If you're like me and can't stand Green Day, watching the opening of Smackdown can be a chore.
So we've got spoilers -- courtesy of PWTorch -- in case the sound of Billie Joe Armstrong's voice is too much for you to bear. Me? I love wrestling more than I hate Green Day so I can tolerate it.
The first 2012 episode of Raw got people talking and Smackdown has been booked with a couple of high profile matches to help do the same. In addition to the rubber match between Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and Booker T, fan will see a World Heavyweight Championship match between MAH BOY Daniel Bryan and The Big Show.
So how does it all shake out? I'm glad you asked!
See for yourself after the jump!
The show started off with the Intercontinental Championship rubber match between Cody Rhodes and his newfound nemesis KING BOOKAH. Match went over 10 minutes and ended when Rhodes ducked an axe kick and nailed his opponent with a Beautiful Disaster. Aftwards, Rhodes and his older brother Dustin have a conversation.
Next up was a comedy segment between Santino, Zack Ryder, Drew McIntyre and Teddy Long which set up a match between Santino and Drew the Mac.
Battle royal was won by Hornswaggle after he tossed Heath Slater out. "The One Man Southern Rock Band" toyed around with Vince's son (is he still?) and got cocky when trying to throw him out. ‘Swaggle got a handful of hair and forced Slater out instead. A post-match beatdown was the little guy's reward but Justin Gabriel came out for the save in a continuation of a little feud they started on NXT. Wow, it's like they're actually planning this stuff out! Haha, I say the craziest things.
Hunico defeated Ted DiBiase Jr.
Wade Barrett came out and cut a promo on Randy Orton, saying he put "The Viper" on the shelf and that "The Barrett Barrage" will overtake the Royal Rumble while Orton sits at home pretty much ensuring that Orton will come back and win the thing on Jan. 29. Sheamus showed up and they mad dogged each other until Jinder Mahal ran out to attack the Irishman. Black Hole Slam to Sheamus followed by Camel Clutch.
Santino defeated McIntyre. Long said after last week's loss, McIntyre only has one strike left to go before getting canned.
Epico and Primo defeated WWE tag champions Air Boom in a non-title match. So Epico and Primo - who I officially dub The Puerto Rican Violence Connection - beat Air Boom before the TLC pay-per-view (PPV) but then lost at the PPV and then pick up another win after? THERE'S that WWE booking style I know and love.
Tamina defeated Natalya.
And in the maaain event of the evening, Daniel Bryan defeated The Big Show by disqualification. The challenger got a good pop from the crowd while the champion was booed. I'm interested to see if the WWE goes with that or if they try to clean it up in post-production. The ending came when Bryan goaded Mark Henry - who was doing guest commentary (YUS~!) - into pushing him, ensuring the DQ finish.
How does that sound, Cagesiders?