April 21, 2007
Smackdown: Kennedy and Finlay run wild
By ANDY McNAMARA -- SLAM! Wrestling
Welcome to the 400th episode of Smackdown! Tonight’s show adds some international flare as the program comes to you from beautiful Milan, Italy. You do not want to miss this evening’s Friday Night Smackdown!
Match 1: Batista vs. Finlay
The former World Heavyweight Champion is set to square off against his old rival in what should be a good one. Each man exchange heavy blows and power moves before The Animal eventually keeps the momentum on his side. Just when it looks like Batista is set to finish off the Irishman, Ken Kennedy hits the ring forcing a DQ. From there it is beat down double team time as Batista is smacked around something fierce. This is all capped off by a Finlay Celtic Cross, which incapacitates the big man.
WINNER: By DQ- Batista
Jillian Hall is out to the squared circle next where she brags about injuring Ashley the other week. She begins singing terribly before Michelle McCool breaks it up by telling Jillian in Italian that she sucks. The two Divas scramble around in a catfight before Michelle clears out her rival.
Match 2: Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy & Chris Benoit vs. Chavo Guerrero, Gregory Helms & MVP
Benoit begins the contest quickly ripping through all three members of his opposition with crisp, clean technique. Matt and Jeff then take turns exchanging blows with their former friend Helms and it seems that the match’s speed remains at a high pace no matter who is in the ring. Matt is able to connect with a side effect on Chavo, and a Twist of Fate on Helms. This sets up Benoit’s flying headbutt and Sharpshooter on Helms to get the tap out. This one looked phenomenal overall on television.
WINNERS: Chris Benoit, Matt & Jeff Hardy
Match 3: WWE Tag Team Championships- Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c) vs. Deuce & Domino w/ Cherry
Can we please have the champs beat these two Fonzie wannabes so that there gradual drift into obscurity can begin? The fourth longest reigning tag champs do what they do best and that is to fly all over that ring, this time at the expense of Deuce. London misses an impressive looking leaping over the top rope moonsault from the ring apron to the outside. Officials are out checking on London, and the challengers take full advantage by isolating the temporarily partner-less Kendrick. The speedy title holder finally breaks out of the double-team, however, London is still out and there is no one to tag. The numbers game is too much and Deuce picks up the pinfall. Well, looks like the 1950s retro team ends the impressive title reign of London/Kendrick. Disappointing that this long streak ended on free TV and wasn’t pushed into a solid PPV angle.
WINNERS: New WWE Tag Champs- Deuce & Domino
Match 4: Kane vs. William Regal & Dave Taylor
Regal gets a few early shots in before Kane begins to focus on the left arm. Regal escapes quickly, however, his partner Dave Taylor fares no better. While the referee is distracted Regal smacks The Big Red Machine with a steel chair sending him sailing from the steps. The match becomes more back and forth then I originally anticipated with Taylor and Regal wearing down the big man with various submissions. Kane regains the advantage after scoring an off the top clothesline and then clears house. Regal is bleeding from the mouth and both teammates then high tail it up the ramp. Kane wins by countout.
William Regal and Dave Taylor complain to GM Theodore Long that they don’t want to fight The Undertaker. Long makes a tag team match next week between Regal/Taylor vs. Kane and … The Boogey Man. Krystal comes in and plants the fakest kiss on the lips of the General Manager.
Ken Kennedy comes out to deliver a quick promo on how he is the fastest rising start in sports entertainment today.
Match 5: Non-title- The Undertaker (c) vs. Ken Kennedy
This is a non-title affair as Mr. Kennedy will not be cashing in his Money in the Bank opportunity tonight. Kennedy runs into a massive big boot right off the bat for a near fall. Mr. Money in the Bank stops Old School, turns it into a supersplex. Taker tries again and this time hits Old School, following it up with a clothesline sending his opponent to the outside. Kennedy starts to target the left knee of the champion and delivers a ferocious running kick to Taker who was sitting in the corner. Vintage Undertaker comes out with a guillotine leg drop off the apron , then Snake Eyes, and is able to connect a chokeslam. Before The Dead Man can hit the Tombstone, Finlay runs in for the DQ. The two heels begin to decimate Taker via the briefcase, the shillelagh, and a Celtic Cross. What a night for the team of Kennedy and Finlay!
WINNER: By DQ- The Undertaker
Andy McNamara is a freelance writer for SLAM! Wrestling and the play-by-play radio sportscaster for Durham College Sports. Be sure to check out Andy’s article covering the Toronto premiere of Stone Cold’s new movie “The Condemned” now on the SLAM! Wrestling site. Andy can be contacted at email@example.com