WWE World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio competes in singles action against WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett!
WWE Smackdown Results
February 22, 2013
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
They show a video of some highlights from the Elimination Chamber. Alberto Del Rio beat the Big Show to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. His next stop will be WrestleMania. Jack Swagger’s Elimination Chamber victory is also highlight. He’s going to try to reclaim America. Then they show The Rock unveiling the new WWE Championship on Raw.
Ricardo Rodriguez is in the ring, and he introduces Alberto Del Rio, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Del Rio says that he retained his championship at Elimination Chamber last Sunday, so that means he’s going to WrestleMania. He also found out who his opponent will be: the winner of the Elimination Chamber match, Jack Swagger. Swagger has a new mission, friend, and attitude. In this new attitude, Swagger believes he is everything that is right about America, and he is everything that is wrong with America. Del Rio saw his State of the Union on Raw and his YouTube videos. Swagger claims that immigrants are taking job opportunities from people. Del Rio says immigrants built this country. These are hard working people trying to provide their families with a better life. That’s why this country is so great. Del Rio points to the title, and he says this is the result of his hard work. It’s the American Dream. Swagger claims to be a real American, but to Del Rio he’s a real jackass. Del Rio says if the immigrants only want handouts, then Swagger should come out so he can lay his hand out all over his face.
Randy Orton’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. Orton begins to talk, but he stops to listen to the crowd chant his name. Orton says he’ll do his absolute best to stay calm, cool, and collected. Something was taken from him this past Sunday at the Elimination Chamber. He was so close to getting the opportunity to regain the championship at WrestleMania, but Jack Swagger took it from him. Part of him respects Swagger for what he did because he would have done the exact same thing. However, an even bigger part of him wants to take out his rage and aggression on Swagger tonight. Orton says he knows it’s Del Rio versus Swagger at WrestleMania, so this is what he’s asking for. He wants Del Rio to step aside just for tonight because Swagger is his. If they have to fight about it, then so be it.
Booker T’s music hits, and the General Manager of Smackdown comes out to the stage. Booker says this isn’t how he saw Smackdown going tonight. He had some plans. One plan was to have a Champion versus Champion match. Alberto Del Rio, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, will go head-to-head with Wade Barrett, the WWE Intercontinental Champion. As far as Jack Swagger goes, he will be going one-on-one against Randy Orton. Booker says Orton got his wish tonight, now can you dig that SUCKA?
Sheamus is seen walking backstage. He’ll be in action against Damien Sandow, next.
A Fandango vignette airs.
Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow
Before the match, Sandow cuts a promo. Sandow says everyone will bear witness to a monumental occasion: the destruction of the false idol Sheamus, a man whose only purpose has been to drag people further into the bowels of their own ignorance. Tonight, Sheamus’ reign of terror comes to an end. You’re welcome!
They circle the ring, and Sandow kicks him. Sheamus quickly comes back with some vicious punches, but Sandow soon answers back. Sheamus blocks a kick and takes him down before following up with a short-arm clothesline. Sandow comes back with a head-butt and sends him into the ropes. Sheamus blocks a hip toss with another short-arm clothesline. Sheamus then clotheslines him over the top rope. Sheamus follows him outside and sends him into the barricade two times.
Sheamus puts him back in the ring and takes him down with a slingshot shoulder tackle. Sheamus smothers him in the corner until the referee backs him up. Sandow kicks him in the knee and clotheslines him down. Sheamus quickly comes back with some punches. Sheamus sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Sheamus quickly grabs him by the beard and throws him to the apron. Sheamus then catches him with ten vicious clubs to the chest. He goes to suplex Sandow back into the ring, but Sandow pushes him off and falls to the outside to recover.
We come back from the break to see Sheamus trapped in a chin lock. During the commercial, Sandow sent Sheamus into the ring post. Sandow takes him down with a side leg sweep before hitting him with the Cubito Aequet. Sandow finishes him off with a flipping neckbreaker for a near fall. Sandow punches away at Sheamus’ face. Sheamus tries to punch back, but Sandow quickly takes him down and chokes him with the boot. Sandow bows to the crowd before leaving the ring to continue the assault. Sandow elbows him in the throat.
Sandow gets in the ring, hits him with a snapmare, and applies a chin lock. Sheamus fights up and gets out. Sheamus charges into a drop-toe-hold into the ropes. Sandow crashes into him on the ropes and covers for a near fall. Sandow goes back to the chin lock. Sheamus soon fights up and punches out. Sheamus sends him to the corner and charges into him with his shoulder. Sheamus then takes him down with a knee lift.
Sheamus hits a pair of Irish hammers, and the crowd is getting into it. Sheamus runs into Sandow’s boot. Sheamus tries to catch him with a powerslam, but Sandow gets out. Sandow takes him down with the Edge-O-Matic for a near fall. Sandow can’t believe it. Sandow knees away at him before going for the Terminus, but Sheamus powers out. Sheamus goes for White Noise, but Sandow elbows out. Sandow ducks a Brogue Kick and dropkicks him in the knee. Sheamus avoids a neckbreaker, and he catches Sandow with White Noise. Sheamus gets the crowd pumped up, and he drops Sandow with a Brogue Kick for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Sheamus
Match Rating: * 1/4
They show highlights of the press conference where WWE announced that WrestleMania XXX would take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Later tonight, Jack Swagger will take on Randy Orton. We’ll also see Alberto Del Rio take on Wade Barrett in a Champion versus Champion match.
