WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 25, 2013) from Sacramento, California, with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring the go home show to the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) this coming Sunday night in Phoenix.
If you're the impatient type and wish to read full spoilers for the show, click here.
Come back here at 8 p.m. ET for the SmackDown live blog.
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JAN. 25
C.J. here to end the week right.
Recap of The Shield's attack on The Rock last Monday (Jan. 21).
Hype video for Alberto Del Rio vs. The Big Show at Royal Rumble.
Broadcast is live.
Team Hell No making their way to the ring.
Recap of the Anger Management Graduation Ceremony.
A "YES!" chant fills the arena.
Kane is here to address the rumors that they have gone soft. Bryan says that nothing can be further from the truth. Kane states that after Team Hell No defeats Team Rhodes Scholars, he will be throwing 29 other wrestlers over the top rope and will main event WrestleMania.
Bryan: "YE... wait, what?"
Kane speaks about his Royal Rumble history.
Bryan: "But you've never won the Royal Rumble Match, which is what I'm going to do this Sunday! YES!"
A short "I'm going to win the Royal Rumble Match" back and forth ensures
WELL IT'S THE BIG SHOW!
Show tells them that no one cares about their plans. They might have a 100% chance to win the Rumble, but he has a 100% chance of winning the World Heavyweight Championship. And if they do win the Royal Rumble, they would be committing career suicide by choosing to face him.
Bryan: "Didn't I bet your for the World Heavyweight Championship?"
Show: "I'm not having any of your crap tonight!"
Show states that Del Rio stole his title, and he will squish that bug come Sunday. Just like he will squish Hell No if they stand in his way.
Kane: "We're not a couple of bugs. We are the Tag Team Champions. And we're not going anywhere."
Bryan: "In other words....NO!"
A confused crowd gives a
Rhodes Scholars making their way to the ring. Sandow tells them that they are putting the cart in front of the horse. Or, in front of the goat.
Cause Bryan has a goat face, you see.
Cody will put it in a language simpletons can understand. Rhodes Scholars will be taking the Tag Team Championship on Sunday.
Sandow proposes an alliance to Show. Because they all will be champions, why don't they decimate Team Hell No post haste.
Here comes Del Rio to even the odds. The six men square off in the ring. They look like they are about to brawl. If only there was a logical conclusion to this situation...
CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKAAA!
And here comes the Booker man to book me a match. Tonight's main event will be as follows...
Team Rhodes Scholars will team up with The Big Show. They will face Team Hell No and the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio.
HOWEVER! There will be a stipulation. This will be a Six-Man ELIMINATION match!
Now I can dig that, sucka!
Big Show tries to get the jump on Del Rio, but the "Mexican Aristocrat" rolls out of the way and stands strong with Team Hell No. Show is looking pissed off.
And Del Rio gives the giant a little wink! A "SI!" chant fills the arena.
Recap of Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett on Monday
Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett
Bell rings and the two men circle each other. They exchange blows, neither getting a real advantage. Wade with a nasty drop kick puts Sheamus on the mat. Covers for the cover but Sheamus with a quick kick out.
Wade unable to keep the momentum. The pair back to even. Shmeaus goes for the Brogue kick, but Wade is able to duck out of the ring.
Sheamus follows him out. Wade tries to climb back up, but he is a bit slow. Sheamus is able to tie him up in the rope and starts throwing some Irish Hand Grenades.
Wade with a Mule Kick to put an end to that. Sheamus lying outside the ring as we go to commercial.
We come back with both men in the ring. Sheamus tries to run the ropes, but Wade is right behind to clothesline him out of the ring. Sheamus is slow to get up, but manages to get back on the apron as the ref counts to eight. He gets hung up on the ropes, though, and Wade takes advantage with clubbing blows and high knees. The ref pulls him off.
Wade heads back, but Sheamus is ready with a Battering Ram.
Sheamus getting his shine. Wade gets tied up in the ropes, and there goes the Hand Grenades. He hits the rolling tackle, but only good for two.
Wade tries to fight back, but Sheamus with the backbreaker. Wade kicks out at two.
