Friday, August 2, 2013
The week's show was taped even farther ahead of time in Houston, Texas, and aired on August 3, 2013 on SyFy. Michael Cole and Alex Riley were on commentary for this episode of SmackDown.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio came out to the ring to cut a promo, saying Cena wasted a pick for who he'd face at Summerslam on Daniel Bryan, because Cena's scared of him. Del Rio said he will face Ricardo Rodriguez at Summerslam as his opponent. Smackdown GM Vickie Guerrero came out and told Del Rio that she's booked a match: RVD vs. Christian vs. Randy Orton in a Triple Threat with the winner challenging Del Rio at Summerslam for the title.
Cody Rhodes defeated Jack Swagger by pinfall. During the match, Rhodes scored a quick rollup pinfall on Swagger. After the match, he was being interviewed by Josh Matthews, and Damien Sandow attacked Rhodes from behind.
Big E. Langston defeated Sin Cara by pinfall. During this one, Sin Cara went for a springboard elbow off the ropes. Big E caught him from the air and hit his finisher for the win.
CM Punk defeated Fandango via submission hold, making him tap out.
AJ Lee defeated Kaitlyn to retain the WWE Divas Championship. Post-match, Layla turned against her friend Kailtyn and left with AJ.
Booker T came out to speak to everyone about how it was Booker T Day in Houston today.
Christian defeated Randy Orton via pinfall to become new #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Title. Late in the match, Orton scored the RKO on RVD, but Christian grabbed Orton for the rollup pinfall to get the win. After the match, Del Rio came out to attack Christian, as Smackdown went off the air.