The Shield is doing their best to make the lives of every WWE Superstar miserable. What will the Shield do tonight less than forty-eight hours away from their pay per view wrestling debut? Will Ryback, Daniel Bryan, or Kane get an early chance at these three radicals? What about Sheamus and Big Show. They cannot make contact with each other, but will they find other ways?
This week, Smackdown is in Bridgeport, Connecticut and your announcers are Josh ‘Nutmeg’ Mathews and John ‘Good thing I don’t have a no contact clause with my broadcast partner’ Layfield.
Antonio Cesaro and Sheamus are at the announce table so that must mean that their opponents are wrestling in the next match.
Match Number One: Big Show versus R Truth in a Non Title Match
Show with a kick and forearm to the back and then he sends Truth into the turnbuckles and he chops Truth across the chest. Show with a head butt to Truth and then he picks Truth up by the ears and head butts him again. Show with another chop across the chest. Show walks across Truth’s chest.
Truth with punches but Show with a forearm to the back. Show picks Truth up by his waistband and then puts Truth on top of the turnbuckles and he punches Truth in the midsection and Truth falls to the mat.
Show with another chop across Truth’s chest. Show continues to work on the midsection by standing on Truth’s chest until the referee warns him. Show chops Truth across the chest and Show wants to goad Sheamus into punching him to lose his title match.
Truth with a kick but Show sends Truth against the ropes before returning to the ring.
Antonio Cesaro does not have a non contact stipulation so he stands over Truth. Sheamus pushes Cesaro down and Cesaro is not happy. Sheamus tells Cesaro to sit down. Show palms Truth and brings him to the apron and then he hip tosses him into the ring. Show yells at Sheamus and Sheamus tells Show to wait until Sunday.
Show charges into the corner but he runs into a boot. Truth climbs on Show’s back but Show flips Truth to the mat. Show misses an elbow drop when Truth folls out of the way. Truth gets a near fall but Show with an emphatic kick out. Truth with a front face lock but Show tosses Truth across the ring. Show with the knock out punch for the three count.
Winner: Big Show
After the match, Show leaves the ring on the side where the announce table is and he tries to get Sheamus to hit him. Antonio Cesaro hits Sheamus from behind and Sheamus collides with Show.
Show is smiling and he claims that Sheamus hit him. Show tells Sheamus the match is off.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we have a Moments Ago Moment of the collision between Show and Sheamus. Josh and John wonder if this means that the match is off on Sunday.
Big Show is walking in the back and he wants to know if Booker saw what Sheamus did. Show says that Sheamus violated the ‘No Contact’ clause and the match is off.
Booker says Cesaro bumped into Sheamus and Sheamus bumped into Show. Booker says that where he comes from, they have a saying . . . if you are afraid of Sheamus just say it.
Show reminds Booker that Sheamus violated the No Contact Clause.
Booker says that the match is still on.
Damien Sandow is in the ring. He introduces himself and he tells us that for the last fortnight, he has been scouring the WWE Universe in hopes to find one . . . just one individual who is worthy to become his apprentice. Sandow says sadly his quest has been like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
A disgusting, sweaty, vile, knuckle dragging, mouth breathing, monosyllabic haystack. Therefore, it is with esteemed pleasure that he reintroduces to everyone his tag team partner . . . and best friend. Damien wants everyone to stand and remain silent . . . a request that does not work too well. He wants everyone to show the proper reverence for the magnificent, marvelous, mustachioed Cody Rhodes.
Cody makes his way to the ring and we see footage from the elimination tag match on Raw.
Cody is in the ring and he has a mic. Cody says the feeling is honor and it is an honor to be standing back in the ring with Damien again.
Cody says that there is no need for an apprentice because Damien has his partner and his equal back with him.
Anyone who tries to drive a wedge between them like that buffoon The Miz . . .
Cody is interrupted by their tag team opponents in the next match.
Match Number Two: Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow versus The Usos
The match is joined in progress and Jimmy with a clothesline to Cody. Jey tags in and Cody punches Jey but Jey punches back. Jey sends Cody into the turnbuckles and Jimmy is tagged back in. Jimmy with an Irish whip but Cody sends Jimmy to the apron. Damien distracts Jimmy and Cody drops Jimmy’s arm across the ropes. Damien with a kick on the floor.
Cody gets a near fall. Damien tags back in and he kicks Jimmy and then he connects with a knee drop. Sandow with a side Russian leg sweep followed by the Elbow of Disdain and he gets a near fall. Cody tags in and he punches Jimmy in the ribs. Cody with a gourdbuster. Cody with a snap mare followed by a full nelson. Jimmy with elbows followed by a savate kick.
Jimmy makes the tag to Jey and Jey with clotheslines and Damien tags in. Jey with forearms to Damien followed by a savate kick and uppercut. Jey with a Samoan drop and then he hits the running butt splash into the corner. Jimmy tags in and he goes up top for the Superfly splash but Damien rolls to his corner. Jimmy pushes Cody when Cody tries to interfere. Jey clotheslines Cody over the top rope and Damien with a rollup on Jimmy for the three count.
