This week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown, CM Punk faces Fandango one-on-one as a result of last week’s incident, and Kaitlyn faces AJ Lee for the Divas Championship after beating AJ in a non-title match on Monday night.
The World Champion, Alberto Del Rio, makes his way out. Alex Riley is on color commentary due to JBL being out of the country. ADR starts by saying “thank you…for nothing.” When he was champion before, no one cared for him or supported him. Well, guess what? He’s the World Heavyweight Champion, and there’s nothing the fans can do about it. He does want to say thanks to someone with vision and leadership, though-the GM of SmackDown, Vickie Guerrero. John Cena was allowed to choose his opponent for Summerslam, and Vickie has allowed him to do the same thing. Of course, Cena wasted his pick on the “little troll”, Daniel Bryan. We all know that Cena did that because he’s afraid of ADR. That’s when ADR started thinking, why doesn’t he choose “The Beast” Brock Lesnar? It turns out Lesnar has different plans for Summerslam, so that will be “his lost”. Then he thought about giving a match to Houston’s own Booker T (the show is in Houston, BTW). But Book is a big disappointment, like everything else out of Houston. So, the man he chose deserves this opportunity more than anyone. He’s one of the greatest athletes of all time and is the perfect opponent. That is why he is going to give this person his first opportunity to become World Champion. People, he’s talking about…is “no other than”…Ricardo Rodriguez!
MATCH 1: Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Cody Rhodes
Before the match starts, Zeb starts with some right-wing rhetoric about Texas, but is thankfully cut off by Rhodes, making him my favorite wrestler for the night. Rhodes knocks Swagger down before the bell rings, then hits a Goldust uppercut and a running kick for 2. Swagger comes back with an elevated belly-to-belly suplex and follows up with kneelifts in the corner. Swagger hits a short-arm clothesline for 2, then applies a double chicken wing. Rhodes fights out and goes for the Disaster Kick, but Swagger blocks it and hits the Swagger Bomb for 2. Swagger goes for the falling Doctor Bomb, and Rhodes counters into a sunset flip for 3.
WINNER: Cody Rhodes.
Josh Mathews is standing by with Cody Rhodes. He asks Rhodes about last week, when Rhodes through the MITB case into the Gulf of Mexico. Rhodes says the MITB match was every man for himself. He doesn’t blame Sandow for preventing Rhodes from getting the contract. However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t fed up with Sandow. He doesn’t like guys who talk down to everyone. Apologies are in order, and he compares throwing the briefcase in the water to an oil spill before saying that’s a joke. As Rhodes continues the promo, Sandow attacks him from behind and begins slamming his head into an equipment box before agents and referees pull him off.
MATCH 2: Sin Cara vs. Big E. Langston
Cara begins with some punches before running into a shoulderblock. Cara ducks a clothesline before hitting an enziguri for 2. We see Dolph Ziggler watching this match from the back. In the ring, Langston hits a back body drop, then applies a side headlock. Cara tries to fight out, so Langston shoves him away and hits a clothesline. He rolls Cara to the apron and hits a series of running elbows to the back of the neck before applying a camel clutch across the bottom rope. Langston drags Cara to the middle of the ring and applies an abdominal stretch. He grabs the top rope for leverage, but gets caught. Langston shoves Cara down and kicks him in the ribs. Cara rolls to the apron, where he hits a pair of kicks to the head. He tries for a springboard cross-body, but Langston catches him. Cara escapes and hits some kicks before trying an Asai moonsault. Langston catches him and turns it into the Big Ending for 3.
WINNER: Big E. Langston.
Renee Young is standing by with Kaitlyn and Layla. She asks Kaitlyn about strategy for tonight. She says she let AJ mess with her head. Fool her once, shame on you. Fool her twice, you’re going to get speared. Everyone knows she was born and raised in Houston, and this arena is close to her heart. She won the Divas Championship here the last time, and history will repeat itself. Layla says she’s seen divas come and go, and she’s never seen someone as determined as Kaitlyn. She’s the real deal. Kaitlyn thanks her, but looks confused.
In Vickie Guerrero’s office, she is with Alberto Del Rio. ADR accuses her of going back on her word of him being able to choose any opponent. Vickie asks if he’s afraid of competition. He’s not afraid of anyone. He’s the greatest champion of all time, and the champion shouldn’t be treated this way. RAW GM Brad Maddox enters the office and agrees with Vickie’s decision earlier tonight. He tells ADR that he’ll be under Maddox’s authority this Monday night as well.
MATCH 3: Fandango (w/Summer Rae) vs. CM Punk
Punk starts with a boot to the gut and a forearm to the face before hitting a bodyslam and an elbow drop. Punk lands some chops to the chest, hits a snapmare and applies a side headlock. Fandango counters into his own headlock, then shoulders Punk off the ropes. They crisscross, and Punk ends it with a kick to the gut and a back elbow for 2. Fandango trips him into the middle rope, then hits some rights in the corner before going for a suplex. Punk escapes and hits a jumping leg lariat. He goes for the GTS, but Fandango escapes to the floor. Commercials.
