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Smackdown: Last dance before Summerslam
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Summerslam is quickly approaching and the cast and characters of Smackdown are ready to thrill Friday night audiences. With only three matches announced thus far for the big pay-per-view, we should get a glimpse at a fuller card tonight as well, so let’s get straight to it.

We start off with the new Intercontinental champ Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero, the latter of whom has gone from annoying heel to just plain annoying. Sorry, but I’m done with the gimmick. After a brief promo from the “love birds” (ugh), Kofi Kingston came out and went ape...something on Ziggler. This would bring out Teddy Long who made an IC title bout between the two at Summerslam. It was also announced that Kofi would face Kane and Rey and Ziggler would square off later tonight.

Match 1 – Kane vs. Kofi Kingston

Like the World champ is going to lose on the last show before Summerslam to the IC contender.

Winner: Kane

Kane cut a promo on Rey after, talking about being the Devil’s favourite demon. This prompted Rey to come out and say he was God’s servant. Great; now this is a holy war.

Match 2 – Christian vs. Cody Rhodes

Decent match here. I’ll say this in case I haven’t before – Cody’s utilization of the Alabama Slam, the manoeuvre of his former mentor Hardcore Holly, is a nice little touch. Rhodes ends up getting the win with Cross Rhodes, further cementing his push, albeit at the expense of Christian who could use a heel turn.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

We get the next SS match announcement as Big Show will take on the Straight Edge Society (presumably just the men).

Match 3 – Big Show vs. Winkin’, Blinkin’ and Nod

Jobber teams who have no identities rule!

Winner: Big Show

Post-match, SES, who had been out for the whole match, cut a promo on Show.

Match 4 – Drew MacIntyre vs. Matt Hardy

For storyline reasons, this should be on the Summerslam card, because presumably this is the last bout in the feud.

Brutal match as MacIntyre took it hard to Hardy, smashing his foot between the ring steps at one point. We were even shown that it was bloodied. Unfortunately, Matt Hardy isn’t Curt Schilling. Future Shock puts this baby to sleep... at least we can hope.

Winner: Drew MacIntyre

Next out is Jack Swagger for a promo, followed by MVP, who it feels like we haven’t seen in weeks. We were reminded that MVP defeated Swagger at Summerslam last year before the two engaged in battle...

Match 5 – Jack Swagger vs. MVP

MVP, despite seemingly having disappeared from Smackdown, takes the duke here on a fluke pin. And this helps Swagger’s character how?

Winner: MVP

We find out next that Alberto Del Rio debuts next week. I’ll say this – Dos Caras had better be as good in the ring as he’s been hyped up to be.

Match 6 – Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler

Fun fact – it was around this time last year that Rey and Ziggler were fighting over the IC title. Rey, of course, ended up dropping it to John Morrison in arguably the match of Morrison’s career. True story.

I speak about this because back then, a bout between Mysterio and Ziggler was unpredictable, unlike this one. Despite an appearance by Kane and a casket, Mysterio pulls out the win with a Rana.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Post-match, Kane tries to get at Rey but Mysterio fends him off, putting him in the coffin even.

Well, the matches were overall predictable but the mission of hyping Summerslam was accomplished, so we’ll call this a middling show. See you back here Sunday morning for my Summerslam preview.