By -Vince Knight
Mark Henry makes his way to the ring, but it looks like the Hall of Pain has to be ADA compliant because he still has the boot on his foot and he uses a crutch to help him to the ring.
Mark says that the people in the building act like they are happy to see him in pain. Mark wants to know what kind of people they are. He wants to know who does this kind of stuff. Mark says that this is not the kind of treatment that a World Champion deserves. This is not the respect that you give a champion. He tells Big Show that he is standing here hurt, but he is not broken. Everyone revels in the fact that he is standing here injured because they wish that they could have done it to him.
Mark tells everyone to clap because this is the last chance. Show knows that he kicked him in the knees, but he acts like he was kicked in his private spot because he wanted Mark to look like the bad guy. Mark says that the reason why he is out here is to set an example for all of the kids who watch him. He is here to show them that a champion fights through pain. He fights through injuries.
Mark says that he wanted to compete tonight but Teddy Long and the doctors would not let him because he was not cleared. Mark says that not only is he the World’s Strongest Man, but he is the World’s Toughest Man and the World Champion.
Big Show makes his way to the ring after his music plays. Show tells Mark that the only way the World Championship can change hands is through a pinfall or submission. Then Mark claims that he kicked Show in the knee. He wants Henry to stop lying because he knew that he would get disqualified for kicking him ‘there’. Mark did it because he knows that the title was slipping away.
Show says that he did to Mark what Mark did to him when he injured Mark’s ankle. The next time . . .
Mark says that there won’t be a next time. Mark says that not only is Show the World’s Largest Athlete, he is the World’s Largest Loser.
Show and Henry stare at each other in the ring and then Show punches Henry and Henry is out cold.
Show leaves the ring.
Daniel Bryan’s music plays and he runs to the ring with the briefcase and a referee. Michael Cole does everything short of getting into the ring to protest what Bryan is about to do.
Match Number One: Daniel Bryan versus Mark Henry
The referee rings the bell and Bryan pushes Henry over and gets the three count.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan celebrates his title victory while the crowd celebrates with him. Guess who isn’t happy that Bryan cashed in and won. Bryan goes to the announce table and he stands on top while someone complains about what Bryan has just done.
Bryan returns to the ring and while he looks at the championship belt, Teddy Long runs to the ring. Teddy is out of breath but he is able to tell Daniel that Mark Henry was not medically cleared to compete. As a result, there is no match and Daniel Bryan is not the World Champion. While Daniel Bryan and most of the crowd is disappointed, there is one person who is happy with the decision who was not knocked out by the Big Show.
Bryan tries to plead his case but Teddy wants the title belt back because he has to follow the rules. Bryan hands the championship belt back to Mark Henry and he leaves the ring. Teddy does have a Black Friday special for Daniel and he exchanges the shiny gold belt for the blue briefcase that Daniel has been carrying around since Money in the Bank. Teddy says that since there was no match, he never cashed in the case.
Teddy says that he is going to give another opportunity to wrestle for the World Title. He is in the main event, a Fatal Four Way against Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, and Randy Orton with the winner facing Mark Henry on Tuesday’s live Smackdown.
Booker and Cole argue about what happened and whether Teddy was right or not.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Josh Mathews mentions that next week’s World Championship match will be in a steel cage and the winner will face Big Show at TLC.
Match Number One (This time we mean it): Justin Gabriel versus Hunico
They lock up and Hunico with a side head lock. Gabriel and Hunico with reversals. Gabriel with an arm drag but Hunico with a kick and short arm clothesline. Hunico is sent to the apron and then he slides back into the ring and kicks Gabriel in the head and Justin goes to the floor. Hunico suplexes Gabriel back into the ring and gets a near fall. Hunico with a kick to the back followed by a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Hunico with a rear chin lock. Gabriel with elbows but Hunico with a rolling Olympic Slam followed by a leg drop for a near fall.
