SmackDown Results, Feb. 26, 2015: Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan score huge Six-Man Tag Team victory
Tensions boiled over between Bad News Barrett, Dean Ambrose and Daniel Bryan
ATLANTA —The Road to WrestleMania headed into overdrive on Thursday’s hottest show, with three Superstars playing capture the Intercontinental Title, another poking a stick at The Demon of Death Valley and six more battling in an explosive WWE Fastlane Six-Man Tag Team rematch!
Daniel Bryan kicked off SmackDown, reflecting on the fact that, after losing to Roman Reigns at WWE Fastlane, he will not be fighting for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania. But before he could continue, Bad News Barrett interrupted, addressing Bryan with much disdain, taking issue with Dean Ambrose stealing his Intercontinental Title and ordering WWE’s “Yes!” Man out of “his” ring.
It wasn’t long before The Lunatic Fringe joined the fray, though, lighting the fuse on a brawl between him and his English adversary. In the end, it was a combined attack from Ambrose and Bryan that created some very bad — and painful — news for Mr. Barrett.
Dean Ambrose def. The Miz
Amid speculation that the reason Damien Mizdow wasn’t at ringside was that he was working on a “top secret” commercial, The Miz emerged alone to take on Dean Ambrose.
During the action, Bad News Barrett crept in and — after suffering the wrath of The Lunatic Fringe — managed to steal back his title. Though Miz attempted to capitalize on this distraction, Ambrose quickly struck back and finished off the A-Lister with Dirty Deeds.
Natalya def. Naomi
With the new WWE Tag Team Champions Tyson Kidd & Cesaro in one corner and The Usos in the other, Naomi went head-to-head with Natalya. And moments after The Usos took over the disruptive Kidd and his dangerous partner outside the ring, The Queen of Harts seemed as if she were injured. This turned out to be a ploy to catch her opponent off guard, however, opening the door for Natalya to execute a Discus Clothesline on her former “Total Divas” co-star for the win.
Jack Swagger brawled with Rusev
Taking great pains to ridicule both America and John Cena for losing at WWE Fastlane, United States Champion Rusev and “The Ravishing Russian” Lana reiterated that they would not give the Cenation leader the rematch he sought at WrestleMania.
Their remarks soon drew the ire of The Real American Jack Swagger, who proceeded to unleash an absolutely patriotic onslaught. But The Hero of the Russian Federation struck back and punished Swagger by locking him in two excruciating Accolades.
Daniel Bryan def. Bad News Barrett
Following an altercation earlier in the night with Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett took on The Beard — with R-Truth joining the SmackDown announce team and eyeing the titleholder’s reclaimed Intercontinental Championship. In fact, it wasn’t long before Truth tip-toed his way over to the ring and stole the title once again.
In the contest’s final moments, Barrett looked ready to hit the Bull Hammer elbow, but at the last second, Bryan countered with a Running Knee out of nowhere and picked up the three-count. With that defeat, Barrett had lost three matches in a row: Truth on last week’s SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler on Raw and now Bryan!
Later, R-Truth returned the stolen title to Dean Ambrose.
Roman Reigns sat down for an interview with Byron Saxton
In an exclusive SmackDown interview, Roman Reigns talked about his incredibly hard-fought WWE Fastlane Match against Daniel Bryan, Paul Heyman’s comments on Raw, the way he would prepare for Brock Lesnar and the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity at WrestleMania.
Fandango def. Curtis Axel
After going out of his way to poke fun at the hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” Fandango declared his entrance in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. In celebration of his announcement, he went on to defeat Curtis Axel with the Last Dance.
The Miz looked to influence Damien Mizdow’s commercial shoot
The A-Lister put his personal touch on his personal assistant’s big break.
Goldust def. Adam Rose
Moments after Goldust overcame the latest entry in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania, Adam Rose, with the Final Cut, Stardust — disguised as one of the Rosebuds — attacked his brother out of nowhere!
Bray Wyatt continued to taunt The Undertaker
The Eater of Worlds demanded that The Phenom find him as WrestleMania draws near.
Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan & Ryback def. Kane, Big Show & Seth Rollins
When order completely broke down in the electrifying final moments of the huge WWE Fastlane rematch, Erick Rowan hurled J&J Security’s Jamie Noble into the ring. This distracted the referee long enough for Dolph Ziggler to connect with an earth-shattering Superkick on Seth Rollins. The impact sent the “Future of WWE” flying into Ryback’s awaiting Shell Shocked, paving the way for The Big Guy’s SmackDown’s Six-Man Tag Team pinfall.