Friday Night SmackDown – 15th February 2013
The usual SmackDown into video opens the show before a pyro display inside the arena. Josh Matthews and JBL welcome viewers to the show and announce that CM Punk will take on Daniel Bryan in the main event tonight. The announcers then remind viewers that Triple H will decide whether or not to accept the rematch with Brock Lesnar for Elimination Chamber, an I Quit match with his job as COO on the line.
Lillian Garcia announces that the opening contest is a tag team match before Randy Orton’s music hits to a big pop from the crowd. The announcers note that Orton is just 48 hours away from his rematch for the World Title after Dolph Ziggler cashed in Money In The Bank to end Orton’s 10th World Title reign the day after he won the gold at the Royal Rumble. John Morrison is introduced as Orton’s partner. Intercontinental Champion The Miz is first out for the opposition, and the announcers note Miz defends the title against Morrison at Elimination Chamber. World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance as Miz’s partner.
A basic tag team match is intended to preview the two title matches between the four men at Elimination Chamber. Ziggler and Miz dominate the early-going of the match, working over Morrison. Morrison makes the comeback at 6 minutes and makes the hot tag to Orton, who clears house with his trademark moves. He performs an impressive double-slingshot DDT to both Miz and Ziggler, getting a big reaction from the crowd. With Miz the legal man, Ziggler bails to the outside and can only watch on in fear as Orton takes out Miz with an RKO. Orton gets the 3 while staring down Ziggler.Randy Orton & John Morrison def. The Miz and Dolph Ziggler
The announcers put over the impressive performance of Orton and say Ziggler looks worried about losing his title this Sunday. Ziggler takes his title from ringside and holds it high from ringside as Orton stares down from the ring with a fired up look on his face.
We fade backstage, where Renee Young has Mark Henry for an interview. Henry says he is looking forward to his one-on-one match with Big E Langston at Elimination Chamber. Langston thinks Henry is no longer the World’s Strongest Man, but Henry vows to prove him wrong in “the most painful manor possible” this Sunday.
A graphic on screen shows that Jim Ross will take to the ring after the break to announce the next inductee into the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2013.
SmackDown returns from commercials to Jim Ross’s music. The crowd cheer as Ross, dressed in a suit, takes to the ring. Ross says it is an honour for him to interview this man, who will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame this year. Ross feeds to a video package… The Y2J countdown clock begins to strike and the crowd pops big. A video package on the career of Chris Jericho is shown, highlighting his early work in ECW and WCW before his WWF debut and becoming the first ever Undisputed Champion and his recent Royal Rumble win. Back live, the crowd are still cheering as JR introduces Chris Jericho!
Jericho’s pyro shoots and his music plays as he makes his way to the ring, dressed in jeans and a Fozzy t-shirt. Jericho has a big smile on his face as he enters the ring and shakes JR’s hand. Jericho is first asked how it feels to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame, Jericho answers that he is humbled and honoured. Before the interview can progress however, Alberto Del Rio’s music hits to big heat from the crowd. Del Rio struts out on stage confidently, dressed to wrestle. Del Rio says that taking up time on a “washed up has-been” is a disgrace to a man like Del Rio who isn’t booked for the show tonight. Jericho says that going into the Hall Of Fame doesn’t make him washed up and challenges Del Rio to a match “right here right now”. Del Rio retorts that Jericho is not dressed to wrestle, but Jericho says he doesn’t care. Jericho calls Del Rio disrespectful and vows to beat some respect into him. Del Rio laughs and hits the ring for the impromptu match as JR exits.
The announcers sell excitement at Jericho’s impending Hall Of Fame induction, but say Del Rio has shown no class in interrupting Jericho’s interview on his induction. Jericho fights Del Rio in his street clothes, delivering a series of chops and right hands to Del Rio. A flying forearm from Jericho is followed up by a Lionsault, and the crowd goes wild as Jericho rips of his shirt. Del Rio bails the ring before Jericho can mount any further offense and the crowd boo loudly as he quickly exits up the ramp, losing the short match via count-out.Chris Jericho def. Alberto Del Rio
Jericho is clearly angry with Del Rio as his music plays and the referee raises his hand.
