World Wrestling Entertainment presents Smackdown
From: Tulsa, OK
Tonight, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan competes in singles action against Randy Orton! Plus, Sheamus teams with Big Show to take on Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes in tag team action!
Sheamus makes his way out to kick off the show. He reminds us that he won the Royal Rumble and he is now allowed to be in the main event at WrestleMania. Now, he has to decide which championship to go after. He is going to make his decision after the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Sheamus says a lot of wrestlers suggested he make his decision now, but he doesn’t like being told what to do. Sheamus mentions that he was bullied and he fought back. He says that the wrestlers thought he should change himself, but he fought back and stood by his look. Wade Barrett makes his way out to cut Sheamus off. Barrett thanks Sheamus for the heartwarming story. Barrett has very little respect for Sheamus and begins to tell him what he needs to do. Barrett wants Sheamus to go for the WWE Championship. Barrett tells him that he is going to win the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match. Barrett will beat Sheamus. Barrett insults Sheamus by calling him a loser if that were to happen at WrestleMania. Sheamus says he wasn’t listening because he was thinking of last week when Randy Orton beat Barrett up. Here comes the WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes! Rhodes says he knows what it is like to have his hand raised in victory at WrestleMania. He also knows how it feels to be a champion right now. Rhodes doesn’t have the urge to cry like the fans when he sees himself naked in the mirror. Rhodes believes the Chamber is the match for him to win. Big Show arrives next. Show tells Sheamus that he respects him and tells Rhodes that he is going to slap the taste out of his mouth if he doesn’t shut up. Show wants Sheamus to think about wrestling him at Mania for the championship. He thinks that match is worth the main event at Mania. Barrett cuts Show off and calls Show a punchline. Barrett says that Snooki has had a better record than Show! Rhodes jokes that the Giants can win the Superbowl but not a match at Mania. Show stops Rhodes with a chop and all four men brawl. Show sends Rhodes to the floor and Sheamus does the same to Barrett to end the segment.
Opening Contest: Jinder Mahal vs. The Great Khali
First off, I thought Khali was gone from the WWE and was looking into a movie career in India? That must have not gone well. This should come as no surprise. Khali chops Mahal over the head and slams Mahal down to the canvas to win the match.
Your Winner: The Great Khali via pin fall
Backstage, Aksana is talking to Teddy Long. Teddy feels like he did what he needed to do last week to Mark Henry. Aksana tells Long he needs to be rewarded for what he did. Daniel Bryan cuts of the love fest. Bryan wants to know if it’s true or not. Bryan is mad that Long had a BBQ earlier in the day. Bryan is really driving home the vegan character. Bryan explains what a vegan is again. Bryan can’t compete tonight because he is sick to his stomach. Long tells Bryan to stop worrying about animals, but rather worry about himself!
Second Contest: WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix vs. Alicia Fox
Phoenix suggests that Fox leave the ring but Fox declines the offer. Fox worked on Phoenix with a few kicks and strikes but the offense didn’t last too long. Phoenix hits the Glam Slam to win the match rather quickly.
Your Winner: Beth Phoenix via pin fall
After the match, Phoenix goes to attack Fox but Tamina runs out and stares at Phoenix. Phoenix smiles at Tamina and walks away. Okay…
We get a video promoting the Rock and his new movie.
Third Contest: Big Show & Sheamus vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes & Wade Barrett
Show and Rhodes kick off the match with Rhodes only to get scared and tags in Barrett. Show slams Barrett into the ring and chops Barrett in the corner. Barrett quickly tags out to Rhodes. Rhodes hammers away on Show in the corner along with several chops. Show stops the onslaught with an overhand chop. Show press slams Rhodes down to the mat gut first. Rhodes avoids the knockout punch by going to his corner. Sheamus tags into the bout and Barrett tags in as well. Sheamus works on Barrett with right hands and a clothesline. Barrett runs into another clothesline after kicking Sheamus in the chest. Sheamus clubs away on Barrett’s chest ten times before getting a near fall with a roll up. Rhodes tags in but is shoved away and tossed to the floor as we go to commercial.
Sheamus slams Rhodes down to the mat for a two count. Rhodes ducks a clothesline but can’t get a backslide to work. Sheamus hits a rolling fireman’s carry slam for a near fall on Rhodes. Show tags into the bout and works on Rhodes with a right hand to the ribs. Barrett gets the tag and along with Rhodes they hit a clothesline/chop block double team move to get the advantage. Rhodes hits a missile dropkick but can’t keep Show done long enough. Barrett tags in to chop block Show’s leg to keep control of the contest. Barrett gets a two count after kicking Show in the chest. Rhodes tags in and hits the Disaster Kick but Show kicks out at two!
Rhodes keeps control with a chin lock. Show drives Rhodes down to the mat with a side slam! Barrett tags in and here comes Sheamus! Sheamus clotheslines Barrett several times and delivers a power slam. Show spears Rhodes and Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick on Barrett to win the match.
