7/3 Shore's WWE Smackdown Live Coverage: The Great American Bash live Smackdown, Battle Royal to determine GM for next week's show
By Chris Shore
WWE Smackdown on SyFy
Live fro, Corpus Christi, Texas.
[Q1] The show opened with the bottom of the card at a 4th of July party.
Shore's Slant: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Teddy Long came in and welcomed them and the WWE Universe to the Great American Bash live Super Smackdown. He said not to worry about making a mess because he had someone who volunteered to clean up. Eve was in a maid's outfit (not a French one) wearing a name tag. They threw things at her and then Teddy introduced the US Champion, Santino Marella. Santino said he was going to light the ceremonial grill and tried to do it with a stick lighter. Teddy stopped him and pointed. Kane was standing there. Kane did hid pyro move and the grill burst into flames. He walked off and everyone danced...
Shore's Slant: Why did I not see this coming. I admit I laughed at the Kane thing, but because it was absurd, not funny. These "parties" are always stupid. Also, we will be giving away the free Dot Net Membership during Impact Wrestling on Thursday. But you can still stay and watch along with me.
The opening video aired, followed by the pyro, and Michael Cole, Josh Matthews, and Booker T checked in on commentary. They hyped the battle royal for later. Ricardo Rodriguez was introduced, and he introduced Alberto Del Rio.
A video recapped Del Rio's attack on Sin Cara Monday. Del Rio said he wasn't there to wish America Happy Birthday, he was there to talk about himself. He said he was finally going to get his one on one title shot and would send Sheamus back to Ireland, crying. Del Rio said the fans were like Sheamus, hooligans and peasants. He said they all tried to mooch off successful people like him. He cracked wise about coming to America legally and said he wanted to send Sheamus and all the people to the place where they deserved.
Del Rio hopped to the floor and started asking people for their papers. He called a bunch of people illegal aliens. He called for security to come get one guy because he had no papers. They guy, who was an obvious plant, said this wasn't Arizona, it was Texas. Del Rio went after him, but Sheamus's music hit and he came down and beat Del Rio all over the arena.
Ric Rod distracted Sheamus and Del Rio hit a roundhouse kick. He attacked Sheamus with punches, but Ric Rod popped the hood of the car and told Del Rio to slam Sheamus in it. Del Rio put Sheamus in the engine area and slammed the hood down several times. Sheamus slumped to the ground and refs came out to check on him...[C]
Shore's Slant: That was better than Del Rio has been in months, but I'm hesitant to get too excited. They have cut his knees out from under him so many times that this seems more like a tease than anything else. Still, he needed the heat and did a good job of getting some here.
[Q2] A video replayed the entire car assault from right before the break. Sheamus was being helped to the back. He bled from the forehead, presumably the hard way...
1. Great Khali and Layla vs. Antonio Cesaro and Aksana in a mixed tag match. The men started and Khali powered Cesaro around. Aksana got the tag and yelled at Khali to get out. Layla ran in with a Thesz Press. She hit a cross body and Cesaro broke the count. Khali started to run in, but Cesaro charged at him. Khali grabbed Cesaro by the throat and tossed him over the rope. Layla hit the Lay Out for the win. Post-match, she and Khali danced...
Great Khali and Layla defeated Antonio Cesaro and Aksana at 1:55.
Backstage, Cody Rhodes told Teddy Long he had been granted a second Money in the Bank qualifier match. Long said he knew, and had picked his opponent, Christian. Cody was not happy...[C]
Shore's Slant: So far only one party spot. If they can just keep those off TV we will be OK. I will say this, that was a smart way for Teddy to get revenge without taking heat off Cesaro. Nicely done.
Mick Foley's favorite Raw moment is him winning the title from the Rock in 1999...Ring introductions occurred for the MitB qualifier...
[Q3] 2. Cody Rhodes vs. Christian. If Cody wins he is in the Money in the Bank ladder match. The match started fast like it would be a five minute TV match. Cody Even hit a Disaster Kick in the ropes for two before the commercial break...[C]
Back from commercial, Cody worked Christian's left arm. He set Christian on the top. Christian battled away and hit a missile drop kick to start his comeback series. He hit a crossbody for two and setup for the kill switch. Cody fought back and tried for a Alabama Slam. Christian rolled out and scored a roll up near fall. Cody sidestepped a charging Christian. Christian hit the post and Cody rolled up for two.
