Smackdown! The Shield can't serve justice to The Big Show
DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
|The Shield backs off from a rampaging The Big Show. Photo by Andrea Kellaway
The push toward Wrestlemania is in full swing with the big event only 30 days away. The card is starting to come together, but the big question is, who will team up to take on The Shield? After RAW is looks like Sheamus, Orton and Big Show may team up, but first Sheamus and Show will face off tonight. Michael Cole is filling in for JBL, who is off scaling mountains in South America.
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter kick of the show from Albany, New York. Swagger announces that he is the future champion before passing the microphone off to Colter, who launches into one of his conservative rants. Just remember kids, he's just playing a "character".
Alberto Del Rio walks out on stage with his counter point; it's a parody video that the champ and Ricardo Rodriguez put together. Ricardo actually does a really good American accent. I barely recognize him as Colter. Usually these parodies of wrestlers are pretty dumb, but this one is really clever. It was no DX making fun of the Nation of Domination, but it's up there.
Match #1 – Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre w/ Jinder Mahal vs. Daniel Bryan and Kane
McIntyre actually mounts some offense against Kane, but the Big Red Monster turns the tables. Slater tags in, but gets into trouble in the champs corner. Bryan is whipped into Slater and goes to work with a series of kicks. Bryan looks for a hurricanrana, but instead both men flip over the top rope. Bryan misses a running kick of the apron, and is beat up on the outside by McIntyre.
Back in the ring, Bryan is beat up in the corner. Kane gets the hot tag, unloading on Slater, drop kicking him in the face and follows that with a clothesline in the corner. Kane pins Slater, who kicks out at two. Mahal provides a distraction, allowing Slater to avoid a chokeslam. Bryan makes a blind tag, and nearly get rolled up by Slater. Bryan counters into the No Lock and Kane slams McIntyre out of the ring. Slater taps allowing Team Hell No to pick up the win.
Winner via submission: Team Hell No
For some reason Brad Maddox joins the announce team and we get a recap of Triple H calling out Brock Lesnar on Monday.
Our intellectual savior, Damien Sandow, is in the ring to address his opponent for tonight. He's a man that Darwin forgot, Ryback. Maddox then claims his in charge tonight, because he is the Assistant Managing Supervisor of RAW or Assistant to the Managing Supervisor. Whatever. That joke was done on The Office five years ago, in fact at one point Michael Cole makes an Office reference, sheesh!
Match #2 – Damian Sandow vs. Ryback
Ryback tosses Sandow out of the ring, but Sandow is able to outsmart Ryback and beats on him as he gets back in the ring. It doesn't last long, as Ryback just over powers him, eventually hitting the meat hook clothesline. Ryback finishes him off with the Shell Shock. Ryback covers and gets the win.
Winner via pinfall: Ryback
After RAW went off the air on Monday, The Shield attacked Big Show, who blamed Orton and Sheamus for the attack.
Match #3 – Alberto Del Rio w/ Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ AJ Lee and Big E Langston
Ziggler decks the Champ, but Del Rio shrugs it off and kicks Ziggler in the leg. Ziggler connects with a splash in the corner and the chokes Del RIo on the bottom ropes. Langston hits Del Rio with a cheap shot with the ref distracted. Rodriguez tries to get some revenge for his boss, but Big E will have none of it. AJ gets between the two, as Rodriguez grabs a bucket of water. He aims for Big E, but instead get AJ all wet. She flies off the handle, chasing Rodriguez around the ring. Big E picks her up. The ref has seen enough of this nonsense, ordering AJ and Big E to the back.
