Welcome to the 10/28/11 edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown! The show starts off with highlights from the Big Show/Mark Henry match at Vengeance that saw the ring collapse of a superplex by Henry. If you missed the PPV but saw the match where Brock Lesnar and Big Show did the exact same spot a few years ago, you know exactly what this looks like.
In the arena, SmackDown! GM Teddy Long is in the ring. He tells us that the states of Mark Henry, The Big Show and the World Championship itself are all in doubt. Despite injuries, both Henry and Show are here tonight, and Long promises that the future of the title will be addressed tonight.
Christian’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. Christian says the future of the title will be addressed right now. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that what happened at Vengeance was historic, and by history, Christian means that it is now history. As far as he’s concerned, Show had his opportunity and blew it, which leaves a huge void in the championship situation. That void will be filled by the man that has dominated the brand for the past five months, and that man is…before Christian can finish, Long says that Christian, who has supposedly been dominant, is the same man who had his head kicked in by Sheamus last Sunday. Christian calls himself resilient, and that’s what a champion is. He begs Long to find someone who deserves the belt more than him.
All of a sudden, CM Punk’s music hits. Punk comes out to a major pop, and rightfully so. Have I mentioned that Punk is the best all-around performer in the WWE right now? Christian says that he deserves one more match, and with that being said, why is Punk here and why he’s interrupting Christian. Long says that, since SmackDown! wrestlers have been working RAW lately, RAW stars will be here tonight for a “Super SmackDown!”
Up next, Air Boom will take on Awesome Truth in a tag team match.
MATCH 1: Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth) vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom (Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston) (non-title)
Awesome Truth’s entrance pose is really awful. Miz and Kingston start off. Miz with some punches and knees. Miz with a running knee lift. Truth tags in and gets a kick to the gut. More punches as Truth beats Kingston down to the mat. Uppercut in the corner by Truth. Kingston gets his feet up on a corner charge and tags in Bourne. They hit a double kick to the legs and a double bulldog for 2. Bourne with a running hurricanrana and a corner dropkick. Truth back drops off a corner charge. Bourne lands on his feet and hits a kick. He goes up for Airbourne, but Miz distracts him. Truth knocks Bourne to the floor and Miz hits a clothesline. Truth goes to the floor and hits an uppercut as we go to commercial.
“Ghost Hunters” is one of the stupidest shows on telelvision, I don’t care what anyone says.
Back from the break, Bourne elbows and kicks out of a headlock by Miz, but Miz side steps a jumping knee. Truth tags back in and Awesome Truth hit a pair of boots for 2. Truth with a front chancery on Bourne. Bourne knees and kicks his way out of it and hits an enziguri. Miz and Kingston tag in. Kingston hits a jumping clothesline, a back chop, a clothesline and another jumping clothesline. Kingston goes for the Boom Drop, but Miz rolls out of the way. Kingston comes back with a high cross body from the middle rope for 2. Bourne knocks an interfering Truth to the floor, but Truth side steps a cross body, sending Bourne to the floor. Truth tags in Miz behind Kingston’s back. Awesome Truth hits the Little Jimmy Finale (worst name for a finisher EVER) and Truth gets the 3.
WINNERS: Awesome Truth. I’m expecting them to be the tag team champions in short order.
After the match, Truth tells the crowd they should be booing themselves. For those keeping count, they just beat the Tag Team Champions. This past Sunday at Vengeance, they beat CM Punk and Triple H, and on RAW, they beat the hell out of Zack Ryder and knocked the wheels off of John Cena. Miz grabs the mic and reminds us that Cena will be teaming up with The Rock to face them at Survivor Series. Truth says he thinks Cena must have suffered some brain damage because Cena picked the only man on Earth who likes him less than they do. Miz says that’s fine and dandy because if the Rock accepts Cena’s offer and they don’t destroy each other beforehand, Awesome Truth will finish the job at Survivor Series.
Back from the commercial, we see Daniel Bryan, Santino Marella, Justin Gabriel, Alex Riley, Johnny Curtis, Curt Hawkins and the Usos watching a TV monitor. Gabriel asks Bryan about training with Shawn Michaels. Bryan says he trained with Michaels for a year in San Antonio. As Bryan is talking about HBK, Tyson Kidd walks in and talks about Shawn Michaels crying on the new Bret/Shawn DVD. Bryan says Bret Hart did his share of crying on the DVD, too. They trade some more barbs. Kidd says Bret was better than Shawn. Bryan says the opposite. They do this a few times until Marella steps in. He says they should fight like mens in the ring. Kidd says that’s a great idea, and hopes Bryan doesn’t cry from the Sharpshooter.
We see Hornswoggle dressed up as Zack Ryder, with Teddy Long standing next to him. I hate Hornswoggle so very, very much. Long says Zack would appreciate that. Vickie Guerrero, Jack Swagger and US Champion Dolph Ziggler walk in. Vicki says Long’s assistant (Ryder) deserved what he got after Long made Ziggler compete twice at Vengeance. Ziggler says that, despite Long’s best efforts, he’s still champion, so the next time Long wants to mess with him, he’ll need to step up his game. Long says he didn’t put Ziggler in that match to mess with him, nor is the match tonight. Ziggler takes on Randy Orton tonight. Swagger says “We got this”. Long says “No, we don’t”, because Jack is banned from ringside. Aksana’s dumb ass walks and her stupid porn music plays. Long says he missed her. She says the same thing, then says something intelligible about groups. Long excuses Hornswoggle and says why doesn’t he and Aksana walk to his office and talk about this.
