?Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event?? The WWE video leads us into the show.
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us to the show. Tonight we?ll see the return of the Highlight Reel for the first time in two years. His special guest tonight will be none other than his WrestleMania opponent Edge.
Rey Mysterio’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with his family. Isn?t the boy Eddie Guerrero’s? Dominick is taller than he is now. Mysterio says each week we let him into our homes so tonight he wants to let us into his home. Mysterio says he considers all of us his family. Mysterio introduces Dominick, his wife Angie, and his daughter Alyah. Mysterio says he travels around the world entertaining us but sometimes he misses out on important things in his family’s life. Mysterio says parents go out of their ways to make things special for their kids. Tonight is special because it’s Alyah’s birthday. Mysterio and the crowd sing ?Happy Birthday? to her. This is a very nice segment.
Halfway through the song CM Punk’s music hits and the little girl is crushed. That’s some major heat. My god! Punk comes out with the Straight Edge Society. Punk tells the crowd not to stop on account of him. Punk then finishes the song sarcastically. She’s crying. This is tremendous. Punk says Mysterio looks scared but he assures him he’s not here to hurt him or his family. Punk says he’s happy his family is here and Mysterio’s. Punk says we need to celebrate the occasion and it doesn?t get any bigger than WrestleMania. Punk lays down a challenge for a match at WrestleMania. Punk also challenges him to a match tonight. He doesn?t mean later ? he means right now.
Mysterio says this isn?t the time. Punk says since it’s her birthday he?ll let her shut her eyes while he reduces her daddy to tears and make him beg for his mercy. Punk mentions that Dominick has grown up but he doesn?t think he’s ever heard his father squeal like a pig by someone stomping his surgically repaired knee. Punk says it’s ok if he plugs his ears. Punk calls Mysterio’s wife voluptuous. Punk says after he does what he’s going to do to her husband it will be the worst of times. Punk tells her to feel free to cover her mouth to cover the screams.
Punk questions if Mysterio is afraid his family will watch him get hurt. Punk calls him a coward. Mysterio knows it and his family knows it. Punk asks where the giant killer Mysterio is. Punk asks where the 619 is. Punk asks where the machismo is. Punk says his machismo and courage is something he’s never had. Punk asks what it will take. Punk kneels down and says he’s on his level now. Punk asks if Mysterio turns him down then what will it take. Punk slaps Mysterio in front of his family.
Mysterio and his family leave the ring. Punk berates him all the way up the ramp. Punk again sings ?Happy Birthday? to Alyah. Punk looked completely evil in this segment. That was gold.
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker recap what just happened with the S.E.S. and Mysterio’s family.
The Miz comes out with Daniel Bryan, his NXT rookie. We see the epic beat down R-Truth and John Morrison delivered to ShoMiz on Raw. The Miz says if Morrison and R-Truth thinks they can come to Raw and embarrass them ? really? They think they can beat them at WrestleMania ? really? Miz asks the crowd if they think they can beat them ? really? Miz says he?ll show R-Truth why they?re so dominant, because they?re ShoMiz and they?re AWESOME!
The Miz vs. R-Truth
David Otunga is at ringside for his pro R-Truth and Daniel Bryan sticks around too.
The Miz quickly ducks a lock up and punches R-Truth in the corner. Miz sends him to the corner but R-Truth slingshots, splits, and hits a jumping heel kick. R-Truth then clotheslines him over the top rope. R-Truth hits a nice over the top rope suicide dive as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see R-Truth locked in a chin lock. R-Truth immediately fights up and hits a back suplex. Daniel Bryan is smirking at ringside. Miz and R-Truth trade punches with R-Truth getting the better. R-Truth hits a hip toss and a pair of clotheslines. R-Truth sends him to the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Miz goes into the ropes and takes a big boot for a near fall. Miz counters a powerslam into a backbreaker/neckbreaker combo for a near fall. Miz looks annoyed.
Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but R-Truth counters into a roll up. Miz rolls through the roll up but R-Truth kicks out. Miz avoids the Scissors Kick and pins him with his feet on the ropes but Daniel Bryan pushes them off. Miz is looking wildly at him. R-Truth ducks a clothesline and hits the Lie Detector for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: R-Truth
Match Rating: * ?
R-Truth and David Otunga celebrate in the ring while we see a replay of what just happened. Matt Striker is questioning Bryan’s motives there but he was just doing what was right. I love this feud between Miz and Bryan.
Still to come tonight we?ll see the Highlight Reel with Edge as the special guest.
Matt Striker thanks Audioslave for the use of the song ?Be Yourself?, one of WrestleMania’s official theme songs.
