With Riley Ross
Welcome back to Riley’s Corner where I break down each match and segment of SmackDown. At the end of the column, I will hand out honors for match of the night, and the WTF moment. Tonight we are live from London, England. We have the talented Michael Cole, trash talker JBL and Josh Matthews on commentary.
Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio— This is a No DQ match. Swagger is accompanied to the ring by the Yosemite Sam wannabe Zeb Colter. ADR is escorted by Ricardo Rodriguez. The match starts off with a lockup and Swagger getting knocked out of the ring. Del Rio launches himself at Swagger and goes after the taped left arm of Swagger. Del Rio grabs a kendo stick and gets in the ring. Swagger gains the momentum and uses the kendo stick on Del Rio’s injured leg. They go for a power struggle for the weapon and Del Rio kicks Swagger in the midsection. Del Rio goes flying out of the ring and Swagger follows. He is going for a weapon but Del Rio kicks him. They are trading blows back and forth until Del Rio suplexes Swagger on the ramp. Del Rio brings out a ladder and launches Swagger face first into it. While they are on a commercial break, I have to ask: why in the fuck isn’t this feud over yet? Back from commercial and Swagger is in charge. He goes for a pin attempt but Del Rio kicks out. Swagger goes out of the ring to get a weapon and as he is coming back in Del Rio kicks him in the head. Del Rio is delivering right hooks to Swaggers ugly mug and Swagger kicks him in his injured knee. Swagger grabs the chair and sets it up in the corner of the ring. Del Rio drops him and he is going after the injured arm of the ‘Real American’. Del Rio is delivering clothesline after clothesline to the idiot before dropping him with a backbreaker. Del Rio has him caught up on the ropes before whipping him with a kendo stick. He follows up with a backbreaker and then a pin attempt. Swagger gets up and tries to push Del Rio into the chair but Del Rio stops himself before delivering a brutal kick to Swagger. Swagger goes for the Patriot Lock but Del Rio counters with the Cross Arm Breaker. He goes for the pin but Del Rio kicks out. Colter threatens Del Rio with a kendo stick before Swagger hits Del Rio with a ladder. OMG this match needs to end soon. Del Rio has the cross arm breaker locked in. Colter hands Swagger the kendo stick so he can use it to break the submission hold. Swagger hits Del Rio with the ladder once more and Power bombs Del Rio and finally gets the win.
Aksana vs. Layla—How in the fuck is Aksana still employed by the WWE? She wrestles so bad she almost makes the Bella Twins look good. The match starts out with a lock up before the Untalented One weakly pushes Layla away from her. Layla kicks her and then follows it up with the Rear View. She goes for her LOL move and Aksana throws her over the top rope. Here comes Aksana to help her into the ring and Aksana is crawling alongside the apron, trying to look creepy which works for her I guess and Layla does a dropkick to knock her off the apron. Here comes Aksana back onto the ring and Layla goes for a rollup but Aksana counters. Aksana is fighting back with a knee to the nose and some modified arm bars. Aksana throws Layla into the corner and continues to work on Layla’s left arm. Here comes Layla to fight back and Aksana drops her with an elbow. She goes for the pin but Layla kicks out. Layla wins with a pin.
Recap of the match between Team Hell No/Undertaker vs. The Shield is shown. That match was sheer perfection, I don’t give a damn if you do disagree with me.
A new video from the Shield is shown. They are talking about how justice prevailed in their match from Monday night. The Shield is sheer perfection from their wrestling abilities to their promos, they cannot do wrong. Ambrose says that later on tonight he will be taking on the Undertaker in a one on one match. I believe in the Shield!!!!!
Fandango vs. Justin Gabriel—Match starts off with a knee to the temple of Justin Gabriel right off of the bat. Justin Gabriel after a couple of offensive moves in goes for the pin but Fandingo kicks out. Fawndawngo has Gabriel caught on the ropes and punches him repeatedly and he goes outside to kick Gabriel in the head. He goes for the pin but Gabriel kicks out. Gabriel kicks Fanbitcho and then goes to the top rope to do his high flyer move but Fandango catches him with a brutal kick to the midsection. Fandango hits him with the new move that he created on Monday and he goes to the top rope and does a leg drop. Fandango scores the win.
