Randy Orton battles Mark Henry. Number one contender Big Show squares off against Chris Jericho in the main event!
WWE Smackdown Results
February 15, 2013
Little Rock, Arkansas
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
They show footage of The Rock and CM Punk fighting at the end of this week’s Raw. Paul Heyman tripped The Rock during a People’s Elbow attempt. Punk hit him with a GTS, and he stole the WWE Championship back. Also, the combatants in the Smackdown Elimination Chamber have been all finalized. However, there is some unfinished business heading in. Randy Orton will take on Mark Henry, tonight.
The Smackdown video with the new song plays. Big Show’s music hits, and he’ll kick off the show for the evening. Josh Mathews and John “Bradshaw” Layfield are on commentary. Big Show comes to the ring to a chorus of boos. They show footage of Alberto Del Rio torturing the Big Show on last week’s Smackdown. He stole the back tires off his tour bus and doused him in orange paint. Big Show was left crying.
Big Show asks if the crowd thinks that footage is funny. He says he hopes the fans and Alberto Del Rio are happy because due to those actions, three innocent people suffered his wrath. That’s ok because it’s funny. Big Show wants to get to the point. Alberto Del Rio has never pinned him. He says Del Rio doesn’t have what it takes to pin him. Del Rio will never pin him. The rage he has inside of him right now will unload on Del Rio at the Elimination Chamber Pay Per View. He’s going to ball up his fist, and when he lets it fly, Del Rio’s “fiesta” will become a “siesta.”
Chris Jericho’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a great reception. Jericho says he’s known Big Show for sixteen years, and he knows what he’s feeling. Big Show says if Jericho knows him like he says he knows him, then he should be as far away from him as possible. He’s not in the mood for Jericho’s crap. Big Show asks what he’s even doing here. Shouldn’t he be touring with Fozzy or writing another book? Big Show says they’ve been through a lot, and he should stay away from him. Jericho says he’s looking at Big Show because he’s back in WWE, he’s pumped to be here, he’s working and feeling better than ever, and every Jerichoholic in the arena and at home knows it to be true. However, he can’t read Big Show like a book. Big Show might be feeling anger and doubt about Alberto Del Rio, but he’s been his tag team partner. They’ve been champions. Jericho knows how dangerous he is. Big Show is a giant destroyer and the biggest force in the company. Jericho says he’s a six-time World Champion, he’s headlined WrestleMania’s, and he’s been in more Elimination Chamber matches than anyone. This Sunday he’s in another one. If he wins that match and Big Show beats Del Rio, then it’s Jericho versus Big Show at WrestleMania. If it happens, he’ll beat Big Show and become the World Heavyweight Champion. That’s a fact that Big Show can never, EVER forget again.
Big Show says they have been through a lot together. If Jericho wins the Elimination Chamber match and goes to WrestleMania, and he is the World Heavyweight Champion, it will be the last WrestleMania appearance of Jericho’s career. Big Show warns him to get out of his face before he hurts him so bad that he doesn’t get to the Elimination Chamber. Big Show is trying to do him a favor.
Booker T’s music hits, and the General Manager of Smackdown comes out to the stage. Booker says he sees where this is going, and he likes it. Booker says we don’t know if that match will happen at WrestleMania, so why no have the match on Smackdown, tonight? Booker T says the main event will see the World’s Largest Athlete Big Show going one-on-one with Chris Jericho. Now can you dig that, SUCKA?
Randy Orton is walking backstage when Matt Striker stops him. Striker asks how he feels about facing Mark Henry again just forty-eight hours before the Elimination Chamber. Orton thinks about it, but Mark Henry appears on the screen. They stare at each other for a few seconds before Henry walks off. They’ll fight, next.
WWE Champion The Rock will be on Smackdown, tonight.
They show footage of the destruction that Mark Henry has caused since returning last Monday. The Hall of Pain is officially reopened.
Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton
They circle the ring and lock up. Henry backs him to the corner and gives a clean break. Henry smiles at him and shakes his head. They lock up again, and Henry throws him into the corner. Henry runs into some right hands, but he pushes Orton back into the corner. Henry charges, and Orton gives him a drop-toe-hold into the turnbuckle. Henry rolls out of the ring, but Orton follows. Orton takes him down with a big clothesline at ringside. Orton gets back in the ring.
Henry rolls back in, gets to his feet, and angrily looks at Orton. Henry blocks a punch and head-butts him down. Henry punches him and talks a little trash. Henry throws him across the ring and goes for a big splash, but Orton moves. Orton dropkicks him down and goes for the ten punches in the corner. Henry stops him at six and throws him over the top rope.
