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Reported by Mike Tedesco of WrestleView.com
On Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 2:27 PM EST*/ ?>

WWE Smackdown
August 7, 2009
Long Island, NY
Report by: Mike Tedesco of WrestleView.com


“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…” The WWE video leads us into the show.

They show a video highlighting the tremendous World Heavyweight Championship match from last week featuring Jeff Hardy defending his title against John Morrison. It was an epic contest that saw both men put it all on the line. John Morrison even kicked out of a Swanton Bomb, something I can’t remember ever happening before. In the end Jeff Hardy hit another Swanton Bomb to secure the win.

CM Punk’s music hits in the arena and he makes his way to the ring. Jim Ross and Todd Grisham welcome us to the show as we’re ready for the Main Event already. Tonight it’s CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship. Punk grabs a microphone and says he tried so hard to empathize with all of our weaknesses. Punk says he implored every one of us to just say no, and all his empathy got was for us to love Jeff Hardy even more than we already did. However this will not deter him from teaching us the difference between right and wrong. Punk says it’s obviously going to be challenging, but just like any challenge he’s met, he’ll take it head on, like he did last week.

They now show a video package of CM Punk turning on Jeff Hardy after that hard fought Main Event. This was a classic heel turn. Punk busted Hardy open and viciously assaulted him. Punk then announced he’d take his World Heavyweight Title back at the next Smackdown.

Back in live action Punk says he knows why we love Jeff Hardy so much – we’re just like him. In turn, Jeff Hardy is just like all of us. The reality is none of us have the strength to be straightedge. We gravitate towards Hardy because it’s the easy way out. It’s easy to be weak like Hardy because we can’t be strong like him. Punk says we boo because he tells the truth and it hurts. On our prescription pill bottles it says take one every four hours. Punk knows we gobble four to eight at a time like it’s Pez. That’s drug abuse – Punk doesn’t do that. Punk also doesn’t smoke, and those who do are stupid. You have to be stupid to not listen to the Surgeon General, especially when he puts it on the box. Then the “funny cigarettes,” to which the audience cheers and Punk is disgusted. Punk says it’s hazardous to us and illegal. So to those who have taken a puff, we’ve damaged ourselves and broken a law. We’re all criminals, according to Punk.

Punk now talks about alcohol and the audience cheers louder. Punk says he saved the best poison for last because it’s a gateway drug. We all go out for one drink, and then two leads to three, four, shots, and we’re puking at the end of the night. That’s alcoholism. In Punk’s book one drink makes you an alcoholic. Punk understands why we love Jeff and vice versa – we’re all weak. Punk says whether we like it or not we deserve better. The entire world deserves better. We need a strong leader who will stand up to adversity and just say no. We need a strong leader that will carry the banner of the World Heavyweight Championship with honor, pride, respect, dignity, integrity, and class. What we need is a straightedge World Heavyweight Champion. We need CM Punk. Classic heel stuff – I love it!

Scott Armstrong, the referee, is in the ring and the bell rings. Justin Roberts announces this bout is for the World Heavyweight Championship. Justin Roberts announces CM Punk and now we wait for Jeff Hardy. The crowd chants and the music finally hits. The arena is filled with the sound of screaming fans as the World Heavyweight Champion makes his way out to the ring. Hardy hits the ring and quickly takes down CM Punk and is pummeling him. The bell hasn’t rung to officially start the match. Scott Armstrong tries to separate them but to no avail. Other officials, including Mike Rotunda and Dean Malenko, run down to establish order. General Manager Theodore Long comes down as well. They finally separate the men.

All of a sudden Vince McMahon’s music hits and they arena pops huge! McMahon does not look happy. McMahon says we’re supposed to have a championship match but Teddy Long can’t control anything. McMahon reminds him that he’s on probation. McMahon says to get everyone in the back so cooler heads can prevail. Since Long can’t maintain order McMahon will find someone who will. McMahon will do what Long should have done – he’s going to have a guest enforcer to maintain order in the match. The guest enforcer will be… someone we have to wait to find out!

Hardy all of a sudden breaks free of the referees and agents and punches Punk out of the ring. Punk angrily yells back at Hardy as they’re held back. This was a great opening segment.

-Commercial Break-

We’re welcomed back to the show by Todd Grisham and Jim Ross. They discuss the chaos that just went on, stopping the World Heavyweight Championship Match that was to start the show. We’ll have it later tonight with a mystery guest enforcer.

