Smackdown – November 16, 2012

Smackdown
Date:
November 16, 2012
Location:
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
two days away from Survivor Series and did you know Sheamus is
fighting Big Show again? That’s a serious question actually as it’s
been passed over even more than most Smackdown main event matches
have been in recent memory. Other than that this is likely going to
be used to talk about Foley vs. Ziggler some more, because there’s no
real reason for that match to happen, but it’s happening anyway
because WWE has no idea what they want to do right now. Let’s get to
it.

They
do the voiceover nonsense again to preview the show. It’s a recap of
Raw and a quick discussion of Sheamus vs. Show.
Sheamus
is in the parking lot and waiting on Show I think.
Here’s
the freshly face Miz to open the show with MizTV. This will help the
face reactions but it’ll be interesting to see what happens when he’s
not in his hometown. He gets a Miz Is Awesome chant and welcomes us
to his show before talking about his match on Sunday. Miz sucks up
to the fans about voting him into the PPV but thinks it might be
because he’s on the poster.
He
talks about how he’s accomplished more than anyone else in the match,
including Ziggler. This brings him to the guest of the evening: Mick
Foley. Foley immediately goes for the cheap pop but Miz says this is
his hometown so he gets the cheap pop. After a cheap plug for
Foley’s new book, Mick talks about how Miz is a new person at the
moment. However, he isn’t sure which Miz is going to show up at
Survivor Series. Will it be the one that beat Cena in the main event
of Wrestlemania or the one that is always taking vacations and
growing a weak beard?
Miz
thinks there’s no point to asking that question because Miz is the
last person who Foley has to worry about. There’s the guy that stole
the Intercontinental Title from Miz and tag champions that don’t like
each other. Foley brings out those three people (Kofi and HELL NO)
along with Orton, which is all of Team Foley. Foley tells someone to
start the conversation, leading to an argument between Bryan and
Kane.
Kane
says his back feels better from not having to carry Miz on Monday.
Bryan says because of him, Kane isn’t roaming basements and scaring
little children. Kane: “I roam basements and scare little children
regardless.” Kofi breaks up the argument so Miz yells at Kingston
for playing peacekeeper. He didn’t like Kofi kicking him in the face
last week and Foley has to break up another argument.
Orton
talks about his history with Foley but says he likes Foley more than
anyone else on the team. Orton shoves down part of the set and
here’s Team Ziggler. I completely forgot Barrett was on that team at
all. Ziggler says that team is pretty sad even for Foley, which is
kind of a stretch I’d think. Dolph talks about team unity but keeps
having to call down Del Rio for talking to Ricardo too much.
Del
Rio wants to be team leader and an argument breaks out until Foley
says he has match making power tonight. Well sure, why not. It’s
Ziggler/Del Rio vs. Miz/Orton. Ziggler says Barrett is better than
Miz so it’s Barrett vs….Kane? Bryan yells NO a lot but Sandow
demands SILENCE. He runs down the team but Kofi cuts them off and
it’s Kingston vs. Damien right now.
Damien
Sandow vs. Kofi Kingston
Non-title
of course and the pink trunks are back. Kofi snaps off some armdrags
as we see the backdrop that hurt Cody. Kofi sends Sandow to the
floor and hits a dropkick back inside for two. More kicks put Damien
down for two and we head back to the floor for a suicide dive by
Kofi. We take a break and come back with Kingston hammering away but
Damien hitting a running flip neckbreaker for two.
The
Wind-Up elbow gets two more and it’s time for Kofi’s comeback. He
fires off forearms and a Boom Drop for two, followed by the top rope
cross body for the same. Sandow kicks him in the knee and rolls Kofi
up with trunks for the pin at 6:05 shown of 9:35. It’s just as quick
and out of nowhere as it sounds.
Rating:
C-. Sandow getting another win
is only a good thing for him, but the problem with having so many
champions on a team is that someone has to lose at some point.
Sandow looked fine here and it’s a good sign that his in ring work is
where it is, as he’s mainly a mic based character. Any good stuff in
the ring is a bonus.
Sheamus
is still in the back.
We
recap (as in reair) the AJ/Cena/Vickie stuff from Raw.
Natalya/Layla/Kaitlyn
vs. Alicia Fox/Eve Torres/Aksana
We
start with Natalya beating on Aksana before Layla beats on her a bit.
Off to Alicia for a mat slam by the hair for two before it’s off to
Eve for a flip splash on Layla for two. JBL tries to talk about the
Kaitlyn attack storyline as if anyone cares anymore. Off to Alicia
who gets kicked away and the tag is made to Kaitlyn. House is
cleaned and the crowd is dead. Kaitlyn dropkicks Alicia into Eve and
hits the reverse DDT for the pin at 3:42.
Rating:
D. That’s becoming my standard
rating for Divas matches anymore. They’re fine I guess but man alive
I don’t care about this storyline. I don’t think they really know
what the story is anymore other than someone attacked Kaitlyn like
two months ago and a bunch of other girls are involved also. It’s
not even four minutes though so I can’t complain much.
Booker
comes up to Sheamus and says Big Show isn’t going to show up with
Sheamus in the parking lot. Sheamus says if Show has any guts he’ll
meet Sheamus in the ring. Booker threatens consequences if anything
happens.
