Friday Night SmackDown – 1st February 2013
SmackDown begins with a video package focusing on Randy Orton defeating Big Show to retain the World Heavyweight Championship on Raw, only to have Dolph Ziggler cash in on him moments later to take the title. We are then shown a replay of Royal Rumble Chris Jericho daring Dolph to cash in earlier that night, before the voice-over artists asks if Dolph winning the World Title will influence Chris Jericho tonight when he declares which championship he will challenge for tonight.
Live in the arena, pyro shoots and the crowd cheer as the SmackDown music plays to the live audience.
Josh Matthews: “The landscape of the WWE Universe has been drastically changed in the last week, 4 title changes in 2 nights have seen the road to WrestleMania take some unexpected twists! Welcome to Friday night SmackDown with myself Josh Matthews alongside my broadcast colleague John Bradshaw Layfield.”
JBL: “Thank you Josh. I have been looking forward to tonight ever since Raw went off the air on Monday. Chris Jericho makes his decision on what title to challenge for at WrestleMania, Dolph Ziggler kicks off his World Heavyweight Championship reign, a Tag Team Championship match, former WWE Champion CM Punk will be in action... it's going to be a great night!”
Damien Sandow's music hits to boos from the crowd before Sandow appears wearing a suit and holding the United States Championship over his shoulder.
Lillian Garcia: “Ladies and gentlemen please welcome your new United States Champion... Damien Sandow!”
Sandow makes his way to the ring sarcastically waving to the crowd, who are still booing him.
Matthews: “Speaking of title changes, one of those was this man taking the United States Championship from Zack Ryder at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.”
JBL: “And I'm delighted that Zack Ryder is no longer disgracing that title, but Sandow's reign has not got off to a great start...”
We are shown a replay from Main Event, where Christian Spears Sandow and pins him in a tag team match.
JBL: “... Zack Ryder is yet to claim his rematch, but Christian has every right to assume he is in the title hunt now he has a victory over the champion.”
Matthews: “You noticed in that replay folks that Sandow was sporting red, white and blue colours. He has vowed to represent the United States with dignity, grace and intelligence. Sandow making his way to the ring to kick things off tonight.”
Sandow enters the ring and snatches the microphone from Garcia.
The crowds boos get louder as Sandow continues.
Sandow: “As the champion of the United States of America, I have taken it upon myself to come out here and deliver a State Of The Union Address. And judging by some of the hidious faces I see staring gormlessly back at me this evening, the state of things in this country are worse than I had first estimated.”
More boos for Sandow, who seems oblivious to the heat from the crowd.
Sandow: “But fear not simpletons, as your Champion you can be assured that I will represent you despite your obvious stupidity and clear lack of regard for personal hygiene!”
Zack Ryder's music interrupts and he gets a positive reaction from the crowd as he hits the stage with a mic in his hand.
Ryder: “Are you serious bro? Lack of personal hygiene bro? You're rocking a beard like that and you're going to talk to these people about hygiene bro?”
Ryder: “Whatever bro! I just wanted to come out here to tell you that your days as United States Champion are numbered, because once Long Island Iced Z gets back to 100% he is gonna fist pump your face and reclaim my title... WOO WOO WOO... You know it!”
Cheers for Ryder who exits back through the curtain.
Sandow: “How predictable! Zack Ryder comes out here and strings together the few words that he knows how to correctly pronounce before concluding his statement with some of the worst sentence structure work I have ever had the displeasure of hearing. Woo woo woo? I know it? Woop woop woop, you are incorrect sir! Damien Sandow is not lowering himself to your level, I will not be gracing you with a rematch... you're welcome!”
Sandow is booed again by the crowd before Christian's music hits. Christian gets a louder cheer than Ryder got previously, and he makes his way to the ring with a mic in his hand.
Christian: “Oh really? You know Sandow, you've been champion for less than a week and I'm already sick of you. I have some facts that I'd like to present to you, if you have the time.”
Sandow: “As it goes I am a very busy man...”
Christian: “Well I'm going to present them to you anyway. Prior to your becoming United States Champion, I have beaten you. And since you became United States Champion... hell I beat you again! Wednesday night on Main Event I pinned you clean in the middle of this ring...”
Christian enters the ring.
Christian: “... so I just wanted to make it clear to you and all my peeps that in the not too distant future... the United States Championship is going to be mine.”
Sandow laughs at the remark before taking a Spear from Christian, which gets a pop from the crowd. Christian's music hits and the crowd cheers as he takes the United States Championship from a grounded Sandow, holds it high before dropping it back on Sandow.”
Matthews: “Not the championship celebration that Damien Sandow had hoped for here tonight, both Zack Ryder and Christian claiming to be the next United States Champion!”
JBL: “How disrespectful, Damien Sandow is a gentlemen and was assaulted by Christian. Outrageous!”
We transition to ringside with the announcers.
Matthews: “As Christian soaks in the applause of the WWE Universe let's take a moment to look ahead at what we've got to come tonight. The Game Triple H will speak publicly for the first time since returning at the Royal Rumble and hitting Brock Lesnar with a sledgehammer. Plus, new World Heavyweight Champion will be live in the ring as he reflects on the biggest night of his career last Monday night on Raw. We've also a Tag Team Championship match between The Luchadors and Perfect Generation, plus CM Punk will be in action.”
JBL: “I can't wait to see Punk in the ring, he's bound to be in a foul mood after losing the WWE Championship on Sunday, I feel sorry for whoever he steps foot in the ring with.”
Matthews: “Speaking of Punk, we can now head over to our newest member of the broadcast team Renee Young who has Paul Heyman.”
Backstage, Young and Heyman are on camera.
Young: “Thank you Josh, I am joined by Paul Heyman on what is a big night. Not only will Triple H speak about attacking your client at the Royal Rumble last Sunday, but CM Punk returns to the ring.”
Heyman: “Triple H should consider himself lucky that Brock Lesnar is not here tonight, because Brock Lesnar is furious. Making Brock Lesnar angry, making him want to break you in half, you may as well write yourself a suicide note.”
Young: “And what of your other client, CM Punk? What is his frame of mind after losing the WWE Championship to The Rock?”
Heyman: “Well first let me correct you Renee. CM Punk did not lose the WWE Championship, it was stolen from him. His 434 day title reign was stolen from him by The Rock and Mick Foley. But CM Punk knows he is weeks away from a No Disqualification rematch for his title, he knows that that means he can do anything he wants to Dwayne to reclaim the title, and he knows that means he does not have to wait long before once again been the WWE Champion.”
Young: “We are yet to hear who Punk will be facing tonight, can you shed any light on this?”
Heyman: “Yes I can Renee, I have hand-picked an opponent for CM Punk in preparation for his rematch with The Rock. Now if you will excuse me, I'm a busy guy.”
Heyman walks away from the interview and we return live in the ring where Lillian Garcia is stood.
Garcia: “The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is for the WWE Tag Team Championships!”
Vickie Guerrero’s voice is then heard yelling EXCUSE ME and the place erupts in boos. Vickie walks out onto stage with a mic.
Vickie: “I said excuse me! Tonight is yet another historic night in my career. You are moments away from witnessing my newest clients become the WWE Tag Team Championships, a title opportunity I have got them! So please be upstanding and show your appreciation for Joe Hennig, Ted DiBiase… the Perfect Generation!”
