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PARKS' WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 11/30: Complete coverage of the Friday night show, including Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler

Nov 30, 2012 - 11:56:06 PM
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WWE Smackdown review
November 30, 2012
Taped 11/27/12 in
Aired on SYFY
By Greg Parks, PWTorch Columnist (Twitter: @gregmparks)



- WWE Open.

- Tonight on Smackdown…stuff that happened on Raw! I mean…The Shield struck again on Monday night. And tonight, Sheamus battles Dolph Ziggler, as if we didn’t get our fill of that match over the summer. Also, Big Show and John Cena vaguely advertised for the show.

- Inside the arena, the camera panned the crowd as Josh Mathews welcomed everyone to Smackdown. John Cena’s music hit and he came out first. As he did, Mathews and JBL were shown at ringside. They also showed clips of Cena’s match with Ziggler on Monday night. Cena said he may not be a regular on Smackdown, but he’s excited about the main event on the show: Ziggler vs. Sheamus. He said Ziggler has been pointing fingers, but tonight, he points the finger back at Ziggler. He made fun of Ziggler’s incredibly short World Title reign and also claimed he was a man stuck in a teenage girl’s body. That doesn’t even make sense.

Cena said Ziggler hides behind Vickie Guerrero, yet claims he can run with the biggest Superstars in WWE. But on Monday, he didn’t live up to that claim. He said Ziggler is in a fight tonight against Sheamus. Before Cena could get any further, Alberto Del Rio’s music interrupted and he walked out accompanied by Ricardo Rodriguez. Del Rio told Cena not to worry about Ziggler, but about him. It’s his show, he said. Cena said it’s a WWE broadcast, which means it belongs to the WWE Universe. Del Rio disagreed. He reminded Cena of his credentials and reminded Cena that last time they were in the ring together, Del Rio beat him. He told Cena to leave his ring and his show. Cena said he can’t go because he’s interested in tonight’s main event. Cena just happened to have a match, and it happened to be with Del Rio, and it happened to be right now. Booker T. must be a genius, knowing Del Rio would interrupt, dressed to wrestle.

[Commercial Break]

1 – JOHN CENA vs. ALBERTO DEL RIO

With this match and Sheamus vs. Ziggler tonight, this must be summer 2011 re-hash night. Hip-toss by Cena sent Del Rio to the outside to rest early on. Del Rio baited Cena and kicked him hard in the mid-section. Cena went to ringside where Del Rio kicked him again. Early cover at 1:37 but Cena kicked out at two. Ziggler was shown scouting this match from the backstage area, watching on a monitor. Del Rio began to target the shoulder of Cena. JBL compared Del Rio tapping out Great Khali on Monday night to tapping out a brontosaurus. Del Rio came off the top with a double axe-handle for a near-fall. They went to break at 5:16 of the match with Cena trying to work out of a top wrist-lock.

[Commercial Break]

Back at 10:03 with Del Rio missing a second-rope back splash. Cena got to his feet and began his comeback. Attitude Adjustment countered into a back-stabber for two. Both men were down until Cena went to the top. Del Rio nailed him with an enziguiri. It only got a two-count. Del Rio tried again but missed….Cena couldn’t get the STF locked in and Del Rio hit a tilt-a-whirl back-breaker. Del Rio ascended the turnbuckles, but upon jumping down, Cena caught him with a dropkick in the gut. Both finishers were countered until Cena hooked Del Rio with the STF. Del Rio tugged on Cena’s wrist-bands and fingers until he finally got to the rope to break. Del Rio went to the apron and locked Cena in an arm-bar wrapped in the ropes. Del Rio tried to slingshot his way back in but Cena caught him on his shoulders. Del Rio countered with a German suplex and a bridge for two. Cena was caught in the tree of woe but Del Rio missed a shoulder charge. From the top, Cena hit the Sicilian Slice. He made the pin and picked up the win.

WINNER: Cena, at 16:07. Nice to see him get a win off of that move. Really nice match, too.

After replays, Cena celebrated on the ramp. As he did so, Ziggler blind-sided him with a briefcase shot.

- The announcers reacted to what just happened, then transitioned to discussing The Shield. They showed the end of Kane vs. C.M. Punk, plus the Shield attack. JBL and Mathews talked over the footage.

