We begin with footage from the end of last week’s Raw when the stipulation for Sunday’s match between John Cena and John Laurinaitis was determined by the Board of Directors.
John Laurinaitis makes his way to the ring and he is still in shock after the announcement from Monday night because he doesn’t have the usual bounce in his stop.
John says that he disagrees with the decision by the Board of Directors. He says that he feels that he is being put in harm’s way. He asked for the match with John Cena, but the board has restricted the way that he can compete with Cena. It is like leading a lamb to slaughter and that is not fair. He says that he is approaching forty years old and he is not as flexible as he used to be. He can bench press 250 pounds and run a mile in less than 6 minutes. However, that does not qualify him to face John Cena.
Laurinaitis says that he asked the Board of Directors to reconsider and they said no. Laurinaitis decides to take his campaign to the fans and he wants them to say a prayer for John Laurinaitis.
CM Punk’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Punk wonders if Johnny gets it. Punk says that everyone has been praying. Their prayers have been answered because the only way that John wins on Sunday is by pinfall or submission. Anyone interferes, they are terminated so the match is one on one. When John Cena beats him, Laurinaitis gets terminated.
Punk says that he wants to be the first to wish Laurinaitis the best in his future endeavors. They will party next week on Raw and Smackdown. It will be bigger than Mardi Gras. Punk wants to know how miserable Laurinaitis has made people and the way that he has abused his power.
On Monday night, Johnny had a seven foot giant on his knees groveling and begging for his job because he enjoys entertaining the people. Laurinaitis did it with a smile on his face.
John insults the intelligence of the WWE Universe, and he is out of touch. John also insults Teddy Long who made this show good.
Punk wants to know how it feels to be on the other end of the stick for once.
John says that he isn’t there yet because he is still in charge.
Tonight, CM Punk will face Kane.
Punk accepts that and he says that he is not concerned that he is going to face Kane, but he will not go to the Board of Directors to get out of the match. Punk says that he respects Kane, unlike Johnny. Punk says that he will be WWE Champion next week while Johnny will be on the unemployment line.
Laurinaitis asks the people if they like it when someone makes fun of his boss. Johnny says that he has been tough and fair. He has been generous and benevolent but the people don’t get it that he is working hard for them. The more he does for the people, the more they crap on him. Johnny isn’t going to blame John Cena or CM Punk, he is going to blame the WWE Universe.
If this is his last night on Smackdown, he tells everyone that they can go to hell.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Kofi Kingston and R Truth versus Titus O’Neil and Darren Young
Young and Truth start things off and they lock up. Young with a knee instead of a break in the corner. The referee warns Young and that allows Truth to get out of the corner and he punches Young. Truth with a boot to Young and Kofi tags in and hits a springboard cross body for a near fall. Young with an Irish whip but Kofi with a pendulum kick and then he takes care of Titus on the apron.
Young with a punch and then he hits a belly-to-back suplex onto the apron. Young sends Kofi back into the ring. Young with an elbow drop for a near fall. Titus tags in and he punches Kofi in the back and then he slams Kofi as they continue to work on the back. Young with an Irihs whip into the corner followed by a splash.
Titus runs into Kofi’s boots and Titus goes down. Truth and Young tag in and Truth with punches and then he does a pelvic thrust before a punch. Truth with the Truth Detector followed by a kick and DDT for a near fall. Titus breaks up the cover and Kofi and Truth hit a double drop kick. Kofi with a pescado onto Titus and then Truth hits the Little Jimmy for the three count.
Winners: R Truth and Kofi Kingston
We go to the B A Star event in New York from a few weeks ago.
Zack Ryder is in the back filming his latest video feature but we pan to Damien Sandow. Sandow does not seem impressed and we go to commercial.
We are back and Damien Sandow makes his way onto the stage as he is introduced for his match against Yoshi Tatsu.
Damien introduces himself and he says that he is here to help all of you. As the intellectual savior to the masses, it is his duty, nee, his passion to set everyone free from the chains of ignorance. One fortnight ago, he stood on the precipice of ushering in a new era of enlightenment that the ignorant masses so desperately yearned for. However, to his dismay, upon his arrival at ringside, he saw that he was pitted against an unworthy opponent. An opponent he rejected to prevent the people from seeing such an abhorrent contest.
Sadly, he finds himself in that same vexing scenario this evening. This alleged superstar is an unworthy opponent. Damien says that he cannot and will not demean himself to face such and ignoramus. Damien says that he is doing this for the benefit and well being of everyone. Damien says ‘You’re Welcome’ and leaves the ring.
Yoshi Tatsu calls Sandow a chicken and then he makes chicken noises.
Yoshi turns his back and Sandow runs to the ring and attacks Yoshi. He sends Yoshi into the turnbuckles. Sandow with knees and a Japanese neck breaker.
