Smackdown – May 17, 2013

Smackdown
Date:
May 17, 2013
Location:
Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas
Commentators:
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Josh Matthews
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s
finally the last show before Extreme Rules. On the Smackdown side
(assuming there still is such a thing), the main event has been
changed over to Del Rio vs. Swagger in an I Quit match due to Ziggler
being injured. As for tonight, expect a lot more hype for the major
matches on Sunday, including Ryback vs. Cena. Not with Cena around
of course as this is Smackdown but you get the idea. Let’s get to
it.

We
open with the voiceover guy talking about how Ziggler is out of
Extreme Rules with a concussion. Also Orton and Big Show will be on
MizTV. I believe that was originally going to be the Highlight Reel.
In
the arena we have MizTV already set up. Here are Big Show and Orton,
complete with clips of both guys being knocked out with the others’
finishers. Their match on Sunday will be an extreme rules match
meaning anything goes, but Big Show says he has all the weapons he
needs on the end of his arms. On Sunday, it’s not going to be an RKO
but a TKO. Orton says that Big Show is crazy if he thinks Show is
going to beat him in Orton’s hometown. Randy says this feud is all
about trust, so trust him when he says he’s taking down the giant at
Extreme Rules.
This
brings out Swagger and Colter for some reason. Colter talks about
how people are really going to remember Sunday night because Swagger
is going to become #1 contender, making his America a reality. This
brings out Del Rio and Ricardo who say Alberto is going to win on
Sunday. Del Rio also calls Colter Jumanji Man.
Now
we get to see Mark Henry who says what’s going to be remembered about
Sunday is Mark Henry setting world records for pulling semis.
They’re also going to remember him beating up Sheamus within an inch
of his life. This brings out Sheamus as we’re running out of room
out here. He says why wait until Sunday and pulls out a strap to
clear the ring.
Post
break, Teddy comes out, six man tag, all is right with the world.
Roman
Reigns/Seth Rollins vs. Usos
The
Usos actually get their full entrance for the first time in months.
Jey takes over on Rollins to start and rams him into the corner
before bringing in Jimmy. Reigns gets the tag and runs over Jimmy
with a clothesline. The beating carries on in the corner before
Reigns spears Jimmy down for the pin at 1:40. Total squash.
Kofi
tries to make the save for the Usos but gets knocked to the floor.
Kingston grabs a chair and sends Shield running.
Teddy
welcomes Miz back to Smackdown when Damien Sandow comes up. Damien
says he should have his own show since Miz nearly started a riot.
Teddy is offered to be a co-producer, but instead he makes Miz vs.
Sandow.
We
look at the end of the elimination tag on Monday and Ryback attacking
Cena’s leg.
Tons
of Funk vs. Prime Time Players
Brodus
pounds on Young to start before it’s quickly off to Tensai and an
elbow/side slam combo. Young bails to the floor and Titus dives on
Tensai as he goes after Darren. O’Neil comes in and runs over
Tensai, only to miss a charge into the corner. Hot tag brings in
Brodus to splash Young in the corner. A powerslam gets two as Titus
makes the save (despite being late and the referee having to pause
his count early), only to be thrown to the floor. The double splash
ends Young at 2:44.
We
look at the dance off or lack thereof from Raw.
Chris
Jericho vs. Antonio Cesaro
Feeling
out process to start with JBL saying Cesaro is the strongest man in
the WWE. When you have another guy on the show earlier who is the
strongest man in the world, I have an issue buying that. Then again
the WWE Championship is far bigger than the World Heavyweight
Championship so it’s hard to say. On the WWE App we see Summer
pretending to hurt her ankle in the back. Interesting that they
never give the sales pitch on Smackdown at all but we get it shoved
down our throats on Raw.
Jericho
knocks Cesaro to the floor but Antonio comes back with hard chops in
the corner to take over. The Canadian comes back with a missile
dropkick off the middle rope to send Cesaro to the floor and the
springboard dropkick puts him right back down there. We take a break
and come back with Cesaro holding a chinlock. Jericho fights up and
hits some shoulder blocks followed by a top rope ax handle. Cesaro
kicks away from a Walls attempt but the Lionsault hits knees. He
picks Jericho up but gets caught by a quick enziguri for two.
A
tilt-a-whirl backbreaker gets two on Jericho as Cesaro stays on the
ribs. Cesaro stalks Jericho and puts on another chinlock which isn’t
exactly working over the ribs. Jericho fights up and goes up top,
only to jump into the European uppercut for two. The gutwrench
suplex is countered into the Walls and Cesaro taps at 8:28 shown of
11:58.
Rating:
C+. Not bad here but Cesaro’s
stock continues to fall. This is his third straight high profile
loss on TV since he said he had no competition, which makes him look
even lamer than his losses do. The company line seems to be that
he’s boring, which clearly couldn’t have anything to do with him
losing all the time, thereby giving the fans no reason to believe he
could pull off a win. It has to be him just naturally being boring,
despite being fed every line he says.
Post
match here’s Fandango through the crowd but Jericho catches him.
Fandango is run off so Cesaro gets the Codebreaker, just in case he
had anyone believing he wasn’t a total loser anymore.
Video
from Colter/Swagger on extremism, including stuff about Benghazi and
budget cuts.
We
look at Langston vs. Swagger from Raw which resulted in Del Rio
standing tall.
The
Miz vs. Damien Sandow
Cody
Rhodes is on commentary as he faces Miz at the pre-show on Sunday.
Miz quickly takes him down with a headlock but Damien stomps away in
the corner to take over. Miz comes back with a clothesline, only to
charge into an elbow in the corner. We discuss Cody’s bromance with
Sandow as Damien bails to the floor to avoid a left hand. Back in
and Sandow hits him with a knee lift to take over. Cody grabs a mic
and says that everyone should get on their feet and show Damien some
respect.
