WWE SmackDown! – March 2, 2012 – Seattle, Washington
Announcers: Michael Cole & Josh Matthews & Booker T
[ REVIEWED BY DARBY GATORADE ]
IN THE RING
“The Great White” Sheamus + Vickie Guerrero & Dolph Ziggler + SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long: The show kicked off with 2012 Royal Rumble winner Sheamus talking about his match with World Heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 28. Sheamus bragged about being in the main event of the greatest show on earth. Sheamus said since becoming champion, Daniel Bryan has changed and become obsessed and conceited. Sheamus said it reminds him of himself when he won his first WWE championship. Sheamus said when he won his first title he became wrapped up in his own ego, but should have realized he was lucky at the time. Sheamus said he became the one thing he despised, a bully. Sheamus said he needed someone to remind him of where he came from, and Daniel Bryan needs the same thing. Sheamus said he will be more than happy to show Bryan at WrestleMania when he kicks his arse and become the new World Heavyweight champion! Suddenly Vickie Guerrero came out with Dolph Ziggler screaming “EXCUSE ME!” Vickie mocked Sheamus’ speech. Dolph said nobody cares about Sheamus’ story, and said the people want to see him in the main event of WrestleMania, not Sheamus. Dolph joked that Sheamus’ hair was on fire. Sheamus fired back saying that joke was almost as old as Dolph’s grandmother Vickie. Vickie said there was all this talk about Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis fighting over G.M. (then mentioned that they support Laurinaitis). Vickie said she was the only person that has ever been G.M. for both RAW & SmackDown!. Teddy Long came out and said the only thing Vickie is going to run is Dolph’s career into the ground. Teddy booked Dolph vs. Sheamus – right now!
“The Great White” Sheamus defeated Dolph Ziggler w/Vickie Guerrero: Jack Swagger ran down but he was kicked off the ring aprong by Sheamus. Sheamus used his power advantage to finish off Dolph with the White Noise.
RINGSIDE SEGMENT: The announcers talked about John Laurinaitis running SmackDown! next week, while Teddy Long will run RAW. Then they recapped the Punk vs. Bryan match last week, an awesome match ruined by the pushing of the Long/Laurinaitis storyline.
Theodore Long + John Laurinaitis & David Otunga: Teddy was sweet talking with Aksana on the phone when he found John Laurinaitis in his office. JL said he came here to get an apology from Long for attacking him on RAW. JL said he hurt his back and went to the hospital Monday night. Otunga said this prooves how tough JL is, and threatened Long with a lawsuit. Long said everybody enjoyed what he did to JL on RAW, and he won’t apologize to anybody. JL said Long won’t be laughing next week when he runs SmackDown! and shows the board of directors that he is better. Long booked Otunga against the Great Khali tonight. JL recommended Long take up yoga.
WWE REWIND: Santino Marella using his spitting Cobra on Heath Slater.
Santino Marella defeated “One Man Rock Band” Heath Slater:
Natalya Neidhart & Eve Torres: Natalya scolded Eve for her treatment of Zack Ryder. Eve spat back saying Ryder sticks. Natalya turned around and farted, adding “no Eve, that stinks!” Everyone is saying this “worst gimmick” ever is a test for Natalya before she is finally pushed to stardom.
Eve Torres defeated Natalya Neidhart:
IN THE RING
WWE Intercontinental champion Cody Rhodes + The Big Show + SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long: Cody talked about his developing issue with the Big Show. Cody pointed out that Big Show’s track record at WrestleMania was a joke. Big Show interrupted and Cody took off through the crowd. Big Show said he came out to watch Cody’s next video, and claimed he has the ability to laugh at himself. Big Show asked Cody to come back so they can watch it like friends. Big Show said if Cody doesn’t come back he will have to go get him! Teddy Long came down to stop Big Show from running into the crowd like the running of the bulls in Spain. Long gave Big Show his match with Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania with the IC title on the line! Long said Big Show has some other business with Mark Henry right now.
The Big Show defeated Mark Hanry: Cody Rhodes returned to ringside to scout his WrestleMania opponent. They once again pointed out that Big Show has never won a singles match at WrestleMania.
Theodore Long + Drew McIntre: Teddy Long told Drew McIntyre that he has been on thin ice for a long time, and if he doesn’t win tonight he is FIRED.
Randy Orton: Orton cut a promo on Daniel Bryan, vowing revenge for costing him the opportunity to walk into WrestleMania as the champion (Bryan injured Orton so he couldn’t compete in the Elimination Chamber). Orton said Bryan doesn’t realize how big of a price he has to pay, and tonight he will collect!
DO OR DIE FOR DREW MATCH
Justin Gabriel defeated Drew McIntire: After the match, Teddy Long came up on the big screen and said “Drew, I gave you lots of chances; I have to let you go!”
MOVIE TRAILER: Bending the Rules starring Adam “Edge” Copeland..
VIDEO PACKAGE: The Rock vs. John Cena..
Matt Striker & Daniel Bryan w/A.J.: Daniel said he was the love of AJ’s life and he’s still everyone’s roll model. Daniel bragged about winning the Elimination Chamber and continually defying everyone’s expectations. Daniel also predicted victory at WrestleMania. AJ said nothing, but she looked cute.
NON (WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT) TITLE MATCH
World Heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan w/A.J. defeated Randy Orton by Countout: Late in the match, Kane came down and attacked Randy Orton causing a countout. Orton and Kane brawled in and out of the ring for several minutes. Kane choke-slammed Orton in the middle of the ring and said WELCOME BACK!
John Laurinaitis & David Otunga: John suggested Kane vs. Aksana for next week.