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PARKS' WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 1/18: Complete "virtual time" coverage of Friday night show, including Fiesta Del Rio on episode #700 (updated w/Box Score)

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1/18 Smackdown Box Score

- Match Times: 35:51 bell-to-bell (33:26 last week). Longest Match - 14:28 (Tag Main Event).

- Streaks (carried over from 2012): Primo - 21 match losing streak, Kaitlyn - 8 match winning streak, Aksana - 6 match losing streak, Tensai - 5 match losing streak, Miz - 4 match winning streak.

- Show Results: (1) U.S. champion Antonio Cesaro beat Kofi Kingston in a non-title match. ... (2) Great Khali (w/Natalya) beat Tensai. ... (3) Randy Orton & WWE tag champions Daniel Bryan & Kane beat IC champion Wade Barrett & Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow) in a six-man tag match. ... (4) The Miz beat Primo (w/Epico and Rosa Mendes) via submission. ... (5) Divas champion Kaitlyn beat Aksana in a non-title match. ... (6) World Hvt. champion Alberto Del Rio & Sheamus beat Big Show & Dolph Ziggler.

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WWE Smackdown review
January 18, 2013
Taped 1/15/13 in San Antonio, Tex.
Aired on SyFy
By Greg Parks, PWTorch Columnist (Twitter: @gregmparks)


- The video package that opened Smackdown focused on The Rock, and specifically, his Rock Concert from Monday night, though they certainly made it seem like he was going to do one tonight. Plus, they reviewed Alberto Del Rio’s World Title win from last week. Tonight, Del Rio kicks off his reign with a Fiesta Del Rio.

- In the arena, a Mariachi band was playing, and a flamenco dancer danced. Red, Green and white balloons adorned the ring. Ricardo Rodriguez was in the ring amidst everyone. He welcomed people to Fiesta Del Rio, then introduced the new World Champion, Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio came out from backstage dressed in white. In the ring, the champ and Rodriguez embraced. Del Rio was ready to party, but first, he wanted to talk. He acknowledged that he and the fans haven’t always gotten along, but they can celebrate Big Show no longer being champion. Dolph Ziggler’s music played and he and his entourage interrupted.

A.J. Lee said “Ziggy and I love a good party.” Del Rio said this was a party for him, Rodriguez, and all of his friends. Ziggler said it’s funny that Del Rio believes the fans are his friends. He said Del Rio has a giant target on his head. He said whenever he sees fit to cash in his MITB briefcase, Del Rio will be saying “adios” to the World Title. Ziggler introduced Big E. Langston and Ziggler told him to say “hello” to Ricardo. Langston called Rodriguez “little man.” Del Rio and Ziggler seemed about ready to come to blows until Big Show’s music kicked in, which stopped them in their tracks.

Show walked to the ring, upset and angry. Ziggler told Del Rio he was outnumbered. That brought out Sheamus. Sheamus didn’t seem in a hurry to get to the ring, and instead, cut a promo on his way there. Sheamus said he can’t resist a Fiesta Del Rio, especially with so many of his great friends in the ring. Sheamus said he knows he and Del Rio have had their differences in the past, and he even tried to steal his car. Hey, I thought he only borrowed it?! Sheamus did congratulate Del Rio for his “epic” victory over Big Show last week. He said Del Rio does deserve to be World Champion, and it would be an honor for him to be the first to shake his hand. The crowd cheered and Del Rio accepted. Sheamus also offered his services as a bouncer for the evening. Del Rio said he didn’t want anyone fighting. Then he smiled and said, “maybe just a little bit.” AS the five men faced off, Booker T. came to the ring to his music.

