SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
   Sat, February 5, 2011



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

Raw in Detroit


WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs ... and Stairs


NXT Takeover: [R] Evolution


WWE Survivor Series


House of Hardcore VII


Signmania VIII


Beulah McGillicutty







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT





Smackdown: Edge and Del Rio avoiding collision course
By DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling


The events of the Royal Rumble predictably have people looking ahead to Wrestlemania, but the Elimination Chamber is still to come later this month. This week’s Smackdown sees the participants in that match decided, and another wrestling boot seems bound to drop as World Heavyweight Champion Edge and Royal Rumble winner Alberto Del Rio have nothing to do with one another. Also: is it possible to perform a Spinaroonie while wearing a headset?

Booker T’s music kicks off the show, and the returning six-time World Heavyweight Champion enters to raucous cheers. He makes his way to the announcer’s table, by way of the ring for the obligatory breakdancing, and takes Matt Striker’s place alongside Josh Matthews and Michael Cole for commentary (personally, I will greatly miss Striker on Smackdown).

Vickie Guerrero, for her part, does not dig all the good vibrations, and she brings Dolph Ziggler out to lay down the schedule for tonight. The entrants for the Elimination Chamber will be decided via qualifying matches, and Edge will defend his World Heavyweight Championship, in partnership with Kelly Kelly, in a handicap match against Dolph Ziggler and Lay-Cool. Del Rio must be backstage wondering why he worked so hard to win the Rumble when title shots are handed out in this manner.

Guerrero demands that Kelly come to the ring, seeking revenge for Kelly’s attack on her at the Rumble. Dolph also blames her for not currently being the champion, to which Kelly responds with a slap to the face. Michelle McCool and Layla charge the ring to corner Kelly, but Edge comes to her rescue and everyone backs away from the fight.

Match #1 – Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella (w/ Tamina)(C) vs. Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater

Admittedly, the opening of the match doesn’t grab my attention as much as trying to gauge Booker T’s commentating persona. He is instantly pitted against Michael Cole, calling him ridiculous. In the ring, Santino is being beat down by Slater before tagging in Kozlov. The Russian seems ready to clean house, but Gabriel catches him with an inverse DDT, tagging in Gabriel for the 450 Splash and the win.

Winners via pinfall: Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater

Apparently this win means that Gabriel and Slater will rocket up the tag team ranks and possibly earn a title shot. That and the fact that they are only one of two tag teams I can even think of.

Match #2 – Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston (C) - Elimination Chamber Qualification Match

We are told that Dolph Ziggler has been given a spot in the Elimination Chamber. Kingston opens with a flurry, sending McIntyre across the ring with a modified monkey flip and scoring a quick near-fall. McIntyre hesitates before locking up again, but sneaks in a low kick and clamps on an arm-bar. Kingston tries several times to escape the hold, but McIntyre keeps his hooks on the Intercontinental Champion. Kingston eventually escapes, and tries for a cross body off the top rope; McIntyre dodges it, but Kingston lands on his feet and sends McIntyre over the top rope with a clothesline. When Kingston chases him, though, McIntyre sends him ribs-first into the steel steps.

Coming back from the break, McIntyre is able to withstand every effort by Kingston for a comeback by attacking the ribs. Kingston finally finds a foothold by holding onto McIntyre’s arm during a clothesline and spinning it into a DDT. Kingston then lands the Boom Drop and seems poised to take the match – but Alberto Del Rio shows up on the Titan Tron and sends a wink his way. McIntyre takes advantage of the distraction and drives Kingston down with the Future Shock DDT for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Drew McIntyre

Match #3 – Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger - Elimination Chamber Qualification Match

Jack Swagger stops on his way to the ring to do some push-ups – The All-American American is back! Mysterio is running circles around Swagger, hitting him with a DDT, cross—body, kick to the face – but Swagger rolls out of the ring as Mysterio thinks 619 (speaking of which, Cole gives us an update that Dashing Cody Rhodes will have reconstructive surgery on his face this week). As Mysterio follows Swagger, the Oklahoman ties him up in the ropes, stretching his leg. Swagger continues to weaken the legs in preparation for his Ankle Lock. Swagger hits his corner splash, but misses a second attempt. This allows Mysterio to shove him into the corner and slide between his legs to deliver a kick to the shoulder – good enough to roll Swagger up for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Rey Mysterio

Backstage, Edge and Kelly discuss strategy for their match. Well, Edge discusses strategy while Kelly proves that she can’t stop thinking about McIntyre, and accuses Edge of believing that she’s a loser. She walks away leaving Edge appropriately baffled.

