Date: March 11, 2011
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Commentators: Michael Cole, Josh Matthews, Booker T
Off the top of my head there’s nothing that I know of to expect here. I think we get Christian vs. Del Rio but I’m not entirely sure. The show last week was a lot better than the previous ones so hopefully they can continue that mini streak that they’re on. Also I’d expect more from HHH vs. Taker tonight so that should be good. Let’s get to it.
Yes I do know my enemies: the people that picked the cast of NXT Season 5.
HHH is on Smackdown for the first time in over a year to respond to Undertaker.
Here’s Edge to a BIG pop. At least I think it is. His music sounds like cheering at first. We recap the contract signing from last week. Teddy hoping it could go well just once was funny. Christian made the save. Edge says a busted nose isn’t going to stop him from getting to Del Rio at Wrestlemania. Tonight he wants a fight, not a match, and he’s demanding Alberto come out here right now.
Cue Alberto and Brodus with the boss looking all ticked off. No car for this entrance at least. Alberto asks if Edge knows who Alberto is. Edge says Alberto is the Ricky Martin look-a-like trying to reform Menudo with King Hippo over there. Funny line but in a serious manner. Albert says he’s going to replace Edge’s legacy with Alberto’s destiny. Edge says he doesn’t think so and jumps both of them but Brodus gets in a shot and the beatdown is on.
Edge’s shoulder goes into the post and here’s Christian for the save again. Christian and Brodus are very good additions to this feud as you can only have Alberto and Edge talk to each other and brawl so many times. With the non-Canadians dominating Teddy Long is here, making the obvious tag team main event. For some reason this is historic. I’m not sure why but that’s just what you say in wrestling.
Cole says that he’s a pop icon, not just an announcer. Tonight he has the “interview of the year” with Cena.
Kane vs. Wade Barrett
We get a recap of the Corre vs. Big Show with Kane getting involved in said feud last week. Barrett says Kane has made some mistakes, including not accepting what Corre did for him recently. Barrett calls Kane a great big chemical experiment mistake. Barrett goes right for him and takes over to start us off. Kane fires back and it’s a brawl in the early going.
And never mind as Corre is here 42 seconds in. Big Show comes out with a chair for the save and we take a break.
Big Show/Kane vs. Heath Slater/Wade Barrett
This is in progress when we get back as Show beats up Slater. Off to Barrett now who gets beaten down also. Show chops away at him in the corner and adds a clothesline. Chokeslam misses though and Barrett goes after the knee. He stomps Show down and it’s off to Slater. How did Barrett go from the biggest heel in the company to this in just a few months?
Slater chokes away and Booker doesn’t seem that worried about Show. Apparently the champion should be listened to as Show gets up and drops Slater on his back to break it up. Lukewarm tag to Kane who destroys Slater and takes down Barrett also. Big boot sets up the call for the chokeslam but Corre comes in AGAIN and it’s another DQ at 3:20.
Rating: D+. This was more or less a squash for the whole match. Show and Kane were never in any real danger as all Barrett was doing to Show was stomping him. I’m still waiting on Corre to actually do something of note (the tag titles haven’t been noteworthy in forever) and I think I’m waiting in vain.
Big beatdown follows until Show grabs a chair. Down goes everyone in Corre as Show stands very tall. And then he takes the chair and cracks Kane over the back with it as payback for last week.
Rey is up next.
Scratch that as instead we’re going to waste about 10 minutes on the Austin/JBL/Cole segment first. Again, couldn’t we use this time on a wrestling show for, like, wrestling?
Back with Cole comparing that night to being a war correspondent. That’s almost like comparing 9/11 to a steroids trial. Wait….
Now Cody is up next? Was Rey just forgotten or something?
Cody Rhodes vs. JTG
Cody is in a suit here. Well at least he took the jacket and tie off. JTG, the NXT pro mind you, doesn’t even get an introduction. We get a clip of Dusty helping his son jump Rey a few weeks ago. Dusty telling his boy to apologize is kind of funny. Apparently Cody doesn’t want to be called Dashing anymore. Cody jumps him to start and hammers away as we get a Texas Outlaws reference. He hits JTG in the face with a headbutt complete with the loaded mask and then Cross Rhodes ends it in 53 seconds, somehow the second longest match tonight so far.
We waste another 4 minutes or so by showing the HBK thing from Raw where he talks about HHH. That marks about 14 minutes of this show dedicated to just showing stuff from Raw again, or roughly 1/8 of the total time of the show including commercials. Great job guys.
Here’s another Raw guy, this time John Cena, for an interview with Michael Cole. First up, another minute long clip added on from Raw, this time of Miz jumping Cena to end the show. Cena sends Cole back to the announce table and addresses Miz. He says he’s done with wasting his time with BS and if Miz wants to make a statement and be the face of the WWE, then Cena’s new goal is breaking the face of the WWE.
Cena gets ready to leave but Cole says he isn’t done yet. Cole says Cena is underestimating Miz as Miz shut Cole up Monday. This prompts Cena to rip his shirt off and cue Swagger for the save. He gets Cena in the ankle lock but winds up taking an FU for his troubles.
