SD Fusion: Blast From The Past
The 10th April 2012 “Super SmackDown!” live episode starts with “Mean” Gene Okerlund being introduced, with him then introducing Sheamus. Sheamus tells Okerlund that it is an honour to be in the ring with him, before moving on to the subject of the events of last week.
He says that honour is an important word around there, and that representing the WWE as the World Heavyweight Champion means that there is a code to adhere to, but that he didn’t respect that last week and let everybody down.
Sheamus apologises to Chad Patton, the rest of the referees, and the WWE Universe, and then talks about how everybody makes mistakes and that they all try to learn from those mistakes, just like he himself intends to.
John Laurinaitis makes his way to the ring and tells Sheamus that as the General Manager of Raw and SmackDown! he is going to take some action, so he wants him to publicly apologise to Patton, but when Sheamus says that is what he just did, Laurinaitis claims not to have heard it, and thus tells him to do so again.
Sheamus does so, after which Laurinaitis says that it is time to apologise to the world, again apparently ignoring that he had already done that too, so Sheamus does that again too, but Laurinaitis says that still isn’t good enough.
Laurinaitis informs Sheamus that he is now on permanent probation, and that if he ever touches a referee again, whether accidental or otherwise, he will be fired, and in addition to that, he is going to fine Sheamus the biggest fine ever in WWE history – $500,000 (five hundred thousand dollars).
He then proceeds to inform Sheamus that Alberto Del Rio will be teaming up later on, to face the team of Sheamus and his partner… Gene Okerlund.
After a match recapping the match between Randy Orton and Kane last week, Mark Henry takes on Randy Orton in a match which ends up being interrupted without a conclusion, as Kane’s stage pyro goes off and he appears on the titantron and talks about his match with Orton last week.
He says that Orton showed that he can be every bit of savage that he is, so it would be a shame for it to end now, after all he is having so much fun – the kind of fun for the entire family can enjoy, which he says as the camera pans back to reveal Cowboy Bob Orton.
Randy Orton rushes backstage in search of Kane and his father, finding locked doors first, and then finding where he is, only to be hit with a steel pipe by Kane and for Kane to quip at the downed Ortons that he is a sucker for family reunions.
Next, Benny Camer is pitted against Ryback in a match which sees Ryback get the victory, when he hits Camer with the muscle buster for the three count, as various WWE Hall Of Famers and Legends watch the action from a monitor backstage.
After an interaction backstage involving Tyson Kidd, Heath Slater, and “Mouth Of The South” Jimmy Hart, Mick Foley joins commentary as Heath Slater and Tyson Kidd (accompanied by Jimmy Hart) go against The Usos in a tag team match which sees The Usos get the victory, when they take advantage of the distraction provided by Mick Foley and Jimmy Hart, and hit Slater with a Samoan drop followed by diving body splash for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Foley takes Jimmy Hart down with the Mandible Claw, before apologising and seeing to the downed Hart.
After a video recapping the events of last week involving AJ and Daniel Bryan, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper hosts Piper’s Pit. Before he brings out his guests, he tells the crowd that he misses them, before continuing by saying that his guest will be Daniel Bryan, and that Bryan blames AJ for his loss at WrestleMania XXVIII (28) in eighteen seconds (click here for our WrestleMania XXVIII report).
Piper introduces Bryan, who is wearing a “YES! YES! YES” t-shirt and who then makes his way to the ring to chants of “YES! YES! YES” from the crowd. Piper points out that Bryan seems very happy for a man who lost the World Heavyweight Championship in eighteen seconds.
Daniel Bryan says that he just had a meeting with John Laurinaitis, and that Laurinaitis granted him a return match for the World Heavyweight Championship against Sheamus, which he tells the crowd (who are chanting “eighteen seconds”) will last longer.
He says that not only does he want to pin Sheamus for the 1-2-3, but that he also wants to make Sheamus tap out, and that he will be able to do both because at Extreme Rules they will be having a 2-Out-Of-3 Falls match.
Bryan says that the reasons that he lost his title – AJ – will be nowhere to be found. Roddy Piper says that he doesn’t know if she will be at Extreme Rules, but he knows that she is in the building, and that he likes AJ, so as it is his show, he then invites AJ to come down.
AJ does indeed make her way to the ring, and she thanks Piper before saying “hi” do Bryan. Piper can’t understand why she is saying hello to him, but she explains that it may not seem like it, but that deep down, Bryan is a good person.
Piper expresses disbelief at this, and says that this is Piper’s Pit, where you leave politically-correct answers at the door, and points out that they are talking about a guy who dumped her in front of the entire WWE, called her “dead weight”, and who said that her kiss was the kiss of death, yet she is calling Bryan a nice guy.
