The November 15, 2013 Edition of Smackdown is a Professional wrestling television show of the WWE's Smackdown brand, which took place on November 12, 2013 at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England.
Nine days before Survivor Series, SmackDown traveled across the pond, as CM Punk teamed with Daniel Bryan for the first time ever on the blue brand against Ryback & Curtis Axel and thwarted their pay-per-view adversaries in the process.
Despite rallying against a dominating onslaught by The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in SmackDown’s opening contest, The Usos would ultimately fall short after Harper leveled Jey Uso with a monster clothesline.
And when Jimmy attempted to stop Bray Wyatt’s post-match attack, a three-on-one mugging ensued – ending with The Eater of World’s Sister Abigail.Wyatt then referenced Survivor Series, predicting that heroes would become victims and a scar would be left on CM Punk and Daniel Bryan that would bring with it the taste of tragedy.
On Wednesday’s WWE Main Event, a vicious kick from Tamina cost Natayla a Divas Championship victory over AJ Lee.
In the height of the resulting SmackDown match between the third-generation Diva and the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Snuka, a distraction from AJ on the apron backfired, leaving the unhinged titleholder on the ringside floor and Tamina tapping out to Natalya’s Sharpshooter.
R-Truth looked to get “Jiggy Jiggy” on Friday night, teaming with The Prime Time Players against The Union Jacks – the artists usually known as 3MB.
However, the aggressive “Fab Three” ultimately found themselves played out when, in the midst of total disorder, Truth drove Heath Slater face first into the canvas for the pinfall.
Then, as the smoke cleared, the victors borrowed their opponents’ Union Jack outfits and, well … got “Jiggy with it.”
Determined to take back the World Title at Survivor Series, Alberto Del Rio demanded to know if World Heavyweight Champion John Cena would accept his Arm Wrestling Challenge on SmackDown.
Bandaged from Del Rio’s Monday night assault, an emerging Cena referred to his No. 1 contender as a desperate man before sitting down to break his challenger’s limb with his “good” arm.
After Cena shockingly defeated Del Rio in no time flat, an apparently outraged Del Rio demanded a rematch. This turned out to be a ploy, though, for when Cena dropped the Mexican Superstar’s arm for the second time, Del Rio unleashed a fevered assault that ended with the Cenation leader being put through a table!
In the second Divas matchup of the night, the showdown pitting The Bellas against fellow “Total Divas” The Funkadactyls came to a screeching halt when Naomi hit The Rear View on Nikki Bella for the three-count.
Returning to SmackDown after a long absence, Hunico & Camacho asked General Manager Vickie Guerrero for a little action. They were probably sorry they did, though, as their subsequent Handicap contest against The Great Khali ended their night real quick.
Ready to battle Luke Harper & Erick Rowan at Survivor Series – a pay-per-view match announced on WWE.com earlier this week – CM Punk & Daniel Bryan teamed up for the first time ever on the blue brand to take on Ryback & Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel.
But just when Bryan snapped The Human Wrecking Ball into the “YES!” Lock, the lights suddenly went out and the horrifying tone of the Wyatts’s entrance theme echoed through Manchester. When the lights returned, The Wyatt Family appeared to spoil the party. While they were in the ring, however, Punk and Bryan were both gone!
Meanwhile, as Axel tried to revive Ryback, the disoriented Big Guy pushed his partner into the creepy faction, leading Harper and Rowan to attack the titleholder and The Human Wrecking Ball. But, after they exiled their prey from the ring, “The Beard with The Best” suddenly reappeared from hiding and scored a hit-and-run attack on their pay-per-view opponents.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan & Luke Harper) (w/ Bray Wyatt) defeated The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) (7:54)
- R-Truth & The Prime Time Players (Darren Young & Titus O'Neil) defeated The Union Jacks (Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal) (3:43)
Other on-screen talent
The Wyatt Family v The Usos
Natalya v Tamina Snuka
R-Truth & The Prime Time Players v "The Union Jacks"
Alberto Del Rio attacked John Cena during an Arm Wrestling Challenge
The Funkadactyls v The Bella Twins
The Great Khali v Hunico & Camacho
CM Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel
- WWE Smackdown #743 at CAGEMATCH.net
- [Smackdown #743 on WWE Network]
|WWE 2013 Tour|
Belfast • Dublin • Brussels • Glasgow • Munich • Birmingham • Cardiff • Glasgow • Manchester (Raw) • Manchester (Smackdown) • Newcastle • Nottingham • Zurich • Leeds • Rouen • London • Marseille • Vienna • Minehead