Location: Cincinnati, OH
Date: September 20, 2013
Commentators: Michael Cole and JBL
The show begins with a video highlighting Daniel Bryan and Triple H. The WWE Championship was vacated, after the conspiracy with the referee. Also, Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns is highlighted. Randy Orton interferes, when Daniel locks in the Yes Lock. The Shield save Orton, as Bryan receives a beating. A group of Superstars join the fray, taking out The Shield and Orton. Daniel is held up as the Universe chants “Yes!”
Vickie Guerrero welcomes everyone to Smackdown. Guerrero says that she has the most entertaining show tonight. Guerrero first introduces the laughing stock of the WWE, Daniel Bryan. Guerrero compares Bob Backlund and CM Punk’s reigns to this man’s day long reign. Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring.
Bryan says he would much rather be champion for one day, than be a shrill cooperate suck up for his whole life. Guerrero reminds him that she is his boss. Vickie continues, as she says it was obvious that Daniel and Scott Armstrong conspired against Randy Orton. Bryan says he will tell the truth; he kneed Orton in the face, covered him, and the ref counted fast. Bryan says it doesn’t matter, because Orton was knocked out. Regardless of why the ref did it, Daniel says he deserves to be the WWE Champion. Guerrero says he is lying. Guerrero says if it was her, she would have fired him and wishes that he never becomes the face of the company. Bryan says it’s a good thing she has no power. Guerrero says him and the Superstars that helped him will be eliminated. Guerrero shows on the Titantron all those who helped Bryan. Dolph Ziggler, The Usos, R-Truth, Justin Gabriel, Zack Ryder, the Primetime Players, Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam all were shown. Guerrero says they will be eliminated, as they will have an 11-on-3 Elimination Gauntlet Match. The Shield will stay in the ring at all times, while each of them is eliminated. Guerrero says she is saving Bryan for last.
Naomi is in the ring. AJ Lee makes her way to the ring.
WWE Diva’s Champion AJ Lee vs. Naomi w/ Cameron (non-title)
AJ Lee kicks Naomi, and throws her at the ropes. Naomi front flips over the ropes, and onto the apron. Naomi kicks AJ in the head, and does a Springboard. AJ connects with a Spinning Heel Kick to Naomi. Pin, but a kick out. AJ locks in a Cravate. Naomi elbows out, as she runs the ropes. AJ connects with a Back Elbow. Pin, but a kick out. AJ chokes Naomi in the ropes. AJ comes out with a Cravate, as Naomi connects with a Jaw Breaker. AJ is hit with an Enziguri, and rolled up. Pin, but a kick out. Naomi connects with a Dropkick, followed by a Front Flip Lariat. Naomi is pushed into the ropes, as she goes around Lee. Naomi connects with an Atomic Drop. AJ is then hit with the Rear View. Pin, but a kick out. Naomi goes for a Body Slam, but AJ reverses into a Sleeper Hold. AJ is backed into the corner, but spins into the Black Widow for the win.
Winner: AJ Lee via submission
Zeb Colter is in the ring, as he mocks Santino Marella for being an immigrant. Zeb says he will give Marella a pizza of his mind. Colter questions the legitimacy of Marella’s papers, saying it is also illegal to possess a reptile without the proper permit. Colter says the problem is that the only people that ask these questions are the Real Americans. Zeb asks everyone to rise, as they yell “We the People!”
Santino makes his way to the ring.
Jack Swagger w/ Antonio Cesaro and Zeb Colter vs. Santino Marella
Santino is backed into the corner, and kneed. Swagger connects with a Hip Toss. Swagger hits a Lariat from the corner to Marella. Swagger locks in a Butterfly Lock, but Marella stands out. Santino is put in the corner, and hit with forearms. Swagger hits with knees to Santino. Marella then does a Somersault away from Swagger. Santino ducks a Lariat with a split, and goes for a Hip Toss. Santino does a Backslide for the win.
Winner: Santino Marella via pinfall
Paul Heyman introduces himself. Heyman speaks of defeating CM Punk, but couldn’t have done it without his hero: Ryback. Ryback says he doesn’t deserve to be picked on by a bully like CM Punk. Ryback points to the local in the ring, saying he is also a bully because he didn’t sign a kid’s autograph. Ryback says he later intimated him in the parking lot. Ryback asks him to try and intimidate him, and says he will do to him what he does to CM Punk.