They show highlights of The Shield winning at Elimination Chamber and the next night on Monday Night Raw.
Tamina Snuka and Aksana vs. Kaitlyn and Layla
Layla will start against Aksana. Layla dances a bit, and Aksana tries to show her up with her own dance moves. Layla kicks her in the butt before she can finish. Layla bumps her in the face with her butt and tags in Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn takes Aksana down with a shoulder block, and she applies a chin lock. Tamina distracts Kaitlyn, and Aksana knocks her out of the ring. Aksana distracts the referee as Tamina clotheslines Kaitlyn on the outside. Kaitlyn slowly gets in the ring, and Aksana hits her with a sidewalk slam for a two count. Aksana sends her to the corner hard and crawls over. Aksana talks a little trash and slaps her in the face. Kaitlyn slaps back, but Aksana takes her down. Aksana puts a head-scissor on her and drives her face into the mat. Kaitlyn avoids a big splash.
Tamina and Layla are tagged in. Layla takes her down by the hair. Layla hits a clothesline and a big kick to the face. Layla hits a dropkick to the midsection before following up with the LOL (Lots of Layla). Tamina rolls through and gets her in position for the Samoan Drop, but Layla is able to tag Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn spears Tamina down for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Kaitlyn and Layla
Match Rating: 3/4 *
The Rock’s WWE Championship celebration on Raw will be shown, next.
They show footage of The Rock unveiling the new WWE Championship on Raw as well as CM Punk’s attack on John Cena. Cena and Punk will fight on Raw to determine who will face The Rock at WrestleMania.
Jack Swagger is walking backstage with Zeb Colter. Colter says Swagger beat Orton before and he can do it again tonight. Wade Barrett stops them. Barrett says he’s not one to give out compliments, but it’s about time someone spoke the truth about what is happening in this country. Barrett is relishing the prospect of doling out some real punishment to one of the main perpetrators this evening. Colter says there has been a misunderstanding here. Barrett doesn’t talk like him, and he’s not from here. Barrett says he’s from England. Colter says he’s like Del Rio because he’s stealing a job from an American. Colter says they should make it two-for-one. Barrett and Del Rio should beat each other up and be sent back to where they came from. Barrett goes to talk, but Swagger cuts him off with, “We The People.” They walk off.
Randy Orton’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. He’ll face Jack Swagger, next.
Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter
They circle the ring and lock up. They tussle around the ring as they jockey for position. Eventually they give a clean break. Swagger rolls Orton up all of a sudden for a one count. Orton quickly pops up and uppercuts him. Orton kicks him down in the corner. Swagger kicks him in the knee and hits the ropes, but Orton takes him down with a back elbow. Orton hits a back suplex for a near fall. Orton chokes him on the ropes, but Swagger soon comes back with some punches and shoulder blocks in the corner. Orton punches back and puts him in the corner. Swagger reverses a whip to the corner, but Orton pops out with a clothesline. Orton stomps on his hand, hits a snapmare, and applies a chin lock. Swagger fights up, and he drops Orton with a back suplex for a near fall.
Swagger drops some elbows on him. Orton gets to his feet, and Swagger hits a shoulder block. Swagger hits another shoulder block and walks around the ring gloating when all of a sudden Orton rolls him up for a two count. Orton then hits a picture perfect dropkick. Orton then begins to stomp on all of Swagger’s limbs before dropping a knee for a near fall. Swagger rolls out of the ring to catch his breath. Swagger pulls Orton into the ring post, and he swings his leg into it. Orton is clutching at his leg as Swagger attempts to apply the Patriot Lock, but Orton fights out. Swagger is pushes outside, and Orton catches him with a Lou Thesz Press and some punches. Swagger gets into the ring, and then quickly gets out as Orton gets in. Orton follows, and he clotheslines Swagger on the outside.
We come back from the break to see them trading punches. Swagger comes out on top, but Orton reverses a whip to the ropes. Orton sends him to the apron and goes for the hanging DDT, but Swagger drops him to the outside. Orton lands on his feet, and he pulls Swagger out of the ring. Orton punches him, but Swagger is able to reverse a whip into the steel steps. Swagger bounces his face off the steps again, and he throws him into the ring for a near fall.
Swagger knees away at him in the corner before dropping him with version of the powerslam. Orton gets up in the corner, and Swagger runs into him with a knee for a near fall. Swagger applies a submission, but Orton fights out. Swagger charges him, and Orton hits a back body drop over the top rope. Orton follows him outside, and he hits a back suplex on the barricade! Orton rolls him into the ring, takes a moment to catch his breath, and gets in the ring. Swagger immediately catches him with a chop block, and he follows up with a Swagger Bomb for a near fall.
