This week’s show starts off with Wade Barrett running down the recent failures in Nexus thanks to David Otunga’s efforts to show that he should be the man in charge of the group. Wade has given Otunga one last chance to prove that he is ‘Nexus . . . and not against us’ but it is a tough challenge because he must defeat Edge to continue to wear the black and gold of Nexus (unless you are John Cena, then you can wear whatever you want).
We are live on tape from Manchester, United Kingdom and your announcers are Matt ‘Did the three man booth work for Monday Night Football’ Striker, Todd ‘Mr. Bean’ Grisham, and Michael ‘I haven’t moved from this seat since Monday night’ Cole.
The number one contender, Edge comes to the ring to talk to the WWE Universe, but he is not dressed for his Excommunication Match with David Otunga. Edge says that he wants to be honest with everyone. He says that he is a busy guy. He says that he is going to go backwards. He says that he hopes everyone has their tickets for Wrestlemania in Atlanta because he is going to walk into Wrestlemania as the World Champion. Edge reminds us that he has main evented Wrestlemania before and he will do it again. Edge says that it will be a tough task to defeat Kane, and some might say it is impossible. However, Edge has a plan. That plan sees Edge walking out of Miami as a ten time World Champion.
Edge moves on to his agenda for tonight . . . David Otunga. The crowd boos and Edge says that is how he feels about Otunga. He is facing the man who thinks that he will go through Edge to remain in Nexus. Edge says that he hopes that David will continue to depend on his wife because while she walks the red carpet, David will walk the unemployment line.
The haunting music for Nexus plays and everyone except Wade Barrett and John Cena come to the ring. They circle the ring and then they get on the apron. Edge is ready for a fight, but Edge’s ex-wife, Vickie Guerrero comes out and stops any attack on Edge. Vickie says that she has a huge announcement. Vickie says that Teddy Long is not here because he was detained by customs so she is in charge tonight.
Vickie tells David that since she is in charge, if any of the members of Nexus enter the ring, he loses his match and he will be Excommunicated from Nexus. Vickie says that she has a huge show planned tonight. Big Show will face Kane; and David Otunga will face Edge. Vickie says that she does not want a repeat like last week and she will not be like Teddy and lose control of the show. Nexus will be allowed to surround the ring tonight, but they will be joined by the entire Smackdown roster.
Vickie says that since they are in Manchester, that they start the night with both men shaking hands like fine Englishmen. The crowd boos the idea of the handshake. Vickie tells the other members of Nexus to get on the floor or Otunga will be forced to lose the match. Vickie wants them to shake hands so they can make peace and get on with the rest of the show.
Otunga offers his hand and Edge starts to walk out of the ring, but Vickie says that if Edge does not shake David’s hand, she will find a replacement for Edge in the World Title Match at Survivor Series. Edge shakes hands and then he spears Otunga off the apron and to the floor.
A Rolls Royce drives into the building and it is Alberto Del Rio. We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Kofi Kingston versus Alberto Del Rio
They lock up and Alberto backs Kofi into the turnbuckles and Del Rio with a gentle slap to the face. Kofi with a forearm and kicks followed by a European uppercut and a drop kick for a near fall. Kofi with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Del Rio with a clothesline and kick to Kofi. He sends Kofi into the turnbuckles and he kicks Kofi in the corner. Del Rio with a slam to Kofi and then he kicks Kofi in the back. Del Rio with an inside cradle for a one count. Kofi with punches to Del Rio but Del Rio with a knee and then he sends Kofi into the turnbuckles again. Del Rio with an Irish whip and shoulder tackle. Kofi with a leaping back elbow and then he leaps into the corner and punches Del Rio before returning to the mat and he hits a European uppercut.
Del Rio goes to the floor and Kofi with a baseball slide to keep Del Rio on the floor. Kofi with a tope suicida onto Del Rio. They return to the ring and Kofi gets a near fall. Del Rio holds on to the ropes on a drop kick attempt by Kofi so Kofi charges at Del Rio and he is sent to the apron, but he is not on the apron long because Del Rio hits an enzuigiri that sends Kingston to the floor as we go to commercial.
