SD Fusion: Undashing Discrimination
The 30th September 2011 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts with Booker T being introduced and making his way to the ring, before he introduces the person who he is going to interview, the World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry.
Booker T says that when Mark Henry beat Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship, he was one of the first to say congratulations, and that he knows as a former six-time champion how hard it is to climb that mountain, so he again congratulates Henry and tells him that he earned it.
Henry asks if he is supposed to think that Booker is six times better than him due to him winning the title six times, but Booker says that he didn’t mean that as an insult. Booker is about to explain further, but Henry cuts him off and says that he’s not finished.
He asks how Booker can come out and kiss his ass, and then insult him in the same sentence. Booker T says that was no insult, and that if he was going to insult him, he would know it. Henry retorts that if he was to pick Booker up and put him through the announce table, he would know it.
Mark Henry says that he is not out there for Booker T, but is rather out there for Randy Orton and he wants to deliver a message. He says that Night Of Champions was about the World Heavyweight Championship, but at Hell In A Cell, he will be the one who inducts him into his “Hall of Pain”.
He says that mounted on his wall at home are the heads of The Big Show, Kane, and Jerry “The King” Lawler, but he has a special place for Orton’s head above his mantel. Henry says that on Sunday, beating Orton is not enough – he’s going to end his career.
Booker asks why and asks if he knows what influence he can have over the WWE Universe, but Henry tells him to lower his tone and says that he knows exactly what he is and has done, and that for fifteen years he did the positive thing but it got him nowhere.
Mark Henry says that it is about dominating, and he will be the most dominant champion in WWE history. Booker says that he has to ask this question – what if on Sunday night at Hell In A Cell and he hits him with an RKO – Henry interrupts and says that he isn’t going to hit him with anything, because if he could have, he already would have, and that is why he has the World Heavyweight Championship.
He says that Orton can’t beat him, and that he, Booker, and all the “nothing fans” know it. Henry says that Orton is not going to beat him at Hell In A Cell, just like The Great Khali is not going to beat him on this episode of SmackDown!
Mark Henry demands that The Great Khali be brought out, so that he can take out the trash just like he did on Monday Night Raw (click here for our Raw report). Mark Henry gets the victory when he hits The Great Khali with the World’s Strongest Slam for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Henry decides that he isn’t done as he grabs a steel chair from ringside and hits Khali with it, before he then places it around Khali’s ankle and does a knee-drop from the turnbuckle onto it.
Backstage, Khali is shown being taken away on a stretcher, and Jinder Mahal yells taunts at Khali until SmackDown! General Manager Teddy Long yells at him to get out.
Back in the arena, Evan Bourne (accompanied by Kofi Kingston) takes on Jack Swagger (accompanied by Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero) in a match which sees Swagger get the victory, when Vickie pushes Bourne from the turnbuckle behind the back of the referee, and Swagger takes advantage of it by following it up with the ankle-lock that forces Bourne to tap out.
After a video recapping the events of last week involving both Sin Caras and Daniel Bryan, Sin Cara is pitted against Heath Slater in a match which sees Sin Cara get the victory, when he hits Slater with a senton bomb for the 3-count.
Afterwards as Sin Cara celebrates, a second Sin Cara appears on the titantron, who then takes off the blue mask as the camera pans out, to reveal a black version of the mask and the rest of the attire. He says that the Sin Cara in the ring stole his identity once before as Mistico, so now it is only right that he does the same to him, and that on Sunday they will find out which one of them should be known as Sin Cara.
After a video recapping the numerous complaints that various Superstars have made bout Triple H as the COO, we see John Laurinaitis sitting and talking with a group that includes Christian, Vickie Guerrero, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, and David Otunga.
Laurinaitis says that he understands their frustration and that he is as frustrated as they are, as he has been trying to see Triple H himself since Tuesday, but to no avail. Otunga thanks him for allowing him to exercise his legal expertise, and he says that they have put something together that he thinks will assuage everyone’s concerns. They all agree on whatever it is for Monday, and together with Laurinaitis, decide to get to work.
