Smackdown Results 07/03/12
Smackdown Results from Corpus Christi, TX:Before the opening video, they had a backstage party segment. Among the party guests were Alicia Fox, Usos, Hornswoggle, Primo, Epico, Rosa Mendes, Kaitlyn, Tamina and Yoshi Tatsu. Teddy Long came in to welcome everyone to Great American Bash, then they showed Eve wearing a big name tag. He said she's volunteered to clean up afterwords tonight. Teddy introduced Santino, who went to light up the BBQ grill, but Kane showed up and made the grill fire start up.
They showed footage of Alberto Del Rio destroying Sin Cara on Raw this past Monday. Del Rio came out to start the show after the commentators hyped up tonight's 20-man battle royal, and a Michael Cole interview with AJ Lee. Del Rio started calling the fans peasants just like Sheamus. He asked one fan for his papers, then called a little kid a little alien. He goes after one guy, asking security to get rid of him. Sheamus comes out and they start to go at it. Eventually, Ricardo Rodriguez helps ADR doubleteam Sheamus. Ricardo pops the hood of ADR's fancy car near the ramp, and Del Rio smashes it onto Sheamus' back several times, to leave him laying on the floor.
Great Khali and Layla defeated Antonio Cesaro and Aksana by pinfall. Late in this one, Khali started to dominate Cesaro, so he made a tag to Aksana to get out. Layla tagged in and tackled Aksana down. The two divas rolled around a bit fighting. Layla smacks Aksana on the backside before slamming her and getting a near fall. Cesaro came in to break up the pin, but that brought Khali in to toss him out of the ring. Layla and Aksana grapple a bit more, before Layla manages to score a winning pin.
Backstage, Cody Rhodes told Teddy Long the board is allowing him to compete in another MITB qualifying match this week. Teddy said he gets to pick the opponent and it won't be someone who is trying to qualify.
Cody Rhodes defeated Christian by pinfall to qualify for the (World Heavyweight Championship contract) MITB match. Late in the match, Rhodes undid the corner turnbuckle cover but the ref went over to stop him. Christian hit a reverse DDT on Rhodes for a near fall. Moments later, he went for a Spear, but Rhodes caught him with a kick, but then missed on Beautiful Disaster. Christian went for Killswitch, but Rhodes countered with Cross Rhodes for the win.
The World Championship contract edition of the MITB match now will have Tyson Kidd, Christian, Damien Sandow, Santino Marella, Cody Rhodes, and Lord Tensai.
Backstage, they showed more of the BBQ party. Zack Ryder went over and told Teddy the party is sick. Ryder asked to take over DJing the event. Teddy told him to go ahead. Heath Slater came over saying nobody wants to hear that and started singing his "one man band" song. Everyone started throwing stuff at him so he left. Ryder went over and pressed a button on a laptop and it started playing Brodus Clay's theme song. Clay showed up with his two dancers, and everyone joined them for a group dance session.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Alex Riley by pinfall to qualify for the MITB match. Cole incorrectly said if Alex Riley were to win this one he has no experience in MITB. Riley competed in the 2011 Raw MITB match which Alberto Del Rio won. In this match, Riley had several near falls. After one of them, Ziggler rolled onto the apron, with A-Ry going over to grab him from inside the ring. Dolph dropped him down neck first against the top rope, then slid back in the ring and hit the Zig Zag for the quick win. Ziggler hs competed in MITB matches in 2010 and 2011.
Michael Cole conducted an interview with WWE diva AJ Lee in the ring. Cole referred to AJ as anything but balanced lately. AJ tried to respond, but Cole cut her off and had footage shown from Raw with AJ's interactions involving Bryan and Punk. At the end of Raw she shoved them both through a table outside the ring during their match.
After the footage, Cole said it appeared AJ wasn't thinking and she switches allegiances on a dime. Cole said the WWE Board has made a big mistake to make AJ special referee at MITB. Cole suggested that maybe AJ should pursue a real man, one with power and influence, maybe a former war correspondent turned "voice of the WWE." As Cole was offering himself up, Daniel Bryan's music hit and he came to the ring holding his left arm. Bryan called Cole a sexist, emotionally abusive bully. He said Cole is like the rest of the media, just making up news and putting words in people's mouths. Bryan continued trying to butter up AJ with his compliments about her as special ref.
