Welcome to the WWE Friday Night SmackDown recap for 10/21/11. Once again, thanks to the CCB staff for covering for me while I was absent last week. I apologize for this being a day late, but yesterday was my 29th birthday, so the Mrs. and I went out and had dinner with our daughter and closest friends. Sorry, but birthday takes precedence over recapping.
The show starts off with WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez making their way to the ring. Once again, we are in Mexico City, Mexico, so ADR is getting a pretty heavy face reaction here. He reminds us he will be defending the belt against John Cena in a Last Man Standing match on Sunday at Vengeance (Cena gets some mixed boos). He says he’s supposed to wrestle the Big Show tonight, but it won’t be happening due to Cena slamming the ring steps into his head on Monday night. Again, Cena is getting booed. ADR says it was his dream to come back here and compete for all of his Mexican fans, but Cena robbed them of the opportunity to see that happen. He’s going to make Cena pay, as he will enter and leave Vengeance as not only the WWE Champion, but the greatest hero in Mexican history.
Teddy Long makes his way out just as ADR and Rodriguez are about to leave. He says earlier today, ADR was checked out by WWE physicians, and has been cleared to compete. He thinks ADR is trying to weasel his way out of the match tonight. Long thinks ADR is afraid to wrestle Show. ADR says he could make Show tap. Long asks the crowd if they want to see ADR/Show tonight. They of course cheer at this, so Long makes it happen.
World Champion Mark Henry now makes his way out. As he does this, we learn Sin Cara Azul will wrestle Sin Cara Negro in a Mascara contra Mascara match (mask vs. mask). As we go to commercial, ADR and Rodriguez have yet to leave the ring.
MATCH 1: World Champion Mark Henry vs. John Morrison (non-title)
This match is occurring due to Henry destroying Morrison on Monday. Expect a total squash here as Morrison’s contract is up soon and there appears to be little to no interest in re-signing him (mostly thanks to ex-girlfriend Melina’s hijinks). Morrison starts off with some punches, but Henry just throws him backwards over the top rope to the floor. Henry goes to the floor, picks up Morrison and tries to choke him using the ring post. Henry throws Morrison up onto the apron, and chokes him backwards against the ropes before dropping him throat-first onto the apron. Henry’s back in now with a stomp and a headbutt. Henry with a neck vice now. Morrison gets to his feet and punches out, but Henry just knocks him back down. In the corner, Henry goes for an avalanche, but Morrison gets his feet up. He jumps over Henry and hits the Flash Kick and the shining wizard. Morrison goes up for Starship Pain and connects, but Henry powers out at 2. Morrison with a forearm in the corner. He tries to baseball slide Henry’s legs out, but Henry stops him with a shot. Grabs Morrison by the throat, throws him in the air, catches him in the World’s Strongest Slam, and this one’s over.
WINNER: Mark Henry. THIS is how you book Mark Henry. It’s not that complicated. Why it took the WWE 15 years to figure this out is beyond me, but at least it’s finally being done.
In case you’re wondering, yes, I do love the new PS3 commercial featuring actors playing characters from some of Playstation’s most famous games.
Did You Know? No one gives a damn about these random WWE facts.
Backstage, Christian and Vicki Guerrero are talking. Christian is complaining about not speaking Spanish. Christian’s still on his “one more match” kick. Vicki reminds us that Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler got a tag title match this Sunday thanks to her relationship with John Laurinaitis, and that they should work out some kind of business deal. She says they can trade dumb Edge stories, which gets them both laughing. Teddy Long walks in. Christian calls Long the laughing stock of SmackDown! because he doesn’t listen to anyone and won’t give him what he wants. Long says he is indeed going to give Christian one more match, but it’s going to be against Sheamus. Christian starts complaining about not being World Champion as he walks off. Long tells Vicki that since she got what she wanted with her tag title match, he’s going to get what he wants, and that’s a match between Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder for the United States title at Vengeance as well. Zack Ryder walks in, tells Vicki “Woo woo woo! You know it!” This causes her to scream.
We get a video package hyping the feud between the Sin Caras.
