Smackdown – June 22, 2012

Smackdown

Date:
June 22, 2012

Location:
1st Mariner Center, Baltimore, Maryland

Commentators:
Michael Cole, Josh Matthews, Booker T

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We’re
past No Way Out and we have the same world champion in the form of
Sheamus. We’re starting the build up to MITB as well so maybe we’ll
have someone added to the ladder match here. If I understand it
right we have eight people in it again, but I’m really not sure if
they have enough people to put 16 guys in two ladder matches.
Besides that’s too many in a single match anyway. Let’s get to it.

Do
You Know Your Enemy? Mine is this heat. It’s way too hot to be
early summer.

Bryan
vs. Kane later tonight plus Sheamus vs. Ziggler in a non-title match.

Here’s
Teddy to open the show. Ace is officially fired and tonight, Mick
Foley is in charge. Here’s Big Show instead though for a chat. He
doesn’t care that Ace is fired because he didn’t care about him.
Show doesn’t care about the fans either and now he can do whatever he
wants. He congratulates Cena for the win on Sunday but doesn’t care
about that anymore. Yep, another main event loss is being written
off.

Instead
Show is moving on to something, but the fans have to chant for Cena
first. Since Show doesn’t care about them though, he’s moving on to
the MITB match. He says there are no five men that can stop them,
which is a great sounding thing as it might mean that there are only
going to be six people in the match. Once he wins the case and
cashes in, he’s going to be champion for as long as he wants to be.
He’s going to win the title for himself instead of the people in the
back or the fans, because it’s all about him.

Cue
serious Brodus who is a little hard to take seriously when he has the
girls with him. Brodus charges in and is immediately taken down by
knee strikes. Brodus hits the headbutt and Show goes down fast. He
pounds on Show in the corner but Otunga comes out and hits the bad
knee to put Clay down. Show hits him in the knee a few times as the
fans chant that Show can’t wrestle. The WMD leaves Brodus laying.
Otunga gets in the ring and says someone should call Brodus’ mama.
He’ll do it himself and tell Mama Clay that Brodus can’t get up.
Otunga does the Carlton Dance and the Thriller Dance. Ok then.

Ryback
vs. Frank Venanzia/Jared Walker

Booker
says Walker is Brickhouse Brown’s cousin. There’s a name out of the
past. Ryback calls them stupid a lot and powerbombs Walker onto
Frank. Double Samoan Drop gets the pin at 1:43.

Foley
is in the back with Yoshi Tatsu when Vickie comes up. She’s the
guest GM of both shows next week. If Foley doesn’t behave, she’ll
make him her assistant. Foley likes the idea and offers Khali as an
assistant instead. Khali and Foley dance.

Bryan’s
memorable Raw moment is Jannetty beating Shawn for the IC Title.

Alberto
Del Rio vs. Christian

Non-title
of course. Christian hits a shoulder block to take Del Rio down and
hooks the sunset flip out of the corner for a fast two. Del Rio
responds by kicking him in the head to take over but Christian sends
him to the floor. The champ dives onto Del Rio as we take a break.
Back with Del Rio holds Christian in an arm lock. During the break
Christian’s shoulder went into the steps to start the attack.

Elbow
drop gets two for Del Rio and he stays on the arm. A kick to the arm
gets two. Alberto goes up but Christian gets in a right hand and a
top rope rana for two. With Del Rio in the rope Christian hits his
uppercut but the top rope cross body misses. The corner enziguri
misses and Christian hits the tornado DDT for another two. The
Codebreaker to the arm slow Christian down again but he shrugs it off
and hits a missile dropkick for two.

The
Killswitch is countered into a Stunner on the arm for two. Christian
takes him down and loads up the spear but he charges into a kick to
the face. Cross armbreaker is countered into a countered Killswitch.
They go to the corner but Rodriguez interferes, allowing Del Rio to
hit the corner enziguri and the Armbreaker for the tap at 6:14 shown
of 9:44.

Rating:
B-. So to be clear, Del Rio has
now beaten both midcard champions in four days. Shouldn’t he still
be #1 contender by default, or do they really need to have him crush
the champions in order to get there? At least this wasn’t a 90
second long match like the one against Santino was. Christian is
still solid here and I’ve been liking his face run a lot.

Cody
comes out and beats up Christian post match because this feud isn’t
done for some unexplained reason. Cody shouts that he is Smackdown
and that Christian is stealing his time.

We
get a recap from Raw on Monday with Bryan/Kane/Punk/AJ.

Kane
vs. Daniel Bryan

AJ
is guest timekeeper for this for no apparent reason. Bryan fires off
kicks to the legs but charges into a slam. Kane pounds away but
charges over the top by mistake. That doesn’t seem to matter much as
he keeps beating on Bryan on the floor, only to get sent into the
post. Bryan loads up the knee off the apron but Kane gets back
inside instead. Running dropkick in the corner gets two and it’s
time for the kicks.

Kane
comes back with his low dropkick for two and follows Bryan into the
corner with a clothesline. Bryan comes back with more kicks but Kane
grabs the leg. That gets him nowhere as Bryan sends him into the
buckle. He slips coming off the top with the dropkick but a second
attempt at it gets two. Kane gets all fired up and pounds away in
the corner. Big boot looks to set up the chokeslam but Bryan
dropkicks the knee.

