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Booker's kingdom continues to crumble
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling


The first Smackdown since WrestleMania 23 comes tonight, and it will be interesting to see what the fallout will be. The Money in the Bank winner, Mr. Kennedy is in action, as are all members of both versions of the WWE tag team titles. Also, King Booker has one of the worst nights of his life, and the era of The Deadman begins as Undertaker appears with his new World title. So kick back, relax, and enjoy this latest edition of Smackdown!

Mr. Kennedy struts out with his Money in the Bank briefcase in hand. Following some boasting, Jeff Hardy interrupts wearing his newly acquired tag team title from RAW, and we have Match 1 underway.

Match 1: Ken Kennedy vs. Jeff Hardy

Kennedy now has the ball and it's up to him to raise his workrate and prove that he is main event calibre. The quicker Hardy controls Mr. Kennedy early and begins to work on the left arm. Coming out of the break Jeff is back in control and tries to set his opponent up for the Swanton Bomb. Kennedy rushes up, stops Hardy and delivers a big backdrop from the top turnbuckle. The Money in the Bank victor is focusing heavily on Hardy's back, which he injured in the WrestleMania battle. Hardy once again cannot connect with the Swanton and Kennedy capitalizes with a DDT for the win. The Little Bastard rushes Kennedy as he walks up the ramp, and Finlay clubs him from behind with the shillelagh.

WINNER: Ken Kennedy

GM Theodore Long is flirting with Krystal, when Mr. Kennedy interrupts. He is quickly shooed away.

Timberland is talking with Ashley backstage and tries to recruit her for his video. Jillian Hall bursts in and tries to impress Timberland with her horrible singing.

Match 2: Non-Title- Chris Benoit (c) vs. The Miz

This should be a walkthrough for the United States champion. Benoit's chops look extra stiff, and The Miz looks to be in a world of pain. Following a brief flurry The Crippler is back in control with a snap suplex. Miz follows through on a leaping clothesline to Benoit in the corner, and is actually wearing down the champion. Benoit hits four German suplexes in a row and goes up top for the flying headbutt. MVP is shown hiding by the ring, pulls Miz out of the way, allowing Miz to pin the champ. Miz beats Benoit -- a truly dark day for wrestling purists everywhere.

WINNER: The Miz

In the locker room King Booker and Queen Sharmell go over how Matt Hardy grabbed Sharmell and prevented Booker from grabbing the briefcase and winning Money in the Bank.

Match 3: Matt Hardy vs. King Booker w/ Queen Sharmell

King Booker has rage in his eyes, however, it's Hardy who jumps out to the early lead with a running bulldog. The King turns the momentum in his favour with spin kick, and soon after busts open the mouth of Hardy. Matt delivers a big neckbreaker and then the second rope leg drop for a near fall. The King successfully slows the pace following a side kick and begins wearing the tag team champ down with various submission holds. This back and forth battle again changes with a Hardy Side Effect, Booker recovers but misses the scissor kick, Hardy gets a kick to the jaw after a failed Twist of Fate. They both scramble around and it eventually ends with Matt rolling up Booker in a small package. Queen Sharmell grabs the mic and tells off the King for not avenging her. She then storms off -- could this be the beginning of a Booker babyface turn?

WINNER: Matt Hardy

Match 4: Kane vs. Dave Taylor w/ William Regal

Regal and Taylor try pouncing on Kane before the bell. Regal smacks Kane with a chair but the monster keeps fighting them back. Eventually The Big Red Machine takes out both men on the outside and this one is over before the bell even rings.

WINNER: No Contest

Backstage King Booker tries apologizing to his Queen and vows revenge. He goes in for a kiss but Sharmell slaps him and runs off.

Match 5: Paul London & Brian Kendrick w/ Ashley vs. Chavo Guerrero & Gregory Helms

The fourth-longest reigning Tag Team champions in WWE history are in action against the six-time Cruiserweight title holder, Chavo, and Helms. Before this one gets underway Deuce, Domino, and Cherry are in their Honky Tonk Man-style convertible up the ramp to watch the matchup. Chavo and Helms use quick tags to isolate London in their corner. Kendrick receives the hot tag and cleans house with his partner, including a double suicide dive to the outside. Back from the commercials show the heel team back in control as Helms hits a beautiful spinning back breaker. Kendrick delivers a fantastic double dropkick taking out Helms and Guerrero simultaneously. London is finally tagged in and is bouncing all over the ring with some great acrobatics. Chavo was going to sneak a frog splash behind the official's back, but Kendrick stops him, then all four men are in the corner. Sliced Bread combined with a superplex finishes off Helms in what was an awesome spot.

WINNERS: London & Kendrick

King Booker is shown talking to himself and very upset backstage.

Druids with torches march to ringside for The Undertaker and his first appearance as the new World Heavyweight champion. The Deadman is about to speak, but Batista storms out to the ring wearing a suit and shirt that appears to belong to a woman's clothing line. The Animal simply states, "congratulations, I want my rematch" and then walks out. Out of nowhere King Booker ambushes Taker. This looks to have been the wrong fight to pick as Undertaker throws Book around and caps it off by Tombstoning the King onto the announcer table. The show goes of the air with Booker being strapped into a neck brace and his Queen at his side. This has been one of the most solid Smackdown shows from start to finish that I have seen in some time.

Andy McNamara is a freelance writer for SLAM! Wrestling and the play-by-play radio sportscaster for Durham College Sports. Andy's looking forward to covering the Toronto premiere of The Condemned, starring Stone Cold Steve Austin, this week and will do his best to receive a Stunner. Andy can be contacted at andymcnamara@hotmail.com.