The Smackdown video plays and we’re brought into the arena with a big fireworks display. Josh Mathews, Matt Striker, and Michael Cole welcome us to the show. Michael Cole is waving his Slammy Awards around. Edge’s music hits and the number one contender makes his way to the ring. Edge says the last four weeks with Kane and Paul Bearer have been bizarre to say the least. They’ve been the most bizarre of his career and life. Edge says words can’t describe it so he put a video together to describe it. A “comedy” video is shown of the past month of “mind games” with Paul Bearer screaming, dummies being killed, and finally Paul himself being killed. They had the “Chicken Dance” song to it (or something like that) so it made it a little amusing.
Edge says that all actually happened and if we could forget it ever happened then he’d be thankful. Me too. Edge says people have asked him why he did all that and he has one name for them: Kane. Edge has known Kane for over 12 years but he knows what he’s been like since the day he’s been born and that’s evil. Kane terrorizes and ruins life for his amusement. This past summer he terrorized the Smackdown roster, accusing everyone of attacking the Undertaker when it was him the entire time. Kane even used his father Paul Bearer as a pawn to bury the Undertaker alive. When he knew he’d be facing Kane he decided he’d have to get down to his level. It was finally time for someone to face him at his own game.
Edge wonders if he went to far and maybe he did but the ends justified the means. It worked and he’s in Kane’s head. The master of the mind games has been finally one-upped. It’ll all be worthwhile Sunday at TLC when he faces Kane in his match: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs! After it’s all said and done, after all the carnage, he will set a ladder up in the center of the ring and climb it to become a TEN-TIME World Heavyweight Champion! Edge’s music hits and he leaves the ring.
A video is shown of The Miz’s appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Angry Miz Girl was shown. The Miz will be on Smackdown to take on Rey Mysterio in a non-title match!
Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long is in his office when Edge walks in. Long asks what Edge was doing out there before. Long says Kane is so mentally distraught that he doesn’t know if he’ll even show up. Edge says he’s always up for other competition. Long says Kane might not even show up to TLC. Edge says he doesn’t want to win the title by forfeit. Alberto Del Rio walks in and so does Rey Mysterio. They came on Long’s invitation. They want a shot at the title. Mysterio and Del Rio argue until Long stops them. He agrees that they all deserve a shot. If Kane doesn’t surface by Sunday then they’ll be in a Triple Threat TLC match for the title. If Kane shows up then it’ll be a Fatal Four Way TLC match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Edge is OK with that. Long says if Kane does show up then may God have mercy on Edge’s soul.
Kofi Kingston & Kaval vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger w/ Vickie Guerrero
Before the match starts the announcers talk about Sunday’s Triple Threat Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship. Dolph Ziggler will defend against Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger.
Swagger and Kaval start it out. They lock up and Swagger powers him to the corner. Swagger kicks and clubs him down before choking him on the ropes. Swagger sends him to the ropes but Kaval ducks a clothesline and goes for a handspring cross-body block but Swagger catches him. Kaval slides off the shoulder and gets shoved to the corner. Swagger runs into a boot and Kaval hits a running wheel kick for a two count. Swagger quickly knees him and clubs him down. Swagger sends him to the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Kaval leaps up to his shoulders and hits a hurricanrana that takes him out of the ring. Kingston runs in and cuts Ziggler off from attacking. Ziggler botches being tossed out of the ring. Kaval and Kingston then hit stereo suicide dives and we go to commercial!
We come back from the break to see Swagger get a one count on Kaval. Swagger then goes right to a double under-hook submission. Swagger turns it to an arm bar. During the break Ziggler attacked Kaval while the referee was distracted. Back to live action Kaval tries to get out of it but Swagger beats him down. Dolph Ziggler is tagged in and he kicks before dropping his big elbow for a two count. Ziggler applies a chin lock but Kaval gets up. Ziggler quickly takes him back down and tags Swagger in. Swagger drops and elbow before hitting a Vader Bomb for a near fall. Swagger goes back to the arm bar but Kaval fights up and punches out. Kaval flips out of a German Suplex (impressive) but can’t make the tag to Kingston as Swagger cuts him off!
