We open the show up immediately with the pyrotechnics. Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us to the show in Saint’s country. Tonight we?ll see Chris Jericho take on the Undertaker in a No Disqualification match. We?ll also see R-Truth take on John Morrison.
Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
They go face to face and Punk pushes Mysterio away by the face. Punk makes fun of the height difference so Mysterio slaps him. Punk charges but Mysterio ducks and punches. Punk reverses a whip to the corner but Mysterio slingshots over and hits a dropkick. Mysterio gets on the shoulders and executes a victory roll for a two count. Mysterio immediately kicks Punk in the legs a few times and hits a leg breaker. Mysterio applies a leg lock and Punk quickly gets to the ropes.
Punk and Mysterio tie up with a test of strength. Punk puts him down for a few quick two counts. Mysterio then gets up and jumps to the shoulders for a knee to the shoulder victory roll for a near fall. Mysterio quickly kicks again and punches him in the corner. Mysterio takes him out by the leg and Punk counters with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Punk then puts a grapevine on the neck. Mysterio soon punches out but can?t avoid a spin kick to the midsection. Punk hits a snapmare and kicks him in the back for a two count.
Mysterio comes back with some punches until Punk hits a knee to the midsection. Punk slides him to the outside but Mysterio rolls and lands on his feet. Punk goes for a baseball slide but Mysterio ducks and runs into the ring. Mysterio fakes a 619 and Punk stays on the outside to regroup.
We come back from the break to see Mysterio whip Punk to the ropes but take a shoulder block. Punk goes into the ropes and drops him with a jumping calf kick for a near fall. Punk sends him to the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Mysterio charges and Punk back body drops him to the apron. Punk turns and Mysterio hits a nice hurricanrana, taking Punk over the top rope! Mysterio then comes off the apron with a seated senton! The Straight Edge Society provides a distraction so Punk can hit a back suplex onto the barricade! Mysterio falls to the front row in pain!
Punk pulls Mysterio back to the floor and then throws him into the ring. Punk hits a slingshot rolling senton for a near fall. Mysterio is against the ring post so Punk baseball slides into him, injuring the ribs! Mysterio falls to the outside and is starting to be counted out. Punk goes outside and clubs him before hitting a short-arm clothesline on the outside! Punk puts him back in the ring and covers for a one count. Punk applies a beautiful surfboard bow and arrow stretch. Mysterio counters into a pin attempt for a quick one count. Punk tries for a back suplex but Mysterio counters into a cross-body for another quick one count. Mysterio gets a side headlock but Punk counters into a back suplex across his knee which lands Mysterio on his head! That gets Punk a near fall.
Punk hits some falling clubs to the small of the back for a two count. Punk digs his knee into the back and pulls back on the arms. Mysterio gets out by kicking him in the head a few times. Punk charges at Mysterio in the corner but takes a drop-toe-hold into the turnbuckle. Mysterio springboards to the top rope and Punk sweeps his legs, hanging Mysterio in the tree of woe. Punk goes across the ring and goes for a baseball slide into the face but Mysterio moves and Punk splits himself in half on the ring post! Ouch!
Mysterio comes off the top rope with a seated senton, ducks a clothesline, and hits a springboard cross-body block for a near fall. Mysterio goes into the ropes and Punk hits a head-butt to the midsection. Punk hits a school boy but Mysterio rolls through and kicks him in the temple for a near fall. Mysterio slowly picks Punk up and knees him in the face. Mysterio has a whip to the corner reversed on him. Punk charges into a boot in the face. Mysterio goes into the ropes and Punk counters with a powerslam for a near fall.
Both men are slow to get up. This is a hell of a match. Punk hits a running knee in the corner but Mysterio throws off the bulldog. Punk charges into a dropkick to the knee, putting him in position. Serena stands on the apron for the distraction. The referee argues with her as Luke Gallows attempts interference but Mysterio snaps him off the top rope. Punk charges into a drop-toe-hold into position. Mysterio goes for the 619 but Punk moves. Punk goes for the GTS but Mysterio counters into a hurricanrana with a cradle for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Rey Mysterio
Match Rating: ***
Immediately after the bell rings Luke Gallows clotheslines him down from behind. Gallows stomps him and hits a big backbreaker. Serena and Punk happily look on. Mysterio gets up in the corner and Punk gives Gallows instructions. Gallows then avalanches Mysterio in the corner. Gallows hits a short-arm clothesline and sets Mysterio up for Serena to kick him in the ribs. Punk talks trash saying he can save Mysterio. Punk goes to his knees and Gallows places Mysterio on his shoulders. Punk then hits the GTS and the Straight Edge Society stands over a broken Rey Mysterio!
