WWE Smackdown Results
July 26, 2013
Corpus Christi, Texas
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Smackdown video plays, and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. He's alongside John "Bradshaw" Layfield.
Randy Orton vs. Damien Sandow
Before the match begins, Damien Sandow bids a good evening to the half-wits of Corpus Christi. Sandow tells them to say hello to the uncrowned World Champion. He says he's grateful that they've taken time away from cow tipping and watching the bug zapper on the porch to be enlightened. He tells them to behold the intellectual savior of Money in the Bank and the uncrowned World Champion. Sandow says, "You're welcome," before getting in the ring.
The bell rings, and they circle the ring before locking up. Sandow applies a side headlock, but Orton soon whips him off. They crisscross the ropes before Orton takes him down with a back elbow. Orton talks a little trash before they circle the ring again. They lock up, and Sandow executes a headlock takeover. Orton pulls the hair and applies a head-scissor. Sandow quickly gets out, kicks him, and reapplies a side headlock. Orton fights up and applies his own side headlock. Sandow quickly backs him to the corner and delivers some shoulder thrusts. Sandow stuns him with a straight right hand, but Orton comes right back with some kicks and a head-butt. Orton backs up and gets the crowd into it before hitting a corner clothesline. Orton backs up and really gets the crowd going before hitting a second corner clothesline. Orton hits a snap suplex for a two count.
Orton gets to his feet and stomps Sandow's hands and feet. Orton kicks him before hitting a snapmare. Sandow avoids a knee drop, and he goes to work on Orton with kicks before choking him with the boot. Sandow hits a head-butt before punching him in the face. Orton reverses a whip, and he sends Sandow over the top rope to the outside. The referee keeps him back, but Orton quickly gets around him. Orton uppercuts him before hitting a back suplex onto the barricade. Orton sends him back into the ring for a near fall. Orton picks him up, and Sandow shoves him to the corner before hitting some shoulder thrusts. Sandow stomps him down before choking him with his boot. Orton blocks a right hand and hits some punches. Orton uppercuts him down, and Sandow rolls to the apron. Orton gives the crowd a look before grabbing him. Sandow quickly snaps him off the top rope for a near fall. Sandow drops a knee as a commercial hits.
We come back from the break to see Orton on the second rope hitting the classic ten punches in the corner. Orton uppercuts him before having a whip reversed on him. Sandow drives a knee into his midsection. During the commercial break, Orton executed a picture perfect dropkick. Sandow hits a front suplex onto the top rope for a near fall. Sandow drops some knees on the ribs before digging his foot into them. Sandow picks up a near fall before applying a body scissor. Orton punches out of it, but Sandow quickly stops him with some clubs to the chest. Sandow picks up a one count for his efforts. Orton kicks back at him, but Sandow quickly shoulders him in the ribs. Sandow knees him in the ribs a few times before hitting a side leg sweep. Sandow follows up with the Cubito Aequet for a near fall. Sandow covers again for a near fall. Sandow clubs the chest before reapplying a body scissor. Orton fights through the pain and pulls the hair. Sandow ups the pressure, and Orton has to let go. Orton soon turns him on his back and punches away at him.
Both men are down on the mat. They get to their feet and trade punches, but Sandow quickly knees him in the midsection again. Sandow sends him to the corner, and Orton explodes out of it with a clothesline. Orton hits another one, ducks a clothesline, and hits a powerslam. The crowd is getting into it as Sandow kicks him in the midsection. Orton quickly uppercuts him down before going for a hanging DDT.
Cody Rhodes walks to ringside as Sandow back drops Orton over the top rope. Rhodes grabs Sandow's Money in the Bank briefcase before walking away with it. Sandow looks in disbelief at Rhodes as Orton spins him around and hits an RKO for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Randy Orton
Match Rating: **
Cody Rhodes stands at ringside with the briefcase before holding it up for the crowd to see. Rhodes then goes up the ramp with the briefcase.
CM Punk will address the Smackdown audience with a message for Brock Lesnar, next.
CM Punk's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a tremendous reception. Footage is shown of Brock Lesnar's attack on Punk two weeks ago on Monday Night RAW at the Barclays Center. Punk says it's official. He got what he wanted at Summerslam. It's "The Best vs. The Beast." Ever since Monday night, people have been telling him that he has fallen right into Paul Heyman's trap. That's what Paul wants you to think. It surprises him because he knows Paul Heyman. For eight years, he wasn't just his best friend. He was his mentor and teacher. He taught him a great many things about being the dirtiest player in the game. He taught him how to not just exploit an enemy's weakness. You target it and hit it over and over again until there is nothing left. That's exactly what he's going to do to Brock Lesnar at Summerslam.
