This week’s WWE SmackDown opens with the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton. He says that, at TLC, he cemented his legacy in the most monumental match in WWE history. He beat John Cena and become the first-ever WWE World Heavyweight Champion. And what did the Authority do to reward him? Nothing. Instead, they put him in a match on RAW with an undeserving troll named Daniel Bryan. Well, he beat Bryan, and when Cena came down to save the day, Orton left him laying face-down in the ring, right next to Bryan. He’s the champion of champions, and quite frankly, he doesn’t give a damn.
John Cena makes his way down to the ring on this note. Orton says he can feel Cena’s jealousy oozing from his pores. This used to be Cena’s spotlight, but he needs to recognize it belongs to Orton now. Cena doesn’t care about that. He’s out here to stop Orton from looking like a damn fool. Orton now holds both belts, and yes, everyone should want to be in his shoes right now. However, Orton got his wish and is now the center of WWE. What he is failing to realize is that every single person around the world is watching him. He can’t get away with anything anymore. So, he’s out here to give Orton a chance to ask himself a question: does he want to be remembered as a true champion of champions, or a giant coward? Cena reminds Orton that he lost to Bryan via DQ on Monday night as Orton was trying to say he had to do what he did to win. Cena said he told everyone that Orton has always made excuses, and at TLC, he crossed his fingers, hoping once Orton would compete as a real man. He did, and he won. He was a real man…for less than one day. What did Orton do? The next day, as soon as he got himself in hot water, he took the easy way out. Orton knows what Cena is trying to do. Bryan isn’t going to get another rematch. He doesn’t deserve it, and as far as Cena goes, he doesn’t deserve to stand in this ring with Orton.
Daniel Bryan makes his way out now. Bryan says he gets it. He gets why Orton did what he did on Monday, and he gets why Orton won’t give him a rematch: because Orton is afraid. Orton is afraid when Bryan finally beats him, it’ll tear down all the myths that Orton is better than everyone else. He is not better than Bryan, and if Orton wants to talk about people deserving stuff, it’s that Orton doesn’t deserve to be called the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. That’s okay, as Bryan has made peace with that. Know this-when Cena finally gets his rematch, he will beat Orton, and when he does, Bryan knows Cena will finally give Bryan a fair shot at the title. Orton says what these two fail to realize is that he won’t allow them to fight for this title, and neither will the Authority. The Authority recognizes his greatness, and the fact that he’s the true face of WWE. Bryan questions this statement, then asks the crowd if Orton is the face of WWE. The answer is no.
Later tonight, the Rhodes brothers take on Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
MATCH 1: Jack Swagger (w/Antonio Cesaro and Zeb Colter) vs. Intercontinental Champion Big E. Langston (w/Mark Henry; non-title)
Colter is on commentary for this match. Oh, joy. The two lock up, and Swagger backs Langston into the corner. Langston blocks a right and hits a series of trapped headbutts before getting hit with a back elbow. They crisscross until Swagger hits a chopblock. He DDTs the leg, then throws Langston to the corner for a series of kneelifts. Swagger follows up with a short-arm clothesline for 2, then applies a front chancery. Swagger switches to a bearhug, and Langston counters with a belly-to-belly suplex. Langston gets to his feet and hits a clothesline, followed by another. He hits a running shoulder thrust in the corner and lands the Warrior Splash to Swagger’s back for 2. Cesaro gets on the apron, and Henry knocks him down with a clothesline. In the ring, Langston ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He connects with the Big Ending and gets 3.
WINNER: Big E. Langston.
MATCH 2: Brie Bella (w/Nikki Bella) vs. Tamina Snuka (w/WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee)
AJ is on commentary for this match. Brie kicks Tamina and hits a cross-body for a 1-count. Brie throws Tamina to the floor, then dropkicks her through the ropes. Tamina gets back in the ring and gets slapped before catching a cross-body attempt and hits a bodyslam. Tamina continues the attack with stomps to the back. She goes outside and yanks Brie to the floor by her hair, then rams her back-first into the ring apron before dragging her back in the ring for 2. Tamina drops a knee for another 2, then knee-chokes her. Brie backflips out of a back suplex and trips Tamina into the bottom rope before hitting a running knee and a pair of dropkicks. Tamina shoves her away before running into a knee and getting hit with a missile dropkick from the middle rope for 2. She recovers and hits a superkick for 2. Tamina sets Brie up near the corner and goes for the Superfly Splash, but Brie gets her knees up and rolls Tamina up for 3.
