WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 1, 2013) from San Diego, California, with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring the fallout show to the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) this past Sunday night from 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 FEB. 01
C.J. here to end the week right!
Recap of Paul Heyman's performance review from Monday Night Raw.
Recap of The Big Show's beatdown of Ricardo Rodriguez and Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio outside the arena, waiting for Show to appear.
Booker T is standing in the ring -- surrounded by a gaggle of WWE Superstars -- welcomes us to Friday Night SmackDown. He reminds us that John Cena won the Royal Rumble (thank you for reminding us, Booker) but he will be chasing the WWE Championship.
It's time to find out who will be fighting for the World Heavyweight Championship
He will be putting The Great Khali, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Sheamus, and Dolph Ziggler in the Elimination Chamber match for them to earn that title shot.
WELL LOOK AT THAT! Jack Swagger on his way to the ring. He feels "left out of the gathering of World Champions."
Booker: "Swag…where you been, dog?"
My thoughts exactly.
Swagger informs Booker that he's been watching everything, and he's very disappointed in the direction WWE is heading.
And he wants to be put into the Elimination Chamber.
Booker tells him that he has to earn it like everyone else. He sees seven people standing in and around the ring, but only six spots available.
Ziggler speaks up. He is "Mr. Money in the Bank." He sees no need to put himself in one of the most brutal and barbaric matches in WWE. He can cash in whenever he wants, including WrestleMania.
So he peaces out.
Booker says he can chicken out of the Chamber, but not chicken out of his match with Del Rio.
Booker then tells the rest of the crew that everyone will be in a match tonight. If they impress him and Teddy Long, they will be in the Chamber.
But now we start the night off with a bang. We got some tag team match action!
Hell No vs. Sin Cara & Rey Mysterio
Mysterio and Kane start the action off. Kane with an Irish Whip from post to post. He is quick to follow, but Rey is able to get his knees up.
Kane stumbles back. Rey charges, but Kane attempts to counter with a sidewalk slam. Rey does his own counter into a DDT. He goes for the cover, but Kane tosses him off at one.
Kane goes after Rey. Rey drops the top rope and over goes Kane. A flying dropkick and butt drop leaves Kane staggering on the outside.
Rey posing in the ring, much to the crowd's enjoyment.
Back into the ring Kane goes, who is immediately met with a dropkick to the knee.
Tag to Sin Cara. A double team kick and Sin Cara goes for the cover. Again, Kane tosses him off at one.
Kane quickly tosses Sin Cara into the corner. A tag sends Bryan into the ring.
He sends Sin Cara into the ropes. Sin Cara is able to reverse it with a handspring back elbow. He follows it up with a hurricanrana and a top rope arm drag.
Tag to Rey. A double team butt drop only gets him two.
Into the ropes Rey goes. He attempts the hurricanrana, but Bryan is able to stop the rotation and hit a modified Codebreaker.
Tag to Kane, who drops the elbow on the luchador. An Irish Whip to the post is followed by a hard clothesline.
Only good for two.
JBL: "Doctor Emmett Brown and his Flux Capacitor is more qualified to look into Hell No's brains than Dr. Shelby."
A stiff right to the mask from Kane. Bryan gets the tag. Kane whips him towards Rey, and Bryan drops the kicks.
Goes for the cover, but Rey gets the shoulder up at two.
Rey is able to send Bryan into the ropes, setting up the 6-1-9. Bryan -- being a very crafty fellow -- realizes what is going on and slides under the ropes.
Bryan: "NO! NO! NO!"
We come back from commercial with Bryan working Sin Cara's arm. Sin Cara makes his way to his feet. He sends Bryan into the post. He tries to follow, but Bryan is able to get the knees up.
It doesn't matter to Sin Cara, who delivers a nasty kick to the dome. He tries to climb up the post, but Bryan is able to push him off. Sin Cara does a fancy little backflip. Style points don't matter, though, because Bryan delivers a drop kick from the second rope that sends Sin Cara flipping.
JBL: "We got ourselves a flying goat!"
Bryan locks in the surfboard. He only holds it for a minute, though, before reaching over and tagging in Kane.
Kane lands the drop kick and goes for the cover. Only good for two.
Sin Cara tries to crawl away from "The Big Red Monster," but Kane picks him up and lands a sidewalk slam.
Only good for a two count.
Kane lifts Sin Cara up to the top rope. Sin Cara starts throwing some right hands to create space. He goes for the cross body, but Kane is able to catch him in midair.
Sin Cara is able to reeves into a spinning DDT, and both men are down.
