We begin with the man who retired five months ago, Edge, and he makes his way to the ring and he has his pyro. We are reminded that Edge will be hosting The Cutting Edge with his guests Randy Orton and Mark Henry.
Edge says that he misses that. Even if this never happens again and it is a one time occurrence, it feels good to stand in a WWE ring again. Edge says that he will do it one better because it feels good to be back in his home town of Toronto. Since he was forced to retire, he has done some cool things like be on a television show. It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t miss doing this. He misses getting in here and having a twenty minute wrestling match. He misses the friendships from the locker room. He misses that his theme music and pyro doesn’t go off when he walks into a room now.
Edge says that this is going to get a little cheesy, but he misses the fans. He says that he will be hosting The Cutting Edge later on and his guests will be the World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry and the World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. Edge says that he knows both guys really well so he won’t pull any punches and he will ask the tough questions. However, that is later tonight.
Before Edge can continue, he is interrupted by Cody Rhodes’ music. Cody says that he will give credit where credit is due. He thought that Edge would have pontificated on his appearance on Haven that will air after Smackdown ends tonight. He says that would be appropriate for the Ultimate Opportunist. Cody says that it sounds like Edge is sucking up to these people.
Cody says that he thought Edge was above that, but maybe not. Maybe Edge is just like all of these blank and hopeless faces that are in need of paper bags.
Edge says that maybe Cody should quit bitching and moaning about injuries and finally start accepting the blame. He tells Cody to look in the mirror.
Cody says that it sounds like Edge is a little bitter. Cody says that the last time he saw Edge, he was triumphant at Wrestlemania as the World Heavyweight Champion while Cody says that he wallowed in tragedy at his blemished exterior. Cody says that he went on to become the Intercontinental Champion. He went on to dispose of the weak minded Ted DiBiase. Then on Monday night, he went on to beat Randy Orton on Raw. Cody asks Edge who is the triumphant one now?
Cody says that makes Edge the tragedy. Cody takes a bag from Bag Man Number One while the crowd chants ‘spear’. Cody hands Edge a bag and he says that he knows that Edge will not place it over his head. He tells Edge to go home and place it on his mantle in his office as a reminder of what Smackdown has become. It is the home of the new face of Smackdown . . . the Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes.
Edge looks at the bag and then he thanks Cody for the offer and how he appreciates. If Cody is the new face of Smackdown, he says that he thinks the show deserves it more than him.
Cody says that what Edge just said doesn’t make sense.
Edge responds by saying that he cannot believe that the American Dream Dusty Rhodes sired someone like Cody. He says that since he thinks Cody is going to keep talking, he is going to leave the ring because if he doesn’t, he is going to fall asleep.
Edge leaves and Cody demands that Edge’s music be cut off and that Edge come back. Cody says that Edge is not better than him and no one in the crowd is better than him. Cody says that he is going to enhance everyone’s lives by handing out paper bags. Someone with a paper bag over his head attacks Cody and the person takes off the bag and the Booker Storm Alert goes off because it is Ted DiBiase. Ted attacks Cody and they go into the ring. Ted hits Dream Street on Cody and then he demands that one of the Bag Men give him a bag. They refuse and Ted punches one of them and he takes a bag and he wants to put it on Cody’s head but Cody is able to get out of the ring and head up the ramp with his title belt.
Daniel Bryan and Sin Cara are walking in the back in split screen since they are wrestling next.
We are back and we see the changes to Sin Cara that we have missed due to the mood lighting during Cara’s matches.
Match Number One: Sin Cara versus Daniel Bryan
Bryan shows a lot of aggression at the start of the match and he hits a drop kick into the corner and then Bryan punches Cara. Bryan with kicks followed by a European uppercut and then he chokes Bryan. Bryan with an Irish whip and Cara goes to the apron. Bryan with a forearm that knocks Cara off the apron. Cara comes back into the ring and he hits Bryan with a drop kick to the knees.
Cara with kicks to Bryan and he works on the wrist and then he hits an atomic drop to the knee and then he kicks Bryan in the leg. Cara with another kick to the left leg and then he sends Bryan over the top rope to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Cara with an Indian Death Lock but Bryan with punches and forearms to Cara to get out of the hold. Cara returns to the injured leg and then he connects with a drop kick to the head. Cara chatges into the corner and Bryan sends him to the apron. Cara sends Bryan into the turnbuckles and then he hits the springboard head butt to get a near fall.