WINNER: Brie Bella. After the match, Brie knocks AJ out of her chair at ringside.
MATCH 3: Drew McIntyre (w/Jinder Mahal) vs. Sin Cara
Drew attacks Cara right away before getting hiptossed to the floor. Cara follows up with a somersault plancha and a kick to the chest before rolling Drew back in. He hits a springboard plancha for 2. Drew comes back by dropping Cara gut-first across the top rope, then begins stomping him in the head. Cara elbows Drew out of the corner, hits a kick to the gut and flipping armdrag out of the corner. He connects with a spinning headscissors and a springboard back elbow for 2. Drew backdrops him in the corner, but he lands on his feet and hits an apron kick before going up for the swanton bomb, which connects for 3.
WINNER: Sin Cara.
MATCH 4: Brodus Clay vs. Sweet T
The two immediately trade punches before T throws Clay to the corner and lands a series of headbutts. He follows up with a bunch of rights and some back elbows, ending the attack with an uppercut. T comes off the ropes with a clothesline, but misses a running senton. Clay recovers and hits an avalanche to T’s back, followed by one to the front. The two collide when Clay hits a running headbutt, and he follows up with a running splash for 2. Clay connects with a second one, then makes fun of T’s dancing. His entrance music hits, and the Funkadactyls appear on the stage, followed by Xavier Woods. T uses the distraction to roll Clay up for 3.
WINNER: Sweet T. Clay attacks T after the match, but Woods comes down to the ring. He distracts Clay, which allows T to nail an uppercut. Woods hits the Honor Roll, and Clay heads for the hills. T, Woods and the Funkadactyls dance in the ring.
MATCH 5: WWE Tag Team Champions Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (w/Bray Wyatt) (non-title)
Wyatt whispers something to Rowan before the match starts. He starts off with Goldust, still wearing the sheep’s mask. Goldust taunts him, then nails a series of rights before Rowan comes back with a kneelift and a shoulderblock off the ropes. He hits a forearm in the corner, followed by a boot to the gut and a forearm to the back. Goldust ducks a clothesline and hits another right before hitting a couple of knees to the side of the head and throwing Rowan to the corner. Rowan reverses a corner whip, then tags in Harper. Harper gets hit with the Goldust Uppercut, and Rhodes tags in. Harper backs him into a corner before shouldering him off the ropes. Rhodes stays on his feet and hits a series of rights before getting hit with a kneelift. Rhodes lands a misdirection clothesline and tags in Goldust, who hits another uppercut. Harper comes back with a chop to the chest and knocks Goldust down with a big uppercut. The two trade punches now until Harper hits another kneelift. Goldust recovers and lands a series of knife-edge chops before Harper throws him to the corner for a tag to Rowan. Rowan lands a headbutt, followed by another. He steps on Goldust’s face, then goes for a powerslam. Goldust escapes, but gets caught in a front chancery. Rowan drops a knee onto Goldust’s back, then ties him up through the ropes, raking his eyes in the process. Goldust comes back with a trio of mule kicks before Rowan lands a back elbow. Harper tags in, hits a chop to the throat and a European uppercut for 2. The two trade punches once more until Goldust ducks a clothesline. He then misses a cross-body, going flying out of the ring in the process. Commercials.
