Welcome to the 11/4/11 edition of WWE Smackdown!, which takes place from Greenville, SC. For whatever reason, the show is going to start right off with a match. Another Festivus miracle!
MATCH 1-Street Fight: Randy Orton vs. Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes (non-title)
From what I saw posted somewhere, Orton gets f**ked up in this match. I’m okay with that. Tie-up to start. Orton breaks it, allowing Rhodes to get a kick and a side headlock. Rhodes with another kick, but Orton comes back with a kick of his own, followed by a hip throw into a side headlock. Rhodes punches his way out. Orton with a shoulder block and a dropkick, causing Rhodes to roll to the floor. Orton follows him out, but Rhodes kicks Orton in the stomach and whips Orton into the steps. A few mounted punches and stomps, followed by a foot choke. Rhodes is in control with more punches on the floor. Orton comes back with some kicks, but Rhodes whips him into the ring apron, then punches him to the floor. Rhodes snapmares Orton then drops a knee. Rhodes throws Orton back into the ring for a 2-count. Orton slides to the apron and hotshots Rhodes. He pulls Rhodes out and throws him into the steps a couple times. Orton throws Rhodes into the barricade, then clotheslines him over into the crowd. Orton follows and lays in a punch and some European uppercuts. Orton’s ramming Rhodes’ head into barricades in the crowd. Orton brings him back ringside and throws him back over the barricade near the ring. Rhodes throws one of the teabaggers into Orton, but he gets a back drop to the floor. Rhodes throws the other bagger into the ring, and he eats an RKO from Orton. Commercial.
Back from the break, Orton is clubbing Rhodes on the ramp. They trade some punches. Rhodes hits a knee to the gut, an elbow to the back of the head, then slams Orton’s face into the stage. Rhodes picks Orton up and drags him to the edge of the stage, looking for a suplex off the stag. Orton reverses and hits a suplex on the stage. Orton slides to the floor as Rhodes is crawling down the ramp. Orton drags him to the barricade and hits some punches. Orton punches Rhodes, leading back to ringside. Orton pulls Rhodes to the top rope for a superplex, which connects. Orton gets a 2-count. Both are back up, and Rhodes hits a dropkick for 2. Rhodes throws Orton back to the floor and tries to throw Orton into the crowd, but Orton reverses and throws Rhodes into the timekeeper’s area. Rhodes pops up and clocks Orton with his protective mask. Commercial.
If you’re wondering, “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” is as amazing as it looks in the commercials.
Back from another commercial break, Rhodes is throwing Orton into the announcer’s desk. Rhodes picks Orton up and lays in some punches before throwing Orton back in the ring. Rhodes hits a gourdbuster and follows it up with a stomp. Rhodes with a top keylock now, but Orton punches out. Orton looks for a back body drop, but Rhodes hits the Goldust uppercut for 2. In the corner, Rhodes goes for a foot choke before picking Orton back up. Orton reverses a corner whip, but Rhodes gets his foot up on the charge and hits a chop block to the left leg. Rhodes begins working over the leg with kicks. Rhodes locks in a figure-4. Orton is bleeding from the top of the head, and Rhodes appears to be bleeding from the bridge of the nose. Rhodes pulls his mask off again and clocks Orton with it, breaking the hold. Rhodes goes for another shot, but Orton ducks, gets a kick to the gut, then picks up the mask and hits Rhodes with it. Orton connects with a pair of clotheslines and a powerslam. He sets up for the RKO, but Rhodes counters and hits the Beautiful Disaster for 2. Rhodes looks for Cross Rhodes, but Orton reverses into a back body drop. Orton looks for the suspended DDT, but Rhodes slides to the floor and pulls Orton down with him. They trade some punches. Orton with a gourdbuster on the barricade, which sets up the suspended DDT on the floor. Back in the ring, Orton quickly hits the RKO, and this one’s over.
WINNER: Randy Orton. I guess he didn’t get as busted up as I thought. Damn. This match would have been a lot better if Orton could actually sell something once in a while.
