“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Smackdown video plays and we’re brought into the arena with a big fireworks display. The announcers talk about Alberto Del Rio winning the Royal Rumble. They then show a WrestleMania piñata hanging over the ring. Del Rio had it shipped in for a big celebration later tonight.
Tony Chimel says it is his privilege to introduce the newest member of the Smackdown announcing team, Booker T! CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKA?! Booker T comes out to a really nice reaction. He gets in the ring, takes off his jacket, and does the Spin-a-roonie! I can’t wait to listen to him.
EXCUSE ME! Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler make their way to the ring. Vickie says tonight will be a Smackdown that we will never forget. She has assembled several qualifying matches to determine who will be in the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Speaking of the World Heavyweight Championship, this will be a match we will never forget. Tonight the uncrowned champion Dolph Ziggler will team up with Lay-Cool to face Kelly Kelly and Edge. Speaking of that little tramp, Vickie is ordering Kelly Kelly to come out to her ring right now. Vickie screams for her to come out.
Kelly Kelly’s music hits and she makes her way to the ring. She doesn’t look too happy at the moment. Vickie asks who Kelly thinks she is putting her hands on her at the Royal Rumble on Sunday. Vickie says Kelly is the reason and the distraction for why Dolph Ziggler is not the World Champion right now. Vickie says she’s thought all week long about how easy it would be to fire her, but that would be too easy. Instead she’d rather humiliate her and break down her dignity piece by piece. Then she’ll know what it’s like to be the reason and distraction for why Edge isn’t the champion.
Kelly says everyone knows who Vickie is. She’s the one trying to destroy her character – the one who goes through all her stuff in the locker room and is constantly in her personal life. Kelly says she’s sick of it. Vickie said she could fire her but maybe she’ll just quit. Vickie says she has no idea what she’s talking about. Kelly says Vickie is a vindictive, paranoid, power hungry witch, and everyone is sick of her. Ziggler says he doesn’t care what she says Vickie did, she cost him his World Title so she has nothing else to say. Kelly is the reason why he isn’t the World Champion right now. When she ran down and attacked Vickie, the distraction allowed Edge to hit an illegal move – the Spear. They then show a still photo of it.
Ziggler says Vickie can’t reverse the referee’s decision but he just wants her to know that he is the uncrowned World Champion. The only reason why she’s allowed to stand in the ring with Vickie and him right now is because she may be the reason why he officially becomes the World Champion tonight. Until then, they have no use for her.
Kelly slaps Ziggler and then knocks Vickie down. Lay-Cool quickly runs down and they get in Kelly’s face. Edge then runs out and punches Ziggler down. Edge gets Kelly Kelly out of the ring and they go up the ramp.
Josh Mathews, Michael Cole, and Booker T talk about the main event tonight. It’s Edge and Kelly Kelly taking on Dolph Ziggler and Lay-Cool for the World Heavyweight Championship. If Lay-Cool pins Kelly Kelly then Dolph Ziggler becomes the World Champion.
As the Unified Tag Team Champions make their way to the ring, they show a replay from Raw when Randy Orton punted Husky Harris in the head.
Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov w/ Tamina vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel
Kozlov and Gabriel start it out. Gabriel gets a waist lock but Kozlov quickly takes him down with a firemen’s carry. Kozlov gets a headlock applied and hits a takeover. Gabriel gets to the ropes and tags in Slater. Slater kicks Kozlov and applies a headlock. Kozlov whips him off and shoulder blocks him down. Kozlov hits a nice hip toss and tags in Santino. Santino takes Slater down and gets a two count. Santino gets a side headlock applied but Slater quickly punches out of it. Slater punches him down and sends him to the corner. Santino slingshots over him and goes for a roll up but Slater blocks it. Slater punches and gets a one count. Slater punches him in the corner and stomps him down. Slater goes for a splash but Santino moves and tags in Kozlov.
Kozlov comes in and head-butts Slater down. Kozlov bounces him in the corner and takes him down with a big boot. Kozlov hits another head-butt and a nice powerslam but Gabriel breaks up the pin. Gabriel knocks Santino out of the ring and Kozlov knocks him out of the ring. Slater quickly kicks Kozlov in the back of the knee and hits a snap reverse DDT. Gabriel is tagged in and he hits a NASTY 450 Splash for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel
Match Rating: * 1/4
They show the WrestleMania piñata hanging over the ring. We’ll have a fiesta later tonight to celebrate Alberto Del Rio winning the Royal Rumble.
The Smack of the Night is Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston defeating Alberto Del Rio and Kane last Friday after Kane walked out on Del Rio.
Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre
They lock up and McIntyre powers Kingston to the corner. Kingston climbs to the second rope and jumps off, sending McIntyre flying. Kingston quickly rolls him up for a near fall. Kingston prepares for McIntyre and catches a kick but McIntyre quickly punches him. McIntyre rolls him up for a two count. McIntyre punches him down and hits a big stomp to the face. McIntyre looks intense as he body slams him down for a one count. McIntyre hits a shoulder block and slaps him in the back of the head. McIntyre goes into the ropes, over and under him, and gets taken out with a back elbow for a near fall.
Kingston wrenches the arm and takes him down to his knees. McIntyre tries to fight up but Kingston keeps taking him down. McIntyre eventually gets up and kicks out. McIntyre slams him down and sends him to the corner but runs into a sloppy pendulum kick. Kingston goes to the top rope and goes for his high cross-body but McIntyre moves. Kingston lands on his feet and clotheslines McIntyre over the top rope. Kingston goes to the outside and clubs him by the announcer’s table. McIntyre shoves him away so Kingston charges into a flapjack on the steel steps!
We come back from the break to see McIntyre take Kingston down with a back elbow for a two count. McIntyre applies a grounded abdominal stretch. Kingston soon fights up and punches out. Kingston goes into the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and runs right into a tilt-a-whirl gutbuster for a near fall. Kingston crawls on the mat and fights McIntyre off. McIntyre reverses a whip to the corner and counters a slingshot with a kick to the midsection for a near fall. McIntyre punches away and stomps the injured ribs. Kingston gets a quick kick but McIntyre simply shoves him to the corner and clubs away at him. McIntyre hits a short-arm clothesline and hits a beautiful dropkick for a near fall.
McIntyre clubs away at him again in the corner but Kingston counters a short-arm clothesline with a float over DDT! Kingston gets a near fall out of that. They trade punches and Kingston comes out on top. Kingston loses it and wildly kicks away until the referee pulls him off. Kingston drops him with a superman punch and the Boom Drop. Kingston signals for the end but McIntyre avoids the Trouble in Paradise. McIntyre grabs the ropes and all of a sudden…
Ricardo Rodriguez appears on the titantron, announcing Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio comes up on the screen and simply smiles at Kingston. Kingston watches and then turns into a kick in the knee. McIntyre hits the Future Shock DDT for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: **
So far the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match is Edge vs. Drew McIntyre.
Our main event will be Edge and Kelly Kelly taking on Dolph Ziggler and Lay-Cool with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line. The 2-21-11 video plays again.
Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger
Before the match begins, the announcers talk about “Dashing” Cody Rhodes having reconstructive surgery on his nose. This is due to Rey Mysterio giving him a 619 in the face with an exposed knee brace. Mysterio kicks Swagger and kicks him in the leg. Swagger reverses a move and goes for a slam but Mysterio counters into a roll up but doesn’t get a count. Swagger kicks him in the midsection and sends him into the ropes but lowers his head. Swagger eats a kick and angrily charges but Mysterio pulls the top rope down. Mysterio gets the crowd into it as Swagger regroups.
We come back from the break to see Swagger back in the ring. They lock up and Swagger powers him to the corner. Mysterio ducks a clothesline and hits some shoulder thrusts. Mysterio kicks him in the leg and punches away. Swagger reverses a whip to the corner but runs into a kick. Mysterio climbs the ropes but Swagger cuts him off. Mysterio counters a suplex into a wheelbarrow bulldog for a near fall. Mysterio ducks a clothesline and hits a springboard cross-body for a near fall. Mysterio leap frogs Swagger and kicks him in the head. Mysterio dropkicks him into position but Swagger gets out before Mysterio hits the 619.
Mysterio hits a springboard baseball slide and goes for an Asai Moonsault but Swagger sweeps his feet. Swagger bends his knees over the ropes and gets in the ring. Swagger smashes the knee of the mat and smashes it against the ring post. Swagger gets in the ring and covers for a near fall. Swagger punches him in the corner and again bends the knee over the rope. Swagger kicks at the knee and taunts the crowd. Swagger kicks him out of the ring and follows him out. Swagger bounces him off the announcer’s table and rolls him back into the ring. Swagger hits a Vader Bomb (they really need to give that a name) for a near fall. Swagger again works over the knee with a stretch. Mysterio tries to fight back but Swagger stops any comeback. Swagger throws him across the ring and goes for another Vader Bomb but Mysterio moves.
Mysterio goes to the second rope and dives off into a tornado DDT for a near fall. Swagger runs into a dropkick to the knee. Mysterio goes for a 619 but Swagger catches him and locks the Ankle Lock on. Swagger pulls him into the ring but Mysterio twists, sending him into the turnbuckle headfirst. Mysterio kicks him in the face and rolls him up for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Rey Mysterio
Match Rating: * 3/4
The World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match will now feature Edge defending against Drew McIntyre and Rey Mysterio.
