Booker is not at the announce table and he makes his way to the ring. Booker says that he wanted to say something before everything started. He wants to thank the WWE and its fans for making 2011 a great year for him. It started at the Royal Rumble and it made it a night that he will never forget for the rest of his life. Then he wanted to move on to the commentary booth where it has been fun, except for dealing with Michael Cole.
Booker turns his attention to Cody Rhodes. Cody did everything he could to drag him back in the ring. He did not jump Cody from behind. He beat Cody in the middle of the ring. Booker says that everyone is responsible for that.
Booker tells everyone to enjoy the final Smackdown of 2011 and then he wants to start digging, but . . .
Cody Rhodes interrupts with his music.
Cody says that the people of Indianapolis don’t read the newspapers or keep track of current events unless it involves turning left on a racetrack or the once proud, now pathetic Indianapolis Colts. If we are recapping the year, Cody wants to recap his year.
He overcame a career threatening injury to defeat Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania. Then he brought honor and prestige back to the Intercontinental Championship. He does not want to offend Booker, but he talks about taking a washed up announcer and got him to reach back and regain some of his former glory.
Booker wants to correct Cody. He says that on Monday he beat Cody in the middle of the ring. If Cody had any respect for the business, he wouldn’t be running his mouth. Cody would be congratulating Booker on doing a good job.
Cody thinks about it and says that Booker is absolutely right. Since this is the last show of the year, he does not want to come off as a bitter jerk. He is a better man than that. He congratulates Booker and then he offers his hand to Booker.
They shake hands and Cody tells Booker that this is all over as Booker walks out of the ring.
Booker wants to know what Cody is saying. Cody says that the fairy tale is over because Booker is a nostalgia act. He is in no man’s land. Booker’s deteriorating skills will be revealed. If Booker goes back to announcing, his legacy as an in ring competitor will slowly become one where he is considered a semi-literate buffoon of an announcer. Cody calls Booker a ‘joke’ and he tells Booker to do him and everyone a favor and go home.
Things get golden in the building and Dustin Runnels makes his way to the ring and he confronts his brother on one side of the ring and his former ‘At The Movies’ co-host on the other.
Dustin tells Cody that he is sorry. He says that he loves his brother but he says that Cody is doing this the wrong way. He tells Cody that he has no respect for Booker. He tells Cody that when he was battling his demons, the person who inspired him was Booker T. Dustin tells Cody to look at him. When he thought it was all over, Booker took him under his wing and he had the best time in his career as a team. He tells Cody not to make a name at Booker’s expense. Dustin tells Cody that he knows that this is wrong.
Cody says that when he didn’t think there could be a bigger joke than Booker T, out comes his brother to come out and try to prove him wrong. Cody doesn’t care about inspiration because these people are not worth inspiring. He wants to know if Dustin said that Cody knows better. Cody says that he restored the Rhodes name after Dustin threw up all over it. As soon as Booker stopped teaming with Dustin, Dustin fell back into those same demons and moved into obscurity.
Booker stops Cody and he tells Cody that Goldy is more man than Cody will ever be. It ain’t about Goldy or him, it is about Cody. They each have one win so why not do it one more time. This time, the title will be on the line. Booker wants the match now.
Cody says that he will agree to one more match, but next week. After he beats Booker, Cody says that Booker can follow his brother into complete irrelevancy.
Booker says that he is going to celebrate. All of the people in this arena are going to celebrate. Him and Goldy are going to celebrate because he will become the new Intercontinental Champion. Now Booker gets to dig and call Cody a sucka.
Booker takes his place at the announce table and Dustin tries to calm Cody down. Cody kicks Dustin and then hits Beautiful Disaster on Dustin. Cody leaves the ring and Booker checks on Dustin.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see footage from a few weeks ago when Ted DiBiase beat Heath Slater, only to have Jinder Mahal attack Ted after the match.
While Jinder Mahal walks to the ring, we go to the Goldman Box for comments from Mahal. He talks about the false New Year’s Resolutions that people make because they are stuck in mediocrity, just like Ted DiBiase.
Match Number One: Ted DiBiase versus Jinder Mahal
They lock up and Ted with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Ted with a front face lock and he punches Mahal. Ted with a hip toss and punch. Mahal with a hot shot followed by a high knee for a near fall. Mahal with an STO and then he hits a knee drop to the throat and the referee stops Mahal from choking Ted. Mahal with a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Mahal with a cravate followed by knees.
Mahal with a quarter nelson and chin lock but Ted with a punch. Mahal with forearms but DiBiase with a drop kick and rebound clothesline. Ted runs into a boot in the corner but Ted with a sit out spinebuster for a near fall. Ted goes to the top turnbuckle and he leaps over Mahal but Ted lands awkwardly. Mahal with a flatline and then he sets for the Camel Clutch and Ted taps out.
