This week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown is the go-home show for WWE’s Night of Champions pay-per-view and, as such, will see several rivalries reach a boiling point.
Sunday’s event will be headlined by Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, with the sub-main-event being CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel. Also, the World Heavyweight Championship will be defended at some point.
Friday’s show will also feature another appearance by Edge, as The Rated R Superstar hosts a special edition of The Cutting Edge.
SmackDown emanates from Ottawa, Ontario in Canada this week, and below are the full results.
Spoilers courtesy of wrestlinginc.com
- Big Show opens the show and apologizes to Triple H for his inaction on Raw. Triple H comes out and suspends him for the night. Big Show is then attacked and triple powerbombed by The Shield.
- Alicia Fox, Layla and Aksana defeated Naomi, Natayla and Brie Bella after AJ interfered and got the Total Divas team disqualified.
- The Miz defeats Fandango, R-Truth and The Great Khali in a dance contest. A dance contest.
- Backstage segment with Ryback, he introduces us to a “skinny 6’4” guy from Ottawa” and bullies him.
- Vickie Guerrero announces that Ricardo Rodriguez is barred from ringside during the World Heavyweight Championship match on Sunday. Ricardo will also face Alberto Del Rio tonight.
- Santino Marella beat Damien Sandow with the cobra in what was said to be a very quick match.
- Michael Cole interviews Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel. Heyman says the handicap match at Night of Champions should be boycotted otherwise CM Punk will slaughter him.
- Alberto Del Rio gets a pinfall victory over Ricardo Rodriguez and puts him in the cross armbreaker after the match. RVD makes the save and hits a frogsplash on Del Rio.
- Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler ended with a disqualification after interference from The Shield. Vickie Guerrero makes a six-man tag match with The Shield taking on Ziggler and the Usos, which was won by The Shield.
- The Cutting Edge with Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton closes the show. The segment ends with Orton attacking Bryan, who ends up putting Orton in the Yes Lock and making him tap out.
Bryan Stands Tall Again
After weeks and weeks of being completely dominated by The Corporation, Daniel Bryan finally came out on top on Raw after he hit Orton with his Cena-killing flying knee.
In what is surely a clear sign that Orton will retain his gold at Night of Champions, Bryan once again got the best of the third-generation superstar, making him tap out on The Cutting Edge.
It’ll be really intriguing to see where the WWE goes with this rivalry after Night of Champions, as it looks like these two could be going back and forth for months to come.
Perhaps The American Dragon will finally get some support from the locker room to combat the corporate faction? Or maybe he’ll take a small break from feuding with Orton so he can have a match with Triple H?
There are a lot of interesting possibilities, but one thing seems almost certain at this point—Daniel Bryan won’t walk out of Night of Champions as WWE champion.
Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler to Steal the Show
The last SmackDown before Night of Champions looks to be heavy on story segments and light on quality wrestling matches. The WWE have given us terrific TV matches consistently for the last few months, so it’s easy to forgive them this time.
The only match that really stands to impress audiences is the face off between Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose, who are set to battle for the United States title this Sunday.
Sure it gets interrupted by The Shield, and the two superstars probably saved all the really good stuff for Night of Champions, but it’s hard to envision a match between Ziggler and Ambrose that isn’t a lot of fun to watch.
Hopefully it’s entertaining enough to make us forget the dance contest from earlier in the night that will surely be hard to watch.
Our Next World Champion?
Mr. Money in the Bank is always sold as a future world champion; it’s basically a guarantee that Damien Sandow will trade in his blue briefcase for the big gold belt at some point.
So why have him lose to Santino Marella in two minutes?
The WWE like having their blue briefcase holder go on an epic losing streak prior to winning the title; the intended effect is to have them draw heat as a cowardly champion, but the actual result is a paper champion.
This trend needs to stop, and Damien Sandow needs to start winning.