Welcome to the WrestlingInc.com WWE SmackDown Recap.
We get a video recapping Laurinaitis and Cena from RAW.
Big Johnny comes to the ring and says he disagrees with the board of directors' decision. He says he's approaching 40 but he's not as flexible as he used to be. He's still tough but still not qualified to compete with Cena. He asks for the people to say a prayer for him. CM Punk's music hits. Punk says everybody's prayers have already been answered because when Cena beats him, he will be terminated. Punk wishes him well on his future endeavors and says they will throw a huge party all next week. Johnny makes a match for Punk against Kane. Punk says next week he'll still be champ but Johnny will be out of a job. Punk's music hits and he leaves the ring.
Johnny asks the crowd if they like that. He says he works hard for the fans and they just crap all over him. He blames the fans for Cena and Punk's actions, he detests the fans. He tells us all to go to hell and stomps out of the ring.
Young and Truth feel each other out. They go back and forth. Truth tags Kofi who almost gets a pin immediately off the top. Young drops Kofi on the apron. Titus tags in and overpowers Kofi. Kofi makes the tag and Titus does too. Truth hits signature offense, Titus breaks a pin attempt. Kofi takes out Titus on the outside. Truth hits the reverse STO on Young for the pin.
Winners by pin: Kofi & Truth
Zack Ryder is filming an episode of his internet show as Damien Sandow walks by and gives him a disgusted look. Ryder asks what his deal is.
Damien Sandow comes out with a mic. Yoshi Tatsu is already in the ring. He wants to set everyone free from the chains of ignorance. He uses a bunch of big words and says Tatsu is unworthy and he will not engage him. "You're welcome." Sandow begins to leave. Yoshi grabs the mic and calls him a chicken and mocks him. Sandow rushes into the ring and attacks Yoshi. Sandow wears pink tights and purple knee pads and resembles Randy Savage (and his brother Lanny for obvious reasons).
-Recap of the World Title feud from RAW
Orton and Sheamus are side by side in an interview with Matt Striker. Sheamus says he has a temper problem like one of his opponents. Orton says he used to be over confident like one of his opponents. They get nose to nose and continue that line of talk.
Zack Ryder vs. Daniel Bryan
Bryan takes control with small bursts of offense from Ryder. Bryan hits a running dropkick for a near fall. Bryan works the right arm of Ryder, then the left. Ryder fights back and hits a missile dropkick, he misses the Broski Boot. Bryan puts on the Yes Lock after a kick to the head and gets the win.
Winner by submission: Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan has joined commentary.
CM Punk vs. Kane
Kane tries to build momentum but Punk takes it to him.
Punk hits a nice DDT. Punk manages a figure four but Kane's big legs are too much. Kane takes over with strikes and kicks in the corner. Kane sends Punk's ribs hard into the post in the corner. Bryan loves it. Punk tries to fight back but Kane focuses on the ribs. Punk fights out of a bearhug only to get a backbreaker on Kane's knee. Punk with kicks to Kane is caught in a chokeslam but he reverses into a neckbreaker and gets 1. Punk hits a knee and then a boot in the corner. Punk connects with a bulldog and gets 2. Punk flies off with a clothesline from the top, Kane kicks out. Punk's ribs prevent him from lifting Kane for the GTS, Kane hits a big boot for a 2.
Punk hits an elbow from the top and somehow Kane kicks out. Punk tries to apply the anaconda vice but doesn't get it on fully. Kane hits a sidewalk slam for a 2. Kane goes up top and connects with a clothesline. Bryan loves it. Kane grabs Punk's throat but Punk kicks him out of the ring and flies through the ropes on top of him. Bryan gets up and teases a chairshot on Punk but hits Kane instead and escapes up the ramp. Kane unloads with chairshots to Punk, thinking it was Punk who hit him. Kane chokeslams Punk in the ring and stands over him as Bryan looks on from the stage. Kane hits another chokeslam as Bryan applauds.
Winner by disqualification: Kane
The ref checks on Punk in the ring who is still down.
Santino vs. Cody Rhodes
The announcers put over the Intercontinental and U.S. Titles and ponder which is more prestigious. Cody and Santino go back and forth with some nice exchanges. Santino pulls out his cobra but Cody hits a nice dropkick to thwart it. Santino hits the cobra from out of nowhere and gets the pin.
Winner by pin: Santino
-RAW Rebound – Big Show
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
They lock up in a long collar-and-elbow which is finally broken by the ref. Orton hits a nice dropkick after a shoulderblock from Sheamus, trying to establish momentum. They trade blows and shove each other. They are still pretty even. Orton clotheslines Sheamus out of the ring. Sheamus sends him into the steel steps. Orton moves to avoid a Brogue Kick and drives Sheamus' arm into the steps.
Orton continues to work Sheamus' arm. Sheamus fights back but Orton remains in control. Orton reverses an Irish whip attempt and sends Sheamus' shoulder into the corner. Sheamus tosses Orton out with his good arm using Orton's own momentum. Sheamus does his forearm-chops-in-the-ropes spot.
Sheamus has taken over. Sheamus hits a rolling slam and goes for Razor's Edge but Orton wiggles his way out and hits a neckbreaker. Orton hits a couple of clotheslines and a powerslam. Orton hits a bell-to-belly. Sheamus counters a DDT in the ropes and catapults himself over the top with a shoulder block to Orton. Sheamus gets a very close near fall. Sheamus hits a backbreaker but Orton kicks out. Sheamus goes up top but Orton knocks him on his butt on the turnbuckle. Orton hits a superplex and gets only 2. Orton gets to his feet first and unloads with strikes to the head of Sheamus.
Sheamus goes toe-to-toe. Orton ducks a Brogue Kick and hits the DDT in the ropes. Orton starts to coil, Sheamus scouts him and goes for a Brogue Kick, Orton counters into an RKO attempt, and Sheamus counters that with a quick roll-up and gets the victory.
Winner by pin: Sheamus
Orton smiles from the corner and gets up, acknowledging that Sheamus got him. Orton puts his hand out but Sheamus is hesitant, slapping the title belt and saying some things. Sheamus shakes his hand and Orton hits the RKO and gets his heat back.