“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video plays hyping up the return of the Undertaker to Smackdown. This will be his first appearance on this show since WrestleMania.
The Smackdown video plays and we’re brought into the arena with some pyro. Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us to the show and hype up Undertaker as well.
Tony Chimel asks us to welcome the General Manager of Smackdown Theodore R. Long. Raw has Bret Hart and we have Teddy Long. Who’s better? Long comes out to his usual crickets and does his dance in the ring. He’s just collecting a paycheck. Long says in four weeks WWE will unveil a brand new PPV event called Fatal Four Way. Jack Swagger will defend his title in a fatal four way match. By virtue of his disqualification victory over Jack Swagger on Sunday, Big Show automatically qualifies. The other two participants will be decided tonight in qualifying matches. CM Punk will compete against Kane. Long cracks a joke about Punk being just like him: bald. The man who shaved CM Punk’s head, Rey Mysterio, will attempt to qualify when he faces the returning Phenom, the Undertaker!
Drew McIntyre’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring in his gear. We see footage from Sunday when Matt Hardy laid McIntyre with the Twist of Fate. McIntyre stares at Long and says he should still be Intercontinental Champion. McIntyre says Long knows that his match against Kofi Kingston at Over the Limit should have been stopped. His arm was lacerated and he was in extreme pain. Long allowed the match to continue. If Long can’t do his job right then he’ll do it for him.
Long says he knows he’s upset about losing the title but that didn’t give him the right to trash his office on Sunday. Long says it also doesn’t give him the right to interrupt him tonight. McIntyre says he’s the chosen one. Long says he understands and says he has something to tell him. When Matt Hardy gets his hands on him… Long suddenly stops talking. McIntyre pulls out an envelope and says that Mr. McMahon demands he read the letter out loud.
“As a result of Matt Hardy’s reckless actions after the Intercontinental Championship match at Over the Limit, he is hereby suspended without pay until further notice. Vincent Kennedy McMahon.”
McIntyre says he should consider this a warning. If he turns a blind eye to his misfortunes one more time he guarantees the next letter he receives will be informing him of his termination as general manager. Long looks at him and leaves the ring.
Matt Hardy’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Long cuts him off and talks some sense to him. Long begs him not to get into the ring and security surrounds him. Long begs him to reconsider and he does. The security backs him up as McIntyre says he’s the reason Hardy is suspended.
As Jack Swagger comes to the ring he reminds the crowd that he’s STILL the World Heavyweight Champion. He says it three more times to drive the point home. His ribs are taped up and he has a black eye from Big Show’s assault after the match on Sunday.
Drew McIntyre & Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston & Big Show
Kingston starts out against Swagger. They lock up and Swagger gets a front face lock before taking him down. Swagger rolls him around the ring before attempting a back suplex. Kingston flips through it and kicks him in the injured ribs. Swagger quickly strikes back and tags in McIntyre. Kingston hits him with kicks and a side headlock. McIntyre breaks out by pulling the hair. McIntyre stomps his face and sends him to the ropes. Kingston reverses a hip toss with a monkey flip for a one count. Kingston punches but McIntyre gains control with some clubs. McIntyre sends him to the ropes but misses a clothesline and takes a flying forearm. Swagger gives McIntyre some advice as Big Show is tagged in.
Swagger dodges the apron as Big Show splashes McIntyre in the corner. Big Show smiles at Swagger before hitting a head-butt. Swagger attacks him from behind but Big Show simply punches him in the injured ribs. Kingston then runs in and clotheslines McIntyre over the top rope.
We come back from the break to see Big Show bring McIntyre into the ring with a big hip toss. Big Show looks at Swagger and intimidates him off the apron. Big Show chops the chest and McIntyre screams in pain. Big Show hits some body shots and bashes him into the corner. Big Show sets him up on the second rope and sits on him as he chokes. Big Show hits a body slam and tags in Kingston, who slingshots in with a splash and a near fall. Kingston applies an overhead wrist lock and takes him down. McIntyre gets up and backs him into the corner.
