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Smackdown: A surprising episode of SD!
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Smackdown this week picks up where Raw left off - with build to WrestleMania and a keen eye towards two feuds that cross the brand borders.

Right away, we get John Cena coming to the ring to talk about wanting Edge in a match. He also mentions that this is his return to Smackdown, accomplishing two things: 1> teasing his move in the WWE Draft; and 2> making me wonder if anyone cares about who returns to which show.

Naturally, Edge and Vickie Guerrero come down and deny Cena his request, but do give him a bout tonight against Big Show.

Match 1 - Los Colons vs. Miz and Morrison (WWE Tag Team Title Match)

Part of me wants to saw I can watch these four wrestle week-in and week-out, but part of me also hopes we don't see that because we'll have feud overload, fast.

The match proceeds like their others, but this time it felt like the fans were into it more; possibly due to the Colon's straps being on the line. There's some great back and forth action between the teams, leading to Los Bellas coming down to ringside. The key here is that they don't cause interference, but are merely there to distract both teams. WWE has done a great job, in this respect, of putting in an X-factor to spice up an already intense rivalry.

In the end, Primo takes care of Miz on the outside (following a Tope Canadienese). Morrison tries the Moonlight Drive, but it's reversed by Carlito into the Backcracker for the pin. After what went down Monday in the MITB qualifier, it seems a lock now that these four will be in a title (unification?) match at 'Mania, maybe with a cage involved.

Winners: Los Colons

Match 2 - The Undertaker vs. Vladimir Kozlov

Well, we all know how the match was, but the finish -- very unexpected. 'Taker goes for Old School, and Kozlov yanks him into a Powerslam for the very surprising pin. Okay, this just got more interesting...

Winner: Vladimir Kozlov

"Match" 3 - Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy

Matt comes down and is ready to go, but Jeff comes down in street attire (unlike his "ring attire" of baggy jeans and an undershirt) and refuses to fight. This gives Matt another opportunity to get big heat with a killer promo and a couple slaps (including a sharp backhand). Jeff, eventually, walks away. This was an absolutely wicked segment!

Winner: No match

Match 4 - Chavo Guerrero vs. Shelton Benjamin

MVP's on commentary and runs with the same cockiness that he had during his days as a heel. Good on him.

This was incredibly short and only served to build to an expected three-way at 'Mania for the US Title. Chavo ends up getting the duke with a Mexican Rollup.

Winner: Chavo Guerrero

Post-match, MVP comes in and delivers a nasty Shining Wizard/Drive-by.

Match 5 - John Cena vs. Big Show

We've seen these two fight far too often. Show really gasses by the end of the match, which he wins following the Roaring Fist and the Chokeslam.

Winner: Big Show

Well, this was an evening of surprise finishes to say the least. Lots of ring action, decent matches for the most part and no Michelle McCool means I'm a happy recapper. See you next week.