“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps the events from last Friday’s Smackdown. Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler blamed Kelly Kelly for Ziggler’s loss at the Royal Rumble but they figured she’d be the reason he’d win the title later in the night. Kelly Kelly wound up pinning Layla after a Spear to retain the title for Edge. Vickie wasn’t happy about that and fired her immediately after the match. Kelly walked away sobbing as Edge looked on. Vickie then announced that Edge would face Dolph Ziggler again next week with her as the special referee.
The Smackdown video plays and we’re brought into the arena with some fireworks. Josh Mathews, Michael Cole, and the great Booker T welcome us to the show. They put over that they’re in Titletown, USA. Edge will defend the title against Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero as the guest referee.
Ricardo Rodriguez is in the ring, which is decorated with black carpet and tables with flowers on them. Alberto Del Rio drives into the arena and comes to the ring dressed to compete. They show a replay of Del Rio attacking Hornswoggle last week until Kofi Kingston made the save. Del Rio then ambushed Kingston when his back was turned.
Del Rio tells us his name… but we already know that. Del Rio says even though he’s a great athlete who’s won the biggest Royal Rumble in history and is going to WrestleMania, that doesn’t mean there isn’t love in his heart. Del Rio calls Rodriguez into the ring. Rodriguez comes in with a heart shaped box. Del Rio says he loves his cars, his beautiful country Mexico, and the superstars who want to face him at WrestleMania who will destroy each other at Elimination Chamber. The thing he loves the most, though, is destiny. That heart shaped box had the word inside it. Destiny loves him, Alberto Del Rio. He pulls the word off and it’s a picture of him. Del Rio says Aaron Rodgers may have won the Super Bowl, but unlike him he doesn’t have to pretend to be the World Heavyweight Champion because it’s his destiny. He will win at WrestleMania.
Kofi Kingston’s music hits and he comes out to the stage. Kingston says all Del Rio ever talks about is destiny and the future, like he knows something we don’t. No one knows what the future holds but what he knows is about the past. Kingston remembers Del Rio beating him with that kendo stick last week. Kingston may not know about destiny but he knows about the present because right now it’s them. This is Del Rio’s destiny.
Kingston gets into the ring with a kendo stick and threatens him. Del Rio begs him off and Kingston puts it down. Kingston winks and then cracks him in the arm with it. Kingston smacks him two more times as Del Rio gets out of the ring. Kingston destroys the decorations and smacks the picture of Del Rio.
The announcers talk about what just happened. Booker T liked what Kingston did to Del Rio and Michael Cole yelled at him about that.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
Del Rio is still holding his arm from the assault. The referee calls for the bell and they circle the ring. Del Rio kicks and punches him down. Del Rio punches and kicks away at him before putting him into the corner and punching him some more. Del Rio sends him to the corner and Kingston explodes out with a forearm smash. Kingston then stomps him down wildly in the corner. Del Rio avoids a running kick to the face and Kingston hurts himself there. Del Rio kicks him and hits a backbreaker for a one count. Del Rio applies a chin lock but Kingston quickly fights up. Del Rio quickly takes him back down by the hair and covers for a two count. Del Rio works on the back and applies a chin lock. Kingston soon fights up and punches out. Del Rio knees him in the ribs and goes to jump him but Kingston ducks, sending Del Rio out of the ring.
Kingston slaps him down a few times and dropkicks him down. Kingston hits a superman punch and hits the Boom Drop. Del Rio avoids a splash in the corner and runs right into a pendulum kick. Kingston hits a beautiful cross-body block for a near fall. Del Rio quickly kicks him and gets him on his shoulders but Kingston gets off. Kingston hits the Ranhei but Del Rio grabs the ropes at two and a half. Kingston signals for his finisher but Del Rio avoids it by getting out of the ring. Kingston follows him outside and Del Rio stuns him with a kick. Del Rio smashes his arm off the steps and kicks it into the steps as well. Del Rio throws him into the ring and hits the Cross Arm Breaker for the win!
Winner by Submission: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: * 1/2
Todd Grisham is backstage with the World Heavyweight Champion Edge. Todd asks if Edge thinks Vickie will call it right down the middle. Edge looks shocked at the dumb question and says when pigs fly, and Vickie Guerrero in an airplane doesn’t count. Todd asks how Edge will retain the title and he says he has no idea. Edge looks stressed as he looks at the title.
