Yes guys, its me, your friendly neighborhood indy wrestling recapper, Jason Namako, here to fill in for my fellow staff member Mike TABASCO to recap this week’s edition of Friday Night Smackdown.
So if you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
We see the usual intro for the show, then Lillian Garcia introduces the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, The Big Show!
Big Show makes his way to the ring and grabs a microphone.
Big Show: “Now in 4 weeks at the Hell in the Cell PPV, I have an opportunity to regain the World Heavyweight Championship when I face Sheamus”. “Now last Monday, Sheamus was joking around, showing everyone how confident he is because I’m sure Sheamus thinks he has a plan”. “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. “This is the first time I’ll face Sheamus one-on-one, which means Sheamus hasn’t had the sad misfortune of having his skull caved in by my fist”. “Now at Hell in the Cell, when I defeat Sheamus to become the new World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus can take comfort in the fact that he’s joining a very elite group of victims”.
Show motions to the Titantron where we see a video package highlighting the many superstars Big Show has knocked out with the WMD.
Big Show: “That’s fantastic”. “Look at that group of victims, the Hall of Famers, the Undisputed 1st time champion, the Best in the World, the Franchise, the 9-time World Champion, that is a group of people that I have walleyed and they all have one thing in common, this fist (looking at it) punched every single one of them right in the mouth”. “Look at that, look at the size of that”.
ITS A SHAMEFUL THING, LOBSTER HEAD!
That means only one thing as the World Champion Sheamus makes his way to the ring.
Sheamus: “You know Show, thank you very much for the heads up, I really appreciate it”. “But, I’ll be honest with you, last Monday night, I was joking around, I wasn’t taking it seriously”. “You know, I’ll be honest with you right now, my match with you at Hell in the Cell, fella, that’s gonna be the biggest fight in my entire life”. “So, I just wanted to come down here and look you right in the eye and say…………may the best…man….win”.
Sheamus extends his hand to Show, but Show shakes his head “No” and leaves the ring as the crowd boos. Show starts to walk to the back, but then Sheamus gets the mic again.
Sheamus: “Hey Show, you know what, fella, you’re right, everybody has a plan like Daniel Bryan had a plan at the TLC PPV last year”. “Let’s see how that worked out, huh?”
We see video on the Titantron from last December’s TLC PPV when Daniel Bryan cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and defeated a knocked out Big Show, who had just won the World Title from Mark Henry, to win the World Title, giving Show the shortest World Title reign in history of 2 minutes.
Coming back from the video, Show has his head down in shame.
Sheamus: “I don’t know about you, but that was rough, huh?” “Daniel Bryan also had a plan at Wrestlemania, why don’t we see how that worked out?”
We go back to the Titantron as we see video from Wrestlemania 28 when Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds to win the World Title.
Coming back from the video, Show walks back to the ring and when he gets back in the ring, he is now the one who extends his hand out. Then, in a role reversal, Sheamus refuses the handshake and leaves the ring while Show is standing in the ring in anger as we go to commercial.
WWE Tag Team Tournament 1st Round Match: R-Truth & Kofi Kingston vs. The Prime-Time Players (“Mr. No Days Off’ Darren Young & “The Real Deal” Titus O’Neil
Kofi & Young will start things off. Kofi with a side headlock, Young with a whip, Kofi counters a hiptoss attempt by trying for a monkey flip, but Young breaks free. Young misses a clothesline and Kofi with a running front dropkick for a 1 count. Tag to Truth, as he & Kofi with a double whip, followed by a double hiptoss and finally Kofi with a running knee to the head. Truth with a “What’s Up”, does a split, does a little dance, then hits a jumping legdrop for a nearfall. Truth with a right hand, but then Young lifts up Truth and drives him into his corner. Tag to Titus, but Truth ducks under Young and nails Titus with a right hand. Truth with strikes to both Prime-Time Players until Titus nails him in the gut with a kick.
Titus with a gutbuster for a 1 count. Titus with a kick to the ribs, then stomps away at him. Young taunts the crowd from the apron while Titus chokes Truth in the ropes. The referee moves back Titus, but in doing so, allows Young to kick Truth in the face from the apron. Titus tries for a cover, but Truth is too close to the ropes. Titus has words with the referee, then when Truth tries to fight back from his knees, Titus comes back by kneeing Truth in the face. Tag to Young, as Titus lifts up Young and gourdbusters him across Truth for a 1 count. Young locks in a reverse bearhug as Kofi wills on his partner. Truth tries to break free, but Young knees him in the gut. Young taunts the crowd, but then Truth catches Young coming off the ropes with a heel kick and both men are down.