Back from the break, Harper has Goldust in the Gator Roll, which he turns into a side headlock. Goldust fights out, but then gets hit with another European uppercut. Rowan tags in, and Harper whips Goldust into a Rowan bodyslam. Rowan stomps Goldust down in the corner, then applies an Iron Claw before hurling Goldust across the ring. Goldust avoids an avalanche in the opposite corner, then hits a back elbow. Harper tags in and knocks Rhodes off the apron, and Goldust hits him with Cross Rhodes. Rhodes tags in and hits a jumping knee to the face before hitting a few boots and the Goldust Uppecut. He follows up with a seated springboard dropkick and an Oklahoma Roll in the corner. He intercepts an incoming Rowan before nailing Harper with the Disaster Kick. The moonsault connects, but Rowan breaksup the pin at 2. Goldust attacks Rowan with rights, and the champs go for a double suplex. Rowan escapes, but gets hit with a double clothesline to the floor. Harper backdrops Rhodes to the floor, and Goldust then low-bridges Harper, sending him face-first into the announce desk. Goldust hits Rowan with a somersault plancha from the apron, and Harper drops him with a big boot. Wyatt throws Rhodes face-first into the ring post behind the ref’s back. Harper pulls Rhodes in by the ears and connects with the discus clothesline for 3.
WINNERS: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. After the match, Wyatt enters the ring. Before he can do any damage, Daniel Bryan runs down with a chair. He nails Harper in the gut on the ramp, then cracks Rowan across the arm on the apron. Harper recovers and grabs the chair as Bryan enters the ring, but Bryan nails him with a kick. He tackles Wyatt and begins assaulting him with punches before dropkicking Rowan off the apron.
Damien Sandow is in the ring, and he says he is subject to the half-witted hoopla that is Christmas, corrupt adults asking for junk they don’t need. Ungrateful children asking for things they haven’t earned. Your filthy houses decorated with disgusting ornaments…no one deserves Christmas, which is why on Monday Night RAW, he is going to personally cancel Christmas. You are all…
The Miz makes his way out. I thought he was supposed to be a heel now? Anyway, he says he knows Santa Claus, as he was in Miz’s corner last Wednesday night on Main Event. Where he comes from, they celebrate Christmas. Sandow isn’t Santa. He couldn’t carry Santa’s sack. The crowd was completely dead for this promo.
MATCH 6: Damien Sandow vs. The Miz
Sandow assaults Miz with forearms and kneelifts. Miz escapes a back suplex, hits a back elbow and begins peppering Sandow with rights. He follows up with a pair of clotheslines and the Reality Check. The hanging clothesline is attempted, but Sandow blocks it with his foot. Miz grabs him by the foot, swings his leg through the ropes and kicks him in the knee. Miz applies the figure-4, but Sandow gets to the bottom rope in short order. Miz tries to keep him from escaping, but Sandow kicks him in the head and schoolboys him with a handful of tights for 3.
WINNER: Damien Sandow.
MATCH 7: Fandango (w/Summer Rae) vs. Kofi Kingston
The two lock up, and Fandango applies a side headlock before shouldering Kofi off the ropes. They crisscross until Fandango applies a waistlock. Kofi breaks free and hits a missile dropkick from the middle rope for 2. Fandango blocks a monkey flip out of the opposite corner, then hits a clothesline for 2. He assaults Kofi in the corner with rights to the head, but Kofi fights back with shots to the gut before running into a back elbow for 2. Fandango applies a rear chinlock, then yanks Kofi down by the hair. He mounts the middle rope and goes for a kneedrop, but misses. He then misses a corner splash and gets with a clothesline, a double chop, a dropkick and a jumping clothesline. Kofi connects with the Boom Drop and signals for Trouble in Paradise. Fandango ducks, misses a clothesline and gets hit with a dropkick that sends him to the floor. Fandango avoids a plancha, then trips Kofi on the apron. Kofi gets trapped under the bottom rope, and Fandango quickly comes off the top with a guillotine legdrop for 3.
Renee Young stops Daniel Bryan in the back and begins to interview him, but leaves when the Wyatt Family surrounds Bryan. They begin attacking him as Bray says they could have been friends. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan shove Bryan off the edge of one of the loading docks as Wyatt faces the camera and sings, “Ashes, ashes, we all fall down”.
As the Shield are in the ring, we see referees and trainers checking on Bryan outside.
