Friday Night Smackdown

Friday Night Smackdown

November 2, 2007

Recap by Sassy

Comments by Sassy in italics.

BREAKING NEWS: The new WWE Wellness Policy has yielded two new suspensions due to violation.  Chris Masters received a sixty (60) day suspension and D.H. Smith received a thirty (30) day suspension.  This is Masters second violation. One more and it’s so long to the Master Lock.

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We see a recap of Cyber Sunday’s matches. Tonight’s main event will be a tag team match: Batista and The Undertaker versus Mark Henry and The Great Khali.

Friday Night Smackdown is being broadcast from Long Island, NY

on the CW channel.

Ringside announcers: Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL)

Ring announcer: Justin Roberts

Batista, wearing his World Championship belt, enters the arena. Mic in hand, Batista tells us about his difficult childhood and how he has had to fight his way through WWE the same way but he tells beating The Undertaker was one of his greatest accomplishments. He reminds everyone that tonight Batista and Undertaker are tag team partners tonight and that tonight he has Undertaker’s back and Batista wonders if Undertaker has his back.

The lights go out and The Undertaker appears in the ring with Batista. Undertaker, mic in hand, tells Batista he can rest assured Undertaker has his back because Batista still has the one thing that Undertaker wants – the title belt. Batista asks if Undertaker wants a rematch. I don’t see Undertaker not or hear him say anything, but Batista says that Undertaker has his rematch. As Batista backs out of the ring, Undertaker calls him back and says “Hell in a Cell”. We go to

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, we see Jamie Noble backstage. Vicky Guerrero appears and Noble panics. Vicky tells Noble she doesn’t have time to talk to him, she has to finalize Undertaker and Batista’s Hell in a Cell match. Noble throws the magazine he is reading and asks Vicky why she would want Jamie Noble versus Batista versus The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match. Vicky tells Noble he is not in that match. Vicky says she came to give Noble a gift. She gives Noble a copy of Rey Mysterio’s DVDs.  Noble says that Mysterio is good but Jamie Noble is great and gives the DVDs back to Vicky. Vicky says she thought Noble would want to watch the DVD because she has put him in a match with Mysterio tonight. Noble says he knew Vicky was sweet on him and he knew he would win her over. He takes back the DVDs. Jamie Noble, you worry me, you really do.

Domino, weighing 235 lbs., from the Wrong Side of the Tracks

Accompanied to the ring by Deuce,

A nice red and white set of wheels and Cherry


Festus, weighing 278 lbs.

accompanied to the ring by Jesse

Audience favorite: I’m not sure

My favorite: Festus

Winner: Festus via pinfall

This is the first time we see Festus in singles action on Smackdown. The bell rings and Festus changes into his really mean powerful guy in the ring. Cole tells us that he has received word from Vicky Guerrero that the Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Batista will take place two weeks from tonight at Survivor Series. In the meantime, Festus has thrown Domino all over the ring and is going for the cover. He gets a two count. Domino and Cherry manage to distract Festus allowing Domino to get back in the match. Neither man in the ring has shown any knowledge of wrestling.  This is a match of bully against bully. I think Festus may have the upper hand here if no reason other than the weight advantage he has against Domino. Festus is again in charge of the match when Deuce jumps up on the ring apron to distract him. Jesse comes around the ring, over the steel steps and takes out Deuce. Festus takes out Domino, gets the pin and the three count. Festus wins his first singles match.

Cole and JBL remind us that the tag team match between Batista and The Undertaker versus Mark Henry and The Great Khali will be later tonight. They then remind us about the match Vicky made for tonight between Rey Mysterio and Jamie Noble.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, we see the Diva finale where Eve is announced as the winner on Monday Night Raw.

Rey Mysterio, weighing 165 lbs., from San Diego, CA


Jamie Noble, weighing 202 lbs., from Hanover, WV

Audience favorite: Rey Mysterio

My favorite: Jamie Noble

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Before Jamie Noble can be introduced, Finlay enters the arena and heads toward the ring. Finlay stands outside the ring before heading to the announcer’s table to take a seat.

