Report by Richard Trionfo & PWinsider.com
As we move closer to the Elimination Chamber pay per view, the Smackdown brand is getting closer to knowing who will have a chance at the World Champion at Wrestlemania. Will we see the Shield on tonight’s show? What will happen now that Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez are suspended for the week? Will Kane or Daniel Bryan finally snap and turn on the other, making their improbable reign as Tag Team Champions come to an end sooner rather than later (or will it drag out another few months).
We are in Jacksonville, Florida and your announcers are Josh Mathews and John Layfield.
A motor coach pulls up to the building and a man emerges to tell Big Show that the coast is clear. Show asks the driver if there was a pothole in Jacksonville that he missed. Show walks quickly into the building and he makes his way to the ring.
Show says that things are unacceptable. He is tired of the way that he has been treated. He is sick and tired of the double standards around here. Show says that he realizes that nobody likes him, but is it a crime to not be popular? Is it okay to be forced into unjustly putting his World Title on the line last month in a Last Man Standing Match that he had no time to prepare for?
Is it okay that a Latin maniac like Alberto Del Rio can ambush him in his hotel room because he is unpopular? The people are cheering their champion for acting like a criminal. That is why Alberto wants to be on your good side because you can do whatever you want when you are popular.
Show says that when he fights like a man and decimates Alberto and Ricardo, he is called a bully and a bad person. Show says that he tries to act like a business man and people tell him that he sucks and they call him a coward because he does not want to get physically with Alberto. Then they cheer Alberto for attacking him.
Show says that he signed the contract before the Mexican Clint Eastwood attacked him. The World Title is coming back where it belongs.
The double standards. . . big deal. Alberto gets suspended for what he did and he gets a night off. There is one person responsible for the double standards and the way that he has been treated. Booker T is jealous of what Show has accomplished in the ring, his wealth, and he is jealous because Show is still a dominant in ring competitive force while Booker is a sad man sitting behind a desk pushing a pencil.
Booker T’s music plays and he makes his way to the stage.
Booker wants to know what Show’s problem is. He tells Show that he got everything that he asked for. Show had a rematch for the World Title at the Royal Rumble and Show blew it. Booker says that Alberto and him do not like bullies and Show continues to bully Ricardo Rodriguez. Booker tells Show that won’t get him anywhere.
Show tells Booker that he wants to know who gave Alberto his hotel information.
Booker wants to know why he would do that.
Show says that the way Booker stays relevant is by taking down one of the greatest superstars in Smackdown history.
Booker says he treats everyone on Smackdown equal. That is why Alberto is not here tonight. He suspended him.
Show says that Booker has not answered his question about the hotel information.
Booker dodges the question by saying that Show is 7 feet tall and 550 pounds. Anyone could have given Alberto the information. He tells Show to be concerned about his opponent tonight.
Show asks Booker if he is dressed for a match. Show tells Booker to let him know about his match. He calls Booker incompetent.
Booker says that Show knows his opponent because he has had many battles with him over the last year. There is good news and bad news. Show’s opponent lost his match on Raw. The bad news is that he is in a very bad move. Show’s opponent will have to impress Booker tonight to get into the Elimination Chamber. Booker tells Show that he will be facing Kane.
Show says that is not fair because he does not have time to prepare.
We go to commercial.
We are back and before our first match, Cody Rhodes enters the Goldman Box to discuss Damien Sandow. Cody says that him and Damien have mutually agreed to part way. When one door closes, another opens. This door has Cody at the top of the WWE. Kofi thinks that he can stand in his way, but think again.
Match Number One: Kofi Kingston versus Cody Rhodes
Kofi with a waist lock but Cody with an elbow and punch. Kofi with a monkey flip and he clotheslines Cody over the top rope to the floor. Kofi teases a dive to the floor but he bounces off the ropes when Cody flinches. Kofi with a baseball slide to Cody and they return to the ring.