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow
David Otunga is drinking his coffee and he is reading the clause from the Stipulation in the contract. Show wants Otunga to use his Harvard degree to help him. Otunga says that there are a few ways to do things and he suggests that they do it in the ring in front of everyone.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Big Show and David Otunga are in the ring. David drinks while Show says that everyone clearly saw Sheamus put his hands on him. It is not Show’s fault that Sheamus could not control his Irish temper. By putting his hands on Show, Sheamus violated the No Contact Clause so it invalidates the World Title Match.
If Booker will not listen to him, maybe Booker will listen to his legal counsel, David Otunga. Last week, Big Show and Sheamus entered into a legally binding contract. Now Booker is refusing to follow his own rules. It is not something that should be handled by a clearly biased general manager. They will bring it to the WWE Board of Directors.
They will demand that the Chairs Match be called off and that Booker be removed as General Manager of Smackdown.
Booker T’s music plays and he makes his way onto the stage.
Booker tells Otunga that is obvious to him and everyone in here that his Harvard degree is not worth the paper it is printed on. Booker says that the contracts ordered not by the letter of the law, but by the spirit of the intent.
Booker says that if Otunga wants to waste the time of the Board of Directors, he can. The match between Big Show and Sheamus is still on.
Show yells that the contract was violated.
Otunga tells Booker that because he has been in prison, it does not make him a legal expert. It is clear that Sheamus violated the contract. After he gets the Board to fire Booker, he will get them to fire Sheamus too.
Otunga asks Booker to give Show one good reason not to proceed.
Before Booker can give his reason, Sheamus’ music plays and Sheamus heads to the ring with a chair and a mic. Sheamus gives Booker a reason. Sheamus says that if the match is off, there is nothing stopping him from kicking Show’s arse right now.
Sheamus prepares to swing the chair and Show says the contract is still valid in his opinion too. Show leaves the ring, but Otunga stays in there.
Sheamus realizes that there is a coffee drinking sweater wearing lawyer in the ring so he gives Otunga a Brogue Kick.
We take a look back at Brad Maddox’s attempt to get a contract but he failed against Randy Orton. Then we saw The Shield attack Randy Orton.
Matt Striker is in the back and he is getting ready to interview Randy Orton.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see Randy Orton being attacked by the Shield after apparently being sent through a table.
Match Number Three: Aksana versus Kaitlyn
They lock up and Kaitlyn with a clean break but Aksana with a kick followed by a side head lock and take down. Kaitlyn gets a near fall with a rollup but Aksana holds on to the head lock. Aksana holds on with a chin lock and she connects with forearms and gets a near fall.
Aksana slams Kaitlyn’s head to the mat and gets a near fall. Aksana returns with a side head lock but Kaitlyn with a side slam. Aksana holds on to the side head lock and turns it into a chin lock. Kaitlyn tries for a slam but Aksana escapes. Kaitlyn with a series of shoulder tackles and she tosses Aksana to the mat by the hair. Kaitlyn with a gutbuster for the three count.
Matt Striker is outside the trainer’s room and it turns out that Randy has a separated shoulder. He might have suffered a concussion as well. He is going to undergo further evaluation.
We go to commercial.
We area back and we are told that there will be a Santa’s Helper Divas Battle Royal on the pre-show.
Miz is in the ring for MizTV. He welcomes everyone to the most must see talk show in WWE history. Everyone knows that he is not one to shy away from controversy. The most controversial unit is the Shield. These three NXT upstarts are wreaking havoc around the WWE to right injustices.
On Sunday at TLC, three men look to stop The Shield in a TLC Match. Two of those men are his guests. He brings out Daniel Bryan and Kane.
Miz says that he will start off with Bryan and he asks Bryan how did it feel. Bryan wonders if he is talking to Oprah. The time for talk is over because they have gone through anger management. It is time for action. He will unleash all of his anger until the Shield begs for them to stop. When the Shield begs for mercy, he will say no.
Kane says that the Shield made the biggest mistakes of their lives because him and Daniel are finally on the same page. That is bad news for everyone else. Now that Daniel has found his inner monster, they are unstoppable. They will use tables . . . ladders . . . and chairs. They will love every single second of it.
We are interrupted by a Shield viral video. They introduce themselves and Dean says that they have been listening to their empty threats. Ambrose says that if you want to find out what happens when threaten the Shield. Ask Randy Orton. Seth says that they are the harbingers of Justice and them and Ryback are the main perpetrators of injustice. Roman says that their actions forced their hands.
Kane went from a monster to a helpless victim and the Shield did that.
They will bring the sword of justice.
Kane suggests that they don’t wait until Sunday. The Shield says that is finally something they can agree on.
Bryan and Kane look around for The Shield. The Shield appears in a luxury box. They make their way towards the ring through the crowd but Ryback’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring to stand with his tag team partners.
The Shield turn around and we go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Great Khali, Hornswoggle, Tyson Kidd, and Justin Gabriel (with Natalya) versus Epico, Primo, Titus O’Neil and Darren Young (with Rosa Mendes)
Titus and Khali start things off and Titus with a kick and punch to Khali but Khali with a punch and he sends Titus into the turnbuckles. Khali with a Himalaya chop. Young comes in and Khali punches him. Hornswoggle tags in and he chops Titus. Titus with a clothesline from his knee.
