WWE Smackdown review
July 27, 2012
Taped 7/24/12 in Kansas City, MO.
Aired on SYFY
By Greg Parks, PWTorch Columnist (Twitter: @gregmparks)
– WWE Open.
– A video recap of Raw 1,000 aired.
– Smackdown Open.
– After the requisite fireworks inside the arena, Michael Cole plugged a #1 Contender Fatal Four-Way match featuring Daniel Bryan, Kane, Rey Mysterio, and Alberto Del Rio.
– The new Intercontinental Champion, The Miz, came out. During his entrance, they showed a clip of him beating Christian for the title on Raw. Miz called himself “the new face of the Intercontinental Championship.” He thanked Christian’s fans for voting him to defend his IC Title at Raw 1,000. Before Miz could fit in his catchphrase, Christian’s music hit and he entered the arena.
Christian mocked Miz’s catchphrase and said he’s invoking his rematch clause tonight. A referee slid into the ring from seemingly out of nowhere (good thing he was hanging out ringside!) to begin the match.
1 – THE MIZ vs. CHRISTIAN – INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Miz greeted Christian with a shoulder knock-down. Side head-lock by Christian, but Miz backed him in the corner and had to be restrained by the referee. Back-drop by Christian out of the corner, then he tossed Miz over the top rope. He landed on the apron and laid a shoulder into a charging Christian’s gut. Cole tried to push Miz as “a huge movie star.” Baseball slide by Christian took Miz off his feet on the outside. Back in, Miz got the better of Christian and hit his corner clothesline. Double axe-handle off the top for only two. Flapjack by Christian, but Miz wasn’t down for long. He back-dropped Christian to the outside as they went to break at 3:47.
Back at 6:37 of the contest, with Miz still in control. Running boot for a two-count. Sunset flip by Christian for two. Back-breaker/neck-breaker combo for a near-fall. Christian got his feet up on a charge into the corner by Miz. Christian knocked Miz off the second rope and went for a frog splash but Miz got the knees up and got a two-count. Dropkick off the middle rope from Christian and both men were down at 9:52. Christian hit some of his pet maneuvers and then connected on a cross-body from the top for two. Christian notched a few more two-counts then hit an elbow off the second rope. Miz kicked Christian in the leg and hit a low DDT for two. Christian set up for the Spear, but Miz ducked out of the ring. He suckered Christian back in and booted him in the face. The men brawled and while the ref was trying to get out of the way, Miz slapped Christian in the face. Roll-up with a handful of tights for the win.
WINNER: Miz, at 13:26. Good match. So many near-falls. Wow.
– Tonight, Sheamus takes on Cody Rhodes.
– Also, a Fatal Four-Way Match to find the #1 Contender to the World Title.
2 – JINDER MAHAL vs. RYBACK
Mahal went on offense with a knee to the gut and a few forearms. But Ryback hit a fall-away slam. Mahal, from the apron, raked the eyes of Ryback and kneed him in the head. Running knee to the head into a pin, but for only one. Mahal stayed aggressive with chokes and a lateral press. More knees, this time to the small of the back. Camel Clutch was applied, but Ryback just stood up and gave him the backpack stunner. Big spinebuster from Ryback. Mahal dodged a clothesline and exited up the ramp.
WINNER: Ryback, via count-out, at 2:43. Strange finish. Mahal had a lot of offense and Ryback didn’t even get the pinfall. Are they setting up Ryback’s first feud here?
– Up next, we’ll see how The Rock got Punked on Raw.
– They showed all the press WWE got for their Raw 1,000 episode.
– The announcers (with Sonic cups in front of them) talked about Raw 1,000 and the WWE Championship match. Josh Mathews sent it to a video of what happened to end that match, as well as the aftermath.
– Back to the announcers, who plugged an explanation from C.M. Punk this coming Monday.
– Touts reacting to Punk’s actions were shown.
– Daniel Bryan was angrily staring off into space in the locker room. Sheamus walked up and asked him how he was doing. He had a gift with him. Bryan indicated he wasn’t done with A.J. and asked “who cares about Charlie Sheen?” Sheamus gave Bryan the gift, which was supposed to be for the wedding. It appeared to be a book that said “How to last more than 18 seconds” on the cover, with a picture of Sheamus Brogue Kicking Bryan at Wrestlemania.
3 – SHEAMUS vs. CODY RHODES
A back elbow caught Rhodes in the nose, and he was none too pleased about it. He circled ringside trying to recover. Sheamus ran through Rhodes with a shoulder-block for two. The men exchanged arm-wringers, but it led to Sheamus connecting on a tilt-a-whirl back-breaker on Rhodes. Cody went to the apron and managed to avoid the vintage forearms across the chest. Sheamus instead grabbed Cody when he went back into the ring and delivered those blows from the apron. Rhodes shoved Sheamus into the ring post and Sheamus went tumbling to the floor. Sheamus returned to the ring at the count of nine. As Rhodes put the boots to Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler’s music played, and he came out accompanied by Vickie Guerrero. He had the briefcase with him. They went to break at 3:48 of the match.
