Smackdown: Destruction rings in the holiday
ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling
As the year winds down, tonight's Smackdown is ramping up! The Brothers of Destruction team up once again to take on King Booker and his associate Finlay. A U.S. title grudge match is also on the agenda as champion Chris Benoit battles his bitter rival Chavo Guerrero. Toss in a visit from World Heavyweight champ Batista and Hampton, Virginia is ready for some action!
The night starts out with King Booker and Finlay demanding a rematch against Batista and John Cena to General Manager Theodore Long. The GM denies their request but does put them in the main event ... against The Undertaker and Kane.
Match 1: Batista vs. Santa (Sylvain)
Batista comes down to the ring and tells the audience how happy he is with the recent events of him getting his World Title back and defeating King Booker and Finlay with John Cena at Armageddon. Santa Claus interrupts him and comes down to ringside throwing presents to the crowd. Santa hands a box of candy canes to Batista to give out. When his back is turned Santa nails The Animal with a lead pipe! Claus attempts a getaway, but GM Long comes out and makes a match between Batista and Santa! It turns out that Santa was Sylvain and the bout was a quick squash with the champ winning after a spinebuster and Batista Bomb.
Match 2: United States Championship- Chris Benoit (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero w/ Vicky Guerrero
As expected this one is a solid back and forth technical wrestling battle. Chavo is able to wriggle out of the Sharpshooter twice, and somehow kicks out of Benoit's flying headbutt. Guerrero takes up the offensive and goes for the frog splash, however, The Rabid Wolverine is able to get his knees up for the block. Benoit is then able to lock in the Crippler Crossface. With defeat all but certain Vicky Guerrero jumps in the ring and clocks Benoit with the U.S. title belt, causing a disqualification. The Crippler then stares down Vicky but decides to walk away without incident. Chavo then yells at Vicky for costing him the match and pokes her in her injured neck until she falls over. Benoit comes back in to check on Vicky and then Chavo gets in a cheap shot with the championship belt.
WINNER: Chris Benoit by DQ
The Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms is up next and states that for Christmas he wants some competition since he has defeated all comers. He thinks that his New Year's resolution should be to move up to the heavyweight division. All of a sudden The Boogeyman comes out and goes after Helms with his trademark worms. The champion is able to escape through the crowd without being slimed. Ring announcer Tony Chimmel tells the crowd that "The Boogeyman is coming to get you!" For some reason this sets Boogey off and he chokes Chimmel on the announce table, following that up by pouring worms on the unfortunate announcer. Chimmel runs to the back and the ECW ring announcer comes in to take over.
Following the commercials a beaten up looking Joey Mercury limps out to the ring. Mercury took stitches inside his nose and at first thought he lost his eyes. Both of Mercury's eyes are swollen shut, and he looks like a completely different person. The graphic footage of Joey getting smashed with the ladder in Armageddon's tag team ladder match is shown. The crowd is applauding Mercury. However, that quickly changes when he blames the Hardy Boyz for all of his injuries (which is technically true). Matt Hardy interrupts and walks out to confront the MNM member. Hardy says Mercury's injuries are unfortunate but that is the price you pay for competing in a dangerous match. Joey calls Matt back in the ring and tries to goad Hardy into hitting him. Hardy obviously declines but then Mercury brings out his partner Johnny Nitro for an impromptu contest.
Match 3: Matt Hardy vs. Johnny Nitro w/ Melita
Nitro attacks Hardy from behind and quickly beats him down on the outside. Matt is able to rebound with a running bulldog for a near fall and follows that up with some stiff punches. After regaining the advantage Nitro pulls out a ladder from beneath the ring, however, Hardy is able to baseball slide it back into his opponent. A Melita distraction allows Nitro to hit an amazing insaguri to Hardy while Matt was sitting on the top rope! Hardy nails a Side Effect, a neck breaker drop, a second rope leg drop, in succession and then is foiled on the Twist of Fate attempt. Nitro backslides Matt with his feet on the ropes to steal a win.
WINNER: Johnny Nitro
JBL is now in the ring calling out GM Teddy Long on his recent choices of matches, most notably the Inferno Match at Armageddon between Kane and MVP. Long does not come out so JBL blame the fans for wanting crazy gimmick events ... and that was it.
Match 4: Ashley & Layla vs. Jillian Hall & Kristal
Kristal and Ashley start things off with Ashley gaining the early edge with a slam and then a double team elbow drop with Layla. Jillian and Layla botch a hair pull attempt and it is clear that Layla is far from ring ready. Ashley gets back in the ring and connects with two well executed hurracarranas. She eventually finishes off Jillian with a second rope elbow drop named "Star Struck."
WINNER: Ashley & Layla
Russian Sambo and MMA champ Vladimir Kozlov is interviewed by Michael Cole. He essentially praises WWE, and then speaks Russian and is booed for it.
Match 5: King Booker w/ Queen Sharmell & Finlay vs. The Undertaker & Kane
Undertaker works on Booker's left arm, capping it off with Old School. Finlay attempts to save his partner following the attack, however, the Irishman finds himself in an Old School of his own. The King is able to knock Taker off balance and then connect with a huge superplex. Amazingly The Dead Man sits right back up, but Finlay quickly pounces on his wounded opponent with a variety of strikes. Undertaker recovers long enough to make the hot tag to Kane who then proceeds to hit running clotheslines on both Finlay and King Booker. The Brothers of Destruction work in such good unison and narrowly miss an opportunity for a double chokeslam. After exchanging momentum, Taker is able to hit Snake Eyes and then a running boot to the head of Finlay. Battling it out with Kane, Booker is able to connect with an awesome jumping heel kick while Kane was soaring through the air looking for a top turnbuckle clothesline. Taker and Kane eventually do hit a chokeslam on Booker and Finlay at the same time. The Undertaker is then able to finish off Finlay with the tombstone (The Irishman's old WCW finisher).
WINNER: Undertaker & Kane
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Andy McNamara is a freelance writer and writes for SLAM! Wrestling. To all of our loyal readers have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. Andy can be reached at email@example.com.