We come back from the break to see Orton trapped in a nerve hold. Orton fights up to his feet and tries to get out, but Henry clubs him. Henry takes him down with a powerslam for a near fall. Henry yells at the referee. Henry punches him in the neck and reapplies the nerve hold. Orton fights up once again and punches out. Henry head-butts him and sends him to the corner. Henry runs into Orton’s boot. Henry tries to charge again, but he eats another boot. Henry tries a third time, and Orton sidesteps him in the corner. Orton clotheslines him, but Henry doesn’t go down. Orton hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and drops Henry with one.
Orton ducks another clothesline, and Henry takes him down with one. Henry goes for the World’s Strongest Slam, but Orton pops out of it. Orton then drops him with a DDT for a near fall. Henry rolls to the apron, and Orton catches him with a hanging DDT. Orton tries for an RKO, but Henry pushes him off and avalanches him. Orton rolls out of the ring in pain.
Henry follows him outside and smiles as he goes to pick Orton up. Orton tries to surprise him with an RKO, but Henry pushes him off. Orton stops his momentum before he crashes into the barricade. Henry tries to hit a World’s Strongest Slam on the outside, but Orton slinks over the shoulder. Orton punches him, grabs a chair, and cracks him in the sternum with it in front of the referee!
Winner by Disqualification: Mark Henry
Match Rating: * 1/2
Henry rolls back into the ring, and Orton follows with the chair. Orton cracks it over his back, and Henry drops to his knees. Orton goes to hit him again, but Henry blocks the shot. Henry rips it out of his hands with such force that Orton flies into the ropes. Henry then catches him with the World’s Strongest Slam!
The Rock will be on Smackdown, tonight! We’ll also see footage of John Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback attacking The Shield on Raw.
They show a replay of what happened at the end of the Randy Orton versus Mark Henry match.
Mark Henry is walking backstage when he approaches Matt Striker. Henry rips the microphone out of his hand and says he isn’t interviewing him. Striker is going to listen. Henry says he’s been at home for nine months, frustrated about his return. It’s official. The Hall of Pain is open for business, and it’s been getting full as of late. Henry says everyone saw what he just did to Randy Orton. They’re going to lock five superstars in a steel enclosure with him. He suggests that they have law enforcement, the National Guard, the Army, the Marines, and the Navy handy. They’re going to need it because nobody is stopping his road to WrestleMania.
They show footage of the confrontation The Shield had with John Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback on Raw.
Layla makes her way to the ring. She’ll face Tamina Snuka, next.
A Fandango vignette airs.
Layla vs. Tamina Snuka
They circle the ring and lock up. Tamina powers her into the ropes and gives a clean break. Tamina then shoves her into the ropes. Layla gets the crowd into it as she circles the ring. Layla applies a waistlock, but Tamina elbows her in the face. Layla surprises her with a few rollups, but they only give her one counts. Layla hits a springboard cross-boy, but Tamina kicks out again. Layla takes her down by the hair and runs her butt into her face. Layla kicks her out of the ring and gets on the apron. Layla runs on the apron, but Tamina uses the apron to trip her. It sounds like Layla is crying.
Tamina rolls her into the ring and covers for a near fall. Tamina applies a chin lock, but Layla fights up. Layla elbows out, but Tamina takes her down by the hair. Tamina applies another chin lock. The WWE Diva’s Champion, Kaitlyn, is seen watching backstage. Layla tries to fight out, but Tamina controls her. Tamina puts her in the corner, but Layla sidesteps her and rolls her up for a near fall. Layla gets another cover for a near fall. Layla kicks her in the face and hits the ropes, but Tamina catches her with a vicious Samoan Drop. Tamina puts her in position and hits the Superfly Splash for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Tamina Snuka
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Chris Jericho will take on the Big Show in the main event.
They show footage of The Rock and CM Punk’s fight at the end of Raw. Punk wound up getting the better of The Rock (with an assist from Paul Heyman), and he stole the WWE Championship from him. The Rock will be out, next!
The Rock makes his way to the ring to a massive reception from the crowd. He is without the WWE Championship. The Rock goes to speak, but the roar of the crowd doesn’t allow him. The Rock finally says he wants to make something perfectly clear to CM Punk. Punk ran off with his title this past Monday, but that doesn’t make him a champion. All he did was make a trade. He’ll hold The Rock’s championship for six days in exchange for an ass kicking that will haunt him for the rest of his life. The crowd chants his name.
