SmackDown Results: Big Show stood tall as Shield stopper, KO’d Sheamus and felt the bite of The Viper’s RKO
BY Michael Burdick
March 08, 2013
Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez poked fun at Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter
ALBANY, N.Y. — On The Road to WrestleMania, the latest insurgence by The Shield collided head-on with a gigantic counteroffensive, while World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez played an intricate “role” in the ridicule of the “Real American” and his outspoken compatriot.
Just 30 days before he will challenge World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio for the World Title at WrestleMania, Jack Swagger and self-professed “Founding Father,” Zeb Colter, welcomed SmackDown to “Jack Swagger’s America.”
Insisting the WWE Universe shared their beliefs — but were too scared to say or do anything about it — Colter declared that he and the “Real American” would serve as their spokesman in the creation of a new Bill of Rights for “legal” Americans. Stating that those who disagreed with them were part of the problem, Colter reinforced that he and Swagger were the solution.
But the No. 1 contender to the World Title at WrestleMania and his impassioned cohort were soon interrupted by Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez, who countered their inflammatory rhetoric with hilarious parody. Presenting a video in which they were dressed as Swagger and Colter, the pair mocked their adversaries’ message — leaving the subjects of their ridicule seething as they pointed out the growing threat of Mexican food.
Alberto Del Rio def. Dolph Ziggler
With Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter keeping a close eye from the back, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio took on Dolph Ziggler — in an explosive contest made by the WWE Universe last week, via Twitter, during the highly successful Social Media SmackDown. And prior to the match, Mr. Money in the Bank promised to make history.
Early on, Big E Langston interfered in the action. But, when he chose to pursue an instigating Ricardo Rodriguez outside the ring, it was AJ Lee who ended up getting a bucket of water thrown on her. This made things go from bad to outright chaotic as the emotional Diva snapped, charging after Del Rio’s friend and eventually causing the referee to eject both her and Big E from ringside.
In the final moments of the knockdown, drag-out match that followed, Del Rio once again showed the guts and resilience of a true World Champion, fighting back from the impressive efforts of The Showoff to thwart his Zig Zag attempt and make him tap out to the Cross Armbreaker.
Shortly after the match, a still-soaked AJ Lee and ex-boyfriend Daniel Bryan rekindled their tremendous dislike for each other.