The following are the WWE SmackDown! results for October 14, 2011, which was taped this past Tuesday from Dallas, Texas. The results are courtesy of Richard Trionfo and PWInsider.com.
We start off this week’s show with a look back at the return of Big Show after his injury at the hands (and the rest) of Mark Henry. We hear Show’s comments and then we see how Show earned a title match after being out of the ring since Money in the Bank.
We are live on tape from Dallas, Texas and your announcers are Michael ‘I am Spartacus’ Cole, Josh ‘I am Sparcatus’ Mathews, and Booker ‘I am going to need a bathroom break’ T.
We start off with the General Manager of Smackdown Teddy Long and he makes his way to the stage. He is joined by the interim General Manager of Raw John Laurinaitis. They shake hands and Teddy says that they are all going to be part of history. This episode of Smackdown moves into second place on the longest running programs. John mentions that they are now second only to Raw. John says that he is excited to be here not only as the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and the Raw General Manager to give his support.
Teddy says that with all of the superstars under one roof, what better way to celebrate than with the largest battle royal in WWE history. John says that the winner of the battle royal will have a title match against the champion of his choosing on Smackdown.
Teddy wants a holla holla holla from the people of Dallas.
Match Number One: Forty-One Man Battle Royal for a Title Match of the Winner’s Choosing Later Tonight
The participants in the battle royal are CM Punk, John Morrison, Alex Riley, Curt Hawkins, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, Tyler Reks, Drew McIntyre, Mason Ryan, David Otunga, Primo, JTG, Michael McGillicutty, Percy Watson, Jack Swagger, Miz, R Truth, Santino Marella, Christian, Daniel Bryan Cody Rhodes, Ezekiel Jackson, Yoshi Tatsu, Wade Barrett, Jinder Mahal, Sin Cara El Terrible, Heath Slater, Ted DiBiase, Justin Gabriel, Derrick Bateman, Trent Barreta, Johnny Curtis, William Regal, Tyson Kidd, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Matt Striker, Sheamus, Titus O’Neil, and Randy Orton.
As the wrestlers enter the ring, it is hard to find available space for the final few participants.
The bell rings and everyone except Dolph Ziggler battle in the ring while Ziggler waits on the apron. Cody Rhodes is the first man eliminated thanks to Randy Orton. There are few things other than punches and kicks going on as we have two score of wrestlers remaining in the match. Johnny Curtis is sent to the apron and he is eliminated by Drew McIntyre.
Sheamus tries to eliminate Jack Swagger while John Morrison makes his way to the apron and he tries to help get Swagger out of the ring. Swagger tries to eliminate Orton and Orton goes to the apron. Morrison suplexes Yoshi to the apron while on the other side of the ring, JTG is eliminated. Kofi eliminates Michael McGillicutty followed shortly by Derrick Bateman on the list of eliminated wrestlers.
Titus saves his tag team partner Percy Watson from elimination, but Titus is not so lucky as Jack Swagger sends him to the floor. Titus joins Yoshi Tatsu who was also eliminated. Jack Sawgger is sent to the apron by Ted DiBiase. Matt Striker is eliminated so half of the announcers in this match are gone with William Regal their only hope.
Sheamus and Percy Watson send John Morrison back to the apron. Justin Gabriel sends Primo over the top rope but Dolph Ziggler may have inadvertently saved Primo because Primo hits Ziggler and Primo stays on the apron. Orton tries to eliminate Christian but he holds on to the ropes as we go to commercial.
We are back and it is your guess as to whether or not any wrestlers were eliminated during the commercial break because there is a huge mass of humanity still in the ring. Ziggler is on the apron and he tries to suplex Morrison to the floor but Morrison blocks it and he drops Ziggler on the top rope but Dolph is able to maintain his balance on the apron.
Josh informs us that there are thirty-two men left in the battle royal meaning that one person was eliminated during the commercial break. We have more punches and kicks while Sin Cara goes after Mason Ryan. Alex Riley sends Justin Gabriel to the apron and Tyson Kidd tries to help eliminate Gabriel. Meanwhile, on another side of the ring, William Regal is eliminated.
Sheamus tries to eliminate Otunga while Punk is trying to help Daniel Bryan to the floor but the Money in the Bank holder is doing his best to remain in the ring. Percy Watson is eliminated. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger work as a team to eliminate John Morrison. Ryder eliminates Dolph Ziggler and Ziggler wants to get back into the ring. Ryder and DiBiase try to eliminate McIntyre.
Punk continues to try to eliminate Bryan and he elbows him in the back. Trent Barreta is eliminated. Bryan is able to get back into the ring thanks to Orton going after Punk. Miz and Truth eliminate Jimmy Uso while Santino tries to eliminate Jey. Punk and Orton continue to battle by the ropes and Punk goes to the apron. Ted DiBiase is eliminated. Tyson Kidd is also eliminated. Bryan kicks Gabriel and then Gabriel and McIntyre battle by the ropes.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ryder is trying to eliminate Christian. Daniel Bryan is eliminated. Punk sends Reks to the apron and Gabriel is sent to the apron but neither man is eliminated yet. Primo is sent to the apron but he rolls back into the ring. Sheamus sends Ryder over the top rope but Ryder holds on to the ropes to stay in the match.
