The 751st edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. With his defense of the WWE World Heavyweight Title against John Cena coming up in a few weeks at the Royal Rumble, Randy Orton would be looking to prove that he is the “Champion of Champions” when the WWE World Heavyweight Champion goes one-on-one with Intercontinental Champion Big E. Langston in a non-title, Champion vs. Champion match.
In a special 6-Man Tag match, “The Best in the World” CM Punk would get the assistance of the legendary five-time tag team champions, The New Age Outlaws, as CM Punk, Road Dogg, & Billy Gunn would join forces to battle all three members of The Shield!
Also, before their leader, Bray Wyatt, teams with The Wyatt Family’s new recruit, Daniel Bryan, to face The Usos on RAW, The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper & Erick Rowan would be looking to redeem their loss from RAW as Harper & Rowan would face The Usos in a rematch on SmackDown.
- Luke Harper & Erick Rowan and The Usos fight to a Double Count-Out.
- 8-Man Tag: Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, & Los Matadores (with El Torito) def. Ryback, Curtis Axel, & The Real Americans by Rey Mysterio pinning Jack Swagger following the 619.
- Champion vs. Champion: Non-Title: Randy Orton def. Big E. Langston by pin following the RKO.
- Xavier Woods def. Fandango by roll-up.
- 6-Man Tag: The Shield def. CM Punk & The New Age Outlaws by Roman Reigns pinning Billy Gunn following the Spear.
Following their loss to The Usos on Old School RAW, The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper & Erick Rowan would be looking to redeem themselves on SmackDown as Harper & Rowan would face The Usos to kick off the show. The wild tag match would eventually result in both teams being counted out of the ring as Luke Harper takes one Uso out with the Discus Clothesline before bringing the other into the ring. However, before the damage could be done, Jimmy Uso rushes into the ring, blasting Luke Harper with a super kick before quickly pulling his brother out of the ring, making a narrow escape. Bray Wyatt & Daniel Bryan would have a different plan, though, as Bray & Bryan ambush The Usos, joined shortly by Harper & Rowan, who dominate The Usos before Daniel Bryan takes out one of The Usos in the ring with the running knee. Bray Wyatt then enters the ring and, with his family watching, Bray hits the Sister Abigail on Jey Uso. Daniel Bryan then piles The Usos in the center of the ring as The Wyatt Family stand together over The Usos.
Backstage, a disgruntled WWE World Heavyweight Champion confronts SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero as Randy Orton demands to know where The Authority is at. However, the GM reveals that neither Triple H or Stephanie McMahon are in the arena tonight and Orton says that he made it clear that The Authority needs to consult him before making matches. The champion then vows to confront The Authority and give him a piece of his mind this Monday night on RAW, citing that it is what is “best for Randy Orton”.
SmackDown would also feature Miz TV as The Miz’s guest would be the man who confronted Brock Lesnar and threw “The Beast” across the ring this past Monday night on Old School RAW, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show. After being introduced by The Miz, Big Show would make his way to the ring with a smile on his face as The Miz says that, while most men run from Brock Lesnar, Big Show went after “The Beast” and tossed him across the ring. Big Show says that having to watch Brock Lesnar dislocate the elbow of Mark Henry was the last straw before saying that he simply does not like Brock Lesnar. The giant continues, saying that he has never liked Lesnar and, on RAW, Brock was standing in the ring with a “giant”. Big Show then cuts to the chase, challenging Brock Lesnar to a “fight” and, with the challenge out there, Brock Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman would come out to the stage. Heyman says that Lesnar is the “ultimate fighter” in the WWE, teasing Big Show by asking the giant if he wants to fight Brock right now. However, Heyman says that Lesnar only fights when he says Brock Lesnar can fight, telling Big Show that he can fight “The Beast” in a couple of weeks at the Royal Rumble! Heyman then tells Big Show that, if Big Show wants a fight before the Royal Rumble, Lesnar is not a hard man to find.
In 8-Man Tag action, Los Matadores would join forces with Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara to face the team of Ryback, Curtis Axel, & The Real Americans, with Zeb Colter in their corner. In the end, it was Rey Mysterio hitting the 619 on Jack Swagger, pinning Swagger to pick up the win for his team.
Two weeks before he defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena, Randy Orton would face a fellow champion as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion would go one-on-one with Intercontinental Champion Big E. Langston in a non-title, Champion vs. Champion match on SmackDown. In the end, it was Randy Orton using a thumb to the eye, following it up with the RKO on Big E. Langston, pinning Langston for the win.
With R-Truth a guest on commentary, Xavier Woods was in action on SmackDown as the young upstart, with The Funkadactyls in his corner, would face Fandango, with Summer Rae in his corner. In the end, it was Xavier Woods catching Fandango with a roll-up, scoring the three-count for the win. After the match, The Funkadactyls would take Summer Rae out before R-Truth would assist Xavier Woods in dealing with Fandango, knocking Fandango out of the ring.
Then it was time for the main event as “The Best in the World” CM Punk would join forces with the legendary New Age Outlaws as Road Dogg & Billy Gunn would compete on SmackDown for the first time in nearly fourteen years, teaming with Punk to face all three members of The Shield, United States Champion Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns in 6-Man Tag action. In the end, it was Roman Reigns blasting Billy Gunn with the Spear, pinning the legend to pick up the win for The Shield.
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