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Smackdown!: Sheamus, Orton trust in The Big Show to fight The Shield
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


The Road to Wrestlemania is mainly in the rear view mirror and all we really have is the top of card. Hopefully tonight's Smackdown! from Cincinnati, Ohio will finally add some matches to the card and it better not involve the words Fandango versus Chris Jericho.

The Miz kicks off the show with Miz TV, welcoming Randy Orton and Sheamus to the ring. Miz wants to know who will be taking Ryback's place to take on The Shield at Wrestlemania. Orton in no uncertain terms that he is bringing Big Show on board. Sheamus doesn't trust Show; Orton says he doesn't trust anyone, but they need Big Show on their side. Miz brings out Show and says he doesn't trust him. Show tells Miz his opinion doesn't matter and then tells Orton and Sheamus that if they work together, no one can stop them. Sheamus wants an assurance that Show won't leave them hanging. Orton steps in and Miz can't believe Orton is the voice of reason. Sheamus wants to give up on the partnership when Booker T walks to the stage. Booker wants to know if this can actually work, so he wants them to prove it in and six man tag team Main Event. I can dig that, Booker!

Match #1 Mark Henry vs. Zack Ryder

Can someone please tell me who Ryder upset? This guy was doing social media before WWE co=opted it. What does Ryder get for being a trendsetter? Being served up as cannon fodder for Mark Henry. SMH.

Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry

After the bell, Ryder has to eat two more of the World's Strongest Slams, as the crowd chants "Feed me more". That's ironic because backstage the catering crew hear the same thing from Henry. Ryback makes his way to the ring, looking for fight. Henry can't handle the Meat Hook Clothesline and rolls out of the ring.

Teddy Long tries to take credit for making the Ryback/Henry match. Booker likes it but isn't happy Long was working with Vicki Guerrero.

If you haven't heard, Booker T is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Match #2 Dolph Ziggler w/ Big E Langston and AJ Lee vs. Kofi Kingston

I hate to be an armchair booker, but (Wait, I love being an armcahir booker, never mind,) why are Ziggler and Big E taking on Team Hell No for the tag team titles at Wrestlemania. There are plenty of legitimate tag teams for that spot if WWE actually built some feuds. And what does it say about the creative process that the Money in Bank winner can't find a spot outside a tag match?

AJ joins Cole, Matthews and JBL at the announce position as Ziggler squashes Kofi. Not that I'm complaining; it's about time Ziggler strings some wins together, because he has to cash in that briefcase sometime. Ziggler hits Kofi with a Famouser on the outside and drags him back into the ring. Dolph waits for Kofi to get to his feet and nails him with the Zig Zag to get the pin and the win.

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

After the bell, Big E finishes off Kofi with an over the shoulder cutter that he calls The Big Ending. (Thanks Wikipedia, unless that's wrong.)

In case you missed RAW, and if you did shame on you, we get another look at CM Punk disrespecting The Undertaker.

The team of Big Show, Orton and Sheamus can't get on the same page back in the locker room and once again Orton is the voice of reason.

And we go back to RAW, Michael Cole gives us an update on Ricardo Rodriguez's that was broken by Jack Swagger.

Match #3 Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Coulter vs. Chris Jericho

Colter say what happened on Monday was unfortunate by necessary, as that should serve as a wakeup call to Del Rio and all the fans that disagree with them, including Chris Jericho.

Jericho takes it to Swagger, beating him into the corner. Swagger slips out of the ring to gather himself. Jericho connects with a baseball slide kick, and then smashes him into the security barrier. Jericho is cut down getting back into the ring, and Swagger stomps away at him. Jericho responds with a drop kick to the chin. Jericho fights his way off the top rope and nearly gets the pin with a flying cross body into a lateral press. Swagger goes to the outside again, and Jericho hits him with another cross body. We then go to commercial.

After the break, Swagger is in control in the middle of the ring. Swagger works Jericho over on the ropes. Jericho dodges Swagger in the corner and hits him with a double axe handle off the top rope. Jericho unloads on Swagger in the corner, but Swagger is able to counter into the Ankle Lock. Jericho counters by slinging Swagger out of the ring. A springboard drop kick sends Swagger to the floor, when Fandango interrupts with his flashy entrance. The distraction allows Swagger to get a near fall. Jericho hits a bulldog and looks for the lionsault, but Fandango kicks him in the face. Swagger takes advantage, hits the Swagger bomb and gets the pin. Colter had the ref distracted the whole time.

Winner via pinfall: Jack Swagger

After the bell, Fandango assaults Jericho, hitting a leg drop off the top rope.

Matt Striker wants to know if Big Show can get on the same page as Orton and Sheamus. Show says he will put his heart into the match and people need to trust him.

WAIT! John Cena is facing the Rock, again!!! And this time it's for the title! WOW, I can't believe it, said no one ever.

The Rhodes Scholars are in the ring with the Bella twins, who returned to WWE after realizing no one cared about them outside of WWE. Sandow announces that the Bellas are officially with them.

Match #4 Rhodes Scholars w/ The Bellas vs. Brodus Clay and Tensai w/ Naomi and Cameron

Tensai has gone from an unstoppable monster to a dancing fool wearing a coon skin cap in under a year.

The match break down quickly, as the Bellas jump Naomi and Cameron outside the ring. The men try to control their women and things get out fo the hand. The ref calls for the bell.

No Contest

Sheamus tells Striker that they all trust each other.

Match #5 Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz - Non Title Match

Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett joins the announce crew. Miz and Cesaro trade blows with Miz connecting with a boot to the chin. Miz follows with a leaping clothesline in the corner. Miz locks in the figure four and gets Cesaro to tap.

Winner via submission: The Miz

After the match, Miz stares down Barrett and slaps the Figure Four on Cesaro again. Barrett doesn't take the bait.

So, WWE Films finally has some success with The Call, even though David Otunga has a speaking role.

Time for another RAW Rewind. This time Triple H signs his contract to take on Brock Lesnar.

Match #6 Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Big Show vs. 3MB

Really? 3MB is the opponent. I'm just going to mail it in from here. (Haven't you been mailing it in since the show started?) It just a matter of time until The Shield interrupts.

As expected, 3MB is dominated by the trio that will take on the Shield. Slater leaps into a dropkick from Orton, and it allows Show to get teh hot tag. The Giant cleans house, but runs into trouble. Sheamus makes the blind tag as Show connects with a Knockout Punch to Drew McIntyre. Sheamus catches the legal man Jinder Mahal with a Brogue Kick and makes the cover. Sheamus get the three count.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Big Show

Sheamus and Show start to argue, when The Shield start to make their way through the crowd. Sheamus and Show start to get physical with each other, as The Shield hurries to catch them. The three break up the fight, and turn their attention to The Shield outside the ring. The Shield decides to retreat.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale will hopefully be attending Smackdown! live on Tuesday since it's in his backyard of Hershey, PA. Dale is looking to forward to booing the Rock in person, if the champ actually shows. Find out by following Dale on Twitter @Dplummer627.