WWE Smackdown! – February 17th, 2012 from Fresno, CA
[Reviewed by: Sean Sweeny]
The show started off with Randy Orton sitting in Teddy Long’s office with Teddy next to him. Teddy said that he was sorry but it was out of his hands, and Randy’s. Teddy said that he sees that Randy is dressed to compete but he is not medically cleared to do so. Teddy said that there was security on the other side of the door and he will be escorted out of the building for his own safety and then Teddy repeated himself saying that Orton cannot compete tonight or at the Elimination Chamber. Randy then got up and looked at Teddy Long before walking out of the room.
TAG TEAM MATCH
The Big Show & The Great Khali defeated Wade Barrett & Cody Rhodes via pin fall: Big Show won with a Choke Slam on Barrett.
Teddy was in his office on the phone telling the person that Randy Orton will no longer be in the Elimination Chamber as he has a concussion and cannot compete, and he has no idea what to do. Teddy then turned around and Mark Henry was standing behind him. Long asked him what he was doing here, and Henry said that he needs Teddy to put him in the Chamber match since Randy Orton is out. Henry said that Teddy Long needs him in the match on Sunday, and Teddy needs Mark Henry to be Heavyweight Champion. Just then Big Show came into the room telling Teddy that he just did him a favor in that Tag Team match and now he wants Daniel Bryan one on one later on. Henry got upset and told Show to wait his turn, and then show laid out Henry with the WMD. Big Show then began tearing up Teddy’s office demanding him to give him what he wants as Teddy ran out of the office.
Teddy Long was in the hallway with a group of security men and asked them to find and escort The Big Show out of the building. He said to have them wait for Show to calm down and then ask him nicely to leave the arena so he doesn’t hurt anyone. One of the security members said he wasn’t going anywhere near that angry giant. Teddy said fine I will call in backup. With that Teddy then walked off down the hall.
Hunico defeated Ted DiBiase via pin fall: Hunico won with a Roll-up Pin.
TAG TEAM MATCH – NON TITLE
Epico & Hunico © defeated The Usos – Primo won with the Backstabber on Jimmy Uso
IN RING SEGMENT
Daniel Bryan made his way down to the ring with a microphone in hand. The fans booed him and Bryan then said the he guessed everyone said that everyone must have seen what he did on Monday night. He then directed everyone to the titantron to show a replay of what he did to Orton and the Big Show. Bryan then said he understands that Big Show and Randy Orton have been escorted out of the building. He then said that if either of them were real men then they would be out here right now facing him, but they aren’t because they are both afraid of him and so is everyone else. They are afraid of tapping out and making them look ridiculous by beating them once again because he just keeps on winning. Bryan went on to say that no one thought he had what it took to be champion, and he proved them all wrong and this Sunday at the Elimination Chamber he will prove everyone wrong once again. Daniel said that he knows he will have to beat the odds but he has been doing that for his whole life, and he will emerge victorious at the Elimination Chamber. Bryan then wanted the announcer to announce to due to forfeit that Daniel Bryan is the winner of his match against his Orton since they were scheduled to compete tonight. Bryan then began cheering and screaming in the ring as his music hit again.
Teddy Long’s music hit, and Teddy Long came out onto the stage with a microphone. He said that before Bryan celebrates for a victory he should compete first, as everyone wants to see him compete. Now since Orton has not been cleared to compete there is someone that has offered to take the match, and then Teddy Long introduced “The Great White” Sheamus, and out he came to the ring for the match.
Daniel Bryan defeated Sheamus via DQ: Bryan won after spitting in Sheamus’s face causing him to lose control and the ref had no choice but to disqualify Sheamus.
Teddy was watching the match on a monitor and shaking his head in disgust when Wade Barrett came into Long’s office and said that he wanted to have a word with Teddy. Barrett said that he wanted to know who he was facing at the Chamber, and who was replacing Orton in the match. Cody Rhodes then walked into the room and taunted Barrett for losing again tonight, and then told Teddy that he is going to take care of Khali, Bryan, Barrett and Show but he wanted to know who the final person will be. Teddy Long said that he doesn’t know but he will by the end of the night as anyone with a pair of boots can enter a wild card battle royal to get the last spot whether they be from RAW, SmackDown, or even NXT. Rhodes said that Teddy couldn’t do that, putting a no name in the elimination chamber, and Teddy Long replied by saying watch me, playa because one person is getting the chance of a lifetime. Both Barrett and Rhodes then storm off in disgust.
Jinder Mahal defeated Ezekiel Jackson via submission: Mahal won with the Camel Clutch.
DIVAS TAG TEAM MATCH
Tamina & Alicia Fox defeated Beth Phoenix & Natalya via pin fall: Tamina won with the Superfly Splash on Natalya.
Teddy Long was in his office again on the phone talking about the wild card battle royal when John Laurinaitis and David Otunga walked into the office. Teddy greeted him and asked why he was here. John said that he and David were in their skybox seats when he heard about the wild card battle royal and he asked what Teddy was thinking as the Elimination Chamber needs star power and he will be doing Teddy a favor by having David Otunga officially be entering it. Teddy said that Otunga being a lawyer he has a lot of stink on him, but wishes him luck in the battle royal. John and David then leave the office.
WILD CARD BATTLE ROYAL – ANY SUPERSTAR CAN COMPETE
Final Four: David Otunga, Santino Marella, Drew McIntyre and Ezekiel Jackson.
Winner: Santino Marella: Santino is now in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match.