Wade Barrett makes his way out for a match as we go to commercial.
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MATCH 2: Wade Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan
Before the match starts, we get a pre-recorded promo from Barrett. He says in the past, he foolishly aligned himself with losers and parasites who tried to leech off his success. He’s learned a valuable lesson, and that the only person he needs to succeed is himself. The “Great Barrett Uprising” starts tonight. Bryan comes out carrying his briefcase, and he looks a little more surly than usual. Michael Cole is talking about his losing streak since winning MITB. Tie-up to start, but Barrett gets to the ropes. Josh Mathews tells us Bryan won’t shave his beard until Wrestlemania. Guess we needed to know that. Out of the ropes, Barrett gets a forearm and a kick to send Bryan down. He follows up with a jumping knee drop for 2. Back up, Bryan kicks off an Irish whip, but Barrett catches him, looking to go for Wasteland. Bryan reverses into a crucifix for 2. Back up, Bryan’s looking for the LeBell Lock, but Barrett throws him off and catches a scrapbuster for 2. Barrett chokes Bryan in the ropes with his knee, then turns it into a choke over the top rope before booting Bryan in the face, sending him to the floor. Barrett goes outside and rams Bryan’s back into the apron before throwing him back in for 2. Barrett with the chinlock. Barrett throws Bryan into the corner, but Bryan gets his boot up on the charge. Bryan goes to the middle rope and hits the seated dropkick for 2. Bryan telegraphs a roundhouse kick, only for Barrett to hit a running boot for 2. Barrett with some mounted punches before going into a modified surfboard stretch. Michael Cole, most nerds I know (including myself), can kick the living hell out of you. Barrett whips Bryan into the corner, but Bryan backflips out and bounces of the ropes and hits a running knee. A corner dropkick gets 2. Barrett hits a mule kick off a an Irish whip attempt, then hits the pumphandle slam for 2. Barrett with some stomps in the corner, followed by some punches and a kick. Bryan boots out and goes to the middle rope, but Barrett catches Bryan in Wasteland. He hits it and gets the 3.
WINNER: Wade Barrett. Good match. Two of the best performers on SmackDown! right now, hands down.
Up next, Sheamus and Zack Ryder will take on U.S. Champion Dolph Ziggler and Christian.
MATCH 3: Zack Ryder and Sheamus vs. Christian and United States Champion Dolph Ziggler (w/Vicki Guerrero)
Wow, 43 minutes into this show, and we’re already on our third match. Last night, TNA hadn’t even finished their opening promo segment by this point. Ryder comes out to a huge pop, BTW. For some reason, Ziggler comes out in a shredded up t-shirt. Ryder and Ziggler are starting the match off. Ziggler with some forearms and kicks to send Ryder down. Christian tags in and gets a boot and an uppercut. Ryder with a schoolboy for 2. Ryder with some punches and a back elbow. Christian sidesteps him and sends him to the floor. Behind the ref’s back, Ziggler sends him to the floor with a clothesline. Michael Cole is making fun of Booker T’s “G.I. Bro” gimmick, which is actually kind of funny. Back in the ring, Christian tags in Ziggler. Ziggler with some punches and a neckbreaker for 2. Ryder back with some punches, but Ziggler hits a nice dropkick for 2. Ziggler goes for another neckbreaker, but Ryder turns it into a roll-up for 2. Ziggler tags Christian in, who stomps Ryder in the head a couple times. Christian with some shots in the corner. Ryder gets his knees up on a corner charge and tags in Sheamus. Ziggler tags in as well. Sheamus hits a clothesline, a back elbow an da powerslam. Ziggler tries a rocker dropper, but Sheamus counters into the Irish Curse for 2. Sheamus looks for the Celtic Cross, but Christian causes the distraction. Ziggler tries for the Zig Zag from behind, but Sheamus holds on. Ziggler turns right around into a vicious Brogue Kick, and this one’s over.
WINNERS: Zack Ryder and Sheamus. Short, but decent. It featured four of my favorite performers in the WWE, so I’m happy.
During the break, Sheamus was walking up the ramp, but turned around into a spear on the stage by Christian.
