This week’s WWE SmackDown! opens with Sheamus pacing in the parking lot waiting for The Big Show to show up to the building.
In the arena, Cleveland’s own, The Miz, is making his way out for another episode of MizTV. “Miz is awesome” chant almost immediately breaks out. He says it’s good to be home, so welcome to the most must-see WWE talk show in history, welcome to MizTV! In 2 days, the 26th annual (hey, someone on WWE TV got it right!) Survivor Series takes place, and Miz is on Team Foley because of the WWE Universe. He was selected in an interactive vote, but was there any doubt? He’s on the poster, and that’s because he’s a survivor. Also, he’s accomplished more than any other Series participants. He’s not going to follow blindly under any team captain, whether it’s Dolph Ziggler or tonight’s guest, Mick Foley. Foley says he appreciates being on the show, but he’s going to be honest. He had reservations about putting Miz on the ballot on Monday night. Miz tells him not to go for a cheap pop in his hometown. Foley does it anyway. Seriously, although he named his newest book after Miz, had the book been written by Dickens, it would’ve been called “A Tale of Two Mizes”, as there are two forms of this man now. At the Series, will it be the guy who Foley knows he can be, or the vacation-taking, chair-sitting, makeup-wearing, weak beard-growing Miz who shows up on RAW and SD! from time-to-time with little else. Foley needs to ask that question? Really? Miz is the least of Foley’s problems. What he needs to do is look at the rest of the team. Champions who don’t like each other, a violent Apex Predator, and a cheapshot artist who stole Miz’s title. Foley’s glad Miz mentions this, because he planned a team meeting for this talk show. Foley then introduces each other member of Team Foley: Kofi Kingston, Team Hell No! and Randy Orton. Foley tells the team members that he now opens up the lines of communication for the team, and asks someone to begin talking. Daniel Bryan and Kane both want to start, and Bryan does. He says Kane wants to apologize for being the weak link in their team. Kane then thanks Miz for being a great partner on Monday, and his back feels so strong for not having to carry somebody. Bryan says, without him, he’d be roaming basements and scaring children. Kane says he does that anyway. They argue about who the champions is (no, that’s not a mistake), so Kofi tries to step in and calm things down. Miz takes offense to that, saying Kofi kicked him in the face when Miz offered a handshake last week. Kofi says he’ll do it again right now. Foley steps between the two and tells them to show unity. It’s hard to believe the voice of reason on Team Foley may just be Orton. Orton asks for clarification on this before saying he’s spat in Foley’s face many times. Foley threw him into thumbtacks as well. Despite this, he likes Foley more than anyone else in the ring right now. In fact, he doesn’t like any member of the team, or trust them.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]Dolph Ziggler’s music hits, and Team Ziggler make their way onto the stage, minus Cody Rhodes. He calls Team Foley the definition of dysfunctional. He says his team doesn’t have any egos, and they’re prime, elite superstars united behind one charismatic leader. Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez are having a conversation during this, and Ziggler wants to know what’s going on. ADR says Ziggler doesn’t have what it takes to be the team leader. In fact, there’s only one person who deserves that. He’s a former WWE Champion. Ziggler says he’s a future champion, and would rather be a future something than a former anything. Foley interjects and said that, when he ran things, he made good matches. So, he asked Booker T if he could make some matches tonight. Book said he could with Team Ziggler’s blessing. Foley’s first suggestion is ADR and Ziggler need to get along, and what better way than in a tag team match against two members of Team Foley who need to get along. It’ll be ADR/Ziggler vs. Orton/Miz. Ziggler says that’s fine, and is glad Miz quit because he couldn’t cut it anyway. They got someone better in Wade Barrett. Barrett says Ziggler has replaced a quitter with a winner. Foley calls himself a fan of Barrett, and sets up a match between Barrett and Kane. Bryan screams “No!” at this before Damien Sandow screams silence. It is obvious Team Foley is in complete disarray. You have a goat-faced, one-word wonder with an anger problem. His partner Kane, who’s anger is the reason Rhodes is not here. Then, you have a braided, neon mute who now claims the ability to fly. Kofi says he expected something smarter from Sandow, and if Sandow wants to see his flying ability, he can look first-hand. Foley then makes a match between Kofi and Sandow, which is next.
