Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: January 25, 2013
Commentators: Josh Matthews & John Bradshaw Layfield
Welcome to this week’s Smackdown! The show begins with a highlight from Raw when the Shield ambush The Rock in the ring. If the Shield interfere in Punk vs. Rock, Punk will be stripped of the title. Also tonight, the final encounter between Big Show and Alberto Del Rio before their World Heavyweight Championship Match.
Team Hell No make their way to the ring. A highlight from Raw is shown, where Daniel Bryan and Kane graduated from Anger Management. Dr. Shelby encouraged Daniel and Kane to hug, as everyone in the crowd began hugging.
Kane says they have come out here to address the rumors of them being soft. Bryan says nothing could be further from the truth. Kane says to those who don’t believe them, after they retain the WWE Tag Team Championships Kane will win the Royal Rumble Match. Daniel questions what he heard. Kane says he has been in 13 Royal Rumble Matches; the most ever. In one, he eliminated 11; also a record. Daniel says Kane has never won, which is what he will do on Sunday. Daniel and Kane begin arguing who will win. Big Show interrupts.
Show enters the ring. Show says no one cares about their plans. Show says they have a 1 and 30 chance in winning. Show says the only plan they should make are retirement plans if they choose to face Show at Wrestlemania. Daniel reminds Show that he beat him for the World Championship last year. Show says he won’t take any of Daniel’s crap. Show says Alberto stole his championship, crawling his way into the title picture like a bug. Show says he will squish Del Rio, as well as Hell No if they don’t leave his ring. Kane says they aren’t bugs, and are the Tag Team Champions. Kane says they are not going anywhere. Daniel starts chanting no. Rhodes Scholars interrupt.
Damien says Hell No is making a critical error, putting the cart before the horse; or the goat. Damien says they should worry about their tag match. Just as David was underestimated by Goliath, Rhodes Scholars are being underestimated. Damien says their destruction of Hell No will be of biblical proportions. Rhodes says he is wasting his breath, because of who is is speaking in front of. Rhodes says in other words, they will win the Tag Team Championships. Damien proposes an alliance with Big Show, seeing as how they will all be champions after Royal Rumble. Alberto Del Rio interrupts.
Alberto and Hell No stand off with Rhodes Scholars and Big Show. Booker T interrupts.
Booker says he appreciates their want to fight, making the Main Event official. Team Rhodes Scholars and Big Show will face Team Hell No and Alberto Del Rio in a 6-Man Elimination Match. Show tries to take out Del Rio, but Alberto takes the leg of Show out. Show backs away out of the ring. Show pushes over the steel steps and begins yelling at Del Rio.
Sheamus makes his way to the ring. Wade Barrett makes his way to the ring.
Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. Sheamus
Wade kicks Sheamus, taking him down with a forearm to the back. Sheamus chops Barrett, and slams him into the corner. Wade fights out with fists, whipping Sheamus. Wade is taken out with a short Lariat. Pin, but a kick out. Wade is punched in the corner, but is backed out. Barrett throws a sneak punch into Sheamus’ face. Barrett follows with a Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out. Barrett stomps on Sheamus’ chest, but Wade is taken down to the mat with a Headlock.
Wade runs the ropes and kicks Sheamus’ chest. Sheamus goes for a Brouge Kick, but Barrett goes to the floor. Sheamus follows him, putting him on the apron. Wade has his chest in a few times, but Barrett reverses with a back kick into Sheamus. Wade follows with a Big Boot to Sheamus as he goes off the apron.
Wade has Sheamus in a Headlock, but is punched. Sheamus runs the ropes, but is taken over the top with a Clothesline. Sheamus climbs to the apron, as Barrett chokes his neck on the ropes. Barrett throws knees to Sheamus face, but is taken to the mat with a Battering Ram. Sheamus takes out Wade with a tackle into the corner, but misses with a knee. Wade is put on the apron, and has his chest beaten in 10 times. Sheamus picks up Wade, connecting with a Rolling Senton. Pin, but a kick out. Wade elbows Sheamus in the head, connecting with a Savate Kick. Wade goes for a kick to the head, but Sheamus rolls him up. Kick out. Sheamus connects with an Irish Curse Back Breaker. Sheamus picks up Wade, but is thrown to the apron. Wade is shouldered in the gut, as Sheamus goes top rope. Wade pulls him off by the arm. Wade connects with a kick to the head. Pin, but a kick out. Wade goes to the second rope, going for an elbow. Sheamus puts the knees up, but Barrett stops himself. Wade rolls up Sheamus, but is almost put in the Cloverleaf. Sheamus picks up Wade and connects with White Noise. Sheamus follows with a Brouge Kick for the win.