The bell rings and I am grateful that Jamie Noble is now in a match that is a little more even than the matches he has had over the last few weeks. Noble shows that he has wrestling ability and we know that Mysterio has the same abilities. Mysterio will be more likely to be faster and fly higher than Noble. Noble will tend to be more of a power house than Mysterio. Noble goes out of the ring and Mysterio comes out after him. Finlay stands up and puts his hands in the air to show the referee that he isn’t going to interfere in the match. As Noble sends Mysterio out to the floor, the crowd is chanting for the 619. Noble goes out of the ring after Mysterio this time. Back in the ring, Noble goes for a cover, misses the three count. Noble is showing his wrestling side – which he does do very well – as he tries to make Mysterio give up. JBL and Cole are doing what they do best during the match. They are arguing about the wrestlers in the ring and the wrestler sitting with them at ringside. Noble is doing a good job of countering Mysterio’s wrestling moves and he continues to work on Mysterio’s right arm. Mysterio manages to get out of Noble’s hold and Noble makes the mistake of sending Mysterio into the ropes. Anytime Mysterio is near the ropes, it is dangerous for his opponent. Noble uses Mysterio’s trunks to send Noble into the corner turnbuckle but Noble goes after Mysterio and ends up shoulder first into the turnbuckle. Mysterio comes off the ropes with a lateral press and tries for a pin but only gets a two count. Noble is now working on Mysterio’s left arm, but Noble gets two feet in the face for his troubles. Noble sends Mysterio over the ropes.  Mysterio lands on the ring apron and delivers a shoulder block to Noble’s abdomen, then he flies over the top rope and takes Noble down. Noble gets a switch and goes for the cover.  Noble doesn’t get the three count. The crowd is chanting for the 619.  Both men are down on the mat, Noble recovers first. Mysterio sends Noble into the ropes and hits the 619. Mysterio comes off the top rope but Noble blocks Mysterio’s move and tries to set Mysterio up.  Mysterio counters Noble’s move, gets the pin and the three count. 

The winner of this match is Rey Mysterio.

A little bit about this match – as much as Jamie Noble likes to cheat to win, he and Rey Mysterio are both very talented technical wrestlers in the ring. WWE should spend more time setting up matches such as this one. It was fairly clean and showed the talent of both men.

Finlay, sitting next to JBL, does not look happy. Finlay stands up and calls to Mysterio. Finlay says he knows that Mysterio is a quitter and everyone heard Mysterio say I Quit (referring to Mysterio’s I Quit Match with Chavo Guerrero). Finlay says when he was on the stretcher and Mysterio thought he was hurt, Finlay showed weakness. Finlay says he can smell fear when he looks at Mysterio. Finlay says Mysterio is a quitter, he’s weak, he’s soft, fearful and next week Finlay says Mysterio will be a loser.

Rey Mysterio faces Finlay next week on Friday Night Smackdown.

Cole tells us that still coming up tonight, Jonathan Coachman from Monday Night Raw has challenged Mick Foley to a match. We are reminded that Foley is from Long Island.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, we see the Raw Rebound: Triple H versus Umaga and Randy Orton in a handicap match. Triple H is saved by Shawn Michaels. It looks like DX will be back for at least one night and that will be on next week’s Monday Night Raw.

Matt Hardy is backstage talking to a woman who is carrying a furry critter around. MVP interrupts the conversation. Matt’s right eye and head don’t look very good right now although I read on one of the wrestling news boards that more makeup had been applied to make it look worse than it really was. Any time there are stitches involved, it’s bad enough and I don’t doubt that Matt didn’t look all that great after sustaining the injury on last week’s Smackdown. MVP wants to know if Matt is going to be ready to go next week. MVP says he enjoyed Cyber Sunday and letting the fans make the decisions. MVP says that he thrived at Cyber Sunday and Matt says he knows why “Because you are MVP and you are better than them”. MVP is proud of Matt for finally understanding that. MVP wants to know why Matt was looking for him. Matt says that he wanted to wish MVP good luck for tonight. MVP wants to know what Matt is talking about and Matt says that he wants to wish MVP good luck in his match. MVP says he doesn’t have a match that he is dressed up in his wrestling gear because he has a photo shoot. Matt says he heard that MVP has a match and that it is next. MVP asks who he has a match against and we see fire and smell brimstone which can only mean – the Big Red Machine Kane – who MVP got away from on Cyber Sunday.

The Big Red Machine Kane, weighing 323 lbs.

Commercial break before MVP is introduced.

Back from commercial break.


MVP, weighing 248 lbs., from Miami, FL

The United States Champion

One half of the WWE Tag Team Champions

Audience favorite: Kane

My favorite: I like them both

Winner: Kane

I think I’ve said this before, but I do like MVP’s entrance.

