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Smackdown: Triple Threat for Armageddon
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling


This eveningís main event is absolutely massive as the returning Edge receives a one-on-one world title match against Batista. The Undertaker makes his presence felt, and the return of a fallen general manager also spices up an already action-packed show. From Roanoke, VA, here comes Friday Night Smackdown!

The Rated R Superstar walks out to a huge ovation of boos and announces that his precious Vickie Guerrero is currently at home recovering from The Undertakerís chokeslam last week. He dedicates his main event world championship match to her tonight.

Match 1: Finlay & Hornswoggle vs. Deuce & Domino

What do you do with one of the best technical wrestlers in the company? Stick him in a comedy gimmick and underutilize him of course! Well I still find Finlay and his little helperís pairing amusing. Nothing too special here as Hornswoggle does his usual comedy spots and Finlay works crisply. The finish comes when Finlay smacks Domino with the shillelagh, and Hornswoggle lays on the Tadpole Splash.

WINNERS: Finlay & Hornswoggle

Backstage Jamie Noble is hitting on Michelle McCool, and talking trash to Chuck Palumbo, hyping their match for later on.

Match 2: Non-title - CM Punk vs. Kenny Dykstra

This pairing is interesting as I feel it reflects how the creative team ranks Punk outside of ECW. For CMís sake I hope ECW sticks around for a while because he will be buried on either of the other two brands. The crowd is totally into Punk, as he is using a variety of kicks to keep Dykstra off balance. Kenny makes a bit of a comeback, but the bottom line is that Punk snaps his Go To Sleep knee face smash finisher for the victory. CM Punk brings such a fresh, unique style and look; we can only hope he keeps getting pushed.

WINNER: CM Punk

Match 3: Rey Mysterio & Kane vs. Big Daddy V & MVP

It is a shame that Matt Hardy is out from surgery because him and MVP had arguably the best built feud of the year going on. Kane and Big Daddy V start things off, with V tagging out quickly (I hope he didnít gas that fast!). Mysterio eventually receives the hot tag and was tripped up to have a 619 attempt foiled. Not a bad match so far due to the work rate of MVP and Rey -- those two could put together a good series of battles. Kane and Mysterio work in tandem as The Big Red Machine lays down a top turnbuckle clothesline and Rey Rey picks up the three count following a 619 and leaping splash.

WINNERS: Mysterio & Kane

Match 4: Jamie Noble vs. Chuck Palumbo

Noble is being bounced around like a pinball as Palumbo manhandles him. Jamie gets thrown back over the bottom rope from the outside back into the ring. Noble is able to chop block Chuck and begins working over his knee with some left leg twists. Palumbo recovers, connects with a couple of big suplexes, but misses with a running kick into the corner. Noble is able to quickly roll up Chuck for the three count! For the second week in a row Noble is able to squeak out a victory over Palumbo.

WINNER: Jamie Noble

Match 5: Main Event -- World Heavyweight Championship: Edge vs. Batista (c)

Edge plays this heel role perfectly and it is such a breath of fresh air to have him back on the program. Batista connects with a series of power spots to put the challenger on his heels early, and the Virginia fans are really into the main event. After a brief brawl around the ring, The Animal tosses Edge back in and tries to clothesline his opponent out of his boots. The crafty Rated R Superstar pulls down the rope, sending Batista hard to the outside. Batista sets up for the Batista Bomb, however, Edge twists it into an elevated DDT. Edge is now licking his lips, following up the near fall by setting up for a spear of as the champion begins to rise, but The Animal sees it coming and tosses the challenger into the corner. Batista looks to nail a spear of his own, however, the lights go down and The Undertakerís gong sounds. A few moments later and Taker is in the ring, however, he delivers a chokeslam to Batista as Edge slithers out of the ring to safety. All of a sudden the former GM of Smackdown Theodore Long returns and states that since Vickie is temporarily out Vince McMahon has given him the power to make matches. So Long sets up a huge triple threat world heavyweight championship war for Armageddon: Undertaker vs. Edge vs. Batista

WINNER: No Contest

Andy McNamara is a SLAM! Wrestling writer, a play-by-play broadcaster for both Rogers Television in Toronto, and on the radio for Durham College sports. Contact Andy at andymcnamara@hotmail.com.