February 8, 2008 – Recap by Sassy
Since this reporter is behind in reporting, I can tell
you that Rey Mysterio injured a bicep. The
injury was reported on February 15, 2008. There is no word yet on how serious
the injury was or how much time Mysterio may miss due to the injury.
Smackdown is broadcast from Corpus Christi, TX
the CW network.
Ringside announcers: Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman
Ring announcer: Justin Roberts
The Animal Batista enters the arena, then the ring. He is
dressed in wrestling attire. Batista stops on the way to the ring to say
something to a fan but the camera panned away so I can’t tell you what the
exchange appeared to be. It has been reported Batista has had verbal
confrontations with several fans in the last few months.
Michael Cole is waiting in the ring with a mic to talk to
Batista about the Elimination Chamber match he will be in at the No Way Out pay
per view. If Batista wins the match, he will go on to Wrestlemania. Batista says
that he will win the match and he will go on to Wrestlemania to reclaim his
The WWE United States Champion, M.V.P., interrupts Batista.
MVP takes the mic from Cole and faces Batista. MVP is there to tell Batista that
MVP will be the one winning the Elimination Chamber match and Batista disagrees,
but Big Daddy V and Matt Stryker interrupt them.
Stryker has the mic and he tells everyone that V will be the
one winning the Elimination Chamber match and will continue on to Wrestlemania.
Stay with us, folks, we should have everyone who will be in the Elimination
Chamber match in the ring shortly. And The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh
Khali takes the mic from Singh and points to V.
I don’t know what’s he’s saying, but he’s giving V an earful.
Singh says that Khali will be going to the main event at Wrestlemania and that
Khali isn’t afraid of any man in the Elimination Chamber match. Finlay and
Hornswoggle interrupt Singh.
Finlay has the mic in his hand as he and Hornswoggle enter
the ring. Finlay says they just came out to join the party. He says he has come
to fight and the lights go out.
When the lights come on, The Undertaker has entered the ring.
Everyone bails out of the ring with the exception of Batista and Finlay. The
Undertaker doesn’t say anything but he does let the rest of the Elimination
Chamber members know that The Undertaker will be the one winning the match and
going on to Wrestlemania.
Smackdown Elimination Chamber match entrants:
Big Daddy V
The Great Khali
I’m betting on The Undertaker although Batista, Finlay and
MVP are among my other favorites.
Back from commercial break, we find out that tonight there
will be a 6-man tag team match. It will be The Undertaker, Batista and Finlay
taking on Big Daddy V, M.V.P. and The Great Khali.
The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin from ECW
Benjamin has mic in hand to tell the audience there ain’t
no stoppin’ him.
The Big Red Machine Kane weighing 323 lbs.
Audience favorite: Kane
My favorite: I like them both but tend to favor Kane
Kane certainly has a size advantage in this match but
Benjamin has been known to fight low down and dirty. Two weeks ago on WWE ECW
Benjamin faced Kane and walked out of the match getting himself counted out.
Things don’t look good for Benjamin as the match begins. Kane is doing a great
job of manhandling Benjamin. Benjamin manages to go up and off the top ropes
sending Kane to the mat. Kane comes up with a choke slam but Benjamin gets in
the ropes to make Kane break the hold. It doesn’t work for long as Benjamin
meets Kane’s boot. Kane gets hung up on the top turnbuckle and Benjamin takes
advantage coming off the top turnbuckle with a neck breaker before going for the
cover. Kane powers out of the pin. Benjamin has Kane down on the mat but the
live audience is behind Kane. Kane gets to his feet. Benjamin sends Kane back
down to the mat but still can’t get the three count. Benjamin comes off the
top rope and meets Kane’s fist, then two clotheslines. Kane goes for the big
boot but Benjamin slides under. Kane gets Benjamin against the corner post and
delivers several forearms before sending Benjamin to the mat with a sidewalk
slam. Kane goes up on the top rope and comes off with a flying clothesline.
Benjamin rolls out of the ring and this time Kane follows him out. Benjamin’s
head meets the guardrail but Benjamin sends Kane into the corner post. Kane
knocks Benjamin off of the top turnbuckle and into the ring. As Kane gets up on
the ring apron, the referee rings the bell and announces that Benjamin wins the
match due to a count out. Kane does not look happy.
Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin
Not a bad match although I’m never happy with count out
Cole advises the audience that Vickie Guerrero is back after
being injured Rey Mysterio at The Royal Rumble.
Promo for next week’s Monday Night Raw with John Cena
taking on The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry, Jeff Hardy facing HBK Shawn
Michaels, and Hornswoggle taking on Vince McMahon.
Back from commercial break, on Smackdown two weeks ago, beat
down of Jamie Noble by Chuck Palumbo also knocking down Michelle McCool, last
week the apology of Palumbo to McCool with McCool slapping Palumbo and refusing
to accept his apology. Palumbo tells McCool that Noble will pay for what she
Chuck Palumbo from San Diego, CA, weighing 280 lbs.
