WWE Smackdown Results (4/22): Del Rio's Retirement Party For Edge; New Tag Champs!
Still live from across the pond in London England. They announce Del Rio's retirement party for Edge and show the Heavyweight Championship hanging above the ring. They announce two title matches for later, Big Show & Kane against Slater & Gabriel for the tag titles, as well as Kofi Kingston in his rematch against Wade Barrett for the IC Title.
Michael Cole comes out in his cape getting a lot of heat from the crowd. He enters his penalty box which is adorned with British flags, a throne, a picture of him kissing the queen, and cardboard cut outs of William & Kate.
Cody Rhodes comes out to the ring with a couple of guys pushing a shopping cart filled with paper bags. Cody says he's wearing his mask for protection, and that Mysterio his wearing his mask because he's hiding & ashamed of himself. He tells his guys at ringside to pass out paper bag masks to everyone at ringside. Most of the audience takes them willingly, just so they could be on camera. And Mysterio's music hits to some love from the crowd and we now have a match.
Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes (Wrestlemania 27 Rematch)
It starts out with Cody beating down Mysterio, but Rey fights back causing a charging Rhodes to go over the top rope to the outside. Rey gives him a sit down splash onto the floor and we go to a commercial break.
Back from break and as Rey goes for a springboard on the turnbuckle, Cody hits the ropes to knock him down. He takes control and kicks Rey in the corner before being pushed off by the ref. Rhodes dominates for most of the match. But Rey eventually fights back, he goes for a splash from up top, but is nailed by Cody with a standing dropkick. Rhodes picks him up for a slam, but Rey rolls it over into a pin for the win.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Postmatch: Rhodes goes right after Rey, taking him down with a clothesline before throwing him to the outside. He throws him into the barricade twice, before throwing him over the barricade. Rey fights back hitting Rhodes back over the barricade towards the ring. The beatings continue into the crowd on the opposite side from earlier and back to ringside for several more minutes. Cody hits the Crossroads onto Rey, finishing it up by placing a paper bag onto Rey's head. And we go to commercial break.
Back from break and we're backstage in Corre's locker room and we see Gabriel talking to Barrett & Slater about the royal last week. Big Zeke comes in and says "As your leader, I'm here for you." Barrett gives him a dirty look but Zeke says he was just messing with him. Barrett teases Zeke back as we go back to the arena.
Cole takes us to a replay of LayCool's therapy session from last week. Then they show us another session with them from earlier this week. Michelle is still not enjoying it. They start bickering like an old married couple and talk about splitting up. Michelle says that maybe Layla isn't flawless which Layla start to cry. She gets up to leave, but Michelle stops her and apologizes. When Layla goes to thank the therapist, Michelle tosses her into the couch and starts beating her before storming off as we go to break.
Back from break and Cole is in the ring, doing his attention spiel. He shows a replay of the foot kissing of JR from Raw on Monday night, as well as him being knighted. After the clip, he brings out Jack Swagger for his match.