We begin this week’s show with the new Chief Operating Officer of the WWE, Triple H for his State of Smackdown Address. As he comes to the ring, he teases the walk of his father in law.
Hunter says that he has had this COO gig for ten or eleven days where he is in charge of the day to day operations and he learned that the more you try to fix things, the more you screw them up. He says that he was taught that you start at the top and work your way down.
He says that he is going to start with the World Championship on Smackdown and the WWE Championship on Raw. He says that the situation on Raw is a little more complex with two champions. He thought he was doing what was right to have one champion, but he ended with two. He has CM Punk and John Cena. Both men have legit claims to the WWE Championship. One was cheated out of his rematch and one is the champion who was resigned on late on Monday. He will resolve that by next Monday night.
He says that he has heard a lot of talk . . .
And Christian’s music plays and the World Champion makes his way to the ring. Christian welcomes him to Smackdown since he is the face of Smackdown and the face of the brand. He says that words cannot express how excited he is that Hunter is in charge. Christian says that he has gone through a lot of turmoil with Teddy Long. He says that Teddy has run this show into the ground with his blatant sucking up to Randy Orton as well as the loser, ingrate fans like he sees in Philadelphia. He says that these are the same fans who turned their backs and took Randy’s side. Christian says that he was forced to seek legal action.
Christian says that as the World Champion, Hunter would want to have a close working relationship with him.
Hunter says that he would not want that situation. He says that Vince liked to foster an environment where people were encouraged to interrupt him. Hunter says that he stepped on a few toes on his way up. However, Vince has the patience of a saint but Hunter says that he doesn’t. If you interrupt him, it will be taken as a slap in the face. He says that Christian should know that if you slap him, he will slap back. He says that he can slap a whole hell of a lot harder than Christian can. Hunter says that he has learned that he does not like negotiations, meetings, or lawyers.
They don’t need a meeting because he will be direct and to the point. Randy Orton will get his rematch at SummerSlam. So Christian cannot complain about the officiating or the rules, it will be no disqualifications and it will be a No Holds Barred Match.
Christian says that he deserves some respect since he is the champion.
R Truth makes his way into the arena and he says that he is back home on Smackdown. Truth wants to know if everyone is glad to see him back on Smackdown. He says that is why we are going to pick up where we ended last time. Truth says that he doesn’t see any spiders or Mr. H talking to himself. Everyone is talking about titles, but Truth says that everyone knows that there is a conspiracy against him. Truth tells the people of Philadelphia not to what him. He wants to axe Hunter a question and Hunter tells Truth to axe away.
Truth says that he ain’t gonna axe him nothing now, he is going to tell Hunter. On Monday, those conspiracies better be straightened out because he is a man of action.
Hunter responds with a what and then he tells Truth that he messing with him and he doesn’t want Truth to send all of his people into the ring.
Hunter says that he is glad that Truth is here tonight because seeing Truth gives him an idea about how to deal with the Man of Action Truth will face Randy Orton tonight.
Christian tells Truth that if he needs any tips, Truth can ask him.
Hunter tells Christian that he brought somebody over with him for a match with Christian. His name is John Morrison.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Teddy Long and Hunter are walking in the back and Teddy thanks Hunter for stopping by tonight. As they continue to walk, we hear someone call out ‘Hey Broski’ and it is Zack Ryder. Zack says that he has another idea. Hunter stops him and he says that Zack comes to him fifteen times a day with ideas. Zack says that this idea is the one. Hunter says that he has to take a call and he tells Zack that if he wants to be on the show, Zack is Teddy’s new assistant.
We see R Truth watching John Morrison in the back as he talks to his invisible posse.
Match Number One: Christian versus John Morrison in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Morrison with a rollup and then Morrison tries for a spin kick but misses. Christian is sent to the floor and then Morrison teases a move to the floor but Christian moves out of the way. Christian with a kick and punch to Morrison followed by a back elbow. Christian punches Morrison and Morrison holds his neck. Morrison with a kick and then he hits a springboard round kick for a near fall.
Morrison continues to hold his neck and Christian sends Morrison to the floor. Christian misses a pescado to the floor when Morrison moves. Morrison with a corkscrew pescado onto Christian and we go to commercial.
