“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 in to the arena with some pyrotechnics. We’re across the border in Canada. Todd Grisham, Matt Striker, and Michael Cole welcome us to the show. Tonight’s main event will be Champion vs. Champion, as the WWE Champion Randy Orton will take on the World Heavyweight Champion Kane.
Smackdown’s General Manager Theodore Long is in the ring with Team Raw standing across from Team Smackdown. The new and improved Bragging Rights Trophy is in the ring. Long goes over the match at Bragging Rights and says it’ll be an elimination match. That’s funny because last week they were talking about how there are no eliminations… Get your story straight! Long says he won’t be making the matches – the superstars will do that.
The Miz, Team Raw’s Captain, says Long should thank him and the members of Team Raw for coming to the “B-side”. Miz says he’s already proven his superiority over Big Show so they’ll have a six-man tag team match. It’ll be The Miz, Ezekiel Jackson, and Sheamus. Big Show says that doesn’t surprise him. Miz is hiding behind two powerhouses just like he did when they were a tag team. Big Show asks if he still wets the bed. Big Show announces his team tonight will be Kofi Kingston and Rey Mysterio.
Edge takes the microphone and says since they’re able to make the matches he wants to be in action, too. He wants a one-on-one match against the most obnoxious, condescending, self-righteous, sanctimonious superstar on any brand. Edge wants to take on CM Punk.
John Morrison challenges Alberto Del Rio to a match as well. Morrison made some lame jokes before getting to that challenge. Morrison is atrocious on the mic. Jack Swagger grabs the microphone and says he wants to take on the superstar with the worst finisher since the Sharpshooter (big heat in Canada). Swagger wants to take on Santino Marella. Long takes the microphone and says the six-man tag starts right now!
Six-Man Tag Team Match
The Miz, Ezekiel Jackson & Sheamus vs. Big Show, Rey Mysterio & Kofi Kingston
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee ever, is in charge of this match. Rey Mysterio starts out against Sheamus. They circle the ring and Sheamus kicks him. Sheamus powers him to the top rope and shows his dominance. Sheamus misses a clothesline and Mysterio uses his speed to connect with a diving hurricanrana. Mysterio goes into the ropes and Sheamus hits a quick shoulder block. Sheamus hits a short-arm clothesline and clubs his chest for a two count. Sheamus sends him to the ropes but Mysterio slides through his legs. Sheamus quickly counters with some elbows and a two count. Sheamus sends Mysterio to the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick.
Kofi Kingston is tagged in and he hits a springboard cross-body block for a two count. Kingston hits some nice kicks. Sheamus responds with some power and scares Mysterio off the apron. Kingston counters a body slam but has a whip reversed on him. Kingston hangs on the ropes so Sheamus charges and Kingston pulls the top rope down. Sheamus gets up on the outside and Mysterio takes him out with a seated senton. Team Raw helps Sheamus recover as we go to break.
We come back from the break to see Kingston duck Ezekiel Jackson’s clothesline and kick away. Jackson reverses a whip to the corner but runs into a pendulum kick. The Miz tries to distract Kingston but gets dropkicked off the apron. Kingston springboards off the top rope into a clothesline. Jackson gets a two count. Jackson punches him in the corner and chokes him. The Miz is tagged in and he kicks Kingston as Jackson holds him. The Miz chokes Kingston on the rope and Sheamus gets a cheap shot in as well. Kingston comes back with some punches but can’t get the tag as The Miz blocks him. Miz powers him to his corner and tags in Sheamus.
Sheamus hits a short-arm forearm shiver for a two count. Sheamus stretches him out with a chin lock but Kingston fights up and punches. Sheamus knees him but has a short-arm clothesline countered into a neckbreaker. The Miz tries to stop Kingston from making the tag but he gets kicked away.
Big Show is tagged in and he hits Miz with a pair of clotheslines. Big Show sends him to the ropes and pulls off a ridiculously high back body drop. Sheamus runs in and meets the same fate. Mysterio immediately follows up with a seated senton on Sheamus and walks right into a gorilla press by Jackson. Big Show kicks Jackson before he can do anything. The Miz jumps into a Chokeslam from Big Show and Mysterio is tagged in. Mysterio gets on Big Show’s shoulders and hits a body splash on The Miz for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Big Show, Rey Mysterio & Kofi Kingston
Match Rating: **
Tonight Randy Orton will take on Kane in a Champion vs. Champion match.
