Smackdown will air as usual this Friday night, September 27, on SyFy at 8PM Eastern. Also as usual, WWE taped that show last night. And that means that there were members of the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) on hand to clue us all in ahead of time on all of the haps, as the more d-bag-ish members of our community might say. I usually try to avoide spoilers so as to bring you a preview free of foreknowledge, but duty calls.
On with the show:
- And now for something completely different...a HHH promo to start the show! He slyly puts down the good guy faction by saying that most wrestlers blame management rather than own up to their shortcomings. Blah, blah, blah...best for business...rattah-tah-tah.
- The Miz is mad as hell, and he's not gonna take it anymore! Apparently, getting jumped in front of your folks and knocked senseless by a freakishly large weeping man were not on Mike's bucket list. But The Game's got just the thing for his fustration...a spot in tonight's main event against Randy Orton.
- World Heavyweight Champion (WHC) Alberto Del Rio took down R-Truth in little more than a squash, punishing him with a cross armbreaker. Post-match, ADR's Battleground challenger, Rob Van Dam, ran in to protect his fellow babyface. Ricardo Rodriguez tossed RVD a chair that he used to attack the champ.
- The COO and the General Manager, Vickie Guerrero, decide that the WHC rematch on the next pay-per-view (PPV) should be contested under hardcore rules.
- Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger couldn't beat Santino on their own, but together they took down The Primetime Players in what was described as a good back and forth match. Swagger got Darren Young to tap to an ankle lock after a distracted referee missed a good pin by Young.
- The rare "announced on Raw" bout between Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler ended with the United States championship still on Ambrose's shoulder. When the action in the one-on-one match went to the floor, The Shield jumped in and a brawl broke. And you know what that means! Tonight, the role of Theodore Long was played by Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
- Ziggler was joined by his Superfriends Kofi Kingston and RVD for a three man tag. The Hounds of Justice prevailed when Seth Rollins pinned Kofi.
- HHH (man, his name comes up a lot) interview segment with The Big Show. Show hates what he's been made to do, Aitch teases him about being a cry baby, the big man threatens to punch him, gets reminded about needing his job and leaves fustrated.
- Divas champ AJ defeated Cameron of the Funkadactyls. Some reports indicated that Lee debuted a "new sidekick", but I couldn't find more details or confirmation of that. If there's any chance it's an NXT roster member, the IWC will probably have suffered from a massive aneurysm by the time this post goes live.
- Paul Heyman promo where he blames the fans for encouraging CM Punk to continue going after him for more beatings. He tries to salvage Curtis Axel's role from Monday saying that he laid the trap, and puts over Ryback for Battleground. He also probably e-nun-ci-a-ted each and ev-er-y syl-la-ble.
- Santino Marella and The Great Khali beat 3MB. Kind of wonder if this isn't destined for Superstars...
- Miz came out for the main selling his injuries from the past two weeks, and proceeded to take a beating from the Viper. The referee called for a disqualification, but The Game ordered that the match continue to a pinfall, which Orton eventually got. Live reports said that Miz was getting boos and Randy cheers, so it will be interesting to see how WWE's sound engineers remix this one.