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Smackdown: Sandow gets a shot
By BOB KAPUR -- SLAM! Wrestling


From Green Bay, Wisconsin. Commentators are Michael Cole and Josh Mathews

World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus kicked off the show. He gave props to Triple H, and dissed his number one contender, Alberto Del Rio. Before he could say too much, Damien Sandow emerged from the back. He had nothing good to say about HHH, who swarmed Sandow with the rest of D-X at Raw 1000. Sandow tried to “help” the WWE Universe with his proselytizations, but Sheamus instead told him to come to the ring to say it to his face. Sandow declined the offer. Before he could make his way to the back, Smackdown GM Booker T came out to the ramp. He set up a match between Sandow and Sheamus for later on the show. Can you dig that, Sucka?

Match One: Rey Misterio vs Cody Rhodes

If anyone knows, I’d be interested in knowing what Rey says to the kids when he headbutts them on the way to the ring. Anyone? The commentators talked about Rhodes’ history with masks and speculated about the cause of his obsession with demasking stars like Rey. Cody got the advantage early, taking things to the floor and slamming Rey’s head on the announce table. Returning from the commercial break, Rhodes continued his domination with a twisting suplex and then a face-first suplex. But when he went to remove Rey’s mask, he was caught and kicked face first into the buckles. Rey then caught fire, with a spinning head scissors and some well-placed kicks. But Rhodes stopped the momentum with a running knee to the face. Rey finally got Rhodes into position for the 619, but Rhodes blocked it. He went for Rey’s mask, but got rolled up for the pin. After the match, Rhodes attacked Rey and tried for the mask again, but Sin Cara made the save. The two masked men double-teamed Rhodes, including Rey hitting the 619, and then Sin Cara put one of his masks on Rhodes to embarrass his foe.

Winner: Rey Misterio

Throughout the night, the Anger Management vignettes from Raw aired. Those were great.

Match Two: Kaitlyn vs Natalya

Eve Torres, Booker T’s assistant, joined the commentary team for this one. Apparently, the two match participants were engaged in a Twitter war since Kaitlyn won the number one contenders battle royal the other night. Eve played politics on the mic, while Natalya punished Kaitlyn with a Scott Hall type abdominal stretch. Kaitlyn fought out of it, but then ate a discus clothesline. Then, out of nowhere, she rolled up Natalya in a small package to get the surprise victory.

Winner: Kaitlyn

Backstage, Matt Striker interviewed Booker T. Striker brought up Vicky Guerrero’s petitioning the WWE Board to replace AJ Lee as Raw’s GM. Booker T questioned AJ’s decision to put Jericho’s career on the line in a match and condemned her for assaulting Vicky. Vicky joined the interview and said that AJ’s “reign of terror” will come to an end, either by the Board’s hands or by hers.

The Raw Rebound detailed Monday’s confrontation between Jerry “the King” Lawler and WWE Champion CM Punk. An hour in, and there’s been only two matches. All these recaps and clips from Raw make me wonder if most of the roster isn’t away on tour or something. Or maybe, it’s because the show is coming from Green Bay, and the Packers suck. That’s probably not the reason, but I just wanted to say that the Packers suck. To reiterate: the Packers suck.

Match Three: Sheamus vs Damien Sandow

Sheamus tried to take it right to Sandow, but the “Intellectual Saviour to the Masses” would have none of it early on, stalling and leaving the ring at every opportunity. An impatient champion went to the floor to get him, but Sandow was able to smash Sheamus into the ring steps. He continued the assault when Sheamus climbed back into the ring. Sandow smashed him repeatedly, grounding Sheamus and locking on a tight headlock. Sheamus muscled his way out of it, and fired back with a pair of double-arm sledgehammers. After his windmill forearms in the ropes, Sheamus nearly got the win, but Sandow kicked out. Sheamus tried for a number of finishing moves, but Sandow kept rolling out of the ring. As Sheamus called for the Brogue Kick, Sandow decided to head for the hills, running to the back and getting counted out.

Winner: Sheamus

Match Four: Prime Time Players vs Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel

Gabriel and Kidd worked well together early on, taking it to Darren Young, but the size and power of Titus O’Neil caught up to them. Kidd absorbed a few moves, including a great corkscrew slam by Titus, but then was able to escape and make the tag to Gabriel. In the end, the Players blocked a high flying attempt by Gabriel, and Young hit his finisher for the pin.

Winners: The Prime Time Players

Josh Mathews introduced Ricardo Rodriguez, who then in turn introduced his boss Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio boasted about tapping out Randy Orton last week, and said he would do the same to Sheamus at the upcoming Night of Champions pay-per-view. ADR threatened Josh for doubting his ability to beat Sheamus. Before he could act on the threat, Kane’s music hit. Josh, still shaken from Kane’s attack a couple of weeks ago, scrambled out of the ring, expecting the worst. But Kane apologized to Josh, as part of his anger management therapy. Del Rio tried to leave, but Theodore Long came out and announced that ADR would be facing Kane next.

Match Five: Kane vs Alberto Del Rio

Kane immediately took control of the match, hitting Del Rio from a variety of angles. On commentary, Josh said that he wasn’t able to accept Kane’s apology and that he still feared the big man. Meanwhile, Del Rio escaped a chokeslam attempt, but couldn’t avoid a kick to the face. From the outside, Rodriguez distracted Kane, and Del Rio capitalized, hitting Kane from behind with the Backstabber for the pin. After the match, Kane took his frustration out on Josh, though he seemed remorseful by his own actions, apologizing during the thrashing that ended with a chokeslam.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

After the break, a solo Michael Cole pleaded with GMs Booker T and AJ Lee to take action so that broadcasters wouldn’t have to live in fear of being attacked by the superstars.

Clips from Triple H’s speech from Monday were shown. He acted better in that promo than in any of his movies.

Vicky Guerrero came out to introduce her client Dolph Ziggler, who would face off against Randy Orton in the main event.

Match Six: Dolph Ziggler vs Randy Orton

The two started off fairly evenly, with Ziggler’s flashy offense holding its own against Orton’s boring arsenal. Ziggler went for a huge flying splash in the corner, but Orton sleepwalked his way out of it, and then followed that up with more lack of charisma. Orton hit a superplex, but wasn’t able to put Dolph away. He hit his trademark DDT off the ropes, and after a short chase sequence, he avoided the Zig Zag and hit the RKO for the pin, while simultaneously showing no personality whatsoever – not an easy task.

Match

Winner: Randy Snore-ton