WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Mar. 8, 2013) from Albany, NY with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring the continuing feud between World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and #1 Contender Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, Tamina Snuka, Kaityn, and MORE!
Come back here at 8 p.m. ET for the SmackDown live blog.
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MARCH 8:
C.J. here to end the week right!
Recap of Sheamus saving Randy Orton from The Shield last week.
Swagger/Colter & Del Rio/Rodriguez:
Recap of Jack Swagger going buck wild on Monday Night Raw.
Here comes Swagger and Zeb to the ring. Swagger welcome's us to "Jack Swagger's America." He tells the crowd to show some respect for a Real American and Founding Father, Zeb Colter.
Zeb wants to get right down to it. He wants the crowd to admit they share the same values as Jack and him. He wants us all to admit they all think alike. That they all can see what is wrong with our country. But we are too afraid to do anything about it.
He goes on to ask how many of us have lost a job because someone has sneaked across the border to work for a few pesos or a pat on the head (?)
That is why Zeb and Swagger have become our spokesmen, and need to re-write a new Bill of Rights for legal citizens. Swagger: "We the people!" Zeb: "We the people have had enough!" Swagger tells us that he has had enough, and he will be taking America back. Zeb follows up saying if you don't agree, you are the problem!
And here comes Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez for a retort!
Del Rio tells us that he has the solution. And he will show us what Jack Swagger's America is all about. We cut to a video mocking Swagger's and Zeb's propaganda with Ricardo Rodriguez as Zeb and Del Rio as Swagger.
Del Rio "Zeb" starts off by introducing both him and Ricardo "Swagger."
"Swagger": "We the people"
"Zeb": "No, not yet. You have to save that for the end."
"Swagger": "Sorry. I get excited."
"Zeb" tells us he has an important message for all of us Real Americans.
"Zeb" goes on to say it's a threat in Jack Swagger's America.
A caption pops up on the bottom of the screen.
"Zeb" tells us that it may be delicious, but it's a plot against 'Murica.
"Swagger": "Delicious plot."
"Zeb" goes on to say that our real American bellies can't take that food.
You can't rule the world when you can't leave the bathroom.
"Swagger" goes on to list the delicious plot: tacos, burritos, nachos, el grande!
"Zeb" explains that those aren't even American words, like french fries or pizza.
"Swagger": "I love pizza."
"Zeb" informs "Swagger" that is because he is a real American, unlike Alberto Del Rio.
"Swagger": "Let's get pizza!"
"Zeb" tells him that he has to say his line first.
"Swagger": "We the people love pizza, and tacos, and burritos, and qaesidillas, and chimichangas"
Both: "We the people."
Cut back to the ring.
Swagger and Zeb are PISSED.
Recap of 3MB vs. Brodus Clay & Tensai on Raw.
Team Hell No vs. 3MB
Kane and Drew McIntyre start things off. Drew takes the early advantage with a few forearms. He tries to send Kane into the corner, but it's reversed. Kane tries to follow, but Drew manages to roll out of the way. Drew continues with the forearm assault before running the ropes.
And Kane is right there with a shoulder block. Only gets a one count.
Kane sends Drew into the ropes. He ends up eating a boot to the face as Drew is able to stop is momentum.
Tag to Slater, who comes charging out of the corner...
And eats a Kane clothesline.
Tag to Bryan, who delivers a tag team drop kick. He continues with a series of smart kicks.
Slater manages to duck under and goes for the back body drop. Bryan lands on his feet and jumps on Slater's head. Slater wanders around the ring before finally getting flipped over the top rope.
Bryan goes for the running knee off the apron, but misses his mark. Drew is right there to cause some problems, but he eats a forearm for his troubles.
Slater takes advantage with a running clothesline.
Back into the ring we go. Tag to Drew, and 2/3MB go for the heel double team in the corner.
Tag back to Slater, who lands some sharp rights.
Tag back to Drew, who choses the chop for his weapon.
Bryan is able to duck under, flip around Drew's body, and hit the side suplex.
Both men crawling to their corners...
Kane gets a hot tag! Slater gets a hot tag! Everyone gets a hot tag!
Kane gets his shine with a big right - big knee - drop kick to the face. He whips Slater post-to-post and follows it up with a clothesline.
He goes back to the well, but Slater is able to get the elbow up this time.
To the second rope we go...
And Kane is waiting with a big right.
Only good for two.
Sidewalk slam from Kane. He's calling for it! The crowd wants it!
Jinder Mahal jumps on the apron to distract Kane while Slater gets up and lands a few punches.
Into the ropes Slater goes...
Right into a cross body by Kane.
