Roll-Up, Put Down.
With the world still buzzing about the controversial events of Survivor Series, the 692nd edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. At the tail end of a rough, but interesting, week from narrowly missing out on winning the WWE Title at Survivor Series to locking lips with AJ Lee on RAW only to be injured, and later assaulted, by Dolph Ziggler in a backstage brawl, ten-time former WWE Champion John Cena would make a rare appearance on SmackDown to appear as the special guest on The Miz’s signature talk show segment, Miz TV! What will John Cena have to say about his status following his injury on RAW, not to mention the lip lock with AJ Lee and the assault at the hands of Dolph Ziggler?
- Ryback def. Darren Young (with Titus O’Neil) by pin following Shell Shocked.
- Non-Title: R-Truth def. Antonio Cesaro by pin following the Little Jimmy.
- Alberto Del Rio def. Sin Cara by submission to the cross armbreaker.
- 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Big Show def. Team Hell No by pinning Daniel Bryan following the chokeslam.
- Intercontinental Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) def. Damien Sandow by pin following Trouble in Paradise to retain.
- Dolph Ziggler def. Randy Orton by roll-up with the tights.
SmackDown kicks off with The Miz in the center of the ring for his talk show segment, Miz TV, and “The Awesome One” wastes little time in introducing his very special guest, a former rival and former ten-time WWE Champion John Cena! Cena limps his way to the ring before taking a seat on Miz TV as Miz says that Cena’s life has turned into a TMZ story as of late with the AJ scandal. Miz then shows the footage from Monday’s RAW that shows Cena locking lips with AJ Lee, followed by AJ giving the same lip service back to Cena. Miz then asks how the kiss was, which gets Cena up from his seat before Miz abruptly changes the subject to Cena’s injured knee, showing how the knee was initially injured on RAW when, while Cena was in pursuit of Dolph Ziggler, Cena tweaked the knee. Cena tells Miz that he has underwent an MRI on his knee and he has been cleared to compete in the WWE. Cena then asks Miz for the “tough questions” and Miz accuses Cena of not telling the “whole truth” before turning the attention back to Cena’s relationship with AJ Lee, asking if they are more than “just friends”. Cena claims that he only kissed AJ Lee to give the world something to talk about and to silence Vickie Guerrero. However, Cena then admits that he did like it, saying that AJ is a pretty good kisser. Miz says that it is obvious that AJ liked it as well, asking if the whole AJ scandal has brought them closer together and if they are more than just friends.
This brings out the Diva in question, AJ Lee, who says that she understands that he just did that to silence Vickie Guerrero, but Miz continues to push, asking if Cena and AJ are in “love”. Dolph Ziggler then interrupts, saying that he has heard that Cena is a “great man”, but AJ is a “bad egg”, citing that, if AJ did not barge into the men’s locker room on RAW, then Cena may have not ended up getting himself injured by trying to protect AJ. Dolph then says that Cena’s injury has given the world something to talk about. RAW Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero then comes out to back up her former client, saying that Dolph knows how to kiss someone that is “decisive” and “passionate”. Cena objects, saying that Dolph kissed her and they still can’t “medically prove” that Vickie is a woman! Vickie argues that she is “all woman” before claiming that the relationship between her and Dolph is “strictly professional”. Dolph agrees, but says that, if he were to kiss AJ, it would bring out the “real woman” in her, but that is something that would never happen. Dolph continues that Cena and AJ have gotten themselves into something that they cannot talk their way out of, saying that Cena and AJ are both “weak losers”. Cena argues that Dolph and Vickie deserve each other because they could not be more opposite, saying that one of them is still eating a lot of nuts, while the other is still trying to find his!
Still seething after being assaulted by the NXT trio of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, & Roman Reigns two nights in a row at Survivor Series and again on RAW, “The Sin City Cyborg” Ryback went one-on-one with Darren Young, with Titus O’Neil a guest on commentary. During the match, Ryback would knock Darren Young down on the outside and Titus O’Neil would blow his whistle at Ryback, which did not help his partner’s chances. Ryback’s domination would continue before Ryback drops Darren Young with Shell Shocked en route to picking up the win. After the match, Titus O’Neil makes the questionable decision to get into the ring with Ryback and would pay for his intrusion as “The Sin City Cyborg” drops Titus O’Neil with Shell Shocked, as well!
