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Smackdown Report for Feb 12
By JEFF GOODRIDGE -- Live Audio Wrestling (Special to SLAM! Wrestling)


Smackdown comes blasting in from the home state of the Super Bowl Champs and the spiciest gumbo this side of the Bayou! Hold on to your gators, kids! Smackdown starts with a BANG!

We are just a few days away from the Elimination Chamber and as we continue down the road to Wrestlemania, Todd Grisham and Matt Striker are quick to remind us that tonight's main event of Chris Jericho and Undertaker features two of the big names in the Smackdown Chamber event. The show gets underway with some heavy pyro, as usual, and soon the air is filled with the sounds of Rey Mysterio's music and the screams of little mask wearing kids all over the building.

Match 1: Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk

I must say, I love when Rey rocks a mask that's black and orange. But then again, I also like Halloween a whole lot. I'm hoping he does well in the Chamber match, but I'm sure he isn't going to be pulling out the win there. CM Punk is next out followed by the shaven Serena and Punk's lethal enforcer Luke Gallows. I have to say, I never thought that out of Festus and Jesse that Festus would be the one that made something of him self. Especially since Jesse's daddy was Terry Gordy of the Fabulous Freebirds.

As they come down to the ring, my ever awesome girlfriend Lisa, thinks that its time for someone else to join the Straight Edge Society. I don't disagree. With the way things have been going for Punk and with the tag belts not going their way, adding someone else to the fold makes it seem like the movement is growing, and it also makes them more of a threat to the rest of the locker room. Grish and Striker make sure to remind everyone that Punk and Gallows didn't pull out the win on RAW and that MizShow are the new title holders. I think we figured it out, Todd, when they didn't come to the ring wearing belts.

The two come together slowly, with Punk pushing Rey off. This is starting too fast for me to cover entirely but it's a ton of reversals and a ton of high impact moves. First series was insane, but it's slowed down some with Rey and Punk going into a test of strength. This is something I could see more of. After being forced to the ground and working his way back up, Rey flies into the air, while still holding onto Punk, and lands on his head with his knees. This sends Punk to the mat and leaves Rey snapping some quick kicks off on Punk's legs.

After Rey sends Punk to the corner, he grabs one leg, setting Punk up to hit a wicked enzugiri. Punk covers for two, and then locks in his triangle leg lock onto Rey's head and neck. I have to say, Serena's hair is growing back much more rapidly than I expected. Rey fights out of the submission but Punk hits a snapmare and follows up with a hoof to the back of the head. Punk covers and gets two.

As Punk goes to lift Rey from the mat, and summarily tosses him to the outside. Rey lands well outside, Punk goes to join him, but Rey is back into the ring and bounding across looking for a 619. Punk confers with the Society outside, as we head into the first commercial break.

We come back and Punk and Mysterio are back in the ring. After running some, Punk hits a high flipping dropkick and nails Mysterio for a two count. Punk sends Rey to the ropes, who evades Punk's attack and goes back to the ropes for a leg scissors that brings Punk back to the outer ring area. Rey winds up, and runs across the apron to land right on CM Punk. Luke Gallows, who should be doing more of this, comes to Punk's aid and starts to distract and intimidate Rey while Punk gets his breath. Punk then uses this chance to back body drop Rey into first row ringside. I've often wondered why fans don't try to help guys back to their feet when they land in their laps or take bumps in their seating area. Maybe it happens in Canada, I don't know. We're really polite like that.

Punk brings Rey back to reality the hard way and then slides his prone body back into the ring. Punk covers for three, but only catches two. Rey moves into the corner, and Punk comes flying from the opposite side, dropkicking Rey into the post. This looks really awesome on television and it makes me wonder why they wouldn't let Tajiri do more things like this when he was around. Come to think of it, how wicked would a Tajiri/Punk match be?

Rey rolls to the outside and sells like a champ. Punk goes right back out after him with forearms and a clothesline, and then rolls him back in for a two count. Punk goes for a modified surfboard/bow and arrow submission hold, twisting Rey Mysterio's spine. Rey reverses for two, Punk goes for a back body drop, and Rey flips again into a two count.