Hennig’s music hits to more boos as DiBiase and Hennig walk through the curtain. Vickie leads them to the ring as the announcers discuss the upcoming match.
Matthews: “Vickie Guerrero is correct when she says she got her clients this match, the Tag Champs and indeed the other tag teams will not be happy at how Perfect Generation got themselves in a Tag Title situation.”
JBL: “But that’s why you pay a manager the calibre of Vickie Guerrero, to manipulate people like Teddy Long into getting you title shots. Perfect Generation are the most up-and-coming team we have seen here for a long time and that’s down to Guerrero, they could well capture the titles here tonight!”
Matthews: “I just disagree with the idea that a singles victory qualifies your team for a shot at the Tag Titles. We have teams like The Usos who have been here five years and never been champions…”
JBL: “… Vickie Guerrero isn’t worried about fair or about the damn Usos, she’s looking out for her clients and is doing a wonderful job! Where were DiBiase and Hennig a few months ago? Nowhere! Vickie Guerrero has rescued their careers.”
Matthews: “I’m not disputing that, I just don’t like how she’s doing it.”
JBL: “She’s a Guerrero by name and by nature, she lies and cheats and steals!”
Rey Mysterio’s music hits to cheers from the crowd. Pyro shoots and The Luchadors make their way to the ring in matching white attire.
Garcia: “Making their way to the ring, they are the WWE Tag Team Champions… Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara!”
Matthews: “Rey and Sin Cara have had well-documented communication issues of late, including last Wednesday on Main Event. Mysterio looked to have a win over The Miz in the bag before Sin Cara got involved and caused the disqualification.”
JBL: “Miscommunication has cost them the titles once before, could it happen again here tonight?”
The Luchadors hit the ring and the bell rings to start the match. The action barely gets going when the crowd boo; the Prime Time Players storm the ring and begin to beat down all four men.
Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs Perfect Generation ends in a No Contest
Perfect Generation bail the ring and retreat up the ramp with Vickie, leaving Titus and Young to continue the beat down on Mysterio and Sin Cara.
Matthews: “What the hell are the Prime Time Players doing here!?”
JBL: “The Players lost the titles to Rey and Sin Cara a number of weeks ago, they clearly still feel like there is unfinished business!”
The crowd boo as Titus and Young hit dual finishers to the Luchadors. Titus demands the Tag Titles be handed to them at ringside. Titus yells “these belong to us!” in the face of Sin Cara before throwing the titles back outside the ring and delivering more blows to the fallen champs. The crowd boo and the Prime Time Players music hits. We transition to ringside with the camera on the announcers.
Matthews: “Well folks we have started off SmackDown with a bang tonight but there is still plenty coming up. Still to come we have former friends facing off as John Morrison takes on Intercontinental Champion The Miz in non-title action, plus the return of Triple H as he addresses Brock Lesnar’s attack on his father-in-law at the Royal Rumble. But up next, we will re-visit the exciting climax to Monday Night Raw as we crowned a new World Heavyweight Champion!”
SmackDown fades to commercials.
SmackDown returns with a graphic on screen showing Cody Rhodes and Goldust; the Rhodes brothers go one-on-one in a return match next Monday on Raw.
Live in the arena, Heath Slater is making his entrance. We are shown a replay of the events from Wednesday night's episode of Main Event, where Drew McIntyre turned babyface by dropping Slater with a FutureShock DDT. Back live, Slater's music stops and he cuts a promo in the ring.
Slater: “I know why you're booing guys, but it's okay! You don't have to worry, just because 3MB have split up that doesn't mean I will stop been the One Man Rock Band. I always was the stand-out performer in 3MB, Drew McIntyre can't even lace my boots baby!”
The crowd boo loudly.
Slater: “Drew got a lucky shot in on me on Main Event. He won't be so lucky tonight.”
Drew McIntyre's Broken Dreams music hits to cheers from the crowd. Drew appears on stage wearing his old attire of Black trunks with blue crosses and makes his way to the ring.
Matthews: “Drew McIntyre is a former Intercontinental Champion whose career seemed to have stalled here in WWE. He joined forces with Heath Slater to try and get noticed by WWE management, but has now set his sites on knocking off Slater and making it once again as a singles star.”
JBL: “And quite right too! Heath Slater is a dork, I enjoyed it a lot when I Clotheslined him out of his boots on Raw 1000 and I hope Drew McIntyre can do the same tonight.”
Matthews: “As I was saying Drew is not a man to take lightly, he is a former Intercontinental Champion and was once crowned “The Chosen One” by Vince McMahon who thought he may be the future of our industry.”
JBL: “And he still could be, but he has to get off to a good start here tonight by showing the WWE Universe that he means business.”
The bell rings and Slater plays air guitar, mocking Drew. McIntyre reacts with a big takedown and begins to rain right hands down on Slater. The crowd cheer loudly as Drew picks up the offence, delivering a suplex and a powerslam to Slater. Drew follows up with a Big Foot before signalling for the FutureShock. Drew scoops up a lifeless Slater and delivers an emphatic FutureShock DDT to score a quick win.
Drew McIntyre def. Heath Slater
JBL: “Dominant, that is exactly what Drew McIntyre needs to be doing to get noticed around here.”
The crowd cheer as McIntyre's music hits. He celebrates in the ring before heading to the outside and high-fiving members of the audience.
Matthews: “Drew said on Main Event he wanted to be the Chosen One again, but this time chosen by the WWE Universe. He is off to a great start here tonight, exciting times ahead for Drew McIntyre.”
We transition backstage where Renee Young is once again in the interview area.
Young: “Ladies and gentlemen please welcome my guest at this time... the 2013 Royal Rumble match winner... Y2J, Chris Jericho!”
Jericho walks into shot wearing jeans, a Fozzy tee and a leather jacket.
Young: “Chris the WWE Universe says you are the reason Dolph Ziggler cashed in Money In The Bank on Monday Night. You challenged Dolph to cash in the briefcase before WrestleMania so you could challenge him in a rematch from SummerSlam. Dolph has come good on his side of the deal, can you confirm that you will be challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 29?”
Jericho: “I will officially declare my intentions in the middle of that ring tonight Renee. I have a difficult choice to make. On one hand I can challenge The Rock or CM Punk for the WWE Championship, both men I have had great matches with in the past. Or I can challenge for the World Title and take on the man that got me fired after SummerSlam in Dolph Ziggler. Whichever man I target, I promise you that they will never... ever be the same again.”
We return to ringside with the announcers.
Matthews: “So Chris Jericho will declare tonight which championship he intends to challenge for. Let's take you back to Monday Night and show you how Dolph Ziggler became World Heavyweight Champion, ending Randy Orton's 10th World Title reign less than 24 hours after it began.
The Raw Rebound graphic flashes:
Show pulls Orton to his feet and again backs him into the corner before delivering more chops. Show whips Orton into the opposite corner and attempts a running splash, but Orton avoids contact and dropkicks the knee of Show to take him the down. The crowd cheer as Orton begins to methodically work over the limbs of the grounded Show. Orton then begins to hear voices and signals for the RKO as Show groggily gets back to his feet. Orton attempts the RKO, but Show pushes him into the ropes and scores a big Chokeslam on the rebound. Show makes the cover as the crowd boo. 1… 2… Orton kicks out! The crowd goes wild as Show sells disbelief.Randy Orton def. Big Show to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Cole: “I can’t believe what I’m seeing, Orton powers out of the Chokeslam, Show thought he had the match won!”
