Report by Richard Trionfo & PWinsider.com
Vince McMahon is introduced by Lillian Garcia and he makes his way to the ring.
Michael Cole mentions the job that AJ Lee did on Monday night on her first night on the job.
Vince says that selecting a General Manager for Smackdown has been an arduous task. He wanted to find someone people would respect. He also wanted to find someone with integrity, character, and charisma as well as experience. He wanted someone who would use their authority and back it up. Vince introduces the new General Manager . . . Booker T.
Booker makes his way to the ring and he shakes Vince’s hand.
Michael Cole sucks up to Booker and says that Booker cannot do a worse job than Teddy Long.
Booker thanks everyone and then he says that he wants to thank Vince and the WWE Board of Directors for giving him this opportunity. Friday Night Smackdown is about to blow up. Booker says that we should get this started right now.
Alberto Del Rio’s music plays and he walks to the ring.
Alberto applauds Booker as he enters the ring and he has something to say. Alberto wants everyone to give it up for Booker T. He congratulates Booker on being the new General Manager of Smackdown. Booker must be happy because he is going to be working with Alberto because Alberto will be the new World Champion at SummerSlam.
Booker tells Alberto that if he is going to suck up, he has to be a lot smoother and not make it sound like a bunch of crap. Booker says that he heard what Alberto had to say about Sheamus.
Alberto tells Booker that Sheamus is beneath him and nothing but a peasant. He grew up as a fat red headed hooligan. Alberto says that he has the blood of champions in his DNA. He was bred for greatness. Alberto was going to say that he doesn’t have to kiss Booker’s butt but Sheamus interrupts Alberto.
Sheamus comes to the ring and he is dressed to fight. Sheamus congratulates Booker on becoming the new Smackdown General Manager. He says that unlike Bertie over there, he means it. Sheamus tells Booker that the first pint is on him. Sheamus tells Alberto that he can talk about where he grew up all he wants, but Sheamus says that he is proud of where he came from and who he is. He didn’t have someone brushing his teeth or wiping his arse when he was younger.
Sheamus says that he would also not ask for three weeks off so his manicured nails won’t get dirty. He asks Alberto if he is not going to wrestle before their match at SummerSlam.
Booker says nay nay and tells Alberto and Sheamus that they have matches.
Alberto says that he does not care who Booker is but he will not compete until SummerSlam.
Booker tells Alberto that he might have all the money in the world, but it does not mean that he can hear better. Booker says that he is the boss and Alberto will compete, sucka, in the center of the ring. Alberto will face none other than Randy Orton.
Booker tells Alberto to get his boots on and get those boots a-clickin’.
Booker tells Sheamus that he appreciates what he said earlier, but Sheamus is wrestling next and he will be in a knockdown, toe to toe fisticuffs with . . .
We go to the Goldman Bento Box and he says what he will do to Sheamus in Japanese.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Tensai (with Sakamoto) versus Sheamus in a Non Title Match
They lock up and they go around the ring until Tensai backs Sheamus into the corner but Sheamus with a front face lock. They lock up again and Sheamus with a side head lock and Tensai stays on his feet when Sheamus goes for a shoulder tackle. Sheamus with another side head lock and he works on the arm. Tensai with a forearm but Sheamus responds with one of his own. They exchange forearms and then Tensai with shoulders in the corner.
Sheamus with a punch and forearms to Tensai. Sheamus with forearms in the corner but Tensai slaps Sheamus in the face. Sheamus with a double leg take down and punches to Tensai. Sheamus with a reverse chin lock. Tensai with a back elbow and Sheamus is down. Tensai punches Sheamus in the head and the referee warns Tensai.
Tensai misses an elbow drop and Sheamus with a knee to the back and ribs that sends Tensai to the apron. Sheamus with a baseball slide that sends Tensai to the floor. Tensai throws Sakamoto in the way but Sheamus returns with a volley of his own and then Tensai sends Sakamoto into the ringside barrier.
