Tonight’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown! is the go-home episode, as we are two days away from Survivor Series. Series is one of the PPVs I get every single year, even if it doesn’t look that great, just because it’s one of the “classic four”. This year, however, looks to have a pretty solid card, so I’m looking forward to it. The show starts off with Mark Henry choking Daniel Bryan out backstage and slamming his head into a storage box. He then drags Daniel Bryan out to the area by the stage. Henry continues the assault on the entrance ramp before finally throwing Bryan into the ring.
Bryan gets to his feet and tries to lay some kicks in, but Henry catches his foot and throws him to the mat. Henry chops Bryan down and hits a running splash, followed by the World’s Strongest Slam. Referees slide into the ring to break it up as Henry hits another WSS. The referees manage to pull Bryan out of the ring as Henry calls for a mic. He says that man is in pain, and he promises there’ll be more where that came from. Big Show felt the pain, but obviously what he did was not good enough, and he’s going to get more. Henry promises that, at Survivor Series, one of them is going to get carried out of there, but it’s not going to be him because he’s leaving as the World Heavyweight Champion. Referees are continuing to check on Bryan at ringside as Henry screams in his face. Interesting way to start the show. Makes me wonder where WWE is going with Daniel Bryan here.
Tonight, Sheamus and Randy Orton will face Wade Barrett and IC Champion Cody Rhodes.
Before the match, Guerrero announces that Ziggler will be competing twice at Survivor Series, both in a Survivor Series match, but he will be defending the U.S. title against John Morrison as well. Match starts with a tie-up. Ziggler goes into a waistlock, followed by a takedown. Both back up, Ziggler slaps Cara. Another tie-up up, and Ziggler goes into a fireman’s carry takedown, right into an armbar. Ziggler with a kick to the gut and an elbow to the back of the neck. Ziggler goes into a side headlock, but Cara throws him off. Ziggler rebounds with a shoulder block. They crisscross, but Ziggler avoids any contact. Ziggler with another gut kick and a punch to the head. Cara comes back with a handspring elbow off an Irish whip, followed by a spinning headscissors. This sends Ziggler to the floor, and Cara follows up with a suicide dive. Cara throws Ziggler into the ring, but eats a knee lift as he tries to get back in himself. Ziggler rolls to the floor and throws Cara in, where he hits a jumping elbow drop. Ziggler goes into a modified fujiwara and lays in some elbows to the shoulder. Ziggler pulls Cara up to his feet, who fights out with kicks and a springboard corkscrew arm drag. Cara hits an apron kick out of the corner and goes up top. Ziggler rolls out of the way of the swanton, but Cara rolls through and locks in a victory roll for a 2-count. Ziggler immediately counters into a roll-up with a handful of tights and gets the 3.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler. After the match, Ziggler shoves Cara. Cara comes back with a hurricanrana and some stomps. Jack Swagger runs down and levels Cara with a clothesline. Swagger lays in some shots on Cara’s back. Swagger picks Cara up into a wheelbarrow position, where Ziggler hits a rocker dropper. Good-looking double-team move there, although Swagger sitting out on the landing would make it even better. Mason Ryan runs down, hoists Ziggler up and releases him face-first onto the mat. This match was decent. Ziggler has been looking damn good lately, and is quickly becoming one of the best heels in the company. I can see him winning the Royal Rumble next year.
Back from the break, a match has already started.
MATCH 2: Mason Ryan vs. Jack Swagger (w/Vicki Guerrero)
Ryan backs Swagger into the corner, but Swagger fights out with punches. Swagger goes for a waistlock, but Ryan breaks free, hits an over-the-shoulder arm drag, a shoulderblock and a pair of shoulders in opposing corners. Ryan hits a short-arm clothesline. He goes for a running powerslam, but Swagger slides out, shoves Ryan into the corner and hits a chop block to Ryan’s left knee. Swagger hits the Swagger Bomb across the back for 2. Swagger lays in punches and kicks in the corner, followed by a pair of corner clotheslines. Swagger hits an avalanche, then locks in a double chicken wing. Ryan gets back to his feet, but Swagger knees him in the gut and elbows him over the back. Swagger goes for a suplex, but Ryan reverses into his own. Swagger hits some punches, but runs into a pair of clotheslines. Ryan hits a high knee in the corner, followed by a big boot. Ryan hits the running powerslam for 2. Ryan goes for the full-nelson, but Swagger elbows out and chop blocks Ryan’s knee. He looks for the Doctor Bomb, but Ryan reverses into the full-nelson, turns it into a full-nelson slam, and gets the 3.
WINNER: Mason Ryan.
Backstage, we see Justin Gabriel hitting on Alicia Fox. Zack Ryder walks in and asks them to sign his online petition for a U.S. title match. Big Show walks in and signs it as well. Ryder tells Show what Henry said about him earlier and what happened with Daniel Bryan. They’re not sure where Henry is, but Gabriel tells Show that Bryan’s being checked out in the trainer’s room. Show storms off.
