JBL made his entrance, raised #hardbodyref Scott Armstong’s hand, and proceeded to beat down Josh Matthews with his hat when Matthews went for a handshake. Hilarious.
Ok, I have never laughed at a wrestling event (other than Chikara) as I am right now. The refs were changing the ropes for Smackdown and were taking FOREVER. A “Put the rope up” chant was started. Then, JBL grabs a mic and absolutely tears into all 4 refs. JBL promo at its best and had probably 10 arena wide “JBL” chants in support. He may be the most over man in the company to these fans here tonight.
Randy Orton made his entrance to open the show. He cut a promo on Alberto Del Rio, who’s music cut Orton off. They had a verbal exchange that ended with Del Rio backing down and the crowd chanting “No cahones”. Wade Barrett came out of nowhere and hit Orton from behind, then went back up the ramp. Backstage, Teddy Long made the main event for tonight: Orton vs. Barrett.
Kane defeated Cody Rhodes. Daniel Bryan on commentary for this match. So is Damien Sandow. Should be quite entertaining TV this Friday. Kane beat Cody Rhodes with a chokeslam in about 5 minutes.
Backstage, Booker T and Big Show had a short exchange
The Miz defeated Yoshi Tatsu. Miz won with the Skullcrushing Finale. Another 5 minute match, nothing special.
Backstage, Booker T had Eve, Aksana, Kaitlin, and Layla. Aksana said that Eve texted her and told her to attack Kaitlin. Teddy came in and explained how he knew all along. Eve contended that someone stole her iPad, sent the email, and is framing Eve. Booker set up a triple threat match for the Divas title at HIAC: Eve vs. Layla vs. Kaitlin. He also announced a tag match between the 4 for tonight.
Wade Barrett defeated Randy Orton. Alberto Del Rio ran down towards the end of the match, distracted Orton, and Barrett hit his Souvenir Elbow for the win.
The HIAC preshow is advertising that Cena will address the WWE universe about the AJ controversy. Backstage, Booker T and Sheamus had a brief exchange.
Kane told Daniel Bryan that he won tonight, so he’s the real tag team champions. Kane and Cody Rhodes are on commentary for the next match. Sandow made his entrance and cut a promo, insulting “YES!” and Bryan’s beard.
Damian Sandow defeated Daniel Bryan. Sandow won with his straightjacket neckbreaker. Finish came when action went to ringside. Bryan shoved Cody, Kane went after Sandow, Cody shoved Bryan into the ring post and threw him into the ring for Sandow to finish off.
Twelve security people stood in opposite corners of the ring. Josh Matthews set up the mid ring face to face between the participants in the world title match Sunday. Sheamus was out first, followed by Big Show. The security guards formed a line between the two. Big Show put his KO punch over as more powerful than the Rock Bottom, Stunner, AA, and the Brogue Kick. Show then said that Sheamus can’t even reach his head with a Brogue Kick.
Sheamus cut a Sheamus promo about how his two favorite things are a pint of ale and a good fight. He said he’s excited for the chance to conquer the giant. He then repeated over and over “The time for fighting is now.” He charged through the line of guards and attacked Show. Security intervened, so both men cleared house before Sheamus went for the Brogue on Show, who ducked out of the ring and hit the ramp. Sheamus then kicked one of the guards instead. Show should go off the air here
Dark Match Main Event:
Sheamus grabbed a mic to set up the dark main event of a Last Man Standing WHC match.
Sheamus defeated Big Show in a last man standing match. Sheamus hit a super-impressive White Noise on the giant for a nine count. Show came back with a chokeslam for a nine count. Finish came when Sheamus ducked the KO and hit a Brogue kick (yes, reaching Show’s head) for the 10 count to send the crowd home happy.
Overall good go-home edition of Smackdown.