Smackdown!: The Wyatt Family continue to haunt Daniel Bryan
DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
And here I thought the sprints between Pay Per Views were over, but no, only a week from Sunday we have TLC. The only thing going for it is, if you missed RAW, is that the main event will be a title unification match between WWE Champion Randy Orton and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena. Although, I don't trust WWE to actually go through with it, so spend your $55 wisely.
Randy Orton heads to the ring with a microphone to bore the crowd in Tulsa, Oklahoma to death. Orton is pretty upset that Cena put him through a table at Monday's contract signing, even though Orton tossed the first table. Orton gives the usually promo; I'm so great, nobody likes me, but I don't like anyone, so that's okay. Orton does apologize to The Authority, though, and appreciates everything they have done for him.
Daniel Bryan interrupts Orton sycophantic rant and tells Orton he needs to apologize to everyone for impersonating a champion, since he has never legitimately beaten him. Bryan puts the winner of the unification match on notice and then challenges Orton for a match tonight. Orton declines, despite the crowd being fully behind the idea.
Match #1 - Fandango w/ Summer Rae vs. Big E Langston - Non-Title Match
Damien Sandow, the number one contender for Langston IC title, joins Cole and JBL on commentary. Cole and JBL ignore the match to talk to Sandow and build up the match at TLC. Sandow compares himself to some of the greatest IC champs of all time, and says his brains will carry him to victory. Hey, remember when Fandango was a thing? Anyway, Langston picks up the win after hitting his over the shoulder cutter, The Big Ending.
Winner via pinfall: Big E Langston
After the bell, Sandow slides into the ring and the two men stare each other down. Sandow points to the belt and leaves the ring without an altercation.
Cole and JBL pushe WWE 2K14 by showing YouTube footage of the in game cinematics. Thank goodness, because I don't know where else I would find that.
Match #2 – Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel
It's nice to see Axel hooking up with Ryback to prevent a slide to the lower mid card, but we all know these tag teams don't stick together long. And he'll probably drag Ryback down with him. And poor JBL has the jobn of trying to sell us on this tag team. Goldust gets taken out by Ryback on the outside. Cody comes to his aid, delivering a Disaster Kick to Ryback off the announce table. Axel is able to catch Cody returning to the ring and rolls him up. Cody is caught off guard, can't kick out and Axel gets the pin
Winner via pinfall: Ryback and Curtis Axel
Wade Barrett is back with his gimmick, Bad News Barrett, that debut on Monday. Unless he says that the bad news is that this is actually his gimmick, I'm not listening.
Match #3 - Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
Del Rio is not in a good mood after losing to Sin "Don't call me Hunico" Cara on Monday. In fact, ADR attacks Kofi before the match even starts laying him out with a big boot and then locking in a cross arm breaker.
The Shield deliver a message to CM Punk. They say they want to hurt Punk tonight, but not so bad that he can't make TLC. Reigns says the baddest man in The Shield needs to face Punk, tonight. Ambrose says he'll do it. I don't think that is what Reigns had in mind.
Match #4 – CM Punk vs. Dean Ambrose
Punk takes Ambrose to the mat with a side head lock. After Ambrose powers out, Punk drop a leg across the throat of Ambrose. Punk catches Ambrose with a spinning heel kick and sets up the GTS. Ambrose slides out and punches Punk in his injured ribs. Punk doubles over, but is able to fend off Ambrose, who slides to the outside. We go to break.
After the commercials, Ambrose is working on Punk's ribs in the middle of the ring. Punk can't break free of an armbar and Ambrose takes him to the mat with a clothesline. Ambrose climbs the turnbuckle, but Punk rolls away from the flying leg drop, and Ambrose crashes to the mat. Ambrose counters a neck breaker into a back side. Punk kicks out. Ambrose fights out of GTS and applies a sleeper. Punk counters into an Anaconda Vice. Ambrose pulls himself to the ropes and gets the ref to break the hold. Punk slams Ambrose and cimbs the turnbuckle. Ambrose cuts him off to deliver a superplex. Punk kicks out of the pin, but is immediately put in an armbar. Punk drags Ambrose to the ropes to get the break. Ambrose argues with the ref and Punk nearly gets the pin with a roll up. Punk looks for the GTS, but Ambrose floats over and drives him into the ring post. Punk catches Ambrose with a kick to the jaw and gets him up again for the GTS. This time Punk connects and covers Ambrose for the win.
Winner by pinfall: CM Punk
Renee Young talks to Rey Mysterio backstage. She wants his opinion on what it would be like holding a unified title. Rey says it would be test of fortitude, when Zeb Colter interrupts to question Rey's citizenship. Mysterio reminds Zeb he is from the 619, San Diego, California. Colter issues a challenge to Rey to find a partner to take on The Real Americans.
Match #5 – Tamina w/ AJ Lee vs. Natalya
AJ joins Cole and JBL at commentary. Unfortunately, despite the Total Divas being the worst seven women on the planet, AJ is probably dropping the title since she isn't on the show. JBL says the show is great and asks AJ if she has seen it. I want to know if JBL has watched Total Divas. I have and it eats away at your soul. Natalya rolls away from the Super Fly splash and is able to pin Tamina.
Winner via pinfall: Natalya
Match #6 – The Real Americans w/ Zeb Colter vs. Rey Mysterio and The Big Show
Rey Mysterio recruits Big Show to be his partner, because why not? Of course, then, Cole mentions Cesaro giving Titus O'Neal the Giant Swing last week, causing him to up chuck his Thanksgiving meal all over him. Hey, WWE can we all just agree that never happened. Thanks. Big Show, after delivering a choke slam, lets Mysterio climb on his shoulders to splash Cesaro. Mysterio covers and gets the pin.
Winner by pinfall: Rey Mysterio and The Big Show
Bad News Barrett is back, and with good news! Unless that news is he is hanging up this gimmick, I don't care. Barrett says something about the new unified champion being a marked man.
Match #7 – Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
Orton drives Bryan into the corner and then takes him down with a shoulder block. Bryan catches Orton coming off with the ropes with a knee to the mid-mid section and then pummels him in the corner. Orton responds with a head butt to get out of the corner. Bryan focuses on Orton's arm and follows with kicks to the mid section. Orton holds himself up to avoid a kick but Bryan is able to knock him out of the ring. Orton retreats to the time keepers area as we go to break.
After the commercials, Orton is in full control, dropping a knee on Bryan. Orton applies a head lock in the middle of the ring. Bryan breaks free and delivers two drop kicks in the corner. Bryan pulls Orton off the top turnbuckle with a head scissors. Bryan sends Orton to the floor with a low bridge and follows with the suicide dive through the ropes. Bryan rolls Orton back into the ring and catches him with a missile drop kick from the top. Bryan runs into a power slam. Orton sets Bryan up in the ropes and drops him with the elevated DDT. Bryan counters the RKO into a back slide, but Orton kicks out. Bryan connects with a kick to the head and climbs the top turn buckle, when Rowan and Harper appear at ringside. Orton is able to hit a distracted Bryan with an RKO. Orton covers and gets the win.
Winner by pinfall: Randy Orton
After the bell, Bray Wyatt invites Bryan to join the family so he doesn't have to fight alone.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627