Mark Henry makes his in-ring return when he squares off against Randy Orton in the main event!
WWE Smackdown Results
February 8, 2013
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
With only two weeks to go until Elimination Chamber, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, and Rey Mysterio have already been granted a spot in the match. Three spots still remain in the chamber. The winner will get a WWE World Heavyweight Championship shot at WrestleMania 29. Also, they show some footage of Alberto Del Rio’s vicious assault on Big Show from Monday Night Raw.
They show Big Show’s tour bus pulling up to the arena. Some kid gets out to make sure the coast is clear, and then Big Show slowly comes out. Big Show asks if there is a pothole he missed in Jacksonville. Big Show then begins to power walk into the arena.
The Smackdown video minus Green Day plays. Josh Mathews and John “Bradshaw” Layfield welcome us to the show.
Big Show’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a chorus of boos. Big Show simply says, “Unacceptable.” He says things around here are unacceptable, and he’s sick and tired of the way he’s being treated. He’s tired of the double standards. He gets that the people don’t like him, but is that a crime to not be popular? Because he’s not popular, it’s ok to be forced into unjustly putting his World Heavyweight Championship on the line in a Last Man Standing match which he had no time to prepare for. He supposes that because he’s not popular, it’s ok for a Latin maniac like Alberto Del Rio to ambush him in his hotel room. The crowd cheers, and he says this is America’s finest. The people cheer for the champion acting like a criminal. He guesses that’s why people like Del Rio want to be on the crowd’s good side because when you’re popular, you can get away with anything. Big Show doesn’t get it. When he fights like a man and decimates Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez, they call him a bully and a bad person. He tries to conduct himself like a businessman, and they call him a coward. A seven-foot giant is a coward. Del Rio can attack him, and they cheer him?
Before Alberto Del Rio attacked him in his hotel room like a Mexican Clint Eastwood, he signed the contract. That means that at the Elimination Chamber PPV, the World Heavyweight Championship is coming back where it belongs. The double standards around here won’t matter. Del Rio got suspended for his actions on Monday. He gets a night off. It all comes down to the one person responsible for these double standards, and that person is Booker T. Booker T is jealous of his in ring accomplishments, ability, and wealth. Most of all, he’s jealous because he is still a dominant, competitive force in ring, while Booker is a sad pencil pusher behind a desk.
Booker T’s music hits, and the Smackdown General Manager comes out to the stage. Booker asks what Big Show’s problem is. Big Show got everything he asked for. Del Rio granted him a rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble, and he blew it. Booker gets in the ring. Booker says Del Rio doesn’t like bullies and neither does he, and Big Show continues to bully Ricardo Rodriguez. That won’t get Big Show anywhere.
Big Show says he can insult him all he wants. He wants to know one thing. Who gave Del Rio his hotel information? Booker asks if Big Show thinks he gave it. Booker asks why he would do that, and Big Show says it’s all about Booker T. The only way Booker T can stay relevant is to take down one of the biggest superstars in Smackdown history. Booker says he treats every superstar on Smackdown equally. That’s why Del Rio isn’t there tonight. He suspended him.
Big Show says he still never answered his question about the hotel information. Booker says Big Show is seven-feet tall and five hundred-pounds. Anyone could have found him. Big Show doesn’t need to be concerned with him. He needs to be concerned with his opponent tonight. Big Show says he’s not even dressed for a match. Big Show asks if he’s ever heard of a cell phone or e-mail. This shows how incompetent he is to just drop this on him. Booker says he’ll take that into advisement. Booker says Big Show knows his opponent. They’ve been up and down the road and had many battles over the past year. There’s some good news and bad news. The good news is his opponent lost his match on Raw. The bad news is he’s in a very bad mood and is looking to impress him to get in the Elimination Chamber. Big Show’s opponent is the Big Red Monster, Kane.
Big Show is incredulous and wonders how that is remotely fair. Booker T says Big Show doesn’t need to cry like a baby tonight because he knows he can dig that, SUCKA! Big Show shakes his head in the ring as Booker T walks off.
We’ll see footage of how John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus leveled the playing field against The Shield later tonight.
Kofi Kingston vs. Cody Rhodes
They show a pre-taped promo with Cody Rhodes. He says that he and his best friend, Damien Sandow, have mutually decided to part ways. As one door closes, another opens. Behind that door, it’s a vision of what everyone has wanted to see: Cody Rhodes at the top of WWE. Kofi Kingston thinks he can stand in his way. Think again.
Tye-Dye Guy is in the crowd. Kingston quickly goes for a waistlock, but Rhodes elbows him in the mouth. Rhodes clubs him a few times before sending him into the ropes. Kingston is able to catch him with a monkey flip before clotheslining him over the top rope. Kingston fakes a suicide dive, and he catches Rhodes with a baseball slide. Kingston throws him into the ring and kicks. Kingston sends him to the opposite corner and jumps, but Rhodes moves.
