WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 23, 2012) from Grand Rapids with a taped show on SyFy featuring all the fallout from the Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) this past Sunday night.
Tonight's show features the true beginning of the build to TLC, the next PPV, with John Cena and Ryback venturing over to the blue brand for some angles while the headlining match is Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler.
If you're the impatient type and wish to read full spoilers from the show click here.
Come back here at 8 p.m. ET for the SmackDown live blog.
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR NOV. 23
Bradford here, doing Friday night right.
Recap of the AJ Lee/John Cena/ Vickie Guerrero feud, CM Punk's one year celebration on Monday Night Raw, and The Big Show and Sheamus' match at Survivor Series.
Broadcast is live.
MizTV is opening the show tonight, and his special guest is the one and only John Cena!
The Miz speaks of Cena's great in-ring moments, but compares this recent feud to a TMZ story. He plays a video recap of Cena and AJ's kiss on Monday. Miz then asks about the kiss and the knee. He then replays Cena tweaking his knee as he chased Ziggler out of the ring.
Cena reassures the WWE Universe that his knee is perfectly okay outside of a small loss of lateral movement.
Miz has it on good authority that Cena was not with AJ before, but now things seem to be a bit more serious. He asks Cena if him and AJ are "more than friends." Cena counters saying that he was tired of Ziggler and Vickie harassing him, so he wanted to end it on his own terms.
Plus, AJ is a really good kisser.
Miz starts into the "really" routine, and the crowd follows. Miz repeats his question, asking if the two are more than just friends.
LETS SLIDE IT UP!
The lovely AJ Lee comes down to the ring. Are we sure this is Friday Night SmackDown?
AJ tells Miz that Cena was just trying to prove a point to Vickie and that it meant nothing. Cena is quick to stop her, saying that it might have been more. Perhaps he like-likes her, and not just like her?
Out comes Ziggler with a mic. He tells Cena that AJ is a bad egg. Without AJ bursting into the men's lockerooom, Cena would not have hurt his knee.
"If I was John Cena, I would have feelings for AJ. I would hate her guts."
A video replay of AJ bursting into the locker room from Raw.
And here comes Vickie to a chorus of boos. She calls AJ a "pitiful, sad, and weak woman." She says Dolph is a man who only kiss powerful and confident women.
Cena: "LIAR! Dolph Ziggler kissed you, and we cannot medically prove that you are a woman"
Clever Cena is clever.
Ziggler comes back saying if he did kiss AJ, he would bring out the real woman in her. But he doesn't want to kiss AJ. She and Cena deserve each other, because they are both weak.
Cena: "You [and Vickie] deserve each other. One enjoys eating a lot of nuts, and one is still trying to find his."
A fat joke and he called Ziggler a woman in one comeback. He's getting quite good at this.
FEED ME MORE!
Ryback vs. Darren Young
Titus O'Neil on commentary, being amazing.
Young with a left-right combination as he tries to get the control of the match. Ryback is having none of that, though, and into the corner Young goes. Ryback tosses Young out of the ring. Titus starts to blow his whistle in protest.
Back into the ring the action goes. A Meathook clothesline puts Young on the ground, and a Shell Shock gets a three count.
Titus grabs a mic with JBL warning him that is not a good idea. Into the ring Titus goes, blowing his whistle. Ryback reacts exactly as you would expect. A Shell Shock to Titus, and Ryback has taken out the entire Primetime Players.
Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth (non-title match)
Cesaro with a promo about the ridiculousness of Thanksgiving. He also calls Americans fat. A predictable "USA" chant breaks out.
The bell rings and Cesaro is quick to lock up Truth. A slam to the mat followed by a stomp to Truth's chest. He locks in a bear hug. Truth is able to get to a standing base and they exchange punches. Truth with a dropkick to take control. Cesaro tries to set up for the Neutralizer, but Truth counters with a back body drop followed by What's Up. That... gets a three count.