Reks is eliminated by Mason Ryan and then he eliminates Curt Hawkins too. Miz and Truth work over Punk in the corner. McIntyre is eliminated by Mason Ryan as well. Ryan adds to the list by eliminated Justin Gabriel with a press slam. Mason Ryan is eliminated by Wade Barrett as the man from England eliminates the man from Wales.
Truth and Miz wait for something to happen but Primo is sent to the apron by CM Punk and then Punk eliminates Primo with a kick to the head. Santino is sent over the top rope but he skins the cat and gets back to the apron. Santino uncoils the cobra, but that chicanery costs him because while he was doing that, Christian with a punch that sends Santino to the floor.
Riley has Miz on the apron and he punches his former mentor while Truth comes from behind to try to stop him. Riley punches Truth. Miz pulls the ropes down and Truth sends Riley over the top rope. Miz wishes Riley well. Sheamus punches Slater while Jey Uso works over Otunga. Barrett goes after Sheamus and may have accidentally saved Heath Slater as Barrett tries to become the last European in the match.
Kofi is sent over the rope but he skins the cat. Kofi tries to send Swagger over the top rope with a head scissors but Swagger holds on and he puts Kofi in the ankle lock. Swagger kicks Kofi to the floor. Zack Ryder is eliminated as we are down to fourteen.
David Otunga brings us down to an unlucky thirteen as Sheamus eliminates him. Sheamus eliminates Jey Uso. Jackson gets Sheamus up in the torture rack but Sheamus escapes and Sheamus clotheslines Jackson over the top rope to the floor. Sheamus sends Slater over the top rope but he holds on and stays on the apron. It might not have been a smart idea for Slater because Sheamus with a Brogue Kick that sends Slater off the apron and into the ringside barrier as he is eliminated.
We are down to ten men and they are Sheamus, Sin Cara The Not So Nice, Jack Swagger, Wade Barrett, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Christian, Jinder Mahal, Miz, and R Truth.
Sheamus blocks a rana attempt by Sin Cara and Sheamus sends Cara to the floor and he lands on Jackson, Uso, and Otunga before his feet hit the floor to eliminate him. Christian waits for Sheamus to turn around for the spear but Christian probably didn’t realize that Sheamus was looking at the TitanTron that showed Christian waiting to pounce on Sheamus so Sheamus is able to kick Christian. Sheamus gets Christian up for the Celtic Cross but Christian escapes the hold and Christian tries to eliminate Sheamus.
Sheamus eliminates Christian. Mahal with a clothesline to Sheamus while Punk takes turns kicking Truth and Miz. Punk sends Miz into Truth’s midsection and Punk throws Truth over the top rope to eliminate him and then Miz comes from behind and eliminates Punk.
Sheamus with a Brogue Kick to Miz as we are down to six. Miz is down in the corner while Barrett attacks Sheamus in one corner and Mahal and Swagger battle in the other corner. Randy Orton is nowhere to be found. Barrett and Swagger are the ones in control. Punk and Truth battle on the floor while Christian comes back into the ring and sends Sheamus over the top rope and he is eliminated. Sheamus realizes what happened and he goes after Christian who leaves the ring and runs away.
Orton returns to the ring and he eliminates Barrett. Orton with an RKO to Swagger and then he throws Jack over the top rope. Orton with an RKO to Mahal and then he eliminates Jinder. We are down to our final two and it is Miz and Randy Orton. Miz comes from behind and he throws Orton over the top rope but he did not get enough distance to send Orton off the apron to the floor so Orton rolls back in and while Miz thinks that he won, he turns around and sees that Orton is still on the apron. Miz kicks Orton in the corner.
Miz with knees to Orton and then he hits a knee lift. Miz waits for the Awesome clothesline but Orton recover and hits a few clotheslines of his own followed by a power slam. Orton pounds the mat for an RKO but Miz is able to counter and set for the Skull Crushing Finale. Orton is able to roll through and get out of the hold. Orton with a kick and then he sends Miz to the apron. Miz with a shoulder and he back body drops Orton onto the apron. Miz and Orton exchange punches on the apron. Miz pushes Orton into the ring post but Orton recovers and kicks Miz followed by an RKO on the apron that forces Miz to hit the floor a few fractions of a second before Orton falls to the floor as the winner.
Winner: Randy Orton
Orton celebrates his victory in the ring while the announcers wonder who Orton will face.
Josh Mathews goes into the ring to congratulate Randy Orton and find out who Orton will be facing later tonight. Randy says that decision is quite easy because on Monday night he said that vengeance would be his. Orton says that he chooses Mark Henry. Randy says that not only will vengeance be his, but he will take back his World Heavyweight Championship.
Kelly Kelly walks in the back with Eve Torres as we go to commercial.