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CUPACH'S WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 7/27: Alt. perspective review of four-way main event, Raw 1,000 fall-out, Mike's Reax

Jul 30, 2012 - 1:45:48 PM
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WWE Smackdown Report
July 27, 2012
Taped 7/23/12 in Kansas City, Mo,
Aired on Syfy
By Michael Cupach, PWTorch contributor

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[Q1]

-WWE open.

-Smackdown opened this week with highlights from Raw 1,000. The clips ran for about four minutes and summed up the high points of Raw pretty well.

-The Smackdown music video played followed by full pyro. Josh Mathews welcomed everyone to Smackdown and Michael Cole announced that there will be a number one contender's match for the World Title featuring Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Daniel Bryan.

-Lillian Garcia announced the new Intercontinental champion, The Miz, and he came to the ring to what sounded like canned boos. On his way to the ring, Cole threw to clips from Miz winning the title last Monday on Raw from Christian. Miz started off by saying that everyone is looking at the new face of the IC Title. He then thanked Christian's peeps for making this possible by voting for his title to be defended at Raw 1,000. Miz wrapped things up early and went into his catchphrase, but before he said “awesome” Christian’s music played and he interrupted. Christian came out and declared that he was invoking his re-match clause right now.

1 - IC champion THE MIZ vs. CHRISTIAN - Intercontinental Title match

Shoulder block from Miz to start the match off. He then backs Christian into the corner, but Christian reverses and lays in some right hands on The Miz. Christian then back bodydrops The Miz, who then rolls to the apron, Christian tries a springboard dropkick, but Miz moves and hangs Christian up on the ropes. Miz tries suplexing Christian to the floor, Christian counters and rolls out to the floor and pulls Miz down. Christian rolls back into the ring and does a running baseball slide to Miz’s face.

Back in the ring, Christian tries a tornado DDT, but Miz counters and pulls Christian down and knees him In the midsection. Miz then nails Christian with his patented running clothesline in the corner, which gets a two count. Rear chinlock from Miz, Christian fights his way out and flapjacks The Miz. Miz rolls to the apron again and backdrops Christian to the floor as Smackdown takes a break!

(Commercial)

[Q2] Miz is stomping away at Christian when Smackdown returns followed up by a running boot to the face of Christian for a two count. All three announcers talk about how they love the aggressive side of Miz. Neckbreaker from Miz gets another two count; he shows some frustration and then starts choking Christian on the bottom rope. Miz tries his running clothesline in the corner again, but Christian gets his knees up and he nails Miz. Christian goes to the top rope, but Miz meets him up there and both men brawl on the top rope, Miz tries a superplex, but it gets blocked. Christian shoves Miz off and tries a Frog Splash, but Miz gets his knees up.

Miz tries a series of pin attempts, but he can’t put Christian away. Miz lays into Christian in the corner then plays to the crowd, which gives Chrsitian a chance to hit Miz back and stun him. He then connects with a missile dropkick for a two count. Flying forearm from Christian, he follows up by hanging Miz up on the top rope, then ends the sequence with a cross-body from the top rope for a two count. Inverted DDT by Christian can’t get the job done, either. Christian tries a small package, to no avail, so he goes up top and hits Miz with a clothesline. Killswitch attempt from Christian gets countered into a DDT by Miz for a two count. That was a nice hot sequence that got the crowd into the match big-time.

Miz goes to the middle rope to try some high risk offense, but Christian pulls him off and calls for the spear. Miz rolls outside, then gets back in the ring and tries the Skull Crushing Finale, Christian counters into a Killswitch attempt, but Miz reverses, thumbs Christian in the eye and then, rolls up Christian for the win. On replay, it shows that The Miz also held the tights!

WINNER: The Miz retains his title by pinning Christian in 14:00.

