WWE Smackdown Report – April 6th, 2012
The show starts off with a graphic stating ‘In Memory of Chief Jay Strongbow’.
We begin the Laurinaitis era on Smackdown with the man who makes coffee an accessory, David Otunga and he has his crimson Barrett Blazer. David introduces everyone to the new General Manager of this show.
John walks to the ring with David and he welcomes everyone to Smackdown. He says that he knows that everyone is excited about tonight as him because now there will be competent leadership.
John says hello to Booker T and he is not smiling, but Michael is smiling enough for everyone at the announce table.
John says that this is the start of a new era and he proclaims that it will be People Power. John says that he hopes the transition is smooth. He wants Teddy Long to come out to thank him for all of his years of service on Smackdown.
Teddy Long comes out and he is not in a dancing mood.
John starts to talk and Teddy interrupts him. Teddy says that being out of a job has one benefit. It gives him the freedom to tell John to go to hell. Teddy says that he did not come out here to whine and complain about what happened on Sunday. Teddy says that he is living with the results. Teddy says that everyone told him he was crazy to come to Smackdown and even crazier to come to the ring.
Teddy says that he could not walk away from Smackdown because it was the greatest job that he ever had without thanking the WWE Universe. Teddy says that he hopes that everyone has had as much fun watching Smackdown as he has had being the General Manager. Teddy wants a Holla holla Holla and the fans give it to him.
John cuts Teddy’s music and he tells Teddy that he interrupted him. John offers Teddy a new job in his administration.
Teddy thinks about it and he says that he needs a job, but he will not work for Johnny. He tells Johnny to take his job and shove it.
John mentions Teddy’s grandchildren and their college educations.
David reminds Teddy about a College Fund that the WWE set up for Teddy’s children. The college fund is controlled by the Smackdown general manager. John suggests that Teddy accept the job because the college fund will be safe. He tells Teddy he can trust him because his word is golden.
John offers his hand but he pulls it back before Teddy can shake it. John wants Teddy that he has to tell everyone that he is better than him.
Teddy says that Johnny is better than him but John does not think everyone heard him. Teddy says it again and John tells Teddy to go to the back to work on his job. Teddy asks what his job is and Johnny says that he is not sure what his job will be.
Johnny announces two matches for tonight’s show. Randy Orton will face Kane in a rematch from Sunday. David Otunga will face R Truth, but it will be a handicap match with Otunga being joined by Mark Henry.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: David Otunga and Mark Henry versus R Truth
Otunga starts things off and he kicks Truth and punches him but Truth punches back. Otunga with a kick and Irish whip but Truth floats over and does a hand spring and split followed by a leg lariat. Truth with the Lie Detector for a near fall.
Henry tags in and Truth with a punch and kick but he runs into a boot from Henry. We see Abraham Washington watching in the back and Henry takes Truth to the mat. Henry with an Irish whip but he misses a splash. Henry catches Truth and hits the World’s Strongest Slam. Otunga wants to tag in because Truth is barely moving so he has a chance. Otunga with a cover for the three count.
Winners: Mark Henry and David Otunga
After the match, Kane’s pyro goes off and he makes his way to the ring. We go to commercial.
We are back with information about this week’s Super Smackdown and the Blast from the Past.
Match Number Two: Randy Orton versus Kane in a No Disqualification Match
Orton with punches to Kane but Kane punches back. Kane with knees and an uppercut followed by a clothesline that sends Orton over the top rope to the floor. Kane follows after Orton and Orton kicks and punches Kane. Orton sends Kane into the ringside barrier but Kane with a punch and he sends Orton into the announce table.
Kane punches Orton in the midsection and then Orton blocks a shot into the ring steps and Orton sends Kane over the announce table. Orton punches Kane while announcers scatter. Orton with more punches and Kane sends Orton into the ring steps. Kane with an uppercut and he sends Orton into the ring steps again following it with an uppercut.
Kane with an uppercut and they go up the ramp to the back. Orton punches Kane but Kane with an uppercut. Kane sends Orton head first into the stage and then Kane puts Orton on the stage. Orton with punches and Kane staggers on the edge of the stage. Kane grabs Orton by the throat and he sets for a choke slam off the stage but Orton with punches and kicks. Kane pushes Orton away on an RKO attempt and then Kane hits a DDT and both men are down.
We go to commercial.
We are back and they have returned to the ring. Kane is in charge of the match and he exposes the turnbuckle. Kane tries to send Orton into the corner but Orton blocks it. Orton with punches and then he tries to Irish whip Kane but Kane reverses and hits a clothesline into the corner and Kane gets a near fall.