Tonight we?ll have Batista’s explanation for his attack on John Cena.
A commercial for John Morrison’s DVD airs and my friend Lisa is in it for holding a ?John Morrison Rocks? sign! Nice going Lisa!
We see footage of the end of the Mysterio/Punk match followed by the beat down by the Straight Edge Society.
Drew McIntyre has a new entrance as he comes to the ring. Remember when The Rock turned heel in 2003 and had that long video before he made his entrance? This is very similar to that? except the song is really dull and boring. It’s like having your entrance song performed by Enya.
McIntyre said when he heard he was in a match tonight he told the booker he doesn?t care who the opponent is because he’s the Intercontinental Champion. He’s undefeated and, most importantly, unstoppable. Kane’s pyro hits so we?ll put that to the test. McIntyre says he has nothing to prove to Kane. Since he dropped him last week he doesn?t want him now. McIntyre says if Kane wants a match he can have one next week.
Drew McIntyre vs. Kane
The referee calls for the bell and Kane kicks McIntyre out of the ring. Kane goes outside and punches him before throwing him in the ring. Kane hits an uppercut before sending him to the ropes. McIntyre clubs him before going into the ropes and taking a clothesline. Kane goes to the top rope and McIntyre quickly bails from the ring.
We come back from the break to see Kane trapped in an arm bar. During the break McIntyre knocked Kane into the barricade. Kane fights up in the ring and punches out. Kane stuns him with an uppercut. Kane charges into a kick to the knee. McIntyre kicks him in the head and clotheslines him down for a one count. McIntyre elbows him in the face. McIntyre has a whip reversed but he stops himself and charges into a clothesline.
Kane hits a punch and sends McIntyre to the corner before hitting a clothesline. McIntyre gets dropped by a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Kane goes to the top rope and hits a flying lariat. Kane signals for a Chokeslam and wraps his hand around the neck. McIntyre kicks and goes for the Future Shock but Kane twists out. Kane goes for the Chokeslam again but McIntyre lands on his feet. Kane grabs him by the throat and they both go over the top rope. They begin to be counted out. They fight on who will get back in the ring first but neither of them do.
Winner: Double Count-Out
Match Rating: * ?
McIntyre gets in the ring and drops Kane with a big boot. McIntyre mounts him and clubs the face. McIntyre goes outside and grabs the Intercontinental Championship. McIntyre goes to clock Kane with it but Kane catches him and hits a Chokeslam! Kane holds the Intercontinental Title before dropping it on McIntyre and making the ring posts explode.
Mickie James is backstage when Michelle McCool and Layla stop her. They make fun of her for looking for food and Mickie says whatever happened between them is done. McCool says it’s not over while she has the title. McCool wonders if the title fits around her waist. McCool picks up a plate of cottage cheese and Mickie slaps it out of her hands. It lands on Vickie Guerrero and she screams. Mickie walks away while McCool and Layla pick the cheese off her.
The WWE Rewind is Mickie James beating Michelle McCool in fifteen seconds at the Royal Rumble for the Women’s Championship. The Divas then shower McCool and Layla in cake.
Mickie James vs. Layla
They lock up and Layla gets a quick knee into Mickie’s midsection. Mickie quickly comes back with some forearms and a snapmare. Mickie dropkicks her in the face when Vickie Guerrero interrupts her on stage. Vickie stops the match and says it’s her privilege and duty to announce this is a handicap match.
Mickie James vs. Layla & Michelle McCool
Mickie quickly attacks McCool but its short lived. They double team her but Mickie controls them a bit. Mickie hits a Thesz Press on Layla and a jackknife pin on McCool. Mickie holds her own until McCool hits a backbreaker for a near fall. They double whip her to the corner and still get owned by Mickie. Layla pulls on her hair and McCool kicks her in the face. McCool hits the Faith Breaker and it’s over.
