The January 27, 2012 Edition of Smackdown is a Professional wrestling television show of the WWE's Smackdown brand, which took place on January 24, 2012 at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
To kick off SmackDown a remorseful and heavy-hearted Big Show apologized for his actions in unintentionally injuring AJ two weeks ago. The emotional Superstar brought doubt as to his state of mind and what the future holds for his career following his match at the Royal Rumble.
He was interrupted by World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, who insulted Show as a “genetic freak,” calling for his retirement before slapping him. The infuriated giant grabbed Bryan's face and told him, “What happened to AJ was an accident, what I do to you Sunday won’t be.” And with that The World's Largest Athlete tossed the champion through the air.
Not one to miss a confrontation, Mark Henry made his way to the ring to address both Superstars, reminding them that he too is part of the Triple Threat Steel Cage World Heavyweight Championship Match on Sunday. Before things exploded, SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long emerged and made an additional main event for later in the show: Big Show vs. Mark Henry.
For the second week in a row, Cody Rhodes faced off against the high-flying Superstar from South Africa in an exciting, fast-paced match. Gabriel was very competitive against Rhodes but eventually succumbed to the Cross Rhodes, marking another impressive win for the driven Intercontinental Champion. Will Rhodes fulfill his declaration to triumph in the Royal Rumble Match in two days?
Due to Teddy Long's repeated threats of termination, Drew McIntyre has been on the hot seat for weeks. A match against the quick-tempered Sheamus did little to improve McIntyre's shaky employment situation, as The Great White overcame the Scottish Superstar with a devastating Brogue Kick. While “The Chosen One” once again fell short, Sheamus appears to be peaking at the perfect time for the Royal Rumble Match.
Prior to the match, the odd couple tag team of Santino Marella and Yoshi Tatsu debated whether they should be called “Santoshi” or “Yoshitino.” WWE Tag Team Champions Epico and Primo didn't appear to care either way. After Epico hit a Backstabber on a distracted Santino, the explosive champions celebrated with the stunning Rosa Mendes.
With Randy Orton set to return to SmackDown after being injured one month ago in a brutal Falls Count Anywhere Match with Wade Barrett, his English adversary declared that The Viper was “spiritually broken” and “a shell of a man.”
WWE's Apex Predator interrupted and, within moments, the Barrett Barrage clashed head-on with the vengeance of The Viper, before the match could even begin. With emerging referees and Superstars unable to break them apart, Orton unleashed his retribution, creating all-out chaos. While Barrett was able to escape the ring, the present SmackDown Superstars weren't so lucky. The Viper delivered five searing RKO's, suggesting he's fully recovered, physically and spiritually.
Despite a cracked bone and torn cartilage in his wrist – suffered at a WWE live event in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada last weekend – Ted DiBiase once again battled Hunico. With Camacho in his corner, Hunico focused his assault on DiBiase's handicap, hurling him to the canvas to secure the victory. After the match, Hunico and Camacho attacked DiBiase and stomped his injured wrist on the unforgiving steel steps.
The only living, breathing, romping, stomping “Funkasaurus” in captivity, Brodus Clay, faced off against Alex Riley. As the match began, an affable A-Ry tried to show off some moves of his own. But the Superstar from Planet Funk quickly squashed his rhythm, nailing his opponent with a thunderous “What the Funk!” to secure the win.
In her very first match on SmackDown, Aksana got the roll-up in less than five seconds on a distracted Natalya. After the match, the angered third-generation Diva put her in the Sharpshooter, making the Lithuanian beauty frantically tap. Tamina, daughter of WWE Hall of Famer “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, came to Aksana's rescue, landing a splash off the top rope onto her prey.
Prior to the match, a confrontation between Aksana and Natalya let to a very awkward moment
Just two days before their Triple Threat Steel Cage Match against Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble, The World's Largest Athlete and The World's Strongest Man faced off one-on-one – with the champion sitting ringside. When Henry could not answer the count – the result of Big Show knocking him out of the ring – Bryan attacked the victorious giant with a chair.
After breaking out of Bryan's LeBell Lock, Show roared back, chokeslamming the champion and nearly landing a crushing WMD. Bryan scrambled out of the ring, but where will the submission specialist run when he faces Big Show and Mark Henry in a Steel Cage Match this Sunday?
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Dark Match: Ryback defeated ???, ??? & ??? in a Three On One Handicap Match
- Cody Rhodes defeated Justin Gabriel (2:11)
- Sheamus defeated Drew McIntyre (2:49)
- Epico & Primo (w/ Rosa Mendes) defeated Santino Marella & Yoshi Tatsu (2:17)
- Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett ended in a no contest
- Hunico (w/ Camacho) defeated Ted DiBiase (1:31)
- Brodus Clay defeated Alex Riley (0:33)
- Aksana defeated Natalya (0:06)
- The Big Show defeated Mark Henry by Count Out (4:00)
- Dark Match: Randy Orton defeated Wade Barrett in a street fight
Other on-screen talent
Big Show will battle Mark Henry
Cody Rhodes v Justin Gabriel
Sheamus v Drew McIntyre
Epico & Primo v Santino Marella & Yoshi Tatsu
Randy Orton v Wade Barrett
Hunico v Ted DiBiase
Brodus Clay v Alex Riley
Aksana v Natalya
The Big Show v Mark Henry
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