On the evening of Tuesday, July 19, 2011, the WWE had its Friday night superstars come together for a taping for this week’s Friday Night SmackDown which is set to air on July 22, 2011. Fresh off the Money in the Bank pay-per-view this past Sunday, there is a new World Heavyweight Champion in Christian and an irate Randy Orton so let’s see what happened.
Don’t forget that the high-flying Sin Cara has also recently been suspended.
~ Big pop for Booker T, heat for Michael Cole, and nice applause for Josh Mathews. Tony Chimel set up the closing minutes of Christian beating Randy Orton at Money in the Bank on the big screen.
~ Randy Orton sat in the ring and mentioned the Vince McMahon and Triple H change and the lack of a WWE Champion. He called out Christian, who stood on the stage and said spitting on Orton was an accident. Funny. Orton demanded his rematch. Teddy Long reminded him he’s booked against Kane. Orton went after Christian and attacked him on the stage. Long booked Christian vs. Zeke. So much for Cody’s advertised IC Title match.
~ Christian beat Ezekiel Jackson in a non-title match. Chistian got the clean pin with the Killswitch. This did not feel special despite both men being champions, but the match was fine.
~ Michael Cole interviewed MITB winner Daniel Bryan, and said his win was just a fluke. Bryan said Cole’s opinion means nothing. Cole said Bryan will take the easy way out and cash in when the champion is down. Bryan said he earned it. He announced that he is cashing in the MITB at WrestleMania 28. He said he was the first to announce this, but Mr. Kennedy actually made the same announcement once.
~ Daniel Bryan beat Heath Slater. Much longer than expected. Bryan won with the LeBell Lock.
~ Matt Striker interviewed Mark Henry backstage. Henry had no remorse for hurting Big Show.
~ Sheamus fought Wade Barrett to a double count out. Not much crowd reaction for Barrett, but Sheamus got a babyface pop. Sheamus left Barrett lying with a Brogue Kick for a pop.
~ A Cody Rhodes video played.
~ Kane cut a promo on the big screen. He’s still the Devil’s favorite demon.
~ Randy Orton vs. Kane in street fight. There were chants for both men. The guy behind me let us all know Kane’s real name. The announce table appeared to tip over accidentally during a brawl on the floor. Orton held his right thigh on and off from that point on. Kane went for a choke, but took an RKO. Kane surprised everyone by kicking out. Randy went for the punt, but Kane chokeslammed him for a good near fall.
~ Kane hit Orton with several chair shots. Orton avoided a Tombstone and chokeslam, and RKO’d Kane for the win. Good match. They shook hands afterward. Mark Henry came out after Orton left and roughed up Kane. Henry wrapped a chair around Kane’s leg and came down on it off the ropes. The announcers were long gone by this point, but the cameras were still rolling.
~ Christian cut a promo before the dark main event. Orton’s music cut him off.
Christian beat Randy Orton in the dark match. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase interfered. Orton hit RKO’s afterward.
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