WWE Smackdown Results
April 12, 2013
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
Tonight, Triple H will be on the show to talk about defeating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXIX. Also, Dolph Ziggler, the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, will appear on the show.
Big E. Langston comes out to the stage, and he introduces the new World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler to the ring. Langston did the introduction in the style of Ricardo Rodriguez. Ziggler comes out along with AJ Lee, and they kiss at the top of the ramp before heading down to the ring. Ziggler says ever since he’s debuted, he’s been the most physically gifted athlete this business has ever seen. People saw it in his eyes. They knew he was the future of this company. This World Heavyweight Championship proves that the future is now. Ziggler says each and every person feels like they’re apart of this. 80,000 strong were chanting his name at WrestleMania in a match he wasn’t even in. The next night, Monday Night RAW at the Izod Center, that amazingly insane crowd watched him walk down the aisle and make history. The WWE Universe would love to join in on that celebration, but this title and the moment that made it his belongs to one person only: Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler says he didn’t win the title because of the fans; he won it in spite of them. All his life, people have been riding his coattails because his girlfriend is hotter or his teeth are whiter or he’s better than everyone. No matter what, they will never be him.
Jack Swagger’s music hits, and he comes out with Zeb Colter. Ziggler says this is their scheduled time, and he wants to know what they’re doing out there. Colter says they’ve never been formally introduced, and he introduces himself. Colter wants to congratulate Ziggler on his success along with every other real American in the United States. He also wants to thank him for being born in Cleveland, Ohio and hailing from Hollywood, Florida. Beyond that, as far as the title is concerned, everyone in the WWE Universe knows who to thank for what happened on Monday, and it’s not Ziggler. His name is Jack Swagger. Ziggler says this is his scheduled interview time. Swagger had his chance at WrestleMania, and he blew it. As far as he’s concerned, get in the back of the line. It’s just his time.
Swagger begins to climb the steps of the ring. He pauses, and then he backs away. Colter says he thinks it’s only appropriate to show gratitude and give Swagger what he wants and deserves. Colter warns him that Jack Swagger won’t wait for that long. Their music hits, and they head to the back.
Ziggler yells for their music to stop. He then continues on by telling the crowd they can rewind RAW a bunch of times to try to relive what it was like to be him for one second –
Alberto Del Rio’s music hits, and he hobbles out to the stage. Ziggler asks if he’s bummed out that he beat him for the title on RAW. Ziggler says if he wants his rematch, he’ll give it to him right now. Del Rio says he’s not out here to complain. He’s here to congratulate him. He knows what it feels like to cash in the Money in the Bank contract. That’s how he won the WWE Championship, and it felt great. Del Rio says when his ankle heals and he’s granted a rematch, it will be Ziggler that will be complaining and crying about everything. Del Rio finishes by saying, “Until then, hasta la vista, baby.” Del Rio winks and goes to the back.
Ziggler yells for Del Rio’s music to stop. Ziggler says he’s sick and tired of being interrupted. The next person that walks through that curtain will see why he is the real World Heavyweight Champion.
Chris Jericho’s music hits, and the crowd erupts. Jericho smiles at the reception he got. Jericho says, “Dolph, would you please SHUT THE HELL UP?” Ziggler has been out here talking. He’s the new World Heavyweight Champion, so congratulations, but he’s been babbling about how it’s his time, how good looking he is, and his crazy girlfriend AJ. Jericho asks the crowd if AJ is crazy, and they yell in the affirmative. Jericho then starts an “AJ’s crazy” chant. AJ covers her ears in the ring and starts screaming at the crowd. Jericho says he’s the original “Show Off.” It’s time to stop talking and start rocking. He just came from Booker T’s office, the Smackdown General Manager, and he had some information that’s very interesting to him, Ziggler, and every one of his Jerichoholics in the arena tonight. It’s interesting to every one of his “Dolphins?” in the crowd. The information is this: his very first match as the World Heavyweight Champion is going to be against Y2J, and it’s going to be right here tonight on Smackdown. Jericho says when Ziggler is finished with this match, he will never, EEEEVER be the same again.
Team Hell No is walking backstage. They’ll be in action, next.
