?Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event?? The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video hyping up the fallout of Survivor Series plays. They particularly hype up that it was the PPV that Undertaker debuted at. Nineteen years ? how about that?
The Smackdown video plays and we?re brought into the arena with no pyro. Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us to the show and hype up the TLC PPV. We?ll find out who the Undertaker will face in three weeks as Batista takes on Kane with the winner going to face him at TLC.
Chris Jericho’s music hits and the Unified Tag Champion makes his way to the ring. Jericho grabs a microphone and says while we mucilaginous troglodytes attempt to digest our massive Thanksgiving dinners and recover from our tryptophan hangovers, he knows we?re waiting for December 13 when JeriShow takes on DX at TLC. Jericho says we should cheer for DX while we can because he’s counting the days down because he knows after December 13 he won?t have to deal with DX again. In a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match it’s not about jokes or merchandise. It’s the most dangerous match ever created in WWE history ? so much so that there’s only been eight TLCs in the history of the business. Jericho says he deals with the facts and the fact is DX hasn?t been in a TLC match and he’s been in two. Jericho says he’s won and dominated in them as well as succeeded, much like he’s done with everything in his entire life. Jericho says he’s defended the tag titles in TLC because he’s a winner. Jericho says he’s a winner and DX are losers because despite their accomplishments they?ve never been Tag Team Champions. As long as Jericho is champion they never will.
Jericho says he’s the best in the world at what he does and he deserves respect which he doesn?t get. Jericho says he demands respect yet Teddy Long keeps slapping him in the face. Jericho demands to know how there’s a number one contenders match and he’s not in it. Jericho says he deserves it most as the face of Smackdown.
Theodore R. Long comes out to the stage and says Jericho seems to have it all figured out. Jericho says he does and he should get whatever he wants. Long says he’s giving Jericho what he wants. Jericho says Long has made a smart decision thinking he’s in the number one contenders match. Long says he?ll be facing Undertaker in a non-title match! Jericho looks upset as we go to commercial.
They hype the main event of Chris Jericho versus Undertaker.
Cryme Tyme vs. Hart Dynasty
It?ll be Tyson Kidd starting out against JTG. They lock up and JTG gets a side headlock. Kidd whips him off, goes over and under him. JTG avoids a pair of clotheslines and hits a flipping shoulder block. JTG hits a dropkick and jumps to the second rope. David Hart Smith distracts him and Kidd pushes him off. Kidd dropkicks him in the knee and tags in Smith. Smith kicks him and hits a nice backbreaker. Smith stomps the midsection and drives him into the corner. Kidd is tagged back in and he kicks JTG in the corner. Kidd covers for a two count and then immediately locks on a chin lock. JTG fights up so Kidd gets Smith tagged in. Smith hits a delayed vertical suplex for a near fall. That looked good. Smith crossfaces him before locking on a chin lock. JTG fights up but Smith lays him out with an uppercut. Kidd is tagged back in and he punches at JTG. Kidd whips him to the opposite corner and punches away. Kidd backs up and charges into JTG’s boots. JTG hits a leg bulldog and they?re both down.
Both men make the tags and Shad ducks a clothesline. Shad lays him out with a clothesline and an inverted suplex. Shad hits an inside out face buster and hits a shoulder block off the second rope for a near fall broken up by Tyson Kidd. JTG runs in and gets thrown out of the ring. Kidd turns around and Shad clotheslines him over the top rope. Smith then hits Shad with a beautiful belly to back swinging suplex to pick up the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Hart Dynasty
Match Rating: * ?
The Hart Dynasty celebrates big time in the ring as we see replays of the finish.
We see the Bragging Rights trophy and we see Teddy Long talking with John Morrison. Long says he put up quite an effort at Survivor Series. Morrison compares it to the movie 300. Morrison says he wants a shot against any of them (Drew McIntyre, Miz, Sheamus) one on one. Vickie Guerrero walks up and asks what Long is doing, since Mr. McMahon made her executive consultant. Guerrero reminds him he’s still on probation and says he needs her. Guerrero says she wants to nominate Eric Escobar to be John Morrison’s opponent tonight. Long says he’s not giving Escobar a title shot because he doesn?t deserve it. Guerrero says Smackdown needs him and Morrison rips on him for lowering the standards. Guerrero says she’s calling Mr. McMahon and Long caves. Long says Escobar gets a shot but it?ll be his only shot. Long says he’s not bending the rules every week for her boyfriend.
CM Punk is seen walking backstage with a brown paper bag. He’s facing Matt Hardy next.
