Recap of the 11/16 Friday Night Smackdown
by Brian Leeman
362 days into CM Punk’s title reign and here we are with the Smackdown going into Survivor Series!
We kick off the show with Sheamus backstage. Miz makes his way down to the ring for MizTV. Miz gets a big reaction from his home, Cleveland crowd. Miz says that he’s on Team Foley thanks to the fans. Miz introduces Foley, his guest tonight. Big “Miz is awesome” chant going in the crowd. Foley gives a little cheap plug for his children’s book featuring Miz. Foley says it’s the tale of two Mizes and he wants to see the ‘Cena beating’ Miz and not the ‘poor beard growing, vacation taking’ Miz. Miz says he’s the least of the team’s problems. Tag champions that hate each other, Orton who doesn’t work well with others and a cheap shot artist, aka Kofi Kingston. Foley decides to call down his team for a team meeting on MizTV.
Bryan and Kane argue with some funny comedic bits thrown in. Kofi tries to get them to work together. Orton is shaking his head in the corner. Foley says that Orton could be the voice of reason here. Orton brings up their previous feud but says he still likes Foley more than anyone in the ring. Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and he comes out with Barrett, Del Rio, Sandow and Ricardo. Ziggler says that his team is prime, elite superstars all united. Del Rio grabs a mic and says that Ziggler doesn’t have what it takes to be team leader. Del Rio claims he should be. Foley says he has Booker’s permission to make some matches for the night. Foley announces Ziggler & Del Rio vs The Miz & Randy Orton. Ziggler says he’s glad Miz left their team because it put Barrett on the team. Foley puts Barrett in a match against Kane.
Bryan begins yelling NO! Sandow cuts him off and insults Team Foley, calling Bryan a goat face and brings up Kane injuring Rhodes. Kofi challenges Sandow and Foley makes it official, NEXT ON SMACKDOWN!
Kofi Kingston vs Damien Sandow
Kofi manages to get the upper hand on Sandow early and Sandow retreats out of the ring. Kofi with an arm drag and knees to the same arm. Monkey flip from Kofi and Sandow retreats again. Kofi chases Sandow out of the ring and Sandow gets back in and takes control. Dropkick from Kofi. Kofi tosses Sandow out of the ring and hits a suicide dive. Commercial break.
Back to the match and Sandow begins to take control but Kofi continues trading punches. Sandow kicks Kofi in the knee and hits a flipping neckbreaker. Russian leg sweep from Sandow, followed by the elbow of disdain. Kofi with the big chops to the chest and a club to the head. Boom Drop from Kofi as he sets uup to hit the Trouble In Paradise. Sandow goes to escape and elbows Kofin the face. Kofi springboards off the top rope onto Sandow for two. Sandow with a jaw jacker to Kofi but gets flipped. Kingston tries to grab Sandow but gets kicked in the knee. Sandow rolls up Kingston and holds the tights for the win.
Winner: Damien Sandow
Eve, Aksana & Alicia Fox vs Natalya, Kaitlyn & Layla
Layla spanks Aksana and hits her with her butt. Alicia gets tagged in and slams Layla down by the hair. Northern lights suplex from Alicia, followed by a hair toss. Eve gets tagged in and works over Layla, choking her on the ropes. Alicia comes in and Layla makes the hot tag to Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn overpowers Alicia with a big flapjack. Cover but Aksana breaks it up. Eve gets hit off the apron and Kaitlyn hits the inverted DDT for the win.
Winners: Kaitlyn, Layla & Natalya
Booker and Sheamus have a confrontation backstage. Booker said Sheamus is putting him in a tough position. Booker tells Sheamus to keep his cool.
Randy Orton & The Miz vs Alberto Del Rio & Dolph Ziggler
Miz and Ziggler start off and Miz seems to be in control. They trade punches before Ziggler chucks Miz out of the ring and Del Rio throws Orton off the apron. Commercial.
Ziggler has Orton in a headlock but Orton quickly gets out. Knee to the ribs of Orton. Dolph runs the hands through the hair and hits an elbow drop. Tag to Del Rio, who kicks Orton’s arm. Miz gets into the match and hits an axe handle smash from the top. Miz goes back to the top and Del Rio throws him off the rope. Del Rio makes his way into the match and beats down Del Rio until Miz flips him over the ropes, to the outside of the ring. Miz crawls towards Orton and makes the tag. Orton hits clothesline after clothesline and knocks Ziggler off the apron. Powerslam to Del Rio, powerslam to Ziggler. Orton with the elevated snap DDT. Miz tags himself in and hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the cover. Miz and Orton win.
Winners: Randy Orton & The Miz
Orton RKOs Miz after the match.
Sheamus makes his way to the ring and says they had the fight of their life at HIAC. Sheamus says Show crossed the line attacking Regal. Show comes out and says that whatever Sheamus does, it doesn’t matter. Big Show says he isn’t scared of Sheamus but scared of what he might do to him. Sheamus goes to brawl with Show but Booker restrains him. Booker asks Sheamus to leave the building. Meanwhile, Big Show walks off.
After the break Booker reveals that Big Show has a mystery opponent in the main event.
Wade Barrett vs Kane
Kane takes control after a small flurry and hits his flying clothesline. Immeditately team Ziggler comes down and attacks Kane.
Winner: No Contest
The four on one is working until Bryan comes out to save Kane. Bryan is quickly taken down by Barrett, but Kofi comes down to help even the odds and takes out Barrett. As team Ziggler takes the advantage again, Orton storms down and Team Foley starts cleaning house. Sandow and Ziggler both eat RKOs.
We’re joined on commentary by R-Truth
Antonio Cesaro vs Sin Cara
Sin Cara uses his speed and agility until he’s grounded by a backbreaker. Cesaro gets Cara in the gutwrech position and tosses him. Uppercut to the back of Cara. Sin Cara springboards into an arm drag and hits a headscissors takedown. Big kick from Cara. Huracanrana from Cara. The Swiss Death from Cesaro, followed by the Neutralizer for the win.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Truth gets up on the announce table and gets a USA chant going, to Cesaro’s dismay. Truth gets in the ring and Cesaro leaves.
Big Show vs The Great Khali
Starts off fairly slow, with Khali shoving Big Show. Big Show with a headbutt and some punches. Show goes for the big chop but Khali does some chops of his own. Khali with an elbow to the head. Khali hits the brain chop and Big Show barely kicks out at two. Khali is going for the Punjabi Plunge but to no avail. KO punch from Big Show and Show wins.
Winner: Big Show
And that ends Smackdown tonight! Big Show walks off looking good going into Survivor Series. But wait…Sheamus’ theme hits. Big Show looks slightly worried as he looks around the arena trying to find him. His own music plays again and he leaves. Show is walking backstage and opens up his trailer when Sheamus jumps out of the trailer and attacks. Show throws Sheamus onto the hood of a car and cracks the glass. Sheamus gets back up and jumps off the car onto Show. the show ends with Sheamus standing tall after slamming Big Show into a car multiple times and Booker T pulling him off.