Location: Washington, DC
Date: March 5, 2015
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, and JBL
Thanks to Leslie Parker for the following WWE SmackDown results from tonight’s tapings in Washington, DC:
Dolph Ziggler opens the show in the ring. He says he never got his Intercontinental Title rematch but now he has a second chance and that means a lot to him. He officially announces he will be in the WrestleMania 31 Ladder Match. Ziggler says something is missing from the match – Daniel Bryan. He goes to call Bryan out but Bad News Barrett interrupts. Barrett says the title and the ladder match are his. Ziggler has two choices – give the belt over or Barrett will take it. Luke Harper sneaks up on Ziggler and lays him out. Harper, Ziggler and Barrett brawl until Dean Ambrose joins them. R-Truth crawls in the ring and steals the belt while the other 4 brawl. Ziggler and Ambrose go looking for the belt but Truth escapes with it without being seen.
Renee Young is backstage with Truth. He tries to give the belt to her but she says he needs to give it to Ambrose.
Ambrose and Ziggler vs. Harper and Barrett is announced for later.
WWE tag team champions Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defeated Los Matadores in a non-title match after Kidd cheated when the referee wasn’t looking.
Ryback defeated Kane, who had Big Show at ringside. Ryback hit a Meathook and won when Kane was distracted. Kane tells Ryback to stay in the ring and makes a match.
Big Show defeated Ryback when Kane interfered and set him up to get hit with the WMD.
Bray Wyatt cuts a promo. He says the awakened waits and tells The Deadman to rise.
AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella is announced for later.
A Sheamus return vignette airs.
The Bella Twins come out and Nikki says everyone is talking about “#GiveDivasAChance.” She says it’s not give AJ Lee a chance. She says while AJ was resting, she has been giving Divas a chance. She says none of them are up to The Bellas standards but she will give AJ a chance. AJ and Paige come out next.
AJ defeated Brie Bella with the Black Widow. Nikki tried to interfere but Paige stopped her.
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan. He says the Intercontinental Title is becoming exciting and the Ladder Match at WrestleMania might steal the show. Bryan says he’s looking forward to seeing who gets the title.
The New Day defeated The Miz and Damien Sandow. Sandow tagged himself in at one point so Miz returned the favor and yelled at Sandow to get out of the ring. Sandow got in Miz’s face but ended up leaving the ring. New Day got the win with their double team finisher.
Renee interviews Jack Swagger backstage about the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and about facing Rusev. Swagger says he respects tradition like any Real American and reserves the right to shut Rusev up.
Roman Reigns is backstage. He says Paul Heyman made a living running his mouth. Reigns says he only agrees with one thing – Brock Lesnar is going to hunt him. Reigns says he’s going to take everything Lesnar has and then hit him with a Superman punch and a spear. Believe that.
WWE United States champion Rusev defeated Jack Swagger with The Accolade. Curtis Axel cut an Axelmania promo on the big screen, inspired by Hulk Hogan, and said he’s coming for Rusev and the US Title.
Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose defeated Luke Harper and WWE Intercontinental champion Bad News Barrett when Ziggler hit a superkick and Zig Zag on Harper. Barrett then knocked out Ziggler and Ambrose. Barrett goes towards R-Truth to get his belt back. Truth is about to hand it over but Ambrose dives through the ropes and takes Barrett out. Truth goes to leave but runs into Harper. Truth puts the belt down and knocks Harper out. Truth goes to leave again but Daniel Bryan comes out. Truth gives him the belt, starts a “yes!” chant and leaves. Bryan starts to celebrate but is ambushed by Stardust. Stardust starts to climb the ladder and poses on it with the belt before leaving. SmackDown ends.