Accompanied to the ring by his motorcycle
Jamie Noble from Hanover, WV, weighing 202 lbs.
Accompanied to the ring by Michelle McCool
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: I like them both but don’t like the
direction of Palumbo’s heel turn
Palumbo is not happy that McCool enters the arena with Noble.
Palumbo may have the size advantage but Noble is quick in the ring. Noble meets
Palumbo’s boot and instead of going for the cover, Palumbo decides to deliver
fists to Noble’s face and head. Palumbo is spending time worrying about
McCool’s reactions, which gives Noble time to get out of Palumbo’s way.
Palumbo goes shoulder first into the ring post when Noble steps out of the way.
Noble is now in charge of the match and both men go over the top rope and to the
floor outside the ring. Noble is back to his feet first and he continues to work
on Palumbo before rolling back inside the ring. Palumbo is back on his feet and
tries to get back in the ring, but Noble delivers a drop kick and sends Palumbo
back to the floor. Noble goes up on the top turnbuckle and comes off, but
Palumbo moves out of the way and Noble hits the motorcycle. Palumbo picks Noble
up and rolls him back into the ring and delivers a slam to the mat, goes for the
cover and gets the three count.
With a little help from his motorcycle
Not a bad match and Jamie Noble does take a lot of dangerous
falls and drops in this match.
After the match, McCool can’t decide whether to get in the
ring to help Noble or not. Palumbo picks Noble up off the mat and sends him
shoulder first into the corner post, then goes outside the ring to work on Noble
some more. We have McCool running around the ring yelling for Palumbo to stop
and Noble taking some nasty slams on the outside of the ring. The fans are
giving Palumbo a hard time but he doesn’t seem to be paying attention to the
fans. Palumbo yells something at McCool before continuing the assault on Noble,
sending him face first into the guardrail. The ref is trying to get Palumbo out
of the area and McCool finally makes it over to Noble to check on him. Palumbo
comes back and again goes after Noble. Palumbo drags Noble around the ring and
to the area by the entrance ramp before getting on his motorcycle, firing it up
and ordering everyone away from Noble. I thought for a minute there Palumbo was
going to run over Noble with the bike, but he didn’t. He does stop long enough
to glare at Noble, McCool and the ref before going up the entrance ramp and out
of the arena.
The after match was too much. No one likes to see anyone get
beat down and have it continue for any length of time. Although I don’t mind
seeing Palumbo do a heel turn, I don’t like the direction WWE used to get him
there. He does make a great crazy hulk. Noble has always been one of my
favorites and he continues to work the ring well no matter how large his
opponent may be.
Back from commercial break, promo for WWE in Japan.
Jesse & Festus
At a combined weight of 501 lbs.
Festus enters the arena with a paper back over his head
Deuce & Domino from the Other Side of the Tracks
(already in the ring)
At a combined weight of 455 lbs.
Accompanied by Cherry
Audience favorites: Jesse & Festus
My favorites: Jesse & Festus
Jesse has the mic as he enters the ring. He wants to tell
everyone about Festus and his psychological treatment for his mood disorder. The
new and improved Festus is unveiled but he looks the same as he did before his
treatment. Jesse says that after the bell rings, Festus will have the face of a
changed man. The bell rings and Festus goes ballistic – not exactly a change
from the old Festus.
Jesse and Deuce start the match and Jesse delivers a quick
roll up but Deuce kicks out. Jesse is working over Deuce and again goes for a
cover but Deuce again kicks out. Jesse comes off the top rope and again goes for
the cover but Domino pulls Jesse off of Deuce and out onto the floor. Jesse
delivers a blow to Domino but gets caught by Deuce when he tries to get back in
the ring. Deuce goes for a cover but Jesse manages to power out. Jesse is in the
wrong corner and now he’s in the ring with Domino. Festus tries to get into
the ring but the ref stops him. Festus is encouraging Jesse to tag him in and
Jesse manages to suplex Domino. Jesse is crawling toward his corner but he gets
caught. Domino has Jesse by the leg and Deuce runs across to block Jesse from
getting a tag but Festus nails Deuce and sends him crashing to the canvas,
giving Jesse time to get the tag. Festus has a grip on Domino before he even
enters the ring. He runs him across the ring to the other ring post and slams
him face first into the top turnbuckle. Deuce is back on his feet and Festus is
now in the ring. He sends Deuce flying through the ropes and to the floor. He
delivers a boot to Domino’s face as Jesse runs around the side of the ring to
take care of Deuce. Cherry gets too close to the ring and Festus makes a grab
for her, which gives Domino time to get back to his feet. Festus sends Domino
into the ropes and then slams him to the mat, goes for the cover and gets the
Another nice match. I enjoy watching Jesse in the ring.
