Friday Night Smackdown
16th September 2011
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
We go to an opening video package of the events of last week with both the World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Wade Barrett entering for their match and the opening moments in the bout, but then Barrett getting himself disqualified and then attacking Orton with a steel chair. The package quickly ends with Barrett celebrating and Orton holding his shoulder in pain. We go to the arena now, and the Toronto fans are just as excited as the Montreal lot this past Monday on Raw, and the camera quickly flashes onto the ring where we can see that the mat has been covered with a black carpet and three stools are placed in the centre of the ring, with three microphones laying on top of the middle one.
: Ladies and Gentleman, there you can see the set for The Cutting Edge; which is making its return tonight! Michael Cole here, alongside Josh Matthews and Booker T!
: Night o’ Champions is only two days away, guys! T’night is gonna be one hell of a show!
: Not only do we have the return of The Cutting Edge, but our main event tonight is a Six-Man Tag Team Match that will feature all of the Superstars competing for the World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday; Wade Barrett, The Great Khali and Mark Henry will take on Sheamus, John Morrison and the World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton!
: That match is going to be a blockbuster! But also, the two men that are going to be the guests of The Cutting Edge, Christian and Daniel Bryan
, are both going to be in action tonight!
The commentators shut up as the camera sweeps around the arena, getting ready for the fans’ reaction for...
“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME?”
The roof almost blows right off of the Air Canada Centre, as the hometown hero, EDGE bursts out onto the stage!! Hyped up as always, the Rated-R Superstar bounds up and down the stage; soaking in the atmosphere, and he stops on the centre of the stage, wearing a warm smile, and he starts to march down the ramp, and he pauses and shoots his arms up into the air to set off a GRAND amount of pyro behind him, in typical Edge fashion. Edge runs forwards a little bit and slides into the ring, and he mounts the nearest turnbuckle to cheer on with the fans. He tries to contain his emotions as he picks up one of the microphones off of the stool, and he allows his music to fade away, but he still can’t talk because of the rapturous ovation from the WWE Universe. The fans cheer Edge, who smiles broadly around the arena as he raises the microphone.
: Well, the only thing I can think of saying right now, which isn’t good because I’m meant to be hosting a talk show is... just... thank you!
The fans let out a huge roar as Edge smiles again.
: No one ever realises how hard it is to walk out of that curtain when you’re not able to do it all of the time... but to come out here tonight and be here in the place where I call home is just the best feeling imaginable.
Toronto cheers loudly once again and Edge suddenly perks up a little bit.
: But enough about me... because tonight I have been given a very special job to do. Teddy Long needed someone that could... command the respect of both Daniel Bryan, and Christian.
The fans pop very loudly for the mention of Christian’s name.
: Of course Teddy could have done that himself, but he wanted someone that really knows how both of these guys are feeling going into their match this Sunday at Night of Champions... so he thought who better than the Rated-R Superstar?
LOUD pop again, and Edge beams out to his hometown crowd.
: So, ladies and gentlemen, let me welcome you to THE CUTTING EDGE!
Another large pop emanates from the arena, and Edge nods his head.
: So my first guest tonight is a man that carries in his hand the opportunity of a lifetime... and an item that I am very familiar with; the Money in the Bank Briefcase! This man has one year to cash that big boy in and have the chance to win his first World Heavyweight Championship. Toronto, please put your hands together for DANIEL BRYAN!
*FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES*
Despite being in the hometown of his rival, Daniel Bryan walks out onto the stage to a decent reaction from the fans. The ever-popular Mr Money in the Bank wears a maroon jacket over his wrestling trunks, and he holds his briefcase above his head and salutes the Toronto fans before he makes his way down to the ring, slapping hands with fans as he comes down the ramp. Edge claps Bryan on, as Booker and Matthews have the usual argument with Cole on the commentary desk about his opinion of Bryan. Bryan gets into the ring and he shakes Edge’s hand, and Edge offers him a microphone; which he gladly accepts.
: Daniel, I’m gonna cut to the chase, and ask you the question that has been on everyone’s mind since you won that briefcase at Money in the Bank; when are you going to cash in that opportunity?
: Edge, I’ve said it before and I have said it again; it has been my dream ever since I first laced up a pair of boots all those years ago to go to the main event of Wrestlemania and win the World Title. This briefcase gives me the chance to live my dream, so to answer your question, I am taking this briefcase to Wrestlemania and I’m going to win the World Heavyweight Championship!
The fans pop as Bryan stares back at Edge defiantly, meaning that he knows fully what he wants to do.
: As much as I respect that, allow me to give you some advice; when I first won the Money in the Bank at Wrestlemania 21, I thought that I was going to hold the briefcase for the whole year and then win the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 22... but when I saw John Cena, vulnerable after the Elimination Chamber... my killer instinct took over and I went out there and I became the WWE Champion.
The fans pop loudly for the history lesson, and Edge carries on.
: So what I’m saying to you is that there is no set time for you to achieve your dream, because as Mr Money in the Bank.... you have everyone coming after you and wanting to take that briefcase away because every man in the back wants the exact same thing you do!
Bryan nods his head, he seems a little reluctant to admit that Edge is right, but nods along anyway.
: And in two nights time, you’re going to put that briefcase up against one of the best damn wrestlers to ever have set foot into a WWE ring... despite everything that has happened in the past few months, Christian is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion for a reason-
: (Interrupting; Edge seems a little shocked of Bryan’s defiance)
With all due respect, Edge, for YEARS people have been calling me the best wrestler in the world. This Sunday Christian is going to walk into a Submission Match... MY speciality.
Edge surprisingly doesn’t get annoyed with Bryan cutting him off and talking to him like that, but the fans are unsure.
: I’ve said it time and time again, that I am willing to put this briefcase on the line every night until Wrestlemania 28 in Miami, where all of the work all of these years will have built up into one... single moment, and I will become the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!
The fans give a mixed reaction, but it seems that Bryan’s more intense side has won him some fans here in Canada.
: So this Sunday at Night of Champions, Christian has two choices... he can TAP or SNAP!!
The fans let out a cheer which is a small surprise, and Edge now comes back into the conversation.
: The unfortunate thing is-
*JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES*
The two men in the ring look a little disappointed, because surely Edge had a whole grand speech to introduce Christian, who walks out onto the stage shaking his head at Edge and Bryan. The fans are going wild as you can imagine, but Captain Charisma makes his way down to the ring and completely ignores the fans who are chanting his name. Christian wastes no time getting into the ring and he picks up a microphone.
