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Smackdown: Three title matches highlight amazing pay-per-view calibre show
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Friday Night Smackdown: There can't possibly be many more better shows in the history of Smackdown than this one. On a pay-per-view quality show, we're treated to three title matches, including a very good Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Edge and Kane. Also on the show, Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio settle their long score in a best two-of-three falls match and a new No. 1 contender is crowned. Should be a good one!

And we are TAPED! from Tuscon, Ariz. Josh Mathews, Michael Cole and Matt Striker are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)

Match #1 - Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship - (c) Edge (Toronto, Ontario) vs. Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone)

Edge low-bridges Kane and sends him to the outside. Then he knocks him off the apron into the dasher and we get our first count of the match and Kane is easily up. They brawl to the side of the stage. Now they brawl to the back and onto the concourse. Kane bashes Edge into a water fountain and knocks it halfway off the wall. Now Kane throws Edge into the metal mesh blocking a closed concession stand. Now they brawl into the stands and up to the top of the arena and onto the upper concourse. Edge runs Kane right into a concrete wall near a cocktail stand. Kane throws a garbage can at Edge. Kane kicks Edge in the gut and then eyes a set of stairs. He chases off a fan in a wheelchair and puts Edge in the wheelchair. He rolls him near the stairs but Edge bails out of the chair at the last minute and the chair goes tumbling down the steps. Then Edge hits Kane with a real impressive big boot. Kane makes his way back to his feet.

(Ads)

We're back and they have battled back to the ringside area with Kane in control. Kane rips the top panel off the announce table but Edge throws him into the steel steps. Kane is up at nine. Back in the ring and Edge goes to the top. He comes down and Kane greets him with an uppercut to the throat in midair. Bodyslam by Kane. Now he goes to the top and Edge ducks the clothesline and hits the impaler DDT. Both men down. Edge up first and then Kane. Edge charges him and runs right into a choke slam. Referee counting. He's at eight. Edge stirring and he pulls himself up by the ropes to beat the count. Then he rolls out of the ring. Kane is right on him, bashing him into the steps and then the dasher. Now Kane pulls off the top step and wants to give Edge the Tombstone on the steps but Edge grabs the post, slips out and drops Kane onto the steps by the back of his head. Both men down again. Edge up and Kane just beats the count.

Edge lines Kane up for the spear but he runs right into a big boot at full speed in front of the announce table. Count has started. Edge up at seven but Kane picks him right up and choke slams him through the announce table. Kane is smiling. Edge isn't stirring at all. Then he starts stirring and uses Matt Striker to pull himself up. Kane is not happy.

Kane throws a bunch of chairs, and Edge, into the ring. He goes to the top rope but Edge throws a chair right into his head Sabu-style. Now Edge drills Kane in the knee with a couple shots. Edge lines Kane up and spears him. Ref counting but Edge goes to the outside and grabs another chair. He puts it under Kane's leg, so the ref breaks the count. He Conchairto's Kane's knee and backs off. New count underway. Kane is struggling to get to his feet. He tries to use the ropes but at the count of nine, he falls back down. The referee hits 10!

Winner via standing and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Edge

That was a pay-per-view quality match right there, no doubt. Built very well and was Kane's best match in a long, long time. Not even close.

(Ads)

Match #2 - Intercontinental Championship - (c) Dolph Ziggler (Hollywood, Calif.) vs. Kofi Kingston (Ghana, West Africa)

Wow, starting the show with two title matches. Nice!

Crowd immediately chanting "Kofi!" Kingston goes for the big high cross early but Ziggler moves and takes over. Ziggler goes for a dive in the corner but Kingston moves. Kingston starts to get going. Big dropkick and then he connects with the Boom Drop.

Kingston calling for Trouble in Paradise but Ziggler moves and locks in the sleeper. Kingston, though, is able to pry Ziggler's hands apart. Kingston counters Ziggler and hits the SOS for 2 7/8. Crowd gasps. They thought he had it. Kingston to the top but Ziggler cuts him off. Kingston, though, counters with a top rope gordbuster. He then hits the big flying high cross. Cover. He got him! Wow!

Winner via pinfall and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Kofi Kingston

Ziggler can't believe it. Kingston goes to the turnbuckle to celebrate but is attacked and put down by Ziggler. Vickie Guerrero grabs a mic and says because Theodore Long isn't here tonight, she's booking a rematch right now.

Match #3 - Intercontinental Championship - (c) Kofi Kingston (Ghana, West Africa) vs. Dolph Ziggler (Hollywood, Calif.)

Ziggler beats Kingston's face into the mat and then kicks him. Crowd with a loud "Kofi!" chant. Ziggler picks up Kingston but is taking his time. Out of nowhere, Kingston drills him with Trouble in Paradise and gets the pin!

Winner via pinfall and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Kofi Kingston

(Ads)

Dolph and Vickie are backstage and Ziggler is upset about Vickie calling for the immediate rematch, calling it a bonehead move. Vickie says he had Kingston down before she called for the rematch and he is the two-time loser. Ziggler says if that's the best she's got, maybe she shouldn't be his girlfriend anymore. Vickie has a meltdown.

Kelly Kelly is walking backstage when she's stopped by Drew McIntyre. He wants to wish her good luck. She wants to know if he's serious. He says he knows she doesn't like the man she sees in the ring, but he just wants her support, the same support he promises to give her.