McIntyre kicks Kingston and punches him in the corner. McIntyre no sells the arm as he whips Kingston into the corner. Kingston slingshots over him and hits a nice hip toss. Kingston has a whip reversed but he avoids McIntyre charging. Kingston vaults to his shoulders and hits the ten punches. Kingston then slides off and punches Swagger off the apron. Kingston punches McIntyre from the apron and goes for a springboard but Swagger yanks him down to the floor! Kingston hit his face against the apron on the way down! McIntyre rolls him into the ring for a near fall.
McIntyre chops him down and stares at the Big Show as he does. Swagger is tagged in and he locks a chin lock on. Kingston fights up and punches out. Kingston goes into the ropes and Swagger explodes with a nasty takedown for a near fall. McIntyre is tagged in and he stomps Kingston’s hand a few times. McIntyre puts him in the corner and hits a standing clothesline. McIntyre hits a short-arm clothesline before doing the old ground and pound. McIntyre seems to be talking some trash to Big Show. That’s not a good idea. McIntyre applies a submission to the arm but Kingston fights up. Kingston hits an arm drag but McIntyre gets up before him and tags in Swagger.
Swagger stomps on Kingston but Kingston fights back. Swagger stops his growing momentum and applies a bear hug. Kingston elbows out but Swagger picks him up before he can tag. Kingston slides down but Swagger picks him up by the neck and throws him into the corner. Swagger runs into some boots and Kingston springboards out of the corner with a cross-body! Swagger gets McIntyre in before Kingston makes his tag. McIntyre pulls Kingston away but Kingston rolls through and tags in Big Show!
Big Show comes in and hits a pair of explosive clotheslines. Big Show sends him into the corner and hits a butt bump. Big Show takes him down with a shoulder block and signals for a Chokeslam. Swagger runs in and immediately gets pushed over the top rope. McIntyre kicks Show and tries for a Future Shock DDT but Big Show flapjacks him. Big Show holds McIntyre up and punches him right in the face, knocking him out for the win! Big Show looked great in this exchange!
Winners by Pinfall: Kofi Kingston & Big Show
Match Rating: **
Big Show celebrates in the ring and smiles at Jack Swagger, holding up four fingers. It’s either for Fatal Four Way or a return of the Four Horsemen.
Tonight the Undertaker returns to face Rey Mysterio in a Fatal Four Way Qualifying Match.
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Luke Gallows is backstage with Serena. They’re talking with CM Punk who has a towel over his head. Serena says everything will be ok and he’s still beautiful. Punk says he knows that. He’s just worried he’ll walk out and the crowd will mock him. Punk says he’s better than the crowd. He doesn’t care if they mock him. They couldn’t humiliate him if they tried. Punk says he’ll walk out and rip the towel off his head, exposing the true face of CM Punk.
Vickie Guerrero is in her office with Vance Archer and Curt Hawkins. She yells at them in Spanish for no reason whatsoever. Hawkins says they’ll make an impact and she kicks them out. Dolph Ziggler walks in and she turns into mush, thanking him for standing up for her. Ziggler says it was no big deal but she says it meant everything for her. She says she’s the official consultant of Smackdown and she puts a finger on his lip to quiet him. She says considering the fact she owes him a favor puts him in a very enviable situation. I watched a sexual harassment video at work and this is what they were talking about! Ziggler says he was disgusted by how they treated her. She says he’ll team up with Chavo Guerrero to face Christian and Hornswoggle. Vickie says there’s more where that came from. That was so nasty. The camera zooms in on her “Cougar” necklace.
CM Punk comes out with a towel on his head and the Straight Edge Society in tow. Punk makes a few attempts to go backstage but they keep him out there. They help Punk get into the ring. Punk stalls before taking the towel off to reveal a black mask over his face! It’s embroidered with the S.E.S. symbol. Charles Robinson, the official for Punk’s match (and my favorite referee), is flabbergasted!