Sandow tries to find his inner peace after what he did to Yoshi.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to take a look back at what happened two weeks ago when the four men who are in the World Title Match at Over the Limit were in a tag match that saw Sheamus give Orton a Brogue Kick and then Jericho pinned Sheamus. Then Orton gave Sheamus an RKO. Last week, Sheamus and Orton used Del Rio as a punching bag. Then on Monday night, Sheamus got Randy Orton disqualified for attacking Chris Jericho during Orton’s match with Jericho.
Sheamus and Randy Orton are in the locker room with Matt Striker. Matt asks them about their match tonight. Sheamus says that he is looking forward to the match on Sunday so he can show what kind of champion he is. Sheamus says that he has a reputation for being a hot head but he can harness it in the ring, unlike someone else.
Orton says that he used to be so overconfident that he came off like an idiot. Orton says that he can win the title without beating the current champion. Orton says that he couldn’t think of anyone else in that match he wants to beat more.
Sheamus says that he is happy that one of his opponents had the guts to say it to his face and he could Brogue Kick him in the face, but he is a nice guy and he won’t do it.
Orton says that he is not a nice guy and he reminds Sheamus where nice guys finish.
Match Number Two: Zack Ryder versus Daniel Bryan
They lock up and Bryan backs Ryder into the corner but Ryder puts Bryan in the corner. Bryan with a forearm and European uppercut. Bryan with a knee drop to the back of the head for a near fall. Ryder with a kick and punches but Bryan with a European uppercut and Ryder is on the mat again.
Ryder sends Bryan into the mat but Bryan with a running knee and then he hits the running drop kick into the corner for a near fall. Bryan with a hammer lock and then he manipulates Ryder’s fingers and wrist. Bryan with a hammer lock but Ryder with an elbow. Ryder with a back elbow to a charging Bryan followed by boots. Ryder with a missile drop kick.
Ryder misses the Broski boot and Bryan kicks the ropes and then he kicks Ryder in the head and then he applies the Yes Lock and Ryder taps out.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
After the match, Bryan starts the fans chanting yes.
We see Kane’s face as the camera pans back and we go to commercial.
We are back and Daniel Bryan has joined the announcers for the next match.
Match Number Three: CM Punk versus Kane
Punk with a side head lock and arm bar. Kane with a shoulder tackle. Punk with a kick to the leg but Kane backs Punk into the corner. Kane pie faces Punk but Punk with forearms and chops. Punk clotheslines Kane over the top rope to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Punk with forearms to Kane and then he returns to the legs with kicks. Punk with a DDT and he gets a near fall. Punk with knees to the hamstring and then he applies a figure four leg lock. Kane punches Punk to get out of the hold.
Kane kicks Punk through the ropes to the floor. Punk drops Kane on the top rope and Punk tries for the springboard clothesline but Kane with an uppercut. Kane kicks Punk and presses him against the ring post and then Kane with a baseball slide and Punk’s ribs are sent into the post.
Kane with shoulders in the corner followed by a punch. Kane gets a near fall. Kane with a bear hug but Punk with elbows to get out of the hold. Kane with a back breaker and Kane gets another near fall. Kane with a body scissors and head butts to the back of Punk’s head. Punk with elbows and he gets free.
Punk with a knee to the head followed by kicks to the leg. Kane tries for a choke slam but Punk escapes and he hits a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Kane sends Punk into the corner and misses a splash. Punk with a running knee but Kane pushes Punk away on the bulldog. Punk goes to the turnbuckles for a bulldog and he gets a near fall.
Punk hits the springboard clothesline and gets a near fall. Punk gets Kane up for the Go To Sleep but it is only a moment because of Punk’s ribs. Kane with a boot to the head for a near fall. Kane puts Punk on the top turnbuckle and tries for a superplex.
Punk with chops to send Kane to the mat and then Punk with the elbow drop and he hits it but he can only get a two count. Punk tries for the Anaconda Vice but Kane avoids it. Kane with a side slam for a near fall. Kane goes to the apron and then up top for the clothesline and he hits it. Kane signals for the choke slam but Punk with a kick to the head and Kane is forced to the floor.
Punk with a suicide dive onto Kane but it is in front of the announce table. Daniel Bryan gets a chair and the referee warns Bryan. Bryan hits Kane with the chair and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Kane by disqualification
After the match, Bryan runs up the ramp and Kane recovers to see Punk with the chair. Kane with an uppercut to Punk because he thought Punk hit him with the chair. Kane hits Punk in the midsection with the chair and Daniel Bryan is enjoying what Kane is doing.
Kane sends Punk over the announce table and then into the ringside barrier. Kane sends Punk into the ring while Bryan watches from the safety of the ramp. Kane with a choke slam to Punk. Kane hits a second choke slam and Daniel Bryan is now applauding what Kane did.
We go to commercial.
We are back with Goldman Box comments from Santino Marella talking about how much he loves the United States Title.
Match Number Four: Santino Marella versus Cody Rhodes
They lock up and Cody with a side head lock and hammer lock. Santino with a reversal but Cody with a drop toe hold and then he slap Santino in the head. Rhodes with a kick to the midsection and back. Rhodes with knees as Santino comes off the ropes. Rhodes with punches and kicks to the head. Santino with an Irish whip but Cody with an elbow. Rhodes misses a moonsault.
