WWE Smackdown Report – August 31st, 2012
We are live on tape from Green Bay, Wisconsin and your announcers are Michael Cole and Josh Mathews.
Sheamus makes his way to the ring and he has something to say, fella.
Sheamus says that before he gets down to business, he wants to acknowledge one of the toughest men he had the honor of fighting, Triple H. He had his first Wrestlemania match against Triple H and he gave him his first Wrestlemania loss. He doesn’t know what Triple H’s future holds, but he has his respect as well as the respect of the entire WWE Universe. Triple H is the embodiment of a champion.
Alberto Del Rio is everything that Triple H is not.
Before Sheamus can deal with Bertie, Damien Sandow makes his way onto the stage.
He begs everyone’s indulgence. He says that he is here to help all of us, especially Sheamus. Damien says that Sheamus is as ignorant as he is enormous. Sheamus lauds Triple H and speaks with such reverence. It was Triple H and his bands of degenerates who attacked him on the 1000th episode of Raw.
Sheamus says that he remembers it because it was great.
Damien says that it was a typical response from an ignorance spewing hooligan. Each week, this man comes out and further drags the unwashed masses of the WWE Universe further and further into the doldrums of your own ignorance, inadequacies, and ineptitude.
Damien says that Sheamus calls himself a proud Irishman, but he does nothing more than bring disgrace and dishonor and furthers the stereotypes.
Sheamus says that everyone here has a life and he tells Damien to shut up. He says that if Damien wants to enrich our lives, why not come into the ring and say it to his face.
Damien thinks about it and he tells Sheamus that although there is nothing more that he would like to do than thrash him in a debate of philosophies, he does not consider Sheamus worthy. He has saved Sheamus from the intellectual thrashing he would have received, so now he will take his leave. Damien tells everyone they are welcome.
Booker T’s music plays and he makes his way onto the stage. He says that he came out here because he agrees with Damien. No one wants to see an intellectual thrashing. They do want to see a physical thrashing.
Tonight we might not be in Ireland, but we are Green Bay. For the first time on Smackdown, Damien Sandow will face Sheamus. Booker wants to know if we can dig.
Rey Mysterio is walking in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and before our first match, Cody Rhodes steps into the Goldman Box. Cody says that it has become commonplace for Mexican superstars to claim that they wear their masks out of honor and heritage. The real reason is fear, panic, and ugliness.
Match Number One: Rey Mysterio versus Cody Rhodes
Cody wants a Greco Roman knuckle lock but Cody with a drop toe hold into a front face lock. Rey rolls through and applies a key lock. Cody runs Rey into the turnbuckles and Cody with a kick and punch. Cody gets a near fall. Cody with a front face lock and he tries for a suplex but Rey gets to his feet and he applies a waist lock. Cody with an elbow and kick.
Rey with a kick and then he hits a drop kick and Cody twist into the ropes for the 619 position but Cody gets to the floor and then he sends Rey into the announce table. Cody returns to the ring and we go to commercial.
We are back and Cody with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot from Rey. Cody with a kick and twisting suplex for a near fall. Cody with a knee to the back and he starts to stretch Rey. Rey gets to his feet and Rey with a back kick. Cody sends Rey to the mat again and he kicks Rey.
Cody with a knee to the midsection followed by a gourdbuster and kick to the head for a near fall. Cody with a boot to the abdomen followed by a snap mare and knee to the back. Cody with more knees to the back and then he applies a crossface chicken wing.
Cody with an Irish whip into the sternum and Cody goes for the mask but Rey sends Cody into the turnbuckles. Rey with a drop kick to the back of the head and it sends Cody’s face into the turnbuckles. Rey goes up top for the seated senton splash. Rey with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors but Rhodes gets into the turnbuckles.
Cody with a kick and he tries for a sunset flip but you don’t give Rey a sunset flip. Rey rolls through and kicks Rhodes in the head and gets a near fall. Cody with a running knee to the head and he gets a near fall. Cody picks Rey up and he sets for a belly-to-back suplex but Rey lands on his feet. Rey with a drop kick to the knees and Cody falls into the ropes.
Rey goes for the 619 and Cody blocks it. Cody focuses on the mask and Rey with a jawbreaker and a double leg nelson for the three count.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
After the match, Cody attacks Rey and he goes for the mask. Sin Cara comes out and he attacks Rhodes and sends him into the ropes and Rey hits a 619. Sin Cara pulls out a second mask and he puts it on Cody.
In case you missed it on Raw, we return to Daniel Bryan’s trip to an Anger Management Classs and part one.
Eve Torres makes her way to the ring to join Josh and Michael at the announce table.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Natalya versus Kaitlyn
They lock up and Natalya with a kick and side head lock take down. Kaitlyn with a head scissors but Natalya escapes. Kaitlyn with a kick and side head lock followed by a flying shoulder tackle. Kaitlyn tries for a baseball slide to the floor but Natalya moves and she sends Kaitlyn into the apron before returning to the ring.