We transition ringside, where the announcers feed to the Raw Rebound: Kane Chokeslamming AJ following his loss to John Cena. Back live, Kane’s pyro hits to loud boos. The Big Red Machine is in action after the break.
An advert for Elimination Chamber airs before we return to the arena, where Kane hits his pyro in the middle of the ring. The announcers continue to put over disgust at Kane’s actions on Raw before Kofi Kingston hits the ring as Kane’s opponent.
Kofi fights valiantly, but Kane is at his destructive best. Kane hits his trademark spots; Sidewalk Slam, top rope Clothesline and a Chokeslam in succession to make short work of Kofi, picking up the win inside four minutes.Kane def. Kofi Kingston
Kane pulls Kofi to his feet by his hair before throwing him over the top rope and out of the ring as the crowd boo. He then demands a mic from ringside. Kane cuts a promo saying he did what he did to AJ because he is a monster, and monsters are best left to their own evil thoughts. Kane then vows to destroy the other five entrants in the #1 Contendership Elimination Chamber match and go on to become WWE Champion at WrestleMania. The crowd boo as Kane exits the ring and his music plays.
We return to ringside and on the announcers, who remind fans that Triple H has an important decision to make regarding his match with Brock Lesnar. Will Triple H put his business career on the line to try and get vengeance for his broken arm and defeat at the hands of Lesnar at SummerSlam, or will he walk away from the match and accept that Lesnar was the better man? A video package on the feud then airs, focusing on Lesnar’s dominance over Hunter at SummerSlam last year.
Backstage, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow enter Booker T’s office. Rhodes Scholars tell Booker that he has put their friendship on the line by adding Cody to Sandow’s United States Championship defence this Sunday, but Booker retorts that this is WWE and titles come before friendships. He goes on to inform Cody and Sandow that they will face the other two men in the Fatal Fourway – Zack Ryder and Christian – in singles action later tonight. Rhodes Scholars exit the office, selling disgust.
Back live in the arena, The Usos complete their entrance as Lillian Garcia announces that the following is a handicap match. Big E Langston makes his intimidating entrance as their opponents, and the announcers explain than Langston himself asked for a handicap match to prove his dominance to Mark Henry. A graphic on screen confirms that Henry and Langston will do battle this Sunday at Elimination Chamber.
In a basic squash match, Langston easily over-powers both Jimmy and Jey, using his sheer strength to beat down both men. The ending comes when he drapes one Uso over each shoulders and delivers a Double Big Engind. Langston pins both Usos simultaneously while staring into the hard camera with a mean look on his face.Big E Langston def. The Usos
The announcers put over the dominant display from Langston before Mark Henry’s music hits to cheers from the crowd. Langston springs to his feet in anticipation of a fight, but instead Henry stands at the top of the ramp and applauds Langston’s performance. JBL calls it mind-games, the two men stare down as SmackDown fades to commercials.
SmackDown returns with a graphic on screen that confirms that Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio will meet in singles action on Sunday Night Heat, which begins 45 minutes prior to Elimination Chamber. Live in the arena, John Cena’s music hits to a big babyface reaction. Cena makes his usual entrance as the announcers note that winning the Elimination Chamber match on Sunday is Cena’s last chance to get a rematch with The Rock at WrestleMania 29. Big Show is out to boos as Cena’s opponent, the announcers questioning who is will stop the dominant Giant from winning the Chamber match on Sunday.
The match is given an entire 15 minute segment and follows Cena’s usual match layout. The men go for a test of strength early on which Show wins, and he spends the majority of the match beating down Cena. Cena makes his trademark comeback at eight minutes with flying shoulder tackles and a Five Knuckle Shuffle, but he can’t get Show up for the AA and The Giant collapses on top of Cena. Show makes the cover, but Cena kicks out at 2!John Cena def. Big Show
Further beat downs continue from Show before he signals for a Chokeslam at the 11 minute mark. He hoists Cena up high, but Cena slips out the back. He goes for the AA again, and this time managers to connect in a gutsy show of strength. The crowd pops for Cen’a determined strength as he gets the 3.