Santino pulls out his sock puppet and he calls for the cobra but Rhodes with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Rhodes with punches but Santino with a split to avoid a clothesline and Santino hits the Cobra for the three count.
Winner: Santino Marella
We take a look back at John Laurinaitis’ comments from the start of the show.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to relive the moment from Monday night when Big Show was fired.
Match Number Five: Randy Orton versus Sheamus
They lock up and they go around the ring as they try to jockey for position and the leverage advantage. The referee separates them and they have a clean break. They lock up again and Sheamus with a side head lock. Orton with forearms to the ribs but Sheamus with a shoulder tackle.
Orton with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Orton with an arm bar as he works on the formerly injured shoulder. Sheamus backs Orton into the corner and the referee has to separate them. Sheamus pushes Orton but Orton pushes back. Sheamus and Orton exchange punches and kicks. Orton with a short arm clothesline. Orton with the Garvin Stomp but he misses the leaping knee drop.
Sheamus punches Orton but Orton returns fire. Sheamus with more punches and Orton does the same. Sheamus with an Irish whip but you never Irish whip Orton into the corner because Randy will clothesline you. Orton sends Sheamus to the floor but Sheamus pulls Orton to the floor. Orton blocks a punch and he punches Sheamus. Sheamus reverses an Irish whip and Orton goes into the ring steps.
Sheamus sees Orton’s head against the ring post and he tries for the Brogue Kick but Orton moves and Sheamus kicks the ring post instead. Orton pulls Sheamus’ injured shoulder into the ring post as the battle continues on the floor. Orton sends Sheamus’ arm into the ring steps a few times.
Orton punches Sheamus and then he stomps on the arm on the step. We go to commercial.
We are back and Orton wraps Sheamus’ arm in the ropes to continue to work on the shoulder. Orton punches Sheamus and then he drops an elbow on the arm. Sheamus punches Orton but Orton with a kick and single arm DDT for a near fall. Orton with a rear chin lock while trapping the arm to add more pressure.
Sheamus with punches but Orton is able to return to the arm to stop Sheamus’ offense. Orton with a knee drop to the injured arm and Sheamus backs into the corner and the referee tries to keep Orton out of the corner. Sheamus punches Orton and Orton with an Irish whip and Sheamus hits the turnbuckles with his injured shoulder. Orton gets a near fall. Orton with a hammer lock in the ropes and the referee warns Orton. Orton wit a knee to the shoulder and he continues to use the ropes to work on the arm. Sheamus sends Orton to the floor.
Orton tries to return to the ring and Sheamus with a running knee lift and then it is time for forearms across the chest to Orton on the apron. Sheamus with a running forearm and Orton goes off the apron and into the ringside barrier. We go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus with knee drops to the head. Sheamus gets a near fall on Orton. Sheamus with a chin lock and arm bar but Orton with forearms. Sheamus with a knee to the midsection and then he gets a near fall. Sheamus with the fireman’s carry slam and then he sets for the Celtic Cross but he cannot hold up Orton because of his shoulder.
Orton with a back breaker and two clotheslines. Sheamus misses a clothesline and that means it is power slam time. Orton runs into an elbow but Orton with a belly-to-belly suplex and he sets for the IEDDT but Sheamus drops Orton’s head on the top rope.
Sheamus with a the slingshot shoulder tackle followed by running double sledges and a running shoulder into the corner. Sheamus with a running knee lift and a power slam for a near fall. Sheamus sets for the uranage back breaker but Orton with elbows. Orton with a kick but Sheamus is able to hit the uranage back breaker for a near fall.
Sheamus goes to the apron and then up top but Orton crotches Sheamus and Orton punches Sheamus and he sets for the superplex and Orton hits it. Orton slowly makes the cover and the delay allows Sheamus to kick out. Orton holds his head after the impact of the superplex.
Orton punches Sheamus but Sheamus punches back. They pepper each other with punches but Sheamus backs Orton into the corner and connects with an elbow. Sheamus misses a Brogue Kick when Orton moves out of the way. Sheamus crotches himself in the ropes. Orton hits the IEDDT and Randy looks around before twisting to the mat to pound the mat for the RKO. Sheamus pushes Orton away on an RKO attempt. Sheamus misses a Brogue Kick. Orton tries for the RKO again but Sheamus avoids it and then he gets a rollup for the three count.
After the match, Sheamus celebrates in the ring while Orton is a bit disappointed with the loss. Orton tells Sheamus that he got him this time. Orton and Sheamus get face to face in the center of the ring and Orton offers his hand.
Sheamus has something to say to Orton and Orton says that Sunday will be a different story. They shake hands but you know that you don’t shake the hand of the Viper and Orton with an RKO to Sheamus.
Orton grabs the title belt but he does not pick it up.
We go to credits.