Smackdown – April 12, 2013

Smackdown
Date:
April 12, 2013
Location:
TD Banknorth Garden Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, John Bradshaw Layfield, Michael Cole
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s
the first show after Wrestlemania but more importantly it’s the first
show after Raw where Dolph Ziggler FINALLY cashed in the MITB case
and won the world title from Del Rio. Therefore tonight is likely
going to be dealing with the fallout from both that and Wrestlemania,
which includes an appearance from HHH. Also, given the insanity of
the crowd last Monday on Raw, it should be interesting to see how the
crowd to night reacts to the show. Let’s get to it.

The
opening video is like a movie trailer with the focus on HHH returning
to Smackdown to discuss the match with Lesnar at Wrestlemania. We’ll
also be talking about Ziggler cashing in the briefcase for the title
of course.
Big
E. Langston (with no music) opens the show by introducing us to the
new World Heavyweight Champion, Dolph Ziggler. Langston can hold a
note about as well as Ricardo can. Dolph talks about how he’s the
most physically gifted athlete anyone has ever seen and that’s an
understatement. He’s been called the future and this championship
proves that the future is now. Dolph heard 80,000 people at
Wrestlemania cheering his name in a match he wasn’t even in. His
voice sounds really hoarse here. He didn’t win the title because of
the fans but rather in spite of them.
Cue
Swagger and Colter with the latter congratulating Ziggler for being
born in Ohio and living in Florida. However, since Swagger is the
one who did the damage to Alberto which allowed Del Rio to take the
title. Dolph points out the obvious: Swagger blew his chance at the
title at Wrestlemania so go to the back of the line. Jack goes to
the ring, looks at Langston, and steps down. Colter says Swagger
deserves a title shot and they go to leave, but Dolph cuts the music
and keeps talking about how awesome he is.
This
brings out Del Rio with a bad limp so Dolph invites him to the ring
for his rematch right now. Alberto instead congratulates Ziggler on
winning the title because he did the same thing in 2011. When his
ankle heals and he gets his rematch, he’ll be getting the title back
but until then, hasta la vista baby. Ziggler once again says cut the
music because this is STILL his interview time. He’s tired of being
interrupted so the next person who comes out here will find out why
he’s the best in the world.
Cue
Jericho to a big ovation with a big grin on his face. He asks Dolph
to shut up because apparently Ziggler is crazy. Oh wait it’s AJ
that’s crazy, which sends her into a bit of a fit. Jericho says he’s
the original showoff and says that he just came from Booker T’s
office. He talks about the Jerichoholics and the Dolphins
(apparently Ziggler’s fans) getting to see Ziggler’s first match as
champion against Y2J himself.
HELL
NO vs. Prime Time Players
Non-title
of course. Titus and Kane get things going with O’Neil taking him
into the corner for an early advantage. Kane slugs him down and hits
the top rope clothesline to take over. Young comes in but runs into
the kicks of Bryan as everything breaks down. The NO Lock ends Titus
at 1:39.
Shield
pops up on screen and congratulates the champions on another win.
Ambrose says they didn’t back down on Raw but rather weren’t ready to
strike. Believe in the Shield.
Santino
Marella vs. Wade Barrett
Another
non-title match. Barrett runs him over with a shoulder so Santino
tries to nip up, only to crash down to the mat instead of landing on
his feet. Barrett kicks him in the ribs and Marella fails another
nip up. Off to a chinlock by Barrett followed by a good looking
Winds of Change for two. Barrett loads up the Bull Hammer but
Santino finally nips up and hits his usual finishing sequence, only
to get kicked in the face when he tries the Cobra. Bull Hammer ends
this at 2:24.
We
look at the Wrestlemania Week video from Raw.
Sheamus
comes in to see Booker and is mad about everything Booker did on Raw.
They get in an argument when Orton pops in. He wants to know why
they were put together in a match but Teddy says calm down and don’t
yell at him. Booker makes Orton/Sheamus vs. Big Show in a handicap
match.
Funkadactyls/Kaitlyn
vs. Tamina Snuka/Bella Twins
Kaitlyn
and Tamina start things off and Kaitlyn spears down both Tamina and I
think Brie within the first thirty seconds. Off to Naomi for a cross
body on Nikki and a mostly botched headscissors. The Rear View slows
Nikki down but Brie trips Naomi off the top. Everything breaks down
and Nikki slams the back of Naomi’s head onto the mat for the pin at
1:30.
Here’s
HHH for his first speech since beating Lesnar. He’s in sunglasses
here and says he told us he’d be back. HHH had told Lesnar they
weren’t going to fight but rather to war….and here’s 3MB. Slater
tells HHH to shut up because 3MB wants to get noticed, so they’re
here to jump on HHH. Before they can get in the ring here’s Shield
of all people. They pull 3MB off the apron and destroy the Band
before starting to swarm HHH themselves. Before they can do anything
though, here’s HELL NO for the save. No contact made just like on
Raw.
Big
Show comes in to yell at Teddy and Booker so Teddy ducks out. Show
accuses Booker of being biased against him and threatens to walk out
because he doesn’t have to do what Booker says. Booker says go ahead
and walk if you want, because Booker is tired of hearing about this
contract.
Randy
Orton/Sheamus vs. Big Show
Orton’s
ribs are taped up. During the entrances we get a video on Sheamus
vs. Orton from Raw which edits out all of the chants. Orton and
Sheamus have an argument about who starts the match until it’s
finally Orton. Randy pounds away in the corner to start but walks
into a side slam to change momentum.
Show
stands on Orton’s ribs and slams him down for good measure, only to
miss a middle rope elbow. The hot tag brings in Sheamus to take Show
down with some ax handles to the head. Show comes right back with a
spear and a right hand to Orton’s ribs. Orton comes back out of
nowhere with an RKO and the Brogue Kick puts Show on the floor for
the countout at 4:02.
Rating:
D+. This is the first match of
the night that I can rate and that’s the best they can do? This was
more about story development than the match, even though I’m not sure
what this exactly advances. Orton vs. Sheamus would be an
interesting feud and the winner would likely be the next challenger
to Ziggler, assuming Orton doesn’t turn heel in the process.
Sheamus
and Orton are in the back after a break and seem to be fine. Orton
goes to get his ribs looked at while Sheamus says that he doesn’t
mind that it took two people to get revenge on Big Show. He says
size doesn’t matter in the WWE, so here’s Mark Henry to run him over
and say yeah it does matter. So much for Orton vs. Sheamus I guess.
Antonio
Cesaro vs. Kofi Kingston
Non-title
yet again. Cesaro overpowers him to start and fires off some
forearms, only to get caught in a sunset flip for two. Cesaro hits
the gutwrench suplex and the Yodeling Uppercut in the corner for two
of his own. Off to a quick reverse chinlock but Kofi fights up and
hits some fast chops to take over. Antonio throws Kofi into the air
for the European Uppercut to change momentum again but Kofi hits the
pendulum kick in the corner. A top rope cross body is caught in a
powerslam, only for Kofi to slip down the back and hit Trouble in
Paradise for the pin at 3:05. Antonio looked sleepy instead of out
cold.
Rating:
C-. Wrestlemania has passed,
Kofi is still Kofi and Cesaro is still Cesaro. I wouldn’t care for
Kingston being champion again as he’s been down that road about five
times before, but at least it would protect the title a bit better
than Cesaro has been able to do. When did he last get a pin anyway?
We
see the end of Raw with Ryback turning on Cena. I’m still not sure
if that was a heel turn or not. The video seems to treat it like
one.
We
hear about Rock being badly injured in the main event of
Wrestlemania.
Fandango
comes out for the main event. Some fans sing the song but it’s
nowhere near Monday.
Chris
Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler
It’s
non-title again. Ziggler wears the belt backwards for a bit for his
entrance and even JBL thinks that’s disrespectful. Jericho hiptosses
him down to start and the fans start singing Fandango’s song.
Ziggler sends Jericho into the corner and pounds away before charging
into a boot from Jericho. Chris chokes away on the ropes but has to
chase AJ off, allowing Dolph to hit a Fameasser for two.
We
take a break and come back with Ziggler driving an elbow into
Jericho’s face. A neckbreaker gets two for the champion and we hit
the chinlock. Jericho fights up and hits some shoulder blocks
followed by a top rope shot to the head. Ziggler comes right back
with a jumping DDT for two and both guys are down. Chris is up first
and takes out Langston before getting two off a top rope cross body.

