6/22 Shore's WWE Smackdown Live Coverage: Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio, first Money in the Bank entrant revealed, and Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler
By Chris Shore
WWE Smackdown on SyFy
Taped on 6/19 in Baltimore, Md.
[Q1] The opening video aired, followed by the pyro, and Josh Matthews, Booker T, and Michael Cole welcomed us to Smackdown. They hyped Daniel Bryan vs. Kane and Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler... Teddy Long danced on the stage and announced John Laurinaitis had been fired. He announced that Mick Foley was the GM for the night and started to hype something else, but Big Show's music cut him off.
Show made his ring entrance and Long headed to the back. Show said he couldn't care less that Johnny Ace got fired. Show said he didn't care about the Ace or the fans, or anyone. He said all he cared about was himself. He congratulated Cena for using five of his cronies to defeat him in the cage. He said in a one on one fight, he would crush Cena.
The crowd went crazy with boos and chanted for him. He said he was entering the Money in the Bank match, but did not specify which or of there was just one. Show said there was no one who could stop him from winning the match, just like there was no champion that could stop him when he cashed in the briefcase. Show said he was winning the championship for himself.
Brodus Clay's music hit and he and the Funkadactlys marched tot he ring with no dancing. Clay hulked up on the floor and then rolled into the ring. Show attacked, but Clay reversed a whip and hit his headbutt. Clay started working Show in the corner, but David Otunga slid in the ring and hit a chop block on Clay's injured knee.
Show kicked Clay's leg a few times and a loud "You can't wrestle" chant broke out. Show played to it for a moment and then hit the WMD on Clay. Show left the ring jawing with the fans. Otunga took a mic and harassed Clay, who was unconscious. He told the women to join him but they just looked at him. He had Clay's music play and he did the Carlton and Dinosaur before stopping and posing into commercial...
Shore's Slant: Wow, Baltimore was hot for this whole segment. It was good, but the crowd made it better than it really was. I hope Show puts Clay over somewhere down the road because I think it would do Clay a world of good. I like Show's use of Mark Henry's old character, but I do worry how long it will stay relevant. One guy who is not relevant is Otunga. His mic work was flat and he's not got no heat from a lively crowd.
[Q2][C] 1. Ryback vs. Frank Venezia and Jared Watchler. Ryback killed the two jobbers like he has every other pair, except this time he screamed "Stupid" throughout the match. The crowd chanted "Feed me more" with Ryback after the win...
Ryback squashed Frank Venezia and Jared Watchler at 1:42.
Backstage, Foley said "Thank you" to Yoshi Tatsu in Japanese and then interpreted it. Yoshi said he knew and Vickie walked up and chased him off. Vickie said she was going to be the GM of Raw and Smackdown next week and might make him her assistant. He said he had a better idea and Great Khali danced into the shot. Vickie left...[C]
Shore's Slant: What in the hell was that with Khali? That was the most random segment, ever. Baltimore was into Ryback's act, and I'm sure it's pretty impressive live, but it's worn out on TV.
Daniel Bryan's favorite Raw moment was Marty Jenetty defeating Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Championship in 1993...
[Q3] Ricardo Rodriguez introduced Alberto Del Rio. Christian was out next...
2. Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Christian. Christian tossed Del Rio to the floor early and then dove on him to leave both guys out into the break...[C] Back at 5:23, Del Rio worked a crossface on Christian as a video showed him slamming Christian into the stairs during the break. Del Rio transitioned to the arm and hit several strikes and an elbow drop on the arm.
Del Rio climbed the corner, but Christian climbed up and hit a a ranna for a hot near fall. Christian missed a crossbody and stood in the corner. Del Rio went for the enziguri, but Christian ducked the kick and hit a tornado DDT for two. Del Rio hit his arm breaker, but Christian hit a missile DDT for two. Christian went for the Worst Finisher in Wrestling, but Del Rio escaped and hit Christian with another arm breaker for two.
Del Rio went for his crossarmbreaker, but Christian reversed into a Kill Switch setup. Del Rio shoved Christian away to the corner, but Christian hit the pendulum kick. Ric Rod distracted Christian for just a moment. Christian climbed tot he top, but Del Rio hit his enziguri and followed with the cross-armbreaker for the win.
Alberto Del Rio defeated Christian at 10:59.
[Q4] Post-match, Cody Rhodes ran out and attacked Christian. He locked in an arm hold on the hurt arm, but Christian powered out. Cody threw him into the post and stood over him screaming, "You're taking my time. I am Smackdown." He left Christian laid out...[C]
Shore's Slant: I didn't like that match. It wasn't technically bad, but I didn't like the story they told. There were way to many reversals and "missed" moves. It got to be pretty predictable by the end. How in the blue hell could they have Christian power out from the arm hold from Cody when he just tapped to the one from Del Rio. Stupid.
A video recapped what we just saw...A video recapped the WWE title feud with AJ and the boys...Kane made his ring entrance. His match with Bryan is next...[C]
AJ was introduced as the guest time keeper. She walked out and smiled at Kane. Bryan was out next to serious heat...
[Q5] 3. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan. Bryan went right at Kane, but Kane tossed him around. Bryan hit the corner drop kick and covered for one. Kane came back with a side slam for one. Kane went tot he top and jumped off, but Bryan drop kicked him out of the air. Bryan hit a ton of kicks on Kane and went to the top. Bryan slipped as he jumped off and the recovered well with Bryan going back tot he top for the missile dropkick.