Bryan kicks Cara into the ropes and Cara tries for a quebrada but Bryan gets his feet up. Bryan with punches to Cara but Cara with a kick to the leg to stop him. Bryan with a slap and kicks to Cara and Bryan gets a near fall. Bryan with kicks to Cara in the corner and then he puts Cara on the top turnbuckle but Cara crotches Bryan and puts him in the tree of woe. Cara with kicks to Bryan and the referee warns Cara but he does not stop the attack before the referee gets to five and he disqualifies Sin Cara.
Winner: Daniel Bryan by disqualification
After the match, Cara does not realize what has happened so he hits a baseball slide to Bryan in the corner.
The pyro goes off and Sin Cara’s music plays and Sin Cara is on the stage . . . while Sin Cara is in the ring.
Sin Cara makes his way into the ring as only Sin Cara does and he stands face to face with Sin Cara. They circle each other and then they play off the crowd and one of the Caras gets a better reaction than the other. The Sin Cara who wrestled has already done enough tonight so he leaves the ring and goes up the ramp.
The announcers try to figure out who the real Sin Cara is.
We go to footage from two weeks ago when Mark Henry attacked Randy Orton after Orton’s steel cage match with Christian.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Teddy Long is in his office with his assistant Zack Ryder. Zack brings up the fact that it is unlikely that Orton and Henry will be able to be in the ring together without doing anything physical. Zack reminds Teddy that Mark laid him out last week and he didn’t do anything.
Teddy says that he has invoked the ‘No Contact Rule’ so if there is any physicality during The Cutting Edge tonight, the match is off on Sunday. Teddy tells Zack ‘woo woo woo . . . don’t blow it’ as Ryder leaves.
The sultry music plays and Teddy’s blood pressure rises when Aksana enters the room. Aksana tells Teddy that she what Teddy is doing. Teddy tells Aksana that he just wants Zack to take responsibility. Aksana says that in her country she has the responsibility of helping people out who work hard by giving them a massage. She asks Teddy if he would like a massage and Teddy says that he will take a quick one. Aksana starts to give Teddy a massage and then she has Teddy bend over and they appear to be in a potentially compromising position when Trish Stratus enters. Aksana says that it was just a massage and she leaves.
Teddy stammers for a few seconds and he tells Trish that it isn’t what she thinks. Teddy says that it is a little awkward now and Trish decides to leave.
Match Number Two: AJ Lee with Kaitlyn versus Beth Phoenix with Natalya
They lock up and Beth backs AJ into the corenr and she makes AJ flinch. AJ avoids Beth and AJ with a kick to the knee. AJ tries for a wheelbarrow move but Beth turns it into a belly-to-back suplex. Beth presses AJ over her head and then drops her to the mat and kicks AJ in the ribs. AJ with a shot to the midsection and a kick but Beth with a kick of her own and AJ goes down. Natalya tells Beth to finish her and Beth hits the Glam Slam for the three count.
Winner: Beth Phoenix
After the match, Kaitlyn checks on AJ and pulls her out of the ring while Beth takes the mic. She tells Kelly that the clock will strike midnight on Sunday. All of the Cinderellas and her will have a very unhappy ending to their little fairy tale.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see a video package for Sheamus.
Edge and Trish are standing in the back and they are talking about yoga. Christian stops by and he points out that is nice to see Trish around when she has something to sell. He says that he is glad that him and Edge are back together again. Edge mentions some of the missed phone calls after SummerSlam. Christian says that maybe Edge cost him the World Championship, but Edge was speaking his mind. Christian wants a hug and he gets it. He says that since Edge is hosting The Cutting Edge, maybe Edge could do him a favor and ask Teddy Long for one more match for Christian for the World Title. Christian reminds Edge that he was in his corner and helped him walk out of Wrestlemania as the champion. Christian walks away.
Zack Ryder stops by and he wants Edge to tells Mark and Randy that there is ‘No Contact’ during The Cutting Edge. Zack runs away letting out a woo woo woo and Trish wonders if that was the Internet Champion.
We see footage from last week when Sheamus was attacked by Christian during his match with Wade Barrett only to see Sheamus fight off both men.
Before the match starts, Sheamus offers Barrett and Christian some pleasantries. He tells Christian that he cannot think of anything nice to say because every time he looks at his face, he sees a horse’s arse. He says that Barrett is about as thick as a bag of cow manure, but only half as useful.
