The Game starts early this week and the referee for the WWE Championship Match at SummerSlam as well as the COO of the WWE makes his way to the ring.
Hunter welcomes everyone to Smackdown. He says that it is hard to imagine that he was just hanging out in the back a month ago waiting on a friend. A month later and not only is he the COO of the entire company, but he is the special guest referee in the biggest match in the history of this industry when the WWE champion John Cena faces the WWE Champion CM Punk. This match will determine the Undisputed WWE Champion. On top of that, he says that his phone hasn’t stopped ringing.
He says that he respected the job that Vince McMahon did, but he cannot believe the pressure to do this job. Triple H says that he is loving it. He says that if they were going to make him COO, every Raw and every Smackdown will be the most exciting and most unpredictable show possible.
Tonight we are going to have an Intercontinental Championship match. Ezekiel Jackson will defend against Cody Rhodes. For the first time, it will be Money in the Bank Winner versus Money in the Bank Winner. Alberto Del Rio will face Daniel Bryan. The participants in the World Championship match will be in matches against different opponents. Great Khali will face Randy Orton while Christian . . .
will interrupt Triple H with his music. Christian makes his way down the ramp and into the ring. Christian tells Hunter that he told him on Monday night that he was going to make a major announcement. He expected that Triple H would give the champion the decency of giving him a call.
Hunter says that he would but he doesn’t give a crap.
Christian appreciates Hunter’s sense of humor and he assumes that the people of Sacramento agree with him. Christian says that he is going to sue the WWE. He wants to know if he has Hunter’s attention. He says that he has medical documents that show that Randy Orton is mentally unstable and that he has serious anger management issues He says that if Hunter forces him to wrestle at SummerSlam, Hunter is putting his World Champion in an unsafe work environment. Christian says that he consulted with his legal team and if WWE doesn’t pull the stipulation, he is going to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the company. He is going to sue Hunter, his children, and every miserable piece of crap that earns a paycheck from this company including that idiot from Talent Relations he brought out on Monday night. Hunter says that he will sue every single fan who buys a ticket to SummerSlam and every fan who watches it live on pay per view. He says that he will sue everyone. He tells Hunter the choice is his.
Hunter says that Christian has him by the short ones. Hunter says that he must have no choice but to announce that the match at SummerSlam . . . is on.
Christian tells Hunter that he doesn’t quite get it.
Hunter says that Christian doesn’t quite get it. He says that he has had some experience with lawyers over the last few weeks. Hunter reminds Christian that he has a contract with the WWE and since Hunter is the COO, that means that Christian has a contract with him and that Hunter is his boss. Since Hunter is the boss, he makes the matches that he wants to make. If Christian doesn’t want to wrestle in those matches, Christian is in breach of contract. Hunter says that he would go to the simplest option if Christian was in breach of contract and that he would fire Christian and take the title from him. He wants to know if Christian has his attention.
Hunter says that he can fire Christian and take the title or Christian can keep the belt and he can wrestle against Randy Orton in a No Holds Barred Match at SummerSlam. Hunter tells Christian that the choice is his.
Christian wants to know why Hunter is doing this to him. He says that Hunter has known him for fourteen years so he knows how good Christian is. He reminds Hunter that Orton attacked his family so he wonders why is he helping out Orton. He wants to know why is Hunter doing this as he sounds like a spoiled brat.
Hunter asks Christian if he wants to know why. He says that it is no secret that he doesn’t like Randy Orton, but he respects Randy Orton. The fans respect Randy Orton. The fans like Randy Orton. He says that the fans don’t like Christian because they don’t respect him. Hunter says that he used to respect Christian but the way that Christian won the title and the way that he has acted since he won the title, he doesn’t respect him any more. The fans don’t respect him any more.
Hunter tells Christian that if he wants that respect back, he needs to stop walking around whining and crying like a little girl and compete against Randy Orton on Sunday at SummerSlam in a No Holds Barred Match so he can earn some respect.
