3/1 Friday Night Smackdown Coverage
Mar 1, 2013 - by Michael Riba
Tonight’s special “Social Media Smackdown” opens with a video package highlighting the feud between The Shield and Randy Orton and Sheamus. We see that Randy Orton will go one-on-one with The Big Show later tonight.
We go into the arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Ricardo Rodriguez introduces the World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio.
Match #1: Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Damien Sandow
They tie up and Del Rio sends Sandow off the ropes, but Sandow takes him down with a shoulder block. Del Rio comes back and applies a headlock, but Sandow sends him off the ropes, but Del Rio takes him down with a shoulder block of his own. Sandow takes Del Rio down, but Del Rio fights back and backs Sandow into the corner. Sandow fights out of the corner and kicks Del Rio down to the mat. Del Rio comes back and delivers a few right hands and then a kick to the face of Sandow. Del Rio slams Sandow to the mat, but Sandow comes back and takes Del Rio down with a suplex. Sandow applies a side headlock, and then stomps away and drops a knee on Del Rio’s chest. Sandow goes back to the headlock and then takes Del Rio down with a shoulder block. Del Rio takes Sandow down with a drop-toe hold and rolls him up for a two count. Del Rio tosses Sandow into the corner and Sandow charges out of it, but Del Rio kicks him in the midsection. Del Rio sends Sandow to the apron and kicks him down to the floor with an enzuiguri as we head to a commercial break.
We’re back and Sandow connects with the Cobito Acquiet for a two count. Sandow locks in another headlock, but Del Rio fights out and sends Sandow off the ropes. Del Rio takes Sandow down with a German suplex, and both men are down. They exchange right hands and Sandow sends Del Rio into the corner. Sandow charges, but Del Rio moves and takes Sandow down with a couple of clotheslines. Del Rio drops Sandow with a tilt-a-whirl back-breaker and then a stiff kick to the head for a two count. We see Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger watching the match backstage. Del Rio goes for the cross arm-breaker, but Sandow reverses and drops him with a neck-breaker for a two count. Del Rio punches Sandow in the kidney area and then hits the backstabber for a two count. Del Rio charges Sandow, but Sandow kicks him in the midsection and connects with the neck-breaker for a two count. Sandow drives his knee into Del Rio’s midsection and goes for his finisher, but Del Rio reverses into the cross arm-breaker, and Sandow taps out.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio.
We see that Jim Ross will interview Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger later tonight, and see that we will revisit the match between CM Punk and John Cena from this past Monday Night Raw as we go to a commercial break.
During the break, Alberto Del Rio did an interview for the WWE App and said he wants to be a Champion for the people. He says next week, the fans get to choose his opponent for Smackdown next week.
We take a look back at the match between CM Punk and John Cena from this past Monday’s raw.
We go backstage and Daniel Bryan and Kane are arguing about why they won their match against the Prime Time Players tonight. Bryan says he talked to Booker T, and they have a match against the Prime Time Players tonight, and Bryan will have one arm tied behind his back, and Kane will be blindfolded. Kane says that’s good because he won’t have to look at Bryan’s ugly goat-face.
Match #2: WWE United States Championship Two Out of Three Falls Match: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz
The Miz takes Cesaro rather quickly, but Cesaro comes back and takes Miz down with a shoulder block. Miz takes Cesaro down with a back elbow and kicks Cesaro in the head and gets a two count. Cesaro rolls to the outside and kicks the steps, but eventually gets back into the ring. Miz takes him down and goes for the Figure-Four leg-lock, but Cesaro gets free. Miz rolls Cesaro up, but only gets a two count. Miz comes off the ropes, but Cesaro lifts a knee and takes him down. Cesaro gets Miz in a headlock, but Miz fights back and clotheslines Cesaro down to the mat. Cesaro comes back and slams Miz down to the mat and gets a two count. Miz gets a quick roll up for a two count, but Cesaro kicks out. Cesaro picks Miz up and drops him with the Neutralizer for the first pinfall as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and we see that The Miz picked up a submission over Cesaro during the commercial break to tie the match at one fall apiece. Cesaro slams The Miz to the mat and gets a two count. Cesaro applies a headlock, but Miz fights out and kicks Cesaro in the face. Mix delivers a back elbow and pummels Cesaro down on the mat. Cesaro slaps Miz across the face, and Miz takes him down with a couple of clotheslines and goes for the neck-breaker, but Cesaro counters. Cesaro drops Miz with the European Uppercut, but only gets a two count. Miz dropkicks Cesaro’s knee and gets a two count. Cesaro delivers a headbutt and then they exchange rights and lefts. Miz pummels Cesaro in the corner and hits a clothesline. Miz goes up top and clubs Cesaro. Miz works over Cesaro’s knee and locks in the Figure Four Leg-lock again, but Cesaro grabs the ropes. Miz goes to lock it in again, but Cesaro escapes. Cesaro rolls The MIz up and grabs his tights for the pin fall.
Winner, by a count of two falls to one, and still WWE United States Champion: Antonio Cesaro.
We see a message from John Bradshaw Layfield, who is away from WWE climbing Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.