Ryback vs. Nick Nardone
Ryback connects with a Front STO. Ryback apologizes, and tries to help him up. Ryback then backs him into the corner, but is hit back. Nick runs the ropes, but is hit with a Lariat. Ryback then connects with Shell Shock for the win.
Winner: Ryback via pinfall
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring. Orton says he was conspired against to have his title stolen. Orton says his reign was over like that. Orton says it was his fault, because he shouldn’t have been in that situation. Orton says he locked away the Viper who was void of morality, because he thought that is what everyone wanted. Orton says he was shown by Triple H what he really should be. Orton says he made an example of the Miz, to show who he truly is. A highlight is shown.
Orton says that is a warning to anyone who thinks they will get in his path. Orton says there is nothing he can do about the belt, except winning it back at Battleground. Orton says he will end the war between Daniel Bryan. Orton says he swears he will once again be his WWE Champion.
The Shield make their way to the ring.
The Shield (United States Champion Dean Ambrose and Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) vs. Darren Young
Darren is swamped by the three in the corner. Roman connects with a Spear for the win.
Winners: The Shield via pinfall
Titus O’Neil makes his way to the ring.
The Shield (United States Champion Dean Ambrose and Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) vs. Titus O’Neil
Titus takes out the Shield, taking them out. The numbers get to him, as he is swamped by the three. The three connect with a Triple Powerbomb for the win.
Winners: The Shield via pinfall
Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring.
The Shield (United States Champion Dean Ambrose and Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph takes out Dean, and prevents Seth from attacking. Ziggler attacks Roman in the corner, but is thrown off. The three stomp on him. The trio throws punches to Ziggler. Ziggler fights back, leveling the three. Roman is sent to the floor. Ziggler connects with a Fameasser to Rollins. Ziggler then tackle Dean to the floor. Dolph tries to get back in, while Dean holds his feet. Rollins connects with a Dropkick. Roman then Spears him on the floor.
Winners: The Shield via countout
Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring.
The Shield (United States Champion Dean Ambrose and Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) vs. Kofi Kingston
Kingston runs to the ring, as Roman tries for a Spear. Kingston jumps over him, and hangs up Rollins and Ambrose. Kingston dives in the ring with a Double Crossbody. Kofi connects with Dropkicks. Roman gets in the ring and eats a Trouble in Paradise. Pin, but Dean and Rollins break it. Dean connects with a Snapmare Driver for the win.
Winners: The Shield via pinfall
Rob Van Dam makes his way to the ring.
The Shield (United States Champion Dean Ambrose and Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) vs. Rob Van Dam
Dean and Seth are taken out with kicks in the corner. Van Dam connects with a kick as Reigns gets on the apron. Van Dam connects with Rolling Thunder. Rob goes for a Five Star, but Triple H interrupts. Roman pushes Van Dam off the top rope.
Triple H tells them to stop the matches, as he yells a Vickie Guerrero to go to his office.
Triple H asks Vickie what she was thinking. Triple H says now that she paid attention to the group, 10 more guys will rebel. Guerrero says it was best for business, as Triple H says what is best for business is good competition. Triple H tells her to put the Shield in a 6 Man Tag against the Usos and Daniel Bryan.
Triple H calls Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel into his office. Triple H says he wants to apologize for the match they were put in. Triple H says it was unfair. Ryder says he really wants a match, as Triple H says he will find them some good competition.
Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel make their way to the ring. The Wyatt Family makes their way to the ring.
The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) w/ Bray Wyatt vs. Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel
Luke and Zack start off. Harper takes Ryder into the ropes. Ryder connects with a Facebuster, followed by a Dropkick. Luke staggers into the corner, as Ryder connects with a Corner Elbow Strike. Luke whips Ryder, as he connects with an elbow. Ryder runs the ropes, as Luke connects with a Big Boot. Pin, but Gabriel breaks the pin. Rowan gets in, as he throws Justin to the floor. Luke picks up Zack and connects with a Bucklebomb. Harper then connects with a Discuss Lariat for the win.
Winners: The Wyatt Family via pinfall
Bray goes for Sister Abigail. Justin tries to get in the ring, but is kicked in the head by Rowan. Bray connects, and grabs a mic. Wyatt says he always keeps his promises. If they are lined up, he promises he will take them out for Abigail.
Rob Van Dam is checked on backstage. Triple H comes in, asking if he is alright. Triple H apologizes for Guerrero putting him in that match. Triple H then puts RVD in a World Title Match at Battleground. Alberto Del Rio runs in, and beats up Van Dam. Del Rio then kicks him in the head. Del Rio then throws a cart onto him.