An angry Show protests with the referee before signalling for the WMD. Orton slowly pulls himself up using the ropes, Show charges at Orton for the WMD but Orton ducks and pulls the ropes down to send Show over the top. Show lands on the apron, Orton kicks him in the mid-section before draping him over the top rope. The crowd goes nuts as Orton hits his trademark DDT and goes for the cover. 1… 2… Show powers out!
Orton is not disheartened, he once again signals for the RKO. Show pulls himself up much like Orton did, Orton attempts another RKO and Show again counters. He attempts another Chokeslam, but Orton slips out the back and lands a massive RKO. The crowd goes wild, Orton immediately goes for the cover. 1… 2… 3!
The crowd goes wild as the bell rings and Orton’s music hits.
Roberts: “Here is your winner and still the World Heavyweight Champion… Randy Orton!”
More loud cheers from the crowd as the referee hands the title to Orton.
Cole: “Randy Orton has done what most people said could not be done, he has pulled off the singles victory against the Big Show! Show can’t compete for the title again until after WrestleMania, Orton stands tall and prevails!”
JR: “And this time Big Show can have no excuses, Show threw everything at Orton but The Viper found a way to overcome it all!”
Orton poses on the turnbuckle with the title belt with the crowd still cheering. He climbs down and turns around, walking straight into a WMD from an irate Big Show. The crowd boo heavily as Show exits the ring with Orton laid outcold.
Cole: “Oh come on! Big Show loses the match, he knocks Orton out after the bell, what a disgrace.”
JR: “Big Show angry that he lost the match, he knows he can’t compete for the title again now for months!”
The referee checks on Orton as he lays flat on the mat when suddenly… Dolph Ziggler’s music hits! The crowd explodes as Dolph storms to the ring with the Money In The Bank briefcase.
Cole: “Oh my God, oh my God it’s Dolph, he has the Money In The Bank briefcase, he’s going to cash it in!”
JR: “The champion is knocked out, Dolph’s about to take the title!”
Dolph hands the briefcase over and demands the ref ring the bell.
Roberts: “Ladies and gentlemen Dolph Ziggler is cashing in his Money In The Bank privilege, the following contest is for the World Heavyweight Championship!”
The crowd cheers again as the bell rings, Ziggler immediately covers Orton. 1… 2… Orton kicks out! The crowd goes wild as Orton gets the shoulder up, Ziggler is shocked.
JR: “Oh my God I can’t believe it, Orton kicked out!”
Cole: “Ziggler thought he’d stolen one, he thought he had the title in the bag, he now has to defeat Orton of his title shot is lost!”
JR: “Extraordinary scenes here ladies and gentlemen, Ziggler can’t believe it!”
Dolph protests with the referee before pulling Orton to his feet. Ziggler attempts a Zig-Zag, but Orton hits a surprise RKO that sends the crowd wild! Orton and Ziggler are both down, Orton slowly crawls over and drapes one arm over Ziggler. 1… 2… Dolph kicks out!
Cole: “Dolph kicks out of the RKO! I thought Orton had pulled it off, Orton counters the Zig Zag and lands a perfect RKO, he just took a little too long in making the cover, the match continues.”
JR: “This is not how Dolph planned things, this isn’t how Dolph wanted to cash in, he thought he had it won and he now finds himself on the brink of losing it all here!”
Orton is the first to his feet, here hears voices again and signals for a second RKO. Dolph is down in the corner of the ring trying to pull himself up on the bottom rope. Orton flashes a smile, changing his mind on his next move as he gets to his feet and backs up to the opposing corner. The crowd goes wild as Orton looks to nail the Punt Kick, but as Orton rushes toward Ziggler he springs to his feet and connects with the Superkick. Dolph goes for the cover and hooks both legs. 1… 2… 3!
Dolph Ziggler def. Randy Orton to become World Heavyweight Champion
The crowd erupts as the bell rings and Dolph’s music plays again.
Roberts: “Here is your winner and the NEW World Heavyweight Champion… Dolph Ziggler!”
Dolph clutches the title belt to his chest as the crowd shower a mix of cheers and boos down on him.
JR: “What an incredible night, what an incredible ending to Monday Night Raw, we have a new World Heavyweight Champion!”
Cole: “Dolph Ziggler surprising the world! Randy Orton pulls off one of the biggest victories of his career in defeating the Big Show, only to have the title taken from him by an opportunistic cash-in from Mr Money In The Bank!”
JR: “Orton came so close to ending it for Dolph, when he hit that RKO we all thought he had him beat, but in the end the Superkick was enough to win Dolph Ziggler the World Heavyweight Championship!”
Cole: “Dolph Ziggler is the new World Heavyweight Champion, and in the most spectacular of fashions, he has literally stolen the show!”
Back live and a graphic on screen shows Dolph Ziggler with the World Championship over his shoulder.
Matthews: “Well we will hear from the new World Heavyweight Champion as well as Randy Orton tonight, how will The Viper react to Dolph cashing in on him?”
The graphic then changes and shows John Morrison vs The Miz.
Matthews: “Still to come tonight, former friends turned bitter enemies will go one-on-one as John Morrison faces The Miz...”
A third graphic then shows a photo from the Royal Rumble; Triple H strikes Brock Lesnar with a sledgehammer.
Matthews: “But up next, The Game returns! Triple H speaks out for the first time since the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, it's after the break!”
SmackDown goes to commercials and returns live in the arena, Triple H's music hits to a loud reaction from the crowd. Triple H appears in stage in jeans and a tee and makes his trademark fashion.
Garcia: “Ladies and gentlemen please welcome the Chief Operating Officer of the WWE... Triple H!”
Matthews: “It was one of the most shocking returns in Royal Rumble history, Triple H returned and immediately set his sights on arch rival Brock Lesnar.”
JBL: “We hadn't seen Triple H since Lesnar broke his arm at SummerSlam last year, but Hunter got a level of revenge when he smashed Brock around the head with his famous sledgehammer.”
Matthews: “Paul Heyman was less than impressed with Hunter's return, on Raw he claimed that the next time HHH steps in a ring with Brock Lesnar it will be the end of his career. Let's hear what The Game has to say.”
HHH waits out a crowd chant before beginning.
HHH: “I have to correct Lillian Garcia on a small detail. She just announced me to the ring as the COO of WWE. And while technically that is one of my job titles, I'm not out here in a management capacity. Jeans aren't allowed in the boardroom! No, I am out here as The Game, the Ceribral Assiasin, I am out here as the multiple time World Champion Triple H!”
The crowd cheer as HHH continues.
HHH: “More importantly, I am out here as a member of the active roster and a member of the McMahon family. Brock Lesnar, I am not done with you. See at SummerSlam, you did what not a lot of men have done, you broke my arm and made me tap out. And that might have scared a lot of guys away. But not me. The minute I got the all-clear from our doctor, I was back in the gym. I have been in the gym busting my ass for the last 6 months with one goal in mind, getting in the best shape of my life so I can get another shot at you.”
More cheers from the crowd.
HHH: “I know I didn't have what it took at SummerSlam, you were the better man and you beat me. But you made a fatal mistake last Sunday Brock, a vital mistake when you attacked my Father-In-Law Mr McMahon. Me and Vince haven't always seen eye-to-eye, but at the end of the day that man is family. He is the grandfather of my children, he is my wife's father. And that's what got me raging Brock, hearing my wife cry down the phone after you attacked her Dad. Brock I'm going to get straight to the point, I want another shot at you, I want another fight, I want a re-match!”