John Morrison’s music hits, and it should be noted that Morrison got a tremendous reception from the crowd.

John Morrison vs. Tyson Kidd

This will be a rematch from last week’s edition of Superstars. John Morrison won that bout.

The match begins and they circle the ring. They lock up and struggle. Morrison eventually gets a waist lock on, which Kidd breaks out of and wrenches the arm. Morrison twists out of it and grounds Kidd with an arm bar. Morrison hits a double leg takedown and they struggle before Kidd escapes and gets to the ropes. They get up and go for a lock up but Kidd stuns Morrison with a kick to the midsection. Kidd bounces Morrison off the turnbuckle and grounds him with a forearm. Kidd kicks and punches him some more before whipping him into the ropes. Morrison is able to slide through Kidd’s legs and hit a dropsault for a two count.

Morrison whips Kidd into the ropes but Kidd holds on. Morrison charges and catches Kidd trying to kick him. Morrison pulls him off the ropes and drops him on his back. Morrison hits a break-dance leg drop and pins him for a two count. Morrison picks him up and hits a European Uppercut. Morrison charges but Kidd is able to use his momentum to throw him over the top rope. Morrison quickly gets up and looks at David Hart Smith. Natalya then hits him from behind with a forearm that sends him down to his knees. The referee admonishes Natalya so Smith floors Morrison with a forearm to the skull. Morrison slowly gets up and Kidd baseball slides him down into the barricade. Kidd throws him back into the ring and pins him for a two count. We’ll take a break here.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Morrison locked in a chin lock. Morrison fights up but Kidd takes him down and really cinches the pressure on the chin lock. Kidd even gets a one count from it. Kidd drops a knee for a two count. Kidd locks the chin lock back on and really wrenches it in. Kidd’s screaming is intense. Kidd transitions it to a crossface chin lock. Nice move! Morrison eventually fights up and elbows out. Kidd jumps on Morrison’s back and locks on a sleeper hold but Morrison backs him into the corner and tosses him off.

Kidd and Morrison trade punches and kicks, with Morrison coming out on top by ducking a kick and kicking Kidd in the face. Morrison goes into the ropes and clotheslines Kidd twice. Morrison sends him into the ropes and hits a jumping back heel kick. Morrison then hits a STANDING Shooting Star Press, incorrectly called a moonsault by JR, and covers him for a near fall! That’s a TREMENDOUS move! Morrison sends Kidd into the corner and charges into a back elbow. Kidd gets on Morrison’s shoulders so Morrison gets him off and rolls him up for a two count. Kidd then immediately catches Morrison in a double scissors arm bar! Nasty looking move! Morrison tries to shift weight to pin Kidd so Kidd lets it go.

Morrison gets stomped and choked on the rope by Kidd. Kidd slingshots over the top rope and leg drops Morrison on the apron. Kidd then springboards off the top rope with a blockbuster for a near fall. Kidd covers again for another near fall. Kidd bounces Morrison off the top turnbuckle and stomps him down in the corner. Kidd charges and Morrison back drops him to the apron. Kidd hits a shoulder thrust and goes for a sunset flip but Morrison rolls through. Morrison goes for the running knee but Kidd avoids it. Kidd hits a spin kick to the midsection and goes into the ropes. Morrison counters a hurricanrana attempt into a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall!

Kidd counters out of the Moonlight Drive and throws Morrison out of the ring. Morrison is between Smith and Natalya but the referee stops them before anything happens. Morrison slides through Kidd’s legs, ducks a clothesline, and hits the Flying Chuck! Morrison then hits Starship Pain, landing on Kidd’s face, and covers for the win! That was nasty!

Winner by Pinfall: John Morrison
Match Rating: ** ½


The Hart Dynasty checks on Tyson Kidd, who may be concussed, at ringside. Morrison really landed on his face. That was a rough landing. The Hart Dynasty helps him to the back as Morrison poses for the camera.

It’s time for Cryme Tyme’s Word Up. Today’s Word of the Day is Pretenda, a fake, a fraud, a wannabe, or a paper champion. They mention some pretendas, like Ashley Simpson and Milli Vanilli. They then show pictures of “Christina” and “Showbacca.” They included some pretty funny pictures of Jericho as a woman and Big Show as Chewbacca. They’re interrupted by Jesse. Jesse does some lame raps and even brings out a whistle. Jesse then congratulates them on earning a shot at Jericho and Show. Jesse says he knows JTG will beat Jericho tonight but they need to watch the monitor now, as Jesse is going to “represent.” That was sad. Cryme Tyme says he’s growing on them.

