WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Dec. 14, 2012) from Bridgeport, CT, with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring the go home angles to the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this Sunday night in Brooklyn, New York.
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Come back here at 8 p.m. ET for the SmackDown live blog.
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR DEC. 14
See you tonight, folks.
Recap of this week's action and preview of tonight.
Broadcast is live.
Big Show vs. R-Truth
Sheamus and Antonio Cesaro join the announcing crew, Show with a kick to the stomach and a clubbing blow to the back. Truth cornered after he has his head rammed into the turnbuckle. Show with a huge chop in the corner.
Headbutt in the middle of the ring by Show. Another headbutt and another chop in the corner by Show. He steps on the downed Truth. Truth with body blows, but Show with a forearm to the back. Show puts Truth belly down on the top and pops an uppercut into the stomach of Truth. Yet another chop by Show and he stands on top of Truth.
Show moves outside and drapes Truth over the ring apron. Huge chop again from Show.
Show mouthing off at Sheamus a bit and walks into a boot from Truth. Truth up and he attempts a flying attack from the apron, but he eats a chop that slaps him out of the air. Show with a choke and he tosses Truth into the ropes, making him rebound onto the floor.
Cesaro up from commentary and starts trashing Truth right on top of him, so Sheamus pushes him back into his chair.
Truth brought inside by his head and hip tossed to the inside.
Show again talking trash to Sheamus and again running into the boot of Truth in the corner. Truth jumps to latch on a sleeper, but Show tosses him off. Show misses an elbow drop. Truth with the scissors kick to Show, but he gets a brief nearfall.
Truth tries a DDT and Show rag dolls him off. Truth runs right into a KO Punch.
All she wrote and Show wins.
Show ventures outside and taunting Sheamus to hit him. Sheamus seems willing, but showing some restraint. Cesaro from behind with a cheap shot that has Sheamus nuzzle the shoulder of Show. Sheamus chases after Cesaro, but he is long gone.
Show laughing and then playing up the bump he took to the arm, telling Sheamus that he hit him. Show bragging the match is off as we hit break.
Booker T and Big Show meet up backstage.
Booker says he saw what happened and Show says he must understand and that he knew Sheamus' temper was too hot. Booker tells him that it isn't going to fly and he just needs to admit he is scared of Sheamus. Show denies this, but says Sheamus broke the contract.
Booker says the match is on and that is that.
Damien Sandow gracing us with his presence.
He details his unsuccessful run in trying to find an apprentice in brilliant fashion, describing it as "looking for a needle in a haystack." A knuckle-dragging, simple haystack at that.
He asks that we all stand in silence so he can introduce his mustachioed best friend and tag partner, Cody Rhodes.
Cody says it is an honor to be standing in the ring with Sandow again and that anyone that drives to drive a wedge between the two...
Well, they are interrupted by The Usos.
Match will start after the break.
The Usos vs. Rhodes Scholars
We join the match in progress.
Jimmy Uso knocks down Cody Rhodes with a clothesline.
Jey in and the brothers get a double headbutt on Rhodes. Rhodes turning the tide in the corner with strikes, but Jey knocks Cody down with a slap. Jey pushes Cody into his corner.
Jimmy in with a huge slap. He sends Cody into the corner and charges, but Cody with a bodydrop that floats Jimmy to the apron. Sandow sneaks up, but drops down and complains about the impending attack. Cody takes advantage with an armbreaker over the top rope.
Jimmy on the outside and Rhodes complaining to the referee so Sandow puts a quick boot to Jimmy. Jey charges Cody, but Cody moves outside to toss Jimmy right back inside the ring. Nearfall for Cody.
Sandow in and he lands a stomp to the ribs. Sandow pulls down the knee pad and lands a knee drop for a nearfall.
Russian leg sweep lands for Sandow and we know what is next. Elbow of Disdain lands for another nearfall for Sandow.
Rhodes back in. Sandow wrenches the head and Rhodes with a shot to the ribs. Front suplex on Jimmy and he clocks Jey on the apron. Jey goes inside, but Cody drags Jimmy to his safe corner to put a few boots in. Rhodes with a snapmare into a full nelson. Jimmy out with elbow shots and lands a sidekick to the stomach. Rhodes picking Jimmy up for a slap, but he squirms out.
Jey in. Two clotheslines land.
Sandow in, but he gets a few jumping forearm shots for his trouble. Sidekick and drop-down slap from Jey. Samoan drop follows. Sandow down in the corner and Jey lands the running butt splash. He drags Sandow to the middle.
Jimmy in. He goes up, but scrambles down to prevent a Sandow tag. He hip tosses Cody inside and Cody gets up to squabble. Jey takes him outside with a clothesline.
Sandow sneaks up with a rollup and a handful of tights for the win.
David Otunga backstage, reading up on a contract.
He tells Big Show that it is all there in black and white and that he has a legitimate claim. Big Show asks him to use that Harvard degree for him. Otunga obliges and decides they should do it publicly.
That will be next.
Show and Otunga in the ring.
