“Yes sir, we promised you a great main event…” The WWE video leads us into the show.
They show some highlights from the World Heavyweight Championship match at Vengeance between Mark Henry and Big Show. Henry delivered a massive superplex to Big Show, and the ring imploded. The match was deemed a no contest. The question of the future of the World Heavyweight Championship is raised. We’ll find out tonight.
Smackdown’s General Manager, Teddy Long, is in the ring. Long says that following the extraordinary events that happened at Vengeance, the statuses of Mark Henry, Big Show, and the World Heavyweight Championship are in a state of flux. Despite the injuries that they both suffered, both Mark Henry and the Big Show are here. Long promises that the future of the championship will be addressed tonight.
Christian’s music hits, and the former World Champion makes his way to the ring before Teddy Long can say anything else. Christian says the future of the World Heavyweight Championship will be addressed right now. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that what Mark Henry and Big Show did at Vengeance was historic. By historic he means it is history. Big Show had his opportunity, and he blew it. That leaves a huge void in the World Heavyweight Championship situation. Christian says that void will be filled by the man that has dominated this brand for the last five months. Long wonders what he means by “dominating”, and he reminds Christian that he had his head kicked off by Sheamus at Vengeance. Christian says it’s called “resiliency”. That’s the true measure of a champion – to be resilient. That’s exactly what he is. Christian tells him to find somebody who is more resilient than he is.
CM Punk’s music hits, and the Raw superstar makes his way to the ring. Christian continues as if Punk isn’t there. Christian says he deserves one more match. Christian asks what Punk is doing there, and wonders why he’s interrupting him. Long says since Raw has enjoyed using some Smackdown superstars on their “super-shows”, he’s pulled some strings and arranged for some Raw superstars to be here tonight for a Super Smackdown.
Punk thanks Long for having him and says it’s good to be here. Punk says it’s nice to be on a show with some competent leadership. Christian laughs, and says Punk “has never met Teddy Long before.” Punk says Christian has never spent one minute with John Laurinaitis. John Laurinaitis makes Teddy Long look like FDR. Long thanks him, and Punk mentions it wasn’t really a compliment, but he digresses. Punk is here because he’s a huge fan of “Rusty Bird” (Christian). Punk says he’d like to see Christian get one more match. Punk says he’s a fan of Christian’s wrestling ability. Christian stops him and reminds him that he hijacked the WWE Title over the summer. Christian says that was a complete joke. Christian says it’s also a complete joke that John Laurinaitis is considering giving Punk a title shot against Alberto Del Rio.
Punk says that’s why Laurinaitis is so bad at his job. Maybe Laurinaitis is trying to set him up, or maybe he’s considering actually considering giving him a shot. Maybe he’s considering it because, unlike Christian, he doesn’t waste everybody’s time by bitching and moaning. Punk then continues saying, “And bitching, and bitching, and bitching…” The crowd chants loudly for CM Punk. Christian says he doesn’t care whether Punk was invited here or not. Christian says as the leader of Smackdown, and someone who is respected in the locker room, he’s not going to allow him to talk to him like that. Christian tells him to take his pipe bomb back to Raw because nobody wants him here. The crowd chants for him, and Punk jokes that nobody wants him here. Punk then mentions that 10,000 people in Houston want him here. Punk says he’s sure the people of Houston would like to see him in a match against Christian. Long books the match, and Punk says, “Holla!” Christian does not look happy, and he yells at Teddy Long.
Michael Cole, Josh Mathews, and Booker T welcome us to the show. They announce that we’ll see Air Boom take on The Miz and R-Truth next.
As The Miz and R-Truth come to the ring, they show still photos from the Last Man Standing match at Vengeance. Miz and R-Truth beat up John Cena, and that solidified Alberto Del Rio’s win. They then show The Miz and R-Truth beating on John Cena at Raw. John Laurinaitis then stopped them, and he made a match for Survivor Series. John Cena chose The Rock as his partner. They edited out the spit. They must have re-taped the announcement.