Rhodes should really stop doing the Beautiful Disaster, as it looks like crap. Does anyone else think he looks like young Josh Baskin in the movie “Big”? Anyway, after the match, Orton bags Rhodes, then grabs Rhodes’ mask and puts it up to the camera, showing it has been cracked. Orton has to make a stupid face while doing this.
We get to watch the footage of Triple H being hospitalized yet again. Yay.
Later tonight, we get Sheamus vs. Christian again.
Back from the break, Ken Doll Striker says he’ll have exclusive comments from World Champion Mark Henry after this next match. Just what we need, right?
MATCH 2: Ted DiBiase vs. Tyson Kidd
I don’t buy DiBiase as a vanilla babyface. Sorry. Don’t get me wrong-I think DiBiase is a great talent, but he’s basically doing the Rocky Maivia “blue-chipper” routine here, and it just doesn’t work for him (or anyone else, for that matter). Kidd gets no entrance, so guess who’s winning. When was the last time we saw DiBiase on TV, anyway? Okay, I got sidetracked there. Match starts with a tie-up. Kidd knees his way out and hits some punches. DiBiase back with a dropkick, but gets kicked off a corner charge. Kidd hits a snapmare, a basement dropkick to the back of the neck and another one to the face for 2. Kidd with a rear chinlock, but DiBiase snapmares out. Kidd hits a flipping kick from the ropes, catches another kick to the face, and goes for the springboard elbow. DiBiase gets the knees up, hits an inverted atomic drop and a running knee. Kidd backflips out of a back suplex, but runs right into the misdirection clothesline for 2. DiBiase goes for Dream Street, but Kidd rolls through and goes for the Sharpshooter. DiBiase kicks off and goes for Dream Street again, but Kidd backs him into a corner. Kidd tries to snapmare out, but DiBiase holds on and hits Dream Street for the 3.
WINNER: Ted DiBiase. This match was too short for my taste, but the finish looked really good. Glad to see DiBiase working TV again, but he needs a tweak or two to his gimmick. That, and his entrance music is terrible.
Ken Doll is standing by with Mark Henry now. He asks Henry why Big Show doesn’t get another rematch. Henry said he already handled his business, and he’s tired of answering these questions. He starts to talk some more, but sees someone off in the distance. He walks over, and it turns out its Daniel Bryan. He asks Bryan if he’s eyeballing him. Bryan says he wasn’t. Henry says he was, and notices the Money in the Bank briefcase. Bryan insists he’s cashing in at Wrestlemania, and is just hanging out right now. Henry doesn’t care if Bryan is waiting on Wrestlemania, the ‘Mania the next year, or the 2nd Coming. Whatever Bryan thinks he has in him, he can’t beat Henry. Henry asks if he begs to differ. Henry says he’s going to talk to Teddy Long and have him schedule a match between Henry and Bryan. Bryan says he guesses he’ll see Henry in the ring.
MATCH 3: Alicia Fox vs. Natalya
Fox may be the most repulsive-looking diva in WWE right now. Am I the only one who thinks she looks like a tranny? Nattie comes out, but is sadly lacking the spikes this week. This match is happening because Natalya eliminated Fox from the battle royal on Monday Night RAW. Tie-up, and Nattie immediately turns it into a hip throw and side headlock. Crisscross, and Fox hits a dropkick. Nattie whips Fox’s face to the mat, then begins stomping her left knee. Nattie locks in a Boston crab. Fox eventually kicks out of it and hits an enziguri and a flipping leg drop for 3. Dear god.
WINNER: Alicia Fox. God, this sucked, and Fox’s new finisher sucks worse than her ax kick.
Big Show is making his way to ringside as we go to commercial.
Back from the break, and Big Show is out. We see the video from Vengeance yet again. Show gets a microphone. He has to be honest-he’d rather come out here and fight than talk. He then goes on a rant about Frankenstein. He’s going to make this short and simple for Mark Henry. They have unfinished business from Vengeance concerning the World title. He puts it in terms that Henry will understand, and if he doesn’t, he can ask Alberto Del Rio. For every Smackdown! Show doesn’t get a rematch, well, “mama said knock you out”, until he gets his match.
