WWE Flashback – WrestleMania 28: The Rock Wins, The Undertaker Survives

March 09, 2015 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Originally posted April 1, 2012 – It was the old WWE guard that ruled WrestleMania 28. The Rock returned and finally settled his score with John Cena after a year, but it was Triple H and The Undertaker that stole the show and pulled off one of the most dramatic WrestleMania matches in WWE history.

The Rock pinned John Cena in a match that was made by the awesome crowd reaction in Miami. The crowd was about 75/25 in favor of The Rock. The atmosphere alone will certainly make this one a classic. The two opened up trading headlock combinations to a lot of Cena booing. The Rock went for a Sharpshooter early that was countered by Cena rolling out of the ring.

Back in the ring Cena wore The Rock down with a few shoulder tackles and then a clothesline. A “wicked clothesline” according to Michael Cole. Cena then applied an awkward looking bear hug to The Rock. The Rock punched out of it but wound up hitting the floor.

Cena dropped The Rock on the announcer’s table. The Rock was holding his ribs. Cena kicked the ribs and rolled The Rock back inside the ring for a two-count. Cena hit a belly-to-belly suplex on The Rock for another two-count. The Rock powered out but Cena went back to the bear hug. Yes, another bear hug. 1981 called and they want their rest-hold back. The Rock finally hit a DDT to break Cena’s momentum, yet he continued selling the ribs.

The Rock finally hit his usual set of moves and went for The People’s Elbow but was cut off by an STF attempt by Cena. Cena wound up regaining control and dropping a Five Knuckle Shuffle. The Rock slipped out of an A.A. and the two double downed on a clothesline.

Both guys got back up and traded punches. I should point out that Cena was in control for most of the early going here in the match, almost making this look like a squash match. Cena had an answer for everything while The Rock struggled. The fans stayed with it though which kept it strong.

The Rock hit a Rock Bottom out of nowhere for a close fall. Cena recovered again. I don’t even know why they bothered booking the match if they weren’t going to give The Rock much. It really came off like a big squash at this point.

The Rock tackled Cena and applied a Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Cena broke the hold on the ropes. Rock went back to the hold. Cena broke the hold again on the ropes. The People’s Champ went to the floor and dropped some elbows and punches on Cena. The Rock sent Cena into the steel stairs. Cena then flipped into the ring and caught The Rock in the middle with an STF.

Once The Rock got out of the STF he hit a Samoan Drop on Cena. Both guys were down. On their feet, both guys traded punches and kicks. The Rock hit a Spine Buster on Cena. It was People’s Elbow time! Cena rolled up The Rock for a near fall. Cena dropped The Rock and hit a slingshot into the turnbuckle, followed by a near fall. The Rock blocked what looked like a Superplex attempt by Cena. The Rock then hit a cross body block off the top, Cena rolled through, hit the A.A. and got a near fall. The crowd went absolutely nuts for this sequence!

Cena then went for a People’s Elbow. The Rock caught him with a Rock Bottom and dropped him for the three-count and the win! The place went nuts for the unexpected finish.

Obviously they are setting up a rematch here. I have to be honest, I have very little interest in seeing that. This was a fun match for the atmosphere alone but the match itself was a bit disappointing to me. To be fair, it is possible that they are saving their best for the rematch.

The Undertaker went 20-0 defeating Triple H in one of the most dramatic WrestleMania matches you will ever see. I can’t rave about this match enough. A bald Undertaker and Triple H started off the match with The Undertaker dropping Triple H with several right hands. They had a nice back and forth in the open in your typical pro wrestling brawl. The explanation about The Undertaker’s bald head was that he cut his hair off until Triple H accepted a rematch.

Triple H was the first to hit the cage as the Dead Man threw him to the fence while both were on the floor. The Undertaker pushed Shawn Michaels out of the way early as Michaels tried to check on Triple H. Triple H took the brunt of the punishment early on. The Undertaker also went “old school” and walked the ropes early as well.

Triple H finally got the upper hand using steel steps that The Undertaker brought into the ring. The Undertaker reversed a Pedigree attempt on the steps. I want to note how great the crowd was during this match. The audience was super hot and popping for everything they did. Hunter regained the upper hand after dropping The Undertaker with a Spine Buster on the steps. The Undertaker then grabbed Triple H in a triangle choke or “Hell’s Gate” as the WWE calls it which Hunter broke by slamming him.

Triple H then proceeded to absolutely brutalize The Undertaker with several chair shots to the back. Michaels told Hunter to cover him but he didn’t. Hunter then shoved Michaels aside and continued pounding The Undertaker with chair shots, telling Michaels to end it or he would. The Undertaker told Michaels not to stop the match as Hunter yelled “stay down!” Triple H finally went for a cover with no avail.

The story here was Hunter continually asking Shawn to end the match or he would. Triple H then brought the sledgehammer into the match and told Shawn he was ending it one way or the other. The Undertaker kicked out of a sledgehammer shot to a big ovation. Michaels finally grabbed the sledgehammer out of Hunter’s hands.

The Undertaker wound up choking Shawn Michaels with the “Hell’s Gate” when HBK went to check on him. The Undertaker did this to stop Michaels from stopping the match. Michaels was out at this point. Now Hunter was caught in the triangle choke but the match had no referee at this point. Hunter grabbed the sledgehammer and dropped it. Hunter was choked out at this point but Michaels was still out cold as well.

New referee Charles Robinson ran out to get into the match and take over. The Undertaker then choke slammed Triple H for a near fall. These guys had great drama going at this point. The Undertaker then choke slammed Robinson. The Undertaker pulled Hunter up for a Tombstone, Michaels nailed Taker with Sweet Chin Music, Triple H Pedigreed him, and Undertaker kicked out in a classic WrestleMania moment.

Triple H then tossed Michaels outside of the ring. The Undertaker nailed Hunter with several shots and dropped him for Snake Eyes and a big boot. The Undertaker Tombstoned Hunter for a near fall in another classic moment. The match was at a level above last year’s at this point and I loved last year’s match.

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After a back and forth Triple H nailed a Pedigree for another close three count. They had 60,000+ on their feet. The Undertaker had a chair and Hunter had his sledgehammer at this point. The Undertaker then proceeded to brutalize and pay back a Hunter with chair shots. The chair shots were so hard it bent the chair up. Triple H kicked out once again.

Triple H gave Taker a crotch chop sign and was then immediately dropped by the Dead Man. The Undertaker went for the Tombstone, dropped Hunter, and got the three-count for his 20th WrestleMania win in an absolute classic. I didn’t think they could do it but they topped last year’s match and more. Great match!

Both guys were laid out due to exhaustion as the cage went up. Michaels looked down at both men. Triple H was out cold and The Undertaker could barely get to his feet. Michaels pulled Undertaker up and the two hugged. There was a fireworks celebration that followed to celebrate 20-0. The Undertaker staggered around a bit after the fireworks. He and Michaels pulled up Triple H and walked him to the back.

CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho to retain the WWE championship. John Laurinaitis told CM Punk in the back before the match that he would change the WWE championship if Punk lost his temper and got disqualified. Jericho spent the early portion of the match trying to lure Punk into getting himself disqualified. Eventually the two wound up breaking into a pretty good match. The highlight of the match was Jericho suplexing Punk over the top from the ring to the floor.

The match was really hurt by following the Hell in a Cell match. It was a good match but the crowd really took awhile to get into the match. In all fairness the crowd seemed to be pretty into it towards the end. Punk won the match with the Anaconda Vice in the center of the ring. Jericho tapped out.

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus for the WWE world heavyweight title opened the show. I loved the choice of going with Bryan vs. Sheamus, great way to set the pace of the show. Behind the scenes it was a great spot for them as they don’t have to worry about match time being cut. Bryan had a ton and I mean a ton of “Yes” signs in the house.

The match was over in a matter of seconds. Sheamus nailed Bryan with a Brogue Kick right after the bell was sounded for the win and the WWE world heavyweight championship in 18 seconds. I hated this. What a waste of one of the best workers in the company here. It reminded me of when I went to see a New Japan show live in the 1990s and was pumped to see Jushin Liger vs. Ultimo Dragon and yet they ended the match in about 90 seconds. I have one word for the booking here, “No!”

Kane defeated Randy Orton in a bit of a surprise. Orton was going for the RKO from the top but was instead chokeslammed from the second rope. I am not sure what is going on with Orton but it almost appears that the guy is getting buried. Quite frankly he was treated much better when he was an undisciplined troublemaker. I wouldn’t call it a bad match but it was certainly a waste of Orton in my opinion.

The Big Show defeated Cody Rhodes to win the WWE I-C title. Not a bad match, but more like your typical television bout. Most of the match saw Show throw Cody around until Cody worked over Show’s knee. The finish came on a second Disaster Kick attempt by Cody who was caught and dropped by The Big Show. Big Show pulled the strap down ala Jerry Lawler and knocked him out with the right hand. Show ends Cody’s 233 WWE intercontinental title reign. Show cried after the match and really put the win over nicely here.

Maria Menounos pinned Beth Phoenix to win the Divas tag team match. This was actually a bit better than I expected, not that I expected much. The biggest disappointment was the unflattering pants attire of Maria Menounos. Hey if you are going to force me to watch her wrestle, at least stick her in a bikini

The Miz pinned Zack Ryder to win the 12-man tag team match. John Laurinaitis will now have total control of SmackDown and Monday Night RAW as the G.M. The finish came when Zack had The Miz set up for the finish and Eve Torres came into the ring. The referee turned around and told Eve to leave. Zack confronted Eve, turned around, and received the Skull Crushing Finale. Eve kicked Zack in the groin after the match. I was expecting a lot more here, although to be fair they were following the Hell in a Cell match.

Overall I’d say it was a one match show. The Undertaker vs. Triple H match was so good that I would recommend the show simply for that. The Rock vs. Cena felt flat to me as a match, although the atmosphere made this at minimum a WrestleMania classic moment. The rest of the card was good but nothing else really stood out to me. I’d rate this one slightly better than last year but that isn’t really saying much now is it?

The elephants in the room here are Batista and Brock Lesnar. It was reported by numerous sources over the weekend that both were at WrestleMania. Most fans assumed that they would be a part of the show, specifically Brock Lesnar. I would be absolutely shocked if Lesnar does not appear on RAW tomorrow night in some major angle. The plan at this point appears to be to announce a big match tomorrow or at least set up a match tomorrow for next year. The WWE would generally shake up RAW the night after WrestleMania in the past with big angles. Look for that this Monday on RAW. Otherwise I have no explanation for the absence of Lesnar and Batista.

Full WWE WrestleMania 28 results & winners
Primo & Epico defeated Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd and The Usos in a Triple Threat Tag Team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship
Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos defeated Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres
Team Johnny (David Otunga (captain), Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz, and Drew McIntyre) (with Vickie Guerrero) defeated Team Teddy (Santino Marella (captain), R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, and Booker T) (with Hornswoggle)&Aksana vs. in a 12-Man Tag Team match to determine General Manager of both the Raw and SmackDown brands
Kane defeated Randy Orton
The Big Show defeated Cody Rhodes for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho to retain the WWE Championship
The Undertaker defeated Triple H Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee
The Rock defeated John Cena

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Flashback: Alberto Del Rio Wins the WWE Royal Rumble 2011

January 14, 2015 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Originally published on January 30, 2011. The 2011 WWE Royal Rumble winner wasn’t who was expected and that is a good thing. Alberto Del Rio won the Royal Rumble and a trip to the WrestleMania 27 main-event against a WWE champion of his choice. Del Rio eliminated Santino Marella to win the Rumble and earn his title match.

Rey Mysterio, Kane, Wade Barrett, John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, and Randy Orton were the final six of the Rumble or were they? Mysterio eliminated Kane and was then quickly tossed out by Barrett. The announcers pushed the RAW vs. SmackDown theme of the final four.

In the shocker of the night, John Cena was eliminated by The Miz. Yes The Miz was down doing commentary and wound up running in. Alex Riley distracted Cena and The Miz wound up tossing Cena over. The ref never “saw it” and only caught Cena on the floor, thus eliminating Cena. Barrett, Orton, and Del Rio are final three. Del Rio eliminated Randy Orton, started to celebrate, and was then attached by Santino.

Santino emerged from under the ring and the place went ballistic. Santino Marella was never officially eliminated when he appeared early on. The announcers went nuts saying it would be the biggest upset of all time. For a second I kind of wanted to see it. Del Rio soon recovered, eliminated Santino and officially won the Rumble and the championship match of his choice.

CM Punk entered the Royal Rumble as #1. Punk was soon jumped by members of Corre. The RAW GM (how did he have power here?) chimed in and ordered Corre to the back. Daniel Bryan then entered as the official number two. Punk and Bryan started off which I am sure appealed to their hardcore following on the Internet.

