Tonight’s show begins with a look back at the end of Raw during the Ascension Ceremony. What will happen on Smackdown to set the tone for TLC?
We are in Portland, Oregon and your announcers are John Layfield and Michael Cole.
Match Number One: Erick Rowan (with Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper) versus Daniel Bryan
The mask is removed by Harper and the bell rings. Rowan with a kick and forearm to the back. Rowan with a head butt. Rowan with a forearm across the chest but Bryan with a running forearm and kicks to the leg. Rowan with a knee and shoulder tackle. Rowan with a slam and he connects with an uppercut to the back. Rowan with a bear hug.
Bryan with elbows to get out of the hold. Bryan with forearms but Rowan catches Bryan on a cross body attempt. Rowan with a fallaway slam and a splash into the corner for a near fall. Rowan puts Bryan on the turnbuckles and he connects with forearms across the chest followed by a head butt.
Rowan runs into a boot and Bryan with a missile drop kick. Bryan with kicks to the chest and he connects with a round kick to the temple. Bryan drop kicks Harper off the apron. Bryan with a suicide dive onto Harper on the floor. Rowan goes after Bryan but Bryan drops down and Rowan goes to the floor.
Wyatt trips Bryan and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Daniel Bryan (by disqualification)
After the match, Bryan avoids a splash in the corner by Rowan. He also avoids Harper and Bryan goes to the floor. Bryan hits Wyatt with a flying knee while Wyatt was in the rocking chair.
We go to commercial.
We are back and before our next match, Zeb Colter has something to say. He says earlier today he walked around this god forsaken town and out of nowhere, this big bad bearded freak appears in front of him in a Santa costume. He held his hand out to Zeb and said Feliz Navidad. Zeb says that he has someone speaking in a foreign language begging a hard working American for money. It sounds like an illegal immigrant.
He tells Senor Claus that if he could deport him he would. Zeb says that he does not like people sneaking across the border, especially from the North Pole.
Match Number Two: Cody Rhodes and Goldust versus Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) in a Non Title Match
Goldust and Cesaro start off and Cesaro works on the arm. Goldust with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Goldust with an arm drag and Cody is tagged in. Cody with an elbow from the turnbuckles. Cesaro with a kick to the chest and Swagger tags in. Swagger and Cesaro kick Cody. Swagger punches Cody and tags Cesaro back in. Cesaro with kicks.
Cesaro with a European uppercut and he tags Swagger back in. Swagger sends Cody into the turnbuckles and then he connects with shoulders in the corner. Swagger with an Irish whip and Cody hits the turnbuckles with his sternum. Swagger misses a double jump Swagger Bomb whn Cody moves. Cody with a drop toe hold into the turnbuckles and Goldust tags in.
Goldust with clotheslines followed by a drop down uppercut and a reverse atomic drop. Cesaro makes the blind tag and Goldust with a spinebuster to Swagger. Cesaro sends Goldust to the floor and he connects with a short arm clothesline as we go to commercial.
We are back and Swagger with a front face lock to Goldust. We see Exclusive No More coverage from the WWE App when Cesaro and Swagger worked over Goldust. Cesaro tags in and he connects with a European uppercut and he chokes Goldust in the corner. Swagger tags in and Swagger with a belly-to-belly suplex.
Swagger with a reverse chin lock. Swagger pushes Goldust into the corner but Goldust punches Swagger and then he punches Cesaro on the apron to get out of harm’s way. Swagger with an Irish whip but Goldust and Swagger bump heads and they both go down.
Cesaro and Cody tag in and Cody with punches followed by a knee. Cody floats over in the corner and gets a near fall with an Irish whip. Cody with a drop down uppercut followed by an Alabama Slam for a near fall because Cesaro gets his hand on the ropes.
Cody sets for Beautiful Disaster but Cesaro ducks. Goldust punches Cesaro to prevent the Giant Swing. Cesaro ducks and Goldust goes over the top rope to the floor. Cody with Beautiful Disaster for a near fall and Swagger breaks up the cover. Cody sends Swagger over the top rope to the floor and then Cody sends Cesaro over the top rope onto Swagger.
