WWE tag team legends The Hart Foundation
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Date: August 30, 2013
Commentators: Michael Cole and JBL
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Smackdown video plays, and we go into the arena to see the MizTV set in the ring. The Miz is in the center of the ring, and he welcomes the crowd to the most must-see WWE talk show in history. Miz says there is a lot to talk about, so he quickly introduces his first guest, the Big Show.
Big Show makes his way to the ring to a great reception. Big Show looks like he is not happy about something as he makes his way to the ring. Michael Cole mentions that people have been questioning why Big Show didn’t get involved to help Daniel Bryan on Monday Night RAW. Miz then introduces his other guest, Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler comes out to the ring to a nice reception, and he seems like he’s in a better mood than Big Show is. Cole mentions how both Ziggler and Big Show have been outspoken about the actions of Randy Orton and the McMahon family.
The Miz says they all have something in common. On last Monday’s RAW, they stood on stage with forty other WWE superstars when this happened. Footage is shown of Daniel Bryan defeating Seth Rollins in the first part of a gauntlet match. Bryan then quickly got Dean Ambrose in a Yes! Lock, but Roman Reigns attacked Bryan. The Shield then attacked Bryan before giving him the Triple Powerbomb at the command of Triple H. Triple H then sent Randy Orton down to the ring to give Bryan an RKO. Triple H stood right by Big Show and Dolph Ziggler and looked them in the eyes as this all happened.
Big Show looks ashamed as he watches the footage. The Miz says they were told that they had to watch the destruction of the number one contender Daniel Bryan. If they interfered in any manner, they would no longer be WWE superstars. Their careers would be made a living hell. Miz says this is a free country, and it’s time that the WWE Universe heard their opinions on the way the management is running WWE. Miz asks Big Show to speak first.
Big Show shakes his head before saying in a gravely voice that watching that was one of the toughest things he ever had to do in his WWE career. Standing there and watching that was hard. Big Show then tells Miz to talk to Ziggler. Ziggler looks upset and ashamed before asking Big Show to finish his thought. Miz says he’s always been outspoken and has been called a big mouth…
Miz doesn’t get to finish his statement as Triple H’s music hits. The WWE COO makes his way to the ring smiling to a chorus of boos. Triple H is coming out to the “King of Kings” song by Motörhead. The three superstars in the ring stand away from him. Triple H says, “Wow, MizTV. This is cool.” Triple H says Miz was going to say something before his music hit that sounded important. Triple H tells him to finish, but Miz says nothing. Triple H says he noticed that usually Miz does this show in a suit, but tonight he’s in his gear. He asks for the reason, and Miz says that you never know when a fight will break out.
Miz says that since Triple H is on MizTV, he wants to ask him a question. Triple H says he may not ask him a question. Triple H has a few questions. He doesn’t understand why everyone wants to make this personal. This is just what’s best for business, but everyone wants to go down the Daniel Bryan road of making it personal. The crowd chants, “You sold out” at Triple H. It’s difficult for the crowd to understand, but he figured the men in the ring would get it. Randy Orton is the future of the WWE. He’s not just some guy that runs his mouth and can’t back it up. Triple H looks at The Miz as he says that. Orton isn’t just some guy who happens to be big as he looks at the Big Show. Triple H then looks at Ziggler before saying Orton is big enough. It’s what makes Orton the best choice. He is the future and the face of the WWE. What’s best for the business sells out arenas, does better ratings, and makes money for everyone. That’s why he figured they would understand that.
Triple H doesn’t understand why they would stand on the stage Monday night and be so angry. Maybe it’s because The Miz, for example, is so angry because he sees the WWE Championship and thinks to himself, “Wow, I had that once a long time ago, and I’ve not gotten anywhere near it since.” That has to be frustrating, and he understands why that would make him mad. Triple H says because he’s a good guy looking out for everyone’s best interests, he’s going to give The Miz a shot at Randy Orton tonight. Triple H says he’s not such a bad guy.
Triple H says to Dolph Ziggler that he looked miserable on Monday. It dawned on him that Ziggler was looking at The Shield, and the last time he was in the ring with them, he got the crap beaten out of him. Triple H says Ziggler probably wants revenge, so he’ll give him an opportunity to get it. Dolph Ziggler will go one-on-one with all three members of The Shield in a handicap match.
