This week opens with Santino Marella in an office somewhere. He announces he’s running SmackDown tonight.
MATCH 1-WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. LUKE HARPER (CHAMPION)
These two tore the house down last week, so this should be pretty solid. Harper immediately backs Ziggler into the corner and lays in some strikes. He throws Ziggler to the adjacent corner, then pulls him into the ring by the hair. Ziggler escapes and nails a few shots before Harper powers him back to the corner again. Harper applies a side headlock, then nails a shoulder off the ropes. They go into a crisscross, and Ziggler tries a leapfrog. Harper catches him, but Ziggler reverses into a sunset flip for 1. He goes for a dropkick, but gets nothing but air. Harper stomps Ziggler before standing on his face. Ziggler hits a weak right, then takes a big uppercut. Harper hits a double-chop in the corner, then goes for a suplex. Ziggler fights his way out and hits a neckbreaker for 1. He stomps Harper, then hits the Shot to the Heart for 2. Harper avoids the leaping DDT, then blasts Ziggler with a back elbow. Harper nails a European uppercut, forcing Ziggler to roll to the apron. Harper pulls him up by the hair, and Ziggler hotshots him. Harper recovers and sends Ziggler to the floor with a big boot. Commercials.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: DOLPH ZIGGLER; STILL CHAMPION: LUKE HARPER.
Harper heads outside and pulls a ladder out from under the ring. He slides the ladder in, sets it on one end, then looks for a powerbomb. Ziggler, however, counters it into a facebuster onto the ladder. Harper heads out to ringside, so Ziggler grabs the ladder and throws it at Harper, hitting him right in the head and knocking him out. Santino comes out and says it seems his show is off to a rousing start. With this fascination of ladders, Santino has had an “a-ha” moment. So, these two will face off once more for the IC title, in a ladder match at TLC.
Seth Rollins, the Big Show, Corporate Kane, and J&J Security are in the ring. Rollins says it’s almost that time of year again, and no he’s not talking about that wretched holiday, Christmas. He’s talking about WWE’s version of a demolition derby, TLC. This year, you could call it TLCS-Tables, ladders, chairs and stairs. And at TLC, he will be competing in a tables match against your beloved superhero, John Cena, with the provision being that, if Cena loses, he will lose his status as #1 contender to the WWE World title. That excites Rollins. That excites him to no end that he could be the one to take away every single thing Cena has been working for. The best part is he doesn’t have to make Cena tap out, though he could; he doesn’t have to pin Cena’s shoulders to the mat, though he already has; all he has to do is what he did on RAW, and that’s put him through a table again. Just like that, everything Cena has worked for will go up in smoke. It’s not just going to be the table or Cena’s body that are broken; his spirit will be broken when he realizes Rollins is the future, and everything he has worked for is gone. TLC is like a demolition derby, and the key phrase is demolish. At TLC, he’ll have tables in the ring, around the ring, up and down the aisle. Cena will fall to him, and not only will he lose his status as #1 contender, but he’ll have a bunch of splinters in his butt along the way. Show takes the mic and says he’s been in the WWE for a long time. He’s had a thousand matches of all different kinds, and this is his first stairs match. That means that, as a giant, he can swing those stairs right into Erick Rowan. Now, he’s going to show us exactly what he means. Show goes outside, grabs the top part of the steps, lifts them up over his head and begins ramming them into the bottom half. Back in the ring, he says that’s a giant swinging those stairs. He doesn’t care if Rowan is a genius; none of it prepares him for what Show will do to him at TLC. There will be stairs, but Rowan won’t be climbing them; he’ll be eating them. Kane now turns things to Ryback. Ryback’s favorite expression is “Feed me more”. When he faces Ryback at TLC in a chairs match, the only thing he will be fed is chair after chair.
Santino comes out again and tells everyone to take it easy. The WWE Universe comes first while he’s in charge. So, in tonight’s main event, it will be Rollins and Show vs. Ryback and Rowan.
MATCH 2: CESARO AND TYSON KIDD (W/NATALYA) VS. KOFI KINGSTON AND XAVIER WOODS (W/BIG E)
Woods and Cesaro start, with Cesaro applying an arm wringer and backing Woods into the corner. Kofi makes a blind tag and comes into the ring with a sunset flip for 2. Kofi applies an arm wringer of his own and tags in Woods, who hits a forearm off the middle rope for 2. Cesaro backs Woods into his corner and tags in Kidd. Cesaro hits a European uppercut to the back of the neck, then Kidd nails several strikes. Cesaro tags in and stomps Woods down for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Woods gets sent to the corner, fights his way out and tags in Kofi as Kidd tags in on the other side. Kofi hits a springboard chop and several more strikes before hitting a dropkick and the Boom Drop. Kofi signals for TIP but misses. He blocks a clothesline and hits the SOS for 2 as Cesaro breaks it up. He misses a shot in the corner, and Woods nails a kick from the apron. Kofi tosses Cesaro to the outside, then flips off a back suplex attempt by Kidd. He falls into the buckles and hits a kick. Woods tags in, and the two hit a combination backbreaker and Warrior’s Way for 3.
WINNERS: KOFI KINGSTON AND XAVIER WOODS.
