We start off with a look at what happened on Sunday when Randy Orton became the World Heavyweight Champion after defeating Christian at SummerSlam. What will happen?
We are live on tape from Bakersfield, California and your announcers are Josh ‘Happy Birthday Dad’ Mathews, Michael ‘Gimmicks don’t always equal good commentary’ Cole, and Booker ‘Mushmouth’ T.
Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long is in the ring and he is hollaing. He brings out the new World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and he comes to the ring.
Randy soaks in the applause and cheers before he speaks. He says that everyone is used to seeing Smackdown starting with Christian in the ring, whining and complaining and begging for that one more match. Orton says that he sure as hell isn’t Christian. Randy reminds us who he is and he tells us that he is the World Champion.
He says that he beat Christian so badly and so brutally at SummerSlam that he cannot even stand up to beg him for another match. Orton says that he used to respect Christian but then he started to annoy him and now he despises Christian with every fiber of his being. Now it is over. Randy says that he doesn’t want to talk about lawyers, lawsuits, and contracts. He wants to start anew.
Teddy says that he will tell Orton who he will face next. It will be the winner of a twenty man over the top rope battle royal.
Teddy is interrupted by Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase who make their way to the ring.
Cody says that this is the Legacy reunited in the ring. He asks Randy if he remembers Legacy. It was the group that they used to have on Monday Night Raw when they were considered lesser sons of a greater sire. My how times have changed. Cody says that just like Randy, he is a champion too. Unlike Randy, he didn’t have to resort to common barbarism to win his title and please the masses. Cody says that he does not care about any of the hideous people in the building tonight.
Cody says that Randy knows him and he knows that Cody doesn’t like just being the Intercontinental Champion. Cody says that is why he will compete in the battle royal. He wants what Randy has and sooner rather than later, he is going to take that title.
Cody gives the mic to Ted and Ted tells Randy that they know him better than anyone else in the WWE. They know his strengths and they know his weaknesses. He tells Randy that they have not forgotten all those times that Randy used them . . .
Orton has heard enough and he gives Ted an RKO.
Cody leaves the ring so he doesn’t get an RKO.
Orton heads up the ramp while Cody has something to say to Teddy.
Cody says that he assumes that Teddy is going to do something about this. Cody demands that Teddy does something about that.
Teddy says that he will make Randy stand in a corner for ten minutes on one leg. He will also tell Randy to write one hundred times “I will not RKO Ted DiBiase”.
Since Ted is not able to compete, Teddy is forcing Cody to compete. Cody will have to defend the Intercontinental Title against Ezekiel Jackson. Who wants to holla?
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see how Cody Rhodes won the Intercontinental Title last week.
Match Number One: Cody Rhodes versus Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental Title
They lock up and Jackson sends Cody into the corner and he punches Cody and then he Irish whips Cody followed by a spinning side slam for a near fall. Jackson grabs Cody’s leg and Cody misses an enzuigiri. Jackson with an elbow to the back for a near fall. Jackson and Rhodes with punches and Cody with the drop down uppercut. Jackson with a back body drop and he gets a near fall. Cody drops Jackson’s throat across the top rope and then Rhodes with a bulldog for a near fall.
Rhodes with a series of kicks and punches to Jackson and the referee warns him. Rhodes with another series of punches but Jackson with a punch to stop a mare. Rhodes with a forearm for a near fall. Rhodes with a quarter nelson into a front face lock but Jackson sends Rhodes into the corner. Rhodes with a forearm but Jackson with punches in the corner. Jackson tries for a slam but Rhodes goes to the floor. Jackson follows after Rhodes and he sends Cody into the ring steps. Cody kicks the steps and Jackson gets hit in the leg. Jackson tries for the Torture Rack but Cody escapes and he kicks Jackson. Rhodes with the Beautiful Disaster followed by Cross Rhodes for the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
We go to commercial.
We are back and Teddy Long is in his office with his assistant Zack Ryder. Zack says that Alberto is on his way. Zack says that Alberto is great because he is going to wrestle tonight. Ryder says that Alberto is coming to Zackdown to talk about being the Undisputed Champion. Teddy says that this is Smackdown and he wanted Zack to invite the WWE Champion who he thought would be John Cena or CM Punk.
Ryder says that he is going to surprise the world and become the number one contender.