Back from the break, we see a shot of Times Square, where Survivor Series is taking place from.
In a locker room, Hornswoggle and Ted DiBiase are playing WWE ’12. Teddy Long walks in and congratulates DiBiase on his recent wins and compliments him on the “DiBiase Posse”. Aksana and her bad-even-for-porn music make their way into the room. DiBiase and Hornswoggle leave. Aksana says she loves to play video games. She became an expert at “handling a joystick” as she got older in life. Long asks her to meet him back here later and they can play together. Aksana leaves and Long tells himself to not have another heart attack.
Christian’s music hits, and he comes out in a neckbrace and a walking cast on his right foot. He says, 2 weeks ago, he was brutally chokeslammed by the Big Show for no reason, causing a serious neck injury. Instead of taking his injury seriously, Long booked him in a match with Sheamus last week. Christian didn’t walk away; he stayed and fought Sheamus like a man all over Europe, and in doing so, he severely injured his ankle as well. He shows a picture of his actual angle, which looks nasty as hell. He says the injury may keep him out a couple months, but what is fact is he’s no longer on Team Barrett at Survivor Series. He’s a leader and a team player, and he will continue to inspire Team Barrett onto victory. It’s because he’s special. He inspires everyone and makes everyone better. Normally, he’d be out here asking for one more match for the World title because everybody knows he deserves it, but right now, he’d like to have one more match. It doesn’t matter what kind, because that dream’s been taken away by Teddy Long and his incompetence. He looks around the arena and sees a lack of disrespect from the WWE Universe. He asks the crowd if they even care that he’s injured? Do they care that he’s walking around in constant pain? He’s not a piece of meat; he’s a human being and has feelings. Whatever it is Teddy Long has done to him, there will be severe consequences. He’s never been more embarrassed by a collection of people than the ones he’s looking at in the crowd right now. He’s ashamed of all of them, and he’s through with them.
In the trainer’s room, AJ is checking on Daniel Bryan. Big Show walks in and sits down. He blames himself for this, and if he had been there, this wouldn’t have happened. Show needs to find Mark now.
I’ll be picking up WWE ’12 next week, and will most likely be doing a review for CCB shortly thereafter. Stay tuned.
Did You Know? Uncharted 3’s soundtrack was recorded at Abbey Road.
MATCH 3: Ted DiBiase vs. Derrick Bateman (w/Maxine)
I guess Bateman got promoted from NXT? We see a promo from Bateman and Maxine, who are apparently engaged. They’re bringing light to SmackDown! or something. DiBiase goes for a waistlock into a side headlock. DiBiase runs Bateman over with a shoulderblock and counters a hip toss attempt into one of his own. DiBiase hits a dropkick and a back elbow for 2. Maxine distracts the ref, allowing Bateman to hotshot DiBiase and hit a clothesline for 2. Bateman hits a modified neckbreaker for 2. Bateman gets some shots in in the corner, but DiBiase reverses. Bateman comes back with a boot and corner whips DiBiase for 2. Bateman goes for a modified katahajime , but DiBiase fights out, hits a snapmre, an inverted atomic drop and a running knee. Dibiase hits the misdirection clothesline. Bateman comes back with a boot, but DiBiase shakes it off and hits the Dream Street for 3.
WINNER: Ted DiBiase.
I’m going to wait on Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I’ve got enough unfinished video games to worry about before investing in something that will completely suck the life out of me.
Back from commercials, and Big Show is stalking around backstage, looking for Mark Henry. He comes upon Jinder Mahal and Tyson Kidd. Kidd says Henry has already left. Mahal says something in Punjab. Show asks if he wants to repeat it in English. Mahal says no, so Show hits him with a WMD.
Big Show makes his way to the ring and gets a mic. He says it’s too bad Mark Henry left the building because they could have had their Survivor Series match tonight. He needs to remember to keep focus on Henry, and if he loses his temper, he’ll get disqualified on Sunday. What everyone wants is Show to beat Mark Henry and become the new World Heavyweight Champion. Except me. Show always carries a certain piece of footage with him everywhere he goes. It’s the footage from MITB when Henry Pillmanized Show, putting him on the shelf. Show says that footage is a reminder to keep him focused on his goal, that being taking Henry’s title. He heard Henry say one of them was going to get carried out at Survivor Series. After all the atrocities Henry’s caused, Henry will be the one getting carried out at Survivor Series, and will be losing the World title to him. “Mark, look at this real close (Show makes a fist), because, Mark, it’s coming for you.”
