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Smackdown - July 20, 2012

Date: July 19, 2012
Location: Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California
Commentators: Michael Cole, Josh Matthews, Booker T

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

It's just after MITB and the only major change is that Ziggler is the MITB case holder for this show. Other than that we're just in a holding pattern tonight as everything is likely to be shoved forward on Monday at the 1000th Raw. I'd be surprised if we found out anything about Summerslam tonight but it's possible. Let's get to it.

Do you know your enemy? Mine is currently Pandora charm bracelets.

Here's the freshly returned Rey Mysterio to open things up. We're in his hometown tonight so you know the pop is big. We get a quick recap of Alberto injuring him in this arena a year ago but now he's back here with his family. He couldn't wait for tonight to get back which is why he was there on Raw, and Alberto being there just made the whole thing sweeter.

Cue Alberto who calls Rey a chihuahua and says that Rey is back, only to get hurt again. Alberto says that he could hurt Rey all over again but instead he'll just let Rey leave. Rey says no way so Alberto says whatever and starts talking about Sheamus. Rey says that at MITB, Sheamus beat up Del Rio. Del Rio says that he'll be the next world champion, and here's Ziggler.

Dolph talks about winning the case and about how he was going to cash in on Sunday which would make him the World Heavyweight Champion right now. Del Rio says that he's loco and challenges Dolph for a fight right now, along with his burra (female donkey) Vickie. Rey says get it on right now but Dolph suggests he and Del Rio team up against Rey. Cue Sheamus and I think I know where this is going. Sheamus says that if Ziggler takes another step towards Rey, the briefcase is going up his trunk and he'll drive Dolph into the Pacific Ocean. Del Rio runs so Ziggler gets an ax handle to the face and almost a 619.

After a break the tag match is announced. If you don't know what I mean, go read something else.

Prime Time Players/Hunico/Camacho vs. Primo/Epico/Kofi Kingston/R-Truth

Hunico and Epico get things going with things moving very quickly. Hunico slams him face first into the mat but is quickly pulled down into an armbar. Off to Primo for a dropkick and more armbaring, this time on Camacho. A blind tag brings in Truth for some gyrations and a spinning legdrop. Everything breaks down and we take a break. Back with Kofi getting tagged in to beat on Camacho. The Boom Drop hits but Hunico breaks up Trouble in Paradise, allowing Camacho to hit a spinebuster on the flippy Jamaican.

Off to Hunico with a slingshot hilo for two. Titus comes in and slams Kofi down for two before hooking an abdominal stretch. Young comes in but Kofi takes him down with a shot to the face. Hot tag brings in Primo who cleans house. A spinning flip dive off the top takes down Darren and everything breaks down. Titus knocks Primo off the top into the gutbuster from Young for the pin at 6:50 shown of 10:20.

Rating: C. This was fine when you consider how many people were in it. The tag division is actually growing a bit here with four teams to fight each other which is a nice change of pace. Also it's nice to see at least some of them on TV almost every week. This wasn't a great match or anything but at least it's better than nothing.

Big Show comes out post match and cleans house on everyone but the Players. He leaves them all laying with punches and chokeslams before asking for a mic. He says “and what” and leaves.

Jeremy Piven was on Raw once.

We get a LONG recap of Cena's path to MITB and his promo on Monday, announcing that he's cashing in at Raw 1000.

Don't be a bully.

Damien Sandow vs. Zach Ryder

Sandow yells during Ryder's entrance about how stupid it is so Ryder charges into the ring and it's on. Ryder pounds him down but Sandow gets in a shot to the head and takes over. Sandow puts Ryder on the apron to drop an elbow as the fans cheer for Zach. Back in and Sandow fires in knees to the ribs, followed by the double arm neckbreaker for the pin at 1:25. Basically a squash.

Time for the Peep Show with Bryan and AJ as the guests. Christian talks about the situation and we get a clip of the proposal from Monday. Here are AJ and Bryan with AJ now in a Bryan top. There's a ring now on her finger now too. Christian asks about the wedding planning and we get a video of the pair going to various places set to classical music. I miss little videos like this one. Christian asks if Bryan is serious and if AJ has forgiven Bryan for what he did, both of which receive a yes answer.

