WWE.com Exclusive: An excited Drew McIntyre thanks John Laurinaitis for re-hiring him on SmackDown WWE.com Exclusive: An excited Drew McIntyre thanks John Laurinaitis for re-hiring him on SmackDown 03/08/2012 - 16:24
SmackDown: Michael Cole interviews Daniel Bryan and Sheamus about their World Heavyweight Title Match at WrestleMania SmackDown: Michael Cole interviews Daniel Bryan and Sheamus about their World Heavyweight Title Match at WrestleMania 03/09/2012 - 15:08
SmackDown: R-Truth & Kofi Kingston vs. Epico & Primo SmackDown: R-Truth & Kofi Kingston vs. Epico & Primo 03/09/2012 - 15:10
SmackDown: General Manager Theodore Long vs. General Manager John Laurinaitis SmackDown: General Manager Theodore Long vs. General Manager John Laurinaitis 03/09/2012 - 15:28
SmackDown: Ezekiel Jackson vs. Mark Henry SmackDown: Ezekiel Jackson vs. Mark Henry 03/09/2012 - 15:30
SmackDown: Hornswoggle vs. Drew McIntyre SmackDown: Hornswoggle vs. Drew McIntyre 03/09/2012 - 15:16
SmackDown: John Laurinaitis makes a match between himself and Theodore Long, with a unique stipulation involving Aksana SmackDown: John Laurinaitis makes a match between himself and Theodore Long, with a unique stipulation involving Aksana 03/09/2012 - 15:21
SmackDown: Santino Marella vs. Jack Swagger â€" United States Title Steel Cage Match SmackDown: Santino Marella vs. Jack Swagger â€" United States Title Steel Cage Match 03/09/2012 - 20:15
AJ Styles & Gallows & Anderson vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev Day: SmackDown LIVE, April 24, 2018 The Club reunite in SmackDown LIVE's main event, taking on Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev and Aiden English in thrilling Six-Man Tag Team action. 04/24/2018 - 23:27
Are The IIconics better than Asuka?: WWE.com Exclusive, April 24, 2018 After defeating Asuka & Becky Lynch, Billie Kay & Peyton Royce continue to claim that they're better than The Empress of Tomorrow. 04/24/2018 - 23:07
Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville mock Becky Lynch: WWE.com Exclusive, April 24, 2018 Two of Team Blue's newest Superstars poke fun at The Irish Lass Kicker after her defeat in tag team competition. 04/24/2018 - 23:00
SAnitY are on their way to SmackDown LIVE: SmackDown LIVE, April 24, 2018 Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain are prepared to purge Team Blue. 04/24/2018 - 22:56
Daniel Bryan promises to make Big Cass pay at WWE Backlash: SmackDown LIVE, April 24, 2018 The leader of The "Yes!" Movement vows to make Big Cass tap out at WWE Backlash. 04/24/2018 - 22:54
The Bar interrupt The New Day's candlelight pancake dinner: SmackDown LIVE, April 24, 2018 The New Day is not excited about the presence of Sheamus & Cesaro on Tuesday nights. 04/24/2018 - 22:52
Carmella signs the contract for her title defense at Backlash: WWE.com Exclusive, April 24, 2018 After realizing that Carmella never signed the contract for her SmackDown Women's Title match at Backlash, Renee Young catches up with the champion to make the match with Charlotte Flair official. 04/24/2018 - 22:46
Randy Orton vs. Shelton Benjamin: SmackDown LIVE, April 24, 2018 The Viper turns the tables on Jeff Hardy, taking the United States Champion's place in a match against Shelton Benjamin. 04/24/2018 - 22:39
Charlotte Flair and Carmella sign the contract for their title match at WWE Backlash: SmackDown LIVE, April 24, 2018 The Queen embarrasses The Princess of Staten Island as they sign the contract for their SmackDown Women's Title Match at WWE Backlash. 04/24/2018 - 22:32
Why isn't R-Truth at SmackDown LIVE?: WWE.com Exclusive, April 24, 2018 Tye Dillinger calls up R-Truth to find out why he isn't in Louisville for SmackDown LIVE. 04/24/2018 - 22:20
SmackDown results: Laurinaitis' attempt to prove his worth ends in crowd chaos
March 8, 2012
Randy Orton & Sheamus & Big Show triumph in a Six-Man Tag Team Match
MOHEGAN SUN – Given an opportunity to prove to the WWE Board of Directors that he was the best man to be the general manager of both Raw and SmackDown, John Laurinaitis pulled out all the stops as Friday night's board-appointed GM. This included an explosive United States Steel Cage Title Match, a face-off between himself and Teddy Long with dire consequences and a main event six-man tag team showdown that resulted in all-out anarchy in the crowd.