After the break, Ziggler drops an elbow on Del Rio and then slaps on a chin lock. Del Rio fights out and nearly gets the pin with a sunset flip. Swagger and Colter are watching the match backstage. Del Rio whips Ziggler into the corner, but then runs directly into an elbow. Ziggler misses a jumping elbow in the corner, allowing Del Rio to hit a Superplex. Both men are down in the ring, Ziggler gets to his feet first, but Del Rio is able to fight back. Ziggler shoots off the ropes, right into a Tilt-a-Whirl backbreaker. The champ connects with a super kick to the jaw, but Ziggler is able to kick out of the pin. Del Rio catches Ziggler in the corner and gets him tied up on the ropes. The champ unloads with shots to the midsection and then hits a back cracker. Del Rio goes up high, but Ziggler connects with a drop kick as the champ leaps off the top turnbuckle. Del Rio somehow kicks out. The champ nearly gets the pin off a German suplex and then charges Ziggelr in the corner. Ziggler leaps at the champ and hits him with a spinning DDT. The champ kicks out and looks for the cross arm breaker. Ziggler counters into a pin, but Del Rio kicks out. The champ goes for the cross arm breaker again, and this time is able to lock it in. Ziggler taps out.
Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio
Daniel Bryans runs into AJ backstage and asks what happened to her. AJ and Bryan have a pointless back and forth where they insult each other, and Bryan also takes a few shots at Ziggler.
Match #4 – Yoshi Tatsu vs. Mark Henry
JOBBER ALERT! Poor Yoshi is going to get squashed here, but before the match we see a standoff backstage between Henry and Ryback. Henry pins Tatsu with the World's Strongest Slam before I can even finish typing this sentence.
Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry
If you missed it on Monday, Donald Trump is being inducted into the Celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame.
Sheamus isn't surprised that Big Show blames him for the attack by The Shield, because nothing is ever Show's fault. Sheamus says it definitely won't be Show's fault when he connects with the Brogue kick tonight.
In case you missed RAW on Monday, we get another look at The Rock and Cena face off.
Match #5 – Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka
Layla watches the match from ringside and Cody Rhodes watches from the back. Layla tries to jump in the ring after getting caught in fight outside the ring. Tamina hits a Samoan drop and pins Katilyn to get the win.
Winner via pinfall: Tamina Snuka
Damien Sandow is trying to talk strategy with Rhodes, but all Cody wants to talk about is Kaitlyn.
After two false starts, because no one can pronounce his name correctly, Fandango will make his debut tonight. Or not. Lillian Garcia can't live up to his standards and Fandango heads to the back. I hope this guy never wrestles.
Booker T can't believe what he is seeing, so he sends Teddy Long off to deliver a message to Fandango. Teddy needs to tell him that next time he is booked in a match, he better wrestle.
Oh goody, another Swagger YouTube video!
Match #6 – Sheamus vs. The Big Show
Show and Sheamus battle in the corner, with the Irish man fighting off chops from Show. Sheamus shoots off the ropes and runs right into a spear. Sheamus rolls out of the ring and Show follows, allowing Sheamus to get the upper the hand as they tried to get back in. Show takes a beating on the apron, but then tosses Sheamus to the outside and into the time keepers area. We then go to commercial.
After the break, Show connects with a side slam, but Sheamus kicks out of the pin. Sheamus catches Show climbing the turnbuckle, but can't get him up on his shoulders. Show drops Sheamus on his face, and then chops away at him in the corner. Show picks up the Irishmen by his throat, but Sheamus fights out with head butts. A running knee to the mid section takes Show down, but Sheamus gets caught coming off the top rope. Sheamus is able to counter the chokeslam into a DDT, but can't get the pin. Show looks for the knockout punch, but Sheamus counter again, this time into White Noise. Sheamus calls for the Brogue kick, but Show rolls out of the ring. Sheamus leaps off the apron to connect with a double axe handle, but Show is able to toss Sheamus back into the ring. It was an ill-advised move though, as Sheamus Brogue kicks Show off the apron. In a move that surprised no one, The Shield hit the ring, surrounding Sheamus. Randy Orton runs down to help, but the three members of the Shield over power the two. Show gets back to his feet and cleans house in the ring, tossing all three members of The Shield. Show takes out Sheamus with a knockout punch, but then turns right into an RKO from Orton. The show ends with Orton the only Superstar standing in the ring.
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Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale was going to join JBL climbing mountains, but instead decided to tackle the challenge of covering Smackdown! instead. Follow Dale on Twitter @Dplummer627