Hunico returns to the rear chin lock. Hunico with a front face lock and hard Irish whip. Hunico with a slingshot kick to the chest for a near fall. Hunico with an Irish whip but Gabriel floats over and he sends Hunico to the floor with a head scissors. Gabriel with a corkscrew pescado onto Hunico. Gabriel gets a near fall.
Gabriel misses a spinning heel kick but he hits an enzuigiri and then he hits a top rope quebrada for a near fall. Gabriel with a forearm and then he puts Hunico on the top turnbuckle but Hunico with a rake of the eyes that sends Gabriel to the mat. Hunico recovers and hits the Falling Star for the three count.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look back at the WWE’s European tour.
Alicia Fox has joined the announcers, but she is not wearing any dead animals this week.
Match Number Two: Beth Phoenix and Natalya versus AJ Lee and Kaitlyn
Natalya and Kaitlyn start things off and Natalya with a knee in the corner. Natalya misses a charge into the corner and sends Natalya into the turnbuckles. AJ tags in and Kaitlyn sends AJ into Natalya. AJ with a head scissors that sends Natalya into the ropes. AJ with a rollup from a wheelbarrow position for a near fall. Natalya pulls AJ down by the hair and then Natalya locks in the Sharpshooter and AJ taps.
Winners: Natalya and Beth Phoenix
After the match, Kaitlyn checks on AJ and then leaves the ring. Beth gets the mic and says that it is ‘Cry Time’. Natalya locks in the Sharpshooter again and she bridges back. Alicia Fox has seen enough so she takes off her headset and stands at the announce table for a little bit before going into the ring at a nice, leisurely pace. Natalya releases the hold and Beth and Natalya leave the ring since they are pleased with their work.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Kane is coming back soon video package.
Teddy Long is on the phone with someone and he tells that person that not only will there be a World Title Match in a steel cage, but Mick Foley will be hosting the live show. The Sin Cara lighting is in full effect with the saxophone music to signal that Aksana is entering the room and Teddy Long loses all bodily functions. Aksana asks if there will be mistletoe at the party next week and Teddy figures that there will be some.
There is a knock on the door as the lighting returns to normal and Aksana and the band disappear. Mark wants to know how he could let that happen. Teddy says things were going so fast and he made it right. Mark wants to know how Teddy can put him in a steel cage match next week since he is injured. Teddy says that the show is live, live, live and he needed a big main event. He says that the doctors told Teddy that Mark will be ready to go on Tuesday. Mark says that Teddy is picking on him because he is hurt. He wants to know why Teddy is playing him like a game. Teddy give Mark some more bad news because the match on Tuesday night will be inside a steel cage. Mark tells Teddy to keep surprising him because he will do something.
Sheamus and Zack Ryder are in the locker room and Sheamus says that he has already signed Zack’s online petition and he wishes him luck when he gets his match. Ryder says that they are Broskis and they can go to the club and dance with chicks. Zack sings something but it is not Sheamus’ entrance music. Sheamus stares at Zack like Zack is going to wear a boot from a Brogue kick but he laughs it off and says that isn’t his music. Sheamus says that no one wants to see him naked. He tells Zack that they should concentrate on kicking the collective arses of Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler as well as shutting up Vickie Guerrero. Then they can go and celebrate. Zack and Sheamus do Zack’s catchphrase.
We go to commercial.
We are back and before the next match, Vickie throws out a few excuse mes and she wants everyone to show their respect to Dolph Ziggler for winning twice at Survivor Series. Dolph tells everyone that it is okay. Everyone has to worry about double chin and double mortgages and they don’t know anything about double victories at Survivor Series. Dolph says that is not showing off, he was making history.
Match Number Three: Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero versus Sheamus and Zack Ryder
Ziggler and Sheamus start things off and they lock up. Sheamus with an arm bar but he is in the ropes and he has to release the hold. They lock up again and Sheamus with a side head lock but Ziggler with a drop kick. Sheamus with a hip lock take down and he gets a near fall. Sheamus with a side head lock. Ziggler tries for another drop kick but Sheamus holds on to the ropes and Ziggler hits the mat.
