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Smackdown: Dave's gonna kill you!
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Smackdown is the lone broadcast standing between us and Survivor Series. Expect some hype tonight for the PPV, mixed in with a very intriguing card tonight. Let's take a look at how everything went down.

Match 1 - Batista vs. Matt Hardy

As I said on a message board earlier this week, I'm digging Batista's new intensity, as are many fans as evidenced by how he's cheered by match's end, when he delivers three spinebusters and a Batista Bomb to finish off Hardy. Can we please start the chant "Dave's gonna kill you!"

Winner: Batista

Backstage, Josh Matthews catches up with Batista post-victory. Would've been more effective doing this in the aisle after Dave's win -- this one really looked like it was taped beforehand.

Next we go to Teddy Long's office, where Vickie Guerrero is chiding him for putting the Brothers of Destruction together. After some back-and-forth between the two, Vince McMahon comes in and expresses the same sentiment, then makes Guerrero the Smackdown consultant, which sends her shrieking in glee. Oy.

Match 2 - Drew McIntyre vs. Finlay

Finlay gets the bulk of the offense here before McIntyre kills him dead with the double-underhook DDT. Vicious!

Winner: McIntyre

CM Punk's out next and preaches the Straight Edge ways, dumping out cigarettes, prescription pills and a bottle of whiskey into a garbage can to demonstrate his restraint. This brings out R-Truth, who cuts a good promo before attacking Punk and eventually dumping said addictive substances all over him (though notably not over his face so that he doesn't ingest accidentally the whiskey, which you have to respect). For good measure, Truth lays in with a trashcan shot. Okay, this built up their feud a bit more, but did nothing to hype the Survivor Series elimination match.

Match 3 - John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler (2/3 Falls, IC title match)

Okay, straight out of the gate, I'm going to say I'm disappointed with this match. This should have gone at least 20 minutes and had a lot more intensity. Bottom line? Should've been on PPV. Morrison won #1 with the roll-up, Ziggler won #2 with the Zig Zag and Morrison took #3 with Starship Pain.

Winner: Morrison

Match 4 - Mickie James vs. Layla

Quick match with James getting the win.

Winner: Mickie

I'll apologize now for refusing to describe what happened after the match... no wait, I won't. What WWE put on next was disgusting and despicable. I sincerely hope that Mickie's country career takes off quickly so she doesn't have to suffer this kind of abuse on TV.

Match 5 - Rey Mysterio vs. Tyson Kidd

Solid but short bout between these two with Dave sitting at ringside. The action ends up on the floor, where Dave attacks Kidd to draw the DQ on Mysterio (unannounced).

Winner: Kidd (DQ)

Mysterio then attacks Batista and we get a nice little exchange, Tom 'n Jerry style, with Rey narrowly escaping Dave's clutches. Once again, I implore you: "Dave's gonna kill you! Dave's gonna kill you!"

Backstage, Jeri-Show have a funny exchange. Man, the majority of the show has been bad but this one run has totally saved it (and hyped the PPV more than any other part of the show!).

Match 6 - Brothers of Destruction vs. Jeri-Show

This was what you'd expect it to be for the most part -- solid big-man action, good build for Survivor Series and overall fun to watch. The match eventually breaks down as we end the show with Jericho putting the Codebreaker on Show and walking away with the World title.

Winners: no contest

A lot of the show was just... there, but the build for the title bout and the Rey/Dave match was awesome. I get the funny feeling that Kane's getting involved in the title bout somehow now though...

See you in 7.