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Smackdown: The Undertaker is stripped!
By ANDY MCNAMARA -- SLAM! Wrestling


It is a night of champions on the program this evening as the tag team, U.S., and supposedly world titles are all to be put on the line. A total of seven matches are on the agenda, as well as a terrible surprise for The Undertaker. From Atlantic City, New Jersey, itís time to roll the dice on another episode of Smackdown!

Assistant GM Theodore Long starts the show off by announcing that the tag, U.S., and world heavyweight championships will all be defended here tonight.

Match 1: Tag Team Championship - John Morrison & The Miz (c) vs. Jimmy Wang Yang & Shannon Moore

Thank the wrestling gods for having Mick Foley on colour instead of Coach -- thank you. Yang starts out quick with some fast kicks and a leaping heel kick for a near fall. Everybody is working hard and at a tremendous pace, showing once again that the smaller guys can steal a show. After being isolated for several minutes Yang finally makes the hot tag to Moore and cleans house. Moore almost pulls off the upset with a backslide, but falls victim to Morrisonís Moonlight Drive.

WINNERS: Morrison & Miz

Match 2: Colin Delaney vs. Vladimir Kozlov

Squash Alert! The Russian Grand Sambo Champion absolutely rips apart poor Delaney and polishes him off with a reverse DDT.

WINNER: Kozlov

Match 3: Natalya Neidhart & Victoria vs. Michelle McCool & Cherry

Natalya starts things off and takes McCool down with a fierce headlock. Victoria is tagged in and gets the boots put to her by Michelle, who continues to impress with her athleticism. Neidhart squeezes a sleeper on Cherry and hammers her in the corner with stiff forearms. McCool receives the hot tag and is able to gain a brief advantage on Natalya before Victoria pushes her off the top turnbuckle. Neidhart sneaks out the victory with a roll up and a hand full of tights.

WINNER: Neidhart & Victoria

A clip of Edge being choked out and bleeding from The Undertakerís modified triangle choke is shown from Backlash.

Match 4: Mark Henry vs. Nunzio w/ Big Show

Nunzio walks out looking concerned but then calls on his surprise backup, the Big Show. Henry tosses around Nunzio like sack of potatoes, and promptly powerslams him for the 1-2-3. Well so much for Big Show assisting Nunzio with a win! Show does come into the ring afterwards and this prompts The Worldís Strongest Man to take a walk. Show grabs the mic and tells Henry to pick on someone his own size next time.

WINNER: Henry

Match 5: United States Championship - Matt Hardy (c) vs. MVP

Hardy controls the tempo with a side headlock before the two exchange turnbuckle attacks. This as close to even as even can get with the momentum switching back and forth. Following the commercial break MVP has Hardy in a double arm sleeper submission, however, the champ is able to escape and hit the Side Effect for a two count. Hardy seems out of it from a series of head kicks, but is able to hit a Twist of Fate out of nowhere.

WINNER: Matt Hardy

Mick Foley is in the squared circle to interview Batista. A reply of HBKís suspect knee injury is shown from Backlash. Batista threatens that if Michaels is not actually hurt that the next time he sees him, he will be ... and that was literally the interview.

Match 6: Jesse & Festus vs. Curt Hawkins & Zach Ryder

Festus goes psycho as per usual when the bell rings and he delivers multiple headbutts to the chest of Hawkins. The speedy Jesse hits a Lou Thesz press on Hawkins, but is soon blindsided by Ryder and gives his team control. Festus eventually receives a tag and delivers some impressive leaping attacks including a vicious running squash on Ryder in the corner. The finish comes when Festus is jammed in the throat and is forced to tag out to his partner. Jesse misses a cross body off the top, which allows Hawkins to nail a swinging neckbreaker for a 1-2-3.

WINNERS: Hawkins & Ryder

Match 7: Finlay vs. Julio Dinero

After Finlay delivers a beatdown and on the outside Dinero is pulled briefly underneath the ring by Hornswaggle. A couple of minutes later the Irishman hits the Celtic Cross to win it.

WINNER: Finlay

Vickie Guerrero is wheeled out with Edge, who puts a ban on The Undertakerís choke hold submission, and strips The Dead Man of the world heavyweight championship! Taker refuses to surrender the belt so Guerrero sends down The Great Khali to take it from him. Undertaker lays the belt in the centre of the ring and the two stand staring at one another. As Khali bends over to pick up the title, Taker boots him to the head and then slaps on the modified triangle choke. The giant begins tapping, but during the melee Hawkins and Ryder scurry down to steal the world belt. A furious Undertaker glares up the ramp as Edge wheels out GM Guerrero.

Andy McNamara has been a writer for SLAM! Wrestling since 2005. He is also the play-by-play broadcaster for Rogers Television: Toronto Maple Leafs inter-county league baseball, along with Toronto university and high school basketball and volleyball. Contact Andy at andymcnamara@hotmail.com.