WWE Smackdown 3/1/2013
Randy Orton wrestles the Big Show in the main event.
WWE Social Media Smackdown Results
March 1, 2013
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
They show footage of The Shield’s sneak attacks over the past few months. They then show how Sheamus and Randy Orton got the better of them on Raw. Will they make an appearance during Randy Orton’s match against Big Show? Also, tonight is Social Media Smackdown so it will feature interactive fan polls.
Ricardo Rodriguez introduces Alberto Del Rio, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, to the ring. Michael Cole, Josh Mathews, and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler are on commentary.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Damien Sandow
Before the match, Sandow says Del Rio fits in with the rest of America in that he has poor grammar, lackluster word choice, and sentence structures that are absolutely abhorrent. Above all, a man in an outdated rental tuxedo with a spit bucket accompanies Del Rio, the World Heavyweight Champion, to the ring. Only his superior intellect, timeless good looks, and the jealous gazes of the unwashed masses accompany him. You’re welcome! Del Rio says if Sandow is going to talk about “unwashed,” then he should wash his mouth because it smells like “caca.”
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, has this match. They circle the ring and lock up. Del Rio pushes him off, so they lock up again. Sandow applies a side headlock, but Del Rio whips him off. Sandow takes him down with a shoulder block, and he taunts the crowd. Del Rio smiles back at him. They circle the ring and lock up again. Del Rio gets a side headlock applied. Sandow whips him off, and Del Rio hits a shoulder block of his own. Del Rio quickly follows up with another shoulder block, and Sandow rolls to the apron. The referee backs Del Rio up. Sandow gets in the ring and takes Del Rio down with a headlock takeover. Del Rio tries to roll him and get a pinfall, but he only picks up a one count. Del Rio fights up and backs him to the corner. Sandow turns and kicks him down in the corner. Del Rio kicks back, and he punches Sandow down in the corner. Del Rio hits a snapmare and kicks him in the head. Del Rio hits a body slam and goes to the second rope. Del Rio hits a moonsault for a two count. Sandow head-butts him and hits a suplex for a two count. Sandow goes to a chin lock, but Del Rio quickly fights up and punches out. Sandow takes him down by the hair and kicks away at him. Sandow drops a knee for a near fall, and he quickly goes back to the chin lock. Del Rio fights up, but Sandow hits a shoulder block. Del Rio quickly takes him down and rolls him up with a Magistral cradle for a near fall. Sandow immediately pops up with a clothesline for a near fall. Sandow punches, but he has a whip reversed on him to the corner. Del Rio runs into a back elbow. Del Rio quickly kicks back at him and goes for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Sandow pushes him off. Del Rio quickly drops him to the apron and knocks him off with an enzuigiri.
We come back from the break to see Sandow hit a body slam. Sandow quickly follows up with the Cubito Aequet for a near fall. Sandow punches away at him and drops some knees. Sandow digs his knee into the back and applies another chin lock. Del Rio soon fights up and punches out. Del Rio sends him to the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Del Rio quickly ducks a clothesline and hits a nice German suplex.
They trade punches with Sandow coming out on top. Sandow sends him to the corner, but Del Rio sidesteps him. Del Rio hits some clotheslines and a nice tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio waits in the corner for him to get up. Del Rio hits him with a nice sidekick to the jaw for a near fall. Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter are seen watching backstage. Del Rio signals for his finisher, and the crowd chants, “Si.” Sandow counters a Cross Arm Breaker into the Edge-O-Matic for a near fall. Del Rio pushes him into the ropes, blocks a kick, and clubs him in the kidneys a few times. Del Rio hits a quick backstabber for a near fall. Del Rio signals for the end again, but Sandow big boots him. Sandow hits a flipping neckbreaker for a near fall. Sandow knees away at him and goes for the Terminus, but Del Rio counters into the Cross Arm Breaker for the win!
Winner by Submission: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: * 3/4
Jim Ross will interview Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter later tonight. Coming up next, we’ll see who won the John Cena versus CM Punk match.
They show footage of Alberto Del Rio talking on WWE Active during the commercial break. Del Rio says he wants to take on all comers and be a real champion for all the WWE Universe. He feels like he’s a real leader and the champion of Smackdown. Ricardo Rodriguez says since this is Social Media Smackdown, they should do something a little different. The WWE Universe can choose who his opponent will be next week on Smackdown.
They show footage of the main event of Raw, which saw John Cena defeat CM Punk in a match to determine who will face The Rock at WrestleMania XXIX.