That leads him to the Big Show. Triple H tells him to come up to him. Big Show stalls a bit before going over. Triple H says if looks could kill on Monday night… Big Show was so mad you could see smoke coming out of his ears. Triple H is going to do him a favor. He’s giving Big Show the night off. He doesn’t even want Big Show to step foot in the ring. What he wants Big Show to do is go outside, pull up a chair, sit by the announcers and watch what happens in the ring tonight. He wants Big Show to watch every single thing that happens in this ring, and he wants him to do absolutely nothing about it. Big Show looks incredibly angry before Triple H tells him to get in the chair.
Big Show takes his time before turning to leave the ring. The crowd boos. Big Show then leaves the ring and sits in a chair at ringside. Triple H tells Ziggler to go get ready, and he leaves the ring. Triple H says it’s so fortuitous that Miz wore his gear to the ring because his match is now. His opponent is the face and the future of WWE. He is the WWE Champion, Randy Orton.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring to a massive amount of jeers from the crowd. He’ll face The Miz in a non-title match, next.
The Miz vs. WWE world heavyweight champion Randy Orton (non-title)
The bell rings, and they lock up. Miz backs him to the corner, and Orton turns him around. Orton gives a clean break as he backs up. They circle the ring again and lock up. Orton applies a side headlock, but Miz whips him off. Orton quickly takes him down with a shoulder block. Orton smiles at him before they circle the ring once again. They lock up, and Orton knees him a midsection before bouncing him off the turnbuckle. Orton whips him to the corner, but Miz slingshots over him and clotheslines him down. Miz hits an inverted atomic drop before going for the Figure Four Leglock, but Orton kicks him off.
They circle the ring and lock up once again. Miz applies a side headlock and brings Orton to his knees. Orton fights to his feet and pulls the hair to get him off. Orton applies a side headlock before head-butting him a few times. Orton goes for a clothesline, but Miz ducks it and goes for the Reality Check. Orton pushes Miz off before he can finish the move, and he dropkicks Miz down. Orton picks up a two count for that. Orton gets to his feet taunts the crowd as Big Show watches on angrily from ringside. Orton then throws Miz out of the ring. Orton gives Miz a back suplex on the barricade before throwing him back into the ring for a two count. Orton grabs him by the hair before applying a chin lock. Miz quickly fights up to his feet before elbowing out. Miz punches away at him in the corner before the referee pulls him away. Miz then connects with his patented corner clothesline. Miz goes to the top rope for a double axe handle, but Orton kicks him in the midsection. Orton goes for his hanging DDT, but Miz gives him a back body drop over the top rope.
The Shield’s music hits, and they make their way through the crowd. Miz looks worried as they come down to ringside. Big Show looks angry as he watches them come out, and he can do nothing about it.
We come back from the break to see Orton bounce Miz off the barricade before clotheslining him down at ringside. The Shield is watching very close by. Orton throws him into the ring for a near fall. Orton stares at Big Show before clubbing away at Miz’ chest. Orton then does the Garvin Stomps to all the limbs before dropping a knee for a near fall. Orton grabs the hair before applying a chin lock. Miz quickly fights up to his feet, but Orton quickly grounds him. Miz fights up to his feet again, but Orton knees him. Orton goes for a back suplex, but Miz flips through and lands on his feet. Miz then connects with a back elbow.
Miz ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. Miz kicks him in the midsection, hits a knee lift, and connects with the Reality Check for a near fall. Big Show puts his head in his hands as he can’t believe it. The Shield has their backs to the ring guarding against anyone coming down to the ring. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Orton arm drags him away. Orton then connects with a hanging DDT. Big Show looks upset at this turn of events. Orton gets the crowd fired up with boos as he drops down in position for an RKO. Miz counters the RKO into a backslide pin for a near fall.