Christian asks the fans if they think this is true love or if AJ knows what she's doing. The fans say no, so Christian asks AJ if she knows what she's doing. That earns Christian a slap and the marriage participants go to leave, but Christian says hang on a sec. Apparently Bryan has a match tonight and it's with AJ's psycho ex-boyfriend.

Daniel Bryan vs. Kane

We start the match after a break so that the set can be cleared out. Bryan fires off some YES kicks but Kane knees him in the ribs to break that up. Kane kicks him down for two and puts on a bodyscissors. A backbreaker hits Bryan and Kane bends Bryan's spine over the knee. Bryan finally gets up and does the backflip out of the corner before taking out Kane's knee. Here are more kicks but Kane grabs him by the throat.

Chokeslam is broken up and there's a BIG kick to the head for two. Bryan goes up but jumps into an uppercut for two. Side slam gets two for Kane and the big man goes up, only to jump into a YES Lock attempt. Kane escapes and they head to the floor with Kane accidentally knocking AJ over. Kane goes off on Bryan and sends him into the announce table. Back inside and Kane loads up the chokeslam but AJ jumps on him, drawing the DQ at 5:13.

Rating: C+. I was getting into this one by the end. The ending is annoying but there's no need to have Bryan get a win before the wedding as that is likely going to end in chaos. These two have some chemistry together and it was here again, which is always a nice thing to see. AJ still being psycho is a good thing too as it'll play into the wedding on Monday.

AJ stays on Kane's back and rips at his face. Bryan charges at Kane but gets chokeslammed with AJ still on Kane's back. AJ gets down in Kane's face like she's about to kiss him and gives him the freaky look. Kane looks confused and Bryan pulls AJ out to the floor. Bryan and AJ kiss on the stage.

Here's Slater again and he has a new legend to face, which is the first time he's done that on Smackdown. We get a quick video about Heath's experiences against legends.

Heath Slater vs. Animal

Yes of the Road Warriors. Animal looks OLD. He isn't fat but he has no muscle definition at all. The match runs 45 seconds and Animal wins with a powerslam and elbow drop.

Ricardo and Vickie are arguing in the back and Vickie screams a lot.

We run down the stuff for Raw 1000.

Alberto Del Rio/Dolph Ziggler vs. Rey Mysterio/Sheamus

During Dolph's entrance we get a clip from Monday with the Codebreaker to Ziggler. Ziggler and Sheamus start things off and the champ runs him over with a shoulder block. Ziggler goes after Sheamus' arm which I guess is still injured. Sheamus picks him up and hits a quick Regal Roll for two. The fans want Rey and here he is, hitting a slingshot legdrop for two. Rey is in a t-shirt here which is a different look for him.

Ziggler takes Rey's head off with a clothesline for two and it's off to Del Rio. Rey rolls away from Alberto and tags in Sheamus, sending Del Rio to the floor in fear. Ziggler gets caught in the ropes with the ten forearms and is sent to the floor. Sheamus goes out after him but gets dropkicked coming back in as we take a break. Back with Ziggler getting thrown off Sheamus and there's the tag to Mysterio.

Rey kicks Dolph in the face for two and it's 619 time. Del Rio kicks Mysterio in the back to break that up though and comes in with a chinlock. Back to Ziggler for some rope choking and an armbar. Alberto comes back in and works on the arm again but allows Rey to get close to a tag. That doesn't connect though and Rey gets sent into the corner. Rey backdrops Del Rio to the floor but Ziggler comes in and breaks up the tag to Sheamus.

Ziggler picks up Rey but gets caught in a spinning DDT to put both guys down. There's the hot tag to Sheamus and Del Rio comes in again. Sheamus cleans house on everyone, including sending Del Rio into Ziggler, knocking Ziggler into the announce table. White Noise takes down Del Rio but Ricardo breaks up the Brogue Kick for the DQ at 9:46 shown of 13:46.

Rating: C-. Not much to see here, especially with an ending like that. That's not much of a return to the ring for Rey as he never even got a hot tag. The ending was stupid too as it's the second DQ ending in a big match we've had tonight. The match wasn't even that good either as it was a slow paced version of the main event tag. Not horrible though.

Del Rio puts the Armbreaker on Sheamus again before leaving. Ziggler looks like he's going to cash in but Rey breaks it up. Sheamus kicks Ziggler's head off to end the show.