Dolph
comes back with a great dropkick for two but the Zig Zag is blocked.
The Walls don’t work either but Jericho bulldogs Dolph down and gets
two off the Lionsault. Fandango gets on the apron but gets caught by
the springboard dropkick. Jericho blocks another Fameasser attempt
but is sent into Langston who blasts him a rollup by Dolph for the
pin at 7:37 shown of 11:07.
Rating:
B-. This was about what you
would expect from Jericho vs. Ziggler. Dolph getting a win, even by
interference, is fine as he had to get a win after winning the title
on Monday. It doesn’t erase nearly a year of being destroyed by
everyone in sight but you have to start somewhere I guess. Anyway,
fine match for Ziggler to debut with as champion.
Post
match Jericho goes after Dolph but Langston lays him out.
Fandango
hits the top rope legdrop on the back of Jericho’s neck and poss to
end the show.
Overall
Rating:
B-. This was ok,
although I’m torn on the ending. Yeah Ziggler is the new world
champion, but this Fandango thing has actual mainstream status at the
moment. It’s not going to last long though, so I’d find some way to
strike while they can. At the same time it would be nice to see
Dolph get the spotlight, but he did win and he won because of his
enforcer and not Fandango, so at least he’s got that. The crowd
wasn’t as interesting tonight but the show was better overall, so
Smackdown is ahead of raw after Wrestlemania so far.
Results
HELL
NO b. Prime Time Players – NO Lock to O’Neal
Wade
Barrett b. Santino Marella – Bull Hammer
Tamina
Snuka/Bella Twins b. Funkadactyls/Kaitlyn – Mat slam to Naomi
Sheamus/Randy
Orton b. Big Show via countout
Kofi
Kingston b. Antonio Cesaro – Trouble in Paradise
Dolph
Ziggler b. Chris Jericho – Rollup
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