Five nights after Hell in a Cell saw the crowning of a new World Heavyweight Champion, the 689th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC. After twice pinning Alberto Del Rio, once at Hell in a Cell and again in a 6-Man Tag Match on Main Event, Randy Orton would try to best another rival as “The Viper” goes one-on-one with the man who defeated him last week, “The Bareknuckle Brawler” Wade Barrett. Also, with a rematch for the World Heavyweight Title set for Survivor Series, what will happen between new World Heavyweight Champion, Big Show, and the former champion, Sheamus?
- Darren Young def. Sin Cara by pin following the No Days Off.
- Rey Mysterio (with Sin Cara) def. Titus O’Neil (with Darren Young) by roll-up.
- Wade Barrett (with Alberto Del Rio & Ricardo Rodriguez) def. Randy Orton by roll-up.
- The Great Khali def. David Otunga by pin following the Khali Chop.
- R-Truth def. Justin Gabriel by pin following the Little Jimmy.
- Big Show & The Miz def. Sheamus & Kofi Kingston by The Miz pinning Kofi Kingston following the K.O. Punch by Big Show.
The show kicks off with an episode of Miz TV, hosted by The Miz, as The Miz reminds everyone of all of the controversy and scandal going on in the WWE today with the “rogue referee” Brad Maddox costing Ryback the WWE Championship inside Hell in a Cell, not to mention the “AJ Scandal” involving John Cena and former RAW GM AJ Lee. The Miz continues that, heading into Hell in a Cell, the big question was, which is more devastating, the K.O. Punch or the Brogue Kick? The Miz then says that the K.O. Punch won out as Big Show is the new World Heavyweight Champion before introducing his guest on Miz TV, the former World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus. The Miz says that he cannot think of how “embarrassed” Sheamus feels after getting knocked out by Big Show and losing the title, saying that Sheamus feels like a “loser”. Sheamus responds, saying that he could say the same about The Miz, citing that he does not see the Intercontinental Title around Miz’s waist. Miz disputes that he has defeated Kofi Kingston before and he will beat him again, but Sheamus has never defeated Big Show. Sheamus admits that his best was not good enough at Hell in a Cell, but Miz cuts the former champion off, telling Sheamus to stop with the clichés. The Miz then says that he feels responsible for Sheamus’ title loss because, back at WrestleMania, Miz won the match that would give John Laurinaitis ultimate power over RAW & SmackDown with Laurinaitis firing Big Show several months later only to rehire Big Show under a new, more lucrative contract. Big Show would then come back as an unstoppable force and would end up taking the World Heavyweight Title from Sheamus. Sheamus says that, what he is hearing is that he should kick Miz’s head off. The Miz accuses Sheamus of taking his shame out on Miz, saying that, unlike Sheamus, he has never been “humbled”, claiming that he will take the Intercontinental Title away from Kofi Kingston.
This brings out Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston, who says that The Miz has lost “all touch with reality” and asking how many times he has to kick Miz in the head to knock some sense into him. Kofi reminds Miz that he has defeated him three times over recent weeks and he will do the same thing at Survivor Series when he is a part of Team Foley in the Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Match. The new World Heavyweight Champion, Big Show, then interrupts, saying that Miz is out there trying to take credit for his title win. Big Show continues, agreeing that there is something wrong with The Miz, asking why The Miz is interviewing the former champion and not the new champion. Miz then asks Big Show how it felt to knock Sheamus out, but before Big Show can answer, Sheamus wants to know how Big Show feels after getting dropped with White Noise on RAW, challenging Big Show to come to the ring. Big Show says that Sheamus will get all he can handle at Survivor Series and, even if he came to the ring, Sheamus would just get knocked out again. Big Show then exits, but with both Sheamus and Kofi’s backs turned, The Miz tries to jump Kofi from behind, but the Intercontinental Champion sees The Miz coming and sends Miz to the outside!
Backstage, SmackDown General Manager Booker T congratulates Big Show on his World Heavyweight Title win before revealing that the main event will see Big Show team with The Miz to face Sheamus and Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston.
After Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara defeated The Prime Time Players at Hell in a Cell, “The International Sensation” Sin Cara, with Rey Mysterio in his corner, went one-on-one with Darren Young, with Titus O’Neil in his corner. In the end, it was Darren Young hitting the No Days Off on Sin Cara en route to pick up the win. After the match, Titus O’Neil calls Sin Cara a “piñata” before challenging Rey Mysterio to a one-on-one match.
After The Prime Time Player’s Darren Young defeated Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio would be looking to avenge his partner’s loss as “The Master of the 619”, with Sin Cara in his corner, went one-on-one with Titus O’Neil, with Darren Young in his corner. In the end, Rey Mysterio was able to use his quickness and experience to catch Titus O’Neil off-guard with a roll-up to pick up the win.
Backstage, Natalya enters Booker T’s office, offering to serve as Booker T’s Assistant in Eve’s absence, but David Otunga barges in, saying that Natalya knows nothing about leadership, telling Booker that he is the man for the job. The GM says that he needs a man for a job, but it’s for a match against a returning Superstar in The Great Khali! At this news, Otunga accidentally spews his coffee all over Natalya and, when Otunga comments that it is an “improvement”, the Diva slaps Otunga and Otunga accidentally douses Theodore Long in coffee, as well!
With Alberto Del Rio a guest on commentary, two recent rivals would square off as “The Viper” Randy Orton went one-on-one with “The Bareknuckle Brawler” Wade Barrett. However, as the match was set to begin, Alberto Del Rio rushes the ring, attacking Randy Orton from behind. Orton would get the advantage, but Ricardo Rodriguez would shove Orton into the steel ring post, allowing Del Rio to take advantage as Del Rio stomps away at “The Viper”, sending Orton skull-first into the steel ring post for a second time! Referees then manage to restrain Del Rio, escorting Del Rio and Rodriguez to the back. Despite the attack by Del Rio, Orton would decide to continue on with the scheduled match against Wade Barrett! During the match, Alberto Del Rio would appear on the stage, distracting Randy Orton before Orton knocks Ricardo Rodriguez off of the ring apron. This would allow Wade Barrett to catch Orton with a roll-up to pick up another assisted victory over “The Viper”!
Moments after costing Randy Orton yet another match, Alberto Del Rio is being interviewed by Matt Striker backstage, but Orton catches up with Del Rio as “The Viper” strikes and a brawl ensues in the catering area in the arena. Orton tries to throw hot coffee on Del Rio, but gets Ricardo Rodriguez on accident before continuing to pummel Del Rio. Orton then takes a second to dump hot chili on Rodriguez before backdropping Del Rio through two catering tables! Shortly after this, Del Rio manages to escape “The Viper” and Matt Striker does his best to interview the seething Orton, but Orton takes Striker and shoves his face into some cake!
After several months off following an operation to remove a brain tumor, “The Punjabi Giant” would again cast a shadow over Friday Nights as The Great Khali returned to action against the Harvard Law graduate, David Otunga. In the end, it was The Great Khali dropping David Otunga with the Khali Chop en route to picking up the win as Natalya watches the match, apparently enamored with “The Punjabi Giant”.
Former tag team champions faced off on SmackDown as R-Truth went one-on-one with Justin Gabriel. In the end, it was R-Truth hitting the Little Jimmy on Justin Gabriel en route to picking up the win.
A huge match was announced during SmackDown for Tuesday’s Super SmackDown LIVE special as, live from Birmingham, England, “The Viper” Randy Orton will go one-on-one with “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio in a Falls Count Anywhere Match!
Then it was time for the main event as Hell in a Cell opponents would face off as former World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus teams with Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston to face the new World Heavyweight Champion, Big Show, and The Miz. During the match, The Miz would find himself cornered by Kofi Kingston, but Big Show would drill Kofi with the K.O. Punch and would also distract Sheamus while The Miz pins Kofi to pick up the win for himself and Big Show. After the match, The Miz is crowing about getting the win for his team, but Sheamus would take his anger out on The Miz, blasting Miz with the Brogue Kick!
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