The Miz & R-Truth vs. Air Boom
The Miz will start the match out against Kofi Kingston. R-Truth distracts Kingston, and The Miz quickly capitalizes by punching away at Kingston. R-Truth is tagged in, and he viciously beats Kingston down. R-Truth punches him in the corner and whips him across the ring. R-Truth runs into some boots, and Kingston gets a tag to Evan Bourne. They hit a double-team face-buster, and Bourne gets a one count. Bourne hits a running hurricanrana and dropkicks R-Truth in the corner. Bourne sends R-Truth to the corner and charges. R-Truth drops him to the apron, and Bourne quickly comes back with a big kick to the head. Miz quickly distracts Bourne, and R-Truth clubs him off the apron. Miz quickly clotheslines Bourne on the outside. R-Truth goes outside, and he punches Bourne down as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Bourne fight up from Miz’s headlock and punch out. Miz quickly takes him down and tags in R-Truth. Miz holds Bourne as R-Truth kicks him in the midsection. R-Truth hits a running kick to the head, and Miz quickly follows up with a big boot, giving R-Truth a two count. R-Truth goes to the front face lock and cinches it in. Bourne kicks out and attempts to make a tag to Kingston, but R-Truth holds him. Bourne then ducks a clothesline and hits an enzuigiri.
Miz and Kingston are tagged in. Kingston takes Miz down with some punches, chops, and a big dropkick. Kingston gets the crowd into it and goes for the Boom Drop, but Miz rolls away. Miz avoids Kingston in the corner, but Kingston comes back with a springboard cross-body. R-Truth breaks the pinfall attempt up. Bourne runs in, and he takes R-Truth out with a high knee and a plancha. Kingston runs into a boot from Miz, R-Truth blind tags in, and they hit a Skull Crushing Finale/Little Jimmy combo for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Miz & R-Truth
Match Rating: * 3/4
R-Truth tells the audience not to boo him since they should be booing themselves. R-Truth says they just beat the WWE Tag Team Champions. This past Sunday at Vengeance, they beat CM Punk and Triple H. On Monday Night Raw, they destroyed Zack Ryder and beat up John Cena. The Miz says they beat John Cena so badly that he had to enlist The Rock’s help at Survivor Series. R-Truth says they must have given Cena some brain damage since he picked the one partner who dislikes him even more than they do. The Miz says if they don’t destroy each other beforehand, they’ll finish the job at Survivor Series.
The status of the World Heavyweight Championship will be addressed later tonight. We’ll also see Christian take on CM Punk in the main event.
Daniel Bryan, along with a group of Smackdown and Raw mid-carders, are standing around a television watching the promo for “Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart”. Bryan mentions that Shawn Michaels trained him. Tyson Kidd walks in, and asks if Bryan’s favorite part was when Michaels cried in the beginning, middle, or the end. Kidd says Hart was better. Bryan and Kidd go back and forth about who was better. Santino Marella says they should settle it in the ring like men. Kidd tells him not to cry when he puts him in the Sharpshooter.
Teddy Long is backstage with a fist pumping Hornswoggle dressed in Zack Ryder gear. Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, and Vickie Guerrero walk up. Vickie says what happened to Ryder is what Long gets for having Ziggler compete twice at Vengeance. Ziggler says he stole the show and is still the United States Champion. Ziggler tells him to step up his game the next time he messes with him. Long says he didn’t put him in that match to mess with him, just like he’s not trying to mess with him by putting him in a match against Randy Orton tonight. Swagger assures Ziggler that they’ve “got” this. Long says Swagger is banned from ringside. They angrily walk off. The cheesy saxophone music hits, and Aksana comes up to Teddy Long. He acts smitten.
The announcers talk about Kevin Nash’s attack on Triple H at this past Monday’s Raw. They then show the video of it. They mention that Triple H suffered a concussion and has some fractured vertebrae. He’ll be out of action for at least six weeks.
Wade Barrett’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. He’ll be in action next.
They show another pre-taped interview with Wade Barrett. Barrett says that last week was just the beginning. When he steps in the ring, it becomes his trench. The arena is his battleground. His opponent is a casualty of war. Tonight, the devastation, the Barrett barrage, continues.
