WWE Smackdown Results
July 12, 2013
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. Daniel Bryan’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a great reception. Michael Cole and John “Bradshaw” Layfield welcome us to the show. Tonight’s main event will be Randy Orton going one-on-one with Sheamus.
Daniel Bryan vs. Christian
Footage is shown of Daniel Bryan interrupting the RAW main event, which saw CM Punk take on Randy Orton. Bryan attacked them and used a ladder as a weapon. Bryan then set the ladder up and climbed it to retrieve the Money in the Bank briefcase.
The bell rings, and they look up at the briefcase hanging above the ring. They circle the ring and lock up. Bryan quickly grabs the arm and twists it. Christian whips him off, leapfrogs him, and hits a shoulder block. Christian goes to the second rope and hits a missile dropkick for a one count. Christian claps his hands before charging Bryan on the apron. Bryan hits him with a shoulder to the midsection, and he kicks away at him. Bryan sends him into the ropes before turning him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Bryan looks up at the briefcase before dropping a knee for a two count. Bryan pulls back on the arms, but Christian soon fights up. Christian kicks him before uppercutting him in the face. Christian sends him to the corner and runs into the boots. Bryan charges into a spinebuster, giving Christian a near fall.
Bryan reverses a whip, but Christian takes him down with a running forearm. Christian hits a second rope back elbow for a near fall. Bryan quickly knees him in the midsection and charges at him. Christian counters him with a back body drop over the top rope. Christian goes for a baseball slide, but Bryan sidesteps him and clotheslines him down. Bryan then gets on the apron and takes him down with a flying knee to the face.
We come back from the break to see Christian sidestep a running dropkick in the corner. Bryan lands on his head, and Christian picks up a near fall. Christian hits him with a neckbreaker for another near fall. Christian kicks him in the back a few times before applying a neck vice. Bryan fights up and elbows out. Christian charges him, but Bryan throws him out of the ring. Bryan goes for a suicide dive, but Christian punches him right in the face as he was coming through the ropes. Christian picks him up, and Bryan punches him down. Christian is sitting against the steel steps when Bryan hits a running dropkick to the shoulder, sandwiching the limb into the steps.
Bryan gets into the ring, and Christian soon follows him. Bryan kicks away at the shoulder in the corner. Christian reverses a whip to the opposite corner, but Bryan backflips over him. Bryan runs into a kick, and Christian catches him with a springboard sunset flip for a near fall. They trade uppercuts and kicks with Bryan coming out on top. Bryan charges into a drop-toe-hold into the ropes. Christian slingshots over the top rope and uppercuts him. Christian then snaps the back of his neck off the top rope. Christian goes to the top rope, but Bryan sidesteps the cross-body block. Bryan then goes to the top rope and goes for the Flying Goat, but Christian rolls out of the way.
Christian is first to his feet, and he uppercuts Bryan. Christian goes for a tornado DDT, but Bryan throws him off. Bryan viciously kicks away at the chest, but Christian ducks the roundhouse to the head. Christian quickly drops him with a reverse DDT and sets up in the corner a la Edge. Bryan kicks him in the face as he attempts a spear before hitting a big roundhouse to the skull for a near fall. Bryan kicks away at him in the corner before hitting a running dropkick. Bryan goes for a second running dropkick, but Christian spears him down for a near fall! Christian cannot believe it.
Christian claps his hands as the fans chant, “This is awesome!” Christian goes for the Killswitch, but Bryan counters into a Yes! Lock attempt (it’s back to that now). Christian throws him off and charges, but Bryan puts him in the corner. Christian kicks him and goes for a springboard cross-body, but Bryan slams him down into a Yes! Lock for the submission victory!
Winner by Submission: Daniel Bryan
Match Rating: ** 3/4
Teddy Long is talking to someone on the phone when Dolph Ziggler walks into his office. Long says he has good news for Ziggler as he’s giving him the night off. Ziggler says he doesn’t want the night off. He wants to be out there competing. Long says Alberto Del Rio is competing against Sin Cara, and he wants to make sure Ziggler doesn’t interfere. Ziggler goes to speak, but Long cuts him off. Long says that Vickie Guerrero was fired on Monday, and he doesn’t want to be the next one. Long isn’t going to let anyone interfere in any of his matches tonight. Ziggler accuses Long of being buddy-buddy with Alberto Del Rio. Long says that’s not the case as he’s just doing his job. Long says, “Adios amigo.” Long goes to translate that, but Ziggler cuts him off. Ziggler says it means he’ll be the new World Heavyweight Champion this Sunday. Ziggler says that’s in English.
The RAW Rebound will look at Vickie Guerrero’s job evaluation.
Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso vs. Seth Rollins w/ Roman Reigns
They circle the ring and lock up. They tussle around the ring for position before Rolling applies a waistlock. Jey grabs the arm, but Rollins turns it into a hammerlock. Jey applies a side headlock, but Rollins twists out and punches him. Jey reverses a whip and hits a solid forearm to the jaw. Jey slaps him in the face in the corner before hitting a snapmare and a running clothesline for a no count that Michael Cole claimed was a two. Rollins reverses a whip to the corner, but he runs into a back elbow. Jey goes to the second rope, but Rollins pulls him off for a near fall. Rollins executes a nice back suplex for another near fall. Rollins hits a running forearm to the corner for yet another near fall. Rollins kicks away at him before applying a chin lock.
Jey fights up, but Rollins kicks him in the midsection before bouncing him off the turnbuckle. Rollins repeats the move on two more turnbuckles before Jey begins to “hulk up.” Rollins chops the chest, but Jey doesn’t feel it. Jey hits some forearms before kicking him down. Jey avalanches him in the corner before hitting a running butt bump to the face. Reigns gets on the apron to distract him. Jey scares him off the apron, and Jimmy superkicks him down at ringside. Jey avoids a splash and hits a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Jey goes to the top rope and watches Reigns clothesline his brother at ringside. Rollins shakes the ropes, and Jey gets crotched on the top rope. Jey falls to the canvas, and Rollins catches him with the Blackout for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: * 1/4
Rollins and Reigns stand on the commentary table and raise the Tag Team Championships up in the air.
The RAW Rebound shows Stephanie McMahon firing Vickie Guerrero. Vince McMahon, who was against the decision, then hired Brad Maddox as the General Manager.
Curtis Axel will take on Chris Jericho, next. Axel took his first loss against Jericho on Monday since joining with Paul Heyman.
Chris Jericho vs. Curtis Axel w/ Paul Heyman
Axel kicks and punches Jericho down in the corner to start the match. Axel grabs his face and talks some trash before sending him to the opposite corner. Axel runs into a back elbow, and Jericho chops away at the chest. Jericho sends him into the ropes and hits another back elbow. Jericho levels him with a missile dropkick for a near fall. Jericho knees him in the face and clubs him down. Axel knees him in the midsection and clubs him down. Axel puts him in the corner and whips him to the opposite corner. Jericho slingshots over him, and Axel hits the ring post shoulder first. Jericho goes for a Codebreaker, but Axel holds him up and drops him face first on the turnbuckle for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Axel drop a forearm on Jericho before going to the second rope. Axel hits a Bret Hart style elbow drop for a near fall. Axel rubs his forearm on the bridge of Jericho’s nose before choking him on the ropes and talking trash. Jericho comes back with some chops, but Axel is able to reverse a whip. Axel lowers his head and eats a kick. Jericho then hits the ropes and takes him down with a forearm. Jericho executes a beautiful northern lights suplex for a near fall. Jericho quickly goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Axel twists him off. Axel then catches him with a snap back suplex for a near fall. Heyman likes what he sees at ringside.
Axel chops the chest and kicks him in the corner. Axel sends him to the opposite corner, but Jericho sidesteps an avalanche. Jericho goes to the top rope and hits a cross-body block for a near fall. Jericho hits a face-buster before going for a Lionsault. Jericho lands on his feet when Axel moves. Jericho hits the ropes, and Axel throws him to the apron. Axel then hits a neckbreaker off the second rope for a near fall. Axel punches away at him before choking him. Jericho gets out of a body slam and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Axel gets him with an inside cradle for a near fall. Jericho quickly takes him down with a step-up enzuigiri for another near fall. Jericho punches but has a whip reversed. Jericho hangs on to the ropes, and Axel charges into a back body drop over the top rope. Jericho goes for a baseball slide, but Axel sidesteps him and clotheslines him at ringside. Axel says, “I told you Jericho” as he picks him up and throws him into the ring.
Jericho catches Axel with a Codebreaker as he was entering the ring, and Axel falls outside the ring. Heyman runs over to Axel and is willing him to get into the ring. The referee is counting him out. Axel struggles to get to his feet, but he is counted out.
Winner by Count-Out: Chris Jericho
Match Rating: **
Curtis Axel comes to after the bell rings, and he flips out over losing his second match of the week. He swipes a laptop and some papers off the commentary table before throwing a steel chair. Axel rips the top off the table as Heyman tries to calm him down.
We’ll take a look at the Wyatt Family’s debut from Monday Night RAW later tonight. We’ll also hear an update on Kane’s condition following the brutal assault.
