“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Smackdown video plays and we’re brought into the arena with some pyrotechnics. Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us to the show. Tonight Kane will lay out a challenge to the Undertaker. Kane’s pyro hits and he’s ready to have a match. He comes out looking very confident after decisively beating his brother at Night of Champions.
Kane vs. Chris Masters
Kane immediately gets a headlock on. Masters whips him off but Kane hits a shoulder block for a one count. Kane applies the headlock again. Masters punches but Kane uppercuts him. Kane sends him into the ropes but Masters kicks him and hits a neckbreaker. Masters dives off the second rope with a shoulder block and applies the Masterlock! Kane struggles and eventually breaks out of the hold by backing him into the corner. Masters chops away but Kane kicks him in the knee.
Kane dropkicks him in the face and stomps him a few times. Kane uppercuts him down and chokes him on the ropes. Kane punches him and kicks him in the corner. Kane clotheslines him in the corner a few times and Masters looks out of this match. Kane gets a near fall for his efforts. Kane drops an elbow on his knee and really works on it. There’s a ridiculous amount of baby oil on the mat. Kane punches him in the corner and hits a snapmare. Kane goes into the ropes and hits a low dropkick to the face for a near fall.
Kane continually punches him in the corner and Masters tries to come back with some kicks. Masters chops him and elbows him in the face. Masters jumps off the second rope into a nasty uppercut! Kane punches him viciously on the mat before signaling for the Chokeslam. Kane waits for Masters to get up and lays him out with a Chokeslam to Hell. Kane does the Undertaker’s Tombstone taunt and picks him up. Kane lays him out with the Tombstone Piledriver and gets the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Kane
Match Rating: *
Kane sets his pyro off and grabs a microphone. Kane says whatever powers of the dark side remained with the Undertaker couldn’t stop him on Sunday. Kane took everything he had to offer but he still left behind a pile of ruins. Kane proved he was the dominant brother when he dumped him on his head, crushing his skull and legend. Undertaker is now no better than the millions of weak and pathetic people watching all over the WWE Universe. What makes him weak and pathetic is his fear. Kane can smell it and gets out of the ring.
Kane goes into the crowd and says the stench of fear is all over the arena. Kane says everyone is afraid of the unknown and failure. Kane stops by a kid and says everyone is afraid of what he’s capable of. Kane says he’s the living, breathing embodiment of our fears. The one thing we desire most in our lives is that he just disappears and goes away. Kane looks at the kid and says the monster is going nowhere.
Kane says he has a challenge for the Undertaker later tonight that he won’t allow him to deny. Kane may have destroyed his body this past Sunday but soon enough, on his own terms, he will destroy his legend and soul.
WWE Tag Team Championships Match
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre (c) vs. The Hart Dynasty
The Tag Team Titles look like someone went on an old Smackdown vs. Raw game, created a belt, and said “Here it is!” They’re plain ugly. David Hart Smith and Drew McIntyre start it out with a lock up. McIntyre powers him to the corner and punches away. McIntyre sends him to the opposite corner but misses a clothesline and Smith hits a belly to belly for a near fall. Tyson Kidd is tagged and they hit a drop-toe-hold/dropkick combo. McIntyre rolls out of the ring so Kidd hits a baseball slide/hurricanrana combo on the outside!
We come back from the break to see McIntyre clothesline Smith down. McIntyre stomps the face but Smith comes back with a jawbreaker. Rhodes is tagged in and he kicks at Smith before he can tag Kidd. Rhodes punches him down and hits a Nature Boy knee drop for a two count. Rhodes stomps Smith but Smith fights back. McIntyre tags and he clotheslines Smith in the back of the head. Smith quickly comes back with a belly to belly suplex. Rhodes is tagged back in and he applies a modified camel clutch. Smith powers up with Rhodes sitting on his shoulders and falls back!
Both men make tags. McIntyre tries to charge Kidd on the apron but gets kicked in the head. Kidd hits a dropkick, a spin kick, and a dropkick to the skull for a near fall. Kidd kicks him in the corner until The Goose backs him up. McIntyre reverses a whip to the corner but runs into Kidd’s boot. Kidd hits a nice springboard blockbuster (bankrupt) but Rhodes breaks up the pin. Smith gets Rhodes out of the ring and McIntyre big boots him down.