Still to come tonight is a World Heavyweight Championship contest between Jeff Hardy and CM Punk, with a mystery enforcer.

-Commercial Break-

Did you know last Friday night Smackdown was the #1 program on television among all male viewers, beating all programs on broadcast and cable? Hell yeah Smackdown!

Charlie Haas is already making his way to the ring. They need to do something with this guy. So much untapped potential. He’ll be facing Slam Master J, aka Jesse, who’s from A-T-L. Good lord this is bad. Slam Master J even has the cornrows.

Charlie Haas vs. Slam Master J

The bell rings and they circle. Haas quickly gets him in a headlock and Jesse backs him into the ropes. Haas floors him with a right hand. Haas clubs him before sending him to the ropes. Jesse blocks a hip toss attempt and fights back with punches. Haas reverses a whip but lowers his head and eats a kick. Jesse punches some more as Cryme Tyme is seen watching backstage. Jesse runs right into a belly to belly overhead suplex for a two count. Haas knees him in the back and locks on a cobra clutch. Jesse tries to fight up but Haas grounds him. Haas locks on a surfboard and tortures him for a bit. Jesse fights up but gets clubbed down. Haas sends him into the ropes but Jesse is able to duck a clothesline and hit a flying forearm. Jesse hits some punches and an inverted atomic drop. Jesse clotheslines him and hits a shoulder block. Jesse tries to pump the crowd up but they boo him! Not exactly the type of reaction they were looking for in the back I’m sure.

Jesse goes to the top rope but Haas cuts him off. Haas attempts a superplex but Jesse holds on and pushes him off. Jesse then hits a big splash off the top rope and gets the win to deafening silence. This was pathetic.

Winner by Pinfall: Slam Master J
Match Rating: ¼ *


Slam Master J celebrates by himself as I wish Pretty Ricky would return.

Coming up next is a Fatal Four Way featuring Dolph Ziggler, Mike Knox, Finlay, and R-Truth. The winner will go to Summerslam to face Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Title!

-Commercial Break-

Todd Grisham thanks Aerosmith for the use of the song “You Gotta Move,” the official theme song of Summerslam.

Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio’s music hits and he makes his way out to the ring to a tremendous reception. He’ll be commentating with Jim Ross and Todd Grisham.

Fatal Four Way Match
R-Truth vs. Finlay vs. Mike Knox vs. Dolph Ziggler


This is just a reminder that the winner of the match will go on to face Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Championship at Summerslam.

The referee starts the match and they all start punching one another. Finlay and Ziggler square off, and R-Truth and Knox fight. Knox reverses a whip but lowers his head and eats a kick. Knox goes into the ropes, over R-Truth, and floors Ziggler with a cross-body block for a no count. Finlay rolls R-Truth up for a one count. Both get up and get clotheslined down by Knox. Knox is the only one left standing as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Knox avalanching R-Truth in the corner. Knox charges Finlay in the opposite corner but gets kicked in the face. Finlay takes Knox down with a clothesline and hits a jumping senton to the stomach. Ziggler dropkicks Finlay out of the ring and gets taken down by R-Truth with a spinning heel kick. Knox charges R-Truth but goes over the top rope when R-Truth pulls it down. R-Truth then slingshots over the top rope with a suicide dive to Mike Knox.

Inside the ring Finlay takes Ziggler down with a European Uppercut. Finlay clotheslines him down and hits another uppercut. Finlay hits a nice backbreaker for a two count broken up by Mike Knox. Finlay hits Knox with a kick to the midsection and goes for the Celtic Cross but Knox gets off and clotheslines Finlay down. R-Truth then comes off the top rope with a cross-body to Knox for a two count broken up by Ziggler. Ziggler stomps R-Truth before hitting a Double DDT on Finlay and R-Truth! Ziggler covers R-Truth for a near fall. Ziggler then moves to Finlay and gets a near fall broken up by Knox.

Knox and Ziggler go face to face. Ziggler punches Knox a few times and Knox punches back. Ziggler gets him in a side headlock but Knox whips him off and they collide, knocking Ziggler out of the ring. R-Truth and Finlay then go for a double team to clothesline Knox over the top rope but Finlay double crosses R-Truth with the Rolling Hills! Finlay covers for two and moves as Knox comes down on R-Truth. Finlay dropkicks Knox for a two count broken up by Ziggler. Ziggler kicks and punches Finlay into the corner. Ziggler has a whip to the opposite corner reversed on him and Finlay hits a running shoulder thrust. Finlay goes for the Celtic Cross but can’t complete as Knox big boots him down.

