The November 1, 2013 Edition of Smackdown is a Professional wrestling television show of the WWE's Smackdown brand, which took place on October 29, 2013 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
After reigning supreme in two World Heavyweight Championship Matches in the past week, the incomparable John Cena journeyed to Friday night, joining forces with the Rhodes brothers to conquer an onslaught of formidable opposition.
After capturing the World Heavyweight Title from Alberto Del Rio at WWE Hell in a Cell, John Cena returned to SmackDown for the first time in 10 months to put the locker room on notice: “You want some, come get some!”
Zeb Colter and The Real Americans answered that call, congratulating Cena on defeating the Mexican Champion. But what they wanted was for The Champ to become an official Real American – an offer he would decline before embarrassing Colter and his “patriotic” Superstars.
After failing to successfully cash in his Money in the Bank World Title opportunity on Raw, Damien Sandow then stormed onto the scene on SmackDown. He claimed the Cenation leader knew nothing about being a “real” American, since he had been handed everything since his return. He vowed to end the Cena Era in WWE by any means necessary.
Surrounded, Cena soon got some help from WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust, whose emergence sent the aggressors backpedaling. SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero then dropped a bombshell, announcing a Six-Man Tag Team main event between them.
After Jey & Jimmy Uso helped to neutralize The Shield on Monday night, Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins aimed to quell the battling Samoans on SmackDown. In a key moment, however, Roman Reigns’ attempt to get involved in the action brought Big E Langston to the ring, evening the odds and allowing the action to continue unabated.
While The Usos would ultimately pick up the quick win over Dean Ambrose, the United States Champion swiftly launched a post-match attack of retribution. In response, Langston leveled Ambrose with unrelenting force.
The intrigue didn’t there, for when Reigns entered the ring to help remove Ambrose, it seemed for a moment as though he was going to engage all three members of the opposition himself! Before he could, though, his fellow Hounds of Justice called off the big dog.
On Raw, The Wyatt Family viciously attacked both Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. In the wake of that destruction, Bray Wyatt issued another strange riddle to the WWE Universe on SmackDown, referencing the sickness of “false heroism” that “must be dealt with,” and how he has the “cure in the palm of his hand.”
Follow the puzzling statement, Wyatt’s disciples would go on to reign supreme over The Prime Time Players. Moments after Darren Young took Erick Rowan over the ropes and out of the ring, Luke Harper took advantage of the commotion to hit Titus O’Neal with a wicked clothesline for the three-count. As the smoke cleared, the “Eater of Worlds” added sweet “Sister Abigail” to the painful mix.
Informing the WWE Universe that scheduled interviewee Shawn Michael had “left the building,” The Miz decided to serve as his own guest on “Miz TV” – offering the opinion that Randy Orton was the WWE Champion solely because of the actions of HBK at WWE Hell in a Cell.
In response, Orton emerged to insist that he would be champion regardless of what Michaels did before suggesting that the real reason The Showstopper left the building was because Miz was no longer relevant. The Viper also taunted The Awesome One by mentioning his attack on the outspoken Superstar several weeks ago – a slaughter that took place in front of Miz’s parents – and how the WWE Universe practically cheered when it happened.
After stating his opinion that Miz should join Big Show in the unemployment line, the Face of WWE RKO’d his prey before he could respond.
It has been an emotional week for Brie Bella. Not only did she lose her pay-per-view match to Divas Champion AJ Lee on Sunday, but she and Nikki fell short in a match against AJ & Tamina on Raw, while her fiancé Daniel Bryan was sent to the hospital by The Wyatt Family.
Perhaps the battling beauty got some small modicum of satisfaction on SmackDown. After she and twin sister, Nikki, took down Tamina and Alicia outside the ring, her other tag team partner, third-generation Diva Natalya, locked AJ in the family Sharpshooter and made the reigning titleholder tap out!
World Heavyweight Champion John Cena’s heroic week ended as big as it started, as The Champ joined forces with WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust to go head-to-head with Jack Swagger, Antonio Cesaro & Damien Sandow.
While the three champions already had their work cut out for them, the matchup carried extra weight since The Real Americans had defeated the tag team titleholders in a non-title contest on Raw.
For their part, Sandow, Swagger and Cesaro employed tremendous teamwork from the start, eventually isolating Goldust and working to wear him down with every moment that passed. When he finally did reach his brother for the tag, Cody’s entrance sparked an all-out onslaught of offensive from both sides of the ring – highlighted by a high-octane Rhodes assault, a Cesaro Swing, Cena’s Five Knuckle Shuffle and a Goldust Bulldog.
When Swagger emerged from the fray with the advantage to trap the World Heavyweight Champion in the Patriot Lock, the Cenation leader would once again find a way to overcome, fighting his way out to hit the Attitude Adjustment to score the monumental Six-Man Tag Team victory!
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) (w/ Big E. Langston) defeated The Shield (Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins) (w/ Roman Reigns) (6:46)
- The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan & Luke Harper) (w/ Bray Wyatt) defeated The Prime Time Players (Darren Young & Titus O'Neil) (3:48)
- Natalya & The Bella Twins (Brie Bella & Nikki Bella) defeated AJ Lee, Alicia Fox & Tamina Snuka (3:31)
- Cody Rhodes, Goldust & John Cena defeated Damien Sandow & The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro & Jack Swagger) (w/ Zeb Colter) (16:56)
- Dark match: Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton (c) by DQ in a WWE Championship Match
Other on-screen talent
John Cena returned to SmackDown
The Usos v The Shield
The Wyatt Family v The Prime Time Players
“Miz TV” hosted uninvited guest WWE Champion Randy Orton
Natalya & The Bella Twins v AJ Lee, Alicia Fox & Tamina Snuka
Cody Rhodes, Goldust & John Cena v Damien Sandow & The Real Americans
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