Sheamus with a fallaway slam and Swagger is able to tag in. Swagger with a waist lock take down and he hits Sheamus in the back of the head. Sheamus with elbows and head butts. Sheamus puts Swagger in the ropes and he connects with the forearms and then he clotheslines Sheamus over the top rope to the floor. Ziggler gets thrown over the top rope to the floor and then Ryder hits a flip pescado onto Swagger and Ziggler as we go to commercial.
We are back and Ryder punches Swagger and Ryder with a flying clothesline for a near fall. Ryder with a front face lock and kick. Sheamus makes the tag and Ryder Irish whips Swagger towards Sheamus and Sheamus with the slingshot shoulder tackle for a near fall. Swagger with a diving shoulder into the knee followed by a running shoulder tackle.
Ziggler tags in and he kicks Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Ziggler but Ziggler kicks back and connects with elbows to the head and chest. Swagger tags back in and he connects with a forearm to the back. Swagger with a kick to the chest. Swagger with knees to the chest followed by a slam. Swagger sets for the double jump Swagger Bomb but he hits Sheamus’ knees. Sheamus with a clothesline and both men are down.
Ryder tags in and he clotheslines Swagger. Swagger with an Irish whip but he runs into knees from Ryder. Ryder with the running boot to the face and then he sets for the Rough Ryder but Vickie gets on the apron and she distracts the referee. Swagger goes to the floor and so does Ryder.
Ryder with a clothesline to Ziggler, but Swagger with a clothesline to Ryder. They return to the ring and Swagger with a near fall. Ziggler tags back in and he tries for a neck breaker but Ryder counters with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler with a quarter nelson and chin lock as he turns it into an arm bar.
Ryder with a punch but Ziggler with a kick and a neck breaker. Ziggler with a kip up and he kicks Ryder in the head. Swagger tags in and he kicks and punches Ryder. Swagger sends Ryder into the corner and Ryder fights his way out of the corner momentarily and Swagger sends Ryder back into the corner. Ziggler tags in and they hit a wheelbarrow Fameasser for a near fall but Sheamus breaks up the cover.
Swagger tags back in and he kicks Ryder in the chest. Swagger with a slam and he hits the double jump Swagger Bomb but only gets a two count. Ziggler tags in and he punches Ryder in the ribs. Ryder counters a suplex with an inside cradle and Ziggler responds with a drop kick and gets a near fall.
Ziggler tries to keep Ryder from making the tag to Sheamus and he pulls him into the corner and tags in Swagger who drops an elbow to the back. Swagger knocks Sheamus off the apron and Sheamus is stopped by the referee. Swagger kicks Ryder and gets a near fall. Swagger with a front face lock and Ryder tries to get to the corner with the help of some knees. Swagger keeps Ryder inches away from making the tag and he runs Ryder into the turnbuckles for shoulders.
Swagger puts Ryder on top and slaps him. Ryder slaps back and hits a tornado DDT and both men are down. Sheamus and Ziggler tag in and Sheamus with the running double sledges followed by forearms to the back. Sheamus with a short arm clothesline. Sheamus signals for the Celtic Cross but Swagger kicks Sheamus to help get Ziggler out of the hold. Ryder makes the tag, but Sheamus with a Brogue Kick to send Swagger to the floor. Ziggler tries for the Zig Zag on Sheamus while he has his back turned but Sheamus is able to avoid the move. Ryder hits the Rough Ryder for the three count.
Winners: Sheamus and Zack Ryder
Daniel Bryan is in the back with AJ and while she is still showing the effects of the bridging Sharpshooter, Daniel talks about how he dreamt about holding the World Championship belt since he was a kid. Now that he has held it, he wants that feeling again. AJ reminds Daniel that he still has the Money in the Bank contract and another shot at the title tonight. She tells him that he can do it.