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In the critical final minutes of the six-man tag team main event, Big Show chased his WrestleMania adversary – Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes – to the back while Sheamus brought the fight outside the ring to his Showcase of the Immortals foe – World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. This left legal Superstars Randy Orton and The Miz inside the squared-circle to settle things. And after WWE’s Apex Predator escaped the Skull Crushing Finale, he would ultimately rise above, executing the RKO on his outspoken opponent for the three-count.
As the smoke cleared, the monstrous Kane once again emerged to engage The Viper. Fueled by their combined fury, the battle between the two brutal forces of nature reached new heights, as they launched into an uncontrollable onslaught that quickly spread into the crowd.
Michael Cole conducted an exclusive interview with World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and Sheamus
In a tension-filled interview with Michael Cole, Daniel Bryan insisted that his winning the World Title – and the string of success he'd had since – had nothing to do with luck. Instead, he credited the combination of his scientific in-ring ability, Vegan lifestyle, charisma and sex appeal.
While Sheamus conceded that he himself had experienced his share of the "Luck of the Irish," he went on to claim that his WrestleMania opponent had been hiding behind his girlfriend AJ. After entertaining the WWE Universe with a series of insults aimed at the submission specialist, The Great White assured Bryan that his luck would finally run out at The Show of Shows.
R-Truth & Kofi Kingston def. WWE Tag Team Champions Epico & Primo in a Non-title Match
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In spite of Epico’s attempt to thwart his opponents’ momentum in the final seconds of the match and a distraction from the stunning Rosa Mendes, Kofi Kingston & R-Truth put on a high-octane display, culminating with Truth’s explosive Flatliner on Primo for the huge non-title victory over the WWE Tag Team Champions.
Teddy Long def. John Laurinaitis
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One week after John Laurinaitis’ stunning announcement that he might put Theodore Long’s girlfriend Aksana in a match against Kane (WATCH), the board-appointed SmackDown GM set up a match between himself and Teddy. He then added a special stipulation that if Mr. Long emerged triumphant, Aksana would have to face The Big Red Monster after all. (WATCH)
Once the bell rang in their match, Laurinaitis told Teddy to “lay down.” When his proud opponent refused, “Mr. Excitement” called Kane down to the ring. But, as The Devil's Favorite Demon was about to enter the squared circle, Randy Orton came from nowhere and hit the horrific Superstar with the RKO. As an exasperated Laurinaitis turned his attention to The Viper, Teddy seized the opening and rolled up his GM counterpart for the three-count.
Before the defeated Laurinaitis could follow through on his threat to have Aksana face Kane, Teddy and the beautiful Diva made their way out of the building.
Mark Henry def. Ezekiel Jackson
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Fresh off being inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame this past Saturday (WATCH | PHOTOS), Mark Henry triumphed over The Personification of Domination Ezekiel Jackson with the World’s Strongest Slam.
Drew McIntyre def. Hornswoggle
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Though Theodore Long fired Drew McIntyre one week ago (WATCH), acting GM Laurinaitis gave him an opportunity to regain his job against a “mystery opponent.” While, at first, it looked like that competitor might be an emerging Great Khali, David Ortunga soon revealed that it was actually a very reluctant Hornswoggle.
In the one-sided carnage that followed, the referee had no choice but to stop the match, deciding that Swoggle could not continue. As a result, McIntyre earned his job back. However, the gigantic Khali offered his own version of congratulations to the newly-rehired grappler, delivering a powerful post-match Punjabi chop to Drew as he celebrated.
United States Champion Santino Marella def. Jack Swagger in a United States Championship Steel Cage Match
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In charge of SmackDown for the night and ready to make an impression out of the gate, board-appointed GM John Laurinaitis started Friday night off by having Santino put his newly-crowned United States Title on the line in a steel cage against the Superstar he won it from four days earlier, Jack Swagger.
After getting bit by the champion’s Cobra through the chain links, a meddling Dolph Ziggler was summarily ordered to leave ringside by the outside referee. Then, when Vickie Guerrero accidentally slammed the cage door on her All-American American client’s head, Santino once again shocked the world, escaping the daunting structure to win his first title defense.