Rhodes goes to the second rope and comes off with an elbow to the back of the neck. Rhodes taunts the crowd before punching him down. Rhodes goes for another second rope elbow, but Kingston punches him. Kingston hits some slaps and a big clothesline. Kingston hits the Boom Drop, and he signals for the end. Rhodes gets in the corner, so Kingston charges. Rhodes moves, but Kingston gathers himself and hits a springboard cross-body block for a near fall.
Kingston wrenches the arm and goes for SOS, but Rhodes gets out. Rhodes ducks a Trouble In Paradise attempt, and Kingston gets out of a Cross Rhodes attempt. Rhodes avoids another Trouble In Paradise attempt, and he hangs on the ropes. Rhodes pulls Kingston out of the ring, and he catches him with a Disaster Kick as he gets back in. Rhodes finishes him off with Cross Rhodes for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Cody Rhodes
Match Rating: *
Josh Mathews and JBL talk about the troubles between the WWE Tag Team Champions, Team Hell No. Mathews contends that they should break up since they can’t get on the same page. They show footage of Kane’s match against Sheamus, which he lost because Daniel Bryan distracted him. Then on Main Event, Kane distracted Daniel Bryan to cost him his match against Damien Sandow.
Kane is sitting in his locker room when Daniel Bryan walks up. Bryan says he’s sorry about what happened on Raw. He’s also not here to argue about Main Event. Kane says he accepts his apology and tells him to get out. Bryan says he didn’t intend to cost him his match against Sheamus. Now he’s worried that because he already has a spot in the Elimination Chamber, that’s the reason why Kane cost him his match on Main Event. Because they’re friends, he wants Kane to know that he forgives him. Kane doesn’t even need to apologize. To ease the strain on their friendship, he thinks he should go out with Kane for his match against Big Show. From a psychological standpoint, Big Show will be thrown off with him out there since he pinned him in forty-five seconds for the title. From an image standpoint, it probably wouldn’t hurt to be seen with someone who is already in the Elimination Chamber. Kane says, “From an I’m-about-two-seconds-away-from-annihilating-you standpoint, shut your mouth right now!” Kane shushes him. Not “yes” or “no.” Nothing! The next word out of his mouth will be “congratulations” when he Chokeslams Big Show into oblivion.
We’ll hear an update about Mr. McMahon, next.
They show a video package highlighting Brock Lesnar’s return and the F-5 he gave to Mr. McMahon, breaking his hip in the process.
JBL says that was one of the most disturbing things he’s ever seen. Mathews says that McMahon had successful surgery, and there is no timetable for his return.
They then show footage of Paul Heyman on Miz TV this past week. Vickie Guerrero then admitted that she re-signed Brock Lesnar. The Miz insulted Heyman and Guerrero, prompting Brock Lesnar to come out. Miz pushed him, but Lesnar soon destroyed him.
They show the Hall of Fame video for Bruno Sammartino. They show the crowd in Jacksonville giving that video a standing ovation.
The Great Khali’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with Hornswoggle and Natalya. He’ll be in action, next.
The Great Khali vs. Titus O’Neil
O’Neil ducks a clothesline and clubs him. Khali just looks at him before punching him down. Khali chops the chest in the corner a few times. Hornswoggle and Natalya high five at ringside. Booker T and Teddy Long are shown watching backstage. O’Neil gets Khali down and kicks him in the head for a one count. O’Neil applies a front face-lock, but Khali gets up. O’Neil punches him before running into a Brain Chop for the loss.
Winner by Pinfall: The Great Khali
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Mark Henry’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring looking quite angry. Henry rips O’Neil out of the ring and sends him into the barricade. Henry gets in the ring, and Khali is just staring at him. Khali goes on the offensive immediately, but Henry soon gets him in the corner and splashes him. Khali rattles him with a Brain Chop before going for a Punjabi Plunge. Henry pushes him off and splashes him again. Henry then picks Khali up and holds him for a few seconds before destroying him with the World’s Strongest Slam!
Mark Henry is still in the ring, and he has a microphone in his hand. Henry says the Hall of Pain is now open. Henry says he is bent on destruction. Henry asks if there are any questions. Khali doesn’t have any questions, and neither does Titus O’Neil. If Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara had any questions on Raw, he answered every last one of them. Henry then has them play footage of him destroying Daniel Bryan, Mysterio, and Sin Cara.
