Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to my weekly Main Event and SmackDown recap list. I always appreciate my loyal readers, but for those of you who are new, each week I recap SmackDown with a long list.
The entries are in the style of a live blog and made up of equal parts observations, humor, recap, play-by-play, revelations, speculations, questions, answers and anything else I notice during the show. I sometimes comment on commercials, too, just because I get bored during them.
I try to interject some fun into these lists, so I hope you have fun reading this week's list of the things we learned, loved and hated from the show.
Rate The Undertaker vs. Dean Ambrose from 1-5 stars
1. You can tell from a sign saying "Hi Mum" that we are still in the UK tonight.
2. JBL welcomes us to Main Event and he introduces himself as still being a wrestling God.
3. Ha! A pound with a pence. Good line.
4. JBL shows us some clips of Sheamus and Mark Henry feuding recently.
5. Some of those backstage attacks were downright hilarious-looking.
6. JBL brings out Henry, who gets some good heat if this isn't edited.
7. Henry seems pissed at JBL despite the fact that JBL is putting him over.
8. JBL starts yelling "That's what you do" and Henry accuses him of making fun of him.
9. JBL says he is honored just to be in the same ring with Henry.
10. Henry proposes he takes on two Superstars tonight and JBL likes the idea, but he says we saw that on SmackDown already.
11. Henry gets upset when JBL puts over Big Show and then he says he will fight three Superstars.
12. JBL says Henry could finally get the respect he deserves if he faces four Superstars in a gauntlet match.
13. Henry tells JBL to get out of the ring so he can face his four Superstars.
14. I like gauntlet matches. It does a good job of putting a Superstar over.
15. Of course, the four guys who will lose to Henry will all look weak, but they probably won't be main eventers anyway.
16. We return from break to see Henry taking on one of the Usos.
17. Jimmy Uso runs right into Henry and gets knocked down to the mat.
18. Henry hits a big boot before picking up Uso and dropping him with the World's Strongest Slam for the pin and the win.
19. Jey is his second opponent and he tries to get the early advantage, but Henry lays him out.
20. Henry hits a big headbutt before he makes Jey look at his brother being helped up the ramp.
21. Jey gets out of the WSS and hits a kick to the head of Henry to knock him down.
22. He ends up getting a near fall on Henry before Henry shoves him straight up into the air.
23. Jey struggles to get up before being nailed with the WSS to give Henry two in a row.
24. Henry scream "That's two" at JBL, who replies with a nervous-looking thumbs up as we head to a break.
25. Why is nobody trying to put JBL in a movie or TV show? He is so quick and has some pretty funny facial expressions form time to time.
26. Wow! They just advertised Undertaker vs. Dean Ambrose for SmackDown.
27. Ambrose is a lucky man to get a one-on-one match with Taker at this point in Taker's career.
28. Santino comes out after the break to be the third opponent for Henry.
29. Santino is very hesitant to engage with Henry.
30. Henry finally hits him with a kick and a headbutt.
31. Henry talks some trash before kicking Santino right in the spine.
32. Mark Henry's trash talk is the best part of any Mark Henry match.
33. Santino manages to kick out after a hard right from Henry.
34. The pace of the match slows down for a few minutes as Henry beats Santino around the ring to a boring chant from the crowd.
35. I am a little surprised they didn't edit that out.
36. Santino avoids Henry in the corner and hits the Cobra for a two count.
37. Henry kicks out so hard Santino goes flying out of the ring.
38. Henry catches Santino coming off the top rope and he hits the WSS for the third pin in this gauntlet match.
39. The final opponent if Khali, who makes his way out with Natalya and Hornswoggle.
40. After the break we see them stand toe-to-toe.
41. JBL quotes Gorilla Monsoon's famous line "The unstoppable force vs. the immovable object."
42. Khali hits the big chop to Henry in two separate corners.
43. Khali misses a big boot and Henry kicks his leg while it's over the top rope.
44. JBL insults everyone who ever went to Syracuse by accusing Cole of going there.
45. Henry focuses on the leg with a submission for a bit.
46. Khali avoids the running splash from Henry and he gets back to his feet and hits a back elbow to Henry.
47. Giant Gonzalez hits the big chop to Henry for a two count.
48. Does Khali remind anyone else of Giant Gonzalez? Khali never appeared on Baywatch, though.
49. Henry gets up and hits the WSS, but Khali gets his foot on the rope.
50. Khali hits the chop again and Henry rolls out of the ring.
51. Henry ends up letting himself get counted out and Khali is declared the winner.
52. Well, that was kind of a waste of 35 minutes.
53. We get to see Triple H giving Paul Heyman a pedigree again when Cole shows the clip.
54. At least WWE didn't try to do some kind of ripoff of the octagon for the Extreme Rules match.
55. They did that with Ken Shamrock and Steve Blackman. You can watch the match and decide for yourself if it worked or not.
