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Smackdown: Who can beat the clock?
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE Smackdown: It's Beat the Clock night once again with Randy Orton and Wade Barrett competing to see who picks the stipulation of their match at TLC. In the main event, Orton faces Dolph Ziggler while Barrett draws Ezekiel Jackson. Elsewhere, Cody Rhodes battles Daniel Bryan. Should be a good one!

A cold open and we see Booker T down at the hands of an attack by Cody Rhodes.

And we are TAPED! from Jacksonville, Fla. Josh Mathews and Michael Cole are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)

Lilian Garcia is introduced back to Smackdown but she is interrupted by Rhodes, who is standing on the announce table. He says no one cares that she's back. He says he didn't make his message to Booker clear enough last week, so he did it again tonight. He asks who's going to take Booker's chair, who's going to spew on about a Fave Five with 11 people in it? He is, he tells us.

Match #1 - Wade Barrett (Manchester, England) vs. Ezekiel Jackson (Guyana, South America)

This is part of a Beat the Clock Challenge where Barrett with compete with Randy Orton to determine who chooses the stipulation at TLC.

Barrett throws Jackson shoulder-first into the post and attempts a roll-up for two. He goes to work on the shoulder and then to the head. Jackson tries to fire up but Barrett hits a kick to the mid-section and a pump-handle slam for two.

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Barrett with a headlock but Jackson backs him into the corner to break it and hits a series of corner clotheslines and strikes. Side slam for Jackson for two. Series of slams for Jackson and he calls for the Torture Rack but Barrett slips out, tries Wasteland, but Jackson escapes out the back and hits the ropes, but Barrett catches him with a Black Hole Slam and that's it.

Winner via pinfall (7:53): Wade Barrett

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David Otunga is backstage with Theodore Long. He is arguing that his street fight loss with Randy Orton should be expunged from his record since he is not officially a member of the Smackdown roster. Long tells him he is subject to the authority of any WWE management and he's been looking for an opponent for a particular superstar and books him in a match with Sheamus.

Josh Mathews welcomes Daniel Bryan to the ring. They talk about Bryan's World Heavyweight Championship match with Mark Henry last week. Bryan says he let it slide through his finger when he's interrupted by Michael Cole, who says enough and he can't handle it anymore. They get into a shouting match. Cole tells him he should go away and be a barista in a coffee shop. Bryan starts coming toward Cole but is attacked by Cody Rhodes as Cole bad mouths him.

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Match #2 - Zack Ryder (Long Island, NY) vs. Heath Slater (Pineville, WV)

Ryder gets Slater down in the corner, hits the Broski Boot and follows it up with the Rough Ryder. Just like that, it's over.

Winner via pinfall: Zack Ryder

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Match #3 - Ted DiBiase (Madison, Miss.) vs. Jinder Mahal (Punjab, India)

Mahal in control but DiBiase hits a clothesline. He comes toward Mahal, but he shoves him into the corner and lands a knee. High knee for Mahal. He goes to grebe DiBiase but DiBiase grabs him and rolls him up and gets the fall.

Winner via pinfall: Ted DiBiase

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The Big Show is in the ring. He talks about how long it's been since he's been a world champion. Nine years in fact. He says at TLC, his match with Mark Henry is going to be mean and nasty and the doors to his Hall of Pain are going to get slammed closed.

This brings Henry out. Henry asks Show for the courtesy to not attack him tonight if he comes into the ring. Show agrees to not put his hands on him while he's in the ring. Henry says he should be 100 percent at TLC and Show is going to have all he handle. He says people will be talking about their match for decades. He suggests they let bygones be bygones and may the best man win. He offers his hand to Show. They shake. Henry says one more thing: He can see in Show's eyes that he thinks he's a monster. He says Show just thinks it, he knows he is. Then Henry sucker punches him. Show takes him down and starts pounding and then drops an elbow on the bad ankle. Henry rolls out and Show comes out for more. Show grabs a chair and lands a few shots on the ankle.

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Match #4 - David Otunga (Chicago, Ill.) vs. Sheamus (Dublin, Ireland)

Otunga lands a big boot and then a power clothesline and puts Sheamus down. Big corner clothesline for Otunga but Sheamus just smiles. He reverses the position and beats Otunga down in the corner. Power slam for Sheamus. He follows that with the Brogue Kick and that will do it.

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

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Match #5 - Daniel Bryan (Aberdeen, Wash.) vs. Cody Rhodes (Marietta, Ga.)

Rhodes works an abdominal stretch, but Bryan escapes, only to have Rhodes come right back and bring him to the canvas. Bryan, though, sends Rhodes over the top and to the floor. He comes through the middle rope with a suicide dive but lands hard on his injured ribs. Both men make it back into the ring, but it's Bryan who hits a series of kick to Rhodes' body. Bryan to the top but he misses a big splash. As this happens, Booker T's music hits and he comes running to the ring to attack Rhodes.

Winner via disqualification: Cody Rhodes

Booker runs wild on Rhodes and sends him packing.

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Match #6 - Randy Orton (St. Louis, Mo.) vs. Dolph Ziggler (Hollywood, Fla.)

Ziggler with a back headlock but Orton shakes him briefly, only to be hit with a DDT. Ziggler back to a headlock and turns it into a neckbreaker. Ziggler goes to the top but Orton cuts him off with punches and follows with a superplex. Orton starts rolling. Scoop slam connects for two. Less than two minutes to go now. Backbreaker hits for another two count.

Ziggler trying to milk the clock. He misses the Zig Zag and Orton throws him to the apron to hit the draping DDT for another two count. Less than a minute to go and Ziggler rolls out of the ring. Vickie Guerrero takes the referee and Wade Barrett comes out of nowhere and throws Orton into the post. Ziggler is in the ring and Orton enters the ring with 10 seconds left. Ziggler charges him but runs right into the RKO and Orton gets the pin with two seconds left.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Barrett is back on Orton. He hits the Black Hole Slam and says he's going to make his own suggestion about which match Orton should pick. He goes to the outside and clears off a ringside table and loads Orton up for Wasteland but Orton escapes. He goes for a power bomb but Barrett runs him into the ring apron. They briefly brawl and Barrett bails. So instead, Orton grabs Ziggler and power bombs him through the table.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.