Winner: Jinder Mahal
Teddy Long is in his office and he talks about his New Year’s Eve party and as he talks about what he is going to have at his party, the saxophones play and the blue lights come on and Aksana makes her way into the office with her own noisemakers. Aksana say that she so happy for New Year’s Eve Party. She has special gift for her special Teddy Bear. Teddy says that he cannot wait.
Drew McIntyre enters to the dismay of Teddy. Drew says that he heard Teddy wanted to talk to him. Teddy tells us that Drew was signed back to Smackdown and he talks about their issues from the past, but he is willing to work on a clean slate. Teddy tells Drew that he did not realize how much money Drew was making. He says that Drew was one of the fastest rising stars in the WWE, but then he went to Raw and his career went into a tailspin. Teddy is not going to pay Drew that much when he cannot get the job done. Teddy doesn’t want someone on Smackdown who doesn’t have the passion. Teddy tells Drew that if he cannot beat Ezekiel Jackson tonight, he will have to think about letting Drew go.
Drew says that there is no one in this company with more passion. He is someone who can still get a guy down on his knees to beg for mercy, just like he made Teddy . . .
Teddy interrupts Drew and says that he cannot understand Drew with his accent.
Drew tells Teddy if he has any reservations about his ability to get the job done, he tells Teddy to watch his match.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see Alicia’s recent winning streak over the last few weeks.
Match Number Two: Kaitlyn and Alicia Fox versus Tamina and Natalya
Tamina and Kaitlyn start things off and Kaitlyn with a cross body for a near fall followed by a drop kick and another near fall. Kaitlyn with a kick and snap mare. When she goes off the ropes, Natalya grabs Kailtyn to distract her and Tamina hits Kailtyn from behind.
Natalya tags in and they send Kaitlyn to the mat. Natalya with a kick and a near fall. Natalya slams Kaitlyn’s head into the mat and then Natalya with a Michinoku Driver but she misses a leg drop.
Alicia tags in and she leap frogs a charging Natalya who runs into the turnbuckles. Alicia with a Scissors kick for the three count.
Winners: Kaitlyn and Alicia Fox
After the match, Tamina hits Natalya with a super kick and then she goes up top for a Kin of the Superfly Splash.
We see footage from Survivor Series when Wade Barrett eliminated Randy Orton to win the traditional Survivor Series Match.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
We see footage from Raw when Big Show faced David Otunga with one arm tied behind his back and Mark Henry’s interference as well as Daniel Bryan’s cameo.
Daniel Bryan is in the back telling AJ what happened and Show stops by. Bryan tells Show that he was telling AJ how he saved Show on Monday night. Show thanks Bryan but it doesn’t sound too sincere. He asks AJ if he can talk to the champ alone (along with the cameras).
Show tells Daniel that giants don’t need to be rescued or saved. Bryan says that isn’t how he saw it. Since they are partners tonight, they work together tonight.
Teddy Long comes out and he says that we are not going to have the tag match tonight. Otunga wants a match with Big Show, but Teddy tells Show that Mark Henry will be in his corner.
Bryan says maybe giants need saving after all and he wishes Show luck before we go to commercial.
We go to commercial.
Hunico was in the Goldman Box earlier and he introduces Comacho. He says that they were the kings in the barrio and then Comacho says that they are going to dominate the WWE in 2012.
Match Number Three: Justin Gabriel versus Hunico con Comacho
Hunico with a kick and forearm and then Gabriel sends Hunico over the top rope to the floor. Gabriel with a baseball slide to the floor but Hunico avoids it on the apron and then he kicks Gabriel and hits an Asai moonsault. Hunico sends Gabriel back into the ring and he gets a near fall.
Hunico with a kick and hard Irish whip. He charges at Gabriel but Gabriel sends Hunico into the turnbuckles. Gabriel with a cross body into the corner and then he goes to the apron. Gabriel tries for a springboard move but Hunico moves out of the way. Hunico with a kick and forearm. Gabriel with a Blue Thunder Driver and then he goes up top but Hunico recovers and hits an arm drag from the turnbuckles. Hunico goes up top for the Falling Star and he hits it for the three count.
After the match, Hunico catapults Gabriel onto Camacho’s back and he hits a Samoan drop while Hunico hits a swinging neck breaker at the same time.
We go to commercial.
We are back with footage from last week when Big Show punched David Otunga and forced the ring crew to change the canvas because Otunga spilled his coffee.
