WWE tag team legends The Hart Foundation
Location: London, England
Date: April 26, 2013
Commentators: Josh Mathews, Michael Cole, and JBL
A video shows Alberto Del Rio getting the win against Jack Swagger last week on Smackdown. They will meet again in a No Disqualification match tonight. The Undertaker will also compete on Smackdown for the first time in over three years. He’ll face Dean Ambrose of The Shield.
No Disqualification Match
Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Alberto Del Rio w/ Ricardo Rodriguez
Del Rio’s knee is still taped up, as is Swagger’s arm. They quickly start the match by trading punches, but Del Rio comes out on top. Del Rio charges him against the ropes and clotheslines him over the top rope. Del Rio then takes him down with a suicide dive. Del Rio then slams Swagger’s arm off the steel steps before going under the ring to get a kendo stick. Swagger quickly kicks away at him as soon as he gets in the ring, and he grabs the kendo stick from Del Rio. Swagger then hits him on the injured leg with it a few times before working on his body. Swagger taunts the crowd and goes to hit Del Rio again, but the shot is blocked. They fight for control on the kendo stick. Del Rio kicks him in the midsection and charges him in the corner, but Swagger gives him a back body drop over the top rope. Swagger goes outside to scream in Del Rio’s face that he should give up.
Swagger goes under the ring to get another weapon, so Del Rio kicks him in the ribs. They begin to fight up the ramp. Del Rio then gives Swagger a suplex on the ramp. Del Rio then goes under the ring and grabs a ladder. Del Rio leans it against the ring before throwing Swagger into it as he charges at him.
We come back from the break to see Del Rio trapped in a front face lock. During the commercial break, Swagger viciously beat Del Rio down with the kendo stick. Del Rio fights out of the face lock, but Swagger takes him down with a waistlock takeover. Swagger rolls out of the ring and grabs a steel chair. Swagger talks some trash to the crowd from the apron, and Del Rio surprises him with a step-up enzuigiri. Del Rio punches away at him, but Swagger quickly kicks him in the knee. Swagger hits a clothesline for a near fall.
Swagger goes back outside and grabs that steel chair. Swagger sets it up between the second and third turnbuckle. Swagger then walks into a double knee armbreaker. Del Rio hits a pair of clotheslines, ducks one of his own, and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio catches him in the ropes and hits a forearm to the back, but Rodriguez quickly tosses him the kendo stick. Del Rio then hits him a bunch of times with the kendo stick before hitting a backstabber for a near fall. Del Rio goes for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Swagger pushes him off. Del Rio quickly comes back with a sidekick to the jaw for a near fall. Swagger quickly picks the ankle and goes for the Patriot Lock, but Del Rio rolls through for a Cross Arm Breaker attempt. Swagger tries to turn it into a pinfall, but Del Rio kicks out. Swagger then sends Del Rio headfirst into that steel chair set up in the corner, and he picks up a near fall.
Swagger goes outside and puts the ladder in the ring. As he does, Del Rio springs the ladder into Swagger’s face. Del Rio gets out of the ring, and Colter threatens him with the kendo stick. Del Rio then turns around and gets hit in the face with the ladder. Swagger rolls him into the ring for a near fall. Swagger goes for a Swagger Bomb, but Del Rio gets his knees up and applies the Cross Arm Breaker. Colter quickly gives Swagger the kendo stick, and he uses it to break the hold with some vicious shots. Swagger then stands over him and viciously beats away at him. Swagger picks the ladder up and slams it down on Del Rio before hitting the Gutwrench Powerbomb for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Jack Swagger
Match Rating: ** 1/4
We’ll see Sheamus take on the Big Show later tonight on Smackdown. We’ll also see Randy Orton take on Mark Henry.
Aksana vs. Layla
They lock up, and Aksana pushes her away. Layla kicks her down and hits her with her butt. Aksana sends her to the corner, counters a slingshot, and throws her to the outside. Aksana throws her into the ring, crawls on the apron seductively, and gets dropkicked off the apron. Aksana gets in the ring, and Layla covers her a few times for some near falls. Layla takes her down, but Aksana quickly drops her on the ropes before hitting a knee to the face for a near fall. Aksana stomps on her hand, and Layla starts crying in the middle of the ring. Aksana mocks Layla’s taunt before talking some trash to the crowd. Aksana sends her to the corner and stretches the arm around the bottom rope. The crowd starts to “Fandango” as Layla fails at a comeback. Aksana picks up a two count. Aksana sends her into the ropes, and Layla hits some pinning combination (which the commentators call “Infinity”) for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Layla
Match Rating: 1/4 *
We’ll take a look at The Shield vs. Team Hell No and the Undertaker from Monday Night RAW, next.
They show the last few minutes of the six-man tag team match from RAW that saw The Shield defeat Team Hell No and the Undertaker.