Wade Barrett vs. Trent Barreta
Barrett quickly kicks away at Barreta and sends him to the ropes. Barreta slides through the legs, and he hits Barrett with a hurricanrana. Barreta charges into a Boss Man Slam, and Barrett picks up a near fall. Barrett applies a surfboard stretch. Barreta fights up and punches out. Barreta goes into the ropes and takes a knee to the midsection. Barrett ties him up in the ropes and knees away at him. Barrett backs up and big boots him to the floor. Barrett clotheslines him down at ringside before throwing him into the ring. Barrett gets a near fall. Barreta punches and chops away at Barrett. Barrett quickly sends him to the corner, but runs into some boots. Barreta goes for a hurricanrana, but Barrett holds him up. Barrett turns it to The Wasteland, and he picks up the relatively easy win.
Winner by Pinfall: Wade Barrett
Match Rating: N/A
Randy Orton will take on Dolph Ziggler next.
Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero
Before the match can begin, Cody Rhodes’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with his baggers. Rhodes is coming to join the commentary team.
They lock up and fight for position before breaking apart in a stalemate. They circle the ring and lock up again. Ziggler whips Orton off the ropes, but quickly gets shoulder blocked down. Orton applies a chin lock, but Ziggler fights up and twists out. Orton reverses a whip, and they crisscross in the ropes. Ziggler takes him down with a headlock takeover. Orton fights up and whips Ziggler off. Orton shoulder blocks him down a pair of times for a no count. Ziggler catches his breath in the corner. Ziggler kicks Orton and executes a headlock takeover. Orton twists out and goes for his patented backbreaker, but Ziggler twists out. Ziggler rolls him up for a two count. Ziggler quickly goes for a neckbreaker, but Orton gets out and rolls him up for a near fall. Orton sweeps the legs and kicks Ziggler in the midsection a few times.
Orton backs up to the corner and charges out to drop a knee on Ziggler for a near fall. Orton applies an arm bar, but Ziggler fights up. Orton sends him to the corner and runs into some boots. Ziggler kicks him around before applying a modified chin lock. Orton fights up, but Ziggler stops him with a punch. Orton gets a cold look on his face, and that causes Ziggler to run out of the ring. Orton chases him outside, leapfrogs over Vickie, and clotheslines Ziggler down at ringside. Vickie screams at Orton as we go to the break.
We come back from the break to see Orton whip Ziggler to the corner. Orton charges into a back elbow, and Ziggler follows up quickly with a dropkick for a two count. Ziggler stomps away at him in the corner. Orton punches back, goes into the ropes, and Ziggler drops him with a knee to the midsection for a two count. Ziggler applies a variation of the Rings of Saturn. Orton fights up and gets Ziggler on his shoulders. Ziggler quickly slides off and drops him with a DDT for a near fall. Ziggler goes back to the chin lock. Orton head-butts him, but Ziggler kicks and hits a neckbreaker for a near fall. Vickie can’t believe the referee’s count. Ziggler goes to the top rope, but Orton quickly crotches him up there. Orton scales the turnbuckle, and he hits Ziggler with a superplex. This one does not destroy the ring. Orton picks up a near fall on Ziggler.
Orton and Ziggler go back and forth with punches. Orton comes out on top with an uppercut. Ziggler reverses a whip, but lowers his head and eats a kick. Orton hits a pair of clotheslines, ducks a Ziggler clothesline, and drops him with a nice powerslam. Orton taunts Vickie with a look. Orton yanks Ziggler to the apron, and he drops him with a draping DDT. Orton drops to the mat and signals for the RKO. Ziggler pushes him off, and he stuns Orton with a superkick for a near fall! Ziggler cannot believe it. Ziggler quickly goes for the Zig-Zag, but Orton holds on to the ropes. Orton then drops Ziggler with an RKO out of nowhere and picks up the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Randy Orton
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Randy Orton quickly turns to watch Cody Rhodes and his baggers leave the ringside area. Rhodes takes a paper bag and holds it up for Orton to see. Rhodes begins talking to it, and Orton looks at him with a face of confusion. Rhodes and the baggers then walk off.
The announcers talk about the Mask vs. Mask match from last week’s Smackdown. Sin Cara II lost and was forced to unmask by Sin Cara.