The Prime Time Players vs. Team Hell No
Kane will start out against Titus O’Neil. They bell rings, and O’Neil quickly unloads on Kane with some punches. Kane reverses a whip to the corner, and he clotheslines him there. Kane repeats the move to the opposite corner before going to the top rope for his diving lariat. Kane quickly puts his hands up for a Chokeslam, and Darren Young is tagged in. Young runs into an uppercut. Kane tags Daniel Bryan in, and he whips Bryan into Young with a dropkick. Bryan kicks away at Young’s chest before sending him to the ropes. Bryan lowers his head and eats a kick. Young knocks Kane off the apron, and O’Neil is tagged in. They send Bryan into the ropes, but he holds on. Kane then comes in and gives Young a Chokeslam. Bryan then applies a No! Lock to O’Neil for the win.
Winners by Submission: Team Hell No
Match Rating: 1/2 *
The Shield immediately appears on the big screen with a mock clap for Team Hell No’s victory. Dean Ambrose says Kane standing next to his brother on RAW must have raised his spirits. The Brothers of Destruction are together again. Ambrose hopes they didn’t mistake their tactics as a sign of weakness. He also hopes they don’t think that The Shield is afraid. You have to know when and where to strike. They didn’t back down. Roman Reigns says they don’t back down or run from a fight. Seth Rollins says they can believe that and believe in The Shield. They put the camera down and walk off. Kane yells at them to come and fight before making the ring posts explode.
Triple H will be on Smackdown to talk about his victory over Brock Lesnar later tonight.
They show some still photos from WrestleMania XXIX.
Santino Marella vs. Wade Barrett
They lock up, and Barrett applies a side headlock. Santino whips him off, but Barrett takes him down with a shoulder block. Santino goes for a kip-up, but he falls down. Santino shoves him, and Barrett kicks him in the midsection. Barrett clubs him down for a one count. Barrett taunts him to get up, and Santino fails at a second kip-up. Barrett punches away at him for a two count. Barrett applies a chin lock, but Santino fights up and punches, but Barrett knees him in the midsection. Barrett sends him to the corner, but Santino slingshots over him. Santino charges into the Winds of Change for a near fall. Barrett pulls his elbow pad down. Santino successfully executes a kip-up and ducks the Bull Hammer. Santino hits some jabs, splits under a clothesline, hits a hip toss, and drops a head-butt for a near fall. Santino takes the Cobra out, and Barrett big boots him. Barrett hits the Bull Hammer for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Wade Barrett
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Dolph Ziggler will take on Chris Jericho in a non-title match later tonight.
Booker T is talking with Teddy Long about how great it was to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Sheamus comes in, and Booker T asks him what he wants. Sheamus asks why Booker overruled his match against the Big Show. Then he put him in a match with Randy Orton to see who should face Big Show. Randy Orton comes in, and he has the questions for Booker. Teddy Long interrupts, and he says it was Booker’s idea. Everyone makes mistakes. Orton asks how they’ll fix this. Booker says Big Show was wrong, and he’s going to make it right. Booker asks if they both want Big Show, and he says they’ve both got it in a handicap match tonight. Sheamus says he’s finally talking some sense. They leave, and Booker stares at Teddy.
The Bella Twins and Tamina Snuka make their way to the ring. They’ll be in a six-diva tag team match, next.
The Bella Twins and Tamina Snuka vs. The Funkadactyls and Kaitlyn
Tamina and Kaitlyn start the match out. They circle the ring, and Tamina kicks her before throwing her down. She knocks the Funkadactyls off the apron. Kaitlyn then ducks a clothesline and spears her down. Nikki Bella breaks the pin up, and she’s speared down as well. Brie Bella is tagged in, and Kaitlyn puts her in the corner. Naomi is tagged in, and she hits a springboard cross-body. Naomi follows up with a flipping clothesline before hitting the Rear View. Brie reverses a whip, but she runs into a boot. Naomi goes to the top and kicks Tamina off the apron. Nikki quickly rips her off the top rope. Brie knocks Kaitlyn off the top rope, and Cameron takes Tamina down with a Thesz Press. Brie quickly throws Naomi down by the hair and picks up the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Bella Twins and Tamina Snuka
Match Rating: *
Triple H will talk about his match against Brock Lesnar, next.
They show some more still photos from WrestleMania XXIX.