We see a video package hyping up Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania. If you couldn?t tell by reading my recaps from the past month I just cannot wait for this match. They then run the rest of the card.
Drew McIntyre is walking backstage when Teddy Long stops him. Long says he was defeated in both his Money in the Bank Qualifying Matches yet he had Mr. McMahon expunge both losses. Now he gets another shot. Long says he must be proud. McIntyre says he’s proud he’s an undefeated Intercontinental Champion. Tonight he?ll qualify for the Money in the Bank Match. Long says he must be proud Mr. McMahon handpicked his opponent. McIntyre reminds him that McMahon is his boss. Long says he knows he’s still on probation. He can?t change the match but he can make it Winner Take All ? Money in the Bank Qualifier and Intercontinental Title on the line. Long says if he loses then he can kiss the undefeated streak goodbye, playa!
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Tonight we?ll see Kane take on Luke Gallows from the Straight Edge Society.
Winner Take All
Money in the Bank Qualifying & Intercontinental Title Match
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Aaron Bolo
They build Bolo up as a light-heavyweight MMA fighter. He looks like a complete jobber.
They lock up and McIntyre quickly clubs him down. McIntyre hits him in the corner and hits a short-arm clothesline. McIntyre hits the Future Shock and now he’s going to WrestleMania.
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
Match Rating: N/A
The Money in the Bank Match now has Christian, Kane, Jack Swagger, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, Evan Bourne, Matt Hardy, Dolph Ziggler, and now Drew McIntyre. That’s a lot of guys in one match. What a spotfest it?ll be.
Big Show is walking backstage. He?ll take on John Morrison next.
Big Show vs. John Morrison
Morrison quickly gets on the attack with punches and kicks. Big Show pushes him. Morrison is able to duck a clothesline and hit some more strikes. Morrison goes into the ropes and gets taken out by a shoulder block. Show takes him down with a head-butt and talks some trash. Show throws him in the corner and chops his chest. It immediately swells up. Show slams him down by the hair and treats him like a rag doll. Morrison tries to punch but Show takes him out with a head-butt. Show slowly walks around the ring before stepping on his abdomen. Show hits a body shop before chopping him down to the mat.
Show locks him in a rear naked choke hold. Show handles him until Morrison hits some elbows to the midsection. Morrison then gets to the ropes for the break. Show angrily kicks him off the apron to the floor. Show walks around the ring and takes in the boos. Big Show pulls him back in by the hair but Morrison is able to hit some punches. Show pushes him away and runs into the boots. Show then charges into a low dropkick, sending him to the corner. Show goes for a Chokeslam but Morrison lands on the apron and hits a pele kick. Morrison takes him out with a missile dropkick for a near fall.
Morrison hits a nice running knee to the face for a near fall. Morrison goes for the Flying Chuck but Big Show punches him right out of the air for the knockout. Big Show covers from here and the referee can count to twenty because he’s not kicking out.
Winner by Pinfall: Big Show
Match Rating: * ?
We?ll see the return of the Highlight Reel featuring Edge as the special guest later tonight.
Teddy Long is in his office with Smackdown’s newest acquisition Tiffany. Tiffany says she’s excited to work with the divas. She asks about Mickie James? knee injury and he says she’s fine. Vickie Guerrero walks in and Long introduces her to Tiffany. Vickie says she’s the reason ECW got cancelled and replaced with NXT. Vickie tells her to go back to being a babysitter and leave the business to the big girls. Vickie says she should get on her good side. Long says she’s not looking to take her job? yet. Vickie laughs and says Tiffany will face the Women’s Champion Michelle McCool.
The Hart Dynasty is in the ring. They don?t get a ring entrance. This is just mind boggling that even with Bret Hart back they can?t get anything going.
The Hart Dynasty vs. Cryme Tyme
It?ll be Tyson Kidd starting out against JTG. Kidd kicks and punches to begin it. Kidd sends him to the ropes but takes an uppercut. JTG hits a dropkick before having a whip to the corner reversed on him. JTG goes for a slingshot but Kidd doesn?t follow. Kidd then hits a chop block and works the knee on the ring post. Kidd locks on a single leg Boston Crab.
The GONG hits and the lights go out. When they come back on Undertaker is in the ring! He hits a big boot on Kidd and destroys Smith in the corner. Undertaker hits Shad with a Chokeslam and kills Tyson Kidd with a Last Ride Powerbomb. Smith then runs into the Tombstone Piledriver! Undertaker then looks to JTG and locks him in Hell’s Gate! Undertaker surveys his carnage as his music hits. Undertaker looks to the WrestleMania XXVI sign. This was a message to Shawn Michaels. Undertaker goes to the top of the ramp and does his throat cut taunt.
