SD Fusion: Excuse Me, You’re Fired!
The 25th February 2011 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts with a video recapping the events of last week involving Edge, Vickie Guerrero, Dolph Ziggler, and Teddy Long. After this, Rey Mysterio takes on Kane to kick off this week’s show.
The match ends with Mysterio rolling up Kane for the 3-count. Afterwards, WWE Hall Of Famer “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes’ music hits and he makes his way to the ring. He tells Mysterio that he has been a friend of his for a long time and he is disappointed in the actions of his son, so he apologises for them and he wants his son “Dashing” Cody Rhodes to come out to apologise to Mysterio in person.
Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring wearing a plastic face mask and asks Dusty why he is doing this, and says that when he said last week that he’d have an announcement regarding his future, this is not what he meant – besides, everyone is staring at him.
He doesn’t understand why his father wants him to apologise to the man who did that to his face, and made sure that he wasn’t in the Royal Rumble or the Elimination Chamber, and seems to indicate WrestleMania before trailing off.
Dusty says that somewhere along the line they discussed him coming to the WWE, one of the subjects was WrestleMania, one was being a champion, and another was what he is wearing on his finger right now (his Hall Of Fame ring).
He says that somewhere along the way – when Cody was voted as the most handsome Superstar by the Divas – he lost focus. Dusty says that Cody needs to make some choices, because as he was being “Dashing” and doing commercials and appearing in TV shows, The Miz eased in on his spot and became the WWE Champion, and to go one better, Edge came back from an injury, also after getting fired, and became the World Heavyweight Champion.
He says that then Cody comes out and accuses Mysterio – a personal friend of the family – of exposing his knee brace causing the need for facial surgery. Whatever Cody chooses to do he will support him with, but he needs to apologise to Mysterio right now.
Cody addresses his father and apologises, then turns his attention to Mysterio and says that he should not have said the things that he did, and apologises. They shake hands and Cody backs up a few steps, but after his father also shakes hands with Rey, Dusty does not let go when Mysterio tries to back away, and Cody takes advantage by attacking Mysterio from behind.
The attack ends on the stage with Cody taking Mysterio’s mask after having thrown him into the digital “mirror” that is commonly seen during his entrance, afterwards he holds it up and looks at it before backing away to leave.
Backstage, Dusty hugs Cody and says that a father would do everything for his son, and calls it “great” as Cody comments that Mysterio is now dashing.
Back in the arena, Rosa Mendes takes on Layla (accompanied by Michelle McCool who joins the commentators at the announce table) in a match which sees Layla lose the match via disqualification thanks to Michelle interfering in full view of the referee.
Afterwards, Layla asks what Michelle is doing, to which Michelle comments that she is taking care of her business. They appear to tease the breakup of Lay-Cool, but Layla takes Michelle’s hand and they start to leave together.
Next up, Kofi Kingston is pitted against Jack Swagger in a match which sees Swagger get the victory when he forces Kingston to tap out to the ankle-lock. Backstage, Vickie Guerrero stands outside Teddy Long’s office door – which appears to be locked – trying to get his attention, as she says that him putting her in a match for her job is unfair.
After a video recapping John Cena’s response on Raw (click here for our Raw report) to what The Rock said about him last week, we see Vickie backstage once more, this time trying to convince Chavo to help her as she says that everyone she has asked before has refused. Chavo tells her that she knows exactly what they say about payback.
Now, Wade Barrett goes against The Big Show with The Corre banned from ringside (as a side-note, I’m liking the latest version of The Corre’s theme that they are playing here, it might be as equally great as the NEXUS theme). The match ends with The Big Show getting the win as a result of a count-out, after pulling Barrett back out to hit the floor when he tries to re-enter the ring, and re-entering the ring himself in time to beat the count.
Afterwards, The Big Show exits the ring and grabs Barrett by the throat to possibly set up for a chokeslam, but the rest of The Corre come down to the ring and they all enter the ring to confront The Big Show together. Show exits the ring and grabs a steel chair before re-entering the ring with it to make The Corre bail out and retreat, but not before he manages to hit Justin Gabriel with it.
Next, after a video recapping the return of The Undertaker and Triple H, as well as their resulting confrontation leading to a wordless challenge for WrestleMania, Vickie Guerrero and Drew McIntyre take on Edge and Kelly Kelly, with the stipulation that if Vickie’s team loses, she loses her job as the SmackDown! Consultant.
The match ends with Edge hitting a Spear on McIntyre for the 3-count, but not before Kelly hits a Spear of her own on Vickie. Afterwards, Teddy Long makes his way out to the ring and after Vickie tries to beg him, informs her that she is fired, before leaving again.
Vickie is distraught at this news and tries to convince people to help her – from the referee, to Booker T, Michael Cole, even the camera-man, but finally she tries Edge. She tries to convince him that her heart was always with him and says that she’d do anything as he can help her, clinging to his leg as she begs him.
Edge plucks the microphone out of her hand and says that she’s right that he can help her get her job back, but instead he thinks he’d rather sing – na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye! He continues to sing it along with the crowd as Vickie seems to admit defeat and leave, but not before having a tantrum when she reaches the stage.
Back in the ring, Edge is attacked from behind by Alberto Del Rio, sending him shoulder-first into the ring post before applying the Cross-Armbreaker, managing to do plenty of damage before the referee manages to pry him off Edge.
With Edge down in the ring clutching his arm, Del Rio stands on the ramp and indicates that it is his destiny to become the World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania, as SmackDown! goes off the air.