Booker got in the middle of them and said tonight is a party, but if Big Show puts his hands on Booker again, Booker will ruin his day. Book did say there’d be a fight tonight, in which Big Show would team with Dolph Ziggler to take on Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio. He said it’ll be a tag team main event extravaganza. Booker then asked the heels to leave the ring, as they were not invited to the party. They did leave and Booker asked if everyone was ready to party. The music began again and Booker danced with the lady. Del Rio asked for a Spinaroonie. Booker did one to the Mariachi Band’s music. Del Rio said Sheamus is going to be a little bit Mexican today. Sheamus played the aw shucks, “nobody wants to see me dance, right?” card. Sheamus indeed began to dance with the lady. “He’ll never get back in Ireland, never,” remarked JBL on commentary.

- Still to come, Randy Orton & Team Hell No face Team Rhodes Scholars & Wade Barrett.

- Also tonight, the Rock Concert.

[Commercial Break]

1 – KOFI KINGSTON vs. ANTONIO CESARO

No entrance for Cesaro. Before the match, they showed Cesaro cutting a promo on Ric Flair, and I guess America. They also showed Flair and Miz taking the fight to Cesaro. Beal out of the corner, but Kingston countered. Cesaro suckered Kingston in, causing Kingston to go throat-first over the middle rope. The Miz was shown watching the match on a monitor backstage. Cesaro landed a gutwrench suplex for two. He began to wear Kingston down with a rest-hold. Kingston avoided Cesaro in the corner and built momentum for his comeback. Roll-up by Kofi for two. Cesaro tried a roll-up with the tights, but only got two. SOS by Kingston for a near-fall at 2:31. Kingston came off the top and tried a hurricanrana, but Cesaro held on and planted Kofi with the Neutralizer for the win.

WINNER: Cesaro, at 3:01. Solid enough win for Cesaro, though Kofi hasn’t been booked very strongly since losing the Intercontinental Championship.

Miz was shown watching Cesaro’s celebration. He walked away from the monitor and into the Colons, of all people. They made fun of Miz for being Flair’s new sidekick, and used his “really?” catchphrase against him. Miz made a crack about Rosa Mendes being useless, basically, then walked away, leaving her to rant angrily.

[Commercial Break]

- The Alamo in San Antonio was shown.

2 – THE GREAT KHALI vs. TENSAI

Tensai got no entrance. Only Natalya was with Khali, thanks to what happened to Hornswoggle last week at the hands of Big E. Langston. That incident was shown before the match. Josh Mathews compared this to Optimus Prime vs. Megatron. Khali and Tensai fought for control in the corner, and Khali chopped him in the chest. Tensai responded with a big splash and hammered away with rights in the corner. Referee John Cone had to physically restrain Tensai, and almost disqualified him. Tensai tried to run in again but was met by a big boot. Brain chop by Khali for the victory.

WINNER: Khali, at 1:24. Well, it was wisely kept short. They've featured Khali quite a bit lately, so I'm wondering if that's leading to something.

- Kane and Daniel Bryan wondered why Dr. Shelby would bring in Team Rhodes Scholars to antagonize them on Raw. Kane brought up Cody Rhodes’s mustache, and Bryan said he hates in when people’s facial hair gets out of control. Kane made a comment that Bryan took to mean he felt the same about his beard. They got into a “yes!/no!” argument when the camera panned to show Randy Orton next to them. Orton asked if they were going to act like second-graders or beat Team Rhodes Scholars. Kane replied, “both,” and walked off. Bryan told Orton they used to have anger issues like Orton until they went to Dr. Shelby. Bryan suggested they have a group hug after the match. “I’m not much of a hugger,” replied Orton in a nice, understated quote. “Not yet,” said Bryan, before walking away. That six-man match is next.

[Commercial Break]

3 – TEAM RHODES SCHOLARS & WADE BARRETT vs. RANDY ORTON & TEAM HELL NO

To continue an ongoing theme, there were no entrances for Rhodes Scholars OR Barrett. Rhodes and Orton began the match, but Orton quickly tagged out to Kane. Another quick tag, this time to Bryan, who flew off the top with a double axe-handle to Rhodes’s arm. Rhodes was able to make the tag to Damien Sandow before any more damage could be done. Sandow ran into a buzzsaw and seemed to sense it by ditching the ring very quickly after making the tag. The heels reassessed the situation on the outside as they went to break at 1:39 of the match.

