Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Date: November 28, 2014
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, and JBL
A video of Sting‘s entrance video followed by some quick shots of his entrance at Survivor Series is shown.
The Smackdown video plays, and we’re brought into the arena to be welcomed by Tom Phillips, Michael Cole, and JBL.
Miz TV with special guest Big Show
The Miz and Damien Mizdow are in the ring. Miz is carrying the WWE Tag Team Titles while Mizdow is carrying toy replicas. The Miz welcomes the crowd to Miz TV while Mizdow mimics his movements. Miz says there were a lot of major moments at Survivor Series. Most notably, he became WWE Tag Team Champion. Miz raises his arm to boos. Mizdow raises his arms and gets cheers. Miz says that wasn’t the only shocking thing that happened. Right now, he has an exclusive interview with a giant man who took a giant chance when he changed his allegiance midway through his Survivor Series match and knocked out John Cena. Miz welcomes The Big Show to the ring.
Big Show makes his way to the ring. As he does, they show still photos of him hitting John Cena with a Knockout Punch. A replay is then shown of Erick Rowan confronting Big Show on RAW. A “You Sold Out” chant breaks out. Miz tells the crowd when his hand goes up, their mouths go shut. They boo him for that. Miz says that John Cena called Big Show a traitor. Miz says if he can speak publicly (JBL says, “You already are,” and Michael Cole audibly snickers), the only mistake Big Show made was joining Team Cena. Big Show is glad someone understands his situation. He never should have joined Team Cena. He should have done what is best for him. He has to take care of his family. People jump to quick judgments like Erick Rowan.
Daniel Bryan’s music hits, and the crowd erupts as he makes his way to the ring doing the “YES!” chant. A “Daniel Bryan” chant breaks out. Bryan says the crowd is the best. He’s been out for far too long, and it has been far too long since he’s heard that. On RAW, Big Show said that if someone had something to say, they could come out and say it. Bryan says he has something to say. Bryan wants to ask the people a question. Is everyone ready for Daniel Bryan’s Smackdown? A “YES!” chant breaks out. Bryan says he’s running the show tonight and has some great matches. First, we are going to put everyone’s favorite hungry man, The Ryback, against Seth Rollins tonight. Bryan asks if they want to see a championship match, and the crowd does. We’ll have the Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper defend his title against the man who was the sole survivor of Team Cena, Dolph Ziggler.
Miz sarcastically cheers him before telling him not to steal his spotlight. Bryan says he couldn’t possibly do that because Mizdow is already doing that. Bryan doesn’t appreciate the fact that Miz interrupted him because he has one more special announcement for tonight. Big Show says we don’t want to hear about Bryan’s plans. Bryan interrupted him and Miz. This is about Big Show right now and not Daniel Bryan’s Smackdown. Bryan says this is about Big Show. It’s about a lot of people, actually. On RAW, he told Rusev if he didn’t say the Pledge of Allegiance that he would have to defend his United States Championship in a Battle Royal. Rusev refused to do that, so tonight he’ll defend the title in a 20-man Battle Royal. Bryan says that match is starting right now! Its participants will include Miz, Mizdow, Big Show, and Erick Rowan!
A vignette airs of Kofi Kingston talking about a new day arriving.
WWE United States Championship – Battle Royal
The Miz vs. Damien Mizdow vs. Big Show vs. Erick Rowan vs. Jimmy Uso vs. Jey Uso vs. Diego vs. Fernando vs. Stardust vs. Goldust vs. Cesaro vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Curtis Axel vs. Jack Swagger vs. Sin Cara vs. Adam Rose vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater vs. WWE United States champion Rusev
The bell rings, and all twenty men begin brawling in the ring. Big Show is attacking Los Matadores in the corner. Big Show has them squeezed in the corner before head-butting them. Big Show then dumps Justin Gabriel out of the ring. Big Show soon sends Sin Cara packing as well. Cesaro hits Adam Rose with an uppercut. Rowan then eliminates Slater from the match. Rose attacks Rowan in the corner and goes for ten punches. Near them, Cesaro hits Axel with a punch so hard it sends him over the top rope. Rowan drops Rose to the apron, but he hangs on. Los Matadores then eliminate Rose. Cesaro knocks Stardust over the top rope, but he lands on the apron. Big Show then eliminates Los Matadores from the match.
