For the first time in a long time, Smackdown had a main event interview! Randy Orton wanted to apologise to Triple H, though he refused to blame it on Daniel Bryan even as the replays he showed clearly indicated that Bryan shoved him into Stephanie. Triple H said that he could fire Orton for what he did, but that wouldn't be best for business, so just this once he'd accept the apology. Orton then asked for an explanation of the Authority + Cena ending to Raw, and he asked for confirmation that the Authority had faith in him. Triple H dodged the question, saying that the Authority's faith was well-placed, and he left to end the show.
In actual matches, Daniel Bryan opened the show with a match against Erick Rowan, which he won via DQ when Bray Wyatt tripped him off the ropes as he was going for a suicide dive on Rowan and Harper on the outside. Rowan and Harper went for the two on one beatdown after the match, but Bryan evaded them both, slid out of the ring and seamlessly delivered the Baisaiku Knee to Wyatt on the rocking chair before fleeing the scene. A later promo on the Titantron from the Wyatts had Bray crying and saying he misjudged Bryan, and that he'd be just another pet to be put down on Sunday.
The Real Americans beat the Rhodes Brothers when Cesaro pulled Cody off the top rope into a Shoryuken. AJ and Tamina defeated the Bella Twins when AJ locked the Black Widow onto Brie Bella. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated the Usos in a tag match, with Dean Ambrose on commentary downplaying any dissension among the team. The illegal Uso saved the legal Uso from a Reigns spear on the outside, but that was just delaying the inevitable, as Rollins hit the Blackout in the ring. Rather than going for the pin, he mocked CM Punk's taunt and then hoisted the Uso up on his shoulders. A tag to Reigns followed, and we got a tandem GTS from the two of them. Well, GTS as in Go To Spear. Punk then appeared from the bowels of the arena Shield style to promise to take them down with him. Punk did briefly reference attacking Triple H, too. Big Show defeated The Ryback with The Chokeslam, then along with Rey Mysterio Curtis Axel was taken out with a 619/KO Punch combo. Finally, Kofi Kingston vs. the concussed Alberto Del Rio didn't get started, as the Miz attacked Kofi from behind and hit the Skull-Crushing Finale. Good thing he did that since I can't imagine Del Rio is cleared to compete!
John Cena had a promo on the show too, where he 'put Randy Orton on blast' and said he has a glass jaw, that he doesn't like taking punishment. Cena promised punishment and said that after TLC the champion of champions would be here. Booker T was the salesman of the day (promo code: BOOKER). And Bad News Barrett debuted a gavel to help get the crowd's attention from his podium as he delivered his bad news.
The Cena/Orton video package was pretty spectacular if you can get past the idea that it's for Cena and Orton. Plus, Benoit's foot!
The Bad News Gavel is like shuffling the deck chairs on the anonymous GM podium. I will continue to pretend Wade Barrett was IC champion, Paul Heyman guy, CM Punk bumper, and one half of RyBarrett, the Nexus they always wanted.
The TLC main event is Hunter vs. Orton with Cena secondary. I get the feeling that the WWE thinks that if Hunter screws over Orton like he screwed over Bryan, Orton will be as popular as Bryan. They kinda tried this with Big Show too.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
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