Smackdown: Undertaker's dreams "squashed"
ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling
An absolutely huge World Heavyweight Championship rematch takes place tonight from Washington, DC between Kurt Angle and The Undertaker. That match has been hyped heavily over the week but let's not forget about the grudge battle between Bobby Lashley and Finlay as well. Throw in a mystery tag team partner for Matt Hardy versus MNM and we have yet another jam-packed edition of Smackdown!
Match 1: Booker T w/Sharmell vs. Tatanka
Well Booker is finally off the crutches and is back to in-ring action. It also looks like Tatanka is here for the long haul, although out of all the older wrestlers I still don't understand the appeal of bringing him in. The Native American and Book are exchanging ferocious chops with Booker gaining control after a sidekick to the jaw. Tatanka makes his warrior dance comeback, however, he receives a kick to the face after a top turnbuckle attack. The former U.S. Champion is about to put Tatanka away after the Scissor Kick when the Boogey Man's music plays and he shows up behind Sharmell! This distraction allows for Tatanka to recover and roll up Booker for the surprise upset.
Match 2: Randy Orton vs. Super Crazy
Orton pokes Super Crazy in the eye and delivers a drop kick to start this second match of the evening. After being dominated for the most part Crazy goes on a flurry of high flying offence, but misses with a top rope moonsault. Super Crazy bounces back once again, however, after a huge clothesline Orton hits the RKO for the 1-2-3.
WINNER: Randy Orton
A Benoit tribute video is shown and then a recap of the six-man tag match from last week where JBL broke his hand. Footage is shown of Bradshaw's hand surgery. Apparently JBL blames Benoit for his hand being broken last week so the two of them will square off at WrestleMania 22.
Match 3: Non-Title Open Challenge- MNM vs. Matt Hardy & Animal
Matt Hardy's surprise partner this week is the legendary Road Warrior Animal. Matt begins the matchup against Joey Mercury and has the early advantage until MNM's usual double team tactics take over. Animal receives the hot tag and is whipping Johnny Nitro around like a rag doll both inside and outside the ring. The Road Warrior becomes neutralized by several Melina sneak attacks. Later in the match Hardy hits a cool spot where he connects with a reverse and regular DDT at the same time on Nitro and Mercury. In an awkward move, Hardy tells Animal to go up top for the Doomsday Device. In what was part slip, part Nitro leg chop on Hardy, MNM were able to hit The Snapshot for the win. Animal also looked like he hit his head hard off of Mercury's head. After the bell Animal blames Matt for the loss and when Hardy pushes back, the Road Warrior attacks Hardy's surgically repaired knee. He slams Matt's knee into the ring post and walks away -- a strange turn of events.
Match 4: Finlay vs. Bobby Lashley
After back and forth brawling, with Finlay surprisingly holding his own the Irishman loses his temper. Finlay throws two chairs into the ring and the competitors swing the chairs at one another, as the referee calls for the bell. Both men keep at it and security tries to separate them. First Lashley breaks through and spears Finlay, then Finlay dives on the big man over the top rope, and finally Lashley gets a couple of final shots in. The aftermath to this bout was much more exciting then the match itself.
WINNER: No Contest
In the locker room Regal confronts Burchill once again about being a pirate. Burchill announces that he has his first match on Smackdown next week and that if he has his way it will be against Regal. The pirate then cuts off Regal's tie with a dagger.
Match 5: Main Event- World Heavyweight Championship- Kurt Angle (c) vs. The Undertaker
This match has received huge hype all night long and each man looks extremely intense. Angle backs Taker into the corner, striking away when the Dead Man turns the tide. Undertaker has not looked this polished in quite some time and has amazing chemistry with the champion. Taker is heavily working over Kurt's left arm and Angle responds with general pounding. Undertaker is now in full control after nailing a vicious leg drop off the apron onto Kurt's back. This title bout has kept an excellent pace, including a giant superplex by Angle to the challenger and other hard hitting action. The two do the tombstone reversal onto eachother and Angle finally sinks in the Ankle Lock. Taker escapes and locks in the triangle choke and Angle tries for the same pin finish as he did at No Way Out. Undertaker then attempts a dragon sleeper with the champion squeaking out again, man this is fast. After Kurt misses a perfect moonsault, Undertaker nails the Tombstone. Just as the referee was going to count, Mark Henry jumps The Dead Man causing a DQ. Henry pounds away, lays Taker on the announce table, goes to the Spanish announce table, and splashes The Undertaker through the table! The World's Strongest Man stands over a motionless Undertaker as the cameras fade to black.
WINNER: Undertaker by DQ
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Andy McNamara writes for SLAM! Wrestling and Oshawa Express. He also does the play-by-play broadcasts for Durham College sports on www.thefreq.ca. Andy will also be doing play-by-play on CCAA radio for the Canadian National College Men's Basketball Championships. So make sure to check out "The Voice" from March 16-18. Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.