Cody hits a springboard cross body onto Cesaro. Cody sends Cesaro in and he goes up top for a moonsault. Swagger distracts Cody briefly and Cesaro pulls Cody off the turnbuckles and connects with a European uppercut for the three count.
Winners: Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro
We take a look at the John Cena and Randy Orton video package for their match at TLC.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bad News Barrett has something to say.
Wade has a gavel and he demands some decorum. On Monday, you surpassed yourselves by voting in record numbers for the winners of the 2013 Slammy Awards. In doing so you breathe new hope into the lives of otherwise hopeless superstars. Wade says that he has some bad news. The bad news is that whilst you were voting for a group of winners, it was you who were the true losers. Ultimately your opinions are worthless and you have to live vicariously through a winner like Bad News Barrett.
Big E Langston has joined Michael and John at the announce table to watch the next match.
Match Number Three: Mark Henry versus Damien Sandow
They lock up and Henry sends Sandow to the mat. Sandow with a kick and side head lock. Henry with a shoulder tackle and Sandow goes down. Henry with a head butt. Henry with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot from Sandow. Sandow with forearms but Henry with a boot to the head and Sandow rolls to the floor.
Sandow figures that he has had enough so he lets the referee count him out.
Winner: Mark Henry (by Count Out)
After the match, Langston rolls Sandow into the ring and Henry with a body block. Henry sends Sandow towards Langston but Sandow knocks Langston off the apron. Sandow is able to get out of the ring and he goes up the ramp and to the back after Langston chases him.
We go to commercial with AJ Lee skipping in the back and Tamina Snuka walking.
We are back and Natalya is at the announce table for the next match.
Match Number Four: AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka versus Brie Bella and Nikki Bella
Tamina and Nikki start things off and Tamina with a knee and then she knocks Brie off the apron. Nikki with forearms followed by a head scissors and a Thesz Press to AJ but Tamina pulls Nikki off. Tamina kicks Nikki while Brie argues with the referee. Tamina with a suplex to Nikki.
Tamina with a Samoan drop and AJ is tagged in. AJ gets a near fall. AJ with a reverse chin lock into a sleeper. Nikki backs AJ into the corner and Nikki with a snap mare. AJ misses a charge into the corner and Brie tags in. Brie with a clothesline and drop kicks to AJ. Brie with a drop kick to knock Tamina off the apron. Brie with a running knee to the head followed by a missile drop kick for a near fall.
Tamina breaks up the cover and Nikki gets involved too. Tamina is forced to the floor. AJ pushes Brie into Nikki and they bump heads. AJ applies the Black Widow and Brie taps out.
Winners: Tamina Snuka and AJ Lee
After the match, we have a stare down between Natalya and AJ Lee.
We go to commercial.
We are back and John Cena makes his way to the ring to discuss the Table, Ladders, and Charis Champion of Champions Match.
John says things are heating up. The WWE Universe is still buzzing after Monday Night Raw. There is some energy left over here tonight. They made history on Monday. For the first time the World and WWE Champions willingly gave up their titles. Those trophies are things that men have worked their entire lives for. Ninety-nine percent of WWE Superstars will never hold on to one of those championships.
Why is it hanging above his head? Because of the moment. This Sunday. The history and impact that this means. Sunday will be monumental. Even a conceited, crybaby simpleton like Randy Orton knows that this needs to happen. The sad things is that Randy does not know what it will take to make this happen.
John says that he has known Randy Orton for 12 years. During that time, he has called Randy a friend. He knows what Randy is. He is brutal, conniving, physical, calculating. He inflicts pain. Randy Orton is the Apex Predator.
In 12 years, you learn a man’s strengths and you learn his weaknesses. Randy has a glass jaw. He doesn’t like to be hit too much. When things don’t go Randy’s way, he runs and hides. On Sunday, there is nowhere to run. There is nowhere to hide. What happens when you fall off a ladder and your eye swells shut? What will happen when a steel chair is rapped over your back and tingles down your spine and your hands start to tingle? What will happen when you go through a table and your body feels like it doesn’t move?