R-Truth drops Knox out of nowhere with the Lie Detector for a near fall broken up by Ziggler. Ziggler puts the boots to R-Truth. R-Truth punches back and goes for the Scissors Kick but Knox back body drops him out of the ring! Finlay all of a sudden hits Knox with the shillelagh and Ziggler drops Finlay with his Reverse Bulldog for the win! It’ll be Dolph Ziggler vs. Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Championship at Summerslam!

Winner by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: ** ¼


Rey Mysterio is all business and says he’ll have to bring everything he’s got. Ziggler approaches the announcer’s table and tries to slap Mysterio. Finlay then grabs Ziggler’s hair. Ziggler breaks free and turns into a seated senton from Mysterio, who leapt off the announcer’s table! Mysterio goes to the back with his title as Ziggler looks upset.

We now get a look of earlier tonight when Jeff Hardy beat CM Punk down and their match couldn’t be started. Vince McMahon then came out and said the match would happen but with a mystery guest enforcer, to be named later tonight.

-Commercial Break-

Did you know over one million female viewers watched Smackdown last Friday, beating all programming on CW, Lifetime, and Oxygen?

Backstage Maria is talking with Melina. Melina says this is the happiest she’s seen Maria in a while. Maria says she’s happy for Dolph Ziggler and hopes he wins the Intercontinental Championship. Melina tells her to not take it the wrong way but Dolph… Maria says it’s ok. Maria says she hears it all the time because of how he is in the ring but outside he’s a great guy, and she thinks she deserves a good guy. Melina says as long as he treats her right its good. They hug and Maria walks away as Melina looks on longingly. HLA?

JeriShow’s music hits and Chris Jericho comes out ready to compete with Big Show behind him. Their remix is… weird.

Chris Jericho vs. JTG

The bell rings and they lock up. Jericho gets a headlock on. JTG whips him off but Jericho is able to drop him with a shoulder block. Jericho smiles before going into the ropes, over and under JTG, and gets taken down by a back elbow. JTG hits a knee to the midsection before hitting a standing leg drop for a two count. Jericho goes to the ropes and JTG attempts to pull him off but can’t. The referee admonishes JTG and Jericho hits a cheap shot. Jericho kicks JTG a few times before throwing him out of the ring. The referee is distracted as Big Show kicks JTG hard. Jericho bounces JTG’s head off the announcer’s table and Jericho throws him back in the ring.

Jericho kicks JTG in the ribs a few times before locking on an abdominal stretch. JTG counters out with a hip toss before going for a big splash but Jericho gets the knees up. Jericho covers for a two count. Jericho chokes JTG on the second rope before standing on his neck. Jericho slaps JTG a few times before JTG punches back, stunning Jericho for a moment. Jericho fights back with a kick to the ribs. Jericho puts the abdominal stretch back on. JTG tries to punch out but can’t. Jericho punches him and sends him into the ropes. JTG ducks a clothesline and hits a flipping shoulder block.

JTG dropkicks Jericho down before pumping the crowd up. JTG charges right into a boot. Jericho goes for a bulldog but JTG is able to counter by running him into the corner. JTG hits a big face buster for a near fall. JTG goes into the ropes and gets taken down by a back elbow. Jericho kicks him in the ribs a few times before slapping him. Jericho taunts Shad before sending JTG into the ropes. Jericho lowers his head and eats a kick. JTG then goes into the ropes and hits the Shout Out for a near fall!

Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho but JTG struggles. Jericho catapults him to the corner but doesn’t realize JTG landed on the second rope. JTG hits a diving leg drop for another near fall! JTG then walks right into a surprise Codebreaker, knocking him into the ropes. Jericho covers JTG while half his body is through the ropes. Jericho doesn’t like this call for some reason, even though it’s the right call, and drags JTG in only to get locking in an inside cradle, and JTG gets the upset!

Winner by Pinfall: JTG
Match Rating: * ¾


Big Show angrily gets in the ring as Jericho yells at the referee. Cryme Tyme quickly runs up the stage to get away from the angry giant.

Still to come tonight is Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship with a special guest enforcer.

