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Smackdown needs no opening recap this week! We hit the arena immediately, where MICHAEL COLE welcomes us in JBL's absence, and here comes SHEAMUS to open things out. And it's a match!

SHEAMUS and RANDY ORTON vs. THE RHODES SCHOLARS: They recap the Shield's attack on Orton and Sheamus during their entrances. Oh hey, BRAD MADDOX is back on commentary! Good! Cole and JOSH MATHEWS don't seem terribly thrilled, but tough cookies, guys. And of course, during the Rhodes Scholars' entrance, Damien Sandow wishes to speak. "Silence! What happened last Monday on Raw was nothing short of a professional and managerial abomination! Not only was our surefire victory over the New Age Outlaws taken from us, not only was our postmatch endeavour with the Bella Twins postponed, but we were put in a match that we were put in a match that we were neither physically nor mentally prepared for against these two vulgarians!" Okay, is that one a real word? "My uncle Minos Sandow told me once, and it goes like-" Cody puts his hand on Damien's shoulder to interrupt him, before looking to the ring with his own mic. "You don't deserve the story. It's simple. You ruined our date, you ruined our night, so now it's our turn to ruin yours." Brad Maddox immediately tries to take credit for making this match. Cody and Sheamus start. Lockup, and Sheamus gets a side headlock and a headlock takedown. Cody gets back to his feet quickly and shoots Sheamus off the ropes, but Sheamus plows him down with a shoulderblock. Cody comes back with a kick to the gut and a series of punches. Whip to the corner, Sheamus reverses it, and Cody tries to go up and over him but Sheamus catches him on his shoulder. Cody slips down the back and runs to tag Sandow in. Sheamus catches Sandow's kick and pushes him over, before dropping an elbow. To the corner, Sheamus lays in some punches, but Sandow turns it around as the referee tries to interjects himself and pounds away. Whip to the corner, reversed, and Sheamus lands a shoulder tackle, followed by the million dollar kneelift. Cole says 'shades of Triple H', and that's not really shades of Triple H, he does a jumping knee and not a kneelift. But who's counting? Certainly not the commentators! Sheamus lands a pair of Irish hammers, then goes for White Noise, but Sandow elbows out. Sheamus tosses him out to the apron, to set up the ten punch clubbering, and a forearm to Cody for good measure. Sandow hangs Sheamus up on the top rope and drags him to the outside, but Sheamus drops him with a punch. Rhodes, however, then comes flying in with the Disaster Kick off the announce table! Lets take a commercial break!

We come back just in time to see Cody nail Sheamus with a dropkick. His cover gets two. Cody clubs away on Sheamus, then tags Damien who continues the beating. Sandow rolls out to the floor to hammer away on Sheamus while he's on the apron. Sheamus attempts to headbutt to get back, but a quick tag to Rhodes lets Sheamus be cut off before he can tag Orton. Tag back to Sandow, who keeps beating on Sheamus. Front face lock to slow him down, but Sheamus gets out. The match is seeming a bit awkward here, as Sheamus looks hesitant to let the Rhodes Scholars move him around the ring to set up moves. The referee occupies Sandow for a moment, but Sheamus isn't able to fight his way out. Sandow removes his elbowpad and charges at Sheamus in the corner, but Sheamus gets the boots up, then hoists himself to the top rope to hit the battering ram! Both men are down, and closer to each other's corner. They roll over for a tag. Tag to Cody, tag to Orton! Orton lands two clotheslines, ducks Cody's, and hits the powerslam! That's followed by Orton's new move, the T-Bone! He then hooks Cody up for the second rope DDT, which hits! Sandow runs in to smack Orton before he can coil, but he promptly eats a Brogue Kick, allowing Orton to coil anyway. RKO on Cody! 1, 2, 3! But wait, we're not quite done yet, as THE SHIELD looks to be making an appearance.

