“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video shows Undertaker being buried alive at Bragging Rights. They then show Undertaker solemnly walking through a dark hallway. At the end he opens a door and a bright light shines. Undertaker walks into the light and the video is over.
Kane’s fireworks hit and we see him on the side of the stage at Undertaker’s gravesite with Paul Bearer by his side. Kane says the saga is over. He’s proven his dominance over the Undertaker for the final time. His brother is never coming back because he buried him. Kane leaves the grave and walks down the ramp. Kane says there will be talk over the days and months. There will be talks of plots and conspiracy theories. Kane will set the record straight. Undertaker is gone because of one person and one person only – Kane.
Now that Undertaker is condemned to an eternity of agony, he wants the audience to thank him. Kane and Paul Bearer get in the ring, which is decorated with funeral wreaths and a black podium. Kane wants us to thank him for ridding the false hope Undertaker provided to each of our meaningless lives. Kane says he knows that each and every one of us is clinging to a futile shred of hope that Undertaker will return. That will never happen. The Dead Man is six feet under ground. While he’s rotting and decomposing like his legacy, Kane is the World Heavyweight Champion. Kane is the heartbeat of everyone in the audience. Kane is the Devil’s Favorite Demon. The time for mourning is now so he demands that all of the audience and everyone at home stand up and bow our heads. It’s time to observe a moment of silence for the man we’ll never see again – his brother, the Undertaker.
All of a sudden Alberto Del Rio’s music hits and he makes his way into the arena in an Excalibur. Kane’s look of anger is hilarious. Paul Bearer doesn’t know what’s going on. Del Rio gets in the ring and says this is a tragedy… but he’s not talking about the Undertaker. He’s talking about him never having an opportunity for the World Heavyweight Champion. Del Rio is handsome, powerful, and rich. The only funeral they’ll have is for the World Heavyweight Champion.
Kane asks if he’s out of his mind. Kane says the last thing Del Rio should be worried about is a title shot. Del Rio quickly knocks the urn out of Paul Bearer’s hand and kicks Kane in the head! Del Rio stomps away at Kane until Rey Mysterio runs down to the ring! Kane rolls out of the ring as Mysterio dropkicks Del Rio into position. Mysterio goes for the 619 but Del Rio escapes. All of a sudden Mysterio notices Paul Bearer set up on the ropes and he gives him a 619! Kane gets back in the ring and knocks Mysterio off the apron and goes to check on Bearer. Edge then runs down and Spears Kane! Edge stands tall over everyone and leaves the ring!
Alberto Del Rio is backstage with Teddy Long speaking Spanish. The Bragging Rights Trophy is in the background. Long asks him to speak English and he says he wants a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship tonight. Long says he won’t do that. Del Rio says to at least make him number one contender because there’s no one better than him. Long says after what just happened there are two men who would disagree. Tonight we’ll have a match that will determine the number one contender for the title at Survivor Series. It’ll be Alberto Del Rio vs. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio. Del Rio doesn’t look happy but soon smiles and leaves.
Intercontinental Champion vs. United States Champion
Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero vs. Daniel Bryan
Vickie is dressed in a cougar jumpsuit and some ears. Michael Cole and Matt Striker fight over Vickie at the announcer’s table. They then show the rematch from Bragging Rights on Raw between Bryan and Ziggler. Bryan won despite Ziggler’s foot being under the rope.
Ziggler quickly charges and takes him down with a fireman’s carry for a one count. Ziggler stomps Bryan for another one count. Ziggler drops a big elbow for a two count. Ziggler kicks him and chokes him on the bottom rope. Ziggler kicks him in the jaw and gloats a little bit. Ziggler drives an elbow into his neck a few times and stands on his neck. Bryan fights back with punches until Ziggler rebounds with a nice dropkick for a two count. Ziggler applies a chin lock/body scissors combo. Bryan fights up but Ziggler takes him down again. Ziggler hits a snapmare and a rolling neck snapper. That gets Ziggler a near fall.
