?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 into the arena with a great pyro display. Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us to the show. They promote our Main Event will be Batista taking on Matt Hardy.
The GONG hits which can only mean one thing ? World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker is making his way to the ring. ?It seems like an eternity ago that the demons of hell passed judgment on the mortal world and a creature was born of the night so powerful that the mention of his name would send shivers down the spine of all those who opposed him. It was at the Survivor Series that the dark birth of the Undertaker was born, and year after year all who opposed me perished at my feet. Yet year after year they still come ? they still come for this. They come for a chance to be World Heavyweight Champion. This is the holy grail for all who step foot in this ring. The Big Show betrayed an entire team ? he betrayed an entire team for an opportunity to become World Heavyweight Champion. What he won was the opportunity to be terminated by the hand of the Deadman.
?And that brings me to Chris Jericho. There are few things in this world that bring joy to my dark heart. One is being able to fight alongside my brother Kane. The second thing is fighting against my brother Kane. But last week Chris Jericho took that opportunity away from me. So at the Survivor Series, Chris Jericho’s fate, health, and soul will be mine.?
Chris Jericho’s music hits and he walks down to the ring. Jericho says it’s been ten years and finally the WWE Universe is getting what it’s been waiting for. Two of the biggest stars in WWE history will be face to face. The best in the world and the phenom. Jericho asks what the phenom is and gives the Webster’s Dictionary definition as an exception, unusual, and abnormal person. Jericho says that describes himself more than Undertaker. Jericho says he’s the true Phenom of the WWE because he’s exceptional ? exceptionally talented with accolades that are second to none. He’s the best in the world at what he does and that makes him unusual. What makes him abnormal is that he’s the only one with the boldness and the braveness to stand up for what he believes in and tell the truth. Jericho says the truth is Undertaker has been brainwashing us gelatinous, sycophantic tapeworms for twenty years. Jericho says he’s not a Deadman ? he’s just a man, like Kane, John Cena, and Big Show, men he’s beaten in the last ten days. Jericho says he’s on the roll of his career and he can?t be stopped. Jericho also says he can beat anyone at any time. Jericho says at Survivor Series he?ll beat Undertaker and become World Champion for the sixth time.
Jericho gets in the ring and says he’s not afraid of Undertaker. Jericho says he’s just a man and there’s not a man on this planet that he’s afraid of. Jericho walks up to Undertaker and says he’s the new Phenom because he’s the best in the world at what he does. Jericho asks if he understands and calls him ?man.? Undertaker grabs him by the throat. Jericho kicks out of it, goes into the ropes, and eats a big boot. Jericho quickly rolls out of the ring holding his mouth. Undertaker looks at him and taunts him.
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker talk about the ?Great Betrayal? when Batista attacked Rey Mysterio at Bragging Rights. We?re then brought to a four minute video package highlighting the past week’s events.
The search for Parts Unknown continues on WWE.com.
Dolph Ziggler & The Hart Dynasty vs. John Morrison & Cryme Tyme
John Morrison and Tyson Kidd will start this match out. They circle the ring and lock up. They quickly separate and Kidd whiffs Morrison with a spin kick. Kidd gets a waist lock and a headlock takeover. Morrison fights up and whips him off. Kidd goes over and under Morrison and Morrison hits him with a hip toss. Morrison then quickly clutches his ribs. Morrison is selling Dolph Ziggler’s attack from last week when he smashed him off the announcer’s table. Dolph Ziggler and JTG are tagged in as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see JTG locked in a chin lock from Dolph Ziggler. JTG throws him off and hits a nice hip toss. JTG hits a grounded blockbuster. JTG comes off the second rope but Ziggler avoids him. JTG lands on his feet and hits a jawbreaker. JTG goes for a monkey flip but David Hart Smith snaps him off the top rope. The referee was being distracted by Natalya. This gets Ziggler a two count. Smith is tagged in and he works on JTG with some stomps. Smith hits some strikes before tagging in Kidd. Smith whips JTG into the ropes, hits a drop-toe-hold, and Kidd hits him with a dropkick to the temple. This gets Kidd a two count. Kidd tags Smith back in. Kidd hits a backslide and Smith drops a leg for a one count. Smith then locks on a chin lock. JTG fights up but gets powered to the corner. Ziggler gets tagged in and he hits a snapmare. Ziggler hits a rolling neck snap for a two count. Ziggler locks on a chin lock. Ziggler holds it on for a bit and talks some trash. JTG fights up so Ziggler goes for a back suplex but JTG flips out and hits a neckbreaker over his knee. Ziggler tags in Kidd and JTG tags in Morrison.