Hunter leaves the ring but Christian wants them to cut off Hunter’s music so he can get the last say. Christian says that if Hunter wants him to earn it, he will earn it. He says to forget the lawsuit because he is going to beat Randy Orton at SummerSlam. Christian says that he will take care of the opponent selected by Hunter first.
Hunter says that Christian is glad about what he just said and he says that he is glad that Christian doesn’t have a problem with his opponent.
Sheamus makes his way to the ring.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Christian versus Sheamus in a Non Title Match
Sheamus misses a punch and then Christian with a waist lock. Sheamus with an elbow and forearm followed by kicks. Sheamus with a punch and then Christian slides through Sheamus’ legs and he connects with a punch. Sheamus with an elbow and then Sheamus misses a charge at Christian when Christian ducks down. Christian misses a baseball slide and then Sheamus tries to run Christian into the ring post but Christian is the one who sends his opponent into the ring post.
Christian rolls Sheamus back in and then he kicks Sheamus. Christian ties Sheamus’ arm in the rope to continue to work on it. Christian with kicks in the corner followed by a choke. Sheamus with a kick to the knee and then he punches Christian. Sheamsu with an Irish whip but Sheamus misses a charge and he goes shoulder first into the ring post. Sheamus with a rollup followed by a key lock.
Christian with a kick to Sheamus but Sheamus with a uranage back breaker. Both men struggle to get to their feet and then Sheamus with a series of double sledges to Christian. Christian with a boot to Sheamus. Sheamus with a tilt-a-whirl power slam for a near fall.
Christian tries for a Killswitch but Sheamus avoids it. Sheamus is sent into the ropes and Christian with a slingshot to the floor followed by an uppercut. Christian goes up top but he misses a cross body when Sheamus moves. Sheamus has Christian in the ropes and he hits a series of forearms across the chest. Sheamus with a running knee lift on the apron and then he goes up top.
Sheamus with a flying shoulder tackle and then he signals that things are over. Sheamus sets for the Brogue Kick but Christian rolls out of the ring and he takes his title belt. Sheamus hits Christian from behind and Sheamus returns Christian to the ring. Sheamus sets for an Outsider’s Edge but Christian goes to the apron and drops the back of Sheamus’ neck on the top rope. Christian picks up his title belt and he heads up the ramp to get counted out.
Winner: Sheamus by count out
After the match, while Sheamus’ music plays, Christian holds up his title belt proudly.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Beth Phoenix and Natalya versus AJ Lee and Kaitlyn
Natalya and Kaitlyn start things off and Natalya grabs Kaitlyn by the hair. Kaitlyn with a waist lock but Natalya gets out of the hold and then she slaps Kaitlyn in the face. Natalya with a slam and then she tags in Beth and they pick up Kaitlyn and put her on their shoulders and then they drive her to the mat for a near fall. Beth misses a charge into the corner and that allows Kaitlyn to tag in AJ. AJ with a forearm and drop kick that does not do anything to Beth. AJ tries for a wheelbarrow move into a rollup but Beth stays on her feet and she turns it into a Glam Slam for the three count.
Winners: Beth Phoenix and Natalya
After the match, Beth and Natalya like what they did to AJ and then they figure that they haven’t done enough to Kaitlyn so they kick Kaitlyn while she checks on AJ and send AJ to the floor while they deal with Kaitlyn. Natalya puts Kaitlyn in the Sharpshooter and she leans back into it. Kaitlyn waits a few seconds before realizing that there isn’t a match going on so she can tap out for no reason.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Sin Cara is coming back.
Zack Ryder is in the office with Teddy Long talking about how the ratings are up because his YouTube viewers are now watching Smackdown. Zack mentions his new t-shirt. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase enter the office and Cody wants to thank Teddy for heeding his assistant’s decision to sanction the match between him and Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental Championship.
Teddy tells Cody that Zack didn’t have anything to do with that match. Teddy asks Ted, Cody, and Zack to leave as we hear the seductive saxophone music that accompanies Aksana as she enters the office. Aksana ask Teddy why he so long. Is it because he long for Aksana. She says that she wants to do professional business with Teddy. She asks Teddy if he want to do business with her. Teddy stammers as he tries to point out things that are wrong with his car, ending with his stick shift. Aksana say she know how to ride stick shift.
