“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video airs hyping up our main event. It’ll be Edge taking on Kane in a non-title match to determine the match type at TLC.
The Smackdown video plays and we’re brought into the arena. Todd Grisham, Matt Striker, and Michael Cole welcome us to the show. The ring is surrounded by a bunch of tables, ladders, and chairs.
Rey Mysterio’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Mysterio reminds us that Sheamus was crowned the 2010 King of the Ring on Monday. Mysterio said he would have loved to have been King of the Ring but he didn’t get the opportunity thanks to Alberto Del Rio. They show a video of the end of last week’s match between Cody Rhodes and Rey Mysterio. Del Rio crotched Mysterio on the ring post and cost him the match. Mysterio says that everyone who knows him knows that he doesn’t like to complain. What he does is get even. They then show Mysterio distracting Del Rio on Monday to cost him his opportunity in the KOTR Tournament.
Mysterio says to be a king it’s not just about power or wealth. It’s about being a leader and being fearless. Mysterio starts climbing the big ladder in the ring. Mysterio says it’s about climbing so high that you’re not afraid to fall. Mysterio gets to the top of the ladder and says that Del Rio likes to drive fancy cars but he prefers to fly.
Alberto Del Rio’s music hits and he drives into the arena in another beautiful Rolls Royce. I’d like to see him drive into the arena with the old James Bond Rolls Royce. Del Rio instructs a security guard to keep watch over his car. Del Rio stays on the ramp and asks what Mysterio is doing. It’s not about flying, he says. The reason why people like Mysterio climb those ladders is because they want to be at his level. Del Rio says that’ll never happen and he gets into the ring. Del Rio asks if Mysterio remembers the last time he was around him and chairs. Mysterio wound up in the hospital.
Mysterio says he’s not afraid of him because he injured him in the past. Mysterio has been injured by guys who are twice the man Del Rio could ever hope to be. On top of that he always comes back. Mysterio says he’s 100% and better than ever. Now that Del Rio is out here and they’re face to face, maybe they should take care of business right now.
Del Rio now climbs the ladder and says Mysterio is a little chihuahua. Del Rio says a fight isn’t going to happen. Mysterio says he’s wrong. Mysterio didn’t call him out with tables, ladders, and chairs to ask him. Mysterio is here to tell him because no matter how rich he is, he doesn’t make the rules, at least not on Smackdown. Mysterio crossed paths with Teddy Long and it’s official. At TLC it’ll be Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio. Del Rio doesn’t look happy about that and says it’s not going to happen. He has no reason to fight Mysterio because he’s already beaten him.
Mysterio knocks Del Rio off the ladder but he quickly comes back and pushes the ladder over. Del Rio stomps away at Mysterio and goes to throw him out of the ring but Mysterio hangs on to the ropes. Mysterio fights back and hits a hurricanrana over the top rope. Mysterio stays on the apron and hits a double leg drop through a table! Del Rio has a nice scratch on his face from that and is in pain.
Earlier today Dolph Ziggler was walking backstage with Vickie Guerrero. Vickie says she’s so glad NXT is over and she can’t believe Kaitlyn won. They then run into Kaitlyn and Vickie asks what she’s doing here. Kaitlyn says she’s Smackdown’s newest diva. Vickie wants to get out of there quickly but Dolph stops to congratulate her. Vickie isn’t happy about that.
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre are already in the ring.
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre w/ Vickie Guerrero vs. MVP & Kaval
This is MVP’s last match. MVP will start the match out against McIntyre. They lock up and MVP gets a side headlock. McIntyre whips him off but gets shoulder blocked. MVP goes into the ropes and drops a knee for a one count. Kaval tags in and they send him into the ropes. MVP throws Kaval into McIntyre for a two count. McIntyre quickly slams Kaval down but misses a leg drop. Kaval hits a nasty kick and tags MVP in. MVP hits a running kick to the face for a near fall. McIntyre sends him to the corner. MVP attempts a slingshot but McIntyre kicks him in the ribs to counter.
Dolph Ziggler is tagged in and he gets clotheslined down. MVP hits a drop-toe-hold and punches. MVP slams him and goes into the ropes. McIntyre distracts and eats a forearm for his troubles. Ziggler charges and gets sent over the top rope as well. Kaval is tagged in and MVP gets on all fours. Kaval then leaps off MVP and over the top rope onto McIntyre and Ziggler!
We come back from the break to see Ziggler elbowing MVP in the back of the head. Ziggler viciously clubs away until the referee pulls him off. Ziggler sends him into the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. MVP hits a pair of clotheslines and a flapjack. MVP hits a throat thrust and a face buster. MVP signals and the crowd comes alive. MVP then hits the BALLIN’ Elbow Drop. McIntyre provides a quick distraction and Ziggler chop blocks MVP.
