WWE Fantasy: Friday Night SmackDown, Jan. 20
This is the 14th edition of Fantasy Friday Night SmackDown.
For those who are not up to date yet, check out the 13th episode here.
For those further behind, I will post a full list of episodes at the end of the article to help those who missed a week.
Check out this week's edition of Raw here.
Also, check out the new third show, NXT, which will serve as a complete two hour show and third show supplement brand here.
Remember to rate the show at the end out of 10, i.e. "8/10," as this is a competition of SmackDown (Kevin Berge) vs. Raw (Will Owen and Michael Broughton). Also, there will be voting details at the end of the show that pertain to the next Fantasy PPV for those who have not yet voted.
I am sorry that this is out so late. Also, the matches will in general be snippets of important spots this week rather than full contests due to time constraints.
Now, on to the show.
The intro rolls, then we are treated to a recap for last week.
John Cena is coming out to the ring, and he grabs a microphone and a steel chair. He calls out Dolph Ziggler who doesn't come out several times.
He sets down his steel chair only to be taken out from behind by Ziggler. Ziggler beats him down with the steel chair and grabs the mic, stepping up and sitting down on the chair.
Ziggler shoots on Cena until they almost agree to face off at the Royal Rumble when Michael Cole comes out to try to stop them. They end up deciding to fight at the Rumble in an unsanctioned match.
Cole is freaking out as the two glare each other down. Green Day then plays.
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As pyros fly and Matt Striker and Josh Matthews introduce us to the show, music begins playing having the crowd confused until they see Michael Cole walk out from the back in suit and tie and the titantron shows Cole's name as SmackDown General Manager.
He walks down to the ring with a smug grin, and the crowd gives him heavy heat as he grabs a microphone and gets in the ring.
Cole: "Cut my music. (it stops) Can I have your attention, please? (boos and what chants echo) As acting general manager of Friday Night SmackDown, it is my job to keep order in a sea of arrogant and self-centered people who all hold to their own agenda.
"I have been trying to keep this show alive and exciting for you people because I am a business man. At my heart, I will not let personal judgment cloud my decisions. The same cannot be said for others in that back locker room. Some would seek to ruin my show. And I will not have any of that. As SmackDown General Manager, I order Dolph Ziggler to come out to this ring right now!"
There is a pause, and music hits. The crowd goes wild as Triple H, acting COO of WWE, makes his way out from the back in a suit and tie and heads to the ring. He looks annoyed.
Striker: "This is the first time the COO of WWE, HHH, has been on SmackDown with Cole in charge. I am interested to see what he has to say about this chaos."
Cole: "Um... sir, I... don't see what you are doing her..."
HHH grabs the microphone out of Cole's hand who immediately backs up in fear.
HHH: "Shut up! I am not here to hear your excuses. This show lately is a mess. Do you understand how much of a disgrace this show is lately? Your side of the Rumble is a mess. You have a match booked between Daniel Bryan and Kurt Angle where both men are injured and could miss the event.
"Your champion is being laid out and abused on a weekly basis with tireless accusations coming his way, and you have two employees who you refuse to let fight. So, I'm here to end this stupidity. Dolph Ziggler! Get out here! NOW!"
Dolph Ziggler hits the ring with a look of cold calculation. After he has paced back and forth on the ramp, he smiles at both men in the ring.
HHH: "Ziggler, you want to fight Cena in an unsanctioned match. Cole here will not get in your way. In fact, you both will be allowed to fight with a referee there to stop the brawl when he sees that the contest must end. But be warned, you are still expected to compete in the Rumble later that night.
"Don't you dare embarrass my company by no showing that spot. I don't care if you and Cena break each other's necks. I will not have my match be one man short. Oh, but don't go yet. You and Cena need to settle things nine days from now, but tonight I need you two to do me a favor.
"See, a young team came up to me on my way into the arena, and they asked for an opportunity. As COO, I told them that had their chance. Tonight, they wrestle in the main event to prove their worth. If they win, they both get into the Rumble.
"You and Cena will face them, together. If you two win, you get to choose your spot in the Rumble, Ziggler. Now, you can leave."
Ziggler scowls at him looking ready to storm the ring for Triple H disrespecting him. Instead, Ziggler leaves, and HHH and Cole stand in the ring alone.
HHH: "Cole, tonight and next week, I will be here analyzing everything. This is my company, and I will not have you ruin it. Now, let's get this night going right."
