Smackdown – February 15, 2013

Smackdown
Date:
February 15, 2013
Location:
Verizon Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
finally ready for the Elimination Chamber PPV on Sunday and we’ve
finally got a lineup set for the Chamber match. Other than the final
push for that, tonight we’re getting Orton vs. Henry in a rematch
from last week. The original saw Orton get literally squashed so
hopefully it lasts a little bit longer this year. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of Punk vs. Rock as the champion is apparently here
tonight. We also talk about the Chamber match.
Theme
song. That’s a pretty catchy tune.
Here’s
Big Show to open things up. As he comes out, we get a clip from last
week with Del Rio destroying the bus. Show yells at the fans for
laughing at the video before going into a rant about how he’s never
been pinned by Alberto. On Sunday, Show is going to unleash all of
his rage and turn Del Rio’s fiesta into a siesta.
This
brings out Chris Jericho, because if anyone is going to use a play on
words, it’s him. Jericho talks about knowing Show for sixteen years
but Show yells at Jericho, saying he should be off on tour with Fozzy
or writing a book or hosting some robot fighting show (he’s really
doing that I believe). Jericho says he’s back in the WWE and is
better than ever. He also knows that Big Show is worried about Del
Rio, even though Big Show is a huge and powerful force.
Jericho
talks about his history in the Chamber and says that he’ll be beating
Big Show at Wrestlemania for his seventh world title. Show says if
they meet at Wrestlemania, it will be the last Wrestlemania Jericho
ever appears at. Cue Booker to make the main event for later
tonight. At least it’s not a tag match.

 