McIntyre quickly goes to work on MVP’s knee with stretches and stomps. The crowd is hot for MVP tonight. Ziggler is tagged back in and they hit a double wishbone split. Ziggler gets a two count for that. Ziggler smashes his knee against the ring for another two count. McIntyre is tagged back in and he continues working on the leg. MVP kicks him off with his good leg and nearly makes the tag to Kaval but Ziggler cuts him off. MVP kicks him away and tags Kaval in.
Kaval comes in and hits a pair of clotheslines followed by two nice kicks. Kaval charges him in the corner but gets put on the apron. Kaval quickly comes back with a springboard kick to the skull. McIntyre breaks up the pin. MVP quickly attacks and McIntyre sends him into the announcer’s table. Ziggler locks the sleeper hold on Kaval. Kaval gets out so Ziggler goes for a suplex. Kaval counters in mid-air into a dragon sleeper. Vickie quickly distracts the referee and McIntyre knocks Kaval off him. Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag and picks up the win, thus ending MVP’s last match.
Winners by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: * 3/4
All of a sudden Kane’s pyro hits and he makes his way to the ring looking furious. Kane gets in the ring and Chokeslams MVP. Kane then gives Kaval a Tombstone Piledriver and grabs a microphone. Kane calls out Edge and says this has gone on long enough. This show will not continue unless Edge gives him back Paul Bearer. Edge appears on the screen and says Kane has a point. This has gone on way too long and he’s sure Paul wants to go home. Edge says no more games. Come on out and get Paul from the loading dock. Edge rips the tape off his mouth and Bearer screams for him. Kane runs to the back.
A recap of John Cena beating up the Nexus on Raw plays.
Kane is in the loading dock looking for Paul Bearer. Paul Bearer screams from behind a truck and Edge is pushing him. Kane runs to where they are and they aren’t there. Kane looks under a truck and sees Edge wheeling him. Kane goes over and sees Bearer by a truck. A heavy set of boxes crushes him and it’s just a dummy. Paul Bearer screams for Kane again and Kane runs off.
The announcers hype up Edge vs. Kane tonight. The winner chooses the stipulation at TLC.
Winner becomes the #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger
They take their time before locking up. Swagger quickly takes him down with a front face lock. Kingston gets out of it and gets against the ropes to keep Swagger away. Kingston tries to get him in the corner but Swagger puts himself through the ropes. They circle the ring and lock up again. Swagger takes him down but they’re still locked up. Kingston gets out of it with a nice monkey flip. Swagger misses a clothesline and they’re at a stalemate.
They lock up once again and Swagger gets a waist lock. Kingston turns it to his own and Swagger goes for an ankle lock. Kingston rolls out of it and Swagger ducks Trouble in Paradise. Swagger kicks and punches him down. Swagger knees him and slams him down. Swagger grinds his knee into the ribs and tries to pull him out of the corner but Kingston holds on. Swagger sends him into the ropes but Kingston ducks two clotheslines and hits a nice dropkick for a near fall! Kingston punches so Swagger pushes him away and to the ring apron. Swagger misses a shoulder block and Kingston kicks him in the face. Kingston goes to the top rope and Swagger quickly runs up and hits a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall! Kingston rolls outside to recover.
We come back from the break to see Swagger drop a leg on Kingston for a near fall. Swagger applies a double chicken-wing submission. Kingston fights up to his feet and punches out. Kingston goes into the ropes and Swagger spears him in the knee. Swagger repeats the move for a near fall. Swagger puts him in the corner and chokes him on the top rope. Kingston kicks and punches but Swagger cuts off the mini-rally. Swagger chokes him on the bottom rope and gets a two count. Swagger applies an arm bar but Kingston soon fights up and punches out. Kingston goes into the ropes and runs right into an abdominal stretch. Swagger clubs him down after holding it in for a bit and rolls him around the mat with a front face lock. Swagger rolls to the outside and chokes Kingston on the bottom rope. Kingston fights him off and hits some kind of takedown on the outside.
Swagger head-butts him in the midsection and goes to send him into the stairs but Kingston leaps over and Swagger takes the full blast of the ring steps! Kingston leaps off the stairs with a superman punch and gets back in the ring at eight. Swagger rolls in at nine and a half. Swagger punches but Kingston quickly responds. Kingston punches him to the corner and beats him down. Swagger charges out right into some slaps and a dropkick. Swagger counters a superman punch but gets caught in a ranhei for a near fall!
