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Smackdown: The Great Khali runs wild
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling


A full evening of wrestling greets Dallas, Texas and fans worldwide tonight. Six matches are on the card including show-stealing performances from Ric Flair and Finlay. The Great Khali also makes his presence felt as he hunts out someone brave enough to step up and challenge him at The Great American Bash. Smackdown comes at you right about ... now! On to the report.

Match 1: Non-Title- Matt Hardy vs. MVP

The United States champion, MVP, comes out to start the program by running down the crowd and pumping himself up. Hardy interrupts the rant and the two take it slow until Matt hits a roll-through backdrop. The momentum switches back and forth as things heat up with some high flying and power manoeuvres. This match is being given a lot of time and is quite honestly dragging. Two running kicks to the head keeps Hardy down for a pair of two counts, and somehow Matt nails a Twist of Fate out of nowhere to finish off the cocky MVP.

WINNER: Matt Hardy

In GM Theodore Long’s office Edge comes in to tell Theodore that he’s tired of him and is leaving. Long says he’ll give Edge his Cutting Edge segment and have a huge surprise guest for him. The World Heavyweight champion is pleased.

Match 2: Chris Masters vs. Jimmy Wang Yang

Yang is surprisingly holding his own until The Masterpiece crushes him with a vicious clothesline. Yang does an amazing sequence where he corkscrews out of an arm drag, hits a one-legged dropkick, and caps it off with a one-legged inseguri. The cruiserweight tries to capitalize with a crossbody off the top but is caught in mid air, and Masters quickly turns it into The Masterlock. The Great Khali comes in after the three count and throws around poor Jimmy Wang Yang. Khali’s translator says that his man still doesn’t have an opponent for The Great American Bash and that Khali will wreak havoc until someone challenges him.

WINNER: Chris Masters

Match 3: The Major Brothers vs. Jeremy Young and Mike Foxx

Bret and Brian Major came over from ECW in the supplemental draft. The Majors are working crisply as a team and Brian delivers some stiff forearms and knee lifts to Young. The end comes when The Major Brothers nail their finisher, which is a modified double Russian leg sweep.

WINNERS: The Major Brothers

Match 4: Ric Flair vs. Finlay

We are told this is the first time these two have fought and could be match of the evening. The dirtiest player in the game tries to get in the head of the Irishman, but Finlay is able to trap Flair in the corner with some hard forearms to the chest. Nature Boy turns the tide with a trusty thumb to the eye, however, Finlay is able to recover quickly and works the left leg. Flair kicks his counterpart to the outside, isolates Finlay’s leg, and slaps on the figure four for a near tap out. Hornswaggle sneaks in for a distraction, receives a chop, but that distraction allows Finlay to smack Flair in the knee with his shillelagh. The Irishman locks in a leg submission and makes The Nature Boy tap out!

WINNER: Finlay

The Great Khali and translator are walking backstage, beat up a technician, and laugh evilly afterward.

Match 5: Kenny Dykstra vs. Chuck Palumbo

This is Dykstra’s first appearance on Smackdown, and his inaugural speech is interrupted by the debut of Chuck Palumbo. This is the revamped new tough biker guy image of Palumbo, whom we can only assume is desperately trying to shake his past Billy and Chuck persona. The athletic Kenny gains the advantage following a leaping top rope attack, and then works in an arm bar. Palumbo is working a pure power style and lands "The Full Throttle," which is essentially a swinging sideslam for the victory.

WINNER: Chuck Palumbo

A Mark Henry vignette recaps his destruction since his return.

Match 6: Deuce w/ Domino & Cherry vs. Eugene

Domino’s nose was broken last week in the match versus Cryme Tyme and will therefore be in his partner's corner tonight. Eugene is his opponent, and boy do they need to do something to freshen his character up. Such a waste of pure wrestling talent. Deuce pounds away quickly, but Eugene "Hulks up" and lands some blows of his own. All of a sudden The Great Khali interrupts once again and punches Deuce in the stomach. Domino tosses Eugene in as a distraction and he is double chokeslammed for his trouble. The translator says that no one is brave enough to step into the ring with Khali ... but then Batista’s music blares over the speakers. The two big men stand chest to chest and The Animal challenges Khali to fight right now. The giant and his translator decide to rethink things and leave the ring, leaving an enraged Batista inside.

WINNER: No Contest

The main event for the evening is The Cutting Edge with GM Theodore Long’s surprise guest. The advertised biggest star in the interview segment’s history is ... Kane? Wow that was a bit of a let down. The World Heavyweight champion compliments Kane’s decade of dominance in the WWE, but makes sure to point out that he has held more gold than his guest. Edge then tries to end the interview, however, The Big Red Machine grabs his arm and says, "I don’t like you." Kane tosses the champ out of the ring, prompting Edge to say that Kane will never be on The Cutting Edge again, and that they will not meet in the ring. GM Theodore Long has other ideas and makes the match for the two to battle it out at The Great American Bash.

Andy McNamara is a 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 andymcnamara@hotmail.com.