WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: SHEAMUS/BRYAN WITH A SIDE OF DEL RIO; TWO WORDS YOU SHOULDN’T SAY TO AJ; DIVA, INTERCONTINENTAL, AND TAG CHAMPS IN ACTION; DAMIEN SANDOW’S IN RING DEBUT
By Richard Trionfo on 2012-05-04 22:00:33
We are live on tape from Dayton, Ohio and your announcers are Booker ‘Brass Monkey’, Michael ‘Wasn’t there wrestling here last week’ Cole, and Josh ‘Happy Cuatro de Mayo’ Mathews.
Sheamus with a punch but Bryan with a kick to the arm. Sheamus sends Bryan into the turnbuckles and he punches Bryan and connects with forearms. Sheamus with a running shoulder into the corner and a running knee lift. Sheamus with a clothesline to send Bryan over the top rope to the floor.
Ricardo Rodriguez with a cross body and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Sheamus by disqualification
After the match, Del Rio kicks Sheamus and applies the cross arm breaker. Bryan gets back into the ring and he applies the Yes Lock.
Bryan has something to say to Del Rio about getting him disqualified. Sheamus wants to return to the ring, but the referees do not allow it.
Alberto Del Rio and Daniel Bryan argue in front of Eve. Bryan says that he had Sheamus beaten but Del Rio interfered. Del Rio says that he is next in line for Sheamus’ title. Bryan reminds Del Rio that he has earned a WWE Title Match.
Daniel Bryan demands that he face Sheamus tonight. Eve says that she is in charge and will make a decision about whether Sheamus will compete tonight after talking to the medical staff.
Ricardo Rodriguez introduces Alberto Del Rio and they come to the announce table to join Booker, Josh, and Michael.
We see what happened earlier tonight when Ricardo and Alberto attacked Sheamus.
Match Number Seven: Daniel Bryan versus Sheamus
Sheamus tries to protect his wrapped up shoulder and he pushes Bryan away. Bryan with a wrist lock to the injured arm but Sheamus with a punch. Bryan goes for the leg and then he applies a hammer lock but Sheamus backs Bryan into the corner and connects with elbows to the head.
Bryan with a drop toe hold and kicks to the injured shoulder. Sheamus tries to use the ropes to protect the shoulder from attack but Bryan with a few shots. Bryan with more kicks to the shoulder followed by a drop kick. Bryan wraps the arm in the rope and he tells the referee that I HAVE UNTIL FIVE.
Sheamus with defensive kicks as he tries to protect his shoulder. Bryan continues to work on the arm but Sheamus with a tilt-a-whirl power slam. Sheamus tries for the Brogue Kick but Bryan moves and Sheamus goes to the apron. Bryan with a drop kick to the shoulder and Sheamus goes to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Bryan with a flying knee from the apron and it hits the shoulder. Bryan returns Sheamus to the ring and wraps the arm in the ropes. Bryan kicks Sheamus in the back of the head and Sheamus falls to the floor. Bryan with more kicks to Sheamus but Sheamus fights back. Bryan with a hammer lock and he sends the injured shoulder into the ring post.
Bryan sends Sheamus back into the ring and Bryan goes up top and hits the diving head butt to the injured shoulder but Sheamus fights through the pain to kick out. Bryan with a kick to the injured shoulder and Sheamus tries to fight back. Bryan takes the bandages off the arm and Bryan with a hammer lock. Bryan with knees to the arm.
Sheamus with an elbow when he gets back to his feet but Bryan tries to send Sheamus into the ring post but Sheamus turns the tables and sends Bryan shoulder first into the post. Sheamus with the forearms across the chest to Bryan on the apron. Sheamus with ten more forearms across the chest followed by a suplex for a near fall.
Sheamus runs into a knee from Bryan but Sheamus catches Bryan and hits a uranage back breaker for a near fall. Sheamus with knees to Bryan’s shoulder and the referee warns Sheamus. Bryan drops Sheamus’ arm on the top rope and then Bryan goes up top for the missile drop kick but Sheamus kicks out.
