Chamber of Pain.
Nine nights before WWE Elimination Chamber, the 703rd edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL. With his World Heavyweight Title defense against Big Show just over a week away at Elimination Chamber, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio will be absent from this week’s show due to SmackDown General Manager Booker T, who suspended the World Heavyweight Champion earlier this week following Del Rio’s back-to-back attacks on “The World’s Largest Athlete” on last week’s SmackDown and this past Monday’s RAW. Speaking of RAW, it was announced on Monday night that “The Viper” Randy Orton, “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio, and one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Daniel Bryan, will all be a part of the Elimination Chamber Match to determine the challenger for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, but, with three spots still open in the Chamber, which former World Champions will join Orton, Bryan, & Mysterio?
- Cody Rhodes def. Kofi Kingston by pin following Cross Rhodes.
- The Great Khali def. Titus O’Neil by pin following the Khali Chop.
- Big Show def. Kane by pin following the K.O. Punch.
- Jack Swagger def. Justin Gabriel by submission to the Patriot Act.
- Tensai def. Drew McIntyre by DQ after Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal interfere.
- Non-Title: Antonio Cesaro def. Sin Cara by pin following the Neutralizer.
- Mark Henry def. Randy Orton by pin following the World’s Strongest Slam to gain entry into the Elimination Chamber Match.
The show kicks off with Big Show arriving in his own personal bus and, after his bus driver checks the parking lot for signs of Alberto Del Rio, “The World’s Largest Athlete” cautiously exits his bus and enters the arena. Big Show then makes his way to the ring, saying that there is a “double standard” in the WWE. Show continues, saying that he understands that he is “not popular”, asking if it was “fair” for him to defend his World Heavyweight Title in an unplanned title defense. Big Show then says that Del Rio acted like a “criminal” when he attacked him in his hotel room on RAW. Big Show continues, saying that, when you’re “popular”, you can do whatever you want. Big Show says that he does not “get” the fans as they call him a “bad person” when he decimates Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. Show continues, saying that he conducts himself like a “businessman”, but they call him a “coward”, yet they cheer Del Rio when he assaults him. Big Show then vows that, at Elimination Chamber, the World Heavyweight Championship is coming back to him. Big Show then says that Del Rio has got the “night off” via his one-night suspension from Booker T. Big Show then says that there is “one man” who is responsible for the “double standards” and that is SmackDown General Manager Booker T. Big Show then calls Booker “jealous” of his “in-ring ability” and his “wealth”, but, most of all, the GM is jealous of him because Show is still an “in-ring, competitive, dominant force”, while Booker is a “sad man behind a desk, pushing a pencil”!
Naturally, this brings out SmackDown General Manager Booker T, who asks what Big Show’s “problem” is, saying that Big Show got what he wanted as he’s got another title shot at Elimination Chamber. Booker continues, saying that nobody likes a “bully” and that is what Big Show is when he targets Ricardo Rodriguez. Big Show then accuses Booker of giving Alberto Del Rio the information necessary to find Big Show’s hotel room on RAW, saying that the GM did it because it is the only way that Booker can stay “relevant” by trying to keep Big Show down. Booker does not back down, saying that he treats every Superstar on SmackDown “equally” and that is why he suspended Alberto Del Rio. However, Big Show continues to ask who gave Del Rio the hotel room information, but Booker argues that anyone could spot the giant in a hotel lobby. The GM then informs Big Show that he will be in action on SmackDown against a man who is very angry and very determined to earn a spot in the Elimination Chamber Match and that is none other than the former rival and former tag team partner of Big Show, one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, “The Big Red Monster” Kane!
The opening match of the night saw two former Intercontinental Champions face off as “The Mustachioed Marvel” Cody Rhodes went one-on-one with Kofi Kingston. In the end, it was Cody Rhodes planting Kofi Kingston with Cross Rhodes en route to picking up the win.
Backstage, Daniel Bryan confronts his angry tag team partner, Kane, saying that he has apologized to Kane repeatedly for costing him his match on RAW and he forgives Kane for costing him his match on Main Event. Kane then tells Bryan to not speak another word, vowing to defeat Big Show and, then, Bryan can congratulate him.
With Natalya & Hornswoggle in his corner, “The Punjabi Giant” The Great Khali went one-on-one with Titus O’Neil on SmackDown. It was an easy win for The Great Khali as Khali drops Titus O’Neil with the Khali Chop en route to picking up the win. The mood quickly changed, however, with the arrival of “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry. Mark Henry wastes no time in re-asserting himself on SmackDown, first pulling Titus O’Neil out of the ring and tossing him into the ringside barricade. Henry then steps into the ring, going toe-to-toe with The Great Khali and Khali would fight back, managing to force “The World’s Strongest Man” down to one knee with a chop. However, Henry would endure what Khali had to dish out before hoisting the 360 pound Khali up and squashing him with the World’s Strongest Slam!
