This week’s “SmackDown” was taped Tuesday from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, reports NoDQ. The show was the last chance for WWE to promote the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view, which will air live on Sunday with Sheamus vs. Big Show as the “SmackDown” main event.
World heavyweight champion Big Show will defend his title against the Celtic Warrior at the twenty-sixth Survivor Series, but this Friday’s show sees Sheamus banned from the event by General Manager Booker T. The GM didn’t want the two opponents fighting before the big event, so he had security escort Sheamus out.
The Giant faced the tallest man in the WWE, The Great Khali, in the night’s main event. The Punjabi Nightmare lost to Big Show after a Knock Out Punch.
After the match, Sheamus’ music hit, but there was no sign of the Great White. As the camera walked through the backstage area, Sheamus finally showed up, jumping the Champion before their fight this Sunday.
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Team Foley will take on Team Ziggler in a traditional Survivor Series match on Sunday, and there were several matches throughout the night featuring various team members. Foley’s group consists of The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Kane, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, and Ziggler’s is made up of the Showoff himself, Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett and Alberto Del Rio.
“SmackDown” opened with The Miz interviewing Mick Foley on his MizTV segment. Soon enough all of Team Foley came out and cut their promo, and they were interrupted by all of Team Ziggler.
Tensions in both teams came up as Orton and Del Rio weren’t confident of their respective groups. The Viper and Miz teamed and defeated the Mexican Aristocrat and Ziggler, but after their victory Orton hit the Awesome One with an RKO to boos from the crowd.
Sandow defeated Kingston, making wins for each team even for the night. Kane and Wade Barrett were set for a match, but all 10 men brawled and Orton was the only man left in the ring.
Antonio Cesaro also gained momentum for his match against R-Truth on Sunday. Cesaro will defend his U.S. title against Truth, but with the role the Swiss Superstar has been on, it’s unlikely he’ll lose the belt to the declining Truth.
The recently formed 3MB will make their pay-per-view debut on Sunday facing Zack Ryder and Santino Marella. Both of these tag teams are odd couple groups, with Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal having nothing but their new stable venture in common, along with the random duo of Ryder and Marella.
Layla, Kaitlyn, and Natalya defeated Eve, Alicia Fox, and Aksana in a six-woman tag team match. This sets Kaitlyn up to look strong when she faces Eve for the Divas Championship on Sunday, but still leaves things open for the rookie Divas win to seem like a sham.