WWE SmackDown Results, June 16, 2016: Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn & Cesaro stand tall en route to Money in the Bank
On the final SmackDown before what could be the greatest Money in the Bank pay-per-view ever, Thursday night’s best show spun out of control with a Fatal 4-Way Match, a one-on-one showdown pitting The Phenomenal One against a WWE Tag Team Champion, and a manic main event collision between Money in the Bank Ladder Match competitors.
SmackDown Results : Quick Hits
- ‘Highlight Reel’ proves to be all about the Money
- Kofi Kingston def. Big Cass, Luke Gallows and Aiden English
- Baron Corbin def. Zack Ryder
- Kalisto vs. Rusev ends in a No Contest
- AJ Styles def. Xavier Woods
- Charlotte def. Natalya
- Dean Ambrose, Cesaro & Sami Zayn def. Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio & Kevin Owens in a Six-Man Tag Team Match
SmackDown Results : Full Details
‘Highlight Reel’ proves to be all about the Money
The always outspoken Chris Jericho promised to triumph this Sunday in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, a contest he is credited with inventing. But his guest and longtime adversary Dean Ambrose seemed more interested in the six-time World Champion’s $20,000 carpet. After losing his JeriTron 6500 privileges, the unstable Superstar listened as the host of the “Highlight Reel’ belittled him.
The tirade was soon interrupted by Kevin Owens, who emerged to stake his own claim to the contract at this Sunday’s pay-per-view. Alberto Del Rio then came forth. He is the only Superstar in this year’s ladder showdown to already have a Money in the Bank victory on his resume. But before he could finish his statement, Cesaro interrupted. The Swiss Superman didn’t even get a word out before Sami Zayn interrupted as well to discuss SmackDown’s Six-Man Tag Team main event between them. As Jericho tried to take control of his show, Ambrose spilled his coffee all over the expensive carpet and incited a huge brawl.
Kofi Kingston def. Big Cass, Luke Gallows and Aiden English
SmackDown’s opening contest featured a fast-paced singles Fatal 4-Way Match, including one representative of each of the combinations set to compete in the Fatal 4-Way for the WWE Tag Team Championship on Sunday.
Indeed, from the opening bell, the WWE Universe was treated to a taste of the free-for-all that will be unleashed on WWE Network. And in the midst of absolute bedlam both inside and outside the ring, Kofi Kingston hit Aiden English with Trouble in Paradise to pick up the victory. But it remains to be seen which team will walk out of Money in the Bank with the gold.
Baron Corbin def. Zack Ryder
With his Money in the Bank Kickoff adversary Dolph Ziggler joining SmackDown commentary, Baron Corbin went to war against Zack Ryder. In the end, despite a solid offensive by Long Island Iced-Z, the brutal nature of The Lone Wolf would not be denied. Keeping The Showoff in his sights the entire time, he blasted his opponent with End of Days for the victory.
With a post-match faceoff nearly bringing about their Money in the Bank Kickoff showdown three days early, will Corbin take down Ziggler?
Kalisto vs. Rusev ends in a No Contest
After attacking his Money in the Bank No. 1 contender Titus O’Neil on Raw, United States Champion Rusev was scheduled to face Kalisto on SmackDown. But as the masked Superstar was leaping into the ring, The Bulgarian Brute caught him in midair and annihilated his would-be opponent before the bell. When Sin Cara emerged to help his friend, Rusev took him out as well. But when Titus O’Neil entered the fray, he proceeded to unleash an absolutely onslaught on the titleholder.
AJ Styles def. Xavier Woods
Following a challenge issued during a backstage altercation, The Club’s AJ Styles went one-on-one with WWE Tag Team Champion The New Day’s Xavier Woods.
But rather than attempting to win with Phenomenal Forearm, Styles sent a message to John Cena by locking in the Calf Crusher to make Woods tap out. Will the Cenation leader tap out to the devastating maneuver Sunday and prove that his time is up and Styles’ time is now?
Charlotte def. Natalya
When Dana Brooke attempted to distract Natalya in the final moments of her match against WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte, Becky Lynch engaged her. But as the two Superstars brought their battle into the ring, Dana left the Women’s Championship on the canvas. Seizing the opportunity, the titleholder threw it at The Queen of Harts’ feet.
Then, as the referee went to get the title out of the ring, Charlotte attacked and locked in the Figure-Eight Leglock to make her opponent tap out.
Dean Ambrose, Cesaro & Sami Zayn def. Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio & Kevin Owens in a Six-Man Tag Team Match
If you needed an indication of just how chaotic Sunday’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match will be, look at the main event tag team match on SmackDown.
In a contest pitting Sami Zayn, Cesaro & Dean Ambrose against Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio & Kevin Owens, the sheer determination of the six Superstars was so intense that several times, combatants “accidently” took out their own partners. When KO didn’t like being tagged into the action, however, he purposefully took out both of both The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla and The Essence of Excellence. But in the fury of attacking his own partners, he didn’t see Dean Ambrose, as The Lunatic Fringe hit Dirty Deeds for the victory.