We see Sheamus and Randy Orton backstage. Sheamus says that leaves Orton as a sitting duck for The Shield. Orton asks what he should do. Sheamus says he will watch Orton’s back, but Orton probably isn’t interested. Orton says he didn’t say he wasn’t interested, and thanks Sheamus before walking away.
Jim Ross’ music hits and he makes his way to the ring as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and Ross interviews Colter and Swagger, and Ross says he recruited Swagger, and Swagger mocks him a bit. Ross says Swagger left in September, and came back a different Jack Swagger and wants to know what happened. Colter says he told Swagger every day what is wrong with America and what needs to change. Colter says Del Rio took Swagger’s position, just like thousands of “undocumented workers” do every day to real Americans. Ross asks Swagger about WrestleMania. Colter says the World Heavyweight Championship will be around the waist of a real American. Colter says Swagger is fighting for the heart and soul of America. Ross says Colter has brainwashed Swagger. Colter and Ross begin arguing, and Swagger slaps Ross’ hat off of his head. Swagger says he was wrong about Ross and says he is not a real American, but is a sympathizer. Alberto Del Rio’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. He gets in between Swagger and Ross, and hands Ross’ hat back to him and shakes his hand. Del Rio says Swagger is not a real American, he is a real jackass. Del Rio’s music hits and Swagger and Colter exit the ring staring at Del Rio. We see that the choices for Del Rio’s opponent next week are Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, or Antonio Cesaro.
We are reminded again that Randy Orton will go one-on-one with The Big Show later tonight.
Match #3: Team Hell No vs. The Prime Time Players (Daniel Bryan will have one arm tied behind his back and Kane will be blindfolded)
Before the match, Bryan puts a mask on Kane. The mask has a goat’s face on it.
Kane and Young start the match, and Young tries to make Kane trip over him, but it doesn’t work. O’Neil blows on his whistle on the apron, and Young takes advantage and jumps Kane from behind. Young goes up top, but Kane falls into the ropes and knocks Young down. Bryan tags in and kicks Young in the chest. Bryan chops Young down to the mat, but Young comes back and goes on the offensive. Young takes Bryan to his corner and tags in O’Neil, who takes Bryan down to the mat as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and O’Neil is still in control of Bryan. O’Neil charges the corner, but Bryan kicks him in the face. Kane is tagged in and goes after O’Neil. Kane tosses O’Neil down to the mat, and O’Neil tags in Young. Kane chokeslams Young, but can’t pin him. Bryan tags in and Kane grabs him, but Bryan tells him who he is, and O’Neil rolls Bryan up from behind for the pin fall.
Winners: The Prime Time Players.
After the match, Kane sees the goat face on the mask and asks Bryan if he thinks it’s funny. Bryan says he didn’t do it and wants to hug it out with Kane. Kane puts the mask on Bryan and delivers an uppercut to Bryan.
We’re back and Matt Striker is interviewing The Big Show. Show says this is WrestleMania season, and the time to make an impact. He asks what better way to make an impact than to chokeslam Randy Orton.
We see a Skype interview with Chris Jericho, as he is in Australia touring with Fozzy. He pushes his show, Robo Combat League. He says he will be back in the WWE soon.
We see that we will take a look back at the brawl between Brock Lesnar and Triple H from this past Monday’s Raw and see another Fandango vignette as we go to a commercial break.
We go backstage and Matt Striker tries to interview Fandango. He keeps saying his name wrong, so Fandango corrects him. Fandango says he knows everything about dance and he is going to take his precession and dance to the ring. He says his debut won’t be tonight, however, but will do it when Striker gets his name right.
Match #4: Randy Orton vs. The Big Show
They tie up and Show shoves Orton down to the mat. Orton lands some right hands and backs Show into the corner, but Show reverses. Show tries to chop Orton, but Orton moves and delivers ten right hands to Show, to no avail as Show takes him down with a shoulder block. Show drives his knee into Orton’s midsection in the corner and Orton crumbles to the mat. Show chops Orton in the corner and then comes off the ropes for a shoulder block, but Orton counters with a dropkick that drops Show to the mat as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and Show works over Orton’s arm for a bit and then drops an elbow for a two count. Show goes to the middle rope and dives off for an elbow drop attempt, but Orton moves. Orton goes on the offensive and drops Show with a DDT. Both men are down as The Shield’s music hits and they circle the ring. Sheamus’ music hits and he gets into the ring with Orton. They get into the ring and brawl with Orton and Sheamus.
Ambrose and Reigns beat down Sheamus and then Reigns helps Rollins with Orton. Reigns tosses Sheamus into Show’s knee, and Show delivers the KO Punch to Reigns. The Shield retreats and Show drops Orton with a choke slam and Sheamus drops Show with a Brogue Kick.
Smackdown comes to a close with Sheamus standing tall in the ring and shaking hands with Orton.
1. Alberto Del Rio def. Damien Sandow
2. Antonio Cesaro def. The Miz in a Two Out of Three Falls Match to retain the WWE United States Championship
3. The Prime Time Players def. Team Hell No
4. Randy Orton vs. The Big Show ended in a No Contest