Ziggler is tagged in and he kicks Kaval. Ziggler chokes him a little bit before gloating. Ziggler clubs him and chokes him on the ropes before tagging Swagger back in. Swagger chokes Kaval on the ropes and Ziggler kicks him in the face when the referee is distracted. Kaval gets out of a Gutwrench Powerbomb with a sunset flip double stomp!
Kingston and Ziggler are tagged in. Kingston springboards off the top rope with a clothesline and hits a chop and a dropkick! Kingston hits the superman punch and the Boom Drop! Kingston signals for his finisher but Ziggler ducks it. Kingston instead hits the ranhei but Swagger breaks it up. Kaval takes Swagger over the top rope and Ziggler rolls Kingston up but Kingston rolls right out. Ziggler then gets up and walks right into Trouble in Paradise! Kingston picks up the win from there!
Winners by Pinfall: Kofi Kingston & Kaval
Match Rating: **
Kofi Kingston and Kaval celebrate their win and go up the ramp. In the ring Swagger helps Ziggler up and punches him right back down. Vickie Guerrero immediately gets in the ring and screams in his face. Swagger simply ignores her and gets out of the ring.
Jack Korpelo is backstage with WWE Champion The Miz and Alex Riley. He talks to The Miz about his match with Randy Orton on Sunday but tonight he’s here to face Rey Mysterio. The Miz wonders why he’s on Smackdown since he already beat Rey Mysterio. The Miz says he’s the most in demand WWE Champion ever and goes over his busy week. Alex Riley caps it off with a “partridge in a pear tree”. The Miz says he’s the present and future because he’s The Miz… and HE’S AWESOME!
JTG has a new video segment called Str8 Outta Brooklyn. JTG pretty much just promotes the TLC card and makes some decent jokes. This wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.
A video is shown from earlier in the week when Drew McIntyre caught up with Kelly Kelly. McIntyre says he was disgusted with what Tyson Kidd and his bodyguard said to her. If he were there they would still be paying for it. Kelly asks when they became friends and he says now. Kelly say she knows who he is but McIntyre says the guy in the ring isn’t him. He’s a different person in there. McIntyre asks her on a date and Kaitlyn walks up to says she has plans. McIntyre says maybe another time. I guess he’s on the hunt since his wife got fired.
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes is back with another fashion tip to get you dashing. Rhodes teaches how to blow-dry your hair to style it. They’re getting creepier and creepier as the weeks go on.
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes vs. Chris Masters
Rhodes shoves Masters for embarrassing him last week. Masters fakes punching him in the face, causing him to cover up in fear, and slaps his back. Rhodes ducks a clothesline and slaps him in the face so Masters slaps right back. Masters chops him in the corner and punches him down. Masters sends him into the corner and hits a gorilla press front slam. Masters chops him in the corner and hits the ten punches until Rhodes shoves him off. Rhodes kicks him in the back of the head and hits Cross Rhodes for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: “Dashing” Cody Rhodes
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Rey Mysterio is walking backstage. He’ll face The Miz in a non-title match. Michael Cole is going nuts.
Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz w/ Alex Riley
Charles Robinson is the official for this match. He is my favorite referee, of course. They walk around the ring and let the crowd cheer a bit. They then go to lock up. The Miz goes to kick Mysterio but Mysterio sidesteps him. They lock up and Mysterio takes him down. Mysterio gets a sleeper hold on but The Miz quickly gets to the ropes. The Miz gets a side headlock on but Mysterio whips him off. The Miz shoulder blocks him down. The Miz goes into the ropes. Mysterio leapfrogs him but turns into a clothesline that gets Miz a two count.
The Miz talks a little trash while stomping him. The Miz sends him to the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Mysterio hits a head-scissors takeover and stomps him in the corner. Mysterio hits a running dropkick in the corner and goes to the apron. Mysterio goes to the top rope and Miz quickly sweeps his feet. The Miz stomps away at him until the referee backs him up. A-RI gets a cheap shot in and The Miz baseball slides him rib first into the ring post! Ouch! The gets Miz a two count. The Miz applies a chin lock but Mysterio fights up and takes him down. The Miz immediately takes him back down with a back elbow.
Mysterio ducks a kick and kicks away at him. The Miz reverses a whip but Mysterio slides through the legs and dropkicks him into position. The Miz quickly gets out of the ring before the 619 is hit. Mysterio baseball slides him down and dives off the apron with a seated senton on A-Ri! Mysterio then turns into a nasty big boot from The Miz!