Christian’s music hits and he makes his way down. Show asks if he can help Christian. Christian gets a mic. He says things don’t get bigger or better than Show’s line he just spouted, and he’s got a match with Sheamus, so he figured that was his cue. He’s got a quick question for Show. No disrespect, but who does Show think he is to deserve one more match for the World title. He had his shot at Vengeance and didn’t get the job done. Christian, on the other hand, has been screwed over repeatedly. He asks for one more match, not to annoy people, but because everyone knows he deserves it. Meanwhile, Show comes out here and threatens physical violence on people. Can he come out here and just knock people out? Sure he could, but he’s more civilized than that. He’s not from the south; he’s from Canada. Canadians do things a little bit differently. Show lifts his hand up, and Christian immediately thinks he’s going to try and knock Christian out. Show tells him to relax. He says he’s not going to knock Christian out, but does give him a chokeslam.
Christian/Sheamus is up next.
MATCH 4: Christian vs. Sheamus
Christian is still recovering as Sheamus makes his way to the ring. You know, I love both Sheamus and Christian, but this feud needs to be done with. I don’t mind them feuding, but when you consider the fact that Sheamus has completely dominated this feud in every way, he needs to move on to bigger and better things. I’m hoping the rumors of Sheamus moving onto a World title feud with Henry are true. Anyway, referee Scott Armstrong is telling Sheamus that Christian can’t wrestle, that he’s injured.
Wade Barrett makes his way out to the ring. He says Christian is in no state to compete tonight, so allow him to suggest a suitable replacement for Christian: himself. Okay, I’m perfectly fine with this.
MATCH 4: Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett starts with a knee lift and a club. Sheamus comes back with a kick, a clubbing blow, a bodyslam and an elbow drop for 1. Barrett with some gut shots and punches to the head. Barrett hits a headbutt. Sheamus reverses an Irish whip into a back elbow. Christian is still at ringside. Sheamus ties up Barrett in the ropes and lays in the forearms to the chest and follows it up with a knee lift on the ring apron. Sheamus hits a slingshot shoulder block for 2. Barrett pulls Sheamus into the ropes and follows up with a running forearm. He ties up Sheamus into the ropes and lays in some shots and knees to the face. Barrett hits a vicious running boot to the face, which sends Sheamus to the floor. Commercial.
Back from the break, Barrett has Sheamus in a modified surfboard. Sheamus mule kicks out. He misses the Brogue Kick, allowing Barrett to mule kick him in the stomach. Barrett hits a pumphandle slam for 2. Barrett goes back to the surfboard. Sheamus reverses and hits some knees to the gut. Barrett reverses an Irish whip, hits a kitchen sink and a running boot for 2. Barrett and Sheamus trade some forearms, but Barrett gets the better of the exchange. Barrett sends Sheamus sternum-first into the turnbuckle, and follows up with a middle rope kneedrop for 2. Barrett with some knees to the back, and then goes for a rear chinlock. Sheamus fights out with some gut punches, then goes for the Celtic Cross. Barrett back drops out of it, and gets some corner kicks and a foot choke in. Barrett hits a running boot in the corner for another 2. Barrett goes back to the chinlock. Sheamus elbows out and throws Barrett off. Sheamus hits a couple clotheslines and an Irish Hammer. Sheamus lays in some forearms and kicks in the corner before hitting a Jake Roberts-esque short clothesline and a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Sheamus goes for the Celtic Cross again, but Christian jumps on the apron, causing a distraction, Barrett sneaks in a quick school boy to get the 3.
WINNER: Wade Barrett. After the match, Barrett tries to get away, but Sheamus pulls him back in before getting hit by a spear from Christian. This was a good match, and I’d love to see Barrett/Sheamus again. Definitely two of the best big man workers out there..
Daniel Bryan/Mark Henry will happen later tonight.
Back from the commercials, and we are backstage as Sheamus is beating the hell out of Christian. Wade Barrett tries to attack Sheamus, but Sheamus slams Barrett into a wall before taking him down and laying in some more punches. Wrestlers and referees come in to break it up as Sheamus is still trying to get at Barrett. This is going to be a good feud.