Sheamus with forearms against the ringside barrier and then they return to the ring. Tensai punches Sheamus and connects with a head butt. Tensai sends Sheamus into the turnbuckles and then he connects with a series of head butts in the corner. Sheamus with a kick to the knee and midsection and then Sheamus pulls himself up and Sheamus leaps over a charging Tensai. Tensai with a punch but Sheamus with a kick to the midsection and then he clotheslines Tensai over the top rope to the floor.
Sheamus goes to the apron and he kicks Tensai. Sheamus goes off the apron and Tensai catches him and sends Sheamus into the ring post. We go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus with punches to the midsection and head. Tensai with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Tensai with a Vader Bomb to the back and he gets a near fall. Tensai with a bear hug and Sheamus with a forearm to the back to try to get out of the hold. Tensai with a forearm to the kidneys. Tensai sends Sheamus into the ropes again but Sheamus with forearms of his own and he tries for a slam but he cannot get Tensai up.
Tensai with a kick to the head and he gets a near fall. Tensai with head butts and the referee warns him. Tensai with kicks to Sheamus and then Tensai goes to the turnbuckles but Sheamus grabs the foot. Sheamus with forearms to the back of the knee and the back. Sheamus gets Tensai on his shoulders for an electric chair drop but Tensai holds on to the ropes. Sheamus knocks Tensai off the turnbuckles with a forearm and Tensai goes to the floor.
Sheamus gets Tensai on the apron and he connects with the forearms of ten but Tensai stops him at four. Sheamus gets Tensai set up for the forearms of ten and he completes it. Sheamus tries to suplex Tensai back into the ring but Tensai with a head butt to stop him. Sheamus with a power slam for a near fall.
Sheamus tries for White Noise but Tensai stops him and Tensai sends Sheamus shoulder first into the post. Tensai hits the Baldo Bomb but he can only get a two count. Tensai kicks Sheamus in the ribs and then he sends Sheamus into the turnbuckles but Sheamus avoids a splash and Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick for the three count.
Eve is in Booker’s office waiting for him to enter and she says that she wants to be one of the first to congratulate him on the job. Eve wants to remind Booker of the asset she was for John Laurinaitis and she says that they would make a great team.
Teddy Long enters and he says that if anyone has earned their way to the top it is Booker.
Booker says that Teddy did a good job and he wants Teddy around as a senior advisor to the General Manager to help him out.
Booker tells Eve that all of his jobs have been filled.
Teddy is asked to escort Eve out of the office and she storms out.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Antonio Cesaro greets everyone in the five languages that he speaks.
Match Number Two: Antonio Cesaro (with Aksana) versus Santino Marella in a Non Title Match
Cesaro misses a punch and Santino with a punch of his own. Cesaro runs Santino into the turnbuckles and then he connects with forearms and punches. Santino tries to float over but Cesaro catches him. Santino with a rollup for a near fall. Cesaro with a European uppercut followed by a deadlift side salto and he gets a near fall.
Cesaro with a reverse chin lock. Santino with punches and a backslide for a near fall. Santino with a split and hip toss followed by a diving head butt. Santino goes for the sock puppet but Cesaro with a head butt to the midsection. Santino with a mule kick and the Cobra but Cesaro’s foot was under the ropes.
Cesaro rolls to the floor and he recovers from the cobra ‘bite’. Cesaro sends Santino into the ringside barrier and then Antonio returns to the ring and then he hits the Gotch Style Neutralizer for the three count.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
After the match, Antonio ‘kicks dirt’ on Santino and then he kisses Aksana.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Matt Striker is in the interview area with Daniel Bryan. We have a video package of what has happened to Daniel Bryan recently.
Matt asks Daniel if he has any comments and Daniel says no. He says that we will hear him saying no more often and we see Daniel in a shirt with No replacing the Yes. Daniel says that he doesn’t want to hear anyone chanting yes any more.
Daniel says that YES is his catchphrase. Yes he can be the greatest of all time. Yes he can be World Champion. The people do not get to say Yes. He says NO, the people cannot chant Yes or steal his catchphrase. Daniel says that he does not need another psychiatric evaluation.
