On Tuesday, the WWE taped an episode of SmackDown live from Indianapolis, Indiana. The episode will air Friday December 30th on the SyFy channel. According to a Tuesday December 27th report by WrestlingInc.com, SmackDown opened with Booker T coming down to the ring for a promo. Booker talks about how great 2011 was. He’s interrupted by Cody Rhodes how berates Booker by saying he’s washed up. Out comes Goldust and tells Cody that he shouldn’t talk like that to Booker. A match is made next week between Cody and Booker T. After Booker leaves the ring, Cody attacks Goldust before being chased off by Booker.
In the opening match of the night, Jinder Mahal continued the feud with Ted DiBiase Jr. by defeating Ted via the Camel Clutch. Backstage segment with Drew McIntyre wanting a match on SmackDown.
In the second match of the night, Alicia Fox and Kaitlyn defeated Natalya and Tamina. The match was a short match and afterwards, Tamina attacked Natalya and gave her a top rope splash.
The third match of the night saw Hunico defeat the once rising Justin Gabriel. Hunico hit a swanton bomb for the finish. After the match, Hunico and Haku’s son attack Gabriel. Backstage segment with Big Show telling Daniel Bryan that he doesn’t need help from him.
In the 4th match of the night, The Big Show defeated David Otunga with a punch. During the match, Daniel Bryan came out and hit Mark Henry, who was in Otunga’s corner, with the world title. Henry chased Bryan to the back.
In the 5th match of the night, Ezekial Jackson defeated Drew McIntyre with a roll up and held Drew’s tights. After the match, Drew goes and complains to Teddy Long. Then we go to a backstage segment with Sheamus, Hornswoggle, and others talking about winning the Royal Rumble.
In the 6th match of the night, Sheamus squashes Heath Slater and defeats him via pin fall after hitting the Brogue Kick. We go backstage and Teddy makes a match for next week: Daniel Bryan vs. The Big Show for the world title.
In the main event, Randy Orton and Wade Barrett fought to a no contest in a Falls count anywhere match. Late in the match, Barrett threw Orton down a flight of stairs and the show ends with Randy grimacing in pain. Orton sustained a legitimate injury.
The dark match main event saw Daniel Bryan defeat Wade Barrett and The Big Show in a Triple threat match for the title. Within the first few moments, Big Show ko’s Barrett and then goes after Bryan, who pulls the top rope down and Big Show falls over. Bryan pins Barrett and does spinnerooines with Booker T after the match.
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