November 16, 2007
Recap by Sassy
Comments by Sassy in italics.
Series is this Sunday.
Before the show begins, we see Batista reminding Mark Henry
that he has not forgotten about him or what he has done to him.
Smackdown is being broadcast from Wichita, KS, on the CW
Ringside announcers: Michael Cole and John Bradshaw
Ring announcer: Justin Roberts
Tonight Batista takes on Mark Henry in a No Disqualifications
Finlay, weighing 233 lbs., from Belfast, Northern Ireland
Jeff Hardy, weighing 225 lbs., from Cameron, NC
WWE Intercontinental Champion
Audience favorite: Jeff Hardy
My favorite: I like them both
Winner: Jeff Hardy via disqualification.
Before Finlay’s opponent is introduced, we see a recap of
the match between Finlay and Mysterio last week. Finlay won the match with the
Celtic cross. I’m finally getting used to Jeff’s hair. Before the match
begins, we see the match last week between Jeff & Matt Hardy and MVP &
Mr. Kennedy. I know Finlay may be able to take Jeff out but I have faith in
Jeff’s ability and he should do well unless Finlay manages to keep him on the
mat. The one thing we don’t see Finlay do is any high-risk maneuvers.
He’s a mat worker. I thought there was a larger difference in weight.
Finlay gives the referee a clean break. The two wrestle but Jeff sends
Finlay over the ropes and then dives out to take Finlay down to the floor. Back
in the ring, Jeff goes for a cover but doesn’t get the three count. Finlay
sends Jeff shoulder first into the corner post and Jeff goes out onto the floor.
Finlay is outside and rolls Jeff back into the ring, then delivers a kick to
Jeff’s skull. Finlay goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Finlay has
caught on and is keeping Jeff from using the ropes to work the ring. Finlay
tries twice more for a pin but can’t get more than a two count. Finlay is
using clotheslines to keep Jeff down on the mat and headlock maneuvers once Jeff
is down. Jeff delivers a jawbreaker to Finlay but Finlay manages to dropkick
Jeff back down. Finlay again tries to pin Jeff but can’t get the count. Finlay
still has Jeff down and he delivers a couple of knees before locking Jeff back
into the headlock. Jeff is back down to his feet, but Finlay pulls Jeff’s hair
and takes him back down again. Finlay sends Jeff to the ring post. Jeff goes up
and delivers the whisper in the wind and takes Finlay down. Jeff is fighting
back and the audience approves. Jeff hits Finlay with one dropkick and then
another. Finlay has his weapon, but the ref catches Finlay. Finlay goes after
Jeff with the weapon and the ref rings the bell. Jeff sends Finlay over the
ropes and to the floor as the ref raises Jeff’s hand as the winner of the
match, disqualifying Finlay.
The Undertaker is in the arena and he will appear after the
We see a Hell in a Cell Match from October 5, 1997 between
The Undertaker and HBK Shawn Michaels.
Back from commercial break, we see a repeat of The Undertaker
and Batista when Undertaker requests a rematch and makes it Hell in a Cell.
The Undertaker enters the arena and makes his way to the
ring. Cole reminds us The Undertaker will take on Batista for the fifth time
this year for the championship and the match at Survivor Series will be Hell in
a Cell. Undertaker has been in Hell in a Cell matches seven times before. The
Undertaker is in the ring to tell everyone about Hell in a Cell and how many
times he has been in such a match. Undertaker calls it The Deadman’s
Playground. Undertaker tells Batista he will lose the heavyweight championship
in the match this Sunday. Undertaker tells Batista he will Rest in Peace.
Cole reminds us that Batista takes on Mark Henry tonight in a
No DQ match.
We see a promo for John Cena’s new DVD.
Back from commercial break, we see a promo for Survivor
Series. There will be a weigh in
tonight for Hornswoggle and The Great Khali. Tonight there will be a match
between Rey Mysterio from Friday Night Smackdown and Mr. Kennedy from Monday
Diva Tag Team Match
Torrie Wilson from Boise, ID & Mickie James from
Victoria from Los Angeles, CA & Beth Phoenix from Buffalo, NY,
the WWE Women’s Champion.
Audience favorites: Torrie & Mickie
My favorites: Mickie, Beth & Victoria
Winners: Beth Phoenix & Victoria
Before the opponents are introduced, Cole reminds us there
will be a 10 Diva Tag Team Match at Survivor Series. I would rather see a one
on one match with Beth Phoenix and Mickie James to see how well Mickie would do
against The Glamazon. Victoria and Mickie start the match and Mickie goes
for a roll up pin earlier but she doesn’t get the three count. Mickie has to
fight off Beth when she is up against the ropes. Victoria tags in Beth and they
double team Mickie until the ref demands Victoria leave the ring. Beth is very
strong and she proves it. Mickie manages to tag in Torrie. I don’t feel that
Torrie is great in the ring but she is going a good job in the ring with Beth.
