Friday Night Smackdown Review - 01/21/11
Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Ezekiel Jackson and Teddy Long segment
Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, & Ezekiel Jackson came out to Wade's music to start Smackdown. Wade's music has lyrics this time and it sounds pretty cool. Much better than his generic music last week. They introduced themselves... which I didn't like because people should know who they are by now! Introducing yourself at this point makes you look like a nobody. =\
Wade Barrett called the group, The Corre. Yes, that's the spelling. Two r's and not one. Wade said that he learned from his past mistakes when he was the leader of Nexus. Wade says that The Corre has no leader and that everyone in the group is just as important. I liked how Justin Gabriel described his finisher as the "sternum crushing" 450 splash. Heath Slater showed some personality by calling himself the "one-man rock band".
Anyway, Wade announced that all members of The Corre are in the Rumble. Teddy Long came out and told The Corre that this is Smackdown and not RAW. He said he's not the RAW GM and that he won't tolerate the destruction that Nexus did on RAW. Wade Barrett then said that Teddy is rude and that The Corre is different. Wade said The Corre will help Smackdown by representing them well in the Rumble. The Corre will also take Smackdown to "new places".
Alberto Del Rio then came out and told The Corre that Smackdown is his show and that it's his destiny to win the Royal Rumble. The Corre laughed at that statement but left the ring peacefully and allowed Alberto Del Rio to take the ring for his match.
R-Truth vs Alberto Del Rio
R-Truth is on Smackdown for no reason yet again.
This is pretty much the same match we've seen for 2-3 weeks now. Alberto Del Rio works on R-Truth's arm and eventually gets him to tap out to the cross armbreaker submission.
What made this match interesting was the fact that they kept cutting to a backstage segment involving Teddy Long. Well, apparently Teddy Long got attacked backstage and is unconscious. Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero was standing over Teddy screaming for help. What was especially interesting is that Michael Tarver of all people was right there asking for help!
So they kept cutting back and forth between the match and Teddy. A doctor or someone "texted" Michael Cole and told him that Teddy suffered severe trauma to the back of the head. After these segments, Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler went to Teddy's office and they see The Corre standing there smiling. They immediately denied attacking Teddy and offered to help Vickie. Since Vickie is now in charge of Smackdown she booked a match between Edge against any member of The Corre for the main event.
Final Result: Alberto Del Rio by submission.
Beth Phoenix vs Layla w/Michelle McCool
Useless info here but I have to point out that Michelle wore a really nice looking dress to the ring. Michael Cole spaced out at one point and didn't respond to Josh Mathews because he was staring at Michelle.
As for the match, Beth Phoenix pretty much dominated Layla and "swept" LayCool or so they said. Beth won with the Glam Slam.
Final Result: Beth Phoenix by pinfall.
Rey Mysterio vs Dashing Cody Rhodes
Random match thrown together here... which is fine I guess. Both of these guys will be in the Rumble. The match wasn't that long. Cody got in a little bit of offense but it was mostly Mysterio.
Rey eventually hit the 619 and it hit Cody in the face pretty hard. Cody immediately grabbed his nose and laid there on the mat for Rey Mysterio to hit the top rope splash and pinfall.
Final Result: Rey Mysterio by pinfall.
I'm not sure if the broken nose is a work or not. They had a doctor check on Cody's face in the ring and there was a backstage segment where the doctor told Cody his nose is indeed broken.
Non-title Amateur Wrestling Challenge: Jack Swagger vs Kofi Kingston (Intercontinental Champion)
During the Smackdown tapings, they did a segment for the crowd in Oklahoma that involved Jim Ross. Basically they had Swagger insult JR or something to get the crowd to boo him for TV. Apparently WWE was afraid that Jack's hometown crowd would cheer for him and boo the IC Champ Kofi. Talk about no confidence in Kofi Kingston's charisma.
The Amateur Wrestling Challenge was retarded. Then again, I'm not a fan of Amateur wrestling so I don't quite understand it. Basically, Swagger dominated Kofi Kingston but Kofi got a bunch of points for "getting up" and Kofi eventually took down Swagger towards the end. Swagger won with the final score of 10-9 so he got pissed about winning by such a small margin.
Final Result: Jack Swagger wins.
