WWE World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio squares off against Dolph Ziggler.
WWE Smackdown Results
February 1, 2013
San Diego, California
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
They show the highlights of Mr. McMahon giving Paul Heyman a personal performance review. McMahon was about to fire him when Brock Lesnar came out and gave him an F-5. They also show footage of Big Show taping Alberto Del Rio to the ropes while forcing him to watch the destruction of Ricardo Rodriguez.
Alberto Del Rio is pacing the parking lot outside the arena with a baseball bat in hand.
In the arena, Booker T is in the ring with Teddy Long. Also in the ring are Sheamus, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Kane, and The Great Khali. Dolph Ziggler is outside with AJ Lee and Big E. Langston. Booker T welcomes the crowd to Friday Night Smackdown. Booker talks about the Royal Rumble match won by John Cena. Cena has been tweeting and telling the whole world that he will challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. The question is who will challenge on that grand stage for the World Heavyweight Championship. Booker turns to the superstars in the ring and says that is the reason why we’re here. They all have their own unique qualities, and they’ve all been the World Heavyweight Champion. He’ll give them the chance to become champion one more time. The only thing they have to do is win perhaps the most spectacular event in WWE history: the Elimination Chamber match.
Booker begins to go over the rules, but Jack Swagger’s music hits to interrupt him. Swagger hasn’t been seen on WWE TV since September. Swagger says someone has been left out of this gathering of World Champions. Swagger gets in the ring. Booker asks where he’s been. Swagger says he’s been living the life of a real American, and his eyes are open. Since he’s been gone, he’s been watching everything, and he’s very disappointed with the direction WWE is heading. Swagger says he wants Booker to put him in the Elimination Chamber, and he’ll do the rest. Booker says he has to prove himself and earn it just like everyone else. There are six available spots in the chamber.
Dolph Ziggler cuts Booker T off. Ziggler says he’s already Mr. Money in the Bank. He has a guaranteed World Title match, and Booker is proposing that they can compete in one of the most brutal and barbaric matches in all of WWE or he can just sit back, do nothing, and still have his guaranteed World Title match. Ziggler says he’s going to win the World Title, especially if the champion is Alberto Del Rio. He can cash it in whenever or wherever he wants, including WrestleMania.
Ziggler begins to walk out, and Booker mentions to Long that he knew Ziggler would “chicken out” of the Chamber. Booker tells him to wait. He can chicken out of the Elimination Chamber, but he cannot chicken out of his match tonight with Alberto Del Rio. Booker mentions that Del Rio is in a real bad mood.
Booker turns to the remaining superstars. They’ll all be in matches tonight. All they have to do is impress him and Teddy Long. Then they’ll decide. Right now, we’re ready to kick the show off with a bang. He’s talking about tag team action. He’s talking about Team Hell No taking on Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio.
Rey Mysterio’s music hits, and he comes out to a great reception from his hometown crowd.
Team Hell No vs. Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara
Mysterio will start against Kane. Kane corners Mysterio and kicks him. Kane whips him to the opposite corner and runs into a boot. Mysterio charges and connects with a twisting reverse DDT for a one count. Kane charges, and Mysterio pulls the top rope down, sending him out. Mysterio hits a baseball slide and a flying senton off the apron. Mysterio gets in the ring, ducks a clothesline, and dropkicks Kane in the knee. Sin Cara is tagged in, and they smother Kane with kicks from both sides. Kane quickly takes control of Cara, and he tags in Daniel Bryan.
Bryan sends him into the ropes, and Cara takes him down with a handspring back elbow. Cara then connects with a hurricanrana before hitting a twisting arm drag off the top. Mysterio is tagged in, and Cara leapfrogs him into Bryan with a senton for a two count. Mysterio kicks him and goes for a head-scissor takeover, but Bryan counters into a reverse Backstabber! Kane is tagged in, and he drops an elbow. Kane clotheslines him in the corner for a two count. Kane takes him down with a straight right hand before tagging Bryan back in. Kane whips Bryan into Mysterio with a low dropkick for a near fall. Mysterio kicks him in the face and hits a head-scissor that puts Bryan into position. Mysterio goes for the 619, but Bryan gets out of the ring and starts screaming “No!”