Morrison comes in and hits some punches. Morrison hits a clothesline and a back body drop before sending him into the ropes and hitting a jumping calf kick. Morrison clutches his ribs as Smith is tagged in. Morrison ducks a clothesline and lays in some punches. Morrison goes for a whip but Smith pulls him into a powerslam attempt. Morrison slides off and sends him into the corner. Morrison takes him out with the Flying Chuck. Ziggler runs in and Morrison punches him in the face. Morrison tags in Shad and takes Tyson Kidd out with an over the top rope corkscrew splash.
Shad comes in with a shoulder block and a clothesline. Shad hits some punches before sending him to the ropes and hitting a back elbow. Outside the ring Ziggler drops Morrison ribs first on the barricade. Shad sends Smith to the corner and splashes him. Shad gets him on his shoulder and Ziggler makes a blind tag. Shad goes for Thugnificent but Ziggler hits him by surprise with the Zig-Zag for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler & The Hart Dynasty
Match Rating: **
The heels get their hands raised in the ring as John Morrison gasps for air on the outside.
Coming up next we?ll have a sit down interview with Rey Mysterio.
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Rey Mysterio is backstage in the locker room being interviewed by Josh Mathews. Here’s what was said:
Mathews: Rey Mysterio, you?ve been through so much since Bragging Rights ? failing to win the World Heavyweight Championship and then being physically assaulted by your best friend Batista afterward. After your face to face with Batista last week, what state of mind are you in?
Mysterio: Josh, I?d be lying to you if I said I wasn?t upset. Could you imagine one of your family members walking out on you over something so small? Well, that’s how I feel. I mean (speaks Spanish)?
Mathews: Rey, Smackdown General Manager Theodore Long made it official. At Survivor Series it?ll be you versus Batista. Do you have a message for Batista?
Mysterio: Batista, I know you?re watching, man. You won?t listen to me, you won?t listen to logic, you decided to throw away our friendship, and you decided to throw away the spirit of Eddie Guerrero. You know, man, I don?t know what’s gotten in to you, but whatever it is I?m going to get it out. You?ve shown me a side of you that I?ve never seen before but now I?m going to show you a side of me that you never thought existed.
Brittany Carter vs. Beth Phoenix
The match begins and Phoenix picks her up before powering her into the corner. Phoenix holds on to her and runs across the ring, powering her into the other corner. Phoenix squashes her down with one hand and hits the Samoan Wrecking Ball. Phoenix hits a backbreaker, keeps holding her, and hits another. Phoenix drags her around the ring by the hair. Phoenix gets her in a torture rack and jumps up for a backbreaker. The crowd likes this. Phoenix hits a delayed Glam Slam for the win. That was about as entertaining as a squash match gets.
Winner by Pinfall: Beth Phoenix
Match Rating: ? *
We?ll hear from the Animal Batista next.
The Smack of the Night is Drew McIntyre’s brutal beat down of Finlay.
Drew McIntyre’s music hits and he makes his way out to the ring looking devious. He?ll face Jimmy Wang Yang. Jimmy Wang Yang is taunting on the ropes and McIntyre knocks him off and to the floor! That was a mean bump! Charles Robinson checks on Yang as McIntyre grabs the microphone. McIntyre says the party can?t even get started until he gets some competition worthy of a future World Champion. Yang gets in the ring and demands the match starts.