Match Number Three: Miz, Daniel Bryan, and Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) versus Kane, Christian, and Chris Jericho
Bryan and Christian start things off Bryan with a head butt and kicks to Christian. Bryan with a side head lock but Christian with a shoulder tackle and then slingshots over the top rope for an uppercut but Bryan moves. Christian drops the back of Bryan’s head on the top rope and then he goes to the turnbuckles for a missile drop kick and Christian gets a near fall.
Kane tags in and he goes up top for the clothesline and he gets a near fall. Kane sends Bryan into the turnbuckles and punches him. Kane with an Irish whip and running clothesline into the corner. Kane with a boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Kane tries for a slam but Bryan escapes and he sends Kane into the turnbuckles with a drop toe hold.
Miz tags in and he goes up top but he is met with an uppercut. Kane with punches in the corner. Jericho tags in and he chops Miz and connects with a running back elbow. Jericho with a slam and Ziggler hits Jericho in the back of the head and that distraction allows Miz to recover and he connects with a boot to the head.
Ziggler wants to be tagged in and Miz obliges. Jericho with a double leg take down and punches. Jericho iwht an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner. Jericho with a chop and then Ziggler goes to the floor. Jericho teases going to the floor but Ziggler puts Vickie in the way.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Miz has Christian in a reverse chin lock. We see footage from the commercial break when Miz knocked Christian off the turnbuckles to the floor. Christian with a sunset flip for a near fall. Miz with a clothesline to Christian for a near fall. Bryan tags in and he kicks Christian in the chest with kicks of No. Bryan gets a near fall.
Ziggler tags in and he kicks Christian in the midsection and then connects with a few elbow drops and then hits a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Christian punches Ziggler but Ziggler with a drop kick and Ziggler gets a near fall.
Miz tags back in and he kicks Christian and then hits a running boot to the head and gets a near fall. Miz rakes the face and then applies a rear chin lock. Miz with a knee to the midsection to stop Christian and then he goes for the Awesome clothesline but Christian gets his boots up. Christian with a back elbow from the turnbuckles and both men are down.
Bryan and Jericho tag in and Jericho with a shoulder tackle or two. Jericho with a springboard drop kick that sends Ziggler to the floor. Jericho with a bulldog followed by a Lionsault for a near fall but Ziggler breaks up the cover. Kane takes care of Ziggler and sends him to the floor. Kane grabs Bryan by the throat but Miz goes for the knee and then he sends Kane to the floor. Christian with a punch and then he hits a Mick Foley clothesline that sends both men to the floor.
Jericho with the Liontamer but Vickie gets on the apron. Ziggler tries to interfere but Jericho with a Codebreaker and Ziggler goes to the floor. Bryan with a rollup for the three count.
Winners: Miz, Daniel Bryan, and Dolph Ziggler
After the match, Bryan gets into a YES/NO ‘Rabbit Season/Duck Season’ argument with fans at ringside.
Matt Striker is in the locker room with Randy Orton and he mentions Randy’s two month layoff. Matt asks Randy about how the long layoff has affected him. Randy says that the WWE is his life and every moment away from Raw or Smackdown is like air taken from his lungs.
Orton says that Del Rio is the number one contender because Alberto never beat him. Orton says that he is going to give the fans what they want. He is going to hit a perfect RKO on Del Rio.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we get to hear from Ryback in the Goldman Box. Ryback says in the jungle there is one law, eat or be eaten. That is the only law he knows. Everywhere he looks, he sees food. He welcomes everyone to the Food Chain. He wants to be fed more.
Match Number Four: Jinder Mahal versus Ryback
Ryback runs Mahal into the turnbuckles and connects with shoulders and then he back body drops Mahal. Ryback with a kick and forearms to Mahal. Ryback slams Mahal’s head into the mat and then hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.
Mahal kicks Ryback in the knee and then Mahal with a high knee but he tries for a second knee but Ryback moves and then he hits a spinebuster. Ryback sets for the lariat but Mahal goes to the floor and then he hits Ryback with the mic.
The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Ryback by disqualification
After the match, Mahal decides to run up the ramp so Ryback does not snack on him.
