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Smackdown: McMahon meddling detracts from good show
By BLAINE VAN DER GRIEND - SLAM! Wrestling


Smackdown comes to us this week from Milwaukee, WI. Already announced is Chris Jericho and Edge against Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy in a steel cage match.

Ring Announcer Justin Roberts welcomes us all to Smackdown and introduces the chairman of the WWE Mr. McMahon, and as JR would say "business is about to pick up." Vince says he's sure there are some fans in attendance who are actually happy to see him here tonight (I'm not). He then asks "what's that smell?" and makes a terrible joke that being in cheese country (I thought that was Green Bay), somebody must have cut the cheese (lame). Vince then says it must be the smell of fear. He says everyone in this arena is afraid of him, because they are all afraid of powerful people. Vince says everyone in this arena fears their own boss and are scared of losing their jobs (where is this going?). He adds that the vast majority of them either know someone who has lost their job or they have lost their jobs themselves. Vince says if they were working for him, they more than likely would be fired. He adds that there is only one way to fire somebody. They then replay the footage on Raw, when Vince gave Donald Trump the boot. Vince says this all leads to his guest tonight (what is this, a talk show?), Smackdown GM Teddy Long.

Long comes out and extends his hand out to Mr. McMahon, who tells him to put the hand back in his pocket and wipe the smile off his face. Vince says before he does what he has to do, he wants Teddy to entertain him by telling him what he has in store for tonight, and according to McMahon, it had better be good. Long says he's very excited about what's been going on, on Smackdown and tonight, he's booked a main event tag team match featuring Edge and Chris Jericho going at it with Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio.

Vince says that might be good enough for these people, but it's not good enough for him. Long then says it just ain't any kind of match, and Vince takes exception to Long's poor grammar with the word "ain't," but Long says it will be rage in the cage. Vince says he'll give him one more chance to impress him.

Long then says that he has appointed a special guest referee for the match, which will be the World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk. Vince then tries to bargain with Long (as if Teddy has a choice), saying that rather than fire him, he's going to do something that most of these people have had done to them by their boss. Vince says he's putting Long on probation. A loud "what's up!" then kills the awkwardness, or maybe adds to it, as R Truth makes his way to the ring. In a funny spot, Truth does his usual song and dance and then hands the mic over to Long for a "what's up" (he looked in the best of spirits for someone who was just put on probation) and then Truth hands the mic to Vince, who just gives him a blank stare and walks away (pretty funny).

Match #1: R Truth vs. Shelton Benjamin

Shelton comes out with a microphone and says since R Truth likes the truth so much, he's got a bit of truth for him. Benjamin says people like Truth come from the school of hard knocks and graduate from the streets and are actually proud of that, whereas Shelton went to college and got a real education and graduated at the top of his class (that's impressive). He says Truth is famous for skipping and jumping, just like his song says. Benjamin then tries to give Truth an Ebonics to English translation that he don't be anything. Benjamin says "I don't be the gold standard, I am the gold standard." He then adds some of Truth's lingo that after he be beating Truth, Truth can be skipping and jumping out of the arena, out of the WWE and out of Benjamin's life. Truth takes exception to those comments and fires away with right hands. He then scoops Shelton with a double leg takedown and continues the assault. JR then notes that Truth has beaten Benjamin more times than the other way around (interesting fact). Truth leaps over a charging Shelton in the corner and follows with a backflip, the splits and a jumping calf kick. Shelton answers back with a Samoan drop and an overhead belly-to-belly suplex, shades of his former mentor Kurt Angle. Back from commercial, Shelton has Truth in a rear chinlock, but Truth fights out, only to be victimized by a back body drop for two. Shelton then whips him hard into the corner for two and delivers a backbreaker and holds Truth in an arched position across Shelton's knee. Truth fights out and Shelton then applies a waistlock/inverted bearhug, which Truth counters with a jawbreaker. Truth takes a swing, but Shelton ducks and yanks him backwards into a backbreaker for two. Benjamin tries a suplex, but Truth counters with a side Russian leg sweep for two. Benjamin negotiates a double leg pick-up, which Truth counters into a sunset flip for two and then a powerslam for two. Benjamin responds with a bridging German suplex for two and tries a powerbomb, but Truth escapes. Benjamin then misses the dragonwhip and Truth connects with a corkscrew flying forearm, which he now apparently calls the lie detector for the win.

