August 26, 2006
Smackdown: Batista invades the Royal Court
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling

Royalty and treachery are the themes of this evening's Smackdown. King Booker addresses the masses for a huge royal proclamation and an even bigger main event. Also, in one of the more controversial moments in recent WWE history, Eddie Guerrero's widow, Vickie, confronts both Chavo and Mysterio ... with disturbing results. Toss in a plethora of pure technical wrestling matches and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is ready to rip the lid off of Smackdown!

Tonight's show starts off with fireworks behind King Booker and his court (Queen Sharmell, Regal, and Finlay), where his majesty celebrates his retention of the World Heavyweight championship at Summerslam. I'd like to note that Booker has now added a sword and sash to his royal garb. The Queen reads out a royal proclamation in which Regal and Finlay are officially knighted. It may be silly, but I love this angle! Sir Finlay then reiterates how he and Regal made Lashley kiss Booker's feet. Sir Regal thanks his King and yells "all hail King Booker." As the court is exiting the ring, Lashley rushes from the crowd and spears Finlay. Regal and Booker subdue Lashley, but then Batista sprints in and clears house. Now GM Teddy Long struts out and makes the main event of this evening Regal, Finlay, and King Booker versus Batista and Lashley.

Match 1: Ken Kennedy vs. Matt Hardy

The cruiserweight champion Gregory Helms joins the broadcast team for this matchup. A few weeks back Hardy gave Kennedy his first pinfall loss on Smackdown. Hardy and Kennedy exchange some fast chain wrestling, until Matt smacks his opponents head off of all four turnbuckles. Helms and JBL are putting over Hardy huge in this match as a major superstar who has loads of potential. Hardy gets a near fall with a Side Effect, and continues the momentum with a flying cross body over the top rope to the outside. Following a cheap shot it is Mr. Kennedy now in control with a hard throw into the steel steps. Kennedy is working on Hardy's injured shoulder with a hammerlock and stiff forearm shots. This is turning into a real war between these two as both men exchange blows after a big superplex. Hardy has Kennedy setup for the Twist of Fate, when Helms leaps up onto the apron and drops Matt's neck over the top rope. This gives Kennedy a moment to recover and have him nail a reverse neckbreacker for the win.

WINNER: Ken Kennedy

Backstage The Miz and Ashley are talking about Layla winning the Diva Search. Miz explains what a "Miz-fit" is ... wow this guy is annoying. Following the commercial Miz talks with Layla in the ring about how she felt about winning the competition. The Miz interrupts Layla's comments and promotes his match debut next week. His music hits and Layla doesn't get to say anything.

Match 2: Tatanka vs. Terkay w/ Elijah Burke

Clips of Tatanka having bad referee decisions cost him matches over the past two weeks; this looks like a possible heel turn. Terkay is an absolute beast, and surprisingly the Native American lands some hard punches. Soon enough though Terkay takes over with stiff knees, kicks, and headbutts. Tatanka is able to make a comeback and eventually takes down Terkay with a series of chops, topped off with a double axe handle. Terkay puts his foot on the rope and the ref stops the count. Tatanka complains to the official that two weeks ago he got screwed out of a win when his boot was on the bottom rope. This allows the big man to recover and pick up the pinfall after a nasty roundhouse kick to the jaw.

WINNER: Terkay

Highlights of Chavo and Rey's match at Summerslam is shown. This is getting ridiculous that nine months later the death of Eddie Guerrero is still being used to get guys over. After the break Vickie Guerrero is out in the ring proclaiming that this will be the last time anyone hears Eddie's theme song. Vickie regrets that she slapped Chavo and inadvertently hurt Rey, and apologizes for interrupting their match. She calls Rey out and asks Mysterio to accept her apology, and the two hug. Now Chavo is asked to come down, and Vickie apologizes to him as well. These two hug also, but as Rey goes to hold the ropes open for Vickie, Chavo jumps him. Vickie is screaming at Chavo and stops him from clocking Mysterio with the steel chair. Eddie's widow grabs the chair away from Chavo and smacks Rey with it ... that's right the WWE has made Vickie Guerrero a heel. Chavo connects a brainbuster, and the two Guerreros hug.

Match 3: Paul London w/ Brian Kendrick vs. K.G. James w/ Michelle McCool & Idol Stevens

Michelle McCool looks like Ms. Hancock 2000 from WCW. James and London are firing at a thunderous pace on one other. London bounces back out of a chin lock with some surprisingly stiff looking kicks and slaps to the face. Wow London is entertaining to watch. He delivers knees, dropkicks, and is able to do this despite interference from Stevens. Out of nowhere Noble and Kash, The Pit Bulls, run down and push London off of the top rope. The bell sounds, and now all three teams are attacking each other. Several officials run down to break up the melee. All of a sudden the tag division has some new life, and if these teams are given some time to rumble the fans are going to be in for some awesome action.

WINNER: Paul London by DQ

Match 4: Kristal vs. Jillian Hall

Kristal sends a threatening message to new Diva Search winner Layla. These two women have put on some of the best non-wrestler Diva matches maybe ever, they are really working hard. Jillian gains the early advantage with a sommersault elbow. Kristal bounces back by standing on Hall's hair and tossing her around. Jillian turns the tide quickly by hitting a springboard elbow into the corner. After smothering Kristal in her chest, the jilted Diva Search loser rolls Jillian up for a three count. The free agent MVP is shown in the crowd waiting to be signed.

WINNER: Kristal

A vignette for Asian cowboy Jimmy Wang Yang is shown ... not to sure what to make out of this guy.

Match 5: Vito vs. Sylvain

Can Vito keep up his undefeated streak while wearing a dress? Sylvain slaps around Vito early and trash talks his cross dressing opponent in French. Sylvain connects with a picture perfect missile drop kick for a near fall and follows that up with a modified sleeper. Vito's version of Hulking up is by flapping his dress around, and after doing this he delivers an elevated DDT. Of course the arm submission underneath the dress follows, forcing the disgusted Sylvain to tap out. Vito grabs the mic and calls out MVP for laughing at him. The free agent climbs the barrier and climbs onto the apron and bad mouths Vito a bit before his agent calls on the phone. MVP says that since he doesn't have a contract then "no contact" and they'll have to fight another time.

WINNER: Vito

Match 6: Main Event- King Booker, Sir William Regal & Sir Finlay vs. Batista & Bobby Lashley

Batista starts off strong against the Irishman, dumping him over the top rope and kicks Regal in the ribs along the way. Lashley is now in the mix and tosses Finlay onto his fellow knight. The royal court gather outside to regroup, however, it does no good as Lashley continues pounding away on Regal in the corner. The World champion finally gets into the matchup once Lashley has been subdued. The royal court is making quick tags and is isolating Lashley on their own side of the ring. The King delivers a Scissors Kick but the ref is distracted by Batista and the former U.S. champ kicks out at two.. All of a sudden Finlay's leprechaun runs out attacking Lashley and then bites Michael Cole on the ankle! Eventually Lashley is able to make the hot tag to Batista and The Animal hits a jackhammer, and various slams and attacks to incapacitate all of his opponents. Booker is still the legal man in and is caught with a spine buster by Batista out of nowhere. The Animal gets the three count on his rival, and the show goes off the air with Batista holding King Booker's scepter high over his head.

WINNERS: Batista & Lashley


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    Andy McNamara is a freelance and SLAM! Wrestling writer. Andy returns better then ever after a two week hiatus, and is ready to rumble once again on Smackdown. Andy can be reached at andymcnamara@hotmail.com.


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