WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 20, 2013) from Cincinnati, Ohio, with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring the fallout show from the Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) this past Sunday night in Detroit.
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 SEPT. 20
Broadcast is live.
We start with Vickie Guerrero already in the ring welcoming us to the show. As our General Manager she has the most astounding, most thrilling, and most entertaining show ever for tonight.
But first she wants to introduce to us the laughingstock of the WWE. He's gone from hero to zero. Bob Backlund held the WWE championship for 2,135 days. CM Punk held it for 434 days. This man won the belt at SummerSlam and held it for five minutes and 25 seconds. He did a little better at Night of Champions when he stole the belt and held it for 21 hours 34 minutes and 32 seconds.
Yes, it's Daniel Bryan, who "expertly got caught red-handed on Monday Night Raw".
That's one hell of an introduction. The crowd doesn't give a shit, he's wildly cheered anyway.
Bryan says he would rather be a champion for one day than be a shrill corporate suck up for his entire life. Big pop for that.
Vickie gives him one more chance to come clean on the big conspiracy he masterminded at Night of Champions when he got referee Scott Armstrong to count a fast three for him.
Bryan says the truth is he kneed Orton in the face, then covered him, and the referee counted to three. Yes, he counted quickly, but he could have counted to 20 because Orton was knocked out.
Either way he should still be champion.
Vickie calls him a whiner and a liar. They go back and forth a bit more before getting to all the superstars who helped him on Monday Night Raw. They all come across the titantron to solid pops.
It's announced that those 11 superstars will have a gauntlet match against The Shield, except all three get to be in the ring at once while each new superstar comes down to face them. Guerrero tells Bryan she's saving him for last.
Shrill laugh, exit stage left.
AJ Lee vs. Naomi
Natalya is out on commentary for this one and they're still harping on about how her headset malfunctioned on Raw this past week. I guess that's the best storyline they can push leading to the obvious booking of Lee vs. Natalya for the title.
The match is predictably short but better than expected. Naomi is freakishly athletic and with more time in the ring, she might be pretty damn good.
AJ and Natalya stare each other down after the match.
Jack Swagger vs. Santino Marella
We get the usual pre-match promo from Zeb Colter wondering if Santino snuck across the border, or swam across it, or whatever. He'll be handled by Swagger tonight because he took out Antonio Cesaro on Raw earlier this week.
On a side note: They just promoted the JBL & Cole Show that was posted on the front page here and didn't mention Bad News Barrett. I don't get it. I really don't.
The match doesn't last long, with Santino once again winning via roll up after getting beat on just a bit.
Ryback is out for a match and he's being accompanied by a suit wearing Curtis Axel, who is pushing Paul Heyman to the ring in his wheelchair. Before the match, Heyman cuts a promo calling himself the best in the world because he defeated CM Punk in an actual watch. But he couldn't have done it without his hero, Ryback.
Axel stands there smiling like an idiot.
Ryback gets the mic and once again tells us he can't stand a bully. Take this dude in the ring: He wouldn't sign an autograph for a little kid earlier in the day, apparently, and he also intimidated the little guy in the parking lot.
So Ryback is going to do him dirty.
Ryback vs. Nick Nardone
We're back to Ryback beating up local athletes. That's just what he does here, squashing poor Nardone in short order. He made sure to say "I hate bullies" while the referee made the three count.
I had to run to the bathroom and missed Randy Orton coming out. He's talking about how he's going to destroy Bryan at Battleground to win the WWE championship. He says he's going to annihilate Bryan; he's talking scorched Earth type destruction.
He promises he'll be the champion once again and we can all go to hell.
With that The Shield's music hits and I think this is the segue into the gauntlet match.
The Shield vs. Darren Young
We start with Young, who looks up to the challenge but he got the worst draw by having to face the hounds of justice while they're at their freshest. Sure enough, he's taken out within a minute, as Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins held him up so Roman Riegns could hit him with the Spear.
The Shield vs. Titus O'Neil
Titus comes out like a house of fire but THAT DAMN NUMBERS GAME catches up to him quick and a shoulder tackle puts him down. Then it's time for the beatdown before the howl from Reigns signals the Triple Powerbomb.
