SD Fusion: Farting & Footnotes
The 10th February 2012 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts with Sheamus making his way to the ring and talking about how he won the right to be in the main event of WrestleMania by winning the 2012 Royal Rumble match.
He says that the next thing to decide is whether he should challenge for the WWE Championship of World Heavyweight Championship, but he says that he won’t know who either champion will be until after the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, as history tells us that there will be at least one title changing hands that night.
Sheamus says that he will be watching both matches closely, but promises that he will decide by the end of that night which champion he will face. He says that a number of Superstars have told him that he should decide which title to challenge for right now, but he says that he doesn’t like being told what to do.
He says that he doesn’t like being pushed around, because as a kid he was bullied, and his response to that was fighting back, and thought he “had his arse handed to him” a few times, he kept fighting back and got better at it, until it eventually lead him to the WWE.
Wade Barrett’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring, and he thanks Sheamus for such a heart-warming story so early in the show. He says that though it might surprise him, Barrett does have a smidgen of respect for him, so he is going to tell him what he needs to do.
He says that Sheamus needs to challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, as if he decided to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship, he would be facing Barrett, as Barrett tells him to mark his words that he is going to win the SmackDown! Elimination Chamber match.
Barrett says that as Sheamus knows from very bitter experience, he can and will beat him, and if that were to happen at WrestleMania, Sheamus would be remembered as pasty-faced, ginger, Irish loser.
Sheamus apologises for not listening, but says that he was busy remembering last week, when Randy Orton was kicking Barrett all around the ring. Barrett sarcastically comments that it is funny, but before he can continue from what he was saying before, Cody Rhodes’ music hits and he makes his way to the ring too.
Rhodes says that what Wade Barrett was saying is of little or no significance, as unlike either of them, he knows what it is like to have his hand raised in victory at WrestleMania, and that unlike both of them, he knows what it is like to be a champion here and now.
He says that the Elimination Chamber is a tax on the mind, and that nobody has a mind more formidable than his own, so it is his match to win. He says that this means that at WrestleMania, Sheamus is going to go down in history as losing to the very first dual World Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes.
The Big Show is next to make his presence known, as his music hits and he makes his way to the ring, where he tells Sheamus that he respects him and that he is not the type of “fella” that is going to tell someone what to do.
As a result, Shows asks that he be allowed to do it for him, as he then addresses Cody Rhodes, and tells him that if he doesn’t shut his mouth, he is going to slap the taste right out of it. Show says that he’s not going to come out and tell Sheamus that he is going to win in the Elimination Chamber and make promises and brag like the other two, but suggests that Sheamus think of things like this.
He wants Sheamus to think about Sheamus vs. The Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, as he says that is a match and definitely worth the main event of WrestleMania.
Wade Barrett interrupts and asks The Big Show if he is aware that he is a WrestleMania punchline, and to face facts that Snooki has had a more successful WrestleMania career than him. Rhodes agrees, and says that Show is like a reverse-Undertaker, asking who he is going to lose to this year.
The Big Show’s response is to knock Cody Rhodes down with a slap to the chest, prompting Sheamus to attack Wade Barrett, and when Rhodes attempts to hit a springboard kick on Show, Show instead catches him by the throat and sends him over the ropes and out of the ring, as Sheamus sends Barrett out of the ring too with a clothesline.
Next, Jinder Mahal takes on The Great Khali in a match which sees Khali get the victory, when he hits Mahal with a two-handed chokeslam for the 3-count.
After a video recapping the events of last week involving Mark Henry and Teddy Long, and an interaction between Teddy Long and Aksana which is interrupted by Daniel Bryan and results in Long suggesting that Bryan get ready for his match as he doesn’t accept his excuse, Beth Phoenix is pitted against Alicia Fox in a match which sees Beth get the victory, when she hits Alicia with the Glam Slam for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Beth grabs Alicia once again, perhaps with a view to hit her with another Glam Slam, but Tamina’s music hits and she hits the ring to make the save. Now blows are exchanged, but Beth and Tamina smile at each other, apparently seeing each other as a legitimate challenge and being happy about it.
