We begin with a look at a highlight package from the first 15 years of Smackdown.
We are in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Michael Cole, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, and Tom Phillips.
Lillian Garcia introduces the first General Manager of Smackdown and a Principal Owner of WWE, Stephanie McMahon.
Stephanie welcomes everyone to the Fifteenth Anniversary of Smackdown. She asks if the people remember who coined the phrase ‘Smackdown’. It was the Great One, the man who lost to her husband Triple H on the first episode of Smackdown, The Rock. As the first General Manager, she gets to share a number of her memories about Smackdown.
John Laurinaitis makes his way onto the stage and he goes to the ring with the full force of People Power.
John shakes Stephanie’s hand and asks if someone said ‘People’. The crowd chants ‘People Power’. John introduces himself and he says that he is the former Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and the former General Manager of Raw and Smackdown. Who better than the person who started the greatest movement on Smackdown, People Power.
John says that he has been doing his research on the WWE Network. Stephanie says that it shows that anyone can use the WWE Network.
John says that he has a number of matches to make tonight. The first match that he wants to make is . . .
Teddy Long’s music plays and he makes his way onto the stage and he does the Teddy Dance. John Layfield gets up and he dances himself to greet Teddy at the ring steps.
Teddy tells John he was the General Manager of Smackdown for six years and he will be damned if he is going to watch John take it from him.
John says that he was better then and better now.
Teddy says the proof is in the player. John says that he is not feeling Teddy.
John says that he is going to give the people a tag team match tonight. Miz and Cesaro will face Sheamus and Jack Swagger.
Teddy says that he would make it a six man tag match. Bo Dallas, Cesaro, and Miz versus Jack Swagger, Sheamus, and Mark Henry.
John says a ten men tag. Miz, Cesaro, Bo Dallas, Goldust and Stardust versus Sheamus, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, and the Usos.
Teddy will not be outdone and he says that since this is the fifteenth year anniversary of Smackdown, he will propose something that hasn’t been done before . . . a Fifteen Man Tag Match.
John says that isn’t possible, PLAYA.
Teddy says it will be Cesaro, Bo Dallas, the Miz, Goldust, Stardust, Mini Gator, Heath Slater, and Titus O’Neil versus Sheamus, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, the Usos, Los Matadores, El Torito, and Tito Santana.
Stephanie says that even thought Tito Santana isn’t here. Teddy says we have seven Men and a bull plus seven men and a gator is fifteen men.
Stephanie says that the people will cheer whatever Teddy says because they love him. Stephanie says that John and Teddy are always in competition so she will borrow from Wrestlemania 28 and each of them will be the captain of a team and the winner will be determined the Greatest General Manager of all time.
Stephanie reminds everyone of the announcement about the Dean Ambrose versus John Cena match at Hell in a Cell to see who will face Seth Rollins in a Hell in a Cell match. Miz will host MizTV with John Cena and Dean Ambrose.
The Rosebuds make their way onto the stage and Adam Rose joins them. They make their way to the ring. Adam wishes Smackdown a Happy Birthday. It is time to party to honor fifteen years of Smackdown. What is a party without Adam Rose? Adam tells Steffi not to be a lemon . . . be a rosebud.
Stephanie tells Adam that he is right. It is party time. It is the fifteenth anniversary of Smackdown. He should be in action. Adam Rose versus . . . KANE.
Stephanie tells them to hit ‘HIS’ music. Stephanie starts to dance to Adam’s music.
We go to commercial with a look at the debut episode of Smackdow in 1999.
We are back and Kane says he is not a cheeseburger, a bunny, a lemon, or a rosebud. From time to time, he is a demon. Tonight he is a party pooper.
Match Number One: Adam Rose versus Kane
Rose rolls around the ring while the Rosebuds dance for him. Kane catches Rose on a cross body but Rose counters into a sleeper. Kane backs Rose into the corner. Kane runs into a boot and Rose goes up top and Kane with an uppercut and Rose is out. Kane with a choke slam for the three count.
After the match, the Exotic Express go into the ring to check on Rose but Kane returns to the ring and the ones who cannot escape fall victim to Kane. The bunny is left in the ring and one of the rosebuds tries to get in the way but he falls victim to a choke slam. Kane choke slams a few more and that allows The Bunny to escape.