The Smackdown announcing team talks about the WWE Championship Match at Bragging Rights. They then go into a recap of the past few weeks since John Cena joined the Nexus.
Josh Mathews is backstage with WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler and Smackdown’s Official Consultant Vickie Guerrero. Mathews asks about Daniel Bryan’s challenge from Monday. Ziggler says he was jumped from behind on Monday. He also thought a fan stumbled into the ring wearing his dad’s underwear and grandfather’s beard. Ziggler says Bryan is like a high school team facing the Super Bowl Champions. Daniel Bryan has nothing to protect him when he crushes him at Bragging Rights.
Jack Swagger comes out with the Swagger Soaring Eagle for his match against Santino Marella. That match is next.
Jack Swagger w/ The Swagger Soaring Eagle vs. Santino Marella
Marella jumps across the ring and talks a little smack. Santino fakes a lock up before going for a takedown. Needless to say that doesn’t work. Swagger takes him down with a sloppy belly-to-belly suplex. Swagger then rolls Santino around the ring for a bit before Santino rolls out of the ring. The Swagger Soaring Eagle starts sneaking up to attack but Hornswoggle, Smackdown’s official mascot, keeps him at bay.
In the ring they get into a shoving match. Santino hits an arm bar and applies a chin lock. Swagger shoves him off and clotheslines him in the corner. Swagger throws Santino out of the ring and Hornswoggle again keeps the eagle at bay. Santino and Hornswoggle duck a clothesline. Santino hits the Eagle with the Cobra and Hornswoggle hits the Tadpole Splash from off the ring steps.
Santino gets in the ring and hits some jabs. Santino splits under a clothesline and hits a hip toss. Santino hits a diving head-butt for a near fall. Santino again goes for the Cobra but his theatrics waste too much time as Swagger traps him in the Ankle Lock for the win.
Winner by Submission: Jack Swagger
Match Rating: N/A
Alberto Del Rio will take on John Morrison next.
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes is back with another tip to keep us positively dashing. Rhodes says dried up lips are nasty so wear lip balm and lip gloss.
Ricardo Rodriguez is in the ring to introduce Alberto Del Rio, who has, for my money, the best entrance music in all of wrestling. Del Rio drives into the arena in a nice Mercedes. That’s an awesome car.
Alberto Del Rio vs. John Morrison
The Goose, Mr. V’s favorite referee, is the official for the match. They circle the ring and lock up. Del Rio powers him to the corner and is backed up. Del Rio gets a cheap knee in and punches him down in the corner. Del Rio hits a snapmare and kicks him in the back. Del Rio sends him to the ropes but Morrison slides under him and takes him down, punching away at him. Morrison hits a running knee to the face for a near fall. Del Rio pulls him into the corner and hits a backbreaker for a two count.
Del Rio applies a knee to the back chin lock but Morrison fights up and punches. Del Rio stops the comeback and punches him down. Del Rio sends him to the corner hard and kicks him down. Del Rio hits a beautiful back suplex for a near fall. Del Rio illegally uses the hair before transitioning to the chin lock. Morrison fights up and elbows out. Del Rio pushes him but misses a clothesline and gets rolled up for a near fall. Morrison avoids a dropkick and Del Rio lands on his head. Morrison hits a jumping calf kick for a near fall. Del Rio sends him into the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Del Rio ducks a clothesline and bridges a German suplex for a near fall.
Del Rio shoulders him in the corner but misses an enzuigiri. Morrison goes for Starship Pain but Del Rio gets the knees up. Del Rio applies the Cross Arm Breaker for the submission victory.
Winner by Submission: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: *
Smackdown is now 3-0 tonight over Raw Superstars. Edge will look to continue that as he faces CM Punk next.
Edge vs. CM Punk
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee, is back for a second match. Punk gets a waist lock and takes Edge down. Edge gets to his feet and breaks the hold. Edge gets a side headlock applied but Punk whips him off. Edge responds with a shoulder block for a one count. Edge hits a headlock takeover. Punk fights to his feet and pushes Edge to the corner. Punk shoulders him before being backed up. Punk returns to punch him down. Punk taunts the crowd and sends Edge into the corner hard for a one count. Punk applies an arm bar and Edge counters out with a sit-out jawbreaker.