After a video hyping The Rock while talking about how he grew up, an interaction between Natalya and Tyson Kidd backstage results in Kidd walking away after Natalya apparently breaks wind, and then Hornswoggle walks into the area and then drops onto his back with his legs in the air due to it. Natalya tells the downed Hornswoggle that it was Kidd, before she then runs off.
Back in the arena, The Big Show and Sheamus take on Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett in a tag team match which sees Sheamus get the victory for his team, when he hits Barrett with the Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
After a video hyping WrestleMania XXVIII (28), and a video recapping the events of Raw that saw AJ almost get knocked over again by The Big Show (click here for our Raw report), Michael Cole introduces AJ, who then makes her way to the ring as he then interviews her.
She talks about how she will be getting the neck-brace off next week and thanks everyone who has supported her, causing Michael Cole to comment that nobody even knows who she is, though he says that he is just joking.
He asks if she blames The Big Show as it almost happened again, and also asks why she was even at ringside anyway. AJ says that she was ringside at Raw because Daniel Bryan asked her to and she loves him.
As for The Big Show, she says that she never blamed him, and that it is obvious that he would never mean to do such a thing. She says that what has done a lot more damage than Show is Michael Cole, as he has been against Daniel Bryan from the start, and also insulted both herself and the entire Divas division.
AJ calls Cole a biased, obnoxious jerk, and says that it would be better for everyone if he would just shut up. Cole says that he does his job, and that he is paid for his commentary and personality.
He asks if she knows what people are saying about her and Daniel Bryan, and says that they are saying that Bryan set her up to get run over by Show, and that she is so blindly in love with Bryan, that she would throw herself in front of a moving bus for him.
Cole says that they are saying that Bryan has no guts, and also says that people are saying that AJ has no self-respect, and he says that is going to be in his glory at the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, as by the end of the note, she and her boyfriend will be nothing more than footnotes in WWE history.
Daniel Bryan makes his presence known as he makes his way to the ring, saying that is enough and telling Cole that if he says another word to AJ that he will break both of his arms. Cole quickly decides to bail out of the ring and retreat to the announce table as Bryan enters the ring.
He asks whether AJ hasn’t already been through enough, and if Cole is going to harass her just to get to him, but he says that he has news for him and everyone else, which is that he is more than just a footnote.
Bryan says that he is a great wrestler and the World Heavyweight Champion, and that he is a role model, and then talks about taking a nature walk while everyone else watched the Super Bowl and consumed a lot of meat and beer, before asking how many of them recycled.
He says that he recycled and cares about the environment and future generations, and approaching AJ, he says that he cares about her too. Bryan says that because the crowd have been so inhospitable to AJ, he is leaving the arena and taking AJ home, as she has been traumatised enough – and to show how environmentally conscious they are, they will be leaving in a Prius.
AJ and Bryan then leave together, but as they walk through the halls backstage, Teddy Long interrupts and denies Bryan’s request to take a personal day. Long says that he will be happy to arrange transportation to take AJ home if that is what he wants, but that Daniel Bryan will lose his World Heavyweight Championship if he leaves the building.
After a video recapping the attack on Ted DiBiase two weeks ago by Camacho and Hunico, Hunico (accompanied by Camacho) is pitted against Ted DiBiase in a match which sees DiBiase get the victory, when he rolls Hunico up for the 3-count.
After a video hyping the Elimination Chamber match concept and Pay-Per-View, the announcers recap the WWE.com announcement that John Laurinaitis is still the Interim General Manager of Raw, and this then followed with Michael Cole conducting a phone interview with Laurinaitis who is in Abu Dhabi.
Now, The Big Show joins commentary as Randy Orton goes against Daniel Bryan in a match which sees Bryan get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Show counters Bryan’s attempt at cheap shot by shoving him down and then throwing him back in the ring.
Orton hits Bryan with an RKO, but it is at this point that the referee calls for the bell to disqualify Orton. Randy Orton isn’t happy about what happened, so ends up getting into a fight with The Big Show, with the fight continuing as SmackDown! goes off the air.