: Cut the music off! Cut it off!
The music abruptly stops and Christian glares at his “best friend” Edge with an intense stare. Edge goes to speak, but Christian jumps in before he can even raise his microphone.
: So Teddy Long asked you to present your show tonight in our hometown? Did he ask you to be as biased as possible towards his “future World Heavyweight Champion” as well?
: Christian, just-
: I’m not finished. This is a talk show, so I’m gonna talk if that is okay with you. First of all, my talk show, the greatest talk show in WWE history, The Peep Show, would blow this crap out of the water any day of the week.
The fans actually boo Christian for that response.
: You’re out here giving him
advice of what to do with the Money in the Bank briefcase, but this Sunday I’m going to make Daniel Bryan tap out and take the Money in the Bank contract, and I’ll cash it in next week on Smackdown, because the sooner that I am the World Heavyweight Champion again, and the sooner that Teddy Long is not the General Manager of Smackdown, this show can start to return to its former glory like it was when I was on top.
Edge looks a little pissed off now, and Bryan stares a hole through Christian.
: Oh wait, Edge... is it not your fault that I’m not the World Heavyweight Champion right now? ... I think it was actually... YOU threw me off of my game at Summerslam before that match... YOU let me down and YOU are the reason that I did not retain MY championship at Summerslam!
: Christian... I’m not even going to go into detail about how much you’ve changed recently... this... obsession with Teddy Long and Randy Orton and the World Heavyweight Championship... it’s just scary to watch, dude. I have been there; I’ve been where you are. You’re feeling yourself being alienated from all of the guys in the back. People have been talkin’... they think you’re going insane, dude.
Christian was looking down at the mat throughout what Edge was just saying, but that last bit made him tilt his head back up and he glares with his eyes wide open at Edge.
: I-In- Insane? You think I’m Insane? Teddy Long has been desperate for me to lose the World Heavyweight Championship ever since you left. I’d been champion for FOUR DAYS when he made me defend it against Randy Orton... and at Summerslam and the weeks afterwards he puts me in No Holds Barred and Falls Count Anywhere against that MANIAC... and I’m the insane one?! Teddy Long is a sadistic tyrant; and he wants me off of Smackdown, but I don’t care what I have to go through, be it a Submission Match with this guy or a Ladder Match, a Tables Match, Handicaps, I’ll not stop until JUSTICE has been served and I hold the World Heavyweight Championship I DESERVE!
Everyone is quite taken aback by that, and Christian breathes heavily as he eyes up both of the men in the ring opposite him.
: I wasn’t going to interrupt this whole psychiatric examination going on here, but Christian; you have some real serious problems. I’m usually a kind and sympathetic guy, but at Night of Champions, I’m not going to hold anything back. I don’t feel sorry for you and I won’t when you step into my environment, and you’re going to tap out.
: Daniel, this has NOTHING to do with you; the only part you play in my rise back to the top is the guy that I defeat to win the Money in the Bank contract. Tonight I’ll show you in my match just what I can do in the ring if you’ve never seen before.
Christian walks right up to Bryan, and the two are almost nose to nose, but making sure that they don’t touch each other.
: I know that you and Teddy Long are planning something... a way to screw me over at Night of Champions, but I’m on to you; the days of Theodore Long dictating Smackdown are over... because the Saviour of Smackdown is here.
Christian drops his microphone, and he glares into Bryan’s eyes once more, before turning around and shoving Edge out of the way before exiting the ring to some boos from the fans. Edge and Bryan look back at him, as Christian scowls at them from the ramp as he slowly backs up.
*JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES*
: Oh my... I don’t think I’ve ever seen Christian like this before. I know he has had issues with Theodore Long, but I never thought that it was affecting him this much! How can Teddy Long allow this?! Does he know what he is doing to one of his top Superstars?!
: You are just unreal, Michael, you know ‘dat?
: Christian is bordering mental illness and you’re asking what is wrong with me?! Theodore Long needs to be removed from his position, he doesn’t understand what he is doing...
: That aside, I think it is time we get on with the show. We’re going to go to a quick commercial break and when we return the Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes will be in tag team action!
*ONLY ONE CAN JUDGE*
It is a fair amount of heat in the arena, as the Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes walks out onto the stage, and he is flanked by Ted DiBiase. Cody adjusts his mask slightly, and Ted is still seemingly profusely apologizing for what happened last week. The commentators remind us of just what Ted did to annoy Cody, and that was lose to Sin Cara last week, meaning Cody has to defend the title against Sin Cara in two night’s time. Both men get into the ring, but neither bother trying to taunt; Ted isn’t in the mood and Cody’s just a badass.
The fans let off quite a large pop, as a very determined-looking William Regal
walks out onto the stage with that familiar scowl. Adorned in a gorgeous purple robe, Regal glares at Rhodes and Dibiase; happy that tonight is his chance for some payback. Regal wipes his feet on the apron before getting into the ring, and he darts towards his opponents; Ted scampers out of the way but Cody stands firm, just blankly staring at Regal.
The lights in the arena go to a shade of blue, and the fans go wild as they know who is about to come out! The pop gets even louder when Sin Cara
bounces out through the curtain!! Dressed in his golden robe, he points to Cody Rhodes in the ring who is unfazed again, before flicking the rope off and charging down the ramp and jumping into the ring; setting off that dazzling pyro!! As soon as Sin Cara gets back up to his feet he’s back to the pointing at Rhodes, and Cody just seems unimpressed. The lights return to normal, and Regal goes to quickly have a word with Sin Cara but he then realises that he doesn’t speak English, so he just shakes it off and motions to Sin Cara that he can start the match.
Tag Team MatchIntercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase vs Sin Cara & William Regal
The bell rings, and it is decided that the two men that faced off last week, Sin Cara and Ted DiBiase, are going to be the men that are starting the match off. Ted, desperate to make things up to Cody for what happened last week, initiates the lock up and gets Sin Cara into a Hammerlock and goes behind, but he quickly tries to turn it around into the DREAM STREET, but Sin Cara is able to roll out of it! DiBiase looking for the early finish, but Sin Cara runs in at him, but Ted is able to cut him off with a boot to the midsection, which causes Cara to keel over in the centre of the ring. Ted then runs against the ropes and comes in with a boot to the side of Sin Cara’s head and goes for the cover...One...Two-Sin Cara kicks out! Ted brings the Mexican Idol back up to his feet and he drags him over to his corner, where he tags in the Intercontinental Champion. Cody jumps in and delivers a boot to the ribs of his opponent in two night’s time, before taking him up for a Scoop Slam. Cody backs up onto the second rope in his corner, and he jumps off and drops a knee across Sin Cara’s head, and rolls into the centre of the ring, and he gets back to his feet, eyeing up Regal, who looks rather unimpressed with the champion’s efforts thus far. Cody goes back to Sin Cara, who was in the process of getting up to his feet, and boots him in the ribs, knocking the wind out of the luchador. Cody rests his knee on Sin Cara’s head and he holds his arm out to DiBiase, who reaches in and slaps his partner’s hand. DiBiase comes back in and drops his knee down onto Sin Cara’s ribs, and the commentators point out that these two are former Tag Team Champions so they are rightfully in charge of this match so far.
