By Richard Trionfo on 2012-06-22 21:59:48

We are live on tape from Baltimore, Maryland and your announcers are Josh ‘I hope to get some crabs tonight’ Mathews, Michael ‘The Peter Angelos of Announcers’ Cole, and Booker ‘What about Purple Power’ T.

Match Number Two: Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez versus Christian

They lock up and Del Rio backs Christian into the corner and Del Rio tries to give a clean break but Christian holds on. Del Rio with a knee and side head lock. Christian with a shoulder tackle and a back heel kick. Christian goes to the turnbuckles for a sunset flip and a near fall. Del Rio with kicks to Christian and it staggers the Intercontinental Champion.

Del Rio charges into the corner and Christian sends Del Rio over the top rope to the floor. Christian goes to the top turnbuckle and hits a cross body from the top onto Del Rio on the floor. We go to commercial.

We are back and Del Rio with an arm bar and chin lock. We see footage from the commercial break when Del Rio moved on the floor and Christian collided with the steps. Del Rio holds on to the arm bar but Christian with punches to get out o the hold. Christian tries for a sunset flip but Del Rio stays on his feet and then hits an elbow drop to the arm and gets a near fall.

Del Rio with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Del Rio wraps Christian’s arm in the ropes and then he continues to work over the shoulder and bicep. Del Rio with a kick to the arm and Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio with a kick to the shoulder. Del Rio goes to the turnbuckles but he takes too long and Christian recovers. Christian with punches and he hits a rana from the turnbuckles and gets a near fall.

Christian with a punch and running forearm and then he slingshots to the floor and hits an uppercut. Christian goes up top but he misses a cross body. Del Rio misses the step up enzuigiri in the corner. Christian with a tornado DDT but Del Rio kicks out. Del Rio with a punch to the midsection followed by an arm breaker but Del Rio runs into boots in the corner. Christian with a missile drop kick for a near fall.

Christian continues to try to get feeling back into his arm and he sets for the Killswitch but Del Rio escapes. Del Rio tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Christian lands on his feet. Del Rio tries to hyperextend the arm but he can only get a near fall.

Del Rio with a kick to the head and then he goes to the turnbuckles but he misses a back senton when Christian moves out of the way. Christian tries for the spear but Del rio with a super kick. Del Rio tries for the float over into the cross arm breaker but Christian escapes. Del Rio escapes the Killswitch and then Del Rio sends Christian into the turnbuckles.

Del Rio charges into the corner but Christian meets him with a pendulum kick. Ricardo distracts Christian long enough to allow Del Rio to hit the step up enzuigiri when Christian was on the turnbuckles. Del Rio with the cross arm breaker and Christian taps out.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

After the match Cody Rhodes comes to the ring and he hits a clothesline to the back of the head. Rhodes with kicks to the shoulder and then he applies a Fujiwara arm bar. Christian is able to get to his feet but Cody with a knee to the midsection and then he sends Christian shoulder first into the ring post. Cody yells at Christian and he says that he is Smackdown.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Cody Rhodes’ attack on Christian after Christian’s match with Alberto Del Rio.


411’s WWE SmackDown Report 06.22.12

Posted by Steve Cook on 06.22.2012

Match 2: Alberto Del Rio vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian

Tieup into the corner, ADR with a headlock, Christian sends him down with a shoulderblock & tries a sunset flip for an early two count. ADR gains the advantage with a kick to the left elbow and sends him into the corner, weakening Christian for his cross arm-breaker finisher. He works him over in the corner, but Christian backdrops ADR all the way to the floor! Christian climbs up top and delivers a cross-body block to the floor just before we go to commercial!

ADR gained the advantage during commercial and has Christian in a variation of the Crossface before settling on an armbar. Christian fights out and tries a sunset flip, but ADR sees it coming and drops his elbow on Christian’s arm. Did Arn Anderson book this match? Another elbow drop on Christian’s arm gets two. ADR just putting on a clinic on working the arm right now with repeated strikes to it, it’s really something to watch. He heads up to the middle turnbuckle though, and gives Christian the chance to rise up and hurricanrana him off! Christian rallies the crowd behind him and hits a few of his traditional offensive moves, but an attempted cross-body block off the top hits nothing but canvas! ADR misses his running enziguri in the corner! Christian hits the tornado DDT (using his injured arm) and gets a two count. ADR gets an advantage for a split second, but runs into Christian’s boots in the corner, a middle rope dropkick by Christian gets two! Christian goes for the Killswitch, ADR reverses into a back suplex position but Christian slips out only to get an arm Stunner from ADR! (Sure, I’ll call it that) Gets a two count. ADR misses a back senton off the middle rope, Christian motions for the spear…but runs into a crescent kick by ADR! ADR tries the cross arm breaker, reversed into a Killswitch attempt, Christian pushed into the corner, lands a couple of kicks on ADR before momentarily getting distracted by Ricardo Rodriguez…which kills enough time for ADR to deliver his flying enziguri to Christian while he’s on the top rope! ADR applies the cross arm-breaker on Christian’s good arm and it’s good enough to get the victory!

Winner: Alberto Del Rio (about 8 minutes) **1/2 I have to downgrade it a little bit because of the finish, which ignored all of the work on Christian’s left arm by having ADR apply the cross arm-breaker to the right arm. Did he forget which arm he was working the whole match? I’m also not a fan of the Intercontinental Champion losing a match to a non-champion when the title isn’t on the line & isn’t a factor. Yes, we know the belt is meaningless, but you don’t need to beat us over the head with it. There was some good action here and both of these guys are darn good wrestlers, but the booking & the finish drag it down for me.

Cody Rhodes runs down and attacks Christian from behind! He applies the Fujiwara armbar to Christian’s left arm and continues to work it over. At least he remembered which arm ADR targeted. He tells Christian he’s stealing his time, and he is SmackDown. He’ll get no argument from me.


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By Kyle Schadler (Senior Writer) on June 23, 2012

Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio picked up the victory with the cross armbreaker. This was a really good match, as both Christian and Del Rio delivered some nice back-and-forth action. I wasn’t expecting them to work this well together and I was quite glad to be wrong.

Christian is at the top of his game right now. The break he had to take due to his injury was a good thing. He came back rested and ready to go.

Del Rio sometimes doesn’t get the credit he deserves, from myself included. He may put me to sleep on the mic, but the superstar from Mexico can wrestle a good match when given the chance.

Putting him in the ring with someone who can wrestle certainly creates an enjoyable match to watch.

Del Rio’s skill in the ring is making me a fan of his, but his mic work still puts me to sleep. As soon as I’m able to stay awake during one of his promos, I’ll be completely on board with Alberto Del Rio.