WWE Smackdown
September 4, 2009
Cleveland, OH
Report by: Mike Tedesco of WrestleView.com

?Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event?? The WWE video leads us into the show.

The show starts off with a great recap of the CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy Cage Match for the World Heavyweight Championship. That was a tremendous match and a great way for Jeff Hardy to go out. They threw in a really great video montage of Jeff Hardy’s greatest moments through the years to a really great song. The video then ended with CM Punk hitting Hardy from behind with the World Heavyweight Championship.

In the arena, Jeff Hardy’s music hits and he comes out to his pyro to a great pop. Only? it’s not Jeff Hardy ? its CM Punk dressed up as Jeff Hardy! Punk did a really great job here, with the face paint and Hardy’s attire. He also performed his whole entrance routine perfectly. There’s a great shot of a kid in the crowd with a huge mop of hair with a look on his face that says, ?I can?t believe I fell for this crap.?

CM Punk mocks the crowd and asks if they expected someone else. Punk reminds the crowd that Hardy is gone so like a junky waiting for his next fix, he suggests we soak it up while we can because this the last time we?ll ever see a trace of Jeff Hardy on Smackdown ever again. Punk says that means no more ridiculous face paint (he rubs it of), no more stupid arm bands (he takes those off), and it means no more excuses. Now that the ?charismatic enabler? is gone he can see it on our faces ? we?re wondering if living in the moment was the answer. Punk says the answer is no. He knows we?re all not strong enough to be like him but now at least we all have a champion we can be proud of. Punk gets his World Heavyweight Championship and holds it up, calling himself a ?Straightedge World Champion.?

Now that Hardy is gone he’s the only one strong enough to reach out to us and pull us out of our downward spiraling lives. Punk won?t miss a show because of an incident at an airport and he won?t miss a WrestleMania because he failed a test. Punk says unlike Jeff he’s built to last and is here to stay. If we?re going to emulate any WWE Superstar, the choice is clear ? it’s the choice of a new generation and his name is CM Punk!

CM Punk brings up the Undertaker, who is a legend, but he’s no longer the solitary icon on Smackdown. Punk is the only back to back Money in the Bank winner and he’s the man who retired Jeff Hardy. Punk is also the first and only Straightedge World Champion. If Undertaker wants to come to the ring and test his breaking point, then he’s waiting. Punk is waiting for the lights to go out and appear before his eyes. Punk says the Undertaker is here now so if he wants to come down and face him man to man, he’s waiting.

Punk waits and says Undertaker knows it’s not in his best interest to face him man to man. Undertaker would rather lurk in the shadows and play psychological games, which is what we fall for every time. Punk says all it takes is some mirrors and smoke to make us believers, with smoke being the operative word. Punk says he can see us sitting on our couches, smoking our illegal substances, hanging on the Undertaker’s every magical trick. What the Undertaker fails to realize is that his mind is clear and strong, unlike ours. It hasn?t been polluted with barbiturates and poison like beer and cigarettes. At Breaking Point there isn?t going to be anytime for games and tricks. It?ll be two icons face to face in a fight to the finish, and he loves that. Punk loves it because Undertaker has never faced a guy like him before. Punk doesn?t have a breaking point and all we have to do is look in his eyes and see that he’s laughed in the face of temptation time and time again. Punk says he’s harder than any alcohol we can drink, straighter than any line we snort, and he can hurt us more than any pill we put on our tongues. He does have one vice ? it’s a dangerous one. It’s more dangerous than anything we?re addicted to. Punk says he can?t get enough of it, but unlike the typical monkey on our back, it’s more like an Anaconda.

Matt Hardy’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring to a great pop. Hardy runs in and tackles Punk down. Hardy punches and clubs Punk. They roll around the ring until the referees run down and break them up. Punk angrily leaves the ring as Hardy is restrained.

A video promoting the return of the Undertaker tonight plays. JR incorrectly states that this is his first time on Smackdown since before WrestleMania. His last appearance was shortly before Backlash. That’s ok ? JR was probably told to say that.

-Commercial Break-

Did you know more adults 18-34 watched Smackdown last Friday night than any other entertainment program on broadcast TV?

Tonight’s Main Event will be Rey Mysterio defending his Intercontinental Championship against John Morrison.

