Smackdown: Edge and Batista build to Vengeance
ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling
Vengeance and the first ever tri-brand draft is quickly approaching so this could be the last time we see some Smackdown Superstars. If you enjoy technical wrestling then you absolutely must see the Edge vs. Chris Benoit instant classic tonight. Speaking of the world champion, Edge also hosts The Cutting Edge with his unstable special guest Vince McMahon. There is lots more action as well so from the home of WrestleMania 24 get ready with Orlando, Florida for Smackdown!
Tonight’s program begins with a special edition of The Cutting Edge featuring Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Vince has a dopey look on his face and it is very evident that he is still crazy. The World Heavyweight champion sucks up to Vince, but it doesn’t work as his paranoia kicks in and makes a match: Edge vs. Batista -- again -- at Vengeance.
Match 1: Mark Henry vs. The Boogey Man w/ Little Boogey Man
Mark Henry’s build back to the main event spot continues to roll along. This one is all Henry and The World’s Strongest Man ends it with a big powerslam. Following the bell, Henry powerslams Little Boogey Man, and then splashes big Boogey.
WINNER: Mark Henry
Assistant GM Vickie Guerrero announces that Benoit will take on Edge this evening, while Batista will battle MVP. None of these are title matches. McMahon interrupts and spouts off gibberish to everyone in the ring.
Match 2: Chavo Guerrero & Daivari & Jamie Noble vs. Jimmy Wang Yang & Paul London & Brian Kenrick
Yang is working with Noble to begin and they show off their international wrestling skills. As you can imagine the speed and impressve manoeuvres. An incredible ending as Noble is put into a powerbomb/sliced bread combo by Kendrick and London. Noble was stuck in the corner when this occurred and Wang kept his other two opponents in check as he delivered a cross body over the top ropes and to the floor.
WINNERS: Yang & Kendrick & London
Match 3: Non-title- Edge (c) vs. Chris Benoit
This is Edge’s first legit match on Friday Night Smackdown. Benoit is discolouring the world champion’s chest with some ferocious chops and continues to wear him down in an arm bar. Going into the break The Crippler is completely dominating coming close to sinking in The Crossface, scored some near falls, and almost German suplexed Edge to floor. The Rated R Superstar narrowly escapes a flying headbutt and this allows him the opportunity to target Benoit’s left shoulder. Benoit has an impressive series of three vertical suplexes and then without losing contact nails three German suplexes. He follows that up with a flying headbutt and amazingly Edge kicks out! The champ is able to escape The Crossface by grabbing ropes and is able to hit a spear out of nowhere for the three count. Wow what a match, one of the better technical battles I have seen in a while.
Ashley is having her hair done backstage when Jillian Hall comes in and interrupts with insults. Jillian broke Ashley’s leg and when the diva promises revenge the poor singer slaps her. Ashley then gives chase and knocks Vince McMahon’s coffee into him as he was talking to Matt Hardy. As Matt leaves Vince accuses Ashley of spilling his coffee on purpose and suspends her ... the madness continues.
Match 4: Handicap match - Matt Hardy vs. Deuce & Domino with Cherry
Hardy has his ribs taped as he is still injured from the ladder match at One Night Stand and the loss of tag gold on Raw. Matt battles off both men early, but the numbers game soon catches up. Deuce sinks in a nice hanging head scissors while balancing on the top rope and then the beat down continues. Hardy regains control with a Side Effect and a couple of near falls. Following a Twist of Fate on Deuce, Domino connects with a running kick to the head and that is enough to finish of Matt.
WINNERS: Deuce & Domino
MVP is interviewed about going head to head against Batista. The United States champion runs down his opponent and pumps himself up.
Match 5: Main Event - Non-title: MVP (c) vs. Batista
Batista’s leg is not bandaged up as in previous weeks and he pounds away on MVP early on. Coming out of the commercials Batista is still in control until the U.S. champion kicks him over the top rope with a vicious kick to the head. MVP continues his assault on the now dazed Animal and couples it with some brief submission moves. A back drop and swinging sideslam shifts the momentum back to the big man. Batista turns to finish off MVP when Edge rushes in to attempt a spear. The Animal catches him in time and is about to deliver the Batista Bomb when Edge is able to squirm out. The show goes off the air with the World Heavyweight champion glaring at his Vengeance rival.
WINNER: Batista by DQ
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Andy McNamara is a freelance writer, the play-by-play broadcaster for Toronto Maple Leafs intercounty league baseball on Rogers television, and for Durham College sports. Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.