Date: November 30, 2012
Location: CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, Louisiana
Commentators: Josh Matthews, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Remember when Smackdown used to be good? Like when it was the best wrestling show on TV? I'm trying to give myself a nice feeling before I get into this show. We're going to get the Shield interview from Raw I'm sure, along with Cena and AJ's latest kiss at least once or twice on top of that. Oh and the world champions will get a quick bit of time too if we can squeeze them in. Let's get to it.
The opening voiceover is about Shield and Show vs. Sheamus at the end.
Here's Cena to open the show. Before Cena can eve talk, we get a recap of him vs. Ziggler. Cena talks about now being on Smackdown that often, but he's here tonight because Dolph is in the main event. He makes fun of Ziggler for being world champion for about ten minutes once and for losing the MITB case whenever he cashes it in. Tonight it's Sheamus vs. Ziggler and Cena is excited about it.
This brings out....Alberto Del Rio? Cena sucks up to the fans a bit as Alberto says the show belongs to him. Del Rio lists off his accomplishments, all of which Cena himself has done if I remember correctly. Alberto tells Cena to get out but Cena wants to see the main event. Cena says he won't leave now because he has a match with Del Rio RIGHT NOW.
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio
After a break we come back for the opening bell and to see Cena shoulder block Del Rio to the floor. We head to the outside and Cena gets rammed back first into the announce table. Back in and Alberto hits a top rope ax handle/punch to the face for two. We get a recap from before the break that set this match up via a splitscreen. Do they really think we need that much assistance in getting through a show?
A running kick to the face puts Cena down and a suplex gets two. Ziggler is watching in the back as Del Rio hooks an armbar. Cena blocks a second suplex attempt into one of his own, only to have Alberto hit a running kick to the arm in the corner. Another ax handle gets two and it's back to the armbar. We take a break and come back with Del Rio missing a backsplash off the middle rope.
Cena initiates his finishing sequence and hits the Shuffle but the AA is countered into a Backstabber for two. The armbreaker is countered into a neckbreaker by Cena and both guys are down. John heads up top but Del Rio takes him down with an enziguri. Another enziguri misses but Cena can't get the STF. A backbreaker puts Cena down for two more so Del Rio goes up yet again. His third attempt at an ax handle is blocked by a Cena dropkick to put both guys down. The AA is countered into the armbreaker which is countered into the STF by Cena.
Alberto FINALLY makes a rope and heads to the apron. As Cena tries to pull him back in, there's an armbreaker over the ropes to slow Cena down. Alberto tries a sunset flip but gets caught in another AA attempt. THAT gets reversed into a German suplex for two so Alberto puts Cena in the Tree of Woe. Del Rio tries a spear to an upside down Cena but hits the post shoulder first instead. The top rope Fameasser hits perfectly for the pin on Alberto at 11:23 shown of 14:53.
Rating: B. This was a solid nearly PPV quality match with one thing that really set it apart: the ending. It's nice to see something other than one of Cena's two finishers ending a match for a change. Seeing the same moves get the same two counts over and over can start to seem like a waste of time after awhile, so having one of those moves get a pin every now and then is a good thing. The match was good stuff too and one of their better matches.
As Cena poses on the stage, Dolph blasts him in the back of the head with the briefcase. Josh: “You don't want to see something like that happen to John Cena.” John: “Why not?”
Time for another recap, this time of the main event of Raw where Punk beat Kane and then the Shield ran in to beat up the monster. The beatdown on Ryback isn't shown.
HELL NO is glaring at each other in the back when Kofi comes up to tell them to get along because they have a six man tonight. The tag champions shout compliments to each other and agree that they can get along. Kofi doesn't know what to think of this.
Cena yells at Booker that he wants Ziggler. Booker says let the match with Sheamus vs. Ziggler take place tonight. Cena agrees because of his past with Booker.
Great Khali vs. David Otunga
Josh says this might be harder for Otunga than passing the bar exam, causing JBL to go on a big rant. Khali knocks Otunga to the floor where Horny jumps him, only to get chased away. Khali pulls Otunga back into the ring for the big chop and the pin at 1:26.
Horny and Khali dance post match.
Prime Time Players/Wade Barrett vs. HELL NO/Kofi Kingston
Take two feuds, put them into one match. This is something that could be done far more often. Kane vs. Darren gets things going here with Young getting punched down very quickly. Off to Bryan for a running dropkick in the corner and some regular kicks to a seated Young as well. Kane hits a seated dropkick of his own for two as Young shouts for Titus.
Darren finally gets in a single shot and runs over to Titus for the tag. O'Neal has his head kicked off for two and he's sent to the floor. There's Bryan's running knee off the apron and we take a break. Back with Kofi getting two on Young off a dropkick. Back to Kane who does nothing so here's Bryan again. Daniel fires off kicks and chops but Titus comes in off a blind tag to take over for the first time.
