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Smackdown: Survivor Series sneak-peeks
By DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling


The WWE storylines are in full hurry-up offence mode in preparation for Sunday’s pay-per-view. While rivals such as Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio already share a history, many new grudges are in rapid development – including the match-up featured in the bout for the World Heavyweight Championship. It all unfolds this week in Richmond, VA.

Alberto Del Rio opens the show with his customary entrance, heralded by Ricardo Rodriguez. He promises the first great Survivor Series, since he is on the card, and promises to teach Team Mysterio a lesson as he did to Sergeant Slaughter on Raw. MVP takes exception to this, demanding that Del Rio respect the WWE Legends, and challenges him to a fight. Del Rio says he’s already booked to fight Mysterio tonight, but that MVP can take on someone from Team Del Rio...

Match #1 – MVP vs. Drew McIntyre

MVP is still all fired up from his chat with Del Rio and takes it to McIntyre early. The Scotsman rolls out and actually crawls under the ring for safety. As MVP looks to bring him out, McIntyre pulls MVP towards him, ramming his arm into the ring. MVP survives the subsequent offensive surge, gaining back control and knocking McIntyre out with his Drive-By kick.

Winner via pinfall: MVP

Although he’s victorious, MVP cradles his left arm – perhaps setting up a problem for Sunday. Edge is backstage, seemingly muttering to himself. It turns out he’s talking to Paul Bearer, still tied to a wheelchair. Edge has been trying to have fun with his captive, even having a one-sided wheelchair race with him, but he promises he has an even better idea. Elsewhere, Kane confronts Teddy Long in his office looking for Bearer, and tears up the joint when Long admits he doesn’t know where he is.

Match #2 – Jack Swagger vs. Chris Masters

Swagger seems to be able to toy with Masters and push him around at will. Masters has some fight and mounts a comeback – even getting Swagger wrapped up in the Master Lock. Swagger escapes emphatically by jumping over the ropes onto the apron. He drags Masters to the mat, runs his leg into the ring post, and, an ankle lock later, takes the victory.

Winner via submission: Jack Swagger

Backstage again, Edge’s idea turns out to be Dodgeball. He’s using a volleyball, which is just nasty. He takes aim at the helpless Bearer – missing a couple times but then ringing his prisoner in the gut and in the head.

Match #3 – Kaval vs. Dolph Ziggler (C) (w/ Vickie Guerrero) – Non-Title Match

As Kaval waits in the ring, Ziggler ambles down with a mic, claiming that Kaval is a nobody despite his legion of internet fans. The match is a fast-paced, back-and-forth contest that features an end coming out of nowhere as Kaval pins Ziggler with a nifty roll-up/bridge combo.

Winner via pinfall: Kaval

Kaval takes his turn on the mic and announces he’s using his status as winner of NXT Season Two to challenge Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship on Sunday. Backstage, Edge seems to be running out of ideas for games with Bearer as he’s spinning him around like that “Motorboat, Motorboat” swimming pool game.

Match #4 – Cody Rhodes vs. Kofi Kingston

Kingston dares to strike Rhodes in the face early on, causing the Dashing One to leave the ring, throw a tantrum, and check himself in his handy jacket-mirror. Rhodes collects himself during the break and manages to survive a leaping splash and Boom Drop from Kingston, dodging Trouble in Paradise and countering with Cross Rhodes for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes

Kane is venting his frustrations to Rosa Mendes, playing the part of the terrified and unwilling listener. The champ vows that Edge will pay.

Match #5 – Lay-Cool (Layla & Michelle McCool) (C) vs. Natalya & Kelly Kelly

If anybody in the arena left their seat for popcorn, they probably missed this one. Layla enters on a blind tag, allowing her and McCool to coolly lay Natalya out with a double-kick for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Lay-Cool

Back at Edge’s own little Guantanamo Bay, he has ordered in pizza, wings, breadsticks, and brownies – all of which end up being smeared or dumped onto Bearer in some fashion. Elsewhere, Kane is now all by himself and screaming his heart out, but the yelling soon gives way to sobbing.

Match #6 – Big Show vs. Tyler Reks

With the end coming as quickly here as in the previous match, Reks enjoys a few seconds of advantage before succumbing to a chokeslam.

Winner via pinfall: Big Show

Ahead of the match against Mysterio, Josh Matthews gets a few words from Del Rio. He essentially repeats his desire from earlier to use Survivor Series to launch himself towards legendary status, promising to offer the fans a true hero in the process. Elsewhere, Edge arrives in the arena parking lot with Bearer, allowing him to call for Kane. Kane hears him and storms to his rescue (passing a stoic Luke Gallows in the hallway). Edge, of course, has a plan, and leaps off the top of his van onto Kane – then escaping with Bearer once again.

Match #7 – Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio keeps Mysterio’s speed in check early, but it’s not long before Del Rio is draped across the ropes with Mysterio thinking 619. Del Rio rolls out of the ring for safety, and the members from his Survivor Series team descend upon the ring and gang up on Mysterio.

Winner via disqualification: Rey Mysterio

Team Mysterio joins the party, so Teddy Long emerges to announce the final match of the night – all ten team members are to compete in a Battle Royal.

Match #8 – Battle Royal featuring Team Del Rio & Team Mysterio

It’s not really clear if it’s a team vs. team event, or every man for himself. Nonetheless, it’s obvious that the two factions are facing off against each other. In the end, Big Show and Mysterio are left with Del Rio and Swagger. Mysterio rolls Del Rio over the top rope first, then gives Big Show an assist by holding the ropes while Jack Swagger is sent soaring to the floor.

Winner via elimination: Team Mysterio

Dave Hillhouse is a screenwriter and teacher, and misses the old mid-week schedule for Survivor Series.