4/13 Barnett's WWE Smackdown on SyFy Live Coverage: A Live episode of Smackdonw with Daniel Bryan on Piper's Pit, WWE Legends House contestants appear, plus Mick Foley advertised
The following is a live coverage review of the Smackdown special that originally aired on Tuesday. We are moving it to the top of the site so that those of you watching the show on Friday can follow along with the coverage.
By Jake Barnett
WWE Smackdown on SyFy
Aired live from Hampton, Va.
[Q1] The blast from the past video package aired that introduced all the legends that are a part of the Legends House TV experiment. The normal Smackdown intro package then aired. In the arena, the Smackdown pyro then exploded inside the arena and Josh Mathews welcomed us to Hampton. A video then recapped Daniel Bryan’s excellent promo last week where he broke up with AJ. Cole then plugged Piper’s Pit for later in the show with Daniel Bryan for later tonight. Lilian then introduced Gene Okerlund, who welcomed the crowd to Smackdown. Mean Gene then invited Sheamus down to the ring, who he called one of his “favorites”.
Gene told him to have at it, and Sheamus took the mic. He said it was an honor to be in the ring with a legend such as Gene. Sheamus then said as a World Champion there is a code of honor he has to uphold, and that last week he let everyone down. He then said there is no excuse for his behavior, and he then apologized to Chad Patton and the entire WWE universe. He said he hoped everyone accepted his apologies, because he always learns his lessons the hard way.
Johnny Ace then came out and interrupted. He told Sheamus to hold on, and then said he wanted to show everyone what Sheamus did last week. A replay of last week’s main event finish aired, and included the kick to Chat Patton. Ace asked him who he thought he was, and said he wanted him to publicly apologize to referee Chad Patton. Sheamus said he already did, and Ace insisted that he didn’t hear it and wanted him to do it again. Ace then asked him to apologize to all the WWE referees, again insisting he didn’t hear the earlier apologies. Sheamus complied again. Ace then forced Sheamus to apologize “to the world”, and Sheamus did so again.
Ace once again said that’s still not good enough. He then told Sheamus he was on permanent probation, and said if he touched another ref he would be fired. He fined him the largest sum ever for a WWE Superstar, $500,000. Ace then booked a match between Del Rio and Bryan vs. Sheamus and Mean Gene. Laurinitis then left up the ramp.
Backstage, Bob Orton then walked up to Randy and wished him luck in his match coming up next…[c]
Barnett’s Brief: Uh….I’m not sure how to react to that. Ace seemed confused and Sheamus doesn’t really seem like the character who would take crap from a comedy general manager. It was very awkward opening segment to say the least.
[Q2] Orton’s music hit and he headed to the ring for the opening match of the show.
1. Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry. Henry tossed Orton into the corner, but Orton punched out. Orton got tossed again but reversed on Henry and threw punches. The ref pulled Orton off at 4 and he ate a head butt form Henry as a result. Orton continued the attack with strikes and mounted punches until Henry used his power to hit a power slam for a two count…[c]
Henry worked over Orton in a head vise until Orton elbowed his way back to his feet. It was short lived as Henry slammed Orton down again and reapplied the hold. Orton worked his way back up again, but Henry hit another body slam and a splash for a near fall. He then backed Orton into the corner and hit several shoulder blocks. Henry then backed up and hit a splash in the corner, and then backed up and hit another one for good measure. Orton fell out of the corner and covered for another near fall.
Henry went for another splash, but Orton moved and hit several clotheslines to wobble Henry. He then dropped Henry to one knee with a kick, and hit a DDT for a two count. Orton then went for his apron DDT, but Henry slipped back in the ring and picked him up. Henry went for a World’s Strongest Slam, but Orton avoided. Orton then went for an RKO, but Henry pushed Orton out of the ring. Both men battled at ringside, which resulted in Henry getting run into the post.
Kane’s pyro then went off, and then Kane appeared on the Tron for a promo. He said at WrestleMania he needed to beat Kane in order to make himself whole. He then said last week that Orton proved once and for all that Orton was every bit as vicious as him. Kane said it would be a shame that it ended now, and said he was having fun. In fact, it was fun that the whole family could enjoy. The camera then panned down to Bob Orton laid out. Orton ran backstage and eventually found his dad, but was attacked by Kane with some kind of pipe and left laying himself. Kane then said “I’m a sucker for family reunions.” He then walked out of frame.
Mark Henry and Randy Orton ended in an apparent no contest at 9:59.
Barnett’s Brief: An ok match with a good verbal performance by Kane at the end. Not much they could do with the match considering the planned finish, but both guys got in some good offense and it didn’t drag.