Edge punches him in the corner. Punk stops a whip to the corner but runs right into a big boot. Punk gets up on the ropes so Edge goes for a cross-body smash but misses. Punk gets a near fall for that. Punk hits a head-butt to the sternum a few times and stomps the hands. Punk gets a near fall for all this. Punk goes for another head-butt to the sternum and Edge counters with a nice neckbreaker. Punk gets up and kicks him, executing a nice front suplex on the top rope. Edge falls to the outside to recover as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Edge trapped in a body scissors. Edge fights to get out with elbows and does. Punk quickly comes back with some kicks and a gut buster for a near fall. Punk goes for a springboard clothesline but Edge counters with a powerslam out of mid-air. Both men answer the referee’s count at eight.
They go back and forth with punches with no one coming out on top. Punk hits some kicks but misses one. Punk counters an Edgecution but misses a clothesline and Edge hits a nice flying forearm. Edge hits a face buster for a near fall. Edge has a suplex countered on him. Punk goes for the GTS but Edge gets out with an Edge-O-Matic for a near fall. Edge runs into a knee to the midsection for a near fall. Punk is frustrated after that kick out. Punk hits a high knee in the corner but can’t follow up with the bulldog. Edge hits the Edgecution for a near fall.
Edge climbs to the top rope but Punk sweeps the feet. Punk chops the chest and goes for a superplex. Edge counters with a front suplex and gets a wild look on his face. Edge gets off the turnbuckle and sets up for the Spear. The Miz and Alex Riley come from out of nowhere to pull Edge out of the ring, causing a disqualification. Smackdown goes 4-0 over Raw tonight!
Winner by Disqualification: Edge
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Kofi Kingston quickly runs down and hits Trouble in Paradise on Alex Riley. The Miz quickly takes him out with the Skull Crushing Finale. Tyler Reks runs down and takes The Miz out with his Torture Rack DDT. John Morrison runs down and hits a tilt-a-whirl DDT. Alberto Del Rio runs down and hits an enzuigiri. Ezekiel Jackson runs in and hits the Sambo Suplex. Jack Swagger runs in and locks Jackson in the Ankle Lock. Santino Marella runs in and goes for the Cobra but gets a Gutwrench Powerbomb instead. Sheamus then runs in and takes Swagger out with the Brogue Kick.
Big Show runs down and takes Sheamus and Ezekiel Jackson out. Big Show Chokeslams Jackson but turns into a Brogue Kick from Sheamus. Rey Mysterio then runs in and hits a 619 on Sheamus. Punk runs in and hits the GTS on his former rival. Punk taunts the crowd and turns into the SPEAR from Edge! Edge taunts his Canadian crowd and Team Smackdown is standing tall in the ring.
Randy Orton takes on Kane tonight in a Champion vs. Champion match.
Lay-Cool is in the ring dressed as the Hart Foundation. Michelle McCool is Bret “Hitman” Hart and Layla is Natalya “The Anvil” Neidhart. Layla has Jim’s goatee and Natalya’s hair. McCool, as Hart, says she worships Lay-Cool.
Lay-Cool vs. Natalya & Kelly Kelly
Layla starts off against Natalya. Layla gets the better of her for the first part of the match and McCool gets some timely interference. McCool is tagged in and she takes Natalya out with some elbows. McCool imitates Bret Hart and tags Layla back in. Layla takes her down and goes for Natalya’s spinning clothesline but Natalya blocks her own finisher. Natalya hits a double under hook suplex for a near fall. Natalya knocks McCool off the apron and turns into a Lay-Out attempt. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter and gets it for the win.
Winners by Submission: Natalya & Kelly Kelly
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Natalya takes Layla down and rips off the goatee that embarrasses her father. Don’t worry Natalya; he does a good enough job on his own embarrassing himself.
They run the “Tale of the Tape” on Randy Orton and Kane. They’re trying their best to make this a huge deal but the announcer’s are going a little too far, saying they’re getting chills thinking about calling this match.
They run the “Stand Up For WWE” video.
Kane makes his way to the ring with his father Paul Bearer, who has the urn with him. Does that mean Kane’s mother is also ringside with him, if she’s the one who is in the urn? Kane will take on Randy Orton next.