Bryan kept going on with the compliments, until Punk's music hit and the WWE champ came to the ring to interject. Punk kicked Cole out of the ring saying this has nothing to do with him. Punk said he's not going to be like Bryan and kiss up, but he's going to be blunt. He told AJ she's not in a good place mentally, and maybe it's partly his fault. He suggested she get professional help which drew a look of upset on her face. Punk said he's not going to lie to AJ and toy with her emotions.
Bryan cut in and said Punk is pretending he's concerned, but he only cares that she's the special referee. Punk went after Bryan but AJ got in between them. She looked at Bryan, then planted a big kiss on h im in front of Punk. Punk left the ring looking confused, but then AJ jumped out of the ring, spun him around b the arm, and planted a big kiss on him. After she finished, she skipped up the ramp as her music played and both Bryan/Punk were shocked.
US Champion Santino came to the ring and then introduced his two tag team partners - Sgt. Slaughter and Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who each arrived out seperately. Their opponents - Drew McIntyre, Hunico and Camacho.
Santino Marella, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Sgt. Slaughter defeated Hunico, Camacho, and Drew McIntyre by pinfall in a six-man tag team match. Late in the match, there was a pinfall broken up by the heels, with all wrestlers getting involved in the ring. Sarge took out Drew and Camacho. Hunico who thought he had control on Hacksaw, ran into an elbow in the corner. Duggan made the tag to Santino who pulled out his Cobra sock and hit the punch move for the win.
They had a backstage segment with Damien Sandow showing up to pull the plug on the party music, causing an uproar by all the divas and superstars there. Ryder got in his face and called him bro, with Sandow saying he's not his brother in any way. Ryder suggested Sandow should just leave. Sandow looked like he was about to, but then punched Ryder and the two started to fight. Ryder gained the upperhand, knocking Sandow to the ground. Ryder then picked up a bowl of punch and tried to throw it on Sandow, who ducked, so Eve was the recipient of all the punch. Teddy Long laughed about it and said "This is my kinda party" as Eve stormed off.
Ryback defeated Curt Hawkins via pinfall. Reks and Hawkins were in the ring. Reks said they had a coin flip about which of them could beat Ryback and Hawkins won it. Matthews said Ryback's undefeated in WWE (as Ryback, not Skip Sheffield). As usual, Ryback dominated from the start. At one point, Hawkins avoided Ryback in the corner, but was caught by a huge clothesline and then his feat of strength backdrop finisher. Matthews said Ryback chants "Feed me more" after he wins because in WWE it's "eat or be eaten."
The commentators reviewed what happened earlier between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio at the top of the stage near ADR's fancy car.
The commentators hyped up a Great American Bash 20-Man Battle Royal featuring Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Jack Swagger, Zack Ryder, Cody Rhodes, Lord Tensai, Brodus Clay, Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow, Kofi Kingston, Great Khali, Kane, Christian, Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, John Cena, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, Santino Marella and Big Show. The winner gets to be General Manager for Smackdown next week.
Late in this one, it was down to about 10 or less guys. Tensai, Ziggler and Del Rio triple-teamed Cena in the corner, but he battled back and dropped them all, getting the crowd excited. Cena managed to toss Del Rio out then did the AA on Kane. Tensai kicked Cena and tried to toss him out, but Cena powered his way out and backflipped Tensai. However, Big Show walked up behind Cena and dumped him out of the ring. Ryder tried to take down Show but got speared. Christian jumped off the corner at him, but got caught by Show and dropped out of the ring. Show then looked at his handiwork near the ropes, and Ziggler jumped on his back with a sleeper hold. Kane went over and shoved Show over the top rope, eliminating both guys.
It came down to Kane vs. Ryder, with the Big Red Monster dominating as he stomped on Zack in the corner. He got Zack on his shoulder but Ryder slid off. However, Kane hit a big boot to drop him again. Moments later, Ryder executed a drop toe hold and sent Kane into the corner, then hit a Broski Boot. He set up for Rough Ryder, but Kane caught him for a chokeslam. Ryder slipped out of it and went towards the ropes. Kane rushed at him, but Ryder dropped down, holding the rope down for Kane to fall out. Zack Ryder won the 20-man Great American Bash Battle Royal, and now gets to be the GM for Smackdown next week.
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