STL is RKO country.
Just two nights before WWE Hell in a Cell, the 632nd edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. Two nights before he steps into hell against Mark Henry in a Hell in a Cell Match for the World Heavyweight Title, Randy Orton returns home to St. Louis as “The Viper” goes one-on-one with a familiar rival in “Mr. One More Match” Christian.
- Non-Title: Mark Henry def. The Great Khali by pin following the World’s Strongest Slam.
- Jack Swagger (with Dolph Ziggler & Vickie Guerrero) def. Evan Bourne (with Kofi Kingston) by submission to the ankle lock.
- Sin Cara def. Heath Slater by pin following a senton.
- Non-Title: Kelly Kelly def. Natalya by roll-up.
- Intercontinental Championship: Sheamus def. Cody Rhodes (c) by DQ after Christian interferes. Cody Rhodes (c) retains.
- Zack Ryder def. JTG by pin following the Rough Ryder Leg Lariat.
- Randy Orton and Christian fight to a Double Count-Out.
Two nights before he defends the World Heavyweight Title against Randy Orton inside Hell in a Cell, World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry appears on SmackDown for a special interview with SmackDown commentator and six-time World Champion Booker T. Booker tells “The World’s Strongest Champion” that he knows how difficult it was to climb to the top before congratulating the champion, saying he “earned” it. Mark Henry responds by asking Booker T if Booker thinks that being a six-time World Champion makes Booker better than him. Henry then asks how Booker can kiss his ass and insult him in the same sentence. Booker responds by telling the World Heavyweight Champion that he did not mean what he said to be an insult, but if he were to insult Mark Henry, then Henry would know it. The champion then says that, if he were to put Booker through the announce table, and then Booker would know it. Henry continues that Booker better “thank god” that he is not out there for Booker, he is there for Randy Orton.
“The World’s Strongest Champion” delivers a message to Randy Orton, saying that Night of Champions was about the World Heavyweight Title, but Hell in a Cell will be about him inducting Orton into the Hall of Pain. Mark Henry continues that, mounted on his wall at home, are the “heads” of Big Show, Kane, and Jerry “The King” Lawler, but he’s got a special place above his mantel for the head of Randy Orton. The World Heavyweight Champion then states that beating Orton inside Hell in a Cell will not be enough before vowing to end the career of “The Viper”! Booker T then tells the champion that Mark Henry could have a major influence in the WWE if he wanted to, saying that Henry should focus on being the best champion he can be. “The World’s Strongest Champion” tells the legend to lower his tone. Mark Henry then states that he did the “positive things”, but it got him nowhere before vowing that he will be the “most dominant” World Heavyweight Champion in history. Booker then asks the champion what Henry will do if Randy Orton hits the RKO, but Henry interrupts, shouting that Orton cannot hit him with the RKO because, if Orton could, he would have done it already. Mark Henry then states that Orton cannot beat him and everyone, including Randy Orton, knows it, adding that Orton cannot beat him inside Hell in a Cell. Mark Henry continues that The Great Khali cannot beat him because he beat Khali down on the RAW SuperShow and he is going to beat Khali down again on SmackDown. Mark Henry then tells Booker T to bring The Great Khali out there so that he can “take out the trash”. Booker T then thanks Mark Henry for the interview before exiting the ring as The Great Khali makes his way to the ring.
After being laid out with the World’s Strongest Slam by Mark Henry on the RAW SuperShow, “The Punjabi Nightmare” The Great Khali went one-on-one with World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry in a non-title match. Despite a very impressive effort by The Great Khali, Mark Henry was able to battle back, planting Khali with the World’s Strongest Slam en route to picking up the win. After the match, the World Heavyweight Champion would grab a steel chair, jabbing Khali in the mid-section with the chair before putting the chair around the ankle of Khali. Mark Henry then drags The Great Khali into position before doing exactly what Henry did to Kane and Big Show, crushing the ankle of Khali with the steel chair. Mark Henry has added The Great Khali to his self-proclaimed Hall of Pain as Khali joins fellow giants Kane and Big Show, as well as Jerry “The King” Lawler, but the question remains, can Randy Orton avoid being the latest inductee into the Hall of Pain when he is locked inside Hell in a Cell against Mark Henry with the World Heavyweight Title on the line?
Backstage, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long is accompanying medical personnel as they wheel The Great Khali out of the arena as Jinder Mahal adds insult to injury by shouting at Khali as Khali is hauled out. What is the status of The Great Khali following the vicious attack by Mark Henry?
In his hometown of St. Louis, one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Evan Bourne, with the other half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Kofi Kingston, in his corner, went one-on-one with “The All-American American” Jack Swagger, with United States Champion Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero in his corner. During the match, Vickie Guerrero got on the apron of the ring, distracting the referee while Dolph Ziggler hung Evan Bourne up on the top rope. However, Bourne was able to stay in the match, but, as Kofi Kingston chased after Dolph Ziggler, Vickie tripped Bourne off of the top rope, allowing Swagger to lock in the ankle lock, leaving the WWE Tag Team Champion no choice but to tap out. After the match, Kofi Kingston confronts Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler before Dolph and Swagger make their exit.
After the doppelgangers have confronted each other over the past few weeks, the Sin Cara controversy will come to a head at WWE Hell in a Cell as Sin Cara goes one-on-one with Sin Cara! Which masked sensation will prove to be the better Sin Cara?
