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Smackdown: No time to rest
By DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling


Brodus Clay turns the tables on Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. Photo by Brad McFarlin



It’s another quick turnaround month with two pay-per-views within three weeks of one another. By the looks of things, the focus is on continuing feuds instead of trying to strike up new hostilities. Also, A.W. finds some clients and Eve flexes her corporate/woman power muscles.

Fresh off of his successful title defense at Extreme Rules, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus is in the ring with an answer to Daniel Bryan’s request to fight again: yes. Is it for the belt? No.

Match #1 – Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus

Michael Cole is touting this as a chance for Bryan to prove he can win against Sheamus, which was presumably disproven on Sunday. Nonetheless, Bryan takes control early and attacks the champ’s left arm repeatedly, but Sheamus’ right arm works fine and he pounds Bryan out of the ring.

Then everything goes south as Ricardo Rodriguez climbs the ropes and knocks Sheamus down with a cross body, and Alberto Del Rio slips in with the cross arm-breaker on that much-aligned left arm.

Winner via DQ: Sheamus

Bryan returns to the ring with a Yes Lock and then argues with Del Rio as Sheamus is escorted by referees to the back.

Match #2 – Hunico & Camacho vs. Kofi Kingston & R-Truth

Recently deposed champs Primo & Epico appear with Rosa Mendes and new representative A.W. to watch from the top of the ramp. Hunico starts with R-Truth and opens with a slap on Little Jimmy, enraging Truth. After Hunico holds an advantage over Kingston for a stretch, Truth takes out Camacho with the Lie Detector for the win.

Winners via pinfall: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth

Match #3 – Jack Swagger (w/ Vickie Guerrero & Dolph Ziggler) vs. Brodus Clay (w/ Naomi & Cameron)

Ziggler’s attempt to intervene backfires, and Swagger decides to roll out of the ring and walk away with his cronies to take the loss.

Winner via count-out: Brodus Clay

Clay invites a gaggle of kids into the ring for a dance-a-thon. Backstage, Eve is in executive mode trying to moderate an argument between Bryan and Del Rio, and she finishes the debate by letting them know that she’ll decide who gets a shot at Sheamus, and when.

Match #4 – Damien Sandow vs. Derrick Bateman

Sandow steps up on the apron with a mic, announcing that he will not compete tonight, since Bateman is no better than anyone in the audience. He then retreats back up the ramp, and Bateman grabs a mic and says he’s been waiting too long for a match on Smackdown, so he wants an opponent.

Match #4 – Ryback vs. Derrick Bateman

Some heavy offensive moves –- none of them by Bateman.

Winner via pinfall: Ryback

Match #5 – Big Show & Randy Orton vs. Kane & Cody Rhodes

Rhodes and Orton start things off with Cole reminding us of their storied past in Legacy, which does really seem like a long time ago. Similarly, Big Show and Kane strike up their old on-again/off-again battle, with Kane decidedly on top.

Kane doesn’t fare as well against Orton at first, but after he dodges an RKO he enjoys a lengthy advantage. Rhodes wants in on the laid-out Orton, but unfortunately finds himself in the ring with Big Show.

With a chokeslam coming, Kane hits Big Show with a clothesline off the top rope, to which Orton responds with an RKO on Kane. Rhodes launches a Beautiful Disaster but is stopped by a chop, and a WMD puts an end to the festivities.

Winners via pinfall: Randy Orton & Big Show

Match #6 – Layla vs. Natalya

There’s a bit of a mutual admiration society feel to this match at first until things get chippy between these two. Not long afterwards, the Lay-Out neckbreaker wins the day.

Winner via pinfall: Layla

Backstage again, Eve is facilitating a photoshoot with Eve and Aksana, and she calls in Teddy to slather oil on Antonio. After the break, AJ is apologizing to Kaitlyn about slapping her last week ... and ends up slapping her again.

Match #7 – Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus

Del Rio and Rodriguez are both at ringside for this match. Bryan bides his time at first, absorbing a few elbows before he starts bearing down on the heavily taped left arm of Sheamus.

Sheamus tries a Wrestlemania Special with a surprise Brogue Kick, but Bryan ducks away and Sheamus’ momentum carries him over the ropes to the floor. Back from break, Bryan is ramming Sheamus’ shoulder into as many things in and out of the ring as possible.

Sheamus’ temper gives him an energy boost, and he potatoes Bryan with forearms for two long stretches. Del Rio gets on the apron and thinks about interfering, but Sheamus runs Bryan into him to take him out of the equation. Bryan then tries one last salvo off the top rope, but Sheamus meets him with a Brogue Kick for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

Del Rio and Rodriguez retreat up the ramp, eyes on the prize with a championship match against Sheamus at Over the Limit.

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