8/24 WWE Friday Night Smackdown Report
Smackdown opens this week with a video saying we will find out where the World Heavyweight Championship stands tonight.
No opening video this week as we go straight into the arena. Randy Orton comes out and says that it’s too bad that Alberto Del Rio thinks Sheamus’ win was tainted. Orton congratulates Sheamus and calls him out to the ring. Sheamus says he agrees with Orton and says Del Rio has blown every chance he has had at the title. Sheamus says Orton deserves a shot at the title. Smackdown General Manager Booker T’s music hits and he comes to the ring. He asks the crowd if they want to see Sheamus vs. Randy Orton and they say yes. Booker says he wants to see it, too, but they have to talk about what happened on Monday. Del Rio comes out with Ricardo Rodriguez and says no. He says Sheamus cheated to win at SummerSlam. He goes on a rant and says he was destroying Sheamus in the match. Del Rio says he filed a protest and is still waiting on the answer. Orton says Del Rio is embarrassing himself. Del Rio says this is a conspiracy and everyone is against him. Del Rio calls Booker a criminal. Booker tells him to calm down. Booker turns to Orton and says he is always in line for a title shot, but Del Rio was in line next for a title shot, until he came out and ran his mouth. Booker says Del Rio and Orton will go one-on-one and the winner will be the next challenger for the World Heavyweight Championship.
We see Michael Cole alone at the announce table and then see a recap of what Kane did to Josh Mathews at SummerSlam. We then see that we will take a look back at what happened between Brock Lesnar and Triple H at SummerSlam.
Match #1: Jinder Mahal vs. Ryback
Before the match, we see Teddy Long at the announce table. He says there will be a guest commentator for every match tonight. Ryback gets on the mic and says Jinder Mahal will finally realize his place on the food chain and leads the crowd in a “Feed Me More” chant.
Mahal comes off the ropes and gets Ryback in a headlock, but Ryback tosses him off and pounds away on him down on the mar. Ryback backs Mahal into the corner and delivers some right hands. Ryback sends him into the opposite corner and charges, but Mahal catches him with a back elbow. Mahal keeps control and drives some knees into Ryback’s midsection. Mahal takes Ryback down and stomps away on him and delivers a big boot for a two count. Mahal continues to stomp away on Ryback and drops a knee before going back to stomping on him.. Mahal goes to kick Ryback in the head, but Ryback stops him and then tosses him over his head. Ryback drives his shoulder into Mahal’s midsection and power slams him down to the mat. Ryback hits the big clothesline and connects with Shell Shocked for the pin fall. Winner: Ryback.
We take a look at tonight’s main event, which is Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton, as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and we see a recap of the Divas Battle Royal from Raw where Kaitlyn became the number one contender for the WWE Divas Championship. Kaitlyn has joined Michael Cole on commentary for the next match.
Match #2: Alicia Fox vs. Layla
They tie up and Fox takes Layla down and gets a two count on a roll up. Fox keeps control with a headlock on the mat, but Layla fights back and takes Fox down for a two count. Fox comes back and hits a dropkick on Layla for another two count. Layla kicks Fox again and tries to go to the ropes, but Fox knocks her down and works over her knee. Fox applies a Half-Boston Crab, but Layla fights out and rolls Fox up for a two count. Layla connects with a kick to Fox’s head for the pin fall. Winner: Layla. After the match, Kaitlyn and Layla shake hands and hug as Eve Torres’ music hits. She gets into the ring and raises both Layla’s and Kaitlyn’s hand.
We see that we will take a look back at the end of Monday Night Raw and what happened with CM Punk, John Cena, and Jerry Lawler as we go to a commercial break.
We’re back from the commercial and we take a look back at the end of Raw where John Cena confronted CM Punk, who confronted Jerry Lawler. We also see the clip of Punk kicking Lawler in the head to close the show.
We go backstage and see Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero talking about what happened on Raw when Ziggler sent Chris Jericho packing. Sheamus walks up and says Ziggler should cash in his Money in the Bank contract tonight. Ziggler says that’s not going to happen and says he will cash in on his own time. Teddy Long walks up and says that he is going to advise Booker T to make a match between Ziggler and Sheamus for tonight. Ziggler says it sounds great and he and Vickie walk away as Sheamus thanks Teddy and says the first pint is on him.
Match #3: Heath Slater vs. Sin Cara
Cody Rhodes has joined Michael Cole on commentary for this match.
They tie up and Sin Cara takes Slater down with an arm drag. Sin Cara continues to keep control and kicks Slater down to the mat. Sin Cara gets on the apron, but Slater knocks him down to the floor. Slater gets Sin Care back into the ring and keeps control before Sin Cara comes off the ropes and connects with a back spring elbow. Slater goes to the outside and Sin Cara takes him out with a corkscrew plancha. Slater comes back and slams Sin Cara into the apron and tosses him into the ring as Rhodes gets up and turns Sin Cara’s mask around on his head. Slater takes control and hits his finisher for the pin fall. Winner: Heath Slater. After the match, Rhodes gets in the ring and goes after Sin Cara’s mask, but referees come out and stop him.
Match #4: Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) vs. Sheamus
Vickie Guerrero has joined Michael Cole on commentary for this match.