Young tags in and Hornswoggle with a head butt to the midsection. Kidd tags in and he hits a springboard drop kick. Young with an overhead belly-to-belly throw after Primo distracts Kidd. Primo tags in and he punches Kidd. Epico tags in and Primo with a suplex followed by a slingshot elbow drop from Epico for a near fall.
Epico with a forearm and then he runs his laces across the face. Epico chokes Kidd in the ropes and when the referee deals with Epico, Rosa slaps Tyson. Natalya pulls Rosa down by the hair.
Primo with a drop kick after tagging in and he gets a near fall. Kidd tries for a sunset flip and Kidd with a sunset flip attempt but Primo tries to drop down. Kidd is able to counter and gets the three count.
Winners: Great Khali, Tyson Kidd, Hornswoggle, and Justin Gabriel
After the match, Epico attacks Kidd but Gabriel takes care of Epico and Primo. Khali with a chop to Young and he goes to the floor. Titus checks on him. Hornswoggle goes for a cross body on Titus but Titus catches him. Kidd and Gabriel with a stereo baseball slide to Titus and then they hit stereo dives on Epico and Primo.
It is time for some dancing in the ring.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Kofi Kingston versus Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez)
Del Rio with a kick followed by a snap mare. Kofi with a hammer lock but Del Rio gets to the ropes. Del Rio tries for another kick but Kofi grabs the leg. Del Rio backs Kofi into the corner. Kofi with a waist lock but Del Rio with a hammer lock into a side head lock. Del Rio with a shoulder tackle.
Kofi with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Kofi with an arm bar. Del Rio with a double leg take down followed by a kick. Del Rio with a kick to the ribs and he chokes Kofi in the ropes. Kofi with kicks and punches to Del Rio. Kofi leaps into the corner and punches Del Rio and he gets to the mat. Kofi with a European uppercut for a near fall. Kofi with a front face lock. Del Rio runs Kofi into the corner. Del Rio with a knee to the midsection followed by head butts.
Del Rio with an Irish whip but Kofi with a chop to the top of the head. Kofi clotheslines Del Rio over the top rope to the floor. Ricardo checks on Alberto and then Kofi hits a pescado onto Del Rio. They fight on the apron and Del Rio pushes Kofi into the ring post and Kofi falls to the mat. We go to commercial.
We are back and Del Rio with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Del Rio with a rear chin lock. Kofi gets to his feet and he punches Del Rio and gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Del Rio with a kick to the back and Del Rio mocks Kofi ‘tuning up the steel band’. Del Rio misses a splash into the corner.
Kofi with forearms but Del Rio with a hard Irish whip. Del Rio sets for the step up enzuigiri but he only gets a two count. Del Rio with a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Del Rio works on Kofi’s back. Kofi with kicks and punches to Del Rio and he lands on his feet on a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Kofi with chops followed by a drop kick. Del Rio with a belly-to back suplex for a near fall.
Del Rio punches Kofi in the head. Del Rio tries for a suplex but Kofi counters and gets a rollup for the three count.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
After the match, Barrett tries to connect on a sneak attack only to get hit with Trouble in Paradise.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Raw Rebound looking at the Ladders Match between John Cena and Dolph Ziggler.
We go to the events that led to Big Show demanding to strip sheamus of his title match.
Sheamus is in the locker room with William Regal. Regal talks about Sheamus’ temper. He tells Show not to get to him. It is only two days away. Regal also tells Sheamus not to take Antonio Cesaro lightly because Cesaro is a tough competitor. Sheamus tells Regal he has nothing to worry about. Big Show is the person who should be worried. Sheamus says that he will not be forced into costing himself the title match.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Seven: Sheamus versus Antonio Cesaro in a Non-Title Match
They lock up and go around the ring. Sheamus with a break. They lock up again and Cesaro with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. They lock up and Sheamus with a side head lock and shoulder. Cesaro with a punch and kick but Sheamus with a shoulder tackle and shoulder into the corner. Sheamus with a knee lift.
Sheamus works on the wrist and he adds the chin. Sheamus with an Irish whip and Cesaro lands on his shoulders and Sheamus with a fireman’s carry slam for a near fall. Sheamus sends Cesaro back into the ring. Cesaro throws Sheamus through the ropes and to the floor.
Cesaro kicks Sheamus in the arm. Cesaro with a chin lock and he sends Sheamus back to the mat. Sheamus with forearms but Cesaro with a knee and a European uppercut to the back of the head. Cesaro with a deadlift side salto for a near fall. Sheamus with punches to Cesaro while Cesaro kicks him. Sheamus with a forearm but Cesaro with a European uppercut. Cesaro with another European uppercut. Sheamus with two double sledges followed by a charge into the corner but Sheamus is sent to the apron. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle from the top.
Sheamus with the forearms across the chest. Sheamus suplexes Cesaro back into the ring.
William Regal is down on the stage due to a Big Show attack. Regal begs Sheamus not to do anything while Show hits Sheamus in the back with a chair. We go to credits.