We take another look back at Smackdown and this time it is John Cena’s Smackdown debut in June 2002.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: AJ Lee versus Alica Fox (with Paige) in a Non Title Match
Fox with a punch while Paige holds the title belt for AJ to keep it safe. AJ is sent into the turnbuckles a few times. Alicia with a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall and Alicia throws a tantrum. Alicia with a reverse chin lock. AJ with elbows but Alicia with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Alicia tries to send AJ through the ropes to the floor but AJ counters into the Black Widow and Alicia taps out.
Winner: AJ Lee
After the match, Paige hits AJ with the title belt but AJ with a back heel kick to Paige and then to Alicia. AJ sends Alicia into Paige and she gets out of the ring.
We are back with another Smackdown video package of some of the crazier moves in Smackdown history, including the ring imploding after a Brock Lesnar superplex to Big Show.
Match Number Three: Seth Rollins (with Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury) versus Kofi Kingston
Rollins and Kofi exchange punches but Rollins with the advantage and the referee has to pull Rollins out of the corner. Rollins and Kofi go to the floor and Seth sends Kofi into the ringside barrier two times. Seth stops the referee’s count and he returns to the floor. Rollins hot shots Kofi on the apron. Rollins rolls Kofi back into the ring and he connects with a clothesline.
Rollins rubs Kofi’s face in the mat. The referee warns Seth one more time. Rollins punches Kofi and kicks him while the referee separates him and Kofi. Rollins with more kicks to Kofi followed by a biel across the ring. Rollins rakes the eyes while the referee warns him. Kofi with a rollup for a near fall. Rollins runs into a knee from Kofi. Kofi with chops followed by a drop kick.
Rollins avoids the flying clothesline from Kofi but Rollins fires back with a wraparound clothesline. Rollins punches Kofi and he hits the Buckle Bomb and Kofi goes down. Rollins picks up Kofi and sets for another Buckle Bomb and he follows with Black Out for the three count.
Winner: Seth Rollins
We go to the Luke Harper is free from the bindings of the Wyatt Family video package.
We go to commercial with another Smackdown video package of people who have cashed in on Smackdown.
Match Number Four: Rusev (with Lana) versus Dolph Ziggler in a Non Title Match
Ziggler avoids Rusev and Ziggler with punches but Rusev sends Ziggler into the corner and he kicks Ziggler. Rusev with an axe kick to the back followed by more kicks to Ziggler. Rusev chokes Ziggler and the referee warns Rusev. Rusev with a chin lock trapping the arm to add more pressure to the jugular.
Ziggler with elbows and a drop kick that sends Rusev into the corner but Ziggler misses a splash into the corner when Rusev moves and Ziggler falls to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with punches but Rusev catches Ziggler on a cross body. Rusev puts Ziggler on the top rope and he connects with knees and follows with a fallaway slam. Ziggler struggles to get back to his feet but Rusev with a front face lock and he takes Ziggler to the mat.
Ziggler punches Rusev and gets out of the hold. Rusev chokes Ziggler in the ropes and he kicks Ziggler in the back. Ziggler with a jawbreaker and he punches Rusev. Ziggler with a drop kick and a splash into the corner. Ziggler punches Rusev and Rusev pushes Ziggler away. Ziggler tries for the hesitation DDT but Rusev holds on. Ziggler lands on his feet and Rusev misses a splash into the corner and Ziggler gets a near fall after a Fameasser.
Rusev blocks a super kick and he flips Ziggler and then he hits the jumping thrust kick followed by a foot to the back and he applies the Accolade. Ziggler taps out.
After the match, Lana gets on the mic and she says that she understands that Philadelphia is the birthplace of America. This explains why this country never had a chance to succeed. On Raw, we encountered an All American, the Rock. The Rock is a coward. He is the . . . words in Russian by Lana.
Rusev takes the mic and he says the Rock will pay for the consequences. Big Show, you garbage American, you pay for this too. I challenge you to a match at Raw. You will be CRUSHED.
We go to commercial with a look at the Supermarket Brawl between Booker T and Steve Austin in 2001.
We are back and members of the Philadelphia Eagles are in the crowd.
Tom says that it is official, Big Show will face Rusev on Raw.
Michael says it would not be a Smackdown celebration without the Rock and The Authority. We go to footage from after this week’s Raw.
