WWE tag team legends The Hart Foundation
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Date: March 22, 2013
Commentators: Josh Mathews, Michael Cole, and JBL
Welcome to this week’s Smackdown! The show begins with a teaser of what is to come tonight. Jack Swagger is shown attacking Alberto Del Rio on Raw, following by locking in the Patriot Lock on Ricardo Rodriguez. Also, The Shield is shown retreating after Big Show stands ground with Randy Orton and Sheamus.
Miz is in the ring, for Miz TV. Randy Orton and Sheamus are welcomed as his guests, already in the ring. Miz speaks of how Ryback is no longer their Wrestlemania partner, and Miz asks of their choice. Orton says it was the person that helped him and Sheamus on Raw, that being Big Show. Sheamus says if Big Show didn’t come to the ring, they would have had their arses kicked. Orton says he doesn’t trust him, but then again, he doesn’t trust anyone. Orton says it’s better to work with the devil you know than the one you don’t. Miz decides to calls out Show. Big Show makes his way to the ring.
Miz speaks of mistrust being a problem, reminding of him of their team from a while back. Miz says he only trusts him as far as he can throw him. Show says it doesn’t matter what Miz says, following by saying he has dated women bigger than him. Show turns to Orton and Sheamus, saying he knocked out a member of the Shield. Show says if they worked together, they could be unstoppable. Sheamus says Show is one of the toughest opponents he has faced, but thinks he is devious. Show says if he would run, he wouldn’t have beaten Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship. Orton says they all need to get along. Miz finds it funny that Orton is the voice of reason. Sheamus says it won’t work, but Show says it will only if he pulls his head out of his — Booker T interrupts.
Booker says they need to see if they can get along, as they are in a 6-Man Tag Team Match tonight.
Mark Henry makes his way to the ring. Zack Ryder is already in the ring.
Mark Henry vs. Zack Ryder
Zack is thrown into the corner, and is hit in the face with an elbow. Ryder is whipped into the opposite corner, twice. Henry picks up Ryder, but Zack gets out. Ryder runs the ropes, but Henry picks him up. Henry connects with the World’s Strongest Slam for the win.
Winner: Mark Henry via pinfall
Henry follows the match with two World’s Strongest Slams on Ryder. Ryback interrupts, making his way to the ring. Ryback and Ryder standoff, as Henry runs to Ryback. Mark is taken down with a Meathook Clothesline, but rolls to the floor. Henry looks shocked, as Ryback chants in the ring.
Booker T is backstage, as Teddy Long comes up to talk to him. Long says he and Vickie Guerrero made the Ryback vs. Mark Henry match at Wrestlemania. Booker says he likes the match, but not how he handled business. Booker says he works for him. Long asks if he works with him, but Booker rolls his eyes and looks away.
A Booker T Hall of Fame video is shown.
Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring, with Big E and AJ. AJ goes onto commentary. Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring.
Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler w/ Big E Langston vs. Kofi Kingston
Dolph is kicked into the corner, but Ziggler fights out. Ziggler connects with a Neckbreaker. Dolph picks up Kofi, but Kingston connects with a Dropkick. Kofi follows with a Jumping Clothesline and Boom Drop. Kofi calls for Trouble in Paradise, but Big E distracts. Dolph takes advantage with a Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out.
Kofi throws punches to Ziggler, but is whipped into the corner. Kofi connects with an Enziguri from the apron. Dolph pins Kingston, but a kick out. Dolph stomps on Kofi, following with a Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out. Dolph locks in a Headlock, as Kingston stands out. Kofi is taken into the corner, as Dolph runs to him. Kofi moves, as Dolph hits his shoulder on the corner post. Kofi connects with running Double Axe Handles, followed by a Dropkick. Kofi runs to the corner, connecting with a Springboard Crossbody. Pin, but a kick out. Kofi attempts a Springboard Corkscrew Splash, but Ziggler gets his knees up. Ziggler is thrown to the ropes, as Kofi goes for Trouble in a Paradise. Ziggler holds onto the ropes, dodging the kick. Ziggler locks in with a Sleeper Hold. Kofi backs him into the corner, following with a Snapmare. Kofi connects with an SOS. Pin, but a kick out. Ziggler rolls to the floor, as Kofi runs the ropes. Kofi goes for a dive, but Big E stands in the way. Kofi goes top rope, as Ziggler is helped up. Kofi connects with a dive onto Big E. Ziggler connects with a Fameasser to Kofi on the floor. Kingston is rolled back into the ring, as Ziggler connects with a Zig Zag.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler via pinfall
After the match, Langston picks up Kingston, connecting with the Big End.
