Re: It Begins: WWE 2012
“Know Your Enemy” hits and Smackdown begins with the big pyro.
Michael Cole: Welcome to Friday Night Smackdown and what a big show we have install for you here tonight.
Josh Matthews: Not wrong their Cole, we have a number one contender match for Daniel Bryan’s World Heavyweight Title between Mark Henry and Big Show.
Booker T: And that not’s it dog, I also have a special announcement that I will have to make a little bit later on in the show.
Michael Cole: Let’s start the show with our new General Manager, Stephanie McMahon.
“All Grown Up” starts up around the arena and Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the arena to a good cheer from the crowd. She walks down to the arena with a briefcase and a clipboard in hand.
Stephanie McMahon: As you may or may not be aware. Teddy Long is no longer the General Manager of Smackdown due to orders from my father issued on Monday night. Following this he named me as the new General Manager of Smackdown in order to get the show back on the path to glory. So tonight here on my first night back in charge of Smackdown I come bearing two gifts to celebrate this new era of WWE. The first gift that I will reveal is what is in this case. In 2002 the WWE lost a very iconic and unique concept that was the Hardcore Division. Therefore in a Smackdown exclusive, the WWE Hardcore Title will be once more up for grabs and will once again be competed under the 24/7 rules just like before.
The crowd cheer crazily as Stephanie reveals the title and lifts it high into the air.
Stephanie McMahon: This means the title can be defended and won anywhere anytime as long as a WWE referee is present to abdicate the result. We could have someone win the title at a restaurant, at a club, in the parking lot on their way home or even at their own home. This title means there are no rules so the prestige that lives with this title is one that cannot be replicated anywhere else worldwide. Superstars like Mick Foley, Hardcore Holly, Billy Gunn, The British Bulldog, my brother Shane, the Big Show and the Undertaker have all held this title and future title holders will go down in history alongside these names. So who gets this title? That will be decided in 4 weeks’ time at the Royal Rumble. But before that happens we will have an eight man tournament to decide which two get the first shot at the title. Tonight we will see Hunico and Jinder Mahal go one – on – one with each other to find out who progress into the next round. Next week there will be another three matches to determine the other semi-finalists. So that’s the first piece of business out of the way.
Stephanie puts the title back into the case and picks up the clipboard that she bought with her to the ring.
Stephanie McMahon: Now the other gift that I present to the WWE Universe. My father said that he would allow Shane and I to sign three members of the WWE Alumni each to our rosters to bring the fans back to the WWE. So in my hands is a contract for the first alumni signing that will be returning to Smackdown. So please come on down and sign this contract.
There is a silence around the arena as “I Walk Alone” hits the arena and the crowd goes nuts. Batista appears on the stage and does his entrance. Batista heads down to the ring and joins Stephanie.
Stephanie McMahon: Batista, once you sign on this dotted line it officially marks your return to the WWE on the Smackdown brand.
Stephanie hands Batista a pen and the clipboard holding the contract. Batista turns to the back page and signs the contract.
Stephanie McMahon: Now Dave, whilst tonight is your first night back in the WWE I could book you into a match right here and now if I please. But I won’t be doing that at all; instead next week you will be given your chance to compete here on Smackdown.
Batista: Sounds fine to me, I can’t wait to be back in the ring and once again going for the gold.
Stephanie McMahon: In due course Dave.
Stephanie picks up the briefcase holding the Hardcore title as well as the clipboard. She heads backstage as we go to a break.
“Main Yash Hun” plays throughout the arena and Jinder Mahal makes his way out to the ring to compete in his Hardcore Title tournament match.
“Respeto” plays over the sound system and Hunico rides on the back pegs of a low-rider bicycle being pedalled by Camacho
Hunico with an early wristlock for control, forcing Mahal down hard by the hair. Mahal with a quick monkey flip for one and moves to a side chin lock. Hunico arm drags out, and then arm drags Mahal right into the turnbuckle, which looked painful. Cover for one. Hunico abuses Mahal in the corner. Hunico with a suplex which gets two, and settles into a rear chin lock. Hunico lands some sort of inside-out arm drag. Mahal rolls under the ropes to the apron, but when Hunico leans through to grab him, Mahal surprises him with a leg drop. Mahal goes up top for the corkscrew moonsault leg drop and lands it for a near fall after a slow cover. Mahal lands a high knee from across the ring for two. Hunico shrugs off the Full Nelson Slam and sends Mahal into the ropes with a drop toe hold. Hunico with an Olympic Slam then goes up top for a Swanton Bomb for the win.
Michael Cole: A very impressive victory there for Hunico who now advances in the Hardcore title eliminator tournament. He will face the winner of the Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel match which takes place next week.
Booker T: All of this is thanks to our new GM Stephanie McMahon, who gave us two massive pieces of news.
