Friday Night Smackdown

Friday Night Smackdown

January 11, 2008 – Recap by Sassy

Recap of Beat the Clock Challenge last week. Rey Mysterio won with the quickest win time and he will face Edge for the WWE World Championship at Royal Rumble.

This evening begins with General Manager Vickie Guerrero and Assistant General Manager Theodore Long in the ring (Vickie in wheelchair and neck brace). She introduces the number one contender for the Championship – Rey Mysterio who enters the arena to the enthusiastic applause of the fans. Mysterio enters the ring with mic in hand and stops to shake hands with Vickie and Teddy. Mysterio says he knows which side she is on; obviously she is on Edge’s side. Mysterio says he has wanted to talk to her. Mysterio is concerned about Vickie’s relationship with Edge. She says she doesn’t want to discuss her private life and Mysterio says there has been nothing “private” in their relationship. And the discussion turns to Eddie Guerrero and here is where WWE is again pushing the limits of what should and shouldn’t be used as fodder for storylines in professional wrestling.

Enter Edge with championship belt on his shoulder. The fans are not impressed. The “private” relationship is again being aired in public. Edge tells Mysterio after the Royal Rumble, Edge will still be champion. Mysterio tells Edge he will no longer be champion after Royal Rumble.

Enter Chavo Guerrero – who is not dressed for ring action. Chavo is there to tell Mysterio to mind his own business and Mysterio says that it is his business. Chavo says that no matter how hard Mysterio tries he is never going to be a Guerrero. Chavo says he is a Guerrero and he doesn’t know how Vickie can call herself a Guerrero when the rest of the Guerrero family is disgusted with what she is doing. Edge steps in to tell them that it is none of their business.

Vickie then schedules a match pitting Rey Mysterio against Chavo Guerrero tonight.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break.

Smackdown is being broadcast from Wilkes-Barre, PA on the CW network

Ringside announcers: Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman

Ring announcer: Justin Roberts

Cole tells the audience that Batista and The Undertaker have been entered into the Royal Rumble match.

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

accompanied to the ring by his motorcycle and Michelle McCool

Cole shows the audience a recap of the match last week between Palumbo and McCool against Kenny Dykstra and Victoria. Victoria pinned McCool to win the match. After the match, Palumbo blamed McCool and rode off leaving her in the ring. Cole said Palumbo has since apologized to McCool.


Jamie Noble from Hanover, WV, weighing 202 lbs.

Audience favorite: I’m not sure

My favorite: I like them both and Chuck’s motorcycle

We have another soap opera -- Noble’s infatuation with McCool. Noble has beat Palumbo three times already, the last win resulting in Noble getting a date with McCool.

Palumbo manhandles Noble throughout the match. Palumbo seems to be having a problem getting over as a heel.  Noble should be giving him lessons. He can make the audience absolutely despise him in a very short amount of time. Noble fights back but he’s having a tough time of it. Noble takes Palumbo down in what appears to be a crucifix and gets the three count which results in Palumbo kicking Noble out of the ring.


Jamie Noble

Defeating Chuck Palumbo for the fifth time.

Noble blows McCool a kiss on his way up the entrance ramp. Palumbo and McCool are still standing in the ring and Palumbo is not happy. Palumbo backs McCool up into the corner and has her trapped. The audience is chanting “Chuck’s a loser” and Noble appears at the top of the entrance ramp, distracting Palumbo and allowing McCool a chance to get out of the ring.

Backstage Vickie and Edge are in the office and Edge tells Teddy Long to leave them alone. The live audience is booing. I agree with the audience.

Batista is heading toward the ring. His match is next.

Promo for WWE HD, available in two weeks on Smackdown.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, Cole tells the audience The Undertaker will be in a Handicap Match against Mark Henry and Matt Striker. Striker cost Undertaker the win in his Beat the Clock Match last week. Coach reminds the audience about the match coming up later tonight between Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero.

M.V.P. from Miami, FL, weighing 248 lbs.

I’m not sure what happened, but MVP started down the entrance ramp, then backed up the entrance ramp in order to do his usual ring entrance with the pyros.

Cole tells the audience that next week it will be Ric Flair versus MVP in a Career Threatening Match.

MVP takes the mic and says that before he shows Batista how much better MVP is than Batista, he wants to talk about Batista’s mentor, Ric Flair. MVP says he will be known as the man who retired Ric Flair. Batista’s entrance music cuts off MVP’s tirade against Flair.


Batista from Washington, DC, weighing 290 lbs.