Cue the saxophone and Aksana enters. Teddy is surprised that Aksana is here. She asks him why his last name is ‘Long’. Aksana says that he main event looks exciting and then she asks Teddy if he would like to watch her with twenty men. Teddy wants to make sure that she meant watching the match with him. Aksana wonders what Teddy was thinking and then Teddy has some trouble trying to form a coherent sentence in front of Aksana and he says that he would rather watch it by himself and he leaves.
The announcers talk about how Alberto Del Rio is coming home to Smackdown and that leads us into a video package about WWE returning to South Africa, Justin Gabriel’s home country. He says that he hasn’t been back to South Africa in three years. We see Justin all over the country.
Match Number Two: Justin Gabriel versus Tyson Kidd
Kidd with a waist lock take down into a side head lock. Kidd with a shoulder tackle and he tries for a hip toss but Gabriel lands on his feet. Gabriel with an arm drag into an arm bar. Kidd backs Gabriel into the corner and Kidd with punches but Gabriel with an Irish whip. Kidd floats over and he sends Gabriel into the turnbuckles with a head scissors. Kidd with a snap mare followed by a drop kick to the back of the neck and he gets a near fall.
Kidd with an elbow to the back of the head and he hits a running back elbow for a near fall. Kidd with a surfboard with his knee on Gabriel’s neck. Gabriel flips out of a belly-to-back suplex and Gabriel misses a spin kick but he hits an enzuigiri. Gabriel with kicks to Kidd ending with a jumping back kick. Gabriel with a spinning heel kick followed by a roaring elbow for a near fall.
Kidd with an Irish whip but Kidd misses a charge into the corner. Gabriel with a springboard cross body but Kidd rolls through and tries for a Sharpshooter but Gabriel counters and gets a near fall. Gabriel with an STO and then he goes up top but Kidd recovers and he tries for a superplex but Gabriel knocks Kidd off the turnbuckles. Gabriel sets for the 450 splash and he hits it and gets the three count.
Winner: Justin Gabriel
Matt Striker asks Jinder Mahal about his chances in the battle royal tonight. Khali interrupts and Jinder says that Khali says that he will win the battle royal. Mahal yells at Khali in Hindi and then he tells Khali that he serves him. Mahal says that they agree that Jinder will win the battle royal.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ricardo Rodriguez introduces the WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio.
Alberto tells us who he is . . . but we already knew that. He tells us that the is the Undisputed WWE Champion. He says that he has been talking about destiny for month. People might have thought that he was crazy, but he is here in front of the crowd to prove to everyone that destiny is real.
He says that he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase at SummerSlam to become the Undisputed WWE Champion. He says that he is ‘your’ champion because of what Bakersfield means to Alberto. Alberto says that he debuted in this building last year. He defeated Rey Mysterio in his debut and he says that he remembers how everyone hated him.
Things have changed in a year because everyone loves Alberto. Alberto says that it is funny that a year ago he defeated Rey Mysterio. Then a year later, he beat Rey Mysterio in his first title defense. Alberto says that if the people don’t believe him, we have the footage of the match from Monday night.
Alberto and Ricardo like what they see while the people of Bakersfield disagree. Alberto says that he is a real champion. A real champion faces anyone. Alberto wants to know who wants to face El Padron Alberto Del Rio.
Daniel Bryan’s music plays and he comes out to the stage.
Del Rio wants to know if Bryan is kidding him. He asks Bryan if he wants another beat down and he calls him a dog.
Bryan says that Alberto thinks that he is so special. Bryan wants to know why Del Rio cashed in his briefcase like everyone else when the champion was beaten and broken so he had to pick up the bones. He says that is not special. It is ordinary and predictable so it is pathetic.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Daniel Bryan versus Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Del Rio backs Bryan into the corner. Del Rio misses a punch and Bryan with forearms and kicks. Bryan misses a round kick when Del Rio holds on to the ropes. Del Rio goes to the floor and Bryan follows. Del Rio with kicks to Bryan. Del Rio with a hard Irish whip and then he kicks Bryan and gets a near fall. Del Rio with an arm bar. Bryan with punches but Del Rio with a head butt and then he kicks Bryan and gets a near fall. Del Rio with a side head lock take down into a side head lock.
Bryan with a knee to the midsection followed by kicks to the back and chest. Bryan gets a near fall. Bryan with European uppercuts but Del Rio with an Irish whip. Bryan with an elbow to Del Rio when he charges into the corner. Del Rio with an arm breaker from the turnbuckles for a near fall. Del Rio punches Bryan and then he kicks him and he returns to the arm bar. Bryan tries for a sunset flip but Del Rio blocks it and he applies an elbow drop to the arm. Del Rio kicks Bryan in the arm.
