Smackdown – April 27, 2012

Smackdown
Date: April 27, 2012
Location: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Commentators: Michael Cole, Booker T

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

It’s
the last show before Extreme Rules and we’re minus a Josh Matthews here
due to Lesnar killing him on Monday. We have a main event tonight of
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry in a non-title match which is a rematch from Raw
where Daniel Bryan cheated Sheamus with a fast count. Other than that I
don’t think anything else has been announced. Let’s get to it.


Do you know your enemy? Mine is time, as I want it to be next Friday so I can see Avengers.

We see a clip of Josh’s attack from Monday.

Here’s
Bryan to open the show. He talks about cutting the cord and finally
getting rid of AJ. He’s out here to set the record straight: the
Wrestlemania loss to Sheamus doesn’t count and should go against AJ’s
record, not his. Then on Monday he was asked to be guest referee in
Sheamus vs. Henry. He said he’d call it right down the middle and he
did. Some people are saying he fast counted Sheamus but here’s footage
showing he didn’t. The count is shown in slow motion. We also get the
post match attack and YES Lock.

Bryan says it’s time for a
question and answer session. Did Henry beat Sheamus? YES. Did he make
Sheamus tap out? YES (not that I remember). Will he get the title back
on Sunday? YES. Cue Del Rio who asks a bunch of questions with Ricardo
shouting SI after every one in a funny bit. Big Show comes out and wants
to know if it’s YES or SI, which starts a chant. Show knocks Bryan to
the floor and chokeslams Ricardo. Good chokeslam too.

Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio

This
is joined in progress after a break and I’m pretty sure is non-title.
Show chops Del Rio in the corner and clubs him down with forearms. Del
Rio is knocked to the floor but he drapes the arm over the ropes to take
over. Show vs. Cody’s stipulation will be determined by a spin of the
wheel. Show shrugs him off and spears him down. He loads up the
chokeslam but Cody comes in for the DQ at 1:54.

Cody tries some
weapons but Show knocks them away. He steals Cody’s belt and whips Cody
with it a few times. Cody hasn’t gotten in a single successful attack or
victory over Show at all since Wrestlemania.

Ace and Eve are in
the back and he says that Eve can make whatever changes she thinks are
good on Smackdown. Just run them by him first. Eve says she doesn’t know
any of the crew people so maybe they should make them wear nametags.
They run into Teddy who wants to know what his job is. Ace says Teddy
reports directly to Eve, who tells him to go get a nametag.

We get a clip from the Divas Title match Monday where Nikki won it from Beth.

Damien
Sandow talks about enlightenment. The fans aren’t enlightened as they
worship people with nonsensical catchphrases and loud music. He debuts
in a week.

Alicia Fox vs. Nikki Bella

Non-title
again. The place just goes silent for this as you can hear the girls
shouting at each other. Nikki throws Alicia and those hips around with a
snapmare and it’s off to a modified chinlock. Alicia comes back with a
one footed dropkick and basically falls off the middle rope for a back
elbow. Twin Magic lets Brie hit a facejam for the pin at 1:48.

O’Neil
and Young come up to Yoshi who I think they’re facing tonight. They
make fun of Japanese people that put their hands together and bow while
saying hai. They ask about Yoshi’s partner and imply he can’t speak
English. Big Zeke comes up and says he’s the partner tonight. They sing a
song about how Zeke is big and strong but doesn’t have any cuts. Where
were these guys on NXT?

Teddy is now in a maid’s outfit over his
suit and has a big nametag on his chest. Aksana comes in and he thanks
her for sticking by him. She’s surprised he has grandchildren and here’s
Ace who says Aksana’s favor has been granted: Antonio Cesar gets a
tryout match tonight. If he wins, he gets a job. Eve had an idea that
Aksana should be guest ring announcer. Oh and Teddy will have his own
ringside commentary table to make sure we have three commentators and he
starts next. Ace will tell him every word he says through a headset.

Ezekiel Jackson/Yoshi Tatsu vs. Darren Young/Titus O’Neil

Teddy
is on commentary at a separate table but can’t talk unless Ace gives
him the ok and the exact words in his ears. Young and Tatsu start in the
corner and Young takes him down with a Hot Shot. Off to Titus as Cole
berates Teddy. The heels beat on Tatsu with double teaming and on their
own. Young dropkicks the knee out on Jackson while he’s on the apron and
a REALLY bad modified Hart Attack out of the corner gets the pin on
Yoshi at 1:50. Young missed Tatsu for the most part so it was more like a
shove than a chop while Titus powerbombed him.

Here’s Cole in the
ring and he brings out Orton for an interview. Cole asks about Orton’s
match on Sunday and Orton says he likes to shoot first and ask questions
later. He’ll be ready to do whatever it takes to beat Kane on Sunday.
We get a video on their feud (long one too, like two minutes) and Orton
says he can almost respect what Kane did because it’s something he’d do,
but he won’t accept it. On Sunday, there are no rules so he can do
whatever he wants. Kane is the devil’s favorite demon, but even the
devil couldn’t so what Orton is going to do on Sunda.