Kane is sneering at MVP as he makes his way to the ring. I did not see the Cyber Sunday match between Kane and MVP but I understand that MVP was counted out because MVP refused to get back in the ring. MVP starts out trying to get a headlock on Kane. Then he decides to work with fists to see if that helps. It didn’t. One right hand from Kane and MVP is on the mat. MVP is spending a lot of time down on the mat. Kane maneuvers MVP into leg scissors but MVP manages to go after the injured ribs of Kane and gets free. MVP goes for the cover but doesn’t get the three count. MVP gets sent into the ropes and meets Kane’s boot. Kane picks MVP up and delivers a knee to the kidney. Kane goes for the cover but only gets a two count when MVP gets his foot on the rope. MVP recovery and takes Kane down with a knee to the midsection. MVP works on Kane’s ribs again, goes for the cover and gets a one count. Kane is back to his feet. He sends MVP down with a suplex, goes for the cover but only gets a two count. MVP goes after the ribs again, goes for the cover and gets a one count. Kane is down and MVP is working on the ribs one more time. Kane comes back with a boot, then a right hand and MVP is back down on the mat. MVP is back on his feet, sends a knee to the ribs, comes off the top rope and lands on Kane’s back and rib area. MVP goes for the cover and Kane kicks out at two. MVP covers Kane again and only gets a two count again. MVP has Kane in leg scissors and MVP tries to talk him into giving up. Kane doesn’t give up easily. Twice Kane has both shoulders on the mat, but pulls himself back up at the two count by the referee. Kane is out of the leg scissors and Kane goes to work on MVP’s ribs. MVP punches his way out of the hold and continues to pound on Kane. He tries to cover Kane again but only gets a two count. He delivers a boot to Kane’s ribs, jumps on Kane’s ribs, goes for the pin again but Kane kicks out. MVP has Kane in a stretch hold and works on Kane’s ribs again. Kane gets free and delivers another right hand to MVP. MVP delivers a boot to Kane’s skull and Kane goes out of the ring, but lands on his feet. MVP delivers a baseball slide and connects with Kane. Kane is now down on the floor next to the guardrail and we go to


Back from commercial break, we see what happened during commercial break. MVP sends another boot to Kane’s head. Back to live action, MVP appears to be in control of the match and he delivers a high knee to Kane’s ribs. MVP backs up, goes for the boot again, but Kane gets out of the way. Kane drops MVP to the mat, lands another right fist and sends MVP to the mat with a clothesline. He again picks MVP up and drops him face first to the mat. MVP is down. Kane climbs to the top turnbuckle and waits for MVP to get to his feet. Kane delivers a high flying clothesline but we see Big Daddy V walking to the ring. Kane turns to see what V is going to do and MVP takes the opportunity to charge Kane. Kane sees MVP coming and catches him to deliver a choke slam. Kane covers and gets the three count.

About this match – MVP does a better job each time he is in the ring. When MVP first began working in WWE, I wasn’t impressed but he is proving to be a major player. Kane always does a good job in the ring although he is more power than wrestle.

As soon as the bell rings, V is in the ring pounding on Kane. Doesn’t this guy belong on ECW? V delivers a Samoan Drop to Kane while Matt Striker calls V out of the ring and the ref insists V leave.

We see another video of the Cyber Sunday matches.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, we see the match between Hornswoggle and Coach on Monday Night Raw. Mick Foley, acting as referee, helps out Hornswoggle allowing him to get the win over Coach. Which leads us to the challenge Jonathan Coachman made to Mick Foley tonight.

Mick Foley, weighing 297 lbs., from Long Island, NY


Jonathan Coachman, weighing 235 lbs., from KS

Audience favorite: Mick Foley

My favorite: Mick Foley

Winner: Mick Foley

Foley stands in the ring inviting Coach in to join him. Has Coach been working out? Foley looks like he’s gained a little weight since the last time he was in the ring. There is no ref in the ring at this time.

