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Smackdown: "Live" on delay
By DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling


Compared to Raw, the Friday night show always suffers a bit in the "must-see" factor by not being live. Every now and then, though, we are treated to the show live on Tuesday night. This past Tuesday, however, Canadian viewers got a lump of coal in their wrestling boot as it didn’t air north of the border. So, let's take a look back at the Smackdown that was...

The show opens with The Miz as he welcomes to MTV the new fellowship of Dolph Ziggler, AJ, and Big E Langston to discuss why AJ turned on John Cena. It turns out to be pretty simple: AJ feels like a spurned lover.

Miz makes a little too much fun of AJ and Dolph, leading to Langston attacking the host and leaving him laid out.

Backstage, Booker T seems to be in a bad mood as Teddy Long is in favour of offering Brad Maddox another chance at a contract with a match against a mystery opponent.

Hmmm, there are commercials in this airing too, whereas there weren’t any on the live Tuesday night edition. So what programming are we missing up here in Bizarro Land?

Match #1 – Damien Sandow (w/ Cody Rhodes) vs. Sin Cara

The Rhodes Scholars enter first, and after Sin Cara dives into the ring he’s left wondering where his partner has gone (Mysterio's music played but he never appeared). After Cara and Sandow fight an even battle, The Shield comes trotting down through the crowd, with Roman Reigns tossing Mysterio’s mask into the ring. Sandow takes advantage with his Terminus neckbreaker from behind.

Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow

The Shield take on Sin Cara, focusing on his right leg, with nobody coming to the rescue. Backstage, Kane, Daniel Bryan, and Kofi Kingston are hanging out, with Kane very upset about The Shield, and Daniel Bryan very upset about not having won a Slammy.

Match #2 – The Primetime Players (Titus O’Neil & Darren Young) & Wade Barrett vs. Team Hell No (Kane & Daniel Bryan) & Kofi Kingston

Kane & Bryan acquit themselves well, but Kingston gets into triple-team trouble for a lengthy stretch. At one point the camera is focused on the crowd as Cole nervously looks for The Shield. In the end, as everyone brawls, Kane chokeslams Young for the win.

Winners via pinfall: Team Hell No & Kofi Kingston

Backstage again, John Cena promotes Big E Langston as maybe the strongest wrestler in the WWE today – huh? Sheamus wants to know what happened between Cena and AJ, so Cena whispers the details into his ear; a lot of details, and they seem to shock the Irishman. Cena concludes by saying he’s kidding.

Next up is WWE Champion CM Punk with Paul Heyman, promoting his title reign and chastising the fans for not voting him as Superstar of the Year. He mocks the striking NHL Players, saying he doesn’t go on strike or have an off-season, but he’s not discussing the 30-day rule for title defenses.

Just as Punk seems to be getting really heated up, out comes Ryback to engage in a debate. Ryback announces that he gets a title shot on the first Raw of 2013. After all that talking, he celebrates by starting a “Feed Me More” chant, and does not attack Punk as the champ and Heyman steal away.

Match #3 – Ryback vs. Antonio Cesaro

Cesaro decides to not take a count-out loss in this encounter, and loses clean as a whistle after being Shell-Shocked; that would be Cesaro being beaten by an American.

Winner via pinfall: Ryback

After the break, Big Show speaks to his partner for the night, Dolph Ziggler, suggesting he really shouldn’t try to cash in his contract tonight.

Match #4 – Brad Maddox vs. Brodus Clay (w/ Naomi & Cameron)

A couple of splashes and a slam are enough to put Maddox’s dreams on hold once again.

Winner via pinfall: Brodus Clay

The Shield is back, beating on Clay to the horror of the Funkadactyls.

Match #5 – Sheamus & John Cena vs. Big Show & Dolph Ziggler (w/ AJ & Big E Langston)

The heels are dominating through most of this match –- and Big Show a little more than Ziggler. Only in the last minute does Cena get the hot tag and, after Sheamus eliminates Big Show from the picture, Ziggler hits a Zig-Zag but only gets a two-count. Ziggler argues with the ref and Cena adjusts his attitude, but Langston decks Cena from behind and that’s all.

Winners via disqualification: Sheamus & John Cena

Dave Hillhouse is a screenwriter and teacher, and can’t believe that the WWE signed Santa Claus for Christmas Eve; that old elf’s work-rate is without equal.