As Rey comes back for some more, Punk sends him crashing down to the mat with a filthy looking backbreaker, adding more work to the spinal column of the masked luchador. Pin for two, and Punk continues to focus on the back. Using arms to pull, Punk stabs his knee into the back of Rey Mysterio, until Rey can launch a kick to Punk's head, breaking the hold. Rey retreats to the corner and drop toe holds Punk into the turnbuckle. Rey goes to the top rope, but Punk swats his foot, leading to a tree of woe for Mysterio. That kinda rhymes.

Punk takes his time, going over to the opposite corner and glaring menacingly as he prepares his next vile move. He pounces, looking for a Ty Cobb baseball slide to Mysterio's head, but Rey is able to pull himself up just in time for Punk to crotch himself on the post. Mysterio hits the top rope and lands on target. He fires himself off the ropes and hits a HUGE flying crossbody on Punk, but only grabs a two count. This is a great match for television.

Rey fires himself back off the ropes, but catches a low blow from CM Punk. Punk tries to roll up but misses and catches a kick to the head, which sounded awesome by the way. Rey covers for two and the Society looks on ominously. Rey puts Punk back into the corner, sends himself off the ropes but Punk is able to hit a powerslam off the run, leading to a two count.

Rey again retreats to the corner and Punk launches a flying knee. Punk comes back for some more but Rey dropkicks the knee and sets the Straight Edge Savior up for a 619. Rey goes to attack, but Serena hits the apron to dissuade his movement. Just then, Gallows attempts to snag Rey, who responds with a chinbuster. Punk comes back for Rey but gets drop toed into the ropes. Rey goes again for a 619 but Punk evades. Punk then picks up Rey for his Go to Sleep finisher, but Rey reverses into a hurricanrana pin for three.

The match is over for Rey, but not for Gallows. CM Punk's hetero life mate smashes Rey and follows up with boots to the back and a shattering backbreaker. Punk has the BEST heel look on his face as he crawls to Gallows and instructs him to hit a huge avalanche on Rey, ala King Kong Bundy. He follows this with a short arm clothesline and leaves Mysterio a crumpled mess. Striker goes on to mention that Straight Edge is all about living a pure life, which leads Todd to ask what's pure about this beat down we're witnessing. Response: "Pure, unmitigated brutality". Matt Striker, you're awesome. Thank you for coming to Smackdown.

Gallows holds Rey as Serena kicks Mysterio in the breadbasket and Punk yells that they can save him. Gallows picks up Rey, places him on Punk's shoulders, and Rey catches a GTS.

Match Overview: This was a great television match. 15 minutes well worth my time, and I didn't want to flip the channel once. This really brings back solid memories of the Jericho/Mysterio feud that was so awesome and led to so many great matches, not only on television but also on pay per view. Granted, Chris and Rey have worked together longer and know one another a bit better, but given time, I could really get behind a Punk/Mysterio feud. Rumors have been circulating that perhaps Rey will get involved with a hair vs. mask stipulation for Wrestlemania, and I'm all for it. Just book it the right way, and don't ask Kevin Nash his opinion on the booking. If you heard his comments on The LAW in regards to the WCW Mask Fiasco, then you know what I'm talking about. If you don't, go listen to the interview. It's ridiculous, and all of that is totally on Kevin's part.

We head into commercial, with the promise of Batista later on in the show, to explain his actions involving John Cena on RAW.

We come back from commercial and we're treated to a new entrance video and music combo for Drew McIntyre. I, for one, am really happy about this; his last music was very generic, almost like some custom created character for a video game. The kid looks good, physically, the belt looks brilliant around his waist and he's got that silent cockiness that makes him such a brilliant heel.

Drew goes on to tell us that not only is he the Intercontinental Champion, but he's also undefeated in the six months he's been on Smackdown. The lights go red, and here comes Kane. Does anyone really think Kane is going to win the belt here? McIntyre tries to bail out, saying he doesn't have anything to prove here, especially to Kane, since he dropped him last week.

Match 2: Kane vs. Drew McIntyre

The bell gets rung as Drew is on his way out of the ring to pander to the back, and Kane levels him with a huge boot. The action goes to the outside of the ring, allowing Kane to beat on the Sinister Scotsman. Kane fires Drew into the ropes but telegraphs and catches a shot for it. Drew attempts to fire off the ropes but Kane fires a clothesline of epic proportions. He goes up top, looking for the lariat, but Drew bails out to the outer ring area. We hit a commercial and Laura Diakun goes on to say something unimportant about the Raptors.