Wade Barrett enters and says that he will get plenty of chances in the future, but not tonight. Wade then talks about Daniel’s cheap attempt to take the title from Mark Henry earlier tonight. Wade says that Daniel doesn’t have a chance in the Fatal Four Way and he talks about the Barrett Barrage.
AJ says that she doesn’t care about it and then Wade says that now Daniel has a fourteen year old girl fighting his battles. Daniel reminds Wade that for all of his talk, they have won the same number of World Championships. Nobody fights his battles for him. Daniel says that he is not intimidated by Mark Henry or by Wade.
AJ wishes Daniel luck and gives him a good luck kiss before leaving.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Ted DiBiase versus Heath Slater
Before they lock up, Jinder Mahal appears on the TitanTron and he has something to say to Ted in Punjabi before remembering that he speaks English. He talks about how Ted forsakes his family and his money to hang out in a parking lot with mere commoners. He says something else in Punjabi.
Slater attacks Ted from behind and punches and kicks him. Ted with a drop kick and then he sends Slater into the turnbuckles and then he punches Slater from the turnbuckles. Ted with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Slater retreats into the ropes to avoid Ted and the referee stops him. Ted with punches but Slater with a kick and he sends Ted’s shoulder into the ring post. Slater with a divorce court for a near fall. Slater continues to work on the arm and then he hits another divorce court for another near fall.
Slater wraps the arm in the ropes until the referee warns him. Slater with a snap mare and key lock. Ted with punches but Slater wrings the arm and applies a hammer lock. Slater with knees to the arm and he connects with an elbow to the shoulder. Slater with a key lock. Slater with a knee but Ted with an Irish whip and back body drop. Ted with a reverse atomic drop and punch followed by a flying knee and he gets a near fall. Slater with a kick to the thigh followed by punches. Ted with a rebound clothesline and then he hits Dream Street for the three count.
Winner: Ted DiBiase
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to delve into the situation between Booker T and Cody Rhodes. We see footage from Raw when Cody decided to get a drink for Booker after Cody’s match with Santino Marella.
Matt Striker is in the interview area with Cody Rhodes and Matt asks Cody if he wants to explain his actions. Cody says that everyone thinks that he threw water in the face of a former Six Time World Champion or a former King of the Ring. He did not do that. He threw the water in the face of a lowly commentator. Cody says that he could see the disparaging and mocking look on Booker’s face and he did something about that. Cody says that without the mask, he is free to do things. He is free to go after Randy Orton. He is free to defend his Intercontinental Championship. He is free to win the Fatal Four Way to become the World Champion. He says that the world is his oyster and he can do whatever he wanted. Cody says that as a certain mentally limited WWE commentator might say, I can dig that . . . sucka. Cody with the maniacal pure evil laugh before he leaves.
Match Number Five: Daniel Bryan versus Cody Rhodes versus Wade Barrett versus Randy Orton in a Number One Contender Fatal Four Way Match
Orton goes after Barrett while Rhodes goes after Bryan. Rhodes with punches while Barrett sends Orton into the turnbuckles. Rhodes and Bryan go to the floor while Orton connects with a European uppercut on Barrett. Barrett with an Irish whip but you don’t do that to Orton because Orton with a clothesline out of the corner. Orton with boots to Barrett followed by a leaping knee drop. Meanwhile, on the floor, Rhodes is punching and kicking Bryan as he controls the situation. Orton gets a near fall and Barrett goes to the floor.
Rhodes returns to the ring and he turns Orton around and that allows Orton to hit a drop kick. Bryan with a kick to Rhodes’ chest. Orton with an Irish whip to Rhodes into the corner and Bryan with a running drop kick and Rhodes goes to the floor with Orton and Bryan in the ring together.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Barrett and Rhodes are in control as they face Orton and Bryan respectively. Barrett with kicks and punches to Orton followed by an elbow to the back. Rhodes with a knee to Bryan while Barrett sends Orton to the floor. Barrett Irish whips Orton into the ring steps while Rhodes hits a gourdbuster on Bryan. Barrett returns to the ring and it looks like there is an alliance as they kick Bryan. Rhodes with punches while Barrett holds Bryan. Rhodes holds Bryan so Barrett can punch Bryan.