The announcers note this is a major win for Cena and gives him excellent momentum going into what could be the biggest test of his career on Sunday. JBL reminds fans that Cena said he would do whatever it takes to get redemption and defeat The Rock at WrestleMania, and that in his mind Cena will win on Sunday.
Backstage, Paul Heyman is shown walking down the hall with a smirk on is face and a clipboard in his hands. Heyman presents Triple H will the contract for the I Quit match on Sunday, will The Game agree to put his COO status on the line? Find out when SmackDown returns…
Back live from commercials and the ring is set up with the red carpet with a table and two executive chairs. Lillian Garcia introduces Paul Heyman, who gets massive heat as he struts to the ring. Heyman takes a mic:
“Ladies and gentlemen, my name… is Paul Heyman. And you can boo that if you wish, it’s your prerogative, but I am out here to present Triple H with a contract that contains the signature of my client… Brock Lesnar. This contract is of course the one I discussed with Triple H this past Monday night on Raw, but for the benefit of those who may have missed that particular interaction, allow me to fill in a couple of blanks for you.”
“In Brock Lesnar, I have the most destructive and dominant client in the world of Sports Entertainment. And as such, I only accept big money matches for Brock Lesnar, marquee matches that will make the two of us a lot of money. And granted, a one on one match against Triple H at SummerSlam last year was one of those marquee matches, and it did make the two of us a lot of money. But in the end, Triple H was simply no match for Brock Lesnar. Brock man-handled Triple H, broke his arm and made him tap out fair and square in the middle of the ring. Now as far as I am concerned, that is as conclusive as conclusive gets, Brock Lesnar was and is the better man.”
The crowd boo but Heyman continues regardless.
“That should have sent a crystal clear message to Triple H. Hunter is without doubt one of the greatest performers this industry has seen, but his time has passed. He is no longer The Game, he is no longer the Cerebral Assassin, he is a beat-up forty-something year-old man who can’t let the past stay in the past. Hunter that broken arm should have told you that it was time to bow out gracefully and focus on what is a fantastic job opportunity, Chief Operating Officer of a multi-million dollar organisation with the distinct possibility that one day the entire company will be yours.”
“But you just couldn’t do that could you? You had to come back for more. And, like a good business man, when you proposed a rematch for this Sunday, my client and I declined on the basis that the match was not attractive – Brock has beaten you conclusively already and has no reason to step back into the ring with you. But then you made things personal. When you put your hands on me, you lit a fire in the eyes of Brock Lesnar that I have never seen, and quite frankly am scared to get in the way of. So Hunter, I do have the contract here, but from one man to another, I would strongly advise that you use your better judgement here. There is no way you can win an I Quit match against Brock Lesnar, by signing this contract you would not only be signing up for the biggest beating this company has ever staged, but you would be signing away your future… a job that will support your children, and their children…”
Before Heyman can continue, Triple H’s music hits to a big pop from the crowd. Hunter makes his entrance, dressed in street clothes, with a determined look on his face. He takes a mic from ringside and enters the ring, looking Heyman dead in the eye.
“No Paul, the mistake that is been made here is not by me, it’s by you and it’s by Brock. The man you faced at SummerSlam was a businessman, Hunter Helmsley, COO of this company. You faced a man who was more focused on the day-to-day running of this company than he was his in-ring work, and that was evident in the result of that match. But do not make the mistake of thinking that I am that same man now. Ever since Brock Lesnar broke my arm, all I’ve dreamed of was vengeance, a chance to prove to you, to Brock, and to the rest of the world that I am STILL The Game, STILL the Cerebral Assassin, STILL the same damn ass-kicker I’ve always been!”
The crowd cheers at Hunter’s passionate promo.
“Come Sunday, I am going to kick Brock Lesnar’s ass… and I’m going to enjoy watching him suffer. I am going to beat him so badly that tears roll down his face as he begs for mercy and utters those famous words… I QUIT!”
Hunter takes the clipboard from Heyman and signs the contract, the match is official. Heyman laughs.
