Location: Washington, DC
Date: April 5, 2013
Commentators: Josh Mathews and Michael Cole
Welcome to this week’s Smackdown! Ryback makes his way to the ring. Primo and Epico, with Rosa Mendes, make their way to the ring.
2-on-1 Handicap Match: Ryback vs. Primo and Epico w/ Rosa Mendes
Primo hits Ryback from behind, locking in a Headlock. Primo is thrown against the ropes, but is taken down with a shoulder. Primo jumps to Ryback, but is caught in a slam. Epico is tagged, as he is thrown into the corner. Epico kicks Ryback away, but is picked up. Epico is slammed. Ryback whips Epico, as Ryback has his leg taken out with a low Dropkick to the leg. Primo is tagged, as he connects with a Missile Dropkick. Primo stomps away on Ryback, before tagging Epico. Epico does the same, following with a Headlock. Ryback stands up, picking up Epico. Ryback connects with a Backpack Stunner. Primo is tagged, as he is taken out with back elbows. Primo is dropped with a Back Body Drop. Primo is picked up, but Epico sweeps the legs of Ryback. Primo reverses into a DDT. Primo and Epico whip Ryback, as he connects with a Double Spear. Ryback picks up both, connecting with a Shellshock for the win.
Winner: Ryback via pinfall
A highlight from Raw is shown, when Alberto Del Rio was beaten down with crutches by Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter.
At Wrestlemania Axxess, Michael Cole and JBL highlight the event. They cover Superstars for Sandy Relief raising money. Also, JBL says that this Axxeess is the most attended in history.
A Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar hype video is shown.
JBL states that both of Triple H’s friends, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels, where also retired at Wrestlemania.
An Andre the Giant statue is shown. Autograph signings are shown with Ricky Steamboat and Pat Patterson.
A Bruno Sammartino Hall of Fame video is shown.
Cole speaks of the Hall of Famer inductors, like Stephanie McMahon inducting Trish Stratus and Arnold Schwarzenegger inducting Bruno Sammartino.
A Fandango video package is shown.
JBL speaks of his debut match being at Wrestlemania, against Chris Jericho.
A highlight from Raw is shown, when Fandango assaulted Chris Jericho after his match. After connecting with a Legdrop from the top rope, referees pull him away from Jericho. Fandango goes top rope again, continuing the assault with another Legdrop. Fandango finishes by yelling his name in Jericho’s face.
A Shield promo is shown, where they speak of the eye of justice. They says it is always watching, and they better believe that and the Shield.
A Shield vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show video package is shown.
A highlight from Smackdown is shown, where The Shield make their way to the ring to attack Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show. The Shield are pursued, and attacked in the crowd. The Shield retreats after receiving a beating from Orton, Show and Sheamus.
Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bellas make their way to the ring, dressed as Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls. Cody is dressed as Tensai, and Damien is dressed as Brodus Clay. Damien says that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but says they illustrated the lunacy and ridiculousness of the two. Cody says he personally feels they are better looking that the two. Sandow says Clay, Tensai and the low rent cheerleaders do not belong in the same ring as them. Rhodes says they belong in a zoo, and should leave the entertaining to the professionals. Sandow says they will put an end to their dog and pony show for good. The Bellas say “You’re Welcome.”
Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls come to the ring, taking out Cody, Damien, Nikki and Brie. The group dances in the ring, as the heels retreat.
The Wrestlemania Press Conference is highlighted. The Rock, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon, John Cena speak of Wrestlemania and its history.
A CM Punk vs Undertaker video package is shown.
A Wrestlemania video package is shown, highlighting the diversity of the attendance. People from all over the world will attend the event, from over 50 countries.
At Axxess, you can watch NXT talent in match ups.
A Donald Trump Hall of Fame video is shown.
In a highlight from Raw, John Cena speaks of his upcoming match with the Rock. Cena says the arena is filled with Cenacrats and Rockpublicans, with all eyes focused on Wrestlemania. Cena says he and the Rock don’t like each other, but he still respects Rock. Cena said last year he questioned Rock’s passion as Cena was mocked about Fruity Pebbles. Cena says Rock is still the reigning, defending WWE Champion; whom he believes to be the greatest champion of all time. Cena says defeating the Rock may be impossible, but says Rock’s time is up. Cena says everyone may get a moment at Wrestlemania that they won’t expect. Cena says he dealt with his Wrestlemania loss for a year, and watch the Rock usher in a new era. Cena recalls Rock debuting a new WWE Championship, which was designed for him. Cena says Rock will take his size 13 boot, turn it sideways and stick it in his mouth. Cena says the WWE Universe will remain, but Rock will experience failure. Cena says he wants to hold the new belt as a symbol of being better than the Rock. Cena says the champ is here.
In another highlight from Raw, Rock speaks of his connection with the people. Rock says that is the only reason why he is standing in the ring. Rock says Wrestlemania isn’t about redemption, but the will of the people. Rock says it is about him curb stomping John Cena’s monkey ass. Rock says Cena said all the things that he said last year, but lost. Rock says Cena’s time isn’t now, but never. Rock says it is not about passing the torch. Rock says the only way Cena will get the torch is if Rock sticks it up his candy ass. Rock says Cena is facing the himself and the millions. Rock finishes saying Cena can’t beat him.
Renee Young interviews Alberto Del Rio at Axxess. Del Rio speaks of his recent assault, speaking of the marks on his back. Del Rio says he has to wait until Wrestlemania until he gets his hands on Swagger. Del Rio says the match is about the championship, which brings everyone together. After Wrestlemania, Del Rio says he will still proudly stand World Heavyweight Champion.
Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter, makes his way to the ring. Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring.
Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Kofi Kingston
They lock up, as Swagger backs Kofi into the corner. Jack misses with a forearm, as he is kicked by Kofi. Jack gets in the ropes, causing Kofi to back up. They lock up again, as Kingston locks in a Waist Lock. Swagger reverses into an Arm Bar, but Kofi attempts an Arm Drag. Swagger prevents it, pulling the arm behind Kofi’s head. Kingston is taken over with an Arm Drag. Kingston stands out, connecting with an Arm Drag. Kofi connects with a Back Elbow, but is pushed into the corner. Kofi connects with an Enziguri from the apron. Kingston jumps off the top rope with a Crossbody. Pin, but a kick out.
Swagger has the arms of Kingston locked behind his back, as Kofi is taken to the mat with fists. Swagger knees Kingston in the corner, following with a Snapmare. Swagger locks the arms behind Kofi’s back again. Kingston headbutts Swagger, following with an elbow. Kofi dodges a kick with a tumble, taking out Swagger with chops. Swagger picks up Kingston, but Kofi tries to get out. Swagger picks up Kofi again, connecting with a Monkey Flip. Kofi goes for an SOS, but Swagger pushes him into the corner. Swagger attempts a Swagger Bomb, but Kofi kicks Jack in the face. Kofi connects with a Crossbody. Pin, but a kick out. Swagger connects with a Body Slam. Swagger puts Kofi on the top rope, going up with him. Kofi headbutts him off, jumping to Swagger. Jack catches him, going for a Gutwrench Powerbomb. Kofi gets out, connecting with an SOS. Zeb distracts, as Swagger connects with a Chop Block. Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock for the win.
Winner: Jack Swagger via submission