RAW recap time. I could tell you to just read Justin Henry’s recap instead, but fortunately, I don’t give plugs to other people. No, sir. Justin Henry and his RAW recap here on CCB are not getting a plug from me.
In the locker room, Big Show walks in on Daniel Bryan. Show says he’ll keep an eye on Bryan’s briefcase. Bryan says he can handle it. Show says he’ll watch the case because he’ll be in Bryan’s corner tonight.
MATCH 5: Sin Cara vs. Epico
Before the match starts, we get another Brodus Clay video, who finally debuts on Monday. Clay is going to be a big deal, mark my words. If you’re wondering who Epico is or why he might look familiar, he is Orlando Colon, cousin of current WWE star Primo and his brother, Carlito. I don’t know if this is just a blow-away match and he’s going back down to FCW from here, but he could be worth keeping your eyes on. He’s said to be even better than either Primo or Carlito in the ring, and that’s saying something. Epico with an armbar into a hammerlock to start. Cara elbows out, hits a snapmare and a spinning headscissors. Cara with a kick to the leg and a handspring elbow, but Epico catches the elbow and turns it into a back suplex. Another back suplex and a German suplex. Epic hits a power butterfly suplex for 2. He gets Cara up on his shoulders for a version of the Gory Special. Cara breaks free and turns it into an arm drag. Cara follows up with a springboard hurricanranra and a top rope twisting arm drag. Cara with a kick on the apron. He goes up top for the swanton, but is knocked off the rope by Hunico, causing the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Sin Cara. After the match, Epico and Hunico begin double-teaming Sin Cara. Epico throws Cara up over his head, and Hunico catches him in a powerbomb on the way down. Makes sense, as Epico and Hunico have been teaming in FCW for quite some time. I’m guessing this means Epico has officially gotten his call-up to the main roster. This match was overall pretty decent, and Epico definitely stood out here. Not only did this keep the Sin Cara/Hunico feud going, but it helps plant the seeds for a new tag team, and WWE can always use more tag teams.
MATCH 6: World Champion Mark Henry vs. Daniel Bryan (w/The Big Show) (non-title)
Bryan immediately goes for a sleeper, but Henry throws him off. Bryan kicks Henry’s leg few times, but gets caught off the ropes and backed right into the corner. Henry throws Bryan over the top rope to the floor. I remember when that constituted a DQ in WCW. Stupid WCW rule. Bryan gets back in and takes a kick and headbutt. Henry lays in a forearm before kicking Bryan back down to the floor. Henry shoves Bryan’s head against the post, but Show gets in Henry’s face, causing him to back off. Henry lays in another forearm before throwing Bryan back into the ring. Henry kicks Bryan in the face before whipping him into the corner with some force. Henry lays Bryan near the ropes and just stands on his chest. Henry goes into the neck vice. Bryan kicks Henry in the head, then lays some more kicks into the leg before hitting a dropkick to the knee. Bryan with some kicks to the chest and a roundhouse to the head for 2. Henry powers out, sending Bryan to the floor. Bryan quickly gets back in and eats a headbutt. He gets his feet up out of the corner, then jumps off the middle rope onto Henry, turning it into a guillotine. Henry turns it into a overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Henry gets Bryan into the corner and lays in some headbutts and an avalanche. He hits another avalanche as the referee is trying to get him to back off. Henry props Bryan up again and hits another avalanche. Big Show has seen enough, as he comes in and hits Henry with the WMD, causing the DQ.
End of show.
So-so episode tonight. It sucked Epico/Sin Cara ended in a DQ, but at least the DQ served a purpose. DiBiase/Kidd was good but short, and Wade Barrett/Sheamus was easily the match of the night and looks to set up a feud I’ve been begging for for quite some time now.
Full November 4 WWE Friday Night SmackDown results…
Randy Orton defeated Cody Rhodes in a Street Fight/Non-Title Match
Ted DiBiase defeated Tyson Kidd
Alicia Fox defeated Natalya
Wade Barrett defeated Sheamus
Sin Cara defeated Epico
Mark Henry defeated Daniel Bryan via DQ
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