June 30, 2007
Smackdown: Batista gets Vengeance
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling
A sombre mood falls over Smackdown this week and this SLAM! Wrestling writer puts forth the report with a heavy heart after the well-documented tragedy from this past Monday. However, the healing process begins and fans are treated tonight with seven Raw vs. Smackdown matches. To cap off the evening the main event pits Edge vs. Batista in a non-title grudge match where The Animal will try to put the hurt on his nemesis. From San Antonio, Texas here comes Smackdown.
Before the opening pyro a video of Vince McMahon is shown stating that if WWE had known of the specifics regarding the Benoit family deaths then it would not have dedicated the Chris Benoit tribute on Raw. He says that aside from that moment, Chris Benoit will not be mentioned and that tonight’s program is dedicated to entertaining WWE’s fans.
Match 1: Ric Flair vs. Carlito
We are told that GM Theodore Long is away tonight and that his assistant Vickie Guerrero is running the ship. Vickie has made inter-brand matchups starting with Raw’s Carlito renewing his rivalry with Flair. Carlito is sporting a Grade 9-style bad moustache as he uses some dirty tactics to gain the advantage. The youngster wears down the veteran with several armbars and punches. The Nature Boy catches a missed dropkick and spins it into a figure four for a near tapout. Flair slaps his finisher on again moments later and forces Carlito to quit.
WINNER: Ric Flair
Match 2: Matt Hardy vs. Lance Cade
The two Superstars spend the opening minutes sizing each other up with no one gaining any momentum until Cade nails a sit down spinebuster. Hardy is able to escape from an abdominal stretch, connects with a bulldog, but is caught with a clothesline following a failed Twist of Fate attempt. Cade goes to put Matt up on the top turnbuckle, however, Hardy is able to reverse it into a Twist of Fate out of nowhere for the three count.
WINNER: Matt Hardy
Match 3: Triple Threat: Cruiserweight Championship- Chavo Guerrero (c) vs. Jamie Noble vs. Funaki
Chavo looks a little shaken walking out of the curtain, but quickly composes himself to his usual heel form. After plenty of back and forth attacks, Funaki goes flying by hitting a huge cross body off of the tope rope to the outside. With Noble incapacitated, Chavo hits the Gory Special, for the 1-2-3.
WINNER: Chavo Guerrero
Edge is in the back office looking for GM Long and is freaking out on Vickie Guerrero about having to face Batista again after beating him three times in a row. Guerrero informs the World Heavyweight champion that this is a non-title grudge match.
A vignette of Jesse and Festus coming to Smackdown is shown -- yikes.
Match 4: Non-title- Deuce & Domino w/ Cherry (c) vs. Cryme Tyme
Cryme Tyme start examining the convertible and the tag champs almost start a brawl before the bell rings. Cryme Tyme hit a great looking double team manoeuvre as one member is flipped forward, overhead onto Deuce. Before that Deuce’s nose is busted wide open from a hard clothesline. J.T.G. was setting up their finisher, when Domino pulls down the top rope sending J.T.G. to the outside. This gives Deuce the moment needed to roll up the big man and give Smackdown a victory on the evening. Following the commercials, the Tag Team champions are still in the ring when cameras cut to Cryme Tyme now in the garage where they hot wire Deuce and Domino’s convertible and drive away.
WINNERS: Deuce & Domino
Match 5: Non-title MVP (c) vs. Kane
MVP grabs the mic and states that he’s the greatest United States champion ever and generally insults the San Antonio crowd. Porter tries to control Kane’s arm, but is thrown to the ouside with ease. MVP is able to burst back with a running high kick in the corner for a near fall. Give the U.S. titleholder credit, his in-ring work improves each week. The Big Red Machine catches another running boot offense, turns it into a chokeslam.
Eugene is being interviewed in the back when his opponent for tonight, The Great Khali, interrupts and his translator says that Khali wants them to have fun in the ring. The next backstage piece has Victoria and Mickie James arguing over who is wilder.
Match 6: Mickie James vs. Victoria
The two divas start off quickly with various pinning attempts and reversals. These two ladies are putting on one of the best matches of the night and show how good the women’s division could be if WWE had, well, more actual women wrestlers. Victoria hits an impressive spinning fireman’s carry sideslam for a near fall. Mickie is able to roll out of a picture perfect top rope moonsault and then puts Victoria away with an Oklahoma roll. Great match.
WINNER: Mickie James
Match 7: Eugene vs. The Great Khali
A big chop to the head and two hand chokeslam easily puts Eugene away in seconds.
WINNER: The Great Khali
Match 8: Main Event: Non-title- Edge (c) vs. Batista
Edge scurries away early to try and escape The Animal’s grasp. Finally Batista gets his hands on the world champion and works the left leg with a leg wrench and half crab. Edge goes to get himself DQ’d with a low blow but Batista catches the hand and counters with a vicious clothesline. The Rated R Superstar bounces back with a reverse neck breaker over the top rope, sending The Animal to the outside. The champ appears to have all the momentum when Batista strikes with a spear out of nowhere. Batista makes a rare trip to the top turnbuckle and is punished when Edge drop kicks him in mid flight. The Animal catches Edge in mid spear to turn it into a Batista Bomb for the pinfall.
Andy McNamara is a freelance writer for SLAM! Wrestling and play-by-play broadcaster for Toronto Maple Leafs inter-county league baseball on Rogers Television, along with radio broadcaster for Durham College sports. Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.