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WWE Smackdown - *Spoilers* For 1/6/2012


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Here are the Spoilers for this week's Smackdown:

SmackDown! opens with a video package on the Wade Barrett/Randy Orton situation from last week.

 

Opener was the WWE Intercontinental Title bout between Champion Cody Rhodes and Booker T. Arena was really smoke filled due to the opening fireworks. Fans are on to clear the air and it is getting cold in the Verizon Arena!

 

Solid back and forth. Good near fall sequence ends when Rhodes catches Booker in the face with his springboard kick off the ropes and gets the pin to retain IC Title.

 

Commercial airs for RAW showcasing Chris Jericho's return and asking what Y2J will have to say this Monday night.

 

*Backstage Cody Rhodes runs into his brother Dustin. Cody tells Dustin that he has accomplished more than the former Goldust ever did and that he is about to surpass their father Dusty.

 

*Zack Ryder is shown in Teddy Long's office talking about being Teddy's assistant general manager. Teddy corrected Zack and said he was the assistant to the GM. Zack said as United States Champion he is too busy and mentioned recommending a replacement as Drew McIntyre walked in. Teddy questioned the recommendation and Zack said he does not recommend Drew as Santino Marella comes in. Dialogue back and forth with Santino reminding Teddy he was supposed to fire Drew for losing last week. Out of this a match is set up with Drew vs Santino. If Santino wins he will be the assistant and Drew is fired. If Drew wins Teddy will consider not firing him. Aksana enters as the others exit.

 

*In another vignette, AJ is talking to Alicia Fox as Daniel Bryan walks in. The divas were discussing Bryan's World Title defense against Big Show. Bryan seemed confident and asked AJ why she is friends with Fox.

 

*Hornswoggle beat Heath Slater in an over the top rope challenge. Slater attacked afterward and Justin Gabriel made the save.

 

*Hunico defeated Ted DiBiase.

 

*Wade Barrett comes out to give an update on Randy Orton's condition. He says Orton has a herniated disk in his back and will have to miss the Royal Rumble in Orton's hometown of St. Louis. Barrett talks about how he will win the 30 man Rumble and this brings out Sheamus. After a verbal exchange, Jinder Mahal comes out. Barrett leaves and it is Mahal and Sheamis face to face. Mahal slaps Sheamus. A brawl ensues and it ends up two on one with Barrett and Mahal against Sheamus. Sheamus gets the edge briefly before Barrett takes over and leaves. Mahal then put the camel clutch on Sheamus.

 

*A tale of the tape between Daniel Bryan and Big Show is shown.

 

*Santino Marella over Drew McIntyre with the Cobra.

 

*A video is shown of the WWE '12 video game with Michael Cole beating up Daniel Bryan and winning the World Title.

 

*Drew McIntyre is in Teddy Long's office asking for another chance. Teddy says tonight was strike two. (Note: I either misunderstood the stipulation or Long says strike two instead of the actual firing.) Next week could be strike three for Drew according to Long.

 

* In a non-title bout, Epico and Primo defeated WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne. Finishing sequence had Epico pull Primo out of the way of Bourne's shooting star press and then Primo got the pin.

 

* Big Show was being interviewed when Daniel Bryan. Animosity starts to show a little more in this one.

 

* A video advertises Sheamus vs Jinder Mahal for next week's SmackDown on the heels of the angle from earlier.

 

* Tamina defeated Natalya with the Superfly Splash.

 

* Mark Henry comes out to do commentary for the main event.

 

* In the main event, after Big Show broke up submission attempts Daniel Bryan went to the floor and talked smack to Mark Henry. Henry pushed Bryan to cause a disqualification. Bryan wins by DQ and retains the World Title to end the show with the champion kissing his title on the ramp.

It seems alright to it's about time the tag team champions are back on TV, even if they are losing again. Hopefully Primo and Epico are still with Rosa, and Hunico is still with his bodyguard as I'd like to seem them in a big stable. They don't seem to be turning Henry face which I feel great about, and maybe a Bryan cocky heel turn will get me into him a bit more. I wish they'd stop with the Hornswoggle and Santino crap though, they are both so shit.

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I thought last week Daniel Bryan made a good first step into heeldom with his interaction with Big Show and this reads like it will be fun. How the hell Jinder Mahal got any kind of push is bewildering and Hornswoggle should be killed off Poochie style.

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I enjoy SmackDown these days and this week was an alright episode which didn't suffer from the lack of Orton. - Opener between Booker/Rhodes was a nice little match. I like both buys and am really enjoying there feud thus far. It seems Goldust is gonna be introduced into the feud. Some how I'm getting the idea he will be wrestling as Dustin Rhodes.- Divas part of the show was shit. Video package for AJ looked shit aswell.- Barrett has been boss lately. Really coming across as a dominant heel and him taking down Sheamus made him seem pretty big.- Slater/Hornswoggle was an utter waste of time. Hornswoggle has been far too over used in the past few years and I've lost my patience especially now that he can speak. Slater though is a great worker and was nice to see Gabriel make the save.- I'm digging DiBiase these days hes improved and Hunico is great aswell. Not an amazing match between the two but good to see them both on telly.- McIntyre's move to SmackDown seems pretty odd. I hope he gets the win next week but either way I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to him.- Big Show/Henry have been quality. I'm sure we'll see Show stay face and Bryan turn heel. I hope so as I'm really not into Bryan as champion so far. Saying that I've never really been into him. He's still got a long way to win me over. Yes I've seen some of his 'ROH Classics' but still not buying into him.- The Rumble winner is easily gonna be Orton and if not him its gonna be Sheamus. Wouldn't mind either way as both guys have had a good year in 2011.

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Watching Smackdown last night, I thought it was a pretty good show. Rhodes and Booker had another good match, and like Twinn said, I can see Dustin getting involved at some point. I'm still living in hope of a one night reunion of Booker T and Goldust, now's the time for it to happen! There's a large part of me thinking Sheamus will be the man to win the Rumble, but Barrett will probably run him very close and be right in there at the end of the match.I have to say though, I'm starting to buy into Daniel Bryan. It's taken a bit of time, but him slowly becoming ever more cocky and thinking he's the greatest champion and wrestler ever could be brilliant if they go all out with it. He was getting some boos from the crowd when he was "celebrating with them" after retaining the title too, so some parts of the crowd are buying into a potential heel turn.I don't really watch Smackdown that often, but I'll definitely be keeping a much closer eye on it over the coming weeks.

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Why are people talking about a 'potential heel turn' for Daniel Bryan? He pretty much turned full-on heel on SmackDown and instantly became a far more entertaining character for it. I don't see how anyone could have watched the end of SmackDown and thought he was still a babyface champion?

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What?

I haven't seen Air Boom together in a Tag Team match for ages.I really enjoyed the show anyway, with the usual Divas/Hornswoggle filter on of course. Hunico's finisher was cool and interesting, the tag team match was really fun (Rosa is by far the hottest babe in all of wrestling today) and the main event was awesome. Mark Henry had me in tears of laughter as well, it's good to see a take no shit from anyone heel by him talking to a heel Michael Cole like he was a super over babyface. Bryan is so naturally annoying as well, so the evolution of his character reflects it really well and I'm loving it.
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I only bothered to watch the main event, because frankly the rest of the show looked like stuff you wouldn't even see on Superstars, but what a main event it was! Chickenshit Daniel Bryan has got legs as the champ and Mizark was great on commentary.

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