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Smackdown!: Social Media gives Smackdown! a live twist
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight is Social Media Smackdown, which is being billed as live, even though the show was taped on Tuesday. Hopefully WWE has a bunch of interns filtering out all the trolls trying to post spoilers during the show. (Not that I would ever do that.) It must be a special occasion, because we are getting the three man booth of Michael Cole, Josh Matthews, and Jerry Lawler from Oklahoma City.

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio kicks off the show, and his opponent tonight, Damien Sandow. The intellectual savior to the masses, tells the Champ that he actually fits in with America, because he too has trouble with the English language. Del Rio tells Sandow that his breath smells like crap. (Ah, poop jokes, WWE you never let me down.

Match #1 Alberto Del Rio w/ Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Damien Sandow

Del Rio beat Sandow into the corner, snaps him over his shoulder and kicks him in the back. Michael Cole mentions Rory McIlroy misses the cut today in the Honda Classic. (Let me pull back the curtain here, Cole and gang, which sounds like a bad Cool and the Gang cover band, are providing live commentary over a taped show. Even though they were actually there on Tuesday. I wonder what they were doing as the show taped?)

Del Rio sends Sandow to the floor with an enziguri from the apron, and we go to commercial. After the break, Sandow is in control in the middle of the ring, dropping an elbow on the champ. Sandow keeps the pressure on with a knee to the back and a chin lock. Del Rio fights out of the hold with a head butt. Del Rio ducks a clothesline, countering with a release German suplex. Sandow misses Del Rio in the corner and eats the turnbuckle, allowing Del Rio to connect with a kick the face. Del Rio covers, but Sandow kicks out at two. Sandow gets caught on the ropes, allowing the champ to hit the back stabber. Del Rio runs in to a boot though, and Sandow connects with a neck breaker, netting him only two count, though. Sandow sets up his finishing neck breaker, but Del Rio is able to counter into the cross arm breaker. Sandow taps out and Del Rio picks up the win.

Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio

During the break, Del Rio calls himself the Smackdown! leader and he wants to give power to the WWE Universe by letting the fans choose his opponent next week.

Daniel Bryan tosses a blindfold at Kane, saying that is the only reason he beat the Prime Time Players. Kane claims it was because if the choke slam. Bryan talked to Booker T and tonight, Kane will wear the blindfold and Bryan will have his armed tied behind his back. Kane says he is fine with that, because now he doesn't have to look at Bryan's goat face.

Match #2 The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro - 2 out of 3 falls United States Title Match

Cesaro and Miz lock up in the middle of the ring, and Miz looks for a quick pin. The US champ kicks out. Cesaro blocks a hip toss, but can't avoid the back elbow. Miz scores another two count and Cesaro rolls out of the ring. Back in the ring, Miz hits a knee breaker. Cesaro whips Miz off the ropes, catching him in the mid section with a knee. Miz shoots off the ropes, catching Cesaro with a clothesline. The US champ catches Miz on his shoulders, and slams him to the mat. Cesaro covers for only two, but then follows with the Neutralizer and gets the three count to score the first fall.

So during the break, Cesaro tapped out to the figure four. (This drives me nuts. Why does WWE insist on keeping up the illusion that Smackdown! is live?)

Miz unloads on Cesaro with a series of clothesline, but champ blocks a neck breaker and responds with a European Uppercut. Miz kicks out at two. Cesaro gets nailed with DDT, but is able to fight back with a head butt. The two trade blows in the middle of the ring, with Miz gaining the upper hand. The challenger hits a running clothesline in the corner and follows with a double axe handle off the turnbuckle. Miz locks in the figure four in the middle of the ring. Cesaro is able to get to the ropes to break the hold. Cesaro blocks another figure four, knocking Miz into the ref. Cesaro rolls up Miz, who counters into another pin, but Cesaro reverses the pin, and grabs Miz's tights to get the pinfall.