Ziggler applies a chin lock and keeps him grounded. Bryan soon fights up and elbows out. They trade punches with Bryan coming out on top. Bryan hits some nice kicks and goes for a whip but Ziggler reverses it. Bryan back flips over him in the corner, ducks a clothesline, and hits a running elbow to the throat. Bryan charges him but Ziggler sends him to the apron. Bryan kicks him and flies off the top rope with a knee to the face. Ziggler rolls out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Bryan sends Ziggler into the ropes. Bryan lowers his head and he eats a kick. Ziggler quickly goes into the ropes and Bryan kicks him back. Ziggler gets up and ducks a springboard attack. Ziggler hits a leg drop bulldog for a near fall. Ziggler elbows him and goes for a neckbreaker but Bryan reverses into a backslide for a two count. Ziggler applies a sleeper hold but Bryan flips him off. Bryan hits a running dropkick into the corner and both are down.
Both men answer the count. Bryan goes for a suplex but Ziggler blocks it. Ziggler blocks his and they fight it out. They then both suplex one another over the top rope! That looked great! The referee begins counting them out. They slowly start moving. Ziggler gets back in at seven and Bryan gets in at nine and a half.
They both duke it out with punches and head-butts. They then simply trade punches with Bryan coming out on top. Bryan kicks him into the corner and runs into a big boot. Ziggler walks up to him and Bryan out of nowhere goes for the LeBell Lock! Ziggler gets out of it and catapults him to the corner. Ziggler applies the sleeper hold. Bryan goes to the corner and the referee gets sandwiched in there. Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag but the referee is down! Vickie comes in and counts the pin. The referee gets up and says it doesn’t count. Ziggler and Vickie argue until Ziggler walks into a nasty roundhouse kick to the head! Bryan picks up his third victory over Ziggler in a week!
Winner by Pinfall: Daniel Bryan
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Vickie Guerrero screams her head off at poor Mike Chioda and Ziggler even joins in. Daniel Bryan walks up the ramp looking happy.
We’ll see Edge, Rey Mysterio, and Alberto Del Rio fight each other later tonight for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series.
Josh Mathews walks through the hallways until he runs into Paul Bearer, still holding his face from the 619. Bearer says he’s not stupid – he knows why Mathews is here. He’s here to ask about his poor face and what they did to his poor son’s memorial for the Undertaker. Edge, Alberto Del Rio, and Rey Mysterio will pay… OHH YES THEY WILL PAY! Kane then walks up and looks wildly at Mathews until he runs off in fear. Kane and Paul Bearer are a tremendous pair.
They air the Stand Up for WWE video. Big Show moves me every time he talks seriously. He really is a gentle giant.
Kelly Kelly is looking at herself in a mirror when “Dashing” Cody Rhodes walks up and says he needs it. Rhodes goes over how great he is until Big Show walks up. Big Show says he’ll show him how “dashing” he is dangling from a Chokeslam. Rhodes says he’s not scared… he’s just in a tag team. Big Show says he can get a partner because people like him. Rhodes then reluctantly agrees to it and runs off when Big Show threatens him.
Jack Swagger w/ The Swagger Soaring Eagle vs. Kaval
They lock up and Swagger quickly powers him to the corner. Kaval climbs up to the second rope and kicks him away. Kaval ducks a clothesline and goes for a handspring cross-body but Swagger counters into a slam for a one count. Swagger shoulders him in the corner and whips him hard into the opposite corner. Swagger hits a Vader Bomb for a two count. Swagger applies a bear hug but Kaval gets out with some head-butts. Swagger clubs him down but has a gorilla press countered into a nice hurricanrana!
Kaval avoids a splash in the corner and hits a nice running kick. Kaval dives off the second rope with a nice kick in the back of the head for a near fall. Kaval pumps himself up and hits some nasty kicks. Kaval flips through a German Suplex and hits the Double Stomp for a near fall! Kaval goes to the top rope but avoids Swagger’s attack. Swagger slides under Kaval’s kick and bangs his leg off the ring post a few times. Swagger takes him down and applies the Ankle Lock. Kaval reaches for the ropes before tapping out.