He drops his mic, and the tag team champion Air Boom take to the ring. They are going to defend their championships next.
Match 1: Air Boom (c) vs. Fortunate Americans: Tag Team Title Match
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We return with the tag team champions in the ring. Their opponents Jack Swagger and Ted DiBiase then hit the ring. Jimmy Uso is with them as they head down to the ring with confidence.
The two get in the ring, and all four men stare down. DiBiase and Kofi decide to start as the bell rings.
The heels take advantage in the early goings, isolating Kofi. After several minutes, Kofi hits a big enzuigiri which gives him enough time to tag in Bourne who cleans house.
Bourne and DiBiase have a good series together countering move for move. DiBiase's attempt at a half nelson backbreaker is reverses into a hurricanrana. When Bourne goes for a standing moonsault, DiBiase gets his knees up and follows up with an inverted atomic drop.
DiBiase goes for a running clothesline only for Bourne to catch him for a headscissors takedown which DiBiase reverses into a high angle facebuster. With that, DiBiase takes control. The heels dominate the action though Air Boom gets occasional tags and hot runs.
In the waning moments of the match, Swagger hits a shoulderbreaker and then goes for the Swagger Bomb. Kofi ducks out of the way and then goes for Trouble in Paradise. Swagger ducks it and grabs Kofi running him into Swagger's team corner.
Uso gets on the apron to distract the referee as Swagger sets up the finishing tag team move between the two stars, the Fortunate Bomb. However, Bourne runs in and hits a running dropkick on DiBiase who falls out of the ring.
Swagger has Kofi up, but Bourne kicks him in the right knee allowing Kofi to power out and hit the Trouble in Paradise. Bourne hits Air Bourne on the knocked out Swagger, and Kofi covers for three.
Tony Chimel: "The winners of this match and still tag team champions, the team of Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne, Air Boom." (Time of contest: 14:10)
The tag team champions celebrate in the ring as the challengers are holding their heads in pain, and Uso is yelling at them. We head to commercial break.
Backstage Interview: CM Punk
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CM Punk is backstage being interviewed by Scott Stanford.
Stanford: "Punk, there are a lot of accusations going around lately about your possible involvement in three separate attacks on in ring talent in WWE. Would you like to make a statement?"
Punk: "No. I shouldn't need to. This whole thing is crazy, and you know what I'll deal with it tonight, in the ring."
Stanford: "Have you heard that Jeff Hardy will be here tonight?"
Punk: "What? Um... good, when he gets here, I'll meet him in the ring. He can tell you all how I didn't take him out. I've never attested to being a great person, but I don't take a guy out from behind. Anyone who thinks I did doesn't really know me."
Stanford: "Punk, so you are saying that you did not attack Hardy, Daniel Bryan, or Kurt Angle even when you could have had clear motives for each attack."
Punk: "You know how I love to talk but not now. I'm taking this to the ring, once Jeff gets here."
Punk walks off as we cut to ringside.
Match 2: The Miz vs. Zack Ryder (w/ John Morrison)
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The Miz makes his way down the ramp with a microphone in hand.
Miz: "Really? Really, Punk? You keep talking, but you keep ignoring me. The man who has beaten you down, brutalized you, and spilled your blood all over this arena. You know what? I don't care. It doesn't matter how much you ignore me. As I'll prove tonight, nobody beats me especially not twice.
"I'll win this match in record time, and then I'll go on to the Royal Rumble where I will become the two-time WWE Champion. Because I'm the Miz, and I'm... awesome."
He is in the ring at this point, and he drops the mic. Zack Ryder comes down the ring accompanied by John Morrison who plans to give him backup. Ryder gets in the ring, and Miz and Ryder face off. The bell then rings.
This match is fast paced from the start. Miz tries to keep things methodical, but Ryder throws him off with running moves off the ropes. He also ducks up a big boot attempt to come back around and hit a dropkick.
Ryder's need to play to the crowd though hurts him. As he sets up a legdrop too long with the crowd, Miz takes Ryder out with a discus punch.
Miz uses his advantage to hit a series of slams and signatures leading to near the end. Ryder hits the Broski Boot, but Miz moves out the way. The shot gets the foot of Ryder stuck enough fro Miz to come and pull Ryder out with his own power for the Skull Crushing Finale.