Kofi with an Irish whip but Kofi misses a splash into the corner and Kofi falls to the mat. Cody gets a near fall and hits an elbow to the back of the head. Cody with a head butt and kicks to Kofi. Cody sends Kofi into the turnbuckles but Kofi punches back. Cody with a forearm and he goes to the turnbuckles but Kofi with a punch to the midsection. Kofi with chops and then he hits a drop kick.
Kofi with a leaping clothesline and he sets for the Boom Drop and he connects. Kofi signals for Trouble in Paradise but Cody stays in the corner and Kofi with a cross body for a near fall instead. Kofi tries for SOS and then Cody counters and he sends Kofi into the ropes. Kofi tries for Trouble in Paradise but Cody moves. Cody tries for Cross Rhodes but Kofi escapes. Cody avoids Trouble in Paradise and holds on to the ropes.
Kofi with kicks to Cody but the referee pulls Kofi away and Cody sends Kofi through the ropes to the floor. Kofi tries to get back into the ring and Cody hits Beautiful Disaster on the apron and he pulls Kofi into the ring to hit Cross Rhodes and gets the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Josh talks about the problems between Daniel Bryan and Kane. We see footage from Monday when Daniel Bryan’s distraction cost Kane his match with Sheamus. Then on Wednesday night, Kane sets off his pyro during Daniel Bryan’s match with Damien Sandow, costing Daniel his match.
Kane is in the locker room and Daniel Bryan enters. He says that he already apologized for what happened on Raw. Kane says apology accepted. Bryan says that he did not mean to cost Kane his match with Sheamus on Monday. Bryan says that he understands that Kane reacted the way he did on Wednesday night.
Bryan says that he forgives Kane and Kane doesn’t even have to apologize. Bryan suggests that he come out to the ring to be with Kane during his match against Big Show. From a psychological standpoint, it will get into Show’s head because he beat Show in 45 seconds for the World Title. From an image standpoint, it won’t hurt Kane to be seen with someone who is already in the Elimination Standpoint. From a marketing standpoint . . .
Kane stops Bryan and says that from A I’m Two Seconds from annihilating you standpoint, he tells Daniel to shut his mouth. He tells Bryan not to utter another word. Not yes. Not no. NOTHING. The next word out of Daniel’s mouth will be congratulations after he choke slams Big Show into oblivion.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we take a look back at the return of Brock Lesnar. Josh mentions that Vince underwent successful surgery. This week on Raw, Paul Heyman was the one who was answering the questions about Brock Lesnar on MizTV.
We go to a video package for the newest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame . . . Bruno Sammartino.
Match Number Two: Great Khali (with Natalya and Hornswoggle) versus Titus O’Neil in a Former World Champion Tries to Impress Booker T Match
Titus with a forearm to the back but Khali with a chop to the top of the head. Khali with a chop in the corner. We see Booker and Teddy watching in Booker’s office while Titus kicks Khali in the knee to get him to the mat. Titus with punches and kicks. Titus gets a near fall. Titus with a front face lock and a European uppercut.
Khali with a chop to the top of the head and he gets the three count.
Winner: Great Khali
After the match, The Hall of Pain is open for business because Mark Henry makes his way to the ring. Mark pulls Titus out of the ring and he sends Titus into the ringside barrier and then he tells Titus to sit down while the grown ups talk.
Mark enters the ring and Khali has that look on his face. Khali punches Henry but Henry with punches. Henry with a knee and then he hits a splash in the corner. Khali with a chop to the head and he sets for the choke slam but Henry pushes Khali into the corner and hits a splash. Henry picks up Khali and hits the World’s Strongest Slam.
We go to commercial.
We are back with footage of the brutality of Mark Henry.
Mark is still in the ring and he says that the Hall of Pain is now open. He says that he is bent on destruction. He wants to know if there are any questions. As you can see, Khali does not have any questions. Titus O’Neil didn’t have any questions. If Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara had any questions last week, Mark answered them.
We see the footage from Raw when Mark returned.
Mark says that is what he do. All of this tonight and all of that could have been avoided. It was Booker T’s fault. Booker assembled an elite group of World Champions to be in the Elimination Chamber, but he made one mistake. Booker didn’t call him. Booker left him out. How do you forget the strongest man to ever live?