CM Punk finds Teddy Long backstage. Punk complains that he’s the World Heavyweight Champion and that was his ring time. Punk says Matt is probably hopped up on the same stuff his brother was. Punk asks what Long is going to do. Long says if Punk has a problem with what Matt did then they should settle it in the ring. Punk makes sure it’s not for the title and it won?t be. Long says it?ll be CM Punk taking on Matt Hardy tonight. Punk says Long will be down one more superstar because he’s going to kick Matt out just like he did to Jeff.

The Great Khali & Finlay vs. Mike Knox & Kane

It’s announced that at Breaking Point we?ll have a Singapore Cane match between the Great Khali and Kane.

As Mike Knox comes out, a pre-taped promo airs. Knox has his beard tied and he’s wearing glasses. Knox says the average human body shrinks one to two inches over its existence. This is due to the compression of bones, yet however minute or severe, Khali and Finlay need to know that size is irrelevant when Mike Knox is the variable.

The match begins and it?ll be Finlay starting out against Mike Knox. They lock up and Knox immediately knees him. Finlay fights back but Knox just clubs him viciously. Finlay kicks Knox in the knee and goes into the ropes only to be powerslammed down for a two count. Knox bounces Finlay off his turnbuckle and he tags in Kane. Kane hits a punch to the midsection and he sends him hard into the corner. Kane hits a sidewalk slam and goes to the top rope. Kane flies off the top rope for his lariat but Finlay ducks it and tags in Khali. Kane quickly runs over and tags in Mike Knox. Knox runs into a clothesline and Khali knocks Kane off the apron. Knox hits Khali with some punches and knees. Khali pushes him away and drops him with a big boot. Khali gets the crowd into it and gets the Khali Vice Grip on. Kane drags Knox out of the ring as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Khali whip Kane into the ropes and clothesline him down. Khali bounces Kane’s head off the turnbuckle and chops his chest. Kane hits a quick uppercut and tags in Mike Knox. Knox runs into a clothesline and Khali bounces his head off the turnbuckle. Khali stomps Knox in the corner, elbows him, and chops his chest.

Khali tags Finlay in and Finlay quickly hits a short-arm clothesline. Finlay hits another clothesline and hits a cannonball. Finlay walks into a back elbow and Knox sends him into the corner. Knox charges into Finlay’s boots and Finlay goes to the second rope where Kane pushes him off to the outside! Khali checks on Finlay, who may have hurt his shoulder. Knox concentrates on the arm when he gets back in with stomps and twists. Kane is tagged in and he goes to work on the arm. Kane wraps the arm around the top rope and pulls hard. Kane hits an arm drag and locks on a key lock. Finlay may have a busted lip as well. Kane wrenches the arm and tags in Mike Knox, who shoulders the injured arm a few times. Knox locks on a key lock now. The crowd gets into it a little and Finlay fights up. Finlay knees out of it and goes into the ropes. Knox lowers his head and eats a kick. Knox quickly goes into the ropes and hits his flying cross-body block for a near fall!

Kane is tagged back in and he viciously stomps Finlay. Kane drops an elbow, picks him up, and uppercuts him down. Kane kicks him in the face a few times and hits a short-arm clothesline for a near fall. Knox is tagged back in. Knox knees Finlay in the head and stomps him. Knox bounces his head off the turnbuckle and sends Finlay hard into the corner. Knox charges and Finlay side steps him. Finlay slowly makes his way over to Khali. Kane runs in to cut him off and Finlay pulls the top rope down, sending Kane out. Kane grabs Ranjin Singh on the outside, distracting Khali and the referee. Finlay uses the distraction to knock Knox out with the shillelagh and he picks up the win!

Winners by Pinfall: The Great Khali & Finlay
Match Rating: **

Vince McMahon walks into Teddy Long’s office with a bizarre pink sport coat on. Teddy is watching the Rise and Fall of WCW and not his show. McMahon says he liked the championship match last week where Jeff Hardy lost and is gone. McMahon slaps Long’s chest and said that’s good stuff. McMahon then mentions that he likes CM Punk versus Undertaker at Breaking Point in a Submission Match. McMahon says that’s interesting and says it’s a good concept to which he slaps his chest. McMahon then mentions Long is too conservative in his suit. Long says it’s because he’s the General Manager to which McMahon asks if he shouldn?t be wearing his jacket, which looks like ?Pepto Bismal,? according to him. McMahon says maybe he?ll let Long wear it, if he’s lucky. McMahon asks if Long ever got lucky and Long says yes because he works for Vince. McMahon likes that and says he’s going to see if he can ?get lucky,? and leaves.

