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Smackdown: Big Show's reign of terror begins
By DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling


What could be the beginning of a lengthy and seemingly insurmountable championship run by Big Show officially kicks off tonight, as he certainly takes on the role of big man on campus. That being said, a bigger man does return to action tonight and catches the eye of a diva in distress, while Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio re-define the food fight.

Hard-hitting journalist The Miz opens the show with a summation of all of the shocking events of the past week (not including his loss to the emerging “Wildcat” Kofi Kingston). The prime focus of MTV this week, though, is on the former World Champion as Miz welcomes Sheamus as his guest.

Sheamus has no problem bringing up the Intercontinental Championship match from last Sunday, but Miz changes to the focus to how he feels responsible for Big Show’s path of destruction after he helped Team Johnny win at Wrestlemania, tracing that victory to Big Show’s transformation into the angry giant.

As has become tradition on MTV, interruptions enrage The Miz. First, Kofi Kingston arrives and brags about his winning streak against the host. Big Show is next, and he’s upset at Miz for not inviting him onto the show, except he stays on the ramp. Big Show leaves without incident just before Miz charges Kingston from behind, only to be backdropped out of the ring.

After the break, a graphic brags about how the WWE has more Twitter followers than Coca-Cola, HBO, Disney, and, among others, Under Armour. Under Armour? Gotta check that: over 130,000 followers for Under Armour. Who knew?

Backstage, Booker T books a Teddy Long special by pitting Miz and Big Show against Kingston and Sheamus; although Big Show was just as mad at Miz, so why not make it a three-on-one?

Match #1 – Sin Cara (w/ Rey Mysterio) vs. Darren Young (w/ Titus O’Neil)

Young is pleased with himself as he keeps Sin Cara on the mat with headlocks and a wedgie-enhanced Gut Check, earning himself the victory.

Winner via pinfall: Darren Young

After the bell, O’Neil grabs a mic and says this is a good example of a small dog getting schooled by a big dog, and, as an even bigger dog, he challenges Mysterio any time he wants. Well, Mysterio happens to be dressed for the occasion, so...

Match #2 – Titus O’Neil (w/ Darren Young) vs. Rey Mysterio (w/ Sin Cara)

All signs point to an equalizing outcome here, even though a hard clothesline and shoulder-block knock Mysterio loopy. He does set up a 619, but is somehow distracted by Darren Young not being anywhere near him and misses it. That’s all right, though, because O’Neil misses a second shoulder-block in the corner and Mysterio rolls him up for three.

Winner via pinfall: Rey Mysterio

After a Hell in a Cell and Raw recap, we’re whisked away to Booker T’s office where he and Teddy Long are marvelling at how Vickie Guerrero is losing control of Raw. Natalya enters, hoping to take Eve’s place as assistant while the duplicitous diva is in Europe, but David Otunga strides in front her, pitching himself for the role. Booker needs Otunga in the ring tonight against The Great Khali instead, which causes Otunga to spit his coffee on Natalya, who then slaps more coffee out of his mouth and onto Long. “Oh my goodness” indeed, Booker T.

Match #3 – Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton

Before we get to this match-up one more time, Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez, who were at ringside to join the commentary team, attack Orton before the bell and run him into the ringpost. Coming back from break, it appears to have done absolutely nothing to Orton and the match goes on as normal.

Orton backdrops Barrett onto the security barrier, but a couple of boots to the head and to the gut slow Orton right down. A big elbow off the second rope is an unusual move for Barrett, but it works. A second attempt, though, turns into a superplex by Orton, followed by most of his greatest hits. He doesn’t get to the RKO because Rodriguez jumps up on the apron and Barrett rolls up Orton from behind.

Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett

After the break, Matt Striker catches up with Del Rio and Rodriguez in the hallways -– but nobody was listening to what they were saying because Orton charges up from behind and starts a good ol’ backstage brawl. Highlights include Rodriguez getting hot coffee and spaghetti poured all over him, Del Rio being backdropped onto a serving table, and Matt Striker being slammed face-first into a dessert spread for trying to get a word from Orton after it was all over. Entertaining segment, that.

Match #4 – David Otunga vs. The Great Khali

Otunga tries the classic technique established in the original Karate Kid: “sweep the leg”. All it takes from Khali, though, is a chop to the chest and one to the head for him to impress Natalya, watching backstage, with a victory.

Winner via pinfall: The Great Khali

After the break, Khali is strutting his stuff in the back, and Natalya offers her thanks for being her champion, or something to that effect. She shakes his hand and comments on how big they are, which usually means something else ... big gloves.

Match #5 – R-Truth vs. Justin Gabriel

Interesting, non-feud match between two faces here. Gabriel is getting the push for most of the match and on commentary as well, but it’s R-Truth with the Lie Detector that seals the deal.

Winner via pinfall: R-Truth

Gabriel and Truth shake hands afterwards, then we go to the locker room to see Miz and Big Show discuss the reunion of ShowMiz. Big Show refuses to let Miz suggest that the must-see guy will lead the team, even threatening to knock him out if he gets in the way.

Match #6 – Big Show & The Miz vs. Sheamus & Kofi Kingston

A little musical chairs opens the match as Kingston is ready to start, prompting Big Show to tag himself in. Sheamus then tags in as well, so Big Show tags out. When the dust has settled, Miz and Kingston have at it for a while with Miz in charge. Sheamus gets the tag, though, and unleashes his greatest hits on Miz.

Kingston tags in again and brings a splash onto Miz, with Big Show breaking up a pin. Sheamus enters the ring and inadvertently distracts the ref, allowing Big Show to KO Kingston and Miz to make the pin.

Winners via pinfall: Big Show & The Miz

Big Show skidaddles but Sheamus gets to take out his frustrations on Miz with a Brogue Kick.

Dave Hillhouse is a screenwriter and teacher, and wonders why the WMD has been re-named the Knock-Out Punch. Were the veterans not impressed?