SD Fusion: Super Perplexing Situation
The 28th October 2011 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts with a video recapping the events of the World Heavyweight Championship match between Mark Henry and The Big Show at Vengeance (click here for our Vengeance report), followed by SmackDown! General Manager Teddy Long making his way to the ring.
He says that the status of Mark Henry, The Big Show, and the World Heavyweight Championship is in a state of flux, but that despite the injuries both men suffered, they are at the show, and he promises that the future of the World Heavyweight Championship will be addressed on this episode of SmackDown!
Before he can say any more however, Christian’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, and Christian says that the future of the World Heavyweight Championship will be addressed right now. He says that there is no doubt that what Henry and Show did at Vengeance was historic, but by “historic”, he means exactly that, it is history.
Christian says that The Big Show had his chance at the title and blew it, so that leaves a gaping void in the title situation, a void that he says will be filled by a man who has dominated the brand for the last five months.
Long interrupts and expresses disbelief at Christian’s claim of dominating the brand, as he says that the last time he saw him, he was getting his head kicked off by Sheamus. Christian says that it is called resiliency, and that it is the true measure of a champion, so he challenges Long to find somebody who deserves this more than him.
Christian is the one to be interrupted this time, as CM Punk’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Once Punk is in the ring, Christian decides to continue what he was saying and says that before he was interrupted, he was going to say that he deserves one more match, before asking Teddy Long what Punk is doing there and why he is interrupting him.
Teddy Long says that before he was interrupted by Christian, what he was going to say was that as Raw has enjoyed having SmackDown! Superstars on Raw over the past few weeks, he arranged for some Raw Superstars to be on this episode of SmackDown!
CM Punk says that before he was interrupted, as he was intending to start talking straight away when he came out, he was going to say thank you for having him and that it is good to be there, and he says that it is good to be on a show with competent leadership for once.
Christian expresses disbelief at the claim of Long being competent, saying that Punk has obviously never met Long before, but Punk fires back that obviously Christian has never spent a minute with John Laurinaitis.
Punk says that he is a huge fan of Christian and points out a “one more match” sign, and says that he would love to see Christian get one more match, but he says that the problem is that every time he opens his mouth – at this point, Christian asks if Punk is really going to lecture and throw stones at him, to which Punk clearly says “yes”.
Christian points out that CM Punk left the company with the WWE Championship this Summer, and although he’s sure Punk thinks that what he did was cool and earth-shattering, but he thinks that it was a complete joke, and that it is a complete joke that Laurinaitis is even considering him for a WWE Championship match with Alberto Del Rio.
CM Punk says that maybe that is why Laurinaitis is so bad at his job, or maybe he is trying to set him up, or maybe he is considering it because he doesn’t waste the WWE Universe’s time bitching and moaning and bitching and bitching, continuing to say “and bitching” quite a number of times, especially when Christian seems to be about to try to say something.
Christian says that he doesn’t care if Punk was invited there or not, as the leader of SmackDown! and the most respected man in the locker room, he isn’t going to let him stand there and talk to him like that.
He tells him to take his pipe bomb and hit the bricks back to Raw, as he says that nobody wants him there. Punk’s response is to act like Christian could be right, until he quickly turns back around and points out that over ten thousand people seem to want him there.
Punk says that he would bet that the crowd would also like to see him in a match on this episode of SmackDown!, and that he’s sure his magic 8-ball says that they would love to see him in a match with Christian, then asking Teddy Long if that can be done, to which Long agrees to the match happening.
After some photos recapping what happened at Vengeance involving The Miz, R-Truth, and John Cena, as well as a video recapping what events on Raw between the three men and the subsequent announcement (click here for our Raw report), The Awesome Truth (R-Truth and The Miz) take on Air Boom (Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston) in a tag team match.
The match ends with R-Truth getting the victory for his team, when he and The Miz hit Kofi Kingston with their double-team combination move “Little Jimmy’s Finale” for the 3-count. Afterwards, R-Truth points out that they just beat the WWE Tag Team Champions, that they beat Triple H and CM Punk at Vengeance, and they destroyed Zack Ryder and beat John Cena on Monday Night Raw.
The Miz and R-Truth say that they beat Cena so bad, that he had to go and get another partner for their tag team match at Survivor Series, as he chose The Rock. R-Truth says that he thinks that Cena is brain-damaged, as Cena picked the only man on Earth who dislikes him more than they do.