She gets caught in a sidewalk slam and Victoria and Mickie end up outside the
ring as Beth takes down Torrie inside the ring. Beth covers and gets the three
count. I swear Beth never messes up her hair in these matches.
Matt and Jeff Hardy are backstage. Jeff says he is leaving
the arena and Matt wants to know what kind of plans Jeff has. Jeff wishes Matt
good luck and tells him he will see him later.
Cole tells us Matt is on his way to the ring to be a guest at MVP’s VIP
We see a clip of Hell in a Cell with the Undertaker against
Mick Foley on June 28, 1998.
We again see that Batista has a match against Mark Henry in a
NO DQ match tonight.
Back from commercial break, MVP is in the ring in his VIP
“MVP is in the ring and that can only mean one thing –
Big things poppin’ and little things stoppin’”. MVP introduces his guest
tonight – MVP’s friend and his tag team partner. Matt gets the approval of
the fans as he enters the arena and the ring with his tag team belt. MVP invites
Matt to have a seat and then tells everyone that the two men will be on opposing
sides at Survivor Series. MVP wants Matt to know that being tag team partner
with Matt has been one of the highlights of MVP’s career. Matt asks MVP to
explain why MVP allows Matt’s brother Jeff to be slammed off the ring apron by
Mr. Kennedy and then MVP took advantage and pinned Jeff Hardy for the win. MVP
says that it is easily explained – MVP was in a wrestling match and he had to
do what he had to do and that was to win the match. Matt says that MVP did have
a choice to do the right thing. MVP says his choice was to keep Matt from
getting his head cracked open by Mr. Kennedy when Mr. Kennedy had the steel
chair in his hand. Matt wants to talk about competition. Matt wants to know when
the last time was MVP defended his United States Championship against Matt. Matt
says they should have a match tonight with Matt versus MVP for the United States
Championship. MVP doesn’t want to do that and he says that he and Matt are not
only tag team champions, they are friends. Matt tells MVP they are not friends,
they have never been friends and they never will be friends. Matt wants a yes or
no about the United States Championship match. MVP doesn’t even want to be
against Matt at Survivor Series. Matt
says it isn’t always about what someone wants. It’s about the United States
Championship and Matt wants his shot at the title right here and right now. MVP
says that he can’t. MVP says he has already scheduled a match right now to
defend the Tag Team Titles and he needs someone to come out and clear out the
VIP Lounge and he needs a referee in the ring. Matt wants to know whom they are
defending their titles against.
John Morrison of ECW enters the arena.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
John Morrison, weighing 219 lbs., from Los Angeles, CA
& The Miz, weighing 231 lbs., from Cleveland, OH
MVP & Matt Hardy
The WWE Tag Team Champions
Audience favorites: Matt Hardy & MVP
My favorites: MVP & Matt Hardy
Winners: John Morrison & The Miz, new WWE Tag Team
Morrison and Miz are in a triple threat match for the ECW
title against CM Punk at Survivor Series. We see a recap of the match between
Punk and Jamie Noble in which Morrison and Miz interfered to take out CM Punk. NOTE:
There was an altercation backstage between JBL, Morrison and Miz after the match
because of the way Morrison and Miz talked about Punk at the announcer’s table
during that match.
I have a feeling Morrison and Miz won’t have a chance
against MVP and Matt. The match begins with MVP facing Miz in the middle of
the ring. MVP manages to send his boot to Miz’s head early on but MVP appears
to have injured his knee doing so. MVP tags in Matt and Matt goes for the cover
but he doesn’t get the three count. Matt delivers a bulldog but still can’t
get the win. Miz sends Matt back to the corner with Morrison and Morrison gets
the tag into the match. Morrison works on Matt’s knee and keeps Matt down on
the mat. Morrison tags Miz back into the match. Miz goes outside the ring to ram
Matt’s knee into the ring post. Miz goes for the cover and Matt powers out.
