SmackDown Results: Ambrose withstands 2-on-1 assault, ready to battle Rollins in one of two Hell in a Cell matches
Seth Rollins def. Dolph Ziggler
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — As SmackDown’s main event collision between Corporate Kane and Dean Ambrose took a nasty turn toward “Hell,” Sheamus & The Usos engaged in a moneymaking venture and Divas Champion AJ Lee met up with “friends.”
Seth Rollins kicked off SmackDown, embracing the view that he was a “sell out” and making it clear that was one of the many reasons he is the future of WWE. Then, in his whirlwind match against Dolph Ziggler — a direct result from Rollins’ Raw assault four days earlier — Mr. Money in the Bank overcame The Showoff with the Curb Stomp.
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When Dean Ambrose emerged after the bell to discuss what he plans to do to his former Shield “brother” inside one of two Hell in a Cell Matches on Oct. 26, Corporate Kane promptly interrupted and made a match between himself and The Lunatic Fringe for SmackDown’s main event.
AJ Lee def. Layla
Referencing a tag team partnership gone bad with Layla on Raw, Divas Champion AJ Lee explained that the only friend she needed was the Divas Championship.
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The unpredictable titleholder then made her English foe tap out to the Black Window — as Paige and Alicia Fox watched from the SmackDown announce table. Then, after Ms. Fox launched a post-match attack on AJ, Paige took out her former “frenemy” with the Ram-Paige.
Sheamus & The Usos def. Gold & Stardust & The Miz
In the midst of all-out six-man tag team chaos, Sheamus failed to Brogue Kick the “Moneymaker.” He did deliver an earth-shattering kick to WWE Tag Team Champion Goldust to help seal the victory for himself and The Usos.
Mark Henry will let Big Show take on Rusev alone
After Big Show shared another story from their close friendship on the road, The World’s Largest Athlete asked Mark Henry to let him overcome Rusev all by himself at WWE Hell in a Cell. Despite reservations, The World’s Strongest Man agreed.
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And when Rusev and Lana emerged, the giant launched a verbal assault that made it clear that everybody better brace themselves for an international showdown at the Oct. 26 pay-per-view.
Nikki Bella def. Naomi
At WWE Hell in a Cell, Nikki Bella will square off against her sister Brie, with the loser of the match becoming the winner’s personal assistant for a month! Nine days prior to that showdown, Nikki would reign supreme over Naomi with the Rack Attack — as Brie watched closely from a nearby monitor.
Perhaps even more important, however, was the SmackDown announcement stating that if the loser of the Brie vs. Nikki match at Hell in a Cell doesn’t fulfill her duties as personal assistant, she will have to quit WWE!
Dean Ambrose def. Corporate Kane by Disqualification
When Seth Rollins attacked Dean Ambrose, forcing the referee to call for the bell in The Lunatic Fringe’s match against Corporate Kane, it looked as if the unstable Superstar would suffer a Curb Stomp onto a steel chair. Ambrose was able to evade the assault by his Hell in a Cell opponent at the last second, though, nearly nailing Rollins with the chair before lambasting Kane.