Punk considers himself on an expert on exactly what Lesnar's biggest weakness is. It was what his weakness used to be. Lesnar's biggest weakness is that he trusts Paul Heyman. That will be Lesnar's downfall. Punk guarantees that. Heyman's biggest weakness has and will always be his ego. Punk isn't going to pretend that Heyman didn't stick his neck out for him or help him get to the WWE. He's been beating himself up for weeks because he finally realized that Heyman did it for himself. Heyman saw a kid that was going to be successful no matter what, and he put his stamp of approval on him just to say that he made him. Last Monday, Heyman called him a thoroughbred. That's all Punk was to him: a horse in the race. Heyman wanted two horses. He wanted to have The Best versus The Beast, but he always thought he could be in both corners. Heyman wanted everything. Punk says he'll take everything from Heyman at Summerslam.
Punk says he'll handle everything that Brock Lesnar has to dish out. Then he'll stand up, look him in the eye, and kick him in the face over and over until he's an unrecognizable pile of failure. Then he'll have a little something special lined up for Heyman.
Fandango's music hits, and he comes out to the stage dancing with Summer Rae to interrupt CM Punk. Fandango gets in the ring, and Punk hits him over the head with the microphone. Punk knees away at him before hitting him with the GTS. Punk stand tall in the ring as Fandango rolls out and is tended to by Summer Rae.
The Wyatt Family will be in action. They'll make their in-ring debut later tonight.
A 1-800-FELLA commercial airs that shows Sheamus attempting to cure a case of the hiccups.
Wade Barrett and The Prime Time Players vs. Mark Henry and The Usos
Darren Young will start the match against Jey Uso. Young applies a side headlock and wrenches the arm. Young goes back to the side headlock before Jey whips him off. Young runs him over with a shoulder block and hits the ropes. Jey then takes him out with a running forearm. Jey punches him down before tagging Jimmy Uso in. Jimmy knees and punches him before putting him in the corner. Jimmy chops the chest and hits a straight right hand. Jimmy goes for the ten punches, but Wade Barrett distracts the referee, and Titus O'Neil kicks Jimmy in the face.
Barrett is tagged in, and he kicks and knees away at Jimmy. Barrett hits a short-arm clothesline for a one count. Barrett sets him up across the top turnbuckle and clubs away at him. Barrett taunts the crowd before kicking him in the ribs. Barrett turns him over for a two count. O'Neil is tagged in, and he stomps Jimmy before dropping a leg. O'Neil drops an elbow before applying a chin lock. Jimmy fights up and head-butts out. Jimmy dives at him, but O'Neil catches him with a fall-away slam. O'Neil blocks a kick and spins him, but Jimmy comes back with an enzuigiri.
Mark Henry is tagged in, and he runs over O'Neil with a pair of shoulder blocks. Henry clotheslines Young down before hitting O'Neil with a powerslam. Barrett breaks up the pinfall. Jimmy hits a sidekick on Barrett to take him out, and Henry throws Young into a sidekick from Jey. Henry hits the World's Strongest Slam on O'Neil for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Mark Henry and The Usos
Match Rating: *
Mark Henry and The Usos will take on The Shield this Monday on RAW.
Later tonight, we'll hear from AJ on the "state of her mind." We'll also see Alberto Del Rio take on Rob Van Dam in a non-title match.
Daniel Bryan will take on Kane this Monday on RAW. John Cena will also fight Ryback in a Tables Match.
Vickie Guerrero is on the phone with someone backstage talking about how Teddy Long got exactly what he deserved. Alberto Del Rio walks up to her, and he compliments her on her look. Vickie wonders what he wants. Del Rio says he has a match against RVD tonight, so she owes him. She wonders what she owes him. Del Rio says Brad Maddox allowed John Cena to pick his Summerslam opponent. Del Rio thinks he deserves the same opportunity. Vickie says she'll give him a week to think about it. Rob Van Dam walks into the office, and he says the answer is obvious. It should be RVD. Del Rio thinks he's kidding. The feed cuts out so rest is unintelligible.
Damien Sandow is walking backstage looking for Cody Rhodes. He asks people backstage, including Sin Cara, where Rhodes is. Cara can't help him out. Sandow continues his search.
Rob Van Dam makes his way to the ring. He'll face Alberto Del Rio, next.
Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio
They circle the ring, and RVD starts out with some kicks and punches. The referee backs him up, and Del Rio walks into some more kicks. RVD sends him into the ropes, but Del Rio holds on and gets out of the ring. Del Rio takes some time to recover before getting on the apron. RVD scares him off, and Del Rio takes even more time. Del Rio adjusts his kneepads before approaching the ring. The referee is counting him out. Del Rio gets on the apron at seven, and RVD scares him off again. RVD turns his back, so Del Rio charges the ring. RVD ducks his attack and hits a roundhouse to the face. RVD punches him in the corner until the referee backs him away. Del Rio is begging the referee to stop the match. Del Rio is pointing at his ribs as RVD attacks him again. The referee backs him up, and Del Rio surprises him with a sidekick to the face for the quick win.
Winner by Pinfall: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Alberto Del Rio wildly celebrates his win at ringside with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. RVD holds his jaw as Del Rio smiles while walking up the ramp.
A replay is shown of Cody Rhodes walking away with Damien Sandow's Money in the Bank briefcase.
Damien Sandow is still walking around backstage looking for Cody Rhodes. Sandow bumps into Mark Henry and Booker T. Sandow asks if they've seen Rhodes and the briefcase. Henry asks if he looks like a snitch. They say they haven't. Henry says Rhodes is a thief. Booker says he can't stand a thief. Sandow says Booker has to help since he used to be the General Manager. Booker says Sandow didn't just say that. Sandow walks off.
WWE Diva's Champion AJ Lee makes her way to the ring with Big E Langston. She'll give a "state of her mind" address, next.
AJ says she's out here to clear the air. For everyone that thinks she's just a gentle nudge away from a complete mental breakdown because of her former best friend Kaitlyn or her good-natured actions misinterpreted that led to her heart being torn out and stomped into oblivion by that heartless, cold-blooded, selfish jerk Dolph Ziggler, they would just be mistaken. AJ says she is fine. She is a-okay because she has the WWE Diva's Championship. She is the Diva's Champion, and she will forever be the savior of the Diva's division. The title will never leave her.
To show how fine she is, she takes out the keys to Dolph Ziggler's home. She remembers the day he gave her the copy. She was going to use them to break in and burn everything to the ground, but she's ready to let them go.
Dolph Ziggler's music hits, and AJ puts her head down as he comes out to a nice reception. Ziggler asks if AJ really thinks he hasn't passed out thousands of those keys before. Ziggler says the locks have been changed several times. AJ calls him "pudding." She says he's always been pretty, but he's never been the smart one in this relationship. Langston brings a piece of luggage into the ring. Ziggler asks if this is what her totally "normal" plan has come to. She stole his luggage, but Ziggler says everything in the ring is literally replaceable.
AJ asks if that is so, and she gives Langston the microphone. AJ takes a pair of scissors and takes his wallet out. AJ takes his driver's license out, and she cuts it up. Ziggler says a day at the DMV is a picnic compared to being with her. AJ takes his passport out, and she cuts that up as well. Ziggler says there is a passport agency two blocks away from his house. The girl there owes him a favor. Ziggler says he can replace that as well. AJ takes his money out and rips it up as well as his credit cards. Ziggler just doesn't care. The crowd chants at her, "You are psycho!"
AJ opens up his luggage and throws his underwear around. AJ throws everything around as Ziggler laughs at her. The crowd continues to chant that she is a psycho as she pushes Langston. AJ leaves the ring screaming when Kaitlyn all of a sudden runs up and spears her down at ringside! Langston helps her up, and Ziggler gives him a leg drop bulldog at ringside. Ziggler's music hits, and he fakes like he cares if she is ok.
Christian will take on Jack Swagger later tonight. The Wyatt Family will make their in-ring debut, next.
The RAW Rebound covers Daniel Bryan's three matches from Monday Night RAW.
Tons of Funk vs. The Wyatt Family w/ Bray Wyatt
Luke Harper will start out against Tensai. Harper clubs away at Tensai before punching away at him in the corner. Tensai punches away at him before hitting a clothesline. Erick Rowan breaks up the pin. Brodus Clay runs in, and Rowan takes him out. Rowan chokes Tensai before dragging him to their corner. Harper avalanches Tensai in the corner before hitting a short-arm clothesline. Rowan tagged in during that before hitting a big splash for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Wyatt Family
Match Rating: 1/4 *
They look over toward Bray Wyatt who rises from his rocking chair. Harper and Rowan hold Tensai up before Wyatt kisses him on the head and drops him with Sister Abigail. Wyatt grabs his hat and puts it back on. Harper and Rowan drag Tensai to the center of the ring. Wyatt says he suspects that Kane will be looking for him. Wyatt says he's never been too hard to find. If Kane needs him, he'll be right here with all his friends. Wyatt says he's been waiting for Kane. He's always been waiting for him. Wyatt tells Kane to look to the sky and follow the buzzards. Wyatt kneels down by Tensai and extends his arms in from of Harper and Rowan.