The Miz makes his way to the ring. He’ll be in action against Ryback, next.
The Miz vs. Ryback
Footage is shown of Ryback asking the referee to stop his match against The Miz two weeks ago on RAW. Ryback apparently hurt his knee during the match. Chris Jericho, Ryback’s opponent at WWE Money in the Bank, gave him a Codebreaker afterward.
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee of all time, is the official for this match. They lock up, and Miz throws him into the turnbuckle. Ryback angrily looks at Miz before locking up again. Miz throws him to the corner again. Miz taunts him before ducking a right hand and giving him one of his own. Ryback charges, but Miz pulls the top rope down, causing him to fly over the top rope. Ryback looks to have tweaked his knee on the landing. Miz baseball slides him before hitting a double axe handle from the apron.
Ryback gets in the ring, and he grabs Miz by the head and shoves him to the corner. Ryback runs into a boot, and Miz jumps off the second rope. Ryback catches him and hits a powerslam. Ryback gets to his feet and drops a leg. Ryback picks him up by the hair and clubs him down as a faint “Goldberg” chant fires up. Ryback powers him to the corner and punches before executing a hard Irish whip to the opposite corner. Ryback stands on his head. Miz tries to punch back, but Ryback doesn’t feel it. Miz then counters a body slam and hits a chop block. Miz hits the ropes, and Ryback takes him down with a shoulder block. Ryback slams the back of Miz’ head off the canvas a few times before hitting a body slam. Ryback goes for a body splash, but Miz gets his knees up.
Miz punches away at Ryback before hitting the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and hitting a low dropkick to the knee. Miz hits a high knee lift and a big boot. Miz gets the crowd into it before hitting his patented corner clothesline. Miz hits a double axe handle off the top rope before kneeing the leg. Ryback pushes him away, but Miz quickly kicks him in the knee and DDTs the leg. Miz ties it up in the ropes and kicks away at the leg some more. Miz hits a nasty leg breaker, and Ryback is rolling around in pain. Ryback says he’s hurt and felt something pop. Robinson asks if he wants the match stopped, but Ryback declines. Miz is talking trash to Ryback when all of a sudden Ryback pops up and clotheslines him. Ryback follows up with the Shell Shocked for the win. Ryback was hobbling as he hit it.
Winner by Pinfall: Ryback
Match Rating: * 1/2
Renee Young is backstage with Sheamus. Young mentions that Sheamus will be in the Money in the Bank All-Stars match this Sunday, and tonight he’ll fight Randy Orton, one of the participants in that match. She asks for his thoughts. Sheamus says Orton is known as “The Viper,” and everyone knows St. Patty drove the snakes out of Ireland. Tonight, he’ll do the same. As far as Sunday, he’s not afraid of heights. He’s not known as one to carry a briefcase to work, but since he’s Irish, maybe he’ll fill it with a few pints. Maybe he’ll fill the whole thing with corned beef and cabbage. Sheamus asks Young what she thinks, but she thinks he could fill it with better things. When he wins at Money in the Bank, he’ll cash in the contract whenever he wants and become a three-time WWE Champion. When he does, pints are on him. Sheamus then says he thinks Young is pretty cute before walking off. She thanks him.
AJ Lee and Kaitlyn will sign a contract for the WWE Diva’s Championship match at WWE Money in the Bank, next.
WWE Diva’s Champion AJ Lee and Kaitlyn are seated at opposite sides of a conference table. Big E Langston stands behind AJ. Also in the ring are most of the Diva’s division as well as Special Assistant to the Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long. Long says he’s asked the crowd as well as the Diva’s division to join him. This Sunday at Money in the Bank, AJ Lee will defend her Diva’s Championship against former champion, Kaitlyn. Long says they’ve already read the contracts, and he asks for their signatures.
AJ Lee goes to sign the contract, but stops. She picks up a microphone and says, “Oh lookie cookie.” She says the entire sequin sisterhood of the sparkling pants is out here. She asks if they’re here to protect Kaitlyn, but then realizes that half of them don’t like her. The rest sure don’t like her, but they should because no one cared about the Diva’s division until she won the title. They can all line up and thank her whenever they want, but she suggests they wait until Sunday to congratulate her on winning the Diva’s Title match. Teddy Long cuts her off and says there isn’t any more time for her. He tells her to keep up the pace. AJ says she didn’t have a lawyer look over it, but she trusts Long. AJ then signs the contract.
AJ goes to hand the pen to Kaitlyn, but she takes it back. AJ says Kaitlyn shouldn’t sign the contract because once she does, she’s fully prepared to embarrass her worse than she ever has before. Kaitlyn asks if she has a Photoshopped picture or something. Layla steps in and takes the microphone from Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn then signs the contract.
