By Stephen Lyon
Just back from the Smackdown tapings at the TD Garden in Boston. Taping was as follows.
Dark match: Justin Gabriel beat Curt Hawkins.
For tomorrow's WWE Main Event show:
1 The Shield beat Tons of Funk & Kofi Kingston. Shield also destroyed all 3 guys afterwards.
Matt Striker tried to get backstage comments from new champion Dolph Ziggler, but Big E said Ziggler 'was too busy doing media'. Big E admitted WM29 wasn't a good night for him personally, but Raw was much better for Team Ziggler.
2 Big E Langston beat Zack Ryder in a quick squash.
Jack Swagger & Zeb Colter did an in-ring promo mocking Swagger's opponent, Yoshi Tatsu. Colter mocked all the Japanese stereotypes, the way Tatsu talks, eats with chopsticks, why can't you eat your rice with a knife and fork, etc. Tatsu, like the small child he's scripted to be, after all that actually shook Colter's hand. Of course when he bowed, Swagger kicked him in the head.
3 Jack Swagger then beat Tatsu in another quick squash.
For a future WWE Saturday Morning Slam, Josh Matthews & Wade Barrett were on commentary.
1 The Great Khali & Hornswoggle & Natalya beat Primo & Epico & Rosa Mendes.
2 Jimmy & Jey Uso beat Team Rhodes Scholars in an upset, when after dominating the match, cocky Sandow was rolled up for the pin by an Uso.
For this Friday's Smackdown, show opened with a Dolph Ziggler, AJ & Big E promo. Ziggler re-establishedhe was still a heel, and told the audience off from trying to live through him, saying only he was responsible for his success. Swagger & Colter came out. Colter congratulated Ziggler, but wanted a title match for Swagger. Ziggler told Swagger, 'get to the back of the line, Jack, you blew it at WM29'. Colter replied him & Swagger were patient men but wouldn't be patient forever. They left, and shortly after, Ziggler was again interrupted this time by a limping Alberto Del Rio, in his only appearance of the night. Del Rio congratulated Ziggler on cashing in, but said that when he's 100% again, he's coming to get his title back. Del Rio left, and then Chris Jericho cams out. Jericho said Booker T had made Ziggler vs Jericho tonight. He also got the crowd to chant 'AJ's Crazy'.
1 Team Hell No beat the Prime Time Players. Shield did a promo on the big screen afterwards, telling Bryan & Kane that justice will be served.
2 Wade Barrett beat Santino Marella.
Booker T made Sheamus & Randy Orton vs Big Show in a 2-on-1 handicap match for later on.
3 The Bellas & Tamina beat Kaitlyn & Naomi & Cameron.
Next came a long Triple H interview segment, the best of which almost certainly won't air on tv. HHH said he proved he could beat Lesnar at WM29. Before he could say more, 3MB interrupted him. They said they were going to jump HHH to make a statement. Then the Shield's music hit and they came through the crowd. Shield then destroyed 3MB, before circling HHH. Before they could di anything, Bryan & Kane made the save and ran the Shield off. Then came tge part that won't air on tv. HHH thanked them for their help, but made fun of Bryan. What happened to you, 2 years ago you were so clean cut, now you 'look like the Unibomber, for god's sake, eat some meat'. This led to a 'Eat Some Meat' chant. Bryan wanted HHH to hug him. HHH was reluctant. Bryan & Kane hugged. HHH then got lots of fans in the audience hug. He teased forever, then Vince's music hit. Vince came out, stood on the ramp and pointed at his watch a few times. HHH said, 'Heres a guy who definitely needs a hug'. Everyone chanted for Vince to come to the ring, but he instead went to the back. HHH said, 'Careful you don't pull your hip there'. HHH then said he'd hug Kane, bringing up their chequered past, mentioning Katie Vick, but not Bryan as he was 'weird'. HHH then hugged Kane, and Bryan joined in for a 3 way hug. This was a very funny segment. Bryan is hilarious in things like these.
4 Sheamus & Orton beat Big Show via count out in a 2-on-1 handicap match, when Orton hit the RKO and Sheamus the Brogue Kick, only for Show to walk out.
5 Kofi Kingston beat Antonio Cesaro in a non title match.
Fandango came out and stood at ringside for the main event. The fans singing his theme music continued, not as much as last night at first, but by the end of the night it was almost as widespread as Raw, mainly due to WWE strongly putting it over with their seal of approval.
6 Dolph Ziggler beat Chris Jericho in a really good main event, when both Fandango & Langston's interference led to Ziggler hitting the Zig Zag for the win. After the match, Fandango beat up Jericho, including using a leg drop off the ropes. This is how Smackdown ends.
Dark main event saw John Cena & Bryan & Kane beat the Shield via DQ (protected from losses even in the post show dark match) when Cena had Reigns in a STF and Rollins used a chair. The faces then cleared the Shield from the ring. Cena then did a promo, talking about his singing the Fandango theme. Cena did his own rendition and the crowd joined in. Cena then asked for Fandango to come out, which he did, to a big pop. Fandango then said that nobody in Boston deserved to see him dance, especially not Cena who can't pronounce his name. Fandango said his name. Cena said Fandango was being a Fandan-douche bag, which led to Cena decking him, Kane choke slamming him, and hilariously, Bryan chokeslamming him, which everyone went crazy for. All the faces left, then Fandango in the ring, recovering, said his name one last time, and they again ended a taping playing Fandango's music as everyone left. So at least they are running with this, rather than trying up squash it because it wasn't their own idea. By this point, the crowd were singing the theme almost as much as the previous night. There were a lot more young kids at this show tonight than last night.
Tapings were enjoyable overall.
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