Matt Hardy takes on CM Punk in a non-title match and the Undertaker returns tonight.

-Commercial Break-

We get a shot outside the Quicken Loans Arena.

We now go backstage where Eve and Maria are talking. Eve says she wants to get her hands on Natalya again after last night’s Superstars. Maria says they have to go out there with confidence and passion and they?ll be fine. Michelle McCool walks up on crutches and says they?ll still be losers. McCool says no matter how much make-up and diamonds she wears, her boyfriend Dolph Ziggler won?t be able to keep his eyes off women like her. Maria asks what she would know about it and McCool says a lot. McCool says that Maria is Dolph’s ?Flavor of the Week.? Maria says McCool is the most egotistical, self-centered Diva on the Smackdown roster. Maria says the Women’s Champion has no idea what to do with herself when the spotlight isn?t on her. Melina walks up and asks if everything is fine. McCool says she better not touch her or she?ll have her arrested. McCool leaves and Melina asks Maria if she talked to Dolph. Maria says she wants Melina to stay out of her business and walks away with Eve.

John Morrison makes his way to the ring. Next out is Rey Mysterio, who comes out to a great pop. They?ll lock up for the Intercontinental Championship next.

-Commercial Break-

Intercontinental Championship Match
John Morrison vs. Rey Mysterio (c)

Mike Chioda calls for the bell and the match begins. Both men shake hands before circling the ring. They lock up and Mysterio quickly gets a school boy for a one count. They reset and lock up. Morrison now gets a school boy of his own for a one count. They lock their hands in a test of strength and struggle. Morrison gets the leverage advantage at first but Mysterio fights back and kicks him. Morrison hits a monkey flip but holds the hands still and rolls on top of Mysterio for a one count. Mysterio kicks Morrison to his feet, jumps and kneels on his shoulders and rolls down with a roll up for a two count. That was a beautiful move.

Mysterio goes into the ropes, slides through Morrison’s legs, and turns into a kick. Morrison gets a headlock takeover on Mysterio and locks on the chin lock. Dolph Ziggler is seen watching backstage. Mysterio fights up and punches out. Mysterio sends Morrison into the ropes and gets shoulder blocked down. Morrison goes into the ropes, over and under Mysterio, and jumps over him. Morrison then sweeps his legs and pins him for a quick one count. Mysterio sweeps Morrison’s legs out and pins him for a quick one count. Mysterio sends Morrison into the ropes and goes for a dropkick but Morrison holds on to the ropes. Morrison then gets a jackknife pin for a two count. Mysterio hits a drop-toe-hold and hits a Magisterial Cradle for a one count. Both men get up and are stalemated. We?ll pick this up after the break.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Morrison elbow out of a side headlock and send Mysterio sternum first into the corner. Morrison punches Mysterio in the corner and whips him hard to the opposite side. Morrison charges into Mysterio’s boots. Mysterio goes into the ropes, rolls up to Morrison’s shoulders, and hits a hurricanrana over the top rope! Both men are down on the outside and in bad shape. The referee is counting them out and they slowly crawl back into the ring at nine!

Mysterio kicks Morrison a few times and whips him into the corner. Mysterio charges but Morrison sidesteps him and Mysterio hits the ring post shoulder first. Morrison rolls him up for a near fall. Morrison works on the injured arm with an arm bar. Mysterio fights up and punches out. Morrison knees him and sends him into the ropes. Mysterio ducks a clothesline, goes back into the ropes, and hits a double tilt-a-whirl head-scissors takeover for a near fall! What a move!

Mysterio knees him into the corner and punches him down. Mysterio has a whip to the corner reversed on him but he’s able to slingshot over Morrison. Mysterio charges Morrison in the corner but Morrison slips through the ropes. Morrison slides through his legs and rolls Mysterio up but he rolls through and kicks him in the temple. Mysterio then springboards off the top rope with a split-legged moonsault for a near fall. Mysterio goes into the ropes and drops a leg. Mysterio does it two more times and covers for another near fall. Mysterio now locks on a chin lock. Dolph Ziggler is still watching backstage. He?ll face one of these guys at Breaking Point. Morrison fights up as the crowd cheers him on and Mysterio kicks him in the back. Mysterio now locks on a surfboard stretch. Morrison fights up while Mysterio is still holding the arms and flips over with a NASTY mule kick, kicking Mysterio square in the mouth for a near fall! Wow!

