The Smackdown opening video hits, and we’re brought into the arena with a big fireworks display. Josh Mathews and John “Bradshaw” Layfield are on commentary tonight. Tonight, we’ll see a KO Punch vs. Brogue Kick contest.
Booker T’s music hits, and the General Manager of Smackdown comes out to the stage. Booker mentions that the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line in two weeks on Sunday. For the very first time, the champion Sheamus will take on Big Show. The WWE Universe has been wondering which is more devastating: The Brogue Kick or the KO Punch? Both men think their move is the best, but we’ll find out definitively right now.
Big Show is the first one introduced, and he comes out to a chorus of boos. They show a replay of Big Show blocking the Brogue Kick and throwing Sheamus out of the ring on Monday. Booker now introduces the World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, and he comes out to a great reaction from the crowd. Booker says that tonight is all about Big Show and Sheamus. Booker wants to remind them about what they talked about in the locker room. This is not about the Hell in a Cell PPV and despite what happened on Raw, let it out on the force machine. Both guys will get one shot, and the winner will be determined by who has the highest score.
Booker mentions that a championship boxer has a punch of about 776 pounds per square inch. Since Big Show has the biggest punch, he can go first. Big Show doesn’t want to, and he rips the microphone out of Booker’s hand as the crowd boos. Big Show talks about who he’s knocked out in WWE, and he tells them not to boo him. Sheamus doesn’t want to listen to Big Show complain, so he’ll go first. Sheamus pumps himself up, and he Brogue Kicks the machine for 1,322 pounds per square inch. Big Show walks up to it, and he thinks it’s rigged. Sheamus tries to goad him into it in “the spirit of competition,” but he still won’t. Sheamus mentions that Big Show can’t do any worse than his 45-second World Championship reign. Big Show angrily punches the machine for 1,809 pounds per square inch.
Big Show wins, and he stares coldly at Sheamus, who is no longer smiling. Big Show says, “I guess I’ll be seeing you at Hell in a Cell, fella.” Big Show goes to the back. Sheamus says that was impressive. Big Show is a giant, but he’s hitting a machine that’s standing still. All of a sudden, Tensai attacks Sheamus from behind! Booker gets in Tensai’s face, and he orders him to the back.
Josh Mathews and JBL talk about how Booker T booked Sheamus vs. Tensai during the commercial break.
Sheamus vs. Tensai
Sheamus cuts Tensai off on the ramp, and they fight it out. Sheamus throws him into the barricade, but Tensai comes back with some clubs to the back. Sheamus blocks a ring post shot, and he turns it on Tensai. Sheamus rolls him into the ring, and the referee keeps him back. The bell still has not rung. The referee checks on Tensai before ringing the bell. Sheamus avalanches him, and he beats him down in the corner. Sheamus whips him to the opposite corner, and he hits another avalanche. Tensai reverses a whip, but he runs into a boot. Sheamus hits the ropes, and he eats a back elbow. Tensai sends him to the ropes, but Sheamus ducks a clothesline and hits a chop block for a one count. Sheamus shoulders him in the corner, backs up, and Tensai surprises him with a clothesline.
Tensai picks Sheamus up, and he attempts a suplex. Sheamus blocks it, and he hits one of his own. Sheamus avoids an avalanche in the corner, and he hits a couple of Irish hammers. Sheamus shoulders him in the midsection, hits a knee lift, and a powerslam for a near fall. Sheamus goes for the Irish Curse, but Tensai elbows him off before hitting a clothesline. Sheamus avoids a senton splash, and he hits an impressive White Noise! The crowd gets into it, and Sheamus pumps up in the corner. Sheamus charges, and he hits Tensai with 1,322 pounds per square inch of Brogue Kick, and that’s that!
Winner by Pinfall: Sheamus
Match Rating: * 1/4
The San Francisco 49ers are in the crowd tonight. They then show footage of Alberto Del Rio assaulting Randy Orton after Smackdown went off the air two weeks ago. JBL says Randy Orton will be here to respond to that attack.
Alberto Del Rio is shown backstage with Ricardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez is nervous about Randy Orton. Del Rio doesn’t care about what Orton said on Twitter. He reminds Rodriguez about what he did to Orton two weeks ago and what Big Show did to Orton on Wednesday on WWE Main Event. Del Rio orders Rodriguez to find Orton if he’s so nervous.
Ricardo Rodriguez is looking for Randy Orton backstage when he begins to hear a snake hissing around the corner. Santino’s Cobra scares him, and Rodriguez screams like a girl. Santino says he should be scared because a Cobra is one of the deadliest snakes on earth. Another deadly snake is a Viper. You have to watch out for the RKO. Santino scares him one more time, and Rodriguez sulks away.
They show footage of The Band attacking Santino and Zack Ryder. Drew McIntyre says what happened on Raw was like beautiful music. Jinder Mahal says as solo acts, their careers were out of tune. Heath Slater says they’re a band now, and his music hits. They then begin to air guitar solo. They’ll face Santino Marella and Zack Ryder, next.
Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal w/ Drew McIntyre vs. Santino Marella and Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder will start against Jinder Mahal. Ryder gets a side headlock, and he takes him down with a face-buster and a dropkick for a one count. Santino is tagged in, and he decides which rope to come off of to hit Mahal. Mahal begins to punch, but Santino splits under a clothesline and hits a hip toss. Slater distracts him, and Santino misses a diving head-butt. Mahal clotheslines him, and he tags in Slater. Slater hits a running elbow for a two count. Slater punches him down before sending him to the corner. Mahal is tagged back in, and they double-team Santino for a few. They tag in and out to continue this. Slater drags Santino to the center for a near fall. Santino comes up short on a hot tag, and Slater applies a chin lock. Santino gets out, and he hits a stunner.
Ryder is tagged in, and he hits some clotheslines on Slater. Slater reverses a whip, but he runs into the knees. Ryder hits a missile dropkick and follows up with an elbow in the corner. Ryder hits the Broski Boot, but Mahal breaks it up. Santino runs in, but Mahal takes him out. Ryder throws Mahal and McIntyre out, but Slater catches him with a modified neckbreaker for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal
Match Rating: 3/4 *
They show a video of Dolph Ziggler challenging Kane to a match on Smackdown via Tout. Kane’s pyro hits, so it looks like that challenge has been accepted. They’ll fight, next.
Vickie Guerrero introduces Dolph Ziggler to the ring, all while getting absolutely booed out of the building.
Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero
Ziggler quickly gets behind Kane, but Kane overpowers him. Ziggler rolls to the apron to recover. Ziggler ducks a punch, but Kane pushes him away. Ziggler keeps punching, but Kane pushes him off. Ziggler ducks some clotheslines, but Kane catches him with a powerslam attempt. Ziggler gets out, skins the cat, and gets big booted out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Kane kneeing Ziggler down in the corner. Ziggler slingshots over Kane, but he gets dumped onto the apron. Ziggler snaps him off the top rope, and he jumps off the top rope into a Chokeslam attempt. Ziggler gets out, and he hits the leg drop bulldog for a near fall. Ziggler punches at him, but Kane gets to his feet. Kane punches back at him, sends him to the ropes, and Ziggler comes back with a neckbreaker for a one count. Ziggler stomps and drops a bunch of elbows. Ziggler shows off and hits a final elbow drop for a two count. Ziggler kicks and chokes him in the corner. Kane fights up from a front face-lock, and he takes Ziggler down. Ziggler quickly follows up with a dropkick, but he misses an avalanche in the corner.
Kane hits a big clothesline for a two count. Kane hits a low dropkick for a one count. Kane clotheslines him in the corner a few times before hitting a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Up to the top rope Kane goes, but Ziggler crotches him up there. Ziggler punches at him on the top rope, but Kane head-butts him off. Vickie gets on the apron for the distraction. Ziggler grabs the briefcase, and he catches Kane coming off the top rope with it in front of the referee.
Winner by Disqualification: Kane
Match Rating: * 1/4
Kane uppercuts him down, and Daniel Bryan runs out to the ring to help. The crowd erupts with “YES!” chants. That’s incredible. They argue over whether Kane could have handled himself. Matt Striker runs out to ask if their bickering will cost them at Hell in a Cell. Bryan locks Striker in a No! Lock, but Kane pulls him off. Kane helps Striker up only to Chokeslam him right back down! Bryan protested that the whole way.
Ricardo Rodriguez is still looking for Randy Orton. He finds Hornswoggle playing with a Randy Orton “Brawling Buddy.” Rodriguez beats it up and leaves. Hornswoggle is sad.
Lilian Garcia introduces the breast cancer survivors in the crowd.
The Miz is at the commentary table. Josh Mathews says The Miz has had a rough week, but JBL says he’s the best guest Larry King has ever had. They then show a replay of that segment.
Kofi Kingston vs. Big Show
Kingston tries to kick at Big Show, but it doesn’t affect him. Big Show takes him down with a shoulder block, picks him up by the hair, and Kingston snaps him off the top. Kingston springboards, but Big Show swats him down. Big Show chops the chest, and Kingston takes time to recover. Big Show gets caught with a pendulum kick, and Kingston takes him down with a missile dropkick. Kingston hits the Boom Drop, and he sets up for the finisher. Big Show blocks the Trouble in Paradise, and he annihilates him with the Knockout Punch for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Big Show
Match Rating: N/A
The Miz gets in the ring asking, “Really?” Miz says this is what always happens to Kingston, but that’s the story of his life. Kingston always comes so close, only to come up short. Miz says he’s going to leave with his head held high, just like he will on WWE Main Event when he beats Kingston because he’s The Miz, and he is awesome.
They show some awful Touts from the fans.