He says that he chose Justin Gabriel to be his tag team partner because he couldn’t find the Axe and he couldn’t find the Smasher. Since he couldn’t find Demolition, he found the 450 Splasher.
Match Number Three: Wade Barrett and Christian versus Sheamus and Justin Gabriel
Barrett and Gabriel start things off and Gabriel tries for a drop toe hold but Barrett stays on his feet. Barrett with a punch but he misses an elbow drop and Gabriel with a successful drop toe hold. Gabriel with an arm bar and Barrett tries for a hip toss but Gabriel lands on his feet and he takes Barrett down with a leg sweep and he gets a near fall.
Gabriel works on the wrist but Barrett with punches. Barrett sends Gabriel to the apron and Gabriel fights off Barrett and he keeps Christian at bay. Gabriel leaps over Barrett but Barrett with the Blackpool Slam for a near fall. Christian tags in and he kicks Gabriel and he punches him.
Christian with more punches to Gabriel and the referee warns him. Christian chokes Gabriel with his boot and he tries for a suplex but Gabriel blocks it and gets a near fall with an inside cradle. Christian with a clothesline and he gets a near fall.
Barrett tags in and he kicks Gabriel and he tries for another suplex and Gabriel with another inside cradle for a near fall. Barrett with a clothesline for a near fall. Barrett with a rear chin lock and then he turns it into a reverse chin lock. Gabriel gets to his feet and Gabriel with a punch and kicks. Barrett avoids a spin kick and he tosses Gabriel high into the air and gets a near fall.
Christian tags back in and he punches Gabriel. Gabriel with kicks to Christian but Christian with a kick and punch that stops Gabriel. Christian with a hard Irish whip and then Christian draws Sheamus into the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back and Barrett kicks Gabriel and then Barrett with an Irish whip and back breaker for a near fall. Barrett punches Gabriel and the referee warns him. Barrett with a kick to the head and Christian is tagged back in. Christian with a kick to the midsection followed by an Irish whip but Christian misses a charge into the corner. Gabriel with an STO and both men are down.
Sheamus and Barrett are tagged back in and Sheamus with a running double sledge to Barrett. Sheamus runs into boots from Barrett in the corner but Sheamus with a power slam. Sheamus follows that with a running knee lift. Sheamus goes up top but Christian distracts Sheamus long enough to stop his progress. Sheamus head butts Barrett off the turnbuckles and Sheamus hits the flying shoulder tackle on Barrett. Christian tries to interfere and Sheamus has things under control and tries for the Celtic Cross but Christian gets away. Sheamus clotheslines Christian over the top rope to the floor.
Barrett gets Sheamus up for Wasteland but Sheamus gets out of the hold and he hits a Brogue Kick. Sheamus tags in Gabriel and he hits the 450 Splash for the three count.
Winners: Sheamus and Justin Gabriel
After the match, Christian tries to sneak up on Sheamus but Sheamus senses Christian trying to do something. Christian has second thoughts on an attack. Sheamus wants Christian to come into the ring but Christian goes up the ramp and to the back.
We take a look back at what Mark Henry did last week to Randy Orton.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see highlights from last week when Great Khali had enough of Jinder Mahal.
Match Number Four: Great Khali versus Heath Slater
Slater tries to figure out his strategy and he kicks Khali in the leg and then he punches Khali. Khali with a chop to the top of the head. Jinder Mahal makes his way to the ring with a mic and he yells at Khali in Hindi. Khali chops Slater in the chest and then the head.
Khali gets distracted by Mahal and Slater attacks Khali from behind but Khali grabs Slater for the choke slam. Mahal comes into the ring and he attacks Khali from behind and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Great Khali by disqualification
After the match, Slater and Mahal attack Khali. Slater punches Khali but Khali with an elbow to Mahal and a boot for Slater. Khali with a chop to Mahal and then Slater saves Mahal from a choke slam. Khali chops Slater in the head while Mahal goes to the floor. Khali gives Slater a choke slam.
We go to commercial.
Before our next match, R Truth has his new rap song and it is titled ‘You Suck’ and he is joined by Miz.