In a highlight from Raw, Fandango is shown speaking to Chris Jericho. Jericho mocks his name, in Jericho fashion. Fandango says he will learn to pronounce his name properly and leave, as Jericho says he didn’t get his movie tickets yet.
Undertaker calls out CM Punk, saying he made things personal. Undertaker says he wants the urn back. Punk appears on the Titantron, mocking Paul Bearer. Punk begins throwing up and catching the urn, speaking of Undertaker answering to a higher calling. Punk says he doesn’t answer to a high power, but is the power himself. Punk drops the urn, saying he didn’t intend any disrespect.
Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show are speaking backstage. Show is told to stay on the apron, and follow Sheamus’ lead. Show and Sheamus begin arguing, but Orton yells at them to stop. Orton says if they don’t cooperate, they will be sitting ducks for the Shield.
A highlight from Raw is shown, as Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock on Ricardo Rodriguez who suffered a broken ankle.
Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring, with Zeb Colter.
Swagger has a mic, welcoming everyone to Jack Swagger’s America. Zeb is handed the mic, saying what happened on Raw was unfortunate, but necessary. Zeb says what happened to Ricardo is nothing compared to what will happen to Del Rio come Wrestlemania. Zeb says if bones need to be broken, they will. Zeb says this should be a wakeup call to everyone who disagrees with what they say; including Chris Jericho. Swagger is handed the mic again, as he finishes with “We the People.” Chris Jericho interrupts, and makes his way to the ring.
Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho throws elbows to Swaggers face, following with an Irish Whip. Jericho connects with a Spinning Back Elbow. Jericho chops Swagger in the ropes, whipping him again. Swagger catches the ropes, rolling to the floor. Swagger begins yelling, as Jericho connects with a Baseball Slide Dropkick. Jericho throws Swagger into the barricade, chopping him. Swagger is rolled back into the ring, and Jericho follows. Jack connects with a Chop Block. Swagger stomps on Jericho, following with a couple Shoulder Tackles. Swagger runs the ropes, but is greeted with a Dropkick by Jericho. Pin, but a kick out. Swagger reverses a whip, catching Jericho out of the air. Jericho is thrown into the corner, as Swagger connects with fists. Swagger is chopped, but puts Jericho on the top rope. Jericho tries to kick Swagger away, but Swagger follows him up. Swagger goes for a Superplex, but Jericho headbutts Swagger of the top. Jericho connects with a Diving Crossbody. Pin, but a kick out. Swagger rolls to the floor, as Jericho connects with a Slingshot Plancha.
Jericho runs the ropes, but is hit with a Big Boot. Pin, but a kick out. Swagger locks in a Hammerlock and Headlock combination. Swagger throws some fist to the back, then choking Jericho in the ropes. Swagger puts Jericho’s arm in the ropes, throwing clubs to the back. Swagger whips Jericho into the corner, as he runs to Chris. Jericho moves, connecting with a few shoulders. Jericho is sent to the apron, but goes top rope. Jericho connects with a Double Axe Handle. Jericho hits Swagger in the head with fists in the corner. Swagger picks Jericho up, as he goes for a Hurricanrana. Swagger catches him in the Patriot Lock. Jericho reverses, as Swagger is sent to the floor. Jericho connects with a Triangle Springboard Dropkick. Fandango interrupts, dancing on the apron. Fandango makes his way to the ring, as Swagger connects with a Belly-to-belly Suplex. Pin, but a kick out. Jericho connects with a Crucifix Pin, but a kick out. Jericho goes for the Codebreaker, but Swagger picks him up. Jericho reverses into a Victory Roll. Pin, but a kick out. Jericho connects with a Catapult into the ropes, as he follows with a Bulldog. Jericho goes for a Lionsault, as Fandango kicks him in the head. Swagger capitalizes, with a Swagger Bomb for the win.
Winner: Jack Swagger via pinfall
Fandango jumps into the ring, assaulting Jericho. Fandango goes top rope, connecting with a Leg Drop. Fandango grabs a mic, yelling his name into Jericho’s face.