A
hard kick to the head gets two for Bryan but his Swan Dive is caught
in a choke. That gets countered into a failed YES Lock but the
chokeslam is countered into a guillotine. Kane powers out of that
too but Bryan gets the YES Lock. AJ rings the bell without a tap at
7:25. That gets waved off because Kane didn’t tap and the chokeslam
gets the real pin at 7:54.

Rating:
C+. I was getting into this at
the end until we got to the psycho AJ segment of it which was also
fine. The near falls at the end were getting good and I was
wondering if Kane was going to tap or not, which is a good thing.
Another interesting thing here is that Bryan is on the verge of being
turned face by crowd reaction alone, which usually results in a
monster push. This was a nice surprise.

AJ
skips off of course.

Here’s
Foley for a chat. He’s glad Ace got fired so he can come back for
one night only in Baltimore. Cue Heath Slater to a big cheer from
Cole. Slater complains about what happened on Raw with Lauper and
Piper, but Foley says there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Foley
makes a match for Slater here tonight though.

Heath
Slater vs. Zach Ryder

You
know, because the LONG ISLAND GUY couldn’t be on Raw in LONG ISLAND
right? Ryder takes over quickly but Slater hides in the corner. He
comes back with a neckbreaker for two but walks into knees out of the
corner. Rough Ryder gets the pin at 1:12.

Foley
and Ryder celebrate in the back but run into Sandow. He’s disgusted
by what he just saw and says that Ryder has brought the WWE Universe
down to new levels of stupidity. I guess Sandow has his first feud.

Usos
vs. Prime Time Players

Darren
and Jey start things off with the Uso taking over. They head to the
corner and the brothers double team Darren. Titus avoids a double
superkick and it’s off to Jimmy. Darren drives him into the corner
and it’s off to Titus for some power. We hit the chinlock which
Jimmy escapes pretty quickly. Hot tag brings in Jey but he and
Darren go to the floor quickly. Jimmy goes up for the Superfly
Splash but Titus pulls him down and hits the Clash of the Titus for
the pin at 3:24.

Rating:
D+. Nothing to see here but the
Prime Time Players getting another win is a good thing for them.
With the tag champions being gone for awhile now until Truth’s foot
heals, Young and O’Neal need to be built up as much as they possibly
can. The match was nothing of note but it did its job pretty well.

Post
break Epico and Primo jump the Players in the back.

Here’s
Santino for Sign of the Night. Most of these signs suck. Some chick
has an I Love Santino sign and he invites her into the ring. She’s
dressed like Santino and their Cobras kiss. Then she kisses him and
Santino faints.

Jerry
Lawler likes Vince in the hospital. This is the third time I’ve seen
this in a week.

Dolph
Ziggler vs. Sheamus

Non-title
here. Ziggler gets behind Sheamus to start but Sheamus easily powers
out of it. Sheamus takes him down to the mat with a headlock
followed by a shoulder for two. Ziggler gets a boot to Sheamus’ face
and sends him to the floor. Dolph is hitting and running here which
makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is diving at a power guy,
resulting in him getting caught in a fallaway slam into the barricade
as we take a break.

Back
with the guys in the ring and Ziggler putting on a chinlock. They go
to the floor and Sheamus sends Dolph into the steps but he stops to
yell at Vickie. Dolph comes back with a sweet Fameasser off the
steps to take over. Neckbreaker gets two as does an elbow drop. A
quick sleeper is countered but Dolph dropkicks him down for two.
Another neckbreaker gets two so let’s hit the chinlock again.

Sheamus
breaks out of that one just as easily as he has all of the other
ones. He starts running over Ziggler and loads up White Noise but
Ziggler escapes into a rollup for two. Dolph comes back with a
jumping DDT for two and Sheamus goes to the apron. He goes up top
and knocks Ziggler out of the air when Dolph tries to run the ropes.
The top rope shoulder gets two and there are the ten forearms in the
ropes. Irish Curse is broken up but Ziggler charges into the Brogue
Kick for the pin at 10:00 shown of 13:30.

Rating:
B-. I liked this one more than
the PPV match. Ziggler used a lot of sleepers and chinlocks, but
there’s something about him where you think that he could pull off an
upset here. He can hit that Fameasser from anywhere and it would do
him a lot of good to make that his primary finisher. This worked
well though and for a TV main event, this was fine.

Overall
Rating:
C+. What an improvement
over last week. This show felt like it was actually decent even
though nothing really happened. The main event was good and we got
another good match in Bryan vs. Kane. Above all else though, nothing
was really bad and we got some good matches too. That makes this
about ten times better than last week’s show which is the best thing
that could happen for Smackdown this week.

Results

Ryback
b. Frank Venanzia/Jared Walker – Double Samoan Drop

Alberto
Del Rio b. Christian – Cross Armbreaker

Kane
b. Daniel Bryan – Chokeslam

Zach
Ryder b. Heath Slater – Rough Ryder

Prime
Time Players b. Usos – Clash of the Titus to Jey Uso

Sheamus
b. Dolph Ziggler – Brogue Kick

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