Sheamus vs. Big Show—Oh yeah, I really wanted to see this match for the one millionth time. Starts off with a lock up and Big Show pushing Sheamus down on his Celtic arse. They go for another lockup and Sheamus plants Big Show’s large ass into the corner. They are trading blows before Big Show delivers a punishing head butt. He then repeatedly chops the chest of the Celtic Warrior. Somehow Sheamus is still fighting back as Big Show knocks him out of the ring. The fight goes to the outside of the ring as the referee starts to kick them both out of the ring. Both men are in the ring and Sheamus takes the giant crybaby clubbering. Big Show delivers another head butt to Sheamus and then follows it up with a side slam. He goes for an elbow drop and tries to pin Sheamus but the Celtic Warrior kicks out. He is using the ropes to choke Sheamus before the referee breaks it up. Big Show hits Sheamus with the Final Cut and yet Sheamus still kicks out of the pin. Sheamus is proving that he still has fight left in him as he punches Show. He tries to lift him but drops him on top of himself. Show is punches and kicks to Sheamus. He holds Sheamus down to the mat before delivering another chop. Back from commercial and Show just knocked Sheamus down again and flings him shoulder first into the steel ring post. Sheamus is laying on the floor outside the ring while the referee counts him out. Show goes outside and flings him into the steel steps before getting back into the ring. Sheamus barely makes it back in before the count is over. Show is going after the left shoulder of Sheamus. Stay down Sheamus, he is only going to brutally punish you in the ring. He comes back with a flurry of punches before DDT’ing the Big Show. They are trading blows before Sheamus keeps knocking him down, he does the running high knee and then follows it up with the Battering Ram. He goes for White Noise but Show tries to counter with a chokeslam but Sheamus delivers White Noise. He is calling for the Brogue Kick and Show gets out of the ring. The fight now goes back to the outside of the ring. Sheamuse goes to the top rope and here comes Mark Henry to distract him. While he is staring at Mark Henry, Big Show knocks out Sheamus. Big Show wins.
William Regal vs. Wade Barrett—Barrett is on the microphone taunting Regal. Barrett knees Regal and both men are brawling. Barrett is loading up for the Bull Hammer but Regal takes him down. Barrett comes back with a kick and Regal slams him down to the ground. Regal goes to stomp him but Barrett moves and hits him with the Bull Hammer. Wade Barrett scores the win.
Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry—YAY another ‘fresh’ match brought to you by the wonderful creative team. (SARCASM) The match starts off with a lockup and Henry shoving Orton into the corner and following that up with an elbow to the neck. He scoops Orton up for the World’s Strongest Slam and Orton counters and lands on his feet. The fight goes to the outside and Orton is delivering head butts before Henry scoops him up but once again Orton is quick on his feet and counters. He sends Mark Henry flying into the ring post head first. Both men are in the ring and while Orton is pandering to the crowd Henry attacks. He has Orton into locked into the corner and is slamming his shoulder into Orton’s well-muscled midsection. Orton kicks him into the midsection and delivers a flurry of punches before flying into him. He DDT’s Mark Henry and goes for the pin but Henry kicks out. Orton goes for the DDT from the second rope and nails it. The crowd is on their feet as Orton goes to his psychotic but happy place. Henry hightails it out of the ring and Orton follows. Henry slams Orton into the ring post and both men are in the ring. Henry goes to attack Orton but here comes the Celtic Warrior Sheamus for some much needed revenge. He Brogue Kicks Mark Henry in the face and the World’s Strongest Man goes down quicker than Tony Romo’s passing average. RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mark Henry wins via DQ.
The Undertaker vs. Dean Ambrose—I’m a fan of both but I’m going with Ambrose on this one. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns accompany their cohort to the ring. Holy shit this match is awesome. Both men are giving it their all as they trade blows. The fight goes to the outside even with Rollins and Reigns ringside. Undertaker delivers the leg drop across the chest. Undertaker goes to attack Ambrose in the corner but gets caught up on the ropes. Ambrose knocks him over and attacks him outside the ring. Both men are back in the ring and Ambrose is owning the Taker’s ass. Ambrose goes for the pin but Taker kicks out. Ambrose hits him with the neck breaker and he is following it up with punches. He mocks the Undertaker and the Dead Man gets to his feet. They are trading blows in the middle of the ring. Ambrose gets chokeslammed and Rollins gets knocked off the apron. Ambrose hits him with a low blow and goes for the pin but Taker kicks out. Taker locks in Hells Gate and Ambrose taps out. The Shield attacks the Undertaker and he is throwing them everywhere. He has a chair and attacks Ambrose. He is going to chokeslam Rolins but Reigns comes out of nowhere with a fucking deadly spear. Ambrose has a chair and slams it down across the back of the Undertaker. Another chair shot to the back as the crowd taunts him with a ‘you tapped out’ chants. They set Taker up for the triple power bomb thru the announcer table.
Match of the Night goes to the Undertaker and Dean Ambrose. Awesome, fantastic match that deserved more time but I will take what I can get.
The WTF moment goes to JBL on commentary. Please go do something else instead of commentary. You suck and you are out of touch with reality.
In closing, this was one of the best SmackDowns in a long time. This is how a show should go, no worthless backstage segments. Focus more on wrestling and short to the point promos and you got yourself a winning formula. The show’s grade is an A+. Make sure you all check out http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-shark-attack-live. We’ll be airing Tuesday at 10pm ET Call in at (347) 945-6363. Have a good night and a better tomorrow.