Detailed 3/22 WWE Smackdown Recap
Mar 22, 2013 - by Michael Riba
Smackdown opens up with a video package replaying what happened between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger on Raw, where Swagger broke Ricardo Rodriguez’s ankle. It then transitions into The Shield threatening to jump Randy Orton and Sheamus before The Big Show evened the odds.
We go into the arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, and MizTV kicks off the show. His guests are Randy Orton and Sheamus. He says their world has been turned upside down ever since Ryback was removed as their partner. The Miz asks them who their new partner is going to be. Orton says his choice is The Big Show, which draws a mixed reaction from the crowd. Sheamus says he doesn’t trust Show, and Orton says he doesn’t trust anybody. Orton says he wants the big, bad, angry giant on his side. The Miz brings out The Big Show. The Miz says he agrees with Sheamus’ notion of mistrust. Show says he knocked out one of the members of The Shield, and he can’t stand Orton or Sheamus. He says if they work together, nobody can stop them, not even The Shield. Sheamus says he and Show have been to war, and he questions if Show will tuck his tail and run. Show and Sheamus get in each other’s face, but Orton separates them. Booker T’s music hits. Booker says he needs to know if the three of them can get along. Booker announces Show, Orton, and Sheamus will team up tonight in a Six-Man Tag Team main event.
We see that Chris Jericho and Jack Swagger will go one-on-one later tonight.
Match #1: Mark Henry vs. Zack Ryder
Henry tosses Ryder into the corner and delivers a shot with his elbow. Henry tosses Ryder into the opposite corner and Ryder falls to the mat. Henry does the same in the opposite corner, and Ryder falls to the mat again. Henry lifts Ryder onto his shoulder, but Ryder escapes. Ryder comes off the ropes, but Henry catches him and delivers the World’s Strongest Slam for the pin fall.
Winner: Mark Henry.
After the match, Henry hits Ryder with two World’s Strongest Slams, before Ryback comes out and levels him with the Meat Hook Clothesline. Henry rolls out of the ring and the two men stare each other down.
We go backstage and see Teddy Long and Booker T. Teddy says he worked with Vickie Guerrero to make the Mark Henry vs. Ryback match at WrestleMania 29, and asks Booker what he thinks. Booker says he likes the match, but doesn’t like that Teddy worked with Vickie. Booker reminds Teddy that he works for him, not Vickie. Teddy says he thought he worked with Booker, not for him.
We take a look at the newest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013, none other than Booker T.
Match #2: Dolph Ziggler (w/AJ Lee and Big E Langston) vs. Kofi Kingston
Kingston kicks Ziggler down in the corner. Kingston backs away and charges, but Ziggler reverses and sends Kingston to the mat. Kingston comes back and takes Ziggler down with a series of moves, including a flying forearm, a dropkick, and a flying clothesline. Kingston sets up for the Trouble in Paradise, but Langston distracts him. Ziggler connects with a dropkick and goes for the cover, but Kingston kicks out at two.
Kingston fights back and connects with a kick to Ziggler’s head in the corner. Kingston goes up top, but Ziggler knocks him back down to the mat and goes for the cover, but Kingston kicks out at two. Kingston comes off the ropes, but Ziggler takes him down with another dropkick and goes for the cover, but Kingston kicks out at two. Ziggler gets Kingston in a headlock, and then pummels him in the corner. Ziggler charges in the corner, but Kingston moves and he goes shoulder-first into the ring post. Kingston takes Ziggler down with a couple of forearm shots and a dropkick. Kingston connects with a cross-body, but Ziggler kicks out at two. Kingston attempts a forearm shot from the middle rope, but Ziggler gets his knees up. Ziggler goes for the cover, but Kingston kicks out at two. Kingston goes for Trouble in Paradise, but Ziggler reverses and locks in the Sleeper Hold. Kingston backs Ziggler into the corner to break the hold, and then hits the S.O.S. Kingston goes for the cover, but Ziggler grabs the rope at two. Ziggler rolls to the outside and Kingston goes to dive on him, but Langston gets in front of Ziggler. Langston helps Ziggler to his feet, but Kingston dives onto Langston and takes him down. Ziggler grabs Kingston and connects with the Fameasser on the outside. Ziggler tosses Kingston into the ring and connects with the Zigzag for the pin fall.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler.