We come back from the break to see Bryan working over the arm of Sin Cara. Cara reverses a whip to the corner, but he runs into a boot. Bryan goes to the top rope, but Cara catches him with an enzuigiri. Cara goes for a top rope hurricanrana, but Bryan pushes him off and connects with a missile dropkick. Bryan applies the Mexican surfboard, tags in Kane, brings Cara down, and Kane connects with a low dropkick for a near fall. Kane hits a one armed sidewalk slam for a near fall. Kane sets him up on the top rope, but Cara fights him off. Cara jumps into Kane’s arms. Kane goes for a powerslam, but Cara counters into a big DDT!
Mysterio and Bryan are tagged in. Mysterio hits a head-scissor takeover. Bryan puts him on the apron, but Mysterio shoulders him in the midsection. Mysterio hits a top rope seated senton and takes Kane out with a dropkick to the feet. Mysterio counters a powerbomb with a rollup, rolls through, kicks Bryan in the head, and picks up a near fall. Bryan charges into a dropkick, putting him in position. Mysterio goes for a 619, but Kane catches him by the throat. Cara tries to make the save, but Kane big boots him down. Kane goes for the Chokeslam, but Mysterio counters into a hurricanrana that takes Kane out of the ring. Bryan connects with the No! Lock, but Cara dropkicks him in the head. Cara then hits a top rope plancha on Kane! Mysterio gets Bryan in position again, connects with the 619, and finishes him off with a top rope splash for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara
Match Rating: **
Kane and Daniel Bryan argue outside the ring. Bryan is wondering where Kane was. He was supposed to help him.
Josh Mathews and JBL wonder if this sets Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara up for a future WWE Tag Team Championship shot.
They show some highlights from the Last Man Standing match at the Royal Rumble that saw Del Rio retain the championship when Rodriguez taped Big Show’s feet to the bottom rope. They then show the footage of Big Show viciously assaulting the two of them the next night on Raw.
Alberto Del Rio is again shown in the parking lot with the baseball bat. Matt Striker comes out and asks if he’s waiting for the Big Show. Del Rio says he’s just getting fresh air and tells him to leave him alone.
Alberto Del Rio will take on Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match later tonight.
The Great Khali vs. Jinder Mahal
Natalya and Hornswoggle are at ringside for Khali. The rest of 3MB is at ringside for Mahal.
Mahal attacks first, but Khali quickly takes him down. Khali puts him in the corner and chops the chest. Drew McIntyre gets on the apron for the distraction, and Mahal dropkicks him in the knee. Mahal kicks at him and applies a front face lock. Khali pushes him off and chops Mahal down by the chest. Khali kicks him in the face and clotheslines him. Khali hits the Brain Chop and signals for the end. McIntyre gets on the apron, and Natalya threatens him. Khali then hits a Brain Chop. Hornswoggle distracts Heath Slater and goes under the ring. Slater follows as Khali hits the Punjabi Plunge for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: The Great Khali
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Booker T is backstage with Teddy Long, and he says that Khali was completely impressive tonight. Long says that tonight is shaping up to be a fun and unpredictable night. Booker says he was totally blindsided by the return of Jack Swagger tonight. Long says that was his idea since Swagger is a former World Heavyweight Champion.
Booker goes to say something, but Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow interrupt him. Cody Rhodes says in light of recent events, they’ve made the difficult decision to dissolve Team Rhodes Scholars and pursue singles competition from here on out. Sandow tells him to rest assured they will remain best friends. Sandow then recites a phrase from French author Albert Camus, “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” They embrace lovingly, and Booker looks at Long. Booker says he’d hate to break up the love fest. He’s glad they’re going to pursue singles careers. That leaves Sandow open to face the man who put him through a table on Raw last Monday: Sheamus! Booker says it went like he went from a Rhodes Scholar to Road Kill. Booker cracks up and says, “You’re welcome!”
We’ll see the footage from Paul Heyman’s personal performance review that saw Brock Lesnar deliver an F-5 to Vince McMahon.
They air the Raw Rebound. Paul Heyman was caught on videotape as the mastermind behind the Brad Maddox and Shield attacks on CM Punk’s behalf. Heyman vehemently denied it was him. McMahon went to fire him, but Brock Lesnar came out. After much pleading by Heyman to not do it, Lesnar gave McMahon an F-5. They then show the WWE.com exclusive of McMahon being taken out on a stretcher.
Josh Mathews announces that it is believed McMahon suffered a broken left hip.
Damien Sandow will take on Sheamus, next.
Alberto Del Rio is shown still pacing the parking lot with a baseball bat.