-Commercial Break-

The Smack of the Night is Khali vs. Haas from last week that was deemed a No Contest when Kane interfered. Kane took Ranjin Singh for a bit until Khali took him back.

The Great Khali vs. Ricky Ortiz

I guess after that ridiculously bad segment a few weeks ago, Ortiz is relegated to a squash.

Ortiz kicks at Khali before going into the ropes and getting clotheslined down. Khali hits the Punjabi Plunge and pins Ricky Ortiz for the win!

Winner by Pinfall: The Great Khali
Match Rating: No stars


JR mentions Khali getting the winner’s share of the purse, something that made me very happy. All of a sudden Kane’s music hits and they face the stage to face him. Kane surprises Khali by coming from behind and knocking him over the top rope. Kane then concentrates on Ranjin Singh and captures him. Kane drags Singh into the crowd and stomps him there. Kane then drags him by the arm through the crowd and out of the arena. I wonder what Kane’s problem is with Khali. Maybe JR can have a sit down interview with him, because that worked out so well a few years ago.

-Commercial Break-

Jim Ross and Todd Grisham discuss Kane’s abduction of Ranjin Singh. They call this one of the most bizarre moments they’ve ever seen. So what was Pretty Ricky? Normal?

Justin Roberts is in the ring and announces this contest is set for one fall, and is for the World Heavyweight Championship. Roberts says it’s time for the Special Enforcer, and it is… Matt Hardy! Matt Hardy comes down to the ring looking sunburned on the face and in a referee’s shirt. JR and Grisham speculate if he can be fair and impartial. The World Heavyweight Championship match is next.

-Commercial Break-

Matt Hardy is waiting in the ring. That sunburn looks painful – maybe that’s why he looks so pissed.

World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy comes out to the ring looking upset. Jeff Hardy gets in the ring and walks right up to his estranged brother, who won’t even look the champion in the eye. JR wonders if the final betrayal could happen tonight.

CM Punk comes out and Justin Roberts does the big match introductions. I love that.

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. CM Punk
Special Enforcer: Matt Hardy


Scott Armstrong calls for the bell and they lock up. They tussle around the ring before breaking it off. They circle again and Punk knees Hardy in the midsection before clubbing him down. Punk kicks him in the back and knees him again. Punk sends Hardy into the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Hardy floors him with a forearm, hits an inverted atomic drop, and hits the double leg to the midsection followed by a dropkick to the face for a two count. Hardy grounds and pounds CM Punk before getting the crowd into it. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Punk pushes him off. Hardy then quickly clotheslines him over the top rope! Hardy gets on the apron and Punk pulls him off, sending Hardy down hard on his spine on the outside!

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Punk stomp Hardy and pin him for a near fall. Punk whips Hardy and knees him in the midsection. Punk repeats this two more times and locks him in the abdominal stretch. Punk punches his ribs a few times for good measure. Punk holds this on for a bit before rolling him up for a near fall. Punk sends Hardy into the corner hard and Hardy goes down. Punk covers for another near fall. Punk sends Hardy into the corner and sends him to the opposite one but Hardy slingshots over Punk, ducks a clothesline, and hits Whisper in the Wind! Hardy covers for a two count. Matt Hardy nods his head in approval of the referee’s count.

Hardy and Punk trade punches and kicks, with Hardy coming out of top with his flipping mule kick. Hardy hits his slingshot dropkick in the corner for a near fall. Hardy goes to the top rope for the Swanton Bomb but Punk cuts him off with some big right hands. Punk goes to the top rope and superplexes Hardy off, giving him a very close near fall! Punk waits for Hardy to get up and hits a duo of nasty kicks followed by some nasty punches. Punk goes for the GTS but Hardy gets off and goes for the Twist of Fate but Punk counters into a roll up for a near fall! Hardy’s kick out sent Punk outside so Hardy slingshots himself over the top rope with a body press!

Hardy sends Punk back into the ring and talks to his brother. Jeff Hardy avoids CM Punk’s baseball slide but Matt Hardy can’t avoid it and gets it right in his abdomen! Punk sends Hardy back into the ring. Hardy catches Punk with a Twist of Fate as he enters the ring! Hardy goes up top for a Swanton Bomb but Punk gets his knees up. Punk covers but Matt Hardy pulls Scott Armstrong out of the ring! Matt Hardy gets in the ring and CM Punk looks wildly at him. All of a sudden Jeff Hardy rolls Punk up and Matt Hardy counts the pin!

