October 29, 2011
Smackdown: Can you seek vengeance after Vengeance?
By DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling
Apparently, there’s some yet-to-be resolved controversy about the status of the World Heavyweight Championship, which Teddy Long vows to settle tonight. Sounds like a make-work project. Also, the hype-machine starts making overtures about Survivor Series.
Teddy Long greets the Houston crowd, promising that title resolution. How is it at all up in the air? Anyway, Christian steps out to demand that he be a part of the conversation, but, then again, so does CM Punk.
Christian wants a title match, whereas Punk is only here because Long wanted to borrow him for a Smackdown Supershow. Yes, just him. Punk and Christian have words, and Long does the obvious and makes a match between them for later.
Match #1 – Awesome Truth (The Miz & R-Truth) vs. Air Boom (Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston)
Miz opens by knee-lifting Kofi Kingston back to Africa (or is it Jamaica?), and Truth comes in with fists a-flying to keep Kingston down. Miz meanwhile knocks Bourne off the apron and clotheslines him on the floor, wrenching Bourne’s neck. Kingston lands a corkscrew cross-body on Miz off the top rope, but Truth tags himself in and Kingston suffers the Little Jimmy Finale.
Winners via pinfall: Awesome Truth
Miz and Truth get some mic time and list off their recent successes, adding that they hope The Rock accepts Cena’s invitation to make a team so they can take them both out.
Backstage after the break, a number of wrestlers had been watching the Bret vs. Shawn DVD promo and are weighing in. Daniel Bryan sides with Michaels, while Tyson Kidd comes in to stand up for Hart. Santino has a solution good enough to get him a General Manager’s job someday: Kidd and Bryan should have a match later on, and they agree.
Elsewhere, Hornswoggle is decked out in Broski gear and is having a talk with Long when Vickie Guerrero and her guys, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger, interrupt. Long tells Ziggler he has a match with Orton tonight. Were absolutely no matches planned before tonight’s show? Aksana is next to appear, and she and Long retreat back to his office.
The events between Triple H and Kevin Nash are replayed.
Match #2 – Trent Barreta vs. Wade Barrett
Of all the makeshift teams that have been thrown together, why hasn’t anyone thought of Barrett and Barreta? Oh, this is why. Barrett demolishes Barreta with a spinning side-slam, his big boot with Barreta in the ropes, and a trip to Wasteland after catching Barreta in mid-hurricanrana.
Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett
Match #3 – Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero)
Swagger has been banned from ringside, but out comes Cody Rhodes for a closer look from the announcer’s table. Orton positions himself for a back drop, but Ziggler hurdles over top of him and tries a neckbreaker. Orton slips away and drops Ziggler, stomping him for good measure over top of Guerrero’s banshee-screams.
Ziggler lands a hard punch which only seems to make Orton mad. Orton chases Ziggler out of the ring and clotheslines him on the floor, but coming back from break Ziggler is in charge. He lands a dropkick and DDT, but makes a mistake going for the top rope and is brought back to earth with a superplex. Orton lines up his greatest hits, but Ziggler superkicks him in the face of an RKO. Regardless, Orton blocks a Zig-Zag and get his RKO anyway.
Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton
Matt Striker is backstage with the wrestler formerly known as Twin Cara. He promises payback, but doesn`t give us his name yet. After that, Brodus Clay gets another scaaary video package.
Match #4 – Daniel Bryan vs. Tyson Kidd
Seems like forever and a day since Bryan won a match. This one features several attempts at submission finishers, and a lot of new-look ringside camera angles. Bryan hits Kidd with a hard corner dropkick, slips away from the Sharpshooter, and cinches in the LeBell Lock for the win.
Winner via submission: Daniel Bryan
Michael Cole stands up on his desk to promote the Cole Challenge against JR, producing supposedly embarrassing doctored photos of his opponent.
Big Show is in the ring next, admitting that he’s in a lot of pain after his match with Mark Henry. Still, Big Show is pretty jovial, and he’s looking forward to a rematch. Henry walks down to the ring and vows no rematch, but when he steps up to enter the ring, he winces and walks away in obvious pain.
Match #5 – Christian vs. CM Punk
Both men trade shoulder blocks and crowd-pandering off the top. Christian misses a flying headbutt and Punk hoists him up for the GTS and a potentially early evening, but WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio strides to the ring with Ricardo Rodriguez. Punk is distracted and Christian gets him with a fall-away DDT for a two-count.
After the break, Punk fights back with his bevy of kicks, but misses his corner knee-lift. Christian follows with a cross-body off the top, which Punk rolls with for a two-count of his own. Punk is up on the top rope, ready for the Macho Elbow, but Rodriguez distracts the ref while Del Rio knocks Punk to the mat. Christian is thinking spear, but Sheamus is thinking otherwise and he runs down to catch Christian’s eye. Punk re-groups and puts Christian away with the GTS.
Winner via pinfall: CM Punk
Dave Hillhouse is a screenwriter and teacher, and salutes the St. Louis Cardinals.