Backstage: Matt Striker asked Sheamus if he’s been able to sort out things with Show. Shield didn’t want to wait through Sheamus’s latest story and long-winded build-up to getting to the point, so they jumped Sheamus and beat him up. But, Randy Orton entered the scrap. Shield quickly beat him down until Big Show hit the scene to scatter Shield members. The Shield eventually retreated down the hallway before Show stood over Orton and Sheamus. They stood together catching their breath before Raw faded back to the arena.
Post Match: Khali in and tries to fight them all down, but they took his legs out. They stomp Khali down, then triple bomb Khali to the mat. Khali slowly rolls out as The Shield puts fists together in a show of solidarity.
Sheamus’ music and he comes to the stage. Orton out and they come down together. The Shield wants them until Big Show appears over by announces and The Shield backs up together. Sheamus, Orton and Big Show in and The Shield attacks. Orton on Rollins, Sheamus on Ambrose, Big Show on Reigns. Big body drop on Rollins who rolls out to his team. The Shield flees through the crowd, seething as Big Show’s music plays. Sheamus, Orton and Big Show celebrate in the ring, then look at the WrestleMania sign.
The in-arena portion of Smackdown began with Miz TV and Miz already in the ring. Miz introduced his guests, Randy Orton and Sheamus, who were already in the ring. Talk about saving time. Miz asked about Big Show being inserted as their partner in the six-man tag and Orton noted Show did attempt to save them on Raw. Sheamus said neither he nor Orton trust Big Show, but then again, Orton doesn’t trust anyone. He said they’re in survival mode at this point. He said Show needs them as much as they need Show. Orton continued the clichés, saying it’s better to be with the devil you know than the devil you don’t know. Miz then introduced Big Show, who actually got an entrance. Michael Cole, Josh Mathews and JBL were ringside to handle announcing duties. I wonder if JBL had good cable reception on the mountain he climbed in order to keep up with the happenings on WWE TV.
Miz brought up his previous association with Show and how that ended, saying he trusts Show about as far as he can throw him. Show said he didn’t like either of his partners, but if they work together, not even The Shield can stop them. Sheamus said they’ve had wars together and Show said, “true that.” That just sounded wrong. Sheamus asked Show how he knows that Show won’t high-tail it when things get tough. He noted that if he just tucked-tail and ran, he wouldn’t have beaten Sheamus for the title. Good point. Sheamus and Show almost came to blows until Orton separated them. Miz couldn’t believe Orton was the voice of reason. Show and Sheamus continued arguing until soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer and Smackdown general manager Booker T. came out.
Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Big Show were arguing backstage. I guess it was more like Show and Sheamus arguing while Orton stayed out of it until he finally told them they need to get along or they’ll be sitting ducks for The Shield. He walked away as Show and Sheamus stayed silent.
Randy Orton & Sheamus vs 3MB
Drew on Sheamus with blows. Sheamus comes back with blows but telegraphed and is kicked for it. Drew up on Sheamus’ shoulder and Sheamus rolls through. Orton tags in and whips Drew. Drew with an elbow in Orton’s face, but Orton back with a drop kick. Sheamus tags in and hits his forearms from the apron! Sheamus’ battering ram for two. Drew tries to fight back but takes a short clothesline. Mahal talks smack from outside. Slater tags in and they double stomp Sheamus in the heel corner. Slater chokes Sheamus with a foot in the corner. Drew tags in with a big boot on Sheamus for two.
Slater tags in and they double team Sheamus for two. Drew eats an ah handle from Sheamus before Sheamus tags out. Orton all over Slater with a power slam, then sends Slater to the apron for his ‘vintage’ DDT. Sheamus in and takes out Drew, then a brogue kick to Mahal on the apron. RKO for three.
Winners: Sheamus & Orton (3:49)
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring. The Rhodes Scholars make their way to the ring. Damien requests silence, saying what happened on Raw was a professional and managerial abomination. Not only were their victory taken from them, but were put in a match against Sheamus and Orton. Damien is about to tell a story of his uncle, but Rhodes says they don’t deserve it. Rhodes says they ruined their night, and now they will ruin theirs.
Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow)
Rhodes and Sheamus lock up, as Sheamus connects with a Headlock Takeover. Sheamus runs the ropes, and takes down Cody with a shoulder. Cody attacks Sheamus to the corner, whipping him. Cody does a Float Over, but is caught. Rhodes gets away, tagging Damien. Sandow is hit with an Elbow Drop, and is taken to the corner. Sandow whips Sheamus, but is reverses. Damien is hit in the gut with a shoulder, followed by a Knee Lift to the face. Sheamus goes for White Noise, but Sandow gets out. Sandow is put on the apron, having his chest beaten in. Cody runs to Sheamus, but is hit in the face. Cody falls to the floor, as Damien snaps Sheamus’ neck against the ropes. Damien drags Sheamus to the floor, as Cody connects with a Disaster Kick off of the announce table.
Sheamus hits Cody with fists, but is taken down with a Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out. Rhodes hits Sheamus back while leaning on the second rope. Sandow is tagged, as he punches Sheamus’ chest. Sandow rolls to the floor, taking Sheamus’ upper body over the apron. Sandow elbows him, but Sheamus fights back with headbutts. Rhodes is tagged, as he takes Sheamus away from Orton. Sandow is tagged, as he dominates Sheamus with fists. Sandow locks in a Front Facelock, following by attacking Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus fights back, but is taken back down. Sandow is hit with a boot, as he skins the cat from the corner. Sheamus hits the Battering Ram to Sandow, as he tags Orton. Rhodes is tagged too. Orton cleans house, following with a Scoop Slam. Orton connects with an Exploder Suplex, following by putting Rhodes on the ropes. Orton connects with a Rope Hung DDT. Sandow hits Orton, but is taken out with a Brouge Kick. Orton connects with an RKO to Rhodes for the win.
Winners: Sheamus and Randy Orton via pinfall
Charlie talks with WWE Superstar Randy Orton, Florissant native, about how he became a star, growing up in Florissant and the upcoming Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con. (Orton appears on Fri., Mar. 22, 5:30P-7:30P, America’s Center — Tickets at http://www.wizardworld.com, press on Tickets Bar, or at the America’s Center door)
Randy Orton & Sheamus vs Team Rhodes Scholars
Orton and Sandow lock up. Side headlock on Orton. Orton pushes out, Orton under then over and gives a back elbow. Another blow, then snap suplex on Sandow for two. Orton tags out. Sheamus with his battering ram on Sandow for two. Arm bar on Sandow, but Sheamus eats a forearm. Into the heel corner and Rhodes tags in. Rhodes on Sheamus, but then Rhodes up and eats a rolling senton on Rhodes for two. Big kick to Rhodes’ shoulder, but then Sheamus low roped from the ring. Clothesline to Sheamus by Sandow outside. Rhodes out and rolls Sheamus in for two.
Sandow tags in and on Sheamus with blows. Knee drop on Sheamus for two. Rhodes tags in and kicks Sheamus in the fans. More kicks, then a knee to Sheamus’ face for two. Chinlock on Sheamus on the mat. Sheamus up with blows, then blocks Rhodes and hits a short clothesline. Orton calls to Sheamus and gets the tag.
Clotheslines, then that power slam on Rhodes. T-bone from Orton for two. Rhodes to the apron, but Sandow pulls Rhodes from the apron. Orton out and on Sandow with blows, but Rhodes sends Orton into the post head first. Rhodes stomps his former mentor outside the ring, then sends him in. Rhodes in and tags out.