This week’s SmackDown tapings come from Dayton, Ohio and takes place 24 hours after an impressive Monday Night Raw where the key points heading into the show included Mark Henry’s “retirement”, a Daniel Bryan injury and also Brock Lesnar hitting a devastating F5 on CM Punk to finish the show.
Once again, the following results are spoilers; Friday Night SmackDown is taped on a Tuesday and then shown on a Friday worldwide - if you wish to avoid the spoilers please turn back now.
Daniel Bryan kicks off SmackDown tonight not looking too happy; and rightfully so as he begins to talk about how he has wrestled all over the world and till this day he has never had a match stopped due to an injury. Just like last night on Monday Night Raw when he took on Randy Orton and they, [hinting at Triple H who did actually stop the match]; stopped the match because they thought Daniel Bryan was the weakest link out of Kane and Randy Orton.
He says that tonight he will prove to the world that he is not the weakest link by defeating Randy Orton in a one on one match. He goes on to say that Randy Orton should never have accepted the official’s decision but instead he ‘tapped me on the head like a dog’.
Randy Orton does interrupt Daniel Bryan and says he helped Bryan out after the match out of pure respect, he says this time it will be different as Daniel Bryan will not have Orton’s help because he will be stretchered out of the arena. It should be noted that this is a massive change as Daniel Bryan was originally scheduled to take on Dean Ambrose from The SHIELD, the reason for this change is because Daniel Bryan was originally scheduled to defeat Randy Orton clean on Monday Night Raw.
Two big matches are announced which are set to take place later on in the night, Curtis Axel will look to keep the momentum going as he is set to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Wade Barrett; whilst new World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio will take on Chris Jericho; coming off a count-out loss against CM Punk on Monday Night Raw whilst Chris Jericho picked up a win against Heath Slater on the same night.
The first match of the night sees The Celtic Warrior Sheamus taking on one half of Team Rhodes Scholars; Cody Rhodes. It was an average match to say the least and used to continue building up a feud between Damien Sandow and Sheamus. S
andow attempted to distract Sheamus during the match but Sheamus was having none of it, locking in the Cloverleaf which left Cody Rhodes tapping out to hand Sheamus the victory. After the match Damien Sandow began to attack Sheamus, in my eyes a very good move for Damien Sandow as he is extremely underrated and under-utilised and it is about time he is put into a serious feud; but sacrificing Sheamus is probably not the best direction to go in.
Another creepy Wyatt Family promo is shown on the titan-tron and it does feel like they could be appearing any time soon, I for one cannot wait for the trio to make their mark in the main roster.
The Intercontinental Championship is on the line next, Curtis Axel with Paul Heyman in his corner taking on Wade Barrett. The result was always going to be predictable; after back and forth action once again Wade Barrett lost as Curtis Axel picked up the victory. The Miz was on commentary and after the match, he attempted to challenge Curtis Axel but Paul Heyman intervened and told The Miz that his client does not fight for free. At this point is should be noted that technically, The Miz is also a Paul Heyman guy; but not as big as the likes of Brock Lesnar, Rob Van Dam and The Big Show.
Divas match next where new Divas Champion; AJ Lee locked in the Black Widow submission manoeuvre on Natalya for the victory. The cameras then go backstage where Aksana is seen teasing Kaitlyn about AJ Lee’s victory and this leads to a beat down, courtesy of Kaitlyn and Layla is on hand to break up the brawl between Aksana and Kaitlyn.
The match between Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho ended in a disqualification meaning Alberto Del Rio picked up the victory, this came to fruition as Dolph Ziggler came out and attacked Alberto Del Rio; which also resulted in Ricardo Rodriguez getting involved. After Alberto ran away Chris Jericho ended up hitting the Codebreaker on Dolph Ziggler for giving Alberto the disqualification victory; Del Rio then returns and poses of Ziggler’s body.
Looks like Drew McIntyre is finally getting a match, and he takes on the returning Christian in a one on one match. Christian managed to get the victory, like there was ever going to be a different result; hitting a Killswitch on McIntyre for the count. After the match Christian remained in the ring and cut a promo about how he is feeling really good being back in a WWE ring, surprisingly The SHIELD make their way down from the crowd and hit a triple powerbomb on Captain Charisma before walking away.
We get a replay of the events which occurred after the main event on Monday Night Raw; where Brock Lesnar returned and hit an F5 on CM Punk which is setting up a match for SummerSlam this year. Cameras then go backstage where Rene Young is interviewing Paul Heyman and asks him about the issues surrounding that attack by Brock Lesnar. Heyman was evidently not happy about being asked that question due to his relations with both men, and refused to talk about it on TV. A good interview and this rivalry is shaping up to be very interesting.
Main event time and Randy Orton dominated most of the match; Randy Orton hit an RKO to Daniel Bryan and the impact resulted in Bryan rolling to the outside, both men fought on the outside for a while as Daniel Bryan hit the suicide dive, the same move which resulted in Daniel Bryan losing his match against Orton on Monday Night Raw; but this time Bryan was able to get back into the ring and pick up a count-out victory over The Viper.
Bryan demanded that the match be restarted because he did not want it to end that way, however the referee refused to do so and ends SmackDown. Not a bad show, nothing special either, I think it was good to have Bryan win whilst maintaining that Orton is still no pushover, and a good move by the writers to have Bryan take on Orton again rather than Dean Ambrose, especially with a massive summer planned for Daniel Bryan which would see him lift the WWE Championship at SummerSlam.
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