Smackdown – February 22, 2013

February 22, 2013
Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi
Josh Matthews, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Chamber is over and we’ve got our world title match from Smackdown
set. Jack Swagger will be facing Alberto Del Rio, assuming he
doesn’t do something stupid like get arrested for driving under the
influence and have marijuana found on him between now and then.
Other than that…..actually there isn’t much else confirmed right
now. Let’s get to it.

open with a recap of Alberto keeping the title over Del Rio and
Swagger winning the Chamber. We also get a clip from Raw with Rock
unveiling the new title belt and Punk laying out Cena with the old
opens the show by bringing out Del Rio. Alberto says the two of them
are going to Wrestlemania to face the winner of the Elimination
Chamber Jack Swagger. Apparently Swagger has a new friend and the
two of them think that they’re everything that is right about
America. Alberto has seen all of Swagger’s videos and his state of
the union on Raw.
claims that immigrants like Alberto are taking opportunities and jobs
but Del Rio says the country was built by immigrants. This gets a
lukewarm response in Mississippi. Del Rio says that the world title
is a result of his hard work and the American Dream. Swagger is a
real jackass, not a real American. If Swagger wants to talk about
handouts, come out here and Alberto will put his hand out all over
Swagger’s face.
he gets Orton of all people. Before Randy can say anything, the fans
start a big Randy Orton chant. He says he was this close to winning
in the Chamber and earning a shot at Alberto at Wrestlemania.
However that was taken from him by Jack Swagger in a quick rollup.
Now Orton can’t complain about that because he would do the same
thing in Swagger’s spot, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to
hurt Jack. Orton asks Alberto to step aside and let him fight
Swagger tonight. This brings out Booker and makes Del Rio vs.
Barrett and Orton vs. Swagger. Well at least it’s not a tag match.
vs. Damien Sandow
can be added to the list of matches that we’ve seen WAY too many
times in the last four months. Sheamus pounds away to start but the
guy in pink and purple (he’s a genius but can’t color coordinate?)
punches back. We head to the floor and the pale one whips him into
the barricade to take over again. Back in and Sheamus grabs Damien
to load up the ten forearms to the chest. Sandow bails to the floor
and we take a break.
with Damien holding a chinlock followed by the Wind-Up Elbow for two.
Sandow fires off some forearms to the face before hooking another
chinlock. Sheamus fights up but gets put in 619 position for a
running hip attack from Sandow. That gets two and we hit chinlock
#3. Sheamus fights up again but gets rammed chest first into the
barricade to slow him back down. The Terminus is countered but
Sheamus can’t hit White Noise. The Brogue Kick misses too and Damien
goes for the leg. That goes nowhere either though as Sheamus hits
White Noise. The Brogue Kick finishes clean at 8:43 shown of 12:13.
C. I like both guys but I wish
they would find some new people for Sheamus to beat up. The problem
here is that we’ve seen this match so many times that there’s no
reason to care about Sheamus beating Sandow up anymore. I hope
Sandow doesn’t get lost in the shuffle now that the Scholars are
broken up because he was showing a lot of potential on his own before
the team formed.
on Wrestlemania coming to New Orleans.
on the Shield and their dominance over the past few months.
vs. Tamina Snuka/Aksana
today, Kaitlyn ran into Cody and said she likes his mustache. Layla
and Aksana start with a dance off and Layla hits her in the face with
her barely there shorts. Off to Kaitlyn for a chinlock but a Tamina
distraction lets Aksana knock her to the floor. Back in and a side
slam gets two for Aksana so she crawls over to Kaitlyn on all fours.
to a headscissors choke which Aksana turns over and uses to ram
Kaitlyn’s head into the mat. Kaitlyn easily fights out and makes the
tag off to Layla who hits a dropkick to the ribs of Tamina. Snuka
catches a cross body and puts Layla on her shoulders but the British
chick tags in Kaitlyn. A quick spear from the champion (Kaitlyn) is
enough to end Tamina at 3:30.
D. Well since Kaitlyn has now
beaten Tamina twice in five days, it’s pretty clear that Snuka will
be up for a title shot very soon. Layla has reached new levels of
annoying with her dancing and the “L.O.L.” cross body. This
bubbly personality thing is really annoying but those shorts keep
getting smaller and smaller so it’s difficult to complain. This was
the usual lame Divas match.
looks at the belt post match so there’s the next “feud.”
get the ENTIRE Rock/Cena/Punk segment from Raw.
and Colter are on the way to the ring when Barrett stops them. He
says he agrees with what they say but Colter doesn’t care what
Barrett thinks because Barrett is from England. That means Barrett
is taking a job from an American so he’s part of the problem. Well
that’s different.
Orton vs. Jack Swagger
lock up with Swagger being shoved into the corner and stomped down.
A belly to back suplex gets two for Orton and a clothesline keeps
Swagger down. Off to a chinlock by Orton but Swagger comes back with
a belly to back suplex of his own for two. A shoulder block keeps
Orton down but Randy pops up and hits the standing dropkick followed
by the circle stomp to Swagger’s limbs. A knee drop ends the
circling and gets a two count.
comes back again and wraps Orton’s leg around the post. Back in and
he loads up the ankle lock, only for Orton to roll out of the hold.
