Michael Cole hosted Smackdown’s opening segment with a formal interview with Triple H. The commentator highlighted that this could be the last interview that he conducts with The Authority leader as he could be fired at Survivor Series if his team loses their match.
Triple H stated that without him and Stephanie, there would be no WWE as they make the most important decisions in the company. Cole responded by saying that by making statements such as that, it looks like the couple’s egos are so out of control that they have lost sight of handling the business.
The COO went on to remind Cole that he was the “Cerebral Assassin” in the Attitude Era among some of the greatest talent the industry has ever had. “The Game” said that legends such as Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock have all gone yet he is still standing in the ring because The Authority always wins.
Cole asked his interviewee about what would happen if his team loses on Sunday, to which Triple H concluded that the whole company will be a sinking ship as there is no one apart from his family that can handle the WWE. Triple H closed the segment by inviting Ryback, Dolph Ziggler, The Big Show and Luke Harper out to the ring to tell them that if their team loses at Survivor Series then they are all fired.
The first match of the night saw Ziggler take on Rusev to practice for their big showdown at the upcoming pay-per-view. JBL pointed out that this match could be the last time they see “The Show Off” on Smackdown while the two bounced back and forth. Despite Ziggler’s bite, Rusev countered a DDT into a thunderous side kick to the chin of the former World Champion for the three count. After the Russian flag dropped from the rafters, Lana ordered the United States Champion to apply The Accolade to a helpless Ziggler.
The Miz and Damien Sandow took on Los Matadores while The Usos and The Dust Brothers watched on at the commentary desk as all four teams prepare to fight for the WWE Tag Team Championships at Survivor Series. Los Matadores threw Miz into Jimmy & Jey Uso while “Mizdow” shadowed his partners body movement and launched himself into Stardust & Goldust. Diego took advantage of an empty ring and pinned the Miz following a diving cross body from the top rope to earn the victory.
Dean Ambrose headed to the ring to talk about his “Survival Kit” ahead of his anticipated match with Bray Wyatt this weekend. While fans were expecting Ambrose to bring a bag of weapons out like he did last month during his rivalry with Seth Rollins, Ambrose stated that he himself is the survival kit in the form of his hands, knees, feet, teeth, elbows and head. “The Lunatic Fringe” said he will break Wyatt’s nose, teeth and skull with his bare hands until his knuckles are bleeding and will force him to run back to the woods.
Ambrose said that the fact that Wyatt was able to get under his skin was in fact bad news for his opponent as he has now become the hunter and will put “The Eater of the Worlds” down. The camera cut to Wyatt who was standing in a prison cell. He asked Ambrose if this was the image that he remembers his father. The cult leader then said that he will soon leave the prison to leave Ambrose drowning in his own filth just like his father did.
AJ Lee strutted down to the ring dressed up as Nikki Bella in response to the number one contender’s mimic of the Divas Champion on Raw. Nikki ordered her sister Brie to take on AJ ahead of their title match this Sunday. Nikki climbed the ropes to order her sister to hurry and finish the match but this only enabled AJ to capitalise and push Brie into her sibling and follow up with a roll up pin for the victory.
Erick Rowan marched to the ring to take on Cesaro in a singles match as the former Wyatt Family member prepares to side with Team Cena in their elimination tag-team match. The two powerhouses were a near equal match and Cesaro looked to edge ahead until Rowan was able to make a comeback with a pump handle backdrop to change the momentum. Rowan finished the match with a Torture Rack submission while the commentators emphasised his newly found drive over the last few weeks. Luke Harper walked down to the ring to hint an attack on his former partner but the two just stared each other down to keep the physicality waiting till the PPV.
The main event of the night saw Rollins and Kane take on Big Show and Ryback in a tag-team match. Ryback flipped Rollins over the ropes into Kane but as the representatives of Team Cena were set to control the match, Triple H and the rest of Team Authority walked down to ringside. Ryback hit Rollins with a Powerslam and signalled for a Meat Hook Clothesline but Harper and Mark Henry attacked Big Show at ringside for the referee to end the match in disqualification. Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury attacked Ryback but Ziggler ran down to the ring to save “The Big Guy”. Ziggler’s save went in vain as Harper ran in the ring and knocked him down with the Discus Clothesline.
Rowan re-entered the action and was set to finally take on Harper but Kane swiftly ran in to hit his foe with a Chokeslam. Ryback stood back up to hit the Spinebuster on Kane but was then met with a Discus Clothesline by Harper who was then brought down with a Zig Zag from Ziggler.
The Authority proved to be dominant as Rusev hit his second side kick of the night on Ziggler, which was followed up with a World’s Strongest Slam by Henry. Big Show attempted to make on final save but Triple H hit the veteran with a steel chair before the leader of The Authority went on a rampage with the chair on the remaining members of Team Cena. The show closed with Triple H landing a Pedigree on Ryback before Team Authority stood united, which could be the last time fans see them together in a WWE ring.
Rusev defeated Dolph Ziggler
Los Matadores defeated The Miz and Damien Sandow
AJ Lee defeated Brie Bella
Erick Rown defeated Cesaro
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