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Smackdown: Has the old Edge returned?
By ANDY MCNAMARA -- SLAM! Wrestling


Summerslam is creeping ever closer and tonight builds towards this major pay-per-view. MVP, Ken Kennedy, Jeff Hardy, and The Great Khali are all in action, while Edge tries to find ways to survive Hell in a Cell. A Mick Foley promo is so intense it will give you goosebumps, and the matches are worth sticking around for too! Without further ado lets kick the tires and light the fires for another exciting edition of Smackdown!

Match 1: MVP vs. Jimmy Wang Yang

Jeff Hardy is sitting at ringside, and before the bell MVP continues his taunts from last week. MVP tells Jeff to watch how a true champion operates, and poor Jimmy didn’t even get his country music entrance theme! The former U.S. title holder wears Yang down with a modified headlock and some kicks. Yang shows some brief offence with a couple of impressive flying kicks…however…MVP is able to recover quickly and finish off the Asian Cowboy with a running head kick. Jeff Hardy enters the ring afterwards and threatens MVP that if he ever mentions his personal life again then there will be trouble. MVP goes for the sucker punch, but it is Jeff who surprises his rival with a Twist of Fate.

WINNER: MVP

Backstage Chavo is wheeling Vickie around when they make eye contact with the wedding planner. She promptly scurries away after seeing the general manager.

Match 2: Non-title: Ken Kennedy vs. Shelton Benjamin (c)

These two stellar athletes take some time sizing each other up, followed by some chain wrestling. The crowd is super hot for Kennedy, and surprisingly the pace of this match is relatively slow. After the lengthy commercial break we find Benjamin focusing on his foe’s left shoulder, and keeps Kennedy in a deep arm bar for some time. Mr. Kennedy is finally able to reverse the hold into a modified Texas Cloverleaf, and from there the action truly shifts back and forth. The finish comes via Mic Check as Kennedy is finally able to pick up a victory of Smackdown. Shelton is interviewed by Eves afterwards, where Shelton complains that he is suffering from bronchits.

WINNER: Ken Kennedy

Match 3: The Brian Kendrick w/ Ezekial vs. Stevie Richards

Kendrick gets on the stick and says that he is the most intelligent athlete in the WWE and that he used Paul London as a partner to get his foot in the door. I am loving Brian’s new attitude and aggressiveness, hopefully his push continues. Mr. Kendrick goes right at Richards with some stiff kicks and softens him up with a modified camel clutch. He then sinks in a deep Boston crab and continues with those ferocious kicks. Stevie explodes for a few moments with some kicks of his own and a near fall after a sit down powerbomb. Big Zeke provides a brief distraction, which allows Brian to hit The Kendrick for a pinfall win. Ezekial then pulls Richards up in a nasty torture rack for good measure.

WINNER: Brian Kendrick

Match 4: No DQ- The Great Khali vs. Jeff Hardy

Hardy throws his body in as many ways possible at Khali and looks to have the giant staggered until Khali connects with a monster clothesline. The big man proceeds to dominate Jeff with, as J.R. said best, the most simple of manoeuvres. It is more of the same once the show returns from commercials as Khali slaps on a shoulder/neck squeeze. Hardy battles out, and hits a whisper in the wind and then a Swanton Bomb on the fallen giant. MVP comes down to ringside and Hardy springs over the top rope to nail him. Khali takes advantage of the distraction as he locks on the vice grip. The referee calls for the bell when Hardy went limp.

WINNER: The Great Khali

Match 5: Maria vs. Victoria

Maria makes her long awaited Smackdown debut. Victoria quickly shows with her crisp wrestling holds why she is one of the best technically sound women in the WWE. Maria is definitely holding her own and doesn’t look out of place with some reversals and a second rope flying clothesline. That clothesline was surprisingly enough to keep Victoria down for a 1-2-3.

WINNER: Maria

In the back Edge flirts with the wedding planner and tells her to sit at ringside for his huge Cutting Edge guest this evening.

Match 6: The Big Show vs. Domino

Big Show whips Domino under the bottom ropes to the ring floor like an empty sack of potatoes. Domino tries to throw some punches, but in the end it is Show who connects with the big time chokesam. Following the bell Umaga steps into the ring and both him and Show essentially just size each other up.

WINNER: The Big Show

It is time for another excellent addition of The Cutting Edge. Edge surprises everyone by making his guest…Mick Foley! The hardcore legend gets a nice pop from the audience. Edge states to Foley that he is a changed man, and then shows Mick a clip of highlights from 1998…including the epic Hell in a Cell match. Edge tells Foley how that match has made Mick hurt every day since then, and that the fire still burns for revenge. The Rated R Superstar asks Foley for his help to get rid of the Undertaker. Foley reiterates how big of an Edge fan he was through the years, but now he has taken shortcuts and depends on his wife. Mick then gives the former world champ a major pep talk saying that Edge needs to find the Edge of old, and be his old innovative self. The Rated R Superstar sucker punches Mick, and the two old friends trade blows. Foley goes for a chair, but has it kicked in his head and then receives a spear into the steel steps. Mick crawls back into the ring and tries for the mandible claw, however, he takes a low blow. Edge then sets up Foley on the table inside the ring and climbs up a set up ladder to soar onto him with a steel chair. The program ends with Mick crumpled amongst the shattered table. Foley’s promo was the absolute best mic work seen on any WWE programming in quite some time.

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 sports. Contact Andy at andymcnamara@hotmail.com