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WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: THE SEVENTH TIME IS THE CHARM; IT TAKES A TOWN HALL TO BUILD A UNIVERSE; TOTAL DIVAS FACE SOME BACKLASH; REMATCHES; AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2013-09-06 22:00:13
On Monday night, Cody Rhodes told Randy Orton the truth. However, the truth wasn’t what Randy or Triple H wanted to hear. Cody Rhodes was given a match with Randy Orton, but Cody had his job on the line. Now that Cody is getting married, he will not be a married WWE Superstar.

We are in Minneapolis, Minnesota and your announcers are John ‘Welcome to Hennig Country’ Layfield and Michael ‘Why are people calling me Greg Gagne’ Cole.

We begin with Triple H in the ring along with Brad Maddox and Vickie Guerrero, and all of the wrestlers on the stage . . . well most of them. It is time for the Town Meeting.

Triple H welcomes everyone and he tells everyone that as of Monday night, Cody Rhodes is no longer a WWE Superstar. Hunter says Cody was fired for ‘just cause’. He was insubordinate and disrespectful to the position of COO of the WWE. The COO of the WWE represents the WWE.

In essence, as the COO, he is the WWE. Cody Rhodes was disrespectful and insubordinate to each and every one of the people. Hunter says that is something he will not stand for. Hunter says that he gave Cody the right to fight for his job. Cody failed. Hunter says that he did not fire Cody Rhodes. Cody Rhodes fired Cody Rhodes.

Hunter says that it pains him because he is friends with Cody Rhodes. Hunter says that he is friends with Cody’s dad and brother. It pained him to have to do that, but that is the burden he takes as COO of the WWE. They are hard decisions that have to be made. Sometimes you come off as the bad guy, and he is willing to accept that responsibility.

Hunter says that is why we are here tonight. He wants to create an open forum because he does not want any misunderstanding of how business is being done. He does not want anyone to fear for their job. Hunter wants to open the floor for everyone and he says that anyone can ask any question without any fear of repercussions.

Hunter wants to know who wants to go first and no one is anxious to walk to the mic.

Hunter tells everyone that he works for everyone and he wants to work for everyone. He can only do that if people open up to him and tell him how they feel. He will work harder than any man on the planet for you. He wants this company to grow and he wants to grow.

Damien Sandow approaches the mic and he says that he fully supports the termination of Cody Rhodes. After all Cody exemplifies everything that is bad for business. For that, he tells Hunter, as their fearless leader, he commends him and he applauds Hunter.

Hunter says that this is not him looking for people to come out and kiss his butt. He wants everyone to be open and honest.

Kofi Kingston approaches the mic and he says that Hunter mentioned honesty. Ever since he fired Cody, the locker room is in fear and Kofi says that is not what is best for business. Cody was out there literally fighting for his life, and Hunter took his livelihood away.

Hunter says that Kofi has made a fair point but from Kofi’s point of view, he wouldn’t understand.

Heath interrupts and he says that he is a little uncomfortable with the resident giant who is standing there doing nothing while watching everything going on. Heath tells Hunter that he is doing a great job and he appreciates his management style.

Hunter thanks Heath for emptying his mind.

Hunter wants people to open up.

Rob Van Dam takes the mic and he tells Hunter that he is the one who brought him back to WWE. Rob says that he was under the impression that things are better now. Rob says that this vibe is not cool dude.

Hunter says that he has been waiting since 2000 to have Rob Van Dam call him dude. Hunter tells Rob that he still has the same faith in Rob as when he made the call to bring him back. He says that Rob is a true superstar.

Ryback makes his way to the mic and he says that he is sick and tired of people calling ‘The Big Guy’ a bully.

Hunter says that it was not Ryback’s fault that Ziggler was injured when he got to the ring. Ryback did his job and he is getting criticized. He tells Ryback that he can redeem himself. Dolph Ziggler faces Ryback tonight.

Hunter says that we are opening up. Hunter points out that Daniel Bryan is not on the stage. Daniel not being on the stage is symptomatic of Daniel’s problem. His problem is an ego that is out of control. His ego has gotten so big that he could not bother to be on the same stage as all of the little people. Hunter says that he wanted to look Daniel in the eye and tell him what he will be doing tonight.