Match Number Four: Big Show versus David Otunga with co-counsel Mark Henry
Otunga with a waist lock and Show backs Otunga into the corner. Show with punches to Otunga and Otunga punches back and they have no impact. Show with chops to Otunga followed by a slam. Otunga rolls to the floor and Henry provides him with some encouragement and Henry tells Otunga to do it himself.
Otunga returns to the ring and Otunga with a kick to the leg and punches but Show with a shoulder tackle and Otunga goes down. Show with an Irish whip followed by a splash into the corner. Show sets for the choke slam but he sees Mark Henry out of the corner of his eye and Show turns his attention to Henry on the apron. Otunga clips Show and kicks Show. Otunga with a DDT but Show kicks out and sends Otunga to the floor.
Daniel Bryan comes out through the crowd and he hits Mark Henry with the title belt. Henry chases Bryan to the back and that allows Show to focus solely on Otunga. Show biels Otunga back into the ring and it is time for the punch and Show gets the three count.
Winner: Big Show
We see highlights from the TLC match between Wade Barrett and Randy Orton.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Ezekiel Jackson versus Drew McIntyre
They lock up and Drew with a side head lock. Jackson with a slam for a near fall and he says that he was close to winning. Drew backs into the ropes to slow down Jackson’s momentum. Drew with a kick and forearms to the back followed by a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Drew with a front face lock but Jackson reverses and he sends Drew to the mat and gets a near fall.
Jackson with punches and forearms followed by a back elbow and he gets a near fall. Jackson with a front face lock and Drew gets to the ropes. Drew with a punch when the referee was not looking and Drew gets a near fall. Drew chokes Jackson and kicks him in the chest. Drew with short arm clotheslines in the corner followed by a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall.
Jackson with a back body drop and then he hits the running clothesline into the corner a few times. Jackson with an Irish whip and side slam for a near fall. Drew with a kick to the knee followed by forearms to the back. Jackson gets Drew on his shoulders for the torture rack while Drew tried to plead his case with the referee. Drew is able to escape the hold and punches Jackson. Jackson with an Irish whip but Drew with a kick and he tries to use the ropes for extra leverage on the cover. Jackson with a rollup for the three count and Jackson uses the tights for extra leverage.
Winner: Ezekiel Jackson
After the match, Drew tries to tell the referee that Jackson cheated to win the match.
Sheamus is walking in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and Drew is in Teddy’s office saying that the referee is biased. Teddy says that he cannot stand losers, especially losers that make excuses. Drew storms off.
It is time to hear from Sheamus and he makes his way to the ring. Sheamus wants to know how everyone is doing. He says that everyone is talking about the end of 2011, but he wants to talk about the future. Sheamus brings up the Royal Rumble. He says that there will be twenty-nine people flying over the top rope with the winner getting a Championship match at Wrestlemania. Sheamus says that it doesn’t matter what number he draws or how many people he eliminates, but he is going to win the Royal Rumble.
Hornswoggle comes to the ring and Sheamus points out that it is the man who eliminated him from the Christmas Battle Royal. Sheamus wants to know if Hornswoggle is going to enter the Royal Rumble and Hornswoggle says that he is. Sheamus gets face to face with Hornswoggle and says that just because Daniel Bryan beat the Big Show for the World Title, miracles do not happen every day.
Sheamus asks Hornswoggle who he thinks will win the Royal Rumble.
Hornswoggle takes the mic and he keeps saying his name.
Sheamus takes the mic back and he tells Hornswoggle that he admires the confidence that Hornswoggle has. Sheamus then talks about his great uncle who said “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, you are begging for a kick up the arse.”
Sheamus says that he was only joking and they are all buddy buddy again.
Heath Slater makes his way out and he mentions Bushwhacker Luke, the Brooklyn Brawler, and Hornswoggle. There is always one guy who says that they are going to win the Royal Rumble, but no one takes them seriously. Heath tells Sheamus that he isn’t the number one redhead on Smackdown, he is.
Heath says that he liked Hornswoggle better when he didn’t speak and he did not like him then. Hornswoggle won the battle royal because Sheamus did not want to squash a leprechaun. Slater says that he doesn’t have that problem.
Sheamus gets in Slater’s face and he tells Slater that he has nothing against Southern Rock, but Sheamus says that Slater must see himself as a Journey type of guy. They start singing Don’t Stop Believin’. Then Sheamus tells Slater that he sees him more as an R Kelly type of guy. Slater is confused and then Sheamus tells Slater I Believe I Can Fly and he sends Slater over the top rope to the floor.