Gold and Stardust appear on the big screen. Stardust says they’ve been searching for this supposed bright side, and all they can see is a never-ending abyss of darkness, a never-ending black hole. Goldust says their positive message means nothing to him or Stardust. Darkness falls on the New Day. The screen goes black, and Woods says what Gold and Stardust don’t understand is darkness won’t prevail, because when they’re together, there’s no force in the cosmos that can hold them back. Kofi says they’re about unity and trust, and if Gold and Stardust have a problem with that, they’ll take the “cosmic cowboys” back to wherever they came from. E says the power that unites them, that flows through their veins is the power of the New Day.
Naomi is in the back with a bouquet of roses. Jimmy Uso walks up, and she thanks him for the flowers. He says he didn’t give them to her. He takes the card off, and it turns out they’re from the Miz. Jimmy grabs the vase and shatters it on the ground.
MATCH 3: JEY USO (W/JIMMY USO) VS. WWE TAG TEAM CO-CHAMPION THE MIZ (W/DAMIEN SANDOW)
Miz taunts Jimmy at ringside, and Jimmy jumps on the apron. Jey tells him to back off, and that he’s got things under control. Miz looks over his shoulder, and Jimmy climbs into the ring. The ref ejects Jimmy from ringside. My feed cuts out until later, when Jey looks for a running hip attack in the corner. Miz slides to the apron, where Jey hiptosses him back in. Mizdow, on the other side, hiptosses himself into the ring. Jey is distracted, which allows Miz to hit the Skull-Crushing Finale for 3.
WINNER: THE MIZ.
Dean Ambrose comes out for his match with Rusev, but before that happens, he wants to tell us a secret: he really enjoyed destroying Bray Wyatt’s stupid rocking chair. He can tell that chair held a special place in Wyatt’s heart. Maybe Abigail or his grandma sat in it. He knows the chair was a symbol to Wyatt, and now it symbolizes what Ambrose will do to him at TLC. Wyatt thought he could pick Ambrose’s brain apart, piece by piece, but it hasn’t worked out that way. Just like he did to the chair, Ambrose will pick Wyatt apart with the help of tables, ladders and brand-new, shiny chairs. The mind games are over.
Rusev and Lana come out, and Lana says this is Ambrose’s lucky night, because his destruction has been delayed. Rusev will not be competing tonight, thanks to Jack Swagger. We get a video recap of Rusev beating up Zeb Colter on RAW, leading to Swagger assaulting Rusev. Back to Lana and Rusev, she says they will not be subject to American intimidation. This country is full of cowards and opportunists. America is weak, and its mere existence is a disgrace in the world. Rusev takes the mic and says he’ll snap every bone in Swagger’s body, just like he did to Colter. The US title belongs to him and Mother Russia. Ambrose says he tuned them out after Lana said Rusev wouldn’t compete tonight. He says Lana can stop flirting with him, because he came here to fight the big ugly Russian, injury or not. Ambrose heads up the ramp, only to have Wyatt attack him from behind out of nowhere. He throws Ambrose into the barricade, then goes for a chair. Ambrose tackles him and nails a few more punches, but Wyatt recovers and throws Ambrose into the exposed apron. He grabs the chair from a moment ago and cracks it across Wyatt’s back. He sticks it under Ambrose’s chin and drives it into the steps, driving the top into Ambrose’s neck in the process. Trainers and referees comes to ringside to check on Ambrose as Wyatt walks away, laughing. Back at ringside, they are strapping Ambrose to a gurney.
Santino is back in his office, and he says it’s lonely at the top. When you have power, everyone wants something from you. If anyone can relate to the pressure he’s feeling, it’s the Bunny, who Santino has been talking to this entire time off-screen. Santino says everyone always wants something from you. He tells the Bunny to be careful what he wishes for.
I have no idea what the purpose of that segment was. Either the Bunny was asking for something, or WWE ran out of ideas for filler.
Seth Rollins is in his locker room, when the Big Show enters. Rollins wants to make sure they’re on the same page tonight, that they’re working as a unit. Kane is also there and says they need to stick together. They are the last remnant of the Authority. Show says there is no team. They are three of the most selfish individuals in WWE history, and they’re all out for themselves. There’s no “I” in team, but there is a “me”. Before they move onto TLC, they need to focus on getting rid of Ryback and Erick Rowan, and that’s the only thing they need to be on the same page about.
MATCH 4: RYBACK AND ERICK ROWAN VS. SETH ROLLINS AND THE BIG SHOW (W/CORPORATE KANE AND J&J SECURITY)
Rowan’s new nickname is “Big Red”. Apparently, he’s a pack of chewing gum. Rowan and Rollins start, and Rowan backs Rollins into the corner for a forearm. Rowan nails a headbutt and beals him across the ring. Rowan runs Rollins’ head into the top buckle. Rollins crawls between his leg to the corner, then goes in for a lock-up. Rowan backs him into the corner again and tags in Ryback. Ryback throws Rollins into the adjacent corner for some chops. Then slams his face in the opposite buckle. Rollins avoids a corner whip and hits a few strikes before nailing several back elbows in the corner. Ryback picks him up and runs him across the ring, where he hits a few shoulder thrusts. In the opposite corner, Ryback nails a few more shots before Rollins hits him with a dropkick off the ropes. Commercials.
WINNERS: ERICK ROWAN AND RYBACK.
End of show.