-SmackDown begins with a recap package of the Sheamus-Big Show and AJ-Dolph situations.
-We go right to crowd shots. We are in Rochester, NY. Josh Mathews welcomes us to the show. It's the final show of 2012. He is joined by JBL.
-Sheamus' music hits and he comes down the aisle, introduced by Lilian Garcia.
Sheamus hopes everyone had a Merry Christmas. He says he drank gallons of eggnog-flavored ale and received a year's worth of sunscreen from his "ma." His New Year's Resolution is to be the new World Champion but he says there is no time like the present and calls Big Show out. Big Show saunters out to the ring and tells the crowd to stop 'booing' him. Show asks Sheamus if he looks like Santa Claus to him. The crowd yells, "Yes!" and Sheamus agrees but he says Show is fatter. Show says Sheamus will never tell him when to defend his title. Sheamus calls him a coward but Show says he is not scared of anything. They get face to face and Sheamus says he is here for a fight and takes off his shirt. Show begs off and Booker T's music hits.
Booker comes on the stage and says Show beat Sheamus at TLC but Sheamus won on Monday so… Show interrupts him and says he is done with Sheamus and he is not worthy. Show says nobody in the locker room is worthy and they are all inferior wannabe's. Booker says Show will be in action tonight. Booker says all those wannabes' names will be put in a tumbler and the chosen one will face Show tonight for the title. Teddy Long leads the locker room out on the stage. Show says this is ridiculous and the winner of this lottery will get knocked out.
The tumbler is brought out and Teddy and Eve argue about who is going to spin it. The tumbler falls to the floor and Teddy picks it up for Booker to pick a ball. It's Santino. Santino plays trumpet on the stage as Show laughs in the ring. Show approaches Santino on the stage and Santino runs and asks Booker if he's sure it said Santino. Show gets in Santino's face and intimidates him, then walks away.
Brodus Clay vs. Primo
Primo goes at Clay with shots to the face. Clay catches Primo off the ropes and slams him down. Clay takes care of Epico on the apron and hits a splash on Primo for the win.
Winner by pin: Brodus Clay
Rosa gets in Clay's face in the ring and gets laid out by Cameron and Naomi. They dance with Clay in the ring with some kids.
-Santino and Sheamus talk in the locker room. Sheamus teaches Santino how to do the Brogue Kick. Santino gives it a try and on the 3rd attempt, he pulls his hamstring and falls to the floor in agony.
Team Rhodes Scholars & Wade Barrett vs. Team Hell No & Kofi Kingston
Bryan goes at it with Cody. Kane makes the tag and Cody gets the upper hand and tags in Sandow. The crowd chants, "Cody's Mustache!" Kofi comes in and gets clocked by Sandow who tags Cody who quickly tags Barrett. Kofi builds momentum on Barrett and gets a near-fall. Kofi fights out of enemy territory and all 6 men have a stand-off in the ring as we go to a commercial.
-We're back with Sandow dropping his elbow on Bryan after an assist from Cody. Barrett tags in and lands several vicious knees to Bryan's face in the ropes. Barrett applies a Camel Clutch but Bryan fights up. Barrett whips him into the corner and tags Cody who comes in and stomps on Bryan's head. The crowd chants, "Cody Sucks!" Bryan launches Cody head-first into the top turnbuckle and makes the tag to Kofi who turns it up against Barrett. Kofi hits a crossbody off the top and makes the cover but Sandow and Cody make the save. Kane and Bryan get involved and things breakdown on the outside. Kofi is distracted in the ring by Cody and hits Cody with the Disaster Kick. Barrett grabs Kofi from behind and hits his patented elbow for the pin.
Winners by pin: Team Rhodes Scholars & Wade Barrett
-Josh Mathews and JBL say Santino has in fact pulled his hamstring and will be unable to face Show tonight.
-Show giggles to Booker in the back and says it looks like he gets the night off. Booker says there will be a World Title match tonight. He calls Teddy to come back in with the tumbler. Booker picks a name and tells Show he will find out who it is soon enough.
-Back from a break as Booker and Show argue. Teddy brings in Ricardo Rodriguez. Booker says this is his opponent. Show laughs and puts his belt on Ricardo's shoulder as he makes fun of him. He makes Ricardo announce himself as the champion and then hits him with the KO Punch. Booker yells and tells Show he is going to get in a lot of trouble and that this is ridiculous. Show tells him not to play with his title.
-Zack Ryder makes his entrance followed by Antonio Cesaro
Zack Ryder vs. Antonio Cesaro
They lock up and Cesaro hits an uppercut off the break in the corner. The crowd chants, "USA!" Cesaro slowly takes apart Ryder. Cesaro hits his patented gut-wrench slam but Ryder kicks out. Cesaro slams Ryder and jumps on him with both feet for 2. Cesaro continues to work the abs. Ryder fights back with a face-plant and a missile dropkick. Ryder hits a forearm in the corner but Cesaro avoids the Broski Boot. Cesaro catches him with a European Uppercut to the back of the neck and hits the Gotch-Style Neutralizer for the win.
