Smackdown Spoilers From San Jose

I attended Smackdown in San Jose last night with my buddy and my kids and the show was LONG. They taped four different shows. First was Superstars, then The Main Event, then one match for Saturday Morning Slam, and finally, Smackdown.

You can see photos from the night on our Facebook Page.

Superstars

Wade Barrett beat Tyson Kidd in a fun match. Kidd got a lot of offense in and Barrett won with the elbow of death.

Antonio Cesaro beat Justin Gabriel in yet another fun match with his stuff pedigree-like maneuver. It was clear to me watching both Kidd and Gabriel live that they need to be on Raw every week.

The Main Event

The Big Show beat Randy Orton after a chokeslam. This match was painful to watch. There were three rest holds and the bear hug spot seemed to last hours. Orton got at least two comebacks, but with Orton’s normal slow working style and Show’s plodding style, the match was terrible.

Kofi Kingston quickly beat Michael McGillicutty. Since Miz is one of the announcers, he was there and Kofi challenged him to a title match as the main event of next week’s Main Event. The highlight was Miz’s velvet red jacket.

Saturday Morning Slam
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WWE Elimination Chamber Play By Play – John Cena Vs. Kane In An Ambulance Match

After tonight’s PPV, we should know where things are going for WrestleMania. Santino Marella was put in the Smackdown chamber match after Randy Orton was declared out because of a concussion. But was a tweet earlier today from Christian that alerted us that he may be in Milwaukee for a show. Might Santino be out of the chamber before he was even in?

Looks like we’re opening up with the Raw chamber match, which may lead to a title change in the Smackdown chamber match, or it may not. But it’s a little surprising that the Raw chamber match opens up the show.

1. Raw Elimination Chamber (Chris Jericho vs. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth vs. Kofi Kingston vs. CM Punk)

Order of entrance: Punk, Kofi, Dolph, R-Truth, The Miz, and Jericho.

Order of exit: R-Truth, Dolph, Kofi, Jericho, Miz

Chris Jericho gets to be the last guy in the cage after winning the match on Raw. CM Punk and Kofi Kingston open up the match. Truth was the first guy to go out after eating a flying elbow drop from Punk. Kofi is the star of the match with all of his athleticism. Jericho finally came in and he and Punk had a minute or so with each other and then Jericho gave Dolph the Codebreaker. Down to four.

Kofi with the high cross from the top of the pod and onto Miz and Punk. Kofi tapped out to the Walls of Jericho. When they were pulling Kofi out of the chamber, Punk kicked Jericho out of the chamber and he took a big fall. Jericho is still out. Miz hit the Skull-crushing Finale for a close two-count on Punk. Punk hit the GTS to beat Miz to keep his belt. Jericho was counted out?

Winner: CM Punk

2. Tamina vs. Beth Phoenix

Crowd doesn’t care at all about this match. They weren’t all that loud for the Raw chamber either. Tamina hit the Superfly splash, but Beth kicked out. There goes Tamina’s gimmick. Beth then finished her with a Glam Slam. Match was fine, neither good or bad.

Winner: Beth Phoenix

Laurinitis came to the ring and campaigned for the Smackdown GM job. He wants to be GM of both brands. Alberto Del Rio returned and backed him. So did Mark Henry. And finally, so did Christian. I can’t believe we paid for that. Otunga took a photo of all of them together in the ring and tweeted it out.
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2012 Royal Rumble Play By Play – 30 Man Royal Rumble

It’s my favorite PPV of the year and it generally delivers. We’ve done tremendous coverage on the show on the site so far with our preview articles and all that’s left is the wrestling.

1. Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. The Big Show

The story of this match is that Daniel Bryan is a pinball and he’s bouncing around for Big Show and Mark Henry. Mark Henry couldn’t really do anything. He was not the world’s strongest man tonight. He could barely get his foot off the ground.

Bryan went to the top of the cage to try and leave, but the every so swift Big Show kept catching him. Big Show trapped Daniel Bryan’s arm and then also had him by his head so it looked like Bryan was hanging from the top of the cage, which was pretty cool. Show had a grip on him and Bryan was hanging from Show’s wrists, and finally let go and won the match.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Bryan did the “Yes” screams after the match. (Photo sent in by my friend Jenn who is there live.)

2. The Bellas, Natalya, and Beth Phoenix vs. Alicia Fox, Eve, Kelly Kelly, and Tamina

Beth Phoenix tagged herself in by slapping one of the bellas pretty hard, immediately gave Kelly Kelly the Glam Slam for the win. Beth projects her character better than most of the dude wrestlers.

Winner: The Bellas, Natalya, and Beth Phoenix

3. John Cena vs. Kane
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2011 FGB Awards – Pro Wrestling

It was yet another year in pro wrestling where the business was either linear or down. In the US, WWE continued to plod through with mind-boggling booking, but WrestleMania saved buyrates from being alarmingly down over the year. In TNA, they continued their usual business strategy of booking for TV ratings and not really giving a damn about their PPV numbers. ROH left HDNet and went into syndication, but the jury is still out on how they are doing.

Our pro wrestling awards will be WWE heavy because it’s the number one promotion in the US. But Alan keeps us honest with his independent and international choices. Alan, Duan, myself, Big D from Superfriends Universe, Ryan Pike from Tough Talk MMA give us their picks for the awards.