Fatal Four Way Qualifying Match
CM Punk vs. Kane
Punk quickly tries to get on the offensive with punches. Punk knees him in the corner until Charles Robinson backs him up. Kane hits him with an uppercut and punches him in the corner. Kane twists his arm around the top rope and puts him in a hammerlock. Kane hits a snapmare for a two count. Kane wrenches the arm and shoulders him. Punk backs him to the corner and kicks him. Kane reverses a whip and charges but Punk moves. Punk kicks him in the corner and hits a high knee. Punk goes for a bulldog but Kane pushes him off. Punk charges back, ducks a clothesline, and tries to slide under Kane but Kane grabs the mask. Punk quickly escapes and readjusts the mask as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Punk stomping Kane. Kane fights back with his famous right hands and sends him to the corner. Punk charges out and eats a back elbow. Kane picks him up and hits a body slam. Kane goes to the top rope and Punk kicks his feet out. Punk kicks Kane in the knees and he falls off the top rope to the outside. Punk stomps the knees on the outside and gets into the ring looking for a count-out. Kane gets in at six. Punk gets out and drags Kane to the ring post, which he uses to damage Kane’s knee some more. Punk continues to work on the knees with kicks. Kane tries to fight back but has trouble gaining momentum.
Punk continues to work over Kane with submissions until Kane uses his power to take him down. Kane hits him with a suplex and gets a near fall. Kane picks him up and gets dropkicked in the knee for a near fall. Punk applies a submission hold which I consider to be my personal favorite the Indian death lock. Kane eventually punches out of it. Punk kicks and goes into the ropes but Kane hits him with a HUGE flapjack for a near fall.
Kane picks Punk up and sends him to the corner where he clotheslines him. Kane runs into a boot and Punk jumps off the second rope into an uppercut for another near fall. Kane sends him to the corner again and hits a sidewalk slam for yet another near fall. Kane climbs to the top rope and hits his clothesline but can’t capitalize because of his injured knee. Kane slowly gets up and puts the hand up, signaling for the Chokeslam. Kane grabs his throat and Punk kicks. Punk goes into the ropes and gets sent over the top rope!
Kane hobbles around and turns into a cross-body but Kane rolls through for a near fall. Kane goes for a Chokeslam but Punk slides out and goes for the GTS. Punk goes to lift him up but stops as Kane tries to grab the mask. Serena distracts Charles Robinson as Luke Gallows punches Kane in the face. Punk lifts him up and they severely botch the GTS. Punk takes a moment to cover for the win. That looked terrible.
Winner by Pinfall: CM Punk
Match Rating: * 1/2
CM Punk quickly leaves the ring with the S.E.S. in tow. The World Heavyweight Championship Match at Fatal Four Way is now Jack Swagger vs. Big Show vs. CM Punk. Later tonight the final participant will be decided when the Undertaker takes on Rey Mysterio.
The Smack of the Night is Dolph Ziggler attacking Christian on the Peep Show.
Christian & Hornswoggle vs. Dolph Ziggler & Chavo Guerrero
Christian will start it out against Chavo. Chavo gets a quick waist lock and takes Christian down. Chavo gets a headlock but gets whipped off and dropkicked down. Christian scares Ziggler off the apron and turns into the Three Amigos. Christian counters the last one into a reverse DDT. Hornswoggle is tagged in and he hits a seated senton. Hornswoggle hits some kicks and runs into a big boot. Chavo mashes his face with his boot and taunts. Chavo picks him up by the beard and body slams him.
Ziggler is tagged in and he stands on Hornswoggle’s head. Ziggler puts him in the corner and props him up on the top rope. Ziggler backs up for a splash but Hornswoggle moves. Hornswoggle goes through the legs and tags in Christian. Ziggler also tags Chavo.