Tony Chimel: "The winner of this match, The Miz." (Time of contest: 8:29)
Miz taunts the hurt Ryder and Morrison at ringside even the cameraman and audience getting good heat. The show then heads to commercial break.
Match 3: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. ?: Intercontinental Title Match
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Cody Rhodes comes out with his mask still on and the Intercontinental Title on his shoulder with a scowl getting into the ring and calling for a microphone.
Rhodes: "Oh, WWE. You are a fickle company, aren't you? You hide behind your rules and pretend that you have control. But is there any need for me to really defend this belt tonight? There's no one left. You might as well just accept that I'm moving on and moving up... after I win the Royal Rumble.
"Tonight, give me any opponent, and I will win. I could wrestle CM Punk right now and still win. So who am I facing? No one seems to want to tell me."
He waits in the ring. Suddenly, Triple H hits the ring, causing a big pop, and Rhodes to back up a bit. He comes out in a suit and tie as he was dressed earlier in the night though with a mic in hand.
HHH: "Cody, I'm not here to wrestle you. I'm here to tell you who will be facing you tonight. Michael Cole back there didn't have an opponent, so I had an idea. SmackDown admittedly has a lot of talent on all levels, and there was one star that stood out as deserving a chance, so good luck."
Suddenly, a school bell seems to ring, and music hits. No one is coming out, but a few people recognize the entrance music especially Matt Striker sitting at the commentary table. He looks confused. It's his music.
HHH: "Striker, here's your chance. You want one more opportunity, get in there and face the Intercontinental champion."
Striker gets up arguing that he is not in fitting wrestling gear, but HHH doesn't budge. Striker takes off his suit and tie, and he gets into the ring in clothes ready to wrestle any way he can. The bell then rings.
Striker's lack of ring attire hurts him the early going as he tries to hit a big boot, but his pants wrench him back. Rhodes takes control of much of the match strong kicks.and headlocks.
Only late does Striker really get more than a few moves of offense in succession. A missed moonsault leads a gory bomb by Striker and a fujiwara armbar. He lets up as Rhodes gets to the ropes, but Striker meets him when he gets up with necksnap.
Rhodes and Striker are fighting on the outside, and Striker has to roll in to stop the count. Rhodes gets up on the apron with Striker pulling him up and over and hitting a rope hung swinging neckbreaker.
Striker goes an inverted overdrive, but his pants get caught which gives time for Rhodes to battle out and hit the Beautiful Disaster quickly followed by Cross Rhodes which gives three.
Tony Chimel: "The winner of this match and still Intercontiental Champion, Cody Rhodes." (Time of contest: 10:10)
Rhodes grabs his title and forces the referee to raise his hand in triumph as Striker rolls out of the ring, disappointed and hurt. Then the show heads to commercial break.
In Ring Segment: The Peep Show
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We return to Christian with his Cruiserweight Championship around his waist making his way down to the ring with his full set up for his Peep Show with a coach and a flame striped lounge chair. He has a microphone and gets to standing in the ring.
Christian: "Welcome the return of the biggest show in sports entertainment... The Peep Show. I know, I know, it's been a long time, but I have decided give you in attendance here in Tucson, Arizona the grandest present in sports entertainment: the return of the greatest show WWE has ever witnessed.
"Tonight, I have business to attend to. As you all know, there has been some turmoil in the Cruiserweight division. People are being attacked, injured, and, as the division's champion, I felt it was my duty to set things straight. Tonight, I have three guests, so let me call out the first.
"He is a rookie looking to make a name for himself, a star who just who just last week unfortunately suffered a grade three sprain in his right arm. He is the son of a WWE Hall of Famer. He is Richie Steamboat!"
Richie Steamboat comes out to Dragonforce's Through The Fire and Flames. He has a cast on his right arm, and he looks angrily toward Christian.
He gets in the ring and grabs a microphone set up on a table in front of the couch with his left arm.
Christian: "Please, sit down." He motions toward the couch which Steamboat warily moves toward, sitting down upon while Christian sit down in the chair next to it.
Christian: "Richie, you haven't been in the business for long, but many think you're making a big impact so far. It's a shame to see you get injured so soon. Why don't you... walk us through your decisions that lead to you to this injury?"
Christian: "It's painfully obvious when you look back that your own recklessness caused this injury. Now, why don't you tell everyone why you were reckless?"