MATCH 4: WWE Tag Team Co-Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Hunico
Hunico’s music sounds kind of like Razor Ramon’s. Before the match, he asks for a microphone. He spouts off something in Spanish. Match starts with Kingston getting in a waistlock. Hunico reverses into an armbar. Kingston slides out, hits a pair of Japanese arm drags into a 1-count, then locks in an armbar of his own. They crisscross, but as Kingston goes for a monkey flip, Hunico instead lands a basement dropkick. Hunico follows up with a sit-out gourdbuster for two. Hunico locks in a modified bow-and-arrow. Kingston fights out and gets a sunset flip for 2. Hunico comes back with a dropkick to the gut and a leg choke over the ropes. Hunico with some stomps and elbow to the gut for 2. Hunico locks in a unique-looking abdominal stretch on the mat. Kingston gets to his feet, but Hunico whips him back down. Foot choke in the corner. Hunico drags Kingston back to the middle of the ring for another 2. Kingston comes back with punches, but it doesn’t last long. Hunico hits a twisting fireman’s carry slm. He goes for the lionsault, but Kingston rolls out of the way, hits a dropkick, a pair of double chops and what I think was a leg lariat. Kingston hits a jumping clothesline, followed by the Boom Drop. He sets up for Trouble in Paradise, but Hunico ducks. He whips Kingston into the corner, but Kingston counters with the pendulum kick. Kingston goes up top for a cross body, but Hunico rolls through for 2. Hunico argues with the ref over the count, but turns right around into the S.O.S. for the 3.
WINNER: Kofi Kingston. After the match, Hunico continues to argue with the referee.Decent match.
We get another video package for Ezekiel Jackson. I hate to break it to those in the WWE, but I don’t think Zeke is ever getting over.
MATCH 5: Natalya and WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix vs. AJ and Kaitlyn
How many times have AJ and Kaitlyn been crushed by the Sisters of Salvation? While I’m fine with Kaitlyn being squashed, AJ deserves better. Phoenix and Kaitlyn tie up to start. Kaitlyn hits a dropkick and some forearms. Phoenix goes for a bodyslam, but Kaitlyn slides out. Kaitlyn runs at Phoenix, but gets flapjacked right into the top rope. Phoenix lays in some punches for 2. Nattie tags in and they hit a modified double electric chair drop for 2. Nattie locks in an abdominal stretch, but Kaitlyn elbows out and turns it into a hip toss. Nattie gets back to her feet and bodyslams Kaitlyn. Nattie misses a leg drop, allowing AJ to tag in. She hits a top rope cross body and some forearms. AJ misses a sunset flip, which allows Nattie to lock in the Sharpshooter. Nattie folds herself ALL THE WAY BACK to really torque it, and AJ taps out.
WINNERS: Natalya and Beth Phoenix. Seriously, you need to see Nattie do the Sharpshooter in this match. It’s impressive, to say the least. After the match, Kaitlyn appears to be pissed at AJ.
Did You Know? When Married…With Children was canceled, Ed O’Neill (Al Bundy) was on vacation and didn’t even know the show had been canceled until a couple who had read about the cancellation in a newspaper and were on vacation in the same spot told him about it.
RAW recap time. You know the drill.
MATCH 6: Randy Orton and Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett and Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes
Sheamus made the transition into a face with no trouble. I’d swear he got a bigger pop than Orton here. Barrett is once again sans-jacket during his entrance. I’m very disappointed. Cody “Josh Baskin” Rhodes makes too many stupid faces here. We cut to a pre-taped promo where Rhodes says Barrett told him to not let his personal feelings towards Orton get in the way of business at Survivor Series. Rhodes responded, “What personal feelings. Ha ha ha.” Sheamus and Rhodes start. Sheamus backs Rhodes into a corner. Rhodes comes back with boots and a front chancery, but Sheamus throws him off. Barrett tags in and hits some elbows, punches and knees. Sheamus fires back with punches. Barrett gets some kicks in. Sheamus with a back elbow for 1. Sheamus ties Barrett up in the ropes and lays in the forearms to the chest. Sheamus hits a suplex for 2. Sheamus goes for a bodyslam, but Barrett slides out, hits a mule kick and a flying forearm for 1. Barrett with some knees to the back as he locks in a modified surfboard. Sheamus gets to his feet, backs Barrett into the corner, then throws him off. Orton tags in, hits a pair of clotheslines and a powerslam. Barrett goes to the apron, allowing Orton to hit the suspended DDT. Orton sets up for the RKO, but Rhodes climbs to the top rope. Orton sees him, kicks him in the gut and hits the powerbomb into the neckbreaker. Barrett comes back with a running boot out of the corner as we go to commercial.
WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Randy Orton and Sheamus. Rhodes hits the Beautiful Disaster on Sheamus as Barrett whips Orton into the barricade outside. They stomp Sheamus a few times. Rhodes grabs the crutch, but runs right into a Brogue Kick. Sheamus then breaks the crutch over Barrett’s back before Orton delivers an RKO. Sheamus drops Rhodes with the Celtic Cross.
End of show.
Full WWE Friday Night SmackDown November 18 results…
Dolph Ziggler defeated Sin Cara
Mason Ryan defeated Jack Swagger
Ted DiBiase defeated Derrick Bateman
Kofi Kingston defeated Hunico
Beth Phoenix and Natalya defeated A.J. and Kaitlyn
Randy Orton & Sheamus defeated Cody Rhodes & Wade Barrett via DQ
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