SmackDown kicked off from the Sin City with World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan in the ring, reflecting on what happened last week when Big Show accidentally ran over AJ Lee in his main event championship match against Bryan. He labeled the act as one of vengeance and frustration over the fact that Big Show's heavyweight title reign was the shortest in WWE history. Bryan showed supreme confidence as he guaranteed a successful title defense against Mark Henry in the night's main event.
Following this segment, the fans got to witness the so-called â€˜game changer of the night', a roulette wheel in Theodore Long's office which was to be spun to decide the stipulation for every match in the show. The first one to spin the wheel was Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, and the wheel gave him a player's choice match (the freedom to choose his opponent). Rhodes tried to take full advantage of the situation by choosing Hornswoggle, but Justin Gabriel came to the rescue of the little man, and the match was then held between Rhodes and Gabriel.