Smackdown: Fandango waltzes over Jericho's title shot
DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
|Chris Jericho demands his shot at Dolph Ziggler and the World title. Photos by Pat Laprade
Wrestlemania is in the books and while a new World Heavyweight Champion may not have been crowned on Sunday night, the title switched hands on Monday. The big question is can the Beantown crowd even come close to the energy that was in the IZOD Center. I doubt it, as Josh Matthews, Michael Cole and JBL call the action.
Big E Langston channels his best Ricardo Rodriguez to introduce the new World Heavyweight Champion, Dolph Ziggler! The new champ makes his way to the ring with AJ and Langston. Ziggler tells the Boston crowd that he won the belt in spite of the fans, and on cue the cheers turn to boos.
Ziggler is interrupted by Jack Swagger, drawing the ire of the crowd. Zeb Colter addresses the new champ, congratulating Ziggler on his title win and being a real American. Colter wants Ziggler to know the only reason he won the title because of Swagger. Ziggler tells Jack to get to the back of the line. Colter wants Swagger to get a shot at the title, and it better be soon.
Ziggler sends Swagger on his way, only to be interrupted by Alberto Del Rio, who limps out onto the stage. Ziggler wants Del Rio to come to the ring for a rematch, but Del Rio is just out there to congratulate the new champ. Del Rio promises to regain his title after he heals.
Ziggler is sick of being interrupted and dares anyone to stick their head through the curtain, so Chris Jericho takes him up on that offer, telling him to shut up. Booker T has granted Y2J a title match and it's going down tonight.
Match #1 – Primetime Players vs. Team Hell No
Kane takes out Titus O'Neil with a forearm from the top rope. Bryan tags in and Kane whips him into Darren Young. O'Neil tags in, but Bryan ducks a double clothesline. Kane jumps in the ring, taking out Darren Young. Bryan slaps on the No Lock and O'Neil taps out.
Winner via submission: Team Hell No
Match #2 – Wade Barrett vs. Santino Marella
Barrett blocks the Cobra Strike with a big boot and finishes Santino off with the Bull Hammer elbow.
Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett
Sheamus and Randy Orton want to know why Booker put them in a match against each other on Monday. Booker says he is going to make this right, so they will both take on Show handicapped match.
Match #3 – Bella Twins and Tamina vs. Naomi, Cameron and Kaitlyn
Nikki gets the pin on Naomi after Brie yanks here off the top rope.
The Bellas and Tamina.
Winner via pinfall: The Bella Twins and Tamina
Triple H hits the ring and gets the ovation he didn't get at Wrestlemania. Hunter gets interrupted by 3MB of all people, this won't end well, for Heath Slater. The leader of the band wants to get noticed, so he's going to jump a big dog. 3MB surround the ring, but The Shield has other ideas. Okay, now Trips is in trouble. Instead, 3MB faces justice, but it doesn't take long for them to set their sights on The Game. Kane and Daniel Bryan make the save, much like they did on Monday night.
Big Show wants to know why he is taking on Orton and Sheamus. Show accuses Booker of being biased and threatens to walk out. Booker tells him to do it, but if he stays the match is next.
Match #4 – Randy Orton and Sheamus vs. The Big Show
Orton starts off, beating Big Show into the corner, but Show fights his way out. A side slam sends Orton to the mat, and Show works over the injured ribs of Orton. Show misses an elbow drop of the second rope, allowing Sheamus to get the tag. Sheamus pummels Show with forearm shots. Show responds with a spear and follows by decking Orton on the apron. Orton recovers, hitting an RKO in the ring on Show and Sheamus follows with a Brogue Kick that send the giant to the floor. Show gets to his feet, but starts to head up the ramp. Show gets counted out and doesn't care.
Winner via count out: Randy Orton and Sheamus
Randy Orton and Sheamus want The Big Show.
WWE is putting out a Mick Foley DVD, I can't order it fast enough.
Renee Young tracks down Sheamus, who says that revenge was sweet even though it took two of them to take Show down. Mark Henry crashes the party, plowing Sheamus into a catering table.
Match #5 – Antonio Cesaro vs. Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston scores the upset after catching Cesaro with Trouble in Paradise. I guess Kofi hadn't been regulated to jobber status after all.
Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston
The new nationwide sensation Fandango dance his way to the ring to get an up close view of the next match.
Match #6 – Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Big E Langston and AJ Lee
Ziggler and Jericho lock up with Ziggler getting tossed into the corner. The two again lock up in the middle of the ring. Jericho takes down the champ with a chop to the chest and then a vertical suplex. Ziggler responds with a splash in the corner and then beats on Y2J. Jericho connects with a drop kick off the top rope, as Fandango stalks him outside the ring. With the ref distracted, AJ trips up Jericho, allowing Ziggler to hit a famouser. We then go to commercial.
After the break, Ziggler is in full control, hitting neck breaker and getting two count. The world champ shows off with a head stand while Jericho was in a side head lock. Jericho catches Dolph with boot coming off the rope and follows with a double axe handle off the top rope. Jericho misses a running bulldog, allowing Ziggler to get another near fall. Jericho takes out Langston on the outside and connects with a cross body off the top rope, but cannot get the pin. Ziggler hits a standing drop kick, but Jericho blocks the Zig Zag. Ziggler fights off the Walls, but Jericho hits the lionsault. Y2J takes out Fandango, and then counters a Zig Zag into the Walls of Jericho. Fandango leaps onto the apron, allowing Big E to blindside Jericho. Ziggler is able to roll Jericho up and get the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
After the bell, Jericho attacks Ziggler, but is cut down by the numbers. Fandango gets his shot in and Langston takes out Jericho with the over shoulder cutter, AKA The Big Ending. Fandango then taunts Jericho before putting the boots and fists to him. The dancing fool finishes Jericho off with the leg drop from the top rope.
April 11, 2013: Last stop: Boston for Smackdown, where the music died
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale can't figure out if the fans really like Fandango or if the WWE Universe is just trolling everyone. Send your comments to @Dplummer627