Credit: Chris Gabbard and Pwinsider.com
I am working from complete memory here so if anything is slightly off I apologize. I also want to note I got free tickets to the show as a seat filler waiting to fill empty seats on the camera side. I I also want to point out that had I paid for the show I would have been more upset and let down with what they gave us Tuesday.
After Main Event taping we got a dark match before SmackDown.
The Wyatt Family defeated. R-Truth, Xavier Woods and Sin Cara, Bray Wyatt hit Sister Abigail on R-Truth for the win. The Wyatt Family was over with the crowd. Wyatts were in control for most if not all of the match. Bray did his spider walk he does. Their entrance is very cool in person. Harper and Rowan were good as usual.
Lillan Garcia comes out to cheers, Michael Cole is booed and JBL is cheered. JBL got a couple chants during segments the crowd didn’t care for.
SmackDown! opens with the Smackdown open video no pyro
Batista comes out to heavy boos to cut a promo asking where has the real men gone. He said last week a man with baby oil came out and challenge him; Dolph Ziggler and he beat him trying to get his 15 minutes of fame. He starts running down Daniel Bryan leading him coming out. At one point Dave called Daniel Bryan a “fan” and when they let “fans” into the locker room it ruined the business. Batista tells everyone to deal with the fact he is main eventing Wrestlemania. Daniel Bryan comes out and says this “fan” had Batista beat if it wasn’t for Triple H. Bryan started running down Batista’s fashion style with his skinny jeans, his vest, his tattoo around his belly button and his pierced nose which got Batista to start attacking Daniel Bryan.. Kane ran down to get a 2 on 1 on Bryan until Big Shows music hit and him running down making the save. Vickie Guerrero makes a Tag Team Main Event later with Batista & Kane vs. Daniel Bryan & Big
Bryan got a great reaction from the fans but there is a running theme to the this SD taping where multiple guys working and appearing more than once hurting their reaction they get from the fans. Bryan’s reaction probably was the only one that wasn’t hurt at all.
In the back Kane is interviewed by Josh Mathews or Byron Saxton Kane said Daniel Bryan got lucky on Main Event and he is furious that he continues to challenge Triple H. He said he knows Bryan and that he has anger management issues.
Christian defeated Dolph Ziggler with the Killswitch. Alberto Del Rio distracted Ziggler who was at ringside for commentary stood up on the announce table causing Ziggler to look at Del Rio who was on the mic to taunt Ziggler which cost Ziggler to lose the match. Match was good. Ziggler did get some chants during this match.
Renee Young went to interview Christian afterwards which lead to Sheamus coming down and beating up Christian who retreated up the ramp.
A graphic for the Shield Summit is shown for later tonight.
The Usos defeated Rybaxel when I believe Jey hit the Superfly Splash on Ryback. Usos are over as the new Tag Team champions but a common trend for this taping was multiple guys working / appearing more than once. Ryback got the Goldberg chants as usual. The Usos pop second time out a little less since they worked Main Event.
RAW Rebound – This was all dedicated towards Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman wanting to end the streak against The Undertaker. Undertaker will be on RAW Monday and they showed the graphic on a couple occasions.
Natayla & Eva Marie defeated AJ Lee & Tamina when Natayla made AJ tap to the sharpshooter. Eva Marie started the match and they had her get beat down to set up the tag to Natayla. When it was Natayla and AJ Lee in there it was good but it was very brief. AJ and Natayla had a cool counter into the sharpshooter. Crowd popped for the finish but overall not invested in the match.
Hall of Fame induction video of Paul Bearer – Crowd cheered showed their respect for Paul Bearer.
The Shield Summit (promo). Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns walk down to the ring with their entrance without Seth Rollins. Ambrose got on the mic and voiced his feelings about Rollins walking out on Reigns and himself. Ambrose thought they had each others back but he was wrong. Reigns has a pissed off look during this and he and Ambrose are on the same page. Ambrose says Rollins left them for dead against the Wyatt’s Monday and he thought they had each others back and were brothers. Ambrose calls out Rollins for his reason for walking out on the team. Reigns says this better be good.
Rollins comes out to the Shield’s music and gets on the apron. He said he has some regret for walking out but he did it for a reason. He did it to prove a point. He said for the first time in months Ambrose and Reigns were on the same page and that was Rollins point to this. Rollins said the war wasn’t with the Wyatts it was within The Shield.