Winner & STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Jeff Hardy
Match Rating: ** ½


Matt Hardy immediately walks off and goes to the back. CM Punk is livid at the moment. Punk goes to the top of the ramp but quickly walks back to the ring with a purpose. Punk kicks Hardy from behind and throws him out of the ring. Punk bounces Hardy’s face off the announcer’s table five times before grabbing a steel chair and cracking him in the back with it! Punk puts Hardy’s neck through the chair and sends him into the ring post!! Jeff Hardy is knocked out!!

CM Punk walks up the stage smiling as trainers and medics run down. CM Punk tells Johnny Ace sarcastically to make sure he’s ok. CM Punk reroutes the stretcher, making them go the long way around the ring. Teddy Long comes out and is really angry. Long asks if Punk is proud of himself and Punk says he is. Punk says he wants a rematch because Matt Hardy counted the pin. He’s an enforcer, not a referee. Long says if Jeff Hardy can defend the championship by Summerslam, he’ll get his rematch. It’ll be “Jeff Hardy style,” because it’ll be a TLC Match! Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, oh my! Long runs down to check on Hardy as Punk yells at him to go check on his “poster boy.” This was some great stuff.*/ ?>

Quick Match Results
John Morrison def. Tyson Kidd
Slam Master J def. Charlie Haas
Dolph Ziggler def. R-Truth, Finlay,* & Mike Knox
JTG def. Chris Jericho
The Great Khali def. Ricky Ortiz
Jeff Hardy def. CM Punk to RETAIN the World Heavyweight Championship

Bump of the Night: Punk sending Hardy into the ring post with a chair around his neck!

Match of the Night: The World Heavyweight Championship Match and John Morrison vs. Tyson Kidd ** ½

Mike’s Thoughts

This was a really good Smackdown that had some good matches and a few nice surprises. Most importantly we’ve got two matches made for Summerfest – er, Summerslam. We’ve got an Intercontinental Title bout between Rey Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler. We’ve also got the World Heavyweight Championship Match determined – Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk in a TLC Match!

It was nice to see Matt Hardy return tonight. There was no indication if he was 100%, nor was his injury mentioned, but if he can take a baseball slide in the midsection then I’m sure he’s on the up and up. Matt’s an intriguing character. I’m interested to see if he’ll still be feuding with his brother. He counted the pin but he walked away quickly after that.

CM Punk and Jeff Hardy had a good title match tonight. It wasn’t given a load of time but I guess they had to squeeze in the post match beat down and the brother to brother stare downs. They also probably didn’t want to give away too much. Still it was a great effort. I like that Teddy Long said IF Jeff Hardy can defend the title until Summerslam then Punk will get his shot. I can feel a few more title matches in the remaining weeks with Punk maybe helping Hardy get the wins so he can get his shot. Interesting stuff!

It was nice to see Vince McMahon make a small appearance at the beginning of the show. I’m glad they’re continuing the storyline of Teddy Long being on probation. That’s a storyline that could lead to some good things for us viewers. I’m glad that storyline wasn’t dropped.

Rey Mysterio was great on commentary during the Fatal Four Way. He built up each man as a threat to him and in the end it was Dolph Ziggler. The Intercontinental Championship really feels prestigious again. That’s one thing I’m really happy about.

It was nice to see JTG in a singles match tonight against Chris Jericho. Jericho really helped him along in this match and it was a good one. Maybe one day JTG will venture out on his own. Jericho is a true professional – he’ll put anyone over and he won’t lose an ounce of steam doing it. What a wrestler. That was some great stuff and Jericho’s arguing with the referee was pretty funny.

I was glad to see John Morrison follow up last week’s epic World Heavyweight Title match with another great match against Tyson Kidd. Morrison is a true main eventer and he looked great in this one, as did Tyson Kidd. Kidd has the potential to be something one day. I wonder where they’ll go with John Morrison for Summerslam. They can’t keep him off that show.

I’m still not interested in Kane vs. Khali. I was actually happy watching Kane drag Ranjin Singh away. Does that make me a bad guy?

Slam Master J needs to go the way of the Pretty Ricky segments. That was terrible. The crowd turned on it big time and WWE didn’t even edit that out. I’m glad about that. Slam Master J even makes Pretty Ricky seem entertaining. Poor Charlie Haas.

Where was my favorite referee in the whole world Charles Robinson tonight? Come back next week, Chaz!

Final Rating: ***

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