Kofi gets the tag as he nails Young with a springboard chop. Titus starts to come in, but Kofi knocks him off the apron. Kofi with a pair of double chops, followed by a dropkick. Kofi hits the Superman clothesline and he is all fired up. Kofi hits the Boom Drop and begins the Boom Clap, setting up for Trouble in Paradise, but Titus distracts Kofi from the outside. Truth nails Titus on the outside, then Kofi sidesteps Young coming in. Kofi tries to catch Young with Trouble in Paradise, but Young holds onto the ropes. Kofi leaps over Young, but then Titus pulls at Kofi’s leg, sending him crashing to the mat.
That distraction allows Young to lift up Kofi and hit the Gutcheck for the victory.
Winners and advancing to the Semi-Finals of the WWE Tag Team Tournament: The Prime-Time Players by pinfall (Gutcheck)
The Prime-Time Players do their “Billions of Dollars” dance to celebrate their win. They now move on to the semis to face Mysterio & Sin Cara while Rhodes Scholars will face Ryder & Santino in the other semi-final.
Back from commercial, we see Primo already in the ring, alongside Rosa Mendes & Epico as he is ready for our next match.
The undefeated Ryback vs. Primo w/Epico & Rosa Mendes
Primo with a waistlock, but Ryback breaks his grip with ease, then hits a standing Fireman’s Carry takeover. Primo retreats to the ropes to create some distance, then locks in a side headlock. Ryback misses a clothesline, but then nails Primo with the big boot to the chest. Ryback with the multiple lift-up and throw downs, bouncing the back of the Primo’s head off the mat. Primo tries for a right hand, but Ryback blocks it, then yells “STUPID!” at Primo. Ryback grabs Primo’s by the head with both hands, then drives him face first into the mat. Ryback goes for a side slam off a whip attempt, but Primo breaks free. Primo with a chopblock to the back of the leg of Ryback, followed by a front dropkick to the face. Primo with another front dropkick, then locks in a front chancery. However, Ryback lifts him up and throws him by the waste side. Ryback with a clothesline, then with a great amount of velocity, whips Primo into the corner, with Primo bouncing off the turnbuckles. Primo goes to the outside as Epico & Rosa are taking him to higher ground as Rosa is yelling to the referee to count Primo out. Ryback, not to be deterred, goes out after him, mowing down Epico with a clothesline. Ryback then blocks a left hand and gorilla presses Primo back into the ring. Primo goes off the ropes, but Ryback catches him coming in with the Meathook.
Ryback yells “FINISH IT!”, then lifts up Primo, marches around the ring and finally hits Shell Shocked for the victory.
Winner and STILL undefeated: Ryback by pinfall (Shell Shocked)
The crowd chants “FEED ME MORE” along with Ryback as we go backstage where we see WWE Champion CM Punk & Paul Heyman. Heyman asks a backstage attendant where Dolph Ziggler’s dressing room is and the attendant points it out to him.
Heyman & Punk continue walking as we go to commercial.
Layla vs. Alicia Fox
Layla with a quick roll-up for a 1 count. Layla with an armdrag, then charges at Fox in the corner. Fox does a split over Layla and tries for a Sunset Flip, but Layla rolls through it and hits a front dropkick. Layla with a slap to Fox’s keister and Fox is in shock while Layla gets a laugh outta it. Layla with a forearm, then off a reversed whip hooks Fox in a unique roll-up for a 1 count. Fox then blocks a kick and nails Layla in her surgically repaired knee.
Fox kicks Layla’s leg, then drives it into the mat. Fox drives the knee into the mat, then gives Layla a receipt by slapping her in the keister. Fox tries to drive the knee into the mat once more, but Layla blocks it, then goes after Fox with a flurry of forearms. Fox comes back with another kick to the leg, followed by a Northern Lights Suplex for a 1 count. Fox drops her weight across the injured leg, then locks Layla in a unique leglock while pulling at Layla’s hair. Fox trash talks Layla, then cheats by using the ropes for extra leverage while the referee is not looking. Fox breaks the hold, but then Layla comes back with a series of kicks to the stomach of Fox. Fox comes back by sending Layla into the corner, but Layla nails her again with a kick to the gut. Layla connects with her double jump, turnaround crossbody, but can’t make a cover as she clutches at her injured leg.
Fox tries for something, but Layla breaks free and drills Fox with a roundhouse kick to the head for the victory.