I.C. Champion Cody Rhodes is in the ring. 2 weeks ago on RAW, he didn’t just humiliate Randy Orton, he exorcised a demon. We see the video of Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes destroying Orton, followed by Orton getting sacked. Geez, Cody. Before you do the sacking, you could at least give me a reference about carving someone’s initials into the side of a llama using an interstellar toothbrush. Cody says that demon didn’t come as a result of an RKO or a scar on the head like Cody has. Is he supposed to pretend Orton didn’t inflict serious emotional damage on him long ago? “The Viper’s” venom has contaminated the blood that flows through Cody Rhodes’ veins. One thing his father taught him is that man is basically good. How wrong. Man is basically evil, twisted and especially selfish. Randy Orton used and abused him and rewarded his loyalty with a swift kick to the school. That was baggage he had to carry. It was like a diseased albatross rotting around his neck. When he finally got a bag of his own and had the chance to place it on Randy Orton’s head, that was a release. He can laugh at the fact that Orton’s pride had been snatched away in front of millions of judging eyes. In that moment, their lives intersected, only this time, he’s the champion. Rhodes is the one who has everything going for him, and Orton is a megalomaniac with no new tricks. Right now, he wants Orton to come out here and admits a few things-he was wrong about Rhodes, that he made a mistake, and that he got what he deserved.
I’m surprised I’m still awake after that promo. Randy Orton immediately comes out, and now I’m feeling really drowsy. Orton says the only mistake he’s made is letting Rhodes breathe after costing him the World title not once, but twice. The mistake Rhodes made was by assuming that, by placing a bag over his head, Orton would be humiliated. The only thing Rhodes has changed is the amount of torture Orton will put Rhodes through at Vengeance, and the ring bell shot will pale in comparison to what happens on Sunday. He starts to run into the ring, but Cody’s teabaggers try to stop him. He knocks both of them down before Rhodes boots him in the head. Rhodes throws Orton into the ring post and the barrier. In the ring, Orton no-sells all of that and hits some punches and an uppercut. He back drops Rhodes to the floor and hits a bagger with a suspended DDT. Now they’re fighting in the aisle. Orton throws Rhodes back into the ring and attempts to stomp on his head on the steps, but the other bagger stops him. Orton stomps his arm into the steps as Cody makes his way up the ramp. Orton picks up the first bagger and RKO’s him.
We see Sin Cara Azul in the back. He pulls off the mask to reveal it’s actually Sin Cara Negro. The mask vs. mask match is next.
We learn the name of the new divas reality show on the WWE Network will be “WWE Divas: Heels On Wheels”. Kill me now. The next vote will be on the name of the show about the Monday Night Wars. How about “Monday Night Wars”? Just a thought.
MATCH 4-Mask vs. Mask: Sin Cara Negro vs. Sin Cara Azul
They’re both officially billed as “Sin Cara”, but referring to them as “Azul” and “Negro” will clear things up. Negro starts off with a kick, some boots, and a kick to the back. Negro throws Azul into the corner. Another kick to the back. Azul comes back with a springboard hurricanrana, sending Negro to the floor. Azul goes to the top and hits a cross-body. Back in the ring, Azul hits a kick and a springboard cross-body for 2. Azul with a kick. Negro reverses an Irish whip, but Azul comes back with a swinging headscissors. He gets some kicks and goes for another springboard move, but Negro hits a dropkick for 2. Negro with an Irish whip, but Azul goes for a sunset flip. Negro pulls him to his feet, but gets back dropped to the floor by Azul off a charge. Commercial.