As we come back, both men are back in the ring and Drew has Kane in an armbar. Kane battles back with shots to the gut, and sends Drew to the corner. McIntyre fires back with a kick to Kane's knee, attempting to stop his mobility. Drew hits a series of boots, which all look fantastic, and then a big clothesline, sending both men to the mat. Drew covers but gets two, and Grisham mentions that McIntyre has taken up his own poll in his native land of Scotland and apparently, he's more popular than Sean Connery. Shocking, positively shocking.

Drew attempts to launch Kane into the corner, but it's reversed. In a cool turn, Drew hops up the turnbuckles to avoid the corner, but catches a wicked clothesline on his way back into the fray. Kane drives McIntyre to the corner again, feeding him shots. McIntyre feeds Kane an elbow to break it up, and runs headfirst into a big sidewalk slam from Kane, who covers for two. Kane returns to the top rope, and connects with the big lariat, delivering the IC Champ back down to the mat. Kane motions for the chokeslam and gets Drew around the gizzard, but Drew battles out, and attempts to lock his Future Shock DDT, but Kane is able to re-establish his hold. The Big red machine tries to make contact, but Drew bails out and both men end up outside the ring.

Both men are battling out, and Drew attempts to get back into the ring, but Kane drags him back down and drives the Scotsmen into the ringside barrier with authority. The ref finishes the count, and both men are disqualified, but the action doesn't stop there. Kane fires McIntyre back into the ring, but catches a boot on his way back in. McIntyre pounces, Lisa says not unlike a puma, and feeds shots to Kane until the ref is able to pull him away. Drew then heads back to the ringside area and grabs his great equalizer, the Intercontinental Championship. It's nice of Tony Chimmel to get of his tubby ass to hand it to him.

Drew goes to cork Kane with the belt, but Kane is able to latch on for a chokeslam. He delivers the shot, but I have to think he meant to make Drew land ON the belt, instead of right next to it. At least, it would have made more sense to me, if you want him to look strong coming into the next match. Kane raises his arms, launches the napalm from the ring posts and heads to the back, as Drew McIntyre lays prone, belt across his chest.

Match Overview: This match did what it needed to do, it was purely mechanical. Clearly, there's a match coming up for the belt at the Chamber PPV and I really can't see Drew dropping the belt to Kane. Morrison, maybe, but not Kane. I honestly think it's a shame that Kane doesn't get more ring time and doesn't get a run with anything higher than the tag titles. I realize that with marketing to kids and teens, you cant have it as demonic as hooking Shane McMahon up to a car battery or having someone rape a corpse, but there has to be some sort of way to utilize the big man a bit more before he retires. McIntyre continues to impress me, week after week, and no matter what anyone says, I truly believe that he could be worked into a second coming of Tully Blanchard. He's that damned good.

We go to the backstage area, and Mickie James is perusing a tasty looking fruit bowl before being harassed by Layla and Michelle McCool. Just when you thought it was safe to go backstage...

LayCool lays out some stupid fat jokes, saying there might be cookies under the fruit, but Mickie gets her back up and asks them when they're going to get it, that the feud is done. I agree, wholeheartedly. Michelle says that as long as Mickie has HER belt, it's never going to be over. She offers Mickie some cottage cheese, suggesting that eating that would allow her to fit the belt around her waist. Mickie flips it out of her hands and it lands with a fantastic slosh sound off screen. Michelle and Layla are stunned and Mickie laughs, until she turns around to see where the cheese landed. In all her sloppy glory, Vickie Guererro is pissed, even with Mickie apologizing. LayCool comes in with the sucking up and we hit another commercial.

As we come back, we get a look at WWE.com and all the great work Joey Styles is doing to keep that website entertaining, with Valentines related Divas stuff and such. I have to be honest; I only ever go to their website to check out the line ups for PPV, and possibly a bio page or two. I can't be bothered spending any copious amount of time there, because if you want to see a video, you either have to pay for it or download something ridiculous. YouTube is much cooler, and I think its one of the only things that TNA has done right, by embracing it and utilizing it to promote the product. But I digress.

