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Smackdown!: Daniel Bryan laid out again
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


The power of Triple H reaches all corners of the WWE Universe and Smackdown! is no exception. WWE Superstars are falling by the wayside; Cody Rhodes was fired Monday on RAW, is anyone safe? We'll find out as Smackdown! comes to us, live on tape, from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Triple H holds court in the ring, flanked by Brad Maddox and Vickie Guerrero. Hunter explains why Cody was fired, as the entire WWE roster looks on from the stage. The COO says Rhodes was insubordinate, but he was given a chance to fight for his job. So in essence, Cody fired himself. Triple H tells the roster that he wants an open forum and there will be no repercussion for what is said. As a famous admiral once said, "IT'S A TRAP!"

A grand total of zero superstar grab the opportunity to raise a voice against Triple H. Damien Sandow steps to the podium, fully agreeing with the decision to let Cody go. While Hunter appreciates that, it's not what he wants to hear.

Hunter calls out Kofi Kingston. Kofi says the entire roster is living in fear after what happened to Cody. Heath Slater chimes in, but unfortunately he still has a job. RVD speaks up, telling Triple H that things are not better. Ryback says he is sick of everyone calling him a bully and Triple H backs him up. In fact, Hunter is going to give Ryback a chance to redeem himself by taking on Dolph Ziggler. Before he wraps things up, Hunter points out that Daniel Bryan is absent from the proceedings. He says the Bryan's ego is out of control, since he can't be bothered to stand with everyone else on stage. Which is a shame, because Hunter wanted to see his face when he gives him a choice which member of the Shield to face tonight. For speaking up, Kofi gets to face Curtis Axel, in a non-title match and RVD is going to take on Randy Orton.

Match #1 - RVD w/ Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Randy Orton

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio joins the announce position since he will be facing RVD at night of champions. RVD goes for Rolling Thunder which Orton counters with a power slam. RVD answers with a spinning heel kick. RVD follows with a split legged moonsault. Orton rolls to the floor, goading RVD to follow him. Orton smashes RVD into the security barrier, but RVD counters dropping the champ. RVD crashes and burns on a kick from the apron as Orton rolls away. Back in the ring, Orton stomps away at RVD. Orton connects with a standing drop kick and sends RVD crashing to the floor.

After the break, Orton has RVD in a chin lock. Van Dam elbows his way out and delivers a clothesline. RVD follows with a standing moonsault and chin kick. Orton slams RVD near the apron and is able to hit the elevated DDT. RVD block the RKO and hit thrust kick. RVD delivers Rolling Thunder and goes up top for the 5 Star Frog Splash. Orton rolls out of the way, and RVD hits the mat hard. Outside the ring, Del Rio attacks Rodriguez, so RVD takes him out flying over the top rope. Orton jumps RVD, delivering a DDT from the apron to the arena floor. Orton rolls RVD into the ring and hits him with the RKO. Orton covers and gets the ring.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

After the match, Del Rio attacks a defenseless RVD and locks in the cross arm breaker until a referee can separate them.

Renee Young asks Daniel Bryan about his absence from the meeting earlier, tonight. Bryan says he was told not to attend and he also says if wanting to be WWE champ is an ego problem, then, yes he has one. As for the Shield, Bryan leaves the choice to The Shield, asking which one wants to get beat up first before the other two jump in.

Backstage, AJ lee tries to drum up some support against the Total Divas by riling up Layla, Aksana and Alicia Fox.

Match #2 – Dolph Ziggler vs. Ryback

Ziggler sends Ryback over the top rope to the floor, and when Ryback comes storming back in, Ziggler drops him into the ropes. Ziggler misses a splash in the corner, allowing Ryback to gain control. Dean Ambrose surprises the announce team, almost sending Cole scurrying. Ambrose says Ziggler has a poor attitude and disrespects the business. Ziggler avoids a spear, sending Ryback crashing into the ring post. Ziggler connects with a back breaker and follows with a famouser. Ziggler and Ryback collided in the ring. Ziggler rolls to the floor. Ryback sizes him up near the steps, but Ziggler moves and the big man crashes into the steel. Ziggler goes after Ambrose, only to run into the Meat Hook clothesline from Ryback. Ziggler is rolled back into the ring and hit with the Shell Shock. Ryback covers Ziggler to get the win.

Winner via pinfall: Ryback

Match #3 –Curtis Axel w/ Paul Heyman vs. Kofi Kingston

Kofi and Axel lock up in the middle of the ring and engage in some good old fashioned mat wrestling. Axel applies a head lock, Kofi breaks free and catches Axel with a back elbow coming off the ropes. Kofi follows with a head scissors, but then pulls up on a suicide drive. Axel dodges a baseball slide and whips Kofi toward the steps. Kofi leaps over the steps, turns and delivers a flying clothesline to Axel.

After the commercials, Axel slams Kofi to the mat and goes up top. Kofi blocks the mover, by getting his feet up, stunning Axel. Kofi shoots off the ropes, but right into a drop kick. Axel covers, but only gets a two count. Axel looks for a DDT, but Kofi counters with the SOS and is able to roll up Axel for the three count.

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston

Michael Cole points out that we haven't seen Kane since SummerSlam when he was dragged away by the Wyatt family. Bray Wyatt sheds some light on the situation with a video, which means it was creepy and didn't really tell us anything.

Renee Young grabs a word with Paul Heyman backstage. She wants to know if he is concerned about his match with Curtis Axel against CM Punk. Heyman says that tonight was a mistake, Heyman looked over Kofi and it's a mistake that he won't make again. Despite his confidence, Heyman looks worried.

Match #4 – Brie Bella vs. Naomi

Unless AJ runs in and rips these girls a new one, I have no interest in this match. And he comes AJ, with reinforcements. Aksana, Layla and Alicia join the run in, as the anti-Divas destroy all four Total Divas in the ring. AJ watches the destruction from ringside.

No Contest

Match #5 – The Real Americans, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro w/ Zeb Colter vs. Usos, Jimmy and Jey

Cesaro gets the pin after Swagger push Jey off the top turnbuckle.

Winner via pinfall: The Real Americans

Triple H asks Show what's wrong. Show tells him he knows, so Hunter is going to let Show take on 3MB.

Match #6 – The Big Show vs. 3MB

Big Show squashed 3MB in epic fashion. Nothing else to see here, folks, move along.

Winner via pinfall: Big Show

The Big Show stops at the top of the ramp when The Shield makes their entrance. Triple H walks out to corral the big man to the back.

Edge is going to be on Smackdown! next week, hooray!

Match #7 – Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins w/ Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns

Reigns steps up, only to let Rollins attack Bryan from behind. Rollins tosses Bryan over the top rope to the floor and then smashed into the ring apron. Bryan and Rollins trade shots in the middle of the ring. Bryan hits a release German suplex and then drop kicks Rollins in the corner. He follows with a missile drop kick. Rollins ducks the spin kick, and then catches Bryan with an enziguri on the top rope. Bryan hits the floor and is then drilled by Reigns. Rollins whips Bryan into the ring steps before rolling him back into the ring. Reigns climbs the turnbuckle, but Bryan catches him, applying the YES! lock. Bryan breaks the hold to ward off The Shield. Reigns and Ambrose get taken out on the outside, and Bryan is able to nail Rollins with the running knee to the face. Bryan covers for the win and gets of Dodge before The Shield can regroup. Unfortunately Bryan is blindsided by Randy Orton, who nails him with the title belt in the back of the head to end the show.

Winner via pinfall: Daniel Bryan

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627