Backstage with Booker T yelling at Sheamus. He is upset that Sheamus attacked Show with a chair at Survivor Series. Booker sets up a chair match at TLC, but he sends Sheamus up to the skybox to keep him out of trouble.
Booker T also sets up a handicap match between Show and Hell No.
Sin Cara vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio tries to gain control early. A few stiff kicks to the back sends Sin Cara into the ropes. Del Rio tries to land a dropkick, but he flies through the ropes. Over the top goes Sin Cara.
Back into the ring, and Del Rio is able to take control again. An Irish Whip into the corner and now it is Sin Cara is has been tossed to the outside.
We go to commercial with Sin Cara holding his arm, writhing on the ground.
We come back with Del Rio holding Sin Cara in a chinlock. Sin Cara is able to fight out of it and gets two with the surprise rollup. Del Rio sends Sin Cara into the corner and delivers a sharp kick to the kidneys. That is good for two. Del Rio gains position with his hands around Sin Cara's neck and his knee digging into Sin Cara's kidneys. Sin Cara again fights out, and lands a hurricanrana for two.
Del Rio is having none of it, though. He delivers a body slam for a two count. Sin Cara crawls to the corner. Del Rio chases after, but is over eager and runs straight into the post.
Del Rio is now angry. He gains position again with his knees in Sin Caras kidneys. He attempts to pull the mask off, but Sin Cara is able to fight out of it. A kick to the head makes the "Mexican Aristocrat" a bit loopy. A crossbody from the top rope gets Sin Cara a two count.
To the top rope Sin Cara goes again. Del Rio is quick to chase after him and pulls him off the post. He locks in the cross arm breaker, and Sin Cara has no choice but to tap out.
Backstage with Daniel Bryan and Kane. Bryan tells Kane to just stay out of his way. Bryan pinned Show in 45 seconds, and he could do it again.
Kane says that he used to tag with Show, and that Show was always fat and whiney. In fact, Bryan and Show should team together and call themselves Team No Show.
Bryan: "Is this because I didn't invite you to my house for Thanksgiving?"
Bryan: "You wouldn't have liked it. Vegan turkey."
Bryan makes Kane a deal; If they win their match tonight, Kane can come to his house for Christmas.
Kane: "Can I beat up Santa Clause?"
The Big Show vs. Team Hell No (handicap match)
Bryan and Show start things off. A kick by Bryan to Show's injured leg leads the big man to start limping. Back to the leg Bryan goes. Show lands a chop to the chest and down Bryan goes.
Bryan gets up and run towards Show, but a boot puts him right back down. Show sets up for the chokeslam, but Bryan is able to squirm his way out of hit. Show taunts Bryan, which gives the Tag Team Champion an chance to deliver a few smart kicks to the leg. Show is able to brush them off, though, and starts working Bryan's arm.
A body slam keeps Bryan in place as Show goes to the second rope. He launches with an elbow drop, but Bryan is able to roll out of the way.
We cut to Sheamus and William Regal watching from the skybox.
Bryan refuses to take the opportunity to tag in Kane. He then proceeds to unleash a fury of kicks to Shows head, which gets him two.
Show throws the little guy off. He sets up for the chokeslam again, but Bryan is able to wiggle into a sleeper hold. Show is still standing tall, but struggling. The giant falls backwards, and both men are left laying in the ring.
Bryan crawls to his corner and tags Kane. Kane goes after Show with corner splash followed by a drop kick to the knee. That gets two. Kane goes to the top rope with a shoulder block. Again good for a two count.
Both men to their feet with dueling chokeslams, but Show is able to escape. Show runs the ropes and Kane hits a DDT. Kane raises his hand, calling his shot.
And Bryan tags himself in.
Bryan gets the NO! Lock while Kane walks away from the ring. Show is able to fight out of it and hits the chokeslam for the win.
Kane comes back to the ring. He and Show with dueling chokeslams, but Bryan dropkicks Show's legs from under him.
Show rolls out of the ring and heads up the ramp. He grabs a mic and calls out Sheamus.
"Did you ever think that this time the giant will have a chair in his hands, fella?"