Slater is able to wiggle free though, and pushes Kane into the face's corner. Bryan tags himself in. There's some confusion as to who is the legal man.
And Slater goes for the roll up!
Only goes for two.
Bryan reverses into the NO! Lock!
Kane runs in to keep Drew out of the ring!
Slater taps! Slater taps! Team Hell No wins!
Bryan and Kane arguing in the ring after the match.
Slide show for NothingButNets.com: "Helping Africa stop the spread of malaria."
Backstage with Matt Striker, Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee, and Big E Langston:
Ziggler reminds us The WWE Universe voted for him to face Del Rio tonight.
Because he steals the show every time he goes out to the ring.
Because Zeb and Swagger told him that he doesn't look like he swam through a river of garbage to get here.
But most of all, it's about the Money in the Bank contract.
Ziggler: "Tonight, I'll make history."
AJ: "Let's make history, babe."
They share a kiss, while Big E looks big and terrifying.
Ryback walking backstage, when up pops Mark Henry. They hold a brief stare down before separating.
Recap of Triple H returning to Raw.
Damien Sandow in the ring, and Brad Maddox on commentary!
Tonight, the "Intellectual Savior of the Unwashed Masses" will face a brute. The man whom Darwin's Theory of Evolution forgot. A man, who instead of feeding his soul with literature, is more than content with feeding his...
FEED! ME! MORE!
That was rude!
Maddox wants to know where the hell JBL is, and he claims that because he's the Assistant (to the) General Manager of Raw, that makes him the GM of SmackDown. Cole is quick to correct him of the proper authority tree.
Ryback vs. Damien Sandow
Both men lock up, with Ryback pushing Sandow into the corner. He delivers a shoulder tackle, followed by a chop. He flips Sandow into the middle of the ring, then picks him up, flips him over his shoulder, and hits a body slam.
Sandow rolls out of the ring for a breather.
Out comes Ryback, who quickly rolls Sandow back in. Sandow tries to roll to the opposite side of the ring, but Ryback is right behind it.
Sandow sees this and drops Ryback's neck on the top rope. He follows it up with a slap to the back of the head.
Ryback is pissed.
Sandow runs around the ring, and Ryback gives chase. Back into the ring we go.
Sandow is able to get a foot ahead of Ryback and attack as he's rolling into the ring. Off the ropes he goes with a pair of clotheslines. He continues the offenses with a few stomps to the downed Ryback. He chokes Ryback out on the ropes before pulling him into the middle of the ring and landing a few knees to the gut. He follows it up with a stomp to the head before dropping the knee on Ryback's skull.
Sandow gets the head lock. Ryback is feeding off the crowd and makes his way to his feet.
He flips Sandow off his back. Sandow comes right back with pair of heavy rights. Off the ropes he goes...
And right into a Ryback clothesline.
Ryback follows it up with a back body drop before hitting the spine buster.
He's calling for it! The crowd wants it!
Meat Hook Clothesline!
A Shell Shock later, and Ryback gets the three count.
Recap to The Shield dropping The Big Show with a triple power bomb.
In the locker room with Striker and Show:
Striker wonders what Show thinks about getting "pummeled".
Show doesn't understand The Shield's beef. He just enjoys going around knocking people out.
He blames Sheamus and Orton for being attacked.
Show lifts his giant fists, and tells Striker that is his answer to everything.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Maddox informs us he signed off on this match, and he would like us to give Maddox a round of applause.
Ziggler out of the gate early with a kick to the gut and hook to the head. Del Rio comes back with a kick to the thigh.
Del Rio walks Ziggler to the corner, but Ziggler reverses positions and lands a series of shots to the midsection.
Maddox informs us Ziggler is his second favorite person, ever.
Ref pulls him off. Back to work Ziggler goes with an elbow to the head, post-to-post whip, and follows it all up with a splash in the corner.
Del Rio is down.
Ziggler uses the bottom rope to choke Del Rio out before Big E is right there to a blow to the head.
And Ricardo throws a towel in the big man's face.
Big E is not amused. He advances on Ricardo, but AJ tells him to back off.
Uh-oh! Here comes Ricardo with a bucket of water!
And Big E moves out of the way so it all splashes on AJ!
AJ is pissed.
Now she advances on Ricardo, but it's Big E who stops her.
AJ don't care! She flies under the ropes, through the ring, and chases Ricardo. Big E finally is able to grab her.
The ref is having none of this. They both get tossed!
We come back from commercial with Ziggler dropping a series of elbows on a prone Del Rio.
Cover attempt only gets a two count.
Ziggler goes to work on the neck. Del Rio makes it to a standing base by landing a few head shots. Off the ropes he goes, and he goes for the sunset flip pin attempt.
Ziggler kicks out at two.
