This week’s special “live” edition of WWE Super SmackDown! starts with Michael Cole in the ring, welcoming Sheamus out for an interview. Sheamus heads out, holding his ribs. Cole gets us up-to-date on what is going on. Last night, Sheamus and William Regal went to a pub for a good time, and it was reported there was an incident at the pub, and there is video footage from a cellphone. We see Sheamus and Regal enjoying a pint and talking to some fans when The Big Show attacks them from behind, ending with a table being dropped across Sheamus’ torso on the floor.
Back to the ring, Sheamus tells Cole that it’s not a good idea for him to be in the ring with Sheamus. Sheamus says there’s a part of him that respects the stones Show had to go on his turf and throw hands, but what he can’t respect is him cheap-shotting William Regal, a guy who has helped most everyone in WWE, especially Sheamus. The problem is, Show, Sheamus is still standing, and he’s giving Show an opportunity to finish what he started right now. In two weeks at Survivor Series, it’s all about the championship. But right now, it’s about Sheamus kicking Show’s giant arse.
Show appears on the Titan Tron, calling Sheamus an ungrateful ginger. He did Sheamus a favor by holding back and not destroying Sheamus so bad he couldn’t make it to Series. Show will take him out permanently on that night. If Sheamus thinks fighting him is a good idea, ask his “mate” Regal about that. Sheamus calls Show scared before calling Show’s stones “pebbles”, and he’s dying to show the champion how a real Irishman does it.
Later tonight, ADR vs. Orton in a Falls-Count-Anywhere Match. Up next, Miz faces Kofi Kingston for the IC title.
We see Wade Barrett in the back. Booker T stops him and says he never pegged him for backing down from a fight. Barrett says he never does. Book says that’s good, because he’s got a tag match planned for tonight: Barrett and Show vs. Regal and Sheamus. Barrett thanks him before walking off.
MATCH 1-Intercontinental Championship: The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston (Champion)
Miz starts with a side headlock, and Kofi counters into a top wristlock, turning it into a side headlock. Miz fights out of a waistlock and sends Kofi into the ropes. Kofi tries to slide between the legs, but Miz catches him and throws him to the corner. Kofi blocks a charge and hits a monkey flip before clotheslining Miz to the floor. Outside, Kofi hits a clothesline from the barricade. Back in the ring, Kofi gets 2. Miz blocks a corner charge by crotching Kofi on the top rope. Commercials.
Back from the break, Miz takes out Kofi’s leg for 2. Miz locks in a toe hold, and Kofi kicks him off. Kofi blocks a leg breaker by turning it into a sunset flip for 2. Miz goes back on the attack with a modified standing figure-4. Miz locks in a legbar, and Kofi legdrops his way out. He dodges a running boot and tackles Miz, firing off some punches. Chops by Kofi, followed by a jumping clothesline. Boom Drop connects, and Kofi signals for TIP. Miz ducks and goes for the SKF, but Kofi slides out into a victory roll for 2. Miz counters into a roll-up for 2 before applying a half Boston crab. Kofi gets a rope break and pulls himself to the apron. He hits a shoulder to the gut on an incoming Miz before mounting the top rope. Miz quickly cuts him off and goes for a superplex. Kofi holds onto the ropes and shoves Miz off. Miz lands on his feet and cuts him off again. Second attempt, Kofi fights him off once more, taking him down with forearms and a headbutt. Kofi hits the pumping cross-body and gets the 3.
WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: Kofi Kingston. Miz and Kofi work really well together, and they never disappoint. Good match. Afterwards, Miz sulks in the corner while Kofi celebrates. Miz eventually offers a handshake, and Kofi responds with a dropkick that sends Miz to the floor.
