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Smackdown: The Champ is here
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling


With Armageddon only 48 hours away, tonight's Smackdown is sure to have major implications on the final pay-per-view of the year. From Raw the WWE Champion John Cena is in action and is in preparation of his historic tag match with World Heavyweight Champion, Batista, versus King Booker and Finlay. Also, a monster tag team contest will take place between The Brothers of Destruction and the Kennedy/MVP team; with Kennedy staring death in the face. Boston is rocking and you will be too ... on to the report!

The program starts off with WWE Champion John Cena coming out to the ring. Cena discusses how he's in his home town of Boston, and the Armageddon tag match with Batista. Before that, however, the champ goes over Michael Cole's Christmas list, which includes a hard salami, and a shirtless picture of David Hasselhoff. King Booker, Queen Sharmell, and Finlay interrupt Cena and run him down. Highlights are shown of Batista being knocked out from a royal beatdown courtesy of Finlay and Booker. The two heels are about to double team Cena, when The Animal's music hits and the big man sends his adversaries scrambling. Then GM Theodore Long struts out and makes a match between Finlay and John Cena for later this evening.

Match 1: 6 Man Tag -- Paul London, Brian Kendrick w/ Ashley & Jimmy Wang Yang vs. William Regal, Dave Taylor & Gregory Helms

The Cruiserweight Champion, Gregory Helms, and Paul London begin this bout. Kendrick is quickly tagged in for a double team, but Dave Taylor gets in the action and takes control. Taylor and Regal continue to cut down the ring and isolate Kendrick for what seems like forever. Yang finally receives the hot tag and the Asian Cowboy cleans house with a variety of high flying spots. Regal and Taylor all of a sudden walk out on the match leaving Helms for dead. Yang quickly hits an amazing moonsault from the top rope and pins the champion.

WINNERS: London, Kendrick, Yang

Match 2: Matt Hardy vs. Joey Mercury

Well looks like Joey Mercury is back on Smackdown and the two exchange momentum in the early going. Mercury begins to control Hardy with a number of near falls and wears him down with a sleeper hold. Hardy is able to punch his way out of the corner, nails a second rope elbow, connects with a Side Effect, and caps it off with a nasty Twist of Fate. Hardy looked impressive with his flurry of combinations and JBL puts him over as a future main eventer.

WINNER: Matt Hardy

MVP is back in the locker room speaking with his agent when Ken Kennedy interrupts. The two argue about their tag match versus the Brothers of Destruction, and then their individual bouts against Kane and Undertaker. The two up and comers regroup and get ready for their match, which is next!

Match 3: MVP & Ken Kennedy vs. Kane & The Undertaker

Following the commercial break the match is joined in progress with Kane taking it to Mr. Kennedy. MVP is able to tag in and he doesn't fair much better as he is on the short end of a top rope clothesline. Taker isolates MVP and is having his way with him as well until Kennedy distracts The Dead Man allowing MVP to pull him off the top rope. A double team chokeslam on Kennedy is performed and before a Tombstone can be executed MVP pulls his partner away. Undertaker stalks his prey up the ramp and bounces MVP's head off of the production set at the top of the set. This gives Kennedy a chance to jump Kane from behind. Mr. Kennedy gets into the hearse ready to run over Kane when the lights go out ... and when lights return, Taker is in the seat beside Kennedy! Both heels freak out allowing the Undertaker and Kane to win this battle of mind games.

WINNERS: No Contest

Match 4: Chavo Guerrero w/ Vickie Guerrero vs. Funaki

Vickie is in a neck brace still after Benoit was pushed into her at Survivor Series. Chavo seems to have delayed this contest by calling out Chris Benoit to apologize for his interaction with Vickie. The Crippler refuses to say sorry for the Vickie accident and tells Chavo he'll pay this Sunday at Armageddon. Finally Chavo agrees to start the match and completely takes apart Funaki. Guerrero wins quickly with a frog splash. As soon as the bell sounds, Benoit jumps in and slaps Chavo in a Sharpshooter, forcing him to tap out. Vickie cries and The Rabid Wolverine glares at her with a smirk.

WINNER: Chavo Guerrero

Match 5: Vito vs. Sylvain

Poor Sylvain doesn't even get a ring entrance, and is promptly attacked by the dress wearing Vito. After prancing on the apron Vito is nailed by a Sylvain clothesline and scores a near fall. Vito rebounds after a modified fall away slam with a Lou Thesz Press ... under his dress. The cross dresser is able to roll up the Frenchman for another victory to continue his undefeated streak while wearing a dress.

WINNER: Vito

The Miz and Krystal are out in "The Miz's Face Your Fear Challenge." This is to prove that Miz is not afraid of eating any gross food and is not afraid of The Boogeyman. The first dish is pigs tongue, which Miz eats with ease. The second plate turns out to be monkey brains and again the youngster finishes it off. The third and final dish is of course ... worms. The Miz cannot eat the worms, and out from under the table, through the plate comes The Boogeyman's head! Miz and Krystal hightail it out of the ring area.

Match 6: Main Event- Finlay vs. John Cena (WWE Champion)

The match finally gets underway as Finlay is convinced to put down the shillelagh by the official. Finlay is so crisp and is able to make Cena look fairly solid thus far. As the champ was ramping up, Finlay uses the Little Bastard as a weapon on the outside, turning momentum back in his favour. Cena is thrown into the steel steps shoulders first and the crafty Irishman begins to target and where down that left arm. Finlay escapes the FU and is eventually able to deliver The Celtic Cross ... but only for a two count. After a couple of more tries, Cena's injured left shoulder was able to allow him to connect with an FU, and pick up the win. King Booker sneaks in through the crowd after the bell and attacks John, but is quickly stopped when Batsita rushes the ring.

WINNER: John Cena


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