There have been fifty-one episodes of Smackdown in 2012, but will the final episode make an impact as we get ready for 2013 and the build to Royal Rumble. After Alberto Del Rio almost killed Santa on Monday night, what will he do to make up for that near disaster? Will the Shield show up? Make your resolution to watch tonight’s episode to find out.
Previously with the World Title. Big Show suffered the wrath of Sheamus. What will happen tonight after their match on Monday? Is the couple of the last few weeks of 2012 going to be the couple of 2013? What about their chaperone, Big E Langston? Will Dolph Ziggler uphold the honor of his (earmuffs) ‘crazy’ girlfriend against Miz?
This week, we are in Rochester, New York and your announcers are John Layfield and Josh Mathews.
Sheamus makes his way to the ring and he is in a festive mood. Sheamus says that he hoped everyone had a Merry Christmas. Sheamus said he had a great time. It is a special time of year for him. He drank gallons of egg nog flavored ale. He says that he got a load of dodgy sweaters and ties that he will probably never wear. He got a year’s supply of sunscreen from his mom. The biggest present he got was a victory over Big Show in the Lumberjack Frost Match. Sheamus figures that this would be a good time to become the new World Champion because the New Year is so far away.
Sheamus tells Big Show to come to the ring. He wants to face Show for the World Title, in Rochester. If Show thinks the beating he faced on Monday was bad, wait until you see what he will do to Show tonight.
Big Show makes his way to the ring.
Show has a question for Sheamus and then he tells the crowd not to boo him. Show wants to know if he looks like Santa Claus to him.
The crowd chants ‘Yes’ and Sheamus agrees, but Show is way fatter.
Show chuckles and he says that is so cute. Maybe Sheamus should make a New Year’s Resolution and go into stand up comedy. That career will be as good as his chance to get another title match. Either Sheamus has amnesia or is in denial. He beat Sheamus on pay per view when it counted. Show says that he was on vacation mode on Monday. That match did not count. Sheamus comes up short when it counts.
That is why Sheamus will never tell him when and against whom he defends his title against.
Sheamus tells Show that he is a seven foot, five hundred pound coward who is afraid to fight him. Sheamus says that Show’s pride was on the line.
Show tells Sheamus that when it was important, he came up short.
Sheamus says that he pushed Show to the limit and he beat him. Sheamus says that he came here for a fight and the championship. Sheamus says that if he isn’t going to get a title shot, he is still going to get a fight.
Booker T’s music plays and he comes out and he is indignant. He tells Sheamus that Show is right. Show beat Sheamus at the TLC pay per view. Show tells the Ginger Snap to get to the back of the line. Booker reminds Show that Sheamus beat him on Monday.
Show says that he is done with Sheamus and Sheamus is not worthy at another chance at his World Title. Show says that there is not one single athlete in the locker room who is worthy of a title match. When he walks through the locker room, it reeks of inferiority. No one is worth his World Title.
Booker tells Show that he will be in action tonight.
Show wants to know who he will be facing.
Booker says that he has been working on a plan all week. Every Superstar will come out and their names will be placed in a tumbler, including Sheamus. Booker says that he will pick the person to face Big Show tonight.
Booker wants Teddy to bring out the Superstars.
Show complains about how Booker is playing with his championship. The collection of losers will not be for a title match. It will be a lottery to see who gets knocked out. Show promises to knock that person out.
The official Smackdown Tumbler comes out on the official tumbler holding table.
Eve and Teddy argue over who picks the man who will face Show. The tumbler falls on the floor. Teddy puts it back on the table and Booker makes the selection.
The winning bingo ball is Santino Marella.
Santino is in shock that he got picked and Show is laughing uncontrollably. Santino does the trombone dance and then he turns around and sees Big Show.
Santino wants to make sure that he was picked.
Show asks Santino if he wants a chance at the title and then he laughs and walks away.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One:Primo (with Epico and Rosa Mendes) versus Brodus Clay (with the Funkettes)
Epico distracts Clay and Primo goes for the back of the legs. Primo with punches and double sledges to Clay. Primo with a kick when Clay holds the ropes on an Irish whip attempt. Clay with a chop and then he catches Primo on a cross body attempt and Clay with a power slam. Clay calls his mama but Epico gets on the apron to distract Clay.