Josh Matthews: Not wrong Book, the Hardcore Title is back at the Royal Rumble as well as the Animal himself, Batista.
Michael Cole: We will see the Animal in action next week against the Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes.
Booker T: Now that should be a great match and let us see where Batista is at.
Josh Matthews: It looks like backstage right now Matt Striker is with the World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan.
We go backstage to see Matt Striker standing there. Next to him is Daniel Bryan.
Matt Striker: Thanks’ Josh, I am standing here with Daniel Bryan, where tonight you find out who you will face at the Royal Rumble where you will defend your title against either the 7 feet tall 485 pound, Big Show or the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry.
Daniel Bryan: It’s going to an interesting match both these guys have fought over this title but now it’s all mine and only one of them will get to face me at the Rumble for the most prestigious title in the WWE, the World Heavyweight Title.
Matt Striker: Both these men have massive advantages over you Daniel, you are half the size of both these gigantic men. How can you beat them when it comes to the Rumble and the gold will be on the line?
Daniel Bryan: Size isn’t everything Matt, anyone can beat anyone here in the WWE and don’t forget I know more submission moves than people have bones. That means I can take anyone out from any position and remember everyone taps eventually.
Daniel Bryan walks off with Matt Striker having a puzzling look on his face.
Michael Cole: That Daniel Bryan is such a nerd I can’t believe he has that title.
Booker T: My man D-Bryan has what it takes Cole why can’t you that dog.
Josh Matthews: Alright guys that’s enough our next match is about to take place.
“Smoke and Mirrors” plays throughout the arena and the Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes, makes his way to the ring.
“Written in my Face” follows this and Sheamus makes his way down the ramp to a cheer from the crowd.
They lock up and Cody tries to work on the arm but Sheamus pushes Cody to the mat. They lock up again and Cody hides in the ropes and then he kicks and punches Sheamus. Sheamus sends Cody into the corner and he connects with a series of forearms and knees. Sheamus with a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Sheamus puts Cody into the ropes for the forearms but Cody gets to the floor. Cody with a shoulder from the apron but Sheamus with a back body drop and he gets a near fall. Sheamus puts Rhodes in the ropes and connects with the forearms across the chest. Sheamus goes to the apron and sets for the knee lift but Cody goes to the mat. Cody with a head butt and then he drops Sheamus’ arm onto the top rope. Sheamus gets sent shoulder first into the turnbuckles and then Rhodes hits Beautiful Disaster and gets a near fall. We go to commercial.
We are back and Cody with a hammer lock while Sheamus tries to get back to his feet. Sheamus with punches to Cody but Cody with a kick and a drop kick for a near fall. Cody sends Sheamus into the ropes and he wraps Sheamus’ arm in the ropes. The referee warns Cody but Cody does not really listen to him. Sheamus kicks Cody away but Cody with a Divorce Court to Sheamus for a near fall. Cody wraps Sheamus’ arm in the rope again and wrings the arm around the ring post. Sheamus with punches to the midsection while Cody responds with forearms and Cody gets a near fall. Cody returns to the hammer lock but Sheamus with punches and an elbow to the head. Cody returns to the hammer lock but Sheamus gets to his feet again. Sheamus sends Cody into the ring post shoulder first. Sheamus with running double sledges followed by a power slam and a running knee lift. Sheamus goes up top for the flying shoulder tackle for a near fall. Sheamus misses the Brogue kick and Cody tries for Beautiful Disaster but Sheamus gives Cody the Irish Hammer as he comes off the ropes but Sheamus can only get a near fall. Cody Rhodes gets up gingerly and manages to avoid a Brogue Kick from Sheamus. Cody goes to hit Cross Rhodes but Sheamus manages to push himself out. As Rhodes approaches Sheamus nails the Brogue Kick this time and gets the pin for the win.
Michael Cole: The Great White just showed why he is one of the favourites to win the Royal Rumble in St. Louis in just a few weeks’ time.
Booker T: He will go very close if he doesn’t win it. But that Cody he didn’t get the new year off to a good start did he.
Josh Matthews: Cody might want to start picking his game up if he wants to get into World Title scene.
Michael Cole: Cody is good enough don’t you worry about that. Cody will be World Champion within a year.
“Gasoline Upcharge” begins to play around the arena and the newly formed tag team of Trent Baretta and Derrick Bateman make their way to the ring.
"Bringin' Da Hood 2 U" also starts to play over the system and Darren Young and JTG also make their way to the ring.
Baretta and JTG start things off and Baretta has something to say to Cole but we cannot hear him. JTG with a side head lock and then Baretta and JTG cross the ropes and JTG keeps going while Baretta stops to watch JTG. JTG realizes what has happened and he stops. Baretta sends JTG over the top rope to the floor. Baretta puts Young in the ropes in the corner and then Bateman and Baretta use JTG as a battering ram into Young’s groin. We go to commercial.