Miz tags Morrison back into the ring. Matt delivers a clothesline to Morrison
but he still can’t get to the corner to tag in MVP. Morrison has Matt back in
the corner with Miz and Miz is back in the ring. Miz covers Matt and gets the
three count. Miz and Morrison are now the WWE Tag Team Champions. This has
got to be a joke. Miz couldn’t
wrestle his way anywhere and WWE has taken away the best comedy team in the WWE
– MVP and Matt Hardy. Matt is down on the mat with an injured knee and MVP
is leaning over him and looking for a mic. MVP tells Morrison and Miz to hold on
and tells him to come back. MVP says they have a rematch clause in their
contract and he wants to invoke it right now. Miz and Morrison go back toward
the ring and we go to
Back from commercial break, we have a rematch for the tag
team titles. It is MVP and Miz in
the ring. MVP is having trouble with his knee and so is Matt. MVP makes the tag
and Miz drags Matt back into the ring to work on Matt’s injured knee. Miz tags
in Morrison and we have a little double team before the ref makes Miz get out of
the ring. MVP is calling for Matt to get back to the corner to get the tag but
Matt can’t walk. Miz gets tagged back in and Matt tries to fight back. Miz
gets the cover but Matt manages to get his foot on the rope and the ref makes
Miz break the hold. Miz tags in Morrison and Morrison goes to work on Matt’s
knee. Matt makes it to the ropes and the ref forces Morrison to break the hold,
but as soon as Matt is back in the ring, Morrison goes back to work on Matt’s
leg. Matt has to tag out and again Morrison and Miz are the tag team champions.
Matt is again down in the ring and MVP is again leaning over an injured Matt.
Matt has to compete at Survivor Series. So will MVP. Not a good idea to have a
rematch so soon after both competitors are injured. MVP is trying to help Matt
back to his feet. MVP holds Matt’s hand up in the air and then attacks him
with the United States Championship belt and then goes to work on Matt’s
injured knee as the ref tries to get MVP to back away. MVP removes the knee
brace from Matt’s knee before going to work on the injured knee himself. MVP
goes as far as to smash Matt’s leg with the steel steps. MVP, as JBL notices,
is not limping and JBL believes that MVP is taking Matt out of the running for
the United States Championship. MVP puts part of the steel steps in the ring and
then drops Matt, injured knee first, on the steel steps. MVP leaves the arena to
the boos and jeers of the audience, holding his Championship Belt high in the
We see a promo for the Survivor Series Elimination Match.
Back from commercial break, we see the Save Us 222 video that
everyone seems to be growing tired of and then we see a recap of the damage MVP
does to Matt Hardy’s leg after they lose the WWE Tag Team Championships not
once, but twice, in one night. Then we see the ref’s assisting Matt out of the
We see a Hell in a Cell match between Undertaker and Rikishi
on December 10, 2000 and we are reminded of the Hell in a Cell match this Sunday
at Survivor Series between Batista and The Undertaker for the WWE Worlds
Championship match. We will have the official weigh in for the match at Survivor
Series between Hornswoggle and The Great Khali.
We are reminded there will be a match for the ECW Championship between CM
Punk, John Morrison and The Miz and we are reminded that Morrison and Miz are
now WWE Tag Team Champions. We are reminded about the Survivor Series match
between Randy Orton and HBK Shawn Michaels for the championship with special
rules – HBK can’t use sweet chin music or he will be disqualified and Orton
can’t try to get disqualified or he will automatically lose the belt and of
the Triple H’s team versus
Umaga’s team in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match.
Cole reminds us there will be a match tonight with Mr.
Kennedy versus Rey Mysterio and that match is up next after commercial break.
Back from commercial break, we see the WWE Smack of the Night
– Triple H versus Umaga in a Lumberjack Match last week that ended up in a DQ
for Umaga courtesy of Finlay and then we had a brawl.
Mr. Kennedy, weighing 235 lbs., from Green Bay, WI and
Monday Night Raw
Rey Mysterio, weighing 165 lbs., from San Diego, CA
Audience favorite: Rey Mysterio
My favorite: Rey Mysterio
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio is a major fan favorite. He takes longer
getting to the ring just because he stops to greet the fans that are there to
see him. We see a recap of the match last week between Rey Mysterio and
Finlay. Finlay won the match with the Celtic cross and then decked Mysterio
outside the ring with a laptop Finlay picked up from the announcer’s table.
COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back from commercial break, both men are back in the ring and
Kennedy has Mysterio in a side headlock. Mysterio sends Kennedy off the ropes
and Kennedy takes Mysterio down with a shoulder block then delivers a few boots
before trying to take off Mysterio’s mask. Mysterio fights back and as Kennedy sends Mysterio off the
ropes, Mysterio comes back with a boot to stun Kennedy. Mysterio comes off the
ropes again and goes high but Kennedy drops him to the mat face first. Kennedy
is to his feet and he drags Mysterio back into the middle of the ring, goes for
the cover but only gets a two count. Kennedy is now working on Mysterio’s
ribs. The ref back Kennedy out of the corner but Kennedy comes back in and sends
Mysterio face first into the opposite corner post. Kennedy goes for the cover
again and again gets a two count. Kennedy locks in the leg scissors and a
headlock. Kennedy gets turned and has Mysterio’s shoulders on the mat for a
two count before Mysterio gets a shoulder up. Mysterio is trying to get to the
bottom rope and he does, making Kennedy break the hold. Mysterio is out of the
ring but so is Kennedy and he sends Mysterio into the guardrail, ribs first.