Winner: No Contest
Match Rating: N/A
The Raw Rebound airs. Then Matt Striker and Todd Grisham hype up Stone Cold Steve Austin’s guest host appearance this Monday on Raw. It?ll also be WrestleMania Rewind night.
Michelle McCool vs. Tiffany
Vickie Guerrero and Layla are at ringside with Michelle McCool. McCool yawns as Tiffany comes out.
My favorite referee Charles Robinson is in charge of this match. McCool talks a little trash before pushing her down. McCool does jumping jacks and pushups. Tiffany charges and scares her. McCool runs into an inverted atomic drop. Tiffany hits a pair of clotheslines and a low dropkick. Tiffany then kicks her out of the ring. Tiffany pushes her at ringside and bounces her face off the apron a few times. McCool pushes her but runs into a back elbow. Tiffany sends her into the barricade. Vickie Guerrero then takes Tiffany down with a shoulder block.
Winner by Disqualification: Tiffany
Match Rating: ? *
Michelle McCool kicks Tiffany’s face into the barricade. She puts her in the ring and chokes her. Beth Phoenix then runs down and hits a double clothesline on Simply Flawless. Beth throws them out of the ring and grabs Vickie Guerrero. Beth pretends to let her slide before hitting her with a clothesline. Beth Phoenix is officially a face. Beth goes to hit the Glam Slam until Michelle McCool and Layla stop it. Vickie quickly runs to the back as Beth helps Tiffany up.
Kane is walking backstage. He?ll face Luke Gallows next.
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Luke Gallows vs. Kane
The Straight Edge Society is at ringside for the match, of course.
They lock up and Kane gets a quick side headlock. Gallows pushes him off but takes a shoulder block. Kane gets another headlock but this time Gallows pushes him to the corner, where he hits a bunch of punches. Gallows sends him to the corner but Kane explodes out with a clothesline. Wow? Luke Gallows has two black eyes and a cut so Matt Striker explains this as he rammed his head into a concrete wall last week after losing to Rey Mysterio. Maybe he?ll be missing teeth next week if he loses to Kane.
Kane punches him in the corner and kicks. Kane sends him to the ropes but Gallows ducks a clothesline and gets hit with a diving shoulder block. Gallows kicks but misses an elbow drop. Kane hits a low dropkick to the face and signals for a Chokeslam. Gallows sees this and quickly gets out of the ring to chat with CM Punk as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Gallows hit an uppercut. Gallows hits a suplex and gets a two count. Darren Young is seen watching backstage. I hate his hair. Gallows locks on a chin lock but Kane fights up and punches out. Gallows sends him to the ropes and hits a clothesline. Gallows hits a big splash for a two count. Gallows grounds and pounds before putting a chin lock on. Kane fights up so Gallows knees him. Gallows goes into the ropes and eats a big boot.
Kane hits an uppercut and clotheslines him in the corner. Kane hits a sidewalk slam for a near fall. Kane goes up top and hits a flying lariat. Kane runs into a back elbow and a clothesline for a two count. Gallows hits a punch but has a whip reversed. Kane hits a Chokeslam and Punk runs in to beat on Kane to avoid the pinfall loss.
Winner by Disqualification: Kane
Match Rating: * ?
CM Punk hits the GTS on Kane. Rey Mysterio’s music hits and he slowly walks to the ring. Mysterio takes off his shirt and gets in the ring but Punk quickly gets out. Mysterio chases and beats him up outside. Mysterio sends him to the barricade and throws him over. They fight in the crowd until Punk quickly escapes. The referees hold Mysterio back.
The Highlight Reel is next with Edge as the special guest.
The Smack of the Night is Edge beating the Big Show last week.
The Highlight Reel
Chris Jericho’s music hits and the World Heavyweight Champion makes his way to the ring. Edge is out next. No need for an introduction. Jericho asks if there’s something funny and Edge says there is. The show is the Highlight Reel but the only highlight is he keeps hitting him with a move that he can?t remember the name to. The crowd chants ?Spear.? Jericho says that is quite humorous because he’s got all the sheep chanting for him at his whim. Jericho says he’s an honest man, always telling the truth. The truth is they could have been one of the greatest tag teams in WWE history but then Edge selfishly got hurt. That’s always what happens to him. Edge gets to the cusp of greatness and then he gets injured. When Jericho was stealing the show at WrestleMania 19 with Shawn Michaels, Edge was sitting at home watching. Then he missed the next WrestleMania. Jericho asks how many days, months, and years has he missed.