Randy
Orton/The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler/Alberto Del Rio
Miz
and Ziggler start things off at a fast pace with Miz hitting a
flapjack for two. JBL and Josh continue to be hilarious. Josh: “Of
course Orton was the sole survivor of JBL’s Survivor Series team.”
JBL: “I’m about to be the sole survivor of this commentary booth if
you bring that up again.” Miz misses a charge and hits the floor
as Del Rio knocks Orton to the outside as well.
We
take a break and come back with Orton fighting out of a Ziggler
chinlock. A knee to the ribs and elbow drop get two for Dolph and
it’s back to Alberto. After he does nothing of note, Ziggler comes
in for a foot on the chest for two. Orton starts another comeback
but gets kicked in the face for his efforts. A clothesline puts
Ziggler down and it’s off to Miz. The hometown boy pounds on Ziggler
in the corner and hits the top rope ax handle for two.
Miz
goes up again but a Ricardo distraction lets Alberto shove Miz off
the top and out to the floor. Ziggler and Del Rio take some cheap
shots on Miz and Alberto hits a running kick in the corner to Miz’s
arm. Miz avoids a charge and sends Del Rio to the floor, allowing
for the hot tag to Orton. Both heels take powerslams and there’s the
Elevated DDT to Del Rio. Miz tags himself in though and hits the
Finale on Alberto for the pin at 7:24 shown of 10:54.
Rating:
C. This was your standard main
event tag match which was only decent. They’re pushing the idea of
the teams arguing a lot but it’s not really coming through on the
Ziggler side. Orton and Miz looked fine here as Miz is basically his
old self but with a leapfrog now. It’s too early to tell how his
face push is going to go, but they need to change something about him
other than who he fights.
Orton
is annoyed at Miz post match and gives him an RKO to a good deal of
booing.
Here’s
Sheamus to confront Big Show. Sheamus rants about Big Show attacking
Regal on Raw and being a bully. Well Sheamus wants to BE A STAR and
wants to fight. Maybe he isn’t being a star after all. Here’s Show
who says Sheamus should thank him for not coming down there. Sheamus
comes up the aisle but Booker says no and tells Sheamus to leave the
building. Sheamus goes for Show again and we go to a break.
In
the back, Show acts like he’s Booker’s buddy but Booker doesn’t see
it that way. Booker puts Show in the main event against a surprise
opponent. It’s not Sheamus though. Booker says no one is bigger
than the show. Ok then.
Kane
vs. Wade Barrett
This
has potential. Barrett immediately pounds away and hits the Winds of
Change for no count. Kane boots him down and clotheslines Barrett to
the floor….and here’s Team Ziggler for the DQ at 57 seconds.
Bryan
comes in for the save and there are no other partners with him. Oh
wait here’s Kofi but the numbers are too great. Orton finally makes
the save and it’s RKO’s all around for Team Ziggler. Miz comes out
to glare at Team Foley.
We
recap the Raw World Title stuff from Raw.
Antonio
Cesaro vs. Sin Cara
Truth
comes out for commentary. Cesaro takes him to the mat to start but
Cara grabs his arm and hits a rana out of the corner. Antonio
immediately comes back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two
followed by the gutwrench suplex. A European Uppercut to the back of
Cara’s head puts him down but a big spinning headscissors takes
Cesaro down. West Coast Pop gets two for Cara but Cesaro throws him
into the air for the uppercut followed by the Neutralizer for the pin
at 2:20. Just a squash for the most part.
R-Truth
quotes Jim Duggan and starts a USA chant.
Big
Show vs. Great Khali
Non-title
of course. This is going to be your standard battle of the giants
with a lot of slow offense. Khali stomps him down in the corner but
Show slugs away at him. A spear puts Khali down for two but Khali
breaks up the chokeslam and chops Show down for two. The Punjabi
Plunge is broken up and the KO Punch gets the pin at 3:32.
Rating:
D. Was there any real doubt
about how this was going to go? Nothing match here with Khali
basically being a body for Show to beat up and bump from a bit. If
nothing else, it’s good to see Khali back in the ring after having
brain surgery or whatever it was he had done. Not exactly a quality
main event here though.
Sheamus’
music plays but he doesn’t come out so it’s back to Show’s music.
Post
match Show walks to the back but Sheamus jumps him as he gets on his
bus. Show fights back and shoves Sheamus through the windshield of a
car, but Shemaus dives off the car and rams Show into another
windshield. Booker pulls Sheamus off to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
D+. This is one of
those shows where it depends on how you look at it. From a quality
standpoint, it was nothing at all of note. It was full of nothing of
note matches and nothing new being added for the most part. From the
standpoint of a go home show, it pushed the two main Smackdown
matches which is what the final show before a PPV is supposed to do.
That being said, I still don’t care about the show because we have no
reason to care about Ziggler vs. Foley and the world title match has
been done before. Not much here but it’s not horrible. As with most
WWE at the moment, it’s just kind of there.
Results
Damien
Sandown b. Kofi Kingston – Rollup with a handful of trunks
Natalya/Kaitlyn/Layla
b. Alicia Fox/Eve Torres/Aksana – Reverse DDT to Fox
Randy
Orton/The Miz b. Alberto Del Rio/Dolph Ziggler – Skull Crushing
Finale to Del Rio
Kane
b. Wade Barrett via DQ when Team Ziggler interefered
Antonio
Cesaro b. Sin Cara – Neutralizer
Big
Show b. Great Khali – KO Punch
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