Match 3: Mickie James vs. Layla

Mickie James comes bouncing out to the ring, her usual bubbly self, with belt in hand and smile on face. She's set to face off against Layla in a match, but I think Icky Vickie is going to have some other plans. LayCool comes out in matching hoodies, which I'm sure makes them cool to somebody, The match starts off with Mickie and Layla in the ring, with Michelle prowling the outer perimeter looking for her chance to strike. Striker lets us know that Layla is of Moroccan and English decent, and is fluent in Arabic. I'll let the UN know, maybe they can use her for their next food fight or fashion show.

Both girls start off with heavy shots, and Mickie drops Layla with a brilliant dropkick to the face. Layla panders to the corner, but we get inconvenienced by Vickie Guererro. Man, this show is SO much better without the involvement of GM's and GM Consultants. There's so much HEAT for this lady that Eddy would be proud. She flips the match into a two on one handicap. Michelle drops her clogs, and is ready for action. The amount of time this girl spends in the ring barefoot, you would think she's Samoan or something.

Michelle barely makes it into the ring before Mickie is on her, feeding her shots to her head and midsection. McCool comes back with a hoof to the gut and the she wolves set in on their prey. Both girls fire Mickie to the ropes, but they both telegraph, and Mickie hoofs McCool, and follows up with a head smash to the mat. Layla's turn is a little more involved, as Mickie bounds off the ropes and hits a Lou Thesz Press, firing shots on all cylinders to Layla's skull. In a cool spot, Michelle tries to break it up, but Mickie is able to double leg hook her, and goes for a jackknife pin. Layla breaks it up with a nice dropkick, but it still looked awesome.

Mickie is fighting them both off now, but falters as Layla fires Mickie off the ropes and into the waiting arms of McCool, who hits a stunning spinning backbreaker. This match is a lot better than I expected, I just wish the garbage storyline was out the window. Both girls fire Mickie into the corner and McCool follows behind her with a knee for James's stomach. McCool comes back to fire Layla into the corner, but Mickie flips her up over onto the apron. Mickie goes to hit what looked to be a hurricanrana on McCool, but Layla breaks that up, distracting James long enough for McCool to land a vicious foot to the face. McCool attempts to dust her hands like Mr. Perfect but comes off looking like she suffers from Down's syndrome. She grabs Mickie and hits her Styles Clas... I mean... Faith Breaker finisher. This leads to a pin fall and a win for LayCool.

Both girls celebrate in the ring after the match and embrace like they've won the Super Bowl. It's commercial time once again!!!

Match Overview: This match was really good. It was physical, it was fast paced, and it didn't take all night. Layla lacks some ring presence and I think she could probably benefit from spending some time with Lance Storm or Finlay. I don't know what her finishing move is, or even if she has one, but she should be dropping it soon. She needs to establish herself as something more than just Michelle McCool's B.F.F. Mickie, as always, puts out a great match, does a fantastic job, and shows how badly I miss ladies like Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, and Ivory. Those three on their own revolutionized women's wrestling in the Attitude Era and I think they're sorely missed right now. McCool is a decent wrestler, she's just a very weak heel and VERY weak on the microphone.

We come back from commercial and we see an awesome aerial shot of a local air force base. Todd leads us into the Batista segment and the segment is well done. Bret Hart and his feud with McMahon is what's making me purchase Wrestlemania at this point. The clips here are great, showcasing the RAW attack on Cena and his walkout on Punk from last weeks Smackdown, which you would have read about if you were here.

Tough Enough alumni Josh Matthews introduce Batista, who my girlfriend has an intense crush on. He makes the slow walk down to the ring, rocking a Canadian Tuxedo, made up of a denim jacket and jeans. Josh asks what provoked the recent actions on RAW, and why he walked out of my Chamber elimination match. Batista takes the stick, and his time, staring down Josh. The crowd is screaming for Cena, and The Animal just smiles his devious smile. He sits on the top turnbuckle, which looks pretty comfortable, and then decides it's time to go. He walks around the outside, stares down a kid in a Cena shirt, and then returns to the ring. He opens his mouth, as if to say something, but drops the stick, and leaves. I have to say, I am REALLY enjoying this. The suspense is great, and I can only assume this is going to lead to Cena and Batista squaring off at Wrestlemania. If that's the case, it could be the second best match of the night, since we all know Undertaker and HBK will not be denied the honor. The spotlight deal does a lot for me too, helping to embellish his heelish needs.

