January 12, 2008
Smackdown: Edge lays a beating on Mysterio
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling

An intriguing night of wrestling this evening as The Undertaker has to overcome handicap odds and we are treated to a mini arm wrestling match. Batista tries to defend the honour of his mentor in a tune up battle for the Royal Rumble, and two old rivals go at it one more time with Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero. From Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania here comes Smackdown!

The program begins with GM Vickie Guerrero and her assistant Theodore Long out in the ring where Vickie proceeds to call out Rey Mysterio. Rey Rey goes over how he despises the general manager’s new lifestyle and relationship with Edge. The Rated R Superstar comes down, makes out with Vickie and talks down to Mysterio. Chavo Guerrero now makes an appearance and agrees with his old foe that Vickie’s behaviour is unacceptable. The GM makes a Mysterio vs. Chavo match for tonight and the two men lock into a staredown.

Match 1: Chuck Palumbo w/ Michelle McCool vs. Jamie Noble

Now this is an entertaining storyline (unlike Chuck’s terrible feud with Kenny Dykstra), as Noble attempts to defeat Palumbo for a fourth straight time. The motorcycle rider whips Jamie around the ring and drops him hard in a modified backbreaker. Chuck is in full control until the cruiserweight catches him with a backslide for another "upset." Palumbo looks like he is about to blow up when he corners Michelle in the ring, however, Noble slowly comes back out down the ramp to distract Chuck and this allows McCool to sneak out. Michael Cole also kept saying that this is the first time in Chuck’s career that someone has beaten him four consecutive times.

WINNER: Jamie Noble

Match 2: MVP vs. Batista

MVP runs down Ric Flair to hype their match at the Royal Rumble, where if The Nature Boy loses he will have to retire. MVP effectively avoids Batista’s strength and actually overpowers him with a headlock. The Animal shows some surprising athleticism as he escapes from and then slaps on a headlock of his own. The momentum turns in the United States champion’s favour as he delivers a running kick to the head, which sends Batista flying to the outside. Following the commercials MVP is in complete control, including another impressive running boot, until two corner clotheslines and a swinging sideslam gives the Animal some energy. After some scrambling on the outside Batista is able to climb back inside to beat the ten count. MVP tried to get a sneak chair shot in, but Batista hits a vicious spear before his opponent could strike.

WINNER: Batista by countout

Match 3: Handicap Match - Undertaker vs. Mark Henry & Matt Striker

Undertaker takes the fight to his counterparts and fails with an early Old School attempt on Henry when Striker distracted him. The Dead Man delivers Snake Eyes to Striker, and then goes back to connect with Old School on Henry. With The Silverback out of the way Taker is able to nail the Tombstone for a 1-2-3. Big Daddy V storms down the ramp and for a little bit he is double teamed by V and Henry. Undertaker ducks a clothesline, takes out V, and finishes off Henry with a chokeslam.

WINNER: The Undertaker

Backstage Mr. McMahon gives a pep talk to Hornswoggle on winning the arm wrestling contest and the Royal Rumble. Finlay walks in and says that he doesn’t think that McMahon is living up to "his end of the deal." Vince freaks out and tells the Irishman to never bring up their agreement again. He then puts Finlay into the Rumble and tells him to go be by Hornswoggle’s side for his match next.

Match 4: Arm Wrestling Contest - Hornswoggle w/ Finlay vs. Runjan Singh w/ The Great Khali

Hornswoggle is not tall enough to put his elbow in the arm wrestling grip and the referee has to bring in a chair. Finlay pulls out a remote control that sends electric shocks down the arm of Singh when he pushes the button. Hornswoggle puts on a rubber glove (therefore eliminating the shocks) and soundly slams down Singh’s arm several times. Khali goes after Finlay and then Hornswoggle in the corner. The Irishman comes to his mini friend’s aid with a chair shot to the back. Khali and Singh go scrambling up the ramp.

WINNER: Hornswoggle

Match 5: Kane vs. Deuce

Not too much to this one. Kane runs wild on Deuce and completes the squash with a chokeslam.

WINNER: Kane

Match 6: Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero

These two usually steal the show whenever they are paired up and tonight is no different. I could see a reconciliation happening between the hated rivals over Vickie’s general behaviour with Edge. Speaking of The Rated R Superstar, Edge joins the broadcast team at ringside. A quick pace is set with a combination of aerial assaults and wearing down on the ground, along with an incredible Droppin’ The Dime from the top rope to the outside. Following several near falls Rey finally is able to set Chavo up for the 619. He then delivers a top rope splash and rolls up Chavo for the victory. After the bell Edge and his Edge Heads raid the ring and put the boots to Mysterio as the cameras go to black.

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.


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