WWE Smackdown Results
June 21, 2013
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video kicks off the show that highlights some of the events from WWE Payback. Curtis Axel won the WWE Intercontinental Championship, AJ Lee won the WWE Diva's Championship, The Shield retained their titles, Alberto Del Rio won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho in his return match, and John Cena beat Ryback in a Three Stages of Hell match to retain the WWE Championship.
Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring to a tremendous reception as Michael Cole and John "Bradshaw" Layfield welcome us to the show. Bryan stands in the ring as the crowd showers him with "Yes" chants. Bryan says something happened to him on RAW that never happened to him before. In his thirteen years in this industry, he has never had a match stopped due to injury. When the doctor asked if he could continue, he said, "Yes!" Unfortunately, the doctor and WWE officials didn't agree. Officially, the company line is that they were concerned for his health so they stopped the match. Realistically, they stopped the match because they think he's the weak link and not tough enough.
That's not even the worst part of it. The worst offender and perpetrator is Randy Orton. Bryan then has them roll footage from this week's RAW. It shows highlights of the match with the doctor telling the referee to call off the match. Orton was declared the winner. Orton then helped Bryan up and hugged him. He seemed concerned for him.
Bryan wants to get this straight. Instead of fighting to keep the match going, pleading with the doctors and WWE officials, and raging against the machine with him side-by-side, all Orton did was pick him up and pat him on the head like a little brother or dog. In Orton's eyes, Bryan saw nothing but pity. Tonight, he doesn't care what the doctors, WWE officials, and Randy Orton thinks. He will prove that he is not the weak link. Is he going to beat Randy Orton tonight? "Yes, yes, yes!"
Randy Orton's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring looking none too happy. Orton says Bryan has it all wrong. The reason why the match was stopped was because people were concerned for his wellbeing. Orton was concerned himself. He wanted to stop fighting, but Bryan kept coming and coming. He had no choice, but that made him respect Bryan even more. The match was stopped because Bryan couldn't defend himself anymore. When he helped him up, it wasn't because of pity. It was because of respect.
Bryan shakes his head, and he tells Orton not to patronize him. Bryan doesn't see any respect. He sees pity. Bryan knows that Orton thinks he's the weak link. He said it on Monday. Tonight, he'll prove how tough he is. He proved it last week when he beat The Shield. He's going to take all this respect, and he's going to shove it right down Orton's throat. Orton says Bryan is way out of line. If Bryan wants it that badly, then fine. Tonight, they're going to fight, and he's going to hurt Bryan. Tonight, when the officials stop their match, Bryan won't be walking out. He'll be carried out. Orton tells him to respect that before walking off. Bryan stands in the ring shaking his head.
Chris Jericho will take on Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match later tonight. We'll also see Curtis Axel defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against the former champion Wade Barrett.
Sheamus makes his way to the ring. He'll be in action, next.
Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes w/ Damien Sandow
Footage is shown of Team Rhodes Scholars drawing sticks on who would face Sheamus tonight. Rhodes drew the short stick.
The bell rings, and Rhodes kicks away at him. Rhodes kicks him in the corner, but Sheamus comes back with some kicks and punches of his own. Sheamus puts him in the corner and clubs him before hitting a suplex for a one count. Sheamus wrenches his arm, but Rhodes is able to kick him off and to the corner. Sheamus reverses a whip to the corner and catches him attempting to slingshot over. Rhodes hangs on to the ropes and elbows him away. Sheamus blocks a punch and rips Rhodes off the second rope. Sheamus goes for his clubbing blows on the apron, but Rhodes escapes him. Sheamus gets on the apron, and Rhodes pulls the ring skirt to trip him. Rhodes quickly takes his arm and slams it into the ring post. Rhodes slams him into the barricade and gets in the ring, looking for a count-out. Sandow comes over and yells at Sheamus to stay down. Sheamus gets in before being counted out.
