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Tonight's SmackDown was taped in Newark, New Jersey. Before things get too crazy, let's set the mood with a look back at some wrestling greatness: On this date in wrestling history, Buddy Roberts, Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy beat Kerry Von Erich, Kevin Von Erich and Mike Von Erich in two out of three falls. It was 1984 and the event was WCCW's Independence Day Star Wars, held before 12,700 fans at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. How will tonight's show stack up to that kind of precedent? Hey, times and styles change but one thing is for sure: This week's Raw had a lot going for it and there are plenty of possibilities heading into tonight's SmackDown.
Tonight's show opens with a super-patriotic showing if every conceivable American icon and a recap of John Cena's big ol' win at Money in the Bank. Remember when Cena said that he wouldn't drink The Authority's Kool-Aid and then he got booked into that crazy tag match with Reigns versus Orton and Kane? And then Rollins came out to cash in while Cena was laid out but Ambrose chased him away? Remember that? Well sure you do because they just reminded us all of it in living color. Truth be told, it was a scintillating finish and a decent way to bring everyone up to speed for tonight's show.
Rollins greets the live crowd with his golden briefcase and that intro music that sounds like Trent Reznor dropped a typewriter in a blender. Rollins has some great heat with the crowd and no doubt that his dye job gives him that crucial "sinister" look that every great bad guy needs. He's going to cash in the contract someday, folks. Let's hope that he has better luck at it than Mr. Kennedy did when he won the case. Ambrose comes out to talk some smack and he looks like Arthur Fonzarelli as the leading man in an alternate version of the movie Taxi Driver. That's not a bad thing, either. Rollins doesn't like being reminded of the fact that the titles slipped through his fingers earlier this week and Ambrose tells him this will be a recurring pattern from here on out. After a little more jaw-jacking, the guys throw down in an impromptu fight and Orton joins the fray to lay out Ambrose. Roman Reigns beats feet to the ring to save is comrade-in-arms and send the bad guys packing and all seems right until Triple H arrives on the scene. The head cheese announces that Ambrose will take on Orton in a one-on-one match later tonight and he warns Reigns that any interference will cost him his spot in the forthcoming fatal four-way at Battleground. All in all, a great opening segment.
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Back from the commercial, Cole and JBL are talking about something called the WWE Network. Apparently it's just like Netflix and Hulu, but different. More on this story as it develops. Back in the ring, Sheamus is in a fighting mood but it's probably because Hunico, Drew McIntyre and Yoshi Tatsu aren't around tonight. Yeah, you know what I'm getting at here. Sheamus mixes it up with Alberto Del Rio and the pale paladin dominates for a bit until ADR flips the script and hammers home some offense of his own. The fight spills outside of the ring and ADR is looking like a seriously tough competitor, keeping Sheamus in a prone position as the show heads into a commercial.
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