Smackdown – August 3, 2012

Smackdown
Date:
August 3, 2012
Location:
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Commentators:
Michael Cole, Josh Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The
big story tonight is that we’re going to find out who the new GM is
tonight. For some reason WWE decided to tell us who it was on
WWE.com the day that it happened but it’s not like they care about
Smackdown anyway. Other than that I’m sure Sheamus and Del Rio will
find ways to bore us that the world never dreamed was possible.
Let’s get to it.

Do
You Know Your Enemy? Mine is the Indians’ GM. Thanks for not
trading for a starter or two and dooming our season.
Here’s
Vince to open the show. Josh says this is the first time Vince has
been on Smackdown in three years. That can’t be true can it? He
talks about the process of picking a new GM and says it has to be
someone the people respect. The new GM is Booker T. Cole: “Thank
goodness! That means he won’t be on commentary!!!” Booker thanks
Vince and the Board but is interrupted by Del Rio.
Del
Rio goes into his schtick about becoming the new world champion and
Booker tells him to stop sucking up. How exactly he was sucking up
isn’t really clear but whatever. Booker talks about what Del Rio
said on Monday about Sheamus, including how Sheamus is beneath him.
Sheamus is a peasant and was born poor and here he is. Sheamus
congratulates the new GM on being the new GM and says the first pint
is on him tonight.
Sheamus
says he’s proud of where he came from and says he wouldn’t take a few
weeks off out of fear like Del Rio has done. Del Rio says he won’t
be competing until Summerslam but Booker disagrees. Both of them
will be in the ring tonight but Del Rio says no. Booker says yes he
is and he’s facing Randy Orton. I’m so glad they spent the time
having Del Rio say he wouldn’t fight until Summerslam and made it
last less than four days. Sheamus’ match is up now.
Sheamus
vs. Tensai
Tensai
cuts an inset promo in Japanese. Ok then. They brawl into the
corner to start and Tensai knocks Sheamus back with a shoulder block.
Sheamus grabs the arm but it turns into another slugout. The champ
knocks him into the corner and takes Tensai down to the mat for a
chinlock. Tensai comes back with an elbow to the face and pounds
away. For the life of me I don’t get why they don’t just let Tensai
be Albert or A-Train again. At this point he’s just A-Train speaking
Japanese and no one cares, so why not change it back?
Sheamus
shrugs off the punches to the face and knocks Tensai to the floor.
Back in and Tensai knocks him down again and stomps in the corner.
Sheamus kicks him away and pulls himself to the top but has to jump
over Tensai instead of hitting the top rope shoulder. Irish Curse is
broken up so Sheamus clotheslines Tensai to the floor instead.
Tensai catches Sheamus in a dive off the apron and rams him into the
post as we take a break.
Back
with Tensai hitting a Vader Bomb to the back for two. A bearhug goes
on but Sheamus quickly escapes. He can’t slam Tensai so Tensai kicks
him in the head for two. Another Vader Bomb is broken up but so it
the electric chair Sheamus wanted to try. Instead he just knocks
Tensai off the ropes and out to the floor. When all else fails go
simple I guess.
There
are the ten forearms and Tensai appears to have a cut on his stomach.
As Tensai is coming back in he walks into a powerslam for two.
Sheamus gets sent into the post and the Baldo Bomb gets two. A
Tensai charge misses and the Brogue Kick gets the pin at 10:20 shown
of 13:50.
Rating:
C. From a technical standpoint
this was a pretty good power brawl, but my goodness these guys aren’t
interesting at all. Tensai is a warm body with a bald head and
tattoos on his face and that’s it. Seriously, what else is there to
say about him? Sheamus is one of my favorites but he has almost no
character at all. The match was fine but my goodness I don’t know
why they think people are going to care about these two or Del Rio
for that matter.
Eve
sucks up to Booker and tries to get a job. Booker doesn’t seem
interested and hires Teddy Long as his senior adviser. Booker sends
Eve in her little black dress out.
Antonio
Cesaro vs. Santino Marella
Cole
takes a jab at Sarah Palin before the match for some reason. Uh oh,
she might yell at him on Facebook. Cesaro says hi to us in five
languages before the match. Cesaro immediately takes Santino into
the corner but gets rolled up for two. A gutwrench suplex puts
Marella down and it’s off to a chinlock. Santino makes his comeback
with his usual stuff but the Cobra is blocked. Gotch Style
Neutralizer is broken up and the Cobra gets two due to Cesaro’s leg
being under the rope. Out to the floor and Santino is sent into the
barricade. Back inside the Neutralizer gets the pin at 2:34.
Bryan
is in the back and we get a video on his psych evaluation from Raw.
Bryan says he has no comments and that he’s going to be saying NO a
lot more often because the fans have stolen his catchphrase. He also
doesn’t need another psychiatric evaluation. As he’s shouting no,
the lights go out and it’s time for a six man.
Christian/Chris
Jericho/Kane vs. Daniel Bryan/Dolph Ziggler/The Miz
Bryan
has a NO NO NO shirt now. Christian and Bryan start things off and
the fans chant YES. Bryan takes him to the mat and stomps away but
Christian speeds things up and takes Bryan down with a shoulder
block. Off to Kane with the top rope clothesline for two. Bryan
avoids a charge to send Kane into the corner and it’s off to Miz.
