Once again SmackDown centred around The Shield’s problems with Evolution, with The Shield‘s remaining members – Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns – coming out to aim a promo at Triple H, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton. It wasn’t their finest work on the microphone, but it did set up Triple H‘s interruption perfectly. He continued to place hints at his upcoming feud with Reigns by placing only Ambrose in a qualifying match for Money in the Bank. It wasn’t all good for Ambrose though, as he faced Bray Wyatt in the main event. Reigns and The Family were banned from ringside, but naturally that left the door open for Seth Rollins to provide the distraction that cost Ambrose the match. Roman Reigns was left to fight Bad News Barrett, but was ambushed by 3MB who he overcame to deliver spears to each member.
The show opened up with The Wyatt Family, who were once again without their leader, as Erick Rowan defeated Jey Uso in a decent match to even up their singles series.
Cesaro managed to one-up Sheamus with a small package of his own after claims that he had come out with his hands taped up to fight and not wrestle, in an excellent pre-match promo with Heyman.
Elsewhere, Alicia Fox defeated her former bestie Aksana with a new, and pretty impressive, finisher. Bo Dallas defeated R-Truth, but not before he could join in with his What’s Up routine. Adam Rose saw off Fandango, with Summer Rae attacking Layla after the match by dressing up as a Rosebud. And interestingly, Big E defeated Jack Swagger in a patriotism match after Zeb Coulter sent Lana away when she came out to distract E. A three way rivalry in the making? Or a new allegiance between Swagger and E? Currently unknown, but intriguing.
Fairly uneventful show besides the predictable main event. The matches were mostly decent efforts, but no true standout contest. Some story advancement, but not with anything fresh, just hitting the same note.