Ziggler with the huge drop kick!
Only good for two.
Swagger and Zeb are watching on from the back.
Ziggler flips Del Rio into the middle of the ring before locking in the sleeper hold.
Del Rio is quick to get to his feet. He sends Ziggler into the corner. He tries to follow, but eats "The Showoff's" shoulder. Ziggler charges...
And Del Rio sends him right up into the air, and Ziggler comes crashing down hard.
Both men slow to their feet. Ziggler is up first, and again charges...
This time eating turnbuckle.
Ziggler is hung up on the top rope. Del Rio climbs up and delivers forearm after forearm. He sets up...
And Del Rio hits the inverted superplex!
Both men are down. They make it to their feet and exchange blows. Del Rio gains the advantage with a stiff kick to the gut. He gets his shine with a clothesline - clothesline - tilt-a-whirl backbreaker combo.
Del Rio is calling for it! The crowd wants it!
Superkick to the jaw!
Ziggler kicks out at two!
Maddox cannot believe it!
Del Rio is calling for it! The crowd wants it!
Ziggler stops the process with a kick to the gut. He goes for the whip, but it's reversed.
Maddox wonders aloud if Josh Mathews has hit puberty yet.
Ziggler is tied up in the corner ropes. Del Rio lands a series of kidney shots before Ziggler is able to stop it with an elbow.
Ziggler throws a punch, but Del Rio throws one right back. Ziggler ends up tied in the ropes again...
And Del Rio hits the back stabber!
Only good for a two count.
To the top rope we go!
And Del Rio flies right into a dropkick!
Del Rio kicks out at two!
Maddox is stunned!
Ziggler charges, but Del Rio ducks under the attack and counters into a beautiful German suplex. He bridges...
Ziggler kicks out at two!
Del Rio is calling for it! The crowd wants it!
Del Rio charges...
Right into a Ziggler DDT!
Only good for two!
Ziggler going for the Zig Zag...
Del Rio tries to reverse into the Cross Arm Breaker...
Ziggler counters into a roll up!
Only gets a two count!
Ziggler charges. Del Rio flips him over...
And locks in the Cross Arm Breaker!
Ziggler can't hold on!
He taps! He taps! Del Rio is your winner!
Maddox is sad.
Backstage with Bryan and AJ:
The former Raw General Manager is trying to dry herself off. Bryan asks why she looks like a Shetland Pony.
AJ is not amused. She asks if he enjoys seeing her humiliated.
Bryan says he didn't see what happened, but she did leave him at the alter.
So he doesn't mind seeing her be made a fool of.
AJ wonders why he's still on that whole wedding thing. But AJ don't care. Her new boyfriend has the Money in the Bank contract. Soon she will be the girlfriend of the World Heavyweight Champion.
A champion who knows how to handle a woman like her.
The only reason she's not with him right now is because she was attacked at ringside.
And at least she knows how to handle her partner.
Bryan tells her that Kane and him handle problems in their own way. He also tells AJ that he didn't carry around a briefcase.
He was the World Heavyweight Champion.
AJ: "Yeah, and you lost it in 18 seconds."
Bryan: "Well, with Dolph Ziggler, you should be used to things lasting 18 seconds."
SUPER MEGA BURN!
Mark Henry vs. Yoshi Tatsu
Well, this should be quick.
Yoshi charges, but Henry tosses him across the ring. Off the ropes Yoshi goes, right into a flap jack.
Henry is screaming mad.
A World Strongest Slam latter, and this match is over.
Video package previewing Donald Trump's Hall of Fame induction.
Backstage with Striker interviewing Sheamus:
Striker informs Sheamus Big Show blamed him for what happened with The Shield.
Sheamus tells Striker that Show never thinks anything is his own fault.
When the kids walk down the street and call him "Shrek," that's not his fault.
When Show clogs the toilet every time he sits down, that's not his fault.
The fact you can smell him from ten miles away, that's not his fault.
When Sheamus Brogue Kicks Show's head off his shoulders, it won't be his fault.
Sheamus: "It will be mine."
Maddox telling fans that he can't sign an autograph right now.
Recap of The Rock and John Cena's confrontation.
Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka
Layla is chilling at ringside, wanting to support Kaitlyn.
Tamina gets the early advantage with a knee to the gut and slamming Kaitlyn's head into the mat. She tries to follow, but Kaitlyn gets the elbow up.
Kaitlyn is quick to follow with a shoulder tackle. She sends Tamina into the ropes, and hits the back body drop.
Cody Rhodes looking on backstage.
Kaitlyn charges, but Tamina drops the toe hold right into the ropes.