The Rock says Punk can hear the people. This Sunday, The Rock is going to make him suffer. The people want him to make Punk suffer and treat him like the spoiled little boy he is. That’s exactly how he acts. He loses his toy, he runs his mouth, and keeps someone like Paul Heyman to hug him. The Rock says he isn’t a spoiled little boy. He is a man. It took him ten long years to win the title back, and it’ll take him one night to make sure he never touches it again.
CM Punk clears his throat and appears on the titantron alongside Paul Heyman. It says he’s appearing via satellite. Punk says this isn’t a belt. It’s a championship title, and it belongs to the Best in the World. Punk tells him to not run around Little Rock and tell people he stole it. Everyone saw the travesty at the Royal Rumble when The Rock committed grand larceny. Punk beat him at the Royal Rumble, and now Rock is throwing a fit. The Rock is a hypocrite because he complains about Punk throwing fits. Punk wants him to give him a beating. He wants The Rock to snap and get disqualified because that means he’ll win, just like he did at the Royal Rumble. Punk says he’ll let Rock beat himself at Elimination Chamber. If The Rock gets disqualified or counted out, he’ll win. At Elimination Chamber, this nightmare of “the People’s Era,” will be over. Whether he beats him or Rock beats himself, it’ll be CM Punk as the WWE Champion.
The Rock says CM Punk talks a big game about what he’s going to do, but the fact of the matter is his words are worthless. Punk said he would stop him at the Royal Rumble, but he didn’t. The Rock gave his word that he would beat him, and he did. Even after Punk and Heyman paid off The Shield, at the end of the night at the Royal Rumble, Punk got beat. The Rock tells him not to think about what happens on Sunday. He wants him to think about what happens on Monday morning. Punk will wake up, and it’ll hit him like a ton of bricks: he failed. The Rock says the bottom line is Punk is a spoiled little boy standing in the way of someone who is a steamroller of a man. The Rock will beat CM Punk at Elimination Chamber and go on to WrestleMania as the WWE Champion. Paul Heyman knows it, the people know it, and Punk knows it. The Rock then intensely says, “If you smell what The Rock is cookin’…”
Chris Jericho will take on Big Show in tonight’s main event.
Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal vs. Brodus Clay and Tensai
Tensai will start out against Slater. Slater does a little dance, and Tensai answers back with one of his own. Slater punches at him, but he has a whip reversed. Slater kicks him in the face and dances. Tensai takes him down and scares Drew McIntyre off the apron. Slater quickly takes him down with a roundhouse kick and tags in Mahal. Mahal punches away and taunts the crowd. Tensai punches back, but Mahal knees him in the midsection. Tensai takes him down with a knee to the face for a near fall.
Mahal applies a chin lock, but Tensai fights up. Mahal knees him again, but Tensai soon catches him. Tensai then hits a sloppy looking spinning sidewalk slam. Brodus Clay is tagged in, and he hits some clotheslines on Mahal. Clay hits a T-Bone suplex, and he head-butts Slater out of the air. Slater and Mahal are set up in opposite corners. Tensai and Clay charge past one another and splash them. Clay knocks McIntyre off the apron, and Tensai hits Ichi Ban on Mahal. Clay then hits the Splat for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Brodus Clay and Tensai
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Brodus Clay and Tensai dance in the ring with the Funkadactyls until The Shield’s music hits. The Shield makes their way to the ring through the crowd. They triple-team the two of them and take them down. They send Tensai into the steel steps and concentrate their efforts on Brodus Clay. They then execute a triple powerbomb on Brodus Clay!
Dean Ambrose grabs a microphone. He says, “Don’t you dare think for one moment that this Sunday will look any different!” Ambrose says John Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback will learn the hard way that their actions will have consequences. They will believe in The Shield.
They air another Fandango vignette.
Cody Rhodes vs. The Miz
The Miz has his left shoulder wrapped up. They show footage of Antonio Cesaro whipping him into the barricade with the big swing on Raw.
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is the official for this match. Miz applies a waistlock, but Rhodes elbows him in the face. Miz quickly takes him down with a straight right hand. Miz applies a hammerlock, but Rhodes turns it into a side headlock. Miz whips him off and takes him down with a back elbow. Miz charges into a boot, but he quickly rips him off the second rope. Rhodes quickly kicks him in the shoulder and hits a hammerlock body slam for a one count. Rhodes attacks the shoulder with kicks and knees before taunting the crowd. Rhodes continues to target it, and he applies an overhead wristlock. Miz fights up and whips him off.
Miz hits a pair of clotheslines and goes for the Reality Check, but Rhodes sends him to the corner. Miz catches him with a boot and charges, but Rhodes counters with a sunset flip. Miz rolls through and goes to kick him in the head, but Rhodes ducks it and rolls him up for a two count. Rhodes immediately takes him down with an arm breaker. Rhodes goes for the Disaster Kick, but Miz counters into the Figure Four Leglock. Rhodes has no choice but to tap out!