Kevin Nash made a long awaited return to the WWE entering the Royal Rumble at #32. Nash entered as his old character Diesel with a black haired dye job and his old Diesel gear. Nash got a nice reaction but it was nowhere close to the reaction that Booker T received. Nash did his trademark Diesel moves but was eliminated pretty shortly by Wade Barrett. Nash and The Big Show walked by one another as Nash left and Show entered. It could have been a prelude to a WrestleMania match but let’s hope not. Hey Paul, don’t let him powerbomb you this time. Hey may try and finish the what he couldn’t do at Souled Out.

No Triple H for the record. Not sure what he is waiting for at this point but I have to admit that I was hoping to see him come out at #40 instead of Kane. No Undertaker either.

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Nash’s fellow Main Event Mafia partner,  Booker T also returned to the WWE. King Booker entered the Royal Rumble earlier at #21. Booker T got a huge pop and entered the ring to face four members of Nexus. Unfortunately the numbers got the best of him and Booker T’s return lasted for about 90 seconds before being eliminated. I am not a big proponent of seeing Booker T back but the fan reaction sure made it a great Rumble moment. The former TNA stars got nice reactions but were limited with short appearances in the Rumble match which was probably for the better.

CM Punk was looking like the favorite for awhile. At one point Punk and three members of Nexus just wound up eliminating everyone and continued to throw away future entrants. They just looked unstoppable after eliminating Booker T in less than two minutes. John Cena wound up entering at #22 with his Superman cape and eliminated all of Nexus including CM Punk. I was fairly certain up to that point that Punk was going to be Final Four if not the winner altogether.

John Morrison may have had the best Royal Rumble spot I ever saw. Shortly after entering the Rumble Morrison was tossed over the top rope. However, instead of landing on the floor he landed on the barricade like Spiderman avoiding elimination. Morrison than leaped from the barricade to the metal steps and returned to the ring. The spot and sequence have to be seen to be believed.

Randy Orton entered at #39 and eliminated Sheamus and Kofi Kingston. He and Cena had a stare down that was designed to get a big reaction. Guess what? Nobody seemed to care. Maybe because WWE fans have seen Cena vs. Orton on and off for the last three years. I can’t imagine anyone having any interest in seeing Cena vs. Orton in any way, shape, or fashion in 2011 (or 2012, 2013, 2014).

Overall I thought the Rumble match was excellent. I never felt like it dragged and it had some pretty cool spots. I thought that 40 guys would be too much but it really wasn’t. If you missed the show, I’d go out of your way to try and get a copy of the match. It certainly wasn’t the best Rumble match of all time but it was far from the worst.

On a totally random note, listening to 40 WWE entrance themes is a reminder at how God awful WWE entrance music is in 2011. Well, 39 because Booker T’s music is still pretty damn good.

It would appear from the WWE championship match that CM Punk vs. Randy Orton is a highly likely WrestleMania match. Randy Orton vs. The Miz ended after interference from Nexus which saw Punk nail Orton with the GTS. The Miz capitalized and pinned Orton to win the match.

On yet another random note, I think I was vindicated for everything I have said about The Miz and his inability to be a successful WWE champion. He is not over at all! I have gotten a lot of criticism for a blog I wrote entitled “Is The Miz the worst WWE champion ever?” People told me that I don’t know what I am talking about, he is awesome, and I am in the minority. I think I stand corrected. He is now a day over two months as WWE champion and if he hasn’t been able to sell anyone by now, he isn’t going to sell them by WrestleMania. Guess what happened when he came out for the biggest match of his career? Nobody cared or reacted to him like a champion and quite honestly, the match wasn’t that good. The lesson learned here is just because a guy can go out and cut a 15 minute “great” (Wow the standards have dropped enormously) promo and deliver witty lines doesn’t make him a great champion.  The point being is that nobody believes in him as a champion and the fans see right through it. Sure you can blame the booking but he is just not championship material no matter how “funny” you may think he is.

I love the decision to go with Alberto Del Rio as this year’s winner. Del Rio is fresh and one of the best characters I have seen the WWE develop in years. Unfortunately I don’t know how much interest I have an Edge vs. Del Rio match. Quite frankly I don’t know how much interest I have an Edge vs. anyone WrestleMania title match. If it ends with Del Rio winning the championship and becoming the star of SmackDown, I like it.

An early look at WrestleMania 27 probably looks like…
The Miz vs. John Cena for the WWE title
Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE world heavyweight title
Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
Nexus vs. Corre
Big Show vs. Kevin Nash

2011 WWE Royal Rumble results:

Edge defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE world heavyweight title
The Miz defeated Randy Orton after interference from Nexus and CM Punk
Natalya and Eve Torres defeated LayCool

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Top Five WWE Money In The Bank Matches

June 26, 2014 By: Category: lists, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE Money in the Bank match has produced some of the most exciting moments of the last ten years. The glorified ladder match features daredevil heroics, extreme punishment, and intense action. Today I look back and celebrate the top five Money in the Bank matches in WWE history.

I don’t think anyone realized in 2005 when the WWE announced the first Money in the Bank match the significance this match would have on wrestling history. Stars were made, history was written, and memories have been cemented forever thanks to this innovative match. With two new matches around the corner I thought today would be a great time to look back and count down the top matches in MITB history. Since we aren’t quite ten years into MITB I went with a top five as opposed to a top ten. Leave a comment if you agree, disagree, or want to mention your favorite Money in the Bank match memory.

Edge defeats Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Christian and Kane – WrestleMania 21

I can’t think of another MITB match that was more exciting than the one at WrestleMania 21. I think the big difference here was that it was the first. The match just had more intensity and crowd emotion than any other due to the fact that nobody knew what to expect. The match was full of crazy spots that fans hadn’t seen before or lumped into one match. It is hard to replicate the element of surprise that the first match had at 21. Spots like the Benoit diving headbutt and Benjamin running up the ladder had fans stunned in amazement at this new kind of match.

Not that this should be part of the criteria but it also had the biggest impact in regards to elevating a star. Edge won and once he cashed in became an established WWE elite superstar for the rest of his career. No other winner has taken as much away from this match as Edge did in 2005.

Mr. Kennedy defeated CM Punk, Edge, Finlay, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, King Booker and Randy Orton – WrestleMania 23

I liked this match a lot and even though it was one of the longer MITB matches, it kept me interested from bell to bell. Edge and Orton bumped up the star presence here while the Hardys brought a ton of excitement to the match with the anticipation alone of what these guys would do in this environment. In terms of MITB moments, the spots between Jeff and Edge were some of the best in MITB history. Jeff’s jump on Edge is arguably the greatest spot in MITB history. What those guys did alone made this match great, yet it was a great effort from all back at 23, and the surprise winner in Kennedy was a nice touch.

CM Punk defeated Shelton Benjamin, Carlito, Chris Jericho, Mr. Kennedy, John Morrison and Montel Vontavious Porter – WrestleMania 24

I was surprised at how much I liked this match when I went back and watched all of the old MITB matches. On paper it looks pretty average but these guys went far beyond anything I expected going into the match. It did get a little spot-crazy at times but that is to be expected in such a match. Shelton Benjamin really stepped it up here and John Morrison was in his element, delivering a moonsault with a ladder in his hand at one point. Matt Hardy’s spectacular 20-foot Twist of Fate remains the highlight of this match for me.

Alberto Del Rio defeated Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, R-Truth, The Miz, Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger – Money in the Bank 2011

I debated a bit about the four spot here but in the end I went with the RAW MITB match from last year’s memorable show in Chicago. This match delivered on a lot of levels with the guys going out of their way to give fans plenty of breathtaking memories. Between Evan Bourne’s shooting star press 20 feet in the air, The Miz falling off the ladder, Mysterio and Kofi’s double leap, and Rey Mysterio getting unmasked, this was one of the more fun Money in the Bank matches. The hot Chicago crowd certainly didn’t hurt this one from entering the top five either.

CM Punk defeated Shelton Benjamin, Christian, Finlay, Mark Henry, Kane, Kofi Kingston and Montel Vontavious Porter – WrestleMania 25

I struggled quite a bit with the final spot here. I went back and forth between this one, last year’s MITB match, and the SmackDown match from the Chicago 2011 pay per view. In the end, the MITB WrestleMania 25 match was just too good to leave off the list. Shelton Benjamis was the show stealer in this one giving fans some of the best spots of the night in this match. One moment in particular saw Benjamin leap off the ladder placed in the aisle onto his MITB opponents. Watching these MITB matches reminded me how good Benjamin was and had me wondering why he isn’t the WWE today! Kofi also had his moments, one in particular had Kofi deliver a kick through the side of the ladder and climb the ladder while it was closed. Another saw Kofi run up the ladder and fall into a World’s Strongest Slam. Christian also had his moment hitting an Unprettier to Punk off the ladder. This match had a lot of great moments and is often one of the more underrated matches of the MITB series.

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WrestleMania XXVIII: A Portrait in Wrestling History

April 04, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

From SunLife Stadium in Miami, FL
April 1, 2012

It’s been purported that each WrestleMania event is generally planned a year in advance, and the booking is written backwards to support what they want to present on the grandest stage. While recent WrestleManias seem a bit more thrown-together at times, owing to an increasingly frenetic Vince McMahon being known to make constant changes, WrestleMania XXVIII was an event where a year-long plot was used, this time as an actual storyline.

One night after WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta, John Cena called out The Rock. Rather than thrash the previous night’s guest host for costing him his World Title match against The Miz, a calm and happy-go-lucky Cena simply challenged Rock to a match at next year’s big event, giving both men one year to prepare for the clash of the ages.

The idea was unique for a modern time frame in which that $45 secondary PPV that you’re being offered has but two matches booked sixteen days before the event. It’s a little hard to get up for those shows (and buyrates seem to agree), but a WrestleMania where the main event is entrenched in everyone’s brains for 363 days?

Those “in-the-know” fans who balked at WWE’s most overexposed star, and most overexposed part-timer, getting a full calendar of non-stop billing would be rewarded by the successes of their heroes.

WWE was becoming a different place, as CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, who’d each passed through Philadelphia’s Murphy Rec Center on the way to the top, won the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships in 2011.

In spite of all of the social media blitzes, irksome moments from Michael Cole, and use of gimmickless FCW/NXT castoffs, it seemed WWE was crafting a WrestleMania unique among the pack. Between a year-long main event build, and two “workrate” champions, the everyday mold was finally being broken.

Cena and Rock crossed paths prior to the WrestleMania main event, as Rock’s movie schedule allowed him to wrestle at Survivor Series 2011. That night at Madison Square Garden, he and Cena formed a super-team that annihilated The Miz and R-Truth. Afterward, Rock dropped Cena with a Rock Bottom as a reminder that, in four months, they’d each engage in a defining match in their careers.

After Cena was sidetracked by a hard-boiled feud with Kane through early 2012, he and Rock criss-crossed on the remaining road to WrestleMania, insulting each other in their typical juvenille fashion. Rock would host one of his trademark “Rock Concerts” laden with entendres and jibes toward the current company flagbearer, while Cena reinstituted his “Doctor of Thuganomics” persona, ripping into Rock with some lines that would make the kid-friendly sponsors cringe.

The match was even given a TV special on USA Network to promote the history of the icons, giving this match, dubbed “Once in a Lifetime”, a super fight feeling like no other in recent memory.

As if the dream match wasn’t enough to churn buyrates, the “end of an era” was also promised. The Undertaker, 19-0 at WrestleMania, wasn’t happy with how he barely eked the win out over Triple H one year earlier, and demanded a rematch with COO of the company.

Hunter initially balked, but The Dead Man persisted, eventually goading the man technically his boss into a fight. The Game agreed on one condition: that it be a Hell in a Cell match. Shawn Michaels, who’d had his career ended by Undertaker, was made guest referee as one last twist of the screw.

Sheamus was the winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble, last ousting a quizzically-acting Chris Jericho. The Celtic Warrior waited three weeks before deciding which championship to challenge for, ultimately deciding on the World Heavyweight title held by an increasingly-self-indulgent Daniel Bryan.

Bryan was an anomaly, winning the title as an underdog hero on December 18 via briefcase cash-in, but slowly took on a portrayal as an egomaniac jerk. Not only did he ignore the affection of girlfriend AJ Lee, but Bryan began to praise himself more and more for minor victories, many of them tainted. He even allowed AJ to be injured by a stampeding Big Show, all just to keep his title.

As for the WWE Championship, anti-hero CM Punk would face the winner of a ten man battle royal that took place on February 20. Jericho would win, and thus be afforded a chance to continue his vague “end of the world” crusade via the company’s top champion.

