A video plays that hypes up Smackdown’s move to the SyFy Network. They promote tonight’s huge main event. Tonight Rey Mysterio will return to in ring action to face Alberto Del Rio.
The Smackdown video plays as the new theme song “Know Your Enemy” by Green Day plays. I really like the new video. We’re then brought into the arena with a big fireworks display. Todd Grisham, Michael Cole, and Matt Striker welcome us to the show. They hype up Paul Bearer’s turn on Undertaker at Hell in a Cell. Tonight Kane has a message for the Undertaker. The announcers talk about Undertaker’s mental state.
Smackdown’s General Manager Theodore Long comes out to the stage. Long says it’s his distinct pleasure to introduce Smackdown’s newest superstar. Long personally made the trade for him (wrestler to be named) and that wrestler is Edge! Edge comes out to a great pop and is wearing Edge and Christian era sunglasses.
Jack Swagger is his opponent and he comes out with the Swagger Soaring Eagle, which has its own Facebook page. Swagger congratulates Edge on being traded back to his show. Now he can ruin his return to Friday nights much like the same way he ruined his return to Oklahoma. Edge came out and embarrassed them. Edge had the audacity to Spear his personal mascot. That eagle is hilarious. Swagger says he’s an endangered species and asks if he knows how hard it is for an eagle to get medical insurance.
Edge says to get in the ring and he’ll make him look stupid in three seconds. Edge warns him to get the mascot out of here because he has no problem “flipping the bird”. That’s Rated R!
Edge vs. Jack Swagger
The bell rings and they lock up. Swagger powers him to the corner and immediately goes for the ankle lock but Edge fights him off. They circle the ring and Swagger gets a single leg takedown. Swagger tries to turn him for the ankle lock but Edge fights him away. Swagger hits a waist lock takeover and does pushups on him. Swagger runs around the ring like an eagle and Edge gets out of the ring to regroup. The eagle gets on the apron and gets speared off by Edge. Swagger checks on the eagle as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Edge take Swagger down with a rolling wheel kick. Edge sends him to the corner and charges but Swagger puts him on the apron. Swagger snaps his arm off the top rope and Edge falls to ringside. Swagger drives the shoulder into the ring post and puts him in the ring for a two count. Swagger applies an overhead wrist lock. During the commercial break they carted the eagle out on a stretcher. It’s stupid but hilarious. Edge fights up but Swagger hits an arm breaker for a near fall.
Swagger uses the rope to stretch Edge’s arm out. Swagger drives his shoulder into the injured arm but Edge starts to fight back. Swagger misses a clothesline and Edge hits a pair of clotheslines. Edge hits a drop-toe-hold into the ropes and a diving cross-body block. Edge rolls him up for a two count. Swagger reverses a whip and hits a backbreaker. Edge avoids a Vader Bomb and back elbows him. Edge hits a Tornado DDT off the second rope for a near fall. Edge goes to the second rope and jumps right into a belly to belly suplex for a near fall.
Swagger sends Edge into the ropes but Edge slides out of the ring. Swagger comes to the ropes and Edge snaps him off the top rope, stunning him. Edge gets in the ring with a wild look on his face. Edge goes for a Spear but Swagger counters with a takedown attempt. Edge counters that with a roll up and Swagger rolls through that for an ankle lock attempt. Edge gets out of that and counters a Gutwrench Powerbomb attempt with an Edge-O-Matic for a near fall. Edge counters another ankle lock attempt into a roll up for a near fall. Swagger kicks him in the arm but has a powerslam attempt countered. Edge hits a Spear out of nowhere for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Edge
Match Rating: **
Edge grabs a microphone and says this may be a PG rated show but he definitely flipped the bird.
Footage is shown of Alberto Del Rio’s debut that ended with him being slapped in the face and taking a 619. Tonight it’ll be Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio.
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes is back with another tip to help us all be dashing. These videos keep getting creepier and creepier. I’m surprised he doesn’t use his father for any examples on how to not maintain yourself.
Layla w/ Michelle McCool vs. Kelly Kelly w/ Natalya
They lock up and Layla gets a headlock takeover. Kelly hits a lame arm drag and they shove each other. Layla kicks away at her until Kelly gets a waist lock. Layla knocks her out of the ring and McCool kicks her in the butt. Layla rolls her in the ring and hits a chop block. Layla covers for a near fall. Layla stretches the leg out until Kelly kicks her off. Kelly hits a drop-toe-hold and bangs her head on the mat. Kelly ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of her own.