The Shield vs. Dolph Ziggler
Huge pop for "The Showoff". In a situation like this, he's actually made to look like a bigger star than he actually is, which is yet another reason this angle has been great. And that's for a guy who apparently still has heat. Or, you know, dirt sheet nonsense whatever screw this IWC 4 Lyfe.
Ziggler gets his licks in early but it isn't long before he falls prey to the trio as well. He actually manages a comeback before he's Speared by Reigns on the outside and sells death to get counted out.
The Shield vs. Kofi Kingston
This is actually an interesting concept considering the circumstances. Kofi finds a way to get his offense in by using his athleticism to fly all over the place. This is the one situation where his high flying offense is both useful and credible, mostly because of its usefulness.
Alas, he gets overcome and Ambrose finishes him with his front face plant.
The Shield vs. Rob Van Dam
I'm not sure what the heel happened but Reigns was lying on the mat like he's injured. Not like he's selling, but like something actually happened to him. Rollins checked on him after Kingston was pinned and he rolled out of the ring, missing out on the initial brawl with RVD.
Oh, there he is, climbing back in to get kicked in the head and dumped back out. RVD hit Rolling Thunder on both Ambrose and Rollins before heading up to the top rope for the Five Star Frog Splash. As soon as he got there, King of Kings came roaring over the speakers.
Yes, that's Triple H out to shut it down.
He yells at Vickie wondering what the hell she was thinking and demands she comes back to his office to talk. She does just that and I guess the match is over.
Too bad, that was fun while it lasted.
Triple H is reaming Vickie, saying she's crazy for setting up that match because it just empowers the employees to totally revolt against the machine. It starts as 11, then goes up 10 more and 10 more and then it's total choas and anarchy.
She said she thought it was best for business. He tells her she doesn't know shit about what's best for business.
What these guys really need is stiff but fair competition. So he's setting up The Usos and Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield in a six-man tag match.
After a recap, Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel show up in Triple H's office and he apologizes for being put into that match with The Shield. Ryder says it was too bad, really, because they really want some competition.
He tells them to go to the ring and he'll get them some legitimate competition. They seem to be pumped and not at all suspicious of the guy who has been fucking people over left and right.
Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel vs. Wyatt Family
After some early offense for the babyfaces, Ryder was decapitated and pinned. It was basically a squash match. After, Bray got in the ring and did his upside down look from the corner before hitting Sister Abigail on Ryder.
Gabriel tried to hop the rope to make the save but he was hit with a big boot and sent flying.
Bray gets the mic and says he always keeps his promises. So if they keep lining them up for him, he promises they'll keep laying them down.
"All for you, Abigail."
Backstage, we see Van Dam being attended to by the WWE doctor. Triple H walks in and apologizes for Vickie's decision to put him in that match.
He's also booking RVD for a rematch against Alberto Del Rio for the world heavyweight title at Battleground.
Van Dam is shocked and looks on at Triple H as he leaves, wondering why he's so lucky while marveling at his good fortune. While he's doing so, Del Rio shows up and viciously attacks him, destroying him with punches and a particularly brutal kick to the head.
That timing worked out rather nicely, no?
I love The Godfather.
Coming back to the announce table, that's exactly what Michael Cole brings up. The timing was just too coincidental for their not to be something to that.
Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth
Truth got in more offense than you might have expected going in but Del Rio looked strong in victory, which is exactly what you would expect. The announcers spent most of the match talking about how Del Rio so conveniently was there to ambush Van Dam after Triple H announced the rematch at Battleground.
Main event time.
The Shield vs. Daniel Bryan & The Usos
By the way, Reigns is okay from earlier. Not sure what happened, and nothing was mentioned on it, so it was never serious enough to care about.
The set up for the hot tag left a lot to be desired, though the typical chaos at the end of a six-man with The Shield was entertaining as all get out, specifically an insane dive from Rollins.
Ultimately, the babyfaces prevailed with Bryan hitting the flying knee to pin Ambrose.
"Daniel Bryan continues to roll," says Cole.