Back from the break, Summer Rae distracts Punk, which allows Fandango to throw him into the steps. Fandango gets back in the ring and tells the ref to count Punk out. Punk makes it back in at 9, and Fandango goes straight into some mounted punches. Punk gets a hard corner whip as Alex Riley begins talking about the old NXT set-up, acknowledging that Fandango was on season 4. Nice touch. Anyway, Fandango sends Punk into the opposite corner, and Punk collapses to the mat. Fandango hits some rights, then drops an elbow into the bridge of Punk’s nose. He knocks Punk down with another right, then applies a rear chinlock. Punk fights out and goes for a sunset flip, but Fandango counters by twisting his foot across Punk’s face for 2. Fandango goes back to the rear chinlock before grinding his forearm into Punk’s face. Punk elbows out, hits a chop to the chest, then fires off a series of left forearm shots. Fandango gets sent into the corner, but blocks the incoming charge for 2. Punk avoids a corner charge and hits a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Punk calls for the Pepsi Max, but follows up with a short-arm clothesline after the knee, instead of the usual bulldog. He goes up top for the Macho Elbow, but Fandango rolls to the apron. Punk comes after him, and Fandango hits a kick to the face before connecting with a falcon arrow for 2. Fandango goes to the top rope for the guillotine legdrop, but Punk crotches him. Punk is smiling now, and he climbs up for a superplex from the top rope. He blows a kiss to the audience, then hits the suplex before immediately going into the Anaconda Vice for the submission win.
WINNER: CM Punk. Cool finish here, and it’s nice to see Punk dust the Vice off once again.
Renee Young is now standing by with Rob Van Dam. She asks about the match tonight. RVD says he feels fantastic right now, and he’s prepared for anything. Christian and Orton aren’t pushovers, but they also aren’t Rob…Van…Dam. Christian interrupts and says everyone knows “Captain Charisma” deserves one more…Randy Orton interrupts him by saying, “loss”. Just because he has the MITB case doesn’t mean he’s going to be complacent. Maybe he’ll be both WWE and World Champion. He has a “welcome back” gift for RVD, and it’s an R…K…Bro, RVD didn’t come back here for a history lesson. He came back to become champion once again. There can only be one winner tonight, and it will be R-V-D.
MATCH 4-WWE Divas Championship: Kaitlyn (w/Layla) vs. AJ Lee (Champion)
AJ attacks Kaitlyn with punches while screaming. After the ref pulls her off, she tries it again, and this time, Kaitlyn catches her and rams her into the corner before hitting a short-arm clothesline. She goes for a suplex, but AJ counters into an arm wringer that sends Kaitlyn into the bottom rope. AJ applies a scissored sleeper, but Kaitlyn powers her way out and rams AJ back-first into the turnbuckles. AJ recovers and hits a running roundhouse, followed by a kick to the chest. Kaitlyn answers a charge with a dropkick and hits a gutbuster, causing AJ to roll to the floor. Kaitlyn follows her and rams her into the barricade. She signals for the spear, but Layla steps between the two, stopping Kaitlyn. This allows AJ to attack Kaitlyn and throw her into the barricade. Back in the ring, AJ applies the Black Widow, and Kaitlyn taps.
WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: AJ Lee. Layla smiles, then skips to the back with AJ.
MATCH 5-Triple Threat Match to determine a new #1 contender for the World Championship: Randy Orton vs. Christian vs. Rob Van Dam
Before the match begins, ADR comes out. He calls these three “the Three Stooges”, then says he’ll be backstage, watching and enjoying these three beat the guacamole out of each other. He knows Vickie Guerrero “reject” the opponent he chose earlier, but Ricardo could beat all three of these men. Be careful what you wish for, because at Summerslam, one of these three will tap out to the World Champion, Alberto Del Rio. Orton fires off some rights on Christian, and RVD does the same on Orton. Christian hits both with uppercuts, then throws Orton to the floor. He hits RVD with a chop to the chest before corner-whipping him. RVD blocks the charge with a back elbow and hits a springboard side kick. He goes for Rolling Thunder, but Orton pulls him to the floor. RVD slams Orton face-first into the ring steps, then hits a gourdbuster across the barricade. He intercepts Christian on the apron, then hits a spinning legdrop on Orton outside. Christian comes out and spears RVD as we go to commercials.
Back from the break, Christian tries a Killswitch on Orton. RVD comes in off the top rope and Christian ducks, causing RVD to nail Orton with a side kick. Christian rolls up RVD for 2, then hits an uppercut. RVD blocks a throw to the corner and lands a high kick to the head. He goes up for the Five-Star Frog Splash, which connects. He goes for the cover, but Orton breaks it up at 2. Orton throws RVD to the corner for some mounted punches, then hits a rebound clothesline before going for the Four Moves of Boredom. RVD sees the powerslam coming and hangs onto the ropes, causing Orton to spin like an idiot. RVD goes for Rolling Thunder, and Orton pops up with a powerslam. RVD rolls to the apron, where Orton goes for the suspended DDT. RVD fights out, but gets dropkicked to the floor as he goes for a springboard. Christian comes back in and goes for the Killswitch on Orton, but Orton counters into the suspended DDT. He calls for the RKO, but RVD comes in. He takes the RKO, and Orton goes for another on Christian. Christian counters into a backslide and gets 3.
WINNER AND NEW #1 CONTENDER: Christian. After the match, Orton gets back to his feet, as does Christian. Orton offers a handshake, and Christian responds in kind. RVD eventually gets back to his feet after Orton leaves and also offers a handshake, which is accepted. Josh Mathews enters the ring and congratulates Christian before asking how he feels. Christian says he’s kind of hurting right now, but is then immediately attacked from behind by ADR. ADR hits a thrust kick to the face, then stand over Christian in celebration.
End of show.
The main event was good, as was Punk/Fandango. Having Alex Riley on commentary was a nice change, too. He comes off as a student of the game and very intelligent, which can be hard for a new commentator to convey right off the bat. He’s definitely better on commentary than he is in the ring, so if he wants to stay in this position, I’m fine with that.
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