SmackDown results — Sept. 19, 2014: Mark Henry delivered a patriotic World’s Strongest Slam to Rusev in a pre–Night of Champions confrontation
Jimmy Uso def. Stardust
BILOXI, Miss. — With Night of Champions just two days away, Mark Henry left Rusev staring up at Old Glory’s 50 stars, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins took their battle to the WWE Universe and the Divas Championship got caught in a tug-of-war.
Despite offering no remorse for the pain they’ve inflicted in their quest for the “Cosmic Key,” Gold & Stardust were the ones left in a world of hurt in SmackDown’s opening bout.
Stardust imposed a ferocious offensive attack in a one-on-one contest against Jimmy Uso, but it was the latter’s superkick that left the golden grappler seeing stars. As the WWE Tag Team Champions celebrated — just two days before they defend their titles against their bizarre challengers — Goldust tried to inflict a post-match attack that was quickly thwarted by a double superkick from the Samoan brothers.
Dolph Ziggler & Sheamus def. The Miz & Cesaro
Primed and ready to defend their respective titles at Night of Champions, the Intercontinental and United States Champions teamed up on SmackDown to face their pay-per-view challengers in a tag team showdown.
An evenly matched contest escalated into chaos as both Dolph Ziggler and The Miz’s stunt doubles, “R-Ziggler” and “Damien Mizdow,” tried to insert themselves into the action. But it was the distraction by The Showoff’s “look-a-like” that allowed the bleached-blond Superstar to superkick Miz’s “moneymaker” straight into a Brogue Kick from Sheamus!
Adam Rose def. Heath Slater
“Slater-Gator’s” bunny problem just keeps going and going. After Titus O’Neil tripped up Adam Rose at ringside, the partying Superstar’s giant bunny hopped across the ring, flinging itself onto The Real Deal. Heath Slater, understandably stunned by what he just witnessed, turned around in time to be greeted by a Party Foul from the leader of The Exotic Express.
Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan def. Big Show & Lost Matadores
Lost Matadores and Big Show were all smiles before their match against The Wyatt Family, but the mood quickly changed once the contest got underway.
As Luke Harper & Erick Rowan battled with Fernando & Big Show outside the ring, Diego tried to avoid Bray Wyatt’s fearsome attack between the ropes. Unfortunately for the spirited matador, his fast-paced attack led him straight into the arms of Sister Abigail.
Paige def. Nikki Bella
Divas Champion Paige defeated one of her two Night of Champions opponents, after delivering a Paige-Turner to Nikki Bella in a fierce Friday night non-title matchup. It would be a post-match scuffle, however, that left the fearless Bella Twin standing tall, holding the Divas Championship.
The “Total Divas” star took advantage of another standoff between AJ Lee — who was sitting ringside on commentary — and the titleholder, to grab the butterfly-emblazoned title and knock out both of her pay-per-view opponents. Will we see a similar scene this Sunday at Night of Champions?
Bo Dallas def. Jack Swagger
Despite an early offensive onslaught from Jack Swagger, Bo Dallas took round two of his un-Bo-lievable rivalry with The Real American, thanks to a Running Bo-dog. Unfortunately for the inspirational Superstar, his post-match message of Bo-lief didn’t go over well with his patriotic adversary, who kicked Dallas in the face before he could deliver his trademark catchphrase.
Rusev def. Roman Reigns by Disqualification
Roman Reigns seemed to be on the verge of overcoming Rusev’s powerful assault before Seth Rollins arrived to cut off the black-clad Superstar’s comeback. Mr. Money in the Bank’s plan backfired, however, as he ended up inadvertently nailing The Super Athlete with his briefcase, resulting in a disqualification victory for The Hero of the Russian Federation.
Reigns and his former Shield “brother” continued to battle outside the ring as The Powerhouse chased his Night of Champions opponent through the WWE Universe. Back inside the squared circle, Mark Henry interrupted Lana and Rusev’s post-match celebration as Old Glory herself rained down from the rafters. The sight of the American flag sent Rusev into a rage as he attacked The World’s Strongest Man before running into quite possibly the most patriotic World’s Strongest Slam we’ve ever seen.