Vickie Guerrero is in her office when Damien Sandow storms in. Sandow asks if she has seen Cody Rhodes. He's been all over the arena looking for him. Rhodes stole his briefcase. Vickie says she hasn't seen Rhodes, but she's contacted the authorities. Vickie tells him to give it time. Sandow says that's unacceptable. He doesn't have time. He's going to find his briefcase tonight. Sandow leaves the office screaming for Rhodes.
Christian vs. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter
Before the match, Zeb Colter wonders if they're in Texas or Northern Mexico. Coming over here, he ran into an inspection station. Like a good American, he was perfectly willing to have his car searched. When the agent came over to look at the car, he looked at him and said there was no need to search him since he is a real American. The agent agreed that they need to stop the people sneaking across the border. The agent said the country needs more people like Colter and Swagger in this country. Just as that man told the truth, he's going to do the same. He wants his country back, and Christian has overstayed his welcome. Colter asks the crowd to rise, put their hands over their hearts, and say, "We the people!" It sounds like a lot of people in the crowd did so.
They circle the ring and lock up. Swagger quickly takes him down with a waistlock before doing some pushups on him. Swagger says, "We the people!" They lock up, and Swagger shoves him to the corner. Christian hits a bunch of right hands before going for the classic ten punches. Swagger pulls him out, counters a rollup, and throws him to the corner. Christian boots him in the face and hits the ropes only to be taken out with a shoulder block. Swagger charges, but Christian gives him a back body drop over the top rope. Christian then takes him out with a plancha.
Christian throws him to the ring, and Colter distracts him as he goes to the top rope. Swagger quickly scales the ropes and hits a belly-to-belly suplex off the top rope. Christian rolls out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Christian pulling himself up. Swagger misses an avalanche, and Christian catches him with a pendulum kick. Christian then takes him out with a missile dropkick. Christian gets the crowd into it, and he hits some punches. Swagger reverses a whip, and Christian takes him down with a running forearm. Christian slingshots over the top rope and uppercuts him. Swagger sidesteps a cross-body block and goes for a Gutwrench Powerbomb, but Christian counters into a Killswitch attempt. Swagger counters that with a back suplex attempt, but Christian flips through and hits a reverse DDT for a near fall.
The crowd gets behind Christian as he sets up in the corner. Colter distracts Christian, but he's able to sidestep Swagger attempting an avalanche. Christian goes for another Killswitch, but Swagger counters into a waistlock slam for a near fall. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb, but Christian gets his knees up. Christian hits a springboard sunset flip for a near fall. Swagger immediately applies the Patriot Lock, but Christian twists out. Christian sidesteps him, sending Swagger into the ring post shoulder first. Christian then hits the Killswitch for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Christian
Match Rating: * 1/2
Damien Sandow's music hits, and he power walks out to the ring. Sandow yells for Christian to get out of the ring. Sandow says he's issuing a warrant the second the authorities arrive. Sandow demands that Cody Rhodes be arrested for grand larceny. Sandow then demands that Vickie Guerrero fire Rhodes on the grounds that he is a thief. There is nothing worse than a thief in the locker room.
Cody Rhodes appears on the titantron, and he says he knows Sandow has been searching the arena for the briefcase. Rhodes says he's not in the arena. He's outside, standing in front of the Gulf of Mexico. If Sandow wants his briefcase, he just has to come get it. He'll wait right there. Sandow runs out of the ring.
Damien Sandow is seen charging through the backstage area. He leaves the arena and crosses the street. A car nearly hits Sandow, and he calls the driver a dimwit.
Sandow finds Rhodes standing by the Gulf of Mexico holding the briefcase. Sandow begs him to not do anything stupid. Rhodes asks if he called him stupid. Sandow says they're best friends. During their time as Team Rhodes Scholars, Rhodes carried him. He was the leader. Rhodes is smarter than him and his intellectual superior. Rhodes also has the better facial hair, and he's more handsome than he is. Rhodes says Sandow has earned this, and he throws the briefcase into the Gulf of Mexico.
Rhodes wishes him luck and calls him a little mermaid. Sandow screams for help and says he can't swim before jumping into the Gulf of Mexico. Sandow tries to swim after the briefcase, but it sinks to the bottom. Sandow then treads water before pulling himself to safety and spitting up some of the Gulf. Sandow cries as Smackdown comes to an end.
Quick Match Results
Randy Orton def. Damien Sandow
Mark Henry and The Usos def. Wade Barrett and The Prime Time Players
Alberto Del Rio def. Rob Van Dam (non-title)
The Wyatt Family def. Tons of Funk
Christian def. Jack Swagger
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