4/12 Friday Night Smackdown Coverage
Smackdown opens with a video package recapping Dolph Ziggler’s win over Alberto Del Rio on this past Monday’s Raw, when he captured the World Heavyweight Champion. We go into the arena in Boston, Massachusetts, where Michael Cole and JBL welcome us to the show.
Big E Langston makes his way to the stage and introduces the new World Heavyweight Champion, Dolph Ziggler, who makes his way to the ring with AJ Lee and Langston. Ziggler says he has been the most gifted athlete since his debut, and his title win proves that the future is now. He said he hears 80,000 people chanting his name in a match that he wasn’t even in at WrestleMania, and heard it again the next night on Raw. Ziggler says the title and the moment are his and his only. Ziggler says he is better than everyone, but Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter interrupt him. Colter thanks Ziggler for being an American, but says that Swagger is to thank for what Ziggler did on Monday night. Ziggler said this is his time, and Swagger blew his chance and tells him to get to the back of the line. Swagger goes to get in the ring, but thinks better of it when Langston and Ziggler stare him down. Colter tells Ziggler that he needs to give Swagger what he wants and deserves, and he better not wait for long. Ziggler says the fans can continue to try to live through him, but Alberto Del Rio interrupts him. Ziggler says stealing the spotlight is his thing. Ziggler says he will give Del Rio his rematch right now and tells him to hobble down to the ring. Del Rio congratulates him and says he knows how it feels to cash in Money in the Bank. Del Rio says Ziggler will be crying and complaining when Del Rio gets his rematch. Ziggler says he is sick and tired of being interrupted. He says the next person to interrupt him will see why he is the real World Heavyweight Champion. Chris Jericho’s music hits and he makes his way to the stage. He tells Dolph to shut the hell up. Jericho says Ziggler has been doing nothing but babbling about how he is the World Heavyweight Champion and about his crazy girlfriend AJ. Jericho says he is the original showoff. Jericho says he came from Booker T’s office and announces that Ziggler will face Jericho in tonight’s main event.
We see Team Hell No walking backstage. They are in action after the commercial break.
Match #1: Team Hell No vs. The Prime Time Players
Kane and O’Neil start the match. Kane controls the tempo and takes O’Neil down with a clothesline from the top rope. O’Neil rolls away and tags in Young. Kane takes Young to the corner and tags in Bryan. Bryan drives his knee into Young and kicks him a few times. Young comes back and takes Kane off the apron and tags in O’Neil. O’Neil comes into the ring and gets caught in the No Lock, while Kane chokeslams Young. O’Neil taps out.
Winners: Team Hell No.
After the match, The Shield appears on the TitanTron. Ambrose says he hopes what they did on Monday wasn’t confused for a sign of weakness. Reigns says The Shield doesn’t run. They all say “Believe in The Shield” to end the segment.
We see that Triple H will be on Smackdown later tonight as we go to a commercial.
Match #2: Santino Marella vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett gets Marella in a headlock, but Marella sends him off the ropes. Barrett takes Marella down with a shoulder block and then beats Marella down. Barrett applies a headlock down on the mat and then delivers some knee shots. Marella comes back and comes off the ropes, but Barrett takes him down with the Winds of Change and gets a two count. Barrett sets up for the Bull Hammer Elbow, but Marella kicks up and takes Barrett down with a hip toss for a two count. Marella goes for the Cobra, but Barrett knocks him out with the Bull Hammer Elbow and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Wade Barrett.
We see Booker T and Teddy Long backstage when Sheamus walks up. Sheamus wants to know why Booker overruled his match with Big Show and put him in a match with Randy Orton. Orton walks up and asks why he was in a match with Sheamus. Teddy interrupts and says we make mistakes and that it was Booker’s decision. Booker makes a Handicap Match for later tonight with Orton and Sheamus vs. Show. Booker glares at Teddy before we go back into the arena.
Match #3: Six-Diva Tag Team Match – Kaitlyn and The Funkadactyls vs. Tamina Snuka and The Bella Twins
Tamina and Kaitlyn start the match. Tamina takes the Funkadactyls off the apron, but Kaitlyn spears her. Kaitlyn spears one of the Bellas as well and tags in Naomi. Naomi controls Nikki and takes her down with the Rear View. Brie attacks Naomi, Cameron, and Brie from behind, and Nikki pins Naomi.
Winners: The Bella Twins and Tamina Snuka.
We see that Triple H will return to Smackdown after the commercial break.
Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. He says the ass kicker is back. He says he and Lesnar went to war, but 3MB’s music hits and Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre interrupt. Slater tells Triple H to shut up and listen up. Slater says around here, you have to jump one of the big dogs to get noticed. He says 3MB is about to rock Triple H’s face. 3MB surrounds the ring, but The Shield’s music hits. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins descend from the crowd. The Shield attacks 3MB and then stares down Triple H. As they try to enter the ring, Kane’s music hits and he and Daniel Bryan come out to even the odds. The Shield retreats through the crowd.
