SmackDown Results — Sept. 26, 2014: Big Show knocked out Rusev; Ambrose stole Rollins' Money in the Bank briefcase
September 24, 2014
Dean Ambrose def. The Miz
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – SmackDown erupted with an Intercontinental Championship No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal and subsequent Title Match, a WWE Tag Team Title rematch, an “expensive” brawl between Dean Ambrose and the combined forces of Kane and Seth Rollins, a highly personal “Total Divas” showdown and a giant’s quest to knock The Hero of the Russian Federation down to size.
Despite the emergence of Seth Rollins and Corporate Kane in SmackDown’s opening contest, Dean Ambrose was able to counter The Miz’s Skull-Crushing Finale and hit Dirty Deeds for the victory over the “Moneymaker.” The unstable Superstar then singlehandedly held off the 2-on-1 assault from Rollins and Kane to steal the Money in the Bank briefcase!
Cesaro won the Intercontinental Championship No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal
In a furious No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal that would come down to Bo Dallas, Cesaro, Jack Swagger and Kofi Kingston, The Wildcat followed up his WWE Main Event triumph over Bo by kicking the inspirational Superstar off the apron and out of contention.
Then, moments later, as the three remaining competitors were brawling on the ropes, The Swiss Superman picked up Kingston and hurled him at The Real American, knocking both of his opponents to the floor. In doing so, the winner of the first-ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal seized an opportunity at Ziggler’s title later on SmackDown!
The Usos def. Gold & Stardust in a WWE Tag Team Title Match by Disqualification
Just when it looked like The Usos’ high-flying prowess would allow them to take back the WWE Tag Team Titles, Goldust opted to break up a pin attempt on Stardust by nailing his Samoan adversary with the title, ending the match by disqualification.
Summer Rae & Layla def. Natalya & Rosa Mendes
While the ongoing conflict between “Total Divas” Summer Rae and Natalya continued to make itself known in SmackDown Divas tag team action, it was Summer’s partner Layla who ultimately overcame Rosa, pinning her with a little help from the tights.
Dolph Ziggler def. Cesaro in an Intercontinental Title Match
Earlier on SmackDown, Cesaro won the right to challenge Dolph Zigler for the Intercontinental Title in an explosive Battle Royal. But that title match would ultimately end in controversy. When The Showoff countered The Swiss Superman for a pin attempt, the referee failed to see Cesaro grab the ropes.
Nevertheless, the official’s decision was final and Ziggler squeaked through with the title still around his waist.
Big Show def. Rusev by Disqualification
Fighting for both his country and his “brother from another mother,” Mark Henry, Big Show took on Rusev in SmackDown’s main event. Just when it looked like the giant was ready to finish off The Hero of the Russian Federation with the KO Punch, though, Lana entered the ring to distract him.
This opened the door for Rusev to nail The World’s Largest Athlete with the Russian flag to end the contest in a disqualification. That would not stop Big Show from delivering a thunderous, post-match KO Punch to the “Super Athlete,” though, fulfilling his promise to Henry that he would knock out the foreign Superstar on SmackDown.