Are you ready for some Smackdown?!
A Friday night party!
We got Cole and Book and Josh, they gonna get it kick started!
The crew's all set, the crowd is psyched!
All the Superstars are back on Friday night!
Alright, enough Hank Williams Jr. impersonations. I think he's completely overrated and prefer and his pappy and his son over him, anyway. The Smackdown crew rolled into Columbus, OH last night (Mar. 13) to tape this week's show.
After the music performances that dominated Raw, it was up to the Friday night Superstars to give fans some actual in-ring wrestling. The question is, did they deliver?
Here's what you can expect to see: the return of a former World Heavyweight Champion for one. For two, a long-rumored WrestleMania 28 match is set up and Chris Jericho takes on Sheamus in the main event. Want to know all the nitty, gritty details courtesy of PWTorch? Well, then keep reading!
Full spoilers after the jump!
The show opened with... get your cameras equipped with flash photography ready... CHRISTIAN!
Hot dog, a Peep Show kicked off Smackdown. The guests were none other than feuding General Managers John Laurinaitis from Raw and Teddy Long, the resident Smackdown head honcho. Christian gave each an opportunity to convince the returning Superstar which team he should be on and Slick Johnny promised to give Christian "one more match." Bam, sold! Long tried to book Christian in a match but Laurinaitis squashed it and instead got David Otunga to face off against Kofi Kingston.
Kingston beat Otunga, sweater vest and all, with a Trouble in Paradise. The Harvard graduate also had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction. Let's just say slacks don't seem to be suitable wrestling attire. I don't know how IRS did it all those years.
A segment with World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and the lovely A.J. came next. Cageside's favorite Diva was wearing a spiffy new dress but Bryan said it looked better on the mannequin. I'm serious, D-Bry... you're pushing your luck with me. A.J. would then go on to win a match against Brie Bella.
Cody Rhodes beat The Great Khali with the Beautiful Disaster. Of course, the Intercontinental Champion had some joked at The Big Show's expense before the match.
Randy Orton and Kane then came out and cut promos, announcing they were taking each other on at WrestleMania 28. Oh, joy.
A couple of squash matches saw The Big Show and Mark Henry defeat Drew McIntyre and Yoshi Tatsu, respectively. If you're planning the C-level WWE Superstars drinking game, finish your beer during the Tatsu match.
And in the maaaaaaain event of the evening, Chris Jericho defeated Sheamus by countout in a battle of WrestleMania 28 world title challenegers. Before the match, Jericho cut a promo on CM Punk and alcoholism, furthering the angle they began on Monday. The ending came when Bryan came out and attacked his WrestleMania opponent behind the referee's back, causing "Great White" to not be able to make the count.
With so much time between Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania, there are going to be shows like this where not a whole lot happens. What do you think, Cagesiders?