Winner 2 falls to 1 and still Unites States Champion: Antonio Cesaro

JBL is off this week, as he is mountain climbing in Argentina for charity.

Sheamus offers to watch Orton's back in his match with the Big Show in case The Shield shows up. Orton thanks the Irishman, taking him up on the offer.

It wouldn't be a trip to OKC without an appearance by Good Ole Jim Ross, who is going to interview Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. JR actually recruited Swagger when he was still at Oklahoma or the team with no heart as Swagger put it. JR tells Swagger he isn't the same person that he was when he left over six months ago. Colter interrupts with an immigration rant. I can sum up his thoughts with one phrase, "THEY TOOK OUR JOBS!" Colter says Swagger will win the title at Wrestlemania and Del Rio needs to leave the country. Swagger just keeps repeating, "We the people!" JR accuses Colter of brainwashing Swagger. Colter takes offense and Swagger takes a swipe at JR, calling him part of the problem. He also tells JR that he isn't a real American. Alberto Del Rio interrupts before any harm can come to JR. The champs calls Swagger the problem and he is solution.

Match #3 Team Hell No vs. The Prime Time Player

Daniel Bryan will be wrestling with one arm tied behind his back, while Kane will be blindfolded. The mask Bryan gives Kane has a goat face on it. Young is trying to trip Kane, but it isn't working. O'Neil distracts Kane with a whistle, as Young goes up to the top. Kane stumbles into the ropes, crotching Young on the top turnbuckle. Bryan tags in, getting a near fall with a crucifix pin. Titus O'Neil tags in, and we go to break.

After the break, Bryan tags Kane back in and the crowds helps Kane find O'Neil in the corner. Young tags in and walks right into a choke slam, but Kane can't find Young to make the pin. A confused Kane grabs the ref and Bryan by the throat, but is convinced not to slam them to the mat. Bryan is the legal man, and after Kane lets him go O'Neil is able to steal a win with a roll up.

Winner via pinfall: The Prime Time Players

After the match, Kane sees the goat mask and isn't amused. Kane hits Bryan and leaves the ring.

Matt Stryker asks Big Show about facing Randy Orton, tonight. Show says he needs to make an impact and will do it by choke slamming Orton.

Chris Jericho joins the crew from Australia, where he is on tour with Fozzy. Jericho also promotes his new show Robot Combat League.

Matt Striker introduces Fandango, who isn't happy with how Striker is pronouncing his name. Fandango says he has mastered the art of dance and now he will take those skills to the ring, but not tonight. Fandango says he won't wrestle until Striker gets his name right.

The fans have spoken and they want to see Dolph Ziggler take on Del Rio next week.

Match #4 Randy Orton vs. The Big Show

Show tosses into the corner, but the Viper blocks a chop. Orton forces Show into the corner and gets the 10-punch on him. Show finally gets a chop to the chest, sending the Viper to the mat. Orton tries to fight out of the corner, but Show keeps chopping away. Orton stops Show in his tracks with a drop kick, and we go to another commercial.

After the break, Show is beating down Orton in the middle of the ring. Show climbs to the second turnbuckle, but misses with the elbow drop. Orton takes advantage, punching Show in the face. Orton walks into a chokeslam, but counters with a DDT. Show rolls out of the ring and Orton follows. The Viper is able to push Show into the ring post, and is then able to get Show up for an elevated DDT from the top rope. The Shield surrounds the ring. Sheamus stays true to his word running down to help Orton. The numbers are too much for Orton and Sheamus, as the Shield beats on the two. Show gets back to his feet and throws a blind punch. He connects with Roman Reigns, knocking him out of the ring, causing The Shield to retreat. Big Show turns his attention back to Orton, choke slamming him for good measure. Show takes a Brogue kick from Sheamus, leaving the Irish man standing tall in the ring to end Smackdown!

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale failed to mention who sponsored tonight's show. If anyone from Sonic wants to give him some free stuff to mention their name hit him up on Twitter @Dplummer627