Boston, Massachusetts is on fire as WWE rolls into Beantown for the second to last SmackDown before The Granddaddy of Them All in New Orleans with fewer and fewer question marks heading into the show as far as the card is concerned, the rivalries and momentum makers are really starting to show themselves as we head into the most crucial stretch on The Road to WrestleMania, the Home Stretch.
Batista Addresses the Fans
Batista’s music greets the fans to this edition of SmackDown and The Animal is clearly unhappy as he makes his way through a chorus of boos to address the fans. Batista is angry at the WWE Universe for their treatment of him since his comeback at the Royal Rumble. After begging for him to come back for four years, he finally heeds their call, only to have them turn on him the second he grants their wish. He calls that treatment and the admiration of Daniel Bryan a slap to the face and a disrespect. Speaking of a slap to the face, he replayed the footage from Monday Night when Stephanie McMahon slapped him. Batista reminds fans that he is walking out new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He continues to disrespect his opponents saying Stephanie hits harder than all three before Chief Operating Officer Triple H made his way to the ring.
Batista would disrespect Triple H by saying he is only where he is because he married Stephanie McMahon, before enlightening Batista to the realities of “The Reality Era” and that he shouldn’t be concerned with how Hunter has his power. Batista then reminds Hunter he is undefeated against him and no one is going to stop him from winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Triple H suggest Batista is soft now and not The Animal that Batista used to be. Triple H wants to see what Batista can do and puts him in a match against Sheamus.
The Shield (Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins) vs. 3MB (Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre)
The Shield look to continue their quest for revenge after handling RybAxel Monday Night by defeating 3MB tonight. As The Shield showed once again to be firing on all cylinders as they prepare for their WrestleMania bout against Kane and the New Age Outlaws which was announced before this match. Ambrose and Rollins were able to make quick work of 3MB here as the match was never in any doubt.
As The Shield celebrated, it was cut short by congratulations from Kane and The Corporate Outlaws, saying that they will do to The Shield at WrestleMania what The Shield just did to 3MB at SmackDown and their next opponents, RybAxel. The Director of Operations has now made it a gauntlet match for Rollins and Ambrose as we go to commercial.
The Shield (Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins) vs. RybAxel
Coming back from commercial and Ambrose is in control of Curtis Axel as Kane and the Outlaws are still watching from the top of the ramp. A distraction from Ryback was able to temporarily distract Ambrose and put RybAxel in control.
The control was not for long though as Ambrose was able to tag in the fresh Rollins who was white hot once he hit the ring, and sent all the action to the outside, before bringing it back into the ring and finishing Curtis Axel with a Curbstomp for the victory. Much like with 3MB without the match ever really being in any danger. After the match all three members continued to beatdown Ryback sending a message to Kane and the Outlaws for WrestleMania in nine days.
Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow
Sin Cara, a star of the new Scooby Doo WrestleMania Mystery DVD takes on Damien Sandow this week and Sandow starts the match ferociously, looking for redemption after his loss to Cara Monday night. Sandow was able to use his power advantage much of the time until a slight mistake caused him to be rolled up for the three-count by Sin Cara. Without the help of Scooby this time.
Big Show Prepares for Bray Wyatt
Big Show being interviewed by Renee Young about his opponent Bray Wyatt says that he is intimidated by Wyatt due to his mind games with Cena, admitting it is easy to fall victim to the mind games of Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family since some of what Wyatt says is true. But as he seems able to see through Wyatt’s games the Wyattt Family has a giant problem.
Goldust vs. Fandango
Another match pitting Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal participants against each other was up next as Goldust squared off with Fandango. Fandango looking to get some momentum from the Rhodes Bros. after being defeated by them recently. Fandango was in control for much of the match, though Goldust was able to connect with his trademark Mexican uppercut and atomic drop and powerslam but only managing a two count. Summer Rae was able to distract Goldust outside the ring, setting him up for a side kick to the head to take the victory from Goldust and momentum into WrestleMania.
Batista vs. Sheamus
The Animal and The Celtic Warrior prime for action with COO Triple H watching his potential WrestleMania XXX opponent from his office.
Batista was slow to start the match ducking under the rope and into the corner in the early stages of the match clearly getting into the mind of Sheamus and slowing the match down to his pace, rolling to the outside should Sheamus ever look to push the pace.