The show returned at 7:42 of the match. Ziggler was standing at ringside with his briefcase, looking like he was ready to jump into the ring to cash in his briefcase as soon as the match ends. Dropkick by Rhodes for two. Rhodes zoned in on the shoulder of Sheamus and showed some real aggression. Full nelson applied by Rhodes, but it didn’t last long as Sheamus flipped out of it. Sheamus made his comeback, but Rhodes kicked him in the leg. Big knee-lift from the Irishman, then a powerslam. Rhodes went to the top rope, but missed a moonsault. Irish Curse back-breaker for two at 11:17. Rhodes pushed Sheamus out of the ring through the middle rope. Back in Rhodes pulled Sheamus off the top rope and connected on the Disaster kick for two. Another one attempted, but Sheamus caught him and felled him with White Noise. Sheamus set up for the Brogue Kick. It connected wonderfully and Sheamus got the win.
WINNER: Sheamus, at 13:29. Great, hard-hitting affair. We haven’t heard much from Rhodes in recent weeks, so a soundbite from him before the match would’ve been a nice bonus.
After the match, Ziggler took off his shirt and appeared ready to cash in, but Sheamus was waiting for him. Ziggler hopped down off the apron and backed away. But Chris Jericho ran out, wearing a cutoff pink Ziggler t-shirt, and fed Ziggler to Sheamus, who Brogue Kicked the MITB briefcase holder. After Sheamus left, Jericho entered the ring to “Y2J” chants. He then gave Ziggler the Codebreaker.
– A graphic aired for the #1 Contender World Title Fatal Four-Way match.
– The exterior of the Sprint Center in Kansas City was shown.
4 – ANTONIO CESARO vs. SANTINO MARELLA
No entrance for Cesaro and Aksana. Cesaro slapped Santino in the back of the head when he got Marella on the ground. Cesaro sucker-punched Santino and headbutted him in the chest. Gutwrench suplex where Cesaro just plucked Santino off the ground by the mid-section. Santino came back with a back suplex. Diving headbutt, then out came the Cobra. Aksana climbed on the apron and Santino threatened her with it. Hip-toss by Santino, but Cesaro picked Santino up and hot-shotted him. He ended Santino with his finisher.
WINNER: Cesaro, at 2:04. Looks like they may be setting up Cesaro vs. Marella for the title, so finally they’re doing something with Antonio.
– The announcers talked about the Touts that have come out about Raw. Mathews sent it to a video of Damien Sandow interrupting DX from Monday night.
– Sandow was shown walking backstage, giving dirty looks to everyone he passed. He’s in action next.
– Outtasight was thanked for providing the official theme song to Raw 1,000, “Tonight is the night.”
5 – YOSHI TATSU vs. DAMIEN SANDOW
Tatsu was already in the ring. He was tossed outside by Sandow in the opening seconds, then tossed into the barricade. Sandow continually slammed Tatsu’s head into said barricade. Side Russian leg sweep found the mark. He dropped an elbow and then kneed Tatsu in the chest. That was followed by the neck-breaker finish.
WINNER: Sandow, at 1:19. I guess Sandow gets his heat back after what happened Monday night. He continues to impress.
Sandow got a mic after the match and bashed the fans for enjoying what happened to him at Raw 1,000. “I am your martyr” he said. “You’re welcome.”
– Next, we’ll see Brock Lesnar answering Triple H’s Summerslam challenge.
– They replayed the Lesnar-Triple H segment from Raw.
– After showing a graphic for Triple H vs. Lesnar at Summerslam, more Touts aired reacting to that match.
– Rey Mysterio and Kane made their entrances for the Fatal Four-Way match. It’s next.
– Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio were given entrances for the main event.
6 – REY MYSTERIO vs. KANE vs. DANIEL BRYAN vs. ALBERTO DEL RIO – FATAL FOUR-WAY MATCH FOR THE #1 CONTENDER TO THE WORLD TITLE
Everybody took spills to the outside to start. Mysterio and Bryan had a segment in the ring while Kane and Del Rio traded slamming each other into the ring steps. Roll-up by Mysterio on Bryan for two. Mysterio went for the 619 but Del Rio cut him off with a clothesline. Kane got a chance to shine against everyone, including a suplex on Bryan and Mysterio at the same time. They cut to break at 2:57 of the contest.
Back at 6:42 of the match with Del Rio pinning Kane for two. Bryan and Del Rio went at it, leading to Del Rio locking in the cross arm-breaker. Mysterio came off the top with a leg-drop to break it up. Kane and Mysterio were alone in the ring and Kane dominated. Mysterio tried a headscissors, but Kane caught him and he hung upside-down, wide open for a Del Rio dropkick. Backstabber on Kane for two, pin broken up by Bryan. Bryan peppered Del Rio with the “yes” kicks. He then locked in the Yes Lock. It was broken up and Del Rio worked over Kane for his finisher. Kane ended up chokeslamming Del Rio. Mysterio broke up the pin, however. Mysterio hit the 619 on both Bryan and Del Rio at the same time. Splash on Bryan, but Ricardo Rodriguez pulled Mysterio out on the pin. As per Fatal Four-Way rules apparently, Del Rio then stole the pin to become #1 contender.
WINNER: Del Rio, at 13:26.
Del Rio and Rodriguez celebrated in the ring as the show ended.