The Miz says that this is fine and dandy, as if The Rock accepts Cena’s offer and they don’t destroy each other beforehand, The Awesome Truth will finish the job at Survivor Series.
Next, Daniel Bryan and some of the other Superstars are shown watching something backstage, and Justin Gabriel asks if he was trained by Shawn Michaels, to which Bryan responds in the affirmative, until Tyson Kidd decides to make his presence known.
What follows is basically a disagreement between them about which is better out of Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, with Bryan on the side of Michaels and Kidd on the side of Hart, with the Superstars also divided when asked their opinion, until Santino Marella interrupts and suggests that both men settle it in the ring, to which they agree.
Elsewhere backstage, Hornswoggle is dressed as a “Little Broski” and Teddy Long comments to him that it was a shame about what happened to Zack Ryder on Raw, but at this point Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, and Vickie Guerrero make their presence known.
Ziggler says that despite Long’s best efforts, he defeated Zack Ryder at Vengeance to retain his United States Championship, so he may want to rethink things the next time he wants to mess with him.
Long says that he didn’t put him in the match to mess with him, just like the match later on this episode isn’t to mess with him either, as Dolph Ziggler will face Randy Orton, and when Swagger says that they have this, Long tells Swagger that he is banned from ringside.
Ziggler, Swagger, and Vickie leave as Long tries to calm down Hornswoggle who it seems is trying to imitate Zack Ryder, but this time another person makes their presence known, this person being Aksana.
Teddy Long admits to missing her and asks Hornswoggle to leave, but when trying to talk with Aksana, he gets tied up in his own words and suggests that they go to his office.
After a video recapping the events involving Triple H and Kevin Nash on Raw, Wade Barrett is pitted against Trent Barreta in a match which sees Barrett get the victory, when he hits Barreta with The Wasteland.
Now, Cody Rhodes joins commentary as Randy Orton goes against Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) in a match which sees Orton get the victory, when he counters a Zig-Zag attempt by holding onto the ropes, and follows it up with an RKO for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the match between the two men known as Sin Cara and the subsequent unmasking, Matt Striker interviews the man who was formerly the black-attired Sin Cara about how he feels.
The response is to ask how he thinks he feels, and he says that blue-attired (and victorious) Sin Cara took away something that was in his heart, and as such, he says that it is payback time.
After a video hyping Sheamus, Daniel Bryan takes on Tyson Kidd in a match which sees Bryan get the victory, when he counters Kidd’s Sharpshooter attempt into the LeBell Lock, that forces Kidd to tap out.
After a video once again recapping the events of Raw involving The Awesome Truth (R-Truth and The Miz) and John Cena, Michael Cole reiterates his challenge to Jim Ross that he made on Raw, which he says that since been agreed to by J.R.
Next up, The Big Show talks about how he is hurting in places that he didn’t even know he had, and how he doesn’t think that he ever had a fight like the one against Mark Henry at Vengeance, which he gives him credit for.
He suggests however that they reinforce the ring and try the match once again, as he says that he knows without a doubt in his heart that he can beat Mark Henry and take the World Heavyweight Championship.
The Big Show says that he has spent most of the day in conference with Teddy Long, and he has been assured that there will be a rematch in the near-future between him and Mark Henry, though how soon that is is still being debated.
Mark Henry’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, though he stops on the ring steps and doesn’t go further. He says that he doesn’t care who Show talks to, he’s not getting a rematch, as he went into Vengeance as the World Heavyweight Champion and left the same way.
He says that as far as he is concerned, he handled his business, so he is done with him. Henry says that he is sore and beat up because of the ring caving in, but Show is sore and beaten because Henry made him that way.
Henry says that obviously he didn’t do a very good job as Show is still running his mouth, and suggests that maybe if he puts his foot in it, he will shut up. The Big Show is ready to fight and Mark Henry looks like he’s going to enter the ring, but after placing one leg inside, he changes his mind and instead walks away.
Next, CM Punk is pitted against Christian in a match which sees interference by Alberto Del Rio behind the back of the referee in an attempt to help Christian, but Punk get the victory thanks to the distraction provided by the appearance of Sheamus, when Punk hits Christian with the GTS for the 3-count.
CM Punk celebrates in the ring, as SmackDown! goes off the air.