We are back and Christian with a neck breaker for a near fall. We see footage from the commercial break and Christian sent Morrison into the ringside barrier and Morrison continues to hold his neck. Christian stands on Morrison’s back and then he sends Morrison’s head into the mat to continue to work on the neck. Christian with a neck vice but Morrison with punches. Christian sends Morrison into the turnbuckles and then he tries for a tornado DDT but Morrison pushes him off. Morrison with a few clothesline followed by a leg lariat.
Morrison poses and then he tries to slam Christian but Morrison cannot hold him up. Morrison avoids an inverted DDT to get a near fall. Morrison tries for a swinging neck breaker but Christian avoids it. Morrison with a flap jack followed by a kip up. Morrison misses a Shining Wizard and then Christian hits a spinebuster for a near fall.
Christian with a slingshot but he misses the punch. Christian returns to the ring and Morrison hits a standing C4 for a near fall. Morrison runs Christian into the corner and Morrison punches Christian. Christian with a spear for a near fall. Christian goes to the turnbuckles but Morrison stops Christian with a punch. They fight on the turnbuckles and Morrison with forearms followed by a back body drop. Morrison misses a split legged moonsault but he almost lands on his feet. Christian drops Morrison’s neck on the ropes and he hits the Killswitch for the three count.
We go to a Sky Box where Jinder Mahal and Great Khali are watching the show.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Wade Barrett is in the ring. He says that he wanted to come out here to talk about why he left England to come to the United States to become a WWE Superstar. He didn’t do it to entertain people like everyone in here. He says that he did it to make a lot of money. He lost track until last week thanks to Daniel Bryan. Everyone saw Daniel Bryan strutting around with what should have been his Money in the Bank briefcase. We also heard how Daniel Bryan is going to cash it in at Wrestlemania. He says that the paycheck that Daniel Bryan is going to earn for that match should be his as well Barrett says that it will be a substantial paycheck for a match like that.
Tonight is the start of a return to basics for him. Greed is terribly underrated and if you ask him that anything that Daniel Bryan has proved is that no matter overrated, overhyped, or over your head you might be . . .
Daniel Bryan comes out and he has his briefcase. Bryan tells Wade that originality isn’t his strong suit. Heath Slater came out last week and said almost the exact same thing and then he made Slater tap out.
Barrett wants to know if Bryan is comparing him to Heath Slater. Barrett reminds Bryan that it was him who took Heath Slater, Daniel Bryan, and the rest of the Season One NXT Misfits to revolutionize Monday Night Raw by molding them in his own.
Bryan says that Barrett did not mold him. Bryan says that he came out in Nexus to make a statement. As soon as Barrett sensed a threat, he was gone. That is water under the bridge and they have been moved on. Bryan points out that Barrett has even main evented pay per views. Bryan reminds Barrett that he won Money in the Bank and he is going to main event Wrestlemania.
Barrett punches Bryan and then he kicks him. Barrett picks up the briefcase and then he says something to Bryan and Bryan applies the LeBell Lock and Barrett taps because you have to tap when put in a submission hold when there is no match going on.
Teddy Long is shaking his head at the things that Zack Ryder is saying. Mark Henry enters and Teddy Long tells Mark that after what he has done to Big Show and Kane over the last few weeks as well as the lawsuit that is still pending with the audio technician, people don’t want to wrestle him.
Ryder tells Henry that he has his back and he will find Mark an opponent. Henry says that it is all good. Henry tells Teddy that he better thank his assistant.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for a video package about Justin Gabriel returning home to South Africa. He says that he hasn’t been back to South Africa in three years and he says that it was a big deal because of the WWE’s following down there. He talks about all of the news stories about him that his mother had kept about him. He mentions that his father was a wrestler and a sports promoter and he has been involved with wrestling his whole life. He mentions that his father died when he was 18 and that affected him. He talks about the conversations that he had with his mother about being a WWE Superstar.
Match Number Two: Natalya, Kaitlyn, and AJ Lee versus Tamina, Alicia Fox, and Rosa Mendes
Tamina and Natalya start things off and Tamina pie faces Natalya. Natalya blocks a slap and responds with a slap of her own. Natalya tries for a crucifix and Tamina holds Natalya up for a few seconds before getting a near fall with a rollup. Natalya blocks a kick and then she takes Tamina down and tries to set up for a Sharpshooter but Tamina kicks her away. Tamina with a Samoan drop to Natalya and then she slams Natalya’s head into the mat and Alicia is tagged in and she gets a near fall.
