Smackdown – January 25, 2013: For The First Time, I Really Want To See Punk vs. Rock

Date: January 25, 2013
Location: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California
Commentators: Josh Matthews, John Bradshaw Layfield

It’s the final show before the Rumble and most of what we’re getting on Sunday is set in stone. Tonight is likely going to be the final push towards the Rumble which probably means a big brawl at the end of the show with people being thrown over the top rope a lot. Other than that I wouldn’t expect much more other than the weekly tag team main event. Let’s get to it.

Rock is going to be here again tonight to address his attack by the Shield.

Here’s HELL NO to open the show. Before they say anything though we get a recap of the hugging celebration from Raw. JBL: “I even heard a report that a lion was hugging an antelope on the Serengeti.” Kane says the champions have plenty of anger in them still (Bryan: “YES!”) and they’ll prove that on Sunday when they retain the titles (Bryan: “YES!”) and then he’s going to win the Royal Rumble (Bryan: “YE….”).

Kane talks about how many Rumbles he’s been in and his eleven eliminations, but Bryan chops his legs off by saying “Yeah, but you’ve never won the match.” That sums up the argument against Kane for Mr. Royal Rumble in one sentence. Bryan says that he’ll win and an argument breaks out, which draws Big Show to the ring. Show says HELL NO has a 1/30 chance of winning the Rumble while Show has a 100% chance of getting his title back.

Bryan points out that he beat Show for the title last year (it was the year before that) but Show yells him down. He says that he’ll beat both of the champions which makes Kane stand up to the Big Show. This brings out the Rhodes Scholars with Sandow talking about how Kane and Big Show are underestimating others in the Rumble like Goliath underestimated David.

Sandow proposes an alliance with Big Show to take out HELL NO. Cue Del Rio but before the brawling can start, Booker makes a six man tag main event. Oh and it’s elimination rules. Show charges at Del Rio but gets his leg kicked out and the Scholars run, sending Show to the floor as well.

Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett

Why does WWE insist on giving us the same match six or seven times in as many weeks sometimes? They slug it out to start with Sheamus getting two off a clothesline. Wade comes back with a dropkick of all things for the same result and we head to the floor for a bit. As they come back in Sheamus loads up the forearms in the ropes but Wade comes back with a guillotine on the ropes and a big boot to send Sheamus to the floor.

We take a break and come back with Sheamus getting clotheslined to the outside again. As Barrett pounds away on him as he comes back in, Sheamus comes flying back in with the slingshot shoulder. Now the ten forearms hit and a Regal Roll gets two on Wade. The Irish Curse gets two but Barrett blocks White Noise. Sheamus goes up top only to get slammed down to the mat and superkicked down for two. Barrett goes to the middle rope and jumps into Sheamus’ boot but he blocks himself before he connects. Sheamus trips him down though and hits White Noise for no cover. The Brogue Kick finishes clean at 7:48 shown of 11:18.

Rating: C+. The usual hard hitting match here from these two but how many times can we see these two do the same stuff over and over again? Also nice job of having your IC Champion job clean yet again. I know it’s a worthless point anymore but for goodness’ sake can you go a little while between their losses?

Video on Rock being attacked by the Shield on Monday.

Heyman and Punk are here.

Natalya vs. Rosa Mendes

Epico, Primo, Horny and Khali are all on commentary here. Rosa takes Nattie down to the mat with a headscissors as JBL makes short people jokes. A hair pull puts Natalya down again and it’s off to a modified bow and arrow hold. Primo asks if we can focus on the match instead of JBL’s show as Rosa gets to the rope to avoid the Sharpshooter. Rosa dances in the ring so Horny dances on the table. The distraction is enough for Natalya to hook the Sharpshooter for the submission at 2:46. I think this was supposed to be funny.

Here are Punk and Heyman with something to say. The champion talks about how everything that’s coming up is just the surface that he’s about to scratch. However, one thing can make 432 days go up in smoke, and that’s…..not The Rock. Actually it’s the Shield that Punk is worried about because of the stipulation that Vince put into place on Raw. Heyman pulls out a letter that states if the Shield interferes, Punk loses the title. Punk talks about how The Shield is a threat to his title reign because he has no control over them.

