Thanks to WrestlingINC.com reader @jaydangerx for sending in these detailed results from last night's SmackDown taping at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York:
A few notes: Before anything got started, a massive "We Want Ryder!" chant broke out. He was crazy over in his hometown and hopefully WWE will acknowledge that.
Also, before the taping began, they played a video which showed images of various superstars. Cena got wicked heat despite every person under the age of 12 wearing a John Cena t-shirt. That said, the most common t-shirt for adults was definitely CM Punk. Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho, Zack Ryder and The Shield also had loyal followings.
Also, I swear I saw Bob Backlund walking around the concession stands before they let us in. He looks crazy as hell.
On the train back to Manhattan, I noticed that Prince Nana from Ring of Honor was sitting right across from me. He had a tryout match tonight and the night before. He's a really cool guy and I hope he gets signed. He looked exhausted but sounded hopeful when talking about the prospect. We even got to speaking about the Brisco Twitter incident. He's very friendly and down-to-earth and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Total Divas Matches
Naomi v. Alicia Fox
Alicia Fox comes out to little response, but Naomi gets a nice pop. Naomi really is the star of the match and lands a bunch of cool gymnastics moves including the rear end and some crazy high drop kicks. Alicia tries to slow it down a bunch, but the crowd is actually pretty solidly behind Naomi and claps for her every time Alicia has her in a hold. Naomi botches a flying cross-body from outside the ropes, but rinses and repeats a couple minutes later. Alicia comes out of nowhere to win with a rollup despite Naomi looking very impressive.
Cameron v. Aksana
Awful match between two women who are just not over at all. Cameron got a mild pop for her entrance, but it died down when the crowd realized that she was nowhere near as good as her tag team partner. There are a bunch of botched moves and all I can think of is that somewhere, Sara Del Ray is shaking her head and making Paige and Emma break out in a couple two-a-days so as to replace these two. After seeing the first Divas match where both women looked strong, this came off as even worse than it would have.
WWE Main Event Matches
Sheamus v. Antonio Cesaro
Sheamus is majorly over with all of the kids in the audience and Cesaro works hard to put him over. They go back and forth a bunch with Sheamus constantly teasing the white noise, but Cesaro kept avoiding it. It picks up as the match is taken outside of the ring. Sheamus lands his chest chops and Cesaro gives him a nasty uppercut along the way. The match ends when Cesaro climbs to the top turnbuckle but can't connect and Sheamus responds with a brogue kick.
The Usos v. Team Rhodes Scholars
For the first half, the Usos get little fanfare from the crowd while Rhodes Scholars actually gets some support. "Cody's Mustache" is the first big chant of the night. The Usos eventually get the crowd on their side by doing their "U-So!" chant and by dishing out some cool flying moves. Match ends when the Usos land the Samoan Splash onto Cody. I thought Cody was the star of the match. He's totally on, knows what he's doing and is very charismatic. Vince needs to stop making him job all the time.
Justin Gabriel v. Curt Hawkins
Gabriel comes out to a decent pop. Hawkins comes out to a bigger one because of his Queens roots. The crowd is behind Hawkins who pretty much jobs out the short match. Hawkins was just not good and it dragged down the quality of match that Gabriel likes to have. I was a little disappointed because this could have been a cool match. Gabriel wins with a shooting star press which looks SICK in person.
MIZ TV with Randy Orton and Team Hell No
All three got major pops from the crowd as they come out to the ring. The crowd is so over for Bryan that you can't even hear the first question of the interview. Throughout the promo, the crowd takes every opportunity to show Bryan crazy love with "YES!" chants galore. Miz asks them about Bryan thinking he's the weak link. Randy and Kane tell him that he's not – he's just acting crazy. Bryan continues to throw around accusations about not being respected. Randy eventually tells him that he loses respect for him when he whines. Bryan gets pissy. Kane eventually tells Bryan that he's had enough and exits the ring. They tease a Team Hell No breakup. Teddy Long comes out and announces the main event: Bryan/Orton vs. Rollins/Reigns.
Chris Jericho v. Curtis Axel
Jericho gets a huge pop while Axel gets no response until Heyman speaks, causing the crowd to boo him. Heyman does commentary during the match. Decent match with each guy trying to hit their signatures. Axel grabs the ropes on a Walls of Jericho and Jericho counters out of what looks like a Perfect Plex setup. Jericho looks like he has the match wrapped up until CM Punk's entrance video and music plays. He's distracted and Axel comes from behind and gets the rollup. When Punk's music played, the crowd lost their sh-t just on the slight hope that they would see the Second City Saint return tonight. Jericho leaves the ring, pauses, turns around to see Axel celebrate, runs back into the ring, and takes him down with a Codebreaker.
A Wyatt Family promo airs and the kids in the audience look creeped out. This is going to be awesome. Camera cuts to Brodus Clay and Tensai who cut a short promo about how creepy those guys look. It looks like we may have our first victims to the Devourer of Worlds.