Clay stops Epico and knocks him off the apron. Clay with a head butt to Primo’s sternum followed by the splash and the three count.
After the match, Rosa yells at Clay and Cameron and Naomi with kicks to Rosa followed by a double suplex and a double split leg drop on Rosa. Now it is time for Brodus and the Funkettes to dance with the children of the WWE Universe.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus is trying to give Santino Marella some tips on how to beat Big Show. Santino wants Sheamus to paint a masterpiece on him. Sheamus tells Santino that the Brogue Kick is the only thing that can take Show down. Santino wants to learn the Brogue Kick. Santino says that when he adds the Brogue Kick to the cobra, Sheamus will never win the World Title. Santino with a few kicks that are not up to par, but the third one is enough to injure Santino’s hamstring and he is paralyzed in pain.
Match Number Two:Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan, and Kane versus Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, and Wade Barrett
Bryan and Cody start things off and Bryan with a hammer lock and drop toe hold but Cody escapes. Bryan with a kick to the chest and then Bryan catapults Cody into a boot from Kane after Kane makes the tag. Kane with an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner. Sandow tags in and he punches and kicks Kane in the corner.
Kane with an Irish whip and side slam for a near fall. Kofi tags in and he goes up top and hits a double sledge to the arm. Kofi with a wrist lock but Sandow with a forearm and Cody is tagged in. Barrett tags in and he punches Kofi while Cody holds him. Kofi with a side head lock and Barrett with a shoulder tackle.
Kofi with a leaping back elbow followed by a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Kofi with a front face lock but Barrett backs Kofi into the corner. Kofi misses Trouble in Paradise and all six men get into the ring and we have a standoff as we go to commercial.
We are back and Cody and Damien make a wish with Bryan’s legs. Sandow with a side Russian leg sweep followed by the Elbow of Disdain. Barrett tags in and punches Bryan and puts him in the ropes for a series of knees to the chest and then he connects with a more knees before kicking Bryan to the apron with a boot to the chest. Barrett gets a near fall.
Barrett with a rear chin lock. Bryan with elbows but Barrett with a hard Irish whip. Cody tags in and he kicks Bryan. Cody with a snap mare and an arm bar and chin lock. Bryan punches Cody and hot shots him onto the top turnbuckle. Both men are down and Kofi and Barrett tag in. Kofi with a springboard clothesline followed by a double leg take down and punches to Barrett.
Kofi misses a splash into the corner but Kofi hits a pendulum kick and then hits a cross body on Barrett for a near fall. Cody and Damien break up the cover. Kane takes care of Sandow and Rhodes on the floor for a moment but they send Kane into the ringside barrier. Bryan with a running knee off the apron to Sandow. Rhodes hits Beautiful Disaster using the apron on Bryan.
In the ring Kofi avoids the Bullhammer and gets a near fall with an O’Connor Roll. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise on Rhodes when he tries to interfere but Cody is not the legal man and Barrett is able to hit the Bullhammer for the three count.
Winners:Wade Barrett, Damien Sandow, and Cody Rhodes
John and Josh mention that Santino is out of the match against Big Show.
Booker and Show are in the hallway. Show is broken up that Santino is unable to wrestle. Show says that he must have the night off. Booker says that there will be a World Title Match. Booker says that we will pick another opponent in the tumbler. Teddy the Tumbler Wrangler brings the Tumbler and Booker says that Show will find out soon who his opponent is and we go to commercial.
We are back and Show complains about needing to know so he can get ready for his opponent. Teddy brings Ricardo and Booker wants to know if Teddy told him. Show laughs even more than he did when he found out he was facing Santino.
Show asks Ricardo if he wants to be the World Champion. He puts the title belt on Ricardo’s shoulder and asks how it feels. Show wants Ricardo to announce himself as the new World Champion.
Ricardo starts to announce himself as champion but Show punches Ricardo and knocks him out.
Booker says that this is ridiculous. Show stares at Booker and walks away.
Match Number Three:Zack Ryder versus Antonio Cesaro
They lock up and Cesaro backs Ryder into the corner and he kicks Ryder and connects with a European uppercut. Cesaro with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Cesaro slaps Ryder in the head and applies a reverse chin lock. Ryder with a punch but Cesaro with a head butt to the midsection. Cesaro pulls Ryder’s arm against the ropes and then he kicks the ropes.
