WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 21, 2013) from Dayton, Ohio, with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring the fallout show from the Payback pay-per-view (PPV) this past Sunday night in Chicago, Illinois.
If you're the impatient type and wish to read full spoilers for the show you can find out exactly what goes down by clicking here.
Either way, come back here at 8 p.m. ET for the SmackDown live blog.
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JUNE 21
Broadcast is live.
No different than both Monday Night Raw and Main Event, we get the Payback recap video.
Daniel Bryan is out first and he's got a microphone in hand. Before he can even speak, the crowd is showering him with "YES" chants.
He brings up what happened on Raw. In his 13 year career, he's never had a match stopped due to injury. "Officially, the company line is that they were concerned for my health, so they stopped the match. Realistically, they stopped that match because they think that I'm the weak link and that I'm not tough enough."
They replay what happened on Raw, and it's an interesting video based on all the information that has come out afterward.
He goes after Randy Orton for having pity on him. Orton comes out and says he actually had respect for Bryan for the way that was handled. Now, though, he's tired of Bryan's shit and it's about to go down if he keeps acting this way.
Bryan says he's going to take all this respect Orton has for him and shove it down his throat.
"You, Daniel Bryan, are way out of line. You want this that badly, huh? Fine. Tonight we fight but guess what? I'm going to hurt you. And tonight, when the officials stop our match, you won't be walking out, Daniel; you'll be carried out.
Good opening segment, though Orton was the one getting cheered by the crowd for reasons I don't quite understand. Bryan is the sympathetic one in this instance, even if he is a bit whiny.
Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes
The two are actually getting a few minutes to work here and Rhodes is, surprisingly enough, getting in some relatively solid offense. Sheamus is selling big for him too.
Ultimately, Sheamus gets the win, of course, but Damien Sandow attacks him and leaves him lying before bailing with Rhodes.
That was a big nothing match and segment.
Curtis Axel vs. Wade Barrett
The Miz is on commentary for this match. It appears the Intercontinental title is on the line for this one.
The match is relatively short, as the two weren't given much time to do anything great, and Axel won clean with the running neckbreaker he had been using as a finisher in NXT.
Afterwards, Miz gets in the ring and starts taking his suit off. Axel hands the belt off to Paul Heyman but before anything can happen, Heyman grabs him up and goes into the "we don't fight for free" nonsense.
Off they god.
They replay the Mark Henry retirement from Raw this week.
Man, that's still a great video.
AJ Lee vs. Natalya
Kaitlyn and Layla are shown backstage watching the match. At one point, AJ locked in a rear-naked choke and watched herself on the titantron while she was doing.
Such a good heel.
Naturally, they cut most of the match for a commercial break before coming back for AJ's victory.
They cut backstage and Aksana comes up on Kaitlyn and Layla talking shit. She calls them trash, so Kaitlyn ends up dumping her in a bunch of trash herself.
Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio
Not that we didn't know already, but Del Rio is working heel here, making it far more obvious.
These two are putting on a fine match, heavy on the main event style. A lot of near falls and reversals into big teaser spots with Jericho getting out of the Cross Armbreaker and Del Rio getting out of the Walls of Jericho.
Jericho even brought Ricardo Rodriguez into the ring and gave him the Lion Tamer, a fitting move considering it just beat the Crippler Crossface in the Greatest Finisher Tournament yesterday.
While Jericho was busy with Rodriguez, Dolph Ziggler ran in and attacked Del Rio, causing a disqualification. Del Rio bailed out as soon as he could and Jericho responded to this by hitting Dolph with a Codebreaker. Sensing the added opportunity to be a dick, Del Rio wormed his way back in the ring when "Y2J" left and had Ricardo hold Ziggler up so he could kick him in the head one more time.
Christian vs. Drew McIntyre
This was basically a squash match made to get Christian over. He beat McIntyre clean and after started cutting a promo about coming back for "one more match" and all that jazz before The Shield's music hit.
They didn't come down through the crowd this time, instead quickly storming to the ring and laying Christian out with a triple powerbomb.
I wonder why.
Renee Young asks Paul Heyman to what extent he was involved in Brock Lesnar attacking CM Punk on Raw this week. This after a replay was shown recapping everything that happened.
Heyman turns it around on her and asks about her relationship with her father. That's how he weasel's out of having to discuss it.
So that likely confirms he has everything to do with it.
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
Amazingly enough, Orton gets the television entrance but when they come back from commercial, Bryan is already in the ring and his music is fading out. That's a jobber entrance. I don't understand decisions like that, especially considering the direction they seem to be going with him.
Unless that was a receipt for yelling at Triple H.
Either way, it doesn't make any sense.
Story of the match is the same as with most Bryan matches. Orton with the heavy offense early leading to a big Bryan comeback where he's a house of fire and a destroyer of worlds, all while loudly stating his case for not being the weak link.
They're having one hell of a match now, going back and forth. That includes a big suplex off the top rope that only got two for Orton. He went into his draping DDT spot leading to a tease of the RKO before Orton went to the outside and hit the backdrop on the barrier. That's good psychology from Monday.
Bryan battled back anyway and hit his knee from the apron and the suicide dive, laying both of them out. Bryan climbed back into the ring before the count of 10 but Orton couldn't make it.
The crowd doesn't quite know how to react to this, but Bryan is really upset about it. They play his music but he's pissed and grabs a microphone to say he's not going to take a count out victory. He demands the referee restart the match.
The referee goes into the "NO" schtick while Bryan goes into the "YES" schtick in response.
Orton just stands in the corner and stares while Bryan leads the crowd into the chant as the show fades to black.