Sin Cara II is backstage with Matt Striker. Striker says Cara was disrespected and embarrassed after having to remove his mask. The man says Sin Cara stole his identity. He says it is payback time. He spoke some Spanish during the promo. It is notable to mention that he did say the name “Hunico”.
The status of the World Heavyweight Championship will be addressed. We’ll also see Christian take on CM Punk.
They play another tremendous Brodus Clay video package.
JOBBER ALERT: Tyson Kidd is in the ring with no TV entrance.
Tyson Kidd vs. Daniel Bryan
They talk some trash about whether HBK or Bret Hart was better. Kidd then shoves Bryan, and Bryan shoves him right back. Bryan ducks a clothesline and gets a waist lock applied. Kidd gets away and runs into an arm drag. Kidd whips Bryan off, and Bryan counters a leapfrog by going for a submission. Kidd sends him to the corner and kicks him. Kidd goes into the ropes and hits a running dropkick to the head. Kidd applies a dragon sleeper. Kidd sends him to the corner, but Bryan backflips over him. Bryan goes into the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and hits a running elbow. Bryan dropkicks him in the corner for a near fall. Bryan sets him up on the top rope and hits a big hurricanrana for a near fall. Bryan goes for the LeBell Lock, and Kidd goes for a Sharpshooter. They then trade some quick pins. Kidd goes for the Sharpshooter, but Bryan counters into the LeBell Lock for the submission victory.
Winner by Submission: Daniel Bryan
Match Rating: 3/4 *
They show another Raw Rebound. Zack Ryder was picked to be John Cena’s partner, but he’s attacked before the main event can happen by The Miz and R-Truth. John Cena then goes at it alone. Miz and R-Truth overtake Cena in a handicap match, and they assault him until John Laurinaitis comes out to stop this. Laurinaitis makes a match for Survivor Series and states that Cena can pick any partner he wants. John Cena picks The Rock.
Will The Rock accept John Cena’s offer to team up at Survivor Series? Tune in to Raw to find out.
Michael Cole stands on the announce table, and he says he’s decided to issue “The Michael Cole Challenge” to Jim Ross to end him once and for all. Cole shows some embarrassing photoshopped pictures of JR training for the match. Cole says he’ll explain the rules on Monday night. Cole says if JR wins then he will quit.
Big Show’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring smiling. The status of the World Heavyweight Championship will be addressed next.
The announcers mention that Big Show and Mark Henry suffered strains to their muscles and ligaments in their necks at Vengeance.
Big Show says, “Oops, I did it again.” Big Show laughs before mentioning that it hurts to laugh. Big Show says he’s fought Hall of Famers and legends on the grandest stages of them all, but today he’s hurting in places he didn’t even know he had places. Big Show says he’s never had a fight with somebody that powerful, ever. Big Show says Henry gave him a great fight. Big Show says after going through that carnage, you’d think he’d stay away from another fight. Big Show says he doesn’t have that mentality, and he calls for the ring to be reinforced so they can do this one more time. Big Show says he knows he can beat Mark Henry. Big Show said that Teddy Long told him there would be a rematch between him and Mark Henry in the near future.
Mark Henry’s music hits, and the World Heavyweight Champion makes his way to ringside. Henry grimaces as he makes his walk to the ring. Mark Henry says he doesn’t care who Big Show talked to because he isn’t getting a rematch. Henry went into Vengeance as the champion, and he left as the champion. Henry says he handled his business, and now he’s done with him. Henry is sore and beat up because of the ring caving in. Big Show is sore and beaten because he made him that way. Obviously he didn’t do a good enough job because he’s still out running his mouth. Henry says maybe if he puts his foot in his mouth then he’ll shut up. Henry pretends to get in the ring, but changes his mind, grimacing in pain. Big Show was ready to fight him. Henry holds up his championship and walks to the back.
CM Punk and Christian will go head-to-head next.