Morrison sends Mysterio into the ropes and drops him with a flapjack. Morrison clotheslines him down and then takes him down with a jumping calf kick. Morrison follows this up with a STANDING Shooting Star Press for a near fall! Mysterio counters a whip and punches Morrison. Mysterio goes into the ropes but Morrison cuts him off and throws him to the outside hard! Mysterio hit the floor hard! The referee is counting Mysterio out so Morrison goes outside and throws him back in. Morrison covers for a near fall. Morrison stomps Mysterio in the midsection and hits a break dance leg drop for another near fall. Mysterio has a busted lip as Morrison locks on a grounded cobra clutch. Mysterio fights out of it, slides through Morrison’s legs, and hits a wheelbarrow roll-up for a near fall! Mysterio gets a victory roll-up for another near fall!

Mysterio punches Morrison into the corner and charges but Morrison back body drops him to the apron. Mysterio shoulders him and slingshots in with a head-scissors, putting Morrison into position for the 619. Mysterio goes for it but Morrison cuts him off with a kick. Morrison goes for a belly to back suplex but Mysterio flips to his feet. Mysterio goes into the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and both men collide in mid-air with cross-body blocks! Both men are down as we go to commercial!

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Morrison hit a belly to back suplex for a near fall. Morrison locks on a chin lock with a body scissors. Mysterio pushes the chin lock off but has trouble getting out of the body scissors. Mysterio elbows out of it. Morrison sends him into the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Mysterio throws him to the outside but Morrison hangs on to the ropes and lands on the apron. Mysterio then dropkicks him in the knee, sending him to the outside. Mysterio then hits a slingshot hurricanrana on the outside! Morrison takes a nasty, stiff bump! What a match!

The referee is counting them out so Mysterio sends Morrison into the ring. Mysterio springboards off the top rope with a leg drop (Dropping the Dime) for a near fall! Mysterio goes into the ropes and attempts a wheelbarrow bulldog but Morrison counters by flattening him on his face for a near fall! Morrison then hits his running knee to the face for another near fall! Mysterio has a busted lip. Morrison waits for Mysterio to get up and charges but Mysterio sidesteps him. Mysterio goes into the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and hits a springboard cross-body for a near fall.

Mysterio goes back into the ropes and Morrison kicks him in the midsection. Morrison hits a sunset flip but Mysterio rolls through and dropkicks him in the face for a two count. Mysterio climbs to the top rope and dives off into a dropkick! Morrison covers for a near fall! Morrison drags him to the corner and goes for Starship Pain but Mysterio avoids it. Morrison lands on his feet and gets elbowed in the midsection. Mysterio hits his seated senton and follows it up with a head-scissors takeover, putting Morrison in position. Mysterio hits the 619 but can?t follow it up with the West Coast Pop due to exhaustion! Mysterio finally gets up and goes for it but Morrison ducks it and hits his Flying Chuck for a near fall!

Morrison can?t believe it. The crowd is chanting ?This is awesome.? Agreed! Morrison sends Mysterio sternum first into the corner. Morrison charges into a back elbow. Mysterio then charges out of the corner into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Morrison goes for Starship Pain but Mysterio crotches him on the top rope. Mysterio goes for a reverse super hurricanrana but Morrison holds on to the turnbuckle! Morrison then hits Starship Pain and pins Rey Mysterio to become the new Intercontinental Champion! That was a tremendous match!

Winner & NEW Intercontinental Champion: John Morrison
Match Rating: ****

John Morrison holds up his Intercontinental Championship after this hard fought match. Morrison then kneels next to Mysterio and helps him up. The two competitors embrace in the center of the ring. Mysterio bows out of the ring as the referee raises Morrison’s arm one more time.

Still to come tonight is Matt Hardy versus CM Punk in a non-title match. Also we?ll have the return of the Undertaker.

-Commercial Break-

The Smack of the Night is R-Truth being viciously attacked by Drew McIntyre during his entrance in one of the funniest things I?ve seen in a bit. Drew McIntyre then states that the party is over.

We get a shot of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a truly beautiful place. If you get the chance you should check it out.

R-Truth makes his way to the ring again. R-Truth gets in the ring and Drew McIntyre runs in and assaults him from behind. McIntyre beats R-Truth down and hits his Double Arm DDT. McIntyre grabs the microphone and says last week he was overlooked so he decided to make a statement at the hands of that ?dancing fool.? Tonight, he has a match and he’s not even on the show. McIntyre says he’s going to keep coming out here each and every week, ruining our little parties, until everyone recognizes him as the superstar he is. McIntyre then walks away.

