WWE Smackdown: Christian beats Alberto Del Rio in non-title match

Last Updated: 11/08/13 2:48pm

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Del Rio and Christian: battled each other on Smackdown

Del Rio and Christian: battled each other on Smackdown

Christian bested Alberto Del Rio in a SummerSlam preview on Smackdown.

Captain Charisma and the Essence of Excellence will go on-on-one in Los Angeles on August 18 for the latter's World Heavyweight Championship, but met in a non-title duel on Friday night.

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Christian evaded Del Rio's Cross Armbar to defeat his opponent via a roll-up pinfall and then, after the reigning World Heavyweight Champion protested, hit him post-match with his Killswitch manoeuvre.

Del Rio's plight brought Damien Sandow to the ring and the Duke of Decency attempted to cash in his Money in the Bank contract - now contained inside a swanky new briefcase after his previous one was tossed into the Gulf of Mexico by Cody Rhodes - and poach the Mexican's strap.

But he was swiftly stymied by an onrushing Rhodes, who flattened his former tag-team partner with a neck-twisting Cross Rhodes to cap off an exhilarating evening of action in Rockford, Illinois.

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Elsewhere, Randy Orton knocked off Rob Van Dam in a cracking contest after wriggling away from The Whole Dam Show's Five-Star Frog Splash to nail his adversary with an RKO, while Daniel Bryan beat Wade Barrett - the man whose beard he sheared on Monday Night Raw.

Summer Rae feigned injury to distract Kofi Kingston and help her dance partner Fandango pick up victory, and in a rare interview, Brock Lesnar claimed he was better than CM Punk and that the grapplers' rivalry was extremely "personal".

Plus, SummerSlam host The Miz responded to Big E Langston, AJ Lee, Kaitlyn and Dolph Ziggler bickering on MizTV by announcing that the quartet would compete in a mixed tag team match inside the Staples Center next weekend.

And Kaityln and Ziggler gained the immediate upper-hand - the former spearing her long-time rival Lee and the latter hitting his onetime henchman Langston with a Zig Zag.

For more rough-and-tumble, tune into WWE Raw, 1am, Monday, Sky Sports 3 HD.

WWE SummerSlam Booking details

WWE SummerSlam will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 743) and in high definition on Sky Sports HD Box Office (channel 752) at 1am on Sunday, August 18 (Monday morning).

WWE SummerSlam will be repeated on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 743) - but NOT on Sky Sports HD Box Office (channel 752) - between 9am on Monday, August 19 and 9pm on Saturday, August 24. Repeat showings will last for three hours.

The event is priced at £14.95 for UK customers, €21.95 for customers in the Republic of Ireland.

You can order WWE SummerSlam from Friday, August 9 by pressing the Box Office button on your remote. Select 'sports & events' and follow the on-screen instructions.

Viewers will be able to call 08442 410 888 to book WWE SummerSlam from Friday, August 9. (There may be an additional charge for telephone bookings).

You can also book WWE SummerSlam online from Friday, August 9 by visiting this link: https://my.sky.com/orderboxoffice/

Cable customers should contact their local cable operator.

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