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Episode Recap: March 5, 2015
Bad News Barrett just can't hold on to his Intercontinental Title! This week's SmackDown opened with Dolph Ziggler wearing it around his waist as he announced that he'd be participating in the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match at WrestleMania 31; this led to Barrett himself showing up and demanding his title back, which led to Luke Harper and Dean Ambrose joining the fray and everything got a little chaotic.
And during the ruckus, R-Truth managed to sneak in and steal the Title once again. Shenanigans!
On the road to the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania, Ryback defeated his corporate adversary, Kane. Kane then called for an impromptu contest between Ryback and Big Show, which ended with The World's Largest Athlete victorious via KO Punch.
Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd continued their reign as they defeated Los Matadores via a Cesaro Spin/Leg drop combo, and Kofi Kingston & Big E of The New Day were victorious against The Miz & Damien Mizdow.
Rusev once again humiliated Jack Swagger as he made him tap out to the now-familiar Accolade, and AJ Lee brought the Divas drama as she made Brie Bella tap out to the Black Widow.
The show ended with more Intercontinental Title shenanigans as Bad News Barrett attacked Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler before turning his attention to R-Truth on the announce team. Ambrose then took down Barrett as Luke Harper tried to steal the Title from Truth, though the Rapping Superstar evaded him with a hit and run.
R-Truth then gave the Title to Daniel Bryan, though before The Beard could lead the audience in a "Yes!" chant, Stardust (!) attacked him from out of nowhere and claimed the prize.
Does this mean Stardust will be competing at WrestleMania's Intercontinental Ladder Match as well ...?