MATCH 2: vs. The Prime-Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young) vs. The Faceless Kings of Mystery (Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio)
Like my team name? No. Alright then. Young and Cara start the match, and Young nails a quick kick to the gut. Cara counters an Irish whip with a back handspring before nailing a hurricanrana. Quick strikes by Cara, but Young stops that with a Stun Gun. Back suplex gets 2. Titus tags in and hits a European uppercut. Young back in now, and he hits a snapmare in a rear chinlock that he turns into a cravat. Young hits some knee lifts and sends Cara into the corner. Cara gets the boots up on a charge, and hits a tornado DDT from the middle rope. Titus tags in and stops Cara from tagging, so Cara nails him with an enziguri. Rey tags in and hits a dropkick to the knee. He sidesteps a corner charge by Titus, sending Titus shoulder-first into the buckles. Rey gets in some mounted corner punches before kicking Young off the apron. He lands on the apron off the kick, goes up top and hits a cannonball. He kicks Titus into the ropes for the 619, but Young tries to sweep him, causing a distraction. Cara nails Young with a suicide dive, allowing Rey to go for the 619. Instead, he runs right into Clash of the Titus, which gets Titus the 3.
WINNERS: The Prime-Time Players. After the match, Matt Striker asks them for a word or two. Titus immediately begins blowing his whistle, telling Striker they’re going to do their own interview. He asks Young what this victory means for them, and he responds with “millions of dollars”. Titus asks what they will be getting when they win the tag titles, Young responds with the same response. He then asks Striker what he sees when he sees PTP coming down the ramp, and Striker weakly answers with “millions of dollars” before answering it the same way a second time, with more “stank” on it. They tell him he’s earned the right to do their dance, but immediately stop him because he apparently isn’t doing it right.
Booker T and Teddy Long are in Book’s office, discussing the Vickie/AJ/Cena scandal. Teddy then moves things along, saying he’s looking forward to the upcoming tag team match. Book asks if Vickie could do a match like this. Teddy says she might be able to. Book gets mad, asking Teddy if that means he’s not original. Teddy changes his tune, so Book gets mad about him sucking up. Teddy starts to apologize until Book begins laughing, admitting he was joking.
MATCH 3: Wade Barrett and World Champion The Big Show vs. William Regal and Sheamus
Apparently, Barrett has changed the name of the Souvenir to the Bull Hammer. On another note, I’m very happy to see Regal wrestling tonight. One of my all-time favorite workers, by far. And, he gets almost as big of a pop as Sheamus, which is nice to see. The faces attack before the opening bell, with Sheamus squaring off with Show and Regal going after Barrett. Barrett rolls to the floor as Regal assists Sheamus in the attack on Show. Kicking him to the floor. The ref finally calls for the bell as a big “Let’s go, Regal!” chant starts up. Sheamus and Barrett start off, and Barrett immediately fires off some kicks and punches. Sheamus comes back with a few before nailing a hip throw into a side headlock. I love watching these two work together, BTW. They get back up, and Sheamus nails a shoulder off the ropes for 1. Regal tags in and hits a couple strikes before snagging Barrett in a side headlock. Regal hits a shoulder off the ropes before going back to the headlock. Sheamus tags in and clubs Barrett down. Barrett comes back with some rights, but Sheamus stops him rather quickly. Sheamus blocks a hip toss and nails a short-arm clothesline for 2. Regal back in, and he hits some stiff knee strikes and a European uppercut. Sheamus tags back in and hits the slingshot Battering Ram for 2. Regal back in, and he immediately goes back to the headlock. Barrett sends him into the corner by Show, where Show nails a headbutt from the outside, allowing Barrett to hit a running forearm. Show tags in for the first time, hits a bodyslam and a running elbow drop. He picks Regal up for an open-hand chop in the corner before distracting the ref so Barrett can hit some knees to Regal’s face. Show with another chop, and he once again distracts the referee. Barrett drags Regal underneath the bottom rope and hits some more knees to the face as Regal is dangling across the apron. Regal starts to fight back on Show, but Show stops that with a shoulderblock. Headbutt by Show, before locking in a Trapezius claw. Commercials.
