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Smackdown!: Batista claims he is The Man in Milwaukee
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Now that Elimination Chamber is in the books, there is nothing to slow us down on the Road to Wrestlemania. Friday Night Smackdown! makes its first stop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Although, there may not be much forward progress made; expect a lot of return matches from Sunday night.

Batista kicks off the show to address the WWE Universe, who have turned him into BOO-tista, even though he is dressed like BRO-tista. Seriously, Dave, skinny jeans and a beater? Batista says he didn't come back to be liked and wants to know where all the real men went in this business. (This coming from the guy dressed like a hipster.) He takes some not so veiled shots at Daniel Bryan. Batista claims everything about him screams champion; I'd say it screams Ambercrombie & Fitch. Batista ends by saying he will be the next WWE Heavyweight Champion.

It looks like Dolph Ziggler has taken issue with some of the thing Big Dave has said. Ziggler informs Batista that the crowd will cheer for who the want and he is a dinosaur. Ziggler issues a challenge to his Bro-ness, who laughs it off, bit accepts. Ziggler responds with a standing drop kick and leaves Dave fuming in the ring.

Match #1 - Big E and Mark Henry vs. The Real Americans w/ Zeb Colter

Big E and Swagger lock up, pushing each other around the ring. E knock Cesaro off the apron and drivers Swagger into the corner. Henry gets the tag, but runs into a boot in the corner. Big E tags in for the double team and follows with three back breakers. Swagger makes a quick tag; Cesaro nearly tosses E from the ring. He follows by smashing him into the ring post and gets him up deliver a suplex over the ropes. Cesaro goes for the pin, but Swagger had made a blind tag. The two argue for a second, but then team up on E. After fighting out of the corner, E is able to make the tag. Henry drops Swagger with a running power slam. Cesaro saves his partner from the World's Strongest Slam with a super kick. Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock, but Cesaro makes a blind tag, forcing his partner to break the hold. Cesaro is able to hit the Neutralizer on Henry and covers for the win.

Winners via pinfall: The Real Americans

Alberto Del Rio stops by Vicki Guerrero's office looking for a match with Batista. Vicki all ready booked Dave to take on Ziggler, so ADR is ready to take the night off. Sheamus drops in and wants to take on Del Rio for old time's sake. Vicki likes the idea and makes the match.

Match #2 Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio

Sheamus and Del Rio lock up and the ref forces a break. ADR gets in a few cheap kicks, before Sheamus sends him over the top rope. Sheamus follows with a flying forearm off the apron and then slams him into the announce table. ADR is rolled back into the ring and kicks Sheamus off the apron. Christian makes his way to the ring and we go to commercial.

After the break, Christian as joined Michael Cole and JBL at the announce table. Sheamus hits an electric chair, as Christian talks about his new attitude. Del Rio misses a drop kick and Sheamus catches him on the apron to deliver the clubbing blows across the chest. ADR fights back with the super kick, but can't get the pin. ADR waits for Sheamus to get up, but misses the enziguri. Sheamus locks in the cloverleaf, but is attacked from behind by Christian. The ref calls for the bell.

Winner via DQ: Sheamus

Sheamus knocks Christian out of the ring, and delivers a Brogue Kick to ADR. Christian then hits the Kill Switch on Sheamus.

After weeks of vignettes and a showing at the Royal Rumble, Alexander Rusov is introduced to the Smackdown! audience by Lana, his manager? He walks out on stage and says something in Bulgarian, (my apologies for not translating, my Bulgarian is really rusty.)

Backstage, Seth Rollins tries to mediate the problems between Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Rollins wants to show the Wyatts that can't be finished off that easy. It's time to hunt.

Match #3 - Dolph Ziggler vs. Batista

Ziggler jumps all over Batista, chasing him from the ring. Ziggler ducks a punch and answers with a drop kick, sending Dave to the floor again. Batista pulls Ziggler out of the ring, slamming him into the security barrier and the ring apron. Batista picks up Dolph, who floats over and shoves Dave into the ring post. Batista kicks Ziggler in the knee. He rolls Ziggler into the ring and hits a vertical suplex. Ziggler is whipped hard into the turnbuckle. Ziggler avoids the Batista Bomb, cutting him down with a drop kick. Dolph puts the boots to Dave and then goes for the sleeper. Batista breaks the hold with a spine buster and follows with two more. Batista finally finishes Ziggler off with the Batista Bomb. Dave covers to get the win.

Winner via pinfall: Batista

The Wyatt family makes an entrance to deliver a message to John Cena. Bray says out world is based on lies. The Shield cuts Bray's rant short, looking for a fight. Triple H tells the Hounds of Justice to stand down and save in for Monday on RAW. The Shield ignores Hunter, hitting the ring. Rollins and Ambrose dive through the ropes to take out Rowan and Harper. Reigns and Bray stare each other down, but Bray just exits the ring. He holds his brothers back, as The Shield taunts them from the ring.

Match #4 AJ Lee w/ Tamina vs. Cameron - Divas Title Match

This is a straight rematch from Sunday night. Despite Tamina being ordered to leave ringside, AJ still picks up the win with the Black Widow.

Winner via submission: AJ Lee

If you haven't ordered the WWE Network, which you should once all the technical problems are sorted out, both RAW and Smackdown! have a pre and post show panel. Tonight's panel, hosted by Josh Matthews, features Booker T, Alex Riley and the Big Show. The quickly talk about Brock versus Taker before throwing back to Cole.

Match #5 Daniel Bryan and The Usos vs. Kane and the New Age Outlaws

Billy Gunn and Daniel Bryan start things off with Gunn going after the heavily taped shoulder of Bryan. Billy gets caught in the corner, and is doubled teamed. Jey tags in and then gets himself caught in the heel corner and double teamed. Jimmy makes the tag to double team Road Dogg, who then rolls out of the ring and we go to break.

After the commercials, Jimmy Uso kicks out of pin from Billy Gunn. Kane tags in, splashing Uso in the corner and gets a near fall. Kane hits a sidewalk slam, but still can't get the pin. Kane kicks Bryan on the apron, before laying Jimmy out with a clothesline. Road Dogg struts across the ring, before taking a cheap shot out Jey. Jimmy nails a drop kick and is able to make the tag to Bryan. DB kicks Billy Gunn in the corner and takes him down with a clothesline. Bryan goes to work with kicks, but has to take care of Road Dogg first. Billy Gunn gets drop kicked out of the ring, but Kane stops Bryan from hitting the suicide dive. The Usos run in to take care of Kane. Billy Gunn uses the distraction to hit the Famouser and covers. Bryan kicks out at two. Gunn goes for the inverted atomic drop, but Bryan flips over him. Gunn turn around and catches the full force of the running knee. Bryan covers and gets the win as the crowd erupts with the YES! chant.

Winners via pinfall: Daniel Bryan and The Usos

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627 as he prepares for New Orleans and Wrestlemania XXX.