WWE Smackdown
June 26, 2009
Milwaukee, WI
Report by: Mike Tedesco of WrestleView.com

With all the depression surrounding the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, I for one am particularly looking forward to this edition of Smackdown to get my mind off this stuff and get thoroughly entertained!

We forgo the WWE video this week and go right into the Smackdown video and into the arena with a great pyro display. We?re welcomed to the show by WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and Todd Grisham. Our Main Event tonight will be ?Rage in the Cage? as Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio will take on Edge and Chris Jericho.

Justin Roberts asks us to welcome the WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. This is McMahon’s first appearance on Smackdown since I?ve been covering Smackdown since last June. I actually can?t remember the last time he was on, even though at one point he was in control of the show. McMahon says he’s glad to be back on Smackdown and we?re probably happy he’s here. McMahon says he’s happy to be here and then pauses, twisting his face like he smells something horrible. McMahon wonders what the smell is and then realizes they?re in Wisconsin with a bunch of Cheese Heads and someone, no doubt, cut the cheese.

McMahon says that’s not it because there’s an overwhelming stench in the arena. He knows what it is ? it’s the stench and smell of fear. The crowd must be afraid of him. They boo but he says they?re afraid of powerful people like him. They?re afraid of their bosses and he pauses. McMahon says the people are ?job scared.? They?re afraid of losing their jobs. Maybe they know someone who has lost a job or they themselves have lost a job. That’s what the stench is. Truth be told, the vast majority of them, if graded on an objective performance level they?d be fired. There’s only one way to fire somebody and that’s the way he did on Raw. We now see Vince McMahon fire Donald Trump. That leads McMahon to his guest ? Smackdown’s General Manager Theodore Long.

Teddy Long makes his way to the ring smiling and gets in the ring. Long welcomes McMahon to Smackdown and holds out his hand but McMahon tells him to put his hand in his pocket and wipe the silly smile off his face. Long does just that. I want that kind of power! McMahon says that before he does what he’s going to do to him, he wants to know how Long is going to entertain him and all the people. McMahon says, ?PLAYA, it better be good.?

Teddy Long says he’s really excited about what’s going on with Smackdown. McMahon cuts him off, saying not to be nervous, but Long didn?t seem that way. Long says he’s excited about tonight because our Main Event will be a tag team match. It?ll be Edge teaming up with Chris Jericho to take on Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy. Long asks how McMahon likes that and McMahon says that may be good enough for the people but that’s not good enough for him so he wants to know what else he?ll do. Long says that’s not all as this ain?t ? and McMahon cuts him off, saying not to say that. Long says this IS NOT going to be just any tag team match because it’s going to be a Rage in the Cage match. McMahon says that’s better but wants one more thing and if he doesn?t, he knows the consequences. Long says the Rage in the Cage match will have a Special Guest Referee ? the World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk.

McMahon says rather than firing him right on the spot, he’s going to do what everyone in the arena’s boss has done to them. McMahon is putting Long on probation.

R-Truth is now making his way to the ring and as he’s passing Teddy Long and Vince McMahon he holds the mic in their faces for the ?What’s up? thing. Long responds but McMahon stands there stone faced. R-Truth will be in action after the break.

-Commercial Break-

R-Truth is still in the ring dancing. His opponent will be Shelton Benjamin, who walks to the ring as he’s talking. Benjamin asks if they?re really going to do this again then fine. If R-Truth is going to come out every week talking the truth then he’s going to give some truth of his own. R-Truth and people like him claim they came up in the ?School of Hard Knocks? and got their education on the streets. They?re proud of that but that’s just a line to make themselves feel better for the underachievers that they are, unlike the Gold Standard. He went to college and got a degree, graduating in the top of his class. The only thing R-Truth has got going for him is what he said in his song ? ?he be skippin? and jumpin?.? On the streets Benjamin supposes they don?t teach English so he?ll give him a lesson. R-Truth don?t ?be? anything. Benjamin don?t ?be? the Gold Standard ? he IS the Gold Standard. So R-Truth can understand, Benjamin will talk in his language. After he ?be? beating him tonight, R-Truth can ?be? skipping and jumping out of the ring, out of WWE, and out of his life.