World Heavyweight Champion vs. WWE Champion
Kane w/ Paul Bearer vs. Randy Orton
The two champions of WWE go face to face. Orton does not look confident right now. Kane quickly starts off with an uppercut and viciously punches him in the corner. Kane whips him to the corner and follows up with a nasty clothesline. Kane sends him to the other corner and hits another clothesline, followed by a sidewalk slam. Kane signals for the end and goes for the Tombstone Piledriver but Orton counters into his signature backbreaker. Orton goes for the RKO but Kane gets out of the ring. Orton follows and sends him into the ring post. Orton uppercuts him and bounces him off the announcer’s table.
Orton rolls him into the ring and stomps all his body parts. Kane rolls out of the ring again and clotheslines Orton when he follows. Paul Bearer laughs maniacally (and hilariously). Kane drives Orton’s back into the ring apron and barricade a few times. Kane rolls in the ring as we go to commercial. Paul Bearer looks pleased so far.
We come back from the break to see Orton trapped in a bear hug. Orton punches out, goes into the ropes, and gets clotheslined down for a near fall. Kane angrily gets him in the corner and knees him there. Kane then floors him with a nasty right hand. Kane sends him hard into the corner and kicks him. Orton tries to comeback with some right hands but Kane punches him in the ribs. Kane goes outside and drags him out. Kane sends him spine first into the ring post. The announcers worry that the beat down from Nexus affected Orton in this match. Kane puts him on the apron and takes some shots at him. Kane gets in the ring, drags him to the center, and gets a near fall.
Kane applies another bear hug. Randy Orton punches out but has a whip reversed on him. Kane hits a nasty backbreaker for a near fall. Kane goes to the top rope and hits his diving lariat. That gets him a near fall. Kane goes for the Chokeslam but Orton elbows out. Orton tries a comeback but Kane knees him. Kane runs into a big boot and Orton punches away. Orton clotheslines him a few times, staggering him. Kane ducks one and runs into a powerslam.
Kane rolls to the apron and Orton brings him back in with the rope hung DDT! Orton now coils and is looking for the RKO! Kane counters it and hits a NASTY big boot. Kane goes for the Chokeslam but the GONG sounds!
The lights in the arena go dark and when they come back on Orton is coiled, ready to strike! Kane turns into the RKO and Orton picks up the only Raw win of the night!
Winner by Pinfall: Randy Orton
Match Rating: **
Kane is frustrated and Paul Bearer is trying to console him. Kane goes ringside and rips the top off the announcer’s table. Kane looks around as the crowd chants for the Undertaker. Kane gets in the ring and the GONG sounds again. The arena turns blue and thunder hits. All of a sudden the Undertaker breaks through the canvas and drags Kane through the center of the ring! Kane struggles but is taken under as Smackdown ends!
Quick Match Results
Big Show, Rey Mysterio* & Kofi Kingston def. The Miz*, Ezekiel Jackson & Sheamus
Jack Swagger def. Santino Marella via Submission
Alberto Del Rio def. John Morrison via Submission
Edge def. CM Punk via DQ
Natalya & Kelly Kelly def. Lay-Cool via Submission
Champion vs. Champion: Randy Orton def. Kane (non-title)
Bump of the Night: The finisher-fest at the end of the Punk-Edge match
Match of the Night: Edge vs. CM Punk ** 1/4
Well, after watching my New York Yankees get thoroughly beaten by the Texas Rangers tonight (congrats to Texas), I really needed this show to come through and boost my spirits. While it didn’t make me feel totally better after watching 171 games only for it to end in disappointment, it perked me up a little bit.
I really appreciate the effort they’re putting into promote Bragging Rights, which is this Sunday. Unfortunately, like most WWE PPVs, there just isn’t enough time to get emotionally invested in this match, or any match really. Besides, the lines that separate the two brands are so blurred, with guys going back and forth, showing up on the shows all the time for no rhyme or reason, that the idea of brand supremacy seems a little stupid. Still, this is probably the best promotion they’ve had for any event since Summerslam. They really do seem like they’re trying. I’m not sure if this will translate into buys for the event this Sunday but it’s things like this that will help the overall product in the long run.
The Undertaker vs. Kane storyline certainly has fizzled since Hell in a Cell. The Undertaker pulling him under the ring was hokey to say the least. That was awesome back in 1996 when he did it to Diesel (that legit gave my friend nightmares for a few days) but now it’s silly. The feud was red hot in the beginning when it was based on their history but now they’re just going way too gimmicky for my liking. It’ll probably all be over this Sunday, unless they really want to stretch it to Survivor Series, so Undertaker can win the title at his twentieth anniversary with WWE.
Final Rating: ***
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