5/17 Friday Night Smackdown Coverage
Smackdown opens up with a review package of Dolph Ziggler’s concussion, and the announcement that Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger will face off in an “I Quit” Match at Extreme Rules, with the winner becoming the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. It then transitions into the feud between Randy Orton and The Big Show, as they will be guests on MizTV tonight. We go into the arena in Wichita, Kansas, where The Miz is already in the ring.
The Miz introduces Randy Orton, and then The Big Show. Miz says their match at Extreme Rules is one of the most anticipated on the show, and then shows a replay package of Orton RKO’ing Show on last week’s Smackdown. Miz asks Show is that was a preview of what is going to happen at Extreme Rules. Show says he expected a comment like that from Miz, and says the only way Orton can RKO him is from behind. Show says anything goes on Sunday, and the only weapon he needs is on the end of his wrist. He says people won’t remember an RKO, but a TKO instead. Orton says that’s an entertaining story with an inaccurate ending. Orton says Show will not beat him in his hometown on Sunday, and tells Show to trust him that everyone will remember how The Viper struck down The Giant. Orton warns Show that he may not get back up as Jack Swagger’s music hits and he comes to the stage with Zeb Colter. Colter says the only thing the people will remember will be Swagger making Alberto Del Rio say “I quit.” Del Rio’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with Ricardo Rodriguez. Del Rio tells Colter to shut up. He says everyone is sick and tired of hearing Colter talk, and says the only thing people will remember is…and he hands the mic to Rodriguez who does the “Albertoooo Del Riiooooo” bit. Mark Henry’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. He says the thing that will be remembered on Sunday is him beating down Sheamus like no one has done before. Sheamus’ music hits and he joins the men in the ring. Sheamus says he is going to leave Henry lying in the ring, and then charges the ring with a strap. The heels bail out as Del Rio, Sheamus, and Orton stand tall as we head to a commercial.
We’re back and we see a replay of what just went down in the ring. Theodore Long comes out and announces a Six-Man Tag Team main event, with the team of The Big Show, Mark Henry, and Jack Swagger facing the team of Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Alberto Del Rio.
Match #1: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins (w/Dean Ambrose) vs. The Usos
Rollins and Jey start the match and Jey backs Rollins into the corner and delivers a few right hands. Jimmy tags in, but Rollins takes control. Rollins tags in Reigns, who takes Jimmy down with a big clothesline. Reigns stomps away on Jimmy and tosses him into the corner. Reigns charges, but Jimmy gets his boot up and takes Reigns down. Jey takes Rollins down on the outside and Reigns spears Jimmy for the pin fall.
Winners: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
After the match, The Shield beats down The Usos. Kofi Kingston comes out for the save, but The Shield overpowers him and sends him to the floor. They turn their attention to The Usos, but Kingston chases them away with a chair.
We see that we will take a look back at Ryback’s attack on John Cena from this past Monday’s Raw after the commercial break.
We see Teddy Long and The Miz backstage. Damien Sandow walks up and says we would all be better off if The Miz had never returned. Damien Sandow proposes “The Damien Sandow Show” and offers Teddy Long the producing position. Teddy says he will consider it, and then places Sandow in a match against The Miz.
We take a look back at Ryback’s beat down of John Cena from this past Monday’s Raw.
Match #2: The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) vs. Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) (w/The Funkadactyls)
Clay and Young start the match and Clay backs him into the corner. Clay punches him in the corner and tags in Tensai. Clay picks up Young and Tensai drives him to the mat. O’Neil takes Tensai down with a forearm shiver and Young gets him back into the ring. Young tags in O’Neil, who slams Young into Tensai. O’Neil beats down Tensai and drives his shoulder into Tensai’s midsection. O’Neil charges Tensai in the corner, but Tensai ducks and tags in Clay as O’Neil tags in Young. Clay clotheslines Young and slams him to the mat. He takes Young to the corner and splashes him. Clay slams Young to the mat and goes for the pin, but O’Neil breaks it up. Tensai drops O’Neil with a big boot and Clay and Tensai smash Young twice and Clay gets the pin fall.
Winners: Tons of Funk.