Kane with forearms across the chest followed by a drop kick for a near fall. Kane goes up top but Orton crotches him and Kane falls to the mat. Orton with two clotheslines followed by a drop kick. Kane misses a clothesline and that means time for a power slam. Orton watches Kane roll to the apron and Randy sets for the IEDDT but Kane avoids it and then he drops Orton on the top rope.
Kane punches Orton and Orton responds with a European uppercut and he sends Kane into the ringside barrier. Orton clotheslines Kane into the announcer cubicle. Orton tries for the IEDDT off the ringside barrier but Kane blocks it. Kane stops short of the post and then Kane with a boot to Orton. Kane throws a lot of stuff into the ring before returning to Orton.
Kane rolls Orton back into the ring on top of a chair. Kane goes for another chair and then Orton hits Kane a few times with the chair. Orton sets up the chair for an IEDDT onto the chair and he hits it. Orton can only get a near fall because he took too much time to cover Kane.
Orton tries for an RKO but Kane blocks it. Kane hits Orton in the midsection and back with the chair and then he hits Orton a few more times in the back before discarding the chair. Orton is able to kick out at two. Kane puts a chair in the center of the ring and sets for the choke slam but Orton escapes. Orton sends Kane into the exposed turnbuckle and Orton hits the RKO and gets the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to look at photos of the World Title Match, and you have probably seen the whole match again in case you missed it on Sunday.
We take a look back at Monday night when Alberto Del Rio interrupted Sheamus’ promo on Monday.
Before our next match, Barry Stevens addresses the crowd and he starts to insult them while people in the back who populate Superstars wonder who Barry is.
Match Number Two: Barry Stevens versus Ryback
Ryback with a clothesline in the corner and then he grabs him by the ears and presses Stevens over his head before turning it into a power slam. Ryback with a muscle buster for the three count.
Daniel Bryan is walking in the back and AJ is cautiously walking behind Bryan as we go to commercial.
We are back and Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring with AJ Lee. Daniel takes the mic and he says that if there was one positive thing about this week, it is that he finally got to think about how everything went so right until it went so wrong. It hit him about the moment when things went off the tracks.
AJ tells Daniel that he is a great wrestler and he is a great person. She says that she is not the only one who thinks that way. She tells Daniel to listen to the people and to remember everyone who had ‘Yes’ signs at Wrestlemania or the people who were chanting for him on Raw when he wasn’t even in the ring.
She says that they are all here to support him.
Daniel thinks about it and he wonders if they are supporting him. He says that it is funny because it feels like they are mocking him. If they were supporting him, they wouldn’t have chanted ‘yes’ for the Rock. They are mocking him and even if they mean it, the ‘yes’ chants from these sheep doesn’t make it better that AJ cost him his World Championship.
Eighteen seconds. He defeated two giants inside a cage at the Royal Rumble. He overcame five people in the Elimination Chamber. In eighteen seconds it was all flushed down the toilet at Wrestlemania. All because AJ had to have that kiss. Daniel says that AJ said the kiss was his good luck charm, but it was the kiss of death.
Daniel tells AJ that she doesn’t get to make him the bad guy because it was all her fault. He had everything going for him. He was the World Champion in his first Wrestlemania. Daniel says that he dreamed about that since he was a little kid and AJ ruined it. She had to steal the spotlight with her unbelievable selfishness and clinginess. It cost him on what should have been the greatest night of his life. He wants to know if AJ is happy with herself because he will never let her ruin his life like that again.
Daniel tells AJ that he is. Daniel has a rematch with Sheamus and he is going to do it the right way . . . by himself. He tells AJ to go into her gas guzzling SUV and cry over the cheeseburgers that she loves so much. Daniel says that he is ready to get rid of all of the dead weight.
AJ wants to go to the back and talk.
Daniel says that he will not talk to her backstage or anywhere else. He says that he hopes that the kiss at Wrestlemania was worth it because it is the last kiss that she will ever get from him because they are through. He tells AJ to get out of his ring.
Daniel turns his back on AJ and she leaves.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cody Rhodes has joined the commentary for the next match, featuring the man who defeated him at Wrestlemania.
Match Number Four: Big Show versus Heath Slater
Before the match starts, we have a Cody Rhodes Wrestlemania Moment slide show.
Show backs Slater into the corner but Slater escapes and he punches Show. Show with a chop and punches to Slater. Show with a head butt followed by a chop across the chest. Show with an Irish whip and he runs into a boot. Slater gets Show on his knees but Show with a chop to the chest followed by a POUNCE. Show with a choke slam for the three count.
