WWE taped this week’s edition of Smackdown from the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California. Below are full results:
WWE Smackdown (Airing Friday):
* Smackdown opened with Randy Orton discussing what happened on Raw. He said he wants a World title shot and challenges anyone who has a problem with that to come out and face him. WWE World champion Sheamus hits the ring. He comes out and agrees with Orton that Alberto Del Rio is a complainer. He wants Orton to get a title match as well. GM Booker T comes out and asks the crowd if they want the match. Alberto and Ricardo come out complaining about what happened at Summerslam and Raw. Del Rio says he wants a rematch with Sheamus and calls Sheamus a cheater. He claims there is a conspiracy against him. Booker agrees to give him a rematch but against Orton, with the winner then getting a title shot at Sheamus. Orton vs. Alberto tonight is the main event.
* Teddy Long is doing commentary with Michael Cole as Josh Mathews is still out from what happened with Kane at Summerslam.
* Ryback cuts a promo swearing revenge on Mahal before their match. The fans chant “Feed Me More.” Ryback vs. Mahal. Ryback with the ground and pound offense as USA chant breaks out. Ryback rallies from Mahal offense. He uses a powerslam and the muscle buster for the win.
* Kaitlyn comes out for commentary. WWE Divas champ Layla defeated Alicia Fox. Back and forth match. Fox kicks Layla’s bad knee, knocking her off the second rope. She uses a one legged Boston Crab. Layla comes back and nailed the Chick Kick for the win. After the match, Kaitlyn and Layla enter the ring and have a stare-down. They shake hands. Eve Torres comes out and raises both their hands as they are confused.
* Live in the venue, they honor the National Guardsmen in attendance.
* There is a backstage vignette where Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero run afoul of Sheamus. He challenges Ziggler to cash in his briefcase tonight and Ziggler backs off.
* Raw rebound looking at the CM Punk-Jerry Lawler situation.
* WWE World champion Sheamus defeated Dolph Ziggler by DQ when Ziggler smashes him with the briefcase. Early on, there is a feeling out process and Sheamus is in control as Ziggler bails. Sheamus goes to the outside and is nailed. Ziggler controls the match and nails a spike DDT. Sheamus rallies and goes for the Brogue Kick but is nailed with the case. Ziggler nails him again and teases cashing in but the referee takes too long and Sheamus recovers so Ziggler splits.
* Santino Marella cut a promo talking about losing the United States title and recapping the last 166 days. He then starts talking to the Cobra asking him if they are still on the same page. WWE United States champion Antonio Cesaro and Aksana come out. Cesaro calls himself a winner in several languages. Santino attacks him but Aksana distracts the Cobra.
* Backstage, Alberto is yelling at Ricardo.
* Wade Barrett video piece.
* WWE ’13 commercial.
* WWE Tag Team champions Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Epico and Primo. Challengers get upper hands on Kofi. He plays Ricky Morton before making hot tag to R-Truth. Ron goes for his finisher. All four brawl. Truth finally gets the pin. Champs and the Prime Time Players, who were at ringside, jaw back and forth.
* Backstage, Matt Striker interviews Kofi and Truth. Primetime Players show up and badmouth Little Jimmy. Usos, Epico and Primo get involved and all four brawl.
* Video feature on Brock Lesnar’s breaking H’s arm.
* Backstage, Booker T and Teddy Long go over the Tag Team situation trying to decide who deserves the next title shot. Eve Torres shows up with a listing of won/loss records and shows Booker she has organized his schedule. Booker praises her and she blows off Teddy.
* Alberto Del Rio defeated Randy Orton. Sheamus is at ringside to commentate. Orton chants early as he took advantage. Del Rio returns fire with kicks and a neckbreaker. Orton nails an RKO, which sends Alberto to the floor. He nails Orton on the floor and works over his arm. Del Rio works over Orton, who makes a comeback. Alberto goes for the cross armbreaker but Orton stays on offense with another near fall. Orton nails a DDT and goes for the Predator Stomp. He goes for the RKO but Del Rio avoids it and locks on the cross armbreaker and Orton taps. Del Rio shoves down Ricardo, who is trying to celebrate and throws a shoe at Sheamus. They brawl and Sheamus is KO’d with a shoe. Dolph hits the scene with the briefcase but Orton nails him with an RKO and runs off Alberto, who sneers at Orton and Sheamus to close the show.
(Thanks to Matt Turk and PWInsider)