[Q3] A replay aired of what we saw 3 minutes ago. Backstage, Ted Dibiase and Tony Atlas looked at a monitor and said it was going to be an old fashion squash match. A jobber was then introduced by Lilian, but was interrupted by Ryback’s music.
2. Ryback vs. Benny Camer. Ryback clotheslined the jobber out of his shoes right out of the gate. He then picked him up right into his finisher for the quick victory. Backstage, Pat Patterson, HillBilly Jim, Ted Dibiase and Tony Atlas looked impressed.
Ryback defeated Benny Camer at 0:31.
Barnett’s Brief: That was a complete squash.
Backstage, Tyson Kidd was talking to Heath Slater. Slater talked about how Jimmy Hart thought he could be the next Honky Tonk Man. Kidd said he wasn’t impressed. Jimmy Hart then walked up and spouted a bunch of word soup very excitedly to get them pumped up for the match. Slater was pumped up and Kidd continued to look nonplussed.
Mick Foley made his way out in a sport coat and sweatpants, and looked about as dapper as he gets. He joined the announce team for the next match. Slater and Kidd made their way out with Jimmy Hart. The Usos then did their Haka on the stage and made their entrance.
3. Heath Slater and Tyson Kidd vs. The Uso Brothers. Kidd and Jimmy Uso started the match, and quickly a blind tag was made by Slater. Jimmy Hart was on the megaphone annoying everybody, while Heath Slater hit a neckbreaker and some strikes in Jimmy Uso. The Usos made a tag and Jay hit a spinning elbow on Slater. Foley got annoyed enough by Hart and chased off Jimmy Hart, which distracted Slater long enough for the Usos to get the win after a Samoan Drop and a Big Splash off the top.
The Usos defeated Slater and Kidd at 2:36.
[Q4] After the match, Foley put Hart in the mandible claw, and the crowd didn’t react at all. The announcers plugged the main event and showed the break up angle from last week with Bryan and AJ. Pipers Pit was then advertised as next…[c]
Barnett’s Brief: Kill me now. That match was ruined by Foley and Hart, and the crowd could not have cared less about either of them.
Roddy Piper made his way out to a big ovation from the Virginia Crowd. Piper said he missed the crowd with a big smile on his face. A Roddy chant started and Piper said that tonight on the Pit he had a man named Daniel Bryan. He then said Daniel Bryan is a man who lost the World Championship at WrestleMania 28 in 18 seconds, and he blames it on his girlfriend. Roddy then introduced a piece of footage, which was the same clip we’ve been watching all night. Piper then introduced Daniel Bryan.
[Q5] Bryan came out in his “Yes! Yes! Yes!” shirts, and the crowd joined him with yes chants. Bryan had a smile on his face, and Piper looked deadly serious. Piper said he seemed very happy for a guy who lost his title in 18 seconds. Bryan replied that he just had a meeting with John Laurinitis and he will be granted his return match. He said Sheamus will not be able to fluke his way out of his match, and Bryan said not only does he want to pin Sheamus, he wants to make him tap out. And at Extreme Rules, he will face Sheamus in a 2 out of 3 falls match.
Bryan then assured fans that AJ wouldn’t be there to screw it up. Piper then said that since it’s his show, and he likes AJ, that he was going to introduce her. AJ came out and thanked Roddy for letting her on Piper’s Pit. She immediately apologized for him, and said that deep down he’s a good person. Roddy then said that she can leave her PC answers at the door, and reminded the crowd of all the terrible things he did to her last week. AJ said “No, it’s my fault.” She said she made a mistake at WrestleMania, and said she was sorry. She then said she knows if they talk she could make it up to him. Roddy then stopped her and said he’s been watching her from the start. He said he knows she’s smart and strong, and said he thinks Bryan is just using her.
Bryan then interrupted and said he’s tired of Piper dragging his name through the dirt, and told AJ if she loved him that she’d leave the ring right now. Piper said she didn’t have to listen to him, but she did and left. Bryan tried to leave, but Piper said he wasn’t finished with him. Piper sais Bryan has yes all over his shirt, but he had a few “no’s” for him. He said as the father of three girls, he doesn’t appreciate how Bryan treats women. He told Bryan you never tell a lady to shut up, you don’t yell at a lady, and you don’t use a woman as a human shield. He called Bryan a coward, and said he looked forward to watching Sheamus kick his head off at Extreme Rules.
Bryan then replied that the fact that he’s better than Sheamus is going to slap everyone, including Piper, right across the face. The then slapped Piper and yelled YES up the ramp….[c]
Barnett’s Brief: Great segment. Everybody was spot on here. Piper was perfect and in control, and Bryan was as sleazy as he’s ever been. AJ was great as the meek broken woman as well.