Audience favorite: Batista

My favorite: I like them both

We know MVP is giving up size in this match but he doesn’t appear too worried about it. I get the impression that Batista wanted this match in order to pound on MVP for threatening to retire Flair. MVP starts out trying to put on a boxing match versus a wrestling match. Batista leapfrogged over MVP in the ring. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him do that before in a match. Cole and Coach argue more than Cole and JBL argued during matches. MVP manages to get Batista down on the canvas and it looks like he’s going for the head kick. Not only does MVP make the kick, he sends Batista out on the floor. And we go to



Back from commercial break, both wrestlers are back in the ring but MVP seems to be in charge. There is a replay of what happened during the commercial break, which included MVP going out on the floor after Batista. Batista comes back but MVP doesn’t let Batista stay ahead. MVP goes for the pin but doesn’t get the three count. Batista tries again for a comeback but MVP is keeping Batista down. MVP does have greater speed in the ring than Batista but Batista has more power. Batista goes for the Batista bomb, but MVP manages to bail out of the ring. MVP brings Batista out to the floor with the referee telling them to get back inside the ring. It doesn’t go well for MVP when Batista drops him on the floor, but MVP manages to send Batista shoulder first into the outside corner post. Both men are back to the apron, Batista knocks MVP down to the floor. Batista gets back in the ring and MVP gets counted out. MVP grabs a chair outside the ring, but Batista delivers a spear and then rolls MVP back into the ring. MVP manages to roll back out of the ring and away from Batista.



Cole tells the audience that tonight it will be a Royal Rumble qualifying match between Hornswoggle (accompanied by Finlay) and Ranjin Singh (accompanied by The Great Khali) - arm wrestling. Coach reminds the audience about the Handicap Match The Undertaker has with Mark Henry and Matt Striker. That match will be next.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break.

Handicap Match

Matt Striker


The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry, at a combined weight of 600 lbs.


The Undertaker from Death Valley, weighing 299 lbs.

Recap of the match last week in which Matt Striker screwed The Undertaker out of his Beat the Clock Match by refusing to count to three when Undertaker had Mark Henry  pinned.

Audience favorite: The Undertaker

My favorite: I like The Undertaker and Mark Henry but I’m not sure about Matt Striker

Matt Striker is hiding behind Mark Henry. Something tells me he will do his best to avoid Undertaker. As soon as the bell rings, Striker rolls out of the ring and onto the floor away from the action. Undertaker takes out his anger at Striker on Henry. Striker does get up on the apron ring long enough to distract Undertaker and give Henry the edge. Striker back in the ring, notices Undertaker is on his feet looking at him and bails out of the ring again. Undertaker has Henry by the throat, Striker enters the ring and gets a big boot courtesy of Undertaker. Undertaker now works on both of his opponents in the ring.  Undertaker sends Henry out of the ring and goes after Striker delivering his tombstone pile driver to get the three count.


The Undertaker

The match may have been shorter than The Undertaker’s entrance to the ring. Almost a squash by Undertaker.

As soon as the match is over, Big Daddy V enters the arena. Henry is back in the ring and now both men are after The Undertaker. The live audience isn’t liking this. Undertaker tries to fight back but he is not only outnumbered, he is outsized which isn't something Undertaker faces every day. Undertaker does take down Henry with a DDT and V with a running clothesline before sending him over the top rope to the floor. As Henry gets to his feet, he finds himself being choke slammed by Undertaker.

The after match was actually better than the match.

Hornswoggle is backstage with Vince McMahon. McMahon tells Hornswoggle how proud he is of him when he won his match last week with Mick Foley as his tag team partner. Hornswoggle heads to the ring for his arm wrestling match and  Finlay enters. Finlay says McMahon isn’t holding up his end of the bargain. McMahon says Finlay is to never make reference to their deal. Finlay tells McMahon not to talk to him like that. Finlay wants to know how McMahon expects Hornswoggle to survive in the Royal Rumble Match. McMahon says that Finlay is now in the Royal Rumble Match and he can look after Hornswoggle. McMahon tells Finlay to calm down and to go out and look after Hornswoggle tonight and they will talk about the situation later.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, Raw Rebound: Recap of the steel cage match between Jeff Hardy and Umaga with Randy Orton outside the ring trying to interfere. Jeff Hardy defeated Umaga with a whisper in the wind off the top of the steel cage, much to Orton’s dismay. If you missed the match, both Jeff and Umaga did a great job.

Arm Wrestling Match

Ranjin Singh

accompanied to the ring by The Great Khali

Singh has the mic and is bragging about Khali’s workout regime and that Singh has been doing the same workout and that he will beat Hornswoggle just like Singh could beat everyone in the audience.



accompanied to the ring by Finlay

Audience favorite: Hornswoggle

My favorite: Hornswoggle and Finlay

Recap of the match last week with Hornswoggle and Mick Foley facing The Highlanders. Hornswoggle and Foley defeated The Highlanders and thus giving Hornswoggle and Foley entry into the Royal Rumble Match.

Finlay looks good in that suit. I’m not sure I’ve seen him in anything but his ring attire before.

The only purpose I can see for this match is giving Khali a chance to beat up on Finlay who is doing his best to protect Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle is having a problem reaching the table. They need to get a chair for Hornswoggle to stand on so that he can reach properly. Finlay has some sort of device in his hand – it looks like a remote control – but I don’t know what it is for. As soon as the ref tells them to get ready, Singh jumps away from the table and starts screaming. Undoubtedly the Finlay’s device causes some sort of electric shock. The ref says there is nothing wrong with the table and Hornswoggle is putting on rubber glove before grabbing Singh’s hand. Again Singh starts screaming but he can’t get away from the table because Hornswoggle is holding onto him. Hornswoggle slams Singh’s arm down on the table, the ref rings the bell and Hornswoggle is declared the winner.



