As SmackDown returns we zoom in on the ring which is set up with a two couches separated by a TV which has a picture of Santino on it with the words "Santino TV" on the screen.
Santino Marella’s music hits now as he comes out to a massive pop from the crowd. He’s got the Intercontinental Championship wrapped tightly around his waist.
Matthews: “After a very hard-fought victory over Alberto Del Rio in a steel cage on Sunday at Money in the Bank, Santino is the new Intercontinental Champion. He deserved the win, and he never gave up, despite how many times he’d been screwed in title matches before!”
Striker: “Even though I don’t like Santino, I can’t deny that he deserved the title, especially after all the hard work he put in to get there. Alberto was a good champ, but I don’t know if Santino will be able to live up to that.”
Santino sits down on one of the couches and picks up a microphone.
Santino: “Welcome everybody to the first ever edition of Santino TV! Just like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Chris Jericho, Edge and Brutus Beefcake before me, I’ve now got my own WWE talk show. Tonight, I won’t be interviewing anyone, but I’ll be celebrating my title win.
On Sunday night, I walked into that inhuman steel structure that punishes your body, and just like I told you, I walked out as the new Intercontinental Champion. I told all of you that I wasn’t going to escape the cage and that I was going to pin the champion or make him submit!
On Sunday night, I proved that I’m not a joke anymore, and it’s about time people started taking me seriously. I didn’t just pin Alberto, I made the submission specialist tap out to the figure four leg lock! Ric Flair was my idol when I was a kid, and that was my way of paying tribute to him. Winning this title means more than just being champion: It shows all the hard work that I have to put in to be taken seriously in this company has been worth it.
I've come a long way from the man who was picked out of the crowd to face the late, great Umaga, and Bobby Lashley helped me to win my first Intercontinental championship.
I thought I had turned my career around when I beat Cody for the title before WrestleMania, but then when I got screwed out of it in Miami, I realized that I thought all the hard work was over, when the truth is that it wasn’t. The hard work was just beginning.
I won’t make the same mistake this time. I promise to all of the fans here in the arena and all the people watching at home that I will be remembered as one of the best Intercontinental Champions of all time. In 10 to 20 years, when people ask who the greatest Intercontinental Champions of all time were, I want my name to be remembered alongside legends like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ricky Steamboat, Randy Savage and Shawn Michaels.
I’ll fight until I can’t fight anymore to keep this championship around my waist!”
Alberto del Rio’s music plays and the former champion walks out with a microphone in his hand.
Striker: “Finally someone worth listening to on this talk show!”
Alberto: “Shut up, shut up, shut up! Stop talking like it’s over between us. I beat you at Mania and somehow you got another THREE at my Intercontinental Championship. That’s right, my Intercontinental Championship. At Money in the Bank, you fluked your way to victory just like you’ve done with everything else in your sad, pathetic life. You don’t deserve to hold that championship; in fact, I think the Divas Championship is more your thing.”
The crowd boos at Alberto as he laughs to himself.
“You’re going on and on about how you are a serious competitor and that you idolized Ric flair and that you will be a fighting champion…Blah blah blah! Nobody cares about what you say Santino; the only thing they care about is seeing me get my title back.
You know that in my contract, I had a rematch clause attached to the title if I held the title for more than 60 days, which I did. I'm not waiting until the Great American Bash because I can’t stand to see you carrying my title for another three weeks.
So tonight, I’m using my rematch clause for the Intercontinental Championship. It’ll be Santino Marella vs. Alberto Del Rio one more time, and whoever wins tonight takes it all. Take a good, hard look at the title Santino, because it’s my destiny to become champion again!”
Matthews: “Wow! An Intercontinental Championship match tonight? I can’t wait! This is the last time we’ll see these two battling for the Intercontinental Championship, and it’s gonna be a good one!”
Striker: “Santino can give all he wants, but he won’t be able to beat Alberto. It’s his destiny to regain the Intercontinental Championship, but you already know that!”