R-Truth vs. Shelton Benjamin

The match begins and they circle the ring. R-Truth quickly attacks with a flurry of punches and bounces Benjamin’s head off the turnbuckle. R-Truth kicks and punches Benjamin in the corner until Benjamin pushes him away. Benjamin charges out but R-Truth takes him down with a double leg and continues punching him until the referee forces him off. R-Truth lays a right hand into Benjamin that knocks him silly and sends him into the ropes but Benjamin holds the ropes and quickly gets out of the ring for a breather.

Benjamin is getting his wits back on the outside so R-Truth follows him out to stop him from recovering and lays him out with a big right hand. R-Truth sends Benjamin back into the ring and walks right into a knee. Benjamin sends R-Truth into the corner but R-Truth is able to slingshot over him and does a cartwheel. R-Truth splits under a clothesline and hits a flipping back heel kick to the face that looked stiff. R-Truth gets the crowd into it and goes for a roll-up but Benjamin holds the ropes and elbows R-Truth in the temple. Benjamin jumps to the top rope and comes off into a kick in the midsection and R-Truth goes for the Scissors Kick but Benjamin counters with a Samoan Drop. Benjamin then hits him with a belly to belly overhead suplex and R-Truth rolls out of the ring as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see R-Truth locked in an inverted chin lock. Benjamin drops a knee to the small of the back before hanging R-Truth on the second rope and dropping a knee again. Benjamin kicks him down and digs his knee in R-Truth’s back and pulls back on his head. R-Truth quickly fights up and punches out. R-Truth goes into the ropes and Benjamin drops him with a back body drop. Benjamin covers for a near fall and pounds on R-Truth when he kicks out. Benjamin whips him hard into the corner and covers again for a near fall.

Benjamin picks him up by the hair and hits some crossfaces. Benjamin kicks him and hits him with a backbreaker. Benjamin keeps him on his knee and stretches him. R-Truth punches out but quickly gets caught in a waist lock. R-Truth elbows and gets out of it with a sit-out jawbreaker. R-Truth goes for a clothesline but Benjamin ducks and hits a nice backbreaker for a two count. Benjamin goes for a suplex but R-Truth blocks it a few times. Benjamin punches him and goes for the suplex but R-Truth twists out and hits a side Russian Leg Sweep. This gets R-Truth a near fall.

R-Truth punches Benjamin, which sends him back, but Benjamin is able to duck a clothesline and get R-Truth on his shoulder but R-Truth rolls down and pins him for a two count. R-Truth hits him with a kick to the midsection but has a whip reversed on him to the corner. R-Truth tries to slingshot over again but Benjamin remembers this and catches him on his shoulder. R-Truth slides off and pushes him. Benjamin charges into a powerslam and R-Truth gets a near fall. R-Truth sends Benjamin into the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Benjamin hits a German Suplex and tries to bridge it but fails and his shoulders are pinned down too. This gets both men a two count but the announcers only called R-Truth’s shoulders.

Benjamin clubs R-Truth and goes for a powerbomb but R-Truth punches off. R-Truth blocks a kick and Benjamin goes for the Dragon Kick but R-Truth ducks this, goes into the ropes, and hits a Corkscrew 360? Elbow Smash which they will now call the Lie Detector, and R-Truth gets the win!

Winner by Pinfall: R-Truth
Match Rating: ** ?

Backstage Rey Mysterio is preparing for the match when Vince McMahon walks in with Teddy Long. McMahon shakes his hand and tells him to stand up before making a short joke that he may already be standing. McMahon does a big cheesy laugh that is actually pretty funny. McMahon wanted to wish him luck on Sunday, not that he?ll need it. McMahon thinks Mysterio will lose and we?ll all see what he looks like. McMahon then says he doesn?t understand why he wears that ‘stupid? mask anyway. McMahon says if Jericho beats him he could be doing him a favor. Mysterio speaks to McMahon in Spanish and walks away. McMahon asks Long what he said and wonders if Mysterio cursed him. Long says he doesn?t speak Spanish so McMahon declares a new rule ? from now on we only speak English on Smackdown!

Tonight we?ll see John Morrison vs. CM Punk in a non-title match.

-Commercial Break-

Did you know more people watched last Monday’s Raw than any episode in the last seven years? That’s a terrific stat but here’s something to think about ? they could only get that number by bringing in a celebrity and spending insane amounts of money to garner attention. Hopefully it worked and next week’s show will get just as big a number.

