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Smackdown - November 16, 2012

Date: November 16, 2012
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Commentators: Josh Matthews, John Bradshaw Layfield

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We're two days away from Survivor Series and did you know Sheamus is fighting Big Show again? That's a serious question actually as it's been passed over even more than most Smackdown main event matches have been in recent memory. Other than that this is likely going to be used to talk about Foley vs. Ziggler some more, because there's no real reason for that match to happen, but it's happening anyway because WWE has no idea what they want to do right now. Let's get to it.

They do the voiceover nonsense again to preview the show. It's a recap of Raw and a quick discussion of Sheamus vs. Show.

Sheamus is in the parking lot and waiting on Show I think.

Here's the freshly face Miz to open the show with MizTV. This will help the face reactions but it'll be interesting to see what happens when he's not in his hometown. He gets a Miz Is Awesome chant and welcomes us to his show before talking about his match on Sunday. Miz sucks up to the fans about voting him into the PPV but thinks it might be because he's on the poster.

He talks about how he's accomplished more than anyone else in the match, including Ziggler. This brings him to the guest of the evening: Mick Foley. Foley immediately goes for the cheap pop but Miz says this is his hometown so he gets the cheap pop. After a cheap plug for Foley's new book, Mick talks about how Miz is a new person at the moment. However, he isn't sure which Miz is going to show up at Survivor Series. Will it be the one that beat Cena in the main event of Wrestlemania or the one that is always taking vacations and growing a weak beard?

Miz thinks there's no point to asking that question because Miz is the last person who Foley has to worry about. There's the guy that stole the Intercontinental Title from Miz and tag champions that don't like each other. Foley brings out those three people (Kofi and HELL NO) along with Orton, which is all of Team Foley. Foley tells someone to start the conversation, leading to an argument between Bryan and Kane.

Kane says his back feels better from not having to carry Miz on Monday. Bryan says because of him, Kane isn't roaming basements and scaring little children. Kane: “I roam basements and scare little children regardless.” Kofi breaks up the argument so Miz yells at Kingston for playing peacekeeper. He didn't like Kofi kicking him in the face last week and Foley has to break up another argument.

Orton talks about his history with Foley but says he likes Foley more than anyone else on the team. Orton shoves down part of the set and here's Team Ziggler. I completely forgot Barrett was on that team at all. Ziggler says that team is pretty sad even for Foley, which is kind of a stretch I'd think. Dolph talks about team unity but keeps having to call down Del Rio for talking to Ricardo too much.

Del Rio wants to be team leader and an argument breaks out until Foley says he has match making power tonight. Well sure, why not. It's Ziggler/Del Rio vs. Miz/Orton. Ziggler says Barrett is better than Miz so it's Barrett vs....Kane? Bryan yells NO a lot but Sandow demands SILENCE. He runs down the team but Kofi cuts them off and it's Kingston vs. Damien right now.

Damien Sandow vs. Kofi Kingston

Non-title of course and the pink trunks are back. Kofi snaps off some armdrags as we see the backdrop that hurt Cody. Kofi sends Sandow to the floor and hits a dropkick back inside for two. More kicks put Damien down for two and we head back to the floor for a suicide dive by Kofi. We take a break and come back with Kingston hammering away but Damien hitting a running flip neckbreaker for two.

The Wind-Up elbow gets two more and it's time for Kofi's comeback. He fires off forearms and a Boom Drop for two, followed by the top rope cross body for the same. Sandow kicks him in the knee and rolls Kofi up with trunks for the pin at 6:05 shown of 9:35. It's just as quick and out of nowhere as it sounds.

Rating: C-. Sandow getting another win is only a good thing for him, but the problem with having so many champions on a team is that someone has to lose at some point. Sandow looked fine here and it's a good sign that his in ring work is where it is, as he's mainly a mic based character. Any good stuff in the ring is a bonus.

Sheamus is still in the back.

We recap (as in reair) the AJ/Cena/Vickie stuff from Raw.

Natalya/Layla/Kaitlyn vs. Alicia Fox/Eve Torres/Aksana

We start with Natalya beating on Aksana before Layla beats on her a bit. Off to Alicia for a mat slam by the hair for two before it's off to Eve for a flip splash on Layla for two. JBL tries to talk about the Kaitlyn attack storyline as if anyone cares anymore. Off to Alicia who gets kicked away and the tag is made to Kaitlyn. House is cleaned and the crowd is dead. Kaitlyn dropkicks Alicia into Eve and hits the reverse DDT for the pin at 3:42.

Rating: D. That's becoming my standard rating for Divas matches anymore. They're fine I guess but man alive I don't care about this storyline. I don't think they really know what the story is anymore other than someone attacked Kaitlyn like two months ago and a bunch of other girls are involved also. It's not even four minutes though so I can't complain much.

Booker comes up to Sheamus and says Big Show isn't going to show up with Sheamus in the parking lot. Sheamus says if Show has any guts he'll meet Sheamus in the ring. Booker threatens consequences if anything happens.

Randy Orton/The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler/Alberto Del Rio

Miz and Ziggler start things off at a fast pace with Miz hitting a flapjack for two. JBL and Josh continue to be hilarious. Josh: “Of course Orton was the sole survivor of JBL's Survivor Series team.” JBL: “I'm about to be the sole survivor of this commentary booth if you bring that up again.” Miz misses a charge and hits the floor as Del Rio knocks Orton to the outside as well.