Richie: "Christian, with all due respect, because no matter what you say I do respect you for what you've done in this business over the years, you know as well as I do that this injury wasn't my fault. It was because one wrestler decided to get a little too physical. After I beat him."
Christian: "It sounds pretty doesn't it? To say it's not your fault. To say that it was all somebody else's fault. But you're a rookie, and you don't understand this business yet, do you? When you get injured, it's your own fault."
Richie: "Look, I don't see the point of this. This isn't about my injury. All these people in attendance know that you're scared of me. Why else would you decide to have an open title match after my contest? You were ready challenge anybody except me. Next time, I won't be injured."
Christian: "Good rookie mentality, keep that drive. For the record, I'm not scared of anyone. I am a World Champion, and I am better than all of you people in this division of yours. But let's move on to that injury. You were attacked by Sin Cara last week. Let's see what happened exactly."
A recap is shown for last week with highlights from the match between Sin Cara Negro and Steamboat and the post match attack on Steamboat's arm with Sin Cara Azul coming out to save Steamboat.
Christian: "Now, let me introduce our second guest. He is a mystery under a black guise. From Mexico City, this man is one of the two who claim to be Sin Cara."
The crowd lightly gives heat as Sin Cara Negro enters the arena. He makes his way down to the ring, and he enters with gusto. He then grabs a mic that was set up on the table as Christian stands up as well as Steamboat.
Christian: "It's gave you... um... should I just call you Sin Cara?"
Negro: "Mi nombre no importa. I am Sin Cara, but you call me whatever. No me interesa."
Christian: "Could you enlighten us all as to why you attacked young Richie here?"
Negro: "Que es un peón. No es nada para mi. I don't have a beef with him. He was just my example. Just a symbol to that masquerader, impostor."
Sin Cara Azul hits the ring suddenly and runs down the ramp going right after Negro. As they brawl on the mat, Christian backs away, and Richie tries to get involved with his one good hand. He tries to pull Azul off.
He manages to get him, but Azul isn't too happy about it elbows Richie hard in his right shoulder. Richie falls to the floor in pain. Azul doesn't even notice as he and Negro just keep battling as Christian walks out of the ring and security try to get into the ring. We cut to commercial in the chaos.
Match 4: Sara Del Rey vs. Eve
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Death Rey comes out with Kharma at her heels. Rey gets in the ring and awaits her opponent. She gets decent heat.
Eve Torres comes out with her usual grin and gets into the ring. Her smiles quickly fades as she looks into the eyes of Rey. The bells rings.
Eve gets an immediate advantage off a fake followed by a spinning neckbreaker. She uses a few strong kicks to keep Rey down, and she tries to keep up the pressure. She goes for a standing moonsault, but Rey cuts her at the leg.
From that point on, it seems to be entirely Rey's match. She beats on Eve with strong kicks and a sequence of suplexes, but she can't get a pinfall.
She keeps close pressure until Eve reverses a fallaway slam into a headscissors submission hold. Rey will have none of it though as she hits a Samoan Drop, and then she pulls in Eve for the Royal Butterfly. She gets an easy three count.
Tony Chimel: "The winner of this match, Death Rey." (Time of contest: 6:16)
Rey and Kharma don't waste a second. They walk off and leaves for the backstage area as Eve is slow to rise. We then cut to commercial break.
Match 5: Santino Marella vs. Brodus Clay
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Santino Marella this week looks incredibly focused as comes out to the ring. He has Big Show by his side as Santino enters the ring with the crowd on his side.
Then the monster Brodus Clay hits the arena. He makes his way down without even cracking a smile until he gets in the ring then he looks over at Santino and smiles with complete confidence. The two circle as the bell rings.
Clay is immediately dominant. He hits a series of power moves and avalanches for added pressure; however, Santino stays in the contest even though he is unable to get a solid offense going.
Every arm drag or jawbreaker attempt by Santino is shut down and squashed.
Clay hits a huge falling powerslam then goes for his fisherman buster for the win; however, here Santino finds an opening as he pulls out and latches on a triangle choke.
Clay has trouble getting out, finally finding the ropes with Santino going after him with a punching combination and an STO. He can't get three though.
Just as Santino is going for a clothesline, Clay catches Santino only for the whole move to be reversed into a roll up for a three count just barely.
Tony Chimel: "The winner of this match, Santino Marella." (Time of contest: 8:53)
Santino celebrates happily in the ring as Show gets in the ring warding off an angry Clay. Clay rolls out of the ring completely aggravated. We cut to commercial break.