- Kane and Daniel Bryan appeared to be having a staring contest backstage. Kofi Kingston walked up and told them he knows they’re not going to magically start getting along, but tonight they have a six-man tag match against Wade Barrett and the Prime Time Players. He asked them if they could get on the same page. Daniel Bryan said they could, then talked up Kane. Kane described Bryan in a complimentary fashion as well. He said the world hasn’t seen how dangerous and lethal they can be, but they will starting tonight. Kane said Kofi’s answer is “yes,” then Kane and Bryan began chanting it as they walked away.

[Commercial Break]

- Booker T. and John Cena were talking backstage. Cena threatened to attack Ziggler later tonight. Book said he didn’t need his show breaking down tonight and he needs Cena to let Ziggler vs. Sheamus happen tonight. Cena seemed to calm down a little by the end.

2 – DAVID OTUNGA vs. THE GREAT KHALI

Hornswoggle was ringside with Khali, whose entrance was just finishing up when they went to the ring. Khali hit Otunga with a forearm. Outside the ring. Hornswoggle gave Otunga a butt splash. Otunga went to attack Hornswoggle, but Horny was too quick and Khali gave him another forearm. Back in, Otunga charged at Khali, who finished the Harvard Law grad with a chop to the head.

WINNER: Khali, at 1:15. This had the potential to be really, really bad, so at least they kept it short.

Khali and Horny danced in the ring after the match and after they replayed, in slow motion, Hornswoggle’s splash on Otunga.

- Still photos were shown of wrestlers visiting the troops. Tweets from wrestlers and troops were shown, too.

- The six-man tag is next.

[Commercial Break]

3 – WADE BARRETT & THE PRIME TIME PLAYERS vs. TEAM HELL NO & KOFI KINGSTON

In the corner, Bryan kicked Darren Young numerous times. Kane then tagged in and meted out more punishment to Young. Titus O’Neil tagged in and ran right into a Kane boot. He was then clotheslined over the top rope, allowing Bryan to dive at him with a flying knee. Team Hell No was looking more cohesive than ever as they cut to break at 2:26 of the match.

[Commercial Break]

They returned at 6:20 of the match. High dropkick by Kingston on Young for a two-count. Kane tagged and, showing some teamwork with the Intercontinental Champion. Double hip-toss by Kane and Bryan on Young, for a two-count. Blind tag by O’Neil, and Young shoved Bryan into an O’Neil boot. Bodyslam by O’Neil, followed by some barking. Wade Barrett tagged in for the first time at about 9:00. Pump-handle slam for two on Bryan. The heat segment continued on Bryan, as the PTP’ers used a distraction to illegally work Bryan over. Suplex into a bridge by Young for two at 11:45. O’Neil tagged in and got a running start, but Bryan got his knees up on the corner charge. Tag made to Kane at 12:54. Kane had control as things began to break down. Young brought Kane throat-first over the top rope then went to the top. He came down in the grip of Kane for a chokeslam. A willing tag to Bryan by Kane, then a flying headbutt. No Lock hooked in for the successful submission win.

WINNERS: Team Hell No and Kofi Kingston, at 14:30. Good match and intriguing development with Bryan and Kane finally on the same page.

The finish was replayed after the match.

- Matt Striker and his mustache were backstage with Sheamus. Sheamus was pleased to face Ziggler tonight, even without Cena’s help. Sheamus said he’s not really facing Ziggler tonight because every opponent he’s had looks like the Big Show. So that means he’s going to fight harder than anything Ziggler has ever faced. He said Ziggler will be begging for Cena to come put him out of his misery. He said he’ll kick Ziggler’s head clear off his shoulders.

- A graphic aired for Ziggler vs. Sheamus.

- Next, the Raw Rebound featuring The Shield.

[Commercial Break]

- The Raw Rebound aired.

- A graphic aired for Ryback vs. C.M. Punk in a TLC Match for the WWE Title at the TLC PPV.

- Damien Sandow came out. Sandow, on his way to the ring, said he will be sharing his knowledge with fans on an individual basis. Therefore, he will select one person from the audience to be his apprentice. He walked along ringside, deriding fans until he chose one. It was a guy in a yellow Punk t-shirt. He brought the scrawny guy into the ring. First, the guy had to pass a test. Sandow asked how many wheels on a tricycle. The guy got it right. He also got the next one right: How often does the US hold presidential elections. The third question had to do with the speed of one of Jupiter’s moons. He didn’t know, so Sandow berated him. He told him to leave the ring and the arena, then said, “you’re welcome.” Sandow is in action next.

[Commercial Break]

- More still photos were shown of the wrestlers on the USS John C. Stennis this past weekend.

