Weekend NXT/Smackdown Review – Mar. 15th & 18th

NXT

Titus O’Neil wins Talk The Talk Challenge (2 redemption points)

Darren Young def. Conor O’Brian

Tyson Kidd & Lucky Cannon def. Yoshi Tatsu & Byron Saxton

Titus O’Neil wins St. Patrick’s Day Keg Carry Challenge (3 redemption points)

  • O’Neil won with his dead on Hornswoggle impersonation but other highlights were Saxton’s jokes on Cannon and Novak’s awful, awful rap.
  • Young ended his match with a Fireman’s Carry Gutbuster. It may not be as original as his Full Nelson Flapjack but it’s actually in Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 so that’s a plus.
  • Cannon, AKA De-Lish, AKA Mr. Steal Your Girl has made it his mission to win Maryse over Yoshi Tatsu going so far as to recite poetry (in what seemed like recently learned French) instead of winning the Keg Carry Challenge again (he won his seasons Keg Carry).
  • O’Neil was set up to win the Keg Carry from the start as Matt Striker and Maryse ribbed him about his season 2 fumble complete with video footage. The plan worked out as he pulled off a win in this very heated Challenge.
  • I do suspect the keg was drained as the Rookies were putting down some seriously fast times this season.

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Saturday Morning NXT/Smackdown – Feb 1st & 4th

NXT

Johnny Curtis wins Arm Wrestling Contest

Chris Masters def. Byron Saxton

Brodus Clay def. Ted DiBiase

Derrick Bateman wins Talk The Talk Challenge

Daniel Bryan & Derrick Bateman def. R-Truth & Johnny Curtis

  • I don’t get why Brodus Clay lost the arm wrestling challenge especially by DQ after head-butting Curtis. This makes me dislike Johnny Curtis even more.
  • Saxton still didn’t look too bad getting beat by Masters again.
  • Poor Ted DiBiase.  Now he’s got to deal with Maryse interfering in his matches against him.
  • Lucky Todd Grisham who Maryse flirted with and a small kiss to for the distraction.
  • No surprise with Bateman winning the talking challenge as it was up to the fans and he’s the only face who tried. Curtis just slapped Clay.
  • Bateman did get a “Turd” chant started on Dolph Ziggler. Sadly I didn’t hear the chant later on Smackdown.
  • Bateman also got knocked out by Gail Kim with a Guillotine.
  • Bryan & Bateman are being pushed as the strongest tag team of the 4 pairings.

Smackdown after the jump…

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The delight of Tuesday night: WWE Smackdown 12/21/10

With Christmas Eve falling on Smackdown’s usual night of Friday this year, WWE decided to broadcast Smackdown live on Tuesday night rather than taping it for Friday.  To make the show even more appealing, they broadcasted the show on USA at 9pm, which is Monday Night Raw’s station and timeslot (just a day later).  For those who haven’t made the jump to Syfy on the less friendly Friday 8pm timeslot, it was a chance for Smackdown to show what it was made of.

So of course, the main event featured John Cena in a comedy-laced feud built the night before on Raw.  Of course, that’s really not fair – it was more of an opportunity for upper midcard talent Dolph Ziggler to shine against a main eventer like Cena, but the whole thing was marred in that it was all built on a string of fat jokes aimed at Vickie Guerrero between John Cena and commentator Jerry Lawler.  And they even fell sort of flat since Vickie has noticably lost weight since her debut a few years back.  Anyway, back to the match at hand.

On Raw we saw Ziggler lose to John Cena but was surprised to see Vickie challenge Cena to a handicap match on Smackdown.  Predictably, Vickie stayed out of the match for most of it, but came in to try to help Ziggler out of Cena’s STF.  Cena, jovial chap that he is, grabbed Guerrero and ended her verbal bashing with a kiss, then hit Ziggler with the Attitude Adjustment for the pin.  After the match, the repulsed Guerrero moved in to slap Cena, only to be picked up for an AA of her own.  But before Cena could hit the move, CM Punk again entered the ring and attacked Cena with a chair to end the show.

Rest of the episode after the jump.