Mike’s Reax: Good opening match from these two, and the end of the match with all the nearfalls had the crowd hot. Miz also did a great job of pulling out the subtle heel tactics – thumb to the eye, pulling the tights, rolling to the outside to slow things down. Something also tells me that this feud will continue to Summerslam.

-The fatal four-way to decide the number one contender is still to come. Also, Sheamus will face Cody Rhodes in singles action.

(Commercial)

-Jinder Mahal is in the middle of his entrance when Smackdown returns. Booker comments on how he likes Jinder.

2 - JINDER MAHAL vs. RYBACK

Mathews mentions how Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins tested Ryback last week in a two on one match. Fall away slam by Ryback to start, Jinder rolls to the outside where he puts a shoulder into Ryback's midsection.

[Q3]

Jinder goes for a pin after a knee to the temple, but doesn’t even get a one count. Jinder drops a knee on Ryback's head, then chokes Ryback with his boot. Jinder Mahal then drops some elbows, but Ryback quickly powers back and slams Mahal. Ryback mounts Jinder and starts slamming his head into the mat and then picks him up and spinebusters Mahal! Ryback calls for his big clothesline, Jinder sees it coming and ducks, and then rolls out of the ring and gets himself intentionally counted out.

WINNER: Ryback by count-out in 2:30.

Mike’s Reax: I’m glad to see that Ryback isn’t stuck in one-sided squash matches anymore, but I think WWE is giving low-end jobbers too much offense against Ryback. The idea should be that the fans wonder what would happen if he faced a named opponent or someone established, but by bumping for job guys, it ruins some of his mystique.

(Commercial)

-Cole mentions the press that Raw 1,000 got and thanks everyone in the WWE Universe for making it as big as it was. Josh Mathews then talked briefly about the WWE Title match from Raw and threw to a video of the last few minutes of Raw where Big Show interfered, Rock ran in, and then Punk turned heel.

-Back live, Michael Cole plugged Raw’s new start time and teased that on Raw C.M. Punk will explain his actions against The Rock. Josh Mathews then threw to some fans Touts where they talked about what Punk did to Rock and Cena.

Mike’s Reax: If WWE wants Punk to be a heel, they shouldn’t show four fans in a row talking about how happy they were to see Punk lay out Rocky.

-Backstage, Sheamus teases Daniel Bryan about his misfortunes on Raw. Bryan was left at the altar, put down by The Rock, and insulted by Charlie Sheen. Sheamus said he bought Bryan a wedding gift and even though it didn’t happen, he wants to give it to him anyway. Bryan opens the package and slams it down angrily. The camera shows it is a book titled “How to Last More than 18 Seconds on Your Wedding Night.”

(Commercial)

[Q4]

3 - World Hvt. champion SHEAMUS vs. CODY RHODES – non-title match

Sheamus powers Cody into the corner to start, and the ref calls for a clean break and gets it. Cody tries a waistlock, but gets elbowed in the nose by Sheamus. Cody rolls to the outside, upset at the cheapshot Sheamus took. Back in the ring, Sheamus shoulder blocks Cody for a two count. Cody starts targeting the arm of Sheamus, but Sheamus shakes Cody off and gives him a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count. Sheamus tries tying Cody up in the ropes, but Cody fights him off and goes to the floor. Cody comes in the other side of the ring, but Sheamus catches him and ends up tying him up and clubbing him ten times on the chest. Sheamus then tries suplexing Cody to the floor, Cody floats over Sheamus and shoves Sheamus shoulder first into the steel ringpost. Cody tells the ref to start counting Sheamus out, but he gets back into the ring at seven.

Suddenly, Dolph Ziggler's music hits and he makes his way to the ring, teasing that he will cash in his briefcase as Smackdown takes a break!

