Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: June 27, 2014
Commentators: Michael Cole and JBL
The show kicks off with a video of Daniel Bryan announcing that he has to have neck surgery a month ago. It then goes to The Authority stripping him of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship weeks later. They then booked a ladder match to determine the new champion. John Cena, Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, and Randy Orton will compete in that match.
Triple H is in the ring with Seth Rollins and Randy Orton. Ladders are set up around the ringside area. Triple H welcomes the crowd to Smackdown before saying people sometimes refer to things as eras in this business. There was the Golden Era, the Rock N’ Wrestling Era, the Attitude Era, the Ruthless Aggression Era, and today the Reality Era. He thinks it’s more accurate to say it’s The Authority Era. The Authority is constantly making history. Take this Sunday, for example. At the Money in the Bank PPV, history will be made when eight men compete in a ladder match. He guarantees at the end of the match there will be a brand new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and that man will be the face of the WWE. Triple H looked right at Randy Orton as he said that. Not only do you get that, you get a traditional Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match in which one man will climb a ladder and retrieve a contract that allows him to create his own opportunities. Triple H put his arm around Seth Rollins when he said that. Triple H then says if he were a gambling man, he’d say that when Sunday is over, there’s a pretty solid group in the ring. He’s willing to say that the brand new WWE World Heavyweight Champion and face of the WWE will be none other than Randy Orton. Standing by his side with a briefcase and contract in hand that allows him a championship match any place, any time will be Seth Rollins. Whether the crowd likes it or not, that is what’s best for business.
Randy Orton says Triple H is exactly right because that is what’s best for business. This Sunday at the Money in the Bank PPV, he will ascend that ladder and not only be The Viper and The Apex Predator, but the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and the face of the WWE once again. Seth Rollins then says he will climb the ladder, defeat six other superstars, including Dean Ambrose, and he will forge his own destiny when he secures a contract that guarantees him a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match anytime, anywhere. In case things don’t work out, like Triple H said, there’s always a Plan B.
Orton cuts Rollins off and asks him what he thinks could go wrong. Rollins says it’s not unthinkable that Orton might not get the job done again. Orton says what’s not unthinkable is that without Rollins’ Shield guys by his side that he doesn’t whip his ass. Triple H stands between them and says they don’t want to do this in front of everybody, but he understands why there are trust issues. Triple H asks both men why they should trust each other. It’s because he trusts each of them. The reality of it for the two of them is, whether they like it or not, there is one constant in this equation, and it is The Authority. That is not going to change. You can either survive against The Authority or thrive with The Authority. While trust right now might be a little bit of a bitter taste, adapt or perish. Triple H says this is the present and future. It’s the plan and is best for business.
Triple H says they’ll move on. When you see Seth Rollins lately, you see one man: Dean Ambrose. The crowd can get excited because they’re going to see Ambrose in a few moments. Unfortunately for all of them, he’s got some bad news for them.
Bad News Barrett’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. He’ll face Dean Ambrose, next.
Footage is shown of Bad News Barrett laying Jack Swagger out with a Bull Hammer on WWE Main Event following a six-man tag team match.
WWE Intercontinental champion Bad News Barrett vs. Dean Ambrose in a non-title match
As Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring, footage is shown of him attacking Seth Rollins on Monday Night RAW. Rollins quickly escaped from him.
The bell rings, and they lock up. Ambrose gets him in the corner before kicking and punching him down in the corner. Barrett comes back with some clubs before sending him into the ropes. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and takes him down with a Lou Thesz Press before punching away at him. Ambrose then throws him out of the ring. Ambrose bounces him off the apron before sending him into the barricade. Ambrose sends him into the ring, and Barrett catches him with a big boot as he reenters the ring. Barrett picks up a two count. Barrett punches away at him before hitting a swinging neckbreaker for a one count. Barrett chokes him on the ropes before kneeing away at him. Barrett then big boots him off the ropes and out of the ring. Barrett points to the Money in the Bank briefcase hanging above the ring as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Ambrose trapped in a chin lock. Ambrose slaps himself to get pumped up before fighting up and punching out. Ambrose hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and hits a running forearm. Ambrose throws him down before hitting a running shoulder in the corner. Barrett reverses a whip to the opposite corner, but he runs into a back elbow. Ambrose goes for a tornado DDT, but Barrett throws him off. Barrett goes for a pump-handle slam, but Ambrose slides out and hits a rebound clothesline. Ambrose then hits Dirty Deeds for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: * 1/4
Jack Swagger’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with Zeb Colter. Ambrose waits in the ring for them, but Swagger turns his attention to Barrett. Swagger clotheslines him down before sending him into the barricade. Swagger picks him up and sends him into the barricade again, and this is where Barrett separates his shoulder. Swagger goes for the Patriot Lock, but Barrett won’t turn over. Ambrose then takes Swagger out with a suicide dive. Ambrose grabs a ladder and hits Swagger in the midsection with it before slamming it off his back!