MATCH 1: Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Damien Sandow (non-title)
Sandow immediately applies a side headlock and turns it into a hip throw. Kofi gets back onto his feet as Sandow continues to apply the hold. Sandow hits a shoulder off the ropes, and a crisscross ends with a spinning back elbow by Kofi. Sandow slides to the floor for a breather before getting back in the ring and trying a kick. Kofi blocks it and hits a Japanese armdrag. Another armdrag by Kofi, who turns it into an armbar. He drops a knee on the arm for 2. Sandow fights back, but Kofi blocks a hiptoss and counters with a monkey flip, sending Sandow back to the floor. Kofi chases him back in, and Sandow cuts Kofi off with shots. Kofi comes back with a dropkick out of the corner for 2. Kofi hits several stiff kicks for another 2. Sandow fights back, but Kofi manages to send him to the floor, where he hits a plancha. Commercials.
Kofi is still in control until Sandow nails a shoulder thrust. After a kick, Sandow hits a flipping neckbreaker for 2. Sandow goes after the eyes, hits a side-Russian legsweep, and the Elbow of Disdain gets another 2. Kofi fights back, hitting a clothesline, a back elbow and a dropkick. Kofi hits a jumping clothesline and the Boom Drop. He signals for TIP, but Sandow sees it coming and backs off to the opposite corner. Kofi ducks a clothesline and hits a springboard twisting crossbody for 2. Sandow hits a jawbreaker, but runs right into a back body drop. Sandow kicks Kofi in the knee and gets a schoolboy with a handful of tights for 3.
WINNER: Damien Sandow.
Outside, we see Sheamus, still waiting for Show.
MATCH 2: Layla, Kaitlyn and Natalya vs. Aksana, Alicia Fox and Eve Torres
Nattie and Aksana start off, with Aksana landing a kick to the midsection. Nattie counters an arm wringer, and a schoolgirl gets 1. Layla tags in, and the faces hit a double clothesline. A dropkick and an ass to the face by Layla, and a pin gets 2. Fox gets the blind tag, and the heels do a double hair whip for 2. Northern lights suplex for 2 by Fox. Eve tags in as Fox hits a bodyslam, and a horrible flipping senton by Eve gets 2. Eve hits a snapmare and a kick to the chest for 1. Fox tags in and hits a back kick to the gut. Layla kicks Fox off and tags in Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn hits a shoulder and a back elbow before telegraphing a back body drop. Kaitlyn catches her off the ropes with a flapjack, and hits another shoulderblock for 2. Kaitlyn dropkicks Fox into Eve, and hits an inverted DDT for 3.
WINNERS: Kaitlyn, Layla and Natalya.
We see Sheamus once again, and Booker T approaches him. Book knows he’s upset, but Sheamus is putting him in an awkward position. Rumor has it Show won’t come with Sheamus waiting out here. Sheamus agrees to move, but will be waiting for Show in the ring. Book tells him to keep his cool and stay in check. Sheamus can’t promise anything, and then walks off. Book stops him and says if things get out of hand, there will be consequences. Sheamus says, fella, you’ve got that right.
MATCH 3: Randy Orton and The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez)
Ziggler and Miz start off. Ziggler hits a shoulder off the ropes, and Miz comes back with a flapjack for 1. They trade punches before Ziggler sends Miz to the floor. ADR sends Orton to the floor as well. Commercials.
Back from the break, Orton is legal, fighting out of a rear chinlock. Ziggler takes him down and hits the Show-Off Elbow for 2. ADR tags in and nails Orton with a kick. Orton fights back by beating ADR down in the corner. After the ref pulls him off ADR, ADR hits a jumping double-knee armbreaker for 2. Ziggler back in, and he kicks away at Orton for 1. Orton fights back, hitting a flapjack and tagging in Miz. Miz beats Ziggler down in the corner before nailing the hanging clothesline. Double axe handle off the top gets 2. Miz mounts the middle buckle after blocking a corner charge, but ADR knocks him to the floor behind the ref’s back. Ziggler goes out and drops Miz neck-first across the barricade. Back in the ring, Ziggler gets 2. ADR tags in and nails a kick. He throws Miz to the corner for more kicks before nailing the step-up enziguri for 2. Armbar is applied, which Miz tries to fight out of. ADR headbutts him into the corner, but Miz counters a charge by backdropping ADR to the floor. Orton tags in, hits 3 out of 4 Moves of Boredom, then drops Ziggler with a powerslam. ADR gets hits with the 4th one as Orton signals for the RKO. Miz tags himself back in and hits the Skull-Crushing Finale for 3.
WINNERS: The Miz and Randy Orton. Miz celebrates the win, so Orton drops him with an RKO. The crowd immediately turns on Orton, which is nice for a change. The score for tonight is now 1-1 for the Survivor Series teams.