Orton and Sheamus wait in the ring for them, but though their music is playing, they aren't in the crowd. And sure enough, they appear on the Titantron. Ambrose: "Randy, Sheamus, relax. You don't have to be afraid." Rollins: "Or maybe you do." Reigns: "Just not tonight." They all introduce themselves. Ambrose: "And you should already know that ring you're standing in is ours, and if you still don't believe that, well, you can ask the Big Show, because on Monday night we dropped the Big Show, and we served justice to the Big Show just like we serve justice to every major force in this industry. Ryback, Sheamus, Orton, Cena, the Rock, check check check check check." Rollins: "You know, that brings up an interesting point. We've taken John Cena and the Rock, the WWE Champion, multiple times, and we've laid them out, flattened them in the centre of the ring." Reigns: "Just like roadkill." Rollins: "And yet those two criminals continue to take from us, because they are the main event at Wrestlemania and somehow the most dominant force in this company, the Shield, doesn't even have a match at Wrestlemania, and that is the greatest injustice I have ever heard of." Ambrose: "It's an injustice that we're going to serve ourselves. Look, no more games, here's what we're gonna do. You two, find a partner. Any partner you want. But just make sure you pick the right partner."

Orton has a mic in the ring, and is succinct. "I'm in." Sheamus follows suit. "I'll see you at Wrestlemania!" Rollins: "The showcase of the immortals, now and forever, becomes the showcase of justice." Ambrose: "At Wrestlemania, you will believe." Reigns: "Believe in the Shield." Gee, who could Orton and Sheamus pick as their partner? The suspense is killing me! Later tonight, our main event has Chris Jericho vs. Jack Swagger! Also, The Ryback will face Mark Henry! Nothing can possibly go wrong with that match! Now lets see the Halle Berry/Otunga/Kane skit one more time!

We return to a Fandango video. Fandango debuts tonight! Nothing could possibly go wrong with that debut! And now, lets go back to Brock Lesnar's response to Triple H, delivered to the New Age Outlaws. We saw this on Raw! Triple H responds on Monday. Whee.

Backstage, we join Orton and Sheamus, apparently discussing a partner with Sheamus offering insight. "Absolutely, I think we've made the right choice, man." "We've got this." "There's no one better." But before they can say who their choice was, THE BIG SHOW lumbers into the shot. "Heard you fellows were having problems with the Shield. You could use a tag team partner." Sheamus smiles as he responds. "What're you trying to say, Show? You looking for the spot to be our tag team partner against the Shield at Wrestlemania?" "First of all, I don't trust either one of you two. But in lieu of recent events, that's exactly what I'm saying. You need a tag team partner that's merciless, that's brutal, that's vicious, a tag team partner that can bulldoze anything in front of him. You need a tag team partner that's the ultimate destroyer." Orton nods. "You know, Show, I don't think we could agree with you more." "Well I'll tell you, you guys won't regret this decision. It's the smart move." "You know what, you're dead right, Show. And that's why the two of us have picked HIM." And the camera pans out to reveal THE RYBACK, glaring at Big Show. Show turns and stares him down briefly, before walking away. So, um, how long does this last? As if to remind us, a graphic plugs The Ryback vs. Mark Henry later tonight!

And here I was going to make a joke about Orton and Sheamus being about to pick Zack Ryder.