Layla sends her into the ropes but lowers her head and eats a kick. Kelly hits a Thesz Press for a near fall. Kelly kicks her down in the corner and goes for a handspring back elbow but Layla kicks her in the knee. Layla hits the Lay-Out for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Layla
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Layla goes to blindside Natalya, who got in the ring to check on Kelly Kelly. Natalya counters into a Sharpshooter attempt but McCool pulls her out of the ring.
MVP will take on Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship. Their match was interrupted last week by the Nexus.
The Big Show’s music hits and the big guy runs down to the ring. Big Show is completely pumped up and says we’ve never seen a fat man run that fast. This is a huge month for him. On October 22nd his movie “Knucklehead” comes out in theaters. Then on October 24th it will be Bragging Rights and he’s the captain of Team Smackdown. Big Show says he needed to find a way to unify Smackdown and show their determination. Big Show found a mascot for Team Smackdown and its Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle comes out in blue face paint and a Viking helmet.
Big Show says he’s going to be evaluating the roster to put together a team to beat Team Raw at Bragging Rights. The Dude Busters’ music hits and they get in the ring. They say they’re Big Show’s guys and he doesn’t even know who they are. They want in on Team Smackdown but Big Show doesn’t get the team name. Big Show says he appreciates their enthusiasm but he hasn’t had time to decide who will be on the team yet.
One of the Dude Busters says they could just go to Teddy Long and be traded to the Miz’s team to face him at Bragging Rights. They wish him luck sleeping knowing that. They take off their Smackdown shirts to reveal Raw shirts. Big Show asks Hornswoggle what he should do and he just screams. Big Show says “good idea” and hits a Double Chokeslam. Big Show rips the Raw shirts off them.
A video is shown of Alberto Del Rio breaking Rey Mysterio’s wrist. They’ll face each other later tonight.
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre vs. Kaval & Kofi Kingston
Rhodes will start out against Kingston. Rhodes kicks him down and quickly tags in McIntyre. McIntyre knees him in the ribs and punches him down. McIntyre sends him to the corner but Kingston sidesteps him and punches him down wildly. Kingston goes for an avalanche but McIntyre moves. The referee is distracted as Rhodes uses the hair to take Kingston down. McIntyre applies an arm bar but Kingston fights up and hits an arm bar. McIntyre stops him from making a tag and gets rolled up, but as he does he tags Rhodes in.
Rhodes kicks Kingston in the back of the head and hits a springboard stomp to the face. Rhodes punches him down and Kingston punches back. Kingston gets kicked in the face. Rhodes goes for an Alabama Slam but Kingston is quickly able to tag Kaval. Kaval comes in and hits a running wheel kick to the face. Kaval hits some slaps and a handspring cross-body for a near fall. Kaval kicks Rhodes and knocks McIntyre off the apron. Kaval kicks Rhodes in the face and in the back of the neck. Kaval applies a Dragon Sleeper but McIntyre kicks him off. Kingston clotheslines him over the top rope and Rhodes tosses him over. McIntyre quickly grabs the leg for the distraction and Rhodes knocks him out from behind. Rhodes hits the Cross Rhodes for the quick win.
Winners by Pinfall: “Dashing” Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: * 1/2
Kane has a message for the Undertaker and that’s coming up soon.
Paul Bearer is in the ring with a single spotlight on him. He’s holding the urn. Bearer introduces a man who should be respected, revered, and feared. This man singlehandedly destroyed the myth of the Undertaker. This man left him a pathetic, writhing mess on the canvas with his very soul seeping into the concrete. It’s the Devil’s favorite son, his son, the World Heavyweight Champion, Kane!
Kane gets in the ring and Paul Bearer looks pleased as he hands the microphone to his son. Kane says years ago, when he was devising his plan, he never thought it would be so easy. Then again he never thought his brother’s pride would be so weak. Undertaker may have sent Paul Bearer to the dark side but it was him that brought him back because he’s more powerful than he could ever imagine. The look on Undertaker’s face when Paul Bearer turned on him and gave him the urn was even more satisfying than beating him in Hell in a Cell.
Undertaker wasn’t the only one deceived. It was everyone in the entire WWE Universe. Everyone thought that the return of Paul Bearer made Undertaker whole and the only thing missing would be Undertaker’s triumph. With the fall of the Undertaker, all our dreams came crashing down as well. The Phenom, the man who we revere above all others, is just like us. Undertaker is weak, pathetic, and helpless at the mercy of his superiors. Just like the Undertaker, all of us answer to someone. Whether it’s our parents, spouse, or boss, we all answer to someone. Now the Dead Man answers to the Devil’s Favorite Demon. The legend of the Undertaker allowed us to escape reality. Kane destroyed that legend and now we have nothing left but our empty, miserable, pathetic lives.