Still to come tonight is the return of the Undertaker.

-Commercial Break-

Did you know WWE will create more original TV hours this year than Showtime and HBO combined?

Maria & Eve Torres vs. Natalya & Layla

The match begins and it?ll be Maria taking on Natalya. They lock up and Natalya quickly wrenches the arm. Natalya sends her into the ropes but Maria is able to duck a clothesline. Maria can?t avoid a body slam, though. Natalya misses an elbow drop and eats a dropkick. Maria sends Natalya into the corner and gets her seated. Maria then jumps on her chest a few times until Layla distracts her. Maria gets Layla off the apron and Layla drags her out of the ring. Maria chases Layla and runs right into a clothesline from Natalya on the outside. Natalya punches and slaps her before putting her in the ring. Natalya steps on Maria’s midsection and covers for a two count. Natalya slams her down by the hair and locks her in a dragon sleeper. Maria fights up but gets pushed back down. Natalya slams Maria into the corner and tags in Layla.

Layla wraps her legs around Maria’s head and hangs over the top rope. That’s Candice Michelle’s old move. Layla kicks Maria in the back and hits a top rope double axe handle for a near fall. Natalya is tagged back in and they hit a double whiplash slam. Natalya slaps her and hits a snap suplex for a near fall. Natalya bounces her head off the turnbuckle and tags in Layla. Layla hits a snapmare and stretches Maria out. Maria kicks her in the face and hits a jawbreaker. Ever is tagged in and Eve shoulders Layla. Eve slingshots it and kicks her in the face. Eve hits a forearm and a clothesline. Eve knocks Natalya off the apron and dropkicks Layla. Eve has a whip reversed on her but hits a sunset flip. Layla rolls through and dropkicks her in the face for a near fall. Layla misses a kick and Eve body slams her down. Eve hits a flipping senton for a near fall broken up by Natalya. Maria knocks Natalya out with a Lou Thesz Press. Eve then hits her handspring standing moonsault finisher for the win!

Winners by Pinfall: Maria & Eve Torres
Match Rating: * ?

Josh Mathews is backstage with Matt Hardy. Mathews asks if what we saw earlier tonight is any indication of what we?ll see in his match against CM Punk. Hardy says he’s sure CM Punk is worried about the return of the Undertaker, and rightfully so. But there’s something else Punk should be worried about, and that’s him. Hardy isn?t after his title or his soul. He’s come to take Punk’s health, well-being, and his livelihood. Hardy has come to take what Punk took from his brother ? his career.

-Commercial Break-

JR thanks Lynyrd Skynyrd for the use of their song ?Still Unbroken,? the official theme song of Breaking Point.

Todd Grisham reminds us that Undertaker will return to Smackdown tonight. Grisham also reminds us that Undertaker has a perfect 17-0 record at WrestleMania.

CM Punk vs. Matt Hardy

The referee separates the two men. The bell is then called for and Hardy chases Punk around the ring. Punk then runs out. Punk teases getting back in but doesn?t immediately. Punk goes through the ropes to keep Hardy away. Punk then tries for a cheap shot but Hardy punches him away. Hardy bounces Punk’s head off the turnbuckle and clotheslines him down. Hardy elbows Punk and sends him hard into the opposite corner. Hardy clubs Punk down so Punk rolls out of the ring. Hardy chases him around the ring so Punk gets in and stomps Hardy when he tries to get back in. Punk whips Hardy into the ropes but lowers his head and takes a swinging neckbreaker.

Hardy uses the ropes to stretch Punk’s neck. Hardy nearly gets himself disqualified a few times. Hardy goes into the ropes and jumps on Punk while still on the ropes. Hardy elbows him in the back of the head and elbows him in the face. Punk comes back with some punches and kicks. Punk bounces him off the turnbuckle but has a whip countered into a Side Effect attempt so Punk gets out of it with elbows. Hardy cuts Punk going up to the top and superplexes him. Hardy may have aggravated his surgically repaired abdomen as he pins Punk for a two count. Hardy drops an elbow and kicks Punk in the chest. Hardy clubs him and goes for a suplex but Punk counters that into a front suplex on the top rope! Punk then spears Hardy off the apron into the barricade! That was a nice bump as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Hardy locked in an abdominal stretch. Punk is elbowing his abdomen and whips him into the ropes, kneeing him in the midsection on the way back. Punk covers for a near fall. Punk kicks him in the midsection a few times and he smiles as he does it. Punk punches him and chokes him on the rope. Punk hits a snapmare and locks on the age old body scissors. Hardy elbows out and kicks Punk. Hardy hits some forearms but has a whip to the corner reversed on him and Punk covers for a near fall.

