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Smackdown: Kane strikes again, Punk unmasked
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Friday Night Smackdown: We're only days away from Money in the Bank and tonight, we get a few matches between participants to preview that. Elsewhere. Kane is upset at Jack Swagger thinking he took out the Undertaker. Swagger brings the evidence, but Kane doesn't believe him. Should be a good one!

And we are TAPED! from Louisville, Ky. Todd Grisham and Matt Striker are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)

Match #1 - Kofi Kingston (Ghana, West Africa) vs. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes (Marietta, Ga.)

Rhodes front suplex's Kingston onto the top rope and then kicks him to the floor.

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We're back and Rhodes is working an abdominal stretch. Kingston gets out but Rhodes locks it in again. Kingston again escapes and hits a back elbow and a dropkick. Spinebuster for Kingston but he runs right into a back elbow. Rhodes to the second turnbuckle and hits a bulldog. Kingston on the top turnbuckle and Rhodes follows him up, looking for the superplex. Kingston knocks him off and hits a flying crossbody when Kane's pyro blows. Both men get choke slams.

This match is a no contest

Kane grabs a mic and says there will be a bludgeoning tonight. He says Jack Swagger is lying and he's coming for him.

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Josh Mathews is backstage with Rey Mysterio. He says he's not sure if he's going to be able to defend the title Sunday. He says he's going to go out tonight and forfeit his title to Jack Swagger. Mathews asks if he's serious and after a pause, he says no, he'd never do that.

Swagger is on the phone. Swagger says to the person he wants to put the Kane thing behind him tonight. It's apparently his father on the phone.

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Match #2 - Drew McIntyre (Ayr, Scotland) vs. Christian (Toronto, Ontario)

Christian with a pendulum kick that sends McIntyre to the outside. He follows up with a flying shoulderblock. In the ring, he hits a flying crossbody for two. But McIntyre takes over, working over the arm. McIntyre eats a back elbow and Christian goes for a tornado DDT but McIntyre just clubs him to the floor.

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We're back and McIntyre is working the arm. Christian gets out and hits the tornado DDT. Christian starts firing up. Missile dropkick for a two count. But McIntyre boots Christian out of the air when he attempts the flying European uppercut. McIntyre slingshots Christian into the turnbuckle. Christian fires up again but McIntyre tries for the Future Shock DDT, but Christian reverses into the Killswitch, but McIntyre ties himself up in the ropes. McIntyre then pokes Christian in the eye and hits the Future Shock for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Drew McIntyre

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The Straight Edge Society is in the ring. Punk says they are stronger than ever when the Big Show comes out with a big ladder and a mini ladder. Show makes fun of the SES. Punk says he wants to see Show do a 450 at Money in the Bank. All 450 pounds of him falling down. Show goes to demonstrate that he can climb the ladder and he breaks the rung. So then Show brings out his custom-made ladder which can hold up to 2,000 pounds. Punk says Show will look like King Kong on top of the Empire State Building if he gets to the top of the ladder. Punk continues his talk when the Masked Stranger and Luke Gallows attack Show from behind.

They let up and Show gets up and dispatches of Gallows and the Masked Man, and he stalks Punk, who climbed to the top of the ladder. Punk tries to scurry down but can't. Show grabs him and rips the mask off. And he holds him there so everybody can get a good look.

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Match #3 - Trent Barretta (Mount Sinai, NY) & Layla (London, England) vs. Chris Masters (Los Angeles, Calif.) & Kelly Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.)

With Layla distracted by Rosa Mendes jumping rope, Kelly hits the K2 and that's it.

Winners via pinfall: Chris Masters & Kelly Kelly

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Match #4 - Matt Hardy (Cameron, NC) vs. Dolph Ziggler (Hollywood, Fla.)

Ziggler in control but Hardy gets going with a flapjack for two. Hardy with an elbow the back for two. Side Effect for Hardy but Ziggler gets his fingertip on the rope to break the count. Hardy lifts him up but Ziggler locks in the sleeper. Hardy drives his head into the turnbuckle. Vickie Guerrero gets on the apron and Ziggler pushes Hardy off. He almost trucks Guerrero put he stops. He turns right around into the Zigzag for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

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Jack Swagger's out to depend himself. He says he spent Memorial Day with the man that made him the All-American America, his father. They embrace. Swagger sends it to the Tron of pictures of them working out, catching a big fish and winning a chicken wing eating contest. Then Kane comes out. Kane is doubting the truthfulness of Swagger's pictures. Kane puts the choke grip on Swagger but Swagger hits him with the mic and puts him in the ankle lock. Rye Mysterio comes out and hits a 619 and retreats. Kane grabs both Swaggers by the throat. Jack knees his way out and lets his dad take a choke slam. And a Tombstone for good measure as Swagger walks away.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. And if you're interested in mixed martial arts, check out Matt's weekly podcast -- Lights Out Radio. Should be a good one!.