Swagger walks around Orton before applying a front face lock. Orton blocks a suplex and hits one of his own. Swagger gets up and charges, but Orton sidesteps him, causing him to hit the ring post shoulder first. Orton hits a pair of clotheslines, ducks one, and hits a powerslam. Orton runs into a back elbow, but he’s able to duck a clothesline and attempt his patented backbreaker, but Swagger gets out. Swagger turns him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Orton avoids a Swagger Bomb and kicks him in the midsection. Orton then hits his patented backbreaker. Swagger is on the apron, and Orton catches him with a hanging DDT. Colter pulls Swagger back to the apron. Swagger thumbs Orton in the eye and snapshots him on the rope. Swagger then rolls him up for the win, and he puts a foot on the bottom rope.
Winner by Pinfall: Jack Swagger
Match Rating: **
Alberto Del Rio will face Wade Barrett tonight in the main event. They’ll replay Brock Lesnar’s attack on Vince McMahon, next.
They show footage of Brock Lesnar delivering an F-5 to Vince McMahon. It then shows footage of McMahon appearing on Raw this past Monday via satellite. McMahon challenged Heyman to a fight for this Monday.
The Miz makes his way to the ring. His arm is still wrapped up. He’ll be in action against Cody Rhodes, next.
The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes
They show a pre-taped promo with Rhodes. He says he’s tired of all the criticism of him donning a mustache. He wonders what it says about the people who worry about what is on his face. Rhodes says the ladies call it a “love-stache.”
Miz quickly applies a waistlock, but Rhodes gets out. Miz catches him with a back elbow and charges, but Rhodes drops him to the apron. Miz quickly shoulders him and goes to the top rope, but Rhodes pulls the injured arm into the top rope. Rhodes stomps away at the shoulder before taunting the crowd. Rhodes picks up a one count. Rhodes applies a hammerlock, but Miz elbows out. Rhodes pushes him to the corner, and he runs into a back elbow. Rhodes quickly takes him down and dropkicks him in the shoulder for a near fall. Rhodes punches and knees at him before wrapping the arm around the top rope. Miz kicks away at him and goes for a sunset flip, but Rhodes rolls through and knees him in the head for a near fall. Rhodes begins to twist the arm, and he goes for a back suplex, but Miz flips through and big boots him for a near fall.
Rhodes goes back to the arm, but Miz sends him to the corner. Miz charges, but Rhodes sidesteps him. Rhodes goes for the Alabama Slam, but Miz rolls out and applies the Figure Four Leglock for the win.
Winner by Submission: The Miz
Match Rating: *
Alberto Del Rio will face Wade Barrett in a Champion versus Champion match, next.
Champion vs. Champion Match
Wade Barrett vs. Alberto Del Rio
Before the match begins, Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter come out to the stage to watch the match.
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is the official for this match. They circle the ring and lock up. Barrett quickly wrenches the arm, but Del Rio twists out and hits a hip toss. Del Rio punches, but Barrett quickly comes back with some punches in the corner. Del Rio turns him around and kicks him down in the corner. Del Rio hits a snapmare and kicks him in the back. Barrett rolls out of the ring, and Ricardo Rodriguez mocks him. Barrett chases him, and Del Rio takes him out with a baseball slide.
We come back from the break to see Barrett kick and punch Del Rio. Del Rio fights back, but Barrett reverses a whip to the corner. Barrett runs into a back elbow. Del Rio goes to the top rope, but Barrett pushes him off to the outside! The replay shows how scary that bump could have been. Barrett bounces his face off the steel steps before whipping him into them. Swagger and Colter are shown closely watching the action. Barrett sends him into the ring for a near fall. Barrett applies a chin lock. Del Rio fights up as the crowd chants “Si.” Del Rio punches out, but Barrett ducks a clothesline and hits a sidekick to the midsection. Barrett hits a pump-handle slam for a near fall. Barrett chokes him on the ropes before turning him around and kneeing him in the face. Del Rio is still hung up in the ropes as Barrett big boots him to the floor. Barrett rolls him into the ring for a near fall.
Barrett drops some elbows for a near fall. Barrett yells at the referee in frustration. Barrett goes back to the chin lock. Del Rio fights up, but Barrett knees him in the midsection. Barrett sends him to the corner, but he runs into a back elbow. Del Rio quickly follows up with a dropkick off the second rope.
Del Rio hits some clotheslines and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio waits for Barrett to get up before kicking him in the jaw for a near fall. Del Rio gets the crowd into it and runs into Barrett’s Winds of Change for a near fall. Barrett goes for The Wasteland, but Del Rio pushes him off to the corner. Del Rio blocks a kick and spins him onto the ropes. Del Rio clubs him in the back before hitting a Backstabber off the ropes for a near fall. Del Rio signals for his finisher. Del Rio goes for it until he sees Barrett coming down the ramp yelling, “We The People!” Barrett rolls him up for a near fall. Barrett takes him down with a big boot before pulling down his elbow pad. Del Rio ducks the Bull Hammer and applies the Cross Arm Breaker for the win!
Winner by Submission: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: * 3/4
Jack Swagger is not happy with this result. Swagger puts his hand over his heart and says, “We The People!” Del Rio and Rodriguez stare at him as the show ends.
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