As the referee tries to regain order McIntyre tears the turnbuckle cover off. Kidd charges but McIntyre flapjacks him into the exposed turnbuckle. McIntyre simply hits the Future Shock DDT for the win. Rhodes covers the turnbuckle back up before the referee sees anything.
Winners & Still WWE Tag Team Champions: “Dashing” Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: * 3/4
The Undertaker is shown sitting backstage looking completely beaten up and defeated.
Elsewhere backstage we have a close up of Alberto Del Rio’s face. Del Rio smiles and the camera zooms out to see Christian clutching his left arm in pain. Del Rio reminded him that he said “another place, another time” and this is the time and place. The referees run in to help Christian and Del Rio leaves. See you in six months, Christian. You will be missed.
The announcers discuss what happened to Christian. They’ll have an update on his condition as the night progresses. They then lead us to the Raw Rebound. After that they run down the Hell in a Cell card.
Hornswoggle is laughing backstage with the Dude Busters. They try to get him to say their tag team name but he still isn’t speaking. Teddy Long walks up and asks what is up with their outfits. They’re in moving guy overalls. They start taking things from Long’s office and leave. That was stupid.
CM Punk is backstage writing on his wristbands. Luke Gallows walks up and stands over him. Punk says he’s through with Gallows and tells him to leave. Punk says he isn’t worthy of Straight Edge. Gallows shoves him into the wall and picks him up by the neck. Gallows says Punk isn’t better than anyone. Until he’s walked a mile in his shoes then he doesn’t have the right to pass judgment. Gallows says he’s better than Punk and after he beats him tonight he’ll celebrate with a beer! Give me a Hell Yeah!
Chavo Guerrero is already in the ring. This guy gets zero respect.
Chavo Guerrero vs. Kaval
Chavo kicks away at Kaval and sends him to the corner. Kaval slingshots him and kicks him in the face. Chavo comes back with kicks and goes to send him through the ropes but Kaval impressively weaves his way back into the ring. Kaval takes him out with a shin kick to the face for a near fall. Kaval hits a nasty kick and hits some chops. Chavo puts him on the apron but Kaval applies a modified tarantula. Kaval releases and Chavo elbows him off the apron.
Chavo sends Kaval ribs first into the barricade and drops him on as well. Chavo uppercuts him down and puts him back in the ring. Chavo hits a nice springboard senton for a one count. Chavo applies a front face lock and turns it to a waist lock. Kaval fights up and elbows out. Chavo sends him to the ropes but Kaval takes him down with some running elbows. Kaval kicks him down and hits a nice kick to the back of the neck. Kaval hits a springboard kick for a near fall. Kaval misses a splash in the corner and Chavo goes for the Three Amigos. The Third Amigo is a brain-buster and Chavo goes up top. Chavo points to the sky for Eddie Guerrero but Kaval avoids the Frog Splash.
Kaval hits a running dropkick but Chavo gets his foot on the rope. Kaval puts him on the top rope and hits a rolling Liger kick. Kaval goes for a hurricanrana but Chavo holds on! Chavo hits the Frog Splash for the win! The guy didn’t even get a TV entrance. If I’m Kaval I’d be nervous.
Winner by Pinfall: Chavo Guerrero
Match Rating: * 1/2
Alberto Del Rio will give us an update on Rey Mysterio next.
The Smack of the Night is Alberto Del Rio breaking Rey Mysterio’s wrist last month.
Ricardo Rodriguez is introduced by Tony Chimel. Alberto Del Rio then makes his highly entertaining ring entrance. He’s driving a beautiful black Bentley, the Turbo Edition according to Todd Grisham.
Del Rio comes into the ring and introduces himself. Del Rio says Christian begged him for a match week after week and he told him the match would happen when he’s ready. Del Rio says he’s ready tonight and asks where Christian is. Del Rio says he’s crying like a little baby in the parking lot. It’s as simple as this: all his opponents will end up in the hospital, just like Rey Mysterio. Del Rio says what he did to Mysterio was just phenomenal. Del Rio then makes them show the footage of him hurting Mysterio once again.
Del Rio tells the people to take it easy. He’s got something for them and they won’t believe it. The crowd will love him for this: Rey Mysterio is coming back! Rey Mysterio will be back on Smackdown next week! Del Rio tells them not to get too excited because he won’t be around long. Mysterio challenged him to a match next week. Del Rio says he doesn’t want to fight him. Del Rio says he’s going to give him a kiss on the cheek. What??