Rhodes kicks away at Sheamus before going to work on the injured left arm. Rhodes wraps it around the ropes and kicks it. Sheamus comes back with some punches, but Rhodes quickly stops his momentum with an arm breaker for a near fall. Rhodes slams the arm down before hitting him in the face with a running knee for another two count. Rhodes applies an arm bar, but Sheamus soon fights his way up. Sheamus punches him before sending him to the corner. Rhodes sidesteps him and rolls him up for a near fall. Rhodes elbows him in the arm and kicks at him again. Rhodes taunts the crowd before grabbing Sheamus on the apron. Sheamus punches him back and goes for a slingshot shoulder block, but Rhodes counters into an arm bar. Sheamus fights up and goes for a whip, but Rhodes counters into a hammerlock before dropping him on the top rope.
Sheamus all of a sudden explodes with a pair of Irish hammers. Sheamus powers him to the corner, but misses a knee lift. Sheamus hits a rolling fireman's carry and gets on the apron. Sheamus quickly kicks Sandow down at ringside before punching Rhodes. Sheamus sends Rhodes into Sandow as he gets on the apron. Sheamus hits a knee lift before going for White Noise. Rhodes counters into a rollup attempt, but Sheamus rolls through and applies the Cloverleaf for the rare submission victory.
Winner by Submission: Sheamus
Match Rating: * 3/4
Immediately after the bell rings, Sandow kicks him in the back of the head and begins to viciously punch away at him. Sandow kicks him before taking Rhodes and walking off. Sheamus is left lying in the ring in pain.
A video airs that says the Wyatt Family is coming.
Curtis Axel makes his way to the ring with his manager, Paul Heyman. He'll defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Wade Barrett, next.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Curtis Axel (c) w/ Paul Heyman vs. Wade Barrett
The Miz is on commentary for this match. Miz talks about how Axel was smart in taking advantage of triple threat rules to win the title.
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is the official for this match. They circle the ring and lock up. They tussle around the ropes for position and give a clean break. Barrett smiles at him before they lock up again. Axel applies a side headlock, and Barrett powers him to the corner. Barrett punches and kicks him down before backing up. Barrett hits a snapmare and drops an elbow for a one count. Barrett clubs him and goes into the ropes. Axel immediately answers back with a beautiful dropkick. Axel begins to club at Barrett before punching him down. Axel goes to the second rope and hits an elbow drop a la Bret Hart for a near fall. Axel punches away at him before kicking him down. Barrett quickly pulls him face first into the turnbuckle and clotheslines him down.
Barrett punches away at him as Heyman screams to the referee that Barrett is using a closed fist. Barrett scares him off before kicking Axel in the ribs. Axel answers back with some clubs, but Barrett knees him in the midsection. Barrett hits a snap suplex for a near fall. Barrett clubs him down and chokes him on the ropes. Barrett ties him up in the ropes and knees away at the midsection before hitting a big boot. Axel falls to the floor. Barrett goes outside and slams Axel into the ring apron before putting him into the ring. Barrett talks a little trash to The Miz before going in the ring.
Axel quickly punches him as he gets in the ring. Axel has a whip reversed, but he tries to come back with a Perfect-Plex. Barrett gets out and levels him with a big boot for a near fall. Heyman said that was too close. Barrett goes to the second rope and misses an elbow drop. Axel hits a rolling neck snapper before hitting his trademark spinning neckbreaker for the win.
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel
Match Rating: * 1/2
The Miz gets in the ring, and he removes his jacked and tie. Paul Heyman comes up from behind and convinces Axel to back away. They go up the ramp as Heyman yells that his client doesn't fight for free.
We'll take a look at how Mark Henry blindsided John Cena on RAW, next.
The RAW Rebound shows highlights from the incredible "retirement" angle between Mark Henry and John Cena. Henry cried while giving a retirement speech before giving John Cena the World's Strongest Slam in one of the top RAW segments of the last five years. They will compete at WWE Money in the Bank with the WWE Championship on the line.
