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Smackdown!: Sheamus tries to tame The Animal
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


The WWE roster is a bit thin for Smackdown! from Nashville, Tennessee, tonight. A good chunk of the talent is off tonight preparing for a tour through the Middle East, but the show must go on. As always, Michael Cole and JBL call the action.

The COO, Triple H, walks out to a chorus of boos. If you missed RAW and didn't read Nick Tylwalk's RAW report, Evolution has reformed (minus Ric Flair.) Hunter talks about how he is proud when talent he finds succeeds, and he couldn't be more proud of The Shield. He gave them power, but maybe he gave them a little too much. Hunters says The Shield crossed a line and on Monday they paid for it. Hunter announces that Evolution reformed to prove they are the dominate force in WWE, and they will prove it at Extreme Rules.

Match #1 - Big E vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio and Big E lock up to start the match. Del Rio fights out of a backbreaker and applies a side head lock. Big E forces Del Rio into turnbuckle to break the hold. Big E looks for a splash, but Del Rio gets his knees up. Big E rolls out of the ring and we go to break.

After the break, Del Rio is climbing the turnbuckle. Big E catches ADR and delivers a back breaker. E splashes Del Rio and pulls down the straps. Del Rio floats over the Big Ending and hits a back stabber. Big E kicks out of the pin. ADR locks in a the arm breaker, but Big E is able to get to the ropes. Del Rio doesn't break the hold and gets disqualified right at the five count.

Winner via DQ: Big E

A livid ADR attacks Big E, but misses a kick, allowing E to nail him with the Big Ending.

Paul Heyman is in the ring. He catches intense heat while cutting a promo for the King of Swing, Cesaro and Brock Lesnar, the beast that broke the streak. Heyman harps on Lesnar breaking the streak and works the crowd into a frothing, angry ocean of hate.

Match #2 – Paige vs. Aksana

As Paige enters the ring, we hear from Tamina, the number one contender for the Diva's Title. Tamina delivers the expected clichés. Back in the ring, Akasana says all the Divas are jealous because they are insecure, but tells Paige she got lucky. Aksana blindsides the champ. Aksana dominates the match, but Paige is able to get Aksana in Scorpion Cross Lock and gets the win.

Winners via submission: Paige

Renee Young is backstage with Sheamus. She congratulates him on advancing in the Intercontinental Title contenders tournament, and then asks him about facing Batista, tonight. Sheamus says Batista took the easy way out when he hit him with a chair, but being tough means getting back up after getting hit.

Match #3 - El Torito vs. Hornswoggle

Nope.

Winner via pinfall: El Torito

After the match, Bad News Barrett informs us that some in the crowd liked the previous match. Now, that is truly bad news.

Match #4 - R-Truth w/ Xavier Woods vs. Alexander Rusev w/ Lana

Truth uses his speed to keep Rusev off balance; connecting with a drop kick. Rusev catches Truth with a heel kick and then drives knees into his spine. Rusev dumps him with a fall away slam, as Lana calls for him to crush. Rusev plants Truth in the mat and locks in the camel clutch. Truth taps.

Winner via submission: Alexander Rusev

After the match, Woods tries to extract some revenge, but fails hard.

Match #5 – Santino w/ Emma vs. Fandango w/ Layla

Fandango connects on a vertical suplex, but misses a leg drop over the top rope. Santino goes for the Cobra, but Layla steals it. Emma takes her out to get it back. In the ring, Santino rolls through a sunset flip and rolls up Fandango for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Santino

After the match, Emma high fives the Cobra and her arm goes numb.

Stephanie McMahon chewed out Kane on RAW. She wants the Big Red Machine, although I'm pretty sure that was the nickname of the 70's era Cincinnati Reds. Kane would be the Big Red Monster.

Match #6 – Sheamus vs. Batista

It doesn't take long for the fight to spill to the floor. Batista slams Sheamus into the barrier and then bounces his head off the apron. Back in the ring, Sheamus responds with a clothesline. A clothesline sends The Animal to the mat and drives a knee into his mat. Sheamus ties Batista up in the ropes, but The Animal counters the chest chops and we go to commercial.

After the break, Sheamus whips Batista into the corner and Batista rolls to the floor. Batista turns the tables, kicking the ring steps into Sheamus. The Animal words over Sheamus on the apron. A low drop kicks sends Sheamus face first into the middle turnbuckle and then he is driven shoulder first into the ring post. Sheamus counters a Batista Bomb, sending The Animal to the floor. Back in the ring, Sheamus connects with a kick and follows with the chops to the chest. Batista kicks out of a pin after a flying shoulder block. Batista fight out of White Noise, but can't avoid the Irish Curse back breaker. Sheamus looks for the cloverleaf, but Batista is able to get to the ropes. A body slam plants Batista, but Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick. Batista ducks another Brogue Kick and catches Sheamus with a spear. Sheamus kicks out and counters a Batista Bomb. Sheamus climbs the turnbuckle, but get caught. Sheamus hits the mat and Batista is able to hit him with the power bomb. Batista covers and gets the win.

Winners via pinfall: Batista

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale has hated Batista before it was cool; turning his back on him at Survivor Series '07. Follow Dale on Twitter @DPlummer627