Seven matches are on the card tonight including Matt Hardy pulling double duty. Rey Mysterioís return contest is announced and Mark Henry impresses once again with his tremendous power. The main event sees an Evolution reunion as Batista and Ric Flair take a shot at tag team gold against the champions Deuce and Domino. The Phoenix weather is hot and so is the action in the ring, so get ready because here comes Smackdown!
GM Theodore Long -- a.k.a. "Teddy-licious" according to Krystal -- and Krystal come out to the ring to announce that they will be getting married on Smackdown on Friday, September 21. Iím calling it now: Krystal screws over Theodore and Vicky Guerrero becomes the new general manager. The Great Khali interrupts an extremely fake looking kiss by marching down to the ring with his translator. The translator complains that Batista interrupted Khaliís world title celebration last week. An agitated Long makes the Batista vs. The Great Khali championship match at SummerSlam.
Match 1: Kane vs. Chris Masters
The two behemoths trade head locks and keep the pace slow with various arm submissions. The crowd seems surprisingly into this one, possibly because itís the first match. The Masterpiece was rolling with a swinging neckbreaker and then continues to work over the neck of The Big Red Machine. Kane regains some momentum, but is caught off the top rope clothesline attempt and into a Masterlock. The monster escapes to the ropes, hits a chokeslam out of nowhere and scores the pinfall.
Backstage the Tag Team champions, Deuce and Domino discuss strategy for their main event matchup between Ric Flair and Batista.
Match 2: Mark Henry vs. Nate Nicerkson
Poor Nate Nickerson is announced in at weighing a lean 175 pounds, and letís time this squash. Henry smashes Nickerson with a back breaker out of a gorilla press. The Worldís Strongest Man squeezes his opponent unconscious in a bear hug for the victory. Squash time: 1 minute, 20 seconds. Henry cuts a promo stating that no one can beat him, and then shows a montage of him taking out The Undertaker.
WINNER: Mark Henry
Match 3: Arm Wrestling Contest- Matt Hardy vs. MVP
These two rivals take their time setting up and the heel MVP does the usual delays, taunts, and cheating attempts. Eventually Hardy just grabs the U.S. championís hand and gets this contest underway. The two go back and forth before Hardy slams down MVPís arm with authority to win this challenge. Wow this crowd loves Matt Hardy. MVP grabs the mic and complains that he wasnít ready and that Matt cannot beat him in a wrestling match. The champion challenges Hardy to an impromptu bout.
WINNER: Matt Hardy
Match 4: Non-title- Matt Hardy vs. MVP (c)
Following the commercial break the match was already joined in progress with Hardy in full control and wrenching MVPís right arm. A guillotine choke over the top rope turns the tide in the United States championís favour. WWE appears to be focusing on slowing down matches with submissions and keeping any high risks to a minimum overall. MVP becomes frustrated by being unable to put away Matt, and goes to leave with his belt, however, Hardy gives him a baseball slide and a Side Effect for his trouble. The champ narrowly escapes a Twist of Fate, walks up the ramp and is counted out.
WINNER ... again: Matt Hardy by countout
Backstage Deuce is hunting all over for Cherry backstage, and was told that she went into Batistaís dressing room. Cherry comes out before Deuce charges in and then Domino collects them both to strategize. Ric Flair comes out of the room, gives a big smile and a WOOOO!
A montage of the return of Mysterio is shown. When we come back Assistant GM Vicky Guerrero is shown in the office with Chavo who says he wants to put Rey out again. Vicky makes the match between Chavo and Mysterio for SummerSlam.
Match 5: Jamie Noble vs. Shannon Moore
Noble comes out paranoid and looks all around for the new Cruiserweight champion Hornswaggle. Moore and Noble keep a quick, but grounded pace, and Jamie Noble scores a couple of near falls and wears down Moore with a modified half nelson. The high flying Moore soars with a corkscrew off the top, however, Noble was able to rally back a firemanís carry into a gut buster. Following the bell Hornswaggle comes out to taunt Noble and actually cream pies his face from underneath the ring.
WINNER: Jamie Noble
Match 6: Kenny Dykstra w/ Victoria vs. Jimmy Wang Yang w/ Torrie Wilson
The audience is quiet in this match until Yang livens them up with a hurracarranna off the top, and follows that up with a hard clothesline from the outside. These two are gelling well together in the ring mixing ground and pound with high flying. The athletic Dykstra attempts a top rope drop kick, but is met with a spinning heel splash. The youngsters battle it out before Yang nails a terrific looking moonsault, and then rolls up the scrambling Dykstra.
WINNER Jimmy Wang Yang
Match 7: Main Event- Tag Team Championship: Ric Flair & Batsita vs. Deuce & Domino w/ Cherry
Deuce and Batista square off first and The Animal does some damage then quick tags back and forth to Flair. The Nature Boy is able to sink in the figure 4 leglock following the commercial break. Deuce gets a cheap shot in, and that opens the door for both champions to isolate Mr. Flair. This Phoenix audience loves Batista, especially after he delivers a spinebuster to Deuce. The Animal takes his eye off the action once he notices The Great Khali creeping to ringside. The bell sounds for relentless double teaming by Deuce and Domino; this was unfortunate for Batista as he was set up for the stiff running kick by Deuce. Khali takes advantage of the fallen Animal by locking in and knocking out Ric Flair with an old school claw hold to the head. The program ends with a furious Batista glaring at Khali.
WINNERS: Batista & Flair via 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.