Natalya with a kick to the midsection and follows that with an abdominal stretch. Natalya with a shot to the abdomen and then she pulls up Kaitlyn’s leg to apply more pressure to the midsection. Kailtyn escapes the hold and hip tosses Natalya. Kaitlyn with a rollup and arm drag. Kaitlyn with a drop kick.
Natalya with a kick and takedown for a near fall. Natalya yells at the referee and she kicks Kaitlyn. Natalya makes a mistake and Kaitlyn is able to get the three count with an inside cradle.
Matt Striker is in the interview area with Booker T. Matt asks Booker about the scrutiny over the General Manager position after what Vickie Guerrero said on Raw.
Booker says that he had high hopes for AJ but he thinks the pressure has gotten to AJ. Booker says that the match between Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler with the contract and briefcase on the line should never have happened. He also says that AJ’s actions towards Vickie were uncalled for. He thinks that AJ is off her rocker.
Vickie Guerrero interrupts and she wants to know if Matt heard what Booker said. Vickie says that all of AJ’s friends have turned their backs on her. She has been told by people to take action against that horrible assault that took place on Raw. Even the Smackdown GM thinks that AJ is crazy. She says that mentally deranged child’s reign of terror is going to end. Vickie says that she has talked to the Board of Directors and they will take action. Vickie says that if the Board does not take action, she will.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for a Raw Rebound as we take a look at the situation between John Cena and CM Punk with a side of Jerry Lawler.
It is time for the second Anger Management segment from Raw.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Sheamus versus Damien Sandow
They lock up and Sandow retreats to the ropes and he tells the referee to do the job. They lock up again and Sheamus backs Sandow into the corner and Sandow tells the referee to take care of Sheamus. Sheamus grabs Sandow by the beard. Sandow with a side head lock and then he goes to the ropes because of what Sheamus did to his beard.
Sandow positions the referee between him and Sheamus and then he kicks Sheamus. Sandow with a side head lock. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle or two. Sheamus sets for a punch but Sandow goes to the floor.
Sheamus follows after Sandow and Sandow sends Sheamus into the ring steps. He sends Sheamus over the steps and Sheamus is down. Sandow returns to the ring and he wants the referee to start the count.
Sheamus struggles to get back to his feet but he gets into the ring in time. Sandow with a double sledge and kicks to Sheamus. Sandow chokes Sheamus and then he drops an elbow to the throat. Sandow with forearms across the chest followed by a reverse chin lock. Sheamus with elbows but Sandow with a head butt to the back. Sandow with a side Russian leg sweep and then he rolls through to set up the Elbow of Disdain but Sheamus recovers and punches Sandow.
Sheamus misses a charge into the corner and Sandow with a neck breaker for a near fall. Sandow with punches and a reverse chin lock. Sheamus gets back to his feet and he runs into boots from Sandow. Sandow charges at Sheamus and Sheamus with a back body drop followed by two running double sledges and a shoulder in the corner followed by a running knee lift. Sheamus tries for the power slam but Sandow goes to the floor.
Sheamus brings Sandow back into the ring. Sheamus with the crossfaces of ten on the apron to Sandow and he hits a slingshot shoulder to the back but can only get a near fall. Sheamus sets for the uranage back breaker but Sandow with elbows and Damien goes to the floor. Sheamus sends Sandow back into the ring and Sandow misses a clothesline. Sandow avoids White Noise and the Brogue Kick and Sandow goes to the floor.
Sheamus sends Sandow back into the ring but Sandow rolls to the other side of the ringside area. Sheamus continues to try to get Sandow back into the ring but Sandow runs to the back and the referee gets to ten.
Winner: Sheamus (by count out)
We go to commercial.
We are back and Donald Driver is in the crowd.
We take a look back to last week when we saw five tag teams battle in the back.
Match Number Four: Darren Young and Titus O’Neil versus Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd
Kidd and Titus start off and Titus with a forearm. Kidd with an elbow and he kicks Titus and goes to the apron. Gabriel tags in and they hit a double springboard drop kick. Young tags in and Gabriel with an arm drag and arm bar. Gabriel with a leg sweep and he tags in Kidd. Gabriel with a chin lock and Kidd with a running kick to the head.
Kidd gets a near fall but Titus breaks up the cover. Kidd with a front face lock but Young runs Titus into the corner. Titus tags in and Kidd fights out of the corner for a moment but Titus with a boot to the chest and Titus barks. Titus punches Kidd and kicks him.
Young with a kick to Kidd on the apron while the referee deals with Titus. Titus picks up Kidd and drops him to the mat. Young tags in and Titus gives Darren a gourdbuster onto Kidd. Young with a cravate and kicks but Kidd with a boot. Darren misses a splash into the corner and Gabriel tags in.