Daniel will get to pick a member of the Shield to face tonight.

Hunter says that this has been really helpful and cathartic. He is happy for the people who spoke up and he wants to reward them. Kofi is a true leader in the locker room. He will get a non-title match against Curtis Axel. Rob Van Dam. . . dude, will get the opportunity to step into the ring right now . . . next. He will get to face the man he is about to introduce. He is the face of this whole thing.

Triple H introduces the WWE Champion . . . Randy Orton.

We go to commercial.

Before our first match, Alberto Del Rio joins Michael and John at the announce table.

Match Number One: Randy Orton versus Rob Van Dam (with Ricardo Rodriguez) in a Non Title Match

Van Dam with a back heel kick and shoulders in the corner. Van Dam with a snap mare and then he goes up top for a leg drop and he gets a near fall. Van Dam sends Orton into the turnbuckles and then he kicks Orton and gets a near fall. Van Dam with a slingshot leg drop on the apron and then he goes up top for the side kick and he connects and gets a near fall.

Van Dam signals for Rolling Thunder but Orton recovers and hits a power slam to counter and Orton gets a near fall. Orton kicks Van Dam in the leg and then stomps on Rob’s head. Van Dam floats over Orton and hits a twisting drop kick and gets a near fall. Van Dam with punches to Orton followed by shoulders.

Orton with a knee and then he punches Van Dam. Orton with boots to Van Dam and he gets a near fall. Orton pulls at Van Dam’s face while in the ropes and the referee warns him. Orton punches Van Dam. Orton with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot from Van Dam.

Van Dam hits a split legged moonsault for a near fall. Orton rolls to the floor and Van Dam reminds us who he is. Rob goes to the floor and Orton with a kick to Van dam and then Orton sends Van Dam into the ringside barrier. Van Dam counters a suplex on the floor and he puts Orton on the ringside barrier.

Van Dam goes to the apron for the corkscrew guillotine leg drop but Orton moves and Van Dam lands hard on the floor and he holds his knee. Orton sends Van Dam back into the ring and Orton with a boot to the midsection and then he does the Garvin Stomp. Orton poses in the ring.

Van Dam with punches but Orton with a drop kick. Orton sends Rob to the floor in front of the announce table and we go to commercial.

We are back and Orton with a reverse chin lock on Van Dam. Van Dam with elbows to Orton but Orton with a forearm to the back of the neck. Orton with an Irish whip but Van Dam with an elbow. Van dam with two clotheslines followed by a thrust kick and a standing moonsault for a near fall.

Van Dam with a spinning heel kick into the corner. Van Dam with an Irish whip and he rolls through for a monkey flip in the corner but Orton moves and Van Dam lands on the turnbuckles. Orton kicks Van Dam in the back of the leg and Van Dam falls to the mat. Orton gets a near fall. Orton with a back breaker to Van Dam and then he sends Rob to the apron for the IEDDT and Orton hits it. Orton looks around and he twists to the mat for the push ups before the RKO.

Van Dam with a kick to the head and a body scissors roll up for a near fall. Van dam with a springboard thrust kick and Rolling Thunder. Van Dam goes up top for the five star frog splash but Van Dam misses.

Van Dam rolls to the floor and Orton goes after Ricardo but Orton decides to focus on Van Dam. He sends Rob back into the ring. Van Dam with a drop kick but on the floor, Ricardo is sent into the ring post by Alberto. Van Dam with a flip dive onto Del Rio and then Orton sends Van Dam into the announce table.

Orton with an IEDDT off the apron to the floor. Orton tries to pick up Van Dam and he lifts Van Dam into the ring. Orton picks up Van Dam to hit the RKO and Orton gets the three count.

Winner: Randy Orton

After the match, Randy Orton leaves the ring and Alberto Del Rio enters the ring. Del Rio attacks Van Dam and kicks him in the head and neck. Del Rio puts his scarf on top of Van Dam and he applies the cross arm breaker and Van Dam taps even though there is no match.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Renee Young is with Daniel Bryan in the interview area. Renee asks Daniel about Triple H’s comments about him not being out for the Town Hall Meeting. Daniel says that he does not think that he is better than anyone. He did not show up on the stage on the advice of management because he was not invited out there.