Teddy Long says it is official: AJ Lee will defend her WWE Diva’s Championship against Kaitlyn at WWE Money in the Bank.
AJ says she tried to help her, but she left her with no choice. AJ asks if she remembers all the very real texts she sent to her very fake secret admirer. AJ says she bore her soul to someone she didn’t even know. AJ pulls out a cell phone and reads a text from May 30. AJ reads Kaitlyn’s text where she complains about how Natalya pretends to be her friend, but all she does is talk about Khali. Kaitlyn wrote you should never trust a Neidhart. Natalya doesn’t look pleased. AJ reads a text from June 2 talking about Naomi and Cameron only caring about the reality show on E!
Kaitlyn grabs the phone and throws it out of the ring. Layla tries to calm her down. AJ imitates a “Hulk Smash,” which draws a laugh from the crowd. AJ says she has insurance and a family plan. Also, Big E is really great with technology and pointing. She tells him to throw it to the tron. Big E points, and a text from June 4 comes up on the screen. Kaitlyn wrote, “Lying in my hotel room, thinking of you. My whole life, people forced me into a mold just for bodybuilding, but you let me step out of that mold. You see me for everything.” AJ asks if anyone has a tissue. AJ pretends to cry before laughing. AJ says Kaitlyn should just tear up the contract, tuck her tail between her legs, turn around, walk away, and never show her sad face or trashy hair around here ever again.
Kaitlyn says no to that. This isn’t going to work. AJ manipulated her; she lost her friends, title, and herself. However, she will never, ever let a needy, clingy, man-crazed psychopath destroy her ever again. She will be champion again. AJ will end up rocking back and forth in the fetal position in a padded cell drooling. AJ slaps her in the face, and Kaitlyn pushes her into her chair. Kaitlyn then shoves the table into her and pushes her to the corner. AJ is trapped. Kaitlyn jumps on top of the table and punches away at her! Big E grabs her and pulls her away. Kaitlyn then drills Big E with a slap of epic proportions. Kaitlyn then Spears AJ down and leaves the ring. Big E is licking his mouth as Kaitlyn may have busted his cheek.
Sheamus will take on Randy Orton in tonight’s main event. Fandango is seen checking himself out in the mirror with Summer Rae. He’ll be in action against Wade Barrett, next.
Zeb Colter is on commentary for the next match. Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro stand behind him.
Wade Barrett vs. Fandango w/ Summer Rae
They circle the ring a few times before Fandango ducks a lock up. Fandango turns into a big boot, giving Barrett a near fall. Barrett punches and kicks away at him in the corner. Barrett sends him hard into the corner and catches him with a sidewalk slam for a two count. Barrett knees away at him before hitting a short-arm clothesline. Barrett taunts the crowd before kneeing away at him some more. Barrett lays him out on the top rope and punches him.
Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow make their way to the ringside area, and they get into a standoff with Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro. In the ring, this distracted Barrett. Fandango kicks him in the face and rolls him up for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Fandango
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Wade Barrett is not happy about the result. The argument is still brewing at ringside. Colter says he could have both Sandow and Cesaro deported.
Michael Cole announces that WWE doctors would not clear Kane to compete stemming from the assault by the Wyatt Family. Kane will not be in the WWE Money in the Bank All-Stars match this Sunday. The assault by the Wyatt Family is then shown.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara
As Sin Cara is completing his entrance, he all of a sudden assaults Del Rio. The match has not begun yet. Cara continues to assault Del Rio, and he follows him up the ramp as he tries to escape. Cara then hits the Zig-Zag to prove that it is actually Dolph Ziggler under the mask. Ziggler keeps the mask on as he wiggles his hips and taunts Del Rio.
EXCUSE ME! Vickie Guerrero comes through the crowd and takes the microphone from Lilian Garcia. Vickie says ever since she was fired on Monday, no one has shown her respect. To be here tonight, Teddy Long made her buy a ticket. Vickie rips it up and throws it at the camera. Vickie demands that Teddy Long be fired. She says he’s a liar and a spineless puppet.
Teddy Long comes out to the stage, and he says Stephanie McMahon had two words for Vickie: You’re fired. Tonight, he has one word for her: security! Security guards come to ringside and escort her out of the building. The crowd sings her out of the arena.
Sheamus will take on Randy Orton in the main event, next.
Rob Van Dam returns this Sunday at WWE Money in the Bank.
Sin Cara is seen walking backstage when Teddy Long catches up to him, calling him Dolph Ziggler. Cara seems confused. Dolph Ziggler then comes up and says he left his phone in the locker room. Ziggler says he’s leaving now. Long looks confused.
