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Smackdown - August 24, 2012

Date: August 24, 2012
Location: Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, California
Commentator: Michael Cole

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We're past Summerslam and Sheamus is still the champion. He kept the title by pinning Del Rio, but there was some controversy at the end as Del Rio had his foot on the ropes. Then on Raw, Alberto got pinned by Orton, so I think we might be seeing another triple threat in the near future. Well to be fair we haven't had one in almost five days so it's high time for one. Let's get to it.

We open with a recap of the title match at Summerslam.

Here's Orton to open things up. He says that he's never been a glass half full kind of guy. He's the kind of guy that would like to shatter the glass (again with the Austin motif) and beat up the guy that came up with that stupid expression. Randy says he deserves the world title shot after beating Del Rio on Monday. However, there are probably some people that disagree with him in the back, so he invites them to come out here right now.

Instead he gets Sheamus which isn't the result he was expecting. Sheamus talks about how Alberto has lost every chance he's had at the title and he's lost twice in a row now “fair and square”. Sheamus wants to defend the title against Orton but here's Booker with a rebuttal. He asks the fans if they're interested in seeing Orton vs. Sheamus....but here's Alberto to interrupt.

Del Rio says that Sheamus is a cheater and Orton is an animal. He whines and whines about how unfair everything is and Booker caves and makes him #1 contender. Actually scratch that because the whining has made Booker change his mind. Tonight it's Del Rio vs. Orton for the title shot at Night of Champions.

We get a recap of Josh Matthews getting injured by Kane at Summerslam. Teddy Long is filling in for him tonight. Apparently there's going to be a different commentator filling in on each match.

Ryback vs. Jinder Mahal

Ryback pounds Mahal in the face as Cole talks about how Teddy should be upset that he's not the boss anymore. Mahal escapes a powerslam and sends Ryback into the corner to take over. The running knee to the face gets one but an attempted seated boot at the face is caught by Ryback. The fans chant FEED ME MORE as Ryback hits a powerslam. The clothesline and Shell Shock end this at 2:53. Now move Ryback up the card already.

Layla vs. Alicia Fox

Kaitlyn is guest commentator. Tiffany's song does not work well at all for Layla. Now I'm not one to usually notice crowd noise being piped in, but when Layla gets a pop as she holds up the belt and a wide shot shows almost no one moving, I think there's something fake there. Layla hits her double jump springboard cross body for two. Kaitlyn talks about Natalya complaining about being eliminated from the battle royal “last night”. Layla gets kicked off the ropes and Alicia goes after the knee. A half crab is broken up and Layla hits a high kick for the pin at 2:04. Nothing to see here.

Eve comes out post match and raises both of their hands.

Raw ReBound talks about the end of the show.

Ziggler brags to Vickie about getting rid of Jericho on Monday. Sheamus pops in and says there's no time like the present, so why not have a match tonight? Ziggler says no but Teddy comes up and says yes.

Sin Cara vs. Heath Slater

Cody is the guest commentator. Cara takes him down with a snapmare to start and a dropkick puts Slater into the corner. Slater knocks him to the floor with a shoulder to the ribs to take over and it's off to the chinlock. Cody gets in a backhanded compliment to Slater by saying that this is the only match he has a chance to win this year. Cara does the corner rope walk into the armdrag to send Slater out to the floor before hitting a dive over the top. They head back in but Cody turns Cara's mask around, allowing Slater to hit a reverse DDT for the pin at 2:35. This was angle advancement.

Cody goes for the mask again but referees stop him.

Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler

No entrance for the champ. Vickie does commentary of course. Ziggler bails to the floor to start before charging back into a headlock takeover. Dolph comes back with a chinlock as Vickie runs down AJ. Sheamus comes back and tries White Noise but Ziggler bails to the apron. Ziggler trips him up and drops Sheamus onto the apron with a DDT for two.

Back to the chinlock followed by a failed sleeper attempt. Sheamus hits some power strikes followed by the ten forearms in the ropes. White Noise looks to set up the Brogue Kick but Ziggler bails to the corner. Vickie slips him the case and he blasts Sheamus with it for the DQ at 4:55.

