With Riley Ross
Welcome back to Riley’s Corner where I breakdown each segment of SmackDown and give my (un)biased opinions. Tonight on commentary we have the usually loud and obnoxious JBL and the timid and awkward Josh Matthews.
The show opens up with a recap of RAW/Royal Rumble. By now I think everyone knows what happened at both shows. ADR is in the parking lot with a pipe in hand looking for Big Show. Meanwhile inside the ring Booker T is in the ring with Sheamus, Randy Orton, Kane, Great Khali, Daniel Bryan, and Dolph Ziggler is outside the ring with AJ and Big E. Booker T is talking about the upcoming Elimination Chamber and here comes Jack Swagger. Couldn’t he have stayed gone? He tells Booker T that he wants a spot in the EC match. Dolph goes on to state that he will win the World Heavyweight title. He tries to weasel his way out of the EC match but Booker T tells him that he has a match with an angry ADR. Rey Mysterio is back.
Rey Mysterio/Sin Cara vs. Team Hell No—Kane and Mysterio start it off. Mysterio uses the ropes to throw Kane over the top rope. Here comes Sin Cara and he quickly gets dominated by Kane. I’m seriously surprised by the lack of botches from Sin Cara tonight. Did he get replaced or something? Or did they make him take a crash course in wrestling school? Kane and Daniel Bryan are working well together. Sin Cara mounts an offense against Kane. Both men tag in their partners. DB has the No lock maneuver locked in but Sin Cara comes in and kicks DB. Mysterio hits the 619 and gets the win.
Matt Striker goes to the parking lot to interview ADR. ADR tells him that he is only getting fresh air and to leave him alone.
Great Khali vs. Jinder Mahal—Hornswoggle and Natalya accompany Khali to the ring while Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater are ringside to show support for Jinder Mahal. Drew distracts Khali so Jinder Mahal could take down Khali. The giant swats Mahal like he was a fly. Drew goes to distract him again and Natalya tries to stop him. He thrusts in her face and gets knocked off of the apron by Khali. Khali wins.
Booker T and Teddy Long are shown backstage talking. They are saying how impressive Khali is and all I want to know is what the fuck are they smoking? Long confesses that it was his idea to bring Jack Swagger. Team Rhodes Scholars interrupts and informs them that they are dissolving their tag team to pursue singles action. They assure everyone that they will remain best friends. They hug it out but Booker tells him he has a rematch with Sheamus.
A recap of the Paul Heyman/Vince McMahon is shown from RAW. Apparently Vince was injured at the hands of Brock Lesnar. He has a broken left hip, best wishes to you Mr. McMahon. Lesnar would probably deliver an F5 to his own momma.
Sheamus vs. Sandow—Lots of action between these two superstars. Sandow is showing off an aggressive side as he delivers the Elbow of Disdain. He goes for a pin but Sheamus kicks out. The Celtic Warrior needs to tap into his aggressive side to gain momentum. The Shield’s music hits and the three men make their way thru the crowd. Sandow has left the ring and it quickly becomes a three on one fight. Sheamus is holding his own as he throws Reigns out of the ring. The numbers game quickly wear on Sheamus. They make quick work of Sheamus before leaving the ring.
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett—Nice standing dropkick from Orton. Barrett quickly gains the upper hand of the match as he takes his anger out on Orton. The fight goes to the outside of the ring and Barrett flings Orton into the ring post. He goes to deliver the Bull Hammer but Orton moves out of the way at the last second. That shit had to hurt. Orton delivers a DDT from the second rope and yes an RKO. Orton gets the win.
Matt Striker is interviewing Wade Barrett however Barrett notices that the object of his anger Bo Dallas is nearby. He goes on the attack and devastates the rookie.
Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger—Jack Swagger seems to be glad to be back in the ring. He delivers takedown after takedown to Kofi but somehow Kofi is able to mount a comeback. I spoke too soon. Kofi goes for a springboard crossbody. Jack Swagger isn’t having any of that though Kofi. Swagger wins.
ADR is shown being confronted by security. He tells them to leave as he spots the Big Show’s bus. He hides as the bus pulls up. The look on his face when he sees ADR was priceless. ADR is beating the hell out of that car with the lead pipe. He does something to Big Show which causes him to fall onto the roof of the car. He runs to safety and gets into a car and drives off.
ADR is shown with Ricardo Rodriguez. Poor Ricardo is wearing a neck brace and ADR is telling his friend to stay behind due to his injury.
Dolph Ziggler vs. ADR—Pretty Boy Ziggler is accompanied to the ring by Big E, AJ and the real star of the show the MITB briefcase. It’s not back it up or showing off if you have to rely on others to fight your battles for you. Could they add more material to Big E’s singlet? Nice lateral press from Ziggler. Mike Chioda the referee ejects Big E from ringside. While Ziggler is on the top rope screaming like a little bitch ADR kicks him in the head. He also delivers a super plex to Ziggler from the top rope. Both men are on their feet trading blows and kicks. ADR is in the zone as he delivers another kick to Ziggler’s face. He goes for the pin but Ziggler kicks out. ADR has Ziggler locked in the Cross Arm Breaker forcing Ziggler to tap out. ADR retains via tap out.
Big Show is shown on the Titantron and he has Ricardo as a hostage. He tells ADR that if he ever attacks him like he did earlier, he threatens to hurt ADR and Ricardo. He delivers a punch to Ricardo and ADR is on the way to the back. The staff is trying to help Ricardo as the show goes off the air.
In closing SmackDown was helluva lot better than RAW. Match of the night goes to Orton and Wade Barrett and Ziggler and ADR. Those are the only two matches that stood out for me. Tonight’s show earns a B+. Have a good night and a better tomorrow.