Your Winners: Sheamus & Big Show via pin fall
Match Rating: ***
Michael Cole calls out AJ for an interview regarding her recovery. Cole asks how she feels. AJ says she will be getting her neck brace off next week. Cole says that no one even knows who she is and wants to know who is supporting her through this injury. He wants to know if she blames Big Show for the injury. Why is she even at ringside? AJ was at ringside on RAW because Daniel Bryan asked her to be. She doesn’t believe that Show would do anything on purpose to hurt her. AJ says that Cole has done more damage than Show. AJ says that Cole has never believed in Daniel Bryan and he has done nothing but stir things up. She calls Cole a jerk. AJ thinks that the WWE would be a better place would be better if Cole shut his mouth. Cole tells her that he is doing his job. He gets paid for his personality. Cole tells AJ that everyone is saying that Daniel Bryan set her up to get ran over. He says that AJ is blindly in love with Bryan! Cole says that people are saying that AJ has no self respect! Daniel Bryan walks out and warns Cole to not say a word because he will break his arms. Cole leaves the ring as Bryan enters to talk. Bryan says he is more than a footnote and is a great wrestler. Bryan considers himself to be a role model. He talks about going on a nature walk while everyone else watched the Superbowl and ate unhealthy food. He cares about AJ and kisses her forehead. She is on the verge of tears. Bryan is leaving the arena to take her home. We see them backstage where Teddy Long meets them. Bryan needs a personal day, but Long tells Bryan that if he leaves the building he loses the championship!
Fourth Contest: Ted DiBiase vs. Hunico
DiBiase hammers away on Hunico in the corner and sends him over the top to the floor with a clothesline. DiBiase shoves Camacho away on the floor before ramming Hunico into the railing back first. Hunico slams DiBiase down arm first into the mat and sends him to the floor. Camacho kicks DiBiase in the ribs while the referee was distracted. Hunico sends DiBiase’s broken wrist into the ring post two times. Hunico has an arm lock on DiBiase but he won’t give in. DiBiase fights back with a clothesline but only gets a two count on a cover. Hunico delivers an arm breaker and yanks on DiBiase’s injured wrist a few times. DiBiase rolls Hunico up and win the match!
Your Winner: Ted DiBiase via pin fall
Match Rating: *1/4
We hear from Johnny Ace who is in Abu Dhabi touring with the WWE. He says the tour has been very successful. Ace knows that everyone is pleased with the decision to keep him on as the RAW General Manager.
Main Event: Randy Orton vs. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan
Big Show is on commentary for this match. Orton backs Bryan into a corner but backs away. Orton shoulder blocks Bryan in the early stages of the contest. Bryan is kicked away and met with a drop toe hold by Orton. Orton works on Bryan with an arm lock. The champ is able to get out of the hold with a few uppercuts and a kick to the chest. Orton delivers a nice dropkick to get a two count. Bryan drives his knee into Orton’s midsection to regain the advantage. Orton punches Bryan a few times and backdrops Bryan over the top to the floor! Orton tells Show that Bryan is his tonight. Bryan baseball slides Orton on the floor. Bryan runs off the apron and nails Orton with a knee to the face as we go to commercial.
Bryan is controlling Orton with a wrist lock and begins to work on Orton’s left arm. Orton counters another attempt with a headlock back breaker. Orton hits a nice gut wrench into a neck breaker for a near fall. Orton has Bryan on the top rope as he looks to hit a superplex but Bryan blocks it and shoves Orton off. Bryan leaps off the top but misses a diving head butt! Orton clotheslines Bryan before hitting a snap power slam. Bryan blocks the elevated DDT attempt and kicks Orton in the head. Bryan is crotched on the top rope by Orton. Orton hits a superplex but Bryan kicks out at two.
Orton misses a knee drop and Bryan delivers a running dropkick in the corner. Bryan kicks Orton several times but is nearly rolled up by Orton. Bryan tries for the LeBelle Lock but Orton gets out of it. Orton plants Bryan with an elevated DDT! Bryan avoids the RKO and drops Orton throat first across the top rope. Bryan gets his championship on the floor and looks to hit Show. However, Show blocks it and tosses Bryan into the ring! Orton hits the RKO but the referee calls for the bell! Orton has been disqualified because of Show!
On the floor, Orton shoves Show for screwing him over. Show shoves Orton down and they proceed to brawl as Bryan looks on with a smile on his face to end the show.
Your Winner: Daniel Bryan via disqualification
Match Rating: ***
I thought it was a fine episode of Smackdown this week. The tag match and the main event both went long enough to take up the majority of the show. I wasn’t too big on the AJ/Cole segment because AJ really doesn’t entertain me with her lack of acting ability, I guess. Cole really made the watchable. There wasn’t much to hate on this episode of Smackdown, really. I’m giving it a thumbs up.
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