August 10, 2007
Smackdown: On the highway to hell?
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
We're a couple weeks away from Summerslam (hence the title of this week's report, for those who remember the Attitude Era), and Smackdown is ready and rarin' to go. Let's see what went down on Friday's ep.
Match 1 - Batista vs. Domino
Just to put an exclamation mark on the tag title uselessness, Batista gives some business to Jimmy Snuka Jr. ... I mean Deuce afterward. Damn, there goes my review of WWE's families DVD.
Next up, Khali Von Erich gives an interpreted interview about the Claw. I just hope that Lacey uses the move. Seriously - the Women's Division needs some submission wrestling. Where was I?
Match 2 - Rey Guerrero Jr. vs. Eugene
Winner: Rey Guerrero Jr.
Backstage, Victoria and Kenny Dykstra are...ahem...getting acquainted when Michelle McCool, apparantly finished her "love life" tour of Beverley Hills, comes in and gets all up in Victoria's grill. Man, don't you hate when that happens?
Match 3 - Sterling Keenan vs. Mark Henry
Winner: Mark Henry
Post-match, we get the usual signals of Undertaker's imminent return, this time apparantly at Unforgiven. Joy.
Match 4 - Victoria vs. Torrie Wilson
Post-match, the beating continues until Michelle runs down for the save. Seriously?
Next up is Michael Cole and JBL discussing the WWE wellness program and MVP's heart condition. MVP then comes on and talks about it himself, but promises to be in the ring next week. I'l half scared that this is going to turn into a Ric Flair WCW angle. Yep, you know the one.
Matcb 5 - Matt Hardy vs. Fit Finlay
Winner: Matt Hardy
Backstage we quickly go where Noble and Hornswoggle continue their antics, with Funaki and Shannon Moore looking on. Finlay gets involved and knocks a drink into Kane, who is standing nearby. At least it isn't coffee. Nonetheless, Kane's none too happy and puts the boots to the Irishman.
Match 6 - Kane vs. Sylvan
Post-match, Finlay returns to ringside with his international object. Looks like a new feud hath begun.
Backstage, Vickie Guerrero and Teddy Long chat wedding night. Man, just let this stupidity die already.
Match 7 - Masterlock Challenge
Instead, it's another fan who gets the "honour", and naturally taps.
Winner: Chris Masters
Match 8 - The Great Khali Von Erich vs. Ric Flair
Winner: The Great Khali Von Erich
Post-match, Batista comes in and attempts the Batista Bomb, but can't lift the champ, and shortly thereafter succumbs to the Claw.
Well, it wasn't a bad show, but wasn't a great one either. The build towards Summerslam is effective, but anyone not on the card is completely stuck in limbo.
Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! since 2000.