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411’s WWE Smackdown Report 12.28.12
Posted by Larry Csonka on 12.28.2012





Welcome to 411's LIVE WWE Smackdown Report 12.28.12 (Episode 697)
Championship Roll Call:
WWE Champion: CM Punk
World Champion: Big Show
US Champion: Antonio Cesaro
IC Champion: Kofi Kingston
Unified Diva's Champion: Eve
WWE World Tag Team Champions: Kane & Daniel Bryan



-Reminder, I do not rate matches that are under three minutes long…

-Video package to start the show, featuring the drama between Big Show and Sheamus.

-Sheamus came to the ring, wished the fans a merry Christmas, and then said that his New Year's resolution was to be the world champion again. But since that was too long to wait for, he called out Big Show for a title match right now. Show made his way out, and said that he wasn't Santa and noted that Sheamus always comes up short when it counts and that Sheamus doesn't get to decide when he gets a title shot. Sheamus called Show a coward, and said if he wouldn't get a title fight, that he would take the fight to Show.

Booker T came out to stop the insanity, which led Show to say that Sheamus wasn't worthy of his title, and no one else in the locker room was either since they were losers. Booker told Show he would be in action later against an opponent that would be randomly chosen, so luck would decide the challenger tonight. After Teddy Long and Eve argued over who would draw the lottery as it were, Booker made the selection, which turned out to be Santino. Santino celebrated until he realized what he won.


Primo w/Epico and Rosa vs. Brodus Clay

Epico tries to distract Clay, allowing Primo to attack. He beats down Clay a bit, off the ropes and Clay stops that noise. Chops to Primo, Clay catches Primo off the ropes and then gets a powerslam. Clay lays out Epico, splashes Primo and that is all.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Brodus Clay @ 1:00 via pin
RATING: NR

-After the match, Rosa talked shit to Clay, so Cameron and Naomi took her out with some kicks, a suplex and a double split leg drop.


-In the back, Sheamus was offering help to Santino. Sheamus tried to teach him the brogue kick, which caused Santino to pull and or tear a hamstring.

Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow vs. Kane, Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston

Bryan and Cody to begin. Cody tries to show off a bit, kicks by Bryan, and then a tag to Kane. Uppercut connects, and a cover gets 2. Kane misses a corner charge, Cody tags in Sandow and he lays the boots to Kane in a corner. Kane puts a stop to that and gets the side slam and a cover for 2. Tag to Kofi, double axe handle off the top, and then Kofi works the arm, unfortunately for him, Sandow works his face with a right. Tag to Barrett and Kofi grabs a side headlock. Off the ropes, counters and a back elbow connects for Kofi. The dropkick follows, and a cover gets 2. Front facelock by Kofi, Barrett escapes, Kofi fakes the trouble in paradise and now all six men are in the ring for a stand off…

commercial time


We are back from a commercial as Sandow is working over Bryan, hits the Russian leg sweep and then connects with the elbow with an overly fancy name. Tag to Barrett and he works knee strikes on Bryan. As Bryan is trapped in the ropes, Barrett kicks him to the apron, and then pulls him in and covers for 2. Barrett works a camel clutch variation now, Bryan works to his feet and escapes with elbows. Barrett shoots Bryan to the corner, tags in Cody and he lays the boots to Bryan in the corner. Arm drag by Cody and into a half nelson. Bryan with rights, and hotshots Cody to the corner. BOTH men are down and tags to Kofi and Barrett. Kofi flies in and runs wild on Barrett. Kofi with the kick in the corner, up top and the cross body gets 2. It breaks down now, Hell No and the Scholars battle on the floor, and in the ring Kofi counters the Bull Hammer, Trouble in Paradise to Cody as he tries to make a save, but Barrett gets the Bull Hammer on Kofi fir the win.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow @ 10:00 via pin
RATING: **½

- Show met with Booker, and was laughing because his title match was cancelled, since Santino was injured. Booker said bullshit and that he would be drawing a new name. Teddy Long returned with Ricardo Rodriguez, the new challenger for Show. Show found this amusing, and after Ricardo put up his dukes, Show told him to try and announce himself as the new champion. Ricardo managed to get enough courage to do that, but Show KO'd him, which didn't please Booker.


Non-Title Match: Antonio Cesaro © vs. Zack Ryder

Lock up, to the corner and body shots by Cesaro. Suplex by Cesaro and a cover gets 2. Cesaro works a choke now on Ryder, shot to the body follows and then lays the boots to Ryder. Gut wrench suplex by Cesaro connects, and another cover gets 2. To the corner and more shots by Cesaro land, and then a slam follows. Double stomp by Cesaro, and he covers for 2. Cesaro works the seated bear hug, Ryder escapes, face buster by Ryder. Knees follow, and the second rope dropkick connects as well. Corner forearm by Ryder, broski boot misses. Cesaro grabs him and gets an uppercut to the back of the head. Neutralizer. Pin.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Antonio Cesaro @ 4:00 via pin
RATING: *½

-We see Big E. Langston muderizing the Miz on last week's Smackdown.