Drew McIntyre vs. Jimmy Wang Yang
McIntyre is walking away from the ring when the bell rings. McIntyre gets in the ring surprised and gets surprised by some chops from Yang. Yang hits a kick but the next is blocked and McIntyre clotheslines him down. McIntyre viciously punches him before hitting the Double Arm DDT for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: No stars
McIntyre knees him in the back of the head for good measure before angrily leaving the ring.
We?re backstage with Batista. Josh Mathews walks up and says last week it was Rey Mysterio and then Matt Hardy. Mathews wants to know why. Batista says he’s not here to make friends. He’s here to be World Heavyweight Champion. Rey Mysterio, who was supposed to be his friend, robbed him of that. Matt Hardy, who needs to mind his own business, never should have gotten involved. Batista’s point is if he has to hurt Mysterio, Hardy, or anyone else to become champion, he?ll do just that.
Rey Mysterio is seen walking backstage. He?ll face Mike Knox next.
Rey Mysterio vs. Mike Knox
The match begins and Knox punches and kicks Mysterio around the ring. Knox sends him into the ropes so Mysterio slides through his legs. Knox kicks him in the midsection and punches him into the corner. Knox sends Mysterio hard into the opposite corner and runs into some boots. Mysterio hits a head-scissors, which gets Knox in position for the 619. Knox quickly gets out of the ring. Mysterio gets on the apron and jumps off but Knox avoids him. Mysterio lands on his feet and gets DESTROYED by a cross-body for Knox! That was awesome!
Knox throws Mysterio back in the ring but Mysterio quickly rolls out to recover. Knox follows him outside and kicks him. Knox rolls him back in the ring and covers for a near fall. Knox stomps on Mysterio before dropping a knee on his ribs. Knox whips Mysterio sternum first into the corner and drops another knee on the ribs, giving him a two count. Knox stomps Mysterio and locks on a bear hug. Mysterio punches out and kicks Knox. Mysterio goes into the ropes and kicks Knox in the face. Knox angrily charges but Mysterio pulls the top rope down and he flies to the outside.
Mysterio hits him with a baseball slide. Knox gets into the ring as Mysterio goes into the ropes and he gets floored with a shoulder block. Knox follows it up with a big splash for a near fall. Knox locks on an abdominal stretch. Knox hits a pump-handle slam into a backbreaker for a near fall. Knox locks the abdominal stretch back on. Mysterio tries to punch out but Knox stops him with a pump-handle slam attempt but Mysterio counters into a big DDT.
Both men are being counted down. Mysterio hits Knox with some punches before hitting a dropkick. Mysterio then hits a wheelbarrow bulldog for a near fall. Mysterio gets hit with a knee. Knox sends Mysterio into the corner. Mysterio tries to catapult over him but Knox catches him on the shoulder. Mysterio slides to the apron and hits a springboard seated senton. Mysterio goes back into the ropes and Knox takes him out with a clothesline for a near fall. Knox charges Mysterio in the corner but Mysterio moves and he hits the ring post. Mysterio dropkicks him into the ropes and hits the 619! Mysterio follows it up with a top rope splash and picks up the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Rey Mysterio
Match Rating: ** ?
Later tonight we?ll see Batista take on Matt Hardy.
Matt Striker thanks Art of Dying for ?Get Thru This,? the official theme song of Survivor Series.
Next Friday John Morrison will defend the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler. That’s going to be a good match.
CM Punk’s music hits. As Punk comes out we?re reminded of CM Punk’s match against Scott Armstrong from last week. Want to know the referee of his match this week? Scott Armstrong!
CM Punk vs. R-Truth
The match begins and Punk backs R-Truth up with some kick attempts. They lock up and R-Truth spins Punk to the corner. Punk gets in Scott Armstrong’s face before locking up with R-Truth. R-Truth gets a side headlock on. Punk whips him off and gets floored by a shoulder block. Punk angrily gets in Armstrong’s face as R-Truth taunts him with a dance. Punk gets a waist lock on and then a side headlock. The fans are chanting ?We want Hogan.? Punk hits a headlock takeover and R-Truth gets a head-scissors. Punk gets out and locks on an inverted full nelson.