Jericho first began the mind games with Punk by claiming the “Straight Edge Superstar” had stolen his “Best in the World” moniker, which Punk gladly challenged Jericho to try and take back. With the champ not fazed, Y2J resorted to revealing the ugly family history of Punk, complete with the addictions his family members all once had. Jericho promised to lead Punk down the road of self-destruction en route to taking his title.

Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler were the evening’s commentators, joined by a now-goateed Jim Ross for the Hell in a Cell match. For the third time, Lilian Garcia performed America the Beautiful. The Hall of Fame Class of 2012 consisted of Edge, The Four Horsemen (dual induction for Ric Flair), Ron Simmons, Yokozuna, Mil Mascaras, and celebrity inductee Mike Tyson.

World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds to win the title
(And we stumble out of the gate. Boy the fans at SunLife dumped on them for this decision. I’ve said it in other mediums: it’s not the treatment of Bryan that made this moment suck; it was the belief by the company that Sheamus was going to look stronger as a result. The people who run WWE couldn’t find the pulse of the fans if they had a GPS)

Kane def. Randy Orton in 10:56
(I don’t know who this “Daniel Bryan” fellow is, but he sure got a lot of chants during this match. Decent contest that ended with a flying chokeslam)

WWE Intercontinental: Big Show def. Cody Rhodes in 5:18 to win the title
(The build was entertaining, with Rhodes showing film of Show’s WrestleMania embarrassments to psyche him out, but the match was all too brief. Rhodes actually reigned as champion for eight months)

Maria Menounos/Kelly Kelly def. Eve Torres/Beth Phoenix in 6:49
(All of these women are gone from WWE, which is a commentary on how women would rather do “something else” than work there. But I’d take a stinkface from Miss Menounos, at least)

Hell in a Cell/”End of an Era”: The Undertaker def. Triple H in 30:50
(Opinions of this one are a little divided. Some call this the greatest match in the history of the galaxy. Others think it was stupid to have Triple H assault Undertaker with basic moves, and have Michaels nearly “stop the match” because Taker couldn’t continue. Because Hunter’s so bad ass. Eh, 20-0 is 20-0, even if was slower and more plodding than Heaven’s Gate)

David Otunga/Mark Henry/The Miz/Dolph Ziggler/Jack Swagger/Drew McIntyre def. Kofi Kingston/Santino Marella/Great Khali/R-Truth/Zack Ryder/Booker T in 10:38
(As a result of this, John Laurinaitis won complete control of Raw and Smackdown from Teddy Long. Oh, and Zack Ryder looked like a useless tool. That’ll learn em)

WWE Championship: CM Punk def. Chris Jericho in 22:21
(A highly physical and intense battle that took some time to find second gear, I still found it to be the best match of the night. The battle at the end over the Anaconda Vise, with Punk refusing to give up on the hold, despite Jericho’s vicious struggle, was a nice touch)

“Once in a Lifetime”: The Rock def. John Cena in 33:34
(Nice throwback to the big-time WrestleMania main events of old, even if it was preceded by a six hour concert featuring Flo Rida and anorexic Shannon Moore. Cena’s undoing came as he tried a People’s Elbow, only to be Rock Bottom’d. Some said it was boring, but I actually liked it. Whether Rock has the endurance for another 30 minute match is another story)

It’s hard to argue with 1.22 million buys, a WWE record, so some would say that a year-long build is the way to go. Rock would remain a part of WWE in a limited capacity, sticking around to challenge for the WWE Title at the 2013 Royal Rumble, but we’ll get to that next year.

The show began disastrously, and the fans largely didn’t come out of their anger-induced coma until the Hell in a Cell match. As many people who remember that match, and Rock and Cena’s epic showdown, equally remember how the show opened with the misstep of Sheamus and Bryan, possibly the worst WrestleMania booking since Hogan went over a tired Yokozuna at WrestleMania IX.

It wasn’t a terrible show, but it wasn’t a home run in any way except financially (undoubtedly important, despite our gripes). For the official “portrait” of the show, my pick will be a split screen. On one side is Shawn Michaels and Undertaker holding up a semi-conscious Triple H on the stage, while The Rock stands tall on the other side. WWE more than ever lives off of the past, as it can’t create an exciting present. Logically, their imagery should make you think you’re in 1998.

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Ranking The WWE Elimination Chamber Matches

February 18, 2014 By: Category: lists, WWE | Pro Wrestling

It’s War Games, Survivor Series, and Royal Rumble all in one – it’s the Elimination Chamber? Devised in kayfabe by Eric Bischoff over a decade ago, the Chamber has been used to decide both championships and championship opportunities. The oft-stated forboding nature of this domed structure is palpable enough to have spun off its own annual PPV each February.

There have been 16 such Elimination Chamber matches to date, and here they are, from worst to best.

The Godawfully Ghastly

16. ECW Championship: Big Show (c) vs. Rob Van Dam vs. CM Punk vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Test vs. Hardcore Holly (12/3/06, December to Dismember)
WINNER: Lashley
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Lashley, Test (2)

Any hopes that ECW diehards had of their resurrected brand fulfilling the lost appeal of the original, died in Augusta, GA on this night. Vince McMahon monkeyed with Paul Heyman’s creation one last time before dismissing Paul E one day later, and the result was, in some ways, the beginning of the end of McMahon’s teflon-coated characterization

Crowd favorites Punk and Van Dam were eliminated early to set the stage for Lashley’s (in theory) Superman finish, where he plowed through Test and Show to win the gold. A mixed reaction met Vince’s next big thing, and Vince would soon enter a feud with him that was lukewarm at best. The addition of weapons to this Chamber couldn’t save it.

15. World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H (c) vs. Goldberg vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Kevin Nash vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton (8/24/03, SummerSlam)
WINNER: Triple H

Helmsley was saddled with leg injuries, and a noticeable gut, from a lack of his usual workout regimen. He performed exactly 2 minutes of physical work in the match, and scored the victory over Goldberg to retain the gold. Had WWE not been in a rut of dwindling ratings and putrid creative in 2003, Goldberg’s loss would have rivaled his WCW loss to Nash at Starrcade.

Many expected Goldberg to be what they knew him to be from day one: a muscle-bound bulldozer. And he was, mowing through Orton, Michaels, and Jericho to leave himself with the champion. But Ric Flair slid a sledgehammer to his charge, and after one simple knock to the head of “The Man”, a rather dismal SummerSlam ended on such a disappointing note.

14. WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Carlito vs. Chris Masters vs. Kurt Angle vs. Kane (1/8/06, New Year’s Revolution)

Journey back with me over 7 years to a time when Cena “overcoming the odds” was a fairly novel concept. Cena became the first man in the Chamber’s history (to be fair, this was the fourth such incarnation) to win the match from one of the two starting spots. The match is known more for its aftermath (Edge cashing in the briefcase) than the actual bout.

Angle was gone quicker than a flash, and Carlito and Masters would take over the match. Cena was busted open, and the midcard duo summarily eliminated Kane before Carlito scoring a surprising pin on Michaels. Then Carlito backstabbed Masters with a roll-up pin before Cena, in his crimson mask, rolled up Carlito seconds later to retain the title.

13. World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Mike Knox vs. Kane (2/15/09, No Way Out)
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Edge, Mysterio (2)

This was during the annoying period where both World Titles changed a combined 65 times in 3 weeks (give or take a dozen switches), and Cena’s 3 month reign (an eon in this era) ended in one of the rare times where you knew for sure he was cooked. And it all began when Edge attacked original entrant Kofi Kingston, and Vickie Guerrero allowed Edge his entry.

See, Edge was WWE Champion headed into the show, and he lost the Chamber earlier in the night in a matter of minutes (minor spoiler). So he, being the “Ultimate Opportunist” just finagled his way into this match, and you knew Edge would somehow win. Cena didn’t record a single elimination, amazingly, and Edge speared Mysterio to gain the other title.

The Appropriately Audacious

12. WWE Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Ted Dibiase (2/21/10, Elimination Chamber)
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Everyone but Orton (1)

This may have leveraged its way up the list a little bit, had Cena not lost the title minutes later to Batista, per Angry Vince’s impromptu booking. As it was, this one was stocked with its share of interesting plot developments, notably in the form of Cody Rhodes interfering for Dibiase to get Orton out first, and a grueling Cena/HHH finish that coulda gone either way.

Sheamus’ first run as champion, before he was a grinning doofus with a latently racist mindset, ended after 2 months, when his real-life mentor Helmsley Pedigreed him. With the Celtic Warrior gone, HHH and Cena had a race to the wire, but Cena proved to be too much, and made Helmsley tap to the STF. And then it was off to put Batista over.

11. World Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Big Show vs. Great Khali vs. Santino Marella vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Wade Barrett (2/19/12, Elimination Chamber)

What began as a very mundane, very bland Chamber match (with the crowd even chanting their displeasure) turned into a rather exciting contest by the end, thanks to some surprising booking. Khali and Show were eliminated early on, leaving Marella as the only babyface if you don’t count the love for Bryan. And that’s when things began to get interesting.

Marella surprised Rhodes with a roll-up to eliminate the Intercontinental Champion, and then cooperated with Bryan to get rid of Barrett. In many cases, Santino Marella is merely the comedic patsy, but here, he won the crowd over as he nearly defeated Bryan on several occasions, building to a fever pitch where he finally tapped to the Yes/No Lock.

10. #1 Contender’s Match: Undertaker vs. Batista vs. Finlay vs. MVP vs. Big Daddy V vs. Great Khali (2/17/08, No Way Out)
WINNER: Undertaker

For the very first time, a Chamber match had merely the opportunity for a title match at stake, as opposed to actual gold. The idea that Khali and the former Mabel would be in position to have a chance to become champion is frightening enough, but they were fortunately done away with before they could bog down the works. With them gone, the real fun began.

It was Undertaker’s showcase, and not since he battered Mick Foley inside Hell in a Cell had he looked so violently dominant. MVP was killed off via a chokeslam off a pod, and Finlay met his end with a chokeslam on the grating. Taker remained with the man he had the best feud of 2007 with, and after brawling it out with his nemesis, a Tombstone put Batista way.

9. #1 Contender’s Match: Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry (2/17/13, Elimination Chamber)
WINNER: Swagger
A shot at Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Title hung in the balance, so you’d figure a heel was winning this one. Being that Del Rio was blander than flavorless soup in his sudden turn as a lunch-bucket immigrant, it was appropriate that the equally bland Swagger would earn the shot, after suddenly returning as Rick Perry with muscles. Lucky us.
Still, the match was quite good, particularly when Henry entered and began demolishing everything in sight. The crowd lost its steam when Henry was downed by Orton’s RKO, and it seemed apparent that Swagger, inexplicably, was the only likely winner. After Orton RKOed Jericho out, Swagger indeed cradled Orton to win.

8. #1 Contender’s Match: John Cena vs. CM Punk vs. Randy Orton vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth vs. Sheamus (2/20/11, Elimination Chamber)

A chance to face The Miz at WrestleMania XXVII, and a chance to be overshadowed by The Rock, hung in the balance. Consolation prizes included: teaming with Snookie, having your US Title match bumped from the big event, and being relegated to the pre-show battle royal. But rather than focus on the bass-ackward booking, let’s talk about the fun of this contest.

In a creative moment, Punk was eliminated seconds into his entrance, but was allowed to stay per the anonymous GM (remember that?) who ruled that Punk’s faulty pod door unfairly hindered him. Morrison landed a bizarre dive off the chamber’s concave roof onto Sheamus, which coincided a short push for him. Cena, of course, won in the end after AA’ing Punk.

The Excitingly Extreme

7. World Heavyweight Championship: The Undertaker (c) vs. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth (2/21/10, Elimination Chamber)
WINNER: Jericho
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Everyone but R-Truth (1)

Although Jericho’s victory would lead to a forgettable angle with Edge for the title (“SPEEEEEEEEAR”), and ultimately a title switch to Jack Swagger, this Chamber provided not only some fast-paced, brutal action, but the ending set up WrestleMania even moreso than Jericho’s title win, and it would lead to the exodus of one of wrestling’s greatest stars.

Truth and Punk were early exits, leading to Mysterio and Morrison to carry the body of the match with their typical stuntwork. Once they were gone, Undertaker was fixing to finish off Jericho, but Shawn Michaels popped up through the grating, and superkicked Undertaker, allowing Jericho to win. HBK got his rematch; the focal point of WrestleMania XXVI.

6. WWE Championship: Edge (c) vs. Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy vs. The Undertaker vs. Big Show vs. Vladimir Kozlov (2/15/09, No Way Out)
WINNER: Triple H
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Undertaker, Triple H (2)

As mentioned previously, this is the era where you’d wake up to a new champion seemingly every other day until Randy Orton, of all people, provided some stability over the spring and summer. But at least the matches weren’t always shoddy. Some of them, like this one, featured a number of main eventers at their hard-working peak. Also, Vladimir Kozlov was involved.

