August 21, 2009
Smackdown: Hardy Boyz reunite!
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling
SummerSlam is a mere 48 hours away and tonight is the big go home show. Tag team battles are the theme of the evening with the likes of The Hardy Boyz, Rey Mysterio, CM Punk, and Chris Jericho all taking part. From Kansas City, Missouri it is Smackdown time!
Match 1: Rey Mysterio & Cryme Tyme vs. Big Show, Chris Jericho & Dolph Ziggler
Jericho and Mysterio start things off and keep a fast paced while exchanging control. JTG showing some acrobatics as he delivers a face buster off the second turnbuckle. Coming back from the commercials Cryme Tyme is in full charge of Y2J until he is able to tag his giant of a tag team partner. Show displays his arsenal of moves by locking in a modified Rings of Saturn and coupling that with some nasty open hand slaps. Shad assists Mysterio up on his shoulders to connect with a huge splash on his old rival Jericho. Rey gets the 619 on Y2J, however, is knocked out cold by a massive right hand from Big Show when the referee was distracted. Jericho tags to Ziggler who scampers in for the three count.
WINNERS: Big Show, Jericho, Ziggler
Josh Matthews interviews Matt Hardy. Matt apologizes for his past comments and actions towards his brother Jeff. Matt says that the world heavyweight champion accepts his apology and looks like for now that the Hardy Boyz are back on the same page.
Kane comes out to the ring to try and hype what will surely be the worst match at SummerSlam against The Great Khali. The Punjabi Playboy interrupts and is able to block a chair attack from Kane. The Big Red Machine receives a brief beat down before escaping.
Match 2: Finlay vs. Mike Knox
A couple of smash mouth athletes in action here. Knox will not break a five count while pummelling the Irishman and is DQ’d. The powerful Knox levels Finlay with the steel steps following the bell.
WINNER: Finlay by DQ
Table, ladders, and chairs are set up down the aisle and in the ring as Jeff Hardy makes his way down to the squared circle and is walking underneath several ladders. Hardy states that his doctors have advised him to retire, but that he has never listened to his physicians. The world champ sits atop one of the ladders in the centre of the ring when CM Punk decides to sander out. Punk runs down Hardy’s values and his current physical condition. The challenger tries to tip Jeff off the ladder, however, he lands on his feet and hits a Twist of Fate.
Match 3: Melina & Maria vs. Natalya Neidhart & Layla
Women’s champion Michelle McCool is at the announce table for commentary. The fiery Layla bursts out of the gate hot, but Maria and Melina soon recapture control with some double team. Melina attacks Michelle on the outside, which allows Layla to attack from behind. Natalya hits a perfect spinning clothesline and sinks in a bow and arrow submission. Out of nowhere Melina connects with a sunset flip/powerbomb type move off of the second turnbuckle to grab the 1-2-3 on Natalya.
WINNERS: Melina & Maria
Intercontinental champ Rey Mysterio is interviewed briefly by Josh Matthews. Mysterio plays up being in his home state of California for SummerSlam on Sunday and how Dolph Ziggler better be ready.
Match 4: Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy & John Morrison vs. CM Punk & The Hart Dynasty
I said it before and I’ll say it again, The Hart Dynasty need a mouth piece to become major impact players ... they are so close to busting out. Morrison and Kidd begin this main event and soon after DH Smith is laying some heavy blows down on Matt Hardy. The Hardy Boyz hit one of their old moves where Jeff jumps off of Matt’s back and onto Punk in the corner. Back from the commercials it is the good guys in the driver’s seat as they make quick tags to isolate Tyson Kidd. These Superstars are keeping a good, entertaining pace with barely any rest holds. Returning from yet another commercial break Morrison and Kidd trade kicks with Kidd able to tag out to Smith who nails a text book suplex. Jeff receives the hot tag and takes down all of his foes. Smith pulls Kidd out of the way from a swanton bomb, which allows Punk to viciously go after his SummerSlam opponent. All hell breaks lose as every body goes after every body. Matt finds himself alone with Punk after Jeff drapes his neck over the top rope and hits a Twist of Fate to pin the number one contender.
WINNERS: Jeff & Matt Hardy, John Morrison
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. 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! Wrestling’s home page. Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org