WWE tag team legends The Hart Foundation
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: September 16, 2011
Commentators: Josh Matthews and JBL
WWE “Smackdown” TV Opener: Edge Is Back!
The show begins with a cold open of the arena audience applauding. Justin Roberts is in the ring and introduces Edge. Edge comes out to his hometown fans in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to an enormous pop. They definitely love Edge here in Toronto. The television announcers at ringside finally chime in, as Josh Matthews and Michael Cole hype up Edge being on the show some more as Edge continues to soak in the applause from the fans. “Damn I missed that,” Edge says to kick things off. Edge talks about how it’s nice to be in a WWE ring again. He talks about how bad he misses being a wrestler, as he starts getting a bit choked up. Edge talks about how he’s hosting “The Cutting Edge” with Mark Henry and Randy Orton later tonight on Smackdown.
Cody Rhodes Interupts
As he continues to talk, he is interrupted by Cody Rhodes. Rhodes plugs Edge’s appearance on “Haven” tonight after Smackdown, saying he’s surprised Edge didn’t do it himself as a cheap plug. He tells Edge it sounds like he’s sucking up to all the fans. Edge tells Rhodes to quit bitching about injuries and masks over your face. He tells him to quit blaming everything on everybody else. Rhodes tells Edge it sounds like he’s bitter. Rhodes says the last time he saw Edge he was winning at WrestleMania. He says he has since become the Intercontinental champion, and last Monday he beat Randy Orton. He says Edge hasn’t done anything. Rhodes gets a paper bag out and hands it to Edge. He says he doesn’t want him to put it on, he says he wants him to take it home as a reminder of what Smackdown has become – the new home of Cody Rhodes. Edge says if Rhodes’ is the new face of Smackdown, than Smackdown needs the paper bag worse. He says he can’t believe Dusty Rhodes has anything to do with you. He says he’s going to leave because if he doesn’t, he’s going to fall asleep of boredom. He walks off to the back, ignoring Rhodes as he yells demands for him to come back.
Ted DiBiase Attacks Cody Rhodes
Edge is gone now and Rhodes continues babbling to the fans, telling some specifically who needs paper bags over their heads. Someone in the crowd wearing a paper bag clotheslines Rhodes hard. He removes the bag to reveal a seething mad Ted DiBiase. DiBiase jumps the guardrail and commences to kickin’ Rhodes’ ass. DiBiase whoops on him for a while, viciously, and then goes out and grabs a paper bag. He tries putting it over Rhodes’ head, but Rhodes runs away to the back. The segment ends there. We get some replays as the announcers sell it further on commentary.
Up Next: Sin Cara vs. Daniel Bryan
We have a split-screen shot from backstage showing both Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan heading to the ring. Sin Cara vs. Daniel Bryan is up next on Smackdown, after this short commercial break!
Did You Know?
The “Did You Know?” for this week on Smackdown: “Did you know….last Friday, Smackdown was the #1 show on SyFy for the 50th straight week.” The fact is further pushed by the announcers as Sin Cara’s music hits and we return live in the arena. A video recap shows Daniel Bryan and Sin Cara’s segment from last week’s Smackdown, as Sin Cara finally makes it to the ring. Daniel Bryan’s music hits and out he comes, Money In The Bank briefcase-in-hand and all.
Sin Cara vs. Daniel Bryan
The Sin Cara light is turned on as the match begins. Daniel Bryan is a ball of fire, and laying down a one-sided beating on Sin Cara early on. Sin Cara finally avoids a big Bryan high-flying move to slow things down. Sin Cara hits Bryan with a hard kick to the head. Sin Cara continues his attack on Bryan, changing the momentum in the match. Sin Cara continues throwing hard kicks at Bryan, before throwing him over the top-rope. Bryan crashes to the ground outside the ring hard. On that note, we head to a mid-match commercial. We return from commercial and see Sin Cara using a leg submission on Bryan. Bryan fights his way out of the submission, but Sin Cara remains in control of the offense, throwing more and more kicks, specifically targeting Bryan’s legs with the kicks now. Sin Cara hits a flying headbutt, after launching himself off the ropes in a single bounce! Sin Cara attempts a moonsault off the middle rope, but Bryan catches him coming in with the double-boots. Both guys are up now and Bryan is punching away. Bryan has Sin Cara down, and is now throwing several stiff kicks of his own. Sin Cara is battling back and now has Bryan hanging upside down in the corner, nailing him with kicks repeatedly. The ref tells him to stop, but Sin Cara refuses. Sin Cara is disqualified.
