Smackdown – July 13, 2012: Ryder Does Nothing…..Again

Date: July 13, 2012
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Commentators: Michael Cole, Booker T, Josh Matthews

This is the final show before Money in the Bank and most of the show is set. For the short term, tonight Zach Ryder is in charge after winning a battle royal last week. We have another week or two before we get a permanent GM so putting Ryder out here like this is a good idea as it gives him some TV time to remind people that he’s still alive. Let’s get to it.

We open with a clip from Z True Long Island Story of Ryder celebrating his win in the battle royal.

Do you know your enemy? Mine is that extra day off after the All Star Game. What was the point of it?

Here’s Ryder to open the show. He welcomes us to Zach-Down and leads us in a huge fist pump.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara

Del Rio makes fun of Ryder so Ryder makes this match. Cara avoids a charging Del Rio but gets taken down by a fast knee for two. The stupid lights are off again. Del Rio takes him down before bending Cara over the middle rope for some choking. Cara avoids a charge in the corner and fires off some kicks. A DDT gets two on Alberto but he comes back with a chop to put Cara down.

Now Del Rio misses a charge of his own and Cara kicks him to the floor. A suicide dive sends Del Rio into the barricade as we take a break. Back with Cara hitting a running kick to the chest for two. Del Rio shrugs that off and grabs the arm as is his custom. He hooks an armbar and cranks on it for a good while. Del Rio misses a charge in the corner (a theme in this match) and Cara snaps off a rana to take over. A spinning DDT gets two for Cara but a Swanton misses. Cross Armbreaker finishes this at 6:40 shown of 10:10.

Rating: C+. This was a better match than I was expecting and Cara looked pretty good in it, but the big issue: why does Cara need to be in here? He’s in the MITB match on Sunday and therefore may be a world title contender in the very near future, but he has to job here. Why? Was there NO ONE else on the roster that Del Rio could have made to tap here? I know I say this a lot but WWE keeps doing it.

We get a quick Tout video from Cena, talking about his favorite Raw moment, which is the night when he was drafter to Raw. This is followed by some fans’ videos. This is going to get old REALLY fast. All of these favorite moments are from the last two years.

Big Show complains to Ryder about how the show is being run. He threatens to knock Ryder out but Khali stops it. Ryder makes a match between the two of them tonight. Khali does Woo Woo Woo.

Primo vs. Darren Young

Young pounds him down to start but Primo comes back with some punches. The running hip attack hits Young while he’s in 619 position but Primo walks into a hot shot. AW is on a mic all of a sudden and says this beatdown is courtesy of All World Enterprises. Young chops away and drops a leg on Primo while he’s on the apron. Back in there’s a regular legdrop and an elbow gets two. AW is playing this role perfectly. Off to a cravate to kill some time but Primo makes a comeback. Young knocks him right back down but he wastes too much time, getting small packaged and pinned clean at 4:08.

Rating: D+. Nothing to see here, but AGAIN, what is the point in having one of your #1 contenders lose here? Young isn’t great on his own, but why did he need to lose here? What does this gain? If my memory is right, the match on the preshow is non-title, so you don’t need to keep the Colons strong. Also why isn’t the tag title match happening there? This makes next to no sense on all fronts.

Did you know: Raw has aired 300 more episodes than Monday Night Football. Yes WWE, it means something that when you air 50 episodes a year, you can beat a show that airs 17 a year. Good job.

Another Raw moment is Edge retiring.

Ryder and Sheamus are doing nothing in the back so Jericho comes up and runs his mouth. Ryder makes them the main event.

Christian/Santino Marella vs. Cody Rhodes/Dolph Ziggler

Christian and Cody start us off and the Canadian is taken down by a shoulder block. Christian comes back and brings in Santino, causing Cody to runs away. Off to Ziggler whose hair is slicked back enough that you could barely tell it was there from behind. Ziggler takes him to the mat and we have no commentary. Santino cranks on the arm and I’d assume the audio being gone is a production thing that will be fixed during the broadcast.

