Andrew B’s Laying The SmackDown For 2/21/12

Welcome to a Special Laying the SmackDown because it is a special SmackDown this week as the show is live on a Tuesday Night instead of taped and shown on a Friday Night. Tonight it will be a champion vs. champion main event as WWE Champion CM Punk battles World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. Also tonight will be the SmackDown debut of the tag team of Kofi Kingston and R Truth. Also we will see a rematch from Survivor Series 2011 as Mark Henry will battle Big Show. Let’s not waste time as it is a LIVE SUPER SMACKDOWN!

The show starts with the usual theme & the usual announcers, Michael Cole, Booker T & Josh Matthews.

The show starts with Daniel Bryan coming to the ring with his girlfriend AJ and Bryan says people did not believe he would win the Elimination Chamber and retain the World Heavyweight Champion on Sunday. Bryan talks about Santino Marella trying to be like Rocky but that he is the real rocky story. Bryan says his celebration at Elimination Chamber was ruined by Sheamus & now he’s going to ruin Sheamus’ WrestleMania moment. Bryan says he will be victorious at WrestleMania, just like later when he defeats CM Punk. The Miz then comes out to the ring next. Miz comes out and says he knew Bryan would become World Champion one day. Miz says he mentored and molded Bryan into becoming a World Champion from their first day on NXT together. Miz congratulates Bryan on being in the main event of WrestleMania & then mentions the idea of forming a team with Bryan. Sheamus comes out next & says Bryan will get exactly what he deserves at WrestleMania. Miz gets in between Bryan and Sheamus and says Sheamus deserves to be taken down a notch or two. Sheamus pushes Miz away and turns around to a slap from Bryan. Sheamus charges but Bryan runs and Sheamus threw Miz out of the ring.

Match 1: The Miz vs. “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus:
Back from the break and the match started with Sheamus in control as Miz goes to the outside but Sheamus brings him back in the ring and leaps over the top rope with a shoulder block and covers Miz for 2. Sheamus charges in the corner but hits the ring post as Miz moves. Miz is in control but Sheamus fights back from his feet with right hands and runs over Miz with three big clotheslines. Sheamus connects with a clothesline in the corner and a backbreaker for a 2 count. Miz comes back and Sheamus blocks the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz ducks the Brogue Kick and rolls Sheamus up for 2. Sheamus lays Miz out with the Celtic cross for the win.
Winner: Sheamus

Match Rating: ** out of 5

Backstage Aksana and Teddy Long are talking & Aksana want Teddy to be General Manager of RAW and SmackDown. She says behind every good man is a good woman. John Laurinaitis walks in with David Otunga. Laurinaitis calls Teddy unprofessional and says this is why he should be General Manager of both shows. Teddy tells them he has a special office set up for them tonight, in the men’s bathroom. Otunga tells him his office should be in a dumpster and they leave.

Match 2: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger
Truth and Swagger start things & Truth knocks Ziggler off the apron but turns around to a big clothesline from Swagger. Swagger tags in Ziggler, who takes Truth to the mat and drops an elbow. Ziggler shows off before going back to the attack. Truth fights out but Ziggler pushes him into the corner. Ziggler runs into a big boot and misses a splash which allows Truth to tag Kofi. Kofi Kingston comes in off the top and takes out Ziggler and Swagger. Kofi connects with a dropkick on Ziggler but misses a splash in the corner only to kick Ziggler in the face. Kofi comes off the top with a cross body for 2 as Swagger breaks the pin. Truth comes in but Swagger dumps him to the floor. Kofi dumps Swagger to the floor and Vickie gets knocked down. Kofi turns around to a thumb in the eye from Ziggler & the Zig Zag for the win.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger

Match Rating: * ½ out of 5

Santino Marella is backstage with his Cobra, knocking over plastic cups. Heath Slater appears and knocks all the cups off the table. Santino has a special Cobra and it spits water in Slater’s face several times.

Match 3: The Great Khali vs. Drew McIntyre
Drew pleads with Khali but pushes him. Khali grabs Drew and decks him with a big chop. Khali hits the Punjabi Plunge win in under 40 seconds.
Winner: The Great Khali

Match Rating: NR

Matt Striker is backstage with Big Show. Show says he is going to deal with Mark Henry tonight but says he’s going to snap Cody Rhodes’ neck if he gets his hands on him.

Match 4: “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry vs. Big Show:
Show starts the match with punches to Henry and brings him to the corner. Show charges in the corner and splashes Henry. Henry ducks the knockout punch and takes Show off his feet. Henry stomps on Show now and drops an elbow. Henry keeps control until Show fights back to his feet but Henry drops him with a clothesline. Henry chokes Show with the bottom rope. Show is in the corner as Henry runs into a big boot in the corner and Show clotheslines him twice. Show hits a big spear and calls for the chokeslam. Cody Rhodes’ music hits and out he comes to the stage. Cody talks Big Show’s Sumo Match from WrestleMania 21 and shows footage of it. The video ends and Show turns around to the World’s Strongest Slam and a splash from Henry but Show kicks out at 2. Show gets up and drops Henry with a knockout punch. Show leaves the ring and goes to the back after Cody Rhodes with no winner.