Kingston kicks Swagger in the ribs and punches. Swagger reverses a whip and goes for a Gutwrench Powerbomb but Kingston fights it. Kingston lands on his feet but runs right into a big boot to give Swagger a near fall. Swagger stomps and tosses him out of the corner. Swagger goes for a Vader Bomb but Kingston grabs his ankles, sending him face first into the turnbuckle. Kingston leaps up to his shoulders in the corner and punches but Swagger tosses him off. Kingston goes for a pendulum kick and hits a cross-body block for a near fall!
Kingston signals for his finisher but Swagger ducks it. Kingston ducks a big boot and Swagger ducks another Trouble in Paradise. Swagger grabs the ankle and goes for the Ankle Lock but Kingston doesn’t go over. Swagger rolls him out of the ring and goes to the outside but Kingston hits him with a Trouble In Paradise from the floor! Swagger falls to the middle of the ring and Kingston gets in to pick up the win! Kofi Kingston is the number one contender for Dolph Ziggler’s Intercontinental Title!
Winner by Pinfall: Kofi Kingston
Match Rating: ** 1/2
Kane is chasing after Edge who is still wheeling Paul Bearer backstage. Edge sends the wheelchair down some stairs and Kane runs down to see it’s a dummy again. The real Paul Bearer is upstairs with Edge screaming for Kane. This is getting mind-numbingly repetitive and stupid.
JOB ALERT! Chris Masters is in the ring with no TV entrance.
Chris Masters vs. “Dashing” Cody Rhodes
Rhodes quickly goes to work on Masters with some kicks in the corner. Masters tosses him to the corner and Rhodes puts himself through the ropes to prevent him from getting punched. Masters locks on the Masterlock with Rhodes still on the apron. Rhodes comes back with a hot shot and punches away. Rhodes hits a Russian Leg Sweep for a one count. Rhodes kicks away at him and applies a camel clutch variation. Masters breaks the hold but quickly gets taken back down. Rhodes works the arm with a knee in the face. Masters fights up and powers Rhodes off. Masters hits a Samoan Drop and chops the chest. Masters hits some clotheslines and a back body drop. Masters chops him in the corner and sends him to the opposite corner. Rhodes slingshots over, ducks a clothesline, and hits the Beautiful Disaster. Rhodes hits Cross Rhodes for the easy win.
Winner by Pinfall: “Dashing” Cody Rhodes
Match Rating: 1/4 *
A video recaps the mind games Edge has been playing with Kane after kidnapping his father Paul Bearer. The segments where he was pelting Paul Bearer with food and soccer balls were funny… but that was weeks ago. Now its just torture.
Rosa Mendes vs. Layla w/ Michelle McCool
Layla mocks her for the weeks of jump rope. Rosa kicks her down and throws her by her hair. Layla kicks and hits a clothesline for a two count. Layla hits a forearm so Rosa slaps the taste out of her mouth a few times. McCool gets on the apron and provides a distraction but it backfires when Layla is sent into her. Rosa can’t capitalize though and it’s over seconds later after the Lay Out.
Winner by Pinfall: Layla
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Lay-Cool double-teams Rosa until Hornswoggle makes the save. Lay-Cool gets on their knees to fight him. Beth Phoenix’s music then hits and she runs down to the ring. She sends Layla into the barricade and throws McCool into the ring. Beth pushes her down over Hornswoggle. Layla runs in but quickly gets taken down.
Mr. V is about to be very happy. The Swagger Soaring Eagle runs down to the ring and he is not happy about nearly being killed last week. The Eagle wants to fight and Hornswoggle gets pumped up. The Eagle hits a big boot and turns into Beth Phoenix. Beth drops him with the Glam Slam! Hornswoggle then hits the Tadpole Splash and I can hear a groan all the way from Pittsburgh, PA.
The Raw Rebound airs. Michael Cole then says that he’s flabbergasted that his actions on Raw have caused so much talk. Cole said he’d have a private conversation with Jerry “The King” Lawler before Raw and address it more on Monday.
Kane’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring for the main event. He’ll face Edge next to determine the stipulation for their match at TLC.
Winner Chooses Stipulation at TLC
Kane vs. Edge
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee, is the official for this match. Edge quickly ducks a clothesline and slides out of the ring. Kane chases but Edge quickly gets back in and hits a baseball slide. Edge punches him and dives off the apron but Kane catches him, driving him into the apron. Kane bounces his face off the apron and sends him in the ring. Kane punches him in the corner but Edge soon comes back. Kane grabs him by the throat and sends him to the corner but he runs into an elbow. Edge ducks a big boot that hangs Kane up on the top rope and stomps away.