BLONDE LAYLA and KAITLYN vs. AKSANA and TAMINA SNUKA: It sounds like Kaitlyn has new music. Tamina and Layla start out. Lockup, Tamina shoves Layla hard into the corner, and she actually falls under the bottom turnbuckle which looks like it could have hurt. She gets back up and kicks Tamina a couple of times, but there's no go on the irish whip attempt. Tamina whips her instead, but Layla kicks her off the ropes. A subsequent kick is caught and Layla is pushed down hard. Tamina lifts her by the hair and throws her to the unfriendly corner. Choke with the boot and head to the buckle, twice. Tag to Aksana. Aksana kicks away, landing three kicks before tagging to Tamina. Thanks for coming out, Aksana! Nevermind, she's tagged back in, as we go backstage to see THE FUNKADACTYLS watching backstage. as the Divas Shortage forces them to remind the viewers that they can indeed wrestle as well as be cheerleaders for Brodus Clay. Aksana hides a side Lithuanian leg sweep, then applies a surfboard variant. Cover for one. Layla is whipped to the corner, and Aksana suggestively crawls into the tag. Tamina suplexes Layla for a one count. Gut punch, but Layla starts firing back with forearms. Tamina whips her to the corner, but misses the charge. Layla gets a rollup for two, and quickly crawls for a tag, but is grabbed and stopped. Momentarily! Layla shoves Tamina away and tags in Kaitlyn. Aksana is in on the other side, and she takes a back elbow and a clothesline. Uppercut hits her on the chin, and the flying shoulder block hits! Reverse DDT by Kaitlyn! 1, 2, no! Cole: "The next thing you know, you'll be trying to take credit for Kaitlyn too." Maddox: "Well, uh, I've had my hand in a lot of things here, and certainly, uh, the Divas division is one of them." Mathews: "Don't incriminate yourself there, Brad." Maddox: "...what'd I say?" Kaitlyn goes off the ropes but it smacked from behind by Tamina. Aksana lifts Kaitlyn up, but she slides down the back and shoves Aksana into Tamina, knocking her off the apron! Spear by Kaitlyn! But there's Layla with the Daniel Bryan blind tag! She hits the LOL and gets the win! Kaitlyn doesn't look terribly thrilled, even as Layla exuberantly celebrates with her.

Backstage, Naomi and Cameron seem pleased with the match, but as they turn to leave they run into THE BELLA TWINS. "Hey girls! How are you! So good to see you." Okay, they're all talking over each other, so I'm not going to transcribe all this yet. Naomi says the Bellas were a big influence for them, and Cameron says that they may not be twins, but they dress alike and grewup watching the Bellas. Nikki does not seem impressed. "Did you hear that, Brie? We influenced two hoochie mamas to come to WWE to shake their butts for a, heh, dancing dinosaur and his fat friend who thinks he's Japanese. Isn't that great?" "Yes." The Funkadactyls wave their pompoms (Their actual pompoms. Perverts.) in the Bellas faces to stop them. "Who you calling hoochie mamas?" "...listen, we didn't mean to disrespect you, we just wanted to introduce ourselves." They offer the Hands of Friendship, and Naomi and Cameron seem uncertain, so Nikki delivers a knee to Naomi's gut and Brie throws Cameron into a locker. The beatdown is on! Officials quickly arrive to break things up. Hey, there's Jamie Noble! Apparently being an agent means he can afford a suit. He's hit the big times, Nidia! "Nice to meet you, girls." Nikki gets the one last taunt in before being escorted out. And hey, we can actually tell the Bellas apart now thanks to Nikki's enhancements, though it looked like wardrobe did the best they could to make Brie as close a match as they could. From here, we go to the Raw Rebound, which focuses on the attempted Paul Bearer tributes and CM Punk intervening in them. We saw this on Raw! And the entrance of the tag champs takes us to break.

WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS KANE w/WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS DANIEL BRYAN vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER w/AJ, BIG E LANGSTON, and a really smashed up briefcase: Can Kane avenge his partner's loss from Monday? Kane backs Ziggler into the corner and lands a series of knees, then an uppercut. Kane stomps away, and lays in more punches in the corner. A headbutt drops Dolph again. Kane hits a shoulderblock and another uppercut. Big beal out of the corner. Dolph can't even get out of the blocks here. Kane whips Ziggler back into the corner, but Dolph dodges his charge. Kane still pulls up before smashing into the turnbuckle, and uppercuts Dolph anyway. Ziggler finally bails out to the floor to try to cut off the momentum. Kane pursues, so Ziggler goes back into the ring. Dolph tries to hit Kane as he gets up on the apron, but gets grabbed in a choke before he can. He gets back in the ring, ready to chokeslam Ziggler, but Dolph finally lands some kicks to slow Kane down. He runs off the ropes, but right into a big boot. Kane hoists him up and lifts him for a bodyslam. Back up again, and Kane hits a second bodyslam. Whip off the ropes, Ziggler grabs them to stop his momentum, and he elbows Kane once he tries to come in. He tries to punch to come back, but Kane isn't having any of it. He tries to back body drop Ziggler to the floor, but he barely lands on the apron. Ziggler hangs Kane up on the top rope, then climbs atop himself, landing a big missile dropkick to take Kane down! Kane kicks out at two. Kick to Kane's face, then a punch. Jumping elbowdrop gets two. Bryan tries to fire up the crowd, as Ziggler applies a chinlock, then segues into a front facelock. Kane throws Ziggler off easily, but Ziggler quickly drop toe holds him into the second turnbuckle, then hits his jumping DDT, some sloppy selling protected by camera angles. Ziggler punches away, surviving an uppercut by Kane, but not a later clothesline. Kick to the gut, and Kane gets a half-hour suplex, followed up by a low dropkick for two. Whip to the corner, followed by a clothesline. To the opposite corner, another clothesline! Dolph spins through the side slam attempt to land behind Kane, and applies the sleeper! Kane back shim into the corner, and the second time finally breaks the hold. Ziggler jumps off the second rope but flies into an uppercut. He still kicks out at two! Now it's Kane's turn to go up top. Flying clothesline hits! Kane wants the chokeslam now, but AJ is up on the apron. She distracts the referee, presumably for Big E to run interference, but before he can do so Daniel Bryan is over to attack Langston! Big E fights back and beals Bryan into the timekeeper's area. He then turns around into Kane's big boot! Kane gets back into the ring, but is hit with the Fameasser on entry! The Zig Zag follows! 1, 2, 3, Ziggler wins! Two wins in one week, that has to be a 2013 record for Ziggler. He starts mocking the fallen Kane, who suddenly grabs him in a choke, but Langston runs Kane over before he can inflict any pain. He hoists Kane up on his shoulder like nothing, and hits the Big Ending! Both Kane and Bryan are left laying. Will Zig y Langston get a tag title shot? Yeah, I'll borrow that name if people don't mind.

Now here's Del Rio and Rodriguez's immitation of Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter shown again. We saw this on- wait, this is a new one. Oops! Lets back up a bit. "My name is Zeb Colter, and this is Jack Swagger. America today is divided." The subtitle today is Borders. "On one side of this great divide are the hard-working, red-blooded Murikans. Murikans made of 'the right stuff'." "American stuff!" "On the other side of the divide are foreigners who cross our borders illegally. They sneeeak into this great country, they take our jobs they take our jobs, they marry our women, and steal our God-given freedoms. You may ask yourself, who are these dangerous interlopers who are ruining the great fabric of this nation with their products." "CANADIANS!" Oh, now it's on. "That's right, Canada, or Canadia, oh sure, they might look like you or me, but don't be fooled. They speak with funny accents, eh? They salute a different flag, and they play sports. Sports on ice!" "Ice..." "They are smuggling a substance into our country that is so pure, so addictive, and so expensive that it's threatening the health of our native citizens. The name of this scourge..." "MAPLE SYRUP." Del Rio produces a jub of it from his pocket. "That's right, Jack Swagger. Maple syrup. So fellow Americans, the next time you find yourself with a plateful of pancakes in front of you, I really like pancakes.. Think about how you're destroying Murikah." "Weee..." "Jack, again? *whispers*" "...the Peeeple."