They show a replay from Raw with Alberto Del Rio choosing to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania. He then attacked Edge with a guitar and applied the Cross Arm Bar. They show the WrestleMania piñata hanging over the ring.
Edge is talking with Kelly Kelly about how he never thought his title reign would come to an end like this. Kelly is insulted that he doesn’t have faith in her and says sorry isn’t enough. She says he’s the same as Drew McIntyre and walks off. Edge is left with the same expression so many men are left with after an argument with a woman – confusion.
The announcers talk about Jerry “The King” Lawler’s title shot at Elimination Chamber against The Miz.
Hornswoggle and Rosa Mendes enter the ring throwing out t-shirts. The ring is decorated with a red carpet and balloons at every corner. Ricardo Rodriguez then comes out to the stage and announces Alberto Del Rio to the ring. The siesta is about to begin. Alberto Del Rio enters the ring and says his name, but we already knew that. We also know that it was his destiny to win the biggest Royal Rumble match in history. It’s his destiny to go to WrestleMania. It’s his destiny to be the new World Heavyweight Champion.
Del Rio says he was planning to have his celebration later on but when he saw Hornswoggle, he decided to come out right away. Not only is Hornswoggle in the ring with the future world champion, he’s here because he has a present for him. Del Rio points to the piñata and says it’s filled with candy and toys, representing all the goodness he wants to share with his friends in New Jersey (they’re in Long Island). Del Rio asks if Hornswoggle is ready for the candy and toys and he is. Del Rio has Rodriguez blindfold Hornswoggle and spin him around. Hornswoggle swings but it’s too high. Del Rio then has them lower it to Hornswoggle’s height. Hornswoggle swings the stick and hits Del Rio in the midsection. Hornswoggle grabs for candy thinking he hit the piñata.
Del Rio isn’t happy about that and kicks him in the face. Del Rio angrily takes his jacket off and punches away at him. All of a sudden Kofi Kingston’s music hits and he runs down to the ring. Kingston ducks a clothesline and clotheslines him over the top rope. Kingston goes to check on Hornswoggle until Rodriguez distracts him. Del Rio attacks him from behind and grabs the stick. Del Rio then smashes the stick off his back three times. Del Rio then applies the Cross Arm Breaker and the referees run down to break it up. Del Rio smiles and leaves the ring.
They hype the main event handicap match for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The announcers hype up Stone Cold Steve Austin hosting Tough Enough. Booker T announces that he will be a coach on the show as well. Can you dig that, sucka?
JOBBER ALERT: Chavo Guerrero is in the ring with no entrance.
Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Chavo Guerrero vs. Kane
Kane chases him and Chavo punches. Chavo ducks a clothesline but Kane catches his cross-body attempt. Chavo slides off and drops Kane into the turnbuckle. Chavo goes to the top rope but Kane catches him with a goozle. Chavo counters by snapping him off the top rope. Chavo hits the Frog Splash but Kane grabs him by the throat at the same time. Kane then Chokeslams him for the easy win.
Winner by Pinfall: Kane
Match Rating: N/A
The World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber will now see Edge defend against Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, and Kane.
I finally get my one good laugh of the night as they air The Chaperone trailer. Wait – they’re not joking?
Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Big Show vs. Wade Barrett w/ The Corre
Big Show quickly advances on Barrett but he puts himself through the ropes. Big Show soon catches him and chops his chest. Big Show hits a body shot and chops the chest again. Big Show quiets the crowd but Barrett punches him. Barrett punches away but has a whip reversed. Barrett ducks a clothesline and dropkicks him in the knee. Barrett works on the knee and Big Show shoves him away. Big Show hits a back elbow and chops the chest once again. Big Show reverses a whip and sends him to the corner but the referee is squashed behind him. The Corre tries to attack. Big Show fights off Slater and Gabriel but walks right into a clothesline from Ezekiel Jackson. Barrett crawls over and gets a near fall. Barrett hits a DDT and covers for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Wade Barrett
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Big Show quickly attacks, shoving Barrett over the top rope. Big Show shoves Gabriel and Slater away before grabbing Ezekiel Jackson by the throat. Gabriel and Slater chop block him and Jackson body slams him. Jackson grabs a microphone and says, “The end has come and it’s awakened against you.” Whatever that means…
The World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber will feature Edge defending against Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Wade Barrett, and Dolph Ziggler. That’s provided Edge retains the title tonight.
The 2-21-11 video airs again.
World Heavyweight Championship 2-on-3 Handicap Match
Dolph Ziggler & Lay-Cool w/ Vickie Guerrero vs. Kelly Kelly & Edge (c)
Before the match begins, Vickie Guerrero excuses herself. Vickie decrees that if Edge hits the Spear in any way, shape, or form the title will be stripped from him immediately.