We get highlights of the Nash/Triple H feud from this past Monday night. Michael Cole says Triple H suffered a fractured vertebrae, and will be out of action for at least six weeks.
MATCH 2: Wade Barrett vs. Trent Barreta
Before the match starts, we get another promo video that Barrett shot earlier today. Barrett says last week was just the beginning. When he steps in the ring, it becomes his trench, the arena becomes his battlefield, and opponent becomes a casualty of war. The devastation of the “Barrett Barrage” continues tonight. Barrett kicks Barreta a couple times in the leg. Barreta comes back with a hurricanrana, but runs right into a scrapbuster for 2. Barrett with a modified surfboard stretch. Barreta gets to his feet and fights out, but runs into a kitchen sink. Barrett ties Barreta up in the ropes, knees him in the face and hits a running boot that sends Barreta to the floor. Barrett goes outside and nails a clothesline. Back in the ring, Barrett gets another 2. Barreta with a chop, a forearm and another chop, but Barrett lands a mule kick to the gut. Barrett with a knee in the corner and a corner whip. Barreta gets his feet up on a charge and goes for another hurricanrana, but Barrett turns it into Wasteland in one fluid motion, and this match is over.
WINNER: Wade Barrett. It’s about damn time Barrett got booked as a wrecking machine.
Up next, Orton needlessly defeats Ziggler.
MATCH 3: Randy Orton vs. WWE United States Champion Dolph Ziggler (w/Vicki Guerrero) (non-title)
I love how Rhodes and Orton both basically have the same finisher, yet no one save Cena can kick out of the RKO while Orton can kick out of Cross Rhodes effortlessly and totally no-sells it a minute or so later. Speaking of Rhodes, before the match starts, here comes the IC Champion with his teabaggers. Apparently, he’s coming down for color dysentery (RIP Hawk). Match starts with a tie-up. A long tie-up. Orton pushes Ziggler off. Another tie-up, and Orton gets a side headlock and a shoulder block off the ropes before going into a chinlock. Ziggler with an arm wringer. They crisscross, with Ziggler eventually coming up with a hip throw into a side headlock. Orton with a pair of shoulder blocks for 2. Ziggler with a boot to the gut and the left knee before going back to the hip throw/side headlock combo. Orton reverses into an armbar. He goes for the 3.0, but Ziggler reverses into a schoolboy for 2. Ziggler goes for a neckbreaker, but Orton reverses into a schoolboy for 2 of his own. Orton with the Garvin Stomp and the jumping knee drop for 2. Orton goes back to the armbar. Ziggler is being made to look like a complete tool in this match. Ziggler boots off a corner charge for 2. Ziggler goes into an armbar/chinlock combo. Orton punches out, but Ziggler comes back with a punch. Orton no-sells, chases Ziggler out of the ring, leapfrogs over Vicki and hits Ziggler with a clothesline on the floor. Commercial.
Back from the break, Orton whips Ziggler into the corner. Ziggler elbows out and hits a dropkick for 2. Ziggler with stomps in the corner. Orton comes back with punches, but runs into a knee lift from Ziggler for 2. Ziggler locks on a modified Rings of Saturn. Orton gets up to his feet and carries Ziggler over his shoulders, but Ziggler slides out and hits a DDT for 2. Ziggler goes for a modified camel clutch, but Orton headbutts his way out. Ziggler comes back with a neckbreaker for 2. Ziggler goes up to the top rope, but of course Orton knocks him down. Orton with a punch and a superplex from the top. This gets 2 for Orton. They trade some punches. Orton with a kick, European uppercut, another kick and a clothesline. Another clothesline and a powerslam. God, Orton matches are formulaic. Orton with the suspended DDT. Orton sets up for the RKO. Ziggler pushes him off and hits the superkick for 2. Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag, but Orton holds onto the top rope. RKO and the 3.
WINNER: Randy Orton. You know, for Ziggler supposedly being a favorite among the creative team lately, Orton completely dominated this match. Oh, wait. It’s Orton. That’s every one of his matches.
We see video from last week when Sin Cara Negro was unmasked. Cue to the back, Matt Striker is standing with the former Sin Cara Negro. Striker says some are saying Negro was disrespected and embarrassed, and wants to know how he feels. Negro asks Striker how he thinks it makes him feel. Sin Cara Azul stole his identiy. The only one with a face (?). Azul took something away from him, and it’s payback time. There was Spanish interspersed in here, but I don’t speak the language, so I don’t really know what was said.
We get another video for Brodus Clay’s impending debut on either RAW or SmackDown! (it’ll be RAW). I’m looking forward to this, as Clay is a really decent big man, and can actually cut a solid promo.