We immediately join CHRIS JERICHO and R-TRUTH in the locker room watching on a monitor and laughing. Truth starts this conversation off. "Haahaha, oh my words!" "Wigs are always funny. Heh heh." And as we might expect given our main event, the camera pans over to reveal A REAL AMERICAN JACK SWAGGER and ZEB COLTER. "You think it's funny?" "Yeah, I think it's pretty funny." Jericho shoos Truth away, so he can confront Swagger himself. "Tell me, tell me if you think this is funny. When I beat you, and four other superstars to win the Elimination Chamber, I put the weight of a nation upon my back, and now I'm not only fighting for the World Heavyweight Championship, but for the soul of our country, and you're in here joking about it? You're no different than Del Rio, you snuck across our border, from CANADA, came into our country, and now you're trying to take what doesn't belong to you, what belongs to REAL AMERICANS." "Real Americans. Swagger, what are you talking about, real Americans? Okay, I grew up in Canada, eh? But I was born an American just like you, so I guess I'm a real American too. But what about this guy, are you a real American? You look like a cross between Rush Limbaugh and Yosemite Sam." Colter finally tries to speak in response to that. "Hey lemme tell you something-" "Listen, instead of worrying about politics, and immigration, and naturalization, you should worry about the fact that this is Wrestlemania season, and you have a title match against Alberto Del Rio in just a few weeks, and even more importantly, you've got a match against Y2J tonight. So until you and Sam can beat me, I suggest that you please SHUT THE HELL UP." Jericho departs, leaivng Swagger to stare as he goes. Another Fandango promo! He debuts next! Honest this time!

We return to a plug of JBL's mountain climb at Aconcagua, Argentina. JBL was forced off the mountain at twenty thousand feet due to a storm. He's made it home safely and will be back on Smackdown next week! And now, to our match.

THE GREAT KHALI w/BETH PHO... ER, NATALYA vs. FANDANGO w/DANCER: It seems that the longer Fandango waits, the stronger the competition he's ducking gets... Khali and Natalya keep dancing to Fandango's theme, as he makes his way out. It doesn't look like LILIAN GARCIA is even going to try to introduce him this week. Fandango is going to talk anyway. "Shh, shh, shh. Stop stop stop stop stop stop stop. Being a professional interpreter of the language of dahnce, my friends, that right there is unacceptable. It's obvious that you can't dance at all, so lets try this stretch, lets try this. Lets see if you can pronounce my name correctly." He wants Khali to? Oh dear. Khali has the mic. "You are Fandango. I know you. You Fandango." That's possibly the most intelligible Khali has ever been. "Shhhshshsh, shut your mouth okay, shut your mouth. Follow my lead, okay, watch your step, don't trip, clumsy, okay? Here we go. Fahn." "Fahn. Faahn." "Dahn." "Dahn." "Nonono, dahhn." "Dahn." "No no no, D, D. Dahn." "Tahn." "Goooo." "Goooo." "Now put it all together, and what do you get? What do you get?" "Fahndahngo!" The crowd applauds Khali's effort. "That is absolutely horrible. Big man, I hope you have a lot of money, because you're going to have to reimburse each and every one of these people here tonight. Because they're missing out on the debut of Fahndanhgo." And he retreats backstage. Up next, another Raw recap!

We return to the main event preview for the Rock and Cena. We saw this on Raw! We promptly join MATT STRIKER backstage. "Well, everyone is looking forward to the main event at Wrestlemania, and everyone is looking forward to the match at Wrestlemania just made official by Booker T. It will be the Shield, vs. Ryback, SHEAMUS and RANDY ORTON. Sheamus, you have to feel that the odds are even now with Ryback as your partner." The Ryback isn't present for this interview, in case my bold/caps wasn't hint enough. "Actually, Matt, I think the odds are in our favour right now." "You're about to get a sample of what Ryback is capable of in his match with Mark Henry." "Y'know, Matt, Ryback has a huge-" And Sheamus is cut off there as ROMAN REIGNS flies into the scene and spears Sheamus through the set! Orton moves to intervene, but is pounced on by DEAN AMBROSE and SETH ROLLINS, who beat him down quickly. They run him into a loading bay door, twice. Sheamus has started crawling back to his feet, so they beat him up and throw him through a table. I don't think anyone hit Striker, but he's curled up in the fetal position anyway. Referees arrive too late to do any good, and shoo the Shield off, as MIKE CHIODA calls for Booker T. And we go to break!