John says that he will crash through that table and he will get back up. He was built to fight the Apex Predator. He was built to take the beating of his life. He will get back up.
Randy Orton is great, but on Sunday that is where he will fail. There will come a point where he will get hurt and his body will ache. Will he keep going or will he do what he has done for the last 12 years? Make an excuse and take the easy way out. Orton will take that choice and he will show the world what John already knows. Randy doesn’t have the nuts.
On Sunday, the WWE crowns one champion and that champion . . . is here.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Dean Ambrose has joined John and Michael at the announce table.
Match Number Five: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns versus Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso
Jimmy and Seth start things off and Jimmy with a side head lock and he holds on. Jimmy with a shoulder tackle followed by an uppercut. Jimmy with a punch and Jey tags in. Jimmy sends Seth towards Jey and Jey with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Jimmy tags back in and he goes up top. Jey with a back breaker and Jimmy with a forearm.
Jimmy with an elbow drop for a near fall. Jey tags back in and he goes up top for a double sledge to the arm. Jey with an arm bar. Rollins tries to make the tag but Jey pulls Seth back into the center of the ring. Reigns with a tag and back elbow. Roman with punches to Jey. Seth tags in and he kicks Jey.
Seth with chops to Jey but Jey with a punch. Jimmy makes the blind tag and Jey with a clothesline. Jimmy and Jey with a double savate kick. They send Reigns to the floor and then Rollins is sent to the apron. Jimmy with a forearm that knocks Seth off the apron and we go to commercial.
We are back and Rollins with a front face lock to Jimmy and he tries for a backslide but Jimmy blocks it momentarily. Jimmy gets a near fall. Rollins with a clothesline and he tags in Reigns. Reigns with a clothesline for a near fall. Reigns with a head butt and then he kicks Jimmy. Reigns with a reverse chin lock.
Jimmy with a jawbreaker but Reigns with a clothesline. Rollins tags in and Jimmy with a kick to Reigns and Rollins goes over the top rope to the floor. Reigns tries for a Superman punch but Jimmy counters and hits a DDT. Rollins misses a back senton and Jey tags in and Seth misses a splash into the corner. Jey with a clothesline followed by a savate kick and uppercut. Jey with a shoulder tackle.
Jey with a splash to Rollins in the corner and he sets for the running butt splash but he sees Reigns get on the apron. Rollins misses a clothesline and Jey with a pop up Samoan drop for a near fall. Reigns charges at Jey and Reigns hits the ring post. Reigns goes to the floor. Rollins tries for an inverted suplex but Jey lands on his feet.
Jey with a super kick and he goes up top but Rollins rolls to the floor. Jey with a cross body onto Rollins on the floor. Jimmy pushes Jey out of the way and Jimmy absorbs the spear from Roman Reigns. Jey tries for a savate kick to Reigns but Roman blocks it and Rollins with a clothesline to Jey. Rollins sends Jey into the ring post.
The referee starts his count but Jey gets back in before the ten count. Rollins hits Black Out and then he says that someone is going to take a nap. Rollins tags in Reigns after Rollins gets Jey on his shoulders. Rollins sends Jey to the mat and Reigns with a spear for the three count.
Winners: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins
After the match, CM Punk appears on the TitanTron.
He says that he is broadcasting from an undisclosed location. It is just the basement in the arena. It is filthy. It stinks. He understands that this is their little clubhouse where they send messages. Punk says that he likes to send messages too, just like when someone decided to put his hands on him on Monday night.
Punk says that he wants to talk about Sunday night. There will be a three-on-one match. Punk says that he thinks he is walking into a wholesale slaughter. Punk says that he might be going down, but the questions that the Shield has to ask themselves is how many is he taking with him. Punk says that the last two times that he has been in the ring with the Shield, he has exposed their weaknesses.
Punk says to believe in the Best in the World.