Winner by Submission: Jack Swagger
Match Rating: * 1/2
We’ll have a Diva’s Halloween Costume Contest next. Ugh… I remember them having these every other week on Smackdown in 2004. Anyone remember Taz calling all the diva’s “tomatoes”? I shudder thinking about it.
The announcers go over what happened in the opening segment of the show before promoting the triple threat match.
Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long is in the ring with Hornswoggle, who is dressed like a cowboy. Long introduces the Diva’s Halloween Costume Contest. The Bell Twins come out dressed as Batman and Robin. Alicia Fox comes out dressed as Cleopatra. Kelly Kelly is out as Little Bo Peep. Rosa Mendes (whoa… she’s still around?) is a leprechaun. Melina comes out as Spiderwoman. Lay-Cool finally comes out as Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.
Lay-Cool announces themselves as the winners of the match. The face divas take exception to that and a mini brawl breaks out. Long says he promised everyone a treat so he’s making an eight diva tag match. Oh what a “treat”.
The Bella Twins, Melina & Kelly Kelly vs. Lay-Cool, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes
Layla starts it off against one of the Bella Twins. Layla impersonates Beyoncé’s dance moves and gets clotheslined down. Michelle McCool is tagged in and they do the “Telephone” dance. McCool is clotheslined down. Alicia Fox is in against another Bella and she’s taken down. Melina comes in and takes Alicia to school with an arm bar. They then hit a sloppy takedown as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see one of the Bella Twins take down Rosa Mendes. Kelly is tagged in and she beats on Mendes for a little bit. Kelly hits a nice neckbreaker and all of a sudden it’s a ring-clearing brawl with the divas. Kelly hits the K2 and the match is over. That sucked.
Winners by Pinfall: The Bella Twins, Melina & Kelly Kelly
Match Rating: -**
Rey Mysterio is backstage getting ready for the main event. Edge comes up and says while they won Bragging Rights there will be no unity tonight. Edge says tonight he’ll become the number one contender. Mysterio says he respects that and while they may never be best of friends, he won’t discriminate between him or Alberto Del Rio. Mysterio will try to beat either one of them and take back his title from Kane.
Normally I don’t promote WWE’s DVDs on here but they have a Best of Smackdown 2009-2010 out now. I have to get that!
Drew McIntyre and “Dashing” Cody Rhodes come out to the ring. McIntyre says they have a message for the new WWE Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel. He and Rhodes think Nexus is pathetic. Those are their titles and they’re taking them back. Rhodes also has a “dashing” tip for the Nexus. Watch what they do to the Big Show and whoever his partner is. From this point on they are going to be known as the “Dashing Ones”. McIntyre is the “Chosen One” and Rhodes is “Dashing”.
The Dashing Ones vs. Big Show & Kofi Kingston
Kingston will start out against McIntyre. They circle the ring and lock up. Kingston gets a waist lock applied until McIntyre breaks out. McIntyre gets a headlock on until Kingston elbows out. Kingston whips him off but gets shoulder blocked down. McIntyre goes into the ropes but stops before Kingston can attack him. McIntyre then runs into a monkey flip for a two count. Big Show tags in and he punches McIntyre in the ribs. Big Show head-butts him and chops him HARD in the corner. That’s nasty no matter how many times you see it. Big Show chops him down again and stands on him.
Big Show hits a big body slam and tags Kingston back in, who hits a slingshot leg drop for a near fall. McIntyre comes back with a quick kick and Rhodes is tagged in. Kingston punches but Rhodes comes back with an uppercut. Rhodes punches him down in the corner until Kingston whips his hair in his face. Kingston gets a quick roll up for a two count. McIntyre is tagged in and he smashes Kingston’s leg off the ring post. McIntyre drags him out of the ring and drops that injured leg on the announcer’s table. McIntyre rolls him into the ring for a near fall. Rhodes is tagged in and they hit a double team wishbone. Rhodes works over the injured leg with a nice DDT. Rhodes punches and hits a front suplex. Rhodes drops a nice knee for a near fall.