Winner: R Truth by pinfall

Rey Mysterio is in the locker room, as he is approached by Mr. McMahon, who is still with Teddy Long for some reason. Vince invites Rey to stand up, but he was already up and Vince makes a lame joke about Rey's height. Vince then wishes him good luck in his match at The Bash against Jericho, because Vince says he's going to need it. Vince says it's probably for the best that Rey loses the mask on Sunday and we all find out what he looks like. He says Jericho could be doing him a favour. Rey then says something in Spanish and leaves. Vince then looks at Teddy and aggressively asks if Rey just cursed at him. Teddy responds that he doesn't speak Spanish, so he wouldn't know, to which Vince responds that from now on, on Smackdown, we only speak English.

Match #2: Michelle McCool and Alicia Fox vs. Gail Kim and Melina

Melina and Alicia start this one out. Fox takes early advantage with a knee to the midsection. She then attempts a powerslam, but Melina counters it by twisting her body into almost a Japanese rolling clutch pin (haven't seen that in a while) for two. Fox tags Michelle, who gets forced to the corner by the champ, but responds with a stiff kick that looks to have broken Melina's jaw, as Melina is screaming in agony. Michelle then delivers a running knee to the face and applies a cravatte, shades of William Regal. Melina fights out, but Alicia Fox cheapshots her from the apron. Michelle then delivers a side Russian leg sweep and floats into the cover, but only gets two. Fox tags in and delivers a snapmare, and then applies a reverse chinlock. Fox then applies a modified camel clutch, but Melina fights out and delivers a mule kick and tags in Gail Kim, who comes in with clotheslines. Fox reverses and Irish whip to the corner and Gail catches her with a twisting high crossbody for two. Fox gets a blind tag to Michelle and leapfrogs over Gail, who delivers a hurricanrana, but then as Gail goes for a faceplant with the flat of her foot, Michelle breaks it up and delivers the faithbreaker (Styles clash) for the win. After the match, Melina is pouting.

Winners: Michelle McCool and Alicia Fox

CM Punk is backstage and he is approached by Mr. McMahon and Teddy Long. Vince asks what he's doing and Punk says he's doing his traditional wrist rolls. Vince says Punk is a pretty cool guy and he did win money in the bank twice and cash in the briefcase twice and asks what it was like to win the title at Extreme Rules. Punk says it was a great feeling and he dedicates it to a clean life and hard work. Vince then claims that Punk's straight-edge thing is an act, to which Punk responds that he doesn't need alcohol or drugs to help him get high. He says he gets high off of competition and Vince should know better than anyone that you do what you have to do to crush your competition. Punk then leaves and Vince turns to Teddy and says "I told you it wasn't an act."

The announcers mention that Dolph Ziggler will face The Great Khali at The Bash in a no disqualification match (I'm holding my breath).

Cryme Tyme then airs their segment called "word up." Today's word is actually presented by Eve (gotta love her) and it's "Jackin.'" Cryme Tyme basically explains that it means to rob someone (it could mean several things actually, but that's a line I'm not going to cross) and you don't ever want someone to jack you (talk about innuendo). Then out of nowhere comes Jesse, who apparently wants to now be known as Jeezy and he spins some rhymes for a bit, trying to be gangster, but it wasn't working, so Cryme Tyme just booked and left Jesse to look stupid (If only his father Terry Gordy could see him now. Well at least he couldn't look any dumber than when he was paired with Festus).