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Cena’s fate sealed?: WWE Survivor Series 2010

A lot was riding on the championship match between WWE Champion Randy Orton and Wade Barrett, leader of the Nexus, but far moreso for special guest referee John Cena than either of the participants.  Forced into the Nexus two months ago, Cena was under strict orders from Wade Barrett that if he did not win the WWE Championship, he would use his authority to fire Cena from the WWE.  Randy Orton was well aware of the stakes at hand but had tired of worrying about Cena’s decision and instead vowed to do what he had to do to retain his championship.

The two engaged in a fierce match (with no-DQ in effect to prevent what occurred at Bragging Rights last month) with Cena staying true to his word and calling it straight down the middle.  Barrett seemed to have the championship won after he nailed Wasteland on Orton, but the champion managed to grab the ropes, causing Cena to break up the pin.  Barrett allowed his frustration to get the better of him and slapped Cena, which caused the ref to shove Barrett back, right into the waiting Orton’s RKO.  Cena then made his final decision and counted the three count for Orton to retain.

Orton and Cena stood side by side to fight off the attacking Nexus.  With them dispatched, Cena handed Orton his title and the two embraced.  As Orton headed to the back, Cena thanked the fans, then took off through the crowd for perhaps the final time.  Yeah, right.

Rest of the show after the jump.

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The plan (technically) comes together: WWE Bragging Rights 2010

John Cena had a lot riding on the main event of Bragging Rights, and he wasn’t even competing in the match.  Wade Barrett, challenging for Randy Orton’s WWE Championship, told Cena in no uncertain terms that if he did not win the match, Cena would be fired from the WWE.  So Cena watched, completely stone faced, as Barrett fought for his career.  A referee bump brought out the rest of the Nexus to beat on Orton, but as soon as the referee began coming to, Cena jumped into the ring and began throwing them out, even going so far as to giving David Otunga an Attitude Adjustment.  Barrett berated Cena for this, but Cena argued that if he was disqualified it would still count as a loss.  Finally, when Orton seemed to have gotten the better of his opponent, Cena again entered the ring, but surprisingly delivered an AA to Barrett rather than Orton.  The official decision gave Barrett the win by disqualification, though allowed Orton to retain his title.  Cena’s actions fulfilled Barrett’s demand while still preventing him from gaining the title.  Orton himself was not amused by Cena’s actions, giving him an RKO as he tried to give the champion his title belt.  As he celebrated, Barrett tried to attack and received an RKO for his own actions.

Match-by-match recap of the rest of the show after the jump.

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Smackdown 10/01/10

We have now started the SyFy era of Smackdown.  With the change, we get a special live show that also features some guest appearances from a few Raw Superstars.

Intercontinental Championship match:  Dolph Ziggler vs. MVP ended in no contest; Nexus attacks.
What was a pretty decent match lasted for about 3 minutes before Nexus came out.  They attacked Zigler, who had been thrown out of the ring, and then they attacked MVP.  After MVP was hit with a 450 splash from Justin Gabriel, The Big Show came out.  Nexus was eventually able to get Big Show down.  Then John Cena came out.  But, Cena got beat down as well.  A recovered Big Show came back in the ring with a chair, and hit Heath Slater.  The rest of them took off.  Wade Barrett came on the Titantron, and reminded everyone that they just saw the last time Cena will ever be attacked by Nexus, because of the stipulation for their match at Hell in a Cell.  Barrett says that because he’s good friends with the President of SyFy, he’s been allowed to set some matches for the night.  Teddy Long grudgingly announces Big Show versus Nexus in a handicap match, and Cena versus Kane.

Natalya, Kelly Kelly & The Bella Twins def. Team Laycool, Maryse & Alicia Fox.
During a segment of chaos, Hornswoggle tripped up Layla from under the ring.  He chased her around the ring until getting kicked in the face by McCool.  Natalya got the win by making Maryse tap-out to the Sharpshooter.  A pretty blah match.  Natalya did some moves, but nothing much really happened.