Sin Cara video, which is still awesome.
Kaitlyn vs. Layla
Kaitlyn is from Houston and therefore a hometown girl. Booker says quack, quack for some reason. Are the girls are animals now according to commentators? Kaitlyn dominates to start as Layla wants help from Michelle. McCool distracts and Layla gets a kick and the Layout Neckbreaker to end this at 54 seconds. Have we warped back to Superstars in the 80s and I wasn’t told???
McCool knees Kaitlyn in the back of the head post match.
Rey Mysterio vs. Drew McIntyre
The bell rings and Drew kicks Rey’s head off. All Drew to start as he uses size and power to take over. He shouts that Rey isn’t going to Wrestlemania as we hit a modified bow and arrow. Rey fights up and tries the 619 but we head to the floor. They fight on the apron with Drew shoving him into the post and adding a backbreaker onto the apron which I’ve never seen before.
Back from a break with a modified surfboard on Rey. Drew continues his dominance by sending Rey into the buckle chest first for two. He sets for the Futureshock off the top but Rey knocks Drew down for a seated senton. He tries a rotating cross body but Drew ducks for two. Drew charges into the post shoulder first and Rey hits the 619 and the top rope splash to end this at 4:30 shown of 8:00.
Rating: C+. Pretty basic match here as the whole idea was about Drew trying to impress people to get a shot at Mania. This wasn’t a squash as Drew controlled for the most part but I don’t think anyone really thought Rey was in any real trouble. It does help however that this got a bit of time (yes on Smackdown 8 minutes is now considered time) and Drew got to look decent.
Post match Cody comes out and wants an answer to his challenge. Rey says he wears the mask with pride and will wear it with pride at Wrestlemania when he beats down Cody Rhodes. So the match is official.
Here’s HHH to respond to what Undertaker said on Raw. What you’re not going to show us that too? Ah instead we get a video on HHH, reminding us of how awesome he is. Why do I have a feeling this was laying around the office just waiting on a chance to be aired? He talks about how he saw the two greatest matches he’s ever seen in the last two Wrestlemanias between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels.
The question is why couldn’t Shawn win? Shawn said on Raw that it was because of emotion. Shawn went to the ring to not lose rather than win. HHH’s dark side is going to keep him from having to worry about that. He can do terrible things to people and not care. That sounds like a horrible person but it’s true. HHH says he’ll beat Taker at Wrestlemania because he’ll have no emotion or care about what stands before him. Things that go bump in the night don’t scare him. Please, not another “I’m not afraid of the dark” promos. He thanks Taker for making it no holds barred and we’re done.
Christian is getting ready and Matt Striker asks him what it’s like to have Edge and Christian back together again. Christian talks about all the things that have happened in the last ten years, listing things like Facebook, Twitter (Christian4Peeps apparently), Charlie Sheen losing his mind and about 15 other things, but we’ve never seen E and C back together. Tonight we do. Edge pops up to say nothing of note.
Edge/Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio/Brodus Clay
It’s a Ferrari tonight. No entrance for Brodus but he gets his name read by Ricardo. Christian vs. Brodus gets us going here. Christian sticks and moves while firing a lot of right hands. A corner splash misses and Christian wants the tornado DDT. Alberto distracts though and it’s a suplex off the top for Brodus to give him control. Alberto rams Christian into the railing outside but Edge chases him off.
Off to Del Rio as Edge hasn’t been in yet. He starts in on Christian’s arm and drops a knee to the back for two. The elbow pad gets ripped off and Christian is in trouble. To the corner they go and Christian is able to knock him backwards and get a jumping back elbow off the middle rope to get us to even. Tag in to Edge and Brodus at the same time with Brodus landing a powerslam on Edge for two.
He’s Big Bad Brodus Clay according to Cole. Booker gets way too excited as usual as Edge gets up to set for the spear. Instead Brodus flattens him but misses an Umaga-like charge in the corner. Christian and Del Rio are sent to the floor. Christian pops back up and hits the tornado DDT so that Edge can drop a top rope elbow on Clay for the pin at 5:53. Never seen Edge use that before but if it’s a change from the spear I’ll take it.
Rating: C. Just your normal run of the mill main event tag match here. There was more or less no way Edge and Christian were going to reunite for the first time in forever and lose so it’s not like the ending was ever in doubt. Still though, this is good as it changes things up a bit, keeping us from having to sit through the same stuff time after time until Mania.
Overall Rating: C+. This is another odd show as the wrestling is incredibly light but a lot of stuff happened. I can live with the lighter wrestling as they moved some stuff forward and got us a bit more ready for Mania. This was a good show but with more wrestling and less Raw stuff it could have been a lot better. I really hope this isn’t the new norm after Mania, because that would be very saddening.
Kane b. Wade Barrett via DQ when the Corre interfered
Kane/Big Show b. Wade Barrett/Heath Slater via DQ when Corre interfered
Cody Rhodes b. JTG – Cross Rhodes
Layla b. Kaitlyn – Layout
Rey Mysterio b. Drew McIntyre – Top rope splash
Edge/Christian b. Alberto Del Rio/Brodus Clay – Top rope elbow to Clay