We are back and Del Rio has Kofi in a reverse chin lock and then he sends Kofi head first into the mat and he gets a near fall. Del Rio punches Kofi and then he stands over Kofi and gloats about his success so far. Del Rio mocks Kofi but Kofi kicks weakly at Del Rio. Kofi is pulled out of the corner as Del Rio continues to work on the neck and back. Del Rio with knees to the back of the neck. Del Rio with a side head lock but Kofi with forearms and punches as he backs Del Rio into the corner. The referee warns Kofi and pulls him out of the corner.
Kofi with chops followed by a drop kick but he misses a splash into the corner. Del Rio runs into boots from Kofi and Kofi hits a springboard cross body for a near fall. Del Rio with a kick and punch but he misses a clothesline. Kofi hits the Superman punch and he hits the Boom Drop as he waits for Del Rio to get up for Trouble in Paradise. Del Rio gets out of the way and to the floor. They fight on the apron and Del Rio pulls Kofi into the ring post and then he hits a drop kick to the arm against the ring post.
Del Rio applies the cross arm breaker and Kofi taps.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
After the match, Rey Mysterio’s music plays and he looks like he is ready for a fight. Rey slides into the ring between Del Rio’s legs and then Rey has a kick blocked but he hits an enzuigiri and it sends Alberto into the ropes and Rey hits the 619 on Del Rio. Del Rio goes to the floor as Rey stands tall in the ring.
We go to the Nexus Locker Room and Michael says that this might not be such a good idea. Husky says that they should change the game plan. Heath says that Edge is crazy. If it is just Nexus at ringside, David would win easily, but there are sixteen other superstars who will be at ringside and they don’t like Nexus. Heath says that he is not willing to risk his career . . .
David Otunga enters the room and he understands that there can only be one leader of Nexus and it is Wade. However, Wade isn’t here tonight and this is there task. David says that this is the biggest night of his life. He wants the others to put themselves in his shoes. David asks rhetorically what does he have without Nexus. He says that they have come so far together and they are part of a team. David says that if one fails, they all fail. David asks them, who is next if he loses. They need to show that they are the most dominant force in WWE. David walks out and the other members of Nexus have a new found confidence. Then once Otunga is gone, the doubt starts to return.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that Smackdown was the number one show on cable last Friday.
Match Number Two: Natalya versus Layla in a Non Title Match Semi-Preview for the Handicap Match at Survivor Series
Natalya with a waist lock and take down into a front face lock but Layla reverses and puts Natalya in a hammer lock. Natalya with a delayed vertical suplex with some squats added and she gets a near fall. Natalya with a forearm but Layla floats over after the Irish whip. Layla with a series of kicks to Natalya and she goes to the apron. Natalya with a shoulder but Layla with a kick to Natalya’s head and Layla gets a near fall. Layla with a head scissors but Natalya picks up Layla and runs her into the turnbuckles and then hits a back breaker. Layla with a clothesline but she misses a leg drop. Layla misses a splash into the corner and Natalya with a slam and discus clothesline. Natalya with a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Layla sends Natalya face first into the turnbuckles but Natalya blocks a kick and she puts Layla in the Sharpshooter and Layla taps.
We go into the bowels of the arena where Paul Bearer and Kane are standing in the red light that surrounds Kane’s existence. Kane says that many hope that Edge can beat him at Survivor Series to become World Champion. He says that hope is the motto of the desperate. Kane says that the sheep continue to believe that Edge can find a way to win. They believe in Edge the same way that they believe in the Undertaker. Kane reminds everyone what happened to the Undertaker. Taker is buried alive, along with the hopes and dreams of the WWE Universe. Tonight, the insects hope that the Big Show can exorcise the evil from the Devil’s Favorite Demon. Nothing can stop him. Not a phenom, not a giant, and not the pathetic hopes of everyone else. Kane says that he is the champion and the places that he leaves everyone will have people begging for the darkest corners of hell.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Edge versus David Otunga with his hooded and bedazzled Nexus jacket in a David Otunga’s Nexus Career on the Line Excommunication Lumberjack Match
As soon as the bell rings, Edge runs across the ring and he peppers Otunga with forearms while the lumberjacks start to spread out around the ring after being clustered together. Edge with kicks in the corner followed by an Irish whip and spinning heel kick. Edge clotheslines Otunga over the top rope to the floor and Otunga’s allies are not to be found because they were scared off by the numbers disadvantage. Rey kicks Otunga and then Cody and Kofi roll him back in. Edge punches Otunga and David things about leaving the ring, but the presence of the Smackdown lumberjacks keep him in the ring. We go to commercial.