Back from the break, Barrett has become the legal man, and he’s nailing some shoulder thrusts on Regal in the corner. He ties Regal’s arm in the ropes and nails some gut shots. Show back in, who headbutts Regal. Show with another headbutt, and another corner chop. Show hits a snapmare and a running boot. Barrett back in, who hits a running kneedrop for 2. Front chancery is applied, and Regal counters with an exploder suplex. Regal blocks a corner whip and comes off the rebound with a running forearm to the head. Show and Sheamus tag in, and Sheamus hits a pair of Irish Hammers before hitting a couple of corner shoulder thrusts and a running knee lift. He ducks a clothesline and finally gets Show off his feet with a jumping Irish Hammer to the face. Sheamus goes up and hits the Battering Ram. Brogue Kick is called for, but it’s stopped when Barrett tries to run interference from the apron. Sheamus forearms him to the floor, but turns around into a spear by Show. Regal tags in and begins throwing lefts and catches show with the Knee Trembler. However, he immediately turns around into the WMD, and this one’s over.
WINNERS: Wade Barrett and The Big Show. I liked this match. Nice and stiff action from all four guys. Very old school feel.
We see Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez speaking to each other in Spanish in the back. Matt Striker approaches him, asking if last week is a harbinger of what’s to come tonight. ADR says Orton only took advantage because he attacked from behind, like the garden snake he is. Striker reminds him of the RKO on Monday, and ADR once again says he was attacked from behind. ADR calls himself the only Apex Predator in WWE, and tonight, he’s going to beat Orton all over the building and show the world he’s nothing but a crying little girl. Rosa Mendes approaches ADR and wishes him luck in his match tonight. ADR smiles and says “thank you” before going back to his conversation with Ricardo.
Now, Striker is with Randy Orton, wanting a response. Orton says he’ll be heading into one of the more brutal and sadistic matches of his career. So, saying that ADR is calling him names won’t throw him off his game. ADR can back up his talk, but tonight is Falls-Count-Anywhere. They’re not just going to fight; they have to get sick and twisted, crossing the line no one else crosses. This is one of his favorite types of matches because he enjoys showing people how sick and twisted he can get.
MATCH 4-Falls-Count-Anywhere: Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez)
Orton immediately starts throwing forearms to ADR’s upper back, beating him down. Orton throws ADR to the corner and fires off some right hands before ADR comes back with some kicks to the midsection. ADR hits a low thrust kick before Ricardo hands him a chair from outside. Orton tries to block the attack, but ADR strikes several more times. He takes the chair and wedges it between the buckles in the opposite corner, but Orton comes back with some punches, and a dropkick sends ADR to the floor. Orton follows and hits a European uppercut. He slams ADR into several things before ADR throws him into the barricade. Orton tries to suplex ADR over the barricade, but ADR lands on his feet, and they trade a couple punches. Orton tries for the suspended DDT, but ADR escapes and begins heading out through the crowd. Orton follows, where they continue to brawl. ADR throws Orton into an equipment box, and the two then head towards the merchandise booths. Commercials.
We’re back, and ADR is beating Orton down by the booths, getting a 2 after some stomps. Orton fights back and slams ADR face-first into an equipment box, followed by some mounted punches. Orton goes for a pin, but only gets 2. ADR heads back to the crowd, and Orton throws him into a guardrail. He goes for the DDT again, but ADR counters into a hotshot. A kick gets 2. They start brawling up the stairs, and Orton once again takes control. Orton gets 2 on the stairs after raking his boot across ADR’s face. They head back down the stairs, where ADR nails a thrust kick. Ricardo gives ADR a chair, and he hits a gut shot and a shot across the back for 2. ADR does Orton’s pose as we go to commercials once more.
ADR throws Orton back in the ring and grabs a microphone. He tells Orton to stop trying to be the Apex Predator, because that spot is taken by him. Now, get ready to tap out. ADR locks in the jujigatame, but Orton grabs the mic and clocks ADR in the head with it, breaking the hold. ADR recovers and sends Orton shoulder-first into the ring post. He drags the ring steps to the middle of the ring and sets Orton up for Orton’s own suspended DDT. Orton fights out, but ADR still manages to throw him face-first into the steps. He grabs the chair once more, looking for a Con-Chair-To. Orton slides out of the way of the shot, causing ADR to hit the steps and hurt his hands in the process. Orton lands a quick RKO on the steps and gets the 3.
WINNER: Randy Orton.
End of show.
Top to bottom, a really good episode. One of the best SmackDown! tapings I’ve seen in a long time.
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