We return to Sheamus and Orton still down, with BOOKER T and TEDDY LONG inspecting the carnage. THE RYBACK arrives to ask what happened. "Hey, Ryback, I'll tell you what happened. It's the Shield." "Teddy, I got this, aight? Look Ryback, we're gonna take care of Randy, we're gonna take care of Sheamus. Right now what you need to do is take care of your match with Mark Henry, aight? We got this, just don't lose your cool, okay? We got this!"

MARK HENRY vs. THE RYBACK: Henry starts the trash-talking early. The bell sounds, and they lock up. Henry looks to have the power advantage, but Ryback spins to try to get leverage, as they maintain the lockup near and against the ropes. Henry is finally backed up to the ropes, but as the referee forces the break, the music of THE SHIELD sounds out. Here they come through the crowd. Henry and The Ryback back off from each other and look on as the Shield makes their way down. The Shield stays in the crowd, until Henry steps out of the ring, at which point they rush The Ryback while he's isolated! He does what he can to fight them off, clotheslining Ambrose down while Rollins is on his back trying to choke him. Ryback dumps Rollins over the top rope and then clotheslines Reigns over as well, clearing the ring! Henry tries to sneak back in behind him, but The Ryback has turned to stare him down as well. The Ryback dares Henry to come on, but Henry just holds his attention long enough for Rollins and Ambrose to jump him from behind, and now the beatdown is on. They pick up The Ryback's carcass for their trademark move, the triple powerbomb! Leaving their prey in the ring, they head off through the crowd. Mark Henry looks about to leave, but changes his mind, going back into the ring. He grabs The Ryback's limp body, hoists him up, and hits the World's Strongest Slam! But one isn't enough. A second World's Strongest Slam follows! "That's what I do!" The referee tries to intervene, but Henry chases him off. A third World's Strongest Slam follows! "All day! This is what you got in store for you! I ain't none of these punks you been running through! You will not run through me! Welcome to the Hall of Pain!" The crowd chants "Feed me more", to no avail.

A REAL AMERICAN JACK SWAGGER w/ZEB COLTER vs. CHRIS JERICHO w/Glowy Jacket: Alberto Del Rio apparently isn't on thes how tonight (vignette aside) because of fallout from his match with the Big Show on Main Event, where Jack Swagger ran interference and injured his leg. He will be back for Raw, however. The two combatants circle and lock up, with Jericho being muscled into the corner, but shoving back rather than taking the clean break. Another lockup, and Swagger goes behind, while Brad Maddox talks about being a Jericho fan for fifteen years. Jericho reverses into his own waistlock, then a side headlock. Swagger backs him into the corner, and doesn't break cleanly, landing a punch instead. The commentators mention Jack Swagger cashing in Money in the Bank on Jericho. Continuity! Jericho lands some chops, and a kick to Swagger. Jericho follows that with a clothesline that it doesn't look like Swagger was expecting, leading him to take it full-on in the neck without falling over. Jericho recovers and lands a knee and forearm, then whips Swagger. Swagger reverses, but Jericho grabs the ropes. Swagger charges, and Jericho backdrops him to the apron, to set up the springboard dropkick! Swagger falls to the floor, where Zeb Colter goes to give him advice. And we go to our break! It's a bit early to be the final break, I think.