In Ring Segment: Jeff Hardy
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We return as the arena is more or less quiet. Then Jeff Hardy hits the ring to a huge reaction from the crowd. He looks extremely angry, and he spends little time with the crowd, almost immediately making his way quickly to the ring and grabbing a mic. He then gets in the ring.
Hardy: "Punk, I don't time for pleasantries or any talking just get out here and explain to me why you attacked me... NOW!"
CM Punk enters to a good reaction though a bit confused with some not sure what to do. Punk doesn't taunt or play to the crowd at all, and he already has a microphone in hand. He walks all the way into the ring to face Hardy while he talks.
Punk: "I don't know what you saw or what you remember, but I didn't attack you. Why would I attack you? I have nothing against you, Jeff. You can come back for one night stints all you want. I don't care."
Hardy: "Someone in your attire, that short, those stupid arm bands, attacked me. He even hit your GTS. Who else besides you would have acted that way?"
Punk: "Oh... great.... You haven't been around recently, but... Ambrose! I don't know what you are thinking, but get out here now!"
There is a lull in the crowd then the lights go out. Dean Ambrose then hits the ring with a dull glow of light around his passage to the ring with a hoodie on over his head. With Miseria Cantare playing, he walks down to the ring and gets inside.
The lights go up, and he pulls back his hood. He motions toward Punk to give him his microphone so that he can speak. Punk gives it to Ambrose, and he mouths "thank you" to Punk as he slowly turns toward Hardy.
He looks down at his mic then looks up in disgust at Hardy and bashes him in the skull with the microphone. He beats on him with the metal as Hardy is down. He turns the cube section of microphone to a corner, and she tries to rip at Hardy's eye with that corner of the metal until Punk gets involved.
He tries to pull Ambrose off, wrenching the microphone out of his hands. Ambrose almost punches Punk then he pulls back. He glares at Punk, and then he smiles. He slowly walks to the back walking backwards smiling. Punk looks on with disgust checking on Hardy as we cut to commercial.
Main Event: Dolph Ziggler and John Cena vs. Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins
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As we return, Dolph Ziggler is first out to a strongly mixed reaction edging on boos. He gets in the ring awaiting his partner.
John Cena is out next to a crazy crowd who boos him loudly and cheers him just as loudly. He stays out of the ring circling to the back area near the commentary booth.
Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks come out with a confident swagger. They look down upon their opponents and head for the ring. They both get in the ring with Hawkins moving out. Reks and Ziggler start after Cena gets on the apron and the bell rings.
The match early is incredibly solid tag team work though only Hawkins and Reks can get in double team moves with Cena and Ziggler tagging in or tagging partners in aggressively.
Right before a commercial break, a quick tag by Ziggler to Cena leads to both being booted out of the ring by Reks.
When it returns, Hawkins and Reks begin a solid heel strategy of isolating Cena. They work over him until Cena reverses a gutbuster into fisherman suplex and tags in Ziggler. Ziggler and Hawkins have an interesting series of moves where they trade shots: a droppkick for a back kick to the skull, spinning spinebuster for an inverted body slam, and a Russian legsweep for a bridging German.
In the final stretch, Cena is in the ring with Hawkins. He hits a series of shoulder blocks then hits the five knuckle shuffle which Reks breaks up the three count for. As the ref tries to regain control, Ziggler attacks his partner from behind with the Zig Zag. Hawkins crawls over to cover and wins.
Tony Chimel: "The winners of this match, the team of Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks." (Time of contest: 19:46)
John Cena is annoyed about taking the pinfall loss. Hawkins and Reks exit, celebrating outside the ring. Ziggler comes in and passes by Cena. Ziggler is walking and about to exit when Cena hits him hard to the back of the neck with the clothesline.
Cena throws Ziggler into the corner and starts stomping on Ziggler then Cena chokes Ziggler with his boot, not letting up. After about ten seconds of pleading by the referee to stop which saw Ziggler being strangled by Cena, Cena realizes his position and lets up.
He looks down at his hands and feet, legitimately frazzled. Ziggler slowly gets to feet grinning and stretching out his neck back and forth.
Cena looks disgusted that Ziggler would be acting so carefree about the attack, and he gets out of the ring and leaves still conflicted as the show ends.
And the Credits Roll!
And that's the end.
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