(Commercial)

Back on Smackdown, Cody has Sheamus in a front facelock. Sheamus fights to his feet and both men start trading lefts and rights, Sheamus obviously wins that encounter, but Cody puts him back down with a clothesline for a two count. Running knee to the skull of Sheamus gets a two count for Cody who then turns his attention to the shoulder of Sheamus. Cody continues to work the shoulder, he then puts Sheamus in a full nelson, I think Cody is doing this to show off his “guns.” Sheamus powers out and back body drops Cody and takes a breather.

[Q5]

Both men reset, and Sheamus comes alive with some Irish Hammers to Rhodes, but Cody comes back with a dropkick to the knee of Sheamus. Cody goes for a victory roll on Sheamus, who counters with a knee to the face and tries to get the win, but comes up short. Out of nowhere, Cody tries top rope moonsault, but Sheamus sidesteps and hits Cody with the Irish Curse for another two count!

On the outside, Dolph is still threatening to cash in, which gives Cody a chance to recover and he sends Sheamus to the outside. Cody re-groups in the ring, then Sheamus comes back in with a battering ram attempt, but Cody moves out of the way and connects with the Beautiful Disaster Kick for a two count, I thought for sure Sheamus was going to get pinned. Cody tries another one, but Sheamus catches him and hits White Noise and a Brogue Kick for the win!

WINNER: Sheamus by pinfall in 13:00.

-Post-match, Dolph is about to cash in, but he hesitates and thinks otherwise. Ziggler makes his way to the back, but Chris Jericho sneaks up on him and rolls Ziggler back into the ring, where Ziggler eats a Brogue Kick! Jericho then gets into the ring and delivers a Codebreaker to Dolph for good measure.

Mike’s Reax: It is refreshing to see Jericho as a face again, even though he never did anything to turn. It has been so long since Jericho has been a fan favorite that it is breathing new life into a stale Jericho character.

-The #1 Contender match is still to come tonight!

(Commercial)

-Antonio Cesaro is in the ring giving Aksana a kiss when Smackdown returns.

4 - U.S. champion SANTINO MARELLA vs. ANTONIO CESARO – non-title match

Cesaro toys with Marella to start, but Santino snapmares Antonio, much to his surprise. Antonio wants to shake his hand, then points to Aksana, Santino looks, and Santino gets cheap-shotted. Double underhook headbutts from Cesaro gets a two count on Santino. Gut-wrench suplex gets another two count and he puts Santino in a headlock, but Santino counters with a side suplex.

[Q6]

Santino knocks Antonio down with a haymaker and diving headbutts him. Santino calls for the Cobra, but Aksana distracts him and Cesaro hangs Santino up on the top rope and then puts him away with a Faithbreaker/Styles Clash.

WINNER: Antonio Cesaro by pinfall in 3:00.

-Josh Mathews throws to highlights of the DX reunion from last Monday's Raw.

-Damien Sandow is shown walking backstage, he is in action, next.

(Commercial)

5 - YOSHI TATSU vs. DAMIEN SANDOW

No pre-match promo from Sandow, he gets right to business on Yoshi by kneeing him in the stomach and tossing him to the floor. Damien heads to the outside and slams Yoshi’s head into the barricade over and over, then rolls Tatsu back into the ring. Elbow of Disdain from Sandow followed by knees to the face and the straight jacket neckbreaker puts Tatsu away.

WINNER: Damien Sandow by pinfall in 2:00

-Sandow asks for a microphone and he has a message for the people who cheered the rough-edged degenerates last Monday on Raw, that message is that he is now a martyr. You are welcome. Sandow then does a few cartwheels.

-Up next, Brock Lesnar finally answered Triple H’s challenge last Monday on Raw, highlights are forthcoming.

(Commercial)

[Q7]

-Josh Mathews throws to highlights of the Triple H, Paul Heyman, Stephanie McMahon, and Brock Lesnar segment from Raw 1,000.

-More Touts from the fans about Raw 1,000.

-Lillian does intros for Rey Mysterio and Kane.

