Smackdown – July 27, 2012

Smackdown
Date: July 27, 2012
Location: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Commentators: Booker T, Michael Cole, Josh Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
With
Raw 1000 over now we can actually start building towards Summerslam and
we’ll begin that with finding a new #1 contender. There’s a fourway
tonight and the winner gets Sheamus at the PPV. Other than that it’s
hard to say what we’ll get tonight as things will have to be reset from
MITB but we had a throwaway show last week. Hopefully things pick up
from last week. Let’s get to it.

We open with a long video about Raw 1000, which I believe is the same one from NXT.
Do You Know Your Enemy? Mine is the distance to my nearest movie theater.
Here’s
Miz to open the show. Miz says he’s the new face of the IC Title and
he’d love to thank every one of Christian’s fans, because they voted for
him to defend the belt on Monday. He gets ready to say his catchphrase
and here’s Christian. Christian says he’s using his rematch clause
tonight so here we go.
Intercontinental Title: Christian vs. The Miz
Miz
hits a quick slam and punches away in the corner. Christian sends him
to the apron but charges into a shoulder to the ribs. Miz gets knocked
to the floor and a baseball slide takes him out. Back in and the champ
punches Christian right back down and hits the corner clothesline. Top
rope double ax gets two and we hit the chinlock. Christian fights out of
it quickly and hits a flapjack, causing Miz to roll to the apron. For
the second time though Christian charges at Miz on the apron and again
it goes badly for him as Miz backdrops Christian to the floor.
We
take a break and come back with Miz still in control but Christian
fires off some right hands. A cradle gets two for Christian but the
Reality Check gets two for Miz. Another corner clothesline runs into a
boot to the face from Christian. He loads up what was probably the frog
splash but Miz gets up before Christian can jump. They fight on the top
with Miz getting knocked down, but the splash hits knees for two.
Christian
comes back again by knocking Miz backwards and hitting a missile
dropkick from the middle rope. Christian makes his comeback and slams
Miz’s back into the top rope. A cross body gets two as does the reverse
DDT. The sunset flip out of the corner is countered by Miz but a big
kick to the face misses as well and Christian rolls him up for two.
A
middle rope back elbow puts Miz down but the Killswitch is countered
into the short DDT for two. Miz goes up but gets slammed off the middle
rope. Christian sets for the spear but Miz bails. Back in and both
finishers are countered but Miz pokes Christian in the eye and rolls him
up to retain at 10:38 shown of 14:08. He had some tights in the rollup
too.
Rating: B-.
This worked well as they had time to get things going. The idea here
that Christian was 100% tonight and Miz still beat him (albeit with
cheating) is fine. It makes Miz look good as he gets another victory
over a pretty big name and lets him get some more relevance, which he’s
been lacking horribly since losing the title last year.
Ryback vs. Jinder Mahal
Mahal
gets in some shots but runs into a big boot to the chest. Ryback
suplexes him to the apron but Mahal gets a knee to the head of Ryback to
take over. A jumping knee to the head actually gets one as Mahal is in
control. Mahal works on the back with knees and an elbow followed by the
camel clutch. Ryback will have none of that though and hits the Over
the Shoulder Boulder Holder to escape. A spinebuster puts Mahal down but
he ducks the clothesline. Mahal bails and takes the countout loss at
2:45. Nice to see them give Ryback something that isn’t just a 90 second
squash.
We watch the end of Raw, and now it’s time to TOUT IT OUT BABY!
Bryan
is in the back and looking sad when Sheamus comes in with a present.
Sheamus lists off everything that happened to Bryan on Raw but Bryan
yells about AJ not being done with him and about Rock being gone for six
months and how no one cares about Charlie Sheen. Sheamus hands him the
gift and says it was for Bryan’s wedding night and leaves. Bryan
complains about the wrapping job and opens the gift. He slams it down
and leaves. The camera shows us that it was a book with a picture of
Sheamus kicking Bryan at Mania. The title: How to Last More Than 18
Seconds.
Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes
Non-title.
Feeling out process for the first minute or so. Sheamus has a big black
eye. A big shot to the chest puts Cody down for two and they fight over
arm control. A tilt-a-whirl backbreaker puts Cody down for another two.
Cody escapes the ten forearms in the ropes but after a chase, Cody gets
caught in them anyway while standing in the ring. They both go to the
apron and Sheamus is sent into the post. That gets a 9 count on the
floor…and here’s Ziggler.
We
take a break and come back with Cody working on the arm that went into
the post. A dropkick gets two on Sheamus and a running knee to the head
gets the same. Cody tries a full nelson which is quickly broken up. A
dropkick to the knee slows Sheamus down but he puts Cody down with a
backdrop.
