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Smackdown: Rated R Superstar goes over the edge
By ANDY MCNAMARA -- SLAM! Wrestling


SummerSlam is a mere 48 hours away, and the Smackdown portion of the card is really heating up. Edge continues his descent into madness as his war against The Undertaker in Hell in a Cell quickly approaches. A plethora of fast-paced action is on the agenda as well this evening including the likes of Jeff Hardy, Triple H, and Natalya Neidhart to name a few. From Norfolk, Virginia let's get to the report!

Match 1: U.S. Championship- Jeff Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin (c)

The two high flyers start out slow, exchanging head locks and some chain wrestling. Things pick up after about five minutes as they trade roll up pinfalls and Benjamin slams Hardy with a running powerbomb into the turnbuckles. Jeff looks to have the champion all wrapped up with a Twist of Fate when Benjamin reverses it to a back breaker out of nowhere. Hardy is is able to recover, and is poised to win the title with a Swanton Bomb when ... MVP shows up to push him off the top. The bell is sounded. MVP goes to nail a running kick to the side of Hardy’s face, however, he ducks and MVP’s running kick connects squarely on the head by Benjamin. Jeff capitalizes on this opportunity and after knocking down the loud mouth he is able to hit the dangerous Swanton bomb.

WINNER: Jeff Hardy by DQ

Back in GM Guerrero’s office we see Victoria consoling a distraught Vickie Guerrero, who is nervous about The Undertaker showing up.

Match 2: Michelle McCool & Maria vs. Maryse & Natalya Neidhart

Maryse and Maria square off first and it is Maryse who taunts her opponent followed by a quick tag to the tough Natalya. Neidhart is working crisply with some nice forearms and a snap suplex. McCool receives the hot tag and connects with some impressive single leg drop kicks. An apron distraction from Maryse allows Natalya to score a quick surprise pinfall for the 1-2-3.

WINNERS: Natalya & Maryse

Match 3: Brian Kendrick w/ Ezekiel Jackson vs. Scotty Goldman

The cocky youngster talks some more trash about how great he is and how he wrestles for himself. This Scotty Goldman has tights that look like they were sewn together by his mother. Kendrick is all over him, and I seriously love this new cocky attitude and aggressiveness. Scotty grabs a two count following a leaping butt womp, but Brian is able to hit The Kendrick soon after for another impressive win. Following the bell Big Zeke crunches Goldman with a running shoulder block.

WINNER: Brian Kendrick

Triple H is backstage with Eve and we are shown The Game having his head squeezed by The Great Khali. Kenny Dykstra interrupts the champ and says that his match with Triple H tonight is the opportunity of a lifetime for him.

The Great Khali makes his way down with Ranjin Singh and goes on to speak in his native tongue... which of course none of us can understand. Singh clarifies things by saying that Triple H felt his power and he will take the WWE championship on Sunday. These two will both stay at ringside for Triple H’s match.

Match 4: Non-title: Triple H (c) vs. Kenny Dykstra

The talented Kenny Dykstra makes his return after a lengthy absence and lays the boots to The Game early on. The WWE champion bounces back with a face buster and spine buster. The Pedigree comes next, and this one is over pretty quick. Singh starts running down Triple H on the mic until The Game shoves him in the ring and threatens to strike him. Khali eventually climbs in, and although he is able to escape The Pedigree, he is also clotheslined over the top rope.

WINNER: Triple H

Match 5: Big Show vs. Ryan Braddock

This is the second new jobber on the program tonight. Show tosses Braddock over the top with ease and then goes back to work on him in the ring. The giant puts the youngster away with a big right fist to the head. This one is over.

WINNER: The Big Show

MVP grabs the mic away from Eve in the dressing room and goes over how he was trying to help him ... but now he is going to knock him out at SummerSlam.

Vickie Guerrero is outside of a limo in the parking garage when a crazed Edge pops out and tells her that he is going to take her on a ride to hell. He then wheels her away out of sight…

Match 6: Festus w/ Jesse vs. Vladimir Kozlov

Jesse got taken out by Kozlov last week and this will definitely be the big Russian’s first real in-ring test. The Moscow Mauler tries to weather the storm of Festus out of the gate, and the action then spills to the outside. Kozlov has slowed down the crazed southerner and begins to wear him down with a bear hug. Festus changes the momentum with a fall away slam and a double knee drop to the chest. Festus went for a flying shoulder tackle, but instead caught a knock out head butt to the upper chest. The Russian remains undefeated. This was a strong showing from both big men.

WINNER: Vladimir Kozlov

The Rated R Superstar is still wheeling his wife around backstage and has her completely freaked out. They will be in the ring ... next!

Edge brings GM Vickie down to ringside and sits with her on floor outside and shows a video of the “good times” between him and Vickie, as well as his transformation thanks to Mick Foley. Following the clip, Edge screams at his wife and shows that he has gone off the deep end. The show comes to an end with The Rated R Superstar saying that Hell in a Cell is a lot like their wedding vows ... Edge vs. Undertaker ... till death do us part.

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. Contact Andy at andymcnamara@hotmail.com