THE SPECIALISTS SMACKDOWN STORYLINE TRACKER 7/15: Final review of MITB hype - Orton-Christian, Rhodes-Bryan, SD's MITB ladder match
Jul 17, 2011 - 3:06:44 PM
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WWE Smackdown Storyline Tracker - 7/15 episode
By Robin Scannell, PWTorch Specialist
(1) Randy Orton vs. Christian
Josh Mathews interviewed Randy Orton in the ring at the start of the show. Orton said that he wouldn’t get disqualified and that the stipulation is another ploy from Christian to attempt to win the title. Christian appeared on the big screen and said it was his lawyers who wanted the stipulation, not him. Christian insulted Bob Orton and said that he was a joke. Orton called Christian down to the ring, but Christian said that he would come down after he has taken his title back. Orton said that Christian’s only accomplishment was a five-day title run.
Backstage, Kane thanked Theodore Long for his match with Randy Orton. He said that he needs to face the best, to determine whether or not he is still a monster.
Backstage, Christian saw some graffiti on Orton’s bus that read “Orton sucks” and “Christian is the true World Champion.” He said that he would find out who defaced Orton’s bus.
Later, Christian was walking through the Mohegan Sun casino while holding Randy Orton's wallet. He rolled through his credit cards, cash, and a picture of his wife. He bet all of Randy's $1,000 cash on Black 1, but it came up Black 20.
In the main event, Orton lost his match against Kane by count-out as he chased Christian, after Christian had come out and distracted Orton a couple of times. Kane attacked Orton when he was back in the ring, and then they all attacked each other at different points. Christian went to hit Orton with a chair, but Orton kicked him, so he fled the ring. Orton then hit Kane with the chair several times.
(2) Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase vs. Daniel Bryan
Ezekiel Jackson defeated Ted DiBiase to retain the Intercontinental Title. Backstage, Cody Rhodes told Dibiase to wear a paper bag, but then said that he would give Rhodes one more chance. Cody Rhodes defeated Daniel Bryan in a good, eleven minute match.
Reax: Ted DiBiase pinned Ezekiel Jackson in a tag match, earning him this title match. However, the week before that, Cody Rhodes pinned Ezekiel Jackson one-on-one and he received no title shot.
(3) Jinder Mahal
In a backstage photo shoot, Jinder Mahal was jealous of the attention that Great Khali received from the photographer.
(4) Big Show vs. Mark Henry
Theodore Long introduced Big Show and Mark Henry for a face-off. Mark Henry, on the ramp, said that that all that has happened was Big Show’s fault, and showed the video of Big Show’s unprovoked attack on him from a few weeks ago (Big Show was in a bad mood because of Alberto Del Rio). Big Show said he lit a fire under Henry. Henry said bigger isn’t battle, but stronger is better, meaner is better, and better is better. Show told him to come to the ring, but Long stopped any physicality.
(5) Money in the Bank Participants
Sin Cara managed to defeat Sheamus in a match that featured Wade Barrett on commentary, scouting his MITB opponents. After the match, Barrett attacked Sheamus and hit his finisher. Later, Heath Slater cut a promo that blamed Justin Gabriel, and that signified their tag team splitting up. Justin Gabriel then defeated Heath Slater.
Current Smackdown Feuds Active this Week (# weeks)
Randy Orton vs. Christian (12)
Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase vs. Daniel Bryan (8)
Kane (and Big Show) vs. Mark Henry (6)
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