Rhodes and Barrett kick Bryan and then they hit a double back elbow. Orton drops Barrett on the top rope and he returns to the ring. Orton punches Rhodes and then he kicks Barrett while Bryan goes to the floor. Orton with a running boot to the corner on Rhodes and then he stomps a mudhole into Rhodes’ chest. Barrett with a savate kick and then he tries for a pump handle slam but Orton avoids the hold. Orton cannot avoid a side Russian leg sweep by Rhodes.
Barrett punches Orton and then Rhodes kicks and punches him. Orton is Irish whipped into the corner and then Rhodes with a kick in the corner. Barrett with a kick of his own. Rhodes and Barrett continue to kick Orton. Barrett and Rhodes focus too much on Orton and they don’t realize that Bryan has recovered and he hits a missile drop kick to Barrett and a flying clothesline to Rhodes.
Bryan with a European uppercut to Rhodes followed by kicks to the chest. Bryan puts Rhodes on top and he goes for a super rana but Barrett stops Bryan and gets him on his shoulders. Cody goes up top and hits the Doomsday Device on Bryan. Barrett with the cover but Rhodes breaks it up.
Rhodes sends Barrett shoulder first into the ring post. Rhodes looks around and he turns his attention to Bryan as we go to commercial.
We are back and Orton with a suplex to Rhodes for a near fall while Barrett is still in the corner. Barrett hits Orton from behind and Orton with kicks and punches followed by an Irish whip. Barrett with an elbow to a charging Orton and then Barrett with kicks. He puts Orton in the ropes and connects with a series of knees and a running boot that sends Orton to the apron and then the floor.
Barrett with the Blackpool Slam for a near fall on Bryan. Rhodes kicks Barrett and sends him to the floor with Orton. Rhodes hits Beautiful Disaster and gets a near fall. Rhodes sends Orton back to the floor with a forearm. Bryan struggles to get to his feet but Orton waits too long. Rhodes charges at Bryan but Bryan with a back body drop to the floor.
Barrett kicks Bryan but Bryan gets Irish whipped and he avoids a clothesline and hits a suicide dive onto Rhodes. Back in the ring, Orton with clotheslines to Barrett followed by a power slam. Orton brings Rhodes into the ring for clotheslines and then he clotheslines Rhodes over the top rope to the floor. Orton with a back breaker to Barrett for a near fall that is broken up by Bryan. Bryan with a round kick to Orton’s head and he gets a near fall that is broken up by Rhodes.
Rhodes with a hot shot to Bryan and Daniel goes to the floor. Rhodes covers Orton but Orton is able to kick out at two. Rhodes with more kicks to Orton. Rhodes with a gourdbuster to Orton and then Rhodes goes up top but he takes too long. Orton crotches Rhodes on top and then Randy with a punch and then he goes for a superplex and hits it. Barrett with a kick to Orton’s midsection and then Barrett covers Rhodes but it is broken up by a diving head butt from Bryan. Everyone is down in the ring as the referee checks on everyone.
Orton gets to his feet on the floor and he thinks about who he should go after. Orton throws Barrett over the top rope. He does the same to Rhodes. Orton sends Bryan into the ropes for the IEDDT and Orton hits it. Orton looks around before twisting into his set up for the RKO. Barrett pulls Orton out of the ring and Barrett gives Orton a DDT on the floor.
Rhodes covers Bryan but Bryan counters the cover and applies the LeBell Lock and Rhodes taps out.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
After the match, Bryan celebrates his victory. Bryan is attacked by Rhodes who hits Bryan from behind and kicks him. Rhodes says that was his win. Orton with an RKO to Rhodes and then he leaves the ring.
Bryan holds up the Money in the Bank briefcase as we go to credits.