Sheamus makes his way out for the next segment. Sheamus tells Big Show he crossed the line. He was happy about their match at HIAC because they had the fight of their lives. But then Show had to go and attack Sheamus and William Regal from behind, proving himself to be a bully. Sheamus is tired of talking, and he doesn’t feel like waiting until Sunday. The time for talking is over. It’s time to fight. Show comes out, but stops on the stage. He says Sheamus doesn’t get it. He’s running his mouth, calling Show out. Just like last week, nothing will happen. Except, maybe, getting William Regal knocked out again. Show is scared of Sheamus, but not because of what Sheamus might do to him, but of what Show might do to Sheamus. Sheamus needs to just say “thank you”. Sheamus calls that the best idea Show’s ever had, and Sheamus thinks he’ll come up and do it right now. Booker T comes out and steps in between them. This is his show. In 2 days, Sheamus gets Show. But tonight, he needs to ask Sheamus to leave the building. This fight isn’t going to happen. Sheamus says he can’t do that, because he’s about to kick Show’s giant arse. Book tells him he doesn’t want to do this. He’s not asking Sheamus. As GM, he’s telling Sheamus to leave. Sheamus heads out by the stage.
In the back, Show approaches Booker T and thanks him for what he just did. Book is glad Show appreciates that, because there’s a main event tonight featuring Show. He’ll find out his opponent when he gets to the ring. Show asks if it’s against Sheamus. Book says no, but remember that no one’s bigger than the show. See you out there.
MATCH 4: WWE Tag Team Co-Champion Kane vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett starts off with rights. Winds of Change gets 1. Kane comes back with a big boot and a clothesline over the top to the floor. Back in the ring, Kane hits the flying clothesline and signals for the chokeslam. The rest of Team Ziggler immediately hit the ring and target Kane, causing the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Kane, putting Team Foley up 2-1 tonight, winning the mini-series. Daniel Bryan charges the ring, as do Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton. A huge brawl between the two teams is going on in the ring. Orton drops both Sandow and Ziggler with RKOs as Team Foley (minus Miz) stands tall. Miz eventually comes out to the stage and stares Orton down.
R-Truth makes his way out now for color commentary. He has a match on Sunday against Antonio Cesaro for the WWE US title.
MATCH 5: WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. Sin Cara (non-title)
I like Cesaro’s ring jacket. Just saying. Also, I like the fact that JBL is alluding to Cara’s CMLL background, including his time as champion there. I don’t like JBL as a wrestler, but he’s great on commentary. Cesaro immediately hits a waistlock takedown on Cara. Cara comes back with a Mexican armdrag, and a springboard hurricanrana. Cesaro answers with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. A kick to the back gets 2. Lifted gutwrench suplex by Cesaro, followed by a European uppercut to the back of the head. Cara fights out of a cravat and counters a hip toss with an armdrag. Cara ducks a clothesline and hits a satellite spinning headscissors. Cara hits a kick to the face from the apron, and a springboard hurricanrana gets 2. Cesaro blasts Cara with the Very European Uppercut, and the Neutralizer puts Cara away for 3.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]WINNER: Antonio Cesaro. After the match, R-Truth says that, with all due respect to Lil’ Jimmy, he’d like to quote another Jimmy: “Hacksaw” Jimmy Duggan. He begins a “USA!” chant on this note. Truth climbs into the ring, but Cesaro backs off, holding the US title up as he does so.
MATCH 6: World Champion The Big Show vs. The Great Khali
Unfortunately, this is the exact match I was afraid was going to happen. Show is forced to pretend like he’s concerned about this match, despite the fact that he’s destroyed Khali every time they’ve wrestled. Khali shoves off a lock-up attempt. Show responds with several different strikes. Khali blocks the corner chop attempt, and does one of his own. Khali hits another one in the adjacent corner. Khali with some kicks, and a forearm to the back of the head. Khali does the forearm again, and a clothesline takes Show down. Show comes back with some body blows, and a spear gets 2. He calls for the chokeslam, but Khali fights it off and hits the brain chop for 2. Khali signals for the Punjabi Plunge, but Show fights it off with body blows, and nails the WMD for the 3.
WINNER: The Big Show. Thankfully, a short match. Sheamus’ music hits, but he doesn’t come out. Show stands in the ring, looking around for him before his own music starts up again. Show leaves the ring, continuing to look around as he heads up the ramp.
Show is seen walking around in the back by the busses when Matt Striker tries to stop him for an interview. Show scares him off and heads to a bus, laughing. He opens the door, and Sheamus is inside, waiting for him with punches. Sheamus beats Show down in the parking lot. He shoves Show into a car, breaking a rear window in the process. He then charges in at Show, who throws Sheamus into the windshield of a car before walking off. Sheamus gets back up and dives off the roof of the car, knocking Show into the windshield of another car. Sheamus continues the beatdown until referees and officials finally pull him off. He screams, “I’ll finish this Sunday!” at Show as they drag him away.
End of show.
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