WWE Smackdown! Results: Things Heat Up For Elimination Chamber
After the match, Michael Cole is set to interview Daniel Bryan's girlfriend, AJ. Cole asks her how she's feeling, only to cut her off by saying that she isn't supported by the WWE Universe. Michael wants to know if AJ blames The Big Show for what happened, but then asks her why she was at ring side in the first place. AJ mentions that Daniel Bryan asked her to be there, but blames Cole for doing more damage than anyone else. AJ blames Cole for stirring the pot with Daniel Bryan and the Divas, then calls him a biased, selfish jerk. AJ tells Cole that the WWE would be better if he shut up, only to have Cole insist that he is just doing his job and that he earns a living for his talents.
Cole then mentions that people have mentioned that Bryan is playing with AJ, setting her up for hurt. Cole criticizes AJ's love for Bryan, stating that she has lost any self-respect. Cole states that AJ and Daniel Bryan will be a footnote in WWE history. Finally, Bryan appears and says that he's heard enough and threatens to break Cole's arms. Bryan claims that he is more than a footnote, considering that he is the World Heavyweight champion. However, he also mentions that he is a role model.
Bryan states that while the fans were busy eating animal products and watching the Super Bowl this weekend, he was taking a nature walk. Bryan states that he cares about AJ the way he cares about the future and claims that the fans have been so mean to her that he is going to take her home in his Prius, as she has been traumatized enough. Before they can leave entirely, however, Smackdown! GM Teddy Long says that he will get AJ a ride home, but that Bryan isn't going anywhere and that leaving the arena will vacate the title.
Ted DiBiase and Hunico are set for action, with Camacho roaming the outside area as per usual. DiBiase starts out strong, needing the referee to stop his assault in the corner. Hunico and DiBiase take the action to the outside, with Ted launching Hunico into the protective barricade. Then, with Camacho providing the distraction, Hunico regains his footing and slams DiBiase's wrist into the ring-post.
Back in the ring, Hunico is looking to attack the injured wrist, but DiBiase counters the attack with a clothesline. However, Hunico goes back to attacking the wrist, slamming DiBiase's prone arm into the matt. Yet, Hunico went to the well one too many times as DiBiase counters with a roll up, attaining victory.
Now, it's time for our main event, featuring the World Heavyweight champion, Daniel Bryan taking on "The Apex Predator", Randy Orton. The Big Show is at ring side, helping Cole and co. call the action.
To start the match, Bryan and Orton seem ready to go. However, Orton strikes first with his patented headlock. Bryan escapes by pushing off, but Orton hits a shoulder block on the rebound. Now, Bryan tries his own headlock, before whipping Orton into the ropes. However, once again, Orton lands with a powerful shoulder block, following it up with an arm-bar. Bryan breaks away with some strikes and hits the ropes, only to be leveled with a dropkick. Still, Orton's offense is short-lived as Bryan nails Orton with some kicks of his own, then sending Orton into the ropes. When hitting the ropes, Orton holds on, suckering Bryan in as he runs towards Orton only to be back-dropped to the outside.
Orton follows his counterpart to the outside, as The Big Show stands up to avoid the action. Still, Orton yells at Show, telling him to stay away as he can deal with it. However, the wasted time allows Bryan to attack, knocking Orton down. Then, Bryan gets up on the ring apron and lands with both knees in the chest of Orton. After a commercial break, Bryan is seen working on Orton's arm, however, Orton reverse the action with a back-breaker before fending off a LeBell Lock. After a near-fall for Orton, Randy sets Bryan up on the turnbuckle in the corner, only to have Daniel shove him away. Bryan goes for a high risk move, but Randy moves away in time, then beats Bryan to the punch with a clothesline before a powerslam. Orton begins to feel it, tossing Bryan to the apron, setting up his mid-rope DDT, until Bryan strikes with his feet, finishing with strikes upstairs. Bryan climbs to the top rope, only to have Orton hit the ropes and send Bryan down, crotch-first. Orton takes advantage of a prone Bryan, nailing a superplex that leaves Bryan barely able to kick out. Orton continues his attack and attempts a running knee drop but Daniel rolls out of the way and lambasts Orton with a dropkick, finally sending Orton into the corner. After being attacked in the corner, Randy goes for a roll up when Bryan is pulled off his opponent by the referee. The champion, however, reverses the move with a LeBell Lock for which Orton also has an answer. After drilling Bryan into the mat, Orton sets up the hanging DDT, slamming his opponent's head into the mat.
Orton seems ready to land the RKO, but Daniel Bryan seems ready and counters with a quick shot and seems ready to pack it in. Bryan snatches his title up and is about to leave when he's confronted by The Big Show. Bryan is then shoved to the ground by Show and tries to get away by rolling into the ring. However, in the ring, he is met with a RKO and Orton goes for the win. The referee, however, noticed The Big Show's action and disqualifies Orton, making Bryan the winner.
After the match, Orton is irate, asking Show what he was thinking. Then, the two begin to throw down in front of the announcers table, with Bryan heading up the ramp way.
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