WWE taped this week’s Smackdown tonight from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Thanks to WNW readers K and Rudy Gonzalez for providing us with text-message updates. Below are full results:
Smackdown (Airing Friday on SyFy):
* John Laurinaitis and Teddy Long come out to open the show. To celebrate Smackdown being the second longest running episodic TV show ever, they’re doing a 41-man battle royal with the winner getting a title shot of their choice.
* 41-man Battle Royal. Eliminations: Cody Rhodes, Derrick Bateman, Michael McGillicutty, Matt Striker, William Regal, Percy Watson, Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, Trent Baretta, Ted DiBiase, Curt Hawkins, Tyler Reks, Drew McIntyre, Justin Gabriel, Mason Ryan, Primo, Santino Marella, Alex Riley, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, David Otunga, Ezekiel Jackson, Heath Slater, Sin Cara (black), The Uso’s, Christin, R-Truth, CM Punk, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger, Jinder Mahal.
The final two are The Miz and Randy Orton. Orton hit an RKO on The Miz outside the ropes and both fell out. Miz hit the ground first so Orton won the match. Missing from the match – John Cena and Sin Cara (blue). Daniel Bryan was in the match but we missed his elimination.
Orton chooses to face Mark Henry tonight for the World Heavyweight Championship.
* They air a video promoting John Cena vs. The Rock at Wrestlemania XXVIII.
* Backstage, Teddy Long tells Alberto Del Rio will face Sheamus tonight.
* WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix b. Kelly Kelly in a very short non-title match.
* Sin Cara (black) attacks Sin Cara (blue) on the way to the ring. He takes his mask and puts it on to face Justin Gabriel. He ends up beating Gabriel.
* They tape a backstage segment with Zack Ryder, Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler.
* WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio beats Sheamus after Christian interferes. Christians spears Sheamus twice after the match.
* Kofi Kingston & Zack Ryder b. WWE United States Champion Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger w/Vickie Guerrero
* World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton ends in disqualification when WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes hits the ring. Big Show comes out to make the save. Show chokeslams Henry (kind of) and Orton gives Rhodes the RKO.
Dark Match Main Event:
* John Cena b. WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio via disqualification when Ricardo Rodriguez ran in. Rodriguez had been banned from ringside but came back out.