AJ Lee, the new WWE Diva's Champion, makes her way to the ring. She'll be in action, next.
AJ Lee w/ Big E Langston vs. Natalya
They show footage of AJ tricking Kaitlyn on RAW with the secret admirer thing. They then show still photos from WWE Payback when AJ defeated her for the WWE Diva's Championship.
The bell rings, and they circle the ring. AJ talks some trash, and Natalya shoves her down. AJ gets up and runs into a shoulder block. Natalya hits a snapmare and dropkicks her in the back. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter, but AJ blocks it. Natalya applies a modified Indian deathlock. AJ quickly grabs the ropes. Natalya punches away at her before charging her in the corner. AJ sidesteps her and jumps on her back for a sleeper hold. Kaitlyn and Layla are seen watching backstage. Natalya powers AJ to the corner, but AJ quickly kicks her in the back of the head for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Natalya hit a snap suplex. Natalya sends her into the ropes, but she lowers her head and eats a kick. AJ hits the ropes, and Natalya levels her with a spinning clothesline for a two count. Natalya yells that AJ has no respect. Natalya goes for a spinning powerslam, but AJ counters into the Black Widow. Natalya has no choice but to tap out.
Winner by Submission: AJ Lee
Match Rating: * 1/2
AJ Lee laughs at Natalya before going up the ramp with Big E Langston.
Kaitlyn and Layla don't look happy having just watched that match. Aksana walks up and asks if that's the same move AJ beat Kaitlyn with. Aksana then calls Kaitlyn "trash" before turning away. Kaitlyn hits her in the back of the head before slamming her off a crate backstage. Kaitlyn pours trash all over Aksana before the Divas run in to break it up.
Chris Jericho's music hits, and he makes his way down to the ring. Ricardo Rodriguez then introduces Alberto Del Rio to the ring. The new WWE World Heavyweight Champion comes out to a chorus of jeers from the crowd. They air footage of Dolph Ziggler attacking Del Rio on RAW.
Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio
The bell rings, and they circle the ring. They lock up, and Del Rio applies a side headlock. Jericho whips him off, but Del Rio takes him down with a shoulder block. Del Rio hits the ropes, and Jericho catches him with a dropkick. Jericho then hits a clothesline. Jericho chops the chest before kicking him down in the corner. Jericho chokes him on the ropes before taunting the crowd. Jericho splashes him while he was against the ropes for a two count. Jericho punches him before chopping the chest in the corner. Jericho sends him into the corner, but he runs into the boots. Del Rio quickly hits the ropes and kicks him in the arm. Del Rio stomps away at him before going for a suplex. Jericho gets out with a chop. Jericho sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Del Rio charges, but Jericho sidesteps him, sending him out of the ring. Del Rio quickly gets on the apron, but Jericho catches him with a springboard dropkick. Jericho knocks him down again with a baseball slide. Jericho bounces his face off the barricade before putting him in the ring. Rodriguez quickly distracts Jericho. Del Rio then kicks Jericho as he gets back in the ring.
We come back from the break to see Jericho knee Del Rio in the face. Jericho sends him into the corner and charges, but Del Rio sidesteps him. Jericho flies over the turnbuckle and to the outside. Del Rio follows him out and sends Jericho into the barricade. Del Rio then kicks Jericho in the arm. Del Rio puts him in the ring for a near fall as they announce Dolph Ziggler will be in action on RAW. Del Rio shoulders Jericho in the corner before backing up. Del Rio charges, but Jericho sidesteps him. Del Rio hits the ring post shoulder first.
