WWE Smackdown 3-29-13: The Road to WrestleMania Draws Nearer

The show began with WWE Champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson doing a second addition of Story Time With The Rock, but was eventually interrupted by John Laurinaitis. This is the first time that John Laurinaitis has appeared on WWE Television in nearly a year. He then offered to be in The Rock’s corner at WrestleMania for his championship match against John Cena. The Rock responded by giving Johnny a spinebuster followed by the People’s Elbow. During this week’s edition of Backstage Fallout from Smackdown on YouTube, John Laurinaitis made it clear that he’s not giving up yet; he is still gonna try to convince The Rock to let him be in his corner at WrestleMania. It’s pretty clear that Johnny is still not over the fact that John Cena played a very partial role in costing Johnny his position as General Manager of both Raw and Smackdown last year and he wants to use The Rock to get back at Cena. Also, WrestleMania 29 opponents Ryback and Mark Henry had a benchpress competition. Each man was to lift 225 pounds and do as many reps as they could. Mark Henry was first; he ended up doing 53 reps. Then, it …

When Will Zack Ryder Have Another Singles Championship Reign?

In late 2011, the entire WWE Universe was rallying for Zack Ryder to get a shot at the United States Championship. It all eventually paid off when Ryder defeated Dolph Ziggler for the championship at the final pay-per-view of 2011. He went into the year 2012 as United States Champion; however, he began to have a downward spiral at the hands of Kane, who ended up injuring him. One week later, he has his first championship defense against Jack Swagger. Prior to the match, it was not clear whether or not Zack Ryder was medically cleared to compete that night. Regardless, Zack Ryder went out there and fought like a true champion. Unfortunately, his injury was too much for him to overcome and ends up losing the championship to Swagger. Later that night, then Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis revealed to Ryder that he received an envelope containing information that he was not medically cleared to compete. Laurinaitis claimed that he got the information a little too late, but a lot of people are convinced that he intentionally kept the information from Ryder. Zack Ryder has not held a major singles championship ever since. After such a travesty like …