The Players take Bryan down with a double shoulder for two by Young. Off to a surfboard hold with the knee in the back by Darren. That goes nowhere so here's Barrett for the first time. Pumphandle slam gets two on Bryan and it's off to a reverse chinlock. Titus hits a reverse slam on Bryan before suplexing Young down onto him for two.
Darren hooks a chinlock but Bryan fights up with a bunch of forearms. Young comes back with a northern lights suplex for two as we're waiting on the big hot tag. Titus works on the back of Bryan but charges into a boot in the corner to give Bryan a breather. There's the tag to Kane who beats the tar out of Young, getting two off a side slam.
The top rope clothesline connects but Titus breaks things up. Kofi comes in sans tag (such a bad influence on the children) and everything breaks down. Young tries to come in of the top but jumps into a chokeslam. Swan Dive and the NO Lock from Bryan get the tap at 10:38 shown of 14:08.
Rating: C. This might as well have been the Players vs. the champions with Kofi and Barrett as managers. The two singles guys were in the match for maybe a minute each at most and I actually forgot who they were when I was writing up the results. The match wasn't bad or anything, but I'm not sure why Barrett and Kingston didn't get more time.
Sheamus is very excited about kicking Ziggler in the head later.
Raw ReBound is the ending of the show, most of which we saw earlier.
Here's Damien Sandow, who says he's going to be focusing on individuals instead of the masses from now on, which is why he's going to search for an apprentice. He goes through the front row and finds a guy in a Punk shirt that suits him. Damien asks the fan some basic questions (how many wheels on a tricycle and how often does the US hold presidential elections) before asking what the velocity of Jupiter's moon Europa. Sandow's reply of “YOU IGNARAMOUS!” when the guy doesn't know is hilarious. He says the fan has disgraced Louisiana and wants him out of his country.
Damien Sandow vs. Tyson Kidd
Kidd chases Sandow to the apron but Damien rams him face first into said apron to take over. Back in and the Wind-Up Elbow gets two but Kidd comes back with kicks to the head for two of his own. Sandow heads to the floor and gets caught in a suicide dive from Kidd. Back in and Kidd tries his springboard elbow but it lands on Sandow's knee. For some reason this hurts Kidd instead of Damien's knee is beyond me but whatever. Terminus ends this at 2:49.
Video on Cena's 300th Make-A-Wish granted.
Ziggler says that Cena is a liar and liars get what they deserve: MITB case shots to the back of their heads. There's a really bad superhero parody skit in there somewhere.
Usos vs. 3 Man Band
It's Slater/Mahal again. Slater vs. Jey to get things going here as the fans go pretty silent after booing 3MB's entrance. It's quickly off to Jimmy who now has a sleeve tattoo which helps tell them apart. A middle rope splash gets two on Slater but it's off to Mahal to take over with a knee and chinlock. A hot tag brings in Jey for some fast paced offense including a shot to the face and a Samoan Drop for no cover. The running Umaga attack in the corner gets two but some Slater interference lets Mahal hit the full nelson slam for the pin at 2:41. This was nothing.
We recap Show and Sheamus' staredown from Raw with Show breaking a chair.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Ziggler takes over to start but the showing off lets Sheamus get in a few shots to take control away. Dolph sends him to the floor but dives into a fall away slam into the barricade. Ziggler is thrown back in, only to fall right back to the floor. Sheamus throws him back in again but Ziggler guillotines him down to break up the ten forearms. We take a break and come back with Ziggler hitting a splash in the corner for two.
Off to a chinlock by the smaller guy, followed by a kick to Sheamus' head for two. Ziggler chokes and stomps away in the corner but his charge is countered by a backdrop to the apron. There are the ten forearms to the chest but Ziggler avoids the top rope shoulder. Brogue Kick misses and Ziggler gets two off the jumping DDT. The Fameasser misses as well and there's the Irish Curse for two. White Noise is countered but Sheamus counters the counter into the Cloverleaf but here's Big Show for the DQ at 8:45 shown of 12:15.
Rating: C. Nothing significant here as it was all leading up to a run-in finish. It's nice to see Ziggler not lose clean for once which happens way too often for a guy who is likely going to be a world champion in the next few months. Other than that though, nothing to see here for the most part but it wasn't bad.
Cena comes out to save Sheamus from a double team. There's an AA to Ziggler and a double suplex to Show. A double shoulder puts Show on the floor and the good guys celebrate to end the show.
Overall Rating: B-. Let's see: recaps kept far lower than previous weeks, some pretty good and long matches, nothing being horrible for the most part, and a 3 Man Band sighting. By comparison to most of what we've gotten from WWE lately, this was one of the best shows in months. I'd be much happier with Smackdown if it were like this all the time, as in NOT ABOUT RAW.
John Cena b. Alberto Del Rio – Top Rope Fameasser
Great Khali b. David Otunga – Chop
HELL NO/Kofi Kingston b. Wade Barrett/Prime Time Players – NO Lock to Young
Damien Sandow b. Tyson Kidd – Terminus
3 Man Band b. Uso Brothers – Full Nelson Slam to Jey
Sheamus b. Dolph Ziggler via DQ when Big Show interefered
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