56. Those two also had a match that was like a scene out of Lionheart with Jean-Claude Van Damme, or any number of his other movies about an underground Martial Arts tournament.
57. Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Lionheart, The Quest and Legionnaire are what comes to mind.
58. The rest of the show is just recap videos, which doesn't surprise me since they probably count the gauntlet as four matches.
59. After the usual recap video at the beginning of the show, we see Jack Swagger come out for his no DQ match with Alberto Del Rio.
60. Did WWE order too many blank yellow shirts? We have seen CM Punk, John Cena and Del Rio all have yellow shirts recently.
61. Del Rio's is so bright it hurts the eyes a bit.
62. Del Rio takes Swagger out of the ring and then hits him with a suicide dive.
63. Swagger's arm gets slammed into the steel steps.
64. Del Rio grabs a kendo stick from under the ring, but Swagger cuts him off and uses the kendo stick on Del Rio's leg.
65. Del Rio kicks Swagger in the gut to make him drop the kendo stick, but Swagger ends up back dropping Del Rio over the top rope.
66. Del Rio pulls a ladder out from under the ring and he ends up planting Swagger right onto it before we head to a break.
67. I recently rewatched The Survivors with Walter Mathau and Robin Williams. Zeb Colter seems like he was pulled right out of that movie.
68. If you have not seen it, I suggest you check it out. It's a hidden gem that never gets its due.
69. Donald- "You shot my gun god dammit! You're not supposed to shoot a person's gun! Oh, now that pisses me off! You know how much one of these cost?"
70. Swagger is in control when we return from the break.
71. He sets up a chair in the corner, but Del Rio drops Swagger's arm across his leg to get some space.
72. Del Rio starts to build a head of steam and he hits a few signatures.
73. Del Rio tees off on Swagger with a kendo stick before hitting a Back Stabber for a two count.
74. Swagger tries for the Patriot Lock, but Del Rio reverses into the Cross Armbreaker.
75. Del Rio gets sent head-first into the steel chair that was set up in the corner earlier and Swagger gets a near fall.
76. Swagger tries to bring the ladder into the ring and Del Rio hits the ladder into the face of Del Rio.
77. Colter distracts Del Rio with a kendo stick while Swagger comes over with the ladder and takes out Del Rio.
78. Del Rio counters a Swaggerbomb into the CAB, but Colter passes a kendo stick to Swagger's free hand and Swagger breaks out of the hold and starts hitting Del Rio over and over.
79. Swagger hits the Gutwrench Powerbomb to get the pin and the win.
80. That was a decent way to start the show. There were some good spots in that match.
81. Swagger hit Del Rio in the face for real a few times with that kendo stick while he was getting out of the CAB. I guess they're even for the busted lip Swagger got from the ladder being pushed into his face.
82. Aksana is in the ring when we return. Layla makes her way out to face her.
83. Why would Lilian announce Layla as being from Florida when they are in England and she is obviously from there.
84. Aksana takes a little longer than she should while posing on the apron and Layla dropkicks her to the outside,
85. Aksana gets the advantage back with a knee to Layla's face.
86. The crowd starts to Fandango while Layla and Kaitlyn trade offense.
87. Layla ends up winning with a pinning combination that Josh Mathews calls Infinity.
88. The crowd really did not seem into that match, even though they kept up a pretty good pace and had a few stiff moves.
89. A promo airs for the new Divas reality show, Total Divas.
90. I hope nobody is expecting some kind of big behind the scenes look into their lives.
91. This is an E! reality show, not a documentary.
92. Speaking of reality shows, where did this obsession with people from the south come from?
93. A spot airs for Deep South Paranormal. Really? That was the best choice of the options available to Syfy?
94. It pains me that we can still portray stereotypes like that openly on television. People form the south are nothing like the people in these reality shows for the most part.
95. Don't even get me started on Duck Dynasty.
96. After the break we get a recap of The Shield's win on Monday.
97. Another shaky-cam promo from The Shield focuses on The Undertaker.
98. Fandango makes his way out after the break to a nice reaction.
99. Josh Mathews bursting into laughter when JBL says "I'm not Brent Musburger." was kind of funny.
100. After the break we see Fandango take on Justin Gabriel.
101. Gabriel uses his quickness to get around Fandango and get a near fall off a roll up.
102. The crowd chants Fandango's name as he takes back control of the match.
103. Fandango hits the Leg Drop from the top rope for the pin and the win.
104. The crowd seems more into the music and name than the actual Superstar.
105. Sometimes the dynamic between JBL, Cole and Mathews seems really similar to an older brother, middle brother and younger brother. JBL insults both of them and Cole insults Mathews while Mathews tries and fails to insult them back.