Alicia with a head scissors but Natalya picks up Alicia and she runs Alicia into the corner and Natalya with a drop kick. AJ tags in and she hits a clothesline followed by a spinning head scissors and a back kick followed by a Shining Wizard for a near fall and Rosa and Tamina break up the cover. All six women are in and Natalya and Kaitlyn take care of Rosa and Tamina.
Alicia with an Irish whip but AJ with a back elbow when Alicia charges into the corner. AJ misses a cross body off the turnbuckles and Alicia with a scissors kick to the lower back for the three count.
Winners: Alicia Fox, Tamina, and Rosa Mendes
We go to footage of Mark Henry’s recent path of destruction to Big Show and Kane.
Mark Henry is walking in the back as we go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Mark Henry versus Bobby Howard
Bobby walks out but he has second thoughts and starts to walk to the back but Zack gives him a pep talk and walks him to the ring.
Henry walks up to Howard and he grabs him by the throat and picks him up and sends him to the mat. Henry kicks Howard in the back and hits a World’s Strongest Slam but he is not done. Henry with a second World’s Strongest Slam. Henry picks up Bobby and hits a back breaker for the three count.
Winner: Mark Henry
After the match, Henry goes to the floor and picks up a chair from behind the announce table and the announcers flee to the safety of about ten feet from the announce table. Henry puts the chair on Bobby’s ankle and Teddy Long’s music plays and he runs to the ring to stop Mark. Teddy tells Mark that they both go way back but he cannot let Mark compete any more. Nobody wants to face him and this isn’t helping Mark demands some competition. Teddy says that he has one lawsuit pending and if he does anything else, it is going to get worse.
Sheamus’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring. Sheamus thanks Teddy and he tells Teddy that if he is looking for a fella to fight Mark Henry, he will fight him. After all, Mark is just big and Mark said that bigger isn’t better. Sheamus says that this reminds him of an old Irish story about a High King of Ireland called Brian Boru. Legend has it that Brian had an illegitimate son and a fairy came around with its magic wand and tapped the bastard on the shoulder and turned him one great big enormous 425 pound bag of crap.
Mark tells Teddy that he told him to bring out someone to face him. Henry tells Sheamus that he talks too much but Sheamus slaps Henry. Mark gets angry and he charges at Sheamus but Sheamus drops down and Henry goes over the top rope to the floor. Sheamus grabs the chair and he keeps Henry at bay. Henry throws the top ring step at the ring and it bounces off the ropes. Henry tells Sheamus to drop the chair.
Henry walks away as Sheamus sits in the ring and waits for the next move.
David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty walk us into commercial.
Match Number Four: The Usos versus David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty for the WWE Tag Titles
Michael and Jey stat things off and Jey with a rollup. Jimmy tags in and they hit a double back elbow and a double elbow drop for a near fall. Michael with a knee and Otunga is tagged in. Jimmy with a leg sweep for a near fall but Otunga with a kick. Jimmy with a sunset flip for a near fall. Jimmy runs into a boot from Otunga and Otunga kicks him and chokes him in the ropes. Michael punches Jimmy while Otunga distracts the referee and Otunga gets a near fall.
Otunga with a reverse chin lock but Jimmy with elbows and a leg lariat. Michael and Jey tag in and Jey with a clothesline and flying forearm or two. Jey with a running butt splash into the corner and he gets a near fall. Otunga breaks up the cover but Jimmy takes care of Otunga but Otunga biels Jimmy off the apron. Otunga rolls Jimmy back into the ring and he tells the referee to take care of Jimmy while Otunga pushes Jey off the top turnbuckle. Jey lands on the top rope and Michael hits a running snap neck breaker for the three count.
Winners: Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga
Zack Ryder is with Teddy and he points out that he did it and Teddy tells him that he might have done too much already. Zack has the idea for a match between Ezekiel Jackson and Cody Rhodes . . . and Ted DiBiase tonight. Teddy tells Zack that he makes the matches around here. Zack tells Teddy that he talked to everyone in the match about it and they are okay with it.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to take a look back at what happened on Monday night with the Raw Rebound.
