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Smackdown: Batista survives La Familia
By ANDY MCNAMARA -- SLAM! Wrestling


The Night of Champions is a mere two days away, and the egos are running wild here this evening. We also get the first look at the new additions to the program from this past Monday’s WWE Draft including the likes of Triple H and Jim Ross. As good ol’ J.R. would say, “business is about to pick up” so from Houston, Texas let's get to Smackdown!

Vickie Guerrero starts the program in her office giving her condolences to Vince McMahon. She then goes on to say we need to focus on the positives like her wedding and the new acquisitions beginning with Good ol’ JR! This SLAM! Wrestling writer for one thanks the wrestling gods for bringing the best commentator in the biz over to Smackdown! J.R. is excited and in good spirits, although it still feels a bit forced as he stated how upset he was to move from Raw.

Triple H makes his way out and compliments the announce team of Foley and Jim Ross, along with the fans of the “WWE Universe”. The world heavyweight champion Edge, interrupts the WWE champ Triple H in mid sentence and walks down to ringside. The Rated R Superstar tries to offer the olive branch of peace, but The Game is having nothing of it. The two verbally joust over their respective Night of Champion opponents this Sunday until Batista runs down. Triple H throws Edge out to the floor where he promptly receives a spear from The Animal. Both Batista and Triple H hold up world titles as Edge looks on embarrassed on the aisle.

Match 1: Kane & Big Show vs. MVP & Mark Henry

Oh boy, this one could be as J.R. would put it a “bowling shoe” of a match. The old rivals Kane and MVP square off first (fans will remember MVP was set on fire by Kane during an Inferno Match a couple of years back). The Big Red Machine is really taking it to his advisory including a stiff one legged drop kick to the face. MVP is having more trouble this time from the Big Show as he gets gorilla pressed. He finally does escape and I am surprised the ring is till in tact as Show and Henry start rumbling around in it. MVP was looking to walk out on the match up, however, his teammate does not allow him to bail and chucks him back inside. Kane promptly choke slams him and puts this battle to bed.

WINNERS: Kane & Big Show

Back in the office Vickie Guerrero is going over wedding details, before Edge rushes in and complains about Batista stealing his title. The GM/fiancé says that he has nothing to worry about and to focus on the wedding.

Match 2: Finlay & Hornswaggle vs. Zach Ryder & Curt Hawkins

Finlay lays some hard open hand slaps to the chest of Hawkins, and also is able to trap the youngster in the ring apron. Ryder grabs Finlay’s foot from the outside and this distraction gives his team the edge. Soon after Hawkins is caught in the Celtic Cross, followed by Hornswaggle’s Tad Pole splash. Interesting that Hawkins and Ryder were completely jobbed out here. The tag champs Miz and Morrison appear at the top of the entry ramp and point at their pay-per-view challengers.

WINNERS: Finlay & Hornswaggle

Match 3: Non-title: Edge vs. Matt Hardy

World champion versus United States champion and former best friends rekindle their all too personal feud from the past. Edge and Hardy exchange a variety of arm locks until Hardy scores a near fall from a running bulldog. Following the commercial break Matt is in full control again working that left arm and also takes down his foe hard with a diving clothesline from the apron to the floor. On a side note J.R. and Foley are really meshing well as a broadcast team. This is a technically sound battle as the world title holder works a neck ringer, but is unable to keep the momentum as Hardy almost puts the match away with a Side Effect. Matt gets another two count from a DDT and then misses a rare top rope moonsault. Hardy recovers; however, Edge catches him with a spear out of nowhere as Matt tried not to run into the referee.

WINNER: Edge

Match 4: Natalya Neidhart, Maryse & Victoria vs. Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool & Cherry

The crowd seems pretty dead for this one as the focus is on the rivalry of Maryse and Cherry. Michelle McCool shows her athleticism by taking out Maryse and then connects on an impressive top turnbuckle manoeuvre on Victoria. Neidhart finally turns things around for her team by draping McCool over the top rope and then lands some heavy right hands. Natalya displays her strength by sinking in a bow and arrow, and follows that with a vicious sleeper hold. A melee breaks out with divas spilling in and out of the ring. During the scuffle Maryse is able to surprise Cherry with a roll up.

WINNERS: Natalya, Maryse & Victoria

Match 5: Vladimir Kozlov vs. Domino

Squash alert! Ok enough is enough, let's put Kozlov in a meaningful feud and see what he can do. Domino tries to contain the big Russian with a headlock, but to no avail. Kozlov recovers from a shoulder take down by head butting Domino in the chest when he dove off the top.

WINNER: Vladimir Kozlov

Rey Mysterio makes his final appearance on Smackdown before making his move over to Monday Night Raw because of the draft. Rey Rey receives an incredible ovation. Essentially Mysterio asks all of his fans to tune in and watch him on Raw and hopes that he can fulfill more of his dreams on the new show. Rey’s old friend Batista comes out to hug his pal.

Match 6: Main Event- Batista vs. Umaga

Batista brought down Edge’s championship belt to ringside. Umaga is laying a severe beatdown on Batista, and The Animal cannot seem to hurt the Samoan Bulldozer. Umaga shows some of his athletic ability by delivering a nimble dropkick, and continues to wear down his opponent with some ferocious head butts. Batista finally shows some life with a pair of clotheslines in the corner along with a spinebuster. All of a sudden the members of La Familia rush in and swarm The Animal. Everyone backs off to allow Umaga to hit the running butt rush in the corner. Umaga then climbs the top rope, however, Triple H rushes in to knock him off and then cleans house! The Game and Batista apply a Pedigree and Batista Bomb to Ryder and Hawkins to finish off tonight’s show.

WINNER: Batista by DQ

Andy McNamara is a SLAM! Wrestling writer, and play-by-play broadcaster for Toronto Maple Leafs inter-county league baseball, along with university basketball and volleyball on Rogers Television in Toronto. You can catch Andy this Sunday at 2pm live on Rogers Cable 10 in Toronto for the Maple Leafs baseball broadcast. Contact Andy at andymcnamara@hotmail.com