Smackdown – December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
getting closer to the end of the year and the main story coming out
of Monday is the potential for a three way feud between Cena, Orton
and Bryan. Daniel had the champion beaten but Orton cheated to get
out of the match, drawing in Cena for the save. It should be
interesting to hear Bryan’s thoughts on Cena running in to help him.
Let’s get to it.

open with a recap from Monday with Cena cutting Orton off and the
Authority giving Orton a match with Daniel Bryan, because the last
few months of the Authority trying to crush Bryan are completely
forgotten. The match recap doesn’t do it justice.
Orton to brag about becoming undisputed champion some more. He only
has the WWE Championship this week. Orton says the Authority
rewarded him with a match against Daniel Bryan. Randy beat him then
beat John Cena when he tries to interfere because he just doesn’t
care. This brings out Cena as they’re moving fast tonight. Orton
says Cena needs to respect him but Cena says he’s here to keep Orton
from looking like a fool. If Orton doesn’t want to be a champion he
should get out.
is the center of the WWE and everyone is going to be hunting him.
It’s up to Orton to determine how he wants to be remembered and on
Monday he was a giant coward. Orton says he did what he had to do to
win, but Cena points out the truth: Bryan won by DQ. Cena spent
weeks telling us that Orton always runs away and takes the easy way
out, hoping that Orton would come to fight at TLC. That’s exactly
what happened, but the next night Orton was taking the easy way out
says Bryan isn’t getting another rematch but here’s Daniel with
something to say. He understands Orton is too afraid to give him a
rematch because when Bryan beats him, the myth that Randy Orton is
the best comes tumbling down. On top of that, Bryan knows that when
Cena beats Orton for the title, he’ll get the shot he deserves.
Orton says that’s never going to happen because the Authority won’t
allow it. The fans don’t like that idea but here’s Shield to
interrupt some more. Orton bails to the floor but here’s Punk to
even the sides before Shield gets to the ring. Vickie comes out and
makes one heck of a six man for later.
Swagger vs. Big E. Langston
has a sign saying Deport Santa Claus because he’s that awesome. This
is non-title of course and was set up by the tag match from Raw. Zeb
sits in on commentary and talks about confusing Santa Claus with
Santa Anna since they were both singing Feliz Navidad. Langston runs
Jack over to start but Swagger takes him into the corner to take
over. A clothesline gets two and Langston gets caught in a front
facelock. Big E. fights out of the hold and throws Swagger down,
setting up the Warrior Splash for two. Henry runs Cesaro over for no
apparent reason and the distraction lets Big E. hit the Big Ending
for the pin at 2:54.
Snuka vs. Brie Bella
sits in on commentary and we get a clip of that great superkick to
Nikki from Raw. Brie hits a quick cross body for two and sends
Tamina out to the floor before slapping Snuka in the face. Tamina
slams Brie down and kicks her in the ribs a few times. A knee drop
gets the same as AJ wants to know why she has to keep defending
against the same girls over and over. Cole asks if Tamina could get
a shot but AJ says Tamina knows where her bread is buttered. “And
she should know because I make a mean breakfast.”
comes back with a running knee to the face and a middle rope
dropkick. Cole talks about Brie getting engaged on the season finale
of Total Divas, giving AJ this great jab: “She’s engaged? That
should make her #1 contender!” As a follow up Cole asks if AJ has
been asked to be part of season two. “No. I was hugged as a child
and don’t need the attention.” Tamina comes back with a superkick
but the Superfly Splash hits knees, giving Brie the rollup pin at
C-. The match was nothing
special outside of that superkick but AJ’s commentary made this far
more entertaining. The line about making Tamina breakfast got a
laugh out of me and everything she said about the reality show is
true. Why should she keep defending the title against the same girls
she’s beaten time after time? Some of the comments she made could be
planting seeds for Tamina to turn on her as well which makes things
more interesting.
shoves AJ down post match.