3. Khali, Natalya, and Alicia Fox versus. Drew McIntyre and The Bellas. Khali dominated Drew right away and tagged in Nikki Bella. Drew left up the ramp disgusted with being in the match, and literally 15 seconds later Alicia hit a bridging German Suplex and pinned Nikki Bella.
Alicia Fox pinned Nikki Bella at 0:38.
After the match, while the winning team was on the ramp, Mae Young came out and kissed Khali and danced with Alicia and Natalya…[c]
Barnett’s Brief: Remember when I asked you guys to kill me earlier? I’m serious now.
A replay was aired of the Kane attack on the Orton’s from earlier. Josh Mathews said that Bob Orton suffered an abdominal injury, but no word was given on Randy. The Raw Rebound then aired that detailed the Lesnar and Cena confrontations from last night.
Mean Gene was shown backstage with Sheamus, and he said he didn’t like their chances tonight. Sheamus said he wasn’t going to lie, and that they probably aren’t going to win tonight. Gene commented on his smile, and Sheamus said he’s smiling because he won’t give Laurinitis the satisfaction of seeing him sweat. Sheamus then said if they survive that the fist pint is on him. Gene said “Did you say IF WE SURVIVE?” Sheamus then said they’ll either drink to remember or drink to forget…[c]
4. Hunico vs. Great Khali. The bell rang and Hunico quickly got dumped out of the ring. Duggan called for backup, and Sergeant Slaughter made his way out. Slaughter then tossed the 2X4 into the ring, which Duggan used to hit Hunico and DQ himself. Sarge then applied the Cobra Clutch to Camacho and it was over…
Hunico defeated Jim Duggan by DQ.
They then aired a replay of the Sheamus/Okerlund segment WE JUST SAW 2 MINUTES AGO.
Barnett’s Brief: Americans cheat to win! Cheer you plebes!
Cody Rhodes made his way to the ring. He grabbed a mic and said tonight has been a waste of our time. He said we should turn our gaze to the future, a future where he is once again the IC Champion. He said a future where the Big Show can’t live on one lucky punch, and where legends don’t steal the spotlight from young guys that….and then Dusty Rhodes music played and he came out.
Cody said he was sorry but this doesn’t concern him in the least. Dusty said he loved him and there was nothing he wouldn’t’ do for him. He said he was as naturally talented as anyone since Shawn Michaels, but he decided he wanted to poke a grizzly bear. Cody told Dusty that he was embarrassing him and that they could talk about it in the back. Cody then went to leave, but the Big Show interrupted. Big Show did a Dusty impression, and said instead of an embarrassing clip, he was going to show a clip of the real Cody Rhodes.
A clip aired of Cody in front of a mirror applying lip gloss of Cody as Dashing Cody Rhodes. Big Show did another Dusty impression and explained how that was truly embarrassing. Cody was left speechless and Dusty shrugged in the ring. Dusty’s music hit and he danced like a moron. Sheamus and Gene were shown walking towards the ring from the back…[c]
Barnett’s Brief: I don’t know why WWE continually emasculates it’s heels. Who does this help, exactly?
[Q8] Daniel Bryan was in the ring chanting YES as we got back. Del Rio was introduced by Ricardo, followed by Sheamus and Gene’s introduction by Howard Finkel.
5. Sheamus and Mean Gene vs. Alberto Del Rio and Daniel Bryan. Del Rio and Sheamus started, and quickly a tag was made to Bryan. Bryan worked kicks on Sheamus in the corner and made a tag back to Del Rio. Del Rio worked a headlock, which Sheamus broke out of with a back body drop. Sheamus tagged Bryan, who ate an axe handle. Bryan ducked a Brogue Kick, and kicked Sheamus out of the ring. Del Rio then followed up with a kick to the head on the outside.
The match broke down as Del Rio, Bryan, and Ricardo picked on Mean Gene. Piper’s music hit and all the legends made their way out. Bryan got in Piper’s face as Sheamus got back in the ring. Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick on Bryan and made the cover. The legends hit some of their signature moves on Ricardo, followed by a Brogue Kick for him as well. The legends and Sheamus then celebrated to Sheamus’s Music.
Cole came in the ring and made some cracks about retirement homes. Pat Patterson roughed him up and he was made to apologize and tossed out of the ring, followed by more celebrating.
Sheamus and Mean Gene were victorious at 3:18.
Barnett’s Brief: Very disappointing show overall. Piper was the only legend that delivered the goods, and everybody else just felt tacked on to the show. The short matches and lack of imagination with the backstage skits didn’t do much for me either. Piper’s pit was the peak of the show, as I expected, but nothing else really entertained me.
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