WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 31, 2013) from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring an advertised main event of Randy Orton taking on Dean Ambrose in a non-title match.
If you're the impatient type and wish to read full spoilers for the show you can find out exactly what goes down by clicking here.
Either way, come back here at 8 p.m. ET for the SmackDown live blog.
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAY 31
Broadcast is live.
An outstanding video package brings us in. It's really putting over how well The Shield has been booked, going over Sheamus, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Kofi Kingston. Each member will be in singles action tonight.
We'll start with one of those matches.
I love the entrance. They come out as a trio, then knock forearms before Dean Ambrose exits stage left so Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns can head down to the ring. We'll kick things off with Rollins taking on Kane first.
Seth Rollins vs. Kane
They say it takes a long, long time to really get over in this business and you can really see it in things like the entrance music The Shield uses. When they first hit the scene, it would play to little reaction and very little emotion or feeling attached to it. But that has slowly changed and that's a testament to their being booked the way they have and have done so well with the spot they've been given.
Anyway, Rollins and Kane are having a standard match, nothing too fancy.
Bryan with the assist and Kane picks up the victory over Rollins. It was fairly clean, all things considered.
Reigns is pissed about the situation and voices as much to the referee. So they do what's natural and immediately go into the very next match.
Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan
Now that Kane has proven he's not the weak link in the group, one wonders if that's what we'll see here from Bryan to continue that story. He's got complete control of the match early and Reigns looks good in there selling for him.
It should be noted that Kane and Rollins are both still ringside, so shit's about to go down at some point.
Reigns took over control and now they're working towards a Bryan comeback. Roman keeps snuffing it out with various big moves, like a flying clothesline that looked really good. Reigns is surprisingly athletic for his size and build.
Man, when Bryan gets going with his kicks and various other offensive maneuvers, he's really something to behold. He executes a sweet little roll into the No Lock but Reigns gets the ropes. Kane on the outside gets hit by Reigns and in response, hits him back. The referee sees the second punch and ends up calling for the disqualification.
That means Reigns wins and now Bryan is really pissed at his tag team partner.
Team Hell No is now arguing in the ring and all the way up the ramp. Is there break up almost here?
Damien Sandow in the ring and smirking after having watched the replay of his segment last week with Sheamus. He brings it up first thing, that he tried to teach the unwashed masses a lesson and that lesson was that physical strength will never be superior to mental strength.
This, of course, left the Irish brute dumbfounded. That goes double for the crowd in Edmonton, who gave away Wayne Gretzsky for next to nothing.
Anyway, he's here for another challenge. Three cups, one ball in one of the cups, the old three card monty deal.
Sheamus' music hits to interrupt and he's out talking about Sandow playing with cups and "tiny balls."
Yep, he's a WWE babyface in 2013.
Sheamus says he wants to take the challenge.
Sandow does his thing and asks Sheamus to choose. So he goes for it and Sandow taunts him the whole way. Sheamus ends up picking a cup and it's wrong.
Sandow: "Congratulations, you're idiot license is good for another year."
Because he's so great, Sandow says he'll "dim-wit" the game down and Sheamus can pick again. So he picks another and it's not there either. Before he can bail, though, Sheamus says he wants that last cup to be turned over.
Sheamus gets the final cup, turns it over, and Sandow reveals himself to also be a magician. Man, he's awesome in this segment.
Naturally, "Big Irish" breaks out a Brogue Kick because he's pissy that he got took.
The crowd cheers because reasons.
Sin Cara vs. Curtis Axel
Paul Heyman cuts a promo first. Standard stuff. Then, surprisingly, Axel gets the microphone and puts over the fact that he beat Triple H and John Cena, both guys who ran away from fighting him by acting like they have a concussion or running away.
Oh wow, Axel now using some of Mr. Perfect's catchphrases too.
No Sin Cara lighting for this match, it should be noted. He's throwing Axel all around the ring, though. Those arm drags are brutal. Naturally, he gets drilled in the back of the head coming off the ropes and Axel hits the Perfectplex for the pin.
So I guess he gets to be everything about his dad except use the name. That's so odd.
Alberto Del Rio is out to replays of what happened on Raw this past week. That includes AJ Lee trying to help Big E. Langston but ending up costing him the match.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E. Langston
Langston gets control early. Del Rio comes back with all the kicks he likes to use so often. He gets a near fall on one of them before locking in the Cross Armbreaker. No different than he's done the past few times they've worked together, Big E. uses a powerbomb set up to get out of it, though Del Rio stood up at the top end so he didn't get slammed.
They set up a spot with "ADR" locking it on in the ropes but that leads to the referee calling for the break. Del Rio ends up outside and AJ's interference this time actually works.
Back in the ring and Langston hits the Big Ending to get the victory.
Raw rebound focusing on John Cena vs. Ryback.
This is when you take your pee break, Cagesiders.
Ryback is out for his match, riding in the ambulance and everything. The crowd goes INSANE booing him. That's what we're supposed to think, at least., even if it's not the case.
I'm going to have to make a concerted effort not to bitch about the piped in noise. They do it way too much for SmackDown.
Anyway, he's got Kofi Kingston in what will be his last match for a month or two.
Ryback vs. Kofi Kingston
This was a squash through and through. Ryback needs to look good and they needed to shoot the injury angle for Kofi to get him off TV to get elbow surgery.
They're doing it by having Ryback put him through tables. Three in total.
We get a replay of Chris Jericho on Raw with Paul Heyman and that leads to yet another advertisement of Jericho vs. CM Punk at the Payback PPV on June 16.
Time for an interview with Jericho. "When you sleep with dogs, you get fleas. Unfortunately for Punk, when you sleep with Heyman, you get ..." then he lists off all sorts of other crazy diseases.
The idea being that they're both dirty. Double entendre and all that.
He's out next for a match.
Chris Jericho vs. Cody Rhodes
Two good workers on a free show. This should be a real treat.
True to form, it was a fine match with Jericho going over clean.
The Bray Wyatt promo from Monday Night Raw re-airs.
"Send someone. Just don't send anyone you want back."
Main event time.
Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose
Neither guy got a full entrance here. Orton got the start of his and we only saw the end of Ambrose's, but neither guy got the full entrance. Weird.
This match got great reviews from those who watched it live, but it's been fairly straightforward so far. Ambrose sold a suplex by frantically slapping the mat with both hands. That was entertaining.
When it came time to go into Orton's five moves of doom, he attacked it with fire.
Ultimately, the match ended in disqualification when The Shield interrupted. That brought out Kane and Daniel Bryan and Bryan cleared them out to a legitimately huge pop. The show closed with him leading the charge of "YES!" chants.