[Commercial Break]

The show returned at 5:04 of the match, with Sandow putting the boots to Kane. JBL noted his shock that Kane would be the one isolated by the heels in this match. The Elbow of Disdain only got a one-count for Sandow at 5:40. Kane began to fight out of the heel corner, but ran right into an impressive Boss Man Slam from Barrett for a two-count. Orton made the tag and cleaned house. The match broke down and Rhodes, not the legal man, hit the Cross Rhodes on Orton. Sandow made the pin, but got only two. Kane broke it up and then dumped Rhodes out of the ring. Sandow got rid of Kane, only to turn around into an RKO.

WINNERS: Orton and Team Hell No, at 7:45. The finish came out of nowhere, almost as if part of the middle was edited out.

Daniel Bryan wanted a hug, but Orton turned to walk away and looked right at Kane. Kane extended his arms for a hug as well. He hugged an unwilling Orton, and Bryan joined the group from behind. Orton’s music played as Team Hell No celebrated. Orton eventually did his pose on the middle turnbuckle to celebrate as well. How did neither man end up getting RKO’d?

- Up next, revisiting the Rock Concert.

[Commercial Break]

- More outside shots from San Antonio.

- Mathews tossed it to clips of the Rock Concert from Raw. Forget clips…I think it was the whole segment.

- A graphic aired for Punk vs. Rock at the Royal Rumble. The announcers were shown at ringside, and they talked about that WWE Title match.

- In the main event tonight, Sheamus & Alberto Del Rio face Dolph Ziggler & The Big Show.

- The Miz came to the ring for a match. He’s in action next.

[Commercial Break]

4 – THE MIZ vs. PRIMO

Apparently, it was Rosa’s choice between Epico and Primo as for who was to face Miz. Primo made fun of the Flair strut after a knock-down of Miz. He also connected on a knee-lift to put Miz down. Primo mounted Miz and delivered left hand after left hand. Rear chin-lock with a body-scissors by Primo. The announcers talked about Miz being in the Royal Rumble match. Miz recovered but Primo gave him a double-thrust to the throat. Suplex and a float-over by Primo for a two-count. JBL brought up Primo’s Survivor Series showing. A nice nod like that every now and then gives those seemingly throw-away matches more importance. Miz rolled through a sunset flip and kicked Primo in the face. Corner clothesline from Miz, then a double axe-handle from the top rope. Epico got on the apron to distract prior to the Skull Crushing Finale. Primo took out Miz’s leg and tried a figure-four, but Miz kicked him off and into Epico (who was still on the apron). Miz locked in the figure-four for the submission win.

WINNER: Miz, via submission, at 5:43. I was surprised at the amount of offense given to Primo here. He looked good, and by virtue, the match was fun.

A few parts of the match were replayed.

- Alicia Fox and Layla were congratulating Kaitlyn for winning the Divas Championship. Layla seemed to be admiring the title a little too long while Kaitlyn and Fox were talking. Subtlety! Booker and Teddy Long walked up and talked about how proud of Kaitlyn they were. Long was even happy Kaitlyn’s win led to Eve quitting. Kaitlyn began her walk down the hallway for her match, which is next.

[Commercial Break]

5 – AKSANA vs. KAITLYN

No entrance for Aksana. They showed a bit of Kaitlyn’s match with Eve on Monday, as well as Eve quitting on WWE Active. You’d think Eve leaving would be a perfect time for Teddy Long to be the one to fire her, given all of her harassment of him previously. That seemed to be a no-brainer payoff, but then again, this is WWE. Waist-lock take-down by Kaitlyn, who spanked Aksana for good measure. Kaitlyn tried to climb to the top rope, but Aksana shoved her, sending Kaitlyn to the outside. Aksana with a few elbows to the collarbone. Aksana worked the left arm and shoulder of Kaitlyn. Aksana being dumped by Cesaro has turned out strangely, as she didn’t turn face from it and hasn’t been paired with another wrestler for revenge, two common storylines after an on-air break-up. As Aksana continued her low-impact offense, she began to argue with the ref. That gave Kaitlyn time to recover and hit the spear.