Show says that everyone there saw Sheamus lay his hands on him and that there will be no chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship at TLC because of this. He says if Booker T won't listen to him, he will perhaps listen to his legal council.
Otunga says that Show entered a legally binding contract last week and that Booker T has chosen to play by his own rules as he went along. He says Booker is a biased GM and they have no choice but to go to the WWE Board of Directors to cancel the match at TLC and request Booker's removal.
Booker says Otunga's degree isn't worth the paper it was printed on, as the action is determined by intent and not the literal interpretation. Otunga objects, but Booker tells him to go ahead and file his complaint that will waste everyone's time. Booker stands by his decision.
Otunga says that just because Booker went to prison doesn't mean he is a legal expert. He says he will see to it that both he and Sheamus are fired.
Sheamus enters with a chair and makes a beeline to the ring. Sheamus says that if the contract is invalid, then there is no reason he can't kick his "arse" right then and there.
Of course, that is a threat, but hey, we all know Sheamus is a good guy, right?
Show stutters that the contract is still valid and leaves the ring.
Of course, Sheamus turns and Brogue Kicks Otunga.
WHAT A GOOD FELLA!
Matt Striker will have an interview after the break with Randy Orton.
We are back and Orton is here.
And so is The Shield, who have beaten Orton down and put him through a table.
Kaitlyn vs. Aksana
Lockup to start the match. Kaitlyn muscles Aksana to the ropes, but Aksana with a dirty strike off the break. Side headlock takeover by Aksana. Kaitlyn rolls over for a nearfall.
Aksana still holding the headlock. Kaitlyn up to her feet and Aksana turns it into a sleeper. Kaitlyn tries a snapmare, but Aksana still cranking the hold. Aksana clubbing the chest for a nearfall.
Aksana now with a chin lock.
Okay, to summarize, we have been in a headlock of some sort for about two minutes here. Some nearfalls and what not, but mostly a long head lock.
Kaitlyn hit a sidewalk slam, but Aksana still holding the headlock.
Going for three minutes here.
Kaitlyn finally out, but Aksana with an elbow to the neck. Kaitlyn finally out after what seems like forever and knocking down Aksana with shoulder bumps. Splash in the corner and she swings Aksana to the mat by her hair. Kaitlyn with the Gutbuster finisher.
Matt Striker confirming backstage Orton has a separated shoulder and potentially a concussion.
Miz TV next with Team Hell No.
Miz on and he prefaces the problem with The Shield before finally introducing Team Hell No.
Miz starts with Bryan, but Bryan cuts him off as he asks how he felt. Bryan asks if he is Oprah. Bryan says he has been talking about his feelings for months and it is now time for action. Bryan will be unleashing all of his anger on The Shield. Bryan says he will tell them "NO!" as they beg for mercy.
Kane says The Shield has made the mistake of their lives by finally bringing Team Hell No on the same page. Kane says that now Bryan has discovered his inner monster, they are now unstoppable. He says that they will use tables, ladders, and chairs.
"YES! YES! YES!"
The Shield on their handheld backstage.
They tell Team Hell No that they have been the biggest causes of injustice along with Ryback and that they will bring the sword of justice down on Sunday.
The Shield agrees and begins to crawl down from their press box. They start planning their attack and go their separate ways.
That is, until Ryback enters.
The group is stopped as Ryback encourages the "FEED ME MORE!" chants.
International Airstrike, The Great Khali, and Hornswoggle vs. Primo & Epico and The Prime Time Players
Titus starts with Khali.
Leg kicks from Titus. Khali with a chop to the head and puts Titus in the corner. Huge chop to the chest.
Darren Young in to admonish Khali, but he eats a chop to the head as well.
Hornswoggle in. He does a chop to the chest of his own, but goes off the ropes and eats a clothesline from Titus.
Young in on the tag. He sends Hornswoggle into the ropes, but Hornswoggle with a headbutt to the groin.
Kidd in and hits a missile dropkick. Leg kicks and a spinning back kick from Kidd. Off the ropes, but Epico distracts him, prompting Kidd to take a swing at him. He comes back and eats a belly-to-belly from Young.
Primo in and just unloading stomps and strikes to Kidd. Suplex by Primo.
Tag in to Epico who leaps over the top with an elbow drop for a nearfall.
Epico has the sleeper in, but Kidd manages to fight out. Epico with a strike that sends him back down. Knee strike to the head by Epico. Epico choking Kidd on the second rope and Rosa Mendes unleashes a brutal slap to the face.
Natalya is soon there to pull Rosa down by her hair.
Primo tagged in and Epico whips Kidd into his dropkick for a nearfall.
Primo sends Kidd into the ropes, but Kidd with a rollup. Primo hooks the legs, but Kidd rolls through and gets the cradle.
Kidd with the win for his team.
A brawl ensues post-match.
The winning team ends up taking out the losing team in a pretty impressive display.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
Del Rio opening up with kicks to the stomach. Snapmare into a sleeper by ADR. Kofi gets a hammerlock. ADR gets the rope break and we move to the center. Leg kick by Del Rio is caught by Kofi, but ADR with a front headlock to drive Kofi into the corner.