CM Punk vs. Christian
They lock up, and Punk quickly applies a hammerlock. Christian turns it to one of his own, so Punk gets a side headlock applied. Christian whips him off and shoulder blocks him down. They lock up, and Punk gets a side headlock. Punk whips him off, they crisscross the ropes, and Punk shoulder blocks him down. Punk impersonates Hulk Hogan’s pose. Christian kicks Punk and punches him down. Christian taunts the crowd, goes into the ropes, and eats a jumping calf kick from Punk for a near fall. Punk hits some short-arm shoulder blocks, applies another hammerlock, and shoves Christian into the turnbuckle. Punk dropkicks him in the back of the head and picks up a near fall.
Punk applies another hammerlock. Christian fights up and punches out. Punk reverses a whip to the corner, but Christian catches him charging with a boot. Christian comes off the second rope with a diving back elbow. Christian goes for a diving head-butt, but Punk moves. Punk goes for the GTS, but Alberto Del Rio’s music hits. Del Rio makes his way to the ring with Ricardo Rodriguez. Christian slides off Punk’s shoulders, and he hits him with an impaling DDT. Christian picks up a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Punk trapped in an overhead wristlock. Punk rolls Christian off, but he misses a leg drop. Christian kicks and punches away at him. Christian taunts the crowd as Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez watch at ringside. Christian hits a reverse DDT for a near fall. Christian digs his hands into Punk’s mouth and pulls. Christian is forced to break it by the referee. Christian then throws Punk out of the ring. Christian bounces Punk off the announce table, and he picks up a one count. Christian applies a grounded cobra clutch. Punk fights up and punches out. Punk then takes him out with a roundhouse kick, and both men are now down.
Punk hits a right hand and a spinning kick to the midsection before sending him into the ropes and hitting a back body drop. Punk hits a clothesline and a twisting, old-school neckbreaker for a near fall. Punk goes for his high knee in the corner, but Christian moves. Christian attempts the Kill Switch, but Punk slides out. Punk goes for the GTS, and Christian gets out. Christian goes for a springboard sunset flip, but Punk rolls through and kicks him in the head for a near fall. Christian ducks a roundhouse kick, and he drops Punk to the ropes. Christian goes over the top rope and uppercuts him. Christian hits a cross-body, but Punk rolls through, and he nearly takes the match. Punk goes for a springboard clothesline, but Christian counters with a powerslam in mid-air for a near fall!
Christian signals for his finisher, but Punk kicks him. Punk goes for the GTS, but Christian slides off. Punk his a high knee in the corner, and he follows up with a bulldog. Rodriguez gets on the ring apron, and Punk chases him away. Punk hits Christian with a springboard clothesline for a near fall. Punk goes to the top rope, pays tribute to the Macho Man, and Ricardo Rodriguez gets on the apron to distract the referee. Del Rio then snuck up and crotched Punk on the top rope. Christian sets up for the spear, and Sheamus’s music hits. Christian watches him, giving an opening to CM Punk to hit the GTS for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: CM Punk
Match Rating: **
Sheamus smiles as Christian can’t believe what just happened. CM Punk celebrates big time in the ring as the show ends.
Quick Match Results
The Miz & R-Truth def. Air Boom (non-title)
Wade Barrett def. Trent Barreta
Randy Orton def. Dolph Ziggler (non-title)
Daniel Bryan def. Tyson Kidd via Submission
CM Punk def. Christian
Bump of the Night: Christian hitting a powerslam on Punk out of mid-air!
Match of the Night: Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler ** 1/4
Ah, I knew I shouldn’t have gotten too excited about last week’s episode of Smackdown. It looks like they were just trying hard because it was Smackdown’s first show in Mexico City. Tonight, they went back to their “Miss it, and you didn’t miss anything” theme for the show.
The show opened up with Teddy Long promising the World Heavyweight Championship situation would be addressed. I wasn’t aware that a match that wound up in a “no contest” constituted a championship’s future being in jeopardy. Christian then came out, and he made a pretty decent case for why he should get another shot. If anything, to me, Christian constantly campaigning for “one more match” is one of the funnier things they’ve got going. That’s just one guy’s opinion. Then CM Punk came out, and Teddy Long announced that tonight was a Super Smackdown. That was just said to get a cheap pop. In actuality, pretty much every Smackdown over the past few weeks has featured Raw superstars in some prominent roles on the show. CM Punk and Christian got into a mini argument, and they set up a main event match.