Rating: C-. The match wasn't great but how much can you do in five minutes with a DQ ending? These two have the chemistry together which is a good thing and I liked that they didn't have Ziggler about to lose. He was in trouble but he avoided the kick and things would have been almost at a standoff after that.

Ziggler hits Sheamus again with the case and looks to cash in but Sheamus gets up and stares him down so Ziggler takes the case back and runs.

Wade Barrett is still coming back.

Here's Santino with something to say. Santino talks about how long he was US Champion and how he doesn't feel like an American anymore. Then he ate apple pie and felt better. No seriously, that's what he said. Santino isn't sure if he can talk to the Cobra anymore so he puts it on and sees if things are ok.

He remembers the good times with the Cobra but on Sunday, the Cobra cost him the title because of its attraction to Aksana. Santino quotes Roberto De Niro and asks if you can milk him because he has nipples. Oh wait he meant to quote Rocky Balboa and says if he can change everybody can change. That fires the Cobra up and he says they can win the title again.

Thankfully Cesaro comes out to interrupt with new music. Cesaro does the five languages thing with the word this week being winner. He says that unlike Santino, he's a winner. That fires Santino up and they brawl on the stage with Santino loading up the Cobra, only to be distracted by Aksana. The Cobra, not Santino. The distraction lets Cesaro deck him and leave Santino laying. This is modern WWE for you: we finally get a young talent like Cesaro pushed to a title and he feuds with a guy over a sock on the challenger's hand being attracted to Cesaro's girlfriend.

Primo/Epico vs. Kofi Kingston/R-Truth

Non-title here. The Prime Time Players are the guest commentators. Cole suggests the tag champions have the Players' number. Titus: “You mean our phone number?” Kofi and Epico start things off and it's a standoff with both guys trying dropkicks. Epico pounds away on him in the corner and it's off to Primo. Cole tries to learn the bark as Epico hits a slingshot hilo for two. Titus does a Booker imitation as the commentary continues to move further and further away from the match. Off to Truth who cleans house and hits a gordbuster on Epico. Everything breaks down and Little Jimmy gets the pin on Primo at 2:17.

Video on the Japan tour.

Kofi and Truth say they'll fight anyone. Little Jimmy thinks there's a lot of good competition around here. The Players come in and say they deserve the shot. The Usos, Kidd/Gabriel and Epico/Primo all come in and it's a big brawl.

Teddy tells Booker the brawl has been broken up. Booker asks Teddy who deserves the shot. Teddy isn't sure so Eve comes in and has a win/loss chart for the teams over the last six months. She's also organized his schedule for the next six weeks. Booker is pleased and Teddy isn't sure what to think.

Recap video on Kane vs. Bryan.

Since this show isn't boring enough already, here's a long recap of HHH/Lesnar/HBK from Raw. Seriously that speech made you think HHH died.

Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio

Winner gets Sheamus presumably at Night of Champions so he's on commentary here. They fight for control to start but Randy hits a slingshot suplex of all things for two and takes over. He hits the slingshot into the bottom rope but Del Rio comes back with a quick armbar attempt. That gets countered into a neckbreaker to send Del Rio to the outside as we take a break.

Back with Del Rio holding a chinlock. During the break Orton's arm was sent into the steps so the arm is hurt as usual. A knee to the ribs stops Orton's attempt at a comeback and Alberto pounds away on the arm. The running enziguri in the corner misses and Orton gets fired up. Well, as fired up as Orton can get. Orton's clotheslines set up the powerslam but the elevated DDT is countered by Del Rio pulling on Randy's arm.

That's the extent of his offense though as Orton hits the backbreaker for two. Del Rio hits the Codebreaker on the arm out of nowhere for two and Randy is in trouble again. The armbreaker is countered and a dropkick puts Del Rio down and gets a delayed two. Elevated DDT looks to set up the RKO but Del Rio hangs onto the ropes, sending Orton's arm into the mat again. There's the armbreaker and in what has to be a surprise, Orton taps clean at 6:46 shown of 10:16.

