SmackDown Results: Sheamus made Del Rio tap out, outsmarted Big Show; The Shield invaded the blue brand

BY Michael Burdick

December 07, 2012

Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio

Longtime adversaries Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio engaged in a monumental SmackDown main event, with Big Show observing the action from the ramp. And after a brutal back-and-forth struggle, The Celtic Warrior ultimately reigned supreme, making Del Rio tap out to the Clover Leaf.

As the dust cleared, Big Show stepped into the ring, knowing if Sheamus laid a hand on him before their Chair Match at WWE TLC, he would lose his World Heavyweight Championship Match.

Banking that the “Irish temper” on The Celtic Warrior would prevail over reason, the giant closed his eyes, tempting Sheamus to strike.

Rather than give in, however, the former World Champion did the next best thing — grabbing a close-by Ricardo Rodriguez and hurling Del Rio’s persona ring announcer into The World Largest Athlete. Since the below-the-belt onslaught didn’t involve him hitting Big Show, Sheamus didn’t break the rules.