The crowd slams Batista with a ‘you suck' chant, and Batista yells ‘You want an explanation?' He comes back to the ring and I'm disappointed. I expected him to just point at the Mania logo, and then leave but we're going to get a promo instead, and I do so love Batista's promos. You can really tell he's a student of Flair's. He fakes us out again, and leaves for real this time.

At a loss for words, Todd and Matt lead us into a promo for a match between John Morrison and R-Truth, and this match is going to be off the chain, to steal a line from Taz. Both of these guys should rack up some serious frequent flyer miles in this one. We get a Mania promo letting everyone know that in a mere 44 days, The Granddaddy of all shows will erupt from the sandy plains of Arizona.

We get a WWE narcissistic factoid on the way back from commercial and Teddy Long makes his way out to the stage, and explains that since Batista refused to give an explanation and refused his match last week, he can compete against Edge next week. That should be awesome, and sounds safe for Edge, who really needs someone like Batista to take care of him and help him shake off the ring rust.

Todd and Matt are up next, talking about what's up with Batista and Matt hardy is making his way to the ring with The Great Khali and his lil buddy Ranjin Singh. Matt wants to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day, and calls Khali the ‘Poonjabi' Playboy. Matt says he's going to have the best V Day ever, and introduces Maria Kanellis to the ring. Apparently, she's his Valentine. Man, he's trading up from Amy Dumb Ass.

Match 4: Hart Dynasty vs. Great Khali and Matt Hardy, with Maria Kanellis

Hart Dynasty, the most underrated tag team in the company, heads down to the ring next and I still love how The Dynasty gets into the ring, and I'm dying to see more of Natalya's work in the ring. I still don't understand why she doesn't get a shot at the Women's Belt, but I guess mine is not to reason why.

DH Smith starts off in the ring with Khali, but quickly retreats back to the corner, tags in Tyson, and Khali brings Kidd into the match the HARD way. Khali ends the pain and brings in Hardy to work with Kidd. Hardy clotheslines Tyson into the corner and then smacks Smith, who was on his way back to the apron to help out Tyson. Tyson hits a dropkick on Hardy, and tags Smith back in, who hits a STUNNING stall suplex, just like daddy did. He covers for two, and sends Hardy to the Dynasty corner for some more punishment. Tyson comes back in, lands a few stiff kicks and an electrifying dropkick to the back of Matt's skull. Tyson goes for the cover but comes up just short, so he locks on a solid headlock, screaming all the way. No one has vocals in this company right now like Tyson Kidd. I would be remiss if I didn't mention it looks like the Dynasty is rocking tights with either small dots or paint splatters on them, reminiscent of the Hitman tights of the early to mid nineties.

Matt fights out of the headlock, and receives a kick for his troubles, leading Tyson to rocket off the ropes and land himself in a Side Effect, courtesy of Hardy. Matt looks like he's going for the Twist of Fate, but Smith rushes to distract the referee, leading Matt to go to the ropes and Natalya to grab his feet, bringing Hardy down to the mat. I love that she's getting more involved in this, and she's doing more to get noticed. Long term, this girl is going to be something special.

Suddenly, I miss Joey Styles, as Maria flies around the corner steps and leaps onto The Anvilette, busting her head into the ringside mats. While this is going on, Kidd attempts a rollup on Hardy, who reverses into his own pin for three. This was really short.

Match Overview: This was short, but I'm sure its leading into a three on three match for next weeks shot. I'm really hoping that Hart Dynasty picks up the win next week, especially since I can't see Hardy and Khali hanging around as a team for much longer. I'm also hoping that we finally get to see how GOOD Natalya is in the ring, I would especially LOVE to see a Sharpshooter on Maria. But, I'm sure I'm just a dreamer, and all this will blow right up in my face, especially now that I've predicted it.

Just prior to commercial, we get to see the video package for Ted DiBiase, who will be going into the Hall of Fame the night before Wrestlemania. I really think this was a long time coming, and I'm happy that he finally gets to take his place in the hallowed halls.

