Smackdown – October 19, 2012

October 19, 2012
FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
Josh Matthews, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
to the blue show after things have taken a fresh turn on Raw. We’re
closing in on the Cell where apparently Show vs. Sheamus isn’t in the
Cell, likely leaving them open for a rematch next month. I’m
enjoying this story way better than I likely should but having a
clash of two titans like this is always fun. Hopefully things pick
up a bit on here. Let’s get to it.

You Know Your Enemy? Mine is a barn that my uncle fell off
the now non-Intercontinental Champion Miz for MizTV. He has a NASTY
looking gash above his eye from where Kofi kicked him on Monday.
He’s cashing in his rematch clause and he’ll prove why he’s must see.
No date is given but presumably it’s at the PPV. His guests tonight
are HELL NO. Yeah the match is officially at the PPV. Miz says if
they were a real tag team, they would come out together. Bryan
offers to separate Miz’s teeth from his mouth. Miz makes fun of the
Goat Face and says the lack of continuity is going to cost them the
says that he’s won tag titles with giants, psychopaths with multiple
personalities and a dead man so Bryan is no problem. Bryan says that
he’s the reason they’ll keep the titles because he’s the world’s
toughest vegan. Kane says that’s like being the world’s tallest
dwarf, but Bryan has that covered too. Miz: “Can I say something
here?” Kane and Bryan: “NO!”
champions argue again with Bryan mentioning the MITB cash in over Big
Show, drawing out the big man for a rebuttal. Show says he has no
issue with Kane (even though they’re fighting on Monday) but he has
one with Bryan. He doesn’t want to hear about Bryan beating him in
45 seconds again or he’s going to knock Bryan out. He says he’ll
knock Bryan out now but Kane gets in Show’s way, saying they don’t
have to wait for Monday. This brings out….Dolph Ziggler?
talks about how talking about Bryan and MITB is so last year and he
should be the focus because he’s cashing in on either Sheamus or Big
Show. Ziggler says if Bryan can do it to Big Show, how hard can it
be? An argument breaks out and Booker comes out but Miz says that
Booker can save his time because he knows what’s coming. Instead
Booker makes HELL NO vs. Show/Ziggler and Miz vs. a surprise. When
they have this huge tag division all of a sudden, do we need to have
these one night only tag teams to fight them? Here’s Miz’s surprise.
Miz vs. Randy Orton
is looking a bit more like he did in 2004. I think it’s the not
being orange and having a bit more hair. This is joined in progress
after a break with Randy clotheslining Miz down and stomping away.
Del Rio and Ricardo are watching from a sky box. Miz pounds away in
the corner but Orton comes right back and pounds away as well. A
belly to back suplex gets two for Orton but Miz comes back and knocks
Randy off the apron and into the barricade as we take a break.
with Orton in a chinlock which Miz follows up with a Reality Check
for two. Striker is in the sky box to talk to Ricardo and Alberto.
For all we know, right now Miz and Orton are doing the Charleston.
Del Rio says he’s the new Apex Predator in the WWE and that’s about
it. Back in the ring Miz hits the corner clothesline but Orton
crotches him on the top. Orton superplexes Miz down for two and a
clothesline puts Miz on the floor.
in and Orton glares at Del Rio before dropkicking Miz down for two.
Miz comes back with the short DDT for two of his own. Orton comes
back with a quick elevated DDT before going insane and loading up the
RKO. Miz avoids it and tries the Finale but Orton rolls away and
hits the RKO for the pin at 7:30 shown of 11:00.
C. Well at least Miz isn’t a
champion anymore. The match wasn’t anything great but these two have
never had the best chemistry. Miz seems to be the latest victim of
of writers being bored syndrome as he came back, got a quick push,
and then the push just stopped for the sake of someone else getting a
push. It’s stuff like that which causes no one to be over or
credible anymore.
