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Smackdown!: Randy Orton apologizes to The Authority
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


It looks like WWE is actually going through with the WWE/World Heavyweight Title unification, but be wary, there's still plenty of time to pull the rug out from under us. The final Smackdown! before TLC comes to us from Portland, Oregon, so, much to the chagrin of Triple H, expect a very pro Daniel Bryan crowd. The ringside is also littered with TLC; tables, ladders and chairs.

If you missed the end of RAW on Monday, and what could be John Cena's greatest promo, luckily Smackdown! recaps the events. If you sat through three hours of RAW to see the ending, I'm sorry. Anyway, the belts are hung above the ring, (in a symbolic gesture?) as Daniel Bryan makes his entrance with his Slammy Award in tow.

Match #1 - Daniel Bryan vs. Erik Rowan w/ Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt

Almost forgot what the card will be on Sunday, so it's not surprising that Bryan is taking on one member of The Wyatts since he is taking on the entire clan by himself on Sunday. It would also be wise to wager the we will see CM Punk taking on a member of The Shield tonight.

Bryan holds his own versus Rowan, but numbers in this de facto handicapped match eventually catch up with him. Bray trips Bryan up, getting Rowan disqualified. Bryan is able to fight off Harper, and slides out of the ring. He nails Bray with the running knee on the ramp, and is able to retreat to the safety of the locker room.

Winner via disqualification: Daniel Bryan

Match #2 Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs. The Real Americans - Non-Title Match

It would be nice to think that WWE plans things out six months in advance, but there is no way that Cody Rhodes knew that when he was passed over tow in Money in the Bank, it would be the best thing to happen for his career. Even Cody wouldn't have believed that he would be holding the Tag Team Belts with his brother, Goldust, who was last seen in WWE as a stuttering nightmare. The Real American pull off the upset. Cesaro pulls Cody off the top rope and catches him with a European Uppercut to the get the pin. The TLC card is looking a little light, so maybe this turn of events will add a Tag Team Championship match to the show.

Winner via pinfall: The Real Americans

Bad News Barrett is back to deliver some bad news; this gimmick is really happening. ZING! Actually, he's talking about the Slammys or something. The crowd was more interested in yelling at Barrett or going on a nacho run.

Match #3 - Mark Henry vs. Damien Sandow

Intercontinental champion joins commentary to scout his opponent at TLC, Damien Sandow. How far has Sandow's stock fallen. He's the opposite of Cody Rhodes; winning Money in the Bank, but then being the second superstar to cash it in and lose. Now, he's the number one contender for the IC belt. Sandow gets knocked out of the ring by Henry, and flat out refuses to re-enter the match. Sandow gets counted out.

Winner via count out: Mark Henry

After the match, Langston tosses Sandow back in the ring to face Henry. Sandow escapes and runs his mouth walking up the ramp. Langston won't stand for it; chasing him to the back.

Match #4 AJ Lee and Tamina vs. The Bella Twins

Natalya joins Cole and JBL at the announce table, since she is taking on AJ Lee for the Diva's Title on Sunday. Nattie talks of the success of Total Divas, but how many people that watch WWE wrestling also watch that train wreck of a reality show? Since that E! show is so popular, AJ chance of retaining the belt are about the same as the Oilers winning the cup this year. AJ is able to lock in the Black Widow submission on Brie causing Brie to tap out.

Winner by submission: AJ Lee

World Heavyweight Champion John Cena heads to the ring and cuts a promo for TLC and the unification match. Cena calls Orton out for cutting and running when the going gets tough.

Match #5 Seth Rolling and Roman Reigns w/ Dean Ambrose vs. The Usos

Ambrose slides on the headsets to help cover the match. Reigns spears Jimmy on the outside and then Rollins slams Jey into the ring post. Jey just rolls into the ring before the 10 count, but Rollins drives his face into the mat. Rollins gives the GTS sign, mocking CM Punk, before setting up Jey for the spear from Reigns.

Winner via pinfall: Seth Rolling and Roman Reigns

After the match, CM Punk appears on the Titantron to send a message to The Shield. Punk says he may go down, but the real question is, how many members of The Shield are going down with him.

Match #6 The Big Show w/ Rey Mysterio vs. Ryback w/ Curtis Axel

As Show walks to the ring, Cole announce that a Fatal Four-way Tag Team Title match has been added to the card. Goldust and Cody Rhodes will defend their belts against The Real Americans, Big Show and Mysterio, and Ryback and Curtis Axel. In the time it took to type that, Big Show pinned Ryback after a choke slam.

Winner by pinfall: The Big Show

After the match, Axel confronts Big Show. Show knocks him into the ropes, allowing Mysterio to hit the 619.

Bray Wyatt hijacks the broadcast, upset with Daniel Bryan. He thought he could save Bryan, but now he has to put him down.

Match #7 Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston

The match never happens, as Kofi is jumped by The Miz before he is able to enter the ring. Miz delivers the Skull Crushing Finale and leaves him laid out.

On Wednesday, COO Triple H told Michael Cole that he will allow Randy Orton to apologize for his actions, but cannot guarantee that he will accept it.

WWE Champion Randy Orton walks to the ring to apologize for his actions on Monday Night RAW. Orton wants to do this face to face, though. Triple H honors the request and walks to the ring. Orton says what happened to his wife, Stephanie, was an accident. Orton shows the footage to prove his point and then produces a reverse angle, slow motion view. Orton asks Hunter to accept his apology. Hunter says he didn't need to see the footage and of all the people that need to apologize, he isn't one of them. Hunters tells Orton he could fire him, but he won't, because that wouldn't be "best for business". So, this one time, Hunter will accept Orton's apology. Orton wants Hunter to explain why John Cena was standing with The Authority. Ah, there's the paranoia. Orton says when he wins Sunday, he will be the champion of champions, but he needs to know if The Authority has the same amount of faith in him that he has in himself. Hunter just tells him not to worry about it; they know exactly where their faith lies. Hunter leaves Orton in the ring to ponder that answer as the show ends.

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