Sandow
suplexes him down and drops a knee for two. Wade Barrett is talking
about Miz on the WWE App. Not that we can hear what he’s saying or
anything but you get the idea. Sandow drops Miz throat first on the
middle rope before hitting the Russian legsweep. The Wind-Up elbow
hits for two and it’s off to the chinlock. We go back to the same
overused joke of Cody having a mustache similar to some guy from the
30s (actor Errol Flynn in this case) and no one knowing who that is.
Miz comes back with the corner clothesline and the top rope ax
handle. After knocking Cody to the floor, the figure four ends
Damien at 4:54.
Rating:
C-. This was fine for the most
part. I’m still not wild on Miz using the figure four but at this
point it doesn’t seem like it’s going away. Miz fighting Sandow is
the perfect way to set up the match on Sunday against Rhodes so I
don’t have many complaints here at all. Not a bad match here but it
was pretty dull for the most part.
Aksana
vs. Kaitlyn
Non-title
here. Earlier today, Kaitlyn got flowers from her secret admirer.
Apparently the secret admirer is now tweeting and Josh thinks he
knows who it is. Kaitlyn runs Aksana over with a shoulder block but
the reverse DDT is escaped. Josh thinks the admirer is Sin Cara
because he wears a mask and therefore is ugly and needs to hide in
the shadows.
Aksana
drives a knee into Kaitlyn’s back as the announcers talk about why
JBL should call Aksana. Now we talk about how Josh is poor as Aksana
hits a bad Russian legsweep for two. Off to a chinlock on Kaitlyn as
the announcers now make thinly veiled references about disgraced
Congressmen Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner, because their scandals
were almost two years ago. I’m sure EVERYONE gets what they’re
talking about, right? Anyway Kaitlyn hits a hard spear for the pin
at 3:34.
Rating:
D. The spear and Aksana’s
outfit looked good and that’s about all I can say here as far as
positive aspects of the match. The commentary here was like a DVD
audio track with nothing but stupid jokes and references that almost
no one is going to get. I know the Divas are nothing of note, but
this is almost all you hear on Raw anymore. It doesn’t make me
chuckle but rather makes me want to mute my TV.
Video
on Lesnar vs. HHH from Raw.
Mark
Henry/Big Show/Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio/Sheamus/Randy Orton
Lillian
introduces Ricardo in Spanish and Ricardo introduces Del Rio in
English, which might be a first for him. Del Rio and Swagger get
things going here with Jack grabbing a headlock. Del Rio comes back
with a hard kick to the back for two before firing off more kicks in
the corner. Off to Orton as Swagger is in early trouble. Randy
pounds away in the corner but Swagger comes back with a shoulder
block to Orton’s leg.
Orton’s
leg seems to be just fine though as he snaps off a dropkick to put
Swagger down. Back to Del Rio for a dropkick of his own for two.
Some forearms to Swagger’s back sets up the Backstabber to send Jack
out to the floor. A suicide dive puts Swagger down again but as they
come back in, a Big Show distraction lets Jack slam Del Rio off the
top. Big Show comes in now and stands on Alberto’s back and fires
off some chops in the corner.
Henry
comes in and headbutts Del Rio down before bringing Swagger back in.
Alberto gets up a boot in the corner to stop a charging Jack,
followed by a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to put him down. Show breaks
up the tag though and we take a break. Back with Del Rio kicking out
of a leg lock from Swagger before sending him face first into the
middle buckle. Big Show breaks up another tag and tries the Alley
Oop (backwards falling powerbomb) but Del Rio counters into a
hurricanrana.
Sheamus
finally gets the tag and cleans house before hitting White Noise on
Big Show. That is scary power. The Brogue Kick is caught though and
Sheamus walks into a chokeslam for two. Back to Swagger who drops
some elbows, only to be caught in the fireman’s carry roll to put him
back down. Off to Henry who breaks up the attempted tag to Orton.
Henry pounds away while shouting about Sheamus taking his beating
like a man.
Big
Show comes in again and hits rapid fire chops to Sheamus’ chest.
Swagger is in again and fires off knees to the ribs and a clothesline
for no cover. The Vader Bomb hits for two but as he loads up another
attempt, Sheamus catches Jack in an electric chair. Hot tag brings
in Orton who goes right into his finishing sequence on Swagger, only
to be run over by Henry. Sheamus and Show go to the floor as Del Rio
kicks Henry in the head. Swagger tries the Patriot Lock on Del Rio
but takes the RKO for the pin at 12:04 shown of 15:34.
Rating:
B. Good solid six man tag here
which was the right call to set things up on Sunday. The ending was
the usual insanity with Orton hitting the RKO for a big pop so no
complaints there. I’ve always been a fan of mixing multiple feuds
into one match as you can develop each story while giving us some
fresh pairings at the same time. Good main event here.
Overall
Rating:
B-. I liked tonight’s
show so much better than anything WWE’s main shows have put out in
awhile. First and foremost (long recap aside), tonight wasn’t about
the world title match or the cage match. The other, and far more
interesting matches, got the spotlight and it made for a much more
interesting and entertaining show. It’s also amazing how much easier
it is to sit through a show with only one ad for the WWE App.
Results
Roman
Reigns/Seth Rollins b. Usos – Spear to Jimmy
Tons
of Funk b. Prime Time Players – Double Splash to Young
Chris
Jericho b. Antonio Cesaro – Walls of Jericho
Kaitlyn
b. Aksana – Spear
Randy
Orton/Sheamus/Alberto Del Rio b. Big Show/Mark Henry/Jack Swagger –
RKO to Swagger
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