After the match, Langston lays Kingston out with his finisher.
We take a look back at the backstage segment between Chris Jericho and Fandango from this past Monday night on Raw. We are reminded that Chris Jericho and Jack Swagger will go one-on-one later tonight, and we see that we will take a look back at the segment between CM Punk and The Undertaker from Monday Night Raw.
We see the Raw Rebound, which focuses on the segment between CM Punk and The Undertaker.
We go backstage and see Sheamus and The Big Show arguing about their match tonight. Randy Orton says if they can’t get along, they will be sitting ducks for The Shield.
We take a look back at Jack Swagger’s attack on Ricardo Rodriguez from Monday Night Raw. Colter and Swagger come to the ring and talk about the attack on Rodriguez. Colter says if bones need to be broken, then so be it. He says it should serve as a wakeup call for all who disagree with what they say.
Match #3: Chris Jericho vs. Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter)
Jericho delivers a few forearm shots and then clotheslines Swagger in the corner. Jericho connects with a chop and then a knee lift. Jericho sends Swagger into the ropes, but Swagger puts on the breaks and rolls to the outside. Jericho delivers a baseball slide and then slams Swagger into the barricade. Jericho tosses Swagger back into the ring, but Swagger charges and takes Jericho’s knee out. Swagger stomps away on Jericho and takes him down with a shoulder block. Swagger comes off the ropes, but Jericho reverses with a dropkick. Jericho goes for a cover, but Swagger kicks out at two. Jericho comes off the ropes, but Swagger catches him and drives him into the corner. Swagger pummels Jericho down to the mat and then sets him on the top rope. They exchange slaps and kicks, and Swagger climbs the ropes. Jericho headbutts Swagger and sends him down to the mat. Jericho connects with a cross-body and goes for the cover, but Swagger kicks out at two. Swagger rolls to the outside, but Jericho hits another cross-body and beats Swagger down on the floor.
Back in the ring, Jericho comes off the ropes, but Swagger takes him down with a big boot. Swagger goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Swagger works over Jericho’s arm. Swagger sends Jericho into the corner and charges, but Jericho moves out of the way. Jericho takes Swagger down with a couple of shoulder blocks and then a club from the top rope. Jericho backs Swagger into the corner and punches him nine times before Swagger reverses. Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock, but Jericho counters and sends Swagger to the outside. Swagger gets on the apron, but Jericho dropkicks him back down to the floor. Fandango’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring with his dancing partner. Swagger gets back into the ring and takes Jericho down, but only gets a two count. Swagger drives a knee into Jericho’s midsection and goes to slam him down, but Jericho reverses and rolls Swagger up, but only gets a two count. Jericho goes for the Codebreaker, but Swagger catches him. Swagger carries Jericho to the corner, but Jericho rolls through and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but he can’t turn Swagger over. Jericho sends Swagger into the ropes and takes him down with a bulldog. Colter gets on the apron and the referee is distracted. Jericho goes for the Lionsault, but Fandango kicks him in the head. Swagger connects with the Swagger Bomb for the pin fall.
Winner: Jack Swagger.
After the match, Fandango beats down Jericho. Fandango goes up top and connects with a leg drop from the top rope. He pronounces his name to Jericho and leaves with his dancing partner.
We go backstage and Matt Striker is interviewing The Big Show. Striker says it seems like there are a lot of problems between Show and his partners. Show says Orton is right; they need to get on the same page. Show says Sheamus and Orton will be able to trust him just about as much as they trust each other and walks away.
We take a special look at the WWE Championship Match between The Rock and John Cena at WrestleMania 29.
We see Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins are in the ring. Rhodes says they all have a special gift for everyone. They introduce The Bella Twins.
Match #4: Brodus Clay and Tensai (w/Cameron and Naomi) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (w/The Bella Twins)
Tensai and Rhodes start the match. Tensai takes Rhodes down with an uppercut and then a big clothesline. Tensai goes for a splash, but Rhodes rolls out of the way. Tensai tags in Clay, who takes Rhodes down with a clothesline and delivers a headbutt to Sandow. Clay splashes Rhodes in the corner, and Brie Bella gets on the apron. The women start fighting on the outside and Clay and Tensai go to break it up.
