WWE SmackDown Recap: Bryan Vs. Sheamus Heats Up, WMania Match Announced, Big Return
Anytime that Kofi begins to mount much of an offense, Otunga manages to keep control of the match. However, after hitting Otunga a few times, he hits a huge splash off the top rope and nearly gets the win. Kofi beginning to mount an offense, but Christian grabs Kofi's leg and David capitalizes. Teddy then informs the referee and Christian is forced to go backstage. With Kingston down, Santino gets on the ring apron and Otunga takes his belt off and decks Santino with it. However, when Otunga turns around, he is hit with Trouble In Paradise and he picks up the win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
In the backstage area, the Divas locker room is shown, with Daniel Bryan waiting outside the door waiting for AJ. AJ comes out and tells Daniel that the dress she has on doesn't fit, even though she's thankful that he bought it for her. Bryan agrees, saying that it looked a lot better on the mannequin. Bryan says that AJ has to look the part as they are WWE's biggest power couple. Bryan says that he's the World Heavyweight champion and he wants her to be a champion, too, which is why he pulled some strings for tonight. Bryan tells AJ that she's going to be in a match tonight that could lead to a future Divas championship match if she wins. Daniel says that that is the reason he is here tonight, because just like in life, he is going to be in AJ's corner. All AJ has to do is listen to Bryan. AJ says thank you and they kiss before Bryan tells AJ to go and get ready for her match because it's next.
Nikki Bella w/ Bre Bella vs. AJ w/ Daniel Bryan
Nikki Bella starts the match out on her knees, mocking the shorter AJ as AJ runs up to her and delivers a drop kick. Bryan is still shouting orders at AJ as Nikki begins to gain the upper hand. Nikki steps on AJ's hair and pulls on her arms, stretching her out. Nikki then pins AJ's arms back and wrenches on her chin, before AJ battles back, landing a spinning kick. AJ goes to the top rope and nails a cross body and almost gets the win. Then, Bre tries to perform Twin Magic, but Bryan warns the referee. As the referee is distracted with Bryan, Bre still manages to pull AJ down by the hair. However, when Nikki goes to attack AJ, AJ turns it around and rolls her up for the victory. In the ring, Bryan celebrates, taunting the crowd.
Next, Smackdown shows the Raw Rebound. During the Rebound, John Cena's rap and The Rock's "Rock Concert" are highlighted. Also, it's mentioned that John Cena vs. Mark Henry has been scheduled for next Raw.
Backstage, Matt Striker interviews Cody Rhodes. Striker says that Cody has been making The Big Show angry over the last few weeks and wonders how Cody plans to defend his Intercontinental title at WrestleMania against an angry giant. Cody says that this is Chess and not Checkers. Cody says that the magic word is WrestleMania. Cody says that The Big Show is a dominating force all year long except for on the grandest stage of them all. At WrestleMania, Cody believes, The Big Show is a choke artist. Rhodes then points out that The Big Show has never won a one-on-one match at WrestleMania. Cody says that we'll just have to watch and find out how he defeats an angry giant.
The Great Khali vs. Cody Rhodes
Cody begins the match trying to strike Khali with kicks. However, the power of Khali is shown when he begins to toss and club Rhodes around. In the corner, Khali then delivers a thunderous chop to the chest. Then, in another corner the same happens to Cody. However, Cody finds an opening in the middle of the ring and lands an arm-breaker before trying to keep Khali down. While Khali looks to get up, Cody moves to the lower part of Khali's body and starts trying to stretch his legs. Khali escapes and shoots Cody into the corner as Cody jumps up to the top. However, when he's coming down off the top, he is chopped in the chest mid-air. Khali measures Cody, looking for a big chop, but Cody moves then counters a few times. Cody then heads to the middle rope and lands a drop kick to the knee of Khali. With Khali on his knees, Cody then hits the Beautiful Disaster and gets the victory.