We come back from the break to see Mysterio kick out of a submission. The Miz takes him down with a Side Effect (Fat Hardy!) for a near fall. The Miz stomps him in the corner before running into a boot. The Miz catches him attempting a slingshot but Mysterio counters with a twisting DDT!
They both meet the count and trade punches and kicks. Mysterio ducks a clothesline and hits a springboard cross-body for a near fall. Mysterio knees him in the head until he gets shoved face first into the corner. The Miz stomps him a few times until Charles Robinson backs him up. The Miz then hits his patented corner clothesline before going to the top rope. Mysterio cuts him off and punches away. Mysterio climbs to the top rope and hits a hurricanrana for a near fall! Mysterio dropkicks him into position and Alex Riley gets on the apron! Mysterio goes for the 619 but Alberto Del Rio sweeps his feet and Miz rolls him up for a near fall! Mysterio quickly kicks Miz in the head and baseball slides Del Rio! Mysterio then goes for a springboard splash but The Miz gets his knees up and pins him for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: The Miz
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Alberto Del Rio immediately gets in the ring and beats on Mysterio. Edge runs down to break it up and The Miz starts attacking Edge. They start fighting and Mysterio throws Del Rio out of the ring. Teddy Long comes out and says since Del Rio keeps sticking his nose in Mysterio’s business and The Miz hasn’t proven anything that they’ll face in a tag team match. Edge and Rey Mysterio will take on Alberto Del Rio and The Miz!
The Smack of the Night is Michelle McCool winning the Battle Royal to become the 2010 Diva of the Year. The Raw GM then announces that Lay-Cool will face Natalya and Beth Phoenix in a Diva’s Tag Team Tables Match.
Lay-Cool are already entering the ring when we come back. They have microphones, which is not good. McCool says this is a protest against their match on Sunday. What we don’t understand is it’s not going to happen because it’s barbaric. Layla asks who would really want to see them put through a table. McCool says no one knows what it means to be a diva. None of the girls in the back are divas. Layla says divas are flawless. McCool says the TLC tables match is off.
Natalya’s music hits and the Diva’s Champion comes to the ring with Beth Phoenix. They’re carrying a gift-wrapped table. They set it up against the ropes. Natalya says she knows that neither one of them are thrilled about being put through a table on Sunday but they don’t make the rules. They say they run the show and tables matches don’t say diva. It’s a man’s match and she calls them men. Beth says the jokes are getting old and they aren’t laughing. McCool says all that matters is they are laughing.
Beth says they laughed when they took her out six months ago and they won’t be laughing for much longer. They make guy jokes until Beth unwraps the table with ugly pictures of Lay-Cool painted on it. A brawl breaks out and Lay-Cool doesn’t come out on top of course. They set the table up and go to suplex Layla through it until McCool makes the save.
Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov will be in action next.
Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Chavo Guerrero & Tyler Reks
Santino starts out against Tyler Reks. Santino gets a side headlock applied. Reks whips him off and hits a shoulder block. Santino is in pain so he tags in Kozlov. Reks kicks him and hits a body slam. Reks picks him up but gets caught in a double under-hook. Kozlov head-butts him in the chest. Reks soon gets out and kicks him in the face. Chavo tags himself in and dropkicks Kozlov in the face for a one count. Chavo runs right into a powerslam. Santino is tagged in and he hits a judo hip toss for a two count. Santino misses a diving head-butt and Chavo punches away.
Reks is tagged back in and he kicks away at Santino. Reks hits a short-arm forearm to the face for a near fall. Chavo is tagged in and he kicks Santino. Santino reverses a body slam and hits a jawbreaker. Kozlov is tagged in and he no sells Chavo’s offense with a big boot. Kozlov tosses him around the ring but eventually runs into a boot. Chavo jumps off the second rope into a head-butt. Kozlov knocks Reks off the apron and tags in Santino. Santino raises the roof and brings out the Cobra. Santino hits it and rolls up Chavo for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Rey Mysterio and Edge will take on Alberto Del Rio and The Miz tonight.
Ezekiel Jackson is coming over to Smackdown next week. They’re making it sound like a permanent move.
The Raw Rebound airs.