Overall Rating: D. And that's being VERY generous. There was nothing tonight that means anything as Rey's return was pretty much wasted and it looks like we're getting more Del Rio vs. Sheamus. That would be fine if it was set up by something different. Instead, Del Rio is going after Sheamus' arm AGAIN, because that's how this feud is set up I guess. This show was worthless, but Monday should have a few things on it. Bad show this week and one of the worst in a long time.

Prime Time Players/Hunico/Camacho b. Kofi Kingston/R-Truth/Primo/Epico – Gutbuster to Primo
Damien Sandow b. Zach Ryder – Double Arm Neckbreaker
Kane b. Daniel Bryan via DQ when AJ interfered
Animal b. Heath Slater – Elbow Drop
Sheamus/Rey Mysterio b. Alberto Del Rio/Dolph Ziggler via DQ when Ricardo Rodriguez interfered

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  1. The main event disappointed in that it was a dq finish and the quality wasn't what you would expect from the guys involved. However the first hour was awesome. That opening promo was actually good and count me in with the people that are excited reys back. Also the tag team match was good and I'm happy they finally put the ptp over.

  2. Wow, big Johnny is in better shape then Animal

  3. Oh yeah and Damien Sandow gets to squash ryder after running him down on his way to the ring. For all the shit they screw up the wwe is hitting a home run with the sandow character. His offense looks awesome and he is a great promo. He needs more mic time asap. Reminds me of the rock when he was in the nod. I'll keep watching smackdown so long as they keep pushing him.

  4. I dunno, HHH's big thing was supposed to be keeping these new guys off TV until they had something for them, and now we've got Sandow, Cesaro, Clay and Ryback all stuck in a holding pattern squashing jobbers for months on end with no actual programs for them.  Why even put Sandow in the MITB match if he's not going to win and if he's just going back to doing the same thing again right afterwards?  

  5. I'd like to see an angle with ryder and sandow. It seems like two natural gimmicks to pit against each other. At least sandow has gotten to build a character, cesaro is really doing nothing and I wonder if he'd be better off on nxt. I'm really hoping they give sandow an actual feud or angle, he's one of their five most entertaining guys.

  6. I agree. The WWE has the right idea when it comes to bringing them in, but they're stuck on level one.

  7. It's not Animal's fault that he spent the money that he drew more than his brother on food.

  8. What an awesome idea: throwing the four guys semi-feuding into a tag match. Just like...Monday!

  9. I didn't think it was a bad show, just uninteresting with no real storyline developments. I thought the wrestling was good and we got 3 good matches between top guys.  I really enjoyed the 8-man if only because we don't get those often enough anymore. It was like a throwback.

  10.  I'd love to see this too if they wouldn't just squash LIIZ out to Sandow every week. He's shown he can sustain some offense, let's let these guys wrestle.

  11. I really liked this show. 3 good matches- yes, 2 ended in a DQ but whatever, it's TV. The Peep Show segment was great, especially the AJ-Bryan wedding preparation montage. A Bryan-Christian feud would be wonderful.

    Not sure where they're going with the World Heavyweight Title for SummerSlam. The rumor is a Sheamus-ADR-Ziggler Triple Threat, but where would that leave Mysterio? I actually wouldn't mind The Big Show challenging Sheamus, with Ziggler possibly cashing in after the match. Then you can do Y2J-Ziggler & ADR-Mysterio on the undercard. How about this for a SummerSlam lineup:
    Sheamus-Big Show
    I'm not holding out hope for that card, but that's stacked.

    Also, seeing Animal out there without Hawk bummed me out.

  12. His tag title reign with Heidenreich as the new LOD must have really thrown you into a deep depression, then, because that was 100x more insulting.  

  13. I jested about the novel use of the wacky tag team partner main event, but here's the list of times they've done it just since the beginning of June:

    CM Punk and Sheamus def. Kane and Daniel Bryan (June 11)
    CM Punk and Cena def. Chris Jericho and Bryan (July 2)
    CM Punk and AJ def. Daniel Bryan and Eve (July 9)

    Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan def. Sheamus and CM Punk (June 15)
    Dolph Ziggerl and Cody Rhodes def. Christian and Santino (July 13)
    Sheamus and Rey Mysterio def. Albert Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler (July 20)


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