Ted brings Cara back up to his feet, and Irish Whips him across the ring. Care rebounds off of the ropes and goes for a Headscissors but DiBiase sees it coming and is able to transition and counter whilst Sin Cara is in mid-air and he drops Sin Cara’s ribs over his knee!! Regal winces on the apron at the move as Ted goes for another cover...One...Two...T-Sin Cara kicks out again!! The fans start to let their voices be heard around the arena, as Sin Cara is in some discomfort ahead of his Intercontinental Title Match this Sunday. DiBiase gets Sin Cara up again, and he goes over to Rhodes, but Sin Cara is able to break free of the grip and rattle Ted with a boot to the leg, and this allows Sin Cara to roll away and get the tag to William Regal! The fans explode as the veteran blocks a right hand from DiBiase and is able to connect with a Knife Edge Chop to Ted’s chest, which sends DiBiase sprawling into the corner. Regal comes in and starts hammering away with stiff boots to DiBiase’s mid section, and Regal storms out of the corner looking pumped up. DiBiase comes out of the corner looking a little wobbly legged, and Regal catches him with a European Uppercut! This move sends Ted reeling back again, and Regal quickly comes up to follow in with a Double Underhook Suplex!! The fans pop as Regal goes down for a pin and drives his arm into Ted’s face as he does...One...Two..Thr-DiBiase kicks out!!
Regal wastes no time in bringing DiBiase back up and unloading with a forearm to the head that knocks Ted into the face team’s corner. Regal tags Sin Cara back into the match and the Mexican Idol hops over the top rope and he grabs DiBiase’s arm on the way down and flips him over with an Arm Drag that sends Ted tumbling across the ring. DiBiase tries to reach out to Rhodes but Sin Cara is quick to cut him off by running towards the ropes and SPRINGBOARDING off of them and connecting with an elbow to the face of DiBiase!! The fans pop the athleticism, and Sin Cara does one of those signature points right at the Intercontinental Champion! This sends Rhodes into a small frenzy on the apron as Sin Cara goes up to the top rope! The fans pop again, as Sin Cara steadies himself, but Rhodes walks along the apron and he clips Cara’s leg and causes him to crotch himself!!! The fans boo, as the referee comes over to Rhodes to admonish him, and Regal marches across the ring to get to Rhodes, but this causes ref to try and get Regal back to his corner, allowing Rhodes to jump into the ring, and he hooks up Sin Cara, who is caught on the top rope, and he drops him down to the mat with a DDT! Sin Cara crumples down in a heap after that move, and Rhodes gets out of the ring quickly. DiBiase takes a little time to come back to his senses, but he then slowly crawls over to Sin Cara and drapes his arm over him...One...Two...Three-NO- Foot on the ropes! Rhodes and DiBiase throw fits but the referee stands by his call and the fans are loving it!Regal outstretches his arm to try and get Sin Cara to tag him in, but there is almost no sign of life from the number one contender, and DiBiase also reaches up to Rhodes for the tag, but has to crawl towards his partner who doesn’t seem that happy he is having to come into this match and risk injury so close to a title defence. Sin Cara starts to crawl towards Regal, but it looks like DiBiase is going to get there first! Ted inches ever closer to Cody... but RHODES jumps off of the apron!! DiBiase is shocked as Cody blankly stares at him, and Ted uses the ropes to get back to his feet whilst all the while staring at Cody in confusion, and Cody just says ”Your fault we’re in this match... you finish it off by yourself”
. Ted is shocked, and he holds his arms out in anger and confusion, but he doesn’t see Sin Cara coming from behind with the roll up! One...Two...THREE!!!
Winners: Sin Cara & William Regal (10.42)
Ted bursts out of the pin fall just too late, and he jumps up into the air, throwing a FIT!! Ted shouts at Cody and the champion just replies “Even” after that, and turns to walk up the ramp, DiBiase exiting the ring to try and reason with Cody. On the other hand it is pure jubilance for Sin Cara and William Regal, and the two celebrate until Sin Cara seems to have caught Cody’s eye, and the two opponents for this Sunday exchange a stare (obviously Cody can’t see Sin Cara’s face) but Rhodes then raises the title high into the air, but Sin Cara comes back and just POINTS at it like a don, to a big pop from the fans.
: Well I for one can’t wait until this Sunday when Cody Rhodes and Sin Cara face off to do battle for that Intercontinental Championship; it will actually be Cody’s first title defence.
: And dey don’t get much harder than what Cody is gonna have to go through dis Sunday; Sin Cara is gonna bring some GOLD home... HAHA
: Well this Sunday at Night of Champions, it is Cody Rhodes’ chance to prove that he deserves to hold the prestigious Intercontinental Championship, or will Sin Cara get his first taste of gold in the WWE? There’s only one way to find out!
*END OF DAYS*
The fans descend into loud heat, as Wade Barrett walks out onto the stage, wearing a suit jacket over his wrestling trunks. It’s not time for the main event, so the commentators speculate why he is out here, and remind us of what he did last week to the World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. Barrett has a smug grin as he climbs into the ring, and he goes over to the timekeeper’s side of the ring and requests a microphone, which is promptly handed to him. He allows his music to die down as he surveys the arena, taking in all of the boos from the Toronto fans.
: I don’t know why you’re booing me... I’m having the last laugh; I get to leave Canada after the show.
The cheap heat does its job, and Barrett shows no reaction to the outpour of boos.
: Personal feelings aside, there is no denial that last week, I stayed true to my word and I made a statement to the entire WWE roster. I promised last week that I was going to cut the head of the snake off and I delivered. Randy Orton-
Barrett is cut off by a HUGE pop for the champion’s mention, which seems to anger the Englishman.
: Randy Orton is no longer a Viper, ladies and gentlemen; he is a wounded dog after what I did to him last week. And everyone knows what you have to do to an old, worn out mutt.