They show footage from the Royal Rumble match that culminated with John Cena winning the Royal Rumble match. They then show Cena challenging whomever the WWE Champion is for a match at WrestleMania. The Shield then came out and attacked him. Sheamus tried to make the save, but he was taken out as well. Finally, Ryback attempted a save, but he was laid out as well.
Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow
They show footage of Sheamus defeating Sandow in a Tables Match on Monday Night Raw.
They circle the ring, and Sandow kicks and punches him. Sheamus blocks a kick and takes him down. Sheamus clubs away at him, sends him into the ropes, but Sandow bails out of the ring. Sheamus takes him down outside, and Sandow quickly gets away. Sandow attacks him coming back in the ring. Sandow shoulders him in the corner, but Sheamus fights back. Sandow quickly hits a side leg sweep and drops a knee. Sandow hits the Cubito Aequet for a two count. Sheamus punches back at him and beats him down in the corner. Sandow shoulders him and kicks him down in the corner before choking him with his boot. Sheamus reverses a whip and he annihilates him with a shoulder to the midsection. Sheamus then takes him down with a million dollar knee lift.
Sheamus hits a pair of Irish hammers before attempting to hit White Noise. Sandow gets on the apron, but Sheamus catches him with some clubs to the chest.
All of a sudden, The Shield’s music hits. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose make their way through the crowd and surround the ring. Seth Rollins gets in, and he eats a Brogue Kick. Reigns and Ambrose attack, but Sheamus is taking it to them. They eventually do get him down, and Reigns clubs at Sheamus. They then take Sheamus out with a Triple Powerbomb.
Winner: No Contest
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
They show footage of Wade Barrett being eliminated by Bo Dallas in the Royal Rumble. They then show Dallas beating him the next night on Raw.
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee of all time, is the official. Orton punches Barrett in the corner. Barrett whips him to other corner, but Orton comes out firing with a clothesline. Orton hits a nice dropkick, and Barrett rolls out of the ring in frustration. Barrett gets back in the ring, and he knees Orton in the midsection. Barrett punches him back, but Orton comes right back. Barrett quickly kicks him in the face and hits a big boot with a two count. Barrett punches away at him and gets in the referee’s face. Barrett hits a neckbreaker for a near fall. Barrett chokes him on the ropes, knees him in the face, and big boots him to the apron. Barrett pulls him in the ring for a near fall. Barrett applies a chin lock, but Orton fights up and hits a snapmare to get out.
Orton comes back with a pair of clotheslines and his powerslam. Orton goes for a hanging DDT, but Barrett gets off the apron. Barrett pushes him into the ring post and sets up the Bull Hammer. Orton moves, and Barrett’s elbow hits the ring post. Orton then catches him with a hanging DDT and gets the crowd into it. Orton stalks Barrett before hitting the RKO for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Randy Orton
Match Rating: *
Wade Barrett is backstage with Matt Striker. Barrett does not look happy. Striker says that was a tough pill to swallow with Orton, but Barrett cuts him off. All of a sudden he sees something and walks off. Barrett then viciously assaults Bo Dallas from behind, kicking away at him on the concrete. Dallas is left lying in pain.
Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger
Swagger circles the ring before executing a double leg takedown and applying a waistlock. Swagger slams him down and applies a front face lock. Swagger slams him down again. Swagger pushes him and pushes his face. Kingston kicks back at him, and Swagger wipes him out with a shoulder block. Swagger goes into the ropes, over and under Kingston, and gets laid out with a back elbow. Swagger quickly hits a back elbow and throws him across the ring. Swagger stands on him before hitting the Swagger Bomb. Swagger clubs him in the corner, and Kingston tries to fight back, but Swagger punches him down. Swagger throws him across the ring again. Swagger chokes him on the ropes. Kingston comes back with a springboard cross-body for a two count. Swagger then takes him out with a clothesline.
Swagger applies an arm bar while pulling on the hair a bit. Swagger takes him down with an arm drag before putting the arm bar back on. Kingston fights up and punches out. Swagger knees away at him and goes for a throw, but Kingston counters into a monkey flip. Kingston ducks a clothesline and chops him down a few times before hitting a dropkick. Kingston takes him down with a clothesline and hits the Boom Drop. Kingston goes for Trouble in Paradise, but Swagger counters. Kingston catches him with a pendulum kick and dropkicks him out of the ring. Swagger sidesteps a baseball slide and sends him into the steps, but Kingston jumps over. Kingston then jumps off the steps with a clothesline. Kingston goes for Trouble in Paradise on the outside, but Swagger sidesteps him. Kingston’s shin slammed against the commentary table. Swagger throws him into the ring and applies the Ankle Lock for the submission victory.
