Smackdown – July 13, 2012

Smackdown

Date:
July 13, 2012

Location:
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

Commentators:
Michael Cole, Booker T, Josh Matthews

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

This
is the final show before Money in the Bank and most of the show is
set. For the short term, tonight Zach Ryder is in charge after
winning a battle royal last week. We have another week or two before
we get a permanent GM so putting Ryder out here like this is a good
idea as it gives him some TV time to remind people that he’s still
alive. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a clip from Z True Long Island Story of Ryder celebrating
his win in the battle royal.

Do
you know your enemy? Mine is that extra day off after the All Star
Game. What was the point of it?

Here’s
Ryder to open the show. He welcomes us to Zach-Down and leads us in
a huge fist pump.

Alberto
Del Rio vs. Sin Cara

Del
Rio makes fun of Ryder so Ryder makes this match. Cara avoids a
charging Del Rio but gets taken down by a fast knee for two. The
stupid lights are off again. Del Rio takes him down before bending
Cara over the middle rope for some choking. Cara avoids a charge in
the corner and fires off some kicks. A DDT gets two on Alberto but
he comes back with a chop to put Cara down.

Now
Del Rio misses a charge of his own and Cara kicks him to the floor.
A suicide dive sends Del Rio into the barricade as we take a break.
Back with Cara hitting a running kick to the chest for two. Del Rio
shrugs that off and grabs the arm as is his custom. He hooks an
armbar and cranks on it for a good while. Del Rio misses a charge in
the corner (a theme in this match) and Cara snaps off a rana to take
over. A spinning DDT gets two for Cara but a Swanton misses. Cross
Armbreaker finishes this at 6:40 shown of 10:10.

Rating:
C+. This was a better match
than I was expecting and Cara looked pretty good in it, but the big
issue: why does Cara need to be in here? He’s in the MITB match on
Sunday and therefore may be a world title contender in the very near
future, but he has to job here. Why? Was there NO ONE else on the
roster that Del Rio could have made to tap here? I know I say this a
lot but WWE keeps doing it.

We
get a quick Tout video from Cena, talking about his favorite Raw
moment, which is the night when he was drafter to Raw. This is
followed by some fans’ videos. This is going to get old REALLY fast.
All of these favorite moments are from the last two years.

Big
Show complains to Ryder about how the show is being run. He
threatens to knock Ryder out but Khali stops it. Ryder makes a match
between the two of them tonight. Khali does Woo Woo Woo.

Primo
vs. Darren Young

Young
pounds him down to start but Primo comes back with some punches. The
running hip attack hits Young while he’s in 619 position but Primo
walks into a hot shot. AW is on a mic all of a sudden and says this
beatdown is courtesy of All World Enterprises. Young chops away and
drops a leg on Primo while he’s on the apron. Back in there’s a
regular legdrop and an elbow gets two. AW is playing this role
perfectly. Off to a cravate to kill some time but Primo makes a
comeback. Young knocks him right back down but he wastes too much
time, getting small packaged and pinned clean at 4:08.

Rating:
D+. Nothing to see here, but
AGAIN, what is the point in having one of your #1 contenders lose
here? Young isn’t great on his own, but why did he need to lose
here? What does this gain? If my memory is right, the match on the
preshow is non-title, so you don’t need to keep the Colons strong.
Also why isn’t the tag title match happening there? This makes next
to no sense on all fronts.

Did
you know: Raw has aired 300 more episodes than Monday Night Football.
Yes WWE, it means something that when you air 50 episodes a year,
you can beat a show that airs 17 a year. Good job.

Another
Raw moment is Edge retiring.

Ryder
and Sheamus are doing nothing in the back so Jericho comes up and
runs his mouth. Ryder makes them the main event.

Christian/Santino
Marella vs. Cody Rhodes/Dolph Ziggler

Christian
and Cody start us off and the Canadian is taken down by a shoulder
block. Christian comes back and brings in Santino, causing Cody to
runs away. Off to Ziggler whose hair is slicked back enough that you
could barely tell it was there from behind. Ziggler takes him to the
mat and we have no commentary. Santino cranks on the arm and I’d
assume the audio being gone is a production thing that will be fixed
during the broadcast.

Santino
works on the arm and brings in Christian, but it’s back to Cody who
takes over. Ziggler comes in and we hit the chinlock for a bit.
Back to Cody whose Alabama Slam is countered and Christian hits a
flapjack to take over. Hot tag brings in Santino and he cleans
house, but Cody breaks up the Cobra. Cody and Christian brawl up the
ramp, allowing the Zig Zag to hit Santino for the pin at 4:32.

