SmackDown Results: Christian def. Randy Orton and RVD in a furious Triple Threat World Title No. 1 Contender’s Match
BY Michael Burdick
August 02, 2013
SmackDown GM Vickie Guerrero shut down Alberto Del Rio
HOUSTON – As three of WWE’s top Superstars battled it out for the right to face World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio at SummerSlam, CM Punk dazzled Fandango with the power of Straight Edge, a stunning turn of events helped decide the Divas Title Match and Damien Sandow showed Cody Rhodes the true value of ”Money.”
Several weeks ago, newly crowned Raw General Manager Brad Maddox gave WWE Champion John Cena the opportunity to choose his No. 1 contender at SummerSlam, paving the way for The Champ to create a highly anticipated clash between himself and Daniel Bryan.
After SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero offered the World Heavyweight Champion the same chance, Alberto Del Rio tried to name Ricardo Rodriguez as his No. 1 contender. But, The Queen Diva swiftly rejected the titleholder’s feeble attempt at a summer siesta – instead creating an explosive blue brand Triple Threat Match to determine his SummerSlam opponent: RVD vs. Randy Orton vs. Christian for later in the night!
Christian def. Rob Van Dam and Randy Orton in a No. 1 Contender Triple Threat Match
At the height of the whirlwind free-for-all Triple Threat showdown between three former World Champions – established to decide who would take on World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio at SummerSlam – Randy Orton looked ready to close the door on Christian with the RKO.
But when RVD reengaged him at the last second, The Viper ended up hitting the ECW Original with his patented finisher instead. The sudden change in course allowed Captain Charisma enough time to regain his senses and block Orton’s follow-up RKO attempt and counter to score the monumental win!
As a result, Christian will look to capture his third World Heavyweight Title at the Biggest Party of the Summer – from the very Superstar he beat for the same title in 2011. But, before Christian could even celebrate that fact, Del Rio launched a surprise post-match assault on his new No. 1 contender.