Cara vs. Drew McIntyre
is quickly sent over the top rope, followed by a nice flip dive by
the masked man. Back inside and a high cross body gets two on
McIntyre but he throws Sin down. A knee drop has Cara in trouble but
he jumps over Drew in the corner and armdrags him down. I can’t
imagine how badly the original Sin Cara would have botched that. A
handspring elbow gets two on McIntyre before a kick to the head sets
up a Swanton Bomb for the pin at 2:05. Just a step above a squash
here. JBL gets in his line about how it’s like a new Sin Cara.
Clay vs. Tensai
takes him into the corner and drives shoulders into Brodus’ ample
gut. A clothesline drops Clay but he avoids the backsplash. Clay
hits a pair of splashes in the corner and a running splash gets two.
Another splash gets no cover and Brodus does the dinosaur claws
dance. Cue the Funkadactyls with Xavier Woods for the distraction
and, say it with me, Tensai rolls Brodus up for the pin at 1:45. I
have no idea how this is supposed to help either guy but I’m sure it
will be explained to me later.
and Woods beat up Brodus post match, setting up a dance party.
Rhodes/Goldust vs. Wyatt Family
again, meaning you can probably pencil in the brothers for a loss.
Goldust and Erick get things going but Rowan doesn’t move for the
deep breath. Instead Goldust punches the mask off of him, only to
get shoulder blocked down. Goldust comes back with some right hands,
sending Rowan off to the corner for the tag to Harper. Off to Cody
who brings Harper into the champions’ corner before bringing Goldust
right back in.
takes over with some uppercuts to the jaw and drags Goldust out to
the corner for the tag to Rowan. Erick is at the top of his weak
offensive game here with choking, stomping and right hands. Harper
comes back in with an uppercut for two with that disturbing look on
his face. Goldust fights back but misses a cross body, sending him
out to the floor and right in front of Wyatt as we take a break.
with Harper Gator rolling Goldust as Cole asks about Sister Abigail.
Rowan comes back in for a claw hold and a big toss across the ring.
Goldust finally gets an elbow up in the corner to stop a charging
Rowan but Harper breaks up the hot tag attempt. A DDT puts Harper
down a second later and there’s the tag off to Rhodes.
speeds things up with a springboard missile dropkick followed by the
Disaster Kick to Harper. The moonsault press gets two but Rowan
makes the save. Goldust sends him to the floor and dives off the
apron to take him down, but Wyatt hits a quick big boot to Goldust’s
jaw. Harper picks Cody up by the ears (this guy really is evil) and
takes his head off with the discus lariat for the pin at 11:04 shown
of 14:34.
C+. The losing streak is here
and there’s nothing that can be done about it. These recurring ideas
are all the proof you need that a change in the booking is
desperately needed. Earlier tonight we had the distraction into the
rollup and now we have the losing streak. That’s roughly 40% of all
the ideas they have and they used them in less than half an hour.
match Bray leans upside down in the corner as he goes after Cody,
drawing out Bryan with a chair to take out the Family. He takes Bray
down and pounds away but has to fight off Rowan which allows Bray to
Sandow doesn’t like Christmas. It’s nothing but a bunch of adults
asking for stuff they don’t need, children asking for things they
haven’t earned, and filthy houses with ugly decorations. That’s why
he’s going to cancel Christmas this coming Monday, but he’s cut off
by….Miz, who I thought was a heel. Miz gives him the “really”
treatment and says he knows Santa. They celebrate Santa where he
comes from and Sandow couldn’t carry Santa’s sack.
Miz vs. Damien Sandow
takes him into the corner to start and scores with some clotheslines.
Sandow tries to get a boot up in the corner but Miz wraps it around
the ropes and kicks at the knee. The Figure Four goes on but Sandow
gets to the rope. A rollup with a handful of trunks is enough to pin
Miz at 1:28. I have no idea what the point of this match was as the
promo could have done the same thing. Mark Henry fighting to save
Christmas from the Latin speaking Sandow Claus is going to be
glorious though.
for the History of WWE DVD.
