Smackdown: Smackdown is “against us," not “Nexus”
DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling
The Nexus has appeared on Smackdown before, but, compared to their takeover attempt of Raw, the visit was akin to a youth group visiting a seniors home to play cards. In Bridgeport, CT, The Nexus steps up their game and stages an invasion that better fits their style.
Match #1 – Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio
Hey, Del Rio doesn’t wear a seatbelt when he drives in. Edge controls early, but Del Rio turns it around, running Edge’s shoulder into the ringpost, softening it up for Del Rio’s finisher. Edge slowly brings himself back into it, but still shows the effects of the sore shoulder. Del Rio never gets a chance to lock in his cross-arm breaker, but neither does Edge get to deliver his spear: for in runs The Nexus.
Match result: No contest
The Nexus is actually minus Wade Barrett as they chase Del Rio and Edge out of the ring. Proxy leader David Otunga claims that Nexus is here to take over, but Big Show comes out to disagree. He calls in Rey Mysterio and Kane and they chase the Nexus away. Teddy Long makes a 10-man tag match featuring Smackdown versus The Nexus for later in the evening.
Match #2 – JTG vs. Dolph Ziggler (C) – Non-Title Match
JTG is in for another short night. He shows some offense early, but Ziggler shows him a Zig-Zag instead. Not content to win that easily, though, the Intercontinental Champion pulls JTG up before the three count, applying the sleeper hold instead for the win.
Winner via referee’s decision: Dolph Ziggler
Kaitlyn comes to the ring to congratulate Dolph on his win, but Vickie Guerrero brings the tender moment to a screeching halt. She lays a hard slap on Kaitlyn as Dolph wonders where it all went wrong. After the break, Guerrero interrupts a meeting of the minds between Long and Hornswoggle. Long makes his second match for the night between Guerrero and Kaitlyn before we move on to see The Nexus laying a beating on Rey Mysterio. Shortly after, Otunga explains to Josh Matthews that Barrett didn’t plan this invasion – they did it on their own. Uh-oh.
Match #3 – MVP vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Drew McIntyre – Match to Determine #1 Contender for Intercontinental Championship
MVP sports new music as he plays the role of the kid in Kramer vs. Kramer, caught between squabbling former partners. Rhodes and McIntyre team up briefly against MVP, but their animosity boils over and they essentially ignore MVP in their quest to out-do one another. This allows MVP to take advantage of McIntyre, who had just been hit by Rhodes’ Beautiful Disaster kick. MVP tosses Rhodes out of the ring and delivers his own kick to McIntyre for the win.
Winner via pinfall: MVP
Match #4 – Vickie Guerrero vs. Kaitlyn
Vickie tries to scream and shriek her way through the match, and actually wins by pinning Kaitlyn using her feet on the ropes.
Winner via pinfall: Vickie Guerrero
After the break, MVP and Kaval are walking together, talking about MVP’s win but probably thinking that their outfits are awfully similar, when The Nexus attacks and beats them both down.
Match #5 – Tyler Reks vs. Chris Masters
Masters and Reks trade blows evenly from the outset, but Reks takes charge after reaching the ropes to prevent Masters from applying the Masterlock. Reks lands his Burning Hammer shortly after for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Tyler Reks
Match #6 – The Nexus (David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Husky Harris, and Michael McGillicutty) vs. Kane (C), Big Show, Edge, Kofi Kingston, and Alberto Del Rio
Kofi Kingston, the replacement for the injured Rey Mysterio, starts off with McGillicutty, but Kingston soon decides to stop screwing around and tags in Big Show. The reigning captain of Smackdown smacks McGillicutty around before tagging in Edge, who acts as The Nexus whipping boy for a while. After Big Show gets back in, he accidentally knocks Del Rio off the ropes – sending the Mexican legend up the ramp to abandon his team in disgust. More Smackdown breakdown ensues as Kane tags himself in to take on The Nexus, but ends up choke-slamming Big Show in the melee. Edge tags then tags himself in again, and Kane tries a chokeslam on his Survivor Series foe. Edge escapes, spearing Kane, then spearing Otunga for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Kane (C), Big Show, Edge, Kofi Kingston, and Alberto Del Rio
Edge and Kane stare each other down as Smackdown shows Raw how they should have handled the Nexus invasion all those months ago.
Dave Hillhouse is a screenwriter and teacher, and liked Michael Cole’s character better when it was used by Jonathan Coachman – and it was bad then, too.