Edge was eliminated in under three minutes via fluke pin, so a new champion was guaranteed. Once Kozlov bit the bullet, you had four credible stars that could have each potentially walked out with the gold. The proceedings whittled down to Undertaker and HHH, who did more in 7 minutes than they did with 30 inside Hell in a Cell. A Pedigree gave Hunter his final World Title.

5. World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho vs. Booker T vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Kane (11/17/02, Survivor Series)
WINNER: Michaels
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Jericho, Michaels (2)

The first incarnation of the Chamber was not without its glaring botches. For one, Triple H had his throat sandwiched by an errant RVD dive, and could barely speak afterward. In another case, the production crew messed up the order of entrants, so Kane entered one spot early, throwing things into disarray. Otherwise, the match was fueled by a hot MSG crowd, and a great story.

It was Michaels’ second match back and, despite his turd-brown tights and Peter Stormare-hairstyle, the crowd was aching for a great comeback story. Michaels eliminated Jericho to bring it down to he and his old DX buddy, who’d brutalized him over the summer. Michaels won his final World Title with Sweet Chin Music, while the Garden, and Jim Ross, rejoiced loudly.

4. WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth (2/19/12, Elimination Chamber)
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Punk, Jericho (2)

Jericho was unable to fulfill his “end of the world” proclamation at the Royal Rumble, being Brogue Kicked off the apron by Sheamus to send “The Great White” to WrestleMania. But fans felt that Jericho’s consolation prize would be to unseat Punk inside the Chamber, to pay off his highly unusual behavior since his return. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t happen either.

Jericho was a house of fire inside the Chamber, eliminating Ziggler and Kingston (the latter with a retro-fantastic Lion Tamer). But Jericho chose to remove Kofi from the Chamber himself as a grandstanding gesture. During this sequence, Punk roundhouse kicked him out of the door, and a wounded Jericho couldn’t continue. Punk then took Miz out with the GTS to win.

The Hallmark of Hellishness

3. World Heavyweight Championship: Edge (c) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Big Show vs. Kane vs. Wade Barrett vs. Drew McIntyre (2/20/11, Elimination Chamber)

It doesn’t necessarily look like the lineup of a classic cage match, given the occasional lethargy of the 2 big men, and how McIntyre’s fallen down the card. While Edge and Mysterio put together the best finishing sequence in the match’s history, the rest of the match was pretty solid in its own right, with McIntyre shining in particular, baring a rarely-seen aggressive side.

The early eliminations were all rapid-fire, concluding with Rey and Edge doubling up to take out Kane. Once alone, the two traded near-falls for close to 10 minutes before Edge speared his former partner-turned-rival to retain. As a bonus, Christian made his return after the match saving his brother (not “friend”) from an assault by number one contender Alberto Del Rio.

2. #1 Contender’s Match: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho vs. Umaga vs. JBL (2/17/08, No Way Out)
WINNER: Triple H
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Jericho, Triple H (2)

This match may have meant a bit more if Hardy hadn’t been forced to the sideline weeks later after a drug failure. As it was, JBL and Umaga were eliminated early (with Umaga putting up a classic monster-heel performance prior to being pinned), and the match then centered on four well-regarded babyfaces. Well, three, as Jericho was eliminated seconds later.

Proving that the Chamber is every man for himself, Triple H eliminated Michaels, after Hardy had stuck Shawn with the Twist of Fate. After that, Hardy hung in there, surviving one Pedigree, and nearly struck with a Twist on Helmsley, but would fall victim to a second one onto a chair (JBL had brought chairs into the cage after his elimination) to give HHH the shot.

1. For the Vacant World Heavyweight Championship/Guest Referee: Shawn Michaels: Triple H vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge (1/9/05, New Year’s Revolution)
WINNER: Triple H

It was a lousy show before this match, but it’s not hard to see why: the entire main event tier was tied up with this one. Triple H dropped the title after a controversial finish in a triple threat match with Benoit and Edge, and had to go through Hell to get it back. His main henchman Batista, on the verge of a crowd-demanded face turn, was also at odds with him.

After Batista dispatched of Benoit and Jericho with assertive ease, “The Animal” worked with his boss to try and rid their former ally, Orton. But Orton dropped Batista with an RKO to eliminate him. Triple H, cunning as he is, didn’t make the save when he easily could have. Instead, an unknowing Batista took Orton out, and made it easy for Triple H to reign once more.

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Top 20 WWE Pay Per View Matches of 2012

December 31, 2012 By: Category: lists, WWE | Pro Wrestling

When you get past the annoying social media trends, infatuation with past stars, and inconsistent booking, WWE produced a number of classic PPV match-ups on the 2012 calendar. Choosing 20 was hard, ranking them was harder. Here is what I came up with for the creme de la creme, the best of the best for the year 2012.

20. World Heavyweight Championship/Elimination Chamber: Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Wade Barrett vs. Santino Marella vs. Great Khali (Elimination Chamber, February 19)
You wouldn’t think this one would make the classics list, and early on in the match, it didn’t seem to be a likely addition. What made this match special was the dramatic finishing sequence, in which comedy player Marella eliminated Rhodes and Barrett, and came within believable inches of upending Bryan for the title. Despite the crowd cheering him on, the Milan Miracle succumbed to the LeBell/Yes/No Lock, and Bryan retained.

19. WWE Intercontinental: The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio (Summerslam, August 19)
One of my favorite dynamics: Mysterio’s plucky air assault against a conniving villain who will bump along with the lucha icon. Really, Miz can be hit-or-miss, and Rey, even broken down, gets the best out of just those kinds of foes. A rapid-fire build to the end, including Miz busting out a Liger Bomb of all moves, ended shockingly cleanly, with Rey eating the turnbuckle after a crash-and-burn, and Miz spiking him with the Skull Crushing Finale.

18. WWE Championship/No Disqualification: CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan (Money in the Bank, July 15)
The only detraction from this one was something I never thought I’d criticize, and that’s too much AJ. Miss Lee was the special referee for this blowoff between two honorable rivals, and it was a chaotic 28-minute affair. When you combine MMA-inspired kicks and strikes with WWE Main Event Style weaponry, it can make for a suitably brutal affair. Bryan’s current run as a main eventer came to an end via Punk hitting a back superplex through a table.

17. Ladder Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena (TLC, December 16)
The final PPV match of 2012 hit on all the notes necessary for a satisfying main event: strong booking for both the winner and loser, exciting in-ring action, a hint of controversy, and as a bonus, acknowledgement of the ascension of a young star. Ziggler’s MITB briefcase was at stake against Cena, who had the match won until AJ (she gets around) knocked him off the ladder, allowing for a Ziggler superkick, and contract-retention for the Show Off.

16. Royal Rumble Match (Royal Rumble, January 29)
Some panned this match for being a tad cartoony, what with the commentators, Jim Duggan, and other non-regulars getting involved, but the silly fun was surrounded by some great action otherwise. Miz and Cody Rhodes had great showings during their respective long durations, Kofi Kingston hand-stood his way into our hearts, and Sheamus and Chris Jericho put together a great extended finish, ending with Jericho being Brogue Kicked into the abyss.

15. World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus vs. Big Show (Hell in a Cell, October 28)
Even though the Sheamus/Show feud was eventually dragged out like a dead kitten carcass across sun-baked pavement, it at least produced this fun match. In recent years, WWE’s produced a number of epic battles between big men, and this ranks among the best. It’s not often see two devastating moves (WMD Punch, Brogue Kick) kicked out of, but it set the stage for a thrilling finish, in which Show KO’ed Sheamus once and for all to win the gold.

14. WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler (Royal Rumble, January 29)
This one took relegation to the scrap heap quickly after it happened, and that was due to two reasons. For one, it failed to match the ‘instant classic’ that Punk and Ziggler had on Raw two months prior (Dolph’s “he’s arrived” match), and two, John Laurinaitis’ involvement overshadowed some of the proceedings. Ziggler’s GTS counter into a rocker dropper was sweet, much like the match itself, which Punk won after finally hitting his knee-on-face finish.

13. Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler (Night of Champions, September 16)
The elevation of Ziggler continued, even in defeat. After Orton cost Ziggler a chance to cash in Money in the Bank on Sheamus (before Cena committed the same act), the two were linked together for a non-championship-related match at a show that’s designed to feature all title matches. Minor quibble aside, Ziggler and Orton battled in a heated 20-minute war, with many near falls, and ending when Orton countered Dolph’s sleeper into an RKO.

12. WWE Championship/Chicago Street Fight: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho (Extreme Rules, April 29)
The blowoff to the insipid “Punk’s really a vicing degenerate with a messed up family” angle was this unfettered fight to the death in Punk’s hometown of Chicago. Both men even wore street clothes for the occasion, giving old school fans some bunkhouse brawl memories. Punk pulled out all the stops, including hitting the Leap of Faith elbow through Spanish announce table. Jericho nearly won with a chair-assisted Codebreaker, but Punk’s GTS would prevail.

11. WWE Championship/Elimination Chamber: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth (Elimination Chamber, February 19)
This one left many of us wondering just how Jericho and/or Punk would lose, and still set up WrestleMania without either man looking weak. After one of the better Chamber matches in recent years, complete with Jericho resurrecting the Lion Tamer on Kingston, Punk knocked Jericho out with a bump to the floor, eliminating him via TKO. Left with just Miz, Punk polished him off with the GTS, leaving Jericho to have an out leading into WrestleMania.

10. Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler (Summerslam, August 19)
Shaking off the disappointment of a pointless, troll-tastic return in January, an uninspired feud with Punk (the writing, not the matches), and the controversy in Brazil, Jericho was able to have one last classic before adjourning from WWE yet again. Opening an average Summerslam, Jericho and Ziggler ping-ponged and bumped for each other to get the party started. After Y2J shook off a ton of false finishes, he tapped Ziggler to his Wal-er, Lion Tamer.

9. Money in the Bank: Dolph Ziggler vs. Christian vs. Tensai vs. Santino Marella vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Damien Sandow vs. Sin Cara (Money in the Bank, July 15)
The more discriminating fan was looking forward to this over, say, the Cena/Show/Kane MITB match, since a number of rising stars and internet favorites were involved. Kidd was the unsung hero, making his name on a series of crazy spots (i.e. the mid air twisting sunset powerbomb), while Ziggler continued his subtle suicide with his usual scary landings. Christian had the match won until Ziggler surged in, threw him off the ladder, and claimed the blue briefcase.

8. World Heavyweight Championship/2 Out Of 3 Falls: Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan (Extreme Rules, April 29)
After infuriating many with the 18-second fiasco at WrestleMania, WWE provided a make-good 4 weeks later by booking Bryan in a role he’s seldom played in WWE: a calculating killer who targets an injury and exploits it. Sacrificing the first fall to a DQ, Bryan forced Sheamus to pass out in the Yes Lock to even it up. Bryan couldn’t get the job done, however, and ate a Brogue Kick in the final act. But at least WWE, to their credit, apologized for Mania in their own way.

7. Hell in a Cell: The Undertaker vs. Triple H (WrestleMania XXVIII, April 1)
Though many have heralded this as the hands-down match of the year, I feel there was too much stalling (understandably) to award it the title. It was well built, but just missing that “extra push over the cliff”, to quote Nigel Tufnel. As it was, I dug much of the drama, but felt the parts with Shawn Michaels weren’t needed. Undertaker turning back Hunter’s last-ditch sledgehammer attack before obliterating him made for a fitting culmination of the 20-0 mark.

6. The Rock vs. John Cena (WrestleMania XXVIII, April 1)
Once the pointless concert beforehand came to a merciful end (which included some pretentious purple-haired diva-something or other), Rock and Cena engaged in the big money match, which was equal parts Austin-Rock and Warrior-Hogan. With a more markish crowd, it may have been even more epic, but as it was, it was a great heavyweight battle that will likely lead to a sequel this year. As for round one, The Great One drew first blood.

5. WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho (WrestleMania XXVIII, April 1)
After John Laurinaitis affixed a stipulation minutes beforehand, decreeing that Punk could lose the gold via DQ, one’s spidey sense smelled screwjob. Instead, it was a red herring meant to mislead the audience, and hope that Punk wouldn’t get gutted by injustice. An intense battle that slowly worked into third gear, Jericho’s head games only intensified Punk’s resolve, as he finished the former “Best in the World” with an unrelenting Anaconda Vice.

4. WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. John Cena (Night of Champions, September 16)
Kinda sad that this was Punk’s first “main event” of the 2012 calendar year, and he’d been champion the entire time. This made up for months of Cena navel-gazing, as the two picked up where they left off the previous summer at Money in the Bank and Summerslam, displaying their remarkable chemistry in a seesaw battle. The double-pin finish would have meant more with a one-on-one rematch, but you know WWE will revisit this soon enough.