We are back and Baretta with forearms to Young. Young with punches but Baretta with a European uppercut and a side head lock. Young with a top wrist lock but Baretta with a bridge to escape. Bateman tags in and he punches Young followed by elbows and knees to Young. Bateman with forearms and punches to Young. Bateman with a side head lock and JTG hits Bateman from behind and Young with a belly-to-back suplex. JTG tags in and Young with a slam and JTG punches Bateman to get a near fall. JTG with elbows to the chest followed by a reverse chin lock. Bateman stomps on JTG’s foot but JTG with a neck breaker for a near fall. JTG with a reverse chin lock and then he tries for a slam but Bateman with a rollup. Young tags in and he punches Bateman and connects with a forearm across the chest. JTG stomps on Bateman’s chest while the referee deals with Baretta. Young with a leg drop across Bateman’s chest and he gets a near fall. Young puts his knee in Bateman’s back and he applies a rear chin lock. Young pulls Bateman into his corner and JTG tags in and he connects with an elbow drop. Bateman with a punch but JTG with a punch of his own. JTG with elbows to Bateman followed by a surfboard. Bateman with a jawbreaker and both men are down. Baretta and Young tag in and Baretta with forearms and an exploder suplex followed by kicks and knees. Baretta with punches and then while Baretta discusses things with the referee, he kicks Young in the thigh. Baretta with a back body drop to JTG when he tries to interfere. Bateman tags in and he punches Young. Young misses a charge into the corner and Bateman with a running boot to the head. Bateman with a running boot to the head in the corner and Bateman gets a near fall. JTG interrupts the count but Baretta throws JTG to the floor. Young with a knee to Bateman. Bateman tries for a Man-Tastic and he nails it on Young. Bateman gets the pin for the win.
Winners: Derrick Bateman and Trent Baretta
Michael Cole: A very impressive win for the new team of Derrick Bateman and Trent Baretta.
Josh Matthews: We saw these two gentlemen form an alliance on the premiere episode of Shake Down this past Wednesday night and after their first match it looks like they could be a formidable.
Booker T: Well I like the look of this young team they have a real potential. But I think it’s time that I make my special announcement.
Booker T grabs a microphone and heads into the ring
Booker T: So the last few weeks I have been competing on Smackdown. I have tried to win the Intercontinental Title but to no avail. So for me I believe the time has come for me to call time on my in ring career for good.
The crowd cheer as Booker T makes this announcement.
Booker T: I will also no longer be on the announce team for Smackdown. Instead of all this I have found myself a protégé who I feel I can help develop into a competitive top flight WWE Superstar. He is here right now so let me introduce you to him.
A young fellow makes his way to the ring with a noticeable afro and wrestling tights.
Booker T: This here is Xavier Woods, a couple months back I spent some time in Florida and this kid caught my eye. I kept track of him and after what has been happening to me the last few weeks I decided to give Xavier a call and here we are today. So from now on Xavier Woods is someone to keep your eye on or you will be overtaken.
Booker drops the mic as he and Xavier Woods leave the ring to the backstage area.
Michael Cole: Woo hoo Book’s gone, we don’t have to listen to him try and talk week in week out.
Josh Matthews: I don’t think his gone forever Cole, it looks like his going to bringing us this Xavier Woods and helping him out a little.
Michael Cole: Well at least he won’t be sitting over here anymore. Now all I need to do is to get rid of you and I will have this how show to myself.
“Domination” starts to play around the arena and Ezekiel Jackson makes his way down the ramp and into the ring
“End Of Days” is now playing over the speakers and Wade Barrett makes his way to the ring as well.
They lock up and Jackson backs Barrett into the corner and Jackson with a clean break. Barrett with a kick and punches. Jackson sends Barrett into the corner and he punches and knees Barrett until the referee warns him. Jackson with a hip toss and elbow drop for a near fall. Barrett runs into a back elbow from Jackson. Barrett with a knee to Jackson but Jackson with an elbow. Barrett with a Side Walk Slam for a near fall. Barrett with a rear chin lock with his knee in Jackson’s back. Barrett with an atomic drop but Barrett waits for Jackson to get to his feet. Jackson side steps Barrett and Jackson sends him over the top rope to the floor. Jackson with shoulder tackles when Barrett returns to the ring. Jackson with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Jackson with three slams to set up for the torture rack. Jackson gets Barrett on his shoulders but Barrett is able to get to the ropes and the apron. Barrett rakes the eyes but Jackson knocks Barrett off the apron with a running knee. Wade Barrett seems to have had enough of this and starts to walk up the ramp to the stage. As he gets halfway up the lights in the arena go out. An ominous gong rings throughout the arena. The lights start to flash blue. Wade Barrett looks to make his way of the arena but is stopped by a lightning strike on the top of the ramp. Barrett runs back to the ring in fear. Forgetting that Ezekiel Jackson is there the lights turn back to normal. Jackson meets Barrett immediately and hits a spear as he enters the ring. Jackson stalks Barrett and nails the Book of Ezekiel. Jackson gets the pin for the win
Winner: Ezekiel Jackson.