Punk hits some shots to the abdomen followed by a nasty kick. Punk stands on the abdomen and covers for a near fall. Punk locks the body scissors back on. Hardy punches out of it but can?t capitalize. Hardy gets to his feet and is driven into the corner by Punk. Punk whips Hardy into the ropes and hits him with some nasty knees. Punk locks the abdominal stretch back on. Hardy has a hard time getting out but eventually lifts him up and hits a kind of Samoan Drop for a one count. Punk rolls Hardy up for a one count as well.

Hardy is whipped into the corner and is able to avoid Punk, who dives shoulder first into the ring post. Hardy hits a clothesline and follows up with a bulldog for a near fall. Hardy is really clutching his abdomen. Hardy goes to the second rope and hits a leg drop for a near fall. Hardy waits for Punk to get up and goes for the Twist of Fate. Punk tries to counter into a backslide but Hardy doesn?t go so Punk rolls to his feet and Hardy gets an inside cradle for a near fall. Hardy get up right into a NASTY roundhouse kick for a CLOSE two count.

Punk goes for his springboard clothesline but Hardy counters into a Side Effect for a near fall. Hardy punches Punk out of the ring and jumps off the apron into a kick in the midsection. Punk drops Hardy abdomen first on the barricade. Punk now grabs a chair and digs it into the midsection! Punk then cracks it on Hardy’s back! This match should be over since this wasn?t a street fight.

Winner: No Contest
Match Rating: ** ?

CM Punk puts the chair around Hardy’s neck and goes to drive him into the ring post when all of a sudden the GONG hits and the lights go out! When they come back on, Undertaker is behind Punk! Undertaker grabs him by the throat and Chokeslams him through the announcer’s table! The crowd goes crazy as Undertaker looks at the carnage. Undertaker raises his arm and his pyro goes off on the stage.

Quick Match Results
The Great Khali & Finlay* def. Mike Knox* & Kane
John Morrison def. Rey Mysterio to become the NEW Intercontinental Champion
Maria & Eve Torres* def. Natalya & Layla*
CM Punk NC Matt Hardy (non-title)

Bump of the Night: CM Punk being Chokeslammed through the announcer’s table!

Match of the Night: John Morrison vs. Rey Mysterio ****

Mike’s Thoughts

This was a very good Smackdown containing what may be the best free TV match of the year. I think you?d be hard pressed to find anything better than Rey Mysterio vs. John Morrison for the Intercontinental Championship on any of the other shows WWE runs, as well as TNA and ROH. The wrestling was spot on, intense, and amazing. I know this sounds corny but it was like watching art being created. Just some tremendous stuff and it ranked up as **** in my book, the second match ever to do so after Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk from last week. They told a story in the ring. Rey Mysterio may not agree with his suspension (I honestly don?t agree, either) but he went out in style. Rey Mysterio looked like he did when he debuted in 2002 tonight. I can?t wait for him to come back and get right back into the swing of things. I just hope they don?t punish him. For now it’s John Morrison’s time to shine, and shine he will.

CM Punk’s opening segment was tremendous. I love that cheap heat he got by dressing up as Jeff Hardy. Punk then cut another tremendous promo on Hardy and his opponent at Breaking Point the Undertaker. Then we got a quick little start to a program between him and Matt Hardy. They had a good match tonight but the crowd was dead after Mysterio vs. Morrison. They only came back to life when the Undertaker showed up and Chokeslammed him through a table. You have to admit that Undertaker vs. CM Punk in a Submissions Match is very interesting. How can it end? I?m guessing disqualification because it’s in neither man’s best interests to submit. We?ll see next Sunday.

I wasn?t huge on the Khali & Finlay vs. Mike Knox & Kane match tonight. I pretty much hate that the Kane and Khali feud is continuing. What I am liking is Mike Knox’s new character as a type of Hannibal Lecter. It’s going to be fun. I just hope he stops losing to Finlay.

The Diva’s had a pretty good match tonight but it’s the same old stuff every week. They keep just putting random combinations together and it’s always the same match. What are they all fighting for? There’s no direction there.

I like Drew McIntyre assaulting R-Truth every week. Now it’s time to see him fight. Let’s see what he’s got.

Final Rating: ***

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