Christian’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring! Christian is holding his left arm. Christian punches away at Del Rio until Ricardo Rodriguez runs in and holds his leg. Del Rio punches him down and applies the Cross Arm Breaker! Christian screams in pain and holds his left arm. Del Rio grabs a chair and puts Christian’s arm in. Del Rio sends him into the ring post just like he did to Rey Mysterio! Del Rio stands over him and says, “Another place and another time!”
Undertaker is shown in the back. He seems to be in a lot of pain and unsure of himself.
Two-on-One Handicap Match
Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer vs. Big Show
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is involved in this match. Curt Hawkins starts the match for his team. Hawkins tries to take him down but Big Show just slaps him down. Big Show throws him across the ring and bounces him off the turnbuckle. Big Show sends him to the corner and runs into the boots. Big Show misses an avalanche. Hawkins then charges into a chest chop.
Vance Archer is forced in and he gets taken down a few times by Big Show. Big Show applies his modified chin lock and gets the submission victory. Um, really? That’s it?
Winner by Submission: Big Show
Match Rating: N/A
Josh Mathews is backstage with Jack Swagger. Mathews says he must be excited because Smackdown emanates from Oklahoma next week. Swagger says he’s worshipped in Oklahoma. Swagger shows off all his trophies and jerseys. Hornswoggle and the Dude Busters secretly come up and pack his stuff up without him seeing. Jack Swagger gets no respect.
CM Punk vs. Luke Gallows
Gallows quickly charges but Punk ducks and attempts to beg him off. Gallows blocks a kick but misses a clothesline. Gallows eventually catches him with a clothesline and big boots him down. Gallows hits a nice flapjack and Punk begs him off again. Gallows tosses him across the ring and Punk rolls to the apron. Gallows tries to bring him in but Punk snaps him off the top rope. Punk hits a springboard clothesline and applies a front face lock. Gallows eventually fights up and counters Punk’s roll up. Punk comes back with a jumping heel kick for a near fall.
Punk kicks away at Gallows and head-butts him in the midsection. Gallows eventually kicks Punk in the face and hits a nice clothesline. Gallows punches him down and sends him to the corner. Gallows avalanches him and clotheslines him again. Gallows gets pumped up and hits a Big Splash for a near fall. Gallows anxiously waits for Punk to get up and misses a splash in the corner. Punk then hits the GTS for the win out of nowhere!
Winner by Pinfall: CM Punk
Match Rating: * 1/4
So that’s the blow off for the Straight Edge Society? What a shame.
Undertaker is again shown pondering backstage, looking beat up and defeated.
EXCUSE ME! Vickie Guerrero comes out with her NXT Rookie Diva Kaitlyn. Vickie introduces the Intercontinental Champion, her boyfriend and champion, in and out of the ring, Dolph Ziggler.
Dolph Ziggler vs. MVP
They lock up and MVP takes Ziggler down with some arm drags. They lock up and MVP gets a side headlock. Ziggler whips him off but gets shoulder blocked down. MVP goes into the ropes and takes Ziggler out with a hip toss. Ziggler gets out of the ring to recover. Kaitlyn goes by him and Vickie gets upset.
Ziggler gets in the ring and kicks MVP down. Ziggler sends him into the ropes and MVP kicks him in the face. MVP hits a front press and dropkicks him in the face, sending him out of the ring. Kaitlyn helps him up and Vickie asks what she’s doing. Kaitlyn then shoves her down and walks off! Ziggler tries to console Vickie but she walks off on him.
We come back from the break to see MVP miss a running big boot in the corner. Ziggler rolls him up for a two count. Ziggler stomps him viciously, taking his frustrations out. Ziggler hits a nice neckbreaker for a near fall. Ziggler drops some elbows before dropping his trademark jumping elbow for a near fall. Ziggler applies a submission hold and holds it in for a long time. This is putting me to sleep. MVP fights up and elbows out. Ziggler kicks him and elbows him down. Ziggler sends him to the corner but misses a splash.
MVP ducks a clothesline and takes him down. MVP hits some clotheslines before hitting a nice flapjack. MVP sets up for the Play of the Day but Ziggler reverses into a roll up for a near fall. MVP counters a clothesline into a T-Bone Suplex for a near fall. MVP hits the Drive By Kick in the corner but Ziggler gets a foot on the rope before the three count. Ziggler goes to the apron and snaps MVP off the rope. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag but MVP holds the ropes. MVP goes for the BALLIN’ Elbow Drop but Ziggler gets out of the ring. Ziggler takes his title and gets counted-out.
