Friday Night Smackdown

Friday Night Smackdown

January 25, 2008 – Recap by Sassy

Promo for WWE HD.

Smackdown is broadcast from the University of Virginia on the CW network.

Ringside announcers: Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman

Ring announcer: Justin Roberts

Michael Cole tells the audience this is the first Smackdown in HD. The Royal Rumble will be this Sunday on pay per view.

2 on 1 Handicap Match

Rey Mysterio from San Diego, weighing 165 lbs.


Zack Ryder


Curt Hawkins

At a combined weight of 437 lbs.

Audience favorite: Rey Mysterio

My favorite: Rey Mysterio

This wasn’t the kind of match I was looking for. It is a predictable match, unfortunately, as well as knowing that Mysterio most likely won’t leave the Royal Rumble with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.


Rey Mysterio

by DQ

One of the Edgeheads brought in a chair but Mysterio managed to kick the chair, sending it into the holder. The referee disqualified Ryder & Hawkins and Mysterio chases the two out of the ring with the chair.

Replay of the final moments of the previous match.

Cole tells the audience that tonight it will be The Undertaker versus Big Daddy V.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, Jesse is backstage with two enlarged photos of his partner, Festus. Jesse tells the fans the reason they have not been seen lately on Smackdown is because Festus has a problem. Festus is at the doctor’s getting help for his problem.


Accompaned to the ring by Deuce and Cherry


Jimmy Wang Yang from Atlanta, GA, weighing 206 lbs.

Accompanied to the ring by Shannon Moore

Audience favorite: Jimmy Wang Yang

My favorite: Jimmy Wang Yang

Cole reminds the audience that Domino and Yang are not in the Royal Rumble this Sunday.


Jimmy Wang Yang

With a little outside help from Shannon Moore after Deuce and Cherry interfered in the match.

Jamie Noble is backstage and is accosted by Chuck Palumbo. They immediately get into an argument when Michelle McCool shows up. They decide to play nice in front of McCool. Cole tells the audience they will be in six person tag team match coming up next.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, promo for Jeff Hardy who faces Randy Orton at the Royal Rumble for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Once again, I suspect Jeff will not walk away from the Royal Rumble with the championship belt which is a shame.

Six Person Intergender Tag Team Match

Chuck Palumbo

Accompanied to the ring by his motorcycle


Michelle McCool


Jamie Noble from Hanover, WV, weighing 202 lbs.


John Morrison from Los Angeles, CA, weighing 219 lb.s

One half of the WWE Tag Team Champions




The Miz

One half of the WWE Tag Team Champions

Audience favorites: I’m not sure

My favorites: Jamie Noble, Chuck Palumbo & Chuck’s motorcycle

I do have to admit the Noble/Palumbo/McCool romance gimmick is much more entertaining than the Edge and the Smackdown General Manager relationship. Mcool gets knocked off the ring apron when Palumbo shoves Noble into her. Noble stops the match and calls for help, going out to help McCool on the floor.

Winners: I don’t think there were any winners. None were announced.

Palumbo then attacks Noble and beats him up outside the ring. Noble took quit a few hits after the match was over and so does the ref when the ref tries to intervene to stop Palumbo from beating up on Noble. The audience reacts with calls of “you suck” directed at Palumbo. McCool gets back on her feet in order to stop Palumbo from continuing his attack on a downed Noble, but Palumbo slams her to the floor outside the ring. Palumbo delivers another kick to Noble’s ribs before the audience begins to chant again. Something tells me the romance is over.

Replay of the action outside the ring.

McCool is removed from ringside on a stretcher.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, recap of the VIP lounge on last week’s Smackdown – MVP and Ric Flair who will be facing each other in a career threatening match at the Royal Rumble.

MVP, WWE United States Champion, enters the ring. He is dressed in his street clothes.

MVP has a mic. He is here to remind the audience that he is better than Ric Flair. MVP accuses Flair of taking a cheap shot at him and then running away last week. I have a feeling Flair is going to walk out of the Royal Rumble with his career still intact even though MVP is telling everyone otherwise. MVP declares that at the end of his own career, he will be accepting his introduction into the WWE Hall of Fame as The Greatest Sports Entertainer of All Time.

Flair interrupts MVP’s speech. Flair also has mic in hand. Flair tells MVP that he is very entertaining and the he wouldn’t mind retiring at Madison Square Gardens however Flair is not ready to go home and Flair will beat MVP at the Royal Rumble.

Promo for

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break.

Belfast Brawl

No Count Outs and No DQ

Finlay from Belfast, Northern Ireland, weighing 233 lbs.