Grappling exchange leads to an ADR hammerlock. He turns it into a side headlock. ADR sent off the ropes and he gets a shoulder block. Kofi leaping and ducking as ADR comes off the ropes. ADR hooks the rope and tries a clothesline, but Kofi ducks and nails a dropkick for a nearfall.
Armbar in for Kofi. ADR trying to flip out, but Kofi maintains the hold. ADR finally with a successful roll into a double leg takedown. ADR up and a stomp to Kofi. Running boot to the chest by ADR and he chokes Kofi using the bottom rope. Kofi cornered and ADR charges, but Kofi ducks away. Kofi with strikes in the corner. He mounts ADR for ten punches to the head. Uppercut and ADR is down for a Kofi nearfall.
Kofi holding a front headlock, but ADR presses him into the corner. Ref wants a break, but ADR with dirty knee to the stomach. Clinch on the head of Kofi and ADR slamming his head into Kofi's. Kofi sent into the corner, but he works his way to the top to hit a splash on ADR. ADR sent outside with a clothesline.
Kofi sends himself outside with a crossbody onto Del Rio. They go up to the apron and ADR shoves Kofi into the ring post.
Kofi down on the arena floor as we break.
ADR with a snap suplex for a nearfall as we return.
ADR locks in the chin lock, but Kofi fights his way to the feet. Kofi hits a sunset flip for a nearfall.
ADR gets a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker that causes Kofi to lose a dread for a nearfall.
ADR with a kick and mocking Kofi as he sets up a move. Splash misses in the corner. Both men are able to go to a stalemate before ADR sends Kofi into the corner hard. ADR setting up in the opposite corner and hits a step-up enzuigiri. Only a nearfall for ADR.
Scoop slam of sorts for ADR gets a nearfall.
ADR with strikes to the back of Kofi. ADR with a chin lock in. Kofi out and he is able to put ADR with a forearm to the chest. Kofi with the clothesline and a dropkick. ADR turns the tide as he gets behind Kofi and lands the side suplex for another nearfall.
ADR in disbelief. He goes for a suplex, but Kofi slips out and gets a rollup.
Kofi wins it.
Barrett tries to attack Kofi after the match, but Barrett gets clobbered with what looked like another brutal Trouble in Paradise.
Huge Raw Rebound and recap of what has been going down on SmackDown featuring everything related to Big Show, Sheamus, John Cena, and Dolph Ziggler.
Sheamus with William Regal in the locker room.
Regal encourages Sheamus to keep his cool tonight. Sheamus says he will be ready come Sunday to smash
Show and is going to keep his cool.
Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro
Lockup and the two tangle around the ropes and corners, turning out to be a stalemate. Second lockup leads to a Cesaro side headlock. Cesaro sent off the ropes and he lands a shoulder block. Lockup again and Sheamus gets the side headlock and shoulder block. Cesaro with a kick to the stomach and punches. Sheamus cornered and Cesaro unloads body shots to Sheamus. Cesaro sent into the corner and Sheamus with shoulder block to the stomach. Running kneelift and running axhandle get Sheamus a nearfall.
Sheamus going for the arm wrench on Cesaro. Cesaro put down momentarily before muscling Sheamus back into the corner. Sheamus sends Cesaro into the opposite corner, but Cesaro floats over. Sheamus catches him and lands his signature rolling senton slam for a nearfall.
Sheamus clubbing the back of Cesaro. He works him over in the corner. Sheamus sent into the ropes and he kicks Cesaro in the face off the back bodydrop attempt. Sheamus charges Cesaro, who tosses him to the outside.
Sheamus immediately back up on the apron, but Cesaro with a kick to the head. Cesaro working Sheamus by stepping on the throat. Stomp to Sheamus. Cesaro with a gift wrap in on Sheamus, choking him with his own arm. Cesaro still locking in the hold, but Sheamus is up. He gets out and starts brawling. Cesaro sent into the corner, but he gets his knee up in Sheamus' face. Uppercut to the back of the head earns Cesaro a nearfall.
Cesaro deadlifts Sheamus into his Karelin throw for a nearfall.
Cesaro mocking Sheamus and stomping him. He chokes Sheamus on the second rope. Sheamus on his knees and fighting back with body shots. Him and Cesaro exchange until Cesaro cracks him with a European uppercut. Running forearm by Sheamus, but Cesaro comes off the ropes with a kick and another European uppercut.
Sheamus with the running axhandles. Corner clothesline and Cesaro into the corner. Sheamus bodydropped to the apron, but a right hand and he goes up top. Battering ram lands. Cesaro on the apron and the ten forearms to the chest connect. Cesaro suplexed inside.
And Sheamus distracted by Big Show standing atop the ramp with Regal convulsing at his feet. Sheamus up to help and Regal tells him not to do it. Show cracks Regal on the back with a chair and Sheamus holding Regal up. Sheamus infuriated as Show has a smirk on his face.
Cesaro inside the ring takes a countout victory.
Show walks out and Sheamus looking furious as we fade to black.