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The 20th April 2012 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts with Daniel Bryan making his way to the ring and talking about what happened at WrestleMania (click here for our WrestleMania XXVIII report), and he says that Sheamus took the cowardly way out.
He says that at Extreme Rules however, he will not be distracted, and points out that if Sheamus puts his hands on a referee there, he will be fired. Bryan says that at Extreme Rules he returns to the city where his rise to the top began, where he sent shock-waves throughout the entire world when he won the Money In The Bank briefcase – Chicago.
Bryan says that he plants on shocking the world again, and says that he will beat Sheamus not once, but twice, as it will be a 2 Out Of 3 Falls match, and he says that it will not be a fluke victory like Sheamus had, but an undeniable fact of being the World Heavyweight Champion.
AJ makes her way to the ring in an attempt to speak to Daniel Bryan, but he tells her to stop, turn around, and go away. She refuses however, and enters the ring, where she asks to talk about their problems, but he says that they don’t have any problems, and that only he had a problem but he got rid of it – that problem being AJ.
She wishes him luck in his match at Extreme Rules, but Bryan says that he wishes that she had never come out, that he had never even met her, that he never said yes when she asked him out, and thinking about it even more, he wishes that AJ was never even born.
Bryan says that now he is out there, he is going to answer one more question – is there any hope in his heart of hearts that he would take AJ back? He says that the answer to that is no, and then leaves.
Now, AJ is set to take Natalya in a match, but AJ is clearly still distracted about what happened a few minutes ago. When AJ does snap out of it, it is to slap Natalya and attack her, having to be pulled away multiple times by the referee, until the referee calls for the bell to disqualify her.
After another appearance by Damien Sandow, “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (accompanied by Cameron, Naomi, and his supposed “little brother” Hornswoggle) is pitted against Hunico (accompanied by Camacho) in a match which sees Clay get the victory, when he hits Hunico with a jumping body splash for the 3-count.
After an interaction between Teddy Long, John Laurinaitis, Titus O’Neil, and Darren Young, in which Laurinaitis puts a Beefeater hat on Long and tells him to act like one, and a video recapping the events of last week involving Kane, Cowboy Bob Orton, and Randy Orton, Matt Striker interviews Randy Orton, who says that Kane will find out exactly how sick and twisted he can be at Extreme Rules.
Next, The Usos go against Darren Young and Titus O’Neil in a tag team match which sees O’Neil get the victory for his team, when he and Young hit a double team move for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the events of the past few weeks involving CM Punk and Chris Jericho and hyping their match to take place at Extreme Rules, Alberto Del Rio takes on The Big Show in a match which sees Del Rio get the victory, when Cody Rhodes interferes with a “Beautiful Disaster” springboard kick to Show behind the back of the referee, allowing Del Rio to get the 3-count.
Afterwards, Rhodes starts to attack Show, but ends up running away through the crowd when Show looks to enter the ring to retaliate.
As Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater watch on a monitor backstage, Danny Lerman is pitted against Ryback in a match which sees Ryback get the victory, when he hits Lerman with a muscle-buster for the 3-count.
After a video repeated from Monday Night Raw of Brock Lesnar’s comments (click here for our Raw report) and hyping the match between John Cena and Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules, and an interaction backstage involving Aksana, John Laurinaitis, Teddy Long, and Antonio Cesaro (also known as Claudio Castagnoli), Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, and Daniel Bryan go against Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Great Khali in a Six-Man Tag Team match.
As Khali reaches the ring however, Rhodes attacks Khali and takes him out by the knee, forcing him to be assisted away by referees and medical personnel, but as Khali reaches the stage, The Big Show’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring to replace him.
The match sees Orton get the victory for his team, when Sheamus hits Henry with the Brogue Kick, Show hits Henry with the Weapon of Mass Destruction, and Orton hits Henry with an RKO for the 3-count.
The Big Show, Sheamus, and Randy Orton celebrate in the ring, and the announcers remind us that the upcoming episode of Monday Night Raw will be a 3-hour one, as SmackDown! goes off the air.