Triple H and Stephanie are in the office and Rock enters. They hug and talk about Raw. Hunter mentions that Friday is the 15th Anniversary celebration of Smackdown. Hunter mentions their match on the first Smackdown and Hunter points out that he won. Rock says it was amazing, but Hunter won because of Shawn Michaels. Rock brings up the Rock Bottom he gave Hunter the following week.
Hunter brings up that it was probably Road Dogg who was crying. Hunter says that he was the one who was laying out the Rock.
Rock brings up their Wrestlemania matches and Rock suggests that maybe they can main event one more time. The people would go crazy for ‘Can You Smell . . .’ and then you have the stuff that Hunter does. They each say that they would win the match. Hunter says that it would blow off the roof even if there isn’t a roof. Hunter says that there would be 100,000 people at the show because they would be main eventing.
Rock says that he would win while Hunter says that he would be the one to win the match. Rock says that there is no way that he wouldn’t layeth the Smacketh down on his candy ass and put his boot straight down his throat and knock his teeth so far down his ass that Hunter would need to stick a toothbrush up his ass to brush his teeth.
Hunter tells Rock to pick the time and place before he kicks Rock’s ass in front of hundreds of thousands of people. He would turn off the electricity for Mr. Electricity. Rock says that he is not going to back out.
Hunter says that he is The Game so he is not going to back up. Rock says that he is the People’s Champion so he is not going to back down. They decide to do it at the same time. Hunter won’t be tricked into an ‘It Doesn’t Matter’ deal. They count to three but neither man moves.
Hunter and Rock both say that they will kick each other’s asses. Stephanie comes in and says that they are both winners so knock it off. Stephanie says that they should go get something to eat.
Rock tells Hunter to pay the bill and he calls him a cheap bastard. Rock leaves and Hunter cannot believe that a man who makes as much as the Rock wants him to pay the bil.
We see a cake and John throws it into Tom’s face so he has been initiated.
Lillian Garcia introduces Booker T and he joins the announce table.
We have a Smackdown Moment of Steve Austin destroying the DX Express.
Match Number Five: Team Teddy (Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Sheamus, Fernando, Diego, El Torito, Mark Henry, and Jack Swagger) versus Team Johnny (Cesaro, Goldust, Stardust, Heath Slater, Titus O’Neil, GatorSwoggle, Damien Sandow, and Bo Dallas)
Fernando and Goldust start things off and Goldust gasps in Fernando’s face and he punches him and sends Fernando into the turnbuckles. Goldust with punches but Fernando with chops. Goldust retreats to his corner. Goldust with a punch followed by a kick and Irish whip. Fernando with an elbow and he hits a head scissors from the turnbuckles. Fernando with an elbow to Stardust and he sends Stardust into the turnbuckles. Diego with a head scissors to Stardust.
Slater comes in and he is met with a double drop kick. Everyone gets into the ring and we have a standoff until Team Johnny leaves the ring. We go to commercial.
We are back and Titus punches Jey before tagging in Goldust. Goldust with a back rake. Slater tags in and he punches Jey. Titus chokes Jey while the referee deals with Slater. Stardust tags in and he punches and chops Jey. Jimmy tags in and he chops Stardust. Jimmy with an Irish whip but Jimmy is sent to the apron. He knocks Goldust off the apron but Stardust with a double jump drop kick to send Jimmy to the floor. Stardust sends Jimmy into the ringside barrier.
They return to the ring and Goldust tags in and he connects with a knee drop. Goldust kicks Jimmy and the Gator tags in and he hits a few splashes in the corner. Slater tags in and he kicks Jimmy. Sandow tags in and he punches Jimmy and slams him. Sandow with a leaping knee drop for a near fall. Sandow with a reverse chin lock and he pulls Jimmy to the mat by pulling the hair. Titus tags in and he kicks Jimmy.
Titus with a back breaker and he drops down. Titus barks and then he kicks Jimmy in the corner. Titus with forearms to the back. Jimmy with a boot to the charging O’Neil. Cesaro tags in and he stops Jimmy from making the tag and he turns a front face lock into a dead lift side salto and we go to commercial.
We are back and Slater with a reverse chin lock to Jimmy. Jimmy with uppercuts but Slater stops Jimmy from making the tag. Jimmy with a dragon whip and both men are down. Cesaro knocks Henry off the apron but Jimmy with a back body drop and he tags in Sheamus. Sheamus with two running double sledges to Cesaro followed by a knee lift to Dallas. Sheamus knocks Stardust off the apron and he connects with the shoulder in the corner followed by a knee lift. He starts with the forearms to Cesaro but Stardust tries to interfere and Sheamus connects on Stardust. Slater tries to interfere but Sheamus stops him and he has three chests to pound on.
