Just two nights before Money-in-the-Bank, the 621st edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Before defending the World Heavyweight Title against Christian in a match where, if he is disqualified or the referee makes a “bad call”, then he will lose the title, World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton went one-on-one with “The Big Red Machine” Kane in a non-title match.
- Intercontinental Championship: Ezekiel Jackson (c) def. Ted DiBiase by submission to the Torture Rack to retain.
- Cody Rhodes def. Daniel Bryan by pin following the Beautiful Nightmare Kick.
- Sin Cara def. Sheamus by hurrincanrana roll-up.
- Non-Title: Kelly Kelly def. Rosa Mendes by pin following the K2.
- Justin Gabriel def. Heath Slater by pin following the 450 Splash.
- Non-Title: Kane (with Christian) def. Randy Orton by count-out.
Before going one-on-one with Kane in the main event and before defending the World Heavyweight Title against Christian in a match where, if he is disqualified or the referee makes a “bad call”, he will lose the gold, the show kicks off with World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. SmackDown commentator and interviewer Josh Mathews reminds Orton of the terms of the World Heavyweight Title match and asks the champion if, given Orton’s history of “anger management” issues, is he worried about losing the title. Orton confidently answers that he will not get disqualified before stating that there is “more than one way” for him to defeat Christian and Christian set the provisions because he knows that he “cannot” defeat Orton. The #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, Christian, then appears on the TitanTron and shows the champion a framed photo of Christian standing over a downed Orton while holding the World Heavyweight Title belt. Orton calls Christian’s attempts to anger him “pathetic”, but Christian responds by calling Orton’s famous wrestling family “pathetic”. Christian calls Orton’s Hall of Fame father, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, “pathetic” for faking an injury for seven years and was a “glorified sidekick”! Christian continues, stating that Bob Orton is in the Hall of Fame wing “reserved for the complete jokes” like Drew Carey and Bob Uecker. Christian continues to chip away at the World Heavyweight Champion by alleging that Bob Orton is only in the Hall of Fame because the “brass” wanted to keep Randy Orton “happy” and if Orton thinks differently, then Orton is “pathetic”!
An increasingly irate Randy Orton then challenges Christian to come down to the ring and repeat everything he just said, but Christian states that he will come down to that ring after Money-in-the-Bank and, after beating Orton by “pinfall, submission, or disqualification”, he will come down there and tell the “entire world” to their face what a “pathetic champion” Randy Orton “was”! A fired up Randy Orton responds by calling Christian a “pathetic excuse for a man” and, after he beats Christian at Money-in-the-Bank, Christian will be “nothing more than a pathetic, whiny, bitchy, flash-in-a-pan whose only claim to fame was his best friend who helped him become champion for a mere five days”! Orton then concludes by saying “what a run”, adding “now that’s pathetic”. What will happen this Sunday at Money-in-the-Bank when the time for talk is over as Randy Orton defends the World Heavyweight Title against Christian in a match where a disqualification or “bad call” by the referee will yield a new champion?
The opening match of the night saw gold on the line as “The Personification of Domination” Ezekiel Jackson defends the Intercontinental Title against the man who pinned him last week, “The Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase. Despite an impressive showing by Ted DiBiase, the power of Ezekiel Jackson prevailed as Ezekiel hoisted DiBiase up in the Torture Rack, forcing DiBiase to submit to successfully retain the Intercontinental Title.
Moments after failing to win the Intercontinental Title, Ted DiBiase is confronted by Cody Rhodes backstage as DiBiase tries to explain that he “tried”. However, Rhodes tells DiBiase to put the paper bag on his head because the bag is for “losers”, just like anyone who faces him in the ring and just like the WWE fans. Rhodes then changes his mind, deciding to give DiBiase “one more chance”, but if DiBiase loses one more match, then he will come down to the ring and personally place a bag over DiBiase’s head!
Two nights before they are two of eight participants in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, rivals squared off on SmackDown as “The American Dragon” Daniel Bryan went one-on-one with Cody Rhodes. In the end, it was Cody Rhodes hitting the Beautiful Nightmare Kick on Daniel Bryan en route to picking up the win. Will Cody Rhodes be the one to climb the ladder and win the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match this Sunday?
Backstage, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long instructs a referee to inform both Mark Henry and Big Show that, if there is any physicality in their face-off later in the night, then their one-on-one match at Money-in-the-Bank is off! The GM is then confronted by a man very familiar with both Mark Henry and Big Show in Kane as “The Big Red Machine” thanks Long for granting his request for a match against Randy Orton. Kane then tells the GM that he is feeling “less and less like a monster and more like a human being” and he does not like it. The GM tells Kane that Kane is “scaring the hell” out of him right now, but Kane states that, if Long was truly afraid, then the GM would not have the “guts” to tell him.
Backstage in the parking lot, Christian is walking around the personal tour bus of World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton before Christian feigns surprise, discovering graffiti spray-painted on the side of the bus that reads “Orton Sux! Teddy Long=Moron”, as well as “Christian- Uncrowned World Champion”! Christian then proclaims he is launching a “personal investigation” to find out who vandalized Orton’s property.
