WWE Smackdown taping (Birmingham, Ala.)
Report by Jeremy F. and ProWrestling.net
The BJCC was about 75 percent full. The rafters were tarped off and the camera side was half empty.
Kofi Kingston came to the ring to a great pop. He was putting over his Intercontinental title win until Jack Swagger interrupted him. Swagger said 2011 was the year of the All American American American. He put himself over and Kofi challenged him to a match right now.
1. Kofi Kingston defeated Jack Swagger. Kofi won in about ten minutes in a decent match that needed more time.
The opening montage aired and Ricardo Rodriguez introduced Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio ripped the down south and got major heat. He ripped Shawn Michaels and said he would win the Royal Rumble and be known as the new Mr. WrestleMania. R-Truth came out and said Del Rio lost his mind. He said he couldn’t win the Rumble because he cant buy it or inherit it.
Cody Rhodes then came out and said he’ll be in the Rumble and win. Rey Mysterio came out and said winning the Rumble is about beating the odds. Del Rio said no one wants to hear inspirational stories. Rey talked about his past Rumble victory. Cody said that was so 2006 and that’s the truth. A brawl broke out. Teddy Long came out and booked a tag match with Del Rio and Rhodes vs. Truth and Mysterio.
2. Rey Mysterio and R-Truth defeated Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes. Mysterio and Truth won in about 12 minutes. Decent match but Rey botched his finisher.
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