WWE taped this week’s WWE Smackdown from the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California. Below are full results:
WWE Smackdown (Airing on SyFy):
* A steel cage is hanging above the ring.
* Vickie Guerrero opens the show by introducing WWE Champion Randy Orton. He calls himself the face of the WWE, and asserts that he didn’t need Triple H‘s help to win the title. He is interrupted by Daniel Bryan, who says it’s time for a new face of WWE. Bryan says he fought for every opportunity Orton was handed. Bryan wants a shot at the title tonight, but Orton says he has to wait until Night of Champions. Orton holds up the title before going for an RKO. Bryan counters and hits Orton with a dropkick, knocking him out of the ring.
* Backstage, Vickie Guerrero fumes over what just unfolded in the ring. Vickie puts Daniel Bryan in a match with Wade Barrett tonight, to take place in a steel cage.
* Curtis Axel w/ Paul Heyman b. Cody Rhodes. After the match, Heyman trash-talked CM Punk. Axel challenges Punk to a title match on Raw.
* Dolph Ziggler b. Big E Langston w/ AJ Lee
* Alberto Del Rio b. Christian by submission with the Cross Armbreaker. After the match, Ricardo Rodriguez came out and introduced Rob Van Dam. Christian took advantage of the distraction and dropkicked Del Rio, allowing RVD to hit Rolling Thunder on Del Rio.
* Big Show & Mark Henry b. 3MB. After the match, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns appeared on the TitanTron and said that they were better than Show & Henry and Show & Henry had to go, because a new era has arrived.
* Darren Young b. Antonio Cesaro
* Backstage, Ryback bullies a man that wants an autograph for his son.
* Daniel Bryan b. Wade Barrett in a steel cage match by pinfall with a running knee strike. After the match, Randy Orton ambushed Bryan and hit an RKO on the floor to end the show.