Henry says, “That’s what I do!” All of that could have been avoided, and it was Booker T’s fault. Booker T assembled an elite group of World Champions to be in the Elimination Chamber, but he made one mistake. He didn’t call him. He left him out. How do you forget the strongest man that ever lived? That was a critical time to overlook him because he’s not to be looked over, and he needs an explanation because he can’t wrap his brain around this. Henry calls Booker T out for an explanation. If he doesn’t, he’s going to come back there and destroy the entire Smackdown roster.
Booker T walks out to the stage looking intense. Booker says Henry can’t just come back and “bum rush” the entire scene. He can’t impress him and Long that way. This is Smackdown. Henry says it looks like there is no room in the Elimination Chamber for the World’s Strongest Man. If he doesn’t make room, then he’ll have to make room for himself. Booker knows what that means, Henry opines. Henry says that means he’ll injure enough people to the point he’ll be the only one in the Chamber.
Booker says Henry has been out nine long months, and he needs to know if he can still go. If Henry can beat one of the guys already in the Chamber, then he’ll grant him a spot. Tonight, Henry will face one-on-one with Randy Orton!
An assistant is polishing Big Show’s tour bus. Big Show comes out and complains about the temperature inside. He wants it at sixty-eight degrees. Also, he likes his steak cooked a certain way, and it’s burnt. Big Show is going to make him eat it and make him cook another one. Big Show orders him off. Big Show also tells him the back toilet is clogged as well. Big Show walks off, and Alberto Del Rio walks out from behind another bus.
Kane vs. Big Show
Kane quickly punches at him, but Big Show soon gets him in the corner and splashes him. Big Show hits the ropes, and Kane dropkicks him in the knee. Kane then hits a low dropkick that sends him out of the ring. Kane gets on the apron and kicks him in the head. Big Show pushes him into the steel steps and puts him back in the ring. Big Show sends his leg into the ring post.
Big Show begins to attack the leg. Booker T and Teddy Long are shown watching backstage. Big Show drops some elbows on the knee and bends it in ways it shouldn’t be bent. Kane kicks him off, and Big Show spears him down.
We come back from the break to see Big Show hit Kane with a slingshot splash off the second rope for a one count. Big Show goes for it again, and Kane moves. They trade punches, and Big Show goes for a Chokeslam. Kane also goes for one, and they’re in a stalemate. Big Show kicks him in the knee and pushes him into the ropes, but Kane comes back with a DDT.
Kane slowly makes his way to the top rope, and he comes off with a flying lariat. Kane holds his knee upon landing. Kane gets to his feet, and Big Show takes him out with a Knockout Punch!
Winner by Pinfall: Big Show
Match Rating: *
Alberto Del Rio appears on the giant video screen. Del Rio says when he got suspended for beating him up in his hotel room, he wondered what he would do with himself. Then it came to him; he could make a new friend. Big Show’s assistant appears next to him. Del Rio says his assistant told him how Big Show was treating him and his unhappiness with the tour bus. Del Rio decided to make some changes to it.
Big Show storms out of the arena and to the parking lot. Big Show’s tour bus is propped up on cinder blocks. Big Show wonders how that’s even possible. Big Show starts to cry when all of a sudden orange paint splashes all over him from above. Del Rio is shown on the roof of the bus with a bucket laughing. Big Show looks at his bus and screams. Del Rio is then shown on the back of a tire truck driven by Ricardo Rodriguez. Del Rio says if Big Show needs tires, he knows a guy. They drive off, and Big Show starts to cry.
Justin Gabriel vs. Jack Swagger
They show a pre-taped promo with Swagger. Swagger says a real American doesn’t wait for handouts. A real American takes what he wants. Tonight, he’ll show Booker T why the Elimination Chamber match needs Jack Swagger, a real American.
The bell rings, and Swagger immediately rushes Gabriel to the corner. Swagger knees away at him before slamming him down. Gabriel shoulders and flips over him. Gabriel rolls him up for a one count. Swagger then turns him inside out with a clothesline. Booker T and Teddy Long are shown watching backstage. Swagger clubs away at the chest. Swagger puts him in the corner and throws him across the ring. Swagger follows up with a Swagger Bomb. Swagger runs into the boots, and Gabriel catches him with a springboard cross-body. Swagger gets out of the ring and eats a kick. Gabriel goes for a springboard, but Swagger rips him off.
Swagger throws him into the ring and hits a chop block. Gabriel rolls around the mat in pain. Swagger dead lifts him and hits the Gutwrench Powerbomb. Swagger then locks on the Patriot Act (the new name for the Ankle Lock), and he picks up the submission.
Winner by Submission: Jack Swagger
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Randy Orton will take on Mark Henry in tonight’s main event. Booker T said he would grant Mark Henry a spot in the Elimination Chamber if he could beat someone already in it.
3MB is shown dancing in the ring. Tensai is already inside. Drew McIntyre will fight him.