Ambrose throws Swagger into the ring, and Swagger throws Ambrose out of the ring. Swagger looks up at the briefcase before Ambrose runs back in and attacks him. Ambrose then clotheslines him out of the ring. Ambrose then throws him into the timekeeper’s area. Ambrose bounces him off the commentary table before Seth Rollins attacks him from behind. Rollins throws him into the steel steps, and the crowd chants, “You sold out” toward him. Rollins throws Ambrose into the ring and talks a little trash. Rollins says he’s got eyes on Ambrose all the time before hitting him with the Curb Stomp.
Roman Reigns will take on Kane in the main event of the evening. We’ll also take a look at Vickie Guerrero‘s last night on Monday Night RAW.
Paige is seen walking backstage. She’ll be in action, next.
Naomi will be on commentary for the next match.
Cameron vs. WWE Divas champion Paige in a non-title match
They show footage from the WWE App when Paige and Cameron got into another verbal confrontation. Cameron then slapped her in the face.
They lock up, and Paige powers her to the corner. Paige slams her in the corner before kicking her down and screaming. They lock up again, and Paige clubs her. Cameron sends her into the corner, but Paige slingshots over her. Cameron quickly catches her with a Codebreaker for a two count. Cameron then applies a head-scissor submission, but Paige fights out. She then connects with the Paige Turner for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Paige
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Naomi gets in the ring and goes face to face with Paige. Cameron attacks Paige from behind. Naomi tries to separate them. Cameron knocks Naomi into Paige, and Paige slaps Naomi. They bump one another before Paige holds up the WWE Divas Championship.
Bray Wyatt will take on Sheamus, next.
“Pittsburgh… we’re here.”
Sheamus vs. Bray Wyatt w/ The Wyatt Family
They lock up, and Wyatt powers him to the corner. Sheamus gets out, and they circle the ring. Sheamus kicks him and applies a side headlock. Wyatt whips him off, but Sheamus takes him down with a shoulder block. They begin to trade punches with Sheamus coming out on top. Sheamus backs him to the corner and punches him. Wyatt reverses a whip to the opposite corner, but he runs into Sheamus’ boots. Sheamus pulls himself up to the top rope and hits a diving shoulder block. Sheamus then goes for the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán, but Wyatt fights him off. Wyatt walks around ringside to recover. Sheamus follows him out, but Erick Rowan and Luke Harper stand in his way. Sheamus gets on the apron, and Wyatt takes him down from there. Wyatt then sends him into the ring post before taunting the fans.
We come back from the break to see Wyatt take Sheamus down with a running cross-body block for a two count. Jimmy and Jey Uso have come down to ringside to even the odds for Sheamus. Wyatt shoulders Sheamus in the corner before putting him on the top rope and giving him an uppercut. Wyatt goes for a superplex, but Sheamus fights him off. Wyatt then comes back with a big uppercut, and Sheamus falls off the top rope to the floor. Wyatt goes outside and kicks him in the face. Sheamus pushes him away, but Wyatt kicks and punches him to stay in control. Wyatt throws him into the ring and covers for a one count. Sheamus implores Wyatt to hit him, so Wyatt head-butts him a few times in the corner. Wyatt goes for a suplex, but Sheamus blocks it. Sheamus goes for one of his own, but Wyatt blocks that. Wyatt finally connects with a suplex for a two count. Wyatt then applies a chin lock. Sheamus fights up and punches out. Wyatt quickly kicks and uppercuts him to the corner. Wyatt gains a head of steam, and Sheamus explodes out of the corner with a clothesline.
Sheamus punches him and sends him to the apron. They trade punches, but Sheamus comes out on top. Sheamus then catches him with the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán, but he clubs him a few more times for good measure. Sheamus brings him back into the ring on his shoulders, but Wyatt slides off. Sheamus then hits him with a pair of Irish Hammers followed by a shoulder thrust in the corner. Wyatt avoids a knee lift and runs into an over-the-shoulder powerslam for a near fall. Sheamus knees away at him before going for the Irish Cloverleaf, but Wyatt fights him off. Wyatt avalanches him in the corner before bending his back to look at him upside down. Wyatt then hits a senton splash for a near fall. Wyatt kicks him in the head a few times before going for a one-armed slam. Sheamus elbows out, and Wyatt runs into the Irish Curse Backbreaker. Sheamus goes to the top rope and hits a diving knee drop. Sheamus then applies the Irish Cloverleaf, and Harper and Rowan run in to make the save.