Kofi Kingston then becomes a sore loser and attacks Jack Swagger and hits him with the Trouble in Paradise. Isn't that unusual for a face to behave?
What was hilarious was that Kofi Kingston was celebrating this attack and Josh Mathews said something like, "The fans are loving Kofi Kingston and what he did to Jack Swagger!". Michael Cole then said, "What the hell are you talking about? Kofi lost the match!" Matt Striker just sat there and laughed. It was pretty funny to see these guys go back and forth so much.
Drew McIntyre vs Trent Barreta
Wow. Trent Barreta is appearing weekly on Smackdown. I like this a lot. Cole still gives Barreta zero credit here because he keeps saying Drew will kill him. Cole was right though, because Drew killed him.
McIntyre won with a nice top rope superplex. It wasn't any normal superplex, this one was done with force and it made Drew McIntyre look strong.
Final Result: Drew McIntyre by pinfall.
After the match, Drew continued his assault on Trent until Kelly Kelly made the save. She too, wore a very nice looking dress.
Kelly Kelly went to check on Trent Barreta and told Drew to stop bothering her. She told Drew to leave and he eventually did since he likes her.
Again, I really like where they're going with this story. It's giving Drew, Kelly, AND Trent something to do. All the while making Drew look strong and Trent looks like a up-and-comer with potential. If I had a decision in this story, I would have Kelly Kelly manage Trent Barreta for awhile. Then you can have Trent defeat people like JTG, Curt Hawkins, Chris Masters, Chavo Guerrero (unfortunately), Tyler Reks, and maybe even Kane to make him look good. Then you can have Kelly Kelly turn heel or something and go with Drew McIntyre which will propel him into the title picture. Just a thought.
The Miz, Alex Riley, & Edge segment
The Miz and A-Ri came out for no reason. The Miz showed a clip on the beatdown of Randy Orton on RAW. Edge then came out and said he's sick and tired of having RAW superstars on Smackdown. So true though because this brand extension is useless if they don't follow the rules.
The Miz and Edge will face each other in a Champion vs Champion match on RAW. Edge told The Miz to get out of his ring and The Miz did just that. Alex Riley took his time leaving and went to attack Edge but got Speared.
Edge (World Heavyweight Champion) vs Justin Gabriel
Edge was already in the ring when The Corre came out. All four of them entered the ring and then they decided that Gabriel will fight Edge.
This was a good match and I love what Justin Gabriel brings to the table. It's refreshing to see him face Edge and not John Cena. Oh yeah, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero were ringside for commentary.
The end came when Edge looked like he had the upper hand. Wade Barrett distracted the ref and Ezekiel Jackson gave Edge a huge clothesline. Justin Gabriel covered Edge and got the pinfall victory.
Final Result: Justin Gabriel by pinfall.
After the match, The Corre attacked Edge. Heath Slater used his finisher. Wade Barrett picked up Edge and gave him the Wasteland. Justin Gabriel finished it with the "sternum crushing" 450 splash.
The Corre left the ring and Dolph Ziggler came in. He stepped on Edge and posed to end the show.
Very decent episode of Smackdown. Only 1 more week left until the Rumble. Can't wait!
Only 3 matches are announced still... they're going to have to add some matches to the card!
40 Man Royal Rumble
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Edge (C) vs Dolph Ziggler
WWE Championship Match: The Miz (C) vs Randy Orton
Here are the list of the participants so far:
1 - Alberto Del Rio
2 - Dashing Cody Rhodes
3 - R-Truth
4 - Rey Mysterio
5 - John Cena
6 - CM Punk
7 - David Otunga
8 - Husky Harris
9 - Michael McGillicutty
10 - King Sheamus
11 - Daniel Bryan
12 - John Morrison
13 - Ted DiBiase
14 - Mark Henry
15 - Darren Young
16 - David Hart Smith
17 - Primo
18 - Tyson Kidd
19 - William Regal
20 - Yoshi Tatsu
21 - Zack Ryder
22 - Wade Barrett
23 - Heath Slater
24 - Justin Gabriel
25 - Ezekiel Jackson
Talk about lopsided... they used to do 15 RAW/15 Smackdown or 10 RAW/10 Smackdown/10 ECW. However, they have not announced if it'll be 20 RAW and 20 Smackdown either.. so expect more RAW superstars in the Rumble.