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Smackdown: Hitting the big 5-0-0
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Welcome to the 500th episode of Smackdown. Of course, if this was Raw celebrating such a big milestone, it would be a three-hour, legend-filled extravaganza. Such is life on the b-show.

So how do we kick off this oh so special episode? With a Triple H interview, naturally.

Trips talks about his marriage to Stephanie McMahon and promos the WrestleMania bout, leading into our first match of the evening, which should be a main event-caliber bout for the 500th episode of Smackdown, right?

Match 1 - Triple H vs. Vladimir Kozlov

Ohhh crap!

Yep, it's a Friday night bungfest to start. Thankfully, Triple H wins before we get the threat of another Kozlov push.

Winner: Triple H

Match 2 - Shelton Benjamin vs. MVP (US Title Match)

Okay, this is more like it. Two of SD!'s best pure wrestlers fighting over a title belt... for this short amount of time? I'm usually not one to complain about match lengths, but Jimmy Fallon's career in late night TV is lasting longer than this bout did.

Thankfully, MVP wins the match following the Driveby/Shining Wizard. Unfortunately, though, there go his chances of winning MITB.

Winner: MVP

Backstage, Edge and Vickie are having a lovers' quarrel about what happened on Raw. Oh what fun!

Match 3 - Kane vs. Shawn Michaels

Okay this I can dig, because of the tie between Kane and The Undertaker. Both guys seemed to have fun in there, even if their routines are more predictable than the plot of a Margaret Atwood novel. Not surprisingly, Kane lays down after the Superkick.

Winner: Shawn Michaels

Back from commercials, we find out that the Hardyz will fight in an Extreme Rules (or Rulz, as it would be in Hardy-eze) bout at 'Mania. I'm okay with that since it will essentially be a TLC bout this way without mucking the MITB match.

Match 4 - Jeff Hardy vs. The Brian Kendrick (Extreme Rules/Rulz Match)

You know, at one point some of us thought Kendrick was destined to be the next Jeff Hardy. Right now though, Kendrick's looking more like the next Barry Hardy. Jeff polishes off Kendrick in a matter of moments.

Winner: Jeff Hardy

Next up, we get the formal, televised announcement that the Von Erichs will be going in the Hall. Very classy for WWE to show a pretty lengthy video here. I'm guessing the Hart tribe is inducted next year.

Following this, Undertaker comes out to cut a promo on HBK, and for a guy that hasn't exactly had massive amounts of stick time in the last couple years, 'Taker's still very effective on the mic.

Match 5 - JBL vs. Undertaker (non-title)

I guess the Intercontinental Title is beneath Undertaker, even though, when you think about it, it's a belt he's never held.

The former Ministry brothers put on a decent show before the inevitable happens. I'd rather have seen 'Taker face Marty Jannetty to parallel HBK beating Kane earlier, but sometimes all a boy can do is dream.

Winner: Undertaker

Back to the ring we go for more fun with Edge and Vickie, but Big Show's along for the ride this time. The two make nicey and state that the winner of the 'Mania bout also gets the hand of the lovely Vickie. John Cena doesn't take kindly to this and interjects himself again and causes the two to fight again. Vickie's the one who comes out worse for wear this time, taking a spear and then an inadvertent Big Show fling. Show then chokeslams Edge and carries his lady love off to end the show.

Wow. As an anniversary show, that wasn't good at all. As a build for 'Mania, well, we know there are three matches; but there was no Diva hype, no true MITB push and absolutely bupkis about the tag team title unification match. Not a good effort, unfortunately, by WWE tonight.

Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! Wrestling since 2000.