Winner by Count-Out: MVP
Match Rating: *
Rosa Mendes is seen jumping rope backstage. The Dude Busters take her jump rope and put it in a moving box. Vickie Guerrero walks up to them and asks where Kaitlyn is. Hornswoggle lures her into moving van and the Dude Busters lock her in. Hornswoggle and the Dude Busters do a triple fist pound.
The Undertaker is seen sitting broken on the steps. Undertaker tells the camera to get out but sites up and looks bewildered. Undertaker can’t believe what he’s seeing and rolls his eyes back. He’s starting to look like the Dead Man of old.
The World Heavyweight Champion Kane makes his way to the ring. Kane says there’s a new beast of the apocalypse and we’re looking at it. Kane says he broke him at Night of Champions. Now this is his yard! Kane says he knows the Undertaker has questions. Kane is sure he’s wondering how the Phenom fell so quickly and why Kane didn’t just end things for good on Sunday. Kane says it’s all in good time.
The fun has just started. It’s time they raise the stakes. Kane says he’s decided that the end of the Undertaker will come in the dark corridor he made famous. The very same place he left him a mangled wretch when he thought he was rid of him forever. It will come in Hell in a Cell! Kane says the Devil may have once answered to him but he’s now the Devil’s favorite demon. Undertaker isn’t welcome in Hell unless he takes him there. The Creatures of the Night and the lost souls now answer to him. Wherever the Undertaker is he needs to understand he has no choice. Undertaker needs to face him at Hell in a Cell. The ending will read the same: “Here lies the Undertaker; He will never Rest in Peace; He will forever burn in Hell!”
The GONG hits and the monks begin chanting. The druids escort a red casket down to the ring. Kane does not look happy about this in the ring. The druids set the casket up at ringside. Kane opens the casket and inside is…
Paul Bearer sits up and he’s holding the urn! OH YEAH!!
The GONG hits and the lights go out. When they come back on Paul Bearer is in the ring holding the urn and Undertaker is behind Kane! Undertaker looks pumped up as he assaults Kane with some vicious right hands! Undertaker is answering to the power of the urn once more! Kane sends Undertaker into the ropes but Undertaker ducks the clothesline and hits his flipping lariat! Undertaker goes for a Chokeslam but Kane gets out of the ring. Kane looks like he’s seen a ghost! Undertaker then looks at Paul Bearer and does his salute to the urn! I love it!
Quick Match Results
Kane def. Chris Masters (non-title)
Rhodes & McIntyre def. The Hart Dynasty to retain the WWE Tag Titles
Chavo Guerrero def. Kaval
Big Show def. Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer via Submission
CM Punk def. Luke Gallows
MVP def. Dolph Ziggler via Count-Out (non-title)
Bump of the Night: Kidd’s hurricanrana outside the ring!
Match of the Night: The Tag Title Match * 3/4 (Best of the Worst)
OHHHHHHH YEAH!!! Paul Bearer is back!!! I’ve been a huge fan of the Undertaker since his early days going head to head with the likes of Jake Roberts and Giant Gonzalez. Back then Paul Bearer was his manager/voice so I went nuts seeing him return tonight. I saw him return in 2004 at WrestleMania XX and that was a great moment. Unfortunately they killed him off three months later so I’m curious to see if they’ll even mention that. I hope Paul Bearer sticks around. Oh man, could you imagine if they brought back the Funeral Parlor for next week?! This feud keeps getting better and better. That was basically the only good thing on this show, though.
Aside from that huge surprise in the final segment, this episode of Smackdown was not a strong way to finish up on MyNetwork TV. Everything was average: the matches, most of the segments, and the crowd. I normally don’t mention how the crowd is but tonight they aided in killing this show. They sat on their hands the whole time.
I’m so excited for next week’s LIVE edition of Smackdown on the SyFy network. It’s going to be a tremendous debut on the network, especially after tonight’s explosive surprise. I’m proud to announce that I will be covering the show as it happens with a live play-by-play starting Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. CT). If you don’t get SyFy then be sure to connect to Wrestleview.com and get the full results as the show happens.
Final Rating: ** 1/4
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