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Smackdown: Vince McMahon remembered
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling


The fallout from Vince McMahon's limousine exploding on Monday night is felt as this evening's program is a tribute of sorts to the chairman. Don't let the sombre atmosphere fool you though as there are some stellar matchups on the card. World champion Edge battles Ric Flair in his Smackdown debut, while Batista and MVP square off to tune up for Vengeance next Sunday. WWE is in Philadelphia, but there is no brotherly love. On to the report!

There are very few moments when I am truly disturbed by what is shown by professional wrestling. However, the tribute and bell toll ten times in "honour" of the presumed deceased Vince McMahon makes a mockery out of the traditional farewell to actually lost Superstars is one of those times. This being done especially after the death Friday of WWE Hall of Famer Sherri Martel makes this especially distasteful.

Following the commercial break Ed Kaufman, Executive VP of WWE, makes a statement saying that an investigation is going on in regards to the limo blowing up and request that the press respect the McMahon's privacy.

Match 1: Tag Team Championship - Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. Deuce & Domino (c) w/ Cherry

London starts off the match against Deuce and the former champions use some double team manoeuvres to keep the advantage. Domino pulls down the top rope to send Kendrick to the outside and the action goes back and forth from there. London hits some impressive high flying head strikes and drop kicks. Just when you think London is going to keep on rolling he is stopped cold with a running knee to his head by Deuce.

WINNERS: Deuce & Domino

William Regal is shown in the first of what I'm sure will be many mock tribute vignettes remembering Vince. Again this is hard to swallow as it makes past and I'm sure future memorials seem somewhat staged. There are so many different ways this could've been spun to not put a McMahon remembrance in this fashion.

Match 2: Matt Hardy vs. William Regal

Some solid mat wrestling and technical wrestling to begin for both Superstars. The Englishman connects with some cheap shots and focuses in on Hardy's back following an outside the ring. Some smooth pinning combinations from both men eventually result in Hardy nailing the Twist of Fate out of nowhere for the three count.

WINNER: Matt Hardy

Backstage footage of how firemen put out Mr. Machmon's flaming limo. Cole and JBL attempt to analyze who could've blown up Vince's vehicle.

Match 3: Non-title - Batista vs. MVP (c)

It is announced that MVP will defend his U.S. championship versus Nature Boy Ric Flair at Vengeance. MVP continues to look more and more impressive. His cunning has also improved by ducking out of a Batista bomb. The champ cannot escape a spear and this time the former world title holder hits a huge Batista Bomb for the clean pinfall.

WINNER: Batista

A lead federal investigator is shown at a press conference saying that he cannot give any details at this time.

Match 4: Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender Match - Davairi vs. Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Shannon Moore vs. Jamie Noble

The winner of this one gets a shot at Chavo Guerrero's Cruiserweight championship at Vengeance. Chavo is down with the announcers observing the battle. Yang and Davairi set a quick pace with all competitors breaking up any pinfall or advantage the other has. An impressive superplex/powerbomb combo takes place off the top turnbuckle as Noble, Yang and Moore draw a loud crowd reaction. Out of nowhere Yang pounces to the top rope and hits a perfect moonsault on Davairi to win the contest. Jimmy Wang Yang is now the #1 contender.

WINNER: Jimmy Wang Yang

Match 5: Main Event - Non-title: Ric Flair vs. Edge (c)

This should be a solid main event as Flair will be looking to impress on his Smackdown debut. After some Nature Boy taunts the wily vet takes it to the champion and tosses him to the outside. Flair begins working over Edge's leg with stomps and a half crab, weakening it for the figure 4 leglock. The Rated R Superstar finally mounts some offense with a slew of chokes and hard right hands. Flair is able to lock in the figure four when MVP charges in to cause the DQ on his Vengeance opponent. Edge nails a spear on The Nature Boy and pounds away until Batista runs in for the save. MVP distracts The Animal allowing Edge to hit another spear and lay the World Heavyweight champion challenger on his back.

WINNER: Ric Flair by DQ

Andy McNamara is a SLAM! Wrestling writer, a play-by-play broadcaster for both Toronto Maple Leafs inter-county league baseball on Rogers television, and on the radio for Durham College sports. Contact Andy at andymcnamara@hotmail.com.