We begin this week’s show with a look back at Triple H and Stephanie hosting Raw and the opening segment that featured an appearance by Big Show . . . until Stephanie turned off the feed. Then we see footage of the contract signing between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, featuring an appearance from Big Show in a truck.
We are in Birmingham, Alabama and your announcers are John ‘Best for Business’ Layfield and Michael ‘Hell in an Announce Table’ Cole.
Michael Cole is in the ring and he welcomes his guest. He is the Game, the King of Kings, and the COO of WWE. He is talking about Triple H.
Hunter makes his way to the ring for a sit down interview with Michael. Hunter welcomes everyone to Smackdown. Michael thanks Hunter for appearing since he is probably busy with Hell in a Cell on Sunday.
Michael mentions Big Show and what he did on Raw. Hunter says that he hopes Show is happy because his actions cost six people their jobs. Two people from IT, three from production, and the woman who set up the satellite feed. Stephanie fired all of them.
Hunter says that Big Show has done what all heroes do when their backs are against the wall, he files a lawsuit. Hunter says that he has been advised by his lawyers not to talk about Big Show. Big Show is fired and will remain fired. Since Big Show is no longer part of the WWE Universe, he is now irrelevant. Hunter says that he is focused on Hell in a Cell.
Michael asks Hunter if he is worried that Big Show will appear in Miami and wreck the show. What if he appears tonight?
Hunter says that he cannot talk about it. He says that Michael wants to ask the hard hitting questions, but don’t ask something that he cannot talk about.
Michael asks Hunter if he can talk about the World Title Match between Alberto Del Rio and John Cena.
Hunter say that he cannot wait for the return of John Cena. Hunter says that he knows what it is like to come back from that devastating an injury. He is looking forward to the World Champion defend his title against John Cena. He says that it will be epic.
Michaels wants t ask about the WWE Title. The title has been held in abeyance for six months. In the Hell in a Cell structure, Daniel Bryan will face Randy Orton for the vacated title. The WWE Universe chose Hunter’s best Friend Shawn Michaels to be the referee. Shawn has guaranteed that a WWE Champion will be crowned on Sunday.
Hunter says that he is happy with the guarantee and he is happy with the choice of Shawn as the referee. He is happy that there will be a definitive champion. Hunter says that Shawn is the right guy to know what will happen when the cell lowers around you. He says that it is like 5000 pounds of steel crushing down upon you. It can destroy a man’s confidence.
Michael brings up the disagreements that they have had. He mentions the man that Shawn trained, Daniel Bryan.
Hunter lets the crowd chant’ Yes’. Hunter says that they have been friends for 20 years. They have been best of friends and fierce competitors. They share similar beliefs in a lot of things. They agree with how the WWE should operate. They both know what is best for business. When it is all said and done, Shawn Michaels will do the right thing.
Michael asks Hunter what the ‘right thing’ is. Hunter says . . .
Daniel Bryan’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Daniel says the right thing. The right thing is to let Randy Orton and him settle everything, once and for all. Regardless of anything that people will do. That includes Hunter, Big Show, the Shield, and his gardeners. No one gets in and no one gets out . . . until there is a definitive winner.
Daniel says that he knows that Shawn is his best friend. We have heard it a million times. Shawn is his own man. He will not favor Daniel or Randy. He will do what is best for business. When he does, after everything that Hunter has said to him. Daniel says that he will prove Hunter wrong.
When he does, he will become the new WWE Champion. And, as much as Hunter hates it, the new face of the WWE.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Miz joins John and Michael at the announce table.
Match Number One: Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso versus Erick Rowan and Luke Harper (with Bray Wyatt)
Rowan and Jey start things off and Jey goes after Harper on the apron but Rowan with a shoulder tackle. Rowan with punches in the corner and Harper tags in while the referee warns them. Rowan is Irish whipped into Jey and then Rowan sends Jey into a big boot from Harper. Harper with a Gator Roll followed by a side head lock. Harper with a European uppercut.
Harper with an Irish whip followed by a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Jimmy breaks up the cover. Jimmy is tagged in and he connects with a shoulder off the turnbuckles. Jimmy hits Rowan and then he connects with a savate kick and Samoan drop to Harper. Jimmy with the running butt splash into the corner and Rowan breaks up the cover.
Jey sends Rowan to the floor and then Jimmy and Jey send Harper over the top rope to the floor. Jimmy with a plancha but Harper with a forearm to Jey when he tries for a dive to the floor.
