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Smackdown: The King's court divided?
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling


Plenty of wrestling on tonight's Smackdown coming to you from Worcester, Mass. A main event #1 contender contest for the World title between Lashley and Finlay threatens to tear apart King Booker's court. The Rey Mysterio/Chavo and Vickie Guerrero saga continues with Mysterio's son, Dominic, being added to the mix. Toss in a few more pure technical wrestling battles and get ready once again for a jam packed episode of Smackdown!

Sir Finlay comes down and braggs about his attack on "The Animal" Batista last week. His old rival Bobby Lashley then makes an appearance and challenges the Irishman to a fight. GM Teddy Long solves this dilemma by making a #1 Contender's match for the World Heavyweight championship tonight, with the winner facing King Booker at No Mercy. It was also mentioned that Batista was taking time off due to injury.

Match 1: Non-Title- Matt Hardy vs. Gregory Helms

The cocky Cruiserweight champion and his former friend exchange hard shots and some crisp technical wrestling maneuvers. Helms eventually becomes frustrated and is able to pin Hardy after a low blow when the official's back was turned.

WINNER: Gregory Helms

In the backstage area Mysterio is walking with his son Dominic and they stop to chat with Dean Malenko.

In one of the stranger gimmicks, Asian cowboy Jimmy Wang Yang does another vignette, this time complaining that Asians don't pronounce words properly ... yikes.

Match 2: The Miz vs. Scotty Too Hotty

Nothing too special at all in this one. The Miz is coming along with his in-ring work and is able to edge out Scotty for the win.

WINNER: The Miz

Match 3: Triple Threat- Kid Kash vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Chase

This match will showcase the outstanding talents of all three individuals and it's about time they get some quality TV minutes. Chase and Kash get in each other's face after each one rips the other off of pin attempts on Kendrick. Chase launches Kash off the top turnbuckle in a modified powerbomb, and then Kendrick tosses Chase out of the ring. The high flying Kendrick connects with an awesome tornado DDT on Kash for the quick pinfall. The two heel teams argue in the ring following the bell, while the tag team champions, Kendrick and London, walk up the ramp.

WINNER: Brian Kendrick

In the back area King Booker holds court with his Queen, Sir William Regal, and Sir Finlay. The Irishman is in a match tonight versus Bobby Lashley, the winner facing Booker for the World championship at No Mercy, and the King wants to make sure Finlay's head is in the right place. Finlay says he'll go out and do what he does best ... fight.

In the locker-room Mysterio has his son sitting by a monitor and tells him to watch his daddy tear the house down. After the break Rey is out in the ring when Chavo and Vickie Guerrero come and say hello to Dominic.

Match 4: Rey Mysterio vs. Ken Kennedy

Surprisingly Mr. Kennedy does not make his usual announcing entrance and is all business in the early going. Rey is distracted by the presence of Chavo and Vickie in the back, and this allows Kennedy to smack Mysterio around with a back breaker. Kennedy nails a huge spinebuster after Rey tried for a cross body, and is now applying an eastern stretch. Finally Mysterio is able to connect with a modified tornado DDT, and continues with a hard kick to the face. Out of nowhere Rey hits the 619, and after Kennedy rolls out of the ring is attacked with a flying corkscrew splash to the floor. Following the break Mr. Kennedy is in control once again by whipping a now screaming Mysterio back first into the steel post. He further injures the back of Rey after a rolling Samoan Drop, but misses on the swanton bomb. As Mysterio is about to finish off Kennedy he notices Chavo and Vickie walk out on the ramp with Dominic. This gives Mr. Kennedy a chance to grab the tights and roll up Mysterio for the three count.

WINNER: Ken Kennedy

The MVP, decked out in a suit, is blaming GM Teddy Long for not offering enough money to sign him.

Match 5 - Vito vs. Sir William Regal

The still undefeated dress-wearing Vito is ready to take on Sir William Regal once again. Vito and Regal exchange headlock combinations and Vito then distracts Regal by flashing him. Sir Regal is able to refocus, smack Vito into the steel post on the outside and begin to pound away on the cross dresser. Regal tries for a sunset flip, but Vito catches his leg, puts his dress over Regal's face and gets the pinfall. A horrifed William Regal throws a temper tantrum following the bell.

WINNER: Vito

King Booker and Queen Sharmell storm into GM Long's office and demand an explanation on tonight's #1 contender match between Finlay and Lashley. Vito comes in and is insulted by Booker. Teddy Long makes a match next week between Vito and Booker on the season premiere of Smackdown.

Match 6: Sylvester Terkay w/ Elijah Burke vs. Todd Smith

Terkay is absolutely monstrous and with Burke as his mouthpiece could be a main eventer sooner rather than later. The 6'6", 320-pound Terkay throws around Smith with ease and is barely breaking a sweat. Terkay finally puts this one to bed with his arm lock submission.

WINNER: Sylvester Terkay

Match 7: Main Event- #1 Contender's Match: Sir Finlay vs. Bobby Lashley

King Booker, Queen Sharmell, and Sir William Regal join the broadcast team to get a bird's eye view of this main event to determine the #1 contender for the World title. I love Booker's commentary, he could be a great colour man in the future. A slow start to this heated rivalry, with both men exchanging the advantage. During the commercial break Finlay tossed Lashley into and over the steel steps, and is now working on his opponent's injured left leg. The former U.S. champion is able to balance on one leg and turn a torture rack into a back breaker. As Regal distracts the official, Finlay misses with a shillelagh shot, and is then gorilla pressed. Sir Regal grabs Lashley's leg, allowing Finlay to lay a hard shillelagh attack into his leg. The referee calls for the bell, meaning that Lashley is the #1 contender. The King's court starts putting the boots to the fallen Lashley, when Batista comes out with a steel pipe and chases away Finlay. In the meantime Regal is holding up Lashley while the King bashes away on his skull. The big man is somehow able to hit a spear, and this sends Regal, Queen Sharmell, and Booker scrambling to the outside. The program ends with his royal highness screaming at Lashley.

WINNER: Bobby Lashley by DQ


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    Andy McNamara is a freelance and SLAM! Wrestling writer. Andy asks: what does Smackdown need to make itself at or near the same level as Raw? Andy can be reached at andymcnamara@hotmail.com.