On this week’s episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, we’re in Cincinnati, OH, and the show is opening with the hometown boy, The Miz, for another edition of MizTV. In the ring with him are Randy Orton and Sheamus. He says their world has been turned upside-down. Ryback is no longer their partner at WM29 per orders of Vicki Guerrero and Teddy Long. Orton starts and says that in his opinion, the man to replace Ryback will be The Big Show. Sheamus admits if Show didn’t come down on Monday night, they would have had their arses handed to them. However, he doesn’t trust Show.
Orton doesn’t either, but you have to do what you can to survive. Show needs them as much as they need him, and come WM29, he wants the big, bad, angry giant on his side. Miz then welcomes Show out to answer for himself. Miz thinks Show can agree with Orton’s mistrust, especially since they used to be partners, and Show ended the partnership by knocking Miz out. Show says Miz’s opinion doesn’t matter to him. As far as Orton and Sheamus are concerned, he’s done something they couldn’t, and that’s knock out a member of The Shield. He can’t stand Orton and Sheamus, but if they work together, no one can stop them. Sheamus says they’ve been to war with each other, and there’s no doubt Show is one of the toughest opponents he’s ever faced, but he’s also one of the most devious. How does he know Show won’t leave them hanging? Show says that, if he were a coward, he wouldn’t have beaten Sheamus for the title. Orton interjects and says they need to work together and get along. Miz makes fun of Orton for being the voice of reason for this group. Show starts to tell Sheamus this will work when Booker T interrupts the proceedings. Book says he needs to know if these three can work together and somehow get along, and that will happen tonight as these three team up in a 6-man main event tonight. Now can you dig that, sucka?
Later tonight, Jack Swagger faces Chris Jericho in a rematch from last week.
MATCH 1: Mark Henry vs. Zack Ryder
Henry throws Ryder into the corner and lands a big back elbow. Hard corner whip by Henry, followed by another one. Ryder escapes a running powerslam, but runs right into the World’s Strongest Slam for 3.
Teddy Long enters Booker T’s office and asks Book what he thinks about him and Vicki making the Ryback/Henry match at WM29. Book likes the match, but doesn’t like how Long handled his business. Long works for Book, not Vicki. Long says he thought he worked WITH Book, not FOR him.
Speaking of Booker T, he is the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2013. Pretty awesome video package here. Oh, and just in case I haven’t made it clear on Facebook, anyone who says Book’s induction is “too soon” a) has no idea what the phrase means, and b) clearly doesn’t understand what constitutes a HOF career. Book most definitely deserves this induction, and his track record speaks for itself. Honestly, I hope he gets a DVD set out of this at some point.
MATCH 2: Dolph Ziggler (w/AJ and Big E. Langston) vs. Kofi Kingston
AJ will be doing color commentary during this match, and that’s fine with me. Kofi lands some kicks and punches in the corner, but Ziggler quickly comes back with a neckbreaker. Kofi decks Ziggler, hits a back elbow and a dropkick. Jumping clothesline connects, as does the Boom Drop. He calls for TIP, but Langston causes a distraction. Ziggler pops up with a beautiful dropkick off the distraction for 2. Commercials.
We’re back, and Kofi is fighting back with rights. Ziggler sends him to the counter, where Kofi counters a charge with a Pendulum. Kofi goes up top, but gets crotched and crashes to the mat for 2. Kofi fights back from his knees, but runs into another gorgeous dropkick for 2. Ziggler applies a rear chinlock, and Kofi fights out once more. Ziggler boots him in the gut, then fires off some shots in the corner. He misses a shoulder thrust, going right into the post. Kofi hits a couple of double chops and a dropkick. Spinning cross-body from the top connects for 2. Kofi goes for a springboard splash, but Ziggler blocks it for 2. He sees TIP coming off the ropes and cinches in the sleeper. Kofi backs into the corner and armdrags out of it before hitting the SOS for 2 as Ziggler grabs the ropes. Ziggler rolls to the floor as Kofi goes for a suicide dive. Langston stands in the way, so Kofi goes up top and hits a plancha on Langston. From behind, Ziggler hits a rocker dropper before throwing Kofi back into the ring. He calls for the Zig Zag, and hits it for 3.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler. After the match, Langston picks Kingston up and hits Sudden Impact.