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CM Punk’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring next to a large man in camouflage pants. They run down what happened last Friday when R-Truth dumped the garbage can full of cigarettes, pills, and whiskey on top of CM Punk. Punk says last week he extended a hand to the WWE Universe for a much needed intervention. Punk says he’s not the only one who knows that drugs and alcohol are harmful. Medical science and the Surgeon General have warned us. Punk says this is his crusade and he?ll continue it as long as there are people who need help and change in their lives.
One person he’s been helping is the man next to him ? Luke Gallows. Punk says some of us may recognize him as Festus, but that was a lifetime ago. It was a lifetime of torturous drug use and neglect, a life he?d rather forget. It started just like it does for us ? one pain killer turns into a ton. His friends and family enabled him when they thought they were helping. But Punk stepped in and helped him. Punk says it’s just the start because he?ll continue to help those who can?t help themselves.
Punk holds up the bag and says on December 1st a new drug hits the streets. It scares him because it’s a socially acceptable drug and will be available all over the world. It’s more harmful than chain smoking unfiltered cigarettes and alcohol. It’s Jeff Hardy’s DVD. Punk calls Jeff a loser who destroyed his life and career living by his rules. What makes him sick is that he didn?t just ruin his life and career ? he ruined the lives of all his fans, because he’s planted seeds of destruction in the fans who looked up to him. Punk says if we have any brain cells left then all we need to know is the last chapter is the most important. It’s a cage match between him and Jeff Hardy where he ended Jeff’s career in WWE forever. Punk says he’s the reason Jeff isn?t here. Punk says he knows it’s hard for us to deprogram our weak brains but we need to find our self-respect and just say no to the DVD.
Matt Hardy’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Matt says Punk comes out every week preaching to us to follow his beliefs like a cult leader. What Punk doesn?t get about Jeff is that he’s a free spirit. Sure, he has his flaws, just like everyone else (including Punk), but Punk only targeted him because he wouldn?t follow his nonsense. Punk doesn?t know anything about Jeff Hardy. Punk says what he knows is that if he listened to him and went straightedge, he?d have more of a future. Matt says if Punk came off his soapbox then maybe he wouldn?t be a FORMER straightedge champion.
CM Punk vs. Matt Hardy
The bell rings and Luke Gallows gets out of the ring. Hardy ducks a clothesline and goes for a Twist of Fate but Punk immediately slides out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Hardy punch Punk and put him in the corner, where he beats him down. Punk counters a move and snaps Hardy’s arm off the top rope. Punk hits an arm breaker for a two count. Punk locks on a wrist lock. Hardy fights up and drives Punk into the corner. Hardy charges but Punk moves and Hardy eats the ring post, giving Punk a two count. Punk goes for a springboard clothesline but he jumps into a Side Effect for a near fall.
Hardy hits a tornado punch and a clothesline. Hardy bounces Punk’s face off the turnbuckle and hits a clothesline. Hardy clotheslines Punk in the corner and connects with a bulldog for a near fall. Hardy goes to the second rope and hits a nice leg drop. Hardy taunts for the Twist of Fate but Luke Gallows surprises him by snapping his neck off the top rope.
Winner by Disqualification: Matt Hardy
Match Rating: * ?
Luke Gallows hits a big boot and takes off his vest. Gallows hits a guillotine catapult into the second rope. Gallows grounds and pounds Hardy until Punk takes him off. Gallows picks Hardy up and Punk kicks him in the midsection. Gallows then slams Hardy sternum first into the corner and holds him there for Punk to hit his high knee. Punk elbows Hardy in the neck a bunch of times. The crowd chants for Hardy but he can?t do anything as Gallows lifts him up by his neck and slams him to the mat. Punk’s music plays and they celebrate.
Tonight Undertaker takes on Chris Jericho in a non-title match.
The Intercontinental Championship is on the line as John Morrison takes on Eric Escobar.
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker talk about Michelle McCool’s ?despicable? personal attack on Mickie James, calling her ?Piggy James.? Josh Mathews is backstage with Mickie James and asks what it’s like to be picked on. Mickie says it doesn?t matter because she’s not going anywhere. Mickie says she belongs there and she’s worked very hard to get there. She’s definitely not leaving Smackdown.
Still to come is Batista taking on Kane in a Number One Contender’s match.
The Smack of the Night (brought by AutoZone) is Batista and Kane going face to face on Raw this past Monday.
#1 Contender’s Match
Batista vs. Kane
They go face to face and stare each other down. Kane grabs Batista by the throat but he breaks away and quickly gets out of the ring. Batista pulls Kane out of the ring and smashes his face off the barricade. Batista punches at Kane but Kane responds with a nice uppercut. Kane sends him into the ring and kicks him in the corner. Kane hits a snapmare and a low dropkick to the face for a two count. Kane twists the arm and yanks. Batista backs Kane into the corner and gets out with a knee. Kane blocks and smashes Batista’s face off the turnbuckle. Batista rakes the eyes and gains advantage.
