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SmackDown: Money In The Bank daily double
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


With this SmackDown recap, I've completed the grand slam of wrestling TV show reports. Andy McNamara is out of commission tonight, so I've been called upon to pinch hit. On with the show!

Tonight's show from San Jose, Calif., starts off with World champion Batista walking to the ring. He says he explained why he did what he did to The Undertaker at No Way Out and that he's not intimidated by the Dead Man for their WrestleMania title match. The challenger appears on the Titan Tron in a cemetery and is digging a grave, ending the promo saying Batista will "rest in peace." Batista has a ticked-off look.

Match # 1 -- Money In The Bank Qualifying Match -- Matt Hardy vs. Joey Mercury

King Booker joined Michael Cole and John "Bradshaw" Layfield on commentary. This, like most Hardy Boyz-MNM matches, was solid. Hardy ripped Mercury's face mask off after Mercury had been working over Matt's left shoulder and getting a handful of near-falls. Mercury goes to the top, but gets caught by Hardy, who brings Mercury down with a Twist of Fate for the three.

Winner via pinfall: Matt Hardy

Kristal interviews Montel Vontavious Porter backstage and he blabbers on and on about winning the Triple Threat MITB Qualifying Match later on with Chris Benoit and Finlay.

The WrestleMania Recall showed Butterbean knocking out Bart Gunn at WrestleMania 15 in a "Brawl For All" match. Can't believe that was already eight years ago.

The hottie known as Maryse dips a whipped cream finger in her mouth and says SmackDown will be right back.

Match # 2 -- Scotty 2 Hotty, Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Gregory Helms, Daivari & Cruiserweight champion Chavo Guerrero

By far the best match tonight. Yang is a talent waiting to bust out and Helms can carry a match. Nice to see former 3 Count teammates Helms and Moore show some good chemistry in the ring as well. All six are in and out of the ring when Yang sidesteps a Daivari charge in the corner and hits a decent moonsault for the duke.

Winners via pinfall: Scotty 2 Hotty, Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang

A recap is shown of what happened to Rey Mysterio last week. In case you've been under a rock of your sight has been blurry from all of the crying after hearing Wrestling Society X was cancelled, Umaga destroyed Rey Rey.

Vince McMahon comes out, hypes (yes, AGAIN) his match at WrestleMania with Donald Trump and says on Raw, the special ref will be announced. No surprise in that Stone Cold Steve Austin will don the stripes. Bobby Lashley comes out. Vince says he'll pay the ECW champ double what Trump is to back out. Lashley says no and gets a slap in the face from the Chairman. Lashley gets a wide-eyed look and McMahon bolts.

Mick Foley cuts a promo on his new book The Hardcore Diaries and says he doesn't name drop, but then names several celebrities who are in his book.

In the back, Mr. Kennedy is with VKM and wants a match with Lashley. McMahon gives it to Kennedy and says it's No Holds Barred, but only for Kennedy, and it's a title match. If Lashley gets disqualified or counted out, he loses the belt.

Match # 3 -- Ashley vs. Jillian

Jillian does her Brooke Hogan impersonation before the match, but gets cut off by the newest Playboy centerfold. Ashley wins with an elbow drop from the middle rope.

Winner via pinfall: Ashley

Match # 4 -- Triple Threat Money In The Bank Qualifying Match -- Finlay vs. Montel Vontavious Porter vs. U.S. champion Chris Benoit

As Finlay comes down the aisle, the Little Bastard attacks Cole and JBL. Finlay then gets in Cole's grill and tells him the Bastard's name is "Hornswoggle." A typical Triple Threat that sees Finlay and Benoit continue to stand out as two of WWE's top stars. Benoit almost beats MVP with the Sharpshooter and Finlay with the Crippler Crossface, but each attempt is broken up. Hornswoggle distracts the ref and Finlay KO's both MVP and Benoit with the shillelagh, getting the pin on Benoit.

Winner via pinfall: Finlay

One more MITB qualifier and that will go down Monday night.

The Jerry "The King" Lawler Hall of Fame package airs and it's announced on next week's show it'll be Batista vs. Kane and Undertaker vs. Finlay. Can't wait. Seriously.

Match # 5 -- ECW World champion Bobby Lashley vs. Mr. Kennedy (No Holds Barred for Kennedy)

Kennedy takes off two top turnbuckle pads and grabs the mic to do his schtick. He's cut off by Lashley's music and we're off and running. Kennedy tries every underhanded tactic in the book (low blow, grabbing the tights during a pin attempt, choking Lashley with wrist tape and even a chair shot to the dome) to top Lashley, but every time it's only a two-count. Lashley ducks a clip from Kennedy and rallies with a series of clotheslines into the Bulldog powerslam for the victory.

Winner via pinfall: Bobby Lashley

Kennedy is my pick to win MITB at WrestleMania as he combines skill and charisma like few can these days.

Until Tuesday's ECW, Matt Mackinder signing off.


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    Next week, we'll return to our regularly scheduled SmackDown, with Andy Mac back at the controls. Email Matt Mackinder, a SLAM! Wrestling rep at WrestleMania 23, at mackindermedia@yahoo.com.