They head back to the floor where Randy hits the Thesz Press and
pounds on Jack’s head. Orton is all fired up now and hits a bit
clothesline to put Swagger down again as we take a break.
with them in the ring and Orton pounding away on Jack’s head again.
Swagger gets thrown to the apron for the Elevated DDT but Jack
counters with a backdrop to send Orton to the outside again. Orton’s
shoulder is sent into the post as Swagger finally gets an advantage.
The shoulder goes into the steps as well which gets two back inside.
A kind of powerslam puts Randy down and a kick to the head gets two.
Off to a double arm trap by Swagger but Orton quickly elbows out.
gets backdropped out to the floor as the mirroring of moves
continues. Randy sends him ribs first into the barricade and they
head back inside. Swagger hits a quick chop block and the Vader Bomb
out of the corner for two. Josh talks about Smurfs for no apparent
reason as Orton counters a suplex into one of his own. Swagger
misses a charge into the post and Orton starts up his finishing
blocks the backbreaker though and loads up the Vader Bomb. Orton
pops up and kicks Jack in the ribs so that the second attempt at the
backbreaker works. There’s the Elevated DDT but Colter pulls Swagger
to the floor before the RKO can hit. Jack pokes Randy in the eye and
grabs a quick rollup (just like Sunday) for the pin at 13:26 shown of
B. I was really digging this
match by the end with the counters and mirroring each others’ moves.
Swagger winning with the same thing he did on Sunday was a nice touch
and the match came off really well. While it was cheating that won
the match for Swagger, it wasn’t big time cheating which makes him
look a bit stronger than a usual nefarious pin would have. Good
stuff here.
replay shows Swagger had a foot on the bottom rope too.
you haven’t gotten enough recaps tonight, here’s the segment from Raw
with Vince saying that he’s fighting Heyman on Monday and that Brad
Maddox is the new assistant to Vickie.
Miz vs. Cody Rhodes
the way to the ring, Cody talks about having a mustache. Scratch
that actually as it’s a lovestache. Cody takes him to the mat to
start and sends Miz’s bad shoulder into the buckle to take over. Off
to a quick shoulder lock but Miz fights up. Cody calmly hits him in
the shoulder again though and takes control right back.
comes back with some shots to the ribs but Cody hits a knee to the
head for two. Back to the arm hold by Rhodes for a bit until Miz
fights up and hits a big boot to the face. Miz misses a charge into
the corner and hits his shoulder again so Cody loads up the Alabama
Slam. Miz slides out though and trips Cody down. The Figure Four (a
decent one too) gets the submission for Miz at 3:54.
D+. I know he’s gotten better
at it, but man alive the Figure Four does not suit Miz. Also there
was zero leg work done at all until the very end of the match which
makes Cody look even weaker. On top of that, didn’t we see this
match twice in the last week and a half? As I said with the opening
match, repeating the same match over and over again doesn’t make it
interesting. It makes me want to not pay attention.
Barrett vs. Alberto Del Rio
I saw this match at a house show about a week and a half ago and
liked what I saw so hopefully this holds up. Before the match here’s
Swagger to scout Del Rio. Barrett goes for a wristlock to start but
Alberto kicks him in the leg to break it up. Wade stops to yell at
Ricardo, allowing Del Rio to fire off some kicks to the ribs.
Barrett is sent to the floor where he goes after Ricardo, allowing
Del Rio to take him out with a baseball slide.
take a break and come back with Barrett pounding away before he
shoves Alberto off the ropes and out to the floor. After sending Del
Rio into the steps we head back inside for a chinlock. Back up and
Barrett hits the pumphandle slam for two followed by the big boot to
Del Rio while he’s in the ropes. A few elbow drops get a two count
on Alberto and it’s back to the chinlock. Alberto fights up again
though and hits a quick middle rope dropkick to put Barrett down.
tilt-a-whirl backbreaker hits Barrett and Del Rio is all fired up.
He hits the low superkick for two as we keep cutting back to Swagger
and Colter. Alberto gets a running start but charges into the Winds
of Change for two. Wasteland is countered and Del Rio sends him into
the corner for a Backstabber, getting two. Swagger starts coming
down the aisle and Barrett uses the distraction to get a fast rollup
with a handful of trunks for two. I thought that was it. A big boot
puts Alberto down but the Bull Hammer misses. The cross armbreaker
goes on and Barrett taps out at 8:46 shown of 12:16.
C+. These two have a good
chemistry together and the match here worked pretty well. Swagger
coming down didn’t really add anything but I don’t think it was
supposed to. Above all else though: this was a fresh matchup. It’s
so annoying to see the same people fight each other over and over, so
having these two go at it for the first time on TV was a nice touch.
and Del Rio stare at each other to end the show.
C. The wrestling on
here was decent and there were two quite good matches, but the recaps
CRIPPLED this show. I don’t need 20 minutes of a two hour show being
spent on stuff that I’ve already seen. That being said, odds are a
lot of this show won’t mean much because of Swagger being a lunkhead
after the show was over. Decent show, but good grief if I wanted to
know what happened on Raw, I WOULD FREAKING WATCH RAW!
b. Damien Sandow – Brogue Kick
b. Tamina Snuka/Aksana
Swagger b. Randy Orton – Rollup
Miz b. Cody Rhodes – Figure Four
Del Rio b. Wade Barrett – Cross Armbreaker
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