Special Guest Referee:  Mr. McMahon

Coach is elated and Foley doesn’t look happy. We see Hornswoggle come out from under the ring. His name IS Mr. McMahon, isn’t it? Hornswoggle enters the ring from the announcer’s table side and rings the bell while Foley and Coach are looking up the entrance ramp. Now Coach is a little concerned, but  Foley is all smiles. Hornswoggle gets up behind Coach and goes down on all fours. Coach shoves Foley and, of course, Foley shoves back sending Coach falling over Hornswoggle. We now have a punching match – well, a one sided punching match, courtesy of Mick Foley. Hornswoggle goes in to break it up. Foley backs away from the corner, Coach is down on the mat and Hornswoggle performs a one sided punching match of his own. Foley picks Coach up and runs his face across the top rope. Hornswoggle stops Foley and asks Coach, who is down on the mat, if he is all right. Hornswoggle then pokes Coach in the eyes. Foley delivers a clothesline and then an elbow drop to Coach and Hornswoggle delivers an elbow drop of his own to Coach. Foley works the crowd and then goes for Mr. Socko. Mr. Socko is green – a little Irish Mr. Socko. Coach is getting back to his feet and Foley attacks with Socko. Coach is down on the mat and Hornswoggle climbs out on the ring apron to go up on the top rope and do his tadpole splash on Coach. Foley covers, Hornswoggle counts to three.

The winner of this match is Mick Foley with a little help from Hornswoggle.

You can’t really call this a wrestling match but it was entertaining.  After Foley wins the match, Hornswoggle pulls out his own green Mr. Socko and he and Foley celebrate with a Mr. Socko high five – or is that a low five? Foley and Hornswoggle leave the arena together.

We are reminded about the main event match tonight: Batista and The Undertaker versus Mark Henry and The Great Khali.

We see a video of DX, HBK Shawn Michaels and Triple H and of Stone Cold Steve Austin. All three men are scheduled to be on next week’s Monday Night Raw.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, we see a video of CMP Punk who is the current ECW Champion. We are then told that The Champion CM Punk will be coming to Friday Night Smackdown next week.

The camera pans the audience and we see Dee Snyder and Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister – musicians in case you didn’t know.

Chuck Palumbo, weighing 280 lbs., from San Diego, CA

accompanied to the ring by his motorcycle and Michelle McCool


Kenny Dykstra, weighing 234 lbs., from Worcester, MA

accompanied to the ring by Victoria

Audience favorite: Chuck Palumbo

My favorite: Chuck Palumbo and his motorcycle

Winner: Chuck Palumbo

I have to admit that Kenny Dykstra is an excellent wrestler, but I have always liked Chuck Palumbo and I really like the motorcycles he rides to the ring. That being said, I have to add that Victoria is one of my favorite female wrestlers and I don’t believe McCool could beat Victoria on one of Victoria’s worst days.

Dykstra is outweighed here and he makes the mistake of using his fist on Palumbo, which makes Palumbo get a little more punch happy. Palumbo goes for a pin early, but doesn’t get the three count. Both men are back on the floor and Dykstra takes the opportunity to work on Palumbo’s back. Victoria is spending her time on the floor outside the ring arguing with the crowd, McCool is spending her time pounding on the ring apron and cheering for Palumbo. Palumbo delivers a boot to the head of Dykstra and then goes up on the top turnbuckle. Victoria is up on the ring apron to distract Palumbo and McCool comes over and knocks Victoria off onto the floor. Dykstra has gotten back to his feet and Palumbo is not in a good position. The audience is trying to watch McCool and Victoria on the floor while the two men battle it out in the ring. Dykstra ties to set Palumbo up for a suplex off the top rope, but Palumbo breaks out of the hold and sends Dykstra to the mat. Palumbo comes off the top turnbuckle and hits Dykstra with a flying shoulder tackle. It was a nice looking move. Palumbo hits the full throttle, gets the cover and the win.

I don’t think I understand the need for interference by the women in these matches. If Victoria and McCool want to fight, give them ring time.  Don’t take away from the action in the ring with wrestlers like Chuck Palumbo and Kenny Dykstra.

We see a video of Rey Mysterio at Best Buy so that he can push his DVD: The Biggest Little Man. One interesting fan was a girl who asked Mysterio to sign her back so that she could get a tattoo of his signature on her back. Whoa.

We are backstage with The Great Khali and his interpreter. Mark Henry appears and asks if Khali is ready for the match. The interpreter tells Henry that Khali is ready. Henry says that Batista and Undertaker will have no trust because of the Hell in a Cell match they have coming up but that Henry and Khali have made a pact to be together tonight. The interpreter tells Khali what Henry said and Khali answers. The interpreter tells Henry that Batista and Undertaker are already divided so tonight the Silverback and the Punjabi Giant will go out and conquer. That match is coming up next.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, Cole says that Wrestlemania is coming to the Sunshine State for the first time ever. Tickets are on sale now for Wrestlemania XXIV.