Tamina rolls outside and sends Layla flying into the barricade. Kaitlyn is able to get up and land a right. She rolls Tamina inside the ring before following.
But here's Layla trying to roll with her.
The ref and Kaitlyn are distracted. Tamina takes advantage with a Samoan drop, and she is your winner.
Cody looks on backstage... And here comes Sandow!
He says that he can't believe this "God forsaken city -- Not a restaurant in a hundred miles worthy of their patronage. Plus, they can discuss strategy with the New Age Outlaws."
Cody: "What do you think of Kaitlyn?"
Sandow: "Commendable in-ring performer"
Cody: "What do you think of her... as a woman?"
Sandow is confused by this question.
Sandow: "She's made the most with what she can, considering she has come from a clearly deficient genetic pool."
Sandow walks off as Cody looks on at Kaitlyn.
Fandango vs. Justin Gabriel
Out comes Fandango from behind the curtain!
He is not happy with Jillian's announcement.
Fandango: "I'll make my debut when you learn how to pronounce my name correctly."
Jillian tries again.
Fandango tells her she needs to breath through the A's.
Jillian tries yet again.
Fandango is not impressed.
Fandango: "Is everyone here incompetent?"
He tells us that he will not compete tonight because Jillian cannot say his name right.
Backstage with Booker T and Teddy Long:
Booker is not pleased that Fandango is skipping out matches.
Teddy takes a crack at saying the name.
He fails. Miserably.
Booker tells him to do his job and find Fandango.
Recap of The Undertaker's return to Monday Night Raw and CM Punk winning the Fatal Fourway Match.
Swagger and Jeb with another propaganda video.
Recap of The Shield attacking Sheamus, Randy Orton, and The Big Show on last week's SmackDown.
Sheamus vs. The Big Show
Show goes of the offense early, landing clubbing blows to Sheamus' back. Sheamus is able to turn it around, though, and throws a few punches.
The pair continue to exchange blows before Show takes the advantage with a headbutt. Sheamus stumbles into the corner. Show is right there with a punch to the gut.
Sheamus fights back with his own clubbing blows. Off the ropes he goes...
And right into a huge spear by Show!
Sheamus rolls out of the ring for a breather.
Show is right behind. He sets Sheamus against the ring and delivers a huge chop.
Show rolls Sheamus into the ring. He tries to follow, but Sheamus is there to bounce his head off the turnbuckle. Show gets caught in the ropes!
And here comes the Irish Hand Grenades!
Show manages to roll out. Sheamus follows out of the ring...
And Show sends Sheamus flying into the time-keeper's area.
We come back from commercial with Show working the shoulder.
Sheamus is able to make it to a standing base. He lands a few gut shots before hitting a right to the dome. Off the ropes he goes...
And he runs right into a sidewalk slam.
Only good for two.
To the second rope we go!
But Sheamus is able to make it to his feet. He lifts Show up on his shoulders!
Show manages to slide out.
A kick to the gut from Show. He lifts Sheamus up...
And a reverse power bomb from Show!
Sheamus kicks out at two!
Sheamus crawls to the corner. Show is right there, landing chop after chop. Show sets up for the chokeslam...
But Sheamus hits the headbutt to escape!
Cole: "That's using your head!"
[explicit] you, Cole.
Off the ropes Sheamus goes, hitting the cross body. Show stumbles in the corner, but Sheamus is right there with the shoulder tackle. Show continues to stumble, and Sheamus hits a running knee. Once more off the ropes, and Sheamus with another cross body.
To the top rope we go!
And Sheamus flies right into a chokeslam hold.
Sheamus is able to wiggle free, though, and reverses it into a DDT!
Show kicks out at two.
Sheamus goes for White Noise, but Show slides out of the way. He goes for the WMD...
But Sheamus counters into White Noise!
Sheamus is calling for it! The crowd wants it!
He goes for the Brogue Kick, but Show rolls out of the ring.
Sheamus is right behind him with a Battering Ram!
Sheamus tries to roll Show back in, but Show lands a heavy right to the gut. Into the ring Sheamus is rolled.
Show climbs up on the apron...
And eats a Brogue Kick!
:: SIERRA -.- HOTEL -.- INDIA ECHO -.- LIMA -.- DELTA! -.- THE SHIELD! ::
And down comes The Shield to the ring!
Show is out cold.
Sheamus is facing a three-on-one!
And here comes Randy Orton to make the save!
The Shield charge!
Sheamus is being double teamed!
Now they switch to Orton.
It's too much!
The numbers are too great!
But here comes The Big Show! He cleans house! Orton is up! Sheamus is up!
Over the top rope The Shield goes! They have been repelled!
And Show pops Sheamus with a WMD.
And Orton hits an RKO on Show.