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*Spoilers* WWE SmackDown Tapings – 7/22/2011

– Thanks to reader Zelda Root for the following WWE SmackDown tapings from tonight’s show in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These will air this Friday, July 22nd on SyFy:

Dark Match:

* Michael McGillicutty beat Trent Baretta

SmackDown, Airing Friday:

* SmackDown opens with Randy Orton sitting on a chair in the ring with the mic. He talks about the current state of the WWE. He calls out Christian and here comes the World Heavyweight Champion. Christian says Randy needs to work on his anger problem. They go back and forth for a bit, until Orton gets pissed and heads up the ramp only to be stopped by Teddy Long. Long says Randy will get a rematch but not tonight as he’s already agreed to face Kane in a street fight. He asks Orton to be the bigger man and walk away but Orton goes for Christian. The officials restrain him and Long informs Christian he’ll be facing Ezekiel Jackson after the break.

* World Champion Christian beat Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson with the Killswitch after a back and forth match with mixed crowd reaction for Christian. Anyone remember when these two faced off for who would be remembered as the last ever ECW Champion? Me neither.

* Michael Cole is in the ring and invites SmackDown’s Mr. Money in the Bank, Daniel Bryan out. He comes out and Cole rips him for a while. Bryan says he doesn’t care what Cole thinks. Bryan talks about the physical sacrifices he’s made to get to the WWE. Bryan says he’s going to the first champion to announce when he’s going to cash in ahead of time because apparently he’s never heard of Rob Van Dam. He announces he’s cashing in April 1st in Miami at WrestleMania and fulfill his lifetime dream. Out comes Heath Slater for some unfathomable reason. He gives a heel promo and they start a match. I’m guessing there will be commercials during this match.

* Daniel Bryan beat Heath Slater with some submission move I didn’t recognize (not the LaBelle Lock). This was a pretty decent match considering Heath Slater was involved. The crowd liked Bryan but Heath’s involvement minimized crowd reaction somewhat.

* Matt Striker interviews Mark Henry backstage. Mark Henry says he has no regrets and everyone should fear him.

* Wade Barrett and Sheamus went to a double count out. They continued brawling after the match and eventually ended up back in the ring where Barrett ate a Brogue Kick. Seemed like Sheamus may be in the midst of a slow face turn.

* Kane gives a backstage promo saying he’ll use Randy Orton to kill his humanity and be a monster again.

* Randy Orton beat Kane in a street fight after an RKO onto a chair. Match saw Kane kick out of an RKO and Randy kick out of a chokeslam. Crowd was much more into this match than anything preceding it. Afterward Kane offered his hand and Randy shook it. Kane looked devastated by the loss.

Mark Henry came out and attacked Kane, doing the splash onto the chair around the ankle that he did to Big Show at MITB. Refs came to check on Kane and I assume this was the end of the TV taping.

  • Jeff

    No way taker’s last match will be a draw. It will be against Vince. No matter the outcome of that match it would still be a huge draw. Taker wins and rides off. Vince wins and he continues to be hated. It has to be Taker vs. McMahon

  • V-R-A

    @ Bigg EZ: Thats acctually pretty brilliant.


    I know we’ve all heard it before, y’all and it is just wishful dreaming (not thinking), but Vinnie Mac (or whoever the hell is running WWE) should make Sting a SERIOUS, NO BULLSHIT offer to face Undertaker in the final match for BOTH Superstars, make it end in a draw and let them BOTH walk off (or be carried off) into the Darkness…….

  • scooter

    my theory is bryans going to turn heel between now and then and cash in early which is cool as I personally feel bryans better as a heel and besides I miss him yelling “I’ve got till 5!” or if that doesn’t happen and he does cash in at wrestlemania but Bryan doesn’t win the belt I’m cool with that as being in a wrestlemania world title is a big enough push

  • White mark

    Bryan would just get buried by Taker if anything it would be cool if his trainer did

  • Soulshroude

    Anyone catch Bryan’s date? April Fools… wonder what the outcome of this little “joke” will be…

  • Purcell

    Cm Punk vs Taker at WrestleMania 28??

  • The Douche

    @ Visonary Journalist: Taker vs. Bryan @ WrestleMania?! NO FUCKING WAY! The 20th victory and potentially the last time we see Taker at ‘Mania or EVER will have to be someone as big as him. Hell I would rather see HBK come out of retirement for one more match against Taker for a 3rd time than see Taker face Bryan. I like Bryan I really do, but Taker/Bryan @ ‘Mania?! Erronous! Erronous on all counts!

  • paulbstoltz

    Ok, Who did this results, cause you suck. Its called the main event for a reason. Fans should like this more then anything else on the show. You make it seem like its a bad thing. I do remember that match wih Christian and Ezekiel Jackson. Maybe you should remember great matches. Lmao and keep your bias to your self. Lol, Follow me on twitter as I expose the rock too.

  • It’ll be interesting to see if Bryan can last and not be injured by WrestleMania. Remember when Mr. Anderson got injured but WWE assumed he’ll be out for a long time, that he’ll be out even after WrestleMania? So they had him lose MITB to Edge. Weeks later, Anderson/Kennedy came back and didn’t go anywhere past mid card. I hope Bryan is healthy by then.

  • Visonary Journalist

    WrestleMania 28 So Far…. Maybe The Rock Vs John Cena Rey Mysterio Vs Sin Cara… Which is Being Planned Undertaker Vs Daniel Byran…. Who else to face? Kharma Vs ???

  • Visonary Journalist

    Why im i thinking Byran is going to face Taker at Mania. I mean with HHH Gone and Cena facing Rocky Who the Hell is he going to face? I hope to God this dosen`t happen. Unless there is a major trade or new superstar signing the only possible opponents for bryan to face is rhodes… but i dont think their feud will last to long. Taker Christan which he wont even be Champion for long, or Barret which is the only other heel in the show he didnt face about a million times already

  • Effmenow

    Bryan in a title match at Wrestlemania???????????

    I’m guessing Vince is having all of the confidence in the world that The Rock vs. Cena match will actually be a big enough draw to let Bryan be in a main event.

  • josh

    Poor Kane. Glad to see that Bryan has a year to build up. Oh and wasn’t Zeke scheduled to face Rhodes?