WWE taped this week’s Smackdown tonight from the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. Thanks to Wrestling News World for this live report:
WWE Smackdown (Airing Friday on WGN America SyFy):
* The show opens with WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler out with Vickie Guerrero. Excuse me, there’s so much heat her words are nearly inaudible. They talk down John Cena as Vickie says she has vertigo. Kofi Kingston interrupts and talks about their match at WWE TLC. Jack Swagger comes out to join the two. Ziggler and Swagger get into it but Kofi ends up cleaning house. Teddy Long comes out and announces a triple-threat rematch for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
* Big Show b. “Dashing” Cody Rhodes. Rhodes walked out on Show, getting himself counted out.
* Drew McIntyre vs. Trent Baretta ends when McIntyre flips Baretta over the top ropes to the outside. Baretta never got up and the referee called for the bell. Referees and trainers came out to check on Baretta but McIntyre pushed them out of the way and hit his finisher.
* WWE Divas Champion Natalya & Beth Phoenix b. LayCool. The finish saw Natalya lock Layla in the Sharpshooter when Michelle McCool came in to break it up. Beth ended up getting tagged in and getting the pin.
* Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero wearing jingle bells do a New Year’s singalong in the ring. Rey Mysterio comes out and hits a 619. Big Show comes out and hits a chokeslam. Edge gets out and hits a spear on Ziggler. Big Show gets on the mic and starts singing “goodbye” to Vickie with the crowd. He wishes everyone a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. They all three beat up on Ziggler and celebrate.