Please spread word of our viewing party and complete results via Facebook and Twitter. If you communicate via the ancient style of writing known as cuneiform, fashion a crude stone tablet from whatever you can scare up down at the old abandoned quarry and carve out the words "Follow WrestlingINC.com's coverage of SmackDown every Friday night!" Then take it to your local museum and tell them you found it buried in your back yard. Better stick to the Neo-Assyrian cuneiform, though, because you're really showing your age when you use that old-school Hittite stuff.
On this date in wrestling history in 1998, Bam Bam Bigelow, Sabu and Taz fought for 30 minutes to a draw at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia. That was back when almost every match had a time limit as opposed to being "set for one fall" which is what they'll do for most of the matches scheduled for this evening's big show. Not that there's anything wrong with that but hey, times change.
The show opens with "Lunatic Fringe" Dean Ambrose doing a power walk down the ramp and a recap of the craziness from Monday Night when Amrose cost Rollins his "Beat the Clock" win. He reads a lost of funny stipulations for his match against Rollins at SummerSlam including a "Loser Washes Triple H's Car Match" which gets a good belly-laugh from the crowd. The Rollins comes out and tells him to cut the sheep dip. After some verbal fisticuffs and copious use of the figure "$9.99," Ambrose announces that their SummerSlam match will be a lumberjack match. Rollins isn't intimidated and he tells Ambrose he's the future of this company, "this company" being WWE. Rollins also breaks the news that The Authority has booked Orton to go up against Ambrose in tonight's main event and just for a refresher, the guys in the truck roll some footage of RKO whooping up on Roman Reigns. Cole and JBL put Orton over and hype SummerSlam, we hear some coming attractions and it's time for the first break.
Back from the land of commercials, RybAxel is in the squared circle and Mark Henry comes out to a warm reception followed by Big Show. After the bell, Axel tries to get cute but running circles around Henry and then slipping out. Henry and Show talk strategy briefly which probably only consists of the words, "squash that little dude." Axel retreats and we get a nice standoff between Henry and Ryback. Henry gets some good offense in on Ryback and almost gets a slam by Axel interferes and momentum shifts to RybAxel. Henry eventually gets the tag and cleans house. Henry hits a World's Strongest Slam on Ryback as Show chokeslams Axel and gets the pin.
Result: Big Show and Mark Henry defeat RybAxel via pinfall.
Backstage, Ziggler is cracking some jokes about Seth Rollins with Adam Rose and some ladies when Rollins arrives and breaks it up. He talks some smack to Ziggler and then advises Ziggy that they'll meet in the ring later tonight. Book it.
SummerSlam promos roll, followed by commercials.
After the break, JBL and Cole shill the holy bejeezus out of the WWE Network. Sin Cara is in the ring and Sandow comes out dressed like he's with the Border Patrol. His promo is something like a "Real Americans" from earlier this year. After drawing a mess of heat, the bell rings.
Got a news tip or correction? Send it to us by clicking here.
Lucha Underground Exec Says Rey Mysterio Would Be "Amazing" In LU, Talks Second Season Of The Show
Mark Henry On Which Presidential Candidate Belongs In The Hall Of Pain, CM Punk's Komen Remarks
Vince Russo On Why Seth Rollins Isn't A Draw, Rollins - Shawn Michaels, Why Roman Reigns Was Booed
Forbes Critical Of Divas Crying After Matches, Post-Royal Rumble SmackDown, WWE Shop, WWE In France
Alex Wright On If He Helped "Make" Triple H, WWE Performance Center Vs. WCW Power Plant, Pillman
Corey Graves Filming This Weekend, WWE Total Divas - Paris Photos, R-Truth Working On Music
Sami Zayn Says He's "Bound For Glory", WWE Stars Get Fitted For Arab Robes, Shocking WWE Discoveries
WWE Announces James Storm's NXT Debut, Triple H Comments
** SPOILERS ** WWE NXT Tapings Airing In October
Stephanie McMahon Fights Back Tears, Explains Why She Cried At NXT TakeOver: Respect
WWE NXT Diva Debuting With New Look (Photo), King Barrett Talks Neville Match, Bayley's Superfan
New WWE Hell In A Cell Match Revealed