The theme song for The Bash is "Whyyawannabringmedown" by Aranda

Match #3: John Morrison vs. CM Punk

A handshake kicks this one off and Punk gains early advantage with a side headlock, which Morrison counters into an overhand wristlock and then a side headlock takedown. Punk reverses into a headscissor, but Morrison nips up and delivers a deep armdrag, into an arm bar. Punk rolls through it and negotiates a single leg takedown for one. He then applies a waistlock/inverted bearhug. Morrison counters with an arm ringer and then a jackknife cover. Punk bridges up and catches Morrison with a knee to the midsection. Punk tries a dragon kick, but Morrison ducks and connects with a Pele for two. Morrison then applies a bowtie camel clutch, which Punk reverses into one of his own, but Morrison counters with a jawbreaker for two. Morrison misses the chuck kick and Punk delivers a powerslam for two. Punk then delivers a jumping calf kick and a running high knee in the corner, followed by a bulldog for two. He tries for the GTS, but Morrison fights it with elbows and utilizes a waistlock. Punk reverses with a standing switch and then a bridging German suplex for two. He then delivers a snapmare and a soccer kick to the spine for two. Punk then applies a headscissor and drives repeated elbows into Morrison's cranium. Morrison fights out, but gets caught with a clothesline from Punk, who uses a pinning combination for two. Punk then goes back to the headscissor, but Morrison reaches the ropes. Punk tries a sunset powerbomb over the ropes to the outside, but Morrison blocks it and drops a knee on Punk's face. Punk retaliates by sweeping Morrison's legs out from under him. Morrison then delivers a moonsault, landing on his feet (unreal!). Back in the ring, Morrison gets two and then delivers a clothesline and a dropsault, shades of Paul London, followed by a jumping calf kick for two. Morrison tries a running knee, but Punk expertly counters into a half crab, shades of Lance Storm. JR has an excellent line that Punk is such an aficionado when it comes to delivering knees, that he is able to block someone else's knee. Morrison reaches the ropes to break the hold and tries a sunset flip back in, but Punk catches him and tries the GTS, but Morrison once again fights out with elbows and finally hits the chuck kick for two. Morrison tries Starship Pain, but gets crotched on the turnbuckle. Punk delivers a reverse superplex for two and he looks like he hasn't slept in days (huge bags under his eyes). Punk tries the GTS once more, but Morrison counters into a rollup, which Punk counters into his own rollup and Morrison re-counters into yet another rollup, this time with double underhooks for the surprise victory. Great match, but not as good as Morrison and Edge last week.

Winner: John Morrison by pinfall

After the match, Punk tries to congratulate Morrison, offering a handshake, which Morrison accepts, only to get suckered into a GTS. Grisham then has a terrible line that didn't really make sense, but then none of his lines really do. He says sometimes good people do bad things (and Teddy Long's on probation).

Josh Matthews interviews Chris Jericho about why he's become so obsessed with removing Rey Mysterio's mask. Jericho says it's not an obsession; it's an intervention (Excellent!). He says Mysterio is an addict and the mask is his drug and it's a drug that will ruin his career and eventually ruin his life. Jericho says he simply plans to drag Mysterio kicking and screaming to his salvation (words cannot even explain the brilliance of Chris Jericho!). He says he will be Rey's sponsor, because he used to be just like him. He used to be addicted to the cheers of the audience, but he realized he didn't need them, so he ditched the catchphrases and theatrics and saved himself, and now he is the very best at what he does (agreed). He says he will reveal Mysterio's identity and set him free from all the lies he has created and get Rey to admit that Jericho was his true saviour.

Jeff Hardy is on the way to the ring when he is stopped by Mr. McMahon and Teddy Long. Long wishes Hardy luck in his match at The Bash and Hardy says thanks, but then Vince says he's not going to wish him luck, because he quite frankly doesn't want Hardy to win, because he doesn't want someone like him to represent Smackdown as champion. Hardy tells Vince that he should just ask the fans what they want (it's about time that someone said it). Hardy says he doesn't need any luck. After Hardy leaves, Vince questions the look on Long's face and there is another awkward moment between them.

