Below are quick results from yesterday’s WWE Smackdown live event from the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah:
* The Great Khali b. Jinder Mahal
* Yoshi Tatsu b. Drew McIntyre. After the match WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes came out and took out Yoshi Tatsu.
* Jimmy & Jey Uso b. Heath Slater & Tyson Kidd
* Hunico w/Camacho b. Ezekiel Jackson. After the match WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes came back out and took out Jackson.
* WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes b. Booker T
* Alicia Fox b. Natalya with Aksana as special guest referee
* Sheamus b. Wade Barrett in a street fight
* Big Show b. World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan after Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal came out and attacked Show.
Wrestling News World reader Richard Johnson attended the show and sent in the following report:
I was lucky enough to get to attend the SmackDown house show in Salt Lake yesterday. To be honest, it was just OK. The venue was about half full and that is rounding up.
The opening match was The Great Khali vs. Jinder Mahal. Watching Khali in person did not help his cause. He is so slow in the ring! Mahal Carried the match very well given who he was facing. Khali got the pin clean in the end.
The second match of the afternoon was Yoshi Tatsu vs. Drew McIntyre. Drew cut a promo on his way to the ring about how the losing streak would end because he was not going to lose to Yoshi Tatsu. Yoshi looks good in the ring and can really move! He got the win in the end with a great head kick off the top rope. On the way up the ramp, Yoshi got jumped from behind by Cody Rhodes, at which time Cody cut a heel promo on how he was a future World Heavy weight Champ!
Up third, we had a very good tag match between the Usos (who did there Samoan dance on the set!) and the team of Heath Slater and Tyson Kid. The Usos deserve a shot at the tag titles! Heath Slater is boring in person! Usos got the win double teaming Heath and keeping Tyson out of the ring.
Hunico b. Ezekiel Jackson
We then had, (I feel) the match of the night. Cody Rhodes vs. Booker T for the IC championship. I must first say, I did not expect to see Booker! Cody came out first with the belt around his waist. Then Booker. When Booker got to the ring, he took the belt from Cody and put it on, making fun of Cody. He posed with the belt for about 5 min for the fans, then the match got under way. Booker still looks amazing in the ring. A ton of back and forth. The finish was Booker going for the bookend, Cody counters for the pin and the 3 count. Cody starts the post match beat down, Booker comes back and calls out Hornswoggle. Booker sets up Cody in the corner for the Tadpole splash. Booker then calls for a spin-a-roonie from Hornswoggl as he begins to leave the ring. Hornswoggl, calls him back and we get a Booker T spin-a-roonie!
After the intermission. We had a Divas match with Aksana as the special guest ref. The match was between Alisha Fox and Natalia. Ok for a divas match, a ton of the crowd used this as an extra long intermission. No interaction from the crowd. Very fast match. Best part was Tamina’s run in and hitting the super fly splash on Natalia.
We then got to see Wade Barrett and Sheamus in a street fight. Before the match, Barrett cut a promo about how he is a former bare knuckle champ and is so tough, he could go in the crowd and beat up every one there. Great Match!!! The fight went deep in the crowd, a ton of back and forth. Shamus gets the pin with the bro kick. Best Match of the night.
The main event was Daniel Brian vs. Big Show for the strap. Not a lot to talk about here. The match seemed very rushed like they just wanted to get it over with so they could watch the super bowl. Show got the win after a run in from Drew Mac, and Jinder Mahal.
Overall I would give the show a B or maybe a B-. I wonder if it wasn’t Super Bowl Sunday, it would have been better.