They show the inside of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the crowd goes nuts. The crowd apparently is booing the pictures of Brett Favre. How can you boo Brett Favre? They then show Aaron Rodgers with the World Heavyweight Championship replica at the Super Bowl. They also show Rodgers with the spinner WWE Title on David Letterman. They then show the Green Bay Packers (minus Aaron Rodgers) at ringside.
Vladimir Kozlov w/ Santino Marella vs. Justin Gabriel w/ The Corre
Gabriel quickly tries to kick him but Kozlov blocks it and takes him down with a dragon screw. Kozlov slams him into the corner and hits some shoulder blocks. Gabriel kicks him away but gets caught doing a cross-body. Kozlov throws him onto the top rope and then goes for a powerslam but Gabriel slides off. Gabriel kicks him down and punches away. Gabriel gets a one count for his efforts. Gabriel applies a chin lock but Kozlov quickly gets out. Kozlov throws him to the corner and under-hooks him, hitting some head-butts to the chest. Kozlov goes to the ropes and Heath Slater trips him. Santino comes from behind and hits the Cobra on Slater.
Gabriel kicks Santino in the face from the apron and turns into a nasty big boot from Kozlov. Kozlov taunts and goes for an elbow drop but Gabriel gets his knees up. Gabriel goes to the top rope and hits a BEAUTIFUL 450 Splash for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Justin Gabriel
Match Rating: 3/4 *
The Corre gets in the ring and Wade Barrett hits The Wasteland on Santino. Ezekiel Jackson then picks Kozlov up and hits the Book of Ezekiel. They stand over the Unified Tag Team Champions and raise their arms. Looks like we’ll be getting a title match at Elimination Chamber.
Wade Barrett will be in action later tonight against Rey Mysterio.
JOBBER ALERT: Chris Masters is in the ring with no TV entrance.
Chris Masters vs. Drew McIntyre
The match begins and McIntyre rolls out of the ring. McIntyre grabs a microphone and says Edge is solely responsible for Kelly Kelly being fired last week. McIntyre says he won’t forget that. McIntyre knows that Kelly is watching so this match is for her.
McIntyre goes to get into the ring and Masters kicks him in the chest. Masters chops him and rolls him up for a two count. Masters hits a clothesline and a back elbow. Masters chops the chest and goes for a whip but McIntyre reverses it. Masters counters him with a sit-out spinebuster for a near fall. Masters goes to the second rope and misses a diving shoulder block by a mile. Masters blocks a backslide pin so McIntyre flips through and hits the Future Shock DDT for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Rey Mysterio will take on Wade Barrett later on tonight.
The announcers remind us of how Rey Mysterio injured “Dashing” Cody Rhodes’s nose last month by giving him a 619 with his knee brace exposed. Michael Cole reports that Cody Rhodes had successful reconstructive surgery on his nose.
Todd Grisham catches Rey Mysterio backstage and asks if he’s heard from Cody Rhodes. Mysterio asks why he would have anything to say to him. It was only a broken nose and it wasn’t intentional. Being a WWE Superstar means that injuries can happen at anytime. Mysterio pretends to show concern, saying he hopes Rhodes can make it through this difficult time. Mysterio says the bottom line is he’s focused on Wade Barrett. Mysterio will win and go to Elimination Chamber to be the new World Champion.
Wade Barrett makes his way to the ring without The Corre by his side. They show a replay of Wade Barrett beating Big Show to qualify for Elimination Chamber with a big assist from Ezekiel Jackson. Barrett has a microphone and says in less than two weeks he will be representing The Corre in Smackdown’s Elimination Chamber. That doesn’t mean he’s in any way better than the rest of The Corre because they’re all equal. All it means is that he’ll be the man to go to WrestleMania as our World Champion. As we’ve already seen earlier tonight, the great master plan of The Corre to revolutionize Smackdown is in full effect. Whether he knows it or not, the next part of the plan lies with Rey Mysterio.
They announce that next week will be the 600th episode of Smackdown. The main event will be a huge 12-man Tag Team Match featuring all the participants in the Elimination Chambers. It’ll be Edge, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler taking on John Cena, John Morrison, R-Truth, King Sheamus, CM Punk, and Randy Orton!
Wade Barrett vs. Rey Mysterio
They circle the ring and Barrett kicks and punches Mysterio down. Barrett digs his knee into Mysterio’s face and stomps him. Barrett sends him to the ropes but Mysterio slides through his legs and kicks away. Mysterio goes into the ropes and Barrett gives him a knee to the midsection for a two count. Barrett stomps him and bounces him off the turnbuckle. Barrett whips him hard into the corner for a two count. Barrett drops a knee and taunts the crowd. Barrett punches him and sends him to the corner but Mysterio puts the brakes on. Barrett charges into a drop-toe-hold in the corner and Mysterio stomps. Mysterio then backs up and hits a running dropkick to the face. Mysterio goes to the top rope and Barrett hangs him in the tree of woe.