We go to commercial with Big Show and Rey Mysterio walking in the back.
Match Number Six: Big Show (with Rey Mysterio) versus Ryback (with Curtis Axel)
Show blocks a kick and he chops Ryback. Show sends Ryback into the corner and then he gives Ryback a Shhhhh chop Show with a punch to the midsection. Ryback with punches to Show but Show with punches of his own. Show with another Shhhhh chop.
Ryback with punches to Show but Show with a clothesline or two. Show with an Irish whip and running butt splash into the corner but Ryback with a spinebuster for a near fall. The straps come down for Ryback and he sets for the lariat. Show grabs Ryback by the throat and hits a choke slam for the three count.
Winner: Big Show
After the match, Axel tries to interfere and Show grabs him by the throat and sends him towards Rey. Rey with a drop kick to the knees and Axel falls into the ropes. Rey with a 619 and then Show punches Axel.
Michael and John recap what happened at the start of the show when Daniel Bryan faced Erick Rowan.
Bray Wyatt has something to say about what we just saw.
Bray appears on the TitanTron with Erick and Luke. Bray says that they warned him about Daniel. He saw something in Daniel, but how could he be such a fool. He put his neck on the line for Daniel.
There is a place in the meadow, a place where you can hide. Walk with the reaper, leave this world behind. That is his special lullaby. He sings it to all of his pets before he puts them down. He tells Daniel that he will see him on Sunday.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Seven: Kofi Kingston versus Alberto Del Rio
While Kofi is on his way to the ring, he is ambushed by Miz. Miz gives Kofi a Skull Crushing Finale.
Michael reminds John and everyone about his weekly interviews with Triple H.
Michael asks Triple H about Randy Orton’s demand for a public apology. Triple H says that he will give him that forum. Michael asks him if he will accept the apology. It depends on how the apology is put out there. It depends on how much bass Randy puts in his voice. He will look Orton in the eye and see how sincere he is. That will determine if he accepts the apology.
We go to commercial.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring for the Apology of Apologies.
He says that on Monday night, an unspeakable accident took place. It was supposed to be a historical night. It turned into a melee when Stephanie McMahon was trampled on the mat. Randy says that he cannot get the image of Stephanie unconscious out of his head.
He is here to apologize and he wants to do it face to face.
Triple H comes out to the ring for the Acceptance of Acceptances or Refusal of Refusals to Randy’s Apology of Apologies.
Randy tells Hunter that they have been to hell and back. They have fought as enemies and friends. Hunter has to know that what happened on Monday night was an accident. He tells Hunter to watch the footage.
Randy says that if Hunter still doubts him that it was an accident, he has more footage. Randy has a different angle in slow motion to prove his innocence.
Orton says that a lot happened that night and a lot went wrong. There are a lot of people with things to apologize about. Randy says that he does not care about that. He wants Hunter and his wife, Stephanie McMahon to accept his humble apology.
Hunter says that if Randy called him out to see footage, he does not need to see it. Hunter reminds Randy that those are his cameras. A lot did go wrong on Monday and a lot have to apologize for their actions. Hunter says that he is not one of them because he is the Authority and he never has to apologize for his actions.
Hunter tells Randy that he could fire him for this.
Hunter tells Randy that he is not going to do that because it is not what is best for business. Because a lot of things went wrong on Monday, for this one time, and this time only, Hunter says that he will accept Randy’s apology.
Randy thanks Hunter and he says that he knows that Hunter has his back. Randy says that he saw something on Monday night. Randy wants Hunter to respond to what happened when John Cena was standing with Hunter, Stephanie, and Kane.
Randy says that he wants an explanation. What is Randy supposed to think? After beating John on Sunday, every Superstar past and present will know that he is the greatest of the great. When he beats John Cena on Sunday, he will be the Champion of Champions.
Randy wants to know if The Authority has the same amount of faith in Randy that Randy has in himself?
Hunter tells Randy not to worry about it. Hunter shakes Randy’s hand and he says that he knows exactly where their faith lies.
Hunter leaves the ring and we go to credits.