SmackDown results: Bryan's interference allowed Jericho to overcome Sheamus

Chris Jericho def. Sheamus by Count-out

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As The Road to WrestleMania rolled through SmackDown, the incomparable Chris Jericho emerged victorious over The Celtic Warrior Sheamus – with a little help from World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. Plus, in the midst of the heated controversy between SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long and Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis, Christian returned to Friday night with “The Peep Show.”

Prior to competing in the SmackDown main event, Chris Jericho refused to apologize for comments he made about CM Punk’s father on Raw SuperShow ( WATCH). Instead, he expounded on the highly personal attack in order to explain why he is “the best in the world at what he does” while The Second City Saint “only pretends to be.” ( WATCH | WRESTLEMANIA MATCH PREVIEW)

Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho: SmackDown, March 16, 2012

Sheamus takes on Chris Jericho.

With World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and AJ watching at ringside, an extremely heated main event between WrestleMania World Title No. 1 contenders Jericho and Sheamus eventually spilled out onto the ringside floor. There, The Great White threw his opponent in the direction of Bryan. Moments later, when the referee’s back was turned, The Celtic Warrior’s Show of Shows adversary answered back, hitting him with a vicious kick that ultimately caused cost him the match by count-out.

As Bryan escaped to the top of the ramp, Sheamus delivered a fierce post-match Brogue Kick to the celebrating Jericho, pulling WrestleMania momentum from the jaws of defeat.

Mark Henry def. Yoshi Tatsu

Four days after the announcement on Raw Supershow that he would be a member of Team Johnny – in WrestleMania’s 12-Man Tag Team Match to determine which GM will control both Raw and SmackDown ( MATCH PREVIEW) – Mark Henry laid waste to Yoshi Tatsu with The World’s Strongest Slam.

Yoshi Tatsu vs. Mark Henry: SmackDown, March 16, 2012

Yoshi Tatsu takes on The World's Strongest Man, Mark Henry.

Big Show def. Drew McIntyre


One week after board-appointed SmackDown General Manager John Laurinaitis signed Drew McIntyre to a one year contract – a document that included a "no cut" clause in it – a smiling SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long put The Chosen One into a match against Big Show.

And just as the referee had stopped the Scottish Superstar’s match against Hornswoggle last week, he once again called for the bell after The World’s Largest Athlete annihilated Drew with an earth-shattering WMD. Is the giant ready to overcome his past WrestleMania misfortune and capture the Intercontinental Title in Miami? ( MATCH PREVIEW)

Big Show vs. Drew McIntyre: SmackDown, March 16, 2012

Big Show takes on the newly re-hired Drew McIntyre.

Kane challenged Randy Orton to a WrestleMania showdown

Making it clear that he is fully prepared to match Kane’s wrath at any time, The Viper called out The Big Red Monster, looking to find out why he has been pursued by his monstrous foe. The Devil’s Favorite Demon proceeded to show a clip from the July 22 edition of SmackDown, in which the two warriors battled each other in a Street Fight. After Orton won, Kane had shaken his hand.

Fast-forward eight months to the present, where the horrific Superstar made it clear that he had been obsessing about that moment ever since and was now seeking closure from that time when he showed a humanistic side that no long exists. WWE’s Apex Predator called him to the ring, but Kane instead challenged him to a match at WrestleMania.  ( MATCH PREVIEW)

Kane offers a challenge to Randy Orton: SmackDown, March 16, 2012

Kane challenges Randy Orton to a match at WrestleMania.

Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes def. The Great Khali

Set to battle Big Show for the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania on April 1 ( MATCH PREVIEW), Cody Rhodes demonstrated his ability to overcome another giant, defeating The Great Khali with his patterned springboard kick.

Check out Rhodes' social revelation in a exclusive video ( WATCH)

The Great Khali vs. Cody Rhodes: SmackDown, March 16, 2012

The Great Khali takes on Cody Rhodes.

AJ def. Nikki Bella

Following an unflattering comment about the way his girlfriend AJ looked in a dress that he bought her, Daniel Bryan informed the spitfire Diva that he had set up a match for her, one that could help her get a Divas Title opportunity if she won. ( WATCH)

Moments after Bryan made his own entrance in an excessive celebration that seemed to steal the spotlight, AJ took on Nikki Bella. When the Bellas tried to use “Twin Magic” to switch places in a critical moment of the match, the World Heavyweight Champion stopped it, paving the way for AJ to counter her opponent and pick up the quick win.

AJ vs. Nikki Bella: SmackDown, March 16, 2012

AJ takes on Nikki Bella with Daniel Bryan at ringside.

Kofi Kingston def. David Otunga

When Christian interfered in the match between Kofi Kingston and David Otunga, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long personally informed the referee, who promptly ejected him from ringside.

Then as the referee, Teddy and John Laurinaitis were arguing, Otunga tried to use his belt as a weapon. After Team Teddy captain Santino Marella stopped him, Otunga knocked him from the apron. This opened the door for Kofi to deliver Trouble in Paradise for the victory.  

Kofi Kingston vs. David Otunga: SmackDown, March 16, 2012

Kofi Kingston goes one-on-one with Team Johnny Captain, David Otunga.

Christian brings “The Peep Show” back to SmackDown

Christian welcomed two special guests to “The Peep Show” – SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long and Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis – offering them both the opportunity to court him to their team at WrestleMania. While Teddy refused to beg, “Mr. Excitement” stated that if the outspoken Superstar competed on his team and they won, he would get “one more match” for the World Heavyweight Title. Christian proceeded to join Team Johnny.

Long attempted put Christian in a match, but Laurinaitis stated that he was still not medically cleared to compete. So instead, Teddy informed David Otunga that he would face the newest member of Team Teddy at The Show of Shows, Kofi Kingston.

The Peep Show returns to SmackDown: SmackDown, March 16, 2012

Christian and "The Peep Show" return to SmackDown with special guests John Laurinaitis and Theodore Long.

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