Barrett stomps Mysterio and gets a two count. Barrett chokes him on the ropes. Barrett hits a beautiful suplex and digs some knees into the back. Barrett elbows him in the back of the neck and goes for a back suplex but Mysterio flips through. Mysterio gets him in position and goes for a 619 but Barrett catches him with a kick. Barrett sends him to the ropes but Mysterio holds on. Barrett runs into a boot and charges again but Mysterio pulls the top rope down. Mysterio hits a running senton off the apron. Mysterio goes to pick him up and Barrett catches him with a back suplex on the barricade!
We come back from the break to see Barrett punching away at Mysterio. Mysterio comes back with some kicks to the knee but Barrett quickly controls him. Barrett applies a surfboard stretch but Mysterio quickly kicks out of it. Mysterio ducks a clothesline and hits a nice springboard cross-body for a near fall. Barrett pushes him to the corner and runs into a boot. Barrett charges again and eats another boot. Barrett catches Mysterio flying and puts him on the top rope. Barrett goes for a superplex but Mysterio punches him off. Mysterio hits a top rope seated senton. Mysterio goes into the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and hits an awesome head-scissors takeover. Mysterio kicks him in the face and gets a near fall.
Barrett catches Mysterio in a Wasteland attempt but Mysterio elbows out. Mysterio goes into the ropes and Barrett hits him with the Boss Man Slam. Booker T calls it and gives respect to Big Bubba Rogers/Big Boss Man. I like that. Barrett taunts Mysterio and goes for a pumphandle slam but Mysterio counters into a head-scissors. Mysterio goes for a 619 and dropkicks Justin Gabriel off the apron. Mysterio runs into a big boot and Barrett hits him with The Wasteland for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Wade Barrett
Match Rating: * 3/4
The rest of The Corre enters the ring and they stomp away at Mysterio. Justin Gabriel goes to the top rope but stops when Big Show’s music hits. Big Show throws Ezekiel Jackson out of the ring, knocks the rest of them down, and Chokeslams Barrett. Big Show chops Slater and Gabriel down and head-butts them both for good measure. Big Show goes to Double Chokeslam them but Jackson clotheslines him from behind. They assault Big Show with lots of punches and kicks as Jackson holds him up. Jackson smiles and picks Big Show up for a very impressive suplex! Jackson gets pumped up and The Corre stands over Big Show. They raise their arms in the air.
Edge will defend his title against Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero as the referee later tonight.
The 2-21-11 video airs. I wonder who it could be…
JOBBER ALERT: JTG is in the ring with no TV entrance.
JTG vs. Kane
Kane quickly knees JTG and sends him to the ropes. JTG uppercuts him and dropkicks him to the corner. JTG splashes him and goes for his finisher but Kane pushes him off and big boots him down. Kane bounces him in the corner and beats him down. Kane hits a snapmare and a running dropkick to the face. Kane sends him to the corner and hits a sidewalk slam. Kane goes to the top rope and hits a flying lariat. Kane signals for it and hit the Chokeslam for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Kane
Match Rating: N/A
The World Heavyweight Championship main event is coming up later. WrestleMania is 51 days away.
They show a video hyping up the destruction the Elimination Chamber can cause.
Lay-Cool are walking backstage talking bad about Eve. They seem to disagree about who would’ve won at Royal Rumble. Vickie Guerrero comes up to them and says they couldn’t get the job so she’ll have to do it herself. That’s why she’s the referee. Dolph Ziggler comes up and asks Vickie why she’s talking to losers. Layla asks who he’s calling a loser and he says he’s calling her a loser for costing him the title last week. Ziggler and Vickie walk off. Layla is angry at McCool for not having her back.
Possible JOBBER ALERT: Lay-Cool is in the ring with no TV entrance.
Layla w/ Michelle McCool vs. Eve Torres
Layla quickly gets out of the ring and says she needs McCool to support her. Eve breaks up the pow-wow and bounces Layla off the announcer’s table. Layla kicks Eve in the ring and slams her down by the hair. Layla bounces her head off the mat and chokes her on the rope. Layla dropkicks her in the back and gets a two count. Layla puts Eve in a submission but she quickly fights out of it. Eve kicks Layla and takes her down. The crowd is totally uninterested (as am I) as they chant “Go Pack Go!”
