WWE Smackdown Results
April 5, 2013
Washington, DC/East Rutherford, New Jersey
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Smackdown video plays, and we’re brought into the arena in Washington, DC. Josh Mathews is on commentary alongside WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Ryback vs. Primo and Epico w/ Rosa Mendes
They show a video of Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield at WrestleMania Axxess in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Primo starts off with a side headlock, but Ryback whips him off and shoulder blocks him down. They hit the ropes, and Primo leaps at him, but Ryback counters with a powerslam. Epico is tagged in, and he’s brought into the ring the hard way. Ryback chops the chest and sends him to the opposite corner. Ryback runs into a boot, but he soon comes back with a military press slam. Ryback sends him into the ropes, but Epico holds on and dropkicks him into the ropes. Primo is tagged in, and he drops Ryback with a springboard dropkick. Primo kicks away at him and tags in Epico. Epico kicks him down and pins for a no count. Epico applies a chin lock, but Ryback powers up and hits a backpack jawbreaker. Primo is tagged in, and Ryback takes him down with some elbows. Ryback hits a back body drop and goes for a spinebuster, but Epico sweeps his legs. They send Ryback into the ropes, but he takes them down with a double spear. Ryback signals for the end, and he drops them with an impressive double Shell Shock for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Ryback
Match Rating: ¼ *
Ryback will take on Mark Henry at WrestleMania XXIX.
They show a replay of Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter beating Alberto Del Rio down on RAW with some crutches. We’ll hear from Del Rio later tonight.
Sean “Diddy” Combs will perform at WrestleMania XXIX. They show Mr. McMahon’s office, which you can visit if you have the VIP Package for WrestleMania Axxess. JBL and Michael Cole talk about the Sandy Relief Charity event.
Video Package: Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
They show a life size statue of Andre The Giant at Axxess. They show some Hall of Famers doing autograph signings around the arena. They then talk about the Hall of Fame class going in this year.
Video Package: Bruno Sammartino’s WWE Hall of Fame induction video.
Jack Swagger will take on Kofi Kingston in tonight’s main event. A video will highlight Fandango, next.
They show footage of Fandango dancing at the WrestleMania Press Conference yesterday at Radio City Music Hall. They then show footage of Fandango attacking Chris Jericho after his match against Antonio Cesaro on RAW. Fandango will take on Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXIX in his first match ever.
Video Package: The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Big Show
They show footage of the brawl that broke out in the crowd with The Shield and Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus from last Friday’s Smackdown.
Tons of Funk will be in action, next.
Tons of Funk’s music hits, but it is Team Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins dressed up as them. Damien Sandow mentions that it’s been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In some cases that is true, but the only reason they’re treating the crowd to this spoof is to illustrate the lunacy and ridiculousness that is Tons of Funk. Cody Rhodes says they are much better looking and better dancers than those belligerent behemoths. Sandow says whether the crowd can appreciate satire remains to be seen, Brodus Clay, Sweet T, and those low rent cheerleaders don’t belong in the same ring as them. Rhodes says they are attractions for a petting zoo. They should leave the entertaining up to the professionals. Sandow says they’ll outshine them and put an end to their dog and pony show for good at WrestleMania. The Bella Twins then say, “You’re welcome!”
The real Tons of Funk make their way to the ring, and they don’t look too happy at all. They Funkadactyls charge the ring and attack the Bella Twins. Brodus Clay and Sweet T then take out Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. Tons of Funk then dances in the ring.
They show the WrestleMania Superstore and mention that it’s open all weekend.
Highlight Video: The WrestleMania XXIX Press Conference from Radio City Music Hall
Video Package: Undertaker vs. CM Punk
Jack Swagger will take on Kofi Kingston later tonight.
They show some of the NXT matches that have taken place at WrestleMania Axxess.
Video Package: Donald Trump’s WWE Hall of Fame video
They show the John Cena audio booth where you can rap his theme song. Cole accuses JBL of having done that attraction.
Replay: John Cena’s entire promo from Monday Night RAW is shown. They then show The Rock’s entire promo from that same RAW.
Jack Swagger will take on Kofi Kingston, next.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio is with Renee Young on the floor of WrestleMania Axxess. They show footage of Swagger’s attack from Monday Night RAW. Del Rio says it’s a good thing he’s at Axxess and not at Smackdown tonight. He still has the marks on his back. He can barely wait the forty-eight hours until the event. It’s not about politics. It’s about the championship. It doesn’t matter if you’re a real American, German, or Mexican. It’s about all the countries coming together. After WrestleMania, he’ll be proud to say that he’ll still be the World Heavyweight Champion.
Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Kofi Kingston
They circle the ring and lock up. Swagger powers him to the corner and goes for a cheap shot, but Kingston ducks. Kingston punches away at him in the corner until the referee backs him up. They circle the ring again and lock up. Swagger wrenches the arm, but Kingston twists out. Kingston goes for an arm drag, but Swagger counters into a wristlock. Swagger hits an arm drag and applies another overhead wristlock. Kingston fights up and hits an arm drag of his own. Swagger goes into the ropes, and Kingston hits him with a back elbow. Kingston kicks him in the face, but Swagger pushes him to the corner. Swagger then runs into a pendulum kick. Kingston hits a springboard clothesline for a one count. Swagger gets out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Kingston trapped in a double arm lock. During the break, Swagger dropped him with a big boot. Kingston fights up, but Swagger clubs him down. Swagger knees away at him in the corner before taking him down with a snapmare. Swagger goes back to work on the arms. Kingston fights up and head-butts out. Swagger pushes him to the corner, but he runs into a back elbow. Kingston rolls under a big boot and hits some chops. Kingston hits a dropkick and a goes for a leaping clothesline, but Swagger catches him. Kingston tries to counter with a rollup, but Swagger stops him. Kingston then takes him down with a monkey flip. Kingston goes for the SOS, but Swagger shoves him to the corner. Swagger goes for a Swagger Bomb, but Kingston gets his legs up. Kingston hits a springboard splash for a near fall. Swagger quickly takes him down with a waistlock slam. Swagger puts him on the top rope and goes for a superplex, but Kingston fights him off. Kingston goes for a cross-body, but Swagger catches him. Swagger goes for the Gutwrench Powerbomb, but Kingston counters into the SOS for a near fall. Zeb Colter gets on the apron for a distraction, and Swagger takes Kingston down with a shoulder to the knee. Swagger then applies the Patriot Lock for the win.
Winner by Submission: Jack Swagger
Match Rating: * ¼
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter stand in the ring with their hands over their hearts. Swagger will face Alberto Del Rio for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXIX.
Quick Match Results
Ryback def. Primo and Epico
Jack Swagger def. Kofi Kingston via Submission
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