Friday, January 11, 2013

WWE Friday Night Smackdown 1/11/2013 Review

WWE Friday Night Smackdown 1/11/2013 Review

Booker T came out.
"Raw gave you Cena vs Ziggler, tonight, I'll give you Antonio Cesaro vs The Viper Randy Orton." - Booker T
He also signed a Last Man Standing match for the title with Alberto Del Rio vs Big Show. He also promised The Rock.
"That is a horrible idea. What is this, personal or something?" - Big Show
Show brought up how Booker was just doing this to cash in the fact that there is a big latino population in Miami and said there are no latino heroes.

Show went to threaten Booker T when Alberto Del Rio came in and beat him up:

Randy Orton vs Antonio Cesaro
"Wow! Goodnight, goodnight! That's unbelievable!" - JBL
WWE then did their bungee camera angles as the Shield attacked, which I'm sure provoked motion sickness worldwide.

Randy Orton beat Antonio Cesaro by DQ when the Shield interrupted. Nothing at all to see here I'm afraid. Cesaro tried, but it's Orton and he does the same match every week.

Matt Striker interviewed 3MB in the back:
"We're gonna beat Sheamus like an irish drum." - Slater

"Officially 3MB enters the Royal Rumble match." - Drew
"No, no. It's that simple." - JBL on 3MB's chances of possibly winning the Royal Rumble
"Rock, I'm actually a huge fan of yours. Especially your college football career.
"I wanted to come to the place where The Rock played his games, except, you played in the Orange Bowl and they tore down the Orange Bowl." - Punk| "Laid the Smackdown on the Orange Bowl." - Heyman
"It's gone, just like the WWE you know. It's a metaphor, because this isn't the WWE you know and love. This isn't the WWE you dominated. This is my house now." - Punk
"You can come back to Miami, but truthfully Rock, I want you to know, you can never go home." - Punk

"Tonight, I'm gonna make sure Big Show gets a perfect picture of what La Familia means." - ADR

Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee vs The Great Khali and Natalya
"We got our first inter-species match-up here. Khali and Natalya." - JBL
AJ bites the knee
"Michelle Tyson?" - JBL

AJ bit Natalya in the face then hit a Shiranui for the win. A complete waste of time here that went maybe 2 minutes. Big E then rushed Khali and sent him on his backside.

Big E then hit Hornswoggle with The Big Ending.
"I'm the best in the world. I'm better than the people and I'm better than you." - Punk to Rock
"In the era of CM Punk, it doesn't matter what your vision is." - Heyman
Punk then threw the shirt off.

"Finally, the Rock has come back...home." - Rock
He did lots of name dropping and stuff until Sandow and Rhodes came out.

"This is my tag team partner and best friend, the essence of mustachioed magnificence, Cody Rhodes." - Sandow
"Sweet tap dancing Jesus, what is on your face?" - Rock
Sandow challenged Rock to 3 questions and told him he must leave if he gets one wrong.
Question 1 - Who was the 19th president of the United States?
"Rutherford B. Hayes, B!tch." - Rock
"Your 19th century looks like what would happen if Abe Lincoln got busy with a Gremlin." - Rock
Question 2 - What film won the award for Best Picture in 1993?
"No, not the Tooth Fairy. That's enough. Okay, 1993? Easy. Schindler's List." - Rock
Rock interrupted for the 3rd question and said he wanted to ask a question.
"What happens when you combine a geological aggregate of minerals with its lowest form?" - Rock
"That would be, you get Rock Bottom." - Sandow | "Exactly" - Rock

The Rock does the People's Elbow with the Miami Hurricanes U hand signal
Sheamus vs 3MB

Sheamus beat Slater in about 15 seconds with a Brogue Kick. No match here. 3MB walked out right as it started, Slater tried to sneak attack and got caught. A giant waste of time.

Kane and Daniel Bryan vs The Prime Time Players
Kane won with a chokeslam on Darren Young. Hey, another quick match designed to make members of the WWE roster look like idiots. Just what WWE needs!

World Heavyweight Title and Last Man Standing - The Big Show vs Alberto Del Rio
"I need to get me one of those just to announce me walking into the building." - JBL
ADR saves the count by rolling to the outside

"Brilliant! Brilliant!" - JBL

Alberto Del Rio beat The Big Show after he trapped Big Show behind a table and he couldn't answer the count. The story telling in this was phenomenal. ADR worked the arm early then hit Big Show with the steel steps near the end to help put him down. I loved him throwing the table on Show to win this. It made total sense because he's a giant and ADR was unlikely to get him otherwise. The heat was very good and they threw in some decent spots and both guys were quite good. ADR and Ricardo sold the win so well. I also really liked ADR saving himself by rolling out of the ring. That was a really nice "catch" so to speak and it added to the match. Overall it was a pretty awesome match and surely to be one of the better ones of the year. Definitely check it out! Rating:****1/2

Overall thoughts: It's a one match show. There's really nothing to see here besides the main. If you like The Rock's usual schtick, you will probably enjoy his part on the show but I can't figure out why he was mostly used for comedy. Other than that, the other matches were all short and/or had dumb finishes. Find the main event and skip the rest.

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