BRYAN GETS A HOT TAG! REY GETS A HOT TAG! EVERYONE GETS A HOT TAG!
Rey gets his shine with a hurricanrana, shoulder block through the ropes, and a butt drop. He flies across the ring to drop kick Kane, before coming back to Bryan. He goes for the head scissors, but Bryan tries to reverse it into a rollup. Rey is able to roll out and kick Bryan right in the goat face.
He goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two.
Bryan tries to run the ropes, but a drop toe hold sets him up for the 6-1-9. Kane is able to make his way in and grab Rey's throat. Sin Cara tries to break it up, but a boot to the mask sends him flying out of the ring.
Kane goes for the chokeslam, but Rey is able to reverse with a flying headscissors.
Bryan from out of nowhere with the NO! Lock. Rey looks like he might tap!
But Sin Cara comes in with the drop kick to break the hold. He then launches himself out of the ring to hit a cross body on Kane.
Bryan charges after Rey, who predictably drops the toe hold. A 6-1-9 and a Dime Drop later gets Rey the pinfall victory.
Bryan and Kane bickering outside of the ring, with Bryan wondering where Kane was when he was getting pinned.
Recap of Alberto Del Rio vs. The Big Show at Royal Rumble, and Show's beat down of Del Rio and Ricardo on Raw.
Outside the arena with Del Rio holding what looks to be a metal pipe. Matt Striker asks him if he's waiting for The Big Show.
Del Rio: "I'm just getting some fresh air, Matt. Leave me alone, okay?"
We believe you, Del Rio.
Recap of the mess that was the karaoke segment on Raw.
Jinder Mahal vs. The Great Khali
Khali swings widely, he doesn't blow out his knees, and he gets the pinball. That's all I'm going to do on any Khali match. If you don't like it, email Geno Mrosko.
Also, Drew McIntrye was swinging his hips at Natalya. Can't say I blame him.
Backstage with Booker and Teddy. Booker seems impressed by Khali's match -- which one was he watching? -- but he was "blindsided" by the return of Jack Swagger.
Teddy drops the bombshell that it was his idea to bring Swagger back!
Before Booker can react, Team Rhodes Scholars appear. They have made the difficult decision to dissolve the team and return to singles competition.
They promise to remain best friends. Sandow quotes Albert Camus, "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
I think I may be tearing up a bit, guys.
Sandow and Cody share a hug, telling each other they are best friends.
Okay, now the water works are going. This is too much right now.
Booker finally breaks up the love fest, and tells Sandow that he will be going one-on-one against Sheamus.
Cody: "I will be with you…in spirit."
Such a good friend
Booker: "Looks like you went from Rhodes Scholars to road kill."
Not cool, Booker. Not cool at all.
Raw Rebound of Paul Heyman's personal performance review….again.
Outside the arena with Del Rio, still getting some "fresh air."
Recap of Cena's win of the Royal Rumble and his beat down from The Shield on Raw.
Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow
Bell rings, and Sandow goes for the quick advantage with a series of kicks. Sheamus is able to turn it around with a series of forearms of his own. Sandow manages to roll under the ropes for a breather.
Sheamus is quick to follow, and attacks Sandow from behind. Into the ring Sandow goes. Sheamus tries to follow, but Sandow is able to attack him as he gets into the ring.
Sandow lands a few stomps to get Sheamus into the corner before unleashing a series of shoulder tackles. The ref manages to pull him off. Sandow tries to go back to the well, but Sheamus is able to get the boot up.
He manages to land a few rights before Sandow is able to hit the side Russian leg sweep. A few boots to "The Great White" is followed by a knee to the neck. Sandow hits the Elbow Of Disdain -- why do you keep asking me to write the Latin phrase? -- but Sheamus kicks out at two.
Sandow and Sheamus exchange blows. Sheamus looks like he has gained the upper hand, but the ref pulls him off. Sandow is able to take advantage and sends Sheamus into the corner. He tries to whip Sheamus across the ring, but Sheamus is able to reverse.
Sheamus follows it up with a high knee. He goes into his shine with clothesline, clothesline, and a White Noise attempt which Sandow rolls out of. Except he rolls right into the ropes, allowing Sheamus to start throwing some Irish Hand Grenades.
SIERRA HOTEL INDIA ECHO LIMA DELTA! THE SHIELD!
Well look who has decided to make an appearance! The Shield make their way down to the ring.
Seth Rollins is the first to enter the ring, and he eats a Brogue Kick for his troubles. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns are able to take care of Sheamus on their own. Seth is able to get up just in time for the triple power bomb.
A "Tale of the Tape" between John Cena and Fred Flintstone. Just because.