Del Rio with a near fall and then he applies a key lock before returning to an arm bar. Bryan with European uppercuts in the corner but Del Rio with another hard Irish whip and Bryan holds his arm. Del Rio with a baseball slide to the head for a near fall. Del Rio with another arm bar. Del Rio and Bryan with forearms and then he kicks Bryan in the arm and gets a near fall.
Del Rio returns to the arm bar. Bryan punches Del Rio in the ribs but Del Rio sends Bryan into the corner. Bryan with an elbow and boot to Del Rio when he goes into the corner. Bryan with kicks to the shoulder and head in the corner. Bryan flips out of the corner and hits a flying clothesline but Bryan still tries to get some feeling into his arm. Del Rio wit ha kick to the injured shoulder but Bryan back body drops Del Rio to the floor. Bryan goes to the apron and he hits the flying knee off the apron but Bryan holds his left arm.
Bryan sends Del Rio back into the ring and Bryan tries for a move from the top but Del Rio moves and Del Rio with a German suplex and bridge for a near fall. Del Rio puts Bryan on the top turnbuckle and Del Rio punches Bryan and then he sets for a super belly-to-back suplex but Bryan counters and almost gets a lateral press. Both men are down as we go to commercial.
We are back and Bryan with a kick but Del Rio with a punch. Bryan and Del Rio then exchange forearms until Bryan gets the advantage. Bryan with an Irish whip followed by a drop kick into the corner. Bryan goes up top for the missile drop kick and he hits it but he can only get a two count. Bryan with more kicks to the chest and Bryan tries for another one but Del Rio ducks it. Bryan avoids a few suplex attempts and then Del Rio charges into a boot. Del Rio tries for a tilt a whirl move but Bryan counters with a Guillotine choke but Del Rio runs Bryan into the corner. Del Rio with a suplex and then he puts Bryan in the cross arm breaker and Bryan taps out.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
After the match, Del Rio continues to work on Bryan’s left arm and he reapplies the cross arm breaker.
From out of nowhere, Sin Cara comes ot the ring and he hits a head scissors followed by a drop kick and a cross body from the top turnbuckle to the floor. Cara checks on Bryan while Ricardo checks on Del Rio.
Matt Striker asks Mark Henry about his match with Sheamus at SummerSlam and we see some photos from the match. Matt asks Mark about his chances in the battle royal. Mark says that he is getting no respect. He should be the number one contender. He put out the Big Show and Kane. He drove Sheamus through a wall at SummerSlam but they put him in the same boat as everybody else. Mark says that he looks at this battle royal like a boat. With twenty men, the seas are gonna get rocky. Nineteen of those twenty men are going overboard and they are all gonna sink. We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that a lot more people watched Smackdown last Friday than any other show on cable.
Match Number Four: Kelly Kelly and AJ Lee versus Natalya and Alicia Fox
Natalya and AJ start things off and they lock up. Natalya blocks an arm drag and AJ tries for a rollup but Natalya stays on her feet. Natalya picks up AJ and sends AJ into the corner. AJ kicks Natalya in the corner and she tries for a cross body off the turnbuckles but Natalya catches her. AJ with a head scissors take down. Natalya with an Irish whip and she sends AJ into the ropes and then Natalya drives AJ into the mat.
Alicia tags in and Alicia with a snap mare and Natalya with a kick to the midsection. Alicia with a knee to the midsection followed by a reverse chin lock. AJ with elbows but Alicia pulls AJ to the mat. Natalya tags back in and they hit a double suplex. Natalya gets a near fall. Natalya with a slap and then Alicia is tagged back in.
Alicia sends AJ into the corner and she chokes AJ with her boot. AJ fights out of the corner and she tags in Kelly. Kelly with a Thesz Press and then she spanks Alicia Kelly with a spinning and screaming head scissors take down followed by a bulldog. Kelly with the stink face. Kelly with a rana to Alicia for a near fall that is broken up by Natalya. Natalya and AJ fight on the floor. Alicia misses the Scissors kick and Kelly with a Fameasser for the three count.
Winners: Kelly Kelly and AJ Lee
After the match, Natalya wants to know what went wrong and then Natalya realizes that she lost to Alicia a few times. Alicia tries to plead her case and Natalya wants her to get out of her face. Alicia gets to the apron and Natalya with a forearm and then Natalya puts Alicia in a Sharpshooter on the floor and Alicia taps out because no match is going on.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look at the SummerSlam festivities in Los Angeles.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring to watch the Number One Contender Battle Royal from the announce table.
