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Smackdown: Punk and Hardy heat up Miami
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling


Some phenomenal pure wrestling on tap tonight as we creep ever closer to the Night of Champions. CM Punk and John Morrison put on a clinic in a non-tile war, while The Hart Dynasty continue to show the quality of their pedigree. A massive main event featuring Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, and Chris Jericho highlight this stellar program. From sunny Miami, Florida itís time, itís time, itís Smackdown time!

The Charismatic Enigma, Jeff Hardy kicks off the show in street clothes and replays CM Punkís comments against him having two strikes in the WWEís wellness program. Punk cuts a great promo on Hardy saying that he cannot believe how fans are cheering that Jeff hasnít failed a drug test in one year. The world champ calls his rival a screw up. I donít like how the writing staff is making it seem cool to be a drug addict and that the straight edge lifestyle is the heel persona. Hardy sucker shoves Punk out of the ring and the champion walks away.

Match 1: Non-title- CM Punk (c) vs. John Morrison

This is a rematch from their classic battle 3 weeks ago where Morrison upset the champion with a roll up. Some nice back and forth chain wrestling to begin until Punk locks in an impressive Tajiri style Tarantula momentarily. Returning from the commercials Punk scores a couple of near falls thanks to a beautiful belly to belly suplex. A huge running knee by Morrison almost wins it for the Friday Night Delight. A series of reversal pinfall attempts follow and then the world title holder sinks in a sleeper hold. Punk almost turns Morrisonís split leg moonsault finisher into a Go To Sleep. A couple of pinning reversals later and John Morrison gets the better of the world champion once again. Punk does not shake the extended hand of Morrison following the match. Another terrific contest between these two.

WINNER: John Morrison

Layla comes out in a Miami Heat outfit and the former Heat cheerleader gets the crowd going with a dance routine. Ricky Ortiz interrupts and runs down the Miami Heat. Ortiz gives Layla a towel, which she does not accept.

Match 2: Kane vs. R Truth

Going from a wrestling classic to an average contest at best. Truth gets some high flying moves off before Kane stuffs him with a boot off the top rope for the 1-2-3. After the bell The Great Khali comes down for Kane. The distraction allows Truth to hit a third turnbuckle drop kick, which The Big Red Machine responds to by fleeing through the crowd...mainly to avoid Khali.

WINNER: Kane

Another weird comedy segment featuring R Truthís alter ego, Pretty Ricky.

Match 3: Mixed Tag- The Hart Dynasty vs. Cryme Tyme w/ Eve Torres

The Hart Dynasty is a mouth piece away from taking this stellar team to the next level. Cryme Tyme defeated the Harts on WWE Superstars last week to give a 2-1 edge to the gangstas in the rivalry. Natalya and Eve briefly square off before Tyson Kidd gets run over by Shad. Quick tags by both team with DH Smith and Kidd isolating JTG. Natalya and Eve have a nice exchange with mayhem on the outside distracting a springboard moonsault pin attempt by Eve. Natalya capitalizes on the distraction by delivering a nasty spinning clothesline that put Eve down for the count. Harts continue to improve.

WINNERS: The Hart Dynasty

Edge interview: Edge is at home with his left ankle all wrapped up and briefly runs down his 17 year career. He describes how this Achilles tendon injury could end the Rated R Superstarís illustrious career. Chris Jericho interrupts his now former partner and tells Edge that he is pathetic and injury prone. Edge says he will use Y2Jís comments as motivation and that when he comes back he will prove Jericho and everyone wrong.

Match 4: Main Event- Rey Mysterio & Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho & Dolph Ziggler

World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk is out to do commentary. Action picks up once we return from commercials as Dolph Ziggler is putting a big time hurt on Jeff Hardy. One half of the Unified Tag Team championship, Jericho, takes over where his partner left off as he lands some heavy hands before Jeff finally makes the hot tag to Mysterio. High flying Rey goes right after Y2J and unloads his usual spectacular arsenal. Zigglerís blind tag allows him to save Jericho from the spring board splash and then grounds Rey with a head lock. Dolph has been improving by leaps and bounds over the past few weeks. Jericho misses the bulldog and eats a whisper in the wind from Hardy. The Rainbow Warrior hits the Twist of Fate and would have gotten the three count from the swanton bomb if were not for Zigglerís interference. Jeff and Punk have a stare down when Jericho was thrown near by. The world champ hurls Y2J into Hardy, which causes the referee to disqualify Jericho and Ziggler. Dolph blind sides Mysterio, while Jericho delivers a Code Breaker and the Walls of Jericho. CM Punk looks on with a serious expression as Smackdown goes off the air.

WINNER: Mysterio & Hardy via DQ

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. Be sure to check out the one-on-one interview with TNA Knockout Taylor Wilde on SLAM! Wrestlingís home page. Contact Andy at andymcnamara@hotmail.com