Welcome to the 5-4-12 edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown! Tonight, we’re supposed to hear a little more details on the incident between Triple H and Brock Lesnar, as well as the upcoming “match” between John Cena and John Laurinaitis at Over the Limit 2012.
The World Champion, Sheamus makes his way down to the ring. He’s out here to do what he loves-fight. He loves to fight, and doesn’t care where the fight takes place. That’s exactly what he’s going to do in the next few minutes. Daniel Bryan almost tore his left shoulder off at Extreme Rules, and tonight, he wants to finish the job. Earlier tonight, when Sheamus was asked if he’d fight Daniel Bryan, he gave Bryan a one word answer: Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
Daniel Bryan’s music hit, and he slowly makes his way down to the ring as Sheamus continues the “Yes!” chant with the crowd. Looks like this match is starting right away.
MATCH 1: World Champion Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan (non-title)
Tie-up to start, with Sheamus turning it into a headlock. Shoulderblock off the ropes by Sheamus, but it’s with the injured shoulder, and he attempts to shake off the pain. Bryan gets in an arm wringer. Criss-cross ends in a trip by Bryan. Another arm wringer, but Sheamus levels him with a forearm. Bryan hits an armbar takedown off the ropes, and is now kicking Sheamus in the shoulder. Bryan with an over-the-shoulder armbreaker, which he turns into a hammerlock on the mat. Sheamus breaks out with some elbows. They trade a few various punches and kicks. Sheamus gets the best of it, and begins unloading on Bryan in the corner. Shoulderblock in the corner, followed by a knee lift off the ropes. A clothesline sends Bryan to the floor. Sheamus starts to go after him, but referee Scott Armstrong pulls him back in. From out of nowhere, Ricardo Rodriguez nails Sheamus with a cross body off the top rope, resulting in a DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Sheamus. Alberto Del Rio then appears and lands a kick to Sheamus’ head before locking in the jujigatame. Bryan gets back in the ring and applies the Yes! Lock to Sheamus as the other two look on. Two other referees get in the ring to separate everyone. Bryan and ADR begin arguing about ADR costing Bryan the match. Sheamus tries to charge back into the ring, but the referees are holding him back.
MATCH 2: WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. Camacho and Hunico (non-title)
Nice to finally see Camacho getting to wrestle. Before the match starts, Epico, Primo, Rosa Mendes and AW make their way onto the stage, apparently to watch this match. Truth and Hunico start. Hunico slaps Little Jimmy, so Truth tackles him. Some punches by Truth, followed by a falling hip toss. Kingston tags in and hits a forearm off the middle rope for 2. Hunico back drops Kingston over the top rope, and Kingston lands on his feet. Momentary distraction by Camacho, allowing Hunico to knock Kingston to the floor. While the referee is distracted, Camacho nails Kingston with a clothesline. Hunico gets Kingston back in the ring, where he hits a tope con hilo for 2. Camacho tags in and nails some forearms, followed by a big back suplex. Camacho with a jumping legdrop for another 2. Hunico tags back in after some shots by Camacho, who hits an inside out dropkick in the corner for another 2. Kingston fights out of the heel corner, and turns a back drop from Hunico into an armdrag. Truth nails Hunico, allowing Kingston to monkey flip him. Camacho and Truth both tag in. Truth nails a few punches, followed by the Lie Detector for 2. Hunico comes in, and Kingston nails a hurricanrana, sending Hunico to the floor. Truth hits the What’s Up on Camacho for the 3.
WINNERS: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.
Up next, Brodus Clay takes on Jack Swagger.
MATCH 2: Brodus Clay (w/Cameron and Naomi) vs. Jack Swagger (w/Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler)
I could really do without Clay’s introduction every week. At least Hornswoggle isn’t out here with him. Same can be said for Jack-Dolph’s (credit: Justin Henry) weekly introductions by Vickie. Clay nails Swagger with his own belly-to-belly suplex. Swagger comes back with some punches and elbows, but it’s cut short by a Clay clothesline. Ziggler causes a distraction, which allows Swagger to nail a back elbow, sending Clay to the floor. Ziggler tries an attack from the ring steps while the referee is distracted, but continues his tradition of taking nasty, dangerous bumps by receiving a headbutt to the chest from Clay, sending him flying to the floor. Clay’s back in, but Swagger is continuing the offense. He tries an avalanche in the corner, but Clay catches him with the exploder suplex. He goes for the running splash, but Swagger rolls to the floor, dragging Ziggler with him, resulting in a count-out.
WINNER VIA COUNT-OUT: Brodus Clay. Clay and the Funkadactyls (which is apparently what Cameron and Naomi are now called) bring some kids in the ring to dance with them after the match.
