Eve opened Smackdown! telling everyone that she was in charge. Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, and Kane came out and talked about why they should get a shot at Sheamus' title. Eve booked a triple threat #1 contender match for the main event. I didn't watch this segment.
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH Christian (c) vs. Hunico I watched this match. Great match. Hunico kicked his ass for a while while Camacho did a good job distracting him from the outside. Hunico hit a beautiful suicide dive to the outside. Christian turned the tables when Hunico missed a slingshot senton from the apron, Christian hit the Unprettier, and then a splash from the top rope for the pinfall. WINNER: Christian by pinfall
Cody Rhodes came out and said some stuff, I wasn't really paying attention. He said he would win back his title with a rematch, Christian told him to bring it.
Titus O'Neil & Darren Young vs. The Usos I watched this match too. Great match. I don't remember much except towards the end. The Usos were in control, one of them went to the top rope and got distracted by Darren Young on the apron. Titus O' Neil grabbed him, put him over his knee with a backbreaker, and Darren Young hit him with a devastating elbow drop for the pinfall. Funny spot where Darren Young went for the pinfall first and then remembered he wasn't the legal man and rolled out of the ring. That Uso (whichever one it is) was destroyed. No chance of kicking out. Booker T: "You could count to 100." WINNER: Titus O'Neil & Darren Young by pinfall
HANDICAP MATCH Ryback vs. Two Jobbers I watched this match. It was a great match! Ryback completely destroyed them. The match started out with the jobbers circling Ryback. He shoved one of them into the turnbuckle and then did his big boot and stomp onto the chest of the other guy. Then he beat up on them for a while and did his powerful clotheslines. He did a great spinebuster, then grabbed BOTH of them for his musclebuster finisher! I've never seen that before, I'd highly recommend you watch it if you can, it's amazing. It was like a vertical suplex on two people using the same arm. Threw one jobber on top of the other and pinned them both; the guy on top didn't have his shoulders on the mat though so it only counts as one victory. "FEED ME MORE" I don't see how anyone's going to be able to beat this guy. WINNER: Ryback by pinfall
Santino Marella (United States Champion) vs. Ricardo Rodriguez This was a humiliating match for Ricardo. He was completely outmatched and even wrestled in his tuxedo. He tripped coming into the ring too! He couldn't even do a basic tie up! Santino had to help him out with the hand placement and everything. Santino put him in a headlock, Ricardo shot him off the ropes, and Santino hit him with a shoulderblock. "C'mon" he said and put his hands up. It was pretty sad, I just felt bad for Ricardo at this point. They both bounced off the ropes for a while until Ricardo got tired all by himself and fell down. Ricardo was really hot at this point, so Santino helped him roll up his sleeves while Ricardo loosened his bowtie, but Santino picked him up for an airplane spin. Ricardo was dizzy and fell down. Santino started laughing at him, but he was dizzy too and fell out of the ring. Ricardo went over to talk shit and tell him to get back in, but Santino crawled under the ring. Ricardo went to the opposite side of the ring to wait for him, but Santino came out of the same side and got back in the ring. He put on the cobra and hit a devastating throat strike to put Ricardo out of his misery. Ricardo really had no business being in the ring, he had no real chance of winning. WINNER: Santino Marella by pinfall
Sheamus came out to apologize for running over John Laurinitis on Raw. He said, "I apologize ... for the things I did to your mother last night!" Hahahaha!!!
Vicky came out and did her EXCUSE ME for a while. The crowd was SO LOUD they wouldn't stop booing her. Jack Swagger came out. I didn't watch this match. Jack Swagger got destroyed probably. Lost by pinfall after a Brogue Kick according to wwe.com.
Damien Shadow vs. Yoshi Tatsu I don't give a shit. I didn't watch this either. Damien Shadown wins with a neckbreaker apparently.
Big Show comes out to explain his actions at Over The Limit. "I gotta pay the bills. The electricity's not free, you know. I'm just trying to feed my daughter."