McIntyre is tagged in and he kicks Kingston in the face. Kingston comes back with some punches but McIntyre takes him down. McIntyre continues working over the leg. Kingston kicks him away but he can’t make the tag as Rhodes takes him out. Rhodes applies a single leg crab but Kingston is able to crawl over to Big Show. McIntyre is tagged in before the tag is made again. McIntyre takes him down but Kingston surprises him with a dropkick that takes him out of the ring. Rhodes throws him back into the ring as Big Show is tagged in!
Big Show hits Rhodes with some clothesline and a big back body drop. Big Show runs into a boot but catches him running with a spinebuster! McIntyre runs in and Big Show goes for a Chokeslam but Rhodes breaks it up. Rhodes then gets caught with a Chokeslam. McIntyre can break it up but he simply walks off!
Winners by Pinfall: Big Show & Kofi Kingston
Match Rating: * 1/2
Coming up next we’ll see Edge, Rey Mysterio, and Alberto Del Rio fight it out for the right to face Kane at Survivor Series for the title.
Drew McIntyre is angrily walking backstage when Cody Rhodes catches up to him. Rhodes asks where he was. McIntyre says he would’ve helped but a giant held him back. Rhodes says McIntyre is holding him back from singles gold so he’s choosing to walk away. The Dashing Ones are over… but they just got a tag team name! Just what the tag division needed – one less team!
A WWE In Your Corner video airs.
Ricardo Rodriguez is in the ring to introduce Alberto Del Rio. Rey Mysterio comes out after and then Edge. The Triple Threat Match is next.
Winner Faces Kane at Survivor Series for the World Heavyweight Championship
Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Edge
The bell rings and Mysterio immediately runs over to Del Rio to beat him down. Edge just stands back and watches as Mysterio tears into Del Rio. Mysterio has a whip to the corner reversed on him but he catches Del Rio with a big boot. Mysterio goes into the ropes but gets clotheslined down. Edge then takes Del Rio out with a wheel kick. Edge kicks him a bit before throwing Mysterio out of the ring. Mysterio lands on his feet, slides back in as Edge slides out, and baseball slides him down. Mysterio goes back to Del Rio and Del Rio takes him down. Mysterio slingshots over Del Rio but Del Rio quickly sends him into the ring post. Edge then runs in and rolls Del Rio up for a two count.
Del Rio takes Edge down and kicks him in the back. Del Rio sends him to the ropes. Edge ducks a clothesline and hits a running forearm. Edge then clotheslines Del Rio over the top rope and he follows him out. Mysterio then goes to the top rope and dives outside with a cross-body on the two of them!
We come back from the break to see Del Rio stomping and choking Mysterio in the corner. Del Rio stretches Mysterio around the ring post. During the commercial Del Rio sent Mysterio hard into the barricade. Del Rio releases the stretch and covers for a two count. Del Rio sends Mysterio to the corner but Mysterio puts the breaks on. Del Rio charges into a drop-toe-hold and Mysterio dropkicks him in the face. Mysterio then dropkicks Edge off the apron. Del Rio sends Mysterio into the ropes and he collides with Edge. Edge then hits a sunset flip on Del Rio who German Suplexes Mysterio at the same time! That gets Edge a near fall.
Edge kicks Mysterio to the outside and punches away at Del Rio. Del Rio gets to the apron. Edge goes to suplex him back in but Del Rio counters with a hot shot. Edge rolls to the outside as Mysterio pulls Del Rio off the apron. Mysterio then delivers a hurricanrana to Edge that sends him headfirst into the steel ring steps! Mysterio rolls Edge into the ring and hits a top rope splash for a near fall! Mysterio dropkicks Del Rio off the apron and walks into a Powerbomb attempt by Edge. Mysterio dropkicks Edge into position but Del Rio pulls him out before he hits the 619.