Most Outstanding Wrestler Of The Year

Alan – Daisuke Sekimoto and Akira Tozawa

I’m sitting on the fence and splitting this between two men who’ve had years that were utterly incredible. Daisuke Sekimoto basically played the NWA touring world champion role in the first half of the year as wXw champ defending the belt in three different continents. Invaded All Japan with Yuji Okabayashi and won the All Asia titles in one of several classics with Soya & Sanada. Had a MOTYC in his home promotion of Big Japan when Soya and Hama came to try to take back the belts. Won the Fire Festival in Zero 1 in a great final with the usually average Kohei Sato. Has had countless other ****+ singles and tag matches.

Akira Tozawa shares the spoils by having two amazing half years. The 1st half was all in the US where he became a hero in PWG with an absurd amount of MOTYCs, and was the best guy on the DGUSA shows too. Then in the second half of the year he made his return to Japan and instantly was in the main event picture. His title match with Mochi was incredible.

Duan – Dolph Ziggler

A huge breakout year for Ziggler – always gave it absolutely everything inside the ring regardless of his place on the card. There’s not a more consistent performer on the roster.

Ryan – CM Punk

Consistently delivered great promos and delivered great performances in the ring at the right times.

Big D – Daniel Bryan and CM Punk

Despite the storyline going from fascinating to lame WWE garbage, CM Punk managed to completely reinvigorate his career and for the first time became a super-over top babyface. Bryan had good matches up and down the card with guys of all shapes and sizes from Sin Cara to Mark Henry. He won Money in the Bank. He does tons of jobs and doesn’t even complain about it, then ends the year as World Champ. The cream rises to the top.

GG – Dolph Ziggler

He was my choice last year for who I expected big things from in 2011. And even throughout horrendous booking, I think he was the brightest star. For one, I looked forward most to his matches on every PPV and TV taping. Secondly, his selling has become Mr. Perfect-like, taking athletic bumps, and really selling the hell out of the beating he’s taking. Thirdly, I’m not sure there’s a better athlete in the company and if they don’t turn him loose in 2012, it will boggle my mind.

Pro Wrestling Show Of The Year
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2011 WWE Money In The Bank – CM Punk Vs. John Cena

Well, we’re here. We’ll see how responsive the WWE buying audience is to CM Punk. To me, WWE really needs to put on two strong shows in a row. Tonight will more than likely be good from a wrestling standpoint, but what most fans are going to remember is what happens before the show goes off the air, and also how that blends into Raw tomorrow.

1. Smackdown Money In The Bank: Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Heath Slater vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
Sheamus, Kane, and Wade Barrett cleared the ring to start the show. Sin Cara, Gabriel, and Bryan all did high flying maneuvers early in the match. Sheamus powerbombed Sin Cara through a ladder that was platformed between the mat and the announcers’ table. Either Sin Cara did a great job of selling, or he was a bit hurt. It did look pretty nasty. They sent him to the back.

Barrett tried to get Gabriel and Slater to work together to help him win, but they didn’t agree. Sheamus and Kane gave Daniel Bryan the Doomsday Device.

Gabriel hit the 450 on Kane off a ladder that was perched on the top rope. He had a small room for error since there was a ladder in the middle of the ring. Best move of the match so far. Unbelievable. Bryan was near the top of the ladder in between Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett. He put Rhodes in a guillotine while Barrett was trying to get the briefcase. He knocked Cody off and then knocked Barrett off after Barrett teased a Wasteland on a perched ladder. He kicked Barrett off and grabbed the briefcase.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

2. Brie Bella vs. Kelly Kelly
Kelly Kelly won with a Fameasser in a pretty bad match. Kelly takes baby steps whenever she has to run or move quickly.

Winner: Kelly Kelly

3. Mark Henry vs. Big Show
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WWE 2010 TLC – Randy Orton Vs. The Miz

From what I remember, last year’s TLC PPV was a pretty fun show. But the way they’ve booked this show has been one big cluster. None of the matches were built up all that well and thus, when my kids asked me what was on the show, I could only name two or three matches. And is Daniel Bryan actually not on this show? Terrible.

I still think this show will be above average. They need to create some momentum going into Royal Rumble, so I’m excited to see it nonetheless.

My kids and Eddy Zucko are with me tonight. We’ll make predictions before each match.

1. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger vs. Dolph Ziggler

Brian: Dolph Ziggler
JJ: Kofi Kingston
Zucko: Kofi Kingston
GG: Kofi Kingston

All three guys are super athletic so this was fun while it lasted. But it was a pretty safe ladder match.

Kofi had a fantastic move early on where he catapulted himself from the middle of the top rope like Rey doing the West Coast Pop. The ladder was in the middle of the ring and Swagger was near by. He swung his knees and hit Swagger with his knees through the middle part of the ladder. Vickie tried to go up the ladder to win it for Dolph, but Kofi grabbed the ladder while she was near the top and scared the daylights out of her and me.

All three guys fought on top of the ladder for the belt. Finally, Swagger and Kofi were up top and both grabbed it and dropped the belt. Dolph, who was thrown off the ladder by Kofi just before, crawled over to to grab the belt.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

2. LayCool vs. Natalya and Beth Phoenix

Brian: Natalya and Beth
JJ: Natalya and Beth
Zucko: Natalya and Beth
GG: LayCool

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