(Ads)

Match #4 - Triple Threat Match to Determine No. 1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship - Big Show (Tampa, Fla.) vs. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes (Marietta, Ga.) vs. Drew McIntyre (Ayr, Scotland)

The match is about to begin when Vickie Guerrero comes to the ramp. "EXCUSE ME!" She says as acting general manager, she is making this match a fatal four-way. She welcomes the fourth competitor. Take a guess who it is.

Match #4 - Fatal Four-Way Match to Determine No. 1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship - Big Show (Tampa, Fla.) vs. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes (Marietta, Ga.) vs. Drew McIntyre (Ayr, Scotland) vs. Dolph Ziggler (Hollywood, Calif.)

All the heels want to gang up on Big Show right away but he gets rid of McIntyre and Ziggler in short order, but Ziggler comes flying in to break up the first two pinfall attempts of the match. Off the second one, Show picks him up and throws him to the canvas. Then Show sticks his rather ample posterior into Cody's face and follows it up with a chop. This match is all Big Show right now.

Show misses a chop and Rhodes and Ziggler try to pull him out but Show pulls them over the top rope. He follows to the outside where he continues to terrorize his opponents. He absolutely lights McIntyre up with a chop but eventually McIntyre is able to post Show. Then all three grab him and put him through the dasher near the timekeeper table. All four men are down.

(Ads)

We're back and the heel alliance has dissolved as Rhodes pulls Ziggler off the top rope. Rhodes to the top looking for a moonsault but McIntyre pulls him off right into the waiting arms of the Big Show, who was just coming to his feet on the outside.

McIntyre hits a double clothesline on Rhodes and Ziggler. He goes after Show on the outside but is swatted off the apron. Now Show's back in the ring and running wild. Big back drop lands on Rhodes, then a big shoulder block. Ziggler eats a spinebuster. Show calls for the chokeslam when out of nowhere, Wade Barrett comes flying out and chop blocks Show. Now he's beating the tar out of him. He leaves Show laying. Rhodes and Show left in the ring. Show on his knees. Rhodes cranks him with the Beautiful Disaster kick as he stands but Show with a big kick out. Ziggler comes in and hits Show with the Zig Zag but Show's kick out sends Ziggler out of the ring. McIntyre comes back in and hits the Future Shock DDT but Show kicks out of that, too. McIntyre is rather angry. McIntyre to the second rope but he comes down right into a guzzle and out of the ring. Rhodes and Ziggler in the ring with Show, who is on his knees looking out of the ring. Ziggler suggests they double team Show. Rhodes goes in but Ziggler grabs him and gives him the Zig Zag! One, two, three!

Winner via pinfall and NEW No. 1 contender: Dolph Ziggler

Another great match. I give this episode of Smackdown my highest recommendation and it still has 45 minutes left to go.

(Ads)

Match #5 - Michelle McCool (Palatka, Fla.) vs. Kelly Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Quick, back and forth match. Kelly is about to go for the K2, but Layla distracts her, allowing McCool to hit the Faithbreaker for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Michelle McCool

LayCool double teams Kelly after the match until Drew McIntyre comes and makes the save, chasing LayCool off.

(Ads)

Match #6 - Two-of-Three Falls Match - Alberto Del Rio (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) vs. Rey Mysterio (San Diego, Calif.)

Mysterio goes for the 619 in the early-going, but Del Rio ducks it and locks in the cross-armbreaker. He has it for awhile but finally is able to crank it and Mysterio is forced to tap. That was quick.

Del Rio leads 1-0

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We're back and Del Rio is working on the arm. Del Rio chucks Mysterio under the bottom rope and out of the ring but Mysterio lands on his feet. Mysterio comes back in with a head scissors takeover. Mysterio now starting to go. Del Rio tries the armbar but Mysterio counters it into a pinning attempt. Mysterio face plants Del Rio and then cradles him and gets a fall.

Match tied 1-1

(Ads)

We're back and Del Rio is in control. Del Rio puts Mysterio back-first onto the top turnbuckle but Mysterio elbows his way out. He then hits Del Rio with a missile headbutt for two. Springboard crossbody hits for Mysterio for another two count. Mysterio tries another springboard but Del Rio counters it into an armbreaker. Crowd chants "619!" Mysterio counters Del Rio now into a body scissor into a tornado DDT but Del Rio kicks out at two.

Mysterio goes to springboard but Del Rio knocks him down and Mysterio ends up in the tree of woe. Del Rio makes him pay with a kick. Del Rio looking for a front suplex off the top but Mysterio blocks it, so he wrings Mysterio's arm off the top rope instead. Del Rio, though, gets caught, and Mysterio hits the 619 from the corner, sending Del Rio to the floor. Ricardo Rodriguez goes to help Del Rio up so Mysterio hits a flying crossbody onto both of them. He sends Del Rio back into the ring. As Mysterio goes to re-enter the ring, Rodriguez grabs ahold of his foot. The referee finishes the count. Mysterio can't make it.

Winner via count out: Alberto Del Rio (wins match 2-1)

Mysterio sends Rodriguez fleeing and looks to let him but then goes and attacks him. Del Rio just watches from the ramp as Mysterio takes it to Rodriguez. He throws Rodriguez back into the ring, gives him the 619 and the splash.

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.