Eve hits a standing moonsaults for a near fall. Layla kicks Eve and goes for a clothesline but Eve counters into an STO. Eve goes to the top rope and McCool distracts her. Layla kicks Eve off the top rope and gets a one count. Eve then floats over and gets the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Eve Torres
Match Rating: 1/4 *
The World Heavyweight Championship match is next.
Tony Chimel goes to make the introductions but Vickie Guerrero takes the microphone. EXCUSE ME! She says as the assigned official of the match she has to remind everyone that the Spear is still banned. If Edge uses the Spear then he will be disqualified immediately. Dolph Ziggler would then become the new World Heavyweight Champion.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Edge (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Special Referee: Vickie Guerrero
Vickie calls for the bell and they circle the ring. Ziggler kicks and rolls Edge up. Vickie fast counts and Edge quickly kicks out at two. They circle the ring again and lock up. Ziggler backs him to the corner and Edge turns him, punching him. Vickie backs him up and Ziggler punches away at Edge. Vickie does nothing to back Ziggler up from the corner. Ziggler rolls him up and Vickie fast counts again for a near fall. Ziggler kicks away at Edge. Ziggler hits a nice neckbreaker and smiles at the crowd. Ziggler waits for him to get up and applies the Sleeper Hold. Edge powers out of it and hits the Edge-O-Matic.
Both men take a few moments to get up and Ziggler dropkicks him down. Ziggler punches him down in the corner and goes for a whip but Edge reverses it. Edge runs into a boot but catches Ziggler coming off the second rope with a flapjack. Edge hits a running forearm, a clothesline, and a face buster. Ziggler counters a clothesline with a jawbreaker. Edge holds the ropes as Ziggler attempts the Zig-Zag. Edge hits an Impaler DDT. Vickie counts and puts Ziggler’s foot on the bottom rope. Vickie laughs hysterically as Edge looks on in disbelief.
Ziggler gets Edge with a leg drop bulldog for a very fast near fall. Ziggler sends him to the ropes but Edge ducks a clothesline and hits a forearm smash. Vickie mocks Edge’s set up to the Spear and is actually waiting for him to get up. Vickie is looking to Spear Edge! Edge gets up and Vickie goes for the Spear but she bounces off him! Edge just stands there as Vickie grabs her ankle. Vickie flips out that she’s injured. The trainer comes down and checks on her. He helps her out of the ring.
Edge Spears Ziggler and covers but there’s no referee! Edge backs up and Spears Ziggler again! All of a sudden Clay Matthews from the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers runs down to the ring in a referee shirt! Matthews gets in the ring and counts the pin!
Winner & still World Heavyweight Champion: Edge
Match Rating: **
The crowd is going absolutely nuts as Matthews raises Edge’s arm. Matthews then grabs his replica of the title and holds it up. Edge gives him the real thing to hold as well. Vickie Guerrero is flipping out at ringside.
They hype up the 600th edition of Smackdown next week. We’ll see Edge, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler take on John Cena, John Morrison, R-Truth, King Sheamus, CM Punk, and Randy Orton!
Quick Match Results
Alberto Del Rio def. Kofi Kingston via Submission (non-title)
Justin Gabriel def. Vladimir Kozlov
Drew McIntyre def. Chris Masters
Wade Barrett def. Rey Mysterio
Kane def. JTG
Eve Torres def. Layla (non-title)
Edge def. Dolph Ziggler to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
Bump of the Night: Mysterio being back suplexed onto the barricade!
Match of the Night: Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler **
This was a very average edition of Smackdown saved by a tremendous surprise in the main event. That was definitely really cool. What an awesome coincidence that they would be doing this show the same week the Packers won the Super Bowl. That definitely got me excited seeing Clay Matthews come out to count the pin. I’m not sure how they’ll explain that (since Vickie is in charge of the show) but there’s probably no need. It was just a cool moment.
I wish I could say the rest of the show was as awesome as that moment but I cannot. It was just a night filled with blink and you miss them matches. I did enjoy the opening segment with Alberto Del Rio and Kofi Kingston. That could be a nice matchup once Del Rio wins the title. I also liked the Rey Mysterio/Wade Barrett match. The post match beatdown on Mysterio and Big Show was an impressive sight, particularly the suplex by Ezekiel Jackson.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see JTG get released very soon. That beatdown he received tonight was of the variety of a soon to be departing superstar.
I was surprised to hear that next week will be the 600th episode of Smackdown. Hopefully they give it some good promotion throughout the week. 600 episodes is definitely an impressive number to reach.
Final Rating: ** 3/4
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