4 – DAMIEN SANDOW vs. TYSON KIDD

Sandow was in control from the outset. The Elbow of Disdain registered him a two-count. Kidd fired back with a cross-body for two. JBL talked about Kidd’s experience in New Japan. Low dropkick for two by Kidd. Suicide dive caught Sandow outside the ring. Springboard elbowdrop attempt, but Sandow got his knees up. Terminus neck-breaker by Sandow for the win.

WINNER: Sandow, at 2:51. Good multi-segment appearance by Sandow here. WWE’s doing what they can to make him seem like a big-time player.

- A John Cena Make-A-Wish video package aired, with him receiving an award for granting 300 wishes. Back in the arena, they showed the crowd applauding the video.

- Striker was backstage with Ziggler. Ziggler brushed off his loss against Cena on Raw this week. He said the distractions outside the ring cost him the match. He also doubted that Cena would mind his own business tonight. He called Cena the biggest liar in the history of WWE. That covers an awful lot of ground. Ziggler said he’s the best thing going in sports entertainment today. He said Sheamus won’t be looking at Big Show when he looks at him tonight…he’ll be looking at the next World Heavyweight Champion.

- Ziggler vs. Sheamus is the main event tonight.

[Commercial Break]

5 – THE USOS vs. HEATH SLATER & JINDER MAHAL

Drew McIntyre joined his 3MB comrades in coming to the ring. Middle rope diving headbutt by Jimmy early on for two. Jimmy was pulled off the second rope by Slater. Slater put the boots to Jimmy, then tagged Mahal. Double underhook suplex into a chin-lock from Mahal. After a double chop to the chest, Jimmy tagged in Jey. Samoan drop on Mahal followed by a butt splash in the corner. Slater broke up a pin and Jimmy got rid of him. But not all the way as Slater kicked Jey in the back, allowing Mahal to hit the full-nelson slam to end it.

WINNERS: 3MB, at 2:43. Basic mid-level tag-team match to continue building the tag division.

- JBL and Mathews talked about the TLC PPV. They showed the end of Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro from Raw, followed by comments from Sheamus toward Big Show and Show destroying a steel chair. A graphic aired showing Show vs. Sheamus in a Chairs match at TLC.

- Dolph Ziggler made his entrance, sans Vickie Guerrero. The main event is next.

[Commercial Break]

6 – DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. SHEAMUS

As Ziggler awaited the entrance of Sheamus, his attack on Cena earlier tonight was replayed. A cocky Ziggler got an early advantage, but his ego was his downfall. Sheamus fired away at Ziggler with rights, then slammed him. Big elbowdrop found the mark for a one-count at 1:43. Sheamus was thrown outside the ring by Ziggler, who came off the apron with a cross-body. Sheamus caught him and gave him a fallaway slam into the barricade. Sheamus had some clubberin’ in his sights, but Ziggler countered with a neck-breaker. Sheamus was then knocked to the arena floor as they cut to break.

[Commercial Break]

The show returned just over 7:00 into the match. Ziggler was still in control and felled Sheamus with an elbow to the back of the head. Sheamus came back with rights and an Irish Hammer. But Ziggler put a stop to that and booted Sheamus in the face. Sheamus finally got the opportunity to club Ziggler in the chest with repeated forearms. Sheamus suplexed Ziggler into the ring from the apron. He went to the top rope and avoided a Ziggler charge. Brogue Kick missed and Ziggler took Sheamus down with a DDT for two. Ziggler tried a Fameasser, but Sheamus turned it into an Irish Curse back-breaker. The men traded counters until Sheamus locked in the Texas cloverleaf. Big Show ran to the ring and climbed on the apron. Sheamus went to attack and the referee called for the bell.

WINNER: Sheamus, via disqualification, at 12:26.

Show and Ziggler double-teamed Sheamus until Cena came out to make the save. He gave Ziggler the Attitude Adjustment. Show set up for a double chokeslam on Sheamus and Cena, but instead, they teamed up to suplex him, then send him out of the ring with stereo shoulder tackles. Cena and Sheamus embraced after the beat-down. The babyfaces celebrated to end the show.


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Greg Parks has been covering WWE Smackdown for PWTorch.com since January of 2007. Follow him on Twitter @gregmparks for live Tweeting during Raw, Impact, and PPVs, as well as other bits of wisdom. Comments, questions and feedback are welcome, and can be sent to g_man9784@yahoo.com.


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