Jericho asks if Edge knows what he was doing while he was licking his wounds. Edge says losing and mentions he lost to Shawn Michaels and Christian at WrestleManias 19 and 20. Jericho says he was forging a Hall of Fame, unprecedented, unparalleled performer of his generation, injury free. Edge says he’s been injured because he only knows how to do the job one way. He takes risk. Edge mentions he’s dove off twenty foot ladders, dove through flaming tables, and hit thumbtacks. Edge says he faced adversity without fear and he has no regrets. Edge says he?ll take whatever risk he needs to in order to get back his World Heavyweight Championship.
Jericho says he’s already taken risks, specifically agreeing to face him at WrestleMania. Jericho says bad things happen when they?re in the ring. Jericho says he’s a fraud. Jericho says Edge doesn?t know success ? the best he ever did was with Vickie Guerrero. Edge says touch?. Edge says everyone has the girlfriend they regret having. Amen, brother. For Edge its Vickie Guerrero ? for Jericho it’s the Big Show. Edge says he does take risks ? calculated risks. He?ll take those risks at WrestleMania and beat him for the title. Jericho says he should have stayed away. He says bad things happen when he’s around. Jericho says Edge came back from injury too early at the Royal Rumble.
That?ll cost him because Jericho doesn?t think he’s totally healed. Edge forgets he’s still injured because he’s just been pandering to the fans. Jericho says everyone wants to see Edge standing tall at WrestleMania with the title and confetti pouring. Jericho says that’s not going to happen because he?ll beat him at Mania, hurt him, and send him home for six months. That’s a guarantee. Edge says he?ll do something at WrestleMania. He?ll make him an ex-World Heavyweight Champion? after he hits him with a Spear.
Jericho blindsides him with a shot to the skull with the microphone. Jericho hits him with a stool and kicks him in the head. Jericho talks trash as he whips him with his jacket. Jericho goes to send him into the Jeritron but Edge counters into an Edgecution. Edge goes for a Spear but Jericho smashes him in the face with the World Heavyweight Championship. That was a nasty thud! Jericho then angrily chants ?Spear? and stands over Edge with the World Heavyweight Championship.
Quick Match Results
R-Truth def. The Miz
MITB Qualifier WTA: Drew McIntyre def. Aaron Bolo
Big Show def. John Morrison
The Hart Dynasty NC Cryme Tyme
Tiffany def. Michelle McCool via DQ (non-title)
Kane def. Luke Gallows via DQ
Bump of the Night: Jericho smashing Edge with the title
Match of the Night: Big Show vs. Morrison/Gallows vs. Kane * ?
This was a disappointing Smackdown to say the very least. I expect much more out of the shows heading into WrestleMania. This show just didn?t cut it at all for me. Is Michael Hayes sick or something? Usually we get better from him. There were only two good segments on the show and a whole bunch of short, unexciting matches.
What I did like was how the show opened up. I loved that Rey Mysterio’s family was there when CM Punk came down and berated him. I?m really looking forward to their WrestleMania match after this one. It had tremendous heat to it and Punk was amazing in it. I also liked Mysterio’s intensity later in the night when he took out CM Punk. I don?t think anything was confirmed for Mania so I expect that next week.
I also liked the Highlight Reel segment. It’s about time that Jericho got the upper hand in this feud. I think it took far too long. There’s something about this feud that isn?t clicking for me. I thought this one would be a home run from the early segments but there’s just something off now. Maybe it’s Edge as a face now. He has a lot of work to do as a face because, for me, it’s not quite clicking yet. I?m not sure the ?Spear? chant is the way to go. Their match at WrestleMania will be good though. That much I?m sure about.
The rest of the show was a throwaway. R-Truth and John Morrison took on their opponents at WrestleMania in singles matches. R-Truth taking on the Miz was ok, highlighted only by Daniel Bryan’s involvement in the match. That feud between Miz and Bryan is awesome. Big Show getting the best of John Morrison left a little more to be desired but was a touch better than his partner’s match. The finish is the same with Show in singles matches lately.
I didn?t mind Undertaker taking out the Hart Dynasty and Cryme Tyme because at least I didn?t have to recap that tired match up again. The Hart Dynasty should be further along than they are. I?ll say the same thing about Mike Knox and I doubt anyone could form a real argument with me against that.
My last gripe comes with Drew McIntyre. It’s no secret that he’s not over in any way with the audience. I daresay that when he came out on Raw during the gauntlet half the audience didn?t know who the hell he was. I even had to do a double take because I didn?t recognize him immediately. I guess if he were to win MITB he?d get some kind of heat? but I?d rather see Christian. McIntyre just isn?t cutting the mustard for me. How do you feel?
Final Rating: ** ?
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