Match Number Five: Evan Bourne with Kofi Kingston versus R Truth with Miz
Truth with a kick and forearms but Bourne with an Irish whip and he runs into a boot from Truth. Truth with a boot to Bourne on the apron. They return to the ring and Truth with a near fall. Truth with a reverse chin lock but Bourne makes it to his feet. Truth with a forearm to stop Bourne. Truth tries for a suplex but Bourne with a knee to the head and Bourne with a knee for a near fall. Truth with a split but Bourne with a kick. Bourne with a head scissors take down that drives Truth’s head into the mat.
Bourne goes up top for the Shooting Star Press but Truth moves out of the way. Bourne lands on his feet but Truth with a kick to the back of the leg followed by Shut Up for the three count.
Winner: R Truth
It is time to continue the Mark Henry on the rampage videos and we see what Mark Henry did on Raw after Cody Rhodes defeated Randy Orton.
We go to commercial with Edge walking in the back.
Edge is in the ring and he says that earlier tonight, Cody Rhodes said that Edge was pandering for being happy to be back in a WWE ring and in front of the fans. What the Phantom of the Opera doesn’t realize is how much Toronto means to him. He was in the crowd at Wrestlemania 6 when the Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan. This is the city where he won his first championship in the WWE. He knows how championships should be revered. He is excited to have his guests on The Cutting Edge. He brings out the challenger first, Mark Henry. Out next is the current World Champion, Randy Orton.
Edge reminds both men about the ‘No Contact’ rule during this segment. Edge says that he wasn’t going to pull any punches so he asks Randy if he thinks it is a good deal that there is no physical contact tonight because of what Mark has done lately. Edge points out that Henry has done things to Randy that no one else has done. He asks Randy if he thinks he can beat Mark on Sunday.
Randy agrees that a lot of people have been demolished by Mark Henry. The only times that Mark decides to get physical are after he is done with a match. He says that Mark hasn’t proven anything to him. Maybe Mark knows the reason why he has never won the big one because his best isn’t good enough. Orton says that he doesn’t think he can beat Mark Henry, he knows that he can.
Edge tells Mark that what Randy is saying is the truth. Edge says that Mark’s career has been kind of disappointing. Edge says that he started in the WWE in 1998 and Mark was already a veteran. Edge mentions that Mark has never won the WWE Championship or World Championship. He says that Mark should be one of the most decorated wrestlers because of his size. Some might say it is because of fluke losses or injuries, but Edge suggests that it might be that Mark doesn’t have the ability to get to that next level.
Mark tells Edge that the only reason he is going to let Edge walk out of the ring on his own power is because Edge is right. He has seen men smaller than him become champion. He has seen people weaker than him become champion. He has seen Randy Orton become champion over and over again. People tell Mark to go out there and smile and show that personality. Mark tells Randy that he is done smiling. He is done showing personality. He is here to destroy and take what Orton has. Fifteen years he has come out here to show what he can do and it hasn’t worked. It has taken him fifteen years to get here. On Sunday, he will become the World Champion.
Randy tells Mark that their match on Sunday will be symbolic of Mark’s career. He may look impressive and he might come close, but in the end he will be the fifteen year, four hundred pound, World’s Strongest Failure.
Mark drops his mic and Orton does as well. Edge tells Mark and Randy that this is where he has to remind them about the ‘No Contact’ rule while moving the stools out of the way. Edge leaves the ring and he says that the Cutting Edge is officially over.
Orton and Henry with punches while Teddy Long calls for wrestlers to break things up. They separate Mark and Randy but Mark pushes everyone off of him. The wrestlers hold Henry back and Orton leaps on the pile. Orton gets in some shots before the wrestlers hold Orton back.
Henry struggles to get back to his feet. Orton tries for an RKO but Henry was playing possum and he gives Orton the World’s Strongest Slam. The other wrestlers try to stop Henry and they get punched for their troubles. Henry throws JTG to the floor. Henry with a punch to Johnny Curtis. Henry with a splash onto Orton. Henry throws Johnny Curtis to the floor and then he does the same to Zack Ryder. Henry with another splash to Orton.
Teddy tells Mark that is enough and Mark yells at Teddy that he doesn’t tell him what to do. Henry throws Trent Barreta over the top rope to the floor. Henry knocks Derrick Bateman and Jey Uso down. Henry picks up Orton and hits another World’s Strongest Slam. Mark makes his way over to the World Title Belt and he picks it up.
Henry stands over Orton and he holds the belt over his head as we go to credits.