He’s quick and does know his wrestling. Festus is a brute and uses force to do
what he does, but he is an effective competitor and the perfect partner for
Back from commercial break, last week’s Smackdown with
Teddy Long announcing that at No Way Out, Edge will face Rey Mysterio in a
rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight Title.
Edge enters the arena for his Cutting Edge segment. I believe
his guest will be Vickie which means we will hear a lot of blah, blah, boring
blah. No offense, but I don’t like this storyline at all. And it has nothing
to do with Vickie being Eddie Guerrero’s widow, it’s just that this isn’t
working yet WWE continues to drag it out.
Before Edge introduces the love of his life, Vickie Guerrero,
he shows the footage of Vickie being nailed with the 619 by Rey Mysterio at The
Royal Rumble. It certainly wasn’t Mysterio’s fault. If you stick your face
in a wrestling match, you should be prepared to take the punishment. Obviously
Vickie doesn’t handle taking the 619 well since she claimed to be
As Vickie enters the arena being pushed by Teddy Long in a
wheelchair. The audience delivers chants of “you suck” to Vickie’s ring
and then begins chants of “Eddie” or “Teddy”. Edge sends Teddy Long out
of the ring so that Edge can have time alone with Vickie.
I am trying not to laugh too hard. It’s not exactly “alone” with
the entire live audience and the entire audience at home watching. Edge tells
Vickie that next week is Valentine’s Day and next week he wants to ask her a
very important question. Edge says that this week Rey Mysterio owes her an
apology for what he did to her at The Royal Rumble. Edge calls out Mysterio to
apologize to Vickie.
Rey Mysterio does enter the arena to the cheers of the
audience. He is not dressed for ring action but then neither is Edge. He makes
his way to the ring and enters with mic in hand. Vickie demands an apology from
Mysterio. Mysterio starts to talk but Vickie slaps him. Mysterio tries again to
talk to her and again she slaps him. Mysterio says he is there to explain and
when he blocks the next slap, Edge attacks Mysterio, knocking him down to the
mat. Mysterio goes for the 619, but Edge moves out of the way. Edge charges
Mysterio and nearly runs into Vickie in her wheelchair but manages to stop in
time. He turns to get smacked by Mysterio but Mysterio then runs into Edge’s
boot Edge is out of the ring and looking for a steel chair, actually two steel
chairs which he brings into the ring. Mysterio is back up, delivers a drop kick
that sends the chairs into Edge’s face, and this time he does hit Edge with
the 619. Edge rolls out of the ring and Mysterio flies out of the ring to slam
Edge into the announcer’s table. The audience is very happy with the way this
turned out. Vickie is not, obviously.
Mysterio is now in the ring with Vickie. He tells her that he
almost forgot to tell her he was sorry. He then leaves the ring and the arena.
This was nearly as good as a real match. It gave Mysterio a
chance to pound a little on Edge and kept Edge and Vickie from running their
mouths through the entire segment.
Back from commercial break, replay of the confrontation
between Mysterio, Edge and Vickie that happened before the commercial break.
Cole reminds the audience that Edge will face Rey Mysterio in
a rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at No Way Out.
Other matches at No Way Out -
Randy Orton will defend his WWE Championship against John
Ric Flair will face Mr. Kennedy in a Career Threatening
Raw Elimination Chamber Match: Y2J Chris Jericho vs. John
Bradshaw Layfield vs. HBK Shawn Michaels vs. Jeff Hardy vs. The Game Triple H
Smackdown Elimination Chamber Match:
Big Daddy V vs. M.V.P. vs. The Great Khali vs. Batista vs. Finlay vs. The
Cole reminds the audience about the 6-man tag team match, all
entrants in the No Way Out Elimination Chamber match will be later tonight.
The Raw Rebound
McMahon attempts to make Hornswoggle kiss his ass but
Hornswoggle refuses and then is saved by Finlay. Hornswoggle does bite
McMahon’s ass before bailing out of the ring with Finlay. McMahon then tells
the audience that on the next Raw, he will face Hornswoggle in a No
Disqualification Match and if Finlay gets involved in the match, he will be
Back from commercial break, Edge is interrupted backstage by
the new interviewer. She asks him what Edge is going to ask Vickie next week and
then asks if he is going to propose. Edge tells her it isn’t any of her
business and tells her if she really wants to know, she can tune in next Friday.
Both from Long Island, NY
At a combined weight of 437 lbs.
Jimmy Wang Yang
At a combined weight of 410 lbs.
