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“Bringin Da Hood T U” playing throughout the arena as Todd Grisham welcomes us to the 50th episode of the show. Cryme Tyme head to the ring followed by the Straight Edge Society as it will be JTG of Cryme Tyme Vs. CM Punk in the opening contest from the Smackdown brand.
JTG vs. CM Punk
The bell rings and JTG takes off his jewelry, The lock up and CM Punk takes JTG to the corner and hits him with a forearm chop followed by multiple knees to gut. Punk continues his assault with more forearm shots and knees until the ref backs him off, Punk runs back to corner and hits a running knee on JTG. Punk picks JTG out of the corner and throws him in the opposite corner, JTG runs at Punk but gets throw over the top rope but lands on his feet and hits a shoulder thrust. JTG goes for a second shoulder thrust but is hit with a knee that knocks him to the outside, The ref starts a count on JTG as Luke Gallows and Serena watch on. Shad comes around the corner to make sure they don’t get involved, Punk goes to the outside and starts to kick JTG.
JTG tries to fight back but is hit with a knee to the guy again and thrown into the ring, Punk pulls his head out slightly and lands a big kick to the back of the head and neck. Punk goes for a 1/2 count before putting JTG in a sleeper, Shad tries to rile up his partner and is successful as JTG gets to his feet breaks the hold with elbows and a knee. JTG hits the rope and ducks a clothesline and hits a shoulder block senton, a clothesline, a drop kick and a corner facebuster for a two count. JTG lands multiple punches on Punk who tries to push him away but is hit with an uppercut punch for a roll up and another two count.
JTG picks Punk up and lands a knee to the gut and sends him into the rope and goes for a crossbody but Punk moves out of the way. Punk lands his signature running knee and bulldog from the corner and follows it up with some kicks to the body, Punk sets JTG up for the Go to Sleep which is successful for a three count and the win!
Winner Via Go to Sleep: CM Punk
Post Match: CM Punk is down on his knees with the S.E.S around him looking up at the Wrestlemania sign as they replay his GTS victory over JTG.
Todd Grisham announces the Main Event from the Smackdown brand Rey Mysterio Vs. Tyson Kidd of The Hart Dynasty!
Wrestlemania Recall: Shawn Michaels Zipline entrance for the Iron Man Match at Wrestlemania 12.
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler discuss Wednesday’s art expo and recap the rest of the activities going Wrestlemania weekend!
Wrestlemania Hype: HBK Vs. The Undertaker
The Raw announcers go over the Main Event again which is Rey Mysterio Vs. Tyson Kidd.
Hall of Fame Hype: Gorgeous George, Stu Hart, Bob Uecker, Wendi Richter, Mad Dog Vachon, Antonio Inoki and Ted Dibiase.
The Smackdown announcers talk about the prestige of the World Heavyweight Championship as the segway into the next Wrestlemania hype.
Wrestlemania Hype: Edge vs. Chris Jericho World Heavyweight Championship.
The Smackdown announcers hype the Main Event for the third time tonight, Rey Mysterio vs. Tyson Kidd.
Wrestlemania Hype: Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Vince McMahon
Smackdown Recap: Luke Gallows beats Rey Mysterio to make their match stipulation if Rey loses he joins the SES.
“Booyaka 619 ” plays throughout the arena Rey Mysterio is on his way down to ring for the widely hyped Main Event from the Smackdown brand.
Rey Mysterio vs. Tyson Kidd W/ The Hart Dynasty
The bell rings and the two superstars lock up, Kidd gains control of Mysterio’s arm but he is able to roll out and gain control of Kidd’s leg. Kidd head scissors Mysterio to gain control of his arm, Mysterio counters again and is able to gain control of Kidd’s leg which makes him reach for the rope and the break. Kidd lands a kick to the gut on Mysterio and follows it up with more work on the arm. Mysterio throws kicks and Kidd’s legs but Kidd is able to hook Mysterio’s hand in a knuckle lock and drop him to the mat for a one count. Kidd puts the arms down again for another cover and another one count, Rey is able to counter out of the knuckle lock into the wheelbarrow armdrag.