Kingston vs. Fandango
gets the jobber entrance as JBL calls Fandango a male Shakira. “His
hips don’t lie.” Cole: “….oh God.” Fandango grabs a
headlock to start but Kofi comes back with a dropkick. A clothesline
gets two on Kingston and Fandango pounds some elbows into Kofi’s
chest. We hit the chinlock for a bit but Kofi avoids a middle rope
knee drop. Kofi comes back with some chops and a dropkick followed
by the Boom Drop. Fandango bails to the floor to avoid Trouble in
Paradise and trips Kofi to send him to the mat. The guillotine
legdrop gets the pin at 3:40.
D. I guess it’s time to push
Fandango again and we’re going with Miz as a face again. Fandango
has potential and thankfully his character has evolved past the point
of just dancing and saying his name. Kofi continues to be in the
same spot on the card as always and he’ll still be over no matter
what happens to him.
Wyatts jump Bryan in the back, presumably taking him out of the six
man later. Bray drops to his knees and says “ashes ashes, we all
fall down.” The Family throws him off a ledge which appeared to be
a few feet high.
vs. CM Punk/John Cena
works for me. Punk and Ambrose get things going with CM going after
the arm. Ambrose is driven into the corner and it’s off to Cena for
a shoulder block. The bulldog puts Dean down again and it’s back to
Punk who gets two off a middle rope elbow. We take a break and come
back with Reigns holding Cena for a kick from Rollins. Back to
Ambrose to pepper Cena with with right hands but John belly to back
suplexes him to get a breather.
rest doesn’t last long though as Reigns comes in with headbutts and a
lot of shouting. There’s the awesome Superman Punch before it’s off
to Rollins for a forearm to Cena’s face. Cena avoids a charge in the
corner but rolls towards Shield, allowing Rollins to tag out to
Ambrose. Dean hits a dropkick up against the ropes before it’s back
to Rollins for some right hands in the corner.
is sat on the top rope but headbutts Rollins down to escape a
superplex. Ambrose comes back in but walks into a tornado DDT.
There’s the hot tag to Punk who takes Ambrose down with a leg lariat
and hits a running knee to Rollins’ chin. Seth rolls to the floor
for a suicide dive followed by the running knee in the corner back
inside. The Macho Elbow looks to set up the GTS but Ambrose breaks
it up. Punk drops of them with the neckbreaker/DDT combo for two on
Rollins. Reigns makes the save and Shield triple teams Punk for the
DQ at 9:48 shown of 13:18.
C+. Good match as you would
expect from these guys but the ending was lame. Cena sold the heck
out of that beating by staying down as long as he did but there might
have been more done to him on the floor. This keeps the Punk vs.
Shield going which could keep tying him into the Authority.
comes in for the save but Reigns hits the spear to take him down.
Punk is about to take the Triple Bomb but Cena makes another save.
The superheroes are in trouble but here’s Big E. Langston for the
real save. Ambrose and Rollins are sent to the floor and we get the
showdown between Langston and Reigns but Punk gets a chair, sending
Roman out to the floor. Shield backs off to end the show.
C-. Langston
interfering to end the show is a really interesting idea as his NXT
work has shown how capable he is of being a monster face.
Unfortunately that’s about all that held my interest tonight other
than AJ’s commentary. There’s just nothing here of interest with a
bunch of squashes complete with overdone finishes plus Miz being a
face again for no apparent reason. Also I guess we’re just going to ignore Reigns spearing Ambrose on Sunday.  Not an interesting show here but
it wasn’t the worst two hours ever.
E. Langston b. Jack Swagger – Big Ending
Bella b. Tamina Snuka – Rollup
Cara b. Drew McIntyre – Swanton Bomb
b. Brodus Clay – Rollup
Family b. Cody Rhodes/Goldust – Discus lariat to Rhodes
Sandow b. The Miz – Rollup with a handful of trunks
b. Kofi Kingston – Guillotine legdrop
Punk/John Cena b. Shield via DQ when Shield triple teamed Bryan
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