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LECLAIR’S WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT
FEBRUARY 7, 2019
SAN JOSE, CA AT SAP CENTER
AIRED LIVE ON FOX NETWORK
Announcers: Michael Cole, Corey Graves
-The show opened with a video package hyping Goldberg’s return to Smackdown, followed by the standard Smackdown opening video package.
-Michael Cole welcomed the audience to the SAP Center in San Jose. Corey Graves teased Daniel Bryan’s appearance. Cole plugged a fatal 4 way match to determine Bayley’s next challenger.
-The Miz’s music played. He walked out onto the stage, then pointed back as John Morrison’s music cut his off. Morrison and Miz headed to the ring together for the return of the Dirt Sheet.
“Hi, I’m John Morrison and my shirt has buttons, but I don’t use them.” Morrison smiled widely. The Miz introduced himself as “the chick magnet,” and said it was more pertinent than ever given his wife and two daughters. Miz said they were kicking off the Dirt Sheet with a world premiere exclusive. Morrison said it was sure to win all the Slammy’s.
Miz introduced “Once Upon a Time on the Dirt Sheet.” It was a trailer in the style of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood.” Miz and Morrison ran into various characters backstage, including Miz’s father, and Lance Storm. The trailer ended with “Coming soon at Super Showdown…New Tag Team Champions.” Morrison said just a few weeks ago, everyone was booing them, but now that they have a movie, everyone wants to hang out with the cool kids. The crowd booed. Morrison said their reaction would mean a lot more if it came from a group that mattered, like the Academy. Big E’s voice cut Morrison off.
Big E and Kofi Kingston danced onto the stage, carrying buckets of popcorn. Kofi said their trailer was amazing. Big E reached deep into the bucket of popcorn and pulled out a microphone. He said the trailer had it all. Kofi agreed, saying it had one of the most charismatic figures to ever grace a WWE screen – Mr. Miz. Kofi said he happens to be Mr. Miz’s favorite WWE Superstar.
Big E said the trailer had drama, but revealed he was actually watching BET uncut, not Miz and Morrison’s trailer. Miz and Morrison laughed at New Day. “You have no right to talk, we’ve dominated you two the last few weeks,” Miz said. He followed up by saying they’ve dominated every team Smackdown has to offer. He and Morrison mocked Big E and Kofi’s title dance. The Uso’s music played.
The Usos walked down the ramp, protesting Miz and Morrison’s declaration. They said they never beat The Usos. Dolph Ziggler’s music cut them off. Miz and Morrison attacked New Day from behind, spilling their popcorn all over the ring. The Usos ran into the ring to help New Day. Cole said The Usos would face Ziggler and Roode after the break.
(1) THE USOS (Jimmy & Jey) vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER & ROBERT ROODE
The bell rang as soon as the show returned from break. Ziggler locked up with Jimmy Uso and quickly took control. Ziggler shot Jimmy into the corner and tagged in Robert Roode, who continued the assault. Jimmy battled free with a pair of chops. Roode dropped him with a quick shoulder tackle. Jimmy quickly rebounded with a right hand. Ziggler hopped in the ring, but Jimmy took him down as well.
Jimmy tagged in Jey Uso. He shot off the ropes, but Ziggler caught his leg, allowing Roode to drop Jey with a big clothesline for a two count. Roode tagged in Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler hit a quick dropkick for a two count. Ziggler and Roode traded tags back and forth, working over Jey Uso with a variety of punches and holds. Jey fought free, but Roode cut him off from making a tag and dropped him with a front facing suplex. Roode tagged in Ziggler, who hit a quick famouser.
Jey was able to recovered enough to roll up Ziggler for a two count. Ziggler quickly regained control with the help of Robert Roode. They hit a spinebuster/Zig-Zag combination. Ziggler covered, but Jimmy saved the pin. The Usos took over, hitting Ziggler and Roode with super kicks.
Jey headed to the top rope for a splash, but Ziggler caused a distraction long enough for Roode to recover and send Jey flying to the outside. Cole sent the show to commercial.
Roode had Jey Uso down in the corner when the show returned from break. He stomped away at Jey. The referee eventually pushed him away. Ziggler clapped at ringside. Roode tagged him in. Ziggler went to work on Jey’s leg. He dragged him back to the corner and tagged in Roode again. Roode tried to corner Jey Uso, but Jey fought both Roode and Ziggler off. He dumped Roode to the outside and crawled to Jimmy.
Roode cut Jey off, but Jey slid through his legs and tagged in Jimmy. Jimmy hit a flying cross body onto Roode, then shot Ziggler to the outside. He caught Roode with a quick Samoan Drop, then hit Ziggler with one as well. Jimmy got caught with a spinning power slam from Robert Roode. Roode covered for a two count.
Roode set up for the Glorious DDT. Jimmy blocked it and gave Roode a backdrop. Roode tagged in Dolph Ziggler. Jimmy tried to tag in Jey, but Ziggler caught him with the Zig Zag for a near fall. Ziggler set ups or a super kick. Jimmy caught Ziggler with his own. Roode jumped in the ring but Jimmy caught him as well. Jimmy tagged in Jey.