Winners by Pinfall: Layla & Michelle McCool
Match Rating: ? *
I thought we were done with this stuff? Where’s the follow up with Beth Phoenix?
We?ll hear an explanation from Batista about his actions as of late next.
We take a look back at Batista’s attack of Bret Hart and then John Cena from Raw two weeks ago. Batista viciously beat John Cena around the ring before hitting a nasty looking Batista Bomb on the steel steps. Then last week on Smackdown he walked out of a match that had he won would have put him into the Elimination Chamber. What is going on with Batista? Apparently we?ll find out tonight.
Josh Mathews is in the ring and he introduces Batista. Batista comes to the ring with the spotlight on him. Mathews wants to know what provoked him to attack John Cena and then walk out of a match last week on Smackdown. Mathews holds the microphone in Batista’s face and Batista takes the microphone from his hand. Batista stares at Josh and he quickly gets out of the ring. The crowd chants for ?Cena? but he’s not there. Batista walks around the ring and sits on the top turnbuckle. Batista goes to speak but instead walks out of the ring. Batista walks around ringside before staring at a guy in a John Cena shirt. Batista gets back in the ring and goes to talk but instead drops the microphone. Batista goes to the back while the fans boo him.
Batista yells and goes back to the ring to give an explanation. Batista grabs the microphone and drops it again. Batista kicks it to the floor and leaves the ring. That was a great segment and all he said was ?You want an explanation?.
Still to come we?ll see R-Truth take on John Morrison. We?ll also see Chris Jericho take on the Undertaker in a No DQ match.
WrestleMania is 44 days away!
Teddy Long, Smackdown’s General Manager, comes out to the stage. Long says Batista refused to compete in his match last week and tonight he refused to give an explanation for his actions. Since he doesn?t feel like talking then maybe he?ll feel like competing against the 2010 Royal Rumble winner Edge next week on Smackdown. That?ll be Edge’s first singles match in seven months.
The Great Khali and Matt Hardy come to the ring. Hardy wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day in advance. Hardy says his partner, the Punjabi Playboy, always has a great Valentine’s Day. Hardy says he?ll have the best Valentine’s Day ever this year with his Valentine Maria. Maria comes to the ring.
The Great Khali & Matt Hardy vs. The Hart Dynasty
My favorite referee in the whole world Charles Robinson is the official. It?ll be Khali starting out against David Hart Smith. Smith immediately tags in Tyson Kidd and bails from the ring. Kidd is brought into the ring the hard way and Hardy is tagged in. Hardy punches him down and hits a clothesline in the corner. Smith provides a distraction and Kidd hits a dropkick. Smith is tagged in and he hits a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Smith smashes the face off the turnbuckle and tags in Kidd, who hits a snapmare and dropkicks him in the head for a two count. Kidd locks on a chin lock and screams wildly. Hardy fights up but Kidd kicks him. Kidd then runs into a Side Effect.
Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Smith distracts the referee and Natalya sweeps Hardy’s feet. Maria attacks Natalya on the outside. Kidd rolls Hardy up but Hardy rolls through and gets the pin.
Winners by Pinfall: The Great Khali & Matt Hardy
Match Rating: ? *
?The Million Dollar Man? Ted DiBiase’s Hall of Fame video plays. It’s about time. Everybody has a price, baby! His theme song ruled.
The Raw Rebound plays. That final segment with Vince McMahon, John Cena, and Bret Hart was absolute gold. Like I said last night this is the most excited I?ve been about a WrestleMania build since 2005.
Todd Grisham thanks Cypress Hill for the use of ?Rise Up,? the official theme song of Elimination Chamber. They then run down the card.
We see footage of the Straight Edge Society’s attack on Rey Mysterio from earlier tonight following that fantastic match.
R-Truth takes on John Morrison next.
R-Truth asks the crowd ?WHO DAT.? That gets a good pop deep in Saint’s country. I was happy for them.
R-Truth vs. John Morrison
The match begins and they shake hands. They lock up and Morrison gets a side headlock. R-Truth whips him off and takes a shoulder block. Morrison goes into the ropes, over and under R-Truth, and tries to roll over his back but looks to have tweaked his ankle. The referee stops the match and awards it to R-Truth.