Bryan returns to the injured shoulder for kicks. Bryan comes off the ropes but Sheamus with a double sledge that almost flips Bryan in the air. Sheamus sets for the Celtic Cross but Del Rio gets on the apron. Sheamus sends Bryan into Del Rio. Del Rio goes to the floor and Bryan goes up top. Sheamus meets Bryan with a Brogue Kick for the three count.
411’s Instant Analysis 05.04.12: WWE SmackDown
Posted by Michael Ornelas on 05.04.2012
We get Bryan vs. Sheamus TWICE in one night, a fun tag match between Orton & Big Show and Kane & Rhodes, the “debut” of Damien Sandow, and Teddy oiling up Cesaro’s manly chest. Okay, so not everything was great, but most of it was!
It’s finals week at the University of Texas, I’m graduating in a little over a week, moving to Los Angeles in two, and I have one final episode of Shenanigans to put out (an hour long finale). In other words, I’m busy as hell. I’ve relinquished the Contentious Ten for a few weeks until I’m settled into my new apartment in L.A., and am not yet sure if I’ll get to this every week either. That said, I did it this week, so here we go.
After that promo, Bryan came out and we got a rematch between the two that allowed Bryan to look absolutely tenacious against the Great White. The arm work looked convincing (as always when Bryan targets a limb). As always, I want Bryan’s TV matches to go longer, but I’m now getting on the “I want Sheamus’ matches to go longer” bandwagon as well. He’s been very impressive in the ring over the past year, quietly improving, and he’s finally at a point where he can shine. It’s a shame they ended the match the way they did, but they didn’t punk Bryan out (no pun intended) because he has a WWE Championship match at the next PPV. It’s also very clever heel booking to transition to Alberto Del Rio as challenger as both he and Bryan work over Sheamus’s arm. It gives him no time to recover and a larger obstacle in the path of the protagonist leads to a greater triumph.
Match Result: Sheamus beat Daniel Bryan by disqualification
Match Length: Three minutes
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
SEGMENT FOUR: Backstage with Eve, Danny, and Al
Bryan and Del Rio argued over Del Rio’s involvement at the start of the show, and naturally Del Rio was lobbying for only himself to Eve. Bryan tried to take control and demand a rematch with Sheamus, but then Eve was all “oh, I make the decisions around here, not you. And I’m taller than you” (it was in her body language, not her words) and Bryan backed off. Eve’s actually excelling in this role she’s playing and this little nugget was surprisingly enjoyable.
Rating: 6.0 out of 10
SEGMENT TEN: Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus: Take Two
I’m never going to complain about this match-up, even if it’s the second time in a night. Sheamus came out as the fighting champion, but his injury caught up with him quickly and Bryan was on him like an attack dog. Bryan has really found a style that negates the size problem that he faces against Sheamus and in the WWE in general. He was able to control the champ for several minutes. Why wasn’t he allowed to wrestle like this when he was the World Heavyweight Champion? He got to shine, but they booked him against Henry and Show so much that it would have been unrealistic. Sheamus was great in his selling here. Big props to Bryan for his yelling “hit me!” at the wounded Celtic warrior. I would have never guessed that Sheamus would have been booked to have a “lucky” win against Bryan, but it doesn’t hurt Sheamus any and gives Bryan some needed credibility. This was a fantastic main event and easily the best part of the show in my opinion. That Brogue Kick spot that ended the match was sick.
Match Result: Sheamus pinned Daniel Bryan
Match Length: Ten minutes shown
Rating: 9.0 out of 10
411’s WWE SmackDown Report 05.04.12
Posted by Colin Rinehart on 05.04.2012
Sheamus beat Daniel Bryan not once, but twice while Randy Orton and the Big Show fought Kane and Cody Rhodes in tag team action and Damien Sandow made his debut! Check out 411’s WWE Smackdown report for all the details!
WWE Friday Night SmackDown
May 4th, 2012
Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio
Attendance: Unknown at this time
Welcome back everyone to another edition of 411’s WWE Smackdown report from yours truly. We’re only five days removed from the Extreme Rules PPV and the colossal encounter that was Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena, but there’s no time to rest as we’re already only a few weeks away from the next PPV, Over the Limit. Tonight’s show looks to be a solid one on paper with an Extreme Rules rematch between Sheamus and Daniel Bryan being advertised, so let’s jump right into the thick of things and hope tonight’s show is better than that dreadful RAW earlier this week.
Sheamus (30-15-1) vs. Daniel Bryan (15-19-2)
Sheamus goes for a shoulder-block at the bell but starts favoring his arm, selling the injury from the Extreme Rules match (big points to Sheamus there). Bryan hits a drop-toe hold and tries for a wristlock but Sheamus just socks him in the jaw. Bryan comes back with a big armbreaker though and then stomps away at the Irishman in the corner. Sheamus drives his shoulder into Bryan’s stomach in the corner and then clotheslines him out of the ring when all of a sudden Ricardo Rodriguez leaps into the ring and takes out Sheamus off the top rope with a cross-body to draw the DQ at 2:49. Del Rio hops in to give Sheamus the cross armbar afterwards and then Bryan gives him the YES! Lock as well to work over the injured arm even further. Well that wasn’t much of a rematch, but it started off very good before the run-in. Hopefully this isn’t the last we’ve seen of these two tonight though. *1/2
Backstage Eve breaks up an arguing Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio. Bryan says he would have beaten Sheamus if Del Rio didn’t interfere but Del Rio doesn’t care since he’s the number one contender for the WHC. Bryan demands that he and Sheamus wrestle again tonight, and Eve tells him that she’ll decide if they wrestle again after talking to the doctors.
Sheamus (31-15-1) vs. Daniel Bryan (15-20-2)
Alberto Del Rio comes out to join the commentary team before the match starts. Bryan goes right to work on the injured shoulder of Sheamus (now taped up) with kicks. Nasty shoulder-breaker from Bryan, but Sheamus counters with a big tilt-a-whirl slam. He tries for the Brogue Kick but Bryan avoids it and sends Sheamus out of the ring as we take our last commercial break. When we return Bryan is diving onto the shoulder of Sheamus outside the ring. Sheamus tries to return to the ring but Bryan sends him back out again and then sends him shoulder-first into the steel post. Back in the ring Bryan hits the diving headbutt off the top rope for a two count. Bryan manages to unwrap most of the bandages on the shoulder, but Sheamus sends him shoulder-first into the steel post in a taste of his own medicine. Sheamus rips off the bandages like a badass and then lays in the ten hammer-fist forearms on Bryan in-between the ropes not once, but twice, leaving Daniel’s chest beet red. Sheamus suplexes Bryan back into the ring, but Bryan kicks out of the pin. Bryan hits a knee but Sheamus hits the Irish Curse backbreaker in response and then begins kneeing the ever loving bejesus out of Bryan on the apron. Bryan drapes the injured shoulder over the top rope and hits the missile dropkick from the top, but now it’s Sheamus’ turn to kick out. Bryan continues the shoulder-work but Sheamus lariats him inside-out 360 degrees in one of the sickest damn clotheslines I think I’ve ever seen, that was downright Hansen-esque. Del Rio hits the apron but Sheamus sends Bryan into him to bump him off the apron. Bryan tries for another missile dropkick from the top, but Sheamus BOOTS HIS HEAD OFF with the Brogue Kick for the win at 9:27 (shown). I was already digging this quite a bit but by the last few minutes Sheamus was just murdering Bryan and he was taking all the bumps like a champ as they just kicked this one into overdrive for the finish. This feud continues to be awesome when they actually give them time to wrestle, what a shocker. Great TV match. ***1/4
We close out the show with Sheamus celebrating in the ring as Bryan lays dead and Del Rio storms off up the ramp with Rodriguez.