Sheamus vs. Randy Orton
The bell rings, and they circle the ring and lock up. They tussle around for position, and Orton gives him a cheap shot. Sheamus comes right back with some right hands. Orton punches away at him, and Sheamus clubs him down. Sheamus punches him in the corner, and Orton comes back with a rake of the eyes. Orton punches him in the corner, but Sheamus fights out of it. Sheamus blocks a suplex and hits one of his own for a two count. Sheamus wrenches the arm and applies an arm bar. Orton fights up and head-butts out. Orton uppercuts him, and Sheamus catches him with a powerslam for a near fall. Sheamus approaches Orton, and Orton pulls him out of the ring. Sheamus drags him out along with him, and they fight at ringside. Sheamus bounces Orton off the commentary table. Orton goes to whip Sheamus into the steps, but Sheamus puts the brakes on. Sheamus then turns into a big clothesline.
We come back from the break to see Sheamus trapped in a chin lock. During the commercial, Orton gave Sheamus a back suplex on the barricade. Sheamus fights up and punches out of the hold. Orton immediately takes him down with a dropkick for a one count. Orton goes right back to the chin lock, and he applies a body scissor for good measure. Sheamus fights up, and they trade punches. Orton pushes him into the ropes, and Sheamus bounces back with a clothesline.
Sheamus waits for Orton to get up, and he hits a pair of Irish hammers. Sheamus shoulders him in the corner and goes for a high knee lift, but Orton avoids it. Orton hits a pair of clotheslines and a powerslam for a two count. Orton rakes the face with his kneepad. Sheamus reverses a whip, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Orton then runs into the Irish Curse backbreaker for a near fall. Sheamus goes for a rolling fireman’s carry, but Orton elbows out and hits his patented backbreaker for a near fall.
Sheamus rolls to the apron, and Orton kicks him before going for a hanging DDT. Sheamus escapes the hold and drops Orton to the apron. Sheamus snaps him off the top rope and goes for his clubbing blows to the chest. Sheamus ties him up in the ropes and viciously clubs at the chest. Sheamus then lifts him up, brings him over the top rope, and hits a rolling fireman’s carry. Sheamus taunts the crowd, but they’re not behind him. There are some boos. Orton ducks a Brogue Kick, but he runs into an elbow. Sheamus goes to the top rope, and Orton punches away at him. Orton then hits a hanging DDT off the second rope. The crowd is going ballistic for Orton as he drops down in position for the RKO. Sheamus gets up, and he throws Orton off as he attempted the RKO.
Sheamus goes to the apron and gets on the top rope. Orton hits the ropes, and Sheamus is crotched up there. Sheamus fights him off, but Orton still comes back with some vicious head-butts. Orton climbs up for a superplex, but they fall off the top turnbuckle to the floor. The referee is counting them out. All of a sudden, Daniel Bryan runs down to ringside, grabs a ladder, and takes both Orton and Sheamus out as they get in the ring. The match is thrown out.
Match Rating: **
Sheamus grabs Bryan as he climbs the ladder. Sheamus pulls him off and punches away at him. Sheamus then throws him out of the ring and climbs the ladder. Christian all of a sudden runs down, and he pulls Sheamus down. Christian bounces Sheamus off the ladder. Christian climbs the ladder for the briefcase, but Sheamus pulls him off. Sheamus climbs up the ladder, and Christian follows on the opposite side. Christian punches him off and reaches for the briefcase, but Bryan tilts the ladder over.
Bryan sets it up and begins to climb the ladder, but Orton pulls him off and hits an RKO! Orton looks up at the briefcase and begins to climb the ladder. Orton grabs the briefcase as the crowd chants his name. Orton holds the briefcase up as the show ends.
Quick Match Results
Daniel Bryan def. Christian via Submission
Seth Rollins def. Jey Uso
Chris Jericho def. Curtis Axel via CO (non-title)
Ryback def. The Miz
Fandango def. Wade Barrett
Sheamus NC Randy Orton
The “Mike’s Thoughts” section is now a featured article every Saturday right here on Wrestleview.com. Check it out tomorrow!
E-Mail – [email protected]
Did you miss last week’s Smackdown? Check it out here!
For even more Smackdown coverage, please take a listen to my radio show, “Wrestleview Telemundo,” along with my co-host, Anthony “Mr. V” Valvo. Not a VIP member? Click here to become one!
If you’re attending Money in the Bank, I’ll be there. Come say hi. I’ll be in Section 105.
Thanks for reading! Enjoy Money in the Bank!