Cesaro with a dead lift side salto for a near fall. Cesaro with a head butt and then he punches Ryder in the corner. Ryder with a head but to the midsection but Cesaro with a slam and then he leaps onto Ryder’s chest and gets a near fall. Cesaro with a waist lock and Ryder gets to his feet. Ryder drives Cesaro into the mat and then he connects with boots to Cesaro when Cesaro charges into the corner.
Ryder with a missile drop kick followed by a running forearm into the corner Ryder tries for the Broski Boot but Ryder misses. Cesaro with a European uppercut to the back of the head and then he hits the Gotch Style Neutralizer for the three count.
Josh and John wonder if Cesaro can hit the Neutralizer on Khali.
We go back to last week’s Smackdown when AJ Lee, Dolph Ziggler, and Big E Langston were on MizTV. Ziggler and Miz will battle tonight.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four:The Miz versus Dolph Ziggler (with Big E Langston and AJ Lee)
They lock up and Miz with a side head lock and take down. Miz with a shoulder tackle and side head lock take down. Ziggler escapes but Miz with an arm drag and side head lock take down. Ziggler with a top wrist lock and then he punches Miz and connects with an elbow to the back of the head.
Ziggler with a punch and side head lock. Ziggler with a shoulder tackle and AJ approves. Miz with a flapjack to Ziggler and then he sends ZIggler over the top rope at Langston and Langston catches Ziggler.
Ziggler returns to the ring and Ziggler with a kick and neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler with a snap mare and a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock and Miz tries to escape. Ziggler with an abdominal stretch on Miz but Miz with an arm drag and double leg take down. Miz punches Ziggler and goes to the apron and he connects with a shoulder.
Miz goes up top but Ziggler gives Miz a drop kick when he comes off the turnbuckles and we go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop and he gets a near fall. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock but Miz gets to his feet. Ziggler with an elbow to the head but Miz with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down. Ziggler misses a charge into the corner but Ziggler with a kick. Miz with a back elbow and then he tosses Ziggler into the air. Miz with the Reality Check and he gets a near fall.
Miz runs into a back elbow and Ziggler tries for a sleeper but Miz escapes and then hits a DDT and gets a near fall. Miz misses a running kick and Ziggler with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler misses the Fameasser and Miz sends Ziggler into the corner for the Awesome Clothesline. MIz goes up top and hits a double sledge to the head after making sure that Langston and AJ were far enough away to do any damage.
Miz blows a kiss to AJ and Langston climbs the steps to distract Miz. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag for the three count.
After the match, Miz tells AJ to face it. No matter which WWE Superstar you are with at New Year’s Eve, we all know it is going to end with a bang. Miz wishes AJ a Happy New Year and he calls her sweetheart.
Ziggler goes to the ring but Miz attacks Ziggler. Langston with a running body block to Miz followed by the Big Ending. AJ enters the ring and does laps around Langston and Miz.
Josh mentions that Ricardo is now out as Big Show’s opponent for tonight.
Booker wants to know if Ricardo will be okay. The medical trainer says that he will be okay but Ricardo will not be able to wrestle.
Brad Maddox enters to check on Ricardo’s condition. Brad wants one more chance. Booker tells Brad to get out of his sight. Booker tells Brad it is not the right time. Brad demands one more chance and he asks Booker if he can dig that suckaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
Booker tells Brad that he gets one more last chance. Booker tells Brad that his match is next.
Alberto enters the trainer’s room to check on Ricardo. Alberto tells Booker the moment he sees the Big Show, it will be like a giant piñata.
Booker tells Alberto that he will give him the title match against the Big Show.
Alberto tells Ricardo this one is for him and he gets ready for his match.
We are back and Brad Maddox says that he has a New Year’s Resolution and that is to become a WWE Superstar. Every resolution has come true. He has a resolution for everyone. They will remember Brad’s name and it will be easy after this match.
Match Number Five:Brad Maddox versus Sheamus in aLast Chance Match . . . this time and until the next time Match
Brad thinks about leaving but Sheamus wants Brad to try to get that contract. Brad with a side head lock. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle and Brad goes down. Brad with a waist lock but Sheamus with a hip lock take down. Sheamus says something to Brad. Brad works on the arm. Sheamus with a side head lock take down.
