. Fandango: SmackDown, March 21, 2014

One half of Los Matadores faces off with Fandango on SmackDown.

Moments after Summer Rae climbed onto the ring apron to help turn the tide of Fandango’s singles match against Fernando, El Torito opted to charge after the dancing beauty - perhaps realizing she was wearing a red dress! The chaos this created allowed Fernando enough of a distraction to roll up Fandango for the quick three-count.

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Dolph Ziggler def. Damien Sandow

Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow: SmackDown, March 21, 2014

Dolph Ziggler hopes to continue his recent success when he faces Damien Sandow on SmackDown.

In a hard-fought showdown between two participants of the historic  Andre the Giant Memorial 30-Man Over-The-Top Battle Royal at WrestleMania, a determined Dolph Ziggler pulled off another huge victory, besting Damien Sandow with the Famouser.

WWE Tag Team Title No. 1 Contenders Fatal 4-Way Match ended in No Contest and ambush on The Shield

WWE Tag Team Championship No.1 Contenders Fatal 4-Way Match: SmackDown, March 21, 2014

The Shield strive become the No. 1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles, however Kane and company have other plans.

In a furious Fatal 4-Way tag team showdown ordered by The Authority, Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins, The Real Americans, Ryback & Curtis Axel and 3MB battled to determine the No. 1 contenders to face WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos.

However, before a winner could be determined, Director of Operations Kane, and then The New Age Outlaws, shocked the WWE Universe by suddenly attacking The Shield. The other participating teams quickly joined the onslaught on The Hounds of Justice, who ended up getting systematically taken apart by the overwhelming numbers.

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Later, it become clear that Kane had in fact planned the entire thing, as he awarded tag team title matches to both RybAxel and The Real Americans as a reward for their involvement, while putting 3MB into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. As for the New Age Outlaws, as they joined Kane in celebration in his office, one couldn’t help but remember that both the Director of Operations and Road Dogg & Billy Gunn share a common association with The Authority.

“Miz TV” incited a preview to the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

"Miz TV" with special guest Big Show: SmackDown, March 21, 2014

Chaos erupts inside the ring on "Miz TV" between competitors of the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

After throwing his own hat in the ring for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, The Miz welcomed special guest Big Show, the “odds-on favorite” to win that Show of Shows contest. He also invited surprise guests Titus O’Neil, Kofi Kingston, Alberto Del Rio, Big E, Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, Goldust and Sheamus.

With every Superstar in the ring amped up to compete in the historical Battle Royal in honor of The Eighth Wonder of the World on The Grandest Stage of Them All, The Awesome One proposed that they prove their worth by taking out the giant standing right in front of them.

This lit the fuse on an unofficial, impromptu SmackDown Battle Royal between the present combatants, with Miz watching outside the ring. When it came down to Big Show and Sheamus, however, Miz tried to throw them both out. The World’s Largest Athlete overcame his trickery, dispatching on both The Celtic Warrior and The Awesome One to be the last man standing.

Alberto Del Rio def. Big E

Big E vs. Alberto Del Rio: SmackDown, March 21, 2014

Intercontinental Champion Big E squares off with former World Champion Alberto Del Rio.

After Intercontinental Champion Big E accidently rammed his shoulder into the steel ring post, Alberto Del Rio clocked him with a furious kick, picking up a huge non-title win on the reigning titleholder.

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Woops! Santino and Emma ran into each other backstage

Emma sneaks up on a flustered Santino: SmackDown, March 21, 2014

Things get a little awkward when Emma and Santino Marella knock heads backstage.

Emma learns the hard way not to sneak up on the Milan Miracle.

The Bella Twins def. Natalya & Summer Rae

The Bella Twins vs. Natalya & Summer Rae: SmackDown, March 21, 2014

Divas Champion AJ Lee & Tamina Snuka observe the tag team match featuring The Bella Twins against Natalya & Summer Rae.

Joining the SmackDown announce team, Divas Champion AJ Lee explained that she and Tamina Snuka had resolved their differences following their Raw spat this past Monday.

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Inside the ring, a sudden dispute between unlikely partners Summer Rae & Natalya allowed Brie Bella to hit the  “Total Divas” rivals with a double dropkick off the ropes, before finishing Nattie with the Bella Buster for the three-count.

John Cena def. Luke Harper

John Cena vs. Luke Harper: SmackDown, March 21, 2014

John Cena goes one-on-one with The Wyatt Family's Luke Harper in the main event of SmackDown.

With his creepy  WrestleMania adversary, Bray Wyatt, lurking nearby in the shadows, John Cena took on an ultra-competitive Luke Harper in a knockdown, drag-out SmackDown main event.

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Moments after the Cenation leader overcame his opponent with an Attitude Adjustment in a truly hard-fought showdown, The Eater of Worlds and Eric Rowan stormed the ring. However, choosing the smart move of waiting for The Grandest Stage of Them All, Cena ducked out of the ring and escaped the numbers advantage from “The New Face of Fear.”

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