Jericho comes in but gets distracted by Ziggler, allowing Miz to kick
him in the face.
Dolph
comes in legally and is immediately sent to the floor by Jericho.
Vickie acts as a human shield to block a dive and we take a break.
Back with Miz holding Christian in a chinlock. Back up and Christian
grabs a sunset flip for two on Miz but the champ kicks Christian in
the face for two. Off to Bryan for some NO kicks followed by a
Ziggler dropkick for two.
Back
to Miz as the heels are working well together. Another boot to the
face gets yet another two count on Christian and it’s off to a
chinlock. Miz’s running clothesline in the corner eats boots and
Christian takes him down with a jumping back elbow off the middle
rope. Double tags bring in Bryan and Jericho and they run the ropes.
Jericho changes directions and hits a springboard dropkick to take
out Ziggler.
Lionsault
gets two on Bryan and it’s off to Kane. Christian and Miz tumble to
the floor, landing on Kane in the process. Jericho puts Bryan in the
Liontamer but Jericho has to hit a Codebreaker on Ziggler. The
distraction lets Bryan roll him up for the pin at 8:30 shown of
12:00.
Rating:
C+. This was fine for a midcard
six man tag. It’s very good to see Smackdown putting on some longer
matches since Raw doesn’t seem all that interested in pushing anyone
new outside of the same group of people that always dominate the TV
time. I’m looking forward to some of these blowoff matches and
having three feuds in one match is never a bad thing.
Bryan
shouts NO in a fan’s face post match.
Orton
says the WWE is his life and being away from Raw and Smackdown was
like taking the breath away from him. Del Rio is only the #1
contender because he hasn’t faced Orton. Tonight it’s an RKO for Del
Rio.
Jinder
Mahal vs. Ryback
Ryback
actually gets to cut an inset promo, talking about how he lives by
the rule of eat or be eaten and everywhere he looks in the WWE, he
sees food. Feed him more. Not bad. Ryback slams him to the mat and
rams Mahal’s head into the mat to start. Mahal comes back with the
jumping knee to the head but a second one is countered into a
spinebuster to put Mahal down. They head outside and Mahal hits
Ryback in the head with I think the microphone for the DQ at 1:13.
The
Prime Time Players want t-shirts.
Darren
Young vs. R-Truth
Truth
goes right after Young to start and pounds him into the corner and
then against the ropes. AW is at ringside and has the mic again.
Truth is sent to the floor and Titus gets in some shots, so here’s
Kofi for the save. AW throws his jacket at Kofi’s head so Kofi
chases him off. Truth tries to suplex Young back in but Titus trips
him up for two. Kofi is back now but gets his head taken off by
Titus. The distraction lets Young hit the double knee gutbuster for
the pin at 1:55.
Raw
ReBound is about Punk’s explanation and the eventual announcement of
the triple threat match.
TOUT
IT OUT ABOUT PUNK BABY! Oh my goodness these people get on my
nerves.
We
recap Booker being announced as GM.
Booker
is on the phone in the back when Layla comes in. Cody Rhodes comes
in to brag about retiring Booker earlier this year. Layla leaves and
Booker makes Cody vs. Sin Cara for next week.
Randy
Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del
Rio sends him into the corner immediately and works on the arm.
Orton comes back with a clothesline and pounds away in the corner.
Del Rio goes to the floor but comes back in and rams Orton into the
top rope to take over. Out to the floor we go and Del Rio kicks
Orton in the chest. Del Rio hooks a chinlock but Orton escapes and
hits his circle of stomps. Knee drop misses and Alberto takes over
again.
Orton
gets sent into the corner and Del Rio kicks him again. I’m not sure
if the black trunks are helping Del Rio or not. Orton avoids a
charging Alberto, sending Del Rio’s shoulder into the post. That
gets two and Orton starts his finishing sequence. The powerslam puts
Del Rio down as does the Elevated DDT. Here comes the RKO but
Ricardo runs in for the DQ at 6:13.
Rating:
D. Nothing to see here at all
but thank goodness they didn’t have Orton get a clean pin over the #1
contender here. I don’t think I could take another triple threat at
this point. Actually scratch that as it would be better than Sheamus
vs. Del Rio again. The match was really short for a Smackdown main
event, but then again we had to TOUT stuff earlier so some of the
time had to be given away.
Post
match Del Rio goes after the arm but Orton blocks the armbreaker and
dropkicks Del Rio to the floor. Sheamus throws Del Rio in for the
RKO to end the show.
Overall
Rating
: C. After last week’s
good show, this was a disappointment. The main event didn’t do
anything, but that’s partially because it was about advancing a feud
that no one wants to see. Booker as GM is a good enough choice as
he’s still well known enough to be considered a big deal as a boss.
This show was ok overall but as is becoming the norm with Smackdown,
if you missed it you never would know the difference.
Results
Sheamus
b. Tensai – Brogue Kick
Antonio
Cesaro b. Santino Marella – Gotch Style Neutralizer
Daniel
Bryan/The Miz/Dolph Ziggler b. Christian/Kane/Chris Jericho –
Rollup to Jericho
Ryback
b. Jinder Mahal via DQ when Mahal hit Ryback with the microphone
Darren
Young b. R-Truth – Double Knee Gutbuster
Randy
Orton b. Alberto Del Rio via DQ when Ricardo Rodriguez interfered
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