Bad News Barrett’s intercontinental title has made it’s way around the Superstar roster. R-Truth snuck in at the opener of SmackDown and took the chance to steal the strap once again. Where did it end up at the end of the night and what does it mean for WrestleMania’s highly-anticipated ladder match? We review the results of last night’s WWE SmackDown.
Cesaro & Tyson Kidd def. Los Matadores
In the height of the tag team action, Natalya took out El Torito on the apron, setting up the reigning WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd to overcome Los Matadores with an earth-shattering Cesaro Spin/Leg Drop combination.
Ryback def. Kane, Big Show def. Ryback
Set to compete in the second annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania, Ryback took on Royal adversary Kane — as another newly named participant, Big Show, lurked at ringside. When The World’s Largest Athlete climbed up on the apron, however, his disruption allowed The Big Guy to triumph over his corporate adversary.
Bray Wyatt Forecasts Doom for the Undertaker
Showcasing what looked to be The Undertaker’s urn on SmackDown, Bray Wyatt alluded to his intention to unleash the spirit within it Monday on Raw.
AJ Lee def. Brie Bella
Prior to her match against a recently returning AJ Lee, Brie Bella and her sister, Divas Champion Nikki Bella, spoke out about #givedivasachance, AJ’s reemergence from her “vacation” and how the only Diva voice that will be heard is the one at the top.
Paige was heard loud and clear in the final moments of the match as she dropped an interfering Nikki off the apron and paved the way for AJ to make Brie tap-out to the Black Widow.
Kofi Kingston & Big E def. The Miz & Damien Mizdow
Days after Miz’s humiliating “Niagara” commercial left him completely embarrassed on Raw, a dispute between The Awesome One and his personal assistant gave a war-torn Kofi Kingston time to tag in Big E into the contest. Seconds later, The New Day’s combined attack allowed Big E to pick up the tag team victory.
Roman Reigns responded to Paul Heyman’s Raw Comments
The No. 1 contender to Brock Lesnar acknowledged that he will be in a world of hurt at the hands of The Beast Incarnate at WrestleMania 31. But Roman Reigns insisted he would still walk out of The Show of Shows with the World Title in his grasp when all was said and done.
Rusev def. Jack Swagger
On the heels of a patriotic clash last week on SmackDown, Rusev used a massive kick to send Jack Swagger to the canvas before his crushing Accolade made The Real American tap-out. Curtis Axel appeared on the TitanTron and promised that “AxelMania” will run wild on The Hero of the Russian Federation this Monday on Raw.
Dolph Ziggler & Dean Ambrose def. Bad News Barrett & Luke Harper
R-Truth emerged with the Intercontinental Championship still in his possession and joined the announcing team. Dolph Ziggler ultimately triumphed in the heated confrontation, thanks to a fierce Superkick/Zig Zag combination.
When the bell sounded, though, the action was far from over. Looking to finally take back his stolen title, Bad News Barrett attacked Dean Ambrose and Ziggler, before turning his attention to Truth at ringside. Before Barrett could reclaim his property, Ambrose leaped through the ropes and took him down. Luke Harper then tried to take the title from Truth, but the Rapping Superstar tricked his adversary with a hit and run.
At that point, Daniel Bryan emerged and Truth handed the title over to WWE’s “Yes!” Man. But just when Bryan began to lead the WWE Universe in a “Yes!” chant, Stardust attacked him from out of nowhere and took possession of the prize.
Could this mean Stardust will also compete in the Intercontinental Ladder Match at WrestleMania 31?