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SmackDown aired from London this week as Daniel Bryan started off the night in retrospect, reminding himself and the fans how he lost the thing he had cherished the most, the World Heavyweight Championship, in a matter of 18 seconds at WrestleMania. Bryan called Sheamus a coward, and announced that if he laid a finger on the referee at their World Title match at Extreme Rules, he would be fired immediately. Bryan vowed to regain the coveted championship amidst a lot of 'Yes!' chants from the crowd, but had to stop himself when AJ made her way out to the ring.
AJ seemed pleased with Bryan's new-found confidence and determination, and asked the #1 Contender if he would 'take her back'. Bryan mocked AJ for a while, and then admonished her, calling her the 'worst thing that ever happened to his life'. Bryan left the ring in a huff, and AJ snapped, which was evident in her match against Natalya that followed right after the altercation. Natalya tried to console AJ, but AJ's frustration got the better of her as she kept pounding Natalya in a corner, refusing to break off even after the referee's 5-count, getting herself disqualified.
'Funkasaurus' Brodus Clay was accompanied to the ring by 'his little brother' Hornswoggle as he faced Hunico (who was accompanied as usual by his associate Camacho) in a singles match. Hunico got frustrated with Hornswoggle and threw him out of the ring, angering Clay who took Hunico down with a strong shoulder block and then stomped away at him. Clay hit a T-Bone suplex and followed up with the Funk It splash for the victory. The exclamation point was hit by Hornswoggle who had the last laugh as he hit Hunico with a tadpole splash after the match.
Theodore Long was looking for Aksana backstage, but instead he found NXT finalists Darren Young and Titus O' Neil, who were angry at the former GM for not including them in the SmackDown roster. Young and O' Neil were included as SmackDown superstars by John Lauranitis, and Long was punished by having to wear a Queen's guard costume and standing outside the office of Lauranitis in attentive silence. Long had to endure further humiliation when his former girlfriend Aksana ignored him completely as she went in to have 'a private word' with Lauranitis with her friend and newly-signed superstar Claudio Castagnioli
The two rookies were given the first chance to prove themselves as they took on the formidable tag team of the Usos. Jimmy and Jey Uso took turns in dominating Darren Young, until he made the tag to O' Neil, who quickly took out Jey Uso with a strong powerslam. O' Neil sent Jimmy Uso flying to the outside with a strong clothesline and double-teamed with Young on Jey Uso with a modified double Scot Drop, which was good enough for the three-count.
The Intercontinental Champion Big Show was in action in a non-title match against Alberto Del Rio, who had Ricardo Rodriguez in his corner. Big Show dominated early on with hard chops and shots to the gut, but Del Rio ducked a clothesline and went straight at the giant's knees. Del Rio tried to lock in the cross arm-bar, but Show tossed him aside and ran over him with multiple strikes followed by a spear. The World's Largest Athlete called for the chokeslam, but Rodriguez distracted the referee long enough for Cody Rhodes to sneak in and hit the Beautiful Disaster kick, allowing Del Rio to capitalize with a cross-body splash for the three-count.
Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre had the night off, and were backstage keenly watching Ryback's encounter with local talent Danny Lermann. Ryback tossed Lermann over his head for a body press slam. Ryback measured his opponent for a hard clothesline, and finished him up with a running fallaway slam. Slater and McIntyre made more fun of Ryback as he spoke some fragmented sentences in his victory speech.
The main event of the night saw Mark Henry teaming up with Daniel Bryan and Cody Rhodes to take on the team of Randy Orton, Big Show and the World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus. Big Show came in as a last-minute replacement for The Great Khali, who was ambushed by Rhodes on the entrance ramp as he was making his way to the ring and attacked viciously on the knee, rendering him unable to compete.
The match started off with Orton dominating Rhodes and taking control of the match with the second rope DDT. Orton signaled for the RKO, but Daniel Bryan rushed in, only to be hit by a powerslam. This allowed Rhodes to make the tag to Mark Henry, who cut Orton off and resumed control for his team with a vise grip on Orton's neck. Henry tagged Bryan in who clobbered Orton in a corner but missed with a head-butt, allowing Orton to tag in Big Show. Bryan tagged Henry at the same time and the giants collided, with Show gaining the upper hand with a butt-splash in the corner. Rhodes attacked Show from behind, allowing Henry to take the Intercontinental Champion down with a clothesline and tag Rhodes, who stomped away on his nemesis. Rhodes tagged Henry again, who got a near-fall with a big splash on Big Show.
Henry tagged Bryan, who was press-slammed straight out of the ring by Show. Show tagged Sheamus, who destroyed Bryan with hard shots to the chest and the Irish Curse back-breaker. Bryan managed to tag Henry, who ran straight into a brogue kick. Big Show hit a dazed Henry with the WMD, and Orton followed up with a huge RKO to secure the victory for his team.
With Sheamus and Randy Orton having the psychological advantage heading into Extreme Rules, what tricks will their opponents have up their sleeves? We will find out in the upcoming weeks on SmackDown
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