Edge and Ziggler start the match out. Ziggler kicks and punches Edge down, immediately messing his hair up. Edge goes into the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and hits a running forearm. Edge clotheslines him and catches him with a flapjack. Edge sets up for the Spear but realizes he can’t actually hit the move. Ziggler rolls out of the ring to recover but quickly gets taken out by a baseball slide. Edge throws him back into the ring and Ziggler quickly tags in Michelle McCool.
Michelle McCool says she’s got this and turns around to see Edge waiting for her. The referee orders him to tag in Kelly Kelly under mixed tag rules. Kelly gets in the ring and we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see McCool punching Kelly in the corner. McCool gloats and walks into a kick. Kelly then chokes her with an illegal move and sweeps her feet. Kelly pulls her out of the ring and bounces her face off the floor. Kelly knocks Layla off the apron and McCool quickly sweeps her feet. McCool then counters a hurricanrana on the outside by slamming Kelly into the barricade. McCool sends her into the ring and covers but she’s halfway out of the ring. McCool stomps and sends her to her corner, tagging in Layla. McCool whips Kelly into Layla, who clotheslines her down. McCool is tagged back in and she hits a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Kelly counters a backbreaker and slaps McCool down.
McCool quickly prevents her from making the tag and stomps away at her. Layla is tagged back in and she hits a snapmare. Layla kicks her and applies a head-scissor. Edge gets the crowd into it and Kelly gets out of it. Layla quickly takes her out and prevents the tag. Kelly then reverses a whip and hits an X-Factor. Kelly is close to making a tag so Ziggler runs in and distracts the referee. Kelly tags Edge but the referee doesn’t see it so he forces him back to the apron. Edge then takes Ziggler out and sends him into the barricade.
In the ring, Layla holds Kelly up for McCool to kick but she ducks it. Layla eats the kick and Kelly gets McCool out of the ring. Kelly then Spears Layla and wins the match, successfully defending Edge’s World Heavyweight Championship.
Winners by Pinfall: Edge & Kelly Kelly
Edge is still the World Heavyweight Champion
Match Rating: * 1/2
Vickie Guerrero is not happy about this and she gets into the ring. Vickie congratulates Kelly Kelly and says she has just competed in her last match because she’s fired. Kelly cries and leaves the ring. Vickie screams at her that she doesn’t give a damn about her and says it’s her show. Edge is behind her and Vickie turns around to see him. Vickie tells her former husband that he will be the former World Heavyweight Champion next week. Next week he’ll have a rematch against Dolph Ziggler for the title with a special referee: Vickie Guerrero! Vickie laughs maniacally and Ziggler delivers a big Zig-Zag!
Quick Match Results
Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel* def. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov* (non-title)
EC Qualifier: Drew McIntyre def. Kofi Kingston
EC Qualifier: Rey Mysterio def. Jack Swagger
EC Qualifier: Kane def. Chavo Guerrero
EC Qualifier: Wade Barrett def. Big Show
Edge & Kelly Kelly def. Dolph Ziggler & Lay-Cool; Edge retains the World Heavyweight Championship
Bump of the Night: Kelly Kelly being slammed into the barricade
Match of the Night: Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston **
This wasn’t a terrible edition of Smackdown. It was very wrestling heavy, which is never a bad thing in my book. We had a decent segment with the 2011 Royal Rumble winner, giving him some good heat and something to do while he waits for the WrestleMania build. Then we had a ho-hum title match.
I wasn’t really big on tonight’s main event. I was initially excited about it Monday night when Vickie Guerrero talked about Edge being in for a surprise on Friday. I was excited about that until they announced later in the show that it was this overbooked main event. That’s not quite the surprise I was expecting and I was disappointed with the announcement. They shouldn’t have even promoted it on Raw. They should have just left it with the Vickie Guerrero tease. The match itself was what it was. It definitely could have used more interaction from Edge and Dolph Ziggler. They wrestled for maybe a minute and a half and that was it. It was all divas after that. I’d have rather skipped this match and just had next week’s match happen this week. That would have been a better surprise than this.
The Chamber qualifying matches were pretty decent. The Smackdown Elimination Chamber should be pretty good with the talent in it. I don’t think the title will change hands because I like the matchup of Edge and Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania.
I liked the little celebration Alberto Del Rio had tonight. Del Rio had his fun on Raw so this was just an extension of the party. They got some good heat on him by beating up Hornswoggle. Personally, I don’t know where the heat came from. I know I was cheering when he took that troll out. Anyway, Kofi Kingston should keep him busy at Elimination Chamber as Del Rio waits for the big build to the big show.
I enjoyed the addition of Booker T to the Smackdown announce team. I actually missed Matt Striker for some reason. I guess I just like the guy’s passion because he really sounds like he loves it. Still, it was a good first night for Booker T. There’s a lot of room for improvement but he showed great potential.
Final Rating: ** 1/2
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