3. Tables, Ladders, and Chairs: The Shield vs. Kane/Daniel Bryan/Ryback (TLC, December 16)
You wouldn’t think there’d be a lot of positives to come out of Punk tearing his meniscus, but a dangerous spotfest that gave instantly credibility to three newcomers would be one. The Shield has looked strong since their Survivor Series debut, and they were able to notch a huge win over 3 pushed and established players, in a match everyone was talking about for days. Seth Rollins in particular was made after nearly dying via table bump near the entrance way.

2. Extreme Rules: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (Extreme Rules, April 29)
With Lesnar’s return the night after WrestleMania came high expectations for the universally-renowned UFC icon. He immediately entered a feud with Cena, and their fight vignettes hyping their forthcoming brawl were great selling points. The match wasn’t even a match, it was a straight-up fight with lots of blood. After Cena took a hellacious beating for the duration of the contest, he used his chain, and an AA on the ring steps, to win, much to the surprise of many.

1. WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan (Over the Limit, May 20)
The two indy darling got to bring their blend of pure wrestling and stiff-shot-laden brawling to the big stage, for the game’s richest prize. Bryan and Punk painted a masterpiece for over 20 minutes, with both men expectedly fighting for the advantage. Bryan worked the arm in a manner similar to Bob Backlund, and ultimately hooked the Yes Lock for a sure win. Punk bridged back into a pinning combo and tapped just after the ref counted 3 on his pin.

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WWE SmackDown Results December 14 and Report – Two Days Til TLC

December 16, 2012 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s WWE Friday night SmackDown! opens with US Champion Antonio Cesaro and Sheamus on color commentary. They are scouting their respective opponents for this Sunday.

MATCH 1: World Champion The Big Show vs. R-Truth (non-title)
I really like Truth’s chances here. Yessir. Tables, ladders and chairs are all set up around the stage and entrance ramp. I’m sure they won’t be used at any point at all tonight. That never happens. Show clubs Truth down with a forearm. Open-hand chop in the corner. Headbutt. Another headbutt. Another open-hand chop. Truth starts to fight back, but to no avail. Show props Truth on the top rope, then knocks him back down with a body blow. One more chop against the ropes before Show just stands on him. Show goes outside, drags Truth to the apron, and hits another chop. He turns to Sheamus and begins talking trash, trying to get Sheamus to hit him and break the no-contact clause. Show turns around into a boot by Truth, but Truth’s offense is short lived when Show stops an apron dive with another chop before hurling Truth across ringside. Cesaro gets up to talk some trash to Truth, so Sheamus gets up and shoves him back down. Show pulls Truth back up to the apron, then hip tosses him in. Show talks more trash to Sheamus from the ring, and the distraction allows Truth to apply a sleeper. Show snaps him off, but misses a running elbow. Truth hits the Hat Rack Crack, but only gets 2. He goes for a DDT, but Show just throws him off, right on his face. One WMD later, and this one’s over.

WINNER: The Big Show. Show leaves the ring to get in Sheamus’ face once more. Sheamus gets up out of his seat, and Cesaro forearms him from behind, right into Show’s arm. Show begins laughing and saying that Sheamus hit him, seemingly breaking the clause.

Video package for the aforementioned Antonio Cesaro.

Show stops Booker T in the back, asking if he saw what just happened. He knew Sheamus’ temper would get him in trouble, and clearly violated the clause, meaning the match is called off. Book isn’t buying it and tells Show if he’s scared of Sheamus, just say so. Show isn’t scared of Sheamus. Book says that, as far as he’s concerned, the match is still on, dawg.

Damien Sandow is in the ring. For approximately one fortnight, he has been scouring the WWE Universe in hopes to find one-just one-individual who is worthy of becoming his apprentice. Sadly, his quest has been like trying to find a needle in a haystack: a disgusting, sweaty, vile, knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, monosyllabic haystack. Therefore, it is with esteemed pleasure that he reintroduce to us his tag team partner and best friend. Please, stand up, remain silent, and please show the proper reverence for the magnificent, marvelous, the mustachioed Cody Rhodes! Rhodes makes his way out and says he feels honor as a “Cody’s mustache!” chant starts. He says it’s an honor to be in the ring with Damien Sandow once again. The apprentice search is over because Sandow now has an equal in his partner. Anyone who dares to drive a wedge between the Rhodes Scholars like The Miz, he has to say this…he’s cut off by the Uso’s entrance music.

MATCH 2: The Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) vs. The Usos (Jey and Jimmy)
After commercials, the match has already started, and Jimmy drops Rhodes with a clothesline. Jey tags in, and they hit a double headbutt. Rhodes fights back with rights, but Jey drops him. Jimmy back in and sends Rhodes into the corner. He goes for a charge, but Rhodes back drops him over the top. Jimmy lands on his feet on the apron, but Rhodes snaps off an arm wringer over the top rope. Rhodes throws him back in and gets 1. Sandow tags in, pulls the knee pad down and hits a kneedrop for 2. Side-Russian leg sweep before hitting the Cubito Aequet for 1. Rhodes back in, and he hits the standing gourdbuster. Snapmare by Rhodes, and he applies a full-nelson. Jimmy fights out and hits a thrust mule kick to the gut. Jey makes the hot tag before Sandow makes a quick tag in. Jey drops him with a clothesline and a forearm. Another mule kick, followed by an uppercut. Samoan drop connects, and Jey hits the running hip bump. Jimmy tags in and goes for the Samoan Splash, but Sandow begins crawling to his corner. Jimmy jumps down and starts pulling him back before hip tossing Rhodes into the ring. Jey clotheslines him over the top rope, and Sandow sneaks in with a schoolboy with a handful of tights on Jimmy for the 3.

WINNERS: The Rhodes Scholars.

David Otunga is in the back, drinking coffee and looking over what is apparently the no-contact clause. We see Big Show standing by, and Otunga tells him he’s 100% right about earlier tonight. Otunga wants to do this publicly in the ring.

Show and Otunga are in the ring after the commercials. Show says we clearly saw Sheamus put his hands on Show, and it’s not his fault Sheamus can’t control his temper. Show tried to explain to Booker T that Sheamus violated the clause, nullifying his title match at TLC. There is no match. Book won’t listen to Show, so maybe he’ll listen to Show’s legal counsel. Otunga says this is an open-and-shut case. In a not-so-surprising move, Book isn’t following his own rules. He is a clearly biased GM, and they have no choice but to bring this before the Board of Directors, and WWE Headquarters is only 20 miles from the arena. Not only will they demand the TLC match be called off, but they will also demand Book be removed as GM. Book’s music hits, and he comes out on the stage. He tells Otunga that it’s obvious to him that his Harvard degree isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Contracts go by the spirit of the intent. If Otunga wants to go to the Board and waste their time, go ahead. As far as Book’s stance goes, the match at TLC is still on, dawg. Otunga says that, just because Book has been to prison, it doesn’t make him a legal expert. Sheamus clearly violated the clause, and once he sees to it that Book is fired, he’ll see to it that Sheamus is fired as well. Give Big Show one good reason not to proceed.

Before Book can respond, Sheamus marches to the ring with a chair and a mic. He has a reason why Book shouldn’t stop the match. If he does, then Sheamus can kick Show’s arse right now. Show quietly tells everyone the contract for the match is still valid before leaving the ring. Otunga is still in the ring as Show leaves, so Sheamus levels him with a Brogue Kick.

Matt Striker will interview Randy Orton…yet again…

…Except that doesn’t happen. After the commercials, we see The Shield kicking the hell out of Orton backstage. Man, that’s a beautiful site.

MATCH 3: Aksana vs. Kaitlyn
Lock-up is broken by a kick by Aksana. She hits a hip throw into a side headlock. Kaitlyn snapmares her off, but Aksana holds on and keeps the headlock applied and rolls through in a surprisingly nice spot. She drops some elbows across Kaitlyn’s forehead, then goes for the pin for 2. Aksana applies a rear chinlock, driving her down to the mat. Aksana whips her down for 1 before going back to the headlock. Kaitlyn tries to break the hold with a back suplex, but Aksana doesn’t let go and turns it into a rear chinlock. Kaitlyn breaks the hold and turns it into a powerslam, but Aksana slides out and forearms her in the back before going back to the headlock. Kaitlyn shoves her off and nails a clothesline. Kaitlyn hits a forearm shot in the corner, then picks Aksana up in a fireman’s carry, turning it into a gutbuster for 3.

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WINNER: Kaitlyn. Guess she’s got a new finisher. Good for her.

Matt Striker is in the back, and has said that Randy Orton has a separated shoulder, and may have suffered a concussion as a result of the attack by The Shield.

Up next, Team Hell No! will be on MizTV.

The Miz welcomes us to MizTV. He’s not one to shy away from controversy, and the most controversial individuals in WWE right now are The Shield. These 3 NXT upstarts have been wreaking havoc in writing what they perceive as injustices. At TLC, three men look to stop them in a TLC Match, and two of those three are his guests tonight, the WWE Tag Team Champions, Team Hell No! Daniel Bryan and Kane make their way out. Miz starts to ask Bryan questions, but Bryan cuts him off and asks if he is Oprah. He and Kane have been in anger management for months, talking about their feelings. The time for talk is over. It’s time for action, and on Sunday, all the anger Bryan supposedly has will be unleashed until The Shield are begging for the pain to stop. And when they beg, Bryan will tell them, “No! No! NO!” Kane says The Shield made the biggest mistake by attacking them, as the end result is he and Bryan are finally on the same page, which is bad news for everyone. Since Bryan has discovered his inner monster, they are now unstoppable. They will use tables, ladders and chairs, and they will love every single second of it. Yes! Yes! YES!

The Shield appears on the TitanTron, from somewhere in the back. Dean Ambrose says he’s heard the empty threats, and if they want to threaten The Shield, ask Randy Orton what happens. Seth Rollins calls them the harbingers of justice, and Team Hell No! are two of the main perpetrators of injustice. Roman Reigns tells them their actions are to blame. Rollins tells Bryan he can’t hide behind Kane. Reigns calls Kane a helpless victim. Ambrose says they will bring the sword on Sunday, and justice will be served. Kane asks why wait until Sunday, and Reigns replies that this is something they can agree on and drop the camera. Bryan spots them coming through the crowd, but they just stop at the top of the arena. Ambrose gives the signal to head down, and they head towards the ring. Ryback’s music hits, and it stops them dead in their tracks. The Shield assesses the situation for a moment, then decides to leave the area.

MATCH 4: Epico, Primo and The Prime-Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young, w/Rosa Mendes) vs. International Airstrike (Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd), The Great Khali and Hornswoggle (w/Natalya)
Okay, I’ve decided I’m refusing to recap any match where Hornswoggle is an official competitor. My apologies to Epico, Primo and both members of Airstrike (and PTP, I suppose). Sorry guys, but until he is used as nothing more than a mascot or is outright fired, I refuse to accept him being an official part of matches. At least Rosa and Nattie look good. Kidd pins Epico after reversing a roll-up into a sunset flip.

WINNERS: International Airstrike, The Great Khali and Hornswoggle.

Later tonight, the main event will see Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro. I am pleased.

MATCH 5: Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez)
ADR starts with a kick and a snapmare. Kofi comes back with a hammerlock, but ADR gets a rope break. Kofi blocks a kick, but ADR shoves him into the corner, giving him a clean break. Kofi into a waistlock, and ADR counters into a side headlock. Shoulder off the ropes by ADR, and the crisscross ends in a Kofi dropkick for 2. Armbar is applied by Kofi, and ADR rolls through before taking Kofi down and kicking him in the corner. Kofi comes back with some corner strikes and some corner punches, followed by a European uppercut for 2. ADR backs Kofi into the corner, hitting a knee lift and headbutting him down. Kofi blocks a corner whip with a springboard chop before sending ADR to the floor, where he hits a slingshot plancha. On the apron, ADR shoves him into the post, sending Kofi to the floor. Commercials.

We’re back, and ADR hits a suplex into a float-over for 2. ADR applies a rear chinlock while driving his knee into Kofi’s back. Kofi fights out and gets a sunset flip for 2. ADR pops up and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. More kicks by ADR, and he mocks Kofi’s taunt. He misses a corner charge, but ADR nails a hard corner whip after some strikes by Kofi. He hits the step-up kick in the corner for 2 and follows up with a Michinoku Driver #2 for 2. ADR goes back to the rear chinlock now, and Kofi kicks his way out. He counters another tilt-a-whirl and knocks ADR down with a chop to the chest. Back elbow and dropkick by Kofi, but ADR ducks a clothesline and hits a back suplex for 2. ADR fires off some rights and goes for a suplex, but Kofi counters into a roll-up and gets a surprising 3-count.

