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WWE Smackdown (Airing Friday)
The crowd came alive for Booker T, maybe since they don’t have to listen to him. Michael Cole entered to no music and monster heat. The “We Want Ryder” chants started. Josh Mathews came out and it was like nobody noticed.
A Mark Henry promo started the show. He said the people are happy to see him in pain and we should give him more respect for being champing. He said he’s hurt but not broken. He said it was actually Big Show’s fault that he kicked him below the belt at Survivor Series. Big Show comes out and explained why Henry kicked him. Henry said Big Show is the world’s largest loser, which set up Big Show knocking him out.
Daniel Bryan ran out and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and pinned Henry. The place went nuts. However, Teddy Long came out and said that Mark Henry could not compete, so the title change does not stand.
Long gave Bryan his briefcase back and told him that he’s in the main event with Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, and Randy Orton in a four-way match to determine the No. 1 contender for the live Smackdown next week. He said the winner of that match would face Big Show, but he didn’t say when (presumably TLC).
Hunico defeated Justin Gabriel. The crowd could not have cared less about this match.
Beth Phoenix and Natalya beat A.J. and Kaitlyn. Alicia Fox was out for commentary. There were more We Want Ryder chants. Natalya won in a minute with Sharpshooter and Beth didn’t even tag in. Natalya kept AJ in a Sharpshooter but bridged down (awesome). Alicia Fox entered the ring, and Beth and Natalya just left without incident.
The Kane video from Raw aired.
Backstage, Zack Ryder and Sheamus went over their match. Ryder did the “Woo Woo Woo” and Sheamus said the “you know it” line.
Teddy Long and Aksana are backstage. Mark Henry confronts Long about having to defend his title next week. In spite of that, Long makes next week’s title match a steel cage match.
Zack Ryder & Sheamus defeated Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler
Daniel Bryan & AJ are backstage. They both talk about how they’ve had bad luck tonight before Bryan is interrupted by Wade Barrett, who says that he’ll win the fatal four-way match tonight. Barrett walks off and Bryan and AJ end the segment by kissing.
Ted DiBiase defeated Heath Slater. Jinder Mahal appears on the tron and says that DiBiase is disrespecting his heritage by holding his DiBiase Posse Parties with common WWE fans.
Matt Striker interviewed Cody Rhodes backstage. Rhodes said that he threw water in Booker T’s face on Raw because he looked at Rhodes the wrong way. He said he’ll win the fatal four-way match tonight, and he says that he “can dig that, sucka!”
Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, & Wade Barrett to become the #1 Contender. Bryan will now face Mark Henry next week in a steel cage match for the World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Rhodes ambushed Bryan and started beating him down. Orton stopped Rhodes with an RKO to end the show.