We see that Chris Jericho will go one-on-one with Antonio Cesaro after the commercial break.
Match #3: Antonio Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho
They tie up and Cesaro backs Jericho into the corner. Jericho gets Cesaro in a side-headlock, but Cesaro sends Jericho off the ropes and takes him down with a shoulder block. Jericho sends Cesaro off the ropes and drops him with a dropkick as we see Fandango and Summer Rae ballroom dancing backstage. Cesaro rolls to the outside and gains the advantage over Jericho. Cesaro backs Jericho into the corner and chops him a few times. Cesaro charges at Jericho in the corner, but Jericho takes him down with a dropkick. Cesaro goes to the outside again, and suckers Jericho in and goes for a suplex over the top rope. Jericho blocks and kicks Cesaro in the face. Jericho connects with a springboard dropkick that sends Cesaro to the floor as we go to a commercial.
We’re back and Cesaro is in control. Jericho counters with a back slide, but only gets a two count. Cesaro gets Jericho in a headlock down on the mat, but Jericho gets up and backs Cesaro into the corner. Jericho takes Cesaro down with a couple of shoulder blocks and then a sledge from the top rope. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Cesaro powers out. Jericho goes for the Lionsault, but Cesaro gets his knees up. Cesaro beats down Jericho and tosses him into the corner. Jericho goes over the top of Cesaro and connects with an enzuiguri, but only gets a two count on the pin attempt. Jericho gets to his feet, but Cesaro delivers a back-breaker for a two count. Cesaro locks in a sleeper hold, and then goes for the Neutralizer. Jericho counters and goes for the Walls, but Cesaro powers out. Jericho kicks Cesaro in the head and goes up top. Jericho goes for a cross-body, but Cesaro counters with an uppercut. Cesaro goes for the cover, but Jericho kicks out at two. Cesaro kicks Jericho a couple of times and goes for the Neutralizer, but Jericho reverses and locks in the Walls and Cesaro taps out.
Winner: Chris Jericho.
After the match, Summer Rae comes to the stage and Fandango tries to attack Jericho from behind. Jericho catches him, but Cesaro gets involved. Jericho sends Fandango running and delivers the Codebreaker to Cesaro. Jericho and Fandango stare each other down to end the segment.
We take a look back at the brawl between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger from this past Monday’s Raw. We then see a new video from Zeb Colter and Swagger. Colter talks about extremism. Colter says this is Jack Swagger’s America and Del Rio will go back to Mexico with his tail between his legs. Swagger ends it with “We the People,” and we are reminded of the Six-Man Tag Team main event for later tonight.
Cody Rhodes has joined the commentary team for the following contest.
Match #4: Damien Sandow vs. The Miz
They tie up and Miz applies a headlock. Miz takes Sandow down and keeps the headlock locked in. Sandow reverses and takes Miz into the corner and stomps him down. Sandow takes Miz into the other corner and charges, but Miz moves out of the way and takes Sandow down again. Sandow goes to the outside, but Miz sledges him down to the floor from the apron. Miz tosses Sandow back into the ring, but Sandow takes control as Rhodes stands up and tells the audience to stand up for Sandow. Sandow drops a knee on Miz’s jaw and gets a two count. Miz fights back, but Sandow drops him onto the middle rope. Sandow knees Miz a few times and connects with a side-Russian leg sweep. Sandow nails the Cobito Acquiet, but only gets a two count. Sandow locks in a submission, but Miz fights out and kicks Sandow in the face. Miz clotheslines Sandow in the corner and delivers a sledge from the top rope. Miz goes for the Figure Four, but Rhodes distracts him. Miz knocks Rhodes to the floor and locks in the Figure Four, and Sandow taps out.
Winner: The Miz.
We are reminded of the Six-Man Tag Team main event as we head to a commercial.