Daniel says that if Hunter means having an ego problem means that he wants to be the WWE Champion, his answer is yes. Daniel says that he knows that it won’t be one-on-one against the Shield. Daniel says that he will let the Shield decide which one of them will get beaten up before the other two jump. Daniel says that he knows that he can beat any member of the Shield, just like he can beat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.

AJ Lee walks in the back and she stops by Layla, Alicia Fox, and Aksana. AJ says that she knows they don’t entirely like her, but she would rather defend the title against any of them instead of one of the Total Divas.

They think that because they are pretty that they deserve a shot at the title. It is more than that. They think that they are better than them. AJ says that they are talented and that talent is being wasted while their television time is stolen. AJ asks them if they are going to let those one dimensional, no talent, prima donnas take their spot.

The girls discuss something and AJ says that she has an idea.

Match Number Two: Dolph Ziggler versus Ryback

Ryback misses a clothesline and then Ryback tries to press Ziggler over his head but Ziggler lands on his feet and then Ryback charges at Ziggler and Dolph drops down. Ryback goes over the top rope to the floor. Ryback returns to the ring and Ziggler sends Ryback into the ropes and Ziggler with a drop kick.

Ziggler misses a Stinger Splash and Ryback slows down the pace and he kicks Ziggler. Ryback with a slam followed by a splash for a near fall. Dean Ambrose joins Cole and JBL at the announce table while Ryback sends Ziggler into the turnbuckles.

Dean tells Cole not to worry while Ryback applies a bear hug. Ryback gets a near fall when he puts Ziggler’s shoulders on the mat. Ryback picks up Ziggler and maintains the bear hug. Ziggler with punches and elbows but Ryback tries to lift Ziggler up and Ziggler counters with a DDT.

Ryback misses a charge into the corner and he hits the ring post with his shoulder. Ziggler with a Stinger Splash and he punches Ryback followed by a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler misses a Fameasser but Ziggler with a kick and he hits the Fameasser for a near fall.

Ryback with a shoulder tackle and Ziggler falls to the floor. Ambrose tells Dolph to get back into the ring and do his job. Ryback goes to the floor and he tries for a sliding shoulder but Ziggler moves and Ryback hits the ring steps.

Ziggler sees Ambrose at the announce table and Ziggler chases Ambrose but Ryback recovers and hits a clothesline. Ryback rolls Ziggler back into the ring and he hits the marching muscle buster for the three count.

Winner: Ryback

Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman walk in the back as we go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Curtis Axel (with Paul Heyman) versus Kofi Kingston in a Non Title Match

They lock up and Axel with a side head lock. Kofi with a reversal and side head lock take down. Axel gets back to his feet and he punches Kofi and he gets a reversal. Axel with a heel take down into a front face lock.

Kofi with a reversal into a hammer lock. Axel gets to the ropes and Kofi releases the hold. They lock up and Axel with a side head lock and take down. Kofi with forearms to the ribs and Axel with a shoulder tackle.

Kofi with a few leap frogs and a leaping back elbow but Axel goes to the floor to talk strategy with Heyman. Axel returns to the ring and Axel wants a Greco Roman knuckle lock but it was a trap and he kicks Kofi.

Kofi with a head scissors followed by a drop kick and Axel goes to the floor. Kofi goes for a dive to the floor but he sees Axel move so he bounces off the ropes and stays in the ring. Axel avoids a baseball slide and then Axel tries to Irish whip Kofi into the ring steps but Kofi leaps over the steps.

Kofi uses the ring steps to springboard and he gives Axel a clothesline. Kofi sends Axel back into the ring and Heyman distracts Kofi and Axel with a shoulder that knocks Kofi off the apron.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Axel with a reverse chin lock. Kofi with punches and kicks. Axel misses a clothesline but he hits the Axe to the back of the head and he gets a near fall. Axel rubs his forearm across Kofi’s face to affect his vision. Axel with a slam and then he goes to the turnbuckles for an elbow drop but Kingston gets his boots up and Axel falls to the mat.