Winner by Referee’s Decision: R-Truth
Match Rating: N/A
The trainer comes out and R-Truth helps him to the back.
Still to come we?ll see Undertaker take on Chris Jericho in a non-title match.
NXT comes in two weeks.
Tony Chimel introduces the 2010 winner of the Royal Rumble Edge! Edge comes to the ring to a great pop. Edge says he’s out to talk about the benefits of winning the Royal Rumble. The benefit everyone looks past means he doesn?t have to compete in the Elimination Chamber. Edge says that match is about absorbing pain. It’s unpredictable. The only prediction he can make is he?ll face the winner of that. He could end up facing his old buddy from Rated RKO Randy Orton. He could face the guy he faced last year at WrestleMania John Cena. On the flip side he could face the winner of the Smackdown Chamber. Maybe Rey Mysterio or the love child of Brutus ?The Barber? Beefcake and Charles Manson, CM Punk. He could potentially face any of the twelve superstars.
There’s only one that stands out of the pack ? only one guy who is undefeated at WrestleMania. That man is the Undertaker. Edge says it’s out of his hands on who he will face at WrestleMania. There is one match that he knows will take place. Next week on Smackdown he?ll face Batista. Edge starts talking but he’s interrupted by?
Chris Jericho. Jericho makes his way to the ring with a sour look on his face. Jericho says he finds it ironic and strange that Edge never mentioned him as a possible opponent at WrestleMania. Jericho says he understands that Edge doesn?t like him and that’s because he’s a bad luck charm for Edge. When Jericho is around, bad things happen. Jericho was there the night he tore his Achilles Tendon, watching him writhe in pain, screaming. Jericho was also there seven months later at the Royal Rumble. Jericho says he doesn?t know what it’s like to make a triumphant return from an injury because he doesn?t get injured. Jericho simply wins championships and carries the company on his back. Jericho doesn?t get injured because he’s the best in the world at what he does.
Jericho gives him advice to save grief and pick the winner of the Raw Elimination Chamber match. Jericho tells him to stay away from him because in nine days he?ll win the Smackdown Chamber, guaranteed. Jericho warns him to stay away because if Edge continues to antagonize him then bad things will happen once again. Jericho says if Edge or any of us liars doubt him then watch tonight when he beats the Undertaker, the same man who destroyed Edge two years ago at WrestleMania.
The GONG hits and the Undertaker makes his way to the ring for this non-title, no disqualification bout. The match is next.
No Disqualification Match
Chris Jericho vs. The Undertaker
The bell rings when we come back from the break and Undertaker quickly approaches Jericho in his boxing stance. Jericho tries to evade him to no avail so he gets out of the ring. Undertaker follows him to the outside. Jericho runs and gets back in the ring. Jericho tries to elbow Undertaker coming in but he moves. Undertaker pulls Jericho out on the apron and clubs his chest. Edge is on commentary watching. Undertaker kicks Jericho in the back of the head and punches him. Undertaker then gets on the apron and drops the leg.
Undertaker drives Jericho into the barricade before throwing him into the ring. Taker stomps and punches Jericho. Taker wrenches the arm and works over it, dropping a leg on it for a one count. Undertaker then goes of Old School and Jericho crotches him on the top rope. Jericho punches and hits a beautiful superplex for a near fall on the Deadman. Jericho stomps Undertaker and chokes him with his foot. Jericho locks on a chin lock but Undertaker quickly gets out with a bunch of rabbit punches.
Jericho punches but Undertaker quickly comes back with some ‘soup bones.? Undertaker sends Jericho to the corner and avalanches him. Undertaker hits Snake Eyes and a nice big boot. Undertaker drops the leg, brother, for a near fall. Undertaker signals for the Chokeslam. Jericho sees this and gets out of the ring. Jericho yells at Edge and Undertaker comes from behind with a club. Undertaker now stares at Edge, who gets to his feet. Undertaker then tries to throw Jericho into Edge but Edge moves. Edge and Undertaker go face to face.
