SD Fusion: The Hugging Edge
The 21st September 2012 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts with Lilian Garcia introducing WWE Hall Of Famer Edge, and him making his way to the ring, where he says that doing that never gets old.
He says that there are a few reasons that he is there, one of them being that it was eighteen months ago that he was forced into retirement. Edge says he wondered what it is that he would do now as this is all he ever did and ever wanted to do.
Edge says that he has been able to watch WWE again as a fan, and that he has seen a lot of crazy things in his career and as a fan, but he’s never seen something quite like the footage that is then shown of Kane and Daniel Bryan on Monday Night Raw (click here for our Raw report).
He says that he knows that he has been away for a while, but he asks if anyone can explain how the “Devil’s Favourite Demon” and “Goat Boy” were able to become “BFF’s”, and more importantly how they were able to become the WWE Tag Team Champions.
Edge says that he is a twelve-time tag team champion, and he knows what it takes to become one – he is interrupted from speaking further however, as Daniel Bryan’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.
Daniel Bryan says that he just wanted to correct Edge on his usage of pronouns, as he says that “they” did not become the WWE Tag Team Champions, but instead “he” is the Tag Team Champions, as he then starts chanting it until Edge tells him to calm down and try decaf.
When asked by Edge how he was able to pull it off, he says that he is at one with his emotions, to which Edge asks if he is kidding him. Bryan says that he is not, but he can see how someone like Edge might be suspicious.
Edge’s response to that is to ask “excuse me?”, to which Bryan says that is an interesting choice of words, as he says that Dr. Shelby has been teaching him that subconscious thoughts often emerge in the heat of the moment, musing to himself as to who the words “excuse me” make him think of.
Bryan asks if Edge often thinks of his ex-wife, and whether he thinks of the pain that they caused each other. He says he has a theory that Edge’s theme music explains it all, “You Think You Know Me”, but does anyone really know Edge, truly and deep down?
He says that he has some advice for Edge, which is to go back to acting and retirement, because he is a redwood and there is nothing that Edge or any of the crowd can do to make him snap. Edge says that his intention wasn’t to make Bryan snap, but now that he thinks about it, it sounds like a challenge.
Daniel Bryan denies this, but Edge says that it does, prompting them to each fire the same argument back and forth as it gets Bryan closer and closer to snapping. It is interrupted by Kane’s pyro and music being set off, and Kane making his way to the ring.
Kane says that both of them are wrong, as “he” is the Tag Team Champions, prompting Bryan to say it about himself too, and both of them to yell it at each other until Edge manages to gain their attention.
Kane suggests that Edge seems angry, and Bryan tells Edge to take it easy. Kane says that Dr. Shelby has some great relaxation exercises that Edge may like to try.
Edge says that they have tortured each other for weeks and beaten each other up a lot, and he gets Bryan being at one with himself, but what he doesn’t understand is Kane, as he is not Barney the big red dinosaur, but The Big Red Machine.
He reminds Kane of the things that he and Edge have done to each other, and asks whether he remembers any of that. Kane says that he does remember all of that, and he thinks that he needs to rectify that situation right now.
After a few moments of Edge appearing to get ready to fight, Kane opens his arms in a clear invitation to “hug it out”. Edge gets closer and Kane does end up hugging him, but Bryan gets into a Yes/No battle with the crowd until both men turn to him and indicate a group hug invitation.
Though Bryan appears to be getting ready to join the hug, the moment is interrupted by Damien Sandow’s music hitting and him making his way out. He introduces himself and says that he is here to help all of us.
He says that the shame and humiliation coming from in the ring as the men try to “hug it out” is an abomination, and that the fans (whom he refers to as half-wits), are lapping it up, which proves just how far this has fallen.
Edge tells Sandow to shut up and that he could watch Kane and Bryan hug it out for the whole show, but after thirty seconds of hearing Sandow talk, he has already had to swallow his own barf. He suggests that Sandow do something about it by facing either Kane or Bryan.
Sandow shows no interest in doing so, but Edge asks the crowd which person they would prefer that Sandow face, and Booker T announces during the break that Kane will be the one to face him, as the match then takes place when the break is over.
The match sees Sandow get the victory, when he takes advantage of Kane being distracted by Bryan, and hits Kane with a cross-armed neckbreaker for the 3-count. Afterwards, Bryan leaves with both titles, happily proclaiming himself as the tag team champions.
After an interaction backstage involving Kane, Daniel Bryan, and Dr. Shelby, and an interaction involving Alberto Del Rio and Booker T, Eve Torres joins commentary as Layla takes on Natalya in a match which sees Layla get the victory, when she hits Natalya with the Layout for the 3-count.
Next up, Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero) are pitted against Randy Orton and Sheamus in a tag team match which sees Sheamus get the victory for his team, when he hits Ziggler with the Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
Now, Daniel Bryan goes against Cody Rhodes in a match which sees Rhodes get the victory, when he takes advantage of Bryan being distracted by Kane, and hits him with Cross-Rhodes for the 3-count.
After an interaction backstage involving Kane, Daniel Bryan, Damien Sandow, and Cody Rhodes, and a video recapping the events of Raw involving CM Punk and John Cena, “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (accompanied by Cameron and Naomi) takes on “One Man Band” Heath Slater in a match which sees Clay get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre hit the ring and attack Clay, with Slater joining the attack on Clay when he gets back up.
Next, Santino Marella is pitted against Antonio Cesaro (accompanied by Aksana) in a match which sees Marella get the victory, when Aksana unintentionally distracts the referee during Cesaro’s pin, and he follows it up by rolling Cesaro up for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Cesaro is irate at his loss and uncaring of Aksana’s apparent injury, as he approaches her and tells her in five different languages that they are finished, as he then leaves.
As various tag teams surround the ring, Daniel Bryan and Kane go against Damien Sandow Cody Rhodes in a tag team match which sees Kane get the victory for his team as a result of a disqualification, when Rhodes hits him with a steel chair.
Afterwards, Bryan grabs the chair and stops Rhodes from using it again, and he gets ready to hit Rhodes with it himself until he thinks better of it and hands it to Kane to get his own revenge. Kane uses it happily, and Bryan gets another steel chair himself as both men then happily hammer at Sandow with their chairs.
The tag teams who had formerly been surrounding the ring start to leave, but Kane goes after them and throws them back in the ring, where Bryan is waiting with his chair to hit each of them. Kane re-enters the ring and joins in with his own chair again, leaving both men standing tall with chairs and titles over the downed teams, as SmackDown! goes off the air.