Winner via DQ: Daniel Bryan
After The Match: Two Sin Cara’s!
Sin Cara throws a huge dropkick to Bryan. Sin Cara’s music hits and out comes ANOTHER Sin Cara, dressed in the same attire, etc. The announcers play the disbelief factor as the second Sin Cara makes his way to the ring. The two Sin Cara’s go face-to-face, and are circling each other looking at one-another. It’s a cool sight on television, as they definitely look pretty identical. Each guy poses, claiming to be the real Sin Cara. The second Sin Cara clearly getting louder responses. They put their hands up in fight position, but the first Sin Cara backs down and leaves the ring.
Backstage: Zack Ryder & Teddy Long
Backstage we see Zack Ryder talking to Teddy Long about Mark Henry being a bully, and laying him out last week for no reason. He says Henry won’t be able to stay in the ring with Randy Orton in “The Cutting Edge” tonight without hitting him. Long says they won’t because if either do, the match at Night Of Champions is off. Long tells Ryder to give the news to both Orton and Henry.
Backstage: Teddy Long, Oksana & Trish Stratus
Oksana comes in, and long story-short ends up giving Teddy Long a nice massage. While in an awkward situation with Oksana, Trish Stratus appears on-camera, looking at Long like he’s a weird-o. Long is embarrassed and tries explaining. Trish brushes it off and walks away.
A.J. vs. Beth Phoenix (with Natalya)
Beth Phoenix bullies the smaller A.J. around early on. Phoenix is manhandling A.J. now, picking her up over her head, throwing her around, etc. It’s a one-sided squash, thus far A.J. makes an attempt at fighting back, but Phoenix cuts her off short. Natalya yells from ringside for Phoenix to finish her. Phoenix hits the Glam-Slam on A.J. and pins her for an easy 1, 2, 3.
Winner: Beth Phoenix
Beth Phoenix With A Message For Kelly Kelly
Phoenix tells Kelly Kelly that this Sunday the clock strikes midnight. She says because this Sunday is when her and the rest of the Divas will see the end of their “little fairytale.”
Backstage: Edge, Trish Stratus & Christian
Backstage, Edge and Trish Stratus are talking. Christian walks up and tells Trish it’s nice to see her, but she’s only there to plug something. He ignores her after that and talks to Edge like they’re buddies. Edge is apprehensive. Edge says he wasn’t sure because of what happened at SummerSlam. They hug and Christian tells Edge to talk to Teddy Long and tell him he deserves one more match for the World title. Edge makes a face and Christian flips out, asking how he could not agree with him. He whines some and then Edge tells him he’s giving him a headache. He goes to call him a “little bitch” but Christian cuts him off, anticipating the line.
Backstage: Edge & Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder shows up like a kid on too much candy, hyperly telling Edge that Teddy Long informs them that there is to be no contact between Randy Orton and Mark Henry on The Cutting Edge tonight. He runs off, still acting all hyper.