Josh talks about Mark Henry and the path of destruction and we have a video package.
Johnny Curtis is in the back and Mark Henry says that it is a shame that somebody’s career starts and ends on the same day. Mark says that is the situation that Johnny is in. Mark tells Johnny that his debut match is against Mark. Mark says that he watched the vignettes with the play on words. Just like . . . break a leg.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Sin Cara versus Tyson Kidd
Kidd with a waist lock but Cara with a side head lock but Cara hangs in the ropes and Kidd charges at him but Cara moves out of the way and Kidd goes to the floor. Cara with a kick followed by a springboard cross body from the top rope. Sin Cara goes for a springboard move but Kidd with a drop kick that sends Cara to the floor. Kidd with a baseball slide to Cara and then he goes to the floor. Kidd returns Cara to the ring and he has Cara in an arm bar.
Cara with an arm drag and then he is sent to the apron and he kicks Kidd in the head. Cara with a springboard head butt followed by a head scissors and a springboard clothesline for a near fall.
Cara with a cannonball into the corner and then he puts Kidd on the top turnbuckle and he chops Kidd. Kidd pushes Cara off the turnbuckles and then Kidd leaps over Cara. Cara with a spinning Olympic Slam. Cara goes to the apron and hits a springboard senton followed by a quebrada for the three count.
Winner: Sin Cara
We go to commercial with the Money in the Bank briefcase holders walking in the back.
Match Number Four: Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez versus Daniel Bryan in a Battle for Briefcase Supremacy
They lock up and Del Rio backs Bryan into the corner and Del Rio with a kick out of the corner followed by kicks to the head. Bryan with European uppercuts followed by an Irish whip into the corner and a drop kick into the corner for a near fall. Del Rio with a kick and punches and then he sends Bryan shoulder first into the ring post. Del Rio with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Del Rio with a key lock but Bryan with a punch and European uppercuts. Del Rio with an Irish whip but Bryan flips over and he hits a flying clothesline and gets a near fall. Bryan with kicks to Del Rio’s chest and then he misses a round kick and Del Rio with an enzuigiri for a near fall.
Del Rio with a kick to the head and then he tries for the float over into the cross arm breaker but Bryan avoids it and he sends Del Rio over the top rope to the floor. Bryan sets for the suicide dive and he hits it but Bryan appears to have hurt his already injured shoulder. Bryan goes up top but misses the missile drop kick and Del Rio puts Bryan in a cross arm breaker and Bryan taps out.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
After the match, Wade Barrett walks by Alberto Del Rio and he kicks Bryan in the head and then he gives Bryan Wasteland.
Barrett stands over Bryan with his arm raised.
Christian is sitting in the locker room and he has a forloon look on his face as we go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Cody Rhodes with Ted DiBiase and Bag Men versus Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental Title
They lock up and Cody works on the arm but Jackson sends Rhodes to the mat. Rhodes with forearms but Jackson responds with forearms of his own. Jackson biels Rhodes across the ring and Jackson gets a near fall. Jackson misses a few elbow drops. Jackson knocks Rhodes off the apron with a forearm and we go to commercial.
We are back and Rhodes punches Jackson and kicks him. Rhodes with a kick to the ribs followed by a boot to the chest. Rhodes works on the arm and he traps it with his leg while Rhodes has Jackson in a reverse chin lock. Rhodes with a front face lock and then he stomps on Jackson’s head. Rhodes with a knee drop for a near fall. Rhodes returns to work on the arm as he uses the leg again with a reverse chin lock. Jackson gets to his feet with Rhodes on his back and Jackson backs Rhodes into the corner. Jackson eventually gets free but he tries to punch Rhodes but Rhodes kicks Jackson’s hand. Rhodes tries for a bulldog but Jackson tosses Rhodes across the ring.
