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Smackdown: Lucky seven before J-Day
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


It’s a few days until Judgment Day and the Smackdown crew is ready to go with a great night of action. Let’s get to it!

We start with La Familia in the ring and Edge talking about the title match on Sunday. Teddy Long then comes out and Vickie Guerrero reprimands him for being late and out of touch all day. It turns out that Long was in Stamford, CT in place of Guerrero. Long reads a letter from the WWE board of directors, who, because of Vickie’s recent actions, must either compete in the ring tonight against Undertaker or be removed from her position as general manager of Smackdown. Vickie then fires Teddy, who says that can’t be fired, because he quits.

Match 1 – CM Punk vs. Chuck Palumbo

I don’t think anyone is truly sold on Palumbo as a legit threat here, but we do get a watchable match from two guys who have pretty good repertoires before Punk puts away the match with GTS.

Winner: CM Punk

Backstage, MVP, Finlay and Big Show discuss the tournament from last week with Vickie. The result is Finlay and Show vs. MVP and a partner of his choosing. Chavo then pipes up about being used as a pawn last week.

Match 2 – Layla vs. Michelle McCool

Michelle looks pretty impressive in the ring, showing off some decent moves in the ring and some great scientific style, going for the leg, using some great weardown moves before finishing off her opponent with a heel lock.

Winner: Michelle McCool

Basita is next up in the ring looking manly with his wifebeater, jeans and stubble. The diamond earrings though…

Simply, Batista talks about Shawn Michaels’ admission on Monday about the “knee injury” and alludes to showing up on Sunday.

Match 3 – Big Show/Finlay vs. MVP/Mark Henry

As one would expect, the best action is between MVP and Finlay. The worst… well I think we all know what that is. Show ends up finishing this match on MVP with a Chokeslam.

Winners: Finlay/Big Show

In the back, Vickie addresses the board of directors and changes tonight’s match vs. Undertaker, adding Chavo, Edge, the Edgeheads and Bam Neely to the match.

Match 4 – Vladimir Kozlov vs. Funaki

Squash. Kozlov wins with…well, we have another unnamed move it appears. Send me your pick for the name, or support my name – the Glastnost Grounder.

Winner: Vladimir Kozlov

Match 5 – Cherry vs. Maryse

In stark contrast to our earlier decent women’s match is this abomination. Cherry wins with a running Bulldog.

Winner: Cherry

In the back, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy and Shelton Benjamin share some screen time.

Match 6 – Matt Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin

This was an incredibly solid match, with Matt picking up the victory after a quick Twist of Fate. Solid wrestling as always from these two.

Winner: Matt Hardy

Match 7 – Undertaker vs. La Familia

Before the match begins, Chavito and Bam Neely walk out on the rest of the gang.

The match is set up pretty well with ‘Taker constantly taking out the attacks of the three men before finally getting his hand on Vickie’s throat. Edge is about to Chokeslam her, before Edge interrupts with a Spear. The four then reunite on the rampway as we fade to black.

Winner: No contest

Overall, it was a decent night of action for Smackdown, made even more interesting when you consider just how few of these competitors are going to be wrestling on Sunday.