SmackDown Results: Sheamus made Del Rio tap out, outsmarted Big Show; The Shield invaded the blue brand

SmackDown Results: Sheamus made Del Rio tap out, outsmarted Big Show; The Shield invaded the blue brand

World Heavyweight Champion Big Show and Sheamus signed a No Contact Clause Contract

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.— As The Shield stepped onto SmackDown soil for the first time — nine days before their epic Tables, Ladders & Chairs clash with Team Hell No & Ryback at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs — Sheamus triumphed over Alberto Del Rio before nearly losing his World Title Match against Big Show at the upcoming pay-per-view!  

Looking to assure that both Big Show and Sheamus arrived to their World Title Chairs Match at WWE TLC in one piece, SmackDown General Manager Booker T demanded that both Superstars sign a No Contact Clause Contract. The agreement would stipulate that neither one could lay a hand on the other until their pay-per-view showdown in nine days ( MATCH PREVIEW). Booker said that if Sheamus refused to sign, he would lose his title match and if Show didn’t sign, he would lose the World Title outright.

Sheamus signed first, acknowledging that waiting to take down his giant adversary was like waiting for Christmas. The World’s Largest Athlete responded that Sheamus’ gift would be not getting hurt for nine days, but that The Celtic Warrior should be careful what he wished for.

Just before he added his name to the agreement, however, Big Show suddenly overturned the signing table on top of Sheamus. While a hopping mad No. 1 contender looked ready to launch a counter attack, the grinning World Heavyweight Champion held up the signed paper in front of him, making it clear that if the Irish Superstar did touch him, his pay-per-view opportunity was all over.

Booker T then broke up their conflict, revealing that Sheamus would face the dangerous Alberto Del Rio later in the evening while Big Show would take on WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan in moments — the Superstar who beat him in 45 seconds last year to end the giant’s last World Heavyweight Title reign!

World Heavyweight Champion Big Show def. WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan

The resilient Daniel Bryan showed a great deal of both skill and bravery against the fierce Big Show, as The World’s Largest Athlete punished his opponent in a battle that stretched both inside and outside the ring. Nevertheless, the intestinal fortitude of the submission specialist would rise above and, to the amazement of the WWE Universe, Bryan eventually took Big Show off his feet.

But as Bryan looked to follow-up with an assault off the top rope, The Shield suddenly appeared in the crowd — nine days before they will face Team Hell No and Ryback in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match at WWE TLC ( MATCH PREVIEW). As Bryan took notice of the emerging faction, Big Show seized the opportunity, executing an earth-shattering chokeslam on Bryan from his high perch for the three-count.

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show: SmackDown, Dec. 7, 2012

Daniel Bryan faces World Heavyweight Champion Big Show and then becomes the victim of another unfortunate attack from The Shield.

When The Shield attacked Bryan after the contest, the fallen Superstar’s partner, Kane, rushed to the ring to engage them. In spite of the ruthless aggression of The Big Red Monster, though, the numbers disadvantage proved to be too much. The Shield took down him down, executing a huge three-man Powerbomb on The Devil’s Favorite Demon to send a clear message they were ready for WWE TLC.

Later, a SmackDown exclusive video aired, in which The Shield responded from an undisclosed location to their recent attacks and the upcoming pay-per-view showdown. ( WATCH | MATCH PREVIEW

The Miz added his two cents to Damien Sandow’s quest to find an apprentice

Once again, Damien Sandow called a member of the WWE Universe into the ring, asking his potential apprentice three questions to determine if he was worthy of being his protégé. While the fan answered the first two questions with ease, the extremely difficult third question left him completely stumped — opening him up to ridicule and to his immediate dismissal from the ring by “The Intellectual Savior of the Masses.”

But before Sandow could make his own exit, the outspoken Miz emerged to ask his own question of “The Enlightened One” — one specifically designed to mock Sandow like only The Awesome One could.