WINNER: Kofi Kingston. Good match, and a good win for Kofi Kingston. After the match, Wade Barrett charges ringside and tries to take Kofi out, but he moves out of the way and blasts Barrett with Trouble in Paradise.
Sheamus and William Regal are in a dressing room. Regal gives him a hard time about his temper before telling Sheamus not to let Show get to him. He tells Sheamus not to take Cesaro lightly tonight either. Sheamus says the only one who should be worried tonight is Big Show. Show can push his buttons all he wants, but Sheamus won’t push back until Sunday. At TLC, Sheamus will wear him out with chair shots until he becomes the new World Heavyweight Champion.

MATCH 6: Sheamus vs. WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro (non-title)
Lock-up to start the match, and Sheamus gives the clean break in the corner. Cesaro applies a side headlock before running through Sheamus with a shoulderblock. They repeat the spot, but switch positions. Cesaro with some strikes, but Sheamus counters a corner whip, hits a shoulder thrust and a running knee lift. Running forearm by Sheamus gets 1. Sheamus applies an armbar, but Cesaro backs him into the corner, where he kicks Sheamus down. Cesaro tries to counter a corner whip with a float-over, but Sheamus catches him on his shoulders and hits the rolling fireman’s carry slam for 2. Sheamus hits some forearms, but Cesaro pulls him to the outside by the tights. Sheamus lands on his feet, but Cesaro drops him with a knee to the face on the apron. Cesaro hits a double stomp out of the corner, then applies a cobra clutch, driving Sheamus down with the hold. Sheamus eventually fights out, but Cesaro hits a knee to the face out of the corner, and lands a European uppercut to the back of the head for 2. Cesaro hits the deadlift gutwrench suplex for 2 in an impressive spot. They trade some punches and kicks before Sheamus hits a running forearm. Cesaro stays on his feet and lands a European uppercut. Sheamus rebounds with a pair of Irish Hammers, then hits a running corner clothesline. Cesaro ducks a short-arm version, and back drops Sheamus to the outside from the corner. Sheamus lands on his feet on the apron, nails a forearm to the face, then goes up for the Battering Ram, which connects. Cesaro gets knocked to the apron, where he’s open for the forearm shots to the chest. Sheamus connects with 10 of them, then suplexes Cesaro back into the ring. All of a sudden, we see William Regal knocked on his back on the stage, Big Show standing over the top of him. Sheamus heads up the ramp, and Regal gets up to try and stop him. Show cracks Regal across the back with a chair, and Sheamus gets counted out while checking on his friend.

WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: Antonio Cesaro. Aside from the cheap finish, this was a good match. I love these old school-style brawls that guys like Sheamus, Barrett and Cesaro can engage in.

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WWE SmackDown Results December 7 and Report – No Contact For Show and Sheamus

December 09, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE SmackDown! General Manager Booker T opens tonight’s broadcast, and he has some business to take care of. We’ve watched his career for years, and we know if he has business to take care of, he’ll do it in the middle of the ring, or to the back, or to the street, or to a supermarket. He knows what it’s like to be in a hot feud, but now he’s the GM. It’s his responsibility to give us a great show each week, which brings him to his next point. Big Show and Sheamus, right now, it’s personal. When things get personal, they also get physical.

He has a drastic decision to make, but before that happens, he wants to show us why he has to do that. We see a video of Sheamus and Show brawling in the parking lot from last month, as well as the brawl after the match at Survivor Series. Back to the arena, Book says in 9 days, Sheamus and Show have a Chairs Match for the World title at TLC, but he’s afraid that’s not going to happen. He’s afraid one of these men is going to do something before then, so he is putting in a no-contact clause that will last until TLC, effective immediately. Normally, he’d go in the back and talk to them individually, but tonight, he wants Show and Sheamus out here to sign this contract and make it official.

Big Show makes his way out first, followed by Sheamus. A contract table is set up in the ring, so you know it’s either going to get turned over, or someone is going through it. Considering their match isn’t a Tables Match, I’m going with the former. Book tells Sheamus if he wants to disobey him, go ahead, but he’ll lose his title match at TLC. As for Show, he might have an iron-clad contract, but Book knows he loves the World title. If he wants to disobey him, Book will strip him of the title. So, let’s get down to business. He asks Sheamus to sign first. Sheamus looks it over for a minute, then tells Show that, since it’s the holiday season, having to wait 9 days to kick Show’s arse is like waiting for Christmas. He used to hate having to wait to open presents, but in the end, it was always worth it.

In 9 days time, his Christmas comes early and he gets the gift of beating Show head-to-toe with a steel a chair. In the end, he guarantees, fella, he will get the ultimate present with the World title. Sheamus then signs the contract, and it’s now Show’s turn. Show also pretends to look it over, then tells Sheamus Christmas for him has come early. The purpose of the contract is to make sure Sheamus makes it to TLC in one piece. Be careful what you wish for, fella. Sheamus hit him with a chair 25 or 30 times, and Show still got up. What happens when a giant swings a chair and destroys the Irish skin of Sheamus, fella?

He only has to hit Sheamus once. The worst thing Sheamus could do was ask for a Chairs Match, and he should get out of it. He’s too stupid to realize what he’s doing to himself. If Show hits him, it’ll change him forever. He might end Sheamus’ career at TLC. Difference between them is Show thinks things through. Sheamus is all vinegar and fire, and his Irish temper gets the best of him. Sheamus says Show looks ridiculous right now. All he came to WWE for was to fight, and their last two matches have been the greatest fights of Show’s career. Sheamus made him relevant again, and doesn’t think Show has another fight in him. He believes deep down in Show’s big belly that he’s shaking. This match could be the end of him, and he will gladly end Show’s career at TLC. Before Show signs the contract, he shoves the table over the top of Sheamus, then stands up to sign it. Show starts laughing, as Sheamus now cannot retaliate until TLC. Book tries to calm Sheamus down, and says he’s got someone for Sheamus to take his frustrations out on tonight, and that’s Alberto Del Rio. As for Show, he’s got a match with the man who beat him in 45 seconds, that being Daniel Bryan, and that match is next.

MATCH 1: World Champion The Big Show vs. WWE Tag Team Co-Champion Daniel Bryan (non-title)
Bryan hits some kicks to the leg, but Show headbutts him down. Open-hand chop by Show, and Bryan retaliates with more kicks. Show throws Bryan to the corner for more chops, but Bryan escapes and hits more kicks. Show drops him with one body shot, then hits a big bodyslam. Show hits another headbutt, then another. Show hits another open-hand chop. Bryan tries some chops, and Show no-sells them, hitting another body shot. Show hits a hip bump in the corner and goes for the spear, but Bryan hits a dropkick to the knee, sending him to the floor. Bryan takes him down with a plancha. Show picks him up to lawn dart him into the post, but Bryan escapes and shoves Show into it. Bryan runs off the apron, but gets hit with a chop to the chest. Commercials.

Back from the break, the match is back in the ring, and Show hits a big elbow drop for 2. Show starts working on Bryan’s left arm now with some elbows. Bryan tries to fight back from his knees, but no luck. Show proceeds to stand on Bryan’s arm before tying it up in the ropes in a hammerlock. Bryan tries more kicks, but Show clubs him down. Show snaps Bryan down to the mat with an arm wringer. Bryan blocks a corner charge and hits a knee strike from the middle rope. He hits a pair of running corner dropkicks, sending Show to his knees. Bryan hits several kicks to the chest, but Show blocks the Buzzsaw and goes for the chokeslam. He gets Bryan up, but Bryan counters with a DDT for 1. Bryan lands the Buzzsaw this time, then goes up top. As he does, we see The Shield coming down through the crowd. Show hits the chokeslam off the distraction and gets the 3.

WINNER: The Big Show. The Shield come over the barricade as Show leaves the ring. They enter and proceed to triple-team Bryan. Kane’s pyro hits, and he makes his way down to the ring. He fights them off for a moment, but the numbers are too much. They brawl with Kane on the floor, beating him down. Roman Reigns tears the announce desk apart, and they hit the triple powerbomb through the table. Love them or hate them, the members of The Shield are the future of this company.

Damien Sandow makes his way out. Silence the music, he is about to speak. As your intellectual savior, he has attempted to raise the cerebral bar her in WWE for far too long. This attempt has proven itself to be a fruitless endeavor. However, he is going to give one of us the opportunity to become his apprentice this evening. Who amongst us is worthy of such an esteemed position? Please settle down, you’re acting like a bunch of ignoramuses. Settle down. This gets worse every week. Sandow points at one guy and tell security to escort the man to the ring. As always, he urges everyone pay very close attention and test yourselves, because next time, it may be you. Sir, please hurry up. Yes, use the steps. Very good. Now, sir. You have the enviable opportunity of becoming his apprentice. Now, all you have to do-please don’t stand so close to him-is answer three questions correctly. #1: 5 plus 5 equals? The man answers 10. Congratulations, you’ve passed math. #2: Who is the current President of the United States? The man answers Barack Obama, then looks for a high-five from Sandow. Sir, your palms are very sweaty. That is very bad form. Please put your hands by your sides. #3: What 17th century genre of art emanating from the Netherlands focused on still life paintings, depicting mortality and transience? Of course, the man doesn’t know the answer. Sandow is not surprised, and asks the crowd if anyone has the answer. Vanitas! That is the answer. You have disgraced yourself; you have disgraced everyone in this building. That beard on your face is a disgrace to faces everywhere. You sir, lose. You’re welcome!

The Miz heads out to the ring on this note. Miz asks him to answer a question. What 21st century WWE superstar wears his daddy’s bathrobe and buys his pink trunks from Victoria’s Secret? The answer? Damien Sandow. You’re welcome. Miz then leaves the ring. Not sure the point of that, unless they’re building to a TLC match, which could be decent.

MATCH 2: Brodus Clay and The Usos (Jey and Jimmy) (w/The Funkadactyls) vs. 3MB (Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater)
Jey and Slater start the match with a lock-up. Slater shoulders him down, and Jey comes back with a jumping clothesline. Jimmy tags in and hits a headbutt for 2. Slater backs him into the corner and tags in Drew. Drew stomps Jimmy down, but Jimmy comes back with a mule kick. Drew boots him down out of the corner. Jimmy escapes a bodyslam and tags in Clay, who hits a clothesline and an avalanche. Exploder suplex connects, and Jey tags back in. He goes up top as Slater and Mahal pull Clay off the apron and beat him down on the outside. Jimmy takes Mahal out with a dive off the top. Jey kicks Slater off the apron, but gets crotched by Drew. Drew hits the Future Shock and gets the 3.


Up next, Randy Orton faces Wade Barrett once more.

Matt Striker is in the back with Wade Barrett, talking about The Shield. Barrett says Orton doesn’t need to be concerned with The Shield; he needs to be concerned with him. A year ago, he threw Orton down a flight of stairs and put him out for weeks. Tonight, he’ll put Orton out of his misery. The only thing he needs to be concerned about this evening is The Bullhammer.

Kofi Kingston is going to be doing color commentary for the next match.

MATCH 3: Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
Orton starts with a side headlock, and shoulders Barrett down off the ropes. Barrett goes into a waistlock, and Orton reverses. Barrett backs him into the corner, and elbows his way out before beating Orton down. Orton comes back with a clothesline out of the corner. Orton sends Barrett into the corner, and Barrett answers with a boot. He kicks Orton in the ribs, but misses a kneedrop. Orton hurls him to the floor and they trade slam attempts into the steps until Orton connects on his second try. He throws Barrett into the barricade before rolling him back into the ring. Barrett rolls back to the floor. Orton follows, where he’s met with a boot. Barrett whips him into the steps before throwing him back in. Orton meets him with a boot and goes for the suspended DDT, but Barrett back drops him to the floor. Orton lands on the apron, so Barrett mule kicks him to down to the floor. Commercials.

We’re back, and Barrett has a rear chinlock applied. Orton fights out before running into a big boot for 2. Barrett ties Orton up in the ropes. Orton fights him off, but Barrrett hits a running boot, sending Orton back to the floor. Barrett heads outside, ramming Orton back-first into the apron. Back in the ring, Barrett gets 2. Kneedrop connects, and now Barrett is stomping him down. He misses an elbow from the middle rope, and Orton fires off the Four Moves of Boredom, connecting with all four. RKO is signaled, but Barrett blocks it before attempting to take off the buckle pad as the referee is checking on Orton. Kingston jumps on the apron, and the distraction is enough for Orton to connect with the RKO for the 3.

WINNER: Randy Orton. Yeah, that makes sense. Have the guy who has a title match at TLC lose, while the guy who has nothing coming up at the PPV gets a win that he didn’t need.

