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Smackdown: Triple H suffers a Twist of Fate
By ANDY MCNAMARA -- SLAM! Wrestling


Unforgiven is this Sunday and the WWE Championship Scramble is a big focus for this evening. A massive lumberjack match featuring Triple H and The Great Khali is in the main event slot tonight, and four other scramble competitors are in action as well. From the wrestling hot bed of St. Louis, Missouri, here comes Smackdown!

The WWE Champion Triple H starts off the program by reviewing his scramble match at Unforgiven. The U.S. title holder, Shelton Benjamin, interrupts The Game and states that since he is “the gold standard” he plans on adding more gold to his colletion this Sunday. He also reiterates how he knocked out Triple H at the end of Smackdown last week. The King of Kings challenges Benjamin, and before Shelton can get to the ring, MVP steps in and goes over how much better he is than everyone else in the match. Brian Kendrick and Ezekial sneak attack the champ, and soon the pack of heels are all over Triple H. Jeff Hardy storms in for the save.

Match 1: R-Truth vs. Bam Neeley w/ Chavo Guerrero

After a quick start Bam tries to wear down the quick newcomer, however, R-Truth rebounds with a 360 forearm. Out of nowhere Truth hits the axe kick for a surprisingly fast victory.

WINNER: R-Truth

Following the break The Undertaker is in the ring for some chilling words for general manager Vickie Guerrero. The Dead Man says that at Unforgiven he is coming for her soul. When he is done the lights go out and Taker vanishes!

Match 2: MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin

Benjamin is shown on the screen giving a promo on himself being the gold standard. MVP has Shelton grounded in a modified camel clutch and follows that up with a near fall courtesy of a vicious head kick. Out of nowhere The Gold Standard delivers Pay Dirt and pins MVP clean. Surprisingly fast match. If given some minutes I’m sure both Superstars would put out an amazing performance.

WINNER: Shelton Benjamin

Match 3: Maryse vs. Maria

Maryse tunes up nicely for her championship match against Michelle McCool by putting away Maria in a short battle, thanks to a DDT. McCool confronts her foe without physicality on the ramp.

WINNER: Maryse

Match 4: Jeff Hardy vs. The Brian Kendrick w/ Ezekiel

The two high flyers went to work on one another with Hardy getting the better of the exchanges. Jeff appears to be in full control when the battle spills to the outside. The “x factor” Ezekiel takes advantage of a distracted referee and fires Hardy into the guard rail. Once back inside the squared circle Kendrick is able to hit The Kendrick for a startling win.

WINNER: The Brian Kendrick

In the back GM Vickie Guerero arrives in the building and yells at an aide that she does not need the wheelchair.

Match 5: Super Crazy vs. Ryan Braddock

Wow, this one went for under two minutes! Not too much to tell except that Super Crazy is able to take a rare TV win by nailing a moonsault. Following the bell Vladimir Kozlov came out and said some things in Russian to Super Crazy before booting him in the stomach. The Moscow Mauler then yells “no more games” and that he wants a challenge.

WINNER: Super Crazy

Big Show walks out with Kozlov still there and states that he is in the same boat as the Russian since he has no competition either. Show challenges Kozlov to an impromptu rumble, and just when they are about to begin, Vickie Guerrero appears. She orders both men out of her ring and when Big Show temporarily refuses, threatens him with a fine. Guerrero receives major heat when she announces that she will no longer live in fear and that it will be Undertaker who apologizes to her at Unforgiven.

Match 6: Victoria vs Brie Bell

This Brie Bella is simply not getting much of a reaction and just does not seem to be overly comfortable out there. Pretty much the same story as last week where Victoria is in total control until Brie crawls under the ring. When she is forced to emerge, Bell rolls up Victoria for another pinfall win.

WINNER: Brie Bella

Jeff Hardy (and his awful new shirt) interrupts Triple H backstage saying that the champ has a major problem -- him. The Game says that Jeff has two strikes against him (making reference to his two WWE wellness policy violations) and that if he gets one more, he will be out of the game!

Match 7: Main Event- Lumberjack Match: The Great Khali vs. Triple H

All the members of the WWE Championship Scramble match are around the ring for this one. Khali goes right after the champion, and forces him out of the ring where everyone except for Hardy put the boots to him. Coming back from commercials it is Khali still in control with a vice grip to the neck area. Once Triple H is sent to the outside once again, Hardy tries to make the save, but is chucked into the crowd barrier for his trouble. The big man then scores a near fall with the two handed Tree Chokeslam. With an assist from Hardy, The Game is able to fight off the outside lumberjacks, and is able to follow that up with a spinebuster to Khali in the ring. The giant is able to fight off a Pedigree attempt, which he transitions into the head squeeze. Triple H escapes the squeeze and is finally able to strike with a very awkward looking Pedigree for the 1-2-3. Jeff is in the ring with The Game following the bell, and sneak attacks Triple H with a Twist of Fate.

WINNER: Triple H

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. He is also the Host of Oakville Blades hockey on TV Cogeco. Contact Andy at andymcnamara@hotmail.com.