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Smackdown: The Moscow Mauler runs wild
By ANDY McNAMARA -- SLAM! Wrestling


With No Mercy behind us the question is what is in store for the WWE championship. That is answered quickly as a giant main event is announced as The Big Show will challenge Triple H for the title. Vladimir Kozlov makes his presence known in a big way as he torments both Jeff Hardy and The Game. Once you sprinkle in a tag match and a Divas battle and we have another solid edition of Smackdown!

To start the program GM Vickie Guerrero and Chavo are in the ring. She is back in a wheel chair and a neckbrace, and she is complaining on how The Undertaker attacked her 2 weeks ago. Vickie brings out the Big Show who will be facing Triple H for the WWE title in tonight’s main event. Show recaps his knock out blows causing the referee stoppage and his victory over The Dead Man at No Mercy. Big Show taunts The Game by saying that he will scramble the champion’s brains and become the new champ. Vladimir Kozlov interrupts and says that he is challenging the winner of this evening’s title fight.

Match 1: Brie Bella vs. Natalya Neidhart w/ Victoria

Natalya and Brie exchange blows by rolling around and the rookie Bella is actually taking it to the feisty Diva. Neidhart delivers a nasty spinning clothesline, which nearly decapitates Bella. Brie dives underneath the ring, and Victoria tries to pull her out…all of a sudden out pops Hornswaggle! Bella crawls back under the ring and then out the other side. She rushes back in and scores a surprise pinfall on Neidhart via crucifix.

WINNER: Brie Bella

Backstage Triple H and Jeff Hardy are looking at The Game’s phone where he was voting on Cyber Sunday. Hardy wishes Triple H luck on his match against Big Show tonight and that he will be challenging the winner.

Match 2: Non-title- R Truth vs. Shelton Benjamin (c)

The U.S. champion Benjamin attacks Truth with pent up frustration and is all over his rival. Truth is able to counter out of a sleeper with a back suplex and follows it up with a corkscrew flying forearm. In a unique reversal Truth is able to spin around out of a back drop and roll up Benjamin for a flash pinfall.

Match 3: Jeff Hardy vs. MVP

MVP is one victory away from receiving a big bonus in his Smackdown contract. MVP scores a couple of near falls to try and put away Hardy early on. Hardy changes the momentum and was looking for a Swanton when MVP rolls out of the ring and calls for a timeout. After the commercials MVP is in full control and becomes frustrated when his pin attempts continue to fail. Hardy nails the Whisper in the Wind to turn the tide and then connects with his corner kicks. A Swanton later and Hardy is victorious. Vladimir Kozlov comes down after the match and head butts Jeff.

WINNER: Jeff Hardy

Match 4: Jesse & Festus, Carlito & Primo vs. Zach Ryder & Curt Hawkins, Ryan Braddock & Kenny Dykstra

Maria introduces the 8-man tag. JR gives the best nickname of the night to Festus, “the cornbread colossus”. Hawkins and Braddock put the boots to Carlito in the early going, until he hits an impressive standing hurrancarana, which allows him to tag out to Festus. Jesse and Primo deliver a dual suicide dive to the outside. Festus then connects with his modified F5 finisher on Kenny Dykstra.

WINNERS: Jesse, Festus, Carlito, Primo

Match 5: The Great Khali vs. Jobber 1, Jobber 2, Jobber 3

A recap of Khali being interviewed by Johnny Knoxville on Jackass Worldwide is shown. Two of the jobbers bail immediately and the other one goes down for the three count following an overhand chop. We are then treated to the second addition of the “Khali Kiss Cam”. Khali has a Spokane, Washington native invited in and the giant does not want to kiss the woman. He eventually agrees and kisses the woman.

WINNER: The Great Khali

Jeff Hardy versus Vladimir Kozlov is announced for next week.

Match 6: WWE championship- Triple H (c) vs. Big Show

In an untraditional move the challenger comes out to the ring second. Big Show chucks Triple H out and over the top rope, however, The Game outsmarts him by moving out of the way from the big man’s charging attack to the steel post. Following the commercial break it is Show who has Triple H in a neck twist. The champ leaps onto the back of Show and applies a sleeper hold. The Game nails the facebuster, but is slammed down hard once a Pedigree is attempted. Show misses his homerun punch, however, his chokeslam did not. Just when we thought Big Show was going to finish off the champion the lights go off…and we hear the gong. Undertaker appears and begins a beat down on Show all the way up the ramp. Triple H is then attacked by Vladimir Kozlov and receives a head butt to the chest. Jeff Hardy charges in for the save and the two baby faces team up to drive the Moscow Mauler from the ring. All of a sudden Jeff Hardy delivers a Twist of Fate on Triple H! A very exciting ending to the show.

WINNER: No Decision

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. Andy is currently the host for Oakville Blades on hockey on TV Cogeco as well. Contact Andy at andymcnamara@hotmail.com.