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Nine nights before Night of Champions, the 681st edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the i wireless Center in Moline, IL. Two of the most popular international Superstars in WWE history would join forces as “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio would team with “The International Sensation” Sin Cara to face the team of Intercontinental Champion The Miz and the mask-obsessed Cody Rhodes. Also, after he “took a bullet” for Alberto Del Rio by getting himself blasted with a Brogue Kick from Sheamus, Ricardo Rodriguez has apparently gotten himself some legal representation in the form of the Harvard Law graduate, David Otunga, as Rodriguez intends to sue Sheamus and the entire WWE and, on SmackDown, David Otunga would speak on his client’s behalf.
- Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara def. Cody Rhodes & The Miz by Rey Mysterio pinning The Miz following the 619 & Bullet Splash.
- Zack Ryder def. Daniel Bryan by the referee reversing the decision.
- Randy Orton def. Damien Sandow (with Dolph Ziggler) by intentional count-out.
- #1 Contenders’ Triple Threat Tag Match: The Prime Time Players def. Primo & Epico and Jimmy & Jey Uso by Darren Young pinning Primo following the Superfly Splash. As a result, The Prime Time Players are the new #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles.
- Wade Barrett def. Yoshi Tatsu by pin following an elbow strike to the head.
- Non-Title: Sheamus def. David Otunga by submission to the Texas Cloverleaf.
After Ricardo Rodriguez took the Brogue Kick on RAW, SmackDown kicks off with Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga, and Ricardo Rodriguez as Del Rio and Otunga assist Ricardo Rodriguez, who was sporting a neck brace following the attack. Del Rio states that he is on the roll of his career, picking up wins over Randy Orton, Kane, and John Cena over the last couple of weeks. Del Rio continues that he could easily beat Sheamus at Night of Champions if it was down to brains and skill, but Sheamus has an advantage because he has something “more dangerous than a steel chair” in the Brogue Kick. Del Rio proclaims that the Brogue Kick should be “banned”, saying that kicking someone in the head is a “criminal act”. Del Rio continues that Ricardo Rodriguez is not only his personal ring announcer, but he is his only “friend”. Del Rio says that his cross armbreaker is like “poetry”, but the Brogue Kick is a criminal act. Ricardo Rodriguez’s legal counsel, the Harvard Law graduate David Otunga, then says that what happened to Rodriguez was “no accident” as Sheamus uses the Brogue Kick with the intent to maim. Otunga continues that, if the WWE allows Sheamus to continue using the Brogue Kick, then it is a joke, saying that they have talked to SmackDown General Manager Booker T and they demanded “justice”. Otunga is then interrupted by the man in charge on Friday nights, SmackDown General Manager Booker T. Booker says that, what they said in his office, was supposed to be confidential, but now he has taken their case to the people. Booker then polls the audience, asking the crowd if he should ban the Brogue Kick with the fans supporting the Brogue Kick remaining a legal move, which prompts the GM to rule that the Brogue Kick is still legal.
The opening match of the night saw the new team of “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio and “The International Sensation” Sin Cara face the team of the mask-obsessed Cody Rhodes and Intercontinental Champion The Miz. During the match, Cody Rhodes would inadvertently land a kick on his own tag team partner, The Miz. This would allow the masked duo to take advantage as Rey Mysterio hits the 619 on The Miz en route to pinning the Intercontinental Champion to pick up the win for himself and Sin Cara.
After hugging it out led to duking it out with Kane on RAW, Daniel Bryan would go one-on-one with Zack Ryder on SmackDown. During the match, there would be a standstill between Daniel Bryan and Zack Ryder as Bryan asks Ryder to “hug it out” with him. Ryder reluctantly hugs Bryan, but it was all a ploy as Bryan locks in the No Lock on Ryder, forcing Ryder to tap out to pick up the win. After the match, Bryan’s anger would get the better of him and Bryan would again lock in the No Lock on Ryder, but Bryan’s actions would force the referee to reverse the match decision, awarding Ryder the win!
Before the next match can begin, “The Intellectual Savior of the Masses” Damien Sandow comes out, saying that Booker T put him a match that he was not ready for last week. Sandow explains that he needs to time to find his opponent’s weaknesses and exploit them before saying that the social media universe has been calling him a “coward”, but his actions were “intelligent”. Sandow continues that those who send their feelings via social media are the true cowards, saying that nobody has the guts to call him a coward to his face. Sandow is then interrupted by “The Viper” Randy Orton, who says that he is not out there to join in on the discussion, he is there to “fight” and he has told Booker T that he wants to change his scheduled match so that he can fight Sandow! Despite Sandow’s objections, the match gets underway as “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Dolph Ziggler and his manager, Vickie Guerrero, make their way to ringside as Dolph is a guest on commentary for the match. In a repeat of last week, Damien Sandow would flee the ring, opting to take a count-out loss to Randy Orton. After the match, Orton would confront Dolph Ziggler and “The Viper” would strike with a right hand before rolling Dolph into the ring, but as Orton looks ready to RKO Ziggler, Damien Sandow returns to the ring and gets the RKO for his trouble while Dolph is able to make a quick escape.
Backstage, David Otunga continues to plead his case to Booker T over the dangers of the Brogue Kick with the GM saying that he will think about it. However, Booker would then put Otunga in a one-on-one match against World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus!
With WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth & Kofi Kingston guests on commentary, the #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles would be determined on SmackDown as Jimmy & Jey Uso, Primo & Epico, and The Prime Time Players would face off in a Triple Threat Tag Match with the winning team earning the #1 Contenders’ spot. In the end, it was Darren Young hitting the double knee gutbuster on Primo and Jey Uso capitalizing with the Superfly Splash. However, Darren Young would toss Jey Uso off of the cover, taking the pinfall for himself to pick up the win for The Prime Time Players, earning Darren Young & Titus O’Neil the #1 Contenders’ spots.
Backstage, Dolph Ziggler confronts Booker T’s Senior Advisor, Theodore Long, demanding a match with Randy Orton at Night of Champions. Long says that, despite neither Dolph or Orton being a current champion, he will “advise” Booker to make the match.
After months away from the WWE due to a dislocated shoulder, the “Barrett Barrage” was back in effect on SmackDown as the bareknuckle brawler, Wade Barrett went one-on-one with Yoshi Tatsu. In the end, it was Wade Barrett blasting Yoshi Tatsu with a vicious elbow to the skull en route to picking up the win. After the match, Wade Barrett says that, if he is not going to be instantly put back into the title picture, he is going to do something that will make things more “interesting” for himself. Barrett then proclaims that “Wade Barrett is open for business”.
Then it was time for the main event as, with #1 Contender Alberto Del Rio at ringside, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus went one-on-one with the man leading the crusade to get his Brogue Kick banned, David Otunga. During the match, Sheamus was moments away from victory as he measured David Otunga for the Brogue Kick, but SmackDown General Manager Booker T comes out to reluctantly announce that, given the evidence, he has no choice but to ban the Brogue Kick! With the Brogue Kick banned, Sheamus would utilize the newest move in his arsenal, locking in the Texas Cloverleaf on David Otunga, forcing the Harvard Law graduate to tap out as the World Heavyweight Champion picks up the win.
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