Match Result: No Contest

Match Rating: ½ * out of 5

Match 5: David Otunga with Johnny Ace vs. Ezekiel Jackson with Teddy Long:
Before the match in the non-wrestling moment of the night John Laurinaitis comes out next and dances like Teddy Long. Otunga starts off in control but Zeke overpowers him. Zeke takes the fight to the corner and hits him with clotheslines and a big splash. Zeke connects with a side slam & goes for the Torture Rack but Otunga escapes to the apron. Otunga brings himself back in and hits his finisher on Zeke for the win out of nowhere after 2 minutes.
Winner: David Otunga

Match Rating: ¼ * out of 5

CM Punk is backstage with Matt Striker. Punk says he supports Teddy Long as GM of both shows and says he will confront Chris Jericho on Monday’s RAW. Punk talks about Bryan now and says being World Champion has gone to his head. Punk says he will teach Bryan how to lose tonight.

Main Event: World Champion Daniel Bryan vs. WWE Champion CM Punk:
Punk and Bryan lock up and go to the corner. They lock up again and Bryan takes him to the mat. Strong back and forth action as expected in this great match. Punk is in control until Bryan turns it around and starts working on Punk’s arm. Punk goes for a cross body from the top but Bryan blocks it and slams Punk on his arm. Bryan keeps working on Punk’s arm but Punk catches his leg but Bryan drops a knee to the chest and the injured arm. Punk fights out and drops Bryan over his knee but they both go down. Punk comes back with kicks and a dropkick and goes for GTS but it’s blocked. Punk counters the LeBell Lock but misses the roundhouse kick. Bryan goes to leave but Sheamus runs down and throws him back in the ring. Punk connects with the roundhouse kick to the head for the win.
Winner: CM Punk

After the match, Sheamus heads to the back and John Laurinaitis comes out. He says he will not allow this injustice to continue and re-starts the match. The bell rings and Punk unloads with chops and a knee to the gut. Both men trade pin attempt but in the end Bryan rolls Punk up and grabs the ropes to get the win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan

After the match, Teddy Long comes down and says the match will not end like that. Teddy argues with Laurinaitis about what happened & re-starts the match.

Punk and Bryan go at it trading shots in the middle of the ring. Bryan ducks a clothesline and they trade holds again. Punk dumps Bryan out to the floor and hits a suicide dive. They go back in the ring & Punk hits the high knee in the corner but Bryan blocks the bulldog and works on Punk’s arm. Bryan hits a dropkick to Punk’s face in the corner and covers him for 2. They come off the top rope and Punk rolls Bryan up for 2. Punk takes kicks to the chest but catches Bryan’s leg from a roll up. Punk blocks the LeBell Lock and catapults Bryan into the corner. Punk drops Bryan with a roundhouse kick but Bryan gets his foot on the bottom rope to stop the pin. Punk goes to the top for the big elbow drop but Bryan cuts him off. Bryan goes for a superplex but Punk fights him. Punk head-butts Bryan back to the mat but Bryan runs right back up but Punk shoves him back to the mat. Bryan runs up once again and stops Punk from coming down on him. Bryan hits the superplex this time and hooks each other’s legs for the pin as both men got the pin.

Match Result: Punk then Bryan then No Contest

Match Rating: *** ¾ out of 5

Teddy and Laurinaitis argue over who won as the ref looks puzzled. Laurinaitis comes in and raises Bryan’s hand while Teddy raises Punk’s hand in victory. JL and Teddy start arguing in the middle of the ring and take their coats off. Teddy storms off up the ramp as Bryan tries to calm JL down and the show ends.


This week we had a good LIVE SmackDown this week with 2 matches that I would recommend out of the whole show. Of course Bryan vs. Punk should be checked out and I have to say restarting the match twice stopped it from being a **** match plus the match they had on Raw was better. The other match worth watching is Miz vs. Sheamus as it is enjoyable as they got about 7 minutes. I did not like how the match started during the break without an announcement. The opening promo was good between Bryan, Sheamus & Miz but something bad was Zeke vs. Otunga as it should be skipped. McIntyre against Khali was a squash by Khali and Henry vs. Big Show ended abruptly which is good as a fan that had to watch it but bad from a smart person’s point of view. The moment of the night was Johnny Ace mocking Teddy Long’s dance on the stage. The final two things are the pointless Heath Slater & Santino Marella segment as I thought it would have led to a match. The last thing is the Swagger and Ziggler tag match as I was disappointed they only got three minutes with those two against Kofi and Truth I would have like to see a 10 minute match but this week the show earned a 6 out of 10.


About John Mayer

31 year old wrestling fan and writer
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