Kane is sitting backstage when Daniel Bryan walks up to him and gives him the blindfold from Raw. Bryan says that is the only reason Kane beat the Primetime Players on Raw and not him. Kane says he thought the Chokeslam he gave Darren Young had something to do with it. Bryan says it didn’t. He spoke to Booker T, and they have a rematch against them. This time, he’ll have his arm tied behind his back, and Kane will be blindfolded. Kane says, “Fine.” Bryan doesn’t understand how he’s fine with that. The first reason is once he beats the Primetime Players while blindfolded, he’ll prove that he’s better than him. Secondly, because he’s wearing a blindfold, he won’t have to look at Bryan’s ugly goat face.
The Miz makes his way. He’ll face Antonio Cesaro for the WWE United States Champion in a two-out-of-three falls match.
WWE United States Championship – Two-out-of-Three Falls
The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro (c)
They lock up, and Miz rolls him up for a no count. Cesaro points at him. Cesaro quickly takes him down by the waist and rolls him up for a no count. Cesaro applies a side headlock, but Miz whips him off. Cesaro hits a shoulder block for a one count. Cesaro applies another chin lock, but Miz whips him off, leapfrogs him, avoids a clothesline, and attempts a hip lock, but Cesaro blocks it. Miz hits him with a back elbow for a one count. Miz puts him in the corner before whipping him to the ropes. Cesaro goes for a sunset flip, but Miz rolls through and kicks him in the head for a two count. Cesaro quickly rolls out of the ring and flips out, kicking the stairs and messing with the apron.
Cesaro gets in the ring, and he kicks Miz in the midsection. Cesaro uppercuts him, but misses a clothesline. Miz hits a knee breaker and goes for the Figure Four Leglock, but Cesaro kicks him away. Miz quickly hits a dragon screw, but Cesaro gets out of the ring. Miz follows and chases him back to the ring. Miz quickly rolls him up for a two count. Miz grabs the leg, but Cesaro gets to his feet. Cesaro sends him to the ropes and hits a knee to the midsection. Cesaro picks up a two count. Cesaro applies a chin lock, but Miz fights up and out. Miz gets a roll up for a two count. Miz punches back at him, but Cesaro reverses a whip to the corner. Miz slingshots over him and clotheslines him down. Miz goes for his patented clothesline, but Cesaro counters into a slam for a near fall. Miz surprises him with an inside cradle for a near fall. Cesaro quickly comes back with the Neutralizer for the win.
Winner of Fall Number One via Pinfall: Antonio Cesaro
We come back from the break to see Cesaro trying to beg Miz off. During the commercial break, Cesaro tapped out to The Miz after getting trapped in the Figure Four Leglock. It’s now tied 1-1. Cesaro quickly charges out of the corner and hits a deadlift gutwrench suplex for a near fall. Cesaro stomps on him for another two count. Cesaro applies a chin lock, but Miz soon fights up and elbows out. Cesaro sends him to the ropes, but Miz counters a body slam and big boots him. Miz catches him with a back elbow and punches away at him. Cesaro fights up and slaps him in the face after calling him a “Stupid American.”
Miz comes back with a pair of clotheslines. Miz goes for the Reality Check, but Cesaro pushes him to the corner. Miz kicks him in the knee and the chest. Miz charges, but Cesaro lifts him and hits a European Uppercut for a near fall. Cesaro can’t believe it. Cesaro slaps away at him, but Miz dropkicks him in the knee. Miz hits a snap DDT for a near fall. The referee is counting them down. They begin to trade punches and head-butts from their knees. Miz comes out on top, and he viciously beats him down in the corner until the referee backs him up. Miz hits his patented clothesline and goes to the top rope for a flying axe handle. Miz drops an elbow on the knee and applies the Figure Four Leglock. Cesaro screams in pain, but he soon powers his way toward the ropes. Miz rips him by the legs to the center of the ring, but Cesaro kicks him toward the referee. Miz stops in his tracks, but Cesaro knocks him back into the referee and rolls him up. The referee doesn’t see this. Miz counters into his own rollup, and the referee gets to two before Cesaro rolls him up again with a handful of tights for the win.
Winner and still WWE United States Champion (2-1 falls): Antonio Cesaro
Match Rating: * 1/2
They show footage of JBL talking about climbing a mountain in Argentina for charity.
Sheamus approaches Randy Orton backstage. Sheamus asks if Orton’s match against Big Show makes him a sitting duck for The Shield. Orton says he can’t think about them. He has to think about the Big Show. Sheamus says The Shield is thinking about the same. Orton says there isn’t anything he can do. Sheamus says he can watch his back, but since Orton is a loner, he won’t be interested. Orton never said he wasn’t interested. Orton simply says, “Thanks,” and he walks off.
Jim Ross’ music hits, and the WWE Hall of Famer makes his way to the ring to a massive reception. He’ll interview Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter, next.