Triple H’s music hits, and he comes out to a great reception. He’s wearing his trademark leather jacket along with some sunglasses. His left arm is taped up from Brock Lesnar’s assault. The crowd chants his name. Triple H says he told us the ass kicker is back. He told Brock Lesnar that they weren’t going to wrestle or fight – they were going to war. They went to war…
3MB’s music hits, and they come out to the stage. Heath Slater tells Triple H to shut up and listen up. Slater says around here you have to jump one of the big dogs to get noticed. What bigger dog is there than Triple H? If he thought his battle with Brock Lesnar was bad, then he hasn’t seen anything yet. 3MB is going to rock his face.
3MB encircles the ring, and Triple H takes his jacket off. They get on the apron, and The Shield’s music hits. The come through the crowd and get to ringside. All of a sudden, The Shield attacks 3MB. Rollins throws Jinder Mahal into the barricade, Dean Ambrose sends Heath Slater into the steel steps, and Roman Reigns gives Drew McIntyre a HUGE back body drop on the floor. The Shield then begins to get on the apron when Kane’s pyro explodes, and Team Hell No runs down to the ring to aid Triple H. The Shield realizes that this is not the time to strike, and they leave through the crowd.
Booker T is talking with Teddy Long in his office when Big Show comes in. Big Show asks why he’s in a handicap match against Sheamus and Randy Orton. Booker says he stuck his nose in business that doesn’t concern him on RAW. Big Show says that’s so typical. Booker has a bias toward him. Big Show says he can mess up his plans by walking out of the arena. He has an iron clad contract anyway. He doesn’t have to do what he says. Booker says he can go and walk out, but he promises he’ll do everything in his power to make sure that iron clad contract is held up in court until it’s rusted and worthless. If he wants to stay, then his match is next.
Randy Orton and Sheamus vs. Big Show
Randy Orton’s midsection is taped up. They show a video of Big Show’s attack on both Randy Orton and Sheamus from RAW. They completely covered up the crowd noise.
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is the official for this match. Randy Orton will start against the Big Show. Orton kicks and punches Big Show. Orton ducks a clothesline and punches, but Big Show pushes him to the corner. Orton ducks a chop and continues to punch him. Big Show pushes him into the ropes and eats a kick. Big Show then catches him with a sidewalk slam. Orton is clutching his ribs in pain. Big Show steps on him before punching him in the midsection. Big Show body slams him down before going to the second rope. Big Show jumps off for an elbow drop, but Orton rolls out of the way.
Sheamus is tagged in, and he takes Big Show down with some punches. Sheamus hits a pair of Irish hammers before punching away at him in the corner. Sheamus drives him into the corner before hitting a high knee. Sheamus hits the ropes, and Big Show knocks him out with a huge spear. Big Show then punches Orton in the damaged midsection again. Big Show head-butts Sheamus down before turning his sights on Orton. Big Show goes to pick him up, and Orton surprises him with an RKO! Sheamus then takes Big Show out with a Brogue Kick that sends him out of the ring!
The referee begins counting Big Show out. Big Show gets to his feet and could get back in the ring in time, but he simply walks off.
Winners by Count-Out: Randy Orton and Sheamus
Match Rating: * 1/4
Dolph Ziggler will face Chris Jericho in a non-title match in tonight’s main event. That will happen later in the night.
Sheamus and Randy Orton are walking backstage. Sheamus says he’s glad they got some revenge. Renee Young comes up and asks for a word after their match. Orton walks off. Young asks for a comment on how it took the two of them to take down the Big Show. Sheamus says revenge was sweet. He’s been in WWE for a few years. It doesn’t matter how big or strong you are as long as you’ve got heart. All of a sudden, Mark Henry runs up from behind and avalanches Sheamus into a table! Henry asks if it really doesn’t matter how big or strong you are before screaming at him, “That’s what I do!” Officials run in to back Henry off.
Antonio Cesaro vs. Kofi Kingston
They lock up, and Cesaro quickly goes to work on the arm. Kingston rolls through and kips up, but Cesaro takes him down with a shoulder block. Cesaro punches away at him before taunting the crowd. Kingston comes back with a punch and a sunset flip for a two count. Cesaro quickly pops up with a double stomp to the chest for a near fall. Cesaro then dead lifts him with a gutwrench suplex. Cesaro yodels before hitting a European uppercut for a near fall. Cesaro applies a chin lock, but Kingston fights up. Cesaro takes him down and goes for a double stomp, but Kingston rolls out of the way.
