|Friday Night SmackDown|
|Date||March 8, 2013|
|Venue||Times Union Center|
|City||Albany, New York|
|Previous episode||March 1, 2013|
|Next episode||March 15, 2013|
Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph ZigglerEdit
With Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter keeping a close eye from the back, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio took on Dolph Ziggler — in an explosive contest made by the WWE Universe last week, via Twitter, during the highly successful Social Media SmackDown. And prior to the match, Mr. Money in the Bank promised to make history.
Early on, Big E Langston interfered in the action. But, when he chose to pursue an instigating Ricardo Rodriguez outside the ring, it was AJ Lee who ended up getting a bucket of water thrown on her. This made things go from bad to outright chaotic as the emotional Diva snapped, charging after Del Rio’s friend and eventually causing the referee to eject both her and Big E from ringside.
In the final moments of the knockdown, drag-out match that followed, Del Rio once again showed the guts and resilience of a true World Champion, fighting back from the impressive efforts of The Showoff to thwart his Zig Zag attempt and make him tap out to the Cross Armbreaker.
Shortly after the match, a still-soaked AJ Lee and ex-boyfriend Daniel Bryan rekindled their tremendous dislike for each other.
Kaitlyn vs TaminaEdit
While it was Kaitlyn who asked former Divas Champion Layla to accompany her to ringside — in a WWE Active exclusive — it was a decision that would ultimately backfire on her.
When Layla was checking on the reigning titleholder — moments after Kaitlyn took a nasty fall into the ropes face first — Tamina Snuka opted to send the first-ever English born Diva down to the ringside floor. In an attempt to get payback, a still seemingly disoriented Layla climbed into the ring at the same time as Kaitlyn. This created confusion that allowed the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka to take advantage and pick up the non-title victory over the Divas Champion.
As Kaitlyn regained her compose on the canvas, Cody Rhodes initiated a discussion with Damien Sandow over her attributes.
Fandango vs Justin GabrielEdit
For the third time, Fandango again canceled his WWE debut, citing SmackDown ring announcer Lilian Garcia’s inability to pronounce his name to his satisfaction.
- Singles Match: Alberto Del Rio (w/ Ricardo Rodriguez) defeated Dolph Ziggler (w/ AJ Lee & Big E. Langston)