Fandango will debut tonight on Smackdown.
Jim Ross is in the center of the ring, and he says it’s always great to be back home in Oklahoma. He’s here for a very specific reason, and that is to address one of the most heated and controversial issues that he has ever experienced in WWE. His guests tonight will be the self proclaimed “Real American,” Jack Swagger and his associate, Zeb Colter.
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter make their way to the ring to a chorus of boos. JR says he goes back a long way with Swagger. Even though they haven’t always been on the same page, he has great respect for his athletic ability. JR says he recruited Swagger to WWE when he was still wrestling and playing football for the Oklahoma Sooners. Swagger asks if he means that team with no heart thirty miles south from them. Contrary to that, they believe JR is a real American, and that’s why they granted JR an interview. Zeb Colter says after the way The Miz treated them on Raw, they both wanted a forum where they would be treated fairly. JR says they will be treated fairly, and he has some tough questions for them.
Before they get to that and Swagger’s main event match against Alberto Del Rio, JR wants to go back to September 3 on Raw when Swagger told the audience he was taking a leave of absence after a string of embarrassing losses. JR says he’s not the same Jack Swagger and wonders what happened. Colter says what happened is he told Swagger what the real problem was in the country. He told him the reality and the truth of what happens everyday. JR says he was addressing his question to Swagger, and he doesn’t understand what he’s talking about. Colter says JR doesn’t look blind to him, so he just refuses to see. WWE is a microcosm of what happens everyday in this country. Everyday in this country, things happen that he doesn’t like. How is it possible that Jack Swagger could go on a losing streak which would allow an outsider like Alberto Del Rio to sneak in and take a position that belongs to an American. Everyday in this country, thousands of undocumented workers are crossing the borders and taking jobs from real Americans. They will not stand idly by and watch this country self-destruct. Swagger says, “We the people!”
JR wants to talk about WrestleMania on April 7. Swagger has the opportunity to become the World Heavyweight Champion if he can beat Alberto Del Rio. Colter says on April 7, the World Heavyweight Championship will be firmly around the waist of a natural born citizen who is a real American that can recite the Pledge of Allegiance and works for everything he gets. Alberto Del Rio isn’t one of them. He doesn’t share their values, and he needs to leave this country. Colter asks JR when he’s sitting in his home in Norman and on his table is a fruit basket that begins to rot is he going to smell it or throw it away? He’ll throw it out. This is their country, and they smell something stinking, and that stink is Alberto Del Rio. Jack Swagger is fighting for more than a championship. He’s fighting for the heart and soul of their country. Swagger says, “We the people.”
JR asks what happened to him. This isn’t the Jack Swagger he knows. Zeb Colter brainwashed him. Colter says that’s a big word. JR knew Swagger in his formative years, so any brainwashing that happened was on JR’s end. All he did was tell Swagger the reality and truth of what is going on. JR respectfully disagrees. While Colter can express himself freely, he suggests he exercises his right to remain silent. Colter says JR needs to keep a civil tongue in his head lest he regrets something that will happen to him later on. Swagger knocks JR’s hat off, and he wonders who JR thinks he’s talking to. Colter is a real American. Swagger says he was wrong about JR. He’s either part of the solution or he’s part of the problem. They’re going to fix the problem. Swagger backs him to the corner and says JR isn’t a real American. He’s a sympathizer. Swagger asks if he knows what they do to sympathizers.
Alberto Del Rio’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. Swagger and Colter back up, and Del Rio points to them. Del Rio takes JR’s hat and gives it back to him. Del Rio says they have it all wrong. They are the problem, and he is the solution. Del Rio says Swagger isn’t a real American. He’s a real jackass. Del Rio’s music hits, and they just stare at one another.
Randy Orton will take on The Big Show later tonight. Team Hell No makes their way to the ring. They’ll face the Prime Time Players next with Kane blindfolded and Daniel Bryan with his arm tied behind his back.
Jerry Lawler and Josh Mathews are eating Sonic at ringside.
Team Hell No vs. The Prime Time Players
Daniel Bryan puts a blindfold over Kane with a goat’s face on it. The referee ties Bryan’s arm behind his back. Darren Young will start out against Kane. Young tries to trip him, but Kane doesn’t walk into him. Young tries again, but Kane doesn’t go down. Young yells to O’Neil that it didn’t work. Kane then uppercuts him down. O’Neil blows the whistle to distract Kane, and Young attacks him from behind. Young goes to the top rope, but Kane falls into the ropes, knocking Young down. Bryan is tagged in, and he kicks away at Young’s chest. Bryan chops him down, but Young soon fights back. Bryan comes back with a crucifix pin for a near fall. O’Neil is tagged in, and he clotheslines Bryan down.
