WWE taped this week’s Smackdown tonight from the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California. Below are full results:
WWE Smackdown (Airing Friday on SyFy):
* Theodore Long is on commentary with Michael Cole. Long is replacing Josh Mathews this week after Kane‘s attack on Mathews.
* Randy Orton opens the show with a promo. He says that he wants a shot at Sheamus‘ World Heavyweight Championship and challenges him. Sheamus comes out and agrees to the challenge, saying that he’d prefer Orton to Alberto Del Rio, who he calls a “complainer.” Booker T comes out to address the situation before he is interrupted by Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. Del Rio wants a rematch with Sheamus, and accuses Sheamus of cheating at SummerSlam. Booker T makes a #1 Contender match for tonight between Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio. The winner will face Sheamus at Night of Champions.
* Ryback b. Jinder Mahal with his fisherman buster. Before the match, Ryback cut a promo in which he swore revenge for what Mahal had done to him.
* Layla b. Alicia Fox. Kaitlyn was on commentary for the match, and entered the ring after the match to have a staredown with Layla. Eve came out and raised both Layla and Kaitlyn’s hands.
* Backstage, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero are discussing Sheamus. Sheamus interrupts them and dares Ziggler to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase tonight.
* Sheamus b. Dolph Ziggler by disqualification when Ziggler attacked Sheamus with the Money in the Bank briefcase. Ziggler considered cashing it in, but ran away as Sheamus began to recover.
* Santino Marella cuts a promo in the ring about losing the United States Championship at SummerSlam. He then begins asking the Cobra about the loss before being interrupted by Antonio Cesaro and Aksana. Cesaro proclaims that he is a winner in five languages. A brawl breaks out and Aksana once again provides a distraction for the Cobra, which allows Cesaro to take out Santino.
* Kofi Kingston & R-Truth b. Primo & Epico. R-Truth got the pin. The Prime Time Players were ringside during the match and stared down the champions after the match.
* Backstage, The Prime Time Players interrupt Matt Striker‘s interview with Kofi Kingston & R-Truth. PTP start to make fun of Little Jimmy. Eventually, The Usos, Primo, & Epico all get involved and a brawl breaks out.
* Backstage, Booker T and Theodore Long discuss which tag team should be the new #1 Contenders. Eve walks up with win/loss records of the four teams and tells Booker that she has organized his schedule. Booker thanks Eve and begins to ignore Long.
* Alberto Del Rio b. Randy Orton by submission with the cross armbreaker. Sheamus was on commentary for the match. After the match, Del Rio threw a shoe at Sheamus, starting a brawl between the two. Del Rio hit Sheamus with the shoe again, knocking him out. Dolph Ziggler then ran out with the Money in the Bank briefcase, but Randy Orton hit Ziggler with an RKO. Del Rio walks up the ramp staring at Orton and Sheamus to end the show.