The crowd cheers the announcement.
HHH: “After I returned at the Royal Rumble and smashed your skull with a sledgehammer I was flooded with questions, so called experts predicting that it will be Brock Lesnar vs Triple H at WreslteMania 29. But Brock, I can't wait that long. If you were here tonight, we'd do it right here tonight! But I know your agent Paul Heyman isn't the kind of guy to let you fight on free television, so it's lucky for me that we have one more pay-per-view before WrestleMania. I'll get straight to the point Brock, I'm calling you out... Brock Lesnar vs Triple H, the rematch... at the Elimination Chamber. And Brock, if you are brave enough to step back into the ring with me, you need to bring you absolute best. Because I am faster, stronger and more dangerous than I have ever been. And come Elimination Chamber... I am going to kick your ass!”
The crowd cheer, Hunter's music hits and he drops the mic before exiting the ring.
JBL: “Triple H lays down a big challenge at the feet of Brock Lesnar, will be see the rematch at Elimination Chamber?”
Matthews: “HHH wants revenge for the attack on his father-in-law, he looks in amazing shape and has his sights set on Brock Lesnar!”
We return to ringside with the cameras on the announcers.
Matthews: “We will have to wait and see if that match will indeed take place at Elimination Chamber, but one match we do no will take place is The Rock versus CM Punk in a No Disqualification match for the WWE Championship. The Rock captured the WWE Championship from CM Punk last Sunday at the Royal Rumble, we can now take you on a special look at the career of The Rock.”
The video package begins with footage of Rock beating Mankind in 1998 to win his first WWE Championship. Rock's voice narrates the footage.
Rock: “Life is a journey.”
We then see footage of Rock beating Triple H for the title in 2000.
Rock: “And on my journey, I have been in the ring with some of the greatest of all time.”
Rock beating Jericho for the World Title is then shown.
Rock: “I have been to the top of the mountain on numerous occasions.”
Footage of Rock face-to-face with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 18 shows.
Rock: “Gone toe-to-toe with the immortals.”
Rock pinning Cena at WrestleMania 28 is shown.
Rock: “I came back to prove that I am still the absolute best.”
Rock pinning CM Punk at the Royal Rumble to win the WWE Championship is shown.
Rock: “Defeating the man who calls himself the best in order to once again become champion... But there is one things missing...”
Footage of Steve Austin pinning Rock at WrestleMania 15 is shown.
Rock: “Twice The Rock has walked into WrestleMania as WWE Champion...”
Footage of Austin beating Rock again at WreslteMania 17 is shown.
Rock: “Twice I have failed.”
The camera then focuses on The Rock as he speaks into the camera.
Rock: “Third time's a charm.”
The WrestleMania 29 logo flashes across screen before SmackDown goes to commercials.
SmackDown returns backstage in Teddy Long's office, where Zack Ryder, Damien Sandow and Christian are sat at his desk.
Long: “Listen to me players, I saw what went down at the top of this show...”
Sandow: “... excuse me, pardon, I am struggling to understand what you are saying.”
Long ignores the remark and continues.
Long: “... Christian, Zack, you both have a valid argument at wanting a shot at Damien's United States Championship. That's why I have decided that on the episode of Sunday Night Heat before the Elimination Chamber, the three of you will square off in a Triple Threat match for the United States Championship!”
Christian: “Works for me.”
Ryder: “Are you serious bro? I'm entitled to a one-on-one rematch! That's not fair!”
Long stands up.
Long: “I aint interested in fair player, I'm interested in getting noticed and respected around here! Now get out of here, all of you.”
Sandow and Ryder looks angry while Christian has a smile on his face. We return live in the arena where The Miz's music hits to loud boos.
Matthews: “I have to admit I agree with Ryder and Sandow, that's not a fair decision by Teddy Long.”
JBL: “It certainly isn't. We saw just last week that the champion doesn't have to be pinned to lose his title, Teddy Long is cheated both Ryder and Sandow by adding Christian into the mix.”
Matthews: “We'll have to wait and see what transpires with those three men, but right now we have a major match here on SmackDown!”
Garcia: “The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, from Cleveland Ohio, he is the Intercontinental Champion... The Miz!”
Miz has a mic in hand and cuts a promo as he makes his way to the ring.
Miz: “Today is the 96th day of my Intercontinental Championship reign, and it's going to be a historic day. Today is the day that I repeat history and but John Morrison back on the shelf! And once I can get that idiot out of the way, I can re-focus on my target of becoming the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time. We are less than one year away from that day people, in 358 days I will break Honky Tonk Man's record and become the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time... because I'm The Miz... and I'm...”
John Morrison's music cuts Miz off and he gets a good reaction as he steps out onto the stage and makes his usual entrance with the slow-motion camera and pyro. We are then shown a split screen, on one side we see Morrison make his way to the ring while on the other we are shown a replay of Morrison been SKF'd by Miz back in 2011.
Matthews: “What Miz was referring to there ladies and gentlemen was this incident back in 2011. Miz and Morrison were embroiled in a personal rivalry before Miz delivered a Skill Crushing Finale to Morrison on the stage. We hadn't seen Morrison since then until this past Sunday when he made his return at the Royal Rumble.”
The split screen then shows Morrison attacking Miz as he made his way to the ring on Raw.
Matthews: “And it was this past Monday Night on Raw, Morrison attacking Miz from behind and showing the Intercontinental Champion that he has not forgotten the last time they met! They go one-on-one here tonight.”
JBL: “And how big of a victory would it be for Morrison to get the win over the Intercontinental Champion in his first singles match back here in WWE?”
Matthews: “You'd have to believe it would put Morrison in line for a title shot if that were to happen.”
Morrison dominates the early-going, unleashing a flurry of trademark moves that highlight his high-flying and parkour-inspired moveset. Miz manages to get back into things at the 5 minute mark when Morrison misses a Starship Pain attempt, and we get 3 minutes of Miz offence. Miz hits some signature moves but misses a seated big boot, which allows Morrison to hit the Moonlight Drive. Both men down for a moment and get back to their feet at the same time, trading blows as the crowd heats up for the match. Miz with the upper-hand again and he attempts a Skull Crushing Finale, but Morrison counters again and hits a Flying Chuck kick. Miz falls down in the corner, which allows Morrison to connect with Starship Pain. Morrison hooks both legs and gets the win!
John Morrison def. The Miz
The crowd cheers loudly as Morrison's music hits again.
Matthews: “Major win for Morrison, he pins the Intercontinental Champion!”
JBL: “I said it before the match, this has to put him in the title picture Josh.”
Matthews: “And how impressive did Morrison look on his return here? Some amazing moves, I think he looks better than ever.”
JBL: “Couldn't agree more, great match and a great win!”
Morrison rolls to the outside of the ring and takes Miz’s Intercontinental Championship belt. He throws it over his shoulder and exits up the ramp.
JBL: “What the hell is Morrison doing, that doesn’t belong to him!”
Matthews: “John Morrison is sending The Miz a clear message, he wants the Intercontinental Championship.”
Miz remains grounded in the ring as the crowd cheer Morrison holding the belt above his head at the top of the ramp. We transition to the interview area, where Renee Young is standing by.