Miz quickly dropkicks Orton in the knee. Orton pulls himself up in the corner and tries to boot The Miz as he charges, but Miz blocks it and hits a leg breaker. Miz then pulls him to the center of the ring before applying a Figure Four Leglock. Big Show gets to his feet and is cheering Miz on. Orton screams in pain before grabbing the bottom rope, which necessitates an immediate breaking of the hold. The Shield has turned their attention toward the ring. Orton is on the apron, and he snaps Miz off the top rope. Orton then gets in the ring and connects with an RKO for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Randy Orton
Match Rating: **
Big Show sits back and watches on sadly as Orton’s raises the WWE Championship above his head. Orton then signals for The Shield to get into the ring. Big Show looks disgusted as they begin to kick away at Miz.
Daniel Bryan’s music hits, and he runs down to the ring with a steel chair! Bryan hits Orton in the midsection with it before swinging wildly at The Shield. He connects with a few shots on them before getting out of the ring. Big Show checks on The Miz at ringside. Bryan leads the crowd in an incredible “YES” chant as Orton and The Shield regroup.
Dolph Ziggler will take on The Shield in a three-on-one handicap match later tonight.
A vignette airs that hypes up the debut of the new tag team, Los Matadores.
Vickie Guerrero is in her office looking none too pleased. She turns around, and Daniel Bryan is there smiling. Bryan says she wanted to see him. Vickie says she’s not going to have this happen on her show. Triple H doesn’t want him to be the face of WWE, and she doesn’t even want to see his face. Vickie says Bryan was a bully out there. He bullied Orton and The Shield. In her world, he who bullies gets bullied back. Ryback walks in, and he says if there is one thing he can’t stand, it’s a bully. Ryback laughs at Bryan before saying, “See you out there, shrimp.”
The RAW Rebound looks at the CM Punk/Curtis Axel match. Punk defeated Axel, and that allowed him to get his hands on Paul Heyman. Before Punk could do anything, Axel attacked him. They handcuffed Punk before Heyman viciously beat him with a kendo stick while screaming about how much he loved him.
Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman will take on CM Punk in a two-on-one handicap elimination match.
We’ll hear from Paul Heyman later tonight.
Ricardo Rodriguez comes out to the stage, and he introduces Rob Van Dam to the ring. RVD will be in action, next.
Rob Van Dam w/ Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Damien Sandow
Before the match begins, Sandow demands silence. Tonight, what happens in Las Vegas will not stay in Las Vegas. The crowd may be content with staying and squandering away their degenerate lives, but everything he does will spread worldwide as he amasses victory after victory until the World Title is his. He is the uncrowned World Champion. The date of his coronation will soon be at hand when he cashes in his Money in the Bank contract. You’re welcome! Sandow then handcuffs the briefcase to the ring post.
The bell rings as Sandow enters the ring. Sandow approaches RVD, and he kicks Sandow down for a one count. RVD kicks and punches him before whipping him to the corner. RVD connects with a double wheel kick in the corner before dropping a leg from the top rope for a two count. RVD kicks and punches him before having a whip reversed. Sandow quickly knees him in the midsection before sending him into the ring post shoulder first. Sandow schoolboys him for a two count. Sandow knees away at him before hitting a side leg sweep. Sandow then connects with the Cubito Aequet for a near fall.
Sandow digs a knee into RVD’s back before applying a chin lock. Big Show is seen watching from ringside. RVD fights to his feet before elbowing out. RVD hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and hits a hurricanrana. RVD hits the ropes again, but Sandow catches him with a big boot. RVD blocks a corner bump before kicking him away. RVD sets him up on the top rope before going to the top rope himself. RVD then connects with a flying superkick. Sandow falls to the mat, and RVD goes back to the top rope for a Five Star Frog Splash for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Rob Van Dam
Match Rating: *
Alberto Del Rio’s music hits, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion comes out to the stage. Del Rio says RVD is the number one contender for his championship, but he only got the opportunity because of the person standing next to him. Ricardo Rodriguez betrayed his own people, the Latinos. Del Rio tells RVD to remember that when you sleep with dogs, you get fleas. Del Rio says the RVD chant is stupid. RVD may have the Rolling Thunder, but he’s going to make it rain all over his parade. At Night of Champions you’ll see who the real champion is – Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio’s music hits, and he raises his championship up in the air.
Dolph Ziggler will take on The Shield in a three-on-one handicap match, next.