The cage is shown hanging over the ring and it sure looks like an ominous force.

Michelle McCool & Alicia Fox vs. Melina & Gail Kim

The match begins and it?ll be Melina starting out against Alicia Fox. Melina goes to lock up but Fox knees her in the midsection. Fox forearms her and sends her into the ropes but Melina attempts to slingshot over but Fox catches her on the shoulder. Melina manages to get a nice pin on her but the referee doesn?t count even though the shoulders are pinned. That was weird. That gets Melina a one count. Melina kicks her and goes into the ropes with a running kick to the head. Fox rolls over to her corner and tags in Michelle McCool.

This will be a brief preview of their match at the Bash on Sunday. They lock up and Melina powers her to the corner and the referee breaks them apart. McCool blindsides her with a big kick to the jaw and Melina goes down. They stall here as the referee checks on Melina. They?ll be playing up the fact that her jaw could be busted here. McCool knees her in the face much to the referee’s distress. Melina tries to fight her off but McCool cracks her with a European Uppercut. McCool now wrenches the face and chokes her on the rope. Fox then kicks her in the jaw as the referee admonishes McCool. McCool stretches the knee but Melina gets to the rope so McCool stomps on her hand. McCool hits a Russian Leg Sweep for a two count. Melina is selling this real well as McCool tags in Alicia Fox.

The referee quickly admonishes Fox for too much time in the corner and McCool chokes her. Fox hits a snapmare and locks on a chin lock. Melina fights up and elbows out but Fox takes her down by her hair. Fox locks on a chin lock and torques the body at a sickening angle. Fox smashes her face off the mat before Melina fights back. Fox takes her down with a forearm to the jaw and Fox sends her into the corner. Fox charges into a boot but Fox is quickly back on top with a slap. Melina fights back with a big forearm and tags in Gail Kim, who is returning to action on Friday nights.

Gail Kim comes in with a pair of clotheslines before having a whip into the corner reversed on her. Kim avoids a corner clothesline by sliding through the ropes. Fox punches her on the apron and goes for a shoulder thrust but Kim jumps up and comes down hard on Fox’s back. Kim charges and Fox lifts her over her head but Kim lands on the turnbuckle and jumps off with a cross-body block for a two count when McCool interferes. Fox leap frogs her and McCool makes a blind tag that Kim doesn?t see and Kim drops Fox with a hurricanrana. Kim goes for her falling heel smash but McCool catches her from behind with the Faith Breaker for the win!

Winners by Pinfall: Michelle McCool & Alicia Fox
Match Rating: **

Michelle McCool and Alicia Fox celebrate the win as Melina checks on Gail Kim while still holding her jaw. She looks to be in pain. That was some great selling.

Backstage CM Punk is doing his wrist thing when Vince McMahon and Teddy Long walk up to him. McMahon imitates the wrist roll and says that’s cool. McMahon says he won Money in the Bank twice and cashed in twice, most recently at Extreme Rules. McMahon says that must be an unbelievable feeling and Punk says it is. McMahon asks him how he does it and Punk says he just lives a clean life, works real hard, and good things happen. McMahon mentions the Straight Edge thing and says Teddy thinks it’s an act. Punk says it’s not an act as he doesn?t do alcohol or drugs to get high but rather gets high on competition and crushing the competition, something Vince can relate to. Punk walks away and accuses Teddy Long of thinking Straight Edge was an act. McMahon says to let this be a lesson to him. That was funny.

Still to come tonight is Rage in a Cage with Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio taking on Chris Jericho and Edge with CM Punk as the Guest Referee.

-Commercial Break-

The Smack of the Week is all the times Ziggler has outsmarted the Great Khali, winning matches by DQ and Count-Out.

We get an outside shot of Milwaukee and they discuss Dolph Ziggler vs. the Great Khali at the Bash in a No Disqualification match. JR and Todd Grisham now introduce Cryme Tyme, who will be giving us Word Up.

Cryme Tyme do their ?Yo, yo, yo? thing and introduce themselves with a bunch of nicknames like ?Friday Night Igniters.? This is the first edition of Word Up on Smackdown and the Word of the Day will be ? and they bring in Eve, who takes JTG’s glasses, and says the Word of the Day is Jackin?. The definition of Jackin? is to rob a person of their possessions such as clothes, jewelry or personality. I hear it also means something else?

