The Aug 10 episode of WWE SmackDown was scheduled to feature a SummerSlam main event match between Albert Del Rio and Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship, but the match never took place. WWE's Friday night show also held the second loss this week for Intercontinental Champion The Miz, a match to determine the number one contenders for the Tag Team Championships and more, reports PWInsider.
Tuesday night's SmackDown taping from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas opened with new General Manager Booker T setting the SummerSlam main event match for the World Heavyweight Championship to take place later that night. The bout between current champion Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio never took place because police officers restrained Sheamus before the bell could ring.
This comes just after RAW when the World Heavyweight Champion carjacked Del Rio's Ferrari from the arena. When Sheamus tried to fight off the police, they subdued him and his SummerSlam opponent took advantage of the situation and attacked him.
For the second time in a row, the Intercontinental Champion The Miz lost a non-title match. The IC champ was beaten by Rey Mysterio and then Pedigreed by Triple H, right after losing to Kane on RAW.
Miz isn't unfamiliar with this kind of treatment. Before he took time off earlier this year he was on a massive losing streak, but now that he has a belt over his shoulder it's unusual to see him defeated so frequently.
With WWE booking matches with Miz beating Christian for the IC Championship twice, then Miz starting a losing streak while holding the title; it lessens the credibility of the company's second oldest championship. Early in the show, Christian defeated Antonio Cesaro.
A former tag team competitor himself, Booker T set tag match with Primo and Epico facing The Prime Time Players Darren Young and Titus O'Neil with the winners getting a Tag Team Championship match. The Players won after the current tag champs Kofi Kingston and R-Truth interfered in the match, unintentionally disqualifying Epico and Primo, according to NoDQ.
The show also had an edition of Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel where he interviewed Vickie Guerrero, the manager of his current rival Dolph Ziggler. Y2J was taunting Guerrero until Ziggler snuck up from the crowd and hit Jericho with the Money in the Bank briefcase.
PWInsider posted a spoilter article claiming that Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho is confirmed for SummerSlam.
Jinder Mahal defeated two local wrestlers in a squash match and began to assault them after the match, but he was interrupted by Ryback. Until now, Ryback hasn't entered into a legitimate feud, and even though Mahal is mid-card at best, this could lead to a Ryback match that lasts longer than his typical squashes.
Randy Orton continued to win matches since his return. The Viper defeated former World Champion Jack Swagger with an RKO.
Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes was the first match of the night, with Cara victorious. The match was quick, but while it was going on, Rhodes was trying to remove Cara's luchador mask.
In a promo for his SummerSlam match, Daniel Bryan was interrupted by his opponent Kane. RAW General Manager AJ Lee told Bryan to shake Kane's hand, and the two began to brawl to AJ's delight.
Jobber tag team Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins approached Booker T during the show to request ring time, but the new GM refused. Booker felt that the duo didn't deserve a rematch after losing to Ryback on RAW.
Booker did book a match for next week's SmackDown, which will be between Eve Torrez and Kaitlyn. The women who wins the Divas match will become the Assistent General Manager of SmackDown.