Just two nights before Night of Champions, the 682nd edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. After Sheamus utilized the banned Brogue Kick after his match against David Otunga on RAW, SmackDown General Manager Booker T laid down the law for the World Heavyweight Champion, stating that, if Sheamus uses the Brogue Kick at any time while he is still conducting his investigation, then Sheamus will be stripped of the World Heavyweight Championship! In his attempt to assist in the permanent banishment of the Brogue Kick, the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, Alberto Del Rio, has promised that he has someone in his “back pocket” that will testify about the danger and brutality of the Brogue Kick.
- Non-Title: Sin Cara def. The Miz by roll-up.
- Kane def. Kofi Kingston by pin following the chokeslam.
- Randy Orton def. Tensai (with Sakamoto) by pin following the RKO.
- Kaitlyn def. Beth Phoenix by pin following a neckbreaker.
- Non-Title: Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan by submission to the Texas Cloverleaf.
SmackDown kicks off with Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga, and Ricardo Rodriguez with Otunga and Rodriguez both sporting neck braces. Del Rio gives credit to SmackDown General Manager Booker T for banning Sheamus’ Brogue Kick. Del Rio then allows Ricardo Rodriguez to speak as Rodriguez thanks his fans, his mother, and even his Chihuahua. Otunga then states that RAW General Manager AJ Lee does not understand that he is an “officer of the court”, calling her actions “irresponsible”. Otunga continues that Sheamus is a “reckless hooligan” and putting him in a match against Sheamus was the actions of an “unbalanced” individual. Otunga then claims that his vertebrae might be “ruptured”, but says that, just like Rodriguez, he will “recover handsomely”. Del Rio says that Otunga and Rodriguez are not the only ones who have suffered from the Brogue Kick. Del Rio then shows footage from last year’s Night of Champions pay-per-view where Sheamus used the Brogue Kick on Christian. Christian then appears, via satellite, saying that he does not like Del Rio and he is one of the “toughest guys” in the WWE, calling Del Rio a “weasel”. Christian continues that he is not doing this for Del Rio, but he is doing it for the other Superstars, saying that since getting hit with the Brogue Kick last year, he has not been the same, even having to undergo shoulder surgery due to nerve damage. Christian then says that he has missed almost a year of his career, saying that, while he supports Sheamus and his accomplishments, he has to agree that the Brogue Kick should be banned permanently. Before Christian can continue, David Otunga cuts the feed off.
Another victim of the Brogue Kick, Daniel Bryan, then makes his way to the ring, urging the fans to not chant “yes” at him because he is just out there to say thanks. Bryan says that he, too, has been a victim of the Brogue Kick and, while he does not have a goat face, if he did, it would be Sheamus’ fault. Bryan then reveals that Booker T has granted him a WrestleMania rematch between him and Sheamus, saying that he did not ask for a rematch because of the banishment of the Brogue Kick. Irritated by the fans, Bryan screams that Sheamus caught him by surprise at WrestleMania and that will not happen again. World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus then comes out, saying that Bryan did not lose because of the Brogue Kick, Bryan lost because of him. Sheamus then says that, after he defeats Daniel Bryan on SmackDown and Del Rio at Night of Champions, he will prove that, those who fail to learn from the past, are doomed to repeat it. Sheamus then drapes the injured neck of David Otunga over the top rope, tossing Otunga’s neck brace to the fans!
The Intercontinental Champion was in action on SmackDown as The Miz went one-on-one with “The International Sensation” Sin Cara in a non-title match. In the end, it was Sin Cara pulling off a big win, rolling The Miz up to pick up the win over the Intercontinental Champion.
Backstage, an interview with Intercontinental Champion The Miz is interrupted by Cody Rhodes, who says that he wants the Intercontinental Title back. Rey Mysterio then enters the scene, saying that he pinned The Miz last week, so he deserves a title shot. The man that defeated The Miz moments earlier, Sin Cara, then points at the title, expressing his interest. SmackDown Senior Advisor Theodore Long then informs The Miz that SmackDown General Manager Booker T has ruled that The Miz will defend the Intercontinental Title at Night of Champions in a Fatal 4-Way Match against Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio, and Cody Rhodes!
Backstage, Dr. Shelby settles an argument between Kane and Daniel Bryan, saying that he gave them both balls, so that they can squeeze the balls to relieve stress. Both men then squeeze their balls and Kane tells Bryan that his is “bigger”.
Two nights before he and R-Truth defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against Kane & Daniel Bryan, WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston went one-on-one with “The Big Red Monster” Kane. In the end, it was Kane planting Kofi Kingston with a chokeslam en route to picking up the win. After the match, Dr. Shelby would appear on the staging area, glaring at Kane with disappointment. Kane responds by coming back into the ring and it looks like Kane is going to deliver another chokeslam to Kofi, but instead, Kane hugs Kofi!
Before he faces Dolph Ziggler at Night of Champions, “The Viper” Randy Orton went one-on-one with the destructive super heavyweight known as Tensai, with Sakamoto in his corner. In the end, it was Randy Orton hitting the RKO on Tensai en route to picking up the win. After the match, Dolph Ziggler’s business advisor, Vickie Guerrero, comes out, saying that she advised Dolph to take the night off. Vickie then says that Dolph will defeat Orton this Sunday and “The Viper” will never be a World Champion again. Orton says that Vickie is wrong before saying that, since he is talking to Vickie, then that means one thing. Orton then quickly turns around to spot Dolph Ziggler ready to strike, but Orton looks right at Dolph, making “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” think twice about an ambush as Dolph quickly retreats.
Before he defends the United States Title against an opponent that will be determined via a pre-show battle royal prior to Night of Champions, United States Champion Antonio Cesaro, with Aksana in tow, expresses his unhappiness with not knowing who his #1 Contender will be. Tyson Kidd then interrupts, saying that Cesaro will be a former champion this Sunday. This sparks a brawl between Cesaro and Kidd, but Cesaro tosses Kidd to the outside. However, the United States Champion is then confronted by a much bigger threat in the form of Brodus Clay, who gets an assist from Tyson Kidd before hitting the Funkasplash on Cesaro. With Brodus Clay, Tyson Kidd, and a host of other Superstars vying for contention, who will Antonio Cesaro have to contend with at Night of Champions?
“The Bareknuckle Brawler” Wade Barrett makes an appearance on SmackDown, saying that many people did not understand what he meant when he said that “Wade Barrett is open for business” last week. Barrett then offers another cryptic message, saying that he will give one lucky individual a “sample” next week.
Two nights before she challenges Layla for the Divas Title at Night of Champions, Kaitlyn would go one-on-one with Beth Phoenix on SmackDown. In the end, it was Kaitlyn hitting a neckbreaker on Beth Phoenix en route to picking up the win.
Then it was time for the main event as, in a rematch from WrestleMania, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus would go one-on-one with Daniel Bryan in a non-title match. In the end, it was Sheamus picking up a surprising win, actually making submission expert Daniel Bryan tap out to the Texas Cloverleaf!
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