Young: “Ladies and gentlemen my guest at this time is former World Heavyweight Champ…”
Big Show walks into shot, snatches the mic and orders Young to “get the hell out of here” before he “does something he might regret”
. Show then looks down the camera while cutting a promo.
Show: “This week has been the most frustrating week of my entire career. For months I have dominated everyone that has had the balls to challenge me. At the Royal Rumble I lost my World Heavyweight Championship without even been involved in the decision, then last Monday night on Raw Randy Orton got the luckiest win of his life. And now, I’m not able to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship until after WrestleMania! I am in a bad mood, and I’m looking for a fight. I need to take out my frustrations on somebody, I need to knock somebody out and I don’t care who it is…”
The camera zooms out to reveal Mark Henry standing behind Show. He taps Show on the shoulder and the pair go nose-to-nose.
Henry: “You wanna fight? I like to fight, you can fight me.”
Show: “See you out there, you just made the worst decision of your life.”
SmackDown fades to commercials with Show and Henry still face-to-face.
SmackDown returns backstage where Rikishi is walking down the hall. He is jumped by Epico and Primo, who beat him down in a vicious 2-on-1 attack. Epico and Promo laugh to themselves as Rikishi lays beaten on the floor.
We transition to the GM Office, where Teddy Long is set at a desk with his feet up on the table. Booker T walks into the office and Teddy looks shocked.
Long: “Booker! What are you doing here playa, I wasn’t expecting you back so soon!”
Booker: “Man you look like you were getting real comfortable in my seat right there Teddy. I’ve been watching what’s been going down here while I was away, and you’ve been making some pretty shady decisions.”
Before Teddy can defend himself, in storms Vickie Guerrero.
Vickie: “EXCUSE ME! EXCUSE ME! Teddy, did you see that!? Did you see what just happened? The Prime Time Players just cost my clients the Tag Team Championships, I demand they get a rematch!”
Long: “I did see it Vickie and I agree with you, I will grant your clients a rematch…”
Booker: “WOAH WOAH WOAH! Just hold on a minute. Last I checked I was the GM around here Teddy, not you. Vickie, there will be no rematch, your boys shouldn’t have had that title shot in the first place.”
Vickie: “EXCUSE ME!”
Booker: “And besides, I have a unique idea for the Tag Team Championships that I will be revealing exclusively on SmackDown next week. So Teddy, you need to stop making matches, and Vickie… well you just need to get the hell out of my office, you dig me?”
Vickie screams in frustration and leaves the office. Booker turns to Teddy.
Booker: “You too Teddy, get outta here man.”
Teddy looks unhappy and walks out of the office. We then fade back live in the arena, where Epico & Primo’s music is playing as they complete their entrance.
JBL: “Our General Manager is back and he’s not happy with how Teddy Long has been running things in his absence.”
Matthews: “That’s right but as you say Booker is back now, and his first order of business will be overseeing this match that was scheduled to take place between Epico & Primo and Scotty 2 Hotty & Rikishi, but as we saw moments ago Primo & Epico attacked Rikishi backstage and he has been deemed unable to compete here tonight.”
Scotty 2 Hotty’s 2 Cool music hits to cheers from the crowd. Scotty dances his way to the ring.
JBL: “I guess we’re going to get ourselves a handicap match Josh, and I must say I like the ruthlessness of Epico & Primo. They want to get noticed around here.”
Scotty enters the ring and the bell rings. He looks concerned as he realises he is involved in a 2-on-1 situation, when Brodus Clay’s music hits to a good reaction.
Matthews: “The Funkasaurus Brodus Clay! It looks like Scotty has a partner after all.”
JBL: “Well that’s just fantastic, we get rid of one dancing fatty and along comes another one!”
Clay hops the apron and the crowd cheer as he makes himself available for the tag. Scotty tags in Brodus who immediately begins to clear the ring. Epico and Primo both attempt to take him down but Brodus hits a T-Bone Suplex on Primo, sending him out of the ring. He then hits a running splash on Epico, before tagging in Scotty. The crowd goes nuts as Scotty hits the worm to give his team the quick win.
Scotty 2 Hotty & Brodus Clay def. Epico & Primo
The 2 Cool music plays and the pair dance in the middle of the ring.
Matthews: “Epico and Primo thought they’d got one-up on Scotty 2 Hotty when they took out Rikishi, but they didn’t count on the Funkasaurus coming to the rescue!”
JBL: “I am lost for words, this is just stupid.”
As the pair dance, they are jumped from behind by an angry Epico & Primo. The crowd boo as Epico & Primo beat down Brodus and Scotty. Suddenly, The Usos storm the ring and make the save. They attempt to beat on Epico & Primo, but The Colons exit the ring and retreat up the ramp.
Matthews: “Jimmy & Jey Uso, the sons of Rikishi, they’ve come for revenge on the men that attacked their father earlier tonight!”
JBL: “And just look at Epico & Primo running away, they knew what about to happen to them!”
The Usos help Scotty and Brodus to their feet as their music plays to cheers from the crowd, before we move ringside with the camera on the announcers.
Matthews: “As the Usos celebrate with Scotty 2 Hotty and Brodus Clay, let us now switch gears and talk about John Cena. The past 9 months have been a rollercoaster in the life of John Cena, we can now take a special look at John Cena’s road to WrestleMania.”
We feed to a video package where John Cena is sat in the middle of the ring in an empty arena. He looks up to the Titantron and sees the following clips from 2012/13, while his voice narrates the action.
• The night after WrestleMania 27, John Cena and The Rock announce they will compete at WrestleMania 28. Cena: “For the last seven years, people have told me that no matter how good I get, I will never be better than The Rock. Finally, I had the chance to prove that I belong.”
• The Rock delivers a Rock Bottom to Cena at Survivor Series 2011. Cena: “And while the road to WrestleMania 28 was tough, I knew that I would get the chance to prove the world wrong.”
• Rock and Cena face to face at WrestleMania 28. Cena: “For twelve months I told the world that I would win, that I had to win…”
• Rock hits the Rock Bottom on Cena and pins him. Cena: “… but I lost. And every since that loss, it has been haunting me.”
• Cena sits on the entrance ramp watching Rock celebrate his win. Cena: “Never did I imagine that I would lose that match, but that loss sent my career into a downward spiral.”
• Brock Lesnar returns to WWE and F5s Cena. Cena: “I had my ass kicked by Brock Lesnar…”
• John Laurinitis pins Cena at Over The Limit 2012. Cena: “I was embarrassed…”
• CM Punk hits Cena with the title belt after their title match at Night Of Champions 2012. Cena: “And despite my best efforts, I failed to become the WWE Champion.”
• John Cena enters the 2013 Royal Rumble match. Cena: “But the Royal Rumble presented me with a unique opportunity, the chance to head to WrestleMania 29 and challenge the WWE Champion…”
• The Rock captures the WWE Championship from CM Punk. Cena: “If Rock held the title, and I won the Rumble, I would get a second chance at The Rock, a chance to prove that I belong, a chance to earn redemption…”
• Cena eliminates Brock Lesnar from the Rumble match. Cena: “I overcame some of the biggest threats of my career…”
• Dolph Ziggler eliminates Cena from the Rumble. Cena: “But once again I didn’t get the job done.”
In slow motion, Cena stands up in the middle of the ring.
Cena: “But I will find another way. I need a second chance, I will earn a second chance, I need to beat The Rock.”
Cena looks down at the Never Give Up message on his shirt.
Cena: “I will not give up, I will do whatever it takes to right the biggest wrong of my career.”