Ricardo Rodriguez is in the ring and he introduces Alberto Del Rio, who drives into the arena with another Rolls Royce. This is one of my favorite entrances. The entrance music is hilarious. He’ll team with The Miz to take on Edge and Rey Mysterio next.
Alberto Del Rio & The Miz w/ Alex Riley vs. Edge & Rey Mysterio
The Miz starts the match out against Edge. They lock up and Edge gets a side headlock. The Miz whips him off but gets shoulder blocked down. Edge hits a headlock takeover but The Miz soon gets to his feet and backs him to the corner. The Miz knees him and bounces him in the corner. Alberto Del Rio is tagged in and he kicks Edge before slamming him down for a near fall. Del Rio applies a chin lock before tagging The Miz back in. The Miz punches but has a whip reversed and he’s taken down. Mysterio is tagged in and they hit a double team wheelbarrow body splash for a near fall.
Mysterio punches him to the corner and whips him to the opposite side. Mysterio charges but The Miz sidesteps him and he hits the ring post. The Miz hits a back suplex for a near fall. Del Rio is tagged back in and he kicks Mysterio in the shoulder. Del Rio works over the shoulder for a bit with strikes and stretches. Mysterio attempts to get out but Del Rio keeps him grounded. Del Rio slides Mysterio out of the ring and he lands ribs first on the ground. Del Rio goes outside and kicks him in the shoulder. Del Rio rolls him back in and gets a two count. The Miz tags himself in and kicks Mysterio. The Miz chokes him but Mysterio quickly comes back, knocking both men down. The Miz stops him from tagging Edge and tags Del Rio again. Del Rio sends him into the corner hard and clubs him. Del Rio goes for a sunset flip but Mysterio rolls through and kicks him in the head.
Edge is tagged in and so is The Miz. Edge clotheslines him a few times and hits a running forearm smash. Edge hits a flapjack and sets up for the Spear. Alex Riley distracts and The Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but Edge counters into the Edgecution but Del Rio breaks it up.
We’re brought backstage where a bunch of people are laid out and we see Kane leave the room! Back in the ring The Miz is put in position. Mysterio hits the 619 and Edge Spears him! All of a sudden Kane’s pyro hits and he comes to the ring. Kane and Edge fight it out and the referee leaves the ring.
Match Rating: * 3/4
The entire Smackdown roster comes out to separate Kane and Edge apparently at Teddy Long’s request. They have a hard time separating them. Of course they get loose a few times. Kane fights them of as does Edge. Kane Chokeslams Trent Barreta and gets Speared down by Edge to end the show!
Quick Match Results
Kofi Kingston* & Kaval def. Dolph Ziggler* & Jack Swagger
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes def. Chris Masters
The Miz def. Rey Mysterio (non-title)
Santino Marella* & Vladimir Kozlov def. Chavo Guerrero* & Tyler Reks (non-title)
Alberto Del Rio & The Miz NC Rey Mysterio & Edge
Bump of the Night: Kingston and Kaval’s stereo suicide dives!
Match of the Night: The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio ** 1/4
Well it took a long time but we finally got ourselves a good Smackdown. It took them a month to come to their senses but they flat out admitted that the Edge/Kane storyline was horrible. They even realized that Edge vs. Kane in a TLC match would be a horrible match so they added in Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio. Just like that I’m excited for that match now. It should be fairly decent. I have to say, though, that I’m really going to miss Paul Bearer. It’s a shame he had to meet his demise (again) in the lamest storyline possible (again). The guy is such a great character – I wish they could’ve been a little more creative with him over the last few weeks.
Speaking of matches I’m excited for at the PPV this Sunday, how about that Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match? All three guys can go and aren’t afraid to take the big bumps and hits. I’m really looking forward to that. If tonight’s tag team match was any indication then we’re in for a great show stealer this Sunday. That tag match tonight was great, by the way. The crowd definitely was into it and that got me really pumped up watching it. Lafayette was a great crowd. I hope they get one on Tuesday’s live edition.
It was great to have The Miz on the show tonight. I love that guy. His match with Rey Mysterio was great. It was nice to see him booked strong and I like how they kept him around in the show by putting him in the main event. They kept calling him a special guest all night and promoted Ezekiel Jackson coming over next week. They made it sound like it’s a permanent move but I’m wondering if he’s next week’s “special guest”. We’ll see Tuesday.
Final Rating: ***
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