As we come back from commercial, we see a RAW recap, of Carl Edwards hosting RAW. I didn't catch the episode since my DVR was being stupid, but I heard it was decent. The clips are helping the build for Hitman vs. McMahon, and I, for one, am stoked to see this happen.

Todd and Matt run down the Elimination Chamber Pay Per View and then show us the fallout from the earlier Mysterio/Punk match.

R-Truth is on his way to the ring, let's crank it up. What's up? Not much, really. Just watching Smackdown, writing the review, and going to commercial.

As commercial comes back, Truth asks the Baton Rouge crowd, Who Dat? I'm kinda sick of that already. John Morrison makes his slow-mo entrance and comes down to the ring. Lisa thinks the Shaman of Sexy is looking pretty fly in his silver and black pants. I could honestly care less, this match is going to be !#@$ing awesome!

Match 5: John Morrison vs. R-Truth

Morrison and Truth shake hands and Morrison latches on with a side headlock. Truth shoots off into the ropes, and catches a shoulderblock from Morrison. John bounds off the ropes, hops over Truth, comes back, Truth leapfrogs, and Morrison rolls over Truth's back. At this point, Morrison hits the ground, clutching his ankle and Truth isn't sure if he should press the advantage or ease back. The ref tends to John and calls the match. Truth wins the match, based on injury, but the cool thing is Truth is helping John with his boots, and really doing the face thing here. I like that.

Match Overview: This wasn't even really a match; however, what I saw was awesome. Internet reports from different people, along with John Pollock of the LAW, say that Morrison sprained it. Morrison himself tweeted that he had broken it in three places. So, I suppose we'll have to see how it plays out and see who's working who on this one.

Todd and Matt let us know that show is nearly over, by mentioning again that Chris Jericho and Undertaker is coming up next. We get a RAW commercial first, letting those under a rock know that Jerry Springer is hosting RAW on Family Day Eve, or Monday Night for those of you in the States. Why wasn't this thought up when Springer was topical and even remotely coolish? Does anyone even watch his show anymore? I don't even think I get it on my Shaw Cablevision. I get Steve Wilkos though, but that's a screaming match for another time.

Tony Chimmel is back in the ring as we head back in from our kitchen runs, and introduces Edge to the Baton Rouge assembled. I have to say, he looked a little rough around the edges(pardon the pun) at the Rumble, but he's looking like he's getting into ring shape a lot faster than I expected. Edge says he isn't here to talk about the benefits of winning The Rumble, he says he doesn't have to compete in the Elimination Chamber. He can't predict who's going to win, be he can predict he will fight whoever wins the Chamber match. He mentions it could be Randy Orton, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, or Brutus Beefcake and Charlie Manson's love child, CM Punk. I laughed out loud on that one.

Potentially, he could face 12 different Superstars at Mania, but one guy stands out from the pack. There's only one guy that's undefeated, and is 17-0 at Wrestlemania. Undertaker is someone that's on his list, but for now he has to focus on Batista next week. He's about to continue, but Jericho breaks down the wall, and interrupts the Toronto native. Jericho says he finds it ironic that Edge didn't mention him. He understands why, Edge doesn't like him. Jericho is a bad luck charm and bad things happen to Edge when he's around. He was there the night that Edge tore his Achilles tendon, and saw him writhing in pain. He was there seven months later, when Edge made the return at The Rumble. But he doesn't know what that's like. He's never been injured, he just wins championships. Jericho offers him some advice, and says choose the winner of the RAW Chamber. Jericho plans on winning the Smackdown Chamber, and says stay away from him. If he continues to provoke him, bad things will happen. This is a great lead in to what could be a stellar match at Wrestlemania.

Jericho is hitting a home run on this promo, and plans on beating Undertaker tonight. The gong hits, and the Dead Man cometh. The bell tolls for thee, Chris Jericho, and the match is almost underway, but to pay some bills, let's hit a commercial.

The match starts as soon as we get back, and after running around a bit, Jericho bails to the outside. Edge has joined Todd and Matt on commentary and I'm expecting that in itself to be excellent. Jericho rolls back into the ring, and tries to hit Taker with an elbow drop but Taker takes notice and moves out of the way, dragging Jericho down and leveling him with an elbow from the outside to the apron. Taker comes back into the ring, and drops a big guillotine leg drop on Jericho from the apron. Taker tosses Jericho back into the ring and drops the boots on him. He picks up the former Y2J, and while holding a deadlock on his hand and arm, ball and chain drags him into his shoulder, following up with a leg drop. Undertaker covers for one. Undertaker continues to work the shoulder, and goes to the corner for Old School, but Chris is able to crotch Taker on the corner and continues his assault on the Dead Man.

