Location: Atlanta, GA
Date: February 26, 2015
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, and JBL
The SmackDown intro aired and Michael Cole welcomed everyone to the arena and announced that we are 31 days until WrestleMania. A Fastlane rematch between Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback vs. Seth Rollins, Big Show, and Kane was announced for the Main Event. Daniel Bryan made his ring entrance to a nice pop and yes chant. Bryan grabbed a microphone and kept a straight face while the yes chants took over the arena, this time without his prompting. He screamed no a few times and reminded crowds that no is what he used to say when he was frustrated about not getting opportunities. He thanked the crowd for propelling him to WrestleMania last year, and then walked through what led to his injury and return. He said he got a rare opportunity to get it all back, but at Fastlane he had failed.
He said after all this, people backstage are asking him if the Yes Movement is dead. The crowd chanted no, and so did Bryan. He said despite not being the Main Event, he had big plans, and just as he was about to explain them, he was interrupted by Wade Barrett. Wade asked him how much longer he is going to carry on with his nonsense. He said no one cared about his sob story, and that he had some bad news for him. Barrett told Bryan that he wouldn’t get a moment this year, because losers like him don’t deserve the spotlight. Barrett then moved on to Ambrose, and said that he was still the champion and Ambrose stole it from him. He told Bryan that if he didn’t get out of the ring, he would……and Dean Ambrose made his entrance with the Intercontinental Belt.
Ambrose and Barrett brawled immediately and Bryan grabbed a hold of the Intercontinental Championship. Barrett eventually asked him for his championship back as the crowd chanted no. Bryan eventually gave it back, but Barrett turned around into a forearm from Ambrose and a kick to the face from Bryan afterwards. Bryan and Ambrose celebrated, and Cole plugged Reigns and Lesnar at WrestleMania, and that Reigns would appear later in the show…[c]
Dean Ambrose remained in the ring, and The Miz made his entrance for the first match of the night without Damien Mizdow.
The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose
Ambrose and Miz criss crossed a bit and then settled in to trading blows. Miz applied a chin lock to slow things down, but it didn’t last as Ambrose got fired up and hit a running double axe handle. He followed up with kicks in the corner and a running bulldog. Ambrose climbed to the top, but he was distracted by Barrett coming back and taking back his Championship Belt. Ambrose chased him down and got it back, and then hit the Dirty Deeds DDT for the win a moment later.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
After the match, video footage was shown from Monday of Randy Orton and Seth Rollins after a brief video introduction by Michael Cole. They then plugged the main event for later…[c]
Backstage, Barrett cut a promo with Renee Young with his title back on his shoulder. He said neither Ambrose nor Goat Face Bryan can hold a candle to him in the ring, and he would never let his title out of his sight again.
Naomi was already in the ring with The Usos, but Natalya made his entrance. Footage was shown of Naomi pulling Natalya from the ring on Raw.
Naomi vs. Natalya
Naomi grabbed a headlock and took the match to the mat immediately. Naomi fought back to her feet and maneuvered into a crucifix pin for a two count. She then applied a head scissors and forced Natalya to power out and get to her feet. The both hit the ropes and had a mid-air collision that caused both women to fall to the mat. Naomi got to her feet and hit a leg kick. Tyson got on the apron to check on her and things broke down on the outside. Cesaro and Kidd got kicked to the face. Natalya popped up and surprised Naomi with a discus clothesline to get the win.
Backstage, Rusev and Lana were shown walking towards the ring…[c]
Rusev and Lana were in the ring as the crowd booed. He called the US Title the symbol of an American Champion. Lana defined an American Champion as someone who stands tall above everyone else. They drew attention to the Tron, and showed Cena’s face prior to the match on Sunday, as well as photos of his eventual defeat. Rusev accused Cena of giving up, just like all Americans when things get too tough.
Lana said Rusev ignores his inferiors, especially those who fall asleep on the job. She then changed subjects to e-mails Rusev received from President Vladimir Putin. She read one of the BS emails as the crowd booed. Putin saluted Rusev for turning down John Cena‘s rematch and praised him for his fortitude and for being the greatest US Champion of all time. Rusev then grabbed a mic and said that he would have a fantastic match at WrestleMania, but it wouldn’t be with Cena. Rusev said he had already been beaten, broken and crushed.
Jack Swagger interrupted and said that Rusev was running his mouth in the wrong town. Swagger did the “We the People” bit, and he and Rusev brawled. Swagger got the best of it early on, but Rusev eventually turned the tables and brutalized Swagger with kicks and the Accolade. He and Lana celebrated afterwards. Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett are up next…[c]
Footage was shown of earlier tonight with Barrett sneaking away with his title during Ambrose’s match with Miz. Barrett set the belt up in the corner of the ring to keep an eye on it. R-Truth joined on commentary and pretended Byron Saxton was Jonathan Coachmen.
