Site contributor Nick Redford is in attendance at tonight’s WWE SmackDown! tapings in Wilks-Barre, Pennsylvania and has sent us the following text message results from the show. The following taping is for the broadcast that will air this upcoming Friday, November 25, 2011 on SyFy:
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry comes out on a crutch and cuts promo saying he will fight through his leg injury. Big Show comes out. H tells Henry that what he just did to him, Henry did to Show. Henry called Show the world’s largest loser. Show laid out Henry with KO punch. Daniel Bryan came out and cashed in MITB. We have a new champion.
Not so fast. Teddy Long comes out and says Henry was not cleared to compete. He takes Title off of Bryan and gives it back to Henry. This set up a Fatal 4 Way for the Number one contendership for tonight. The winner faces Henry for title during next week’s live SmackDown! broadcast. The winner of that match will then go on to defend against The Big Show.
(1) Hunico defeated Justin Gabriel in the first match of the evening.
(2) In a Divas tag team bout, Natalya and Beth Phoenix defeated AJ and Kaitlyn in a very quick match. Natalya picked up the win for her team after she hit the Sharpshooter on AJ. Alicia Fox was on commentary during the match. After the match concluded, there was a beatdown with Fox making the save and ending the segment.
The self-proclaimed Internet Champion Zack Ryder was backstage playing the WWE ’12 video game. Sheamus comes in. Comedy ensues. They are tagging tonight vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. Teddy Long comes on the screen and is getting booed by the fans due to the Bryan decision earlier. Henry comes into the room and is not happy about defending the World Title next week. Funny stuff from both. Long makes it a steel cage match for title next week.
(3) Sheamus & Zack Ryder defeated Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler. The crowd was hot for this long match. Ryder picked up the win for his team by hitting the Rough Ryder on Ziggler.
AJ is shown backstage with Daniel Bryan, not happy with him leaving her out there while Beth and Natalia attacked her. Wade Barrett comes and tries to intimidate Bryan.
(4) Ted DiBiase defeated Heath Slater. At the bell, Jinder Mahal pops up on screen speaking a foreign language. He is talking to DiBiase. He self translates saying that Ted turned his back on his wealthy family. The match begins while he’s talking. The crowd is not into this match at all. It’s almost as if we haven’t been given a reason to care about either of these two in years. It’s a shame, they are working their asses off. Decent match.
Matt Striker interviewed Cody Rhodes backstage. Rhodes said that he threw water in Booker T’s face on Raw because he looked at Rhodes the wrong way. He said he’ll win the fatal four-way match tonight, and he says that he “can dig that, sucka!”
(5) Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Wade Barrett to become the #1 Contender for the World Title. Bryan will face Mark Henry in a Steel Cage Match for the World Title. After the bout, Rhodes attacked Bryan and started beating him down, but Orton hit an RKO on him to close the show.