Sheamus keeps control of the match early on and slams his head into the top turnbuckle. Sheamus sends Ziggler to the opposite corner, but Ziggler reverses. Sheamus comes back and knocks Ziggler down with a big right hand and goes for his vintage ten clubbing blows, but Ziggler escapes and drops Sheamus on the apron. Ziggler gets on the apron and DDT’s him on the apron and goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Ziggler gets Sheamus in a headlock, but Sheamus fights out and drops him to the apron. Sheamus catches Ziggler on the apron and connects with his vintage ten clubbing blows and then drops him with White Noise. Sheamus sets up for the Brogue Kick, but Ziggler ducks away and Vickie hands him the Money in the Bank briefcase and he hits Sheamus with it and the referee calls for the bell. Winner by disqualification: Sheamus. After the match, Ziggler hits Sheamus with the briefcase again and says he is cashing in right now, but Sheamus made his way to his feet and Ziggler grabbed the briefcase from the referee and got out of the ring.
We are reminded again of tonight’s main event between Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and we see another Wade Barrett return vignette.
Santino Marella makes his way to the ring. He runs down the time that he was the United States Champion, right down to the very second he lost the title. He says he feels less and less American every second he doesn’t have the title. He says he feels like he let everybody down when he lost the title to Antonio Cesaro. He pulls out The Cobra and begins talking to it. He tells The Cobra that it cost them the title. He quotes Rocky Balboa and says they will get the title once again. Antonio Cesaro comes out with Aksana and new music. He says “Winner” in five different languages and mocks Marella. Marella runs up the ramp and takes Cesaro down and takes out The Cobra, but it gets distracted by Aksana again. Cesaro takes advantage and leaves Marella lying on the stage.
We see Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez talking backstage as we go to a commercial break.
We’re back and The Prime Time Players have joined Michael Cole on commentary for the next match.
Match #5: Epico and Primo (w/Rosa Mendes) vs. Kofi Kingston and R-Truth
Kingston and Epico start the match and Epico gets a quick takedown, followed by Kingston getting a takedown of his own. Epico takes Kingston to his corner and tags in Primo who gets a quick pin attempt on Kingston. Epico gets back into the match and he is taken down in the corner by Kingston. Kingston tags in Truth, who comes in works with Primo. Truth drops him with a face buster, but Epico breaks up the pin fall. Truth tosses Epico over the top rope and reverses Primo’s Backstabber attempt and hits his own finisher for the pin fall. Winners: R-Truth and Kofi Kingston.
We see a trailer for WWE’s newest movie, “The Day.”
We go backstage and Matt Striker interviews R-Truth and Kofi Kingston. He asks them who the next challengers will be for their titles. Kingston says it doesn’t matter and Truth says Lil’ Jimmy there are a lot of worthy competitors. The Prime Time Players walks in and say they will take the titles from Truth and Kingston soon enough. The Usos, Epico and Primo, and Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel walk up and they all start arguing and brawling.
We see that we will revisit what happened between Brock Lesnar and Triple H next as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and Booker T asks Teddy Long who he thinks deserves a tag team title match. Teddy says he doesn’t know and Eve walks in and hands Booker a folder with the records of all the tag teams and who she thinks deserves a title match. Booker is impressed and he and Eve walk away.
We go back to Raw and revisit Paul Heyman and Shawn Michaels’ comments about Triple H. We then see Tweets from several Superstars about Triple H. Finally, we see Brock Lesnar’s Tout where he said he’s leaving the WWE and never coming back. Also, Triple H will be on Raw this coming Monday to address his future.
Match #6: #1 Contender’s (World Heavyweight Championship) Match: Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Randy Orton
Sheamus has joined Michael Cole on commentary for this match.
They tie up and Del Rio takes Orton down and gets a quick one count. Orton comes back and slingshots Del Rio off of the ropes and gets a quick pin attempt. Orton keeps control and sends Del Rio throat-first into the bottom ropes and gets a pin fall for two. Del Rio comes back and kicks Orton in the head and picks him up, but Orton reverses with a spinning neck breaker. Del Rio rolls out of the ring and Sheamus gets up and stares at him as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and Del Rio has Orton in a headlock. Orton fights out and comes off the ropes, but Del Rio connects with a running knee lift and then stomps on Orton and gets a two count. Del Rio works on Orton’s arm and keeps him on the mat, but Orton fights out before Del Rio sends him into the corner. Del Rio looks for an enziguri, but Orton ducks and takes control. Orton slams him down with a big power slam and sets him up for the second-rope DDT, but Del Rio reverses and rolls to the outside. Del Rio runs back into the ring and goes for a clothesline, but Orton reverses into a back breaker for a two count. Del Rio takes Orton down and gets a two count of his own. Del Rio goes for the cross arm breaker, but Orton shoves him away. Del Rio comes back and kicks Orton in the arm and comes off the top rope, but Orton connects with a dropkick and goes for the cover, but Del Rio kicks out at two. Del Rio sends Orton into the rope and charges, but Orton catches him and delivers the second rope DDT and looks at Sheamus. Orton sets up for the RKO, but Del Rio grabs the top rope and Orton hits the mat. Del Rio goes for the cross arm breaker and he locks it on and Orton taps out rather quickly. Winner and number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio. After the match, Del Rio throws a show at Sheamus. Sheamus gets in the ring and Del Rio knocks him out. Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and he runs down to the ring to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase, but Orton delivers an RKO to stop him.
1. Ryback def. Jinder Mahal
2. Layla def. Alicia Fox
3. Heath Slater def. Sin Cara
4. Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler by disqualification
5. R-Truth and Kofi Kingston def. Primo and Epico
6. #1 Contender’s (World Heavyweight Championship) Match: Alberto Del Rio def. Randy Orton