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Episode Recap: April 23, 2015


The final SmackDown before Sunday's Extreme Rules kicked off with Kane announcing that Seth Rollins would go up against Dean Ambrose. This contest never happened, though, as The Lunatic Fringe and Roman Reigns suddenly appeared and started an all-out brawl against the WWE Heavyweight Champion and Ambrose's Extreme Rules opponent, Luke Harper.

Next came a Tag Team showdown that ended with Dolph Ziggler & Neville victorious over Bad News Barrett & Sheamus, followed by some Total Divas Drama as Naomi defeated Natalya. Naomi will next challenge Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship at Extreme Rules.

Ryback was a force of nature against Rusev though he only won by disqualification after The Hero of the Russian Federation attacked him with the same Russian Chain he used against John Cena backstage at Monday Night's Raw. Rusev will take on Cena in a more official capacity at Extreme Rules … where the use of the chain will be allowed.

After Kofi Kingston of The New Day defeated Cesaro, the night kicked into full gear as Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose took on Seth Rollins & Luke Harper. The Lunatic Fringe & The Big Dog got a surprising (if unintentional) assist from Kane after he threw Rollins back into the ring to break the referee's 10-count, after which the WWE World Heavyweight Champion was hit with a Spear from Reigns for the win!