All men are down as Big Show and Rowan approach each other in the middle of the ring. They brawl with Rowan coming out on top. Rowan splashes Big Show in the corner a few times before clotheslining him out of the ring! Big Show angrily yells at him. Rowan head-butts Stardust away. Big Show grabs Rowan’s leg, and Rusev eliminates Rowan! Cesaro, O’Neil, Kidd, and The Usos try to eliminate Rusev, but he hangs on.
We come back from the break to see Cesaro nearly eliminate Mizdow, but he hangs on to the apron. Stardust throws Miz to the apron, but Miz quickly gets back in the ring. Miz throws Stardust over the top rope, but Stardust lands on the apron. Goldust then throws Miz out of the ring. Gold and Stardust look at Mizdow. Mizdow grabs himself by the hair and throws himself over the top rope! Gold and Stardust are dumbfounded by that turn of events before Swagger eliminates them both. Cesaro tries to eliminate Swagger. Cesaro puts him on the apron, but Swagger continues to hang on. O’Neil big boots Jimmy Uso off the top rope to the floor. Jey Uso then avoids a big boot from O’Neil and knocks him over the top rope. Jey drops Kidd to the apron, but Kidd kicks him in the head. Kidd then eliminates Jey with a modified hurricanrana.
The final four are Rusev, Jack Swagger, Cesaro, and Tyson Kidd. Kidd nearly eliminates Cesaro, but he manages to hang on to the bottom rope. The four men look at each other as a USA chant breaks out. Cole mentions that Russia, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States are represented amongst these men. Swagger pushes Rusev to the corner and gives him some shoulder blocks. Kidd comes up from behind and attacks Swagger. Cesaro attacks Rusev as Kidd kicks Swagger in the face. All three men try to throw Swagger over the top rope, but he holds on and fights them back. Swagger tackles Cesaro to the corner before throwing Kidd and Rusev into him. Swagger then hits Rusev with a double leg takedown. Swagger then punches Kidd and Cesaro down. Zeb Colter is pounding the apron to support him. Swagger hits Rusev with a Swagger Bomb. Cesaro then tries to eliminate Swagger, but he holds on and dumps Cesaro to the apron. Kidd springboards off the top rope, but Swagger catches him and throws him over the top rope.
Rusev quickly tries to eliminate Swagger, but Swagger fights him off. Cesaro immediately follows up by dumping Swagger to the apron. Rusev hits Swagger, but he hangs on. Cesaro throws Rusev over the top rope, but he somehow manages to hang on! Swagger then gives Cesaro a back body drop out of the ring to eliminate him! Rusev then hits Swagger with a thrust kick to eliminate him!
Winner and still WWE United States Champion: Rusev
Match Rating **
Rusev and Lana celebrate in the ring as a giant Russian Federation flag unfurls above the ring. The crowd loudly boos him as he holds the title up.
Kane is seen backstage in a Daniel Bryan snow hat and a Ryback t-shirt. Kane is handing out merchandise to children when Santino Marella comes up to him. Santino says he likes Kane’s shirt. Kane stares at him angrily until Santino screams and runs off.
“I’m here.” Bray Wyatt will be out, next.
Bray Wyatt addresses his TLC match against Dean Ambrose
Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring. As he does, still photos are shown from Survivor Series. Wyatt dared Dean Ambrose to hit him with a chair, and Ambrose did. Ambrose then put him through a table and climbed a ladder. Wyatt then attacked Ambrose the next night on RAW. They will face each other in a TLC match at WWE TLC.