Batista would use his savviness to his advantage before going blow for blow with the Irishman, a whip to the turnbuckles sending him to the canvas. Despite Sheamus’ constant attempts to fight back, The Animal was able to dictate pace and use high impact offense on Sheamus.
A little bit of cockiness provided The Celtic Warrior all the window he needed to get back into the fight however, as two axehandles and a knee lift sent Batista to the outside eventually connecting with the 10 Beats of the Bodhran and a powerslam.
The Animal was able to roll out of the way of a Brogue Kick but then grabbed a chair and used it to attack Sheamus, brutalizing The Celtic Warrior, sending him headfirst into the steel post. He then threw Sheamus back in the ring before hitting him with a Batista Bomb, sending a message to Triple H and the fans that The Animal is back.
Bray Wyatt Warns Cena
Bray Wyatt then had a warning for John Cena that would take multiple viewings to fully decipher, boiling down to the fact that the proverbial mask that John Cena wears has become his actual skin and that Wyatt has scarred Cena’s soul. Wyatt says his slaying of a giant tonight will be a gift for Cena.
Bella Twins vs. AJ Lee & Tamina
The relationship between AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka has been on thin ice recently as AJ Lee has become less and less patient with Snuka as the Bellas have been able to get the better of AJ and Tamina in recent weeks, making the Divas Champion look bad. Things look even worse heading into the 14-Diva Match for the Divas Championship at WrestleMania.
The Bellas were able to exercise control on AJ until a blind tag to Tamina allowed Lee and Snuka to take the match to Nikki Bella, with AJ wrapping her up in a sleeper hold once again setting up a blind tag to Tamina who again beat on Nikki until missing a splash, leaving the opening for a tag to Brie who was able to take out both AJ and Tamina. An argument ensued between AJ and Tamina when Tamina tried to lay out Brie for AJ, Snuka shoved Lee into the ring in response, setting her up for a face buster from Brie for the victory for the Bella Twins.
Emma and Santino Have Dinner
And Emma still doesn’t get the point that Santino has the hots for her. Enjoy that friend zone buddy.
Jimmy Uso vs. Jack Swagger
Two of the eight men that will meet in the Fatal Four Way for the Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania XXX were in singles competition as Swagger of The Real Americans took on one half of the Tag Team Champions, Jimmy Uso.
Uso was able to use his high risk in the early stages of the match with offense like a suicide dive, a cross body block and kick to the guy to get in control. The speed of Uso and impressive top rope offense keeping him in control until Swagger was able to take out Jimmy’s knee and lock him into The Patriot Lock for the victory. Jimmy looked impressive here, but the former World Champion was able to exploit the one mistake to steal the match from Uso.
The Miz vs. Mark Henry
Two more Battle Royal participants here as The Miz tried to trade blows with Mark Henry only to be manhandled by the former powerlifter. The Miz was able to use his speed to chop down Henry’s legs and continued to focus on his knee. Eventually The Miz succeeded in getting the massive Olympian out of the ring over the top rope. It didn’t help Miz in this match however as it gave Henry an opening to send The Miz into the steps and the barricade before getting Miz back into the ring for The Worlds Strongest Slam.
The Big Show vs. Bray Wyatt
Big Show was in the driver’s seat during the beginning of the match using his power to beat down and attempt to weaken the leader of The Wyatt Family. The damage however only seemed to fuel and build up Wyatt as he was able to withstand and relished in the onslaught of The World’s Largest Athlete.
A missed elbow drop gave Wyatt the opening he needed to put to boots to Big Show and he began to slowly chop down the 7-footer, only to have Big Show respond with punishment of his own. The two were able to sniff out each other’s trademark attacks before the numbers game began to show. As Erick Rowan distracted the referee, Luke Harper was able to connect with a boot to Big Show’s cranium, leaving him open for Sister Abigail from Wyatt for the victory.
The Wyatt’s seem to have an answer for everybody and their methodical takedown of The Big Show this evening only proves that John Cena is in for the test of his career against Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania, while the foundation around The Authority of Kane, The Outlaws and Triple H appears to be crumbling more and more heading into New Orleans.
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