Tensai vs. Drew McIntyre w/ 3MB
They show footage of Tensai dressed in an evening gown on Raw Roulette.
Heath Slater distracts Tensai, and McIntyre hits him from behind. McIntyre hits some clubbing blows in the corner before taking him down with a big boot for a one count. McIntyre stomps the face and taunts the crowd. McIntyre slaps him in the face, and Tensai comes back with some punches. Tensai splashes him in the corner and head-butts him down. Tensai hits Ichi Ban (Derailer), and 3MB attacks for the disqualification.
Winner by Disqualification: Tensai
Match Rating: 1/4 *
3MB triple-teams Tensai until Brodus Clay runs out for the save. Clay and Tensai clear out McIntyre and Mahal before taking down Slater with a double shoulder block. Tensai and Clay stare at each other. Clay’s music hits, and he and the Funkadactyls try to make Tensai dance. Tensai doesn’t want to at first, but he eventually concedes and does “the robot.”
Randy Orton will take on Mark Henry in the main event. This will be Henry’s first match back in nine months.
Sin Cara vs. Antonio Cesaro
They lock up, and Cesaro quickly takes him down. Cesaro kicks him in the stomach, but Cara kips up and hits a wheelbarrow arm drag. Cara goes for a top rope flipping arm drag, but Cesaro pulls him off the top. Cesaro dead lifts him and hits a gutwrench suplex. Cesaro jumps on his abdomen and taunts the crowd. Cesaro takes him down and kicks him in the back. Cesaro applies a chin lock, but Cara fights up. Cesaro throws him to the corner and runs into some boots. Cara then charges out of the corner with a beautiful modified sunset flip for a near fall! Cesaro sends him to the ropes, and Cara hits a hurricanrana that takes him out of the ring. Cara then takes him out with a suicide dive.
Cara puts him in the ring and catches him with a kick to the temple. Cara springboards off the top rope into a European uppercut! Cesaro taunts the crowd before hitting the Neutralizer for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Antonio Cesaro
Match Rating: * 1/4
Randy Orton is backstage with Matt Striker. Striker asks for his thoughts on the return of Mark Henry and their match. Orton says Henry has been out with an injury for nine months. Then he comes back, jumps a bunch of guys, and thinks he can just get whatever he wants. That’s a good plan, but he’s hitting a roadblock tonight. Henry is the World’s Strongest Man, but he’ll have to be the World’s Luckiest Man if he thinks he can get through him. If he’s not careful, he’ll put him right back on the shelf he came from.
We’ll see how Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus evened the odds against The Shield, next.
The Miz is backstage with Matt Striker. Striker asks how he’s feeling after Brock Lesnar’s assault. Miz says he’s been through a lot of intense moments during his time in WWE. He’s been against the best superstars on the biggest stages, but looking into Lesnar’s eyes, he saw something different. He saw something lethal. Antonio Cesaro walks up and says he loves this country. Only a guy like Miz could stick his nose where it doesn’t belong and complain about it. Cesaro says he’s a typical American. Miz says he should stop sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong and put it where it does. Miz then attacks him, and the referees have to pull them apart.
The Raw Rebound airs. Brad Maddox wanted to be the hero, but he got destroyed. Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus then evened the odds against The Shield. They then show WWE.com exclusive footage of John Cena challenging The Shield to a match at Elimination Chamber.
Randy Orton and Mark Henry will fight, next.
Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry
They lock up, and Henry backs him to the corner. Henry gives a clean break, but soon reneges on the decision. Orton ducks the cheap shot and punches away at him. Orton hits some corner clotheslines, but soon eats a back elbow. Henry kicks him in the ribs and throws him out of the ring. Henry pushes his head into the barricade and goes to throw him into the ring post, but Orton slides off and pushes him into it instead.
Henry isn’t happy as he gets back in the ring. Henry throws him into the corner, but he quickly eats a boot. Orton clubs away at the chest from the top rope, but Henry turns around and punches him off to the floor. Henry throws him back into the ring for a near fall. Henry stands on his chest before applying a nerve hold. Orton fights up and elbows out. Orton punches, but Henry head-butts him. Henry sends him to the corner, but Orton sidesteps him.
Orton hits a clothesline, but Henry doesn’t go down. Henry pushes him into the ropes, but Orton ducks a clothesline and takes him down with one of his own. Orton hits a dropkick, and Henry rolls to the apron. Orton hits a hanging DDT. Orton gets the crowd into it, and he stalks Henry. Henry blocks an RKO and splashes him in the corner. Henry then catches him with the World’s Strongest Slam, and he picks up the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Mark Henry
Match Rating: * 1/2
Mark Henry will now be included in the Elimination Chamber match on February 17. Henry screams that the Hall of Pain is open for business.
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