We take a break and come back with Orton fighting out of a Ziggler chinlock. A knee to the ribs and elbow drop get two for Dolph and it's back to Alberto. After he does nothing of note, Ziggler comes in for a foot on the chest for two. Orton starts another comeback but gets kicked in the face for his efforts. A clothesline puts Ziggler down and it's off to Miz. The hometown boy pounds on Ziggler in the corner and hits the top rope ax handle for two.

Miz goes up again but a Ricardo distraction lets Alberto shove Miz off the top and out to the floor. Ziggler and Del Rio take some cheap shots on Miz and Alberto hits a running kick in the corner to Miz's arm. Miz avoids a charge and sends Del Rio to the floor, allowing for the hot tag to Orton. Both heels take powerslams and there's the Elevated DDT to Del Rio. Miz tags himself in though and hits the Finale on Alberto for the pin at 7:24 shown of 10:54.

Rating: C. This was your standard main event tag match which was only decent. They're pushing the idea of the teams arguing a lot but it's not really coming through on the Ziggler side. Orton and Miz looked fine here as Miz is basically his old self but with a leapfrog now. It's too early to tell how his face push is going to go, but they need to change something about him other than who he fights.

Orton is annoyed at Miz post match and gives him an RKO to a good deal of booing.

Here's Sheamus to confront Big Show. Sheamus rants about Big Show attacking Regal on Raw and being a bully. Well Sheamus wants to BE A STAR and wants to fight. Maybe he isn't being a star after all. Here's Show who says Sheamus should thank him for not coming down there. Sheamus comes up the aisle but Booker says no and tells Sheamus to leave the building. Sheamus goes for Show again and we go to a break.

In the back, Show acts like he's Booker's buddy but Booker doesn't see it that way. Booker puts Show in the main event against a surprise opponent. It's not Sheamus though. Booker says no one is bigger than the show. Ok then.

Kane vs. Wade Barrett

This has potential. Barrett immediately pounds away and hits the Winds of Change for no count. Kane boots him down and clotheslines Barrett to the floor....and here's Team Ziggler for the DQ at 57 seconds.

Bryan comes in for the save and there are no other partners with him. Oh wait here's Kofi but the numbers are too great. Orton finally makes the save and it's RKO's all around for Team Ziggler. Miz comes out to glare at Team Foley.

We recap the Raw World Title stuff from Raw.

Antonio Cesaro vs. Sin Cara

Truth comes out for commentary. Cesaro takes him to the mat to start but Cara grabs his arm and hits a rana out of the corner. Antonio immediately comes back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two followed by the gutwrench suplex. A European Uppercut to the back of Cara's head puts him down but a big spinning headscissors takes Cesaro down. West Coast Pop gets two for Cara but Cesaro throws him into the air for the uppercut followed by the Neutralizer for the pin at 2:20. Just a squash for the most part.

R-Truth quotes Jim Duggan and starts a USA chant.

Big Show vs. Great Khali

Non-title of course. This is going to be your standard battle of the giants with a lot of slow offense. Khali stomps him down in the corner but Show slugs away at him. A spear puts Khali down for two but Khali breaks up the chokeslam and chops Show down for two. The Punjabi Plunge is broken up and the KO Punch gets the pin at 3:32.

Rating: D. Was there any real doubt about how this was going to go? Nothing match here with Khali basically being a body for Show to beat up and bump from a bit. If nothing else, it's good to see Khali back in the ring after having brain surgery or whatever it was he had done. Not exactly a quality main event here though.

Sheamus' music plays but he doesn't come out so it's back to Show's music.

Post match Show walks to the back but Sheamus jumps him as he gets on his bus. Show fights back and shoves Sheamus through the windshield of a car, but Shemaus dives off the car and rams Show into another windshield. Booker pulls Sheamus off to end the show.

Overall Rating: D+. This is one of those shows where it depends on how you look at it. From a quality standpoint, it was nothing at all of note. It was full of nothing of note matches and nothing new being added for the most part. From the standpoint of a go home show, it pushed the two main Smackdown matches which is what the final show before a PPV is supposed to do. That being said, I still don't care about the show because we have no reason to care about Ziggler vs. Foley and the world title match has been done before. Not much here but it's not horrible. As with most WWE at the moment, it's just kind of there.

Damien Sandown b. Kofi Kingston – Rollup with a handful of trunks
Natalya/Kaitlyn/Layla b. Alicia Fox/Eve Torres/Aksana – Reverse DDT to Fox
Randy Orton/The Miz b. Alberto Del Rio/Dolph Ziggler – Skull Crushing Finale to Del Rio
Kane b. Wade Barrett via DQ when Team Ziggler interefered
Antonio Cesaro b. Sin Cara – Neutralizer
Big Show b. Great Khali – KO Punch

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  1. A little late eh? Don't worry, I still read and enjoy your review every week. And I also watch Smackdown every week (via DVR in about 50 min). Minor nitpick. Josh Mathews' last name has one t in it. It always has, and he's been with the company for years.

  2. I'm on vacation. It'll be back to normal next week.

  3. Ziggler is from Cleaveland too, so there's that.

  4. Moses Cleaveland.

    Cleveland, Ohio.

    get it right.

  5. Sorry, I'm from a state that matters. Election season is over, Ohio will sink back into it's rightful non-presence and I'm going to continue wearing a t-shirt in November.


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