Winner: Layla by pinfall (Roundhouse Kick)
After the match, Matt Striker comes into the ring to conduct a post-match interview with Layla. Layla says that her goal is to regain the Divas Title, and she says to Eve that the way Eve won the title will make it even better when Eve loses it.
We go backstage with Dolph Ziggler & Vickie Guerrero as Vickie says that Dolph had every right to walk out on CM Punk last Monday on RAW. They then run into Punk & Paul Heyman, as Punk is upset that Ziggler walked out on him. Vickie with an “Excuse Me”, but Punk says that he was talking to Ziggler. Punk calls Vickie an “old lady”, then Ziggler says that Punk and this “worm” did the same thing to him a few weeks ago and now its a problem. Punk says that it is a problem because he is the WWE Champion and tells Vickie to teach Dolph about respect. Everyone starts yelling at one another until Smackdown General Manager Booker T steps in and says he appreciates Punk showing up tonight, but don’t think he can raise hell without repercussions. Booker says this is not how we roll on Smackdown, but he sees we have a beef here, so why don’t Punk & Ziggler settle it tonight in a match. Now, can you dig that……….sucka?
Before our next match, we see an insert video from Wade Barrett, who says that since he has been back on Smackdown, he has crushed everybody that the WWE has put against him. It amuses him how much he can make his opponent suffer at the hands of the Barrett Barrage.
Wade Barrett vs. unnamed jobber
Barrett with a kick to the gut, then traps the unnamed opponent’s arm in the rope while he rains in gut shots in the corner. Barrett taunts the crowd, then ducks under the unnamed opponent’s clothesline attempt and nails him with a savate kick to the gut. Barrett with a pumphandle drop, then says its “too bloody easy”. Barrett stands on the back of the unnamed opponent’s head and says “Look at me, that’s a man”. The unnamed guy tries to fight back with right hands, but Barrett sends him into the ropes, followed by dropping him over the ropes and to the outside. Barrett brings the guy back in, then pulls at his face.
Barrett then hits the Souvenir for the victory.
Winner: Wade Barrett by pinfall (The Souvenir)
Barrett trash talks the crowd as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, the World Champion Sheamus is in the ring, ready for our next match.
Champion vs. Champion: World Heavyweight Champion “The Great White” Sheamus vs. Intercontinental Champion The Miz
Sheamus tries to back Miz into the corner, but Miz breaks free. Miz then unloads with a series of left hands in the corner on Sheamus. The referee moves back Miz, but then Sheamus spins Miz around and begins to unload with a series of clubs to the back. Sheamus with a back elbow off an Irish whip, followed by an armbar. Sheamus drops his weight across Miz’s arm, followed by a knee drop for a 1 count. Sheamus goes after Miz in the ropes, but Miz fights out with a back elbow. Sheamus catches Miz off a charge and lifts him up, but Miz fights out with elbows. Miz sends Sheamus through the ropes and to the outside, then when Sheamus tries to get back in, Miz nails him with a knee to the head. Sheamus tries again, but Miz nails him with another knee.
Miz whips Sheamus into the ringpost on the outside, then sends him back into the ring where he gains a 1 count, Miz stomps away at Sheamus, then hits a running boot to the head for a nearfall. Miz with a chinlock as the crowd wills on Sheamus. Sheamus breaks free, but Miz counters a clothesline attempt and hits the Reality Check for a nearfall. Miz goes back to the chinlock while the crowd again wills on Sheamus. Sheamus tries to break free, but Miz nails him with a knee to the gut. Sheamus then blocks a whip attempt and catches Miz with an Irish Hammer.
Sheamus with another Irish Hammer, followed by a running shoulder charge in the corner. Sheamus with a running kneelift, then hits the Finlay Roll. Sheamus tries for the Irish Curse, but Miz blocks it with elbows. Sheamus charges, but Miz catches him with a dropkick to the knees. Miz with a spike DDT for a close nearfall. Miz measures Sheamus and charges, but Sheamus catches him, hitting the Irish Curse. Sheamus is favoring his leg as he nails Miz with the 10 chest clubs on the apron. Sheamus hits the White Noise, then pounds his chest in preparation for the Brogue Kick. However, Sheamus is interrupted by the music of the Big Show, who makes his way to the ring.
Show then drills Miz from the apron with the WMD and the referee brings the bell.
Winner by DQ: Intercontinental Champion The Miz (Interference by The Big Show)
Big Show walks away, pointing at his fist and saying to Sheamus, “You gonna take me serious, now?” “This is all I need”.
