SmackDown Results: Elimination Chamber 'dark horse' Cesaro pinned WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton!
The Shield def. Daniel Bryan, Sheamus & Christian
ONTARIO, CA – How did SmackDown show the love on Valentine’s Day? Nine days before the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, the powerful Cesaro defanged The Viper, a Fatal 4-Way Match determined the new No. 1 contender to the Intercontinental Title and The Usos soared to new levels.
In SmackDown’s absolutely furious opening contest, three former World Champions – Daniel Bryan, Sheamus & Christian – stood united against The Shield.
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But, in the height of the all-out mayhem, The Celtic Warrior accidently hit his own partner with a Brogue Kick, sending Captain Charisma into la-la land. Roman Reigns then followed up with an earth-shattering Spear on the Irish Superstar, paving the way for United States Champion Dean Ambrose to pick up a huge Six-Man victory.
Jack Swagger became the No. 1 Contender to the Intercontinental Title in a Fatal 4-Way Match
When Zeb Colter approached SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero about giving Real American Jack Swagger an Intercontinental Title Match, the Queen Diva agreed to grant the request, if the former World Champion could win a Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contender Match, pitting Swagger against Mark Henry, Kofi Kingston and Rey Mysterio.
Photos: Fatal 4-Way with major title implications
As Intercontinental Champion Big E joined the SmackDown announce team, waiting patiently to see who would challenge him at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Swagger caught Kofi’s Trouble in Paradise attempt in mid-air and forced The Wildcat to tap out to The Patriot Lock.
Bad News Barrett wished women a “Happy” Valentine’s Day
WWE’s resident happy/fun guy offered the Valentine’s Day hopefuls in the WWE Universe a little bit of bad news.
The Usos, Cody Rhodes & Goldust def. The New Age Outlaws, Ryback & Curtis Axel
In the midst of out-of-control Eight-Man Tag Team bedlam, after Jimmy Uso leaped over the top turnbuckle and onto numerous opponents outside the ring, his brother Jey launched himself off the top rope to deliver a Splash to Road Dogg. The three-count that followed cemented a huge pinfall for the Samoan warriors over one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions!
Darren Young def. Damien Sandow
Seconds after Darren Young outsmarted the Intellectual Savior of the Masses with a quick roll-up victory, Titus O’Neil leaped from the SmackDown announce table and attacked his former partner.
But his advantage did not last long, as Mr. No Days Off quickly turned the tables and once again ruined Titus’ expensive suit.
The Miz def. Fandango
When Santino Marella and Emma suddenly power-walked their way to ringside in the final moments of The Miz’s match against Fandango, Summer Rae initiated an altercation with the approaching Diva. The commotion allowed Santino to hit Fandango with the Cobra through the ropes – without the referee seeing – setting up The Awesome One’s Skull-Crushing Finale for the win.
Cesaro def. Randy Orton
In a stunning SmackDown main event battle for the ages, Cesaro pinned WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton with The Neutralizer, giving him an incredible non-title victory and, more importantly, extremely valuable momentum heading into the Elimination Chamber on Feb. 23.
As a result of the loss, The Viper is now 1-3 in matches against his Elimination Chamber opponents, as he prepares to face Sheamus Monday on Raw!