Back in the ring, it’s decked out fiesta style with a Wrestlemania piñata hanging above the ring. Who should come down, though, but Hornswoggle and Rose Mendes, the latter looking like she underwent the Olivia Newton John transformation from Grease. Del Rio enters the ring saying that the piñata is a present for Hornswoggle, and offers him the blindfold and stick. Sadly for Del Rio, he doesn’t see the foreshadowing that leads to an ironic shot to Del Rio’s castanets by the wild swings of Hornswoggle. Del Rio responds by breathing deeply and levelling Hornswoggle with a kick to the head. Kingston rushes the ring for the rescue, but it’s not long before he gets the business end of the piñata stick, too, and a Cross-Arm Breaker for good measure.

Match #4 – Chavo Guerrero vs. Kane - Elimination Chamber Qualification Match

In the “thanks for coming out” match of the night, Guerrero actually drops the Five-Star Frog Splash on Kane, but the big guy catches Guerrero by the throat as he does. Thus, a chokeslam, and a pin.

Winner via pinfall: Kane

Match #5 – Big Show vs. Wade Barrett (w/ Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, and Ezekial Jackson) - Elimination Chamber Qualification Match

Weeeelllll, it’s a “thanks for coming out” match sequel. Big Show’s offense has been reduced to chops, and when he throws Barrett into the ref it allows The Corre to interfere. Note to Big Show: watch Smackdown tapes, because Ezekial Jackson is going to clothesline you.. Yep. Just like that. Barrett takes advantage for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett

Big Show vents his frustrations on The Corre for a moment, before Jackson lifts him up for a body slam. Jackson grabs a microphone and says “The end has come, and it has awakened against you.” That would be a reference to the Book of Ezekial and an End of Days philosophy, which makes for a pretty substantial threat.

Smackdown’s Elimination Chamber is set: Edge (C) vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Wade Barrett.

Match #5 – Edge (C) & Kelly Kelly vs. Dolph Ziggler & Lay-Cool (Michelle McCool and Layla) (w/ Vickie Guerrero) – Handicap Match for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Here’s the situation for Edge: traditional mixed-gender tag team match rules apply (if an opponent of the opposing gender tags in, you must also tag out); any variation of a win by Ziggler and Lay-Cool results in Ziggler winning the championship; and if Edge uses the Spear, Ziggler will also win the championship.

Ziggler faces off against Edge to begin with, and the challenger soon finds himself down on his rump in the corner. Edge backs up, thinking Spear, but thankfully comes to his senses and shakes off the notion. McCool gets the tag, forcing Edge to tag in Kelly. McCool lays a beating and the bad mouth on the redundant Diva, tagging in Layla to continue the assault. Kelly manages to get to her corner and tag Edge, but Ziggler has the ref distracted so he does not permit Edge to enter. Going for broke, Layla holds Kelly while McCool lines up a kick, but Kelly ducks and Layla takes the brunt instead. Kelly has a brainstorm, and delivers a Spear of her own to Layla for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Edge and Kelly Kelly

To the best of my knowledge, Guerrero had claimed before the Rumble that the Spear was an illegal move, encompassing all wrestlers, not just Edge. Ah well, maybe she had a change of heart. Regardless, she enters the ring and makes an emotional decision, firing Kelly and sending her away crying. I’m also fuzzy on the whole “firing” business. If it’s that easy, why doesn’t Guerrero fire Edge, declare the title vacant, and give it to Ziggler? She has one more proclamation, as next week she will referee a match between Edge and Ziggler ... again.

Dave Hillhouse is a screenwriter and teacher, and hopes to hear Will Smith’s new song “I Think I Can Body Slam Big Show” sometime soon.