Jackson with a clothesline followed by an Irish whip and a running clothesline into the corner. Jackson with three slams to work on Cody’s back to set up for the Torture Rack. Rhodes grabs the ropes and then DiBiase gets on the apron and Jackson gets distracted by Ted and that allows Cody to hit Jackson from behind. Rhodes with head butts using the mask and then the referee warns Cody and Ted tries to interfere but Jackson takes care of DiBiase. Rhodes hits the Beautiful Disaster but Jackson stays on his feet. Rhodes avoids a clothesline and Rhodes hits Cross Rhodes fro the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
After the match, Ted puts a paper bag on the former Intercontinental Champion.
Ted stays in the ring and argues with the crowd. Jackson recovers and takes off the bag and he punches Ted. Jackson sends Ted into the corner and he punches Ted while Cody watches from the floor. Jackson adds a few kicks and Cody doesn’t know what to do. Jackson with a uranage and then he picks up Ted and press slams DiBiase from the ring to the floor.
Cody goes up the ramp while Ted lays on the floor trying to figure out what he did wrong.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the CM Punk/John Cena hype video package.
We run through the card for SummerSlam.
Randy Orton is in the back and he is asked by Matt Striker if he is worried that Christian has something else up his sleeve for their match at SummerSlam. Orton says that ever since this thing between them got started a few months ago, he has tried to get Randy to slip up and make a mistake. The only way that he has succeeded is when the rules were changed. Their match at SummerSlam will have no rules. Orton says that he learned at Anger Management Class that you don’t keep things buried inside. You need to find an appropriate way to release that anger. He thinks there is no better way to unleash his anger than to do it on Christian on Sunday at SummerSlam in a No Holds Barred Match.
As for Great Khali, he says that the Great Khali will not need the Rosetta Stone or Jinder Mahal to translate what the RKO stands for, he will tell Khali himself.
Match Number Six: Mark Henry versus Johnny Curtis
Curtis with a waist lock but Henry with a hip toss and a body block that sends Curtis to the mat. Henry slaps Curtis a few times. Curtis with kicks and a chop but Henry with another body block. Henry with a head butt followed by a shoulder tackle and World’s Strongest Slam fro the three count.
Winner: Mark Henry
After the match, Henry gets ready to end Johnny’s career with a Vader Bomb to the leg but Sheamus comes to the ring.
Sheamus wants to know where the fella is going. He says that he keeps hearing from people how tough Mark is but every time he comes out, Mark runs away. He tells Shamu to roll himself off the beach into the ocean and face the ‘great white’ to prove it. Sheamus says that they don’t have to wait until SummerSlam, they can do it now.
Henry heads to the ring and gets on the apron but then he returns to the floor but he pulls Johnny Curtis out and hits a World’s Strongest Slam on the floor. Henry tells Sheamus that is going to be him.
Great Khali and Jinder Mahal walk in the back and we go to commercial.
Match Number Seven: Randy Orton versus Great Khali with Jinder Mahal
They lock up and Khali sends Orton down to the mat and Khali raises his arms because he can. Orton with kicks to the leg followed by a punch. Khali with a chop to the top of the head and then he kicks Orton in the chest. Mahal chokes Orton while the referee is distracted by Khali. Khali clotheslines Orton over the top rope to the floor.
Khali goes to the floor and then he sends Orton into the ring steps a few times. They return to the ring and Khali signals for the big chop and he connects but Orton is able to kick out. Khali with a nerve hold on Orton’s neck. Orton with punches followed by a standing drop kick that sends Khali into the ropes and he is trapped like Andre used to Orton kicks Khali in the ribs and the referee warns him. Orton hits Mahal and then Orton with a kick to the midsection followed by a DDT. Orton pounds the mat and it is RKO time but Khali sees it coming and he applies the Khali Krush Vice Grip but Orton gets out of it. Khali tries for a chop in the corner but Orton with a kick and European uppercuts. Orton runs into an RKO and hits it and gets the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
After the match, Christian’s music plays and he makes his way onto the stage and he has a mic. Christian tells Randy that he wanted to give him a little information about SummerSlam. He tells Randy that at SummerSlam, it is going to change everything. Christian says that he cannot wait for their No Holds Barred Match because anything goes. Christian tells Randy that he has the best thing going.