The Shield vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler will start against Seth Rollins. Ziggler ducks a clothesline, and he quickly punches both Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns on the apron. Ziggler punches away at Rollins before hitting a running cross-body and punching away at him. Ziggler punches Ambrose as he tries to interfere, and Rollins takes him down with a clothesline. Rollins laughs at Big Show before kicking Ziggler down in the corner. Reigns is tagged in, and he punches Ziggler down. Ziggler tries to fight back, but Reigns strikes him down. Reigns throws him into the corner and runs into a back elbow. Ziggler charges him, but Reigns takes him down with a Samoan Drop. Big Show shakes his head at ringside.
Ambrose is tagged in, and he punches Ziggler down. Ambrose crossfaces him before clubbing him down. Ambrose stomps the hand before taking him down with a straight right hand. Ambrose then sends him into the corner hard. Ziggler collapses to the mat. Ambrose picks him up and punches him down. The crowd chants, “We want Big Show!” Ambrose sends Ziggler to the corner hard before talking some trash. Ziggler slaps him in the face and back body drops him out of the ring. Ziggler takes some time to catch his breath as Ambrose gets up at ringside.
Rollins is tagged in, and Ziggler catches him with an inside cradle for a near fall. Ziggler punches away at him before sending him to the ropes. Rollins kicks him in the face, but Ziggler comes back with a leg drop bulldog attempt. Reigns blind tagged in during that as Rollins powerbombs Ziggler in the corner. Reigns then hits a vicious spear on Ziggler for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Shield
Match Rating: *
The Shield stares at Big Show as he looks on tempestuously. They then wait for Ziggler to claw his way back up. They choke him on the ropes in front of Big Show and stare at him. They goad him to get in the ring, but he just stares right back at them. They then drop Ziggler with the Triple Powerbomb. Big Show is so powerless that it looks like he’s tearing up. The Shield then leaves the ring.
Paul Heyman will respond to his Night of Champions match, next.
Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring. Axel says this past Monday on RAW, the WWE Universe witnessed his mentor and hero, Paul Heyman, perform one of the bravest acts a man can ever muster up the courage to perform. Footage is then shown of Heyman viciously beating CM Punk with a kendo stick on RAW.
Paul Heyman takes the microphone, and he wonders what the crowd wants from him. Do they really expect him to feel guilty about the beating he gave on Monday to his prodigal son CM Punk? He’s not seeking forgiveness. He is not here to atone. He’s not sorry for his actions. The WWE Universe voted him into a situation where he had to face a beating at the hands of CM Punk. What in the world did they expect him to do? Did they think for one second that he would take his beating like a man?
Heyman tells them to think about something. For 434 consecutive days, he and CM Punk were the reigning, defending WWE Champion. Every single one of their opponents and enemies were put down like a rabid dog. His strategy with Punk’s implementation. If every single one of those challengers were put down, why is his still standing and breathing when CM Punk is coming after him? Here’s why. Every single time CM Punk has come up against him, it’s been Punk on his back looking up at his father figure, mentor, and the man whom he should still be worshipping as the god that he is. He’ll give them a reason to boo. At Night of Champions, here we go again. A handicap elimination match. CM Punk versus Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman. This time he can’t escape, and he has to face his beating like a man. This time, WWE virtually guarantees that if you get Night of Champions, Paul Heyman will suffer a beating at the hands of CM Punk.
Heyman will tell Axel the truth – he is afraid. He’s man enough to admit it. He’s scared out of his mind. If Punk gets his hands on him, you’ll never see him again. The crowd cheers that. Heyman says his fear can be CM Punk’s worst enemy. If he did all this to Punk out of fatherly love to put him in his place because he can, imagine what he’s capable of when he’s faced face-to-face with a guaranteed beating. His name is Paul Heyman, and at Night of Champions he, along with Curtis Axel, will own CM Punk.
Daniel Bryan will take on Ryback in tonight’s main event. The Wyatt Family will be out, next.