Back from commercial, David Otunga is in the ring with a microphone. Otunga says he came out to address a situation that happened last week when Smackdown went off the air. We see video from when Smackdown went off the air when Alberto Del Rio brutally attacked Randy Orton after Orton’s match with the Big Show. Otunga says that on behalf of the entire WWE locker room, he wants to thank Alberto Del Rio. Orton has been a menace for an entire decade and he wants to thank Del Rio for standing up to him.
We hear Orton’s music, but instead of Orton, we see Del Rio coming out in Orton’s infamous saunter. Otunga is seen laughing at Del Rio’s mockery of how Orton comes to the ring. Del Rio then mocks Orton’s infamous pose on the ropes before getting the mic. Del Rio mocks Orton’s monotone voice, then says Orton wouldn’t dare be in the same building as he, because if Orton did, he would be left crying like a dying snake. Del Rio says he cut off the head of the snake. So because Del Rio never lies, he is the NEW “Apex Predator of the WWE”. Del Rio mocks Orton’s pose again, but then we hear the music of Smackdown General Manager Booker T.
Booker says that because Del Rio took care of Orton, is schedule is open for tonight. So, because of that, he has scheduled a tag team match. Del Rio & Otunga vs…………and then we hear the music of the Tag Team Champions, or at least one of them as Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring, screaming “NO!” Then, we hear Kane’s music as the Big Red Machine makes his way to the ring, leading to…….
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (“The Big Red Machine” Kane & “Mr. Small Package” Daniel Bryan vs. “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio & David “A List” Otunga w/Ricardo Rodriguez
Bryan says he wants to start the match and he will do so against Otunga. Otunga with a quick slam, then does a muscular pose. Otunga tries for another slam, but Bryan breaks free and hits a series of kicks to the legs & chest of Otunga. Otunga reverses a whip, Bryan ducks under a clothesline and then connects with a sit-out clothesline. Bryan yells “NO!”, then charges and connects with a running dropkick in the corner. Bryan does his own muscular pose to Del Rio, then does one to Kane. Otunga tries to go after Bryan, but Bryan grabs his arm and tries to take him down for the No Lock, but Otunga blocks it and gets himself to the ropes. Bryan is distracted by the referee, allowing Otunga to drive his arm across the middle rope.
Otunga stomps away at Bryan, followed by a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Tag to Del Rio, who has words with Kane, followed by nailing Bryan with a kick to the arm. Del Rio stomps away at Bryan, followed by a snap suplex for a nearfall. Del Rio locks in a chinlock while pulling at Bryan’s face. Bryan breaks free, then gets a Sunset Flip for a nearfall. However, Del Rio comes right back with a clothesline for a nearfall. Ricardo mocks Bryan by going “Si Si Si” on the outside as Del Rio shoves Bryan into the corner. Del Rio charges, but Bryan catches him with a drop toe hold that Del Rio face first off the middle turnbuckle.
Tag to Kane, who nails Del Rio with a big boot. Corner whip by Kane and he follows Del Rio in, connecting with a clothesline. Kane with another corner clothesline, followed by a side slam for a nearfall. Kane heads up top and connects with a top rope clothesline. Kane setups for the Chokeslam, but sees Bryan trying to tag himself in and catches Bryan’s hand. Kane & Bryan have word, but that allows Del Rio to nail Kane from behind and in the process, knocks Bryan off the apron. Del Rio hits the corner enziguri, but Kane is able to kick out before the count of 3. Del Rio setups for something, but Otunga tags himself in. Otunga then hits Kane with the Verdict, but Kane just barely kicks out and Otunga can’t believe it. Kane goozles Otunga and hits the Chokeslam, but then Bryan tags himself in.
Bryan heads up top and hits a diving headbutt on Otunga for the victory.
Winners: Team Hell No by pinfall (Top Rope Diving Headbutt)
After the match, Bryan has both tag belts and yells “I’m the tag team champions”. Kane grabs his belt away from Bryan and then the two go back and forth yelling to one another “I’m the tag team champions”.