Undertaker throws Jericho into the ring and hits a big boot on Edge! Jericho hits a DDT on the Undertaker as he comes back in for a near fall. Jericho stomps and punches Undertaker before removing the top turnbuckle pad. Jericho turns into a Chokeslam attempt but Jericho gets off and rolls him up. Undertaker kicks out at two, sending Jericho face first into that exposed turnbuckle! Undertaker then hits the Last Ride Powerbomb and turns into a Spear from Edge! Edge gets out of the ring as the audience doesn?t quite know how to react to that. Edge is cut, presumably from the big boot. Undertaker gets up and picks Jericho up. Jericho drops him with the Codebreaker out of nowhere for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Chris Jericho
Match Rating: **
Chris Jericho yells at Undertaker as he looks to have a big wave of momentum heading into Elimination Chamber.
Quick Match Results
Rey Mysterio def. CM Punk
Drew McIntyre DCO Kane (non-title)
Layla & Michelle McCool def. Mickie James
The Great Khali & Matt Hardy def. The Hart Dynasty
R-Truth def. John Morrison via Ref’s Decision
Chris Jericho def. Undertaker (No DQ; non-title)
Bump of the Night: Mysterio taking a back suplex on the barricade!
Match of the Night: Mysterio vs. Punk ***
This was a tremendous edition of Smackdown highlighted by a great segment and some really good matches. The show opened up with a bang right away with CM Punk and Rey Mysterio going head to head. They straight up worked their butts off in this match. They went all out and put on an awesome show. The rumor is that this might be a WrestleMania match with a Mask vs. Hair stipulation. That?d be awesome. If this match is any indication then this could be a tremendous WrestleMania undercard match.
We then went to Drew McIntyre taking on Kane. I?m not sure how I feel about Drew McIntyre’s new ring entrance. I think it needs to grow on me. The match itself was more of a brawl but it was fun. I?m wondering if Kane will fight for the title heading into WrestleMania because of the way he held it. They?ll probably just set this up for Elimination Chamber because so far they only have the two Chamber matches and the Diva’s Title match. Drew McIntyre and Kane would be a nice addition and most likely a nice win for McIntyre.
We then got more of the never ending storyline with Michelle McCool and Mickie James. This week they attempted comedy by having Vickie Guerrero walk around with cottage cheese all over her but I wasn?t laughing. I?m so done with this angle. I was looking forward to something involving Beth Phoenix, considering what happened last week but there was not even a mention of her name. She competes in the Rumble, has one show of follow up, and then is MIA this week. What gives?
I really liked the Batista segment tonight. Sometimes the less that’s said the better. Eventually I?m sure his actions will be explained but tonight was not the right time. I?m looking to be surprised by what he does over the next few weeks. Batista has really flourished in this heel role. The last time he was even close to this interesting was 2007 during his great feud with the Undertaker. The booking lately has been so strong. All the guy did was walk around the ring and drop the microphone. I love WrestleMania season. Why can?t it be like this all year?
It was announced that next week it?ll be Edge taking on Batista. I don?t know if they?ll give away Edge’s first singles match on free TV so it could be a swerve. I?ll watch either way? partly because it’s my job.
I?m going to skip the Hardy/Khali vs. Hart Dynasty match because, well, I just didn?t care that much for it. There was no thought put into that match at all. Instead I?d like to talk real quick about John Morrison’s supposed injury. First I read he’s injured and now it turned out to be a prank. The injury looked a little worked to me. It seemed really set up. They time these shows out perfectly that had that match gone five then there would have been no time for the Edge promo. I?m skeptical on this. I have a feeling this could set up something with Shawn Michaels and the Elimination Chamber but I could be wrong.
Edge and Chris Jericho continued to tease us about a WrestleMania Main Event. I hope so ? that?d be a tremendous match. Jericho has been on fire for a year and a half now and Edge is just simply the best right now. I love that his character hasn?t changed all that much. Edge isn?t an outright babyface yet he isn?t an outright heel. The tweener character works for me.
Chris Jericho beat the Undertaker tonight in what I can only guess (hope) is the result of next Sunday’s Elimination Chamber match. Undertaker looked to be moving around well so that’s a good thing to see. I?m looking forward to what happens with him and Shawn Michaels in the coming weeks. Let Jericho take the title and face Edge at Mania. What a build! For the first time in a long time WWE leaves me wanting more on every show! Even ECW!
Final Rating: *** ?
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