Big Show is backstage, talking with Matt Striker. Show speaks of his partners, saying Orton is right. Show says he has been beaten up by the Shield, but so have his partners. Show says they will trust him about as much as they can trust each other.
A John Cena and Rock hype video is shown.
Rhodes Scholars are in the ring, with the Bella Twins. Cody Rhodes says he will bring to everyone a special gift. Damien demands silence, saying his best friend and him are proud to present the class of the diva’s division: The Bella Twins. Brodus Clay and Tensai make their way to the ring.
Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) w/ The Bella Twins vs. Brodus Clay and “Sweet T” w/ Cameron and Naomi
Cody and Tensai start off, as Rhodes throws jabs. Tensai throws an uppercut, but Rhodes connects with one of his own. Tensai misses with a Splash, as he rolls to his corner. Clay is tagged, as he takes out Rhodes and Sandow. Nikki Bella gets on the apron, distracting Clay. Cameron and Naomi then fight with Nikki and Brie. Everyone gets involved in the brawl outside the ring.
Backstage, Sheamus and Orton are interviews about their trust. Sheamus delivers a similar promo to Show from earlier, telling Striker to trust him.
Antonio Cesaro is in the ring. Miz makes his way to the ring.
United States Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz
Miz and Cesaro lock up, as Cesaro locks in a Side Headlock. Miz backs him into the ropes, rolling him up. Pin, but a kick out. Cesaro knees Miz, and pins. Kick out, Cesaro connects with a Double Stomp to the chest, and pins. Kick out. Cesaro connects with a Gutwrench Suplex. Cesaro locks in a Cravat, throwing knees to the face. Miz whips Cesaro, but is reversed. Miz connects with a Big Boot. Cesaro is taken into the corner, and is hit with a Running Lariat. Miz follows with a Double Axe Handle. Miz goes for the Figure Four, but Cesaro pushes him away. Miz connects with a Low Dropkick to Cesaro’s knee. Miz locks in a Figure Four for the win.
Winner: The Miz via submission
After the match, Miz locks in the Figure Four Leglock on Cesaro, staring with Wade Barrett on commentary. Miz challenges Barrett to get in the ring, but he walks away.
A video of the premier party of The Call is shown.
A video package from Raw is shown, where Triple H signed for a match against Brock Lesnar. After beating up Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar comes out with a chair. Triple H reveals a sledgehammer, keeping Lesnar on the ramp. Heyman says it will be a No Holds Barred Match, with Triple H’s career on the line.
Randy Orton and Sheamus make their way to the ring, respectively.
Big Show is in the ring. 3MB make their way to the ring.
Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show vs. 3MB (Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal)
Jinder and Randy start off, as Mahal throws fists. Jinder runs the ropes, but is taken out with Clotheslines. Orton punches Jinder in the corner, off the top rope. Orton tags Sheamus, as they both take down Mahal with a Back Elbow. Sheamus takes Mahal in the corner, as Jinder fights out. Sheamus connects with a boot to the gut. Mahal is tackled into the corner, followed by a hit with a Knee Lift. Sheamus connects with a Rolling Senton. Sheamus connects with Big Show style chops. Show is tagged, as is Drew. Drew throws kicks, but is taken down with headbutts. Show puts Drew on the apron, connecting with Sheamus style clubs to the chest of McIntyre. Jinder is tagged, as he is thrown into the ring. Heath is tagged, as he is also thrown into the ring. Orton is tagged, as he connects with a Knee Drop. Heath is hit with a Scoop Slam. Orton puts Slater on the apron, hitting Jinder. Heath rings Orton’s neck on the rope, connecting with a kick by Slater. Pin, but a kick out by Orton. Drew is tagged, as he stomps away at Orton. Jinder is tagged as he does the same. Heath is tagged, as he connects with a Neckbreaker. Heath goes top rope, but is hit with a Dropkick by Orton. Show is tagged, as he cleans house. Show connects with a Spear to Jinder, but is hit with a Big Boot by Drew. Show hits the KO Punch to Drew, as Sheamus tags Show. Sheamus connects with a Brogue Kick to Jinder for the win.
Winners: Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show via pinfall
Show begins arguing with Sheamus about stealing his victory, as Orton tries to stop it. The Shield makes their way to the ring. During this, Sheamus and Show begin pushing each other. Orton is pushed over in the quarrel, as all three begin pushing each other. The Shield comes to the apron, but backs away. Orton, Sheamus and Show stay in the ring.