WWE Intercontinental champion Wade Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan in a non-title match
They traded strikes in the early going. Barrett hit a snap suplex, but Bryan was quick to come back with European uppercuts and kicks. Bryan hit the ropes and ran into the Winds of Change from Barrett and rolled to the outside…[c]
Barrett continued the assault with knees, and covered for a two count. Bryan fired back with some kicks and then hit a clothesline. He then hit a flying dropkick in the corner, but missed a second one. Barrett tried to leave with his belt, but Bryan hit a baseball slide and then a suicide dive on Barrett to the outside.
Bryan climbed to the top rope, but Barrett crotched him on the top rope. Barrett picked him up for Wasteland, but Bryan escaped and applied the Yes Lock. During the Yes Lock, Truth stole the title from the ring and hid it over by the announce table. Barrett escaped and shoved Bryan into the ringpost. He then set up for the Bull Hammer, but Bryan hit him with the running knee instead and covered for the win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
After the match, Barrett searched around for his title, and looked dejected when he was unable to find it. Cole plugged the WWE Network, and then introduced a Byron Saxton interview with Roman Reigns.
Byron Saxton asked Reigns about his match at Fastlane. He talked about Daniel Bryan knowing what it takes to get where he’s going, and he followed up by saying that he will beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Byron introduced footage of Paul Heyman’s promo from Monday. Reigns said he hates the word can’t, and said he can and he will slay the beast at WrestleMania. Reigns then talked about having to train harder than he’s ever been before, and said he’s going to tap into his family resources to find out how to face Lesnar.
Reigns then said that he hopes Lesnar gets cocky and bounces around, because he’s going to be looking at a man from a proud family looking to provide for his family’s future. He said he knows he can beat Lesnar, and he would prove it at WrestleMania. In the arena, Rosa Mendes and Fandango did their entrance routine…[c]
Backstage, Dean Ambrose asked for the title from R-Truth, who was walking around backstage with hit. Truth just handed it over and ran away. Curtis Axel made his entrance, and totally screwed up his promo. He said 32 hours instead of 32 days, and then failed to sync up with the screen as he counted up the seconds. He did say he would be the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania, though.
Fandango vs. Curtis Axel
Fandango got dumped to the outside early, but quickly re-entered and hit a slam on Axel, followed by his Last Dance leg drop for the win.
Backstage, Miz interrupted Mizdow’s commercial shoot and kicked him out of the spot. Mizdow stood by dejected as the casting director said he’d love Miz to be in the commercial.
Video was shown of the Rhodes family drama while Goldust made his entrance.
Goldust vs. Adam Rose
After a lively minute of action, Goldust got the win with the Final Cut.
After the match, a Rosebud wearing a mask attacked Goldust, and then revealed himself to be Stardust. A Bray Wyatt promo then aired. He said his words may not mean anything to the Deadman, but he needs him to know that he is not just a man. He is the serpent, and only the bravest rat can only outrun the fangs for so long before fate comes calling. Wyatt claimed that hell is his playground and he would go to the deepest depths just to see his face. Wyatt then asked the Deadman to find him. In the arena, Ziggler, Rowan and Ryback made their entrance…[c]
Seth Rollins and the rest of the Authority squad made their way to the ring. Another recap of the Rollins and John Stewart comedy was shown. Ryback fired up the crowd with a feed me more chant.
Erick Rowan, Dolph Ziggler, and Ryback vs. Kane, Big Show, and Seth Rollins in a 6-man tag team match
Rowan and Kane started, and had a power battle that saw Rowan hit an impressive fallaway slam and a flying back elbow off the second rope. Ziggler tagged in for his team and hit a nice dropkick, but Kane was able to back him into unfriendly territory and tag out to Rollins. Ziggler and Rollins traded back and forth for a bit until Show applied a cobra clutch and threw Ziggler around while the hold was applied…[c]
Dolph was the babyface in peril through the break and continued to be isolated from his teammates as the match continued. The heels made frequent tags and Kane shut down Ziggler’s hope with a big boot. Big Show hit a splash off the second rope, but somehow Dolph kicked out. Ziggler somehow hit a Fameasser, but Kane initially prevented a tag. Ziggler hit a DDT on Kane and finally made a tag to Ryback.
Ryback tossed around Rollins and hit a nice overhead Belly to Belly. He then hit a press into a powerslam, and then a meat hook clothesline. Ryback knocked around J&J Security and Rowan knocked Big Show to the outside. Rollins splashed Rowan on the outside, and lined up for a Curbstomp, but Ryback picked him up for Shellshocked. Kane interrupted that, but Ziggler hit a Zig Zag on Kane. Chaos reigned as Rowan tossed Jamie Noble into the ring. This distracted Rollins and allowed for Ziggler to hit him with a superkick. Ryback followed up with Shellshocked and picked up the win.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, and Erick Rowan