The champion calls The Shield to the ring and says he’s not leaving until they come to the ring. Cue The Shield who Punk preaches to as usual. He talks about how he’s going to beat Rock on Sunday in the biggest match of his reign. He’s never asked for or needed Shield’s help because he’s the best in the world. The Shield surrounds the ring so Punk picks up the chair he was standing in, causing the trio to back down and head through the crowd.

Punk says that’s how the champ takes care of business and on Sunday you’re going to see him take care of The Rock. On Sunday Punk is going to prove that he’s the best in the world and the greatest of all time. He says it again and here’s Rock to a huge ovation. Rock says that he doesn’t care about the Shield because his boot is going inside Punk on Sunday. There’s clearly an audio edit as Rock says this so maybe he flubbed the line.

On Sunday Rock is going to wrap his arm around Punk’s chest, lift him in the air, and then time will stand still. At that point the thought in Punk’s head won’t be about how he’s the WWE Champion or the best in the world, but only that it’s over. The Rock has promised that he’s going to end Punk’s reign and on Sunday, it’s over, if you smell what The Rock is cooking. This was AWESOME and has me really wanting to see the match for the first time.

Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton

Drew pounds him into the corner to start but Orton hits a bit harder to take over. There’s the powerslam followed by the backbreaker, but as Orton loads up the Elevated DDT, Mahal runs in for the DQ at 1:06. He didn’t touch anyone but it’s a DQ anyway. All three 3MB members get RKO’s. Was there really a need to protect Drew McIntyre there?

The Miz vs. Darren Young

Cesaro is on commentary here. Young pounds away to start and gets two off a fast clothesline. We hit the chinlock in about twenty seconds as Cesaro talks about Albert Einstein. Young pounds away in the corner but Miz comes back with left hands in the same corner. There’s the running clothesline as Titus keeps blowing the whistle. Miz gets sick of it and kicks him in the head before hitting the top rope ax handle. The Finale is countered and the Figure Four ends this at 1:54. The Figure Four was at least passable this time but Miz still doesn’t need to be using it.

Rumble By The Numbers. I love this.

30 superstars

1 winner

36 Hall of Famers who have competed in the Rumble

25 main events of Wrestlemania those HOF’ers have competed in

754 losing entrants

39 eliminations by Shawn Michaels, a record

35 eliminations by Kane, good for second place

13 consecutive Rumbles for Kane

11 eliminations by Kane in 2001

201,497lbs that has competed in the Rumble, or over 100 tons or 457 Big Shows

440,004 people that have attended the Rumble

62:12 that Rey Mysterio stayed in the 2006 Rumble, another record

3 wins for Austin, the most ever

2 seconds that Warlord lasted in 1989

1 second that Santino lasted in 2009

2 is the number of wins for both #1 and #30

4 is the number of wins for entrant #27, the most ever

58% of winners that win a world title at Wrestlemania

HELL NO/Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show/Rhodes Scholars

This is elimination rules ala Survivor Series. Rhodes and Albeto start things off with the champion flipping out of a wristlock and hitting a headscissors out of the corner. A BIG kick to Cody’s head gets two and it’s back to the armbar. Off to Sandow vs. Bryan with the latter firing off a bunch of kicks before it’s off to Kane for a chokeslam to eliminate Sandow at 2:19.

Big Show comes in and is immediately pounded into the corner by Kane. A running DDT gets two and there’s the top rope clothesline followed by a regular clothesline to put both giants on the floor. Kane charges into the knockout punch and is eliminated by countout at 3:40. Big Show counting along with the referee is a nice touch. We take a break and come back with Bryan fighting out of some hold by Cody as Big Show offers encouragement to Rhodes. Didn’t they use to hate each other?

Cody hooks a bow and arrow hold but Bryan escapes pretty quickly. Simultaneous cross bodies put both guys down but Big Show gets the tag before Daniel can make one. Bryan fires off kicks to escape a chokeslam and takes out Big Show’s leg. He goes up top but jumps into a chop before being sent over the top. Bryan skins the cat but walks into the KO punch to send him to floor for another countout (and count from Big Show) at approximately 10:00.

It’s Alberto alone vs. Big Show and the giant knocks him out to the floor for a nine count. Del Rio gets back in but slides back to the floor to get himself a breather. Show throws him back in so Alberto kicks him to the outside for the third countout of the match at approximately 12:00. So it’s down to Cody vs. Del Rio with Rhodes jumping Alberto from behind. Alberto comes back with a bunch of clotheslines and a superkick for two. The corner enziguri is enough for the pin though at 10:02 shown of 13:32.