Match #4: Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio vs. Edge and Chris Jericho in a rage in the cage match with CM Punk as the special guest referee

Jeff and Edge start things off as Jeff reverses an Irish whip to the corner and quickly tags Mysterio, who assists Jeff with a little poetry in motion for two. Mysterio then delivers a drop toe hold into the buckle and a flying headscissor into the middle rope. He then uses Edge's body as a step ladder or launching pad to start climbing up the cage. Edge stops him, but Mysterio attacks with a high crossbody for two and tags Hardy, who delivers a double axe handle coming in. Edge finally gains some momentum for his team with a back body drop to Hardy into the side of the cage. Jericho tags in and delivers a belly-to-back suplex for two. He then applies a chicken wing, which Hardy fights out of and delivers a lariat. Mysterio tags in and delivers a seated senton. Jericho tries a sunset flip, but Mysterio rolls through and delivers a swift kick to Jericho's temple for two. Mysterio then ascends the turnbuckles and delivers a hurricanrana, followed by a low dropkick to Jericho's ballocks. Mysterio then whips Jericho to the far corner, but Jericho tries to climb up. Mysterio stops him and gets cut off by Edge, who has him on his shoulders, but Hardy comes in and takes Edge down. Edge then inadvertently launches Mysterio in the air and he catches Jericho with a top rope hurricanrana for two. Jericho then lifts Mysterio in powerbomb position but just dumps him backwards into the cage. Edge tags in and delivers a running body splash with Rey positioned on the middle rope for two. Rey then negotiates a headscissor takedown out of the corner and goes to tag Jeff, but Edge beats him to it and tags Jericho, who comes in and tries going for the mask. Rey fights him off and tries coming off the turnbuckle, but Jericho catches him in midair with a dropkick. Rey then delivers an enzugiri, shades of the late, great Owen Hart, but Jericho then tags Edge. Edge uses Rey like a javelin or lawn dart, sending him into the cage, but Rey counters with a twisting DDT. Jericho tags in and Rey runs at him, only to have Jericho launch him in the air. Rey tries to climb out, but Jericho stops him and Rey delivers a missile dropkick off the top rope. Tags are made on both sides and a fresh Hardy comes in with clotheslines and then sends Edge repeatedly into the cage. Hardy delivers an inverted atomic drop and scoops Edge with a double leg takedown for a double legdrop to the sternum, followed by a low dropkick. Edge tries a spear, but Hardy leapfrogs him and Edge accidentally spears Punk. Jeff connects with the whisper in the wind for two and then a gourdbuster, shades of Arn Anderson. Jericho comes in, but so does Mysterio and Hardy swing Rey wildly, allowing Rey to kick Jericho down. Edge delivers a big boot to Rey and then Jeff tries the twist of fate, but Edge blocks it. Hardy momentarily allows himself to be distracted by Punk, which allows Edge to nail him with the spear for the win.

Winners: Edge and Chris Jericho by pinfall

After the match, Punk takes the microphone and sarcastically asks for an applause for his opponent at The Bash, Jeff Hardy.

Back in the GM's office, Vince tells Teddy that he expects big things from him at the pay per view, because he'll have to perform as if his job depended on it.

Final thoughts: As a Smackdown episode, this wasn't a bad show, but as a go-home show before a pay per view, it did have some significant shortcomings. I'll start with the good stuff. None of the matches were particularly bad; in fact the last two matches were excellent in the ring. I also loved Jericho's promo as always. His feud with Mysterio has feud of the year written all over it. However, there was no reason for Vince to be there at all tonight. He had no attachment to any of the angles on Smackdown and it was just a case of him once again letting his ego take over. I also didn't like the fact that both the champion and challenger had to do clean jobs tonight to two guys who aren't even wrestling at the pay per view. It does work for both Morrison and Edge and keeps them strong, but essentially, a go-home show is supposed to get the main angles and main wrestlers attached to those angles over and I don't feel that they did that. Based on this, I have to drop the rating this week to 7 out of 10.