JTG thanks her and she walks off. JTG says you don?t want to be in a jackin? situation, especially one where they take your style. They call that Swagger Jackin?. All of a sudden they?re interrupted by Jesse who is dressed in a more hip style than what he used to be in. Jesse does the ?Yo, yo, yo? thing and calls himself ?Geezy? before doing a lame rap. Shad says no and jacks Jesse’s nice chain. Jesse says he threw biscuits and gravy out the window and is down with the green. They leave Jesse without his chain, having jacked him.

John Morrison makes his way to the ring. He?ll face CM Punk in a non-title match next.

-Commercial Break-

John Morrison vs. CM Punk

My DVR cut out here but luckily I saw the match in its entirety so I can comment on some highlights. It was a really great match that saw these men hook up once again and have a great match much like when they were in ECW. They shook hands to start the match and spent the first half of it trading control and avoiding their finishers. We went to commercial with CM Punk in control after hitting a German Suplex.

-Commercial Break-

We came back from the break with Punk in control and things really picked up during this half. Punk controlled Morrison in the ring until Morrison went to the apron. Punk attempted a sunset flip powerbomb on the outside but Morrison looked like he really stiffed him with a big knee to the throat. That looked painful and Punk swept his feet out with a nasty kick. Morrison would then kick Punk away and hit an Asai Moonsault and Morrison landed on his feet. They eventually went back in the ring where they kicked out of one another’s big moves before hitting a series of pinning combinations that saw John Morrison get the upset win over the World Heavyweight Champion! I wish I could give a better description so this is one I highly suggest you Hulu.

Winner by Pinfall: John Morrison
Match Rating: ***

After the match they shook hands and all looked well until CM Punk pulled him in for a big GTS! Punk looked like he didn?t really want to do that.

Chris Jericho was interviewed backstage and said he ditched his catchphrases, overdrawn entrance, and witty banter and is now the best he’s ever been. Jericho saved him from himself and he wants to do the same to Mysterio on Sunday.

-Commercial Break-

Jim Ross and Todd Grisham stood in the ring and ran down the card for the Bash, which doesn?t look all too bad.

Jeff Hardy is seen backstage and Mr. McMahon and Teddy Long walk up. McMahon talks about Hardy’s past and says he hopes he loses on Sunday because Hardy would be a poor representative for Smackdown. Hardy fired back at McMahon and told him to listen to the fans. McMahon was upset that Hardy talked back to him and yelled at poor Teddy Long! This is great stuff!

-Commercial Break-

My DVR picks it back up here. CM Punk is making his way down to the ring with his referee’s shirt on. Punk still looks like he’s sweating buckets after his great match against John Morrison.

Rage in the Cage Match
Jeff Hardy & Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho & Edge
Guest Referee: CM Punk

CM Punk calls for the bell and it?ll be Jeff Hardy starting out against Edge. They lock up and Edge powers Hardy to the corner. Edge has a whip into the opposite corner reversed and Hardy whips him there hard. Hardy bounces Edge’s head off the top turnbuckle and tags in Rey Mysterio. They double whip Edge to the corner and Hardy jumps off Mysterio’s back with Poetry in Motion. Mysterio covers for a one count. Mysterio kicks Edge in the back of the leg as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Mysterio punching Edge in the corner. Edge responds with a kick and a punch. Edge whips Mysterio into the corner and charges but Mysterio drop toe holds him into the turnbuckle. Mysterio hits a head-scissors and Edge is set up in position for the 619. Mysterio goes into the ropes and since it’s impossible to hit a 619 in the cage Mysterio jumps up on Edge’s back and attempts to escape the cage. Edge quickly pulls him back down but Mysterio is able to kick him off and hit a top rope cross-body block for a two count. Mysterio wrenches Edge’s arm and tags in Jeff Hardy, who comes off with a double axe handle.

Hardy punches Edge a few times before going into the ropes but Edge counters with a back body drop into the cage and Hardy nearly lands on his head on the way down! Edge hits an elbow drop and drags Hardy to his corner where he makes the tag to Chris Jericho. Jericho kicks Hardy in the ribs before hitting him with a belly to back suplex. Jericho yells at the crowd before covering for a slow two count. Jericho has some words with CM Punk before catching Hardy before he got to his corner and locks Hardy in a rear naked choke. Hardy fights back but Jericho cuts him off. Jericho whips Hardy but Hardy holds on and drops him with a spinning neckbreaker. Hardy makes the tag to Rey Mysterio.