Backstage, we see Eve & Teddy Long as Teddy says to Eve to cut the act because Booker T is not here. He knows that Eve had something to do with the attack on Kaitlyn at Night of Champions. Teddy says that he did not tell Eve to suspend Beth Phoenix last week. Eve says he did, but its not uncommon for a man in their “advanced” years to forget. Teddy says that Booker T is an inexperienced GM, but if he was in charge, Eve would be out the door. Booker then walks in as he only heard the last thing that Teddy said. Teddy tries to explain, but Booker says that he is in charge, not Teddy. Booker asks for a minute with Teddy and Eve leaves. Booker asks if Teddy is jealous of Eve and Teddy says no. Booker says both Teddy & Eve are great assets in his administration, but he will not have them two bickering like cats & dogs.
Teddy understands, they pound it out and Booker leaves the room as we go to commercial.
“The World’s Largest Athlete” The Big Show vs. Tensai
Tensai with a series of forearms, but Show with a headbutt. Tensai with one of his own, followed by a pair of them. Tensai with some more forearms & clubs in the corner, followed by a right hand. Show comes back with a chest chop, then another one. Show runs into a boot by Tensai, but Show blocks a whip and sends Tensai through the ropes and to the outside. Show goes after him, but Tensai with a kick to the leg, then Show mows him down with a shoulder tackle. Back in the ring, Tensai moves out of the way off an elbow drop attempt and hits the back senton splash, but Show kicks out. Tensai measures Show and charges, but Show moves out of the way. Show then hits a flying shoulder tackle, then sets his fist for the WMD.
However, we hear the music of Sheamus, who sprints to the ring, then drills Tensai with the Brogue Kick and the referee rings the bell.
Winner by DQ: Tensai (Interference by Sheamus)
After the match, Show still has his hand cocked for the WMD as Sheamus walks away, smiling.
We see video highlighting what happened on RAW involving RAW General Manager AJ Lee unstable ways and the main event where Dolph Ziggler walked out on CM Punk, leading to Team Hell No defeating him.
Main Event: WWE Champion “The Second City Saint” CM Punk w/Paul Heyman vs. “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler w/Vickie Guerrero
The two trash talk as the bell sounds, then a shoving match ensues. Punk with a side headlock, but Ziggler counters into one of his own. Ziggler with a shoulder tackle off a whip, Punk with a leapfrog, but then Ziggler with a dropkick. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag, but Punk holds onto the ropes. Punk lifts up Ziggler for the Go 2 Sleep, but Ziggler breaks free and we have a stalemate as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Punk with an amateur takedown into a reverse bearhug. Ziggler counters into a side headlock takedown, but Punk counters with a headscissors. Heyman holds up the title belt as Ziggler breaks free and goes back to the side headlock. Punk then counters out with a back suplex and rolls out to the apron. Punk heads up top, but Ziggler stops him while on the apron. The two exchange right hands as they both head up the ropes. Then, at the same time, both hit each other with right hands, causing them to fall off the ropes and crash down to the outside. Heyman & Vickie check on their respective clients while the referee begins his 10 count. We see replay of the fall that shows Punk’s fall was the worse of wear. Both get back in at the count of 7 and begin to exchange strikes. Punk ducks underneath a clothesline and rolls up Ziggler for a nearfall. Punk then misses a clothesline and Ziggler with an O’Connor Roll while hooking the tights for a nearfall. Punk complains to the referee, but then Ziggler hits a leaping DDT for a close nearfall. Ziggler goes for the Fameasser, but Punk moves out of the way. Punk goes for a head kick, but Ziggler ducks. Ziggler this time hits the Fameasser for another close nearfall. Vickie complains about the count, but then Punk takes Ziggler’s head off with a head kick for a close nearfall. Heyman lifts up the belt as Punk charges and connects with the running corner knee, followed by a short-arm clothesline for a nearfall. Punk hits a slam, then heads up top. Punk takes too much time looking at the crowd, however, allowing Ziggler to hit him with a right hand. Ziggler with a headbutt, then slams Punk off the ropes. Ziggler charges at Punk in the corner, looking for an avalanche, but Punk moves out of the way.
Punk lifts up Ziggler and hits the Go 2 Sleep for the victory.
Winner: WWE Champion CM Punk by pinfall (Go 2 Sleep)
After the match, Punk stands on the announcer table with a microphone. Punk says he has heard it from Bret Hart, Jim Ross and all of you. Punk says he knows what they want and he has thought long and hard about it. Everyone wants to see Punk step into Hell in the Cell against John Cena. Punk says he knows what he has to do is correct, to get respect. So, at Hell in the Cell, CM Punk will NOT face John Cena.
Punk raises the belt in the air as we go to credits.
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So with that, I bid you all farewell, have a great weekend, thanks for reading and Mike will be back next week for the next episode of Friday Night Smackdown! Later!