WWE Smackdown results: Kane forced to believe in The Shield as they stand united - WWE and MMA Wrestling - More Sports - The Independent

WWE Smackdown results: Kane forced to believe in The Shield as they stand united

 

Friday Night Smackdown kicked off from Little Rock with action right away as The Real Americans took on The Rhodes Brothers, with Zeb Colter still struggling to keep Jack Swagger and Cesaro on the same page. The match boiled down to competition between the members of Colter’s team who took turns in trying to out-do each other. This distraction would end up costing them the match as Cody Rhodes poached upon Swagger with a backslide pin for the win.

The Real Americans vented their frustrations on Goldust & Rhodes after the match with a vicious beat down until The Usos rushed down for the save. With The Usos not having any challenger for their recently won tag-team titles, The Real Americans could likely feature as contenders with their shaky partnership culminating at WrestleMania.

Bow down to the king

Smackdown continued with Triple H telling the fans that Daniel Bryan was not at the show, which was met by a chorus of boos from the Arkansas crowd. The COO said that he’s happy that the fans had their moment with the Yes Movement and that it could’ve continued to grow but now he’s going to crush their hopes and dreams. Triple H vowed that there will be no triple threat match at WrestleMania for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as he’s going to destroy Daniel Bryan in his match beforehand.

Triple H then introduced Damien Sandow and made him apologise for not entering the ring during Bryan’s Occupy Raw segment. Sandow reluctantly apologised to which Triple H responds by setting him up with a match against Seth Rollins, accompanied by Shield members Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Rollins hit the Curb Stomp finisher on Sandow for the win, after the match Dean Ambrose called for a recently forgotten Shield ritual as all three members hit the triple powerbomb on a helpless Sandow. This was a showing of reconciliation by Ambrose and unity between the Shield amid teases of a break up between the faction.

Up next was a contest between Intercontinental Champion Big E and Fandango who danced to the ring with Summer Rae. With both of the promising superstars confirmed for the 30-man Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at WrestleMania, this was a chance for them to gain some momentum heading into the big stage. The match was over swiftly with Big E hitting the Big Ending on Fandango for the three-count.

Bad News Barrett rose on his podium and says the Undertaker is 21-0 at WrestleMania, which is an implausible achievement, but will come to an end. He said that he bad news is that the children will cry, and it will keep parents up all night, which will make them tired and sleep at work and thus getting them fired.

Feed the Buzzards

With a spot on the WrestleMania card against John Cena awaiting him, Bray Wyatt took on Kofi Kingston with his devotees Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in his corner. The leader of the Wyatt Family didn’t waste too much time, finishing the match in less than five minutes with a painful looking Sister Abigal. Wyatt will be setting his eyes back onto WrestleMania and seeking to resume the mind games with Cena following this boost of momentum.

On the back of her successful title defence on Main Event against Natayla, Divas Champion AJ Lee joined Michael Cole and JBL on commentary as her bodyguard Tamina Snuka faced Nikki Bella. Brie Bella was in her sister’s corner as Nikki continued her string of wins with the Rack Attack backbreaker. Nikki was heavily promoted as the number one contender for the Divas title following her pin on AJ in a tag team match on Raw. With another feat on Smackdown she could be set for a singles match against the champion at WrestleMania.

Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio’s long-lasting rivalry rekindled with an exciting back-and-forth matchup. “The Show Off” refused to accept defeat against “The Mexican Aristocrat” despite taking the same superkick to the head that made him lose the World Championship last year. Ziggler got the upper hand over Del Rio with the Zig Zag for the hard-fought victory. After the match Ziggler told the crowd that he has entered the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal and vows that he will have his “WrestleMania moment” in an emotional promo.

Carlos Colon joined The Ultimate Warrior, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Lita and Paul Bearer in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The Puerto Rican is a legend in his home country and had a stint in the WWE in the early 90s. The father of former WWE wrestler Carlito and current superstar Diego will be honoured on 5th April.

Believe in the Shield

Smackdown closed with the main event of Kane vs The Big Show with the director of operations ordering The shield to watch him at ringside. Big Show kicked out of Kane’s chokeslam off the top rope, leading to Kane directing The Shield to back him up. However when Kane got in the face of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns signalled for his group to hold back helping the authority figure. This disorder helped Big Show pick up the win as he delivered a thunderous Showstopper chokeslam to win the match.

As The Shield started to leave ringside, a furious Kane grabbed Rollins and threw him back in the ring but before he could do any damage, Reigns made the save with a spear. The Shield stood united over a wounded Kane, the most cohesive they have looked since their loss against The Wyatt Family at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. This is a massive shift for the direction of unit, who looked to be falling apart. This could lead to a betrayal from Ambrose or Rollins with Reigns looking to be the fan favourite of the group or it could lead to a six man tag match against Kane and two others at WrestleMania. Raw will draw further light on the situation of The Shield and Kane at the “Showcase of the Immortals” with none of them still having any confirmed opponents.

Raw catch-up: Daniel Bryan eyes Wrestlemania 30 main event
News
John Travolta is a qualified airline captain and employed the pilot with his company, Alto
people'That was the lowest I’d ever felt'
Life and Style
healthIt isn’t greasy. It doesn’t smell. And moreover, it costs nothing
News
peopleThe report and photo dedicated to the actress’s decolletage has, unsurprisingly, provoked anger
Property
Home body: Badger stays safe indoors
property
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
The programme sees four specialists creating what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle together
tvUK wedding show jilted
Arts and Entertainment
US pop diva Jennifer Lopez sang “Happy Birthday” to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, president of Turkmenistan
musicCorporate gigs become key source of musicians' income
Arts and Entertainment
You've been framed: Henri Matisse's colourful cut-outs at Tate Modern
artWhat makes a smash-hit art show
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
filmsDaniel Craig believed to be donning skis as 007 for first time
Sport
Mikel Arteta pictured during Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal
champions league
Voices
Yes supporters gather outside the Usher Hall, which is hosting a Night for Scotland in Edinburgh
voicesBen Judah: Is there a third option for England and Scotland that keeps everyone happy?
Arts and Entertainment
Pulp-fiction lover: Jarvis Cocker
booksJarvis Cocker on Richard Brautigan
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams in the video of the song, which has been accused of justifying rape
music...and he had 'almost no part' in writing it
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Senior QA Engineer - Agile, SCRUM

£35000 - £50000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior QA Engineer (Agil...

Marketing Executive - West Midlands - £28,000

£26000 - £28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Digital Marketing Executive (SEO, PP...

Retail Business Analyst

£40000 - £50000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our retail client ...

Senior C++ Developer

£400 - £450 Per Annum possibly more for the right candidate: Clearwater People...

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week