SD Fusion: Brogue Ban & Barrage
The 7th September 2012 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts with a video recapping the events involving Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, and Ricardo Rodriguez on Monday Night Raw (click here for our Raw report), followed by Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga, and Ricardo Rodriguez being shown leaving Booker T’s office and then making their way out to the ring.
Alberto Del Rio says that he is on the greatest roll of his career as two weeks ago he made Randy Orton tap out, last week he defeated Kane, and on Raw he destroyed John Cena. He says that in two weeks at Night Of Champions he will face Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship, but he is not happy.
He says that if the match was about skills and brains, he would of course win, but at this point Sheamus is at an advantage as Sheamus can use something more dangerous than a steel chair, something so dangerous that it should be illegal – the Brogue Kick.
Del Rio says that the move should be banned and that kicking someone in the head is a criminal act, and he says that Rodriguez is not only his personal ring announcer, but his only friend too. He says that his friend my have permanent physical and moral damage and isn’t the only one to have suffered the same.
He says that the Brogue Kick isn’t like the cross-armbreaker as the cross-armbreaker is like poetry, but the Brogue Kick is a travesty and criminal act. David Otunga introduces himself and says that Rodriguez has hired him as what happened to him was no accident.
Otunga says that Sheamus’ actions were malicious, calculated with the intent to commit bodily harm on innocent people. He says that anyone who thinks that the Brogue Kick should be legal should watch the footage that he then shows of Sheamus hitting the Brogue Kick on many people and ending with the one on Rodriguez.
He says that the footage was difficult to watch, and that if the WWE continues to turn a blind eye to this behaviour and allow Sheamus to continue with it, then it is a joke. Otunga says that they just met with Booker T and demanded compensation and justice, so he will make sure that his client’s suffering will not be in vain, as by making the Brogue Kick illegal, they will send a message.
Otunga is interrupted from saying anything further by Booker T’s music hitting and him making his way out onto the stage. Booker T says that what was talked about in his office was supposed to be confidential, but instead the first thing that happens is for them to come out and bring the case to the people.
Booker says that if they want to do that, then they’ll do that, as he asks the crowd whether he should ban the Brogue Kick – to an emphatic “no” from the crowd, prompting him to say that as far as he is concerned, the Brogue Kick is still legal.
Next, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara take on Cody Rhodes and The Miz in a Tag Team match which sees Mysterio get the victory for his team, when he hits The Miz with a 619 and follows it up with a diving body splash for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Daniel Bryan and Hornswoggle, an interaction involving Booker T and David Otunga, and a video recapping the events involving Daniel Bryan and Kane on Raw, Daniel Bryan is pitted against “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder.
The match sees Bryan get the victory, when he tricks Ryder into hugging him and then using it to his advantage to put him in the No Lock, forcing Ryder to tap out. Afterwards, Bryan puts Ryder in the No Lock again and doesn’t let go, prompting the referee to reverse his decision and declare Ryder the winner.
Now, Damien Sandow makes his way out to the ring where he says that he knows that there is a match scheduled to begin, but there is something that he feels that he should get off his chest. He says that last week he lost to Sheamus in a match via count-out, which he says is nothing more than karmic justice.
He says that Booker T put him in a match that he wasn’t prepared for, as he needs proper time to assess his opponent, seek out their weaknesses, and exploit them, which he says is the reason that he has yet to be pinned.
Sandow says that the unwashed masses have a hard time comprehending this, but he was disgusted and appalled at the response on social media as he saw tweets and touts that called him a coward. He assures everyone that his actions were intelligent, and that the anonymous people who send their feelings via social media are the real cowards, and he is sure that none of them would have the gumption to call him craven to his face.
He says that he cannot comprehend the fascination of the WWE with social media, suggesting that instead of tweeting, people should be reading. Sandow says that when Albert Einstein discovered the Theory of Relativity, he assures everyone that he did not tout about it.
Sandow is interrupted from talking further by Randy Orton’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring, where Orton introduces himself and says that he is not here to add to the discussion but is here to fight.
Orton says that he told Booker T that his original opponent for this episode can wait, as he wants to fight Sandow. Sandow says that this is not right and that Booker can not keep going around switching opponents, but Orton says that he can and did.
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and he makes his way out to join commentary with Vickie Guerrero for the match, which sees Randy Orton get the victory when Damien Sandow bails out of the ring and leaves, causing the referee to count him out.
Afterwards, Ziggler and Vickie start to leave but are halted in their tracks by Orton quickly rolling out of the ring and stopping in front of them. Orton knocks Ziggler down and rolls him into the ring, where Ziggler gains the upper-hand for a moment, but only for a moment as Orton hits him with a powerslam.
Sandow appears once again and attempts to attack Orton from behind, only for Orton to hit him with an RKO for his troubles. The distraction was enough however to allow Ziggler to bail out of the ring and flee up to the stage.
After another backstage interaction involving David Otunga and Booker T, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth join commentary as the team of Darren Young and Titus O’Neil, the team of Primo and Epico (accompanied by Rosa Mendes), and The Usos go against each other in a Triple Threat Tag Team match to determine the Number One Contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship.
The match sees Young get the victory for his team, when he hits Primo with the double-knees to the gut, Jey Uso follows it up with a diving splash, and Young interrupts Uso’s pin by throwing him out of the ring and covering Primo himself for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the events on Raw involving Jerry “The King” Lawler, CM Punk, and John Cena, an interaction involving Kaitlyn and Teddy Long, and an interaction involving Teddy Long, Dolph Ziggler, and Vickie Guerrero, Wade Barrett makes his return as he takes on Yoshi Tatsu.
The match sees Barrett get the victory, when he hits Tatsu with an elbow to the head for the 3-count. Afterwards, Barrett says that after six months away, taking part in meaningless matches like that doesn’t interest him in the slightest.
He says that it bores him to tears, so if he isn’t going to be instantly thrust into the title picture, then he is going to do something much more interesting for him. Barrett says that he officially declares that Wade Barrett is open for business.
Next up, David Otunga (accompanied by Alberto Del Rio) is pitted against Sheamus in a match which sees Booker T interrupt during it to tell Sheamus that he has no choice but to ban the Brogue Kick.
Despite the set-back of the Brogue Kick being banned, Sheamus gets the victory when he Otunga in the Texas Cloverleaf, forcing Otunga to tap out.
Sheamus celebrates in the ring while Del Rio watches from the ramp, as SmackDown! goes off the air.