The Hounds of Justice ran rabid over Friday night, systematically decimating the competition to help even the odds in an 11-on-3 Handicap Match main event.
General Manager Vickie Guerrero opened SmackDown by announcing that, while The Authority was taking the night off, she would personally make The Shield suffer for their actions on Monday's Raw by putting them in an 11-on-3 Handicap Match.
The Queen Diva then introduced a debate between Paul Heyman and Zeb Colter – which quickly spun out of control, bringing the scheduled showdown between Cesaro and Jack Swagger front and center. In the highly personal slugfest between the former tag team partners, The King of Swing ultimately reigned supreme with a devastating Cesaro Swing/Neutralizer combination.
However, the action didn't stop there. For, as the dust was still clearing, The Shield suddenly attacked the war-torn Swagger and dropped him with a Triple Powerbomb – hence neutralizing one of the 11 Superstars scheduled to take them on later in the night. In reference to Triple H's statement to “adapt or perish,” The Hounds pointed out that Swagger had failed to adapt and that they were just getting started.
Poised to battle Divas Champion Paige at Extreme Rules, fierce No. 1 contender Tamina conquered third-generation Diva Natalya with an explosive kick out of nowhere.
Following up their earlier assault on Jack Swagger, The Hounds of Justice launched a second attack on scheduled 11-3 Handicap Match opponents, this time leaving 3MB in tatters.
Moments later, a phone call from Triple H gave Vickie Guerrero “the night off.” In her place, Raw General Manager Brad Maddox was called in to handle The Shield situation.
Chalk up another huge victory for Rybaxel on SmackDown, as Curtis Axel used a neckbreaker to overcome WWE Tag Team Champion Jey Uso in singles competition.
Standing inside a steel cage – symbolizing the imminent showdown against John Cena at Extreme Rules – the creepy Brad Wyatt asked his Cenation adversary how it felt to have the WWE Universe throw him to the to the wolves - a 3-on-1 battle against The Wyatt Family on Raw. He also compared their upcoming pay-per-view match to a snake being trapped up with a rat – pointing out that Cena had failed to take away his venom and that Cena's nightmares had become his dreams.
After Wyatt climbed to the top of the cage to sing “He’s Got the Whole World in his Hands” – with a surprising numbers of the WWE Universe apparently warming up to his influence – his disciples, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, bested the Rhodes brothers, sending Cody flying from the top rope and out to the ringside floor before Wyatt's followers finished off Goldust.
Though Brad Maddox was tasked with taming The Hounds of Justice, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns launched a preemptive strike on the Raw General Manager.
Before Fandango & Layla could go to battle against Santino & Emma, The Shield once again emerged, taking out another of their opponents in the 11-on-3 Handicap Match by Triple Powerbombing Fandango off the stage and through a table.
Following the vicious attack by The Devil's Favorite Demon, Kane, on WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan during Monday's Raw, it was announced on SmackDown that Stephanie McMahon will be on Raw this week to publicly apologize for what transpired.
Moments before SmackDown's main event, Curtis Axel was found decimated in the back – presumably another strategic attack by The Shield. The Hounds of Justice then went head-to-head with their remaining foes: Alberto Del Rio, Bad News Barrett, Damien Sandow, Ryback & Titus O’Neil.
In the height of the action, Barrett and Del Rio elected to take a walk. But, as Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins continued to pulverize their opponents, Roman Reigns caught up with Mexico's Greatest Export.
Then, after Reigns defeated Damien Sandow with the Spear, the still hungry Ambrose & Rollins passed Titus and Ryback into the ring to suffer a pair of post-match Reigns Spears, before the black-clad trio finished off The Human Wrecking Ball with the Triple Powerbomb.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Cesaro (w/ Paul Heyman) defeated Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) (8:47)
- Tamina Snuka defeated Natalya (3:49)
- Curtis Axel (w/ Ryback) defeated Jey Uso (w/ Jimmy Uso) (3:34)
- The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan & Luke Harper) (w/ Bray Wyatt) defeated The Brotherhood (Cody Rhodes & Goldust) (2:58)
- Santino Marella & Emma vs. Fandango & Layla ended in a No Contest
- The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) defeated Alberto Del Rio, Bad News Barrett, Damien Sandow, Ryback & Titus O'Neil in a Three On Five Handicap Match (14:31)
Other on-screen talent
Cesaro v Jack Swagger
Tamina Snuka v Natalya
Curtis Axel v Jey Uso
The Wyatt Family v Cody Rhodes & Goldust
Santino Marella & Emma v Fandango & Layla
Three On Five Handicap Match
- WWE Smackdown #766 at CAGEMATCH.net
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