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Smackdown: Time for 2010, part two
By DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling


Summerslam, like Wrestlemania, often serves to be as much a reset button for feuds and storylines as it does a continuation. The first post-Summerslam Smackdown, fittingly, offers a little bit of both, most notably the televised debut of Alberto Del Rio, the return of a certain pint-sized superstar, and an explanation from Kane after his ousting at the hands of The Undertaker.

The former prime suspect in The Undertaker mystery, Rey Mysterio, heads to the ring surrounded by great cheers from the fans in Bakersfield, CA. He admits to being relieved by having his name cleared, not to mention never seeing the inside of Kane’s coffin. He is quickly interrupted, though, by the debuting Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio wastes no time in getting under Mysterio’s skin, goading him into challenging Del Rio to a match later tonight. Del Rio accepts, but taunts Mysterio just a little too much and receives a quick 619 as a comeback.

Before the action really gets rolling, Cody Rhodes has some advice on maintaining a healthy skin complexion. The cucumber-melon lotion is an especially nice detail.

Match #1 – Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler (C) (w/ Vickie Guerrero)

Here’s one feud that figures to linger on past Summerslam, especially since The Nexus refused to allow a finish to Kingston and Ziggler’s match on Sunday. Kingston starts the match with a decidedly grounded attack, but Ziggler outmaneuvers him at every turn. Guerrero grabs Kingston’s ankle from the outside, allowing Ziggler to knock his foe through the ropes to the floor. After the break, Ziggler has been wearing Kingston down with variations on a chinlock. Kingston mounts a bit of a comeback, but after Ziggler rolls away as Kingston charges himself up for the Boom Drop, Kingston tries Plan B and mounts the ropes. Guerrero, inserting herself again, pushes Kingston off in full view of the referee, and earns Ziggler a disqualification.

Winner via DQ: Kofi Kingston

Kingston confronts Guerrero outside the ring, but stops short of attacking her. Ziggler shows no such hesitation, though, levelling Kingston from behind and laying a prolonged beating on him to the point that trainers come to ring to aid Kingston.

Backstage, Laycool is discussing the potential fallout from their attack of Melina on Sunday. McCool insists that everything is fine, thanks to their secret plan. As they exit, Hornswoggle shows himself to be hiding inside a planter. I guess he now knows of the secret plan’s existence, but not the plan itself. Not that he could tell anybody about it anyway.

Elsewhere, Luke Gallows and Joseph Mercury are griping about CM Punk’s desertion on Sunday, but Serena insists that their leader has their best interests at heart. Punk arrives to confirm this, and follows The Nexus’ example from Monday night, informing Gallows and Serena that if they lose their upcoming mixed tag match, they’re out of the Straight Edge Society.

Match #2 – Serena and Luke Gallows (w/ Joseph Mercury) vs. Big Show and Kelly Kelly

Big Show starts off by tossing Gallows around, sending him scrambling to tag in Serena. This means that Kelly Kelly must also tag in. Serena holds her own in the ring, but it’s Kelly who nearly scores the pinfall – forcing Gallows to make the save. Big Show runs Gallows down, allowing Serena to recover with a gutbuster for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Serena and Luke Gallows

CM Punk approves, applauding, although a little unenthusiastically, from the top of the ramp. After the break, Kane is in the ring, speaking over top of some very serene music. He explains that he baited The Undertaker into this situation, claiming to have been working on this plan for the past 15 years. Personally, I’d have waited to see if the plan actually succeeds before admitting I’d been working on it for 15 years. He promises to finally defeat his brother for good.

Match #3 – Christian vs. Drew McIntyre

Cody Rhodes joins the announcing team for this match, and insists that he even smells dashing. Christian has the early upper hand until he chases McIntyre out of the ring. This allows McIntyre to punish Christian’s left arm, culminating with a drop on the security guardrail. Back inside the ring, McIntyre stalks Christian who tries to roll away and buy time to recuperate. Finally ready to fight back, Christian launches himself off of the second turnbuckle and drives McIntyre into the mat with a wicked DDT. He follows with a hard baseball slide kick, then a missile dropkick, and finishes McIntyre off with a crucifix pin.

Winner via pinfall: Christian

A plan and a partnership emerges after the bell, though, as Rhodes and McIntyre double-team Christian. Hardy arrives to attempt a rescue, but gets beaten down himself. Backstage, Swagger is jawing with MVP demanding respect. The two of them work out a stipulation-laden match, whereby if MVP wins Swagger will pay for an MVP-hosted block party, and if Swagger wins he gets to host the VIP Lounge. No word on when this match with alarmingly profound consequences is to take place. Finally, Teddy Long lets Kane know that The Undertaker makes his Smackdown return next week.

Match #4 – Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio has a grand entrance, all the while exhibiting his confident smile. He attacks quickly, bringing Mysterio down with a hard kick, then running him chest-first into the turnbuckles. Mysterio dodges a follow-up charge, though, sending Del Rio sailing over the ropes. Following a commercial break, we’re given a second commercial for John Cena’s “Legendary” movie – right in the middle of a main event match. Back in the ring, Del Rio makes a mistake in missing a senton, and Mysterio follows with a hard kick to the side of Del Rio’s head. Mysterio hits his very own seated senton, but Del Rio catches Mysterio in mid-619. He follows by hooking Mysterio with a crucifix arm-bar, forcing Mysterio to submit.

Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio

Dave Hillhouse is a screenwriter and teacher, and is unfortunately fresh out of cucumber melon moisturizing lotion.