AJ says that it is her fault, as she made a mistake at WrestleMania and she is very sorry, but she knows that if she and Daniel Bryan could talk, she knows that she could make it up to him. Roddy Piper says that he has been watching AJ since her début, and that he saw when The Big Show mowed her down, but that what AJ then did was to finally get back up, which shows that she is strong.
He says that it is not easy to be a lady in the WWE, so she is smart, and Piper says that she is also beautiful, and doesn’t need to make anything up to Daniel Bryan. Piper says that all Bryan is doing is using her.
Daniel Bryan interrupts, saying that he has had enough of Piper dragging his name through the dirt, and of AJ airing dirty laundry, so he tells AJ that if she meant it when she said that she loved him, she should leave the ring right now.
Roddy Piper says that AJ doesn’t need to listen to Bryan at all, but she ends up doing so, and indeed leaving, much to the happiness of Bryan. Bryan starts to leave, only to be told by Piper that he is not finished with him.
Piper says that he sees “YES! YES! YES!” on Bryan’s t-shirt, and talks about how he has four children, with three of them being girls/ladies. He decides to tell Bryan some “No’s” – that you don’t tell a lady to shut up, that you don’t yell at a lady, and you don’t use a lady as a human shield to protect yourself, as that’s a coward.
He says that the only bright light that he sees is that at Extreme Rules, Sheamus has a 2-Out-Of-£ Falls match with Bryan, but that it means that he will get to see Sheamus kick Bryan’s head off his shoulders not once, but twice.
Bryan says that at Extreme Rules, the fact that he is better than Sheamus is going to slap him, as well as everyone else including Piper, right across the face, as he then proceeds to slap Piper and then bail out of the ring, yelling “YES! YES! YES” as he leaves.
Next up, The Great Khali, Alicia Fox, and Natalya take on Drew McIntyre and The Bella Twins in a mixed tag team match which sees McIntyre proclaim that he deserves better and leave, and Alicia Fox get the victory for her team when she hits one of the Bellas with a northern lights suplex for the 3-count.
Afterwards, Khali, Alicia, and Natalya celebrate as they make their way up the ramp, but upon reaching the stage, Mae Young’s music hits and she makes her way out, where she knocks Khali down to her level and proceeds to kiss him, and then joins in the celebration.
After another promo from Damien Sandow, who says that it is his duty and destiny to be the WWE Universe’s beacon of light in a harbour of inequity, a video recapping the events involving Brock Lesnar and John Cena on Monday Night Raw (click here for our Raw report), and an interaction backstage between Sheamus and “Mean” Gene Okerlund, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan is pitted against Hunico (accompanied by Camacho) in a match which see Sgt. Slaughter make his way to the ring to even up the odds, but Hunico get the victory as a result of a disqualification, when Duggan hits him with his two-by-four.
Afterwards, he also hits Camacho with it too, followed by Slaughter putting Hunico in the Cobra Clutch, and then both Slaughter and Duggan celebrate.
Now, Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring and talks about how he thinks that this “Blast From The Past” is a waste of time, and that people should instead be looking to the future, a future where The Big Show does not get to bask in the glow of a single lucky punch, where he himself is the Intercontinental Championship once again, and where the so-called “Legends” do not hog the spotlight from those who actually can and will…
Rhodes is interrupted from continuing his rant, as his own father “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes makes his way to the ring. Dusty talks about how Cody came in as the most talented performer since Shawn Michaels, but that Cody wanted to poke a grizzly bear in The Big Show.
Cody tells his father that he is embarrassing him and that they can talk about this in the back, but as he starts to leave, The Big Show’s music hits and Show makes his way out onto the stage, causing Cody to head back to the ring.
Show imitates Dusty’s way of talking before turning his attention to Cody and telling him that he knows that he has been embarrassed a lot lately, like when he keeps showing clips of him knocking Cody out at WrestleMania, but tonight he is not going to show anything like that, but instead show the “real” Cody Rhodes.
The video he shows is one from Cody’s days as “Dashing” Cody Rhodes in which he applies lip balm to instruct people how to get “one step closer to ‘Dashing’”. Cody is still embarrassed by that too, and apparently has nothing to say as he just starts to leave, which allows Dusty to embarrass him even further by dancing in the ring.
Next, Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio go against “Mean” Gene Okerlund and Sheamus (the latter two being introduced by Howard Finkel) in a tag team match which sees Sheamus take advantage of the distraction provided by many of the WWE Hall Of Famers and Legends making their way to the ring, when he this Bryan with the Brogue Kick for the 3-count.
Afterwards, the combination of WWE Hall Of Famers, Legends, and Sheamus take out Ricardo Rodriguez, before Michael Cole makes his way to the ring. Cole suggests a photo opportunity before they have to – as he claims – go back to the retirement home, only to receive the same treatment as Rodriguez, minus the Brogue Kick.
The WWE Legends, Hall Of Famers, and Sheamus celebrate in the ring as SmackDown! goes off the air.