The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler w/AJ and Big E Langston

Lock up to begin, side headlock by Miz follows. Ziggler to his feet, off the ropes and a shoulder block by Miz. Back to the side headlock takedown, Ziggler to his feet and Miz takes him back down with the side headlock. Ziggler escapes, delivers elbows to Miz and then works a standing headlock. Off the ropes and a shoulder block by Ziggler. Off the ropes and a flapjack by Miz. He tosses Ziggler over the top rope and Langston catches Ziggler to save him. Ziggler back into the ring, Boot by Ziggler after faking the test of strength and slams Miz to the mat and covers for 2. Snap mare and elbow drop by Ziggler gets 2. Ziggler on the back of Miz, and works a version of the abdominal stretch. Miz escapes, mounts Ziggler and lands rights. Miz to the top rope, flies off and eats a dropkick from Ziggler…

commercial time


We are back from the commercial as Ziggler hit an elbow drop and covers for 2. Ziggler with the chinlock, Miz works to his feet, elbows out and gets a belly to back suplex. Miz sidesteps a charge, boot by Ziggler but Miz connects with the back elbow. Miz fires up and gets the neck breaker and covers for 2. Back elbow by Ziggler, and tries for the sleeper, countered and a DDT by Miz gets 2. Miz misses the running kick, roll up by Ziggler for 2. Miz slams Ziggler to the corner, clothesline connects. Miz up top, double axe handle connects. Miz blows a kiss to AJ, Langston distracts him and Ziggler gets the zigzag and that is all.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Dolph Ziggler @ 10:30 via pin
RATING: **¾

-Miz grabs a mic after the match, and said that no matter which superstar AJ was with on New Years, it would end with a bang. Bad idea son. AJ sent Dolph down to the ring but he was hit with the mic and double legged. Big E Langston hit the ring and murderized the Miz, allowing AJ and Ziggler to make out.


-Booker met with the doctor, who stated that Ricardo couldn't compete tonight. Brad Maddox came in with his personal cameraman and asked Booker for one more chance. Booker cut him off saying it was the wrong time. Maddox didn't let up though, so Booker said he was getting his last chance. As Maddox left, Del Rio came in and said he was furious with Big Show. Booker offered Del Rio the spot in the championship match, which Del Rio accepted and dedicated to Ricardo.


-Maddox came to the ring, spouting some bullshit about New Year's resolutions.

Sheamus vs. Brad Maddox

Well this will not end well. Maddox tries to bail, and Sheamus stops that. Maddox gets a headlock, off the ropes and a clothesline by Sheamus. Go behind by Maddox, Sheamus tosses him to the mat. Side headlock and a takedown by Sheamus. To the feet, Maddox gets the ropes and yells at Sheamus. He then shoves Sheamus, and bails to the floor. Sheamus follows, Maddox catches him on the way in and lays the boots to him. Sheamus stops an Irish whip, to the corner and clubbing shots by Sheamus. Short-armed clothesline follows for Sheamus, Maddox tries to escape and Sheamus with the clubbing shots in the ropes. White noise follows that. Sheamus then decides that the brogue kick shall finish things officially.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Sheamus @ 3:30 via pin
RATING: *½


-We get highlights from Raw.

The Prime Time Players (O'Neil and Young) vs. The Usos (Jey and Jimmy)

No entrance for either team. Young and Jimmy in to begin, shoulder block by Young. Off the ropes, rights by Jimmy connect. Tag to Jey, double back elbow and then the elbow drops connect for 2. Young back with the elbow, boot by O'Neil and he tags in and lays the boots to Jey. Clothesline by O'Neil, tag back to Young, but Jey reverses things and Young accidentally kicks O'Neil. Press gut buster by Yong, but Jimmy makes the save. Jimmy tags in, small package and that is all.

OFFICIAL RESULT: The Usos @ 2:20 via
RATING: NR

-We get a video promo from the Shield.


-Matt Striker interviewed the Big Show, who was not happy. Show said that since he was not happy, that if Del Rio wanted to come to the ring, he could and that he would be KO'd as well.

World Title Match: The Big Show © vs. Alberto Del Rio

And here we go with the evening's main event. Del Rio tried to attack right away, but Big Show stops that and beats him down. Del Rio fight back with body shots and kicks, but Show tosses him to the mat. Leg kicks and rights by Del Rio, side headlock takedown by Show. Del Rio escapes, lays in the kicks to Show, who then delivers chops to Del Rio. Del Rio tossed to the floor, and Show follows. Show slams Del Rio into the steel steps and then rolls him back into the ring. Show works an Anderson like standing arm bar, looking to keep Del Rio grounded. Del Rio with body shots, off the ropes and a shoulder block by Show drops Del Rio. Show walks on Del Rio's stomach, picks him up and then slams him to the mat. Off the ropes and Show misses the low drop. Running boots by Del Rio, laying out Show. Del Rio sets, superkick to Show, who was on his knees, and Del Rio covers for 2. Del Rio works the arm, looks for the cross arm breaker, but Show tosses him to the floor. Show rolls out as well, and tries to walk out on the match. Sheamus attacks, causing a DQ.

OFFICIAL RESULT: Big Show @ 5:00 via DQ
RATING: **

-Show and Sheamus brawled, and Show tried to escape up the ramp. Unfortunately the locker room emptied, since they were pissed that Show called them a bunch of losers, and they all took shots at him as he tried to escape. Show was eventually forced back to the ring, where Del Rio hit the run up enziguri and then Sheamus hit the brogue kick. The Smackdown locker room looked pleased that Show was taken out.

-End scene.


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