Later tonight, new IC Champion Cody Rhodes and Kane take on The Big Show and Randy Orton.
Did You Know? Nichelle Nichols, famous for her role as Lt. Uhura on “Star Trek”, was planning on leaving the show after the first season. However, she was convinced by none other than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to stay on the show, as he considered her a role model for African American women.
We see footage from last Monday, as Lord Tensai destroyed John Cena before John Laurinaitis announced himself as Cena’s next opponent. Michael Cole announces that Ace isn’t here tonight, that he’s taking a personal day.
In the GM’s office, Daniel Bryan is arguing with ADR and Ricardo Rodriguez. Eve Torres steps in. Bryan says he would have beaten Sheamus if ADR hadn’t interfered. ADR says he’s next in line for the World title. Bryan reminds him he’s next in line for the WWE title. Bryan then demands another match with Sheamus. Eve says no one makes demands, and she’s going to consult with ringside physicians to see if Sheamus is even able to compete.
Up next, Damien Sandow’s long-awaited in-ring debut.
Damien Sandow comes out, and may have the best entrance music in history. Before the match with Derrick Bateman starts, Sandow introduces himself to the crowd, before saying he’s here to help everyone. Tonight was supposed to be glorious, the start of the “New era of enlightenment” that we, the ignorant masses, so beg for. However, in order for him to be a true role model for all of us, he will not engage this miscreant in the ring this evening. That may be bad for us simple-minded people, but how would any of us benefit from “The Enlightened One” going against this simple-minded ignoramus who is no different than anyone else. In short, he will not be competing tonight for the benefit of all of us. You’re welcome! I’m saying it again: LOVE this gimmick.
Sandow then leaves as his entrance music plays. Bateman says he earned a match on SmackDown! a few months ago with a win on NXT a while ago, and he wants a match one way or another. Ryback answers the call.
MATCH 3: Derrick Bateman vs. Ryback
Bateman starts with a kick and some forearms, but runs into a big boot. Ryback grabs him by the ears and slams his head into the mat repeatedly. Ryback with a gorilla press, which he turns into a backpack stunner. Nice spot there. He grabs Bateman by the face, picks him up, and destroys him with a clothesline. Running fisherman’s suplex, and this one’s over.
WINNER: Ryback. Sandow+Ryback=good segment.
MATCH 4: Kane and Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show and Randy Orton
Rhodes and Orton start things off with a tie-up. Orton turns it into a side headlock. Shoulder off the ropes by Orton. Criss-cross sequence, with Orton blocking a hip toss with a clothesline for 2. Orton throws Rhodes into the turnbuckle, then lands a European uppercut. Show tags in and hits some open-hand chops to the chest before throwing him into the turnbuckle. Show stands with his back to Rhodes, then drives his butt into the midsection. Bodyslam by Show, and Orton tags back in, hitting a jumping knee drop for 2. Orton hits a glancing dropkick for 2. Rhodes tags Kane in, and he trades shots with Orton. Orton comes off the ropes, but runs into a kitchen sink by Kane. Kane whips Orton into the corner, then nails him with an uppercut and some gut shots. Shoulder to the midsection by Kane. Orton gets his knees up on a charge and tags in Show, who levels Kane with a spear. He pulls Rhodes into the ring, where he lands another chop to the chest. Show backs Kane into a corner, nailing some shots to the midsection. Kane catches a DDT off the ropes, putting both men down as we go to commercial.
Back from the break, Rhodes is stomping Show down repeatedly. Kane tags back in, and he continues the stomps. Foot choke in the corner, and Rhodes gets one in as well behind the referee’s back. Kane hits a low dropkick, but Show breaks the pin by getting to the ropes. Kane with a rear chinlock now as Rhodes looks on. Show gets to his feet, turning the move into a back suplex. Rhodes and Orton both tag in. Orton with a pair of clotheslines and a powerslam. I hate the jerky way Orton moves. Orton sets up for the suspended DDT, but Kane nails him in the face. Rhodes tags out, but Orton catches Kane with a kick and the suspended DDT as he’s coming in. Orton sets up for the RKO, but Kane shoves him off into the ropes, where Rhodes pulls the ropes down, sending Orton to the floor. Kane follows out and looks to lawn dart Orton into the post. Orton slides out and shoves Kane into the post. Kane blocks it and lands a big boot to Orton’s face. Back in the ring, Kane gets 2. Rhodes tags in and begins stomping away at Orton before dropping a knee for 2. Rhodes gets a few shots in before Orton counters with a couple of his own. Rhodes cuts him off with a dropkick for 2 before tagging Kane back in. Kane gets Orton into a corner, where he lands some punches to the face. Corner whip by Kane, but Orton lands a back elbow on the charge and hits the 3.0. Kane quickly gets back up and nails a clothesline before tagging in Rhodes, who gets a 2-count. Rhodes goes into his hammerlock/rear chinlock combo, but Orton quickly breaks free. Rhodes with a boot off the ropes and is looking for Cross Rhodes, but Orton counters with a back body drop. Show tags in, and nails a couple of clotheslines, followed by a high back body drop. He signals for the chokeslam, but Kane comes in with the non-flying clothesline. Orton lands the RKO on Kane, although it looked more like a stunner with the way he landed. Rhodes sends Orton shoulder-first into the ring post before going for the Beautiful Disaster on Show. Show simply slaps him down, then nails the WMD for the 3.
