SD Fusion: Contract Chaos
The 4th March 2011 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts with a video recapping the events last week in which Vickie Guerrero ended up being fired, followed by Edge making his way to the ring to kick off the show.
Edge talks about how he will be out there later on for an official contract signing for the match between him and Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania XXVII, which he says he is looking forward to as he wants to be face-to-face with Del Rio, and have him look into his eyes and see what it takes to be a champion and to main-event WrestleMania.
He says that he also has a bone to pick with him as last week he was interrupted in the middle of a going away party for Vickie Guerrero, but the awesome part is that he got rid of her, and what he wants to do is to continue from last week where they left off – before he can do so however, Drew McIntyre rushes to the ring and tries to attack Edge but ends up going over the top rope to the outside.
It is at this point that Teddy Long makes his presence known and says that he and the WWE Universe owe McIntyre a debt of gratitude, as the deal last week was that if Vickie’s team lost, she would be fired – and as they did, she was.
He tells McIntyre that if he doesn’t get in the ring and have a straight-up match with Edge, he will be fired too. Edge says that Long brings up a great point that Vickie is gone, and starts a chant with the crowd saying “Thank You Drew”. The match between Edge and McIntyre ends with Edge forcing McIntyre to tap out to the Edgecator.
Next up, after a video recapping the events last week involving Rey Mysterio and “Dashing” Cody Rhodes, Rhodes makes his way out onto the stage posing as Mysterio before turning to his digital mirror and removing the mask and making his way to the ring.
Rhodes starts by asking the crowd not to look at him and then yelling at them not to do so, before talking about how what they crowd are now feeling when they heard Mysterio’s music only to find out it wasn’t him, is disappointment.
He says that he knows that feeling as it’s exactly what he felt going from being “Dashing” to what he is now reduced to, and goes on to talk about how good it felt when he attacked Mysterio last week and that he knew then that it was the right thing to do.
Rhodes says that he knows that his father is watching right now, and he doesn’t want to disappoint him so is not going to let a “carnival sideshow freak” like Mysterio stop him from becoming the World Heavyweight Champion.
Addressing Mysterio, he says that if he chooses to accept his challenge for WrestleMania XXVII, he gives him a guarantee that he will remove his mask and expose his face – or what he has left for a face – on the grandest stage of them all.
Backstage, Kane is approached by The Corre who remind Kane that his greatest victory came in a match where some of them played a pivotal role – Kane says that he didn’t want or need their help then and doesn’t want it now, but they say that they just want him to beat The Big Show tonight, so to think about it.
Back in the arena, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater (accompanied by rest of The Corre) are pitted against Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov for the WWE Tag Team Championship in a match which sees Slater retain the titles for his team after hitting Marella with a reverse-DDT for the 3-count.
After a video recapping Triple H’s comments on Raw (click here for our Raw report), The Undertaker makes his way to the ring with “Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold This Body Down)” by Johnny Cash being used fully instead of only at the beginning like his return on last week’s Raw, so it appears it is now his new theme.
He talks about how Triple H will find out what the eighteen men who have gone before him have learned (seemingly ignoring the fact that the past two times were the same man, that Kane has faced him more than once, and that Triple H faced him ten years ago too) – The Undertaker is the “Last Outlaw”, and Triple H will Rest In Peace.
Next, Rosa Mendes and Beth Phoenix go against Lay-Cool in a match which sees Layla get the 3-count on Beth after Michelle hits Beth with a boot to the face behind the back of the referee.
Now, Kane takes on The Big Show in a match which ends in a disqualification for Kane as he hits The Big Show with a steel chair handed to him by The Corre, but it doesn’t stop there as The Corre then attack The Big Show as Kane watches, but manage to raise his ire when Show pushes Gabriel into Kane to knock him back a few steps, and so ends with Kane hitting Gabriel with a steel chair, after which The Corre quickly bail out and take Gabriel with them.
Next up, after the first part of the video of Shawn Michaels commenting on Triple H and The Undertaker facing each other at WrestleMania XXVII and a video recapping Michael Cole’s announcement on Raw of Jack Swagger being his trainer and the attack afterwards, Swagger makes his way to the ring and Cole enters it.
Cole talks about how he will announce on next week’s Raw who the Special Guest Referee for his WrestleMania match with Jerry Lawler will be. In the meantime, Swagger goes against JTG in a match which sees Swagger get the victory after forcing him to tap out to the ankle-lock, and afterwards both Cole and Swagger celebrate in the ring.
After a video recapping Cena’s rap around The Rock on last week’s Raw and The Rock’s response on this week’s Raw, Teddy Long is in the ring as it’s time for the official contract signing for the WrestleMania match between Alberto Del Rio and Edge.
After making his way to the ring, Del Rio welcomes everyone to his contract signing ceremony and says that the only way to begin it is with singing the Mexican National Anthem, to which Ricardo Rodriguez does so until Edge’s music hits to interrupt.
After Edge has made his way to the ring, Long asks if this can be a contract signing that for the first time in WWE history does not descend into chaos, after which he tells both men that they can be seated.
As the crowd chant U-S-A (despite the fact that Del Rio is Mexican and Edge is Canadian), Edge reminds Del Rio that once the contract is signed there is no turning back, and says that he doesn’t know what it is like to fight on the biggest stage in the world, unlike himself who is an 11-time World Heavyweight Champion.
Del Rio says that he already knew that, and says that nobody remembered that, and says that the contract is not just a piece of paper, but it represents the next chapter for the WWE, and the chapter is not for Edge, but for Del Rio as it is his destiny.
Edge tells him that destiny can change in the blink of an eye, and that his destiny could be that he will be the fastest-rising Superstar in history, or it could be that Edge beats him at WrestleMania XXVII and that he’s just another flash in the pan that he made famous for one moment.
Del Rio says that Edge is right about one thing – once he signs the contract (which he then does before continuing to speak), it is the beginning of the end for Edge. Edge signs too before handing the contract over to Long who takes a quick look, but Edge tells Long that he has an answer about his earlier request that it no descend into chaos – Long takes the hint and quickly bails out of the ring.
Edge and Del Rio then start fighting with Edge getting the advantage until Edge tries to set up for the Spear and instead has his leg grabbed by Rodriguez, which allows Del Rio to get the upper hand and then apply the cross-armbreaker.
After releasing the cross-armbreaker, Del Rio continues the attack by pushing him against the barricade and after Rodriguez hands him a steel chair, tries to put Edge’s shoulder in it ready to send him into the ring post until the arrival of Christian stops it.
Christian attacks Del Rio and follows him even when Del Rio tries to retreat up the ramp, it is only when the referees arrive to pull him apart from him that he stops. Christian and Edge stand together near the ring and Rodriguez tries to help a downed Del Rio on the ramp as SmackDown! goes off the air.