Jericho hits a pair of shoulder blocks before Del Rio sends him to the apron. Jericho quickly goes to the top rope and hits a double axe handle. Jericho gets the crowd into it before going for the Walls of Jericho. Del Rio twists him off before kicking him in the head for a near fall. Del Rio head-butts him a few times before backing up. Jericho ducks a step-up enzuigiri before hitting a diving cross-body block for a near fall. Jericho quickly follows up with a face-buster. Jericho hits the Lionsault, but he appears to have hurt his ribs. Del Rio quickly capitalizes with a kick to the midsection. Jericho pushes him off as he tries for a Cross Arm Breaker. Del Rio goes for a sunset flip, but Jericho rolls through for a Walls of Jericho attempt. Del Rio counters that into a Cross Arm Breaker. Jericho quickly twists out and applies the Walls of Jericho!
Ricardo Rodriguez quickly gets on the apron, and Jericho brings him into the ring the hard way. Jericho applies the Walls of Jericho to Rodriguez, and he taps like a drum man. Del Rio was getting up to sneak attack him, and Dolph Ziggler runs in to attack him!
Winner by Disqualification: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: **
Del Rio quickly escapes the ring and goes into the crowd. Jericho argues with Ziggler over costing him the match. Lilian Garcia announces Del Rio as the winner. Jericho then turns Ziggler around and hits him with the Codebreaker. Jericho talks a little trash before leaving the ring.
Del Rio gets back in the ring and slaps him in the head. Del Rio gloats as he stands over him. Rodriguez holds Ziggler up, and the referees run into the ring to stop him. Del Rio makes like he's going to walk away, but then he kicks Ziggler right in the temple. Del Rio blows a kiss to him before leaving the ring with his championship.
Daniel Bryan will take on Randy Orton in tonight's main event.
Drew McIntyre w/ 3MB vs. Christian
Christian quickly applies a waistlock, and McIntyre elbows him in the head. Christian reverses a whip and throws McIntyre out of the ring. He hits the ground with a thud. Christian then takes him out with a baseball slide. McIntyre again hits the ground hard. Christian punches away at him before hitting a drop-toe-hold into the ropes. Christian slingshots over the top rope and punches him in the face. Christian goes to the second rope for a cross-body, but McIntyre catches him. McIntyre hits a spinning slam for a near fall. McIntyre talks a little trash in the corner before running into some boots.
Christian hits a diving back elbow, and he claps his hands. Heath Slater gets on the apron, and Christian pulls him off. Jinder Mahal then distracts Christian. McIntyre goes for a back suplex, but Christian flips through and hits the Killswitch for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Christian
Match Rating: *
Christian grabs a microphone. He says after ten long months, it feels damn good to be back on Smackdown and in front of his peeps. Christian says everyone knows why he came back. He came back for that "one more match."
The Shield's music hits, and they come from down the ramp. They surround the ring, and Christian looks ready to fight. They get in the ring, and Christian tries to fight, but he's quickly overwhelmed. They then take him out with a Triple Powerbomb. The Shield stands over Christian with their championships raised.
We'll take a look at Brock Lesnar's assault on CM Punk, next.
A video airs some footage of CM Punk defeating Chris Jericho at WWE Payback. The next night on RAW, Punk told Paul Heyman that he didn't want him out at ringside with him anymore since he's Heyman's friend and not his client. Punk then fought Alberto Del Rio in the main event. After Del Rio escaped the ring, Punk was declared the winner by count-out. Brock Lesnar then came out and gave him an F-5!
Renee Young is backstage with Paul Heyman. She asks why Brock Lesnar attacked CM Punk, and how involved was Heyman in that attack. Heyman says the girls in the "mani-pedi circle" are all gossiping about him and CM Punk. Heyman says since Renee thinks it's appropriate to talk about people's personal lives, maybe she should lead by example. Heyman asks her about her difficult relationship with her father, why her uncle ripped her prom date out of the limousine, and why she broke up with her fiancée in Los Angeles. Renee looks very upset. Heyman says it's not much fun talking about your personal life on TV. CM Punk made it clear that he's not Heyman's client. They're just best friends. Anything that happens between them is personal, and he's not going to air their dirty laundry on television. Next time she interviews him, she might be kind enough to ask him about Curtis Axel defending the Intercontinental Championship for the first time earlier this evening. Heyman wonders if she paid attention to that. He walks off, and Renee looks very unhappy.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring. He'll face Daniel Bryan in the main event of the evening, next.