You have to do the right thing and take it out behind the shed and put it out of its misery.
More heat... clearly some dog lovers out there tonight.
: And that is exactly what I am going to do to Randy Orton this Sunday at Night of Champions; I am going to finish off what I started two weeks ago, and continued last week, and I’ll continue to do so tonight in the main event. After this Sunday, Wade Barrett will officially be known as the man that put an end to Randy Orton here in the WWE, and also Wade Barrett is going to be the NEW World Heavyweight Champion.
: And if anyone still has any doubts of my abilities all they have to do is pay real close attention to what is going to happen in tonight’s main event, where I will dominate the field and lead my team to victory.
Barrett smiles for the first time tonight, which irks the fans.
: The time for the future... is now. Wade Barrett.... NEXT World Heavyweight Champion.
*END OF DAYS*
Like a true gentleman, Barrett places his microphone on the mat before he straightens himself back up and looks around the Air Canada Centre with a broad smile on his face. He turns around and exits the ring, taking his time to shout at a few fans as he does.
: Well, love him or hate him, I think it is safe to say that Wade Barrett is one of the favourites heading into this Six-Pack Challenge at Night of Champions.
: Josh, you’re right; the guy has got it all going for him, and you know that Wade Barrett already has his game plan set for this Sunday; he’s going for the World Heavyweight Title, and everyone else better watch out.
: I jus’ don’t think his attitude is right t’ough dawg! He needs to be concentratin’ on winnin’ matches and not shootin’ dogs, dawg!
: You are just... unreal, Booker.... Though we currently have Matt Striker standing by for us backstage; how are ya doing, Matt?
We cut from Barrett leaving the arena at the top of the stage to Matt Striker, looking as chirpy and happy as ever, clearly enjoying the life of a backstage interviewer.
: Great thanks, Michael! We’ve just heard from Wade Barrett, and I’m currently with another man challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at Night of Champions... he is the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry!
To some heat from the fans, Mark Henry walks into the shot beside Striker, taking up almost the whole frame. Not one to be happy, Henry wears a scowl on his face as he looks past Striker waiting for the question.
: Mark, you just heard Wade Barrett’s intentions for this Sunday at Night of Champions as well as tonight’s main event; do you have anything to add about your team’s chances tonight?
: First of all, Barrett was wrong about two things out there. Tonight, it will be MY team that goes out there and puts those other punks out, and I’ll be man that dominates tonight.
The fans give off a mixed reaction for the disagreements between the heel team already.
: I’ll also be the man that goes on to win the World Heavyweight Championship at Night o’ Champions, because I’ve been on a roll for months now. Who’s been the most dominant force in the WWE for years; Mark Henry, dats who! So I’m gonna finally win the big one that I DESERVE this Sunday, and there aint a thing anyone can do about it!
: What about Sheamus? You two have-
: DON’T YOU DARE TALK TO ME ABOUT SHEAMUS, BOY!
Striker looks like he has just crapped himself.
: Sheamus is a no-one, and I’m gonna make sure that he doesn’t even make it to this Sunday after I get my hands on him tonight in the main event. Every time I’ve stepped into the ring with Sheamus, he’s ended up laid out at ringside, and tonight aint gonna be no different!
: Really now, fella?
The fans go wild, because that means that there is only one person that could have interrupted Henry... SHEAMUS! The Celtic Warrior stands the other side of Striker, causing the interviewer to back up and just hold the microphone in between the two warring brutes.
: All of t’at might have happened in t’e past, Mark, but t’ere’s on t’ing you need ta remember... you haven’t pinned me when we’ve faced off because you know t’at you can’t get it done against T’e Celtic Warrior.
Henry looks like he is about to blow at this point.
: Dat don’t prove anything, boy! You can’t stop The World’s Strongest Man and you won’t this Sunday and I’ll make sure that you won’t be champion... I’ll split ya lid right here!
: As fun as t’at sounds, I’ll just leave it until the main event... I wouldn’t want ta embarrass you in front of t’e great Mr Striker here... see ya later, fella.
Sheamus turns and walks away to a big pop, and Henry is seething at not being able to fight right now. Henry mouths “Son of a Bitch”, before turning back and leaving the set, Matt Striker sighing with relief that he didn’t get hurt.
: And I thought being a wrestler was dangerous...
*FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES*
The fans let off a big cheer for Mr Money in the Bank Daniel Bryan, making his second appearance of the night, but this time he’s going to be wrestling! Bryan looks as confident as ever, and the commentators (apart from Cole) say that Bryan has the mental edge going into his match with Christian at Night of Champions. Bryan gets into the ring, and he holds the briefcase up in the air to a loud pop, but he retreats into the corner as he awaits his mystery opponent.
*BLACK AND WHITE*
It’s some decent heat for Heath Slater, and it seems everyone is surprised by this choice of opponent for Bryan, but Matthews reminds us that Slater was Christian’s NXT Pro, so there could be some relevance. Slater is carrying his Guitar Hero guitar, and has now added some sunglasses to his attire, and he rocks his way down the ramp. He gets into the ring and gets on the turnbuckle, lifting his “guitar” in the air. The music cuts out which annoys Slater, and he removes the shades which means that this match can get under way.
Heath Slater vs Daniel Bryan
The fans have a strong chant of “TAP OR SNAP” ringing around the arena, which causes Slater to shake his head and tell them to shut up, but Bryan tries to come into the centre of the ring and start the match properly, but Slater seems reluctant to lock up with Bryan, but he doesn’t get the chance to escape as Bryan catches him in a side headlock, and he quickly takes Slater over with the Headlock Takeover, and Heath desperately flails to escape the hold but he is able to push Bryan away. Slater gets back up and he goes for a right hand on Bryan, but Mr MITB ducks and connects with a stiff kick to Slater’s left knee, which causes that leg to buckle out of the way. Bryan uses his other leg to take down Slater’s other leg, and Slater holds both of his knees as he is knocked down on the mat, kneeling down. Bryan then unloads with a stiff kick to the chest of Slater! And another, and another!! Slater backs up into the corner, with his pasty chest having a red streak across it.