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Up next, Hornswoggle and The Great Khali in a tag team match. No. Really.

MATCH 4: Epico and Primo (w/Rosa Mendes) vs. The Great Khali and Hornswoggle (w/Natalya)
I’m not recapping this match. No. It’s not happening. Sorry, Khali fans, but the 2 of you will just have to deal with me not recapping his awfulness. As for Hornswoggle…just…just…screw him. Seriously, screw him. Hornswoggle pins Epico with the Tadpole Splash.

WINNERS: Absolutely no one.

We get a Tout video from The Shield from an unknown location. They are talking about injustice and consequences, in regards to Miz and Orton. They shield WWE from injustice. Team Hell No!, no one says no to them. Ryback has been handed everything on a silver platter, but they’re putting a stop to that. They don’t work for anyone; they work for each other. At TLC, The Shield brings a sword.

WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro is in the ring. At TLC, he will be defending the title against R-Truth once again. Cesaro says that, as our US Champion, he has learned so much about America. What has he learned about the so-called greatest country on Earth? He has learned it is weak. America used to be a superpower and there used to be a thing called, “The American Dream”, a belief that anyone could achieve anything. Now that’s a lie. He guarantees most of us-actually, all of us-will never amount to anything. We used to pursue the American Dream, now we look like the American Dream. We then get a quick clip of Dusty Rhodes’ music and a picture of him on the TitanTron as Cesaro just shakes his head. We don’t know anything about hard work and sacrifice anymore. When he looks at America today, he loses all hope. The sad thing is, our children and grandchildren will be more pathetic than we are today.

Before he can go further, R-Truth makes his way onto the stage. He tells Cesaro he doesn’t need a new purse or a Ricola. He needs a dose of the Truth. Cesaro isn’t from around here, because around here, the Truth shall set you free. When he looks across America, he sees a bunch of good, hard-working people, rising up in the face of hard times. He sees hard-working people busting their butts to the bone, trying to make ends meet. He sees them staring trouble in the face, and when the time is right, those same people will kick trouble right in its Lil’ Jimmy. It sounds like Cesaro is picking a fight with America. When you pick a fight with America, it fights back. Cesaro calls Truth everything wrong with America. He talks trash and can’t back it up. Truth is delusional, and that has nothing to do with him having an imaginary friend; it has everything to do with him trying to take Cesaro’s US title, and, like all Americans, failing miserably. THAT’S the truth. Truth says maybe Cesaro doesn’t understand what he’s saying. What he’s saying is when you kick his dog, he’s going to kick your cat (?). Truth spears Cesaro and goes for a jumping side kick, but Cesaro slides to the floor and heads up the ramp.

Sheamus/ADR is up next.

MATCH 5: Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Sheamus
Tie-up to start, and Sheamus gets ADR in a headlock in the corner. Sheamus beats ADR down with forearms, sending him to the floor. Back in, Sheamus throws ADR to the corner, but ADr comes back with a kneelift and some punches. ADR hits a kick to the side, then uses a foot choke. Sheamus gets his boots up on the charge, then nails a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Sheamus grinds his knee into ADR’s face. He hits a back elbow off the ropes, and ADR rolls to the floor. Sheamus follows out and slams ADR face-first into the announce desk. Back in, Sheamus tries for a suplex from the apron to the floor. ADR counters with a hotshot and dropkicks Sheamus in the knee, sending him back down. Big Show makes his way onto the stage to look on. Commercials.

Back from break, ADR has Sheamus locked in an armbar. Sheamus breaks free, but runs into a mule kick. ADR hits a jumping stomp to the back of the head and follows up with a bodyslam. ADR hits a moonsault for 2. Suplex gets another 2 off the float-over, and now, ADR has a rear chinlock applied that he turns into an armbar. Sheamus gets ADR into the corner and fires off some rights, but ADR applies the jujigatame over the top rope. ADR dives off the top, but Sheamus drops him with an Irish Hammer. ADR is up first, and he hits some rights. Sheamus fights back with his own, hits a pair of Irish Hammers, a running shoulder thrust in the corner and a running kneelift. He goes for the tilt-a-whirl, but ADR escapes. He goes for a dropkick, but Sheamus sidesteps him, and he goes through the middle rope, landing on the apron and leaving him open for the tied-up forearms. Suplex back into the ring by Sheamus, and he goes up for the Battering Ram, which connects for 2. ADR breaks the Irish Curse and hits a backcracker for 2. He calls for the jujigatame, but Sheamus counters into a fireman’s carry. ADR slides free and Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick, but ADR moves, causing Sheamus to get caught in the ropes. ADR hits a step-up enziguri to the back of the head, but only gets 2. ADR goes to the middle rope for a moonsault, but Sheamus rolls out of the way. ADR lands on his feet and rolls backwards back into a standing position, but runs right into the Irish Curse. He applies the Irish Clover Leaf, and ADR taps.

WINNER: Sheamus. Honestly, this was probably their best match. Show walks down to ringside, applauding. He climbs in the ring, and Show straps his belt to the ropes. He begs Sheamus to hit him, and Sheamus signals for the Brogue Kick. Instead, he sends Ricardo head-first into Show’s groin.

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results November 30 and Report

December 02, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown! main-event will be Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler. I am officially excited. Every time these two have a match, they just tear into each other for 15+ minutes and I love it.

Unfortunately, John Cena decides to temporarily hinder my excitement by opening the show. Oh, well you can’t win them all. Cena says he’s excited for the main event tonight between Sheamus and Ziggler. Well, at least we can agree on something. Cena is focused on Ziggler because Ziggler is focused on him. Cena is pointing his finger at Ziggler tonight. Ziggler’s greatest accomplishment was being World Champion…for two minutes. Actually, it was about 15, but whatever. Cena also makes a joke about Ziggler being a man trapped in a 15 year-old girl’s body. Who is writing Cena’s material tonight? When I was 15, I don’t remember any girls in school that were 220 pounds of solid muscle. Cena talks about Ziggler losing the MITB case, and when he does, he’ll lose his identity. Ziggler hides behind Vickie Guerrero’s power, yet says he can run with the biggest stars in WWE. On Monday, that was put to the test when Ziggler faced Cena. Ziggler lost. The reason Cena is here tonight, Ziggler doesn’t have a match; he has a fight when he takes on Sheamus.

Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez decide they’ve heard enough and interrupt the party. ADR tells Cena he shouldn’t be worried about Ziggler; he should be worried about ADR. This is his house. This is his show. Cena makes a kiss-ass remark about the show belonging to the WWE Universe. ADR calls Cena a stupid gringo. He reminds Cena he won MITB, the Royal Rumble, as well as 2 WWE titles. Most important, did Cena forget that last time they wrestled, ADR destroyed him? So, why doesn’t Cena leave his show and his ring right now? Cena says he didn’t forget any of those things. He can’t go though, because he has a match tonight, with ADR right now. Cena decks ADR, and it looks like this match will happen right after the commercials.

MATCH 1: John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez)
ADR starts with a side headlock. Crisscross ends in a Cena hip toss, and ADR rolls to the floor. ADR hotshots Cena as Cena comes after him, and ADR boots him to the floor. Outside, ADR nails a kick to the chest. ADR slams Cena face-first into the announce desk. Back in, ADR hits a top rope double axe handle for 2. ADR hits some corner kicks, and Cena comes back with rights. It’s all for naught as ADR nails a hard corner whip. ADR hits a low running boot, followed by a second one. Suplex gets 2. We see Ziggler watching the match from the back. ADR has an armbar applied on Cena now, combined with a rear chinlock. Cena tries to break out, but ADR beats him back down. ADR goes for another suplex, but Cena counters into one of his own. Cena charges at ADR in the corner, but misses, colliding with the post. ADR lands a running kick to the ribs, then ties the injured arm up in the rope. ADR goes up top once more, hitting another double axe handle for 2. Quick kick to the bad arm, and now ADR is applying a modified ¾-nelson. Commercials.

We’re back, and ADR misses a second rope senton bomb. Cena fires up the Five Moves of Doom. He hits four, but ADR counters the AA with a backcracker for 2. ADR goes for the rolling jujigatame, but Cena counters into a swinging neckbreaker. Cena heads up top now, but ADR cuts him off with a step-up enziguri for 2. ADR goes for a second one, but Cena ducks and goes for the STF once ADR lands on the mat. ADR kicks him off and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. ADR goes up once more, but Cena cuts him off with a dropkick. Cena gets up first and goes for the AA, but ADR counters with the jujigatame. Cena counters this into the STF. ADR almost taps, but manages to get to the ropes. He rolls to the apron as Cena approaches, and ADR applies the jujigatame over the top rope. ADR breaks it at 4 and slingshots back in the ring but gets caught in the AA once more. And once more, ADR counters, this time into a German suplex for 2. ADR props Cena up on top, drops him in the Tree of Woe and applies a foot choke. ADR charges in shoulder-first, but Cena pulls himself to the top rope, missing the collision. Cena gets to the top rope, hitting the Rocker Dropper for 3.

WINNER: John Cena. Decent match, I will admit. And I don’t recall ever seeing Cena win with that move, so that certainly didn’t hurt. And he actually hit it mostly correct this time. As Cena celebrates on-stage, Ziggler comes out and nails him from behind with the MITB briefcase.

We see Kane in the back with Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston. Kofi says they know the other two won’t magically get along, but tonight, they’ve got a match with Wade Barrett and PTP. They need to get on the same page. Bryan says that’s fine. His partner is one of the most destructive forces in WWE history. Kane calls Bryan one of the most dangerous submission specialists in history. In other words, the world hasn’t even begun to see how dangerous and lethal Team Hell No! can be, starting tonight. Can they get along? The answer is Yes! Bryan begins the “Yes!” chant, which Kane and the crowd both join in on.

Cena is complaining to GM Booker T about what just happened with Ziggler. As soon as Ziggler goes out for his match, Cena’s going to nail him. Book tells him the show can’t break down, and Cena can’t interfere in the main event. Once the match is over, Cena is welcome to do whatever he wants. Cena reluctantly agrees.

MATCH 2: David Otunga vs. The Great Khali (w/Hornswoggle)
I feel like this match has happens way too often. Otunga starts with kicks and punches, but Khali quickly strikes him down and to the floor. Otunga chases Hornswoggle around the ring, and Khali drops him once more. Back in, Khali nails a brain chop and gets the 3.

WINNER: The Great Khali. Total waste of time and energy.

MATCH 3: Wade Barrett and The Prime-Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young) vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No! (Daniel Bryan and Kane) and Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston
Wonder if the team will change their name to Hell Yes! in the future? Kane and Young start the match, and Kane immediately starts in with punches. Bryan tags in, and Kane whips him into Young with a corner dropkick. Bryan nails Young with some kicks in the corner, hits a snapmare and tags in Kane who hits a low dropkick for 2. Kane begins working on Young’s left arm before telegraphing a back body drop. Young forearms Kane before tagging in Titus, who runs right into a big boot. Kane clotheslines him to the floor, where Bryan lands a running knee from the apron. Commercials.

We’re back, and the legal men are now Young and Kofi. Young goes for a hip toss, but Kofi cartwheels off of it and lands a dropkick for 2. Kane back in, and he stomps Young before tagging in Bryan. They hit a double hip toss for 2. Bryan with some European uppercuts, and follows up with kicks. Titus makes a blind tag, and Young whips Bryan right into him, who hits a big boot from the apron. Titus stomps Bryan before hitting a bodyslam. Young back in, and they hit a double shoulderblock. Backbreaker by Young gets 2. Young locks in a modified surfboard, then turns it into a waistlock. Titus tags in, hits a shot and then tags in Barrett. Barrett hits a pumphandle slam for 2. Barrett applies a camel clutch, but Bryan won’t be humbled tonight. He breaks out, but runs right into The Winds of Change for 2. Love that move, and its name. Titus tags in and chokes Bryan with his knee. Titus picks Bryan up in an abdominal stretch before dropping him back down. Young tags in, and Titus drops Young into a standing gourdbuster on Bryan for 2. Young applies a rear chinlock, but Bryan elbows out before laying in some heavy forearms. Young comes back with a northern lights suplex for 2. Titus back in and hits two backbreakers before flinging Bryan. Titus gets into a 3-point stance, but runs right into a pair of boots by Bryan. Young and Kane make the simultaneous tags, and Kane hits two clotheslines, two corner clotheslines and knocks Barrett off the apron for good measure. Kane ducks a clothesline and hits a sidewalk slam for 2. Up top, and the flying clothesline connects. Titus breaks the pin up at 2, and Kofi nails him with a jumping clothesline before blasting Barrett with Trouble in Paradise on the apron. Young clotheslines Kofi to the floor, landing on the apron. Kane grabs him, but Young hotshots him. Young dives off the top rope and gets caught in a chokeslam. Bryan tags in and murders Young’s whole family with a diving headbutt before applying the No! Lock and getting the submission win.