We return to Jericho being thrown to the corner and splashed by Swagger. Swagger stomps Jericho's stomach. "Y2J? We the People!" Swagger grabs a double chickenwing, shouting "We, the People!" all the while. Jericho fights his way back to his feet, hitting a back suplex to break the hold. Both men back to their feet, and Swagger steamrolls Jericho with a clothesline, for two. Swagger's bleeding from the mouth. He grabs a front face lock. Colter tries to fire up the crowd, with the expected results, as Jericho gets back up. He lands a chop, but Swagger hits an elbow to stop him. Punches follow. Whip off the ropes, Jericho ducks the clothesline and hits a shoulderblock, then another! Swagger tosses him over the top rope, but Jericho lands on the apron, climbs the turnbuckle and hits a double axehandle! The bulldog connects, and we know what that sets up. But Swagger rolls away from the Lionsault! That places Jericho in perfect position for the Swagger Bomb, but Jericho gets his boots up to block it and kick Swagger in the face! A double-leg follows, but Swagger powers out before the Walls can be locked in. Jericho ducks Swagger's clothesline and hits his stepladder enziguiri, hitting Swagger in the shoulder. 1, 2, Swagger kicks out. Jericho lands some shots on Swagger in the corner. Whip to the other corner, Swagger reverses, and he takes out Jericho's knee. Swagger quickly grabs the Patriot Lock! Jericho rolls over onto his back to kick Swagger off, then rolls him up off the ropes for two. Swagger quickly grabs Jericho for a belly to belly, getting another two count. Now here's our last break!

We return to another corner splash by Swagger, just like after the last break. Swagger then hoists Jericho up, but is DDTed down quickly for two! Both men are down now. Jericho's up first, and lands kicks to Swagger's face. He charges, but is pressed up and dropped. Swagger grabs the gutwrench, but Jericho doesn't want to be powerbombed, taking out the legs and going for the Walls again. Swagger punches out this time, then picks the leg to get the Patriot Lock! Jericho twists around to roll out of it and gets the Walls of Jericho this time! Colter is up on the apron, and Swagger crawls to the ropes during the momentary distraction. He rolls to the floor, but Jericho lands a dropkick through the ropes to take him down again. He whips Swagger into the ringsteps! Colter eyes Jericho as Swagger is thrown back into the ring. Jericho climbs to the top rope again, and he hits a crossbody for a very long two count! Knees to Swagger's face follow, but Swagger grabs the tights to pull Jericho into the second turnbuckle. His corner charge misses, and Jericho wants the Codebreaker, but Swagger catches him and throws him hard into the bottom turnbuckle! Swagger lifts Jericho in the gutwrench, and hits the gutwrench powerbomb for the three count. Swagger wins! Colter joins him in the ring and points to the sign. Triple H and Undertaker might be on Raw! But for now, we're out!
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I thought this was a terrific Smackdown. Really entertaining. Felt like a 1986 NWA show. All the babyfaces got their asses kicked and got laid out. Even The Bella Twins were forces of destruction. ("Hoochie Mamas." Heh.) And I never realized the Bellas were so tall compared to Naomi and Cameron.

The Shield are still the best thing in the company, in my mind. The Spear on Sheamus by Reigns was awesome. Sheamus really took the worst of that beatdown by the Shield. I guess it's because he's just not as fragile as Orton.

At least The Shield took it relatively easy on The Ryback and didn't triple power bomb him through another table. Henry picking up the scraps was downright magical.

Seriously, this Smackdown did more to make me actually want to watch WrestleMania than all other WWE programming up to this point. At the very least, it sold me on the undercard.

The Shield vs. Hashtag #CelticVipers + Big Show maybe? Sold.

Mark Henry vs. The Ryback? Sold.

Even The Bella Twins vs. The Funkadactyls? If it happens, sold.

The Rock vs. John Cena? Eh.

Undertaker vs. CM Punk? Eh, I guess...

Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H. Whatever.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger? If I could FF that live, I would.

