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Smackdown: a freaky Friday night
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


It's Friday the 13th, and Smackdown is on the air (albeit a bit delayed due to CIS Basketball). Thankfully, I wasn't unlucky with my TiVo, but if you were, read on to see what you missed!

We kick off tonight's show with Edge coming down to the ring, solo. Of course, they had to be extremely subtle with his appearance, since it was taped before the events of Monday night.

Match 1 - Edge vs. Kofi Kingston

J.R. and Tazz give some context to the match, mentioning the history the two have due to the Elmination Chamber attack.

Kofi and Edge have a pretty good match here. This is the kind of bout that Kofi needs to be in more often if he's going to climb the ladder in WWE. Edge, some would say, gives Kofi too much offence, but that's the kind of unselfish guy Edge is. Edge eventually comes out on top with the Sharpshooter, which I guess is supposed to signal some sort of eventual allegiance with Natalya and Tyson Kidd. It's too bad that Edge doesn't use the Edgecution anymore.

Winner: Edge

Match 2 - Los Colons vs. Miz and Morrison (World Tag Team Title Match)

Second verse, in reverse. This time Los Bellas are with the Colons and it's MnM V.2 defending their belts. This had better lead to unification at 'Mania.

Once again, we get a great match from these four, and this feud is BEGGING for a gimmick match to finish (or at least advance) the rivalry. Hey, there isn't a steel cage match at 'Mania yet...

In the end, Morrison and Miz retain after Morrison hits the Moonlight Drive, which, as you'll recall, he wasn't able to hit successfully two weeks ago. And, this time, they live with Los Bellas to top it off.

Winners: Miz and Morrison

We then waste a whole lot of time recapping the Randy Orton/Triple H developments from Monday. I guess Raw didn't get a good rating...

Match 3 - MVP/R-Truth vs. Shelton Benjamin/Chavo Guerrero Jr.

So all these guys are battling for the US title, in theory, and we know that Chavo and Shelton are at odds. I guess logic goes out the window on Friday the 13th...

As always, these guys mix up so well in the ring, and this time it's Shelton Benjamin coming up with the duke for his duo.

Winners: Shelton Benjamin/R-Truth

Back from break, Matt Hardy is in the ring, continuing to try to entice Jeff to fight. He alludes to the various "accidents" that Jeff endured in 2008 and 2009. He also brings up the fire that killed Jeff Hardy's dog and burnt his house to the ground. Matt then pull's out the collar from Jack, Jeff's dog. Matt says he wants to give it to Jeff as a token of his love for his brother. This, of course, brings Jeff out, who puts two and two together that Matt was behind everything (except the house, thankfully). Jeff eventually tackles Matt and really gets an intense beating in. Matt cowers away and begs forgiveness. Jeff is left practically crying as Matt really pours it on, looking apologetic until Jeff can't see his face anymore, at which point Matt gives a wicked grin.

This may have been the most intense segment of the year. Could it have been done without talking about the house and the dog though? Definitely; but at the same time it brought such realism to the angle. Hopefully next week, Jeff retorts by bringing up Amy Dumas.

Match 4 - Maria/Melina vs. Maryse/Michelle McCool

MnM versions 3 and 4 I guess, though McCool and Maryse are supposed to be at war with each other. Indeed, logic is thrown out the window on Friday the 13th.

Usual short but intense match for the ladies, which finishes with Maryse reaching for a tag from McCool, but Michelle, playing her part properly, refuses the tag, leading to Melina getting a Schoolgirl for the duke.

Winners: Maria/Melina

Post-match, the drama between McCool and Maryse continues in a great bit of continuity. If only they had done this earlier in the night as well. sigh.

Backstage, Edge and Chavo Guerrero chat, with a 12 Rounds poster in the background. Chavito talks about talking to Vickie Guerrero a lot, which incites Edge enough to push Chavito into a poster for his "Decade of Decadence" DVD.

Next up, WrestleMania XX is the flashback of the week. Hey wait, someone was missing from this footage...Hmm...

Match 5 - Fit Finlay vs. The Brian Kendrick (MITB qualifier)

Ugh. I cannot watch Finlay's matches anymore. This crowd-pandering, jig-dancing version of the former Belfast Bruiser is so sad to watch. Kendrick isn't exactly in my good books either. God bless TiVo. Finlay gets the Celtic Cross for the duke and the slot in MITB. Ugh.

Winner: Fit Finlay

Match 6 - Undertaker vs. Vladimir Kozlov

Here's a "Did you Know" fact WWE won't use - you can boil water using a kettle in the amount of time it takes for Undertaker to make his entrance.

The match between these two is brutally long also, which does not end my night well. Kozlov really appears to be on his way out of WWE now, after succumbing to the Tombstone.

Winner: The Undertaker

Logic gaps aside, this was a pretty good episode of SD! overall, and did a great job of building 'Mania even more. See you next week.