There's a short backstage segment with Ryback and Kane. Ryback is his standard self. Kane tells him that Daniel Bryan is his partner and that he supports him. Kane then says that because he buried his brother alive, Ryback's Rules don't apply to him. Ryback really needs to learn how to cut a promo – I just don't buy any of it.
Alberto Del Rio v. Heath Slater
Ricardo actually gives the intro in English and makes reference to the World Heavyweight Championship. 3MB comes out and nobody cares. The match never begins because all 3 members of 3MB attack Del Rio and Ricardo. However, because 3MB are the jobbiest of jobbers, they get tossed out of the ring. Ricardo gets on the top turnbuckle and jumps on them all outside the ring. Dolph Ziggler appears on the Titantron and tells everyone that he's been cleared to wrestle again and that he'll be at Raw.
Kane v. Ryback
Kane gets a decent pop and Ryback's ambulance intro is much cooler in person than on camera. Kane controls much of the match, even landing a chokeslam, however Ryback kicks out. Ryback actually lifts Kane over his head at one point, which looks impressive because of how large Kane is. Ryback grabs a table and brings it to the ring. The crowd chants "We Want Tables." Ryback puts Kane through a table and gets DQ'd.
A promo airs touting the 20th Anniversary of Raw. The video consists of notable catch phrases from the last two decades.
The Damien Sandow Show
Sandow cuts a hilarious promo and has a ton of people of laughing. His mic skills are out of this world. He then unveils a super computer and challenged it to a game of chess. The computer tries to talk until Sandow yells "Silence!" at it. Of all the promos and segments cut tonight, this was definitely the most entertaining non-match of the night. Sheamus comes out and tells Sandow that he can beat the computer in one move. Challenge accepted. Sheamus destroys the computer with a Brogue kick and Sandow lays out Sheamus. These guys have great chemistry.
Backstage segment with Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. Randy suggests they work together and Bryan tells him to stay out of his way. Randy responds by telling Bryan that he doesn't like him.
Intercontinental Championship match for Payback is announced: Wade Barrett vs. The Miz vs. Fandango. During this, the streamers come down by the entrance ramp and the MASSIVE Fandango sign comes over the ring. People are looking forward to his entrance.
Fandango v. Zack Ryder
The Miz comes out for commentary. Fandango comes out to a crowd that is signing and dancing for him. The crowd is pretty into him and it's a lot more clear in person than on TV. Zack Ryder comes out and the crowd goes INSANE! Zack Attack is the hometown hero and gets massive crowd support. It's a short semi-squash match. When Ryder fist pumps, the crowd pops big time with him with the "Woo Woo Woo's." Fandango slips as he climes the turnbuckle but doesn't fall. It's actually humorous though, given his character. He then lands a vicious flying leg drop and gets the pin. Fandango grabs the mic. "It's Faaan Dannnn Goooo." The crowd delivers the line with him. It's almost as if he's toeing the ling between heel and face. If Ryder wasn't his opponent, he may have been the crowd favorite in the match. Barrett is AWOL for this match, which is fine by me because it means he isn't jobbing out tonight.
My favorite part of the night was getting up to go to the backroom and then being stopped by a security guard. A few seconds later, The Shield walked out and stood waiting in the stairwell. You can really the excitement in the area where they make their entrance. Everyone was rushing over to try and take a look. These guys are so over, it's ridiculous.
Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan v. The Shield (Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns)
Everyone in this match is crazy over with the fans. Daniel Bryan gets the biggest pop of the night. It goes back and forth a bunch with each guy looking good at various points. After The Shield lays in on Randy hard, he eventually tags in Bryan who cleans house! At one point, he gets on the top turnbuckle and dropkicks Rollins and Reigns at the same time – each with a different foot. The crowd goes batsh-t and then he does alternating "Yes!" kicks to each guy. He does all of his signature moves including the backflip, flying head-butt and dive outside the ring. I can't even begin to describe how match he ignites the crowd. Bryan goes for the win on Rollins. Reigns runs in and gets an RKO. Bryan accidentally nails Randy. Bryan puts Rollins in the No-Lock. Ambrose comes out from the crowd and interferes causing a DQ. The Shield jumps to the outside. Randy gives Bryan an RKO, gets big heat from the crowd and leaves.
Dark Match: Sheamus and Team Hell No v. The Shield
After the show went off the air, The Shield re-enters the ring and attacks Bryan. Kane and Sheamus made the save, leading to the dark match main event.
Short match which ends with Reigns getting the DQ after hitting Sheamus with a chair. The Shield sets up a triple powerbomb but Bryan runs in, grabs the chair and hits Reigns with the chair. They all hit their finishers on Dean Ambrose, who sells like a champ and the faces celebrate. Kane exists earlier than the others to sell the dissension.