World Wrestling Entertainment presents Smackdown
From: Tucson, AZ
Tonight, Randy Orton returns to wrestle his arch nemesis Wade Barrett. Also, Mark Henry will be in action against Big Show. It’s the last stop before the Royal Rumble this Sunday!
A video promoting what happened two weeks ago between WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and Big Show is aired. Of course, they highlight what happened to AJ, again.
Big Show makes his way out to the ring to kick off the program this week. Show comes out to apologize for what happened to AJ and she accepted his apology. He wants the fans to do the same but he has been having a hard time forgiving himself. He talks about not knowing his strength when he was young and says he loves his job. He doesn’t think he can continue his career now due to what happened. That brings out the WWE World Champion, Daniel Bryan who reminds Show that he put AJ in the hospital. He says that AJ doesn’t remember him visiting because she was on heavy medicine. Bryan tells Show that he isn’t like Andre the Giant, but rather he is a freak. Bryan says that if Show really meant his apology he would just retire and do so right now! Bryan slaps Show and says he isn’t a man, but rather a monster. Show loses it and backs Bryan into a corner to tell him that what happened to AJ was an accident, but what happens at the Rumble will not be. Mark Henry makes his way out to the ring to get in on the talking. Henry says he felt compelled to remind them that he is involved in the steel cage match this Sunday. He doesn’t care about Show’s hurt feelings nor does he care about Napoleon complex for Bryan. Henry wants to take care of Bryan for sneaking out a win last week. Teddy Long makes his way out and says that tonight Mark Henry will face Big Show tonight.
Opening Contest: WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes vs. Justin Gabriel
This is a rematch from last week. Gabriel nails Rhodes with a spin kick for a near fall early on. Rhodes quickly hits a double leg slam and stomps away on Gabriel. Gabriel knocks Rhodes to the floor and hits a twisting dive over the top rope! Back in the ring, Gabriel hits a springboard cross body but Rhodes nearly rolls through for a win. Rhodes avoids Gabriel to hit a springboard kick to the face and finishes Gabriel off with the Cross Rhodes for the win.
Your Winner: WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes via pin fall
Match Rating: *1/2
Backstage, Santino Marella is pitching Teddy Long ridiculous match ideas. Yoshi Tatsu apparently is going to be the next tag partner of Marella. However, they can’t agree on the team name. Drew McIntyre enters the picture and tells Long he hates his current slump. Long books him in a match against Sheamus!
Second Contest: Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus
McIntyre hammered away on Sheamus until he was met with a short clothesline. Sheamus drives McIntyre down to the canvas with a rolling fireman’s carry but is dropped throat first across the top rope. Drew clotheslines Sheamus several times into the corner and hits a northern lights suplex for a two count. Drew tries to get a win after a snap suplex but isn’t able to keep Sheamus down long enough. Sheamus delivers the Brogue Kick and wins the match.
Your Winner: Sheamus via pin fall
Match Rating: **
Third Contest: Santino Marella & Yoshi Tatsu vs. WWE World Tag Team Champions Epico & Primo
Primo and Marella start off the contest with Marella controlling Primo with some mat wrestling and plays to the crowd. Tatsu delivers an ax handle off the top rope and chops Primo down to the mat a few times. Epico clotheslines Tatsu from behind and gets the cheap advantage. Epico gets a two count after a double under hook suplex. Marella tags in and jabs Tatsu several times before hitting a falling head butt. Primo clotheslines Tatsu to the floor. Marella hits Primo with the Cobra but Epico hits the Back Stabber on Marella to win the match!
Your Winners: WWE World Tag Team Champions Epico & Primo via pin fall
Match Rating: *1/2
Backstage, Daniel Bryan looks to talk to Mark Henry. Bryan says he was willing to give Henry a title shot because he respects Henry. Bryan believes that Show doesn’t have any reason to be in the title match this Sunday. He wants Henry to take Show out tonight so he will not be in title match.