Match Result: No Contest.
After the match, the men get the women separated. Rhodes, Sandow, and the Bellas walk up the ramp as Tensai, Clay, and the Funkadactyls dance in the ring.
We go backstage and Matt Striker is interviewing Randy Orton and Sheamus. He asks them if they are on the same page as The Big Show. Sheamus says absolutely and they everyone trusts each other before they walk away.
Wade Barrett has joined the commentary table for the next match.
Match #5: Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz
Cesaro locks in a quick headlock and then sends The Miz off the ropes, but he reverses and rolls Cesaro up for a quick two count. The Miz charges, but Cesaro knees him in the head and goes for a cover, but The Miz kicks out at two. Cesaro stomps on The Miz’s chest and goes for the cover, but The Miz kicks out at two again. Cesaro tosses The Miz down to the mat and goes for the cover, but The Miz kicks out at two. Cesaro wrenches The Miz’s neck, but TheMiz fights out and delivers a running knee lift. The Miz kicks Cesaro in the face and clotheslines him in the corner. The Miz clubs Cesaro from the top rope and goes for the Figure Four, but Cesaro kicks him into the corner. Cesaro charges, but The Miz takes out his knee. The Miz locks in the Figure Four, and Cesaro taps out.
Winner: The Miz.
After the match, The Miz and Wade Barrett have a stare down, before The Miz locks in the Figure Four on Cesaro again. Barrett holds the Intercontinental Championship high overhead as he and TheMiz stare each other down again.
We take a look back at the contract signing between Brock Lesnar and Triple H from this past Monday Night Raw.
Match #6: Six-Man Tag Team Match: 3MB vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus, and The Big Show
Orton and Mahal start the match. Mahal kicks Orton in the midsection, but Orton comes back and throws Mahal into the corner. Orton delivers ten right hands to Mahal and tags in Sheamus. Sheamus and Orton take Mahal down with a double-back elbow. Sheamus pummels Mahal in the corner before Slater distracts him. Mahal comes back and backs Sheamus into the corner, but Sheamus kicks his way out of it. Sheamus rams his shoulder into Mahal in the corner, delivers a shoulder block, and then takes him down with a rolling senton. Sheamus chops Mahal in the corner the way Show does when he quiets the crowd and tags in Show as Mahal tags in McIntyre. Show takes McIntyre down with a headbutt and then places him on the apron. Show delivers ten clubbing shots to McIntyre’s chest the way Sheamus normally does it. McIntyre tags in Mahal, and Show brings him into the ring. Mahal tags in Slater, and Show brings him into the ring the same way. Show tags in Orton, who drops a knee on Slater. Orton takes Slater down with a powerslam, and sets him up for the middle rope DDT. McIntyre distracts the referee and Mahal distracts Orton, allowing Slater to drape Orton over the top rope. Slater kicks Orton in the face and goes for the cover, but Orton kicks out at two. Slater stomps away on Orton and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre beats down Orton in the corner and tags in Mahal. Mahal beats down Orton in the corner and Slater tags himself in. Mahal drops Orton with a reverse neck-braker, and Slater goes for the cover but Orton kicks out at two. Slater drops a knee on Orton and goes to the top rope. Slater dives off, but Orton counters with a dropkick. Orton tags in Show and Slater tags in Mahal. Show takes Mahal down with a Spear, but McIntyre sends Show into the ropes. Sheamus tags himself in as Show delivers the KO Punch to McIntyre. Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick on Mahal for the pin fall.
Winners: Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show.
After the match, Sheamus and The Big Show get in each other’s faces again as The Shield’s music hits. The Shield descends from the stands as Show and Sheamus go at it in the ring. Orton separates them as The Shield gets near the ring. Show, Sheamus, and Orton keep The Shield on the outside. The Shield retreats back into the crowd as Orton, Show, and Sheamus stare them down as Smackdown comes to a close.
1. Mark Henry def. Zack Ryder
2. Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston
3. Jack Swagger def. Chris Jericho
4. Brodus Clay & Tensai vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (No Contest)
5. The Miz def. Antonio Cesaro
6. Sheamus, Randy Orton, & The Big Show def. 3MB