Slater starts to pick himself up in the corner whilst Bryan enjoys the ovation being given to him by the fans, and Heath is able to pick himself up using the turnbuckle and Bryan points at him to a great reaction from the crowd, and he charges in and hits the CORNER DROPKICK on Slater!! Slater looks like he’s been crushed by a car, and drops to the mat and rolls out onto the floor, but somehow manages to stay on his feet, although he is on jelly legs from the impact he just received. Bryan gets back up, and he looks at Slater down on the outside, before he runs against the opposite ropes and he charges back... Suicide Dive!! The force behind the high-risk move sends Slater crashing into the announce table, and Bryan gets to his feet to another solid pop. Cole says that Bryan should be forced to pay for the announce table after he just destroyed it like that, but Bryan knocks his drink off of the table as a reply, much to the amusement of everyone else in the arena. Bryan grabs Slater by the back of the neck and picks him up and rolls the One Man Rock Band into the ring, and he jumps up onto the apron to follow him. Slater slowly gets back up onto his knees, and the “DANIEL BRYAN” chant rings around the arena, as Bryan grabs hold of Slater’s arm... LEBELL LOCK!! The fans pop as Slater searches around for some way to escape, but he soon has no choice but to tap out!
Winner: Daniel Bryan (4.35)
*FLIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES*
: NO! NO! NO! Ladies and Gentlemen let me reassure you just for one second, these are not scenes you will see if you tune into Night of Champions; Daniel Bryan is not, and I repeat NOT going to make anyone tap out this Sunday!
: Michael, I think you need to chill out a lil bit, dawg! Give the boy some credit, ya dig?
Bryan has his arm raised by the referee and he receives his briefcase through the ropes, before holding it high up in the air to a good reaction from the WWE Universe. He then goes to exit the ring, with a confident look on his face; knowing that he has done what he needs to tonight and the message to Christian has been firmly sent.
Returning from the break, and we are back in the arena, with Nexus alumni Darren Young in the ring, awaiting his chance to make an impact on Smackdown.
"OH AYY OHHH, OH AY OH"
There is an extremely positive response from the fans for Justin Gabriel, who comes out onto the stage and jumps as high as he can into the air and lands down in a crouching position; before surveying the arena with a smile on his face. He jumps back up and walks down the ramp and slaps hands with the fans as he does. The commentators note that Gabriel is working his way through the Smackdown roster with impressive performances, and Booker explains his love for the 450 Splash as Gabriel gets into the ring, getting a disapproving and jealous look from Young, who stands in the corner.
Justin Gabriel vs Darren Young
The bell rings, and Gabriel goes to put his hand into the centre of the ring, but Young knocks it away, much to the anger of the crowd! Young gets into Gabriel’s face, and Gabriel stands there and just takes the insults that Young tries to throw at him, but then Young SLAPS GABRIEL AROUND THE FACE!! The strike sends Justin staggering back a few paces, and Young doesn’t need a second invite to go in and start following up. Young comes in with right hands that knock Gabriel back onto the ropes, and he smashes the South African with a right that sends him all the way into the corner. Young comes in with a shoulder block to Gabriel’s mid section, and the referee is forced to come in and stop the attack, much to Young’s annoyance. Mr No Days Off comes back and whips Gabriel across the ring, and Young goes to follow in, but Gabriel grabs onto the top rope and he goes for the float over, and he catches Young in a Headscissors, and turns it around to send Young flying across the ring with a Hurracanrana!! The fans let out a solid pop as Gabriel and Young both get up at around the same time, and Young goes for a wild right hand but Justin ducks it and kicks Young in the gut before planting him down to the mat with a DDT!! Gabriel goes down for the cover...One...Two...Young kicks out!!
Gabriel is a little annoyed from the kick out, and he sees Young down on the mat, and after encouragement from the fans, he starts to make his way towards the top rope! The fans pop, but Young is back up onto his feet, he turns around, and Gabriel comes off looking for a DIVING CLOTHESLINE- Young moved out of the way! Gabriel is able to land on his feet but Young is quickly back in from behind and he grabs Gabriel head and drops him down with a Necbreaker!! Cole says that Young is really impressing him in this match so far, and Young is in for the cover on Gabriel this time! One...Two...Gabriel kicks out!! The fans are fully behind the South African at this point, and Young seems a little gutted that Gabriel kicked out, but he springs back up to his feet and starts to stalk Gabriel as he starts to get back up to his feet. Gabriel makes it back to a vertical base and he turns into Young, who scoops him onto his shoulders with a Fireman’s Carry, but Gabriel elbows him in the side of the head and slides off his back. Young turns around to grab him but Gabriel nails him with a SUPERKICK!! Young drops to the mat flat onto his back after being rocked in the head with that kick, and Gabriel now heads back up to the corner! Gabriel nods his head as he stands on the top rope and then hits the 450 SPLASH!! The fans go crazy as Gabriel hooks the leg! One...Two...Three!!!
Winner: Justin Gabriel (5.20)
We leave Gabriel celebrating in the ring, and we go now to a corridor backstage, and the roar inside of the arena is HUGE because EDGE pops up onto the screen! He is unaware of the ovation as he is on the phone.
: ... Yeah, of course I’m having a great time tonight; I’m on Smackdown and we're in Toronto!
LOUD pop inside of the arena.
: It’s just I miss being here every week... I miss seeing all of the guys around here, and coming out in front of the fans each and every week... and to be honest as well, I need to be here more for Christian.... I’ve never seen this side of him before and I’m quite frankly scared that he’s gonna get himself into trouble.... Smackdown is where I belong-
Suddenly, someone grabs the phone out of Edge’s hand!! Edge turns around and he sees Derrick Bateman and Johnny Curtis!! The fans let out a small pop, as the newly formed team, dubbed Fighting for Freedom stand before the Rated-R Superstar! Bateman raises the phone up to his ear.
: He’ll call you back.
Bateman closes the phone and obviously Edge is annoyed.
: What the hell was that? Who even are you guys?
: I am The Phoenix, Johnny Curtis, and this here is The Prince of Justice, Derrick Bateman.
: What are you guys meant to be? Superheroes? You don’t even have costumes.
: No! We’re not superheroes, we are Fighting for Freedom. We happened to hear what you were just saying, and we need to let you know that you cannot let your inability to compete in that ring confine your freedom as a human being and stop you doing what you love.
: We’re here to let you know that you can still be the man around here and still be on Smackdown each week without being an active competitor, and there’s nothing more that we would love to see than you here every week, because we are such... big... fans!
Bateman gives Curtis a nudge which causes Johnny to bolt back up right and stop marking out over Edge, getting a good laugh from the fans.
: Come on, Derrick... He’s Edge!
: Guys, I see what you’re sayin’... thanks and all... but you don’t know how it feels to be here and see guys go out there and do something that is first nature to you but you just... can’t do it anymore.
