We open with a recap of the Money in the Bank qualifying matches from early this week on RAW – Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho are the five confirmed men in the ladder match for the contract. There are still two unknown spots left to fill, with no signs of who they might go to.
Michael Cole is in the ring, for some reason, explaining to us the concept of Money in the Bank before revealing that he is going to be interviewing one of the money who has already qualified – Dean Ambrose. It could not be more apparent that he is also dripping water from his extremely wet hair, and while I know his shirt is probably worth a lot less than Seth Rollins’s suit, it does occur to me that I’ve never noticed just how much hair water flies around until recently. As Dean explains how he gets in the ring and does his thing, and doing his thing means people get hurt, Kevin Owens makes an appearance to say what we’ve all been thinking…
Raw Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin – Corbin winsFandango vs. R-Truth – R-Truth winsCharlotte vs. Paige – Paige winsThe Miz vs. Sami Zayn – Sami winsRusev vs. Sin Cara – Sin Cara winsAnderson & Gallows & AJ Styles vs. The Usos & Roman Reigns – Ro’s Bros winZack Ryder vs. Kevin Owens – Kevin Owens… Continue reading Rasslin Round-Up: 8th – 15th May ’16
Welcome to Thursday night SmackDown! We are informed that tonight there will be a 2-on-2 tag match between the Usos and Gallows and Anderson, and are conspicuously told that Roman Reigns and AJ Styles have both been banned from ringside for the event. Given how that’s gone in recent times, what do you supposed the odds are that they’ll both actually stay away for the duration?
Well, we open Raw with a recap of the AJ/Roman feud, with lots of slow-motion footage, and Roman looking bored next to the title, and I still think Roman should have eaten the pin from AJ to end that match, but ah well. Apparently creative think Roman’s at his most attractive to us when he’s just smacking the hell out of people for barely discussed reasons. I’m not entirely sure they’re wrong, honestly.
The first thing that we address is that the main event is going to be a tag-team match, pitting the Usos against Gallows and Anderson. The second thing is that Jericho’s music hits and we’re opening with an episode of the Highlight Reel and a recap of what happened with the Ambrose Asylum on Monday Night RAW.
We open on a video package recapping Payback, particularly the results of the Shane/Stephanie debacle and how the main event ended. I appreciate that there is at least for the time being an answer, but this whole thing has gone on much longer than I would have liked. AJ Styles and Roman Reigns’ match for Extreme Rules is also discussed, and there’s more talk about this being a new “era” of WWE, which… well, I’m skeptical about, given the complete lack of any title changes at the pay-per-view, but of course eras are about more than just titles. I’m going to keep an open mind.
So, there’s been a few things happening this week that we’ll cover later, but let’s jump right into the action with Monday’s show, and we’ll cover the news as we get it!
Welcome, one and all, to (an admittedly very late) Thursday Night SmackDown! Where heels are faces, faces are tweeners, the Authority is gone, everything is beautiful and nothing hurts! The ever entertaining Mauro Ranallo is welcoming us to the party, where later tonight Sami Zayn is going to battle Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio will duke it out with AJ Styles. As Maryse introduces our Intercontinental Champion and her husband The Miz, in French no less, I am thoroughly convinced I have slipped into a really weird alternate universe. My body is ready.