Triple Threat #1 Contender Match for Sheamus' World Heavyweight Championship Randy Orton vs. Kane vs. Alberto Del Rio I watched the last 5 minutes of this. Kane had it all under control and was kicking everyone's ass. Chokeslammed Alberto Del Rio, and then Daniel Bryan ran up the ramp and started threatening him with a steel chair. Randy Orton came out of nowhere and hit Kane with an RKO. Went for the pin, when Alberto Del Rio kicked him in the head and pinned Kane. Kane still kicked out, but it was a second too late. WINNER: Alberto Del Rio by pinfall. Sheamus really dodged a bullet here. Alberto Del Rio has to be the easiest one to beat out of the three. It's amazing Kane still kicked out after the pinfall, the RKO knocks most people out cold for a while, but Kane came to in about 10 seconds and was completely fine afterwards.
Alberto Del Rio celebrated up the ramp until Sheamus cheapshotted him with a brutal elbow to the back of the head. What a dick.
Ricardo vs. Santino was good for what it was: a fun comedy match.
Ryback giving his finisher to the two jobbers AT THE SAME TIME was a holy sh*t moment for me. After seeing that, I can't help but wonder if one of the guys - or both - got injured during the shot. Ryback is a face, apparently. Heck, the jobbers were trashing Wilkes-Barre, so yeah.
Sheamus was great on the stick. His "apology" was quite entertaining.
Vickie gets massive heat. It's quite comical. Of course, my fiancee and I love her, so we cheer whenever we hear the "EXCUSE ME!!!". The Swagger/Sheamus match that followed was solid.
Cody Rhodes' promo was very effective, too. Namedropping such great IC champions like Razor Ramon, HBK, and Randy Savage.
I liked Sheffield back in the Nexus/NXT days so I was already sold on Ryback but man....that stacked finisher was just superb. That's the kind of thing that gets people's attention and turns the mocking Goldberg chants into legit Ryback chants. You could even tell that SD turned down the canned heat machine since that move got a legitimate impressed response from the crowd.
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I didn't see SmackDown, but based on everyone's impressions of the Ryback match, I sought it out on YouTube, and... HOLY CRAP. I'm sold. Get this guy a decent theme song, name his set-up move and finisher, and make a "BRING ME MORE!" T-shirt because I smell money.
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Originally posted by jon jones HANDICAP MATCH Ryback vs. Two Jobbers I watched this match. It was a great match! Ryback completely destroyed them. The match started out with the jobbers circling Ryback. He shoved one of them into the turnbuckle and then did his big boot and stomp onto the chest of the other guy. Then he beat up on them for a while and did his powerful clotheslines. He did a great spinebuster, then grabbed BOTH of them for his musclebuster finisher! I've never seen that before, I'd highly recommend you watch it if you can, it's amazing. It was like a vertical suplex on two people using the same arm. Threw one jobber on top of the other and pinned them both; the guy on top didn't have his shoulders on the mat though so it only counts as one victory. "FEED ME MORE" I don't see how anyone's going to be able to beat this guy. WINNER: Ryback by pinfall
I've got an ID on one of those "jobbers". The one in the red is current NWA Smokey Mountain & NWA Mountain State Wrestling star Chase Owens. He's also the one that ate the "Knock the piss out of you lariat."
Damien Sandow has debuted fully formed. He has his gimmick down COLD, even to the admonition to the referee. He rolls through the legsweep AND the neckbreaker (the Cross Culture?).
But then everyone had a great mic night, especially Big Show who gave us a credible character turn: The big lug was hurt no one stood up for him so the world can go to hell. And he flops on his bed to cry into his diary. He HAD to work with Big Johnny. No one else reached out to him. This is nice.
Was that a face turn for Bryan? That audience could not be denied, and we heard much more support for Bryan than usual.
If they ever wanna turn Swagger and Ziggler face, just pit Eve against Vickie.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
But Vince would only give in to Austin's demands so many times, especially now that there is no WCW for him to jump to. Eventually Vince will say "fuck him" and just promote one of the several other faces on the roster to take his place.