Main Event

Tag Team Match

The Great Khali, 7’0”, weighing 420 lbs., from India

accompanied to the ring by his interpreter


The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry, weighing 392 lbs., from Texas


The Undertaker, weighing 325 lbs., from Death Valley


Batista, weighing 290 lbs., from Washington, DC

WWE World Heavyweight Champion

Audience favorites: Batista and The Undertaker

My favorites: Batista and The Undertaker

Winners: I'm not certain there was a winner. JBL interrupted the match and I didn't see any decision rendered.

We have over a thousand pounds in the ring, Batista being the smallest. I wonder how many times Batista is the smallest man in the ring.

Undertaker faces off with Henry in the ring. Henry is trying to stay close to his corner. Undertaker uses his fists and boots to keep Henry back in the corner and then Undertaker tries to go old school but Henry stops the move. This is obviously going to be more of a power than a wrestling match. Undertaker is doing a good job of keeping Henry away from a tag. Again Undertaker goes for old school and this time he makes it. Undertaker makes a trip over to Khali and nails him with a right hand, but Khali stays standing on the ring apron. Undertaker throws Henry out of the ring and we go to


Back from commercial break, Batista is now in the ring with Henry. Henry is down on the mat and Batista goes for the cover but doesn’t get the three count. Batista backs Henry up into the corner with Undertaker, tags Undertaker and Undertaker goes to work on Henry. Undertaker spends some time using Henry as a punching bag in the corner before coming across the ring and hitting Henry with a high knee. Undertaker tries for a pin again, but only gets a two count. Henry manages to bulldoze Undertaker into the corner where Khali is waiting and tags in Khali. Khali is into the ring and it’s a double team with Henry and Khali taking turns working on Undertaker. Undertaker fight his way out against Khali after Henry gets back in his corner. Khali turns the tables and gets Undertaker back into the corner with Henry. Khali backs up the ref and Henry works on Undertaker behind the ref’s back. Khali sends Undertaker off the ropes and takes down Undertaker with a clothesline. Khali backs Undertaker back and tags in Henry. Henry sends Undertaker off the ropes and Undertaker hits Henry with a DDT. Both men are down on the mat. Undertaker is on his knees and tags in Batista. Batista tries to send Henry off the ropes, Henry gets the switch and Batista comes off the ropes to deliver a boot to Henry. Batista comes off the ropes again and delivers a clothesline, goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Batista gets up and walks over to swing and connect with Khali. Again Khali remains standing on the apron ring. Henry backs Batista into the corner with Khali and then tags in Khali. Kahli keeps Batista in the corner. Batista tries to fight his way out of the corner, swinging at Henry and Khali. Khali takes Batista down and tries for the cover but Batista gets a shoulder up. Khali has Batista in the corner and delivers numerous elbows, goes for the cover, gets a two count. Khali sends Batista off the ropes and takes Batista down with a clothesline. Khali uses his vice grip on Batista’s shoulder. Batista counters the move with a head butt. Batista comes off the ropes and receives a chop to the skull delivered by Khali. Khali uses his foot to cover Batista but Batista gets a shoulder up after the two count. Khali locks in the vice grip on Batista’s head. Undertaker is pacing up and down the ring apron. Undertaker enters the ring and nails Khali, making him break the hold. Batista comes back up and nails Khali with a spear. Batista tags in Undertaker and Khali tags in Henry. Undertaker is ready and backs Henry into a corner delivering punch after punch to Henry’s face and head. Undertaker goes across the ring and delivers a clothesline. Khali enters the ring but Undertaker manages to get Khali into the corner and gives him the same treatment he gave Henry. Undertaker delivers clotheslines back and forth between Henry in one corner and Khali in the other corner. Undertaker sets up Henry and Khali for choke slams but they break free and they go for the double clothesline. Undertaker ducks under, Batista enters the ring and takes down Henry with a spine buster. Undertaker tries to choke slam Khali, but Khali breaks his hold. Undertaker comes off the ropes and delivers a boot to Khali sending him crashing to the mat. Batista sets up Henry for the Batista bomb and suddenly JBL is in the ring going after Batista. Undertaker grabs JBL to set him up for a choke slam but JBL delivers a low blow to Undertaker. JBL exits the ring. Henry drops Batista, Khali takes out Undertaker and JBL continues to run his mouth from the announcer’s table. Khali has Undertaker in the vice grip and Henry has Batista in a bear hug. Undertaker is down on the mat and Batista goes down to the mat.

Is JBL planning to come back into ring action? I’d certainly hope so or he could get those expensive suits all messed up.

We are reminded that next week it will be Rey Mysterio versus Finlay. 

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