Kingston catches him with a back elbow and some chops before hitting a dropkick. Kingston goes for a leaping punch, but Cesaro uppercuts him out of mid-air for a near fall! Cesaro waits for Kingston to get up. Cesaro charges into a pendulum kick. Kingston goes for a top rope cross-body block, but Cesaro catches him. Kingston slides out and hits him with Trouble in Paradise for the upset!
Winner by Pinfall: Kofi Kingston
Match Rating: * 1/4
We’ll take a look at Ryback’s attack on John Cena, next.
The RAW Rebound plays with John Cena’s promo to start the show. They edited all the crowd reactions and changed them completely. Cena fought Henry in the main event. If Henry won, then he would get a shot at the WWE Championship. Cena won by count-out. Henry attacked him after the match. Ryback came out to even the odds and got Henry out of the ring. All of a sudden, Ryback then attacked Cena with the Shell Shock!
They talk about The Rock’s injury at WrestleMania XXIX. He wrestled for fifteen minutes with that injury.
Fandango’s music hits, and he comes out dancing with a partner. He dances to the ring, and it appears this crowd is chanting his theme song. It’s called “Fandangoing.” He’ll watch the main event, next.
They show some more photos from WrestleMania XXIX.
Dolph Ziggler w/ Big E. Langston and AJ Lee vs. Chris Jericho
They circle the ring and lock up. Jericho quickly takes Ziggler down. Ziggler gets to his feet, and they circle the ring again. They lock up, and Jericho applies a side headlock. Ziggler whips him off, and Jericho shoulder blocks him down. Jericho goes into the ropes and chops Ziggler down. Jericho hits a suplex and kicks him. Ziggler kicks and punches away at him before avalanching him in the corner. Ziggler kicks him down in the corner before whipping him to the opposite corner. Ziggler runs into a boot, and Jericho hits a missile dropkick for a two count. Jericho chokes him on the ropes in front of Fandango. Fandango gets on the apron, but the referee stops him. Jericho goes into the ropes, and AJ grabs his leg. Ziggler hits the famouser for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler elbow Jericho in the neck. During the commercial break, Fandango kicked Jericho in the head while the referee was distracted. Jericho punches away at Ziggler, but he comes right back with a neckbreaker for a near fall. Ziggler applies a chin lock, and he does headstand to show off a bit. Ziggler transitions the headstand into a bridge for more leverage. Jericho begins to fight up, but Ziggler kicks him in the midsection. Ziggler sends him into the ropes, and Jericho takes him down with some shoulder tackles. Ziggler sends him to the apron, but Jericho takes him down with a top rope double axe handle. Jericho gets the crowd into it. Ziggler sidesteps a bulldog before hitting a DDT for a near fall.
Ziggler sends him into the ropes, but Jericho kicks him in the face. Jericho charges the ropes, and he takes Langston out with a baseball slide. Jericho then takes Ziggler down with a cross-body block for a near fall. Jericho stomps him before hitting the ropes. Ziggler quickly takes him down with a dropkick for a near fall. Jericho holds on to the ropes as Ziggler attempted a Zig-Zag, and he goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Ziggler twists him off. Jericho quickly hits a back elbow and the Lionsault for a near fall.
Fandango gets on the apron, and Jericho takes him out with a springboard dropkick. Ziggler tries to sneak up behind with a DDT, but Jericho counters into the Walls of Jericho! Fandango gets on the apron, and the referee is distracted. Langston then punches Jericho in the face. Ziggler then rolls up Jericho for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Jericho quickly clotheslines Ziggler down before ducking a clothesline from Langston. Jericho stumbles Langston with a step-up enzuigiri. Fandango distracts Jericho again, and Ziggler drops him with the Zig-Zag. Langston then follows up with the Big Ending, and they leave the ring.
Fandango gets in the ring and dances over Jericho’s broken body. Fandango then begins to kick and punch away at Jericho. Fandango dances some more before going to the top rope and hitting a flying leg drop. Fandango calls his dancer into the ring, and she gives him a microphone. Fandango then says his name for the entire world to hear. His music hits as he and the dancer pose over Jericho as the show ends.
Quick Match Results
Team Hell No def. The Prime Time Players via Submission (non-title)
Wade Barrett def. Santino Marella (non-title)
The Bella Twins and Tamina Snuka def. The Funkadactyls and Kaitlyn
Randy Orton and Sheamus def. Big Show via CO
Kofi Kingston def. Antonio Cesaro (non-title)
Dolph Ziggler def. Chris Jericho (non-title)
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