SmackDown Results: Swagger def. Jericho; The Shield took out Orton, Sheamus & Ryback

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March 15, 2013

Randy Orton & Sheamus def. Team Rhodes Scholars

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Just 23 days before WrestleMania, the No. 1 contender to the World Title, Jack Swagger, went head-to-head with Y2J in an instant-classic main event. Plus, with their sights set on The Grandest Stage of Them All, the calculating Shield unleashed a massive assault on Randy Orton and Sheamus and stormed into the middle of a Ryback vs. Mark Henry showdown.

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Looking to avenge a bad night this past Monday on Raw in which their alleged dates with the returning Bella Twins was ruined, Team Rhodes Scholars entered the SmackDown arena with high hopes of delivering a little payback to the team of Randy Orton & Sheamus. For their part, though, The Viper & The Celtic Warrior — a team the WWE Universe has taken to calling #CelticVipers on Twitter — were still seething from The Shield’s assault on Raw that was caught on WWE Active. (WATCH THE ATTACK)

With Brad Maddox once again joining Michael Cole and Josh Mathews at the SmackDown announce table, Sandow & Rhodes did a good job overcoming an early Sheamus offensive to isolate him from WWE Apex Predator. But The Celtic Warrior was able to muscle his way back into the bout, flooring the aggressive Sandow with a flying shoulder off the ropes to make the crucial tag.

Orton entered the fray on a mission and instantly began to dominate Rhodes, and when Sandow came in to interfere, he was met with a devastating Brogue Kick from the first-ever Irish-born World Champion. The Viper then struck with an RKO on Rhodes, leading to the pinfall.

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