MATCH 4: Daniel Bryan vs. Tyson Kidd
Kidd’s entrance wasn’t aired. Guess who’s winning here? They start by arguing. Kidd shoves Bryan. Bryan shoves back. Bryan with a waistlock. Kidd reverses. Series of reversals with Bryan ending up with an arm drag. Kidd gets into the ropes and Irish whips Bryan. Kidd goes for a leapfrog, but Bryan catches him and turns it into an armbar. Kidd shoves Bryan off into the corner and boots him in the gut before coming off the ropes with a seated dropkick for 2. Kidd locks in a dragon sleeper. Bryan backflips out of a corner whip and comes back with a running clothesline. Bryan with a corner dropkick for 2. Bryan hoists Kidd onto the top rope and connects with a super hurricanrana, but Kidd holds on for a sunset flip for 2. Bryan turns this into a LeBell Lock attempt, but Kidd rolls through into a jackknife for 2. Bryan reverses into a sunset flip for another 2. Kidd rolls through and goes for the Sharpshooter. Bryan breaks free and goes into the LeBell lock. After holding of for about 30 seconds, Kidd finally taps.
WINNER: Daniel Bryan. The losing streak is over. Well, at least this one. Great match, despite being far too short. If Kidd and Bryan wrestled each other every week, I’d be happy. These two are so good, it makes me sick nothing is being done with either. I really hope Bryan successfully cashes in MITB at Wrestlemania next year. I know someone will eventually cash in unsuccessfully, but I really, REALLY hope it’s not him.
RAW Rebound time.
Back from the break, and Michael Cole is on top of the announce desk. He says it’s time to end the silliness with Jim Ross. He’s issued a challenge to Ross, and Ross has reportedly accepted. Ross has apparently been tweeting about how he’s training for this “event”. Cole says he’s actually tanning, which leads to a photoshop job of Jim Ross posing with a dog a la the old Coppertone ads. More stupid photoshops. I’m not recapping each one. Cole says he will explain the rules for this challenge on Monday night, and if Ross can beat him in the challenge, Ross gets his seat back on Monday Night RAW, and Michael Cole will quit.
Big Show makes his way to the ring in a suit. For being so injured from Sunday, he’s walking just fine here. Commercial.
Back from the break. Big Show says “Oops. I did it again.” He’s been in wrestling for 16 years and has fought everyone. Right now, he’s hurting in places he didn’t even know he had places. Mark Henry was an out-of-control monster at Vengeance. He doesn’t think he’s ever had a fight like that with someone that powerful ever. Mark Henry gave him a good fight. Surprisingly, this gets some cheers. After going through all that carnage, you’d think he’d stop, but we know he’s not right in the head, so Show says they should reinforce the ring and do it again. He knows he can defeated Mark Henry for the World title. He spent most of today in conference with Teddy Long, and Long has assured him there will be a rematch between Show and Henry in the near future. Cue Mark Henry.
Henry comes out with the World Championship, so I’m going to assume that the status of the title is that it’s still Henry’s, as it should be. Henry says he doesn’t care who Show talked to; he’s not going to get a rematch. He went into Vengeance as champion, and left that way. He’s handled his business, and now he’s done with Show. Henry says he’s sore and beaten from the ring caving in. Show’s sore because Henry made him that. Obviously, Henry didn’t do a good enough job because Show is out here still running his mouth. Maybe if Henry puts his foot in it, Show will shut up. Show is ready for a fight. Henry starts to climb in the ring, but decides against it and walks back down the ring steps and up the ramp. That certainly accomplished nothing.
Punk/Christian is up next.
MATCH 5: CM Punk vs. Christian
If anyone was wondering what Punk yells on the stage during his entrance, he yells “It’s clobberin’ time!”, which is the catchphrase of Thing from ‘Fantastic Four’ (the comic books, not the sucktacular movies). Tie-up to start. Punk turns it into an arm wringer, then a hammerlock. Christian reverses into a side headlock and a shoulder block off the ropes. Punk with a side headlock. Crisscross leads to Punk knocking down Christian with a shoulder block before doing a Lex Luger-esque double biceps pose. Christian with a gut kick and an uppercut, but runs right into a jumping side kick from Punk. Punk grabs Christian’s arm and hits a series of shoulder blocks. Punk puts Christian in a hammerlock, throws him shoulder-first into the turnbuckle, snapmares him and hits a basement dropkick for 2. Back to the hammerlock. Christian elbows out. Punk reverses a corner whip, but Christian gets his feet up on the charge before hitting a middle rope European uppercut. Haven’t seen him do that in a while. Christian goes up top but misses the headbutt. Punk goes for the GTS as Alberto Del Rio’s music hits. As WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez make their way down to the ring, Christian slides out off the distraction and hits an implant DDT for 2. Commercial.
WINNER: CM Punk. I guess ADR was also chased off by Sheamus, as I don’t see him anywhere. Anyway, this was easily the best match of the night.
End of show.
We got at least 2 good matches tonight. Despite the outside interference, Christian/Punk stole the show. Tons of counters, false finishes and finisher reversals. Punk and Christian work well together. I’d love to see them feud down the road.
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