Kane came back with a big boot and teased the chokeslam., Bryan escaped and hit a big kick to the head for two. Bryan went for a diving headbutt, but Kane caught his throat and stood for the chokeslam. Bryan reversed the lift into a guillotine choke. Kane powered out finally, but Bryan spun it into a Yes Lock.
Kane fought to the ropes, but just before he got there, AJ rang the bell. The crowd booed as Bryan celebrated The ref informed him that AJ rang the bell in error and the match continued. Bryan went for the corner drop kick, but Kane moved and then followed with the chokeslam for the win. AJ looked on with a smirk before skipping backstage...[C]
Kane defeated Daniel Bryan at 7:12.
Shore's Slant: Not a good match but not all that bad either. It was kind of sleepy after seeing these guys go so much over the past month. I did like the finish, and the Baltimore crowd was super hot for it. AJ continues to be the best thing on WWE TV each and every week.
Mick Foley made his ring entrance to a great pop. Foley did his cheap pop gimmick, which our correspondent said he had to do twice. It looked like Mick was frustrated when they showed the right one. Heath Slater's music hit and he came to the ring. He complained about Cyndi Lauper and Roddy Piper embarrassing. Foley said there was no reason to be embarrassed, but his opponent might embarrass him tonight. Zack Ryder's music hit and he came out to a huge pop...
[Q6] 4. Heath Slater vs. Zack Ryder. Ryder won with a Rough Rider leg lariat...[C]
Zack Ryder defeated Heath Slater at 1:14.
Shore's Slant: Total filler, but Baltimore was hot as hell for Ryder. Good for him. It's still a crime that he got himself over and has been so misused.
Backstage, Foley and Ryder were walking around and talking. They bumped into Damien Sandow, who was in a suit. He ran them both down and said that Ryder would no longer be leading the charge of idiocy. He stepped away, and then came back to do his "You're welcome," bit. Foley told him to "Have a nice day..."
A video recapped AW joining the Prime Time Players... The Usos made their ring entrance, and hot ass Baltimore did not care. Ouch. AW gave a very enthusiastic introduction of his tag team...
5. The Usos vs. The Prime Time Playas. Everybody ended up in the ring early and Jimmy and Young spilled tot he floor. Jey went tot he top for a frog splash, but AW distracted the ref and Young pulled Jey down. Titus hit his finisher for the win...
The Prime Time Playas defeated The Usos at 3:14.
The announce team setup the trailer for "No Holds Barred." Cole said it was funny when it wasn't supposed to be...
Shore's Slant: The show is losing its steam right now. Tag matches are hard to get up for because WWE has told us time and again not to. It will take time to convince most of us to care again. If you haven't seen "No Holds Barred," I cannot express how much you should keep it that way. The movie is terrible beyond words/ Just remember, the bad guy in the movie is now the freak coroner on Pysch. Yeah, that guy.
[Q7][C] AW and his guys were walking backstage. Primo and Epico came up yelling. Primo popped AW in the mouth and they had a pull apart brawl between the two teams...
Shore's Slant: Now THAT got my attention. Nice work.
Santino Marella made his ring entrance. He did a house show contest for best sign. He found a lady who was holding a "I [heart] Santino" sign and wearing his shirt and a cobra sock on her arm. Santino had her come tot he rail, but she came all the way to the ring. They had their Cobras kiss, and then the woman put one on Santino that left her lipstick all over his face. Santino took a back bump as his music played...[C]
Shore's Slant: What the fu...
A video recapped CM Punk's appearance on Jimmy Fallon... Dolph Ziggler made his ring entrance.
[Q8] Sheamus was out next to a ridiculous pop...
6. Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) vs. Sheamus. After some early back and forth, Ziggler dropkicked Sheamus to the floor. He jumped off the apron, but Sheamus caught him and hit a fall away slam into the wall...[C]
Shore's Slant: Ziggler sold that slam like he was dead. The guy is great folks. Simply great.
Back from commercial, Sheamus tossed Ziggler to the floor and then slammed him on the stairs. Vickie screamed at Sheamus and distracted him, allowing Ziggler to hit the Fameassor on the floor off the steps. Nice move. Dolph hit a nasty looking kick in the ropes for two, and then tried a neckbreaker for two.
Sheamus powered out of a rest hold and lifted for the White Noise. Ziggler slipped down into a roll up for two. Ziggler followed with a jumping DDT for two. Sheamus fought back and went to the top rope. Ziggler jumped up to get him, but Sheamus hit a forearm that knocked Ziggler out of the air. Sheamus hit his diving shoulder tackle for two. Ziggler rolled tot he apron, so Sheamus gave him the clubbing blows.
Sheamus dragged Ziggler into the ring. Ziggler elbowed away, and then hit two kicks. He charged at Sheamus, but Sheamus hit the Brogue kick out of nowhere for the win. Sheamus celebrated to end the show...[C]
Sheamus defeated Dolph Ziggler at 12:25.
Shore's Slant: Wow, that match was hot. I didn't expect them to do much considering we just saw them on PPV, but they gave us a different match, and it was good. Nice close to an up and down Smackdown. I'll have more tomorrow on the Hitlist and All Access Podcast. Thanks for watching along tonight.
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