Bray Wyatt says as Dean Ambrose started to climb the ladder at Survivor Series, he looked like an angel ascending to the heavens. Ambrose almost put a smile on his face. It’s just like he told Ambrose before. There isn’t much room for people like them up there. They belong somewhere different. As he lay there suffering with only his own thoughts, he started to feel those steel chairs crashing down on him. The pain started to feel euphoric. It was at that moment that he felt like he failed Ambrose. Wyatt says he only failed himself. If Ambrose wants to spend his pathetic existence wallowing in a pit of his own misery, then he can be his guest. Ambrose’s demons mold him, but Wyatt molds the demons. They march on his command. Ambrose thinks he has Wyatt all figured out, but the devil works in mysterious ways. What’s his is his, and it will always be.
Wyatt congratulates Ambrose because this is a celebration. They have reached the point of no return. What happens next will change Ambrose. “Tables, ladders, and chairs, oh my!” Wyatt says as he smashes Ambrose through tables and dissects his body with steel chairs, he’ll teach him. Wyatt will climb up the ladder, look down at his lifeless body, and finally be able to smile. He’ll smile because he finally put Ambrose back to where he belongs: in the dirt with the rest of the insects. Follow the buzzards!
Luke Harper will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler in tonight’s main event.
A vignette for The New Day is shown. They are coming soon.
Emma vs. WWE Divas champion Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella in a non-title match
Photos are shown of Nikki Bella beating AJ to win the WWE Divas Championship at Survivor Series. A replay is shown from the next night when Nikki helped Brie defeat AJ Lee on RAW.
They lock up, and Nikki throws her into the ropes before shoulder blocking her down. Nikki gloats for the crowd. Emma rolls her up for a two count. Nikki quickly kicks her in the face before hitting a hammerlock slam. Nikki throws her into the corner, but Emma quickly sidesteps her and applies the Dil-Emma. Emma then slaps her on the backside. Nikki talks trash, so Emma slaps her in the face. Emma charges her in the corner, but Nikki elbows her in the face. Nikki then catches her with a springboard shin kick. Nikki then hits the Rack Attack for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Nikki Bella
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Nikki takes the microphone and lets Brie hold the championship. Nikki says it’s time everyone knows the real truth about AJ Lee. They’ve heard AJ’s sob story over and over again. Nikki says she’s worked harder. Nikki holds up the title so AJ can see what a real Divas Champion looks like. Nikki says through her fearless eyes, AJ will always be the pathetic little girl from New Jersey.
AJ Lee’s music hits, and she charges down to the ring. Nikki bails out of the ring as Brie tries to meet AJ and attack. AJ quickly takes Brie down, and Brie rolls out of the ring. The Bella Twins go up the ramp yelling back at AJ.
Kane’s merchandise area he was working at earlier in the night is seen destroyed.
Ryback makes his way to the ring. He’ll be in action against Seth Rollins, next.
Ryback vs. Seth Rollins w/ J&J Security
The bell sounds, and they lock up. Ryback powers him to the corner and goes for a punch, but Rollins ducks it. Ryback blocks a kick and shoves him down for a one count. Ryback goes for a body slam, but Rollins slides out and applies a side headlock. Ryback whips him off, misses two clotheslines, and ducks a clothesline from Rollins. Ryback hits the ropes and catches Rollins trying a leapfrog before slamming him down. Rollins rolls out of the ring to recover. J&J Security checks up on him.
Rollins gets back in the ring and kicks him in the midsection. Rollins kicks and punches him to the corner, but Ryback quickly turns him around and chops the chest a few times. Rollins soon kicks him and chops the chest, but Ryback doesn’t react. Rollins tries a few more times, but there is no effect on Ryback. Ryback pounds his chest and chops Rollins down. Ryback throws Rollins across the ring. Ryback goes for a shoulder thrust in the corner, but Rollins sidesteps him. Ryback hits the ring post shoulder first and falls out of the ring.
