SD Fusion: Balls & #BanTheBrogue
The 14th September 2012 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts with a video recapping the events of the past few weeks involving Sheamus’ Brogue Kick and the investigation into it as well as the events related to it on Monday Night Raw (click here for our Raw report).
Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga, and Ricardo Rodriguez are in the ring to kick off the show, and Alberto Del Rio gives credit to Booker T for banning the Brogue Kick, followed by passing the microphone to Ricardo Rodriguez who gets emotional until David Otunga’s turn to speak.
Otunga says that he doesn’t think that Raw General Manager AJ realises that he is an officer of the court, and he says that Sheamus a brute and reckless hooligan, so putting them in a match together was clearly poor decision-making from an unbalanced individual, so because of that his vertebrate may be ruptured.
He says that just like his client Rodriguez, he will recover handsomely. Del Rio says that Otunga and Rodriguez aren’t the only one suffering from the effects of the Brogue Kick, as footage of Sheamus hitting Christian with a Brogue Kick last year at Night Of Champions is then shown, followed by Christian appearing via satellite.
Christian says that everyone knows that he is one of the toughest guys there is, and though he makes clear that he doesn’t like Del Rio and hopes that Sheamus beats him at Night Of Champions, he’s not doing this for Del Rio or himself.
He says that he is doing this for the other Superstars in the back who are too afraid to make a stand and do what is right, as he says that last year he was a two-time World Heavyweight Champion and on the way to be so for the third-time, and he hasn’t been the same since the Brogue Kick.
Christian says that he doesn’t like saying this as he respects Sheamus and everything that he has accomplished, but if he is being asked whether the Brogue Kick should stay banned, then his answer is yes.
He appears to want to say something further, but Otunga cuts him off. Del Rio says that it shows that Booker T made the right decision in banning the Brogue Kick, and that at Night Of Champions he will take the World Heavyweight Championship away from the peasant.
Daniel Bryan’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he thanks the men in the ring for bringing the case to light, as he says that just like Otunga and Rodriguez, he is also a victim of the Brogue Kick.
He says that Otunga says that he will recover handsomely, but that people say that Bryan has a goat-face. Bryan denies having a goat-face, but says that if he did, it would be because Sheamus has kicked him in the face so many times.
Bryan says that he would also like to thank Booker T for granting him a WrestleMania rematch later on in this episode, a rematch of the most embarrassing moment of his entire life when Sheamus used the illegal maneuver to defeat him in eighteen seconds.
He says that he didn’t ask for a rematch because the Brogue Kick has been banned, but to prove beyond a doubt that when Sheamus defeated him in eighteen seconds, it was only because he took him by surprise, something which will not happen again.
Sheamus’ music hits and he makes his way out, where he calls Daniel Bryan goat-face, and asks if he is saying that the Brogue Kick at WrestleMania caught him by surprise, comparing it to a story of his aunt turning out to be his uncle causing surprise.
He makes his way to the ring as he says that Bryan didn’t lose because of the Brogue Kick, but instead because of Sheamus. Sheamus says that after he beats Bryan later on and Del Rio at Night Of Champions, they will learn that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
With Sheamus standing upon the apron, Otunga approaches him and talks to him, prompting Sheamus to rip off Otunga’s neck brace and leaving.
Next, Sin Cara takes on The Miz in a match which sees Cara get the victory, when he rolls up The Miz with La magistral for the 3-count.
After Matt Striker attempts to interview The Miz, only for it to turn into an interaction involving The Miz, Cody Rhodes, Rey Mysterio, and Sin Cara, Teddy Long appears and says that The Miz will defend his title at Night Of Champions in a Fatal Four-Way match against the other three men.
After a video recapping the events involving Kane, Daniel Bryan, and Dr. Shelby including the Tag Team match from Raw, an interaction backstage involving Kane, Daniel Bryan, and Dr. Shelby and squeezing balls to relieve anger, Kofi Kingston is pitted against Kane in a match which sees Kane get the victory, when he hits Kingston with a chokeslam for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Dr. Shelby makes his way out onto the stage and looks towards the ring apparently not happy about something. Seeing the look, Kane approaches Kingston and picks him up by the throat, and after looking towards Shelby some more, ends up hugging Kingston, much to Kingston’s shock.
After Matt Striker interviews Randy Orton about his match against Tensai later on and against Dolph Ziggler at Night Of Champions, Randy Orton goes against Tensai (accompanied by Tensai) in a match which sees Orton get the victory, when he hits Tensai with an RKO for the 3-count.
Orton’s celebration is cut short by the appearance of Vickie Guerrero, who makes her way out to the stage and informs him that Dolph Ziggler heard his earlier comments didn’t appreciate them, and though Ziggler had no problem being there, at her advisement Ziggler took the night off.
She says that at Night Of Champions, Ziggler will defeat Orton and Orton will never be a World Champion again. Orton says that she is wrong, and that as he is standing in the ring with his back turned, it can only mean one thing, as he quickly turns around, cutting off the attempted ambush by Ziggler and prompting Ziggler to bail back out of the ring.
After Antonio Cesaro expresses his displeasure at the insult of his opponent at Night Of Champions being chosen in the Pre-Show in a Battle Royal, using the word “outraged” in five different languages, he is interrupted by Tyson Kidd’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring.
Kidd says that to put it in Canadian, at Night Of Champions Cesaro will be the “former United States Champion, eh”. Kidd’s statement is met with a European uppercut and being thrown out of the ring, as Cesaro then asks if there is anybody else.
Nobody comes out immediately, prompting Cesaro to say that is what he thought, but Brodus Clay’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Cesaro suggests that Clay wait until Sunday and attempts to leave, but Clay blocks him from leaving his way, and attempting to leave via the other side of the ring earns him a kick from Tyson Kidd.
The kick is followed by Brodus Clay hitting Antonio Cesaro with a clothesline and then a jumping body splash, with Clay and Kidd then celebrating in the ring.
After a video hyping Layla, Wade Barrett makes his way out to the stage, where he says that last week he officially declared that he was open for business. He says that unfortunately, it appears that everyone was either too scared or too stupid to understand what he meant.
So he says that what he is going to do is that next week one lucky person will get to “sample the product”, and to mark his words as after that, business will be booming.
Now, Kaitlyn takes on Beth Phoenix in a match which sees Kaitlyn get the victory, when she counters Beth’s Glam Slam attempt into a reverse DDT for the 3-count. Afterwards, Layla is shown watching on a monitor backstage as Kaitlyn celebrates in the ring.
After an image of Jerry “The King” Lawler with his music playing and the Twitter Hashtag #GetWellJerry is shown, obviously a reference to the hope of everyone that he has a speedy recovery after the very real events of his heart attack on Raw, a video recapping the events involving John Cena, Bret Hart, and CM Punk on Raw, and an interaction backstage involving Teddy Long, Booker T, and Eve Torres, Sheamus is pitted against Daniel Bryan in a WrestleMania rematch.
The match sees Sheamus get the victory, when he hits Bryan with the Irish Curse backbreaker and follows it up with the Texas Cloverleaf, forcing him to tap out.
Looking rather unhappy, David Otunga, Alberto Del Rio, and Ricardo Rodriguez are shown watching on a monitor backstage while Sheamus celebrates in the ring, as SmackDown! goes off the air.