We see Show, Orton and Sheamus in the locker room, arguing about what’s going on in their match tonight. Orton says that, if they don’t work together, they are sitting ducks for The Shield before storming off.
Before the next match starts, Jack Swagger welcomes us to his America. Zeb takes the mic and says it’s a beautiful day in Swagger’s America, and what happened on RAW to Ricardo Rodriguez was unfortunate but necessary, and was nothing compared to what will happen to Alberto Del Rio. In Swagger’s America, if bones need to be broken, they will be. What happened to Ricardo should not only serve as a wake-up call to Ricardo, but to everyone who disagrees with what they say, and that includes Chris Jericho. Swagger catchphrase time.
MATCH 3: Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho starts with some forearm strikes and punches, followed by a back elbow off the ropes. Corner clothesline by Jericho, followed by a chop, more punches and a knee lift. More strikes, but Swagger blocks an Irish whip and rolls to the floor. Jericho lands a baseball slide through the ropes, then throws Swagger into the barricade. Back in the ring, Swagger pops up and hits a chop block before stomping Jericho down. Running shoulderblock hits, as does a second one. Swagger goes to the ropes once more, but gets hit with a dropkick for 2. Jericho ducks a clothesline, but gets caught by Swagger off the ropes and gets rammed into the corner. Swagger punches Jericho before propping him on the top rope. Jericho kicks Swagger away until Swagger boots him in the gut. Swagger goes for a superplex, but Jericho fights him off and knocks him to the mat. Jericho gets to his feet and hits a cross-body from the top for 2. Swagger rolls to the floor, and Jericho flattens him with a slingshot plancha. Commercials.
We’re back, and Jericho gets planted with a big boot for 2. Swagger applies a hammerlock/armbar combo, then punches Jericho in the midsection a few times. Swagger ties Jericho’s arm up in the ropes before hitting Jericho in the back with some forearm shots. He sends Jericho shoulder-first into the opposite corner, but misses an avalanche. Jericho hits a couple shoulderblocks and follows up with a double axe handle from the top rope. He hits 10 corner punches as Swagger tries to counter into a powerbomb. Jericho tries to counter that into a hurricanrana, but Swagger counters once more into the Patriot Lock. Jericho manages to roll through and send him to the outside before hitting a springboard dropkick. Fandango’s music hits and…please don’t tell me it’ll be Fandango/Jericho at WM29. Please, no. Fandango makes his way down the ramp with his random woman as, back in the ring, Swagger hits an elevated belly-to-belly suplex for 2. Jericho ducks a clothesline and goes for a crucifix for 2. He goes for the Codebreaker and turns it into a sunset flip, which he then tries to turn into the Walls of Jericho. Swagger blocks, Jericho slingshots him into the ropes before hitting a bulldog. Colter gets on the apron as Jericho goes for the Lionsault. While the ref is distracted, Fandango gets on the apron and blasts Jericho with a kick. Swagger hits the Swagger Bomb out of the corner and gets the 3.
WINNER: Jack Swagger. Fandango enters the ring after the match and beats Jericho down. Fandango leaps to the top rope and hits a guillotine legdrop. He grabs a mic and tells Jericho what his name is.
Matt Striker is in the back with Big Show, and he says it’ll be a challenge for Show to get along with his partners. Show tells Striker that Orton is right and that they need to get on the same page. They’ve all been beaten up by The Shield. Orton and Sheamus can trust him as much as they can trust each other. Trust him.
The Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins are in the ring. Rhodes says that, tonight, even though we don’t deserve, they bring to us a special gift. Sandow says that his best friend and he are more than proud to present to all of us, the class of the divas division, the only two women with enough beauty and intelligence to accompany the Rhodes Scholars, the Bellas. You’re welcome. I like both of these guys, and being paired with the Bellas is making it hard for me to approve of them.
