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Smackdown: Numbers game too much for Jeff Hardy
By ANDY McNAMARA -- SLAM! Wrestling


Only nine days until Extreme Rules and things are set to heat up in Los Angeles. A massive main event makes up for a lacklustre card as Edge and Jericho team up to battle Jeff Hardy with Rey Mysterio. From the City of Angels here comes Smackdown!

Rey Mysterio starts off the program in Los Angeles to a huge pop and gets over with the large Latino crowd. Mysterio says that at Extreme Rules he will not only hit the 619, but the 323, 213, and Iím assuming other local California area codes. Chris Jericho has heard enough and berates both Mysterio and his WrestleMania nemesis, Mickey Rourke, who was sitting at ringside. Y2J tries to sneak attack Rey, gets tripped up, and narrowly escapes the 619.

Match 1: R Truth & The Great Khali vs. Dolph Ziggler & Mike Knox

Terrible, terrible, terrible dancing by Khali with R Truth. Remember The Oddities back in the late Ď90s? This was more awkward! A pretty bland match with both Khali and Knox getting in some power moves. Ziggler eventually abandons Knox to escape Khali and watches on as his partner receives the Khali Bomb.

WINNERS: R Truth & The Great Khali

Match 2: Non-title Womenís Championship- Melina (c) vs. Alicia Fox w/ Michelle McCool

Alicia starts off with a shove, hard slap, and clothesline to startle the champion. Melina does a Matrix bend kick, which sends her foe outside. Fox regains control following a Michelle distraction, and scores a near fall after a back breaker. Melina hits her impressive standing split leg drop finisher for the 1-2-3. Post match McCool grabs the belt and shoves it back in the championís hands.

WINNER: Melina

Josh Matthews interviews John Morrison, who says he will outthink Umaga in their match tonight. Shelton Benjamin interrupts and the two bicker about their past battles.

Jeff Hardy comes out and discusses why he chose the ladder as his choice match at Extreme Rules. Essentially he goes over his and Edgeís history all started in a Ladder Match.

Match 3: John Morrison vs. Umaga

Umaga has leather strap in hand as a message to CM Punk. Morrisonís athletic ability is absolutely incredible. Morrison pulls down the top rope to send Umaga to the outside and follows that up with a nimble body splash from the turnbuckle. The Samoan Bulldozer hits an amazing toss Samoan Drop (he hurled John in the air, caught him, and then planted him). Coming back from commercials we find Morrison trapped in a chin lock and even though he escapes the Shaman of Sexy is on the wrong end of a sidekick. A tornado DDT only gets a two count for Morrison. Umaga is disqualified when he begins whipping his opponent with the Samoan strap. Umaga ties John in the tree of woe to the turnbuckle with his strap, however, before too much damage is done CM Punk arrives for the save. Punk smacks Umaga with his briefcase and delivers a bulldog onto the briefcase as well. Todd Grisham pops in the ring and asks Punk how he will plan for the Samoan Strap Match. Good overall match.

WINNER: Morrison by DQ

Match 4: Cryme Tyme vs. Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas

Nothing too interesting here in a surprisingly bland outing by the former World Greatest Tag Team. JTG isolates Haas and the 6í7" Shad cannot keep the momentum for his team. Back from the commercials The Gold Standard remains in control of JTG with chin lock and some double team help from his partner. Benjamin hits Pay Dirt out of nowhere for the victory.

WINNERS: Haas & Benjamin

Match 5: Layla vs. Eve

This much hyped match was not surprisingly a dud. Some fighting on the outside, rolling around, and nothing too special. Iíll give both Divas credit here as they continue to improve technically each and every week. Eve gets the better of Layla once again with an awkward looking roll up. Eve saw Layla coming for another sneak attack and is able to step aside and toss her through the ropes.

WINNER: Eve

Match 6: Main Event- Edge & Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy & Rey Mysterio

Before the bell Edge is alone and tells the world how stupid Jeff was for picking a Ladder Match, since that is a match he owns. The Rated R Superstar tells how Hardy may be flashy, but that he is simply a winner. Jericho no shows in his opening, which follows up on his and the championís argument backstage where Y2J says that "heís done" and that Edge will be out on his own. As Mysterio makes his entrance, a masked fan that turns out to be Jericho jumps him from behind and lays a beatdown. Chris is trying to rip the mask off of Rey when Jeff sprints down and sends him away. Mysterio cannot continue and is helped to the back, which makes this a 2 on 1 handicapped match. Hardy takes it to Y2J early on, and is able to win the numbers game by hitting manoeuvres on both his opponents. Eventually the distraction proves too much and Jericho is able to capitalize with some knees and a suplex for a two count. The Ultimate Opportunist stalks his prey as he wears down his rival. Jeff has his second wind by connecting on a double foot turnbuckle attack, and a whisper in the wind on Edge and Jericho. Hardy nails the Twist of Fate on Jericho, however, Edge takes advantage and blind sides Jeff with a spear. Edge brings a ladder into the ring and runs it into Hardy. He then ferociously slams Jeffís head between the ladder and stands triumphantly over him.

WINNERS: Edge & Jericho

Andy McNamara is a SLAM! Wrestling writer, and is continuing his 3rd season as the play-by-play broadcaster for Toronto Maple Leafs inter-county league baseball on Rogers TV this Sunday live at 2pm. Along with baseball Andy does play-by-play for hockey, 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