Kane says that Undertaker has been betrayed by those closest to him. His legacy has been shattered and he failed all his creatures of the night. It must feel like he’s in his own corner of hell. Kane tells him not to worry because they are just warming up. Kane explodes the ring posts as he laughs. Paul Bearer looks happy. I love that guy.
Alberto Del Rio will take on the returning Rey Mysterio later tonight. We’ll see MVP take on Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship next.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
MVP vs. Dolph Ziggler (c) w/ Vickie Guerrero
MVP does jumping jacks as soon as the bell rings. They lock up and MVP takes him down. They keep the lock up and MVP backs him to the corner. MVP blocks a punch and sends him hard into the corner. MVP hits a drop-toe-hold and a running knee to the back of the head for a near fall. Ziggler holds the ropes to counter a German Suplex. MVP punches and hits a back suplex for a near fall. Ziggler comes back with an uppercut and a kick to the face. Ziggler drops a big elbow for a near fall. Ziggler uses the bottom rope to choke out MVP.
Vickie Guerrero stares at MVP coldly as Ziggler distracts the referee. She didn’t slap MVP because she’s still upset about Ziggler hugging Kaitlyn on NXT. Ziggler goes outside the ring to ask what’s going on. Vickie backs up and leaves ringside. MVP surprises Ziggler with a baseball slide as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler stretching MVP out. During the break Ziggler kicked him in the knee and in the face. Ziggler elbows him in the face a few times and covers for a near fall. Ziggler gets him to a vertical base and quickly takes him down with a nice neckbreaker for a near fall. Ziggler hits a fireman’s carry takeover for another near fall. Ziggler applies a modified camel clutch. MVP fights up and head-butts out. MVP punches away but misses wildly on one and Ziggler applies a Sleeper Hold. MVP gets him off and rolls him up for a near fall.
Ziggler misses another clothesline and gets rolled up for another near fall. Ziggler quickly hits a headlock takeover for a near fall. Ziggler drops a HUGE elbow for a near fall. Ziggler applies a chin lock but MVP soon fights up. MVP stomps the foot to get out and Ziggler kicks him. Ziggler goes into the ropes and MVP hits a nice belly to belly overhead suplex.
MVP blocks a punch and throws some of his own. MVP hits a pair of clotheslines and a flapjack. MVP covers for a near fall. MVP hits a nice T-Bone Suplex for a near fall. MVP hits a forearm and Ziggler takes him out with a jawbreaker. Ziggler kicks him in the head a few times and avoids a big boot. MVP hits it after a second try for a near fall.
Kaitlyn runs down to the ring as MVP has a vertical suplex attempt countered into a Sleeper Hold. MVP gets out of it and takes Ziggler down. MVP gets up and goes for his BALLIN Elbow Drop but Kaitlyn grabs his leg! Ziggler quickly follows up with the Zig-Zag for the win!
Winner & STILL Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: * 3/4
Vickie Guerrero comes out to the stage and is screaming as Ziggler and Kaitlyn hug in the ring. Ziggler sees Vickie on stage and pushes Kaitlyn away from him. Vickie is livid on the stage.
A video plays highlighting all the great things WWE has done for the Armed Forces.
Alberto Del Rio takes on the returning Rey Mysterio in our Main Event.
The Raw Rebound plays.
Alberto Del Rio is backstage with Josh Mathews. Mathews is asked if he’s concerned about facing Rey Mysterio tonight. Del Rio says his bark is bigger than his bite. Mysterio is a former world champion and is idolized in Mexico but he’s not the essence of excellence. Del Rio speaks a little Spanish and says he knows a lot of people don’t understand what he’s saying. The only thing we need to know is he’ll leave Mysterio as a pile of dog trash. The only concern he has is how he’s going to wipe him off the bottom of his shoe.
Ricardo Rodriguez introduces Alberto Del Rio, who drives into the arena with a Rolls Royce. That’s an awesome car.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio
The bell rings and they lock up. Del Rio powers him to the corner and kicks him. Del Rio punches away at him until the referee backs him up. Mysterio comes back with some punches. Del Rio quickly sends him into the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Del Rio quickly kicks Mysterio down. Del Rio charges but Mysterio avoids him and he flies out of the ring. Del Rio avoids a seated senton off the apron but Mysterio hits a drop-toe-hold into the steel steps. Mysterio hits a running baseball slide, sending his arm into the ring post.