Christian hits some punches and a running forearm. Christian runs into a back elbow but is able to come right back with a flapjack. Christian hits him with a diving back elbow and goes for the Kill Switch but Chavo blocks it. Chavo puts him in the corner and punches him down until the ref backs him up. Chavo charges but Christian slides through the ropes and hits the pendulum kick. Christian hits a missile dropkick for a near fall broken up by Ziggler. Hornswoggle comes in and kicks him a few times before being thrown from the ring. Christian then clotheslines Ziggler out of the ring. Chavo hits a brain buster and goes up top. Chavo misses the Frog Splash and Christian hits the Kill Switch for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Christian & Hornswoggle
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Dolph Ziggler immediately cuts the celebration short by locking the Sleeper Hold on. Ziggler sinks it in until he falls asleep on the mat. Vickie Guerrero likes what she’s seeing at ringside. Ziggler looks at her and smiles.
Still to come tonight will be Undertaker taking on Rey Mysterio in a Fatal Four Way Qualifying Match.
It’s announced that next week Drew McIntyre will invoke his rematch clause and face Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Championship.
Josh Mathews is backstage with LayCool, the self proclaimed co-Women’s Champions. They kick him out and say the world is talking about them. Yeah, right. They say some crap and then some more crap. I’m over this.
Luke Gallows vs. MVP
Being in Cleveland, MVP did King James’s powder toss in the air.
They start throwing jabs immediately. MVP gets a bunch of body shots in and they lock up. MVP hits a takedown and they duke it out on the mat. MVP gets a waist lock but Gallows gets to his feet. MVP hits him with a huge right hand but has a whip reversed. MVP ducks a clothesline and hits a forearm for a two count. Gallows fakes an eye injury but MVP knows something is up and big boots him. MVP charges so Gallows drops him to the apron. Gallows then uppercuts him off.
Gallows drives MVP hard into the apron a few times. Gallows throws him into the ring and hits a nice suplex for a two count. Gallows drops some elbows and covers for another two count. Gallows locks on a grounded bear hug. MVP fights up and elbows out. Gallows cuts him off with a knee and sends him to the ropes. Gallows lowers his head and eats a kick. MVP hits a second rope shoulder block and hits some running forearms. MVP hits a throat thrust and a face buster. MVP goes BALLIN and waits for the 305. Gallows rolls out of the ring.
MVP dives off the apron and floors Gallows. MVP puts him back into the ring and goes up top. Serena distracts the referee and the masked member of the S.E.S. DDTs MVP on the apron! Gallows then hits the Gallows Pole for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Luke Gallows
Match Rating: *
Matt Striker asks, for the ten-thousandth time, “How many members are in the Straight Edge Society?”
Undertaker will take on Rey Mysterio next! The Deadman comes home to Smackdown!
Did you know that the Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels WrestleMania match photos have been viewed on WWE.com over 20 Million Times?
The Raw Rebound plays.
Rey Mysterio makes his entrance and will go one on one with the Undertaker after this break.
The Undertaker comes out in that awesome new robe. It looks like the one in Assassin’s Creed except black. The Undertaker is truly timeless in wrestling.
Fatal Four Way Qualifying Match
Rey Mysterio vs. Undertaker
The bell rings and immediately it’s Undertaker chasing Mysterio who outruns him by a half-step every time. Undertaker backs him into the corner and knees him. Undertaker sends him into the other corner and charges into the boots. Mysterio chop blocks the knee and runs into a clothesline. Undertaker hits a front suplex onto the top rope. I haven’t seen him pull out a suplex in a long while. Undertaker goes to big boot him off the apron but Mysterio moves. Mysterio then dropkicks Undertaker off the apron, only serving to anger him!
Undertaker chases him into the ring but Mysterio slides out. Undertaker goes out and Mysterio goes in but this time he baseball slides him. Mysterio hits a nice Asai Moonsault! Mysterio gets in the ring as Undertaker angrily recovers on the outside.