Cue….Jinder
Mahal? He thinks Orton and Kane will destroy each other and a new breed
will emerge. Mahal says he’s better than Orton all around and that
he’ll be waiting after Extreme Rules. Orton cuts him off and lays him
out with an RKO. Are they really going with Mahal vs. Orton after this?
Why? What has Mahal done to make them think he deserves that spot?

Kofi Kingston says don’t try this at home or school.

Tyson Kidd vs. Antonio Cesaro

Kidd
doesn’t get an entrance. Cesaro’s music reminds me of Johnny B. Badd’s.
Cesaro is of course Claudio Castagnoli. He has what looks like socks
wrapped around his thighs. Booker: “Are those kneepads?” Cole: “No
Booker. If they were kneepads they would be around his knees.” Cesaro
uses a lot of power strikes and a gutwrench suplex to take Kidd over. He
throws Kidd in the air and hits a European Uppercut on the way down.
Cesaro sets for a cradle piledriver but falls forward ala DDP’s pancake
move for the pin at 1:10.
Teddy has to go in and do something he doesn’t want to do post match. He raises Cesaro’s hand and then Cesaro kisses Aksana.

Long
video on Lesnar vs. Cena, including clips from the sitdown interview
and from Edge’s promo on Monday. Cena hasn’t said much in this.

Great Khali vs. Cody Rhodes

This
is as a result of the attack before the six man from last week. Cody is
still sore from the whipping Show gave him earlier. Cody goes for the
knee which doesn’t work at all. He manages to take Khali down and DDTs
the knee before going up top. A missile dropkick puts Khali down for
two. Back to the knee but Khali gets up and uses some clotheslines to
take Cody down. Disaster Kick is caught in the Plunge….for the clean
pin at 1:59. Oh good grief I’m not going to bother explaining how stupid
this is.

Washington pitches to the tag champions some more and
thinks Rosa should talk some more. He needs a decision by Monday though.
Ryback comes up and glares at them and walks away. Washington tries to
set up a meeting with him.

The Usos are watching in the back.

Jacob Kaye vs. Ryback

Kaye
says that he’s not going to be another no name schnook. I like this guy
already. He’s from Grand Rapids and has been trying to escape it for
years now. Kaye charges at him and gets thrown down immediately. Ryback
kicks his head off and chokes him with the boot. Gorilla press into a
powerslam sets up the clothesline and the Muscle Buster gets the pin at
1:08. This guy is so much fun.

Video on AJ going crazy last week.
She has no comment on anything but looks very evil. Kaitlyn comes up and
tells Striker to leave her alone. Striker leaves and Kaitlyn tries to
talk some sense into her so AJ slaps the taste out of her mouth. She
immediately seems to regret it but Kaitlyn leaves. This is getting
interested.

Mark Henry vs. Sheamus

Henry
overpowers him to start so Shemaus slows down a little bit. A headlock
doesn’t work and Henry puts him down again. Sheamus goes to the knee and
takes Henry down for two. He goes for the arm but Henry shoves him to
the floor with ease. Sheamus comes back with the slingshot shoulder for
two and we take a break. Back with Henry slamming the champ to take
over.

Henry gets knocked to the apron and Sheamus hits the ten
forearms which are getting cheered a lot better lately. Henry easily
throws Sheamus down though and hits a HARD whip into the barricade. Back
in for a quick nerve hold but Sheamus gets out. Henry hits something
that looked like a crescent kick to put Sheamus down for two. Sheamus
comes back with his double ax handles to the chest and down goes
Henry.

A
DDT gets two for the champion. He’s getting fired up now and starts to
pound his chest and shouting Brogue. Probably due to shouting very
loudly, Henry is able to run him over for two. A charge misses and
Sheamus goes up but jumps over Henry. Brogue Kick takes Henry’s head off
for the pin at 7:26 shown of 10:56.

Rating: C.
This was exactly what you would expect from these two. Henry is the
perfect foil for a guy like Sheamus as it looks impressive when Sheamus
beats him but Henry’s power is good enough to give Sheamus a threat.
Also it helps that Sheamus has a finisher that he can hit on anyone
instead of a power move.

Bryan comes to the apron and Sheamus
invites him down. Sheamus says this Sunday won’t be a fluke and there
won’t be an AJ to blame. Will Sheamus kick Bryan’s head off and keep the
title? YES! YES! YES! The chant ends the show.

Overall Rating:
B. I liked this show for the most part other than the Khali win. For
the life of me is it a crime to make him look strong before a rematch?
Anyway I liked a lot about this, including the push for the world title
match and Ryback’s match, as he’s the more interesting version of
someone like Tensai, minus the big win. Good show here and they pushed
the PPV strong, which is the right idea.

Results
Big Show b. Albert Del Rio via DQ when Cody Rhodes interfered
Nikki Bella b. Alicia Fox – Brie Bella pinned Fox after a facejam
Darren Young/Titus O’Neil b. Yoshi Tatsu/Ezekiel Jackson – Double Team Powerbomb
Antonio Cesaro b. Tyson Kidd – Cradle Pancake
Great Khali b. Cody Rhodes – Punjabi Plunge
Ryback b. Jacob Kaye – Muscle Buster
Sheamus b. Mark Henry – Brogue Kick

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