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Smackdown: The champs are here
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Weíre just a short time away from Exterme Rules as Smackdown hits the airwaves. The spoilers promoted a good show with hot action. Letís see if those reports are truth or rumour.

We kick off Smackdown with The Cutting Edge, which has a set adorned with ladders of all sizes. Seriously. It looked like Bob Villaís fantasy.

Edge was appropriately dressed in flannel and didnít wait long to bring Jeff Hardy out, who of course snaked underneath as many ladders as he could. He then climbed one of the high ladders in the ring. The two then have a good dialogue as Edge demonstrates whatís going to happen on an opposing ladder. The two sitting atop ladders facing off was an amazing visual. Edge then swings the World Title into Jeffís face and eventually toppling him and the ladder over.

Match 1: Shelton Benjamin vs. John Morrison

As usual, these two have a great match with both men looking spectacular. It was, however, significantly shorter than their usual bout. Morrison wins after the Starship Pain.

Winner: John Morrison

Next up, Chris Jericho comes out and cuts a promo on Rey Mysterio prior to R-Truth rapping his way down to the ring. He asks Jericho ďwhatís up?Ē but homey donít play that. The two then have a verbal exchange before their bout.

Match 2: R-Truth vs. Chris Jericho

Another solid match here, with Truth getting to really show off his stuff here more than at any time in his WWE tenure(s), but Jericho ends up winning, reversing a top rope press into a Codebreaker.

Winner: Chris Jericho

As Jericho tries to head to the back, Rey Mysterio comes out for the surprise attack and has to be pulled off by referees.

Match 3: CM Punk vs. Umaga

I donít think it was a good idea to put these two together right before the PPV. Their feud is already stale and this doesnít help matters. The match, like the others tonight was good, but didnít do anything to build excitement for Sunday. Punk wins with the GTS in the end, in a moment that could have been much bigger given the size of the Samoan.

Winner: CM Punk

Match 4: Melina/Eva/Gail Kim vs. Michelle McCool/Layla/Alicia Fox (Special Guest Referee: Maria)

Well, judging by Mariaís entrance, I think we can all figure out why she hasnít been on TV in a while. Iím just saying...

Not a bad match here with the Divas, ending with Layla pinning Melina to give her some more credibility.

Winners: McCool/Layla/Fox

Match 5: Dolph Ziggler vs. Great Khali

Not quite a squash, but this match was all but a foregone conclusion.

Winner: Great Khali

Match 6: Edge vs. Rey Mysterio (non-title)

I could watch these guys every week and not get tired of their matches. Rey and Edge have absolutely awesome ring chemistry and it was fully on display tonight. I highly encourage you to get the torrent, hit YouTube or do whatever else you need to do to get this bout on your screen ASAP if you missed it the first time Ďround.

Great back and forth action with some very nice spots made this one of the top TV bouts of the year, as Edge eventually gets the clean(!) duke with the Spear. Wow. I was certain a DQ was coming.

Winner: Edge

Post-match, Edge gets a ladder and prepares to attack Rey before Hardy comes out with a chair ant attacks Edge. Eventually, he gets his licks in with the ladder and stands tall at the end of the night holding Edgeís belt.

Well, looks like the spoilers were true. This was another fantastic ep of SD! See you all soon.