Rio says they’re going to do this on his terms at HIAC.
runs into Teddy in the back and the champ wants Barrett tonight.
Teddy says he’ll talk to Booker about it and he’ll try to make it a
lumberjack match. Sheamus: “I feel you playa.” Eve is lurking
in the background.
Scholars vs. Tyson Kidd/Justin Gabriel
and Cody start but it’s off to Tyson very fast with a kick to the
back for two. Cody and Sandow head to the floor with Gabriel taking
Damien out with a dive. Cody gets in a cheap shot and we head back
into the ring for some heel beating. Sandow takes him down and drops
the windup elbow for two. Gabriel gets in a kick to the face to take
Rhodes down and it’s off to Kidd. He cleans a few rooms of the house
with a dropkick to the side of Sandow’s head but as he puts Damien in
the Sharpshooter, Cody gets a blind tag and hits the Disaster Kick
for the pin at 3:20.
C-. Nothing much to see here as
it’s just another Rhodes Scholars squash to set up the tournament
final on Raw. This was a squash but it was nothing interesting.
Also, we have another case of the back and forth booking as Kidd and
Gabriel had good competitive matches with Cesaro but here’s they’re
jobbers for a tag team. Either push the guys as good, tough
opponents or make them full on jobbers.
is sucking up to Booker in the back when Teddy comes in to pitch the
lumberjack match idea to Booker. Eve says she’s been talking about
that for weeks and Teddy stole his idea. Since apparently Booker
doesn’t watch the show and no one with a brain in wrestling ever
WAS A CAMERA RIGHT THERE, Teddy has no defense. Instead he looks at
an iPad after the other two leave.
NO vs. Dolph Ziggler/Big Show
entrances for either team. Bryan and Ziggler start things off with
Bryan being taken to the mat in a bit of a surprise. A dropkick puts
Daniel down and it’s off to Big Show. The other monster gets the tag
and they slug it out with Show spearing Kane down. Show pounds away
in the corner but misses a charge, allowing Kane to bring in Bryan
for the NO kicks. The big kick to the head is blocked though and
Show gorilla presses Bryan to the floor.
take a break and come back with Ziggler ramming Bryan’s face into
Show’s boot for one. Off to Show but Bryan avoids the chop in the
corner. He tries to dive for Kane but Show easily throws him down.
The chokeslam is countered into the DDT but Ziggler breaks up another
tag with a neckbreaker on Bryan. Ziggler drops a bunch of elbows
including a jumping version which gets two. Back to Show who punches
Bryan in the ribs and puts on a stomach claw.
to Ziggler but he misses a Stinger Splash in the corner and there’s
the hot tag to Kane. The Fameasser misses Kane but a big boot gets
two on Ziggler. Bryan tags himself in of course, and hits a running
clothesline on Dolph, followed by a running dropkick in the corner.
Bryan dives at Big Show and gets shoved down as everything breaks
down. Kane takes Show down and the NO Lock submits Ziggler at 10:02
shown of 13:32.
C. Dolph tapping out was the
only way they could go here. I mean, he didn’t get beaten on Monday
and by law he absolutely must job once a week so that his cash in
will be as shocking as possible, and by shocking I mean really
freaking obvious. Also I could go without having these random teams
facing HELL NO every week.
champs argue on the stage when Rhodes Scholars jump them. They’re
not even pretending that the tournament is up for grabs anymore.
recap the end of Barrett vs. Sheamus from Raw.
Cesaro vs. Ted DiBiase
the match we get a vignette of Cesaro at Sun Studio (where Elvis
recorded a lot of his stuff) and criticizing country music. These
kind of things are way better than seeing the people in the back all
the time. Ted starts with a dropkick but gets sent to the floor
almost immediately. Antonio drops Ted face first on the apron and
we’re entering squash mode. Cesaro hits the gutwrench suplex and
puts on a cravate. DiBiase makes a quick comeback with a clothesline
and sitout spinebuster, but he jumps into the uppercut to stop him
cold. There’s the Neutralizer for the pin at 2:39.