Rating: C. The ending was a nice surprise but at the end of the day, it means Del Rio vs. Sheamus for the third month in a row with nothing changing at this point. All of the hope that I had for something new at Night of Champions are gone, presumably because Orton needs to go film a movie that about 8 people will admit to seeing. It does at least give Del Rio a clean win over someone which he's needed for a long time.

Post match Del Rio throws a shoe at Sheamus to draw the champ in, allowing Ricardo and Alberto to beat Sheamus down. With Sheamus down, here's Ziggler to cash in but Orton hits an RKO on Dolph for no apparent reason other than I guess Dolph needs someone new to feud with. Someone must have landed on the case because there's a big dent in it now.

Overall Rating: D. Smackdown is such a mess anymore. We had a bunch of short matches tonight and a bunch of nonsense. First and foremost, why in the world are there three people in charge on this show? They're wasting time on a feud between Teddy Long vs. Eve Torres. Think about that for a minute. Other than that, we have Del Rio vs. Sheamus AGAIN, which was dull the first time, stupid and dull the second time, and grounds for an insanity defense this time.

We have a tag title feud with a bunch of teams and I'd almost bet money on the Prime Time Players getting the titles after having lost clean TWICE now to Kofi and Truth, because you couldn't just put the freaking belts on them in the first place because....because.....oh like WWE has any clue why they do what they do with those belts. Oh and don't forget the US Title, the same title (in name only) that saw Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum TA in one of the greatest matches ever, being fought over because of a sock that has a mind of its own. This show is a disaster and it's clear that no one behind the scenes cares about it at all.

Ryback b. Jinder Mahal – Shell Shock
Layla b. Alicia Fox – High Kick to the head
Heath Slater b. Sin Cara – Reverse DDT
Sheamus b. Dolph Ziggler via DQ when Ziggler used the MITB briefcase
R-Truth/Kofi Kingston b. Epico/Primo – Little Jimmy to Primo
Alberto Del Rio b. Randy Orton – Cross Armbreaker

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  1. "Someone must have landed on the case because there's a big dent in it
    now."Jericho bashed Ziggler with the case on Monday, and Ziggler used it twice on Sheamus earlier in the show.That'll do it.

  2. It must have been the ones from Ziggler earlier as when Vickie was on commentary she had it with her and the case was fine.

  3. Cesaro feuding with a sock. That's just great sports entertainment. It's funny because Santino is using the sock to move in on Aksana. Very good storytelling.

  4. I was hoping when Punk was able to name his challenger, he would have picked Sheamus.

  5. Seamus isn't cutting it for me as champ. Partly because I think he is a bit raw and partly because I feel like he has only feuded with ADR. Even orton, seriously....they should be using Cody, Dolph and eventually Barrett on this title. I feel like a broken record.

  6. Sheamus the face is so BORING

  7. He was good in his early babyface run when he was a take-no-shit asskicker, but now he's been turned into an Irish John Cena.

  8. Orton taps... clean? Holy shit.

    Guess if COOHHH taps, everyone else has to start doing it as well. Maybe that way crowds won't yell You Tapped Out! at just him.

  9. Technically Ziggler is in the title hunt now, just not officially.  And yeah this show had problems but at least WWE seems to be booking their heels better.

  10. Not sure if you are being sarcastic but I don't mind the whole Cobra thing because I'm a fan of Chikara so I'm used to really goofy shit in wrestling.  Yeah it's stupid but Santino is a comedy character.

  11. Santino is so painful to watch. He's not funny or entertaining. I have no idea how he is so over with the live crowds.

    I agree that Sheamus is boring as hell, and a smiley douche on top of that. Please get the belt off of him.

  12. SD is reaching 2004 levels of shititude. It's depressing. That's what WWE should call what they did this summer: The Shititude Era. Full of shit. 

  13. I think he's pretty funny most of the time; even Rocky had off nights ("Rock burger with extra Rock sauce!")

  14. After watching half this show, I would have blown the roof off on Santino too.


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