Smackdown – November 30, 2012

Smackdown
Date:
November 30, 2012
Location:
CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, Louisiana
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Remember
when Smackdown used to be good? Like when it was the best wrestling
show on TV? I’m trying to give myself a nice feeling before I get
into this show. We’re going to get the Shield interview from Raw I’m
sure, along with Cena and AJ’s latest kiss at least once or twice on
top of that. Oh and the world champions will get a quick bit of time
too if we can squeeze them in. Let’s get to it.

The
opening voiceover is about Shield and Show vs. Sheamus at the end.
Here’s
Cena to open the show. Before Cena can eve talk, we get a recap of
him vs. Ziggler. Cena talks about now being on Smackdown that often,
but he’s here tonight because Dolph is in the main event. He makes
fun of Ziggler for being world champion for about ten minutes once
and for losing the MITB case whenever he cashes it in. Tonight it’s
Sheamus vs. Ziggler and Cena is excited about it.
This
brings out….Alberto Del Rio? Cena sucks up to the fans a bit as
Alberto says the show belongs to him. Del Rio lists off his
accomplishments, all of which Cena himself has done if I remember
correctly. Alberto tells Cena to get out but Cena wants to see the
main event. Cena says he won’t leave now because he has a match with
Del Rio RIGHT NOW.
John
Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio
After
a break we come back for the opening bell and to see Cena shoulder
block Del Rio to the floor. We head to the outside and Cena gets
rammed back first into the announce table. Back in and Alberto hits
a top rope ax handle/punch to the face for two. We get a recap from
before the break that set this match up via a splitscreen. Do they
really think we need that much assistance in getting through a show?
A
running kick to the face puts Cena down and a suplex gets two.
Ziggler is watching in the back as Del Rio hooks an armbar. Cena
blocks a second suplex attempt into one of his own, only to have
Alberto hit a running kick to the arm in the corner. Another ax
handle gets two and it’s back to the armbar. We take a break and
come back with Del Rio missing a backsplash off the middle rope.
Cena
initiates his finishing sequence and hits the Shuffle but the AA is
countered into a Backstabber for two. The armbreaker is countered
into a neckbreaker by Cena and both guys are down. John heads up top
but Del Rio takes him down with an enziguri. Another enziguri misses
but Cena can’t get the STF. A backbreaker puts Cena down for two
more so Del Rio goes up yet again. His third attempt at an ax handle
is blocked by a Cena dropkick to put both guys down. The AA is
countered into the armbreaker which is countered into the STF by
Cena.
Alberto
FINALLY makes a rope and heads to the apron. As Cena tries to pull
him back in, there’s an armbreaker over the ropes to slow Cena down.
Alberto tries a sunset flip but gets caught in another AA attempt.
THAT gets reversed into a German suplex for two so Alberto puts Cena
in the Tree of Woe. Del Rio tries a spear to an upside down Cena but
hits the post shoulder first instead. The top rope Fameasser hits
perfectly for the pin on Alberto at 11:23 shown of 14:53.
Rating:
B. This was a solid nearly PPV
quality match with one thing that really set it apart: the ending.
It’s nice to see something other than one of Cena’s two finishers
ending a match for a change. Seeing the same moves get the same two
counts over and over can start to seem like a waste of time after
awhile, so having one of those moves get a pin every now and then is
a good thing. The match was good stuff too and one of their better
matches.
As
Cena poses on the stage, Dolph blasts him in the back of the head
with the briefcase. Josh: “You don’t want to see something like
that happen to John Cena.” John: “Why not?”
Time
for another recap, this time of the main event of Raw where Punk beat
Kane and then the Shield ran in to beat up the monster. The beatdown
on Ryback isn’t shown.
HELL
NO is glaring at each other in the back when Kofi comes up to tell
them to get along because they have a six man tonight. The tag
champions shout compliments to each other and agree that they can get
along. Kofi doesn’t know what to think of this.
Cena
yells at Booker that he wants Ziggler. Booker says let the match
with Sheamus vs. Ziggler take place tonight. Cena agrees because of
his past with Booker.
Great
Khali vs. David Otunga
Josh
says this might be harder for Otunga than passing the bar exam,
causing JBL to go on a big rant. Khali knocks Otunga to the floor
where Horny jumps him, only to get chased away. Khali pulls Otunga
back into the ring for the big chop and the pin at 1:26.
Horny
and Khali dance post match.
Prime
Time Players/Wade Barrett vs. HELL NO/Kofi Kingston
Take
two feuds, put them into one match. This is something that could be
done far more often. Kane vs. Darren gets things going here with
Young getting punched down very quickly. Off to Bryan for a running
dropkick in the corner and some regular kicks to a seated Young as
well. Kane hits a seated dropkick of his own for two as Young shouts
for Titus.
Darren
finally gets in a single shot and runs over to Titus for the tag.
O’Neal has his head kicked off for two and he’s sent to the floor.
There’s Bryan’s running knee off the apron and we take a break. Back
with Kofi getting two on Young off a dropkick. Back to Kane who does
nothing so here’s Bryan again. Daniel fires off kicks and chops but
Titus comes in off a blind tag to take over for the first time.