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
The bell rings, and Bryan immediately attacks Orton with a flying knee. Bryan punches away at him in the corner. Orton quickly turns him around and punches away at him. Bryan turns him back around, and he kicks away at him. Orton quickly kicks him and puts him in the corner for some punches. Orton then hits him with an uppercut. Orton smiles as he stands over Bryan before stomping the ankle. Orton rakes his face with his boot and punches him to the corner. Bryan comes right back with some punches, and he does the ten punches in the corner. Orton blocks a suplex and executes one of his own. Orton stomps the face and circles around him. Bryan avoids a knee drop, and he kicks away at Orton's leg. Bryan then applies a leg lock. Orton fights out of it and applies a side headlock. Bryan fights up, and he hits a shin breaker. Bryan goes for the No! Lock, but Orton fights out of it. Bryan goes for the No! Lock again, but Orton escapes the hold with a sidewalk slam.
Orton gets to his feet, and he hits a front suplex on the top rope. Bryan goes to the apron, and Orton rolls him in. Orton goes to suplex him out of the ring, but Bryan fights him off. Orton then snaps the arm off the top rope. Orton then suplexes him out of the ring!
We come back from the break to see Bryan punching away at Orton. Orton then takes him out with a dropkick out of nowhere for a near fall. Orton puts him on the top rope and head-butts him. Bryan blocks a superplex and punches him off. Bryan hits a missile dropkick, and he stays down. The impact stunned him. The referee begins to count both men down, but Bryan kips up.
Bryan hits a running dropkick in the corner, and he viciously kicks away at Orton. Bryan backs up, and he hits a second running dropkick in the corner for a near fall. Bryan can't believe it. Bryan shouts that he isn't the weak link, and he punches away at Orton. Orton reverses a whip to the corner, but Bryan backflips over him. Bryan ducks a clothesline and hits the ropes, but Orton hits him with a powerslam for a near fall! Orton is smiling again. Orton uppercuts him, and Bryan surprises him with a backslide pin for a near fall. Bryan kicks away at his chest before kicking him in the head for a near fall.
Bryan gets to his feet, and the crowd is cheering him on. Bryan goes to the top rope, and Orton crotches him up there. Orton punches him in the face before hitting a nasty superplex for a near fall. Orton picks him up and hangs him up on the rope for the hanging DDT. Orton gets the crowd going before he drops down to signal for the RKO. Bryan quickly rolls out of the ring. Orton follows him out, and he hits him with a back suplex on the barricade! Orton puts him on the apron and goes to give him a hanging DDT on the floor, but Bryan pushes him into the barricade. Bryan gets on the apron and flies off with a knee to the face. Bryan gets back in the ring, and he hits Orton with a suicide dive! The referee is counting both men out. Bryan claws his way back into the ring. Orton goes to get in the ring, but he doesn't make it back in time!
Winner by Count-Out: Daniel Bryan
Match Rating: ** 1/2
Bryan does not look happy with the referee's decision here. He screams "No" before getting a microphone. Bryan says he's not going to take a count-out victory. Bryan orders the referee to restart the match, but he refuses. Bryan yells "Yes" over and over as Orton looks on. Smackdown comes to an end with the crowd chanting, "Yes."
Quick Match Results
Sheamus def. Cody Rhodes via Submission
Curtis Axel def. Wade Barrett to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
AJ Lee def. Natalya via Submission (non-title)
Alberto Del Rio def. Chris Jericho via DQ (non-title)
Christian def. Drew McIntyre
Daniel Bryan def. Randy Orton via CO
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