Smackdown: Lashley spears the champ
ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling
Tulsa, Oklahoma will be privileged to see a Raw superstar tonight on the show. But not just any wrestler, the WWE champion John Cena! The champ is here to get revenge over having to kiss King Booker's royal foot last week, but this time he has brought some backup. The heated rivalry between Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero continues to boil over, both directly and indirectly. If that wasn't enough, plenty of other hard fought battles also fill out tonight's jam-packed edition of Smackdown!
Business picks up quickly with John Cena marching to the ring right off the bat. Cena plugs his new movie, and plays up for the crowd. The Raw champ says he came with backup (Batista and Lashley) to take on King Booker, Sir Finlay and Sir Regal.
Match 1: Rey Mysterio vs. Elijah Burke w/ Sylvester Terkay
Terkay and Burke mock Mysterio's size. The cocky newcomer lands some stiff forearm shots early, before the wiley vet connects with ten punches in the corner. Backstage Chavo and Vickie Guerrero are shown enjoying watching Rey getting powerbombed into the turnbuckle. Terkay trips up Mysterio, but the former champion recovers and drop kicks the big man. Rey quickly lands the 619, followed by Droppin' The Dime for the pinfall. Following the bell Terkay destroys Mysterio with a clothesline from behind and then hits a nasty modified shoulder breaker.
WINNER: Rey Mysterio
Match 2: #1 Contender Tag Team Match- K.C. James & Idol Stevens w/ Michelle McCool vs. The Pit Bulls (Kid Kash & Jamie Noble)
Apparently Kid Kash was released some time after the TV taping of Smackdown so it will be interesting to see where this storyline goes. Speaking of Kash, he is pounding away quickly on Idol Stevens. The Pit Bulls isolate Stevens with fast tags, and Noble delivers a suicide dive to take out James. Seconds later Kash scores a perfect second rope moonsault for a near fall. As Kash has Stevens rolled up, McCool flips her man over and when the referee turns around, he counts the The Pit Bull out. The #1 contenders for Paul London & Brian Kendrick's tag team titles.
WINNERS: K.C. James & Idol Stevens
Match 3: Matt Hardy vs. Chavo Guerrero w/ Vickie Guerrero
Chavo plays the coward heel and tries to escape Hardy's early assault. The two exchange momentum with Matt getting a two count following a Side Effect. The referee is distracted by Vickie, when Gregory Helms runs in. Hardy takes care of him, but Vickie low blows Matt. Guerrero takes advantage and hits the frog splash for the victory. Helms then jumps in the ring and connects with a shining wizard to knock Hardy out cold.
WINNER: Chavo Guerrero
Up now is Ken Kennedy's tribute to the Undertaker... didn't Randy Orton do this last year? Mr. Kennedy plays up how great Taker's career has been and who he's faced. He then shows an Undertaker montage video. The brash youngster says that he doesn't want to be the one to destroy the Dead Man's legacy so he can't wrestle him at No Mercy. The gong then plays and out walks 'Taker. Undertaker walks down and simply tells Kennedy to Rest In Peace. Mr. Kennedy was going to throw the drop down mic at 'Taker, but sparks fly out of it, burning a shocked Kennedy.
Backstage King Booker holds court discussing strategy for tonight's main event against Cena, Batista, and Lashley. The segment ends with everyone chanting "All hail King Booker."
Match 4: Tatanka vs. The Miz
Before the bell, The Miz trash talks Tatanka and says after tonight he will be 5-0 after tonight. Miz shows some agility, but is caught by the Native American following some showboating with some hard chops. Nothing overly spectacular here, mostly general punch and kick offense. Miz grabs Tatanka's tights during a sloppy roll-up and pulls out the win.
WINNER: The Miz
GM Teddy Long says Smackdown's ratings are great on the new CW Network. He announces that Batista and Lashley will get to pick each other's opponents next week in a Pick Your Poison stipulation.
Match 5: Sylvain vs. Jimmy Wang Yang
This is the Asian cowboy's debut and he enters the ring doing a country line dance. Wang uses his speed to counter Sylvain's early power advantage. Yang nails a flying head scissors, but the ambassador to Quebec counters with a modified spine buster and a sleeper hold. Yang rebounds with a hard kick to the jaw, however, this is not enough as Sylvain puts his feet on the rope moments later to steal the three count.
Footage is shown of MVP signing a contract to wrestle on Smackdown.
Match 6: Bobby Lashley, Batista, & John Cena vs. King Booker, Sir Finlay, & Sir William Regal
The six men don't wait for all participants to get to the ring, as everyone begins brawling up the entrance ramp. After the commercials, action has resumed in the ring as Batista is taking care of Regal and then King Booker. Lashley is now in the match and goes right for Booker, who gets a flying powerslam for his trouble. Later on, the Irishman is able to out smart his opponent by moving just in time to avoid a Lashley spear. This turns out to matter not since Cena was able to clean house after a hot tag. Quick tags have turned out to isolate Cena, and all three members of King Booker's court focus in on their nemesis' injured left arm. Eventually it is champion versus champion inside the ring, and after exchanging the advantage; Cena is finally able to tag out to Lashley. Finlay distracts Batista enough for Booker to go for the scissors kick. Lashley pops in from the outside to connect with a spear on the King and is able to pin the champion. Once again there is mayhem following the bell as Edge jumps from out of the crowd to spear Cena. The show ends with Edge smiling into the camera with an evil grin.
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