Cena looks into the camera with a determined look on his face.
Cena: “And I will beat The Rock.”
We return live in the arena where Tyson Kidd is in the ring for a match awaiting his opponent.
Matthews: “So John Cena has made it clear that he hasn’t given up on a rematch with The Rock.”
JBL: “John Cena is the most determined man I have ever known, if I wants to face The Rock then I have no doubt he will find a way to make it happen. But can he beat The Rock? That is an entirely different question.”
Alberto Del Rio’s music hits to loud boos from the crowd. He makes his way to the ring with an angry look on his face.
Matthews: “It has not been a great few weeks for Alberto Del Rio, who has found himself on the end of defeats to Ryback on more than one occasion. He looks to get back on track with a win over Tyson Kidd here tonight.”
Kidd gets in an early flurry of offense before Del Rio takes control. He methodically works over the arm of Kidd, sufficiently weakening it before applying the Cross Arm-Breaker in the middle of the ring for an easy submission victory.
Alberto Del Rio def. Tyson Kidd
The crowd boo as Del Rio refuses to release the hold. Kidd screams in pain before Ryback’s music hits. The crowd cheer as Ryback races to the ring, dropping Del Rio with a Meathook Clothesline. Ryback yells “finish it” before hoisting Del Rio up and hitting Shell Shocked. Ryback’s music plays to cheers as Kidd continues to sell the arm injury.
Matthews: “Del Rio gets a good win before trying to injure Tyson Kidd, Ryback with the save!”
JBL: “And once again Del Rio finds himself on the end of a Ryback beating.”
A graphic on screen shows CM Punk and Paul Heyman.
Matthews: “Ladies and gentlemen for the first time since losing the WWE Championship to The Rock, CM Punk will be in one-on-one action against an opponent of Paul Heyman’s choosing, that’s after this break.”
SmackDown returns from commercials live in the arena, where Cult Of Personality hits to boos from the crowd. Paul Heyman and CM Punk hit the stage together, and Punk makes his trademark entrance.
Matthews: “It was one of the longest WWE Championship reigns in history, for 434 days CM Punk held the championship. That was ended last Sunday at the Royal Rumble, when Paul Heyman’s attempted use of the steel pipe backfired. The Rock captured the WWE Championship, and last Monday it was announced that the rematch will take place at Elimination Chamber.”
JBL: “No disqualifications, no count-outs, anything goes! I can’t help but feel like that suits CM Punk more than it does The Rock, it’s going to make for one hell of a rematch!”
Matthews: “In light of that upcoming rematch, Punk’s agent Paul Heyman has organised this warm-up match here tonight for Punk.”
Punk completes his entrance and his music fades out to more boos. Paul Heyman takes a mic.
Heyman: “Ladies and gentlemen in less than three weeks my client CM Punk will challenge The Rock in a No DQ match for the WWE Championship that was stolen from him. My client and I have no doubts that The Rock got lucky at the Royal Rumble, and come Elimination Chamber the title will once again be around the waist of the best in the world. But to make sure CM Punk is well practised and ready for his title opportunity, I have arranged a No DQ match for right here, right now… against this man.”
After a short pause, Hurricane Helms’ music hits. He gets a cheer from the live crowd, but the announcers are less than impressed.
Matthews: “On what planet is this a warm-up match for a No DQ match against The Rock!?”
JBL: “He may be popular, but the superhero is about to meet his downfall right here, CM Punk is going to destroy this clown.”
Hurricane makes his way to the ring full of confidence, but is immediately stuck around the head with a big kick from Punk. The bell rings to start the match, and Punk toys with Helms. He slaps Hurricane around the head twice before picking him up, Irish whipping him into the corner and performing his trademark running knee / bulldog combo. Punk then climbs the top rope to loud boos from the crowd, yells “best in the world” and connects with a top rope elbow. Punk goes for the cover, but picks Hurricane back up before the ref hits 3.
Matthews: “Oh come on! CM Punk had the match won, let the guy keep his dignity.”
JBL: “Punk is sending a message Michael, it’s going to get a whole lot worse than this.”
Punk scoops Helms back up and hits him with a GTS in the middle of the ring. Rather than going for the pin, Punk rolls out of the ring and grabs a steel chair, which draws more boos from the crowd. Hurricane lies face-down in the middle of the ring and Punk wields the chair high above his head…
Matthews: “Oh my God no, don’t do this, this is too much!”
Before Punk can bring the chair down, Booker T’s music hits and the crowd cheer.
Booker: “Woah woah, hold on, don’t you dare swing that chair Punk. Here’s how it’s gonna go down, you can’t just come out here and start sanctioning No DQ matches against whoever you like. Nah, but I can. So if you’re so desperate for a No DQ match Punk, then you gonna get one right now… against this man…”
After a brief pause, Sheamus’s music hits and the crowd goes wild.
Matthews: “YES! Now it’s on, now we have a real fight, Punk vs Sheamus in a No DQ match right here tonight!”
JBL: “What an amazing decision by Booker T, this could easily headline a pay-per-view and we’re going to get it right here.”
Sheamus hits the ring as Punk sells shock. The bell rings and Punk tries to swing at Sheamus with the chair, but Sheamus ducks and unleashes a series of right hands on Punk. Sheamus dominates the next 4 minutes of the match with typical offense, before Punk manages to gain control using the chair. He beats down Sheamus with multiple chair shots, but the Celtic Warrior continues to kick out at two.
Punk sells frustration and heads outside the ring, throwing in a trashcan, kendo stick and a table. The crowd pops at the introduction of weapons. Punk re-enters the ring and uses the stick to beat down Sheamus some more. Punk taunts the crowd, constantly yelling that he is the best in the world. As Sheamus struggles to pull himself to his feet in the corner, Punk picks up the trash can. Punk charges at Sheamus with the can, but Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick and sends the weapon crashing back into Punk’s face. The crowd goes nuts as Sheamus slowly makes the cover, but he doesn’t have enough energy to properly pin Punk and he kicks out at 2.
With both men down the crowd once again heats up, they stumble to their feet and trade blows. Punk initially takes control, but Sheamus hits an Irish Curse out of nowhere. Rather than go for the victory, Sheamus spots the table that was introduced earlier and elects to set it up in the middle of the ring. The crowd cheer as Sheamus picks up Punk and looks to hit White Noise, when suddenly Kane’s pyro hits. Sheamus drops Punk to boos and he looks toward the ramp, expecting Kane to make his way to the ring. Kane doesn’t appear, instead AJ skips down the ramp and around the ring to boos from the crowd. The distraction allows Punk to hit Sheamus with the GTS and pick up the win.
CM Punk def. Sheamus
The crowd boo as Cult Of Personality hits. Punk and Heyman scurry up the ramp with smiles on their faces as the announcers talk over a replay of the finish.
Matthews: “CM Punk was in real trouble here, if Sheamus hits White Noise through that table you would think that wins him the match.”
JBL: “But a great fighter keeps his eyes on the prize, Sheamus allowed AJ to distract him and it cost him the match. And let’s not take anything away from Punk in this, it’s a big win for him in a No DQ environment, this is exactly how it will be against The Rock at Elimination Chamber.”
As Sheamus lays on his back in the ring, Kane’s music then plays. AJ continues skipping around the ring as the crowd boo and Kane makes his way to the ring. He enters the ring, grabs Sheamus around the throat and delivers a vicious Chokeslam through the table. AJ enters the ring and skips around Kane as he shoots his pyro. The crowd boo loudly.