We go backstage and Booker and Teddy are arguing. Show wants to know why he is in a Handicap Match against Sheamus and Randy Orton tonight. Booker says it’s because he stuck his nose into something that didn’t concern him on Monday night. Show says he can just walk out because of his iron-clad contract. Booker says go ahead, because he will get his iron-clad contract held up in court. He says Show’s match is next as we go to a commercial.
Match #4: Handicap Match – Randy Orton and Sheamus vs. The Big Show
Orton starts things off against Show. Show takes Orton to the corner, but Orton fights his way out. Show comes back and picks Orton up. Show delivers a sidewalk slam and stands on Orton’s injured midsection. Show slams Orton down to the mat and goes to the middle rope. Show goes for the elbow drop, but Orton rolls out of the way. Orton tags Sheamus, who spears Show down. Sheamus takes Show down a couple more times and backs him into the corner. Show shoves Sheamus way and delivers the Spear. Show punches Orton in the ribs and headbutts Sheamus. Show picks Orton up, but Orton gets the RKO out of nowhere. Sheamus delivers the Brogue Kick and Show falls to the floor. Show gets up on the outside and walks away from the ring as the referee counts to ten.
Winners via count-out: Randy Orton and Sheamus.
We see Sheamus and Randy Orton walking backstage. They are stopped for an interview, and Orton goes to the trainer’s room. Sheamus is talking about his heart, but Mark Henry attacks him and leaves him lying.
Match #5: Antonio Cesaro vs. Kofi Kingston
Cesaro delivers some forearm shots to Kingston’s head. Cesaro sends Kingston off the ropes, but Kingston rolls him up for a two count. Cesaro comes back and slams Kingston to the mat and delivers an uppercut in the corner. Cesaro locks in a submission, but Kingston fights out. Cesaro tries to stomp on Kingston, but he moves and takes Cesaro down with a dropkick. Kingston comes off the ropes, but Cesaro takes him down with a European uppercut. Cesaro waits for Kingston to get up, but Kingston kicks him in the head. Kingston goes up top and goes for a cross-body, but Cesaro catches him. Kingston sends Cesaro into the corner and connects with Trouble in Paradise for the pin fall.
Winner: Kofi Kingston.
We take a look back at Ryback’s attack on John Cena at the conclusion of this past Monday’s Raw.
Fandango’s music hits and he makes his way out. He will be a spectator for the main event.
Match #6: Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/AJ Lee and Big E Langston)
They tie up and Jericho gets Ziggler in a headlock. Ziggler sends Jericho off the ropes, and Jericho takes him down with a shoulder block. The crowd is Fandangoing as Ziggler connects with a right hand. Ziggler splashes Jericho in the corner and kicks him in the midsection. Ziggler connects with a couple of right hands before Jericho gets a boot up. Jericho takes Ziggler down and gets a two count. Jericho chokes Ziggler over the middle rope as Fandango looks on. Fandango gets on the apron, which allows AJ to trip up Jericho. Ziggler takes Jericho down and gets a two count as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and Ziggler is in control. We see that Fandango got a cheap shot on Jericho during the commercial break. Ziggler takes Jericho down with a neck-breaker, but only gets a two count. Ziggler applies a headlock down on the mat, but Jericho fights back. Jericho takes Ziggler down and gets a long two count. Jericho stomps away on Ziggler as the crowd continues singing Fandango’s theme. Ziggler comes back and delivers a dropkick to Jericho, but only gets a two count. Ziggler goes for the Zigzag, but Jericho reverses and tries to lock in the Walls of Jericho. Ziggler fights out, but Jericho delivers an elbow shot. Jericho hits the Lionsault and gets a two count. Fandango gets on the apron, but Jericho knocks him down. Jericho goes to lock in the Walls, but Langston knocks him back and Ziggler rolls him up for the pin fall.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler.
After the match, Langston, Ziggler, and Fandango beat down Jericho. Ziggler hits the Zigzag and Langston hits the Big Ending and leave Jericho lying. Fandango continues the beatdown when they leave the ring. He delivers the top rope leg drop and says his name. His music hits and he stares at Jericho as Smackdown comes to a close.
1. Team Hell No def. The Prime Time Players
2. Wade Barrett def. Santino Marella
3. The Bella Twins and Tamina Snuka def. The Funkadactyls and Kaitlyn
4. Randy Orton and Sheamus def. The Big Show via count-out
5. Kofi Kingston def. Antonio Cesaro
6. Dolph Ziggler def. Chris Jericho