We see the footage from the Raw after TLC when Barrett sent Orton through a table.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Six: Heath Slater versus Sheamus
We join the match in progress and Sheamus works on Slater’s arm and gets a near fall. Sheamus with a key lock into an arm bar. Slater punches Sheamus but Sheamus with a back elbow and he sends Slater into the turnbuckles. Sheamus with an Irish whip and forearm to Slater coming out of the corner. Sheamus throws Slater over the top rope but Slater lands on the apron.
Slater with a slap and then Sheamus with a knee and forearms across the chest and Slater falls back into the ring. Sheamus with a slam followed by an elbow drop for a near fall. Slater tries for a backslide but Sheamus counters. Slater with a drop kick to the knees and Sheamus falls into the turnbuckles. Slater hits Sweetness and gets a near fall. Slater with a forearm to the back followed by a side Russian leg sweep for a near fall.
Slater punches and kicks Sheamus and then he chokes him. Sheamus with punches to Slater but Slater with a knee to the midsection. Slater with a drop kick followed by elbows and punches. Slater with a knee to the back followed by a reverse chin lock. Sheamus gets Slater on his back and he runs Slater into the corner. Sheamus with a few double sledges and then he hits a clothesline in the corner followed by a short arm clothesline.
Sheamus goes up top for the flying shoulder tackle and he hits it. Sheamus looks around and he sets for the Brogue Kick and hits it and gets the three count.
Daniel Bryan is in Teddy Long’s office and Daniel says that he thinks he is Big Show’s good luck charm. Bryan wants to know why Teddy wanted to see him. Big Show enters as well and wants to know why he is here, but at least he has his good luck charm to save him. Show says that it started off cute but it started to annoy him. Bryan says that he is getting annoyed too because Show has not thanked him once. They argue for a bit until Teddy stops them.
Teddy says that they can stop their thank yous until after next week. Since Raw has a WWE Title Match on next week’s show between CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler, Teddy is going to have to compete with them. Daniel will defend the World Title against the Big Show next week.
Show starts to laugh and he tells Bryan that he had a good run. Bryan says that no matter what happens next week, at least his title reign lasted longer than 45 seconds.
We see footage from last week when Orton and Barrett fought through the back of the arena. We go to commercial.
Match Number Seven: Wade Barrett versus Randy Orton in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
Orton and Barrett exchange punches and Orton takes control and he punches Barrett in the corner. Orton with a European uppercut. Barrett with an Irish whip and Orton comes out of the corner with a clothesline. Barrett goes to the floor and Orton follows. Barrett with punches but Orton punches back and he sends Barrett into the apron and then Irish whips him into the ring steps and Orton gets a near fall.
Orton slams Barrett’s head into the ring steps and then he stomps on Barrett’s head and gets a near fall. Orton pounds the floor for the RKO but Barrett sends Orton into the ring post and Orton holds his ankle.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we are back in the ring and Barrett punches Orton and then kicks him in the ribs. Barrett sends Orton into the turnbuckles and then he kicks Orton. Barrett gets a near fall. Barrett chokes Orton in the ropes and then he hits a series of knees followed by a running boot that knocks Orton to the floor.
Barrett gets a near fall on the floor. Barrett sends Orton into the apron but Orton punches back. Barrett with a kick and then he sends Orton into the ringside barrier. They return to the ring and Barrett gets a near fall. Orton punches Barrett and kicks him. Barrett with a big boot to the chest and he gets a near fall.
Barrett with a reverse chin lock to wear down Orton. Orton with punches but Barrett with a knee to the midsection. Barrett goes to the turnbuckles and he hits an elbow drop for a near fall. Barrett returns to the reverse chin lock. Orton punches Barrett but Barrett with a back heel kick and then he sets for the pump handle slam but Orton avoids the hold. Orton with two clotheslines and Orton avoids a clothesline from Barrett. Orton with the power slam.
Barrett gets to the floor and Orton sends Barrett over the announce table. Orton sends Barrett into the crowd and he follows. Orton sends Barrett into the ringside barrier but Barrett collides with the referee. Barrett heads towards the back but Orton follows after him and they exchange punches.
Barrett drops Orton on a catering table in the hallway. Orton sends Barrett into the top of a laundry cart and a production container. Orton sends Barrett into a table and then Orton tries to use a chair but Barrett moves out of the way.
They continue to fight into the back and the elevator arrives on their floor and Barrett tries to get away. The door does not close before Orton is able to enter. The people who were in the elevator were smart to get out of there.
Thankfully, we have high resolution cameras in the elevator and we can watch Orton and Barrett fighting as they go down. Orton punches Barrett and they have reached their destination. More people flee while the battle continues.
They have made their way down the exit ramp and we see Orton at the bottom of the stairs and Barrett looks at what he has done and he leaves.
We go to credits with Orton holding his elbow while in a lot of pain.