Jey dove for a splash, but Ziggler got his knees up. He tagged in Roode. Jimmy returned to thwart a double team attack. Jimmy and Ziggler spilled to the outside. Jey hit a super kick on Roode, then tagged in Jimmy. Jimmy hit a splash from the top rope for a three count.
WINNERS: The Usos in 13:00
(LeClair’s Analysis: Good match. Robert Roode seems especially motivated since returning from suspension. The Usos gave the Smackdown tag team division an excellent shot in the arm, and it’s always great to see them in standard tag action. This match was more entertaining than both of the six man tag matches they had with Corbin and Reigns involved in the weeks prior. I’m not entirely sure why it needed to tie in with the Dirt Sheet segment, given that they haven’t even gotten through that tag title match, but nonetheless.)
-Alexa Bliss was shown in her locker room putting on her gear. Nikki Cross walked in. She thanked Nikki for her studded gloves. She said she’s beaten Bayley for the Smackdown Women’s title before, right in San Jose. Nikki reminded her that she’d need to get through Carmella, Naomi, and Dana Brooke. Bliss said she’d do it.
-At ringside, Cole and Graves discussed last week’s main event and threw to footage of Reigns and The Usos covering Corbin in dog food. Cole and Graves contemplated how Corbin must be feeling.
On cue, the camera cut backstage to show King Corbin storming into the parking lot and into the production truck, demanding to know who aired the video. He found the culprit and slapped him around, eventually grabbing him by the collar and throwing him out of the truck, down a flight of stairs onto the concrete. WWE officials swarmed Corbin to get him away from the employee. Cole and Graves both displayed disgust at Corbin’s actions.
-Elias was in the ring, introduced by Greg Hamilton. He played a lick and then thanked San Jose for the applause. He said he had a fight with Cesaro and needs to know who in the crowd had his back. The crowd cheered in approval. He said before the match, he wants to perform a song he wrote. He said it’s called “Third Time’s A Charm.” Cesaro’s music cut him off at the first line.
Cesaro appeared on the stage with Sami Zayn at his side. Zayn apologized for interrupting. The crowd booed. Sami told them to shut up. “It doesn’t feel good to be interrupted, does it?” Sami asked, referencing last week. Elias said it’s a miracle if he doesn’t get interrupted. Sami said it doesn’t matter. “You tried to make a fool of me while we were dealing with a crisis,” Sami said. He said Shinsuke Nakamura was robbed of the Intercontinental title, and Elias tried to make a joke out of it. Sami said Elias is going to pay at the hands of Cesaro. “Everything that happens to you now, you brought on yourself.” Cesaro continued his walk to the ring. Cole said the match would happen next.
(2) ELIAS vs. CESARO (w/ Sami Zayn)
The match was already in progress when the show returned from break. Cesaro had Elias cornered. Elias quickly fought out. He dropped Cesaro with a backdrop, then a knee to the spine for a two count. Cole said Corey was having problems with his headset. He returned shortly after.
Cesaro recovered quickly and bounced Elias’ head off the turnbuckle, then kicked him to the outside. Sami got in Elias’ face, shouting at him while he was down. Cesaro dropped to the floor to give Sami a high five and retrieve Elias. He scooped him up and slammed him into the barrier. Cesaro sent Elias back in the ring and applied a grounded chin lock.
Elias fought out of the chin lock and returned to his feet, but Cesaro quickly fought off his comeback with a big gut wrench suplex for a quick two count. Cesaro distracted the referee, allowing Sami Zayn to catch Elias with a cheap shot. Cesaro applied another chin lock.
Elias slowly rose to his feet as the crowd got behind him. He dropped Cesaro with a backdrop, then used the ropes to pull himself up. Cesaro recovered and charged at him for an uppercut, but Elias caught him with a big boot and a running knee for a near fall. Elias climbed to the top rope, but Cesaro crotched him. He climbed up to meet Elias, trying for a superplex. Elias blocked it, then knocked Cesaro to the mat. He set up for an elbow, but Cesaro shot to his feet and caught Elias with an uppercut.
Cesaro balanced on the middle rope and hit a deadlift superplex for a near fall. Cesaro set up for the Neutralizer, but Elias countered into a jackknife cover for a two count. Cesaro quickly tossed Elias into the air and caught him with an uppercut for a near fall. Cesaro continued his attack with a barrage of uppercuts to a dazed Elias. Elias fought back with hard chops. Cesaro continued to deliver uppercuts. They traded fast flurries. Elias got Cesaro into the corner and had to pulled off by the referee.
Elias gave Cesaro a bodyslam and climbed to the top rope. He connected with an elbow from the top rope and covered Cesaro for a three count.
WINNER: Elias in 7:00 (partial)
(LeClair’s Analysis: I thought, perhaps, transitioning into a feud with Elias would allow Sami Zayn’s crew to get some wins, but alas, Elias gets the upper hand on Cesaro last week and gets the win tonight. Zayn and company have been consistently entertaining, but it’s hard to take them seriously with absolutely no wins under their belt. I still don’t see the appeal of Elias outside of the weak and admittedly cheap “Walk with Elias” catchphrase. The crowd didn’t react much to the match itself, nor Elias’ eventual win.)