Wade Barrett & Christian vs. Sheamus & Justin Gabriel
Wade Barrett’s music hits and out he comes to the ring. The announcers explain that when we return from commercial, it will be Barrett and Christian taking on Sheamus and Justin Gabriel in tag-team action. On that note, we head to commercial. We return from commercial and Christian is making his way to the ring. Justin Gabriel’s music hits next and out he comes. And finally, Sheamus makes his way out. Before the match begins, Sheamus has a microphone in his hand. He tells Christian he can’t think of anything nice to say because his face reminds him of a horse’s arse. He tells Barrett he’s as useful as horse crap. Sheamus puts over Gabriel, and says that’s why he chose him as his partner. With that said, the bell rings and the match begins. Barrett and Gabriel start things off, and Barrett is in control thus far. Barrett eventually tags in Christian. Christian continues the attack on Gabriel. Christian beats on Gabriel for a bit and tags Barrett back in. Barrett goes to work on Gabriel. Barrett again tags Christian back in. Poor Gabriel has been taking a beating the entire match, as Sheamus is being set up for the mega-hot tag of all hot-tags. We head to a mid-match commercial. We return from commercial and Barrett is working over Gabriel. Shortly thereafter, Barrett tags Christian in. Gabriel finally knocks Christian down, showing his first signs of life in the match. Both guys are down. Christian tags in Barrett. Gabriel manages to make the tag to Sheamus. Sheamus comes in and he’s a ball of fire, beating both guys down. The smoke clears and Sheamus is beating on Barrett. Sheamus goes to the top rope, but Christian grabs his foot, distracting him enough for Barrett to stop him. Sheamus knocks Barrett off the ropes and then hits Barrett with a flying shoulder-block off the top. Sheamus hits the big kick and tags in Gabriel. Gabriel hits the 450 splash and pins Barrett for the clean pinfall.
Winners: Sheamus & Justin Gabriel
After The Match: Sheamus Taunts Christian
After the match, Christian is looking like he’s going to jump Sheamus from behind. Sheamus catches him, and challenges him to come in the ring and try something. Christian stares at him for quite a while, teasing that he may, all-the-while Sheamus taunts and challenges him to do so from the ring. Ultimately, Christian opts not to and slowly walks away to the back. Sheamus and Justin Gabriel celebrate their victory in the ring.
The Great Khali vs. Heath Slater
We return from commercial and The Great Khali’s music hits in the arena. Out comes Khali. Heath Slater’s music hits, and out comes Slater. Khali vs. Slater in one-on-one action is now officially underway. Khali beats on Slater with ease. The announcers put over Khali’s dissention with Jinder Mahal. Within a minute of the match, Jinder Mahal makes his way to the ring, babbling in a foreign language, clearly scolding Khali. Khali throws Slater down and shifts his focus to Mahal. Mahal continues yelling at him from ringside. Mahal and Slater both attacking Khali. The referee calls for the bell. Mahal and Slater continue the beatdown of Khali until Khali knocks Mahal down, and gives Slater the big boot. Khali almost gives Mahal his finisher, but Slater interferes and Mahal uses the free time to escape the ring. Khali hits his finisher on Slater as Mahal looks on from the floor with a scared expression on his face.
Winner by DQ: The Great Khali
Evan Bourne vs. R-Truth
After a long Triple H vs. CM Punk video package for “Night Of Champions” airs, we return live to the arena where Air Boom’s music hits. Evan Bourne makes his way to the ring for singles action, and he’s accompanied by Kofi Kingston. We head to commercial break. As we return from commercial, R-Truth and The Miz come out. The Miz on mic tells the fans to shut up and listen to R-Truth’s remix. R-Truth comes out rapping, with the chorus “You Suck!” instead of “What’s Up?!” The Miz backs Truth up by repeating “You Suck!” after Truth says it. Michael Cole flips out like a hyper fan-boy for how awesome Truth’s remix rap was just now. Cole sounded like a real-life stupid person. Bourne and Truth begin their match while Kingston and Miz join the announce table for this match. Truth is in control of the offense early, working over Bourne while Kingston and Miz bicker on commentary. Bourne starts to fight back, but Truth quickly hits his finisher on Bourne for the clean pinfall. Miz brags on commentary a bit and then joins Truth in the ring to celebrate.
Up Next: “The Cutting Edge”
A video package airs hyping up the Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton match at the upcoming “Night Of Champions” pay-per-view this Sunday. After the video package, we see Edge backstage heading to the ring. Josh Matthews on commentary announces that “The Cutting Edge” with Randy Orton and Mark Henry is up next. On that note, we head to commercial.