Del Rio runs in and Edge hits a flapjack for a near fall. Del Rio quickly comes back with a body slam attempt. Del Rio gets out of an Edge-O-Matic and hits a picture perfect German Suplex with a bridge for a near fall. Edge takes him out with a big boot and punches Mysterio down on the apron. Edge goes to the top rope and Mysterio crotches him. Mysterio goes for a super hurricanrana but Edge holds on, Mysterio lands on his feet, and Del Rio gets the Cross Arm Breaker on! Edge then dives off the top rope with an elbow drop to break that up and he gets a near fall! This is some great action!
Edge gets in position for a Spear on either guy and the crowd actually chants it. Edge picks Mysterio up, sends him to the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Del Rio then charges and they take each other out with a TRIPLE clothesline!
They all trade punches with Del Rio coming out on top. Del Rio puts them both in the corner. Edge reverses a whip and Mysterio boots Del Rio in the face. Mysterio charges Del Rio who catapults Mysterio into a seated senton on Edge! Mysterio counters Del Rio’s Powerbomb into a hurricanrana and a 619! Edge Spears Mysterio off the apron and gets a near fall on Del Rio! Del Rio gets Edge on his shoulders but Edge counters into an Impaler DDT. Edge then backs up and goes for a Spear but Ricardo Rodriguez distracts! Del Rio hits an enzuigiri and pins but Mysterio hits a springboard dropkick! Mysterio then covers Del Rio for a near fall!
Mysterio picks Del Rio up but Del Rio goes for a back suplex. Mysterio dropkicks him and Edge into position. Mysterio charges Del Rio who gets him up in the electric chair position. Edge then Spears Del Rio who gets Mysterio the electric chair! Edge covers Del Rio for the win in a tremendous main event!
Winner by Pinfall: Edge
Match Rating: *** 1/4
Kane slowly walks out to the stage and sets the ring posts off. Edge stares back at Kane as he raises the title above his head.
Quick Match Results
Daniel Bryan def. Dolph Ziggler (non-title)
Jack Swagger def. Kaval via Submission
The Bella Twins, Melina & Kelly Kelly* def. Lay-Cool, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes
Big Show & Kofi Kingston def. The Dashing Ones
Edge def. Rey Mysterio & Alberto Del Rio* to become the #1 Contender
Bump of the Night: Ziggler and Bryan go over the top rope in a nasty suplex attempt!
Match of the Night: Triple Threat Main Event *** 1/4
This was a very good edition of Smackdown highlighted by a tremendous opening segment and main event. I really enjoyed the way Smackdown opened up. We saw Kane at Undertaker’s grave (I guess no one dug him up yet). Kane cut a solid promo and then the segment took an interesting turn with Alberto Del Rio coming out to interrupt. Del Rio wouldn’t be the first guy I would think of interrupting Kane. Mysterio then came out and the segment really picked up. Even Paul Bearer got in on the action when he took a 619. It was a very good opening segment that set the tone for the night. The Main Event was particularly tremendous. It was well wrestled and highly entertaining. There were some quick moves, innovative counters, and some great spots. I loved it.
I really enjoyed Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan part three. I never would’ve guessed that they would work together so well. All three matches have impressed me greatly but after seeing it three times in five days I hope they don’t kill the momentum. Speaking of NXT alumni, what the heck is going on with Kaval? He wins season two and now he’s just jobbing every other week to a heel who needs a win. Is he still going to get his guaranteed title shot? Things are looking bleak for him right now as it stands.
I’m not sure of the logic behind breaking up The Dashing Ones. The Tag Team Division has so few tag teams as it is and now we lose another. Why? So we can have two more heels roaming around the roster with nothing to do? At least keep them together for a Survivor Series team or something. It just doesn’t make much sense in my opinion. That and the Diva match were the only real questionable things of the night.
Final Rating: *** 1/4
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