(Commercial)

-Last Monday on Raw, Kane and The Undertaker laid waste to six jobbers. Coincidently, one of those jobbers gave Ryback a run for his money earlier on Smackdown.

-Lillian intros Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio for the fatal four-way match.

[Q8]

6 - REY MYSTERIO vs. KANE vs. ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. DANIEL BRYAN - four-way #1 contender match to World Title

Del Rio goes after Rey and Bryan goes after Kane to start things off. Bryan sends Kane to the outside and follows him out with a suicide dive to start. Rey follows suit and exits Del Rio from the ring and planchas onto him. Back in the ring, Bryan and Mysterio go at it, Mysterio almost puts Bryan away with a seated senton. Bryan knocks Rey down with a clotheslines, while on the outside Del Rio whips Kane into the steel steps.

In the ring, Bryan kicks away at the surgically repaired knee of Rey Mysterio. Mysterio dropkicks Bryan out of nowhere, which sets him up for the 619, but Alberto Del Rio disconnects the call! Kane is back in the ring and he takes out Daniel Bryan and ADR with a series of clotheslines. Kane then goes up top and nails Bryan with a flying clotheslines. Kane tries a double chokeslam on Rey and Bryan, they block it, but Kane overpowers them and double suplexes both men!

(Commercial)

Back live, Kane boots Rey to the outside and Alberto sneaks up on Kane with a dropkick. ARD goes for the pin, but Bryan pulls him off and goes for the pin himself, but Del Rio breaks that pin up. Yes Kicks on Alberto by Bryan in the corner, Bryan then misses with a running dropkick onto Del Rio. Runing enziguri by Del Rio leads to a the Cross Arm-breaker on Bryan, Bryan almost taps out, but Rey breaks the hold in the nick of time! Kane enters the ring and takes out Rey with a cheapshot, he then ejects ADR from the ring and singles out Rey.

Seated dropkick from Kane gets a two count on Rey. Kane then runs into a boot from Rey and Rey hits Kane with a DDT. Rey tries a head scissor takedown on Kane, but Kane blocks it and Alberto dropkicks Rey, who was held by Kane. Kane calls for a chokeslam on Del Rio, but it gets blocked and Alberto hits Kane with a Backstabber. Bryan is back in the ring, and he breaks up a pin attempt on Kane and he starts Yes! Kicking Del Rio. Del Rio ducks one and tries rolling up Bryan, but Bryan reverses into the Yes Lock! Del Rio is about to tap out, but Kane grabs ADR’s arm and won’t let him. Kane breaks the hold and tosses Bryan out of the ring.

Single arm DDT by Alberto on Kane, he goes for the Cross Armbreaker, but Kane blocks it and chokeslams Del Rio! Rey breaks up the pin attempt and Kane rolls to the floor, Daniel Bryan sends him over the barricade after a running knee from the apron. Back in the ring, Rey calls for the 619, Bryan breaks it up, but gets 619’ed along with Del Rio. Rey goes up top and drops the dime on Bryan and goes for the pin, but Ricardo Rodriguez pulls Rey out of the ring and Del Rio drapes a arm over Daniel Bryan and he picks up the win!

WINNER: Alberto Del Rio by pinfall in 13:30.

Mike’s Reax: Great match to end the show. All four men worked really hard and the near pinfalls had me on the edge of my seat all match. That said, I am not thrilled to see another month of Del Rio vs. Sheamus. It seems to me that every feud that WWE has goes one month too long and this feud is no exception. It would have been nice to see someone new get a shot at Sheamus, like Rey or Randy Orton, who returns next week.

Overall, an excellent episode of Smackdown this week with three really good matches, some good character development, and storylines building towards Summerslam. This week's show was what last weeks show was not!

Thank you for read, and please follow me on Twitter @MJCupach. I tweet live during Raw and PPVs. Also go to FTWpodcast.com and check out my appearance on their podcast from last Tuesday where I talked Raw 1,000 and Smackdown for almost two hours.


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