MATCH 4: Brodus Clay and Sweet T (w/The Funkadactyls) vs. The Rhodes Scholars (w/The Bella Twins)
I like the fact that Cameron and Naomi deck themselves out in thigh-high socks each week. Just saying. T and Rhodes start with T nailing an uppercut. Rhodes comes back with a Goldust uppercut, but runs into a clothesline. He dodges a splash before Clay tags in. He hits a pair of clotheslines, then a back elbow on Sandow. Avalanche on Rhodes, and one of the Bellas tries to distract Clay from the apron. Cameron yanks her to the floor as Naomi tackles the other Bella. T and Clay try to pull their women off as the Scholars try to interject. The ref just throws the match out at this point.
WINNERS: No contest.
Matt Striker is now in the back with Sheamus and Randy Orton and asks if they’re on the same page. Sheamus says absolutely. They trust each other and trust Show as much as he trusts them. Trust him. No seriously, trust him.
MATCH 5: WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz (non-title)
Wade Barrett is on commentary for this match. Okay Cesaro has dominated this feud. Move him onto something else. Lock-up to start, and Cesaro turns it into a side headlock. Crisscross ends with a Miz roll-up for 2, but he runs right into a kneelift to the face for 2. Cesaro connects with the double stomp for another 2. Deadlift gutwrench suplex hits for another 2. He yanks Miz up by ear before applying a cravat. Miz breaks free and hits some lefts, then hits a knee lift and a running boot. Hanging clothesline in the corner by Miz, and he mounts the top rope for a double axe handle. He calls for the figure-4, but Cesaro boots him off. Miz sidesteps a clothesline and dropkicks Cesaro in the knee. Miz locks in the figure-4, and sadly, Cesaro taps.
WINNER: The Miz. After the match, Miz applies the figure-4 once again while taunting Barrett. Barrett simply holds the IC title up over his head and walks away.
Mahal and Orton start with Mahal hitting some strikes before running into a pair of clotheslines. Mounted punches in the corner by Orton, and now Sheamus tags in. The faces hit a double back elbow, and now Sheamus beats Mahal down in the corner. Mahal manages to fights back, but it’s cut short by Sheamus, who sends Mahal into the corner, hits a running shoulder thrust, a kneelift and a rolling fireman’s carry slam. Sheamus mocks Show with some open-hand chops in the corner, then tags in the giant. Drew tags in on the other side, and he tries to attack Show with punches. Show headbutts him, then drapes him over the top rope for the tied-up forearms, mocking Sheamus. Mahal is tagged back in, and Show hip tosses him into the ring. Mahal tags Slater, and Show does the same thing to him. Orton tags in, and he hits a jumping kneedrop. Slater boots Orton in the gut before running into a powerslam. Orton sets him up for the suspended DDT, but Mahal runs interference. Slater hotshots Orton before landing a jumping sidekick for 2. Slater stomps Orton down before tagging in Drew, who beats Orton down in the corner. Mahal tags in and hits a swinging neckbreaker as Slater tags in to get a 2. Slater hits a kneedrop before mounting the top rope. He comes off right into a dropkick by Orton, and Orton tags in Sheamus as Mahal tags in. Show hits a pair of clotheslines, a hip bump in the corner and a spear. Drew lands a big boot on Show, so Sheamus tags himself in. Show knocks Drew out with a WMD, and Sheamus drops Mahal with a Brogue Kick for 3.
WINNERS: The Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus. After the match, Show and Sheamus argue about the finish of the match, and Orton tries to cool things down. The Shield make their way down to the ring through the crowd. Show and Sheamus begins shoving each other and Orton gets elbowed by Show as well. The three are all shoving each other now as The Shield surround the ring. The faces stop fighting to hold The Shield off for a moment, and The Shield decide to leave things where they stand and head back through the crowd.
End of show.
Pretty much a throw-away show, but Swagger/Jericho was once again good, and Ziggler/Kofi was also very enjoyable.
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