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The building is packed. It’s not sold out, but like 7/8 full.

The show opened with Teddy Long in the ring. He announced that Vince McMahon was in the building to give him a job evaluation. He asked if the crowd thought he should be the permanent GM. The crowd responded positively. He said this would be the best Smackdown ever.

Booker T’s music hit and he made his return. Booker T thanked Teddy but said he would be resuming the general manager duties. Enter Vince McMahon, who said there can be only one. He asked what they have to offer. Teddy announced Curtis Axel vs. Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Title. Booker announced Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton.

Enter Brad Maddox, who said he already thought of those matches, and announced the Smackdown return of Rob Van Dam. Big pop. Vince teased all three and announced that the new Smackdown general manager is Vickie Guerrero. Big heat and “No!” chants followed. Vickie cut a promo about how she’s back and she hates all of us. Nuclear heat.

1. Dolph Ziggler beat Jack Swagger (w/Antonio Cesaro and Zeb Colter). Ziggler won after hitting the Zig-Zag in about four minutes. Cesaro and Zeb were sent backstage after Cesaro pulled Ziggler off the apron into his uppercut. Post match, Ziggler cut a quick promo about dumping AJ. He said he should’ve done it sooner.

AJ was watching backstage with Big E and went nuts. She beat up a chair and even attacked Big E. Eventually, he hugged her and they had a moment. They were about to kiss when Langston pulled away and kissed her on the forehead.

There was a non-televised entrance for The Shield. The Uso’s microphones didn’t work for their entrance. It was really staticky. Is that a word? it is now.

2. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. The Usos never started because Dean Ambrose ran in. Mark Henry made the save to a huge pop. Babyface turn. The Shield retreated back up the stands and the babyfaces held the ring.

3. Daniel Bryan beat Wade Barrett via LeBell Lock in about 5:00. Unbelievable reaction for Bryan. Huge pop, arena-wide “Yes!” and “Daniel Bryan” chants. No need for audio sweetener with this great crowd tonight.

Miz TV with Paul Heyman. Epic non-response for Miz’s entrance. Great heat on Paul. Paul put over Brock Lesnar and offered Punk a piece of advise: “Stay down.” Paul threatened that if Punk ever showed his face again, he would be be victimized by Brock Lesnar. More brilliance from Heyman. Miz was lame, then he left.

On his way up the ramp, Heyman interrupted Miz leaving and brought out Curtis Axel. He and Miz exchanged looks but passed each other on the stage.

4. Curtis Axel (w/ Paul Heyman) pinned Chris Jericho in about 10 minutes to retain the Intercontinental Title. Decent back and forth match that Axel won with his hangman’s facebuster. The crowd went bonkers for Jericho’s offense (the pop on The Walls being applied won’t be sweetened. Unreal). There seemed to be no connection between Axel and the crowd. Post-match, Ryback came to the ring and hit Jericho with the Meat Hook and Shellshocked.

Damien Sandow came to the ring. He said he didn’t screw Cody, so he couldn’t understand why Cody attacked him Monday. However, he wasn’t going to spew angry rhetoric at Cody, because that’s what makes him different from us. He said he and Cody were still best friends, and he invited Cody to join him in the ring.

Cody entered and Sandow said he forgave Cody. He offered Cody a “metaphorical olive branch” in the form of the offer to be the “guardian of the case. Cody, you earned this.” Sandow said. Cody attacked Sandow, but Sandow quickly escaped and ran to the back. Unimpressive reactions for Cody.

5. Rob Van Dam beat Darren Young (w/Titus O’Neil). RVD won with the Five Star Frog Splash in about five minutes. A showcase match for RVD, who used all of his standard spots.

Backstage, Vickie Guerrero had security remove Teddy Long from the building.

A brief graphic hyped that Big Show would be making his return to Raw this Monday.

6. Randy Orton pinned Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match. Orton went over clean after an RKO in about 10 minutes. What you’d expect from these two. I still don’t like how frequently champions lose non-title matches. This was the end of Smackdown.

Dark Main Event

1. Daniel Bryan, Rob Van Dam, and Randy Orton beat The Shield in a six-man tag. The babyface trio went over in about seven minutes when Rollins tapped out to the LeBell Lock.


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13 Responses

  1. Agent Cooper says:

    Does anyone really care about these musical chair GM changes? I mean, seriously, the concept is so played out that it’s beyond tedious at this point. And yet it’s treated as the most important thing on the show.

  2. aag44 says:

    I wonder if this is leading up to a Brickie match (like each allies with a superstar to fight on their behalf)… Though with the brands basically being non-existent as far as the talent goes, it’s hard to be excited by a ‘battle of the GMs’…

  3. DBRude says:

    Vickie wasn’t good enough for RAW, but she’s good enough for SD?

  4. Tyler says:

    What ever happened to having a commissioner and that being it for all of WWE?

  5. mackdeezy says:

    Listen, I respect Vickie because she is a strong woman full of life and a strong single mother since Eddie died, but I saw this a mile away. Surely there must be some way to keep vickie on TV that doesnt require being the “new gm” for the opposing show immediately after being fired from one. And the heel manager/girlfriend storyline is done over as well, we all know how that one goes. Dome nasty making out scenes every week culminating in breaking up with her by saying that going out with her was like dating their mother etc etc. First Edge, then Eric Escobar, then Dolph. Am I on to something here?

  6. Nick says:

    I HATE VICKIE!! why is she even on t.v. shes worthless. If it was for Eddie she wldnt even be here.FOR GODS SAKE ENOUGH OF VICKIE ALREADY!!

  7. Nick says:


  8. Nick A says:

    other Nick, she’s on television so her family and her can eat. WWE would probably have to release her otherwise. And at this point, she’s honestly a very good heel character. But this plot point is really played out now.

  9. Kali760 says:

    I think that this whole thing sucks Vicki as Gm has already been done how many times already? Just when you think WWE is turning the corner on some stuff they go back to this flawed and stale concept. Vicki gets a good reaction but i agree she can be on TV without her being in charge of anything. Brad Maddox running Raw to me is like when Mike Sanders was the commissioner of WCW it was to much to soon but i have to admit he cant really talk and that showed on monday but he reminds me of Eric Bischoff for some reason. I thought Teddy Long was gonna turn heel but guess thats not gonna happen instead there happy with Vicki i guess.

  10. Adam says:

    anybody else hate the idea of a mark henry face turn?

  11. Tommy B. says:

    So instead of seeing what happens between Booker/Teddy after months of teasing a heel turn with Teddy trying to to take Booker’s job….it gets quickly forgotten with Vickie becoming GM for the 100th time?(atleast it feels that way) I probably should’ve seen something like this coming after the way Vince supported her last week on Raw.

    I understand she should be on tv with her huge heel reaction but, how many times can they do the same storyline?Luckily, they resisted her and Brad becoming an item while she was assistant manager(or whatever her title was)

    I think creative is having a backstage contest to see who can gain and lose the GM role more…Vickie or Teddy. I believe both are probably in double digits now.

  12. Daniel says:

    Does no one else see that this is all part of the McMahon family angle? Triple H and Steph are going to get pissed at Vince for putting Vickie on SD to further the fire of the feud….I don’t think she’ll be GM of SD for very long.

  13. Legend_Killer says:

    Vickie Guerrero is one of the best GM’s of all time.

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