Friday Night SmackDown Review:- 10/24/14

With the last stop before Hell in a Cell upon us, SmackDown came to us from Wichita, Kansas. Dean Ambrose had one final message for Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro decided it was on them to steal the show. Finally, after Monday's brutal attack, what does Big Show think of Rusev? Let's take one final look at the last stop on the Highway to Hell in a Cell.

Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins Opening Segment:- Ambrose begins his promo by saying the laws of physics don't apply to him. Despite that fact, he admits that all the Authority has put him through hurts but unlike Mick Foley on Monday, he's not as nice a guy deep down as Foley is. That he has nothing to live for except put pain on people who try to put pain on him. Ambrose calls out Rollins who appears on the Titantron. He says that Ambrose doesn't call him out or tell him what to do and later tonight, he will call out Ambrose himself. Rollins talks about being the future of the business and once he beats Ambrose, he will be just that. Ambrose concludes the segment by saying that on Sunday they will both burn together inside Hell in a Cell but Rollins will perish alone.

The Miz and Damien MizDow are shown backstage

The Miz and Damien Mizdow vs. Los Matadores w/El Torito- Sheamus is on commentary as Diego gets acrobatic offense on MizDow early until he tags Miz who gets hit with some offense until he takes over. Miz mocks Sheamus with the 10 beats on the chest and his pose. After brief tag to Sandow, Fernando and Miz get the hot tag and Fernando works over Miz until Sandow breaks up a close fall and he and Diego both end up on the outside. Miz locks the figure four leg lock on Fernando and MizDow locks in the figure four on Diego on the outside as both Matadores submit.
Winners:- The Miz and Damien MizDow

Gold and Stardust Bo Dallas backstage:- Goldust and Stardust are backstage during their usual shtick where they ramble incoherently until Bo walks in and tells them that they can win tonight and that all they have to do is BO-Lieve. Goldust calls him a weirdo.

AJ Lee vs. Alicia Fox- AJ gets some early offense in with her patented head scissors until Alicia regains control and uses some power moves. AJ regains control with 2 sets of high knees to the face of Alicia Fox in the corner. Paige tries to interfere but it backfires as AJ knocks Alicia into Paige, knocking Paige off the apron and then rolling up Alicia for the victory.
Winner:- AJ Lee

Wyatt Family vignette airs

The Big Show Responds to Rusev:- Big Show in a backstage pre-taped interview with Michael Cole discusses Rusev's actions on RAW. He discussed how the soldier on Monday Night RAW got kicked in the face by Rusev. He says the soldier may have been wrong for getting in the ring but what bothered him the most was that Rusev took a cheap shot. Show actually apologizes for his actions just week's prior for tearing down the Russian flag and despite his actions and what he felt in the moment, he feels bad. However, Big Show segues that into how proud he is to visit the troops and how it feels to show respect to those brave men and women. To end the interview, Cole shows Hogan's comments after  RAW this Monday and Show says he can't control his emotions and will knock Rusev's ass out and pin him at Hell in a Cell.

Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Cesaro- Intercontinental Championship:- Incredible match between two of the very best wrestlers the WWE has to offer. A lot of chain wrestling to start and acrobatic counters by both men until Cesaro throws Ziggler shoulder first into the post, taking control. Cesaro dominated  afterward with a plethora of sleeper holds until Ziggler countered with a plethora of sleeper holds of his own, culminating with a beautiful tilt-a-whirl into a sleeper. Cesaro hit a beautiful inverted t-bone suplex to counter. It became frustrating for Cesaro when he threw the kitchen sink at Ziggler with spinning front side slams, big boots, double arm underhook powerbombs etc,. An incredible sequence to finish the match as Ziggler turned away Cesaro from an uppercut, hitting a Zig Zag for the win.
Winner:- Dolph Ziggler
*Side note* This match was absolutely incredible, not sure if it was stated already.

Brie Bella, Naomi and Natalya vs. Cameron, Nikki Bella and Summer Rae:- Brie Bella worked the entire match, mostly against Summer Rae. The end came when Brie caught a spinning roundhouse kick from Summer Rae and Nikki tagged in and hit her torture rack slam for the winner.
Winners:- Cameron, Nikki Bella and Summer Rae

After the match, Nikki tells be that after Hell in a Cell, Nikki will be the wicked Step-Sister and Brie will be a CinderBella.....okay.

Hell in a Cell by the numbers video airs

RAW Rebound Airs

The Uso's and Mark Henry vs. Gold & Stardust/ Bo Dallas:- Jey Uso and Stardust begin the match with some acrobatics until Jimmy Uso gets the tag but ends up taking a beating from Goldust. All of the heels end up outside the ring with the babyfaces standing tall. The ending saw both Uso's and the Dust Brothers end up on the outside with Bo Dallas left alone with Mark Henry. A distraction from Stardust allowed Bo to take advantage and hit the Bo-Dog for the win! BO-LIEVE!
Winners:- Gold & Stardust and Bo Dallas

Dolph Ziggler backstage interview:- Renee Young has the winner of the Intercontinental Championship match, Dolph Ziggler who says that he and Cesaro tore it u.....Cesaro interrupts Ziggler and says he got lucky tonight and that they should settle it at Hell in a Cell in a 2 out of 3 falls match, Ziggler accepts.

Seth Rollins Call Out Dean Ambrose- Rollins comes out to a ring that is decorated with 2 tables and weapons scattered all around them. It starts with Rollins talking about the crowd being able to chant that he Sold Out and that it doesn't matter because none of them are familiar with the concept of winning. Rollins then previews everything he's going to do to Ambrose with all of the various weapons in the ring, ranging from handcuffs and screwdrivers to pipes and steel chairs. After the preview, Rollins officially calls out Ambrose.
     A bit more trash talk got Ambrose to come through the crowd and assault Rollins and the 2 stooges, Noble and Mercury. Rollins manages to escape as Ambrose goes to work to Noble and Mercury as Noble is clotheslined to hell and Mercury received a DDT for his troubles. Ambrose puts Mercury on one of tables and hits a diving elbow on him from the top rope for a huge ovation. He then does the same to Noble for a huge ovation!
A large THANK YOU AMBROSE chant breaks out as the broadcast goes off the air.

Rating:- 6.5/ 10

Mark Suleymanov

Sports Journalist.