We come back from the break to see O’Neil send Bryan to the corner. O’Neil charges into Bryan’s knees, and Bryan tags in Kane. Kane points and the crowd’s cheers direct him to O’Neil. Kane then begins to punch away at him before throwing him across the ring. Bryan tries to direct Kane, and Young is tagged in. Young walks into a Chokeslam, but he can’t find him to pin him. Bryan is tagged in, and Kane grabs the referee by the throat. Bryan tries to stop him, so Kane grabs him by the throat as well. Kane eventually releases them both before O’Neil rolls Bryan up for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Prime Time Players
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Kane takes the mask off and sees that it had a goat’s face on it the whole time. Bryan knows he’s caught as Kane asks if he thinks that was funny. Bryan says he didn’t do it. Bryan calls for a hug, but Kane puts the mask on him instead and uppercuts him down.
They show the footage of Halle Berry in The Call.
Matt Striker interviews Big Show about his match against Randy Orton tonight. Big Show says this is WrestleMania season and it’s time to make an impact. What better way for him to make an impact than to Chokeslam Randy Orton?
Chris Jericho joins them live via Skype from Australia. Jericho talks about being on tour with Metallica. Australia is a great country, and he promotes Robot Combat League after Smackdown. He’ll be back on WWE TV soon.
We’ll take a look at the Triple H/Lesnar confrontation on Raw. Fandango will also debut, next.
Matt Striker has an interview with Fandango. Fandango goes over how to pronounce his name, but Striker can’t get it. Fandango keeps rubbing himself. Striker says everyone is excited for his debut. Fandango says he’s mastered the art of dance and has accomplished everything there is to accomplish in the ballroom. Now it’s time to take his precision and grace to the ring so everyone in WWE can take his lead. Striker begins to say that he’ll make his debut next, but he gets cut off. Fandango says he isn’t going to debut tonight. He’ll debut when Striker gets his name right.
They show footage of Mr. McMahon’s fight with Paul Heyman before Brock Lesnar interrupted. Triple H then came out, and they had a vicious and bloody brawl around the ring. Lesnar eventually retreated.
They’ll reveal who will fight Alberto Del Rio next week, next. Will it be Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, or Antonio Cesaro? Also, we’ll see Big Show take on Randy Orton, next.
The WWE Universe voted for Dolph Ziggler by 51% to face Alberto Del Rio next week on Smackdown.
Randy Orton vs. Big Show
They lock up, and Big Show powers Orton down. Big Show smiles at him as Orton gets up. Orton ducks a clothesline and begins to punch away at him. Big Show punches back and goes for a chop in the corner, but Orton punches him in the face. Orton clotheslines him in the corner and hits the ten punches. Big Show quickly runs him over with a shoulder block. Big Show head-butts him down before punching him in the ribs. Big Show finally succeeds in chopping his chest. Big Show hits a body shot, and Orton kicks back. Big Show punches and head-butts him. Big Show then chops him down again. Big Show sends him to the corner and splashes him. Big Show hits the ropes, and Orton dropkicks him down. Big Show rolls out of the ring and is quite angry.
We come back from the break to see Big Show driving his elbow into Orton’s arm. Orton tries to punch back, but Big Show head-butts him down. Big Show applies an overhead wristlock, but Orton fights up. Big Show takes him down with the Final Cut for a near fall. Big Show goes to the second rope for an elbow drop, but Orton moves. Orton viciously punches away at him, but Big Show catches him with a chokeslam attempt. Orton counters into a DDT for a near fall. Big Show gets out of the ring, and Orton follows. Orton attacks, but Big Show swats him back. Big Show goes to drive him into the ring post, but Orton slides off and sends him instead.
Orton gets in the ring, and Big Show grabs him by the throat. Orton snaps him off the top and hits a hanging DDT off the top rope. All of a sudden, The Shield’s music hits. They begin to make their way through the crowd. They surround the ring when all of a sudden Sheamus’ music hits. He charges to the ring to even it up. The Shield gets in the ring and attacks. The bell rings. The referee has lost control of the match.
Winner: No Contest
Match Rating: *
They triple team Orton before turning their attention to Sheamus. Big Show is slowly making his way to his feet during this whole thing. Big Show then knocks Roman Reigns out with the KO Punch. Big Show stares at the remaining two members of The Shield menacingly. They retreat through the crowd. Big Show then turns Orton around and chokeslams him. Sheamus then takes Big Show out with the Brogue Kick! Sheamus and Orton shake hands as the show ends.
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34-year-old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Long-time fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls, and Minnesota Vikings. An avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on old-school wrestling.
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