Friday Night Smackdown -14th January 2011
Prudential Center – Trenton, New Jersey
Teddy’s Top Eight
Smackdown kicks off with general manager Teddy Long coming to the ring, he has a mic:
Long – “Last week, I announced details about Royal Rumble entrants, eight of the best Smackdown Superstars have been hand selected by me for their impressive performances in the last 12 months, the other superstars will have to win their qualifying matches which take places in the next 2 weeks. Now, without further ado, it’s time to announce my top eight who automatically get entered in the Royal Rumble, in no particular order :
Number 1 – A previous Royal Rumble winner and a former World Champion, The master of the 619 – Rey Mysterio
Number 2 – The world strongest athlete and former World Champion – The Big Show
Number 3 – a man whos made a big impact in a short time here on Smackdown – Alberto Del Rio
Number 4 – The former Intercontinental Champion – Kofi Kingston
Number 5 – The former World Champion, the all American American - Jack Swagger
Number 6 – The current Intercontinental Champion – M.V.P.
Number 7 – four time winner of the tag team championship – ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes
Number 8 – former Intercontinental Champion – Drew McIntyre
And in tonight’s main event, we’re gunna have an eight man tag team match; Kofi, Rey, Show and MVP against Alberto, Cody, Drew and Swagger. I believe the winner of the 2011 Royal Rumble is in that group of eight men, so don’t let me down”
I AM PERFECTION
Dolph Ziggler walks down the ramp, grabs a microphone and gets in Teddy Longs face.
Ziggler – "are you serious, you pick the top eight superstars on Smackdown to go straight into the rumble, and I’m not mentioned. In fact with Edge and Kane fighting for the world title, that means I’m not in your top ten. Now because of the magnitude of this omission, I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and put this down to human error or illness on your part. So if you banged your head this morning and your feeling about foggy about who everyone is, let me remind you. My name is Dolph Ziggler, I am a former Intercontinental Champion, and in 2 weeks time I’m going to win the Royal Rumble. As for who you replace me with, allow me to give you a helping hand, I mean Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston, there not in my league…”
Long – “Playa, there’s no mistake, you were omitted from the top eight on purpose. I saw your last week, walking around backstage cocky as anything I’ve ever seen, boasting to other superstars that you were in my top eight, then getting in the face of the World Heavyweight champion Edge, telling him you were the next big thing. I’m not a fan of arrogance, especially when you can’t back it up with results in the ring. You’ve had a terrible month losing your Intercontinental title to MVP and losing to Edge last week, and it’s unfair to the other superstars not to make you qualify. So tonight, in your Royal Rumble qualifier, your gunna take on…..Chavo Guerrero, holla holla”
Dolph Ziggler walks to the back with Teddy Long, arguing with him about having to qualify as Matt Striker and Todd Grisham run through tonight’s scheduled matches plus the return of the Cutting Edge as the World Champion is granted an interview with Paul Bearer.
Royal Rumble Qualifier
Kaval defeats Luke Gallows
After four fruitless months after moving to Smackdown, Kaval finally got his first win after putting away a man twice his size in Luke Gallows. Initially Gallows got some offense in on Kaval in the first few minute of the match, put after some impressive counters and vicious kicks, the match swung in Kaval’s favour. On seven minutes, Kaval locked in the ‘Dragon Clutch’ and Gallows submitted seconds later; Kaval will now make his Royal Rumble debut in 3 weeks time.
Royal Rumble Qualifier
Tyler Reks defeats Curt Hawkins
Pure squash match, Reks defeated Hawkins in under a minute finishing the match with his ‘burning hammer’
Dolph’s on his own
An angry and irritated Dolph Ziggler is pacing back and forth backstage, Vickie Guerrero enters the shot and shakes her head.
Vickie – “Dolph I’ve talked to Teddy Long about reconsidering making you qualify, but he won’t move on his decision, your going to have to fight Chavo.”
Dolph – “This is just ludicrous, M.V.P, Jack Swagger, Rhodes, McIntyre get in straight away, but I have to qualify. This is unfair treatment by Teddy Long; he’s got it in for me. You know what, this needs to be brought to the attention of Vince McMahon, either Teddy Long has got a vendetta against me, or he’s losing his mind and needs replacing, Vickie, your ten times the general manager he is"
Vickie – “Well thank you Dolph”
Dolph – “As for tonight, I’m not going to let Teddy Long stand in my way of my dream of winning the Royal Rumble, so I’m going to beat Chavo Guerrero tonight and qualify. With you by my side Vickie, there’s no way I’ll lose"
Vickie – “Actually Dolph, I don’t think I can accompany you to the ring tonight, I mean your facing my nephew, I don’t think I can cheer you on against a member of the Guerrero family.”
Dolph – “Oh I get it Vickie, blood is thicker than water, that’s fine, you stay backstage I don’t need you ringside. I’ll beat Chavo without breaking into a sweat. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get ready for my match"
Ziggler leaves as the cameras close up on Vickie looking conflicted and hurt by Dolph’s words
LayCool defeat Kelly Kelly and Rosa Mendes
LayCool were dominant in this tag team divas match, with Michelle McCool getting the pin on Rosa Mendes on 5 minutes with the ‘FaithBreaker’
After the match Michelle McCool grabbed a mic:
McCool – “In case people haven’t heard, we’re defending our Divas Championship against AJ Lee at the Royal Rumble. And after Layla successfully defended the title at TLC against Melina, this time I’ll be the one defending the title against AJ. And AJ, we’re going to pay you a little visit next week on Raw where Layla is going to have a match against you to see if your championship material. But I doubt your in our league, you may have won season 3 of NXT, but we’re flawless.”
