June 19, 2009
Smackdown: Jericho outsmarts Mysterio
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling

If you like some solid, pure, four star wrestling matches then tonightís episode of Smackdown is the place to be. A double main event pits Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho and CM Punk against Rey Mysterio, but it is the Edge/Morrison battle that steals the show. The Bash is only two weeks and the pieces continue to fall into place this evening. From Roanoke, Virginia lets kick off Friday Night Smackdown!

Josh Matthews starts off the Friday night tradition with Jeff Hardy in the ring. He recaps how at Extreme Rules he won and then lost the world heavyweight championship in a matter of moments. Hardy states that he will become the champ once again at The Bash, and then CM Punk is welcomed out to a split reaction. Punk explains how he was taking advantage of the situation and doing his job. The two exchange verbal jabs, but nothing erupts into violence. And may I say that Jeff Hardy still has terrible mic skills.

Match 1: Non-title: Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho (c)

The nine-time Intercontinental title holder takes it to the former world champ in a fast paced opener. A face buster turns the tide for Jeff momentarily until a botched top rope attack to the outside is countered. Out of nowhere Rey Mysterio, who was sitting with two other Mysterio look-alikes in the front row blind sides Y2J with a spinning head scissors. The ambush keeps Jericho out of the ring for a count of ten, which gives Hardy the victory. Following the bell Jeff sneaks in a Twist of Fate and a Swanton Bomb on the I.C. champ.

WINNER: Jeff Hardy by Countout

Backstage Layla, Maria, and Eve were fighting over hair spray when Dolph Ziggler interrupts and the Divas make fun by calling him the wrong name.

Match 2: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Great Khali w/ Ranjin Singh

The 7í3Ē giant takes it to the youngster some open hand slaps and a big kick. Dolph brings a steel chair in the ring, but it is Khali who is caught with the chair as Ziggler pretends he was smacked with. Ziggler picks up his second win over Khali.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

Match 3: Womenís Championship - Melina (c) vs. Alicia Fox/ Michelle McCool

Melina takes a page out of Trish Stratusí book by pulling a Matrix move, however, Alicia takes the advantage by squeezing the womenís champ in a body scissors. Melina was bent in half in a nasty looking modified camel clutch. Melina wins via pinfall, but after the bell Michelle McCool leaps into the squared circle and lays out the champion. While the champ is knocked out by the announcerís table McCool grabs the mic and proclaims that she will become the first woman ever to have been both the Divaís and Womenís title holder.

WINNER: Melina

Match 4: Edge vs. John Morrison

Before the bell Edge complains to the crowd how he was robbed of the world title and his one on one rematch. He explains that John Morrison is not fit to breathe the same air as him when the Shaman of Sexy makes his entrance. Morrison has a mic now and tells The Rated R Superstar how he used to be entertaining and innovative, but now he is simply... predictable. Coming back from the commercials Morrison is clearly not intimidated as he takes it to Edge and slows the pace. A well placed kick puts the crafty Edge back in the driverís seat as he begins to pick apart the up and comer. These two are meshing well together and could develop into a classic feud. A flying single leg kick and back breaker gives Morrison some new life, and he scores a two count with a running knee. Edge stops a drop kick attempt and reverses it into a Sharpshooter until The Friday Night Delight wriggles to the ropes. A great finish with a series of reversals that nearly came to end with an Edgucution. Edge avoids Star Ship Pain for a second time and hits the spear out of nowhere. Incredible battle.

WINNER: Edge

Match 5: R Truth & Cryme Tyme vs. Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, & Ricky Ortiz

R Truth and Cryme Tyme just seem way too cheesy and stale while Benjamin and Haas continue to pure, entertaining athletic specimens. Ortiz and JTG start this six-man tag off with the Cryme Tyme member tagging in his partner Shad. Ricky shows his impressive skill set by subduing the larger Shad, and then handing it over to Haas to continue the dominance. Truth surprisingly puts the finishing touches on Benjamin with a relatively harmless looking flying corkscrew elbow.

WINNER: R Truth & Cryme Tyme

Before the main event begins Rey Mysterio stands in the centre of the ring and challenges Chris Jericho to an I.C. title match at The Bash. Jericho eventually accepts the challenge -- but only that if Rey loses then he has to remove the mask. Long time wrestling fans already know what Mysterio looks like! Itís called remembering him on WCW Monday Nitro!

Match 6: Non-title: CM Punk (c) vs. Rey Mysterio

Y2J sits at the announcers table to help commentate this one. Jericho is phenomenal behind the microphone. Mysterio tries to focus on Punkís injured left leg with some heavy kicks and narrowly misses a 619. Back from the commercial break the world champion is in full control and is working on the ribs of his opponent. Some nice high flying counters, and speaking of counters, both Superstars escape the other's finisher. Once Rey is tossed outside Jericho whips him into the steel steps while the referee was distracted and was almost counted out. However, the damage was done and Punk is able to immediately nail the Go To Sleep. Jeff Hardy runs in to cause Y2J to scurry away. Punk and Hardy share an intense stare down before the world champion leaves triumphantly. A solid overall program.

WINNER: CM Punk

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


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