Kane rolls outside and Edge follows. Edge walks right into a nasty uppercut that takes him down. Kane rolls him in and gets a two count. Kane hits a low dropkick to the face for another two count. Kane drops some elbows and punches. Kane chokes him on the rope and hits a snapmare. Kane applies a chin lock but Edge fights up. Kane sends him to the ropes but Edge hangs on. Kane runs into a big boot and then charges again but Edge pulls the top rope down, sending Kane over. Kane gets on the apron but gets Speared off to the floor.
We come back from the break to see Kane crotch Edge on the top rope. Kane goes for a superplex but Edge punches and head-butts him off. Edge jumps off but Kane uppercuts him in mid-air for a near fall. Kane applies a chin lock but Edge fights up. Edge ducks a clothesline and hits a running forearm but Kane doesn’t go down. Edge charges again but Kane throws him over the top rope. Kane follows him outside and goes to send him into the steps but Edge reverses it. Edge then dives off the steps with a clothesline.
Edge sends Kane into the ring but Kane catches him on the apron. Edge hits a snap shot to stun him and hits a top rope clothesline for a two count. Kane reverses a whip but lowers his head and takes a neckbreaker for a near fall. Kane goes for a Tombstone but Edge counters into the Edge-O-Matic for a near fall. Kane reverses a whip into a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Kane goes to the top rope and hits his Flying Lariat. Kane signals for the Chokeslam but Edge gets out and hits the Impaler DDT for a near fall.
Edge sets up for the Spear and goes for it but Kane clotheslines him down. Kane signals for the Chokeslam again until Paul Bearer’s voice is heard. He appears on the screen and begs Kane to get him. Kane gets back in the ring before he’s counted out but he runs right into a Spear to give Edge the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Edge
Match Rating: * 1/2
Edge quickly gets out of the ring and goes to the top of the ramp. Edge says it’s time for him to pick the stipulation for the match at TLC so he’ll choose his specialty – a TLC match. Wow, who would have ever guessed that? Edge says he’ll bring Paul Bearer out now and give him back. Edge wheels Paul Bearer out backwards and runs off. Kane goes up to him and it’s revealed to be an imposter. Kane big boots the imposter down and viciously beats on him. The real Paul Bearer appears on the screen and he’s tied to a flat bed. Kane runs to the garage but Edge gets in the driver seat and drives off with Bearer on the back. Kane screams in frustration and so do I.
Quick Match Results
Dolph Ziggler* & Drew McIntyre def. MVP & Kaval*
Kofi Kingston def. Jack Swagger (#1 Contender Match)
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes def. Chris Masters
Layla def. Rosa Mendes
Edge def. Kane (non-title) & chooses a TLC Match
Bump of the Night: Mysterio leg dropping Del Rio through a table!
Match of the Night: Kingston vs. Swagger ** 1/2
Aside from the enjoyable Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston match (and maybe the opening segment), this edition of Smackdown was a flat out nightmare. I thought this was funny a few weeks ago when Edge was shoving brownies in Paul Bearer’s ear but this feud has completely jumped the shark. There seems to be no thought going into the booking of Smackdown lately. It’s the same thing every week. So Kane can outsmart the Undertaker and put him in a catatonic state but he can’t capture Edge wheeling around a 300-pound man? I literally couldn’t look at the TV at certain points because this was driving me so crazy. I always try to find the good in all things but there is nothing to be happy about in this feud. Then they have a match to determine the stipulation at TLC and they choose a TLC match. Wow, I never would have guessed they’d go in that direction. Just one more week… please, god, just one more week and we can move on from this.
I already said I enjoyed the Swagger/Kingston match and the opening segment. I would have included the opening tag match but, to me, it was just sad. The talent of MVP has been wasted so much that he had no choice but to ask for his release. What a shame. This was a main event caliber talent with a gimmick that worked but they misused him big time. That move to Raw started the decline and he never recovered from that. A heel turn would have been great but that never came through. His talent and connection with the fans showed tonight in his match. There was even a spot where McIntyre wasn’t in position for a spot so MVP had to improvise on his feet. Believe it or not but not every talent on the roster can do that. MVP is a great talent and I hope he gets a chance to shine again in WWE some day and I hope if that day comes he’ll be booked properly.
I’m looking forward to the Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio match at TLC. These two have a good chemistry and it should make for an entertaining match. Mysterio putting him through a table at least hints that there will be a No DQ stipulation on this match.
Final Rating: * 1/2
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