Orton faces Daniel Bryan.
- Booker was backstage on his phone when Eve walked in, bottle of water in hand. She wanted to help Booker out with some ideas to improve Smackdown. Booker stopped her and said to run her ideas by Teddy Long. Eve said she was going to shower up and then be at Booker’s disposal as far as getting to work. That was strange…you’d think a heel like Eve would rub it in Booker’s face that she won.
4 – DANIEL BRYAN vs. RANDY ORTON
Shoulder take-down by Orton to start. Another, and Bryan again retreated to the corner. Bryan caught a dropkick in the mush for a one-count. To the outside went Bryan, where he once again went back-and-forth, “yes” and “no” with a fan. He charged back into the ring only to be on the receiving end of a back body-drop. Orton seemed to injure his knee though, and Bryan began to target lame limb. Orton would momentarily shine, but Bryan would cut him down by going after the leg and knee again. Orton crotched Bryan on the top rope and went up to meet him. Superplex off the top, which took some gas out of Orton as well. After a pin attempt for two, they went to break 4:56 into the match.
They returned 8:26 into the match. Orton and Bryan were hammering away at each other in the middle of the ring, but Bryan got the advantage by picking the ankle and taking out the leg once again. Bryan dove at Orton in the corner, but ended up going shoulder-first into the ring post. Orton began his comeback at 9:45 of the contest. Outside the ring, Bryan was whipped into the barricade. Bryan suckered Orton to the other side of the ring and sent Orton into the steel steps. Orton again came back, this time with a different array of moves. Back-breaker for two. Bryan again found himself sitting atop the top rope, only for Orton to give him his patented DDT. RKO attempt, but Bryan countered and went for the No Lock. Orton stayed on his feet until Bryan stuck his foot into the back of Orton’s knee. No Lock was locked in. However, Kane’s pyro shot off from the corner ring posts and his music began to play. Bryan broke the hold and fled the ring. There was no sign of Kane and everything went back to normal. Bryan re-entered the ring and Orton struck with the RKO.
WINNER: Orton, at 14:17. The re-build of Orton continues, and Bryan didn’t lose much by losing here due to the distraction.
After the match, Kane did walk out and stared at Bryan, who was still recovering from the RKO.
- Still to come, Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio.
- Mathews plugged WWE.com and the Summerslam theme, “Don’t Give Up,” performed by Kevin Rudolf.
- Santino Marella was at ringside to do guest commentary for the next match.
- Antonio Cesaro and Aksana did their now-common “five different languages” spiel on the mic. This week’s phrase was “loser,” directed at Santino.
5 – ANTONIO CESARO vs. ZACK RYDER
Cesaro dominated the opening of the match, but Ryder sent Cesaro into the mat face-first to turn the tide. He set up for the Broski Boot and connected. Pin attempt for only two. Cesaro took back over and gave Ryder his finisher for the win.
WINNER: Cesaro, at 1:31. A little surprised they even bothered to hype the pre-show match, but it has been an ongoing Smackdown issue for a few weeks now.
After the match, Cesaro went right over to Marella and pie-faced him. Then he tossed Santino over the announce table. I like that he didn’t just casually go to Santino and was like “oops!” when doing it. He clearly went over to Santino to assault him.
- Next, the graphic said it was “the perfect storm” on Raw when Brock Lesnar attacked Shawn Michaels. Not 100% sure how that phrase applies, but we’ll see the clips of it next.
- The exterior of the arena at the University of Texas was shown.
- The Brock Lesnar-Triple H feud was chronicled in video package form.
- After a graphic for Lesnar vs. Triple H, Cole updated us on the condition of Shawn Michaels. Michaels has a broken arm among other minor injuries. Michaels also Tweeted that it was “highly unlikely” he’d be at Summerslam.
- Several Tweets from the WWE Universe and WWE Superstars were shown, reacting to Lesnar’s actions.
- Ricardo Rodriguez introduced Alberto Del Rio.
- Chris Jericho was walking backstage with an exaggerated grin on his face. He’ll be out next to face Del Rio…or maybe not as Dolph Ziggler attacked him from behind with the MITB briefcase, then rammed a metal cart into Jericho. After some trash talk, Booker shooed Ziggler away and ordered for a trainer.
- A replay of the attack before the break aired.
- In the ring, Del Rio took the mic and taunted Jericho. He pronounced himself the winner by forfeit. Well, actually Rodriguez did that. Del Rio the demanded Booker give him his Summerslam match. Instead, Jericho’s music hit and he walked out, holding his ribs.
6 – ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. CHRIS JERICHO
Jericho had to convince referee Scott Armstrong that he was okay to wrestle. Kick to the mid-section by Del Rio, then a quick cover. He whipped Jericho sternum-first into the ring post, then followed it up with a double stomp. Cover for two at :51. Jericho chopped at Del Rio, but a knee-lift again put Jericho down. Enziguiri out of nowhere by Jericho. Cole and Mathews argued about Jericho’s in-ring record. Del Rio flipped Jericho to the apron, then knocked him to ringside into the announce table. They went to break 2:39 into the match.
Back at 5:33 with Del Rio firmly in control of the match. Tilt-a-whirl back-breaker for a near-fall. Del Rio kicked Jericho in the stomach again in the corner. Cover got two. Jericho attempted to fight back, and did so briefly. His ribs were pink from being worked over so much. Lionsault, but of course, that injured the ribs even more.... (Continues on next page)