Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns geared up for Sunday’s pay-per-view showdown against the high-flying Jimmy & Jey Uso on the blue brand. With United States Champion Dean Ambrose at the SmackDown announce table fielding questions about the WWE TLC 3-on-1 Handicap Match against CM Punk and possible cracks in The Shield, his Slammy award-winning brethren defeated the Samoan warriors after a wicked Spear by Reigns.
But, following the bell, CM Punk broadcasted from an “undisclosed location” – the preferred sounding post of The Hounds of Justice, actually – to deliver a message of his own. Believing he will be, in fact, walking into a slaughter during their 3-on-1 showdown at WWE TLC, The Second City Saint reiterated that he will take as many of them down with him as he can. Punk also pointed out that he had exposed his opponents’ weaknesses during recent encounters, and suggested that The Shield believe in The Best in the World.
CM Punk def. U.S. Champion Dean Ambrose
How’s this for Insult of the Year? Despite the fact that CM Punk bested the self-proclaimed “baddest man in The Shield,” Dean Ambrose, it was the star-spangled champion’s ascendant teammate Roman Reigns that truly left The Straight Edge Superstar humiliated after the match was over.
Suffering through a set of bruised ribs, the bout was an uphill battle for Punk from the word go. Ambrose ruthlessly exploited his opponent’s injury, countering a cross body with a knee to the chest that left the former WWE Champion writhing in pain. Punk slowly fought his way to an advantage with body blows of his own, and Ambrose’s hasty dismissal of his Shield-mates after a ringside spat left him vulnerable to a surprise roll-up from Punk. The Shield’s pack-of-Hounds mentality kicked in immediately, though, when Rollins distracted Punk at ringside and Reigns capitalized, obliterating the battered victor with his Slammy Award-winning Spear.
WWE Champion Randy Orton and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena met in a ‘Championship Ascension’
With 20 former WWE and World Champions gathered in the ring, John Cena and Randy Orton exchanged their final words as individual champions, and, just as in their contract signing, the peace broke down in epic fashion. Orton delivered a cheap-shot to Cena following a handshake from The Champ and signature maneuvers were soon flying left and right: CM Punk received a retaliatory Sweet Chin Music from Shawn Michaels after he went to town on Triple H; Daniel Bryan responded by blasting HBK with a running knee; but disaster really struck when Bryan dodged the RKO and shoved Orton full-speed into a defenseless Stephanie McMahon.
It may have been a while since CM Punk dropped a pipe bomb, but that doesn’t mean the scruffy savior of The Second City has lost his particular touch for poking the corporate hornet’s nest. In fact, Punk arrived in the Boomer Sooner State with a proverbial bang in the form of a verbal assault on The Authority for their supposed involvement in The Shield’s attack the previous week (retribution, Punk said, for his off-the-cuff insult towards Triple H). While Stephanie McMahon and Kane took issue with the accusation that they had ordered such a strike, they did come up with an on-the-spot ruling in the name of business when The Hounds of Justice emerged – to the apparent surprise of everyone – for yet another go at the former WWE Champion: A 3-on-1 Handicap Match between Punk and The Shield at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
Echoing accusations flooding social media all week long, CM Punk speculated that the many bad things he and partner Daniel Bryan have gone through recently could be the work of “someone with Authority.” Punk then warned that once he gets to the bottom of it all, it would be members of The Shield who would need protection.
Later, flanked by the dangerous Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, Bray Wyatt spoke on their mysterious taking of Daniel Bryan from the Raw ring, which was the last time anyone saw the former WWE Champion. Among his haunting comments on the subject, The Eater of Worlds said that Bryan would “be safe with them,” and that “The Beard entered the Lion’s Den a man, but would emerge a monster.”
Cody Rhodes & Goldust def. The Shield by Disqualification in a Tag Team Title Match
Whether it was because they scored a huge win over the Rhodes brothers & Rey Mysterio in Six-Man Tag Team action on Raw, or because Roman Reigns was the sole survivor in their Traditional Elimination Tag Team Match at the pay-per-view 24 hours earlier, Reigns & Seth Rollins earned an opportunity to reclaim championship gold on the festive episode of the blue brand. As they made their attempt, United States Champion Dean Ambrose invited himself onto SmackDown commentary for a ringside seat.
With bodies flying everywhere at the height of the action, Cody hit a thunderous Cross Rhodes on Seth Rollins and looked ready to close the door on The Hounds of Justice. But before the referee could count to three, Ambrose opted to attack, provoking a chair-wielding CM Punk into the ring with furious retribution in his eyes. These actions caused the SmackDown General Manager to restart the action as a Six-Man Tag Team Match!
Cody Rhodes, Goldust & CM Punk vs. The Shield in a Six Man Tag Team Match ended in No-Contest
The impromptu Six-Man Match was a thrill ride from start to finish, proving ever more action-packed than the title contest that preceded it.
However, just when it looked like CM Punk was about to close matters with the GTS, the horrifically familiar tone of The Wyatt Family interrupted and, following the subsequent darkness, the creepy faction appeared and perched themselves at the base of the ramp to get a closer look.
This addition would allow The Shield to regain the advantage. When the tide turned again, however, the Wyatts attacked the fan favorites outside the ring. The Usos stormed down to even the odds and things dissented into a full-blown, Thanksgiving episode brawl. Seconds later, Rey Mysterio charged into the breach as well.
As a result of the continued disorder, Vickie Guerrero again changed the nature of the matchup, expanding things into a 12-Man Tag Team Match!
CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, The Usos & Rey Mysterio def. The Shield & The Wyatt Family in a 12-Man Tag Team Match
The special Thanksgiving edition of SmackDown reached epic levels when the newly established 12-Man Tag Team showdown took center stage! And as order completely broke down in the final moments of that incredible contest, a flurry of spears, double kicks and catapulting Superstars took over. This ended with a 619 by Rey Mysterio mixed with a GTS by The Second City Saint – closing out Erik Rowan and ending the colossal SmackDown main event in heroic style.
CM Punk & Daniel Bryan def. The Wyatt Family via Disqualification
The confidence of champions and some well-honed teamwork propelled CM Punk & Daniel Bryan to triumph at Survivor Series against Erick Rowan & Luke Harper. With Bray Wyatt himself joining the fray, though, all the braggadocio in the world wasn’t enough to save the two former WWE Champions from suffering the wrath of The Wyatts … and a few others as well.
Bray’s presence quickly galvanized Harper & Rowan into a new level of brutality, and for a while it looked like the former WWE Champions’ gooses were well and cooked until Punk came in to take control. Bryan tagged back in against Harper to reclaim the momentum when things turned sour, but the official lost control of the bout when all three Wyatts stormed the ring and ruled a Disqualification win for the dream team.
The night wasn’t quite over, though, as The Wyatts laid waste to Punk and hauled a beaten Bryan off to parts unknown. The Straight Edge Superstar gave chase but didn’t get far before Roman Reigns trucked him with a massive spear, following up with a Triple Powerbomb from the aid of his fellow Shield-mates that left Punk down for the count and then some.