Mysterio comes in with a top rope seated senton on Jericho. Mysterio goes into the ropes and runs into a kick from Jericho. Jericho goes into the ropes and goes for a sunset flip but Mysterio rolls through and kicks him in the head for a near fall. Mysterio punches Jericho but has a whip to the corner reversed on him. Jericho charges into Mysterio’s boot and Mysterio comes off the second rope with a flying hurricanrana. Jericho is seated in the corner so Mysterio hits him with a baseball slide to a very sensitive area on a man’s body. Mysterio whips Jericho into the corner but Jericho stops and starts climbing but Mysterio catches him. Mysterio sits him on the top rope and goes for a hurricanrana but Edge interferes and gets Mysterio on his shoulders. Hardy comes in and saves Mysterio from the Doomsday Device before sending Edge’s head into Jericho’s crotch. Mysterio leaps over Edge and hits a top rope hurricanrana on Jericho for a near fall!

Mysterio goes into the ropes and rolls up Jericho’s body but Jericho drops back and smashes Mysterio’s face into the cage. We?ll take our final break at this point.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Jericho catapult Mysterio throat first into the bottom rope. Jericho slaps Mysterio before attempting to remove his mask but Mysterio kicks him away. Mysterio almost tags in Hardy but Jericho catches him and tags in Edge. Edge stomps Mysterio before taunting the crowd. Edge stomps Mysterio before choking him on the second rope. Edge hits a cross-body to the back and gets a near fall. Edge punches and kicks Mysterio in the corner and there’s nothing CM Punk can do about it. Edge sends Mysterio into the corner and catapults onto Edge’s shoulders and hits a head-scissors takeover.

Edge tags in Jericho and Jericho cuts Mysterio off before he tags in Hardy. Jericho puts Mysterio on the top rope and clubs him. Jericho attempts to remove Mysterio’s mask on the top rope but Mysterio is able to elbow him off. Mysterio comes off the top for a seated senton but Jericho counters with a dropkick in mid-air! Jericho grabs the leg and Mysterio gets out with an enzuigiri.

They tease both men making the tag but Jericho gets there first and Edge cuts Mysterio off before he can. Edge picks him up on his shoulder and uses his head like a battering ram into the cage. Mysterio blocks a second one and twists into a nice DDT! Edge tags Jericho back in and Jericho stomps Mysterio before talking some trash. Jericho slaps Mysterio and talks more trash about the mask. Jericho head-butts Mysterio before sending him into the ropes but Mysterio holds on to the ropes. Jericho charges into Mysterio’s boot and Mysterio charges so Jericho catapults him over his head but Mysterio hits the cage and begins climbing up in an awesome spot! Jericho eventually cuts Mysterio off but Mysterio is able to kick him away. Mysterio floors him with a top rope dropkick and both men are down again.

Both men finally tag in their respective tag team partners and Hardy takes Edge down with a clothesline. Hardy clotheslines him again before sending him into the cage face first. Hardy sends him into the cage again before hitting an inverted atomic drop, a double leg drop to the groin, and a dropkick to the face for a near fall. Edge hits Hardy with a kick and has a whip reversed on him but Hardy lowers his head and eats a kick. Edge goes into the ropes for a Spear but Hardy leap frogs him and Edge Spears CM Punk inadvertently!

Edge goes to bounce Hardy’s head off the turnbuckle but Hardy elbows him and hits Whisper in the Wind! Hardy covers but Punk is down. Punk eventually rolls over and counts for a near fall. Hardy confronts Punk about this but Punk is in the clear ? he did take a Spear after all. Edge turns Hardy around and Hardy drops him with a sit-out front suplex. Jericho runs in and Hardy drops him with a kick. Mysterio then runs in and grabs Hardy to swing and hit Jericho with the 619! Mysterio charges Edge and Edge drops him with a big boot. Hardy goes for a Twist of Fate but Edge blocks it and Hardy goes face to face with CM Punk. Hardy then turns into a HUGE Spear from Edge and CM Punk unwillingly counts the pin!

Winners by Pinfall: Chris Jericho & Edge
Match Rating: *** ?