Miz gets up from the announce table and he kicks Wyatt in the face. Rowan charges Miz to the back and then Jimmy and Jey hit a double super kick and they get the three count.
Winners: Jimmy and Jey Uso
AJ Lee skips in the back while Tamina Snuka follows behind and we go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Nikki Bella (with Brie Bella) versus AJ Lee (with Tamina Snuka) in a Non Title Match
AJ skips around the ring before locking up. AJ pushes Nikki away and then AJ retreats into the ropes. Nikki with a drop toe hold and a Thesz Press and she slams AJ’s head into the mat. AJ rolls to the floor and she hides behind Tamina.
AJ drops Nikki on the top rope and AJ gets a near fall. AJ chokes Nikki in the ropes. AJ with a neck breaker and she gets a near fall. AJ with a sleeper but Nikki backs AJ into the corner and she gets AJ off with a snap mare. Nikki with clotheslines and a back elbow. Nikki with a drop kick and then she tosses AJ into the corner.
Nikki misses a baseball slide and then Tamina attacks Brie and sends her into the turnbuckles. AJ applies the Black Widow and Nikki taps out.
Winner: AJ Lee
We go to commercial.
We are back with a video game recreation of what could happen between John Cena and Alberto Del Rio at Hell in a Cell.
We have a video package about John Cena, because he is coming back on Sunday.
Michael points out that John Cena has a history of coming back early from injuries.
We go to the bowels of the arena and Bray Wyatt is with Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. He says that he has something to show everyone. He asks if you are ready.
He shows Miz with ‘liar’ written across his chest. Bray says that he warned Miz. He says that now Miz will truly understand what it means to ‘follow the buzzards’.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Fernando and Diego (with El Torito) versus Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre (with Jinder Mahal)
Before the match starts, Zeb Colter, Jack Swagger, and Antonio Cesaro come out to the stage to watch the match.
Fernando and Drew start things off and Drew with forearms. Fernando with a rana followed by a wrist lock. Drew with a jawbreaker and Slater with a knee and then Drew with a kick followed by a knee drop from Heath for a near fall. Drew tags in and they hit a double slingshot suplex for a near fall. Drew with a chop followed by a quarter nelson and chin lock.
Drew with a knee followed by an Irish whip but he misses a splash into the corner. Diego tags in and he drops Drew across the top rope and then he connects with a flying forearm or two. Diego with a double jump cross body. Diego takes care of Slater on the apron. Drew tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Diego gets away and he tags in Fernando.
Fernando leaps over Drew and then Fernando and Diego hit a spike flatliner for the three count.
Winners: Fernando and Diego
After the match, El Torito sees Jinder and Jinder goes after El Torito but Fernando and Diego pull El Torito up. Torito is used as a battering ram to send Jinder to the floor. El Torito with an Asai Moonsault onto Jinder on the floor.
Zeb calls Los Matadores ‘three border crossing banditos’ and tells them that he did not lay face down in Cambodia so some illegal immigrant could attack him from the rear. What kind of man kidnaps another man and puts him in a bull suit. Men who partake in deviant behavior.
At Hell in a Cell, America will take a step in the right direction when the Real Americans prevail. That is no bull. Zeb gets everyone to say ‘We The People’.
Paul Heyman and Ryback are in the back and Paul is giving Ryback a pep talk about their handicap match.
Before the match, Paul Heyman has something to say. He says that what you are about to bear witness to is a demonstration of the teamwork that will occur on Sunday in the first ever two-on-one handicap match inside Hell in a Cell. Thanks to Vickie Guerrero, he introduces everyone to their opponent, CM Skunk.
Match Number Four: Ryback and Paul Heyman versus CM Skunk in a No Disqualification Match
Ryback starts things off and Skunk with a punch and kicks. Ryback blocks a kick and sends him to the mat. Ryback runs him into the turnbuckles and then goes to the opposite corner. Ryback with a power bomb and then he picks him up again and hits another power bomb.
Paul wants to be tagged in and Ryback obliges. Paul goes to the floor first and he gets a kendo stick. Paul gets into the ring and he stands over his opponent. Paul hits him in the back. Paul tells Ryback to finish him.
Ryback with a clothesline and then he gets Skunk up for the marching musclebuster and then he lets Paul get the three count.