R-Truth makes his way to the ring. Alberto Del Rio makes his way to the ring.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth (non-title)
Truth takes Del Rio into the corner with fists. Truth connects with a Splash, and follows with a Suplex. Pin, but a kick out. Del Rio connects with a Backstabber to Truth. Del Rio chokes Truth in the ropes, and follows with a Back Suplex. Pin, but a kick out. Del Rio locks in a Rear Chinlock. Truth gets out, and connects with a Heel Kick. Del Rio is taken out with Lariats. Truth connects with a Front Suplex. Pin, but a kick out. Truth is pushed into the corner, and hit with a Lariat. Pin, but a kick out. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker, as Truth reverses into a Lie Detector. Pin, but a kick out. Truth picks him up, and goes for a Suplex. Del Rio gets out and connects with a Superkick. Del Rio locks in the Cross Armbreaker for the win.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio via submission
The Shield is in the ring, The Usos make their way to the ring. Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring.
The Shield (United States Champion Dean Ambrose and Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) vs. Daniel Bryan and The Usos (Jimmy and Jey)
Daniel and Seth start off. They lock up, as Daniel takes him into the corner with kicks to the chest. Daniel whips Seth, connecting with a knee to the gut. Daniel then drops a knee on Rollins. Pin, but a kick out. Daniel is whipped, as he takes out Seth with a shoulder. Rollins jumps over Daniel, but is taken out with a Romero Special. Daniel tags Jimmy, as he tackles Rollins. Pin, but a kick out. Dean is tagged, as he throws Jimmy into the corner. Dean is whipped, as he gets out into a Back Bodydrop. Uso slaps Dean, and tags Jey. A Running Elbow is connected. Pin, but a kick out. Dean is locked in a Hammerlock. Dean stands out, but is backed into the corner. Jimmy is tagged, as he connects with an elbow. Jimmy connects with a Snapmare followed by a Clothesline. Pin, but a kick out. Jey is tagged, as the both do a Double Elbow Drop. Pin, but a kick out. Ambrose backs Jey into the corner, as Reigns is tagged. Roman throws closed fists in the face of Uso. Roman is kicked, and rolled up. Roman kicks out, as Daniel tags. Bryan connects with kicks to Roman’s leg. Daniel then goes to chest kicks. Daniel goes for a whip, but is taken out with a Clothesline. Dean is tagged, as he connects with a Twist Elbow. Pin, but a kick out. Rollins is tagged, as he chokes Daniel. Rollins locks in a Rear Headlock. Daniel reverses into a Back Suplex. Daniel tags Jimmy, as he whips Seth. Rollins connects with a Single Legged Dropkick. Dean is tagged, as they rip apart his legs. Dean pins, but a kick out.
Rollins has Jey in the ring, as he connects with a Swinging Enziguri to Seth. Jimmy is tagged, as he connects with a Superkick. Jimmy is then hit with a Swinging Enziguri. Rollins tags Roman, as he pins. Kick out. Roman tags Dean, as he connects with swings in the corner. Dean clubs his chest on the apron. Dean connects with a Snapmare and Headlock. Jimmy gets out with a Chinbreaker, but is put in the ropes. Dean connects with a Dropkick. Dean tags Seth, as he connects with a Hilo. Pin, but a kick out. Seth chokes him in the ropes, and tags Roman. Reigns connects with an Elbow Drop, and locks in a Headlock. Jimmy gets out, but is hit with a Superman Punch. Roman locks in a Headlock. Roman picks up Uso, but he gets out. Dean and Seth are hit from the apron. Seth is tagged, as he goes for Jimmy. Seth is taken out with a Full Nelson Bomb. Dean stops the tag to Jey, but Daniel is tagged. Bryan Dropkicks Seth and Roman off the apron. Daniel backflips out of the corner, and connects with a Lariat to Dean. Daniel then connects with multiple Dropkicks in the corner. Daniel sits Dean on the top rope, and connects with a Frankensteiner. Pin, but it’s broken up. Roman is sent to the floor, as Jimmy dives on him. Rollins then dives on them. Jey connects with an Argentine Asai Moonsault. Daniel runs, but is hit with a Clothesline. Dean is put in the Yes Lock, but grabs the ropes. The Usos Superkick Dean from the floor, as Daniel connects with a Running Knee for the win.
Winners: Daniel Bryan and The Usos via pinfall
The three #1 Contenders celebrate as the show ends.