November 25, 2006
Smackdown: A royal thrashing
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling

With Survivor Series this Sunday, tonight's Smackdown is even more important then usual. Long Island, New York is in store for a sure bloodbath between Kane and MVP in a steel cage match. Couple that with a Benoit/Finlay war and World Heavyweight Championship contract signing. What will the fallout be after the battles waged here this evening? Only one way to find out!

Match 1: Steel Cage Match - Kane vs. MVP

Smackdown starts out with a bang as the steel cage battle opens up the show. MVP gets the upper hand in the early going, but Kane thwarts his hasty escape from the cage. The Power Ranger lookalike is able to narrowly escape a top rope powerbomb with head shots and goes on the offensive. After a few minutes Kane begins to utilize the cage as a weapon by throwing, slamming, and grinding MVP into it. MVP thumbs The Big Red Machine in the eye to get out of a top rope chokeslam and then racks Kane. Surprisingly MVP then climbs out of the cage quickly and touches the ground -- MVP wins.

WINNER: MVP

Match 2: Cruiserweight Championship - Jimmy Wang Yang w/ Amy vs. Gregory Helms(c)

Yang and Helms exchange scissor locks and chain wrestling before Yang (chaps and all) connects with a crisp top rope moonsault to the outside. The champion slows things down with a chin lock and speeds them back up with a flying cross body off the top for a near fall. Yang hits a behind the head calf kick, however, Helms is able to bang Yang's face off the turnbuckle and hit a Shining Wizard out of nowhere. Your winner by pinfall is the champ.

. WINNER: Gregory Helms

A short meeting between Chris Benoit and Vickie Guerrero takes place backstage and reveals some information. In a continuance of the tasteless Eddie angle, Vickie tells Benoit to not call her lawyer about her house -- which he apparently did. She goes to slap The Crippler but he catches her hand and causes Vickie to storm out.

In the locker room MVP is being attended to with ice packs when Ken Kennedy comes back to apologize for abandoning him last week. Kennedy says he has a message to tell The Undertaker.

Next we are in GM Teddy Long's office where King Booker demands that Long sign a royal contract. The contract would state that after Survivor Series Batista can never face Booker again for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Match 3: Brian Kendrick w/ Paul London & Ashley vs. William Regal w/ Dave Taylor

Last week Regal dismantled London so Kendrick will try to not suffer the same fate as his tag team champion partner. The former "Spanky" is using his high flying ability to throw Regal off and is scoring some decent business. The Englishman gradually chips away with kicks/punches and then locked on a sleeper hold to ground the speedster. Regal makes several unsuccessful pin attempts and is becoming frustrated with the youngster. Kendrick keeps bouncing around, however, out of nowhere Regal hits the big knee to the side of the head and picks up the victory.

WINNER: Willam Regal

Mr. Kennedy storms out to the ring, calls for the mic, and then runs down The Undertaker, and the audience. He then recaps his and Undertaker's recent encounters. The loud mouth is about to sign off but then the Dead Man's music hits. Taker shows up behind Kennedy in the ring, causing him to bolt from the ring in fright upon seeing Undertater. Taker then raises his arms causing blood to rain down on top of Kennedy.

Match 4: U.S. Non-Title - Chris Benoit (c) vs. Finlay

Benoit and Finlay are working an incredibly hard and stiff style and you can tell both men are loving it. Before the commercial break The Rabid Wolverine nails a suicide dive to gain a quick advantage. Benoit misses a baseball slide and Finlay capitalizes by throwing his opponent right leg first into the steel steps. The Irishman isolates the injured leg with a half crab and then is able to slap his way out of a Sharpshooter attempt. This is truly a back and forth battle, and once again the U.S. champion gains momentum with The Three Amigos, followed by three German suplexes. The Wolverine flies with a headbutt, and then Chavo Guerrero and Vickie distract The Crippler. This allows Finlay's "Little Bastard" to hand his master the shillelagh, which he clubs Benoit with. The Irishman connects the Celtic Cross for the pinfall. Chavo gets involved following the bell by hitting a monster frog splash, and then nails one more after the order from Vickie.

WINNER: Finlay

Match 5: The Boogeyman vs. The Miz

The Miz is talking trash while entering the ring and is clubbed over the head for his troubles. The youngster is able to distract Boogeyman long enough to land some blows but then Boogey starts to "Boogey Up"? Miz rebounds with a neck breaker and leaping elbow. Bradshaw has the quote of the night by saying that Miz's Mohawk is a Terry Taylor (Red Rooster) starter kit. Worms poor out of Boogey's mouth and The Miz runs away up the ramp. The referee is then double choke slammed and wormed. Miz looks on in terror from the top of the ramp.

WINNER: No Contest

The royal contract signing is set to begin with King Booker, his Queen and trumpeters in the ring alone. His majesty addresses his Smackdown kingdom essentially saying that he will "vanquish" Batista and rid him from title contendership. GM Teddy Long comes out to witness the signing and confirms that this is Batista's final chance at Booker's World Championship. Teddy signs his portion of the contract and then out comes The Animal to a thunderous ovation. The King tries to put worry and doubt into the mind of his challenger; Batista signs without hesitation. Booker flips the table on The Animal and then pummels him with punches. The challenger quickly rebounds to attack the King and then clears out the royal trumpeters. During that exchange King Booker nails Batista in the throat with a vicious sceptre shot, and follows it up by breaking it over his skull. As the program goes off the air Batista lays in shock. This score will be settled Sunday at Survivor Series.


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