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Smackdown: 41 WWE superstars in the ring, 41 WWE Superstars...
By DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling


...Pick one up and throw him around, 40 WWE Superstars in the ring. Ah, Smackdown, always trying so hard to step out of Raw’s shadow. Tonight, Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis celebrate being the second-longest running show in history by taking the 40-Man Royal Rumble one step further, and have a Texas-sized 41-Man Battle Royal from Dallas

In case you haven’t heard, by the way, it’s worth mentioning that DX paid the arena a little visit before the taping, promoting Cowboys Stadium as a spot for Wrestlemania. What? No Toronto until at least 2013 now?? Plus, Wrestlemania had its recent 24th anniversary in Houston, and they want to go back already? Yes, that was the 24th anniversary, not the 25th.

For tonight’s festivities, Long and Laurinaitis are planning this big battle royal to choose a contender for a title – any world title of the winner’s choosing, with a match later in the show. There are no women in the match, though, so, barring Santina’s return, you can still count Kelly Kelly as the number-one contender to the Divas Championship by default.

Match #1 – 41-Man Battle Royal

Conspicuous by his absence is the heavily-hyped Brodus Clay. Here are the highlights: Cody Rhodes is ousted first by Randy Orton; John Morrison is making a living on the apron; Zack Ryder takes out Dolph Ziggler to further their issues; Mason Ryan and Sheamus have the two biggest power runs; Sheamus eliminates Christian, but the Canuck returns later on to illegally dump the Irishman in return.

The Final Four are Jack Swagger, Jinder Mahal, The Miz, and Randy Orton. Orton tosses Swagger and Mahal and thinks he’s won -– because The Miz had gone out through the ropes earlier and is only now returning. He can Orton duke it out on the apron, with Orton delivering an awkwardly-balanced RKO, sending both of them tumbling to the floor. It’s hard to tell if Hart or Luger hit the ground first, but President Jack Tunney ... no, wait, never mind. The Miz is eliminated.

Winner via resisting gravity: Randy Orton

Thanks to the other forty wrestlers coming out to the Randy Orton show. This was a bit like sitting through three Star Wars prequels just to learn everything we already knew. Orton, by the way, choses to face Henry.

Alberto Del Rio is backstage, heading to a party with Ricardo Rodriguez, but Teddy Long stops him cold. He gives him a match tonight against Sheamus.

Match #2 – Beth Phoenix (w Natalya) vs. Kelly Kelly (w/ Eve Torres)

Kelly hits a DDT, shows off her new, apparently aggressive side, but Phoenix runs her into the ringpost and Glam Slams her home.

Winner via pinfall: Beth Phoenix

Match #3 – Sin Cara vs. Justin Gabriel

Sin Cara’s music starts up, but cameras backstage catch Twin Cara giving his nemesis a beating and taking his mask. Twin Cara puts it on and heads to the ring. He only takes the mask, so at least we know there isn’t a naked luchador backstage.

Gabriel kicks Twin Cara through the ropes to the floor, following with a corkscrew dive over the top. He tries to follow up with a cross body in the ring, but Cara dropkicks him in mid-air. Gabriel recovers and scales the ropes, but again Cara counters, knocking him off the top buckle and finishing him with a senton bomb.

Winner via pinfall: Sin (Twin) Cara

WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom, Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston, are in Teddy Long’s office. Long will not have them compete due to a Bourne injury, but Vickie Guerrero steps in with a Bourne ultimatum. She wants a tag match with her boys and the champs. Zack Ryder steps in and will take Bourne’s place.

Match #4 – Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus

Sheamus tries a very early cover, then ties Del Rio in the ropes and potatoes his chest with forearms. Del Rio bounces back by focusing an attack on the left arm, though Sheamus uses that arm for a backbreaker with no apparent problem. As Sheamus climbs the ropes and Ricardo distracts the ref, Christian interferes and knocks Sheamus onto his seat. Del Rio capitalizes with an enzuigiri for the tainted win.

Winner via pinfall: Alberto Del Rio

Christian delights in spearing Sheamus twice after the bell, eliciting a long stare-down between himself and his Vengeance opponent.

Match #5 – Kofi Kingston & Zack Ryder (Broski Boom?) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger

Swagger simply out-wrestlers Ryder early on before tagging out, but Ziggler can’t hold him and Kingston gets the tag as well. Kingston is doing fine with a Superman punch and Boom Drop, until Guerrero distracts the ref and Swagger suckers Kingston from behind.

Ryder gets tagged in again, and is being worn out by Ziggler until Swagger breaks up a tag. Kingston can’t control himself, and, with the ref busy, he enters and hits Ziggler with Trouble in Paradise, draping Ryder on him for the pin.

Winners via pinfall: Broski Boom (Kofi Kingston & Zack Ryder)

Backstage, Sheamus is a little mad, and tells Matt Striker and Irish fable about taking care of business with an annoying troll -– which would be Christian, of course.

Match #6 – Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry – for the World Heavyweight Championship

Orton is floating like a butterfly at first, but finds his own collar bone stinging after Henry runs him into the ring-post. Henry stays focused on the collar for a while, but misses a corner splash as Orton gets his knees up. Cody Rhodes spoils Orton’s comeback as he interferes, ending the match.

Winner via disqualification: Randy Orton

Orton is primed for the picking by Henry and Rhodes, but Big Show makes the save. He hits Henry with a spear and chokeslam, and Orton RKOs Rhodes like a wet paper bag.

Dave Hillhouse is a screenwriter and teacher, and is that picky about things like anniversary numbers -– and the new millennium starting at the end of the year 2000. .