*Spoilers* Smackdown Taping Results From Little Rock, Arkansas

WWE taped this week’s Smackdown tonight from Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. Below are full results:

Smackdown (Airing Friday on SyFy):

* Cody Rhodes b. Booker T to retain the Intercontinental Championship. The match went on for a long time and ended with Rhodes hitting the Beautiful Disaster kick for the pin.

* Cody Rhodes and Goldust are backstage after Cody's match. Cody says to Goldust that he has already surpassed him and he will be greater than Dusty Rhodes someday.

* Zack Ryder is in Teddy Long's office. Ryder said that he's busy now that he is the United States Champion, so it may be a good idea for Long to find a new Assistant General Manager on Smackdown. Drew McIntyre enters, but is not offered the position. Santino Marella enters and reminds Long that McIntyre was supposed to be fired due to last week's loss. This sets up Santino vs. McIntyre for tonight, and if Santino wins, he is the new Assistant to the General Manager. If McIntyre wins, he likely won't be fired. The segment ends with Aksana entering the office.

* There is a short backstage segment with AJ and Alicia Fox. Daniel Bryan enters and discusses tonight's match against The Big Show with AJ.

* Hornswoggle b. Heath Slater in an Over-the-Top-Rope Challenge. Slater almost slammed Hornswoggle over the top rope, but Hornswoggle grabbed his hair to reverse it and win. Slater got mad and attacked Hornswoggle after the match. Justin Gabriel ran down to save Hornswoggle.

* Hunico b. Ted DiBiase

* Wade Barrett cuts a promo about the Barrett Barrage. He tells the crowd that after his injury, Randy Orton will be watching from home as Barrett wins the Royal Rumble later this month. Sheamus interrupts. They both talk themselves up, but Jinder Mahal interrupts both of them. Barrett leaves the ring and Mahal turns his attention to Sheamus. Mahal slaps Sheamus, leading to a brawl. Barrett rushes back to the ring to join the assault on Sheamus. The brawl ends with Mahal locking the Camel Clutch on Sheamus.

* Santino Marella b. Drew McIntyre. Santino is then appointed the new Assistant to the General Manager of Smackdown.

* Drew McIntyre is back in Teddy Long's office asking for another chance. Long says that tonight was strike 2 for Drew, and next week might be strike 3.

* Primo & Epico b. Air Boom in a non-title match. Rosa Mendes accompanied Primo & Epico to the ring. Epico picked up the win after Evan Bourne failed to hit Air Bourne.

* Sheamus vs. Jinder Mahal is official for next week's Smackdown.

* Tamina b. Natalya

* Daniel Bryan b. The Big Show by disqualification to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. Mark Henry was on commentary for the match. During the match, Bryan went over to taunt Henry, who pushed Bryan, causing the DQ. Bryan celebrated with his title on the ramp to end the show.

39 comments

    • H.M. 4 January, 2012 at 03:38 Reply

      Or McIntyre is going through the MVP treatment and is going to job until he becomes a face….*cringes*

      After that face turn MVP was never the same again, only disappearing into midcard hell and then obscurity; eventually getting released.

      Yeah either way its gonna blow.

    • jdl 4 January, 2012 at 04:01 Reply

      That's not entirely true. Santino is an odd duck in the WWE. He can win or lose a match on the drop of a hat and never suffer from it. The crowd loves him, management loves him, and he can pretty much always rescue a segment that's going south. Sure, jobbing is never a good sign, but when you're jobbing to a guy who can be a jobber one minute and working the upper midcard the next, it's more of a storyline angle than a bad sign.

  1. gibbons08 3 January, 2012 at 23:30 Reply

    I wish the titles would change hands on Raw or Smackdown once in a while, I thinks it’s really exciting when the title changes hands unexpectedly

  2. Skyrim 3 January, 2012 at 23:32 Reply

    ^^ John Cena won the title from Rey Mysterio on TV
    Multiple MITB cash ins have happened on TV.
    Orton won the title on TV.

  3. James 3 January, 2012 at 23:41 Reply

    DQ makes Bryan seem weak and cant go over in a title match clean. Id rather have seen a fluke win out of no where or a counter of a chokeslam into a LeBell Lock

      • James 4 January, 2012 at 03:44 Reply

        Yeah and I agree it would be perfect for him to go heel. But on a DQ caused cos of Henry pushing him? It would have been awesome if he turned heel by causing a DQ himself with a low blow or steel chair shot

  4. Chris 3 January, 2012 at 23:53 Reply

    Bryan heel turn comming and the DQ can make him seem like a little rat of a Champ, but if they do the heel turn right it may work

  5. Patrick_Peralta 4 January, 2012 at 00:15 Reply

    This is great Daniel Bryan is heading for a heel turn, He's showing signs of being a heel by keeping his title in such a manner. Besides a win is a win. Jesse Ventura would be so proud if he was at the announce Table.

    Jesse always said "Win if you can, Lose if you must , but always cheat."

    or

    Eddie's If You not cheating , your not trying.

    I know Daniel Bryan does make a good heel I've seen it before I'm enjoying what he is doing.

    • Ernest Bethea 4 January, 2012 at 03:03 Reply

      Not if the guy's a face. How many times has Jesse called out Hulk Hogan for "clenched fists" and "low kicks" just to name a couple of Hogan shots?

  6. jonathon212 4 January, 2012 at 00:32 Reply

    the smackdown roster is so weak that when guys like ziggler, ryder, miz, etc dont have matches or segments the shows are boring. i cant ever remember a time where smackdown roster was so poor

  7. H.M. 4 January, 2012 at 00:45 Reply

    Daniel Bryan still seems like a jobber even AS a champion. This is just how I have perceived him judging off of his booking. Not to mention that Coles mindnumbing commentary only further makes DBryan look like a joke.

  8. rogstab 4 January, 2012 at 00:53 Reply

    Weak SD altogether. A golden opportunity to get McIntyre back into the limelight. What a waste of a great talent. Santino will be hilarious in his new role though.

    • Kerri 4 January, 2012 at 08:52 Reply

      Isn't Santino a RAW superstar?

      Granted Ryder is too, but I believe it was Triple H who gave him that spot, so at that time it made sense as Triple H was "listed" as "COO" and in charge of both shows……..sometimes, when he felt like it. But Santino? Why not give this spot on TV to a SD superstar to build them up?

  9. Richie 4 January, 2012 at 01:44 Reply

    I think McIntyre is gonna lose again, then start appearing randomly and assault people and interfere in matches. It will probably culminate in a feud with Sheamus, and establish him in the mid-card.

    • MonstaHeel 450 4 January, 2012 at 23:26 Reply

      That could and should happen. Both are kinda brawlers with attitude. Play it right and this would be interesting come Wrestlemania.

  10. ThePeoplesChamp 4 January, 2012 at 02:18 Reply

    Booker t should have won that match. Its nice to see titles change hands on tv once in a while and it would also be nice to see a seasoned vet like booker get one more title rein

  11. Vin Sidious 4 January, 2012 at 06:31 Reply

    I'm sorry, but there's no way Big Show should get DQ'd if Bryan approached the announce table and then got shoved by Mark Henry. Its not like Henry actively interfered in the match on Show's behalf. Just lame booking there.

  12. sdunne87 4 January, 2012 at 09:25 Reply

    I wonder if Slater ever looks at his career and wonders where it all went wrong?

    Getting beaten by Hornswoggle in an over the top rope match is like losing to Zach Gowen in an arse kicking contest.

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