November 17, 2007
Smackdown: Batista demolishes Henry
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling
Survivor Series is only 48 hours away and tonight’s matches focus on Sunday’s pay-per-view. Solid, pure wrestling contests between Finlay/Jeff Hardy and Kennedy/Mysterio steal the show. A surprising turn of events in the tag team division shake the foundation of Matt Hardy and MVP’s partnership, along with a dominant performance from the world champion Batista. The Wichita, Kansas crowd is hot so get ready for Smackdown!
Match 1: Finlay vs. Jeff Hardy
An inter-promotional match featuring Survivor Series team opponents is ready to get underway. The Rainbow Haired Warrior takes charge with a dropkick through the ropes and polishes it off with a flying crossbody. Finlay starts to focus on the head and shoulder as the Irishman hurls Hardy into the ring post, and follows it up with a stiff head kick and clothesline. Hardy’s high flying saves him as he hits a whisper in the wind. As Jeff continues to roll, Finlay grabs the shillelagh and gets DQ’d. After the bell Hardy slingshots his adversary up and out of the ring.
WINNER: Jeff Hardy by DQ
The Undertaker walks out to a huge pop, and pretty much goes over how no man comes out the same once being in the Hell in a Cell, and that he will take Batista’s title.
Match 2: Mickie James & Torrie Wilson vs. Victoria & Beth Phoenix
The two most talented women wrestlers start off (that being Mickie James and Victoria for those wondering). This match is a prelude to the 10 lady tag battle at the Survivor Series. The double team comes into effect quickly as Victoria knees Mickie in the head when she through a punch on Beth. The audience is really into this one, and give credit to Torrie for operating smoothly against Phoenix. Wilson’s momentum doesn’t last for long as Phoenix follows up a sideslam with her reverse Widow’s Peak manoeuvre for the a three count.
WINNER: Victoria & Beth Phoenix
The VIP Lounge has MVP inviting his tag team championship partner Matt Hardy onto the show. Matt has to show his tag belt to the security guard to get past the red rope and into the ring. The two verbally jostle and Matt eventually demands a U.S. title match tonight! MVP states that he can’t as they have to defend their tag championships -- now.
Match 3: Tag Team Championships - MVP & Matt Hardy (c) vs. John Morrison & The Miz
ECW’s title contenders at Survivor Series team up to try and capture some gold. Miz is getting schooled by MVP with some nice knees and a running face kick. Morrison is tagged in and begins focusing on Hardy’s left leg. Despite a hard clothesline Matt continues to be isolated and Miz takes to working over the leg. Hardy sets up Miz for a Twist of Fate, but Morrison nails a chop block allowing Miz to roll up Matt. The new tag champs are Morrison and Miz! MVP jumps on the mic and says that he and Hardy are using there rematch clause right now!
Match 4: The Miz & John Morrison (c) vs. Matt Hardy & MVP
The rematch is underway as the show comes back from the break with MVP and Miz trading momentum. Hardy is tagged in and Miz goes right back to work on that injured left knee. Morrison eventually locks in a half crab and although Matt reaches the rope the first time, he goes right back to the hold. Despite a valiant effort Hardy is forced to tap out.
WINNERS: The Miz & John Morrison - New Tag Team Championships
MVP helps up Matt and raises his partner’s hand before attacking his hurt knee. MVP begins whipping him with the U.S. strap and working over the leg. Matt’s boot and knee brace are ripped off and Hardy’s leg is slammed off the ring post. What a terrific slow build this storyline has been between these two.
Match 5: Rey Mysterio vs. Ken Kennedy
Another battle of Survivor Series team rivals begins with Kennedy coming on strong, but Rey turning the tide with a head scissors. These two are setting a good pace and are easily having the match of the night. Plenty of near falls in this one including a two count from a Mysterio senton, and another deuce off of a Kennedy tilt-a-whirl back breaker. A drop kick leaves Kennedy hanging on the second rope and the loud mouth receives a 619 for his trouble. Kennedy is out of range for Rey to Drop the Dime, and the momentary lapse allows him to trip Mysterio into the steel post. Kennedy pulls Rey up to the top rope to attempt the sommersault fireman’s carry roll off the second turnbuckle, however, Rey is able to elbow his way out of it. A Frankensteiner off the top later and give the big win to Mysterio.
WINNER: Rey Mysterio
Michael Cole is in the ring for the official weigh in between Hornswoggle and The Great Khali for their tilt at this Sunday’s Survivor Series. The newest McMahon doesn’t look too pleased to be in the ring and weighs in at 138lbs. Khali on the other hand breaks the scale, but Cole states that he is generally around the 420lbs mark. The translator Singh rhymes off whom he has crushed in the past. The second attempt to do a poster shot results in Khali stomping on Hornswoggle’s green hat.
Match 6 - Main Event: No DQ, Non-Title - Mark Henry vs. Batista
Batista immediately attacks Henry with shoulder thrusts into the corner. The Animal rams his rival’s left arm into the ring post on the outside and makes the injured arm his focus. Batista has a crazed look in his eyes as he nails a spinebuster. The world heavyweight champion grabs the belt and clocks The World’s Strongest Man with it for the pinfall. A surprising squash. Batista is not done, however, chucking Henry into the steel steps, then into the barricade, and following that up by choking him with a camera cable. The assault continues with a spear and continuous chair shots to the back. The show ends with Batista posing in the ring when Undertaker’s gong plays and his eyes appear on the big screen.
Andy McNamara is a writer for SLAM! Wrestling and play-by-play broadcaster for Rogers Television: Toronto Maple Leafs baseball, and Toronto university and high school basketball and volleyball. As well, Andy does the play-by-play for Durham College basketball and volleyball. Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.