Michael Cole gives us an update on the WWE Title situation. He reminds us that there are two WWE Champions and they have legitimate claims. He says that Hunter will get to the bottom of this on Monday night.
R Truth is with Matt Striker. Matt asks Truth for his thoughts on Triple H and his match tonight. He says that a good R Truth is a bad R Truth. He says that he is going to be a like a bunch of eagles swooping down on a snake. He says that you can’t let a snake curl up and bite you. You have to step on its head and peel its skin off. He says that the Viper is gonna get got.
Match Number Five: Ezekiel Jackson versus Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes with the Bag Men
Ted starts things off and Ted with a side head lock and kick. Rhodes it tagged in and they double team Jackson with punches. Jackson with a double shoulder tackle to Rhodes and DiBiase and Ted goes to the floor. Jackson winds up for a clothesline but Ted distracts Jackson and Cody with a clip to Jackson. Ted is tagged back in and he chokes Jackson in the ropes. DiBiase with a reverse chin lock but Jackson with elbows.
Ted avoids a clothesline and hits a neck breaker. Ted with kicks to Jackson but Jackson with a hot shot into the turnbuckle. Rhodes tags in and Jackson with three slams to set up Cody for the Torture Rack. Ted breaks up the hold but Jackson sends Ted to the floor. Cody tries for Cross Rhodes but Jackson with an arm drag. Jackson misses a charge into the corner and he hits the ring post with his shoulder and Rhodes hits Cross Rhodes for the three count.
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase
We go to the Jinder Mahal and Great Khali in the sky box and Mahal has something to say in Hindi. Khali takes the mic and he says something else in Hindi. This leads to a USA chant from the Philadelphia crowd as we go to commercial.
Match Number Six: R Truth versus Randy Orton
They lock up and Orton with a side head lock followed by a few shoulder tackles. Truth with a kick and punch to Orton. Orton with an Irish whip but Truth floats over and Orton with a clothesline out of the corner for a near fall. Orton with kicks to Truth followed by a leaping knee drop but Truth moves out of the way and Orton is limping when he gets up. Truth with a leg lariat for a near fall and Orton goes to the floor.
Truth goes to the floor and after stopping Orton, he sends Orton into the ringside barrier and apron. They return to the ring and Orton sends Truth to the apron but Truth holds on to the ropes. Orton tries for the IEDDT but Truth fights him off. Truth drops Orton on the top rope and then he kicks Orton in the midsection and hits a suplex into a stunner for a near fall.
Christian makes his way to the stage and we go to commercial.
We are back and Orton punches Truth but Truth with the Lie Detector for a near fall. Truth chokes Orton in the ropes. Truth with a snap mare and a reverse chin lock. Orton with a head butt and punch to Truth but Truth with a back elbow for a near fall. Truth goes to the turnbuckles and Orton sees him coming and Orton punches Truth in the midsection when Truth comes off the top turnbuckle. Orton with a boot to a charging Truth followed by a few clotheslines and a power slam. Orton looks around and then he sees Truth on the apron and he hits the IEDDT. Truth looks at Christian and then he coils into the push ups that mean that the RKO is coming.
Christian gets closer to the ring and Orton sees him coming so that gives Truth time to get out of the ring. Orton goes after Truth and Truth sends Orton into the apron. The referee tells Christian to get out of the ringside area and while the referee is not looking Truth hits Orton with a water bottle.
Truth thinks that he has the match won but Orton gets up and takes a drink before returning to the ring and he attacks Truth from behind and punches him and the referee pulls him off. Orton goes to the floor and he grabs the Mark Henry chair. Orton hits Truth with the chair and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: R Truth by disqualification
Christian already made his way up the ramp to the stage when he saw Orton with the chair.
Christian thinks about what he has done and Orton sees Truth on the floor in front of the announce table so Orton decides to rearrange the announce table since the show is almost over, Orton grabs a monitor and he nails Truth in the head. Orton pulls Truth onto the table and he gives Truth an RKO on the table and the table does not break.
Orton makes his way to the ramp and he sees Christian still standing there. Orton looks at Christian and then he thinks about what he is going to do Orton decides to inflict more damage on Truth and he grabs Truth who wasn’t smart enough to leave and Orton with another RKO onto the announce table.
Christian clutches the World Title Belt as we go to credits.