Winner: Sheamus via pinfall
In a highlight from Raw, The Rock is shown calling out CM Punk in a Sky Box. Rock says it is Punk’s last night on Raw as WWE Champion. Rock says like Martin Luther King, he has a dream to go to the mountain top, and become WWE Champion. The lights go out, as the Shield ambush the Rock. Punk watches on as Rock is taken out with a Triple Powerbomb. Punk says on that mountain, there is only room for one man; the best in the world.
CM Punk is shown backstage talking with Paul Heyman.
Natalya makes her way to the ring, with The Great Khali and Hornswoggle. Rosa Mendes is in the ring.
Natalya w/ The Great Khali and Hornswoggle vs. Rosa Mendes w/ Epico and Primo
They lock up, as Nat does a Side Headlock Takeover to Rosa. Rose reverses into a Head Scissors. Nat does a kip up, bowing. Rosa locks in a Headlock, as she runs the ropes. Nat is taken out with a kick, then dragged to the mat by her hair. Rosa locks in a Straight Jacket, but Nat gets out with an Arm Drag. Nat connects with a Discus Lariat. Nat picks up Rosa, but is reversed. Nat tries to lock in a Sharpshooter, but Rosa grabs the ropes. Rosa takes out Nat with a forearm. Rosa begins dancing in the ring, as Hornswoggle on the announce desk does the same. Rosa is rolled up, but then locked in a Sharpshooter.
Winner: Natalya via submission
CM Punk and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring. Punk says he is scared. Punk says he is so frightened, he can’t sleep at night. Punk says he is scared of his own potential. Punk says everything is a surface he has just begun to scratch at. Punk says one thing jeopardizes 432 days. Punk says it is not the Rock, but the Shield. Punk says it’s because of their independent actions. Heyman reads an official letter of the stipulation, saying if the Shield interfere, he will be stripped of the title. Punk says Vince McMahon will try to swoop in an take what is his because no one could get the job done. Punk says he is going to do something no one has had the stones to do. Punk calls out the Shield, and won’t leave until he gets them. Punk sets up a chair in the ring, just as they come out from the crowd. The Shield surround the ring, as Punk tells them he never asked them to attack Rock, Ryback, or for anything. Punk tells them to stay out of his way. Punk says they believe in justice, saying there would be no greater injustice them him losing because of their interference. Punk says he promises he will beat the Rock, saying it is the biggest victory of his career. Punk says he is going to do it by himself. Punk says he didn’t ask for their help, doesn’t want it and doesn’t need it. Punk says if they truly want justice, they never have to cross paths again. The Shield back away, making their way back through the crowd. Punk says that is how the champ takes care of business, he tackles the problem because he is the best in the world. Punk says the Rock is the Great One, but he is the Best in the World and when it comes to the best they are inferior. Punk says Rock will step in the ring with greatness, proving he is the greatest of all time. The Rock interrupts, making his way to the ring. Rock poses on the turnbuckles, looking back at Punk. Punk holds the title in front of him. Rock says he is going to put an end to his garbage right now. Rock says Punk is working with the Shield. Rock says his boot says it is getting shoved straight up Punk’s candy ass. Rock says Punk’s walls are closing in, saying Punk is going to panic and crack. Rock says when that happens, he will hook Punk with a Rock Bottom. When Punk gets in the air, time will stand still. Rock says Punk’s final thought will be, “It’s over.” Rock promises he will become WWE Champion, asking Punk if he smells what he is cooking.
3MB is in the ring. Randy Orton makes his way to the ring.
Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntyre w/ Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal
Draw kicks Orton into the corner, stomping him to the mat. Drew throws Orton into the opposite corner, but is taken out with a Lariat. Drew is hit with a Scoop Slam. Orton is elbowed by a cornered Drew, but connects with a Backbreaker. Drew is put on the apron, but Jinder interferes. Orton connects with an RKO. Drew is hit with a Rope-Hung DDT. Heath interferes, but is also hit with an RKO. Finally, Drew is taken out with an RKO.
Winner: Randy Orton via disqualification
The Primetime Players are in the ring. Miz makes his way to the ring.
The Miz vs. Darren Young w/ Titus O’Neil
Darren connects with a kick to the gut, followed by an Elbow Drop. Pin, but a kick out. Darren locks in a Rear Headlock. Miz is kicked in the gut, and punched into the corner. Darren connects with a chop, but Miz throws Darren into the corner. Miz connects with a Running Lariat, also taking out Titus on the apron. Miz connects with a Double Axe Handle from the top rope. Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Darren gets out. Miz locks in a Figure Four for the win.
Winner: The Miz via submission
A Royal Rumble video package is shown, going over trivia and facts about the match.
Alberto Del Rio makes his way to the ring.
Team Hell No make their way to the ring. Team Rhodes Scholars make their way to the ring. Big Show makes his way to the ring.
6-Man Elimination Match: World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) vs. Big Show and Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow)
Cody and Alberto lock up, as Cody twists the arm. Del Rio rolls out, getting Cody’s arm. Cody is taken down to the mat, but punches out. Alberto is whipped into the corner, but elbows Cody. Del Rio connects with a Headscissors Takedown, followed by a kick to the head. Pin, but a kick out. Sandow is tagged and Bryan is tagged. Sandow connects with a knee, followed by a Snapmare. Daniel does a Droptoe Hold, as Damien falls into the corner. Daniel connects with multiple kicks to the chest of Sandow. Daniel does a Snapmare, and tags Kane. Kane connects with a Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out. Sandow stomps Kane to the mat, but is caught in a Chokeslam.
Damien Sandow is eliminated via pinfall
Show is in the ring, as Kane tackles him in the corner. Show whips Kane, but is planted with a DDT. Kane goes to the top rope, connecting with a Lariat. Kane launches himself into Show, taking both men over. Kane runs to Show, but is punched in the face with the KO Punch. Kane is counted out.
Kane is eliminated via countout
Cody is tagged, as Daniel gets in the ring.
Cody is elbowed in the gut, as Daniel is kneed in the gut while running to Rhodes. Pin, but a kick out. Rhodes locks in a Surfboard Stretch. Daniel stands out, kicking Cody. Daniel runs the ropes as both collide with a Cross Body. Show is tagged, as Daniel is put in a choke hold. Show tackles Daniel in the corner, and runs the ropes. Show has his leg taken out with a Low Dropkick. Daniel jumps off the top rope, but is swatted in the chest. Daniel is thrown to the floor, but Daniel grabs the ropes. Daniel skins the cat, getting back in the ring. Daniel is hit with a KO Punch, falling to the floor.
Daniel Bryan is eliminated via countout
Del Rio kicks Show, running the ropes. Del Rio is caught and hit with a Chokeslam. Del Rio rolls to the floor. Alberto gets back in the ring, but rolls back out. Alberto throws a punch, but is thrown back into the ring. Show follows, as he is kicked in the head while climbing back into the ring. Show lands groin first on the top rope, and is kicked out to the floor.
Big Show is eliminated via countout
Cody rolls up Del Rio, but a kick out. Rhodes connects with a Dropkick, following with stomps. Cody misses with the Disaster Kick, as Del Rio connects with a Tilt-a-whirl Backbreaker. Del Rio kicks Cody in the head and pins. Kick out. Del Rio connects with an Enziguri to a cornered Rhodes for the win.
Winners: Alberto Del Rio and Team Hell No via pinfall
Show jumps Del Rio from behind, getting him with a Spear. Show begins clearing out the chairs from in front of the announce desk. Show knocks out Del Rio, pushing the announce desk over him. Show begins counting, finally reaching a 10 count. Show then does a 10 count in Spanish.