Recap of Bo Dallas eliminating Wade Barret at Royal Rumble and beating him on Raw.
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
Wade tries to charge early, but Orton meets him with a pair of rights. Orton goes for the Irish Whip into the post. Wade is able to reverse and it's Orton going into the corner. He simply bounces off, though, and delivers a clothesline. A standing drop kick from Orton, and Wade needs to roll out of the ring to recover.
Wade slams the ring, frustrated at himself.
Back into the ring we go. A high need by Wade, followed by a few body shots. The ref pulls him off, and Orton takes advantage with a few punches of his own. Off the ropes Wade goes, who is able to stop short and kick the waiting "Viper." A big boot to the face sends Orton sprawling to the mat.
Wade goes for the cover, but only gets two.
Wade continues to punch Orton's dome, much to the ref's chagrin. Wade hits the neck breaker and goes for the cover. Orton kicks out at two.
Wade uses the ropes to choke Orton, before delivering high knees to Orton's head. Wade lines Orton in his sights, and lands yet another big boot.
Only gets a two count.
Wade with the chokehold. Orton is able to make it to his feet and get his shine with clothesline, clothesline, and scoop slam. He goes for the second rope DDT, but Wade is able to jump off the apron in time.
Orton follows him out and tries to go for the DDT. Wade is able to push him off right into the ring post.
Wade calls his shot. He has Orton dead to rights.
He goes for the Bullhammer, but Orton ducks out of the way. All Wade connects with is unforgiving steel.
Orton sends Wade back into the ring. He hits the second rope DDT. The crowd is popping huge.
RKO gets the 1-2-3, and Randy Orton is your winner.
Backstage with Striker interviewing Wade. Wade is about to ream Striker, but something catches his fancy. He charges Bo Dallas and starts beating the tar out of him.
Poor little NXT dude.
Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger
Swagger circles Kofi, before landing the takedown. Kofi tries to make it back to a standing base, but Swagger is able to slam him back to the mat.
JBL is singing Swagger's amateur wrestling praises.
Kofi trapped in the corner, but he is able to fight out of it. A series of forearms push Swagger back. He tries to run the ropes, but a shoulder block drops him back down.
Swagger off the ropes, but Kofi jumps above him at least three times before finally landing the shoulder block. He whips Swagger into the corner. He tries to follow, but Swagger is able to get the leg up.
Swagger proceeds to toss Kofi like a rag doll across the ring. Swagger stands on Kofi's chest before using the ring post to drop down on top of him. Kofi is dragged by the dreads across the ring. Kofi tries to fight back, but a hard right from Swagger puts him right down.
Swagger using the ropes to choke out Kofi to a round of boos.
Again Kofi tries to fight back with a few punches. He is able to land the cross body for two.
Swagger gets to his feet and delivers a wicked clothesline.
Swagger with the arm bar. Kofi is able to his feet, but Swagger pulls him back down and re-locks the arm bar.
Kofi slow to get back to a standing base. He fights back with a few punches, but Swagger seems to be shrugging them off.
A "Lets go Kofi/Lets go Swagger" chant fills the arena.
Swagger tries to toss Kofi across the mat, but Kofi is able to counter with a monkey flip. Kofi getting his shine with an axe handle, axe handle, drop kick, run around the ring like a mad man, Boom Drop combo. He is calling for the Trouble In Paradise!
But Swagger is able to catch him in midair. He sends Kofi into the corner and tries to follow, but Kofi is able to duck through the ropes and land a kick to the dome.
Kofi launches himself off the top rope, but Swagger is able to duck under it. He can't dodge the drop kick though, and that sends Swagger out of the ring.
Kofi goes for the baseball slide, but Swagger again is able to evade the attack. Swagger tries to send Kofi into the steel steps, but now it is Kofi's turn to use some quick maneuvering. Over the steps Kofi goes, before doubling back and landing the flying clothesline.
Kofi goes for the Trouble In Paradise, but Swagger is able to duck out of the way. Kofi's foot bounces off the announce table with a sickening thud.
That made me cringe. And a front row fan's mouth is left hanging.
Swagger sends Kofi back into the ring. He goes for the Ankle Lock, and Kofi taps right away.
Swagger is 1-0 since returning to WWE.
Outside the arena with Del Rio and three security officers. He sends the security officers away -- can he do that? -- before a large bus pulls up. Del Rio runs out of the frame, probably to hide behind something.
Big Show makes his way off the bus. Del Rio launches himself at Show, swinging his metal pipe. Show jumps over a car, which suffers Del Rio's wrath. Show tries to climb on top of the car, but Del Rio is able to trip him up. Del Rio climbs on top and starts swinging widely at Show.