Matthews: “For the second time this week, Kane Chokeslams Sheamus through a table!”
Sheamus: “It seems like every moment that passes makes his feud more personal Josh, Sheamus is going to want revenge for what Kane and AJ have done to him the last few weeks that’s for sure.”
A graphic on screen shows Dolph Ziggler with the World Heavyweight Championship.
Matthews: “Folks still to come tonight we will hear from the new World Champion Dolph Ziggler, plus we are set to find out which championship Royal Rumble winner Chris Jericho will challenge for at WrestleMania.”
JBL: “We’ve also got two giants colliding when Big Show and Mark Henry go at it in the middle of that ring!”
Matthews: “But up next, less than a week after failing to become World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan is in action against Cody Rhodes, don’t go anywhere!”
SmackDown goes to commercials and returns live in the arena, and the crowd cheer when Daniel Bryan’s music hits. The usual Yes/No chants go around the arena, but Bryan doesn’t participate. He makes his way to ringside and takes a mic.
Bryan: “This time last week everyone was talking about Randy Orton and the Big Show, forgetting that Daniel Bryan was even competing in the World Heavyweight Championship match at the Royal Rumble. And here tonight, all anyone is talking about is Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton or Chris Jericho. It’s like Daniel Bryan is the forgotten man of the WWE. But I’m not going to do what most of the guys around here do, politicking my way into title matches or complaining that they don’t have a fair shot. I’m going to get back in the ring and prove that I am the greatest damn wrestler on the planet, I’m going to make men tap out, and I’m going to earn another title match! YES! YES! YES!”
Bryan enters the ring as the crowd continue the chants. Cody Rhodes’s music then hits to boos, and he makes his way to the ring as a split screen shows a replay of his DQ win over his brother Goldust on Raw.
Matthews: “It was an emotional return to WWE for Goldust at the Royal Rumble, and the following night on Raw he got his dream match of facing his brother Cody Rhodes. Goldust looked to have the match one, only for the referee to call for the NQ for an apparent Low Blow. Cody celebrated the victory like he had earned it, but that celebration could be cut short next Monday on Raw when the Rhodes Brothers go at it in a rematch.”
JBL: “What on earth are you talking about Josh? A win is a win, Cody won that match and has every right to celebrate it.”
Matthews: “The question is will he be celebrating tonight, an interesting clash of styles here.”
As the bell rings Bryan immediately goes for the offense, delivering a series of vicious forearm smashes and kicks. Rhodes rolls out of the ring in an attempt to recompose himself, but Bryan hits a suicide dive to the delight of the crowd. Bryan begins yelling YES in his usual fashion. Bryan rolls Rhodes back into the ring and proceeds to dominate the next few minutes of offense, before Rhodes hits a surprise Disaster Kick. He makes the cover but Bryan kicks out at 2. Cody works over Bryan for several minutes, using an impressive array of suplexes and a dropkick.
At the 7 minute mark, Bryan begins to make his trademark comeback. He ducks a clothesline and rebounds with a clothesline of his own, before heading to the top tope. He connects with the Flying Goat and gets the 3!
Daniel Bryan def. Cody Rhodes
Matthews: “Daniel Bryan rebounds from a disappointing week with a big win over Cody Rhodes here tonight.”
JBL: “And very importantly, Bryan gets the win using the move that cost him the World Title match on Sunday!”
Bryan celebrates in the ring with his YES chants as his music plays. We then transition backstage, where Triple H is in the locker room. In walks Stephanie McMahon.
Steph: “There you are! I’ve been looking everywhere for you, why aren’t you in your office?”
HHH: “Did you not hear me out there? I’m not here as the COO, I’m here as a member of the roster, I’m here as one of the boys, the boys get ready in the locker room.”
Steph: “Yeah, about that… Look, Hunter, I love you, and seeing you get hurt at SummerSlam broke my heart. It broke our children’s hearts. This idea of yours, getting back into the ring with Brock Lesnar again, are you sure it’s a good idea?”
HHH: “What are you getting at?”
Steph: “I’m just saying, maybe it’s time to hang up the boots and concentrate on your business career… Been COO of a multi-million dollar organisation is busy enough as it is without trying to be a wrestler too…”
HHH: “Trying to be a wrestler? Steph, I was a wrestler long before I was a businessman or a COO. I’m just as dangerous, just as deadly in the ring as I’ve always been. That’s why I’ve called Brock Lesnar out, to prove that.”
Steph: “Prove it to who Hunter? Yourself? Don’t do this to us again, I’m begging you!”
HHH: “You aren’t changing my mind Steph. I’m getting back in that ring and I’m fighting Brock Lesnar. Now if you don’t mind, this is the men’s locker room, you shouldn’t be here.”
Stephanie sighs before heading back out the door.
In a separate shot, we see a split screen of Big Show and Mark Henry walking down the hall.
Matthews: “It was one of the fiercest rivalries of 2011, tonight the two largest athletes in WWE go one-on-one, it’s coming next.”
SmackDown goes to it’s final commercial break and returns with an advert for the Elimination Chamber.
Back live in the arena, Big Show’s music hits to boos from the crowd. Show marches to the ring with an angry look on his face.
Garcia: “The following is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, standing at 7 feet tall, weighing 441 pounds… The Big Show!”
Matthews: “Big Show called the Royal Rumble pay-per-view and the following night on Raw the worst two nights of his career so far, and came here tonight looking for a fight. That challenge has been answered by the Worlds Strongest Man, your thoughts JBL?”
JBL: “I think we’re in for a spectacle. These two men tore each other apart in 2011 over the World Heavyweight Championship and looking at the mood of the Big Show I expect nothing other than the same here tonight.”
Matthews: “Big Show angry that he is now banned from challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship until after WrestleMania.”
JBL: “And rightly so, but what’s done is done and he has to put two consecutive losses behind him and try to defeat the Worlds Strongest Man in Mark Henry.”
Show enters the ring over the top rope and waits for his opponent. Henry’s music hits, he gets a mixed reaction from the crowd but mainly cheers from the males.
Garcia: “His opponent, he is the Worlds Strongest Man… Mark Henry!”
Matthews: “For Henry this will only be his second match since returning at the Royal Rumble last Sunday, and this is certainly going to be a challenge.”
JBL: “Oh certainly, you rewind 7 days and Big Show is invincible. Henry is going to have to pull something extraordinary off to get the victory here tonight Josh.”
Matthews: “And what do you make of this reaction to Mark Henry, not often you hear cheers from the WWE Universe when Henry’s music hits.”
JBL: “I think it’s a respect thing Josh. I don’t think Mark Henry cares if people cheer or boo him, but if the fans enjoy watching him hurt people then so be it.”
Henry hits the ring and removes his t-shirt in preparation for the match. The bell rings and Show signals for a test of strength. He locks up with Henry, but the Worlds Strongest Man backs him into a corner. This gets cheers from the crowd, but an angry Big Show insists on doing it again. They lock up again, and again Henry comes out on top. A furious Show charges at Henry, who sidesteps Show and sends the Giant crashing into the turnbuckle. He beats down Show in the corner, taking him to the mat before the ref pulls him away.
As Henry backs up, Big E Langston’s music hits. The crowd boo as Langston appears on stage, and he slowly makes his way to ringside.
