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Smackdown: Setting the stage for Night of Champions
By DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling


Sheamus grabs Daniel Byran's eyes during Smackdown in Ottawa. Photo by Matthew Usherwood, Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency


Are you mad, Brogue? The crusade against the Brogue Kick gets some unlikely support tonight, and the legal fall-out of all this may still be to come. Will a dropkick be a suspendable action? Will a regular kick result in a fine? A new match for Night of Champions is also announced, and more wrestlers are happy with it than not.

Michael Cole and Josh Matthews bring the commentary from Ottawa, ON.

The Three Amigos are back, with Alberto Del Rio accompanying his two buddies with neck braces: Ricardo Rodriguez and David Otunga. They once again provide evidence and dish out rhetoric chastising the Brogue Kick, even bringing in Christian via satellite as a witness.

Christian is not a willing participant in these proceedings, due to his dislike for Del Rio, but he does blame the Brogue Kick for his injury woes over the last year and believes it should remain banned.

Daniel Bryan is next out, though not at the behest of Del Rio. Bryan blames the Brogue Kick for his supposed goat-face qualities, and he announces that he has a Wrestlemania rematch against Sheamus tonight.

Last but not least, World Champion Sheamus appears, unafraid to step up on the apron promising a defeat of Bryan tonight and Del Rio on Sunday. He rips off Otunga’s neck brace and makes his exit.

Match #1 – Sin Cara vs. The Miz

Miz is not impressed with Sin Cara’s mood-lighting, and takes firm control of the match up to past the first break, cinching in a rear chinlock and dropping Cara with an inverted DDT. He misses a second corner clothesline, though, and after Miz blocks what looked to be La Mistica, Sin Cara cradles up the Intercontinental Champ for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Sin Cara

Backstage, Matt Striker wants a comment from Miz on facing an unknown opponent on Sunday. Cody Rhodes stops by to stake a claim on the title, as does Rey Mysterio. Sin Cara is last in and points at the title –- though Cody Rhodes tries the logic that you don’t get anything by pointing.

Teddy Long proves him wrong, though, and announces on Booker T’s behalf that there’s a Fatal 4-Way match for this group on Sunday with the Intercontinental Championship on the line.

Elsewhere, Kane is backstage trying out a stress ball with Dr. Shelby when Bryan shows up with one of his own. After some ribald joking about men and their balls, Kane departs insisting that his stress ball is bigger than his tag partner’s.

Match #2 – Kane vs. Kofi Kingston

Kane is dominant from the outset, and although Kingston dodges one chokeslam he can’t escape the second.

Winner via pinfall: Kane


Kane and his fire show that the Big Red Machine is triumphant over Kofi Kingston. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis, www.photography514.com

Shelby shows up again, and silently inspires Kane to help Kingston up and give him a hug, then accompanies his client to the back.

Matt Striker here again, this time with Randy Orton. He says there’s no reason for him to fight Tensai tonight, but this is a sort of tune-up match ahead of his battle with Dolph Ziggler on Sunday.

Match #3 – Randy Orton vs. Tensai (w/ Sakamoto)

Tensai swats away a standing dropkick, but Orton returns the favour by rolling away from the follow-up elbow. After the break, a Tensai-bomb off the second rope earns a two-count, but Orton lands a leveraged-DDT soon afterwards and an RKO is not far behind.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Vickie Guerrero arrives on the ramp to promise victory for Ziggler on Sunday. Orton sees through the clever trap and turns to see Ziggler approaching from behind, averting an attack.

After the break, Antonio Cesaro is in the ring to express his outrage over the fact that a Battle Royal will determine his opponent on Sunday. Tyson Kidd has a beef with the United States Champ, but Aksana distracts the Canuck and Cesaro disposes of him. Brodus Clay, however, comes along next and he partners up with Kidd to first knock Cesaro around, and second, dance a bit.

Wade Barrett is not wrestling this week, but he makes an appearance to promise that the Barrett Barrage will take another step forward next week.

Match #4 – Kaitlyn vs. Beth Phoenix

A lot of scuffling before Kaitlyn counters the Glam Slam with her own inverted DDT.

Winner via pinfall: Kaitlyn

Backstage, both Eve and Teddy Long offer their support to Booker T for his decision to ban the Brogue Kick.

Match #5 – Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan

Not much time left in the show for this one, but considerably more than eighteen seconds. Bryan slows things down after an early assault from Sheamus by finding his Zen point. He then draws Sheamus to the outside and delivers a dropkick to the champ’s chest.

Back in the ring, though, Bryan misses another dropkick and Sheamus drives a shoulder down from the top rope. He traps Bryan in the ropes and mashes him with forearms. Bryan gets caught in the cloverleaf and looks like he’ll make it to the ropes, but he’s pulled back into the middle of the ring and taps out.

Winner via submission: Sheamus

Dave Hillhouse is a screenwriter and teacher, and wonders if the Ultimate Warrior had just taken the time to learn one finishing submission maneuver, would history look back upon him more kindly? The bear hug didn't count.

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