Cody tried to take a turnbuckle pad off but the ref stopped him. Christian hit a reverse DDT for two. He hooked for the Kill Switch, but he sold the arm and let go. Cody grabbed him and hit Cross Rhodes for the win...
Cody Rhodes defeated Christian to qualify for the MitB match at 9:11.
At the party, Zack Ryder told Teddy he would be the DJ. Heath Slater said he would be the entertainment and started singing. They threw food at him. Ryder played Brodus Clay's music and he and the dancers came out. Everyone did the Funkasaurus...[C]
Shore's Slant: Fun match, and the right guy went over. Cody now becomes my official pick for the winner of MitB. Sheamus needs someone to work with and Cody deserves to get a look.
[Q4] Back from commercial, Alex Riley was in the ring without an entrance for a MitB qualifying match. Vickie Guerrero did her excuse me bit and introduced her man...
3. Alex Riley vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) in a Money in the Bank qualifying match. Ziggler mouthed off to Riley to start. Riley hit a standing drop kick for a near fall. Both guys got a chance to show some offense, and Ziggler made Riley look like a million bucks, but Ziggler hit the Zig Zag for the win...Michael Cole hyped an exclusive live interview with AJ for next...[C]
Dolph Ziggler qualified for the World Title MitB match at 2:26.
Shore's Slant: Forget everything I said about Cody being my favorite. Ziggler HAS to win this match. He's beyond ready for a shot at being credible at the top of the card. I worry he will be the first to fail to win when he cashes in, but maybe I will feel differently when the time comes.
A video hyped Raw going to three hours...Michael Cole stood in the ring and introduced AJ, who made her entrance. He made a joke about her being unbalanced. She tried to respond, but he made her stop and showed a video montage of her different spots on Raw intercut with crazy clips of her over the past few months.
[Q5] Cole asked her what the hell she was thinking. She said a lot of people have asked her that question. He pulled the mic back and said he would answer it. He said she wasn't thinking. He said the Board of Directors made a mistake by making her referee in the WWE title match.
Cole ran her down as being a troubled little girl who was living out a tug of war fantasy with guys who he didn't understand what she saw in them. He asked if she ever thought about getting with a real man. He said perhaps a war correspondent who was now the voice of the WWE. He said she could have "all of this," while opening his coat.
Daniel Bryan's music hit and he came to the ring. He ran Cole down and said Cole was making things up, and that the story wasn't about Cole. Bryan said he knew AJ better than anyone. He said not only was she taking her special ref job very seriously, but he knew she would do a good job. He said she knew she didn't mean to put both of them through the table, that it was just meant to be CM Punk, and he forgave her.
CM Punk's music hit and he came to the ring to a great pop. Punk said this had nothing to do with Cole and dismissed him from the ring. Cole started to argue and Punk told him to get out. Punk said he wasn't going to suck up to her because she was the special ref. He said he was going to be blunt and honest because that's what she deserved because he was worried about her.
He said she wasn't in a good place mentally, and part of that was his fault. He said he should have said something sooner, but she needed professional help. He said he wasn't going to lie to her just to get something he wanted. He called her a sweet girl, and Bryan interrupted him.
Bryan said he was full of crap. He said Punk was trying to make an end around with passive aggressive comments. He said Punk needed AJ because there was no way he could beat him straight up. Bryan said Punk didn't care about AJ, he was the only one who cared about her. Punk dropped his mic and pushed Bryan. Bryan dropped his and pushed back. AJ jumped in between them and held them apart.
They backed up and AJ faced Bryan. She planted a long ass kiss on him. CM Punk looked sad and left the ring. She turned around and chased Punk to the floor. She spun him around and planted a long ass kiss on him The crowd went nuts. When she finished with Punk, she skipped up the ramp and did a Yes chant into the break...[C]
Shore's Slant: I love this story arc. I realize that anything looks good compared to the body of creative work that is the current WWE product, but this feud is all kinds of money. Ratings are up and I really think this angle has a lot to do with it. All three are having great moments right now. Just flat good.