Kennedy rolls Mysterio back into the ring and goes for the cover but again gets
a two count. Kennedy puts Mysterio up on his shoulders and works on the ribs.
Mysterio manages to flip Kennedy over and gets a roll up but only gets a two
count. Mysterio springboards off the second rope, Kennedy catches him in mid
air. Mysterio delivers a DDT. Both men are now down on the mat. The ref counts
to eight before both men struggle to their feet. Mysterio charges Kennedy,
Kennedy sends Mysterio over the top rope. Mysterio lands on the apron, goes over
the ropes and takes Kennedy down with a hurricanrana. Mysterio comes off the
ropes with a lateral press and goes for the pin. He gets a two count. Mysterio
comes off the top ropes and goes for a cover but can’t get it done. Both men
back to their feet, Mysterio sends a kick to Kennedy’s head and again gets a
two count. Mysterio comes off the ropes, gets a tilt a whirl backbreaker on
Mysterio and again Kennedy only gets a two count. Kennedy picks Mysterio up,
Mysterio breaks free, Msyterio sets Kennedy up for the 619, he hits it and
Mysterio is still on the ring apron. Kennedy is too far across the ring for
Mysterio to dive off the ropes. Mysterio goes for a hurricanrana off the top
rope, gets the pin and the win.
Cole reminds us that we will see a weigh in tonight for
Hornswoggle and The Great Khali in preparation for their match at Survivor
Series. Batista will face Mark
Henry in a No DQ match tonight and Batista will face The Undertaker in a Hell in
a Cell match at Survivor Series on Sunday night.
We see a Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and
Randy Orton with interference by Bob Orton on December 18, 2005.
Back from commercial break, Cole is in the ring to announce
the official weigh in and photo opportunity:
Hornswoggle, 4’4” tall, weighing in at 138 lbs.
The Great Khali, 7’0”, weighing in at – the scale appears to have broken when Khali stands on it. He generally weighs at 420 lbs.
accompanied to the ring by his interpreter.
There will be a weight differential of over 280 lbs.
Cole weighs in Hornswoggle first. Hornswoggle looks a little
nervous around The Great Khali. Cole asks Khali if he has anything to say to his
opponent. Khali speaks but we have to wait for the interpreter to tell us what
he has said. The interpreter tells us that The Great Khali says he has watched
the mockery this last Monday night on Raw of The Great Khali. The Great Khali
has beaten every one and this Sunday it doesn’t matter whether Hornswoggle is
a McMahon or not, Hornswoggle’s name will be added to the list of those The
Great Khali has defeated.
Hornswoggle and The Great Khali must come to the front of the
ring together so the photographers can take photos of the two of them.
Hornswoggle looks like he’s going to cry and the audience is chanting “Khali
sucks”. Khali takes Hornswoggle’s hat, crushes it and drops it to the mat.
We are again reminded of the No DQ match between Batista and
Mark Henry coming up.
Back from commercial break.
No Disqualification Match
The Animal Batista, weighing 290 lbs., from Washington, DC
The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry, weighing 392 lbs.,
Audience favorite: Batista
My favorite: Batista
I’m not sure why Batista would face Mark Henry so close to
Survivor Series, however, Henry is the one who took out Batista before and we
can only guess that Batista is after a little revenge. The match opens with
Batista working on Henry immediately and Henry seems to be having some trouble
getting a foothold in this match. Batista slams Henry’s arm into the ring post
and then sends Henry face first into the post. Batista has Henry back in the
ring and continues to work on the damaged arm. Henry manages to toss Batista
backward, but Batista hits Henry in a Batista bomb. He does not, however, go for
the pin. Batista goes out of the ring to grab the championship belt and reenter
the ring. As Henry stands up, Batista nails Henry in the skull with the belt.
Batista then goes for the cover, gets the pin and the win. This was an
extremely short match, however, as the two men are outside the ring, Batista
continues the attack. He sends Henry into the steel steps, the guardrail and
then begins pounding on Henry with his fists.
He continues trying to choke Batista with a cord at ringside, takes him
back to the ring and sends him head first into the ring post. As Henry turns
around, Batista hits Henry with a spear sending him to the floor. Batista has a
steel chair and he beats Henry across the back with the chair over and over
We hear The Undertaker’s entrance theme as Batista stands
in the ring with his arms raised. Undertaker is on the monitor and
The show is over.
I will not be purchasing the Survivor Series Pay Per View,
but will post results on the Monday Night Raw recap.