Accompanied to the ring by Hornswoggle


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

Accompanied to the ring by R.Singh

Audience favorite: Finlay

My favorite: Finlay

There are certainly a lot of Hornswoggle hats in the audience. Finlay did bring along his favorite weapon but that’s the only weapon I see. Finlay points at Hornswoggle and Cole says that it might be a warning to Khali to stay away from Hornswoggle. Singh tosses in a chair to Khali which gives Finlay a chance to hit Khali with the shelleigh but it doesn’t have much of an effect on Khali. Finlay is down and again Singh sends in a steel chair for Khali but Finlay manages to nail Khali with a low blow and then hits him with the chair. Khali doesn’t go down, but he does knock the chair backward into Finlay’s head. Outside the ring, Khali goes after Hornswoggle but Finlay picks up the shelleigh and tears into Khali. Khali is down on the floor and Finlay continues to beat on Khali. The ref has to step in and stop Finlay. Finlay picks up a steel chair and nails Khali. Khali is bleeding from the forehead. 



with a lot of help from his weapon and steel chairs

Cole reminds the audience that The Undertaker will take on Big Daddy V tonight.

Promo for Edge.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, Vince McMahon is backstage with Hornswoggle and Finlay. McMahon thanks Finlay for protecting Hornswoggle. McMahon tells Finlay that he has made Khali mad. McMahon says he needs to have a private chat with Hornswoggle so Finlay leaves the area. McMahon wants Hornswoggle to know what could happen to him during the Royal Rumble match. McMahon tells Hornswoggle that he can’t trust anyone, including Finlay, during the Royal Rumble Match. He tells Hornswoggle his last name is McMahon, not Finlay, and he is never to forget that.

The Animal Batista enters the ring. He is dressed in street clothes. Coach says that his favorite to win the Royal Rumble Match is Batista. Batista wishes Rey Mysterio good luck in his match against Edge at Royal Rumble. Batista says he is putting every competitor in the Royal Rumble match on notice. He won his first title match when he won the Royal Rumble match in 2005.

Promo for the Royal Rumble.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, replay of the McCool/Palumbo/Noble problems earlier this evening, including Palumbo’s beat down of Noble. Cole tells the audience that Palumbo’s knock down of McCool doesn’t appear to have been an accident. Film clip of McCool being removed from the arena on a stretcher with Noble stopping the stretcher to check on McCool. Noble promises to take care of Palumbo for what he did to McCool.

Big Daddy V from Harlem, NY, weighing 487 lbs.

Accompanied to the ring by Matt Striker

Before V’s opponent is introduced, replay of the confrontation between V and The Undertaker last week on Smackdown.


The Undertaker from Death Valley, weighing 299 lbs.

Audience favorite: The Undertaker

My favorite: The Undertaker

The Undertaker won last year’s Royal Rumble Match, went on to Wrestlemania and won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. If he wins this Royal Rumble, he will be one of very few who have won two Royal Rumble Matches in a row.


The Undertaker

via submission hold

The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry shows up after the match is over. He comes around to the side of the ring but he doesn’t get in the ring.  He does tell The Undertaker that he went too far. Henry has to help V to the back.

Promo for Randy Orton.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, promo for The Royal Rumble Match.

Royal Rumble Line Up

Royal Rumble Match

30 Entrants – Winner Receives a Championship Match at Wrestlemania.

WWE Championship Match

Randy Orton, Champion vs. Jeff Hardy, WWE Intercontinental Champion and Challenger

Career Threatening Match

Ric Flair vs. MVP, WWE United States Champion

JBL vs. Chris Jericho

WWE World Heavyweight Match

Edge, Champion vs. Rey Mysterio, Challenger

CM Punk from Chicago, IL, weighing 222 lbs.

Accompanied to the ring by Rey Mysterio

Before Punk’s opponent is introduced, the ECW Championship match between CM Punk and Chavo Guerrero is shown, including interference by Edge, who cost Punk the title belt.

Before Punk’s opponent is introduced, we go to

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break,


The Rated R Super Star Edge from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, weighing 250 lbs.

WWE World Heavyweight Champion

Accompanied to the ring by Zach Ryder and Curt Hawkins

otherwise known as the Edgeheads

Audience favorite: CM Punk

My favorite: CM Punk

Obviously Punk wants to get even with Edge for interfering in his match against Chavo Guerrero. Mysterio has joined Cole and Coach at the announcer’s table for commentary. Edge doesn’t appear to be doing well in his match against Punk. Punk ends up out on the floor and we go to

Commercial break in the middle of the match.

Back from commercial break, both men are back in the ring and now down on the mat. Punk is making this a kicking match and he’s doing a great job. A roll up and I thought Punk had it. No such luck. Edge kicks out. Close call when Edge makes a cover. Punk powers out at the two count. The audience is chanting “CM Punk”. Punk slips off the top rope and gets caught. The audience looks a little concerned. I thought maybe one of the Edgeheads got involved but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Replay of the slip and it was a slip. Edge is setting up for the spear but he gets a knee to the face instead. Another try for the pin but Edge manages to kick out at the count of two. Edge nails Punk with the spear and gets the win.



Not a bad match but I was just sure CM Punk would be able to pull it off. I think I was surprised Edge won because he managed to do it all by himself without any outside help.









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