CM Punk gets outside the ring and asks the WWE Universe to put their hands together for a guy who just fought his heart out for them and his opponent at the Bash, Jeff Hardy! Hardy looks at Punk like he doesn?t understand what he’s doing and there was definitely a hint of sarcasm there. That was great stuff.

Mr. McMahon and Teddy Long are watching backstage. McMahon asks if he’s proud of himself and Long says he is. McMahon says he’s expecting big things out of him at the Bash. McMahon tells him to perform as if his job depended on it. At ringside CM Punk is raising his World Heavyweight Championship up as Jeff Hardy gets up in the ring.

Quick Match Results
R-Truth def. Shelton Benjamin
Michelle McCool* & Alicia Fox def. Melina & Gail Kim*
John Morrison def. CM Punk (non-title)
Rage in the Cage: Chris Jericho & Edge* def. Jeff Hardy* & Rey Mysterio

Bump of the Night: Edge back body dropping Hardy into the cage!

Match of the Night: Rage in the Cage *** ?

Mike’s Thoughts

What a terrific Smackdown this was and what a great go home show for the Bash on Sunday, a PPV that feels like it’s coming out of nowhere. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s this Sunday. We had a great Cage Match presented on free TV as well as a tremendous match between John Morrison and CM Punk, which saw Morrison get a major rub by defeating the reigning World Heavyweight Champion in a non-title match. It also featured the return of Vince McMahon to Smackdown.

Before I start I?d like to apologize for the brevity of the John Morrison vs. CM Punk match. Smackdown was preempted in my area due to the Yankees vs. Mets game. They Yanks blew them out so all wasn?t lost but the game was pushed up an hour due to a rain delay, so that interfered with the recording of Smackdown as we had to sit through the post-game show featuring a lame sportscaster and then we had to sit through the uber-depressing news where all they talked about was Michael Jackson. If the news coverage of Michael Jackson’s death was a wrestling match and I was the opponent then I?d be tapping out right about now! Enough already! Anyway, the automatic recording of Smackdown was messed up and I realized that just in time for the Main Event. I did see the Morrison vs. Punk match so that’s how I was able to rate the match and make comments. It just didn?t record. My apologies once again!

Mr. McMahon returned to Smackdown tonight and shook things up a bit by putting General Manager Teddy Long on probation. If anything this should get us some great matches over the next few weeks as Long continues to try to impress McMahon. McMahon was really funny tonight with his banter with Teddy Long. I also liked him going and talking to some of the wrestlers of Smackdown. McMahon’s character tonight seemed to be a bit different from what he does on Raw and that’s a good thing. Whether McMahon on Smackdown is a good thing or a bad thing will be decided in the coming weeks but this week things were good and I was happy to see the old man on the show.

What a great Cage Match tonight. Rage in the Cage was awesome and it was nice to see the Tag Team Cage Match return. Anyone remember when the last on was that was shown on TV? My mind only picks up Survivor Series 2001. Maybe I?m forgetting something at this late hour. All four men performed excellently tonight and CM Punk did well as the referee. Punk’s expressions were spot on as he counted the pin. This was a good old fashioned match with not a lot of huge spots but just enough to get you into it. All four men are such skilled performers they don?t need to make this a spotfest to get you into it. The match was great.

Speaking of the match, I can?t believe Edge isn?t involved in a match at the Bash. This is the first time in years that Edge has been active on the roster and not participating in a match. I have to assume he?ll be involved in a match in some shape or form at the Bash. Edge never goes away easily.

I guess people can?t say that they?re not pushing John Morrison correctly anymore. How can you give a better rub to someone than having them get an upset win over the champion in a non-title match? People will probably complain that it wasn?t a title match. John Morrison was amazing tonight, as was CM Punk, and he’s definitely going places.

The Diva’s had a really good match tonight. Melina was good in this one and her selling was spot on. Gail Kim looked much better and seemed to be getting a great reaction tonight. I?m looking forward to the Women’s Championship match at the Bash.

I wasn?t a fan of Cryme Tyme’s Word Up skit. They?re a good tag team and they should be wrestling. Save the skits for WWE.com or Raw. It was at best mildly entertaining. At least Jesse got some exposure. Not good exposure, but exposure nonetheless.

Final Rating: *** ?

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Thanks for reading! Enjoy the Bash!