We are back and Edge throws Otunga to the floor and Finlay hits Otunga before some of the others get in a few kicks on the man who would be King of Nexus. Edge gets a near fall. Edge with an elbow to the back of the head but Otunga sends Edge to the floor and Edge has a safe re-entry into the ring . . . until Alberto Del Rio pulls Edge off the apron. MVP argues with Del Rio on the floor while Edge is returned to the ring.
Otunga with kicks and punches to Edge while the bickering continues. Otunga chokes Edge in the ropes and then he gets a near fall. Otunga with a reverse chin lock and Edge gets back to his feet and he punches Otunga. Otunga with a back elbow to the chest and he gets a near fall. Otunga slaps and kicks Edge gingerly and then hits a series of elbow drops and gets a near fall. Otunga with a suplex and he gets a near fall. While this is going on, Porter and Del Rio continue to argue on the floor.
Otunga with a rear chin lock into a reverse chin lock but Edge with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down. Edge with punches and a flying forearm and clothesline. Edge with an Edge-o-Matic for a two count. Edge with a punch in the corner but Otunga with an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner and Edge gets a two count with a rollup. Edge with a punch but Otunga with a kick to the chest. Edge responds with a flapjack and then Edge with a baseball slide to Del Rio’s back and he collides with Porter and that leads to the lumberjacks brawling at ringside.
Edge counters the World’s Most Dangerous Spinebuster with an Impaler DDT and he sets up for the spear. Michael McGillicutty enters the ring to try to interfere and he eats a spear for his troubles. Edge sets for another spear but we have a new lumberjack and it is the World Champion, Kane. Kane grabs Edge and hits a choke slam while the referee is not looking at the action in the ring (but at the TitanTron). Otugna gets the three count on a motionless Edge.
Winner: David Otunga
After the match, Nexus takes Otunga away from the ring and to safety.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Montel Vontavious Porter defeating Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre last week in the Number One Contender Match.
Match Number Four: Dolph Ziggler versus Montel Vontavious Porter for the Intercontinental Title
Ziggler is the aggressor at the start of the match, but it almost backfires when Porter gets a near fall with a rollup. Porter with a jackknife cover for a near fall. Porter with another rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a kick and punch. Porter gets Ziggler on his shoulders and then he drops Dolph behind him. Porter with a running boot to the head and Ziggler goes to the floor as we go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler is back in control of the match and he kicks Porter before hitting the leaping elbow drop and gets a near fall. Ziggler with a rear chin lock and body scissors. Porter gets to his feet and he stomps on Ziggler’s foot and gets another near fall with a rollup. Porter with a punch but he runs into a boot and Ziggler gets a near fall despite having extra leverage from the ropes. Ziggler with a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler tries to expose the turnbuckle and Porter with an inside cradle but the referee was too busy fixing the turnbuckle pad and he missed a few seconds of Porter’s inside cradle so he could only get a near fall when the referee got back into position. Ziggler with the leg lariat for a near fall. Ziggler with kicks and then he returns to the rear chin lock and body scissors. Porter with a kick and Ziggler misses a Stinger Splash into the corner and he hits the ring post but he recovers to connect with a back elbow to Porter.
Ziggler with a punch but Porter with clotheslines and then he drives Porter face first into the mat. Porter with the double thrust followed by a facebuster for a near fall. Porter goes for the Ballin’ elbow and he hits it but Ziggler gets his foot on the rope. Porter puts Ziggler on the top turnbuckle and he sets for a superplex but Ziggler with a head butt that knocks Porter to the mat. Ziggler comes off the second turnbuckle but he is met with a boot to the head and Porter gets a near fall. Porter with a series of kicks and the referee pulls him off.
Ziggler with a kick to the knee and Ziggler hits the Zig Zag for the three count when Ziggler pulled Porter’s foot off the rope before he could see it.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Michael Cole tells us that a lot of the media does not accurately portray the WWE so they have started Stand Up for WWE.
Kane is back in the basement after his appearance during the lumberjack match. He walks around and looks for Paul Bearer, but he only sees the urn. Kane puts two and two together and realizes that something is wrong. We go to commercial.