Show is just able to escape and runs to another car. He gets in and drives off. Del Rio is not happy about letting the giant escape.
Recap of The Rock and CM Punk on Raw.
Backstage with Del Rio and Ricardo. Del Rio is telling Ricardo -- who is wearing a neck brace -- that he needs to stay in the back.
Such a good guy, Del Rio is. Making sure his friend stays out of harms way.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Both men clinch up in the middle of the ring. Ziggler twists the arm, but Del Rio is able to roll out of it and counter with his own arm bar. Ziggler with a kick to break the hold, and a punch to the dome sends Del Rio into the corner. Del Rio is able to swap places and lands a kick of his own. A body slam puts Ziggler down on the mat.
Del Rio showing some Latino Heat a la the late, great Eddie Guerrero.
Del Rio goes for the moonsault, but Ziggler gets out of the way. Del Rio is able to land on his feet and roll. Ziggler charges, but Del Rio sends him flying into the air and down hard into the mat.
A nasty kick to the dome only gets Del Rio two.
Ziggler crawls to the corner. Del Rio charges, but Ziggler is able to get out of the way. Del Rio's shoulder meets steel post.
Ziggler hits the DDT, but Del Rio kicks out at two.
Ziggler is getting frustrated. A couple of kicks to Del Rio's head, followed by a neck breaker. Again, only good for two.
Ziggler drops the elbow, but again only gets a two count.
Ziggler now with the headlock.
Close up on the lovely AJ Lee, watching intently.
Del Rio is able to make it to his feet and send Ziggler into the ropes. Ziggler stops short, though, and kicks Del Rio right in the face.
Ziggler tries to take a swing, but Del Rio counters with a beautiful German suplex. Del Rio climbs on top of the ring post.
AJ on the opposite of the ring, throwing a fit. The ref runs over to get her off the apron. This leaves Big E enough time to send Del Rio tumbling to the ground.
Ziggler crawls over to pin Del Rio. Only gets two, though.
Del Rio is sent into the ropes. He ducks under Ziggler's punch and delivers a baseball slide to Big E. He his able to toss Ziggler up on the rebound, who comes slamming down into the mat.
Big E is arguing with the ref, and gets himself tossed from ringside.
Ziggler is not happy with that.
Back from commercial with Ziggler and Del Rio exchanging kicks. Ziggler with the nasty standing drop kick, but only gets two.
To the top rope Ziggler goes. Del Rio is able to get up and drop him on the "Showoffs." He follows it with kick to the head. Up the post Del Rio goes, and hits the superplex.
Both men are down. The ref starts the ten count.
Both get up, though, and exchange blows. Ziggler is able to gain the advantage. He sends Del Rio into the corner. Ziggler goes for the splash, but but his face meets ring post.
Del Rio gets his shine with clothesline, clothesline, and a backbreaker. Del Rio is fired up!
A "Si!" chant fills the arena. Del Rio with a nasty kick to the jaw, but Ziggler finds a way to kick out at two.
Del Rio is calling for the Cross Arm Breaker!
Ziggler is able to counter into a leg drop bulldog. Del Rio manages to kick out at two.
Both men struggle to get to their feet. Ziggler tries to whip Del Rio into the corner, but Del Rio is able to counter. He tries to follow, but Ziggler manages to get his feet up. Del Rio is able to stop short, though, and tosses Ziggler's feet through the ropes. This leaves Ziggler's back open to a series of kidney punches.
Del Rio hits the Backstabber. Again, Ziggler manages to kick out at two.
Del Rio with a stomp to the head. He climbs to the top rope, trying to get the crowd going. He launches himself in the air…
And right into a Ziggler drop kick. Ziggler gets a long two count.
Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag…
But Del Rio counters with the Cross Arm Breaker! Ziggler taps out! Alberto Del Rio is your winner!
The Big Show appears on the Titantron, calling for Alberto Del Rio. He's holding Ricardo Rodriguez, who is wearing a neck brace. Del Rio starts to leave the ring, but Show demands he goes back or he'll break Ricardo's neck.
He tells Del Rio that if he ever attacks him again, he will make him sorry he ever woke up.
Show: "Who do you think you are doing that to me!?"
He makes Ricardo beg "like a dog." Ricardo is begging for Show to stop.
He says he's going to let Ricardo go…
Before delivering a WMD.
Del Rio rushes up the ramp.
Ricardo is out cold. A ref tries to revive him, but to no avail. Del Rio comes flying to his side, calling for a doctor.
Fade to black.