SD Fusion: Tournament Teachers
The 28th September 2012 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts with a video recapping the events of last week involving Kane and Daniel Bryan, and a video recapping the events on Monday Night Raw involving The Big Show, Tensai, and “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay (click here for our Raw report), followed by The Big Show making his way to the ring to kick off the show.
The Big Show says that the most dominant force in WWE history is back and that he wants the World Heavyweight Championship. He points out that his last reign lasted forty-five seconds, and that he then had to watch the guy who beat him head to WrestleMania and lose the title to Sheamus.
He says that people made fun of him after his short reign, but that people aren’t making fun of him any more and won’t when he becomes the World Heavyweight Champion. Show understands that it is a lofty goal, but he also understands that he is the one man on the roster that can defeat the current World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus.
Show starts to talk about how he would do that, but he is interrupted by Randy Orton’s music hitting and him making his way to the ring. Randy Orton says that he finds it funny how Show is talking about how he is going to take out Sheamus, when he hasn’t even gone through the most sadistic and dominant individual on the show – Orton himself.
Orton says that he has just found out that their match later on is to determine the number one contender to face Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Hell In A Cell Pay-Per-View. He says that he is a nine-time champion, so if Show thinks that he’s going to stand between him and a chance at number ten, he won’t be standing for much longer.
Show says that he guesses that it looks like someone is either going to be bit by an RKO, or hit with a KO. Alberto Del Rio’s music hits and he makes his way out and starts walking to the ring with Ricardo Rodriguez.
Alberto Del Rio says that Show and Orton can’t just toss him aside like that, as he was cheated by Booker T when he reinstated the Brogue Kick at Night Of Champions. He says that he is better than both Orton and Show together, so they will be going to the back of the line.
Upon entering the ring however, Del Rio is met with an RKO from Orton, who then exits the ring after clearly sending a message to Show for their match later on.
Next, Antonio Cesaro takes on Santino Marella for the United States Championship in a match which sees Cesaro get the victory and retain his title, when he avoids Marella’s top-rope falling headbutt, and hits Marella with the Neutralizer for the 3-count.
After showing the first of the videos involving Daniel Bryan and Kane in a diner from Raw, Natalya is pitted against Beth Phoenix in a match that is in Beth’s hometown, which sees Beth get the victory when she reverses Natalya’s pin attempt into one of her own for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Eve Torres’ music hits and she makes her way out to the stage, where she apologises for her actions towards Beth on Raw. She says that as the only information that is known regarding Kaitlyn’s attacker is that she is a blonde, Beth is indefinitely suspended.
Beth points out that Natalya is blonde too but that she doesn’t seem to be getting suspended, causing Natalya to vehemently deny that she was Kaitlyn’s attacker either, and tell Beth not to dare placing the blame upon her.
After an interaction backstage involving Booker T, Teddy Long, Eve Torres, and Beth Phoenix, in which Booker reverses the suspension, and a video recapping the events on Raw involving Mick Foley, CM Punk, Paul Heyman, John Cena, and Ryback, “Long Island Iced Z” goes against Wade Barrett.
The match sees Barrett get the victory, when he hits Ryder with the Souvenir for the 3-count.
After showing the second of the videos from Raw involving Daniel Bryan and Kane in a diner, with a cameo from WWE Hall Of Famer Mae Young, The Miz stands in the ring and welcomes us to “Miz TV”.
The Miz starts to talk about how great his show is, but he is interrupted by his guest’s music hitting, as Sheamus’ music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Sheamus says that he didn’t want to wait for his introduction, as he was afraid that The Miz would forget to say it due to the memory loss he has been suffering since Ryback kicked his arse and launched his furniture at him.
Sheamus says that The Miz is lucky to have a show, but he suggests that The Miz wait until the end of the show before coming out so that the fine people of the crowd don’t have to listen to him talk for an hour and a half.
The Miz says that the last time he checked, he is still the Intercontinental Champion, and if these “fine” people as well as Sheamus want to see him excel at his finest, they will have to pay to see him in a movie, book, on radio, or in the ring, as anyone who paid to see him at Night Of Champion saw him beat three other men blindfolded, to retain his title.
He says that as for this episode, the crowd have paid to see him on Miz TV. Sheamus claims that nobody wants pay to see The Miz, prompting The Miz to turn the focus towards the match to take place later to determine the number one contender to Sheamus’ title.
Sheamus says that nobody takes the World Heavyweight Championship more seriously than he does, and though he likes to have fun and joke from time-to-time, being the champion is one of the greatest achievements of his entire life and he takes it very seriously.
He says that he knows what the crowd paid to see, and he’s more than happy to give it to them. An “Excuse Me!” announces the appearance of Vickie Guerrero and then Dolph Ziggler as his music hits too.
Dolph Ziggler says that it doesn’t matter who Sheamus faces at Hell In A Cell, because at the end of it Sheamus will be an obliterated and drooling mess of a man, and then that is when “this” is all that matters, as he holds up his Money In The Bank briefcase. He guarantees that he will be the World Heavyweight Champion by the time Hell In A Cell comes to a close.
Sheamus says that he has no idea what sort of shape he will be in after his match at Hell In A Cell, but if he does win and Ziggler cashes in his contract, then he might get lucky. Sheamus takes The Miz down and then does the same to Ziggler, but he then falls prey to a double-team until he is able to regain the upper-hand and throw both men out of the ring.
After a video recapping Michael Cole’s interview with Jerry “The King” Lawler on Raw, Jimmy and Jey Uso take on Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow (“Rhodes Scholars”) in the first match of a Number One Contender Tag Team Championship Tournament, which sees Rhodes get the victory and see his team advance, when he hits Jimmy Uso with Cross-Rhodes for the 3-count.
After the third video from Raw involving Daniel Bryan and Kane at a diner with Dr. Shelby, Tensai is pitted against Ryback in a match which sees Ryback get the victory, when he hits Tensai with the muscle-buster for the 3-count.
After Randy Orton is shown walking through the halls backstage, only to get attacked from behind by Alberto Del Rio, The Big Show is set to go against Randy Orton to determine the number one contender to face Sheamus at Hell In A Cell.
When Randy Orton’s music hits however, it is Alberto Del Rio who makes his way out, where he says that it looks like Orton will be unable to compete, so everyone will be happy to know that the one taking his place will be Del Rio himself.
That claim is quickly disproven however, as Orton appears and attacks Del Rio, before then slowly making his way to the ring to compete in the match as he was scheduled to do. The match sees The Big Show get the victory to become Sheamus’ opponent at Hell In A Cell, when he hits Orton with a second chokeslam (as Orton kicks out after the first) for the 3-count.
Afterwards, The Big Show leaves the ring before apparently changing his mind and re-entering it, where he approaches the rising Randy Orton, and hits him with the Weapon of Mass Destruction.
Grabbing a microphone, Show addresses Sheamus and tells him that he guesses he will be seeing him at Hell In A Cell. Show leaves up the ramp, as SmackDown! goes off the air.