Before the match starts, we get the entrances of Sin Cara, Wade Barrett, Mark Henry, and Sheamus.
Match Number Five: Number One Contender Battle Royal (featuring Sheamus, Mark Henry, Jinder Mahal, Great Khali, Wade Barrett, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Ezekiel Jackson, Cody Rhodes, Justin Gabriel, Yoshi Tatsu, Heath Slater, Sin Cara, Ted DiBiase, Johnny Curtis, Zack Ryder, William Regal, Trent Barreta, and Tyson Kidd)
Khali protects Mahal while everyone else goes after Mark Henry but Henry pushes them off. Henry tosses Barreta into the air and then he eliminates him. Yoshi punches Henry but Henry with a punch and he eliminates Yoshi. Khali continues to protect Mahal. Cody punches Gabriel and Curtis is eliminated by Wade Barrett. Slater is on the apron and the Usos try to eliminate him but Slater returns to the ring. Cody and Gabriel battle. Kidd has Slater against the ring post. Khali chops Regal in the corner. Barrett kicks his former Corre and Nexus partner, Heath Slater. Ryder punches Cara and then they exchange forearms but Ryder charges at Cara and Cara hip tosses Ryder to the floor.
Jackson tries to eliminate Rhodes but Rhodes hold on and skins the cat. He doesn’t last much longer because Jackson clotheslines Cody to the floor. Jackson punches Khali and then he hits the running clothesline to Khali in the corner. Khali with a chop to Jackson when he charges again. Khali eliminates Jackson.
Barrett continues to work over Slater. Henry and Khali stare each other down and Henry pie faces Khali. Khali chops Henry in the head and Khali grabs Henry by the throat but Henry blocks him and then he slams Khali over the top rope to eliminate him. Mahal is not happy with what just happened. Sheamus hits Henry from behind and then he connects with a forearm and Henry rolls under the ropes to the floor.
Sheamus waits for Henry to get back into the ring and Slater climbs on Sheamus’ back. Sheamus sends him to the apron and then he knocks Slater off with a brogue kick. Henry picks up Slater and drops him on the ring steps while Orton watches and we go to commercial.
We are back and Gabriel and Cara are trying to eliminate Sheamus. We are missing William Regal who was eliminated during the commercial. Sheamus works over Tyson Kidd while Mark Henry walks around the ring. Jinder Mahal holds on to the ropes to avoid elimination. Sheamus tries to eliminate Kidd while Ted works over Jimmy Uso. Sheamus goes to the apron but Gabriel with a kick to Kidd.
Gabriel with a chop to Mahal but Mahal returns the favor. Sheamus with a knee to choke Mahal. Cara chops Gabriel in the ropes and then he hits a cross body that eliminates Gabriel while Cara holds on to the ropes. Henry picks up Gabriel and then he tosses Gabriel into the crowd. The Usos are eliminated at the same time. Jimmy Uso is Irish whipped into the ringside barrier while Jey is bieled over the announce table onto Josh Mathews.
Henry punches DiBiase and then he eliminates Mahal. Ted climbs on Henry’s back and Henry eliminates Ted.
We are down to five and Kidd has Cara on the ropes but Cara is able to send Kidd to the floor while holding on to the ropes.
We are down to four with Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Sin Cara, and Mark Henry.
Cara, Sheamus, and Barrett go after Henry but Henry pushes Cara away. Sheamus with knees to Henry in the corner. Barrett with a clothesline to Sheamus and then Barrett sends Sheamus over the top rope but Sheamus holds on. Sheamus brings Barrett to the apron and Sheamus and Barrett exchange punches on the apron. Barrett with a kick to Sheamus but Sheamus with a version of a Brogue Kick to eliminate Henry. Cara goes through the middle rope to the floor. Cara returns and he hits an enzuigiri. Cara is sent to the apron and Sheamus with a kick but Cara stays on the apron. Cara is dropped on the top rope and Cara is on the apron. Henry picks up Sheamus and eliminates him.
We are down to two and Cara goes up top and takes Henry down with a cross body but Henry sends Cara through the ropes to the floor. Henry picks up Cara but Cara with kicks to the leg and then he tries for a rana but that is a mistake. Henry sends Cara over his head and then Cara tries for a springboard cross body but Henry catches him and he hits the World Strongest Slam. Henry presses Cara over his head and he drops him to the floor and Henry wins the match.
Winner: Mark Henry
After the match, Henry goes to the floor and he has something to say to Orton as we go to credits.