I am back from the Smackdown taping in Hershey, PA. As always, I was sitting in Section H1, Row 4, Seat 1 (on the entrance ramp). I was to the left of the wrestlers as they came to the ring. And, as always, I was cheering every heel and booing every face. I was wearing my Christian / Anti-Orton shirt, which had the phrase "Just Say No To RKO" written on the back.
I had no interest in NXT or Superstars, so I stayed out in the concession part of the arena during that time. I tried to buy another Christian shirt, but they were all sold out. In fact, that was the ONLY shirt that was sold out. There were a lot of random Christian fans throughout the arena with "Still A Peep" signs, but overall, I thought he received a rather heelish reaction.
At the beginning of Smackdown, I made my way down to my seat. One quarter of the arena was tarped off. Booker T got a huge ovation as he came down the ramp. Michael Cole and Josh Mathews followed.
To begin the show, Teddy Long called out Christian and talked to him about the shady finish of his match with Randy Orton at Capitol Punishment. Christian demanded another title match because he got screwed. Teddy Long told Christian that he would have to EARN another title match. And that opportunity would come later tonight against... Kane!
In the first match of the night, Sin Cara beat Ted Dibiase, Jr. A cameraman actually had to point to where Sin Cara was supposed to be looking at the end of the match. Wow...
Next, Cody Rhodes beat Daniel Bryan . The "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes was used as part of Daniel Bryan's pre-match promo. I caught Booker T & Michael Cole joking around with a paper bag during the match. Ted Dibiase, Jr. came out mid-way through the match to be in Cody's corner. At this point, I thought Cody received the biggest heat of the night, until... (more on that later)...
Then Big Zeke beat Wade Barrett clean in a rematch for the Intercontinental Title. Afterwards, Gabriel & Slater were making fun of Wade backstage.
Gabriel & Slater come out and beat the Uso's.
Yoshi Tatsu was beaten up in the ring by Jinder Mahal & The Great Khali. Mahal cut a promo, which I believe earned him the biggest heat of the night (surpassing even that of Cody Rhodes earlier). Much like Sin Cara, a cameraman actually had to point to where Mahal was supposed to be looking after his promo.
Christian & Kane were having a pretty good match with A LOT of near falls. At the end, Mark Henry ran out to attack Kane, causing a DQ and a very upset Christian. Teddy Long came out and said that Christian had just lost the match (implying that he would not receive another title shot), but then Teddy said that Christian had a chance to "redeem" himself in a tag match. Christian/Henry vs. Kane/Orton. If Christian's team wins, he earns another title shot.
The tag match went on for awhile, before it ended with a Mark Henry pin on Randy Orton, allowing Christian's team to win, and therefore give Christian one more title opportunity (presumably at Money in the Bank). The show ended with Christian standing in the ring, holding the title, on top of a fallen Randy Orton. And the crowd was really booing him.
This is where the show went off the air, because all of the cameramen & ring crew began dispersing. The commentators must have taken a back exit through the crowd, because none of them came up the ramp.
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