That was a critical critical critical time to overlook him. Mark says that he is not to be looked over. He needs an explanation because he cannot wrap his brain around this. He demands an explanation from Booker. He wants Booker to come out to answer to him. If Booker doesn’t, Mark says that he will go back there and he will destroy the entire Smackdown roster.
Booker comes out without any fanfare. He tells Mark that he cannot come out and bum rush people to impress him and Teddy. This is Smackdown.
Mark tells Booker that there does not appear to be any room in the Elimination Chamber for the World’s Strongest Man. If Booker doesn’t make the room then he will have to make the room himself. He wants to know if Booker knows what that means. If Booker doesn’t, he will injure enough people that he will be the only person in the Elimination Chamber.
Booker points out that Mark is a former champion but he has been out for nine months. Booker says that he has to know if he still go. If Mark can beat someone who is already in the chamber, Booker will put him in the match. Mark will have to face Randy Orton.
We go to the back and Big Show yells at his driver for not setting the proper temperature. Show also complains about his food. Show says that he can find any moron to do his job. Show sends him back inside the bus and he tells him to unclog the toilet. Show goes into the building for his match and we see Alberto Del Rio in the parking lot.
Match Number Three Big Show versus Kane in a Someone has to try to impress Booker T Match
Kane punches Show but Show with an Irish whip and butt splash into the corner. Kane goes for the knees and then he drop kicks Show through the ropes and to the floor. Kane with a kick to Show from the apron but Show sends Kane into the ring steps. Show rolls Kane into the ring and then he sends Kane’s leg into the ring post.
We see Booker and Teddy watching the match. Show with an elbow drop to the leg and then he works on the knee and ankle. Show with a heel hook but Kane kicks Show away. Show with a spear and we go to commercial.
We are back and Show with a Vader Bomb for a near fall. Show goes up again but he misses the Vader Bomb when Kane moves out of the way. Kane with punches but Show punches back and the booing and yaying continues. Show grabs Kane by the throat but Kane does the same to Show. Show with a kick to the knee but Kane with a DDT and both men are down.
Kane goes up top for the clothesline and he connects but Kane appears to have hurt his knee. Show with the knock out punch for the three count.
Winner: Big Show
After the match, the suspended man is outside the building via the TitanTron. Alberto says that he found a new friend and it is Show’s bus driver. Alberto says that he was told that Show was not happy with his tour bus so he made some changes. Del Rio invites Show to come out to check on the changes.
Show goes to the back and then outside. He sees that his bus has been put on blocks. Show’s night is about to go from bad to worse because he gets orange paint poured on him from the top of the bus by Alberto Del Rio. Alberto tells Show that he has some tires if he needs them. Alberto and Ricardo drive away.
We go to commercial.
Jack Swagger is in the Goldman Box this time and he is going to tell us what it means to be a Real American. A real American doesn’t take hand outs or wait for something to be given to him. A real American gets what he wants. He will show Booker why the Elimination Chamber Match needs Jack Swagger.
Match Number Four: Jack Swagger versus Justin Gabriel in a Impress Booker T in the ring for a spot in the Elimination Chamber Match Match
They lock up and Swagger backs Gabriel into the corner. Swagger with knees and then he takes Gabriel to the mat with a belly-to-belly slam. Gabriel flips over Swagger to get back into the ring. Gabriel with a sunset flip for a near fall but Swagger returns fire with a lariat that flips Gabriel.
We see Booker and Teddy watching the match in the back. Swagger with forearms across the chest. Swagger with a biel across the ring and then Swagger with the double jump Swagger Bomb. Swagger runs into boots from Gabriel and Gabriel with a springboard cross body. Swagger goes to the floor and Gabriel goes to the apron. Swagger tries to trip Gabriel but Justin leaps over Swagger. Gabriel with a back heel kick to Swagger.
Gabriel tries for a springboard move but Swagger pulls Gabriel face first onto the apron. They return to the ring and Swagger clips the knee and Swagger with a Doctor Bomb and then he applies the ankle lock and Gabriel taps out.
Winner: Jack Swagger
We go to commercial.