MATCH 8-3-on-2 Handicap Match: The Shield (WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) vs. CM Punk and John Cena
Before the match starts, Vickie Guerrero comes out once more and says what happened to Daniel Bryan was unfortunate, but the show must go on. She then makes this a handicap match, which I already predicted, as you can see. Ambrose and Punk start the match with a lock-up. Punk applies a side headlock and an arm wringer, right into a hammerlock. He hits some forearms to the gut, backing Ambrose in the corner. Cena tags in and hits a dropkick off the ropes for 1. Ambrose gets sent into the corner before receiving a running facebuster. Punk tags in, and they hit a double suplex on Ambrose. Bodyslam for Ambrose, and Punk follows up with an elbow drop off the middle rope for 2. Cena tags in as we go to commercials.
[as 1]Back from the break, Cena and Reigns are legal, and Reigns sends Cena chest-first into the buckles before stomping him down. Rollins tags in and hits a gut shot before stomping Cena. He follows up with another gut shot, then tags in Ambrose, who continues the attack on the midsection. He snaps off a quick right jab, then begins grinding his forearm into Cena’s face. Ambrose hits a power-drive elbow for 2, then applies a modified crossface chicken wing. Cena counters into a back suplex. Reigns tags in, and he hits a jumping stomp to Cena’s back. Reigns knocks him down with a right and peppers him in the head before landing a flying forearm. Rollins tags in, and they wishbone Cena. Rollins hits a forearm to the face, followed by a running forearm in the corner for 2. Cena pulls himself to his feet in the corner, where he avoids a splash by Rollins. Ambrose tags in, and he stops Cena from making the tag by stomping on his hand. Ambrose ties him up in the ropes, hits a forearm to the face and a running seated dropkick for 2. Rollins tags in and hits a double axe handle to Cena’s back. He applies a front chancery as Cena tries to make the tag to Punk. Rollins breaks the hold with an elbow, then knocks Punk off the apron before ramming Cena into the corner. Rollins mocks Cena, which allows Cena to recover and go for the AA. Rollins escapes and nails Cena with a jump kick to the head. He sets Cena on the top rope, lands a knife-edge chop and goes for a superplex. Cena blocks it and begins headbutting Rollins in the chest, knocking him down to the mat. Rollins tags in Ambrose, who gets booted in the face. Cena then hits a tornado DDT and tags in Cena. Rollins also tags in and ducks the springboard clothesline. Punk lands on his feet and hits a jumping side kick off the ropes. He knocks Reigns off the apron, hits Rollins with a double axe handle and a Pepsi Max against the ropes, knocking him to the floor. Punk follows up with a suicide dive, rolls Rollins back in the ring and hits a springboard clothesline. He hits another Pepsi Max and a short-arm clothesline before going up for the Macho Elbow, which also connects. He signals for the GTS, but Rollins escapes and shoves him into an incoming Ambrose. Punk sees Ambrose coming, boots him, grabs Rollins in a neckbreaker and simultaneously hits that and a DDT on Ambrose. He goes for the pin on Rollins, but only gets 2 as Reigns breaks it up. Punk and Reigns trade shots until Ambrose jumps on Punk’s back, stomping him down. Rollins joins in, and the ref calls for the bell.
WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: John Cena and CM Punk. Cena recovers and clotheslines Reigns to the floor before throwing him into the barricade. He rejoins Punk in the ring, and they attack Ambrose and Rollins until Reigns gets back in the ring and cuts through Cena with a spear. Punk goes after him, but winds up getting triple-teamed in short order. Punk gets booted to the floor, and the Shield wind up hitting Cena with the triple powerbomb. Punk comes back in and tackles Rollins, but gets triple-teamed once more. Ambrose pulls Punk up by his head, and Reigns calls for the triple powerbomb once more. Before that can happen, however, Big E. Langston runs down to the ring. He throws Reigns to the floor, clotheslines Ambrose and Rollins. Ambrose gets clotheslined to the floor, and Rollins hits the floor as well as after receiving an avalanche. Reigns is back on the apron. He steps in the ring. Punk re-enters the ring with a chair, but Rollins and Ambrose convince Reigns to leave before this goes any further.
End of show.
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