The Shield def. CM Punk & The New Age Outlaws
Before Friday night’s massive main event commenced, Roman Reigns stood in the middle of the ring and declared himself “The New Best in the World” after he pinned CM Punk on Old School Raw. Coming to SmackDown for the first time in nearly 14 years, The New Age Outlaws teamed with The Second City Saint, hoping to humble Reigns and his black-clad cohorts.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans, and The Shield ultimately prevailed over the fan-favorites after Reigns drilled Billy Gunn with a devastating Spear, sending a bold-faced message to the WWE Universe that the black-clad trio is as strong as ever.
HQ Digitals || HQ Screencaptures
In the first SmackDown of 2014, The Best in the World CM Punk and the high-octane Usos reigned supreme over a Shield trio who couldn’t seem to get on the same page. Plus, WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust withstood the formidable challenge of The Wyatt Family and Bray Wyatt himself delivered a creepy message about Daniel Bryan joining the fold.
At the opening of SmackDown, United States Champion Dean Ambrose addressed recent speculation about possible dissention in the ranks of The Hounds of Justice – informing CM Punk, in particular, that he couldn’t divide and conquer them. Roman Reigns added that there was no weak link to divide and Seth Rollins said that any setbacks they had were temporary, since in the end, they would do what they do best – come together and dominate.
Ambrose then joined the SmackDown announce team as his cohorts battled The Usos. However, when it looked as if Jimmy & Jey might close the door on their black-clad adversaries, Ambrose intervened – bringing an abrupt end to the match by disqualification.
The Shield’s post-match attack would be thwarted when The Straight Edge Superstar emerged to even the odds and helped to send the Hounds packing. SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero would then create a huge SmackDown main event showdown on the WWE App: Ambrose, Reigns & Rollins vs. Punk & the Samoan warriors!
CM Punk & The Usos def. The Shield
With an absence of teamwork and apparent communication problems between The Shield in the final moments of a huge SmackDown main event, The Usos helped CM Punk take down Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. This cleared the way for The Best in the World to overcome Dean Ambrose with the GTS for the victory.