WINNERS: The Big Show and Randy Orton.
Backstage, Matt Striker is outside the medical room, waiting for word from Eve and Sheamus on whether he can compete. Sheamus comes out a moment later, with his shoulder taped up. He says he came here to fight tonight, and that’s exactly what he’s going to do.
MATCH 5: Natalya vs. WWE Divas Champion Layla (non-title)
Nattie with a waistlock takedown into a front chancery. Layla reverses into a hammerlock. Nattie with a fireman’s carry into an armbar, which Layla reverses into a headscissors. Tie-up sees Nattie go to an arm wringer. Layla reverses into her own. Nattie flips out of it and goes back to her own arm wringer. Layla tries to reverse, but takes a forearm to the face. Nattie lands the discus clothesline, but it only gets 2. Abdominal stretch by Nattie. Layla elbows out, but Nattie holds on and attempts to turn it into a slam. Layla slides out and hits a nice rolling cradle for a 1-count. Layla then hits the Lay-Out for 3.
WINNER: Layla. Although the match was short, Layla looked good here. She’s improved dramatically.
We see a commercial for John Cena’s episode of “Dream Machines”, which will air this coming Tuesday night, for those that are interested.
We see Aksana in the back getting her makeup done. Eve comes in and says she’s doing some publicity photos with her and Antonio Cesaro. Eve says Antonio looks a little “dry” and asks for some oil for him. Eve makes Teddy Long do it, rather than the makeup lady. Anyone else notice Cesaro looks a little like Jason Statham?
Up next, we’ll see footage of Brock Lesnar breaking Triple H’s arm from this past Monday night.
Did You Know? The longest earthworm on record was found in Africa, measuring around 22 feet in length.
We see Kaitlyn and Alicia Fox talking in the back. AJ walks up, causing Fox to leave. AJ apologizes for smacking Kaitlyn last week, and doesn’t blame her if she doesn’t forgive her, but she wants Kaitlyn to know that wasn’t the real her. Kaitlyn says she felt so betrayed last week, and she was just trying to be a friend. Kaitlyn also knows that wasn’t the real AJ, but the pity party over Daniel Bryan has got to stop. AJ responds by smacking Kaitlyn even harder, knocking her down in the process. I love this woman.
We see the footage from Lesnar’s attack on Triple H. If you watch closely, you can see an elderly woman (Stunt Granny!) reacting very dramatically to the attack. Josh Mathews informs us Triple H does have a broken arm, and will need surgery. Michael Cole tells us nothing official has been made in regards to Lesnar’s future.
Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez make their way out. ADR will be doing guest commentary for the main event.
MATCH 6: Daniel Bryan vs. World Champion Sheamus (non-title)
We are now getting the match we were promised at the beginning of the show. Bryan keeps trying to go for the arm, but Sheamus keeps shoving him off. Bryan manages to grasp it, but Sheamus forearms down. Bryan goes for the leg before going into a hammerlock on the bad arm. Sheamus backs him into the corner and fires off some back elbows to the head. Bryan trips Sheamus into the turnbuckles, shoulder-first, before repeatedly kicking the bad shoulder. Sheamus mule kicks him, but Bryan is back on offense with more kicks to the shoulder, followed by a dropkick. Bryan ties Sheamus’ arm up in the middle rope but breaks before 5. He backs Sheamus into another corner and continues with kicks. Over-the-shoulder armbreaker by Bryan, but he runs into a one-armed tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Sheamus looks for the Brogue Kick, but Bryan ducks, causing Sheamus to crotch himself. Bryan dropkicks him in the bad shoulder, sending him to the floor as we go to commercials.
WINNER: Sheamus. Great match here, with both guys looking like a million bucks, regardless of who won or loss.
End of show.
Good episode tonight. I was disappointed Damien Sandow didn’t wrestle, but I understand exactly what WWE is doing here with his gimmick, and I really like it. The tag team matches weren’t bad, we got a fun Ryback squash, a short but solid divas match, and a great main event, not to mention a lot of good talent getting some face time on the show, both new and more experienced.
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