Mysterio stomps on his hand on the steel steps. Mysterio goes to the top rope and hits a NASTY cross-body block to the outside! That was awesome! We’ll pick this up after the break.
We come back from the break to see Mysterio punch away at Del Rio. Mysterio drops him into position but Del Rio gets out of the ring to avoid the 619. Ricardo Rodriguez checks on him at ringside. Del Rio turns into a springboard baseball slide and Mysterio kicks him in the ribs. Del Rio begs him off and Mysterio kicks him in the face. Mysterio throws him into the ring and kicks away at his knee. Del Rio is laid out in the corner so Mysterio dropkicks him in the face. Mysterio covers for a near fall.
Mysterio hits a springboard moonsault for a near fall. Mysterio goes to the top rope and Del Rio takes him out with an enzuigiri! Mysterio falls to the outside. That looked damn impressive. Del Rio gets out of the ring and throws him back into the ring. Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio works on the injured wrist with, you guessed it, a wrist lock. Mysterio gets out of it but Del Rio quickly knees him. Mysterio counters a powerslam but Del Rio quickly counters back with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Del Rio knees him in the head and sends him into the corner hard for a near fall.
Del Rio works over the arm some more. Mysterio kicks out and punches him back into the corner. Del Rio reverses a whip but charges right into a boot. Del Rio charges again and eats the boots again. Mysterio goes to the top rope and Del Rio cuts him off. Del Rio goes for a superplex but Mysterio holds on. Mysterio punches him and hits a sunset flip powerbomb off the top rope for a near fall!
Mysterio dropkicks him in the knee and kicks him in the face for another near fall. Mysterio hits a springboard seated senton. Del Rio immediately responds with a powerslam for a near fall. Del Rio hits a NASTY back suplex for a near fall. Del Rio sets him up in the corner for an enzuigiri but Mysterio avoids it. Mysterio dives off the top rope with a hurricanrana and Del Rio is in position! Mysterio is distracted by Ricardo Rodriguez and Del Rio takes him out from behind! Rodriguez gets on the apron and Mysterio hits a hurricanrana that sends him into Rodriguez! Mysterio hits the 619 and a top rope splash for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Rey Mysterio
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Quick Match Results
Edge def. Jack Swagger
Layla def. Kelly Kelly (non-title)
Rhodes & McIntyre def. Kaval & Kingston (non-title)
Dolph Ziggler def. MVP to retain the Intercontinental Championship
Rey Mysterio def. Alberto Del Rio
Bump of the Night: Mysterio’s cross-body off the top rope to the outside!
Match of the Night: Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio ** 1/4
This was an OK edition of Smackdown. I thought it would pick up this week after last week’s less than stellar debut on SyFy but this show kind of dragged until the main event. What has happened to this show? Did they waste all the good stuff on MyNetwork TV?
I’ll start off with the one good thing about this show and that was our exciting main event. With Christian’s untimely injury I think they had to get Mysterio back a little too early but whatever – I’ll watch this match anytime. It was fun to watch even though it leaned on the fence of being a squash match. I don’t believe this feud is over by a long shot. There’s some unfinished business here.
The OK portion of the show was the Kane segment. This feud was red hot, in my opinion, until that unfortunate segment at Hell in a Cell. It would have been better for Paul Bearer to just hit him in the head with the urn rather than have the urn be a giant spotlight. This is 2010, not 1994. The spotlight urn was awesome at Royal Rumble 1994 when I was seven but it’s just lame in 2010. It makes sense for Paul Bearer to hate Undertaker. Wouldn’t you hate someone that buried you in concrete? But they didn’t even explain why he turned. Bearer just introduced Kane and Kane talked about how shocked everyone was. They really dropped the ball tonight, again. They could’ve had Paul Bearer be the main focus, again, but they chose to go a different route. Please let Paul Bearer speak next week.
The other ok part was Edge’s return to Smackdown. I personally believe that he’s done all he can do on this show but here he is again for another go around. He faced Jack Swagger again and there was really no difference from the match on Sunday night except the Swagger Soaring Eagle was at ringside. I wonder what they’ll do with Edge from here.
The Intercontinental Championship match wasn’t bad. It dragged at points and it seems like MVP is getting out of shape. They need to turn him heel in the worst way. His character absolutely sucks right now. It’s sad to watch because at one point I figured him to be a future World Champion. Now all I see is him being future endeavored. It’s not too late to save him!
At Mr. V’s request, I’m showing you this video. Smackdown aired from Topeka, Kansas tonight. Enjoy:
Final Rating: ** 1/2
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