[Q6] Back from commercial, Santino was introduced and he introduced his tag team partners. Sgt. Slaughter was first to a good pop.
4. Santino Marella, Sgt. Slaughter, and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggin vs. Hunico, Camacho, and Drew McIntyre. Santino won with the Cobra after Sarge has Hunico in the Cobra Clutch...
Santino Marella, Sgt. Slaughter, and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggin defeated Hunico, Camacho, and Drew McIntyre at 2:25.
At the party, Teddy and R-Truth talked with Little Jimmy when the music stopped. Damien Sandow was standing there with a plug in his hand. He argued with Ryder and then punched him. They brawled for a minute and Ryder grabbed the punch bowl. He tossed it at Sandow, but he ducked and the punch hit Eve. You could see her panties through the wet dress, and only the big name tag prevented you from seeing more. Teddy said this was his kind of party and Eve stormed off...[C]
Shore's Slant: Cole was especially smarmy on this match, in "exposing the business" ways. The match was July 4th filler and mostly harmless.
Curt Hawkins and Tyker Reks were in the ring. Hawkins called out Ryback, so Ryback came out...
Curt Hawkins (w/Tyler Reks) vs. Ryback. Hawkins got in no offense. Ryback won with his finisher...
Ryback defeated Curt Hawkins at 1:09.
[Q7] A video recapped the Sheamus/Del Rio altercation from earlier. Matthews announced that Sheamus would not compete in the battle royal, which was hyped for next...[C]
Shore's Slant: What, no indy workers available in Corpus Christi?
Donald Trumps favorite Raw moment was when he dropped money on the crowd...The announce team setup a hype video for SyFy's new show. I missed the name...Teddy Long came out and thanked everyone for allowing him to be GM next week. He announced it was time for the Great American Bash Battle Royal. Del Rio made his ring entrance, followed by Kane, Jack Swagger, and John Cena (who got a monster pop)...[C]
[Q8] Back from commercial, Lord Tensai joined the group, followed by CM Punk, and Big Show...
20 Man Great American Bash Battle Royal. The winner will be the GM of Smackdown next week. Justin Gabriel was out first, followed by Brodus Clay, Ezekiel Jackson, Great Khali, Damien Sandow, and Santino Marella. Big Show eliminated Kofi Kingston and Cody Rhodes at the same time for the big pre-commercial elimination...[C]
Back at 5:58, Punk and Bryan traded blows in the middle of the ring. Bryan backed up and Punk charged. He crashed into Bryan and they eliminated each other. Kane chokeslammed Cena, then chokeslammed Show after they both had each other by the throat. Tensai beat up Kane, and then he, Del Rio, and Ziggler all went after Cena. Cena killed them all, much to the delight of the fans.
He teased the Five Knuckle Shuffle, Del Rio ran over and Cena tossed him out. Cena hit the AA on Kane. Tensai attacked Cena, but Cena tossed him. Show snuck up tossed Cena. Show tossed Christian, and Ziggler jumped on Show with a sleeper. Kane eliminated them both and turned around to face the final person in the ring, Zack Ryder.
Kane tossed Ryder around and then whipped him to the corner. He charged in, but Ryder hit a drop toe hold and Broski boot. Ryder setup for the Rough Ryder, but Kane caught him by the throat. Ryder slipped out of the lift and ran to the ropes. Kane charged, and Ryder pulled the ropes down to eliminate Kane and win the match. A video recapped the battle royal and put over the Ryder win. Ryder celebrated his win to close the show...
Zack Ryder won the Great American Bash Battle Royal and will be the GM of Smackdown next week at 10:48.
Shore's Slant: Fun finish that gave Ryder a little heat back. The crowd was hot for him at the end, and it was nice they did it with Kane. The kid is very entertaining and should get more time. I hope this leads to good things for him. Of course I also don't expect it to lead to anything more than a silly Smackdown next week.
All in all, this might be the best live special they have ever done, or at least in a long time. There was some camp comedy, but it was short and not completely awful. The show had a great, great, great segment from AJ, Punk and Bryan, and there was good advancement with the World Title feud. I would still like to see more done with the lower card, but not a terrible night at all. I'll have more to say tomorrow on the Hitlist and All Access podcast. Thanks for following along with me tonight, and have a safe and happy Independence Day.
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