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Smackdown: Game over for Triple H?
By ANDY MCNAMARA -- SLAM! Wrestling


Unforgiven is fast approaching and we receive a bit of a WWE Championship Scramble preview tonight as MVP and Jeff Hardy square off. Triple H will also lace up this evening, and The Undertaker makes some chilling comments to general manager Vickie Guerrero. Let's kick the tires and light the fires, here comes Smackdown!

The Undertaker makes his way to the ring and receives a thunderous ovation. The Dead Man reiterates how he has come for Vickie Guerrero’s soul, and that when he gets his hands on her the GM will burn in hell!

Match 1: R-Truth vs. Kenny Dykstra

The long-awaited debut of Ron "The Truth" -- I mean R-Truth is upon us! Dykstra has a mic and while walking down to the ring tells the newcomer that this company is not fair and whines on how he never got any introductory vignettes. The Truth goes right after Kenny with his flashy style. The finish comes via spinning axe kick to the back of Dykstra’s head. A successful debut for R-Truth.

WINNER: R-Truth

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

Maryse may play the best arrogant, ego-maniac Diva of all time, she is so good in this persona. Neidhart distracts Maria from the apron and receives a stiff forearm for her troubles. Maryse is able to capitalize by delivering a DDT to get the pinfall on Maria. Following the bell Maryse tackles Michelle and both ladies roll around exchanging punches.

WINNERS: Natalya & Maryse

Match 3: Jeff Hardy vs. MVP

Hardy throws MVP a changeup by starting things off with some chain wrestling. These two are gelling nicely in the ring and are keeping a good pace. Hardy nails his rival with a somersault off of the apron to the outside to get the advantage. Following the commercials Jeff is working over the left arm something fierce. The Enigma’s attempt at the Swanton Bomb is met by some knees to the back and then a baseball slide into the ring post. A scary spot occurs when it looks like Hardy slips from the top rope and lands on the back of his neck. He looks to be fine, but yikes! Hardy is able to even up this feud after connecting with a Whisper in the Wind, followed by a Swanton Bomb. After the bell Shelton Benjamin comes out of nowhere to hit Pay Dirt on both Jeff and MVP.

WINNER: Jeff Hardy

Match 4: Non-title: Jesse & Festus vs. Zach Ryder & Curt Hawkins

Festus goes bonkers of course once the bell rings and cleans house. The Big Show eventually interrupts things and takes out Ryder, Hawkins, and Jesse. Since the bell rang Festus stands docile on the outside watching on. Show grabs a mic and calls his actions an "oversight," which was the excuse given to him why he was not included in the championship scramble match for Unforgiven.

WINNERS: No Contest

Match 5: Victoria vs. Bri Bella

Victoria smothers Bri with a headlock in the early going. The crowd is completely flat. Victoria hits a text book snap suplex and scores a near fall from her standing moonsault. Bri tries to crawl under the ring for some reason, and Bri picks up the win from a roll up once she is thrown back in.

WINNER: Bri Bella

Backstage The Brian Kendrick discusses his upcoming role in the WWE Championship Scramble match and proclaims that he will be the winner. Kendrick delivers another amazing promo.

Match 6: Non-title: Triple H vs. Shelton Benjamin

This non-title World title vs. U.S. title should be dandy. A few years back these two feuded on Raw, with the story being that Benjamin kept sneaking out wins over The Game. The two champions start the battle off slowly with some arm drags, head locks, and arm bars. The Gold Standard wriggles out of a Pedigree attempt as the show goes to commercial. Following the break Benjamin is in full control and focuses on the neck of Trips with a swinging neck breaker and some knee drops. The Game connects with a high knee, and scores a near fall after a British Bulldog-like Powerslam. The momentum shifts quickly in the final couple of minutes. The Great Khali strolls down the aisle to try and distract Triple H. Benjamin tries for Pay Dirt, however, Trips was ready for it and was able to reverse it into the Pedigree for the duke. While Triple H was glaring at Khali, Benjamin clocked him from behind, leaving the King of Kings motionless. Khali takes advantage of the fallen champion and slams him hard. A terrific 4 star match up.

WINNER: Triple H

The program ends with a stressed Vickie Guerrero locked in her dressing room, and the power all of a sudden going out! All the audience can hear are her screams ...

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.