Match #5: Aksana vs. Kaitlyn
They tie up and Kaitlyn takes Aksana down. Kaitlyn slams Aksana and gets a two count. Kaitlyn delivers a shoulder block, but Aksana reverses with a clothesline. Aksana launches Kaitlyn into the ropes and drives her knee into Kaitlyn’s back. Aksana applies a headlock, but Kaitlyn fights out. Aksana chokes Kaitlyn over the middle rope and tosses her to the mat. Askana picks Kaitlyn up and slams her again and goes for the cover, but Kaitlyn kicks out at two. Aksana drives her knee into Kaitlyn’s back, but Kaitlyn fights back briefly. Aksana picks Kaitlyn up and goes for her finisher, but Kaitlyn sends her off the ropes and delivers a Spear for the pin fall.
We see that we will revisit the confrontation between Brock Lesnar and Triple H from this past Monday’s Raw after the commercial break.
We’re back and we see the video hype package for the feud between Brock Lesnar and Triple H.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, and Sheamus (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, and The Big Show (w/Zeb Colter)
Swagger and Del Rio start the match. They tie up and Swagger applies a headlock. Del Rio sends him off the ropes, but Swagger takes him down with a shoulder block. Del Rio comes back and takes Swagger down with a hip toss. Del Rio waylays on Swagger in the corner and takes him to the other corner and Orton tags himself in. Orton gets Swagger in the corner and punches him ten times before sending him off the ropes. Swagger takes out Orton’s knee and goes to work on his leg. Swagger comes off the ropes, but Orton drops him with a dropkick. Orton tags in Del Rio, who delivers a dropkick of his own. Del Rio gets Swagger in the ropes and delivers nine kidney shots and a backstabber. Swagger rolls to the outside, and Del Rio launches himself onto Swagger. Del Rio tosses Swagger back into the ring and goes up top. Show distracts Del Rio and Swagger tosses Del Rio to the mat and tags in Show. Show chokes Del Rio over the middle rope and stands on his back. Show chops Del Rio’s chest and tosses him into the corner and tags in Swagger. Swagger goes to work on Del Rio and tags in Henry. Henry beats down Del Rio and tags Swagger right back in. Del Rio comes back and delivers a back-breaker to Swagger. Del Rio crawls towards his corner, but Swagger tags in Show, who delivers an elbow drop to Del Rio as we head to commercial break.
We’re back and Swagger is in control of Del Rio. Swagger charges to the corner, but Del Rio moves out of the way. Swagger tags in Show, who stops Del Rio from making the tag. Show picks Del Rio up for a powerbomb, but Del Rio counters with a head-scissors. Del Rio tags in Sheamus, who takes Show down with a couple of clotheslines. Sheamus comes off the top rope, but Show catches him and goes for a chokeslam. Sheamus reverses and levels Show with White Noise. Sheamus sets up for the Brogue Kick, but Henry distracts him. Show drops Sheamus with a chokeslam, but Sheamus kicks out at two. Show tags in Swagger, who drops a few elbows on Sheamus. Swagger slams Sheamus down to the mat and connects with a leg drop for a one count. Swagger applies a front-facelock, but Sheamus gets to his feet. Sheamus drops Swagger with the Plunge, but Swagger tags in Henry. Henry kicks Sheamus and drops him with a right hand. Henry beats down Sheamus and chokes him with his boot. Henry tags in Show, but Sheamus fights back. Show takes Sheamus down with a shoulder block and chops him repeatedly on the ropes. Show tags in Swagger, who backs Sheamus into the corner and takes him down with a clothesline. Swagger connects with the Swagger Bomb, but Sheamus kicks out at two. Swagger goes for the Swagger Bomb again, but Sheamus catches him and back drops him down to the mat. Sheamus tags in Orton, who delivers a back-breaker to Swagger. Show clotheslines Sheamus over the top rope and Henry levels Orton. Del Rio sends Henry down with an enzuiguri as Sheamus delivers a Brogue Kick to Show. Del Rio enzuiguris Swagger and Orton RKO’s Swagger for the pin fall.
Winners: Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, and Sheamus.
Smackdown comes to a close with the six men staring each other down.
1. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins def. The Usos
2. Tons of Funk def. The Prime Time Players
3. Chris Jericho def. Antonio Cesaro
4. The Miz def. Damien Sandow
5. Kaitlyn def. Aksana
6. Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, and Sheamus def. Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, and The Big Show in a Six-Man Tag Team Match.