ReBound is about the end of the show with the contract signing and
Ryback killing Punk.
Slater vs. Brodus Clay
Band continues to look hilariously stupid. Slater jumps Brodus in
the corner to start but the big man will have none of that. A suplex
puts Slater down but Brodus charges into a boot in the corner. A
middle rope missile dropkick staggers Clay but Slater gets killed by
the overhead suplex. Clay has to chase off the Band and Slater hits
that falling cutter of his for the pin at 1:55. It was nice looking
at your girls Brodus. Sorry you had to die this badly.
isn’t sure Sheamus is a tough guy but he’s certainly stupid. Why
fight Barrett tonight when you have to defend against Big Show? Wade
hopes that Show remembers the beatdown tonight and wants the favor
repaid once Show wins the title.
vs. Natalya
head to the mat and then the floor almost immediately with Nattie
taking over. Eve continues to talk about the attack on Kaitlyn
because that’s still a thing for some reason. Natalya hooks a
modified abdominal stretch which is quickly escapes and a kick to the
face gets Layla the pin at 1:55. It’s really hard to take Layla
seriously when her song is about not being able to get enough sex and
her video is of her dancing.
is with Kaitlyn and the iPad apparently belongs to Eve. Apparently
there’s information on there that proves Eve is evil and needs to be
stopped. Gee, who would have seen that coming? Kaitlyn takes a
picture of the iPad screen. She says keep this quiet for now. You
are the lumberjacks for the main event.
Barrett vs. Sheamus
of course and Show is a lumberjack. Barrett pounds away in the
corner but the champion slugs right back. Barrett comes back with a
kick to the ribs and a pumphandle slam for two. Sheamus gets sat on
the ropes for the big boot, knocking the champion to the outside.
Back in that gets two as Big Show is just standing there watching.
Sheamus is sent chest first into the buckle as the dominance
continues. Matthews says it’s a stalemate. I’d hate to see a
beating then.
take a break and come back with Sheamus making a comeback and hitting
a Regal Roll for no cover. There are the ten forearms in the ropes
followed by White Noise. Sheamus loads up the Brogue Kick but the
3MB pulls Barret to the floor. The champ dives on all of them to
take them out but Barrett hits a running back elbow and a big boot
for two back inside.
is escaped and the Brogue Kick misses too. Barrett clotheslines
Sheamus to the floor and it’s time for the big lumberjack brawl.
Back in and Wade charges into the Irish Curse….and here’s HELL NO
to get the Rhodes Scholars. Brogue Kick ends Barrett at 7:24 shown
of 10:54.
C+. I usually love the brawls
these two have but this was the short and not that great version.
The focus was on the lumberjacks and while Sheamus got beaten up, it
never felt like he was in any real danger. That made the main event
more about waiting for the ending rather than being an interesting
match. That’s not good but the match still wasn’t bad.
match Ziggler knocks Sheamus down and tries to cash in but Big Show
knocks Ziggler out cold with the punch. Show says he’s taking the
title at the PPV.
D+. This show didn’t do
anything for me. Aside from how uninteresting the Eve stuff is, now
it’s just getting stupid as they have the evidence they need to prove
she’s lying on tape and they won’t use it, and then they do something
in front of a camera and say keep this secret. On top of that, the
tournament final on Monday looks like a waste of time given what we
saw here. Smackdown is just worthless at this point and I don’t see
that changing anytime soon.
Orton b. The Miz – RKO
Scholars b. Tyson Kidd/Justin Gabriel – Disaster Kick to Kidd
NO b. Dolph Ziggler/Big Show – NO Lock to Ziggler
Cesaro b. Ted DiBiase – Neutralizer
Slater b. Brodus Clay – Falling Cutter
b. Natalya – Kick to the head
b. Wade Barrett – Brogue Kick
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