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Smackdown!: Edge returns in build up to Night of Champions
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Daniel Bryan speaks his mind to WWE champion Randy Orton during The Cutting Edge. Photos by Minas Panagiotakis, www.photography514.com

Doesn't it feel like SummerSlam was just last weekend? Well, kids, Night of Champions is Sunday, so I hope you saved some bills to throw down for it. Smackdown! stops in Ottawa to give one last push to get people to order the show. As always Michael Cole and JBL call the action.

Big Show walks to the ring to apologize for his actions, or lack of actions, on Monday Night RAW. Show reads a prepared statement apologizes for letting Triple H, the entire locker room, and the WWE Universe down. Triple H doesn't think that apology was very sincere, so he suspends the giant for the show without pay.

The Shield hit the ring to "escort" Show out of the ring. Show is jumped by all three men. He fights them off and rolls out of the ring. Show stands atop the announce table. He spears Reigns and tosses him into the ring. Show catches Rollins leaping from the top rope, but can't land the KO punch as Reigns drills him in the back with a chair shot. The Shield finally overpowers Show and they hit him with the Triple Powerbomb.

If you missed RAW, you are in luck, we get a rematch of the same 6 Diva tag match we saw on Monday!

Match #1 - Brie Bella, Naomi, and Natty vs. Alicia Fox, Aksana, and Layla - 6 Diva Tag Team Match


And just like Monday, AJ joins the announce table to run down the Total Divas. AJ interrupts the match and then gets jumped by the Total Divas. Layla and crew pull AJ from the ring.

Winner via disqualification: Alicia Fox, Aksana, and Layla

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


Vickie Guerrero acknowledges the dancing of The Miz (in a great outfit!) and R-Truth.

Vickie Guerrero is in the middle of the ring to make an announcement that will surprise the entire WWE Universe. And that surprise is a dance competition. UGH! That was like unwrapping socks on Christmas morning. Anyway, R-Truth will be facing off against Fandango, but Miz crashes the party with an afro wig, calling himself "Miz-co Inferno". Vickie tells him he is more than welcome to compete, when The Great Khali throws his dance shoes into the ring. Vickie says the more the merrier. Miz gets his twerk on and I hope that the last time I have to use the word twerk. Miz wins, upsetting Fandango, who gets tossed out of the ring.

So Ryback has named himself the newest member of the announce team and has an interview lined up backstage. Ryback is with local wrestler, Robert Evans, who is dressed to compete. The kid is 6'4" but skinny as a rail. Ryback asks the kid if he as aspirations to be a WWE superstar. Ryback is glad the kid has dreams and smacks him across the face. Ryback says his dream is to beat people like him up.

Vickie tells Ricardo Rodriguez that he will not be in RVD's corner at NoC, because she fears for his safety. Rodriguez argues, so she throws him in a match with Alberto Del Rio if he wants to be in RVD's corner that bad.

Match #2 Damien Sandow vs. Santino Marella

Santino hits Sandow with the Cobra to get the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Santino Marella


Paul Heyman rants to Michael Cole as Curtis Axel, the Intercontinental champion, stands by.

Michael Cole is in the ring for an exclusive interview with Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel. Cole asks Heyman what he and Axel have planned for Sunday night. Axel points out the Heyman is stressed out over the match, but Punk won't get a chance to get his hands on Heyman. Axel says Punk can't beat him. Heyman says despite his persecution complex, he is being persecuted. Heymann calls for a boycott of Night of Champions. He doesn't understand why people would want to spend money to see him get beat up. Heyman knows that Punk will find a way to get his hands on him. Heyman tries to get people not to order the show by telling people that Punk will beat him up. I don't think that is the right strategy, Paul. Heyman says he will always love CM Punk, but he won't ever forgive the WWE Universe for this.

Match #3 Alberto Del Rio vs. Ricardo Rodriguez w/ RVD

Del Rio jumps Ricardo, beating him into the corner and nailing an enziguri. Del Rio taunts RVD, allowing Ricardo to almost get a pin with a roll up. Del Rio kicks out. Ricardo catches a charging Del Rio with a kick and follows with a tornado DDT off the turnbuckle. Del Rio cuts Ricardo off on the turnbuckle and drops him with a back to belly suplex off the top rope. Del Rio covers to get the win.

Winner via pinfall: Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio slaps on the cross arm breaker, but RVD jumps in to save his friend. RVD hits Del Rio with the Five Star Frog Splash.

Match #4 Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose - Non-Title Match

Ziggler fights his way out of the corner, but Ambrose forces him back. Ziggler connects with a cross body block and Ambrose scurries out of the ring. Ambrose baits Ziggler and is able to regain the upper hand as he slides back into the ring. Ziggler knocks Ambrose to the mat and drops elbow after elbow. Ziggler misses a splash in the corner and we go to break.

After the commercials, Ambrose is in full control with a chin lock. Ziggler breaks the hold, but Ambrose slams him to the mat and climbs the turnbuckle. Ziggler counters by getting a foot up and follows with a clothesline. Ambrose ducks the famouser and is able to lock in a sleeper. Ziggler counters with a chin breaker and hits a famouser. Ziggler goes for the pin, but the rest of The Shield jumps in. The Usos runs down to even the odds. Vickie Guerrero walks out, telling Ziggler he has his title shot, but then she makes the Usos joins him for a 6 man tag match, right now.

Winner by Disqualification: Dolph Ziggler

Match #5 The Shield vs. Dolph Ziggler and The Usos, Jimmy and Jey

We join the match in progress; Ziggler is in control until Reigns cuts him down with a short armed clothesline. Ziggler gets caught in the heel corner and takes a beating. Ambrose drop kicks Ziggler, who is tied up in the ropes. Ziggler sends Ambrose to the floor with a low bridge, but still can;t make the tag. Reigns is shoved into the ring post, allowing Dolph to make the tag to Jimmy. Rollins eats a Samoan Drop, but Ambrose is able to break the pin. Ziggler takes out Ambrose. Jey breaks up a pin, only to get speared by Reigns. Jimmy catches Rollins with a kick and goes up top. Rollins counters Jimmy flying off the top turnbuckle and is able to rolls him up and get the pin.

Winner via pinfall: The Shield

The Cutting Edge

Edge is back, for tonight only, and he is going to host his talk show. Which is what he did on Monday. Edge tells Christian, who was beaten up by The Shield last week, to come back and take them out. Edge introduces his guests tonight, WWE Champion Randy Orton and his opponent Daniel Bryan.

Edge cuts to the chase, asking Orton how it feels to be a sellout. Orton says Edge is jealous of Orton being a ten time champ. Bryan tells Orton to show some respect, while Edge reminds Orton that he is actually an eleven time champ. Orton says he didn't sell out, he just did what anyone else would have done. Orton says the McMahons are looking him to be the face of the WWE. Orton says he is best for business. Edge wants to know what Bryan thinks. Daniels says he doesn't care what's best for business, when Orton interrupt him. Bryan tells him he doesn't want to be the face of the WWE; Bryan cares about love, satisfaction and dreams, not money. All Bryan wants is to hold the WWE title. Orton shoves the title in his face and jumps him. Bryan counters and applies the YES! lock. Orton taps, but Bryan won't release the hold. WWE officials hit the ring, freeing Orton. Bryan stands tall in the ring to end the show.

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