Sheamus going insane, eyes wide and babbling nonsense as Show walks towards the back.
Kofi Kingston vs. Damien Sandow for the Intercontinental Championship
Wade Barrett will be sitting ringside to help call the match.
Both men lock up. Sandow with a knee to the gut to take control. A stiff forearm sends Kofi to the corner. Sandow with the suplex and tries to get the pin. Kofi is able to get away, though. Sandow attempts a second, but Kofi lands on his feet. He sends Sandow to the outside. Kofi tries to follow over the top but misses. Sandow is able to take advantage and tackles Kofi into the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial with Sandow in control. Kofi fights his way to his feet, but Sandow sends him back to the mat. He hits the Elbow of Disdain for a near fall.
The two exchange blows. Sandow gets Kofi's neck on the second rope and a running knee gets a two count. Sandow with the headlock, but Kofi is able to get back to his feet. Both men exchange forearms, and again Sandow is able to get the better. Kofi is laying underneath the ropes. Sandow rolls to the outside and hits a stiff right. He pulls Kofi out and delivers another tackle into the ring.
Back into the ring Sandow goes. He tries to plant Kofi's face into the ring post, but Kofi gets his foot up and reverses. That is good for two. A kick to the head and an SOS gets another two count. Kofi is fired up and lands a series of drop kicks. He drops the leg and calls for the Trouble In Paradise. He hits it, and Kofi Kingston retains.
Barrett climbs on top of the announcer's table, and tells Kofi that he will be the next victim of the Barratt Barrage.
Recap of Punk's one year celebration of being WWE Champion from Raw
Collection of fan's reactions of what happened from Tout
Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler
Both men circle, slow to attack. Orton makes the first move with a series of rights, pushing Ziggler into the corner. The ref tries to pull him off, but Orton is right back at it. The ref is finally able to get control and separate the two.
Both circle each other again. Ziggler dives at Orton's legs, but Orton simply stomps him off. He is off balance, though, and Ziggler takes advantage. He gets Orton into a corner and hits a few stiff punches. Orton is able to fight him off and a dropkick gets two.
Ziggler rolls under the ropes. Orton grabs a fistfull of bleach blond hair. A suplex from the apron gets a two count.
Ziggler is able to escape and rolls under the ropes. He makes a break into the crowd, but Orton is right behind him. He slams Ziggler into the barricade. We go to commercial with Ziggler rolling on the ground.
Back from commercial with Ziggler in a head lock. He throws a few elbows to no avail. Orton hits a suplex for a near fall. Ziggler tries to roll under the ropes, but Orton is right there. He delivers a stomp to the head and neck, followed by a catapult into the bottom rope.
Ziggler is finally able to get out of the ring. Orton follows him, but is met with a beautiful dropkick. Ziggler rolls back in and the ref starts his count.
Orton is slow to get in. Ziggler bounces on him and gets a two count. He gets the headlock. Orton gets to his feet with a few punches. Ziggler with an Irish Whip from post to post. He tries to follow it with a shoulder tackle, but Orton gets out of the way. A rollup gets two.
Both men on the mat. Ziggler tries to get the headlock, but Orton is able to counter for two.
Orton stands up, slowly walking around the ring. Out of nowhere Ziggler hits a DDT for a two count. Ziggler heads to the top rope, but Orton is quick to follow. He sets up for the superplex and hits it. Only good for a two.
Orton goes into his vintage routine. Clothesline, clothesline, powerslam, second rope DDT, pounding on the mat. The crowd goes wild, wanting an RKO.
Ziggler saw it, though, and counters with a rollup. That gets Dolph Ziggler the win.
As Orton is screaming at the ref, Ricardo comes running in. Orton is able to fight him off. Del Rio is standing on the rope, hesitant to come into the ring with "The Viper."
We cut to the tope of the ramp. Cena has Ziggler locked into the STF. A group of refs try to pull him off, but he refuses to budge.
JBL: "This is what we do. This is SmackDown!"
Fade to black.