“Sir, you have just made the single biggest mistake of your life. I hope your wife and children can forgive you for this selfish decision…”
Before Heyman can continue, Hunter delivers a stiff kick to the midsection and drops Heyman with the Pedigree! The crowd cheers, Hunter’s music hits and the announcers put over the intense rivalry on display. JBL says HHH just made Lesnar even angrier by hurting Heyman again, but Matthews argues that may be Hunter’s game plan.
Backstage, Ricardo Rodrigues hands Santino an envelope. Santino asks what it is, to which Ricardo responds that it is his resignation as Santino’s assistant. Ricardo says he needs to find an employer with more exposure, saying Santino hasn’t been on TV in weeks. Santino pulls a cartoonish sad face as Ricardo walks away.
Down a separate corridor, Sheamus is walking when he is interrupted by a smirking Vickie Guerrero. Vickie tells Sheamus she has just been told by Booker T that her clients, Ted DiBiase and Joe Hennig, will face Sheamus and Ryback in a tag team match later tonight. Sheamus smiles and says he loves to fight, but Vickie says her clients are the “perfect team” and that a “strong team will always overcome good individuals”.
Live in the arena, Damien Sandow’s music hits to bring out Sandow and Cody Rhodes. The crowd boo as Sandow holds his United States championship aloft, and Cody stares at the belt. They hit the ring and await the opposition as SmackDown fades to commercials.
SmackDown returns with Zack Ryder in the ring as the bell sounds to behind Ryder vs Sandow. Josh Matthews reminds viewers that it was Ryder who Sandow defeated to become US Champion, but that Ryder’s opportunity at a one-on-one rematch was taken from him by Teddy Long when he added Christian (and later Cody Rhodes) to the match.
Ryder and Sandow put on a fairly basic singles match. Ryder has the early-going before distraction from Rhodes allows Sandow to take control. At the 7 minute mark, Sandow hits the Elbow Of Distain. Before he can capitalise, Christian’s music hits! The crowd cheer as Christian walks down the ramp, and the distraction to Sandow allows Ryder to get a roll-up victory.Zack Ryder def. Damien Sandow
The announcers make a big deal of Ryder beating Sandow in a non-title match and say if that had been the title rematch he had been entitled to he would have regained the title tonight. Sandow is furious as Ryder exits up the ramp, but Cody ushers Sandow out of the ring as the other two competitors in the Fatal Fourway prepare for singles action.
Cody and Christian share offense for the opening minutes, trading manoeuvres but neither man has a clear advantage. At 3 minutes, Rhodes hits an Alabama Slam and goes for the cover, but Christian kicks out. Cody ceases the opportunity to work over a grounded Christian, and for the next few minutes Cody continues to dominate. At six minutes, Christian hits a Killswitch out of nowhere but it too beaten up to take control and both men remain down. Christian is first to his feet, he has that look in his eye and crouches down in the corner as if to signal for the Spear. From the outside, Sandow desperately clings on to Christian’s ankle for long enough for Cody to connect with a Disaster Kick that is good for the win.Cody Rhodes def. Christian
The announcers point out that if Cody pins Christian on Sunday then Sandow will lose the US Title to his best friend. Sandow enters the ring and holds the title belt up high, as Cody again stares as the belt looking conflicted about how to feel.
Backstage, SmackDown GM and his assistant Teddy Long are shown watching matters unfold in the ring. Booker tells Teddy that having the Fatal Fourway take place on Heat is not a good decision and says it should be on the PPV. Teddy Teddy disagrees, to which Booker replies "that's why I'm the GM and you're the assistant." Teddy storms out of the office, frustrated at how Booker has spoken to him.
A graphic on screen shows that CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan is still to come, before a second graphic shows that Ryback and Sheamus will team up to face Fortunate Generation after the break.
SmackDown returns with a replay of earlier tonight, where Randy Orton pinned The Miz as a worried Dolph Ziggler watched on. Backstage, Renee Young has Ziggler for an interview. She asks him if he is concerned about defending his World Title against Orton this Sunday. Ziggler now seems to have shaken off his worry and looks confident as he replies; “I have beaten Randy Orton once before to take the World Title from him and I will beat him again on Sunday. I will then go on to WrestleMania and retain my title against a Hall Of Famer in Chris Jericho. I’m the Show Off, I steal the show, it’s just what I do.”
