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Smackdown: Mysterio beats the clock
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling


As the Royal Rumble approaches a Beat the Clock Challenge is made where the winner will face Edge for the world championship at the pay-per-view. Tonight there are matches, matches, and more matches as Batista, The Undertaker, and Rey Mysterio all try to get a title shot. Richmond, Virginia is ready to roll and hopefully you are, too, so onto the report!

Assistant GM Theodore Long wheels out General Manager Vickie Guerrero who announces a Beat the Clock Challenge whereas the best time will get a title shot versus Edge for the world title at the Royal Rumble. Guerrero also introduces Jonathan Coachman as Michael Cole’s new colour commentator…what a way to start the new year.

Beat the Clock 1, Match 1: Finlay w/ Hornswaggle vs. MVP

MVP scores a quick takedown on Finlay and the two continue with some swift chain mat wrestling. MVP is actually holding his own and the technical side of his game has improved. The action spills to the outside as MVP chases Hornswaggle under the ring. Following the commercials the clock is over 5:30 and both men work the other over with different submission holds. The Irishman has his shillelagh taken away by the referee, however, Hornswaggle tosses in another and with the official’s back turned Finlay whacks MVP for a 1-2-3. Time: 9:46. Following the bell Mr. McMahon comes down to hug his son…and that’s it.

WINNER: Finlay

A clip of Jamie Noble’s and Michelle McCool’s date is shown.

Match 2: Chuck Palumbo & Michelle McCool vs. Kenny Dykstra & Victoria

Why oh why does this terribly uninteresting program continue. The matches between Palumbo and Dykstra always follow the same pattern, and the crowd really shows no interest. Kenny is quickly overpowered and tags out to Victoria. Michelle and Victoria actually work pretty well together, and McCool improves each week. After some arm drags by McCool, Victoria takes over and works the left shoulder. The boys get back in and to no surprise Palumbo makes Kenny look like a glorified jobber. The finish comes when Michelle kicks Dykstra off the apron, which allows Victoria to sneak in a Widows Peak for the victory. Palumbo freaks out on McCool for the loss and rides away on his motorcycle.

WINNERS: Dykstra & Victoria

In Vickie’s office Chavo confronts her on the relationship with Edge saying that she is ruining the Guerrero family. Again the hinting of Eddie’s death is played up. Chavo states that he wishes he could turn back time to get something he can’t have.

Beat the Clock 2, Match 3: Chavo Guerrero vs. Funaki

Time to beat is 9:46. Two minutes in Funaki has the edge following a flying head scissors, but Chavo quickly regains control after a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Funaki is actually getting in some nice offence, and almost pulls the upset following a second rope cross body. Guerrero is able to get out of trouble and connects with the Gori Bomb for a new best time is 6:02.

WINNER: Chavo Guerrero

Beat the Clock 3, Match 4: Handicap Match – Batista vs. Curt Hawkins & Zach Ryder

Batista bursts out of the gate with several shoulder thrusts and almost hits the Batista Bomb right off the bat. In this handicap battle both Edge Heads are allowed in the ring at the same time. The numbers game eventually catches up with the Animal as both men grind away at the ex-champ with a varied arsenal including a double DDT. Ryder and Hawkins try for the same move again but is able to back drop his two foes. Batista has his eye on the clock and time expires before he can sink in his Batista Bomb.

Time Limit Draw

Rey Mysterio speaks with Michael Cole who says that he has to be fast and furious to win his Beat the Clock Challenge bout tonight.

Match 5: Deuce & Domino w/ Cherry vs. Jimmy Wang Yang & Shannon Moore

Deuce and Jimmy start things off and Deuce holds his own before Yang takes it to him with a variety of kicks. Deuce throws Yang to the outside who almost lands on Cherry. Domino leaps off the apron to attack Jimmy from behind, which allows Deuce to drop him on the edge of the ring for a count of two. Domino takes a hurricarranna before Yang gives the hot tag to Moore. Moore is flying all over the place picking up a couple of near falls. Yang nails a picture perfect moonsault before being thrown out of the ring by Deuce. Deuce climbs up top for a double team, but Yang grabs his foot allowing for Moore to roll up Domino.

WINNERS: Moore & Wang Yang

Beat the Clock 4, Match 6: The Undertaker vs. Mark Henry w/ Special Referee Matt Striker

Time to beat 6:02. Vickie again tries to derail Edge’s rivals as she makes Matt Striker the guest referee. Taker and Henry exchange clubbing blows, but it is The Dead Man who wins the battle of strength by whipping Henry into the steel steps and connecting with a leg drop off the ring apron. Undertaker begins to focus in on Henry’s left shoulder; however, The Silverback thwarts that effort and gets a two count following a clothesline. Taker fights out of a bear hug and chokeslams Henry with only ten seconds left. The count is 1, 2…Striker storps his hand before it hits for 3. The corrupt official scurries out of the ring as time expires. Undertaker body slams and leg drops Henry out of frustration.

Time limit draw

Beat the Clock 5, Match 7: Edge w/ The Edge Heads vs. Rey Mysterio

Time to beat 6:02. Edge starts by avoiding Rey to let precious seconds tick away. The biggest little man catches his foe with a head scissors, but the tide turns quickly as Edge tosses Mysterio out into the hands of his young lions. Batista runs down to clear out Hawkins and Ryder; this also distracts Edge. The world champion avoids the 619, and is able to escape from a rollup. The Undertaker appears on the ramp, causes the lights to go out, and when they come back up Edge is out cold draped over the second rope. Mysterio instantly nails the 619, and delivers a springboard splash off the top rope to pick up the pinfall with 1:29 to spare. Rey Rey is has won the challenge and will face The Rated R Superstar for the world heavyweight championship at the Royal Rumble.

WINNER: Rey Mysterio

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.