SmackDown results: The Viper’s venomous bite took down Ziggler; while Damien Sandow fled the wrath of The Great White

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August 31, 2012

World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus def. Damien Sandow by Count-out

Less than three weeks from his Night of Champions clash with Alberto Del Rio, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus battled a different SmackDown Superstar, Damien Sandow, in a match that Booker T created earlier in the show.

In the biggest match of his career thus far, “The Intellectual Savior of the Masses” found himself battling one of WWE’s most aggressive and dominant Superstars. After experiencing some of Sheamus’ fearsome raw power, Sandow gained the advantage outside the ring, throwing The Great White into the steel steps. The Killer Kowalski–trained Sandow, called for Sheamus to quit as he took the fight to the World Champion in a way that few Superstars have.

However, the big man from Dublin, Ireland, would regain the advantage. And when “The Enlightened One” managed to escape the titleholder’s revived onslaught - including avoiding the Brogue Kick - he opted to run up the ramp, disappearing as the referee counted to 10, giving Sheamus a count-out victory.

While Sandow opted to live to fight another day, Sheamus continues his successful run as he barrels toward his showdown with Del Rio at Night of Champions. (MATCH PREVIEW)