Winner by Disqualification: Sheamus
Match Rating: * 3/4
The Usos run in to even the odds. They give Erick Rowan a double superkick as Sheamus hits Luke Harper with a Brogue Kick. The Usos then take Harper and Rowan out with stereo diving planchas. In the ring, Wyatt tries to catch Sheamus with Sister Abigail, but he fights out. Sheamus then goes for the Brogue Kick, but Wyatt holds on to the ropes and gets out of the ring. Wyatt and his family fall back on the ramp as Sheamus and the Usos celebrate in the ring. Sheamus points up to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship hanging above the ring.
Roman Reigns will take on Kane in tonight’s main event.
Byron Saxton is backstage with Goldust. Saxton asks Goldust about Rybaxel’s challenge for him and Stardust. Goldust says they have no idea what they’re asking for. How about that debut of Stardust? Stardust walks up and says Rybaxel called then hermaphrodites. Stardust asks if you’ve ever stared into the brightest star in the universe. It’s not only the sun – it’s Stardust. Goldust looks head over heels with excitement before saying they accept the challenge.
Paul Heyman will be on commentary for the next match.
Alberto Del Rio and Cesaro vs. Dolph Ziggler and Rob Van Dam
Rob Van Dam will start the match against Alberto Del Rio. They lock up, and Del Rio applies a side headlock. RVD whips him off, but Del Rio takes him down with a shoulder block. Del Rio backs him into the corner and kicks him. RVD reverses a whip to the opposite corner before hitting a monkey flip for a no count. RVD puts him in the corner before hitting a crescent kick. Dolph Ziggler is tagged in, and he punches Del Rio before hitting a snapmare. Ziggler drops a big elbow for a two count. Ziggler runs into a back elbow before Del Rio catches him with a flapjack. Cesaro is tagged in, and he stomps Ziggler before standing on his head and stomping him. Del Rio is tagged in, and he hits a step-up enziguri for a two count. Cesaro is tagged back in, and he stomps Ziggler. Cesaro sends him into the ropes, but he misses a pair of clotheslines. Ziggler then hits a running cross-body before hitting some fast punches in the corner. Ziggler then hits a neckbreaker. Cesaro sidesteps a Famouser, but he winds up hitting the ring post shoulder first. Ziggler then connects with the Famouser for a near fall.
Cesaro holds on the ropes to avoid the Zig-Zag. Del Rio blind tags in as Ziggler dropkicks Cesaro. Del Rio then hits a chop block before hitting a kick to the face. Ziggler rolls out of the ring to recover as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler trapped in a chin lock. Ziggler fights up and out. Ziggler goes for a sunset flip for a two count. Ziggler then runs into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count. Del Rio argues with the referee over the count before going to the top rope for a diving knee drop. Cesaro tags in, and he stomps Ziggler before punching him down for a one count. Cesaro applies a chin lock, but Ziggler fights up. Ziggler then does a head-scissor into a sleeper hold. Cesaro backs him into the corner, but Ziggler fights him and Del Rio off. Ziggler then kicks Cesaro in the face and gives him a back body drop over the top rope.
RVD and Del Rio are tagged in. RVD hits a pair of clotheslines before kicking him down. Cesaro runs in, and RVD hits him with a step-over heel kick. RVD hits Rolling Thunder for a two count. Del Rio hits a double knee arm-breaker before going for a step-up enziguri, but RVD avoids it. RVD hits the split-legged moonsault, but Cesaro breaks up the pinfall. Ziggler tries to take Cesaro out with a high angle DDT, but Cesaro throws him up into the air for A Very European Uppercut. RVD then kicks Cesaro in the face to knock him out of the ring. RVD goes for the Five Star Frog Splash, but Del Rio gets his knees up. Del Rio then applies the Cross Arm Breaker for the win.
Winners by Submission: Alberto Del Rio and Cesaro
Match Rating: **
Alberto Del Rio taunts both Cesaro and Paul Heyman by saying he’s better than them. Cesaro then kicks Del Rio and hits him with the Neutralizer.
Renee Young is backstage with the Usos. She asks them about facing Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Jey Uso says Harper and Rowan are tired of them popping up out of nowhere. Jimmy Uso talks about how you can’t ever catch that annoying fly at the barbecue. They then talk about how they’re bringing the full arsenal to beat Harper and Rowan.
Roman Reigns will take on Kane in tonight’s main event. We’ll take a look at Vickie Guerrero’s last night, next.