Darren Young and Titus O’Neil are swaying in the back saying they want Millions of Dollars. Abraham Washington wants to know where the Prime Time Players merchandise is but they see a table in the back with Little Jimmy merchandise on it and they are not happy. Titus and Darren sway into commercial.
Match Number Five: R Truth (with Kofi Kingston) versus Darren Young (with Abraham Washington, Titus O’Neil, and a live mic)
Truth with kicks and punches to Young and the referee warns Truth. Truth continues with punches and kicks but Young with a power slam and he gets a near fall. Truth with more punches. Truth charges at Young but Young ducks down and Truth goes over the top rope ot the floor.
Abe gets on the apron to try to distract the referee and Titus goes after Truth, but Kofi with a flying clothesline to Titus followed by punches. Abe throws his jacket at Abe and then he cowers and goes up the stage.
Truth tries to suplex Young back into the ring but Titus trips Truth. Truth is able to roll through and get a near fall. Kofi comes back and he runs into a boot from Titus. Truth with a baseball slide to Titus on the floor but Young with a gutbuster from the fireman’s carry position for the three count.
Winner: Darren Young
After the match, Titus and Darren do their Prime Time Player dance and we go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
We also see the announcement that Booker T is the new Smackdown General Manager and we go to his office where he is on the phone. He has some business to take care of.
Layla enters and she congratulates him on the job.
Cody Rhodes enters and he says that he won’t be long. He wants to congratulate Booker on his new position. It is good that a superstar of his age can find a purpose. He hopes that ending Booker’s in ring career will not affect their working relationship. Booker calls Cody sucka and Cody tells Booker not to call him sucker. Booker says that Cody will be wrestling one of his favorites next week, Sin Cara. Booker asks Cody if he can dig that.
Booker says that he likes his job.
Match Number Six: Randy Orton versus Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez)
Del Rio with a kick and punch and then he backs Orton into the corner with kicks and then he tries to work on the arm using the ropes. Orton with a kick and he punches Del Rio. Del Rio with an Irish whip but you don’t Irish whip Orton into the corner without getting a clothesline for your troubles. Del Rio pushes Orton away but Orton with clotheslines into the corner. Orton punches Del Rio and then he goes to the ropes and punches him ten times.
Del Rio goes to the floor to discuss strategy with Ricardo. Alberto returns to the ring and is back body dropped by Orton. Orton with a kick to the chest and he sets for the IEDDT but Del Rio gets back into the ring. Del Rio sends Orton to the apron and he kicks Orton in the shoulder and then drops the back of Orton’s neck against the top rope.
Del Rio sends Orton into the ringside barrier and then he kicks him and sarcastically welcomes Randy back. Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio starts to work on the back with a boot and a knee in the back while he applies a rear chin lock. Orton with elbows and punches but Del Rio with a head butt.
Orton with a back breaker after avoiding a clothesline. Orton with a boot to the chest and abdomen. Orton tries for a leaping knee drop but Del Rio moves out of the way. Del Rio sends Orton into the corner and then he hits a step up enzuigiri to the back and gets a near fall. Del Rio mocks Orton’s push ups and he kicks Orton.
Orton kicks back but Del Rio with a punch. Del Rio with a hard Irish whip and kick to the head. Del Rio with another Irish whip but Orton moves when Del Rio charges into the corner and Del Rio hits the ring post with his shoulder. Orton with a rollup for a near fall.
Orton with two clotheslines and then he avoids a clothesline from Del Rio and that means it is power slam time. Orton sends Del Rio to the apron for the IEDDT and he hits it. Orton looks into the crowd and then he twists into the RKO push ups but Ricardo knows what is coming and he attacks Orton. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Randy Orton by disqualification
After the match, Del Rio with an arm breaker and then he tries to float over into the cross arm breaker but Orton escapes. Orton sends Del Rio into the turnbuckles and then Orton hits a drop kick.
Del Rio leaves with Ricardo but Sheamus comes from out of nowhere and Sheamus sends Del Rio back into the ring. Orton with an RKO.
We go to credits.
Report by Richard Trionfo & PWinsider.com