Kofi with chops to Axel followed by a drop kick and then he tries for the leaping clothesline but Axel knows that it is coming and Axel with a drop kick for a near fall. Heyman tells Axel to take his time because he is the champ. Axel with forearms to the back of the head. Axel with an Irish whip but Kofi with a kick and then he tries for the double jump cross body but Axel crotches Kofi.

Axel with forearms while Kofi is in the tree of woe. Axel takes Kofi out of the turnbuckles, but Kofi with SOS for the three count.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

Michael Cole tells us that Bray Wyatt has something to say so we go to a Wyatt Family video.

Bray says that Icarus was warned never to get too close to the sun. Pride can make even the most noble men do foolish things. As Icarus neared the sun, his wings began to melt and Icarus fell into the ocean and was never heard from again. Where is Kane?

Bray says that he warned Kane and said that the fire that he thought was his friend would be his ending. When Kane allowed his pride to cloud his common sense, he knew that Kane was his. Like a lamb that was led to slaughter. Bray wonders where his monster has gone. Kane has made his bed and now he is burning in it.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Paul Heyman is on the phone and Renee Young interrupts. Renee reminds Paul that if Curtis loses at Night of Champions, he will be in the ring with CM Punk. Renee asks Paul if he is concerned.

Paul stammers and he asks if he is concerned . . . afraid. . . scared . . . frightened . . . stressed? Are his nerves frazzled? Tonight was a miscalculation. They overlooked Kofi Kingston because of the match with CM Punk. Paul says that was not Curtis’ fault, it was his.

Paul says that he takes accountability for what happened and it is a mistake they will not make again. It will not happen at Night of Champions. If Punk gets his hands on Paul, he will rip him limb from limb. Punk promised to break his face. Paul says that Renee would probably want to see that. Paul says that Punk promised he will show the world a side they are not comfortable with. Paul says that he can accept Punk at his worst, but Paul says that his worst is a lot better than his. Paul promises.

Renee reminds Paul that Punk said he would defeat Curtis and give Paul the beating of his life.

Paul is at a loss for words and he storms out and slams the door.

Match Number Four: Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella) versus Naomi (with Cameron)

Brie with a kick and then she send Naomi face first to the mat. Brie with a drop kick to the head and she gets a near fall. Brie tosses Naomi by the hair and then she hits a running knee to the head. Brie with a Million Dollar Dream but Naomi escapes and she hits a snap mare and drop kicks.

Naomi avoids a clothesline and hits a flying clothesline of her own and she gets a near fall. Naomi goes to the apron and she connects with a round kick to Brie’s head. Naomi and Brie go to the floor and Cameron watches the action up close.

AJ Lee, Aksana, Alicia Fox, and Layla El make their way to the ring and AJ takes care of Cameron while Layla goes after Nikki. Alicia and Aksana attack Brie and Naomi. The referee calls for the bell.

No Contest

The brawl makes its way into the ring and it is a four on three attack. Layla with a round kick to Brie while AJ holds Brie.

AJ takes the mic and she tells the Ladies and Nerds that she is the Divas Champion.

Aksana, Layla, and Alicia stand over Brie and Naomi in the ring.

The Usos walk in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back and Zeb Colter wants everyone to join them in a ‘WE the People’.

Match Number Five: Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso versus Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter)

Cesaro with a drop kick to Jimmy and then he sends him to the floor. Swagger is tagged in and he dives for the knee. Swagger sends Jimmy back into the ring and Swagger with shoulders. Cesaro with a kick when Swagger distracts the referee. Swagger with a Swagger Bomb and Cesaro tags in and hits a leap frog double stomp.

Cesaro picks up Jimmy and he slaps him. Jimmy with a chop but Cesaro with a European uppercut and then he tags Swagger back in. Jack and Antonio with a double choke slam for a near fall. Swagger traps the arms but Jimmy gets to his feet. Swagger sends Jimmy into the turnbuckles but Jimmy with an elbow and then he back drops Swagger over the top rope to the floor.