Winner by pin: Antonio Cesaro
-Miz makes his entrance as we return. Dolph Ziggler comes out with AJ and Big E Langston.
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
Miz and Ziggler lock up and Miz takes him down with a headlock. Miz stays in control with armdrags and holds on to the headlock. Ziggler fights out hits shots to Miz' face. Ziggler hits a shoulderblock but Miz plants him on the face. Miz throws Ziggler over the top and he is caught by Langston. Langston never flinches and Ziggler gets back in the ring and takes control of Miz. AJ twirls her hair and stares off in la-la land at Ziggler. We go to break.
-Big E Langston calmly glares into the ring as we return. Ziggler hits a nice elbow on Miz. Miz creates some space with a suplex and side-steps Ziggler in the corner. Miz mounts a comeback and hits a neckbreaker for 2. Miz hits a DDT for another near-fall. Ziggler ducks a kick to the face but Miz resumes offense and hits a double axe-handle off the top after stopping to take notice of Big E. Miz blows a kiss to AJ who motions for Big E to make a move. Langston gets on the steps and Ziggler hits his finisher on Miz from behind for the win.
Winner by pin: Dolph Ziggler
The trio walks up the ramp as Miz speaks on the mic from his back. He pants in pain and says that no matter which Superstar AJ ends up with on New Year's, the night is going to end with a bang. Ziggler charges the ring and Miz actually gets the better of him. AJ tells Big E Langston to get in the ring and he runs Miz over and nearly breaks him in half. They all stand over Miz as AJ skips around and then locks lips with Ziggler.
-The doctor checks on Ricardo in the back. Ricardo is zoned out. The doc says he will be OK but he can't compete tonight. Brad Maddox comes in and obnoxiously asks for one more chance at a contract. Booker gives him one last chance to get rid of him and says his match is next. Alberto Del Rio runs in to check on Ricardo. Del Rio says when he sees the Big Show he will open him up like a piñata. Show says he will put Del Rio in the match against Show tonight. Del Rio smiles and says this one is for Ricardo.
-Brad Maddox makes his way to the ring and says his New Year's Resolution is to become a WWE Superstar. This guy is sleazier than Joey Ryan. He reminds me so much of Eric Bischoff. Sheamus' music hits and he comes to the ring.
Sheamus vs. Brad Maddox
Maddox applies a headlock but Sheamus throws him off. Maddox regroups and goes again but Sheamus throws him to the mat. Maddox shoves Sheamus and runs but gets the advantage on the way back in. Sheamus regains control and hits his forearms spot. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse and The Brogue Kick for the win.
Winner by pin: Sheamus
-A RAW Rebound is shown.
The Prime Time Players vs. The Uso's
Young and Jimmy go at it. Jey tags in for some double teaming. Young sends Jey into Titus' boot on the apron. Young drops Jey for 2. Jimmy and Jey switch places; Jimmy rolls Young up out of nowhere for the win. Josh and JBL don't acknowledge the switch.
Winners by pin: The Uso's
-Josh sends to another self-shot video from The Shield. They say this will be a year that will go down in history for the scars they left. They say 2013 will be the year The Shield cleanses the WWE of the disease of injustice. They say they have no friends and they answer to nobody.
-Big Show is interviewed by Matt Striker in the back. Show is upset about having to face Del Rio. He says Del Rio is a reject just like the rest of them and he will knock him out and make it a trifecta. We go to commercial.
-Big Show makes his entrance to the ring. Del Rio walks out to cheers.
WWE World Championship: The Big Show (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
Lilian Garcia makes the formal introductions. Del Rio goes right for the knees but Show throws him off. Del Rio is intense and fights Show off in the corner. Show lands a big chop to the chest and Del Rio hits the mat. Del Rio has fire but Show takes him down. Del Rio keeps his focus on Show's legs. Show hits a big chop to the chest and tosses Del Rio to the floor. Show sends Del Rio into the steel steps and yells at the crowd. Show sends Del Rio back in and applies an armbar. Del Rio fights up but Show his a shoulderblock to take him back down. Show steps on Del Rio and walks across him. The crowd is against Show.
Show misses with an elbow on the mat and Del Rio hits a series of kicks to the face. Del Rio hits one more kick to the head but Show kicks out. Del Rio goes for the cross armbreaker but Show tosses Del Rio to the floor. Show shakes his arm in pain and walks up the ramp. Sheamus runs out and trades shots with Show as the bell rings. Show hits a kick to Sheamus and continues up the ramp. The entire locker room runs out and attacks Show and sends him back in the ring. Del Rio and Sheamus stalk him. Del Rio hits an Enzuigiri to the head and Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick. Sheamus and Del Rio stand over Show as we go off the air.