Rollins backs Ryback into the barricade before bouncing him off the apron a few times. Rollins puts him back in the ring and covers for a one count. Rollins hits a running forearm in the corner before stomping him. Rollins wrenches the arm and kicks him in the ribs. Ryback comes back with some chops before hitting the ropes, but Rollins dropkicks him down for a two count. Rollins applies a front face lock, but Ryback gets to his feet and powers him to the corner. Ryback goes to slam him into the corner again, but Rollins counters into a sunset flip for a two count. Rollins quickly hits a reverse STO into the corner for a near fall. Rollins goes to the second rope and jumps off with a punch to the face. Rollins goes back to the second rope and jumps, but Ryback catches him and gives him a powerslam. Rollins rolls out of the ring to recover. Ryback follows him outside. Joey Mercury taps on the steel steps to distract Ryback. Rollins knocks Ryback into the steel steps before throwing him into them shoulder first. Rollins taunts the crowd as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Ryback trapped in a side headlock. Ryback fights up and tries to throw him off, but Rollins hangs on. Ryback finally slingshots him off the top rope and slams him down. Ryback sets up in the corner for a meat hook clothesline, but Rollins rolls to the apron. Ryback tries to suplex him into the ring, but Rollins lands on his feet. Ryback then gives him a big back body drop. Ryback goes for a powerbomb, but Rollins gets out and hits him with an enziguri. Rollins then superkicks him down for a near fall. Rollins argues the count before punching away at Ryback. Rollins goes to splash him in the corner, but Ryback sidesteps him. Ryback gets him on his shoulders and climbs to the second rope, but Rollins slides off. Ryback holds on to the top rope. Joey Mercury distracts the referee as Jamie Noble slaps Ryback’s hand. Rollins then gives Ryback a turnbuckle powerbomb for a near fall!
Rollins hits the ropes for a Curb Stomp, but Ryback counters with a military press. Ryback drops him to scare J&J Security off the apron. Rollins charges, but Ryback gives him a back body drop over the top rope and onto J&J Security! Ryback throws Rollins into the ring and connects with a spinebuster. Ryback hits a meat hook clothesline and goes for Shell Shocked, but Kane runs into the ring with a steel chair. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: Ryback
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Ryback ducks Kane’s swing and takes him down with a spinebuster. Ryback picks up the steel chair, but Rollins grabs it before he can use it. Ryback pushes him away, and Kane gives him a big boot. Rollins picks up the chair before handing it to Kane. Kane then smacks the chair off Ryback’s back nine times. Kane drops the chair on the mat before picking Ryback up by the throat. Kane then gives him a Chokeslam on the chair! Kane asks who is laughing now as his music plays.
Another vignette for The New Day airs.
Curtis Axel, Heath Slater, and Titus O’Neil vs. The New Day (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Big E) in a 6-man tag team match
The New Day consists of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Big E. They have a flashy entrance and are wearing blue attire.
Xavier Woods will start the match against Curtis Axel. They lock up, and Axel wrenches the arm. Woods twists out and flips him over. Woods then dropkicks him down. Kofi Kingston tags in, and he comes off the top rope with a stomp to the arm. Kingston hits a snapmare. Woods tags in. Kingston kicks Axel in the face, and Woods follows up with a second kick. Big E then tags in, and he hits Axel with a big splash. Big E takes out a handkerchief and wipes some sweat away. Woods tags in, and Big E gives him a wheelbarrow body splash on Axel for a two count. Axel reverses a whip, but Woods hangs on to the ropes. Woods looks at Slater and eats a dropkick from Axel. Heath Slater tags in, and he stomps away at him before tagging in Titus O’Neil. O’Neil hits a backbreaker before Axel tags back in. Axel goes for a back suplex, but Woods lands on his feet. Axel blocks a kick, but Woods leaps up and kicks him with his free leg in the face.
Kingston and Slater are tagged in. Kingston hits a springboard chop before knocking O’Neil off the apron. Kingston hits some chops before dropkicking Slater down. Slater ducks a leaping clothesline and kicks him. Slater sends him to the corner, but Kingston hits him with a double springboard cross-body block. Axel breaks up the pinfall, prompting Big E to come in and give him a belly-to-belly side suplex. O’Neil runs in, but Woods pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Kingston then leapfrogs Slater, and he falls out of the ring. Big E tags in, and he catapults Kingston over the top rope onto Slater, O’Neil, and Axel! Slater is thrown into the ring. Woods tags in. Big E gets Slater on his shoulder, and Woods goes to the top rope. Big E hits the Big Ending as Woods jumps off and uses gravity to slam Slater even harder into the mat.
