General Manager Booker T opens up this week’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown!, telling us The Big Show will face Sheamus for the World title for the first time at HIAC. There has been a buzz in WWE about which is more devastating, the Brogue Kick or the WMD. We’re going to find out right now. Book first introduces Show. This is basically a “Power of the Punch” stunt that we saw on NXT a few times. Sheamus comes out next, and now it’s time for the competition. Book explains the rules, then tells Show he can go first. Show says he isn’t going first before saying he’s already knocked out everyone and has nothing to prove.
Sheamus volunteers to go first, getting a score of 1322 pounds of force per square inch. Sheamus challenges Show to go ahead, but Show still won’t do it, thinking the device is rigged to make him look stupid. Sheamus continues to challenge him, offering him a hug. Is Show worried the Brogue Kick is more dangerous than the WMD? Nothing can be more embarrassing than Show’s last title reign. This conversation is longer than his last run, so if he’s worried about being embarrassed…Show goes ahead and hits the bag, scoring 1809. Show wins, and tells Sheamus he’ll see him at HIAC, fella. Book asks Sheamus what he thinks. He says that was impressive, but he’s hitting a machine that’s standing still. At this point, Tensai steamrolls Sheamus from behind. Book tells him to back off or he’s fired. Looks like they maybe haven’t given up on Tensai quite yet. Maybe.
MATCH 1: World Champion Sheamus vs. Tensai (non-title)
Sheamus meets Tensai on the ramp before the match even starts, firing off the punches. For some reason, Michael Cole is gone tonight, and we’ve got Josh Mathews and JBL on commentary. Sheamus sends Tensai into the post before getting him in the ring to start the match. Sheamus continues the attack with punches and forearms. He runs into a back elbow. Sheamus ducks a clothesline and hits a chopblock for 1. Sheamus with some corner shoulder thrusts, but is cut down with a clothesline. Sheamus blocks a suplex and hits his own. Tensai misses an avalanche, which allows Sheamus to hit a pair of Irish Hammers, a running shoulder thrust and running knee lift. Tensai is still standing, and Sheamus drops him with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam for 2. Tensai blocks an Irish Curse and hits a standing avalanche. He misses the running senton, and Sheamus drops him with White Noise, which is impressive. Brogue Kick is signaled, and it connects for 3.
WINNER: Sheamus. Shorter than their previous matches, but still a fun, old school-style big man match.
We see Alberto Del Rio in his locker room, and Ricardo Rodriguez is worried about the rumors that Randy Orton will show up tonight. ADR reminds him of everything bad that’s happened to Orton the last couple weeks, and if he’s that worried, go and find him.
Ricardo is walking around, asking people if they’ve seen him. We hear a snake hissing, but it turns out to be nothing but Santino Marella and the Cobra. Santino says the Cobra is the deadliest snake in the world, but the Viper is almost as deadly. He continues to scare Ricardo before “calming” the Cobra down.
MATCH 2: Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater (w/Drew McIntyre) vs. CoBro (Santino Marella and Zack Ryder)
Before the match, Drew says what happened Monday was more than a simple beat down; it was beautiful music. Mahal that as singles, they were out of tune, but now that they’re a group, Slater says they’re a band. Uh, yeah. Ryder and Mahal start, with Ryder snaring a quick headlock. Facebuster off the ropes by Ryder, followed by a dropkick for 1. Santino tags in and hits a double axe handle off the bottom rope before going into an arm wringer. Mahal breaks it with some shots. Santino ducks a clothesline and hits a hip toss. He goes for the saluting headbutt, but Slater distracts him. He goes for it anyway, but misses. Mahal hits a clothesline and tags in Slater. Mahal hits a snapmare, followed by a low clothesline by Slater for 2. After some corner shots, Mahal tags back in, and stomps Santino down. Slater back in, who continues the stomping for 2. Santino ducks a clothesline and dives for a tag, but misses. Slater catches Santino in a rolling front facelock that is turned into a rear chinlock. Santino fights out and hits a split-legged Ace Crusher. Ryder tags in, hits a running forearm, a clothesline and a middle rope dropkick. Corner forearm sets up the Broski Boot, which connects for 1 as Mahal breaks up the pin. Santino tries to intercept Mahal, but gets thrown to the floor. Ryder clotheslines Mahal to the floor and knocks an incoming Drew off the apron. He turns around to Slater and gets hit with a forward Ace Crusher for the 3.
WINNERS: Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater.
Thanks to a challenge via Tout (ugh), we have our next match.
MATCH 3: WWE Tag Team Co-Champion Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero)
Ziggler boots Kane in the gut, but runs right into an uppercut. Ziggler ducks a clothesline near the corner and begins to tag Kane with rights. He ducks another clothesline and goes for a cross-body, but Kane catches him. Ziggler escapes and hits another punch before Kane sends him over the top. Ziggler skins the cat, so Kane boots him over the top and to the floor. Commercials.
Back from break, Kane is hitting Ziggler with kneelifts in the corner. Kane awkwardly backdrops him to the apron out of the corner, where Ziggler nails a hotshot. Up top, Kane blocks a double axe handle with a goozle. Chokeslam attempt, but Ziggler escapes and hits the rocker dropper for 1. They trade some shots before Kane sends Ziggler into the ropes, who counters a back body drop with a swinging neckbreaker for 1. Ziggler hits about a half dozen elbows before hitting the Show Off Elbow for 2. Foot choke in the corner before Ziggler locks in a front chancery. Kane breaks it by ramming Ziggler into the turnbuckles. Kane hits an armdrag, but Ziggler quickly rebounds with a nice dropkick. Ziggler misses a corner splash, and Kane levels him with a clothesline for 2. Low dropkick gets another 2. Pair of corner clotheslines by Kane, and a sidewalk slam gets 2. Kane goes up for the clothesline, but Ziggler crotches him. Ziggler with some strikes from the middle rope before Kane knocks him down with a headbutt. Vickie jumps on the apron to distract Kane, which allows Ziggler to grab his briefcase. He hides it in his arms, and nails Kane with it as he’s coming off the top. The ref sees it and calls for the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Kane. Ziggler goes for another shot post-match, but Kane nails an uppercut, sending him to the floor. Just as Ziggler hits the floor, Daniel Bryan runs in, pretending to want to fight Ziggler. The champs begin arguing now, with Bryan saying he saved Kane.