In another match featuring SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match competitors, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus went one-on-one with “The International Sensation” Sin Cara with another Money-in-the-Bank competitor, Wade Barrett, a guest on commentary. In the end, it was Sin Cara countering an attempted High Cross by Sheamus into a hurrincanrana roll-up that earned a major win for Sin Cara. After the match, Wade Barrett entered the ring, delivering a big boot to the face of Sheamus before laying “The Celtic Warrior” out with Wasteland!
In the Mohegan Sun Casino, Christian is shown walking around with a wallet belonging to Randy Orton as Christian digs through Orton’s wallet, finding identification, a credit card, and a picture of Orton’s wife, who Christian says “cleans up nice”. Christian then takes the money out of Orton’s wallet and states that he was thinking about turning Orton’s wallet into the “lost and found”, but has decided to make Orton some extra money that the World Heavyweight Champion could use for more “anger management classes” or for a “college fund” for his daughter. Christian then bets the $1,000 at a roulette wheel, but after losing the grand, Christian states that Orton’s “luck ran out”!
SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long then appears in the ring as the GM states that he is out there for the face-off between Money-in-the-Bank opponents Big Show and Mark Henry. The GM states that the two big men will “hold their temper” as, if they do not, he will “call off” their match at Money-in-the-Bank. Theodore Long first introduces “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show before bringing out “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry, but Henry decides to stay on the stage, citing that Big Show knows what happens when he loses his “temper”. Big Show responds by saying that him holding his “temper” is all that is keeping him from chokeslamming Henry to “hell”, but Henry fires back that, this Sunday, Big Show will be in his “hell” before telling Big Show that what has happened is all Big Show’s “fault”. Mark Henry then shows Big Show footage of what happened a month ago when Big Show pummeled Mark Henry, leading to Henry having to be stretchered out of the arena.
Big Show states that what he did “changed” Mark Henry and, for fifteen years, people have been waiting for Henry to “wake up”. Show continues that Henry has some “potential”, but states that he “lit the fire” and he can “put it out”. Mark Henry then tells Big Show that “stronger is better” and “meaner is better” and “better is better”. Henry continues that Show has “no idea” what he is “capable of”, but Big Show interrupts, shouting “to hell with Sunday”. Just as Big Show and Mark Henry look ready to collide, Theodore Long steps in as the GM reminds both giants that he does not want to have to “cancel” their match before proclaiming that, this Sunday, they will let “god sort it out”! What will happen this Sunday at Money-in-the-Bank when Big Show and Mark Henry finally collide, one-on-one?
Two nights before she defends the Divas Title against Brie Bella at Money-in-the-Bank, Kelly Kelly was in action on SmackDown as the Divas Champion went one-on-one with Rosa Mendes, with Alicia Fox in her corner, in a non-title match. In the end, it was Kelly Kelly hitting the K2 on Rosa Mendes en route to picking up the win. Can Kelly Kelly achieve the same success this Sunday at Money-in-the-Bank when she defends the Divas Title against Brie Bella?
Two nights before they are two of the eight competitors in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder match, former tag team partners squared off as Justin Gabriel went one-on-one with Heath Slater. In the end, it was Justin Gabriel hitting the 450 Splash on Heath Slater en route to picking up the win. Can Justin Gabriel overcome Heath Slater and seven of SmackDown’s top Superstars to become “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” in his first Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match?
Then it was time for the main event as, two nights before he defends the World Heavyweight Title against Christian in a match where a disqualification or a “bad call” by the referee will see Christian crowned the new champion, World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton went one-on-one with “The Big Red Monster” Kane in a non-title match with Christian watching from ringside. During the match, Christian approached Kane and Randy Orton on the outside of the ring, but as Kane re-entered the ring, Orton caught sight of Christian. This led to Orton chasing Christian, who looked like he was going to leave through the crowd, but when Orton turned his back, Christian threw water at the champion, prompting Orton to chase Christian through the crowd. However, while all this is taking place, the referee reached his ten count, earning Kane the victory. Christian then rushed back into the ringside area as Orton chased Christian, but Christian cuts through the ring and Orton chased Christian, but was blasted with a right hand by Kane!
Kane then stomped away at Randy Orton in the corner with Christian joining in, but when Kane turned his attention to Christian, Christian quickly backed out of the ring as Orton popped out of the corner, delivering the RKO to Kane. However, Christian quickly came back into the ring to deliver the Spear to the World Heavyweight Champion before delivering right hands to Orton. Christian then heads to the outside of the ring to grab a steel chair and the World Heavyweight Title belt of Randy Orton. Christian then comes back into the ring, ready to deliver a chair shot to his Money-in-the-Bank opponent, but the World Heavyweight Champion delivers a kick to the mid-section of Christian, but Christian quickly escapes. Orton then takes his aggression out on Kane as Orton pummels “The Big Red Monster” with several chair shots to the back! If Randy Orton does this to Christian during their title match on Sunday, or if the referee makes a “bad call”, then Christian will be crowned the new World Heavyweight Champion. Can Randy Orton keep his temper in check long enough to retain the World Heavyweight Title against Christian or will Orton’s anger issues lead to a new champion being crowned at Money-in-the-Bank?
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