Sheamus
hits a knee lift and powerslam but a charge into the corner misses.
Cody misses a moonsault press off the top and the Irish Curse gets two.
Sheamus gets sent to the floor to give Cody a breather. Back in the
Disaster Kick gets two but an attempt at a second one is caught in mid
air into White Noise. Brogue Kick ends this at 9:38 shown of 13:08.
Rating: C.
This was a good TV match and another win for Sheamus. Cody is still in
limbo but he can still put on some decent matches like this one. He
desperately needs a feud or a character change soon though as he’s
floundering where he is now. Either way this was fine and Sheamus being
on TV every week is a good way for him to stay over like he does.
Ziggler
thinks about cashing in but backs away. Chris Jericho runs out and
throws Ziggler in and Dolph gets a Brogue Kick. His head looked like the
mannequin on Conan. Jericho is wearing a Ziggler shirt for some reason.
Sheamus leaves and Jericho hits a Codebreaker on Ziggler.
Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro
No
entrance for Cesaro. Cesaro immediately takes him to the mat and smacks
Santino in the head. Gutwrench suplex puts Santino down and it’s off to
a chinlock. Santino makes his comeback with the usual stuff and he
survives an Aksana distraction. The Cobra is countered into a hot shot
and the Neutralizer gets the pin at 2:07. Basically a squash.
We get the HHH/Stephanie/Heyman segment from Monday. I’m still impressed by Stephanie in that dress.
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow
attacks immediately and sends Tatsu to the floor. Back in and a Russian
legsweep puts Tatsu down followed by some elbows. Sandow fires off the
knees to the chest and the neckbreaker gets the pin at 1:16.
Sandow
says that he is the martyr of everyone that was glad he got beat up on
Monday. It didn’t air on this video I’m watching but apparently HHH came
out and Pedigreed him. That may have just been for the live crowd.
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio
Winner
gets the shot at Sheamus at Summerslam. Kane and Del Rio are sent to
the floor. Bryan hits the suicide shove on Kane and Rey hits the seated
senton on Del Rio. Back in and it’s Rey vs. Bryan with Rey being taken
off the top so Bryan can take over. Kane is sent into the steps as Bryan
fires away the kicks to Rey. Rey takes Bryan down and loads up 619, but
Del Rio breaks it up because why would you want one of the four people
in the match to take a finishing move?
Kane
comes back in and takes down Del Rio before hitting the top rope
clothesline on Bryan for no cover. The smaller guys escape the double
chokeslam but they can’t escape a double suplex. Everyone is down as we
take a break. Back with Del Rio stomping down Bryan in the corner. Bryan
comes back and fires off kicks of his own in the opposite corner but
Del Rio kicks him in the arm to break the momentum.
The
cross armbreaker goes on but Mysterio breaks it up. Kane comes back in
and cleans house, getting two off a clothesline to Rey. He charges into
some boots from Rey in the corner but Rey counters a powerslam into a
DDT to put both guys down. Del Rio comes back in and beats them both
down before focusing solely on Kane. A Backstabber gets two as Bryan is
back in with kicks. There’s the LeBell Lock on Del Rio but Kane makes
the save.
Bryan
is sent to the floor and Del Rio hits a Codebreaker on the arm. That
gets two as does the chokeslam with Rey making the save. Bryan sends
Kane into the crowd, leaving Del Rio and Rey in the ring. A kick to the
head gets two for Rey but Bryan breaks up the 619. Rey hits a 12 2 18 on
Bryan and Del Rio and the top rope splash gets two on Bryan. Ricardo
pulls Rey to the floor and Del Rio steals the pin on Bryan at 9:45 shown
of 13:15.
Rating: B-.
This started off slow but after the commercial break it got much
better. They picked the pace way up and never let there be the same two
guys in there for very long at all. The ending was a nice touch too as
Del Rio came out of nowhere to steal the pin. This was a good TV main
event which is the right idea, and it sets up a match later on which is
the more important thing.
Overall Rating: B.
With three matches that went over ten minutes each and were all good,
it’s hard to call this anything but good. This was a very wrestling
heavy show and a lot of stuff was addressed. We had a title match, a
furthering of Jericho vs. Ziggler, a world title announced for the PPV,
and two matches with upcoming midcarders. That’s a good use of two hours
and makes this one of the better Smackdowns in a long time.
Results
The Miz b. Christian – Rollup
Ryback b. Jinder Mahal via countout
Sheamus b. Cody Rhodes – Brogue Kick
Antonio Cesaro b. Santino Marella – Gotch Style Neutralizer
Damien Sandow b. Yoshi Tatsu – Double Arm Neckbreaker
Alberto Del Rio b. Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio and Kane – Del Rio pinned Bryan after a splash from Mysterio
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