Gabriel with a chop and kicks to Young. Gabriel with a discus forearm followed by a spin kick. Gabriel takes care of Titus and then he hits an STO and sets for a springboard move but Titus grabs his leg. Kidd with a baseball slide to O’Neil and then he hits a pescado onto Titus. Young crotches Gabriel and then he hits the fireman’s carry into a gutbuster for the three count.
Winners: Darren Young and Titus O’Neil
It is time for the third Anger Management session from Raw.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Josh Mathews is in the ring to interview Alberto Del Rio. Ricardo Rodriguez does the official introduction for Alberto who drives into the arena.
Josh reminds Alberto that he is the number one contender and Alberto interrupts him. He says that not only did he beat Randy Orton, he made one of the toughest men in WWE history tap out. In case you missed it, we have the video.
Alberto says that he is ready to do the same to Sheamus at Night of Champions to become the new World Champion.
Josh asks about Alberto’s record against Sheamus in title matches.
Alberto calls Josh a weasel and asks Josh if he remembers how he felt when Kane threw him away like a piece of trash. Alberto says that he will make that feel like nothing.
Kane’s music plays and Josh runs from the ring. Alberto and Ricardo leave the ring as well.
Kane has a mic and he introduces himself and he says that part of his anger management program, his counselor has asked him to apologize. He apologizes for throwing Josh over a barrier at SummerSlam. He thanks Josh for being a part of his recovery.
Teddy Long’s music plays and he interrupts the breakthrough for Kane by telling Alberto that he better hope that Kane is getting good grades in his Anger Management Class because Alberto is going to face Kane right now.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Kane versus Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez)
The match is joined in progress and Kane with a clean break. Kane misses a punch but Del Rio with kicks. Kane sends Del Rio into the turnbuckles and punches him. Del Rio with a kick but Kane with a knee to the midsection and then he hits a drop kick to the back of the head and Kane gets a near fall. Del Rio with a kick to the leg.
Del Rio goes to the turnbuckles but Kane with an uppercut that sends Del Rio to the apron. Del Rio pulls Kane’s arm into the ring post and then he kicks Kane in the arm and punches him in the arm. Kane grabs Del Rio by the throat but Del Rio with an enzuigiri to the arm to escapes. Kane with a boot to the head and then he Irish whips Del Rio and connects with a clothesline and side slam for a near fall.
Kane goes up top for the clothesline and he hits it. Kane sets for the choke slam but Ricardo distracts him. Kane grabs Ricardo by the throat and that allows Del Rio to hit a lungblower for the three count.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
After the match, Kane does not appear happy with the result to the match. Kane goes to the announce table and he throws Josh Mathews to the floor. Kane apologizes to Josh for beating him up. Kane picks up Josh and gives him a choke slam . . . but he is sorry.
Kane summons the fire from the ring posts . . . but he is still sorry.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see footage of Josh Mathews being helped to the back after the brutal attack by Kane . . . who is still sorry for what he did.
It is time for another Raw Rebound. This time we see the final appearance (possibly) of Triple H in a WWE ring.
Match Number Six: Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) versus Randy Orton
The lock up and Orton with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Ziggler with a drop kick and Ziggler struts. They lock up again and Ziggler with a side head lock. Orton counters with a side head lock of his own. Orton with a shoulder tackle and drop kick for a near fall. Orton with the Garvin Stomp to Ziggler followed by a knee to the shoulder.
Orton with a European uppercut. Orton with a slingshot suplex and he gets a near fall. Ziggler with a kick and neck breaker followed by a kick and punches. The referee pulls Ziggler off Orton but Ziggler with a series of elbow drops and then he spins before hitting a leaping elbow drop and Ziggler with a near fall.
Ziggler with a reverse chin lock on Orton. Orton with punches to Ziggler but Ziggler punches back. Orton with the advantage but Ziggler still gets in a few shots. Orton with a back breaker. Randy with a kick to the chest followed by an Irish whip but Ziggler gets his boot up and he hits a running clothesline and both men are down.
Ziggler gets up first and he misses a leaping elbow drop when Orton rolls out of the way. Ziggler misses a splash into the corner and he hits the ring post. Orton with two clotheslines and then he avoids a Ziggler clothesline attempt and Orton with a power slam. Orton tries for the IEDDT but Ziggler drops Orton on the top rope. Orton puts Ziggler on top for a superplex and he hits it.
Orton gets a near fall. Ziggler with a leaping DDT and he gets a near fall. Ziggler waits for Orton to get back to his feet. Ziggler tries for a sleeper but Orton shrugs him off. Orton sends Ziggler to the apron for the IEDDT and he hits it. Orton gets a near fall. Ziggler rolls to the floor and Orton goes after him and he sends Ziggler over the announce table.
Ziggler returns to the ring and he tries for the Fameasser but misses. Orton with the RKO for the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
After the match, Vickie announces that Dolph was the winner of the match.
We go to credits.