Rusev is in the ring with Lana. Lana says this is a perfect example of our crumbling, pathetic society. A picture of a broken down factory in Pittsburgh is shown. There once was a time that people from Pittsburgh took much pride in working there, but now it’s just decaying away. This is what she calls a metaphor for the soul of the USA. Lana says they’re lazy, greedy, fat, and impotent, and that causes the decay of their very own way of life. In Mother Russia, they’re inspired to be disciplined and work hard by the greatest leader in the world, Vladimir Putin. The American Dream is becoming the Russian reality. Rusev takes the microphone and talks in his native tongue. Rusev then says he’ll crush America.
Sin Cara vs. Rusev w/ Lana
The bell rings, and Sin Cara quickly kicks away at him. Rusev knees him before sending him to the apron. Cara kicks him in the face and goes for a moonsault block, but Rusev moves. Cara lands on his feet, and Rusev takes him down with a thrust kick. Lana orders Rusev to crush him, so Rusev stomps the spine. Rusev then applies the Accolade for the win.
Winner by Submission: Rusev
Match Rating: 1/4 *
A giant Russian flag unfurls above the ring. Big E’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Big E says Rusev has made a name for himself by attacking this country for too long. This country has been reborn, reshaped, and transformed. It’s a country full of men and women that break their backs to feed their children. It’s full of men and women who work in steel mills and plants. They attack their problems head on. A real man doesn’t attack his opponent from the back. Big E gets in the ring before saying he looks him dead in the eye. Lana keeps Rusev back, and he listens to her. Rusev tries to get a sneak attack on him, but Big E knocks him out of the ring. Lana orders him back as Big E celebrates in the ring.
A video recaps the last night of Vickie Guerrero on Monday Night RAW.
Roman Reigns will face Kane in the main event, next.
Michael Cole announces two new matches for the PPV. Big E will take on Rusev at WWE Money in the Bank. We’ll also see Layla take on Summer Rae with Fandango as the guest referee.
Kane vs. Roman Reigns
Footage is shown of Kane being announced by Triple H as being in the match on Monday Night RAW. Roman Reigns then speared him down.
The bell rings, and Kane starts kicking and punching him. Kane hits a shoulder block for a one count. Kane uppercuts him a few times before sending him into the ropes. Reigns ducks a back elbow and hits a shoulder block for a no count. Reigns punches and head-butts him to the corner before punching him. Kane knees his way out, but Reigns comes right back with a body slam for a two count. Reigns sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and Kane DDTs him down for a two count.
We come back from the break to see Reigns fighting up from a chin lock. Reigns punches him, but Kane knees him in the midsection. Reigns then head-butts him before hitting a Samoan Drop. Reigns ducks a clothesline, but Kane quickly big boots him down for a two count. Kane sends him to the corner and avalanches him before hitting a sidewalk slam for a two count. Kane boots him in the face for another two count. Kane looks frustrated at his inability to keep Reigns down. Kane throws him out of the ring and takes the monitors out of the commentary table. Kane goes to Chokeslam him through the table, but Reigns fights him off and sends him into the steel steps. Kane quickly comes back with an uppercut before sending him into the ring.
Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits a leaping shoulder block. Kane reverses a whip to the corner, but Reigns sidesteps him. Reigns avalanches him before head-butting him down. Reigns then leaves the ring to hit a running dropkick to the side of the head. Reigns signals for the Superman Punch, and he connects with it. Reigns sets up for a spear, but Randy Orton runs down and snaps him off the top rope. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: Roman Reigns
Match Rating: * 1/2
Orton stomps Reigns in the corner. Orton helps Kane up, and he turns into a Superman Punch. Kane then Chokeslams Reigns down. Kane then leaves the ring and grabs a 20-foot ladder. Kane puts the ladder into the ring, and he looks at Orton. Kane then looks up at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and sets the ladder up underneath. Kane looks at Orton, and he seems to be inviting Orton to get the titles. It seems like Kane set the ladder up for Orton to climb. Orton then smiles at the crowd as he makes the slow climb. Kane then grabs the ladder like he’s going to push it over, but he’s just holding it steady for Orton. Kane has his head down like this is against everything he’s about. Orton then looks at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and he unhooks it. Orton holds it up before getting off the ladder. Kane folds up the ladder and throws it out of the ring as Orton holds up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Kane signals like he wants to Chokeslam Reigns again, but Orton holds him back. Orton then tosses the WWE World Heavyweight Championship aside before setting up for a Punt Kick on Reigns, but Reigns spears him down! Reigns then spears Kane down as the crowd pops big. Reigns then picks up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and holds it up as the show comes to an end.
Quick Match Results
Dean Ambrose def. Bad News Barrett (non-title)
Paige def. Cameron (non-title)
Sheamus def. Bray Wyatt via DQ
Alberto Del Rio and Cesaro def. Dolph Ziggler and Rob Van Dam via Submission
Rusev def. Sin Cara via Submission
Roman Reigns def. Kane via DQ