Cesaro and Jey tag in and Jey hip tosses Cesaro over the top rope to the floor followed by a plancha onto Cesaro. Jey rolls Cesaro back in and he goes up top and hits a shoulder tackle. Jey with a running butt splash and he gets a near fall but Swagger breaks up the cover.

Jimmy with a savate kick to Swagger and Swagger goes to the floor. Cesaro with an inside cradle for a near fall. Jey with a savate kick and he goes up top. Jimmy tries for a splash on Swagger by the ringside barrier but Swagger moves and Jimmy hits the barrier.

Swagger pushes Jey off the turnbuckles into a European uppercut from Cesaro. Cesaro gets the three count.

Winners: Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro

Big Show is in the office and Triple H enters. Show says that Hunter knows what is wrong with him. Hunter says that it is 3MB. Who are they to say anything to a locker room leader. Hunter says that he is not going to let anyone disrespect him. Hunter wants Show to let out some rage on 3MB. He tells Show that he wants him to ball up his fist and treat them like human stress balls.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Raw Rebound.

Match Number Six: Big Show versus Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre

Slater starts things off and Show stares a hole through him. Show blocks a kick and he elbows the leg. Show sends McIntyre into Mahal and Mahal falls off the apron. Show sends McIntyre tot eh floor and then he goes after Drew and he sends him into the Lillian cubicle. Show with a choke slam into the ropes and then he sends Mahal head first into the announce table.

Show with chops to Mahal. Show with a spear to Drew. Show with a knee to the head against the ringside barrier. Show sends Mahal and McIntyre back into the ring. Show with choke slams to Drew and Jinder and then he sees Slater trying to escape. Slater begs for mercy but Show has no mercy and he connects with the knockout punch and he gets the three count.

Winner: Big Show

The Shield make their way to the ring for their match against Daniel Bryan and Show stops on the stage.

We go to commercial.

We are back and the Shield stand together in the ring. Roman Reigns makes his way towards Daniel Bryan, but it is going to be Seth Rollins, who hits Bryan with a forearm.

Match Number Seven: Daniel Bryan versus Seth Rollins

Rollins kicks Bryan and the referee pulls Rollins off Bryan. Rollins sends Bryan into the turnbuckles and then he connects with a series of elbows. Bryan with a knee to the midsection and then he kicks Rollins in the chest. Bryan with a head butt. Bryan clotheslines Rollins over the top rope when Rollins holds on to the ropes.

Bryan sends Rollins back into the ring and he follows but Rollins with a knee and then he slams Bryan from the ring to the floor. Ambrose and Reigns stand over Bryan while Rollins makes his way to the floor. Rollins sends Bryan back into the ring and he hangs him over the apron. Rollins with a running boot to the head.

Rollins gets a near fall. Rollins with a modified Cobra Clutch and Bryan with punches to escape the hold. Rollins with punches but Bryan with a forearm. They go back and forth with forearms. Bryan with the advantage but Rollins with a knee. Bryan with a release German suplex that sends Rollins to his chest.

Bryan with the running drop kick into the corner. Bryan goes up top for the missile drop kick and he connects. Bryan gets a near fall. Bryan with kicks to the chest and he sends for the round kick but Rollins ducks. Rollins sends Bryan to the apron and Bryan sends Rollins into the turnbuckles.

Bryan goes up top but Rollins with an enzuigiri that sends Bryan to the floor. The referee stops Rollins from going to the floor and that allows Reigns to hit a flying clothesline off the steps. Rollins picks up Bryan and sends him into the ring steps. Bryan is sent into the other steps by Rollins.

Rollins rolls Bryan back into the ring and he goes up top. Bryan sees Rollins coming off the top and Bryan with the Yes Lock. Bryan with a baseball slide to Reigns followed by a drop kick to Ambrose that knocks him off the apron.

Rollins with a knee to Bryan. Bryan with a suicide dive onto Reigns on the floor. Bryan with a hip toss to Ambrose on the floor followed by a forearm to Rollins. Bryan with the flying knee for the three count.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

After the match, Bryan celebrates his victory as he goes up the ramp. He stands on the stage and he is attacked from behind by Randy Orton. Orton stands over Bryan as we go to credits.