November 22, 2007
Smackdown: U.S. spoiler edition
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Warning! The following are the results for Smackdown, which aired Thursday night in Canada. Happy Thanksgiving!
Out of a recap of the Survivor Series main event, we go cold to Edge sitting in Vickie Guerrero’s office, with the Smackdown interim giving it to Mr. Copeland for his interference in the bout. The punishment? A title shot against Batista next week. The two then proceed to make out after some minor dialogue. Is this what Kristal found so objectionable? Yeesh. This is minor league compared to stuff that has happened both in WWE and other feds. Oh yeah, and the storyline sucks too.
Into the ring we go for JBL interviewing MVP. It’s really pathetic that Michael Cole says Matt Hardy is out with a knee injury when WWE has widely discussed the reason he’s really out.
JBL then gives MVP a US Championship ring. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do it Eric Bischoff, proposal style. After chatter from MVP, Rey Mysterio comes out, and we eventually lead to a match between the two tonight.
Match 1 – Miz/John Morrison vs. Major Brothers
Nice touch by the production staff to do the in-screen promo from the Majors.
Very formulaic match, with Miz finishing things off with the Reality Check. Somewhere along the way though, Morrison gets sliced up the hard way.
In the locker room, Vince McMahon and Finlay chat about the match between Hornswoggle and Mark Henry tonight. Vinnie Mac ends up changing it to a handicap match, putting Finlay on Hornswoggle’s team. I’m not sure where the McMahon/Finlay angle is going, but I like it.
Match 2 – Kane vs. Big Daddy V
Okay, V’s been around for long enough that they must have been able to find a shirt for him. Seriously, it gets grosser every week.
V gets seriously gassed at one point, leading to Matt Striker coming into the ring with a chair for the DQ. Seriously – this wasn’t an angle, V could barely move. It’s sad, really.
Post-match, Kane goes ballistic with the chair.
Match 3 – Rey Mysterio vs. MVP
MVP is out in Philly Flyers colours this week, complete with horrid RBK Edge features.
The match is incredibly strong between these two and gives hope for a nice, lengthy feud, which is entirely plausible now with the injury to Hardy.
Mysterio at one point pulls out a springboard somersault Senton splash, then the Buzzsaw Kick, while MVP pulls out Tilt-a-Whirl into a Black Hole Slam. Awesome.
Finish comes with MVP reversing a West Coast Pop attempted into a fold-up Powerbomb and holds the ropes for added effect. Great finish, with a cheap touch so we can get a rematch. Easy 7/10 match.
Backstage, Batista comes backstage to talk to Vickie Guerrero, who full-out reveals her love for Edge. Joy.
Backstage, Jesse and Festus pimp the new John Cena DVD.
Elsewhere, Michelle McCool gets hit on by Jamie Noble. The result is a slap.
Even elsewhere, Finlay and Hornswoggle walk to the ring.
Match 4 – Mark Henry vs. Finlay/Hornswoggle
Match appears to be Texas Tornado style, and actually has some decent flow. Naturally, the international object gets introduced, and we get the Rocket Launcher to finish.
After the match, The Great Khali comes down, allowing Mark Henry to recover, eventually its two-on-Finlay. The monsters spare Hornswoggle though. Apparently this was a “surprise” from Vinnie Mac.
Match 5 – Chuck Palumbo vs. Jamie Noble
Nothing match, that Noble wins with the Victory Roll.
Winner: Jamie Noble
Match 6 – Victoria vs. Torrie Wilson
Sorry, I just can’t watch this crap. Fast forward we go, and Torrie Wilson wins with a Hangwoman’s Neckbreaker. Garbage.
Winner: Torrie Wilson
Next up is The Cutting Edge with Batista. Vickie’s out also for some reason.
Batista saying that Edge and Vickie’s relationship is sick would sound much more credible if it wasn’t for the revelations in Big Dave’s book.
Short segment ending with Batista pushing Edge down. Then, the Undertaker comes out, gets a hold of Vickie and Tombstone’s her. To her credit, Vickie sells it extremely well, going full-out limp.
Overall, this was a very average show. To the U.S. fans who have taken the early peak, be advised that if you're looking for good wrestling action, all you need is the Mysterio/MVP match.