Smackdown: 'Taker and Kane back together
MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on Friday Night Smackdown!: It's fallout from the Royal
as General Manager Vickie Guerrero is out of commission. Should be a
It's a total cold open and we are TAPED! from Reading, Pa. and
General Manager Theodore Long is in the ring. He says per Mr. McMahon,
in charge tonight.
He says that at No Way Out, we'll have a match to determine
No. 1 contender for WrestleMania. And it'll be contested inside the
Elimination Chamber. Inside the Chamber will be: Batista, The Great
Finlay, MVP, Big Daddy V and the Undertaker.
Long also announces that at No Way Out, Edge will be defending his
Heavyweight Championship in a rematch against Rey Mysterio.
Incensed, Edge runs to the ring sans music and asks Long what the
is doing. Edge says he'll take on anyone but Mysterio. Long says his
decision is final.
Match #1 - Career Threatening Match - Ric Flair (Charlotte, NC)
Montel Vontavious Porter (Miami, Fla.)
As you'd expect, the crowd is solidly behind Flair.
Porter works over Flair's left arm and uses it to get a two on a
backslide., but Flair eventually comes back and locks in the Figure
but MVP immediately reverses it. Flair gets under the ropes,
break, but Porter doesn't let go and the referee calls for the
Winner via disqualification: Ric Flair
Post-match, MVP works over Flair's legs on the ring post. He then
foot between the steps and the post, breaks through a throng of
and stomps the step.
Chuck Palumbo comes to the ring and has a mic. This should be
He says he and Michelle McCool were doing fine until Jamie Noble got
involved. He says it felt "fantastic" to beat up Noble and what
Michelle was an accident. He says WWE fined him $10,000 for hitting a
referee, who didn't get out of the way "when [he] was bringing the
He then asks McCool to the ring so he can publicly apologize to
Palumbo does indeed apologize. McCool fires back that he is sorry
doesn't mean a thing he's saying. She then slaps him and he lunges
her. This sets him off on a verbal tirade. He says Jamie Noble is going
pay the price for the slap.
Match #2 - Rey Mysterio (San Diego, Calif.) & CM Punk (Chicago,
vs. Chavo Guerrero (El Paso, Tx.) & Edge (Toronto, Ont.)
The combatants go in-and-out early but the tide turns to the heels
Edge pulls Chavo out of the way of a Punk running knee-lift, sending
former champion to the outside.
Back and Edge is controlling Punk on the ground before getting a tag
Chavo. Punk is eventually able to get the hot tag to Mysterio while
gets to Edge. He hits a wide variety of moves, including a springboard
moonsault for two.
But that's all the offense Rey gets in for now, as Edge is able to
control and work on Mysterio's "surgically repaired" knee. Guerrero and
use quick tags to isolate Mysterio and cut the ring in half.
Mysterio is able to hit a dropkick, but Chavo raps Mysterio up and
him back into enemy territory before he can get too far. Edge tries to
a crossface, but Mysterio gets out of it by biting Edge's hand.
Edge gets out and Mysterio is able to make it over to Punk and he's
proverbial house of fire. Edge runs in and tries to spear Punk, but he
leapfrogs it. Edge almost runs into Chavo but holds up. Mysterio hits a
modifed Hurricarana on Edge, who tumbles into Guerrero putting them
into position for the 619.
Edge is able to roll out of the ring, but Chavo isn't as lucky.
nailing Chavo, Rey hits a springboard plancha on Edge while, in the
Punk scoops up Guerrero and hits GTS. Good night now.
Winners via pinfall: CM Punk & Rey Mysterio
Coming up later: Kane & Undertaker take on Big Daddy V & Mark
Backstage, Mr. McMahon is chastising Finlay for saving Hornswaggle
Match #3 - Finlay & Hornswaggle (Belfast, N. Ireland) vs. Deuce &
Domino (Other Side of the Tracks)
D & D don't even get an entrance here. We pretty much know what that
Right off the bat, Finlay and Hornswaggle decide to have fun with
Hornswaggle comes from under the ring and lifts up her skirt then when
turns to Finlay, Hornswaggle ducks down below and Finlay scares Cherry
tripping over Hornswaggle.
The end comes soon after with the Celtic Cross/Tadpole Splash
Winners via pinfall: Finlay & Hornswaggle
We're joined in the ring now by Smackdown!'s newest broadcaster,
Diva Search winner Eve Torres.
She stumbles through an introduction for Batista, who makes his way
After welcoming Eve to Smackdown!, she heads away and Batista goes
talk about his participation in the Elimination Chamber. He keeps it
and sweet, saying he'll walk into Vegas, win the match and go to
WrestleMania to reclaim his World Heavyweight Championship. Man, with
types of in-depth promos it's almost like The Rock & Sock Connection
Jesse of Jesse & Festus fame has a pre-taped promo saying that
two personalities have seemingly merged. They'll be back next week.
Match #4 - Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins (Long Island, NY) vs. Jimmy
Yang (Austell, Ga.) & Shannon Moore (Whispering Pines, NC)
OK, I'll be honest: I have no idea which member of Team Edge one is
which, so bare with me through this one.
For those of you interested, Michael Cole's Word of the Match was:
"Blasted". He used it no less than four times.
Oh, yeah, there's a match going on. Hawkins and Ryder control Yang
a methodical offense to retain control. Yang gets a quick opening and
in Moore. After getting in some solid offense, Moore heads to the top
corkscrew moonsault but it's off the mark and Hawkins hits an inverted
for the win.
Winners via pinfall: Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins
Match #5 - Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone) & The Undertaker (Death
Valley, Calif.) vs. Big Daddy V (Harlem, NY) & Mark Henry (Silsbee,
Back from break and the match is in progress with Mark Henry
Kane but that doesn't last for long, as Kane backs Henry into his
tags his brother.
My favorite part of this match so far: Big Daddy V's "V Chops" on
Boy, this is such an awful foursome. Tepid, tepid action here. At
point, I'd rather go second in a game of Roshambo than watch this.
I don't think I've ever seen a splash utilized so much in one match
before in my life. 'Taker hits Old School on Henry and follows it up
DDT and a pin that is broken up by Big Daddy V. Kane and 'Taker hit a
double-team choke slam on Big Daddy. Undertaker then hits Henry with a
slam and then locks in a modified triangle choke that forces Henry to
Winners via pinfall: Kane & The Undertaker
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