The Cutting Edge With Randy Orton & Mark Henry
We return to Smackdown and Edge’s music is already playing, and Edge is already in the ring ready for The Cutting Edge. Edge talks about how important Toronto is to him. He talks about being at WrestleMania when The Ultimate Warrior beat Hulk Hogan in Toronto. He mentions his first WWE title victory in Toronto. After that, he introduces his first guest – Mark Henry. “Somebody gonna get they ass whooped” plays as “The World’s Strongest Man” makes his way to the ring. Henry grabs a mic. Edge then announces his second guest, Henry’s opponent this Sunday – Randy Orton. Orton makes his way to the ring. Orton grabs a mic. Edge reminds them of Teddy Long’s no-contact rule for each man during The Cutting Edge tonight. Edge says if he’s being honest, he tells Orton it’s probably a good thing there’s no contact tonight. He says let’s face it, Henry has been tearing everyone up. He tells Orton that Henry has done things to him that no man has ever done. Edge asks if Orton thinks he can honestly beat Henry this Sunday. Orton tells Edge he’s right, Henry has demolished many people – Kane and The Big Show included. Orton says the only times Henry puts his hands on him, is after Orton has already had a match. Orton says so Henry has never proven anything to him yet. Orton says maybe Henry knows his absolute best just isn’t good enough against him. Orton repeats Edge’s question, and says he doesn’t THINK he can beat Henry – he KNOWS he can. Edge tells Henry that what Orton is saying is the truth. He tells Henry that his career has been disappointing. Edge says when he started in WWE in 1998, Henry was already a veteran here. He says as big and devastating he is, he’s never won the WWE or World title before. He asks how that is possible. He said by now Henry should already be a legendary champion. Edge then ponders why he hasn’t won the big one yet. Edge says maybe Henry doesn’t have the desire. He tells Henry that where Orton is right now as champion, it’s a whole different level. He tells Henry that maybe he isn’t ready for that level. Henry tells Edge the only reason he isn’t going to kick his ass for that is because, he’s right. Henry says for 15 years he’s seen smaller and weaker men become champion. He says WWE always told him to go out there and smile, and “show that personality.” He tells Orton that he’s done smiling. He’s done showing personality. He says now he’s here to destroy, and he’s going to take what Orton’s got. Henry said for 15 years he’s shown what he can do, and it still hasn’t worked. He said it’s taken 15 years for him to get in a title shot. He said this Sunday he will become the World Heavyweight Champion. Orton tells Henry the match this Sunday will be symbolic of Henry’s career. He says he might look good, come close, but he’ll wind up what he’s been for the past 15 years – the “World’s Strongest Failure.” Henry drops his mic, as he’s pissed off. Orton drops his mic too. Edge chimes in and reminds them of the no-contact rule. Edge slowly leaves the ring and says the no-contact rule was only during The Cutting Edge segment. As he finally exits the ring, he quickly says “and The Cutting Edge is now over.” Henry and Orton start brawling. Both guys are firing away with punches. The entire Smackdown locker room spills out to the ring to try and separate the two guys. They manage to do so, but then Henry shrugs all of them off by himself and goes back at Orton. The entire roster holds Henry back, leaving Orton by himself. Orton flies over the guys and lands some more shots on Henry. The roster separates them again. Orton comes to fly in again, but this time Henry catches him and hits him with the “World’s Strongest Slam.” Henry beats up the rest of the Smackdown roster, just got the hell of it, before landing a big splash on Orton in the center of the ring. Henry starts dumping bodies out of the ring. He hits a second big splash on Orton in the center of the ring. Henry dumps some more bodies out of the ring while Booker T yells that “somebody should call the police” on commentary. Henry hits a third big splash on Orton in the ring. The announcers do their “concerned voices” as they talk about how much damage Henry just inflicted on Orton right before their title match this Sunday. Henry grabs Orton’s belt. He poses with it over a beaten down Orton as the crowd boo’s and the show fades out. And that’s Smackdown for Friday, September 16, 2011.