“Anarchy” quickly plays over the loudspeaker as we return from the commercial break and Tamina makes her way down to the ring.
“Let’s Light It Up” also comes over the speaker and AJ Lee makes it down the ramp.
AJ with a waist lock but Tamina with an elbow and then she picks AJ up by the neck. AJ with a back heel kick and a drop kick. Tamina with a forearm and head butt to AJ. Tamina with a slam and then she applies an arm bar. Tamina throws AJ to the mat by the hair. Tamina misses a big splash and AJ responds with a drop kick to the knees followed by a Shining Wizard for a near fall. AJ with punches but Tamina with an Irish whip. AJ with an elbow and then she comes off the turnbuckles. Tamina catches AJ and sets up for a Samoan drop and she nails to get the pin for the win.
Michael Cole: Tamina is on a real role her in the WWE as of late. She will be getting a title shot at the Rumble against Beth Phoenix.
Josh Matthews: She really knows how to wrestle and wouldn’t mind having a real go at the title.
We head backstage to where Stephanie McMahon is in her office she is talking on her phone. Where there is a knock on the day.
Stephanie McMahon: Come in, I’ve got to go I’ll talk to you later.
Teddy Long enters the office and approaches Stephanie.
Teddy Long: Hello Ms. McMahon, can I have a word with you please.
Stephanie McMahon: How can I help you Teddy.
Teddy Long: I need a job Stephanie, I need your help.
Stephanie McMahon: Well Teddy, I have been told that you can’t be a part of the running of the show anymore but if you want you can have your old refereeing job back.
Teddy Long: The fans won’t respect me if I’m a referee I need to be able to speak, the fans love me. You feel me playa.
Stephanie McMahon: Alright, Teddy have you gone around the locker room and seen if anyone wants your help as a manager.
Teddy Long: You know what Stephanie, I might just do that surely there is someone here on Smackdown that could use my assistance.
“Somebodies Gonna Get It” hits around the arena and Mark Henry appears on stage without his ankle brace and makes his way down to the ring.
“Crank It Up” plays around the arena and the Big Show makes his way down the ramp to begin the match
The bell rings and they charge into a lock up. Henry pushes Show off and he runs right back, locking up again. Henry takes it to the corner. Show blocks him and wails away with body shots and punches to the head. Henry goes down and Show stomps on him. Henry flees the ring and regroups on the floor. Henry comes to the apron and Show brings him over the top rope and into the ring. Show with a big super kick to Henry. Henry goes back to the floor. Show comes in and Henry takes out his knee. Henry scoop slams Show and drops a big elbow. Henry works on Show’s knee now and drops another big elbow on it. Henry locks a body scissors on Show’s leg. Henry continues dropping elbows and working over Show’s hurt leg. Show fights out but his leg goes out and he goes back down. Henry with a 2 count. Henry goes right back to work on Show’s leg and knee. We go to a break.
Show fights Henry off again as the crowd chants for him. They both charge with clotheslines, collide and go down. They get to their knees and trade head butts. They get to their feet. Show hits a series of head butts and a clothesline, knocking Henry down. Another clothesline by Show. Show continues to run over Henry as the crowd pops. Show scoop slams Henry and calls for the chokeslam. Show nails it but Henry kicks out at 2. Show signals for the WMD knockout punch but Henry blocks it. Henry nails the World’s Strongest Slam for a 2 count. Henry shows frustration now. Henry goes to the top rope but Show meets him. Show choke slams Henry from the top rope and covers him but Henry manages to kick out at 2. Out of nowhere Batista runs down the ramp and slides into the ring. He spears Big Show and Mark Henry once they notice him in the ring. The ref rings the bell to signal the end of the match. Sheamus also runs down the ramp and delivers a Brogue Kick to Batista knocking him out of the ring.
Result: No Contest
Stephanie McMahon makes her way onto the stage. As the four men in the ring stand up in each of the corners.
Stephanie McMahon: Hold it right there. Who do you two think you are ruining our main event match? Now we have no number one contender. So next week we will have a new match to determine the number one contender for Daniel Bryan’s World Heavyweight Title. It will be the World’s Largest Athlete the Big Show, the World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry, The Animal Batista and the Great White Sheamus. This match will be a no disqualification match and whoever wins gets the shot at the Rumble.
Stephanie McMahon decides to walk out of the arena as the four giants of men are left in the ring alone. They all stare at each other signalling for the title around their waste as the show goes off the air.