Two nights before Survivor Series, the 691st edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. After the WWE fans surprisingly voted him in as the fifth and final member of Team Foley in the Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match, Cleveland’s own The Miz would appear on SmackDown to host his talk show, Miz TV, with his special guest and the captain of Team Foley, “The Hardcore Legend” himself, Mick Foley! Also, after finding himself in the middle of an argument amongst the Divas, Senior Advisor Theodore Long made a 6-Diva Tag Match as the new #1 Contender for the Divas Title, Kaitlyn, teams with Layla and Natalya to face Divas Champion Eve, Aksana, & Alicia Fox.
- Non-Title: Damien Sandow def. Kofi Kingston by roll-up with the tights.
- 6-Diva Tag: Kaitlyn, Layla, & Natalya def. Eve, Aksana, & Alicia Fox by Kaitlyn pinning Alicia Fox following the reverse neckbreaker.
- The Miz & Randy Orton def. Dolph Ziggler & Alberto Del Rio by The Miz pinning Alberto Del Rio following the Skull Crushing Finale.
- Kane def. Wade Barrett by DQ after Team Ziggler interferes.
- Non-Title: Antonio Cesaro def. R-Truth by pin following the Neutralizer.
- Non-Title: Big Show def. The Great Khali by pin following the K.O. Punch.
Before he joins Kofi Kingston, Team Hell No, and Randy Orton on Team Foley in the Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match at Survivor Series, SmackDown kicks off with Cleveland’s own The Miz as Miz would present Miz TV. Miz states that he will be a part of Team Foley and it is because of the WWE fans, but Miz says that there was no doubt that he would be a part of the team, considering that he is on the Survivor Series poster, referring to himself as a “survivor”. Miz continues, saying that he has accomplished more than any of the other match participants, so he is not going to “fall in line” behind any team captain. “The Awesome One” then introduces his guest and the captain of Team Foley at Survivor Series, “The Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley. Foley admits that he had some “reservations” about putting Miz on the ballot for the fans to vote for. Foley continues that he has seen two different faces of The Miz, asking Miz will show up to Survivor Series as the “awesome” Superstar who defeated John Cena at last year’s WrestleMania or will the world get The Miz that takes vacations, wears “make-up”, who makes occasional appearances. Miz responds by saying that he is the worst of Foley’s worries in regards to Team Foley with the dysfunctional Team Hell No, the loner Randy Orton, and the man who “stole” Miz’s Intercontinental Title, Kofi Kingston on the team. Foley then reveals that he is glad that The Miz is bringing the issues with Team Foley out in the open because he has decided to have a team meeting right now on Miz TV!
With that, “The Hardcore Legend” brings out Miz’s heated rival, Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston, the dysfunctional WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No, and the man who has publicly stated that he does not “play well” with others, “The Viper” Randy Orton. Foley allows his team to speak with Kane & Daniel Bryan taking Foley up on his offer as Bryan says that Kane wants to apologize for insinuating that Bryan is the “weak link” of the team. However, Kane says that he wants to thank The Miz for being such a great tag partner on RAW, saying that his back feels so much better without the weight of having to carry Bryan! Bryan responds by telling Kane that, without him, Kane would be “roaming basements and scaring little children”, but Kane says that he would be doing that regardless! Kofi Kingston then tries to break up the bickering amongst the WWE Tag Team Champions, but Miz scoffs at Kofi trying to “play peace-keeper”, saying that Kofi kicked him in the face instead of shaking his hand. Foley then cuts in, saying that it is hard to believe that the “voice of reason” on the team may turn out to be Randy Orton. Orton says that he has spat in the face of Foley on more than one occasion and Foley has dropped him on thumbtacks, but, despite that, he still likes Foley better than anyone else standing in the ring right now! Orton continues that there is not a single member of Team Foley that he does like or trust, setting his gaze on The Miz.
This brings out the opposition as Team Ziggler, led by “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Dolph Ziggler and including “The Bareknuckle Brawler” Wade Barrett, “The Intellectual Savior” Damien Sandow, and “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio, with Ricardo Rodriguez in tow, with Cody Rhodes absent as a result of the concussion and strained shoulder that the second-generation star suffered on WWE Main Event. Dolph calls Team Foley the “definition of dysfunction”, claiming that his team does not have egos as they are all aligned behind one “charismatic leader”. However, while Dolph is talking, Del Rio is having a separate conversation with Ricardo Rodriguez, which results in Dolph asking what Del Rio’s problem is. Del Rio then explains that he does not think that Ziggler has what it takes to be the leader and he is the only man who “deserves” to be the leader of the team. Dolph asks why Del Rio did not bring that up before they got out there, but Del Rio tells Ziggler not to talk to him like that because he is a former WWE Champion. Dolph scoffs at Del Rio’s accolade, saying that Del Rio is a “former” champion, while he is a “future” champion, citing that he would rather be a future anything than a former nothing. Foley then interjects himself, saying that, when he used to run things, he made some pretty good matches and, with the permission of SmackDown General Manager Booker T, he would like to make some pretty good matches tonight on SmackDown!
Foley then reveals that Booker has granted him this opportunity, but only if Dolph agrees, which Dolph agrees to. Foley then says that Ziggler and Del Rio need to learn to get along, so they should team up to face two members of Team Foley who have the same problem, announcing that the team of Dolph & Del Rio will face The Miz & Randy Orton! Ziggler says that he is glad that Miz quit their team because now they have someone who is far superior to The Miz in Wade Barrett. Barrett says that Team Ziggler is replacing a “quitter” with a “winner” and Foley responds by announcing that Wade Barrett will go one-on-one with one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions in “The Big Red Monster” Kane! Damien Sandow then jumps in, saying that Kane’s “brutality” is the reason that his tag team partner, Cody Rhodes, is unable to be on SmackDown and calling Kofi Kingston a “neon mute” who claims that he has the ability to fly. Kofi then says that he would be more than willing to show Sandow his flying abilities with Foley making the match official!