Punk punches R-Truth for a few seconds before hitting a head-butt. Punk goes into the ropes and takes a hip toss. R-Truth clotheslines Punk over the top rope and follows it up with a nasty over the top rope splash. We?ll take a break here.
We come back from the break to see Punk hit a spin kick to the midsection of R-Truth. Punk attempts a suplex but R-Truth lands on his feet and suplexes Punk. Punk is on the apron and snaps R-Truth off. Punk springboards off the top rope with a clothesline for a one count. Punk stomps and kicks R-Truth. Punk hits a suplex for a two count. Punk locks on a bow and arrow stretch. That’s a great submission move. It’s definitely up there as one of my favorites. Punk elbows him in the back of the neck and hits some punches. Punk whips him into the opposite corner but due to terrible editing he’s actually whipped across the ring back into the same corner he just got whipped out of. Punk goes for a big Bronco Buster but R-Truth moves.
R-Truth hits some punches. He sends Punk into the ropes and hits a pair of clotheslines. R-Truth has a whip reversed on him so he springboards over Punk, cartwheels, splits under a clothesline, and hits a big heel kick. R-Truth splashes him in the corner and runs right into a jumping calf kick. That gets Punk a near fall. Armstrong appears to be counting a little slower. Punk gets in Armstrong’s face and tells him to do his job and count faster. R-Truth then rolls him up and Armstrong fast counts him. R-Truth beat CM Punk!
Winner by Pinfall: R-Truth
Match Rating: * ?
Scott Armstrong quickly leaves the ring as Punk looks shocked. Punk runs up the ramp and is incredulous. Punk screams and runs back to the ring and has a tantrum.
Mickie James is walking backstage. Michelle McCool and Layla confront her and say that no one likes her. Mickie says she’s not going anywhere and after her team beats McCool’s team at Survivor Series, she’s coming for her title. She calls Layla ?Scary Spice? and walks off.
We see a recap from last week with Matt Hardy imploring Batista to not make the same mistakes he did. Batista scoffed and walked off before returning to blindside him. Matt Hardy takes on Batista tonight.
The Raw Rebound plays. That Chris Masters ?Crazy Train? thing was the weirdest thing I?ve watched on wrestling in a while.
Josh Mathews is backstage with Matt Hardy. Mathews asks Hardy what prompted him to get involved in the issue between Mysterio and Batista. Hardy says we?re all human and they make mistakes. Hardy says after what he and Jeff went through this year he just wanted to talk to Batista. All that happened was Batista cowardly hit him from behind. Hardy says he’s not here to be a friend. He’s here to fight.
Matt Hardy’s music hits. He?ll face Batista next.
Matt Hardy vs. Batista
Charles Robinson is the official here. They lock up and Batista forces Hardy to the corner. Batista pushes him and Hardy pushes back. Batista powers Hardy to the corner and hits some shoulders. Hardy hits some punches so Batista whips him to the ropes. Batista lowers his head and eats a kick. Batista goes into the ropes and floors him with a clothesline. Batista whips Hardy hard into the corner and sends him into the ropes for a forearm smash and a two count. Batista smashes Hardy’s face off his knee. Hardy comes back with punches but Batista hits a knee and follows up with a nice suplex for a two count.
Batista chokes Hardy on the second rope. Batista whips him to the corner and charges but Hardy moves. Hardy tries to roll him up but Batista doesn?t budge. Batista punches Hardy off and shoulders him in the corner. Charles Robinson admonishes him and Batista yells at him. Instant heel! Batista punches him in the corner until Hardy comes back with some punches. Hardy goes to the second rope and Batista rips him off. We?ll take a commercial here.
We come back from the break to see Batista lock Hardy in a camel clutch (Sheiky Baby!). Batista sends Hardy into the ropes and hits a shoulder to the midsection. Batista pushes him back to the ropes and hits a shoulder to the back. Batista hits a body slam and covers for a near fall. Hardy hits some punches so Batista hits the worst looking drop-toe-hold of all time. In reality that was Hardy’s fault on that one.