Brad gets to the ropes and Sheamus releases the hold. Brad slaps Sheamus and Brad gets to the floor. Maddox returns to the ring first and he kicks Sheamus and punches him in the corner. Brad tries to Irish whip Sheamus. Sheamus sends Brad into the turnbuckles and he connects with forearms to the back and a short arm clothesline.
Brad kicks Sheamus in the leg and he tries to get out of the ring but Sheamus stops Brad and Sheamus with ten forearms across the chest. Sheamus with White Noise and then he bloodies his chest to prepare for the Brogue Kick and Brad’s face meets Sheamus’ boot with the Brogue Kick. Sheamus gets the three count.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
Match Number Six:Jimmy and Jey Uso versus Darren Young and Titus O’Neil
Jimmy and Darren start things off and Young with a single leg take down. Jimmy kicks Darren away but Young with a shoulder tackle. Jimmy with an uppercut. Jey tags in and they hit a double back elbow and double elbow drop for a near fall. Jey with a head butt but Young with an elbow. Jey with a kick. Young sends Jey into a boot from Titus.
Titus tags in and he kicks Jey. Titus with a short arm clothesline. Young tags back in and Jey sends Titus into Young. Jey misses a super kick. Young with the gut buster from the shoulders and Young gets a near fall. Titus comes in and goes after Jimmy. The referee sends Titus to the apron and Jimmy switches with Jey and Jimmy gets the three count with an inside cradle.
Winners:Jimmy and Jey Uso
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to hear from the Shield. They introduce themselves. Dean says that another year ends, but it was like no other year. Seth says that it was a year that will go down in history. A year that will be remembered for the scar that they left. Reigns says that this was just a start.
Ambrose mentions that they warned everyone and shined a big, shining light on the injustice in the WWE. Seth says that they didn’t just talk about injustice. He rhetorically asks Ryback, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Randy Orton, and Miz if they just talked about it.
Reigns says that they rectified it.
Ambrose says that one year ends and another one begins the mission stays the same. Rollins says that 2013 is the year that the Shield will cleanse the WWE of the disease of injustice.
Ambrose says that they have no friends or allies. They don’t want any and they answer to no one.
Reigns says that in 2013, Justice Lives. They tell you to believe in The Shield.
Big Show is in the interview area. Matt Striker asks Show about facing Alberto Del Rio. Show says that this is ridiculous. Booker feels that he has to appease the WWE Universe. Show mentions that he had two opponents already. One pulled a groin and the other got knocked out. Now he has to face Alberto Del Rio. Show says that everyone was a loser, a reject, a wannabe, or a nobody. He meant Alberto Del Rio. He will make it a trifecta if Alberto goes to the ring tonight.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Seven:Big Show versus Alberto Del Rio for theWorld Heavyweight Title
Del Rio with kicks and punches but Show with a head butt. Del Rio with more punches and kicks but Del Rio is sent to the mat. Show sets for the shhhh chop but Del Rio with punches and kicks. Show with a chop after the referee pulls Del Rio out of the corner. Show with a forearm to the back. Del Rio with head butts.
Show with a hip lock take down into a side head lock. Del Rio with a head scissors but Show escapes. Del Rio with kicks and punches but Show with a forearm to the back. Show chops Del Rio against the ropes. Del Rio with punches but Show pushes Del Rio to the floor. Show goes to the floor. Show Irish whips Del Rio into the ring steps.
They return to the ring and Show with an arm bar. Show with a shoulder tackle and then he walks across Del Rio’s chest. Show with a slam and then he tries for an elbow drop but Del Rio moves. Del Rio with a series of kicks to Show to keep Show off his feet. Del Rio with a super kick to the head but Show kicks out.
Del Rio gets back to his feet and he works on the arm to set up for the cross arm breaker. Del Rio with an arm bar and he tries to apply the hold but Show sends Del Rio to the floor. Show rolls out of the ring on the other side and he has had enough.
Show gets counted out by the referee.
Winner:Alberto Del Rio (by count out)
Sheamus attacks Show on the ramp but Show fights him off and Show walks to the back. The rest of the locker room comes out and they force Show back to the ring. The losers, nobodies, and wannabes send Show back into the ring. Del Rio with a step up enzuigiri and Sheamus with a Brogue Kick.
We go to credits.