WINNERS: Kofi Kingston and Team Hell No! Nice 6-man here. Everyone did a good job, and it was a fun match to watch. I can’t wait to see Kingston/Barrett at TLC. Last time these two wrestled for the IC title last year, it was an awesome match. I have no doubt they can do it again.

Matt Striker is in the back (looking like a pedophile from the 70s with that mustache. Joey Ryan can pull it off; Striker cannot) with Sheamus. He asks Sheamus about the Chairs Match at TLC and tonight’s match with Ziggler. The good news is, Cena won’t interfere in the match tonight. The bad news is, Ziggler is facing him. The last couple weeks of The Big Show doing everything he can to save his title, every opponent looks like Show to him, which means Ziggler is going to get hurt really badly tonight. He’ll be begging for Cena to put him out of his misery. Ziggler considers himself a show-off. Tonight, he can show off his head when Sheamus kicks it clean off his shoulders.

Damien Sandow makes his way out. Allow him to beg your indulgence for a moment. His name is Damien Sandow, and for the last several months, he has attempted to enlighten all of us, an attempt which has proven to be futile. As our intellectual savior, he pledges he cannot, nay, WILL not, abandon all of us. However, he will not be focusing on the masses. He has decided, in his infinite wisdom, he will be redirecting his efforts and sharing with everyone on an individual basis. Therefore, he will be selecting one member from the audience to be his apprentice. Now, who among the crowd will be deemed worthy to accept the position? He says “no” to several people before pointing at a guy in a GTS shirt. Security lets the guy in as Sandow heads to the ring. Now, as Sandow has stated, his efforts will be focused on an individual basis, but we can all learn something, so he suggests we all pay close attention. The fan is yelling “wooo!” in the ring, and Sandow simply tells him, “Stop that”, which I find hilarious for whatever reason. What can I say? The man’s gimmick is genius. This fan has the privilege of having the opportunity to become his apprentice. He will ask the man a series of three questions, which he must answer correctly. Question #1: How many wheels on a tricycle? The fan correctly answers 3. Sandow tells him very good before saying he’s standing with bad form. Question #2: How often does the United States hold Presidential elections? The fan answers every four years, so Sandow tells him he’s smarter than he looks. Question #3: What is the orbital velocity of Jupiter’s moon, Europa? The fan has no idea. You ignoramus! The answer is 13.74 km/second. Congratulations, you have embarrassed yourself, you have embarrassed your family, and you have embarrassed the entire state of Louisiana. Your public display of ignorance is surpassed only by that ridiculous haircut. Leave his ring, you are dismissed. The fan leaves the ring, and Sandow tells the crowd, “You’re welcome!”

I don’t know about you, but I loved that segment. Sandow is too good in this role. He will be in action after the commercials.

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MATCH 4: Damien Sandow vs. Tyson Kidd
Kidd ducks a clothesline and nails some kicks, sending Sandow to the floor. Kidd goes for a plancha, but lands on the apron when Sandow moves. Sandow grabs him by the feet and whips him to the floor. Sandow rams him into the apron before getting him back in the ring for stomps. Sandow hits the side-Russian legsweep and rolls to his feet, landing the Cubito Aequet for 2. Sandow applies a rear chinlock with an armbar, and Kidd fights out. He ducks a clothesline and hits a cross-body. Kidd nails some kicks, sending Sandow to the corner. Sandow tries to get his boot up on the charge, but Kidd swats the foot away and nails a Ghetto Blaster. Kidd hits a mule kick and a low dropkick for 2. Sandow rolls to the floor, where Kidd hits a suicide dive. Back in the ring, Kidd goes for the springboard elbow, but Sandow gets his knees up, blocking the move. Sandow hits the Terminus, and gets the 3.

WINNER: Damien Sandow. Glad his move finally has a name.

Matt Striker is now doing an interview with Dolph Ziggler. He asks if Ziggler has something to prove after his loss on RAW. Ziggler says that was a handicap match. AJ got involved in his business. BTW, the “Golden Boy” didn’t mind taking advantage of the situation, yet he’s the bad guy in this. He’s expecting another handicap match tonight, since Cena and Booker T are such good buds. Cena had an affair with AJ for over a month, and is the biggest liar in the history of WWE. Liars get what’s coming to them: a briefcase shot to the back of the skull. He’s the show-off, the show stealer, the sole survivor. He’s so sick of being so sick, and is the best thing in sports entertainment today. If Sheamus thinks he’s looking at the Big Show when he sees him tonight, he better think again, as he’s looking at the next World Heavyweight Champion. Show. Off.

MATCH 5: The Usos (Jey and Jimmy) vs. Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater (w/Drew McIntyre)
At least these guys have something better than Slater’s old, horrible entrance music. Their new theme isn’t too bad either, all things considering. Slater and an Uso start off. Uso shoulders Slater right into his corner before tagging in other Uso, who shoulders Slater from the apron. Other Uso hits a headbutt from the middle rope for 2, and I find out this is Jimmy. Slater avoids a corner splash, but can’t avoid an uppercut. Jimmy mounts the middle rope, but Slater whips him down. He stomps Jimmy before tagging in Mahal, who hits a butterfly suplex for 1. Rear chinlock is applied and Jimmy fights out before hitting a running chop to the chest. Jey tags in, hits Mahal with a running forearm and a mule kick, an uppercut and a Samoan drop. Running hip bump in the corner gets 2. Slater breaks things up, and Jimmy knocks him to the floor. Slater hits a kick to Jey’s head as the ref is trying to get Jimmy out of the ring, which allows Mahal to hit a full-nelson slam for 3.

WINNERS: Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater.

MATCH 6: Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Sheamus back Ziggler to the corner, and Ziggler slides to the floor. Back in, Sheamus breaks a waistlock and hits a hip throw. Shoulder off the ropes by Sheamus, and Ziggler ends the crisscross with a clothesline. Sheamus comes back with punches and a running back elbow. A punch drops Ziggler to his knee and hits a bodyslam before doing his own version of the Show-Off Elbow for 2. Ziggler ducks a clothesline and pushes Sheamus to the floor. He goes for a cross-body off the apron, but Sheamus catches him and hits a fall-away slam into the barricade. Back in the ring, Ziggler slides to the apron and back to the floor. Sheamus follows him out and throws him back in. Sheamus goes for the forearms in the ropes from the outside, but Ziggler counters with a hotshot before knocking Sheamus to the floor with a running dropkick. Commercials.

We’re back, and Ziggler is still in control, hitting a jumping avalanche for 2. Show-Off Elbow gets 2. He applies a rear chinlock, but Sheamus counters with a back suplex. Sheamus fires off some rights and hits a pair of Irish Hammers. He goes for a 3rd, but Ziggler trips him into the ropes. Ziggler boots Sheamus from the apron and climbs back in for 1 as Sheamus gets a rope break. Ziggler with stomps in the corner before hitting some headbutts. Ziggler charges in, but Sheamus back drops him over the ropes. Ziggler lands on his feet on the apron, but he gets set up for the forearms to the chest. Sheamus nails 10 of them before suplexing Ziggler back into the ring. He goes up top for the Battering Ram, but Ziggler sees it coming and charges into the turnbuckles. Sheamus jumps off and rolls through and goes for the Brogue Kick, but Ziggler ducks and hits the leaping DDT for 2. Ziggler calls for the Rocker Dropper, but Sheamus sidesteps him before catching Ziggler off the ropes with the Irish Curse for 2. JBL just made a joke about “Jennifer Hudson’s husband got beat today.” Josh Mathews said he meant David Otunga, and JBL responded with, “That’s what I said.” I don’t know why, but I just laughed my ass off at that. Anyway, Ziggler boots Sheamus out of the corner, but runs right into the tilt-a-whirl powerslam. He escapes before it hits, though, shoves Sheamus into the corner and rolls him up for 2. Sheamus looks for White Noise, but Ziggler counters into a sunset flip, which Sheamus tries to counter with the Texas clover-leaf. He eventually locks it in, sitting nice and tight on it. Big Show makes his way out, and Sheamus cuts him off on the apron before Show headbutts him, causing the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Sheamus. Damn. That was a good match until the end, too. Show continues to assault Sheamus, and Ziggler joins in the attack as well. Cena hits the ring and attacks Show as Sheamus fights back on Ziggler. He hits Ziggler with the Attitude Adjustment before turning around into a goozle by Show. Show goozles Sheamus as well, but they break it and hit a double suplex before knocking him to the floor.

End of show.

Pretty fun episode of SmackDown! tonight. Really have nothing to complain about, save for the Khali/Otunga match. Fortunately, JBL’s jokes about Otunga made it tolerable.

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My WWE Survivor Series 2012 Live Experience

November 20, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The 2012 edition of WWE’s Survivor Series is in the books. I posted my Survivor Series preview for Camelclutchblog, and in that blog, I promised to write about my experience. I see that our editor, Eric Gargiulo has already written a results blog.( ) He also has written about the men who attacked Ryback near the end of the Triple Threat match main event. ( They are both excellent blogs, and I suggest my readers check them out.

This blog, as I previously said, will be about my trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, and what I thought of the PPV. I won’t go into detail about all the matches, but I will just give my impressions, and opinion of the show.

I hope you will enjoy this.

I drove up to Indianapolis in the afternoon of the PPV which took place on Sunday, November 18, 2012. I got a great rate on Priceline at the Westin Indianapolis, which was downtown. I was so glad that I did not have to pay for parking, and I was able to take my 15 year old beagle, Ace Frehley (named after the original guitarist for KISS) with me.

The hotel was gorgeous, and the employees were just awesome. The guys at the front desk for check in jokingly would not serve me because I was wearing my Tom Brady jersey, and the Patriots/Colts game was on the TVs, and the Pats were ahead.

I go to my room with my luggage, dog crate, and all. Ace sniffed around, and I fed him. I switched into an Edge Hockey Jersey, and an Edge Hat (got to represent my boy, even though he’s retired). I then put Ace in his crate, and left for the PPV. Ace sleeps in his crate when I am out.

I had something to eat at this Rams Restaurant and Brewery, and watched the rest of the 59-24 Patriots/Colts beat down, I mean, game. I therefore missed the Youtube pre-show match. I didn’t really care about that match anyhow.

What was really awesome was that it was a beautiful night to walk downtown. That is why I was happy to get a downtown hotel. I could avoid traffic going to the arena, and such. Anyway, I walked to the Bankers Life Field House, and went to my seat. It was in Section 101, but it was up high, and I could not see the stage. Our section was behind the stage setup, and behind the pyro. It was loud when the pyro went off.

Now to the show:

Overall, I was not impressed with the show. I really was not all that interested once it got going. I knew the card going in, but I felt the wrestlers just didn’t put on a good show. The only two matches that were good were the Main Event, and the Team Foley vs Team Ziggler match. Everything else was just here and there.

The surprise opening match was just a mess. There were guys missing spots left and right. I still don’t understand why WWE won’t announce all the matches? Do they really think they will get increased buys while the PPV is going on?  I was not impressed at all, even though I am glad the faces one.

The Diva match was awful. In the pre-tape, the attacker appears to be Aksana. How original. Why is the belt still on Eve? She is a boring champion. People were going to the bathroom during the match. I can’t blame them.

The Cesaro vs R Truth match was boring. I just was not impressed with either of them, and I am so tired of that A. J. storyline being put on PPV. It was not necessary. We fans put up with the AJ stuff on Raw. We don’t have to pay for it.

I just tweeted, and went on Facebook during the World Title match between Big Show, and Sheamus. I mean, Show is such a boring champion. I did see most of the match. Boring. I just want this reign of Big Show’s to end. They had to end the match in a DQ?  WWE, please end this reign and this feud.

I really enjoyed the Team Foley vs Team Ziggler 5 Man Elimination match. Everyone did a great job. I thought the right person, Ziggler “survived.” Ziggler needs the push, and he really excelled in the match. I liked the eliminations, and everyone worked well. It was great seeing Foley giving Rodriquez Mr. Socko.

Of course, we had to have a screw job in the last match, right? Of course, Punk had to continue his now, year long reign.  The match itself was pretty good. I wouldn’t say it was a great match, but it was a good, solid match. I liked the destruction of the announce tables, and it was good to see new blood in WWE in the former of those guys who attacked Ryback. I am looking forward to seeing what Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins have to offer WWE.

After the show, I walked home, and went to bed. I drove home today.

As I said,  the PPV didn’t do much for me. I was more entertained by these two smarks sitting behind me calling the matches, and predicting everything that was going to happen, than the show for the most part.

On a personal note, I will be having minor surgery this week, so I don’t know when my next blog will be. However, I want to wish everyone a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

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