December 9, 2006
Smackdown: Deadman plays mind games
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling

The last WWE pay-per-view of the year, Armageddon, is only two weeks away and things are starting to heat up. The Underaker and Kane both continue their intimidating mind games on Kennedy and MVP. A non-title war is also on the table tonight with the continuing feud of Batista and Finlay. There is plenty more action on the way as well, so get ready Florence, S.C. because here comes Smackdown!

Ken Kennedy is told a hearse is waiting for him. The youngster is enraged, storms to the ring and says that he is not intimidated by Taker's mind games. Shortly after The Undertaker's music plays and a hearse backs up to the ring. Suddenly the door pops open and out comes Taker! Mr. Kennedy runs into the crowd in fear and The Dead Man stands triumphant in the squared circle. Will Kennedy be carried out in that hearse against Undertaker in their "Last Ride" match at Armageddon?

Match 1: Non-title - Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c) vs. William Regal & Dave Taylor

Kendrick and London hit some high flying double team moves on Regal early on, until Dave Taylor gets in there. The two tough Englishman begin to grind and pound away on London, including some illegal double teaming on the outside. These contrasting styles are coming across well in this match with the action switching between technical and aerial wrestling. London has been getting picked apart for a large portion of the bout and his constant efforts to make the tag to Kendrick are continually thwarted. Finally Kendrick receives the hot tag and flies all over the ring, cleaning house. Regal begins going after Ashley on the outside and London comes to her aide. Kendrick looks jealous of the affection Ashley shows to his partner and this allows Taylor to suplex Kendrick for the pinfall. London was distracted with Ashley and could not get back in for the save. Can you smell split?

WINNERS: Regal & Taylor

John Cena cuts a vignette on tape discussing his teaming with Batista at Armageddon against King Booker and Finlay. Following the commercial break Batista does a vignette pumping up the same match. After that Finlay is in the locker room with King Booker and Queen Sharmell. Finlay says he deserves a title shot at Batista just as much as the King does. However, Booker is able to calm the Irishman down and get onto the same page.

Match 2: Non-title - Batista (c) vs. Finlay

Another chapter of this rivalry starts out with Batista slapping and humiliating Finlay. Following a very slow beginning few minutes of tests of strength, Batista is able to take control with a clothesline and a toss onto the barricade outside. We return from the commercials to find Finlay wearing the champion down with submissions and is gradually picking apart his neck. Batista regains control at ringside and is able to slowly build momentum with several power moves. This contest is being given tons of time with the World Heavyweight Champion hitting a spinebuster, and is about to go for the finish when The Little Bastard and Booker T try to interfere. Batista is able to out manoeuvre those two, but then the bell is rung. Finlay connects with a steel chair shot. The Irishman is DQ'd from a shillelagh shot to the back, but then he and King Booker lay a beat down on the champ.

WINNER: Batista by DQ

Match 3: #1 Contender Cruiserweight Championship match - Jimmy Wang Yang vs. James Noble

The Cruiserweight champion, Gregory Helms, joined the broadcast table for some commentating. Helms is the longest reigning current WWE champion and wants to get a bird's eye view on who he will be facing at Armageddon. Yang nails a hurracarrana early on. Noble starts to slow down Yang with submission. No one can keep the advantage going on. A perfect moonsault by Yang from the top rope pays off as he pins Noble and is now the #1 contender

WINNER: Jimmy Wang Yang

Backstage MVP is attempting to talk his way out of the Inferno Match with Kane at Armageddon. GM Teddy Long says MVP and Kennedy will take on Undertaker and Kane next week. If MVP's team wins then he is out of the tag match this Sunday.

Match 4: U.S. Championship - Chris Benoit (c) vs. Sylvain

Sylvain is out talking French to the crowd when Benoit interrupts. The Rabid Wolverine attacks the Frenchman right off the bat, and quickly slaps on The Crippler Crossface. Moments later Sylvain taps and that is all she wrote.

WINNER: Chris Benoit

Match 5: The Miz vs. Scotty 2 Hotty

Somehow The Miz is still undefeated and against the jobber machine Scotty, I don't see that ending tonight. Scotty is frustrating Miz with his quickness, however, Miz gets things under control with a flying tackle. Soon after Scotty sets up for The Worm, but is rolled up before he can hit his signature manoeuvre courtesy of a hand full of tights. Miz was mocking Scotty's worm when The Boogey Man's music hits. Miz creeps out of the ring only to be blind sided by Boogey and whipped viciously outside the ring. The Boogey Man prepares his worms; however, Miz is able to scamper up the ramp to safety.

WINNER: The Miz

Kane is in a dressing room with eerie music playing, holding hot chestnuts. The Big Red Machine is trying to intimidate MVP for their Inferno Match at Armageddon.

Match 6: Ken Kennedy vs Kane

Kane is straight up outmuscling Kennedy in the early minutes of the match. Once Mr. Kennedy tosses The Big Red Machine to the ringside he was able regain his composure and go on the attack. After being pummelled in the corner, Kane grabs his opponent's throat and scores a number of free falls. A flying clothesline is about to set up the chokeslam, when MVP charges in for the save. The match is DQ'd and the heel tandem begin stomping away until The Undertaker's music hits! Kennedy runs off into the crowd, and MVP is left in the ring wating for The Deadman who never comes.

WINNER: Kane by DQ


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    Andy McNamara is a freelance writer and play-by-play radio voice of the Durham College Lords sports teams. For any questions or comments feel free to contact him at andymcnamara@hotmail.com.


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