Tons of Funk vs. The Wyatt Family
Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair as he watches Luke Harper and Erick Rowan fight. Harper will start off the match against Tensai. Harper powers him to the corner and punches away at him. Tensai reverses a whip to the corner and hits a clothesline. He then knocks Rowan off the apron. Brodus Clay quickly runs in and takes Rowan out again. Tensai hits an avalanche in the corner. Brodus and Tensai then sandwiched Harper. They went for a double body splash, but Rowan pulled Brodus out of the ring. Harper takes Tensai down with a big boot before avalanching him in the corner. Rowan is tagged in. Harper clotheslines Tensai down before Rowan connects with a big splash for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Wyatt Family
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Bray Wyatt gets in the ring, and he arks his back to look at Tensai upside down. Rowan and Harper hold Tensai up before Wyatt drops him with the Sister Abigail. Wyatt kneels next to him before yelling, “Follow the buzzards!”
Another vignette airs for the new tag team, Los Matadores.
Ryback makes his way to the ring. He’ll face Daniel Bryan, next.
Ryback vs. Daniel Bryan
The bell sounds, and Bryan quickly charges Ryback with a knee to the chin. Ryback stumbles to the corner as Bryan punches away at him. Ryback pushes him away, but Bryan comes right back with some punches and kicks. Ryback pushes him away one more time before hitting a powerslam. Ryback throws him to the corner face first before shouldering him. Ryback sends him to the opposite corner sternum first before charging into him with a shoulder to the midsection. Ryback picks up a two count.
Ryback kicks away at Bryan before pushing his boot into his face. Ryback clubs the back before hitting a right hand. Ryback puts him in the corner and charges, but Bryan sidesteps him. Ryback hits the ring post shoulder first. Big Show, who is still at ringside, claps on for him. Bryan gets charged him as he connects with a pair of corner dropkicks. Ryback falls to the ground, and Bryan hits him with one more dropkick to the face. Ryback rolls out of the ring, and Bryan connects with a suicide dive! The crowd is going crazy for Bryan.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring with his WWE Championship. Bryan stares at him from the ring. Ryback then takes him down with a clothesline to the back of the head. Orton smiles as we go to commercial.
Randy Orton is seen watching from ringside as Bryan fights up from a chin lock applied by Ryback. Bryan elbows out, and he begins to kick away at him. Bryan hits the ropes, and Ryback takes him down with a spinebuster. Big Show cringes at that. Ryback screams that it’s meat hook time, and he begins to crank up his arm. Ryback connects with the meat hook clothesline, but Bryan kicks out. Ryback talks a little trash as he tells him to get up. Ryback picks him up before putting him on the top rope. Ryback punches away at him before attempting a super belly-to-belly suplex. Bryan head-butts him off the second rope before connecting with a missile dropkick.
Bryan shakes his head up and down before viciously kicking Ryback in the chest a few times. The crowd enthusiastically chants, “YES” with each kick. Bryan then hits a roundhouse kick to the back of the head. Bryan covers for a near fall. Bryan then immediately applies the Yes! Lock. Orton is yelling for Ryback to get out before getting in the ring. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: Daniel Bryan
Match Rating: **
Bryan releases the hold from Ryback, and he takes Orton down with a Yes! Lock. Bryan holds it in before The Shield runs down to the ring and begins assaulting him. Big Show gets to his feet and paces at ringside. Big Show then gets in the ring, and The Shield scurries to the opposite corner. Big Show stands next to Bryan, but he doesn’t do anything.
Triple H powerwalks down the aisle screaming for Big Show to get out of the ring. Big Show takes his time and looks like he’s going to cry as he slowly goes to leave the ring. Triple H slams on the mat before screaming for him to get out. Big Show steps over the top rope before looking sadly at Bryan. Big Show then gets off the apron. Triple H admonishes Big Show before sending him to the back. Big Show tries to hold back tears as he walks to the back.
Triple H then nods his head toward the ring. The Shield begins to stomp away at Bryan before Orton stops them. Orton has them hold him up as he punches him in the face and kicks him. Orton bounces his head off the mat before ordering The Shield to pick him up again. Orton viciously punches away at Bryan before turning him around for the crowd to see. Orton then punches him down to the mat. Orton then has The Shield give Bryan a Triple Powerbomb.
Seth Rollins hands Orton a can of spray-paint. Orton shakes up the can before taunting the crowd. Orton then spray-paints “No” on Bryan’s chest. Orton tells The Shield to leave the ring before standing over Bryan with the WWE Championship raised above his head. The crowd boos as Smackdown comes to an end.