Batista whips him into the corner hard and covers for a near fall. Batista locks on a guillotine choke. Batista transitions to just a straight body scissor. Batista turns it back to the choke. Batista hits some crossfaces. Hardy eventually elbows out. Batista clubs the back and goes for a powerslam but Hardy slides off and hits a headlock neckbreaker.
Both men are being counted down and they get up at nine. Batista charges into a kick to the face. Hardy hits some punches and ducks a punch from Batista. Hardy hits a dropkick to the knee and DDTs him. Hardy goes to the top rope and goes for a moonsault but Batista rolls out of the way. Batista picks Hardy up and Hardy hits a Twist of Fate! Hardy covers but Batista grabs the rope at two and a half. Hardy goes for another one but Batista takes him out with a Spinebuster! Batista viciously stomps him and chokes him with his foot. Hardy falls to the outside.
Batista throws Hardy into the barricade. Batista bounces him off the announcer’s table and rips the top off it. Batista grabs a television monitor and smashes it against Hardy’s back! Batista is disqualified!
Winner by Disqualification: Matt Hardy
Match Rating: * ?
Batista sends Hardy into the steel steps and powers him back into the ring. Batista slowly takes his elbow pads off and sets up for a Batista Bomb. Batista thinks twice about it and throws Hardy away. The crowd boos him wildly as he walks up the ramp smiling.
It’s announced that next week’s Smackdown will see Chris Jericho take on the Undertaker for the first time ever one on one! What a match that’s going to be!
Quick Match Results
Dolph Ziggler* & The Hart Dynasty def. John Morrison & Cryme Tyme
Beth Phoenix def. Brittany Carter
Drew McIntyre def. Jimmy Wang Yang
Rey Mysterio def. Mike Knox
R-Truth def. CM Punk
Matt Hardy def. Batista via DQ
Bump of the Night: Knox hitting the cross-body on Mysterio on the outside!
Match of the Night: Mysterio vs. Knox ** ?
This wasn?t a bad edition of Smackdown. We had some good matches, good segments, and most importantly no Vince McMahon this week! Hopefully that?ll continue over the next few weeks and the show can pick up the momentum again.
The major focus was on Batista and Rey Mysterio. Rey Mysterio had a fun match against Mike Knox, who really needs to be utilized in a better way but that’s another thought. Mysterio also had a good, short sit down. Now we go to Batista. I know a lot of people are going to jump on the Main Event tonight and say how much they hated it. ?The match was so long it had a commercial and Batista squashed Hardy! Batista sucks!? I actually think this was smart booking. Batista has been getting cheered when he should be getting booed recently. What better way to make people hate someone than by boring them to tears? The match was designed to be long and boring to stop the people who like him. Hopefully this week worked but I wouldn?t be surprised to see another one of those matches again. It was a good idea and it worked as Batista sounded like he got legit boos at the end of it. I?m looking forward to Batista and Mysterio’s match at Survivor Series.
The other focus was the World Heavyweight Championship feud. Big Show wasn?t on tonight to promote it but who needs him when you?ve got Chris Jericho? Undertaker opened up with a good promo about the match and the significance of Survivor Series. Jericho came out and cut an awesome promo on him. They had some quick action and that was it. The segment was real solid. If Edge isn?t ready for WrestleMania we may be seeing an alternative match for Jericho then.
CM Punk got upset by R-Truth due to some fast counting by Scott Armstrong. OK ? that feud has run its course. What are they doing with CM Punk? He was World Heavyweight Champion last month and now he’s losing to R-Truth. What’s going on?! Is it just me or was Punk not your strongest heel over the summer? He rivaled Randy Orton in heat ? maybe even Vickie Guerrero! They?re totally killing him.
The rest of the show was entertaining at some level. The two squash matches were fun and the six man tag was good. Morrison’s ?injured? ribs could cost him the Intercontinental Championship next week.
Make sure you catch next week’s show. Chris Jericho will take on Undertaker and John Morrison will defend the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler. It’s going to be a good one coming from England.
Final Rating: ** ?
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