Back live, Vickie Guerrero is in the ring with her clients Ted DiBiase and Joe Hennig, and a graphic on screen reminds fans that they will be two of the entrants when the Tag Titles are defended inside the Elimination Chamber for the first time ever this Sunday.
Ryback’s music hits to cheers from the live crowd, and they chant “feed me more” as Ryback makes his usual entrance. Sheamus gets a better reaction from the crowd as he is introduced as Ryback’s partner, the announcers questioning if these two men can work as a team 48 hours before they are opponents inside the Elimination Chamber.
Ryback and Hennig start the match off, and Ryback takes immediate control, throwing Hennig around the ring with ease. Hennig tags in DiBiase, but he fares no better as Ryback continues to dominate with hard-hitting blows and power moves. At 3 minutes, Ryback throws DiBiase into the corner and continues to beat him down before Sheamus tags himself in. Ryback is clearly not happy at this, but reluctantly exits the ring as Sheamus continues the beat down on DiBiase.Perfect Generation (Joe Hennig and Ted DiBiase) def. Ryback & Sheamus
At 6 minutes, Sheamus attempts a High Cross but DiBiase escapes out the back and frantically tags in Hennig. Hennig charges at Sheamus, but is immediately greeted with an Irish Curse backbreaker. Sheamus backs into the corner and beats on his chest, signalling for the Brogue Kick, but before he can attempt the move Ryback blind-tags himself into the match.
Sheamus and Ryback stare down as the miscommunication continues. Sheamus exits the ring, clearly angry. Ryback charges at Hennig and attempts a Meathook Clothesline, but Hennig expertly ducks and rolls Ryback up from behind to get the surprise win!
Hennig and DiBiase quickly exit the ring and retreat up the ramp as Vickie Guerrero laughs. JBL claims that a good tag team will always beat two strong individuals and that’s what happened tonight. In the ring, Sheamus re-enters and gets in the face of Ryback. The pair trade shoves before Sheamus drops Ryback with a Brogue Kick! The announcers note there are no allies inside the Elimination Chamber this Sunday and Sheamus has sent a message to Ryback with the emphatic Brogue Kick!
The announcers then feed to a video package on the WWE Championship feud between CM Punk and The Rock, the following events are shown:
- CM Punk wins the WWE Championship at the 2011 Survivor Series
- CM Punk retains against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 28
- CM Punk retains against Daniel Bryan at Money In The Bank 2012
- CM Punk retains against John Cena at Night Of Champions 2012
- The Rock defeats John Cena at WrestleMania 28
- Punk promo: “For 434 days I defended the WWE Championship against the best this company had to offer…”
- The Rock defeats CM Punk to become WWE Champion at the 2013 Royal Rumble.
- Punk: “… and with one lucky win, you took away the most important thing in my life.”
- CM Punk attacks The Rock at the red carpet premiere of his latest movie.
- Punk: “… for that I will never forgive you. Believe me Rocky, there is nothing I won’t do to take that title back!”
- Punk attacks The Rock with a steel pipe and busts him open.
- Punk: “… this Sunday, our No Disqualification match for the WWE Championship will not only be the end of your last hoorah here in the WWE, I’m gonna beat you so bad that Hollywood won’t recognise you.”
Punk is shown walking down the hall in his gear, he faces Daniel Bryan in the main event after the break.
SmackDown returns from it’s final commercial break to Cult Of Personality. The crowd boo loudly as CM Punk makes his way to the ring. Lillian Garcia begins to introduce him, but Punk snatches the microphone and orders her out of the ring. Punk then proceeds to cut a promo.
Punk: “The eagle-eyed among you stupid people will have noticed that I am out here alone tonight after my agent and close personal friend Paul Heyman was once again attacked by the Chief Operating Officer of this company. But I’m not out here to pick a fight with Triple H, I’ve been there and done that, and I know that Hunter will get exactly what is coming to him at the hands of Brock Lesnar this Sunday. No, I am out here to talk about Daniel Bryan, and The Rock.”