After dropping The Great Khali with the World’s Strongest Slam, Mark Henry states that the Hall of Pain is “open for business”, asking if the fans had “any questions”. Henry continues, saying that Khali does not any questions and neither does Titus O’Neil. Henry then says that he answered any questions that Daniel Bryan, Sin Cara, and Rey Mysterio might have on RAW when he laid waste to all of them. Henry says that what happened on RAW could have been “avoided” if Booker T would have called him, but the GM left him out of the Elimination Chamber Match. Henry asks how he could be forgotten, saying that he needs an “explanation” and calling the SmackDown General Manager out to the ring, saying that, if Booker does not come out there, he will destroy the entire SmackDown roster! Booker T does come out, but the GM does not cower, saying that Mark Henry is not impressing him or Theodore Long by victimizing the locker room. Mark Henry then threatens that, if Booker does not find a spot for him in the Elimination Chamber, then he will take out every able-bodied Superstar on the roster until he is the only man in the Elimination Chamber Match! Still not bending to the will of the scary Mark Henry, Booker places “The World’s Strongest Man” in a match against Randy Orton later tonight and, if Henry can defeat Orton, then Henry will earn his spot in the Elimination Chamber!
In the parking lot, Big Show barks orders at his bus driver, complaining about the temperature in his bus, the quality of his steak, and a ‘plumbing issue’ in the bathroom. Big Show then storms into the arena for his match, but one man was keeping a close eye on the giant as World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio is spotted loitering in the parking lot area, technically staying out of the arena, not violating his suspension.
Two angry giants would collide on SmackDown as, before he challenges Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title at Elimination Chamber, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show would go one-on-one with one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, “The Big Red Monster” Kane. In the end, it was Big Show toppling Kane with the K.O. Punch en route to picking up an impressive win over the tag team champion. After the match, Alberto Del Rio appears on the TitanTron in front of Big Show’s bus, saying that he has made a “new friend”, none other than Big Show’s tortured bus driver! Del Rio then reveals that Big Show’s driver told Del Rio about how he was being mistreated and offered to help, telling Del Rio all he needed to know to perpetrate the attack on Big Show on RAW! Del Rio then tells Big Show to come see the “changes” that they made to the giant’s personal bus. Big Show then makes his way out to the parking lot where he finds his bus up on cinder blocks with the wheels removed! As a distraught Big Show stews about the state of his personal transportation, Del Rio dumps an entire bucket of orange paint on top of “The World’s Largest Athlete”! As Big Show wails about his treatment, Del Rio exits the arena on the back of a utility truck driven by Ricardo Rodriguez, telling Big Show that he knows a guy who could hook Show up with some tires!
As he continues to try and impress his way into the Elimination Chamber Match, “The Real American” Jack Swagger went one-on-one with Justin Gabriel on SmackDown. In the end, it was Jack Swagger locking in the Patriot Act on Justin Gabriel, forcing Gabriel to tap out to pick up the win.
Still wearing the embarrassment from RAW last week, Tensai would go one-on-one with Drew McIntyre, with his 3MB band mates Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal in his corner. In the end, Tensai would pin Drew McIntyre, but Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal would enter the ring, attacking Tensai. However, Tensai would be saved from the three-on-one attack by Brodus Clay as, together, the two unique super heavyweights would rid the ring of 3MB before getting down with The Funkadactyls.
The United States Champion was in action on SmackDown as Antonio Cesaro went one-on-one with Sin Cara in a non-title match. Despite an impressive onslaught by Sin Cara, Antonio Cesaro was able to stop Sin Cara with a European uppercut, following it up with the Neutralizer en route to picking up the win.
After being laid out with the F-5 by Brock Lesnar on RAW, The Miz was interviewed about the attack, but United States Champion Antonio Cesaro would get in Miz’s face, saying that The Miz keeps sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. The Miz responds, saying that he should be sticking his nose where it does belong. With that, The Miz attacks the United States Champion, sparking a brawl between Miz and Cesaro that has to be broken up by referees.
Then it was time for the main event as, for the first time in nine months, Mark Henry would be in action as “The World’s Strongest Man” went one-on-one with “The Viper” Randy Orton in an attempt to earn a spot in the Elimination Chamber Match. Randy Orton looked moments away from a major victory after planting Mark Henry with his suspended DDT, but Mark Henry would counter the RKO, squashing “The Viper” in the corner before planting Orton with the World’s Strongest Slam en route to picking up the win and gaining entry into the Elimination Chamber Match!
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