We come back from the break to see Mysterio kick Undertaker in the leg, duck two punches, and kick again. Undertaker pushes him into the ropes and goes for snake eyes but Mysterio slides off. Mysterio kicks and goes into the ropes, kicking Undertaker in the face but that just angers him more as he stands straight up and gives him the death stare. Undertaker grabs him by the throat but Mysterio punches the grip off. Mysterio tries to slide through the legs but Undertaker catches him and goes for the Last Ride but Mysterio slides off. Mysterio dropkicks him into position and goes for the 619 but Undertaker big boots him down.
Undertaker takes some time before picking Mysterio up and sliding him out of the ring onto his chest. You can’t fake that: it just looks painful. Undertaker goes outside, picks him up, and drives him spine first into the post. Undertaker breaks the count-out and applies a hammerlock before throwing him shoulder first into the ring post. Mysterio tries to get away but Undertaker catches him. Undertaker hammerlocks him and sends him into the barricade. Undertaker sends him into the ring and hangs him out on the apron. Undertaker kicks him a few times before going into the ring.
Undertaker applies a key lock and covers for a near fall. Undertaker drives some shoulders into him before picking him up by the injured arm. Undertaker slams him down in a pseudo-Chokeslam for a near fall. Undertaker clamps the arm but Mysterio fights back. Undertaker picks him up by the arm again but Mysterio gets on his shoulders. Mysterio hits a hurricanrana that sends him face first into the corner. Mysterio then hits a seated senton that looks to have immediately broken the Undertaker’s nose as he immediately grabs his face. Mysterio hits a low dropkick to the shoulder for a near fall.
Mysterio goes to the apron as Undertaker sits up and hits another springboard senton for another near fall! Undertaker uppercuts him and gains his bearings. Mysterio dropkicks him into the ropes and hits the 619! Mysterio goes for the splash but falls right into the grip! Undertaker goes for a Chokeslam as his nose bleeds but Mysterio gets out. Undertaker catches him and hits snake eyes but misses the big boot. Mysterio goes for a springboard moonsault but Undertaker catches him with a Tombstone Piledriver for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Undertaker
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Oh boy… Undertaker does not look happy about having his nose busted up. It’s bleeding pretty good. The World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four Way Match is now Jack Swagger defending against Big Show, CM Punk, and the Undertaker. Undertaker poses in the ring to celebrate a successful return.
Quick Match Results
Kofi Kingston & Big Show* def. Drew McIntyre* & Jack Swagger
F4W Qualifier: CM Punk def. Kane
Christian* & Hornswoggle def. Dolph Ziggler & Chavo Guerrero*
Luke Gallows def. MVP
F4W Qualifier: Undertaker def. Rey Mysterio
Bump of the Night: Kingston being pulled from the air to hit the apron face first!
Match of the Night: Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio ** 1/4
This was a great edition of Smackdown. The Undertaker returned to the show and we had some really good matches.
Undertaker returned and he looks better than ever. He was ultra-tanned and looked relaxed. The guy, for having some bad hips, is still moving really well. He had a great match with Rey Mysterio and it’s good to have him back. Undertaker is that huge star that Smackdown has been missing. Big Show’s good but he’s not at that level.
Speaking of Big Show I thought he looked great in his match tonight. He was incredibly intense and that was easily the best he’s looked since making his way over to the blue team. I’m all for jokes in wrestling but in the end to make a story work you have to bring it and tonight Big Show brought it. I’m happy Jack Swagger didn’t take the pin as well.
Man I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see CM Punk’s bald head tonight. The mask was funny but it seems like it affected his work a little bit. To me it looked like he had a little trouble working with it on tonight. The GTS was badly botched by that may have just been the size of Kane. The match dragged a little bit but it wasn’t bad. I hope we get to see that bald head soon.
After reading that article on the main page today I just want to reiterate that my one prediction is coming true. I see big things for Dolph Ziggler in 2010. I just wish that big thing wasn’t Vickie Guerrero.
Final Rating: ** 3/4
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