Edge looks a little sad now, and Fighting for Freedom see a figure approaching the scene and they pat Edge on the back before quickly leaving the scene. Edge hears someone clear their throat behind him and he turns around... to see THEODORE LONG!! The Smackdown General Manager gets a LOUD pop from the WWE Universe, and he puts a hand on Edge’s shoulder.
: Edge, playa, I saw how you handled yaself out there earlier tonight with Christian and Daniel Bryan, and after hearin’ all of dat just then... I think we need to talk, playa! Come meet me in the office in five minutes.
This gets another big cheer from the crowd, as Teddy walks away, Edge looks back in the direction that Fighting for Freedom left in, and he shakes his head.
Maybe retirement isn’t that bad after all...
That gets a few laughs in the arena, and Edge then leaves the shot, walking in the direction that Long left in.
We're with Matt Striker in the interview set, and he looks to have changed his pants from last time because he's all happy again. Striker steadies himself and fixes his hair as he begins to speak.
: Sorry for adjusting my appearance, but I'm currently here with the most stylish member of the WWE roster, the leader of the group of smart, sexy
and powerful Divas of the WWE... the Divas Champion.. Kelly Kelly!!
Kelly Kelly then bounces into the shot next to Striker, looking as happy as he is, but after hearing that Toronto feels the same about her as Montreal did on Monday, her smile quickly evaporates.
: Kelly, in two night's time you're going to defend your title against Beth Phoenix at Night of Champions.... are you okay? What's the matter?
Striker looks concerned, because Kelly is...crying?
: No, I'm not okay. All week since we've been in Canada I've had people come up to me on the street, and they've been telling me I can't wrestle, and Beth is going to break me in half on Sunday... and I'm sick of it!
Kelly looks up at the camera and her mascara is leaving black marks under her eyes as tears stream down her face.
: I do everything I can to entertain these people every night and this is what I get for it?
The champion sniffs up, and she wipes a tear away as a more determined look comes across her face.
: I know that Night of Champions is taking place in Beth's hometown of Buffalo, and the treatment that I'll get from the fans there will be even worse than what I've got tonight and on Monday... but I'm not going to let these people affect my chances of keeping this (motions to the belt on her shoulder), in fact; I'm going to let it spur me on... so, give me your worst.
The fans are unsure of how to react, and Kelly walks out of shot, leaving Striker smiling again. Back to the arena once again now...
*JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES*
It is a mixed reaction for the hometown boy, Christian, who walks out onto the stage with a very focused and determined look on his face as he walks down the ramp, not knowing who his opponent is going to be. Josh Matthews reminds us that Daniel Bryan was able to win his match earlier tonight against Heath Slater and put on a very impressive showing whilst doing so, and stresses that it is important for Christian to do the same right now. The “Saviour of Smackdown” gets into the ring and shakes his arms out as he motions for his opponent to come out to the ring.
*J POP DROP*
There is minimal fanfare for the young Yoshi Tatsu, looking to bounce back from a bad run of form as of late. Despite these misfortunes, he quickly runs down to the ring and slides in and waves to the fans; Christian almost laughing at Long's choice of opponent for him.
Christian vs Yoshi Tatsu
The bell rings, and Tatsu starts to approach the centre of the ring but Christian remains stood in the corner, merely looking at the young Japanese man approaching him. Tatsu shouts for Christian to come and fight, but Captain Charisma slowly shakes his head. Tatsu tries to get the referee to get Christian to come into the match, and the second Tatsu turns his back to speak to the referee... CHRISTIAN STRIKES!! The fans actually boo Christian as he takes Yoshi down from behind and starts stomping away on Tatsu! Christian grabs him and brings him back up, and he grabs him by the tights and chucks him into the steel ring post!! Tatsu goes shoulder first in, and he comes back out, and Christian grabs his head and lays it across the middle rope, and he uses all of his might to push down on Tatsu’s throat, all the time screaming at him. Christian places his feet onto Tatsu’s back and pulls on the top rope, choking poor Yoshi even more, and the youngster splutters around as the referee has to come in and pulls Christian away. Christian glares at the official with a menacing look in his eyes, and picks Yoshi up one more time, grabbing his hair and pulling him in towards him, and dropping him down to the mat with a REVERSE DDT!! The fans give a mixed reaction towards Christian, but it leans a little more towards heat as he waves them off, and he starts to stomp away on Yoshi with boots to the chest and torso.
The referee once again comes in to get Christian away, and the self-professed Saviour of Smackdown now responds to the official “Would you speak to a champion like that?”
before delivering one more decisive stomp onto Tatsu’s face. Christian picks Yoshi up one more time, and drives his knee into Tatsu’s gut, and then picking him up in a scoop slam position, but instead he hangs Yoshi up in the TREE OF WOE!! The fans aren’t sure, as Yoshi is helpless at this point now... Christian goes across the ring and he hits a Low Dropkick right onto Yoshi’s face!! The impact causes Tatsu to lifelessly drop down onto the mat, as he holds his face in agony, and Christian gets up, and he starts to pace around the ring, before he settles in the opposite corner to Tatsu, and he crouches down! The fans pop Christian now, and he motions with his hand for Tatsu to get back up to his feet, and Tatsu does and Christian cuts him in half with a SPEAR!! This garners a huge pop from the fans, but they soon start to boo once again, because Christian is not done... Captain Charisma slowly picks Tatsu back up again, with a scary smile on his face, as he grabs the arms and slowly turns him around... Killswitch!! Tatsu’s lifeless body smacks down onto the mat and instead of going for a pin, Christian just stands there looking around at the arena... but he walks over to Tatsu’s legs, and he picks them up and crosses them over, before turning Tatsu over... Christian with a Cloverleaf!!! The fans are shocked as Tatsu starts tapping out almost instantly!!!
Winner: Christian (5.26)
*JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES*
Christian’s music kicks in, and the “Saviour of Smackdown” doesn’t let go of the hold right away, but under the referee’s threat of overturning the decision, Christian lets go and allows Tatsu’s body to fall limp to the mat. Christian has his hand raised and he looks right at the camera in front of him and says “That is how you get it done.... Money in the Bank”, before he cracks a wry smile and turns to leave the ring.
: Christian getting the decisive win and sending a clear message to Daniel Bryan ahead of their Submission Match this Sunday at Night of Champions... but just the way that Christian carried himself in that match... it was quite hard to watch at some points.
: All he wanted to do right dere was cause as much hurt and pain as possible to Yoshi Tatsu and dats not cool aroun’ here, dawg!
: What are you guys talkin’ about? That was great! This is the kind of intensity and aggression that we need to see from Christian all the time! How do you think anyone gets anywhere around here? I’ve not got to where I am from being nice to everyone!