Winner by Submission: Jack Swagger
Match Rating: * 1/4
Outside in the parking lot, security is trying to persuade Alberto Del Rio to come inside. Big Show’s tour bus arrives, and Del Rio hides. Big Show gets off the bus and Del Rio wildly swings the bat, smashing a car window. Big Show runs around the car, and another window gets smashed. Big Show gets on top of the car, and Del Rio sweeps the legs. Del Rio punches away until Big Show pushes him off. Big Show runs away, gets in an SUV, and drives off. Del Rio tries to catch, but he can’t.
They show some footage from Raw with The Rock celebrating his WWE Championship victory. CM Punk then came out and challenged him at Elimination Chamber for a rematch.
Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring with AJ Lee and Big E. Langston. He’ll face Alberto Del Rio, next.
Alberto Del Rio is backstage with Ricardo Rodriguez, who is in a neck brace. Del Rio asks why he’s here. Del Rio tells him to stay backstage because he’s hurt. Del Rio pleads with him to stay back. Rodriguez isn’t happy about it.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
They circle the ring and lock up. Ziggler wrenches the arm, but Del Rio twists out, kips up, and takes him down with an arm wrench. Ziggler punches back to the corner, and Del Rio turns him. Del Rio hits a body slam and goes for a moonsault, but Ziggler moves. Del Rio lands on his feet and rolls. Ziggler charges, and Del Rio catches him with a nasty flapjack and a kick for a near fall. Del Rio charges, but Ziggler sidesteps him, causing Del Rio to hit the ring post shoulder first. Ziggler then hits a big DDT for a near fall. Big E. Langston is seen watching at ringside.
Ziggler hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Ziggler hits a big elbow drop for another two count. Ziggler applies a chin lock, but Del Rio fights up. Ziggler quickly grounds him with the same chin lock. Ziggler kicks him in the face after being whipped off, but Del Rio comes with back with a big German Suplex.
Del Rio kicks him and shakes the top rope. Del Rio goes to the top rope, but AJ gets on the apron to distract the referee. Langston knocks Del Rio off the top rope, and he may have hurt his shoulder. Ziggler picks up a near fall. Ziggler sends him into the ropes, but Del Rio ducks a clothesline and hits a baseball slide on Big E. Langston. Del Rio then hits a big flapjack. Langston gets on the apron, and the referee ejects him from ringside.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler punching away at Del Rio. Del Rio tries to fight back, but Ziggler stops the momentum. Ziggler hits a dropkick for a near fall. Ziggler goes to the top rope, but Del Rio sweeps the feet. Del Rio kicks him in the shoulder and hits a second rope superplex. They trade punches and kicks with Ziggler coming out on top. Ziggler punches him down and backs up for a big splash, but Del Rio moves.
Del Rio hits a pair of clotheslines and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio sets up in the corner and hits a sidekick to the jaw for a near fall. Del Rio goes for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Ziggler counters into a leg-drop bulldog for a near fall. Del Rio ties Ziggler up on the ropes, clubs him in the back and hits a Backstabber for a near fall. Del Rio kicks him in the head and goes to the top rope. Del Rio jumps into a dropkick for a near fall. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, but Del Rio counters into a Cross Arm Breaker for the win!
Winner by Submission: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: **
Big Show appears on the titantron and calls out Del Rio. Big Show says he’s back in the building, and he’s not alone. He has a friend with him. Big Show is holding Ricardo Rodriguez by the neck brace. Big Show warns him to get back in the ring. Big Show says if he ever attacks him like that again, he will make him sorry he ever woke up that day. He’ll hurt Rodriguez, Del Rio, and anyone who gets in his way. Big Show asks if he wants to watch Rodriguez beg. Big Show mocks Rodriguez and asks if he should let him go. Big Show says he’ll let him go, and he blasts him with the Knockout Punch!
Del Rio runs to the back and finds Rodriguez laid out with a referee screaming for help. An attendant attends to Rodriguez. Del Rio yells for a doctor to come and tries to revive Rodriguez as the show ends.
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