Cesaro drops Sheamus on the top rope but Sheamus with White Noise for a near fall that is broken up by Sandow. Swagger with a belly-to-belly slam to Sandow. Slater with a jumping leg lariat to Swagger. Titus clotheslines Swagger over the top rope to the floor. The Usos pull Slater and Titus to the floor. The Usos hold the ropes for Fernando and Diego to hit stereo suicide dives. The Usos send Goldust and Stardust to the floor. The Usos with stereo planchas. The Gator is stopped by a drop kick from Torito. Torito is stopped by Dallas and Bo with an Outsider’s Edge onto everyone on the floor.
Henry tries for the World’s Strongest Slam on Bo but Bo gets to his feet and he sends Henry to the floor. Sheamus with a Brogue kick to Bo but Sheamus falls victim to the Giant Swing but Jimmy with a super kick to Cesaro. Stardust sends Jimmy to the floor. Sandow tags in and he goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but Sheamus sends Sandow into the corner. Sheamus with a Brogue kick to Sandow and Jey tags in for the Superfly Splash and the three count.
Winners: Team Teddy
We go to the Erick Rowan is now free from the Wyatt Family’s control video.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for MizTV.
Miz says that this is an honor for all of you because you get to see the Moneymaker live for the Fifteenth Anniversary of Smackdown. He has two guests tonight. These men will meet at the Hell in a Cell pay per view with the winner facing Seth Rollins in Hell in a Cell.
We take a look at what has happened between John Cena, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose.
Miz says that the match at Hell in a Cell between John Cena and Dean Ambrose will be a No Holds Barred Contract on a Pole Match.
Miz brings out Dean Ambrose first, followed by John Cena.
Miz points out that Dean embarrassed John Cena on Raw and he asks him why would he do that.
Dean says that he planted John’s head into the mat so John knows that he does not care who he is or what he has done. Nobody crosses him. Dean says that John lives by a code, but so does he. He does not take any crap from anyone. If you do him wrong, he will hunt you down. Seth Rollins was his brother and he was stabbed in the back. Until he gets revenge, he cannot live with that. Seth Rollins inside Hell in a Cell belongs to him. John Cena is coming dangerously close to stealing that from him. Nobody steals from him. It does not matter how high up on the food chain you are.
John says that he is impressed and the people are impressed. John says that he listens to everything. The decision makers behind the curtain are scared. They call him unstable and don’t know what he is going to say. You say and do what you want. You will get through anyone who gets in your way. The Authority waste so many resources to find the guy who has it. By leaving him unconscious, Dean proved he has it.
John pulls out two baseballs and he says this is what it takes to be a success. He tells Miz not to look at them. John says that Dean has impressed him and that is what he wants to see and it is what they want to see.
After bringing in past hall of famers and mercenaries, they want to see someone with a set who will stand up to him and knock him down where he stands. At Hell in a Cell, Dean will make John earn it. They might not see eye to eye, but they are made from the same cloth. There is a reason night after night and opponent after opponent why he can come to the ring with a smile on his face. John has two things, these and his word and he does not break them for anyone.
John says that at Hell in a Cell, you might not care who the hell he is, but after that match, you will know his name. John says that he likes his chances.
Miz says that John likes his chances and points out that John is a fifteen time champion who has beaten everyone in his path. Does Dean think he has a chance?
Dean says ‘Yup’.
Miz asks him how will he do it.
Dean says that he doesn’t think he will do it, he knows he will do it.
Miz tries to stir the pot but Cena tells Miz to shut up. He tells Dean he will see him at Hell in a Cell.
Miz tells John that is not how this works. Miz says that he asks the questions and stirs the pot. You get mad at each other and break things while the ratings go up. Miz tells them they are ruining MizTV.
Dean and John look at each other and John says that they want to see John Cena and Dean Ambrose fight. This is where you have it wrong. We will see John Cena and Dean Ambrose fight you.
Cena and Ambrose attack Miz and Cena picks up Miz for an Attitude Adjustment and lets him go so Ambrose can hit the double underhook DDT on Miz. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Ambrose.
Seth Rollins watches from the back on the official backstage monitor.
We go to credits.