Sheamus to the top rope. Wade is able to get to his feet and throws Sheamus across the ring. Wade with the Superkick to Sheamus' chin. Kick out at two.
Wade to the top rope. He jumps while Sheamus puts up his knees, but Wade is able to land on his feet. They exchange blows until Sheamus tries to lock in the Cloverleaf. Wade counters it into a rollup, but Sheamus breaks free.
Both men to their feet. Sheamus hits White Noise. Wade has struggling to get back up. Sheamus is calling for the big boot.
Sheamus with the Brogue Kick and the win.
Recap of The Rock's promo last Monday.
Backstage CM Punk and Paul Heyman talking. We cannot hear what they are saying. Curious indeed.
Natalya vs. Rosa Mendes
Hornswaggle, The Great Khali, Primo, and Epico all at ringside on commentary duty.
The pair lock up. Rosa is able to take control with a rear chokehold. Natalya is struggling but finally makes it back to her feet.
Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter. Rosa is able to crawl to the ropes to break the hold.
Rosa with a clothesline and Natalya is down. Rosa shakes her little booty in the ring.
Hornswaggle uses this opportunity to shake his little booty on the annoncer's table. Natalya uses that opportunity to roll Rosa up and lock in the Sharpshooter. Rosa taps, and Natalya is your winner.
That was fun.
(TV Static) DU-NUN-NUN-NAH, NUN-NUN-NUN-NAH
Punk and Heyman out to the ring.
Punk informs us that he is scared. Scared of his own potential. He has just begun to scratch at the surface of what he can do.
One thing, however, stands in the way. One thing can make 432 days go up in smoke.
"Rocky" chant fills the arena.
No, Punk says, it's not The Rock. I can break The Rock.
It's The Shield.
Because of The Shield's independent actions, The Chairman of WWE has sent Punk a letter. It states that if The Shield gets involved in the championship match, Punk will be stripped of the title.
Punk does not like Vince McMahon trying to steal his championship.
So Punk will do the one thing that no one has done.
He is calling out The Shield.
Punk grabs a chair and brings it back into the ring. We got ourselves a good ol' fashion call out!
Before Punk can even sit down, The Shield's music hits and the trio make their way down from the audience. They surround the ring. Punk back is on the rope.
He explains his situation to The Shield. He never asked them to attack The Rock or Ryback. He has never asked them for anything in his life. So they need to stay out of his way.
Camera is on Dean Ambrose. The man looks demonic with his stare.
Punk promises them that he will beat The Rock. This will not only extend his run, but it will be the biggest victory of his career.
And he will do it by himself.
Punk doesn't want The Shield's help. He doesn't need their help. If they really want justice, then they will never have to cross paths again.
The Shield exchange glances. Finally, the trio drop down from the apron and make their way back into the audience.
Can you guys feel my goosebumps through the Live Blog?
Punk: "Now that is how a champ takes care of business!"
Punk starts hyping the match on Sunday. He reminds us that The Rock is good, nay great.
But Punk is the best in the world.
Come Sunday, he will prove that he is the best in the world. He will prove that he is the greatest of all time!
IF YOU SMEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLL!
Here comes The Rock to add some gas to the bonfire. He poses on the ring posts, staring down at Punk. Punk stares back, holding the championship out in front of him.
The Rock informs Punk that he will put an end to his garbage. The Rock's gut says that he is a lier and he is working with The Shield. The Rock's heart says that he does not give a damn. The Rock's boot says that it is getting shoved up Punk's candy ass.
I am The Rock's raging bile duct.
The Rock hears the walls closing. Punk will crack during their match. The Rock is going to hook him for the Rock Bottom. The Rock will lift him high in the air. Punk will only have one thought in that moment. Not how great he is or how long his run has been.
Punk will realize that it is over.
The Rock will beat him, 1-2-3 in the middle of the ring.
He gets right up in the champion face.
"If you can smell what The Rock....(whisper) is cooking"
Okay, now I know you guys can feel my goosebumps.
3MB in the ring, dancing like damn fools.
I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD
Oh this is going to be fun to watch.
Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntrye
Drew tries to get an early advantage with a hard right to the dome. Orton staggers back to the corner. Drew stomps a mudhole in Orton's ass.
An Irish Whip to the opposite post. Orton is able to bounce off and hit a clothesline. He goes into "Vintage Orton" mode.
Mahal jumps into the ring to interfere. The bell rings and Drew is DQ'd. Orton don't care, though. Mahal eats an RKO.
Drew gets a second rope DDT.
Slater tries to interfere. He eats an RKO.
Finally Drew eats his helping of RKO.
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in the ring, dancing like damn fools. Antonio Cesaro on commentary duty.
Recap of MizTV two Mondays ago (Jan. 7) when Miz put Cesaro in the Figure Four Lock.
The Miz vs. Darren Young
Young take control early with a quick clothesline and headlock. Cesaro dropping truth-bombs on commentary.
The Miz starts swinging wildly knocking Young back into the corner. A flying clothesline is followed by a flying axe handle from the top rope. He goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Young squirms out of the way.
Miz is able to lock in the Figure Four -- properly -- and Young taps.
Cesaro waving Old Glory at ringside. He is our true United States Champion.
Recap of The Rock's promo on Punk that just happened 20 minutes ago
Royal Rumble Match by the numbers video.
Alberto Del Rio & Team Hell No vs. The Big Show vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
Cody and Del Rio to start things off. Cody with the armbar, but Del Rio is able to reverse into this own. Cody is able to reverse that into an Irish Whip into the corner. Cody follows but Del Rio gets the shoulder up. Del Rio up on the top rope and launches himself with a reverse headscissors.
Sandow and Bryan in. Sandow charges but a drop toe hold drops Sandow's head right into the post. A series of kicks leave Sandow out of it.
A tag to Kane, who lands a dropkick. Only good for two.
Sandow with a drop kick to the knee. He lands a few rights, and tries to run the ropes.
Kane is waiting for it and hits the chokeslam. Sandow is eliminated via pinfall.
Show is in. Show goes right to work with stiff right hands. He hits a flying DDT and the giant is down. Kane to the top rope and hits the flying axehandle
Show is staggering. A clothesline sends him over the top rope. Kane follows, but is met with a WMD. Show climbs back into the ring as the ref counts.
He reaches ten just before Kan can get back into the ring. Kane is eliminated via count out.
We come back from commercial with Cody's knee in Bryan's back. Bryan struggles to get to his feet. He is able to get out. A double crossbody leaves both men down.
Cody crawls to his corner and tags in Show. Bryan uses the giant's legs to get to a standing base.
Show has his hand around the throat. Daniel is able to escape with smart kicks to the knee. Show sends Bryan into the corner and follows with a booty splash. He then whips Bryan over the rope.
Bryan is able to hold on, though. He skins the cat, but is met immediately with a WMD. Over the rope he goes. Bryan is eliminated via count out.
Del Rio is now alone. He is reluctant to head into the ring. He finally charges in with some quick 1-2 combos. Show quickly puts an end to that and sends Del Rio over the top rope.
The ref gets to nine just as Del Rio makes his way back in.
The Show pushes Del Rio out and follows.
Show hung up on the ropes. A kick to the rope leaves Show singing at a higher pitch. Two kicks to the dome send Show tumbling out of the ring.
Show is eliminated via count out.
Cody quickly jumps in the ring and goes for the rollup. Del Rio kicks
Goes for beautiful disasters, but Del Rio dodges. He gets his shine with a clothesline - backbreaker - dome kick sequence. Cody kicks out at two.
Cody slowly makes his way to the corner. Del Rio is calling his shot. An enziguri leaves Cody eliminated via pinfall.
Out of no where comes Show. He sends Del Rio flying out of the ring and into the announce table. A WMD leaves the champion out cold.
Show tips the table onto Del Rio, just like Del Rio did to him two weeks ago. Show gets a ten count.
Show: "I am the NEW World Heavyweight Champion"
Crowd: "Big Show sucks!"
Show now begins counting again in spanish. He reaches a diez count.
Camera on Del Rio out cold as workers push the table off of him.
Fade to black.