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Smackdown: A "slick" episode to close July
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Welcome to the last Smackdown recap of July. We get one step closer to Summerslam and the main event between Kane and Rey Mysterio. Let's take a look at what WWE cooked up for us Friday night.

We kick off tonight's show with Kane in the ring in soliloquy, talking about what happened to The Undertaker. We find out that Undertaker has awoken from his vegitative state and identified his assailant as Rey Mysterio (or at least that's what Kane is leading us to believe, since he says 'Taker only said two words - Rey's name).

I have to stop for a second now and say the visual effects have been nothing short of amazing through Kane's promos. WWE's production and video editing deserve an Emmy for this. Seriously.

Back from break we learn about tonight's main event - Rey vs. Jack Swagger. Okay, these guys have good chemistry but this is too many times they've fought in such a short timespan.

Match 1 - Christian vs. Drew MacIntyre

WWE's been building a decent upper mid-card grouping here with Drew, Christian, Matt Hardy

The match here is pretty good with a couple decently innovative spots, including Drew slipping under the ring and, when Christian goes looking, Drew pulls him right into the mat, injuring the Canuck's shoulder.

As the mtatch progresses the two go back and forth in offence, drawing the crowd in very well. Eventually Christian gets the duke after reversing a Future Shock attempt into a small package. Great match, worth sourcing if you missed it the first time.

Winner: Christian

Back from break we go into another Alberto Del Rio promo. Really, they started out okay, but this has been going on way too long.

To "live" TV we go again and Punk is berating the Straight Edge Society. Hey look, his hair's growing back in. Great promo as Punk tears new ones for Serena, Joey Mercury and Luke Gallows.

Match 2: Luke Gallows vs. Big Show

Match doesn't last long, but we do get a fun spot as Tony Chimel holds the mic to Gallows' chest as Show slaps it. Nice!

Eventually, the action heads outside and the SES attack en masse.

Winner: Big Show (DQ)

The slaughter continues after the bell rings with Punk and Serena stomping Show's hand against the steps as he's restrained by Gallows and Mercury. Looked pretty impressive even though it didn't get much of a reaction from the crowd.

Match 3 - Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler

Another solid match here, but not quiet as enjoyable as our first bout. Ziggler pulls out some impressive offence though before Kofi goes nuts and causes a DQ for... something...

Winner: Dolph Ziggler (DQ)

The impressive beating continues post-match as Vickie helplessly looks on. Very good build here for Kofi as more than just a high-flyer.

Backstage, Josh Mathews interviews Jack Swagger, with the expected promise of destruction of Rey Rey tonight.

Match 4 - Tiffany vs. Layla (Women's Title Match)

Vickie comes out before our match begins and changes it to...

Match 4 - Tiffany vs. Michelle McCool (Women's Title Match)

Ah hell... Enjoy your wedding present Michelle. The two take forever to set up a Superplex spot, then Layla gets involved (which draws Kelly over), which soon after leads to the Styles Clash.

Winner: Michelle McCool

Post-match, Teddy Long makes an appearance on the screen and says there can only be one Women's champ.

We then head into our second Del Rio vignette of the night, and dear god this is getting annoying. Watch for him to FINALLY debut after Summerslam.

Match 5 - Jack Swagger vs. Rey Mysterio (No DQ Match)

I just could not get into this match. Maybe it's because of the 2/3 Falls bout, which was awesome, last week.

Eventually, the two end up in the crowd and get pretty brutal in their assaults. Swagger eventually drags Rey backstage and continues the violence in the consession area. We eventually head outside the arena. I think we can officially call this a no-contest right?

Winner: None (no contest)

The violence continues outside as on-freaking-coming traffic comes through a couple times. Swagger eventually carries Mysterio over to the Gulf of Mexico... oh crap, he's going to give Rey the old oil treatment! The bastard!

Mysterio eventually fights back, slickly, and ends up giving Swagger the good ol' BP Plunge. Swagger drifts off to sea as Rey turns around, straight into a BP Plunge of his own courtesy of Kane.

Okay, the last part of the show was bad but we got two above-average matches, one of which is a must-see. Overall, that makes Jonny a happy reviewer.

See everyone at the next fill-in day.

Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! since 2000. Follow Jon on Twitter by clicking here.