Rey leapfrog’s Kidd and goes for the monkey flip but Kidd rolls past Mysterio’s legs and is able to get up and hit him with a shoulder tackle for a one count.. . Kidd follow up with a kick and some shots to the body, Kidd continues his attack with punches and a shot into the turnbuckle. Kidd lands shots to the face and sends Mysterio into the rope he slides under his legs and is able to counter Kidd’s running attack with a leg scissors into the rope. Mysterio goes for the 619 but is tripped by Natalya,Rey goes to the outside and goes after Natalya but is blocked off by Kidd . Mysterio runs and Kidd and is flip off him on to D. H. Smith but is attacked right after by Kidd and sent into the guardrail.
As we return from commerical Tyson Kidd is in control as he has a chinlock on Mysterio, Mysterio uses his legs to kick Kidd in the face and break the hold. Kidd attacks Kidd in the corner until the ref backs him off, Kidd send Mysterio into the opposite turnbuckle but saves himself and is able to trip Kidd into the middle rope. Rey crawls to the apron and goes for a springboard but is hit by a front dropkick by Kidd who goes for the cover but is only able to get a two count. Kidd puts on a ground abdominal stretch on Mysterio, Rey is able to get up and break the hold and runs into the rope and is picked up and dropped to the mat. Kidd kicks Mysterio to the outside of the ring. He follows up with a double axe handle before returning him to the ring. Kidd does a pumphandle rib breaker on Mysterio for a two count. Kidd chokes Mysterio in the ropes and continues his attack. Rey starts to make a comeback and is able to even things up when he hits his signature wheelbarrow bulldog.
Rey hits the rope but is throw to the outside and is attacked by Natalya, Kidd hits a baseball slide on Mysterio before bring him back into the ring. Kidd uses his advantage to hit a springboard blockbuster for a two count, Kidd drags Mysterio to the center of the ring and goes for a springboard moonault but slips and misses completely. Rey uses the misstep to capitalize and hit a springboard shot of his own followed up by multiple clotheslines. Rey runs into the ropes and hits a springboard crossbody for a two count, He sends Kidd into the turnbuckle and than hits him with the running hurricanrata but is able to roll out and Rey gets up and hits him with a kick to the face for a two count. Rey picks Kidd up but is hit with a spinning kick to the gut and goes for a scoop slam but is countered, Mysterio hits the rope but is hit with a flapjack into the top rope followed by a clothesline and a springboard elbow for another two count.
A frustrated Kidd picks up Mysterio and land a kick to the gut followed up by a headbutt to the gut after pushing him into the ropes, Kidd pushes Mysterio into the ropes again but this time is hit with a big kick to the face. Kidd runs at Mysterio and is hit with an elbow and a rewindrana into the ropes, Rey hits a 619 and the big splash for the pin and the win!
Winner Via Big Splash after 619: Rey Mysterio
Post Match: We see a replay of what took place followed by a shot of Rey Mysterio in the ring posing for the crowd to bring Superstars to a close.
Tonight’s show had two good little matches, but there was one star to this show and that was none other than Wrestlemania….
The hype for Wrestlemania was at it’s fullest and was the 3/4 of the focus of the show, They hyped some of the big matches and discussed all the big happenings going on this weekend.
The package that stood out to me the most was the build for Bret Vs. Vince, The emotional story of Bret’s journey from Montreal to Phoenix was so well done it has become the match I truly can’t wait to see.
We did get two matches tonight as well that also were able to keep the Wrestlemania hype going….
JTG vs. CM Punk was short but was effective in building up Punk as a man on mission on the road to his showdown with Mysterio at mania.
On the other hand we had Mysterio vs. Kidd that showed him in a hard fought battle and put him in his rightful place in the underdog prediction for his big showdown on Sunday.
See you next Thursday!