He said the Shield hasn’t been the same Shield it has been the last couple of months. Rollins said they could all go their separate ways (which they tease for a couple seconds) and be fine but fine wasn’t good enough for him. Ambrose wasn’t happy with the explanation and he pushed Rollins. Rollins slapped Ambrose in the face while Reigns is in the middle this time having to keep peace and things getting out of hand. Ambrose and Rollins fight a bit pushing/shoving slapping each other before Reigns holds off Ambrose. Rollins says he got his frustrations out. Ambrose plays his character very well in his facials playing up he is still furious unwilling to forgive Rollins. Reigns puts his fist out as does Rollins. Ambrose is still pissed deciding whether to put his fist in. Ambrose finally decides to put his fist in the middle and they reunite. The crowd cheered this and it appears they are faces. Ambrose got some heat during this, while Reigns and Rollins mostly cheered. Rollins and Ambrose were very good on the mic.
Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio with the Brogue Kick. Ok match, crowd seemed to be a little out of it for this match but both guys worked hard.
Big E defeated Jack Swagger with Zeb Colter and Cesaro with a roll up. Swagger distracted by Cesaro on the outside and got rolled up in what seemed like 2 minutes. Swagger wasn’t happy and Cesaro and him were exchanging words. They didn’t touch each other like Monday. Crowd was into The Real Americans.
They did a WWE Network spot from the set which was on the main floor and I would say the set took up quite a bit of seats WWE could have sold instead of having the set where they did.
The Wyatt Family on the titan tron cut a promo on John Cena. It starts with Luke Harper talking about Cena’s legacy. Bray then comes in and continues the promo on Cena that was very good. He goes into who his father and mother are and how the world really is and that he is war.. I can’t really do it justice you have to watch this promo. Bottom line of the promo is they want to end John Cena.
Big Show and Daniel Bryan are interviewed backstage. Bryan said Triple H won’t accept his challenge and he is hiding behind Steph’s skirt. Big Show laughs and asks if he should wear shinny jeans and Bryan tells him no and Big Show agrees. Big Show tries to come up with a name for the two and the first one wasn’t very good but Show said Respect the Beard and Fear The Giant, Daniel Bryan does the Yes chant and Big Show follows along with him
Hogan clip from RAW is shown and he will be at RAW on Monday. Not much of a reaction for Hogan here. They push Taker being on RAW again Monday
Lana comes out talking in Russian as they have Alexander Rusev. box he stands on ready as he comes out. Pretty much the same stuff from RAW. Crowd wasn’t into this at all.
WWE shows a brief clip of Michael Cole and Triple H sit down that will be on WWE.com with the question being asked to Triple H : Are you afraid of Daniel Bryan? Triple H hesitates to answer and then says no.
Daniel Bryan & The Big Show defeat Kane & Batista when Big Show on the outside hit the Knockout punch on Kane who was on the ropes which allowed Bryan to roll him up for the win. Batista was booed heavily through out the match and CM Punk chants were there all night long. “Boo-Tista” and “You Can’t Wrestle” chants occurred during this match and even to start the show with his promo. Batista was very rusty and Kane worked majority of the match which was a good thing. Afterwards Show and Bryan celebrate, Batista walks to the back being booed. Match was ok.
There was no post match but WWE Network panel were finishing up the Backstage Pass for SmackDown on Friday and I am sure we will get stuff we didn’t see for that as well Friday.
Now while some people enjoyed the show, a lot of people were not happy for the fact that there was no Cena, Punk, or Orton, on the show. Orton is WWE World Heavyweight Champion and he isn’t on the show. Unless they do a promo with Orton backstage that wasn’t shown live he wasn’t on the show at all. Cesaro didn’t wrestle only was at ringside. I will say it was an ok show with the three highlights for me being the Shield promo, the Wyatt’s promo and Daniel Bryan vs. Kane from Main Event. I had hoped for a couple great matches because this is Wrestlemania season and I know they save the A+ stuff for RAW, but they didn’t give the fans anything that will wow you and that’s not to knock the guys and girls working. The Main Event match with Kane vs. Daniel Bryan was the best match of the night. Bryan worked twice, Kane twice, The Usos twice. People were upset the Outlaws didn’t wrestle. I understand Cena is hurt and Punk wasn’t going to be there anyway but unless Orton is hurt or had a emergency I don’t see why he wasn’t on the show in some way. Daniel Bryan was great all night as was Kane.
Before the show concluded they said WWE would return to Detroit on Friday, June 6th. You can get tickets by going to Ticketmaster using the code: WWELIVE to get the presale which I think they said expires on March 7th. I happened to look at the Detroit Tigers schedule and they are home vs. Boston Red Sox so that will be a really tough sell for WWE for people who are baseball fans because Red Sox always draw a good crowd for Tigers games.