And Cole, the Hounds of Justice don't 'swarm'. This guy needs help with his metaphors.



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Is there a particular reason why they keep saying "23 nights away" instead of "days away?" Or is it just another one of those weird WWE ways of talking like adding Team to perfectly good team names?



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Last week Ricardo and Alberto reminded us of the delicious dangers of tex-mex food.
Last weekend, I got a tremendous craving for the shrimp chimichangas from the local Hispanic restaurant and made Husband go with me to eat.

This week Ricardo and Alberto reminded us of the delicious dangers of real maple syrup, imported for Canada.
This weekend, I have a craving for Cracker Barrel pancakes, sausages, hash brown casserole, and bacon, all drowning in maple syrup. I will see if I can persuade Husband to go with me early Sunday morning.

I am looking forward to next week’s dining suggestions from the duo.

(To be fair, the “popplers” episode of Futurama always gives me a craving for chicken McNuggets.)





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Great ending for the Jericho-Swagger match. It allowed Swagger to get a prop assist before hitting his original finisher (The Deportation? The Declaration? The Filibuster?). So he kinda cheats, and Jericho looks like a guy who could've won otherwise. The move reminds us Swagger is a big guy and can toss people around. That gives him two ways to beat Del Rio.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.35
    Originally posted by tricia
    Last week Ricardo and Alberto reminded us of the delicious dangers of tex-mex food.
    Last weekend, I got a tremendous craving for the shrimp chimichangas from the local Hispanic restaurant and made Husband go with me to eat.

    This week Ricardo and Alberto reminded us of the delicious dangers of real maple syrup, imported for Canada.
    This weekend, I have a craving for Cracker Barrel pancakes, sausages, hash brown casserole, and bacon, all drowning in maple syrup. I will see if I can persuade Husband to go with me early Sunday morning.

    I am looking forward to next week’s dining suggestions from the duo.

    (To be fair, the “popplers” episode of Futurama always gives me a craving for chicken McNuggets.)




For your husband's sake, I hope they talk about the French and their infernal style of kissing. Or the techies in India taking our jobs and their naughty Kama Sutra.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.45
    Originally posted by Chumpstain
    "First of all, I don't trust either one of you two. But in lieu of recent events, that's exactly what I'm saying."
This would be an example of the talent delivering the line exactly as it was scripted.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.04
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    It allowed Swagger to get a prop assist before hitting his original finisher (The Deportation? The Declaration? The Filibuster?).


"The Filibuster" must be kept on reserve for a more politician-inspired gimmick. It just has to.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.45
    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
    Is there a particular reason why they keep saying "23 nights away" instead of "days away?" Or is it just another one of those weird WWE ways of talking like adding Team to perfectly good team names?
Both Smackdown and WrestleMania air at night?



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.84
    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by SchippeWreck
      Is there a particular reason why they keep saying "23 nights away" instead of "days away?" Or is it just another one of those weird WWE ways of talking like adding Team to perfectly good team names?
    Both Smackdown and WrestleMania air at night?

No, I get that. It just struck me as weird because:

-Using nights isn't the common method of counting down to an event.
-They've used days for previous Wrestlemanias.

I just thought it might have been one of those things like "Don't say 'belt'," but I guess I'm overthinking things again.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.60
    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by Chumpstain
      "First of all, I don't trust either one of you two. But in lieu of recent events, that's exactly what I'm saying."
    This would be an example of the talent delivering the line exactly as it was scripted.


Trust me (and I mean Trust Me), correcting the grammar on RAW and Smackdown is a losing proposition.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.79
The Greatest Khali segment in his storied seven year career? And then it gets even better. You're Fandango, I know you. No-no-no-no-no-no. http://youtu.be/gveX3mzA-GI?t=2m3s
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.79
    Originally posted by Tenken347
    Trust me (and I mean Trust Me), correcting the grammar on RAW and Smackdown is a losing proposition.


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