Jack Swagger in-ring coronation; Edge interrupts.
Jack Swagger came to the ring wearing a crown and cape, accompanied by “Boomer Sooner” and a bald eagle mascot, Swagger quickly turns on Oklahoma because they didn’t recognize him enough.  He cements their hatred by claiming he moved to Texas, and talked trash about Texas beating Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout.  Swagger then goes on to proclaim himself the King of Oklahoma.  Edge interrupted Swagger as he was telling people to worship him.  Edge said that after his ordeal on Raw with the GM, he was going to go on a mission to get rid of everything that is stupid in WWE.  After some taunting, Edge punched the eagle.  As Swagger made his escape, Edge speared the eagle.

Dashing Cody Rhodes’ Grooming Tips
Rhodes talks about applying deodorant in what is an utterly weird segment.  Just…weird.

Nexus def. The Big Show by submission.
This was a non-tagging handicap match.  As expected, they all ganged up on Big Show.  He was able to fight them off for a bit, but was quickly beaten down.  While on his back, Barrett got Big Show with a triangle choke, while two people had him in arm bars, and two others had him with ankle locks.  Shortly, Big Show passes out, and the ref called for the bell.  After the match, Gabriel tried to hit him with 2 450 splashes.  The first one went off without any problem.  The second one was the first I’ve ever seen him botch.  He didn’t quite make it all the way around, and his feet hit the mat, before his body made it around to the Big Show.

Undertaker def. CM Punk by pinfall
Matt Striker was nice enough to remind everyone of the history of Paul Bearer and the urn.  Paul Bearer is Kane’s father, and the urn may hold Kane and Undertaker’s mother, or ashes from the funeral home or church Kane burned down.  (Can’t remember which they said.)  When CM Punk thought he finally had the Undertaker down, Undertaker sat up, and proceeded to destroy Punk, finishing him off with a Tombstone Piledriver to get the pinfall.

Alberto Del Rio welcomes Rey Mysterio back.
Del Rio was promoting the return of Rey Mysterio, but it turned out to be a little dog with a Mysterio mask on, and one of its paws bandaged.  The actual Mysterio came out and attacked Del Rio.  As Mysterio was trying to hit Del Rio with a 619, Rodriguez, the ring announcer stopped Mysterio.  So, Mysterio hit him with a 619.

Randy Orton def. Dashing Cody Rhodes by pinfall; Sheamus attacks.
This was an alright match between former partners.  Orton was able to put Rhodes away with an RKO.  After the match, McIntyre tried to attack Orton, but all he did was get hit with an RKO.  Then Sheamus came out, and he was able to take Orton out with the Brogue Kick.

Lumberjack match:  Kane vs. John Cena ended in no contest.
The Nexus were the lumberjacks for this match.  The match was alright, but I’m not actually sure what the “official” results were.  I’m going to go with a finish of no contest.  At one point, Nexus decided to quit waiting for Cena to get thrown out to beat him up, and decided to go into the ring in attack him.  He fights them off, and Kane does as well after Gabriel bumps into him.  Cena is backing up the ramp, looking for Nexus.  The lights go off, the gong sounds, lights come back on, and Undertaker is in the ring with Kane.  They fight around the audience, and eventually get back to the ring.  Undertaker goes to hit Kane with a chokeslam, but Kane rolls out of the ring and backs away.

Last Word
I am really interested to see what happens during Edge’s mission to get rid of everything stupid in the WWE.  I don’t really expect any permanent changes to come from it, but Edge going around beating up people that are doing stupid will make for some amusing television.  And it gives a certain segment of the fandom that thinks things are getting a cheesy someone they can get behind.  That segment knows who they are, but that is a bigger discussion for another day.

The Price Of Innocence – Smackdown 7/2/10

With Codebreaker30 still suffering from brokenternetitis, it’s the ManOf1004Gimmicks here with all the Smackdown news that’s fit to print.

With Money in the Bank just weeks away, Jack Swagger sends a strong message to World Champion Rey Mysterio, Serena unveiled a dirty little secret proving CM Punk’s innocence, and with only two coveted spots remaining in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Big Show, Matt Hardy, Christian, Kofi Kingston, Cody Rhodes and Kane already in) all of the locker room was out to make an impact.

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