As agreed upon by both team captains, Mick Foley and Dolph Ziggler, the opening match of the night saw Intercontinental Champion and Team Foley member Kofi Kingston facing Team Ziggler’s self-proclaimed “Intellectual Savior of the Masses” Damien Sandow in a non-title match. In the end, it was Damien Sandow rolling Kofi Kingston up and hooking the tights of the Intercontinental Champion en route to picking up the non-title win.
The Divas were in action on SmackDown as the #1 Contender for the Divas Title, Kaitlyn, teams with former champions Layla and Natalya to face Divas Champion Eve, Aksana, & Alicia Fox in a 6-Diva Tag Match. In the end, it was Kaitlyn hitting the reverse neckbreaker on Alicia Fox en route to picking up the win for her team.
Backstage, SmackDown General Manager Booker T confronts Sheamus, who has been waiting in the parking lot for Big Show to arrive. Booker informs “The Celtic Warrior” that he has heard that Big Show won’t even show up in the building unless Sheamus leaves the parking lot. Sheamus says that he will leave, but he wants Booker T to tell Big Show to meet him in the ring later tonight. The GM tells Sheamus that, if things get out of hand, there will be “consequences”, but Sheamus ignores Booker’s warning.
In an attempt to bring their respective teams, Team Foley teammates “The Viper” Randy Orton and “The Awesome One” The Miz would face the captain of Team Ziggler, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Dolph Ziggler, and “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio, with Ricardo Rodriguez in his corner. During the match, Randy Orton looked to have things well in hand, but The Miz would tag himself into the match, hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on Alberto Del Rio en route to picking up the win. After the match, a livid Randy Orton would create definitive dissention on Team Foley as “The Viper” drops The Miz with the RKO in front of his hometown crowd!
Two nights before he challenges Big Show for the World Heavyweight Title at Survivor Series, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus appears on SmackDown. The former champion states that Big Show “crossed the line” by attacking him and William Regal from behind. Sheamus continues that, even though their match for the World Heavyweight Title is just two nights away, he does not want to wait that long, saying that it is time to fight. World Heavyweight Champion Big Show then comes out, saying that he is “scared”, but he is scared of what he is going to do to Sheamus, telling Sheamus to thank him with “The Celtic Warrior” saying he will come up there and thank Big Show personally. However, SmackDown General Manager Booker T would rush out, trying his best to protect his Superstars, as the GM stands in Sheamus’ path, telling Sheamus that he is ordering Sheamus to leave the arena. As Big Show laughs and makes his exit, Booker continues to try and get Sheamus out of the arena, escorting “The Celtic Warrior” out of the building himself.
Backstage, Big Show commends Booker T on Booker’s handling of the situation with Sheamus, but the GM tells the World Heavyweight Champion to cut the act before revealing that Big Show will face a to-be-determined opponent in the main event. When Big Show asks about whom his opponent will be, Booker just says that “no one is bigger than the Show”.
The two biggest members of Team Foley and Team Ziggler would go one-on-one on SmackDown as “The Bareknuckle Brawler” Wade Barrett would face one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, “The Big Red Monster” Kane. However, the match would barely get underway before the rest of Team Ziggler hits the ring as Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, and Damien Sandow rush Kane and, with Wade Barrett getting in on the attack, Kane is overwhelmed by the numbers advantage. Kane’s tag team partner, Daniel Bryan, then attempts to make the save, but is quickly overwhelmed as well. Mick Foley then appears, bringing backup for Team Hell No in the form of Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton! Orton’s arrival would allow Team Foley to gain the advantage as Kane disposes of Wade Barrett before Orton drops both Damien Sandow and team captain Dolph Ziggler with the RKO! As four-fifths of Team Foley stands tall in the ring, the final member, The Miz, reluctantly comes out, as he glares at the men he will have to co-exist with this Sunday at Survivor Series.
With a shot at the United States Title on the horizon at Survivor Series, R-Truth was a guest on commentary as United States Champion Antonio Cesaro went one-on-one with “The International Sensation” Sin Cara in a non-title match. In the end, it was Antonio Cesaro hitting the Neutralizer on Sin Cara en route to picking up the win. After the match, R-Truth would enter the ring to confront Antonio Cesaro, but the United States Champion would opt to avoid his challenger.
Then it was time for the main event as World Heavyweight Champion Big Show would go one-on-one with a mystery opponent and that opponent would be none other than a former World Heavyweight Champion and a man who is actually taller than Big Show himself, “The Punjabi Giant” The Great Khali! While Big Show could not muster the power to deliver a chokeslam to The Great Khali, but the World Heavyweight Champion would take all that Khali had to offer before toppling The Great Khali with the K.O. Punch en route to picking up the win. After the match, Big Show would get a bit of a scare as Sheamus’ music would play, but “The Celtic Warrior” was nowhere to be found. Opting to try and get out of the arena as quickly as possible, the World Heavyweight Champion would seek the safety of his tour bus, but when Big Show went to step into his home away from home, he was greeted by an unwelcome house guest as Sheamus pops out! Sheamus then pummels Big Show in the parking lot, shoving Big Show into a parked car and continuing to pummel the champion before Big Show is able to toss Sheamus into a car’s windshield! Big Show then walked away, thinking that he had won the brawl, but the resilient “Celtic Warrior” would dive off of the car and onto Big Show, sending the champion crashing into another windshield before smashing the World Heavyweight Champion’s skull off of the car hood! Booker T and several referees then arrive on the scene, managing to pull Sheamus off of the unconscious giant.
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