106. After the break we get Big Show vs. Sheamus.
107. There is literally nothing that could make me care about this feud right now. They have faced each other too many times in such a short span of time.
108. Big Show shoves Sheamus down right away to set the tone for the match.
109. Sheamus tries to duke it out with Big Show, but two shots from the giant take Sheamus down.
110. Show puts Sheamus on the ropes and hits a bunch of hard chest chops that leave Sheamus with a red mark on his chest.
111. Sheamus gets sent over the top rope and Big Show follows him and rolls him back in the ring.
112. Sheamus catches Show on the apron and he hits the Irish Hand Grenades.
113. Big Show hits a running elbow drop for a near fall.
114. Big Show dominates the next few minutes before they break for commercial.
115. Sheamus gets rammed into the ring post, sending him to the outside.
116. Show runs Sheamus into the steel steps and the ref starts to count Sheamus out.
117. Sheamus makes it back in by 9.
118. The crowd begins to Fandango, which to me indicates they are bored with this match.
119. Sheamus ends up coming back after a few minutes and he hits a few signatures.
120. Sheamus drops Show with White Noise before he sets up for the Brogue Kick.
121. Big Show rolls out of the ring to save himself, but Sheamus follows him and keeps fighting.
122. Sheamus gets on the top rope and then Mark Henry comes out of nowhere.
123. Big Show uses the distraction to his advantage and he KO Punches Sheamus off the top rope for the pin and the win.
124. William Regal is out to a nice pop after the break to face his fellow Englishman, Wade Barrett.
125. Regal gets in some offense before Barrett hits a kick to the gut.
126. Regal throws Barrett across the ring, but Barrett recovers quickly and hits the Bull Hammer for the pin and the win.
127. Orton vs. Henry takes place after a few recap videos. This match bores me so much that I will not bother to list out the play-by-play.
128. Basically, the match ends with Sheamus getting Orton disqualified by hitting Henry with a Brogue Kick. Orton does not seem to mind that he lost and he celebrates with Sheamus.
129. The match itself wasn't terrible, but Henry, Show, Orton and Sheamus in any combination for a match is just not exciting.
130. After some more recap videos we get the main event. Undertaker vs. Dean Ambrose.
131. Ambrose is getting a huge opportunity tonight. Not many people get to wrestle The Undertaker anymore, especially within their first year on the main roster.
132. The match start with Rollins and Reigns helping Ambrose by distracting Undertaker.
133. Undertaker quickly comes back with some hard shots in the corner.
134. Undertaker misses a running boot in the corner and Ambrose takes advantage.
135. Taker hits the Chokeslam on Ambrose, but a distraction allows Ambrose to hit a low blow and a DDT for a near fall.
136. Taker locks in Hell's Gate and Ambrose taps.
137. Rollins and Reigns pounce on Taker before the bell can even ring a full three times.
138. Taker gets the better of everyone for a moment, but Reigns spears him through the barricade and then they hit the Triple Powerbomb to Undertaker through the announce table to end the show.
139. Ambrose may have suffered a singles loss, but the team is still undefeated and they had the last laugh against the Dead Man tonight.
140. I am so happy WWE creative has managed to keep this group interesting after so many months.
141. I wonder if this is how they will write Taker off TV until next year or if he will return and face them at Extreme Rules.
142. This episode of SmackDown evens out to an average show, but there were several things I thought were mistakes.
143. Having two matches between Sheamus, Big Show, Orton and Henry was a mistake.
144. Dolph Ziggler and Antonio Cesaro being absent was a huge let down for me personally.
145. I enjoyed Swagger vs. Del Rio and Undertaker vs. Ambrose, but the rest did nothing for me.
146. I did not expect Regal to beat Barrett, but I was hoping for more than a two minute squash for the two Englishman in their own country.
147. This week's "Flashback Match" is an Extreme Rules double-header. One from SmackDown in 2008 where Jeff Hardy took on The Undertaker in an Extreme Rules match. The other is a Raw match from 2009 featuring Hardy taking on Dolph Ziggler in an Extreme Rules match.
148. While Big Show's presence at the end of the first match affected the outcome, this still ended up being one of the biggest singles victories of Hardy's career.
149. It is easy to forget just how popular Hardy was in WWE at this time. I cannot remember the last time he didn't get a massive pop in a WWE match.
150. Hardy was popular with guys, women and kids, and he represented both the underdogs and the so-called rejects by having his own unique style both in the ring and in his personal life. The Internet loved him and so did the casual fans. Hopefully we have not seen the last of Jeff Hardy in a WWE ring.
151. This match is often overlooked because it happened during a time when Hardy was having great encounters week after week.
152. The match with Ziggler was not as long as some might have like, but it highlighted what a great worker Ziggler was while showing off Hardy's extreme style.
153. Thanks for reading and feel free to share your thoughts on the shows below.
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