We are back and are you ready to Fandango? It will happen some time.
Match Number Five: Drew McIntyre (with Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal) versus Tensai
Tensai is distracted by Slater and that allows Drew to hit Tensai from behind. Drew with a running boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Drew with a boot to Tensai and a slap. Tensai with a punch and thrust to the throat. Tensai with head butts to Drew. Tensai hits the Baldo Bomb but Heath and Jinder interfere and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Tensai (by disqualification)
After the match, Brodus Clay comes to the ring to take care of Drew and Jinder. Tensai and Brodus with a double shoulder tackle to Slater. Tensai and Clay have a shared moment and when the music plays Tensai joins Brodus and the Funkettes during the Dance Party.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Six: Sin Cara (with Mood Lighting) versus Antonio Cesaro (with Huge Flag)
They lock up and Cesaro sends Cara to the mat. Cesaro with a boot to the chest. Cara with a springboard wheelbarrow arm drag. Cara with a kick and then he tries to use the ropes for the multi-jump arm drag but Cesaro knocks Cara off the ropes. Cesaro drops Cara on the top rope and then he hits the dead lift side salto.
Cesaro leaps onto the midsection. Cesaro with a European uppercut followed by kicks and a reverse chin lock. Cesaro with knees to the midsection and then he sends Cara into the turnbuckles. Cara with a kick and an attempted sunset flip that he turns into a sunset flip power bomb for a near fall.
Cara with a head scissors that sends Cesaro to the floor and he follows with a suicide dive. Cara with an enzuigiri and he goes for a springboard move but he is met with Swiss Death and the Gotch Style Neutralizer for the three count.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Matt Striker is in the locker room and he wants to get Randy Orton’s thoughts on his match with Mark Henry. Randy points out that Mark has been gone for nine months and he puts out a bunch of guys and he can get what he wants. Randy says that is a good plan, but tonight he hits a roadblock and that roadblock is him. Mark is the World’s Strongest Man, but he will have to be the World’s Luckiest Man to get through him. If Mark is not careful, Randy will put him back on the shelf.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Miz is in the interview area with Matt Striker. Matt asks Miz about how MizTV is a lightning rod of controversy and it went to another level with what happened with Brock Lesnar. Miz says that he has been in a number of tough situations, but looking into Brock’s eyes, he saw something completely different. He is still here on Smackdown . . .
Antonio Cesaro interrupts. He says that only Miz can run his mouth and stick his nose where it does not belong and then he can complain about it.
Miz says that he has to stop sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong and start sticking it where it belongs. Miz attacks Cesaro and they fight until officials can separate them.
It is time for another look back at Raw and we see the main event.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Seven: Randy Orton versus Mark Henry in a Booker said that Mark can get into the Elimination Chamber if he wins Match
They lock up and Henry backs Orton into the corner. Henry with a clean break but it is a trap and he tries to punch Orton but Randy moves. Orton with punches and clotheslines into the corner. Henry with an elbow and kick to the midsection. Henry sends Orton to the floor. Henry with a forearm to the back.
Henry tries to run Orton into the ring post but Orton gets away from Henry and Henry goes into the ring post. Orton returns to the ring. Henry gets back into the ring. They lock up again and Henry runs Orton into the corner but Orton with boots to Henry and he follows with forearms to the chest while on the turnbuckles. Henry with a forearm that sends Orton off the turnbuckles and to the floor.
Henry follows after Orton on the floor and he sends Orton back into the ring. Henry gets a near fall on Orton. Henry stands on Orton’s chest. Henry with a nerve hold on Orton. Orton with elbows to Henry followed by punches. Henry with a head butt to Orton followed by an Irish whip but Orton side steps Henry. Orton with a clothesline followed by avoiding one from Henry. Orton with another clothesline and a drop kick.
Orton gets Henry on the apron and he hits the IEDDT. Orton looks around and he sets for the RKO with the push ups. Orton tries for the RKO but Henry blocks it and Henry with a splash into the corner followed by the World’s Strongest Slam for the three count.
Winner: Mark Henry
We go to credits.