This week’s April 23rd edition of Smackdown was taped Tuesday night from the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Read on for this week’s Smackdown results and spoilers:
SmackDown kicks off with an in-ring promo from Seth Rollins. Rollins says on Sunday he won’t need J&J security nor Kane as a gatekeeper. Kane interrupts. The two exchange words. Rollins brings up the fact that Kane lost to Cena on Monday’s RAW. Kane then suggested that since he laid down for Seth, it’s time for Seth to return the favor. This leads to a match between the two.
Seth Rollins vs. Kane in a non-title match ended in a no-contest. Kane tries to get Rollins to lay down for him but then reveals that he was just messing around with him. Kane then announces Dean Ambrose vs. Rollins will take place instead. As Ambrose makes his way down the ramp, Luke Harper comes out and the two brawl. Ambrose loses the upper hand until Roman Reigns makes the save.
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins and Luke Harper is announced for later in the night.
Ryback vs. Rusev was hyped.
Neville and Dolph Ziggler defeated Bad News Barrett and Sheamus. Prior to the match, Sheamus cut a promo on Neville and Ziggler’s size.
Bray Wyatt promo was shown.
Naomi defeated Natalya via the Rearview.
The Prime Time Players cut a promo on Cesaro and Kidd.
Ryback defeated Rusev by DQ. Rusev was disqualified for using a chain. After the match, Rusev used the chain to apply The Accolade on Ryback.
Backstage segment with J&J Security, Luke Harper and Seth Rollins. Harper warned Rollins to not get in his way.
Kofi Kingston with Big E, Xavier Woods defeated Cesaro with Tyson Kidd. Before the match, New Day cut a promo.
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose defeated Seth Rollins and Luke Harper. Reigns speared Rollins and pinned him to win the match.
Important Notes & Fallout
– John Cena, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan each did not appear on Smackdown. In Orton’s case, he just did not make an appearance. Cena was selling an injury angle from Monday night. Bryan was kept off the show due to real medical reasons, and there are concerns about his status for Extreme Rules this Sunday.
– Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper have been heavily involved in segments over the last two weeks as the company continues to build both superstars back up. In Ambroses case, he has been fluctuating all over the place — chasing the Intercontinental title, then the U.S. title, then Luke Harper. Ambrose finally looks like he has direction again, and defeating Luke Harper this Sunday at Extreme Rules will go a long way to re-establishing himself as a rising star.
– If the New Day should win their Tag Team Championship match Sunday at Extreme Rules, expect the WWE to re-implement an old-time “Freebird Rule” tradition, which would allow any two of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods to defend the Tag Team titles in a match.
– Rusev defeated Ryback by disqualification. It was a hard-hitting match of two behemoths. The DQ finish makes Rusev look barbaric, continuing his momentum into Sunday. Ryback has been screwed in each encounter he has had with Rusev, which means that one day later in the year or in 2016, we may see a real, longer feud between the two superstars.
– Bray Wyatt cut his final promo before Extreme Rules on Sunday. Wyatt’s promos lately have emphasized his targets size. This narrows down his potential targets to just two superstars: Roman Reigns and Ryback. Wyatt may reveal his intentions on Sunday night.
– Roman Reigns continued his momentum into Sundays Extreme Rules. After Big Show, Reigns is expected to get back into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture as alluded to in the Payback preview video.