3/8/13 WWE Smackdown recap
by Brian Leeman
Smackdown begins with Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter in the ring. Swagger declares himself the future World Heavyweight Champion and puts Coutler on the mic. Coulter talks about how he believes that many of the fans agree with him but are too afraid to say it. He continues to go after immigration until Alberto and Ricardo interrupt. Del Rio and Ricardo mock the Swagger/Coulter interviews.
Kane & Daniel Bryan vs Heath Slater & Drew McIntyre
Kane and Drew square off to start and go back and forth for a bit. Slater gets in, quickly followed by Bryan, who takes control. After some strong kicks from Bryan and a swing at McIntyre, Slater takes control. Slater and McIntyre tag back and forth quickly and isolate Bryan. Clotheslines from McIntyre to Bryan until Bryan hits a back suplex and makes the tag to Kane! Kane dominates Slater and hits a sidewalk slam. Jinder tries to interfere to no avail. Bryan back in and Slater goes for a cover but Bryan turns it into the No! Lock!
Winners: Kane & Daniel Bryan
Matt Striker interviews Dolph, AJ and Big E backstage. Ziggler hypes up his match against Del Rio.
Ryback vs Damien Sandow
Ryback dominates in the early going and Sandow is forced to retreat. Jawjacker from Sandow, followed by a few clotheslines. Sandow tries to lock in a chinlock but Ryback manages to get out. Ryback dominates again with a spinebuster, meat hook clothesline and the shellshocked to finish off Sandow.
Matt Striker interviews Big Show. Show says that he doesn’t know what’s up with The Shield but he’s more concerned with Sheamus tonight. He says his fist is the answer.
Dolph Ziggler vs Alberto Del Rio
Ziggler starts off fast, pummeling Alberto and getting him into the corner. Big E gets involved which causes Ricardo to passively go after him. Big E goes after Ricardo and Ricardo accidently dumps the water bucket on AJ. The referee calls for both to leave. Ziggler continues to have control of the match and hits his cocky elbow drops and tries to lock in a chinlock. Del Rio gets out gets hit with a dropkick and put right back down. Del Rio gets back into it with a suplex off the ropes and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio hits a superkick and the backstabber. Ziggler catches Del Rio with a dropkick and then avoids Del Rio and hits the DDT. Dolph goes for the Zig Zag but to no avail and Del Rio gets Ziggler to give up with the Cross Armbreaker.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
We get a funny backstage segment of Daniel Bryan making fun of AJ. There’s a sex related joke about Dolph only lasting 18 seconds at the end.
Mark Henry vs Yoshi Tatsu
Henry destroys Yoshi Tatsu and hits the World’s Strongest Slam and puts him down early.
Winner: Mark Henry
Kaitlyn vs Tamina Snuka
Cody Rhodes watches from the backstage area. Back and forth action from both for a little bit. Kaitlyn takes control but goes for a crossbody and falls out of the ring. Tamina drags her back in and hits the Samoan Drop for the victory.
Backstage Sandow is with Rhodes and Rhodes asks him about Kaitlyn. Sandow says that she’s a good performer but comes from an inferior gene pool.
We get another Fandango segment where he refuses to wrestle Justin Gabriel because Lillian Garcia said his name incorrectly.
Big Show vs Sheamus
Pretty hard shots from both guys to start out the match. Sheamus with those strong clubs and Big Show with his fists. Show hits an elbow drop to Sheamus as we got the final commercial break. Big show works over Sheamus and chops him in the corner. Show goes for a bearhug but Sheamus turns it into a DDT, ala Dolph Ziggler. Sheamus goes for White Noise, dodges the KO punch, and then hits the White Noise on Show. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick and misses as the action goes outside. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick to Show on the apron. The Shield come out and Orton tries to even the odds.
As the brawl continues, Big Show comes back in and takes out The Shield members. He then KO Punches Sheamus. Orton with an RKO to Big Show as he looks at The Shield!