Batista shoulders Kane in the corner a few times and punches him. Batista whips Kane into the opposite corner and clotheslines him down for a one count. Batista locks on a chin lock and grounds him. Kane gets to his feet and backs him to the corner. Kane charges into a back elbow. Batista whips him into the ropes and clotheslines him down for a no count. Batista locks on another chin lock and gets a body scissors on. Kane gets out of it with punches. Kane hits a nasty uppercut but has a whip reversed on him. Batista lowers his head and eats a kick. Kane grabs him by the throat but Batista grabs the top rope. Kane backs up and walks into a kick to the knee. Batista goes for a Batista Bomb but Kane counters with a back body drop. Kane goes for a powerbomb of his own but Batista chop blocks him. Batista uses the ropes to stretch the knee out as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Kane trapped in a single leg Boston Crab. During the break Batista snapped Kane’s knee off the ring post a few times. In live action Kane fights to the bottom rope but Batista drags him back to the middle of the ring. Kane eventually turns out of it and kicks Batista away. Both men get to their feet and Batista kicks away at the knee. Batista punches Kane and Kane comes back with some punches of his own. They punch it out and Kane comes out on top, whipping Batista to the corner and clotheslining him. Kane repeats the clothesline.
Kane goes for a powerslam but Batista slides off. Batista then runs right into a big boot for a near fall. Kane hobbles around before climbing to the top rope. Kane comes off the top for a clothesline but Batista moves. Kane slowly gets up and eats a Spear for a near fall! Batista has a whip reversed on him and Kane hits a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Kane goes back to the top rope and finally hits his clothesline. Kane signals for the Chokeslam. Batista slowly gets up and backs away from it. Kane charges and Batista drops him face first on the turnbuckle. Batista chop blocks the knee and signals it’s time for the Batista Bomb. Kane gets out of that with a chop block and Chokeslams Batista for a near fall when Batista gets a foot on the bottom rope!
Batista rolls out of the ring to recover. Kane gets out smiling but Batista kicks him in the knee. Batista has a whip into the barricade reversed on him and he goes over by the ring announcer. Kane comes over to get him and Batista hits him in the knee with a steel chair! The referee couldn?t see because the barricade was blocking. Batista gets back in the ring and Kane is counted out. It?ll be Undertaker versus Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship at TLC!
Winner by Count-Out: Batista
Match Rating: **
Tonight we?ll see Batista’s TLC opponent the Undertaker take on Chris Jericho in a non-title match.
Did you know that last month over 100 million photos of WWE Divas were viewed on WWE.com?
Tony Chimel asks us to welcome the Official Consultant to Smackdown, Vickie Guerrero. EXCUSE ME! Vickie comes out to massive heat and introduces her boyfriend Eric Escobar. Escobar, as usual, comes out to no heat.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Eric Escobar vs. John Morrison (c)
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee, is calling this match. They match begins and Escobar quickly gets a hammerlock, sending Morrison into the corner. Morrison smiles and circles him. Morrison then gets a quick hammerlock and shoves him. Morrison ducks a clothesline and dropkicks him out of the ring. Morrison vaults over the top rope and lands on the apron. He kicks Escobar in the face and hits an Asai Moonsault, even landing on his feet! Morrison sends him into the ring and Vickie Guerrero distracts Morrison. Escobar hits a baseball slide and drives him a few times into the apron before putting him in the ring.
Escobar covers for a near fall. Escobar stomps him and locks on a bear hug. Morrison punches out of the bear hug but Escobar gets momentum back with a back suplex for a near fall. Escobar forearms him in the back and Morrison comes back with some forearms of his own. Escobar goes into the ropes and eats a back heel kick. Morrison hits some big right hands and a forearm shiver. Escobar drives him into the corner and hits some shoulder thrusts. Escobar charges but Morrison moves and hits the Flying Chuck. Morrison then hits Starship Pain to end the match.
Winner & STILL Intercontinental Champion: John Morrison
Match Rating: * ?
After the match Vickie Guerrero gets in the ring and screams that she’s given him opportunities week after week and he’s failed her. She slaps him and walks off. Owned.
Still to come tonight is our Main Event of Chris Jericho versus Undertaker.
Backstage Eric Escobar catches up with Vickie Guerrero. Escobar says she makes him sick and he hates touching and kissing her. Escobar says it’s not worth it and they?re done. Escobar says ?Gracias? and walks off. At least he thanked her for the opportunity?
The Raw Rebound is shown.