Matthews: “That’s Big E Langston, we saw him collide with Henry at the Royal Rumble and tensions were high between the pair this past Monday on Raw.”
JBL: “And it looks like he’s headed here to take a closer look at Henry in action tonight!”
The distraction allows Show to take the upper-hand, and he methodically beats down Henry with typical Big Show offense for the next few minutes. Langston simply stands at ringside and watches the match take place. At the 6 minute mark, the Henry and Show collide mid-ring as both men attempt clotheslines. They get back to their feet as the ref reaches an 8 count; Show attempts a Chokeslam but Henry powers out. He headbuts Show 3 times before heaving Show up and delivering a massive Worlds Strongest Slam to Show. It’s good for the win and the crowd cheers.
Mark Henry def. Big Show
Garcia: “Here is your winner… the Worlds Strongest Man, Mark Henry!”
JBL: “What a show of strength, what a great win for Mark Henry!”
Matthews: “Henry knocks off the Giant with a huge Worlds Strongest Slam, what an impressive showing here tonight by Henry.”
Henry has his hand raises by the referee before approaching the ropes, where Big E Langston is still at ringside. Henry yells “that’s what I do” at Langston, who simply smiles and applauds as Henry’s music plays.
JBL: “Mark Henry sending a clear message to Big E Langston and the rest of the WWE Universe, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of things between these two men.”
We transition to the parking lot, where CM Punk and Paul Heyman are loading their bags into a car. They are interrupted by Renee Young.
Young: “Excuse me, gentlemen, I was hoping I could catch you before you left. Paul, can we get your reaction to Triple H challenging your client Brock Lesnar to a rematch at Elimination Chamber.”
A frustrated Heyman turns to Young.
Heyman: “Jesus, can a man not even get in his car without been hounded by you people? Firstly, it’s not Paul, it’s Mr Heyman. Secondly, I have no reaction to Triple H’s challenge. I am simply an advocate, I will take the challenge to Brock Lesnar and respond accordingly this Monday on Raw. Now if you’ll excuse us…”
Heyman gets in the car. Punk clearly checks out Young before getting in the same car.
We return live in the arena, where Dolph Ziggler’s music hits to boos from the crowd.
Garcia: “Ladies and gentlemen please welcome, the new World Heavyweight Champion… Dolph Ziggler!”
Ziggler appears on stage dressed in a suit jacket and trouser with a pink t-shirt. He has the World Championship in his hand and holds it high, screaming into the camera “how good am I!?” Ziggler makes his way to the ring to boos.
Matthews: “He made the most of a vulnerable Randy Orton and cashed in his Money In The Bank contract on The Viper to become World Heavyweight Champion, Dolph Ziggler is making his win tonight for the first time as champion.”
JBL: “And you can’t blame Ziggler for cashing in on a vulnerable champion, you win that Money In The Bank by winning a hellacious ladder match and that’s the advantage that holding the briefcase gives you. Ziggler picked his time and place perfectly.”
Ziggler enters the ring and take a mic from ringside. He waits for the boos to quiet before beginning.
Ziggler: “Ever since I arrived here in WWE I have been stealing the show, and last Monday night on Raw was the pinnacle of that. When the world least expected it, I cashed in the Money In The Bank contract that I had so patiently held and won my second World Heavyweight Championship! And while my first title reign was controversial and short, this one is exactly the opposite. I am going to hold this title for as long as I am in this company, because there isn’t anybody in WWE who can do the things that I can do.”
The crowd boo, but Ziggler continues.
Ziggler: “But I must say, I owe a certain somebody a huge thank you. Somebody inspired me to make Monday my night, and without this man I would not be the World Heavyweight Champion today. That man… is the Royal Rumble winner… Chris Jericho.”
The crowd cheers at the mention of Jericho’s name.
Ziggler: “And I would like to invite Y2J to the ring here tonight to thank him personally… so Chris, come on down!”
Jericho’s music hits and the crowd goes wild. The lights go out, Jericho’s light-up jacket is seen and his pyro shoots. The lights come back up to reveal Jericho in jeans, a Fozzy shirt and his jacket. Jericho makes his way to the ring, taking a mic on his approach. Jericho hits the ring and stands face-to-face with Ziggler.
Ziggler: “You see Chris, it wasn’t until you came back and won the Royal Rumble, it wasn’t until you dared me to cash my contract in before WrestleMania, it wasn’t until you essentially challenged me to a rematch that I hatched my plan. The thing is Chris, I was going to cash my contract in on the grandest stage of them all, what better way would there have been to steal the show? But once you opened your mouth, once you had this idea of facing me for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 29, that’s when I knew. I knew that the way to really make a name for myself, to steal the show on that grand stage, is to walk into WrestleMania 29 as World Champion, beat Chris Jericho AGAIN and prove that I am simply the best…”
Jericho: “Let me stop you right there Ziggy. Do you not see it? You’re walking right into my plan, right where I want you. I know deep down that when you beat me after SummerSlam and almost cost me my career, I know you can’t do that again… and I think you know that too. I think I proved that you I eliminated you from the Royal Rumble to earn my title shot, and I think you know that too. SO congratulations, you are the World Heavyweight Champion right now, but at WrestleMania I won’t be stealing the show, I will be stealing the World Heavyweight Championship… because I am the best in the world at what I do!”
Jericho and Ziggler go nose-to-nose as the crowd cheer, when suddenly Randy Orton’s music hits. The crowd pops for The Viper, who makes his way to the ring with a mic in hand.
Orton: “This is cute, but after what happened to me on Monday I am in no mood for story time. So let me cut right to the chase…”
Orton enters the ring and stands between Jericho and Ziggler.
Orton: “You two can fantasise about a WrestleMania rematch all you like, but that fact of the matter is that I am entitled to rematch for that title Dolph. And I just got back from Booker T’s office, where he told me that I get my rematch at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.”
The crowd cheer the announcement as Orton turns his back on Ziggler to get in Jericho’s face.
Orton: “So you can forget about Dolph Ziggler, if you challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania you’re going to be facing me… and don’t think for a moment that I will have any problems punting you in the skull just like last time…”
Before Orton can continue, Dolph hits a surprise Zig-Zag on Orton to boos from the crowd. The boos turn to loud cheers however when Jericho immediately hits Ziggler with the Codebreaker. Jericho’s music hits to loud cheers from the crowd as he stands over both Orton and Ziggler. Jericho picks the World Heavyweight Championship belt up from the mat, takes a look at it before holding it high while pointing at the WrestleMania sign hanging from the room.
Matthews: “It’s official, Chris Jericho will challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 29!”
JBL: “But will he be facing Randy Orton or Dolph Ziggler, we find out at Elimination Chamber!”
Matthews: “Jericho stands in the middle of the ring with the championship, is that what we will be seeing come WrestleMania? Thanks for joining us ladies and gentlemen!”
SmackDown fades to black with Jericho still holding the World Heavyweight Championship.
Tag Team Championships: Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara © vs Perfect Generation (Joe Hennig & Ted DiBiase) (w/ Vickie Guerrero) ends in a no contest.
Drew McIntyre def. Heath Slater
John Morrison def. Intercontinental Champion The Miz in a non-title match.
Scotty 2 Hotty & Brodus Clay def. Epico & Primo
Alberto Del Rio def. Tyson Kidd
CM Punk def. Sheamus
Daniel Bryan def. Cody Rhodes
Mark Henry def. Big Show