The
Players take Bryan down with a double shoulder for two by Young. Off
to a surfboard hold with the knee in the back by Darren. That goes
nowhere so here’s Barrett for the first time. Pumphandle slam gets
two on Bryan and it’s off to a reverse chinlock. Titus hits a
reverse slam on Bryan before suplexing Young down onto him for two.
Darren
hooks a chinlock but Bryan fights up with a bunch of forearms. Young
comes back with a northern lights suplex for two as we’re waiting on
the big hot tag. Titus works on the back of Bryan but charges into a
boot in the corner to give Bryan a breather. There’s the tag to Kane
who beats the tar out of Young, getting two off a side slam.
The
top rope clothesline connects but Titus breaks things up. Kofi comes
in sans tag (such a bad influence on the children) and everything
breaks down. Young tries to come in of the top but jumps into a
chokeslam. Swan Dive and the NO Lock from Bryan get the tap at 10:38
shown of 14:08.
Rating:
C. This might as well have been
the Players vs. the champions with Kofi and Barrett as managers. The
two singles guys were in the match for maybe a minute each at most
and I actually forgot who they were when I was writing up the
results. The match wasn’t bad or anything, but I’m not sure why
Barrett and Kingston didn’t get more time.
Sheamus
is very excited about kicking Ziggler in the head later.
Raw
ReBound is the ending of the show, most of which we saw earlier.
Here’s
Damien Sandow, who says he’s going to be focusing on individuals
instead of the masses from now on, which is why he’s going to search
for an apprentice. He goes through the front row and finds a guy in
a Punk shirt that suits him. Damien asks the fan some basic
questions (how many wheels on a tricycle and how often does the US
hold presidential elections) before asking what the velocity of
Jupiter’s moon Europa. Sandow’s reply of “YOU IGNARAMOUS!” when
the guy doesn’t know is hilarious. He says the fan has disgraced
Louisiana and wants him out of his country.
Damien
Sandow vs. Tyson Kidd
Kidd
chases Sandow to the apron but Damien rams him face first into said
apron to take over. Back in and the Wind-Up Elbow gets two but Kidd
comes back with kicks to the head for two of his own. Sandow heads
to the floor and gets caught in a suicide dive from Kidd. Back in
and Kidd tries his springboard elbow but it lands on Sandow’s knee.
For some reason this hurts Kidd instead of Damien’s knee is beyond me
but whatever. Terminus ends this at 2:49.
Video
on Cena’s 300th
Make-A-Wish granted.
Ziggler
says that Cena is a liar and liars get what they deserve: MITB case
shots to the back of their heads. There’s a really bad superhero
parody skit in there somewhere.
Usos
vs. 3 Man Band
It’s
Slater/Mahal again. Slater vs. Jey to get things going here as the
fans go pretty silent after booing 3MB’s entrance. It’s quickly off
to Jimmy who now has a sleeve tattoo which helps tell them apart. A
middle rope splash gets two on Slater but it’s off to Mahal to take
over with a knee and chinlock. A hot tag brings in Jey for some fast
paced offense including a shot to the face and a Samoan Drop for no
cover. The running Umaga attack in the corner gets two but some
Slater interference lets Mahal hit the full nelson slam for the pin
at 2:41. This was nothing.
We
recap Show and Sheamus’ staredown from Raw with Show breaking a
chair.
Dolph
Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Ziggler
takes over to start but the showing off lets Sheamus get in a few
shots to take control away. Dolph sends him to the floor but dives
into a fall away slam into the barricade. Ziggler is thrown back in,
only to fall right back to the floor. Sheamus throws him back in
again but Ziggler guillotines him down to break up the ten forearms.
We take a break and come back with Ziggler hitting a splash in the
corner for two.
Off
to a chinlock by the smaller guy, followed by a kick to Sheamus’ head
for two. Ziggler chokes and stomps away in the corner but his charge
is countered by a backdrop to the apron. There are the ten forearms
to the chest but Ziggler avoids the top rope shoulder. Brogue Kick
misses and Ziggler gets two off the jumping DDT. The Fameasser
misses as well and there’s the Irish Curse for two. White Noise is
countered but Sheamus counters the counter into the Cloverleaf but
here’s Big Show for the DQ at 8:45 shown of 12:15.
Rating:
C. Nothing significant here as
it was all leading up to a run-in finish. It’s nice to see Ziggler
not lose clean for once which happens way too often for a guy who is
likely going to be a world champion in the next few months. Other
than that though, nothing to see here for the most part but it wasn’t
bad.
Cena
comes out to save Sheamus from a double team. There’s an AA to
Ziggler and a double suplex to Show. A double shoulder puts Show on
the floor and the good guys celebrate to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
B-. Let’s see: recaps
kept far lower than previous weeks, some pretty good and long
matches, nothing being horrible for the most part, and a 3 Man Band
sighting. By comparison to most of what we’ve gotten from WWE
lately, this was one of the best shows in months. I’d be much
happier with Smackdown if it were like this all the time, as in NOT
ABOUT RAW.
Results
John
Cena b. Alberto Del Rio – Top Rope Fameasser
Great
Khali b. David Otunga – Chop
HELL
NO/Kofi Kingston b. Wade Barrett/Prime Time Players – NO Lock to
Young
Damien
Sandow b. Tyson Kidd – Terminus
3
Man Band b. Uso Brothers – Full Nelson Slam to Jey
Sheamus
b. Dolph Ziggler via DQ when Big Show interefered
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