‘Yes’ for Business.
Two nights before Night of Champions, the 734th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. For the first time since WWE COO Triple H orchestrated a heinous assault on his best friend and former tag team partner Christian on RAW, “The Rated-R Superstar” would appear on SmackDown as WWE Hall of Famer Edge visits the show he used to rule as the World Heavyweight Champion! What will Edge have to say about the assault on Christian on RAW?
- 6-Diva Tag: Naomi, Natalya, & Brie Bella def. Layla, Aksana, & Alicia Fox by DQ after AJ Lee interferes.
- Dancing with the Superstars: The Miz def. Fandango, R-Truth, & The Great Khali.
- Santino Marella def. Damien Sandow by pin following the Cobra Strike.
- Non-Title: Alberto Del Rio def. Ricardo Rodriguez by pin following a reverse superplex.
- Non-Title: Dolph Ziggler def. Dean Ambrose by DQ after Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns interfere. As a result, Dolph Ziggler will get a United States Title match at Night of Champions.
- 6-Man Tag: The Shield def. Dolph Ziggler and Jimmy & Jey Uso by Seth Rollins pinning Jimmy Uso after countering the Superfly Splash.
As punishment for not doing as he was told on RAW by not knocking out Daniel Bryan, SmackDown would kick off with “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show as the giant would read a prepared public apology. Big Show reads that he apologizes to WWE COO Triple H for not doing the “simple job” that he was told to do and he apologizes for setting a “poor example” for the other WWE Superstars, but, more than anything, he apologizes for letting the WWE fans down. WWE COO Triple H then comes out, saying that Big Show’s apology did not sound very “sincere”, but it was an apology nonetheless. Triple H then says that he just needs Big Show to be “professional”, saying that, in any business, if someone does not follow the instructions of the COO of the company, then that results in that employee’s “dismissal”. Before Triple H can deliver his sentence, Big Show pleads with Triple H to not fire him, but the COO says that he is not going to fire Big Show, but he is going to suspend Big Show for the night without pay. After this, Triple H adds to the humiliation by reminding everyone that Big Show is “broke”. Triple H then instructs Big Show to follow him and leave the arena, but The Shield comes out as Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns surround the ring before striking “The World’s Largest Athlete”, but Big Show takes it to The Shield, repeatedly fending off the three-on-one attack. Big Show then gets knocked out of the ring with a dropkick, but Big Show quickly takes high ground on the announce table, daring The Shield to fight him. Roman Reigns grabs a steel chair and takes out the leg of Big Show, but Big Show still battles back, tossing all three members of The Shield around the ringside area! Back in the ring, Big Show goes for a double chokeslam on Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns, but Big Show throws the two of them to the side when Seth Rollins comes off of the top rope as Big Show swats Rollins down with a huge chop in mid-air! Big Show then sizes Rollins up for the Knockout Punch, but Reigns comes back into the fray with a steel chair in hand, breaking “The World’s Largest Athlete” down with multiple chair shots to the giant. Having finally brought Big Show down, The Shield puts the final exclamation point on the assault, putting Big Show down with the three-man powerbomb.
With Divas Champion AJ Lee on commentary, a 6-Diva Tag Match would see Naomi, Natalya, & Brie Bella face Layla, Aksana, & Alicia Fox. During the match, AJ Lee would try to attack Natalya, but the Divas Champion is surrounded by her three opponents at Night of Champions as Natalya slaps AJ Lee, Brie Bella hits the facebuster, and Naomi hits a spinning heel kick on AJ. Before Natalya can lock in the Sharpshooter on the Divas Champion, AJ is saved by Layla, Aksana, & Alicia Fox.
SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero makes an appearance on SmackDown to host a special “Dancing with the Superstars” segment as the GM first brings R-Truth to the ring, followed by “The Lord of Dance” Fandango & Summer Rae. Before the GM can start the dance-off, The Miz interrupts as “The Awesome One” struts out in vintage 60’s clothes and afro wig, strutting like Mick Jagger and doing the Hulk Hogan ear cup. The Miz then declares that, tonight, he is “Mizco Inferno” and Vickie allows Miz to compete in the dance-off, but there is another surprise participant as The Great Khali comes out, proclaiming that he “wants to dance”. Vickie allows it and “Dancing with the Superstars” gets underway as R-Truth goes first, doing his own innovative dance routine before Fandango & Summer Rae do their ballroom dance routine. Third up was Mizco Inferno, who twerks much to the crowd, and R-Truth’s, delight. Last up was The Great Khali, who does the best dancing that a seven-footer can do. Vickie then leaves it in the hands of the WWE fans to crown the winner, who overwhelmingly cheers The Miz to victory. Insulted, Fandango tries to cheap-shot The Miz, but “The Lord of Dance” is knocked back-and-forth by The Miz & R-Truth before he is tossed out of the ring. The former Awesome Truth teammates then celebrate with the Kid N’ Play Dance.
