A truly explosive SmackDown from across the pond saw the return of Y2J, an incredible Triple Threat Elimination Match for the Intercontinental Title, Bray Wyatt’s backstage assault on Dean Ambrose and a vicious main event that pit Ryback against Corporate Kane. The returning Chris Jericho opened SmackDown, welcoming The Authority’s Triple H and Stephanie McMahon onto a special edition of “Highlight Reel.”
While Stephanie preferred to expound on the virtues of their being in charge, the outspoken Y2J and the WWE Universe seemed more interested poking fun at the power couple – as well as what would happen if WWE’s head honchos lost their Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match against Team Cena and were ousted from power. Eventually, The Game had enough of Jericho and, after taking his longtime adversary to task, the WWE power couple elected to make their exit. The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla would send them off in style, leading the crowd in a humiliating rendition of “Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Goodbye.”
Amid a sea of Survivor Series controversy, the “hottest free agent in WWE” Ryback battled Corporate Kane in SmackDown’s main event — with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon looking on. The action came to a sudden halt, though, when WWE’s Director of Operations brought a chair into the action, forcing the referee to call for the bell. But Ryback would reclaim the advantage, using a spinebuster to set up a chair counter-assault on his Big Red opponent.
The Human Wrecking Ball then engaged in a staredown with Triple H on the apron, a silent conflict that nearly turned violent before WWE’s COO opted to back away.