With a little help from Finlay

In response to Hornswoggle’s victory, Khali delivers a boot to Finlay’s head and Finlay hits the mat. Hornswoggle is alone in the ring with Khali and Khali has Hornswoggle by the throat. Finlay is back on his feet and he uses the steel chair on Khali’s back to make him release his grip on Hornswoggle. Finlay hits him again and Khali falls to the mat and rolls out of the ring. Finlay’s head is bleeding.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, Cole reminds the audience that Rey Mysterio will be facing Chavo Guerrero in a match later tonight.

Kane, weighing 323 lbs.


Domino from The Other Side of the Tracks, weighing 235 lbs.

accompanied to the ring by Deuce, a nice ride and Cherry

Audience favorite: I’m not sure

My favorite: Kane

Barring outside interference, this should be an easy match for Kane to win. It begins as beat down of Domino. Kane is ready to put a choke slam on Domino, but Deuce makes a grab at Kane and Kane turns his attention to Deuce, delivering a fist and sending Deuce to the floor. Domino goes up on the top turnbuckle but Kane catches him as he comes off and delivers the choke slam before going for the cover and getting the three count.



Deuce started in the ring after the bell rang ending the match but when he saw that Kane was ready for him, Deuce made a hasty retreat. Short match, nice win for Kane.

Promo for Eve who is coming to Smackdown.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, promo for WWE HD.

Cole reminds the audience that in two weeks it will be the Royal Rumble pay per view. Coach reminds everyone they can go to for further information.

30 Man Royal Rumble Match

The winner gets a title shot at Wrestlemania.

Also on the Royal Rumble Card:

Jeff Hardy goes after Randy Orton’s WWE Championship

Ric Flair faces M.V.P. in a Career Threatening Match

JBL versus Chris Jericho

Rey Mysterio goes after Edge’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Recap of the matches between Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero

October 20, 2006 – I Quit Match

Chavo won the match and injured Mysterio’s knee.

September 7, 2007

Mysterio takes out Chavo and injures Chavo’s knee.

Mysterio and Chavo are heading toward the ring for their match.  That match is next.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, promo for Royal Rumble, January 27, 2008 on pay per view.

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


Chavo Guerrero from El Paso, TX, weighing 215 lbs.

Audience favorite: Rey Mysterio

My favorite: I like them both

Edge’s entrance theme begins and Edge makes his way to ringside. It appears Edge will be joining Cole and Coach at the announcer’s table.

The bell rings and the two men lock up in the ring. Chavo is slightly larger but Mysterio is so quick in the ring I’m not sure the size difference means anything. Outside the ring, Cole is giving Edge a hard time about his relationship with Vickie Guerrero. Mysterio goes for a cover early but he can’t get the three count. Chavo goes for a cover but he can’t get the three count. Mysterio delivers a kick that sends Chavo out to the floor but it backfires as Chavo throws Mysterio face first into the steel steps. Chavo is back in the ring, Mysterio is holding his knee, and we go to



WWE tied with this week's TNA iMPACT.

Back from commercial break, Chavo has Mysterio down in the middle of the ring. Replay of Mysterio meeting the steel steps outside the ring before the commercial break. Cole says that Chavo has been in control of the match since that collision. Chavo goes for a cover and gets a two count before Mysterio kicks out. Chavo is working on Mysterio’s left arm and shoulder. Mysterio is fighting back but Chavo slams Mysterio to the mat. Again Chavo gets a two count. Chavo continues to work on Mysterio’s arm and shoulder. Edge’s jaw muscles appear to be in great shape. He hasn’t shut up since he sat down at the announcer’s table. Mysterio is back to his feet and he manages to send Chavo to the mat, but Mysterio is down as well. Chavo is back to his feet first but Mysterio hits Chavo with a hurricanrana. Chavo charges at Mysterio, Mysterio ducks, Chavo goes through the ropes and out to the floor. Mysterio climbs up to the top turnbuckle and takes Chavo down on the floor next to the announcer’s table. Mysterio is busy watching Edge as he makes his way to his feet. Mysterio rolls Chavo back in the ring as the ref has counted to 6. Mysterio rolls over with a splash on Chavo but he only gets a two count before Chavo gets a shoulder up. Chavo goes for a cover but Mysterio kicks out at the count of two. Mysterio sets Chavo up for the 619, hits it, goes up to the top turnbuckle, hits Chavo with a frog splash and gets the three count.


Rey Mysterio

Edge dives into the ring after the match is over but Mysterio is ready for him. Mysterio is beating on Edge in the middle of the ring. He delivers a kick to the head, and goes for the 619 but the Edgeheads have appeared and trip Mysterio up. Now it’s three on one and the audience is not impressed as Edge beats on a helpless Mysterio. Mysterio tries to fight back but doesn’t’ get very far. Edge gets down on the mat and gets in Mysterio’s face.

I thought perhaps Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio would pair up to try to take out Edge and his goons, but Chavo was gone as soon as the match was over.

And that’s the end of the show.


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