Jericho scales the ropes and is feeding shots to Undertaker, and connects with a superplex off the top rope. Jericho covers and gets a two count and he continues to take the boots to The Undertaker. Jericho latches on with a headlock and Edge is blowing me away with his commentary this evening. When this guy cant go anymore, put him in the booth! Undertaker starts tossing blows to the head of Jericho and battles his way out, but Jericho counters going toe to toe with Undertaker and eventually falling to the soup bone hands of The Dead Man. Taker tosses him into the corner, and hits a big avalanche, rocking Jericho to his very core. He then tosses him again, but this time picks him up and drops him over the top turnbuckle, following up with a big running boot to the mush. Undertaker hits another leg drop, and covers but only comes away with two. He stands, and sets for the chokeslam, but Jericho bails to the outside, and bitches at Edge, allowing for Undertaker to come out and smoke Jericho with a big forearm from behind. Edge and Undertaker have a bit of a stare down before Taker launches Jericho over the announce table and almost into Edge's lap. Edge gets in Undertaker's face and asks him what that was about. Taker offers no response, and rolls Jericho back into the ring. He then turns, and levels Edge with a big boot. Taker goes to get back into the ring but Jericho smacks him with a DDT and rolls him up for two. Jericho takes the top pad of the turnbuckle, and goes to make work of it, but taker is all ready for him, and sets him up for the choke slam. Jericho reverses out, and goes for a roll up, but Taker kicks out and sends Jericho flying into the ring post he JUST exposed. That's a great spot for the heel.

Undertaker hooks Jericho up for the Last Ride, but as soon as he turns, Edge flies across the ring and folds Undertaker in half with a spear! This was a great set up and a great follow through. Both men are prone on the mat, and Taker is first to rise. He grabs Jericho, and Jericho hits a Codebreaker out of NOWHERE, and hits a three count for the win.

Match Overview: This match did a great job of setting up Edge and Jericho for what promises to be an EXCELLENT match at Wrestlemania. Undertaker doesn't lose any of his steam coming out of this match, and is still looking good on his way into the Chamber. Edge is beyond awesome on the announce stick, and I would think Jericho is going to interfere in the Batista/Edge match next week to further the issue. Jericho can lose clean to R-Truth, Matt Hardy and the mid-card elite. He beats The Undertaker, and it isn't too much of a surprise. THAT is why he is the best in the world and that's why this match was overall awesomeness from bell to bell.

Show Overview: I thought the show was great. Good pacing, not too much backstage bullshit, and great, well timed matches. I feel like a broken record because every week, I'm saying the same thing, over and over. But this is the BEST wrestling show on free television right now. Tonight I'm going to give the Smackdown show an 8/10 and hope that next weeks match with Batista and Edge can excel with a good amount of time, and a great story told by two of the best in the Smackdown Roster.

I'm going to plug my favorite Indy wrestling show this year, Alpha 1 Pro. Hamilton is hosting what could be a total revolution in local independent wrestling on February 21st, and with Colin Delany, Ethan Page, Scotty O'Shea, and Alex York, how can you possibly go wrong? The matches will be fast paced, hard hitting, jaw dropping, and entirely entertaining. Keep your eyes peeled to the Fight Network for chances to win some FREE tickets to the event, and if you see me, I'll sign anything you put in front of me. You can search the group on Google, check us out on Facebook, or do anything you want. Just DON'T MISS THIS SHOW! Wednesday night, some of the workers will be appearing on the JR DIGGS internet show, live from King St. in Hamilton. If you want to sit in the studio live, or just see the show from the streets, check him out on Facebook as well, to get all the info!

Jeff Goodridge is a life long wrestling fan and a freelance writer. He spends most of his time searching YouTube for Billy Red Lyons videos, and hopes one day, Pollock and Ting will make their way to Hamilton for an Indy show. Perhaps on Feb. 21?