- Thanks to Mandy for the following WWE SmackDown spoilers from tonight’s tapings in Little Rock, Arkansas:
SmackDown, Airing Friday:
* Cody Rhodes retains the Intercontinental Title against Booker T in the opener. They had a lengthy match. Cody hit the Beautiful Disaster after blocking the axe kick for the win.
* Backstage segment with Cody and Dustin Rhodes. Cody says he is better than Goldust ever was and will be better than Dusty one day.
* Zack Ryder is backstage talking with Teddy Long and says he’s too busy to work for Teddy. Drew McIntyre came in as did Santino Marella. Teddy makes Drew vs. Santino. Santino will be Teddy’s new assistant if he wins and Drew will be fired. If Drew wins, Teddy might not fire him. Aksana appears at the end.
* Wade Barrett comes out and talks about he will win the Royal Rumble while Randy Orton watches from home. Sheamus interrupts. After a verbal exchange, Jinder Mahal comes out. Barrett leaves and it is Mahal and Sheamis face to face. Mahal slaps Sheamus. A brawl ensues and it ends up two on one with Barrett and Mahal against Sheamus. Sheamus gets the edge briefly before Barrett takes over and leaves. Mahal then put the camel clutch on Sheamus.
* Santino Marella beat Drew McIntyre. Santino became the new assistant to the general manager with the win, while McIntyre’s career on Smackdown is in jeopardy.
* A video is shown of the WWE ’12 video game with Michael Cole beating up Daniel Bryan and winning the World Title.
* Primo and Epico (w/Rosa Mendes) beat Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston in a non-title match. A good tag match, according to Terrence. The usual high flying from Air Boom. The Colons work well together. Epico got the pin after Evan missed AirBourne.
* Sheamus vs. Jinder Mahal was announced for next week’s show.
* Tamina beat Natalya. The match was one sided and The Warrior Princess picked up the win.
* Daniel Bryan defeated Big Show by DQ in a World Hvt. Championship match. Mark Henry interfered for the DQ.