Cody Rhodes comes out and he has something to say. He says that was not the reception that he expected. He says that their countries are allies and he says that everyone is friends. As a friend, Cody says that he is sick and tired of every stereotype and satire that implies that the British men and women have a lack of oral hygiene. Cody says that it is outplayed, tired, lame, . . . and absolutely true because their teeth are absolutely god-awful. Cody says that he sees ‘Summer Teeth’. Summer yellow, summer green, and summer missing. He says that it is like rotting stalagmites on the inside of a cave and the collective breath of the audience and everyone in the country literally singes his perfectly hair-free nostrils. That is not dashing. Cody turns his attention to a fan at ringside and Cody pulls out a bottle of mouthwash and he says that he realizes that the fan might be hesitant to use it, but it contains alcohol and since he is British, it will work out. Cody turns his attention to a little child and he says that Christmas came early to Manchester because he has something for the child. He tells the child that it is called a ‘toothbrush’. Cody has prepared a video for everyone, but it is not a quick fix for the people in the audience. If you pay attention, maybe he can end up . . . nobody will end up ‘dashing’.
We go to the ‘Dashing Cody Rhodes Grooming Tip’ for this week. Cody says that there is nothing more repugnant that a set of teeth that has not been properly flossed. Cody says that we have all seen someone with a piece of spinach in their teeth and you don’t want to be that person. He is ready to show us how to avoid an embarrassing situation. You take about 18 inches of floss, but make sure to use a mint, satin floss. You take about 1 to 2 inches of floss between your thumb and index finger and glide it between your tooth in a sawing motion. After doing that, practice your smile.
Cody tells everyone ‘God Save the Queen and God Save Your Teeth’.
Kane is walking through the back looking for Paul. Kane attacks two people who are innocently walking in the back. They don’t know where Paul is. We go to commercial.
We are back with the Knucklehead video package.
Match Number Five: Kane versus Big Show in a Give Me Back My Dad Match
Kane with punches as the bell rings and he backs Show into the corner. Show responds with punches of his own and then he hits a flying shoulder tackle for a near fall. Show with a head butt to Kane followed by a punch to the midsection. Show with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Show with punches to the ribs and abdomen. Show with more punches but Kane with a drop kick to Show’s knee and Show is limping a bit. Kane with another kick and punches. Kane kicks the injured knee again and then he punches Show in the corner. Show pushes Kane of him but Kane responds with an uppercut and he punches Show some more until Show pushes Kane off. Show with a knee and then he hits a Vader Bomb for a near fall.
Show kicks Kane but Kane with a punch and he sets for the choke slam but Show fights it off and he grabs Kane by the throat. Show gains control but Kane with an elbow and then he kicks Show in the knee. Kane with a clothesline that sends both men over the top rope to the floor.
We see Paul Bearer in a room in the arena and he is tied up and gagged in a wheelchair as we go to commercial.
We are back and Show with an arm bar on Kane. Show with an elbow to the arm as he continues to work on the non-choke slam arm of Kane. Show with a head butt to the shoulder and then Show returns to the arm bar. Show with another elbow to the arm and then he chokes Kane in the ropes. Show punches Kane in the midsection and then he hits the shhh chop in the corner. Kane with a DDT and both men are down. Kane gets a near fall and then he punches and kicks Show to keep him off his feet. Kane with a drop kick for a near fall. Kane with a reverse chin lock. Show with a shoulder that sends Kane to the floor but Show is showing the effects of the match. Kane drops Show on the top rope and Kane goes up top but Show with a punch that crotches Kane.
Show sets for a superplex but Kane pushes Show off the turnbuckles and Kane hits the clothesline but Show kicks out at two. Kane with punches to the head and he returns to the reverse chin lock. Show with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down. Show with a few clotheslines followed by an Irish whip and Show with a splash into the corner and Show tries for a second one but he runs into a boot. Kane goes to the turnbuckles again and he hits another clothesline. Kane signals for the choke slam, but . . .
Edge appears on the stage and he has Paul Bearer with him in the wheelchair. Edge says that Kane’s father has been a little tied up. He knows that Kane has a dysfunctional family and some daddy issues. Edge says that he is willing to solve those daddy issues. Edge says that wheelchairs have a mind of their own and once they get started, you can’t stop them so Edge tells Kane not to try to help.
Kane turns around and Show hits a choke slam for the three count.
Winner: Big Show
Edge tells Paul Bearer to say goodbye to his son, but Edge says that the cat’s got his tongue. Edge wheels Paul to the back as we go to credits.