Backstage: Daniel Bryan and Kane are talking about Dr Shelby backstage. Daniel says he doesn’t get why Rhodes Scholars were brought in. Kane asks what was with Rhodes’ mustache. Daniel says he doesn’t like when people let their facial hair grow out of proportion. Kane and Daniel start a Yes/No chant. Randy Orton asks if they want to be 2nd graders or deliver pain. Kane says both, and walks away. Daniel says they were sorting out their differences and they are champions. Daniel says they will win tonight and then group hug. Orton says he isn’t much of a hugger, but Daniel says not yet.
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) and Randy Orton vs. Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) and WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett
Orton and Rhodes start off, as Orton whips Cody. Cody is taken out with a shoulder, as Kane is tagged. Kane connects with a Snapmare, following with a Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out. Daniel is tagged, as he dives off the top rope onto Rhodes’ arm. Daniel gets the arm of Cody, snapping it against his shoulder. Cody is kicked in the chest, but Rhodes dodges the last kick. Sandow is tagged, as he is almost put in the No Lock. Sandow rolls to the floor.
Sandow stomps on Kane as Cody is tagged. Rhodes kicks Kane’s ribs, punching him in the corner. Sandow is tagged, as he connects with the Elbow of Disdain. Pin, but a kick out. Wade is tagged as he kicks Kane in the gut. Barrett follows with punches to a cornered Kane. Kane connects with an Uppercut, but is hit with the Winds of Change. Pin, but a kick out. Cody is tagged, as he goes for a Disaster Kick. Kane connects with an uppercut. Sandow is tagged, as he is hit with a Back Body Drop by Kane. Orton is tagged, as he connects with a Scoop Slam to Sandow. Rhodes is sent to the floor, as Wade goes to attack Orton from the apron. Wade is punched to the floor, as Cody is kneed from Daniel off the apron. Orton goes for an RKO to Rhodes, but Cody reveres into a Cross Rhodes. Sandow goes for a quick pin, but a kick out. Everyone is thrown to the floor, as Orton connects with an RKO to Sandow for the win.
Winners: Hell No and Randy Orton via pinfall
Kane and Daniel ask for a hug, but Orton denies. Kane and Daniel hug Orton anyway, as he stands shocked in the ring. Orton shrugs, and celebrates on the corner.
A Shield promo is shown, where they call attention. Dean said they interrupted Mick Foley’s celebration due to the broken bodies he is responsible for. Dean says there are 236 bones in a body. They broke one of Orton’s, but they are just getting started. They end with believe in the Shield.
Backstage: Orton and Sheamus speak backstage about the Shield, as Orton says he doesn’t need Sheamus’ help. Orton says in two weeks at Royal Rumble, he will win. Orton says although Sheamus has as answer for everything, he wont have an answer for him.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring. Antonio Cesaro makes his way to the ring, waving an American Flag.
United States Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. Randy Orton
Randy and Orton lock up, as Cesaro locks in an Arm Bar. Cesaro gets the Wrist Lock, followed by a Hammerlock. Cesaro pushes Orton against the ropes, but is taken down with a shoulder. Cesaro kicks Orton, following with a few European Uppercuts. Orton kicks Antonio, then throwing him out of the ring. Cesaro is taken out on the floor with a Lariat. Orton gets back in the ring.
Cesaro has Orton locked in a Cobra Clutch on the mat. Orton stands up,elbowing out. Orton follows with a headbutt and European Uppercut. Orton runs the ropes, but is taken out with a Clothesline. Pin, but a kick out. Cesaro connects with a Gut Wrench Suplex. Pin, but a kick out. Cesaro throws Orton into the corner, throwing fists. Cesaro takes him out with a Snapmare, locking in another Cobra Clutch. Orton punches out, but is kneed. Orton is thrown into the corner, but rolls up Cesaro with a Float Over. Pin, but a kick out. Cesaro connects with a Falcon Arrow, followed by a pin. Kick out. Cesaro throws Orton into the corner, but is taken out with two Lariats and a Scoop Slam. Cesaro is kicked after Orton runs the ropes, but connects with a Swiss Death Uppercut. Pin, but a kick out. Cesaro is whipped into the corner, but knees Orton in the face. Orton connects with a Backbreaker to Cesaro. Antonio is put on the apron, and is hit with a Rope Elevated DDT. Orton coils for an RKO, but the Shield begin attacking Orton.
Winner: Randy Orton via disqualification
The Shield picks up Orton, connecting with a Triple Powerbomb.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring. Randy speaks of saying that tonight is the first Smackdown of 2013, he will make his New Year’s Resolution short and sweet. Randy said he will be World Heavyweight Champion. Orton says a while ago, Smackdown was his show. To change that, Orton says he has entered into the Royal Rumble. Sheamus interrupts and makes his way to the ring.
Sheamus says he isn’t here to steal Orton’s thunder, but came out to say he wants to be World Heavyweight Champion once again. Sheamus says he too will be in the Royal Rumble. Sheamus says he also came to thank Randy when he helped take out The Shield. Orton says he did it for him, just like the Rumble. Sheamus reminds Randy that he won last year, and Randy says that would make it better. Sheamus asks Randy if he Brouge Kicks Randy’s head off, but his body stays in the ring, would it count as elimination. Big Show interrupts.
Big Show says they might get a chance to get to his title, but all they will get a shot at is his fist. Show says Sheamus’ 2013 will be the same as 2012, him losing. Show says Orton can try, but will stomp the snake into the grown. Show says he is the most dominant champion the WWE has seen. Antonio Cesaro interrupts.