Orton
and Henry have a staredown in the back, which leads us to this.
Mark
Henry vs. Randy Orton
Before
the match, we get a video on Henry and the newly reopened Hall of
Pain. Henry shoves him into the corner to start but Orton comes back
with enough shots to the head to send Mark into the corner and out to
the floor. Back in and Henry headbutts Orton down but the splash
misses. Randy pounds away in the corner some more but gets sent to
the outside.
We
take a break and come back with Orton fighting out of a nerve hold.
Back up and Henry immediately knocks him back down with a standing
clothesline for two. Back to the nerve hold for a bit but Orton
avoids a charge in the corner. A clothesline puts Henry down but
Mark hits one of his own to take over again.
The
World’s Strongest Slam is escaped and a low DDT gets two for Orton.
Henry heads to the apron and gets caught in the Elevated DDT. The
RKO is easily blocked though and Orton is sent to the floor. Another
Strongest Slam is escaped on the outside and Orton blasts Henry with
a chair for the DQ at 6:35 shown of 10:05.
Rating:
C. This was another short match
between the two although Orton came off looking way better here than
he did last week. Orton didn’t need to win here so it’s fine to see
him lose the way he did. The match was pretty decent as they kept it
short, likely to keep Henry looking strong. Henry hopefully wins the
Chamber on Sunday.
Orton
hits him with the chair again but Mark pulls it out of his hands and
lays Randy out with a World’s Strongest Slam. That was awesome.
Post
break Henry takes a microphone from Matt Striker and says the Hall of
Pain is open for business again.
We
recap Shield vs. Cena/Ryback/Sheamus on Sunday.
Fandago
is coming. Dang I hope he improves a lot over what I’ve seen
already.
Tamina
Snuka vs. Layla
Tamina
is getting a title shot on Sunday, apparently due to something that
happened on the WWE App. Layla gets a few quick rollups for two and
the bouncing cross body out of the corner for two more. Tamina gets
sent to the floor, only to trip up Layla and ram her spine into the
apron. Apparently Josh wanted a Valentine’s Day text from JBL and
let the rant begin. Layla gets put in a chinlock for a bit before
coming back with a superkick. A cross body is caught by Tamina’s
Samoan Drop though, and the Superfly Splash ends Layla at 4:12.
Rating:
D. This was obvious as soon as they announced Tamina as the #1
contender. They would have been much better suited making this for
the title shot instead of doing it on their app or whatever it’s on
this week. As usual, it was Layla being all bubbly in her small
outfit and getting beaten up for her efforts. Nothing to see here.
We
get part of Rock vs. Punk from Raw where Punk stole the belt.
Here’s
Rock for the final hard sell of the PPV on Sunday. Rock talks about
how Punk has made a trade: holding Rock’s belt for six days in
exchange for a beating that he’ll never forget. Then on Sunday, Rock
is going to treat Punk like the spoiled child that he really is.
Rock is going to give Punk a night that he’ll never forget.
Punk
and Heyman pop up on screen with the title, saying that it is a
symbol and not a toy. He accuses Rock of committing larceny at the
Rumble and says that on Sunday, Rock is going to snap and get
disqualified. Rock says that Punk’s words mean nothing, but
everything Rock has said he would do, he’s done.
Even
with Heyman paying Shield to put Rock through a table, the Rock won
the title. Instead of Sunday, Punk should be afraid of Monday, when
all of the reality is going to set in and Punk realizes that he was
wrong about everything. This wasn’t as great as some of their older
exchanges but it made me want to see them fight again.
3MB
vs. Brodus Clay/Tensai
It’s
Slater and Mahal here. Heath and Tensai start things off and the big
man is taken down by a few kicks. Off to Mahal who knocks Tensai
down again for two before putting on a quickly broken chinlock.
Tensai tries a spinning Rock Bottom but Mahal lands on his side and
it looked like a counter more than anything that hit. Off to Brodus
who cleans house with his usual fat man offense. The dancers beat up
the singers and the big splash from Brodus pins Mahal at 2:38.
Post
match we get some dancing but here’s Shield for the beatdown.
Fandango
is still coming.
Cody
Rhodes vs. The Miz
This
is a rematch from Monday where Cesaro interfered, resulting in a
shoulder injury to Miz. Cody immediately goes for the bad arm, only
to have Miz punch him using the good arm. Cody goes to the middle
rope but gets pulled down, only to kick Miz in the arm to take over.
A hammerlock slam gets two for Rhodes and it’s time for some arm
work. Rhodes pounds on the bad shoulder for a bit until Miz comes
back with some right armed clotheslines. A low boot to the face
misses Cody but Miz catches the Disaster Kick coming in and hooks the
Figure Four for the submission at 3:14.
Rating:
D+. This was a quick match and
an annoying reminder that Miz is still using the Figure Four. It
doesn’t fit for him at all and makes you wonder why he of all people
got that rub. Cody’s back and forth booking gets more and more
ridiculous every week as he wins one week then loses again the next
because he has no direction at all anymore. Miz vs. Cesaro on Sunday
does nothing for me at all.
Zack
Ryder vs. Jack Swagger
Another
rematch from Monday here and Swagger has the Tea Party guy with him
here. Jack beats him down to start and counters the double knees in
the corner with ease. A hard whip into the corner keeps Ryder down
but Zack hits a quick flapjack to get a breather. The Broski Boot
misses in the corner and Swagger wraps the knee around the post.
Back in and the gutwrench powerbomb sets up the Patriot Act for the
submission at 3:20.
Rating:
D. The problem with Swagger’s
new character and mouthpiece is the in ring work. He’s the exact
same guy that he’s been for years now and making him be very
conservative isn’t going to make people interested in him at all.
The match was the exact same thing we saw on Monday, which means it
was dull.
Post
match Swagger introduces Coulter to do the same “we’re REAL
Americans because somehow we get to determine what that means”
schtick while ripping on Ryder for caring about his hair and tan.
Video
on the Elimination Chamber.
Del
Rio acknowledges that he’s never pinned Big Show but since he likes
to do the impossible, he’ll beat Big Show on Sunday. Ricardo says si
a lot.
Big
Show vs. Chris Jericho
Show
rushes him into the corner but misses a chop. Jericho pounds away
but is immediately knocked out to the floor with a single shot from
the giant. As they come back in, Jericho hits a dropkick to buy
himself a few seconds of rest. They head to the floor again and Show
LAUNCHES Chris over the announce table in a great looking spot. Back
in and Show hits some knee lifts to the chest and a slam before going
to the middle rope on the inside. The Canadian finally gets in some
offense and heads up, only to jump to the floor while hitting a
guillotine on Show.
Back
in again and Jericho charges right into a spear to put him down for
two. Jericho escapes a chokeslam but goes up top and jumps right
into a successful one, which sends him to the floor. Back in for
about the fifth time and Show takes FOREVER setting up a middle rope
elbow, allowing Chris to roll away. The Lionsault hits for two but
the Codebreaker is easily blocked. Big Show’s chokeslam attempt is
countered into a DDT for two. Jericho tries the Walls but Show
easily blocks the hold. The WMD ends this at 6:44.
Rating:
C+. This was a nice David vs.
Goliath match with Jericho more than holding his own against the
monster. Big Show continues to look decent before the PPV, but I
can’t see him walking out with the title. Jericho is doing what he’s
best at: making people look better than they could look on their own.
Good main event here.
Alberto
comes out to stare down Big Show to end things.
Overall
Rating:
C. This was an odd show
for the go home edition as the focus of the show was on almost
everything but the Smackdown main events. Those matches bookended
the show so it’s not like they were ignored, but they weren’t
featured if that makes sense. The show was entertaining enough
though and I’m mildly interested in seeing the PPV so I can’t fault
it for that. Not bad tonight but it didn’t feel like a go home show,
which may or may not improve it given your individual take.
Results
Mark
Henry b. Randy Orton via DQ
Tamina
Snuka b. Layla – Superfly Splash
Brodus
Clay/Tensai b. 3MB – Splash to Mahal
The
Miz b. Cody Rhodes – Figure Four Leg Lock
Jack
Swagger b. Zack Ryder – Patriot Act
Big
Show b. Chris Jericho – WMD
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