Before the next match, Wade Barrett comes out to cut a promo about the return of Randy Orton tonight. Barrett says that he has good sources saying that Orton may be physically fine but he is a broken man spiritually. He says that the voices in Orton’s head are telling him that Barrett is a vicious competitor We see Orton making his way to the ring backstage.
Fourth Contest: Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton
Orton hammers away on Barrett on the apron and clotheslines Barrett back in the ring. Several referees come out to try and stop Orton already. Orton knocks Barrett down on the floor again and continue to punch Barrett several times. Teddy Long sends Trent Barretta, Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks to break up the fight along with the Uso’s. Barreett leaves the ring and heads up the ramp way. Orton is held back in the ring and they have a stare down as the fans chant for Orton. Orton hits everyone with the RKO. Yes, we didn’t get an advertise match between these two.
Backstage, Daniel Bryan is talking to Kaitlin. Bryan wants her to tell Big Show that Henry is going to injure him tonight. She agrees to talk to Show. She wants to know how Bryan really feels about AJ. Bryan avoids answering the question. She is suspicious of him, though.
Fifth Contest: Hunico vs. Ted DiBiase
DiBiase has a cast on his left wrist, but he is still ready to compete. DiBiase clotheslines and big boots Hunico for a near fall. Hunico takes DiBiase down to the mat and leg drops his injured arm. He continues to work on the arm with an arm bar. Hunico avoids Dream Street and hits a modified Olympic Slam after driving his knees into DiBiase’s injured wrist to win the match.
After the match, DiBiase is attacked some more. Hunico stomps on DiBiase’s wrist as it was placed on the ring steps.
Your Winner: Hunico via pin fall
Match Rating: *1/4
Backstage, Teddy Long is with Aksana. Natayla wants to get a rematch with Tamina. Natayla calls Aksana a whack job. Long books them in a singles match later tonight. You’ve got to be kidding me. They have it so Natayla farts and Santino Marella walks into the room only to run away due to the smell. Yes, that just happened.
Sixth Contest: Alex Riley vs. Brodus Clay
Remember when Alex Riley was in a feud with the Miz and challenging for the US Championship? Yeah, neither do I. As Clay dances, Riley is dancing a little bit in the background. Riley decides to dance a little bit to try and be friends with Clay. Well, that doesn’t work as Clay tosses Riley over with a suplex, splash in the corner and hits a leaping cross body for the quick win.
Your Winner: Brodus Clay via pin fall
Backstage, Kaitlin is talking to Big Show, but we don’t hear what she exactly says to him.
We see the full segment involving Kane, Zack Ryder and John Cena from RAW this past Monday.
Seventh Contest: Natalya vs. Aksana
Okay, so Natalya distracted by apparently wanting Tamina. Aksana quickly rolls her up and wins the match in three seconds.
After the match, Natalya puts the Sharpshooter on Aksana until Tamina comes out and hits a Samoan Drop on Natalya. Tamina leaps off the top to hit a big splash.
Your Winner: Aksana via pin fall
Main Event: Big Show vs. Mark Henry
Daniel Bryan came out before the match overly celebrating the fact he is champion, like usual. Show knocks Henry to the floor where Henry stares at Bryan until Show comes out and punches Henry several more times. Show chops Henry only for Henry to fight back with a right hand. Henry appears to injure his leg and rolls to the floor as we go to commercial.
Back from the break, Show has won by count-out and Bryan tries to work on Show with a steel chair but that doesn’t work at all. On the floor, Bryan dropkicks Show’s leg and whacks Show over the back with the chair a few times. Bryan puts the LeBelle Lock on Show in the middle of the ring. Show breaks free from the hold and chokeslams Bryan! Bryan gets up and bails to the floor as Show looked to deliver the knockout punch. Bryan is on the floor clearly afraid of Show. Show signals that he is going to win the gold to close the show.
I’m not going to have a long final thoughts section this week. I found the show to be really boring as there weren’t any matches that went over three minutes, but at least there were eight of them, I guess. I really don’t know what to say. The Smackdown side looks to be rather depleted roster wise and having the same matches over and over again is hurting the brand, in my opinion. This week’s show gets a big thumbs down from me.