WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 28, 2014) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring all the fallout from the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Minneapolis.
Because SmackDown is a taped show, you can simply go read the spoilers to know everything that happens (find them by clicking here). That means there isn't much need for a live blog, though we'll be sure to deliver results as they hit the air.
You can use this space to discuss all the events as they occur, however, and it's probably going to enhance your viewing experience. In fact, I know it is because we're a lot of fun around here.
Enjoy the show!
- Batista came out and cut a strong heel promo saying he's going to destroy all our heroes because no one is better than he is. Dolph Ziggler came out before he could leave and challenged him to a match, one "The Animal" accepted. Ziggler hit a dropkick before bailing to the back, incensing Batista to the delight of the crowd.
- Real Americans def. Mark Henry & Big E. Solid match. The finish saw Swagger get the Patriot Act on Henry but Cesaro tag himself in on Swagger's back before hitting the Neutralizer -- a thing of beauty -- for the pin. The dissension continues.
- Alberto Del Rio talked up Vickie Guerrero in the hopes of getting a night off. Instead, Sheamus showed up and that match was quickly put together, much to the dismay of "ADR".
- Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio via disqualification when Christian, who came out mid-match to do commentary wearing a suit and sunglasses indoors, interfered just as Sheamus was going to win with a Cloverleaf. Sheamus fought valiantly to overcome the odds anyway, but ended up falling to a Killswitch.
- The Raw rewind featured a look at Hulk Hogan's return. Obviously, they cleaned up his promo and made it sound like he didn't botch his lines. We're all still struggling to figure out what he had to say outside of announcing something that had already been announced. They also aired footage of his appearance on the Today show where, unlike during his time with TNA, he actually bothered to promote the company he works for.
- Lana came out to the stage set up to introduce Alexander Rusev. He climbed some steps that were set up and said the same shit -- I assume, I don't speak his language -- he's been saying in the vignettes they've been running except he did it out in front of the crowd.
- The Shield promo backstage with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns arguing. Reigns isn't happy about the fact that after suffering only two losses in a year and a half, they suffered two in two weeks. Seth Rollins, naturally, brought them together. They actually showed some real fire here and Reigns started showing that range he's needed to.
- Batista def. Dolph Ziggler in a match that featured the latter getting in far more offense than expected. Batista made him look good but Dolph did the job and sold like hell for him, taking three spinebusters and a Batista Bomb for the pin.
- Bray Wyatt cut a promo and it was great. The Shield came down ready for war. Instead, Triple H showed up to say he's got too much invested in these two groups to let them fight right here. No, he needs some time to promote it, so they'll battle at Raw on Monday in Chicago. UGH.
- AJ Lee def. Cameron in a terrible match. Cameron was on fire to start, Tamina Snuke interfered at one point and got tossed by the ref, but the damage was done because AJ took over from there and won with the Black Widow. Her application of it was embarrassing. This match sucked.
- They run a segment with the SmackDown pre and post show crew talking about the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar match at WrestleMania 30. Everyone on the panel picked Undertaker to win but put over Lesnar as a strong challenger.
- Daniel Bryan & The Usos def. Kane & New Age Outlaws after yet another strong six-man tag match. Not heavy on an angle here, just a solid match between feuding parties.