The Shield is somewhere backstage, and Dean Ambrose brags about defeating Team Hell No and the Undertaker. Seth Rollins said that justice prevailed. Roman Reigns says that one big injustice is that Team Hell No still has the Tag Team Titles. Rollins says the other injustice is that the Undertaker left with his soul still intact. Ambrose says that won’t be for long. They did what they said they would do on Monday Night, but the Deadman is still walking. Tonight, he’ll face the Undertaker one-on-one. He’ll do what no one else has done in twenty-one WrestleMania’s. He’s going to beat the Undertaker tonight. Justice, not the Undertaker, will be immortal. Rollins says the Undertaker will not Rest in Peace. Reigns says he will Believe in the Shield.
Fandango’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with a blonde dancer as the London crowd “Fandangoes.” He’ll be in action, next.
Justin Gabriel vs. Fandango
Fandango does a little dance and poses. Gabriel mocks him, so Fandango kicks him down. Gabriel counters a suplex, and he hits an arm drag. Gabriel gets a one count, and Fandango rolls out of the ring. Fandango shoulders him in the midsection, but Gabriel takes him down with another arm drag. Fandango backs him to the corner and punches away at him. The crowd “Fandangoes” as Fandango ties Gabriel in the ropes and punches away at him. Fandango gets out of the ring, and he leaps up to kick Gabriel in the head for a near fall. Fandango poses over him before Gabriel kicks away at him. Fandango reverses a whip, but Gabriel flips over him and hits a roundhouse kick. Gabriel springboards off the ropes into a kick, and Fandango takes him down with a big Russian leg sweep. Fandango then goes to the top rope and hits a Diving Leg Drop for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Fandango
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Fandango grabs a microphone and clarifies how to say his name correctly.
Sheamus will take on the Big Show, next.
Sheamus vs. Big Show
They show footage of Mark Henry and Sheamus beating each other up over the last few weeks.
They lock up, and Big Show quickly powers him down before laughing at him. They lock up, and Sheamus pushes him to the corner before laughing at Big Show. Sheamus punches away at him, but Big Show quickly comes back with a head-butt. Big Show then leans him against the ropes and chops away at his chest. Sheamus comes back with some punches, but Big Show grabs him by the throat and pushes him over the top rope.
Big Show follows him around the ring and punches him in the ribs. Big Show puts him in the ring, but Sheamus catches him on the apron, and he begins to hit his patented forearms to the chest. Big Show quickly head-butts him, but he runs into Sheamus’ boots. Sheamus then runs into a sidewalk slam. Big Show then drops an elbow for a near fall. Big Show chokes him on the middle rope before head-butting him down. Big Show hits the Final Cut for a near fall. Big Show picks him up, but Sheamus punches back. Sheamus goes for a body slam, but he falls back with Big Show on top of him. Big Show picks him up by the hair before beating him down. Big Show gets out of the ring, and he chops the chest.
We come back from the break to see Sheamus run into Big Show’s knee. Big Show then sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Sheamus falls to the outside as the referee begins to count him out. During the commercial break, Big Show hit a massive body slam. Big Show goes outside and sends him into the steel steps. Big Show rolls into the ring, and he wants the count-out. Sheamus claws his way back into the ring at nine.
Big Show sends him shoulder first into the turnbuckle, and he begins to slowly and methodically work on the arm. Big Show talks a little trash as he stands over him. Big Show blocks some punches before clubbing him down. Big Show then applies an overhead wristlock. Sheamus punches out, and he hits a big DDT.
They trade punches from their knees, and Sheamus comes out on top. Sheamus takes him down with some running forearms. Sheamus hits a knee lift before going to the top rope and hitting a Battering Ram from the top rope. Sheamus goes for White Noise, but Big Show blocks it. Sheamus then counters a Chokeslam, and he hits an impressive White Noise. The crowd is chanting for Sheamus, and he poses for them. Sheamus sets up in the corner and goes for the Brogue Kick, but Big Show rolls out of the ring. Sheamus attacks him outside, but Big Show gets the better of that exchange. Big Show rolls into the ring, but Sheamus is able to snap his arm off the top rope. Sheamus climbs to the top rope when all of a sudden Mark Henry appears at ringside. Henry knocks over the steel steps. This distracts Sheamus enough for Big Show to hit the Knockout Punch for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Big Show
Match Rating: **
Randy Orton will be in action against Mark Henry later tonight. We’ll also see Undertaker compete in his first Smackdown match in three years, as he takes on Dean Ambrose in the main event.
William Regal vs. Wade Barrett
Before the match, Wade Barrett talks about how he’s heard stories about London’s infamous grave robberies. He never believed them, but today he does because there is a body missing from the cemetery. That body is in the ring in the form of William Regal. He’ll be sent back to where he came from courtesy of the Barrett Barrage.