The Miz and R-Truth pretty handily defeated the WWE Tag Team Champions, and then they went on to put over that John Cena is crazy for thinking The Rock would accept his offer. The subliminal message here is, “Tune in to Raw and find out what The Rock does.”
It was around this time that we saw a Raw replay of what happened to Triple H. They had three segments of the show solely dedicated to what happened on Raw this past Monday. I understand that they need to promote their big show, but I’d bet money that there weren’t more than a handful of people watching tonight’s show that didn’t already watch Raw. One quick Raw Rebound is fine, but devoting big chunks to a two-hour show that is supposed to be your “number two” show is a little silly to me.
Wade Barrett handled Trent Barreta in a quick squash match. I’m interested in the Barrett revolution. Barrett has some ability, he has a good look, and they guy can talk. It’s a shame he’s been so stagnant for as long as he has been. I’m glad he’s getting a mini-push. Hopefully it’ll translate into some success for him.
Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler had a very nice match tonight. Ziggler has really shined this week after competing in two very good matches at Vengeance. Orton gave him a good match, and that’s pretty much all you can ask for. They’re setting Ziggler up for some big stuff. Cody Rhodes was on commentary, and he did a good job there as well. I’m glad the negative reaction the match against Orton received at Vengeance isn’t going to deter them from putting Rhodes into more segments with Orton. Rhodes is a great talent, and I personally believe he has a winning heel gimmick. A little more exposure, one or two hot segments, and he’ll be looked at as a legitimate threat. I don’t think anyone believed he could beat Orton at Vengeance. They need to do a better job of establishing him as a guy who can really hang in there with Orton.
Sin Cara II cut a promo, and I swear I heard him say “Hunico” in Spanish. No name change has been announced, but it looks like his rivalry against Sin Cara isn’t over yet.
Daniel Bryan and Tyson Kidd had a pointless match set up by a silly little argument backstage. This was just to promote the “Shawn vs. Bret” DVD. They didn’t really have an awesome match either. Normally when you see “Daniel Bryan vs. Tyson Kidd”, you can expect a good match. That wasn’t the case tonight. They weren’t given any time and, let’s face it, the premise for having the match in the first place was incredibly stupid. On a side note, it is interesting to note that Daniel Bryan got zero reaction coming out. They had a wide shot of the crowd when his music hit and no one moved a muscle. The fact that they piped in fake cheers over that shot was embarrassing. I said that there’s plenty of time to build Bryan up for WrestleMania, but that lack of reaction has to be a little concerning to the powers that be. Let’s get this guy going. Get his face some big time exposure at Survivor Series. This guy is going to be in one of your championship matches at WrestleMania for goodness sake!
Big Show was out after this, and he walked to the ring smiling. Tons of people have harped on this aspect of WWE television over the past few years that they’ve been doing this, and I genuinely hate to be “one of those guys”, but damn it if it doesn’t bother me when a guy comes out smiling after losing a big championship match. What are you so happy about? The World Title is the “be all, end all” in the business and – guess what, buddy – you failed to win it. What’s to be happy about? Would it hurt for them to have Big Show put a serious face on and state that he’s not done with his quest? That killed the segment in my mind until Mark Henry, to his credit, and he’s been absolutely killing it these last few months, saved this segment. Henry was flat out awesome and, unbelievably, made me want to see this match again. Mark Henry is the best heel wrestler they’ve developed in the last five years, hands down. Maybe even ten years. Yeah, let’s say ten years.
CM Punk and Christian had a really nice main event that served as a platform to hype up Punk’s upcoming title match against Alberto Del Rio. The match was good, but it will have no ramifications on the future of this rivalry. It also looks like they’re going to continue on with Sheamus vs. Christian. I personally like the match-up, but it hasn’t been well received by their audience on two consecutive PPVs. Would it hurt to freshen up their opponents? I’m personally hanging on to hope that we see Mark Henry vs. Sheamus with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line. That’d be a tremendous December feud.
Final Rating: **