Two nights before he goes one-on-one with himself, in essence, at WWE Hell in a Cell, Sin Cara went one-on-one with Heath Slater. Sin Cara was able to make short work of Heath Slater, hitting a senton off the top rope en route to picking up the win. After the match, the other Sin Cara appears on the titan tron, peeling off the traditional Sin Cara mask to reveal a black version of the mask. The “dark” Sin Cara then tells the Sin Cara in the ring that Cara “stole” his identity when he was known as Mistico and, now, he is doing the same to Sin Cara. The dark Sin Cara then vows that, at WWE Hell in a Cell, they will determine who is worthy of the name, Sin Cara! After revealing himself to be the Sin Cara imposter, will the dark Sin Cara become the one and only Sin Cara this Sunday or will the original vanquish his rival and reclaim his identity?
Backstage, the new alliance of the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis, Christian, United States Champion Dolph Ziggler, Vickie Guerrero, Jack Swagger, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, and David Otunga are meeting. Laurinaitis reveals that he has been trying to get a hold of COO Triple H since Tuesday with no success before the group of Superstars agrees on a plan that will, apparently, culminate this Monday night on the RAW SuperShow. What does this group of rogue talent, led by John Laurinaitis, have in store for RAW, not to mention WWE COO Triple H?
Two nights before she defends the Divas Title against Beth Phoenix for the third time at WWE Hell in a Cell, Divas Champion Kelly Kelly went one-on-one with Natalya, with Beth Phoenix a guest on commentary. In the end, it was Kelly Kelly surprising Natalya with a roll-up to pick up the win. After the match, Beth Phoenix would strike, hitting the Divas Champion with the Glam Slam before Natalya locks in her new, vicious submission maneuver on Kelly Kelly as “The Glamazon” mocks the Divas Champion.
Before he defended the Intercontinental Title against Sheamus, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes states that he is being “discriminated” against, citing that he was brutally assaulted by Randy Orton last week, causing Rhodes to have nine staples put in his skull. Rhodes continues that, on RAW, COO Triple H saw fit to force him to defend the Intercontinental Title in a 10-Man Battle Royal and is being forced to defend it again on SmackDown. Rhodes then calls his challenger, Sheamus, a “thick-headed braggart” before stating that he defending the Intercontinental Title “under protest”. Sheamus then comes out, asking Rhodes if Rhodes remembers when a “thick-headed braggart” came to St. Louis and beat Rhodes for the Intercontinental Title, adding that it isn’t “Irish folklore”.
After Christian cost him the Intercontinental Title at the end of a 10-Man Battle Royal on the RAW SuperShow, “The Great White” Sheamus challenged Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship on SmackDown. In the middle of the match, Sheamus set Cody Rhodes up for the Celtic Cross, but just as it looked like Sheamus was moments away from the gold, Christian runs in, attacking Sheamus and costing him the Intercontinental Title for the second time in a week. What will happen when Sheamus faces Christian this Sunday at WWE Hell in a Cell?
After pinning United States Champion Dolph Ziggler in 6-Man Tag action on the RAW SuperShow, “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder went one-on-one with “The Brooklyn Baller” JTG on SmackDown. In the end, it was Zack Ryder hitting the Rough Ryder Leg Lariat on JTG en route to picking up the win.
Backstage, the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis, is confronted by WWE COO Triple H. When Laurinaitis tells his boss that he did not know Triple H would be there, the COO responds by saying that it must suck to be “out of the loop”, just like he is with Laurinaitis having “secret meetings with disgruntled Superstars”. Laurinaitis responds by saying that he is just the “buffer” as the Superstars come to him to talk, adding that he is completely behind Triple H and that he is as “loyal” as they come. Triple H responds by saying that, if he cannot “trust” someone, then he might as well “wish them well in their future endeavors”!
Then it was time for the main event as, two nights before he challenges Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight Title inside Hell in a Cell, St. Louis’ own Randy Orton went one-on-one with “Mr. One More Match” Christian. During the match, Randy Orton looked poised for victory as he readied for the RKO, but Christian hastily escapes the ring. However, Orton chases Christian down and, after catching up with Christian, Orton sends Christian into the steel steps and, as the referee reaches his ten-count, Orton takes Christian near the announce table. Orton proceeds to dismantle the announce table, but before Orton can do the damage, Cody Rhodes rushes out, attacking Orton, hitting his attacker from last week with the Beautiful Nightmare Kick. Christian and Cody Rhodes then continue their attack in the ring, but Sheamus rushes out, attacking Cody Rhodes before chasing Christian through the crowd.
With Randy Orton alone in the ring, World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry marches to the ring with Mark Henry avoiding the RKO by Orton before planting “The Viper” with the World’s Strongest Slam. “The World’s Strongest Champion” then starts to leave the ring, but decides to grab a steel chair with the intent of taking Orton out. Before Mark Henry can re-enter the ring all the way, Randy Orton catches the World Heavyweight Champion out of nowhere with the RKO! Randy Orton has gotten the better of Mark Henry, but can Orton survive Mark Henry inside Hell in a Cell to regain the World Heavyweight Title or will Mark Henry induct Randy Orton into his Hall of Pain this Sunday night?
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