With Riley Ross
Welcome back to Riley’s Corner where I break down each segment of SmackDown and then give my unfiltered opinion. We are live in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is the go home show before the Elimination Chamber PPV on Sunday. Unfortunately we have JBL and Josh Matthews on commentary.
The show opens with a video package recapping the drama between CM Punk and The Rock. CM Punk delivers a GTS to the Rock and while the champ was floundering around like a fish out of water, Punk runs off with the title.
Here comes the Big Show to the ring as a recap of ADR stealing tires off of Big Show’s bus and then throwing paint on the monstrous angry giant. He goes on to say that he is going to use his rage to destroy Del Rio Sunday. Here comes Chris Jericho to save us from this travesty of a promo. He tells Y2J to stay away from him. Nice plugs for Jericho’s new show and his band Fozzy. Jericho says that if he wins the EC match, and Big Show beats ADR, then it will Jericho vs. Big Show at WM 29. Show says that if that does happen it will be the last WM appearance of Jericho’s career. While Show is trying to warn off Jericho here comes the SmackDown GM Booker T to interrupt. He then books the main event match between Chris Jericho and Big Show.
Randy Orton is making his way to the ring but Matt Striker stops him. Before Randy could answer here comes Mark Henry and the two superstars have a stare down.
Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry—They go for a lockup and Orton ends up in the corner. They do it again and Henry tosses Orton into the corner. The fight goes to the outside of the ring and Orton quickly gets back into the ring as the ref starts to count. The crowd is behind Orton all the way as Henry knocks Orton down. He then follows up that by tossing Orton like a rag doll but Orton counters with a standing drop kick. Orton gets tossed out of the ring and we go to commercial. Back from commercial and both men are back inside the ring and Mark Henry has the shoulder vise locked on Orton. He then slams Orton down on the mat again. Henry goes for the pin but Orton kicks out. He punches Orton in the neck shoulder area and damn that looked painful as fuck. He goes for Orton’s shoulder again but Orton gets to his feet and mounts a comeback. He takes Henry down with a weak looking clothesline. They go back and forth before Orton hits a DDT, he goes for the pin but Henry kicks out. Orton goes for another DDT from the second rope and NAILS it. The WSM clobbers Orton out of the ring, Orton goes for the RKO but Henry counters. Orton grabs a chair and nails Henry in the gut with it. The bell rings but Orton has that psychotic look that we all love. He nails Henry with the chair again and goes to do it one more time but Henry grabs it and delivers the WSS to Orton. Henry wins via DQ.
Mark Henry is shown backstage and he takes the microphone away from Matt Striker. He tells Striker to shut up and listen. He goes on to say that the Hall of Pain is now open for business. He says that no one will stop him on his way to WM. Hey Henry while you were naming the branches of the military, you left out the Air Force. If you are going to name them, name them all or don’t mention them at all.
A video package is shown for the Shield. I really hope the Shield wins their match on Sunday. They will be taking on Super Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus. However as much as I want them to win, I know that they will not. Why you ask? Duh it’s because Super Cena will not put anyone over.
Layla vs. Tamina—As much as I love Layla, I’m rooting for Tamina. Layla hits the springboard crossbody for a quick pin attempt. Layla tries to attack Tamina and Tamina uses the apron to her advantage. She delivers a stomp to Layla. Kaitlyn is shown watching the match from the back. The two divas are trading blows in the ring. Tamina catches Layla in mid-flight and delivers a Samoan Drop. She follows up with the Superfly Splash for the win.
Another recap of the saga between CM Punk and the Rock from RAW is shown again. The Rock will be coming out to address what happened. Back from commercial and the Rock is coming down the ramp. He promises Punk an ass beating that he will remember for the rest of his life come Sunday. He goes on a rant before being interrupted by CM Punk and Paul Heyman via satellite. Punk tells Rock that he wants him to snap Sunday so he will get disqualified. The stipulation for the match is that if the Rock gets counted out or disqualified, the title will go back to Punk. Holy shit this is the promo that doesn’t fucking end.
Brodus Clay/Tensai vs. Heath Slater/Jinder Mahal—For Josh Matthews to say that 3MB is his favorite band, you really need to have your head examined. I think all those bumps that you have taken have finally caught up to you. The bright spots about this match is Cameron and Naomi. Slater and Tensai start off the match. Tensai starts to dance but gets a kick to the gut by Slater. Slater is owning Tensai before tagging his partner in. Mahal delivers a running knee to Tensai. Tensai gains the momentum and tags in Brodus. Clay and Tensai both squash the hell out of Mahal and Slater. Clay wins with a splash. While they are celebrating their victory, here comes the Shield to attack. Ambrose says that they will learn the hard way that their actions have consequences. Yeah boo, as much as I want to believe that Cena will not put you three over.
Cody Rhodes vs. The Miz—As the Miz makes his way down to the ring we see that his left shoulder is heavily taped. This is due to that idiot Antonio Cesaro’s brutal assault on the Miz, Monday night. Josh Matthews is saying that the WWE doctors are saying that the Miz should be 100% by Sunday night. Miz is favoring his injured shoulder but is staying in the fight. Rhodes is using the injured shoulder to his advantage. Miz has gained the upper hand is dominating Rhodes’ ass. LET’S GO MIZ!!! The Miz locks in the Figure Four leglock and Rhodes taps out like a little bitch.
Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger—Swagger is accompanied to the ring by Zeb Colter. Swagger is in control of the match but Ryder is getting in some offense. Okay I said that way too soon as Swagger makes Ryder his bitch. Ryder goes for the Broski boot and misses horribly. Swagger uses the steel post and does some damage to Ryder’s leg. Only Orton can do the psychotic look. Swagger locks in the Patriot Act and Ryder taps out quickly. Swagger introduces Zeb Colter and he gets on the microphone. He says that Ryder cares more for his tan and hair than he does his country.
Matt Striker is shown interviewing Alberto Del Rio. I like seeing this side of ADR by showing a personality and charisma. He and Ricardo are making fun of Big Show.
Big Show vs. Chris Jericho—Big Show is beating the shit out of Jericho. Jericho delivers a springboard dropkick to gain some momentum. Yeah Jericho that only pissed off the giant even more as Big Show tosses Jericho over the announcer’s table. He helps Jericho into the ring and delivers chops and headbutts to his hapless opponent. He scoop slams Jericho and then goes to ropes in attempts to squash Jericho. Jericho uses the ropes to his advantage and then drops kicks Show in the knees. Somehow Show gets to his feet and tries to chokeslam Jericho. Y2J counters and then gets caught in midair and gets chokeslammed. He rolls out of the ring and here comes Show to assist him back into the ring. Show flies from the second rope and catches canvas. Jericho delivers a moonsault and goes for the codebreaker and Show counters. Show gets hit with a DDT and Jericho is going for the Walls of Jericho but Show powers out. He hits Jericho with a KO punch for the win.
In closing the show was alright. Nothing spectacular jumped out at me which is unfortunate as they could have used this show to really build up excitement for the PPV on Sunday. Match of the night goes to Randy Orton, Mark Henry, and Miz, Cody Rhodes. These are the only two matches that I really enjoyed. My rating for the show is a B+. Have a great night and an even better tomorrow.