Smackdown opened with the dreaded twenty minute Triple H promo, where he took credit for creating the Shield, finding them and bringing them into WWE, but he said they let their power get to their head and now needed to be terminated. The match was made official, with the Shield facing Evolution at Extreme Rules.
Big E faced Alberto Del Rio, and won by disqualification after Del Rio didn't break on five while E was in the ropes. This almost looked botched, as the referee didn't immediately call for the bell and Del Rio broke shortly after five, but the DQ happened anyway. Del Rio tried to beat Big E down after the match, but fell prey to the Big Ending.
Paul Heyman cut a promo in the ring, hyping up Cesaro and spending several minutes repeating that Brock Lesnar conquered the Streak.
Paige defeated Aksana with the Scorpion Crosslock.
El Torito w/Los Matadores beat Hornswoggle w/Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal with a top rope moonsault. The commentary in the match really struck me as some kind of rib on JR, as JBL in particular went over the top with JR-isms, overhyping the match. Bad News Barrett popped up to open the next segment from his Podium of Decorum, mocking the fans for cheering for the match.
Alexander Rusev beat R-Truth with the Accolade. Truth managed to knock Rusev down and attempted a cover after a missile dropkick, but there was never any actual doubt in the match. Xavier Woods got beaten down afterwards when he tried to rescue Truth.
Santino Marella w/Emma defeated Fandango w/Layla, via a sunset flip. Layla stole the Cobra again, but Emma attacked her to get it back adn prevent further distraction letting Santino get the win. Santino high-fived Emma with the Cobra after the match, which killed Emma's arm and, much to her dismay, halved the power of her dance.
In the main event, Sheamus faced Batista in a fifteen minute match, definitely Batista's longest TV match since his return. During the match, Batista went for the catapult with Sheamus under the bottom rope, but for whatever reason Sheamus didn't raise his arms to catch the rope with his armpits, instead taking it right on his throat and jaw. The rope burn could be seen immediately afterwards, and Sheamus was definitely favouring his throat for the rest of the match. Batista won in the end with the Batista Bomb, and the show ended three minutes early, in Canada at least.
The kids got a kick out of seeing Hornswoggle and Torito wrestle. They also hate Lana, and went nuts at her "CRUSH".
Loved how Sheamus kept powering out of the Batista Bomb attempts. Took quite the beating for him to finally submit to the move. I was wondering what was up with the catapult too, didn't know if that was on purpose or not. Ouch.
Still loving Paige, looking forward to her putting Tamina in the Scorpion Crosslock.
"As you may have read in Robert Parker's Wine Newsletter, 'Donaghy Estates tastes like the urine of Satan, after a hefty portion of asparagus.'" Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock
I was surprised at the fact that Hornswaggle/Torito A)got a substantial amount of tv time, and B)was actually pretty good. They didn't just do a comedy bit (although that didn't keep the crowd or the commentary from shitting all over it), they did a real match with some good spots.
No, Vince NEEDS ratings, and sales. They need to tease it, to build up anticipation, If they rush things, and "Blow the load" right off the bat(inVasion, anyone?), it doesn't give people as much of a reason to keep tuning in. 1: