WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: FATAL FOUR WAY PARTICIPANTS IN SPOTLIGHT; DANIEL BRYAN CONFRONTS AJ IN THE RING; A LOT OF MATCHES; RYBACK MEETS A FORMER NEXUS MEMBER IN THE RING
By Richard Trionfo on 2012-05-11 22:42:22
We start off with a look back at the tag match from Raw when Sheamus and Randy Orton faced Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho. We see Sheamus accidentally give Orton a Brogue Kick, allowing Jericho to hit a Codebreaker to pin Sheamus. Then we see Orton giving Sheamus an RKO. Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio argue their case and so does Orton. What will happen now that we have a Fatal Four Way at Over the Limit?
We are live on tape from Roanoke, Virginia and your announcers are Michael ‘Ralph Sampson’ Cole, Booker ‘Jeff Lamp’ T and Josh ‘Charles Oakley’ Mathews.
Match Number One: Sheamus and Randy Orton versus Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez but no car
Orton tells Sheamus that he will start and he faces off with Jericho. Jericho with a forearm and punches until the referee warns him. Orton puts Jericho in the corner and punches and kicks Jericho. Jericho with an Irish whip and Orton bounces out and hits a clothesline. Orton tags in Sheamus by hitting him in his injured shoulder and they stare each other down.
Sheamus with a back elbow and then he tags in Orton the same way. Orton with a kick and European uppercut. Jericho with kicks and then he tags in Del Rio. Orton with a hip toss and then he tries for a leaping knee but misses. Del Rio with a single arm DDT and a kick for a near fall. Del Rio with a key lock but Orton with punches and a kick.
Sheamus tags in and hits a double sledge. Sheamus with forearms in the corner but Del Rio with an elbow. Sheamus with a fireman’s carry slam for a near fall. Jericho pulls down the ropes and Sheamus goes over the top rope to the floor. Jericho with a kick to the shoulder from the floor. Sheamus rolls back in and Del Rio with a kick. Jericho tags in and he stops Sheamus from making the tag.
Jericho with a hammer lock. Jericho with a knee but Sheamus with a forearm and both men are down. Del Rio and Orton reach for the tag and Orton comes in and clotheslines Jericho and then he avoids a clothesline before hitting a power slam. Orton with the IEDDT and then it is time to set for an RKO. Jericho avoids the RKO and Orton with a drop kick but Del Rio breaks up the cover.
Sheamus attacks Del Rio and Jericho goes after Sheamus.
The referee calls for the bell.
Sheamus punches Jerihco while Orton and Del Rio go to the floor. Jericho is sent over the top rope while Orton sends Del Rio into the crowd.
Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton walk in the back as we go to commercial.
Match Number Six: Randy Orton versus Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio with a kick to the knee and he backs Orton into the corner. Orton with forearms to the back but Del Rio with kicks and punches. Orton sends Del Rio into the turnbuckles and punches him. Del Rio with a punch to the head and then he sends Orton into the turnbuckles. Del Rio misses a charge into the corner and Del Rio hits the turnbuckle hard. Orton with kicks and then Orton with a slingshot into the bottom throat and Orton gets a near fall.
Del Rio drops Orton’s arm on the top rope and Del Rio with a kick to the shoulder for a near fall. Del Rio with a forearm to the back and then he wraps Orton’s arm into the rope and Rodriguez helps out Del Rio.
Del Rio with a hammer lock power slam for a near fall. Del Rio with a key lock but Orton fights to get back to his feet. Orton punches Del Rio and Del Rio punches back. Orton with clotheslines but Del Rio misses a clothesline and that means it is power slam time. Del Rio goes to the apron and Orton gets ready for the IEDDT but Del Rio gets into the ring and he sends Orton to the apron and hits a step up enzuigiri. Del Rio gets a near fall.
Del Rio with kicks to the arm and then Orton hits a back breaker and Orton gets a near fall. Del Rio with a kick to the arm and an arm breaker. Del Rio sets for the float over into the cross arm breaker but Orton sends Del Rio into the turnbuckles. Orton with an inside the ring IEDDT and then he looks for the spot to turn into the push ups.
Ricardo goes to the top turnbuckle and Orton gives Ricardo an RKO. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Randy Orton by disqualification
Del Rio sends Orton shoulder first into the ring post and then he applies the cross arm breaker until officials come to the ring to separate the two men.
Match Number Ten: Chris Jericho versus Sheamus
Jericho and Sheamus with punches and Sheamus sends Jericho into the turnbuckles. Jericho with forearms but Sheamus with punches of his own. Sheamus with an Irish whip but Jericho with a boot to the injured arm. Jericho with punches to the head but Jericho misses a splash into the corner. Sheamus stops Jericho on the apron and Sheamus with the ten forearms across the chest and then he knocks Jericho off the apron with a shoulder tackle.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus with the slingshot shoulder tackle but it was with the injured shoulder and he gets a near fall. Jericho kicks Sheamus in the chest and then he connects with a forearm to the head. Sheamus with a shoulder using the injured arm. Jericho drops Sheamus’ arm on the top rope and then he hits a springboard drop kick into the injured shoulder.
Jericho goes after Sheamus on the floor and he kicks him in the shoulder and then sends the injured arm into the ring post. Jericho continues to work on the arm with kicks and punches before applying a hammer lock. Sheamus punches Jericho but Chris with a drop kick. Jericho tries for the Lionsault but Jericho lands on his feet when Sheamus moves. Sheamus with a double sledge and a running knee lift. Jericho avoids the power slam and Jericho with a double leg take down. Sheamus avoids the Walls of Jericho. Jericho with forearms but Sheamus catches Jericho for the fireman’s carry slam but Jericho punches Sheamus’ arm and Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho.
Sheamus gets to the ropes despite Booker’s proclamation that he could not get there. Sheamus sends Jericho over the top rope to the floor. Alberto Del Rio comes to the ring and he sends Jericho into the ring steps and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Chris Jericho by disqualification
After the match, Del Rio attacks Sheamus and applies the cross arm breaker. Orton comes to the ring and he attacks Del Rio. Sheamus pushes Orton off Del Rio. Orton and Sheamus argue and that allows Jericho to take the spotlight and he hits a Codebreaker on Del Rio. Jericho goes to the floor. Orton gives Del Rio an RKO. Sheamus sees the RKO and raises it a Brogue Kick. Orton and Sheamus stare each other down and we go to credits.
411’s WWE SmackDown Report 5.11.12
Posted by Colin Rinehart on 05.11.2012
Sheamus/Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho/Alberto Del Rio
Solid looking tag involving all four men in the fatal fourway to kick off the show, I like it. Orton and Sheamus trade angry tags to start against Jericho, teasing the dissension already. Del Rio tags in and goes right to working on Orton’s arm. Randy shoves him off and tags Sheamus back in, who delivers a rolling senton to Alberto before being low-bridged out of the ring by Jericho on the apron. Jericho tags in and works a loose Fujiwara armbar on Sheamus. Sheamus breaks it up and tags Orton back in. Powerslam from Orton on Jericho and he follows it with the second-rope DDT. You know what’s coming next. Jericho shoves off the RKO attempt only to turn around into a dropkick from Orton though. Del Rio and Sheamus hop in now to join the action as well and barely two seconds pass before the ref is already calling for the bell to throw out the match at 5:18. Are you kidding me? Since when did referees throw out tag matches because all four men were in the ring for a whopping 5-10 seconds? That has to be the cheapest cheap finish in the history of cheap finishes, I have never in my life seen a referee throw a match out because all four men were in the ring for barely FIVE SECONDS. To call that a stupid and insulting finish would be an understatement, which is a shame because the match was going along quite nicely until that monumentally dumb ending. *3/4
After the match all four men continue brawling into the commercial break. When we return Cole informs us that Sheamus will take on Chris Jericho and Orton will take on Del Rio later tonight. That almost makes up for the finish to that tag match.
Randy Orton (30-10-1) vs. Alberto Del Rio (11-9)
Orton takes it right to Del Rio from the bell, catapulting him throat-first into the bottom rope. Del Rio goes for the armwork again, bodyslamming Orton to the mat with his arm trapped behind him. Del Rio blocks the second-rope DDT and hits a nice step-up enziguri on Orton for a two count. Orton responds with the over-the-shoulder backbreaker but Del Rio counters with a vicious armbreaker. Orton blocks the cross-armbar attempt and then DDTs Del Rio from the second rope in the corner. Orton sets up for the RKO but Ricardo Rodriguez leaps into the ring to interfere and gets RKO-ed in mid-air, which still somehow calls for the DQ at 5:18. Definitely the best match of the night so far up until the non-finish, but this time you expected it and it really doesn’t particularly hurt either man so I’m okay with it. **
Sheamus (32-15-1) vs Chris Jericho (2-0)
Main event time though we’ve only got less than ten minutes left in TV time and you know damn well this isn’t going to finish clean so I’m not expecting much. Booker tries to claim Jericho’s return has been a huge success, despite him thoroughly and cleanly losing every feud and big match he’s been involved in since that return. Sheamus uses his power early, getting Jericho tied up in the ropes and laying in the ten hammer-fists before bouncing Jericho off the mat and into the barricade as we take our last commercial break. When we return Sheamus hits a slingshot shoulder-block on Jericho for a two count. Jericho targets the injured shoulder of Sheamus and then dropkicks him off of the apron to the floor. Back inside Jericho hits another dropkick then lands on his feet in a Lionsault attempt. Sheamus hits him with a running knee but then gets caught in the Walls of Jericho but he gets the rope break eventually and then back-drops Jericho out of the ring. Del Rio runs out and tosses Jericho into the steps for the DQ finish though at 5:45 (shown). About as good as the Del Rio/Orton match from earlier, though the commercial break hurt it’s flow a bit. Another cheap finish, but again, this one was atleast expected. **
After the match all four men involved in the fatal fourway hit the ring, where the faces give Del Rio their finishers while Jericho sneaks off as we go off the air.
**411’s Instant Analysis 05.11.12: WWE SmackDown
Posted by Michael Ornelas on 05.11.2012
SEGMENT ONE: Sheamus & Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio & Chris Jericho
Between last week’s SmackDown and this week’s Raw, WWE has been giving us some pretty awesome TV tag matches. They don’t involve any actual tag teams…but that’s an issue for another column. This match unfortunately did not do what any match involving four competitors booked in a Fatal 4way should do – play on the distrust the partners have with one another. With the recent RKO to Sheamus on Raw, I really wanted to see tension between the babyfaces and we got none of that. The match itself was pretty solid, but I think this was booked incorrectly. After the match was thrown out, they announced that there will be two singles matches between all the competitors, but again they’re both face vs. heel, and I’d love a tease at face Orton vs. face Sheamus. Maybe next week.
Match Result: Sheamus & Randy Orton beat Alberto Del Rio & Chris Jericho via disqualification
Match Length: Five minutes
Rating: 4.5 out of 10
SEGMENT SIX: Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio can tear apart an arm like very few others can. This match was built on destroying Orton’s left arm. Orton’s really just a well-rounded, top-notch Superstar these days as he sold the arm appropriately throughout the entire match. Ricardo Rodriguez was helping Del Rio work over Orton when the ref wasn’t looking, so his receipt of an RKO off the top was a great payoff to that. The post-match destruction of the arm was done well, and the need for two refs to try to pry Del Rio off of Orton really sold the damage done. I think that having two matches in this storyline end in disqualification tonight alone is a problem, but as a stand-alone segment, this was pretty good.
Match Result: Randy Orton beat Alberto Del Rio via disqualification
Match Length: Five minutes
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
SEGMENT ELEVEN: Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho
This match is appropriately main-evented the show as it both got the most time of any match on the show AND has historical significance as these are the two men who fought it out at the end of this year’s Royal Rumble match. Jericho targeted the hurt shoulder of the champ and brought it to him in really aggressive fashion. I’d love a longer encounter between these two, or even an extended feud. I think it’s stupid that for the third time tonight, we saw a DQ ending, but we finally had all the participants in the Fatal 4way match giving off the “every man for himself” vibe (after Jericho hit the Codebreaker on Del Rio and the Sheamus/Orton face-off).
Match Result: Sheamus beat Chris Jericho via disqualification
Match Length: Six minutes
Rating: 5.0 out of 10