Audience favorite: Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang
My favorites: Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang
Ryder and Yang begin the match. I do like Yang and Moore as a
tag team but I prefer Ryder & Hawkins as The Major Brothers. Yang ends up on
the floor outside after interference by Hawkins. Yang appears to have injured
his left wrist as a result of the fall to the floor. Hawkins and Ryder trade off
tags and continue to work on Yang’s injured wrist. Yang manages to deliver a
boot to Hawkins skull, allowing Yang to make the tag to Moore. Moore manages a
cover but Ryder puts a stop to the count. Moore gets taken down and the opposite
team gets the three count.
This could have been a good match but it was too short to
allow Yang and Moore to use their high flying maneuvers.
Promo for The Legacy of Stone Cold Steve Austin DVD that will
be available next Tuesday.
Back from commercial break.
Man Tag Team Match
The Great Khali from India, 7’0”, 420 lbs.
Accompanied to the ring by Ranjin Singh
Big Daddy V from Harlem, NY, weighing 487 lbs.
Accompanied to the ring by Matt Stryker
M.V.P. from Miami, FL, weighing 238 lbs.
United States Champion
The Animal Batista from Washington, DC, weighing 290 lbs.
Finlay from Belfast, Northern Ireland, weighing 233 lbs.
Accompanied to the ring by Hornswoggle
The Undertaker from Death Valley, weighing 299 lbs.
Audience favorites: Batista, Finlay & Undertaker
My favorites: Batista, Finlay, Undertaker & M.V.P.
Promo for the two Elimination Chamber matches at No Way Out.
Commercial break before the match begins.
Back from commercial break, the match is already underway
with Finlay facing Khali in the ring. Finlay isn’t faring well. MVP gets the
tag and the ref has to tell Khali to leave the ring as MVP enters. Finlay gets
the upper hand against MVP and goes for the cover but MVP manages to kick out.
Finlay tags in Batista and MVP tries to get away but can’t. MVP manages to get
Batista into his corner and tags in V. Batista
manages to get V into the corner and deliver several shoulder blocks. Batista
gets V back into his corner and tags in Undertaker. Undertaker goes to work on
V’s left arm and shoulder. Undertaker goes up to the top rope, but V manages
to send Undertaker back down to the mat. Undertaker sends V shoulder first into
the corner post and again goes up to the top rope before coming off with a slam
that sends V down to one knee. MVP comes into the ring and Undertaker takes him
through the same move he just used on V. The interference by MVP gives V a
chance to deliver a clothesline that sends Undertaker down to the mat. V tags in
Khali and we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
THE MAIN EVENT NO LESS!
Back from commercial break, MVP is now in the ring with
Undertaker. MVP goes for a cover but only gets a two count before Undertaker
powers out. MVP does a little boxing but Undertaker comes off the ropes with a
hard right and then another, sending MVP down to the canvas. Undertaker tags in
Batista who goes to work on MVP. Batista charges across the ring to send a
forearm to V, sending him to the floor. Batista delivers a suplex to MVP and
goes for a cover but MVP manages to kick out. MVP is in the wrong corner as
Batista tags in Finlay. Finlay goes for the cover, MVP kicks out, Finlay charges
to send a fist to V and Khali on the ring apron and then turns back to MVP. The
ref is trying to keep V and Khali out of the ring. MVP sends Finlay off the top
turnbuckle and onto the floor. V goes down to the floor and after Finlay as
Batista tries to enter the ring. Undertaker goes around the ring to chase off
Stryker and V. Undertaker has a chair as MVP rolls Finlay back into the ring.
MVP goes for the cover but Finlay manages to kick out at the count of two. MVP
has Finlay in the wrong corner as he tags in Khali. Khali stops to show
Undertaker he is the strongest man in the ring and Finlay is in trouble. Khali
tags in V and Finlay is in the wrong corner as V goes to work on him. V tags in
MVP and MVP goes to work on Finlay’s neck. Hornswoggle is pounding on the ring
apron to get Finlay back to his feet. Finlay is up and delivers a few knees, but
when he comes off the ropes, MVP catches him with a drop toehold. MVP delivers a
kick to Finlay’s head, but can’t get the three count. Finlay is looking for
a tag but is too far away from his corner. Finlay manages to break free from MVP
and as MVP goes for the kick, Finlay gets out of the way and tags in Undertaker.
Undertaker delivers two splashes before sending MVP face first into the
turnbuckle and then a boot to the head. MVP is down on the mat and Undertaker
delivers a leg drop and goes for the cover but MVP kicks out. V enters the ring.
He picks up Undertaker and delivers a Samoan drop but as he turns around,
Batista delivers a spear to V. Khali enters the ring and delivers a chop to
Batista’s head before Finlay delivers a shot with the shillelagh to Khali’s
head. MVP delivers a blow to Finlay, taking him down to the mat. Finlay rolls
out of the ring and MVP is left alone in the ring with Undertaker who delivers a
choke slam. Coach says the ref has declared the match over with no winner.
Finlay is in the ring, facing Undertaker, Batista is in the opposite corner.
On the next Friday Night Smackdown, Edge’s question for