Alberto Del Rio is backstage when Daniel Bryan walks into his locker room. Del Rio says he was expecting a snake, not a stinky goat. Bryan says if he is a goat, it stands for “Greatest of all time!” Del Rio says Bryan has the Tag Team Title because of Kane. Bryan says the only reason why Del Rio is talking is because Randy Orton hasn’t found him yet. Bryan says he just came from Booker T’s office, and they have a match tonight. By the way, he’s the Tag Team Champions.
Kaitlyn and Layla are backstage in Booker T’s office. They found a blonde wig in Eve’s bag. Teddy Long says Aksana told them that they found a blonde wig in Eve’s bag. Eve asks why they were rummaging through their property. Eve says she went through Teddy’s bag, and she found a blonde wig. She puts it on Long. They all argue until Booker silences them. Booker escorts Kaitlyn and Layla out. Long says that he had nothing to do with this. Eve says that she didn’t either. Eve then says he looked ridiculous in that wig.
Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow w/ Cody Rhodes
Sandow pushes Cara down, and he yells in his face. Cara kicks, but Sandow throws him down again. Cara kicks away at him before hitting a top rope twisting arm drag that takes Sandow out of the ring. Sandow gets back in the ring, and he knees Cara in the midsection. Sandow stomps him down before hitting a side leg sweep. Sandow drops the Cubito Aequet for a near fall. Cara counters a powerslam into a jawbreaker. Cara punches away at him before hitting a handspring back elbow. Cara hits a hurricanrana and a springboard dropkick to the outside. Cara hits a top rope plancha on Cody Rhodes. Cara catches Sandow with a kick, but Rhodes rips him off the apron. The referee ejects him from ringside. Sandow argues with the referee, but Cara jumps over the official with a hurricanrana into a cradle for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Sin Cara
Match Rating: *
Daniel Bryan is walking backstage when he bumps into Kane. Bryan tells Kane not to come out to the ring even if he thinks he’s in trouble. Kane says he won’t. Bryan will face Alberto Del Rio, next.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Daniel Bryan
They lock up, and Del Rio powers him to the corner. Del Rio kicks him down and goes for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Bryan fights out. Bryan hits a snapmare and kicks him in the back for a one count. Del Rio kicks him down and chokes him in the corner. Del Rio hits a snap suplex for a one count. Del Rio backs up for an avalanche, but Bryan sidesteps him. Bryan stomps at him before attempting a Mexican surfboard. Bryan instead stomps the knees for a two count. Bryan kicks him to the corner, but Del Rio comes back with kicks of his own. Bryan backflips over him, ducks a clothesline, and hits a running elbow to the chest. Bryan gets pumped up, and he kicks at Del Rio’s chest. Bryan screams “NO!” before missing a running dropkick in the corner.
Del Rio kicks Bryan in the shoulder, and he stretches it over the bottom rope. Del Rio goes to knock him off the apron, but Bryan moves. Del Rio hangs on the ropes, but Bryan kicks him off. Bryan goes for a running knee off the apron, but Del Rio avoids it. Del Rio sends him into the barricade as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Del Rio hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall. Del Rio kicks away at him before applying a key lock. Bryan fights back up, punches out, counters a tilt-a-whirl, and goes for the No! Lock! Bryan applies it, but Ricardo Rodriguez jumps on the apron. The referee orders him down, and Del Rio gets a fingertip on the bottom rope. Del Rio somehow applies a Cross Arm Breaker on the ropes. Del Rio throws him shoulder first into the ring post, and he applies the Cross Arm Breaker. Bryan has no choice but to tap out.
Winner by Submission: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: * 1/2
Del Rio takes the microphone, and he says the social media is messing with the crowd. Randy Orton will not show up tonight. Del Rio rolls the footage from two weeks ago when he attacked him after Smackdown. They then show Orton losing to Big Show on Main Event, obviously still feeling the effects of the attack. Del Rio says he’s the new Apex Predator. Del Rio says Orton is too scared to show his face and he’s right to hide in the shadows like a girl. If Orton were here, he would give him a “piece of his medicine.” Del Rio then does Orton’s pose.
Del Rio drops to imitate the RKO pose, and Orton is right there! Orton viciously attacks him and throws him onto the commentary table. Orton throws him into the ring post before throwing him into the stairs. Orton takes the table apart, and he stalks Del Rio. Orton puts him on the table, but Del Rio fights back. Orton punches back, and Ricardo Rodriguez jumps on his back. Orton throws him off, but Del Rio has already run far away. Orton looks at Rodriguez on the table, and he gives him an RKO on top of it!
Quick Match Results
Sheamus def. Tensai (non-title)
Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal def. Santino Marella and Zack Ryder
Kane def. Dolph Ziggler via DQ
Big Show def. Kofi Kingston
Sin Cara def. Damien Sandow
Alberto Del Rio def. Daniel Bryan via Submission
Bump of the Night: Orton giving Rodriguez an RKO on the table!
Match of the Night: Del Rio vs. Bryan * 1/2