After coming up short in the United States Title match at Survivor Series, R-Truth would be looking to get another shot at the gold as Truth went one-on-one with United States Champion Antonio Cesaro in a non-title match. In the end, R-Truth would fight his way out of the Neutralizer and would hit the Little Jimmy on Antonio Cesaro en route to pinning the United States Champion.
Backstage, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus enters the arena, but is quickly confronted by SmackDown General Manager Booker T, who says that, after the parking lot brawl last week and steel chair assault on Big Show at Survivor Series, he is not letting Sheamus compete tonight! However, the GM would add a silver lining to the bad news as Booker makes the blockbuster announcement that, at WWE TLC, Sheamus will get a rematch against Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship and it will be a Chairs Match! Booker then offers Sheamus his personal suite, telling “The Celtic Warrior” to take a few friends with him and have a few pints on him. Booker also reveals to Sheamus that Big Show will be in action tonight as the World Heavyweight Champion will face the WWE Tag Team Champions, Team Hell No, in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match!
Two of the WWE’s greatest Mexican imports would square off on SmackDown as “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio, with Ricardo Rodriguez in his corner, went one-on-one with “The Masked Sensation” Sin Cara. Throughout the match, Alberto Del Rio would survive the aerial onslaught of Sin Cara before locking in the cross armbreaker on the high-flyer, forcing Sin Cara to tap out to pick up the win.
After getting himself disqualified at Survivor Series in order to retain the title, World Heavyweight Champion Big Show would face the WWE Tag Team Champions, Team Hell No, in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. During the match, the dysfunction between the WWE Tag Team Champions would cost Team Hell No as, with Kane in control of things, Daniel Bryan would opt to tag himself in before trying to lock in the No Lock on Big Show as Kane walks out on his tag team partner. With Kane out of the equation, Big Show would easily fight out of the attempted No Lock, drilling Daniel Bryan with the chokeslam en route to picking up the win. However, after the match, Kane would head back to the ring to tend to his fallen tag partner and the World Heavyweight Champion would try to catch Kane with the K.O. Punch, but Kane would dodge the shot before both giants grab each other by the throat, trying to chokeslam the other. Bryan then jumps back into the fray, kicking Big Show in the knee, allowing Kane to land a big boot on Big Show before Big Show exits the ring. Safely on the staging area, Big Show addresses Sheamus, who is seated in the skybox, per Booker T’s request. The World Heavyweight Champion “congratulates” Sheamus before saying that, this time, the giant will have a chair in his hands!
After Damien Sandow, by hook or crook, defeated Kofi Kingston last week, “The Intellectual Savior of the Masses” would get his shot at the gold as Damien Sandow challenges Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Title on SmackDown with the man who defeated Kofi Kingston on RAW, Wade Barrett, a guest on commentary. In the end, it was Kofi Kingston landing Trouble in Paradise to the skull of Damien Sandow en route to picking up the win and retaining the Intercontinental Title. After the match, Wade Barrett tells Kofi Kingston to enjoy his reign as champion while he can because, when Kofi defends the Intercontinental Title against Barrett, it will be the last time Kofi defends the gold. Barrett concludes, saying that Kofi will end up being just another victim of the Barrett Barrage.
Then it was time for the main event as, after being the last two men in the Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match at Survivor Series, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Dolph Ziggler went one-on-one with “The Viper” Randy Orton. At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Dolph Ziggler catching Randy Orton with a roll-up and hooking the tights for added leverage to pick up the win. All hell would break loose after the match was over, however, as Ricardo Rodriguez would rush the ring out of nowhere, but the ever vigilant Randy Orton was prepared as Orton drops Rodriguez with the RKO, halting Alberto Del Rio, who was relying on Rodriguez’s distraction to get the jump on Orton. While Orton stares Del Rio down in the ring, Dolph Ziggler thought he had escaped Orton’s wrath, but John Cena would ambush Ziggler on the staging area, locking “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” in the STF while referees scrambled to separate the two!
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