Santino works on the arm and brings in Christian, but it’s back to Cody who takes over. Ziggler comes in and we hit the chinlock for a bit. Back to Cody whose Alabama Slam is countered and Christian hits a flapjack to take over. Hot tag brings in Santino and he cleans house, but Cody breaks up the Cobra. Cody and Christian brawl up the ramp, allowing the Zig Zag to hit Santino for the pin at 4:32.

Rating: C-. Not much to see here and while it’s annoying to have another big name and in this case a champion get beaten here, at least it was by someone that would be in the same match as them on Sunday. Santino is there for comedy anyway so it’s not that big of a deal. Ziggler and Cody are the favorites for the match too so if one of them win, that makes it a bit better.

Raw ReBound is the ending to the show with the tag match and AJ slapping both Bryan and Punk.

Great Khali vs. Big Show

Commentary is back now. They circle each other for a bit and the WMD gets the pin in 33 seconds. I’m so glad they did this aren’t you? One good thing though: Khali has nothing to lose here so the win means something (I guess) and Show looks dominant going into Sunday. Why can’t that be the case in every match?

Ryback vs. Tyler Reks

Makes sense after Hawkins getting beat last week. Ryback throws him around to start and sends Reks to the floor, only to get stunned coming back into the ring. That’s the extent of Reks’ offense here though, as Ryback suplexes him down. Reks gets a right hand to Ryback’s ribs but gets clotheslined right down. Shell Shock gets the pin at 1:50. Handicap match next week?

Hugh Jackman was on Raw once.

Rock will be on the 1000th Raw.

Some fans Tout their favorite Raw moments. They’re all from the Attitude Era other than one from 2007. Again, why am I supposed to care about this stuff?

Justin Gabriel vs. Damien Sandow

Sandow takes him down quickly and hooks a chinlock. Justin makes a short comeback with some strikes but he walks into some knees to the face and the double arm neckbreaker gets the pin at 1:30. Total squash.

We recap the reveal of the Anonymous Raw GM because once just wasn’t enough I guess.

We run down the card for Sunday, all four matches of it.

Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho

Non-title here. Sheamus shoves him into the corner and Jericho slaps him. Sheamus pounds him into another corner and Jericho bails to the floor. Back inside and Jericho gets drilled down again. Jericho gets a boot up and hits a middle rope missile dropkick for two. Sheamus is having none of that and hits the ten forearms before knocking Jericho off the apron and onto the announce table.

We take a break and come back with Jericho kicking Sheamus in the chest. Jericho hooks a chinlock but Sheamus gets up and avoids a charge, sending Jericho’s shoulder into the post. Irish Curse gets two as does the Regal Roll. Jericho tries a quick Codebreaker but Sheamus counters. Brogue Kick gets Sheamus caught in the ropes and Jericho hits the springboard dropkick for two.

Sheamus knocks him down again and loads up the High Cross but Jericho counters into the Walls. Sheamus makes a rope but gets put right back into the hold. Jericho pulls him back into the middle of the ring but Sheamus escapes and White Noise gets two. Brogue Kick misses and the Codebreaker gets two. Sheamus kicks Jericho away and pulls himself to the top but jumps into two knees to the face called the Codebreaker. THAT gets two and Jericho is furious. Jericho tells Sheamus to get up but walks into the Brogue for the pin at 12:00 shown of 15:30.

Rating: B. This was your usual good Smackdown main event. I can live with Jericho living here because he dominated the match and lost on a Hail Mary Brogue Kick from Sheamus. They beat on each other for a long time until it was hard to say who was going to win at the end. That’s hard to do anymore but it worked very well here. Good stuff.

Post breaks here’s Del Rio’s car but Del Rio pops up behind Sheamus and puts him in the armbreaker over the stage. You know, exactly what he was supposed to do a few weeks ago before their other match. Sheamus is in trouble to end the show.

Overall Rating: C. This wasn’t bad, but Smackdown continues to be completely not required wrestling to watch anymore. With all of the recaps on here and the quick squashes other than the main event, there wasn’t much worth seeing. MITB looks like it’s just a bump in the road before the 1000th Raw which is the real major show this month. After that though, it looks like they could be in big trouble. Nothing to see here but it’s nothing too bad. Also, what did Ryder do here other than make like 2 matches?

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