Winner: Big Show
After the match, Cody leaves the announce table and he stares at Big Show. Show wants Cody to come into the ring, and Cody thinks about it because he is dressed to wrestle. Show gets on the apron and then he leaves the ring when Show charges at him.
Show with the punch to Slater’s head and Cody tries to take advantage of Show having his back turned but Show turns around and Cody leaves the ring again.
We go to footage from last week when Chris Jericho poured alcohol onto CM Punk.
We see Johnny’s Mania coat and Brie has Nikki eating crow. He tells Nikki to get ready for her match against Beth Phoenix while Brie has the night off.
Johnny tells Sheamus that it is a new day and era on Smackdown. Sheamus asks Johnny what People Power means. Johnny says that it means using sportsmanship and professionalism. Johnny says that he will have Alberto and Sheamus face to face before the match starts.
Sheamus says that he will only do it to people who really deserve it. Whether it be a cowardly weasel who hides behind his girlfriend, or an arrogant rich boy who thinks he is better than everyone else. Sheamus then talks about a relative of his who had his head shoved up his arse.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Beth Phoenix versus Nikki Bella
Before the match starts Kelly Kelly comes to ringside.
Beth with a short arm clothesline and kick followed by forearms and kicks. Beth chokes Nikki. Beth with an Irish whip and kick in the corner. Beth with punches as Kelly gets closer to the ring. Nikki moves out of the way when Beth charges into the corner and Nikki with an X Factor for the three count.
Winner: Beth Phoenix
We have a tribute video for Chief Jay Strongbow, who recently passed away.
We go to commercial.
We are back with comments from Damien Sandow. He says that anyone who makes the distinction between education and entertainment don’t know the first thing about anything as he quotes Marshall McCluhan. Entertainment in our society as a tragic all time low. Riddled with nonsensical pop culture that has little or no moral, social, or educational qualities. Gone are the days when the masses were entertained by works from the likes of Shakespeare and Mozart. It is abhorrently replaced by following the lives of desperate housewives or fist pumping to ear shattering bass in a sea of false tans and false bravados. Historically, one can judge a civilization as to how they choose to entertain themselves. It is a reflection on their moral code. The mirror shows a people of laziness, mediocrity, and complacency. Damien says that he vows never to blame people from this ignorance. He will rescue people from that ignorance. He says that everyone is welcome.
We go to the Raw Rebound.
Cole, Booker, and Josh talk about the return of Brock Lesnar. Going from a few stooges and Josh, we see that the Three Stooges will be on Raw on Monday night.
Match Number Six: Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez versus Sheamus in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Sheamus with a hip lock take down into a side head lock. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle or two and he gets a near fall. Sheamus works on the arm but Del Rio with kicks to Sheamus. Sheamus with a kick but Del Rio with forearms. Del Rio runs into boots from Sheamus.
Sheamus goes up top and he goes over Del Rio. Sheamus gets Del Rio on his shoulder and hits a fireman’s carry slam and gets a near fall. Sheamus with knees to the back and the referee warns him. Del Rio drops Sheamus’ arm on the ropes and then he kicks Sheamus in the arm. Del Rio with an arm bar.
Del Rio with forearms to Sheamus but Sheamus with punches. Del Rio tries for the float over into the cross arm breaker but Sheamus avoids it. Del Rio avoids a Brogue Kick as he goes to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus with the slingshot sholder tackle for a near fall. Sheamus kicks Del Rio and then he puts Alberto in the ropes and connects with the forearms across the chest. Sheamus with a front face lock and then he charges at Del Rio but Del Rio ducks down and Sheamus goes to the floor.
Sheamus gets back to the apron and Del Rio with a enzuigiri that sends Sheamus to the floor. Del Rio sends Sheamus’ arm into the ring steps. Del Rio then sends Sheamus shoulder first into the ring steps to set up the cross arm breaker.
They return to the ring and Del Rio with a near fall. Del Rio with a key lock on Sheamus. Sheamus with a kick but he takes too long on a neck breaker and Del Rio with kicks and a drop kick. Del Rio returns to the arm bar. Del Rio with a head butt and kick but Sheamus with the uranage back breaker and both men are down.
Sheamus with running double sledges to Del Rio’s head followed by a clothesline and forearms in the corner. Sheamus with a running power slam and then he signals that it is over, but Ricardo gets on the apron to distract Sheamus. Sheamus kicks the ropes to get Ricardo into the ring. Del Rio has a chair and Sheamus attacks Del Rio behind the referee’s back. The referee sees Sheamus with the chair and he disqualifies him.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
After the match, Sheamus with a Brogue Kick to the referee.
We go to credits.
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