Just 48 hours away from SummerSlam, WWE rolled into Seattle's KeyArena for the final SmackDown tapings before the annual pay-per-view extravaganza!
Roman Reigns faces the biggest test of his young singles career Sunday when he squares off with "The Viper" Randy Orton in a match that figures to be the latest stop on the former Shield member's trek to the top of the business.
Friday night, he'll stop by Miz TV to discuss the match with Orton. The only question is, will he be able to tolerate the Intercontinental champion without doing any damage to The Miz's so-called "moneymaker?"
Dean Ambrose is sure to be intense and aggressive with his match against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam so close. Cesaro is unlucky enough to square off against the Lunatic Fringe. Could the Swiss Superman upset Ambrose and, more importantly, would Rollins make an appearance?
Paige and AJ Lee have seen their rivalry heat up in recent weeks thanks to a heel turn by the former Divas champion and a vicious assault that left the current titleholder sidelined with a whiplash injury.
After suffering a humiliating loss to Eva Marie on Raw, AJ will look to right that wrong when she meets the fiery redhead Friday night.
Will she succeed or fail?
Fans will get all of the answers to their questions, plus much more, as WWE makes its final stop on the road to its summertime spectacular.
Find out everything that went down at Tuesday night's tapings right now, courtesy of our friends at WrestlingInc!
KeyArena in Seattle
Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield
- Reigns joined The Miz for Miz TV. After being interrupted repeatedly, Reigns caught the Intercontinental champion with a big right hand to the face and cut a promo on Orton.
- Ambrose defeated Cesaro. After the match, Rollins cut a promo on Ambrose.
- Reigns vs. The Miz was announced for later in the night.
- Dolph Ziggler defeated Titus O'Neil.
- Mark Henry defeated Luke Harper by disqualification when Erick Rowan interfered. Kane came out and made it a tag match.
- Henry and Big Show defeated Harper and Rowan.
- Eva Marie defeated AJ Lee by count-out after AJ chased a skipping Paige around ringside. Paige beat AJ down and skipped to the back to close out the segment.
- Jack Swagger defeated Bo Dallas. Lana and Rusev came out after the match and cut a promo. Dallas complained, claiming that he did not really tap.
- Reigns defeated The Miz. Miz tried to bail out, but Ziggler tossed him back in the ring, setting up the finish.
The close proximity between SmackDown and SummerSlam gave WWE one last chance to shore up some of the undercard bouts that will unfold before fans inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday night.
After a brief segment on Raw, Ambrose and Rollins have their final showdown before their lumberjack match. Ambrose's victory over Cesaro is a bit repetitive given the series of matches they had in recent weeks.
Why the Swiss Superman had to be sacrificed for the sake of setting up a promo between Ambrose and Rollins is a question that only WWE Creative can answer.
Reigns is the centerpiece of this week's show, and rightfully so.
With so much focus put on the Stephanie McMahon-Brie Bella and John Cena-Brock Lesnar matches during Monday's Raw, Reigns took somewhat of a backseat. He is all over Friday's show, providing an answer to Orton's impressive win over Sheamus in the form of a victory over The Miz.
Speaking of The Miz, he and Ziggler enjoy increased screen time ahead of their Intercontinental Championship match at SummerSlam.
Ziggler's win over O'Neil gives him some momentum entering this weekend's big title bout, while his involvement in the main event between Miz and Reigns allows him to get one over on the Hollywood star, who is likely to retain his title Sunday night.
The most interesting development is the continued success of Big Show and Henry on SmackDown despite little follow-up on Raw.
After defeating RybAxel on last week's show, they reunited to knock off Harper and Rowan, who have been lost in the shuffle despite a tremendous match at Battleground against The Usos.
Why sacrifice what little heat Rowan and Harper have at this point in favor of another big-man team that will last a few months before disintegrating, as is always the case?
Overall, this week's broadcast looks like a fun and effective way to enter the offramp on the road to SummerSlam, a show with the potential to determine the future of the company and its revolutionary WWE Network.
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