Back from the break, Negro hits a double-underhook backbreaker for 2. Negro with a rear chinlock with his knee in Azul’s back. Azul fights out of a front chancery and hits a hurricanrana, but Negro comes right back with a clothesline for 2. Black with a modified bow-and-arrow lock now. He turns that into a camel clutch to make Azul humble, but since he’s not Middle Eastern, this is useless. Azul rolls out of it, but Negro comes right back with a kick. Off the ropes, Negro catches a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. Negro hits a nice hammerlock backbreaker for another 2. He goes back to the rear chinlock/knee combo. Azul elbows out, but Negro sidesteps a dropkick and gets a kick to the back. He goes to the camel clutch, but is trying to rip off Azul’s mask instead. Azul throws him off, but Negro comes back with an elbow and a punch. Back up, Negro with a knee to the midsection and some stomps in the corner. Negro hits an inside-out dropkick in the corner, but misses a flip onto Azul as Azul rolls out of the way. Azul with some kicks and a springboard flipping armdrag. Another armdrag, and a tilt-a-whirl into a hurricanrana for 2. Azul with a victory roll for 2. Back up, Negro hits a modified fireman’s carry slam for 2. He goes up to the middle rope, but Azul cuts him off with a kick to the head. Azul goes up and hits a top rope hurricanrana, then follows it up with a dropkick to the side. He goes up top again, hits the swanton bomb, but it only gets 2. Negro comes back with punches and goes for a back suplex, but Azul flips out of it and lands a spinning headscissors into a fujiwara armbar. Negro almost immediately taps.
WINNER: Sin Cara Azul. After the match, Negro starts to take the mask off, but refuses. Azul pulls him back in, leading to a little skirmish. Azul gets Negro into the ropes and pulls the mask off. Azul dropkicks him to the floor and follows up with a suicide dive. Not a bad outing for these two. Not bad at all.
We get another video hyping Brodus Clay. From what I understand, he’s in for a heavy duty push on RAW once he finally debuts.
Back from the break, and we are treated to re-named “Sisters of Salvation”, Natalya and WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix. Beth says that some say they are jealous of the “Barbie doll divas” because they are featured in magazine and get to walk the red carpets at Hollywood events, but they are not jealous; they are angry, and they are angry at the fans because that’s what the fans want. Not only are they prettier than the other divas, but they are better as well. We see some clips of them destroying Kelly Kelly and Alicia Fox with Natalya’s Pin-Up Strong submission. Natalya says every teardrop that hits the ground is a message to the other divas. Pain is beauty, and there is nothing more beautiful than Barbie dolls begging for mercy. Beth says at Vengeance, it’s Eve’s turn to cry. Of course, this causes Eve to be a bitch and ruin things by just being here.
She climbs into the ring and says everyone knows the real reason why they started this. She used to think Nattie and Beth were beautiful, but they’ve proven how ugly they are on the inside. She says she is not a Barbie doll, and there’s nothing they can do to break her. The crowd is apathetic for her. Beth says it looks like Eve is starting to well up and is about to cry. She tells Eve to cry. Eve pushes her down, and Beth damn near falls out of her top. Not that I mind that part, you know. Eve Torres looks like the love child of Brooke and Hulk Hogan. And yes, I know they’re father and daughter. I stand by my observation.
Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio is next.
MATCH 5: WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. The Big Show (non-title)
Del Rio tries to go after Show, but Show just throws him off. Show with a club to the back and a chop to the chest. Show hits a bodyslam and a headbutt. Del Rio tries to kick him away. Show with a hip toss. Show chokes Del Rio over the middle rope. Body shots in the corner. Show with another shot to the gut, followed by another. Foot choke against the bottom rope. Del Rio slides to the floor. Show pulls him up, but Del Rio comes back with a hot shot over the top rope. Del Rio comes off the top, but eats an chop to the chest on the way down as we go to commercial.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: The Big Show. After the match, show knocks Rodriguez and Del Rio each out with a WMD. Mark Henry makes his way down and into the ring, but he eats a WMD from Show as well.
End of show.
Not a great outing this, week, but not terrible, either. The Sin Caras match was pretty good, and Bryan/Barrett stole the show. The tag match was short, but served its purpose.
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Full October 21 WWE Friday Night SmackDown results…
Mark Henry defeated John Morrison
Wade Barrett defeated Daniel Bryan
Sheamus and Zack Ryder defeated Christian and Dolph Ziggler
Sin Cara Negro defeated Sin Cara Azul in a mask vs. mask match
Big Show defeated Alberto Del Rio by DQ