Royal Rumble Qualifer
Dolph Ziggler defeats Chavo Guerrero
Dolph Ziggler was clearly sending a message to Teddy Long in this match, taking his time to hurt Chavo to show his offensive qualities rather than get a quick pin. On the 6th minute, Chavo began a spirited fightback, landing a few dropkicks and successfully hitting the ‘three amigos’ suplexes on Ziggler. But when Chavo went for the Frog Splash, Ziggler rolled out of the way, waited for Chavo to get back to his feet, and nailed him with the ‘Zig Zag’, 1, 2, 3.
Ziggler refused the arm raise by the referee and walked to the back without celebrating.
Camera shows World Heavyweight Champion Edge walking backstage preparing to come out for the Cutting Edge
The Cutting Edge with Paul Bearer
YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME
The World Champion Edge comes out to a great pop from the crowd; he enters the ring filled with the cutting edge set that we haven’t seen for a while, but there is one stool and one leather armchair. He takes a seat on a stool and talks to the crowd.
Edge – “Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m pleased to be bringing the Cutting Edge back to the WWE Universe, it’s always been an enjoyable part of my career, I like to give my opponents the opportunity to air their grievances with me. This interview was originally supposed to be with Kane, but he declined my kind offer, but I got the next best thing, his mentor and father, Paul Bearer, please give Paul a big hand folks"
Paul Bearer walks out to Kane’s music, Edge lifts the ropes for him to make it an easier entrance for him.
Edge – “Paul please take a seat”
Edge points to the leather armchair, Bearer sits down
Edge – “I got you that armchair especially for you Paul………….I didn’t think a man of your size would be comfortable on this high stool. Now obviously everybody wants me to talk about the world title match that’s happening at the Royal Rumble, but I can’t waste an interview with such a complex and interesting character on you without asking the question on everyone’s mind – what was Kane’s mother like?”
Bearer doesn’t say a word, just stares at Edge
Edge – “I only ask because you’re rather on the short side……..height wise that is, and Kane’s pretty tall. I’m not a doctor in genetics, but his mother must have been a very tall lady – perhaps she looked something like this”
The titontron shows an image of the woman from attack of the 50ft woman with a photoshopped version of Bearer standing beside her up to her ankles. The crowd like it, bearer doesn’t.
Bearer – “I’m amazed that the man who has the biggest fight of his career in a few weeks is in any position to make cheap jokes. You’re not the wisest Edge, because my son, the devils favourite demon, Kane can take your title away the easy way, or the painful way. I thought I’d agreed to do serious interview, I’m angered by your professionalism and Kane doesn’t like it when people make me upset.”
Edge – “OK, OK, just calm down there Paul, if you want a serious interview, that’s what will do. Tell me what are your thoughts regarding the World title match at the Royal Rumble”
Bearer – “My thoughts are that my son Kane will be crowned World Champion for the third time in his career, and there’s not a thing you can do to stop the big red machine. Edge – prepare to meet the instrument of your total destruction”
As Bearer finishes, Kane runs through the crowd and attacks Edge in the Ring. Edge tries to fight back, but Kane grabs him by the throat and chokeslams him. Kane throws Edge out of the ring, jumps out himself and starts to take apart the Spanish announcers table. Kane grabs Edge again and chokeslams him through the table. Kane and Paul Bearer marvel at their handywork as EMT’s arrive to Edge’s side, Kane begins to fight them off but security gets to Kane and tells Kane to leave as smackdown goes to a break.
Rey Mysterio, Big Show, Kofi Kingston and MVP defeat Alberto Del Rio, Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes and Jack Swagger
A fun main event to end this episode of Smackdown, with the face team of royal rumble hopefuls getting the better of the heels, who didn’t gel well as a team. Kofi started things off against Cody Rhodes, but Drew McIntyre tagged in after Cody hit a suplex and hit a suplex of his own on Kofi. This started a bit of conflict between Rhodes and McIntyre who continued to keep tagging themselves into the match, to prove they were the better wrestler. Swagger had seen enough of his team prating around and tagged himself in, going for the win, he locked in the ankle lock, but Kofi spun out of it and tagged in The Big Show. Swagger tried to keep the match on the ground using his amateur background, but Show was too strong and overpowered Swagger getting him into the corner and landing some punches and some splashes before tagging in MVP. MVP builds up some momentum with some running clotheslines and then a facebreaker knee smash followed by the ‘ballin elbow’, but only got a 2 count. Alberto tagged in at began to slow down MVP with a few kicks and german suplexes. On the ring apron however Cody and Drew were still arguing, the two superstars began exchanging punches outside the ring, leaving it 4 on 2 in the match. Alberto distracted by this had not realised that MVP had tagged in Big Show, and turned around into a KO punch by the world’s largest athlete. Mysterio begged for the tag in, Show agreed and Mysterio jumped onto the top rope and hit Del Rio with a diving splash for the three count.
Smackdown came off the air with the four faces celebrating in the ring, with security breaking up the fight between Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre. But with Kane’s ambush attack on Edge earlier in the night, is the World Heavyweight Title match at the Royal Rumble now in doubt?