Matt Striker enters the ring, trying to interview the champs. He asks if the bickering will cost them the titles. He says some feel Bryan may be the weak link of the team. Bryan puts Striker in the No! Lock as a result. Kane pulls Bryan off Striker by his beard, pulls Striker up and goes for the chokeslam. Bryan tells him no, and they argue for a minute before Kane nails the chokeslam. The arguing continues as the champs leave the ring.
Ricardo is still in the back, looking for Orton. Someone points him in the right direction, and he hears Orton’s voice say, “Are you ready for an RKO? Be smart and walk away.” He opens the door and finds Hornswoggle playing with a Randy Orton Brawling Buddy. Ricardo grabs it and slams it into the wall repeatedly.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz is on commentary for the next match.
MATCH 4: Kofi Kingston vs. The Big Show
Kofi hits a few quick strikes before Show shoulders him down. Kofi rolls to the apron, where Show drags him up by his hair. Kofi counters with a hotshot, and goes for a springboard cross-body. However, he simply bounces off Show, who picks him up for an open-hand chop. Kofi blocks a corner charge and hits a Pendulum before going up top, connecting with a missile dropkick. Boom Drop connects, but Show blocks Trouble in Paradise with his forearms. WMD knocks Kofi out for the 3.
WINNER: The Big Show. Miz jumps in the ring afterward. He tells Kofi this is appropriate. This is where Kofi should be, lying flat on his back, beaten again. That’s the story of his life: he always comes so close, only to come up short. Miz will now lead with his head held high with the IC title over his shoulder, just like it will be this Wednesday on Main Event when he beats Kofi, because he’s The Miz, and he’s awesome.
Back in ADR’s locker room, Ricardo tells him he hasn’t found Orton yet. Daniel Bryan walks in. ADR says he was expecting a little snake, not a smelly goat. He has his title because of Kane. Bryan says the only reason ADR is talking to him is because Orton hasn’t found him yet. Also, Bryan just got out of Booker T’s office, and the two of them have a match tonight.
In Booker T’s office, he’s with Teddy Long, Layla and Kaitlyn. Layla says they found a blonde wig in Eve Torres’ bag. Teddy says Aksana is the one who found it. Eve walks in and says she went through Teddy’s bag and found a blonde wig, accusing him of doing it. Book excuses himself along with Layla and Kaitlyn. Teddy tells Eve he had nothing to do with this, and Eve says the same thing.
MATCH 5: Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow (w/Cody Rhodes)
Sandow starts by shoving Cara down, screaming in his face, “Today is not your day!” Cara comes back with some kicks, ducks a clothesline, hits a mule kick and lands the corkscrew armdrag, sending Sandow to the floor. Sandow returns to the ring and stomps Cara down before hitting a side-Russian legsweep. Elbow of Disdain gets 2. Cara counters a sidewalk slam with a jawbreaker before landing some more kicks and forearms. Handspring back elbow connects, as does a running hurricanrana that sends Sandow to the apron. Sandow hits the floor after a springboard kick by Cara. Cara goes up top and takes out Rhodes with a plancha. Back in the ring, Cara hits a kick from the apron. Rhodes whips him to the floor behind the referee’s back, but the ref sees Rhodes go to attack further and steps in, ejecting Rhodes. As Sandow is arguing with the referee back in the ring, Cara hits a springboard hurricanrana over the referee and into a roll-up for the 3.
WINNER: Sin Cara.
Daniel Bryan is headed out for his match when he spots Kane standing around. Bryan tells Kane he doesn’t want him to rescue him if he gets in trouble. Kane says he won’t.
MATCH 6: Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. WWE Tag Team Co-Champion Daniel Bryan
Tie-up starts the match, with ADR backing Bryan into the corner. He gets Bryan in an armbar, which Bryan breaks with a forearm shot. A couple European uppercuts by Bryan, followed by a snapmare and a kick to the back for 1. ADR hits a mule kick and goes for a foot choke. Snap suplex gets 1. Bryan dodges a corner charge and hits the No! Kicks before locking ADR in modified leg scissor stomp for 2. Bryan backflips off a corner whip and hits a running clothesline off the ropes. More No! Kicks, but he misses the corner dropkick. ADR hits a running kick in the corner to Bryan’s arm. Bryan rolls to the apron and gets to his feet, where he sidesteps an incoming ADR, who goes through the ropes. ADR hangs on, so Bryan kicks him in the chest to knock him to the floor. Bryan misses the running knee off the apron, and ADR sends him shoulder-first into the barricade. Commercials.
Back from the break, ADR hits Bryan with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. He gets Bryan in a wristlock, which Bryan breaks with gut shots. ADR tries for another tilt-a-whirl, and Bryan lands on his feet. ADR ducks a roundhouse and goes for the rolling jujigatame. Bryan escapes and locks in the No! Lock. ADR manages to get a rope break, rolling to the apron. ADR suckers Bryan in and locks in a version of the jujigatame through the ropes, breaking the hold at 4. Back in the ring, he sends Bryan shoulder-first into the post, then locks in the rolling jujigatame, with Bryan tapping out.
End of show.
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