Rating: C+. The countouts were a nice idea but having three of them was probably too much. It is good to have the guys in the title match square off before the title match though and having Del Rio get a countout win is probably the best thing they could have done. This was a pretty good idea although more of the tag teams interacting would have been nice.

Post match Big Show lays out Alberto and covers him with the announce table just like Alberto did to him. Show counts to ten in both English and Spanish for good measure to end the show.

Overall Rating: B-. This show was all about setting up the Rumble and I can’t fault them there. The world title matches were well pushed and we covered the Rumble itself back on Monday. The wrestling here was the weakest part of the show and even that wasn’t all that bad. The show show didn’t add anything new but it did a good job of reenforcing what was already there. Pretty solid but not great show here.


Sheamus b. Wade Barrett – Brogue Kick

Natalya b. Rosa Mendes – Sharpshooter

Randy Orton b. Drew McIntyre via DQ when Jinder Mahal interfered

The Miz b. Darren Young – Figure Four Leg Lock

HELL NO/Alberto Del Rio b. Rhodes Scholars/Big Show – Enziguri to Rhodes

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  1. Don’t you mean the 2006 Rumble with Rey Mysterio, KB?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Indeed. I was in a hurry writing this.

  2. Not Jay says:

    You hit the nail right on the head KB, this was a great Smackdown, dare I say best Smackdown in the last 10 years.

    Can’t wait for Sunday and I still say Cena wins by eliminating the entire TNA roster(they will be a collective unit and get 1 number) finally putting that company to rest like it should be

    See you Sunday

    Jay H. Reply:

    Can we eliminate you?

    Stormy Reply:

    nah, he’s funny.

    And to be fair, you do seem to love virtually everything RAW, so while he’s exaggerating, it’s kinda accurate. Besides, imitation is the highest form of flattery, so take it as a compliment.

    Jay H. Reply:

    So im supposed to be flattered by some idiot who thinks its funny to mock me? I don’t see why he cares so much that I still try to enjoy the Shows.

    Mike Reply:

    Didn’t you just call him your “highlight of the week” 2 days ago?

  3. Jay H. says:

    The CM Punk/Shield/Rock Segment was good and I can’t wait to see the Match on Sunday as well.

  4. Stormy says:

    KB, I have a question?

    Why do you seemingly have an issue with the Orton/3MB ending? Mahal is doing what he should do as a teammate. If my teammate is about to be pinned, I should do everything I can to make him not get pinned, even if it means a DQ. A DQ loss is better then a pinfall loss.

    It wasn’t about protecting Drew McIntyre, it was about protecting 3MB as a cohesive unit. I mean they could have had Orton destroy Mahal and Slater then pin Drew, but they decided to go the DQ route instead.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Why in the world does a team of comedy jobbers need to be protected? That’s what jobbers are for: to do jobs.

    chris Reply:

    It’s because it’s not 1987 anymore and if they have any hope of creating new stars people need to be protected. Not saying I’d start with 3mb Though they are hilarious. There’s no such thing as jobbers anymore just wrestlers sorry superstars. If Brooklyn brawler existed today he’d be protected at times. How times change

    klunderbunker Reply:

    So let me make sure I’ve got this straight:

    You’re saying that we need to make sure Randy Orton doesn’t beat 3MB because it would make 3MB look bad to get pinned by one of the most successful wrestlers of all time? Really? On this same show the Intercontinental Champion got pinned clean by a Brogue Kick but we can’t have Drew McIntyre lose to an RKO?

  5. M.R. says:

    Punk looks like a child standing next to Rock.

  6. klunderbunker says:

    Part of the reasons he keeps doing it is how you react to it.

  7. Not Jay says:

    Fine I’ll stop. Just wanted to see how much I could piss off Jay. I did better than I thought I would.

    Not Jay Reply:

    This guy is a phony, not the real Not Jay

  8. chris says:

    The question should be, does it really help orton to beat them? he’s already established.

  9. chris says:

    I’m going to be so disappointed if Cena wins the rumble tonight. No it’s not because I hate cena or think he’s the anti christ. It’s because it’s been done. Why not elevate someone new? Is it so much to ask for someone else to main event wrestlemania?