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.