Batista makes his way out to the ringside area. He sits at the announcer’s table and will be observing our Main Event.
Todd Grisham tries to talk to Batista but he doesn?t acknowledge him. Grisham is hilarious.
Chris Jericho vs. The Undertaker
The bell rings and Undertaker immediately gets Jericho in the corner to punch him down. Undertaker bounces his face against the corner and hits some head-butts. Undertaker hits a body blow and wrenches the arm. Undertaker goes up top and hits Old School. Undertaker glares at Batista as he does that. Undertaker sends Jericho in to the ropes. Undertaker lowers his head and Jericho kicks but Undertaker no sells. Jericho is shocked and gets clotheslined over the top rope. Undertaker stares at Batista as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Undertaker punch Jericho and bounces his face on the turnbuckle. Undertaker throws him onto the apron and exits the ring. Undertaker kicks him in the head and goes to the apron for a big leg drop. Undertaker punches Jericho and notices Batista get up from his seat. They go face to face and Batista sits down. Undertaker gets on the apron and Jericho dropkicks him off. Jericho sends him into the steel steps and viciously punches him.
Jericho sends Undertaker into the ring and kicks him. Jericho chokes him on the second rope and then stands on him while choking. Jericho hits some punches and drives some shoulders into his midsection. Undertaker comes back with some punches and sends Jericho into the corner. Undertaker charges into a back elbow and Jericho comes off the second rope with a missile dropkick for a two count. Jericho locks on an arm trap chin lock. Jericho holds it until Undertaker fights up and punches out. Undertaker goes into the ropes and eats a dropkick for a two count. Jericho hits a running kick to the back of the head for a near fall. Jericho puts the arm trap chin lock back on. Undertaker fights up and gets out with a back suplex.
Undertaker and Jericho trade punches with Undertaker coming out on top. Undertaker sends him to the corner and hits a clothesline. Undertaker hits snake eyes and a big boot followed by a leg drop (brother) for a near fall. Undertaker signals for the Chokeslam and attempts it but Jericho gets out. Undertaker gets Jericho up for a Tombstone but Jericho slides off and bulldogs him. Jericho hits a Lionsault and Undertaker sits up! Undertaker grabs him by the throat and Chokeslams him! Undertaker signals for the Tombstone Piledriver and goes for it but Batista chop blocks Undertaker, causing a Disqualification!
Winner by Disqualification: Chris Jericho
Match Rating: ** ?
Batista leaves the ring and grabs a steel chair. Jericho drops Undertaker with a Codebreaker as Batista gets in. Batista viciously pounds Undertaker’s back with the steel chair and I almost have a seizure from the constant camera angle changes. Batista finishes him off with a chair shot to the skull and he celebrates.
Quick Match Results
The Hart Dynasty def. Cryme Tyme
Matt Hardy def. CM Punk via DQ
Batista def. Kane via CO
John Morrison def. Eric Escobar to retain the Intercontinental Title
Undertaker def. Chris Jericho via DQ (non-title)
Bump of the Night: Batista’s beat down of Undertaker!
Match of the Night: Jericho vs. Undertaker ** ?
Batista vs. Undertaker at TLC. Let’s play Hardball. Sorry ? I?m a Chris Matthews fan. I, for one, am actually excited about that Main Event. These guys have proven themselves to be an entertaining match up and I?m expecting their match at TLC to be no different. It’s definitely a cool edge to have Batista be the heel in this. I?m really liking his new character even if his match against Rey Mysterio at Survivor Series was a disappointment.
Speaking of Title matches, it seems like Jericho is inserting himself back in, something I?m extremely happy about. It’s pretty obvious that JeriShow is dropping the titles at TLC (Big Show has a bum knee) so Jericho will be solely on Smackdown and back in the title picture. Jericho rules and if Undertaker survives TLC then he?ll have an awesome title match with Jericho. If their past two Smackdown meetings are any indication then that’s a definite.
It seems like it’s back to the drawing board for Eric Escobar. He was all but buried in commentary during his match and the match itself. He didn?t really put up much of a fight. I?m happy about that. There’s nothing spectacular about him at all. At least Vickie Guerrero is free and ready to run Smackdown again!
Festus is back and he’s off pain pills. I didn?t know pain pills could make you go nuts at the sound of a bell. That’s nuts! I?m glad he’s repackaged and with CM Punk. Punk can really get him going and it’s awesome to have a big bodyguard for him.
I can?t believe there was nothing with Drew McIntyre tonight after his win at Survivor Series. Not a peep but a mere whisper of his name by John Morrison. That’s bizarre. I also can?t believe how Beth Phoenix has disappeared again. What the heck?
Final Rating: ** ?
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