SD Fusion: Demonic Mind Games
The 17th September 2010 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts after the titles roll with Christian in the ring presenting the Peep Show, but before he can introduce his guest himself, Ricardo Rodriguez interrupts and introduces Alberto Del Rio.
Christian welcomes Del Rio to the Peep Show and says that he has made quite an impression in his short time on SmackDown!, from having a personal ring announcer, driving great cars, and having great suits.
He says it makes him wonder if he’s seeing two different guys, the one standing before him now who is like a cheap fajita; all sizzle and no steak, or the great man that we were exposed to in the countless introduction videos.
Del Rio says that the only thing Christian needs to know about him is what he did to Rey Mysterio, because that was phenomenal and it tells him everything. Christian says that he’s been around for a long time, seeing such things as the “Next Big Thing” (Brock Lesnar), male cheerleaders (Spirit Squad), to a guy who thought he was a Boogeyman (of course, The Boogeyman).
He says not only has he seen and heard them all, but he has also outlasted them all, then asking Del Rio if he is a flash in the pan like those people, or if he is in fact the most interesting man in the world. Del Rio replies saying that he is going to change the WWE forever and bring pride to the Mexican people, and at the end of the road, Christian will be cleaning his houses and washing his dishes.
Christian challenges Del Rio to a match at Night Of Champions, but he declines, saying that if he faces him, Christian will end up like the crowd – a peasant. He says he doesn’t want that as he kind of likes him, and after saying it’s time for him to go and the interview is over, he says that he’ll think about the match.
As he goes to walk away, Christian slaps him and though first looking like he’s going to retaliate, he exits the ring and makes his way up the ramp, turning around on the stage and telling Christian that his answer to the challenge is “No”.
Next up, “Dashing” Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre take on the WWE Tag Team Champions; The Hart Dynasty (who are accompanied by Natalya). The match ends with Rhodes hitting Cross-Rhodes on DH Smith for the victory.
Now, Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring with a microphone and says that everybody knows that the only reason Dolph Ziggler is still Intercontinental Champion is because of Vickie Guerrero, then calling her a loud-mouthed nasty beast of a woman.
He says that she has made sure that he keeps the belt around his waist by any means necessary – but this Sunday things will be different, as if Ziggler gets counted out or disqualified, the title will change hands to Kingston.
Kingston says that he is going to do the WWE Universe a favour, promising that not only will he win the title, but that he will also rid the WWE of the most repulsive couple in SmackDown! history as he has a funny feeling that when the title is removed from Ziggler, Vickie will remove herself too, and that there will be “Trouble In Paradise”.
Kingston takes on Jack Swagger, with Kingston getting the win by hitting Trouble In Paradise. Afterwards, we see a video recapping the attempt two weeks ago by Teddy Long to get Hornswoggle to speak, with another attempt taking place by taking him to a school run by a Nun.
Hornswoggle gets Teddy Long in trouble, but when she tries to punish him by rapping a cane across his hands, Hornswoggle stops her – so she then attempts to do the same to him but Long stops her too, with Hornswoggle then causing more mischief, causing her to say that an exorcism is needed and Long asking what they have done now.
Next, Rosa Mendes and Kelly Kelly (accompanied by her Rookie Naomi) go against LayCool (accompanied by Kaval), with Layla getting the win for her team after hitting a neckbreaker on Rosa.
After a video recapping some of the past holders of the WWE Championship and the events over the past few weeks involving the participants of the Six-Pack Challenge and then hyping the match at Night Of Champions, Todd Grisham and Matt Striker hype the matches slated to take place on Sunday.
Going backstage, LayCool address Melina and say that they know she is eager to know which of them she will be facing at Night Of Champions, so have decided to choose by Kaval drawing the name out of the hat, which reveals it to be Michelle.
An excited Michelle hugs Layla and thanks her before leaving, but Kaval then points out to Layla that all of the pieces of paper have “Michelle” on them, none for Layla. When asked by Kaval is she is surprised, she responds that she isn’t, but says that Michelle will be when she’s standing alone on Sunday.
Now, CM Punk is pitted against Christian, with Alberto Del Rio joining Grisham and Striker on Commentary. The match ends with Del Rio distracting Christian for a moment, allowing Punk to hit the GTS and get the 3-count.
Afterwards, Del Rio enters the ring with a steel chair and sits on it with it placed over Christian, but The Big Show makes his way to the ring, causing Del Rio to exit the ring after Show tells him to “bring it” when he looks at him. Punk then tries to attack Show and hit a high-knee in the corner, but ends up laid out with a punch.
Next, Kane makes his way to the ring with a microphone, to answer The Undertaker’s challenge to make their match at Night Of Champions a No Holds Barred bout. He says that the final chapter in their epic rivalry will be written, but this time the story will not end as it always has before; with a vindictive Undertaker summoning power from the Dark side and vanquishing his opponent.
This time, Kane says he will be the author of The Undertaker’s demise, and this time it ends the same way as it started; with The Undertaker sprawled helpless at his feet. He says that this time, the Dark side will betray The Undertaker, as the powers that once his, now belong to him.
He says that not only will he emerge retaining the World Heavyweight Championship, but that the plot he hatched thirteen years ago will be realised when the Phenom becomes a distant memory and it ends on his terms.
Finally addressing The Undertaker’s challenge to make it a No Holds Barred match, he says that was exactly what he wanted, and that once again The Undertaker’s pride has played right into his hands, as now there are no limits, no rules, and on Sunday there will be No Holds Barred.
Kane tells The Undertaker to make no mistake about it, because the “Devil’s Favourite Demon” will make him Rest In Peace. Before he can finish the last word though, The Undertaker’s music hits and he makes his way down the ramp, though at the bottom of the ramp the lights go out and when they come back on, Kane is standing behind The Undertaker.
The Undertaker turns around and gets hit in the stomach with the title, then worked over by Kane around the ring, before rolling him into it. After using moves reminiscent of The Undertaker in the same dominant position, he ends with a Chokeslam and Tombstone Piledriver, setting his music and pyro off with The Undertaker’s bow as SmackDown! goes off the air.