: Very well... but up next after this commercial break is out huge Six-Man Tag Team main event orchestrated by General Manager Theodore Long... be sure not to miss it!
Before the commercial cuts in, we see Christian walking to the top of the ramp, and he turns around to his hometown fans with a look of satisfaction on his face, but the Toronto crowd are unsure of what to make of Captain Charisma.
Narrator: To be a champion, one must be superior to all of their adversaries.
A flashing image of Randy Orton RKO'ing Christian onto the steel steps at Summerslam is shown.
Narrator: The champion might be Perfection...
Dolph Ziggler brashly holds up his United States Championship above his head.
An image of Kelly Kelly right after she won the Divas Championship flickers onto the screen.
Narrator: ... Or Ugly...
A scene of Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes trying to hide his face during one of his entrances comes up on the screen.
Narrator: A champion can benefit from the wealth of their company...
WWE Tag Team Champions David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty are shown having their hands raised at the end of a match.
Narrator: ...Or just their wealth.
Alberto Del Rio stands in front of an expensive car with pyro shooting down behind him.
Narrator: One night a year, the WWE showcases these superior individuals.
A quick montage of a referee holding up each championship belt one by one is shown.
Narrator: It is the Night...
Randy Orton then stands on the top rope with the World Heavyweight Championship around his waist.
Narrator: ... Of CHAMPIONS!
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
*END OF DAYS*
The fans turn into a lot of heat as Wade Barrett makes his presence felt for the second time tonight, and he scans around the arena once again before making his way down to the ring. Barrett ignores the fans as usual as he climbs up the steps and into the squared circle, where he pounds his fist into his other hand and roars out to the crowd before pacing around the ring as he awaits the arrival of his partners for the night.
*SOMEBODIES GONNA GET IT*
There is heat once again, as the camera comes in from behind the curtain to show the hulking figure of Mark Henry block the camera's view. Henry starts to pace down to the ring, and he has his eyes locked on Barrett as he walks down the ramp; Josh Matthews pointing out that both of these men view themselves as a leader tonight in this match. A fan reaches over the barricade and punches Henry on the arm, which causes the WSM to turn around and square up to the poor bastard, who almost craps his pants. Henry laughs at the pathetic man and climbs up the ramp to join Barrett in the ring.
*MAIN YASH HUN*
The extremely annoying chant rings out in the arena, and the fans boo even before The Great Khali walks out onto the stage, but when he does, he has Jinder Mahal following him down the ramp, still shouting at Khali in Punjab. The commentators speculate that this is Mahal's way of firing Khali up before his matches, but Booker thinks that Khali might have a hearing problem. Khali steps over the ropes and into the ring, and Mahal walks around it, taking his place next to the announce table.
*AIN'T NO MAKE BELIEVE*
There is a decent pop in the arena for John Morrison, who bursts out onto the stage, clad in a grand fur coat as usual, and his slow-motion lifestyle takes over for just a sec as he poses at the top of the ramp, before shaking his arms out and walking down the ramp. Life goes back to normal speed, and Morrison removes his jacket and hands his sunglasses over to a kid in the front row as he waits at the bottom of the ramp, not fancying entering the ring by himself with Barrett and the behemoths waiting for him inside of it.
*WRITTEN IN MY FACE*
The ovation is HUGE for The Celtic Warrior, Sheamus, who marches out onto the stage and beats his chest before bringing his arms out to the side to a very large pop from the fans. The camera focuses on Henry looking at Sheamus walking down the ramp very intently, and Sheamus is staring back at the World's Strongest Man with a look of pure determination as he reaches the bottom of the ramp and shakes hands with Morrison, before filing up next to JoMo as we wait for one last person...
"I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD; THEY COUNSEL ME THEY UNDERSTAND"
To a pop that only Edge was able to beat, the World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton slowly walks out onto the stage!! The champion surveys the scenes around him and he eyes up each man as he slowly and vindictively walks down the ramp, but one man in particular catches his eye the most... the man that has laid him out two weeks in a row; Wade Barrett. Barrett wears a cocky grin as Orton joins up with his partners for the night, and Orton motions for them to get into the ring. Orton walks up the steps whilst Sheamus and Morrison climb up separate sides of the ring apron. Orton shakes his shoulder out as he gets into the ring, and climbs onto the turnbuckle to pose for the fans with his title... possibly the last time he appears on Smackdown as World Heavyweight Champion? The faces quickly decide that it is going to be Sheamus starting off for their team as Orton and Morrison climb through onto the apron. The champion's music fades out and there is a distinct buzz in the air as these men are all getting a feeler of what it is going to be like this Sunday.
Six-Man Tag-Team Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, John Morrison & Sheamus vs Wade Barrett, Mark Henry & The Great Khali w/ Jinder Mahal
The match begins, and Sheamus stands in his team’s corner, waiting for the other team to decide who is going to start for them. Henry and Khali exit out onto the apron, which means that Wade Barrett is set to start things off, along with Sheamus. The Englishman and the Irishman both begin to circle the ring, but Sheamus stops as he hears Orton calling at him, and the champion wants to be tagged into the match! The fans seem to be in favour of that idea and Sheamus tags Orton in! The fans cheers turn into boos when Barrett quickly darts to his corner and slaps Khali on the chest and dives out of the ring. Slightly confused, The Great Khali steps over the top rope and enters the ring to go toe to toe with the champion. Orton quickly dodges Khali’s attempt at a overhand strike and he delivers a kick to the back of the leg of the Punjabi Giant which causes Khali to groan and fall down a little, allowing Orton to hammer away with right hands to the side of Khali’s head. Khali facepalms Orton and pushes him back, but the champion comes back in with a stomp to the same knee, and Khali falls down to the floor in pain after that move. Orton continues his assault with more stomps, and he then walks over to his corner and tags in John Morrison, the man that Khali defeated last week. JoMo comes in and Khali is starting to get to his feet by using the ropes, and Morrison comes in and he runs right into a CHOP to the head from Khali!! Morrison drop to the mat as we go to the final break of the evening.