Backstage, Ricardo Rodriguez enters the office of SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero, who informs Rodriguez that, for Ricardo’s own good, she cannot allow him to be in Rob Van Dam’s corner at Night of Champions. However, after an argument in Spanish, Vickie says that, if Rodriguez wants to be in RVD’s corner this Sunday, then RVD will be in Ricardo’s corner tonight when Rodriguez goes one-on-one with World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio!
“Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” was in action on SmackDown as Damien Sandow went one-on-one with Santino Marella. In the end, it was Santino Marella hitting the Cobra Strike on Damien Sandow en route to defeating “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”.
In a special in-ring interview conducted by Michael Cole, Paul Heyman & Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel would appear on SmackDown to discuss their 2-on-1 Handicap Elimination Match against CM Punk this Sunday at Night of Champions. Michael Cole first asks the duo what their plan is for the 2-on-1 Handicap Elimination Match, but Curtis Axel answers for the stressed-out and disheveled Paul Heyman, saying that CM Punk will not get his hands on Paul Heyman this Sunday because Punk will not be able to get past him. Heyman then comments that he is an “advocate of peace”, calling for a “boycott” of the match this Sunday, saying that there are better ways to spend their money. Heyman continues, saying that Punk was his “prodigal son” and, if they do not boycott the match, CM Punk is going to hand him such a beating that this will be the last time that they will ever get to see Paul Heyman! Heyman says that he will always “love” CM Punk, but he will “never forgive” the fans for how they have treated him.
With Rob Van Dam in his corner, Ricardo Rodriguez would be forced to go one-on-one with his former employer as RVD’s personal ring announcer would face World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio on SmackDown. Ricardo Rodriguez would hit some surprisingly good moves on the World Heavyweight Champion, but in the end, it was Del Rio hitting a reverse superplex on Rodriguez en route to picking up the win. After the match, Del Rio tried to put the cross armbreaker on his former employee, but RVD would intervene, getting the better of Del Rio and squashing the World Heavyweight Champion with the Five-Star Frog Splash.
With a United States Title opportunity on the line, “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler would go one-on-one with United States Champion Dean Ambrose in a non-title match on SmackDown and, if Dolph Ziggler wins, he will get a shot at the United States Title at Night of Champions. During the match, Dolph Ziggler was moments away from pinning Dean Ambrose, but Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns would hit the ring, attacking Ziggler. However, Jimmy & Jey Uso would make the save, leading to Vickie Guerrero making a 6-Man Tag Match.
In an impromptu 6-Man Tag Match, Dolph Ziggler would team with Jimmy & Jey Uso to face The Shield. In the end, it was Jimmy Uso going for the Superfly Splash on Seth Rollins, but Rollins would get his knees up, allowing Rollins to pin Uso to pick up the win for The Shield.
Then it was time for WWE Hall of Famer Edge to return to SmackDown as “The Rated-R Superstar” would present The Cutting Edge, with his guests, WWE Champion Randy Orton and #1 Contender Daniel Bryan. Edge says that he is not going to forget what happened between him and Triple H on RAW, saying that he has no respect for Triple H anymore. Edge then tells his best friend Christian to come back and come back with a vengeance. The Hall of Famer then introduces his guests, first bringing out WWE Champion Randy Orton, followed by the #1 Contender, Daniel Bryan. Edge does not hold back with his questioning, asking Randy Orton what it is like to be a “sell-out”, but Orton fires back, calling Edge a “washed-up talk show host”. Orton continues, saying that he is not a sell-out because he took advantage of an “opportunity” and The McMahon Family looked to him to be the face of the WWE after ten years of John Cena being in that position. Orton then says that Bryan is “good for business”, but he is “best for business”. Edge then asks Daniel Bryan if he thinks what is best for business, but Bryan says that he does not care about what is best for business, saying the most important things in his life have nothing to do with business, things like love, satisfaction, and his dreams. Bryan continues, saying that his lifelong dream is to hold the WWE Title, saying that he will beat Orton this Sunday and regain the WWE Championship. Orton then shoves the WWE Title belt into the chest of Daniel Bryan, blasting the #1 Contender with punches, but Bryan would counter, catching the WWE Champion and locking him in the Yes Lock, making Orton tap out! Referees then rush out, pulling Daniel Bryan off of the WWE Champion.
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