WWE SmackDown Spoilers: Results and Analysis for March 8 Edition
WWE taped this week's episode of WWE SmackDown from the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.
The two big matches of the night were Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler and Big Show vs Sheamus.
Kane and Daniel Bryan faced Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater, and Ryback and Mark Henry were also both in action.
Full spoilers of the show below, so if you don't want some surprises on your Friday night read no further!
Spoilers courtesy of WrestleZone.com.
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter kick the show off with a promo that's interrupted by Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio shows a clip of he and Ricardo Rodriguez doing a parody video of Colter and Swagger's "We The People" clips.
Team Hell No vs Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater
Team Hell No defeat the two members of 3MB after Bryan caught Slater with the No-Lock and made him tap.
This is Kane and Daniel Bryan's second tag team victory of the week, perhaps WWE have nixed the plan for a break-up?
That's a possibility, but it's far more likely that creative are getting the two stars back on the same page to make their inevitable implosion less predictable and more shocking.
Ziggler, with Big E Langston and AJ Lee, is interviewed by Matt Striker. Dolph says that he'll make history tonight by beating Del Rio. After the interview he gets some cheap heat via a kiss from AJ.
Ryback is in action next, and while he's walking backstage he has another non-verbal confrontation with Mark Henry.
Damien Sandow vs Ryback
Sandow gets the "no entrance" treatment but cuts a short promo before the match about how Darwin's Theory of Evolution forgot about his opponent. He was beaten in around 3 minutes by that same opponent after Ryback hit Shell Shocked.
Fandango vignette was aired, promoting his debut tonight.
Matt Striker interviews Big Show about his being attacked by The Shield on Monday after Raw went off the air. Show blames Orton and Sheamus for being attacked, and says he'll take care of Sheamus later tonight.
Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler
Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler with the Cross Armbar in what was described as an excellent match.
During the match Big E chased Ricardo around the ring and tried to throw water at him but it went all over AJ instead, who then chased Ricardo around the ring as well. AJ and Big E were both ejected.
This match was set up by last week's "Social Media SmackDown", so I suppose we've got the fans to blame for Ziggler suffering what feels like his 100th consecutive loss to Alberto Del Rio.
The Show Off is on a devastating losing streak, hopefully he scores some big wins soon.
AJ is drying off from her tragic water attack and is approached by Daniel Bryan. Bryan mocks her, noting how he actually was world champion, unlike her current boyfriend. She retorts that he managed to lose the title in 18 seconds, though he should be used to things only lasting 18 seconds.
AJ Lee, keeping it classy.
Mark Henry vs Yoshi Tatsu
Yoshi Tatsu has been learning English to give himself a better shot at superstardom in the WWE. It hasn't quite payed off yet, as he was quickly squashed by the World's Strongest Man and his World's Strongest Slam.
Tamina vs Kaitlyn
Tamina defeated Kaitlyn after some involvement from Layla.
Not terrifically exciting, but after the match Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow are discussing Kaitlyn backstage. Sandow says that she's from an inferior gene pool, but isn't bad.
Looks like not only will the Rhodes Scholars reform, but they'll get a third member and possibly (hopefully?) create a faction.
Justin Gabriel vs Fandango
Lillian couldn't pronounce Fandango's name right so he refused to compete.
WWE typically debut news stars after WrestleMania, so it's likely that we'll first see Fandango in action on April 8th.
Sheamus vs Big Show
The match ended in a no contest when The Shield attacked Sheamus.
Randy Orton ran in to help Sheamus, and Big Show came to their aid and the three cleared out the ring of The Shield. Big Show then hit Sheamus with a WMD, but was then himself hit with an RKO from Orton to end the show.
WWE are obviously beginning an angle that will see Big Show, Orton and Sheamus team together to take on The Shield at WrestleMania. The dynamic of two super-babyfaces working with a top heel is interesting, and should lead to a fun match at the Showcase of Immortals.
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