Winners by Pinfall: The New Day
Match Rating: * 1/4
The New Day dances with the commentators. The crowd seems to be into them. They wipe sweat from Michael Cole’s forehead.
Luke Harper will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler in the main event. Coming up next, we’ll see the fallout from Survivor Series on RAW.
The RAW Rebound airs showcasing the last night of The Authority. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon went off into the sunset as Daniel Bryan gloated in their face. Later in the night, The Anonymous RAW General Manager made its return. Order and discipline will return to RAW on Cyber Monday.
Renee Young is backstage with Daniel Bryan. Renee asks how it feels to be back on WWE. Bryan says he’s really missed the WWE Universe. Before he turns over the responsibility of running RAW and Smackdown, he has one more decision to make. When the scheduled Ryback to face Seth Rollins, he never envisioned Concessions Kane coming out with a chair to attack him. Since Kane likes chairs, and Ryback likes retribution, he’s scheduling them in a Chairs Match at WWE TLC. Renee asks if he’ll be back soon. Bryan is silent for a time as the crowd chants, “YES!” Bryan then does a big “YES!” chant and walks off.
Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance to the ring. He’ll face Luke Harper for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, next.
Gold and Stardust are lamenting the loss of their cosmic key. Stardust says darkness has fallen upon them. Stardust says they are in the black hole. Goldust says, “Darkness falls on The New Day.”
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. WWE Intercontinental champion Luke Harper
The bell rings, and Ziggler quickly gets around him to school boy him for a one count. Ziggler kicks him in the midsection a few times before hitting a neckbreaker for a one count. Harper quickly rakes the eyes and goes to suplex him off the apron, but Ziggler gets out and snaps him off the top rope. Ziggler then dropkicks him to the floor.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler send Harper face first into the ring post. Ziggler goes to the top rope and catches him with a cross-body block for a two count. Ziggler goes to avalanche him in the corner, but Harper sidesteps him. Harper chokes him on the rope before being admonished by the referee. Harper sets him up for a suplex before letting him down and delivering an uppercut for a near fall. Harper applies a chin lock, but Ziggler gets out with a jawbreaker. Harper runs into a back elbow and misses an avalanche in the corner. Ziggler hits a pair of clotheslines before splashing him in the corner and hitting a neckbreaker. Ziggler drops a big elbow for a near fall.
Harper counters a famouser with a powerbomb attempt, but Ziggler counters into a roll up for a two count. Ziggler then spikes him with a DDT for another two count. Harper sidesteps a superkick, and Ziggler rolls him up with a crucifix pin for a near fall. Harper then takes him down with a spinning side slam for a near fall. Harper goes for a powerbomb, but Ziggler counters into a face-buster. Ziggler then connects with a famouser for a near fall! Ziggler goes to the top rope, but Harper crotches him up there. Harper then big boots him before hitting a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall!
Ziggler rolls out of the ring to recover. Harper goes outside and throws him over the top of the commentary table. Harper goes around the table and throws him over it again. Ziggler then catches Harper with a superkick and rolls into the ring to win by count-out.
Winner by Count-Out: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: * 1/2
Luke Harper is still the WWE Intercontinental Champion. Harper kicks JBL’s hat in frustration before getting in the ring and knocking Ziggler out with a forearm shot. Harper grabs his Intercontinental Championship and licks it. Harper goes to hit Ziggler with it, but he ducks and catches him with the Zig-Zag. Ziggler’s music plays as the show comes to an end.
Quick Match Results
Rusev won a Battle Royal to retain the WWE United States Championship
Nikki Bella def. Emma (non-title)
Ryback def. Seth Rollins via DQ
The New Day def. Curtis Axel, Heath Slater, and Titus O’Neil
Dolph Ziggler def. Luke Harper via CO; Harper retains the WWE IC Title