Winner by Submission: The Miz
Match Rating: * 1/4
Chris Jericho will take on the Big Show in tonight’s main event.
Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter
They circle the ring, and Ryder punches him. Swagger immediately takes him down and powers him to the corner. Swagger clubs him in the small of the back a few times. Ryder comes back with a flying forearm. Swagger reverses a whip and counters an attempted knee attack by Ryder. Swagger shoves him a few times before giving him some knees in the corner. Coulter is seen closely watching at ringside. Swagger viciously whips him to the corner.
Swagger goes to throw him across the ring, but Ryder lands on his feet. Ryder catches him with a flapjack, and he punches Swagger down in the corner. Ryder goes for the Broski Boot, but Swagger moves. Swagger then slams Ryder’s ankle into the ring post. Ryder is hobbling around the ring, so Swagger takes him down with a chop block. Swagger stalks his prey before hitting a Gutwrench Powerbomb. Swagger stands on the ankle before applying the Patriot Act for the submission victory.
Winner by Submission: Jack Swagger
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Jack Swagger says he’s going to introduce a great friend. He’s a native and a great American. This man is Zeb Colter.
Colter takes the microphone and says, “My fellow Americans, ‘We the people…'” It says in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal, but it is the choices you make that define you. Do you end up to be a great patriot or American like Jack Swagger and himself or do the choices you make resemble this clown (Ryder) who cares more for his hair and tan than the country he lives in. Colter says the people aren’t blind, but they refuse to see. Their eyes are wide open. This country is broken, and they know how to fix it. Jack Swagger is a great man, a great patriot, and a real American. He knows how to fix the problem. It starts right here. Remember, “We The People!”
A video highlights all the destruction that has been caused by the Elimination Chamber.
Alberto Del Rio is backstage with Matt Striker. Striker asks how he responds to never having pinned the Big Show. Del Rio says he and Ricardo Rodriguez will answer. Del Rio asks if he’s the World Heavyweight Champion, and Rodriguez answers, “Si.” Del Rio asks if he beat the Big Show twice, and Rodriguez again answers, “Si.” Del Rio then asks if he made the Big Show look like a pumpkin last week, and Rodriguez says, “Si,” and throws in that he was a huge round pumpkin. Del Rio says the Big Show was right. He’s never pinned him. Del Rio then asks if he’ll beat the Big Show on Sunday and go to WrestleMania as the World Heavyweight Champion, and Rodriguez says, “Si” over and over again.
Big Show makes his way to the ring. He’ll be in action against Chris Jericho, next.
Big Show vs. Chris Jericho
They lock up, and Big Show powers him to the corner. Big Show hits a body shot, but Jericho turns him around to punch him. Big Show pushes him down, sends him to the ropes, and hits a shoulder block. Big Show head-butts him out of the ring. Big Show chops him in front of the announcers and puts him back in the ring. Big Show gets on the apron, and Jericho catches him with a springboard dropkick. Jericho then hits a baseball slide. Jericho gets the crowd into it before getting out of the ring. Big Show then takes Jericho and throws him over the commentary table.
Big Show sends him into the ring, gets inside, and head-butts him down. Big Show chops the chest and head-butts him again. Jericho comes back with a chop, but Big Show body slams him down. Big Show sits on the top rope, but Jericho cuts him off. Big Show pushes him back and gets off the top rope. Big Show runs into a boot, and he goes to the top, but Big Show grabs him by the throat. Jericho jumps to the outside, causing Big Show’s arm to hit the top rope. Jericho dropkicks him in the knee and kicks him down a few times. Jericho hits the ropes, and Big Show kills him with a spear for a near fall!
Big Show signals for the Chokeslam. Jericho elbows out and avoids an avalanche. Jericho goes to the top rope and jumps into a Chokeslam! Jericho quickly rolls out of the ring. Big Show follows him outside. Jericho is motionless at ringside. Big Show picks him up and throws him into the ring. Big Show sits on the top rope and goes for an elbow drop, but Jericho moves! Jericho follows up with a Lionsault for a near fall!
Big Show counters a Codebreaker, but Jericho tries to come back with a sunset flip. Big Show picks him up by the head, and Jericho counters into a DDT for a near fall. Jericho dropkicks him in the head and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Big Show powers him off. Jericho quickly charges, and Big Show takes him out with the Knockout Punch for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Big Show
Match Rating: **
Alberto Del Rio comes out to the stage and stares at the Big Show. They’ll fight this Sunday at the Elimination Chamber.
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