The crowd pops for the mention of the babyfaces.
Punk: “I’m actually going to compliment my opponent tonight, Daniel Bryan. I am a huge Daniel Bryan fan actually, I believe him to be the second best in the world. And against anybody else I would always back Daniel Bryan, but unfortunately tonight he is facing the very best, best of the best, best in the world, CM Punk. And when you step into the ring with CM Punk you are always going to be second best. I’ll get to the point. I believe that Daniel Bryan is better than The Rock, and when I defeat Daniel Bryan tonight it will prove beyond all doubt that I will also defeat The Rock and regain my WWE Championship this Sunday…”
Before Punk can continue, Daniel Bryan’s music cuts him off and the crowd goes wild with YES! chants. Bryan appears on the top of the ramp with a mic in hand, yelling NO! at the top of his voice.
Bryan: “No! No! No! No! I am SICK to death of people calling me second best, calling me the nearly-man, saying I’m not quite good enough. I am the most dangerous submission specialist in this industry today, there isn’t a man alive that I can’t hurt so bad that they tap out like a little girl. So here’s what’s going to happen. I am going walk down to that ring, and I’m going to make you tap. Then I’m going to enter the Elimination Chamber this Sunday and make the other five entrants tap. Then I’m going to head to WrestleMania, make the WWE Champion tap and prove to the world just how good I am! YES! YES! YES!”
Bryan’s music resumes and he makes his way to the ring for the main event.
As always, Punk and Bryan put on a top quality match. The early-going is spent with a series of back-and-forth grapples and technical holds, which each time end in stalemate. A sly thumb to the eye at the five minute mark gives Punk the advantage, and he works over Bryan with his signature moves. At 7 minutes, Punk scores with a top rope Elbow, but Bryan kicks out at 2 and gets a pop from the crowd. Punk attempts a GTS, but Bryan slips out the back and looks to apply the Yes Lock. Punk scrambles from the ring to big heat, but Bryan immediately takes Punk down on the outside with a suicide dive. The crowd goes nuts as Bryan begins his YES! chants again before Irish whipping Punk into the stairs.CM Punk def. Daniel Bryan
At 10 minutes, Bryan rolls Punk into the ring. Punk is on his knees as Bryan begins to pound at Punk’s chest with vicious left-and-right kicks. Punk ducks the big final swing and looks to roll up Bryan from behind, but Bryan rolls back to his feet and scores with the big kick to the head! Bryan goes for the pin, but Punk gets his foot on the bottom rope just before 3. Bryan sells frustration as the crowd buys into the nearfall.
Bryan stands in the corner of the ring as Punk pulls himself up on the opposite turnbuckle. Bryan performs a running dropkick, sprints back to his corner and looks to score with a second dropkick but this time Punk avoids contact; leaving Bryan straddled on the top turnbuckle. Punk follows up with a running knee to the lower-back of Bryan, before Punk joins Bryan on the top turnbuckle and lands a top rope backdrop. Punk drapes an arm over for the cover, but Bryan powers out at 2! The crowd pops again as Bryan shows heroic tenacity.
Punk is furious that he can’t put Bryan away, he slides his kneepad down and exposes his knee; he then scoops Bryan up and lands a vicious GTS in the middle of the ring. This time Punk gets the 3.
The announcers put over Bryan’s valiant effort before JBL notes that Bryan has once again fallen just short. SmackDown goes off the air with Punk standing tall over Bryan as the announcers put over the cynical act of Punk exposing the knee to cause further damage, questioning if The Rock can overcome the odds and retain the WWE Championship on Sunday.
Randy Orton & John Morrison def. The Miz and Dolph Ziggler
Chris Jericho def. Alberto Del Rio
Kane def. Kofi Kingston
Big E Langston def. The Usos
John Cena def. Big Show
Zack Ryder def. Damien Sandow
Cody Rhodes def. Christian
Perfect Generation (Joe Hennig and Ted DiBiase) def. Ryback & Sheamus
CM Punk def. Daniel Bryan