Rating:
C-. Not much to see here and
while it’s annoying to have another big name and in this case a
champion get beaten here, at least it was by someone that would be in
the same match as them on Sunday. Santino is there for comedy anyway
so it’s not that big of a deal. Ziggler and Cody are the favorites
for the match too so if one of them win, that makes it a bit better.

Raw
ReBound is the ending to the show with the tag match and AJ slapping
both Bryan and Punk.

Great
Khali vs. Big Show

Commentary
is back now. They circle each other for a bit and the WMD gets the
pin in 33 seconds. I’m so glad they did this aren’t you? One good
thing though: Khali has nothing to lose here so the win means
something (I guess) and Show looks dominant going into Sunday. Why
can’t that be the case in every match?

Ryback
vs. Tyler Reks

Makes
sense after Hawkins getting beat last week. Ryback throws him around
to start and sends Reks to the floor, only to get stunned coming back
into the ring. That’s the extent of Reks’ offense here though, as
Ryback suplexes him down. Reks gets a right hand to Ryback’s ribs
but gets clotheslined right down. Shell Shock gets the pin at 1:50.
Handicap match next week?

Hugh
Jackman was on Raw once.

Rock
will be on the 1000th Raw.

Some
fans Tout their favorite Raw moments. They’re all from the Attitude
Era other than one from 2007. Again, why am I supposed to care about
this stuff?

Justin
Gabriel vs. Damien Sandow

Sandow
takes him down quickly and hooks a chinlock. Justin makes a short
comeback with some strikes but he walks into some knees to the face
and the double arm neckbreaker gets the pin at 1:30. Total squash.

We
recap the reveal of the Anonymous Raw GM because once just wasn’t
enough I guess.

We
run down the card for Sunday, all four matches of it.

Sheamus
vs. Chris Jericho

Non-title
here. Sheamus shoves him into the corner and Jericho slaps him.
Sheamus pounds him into another corner and Jericho bails to the
floor. Back inside and Jericho gets drilled down again. Jericho
gets a boot up and hits a middle rope missile dropkick for two.
Sheamus is having none of that and hits the ten forearms before
knocking Jericho off the apron and onto the announce table.

We
take a break and come back with Jericho kicking Sheamus in the chest.
Jericho hooks a chinlock but Sheamus gets up and avoids a charge,
sending Jericho’s shoulder into the post. Irish Curse gets two as
does the Regal Roll. Jericho tries a quick Codebreaker but Sheamus
counters. Brogue Kick gets Sheamus caught in the ropes and Jericho
hits the springboard dropkick for two.

Sheamus
knocks him down again and loads up the High Cross but Jericho
counters into the Walls. Sheamus makes a rope but gets put right
back into the hold. Jericho pulls him back into the middle of the
ring but Sheamus escapes and White Noise gets two. Brogue Kick
misses and the Codebreaker gets two. Sheamus kicks Jericho away and
pulls himself to the top but jumps into two knees to the face called
the Codebreaker. THAT gets two and Jericho is furious. Jericho
tells Sheamus to get up but walks into the Brogue for the pin at
12:00 shown of 15:30.

Rating:
B. This was your usual good
Smackdown main event. I can live with Jericho living here because he
dominated the match and lost on a Hail Mary Brogue Kick from Sheamus.
They beat on each other for a long time until it was hard to say who
was going to win at the end. That’s hard to do anymore but it worked
very well here. Good stuff.

Post
breaks here’s Del Rio’s car but Del Rio pops up behind Sheamus and
puts him in the armbreaker over the stage. You know, exactly what he
was supposed to do a few weeks ago before their other match. Sheamus
is in trouble to end the show.

Overall
Rating:
C. This wasn’t bad, but
Smackdown continues to be completely not required wrestling to watch
anymore. With all of the recaps on here and the quick squashes other
than the main event, there wasn’t much worth seeing. MITB looks like
it’s just a bump in the road before the 1000th Raw which is the real
major show this month. After that though, it looks like they could
be in big trouble. Nothing to see here but it’s nothing too bad.
Also, what did Ryder do here other than make like 2 matches?

Results

Alberto
Del Rio b. Sin Cara – Cross Armbreaker

Primo
b. Darren Young – Small Package

Big
Show b. Great Khali – WMD

Ryback
b. Tyler Reks – Shell Shock

Damien
Sandow b. Justin Gabriel – Double Arm Neckbreaker

Sheamus
b. Chris Jericho – Brogue Kick

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