Winners: Ryback and Paul Heyman
After the match, Paul gets on the mic and he says for those of you who want to boo and tell them that is a parody of CM Punk, he tells everyone that they are deadly serious about Sunday. Sunday, his monster Ryback will take every single inch of that cell and use it to his advantage when he takes CM Punk by the back of the head and scrapes his head against each and every inch of that cell.
Paul says that he will then step inside the ring and once again, thanks to Ryback, he will pin CM Punk. He will prove to everyone and most importantly CM Punk that he is Paul Heyamn and he is the Best in the World.
We see Vickie Guerrero in the office and she cackles when she realizes that Paul and Ryback wrestled someone named ‘CM Skunk’. Vickie says that is funny.
Big E Langston enters and he says that there is an open spot in the main event now that Miz is out of commission. Vickie asks Langston why he should be in the main event. Langston tells Vickie that a lot of people have called him young and inexperienced. He might but young, but he wants a spot. Vickie tells Langston that she will check with Hunter.
Langston wonders why Vickie has to ask Hunter for permission. Isn’t she in charge of Smackdown? Langston wonders if he walked into Brad Maddox’s office.
Vickie tells Langston that she will put him in the main event. She tells Langston never to compare him to that self centered, obnoxious Brad Maddox again.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Alberto Del Rio makes his way to the stage and he has a flag with him.
Alberto says on Sunday at Hell in a Cell, he is going to prove to everyone that John Cena is fooling himself. John Cena is not ready to face the World Champion. Alberto says that John Cena thinks that he is like Superman, but he asks John if he is losing his mind.
Alberto says that he is a real life Mexican superhero. He says that he stands for loyalty, for justice, and the Mexican way. At this moment in Mexico, they are throwing parades for him, building statutes in his honor, and they are naming children after him. Alberto says the Mexican people love Alberto Del Rio.
He says that he will be honest for all of them. He says that he only speaks for those who share his class and sophistication. That is why he does not speak for any of the people in the crowd. They have their own hero. They have John Cena. John has his blue eyes and pale skin. He is a perfect representation of a gringo. That is why on Sunday at Hell in the Cell, he will put John in the cross arm breaker and never let go.
Alberto says that the gringos and peasants from his country have one thing in common. They can go and kiss his ass.
We go to R ‘Don West’ Truth for his merchandise promotional message. Santino wants the opportunity to be the best salesman. Santino takes over. He tells everyone to go to WWEShop.com. While Santino does his Don Don West, Truth dances behind him.
Fandango and Summer are in the back as we go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Great Khali (with Hornswoggle and Natalya) versus Fandango (with Summer Mrs. Fandango Rae)
Fandango with chops but Khali with a forearm to the top of the head. Khali sends Fandango into the turnbuckles and then he chops Fandango across the chest a few times. Fandango with an enzuigiri and Khali is down in the corner. Fandango punches Khali.
Khali with an elbow and kick to Fandango followed by clotheslines. Summer gets on the apron and she distracts Khali. Natalya pulls Summer off the apron but Summer slaps Natalya. They go into the ring and Natalya with a double leg take down and the referee calls for the bell.
After the match, Khali chops Fandango.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Six: Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, and Big E Langston versus Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Randy Orton
Ambrose and Cody start things off and they lock up. Ambrose backs Cody into the corner and Cody blocks a punch and Cody punches and kicks Ambrose. Cody with an Irish whip and back body drop. Cody with a kick and wrist lock. Goldust tags in and they punch Ambrose and Goldust with a snap mare followed by an elbow drop for a near fall. Goldust with punches and a clothesline.
Cody tags back in and he punches Ambrose in the kidneys and he throws Ambrose to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Rollins chops Langston but Langston with a belly-to-belly suplex. Cody tags in and he kicks Rollins. Rollins with an Irish whip but Cody floats over and gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Cody with a kick to Rollins followed by a punch. Rollins with a flatline into the turnbuckles.
Rollins sends Cody into the turnbuckles and then he kicks Cody. Reigns tags in and he connects with a head butt to the ribs. Cody is sent into the turnbuckles and Roman punches him. Reigns with an Irish whip but Cody gets his boots up and Bryan is tagged in.
Bryan with kicks to the chest and leg. Bryan with a dragon screw leg whip and then he sets for the surfboard but Reigns tries to block it. Bryan fish hooks Reigns and then he drives Roman’s knees into the mat.