Now, Beth Phoenix joins commentary as Kelly Kelly goes against Natalya in a match which sees Kelly get the victory, when she gets Natalya in a victory roll for the 3-count. Afterwards, Beth attacks Kelly and hits her with the Glam Slam, which Natalya then follows up with a modified surfboard submission manoeuvre, causing Kelly to cry in pain as Beth taunts her.
After a video recapping the match on Raw between Cody Rhodes and Sheamus in which Christian interfered, Cody Rhodes is set to take on Sheamus for the Intercontinental Championship. Before the match takes place however, Rhodes says that he is going on the record and officially stating that he is being discriminated against by the WWE.
He says that last Friday night, Randy Orton took the ring bell and smashed it into the side of his skull, and he has nine staples because of it – yet there was no action taken by WWE management against Orton, but they instead saw fit to make Rhodes compete in a 10-Man Battle Royal on Raw with his title on the line, and also defend it again on this episode of SmackDown! against one of the men who he beat on Monday, Sheamus.
Cody Rhodes says that once again for his own sanity, he is being forced like an impudent seven year old child to defend his Intercontinental Championship. He says that Sheamus is an Irish beer guzzling, bar-brawling, 270-something lb braggart, so he is legally stating that he is defending his title under “that animal” under protest.
Sheamus asks if Rhodes remembers when a “Irish beer guzzling, bar-brawling, 272lb hard-headed braggart” came to St Louis, Missouri and beat him for the Intercontinental Championship – he says that isn’t Irish folklore.
The match ends with Sheamus getting the victory as a result of a disqualification, when he hits the ring and hits Sheamus with the Killswitch, and then yells at the downed Sheamus at how he cost him the World Heavyweight Championship.
Next up, “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder is pitted against JTG in a match which sees Ryder get the victory, when he catches JTG off the ropes with the Rough Ryder for the 3-count.
Backstage again, Triple H approaches John Laurinaitis, with the latter saying that he didn’t know that Triple H would be there. Triple H apologises and says that he knows how he hates being out of the loop, just like he himself hates that Laurinaitis keeps having secret meetings with disgruntled Superstars.
Laurinaitis claims that he is just a buffer, and that the talent just confides in him, but that he is behind Triple H 100%, and as loyal as they come. Triple H says that is good to hear, as without loyalty there is no trust, and if there is no trust then he may as well just wish them luck in their future endeavours.
After a video and the announcers hype the matches to take place at Hell In A Cell, Matt Striker interviews Randy Orton, who talks about how Henry proclaimed that he will end Orton’s career on Sunday. Orton asks if Henry has any idea who he is, as he says that has committed some of the most sadistic atrocities in the WWE, so he is not intimidated by anyone, especially Mark Henry.
He points out what he did to Cody Rhodes last week and says that he hasn’t got an ounce of regret, but what he does have is a match with Henry inside Hell In A Cell on Sunday. Randy Orton says that he has competed in that match three times, but Henry hasn’t at all, yet Henry claims that Orton is unable to hit him with an RKO.
Orton says that Henry better hope and pray that he hit him with an RKO and end it early, because he has no idea how many ways Orton has to hurt him in the cell. He says that on Sunday something is going to end, but it is not his career, it is Mark Henry’s reign as the World Heavyweight Champion.
Next, Christian goes against Randy Orton in a match which ends in a double-countout, as Orton and Christian are fighting around ringside. Afterwards, Orton decides to send a message and starts to clear the announce table in anticipation of putting Christian through it.
Before he can do so however, Cody Rhodes makes his presence known and stops him, and both men then throw Orton into the ring and start to attack him. Sheamus hitting the ring and taking out Rhodes with a boot however, causes Christian to high-tail it out of there, quickly pursued by Sheamus.
The punishment isn’t over for Randy Orton, as Mark Henry’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Randy Orton tries a pre-emptive strike, getting a few shots in and attempting an RKO, but the RKO is blocked and Henry manages to take Orton out with the World’s Strongest Slam.
Henry evidently wants to do even more to Orton, when he fetches a steel chair from ringside. Luckily for Orton, he manages to get up and hit Henry with an RKO as he re-enters the ring.
Randy Orton and Mark Henry watch each other from their respective positions, as SmackDown! goes off the air.