WWE Smackdown Results (6/21) – Axel Defends Against Barrett, Jericho vs Alberto, Bryan vs Orton

Bill Pritchard

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By Bill Pritchard for Wrestlezone.com
June 21st 2013

Daniel Bryan comes out and says he's been wrestling for a long time, and he's never had a match stopped due to injury. Bryan says he told the doctor that he was OK, but they stopped the match because the company was worried about him. He says he really knows the company just thinks he's the weak link, but the worst part of this is what Randy Orton did to him. Bryan shows a clip from RAW, and he says Orton could have fought the official decision but he picked him up and pitied him. Bryan says he doesn't care what anyone thinks tonight, because he will prove he's not a weak link by beating Orton tonight.

Orton cuts him off and heads to the ring, and he says Bryan has him wrong because they stopped the match only because they were conerned about him. Orton says he had no choice but to fight him, and he respects him more now but the fact is Bryan couldn't defend himself anymore. He says he picked Bryan up and checked on him because of respect, not pity, but Bryan tells him not to patronize him because he knows the truth. Bryan says he proved himself when he beat The Shield, and he's going to take Orton's respect and shove it down his throat. Orton tells him he is out of line, but if he wants it that bad, that's fine, but he is going to hurt Bryan and the officials will carry him out of the arena.

Sheamus vs Cody Rhodes (w/ Damien Sandow)

Cody hits Sheamus a few times but Sheamus comes back with some strikes and a suplex, then he hits Cody in the corner and snapmares him from the middle turnbuckle. Cody rolls outside and Sheamus goes after him, but Cody pulls the ring skirt back and catches Sheamus in between it. Cody slams him into the ringpost and rolls back in, then he stomps Sheamus a few times and punches him in the corner. Sheamus fights back with some right hands, then Cody hits a shoulder breaker and connects with a running knee to the face for two. Cody puts him in an armbar and throws him into the turnbuckles, then Sheamus clubs him near the ropes and hits a Battering Ram. Cody catches his arm on the way down and tries to get him to submit, but Sheamus fights to his feet and breaks the hold. Cody picks him up and slams his arm on the ropes, then Sheamus comes back with a rolling senton slam. Sandow yells at him but Sheamus kicks him, then he throws Cody into the ropes and hits a running knee strike. Cody fights off White Noise so Sheamus pulls him in the middle of the ring, and he gets him to submit to the Texas Cloverleaf. Sandow runs in the ring and hits him from behind, then he stomps him several times and helps Cody out of the ring.

Winner – Sheamus

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