Langston tags in and he punches Reigns in the midsection. Langston with shoulders in the corner. Langston with a running shoulder in the corner and Goldust tags in and gets a near fall. Goldust sends Reigns into the turnbuckles. Reigns with a head butt and Irish whip.
Reigns misses a Superman punch in the corner and Goldust with a cross body on Reigns for a near fall. Cody tags in and he punches Reigns. Cody with another punch. Cody with the drop down uppercut for a near fall. Reigns runs Cody into the wrong corner and Ambrose tags in. Dean punches Cody in the chin and then he winds up for a few more punches. Ambrose with a shoulder into the corner and then he runs Cody’s eyes across the top rope.
Orton tags in and he eventually climbs the turnbuckles and he punches Cody. Rhodes blocks a punch and he punches Orton. Orton with a punch and head butt. Cody with a knee and he gets a near fall. Rhodes with a front face lock and then he hits a gourdbuster for a near fall.
Rhodes with boots to the abdomen. Goldust tags in and he punches Orton. Goldust gets a near fall. Cody tags back in and he punches Orton. Cody with a punch to the forehead and Cody gets a near fall. Cody climbs the turnbuckles but Orton with a rake of the eyes and then Cody is dropped on the top rope.
Orton punches Rhodes and sends him off the apron to the floor. Ambrose tags in and he slides to the floor. Ambrose with a side Russian leg sweep into the ringside barrier. Ambrose rolls Rhodes back in and he stomps on Cody’s chest and then he kicks Cody.
The referee warns Ambrose and Dean gets a near fall. Orton tags back in and he walks around Cody and he misses a leaping knee drop. Cody punches Orton in the corner. Orton escapes and he connects with a forearm to the back and then he hits a back breaker that takes Cody off the turnbuckles. We go to commercial.
We are back and Reigns with a suplex on Cody for a near fall. Reigns holds Cody for Ambrose to kick Cody. Ambrose runs his forearm across the face and then he punches Cody. Rollins tags in and he connects with forearms from the apron and then he kicks Cody in the back. Cody with a jawbreaker and forearms.
Rollins keeps Cody from making the tag and he pulls Cody into the corner. Ambrose tags in and he gets between Cody and his corner and he punches Cody. Cody with boots to Ambrose but Reigns tags in. Cody with a drop kick. Rollins tags in and he goes up top but Cody with a punch to the midsection.
Goldust tags in and he connects with clotheslines. Goldust drops down for an uppercut. Goldust with a back body drop to Rollins, but Reigns had already made the tag and he connects with a clothesline. Reigns gets a near fall. Reigns with a forearm to the back.
Reigns argues with the referee but Reigns backs Goldust into the corner again. Ambrose with punches and shoulders in the corner. Rollins tags back in and he connects with forearms. Orton tags in and he kicks Goldust. Orton with kicks and head butts to Goldust.
Rollins tags back in and they send Goldust into the corner but Goldust with a double back elbow and everyone is down in the ring. Ambrose and Bryan tag in and Bryan with a drop kick to Orton on the apron. Bryan with punches and a knee to the midsection. Bryan drop kicks Rollins off the apron and then he knocks Reigns off the apron with a drop kick.
Bryan punches Ambrose. Ambrose with an Irish whip but Bryan flips over Ambrose. Bryan with a suicide dive onto Orton. Bryan sends Ambrose into the ringside barrier. He sends Ambrose back in for a missile drop kick. Bryan with kicks to the chest and he connects with the round kick. Bryan applies the Yes Lock but Reigns breaks up the cover.
Langston comes in and he takes care of Reigns with a running body block. Rollins comes off the turnbuckles and Langston catches him. Goldust clotheslines Reigns over the top rope to the floor. Rollins escapes the Big Ending and he drop kicks Langston to the floor. Cody with Beautiful Disaster to Rollins and Seth goes to the floor.
Cody goes up top and hits a cross body onto Rollins and Reigns. Bryan with the drop kick to Ambrose in the corner. Bryan with an Irish whip but he misses the drop kick in the corner. Ambrose tags in Orton. Orton sends Bryan to the apron and he hits the IEDDT. Orton looks around and he twists to the mat for the RKO. Orton punches the mat but Langston pushes Orton towards Bryan and Bryan with the flying knee for the three count.
Winners: Daniels Bryan, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, and Big E Langston
We go to credits.