Back into the match now, and over the commercial, the heels have isolated John Morrison and have all been working away on him. Mark Henry currently has Morrison stuck in the corner, and is laying into him with knees to the midsection, before he grabs under his arm and throws Morrison into the centre of the ring!! Morrison lands hard on his back as Sheamus and Orton desperately try to reach him for a tag. Henry walks towards them and neither man shows any sign of backing down, as Henry smiles and walks back over to his corner to tag in Wade Barrett. Barrett comes in and drops an elbow across Morrison’s chest, and Barrett goes for a pin afterwards...One...Two-Morrison gets the shoulder up! Knowing that he has to wear JoMo down a little more before he can carry on, Barrett grabs Morrison by the hair and he turns him onto his front, and locks in a Camel Clutch!! Morrison screams in pain as Barrett urges for him to submit, but the fans start to will Morrison on, by chanting his name, and Barrett pulls back on the hold even more in order to alleviate the pressure on Morrison’s back, but still JoMo refuses to submit and look weak in front of everyone else. Sheamus starts slapping the turnbuckle to drum up some more support and encouragement from the WWE Universe, but ORTON CAN’T TAKE ANY MORE OF IT!!! The champion charges into the ring and he kicks Barrett in the side of the head!!
The referee immediately jumps in front of Orton and forces him back into the corner, and Barrett lays on the mat smiling back up at Orton, as he reaches out and accepts the tag from The World’s Strongest Man. Henry comes in and he bounces off of the ropes and looks to go for a BIG SPLASH! Morrison manages to dodge it!! Henry bell flops onto the canvas, and the fans go wild as Morrison starts to turn his body around to face his corner, where Orton and Sheamus are both reaching out to him... Morrison edges closer further, and he extends his hand just a little more... and tags in the Celtic Warrior!! Sheamus storms into the ring like a bull in a china shop, and Barrett comes out of his corner to meet him but Sheamus drops him with a clothesline! Sheamus turns his attention to Khali on the apron and a well placed right-hand is able to knock the big man down to the floor! The fans pop loudly, and Sheamus turns back around and gets flattened by Mark Henry!! The fans boo Henry as he flattens his main nemesis, and these two are now the legal men. Henry shouts at Sheamus as the Irishman gets back up to his feet after being rocked by Henry’s massive girth wiping him out. Henry smacks Sheamus in the face, and this only angers Sheamus, who replies with a wild right of his own, that sends Henry staggering backwards towards the ropes!! The fans pop, as Sheamus charges in and Clotheslines Henry over the top rope... taking himself down too!! The two big men tumble down together, and as soon as they land on the floor, Sheamus is back in delivering massive right hands to Henry’s head!
The referee analyses the situation, and he sees Morrison and Barrett down in the ring and indicates that they are now the legal men! Morrison slowly crawls towards the waiting Viper in the corner, and gets the tag!! Orton comes in, and he waits for Barrett to get up and he drops him with a clothesline! Barrett is quick to come back and he receives another one!! The fans pop as Orton shakes his neck out once again, and Barrett is right back up one more time, and Orton catches him with a SNAP POWERSLAM!! The fans pop again, as Orton drops to the mat, and he starts to pound away!! Orton slithers towards Barrett... but he’s suddenly jerked from the ring... by THE GREAT KHALI!! Khali grabs Orton and throws him into the barricade; Orton’s injured shoulder taking another bump from that one! Meanwhile though, Henry and Sheamus have continued with their brawl UP THE RAMP!! Sheamus lands some big shots on the fleeing Henry, and the two men reach the top of the stage, and they’re going to the back!! Back in the ring, Khali had slid Orton back in, and Barrett slowly goes over to make the cover! One...Two...Thr-NO!! The fans pop loudly as Orton stays alive! Barrett shakes his head with a frown, and he waits for Orton to get up, but the champion is too busy trying to shake his shoulder out, and Barrett then hoists Orton up onto his shoulder... WASTELAND-NO!! Orton slides off of Barrett’s back- RKO!!! The fans go wild as the move took as much out of Orton as it did to Barrett, and Khali starts to climb onto the apron... but Morrison with a dropkick!! Khali falls back down to the floor as Orton hooks the leg on Barrett! One... Two... Three!!!
Winners: Randy Orton, John Morrison & Sheamus (13:30)
The fans are on their feet, as Morrison jumps into the air after the victory is announced. Orton holds his shoulder in some pain as he gets to his feet, and has his title handed to him before the referee raises his and Morrison's hands in victory. Morrison then climbs the nearest turnbuckle to celebrate with the fans as Orton looks down on Barrett holding his head, having gotten some revenge after the past couple of weeks.
Josh Matthews: What a chaotic main event, and all six men out here tonight gave it their all, but in some cases, it just wasn't enough.
Booker T: Randy Or'on was on fire in dat match and it's so good to see him finally get some payback on Wade Barrett after what's been goin' down these past few weeks.
Morrison jumps down off of the turnbuckle, and he turns around to see Orton with his attention now on him. Orton's music fades out, and there is a buzz in the air as Morrison extends his hand to the man who's title he's contending for this weekend. Orton stares down at the offer, and he looks to the fans who start a small "RKO" chant, but Morrison laughs it off. Orton then accepts the handshake to a mixed reaction from the fans! Morrison starts to walk away, but Orton pulls him back-RKO!!! RKO TO JOHN MORRISON!!
Orton picks his title off of the mat and he takes his turn to climb up onto the turnbuckle and celebrate with the Toronto faithful, doing the signature Destiny pose.
Michael Cole: Well it seems that Randy Orton is the on that is carrying all of the momentum going into Night of Champions, and he needs to have it if he wants to keep that World Heavyweight Championship!! I've been Michael Cole, goodnight, and we'll see you again on Sunday for Night of Champions!!!
Booker T: He damn did it again, Josh!
The final image of the night is Randy Orton standing tall in the centre of the ring, holding up his World Heavyweight title as the screen fades to black.
NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
CURRENT MATCH CARD
WWE Championship Match
Six-Pack Challenge Elimination Match
Alberto Del Rio © vs John Cena vs The Miz vs Kofi Kingston vs R-Truth vs CM Punk
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Randy Orton © vs Mark Henry vs Wade Barrett vs Sheamus vs John Morrison vs The Great Khali
Smackdown! Money in the Bank Contract
Daniel Bryan © vs Christian
United States Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler © vs Rey Mysterio
Intercontinental Championship Match
Cody Rhodes © vs Sin Cara
WWE Divas Championship Match
Kelly Kelly © vs Beth Phoenix
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty © vs Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov
Right, this might not be the best show I've ever done, but I think the whole "getting close to my first PPV" is kind of a daunting but exciting experience, so I think the quality of this show may have taken a small dent as I've been doing this show and working on NOC at the same time. As for the PPV itself, 4 out of 7 matches are done and dusted, and I'm going to be getting on with the others when I can. Thanks to everyone that has put up with me so far and been reading, and massive thanks for all of the nice comments about Raw <3