WINNER: Kaitlyn, at 3:30. Kaitlyn could really use some new theme music that better represents her character.

- A Mick Foley music video aired in honor of his upcoming Hall-of-Fame induction.

- Up next, we’ll hear from The Shield.

[Commercial Break]

- Mathews and JBL talked about Smackdown being the second-longest episodic television show in history, and this, the 700th episode.

- They showed The Shield advancing on Mick Foley on Raw, only for Ryback, Sheamus, and Randy Orton to make the save.

- From an undisclosed location, it was another Shield shaky-cam video. They talked about attacking Mick Foley for the broken bodies and dreams Foley has left behind in his wake, all of the young kids who tried to emulate Foley. This sounds like a version of the Ambrose vs. Foley “feud” that started around Wrestlemania last year. The group threatened Ryback, Orton and Sheamus during this video. “Believe in the Shield!” shouted Roman Reigns to close the video.

- Orton was shown watching on a monitor when Sheamus walked up. Sheamus said the Shield acts tough when they’re hiding in a random location. Sheamus apologized to Orton for not helping when the Shield attacked on Wednesday, but Orton assured Sheamus he doesn’t need his help. Orton turned his attention to the Rumble. He said he needs the win, and while Sheamus seems to have an answer for everything, he will have no answer for him.

- The Big Show walked to the ring for the main event. The finish of Del Rio vs. Show from last week was replayed again here. JBL called it, “one of the greatest matches I’ve ever seen.” The main event is next.

[Commercial Break]

6 – THE BIG SHOW & DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. SHEAMUS & ALBERTO DEL RIO

Dolph Ziggler had made his entrance to join Big Show. The babyfaces each received separate entrances. Ziggler missed a corner charge and Del Rio went to the second-rope for a moonsault. Dolph moved and the champ rolled through to stay on offense. Sheamus came in and ran right over Ziggler with a shoulder tackle. Standing vertical suplex by Sheamus for two. Ziggler finally was able to tag Big Show, who rained blows down upon Sheamus. After Sheamus was tossed to the outside, Langston tried to send Sheamus head-first into the ring post, but Sheamus stopped him. Man, Langston can’t do anything right. The ref threw Langston and A.J. Lee out. I guess they’ll just have to get their manager’s licenses. The match stalled while the ref dealt with the non-participants, and the show cut to break at 3:57.

[Commercial Break]

Sheamus made the tag upon return from break, and he went hard after Ziggler. He made the mistake of going to the top though, and Show saw his opening to push Sheamus off. Sheamus fell to ringside. Once back in the ring, Sheamus was easy pickings for Ziggler and Big Show. Sheamus almost made the tag after breaking away from Show, but Show gave him an elbowdrop to stop him. Sheamus fought back, but Show put him down with a sidewalk slam. Vader Bomb found the mark for two at 11:45. A second one missed, however. Del Rio finally made the hot tag and Ziggler bumped for him. Del Rio signaled for the cross arm-breaker, which he locked in. Show broke it up with a legdrop. Sheamus lifted Show and gave him White Noise. Del Rio gave Show an enziguri as Show recovered on the apron. Then Del Rio dumped a bucket of water on Big Show (not confetti as was the case Monday night). The ref was counting Show out, and Show just walked out.

WINNERS: Sheamus and Del Rio, via count-out, at 14:28.

The splash of water was replayed, then white, red and green balloons fell from the ceiling to continue the Fiesta Del Rio. Del Rio celebrated with the title to close things out.


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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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