The bell rings, and Barrett quickly kicks him. Regal ducks a short-arm clothesline before sending him to the corner for a forearm. Regal knees away at him, but Barrett quickly comes back with a sidekick. Regal ducks a Bull Hammer and hits an exploder suplex. Barrett avoids the Running Knee and takes him out with the Bull Hammer for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Wade Barrett
Match Rating: 1/4 *
They show footage of Paul Heyman alleging that Triple H wasn’t in the building on Monday Night RAW. Triple H then came out, accepted Brock Lesnar’s challenge, and gave Heyman a Pedigree.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring for a match against Mark Henry. They’ll fight on Friday night, next.
Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry
They circle the ring and lock up. Henry quickly powers him to the corner and clotheslines him. Henry goes for the World’s Strongest Slam, but Orton counters out before punching him down. Henry rolls out of the ring in frustration. Orton attacks him at ringside, but Henry rakes the eyes. Henry head-butts him before attempting to throw him into the steel ring post. Orton slides off his shoulders and pushes him in. Henry gets in the ring, and Orton gives him the Garvin Stomp. Orton poses for the crowd, and Henry avalanches him.
Henry puts him on the rope and chokes him a bit. Orton tries to come back with a kick, but Henry quickly gives him some shoulder thrusts. Henry screams to the crowd, “That’s what I do!” Orton comes back with some punches, but Henry shoves him off. Orton clotheslines him, but Henry doesn’t go down. Orton ducks a clothesline, and he finally takes Henry down with a clothesline. Orton hits a DDT for a near fall. Henry’s kick-out caused Orton to land on his feet. Orton gets Henry caught on the apron, and he hits him with a hanging DDT. Orton gets the crowd into it, and he begins stalking Henry who simply rolls out of the ring. Orton follows him outside and punches, but Henry drives him into the ring post. Henry puts him in the ring and gets back in. Henry then turns around, and Sheamus gives him a Brogue Kick!
Winner by Disqualification: Mark Henry
Match Rating: * 1/4
Sheamus calls for Orton to attack Henry, so Orton obliges with an RKO. They stand over Mark Henry and pose.
We’ll take a look at the confrontation between John Cena, Ryback, and Mick Foley, next.
The RAW Rebound airs, and it highlights Mick Foley’s confrontation with Ryback. Ryback threatened to attack him, but John Cena ran out to even the odds. The Shield then made their way to the ring, and Cena left Ryback in the ring to fend for himself. The Shield attacked Ryback, but Cena fought them off with a chair, helping Ryback. Cena then gave Ryback the Attitude Adjustment.
The Undertaker makes his epic entrance for the main event. He will compete in his first match on Smackdown in three years against Dean Ambrose, next.
Undertaker vs. Dean Ambrose w/ The Shield
Undertaker goes to corner Ambrose, but Set Rollins and Roman Reigns get on the apron to distract him. Ambrose punches away at Undertaker, but he’s quickly turned in the corner. Undertaker punches away at him in the corner before throwing him over the top rope. Undertaker leaves the ring to drive Ambrose into the barricade. Undertaker scares off the rest of The Shield before dropping a leg on Ambrose, who was hanging out over the apron. Undertaker charges him in the corner for a big boot, but Ambrose sidesteps him. Ambrose then dropkicks him out of the ring.
Ambrose punches away at him before driving him into the barricade. Ambrose puts him in the ring and punches away at him. Ambrose grinds his forearm into Undertaker’s face before dropkicking him down for a near fall. Ambrose applies a neck vice, but Undertaker fights up. Ambrose quickly takes him down with a neckbreaker for a near fall.
Ambrose hits a straight punch to the face before mocking Undertaker’s taunt. Undertaker grabs him by the throat, and they trade punches. Undertaker goes into the ropes, but Ambrose hits him with a knee. Ambrose hits the ropes, and Undertaker Chokeslams him down. Rollins gets on the apron, and Undertaker punches him off. Reigns distracts the referee, and Ambrose low blows Undertaker. Ambrose hits a big DDT for a near fall. Ambrose can’t believe it, and Undertaker catches him with Hell’s Gate for the win!
Winner by Submission: Undertaker
Match Rating: * 1/2
The Shield immediately attacks him after the bell rings. Undertaker mounts a little comeback by sending Reigns into the barricade and Rollins into the crowd. Undertaker grabs a steel chair, and he hits Ambrose in the midsection with it before punching him down. Undertaker goes to Chokeslam Rollins on the outside, but Reigns spears him through the barricade! Ambrose slams the chair off his back a few times. They then clear the commentary table of the lid and the televisions. The Shield then gives Undertaker a vicious Triple Powerbomb through the table! They stand over the Phenom as Smackdown comes to an end!