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Executive administrator Eve Torres started off the show in a bid to reinforce John Lauranitis's control over SmackDown. Eve announced that due to international commitments, Lauranitis could be present on the show, and he had entrusted Eve to deal with the World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus for helping John Cena against him on Raw. Torres demanded that Sheamus apologize and just as she was about to announce his opponent for No Way Out, Alberto Del Rio ran in the ring and after praising Eve for some time, he laid his claim for the title. This brought out Randy Orton and Kane, each of whom staked their claim at Sheamus and the World Heavyweight Championship. After hearing everyone out, Eve announced that they would face each other in a Triple Threat, with the winner becoming the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The first match of the show saw the new Intercontinental Champion Christian in a non-title match against Hunico (who was accompanied to the ring by Camacho). Hunico got a side headlock applied, but Christian whipped him away and flattened him with a flying forearm. Christian hit a back-body drop and Hunico rolled to the outside, gaining some breathing space by dodging a baseball slide kick. Christian got distracted by Camacho and Hunico threw him shoulder-first on the ring-post and stomped away on him inside the ring before hitting a scoop slam for a near-fall. Hunico went for a Senton but Christian rolled away and hit a flapjack followed by a strong clothesline. Hunico countered a missile dropkick into a jackknife pin, but Christian fought back with an elbow off the second rope. Captain Charisma dropkicked Camacho off the apron and hit the Killswitch on Hunico for the victory.
Darren Young and Titus O' Neil were back in action in a tag team rematch against the Usos. Jey Uso started off with O' Neil, and after failing to overpower him on his own he tagged in his brother Jimmy, and the two got on top of their opponent with a double headbutt. Jey got tagged back in and it a flying forearm, but he got whipped into the opponents' corner and got kicked in the back by Young from the apron. Young came in but got caught running with a back elbow from Jey, who managed to tag Jimmy. Jimmy hit Young with a Samoan drop followed by a butt-bump but O 'Neil broke the ensuing pin attempt. Jimmy went up the top rope and got distracted by O' Neil, which allowed Young to knock him off the rope and him and O 'Neil hit their backbreaker/elbow-drop combo finisher for the pin-fall.
Ryback was sporting a black eye from Over the Limit as he was up in action once again, this time against two local performers Brian Edwards and Kevin Bendl. Ryback picked Edwards up in a powerbomb position and used him to knock down his partner. Ryback proceeded to powerbomb Edwards and hit a spinebuster followed by another powerbomb on Bendl. Ryback finished off his opponents by lifting both of them over his shoulders for a double fisherman suplex buster for the pin-fall.
The United States Champion Santino Marella was back in his spat with Ricardo Rodriguez over who could roll their 'r's better while announcing, and this time the two squared off in a non-title match. Santino locked in a headlock and took Ricardo down with a shoulder block. Ricardo bounced off the ropes back and forth until he fell from exhaustion. Santino lifted Ricardo up for an airplane spin and hit a dizzied Ricardo with the Cobra for the victory.
The World Heavyweight Champion came in the ring to answer the authorities in front of the WWE Universe as he looked to answer John Lauranitis's tirade for helping out John Cena and taking down the boss on Raw. Sheamus said that he was being forced to apologize to Lauranitis in front of the fans, and proceeded to issue a rather sarcastic apology, insulting everyone from Lauranitis himself to Eve Torres, David Otunga and Big Show. Before Sheamus could proceed to his opponent at No Way Out, Vickie Guerrero showed up and announced that Sheamus was scheduled to face her client Jack Swagger in a non-title match right then.
Sheamus took control early in the match with a waist-lock takedown, followed by a whip into a corner leading to a shoulder block. Sheamus got a near-fall off a top rope battering ram, but Swagger rolled out and took advantage of a distraction from Vickie Guerrero to knock Sheamus down in a move which seemed to damage the champion's ankle. Swagger stomped away at the ankle and slammed it on the ring post. Swagger got a two-count off a leg-DDT and applied a leg-lock, but Sheamus fought out and side-stepped a big boot to hit a huge neckbreaker. Sheamus clubbed away at Swagger's chest on the middle rope and went for the White Noise, but Swagger fought out and went for the ankle lock. Sheamus fought out of the hold but Swagger came back on top with the Swagger Bomb. Swagger went for the Gut-wrench Powerbomb but Sheamus flipped out and hit the Brogue Kick for the victory.
Yoshi Tatsu was a bit apprehensive as he prepared to face Damien Sandow in Sandow's debut match. The newcomer tried to justify his refusal to face Tatsu earlier, attributing his refusal to the fact that he should be placed on the 'pedestal of enlightenment' rather than being subject to a contest with an 'unworthy opponent'. Sandow agreed to the match this time, and quickly disposed of Tatsu with a Russian leg sweep and an arm-trap neckbreaker for his maiden victory.
Big Show made an appearance in the ring to further justify his actions from Over the Limit and Raw, where he knocked John Cena out, helping John Lauranitis (who had fired the giant two weeks ago) in the process. Show made it clear that he was exacting revenge on the people for not being there for him when he was left crying in the middle of the ring. Show vowed to knock Cena out once again at No Way Out, leaving the ring amidst jeers and 'You Sold Out' chants from the audience.
The final match of the night saw Kane, Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio in a Triple Threat match to determine the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at No Way Out. Kane was ambushed during his entrance by Daniel Bryan, who took revenge for Kane's assault on him on Raw with multiple chair shots of his own to the Big Red Monster. Kane was favoring his left arm from he beginning, but still insisted to take part in the match.
As the match started, Orton threw Del Rio out of the ring but Kane took Orton down with a big boot and a low dropkick. Kane hit a clothesline in a corner but when he tried to repeat the move, Orton caught him with boots to the face. Orton hit his patented backbreaker and went for the pin, but the cover was broken up by Del Rio, who stomped away at both men before getting hit with an uppercut by Kane and clotheslined out of the ring by Orton. Kane threw Orton out of the ring and slammed his ribs on the apron. Kane tried to throw Orton on the barricades but Orton reversed, slamming Kane on the announce table and Del Rio on a fan barrier. Orton tried to hit Kane with the hanging DDT but got hit by a running enzuigiri from Del Rio.
The three got back in the ring and Kane got a near-fall off a body slam and an elbow drop on Orton. Del Rio kicked away at Kane's injured arm and choked him with the boot. Kane fought back and went up the top rope for a flying lariat, but Del Rio knocked him down with a step-up enzuigiri. Orton hit Del Rio with a couple of clotheslines and a powerslam, and followed it up with a powerslam on Kane. Del Rio went to the second rope but Orton caught him with a hanging DDT. Orton signaled for the RKO but Kane pulled him out of the ring and slammed him on the ring steps. Kane went for the flying lariat on Del Rio but Del Rio moved and went for the cross arm-bar. Kane countered into the chokeslam but got distracted by Daniel Bryan, who ran to the apron with a steel chair. When Kane got back in the ring, Orton dropped him with an RKO. Del Rio kicked Orton in the head and quickly pinned Kane for the surprise victory.
With Alberto Del Rio becoming the new #1 Contender, the World Heavyweight Champion will have his hands full in the weeks leading up to No Way Out. Keep watching SmackDown in the upcoming weeks for more action leading up to this mouth-watering clash at the next Pay-Per-View.
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