The Miz adds his two cents to Damien Sandow's continued quest to find an apprentice: SmackDown, Dec. 7, 2012

The Miz interrupts Damien Sandow's search for an apprentice and manages to leave "The Intellectual Savior" speechless.

3MB def. Brodus Clay & The Usos in a Six-Man Tag Team Match

With Drew McIntyre back in action for the first time in months — after recovering from a serious wrist injury — 3MB took on Brodus Clay & The Usos.

Just when it looked as if the air-guitar-playing trio was about to get beat, Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal attacked The Funkasaurus on the apron, igniting a furious battles outside the ring between the four non-legal Superstars. This opened the door for McIntyre to gain the advantage and overcome Jimmy Uso with the Future Shock DDT.

Brodus Clay & The Usos vs. 3MB: SmackDown, Dec. 7, 2012

The Funkasaurus teams with The Usos to face 3MB on SmackDown.

Randy Orton def. Wade Barrett

Already set to face Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston for the championship gold at WWE TLC in nine days ( MATCH PREVIEW), Wade Barrett prepared to take on the unrelenting Randy Orton — with “The Wildcat” joining the SmackDown announce team. Whether the English Superstar would be able to keep his full attention on WWE’s Apex Predator with Kofi in the wings remained to be seen. 

In the explosive bout that followed — pitting two of the most brutal brawlers in the squared circle against each other — The Viper eventually went for the RKO. But Barrett had enough presence of mind to hold onto the ropes at the last second, sending Orton crashing to the canvas without his prey in tow.

The tough-as-nails Barrett then turned his attention to the turnbuckle, looking as if he would remove it and expose his adversary to a much harder surface. But before he could, though, Kofi leaped up onto the ring apron to protest his action. This opened the door for a recovered Orton to hit the successful RKO for the huge win.  

Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett: SmackDown, Dec. 7, 2012

Randy Orton takes on Wade Barrett while Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston watches from the commentary table.

The Great Khali & Hornswoggle vs. Epico & Primo

In an explosive tag team match, the action proved just as interesting outside the ring as inside it. After the mischievous Hornswoggle caused Rosa Mendes to fall backward in playful fashion at ringside, Natalya stopped the angry Diva’s pursuit with a fierce clothesline.

As the Divas battled outside the ring, The Great Khali was taking care of business against the cousins from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Punjabi Playboy then tagged in ’Swoggle, who hit the Tadpole Splash on Epico for the victory.

The Great Khali & Hornswoggle vs. Epico & Primo: SmackDown, Dec. 7, 2012

The Greatk Khali & Hornswoggle form the most unlikely tag-team in WWE and face Epico & Primo on SmackDown.

R-Truth looked to set United States Champion Antonio Cesaro free

Just nine days before he will challenge the Swiss Superstar for the United States Championship at WWE TLC, the charismatic R-Truth interrupted Cesaro in defense of America. ( MATCH PREVIEW

Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio

Longtime adversaries Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio engaged in a monumental SmackDown main event, with Big Show observing the action from the ramp. And after a brutal back-and-forth struggle, The Celtic Warrior ultimately reigned supreme, making Del Rio tap out to the Clover Leaf.

As the dust cleared, Big Show stepped into the ring, knowing if Sheamus laid a hand on him before their Chair Match at WWE TLC, he would lose his World Heavyweight Championship Match.

Banking that the “Irish temper” on The Celtic Warrior would prevail over reason, the giant closed his eyes, tempting Sheamus to strike.

Rather than give in, however, the former World Champion did the next best thing — grabbing a close-by Ricardo Rodriguez and hurling Del Rio’s persona ring announcer into The World Largest Athlete. Since the below-the-belt onslaught didn’t involve him hitting Big Show, Sheamus didn’t break the rules.

Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio: SmackDown, Dec. 7, 2012

Sheamus almost comes to blows with Big Show following The Celtic Warrior's main event match with Alberto Del Rio.

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