This week’s May 5th edition of Smackdown was taped Tuesday night from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
This week’s Monday Night RAW threw an interesting curve ball to the main event at Payback. Seth Rollins squared off with Dean Ambrose on RAW, and if Ambrose won, the main event at Payback would become a fatal four way involving Randy Orton and Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Ambrose defeated Rollins and was added to the match.
Later in the night the Authority got involved in the main event between Randy Orton and Roman Reigns. when the dust settled, Ambrose was the only person left standing.
Will Ambrose continue his momentum into Smackdown? What will happen when all four men involved in Payback’s WWE World Heayweight Championship are in the same ring for the match’s contract signing?
Here are this week’s Smackdown results and spoilers:
– King Barrett started off Smackdown with an in-ring interview segment with Jerry The King’ Lawler. Barrett went back-and-forth in a verbal war with King about he was a ‘real king’ unlike Lawler. Barrett threatens Jerry and everybody else to proclaim him as the real king. Things almost got physical, but Dolph Ziggler ran down to the ring to save Lawler and make the save.
– Dolph Ziggler defeated King Barrett via disqualification. Ziggler and Barrett had their standard quality match they’ve each had on numerous occasions since January. Sheamus came out to attack Ziggler, which resulted in the DQ. Neville came out to even the score, which eventually restarted the match as a tag-team match.
– Dolph Ziggler and Neville defeated King Barrett and Sheamus. This match was MUCH better than their RAW match, which didn’t get too much time. Ziggler hit the Zig-Zag for the 1-2-3, while Neville continued to unleash his aerial assault. One of the spots in the match included a Corkscrew Splash over the top rope. The crowd is quickly getting behind Neville.
– Luke Harper defeated Fandango. Quick match. Erick Rowan came out to attack Fandango after the match. Could be possibly teasing a feud or the reforming of the Wyatt Family tag team — obviously without Bray in the fold.
– Lana came out to an enormous crowd pop, but Rusev sent her to the back once more. Rusev cut another good promo on Cena. The story of the segment was Lana. She seems to be really “over.” Credit Rusev for portraying a great heel, although it’s the foreign monster heel that has been so accustomed to WWE programming over the years. Two stars were created, and Lana seems to just be getting going.
– The New Day defeated Tyson Kidd, Cesaro and Ryback in a 6-man tag team match. towards the end of the match Wyatt teased an interference, but never showed. New Day scored a quick roll-up for the 1-2-3, winning another match in cheap heel fashion.
– Naomi defeated Emma. After Emma was sent back down to NXT, she’s been pretty irrelevant. Tamina Snuka was once again out with Noami.
– The Lucha Dragons defeated Los Matadores in a Cinco De Mayo tag-team match (wasn’t actually the name of the match, but that’s what you were thinking)
– The Director of Operations Kane came out for the Payback contract signing and all four men involved in the Championship match soon followed. Rollins reluctantly made his way down to the ring and stopped before. Kane made note that as director of Operations, he had the ability to sign the contract on Seth’s behalf but decided he wouldn’t. Rollins eventually decided to sign the contract. After each man had signed, a brawl ensued — Ambrose made light of the situation saying “We all know how this is going to end.’ There is only one way contract signings end in a WWE ring.
Despite the brawl, Rollins stood tall over his three competitors, possibly foreshadowing what’s to come at Payback.