Friday Night Smackdown

Friday Night Smackdown


February 15, 2008 – Recap by Sassy


No Way Out, WWE’s February pay per view, will premier this Sunday.



Rey Mysterio suffered what appears to be a torn bicep injury while working overseas. Our sources indicate Mysterio may be out of action for as long as six months, which, of course, means he won’t be able to face Edge at this Sunday’s No Way Out.



The police in Georgia have officially closed the Chris Benoit murder case indicating that Benoit killed his wife, Nancy, first, his son, Daniel, second, and then took his own life. A rumor has surfaced that Nancy Benoit suspected Chris of having an affair with “a scantily clad diva who stands at ringside”.

Well, that narrows it down, folks! 

Please note: At the present time this is only a rumor.


Smackdown is broadcast from Houston, TX

on the CW network.


Ringside announcers: Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman


Ring announcer: Justin Roberts


The Animal Batista from Washington, DC, weighing 290 lbs.




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

WWE United States Champion


Audience favorite: Batista


My favorite: I like them both


MVP is going to get a real work out prior to No Way Out by facing Batista. MVP and Batista will both be in the Elimination Chamber Match. Although Batista has the size advantage, MVP has been showing some quick action in the ring. In this match, MVP seems to like being out on the floor versus being in the ring. I have to admit I’m cheering for MVP even though he’s getting good at sliding out of harms way and out to the floor. All I can say is OUCH! since Batista has gotten the upper hand and goes for the cover. MVP kicks out of the pin. Once again Batista goes for the cover and MVP kicks out at the count of two. MVP manages to send Batista face first into the ring post but he can’t get the big kick and this time Batista rolls out of the ring and onto the floor. Batista is back in the ring working on MVP’s left leg and knee. Batista comes off the ropes, MVP leapfrogs over but the strain on his knee doesn’t allow him to stand. Batista goes after the leg again and this time he delivers the figure four-leg lock. MVP is in the middle of the ring and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to, oops, spoke too soon, MVP makes it to the bottom rope. MVP again rolls out of the ring and we go to






Back from commercial break, both men are back in the ring with Batista delivering some heavy-duty shoulder blocks to MVP’s abdomen. MVP brings up a knee and backs up Batista, then sends him shoulder first into the corner post. MVP seems to have the upper hand now and he goes for the cover, but Batista kicks out. The audience is behind Batista but MVP has Batista down in the corner. MVP goes out to the floor to work on Batista. MVP gets considerable heat from the audience while he’s out there. MVP gets back in the ring, goes for the kick to the skull, hits it and goes for the cover but he only gets a two count. MVP continues to work on Batista’s left arm and shoulder but Batista is back to his feet. MVP sends Batista out to the floor. MVP goes out after him, sending Batista shoulder first into the steel steps. That’s another big OUCH! MVP rolls Batista back into the ring and goes after him, goes for the cover and only gets a two count before Batista manages to kick out. MVP goes back to work on Batista’s shoulder. MVP rolls back out of the ring and drags Batista around using the corner post to inflict further injury on Batista’s shoulder. MVP rolls back in to stop the count out but he gets caught by Batista and is send back first into the side of the ring. Batista sends MVP back into the ring and then climbs up to the top turnbuckle, coming off to send MVP crashing down to the canvas. Batista goes for the cover but MVP grabs the bottom rope breaking the count. Both men are back to their feet and Batista catches MVP with a spine buster and then sets MVP up for the Batista bomb, but MVP manages to switch the move to his favor, sending Batista down to one knee. MVP goes for a roll up but Batista manages to kick out at the count of two. MVP sends Batista back into the ring post and then backs up to deliver a high kick. Batista turns around, MVP charges but Batista hits MVP with a spear and then sends MVP shoulder first into the ring post, not once, but twice. Batista again goes for the Batista bomb, nails it and goes for the cover to get the three count.



The Animal Batista


After the match, MVP grabs his title belt and has Roberts announce that MVP is still the United States Champion.


A decent opening match for Smackdown. Impressive work by both men in the ring and I’m not sure I know who took the most hard hits.


Edge is sitting in a chair backstage when he is interrupted by Kurt Hawkins and Zach Ryder.  Hawkins and Ryder have a big match tonight and want to know if Edge has any advice for them. Edge tells them that he is always there for them but tonight he needs to be alone to think. The Edgeheads leave Edge alone.


Commercial break.


Back from commercial break, promo for WWE:


John Cena video


No Special Effects

No Second Takes

No Shortcuts

No Drugs

No ‘roids


World Wrestling Entertainment

Reminds You

There Are No Shortcuts

To Your Goals.


8 Man Tag Team Match

Curt Hawkins


Zack Ryder

From Long Island, NY

At a combined weight of 437 lbs.



Deuce & Domino from the Other Side of the Tracks

At a combined weight of 465 lbs.

Accompanied to the ring by a nice ride and Cherry


Shannon Moore


Jimmy Wang Yang

At a combined weight of 410 lbs.





At a combined weight of 501 lbs.


Before the match begins, replay of last week’s Smackdown segment with Jesse introducing the new and improved Festus.


Jesse and Festus seem to have the weight advantage in this match but I believe Moore and Yang have the speed advantage. The bell rings and Festus goes off on Ryder. Festus sends Ryder to the floor and tags in Jesse who comes off the second rope and goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Moore is tagged in and he goes for the cover on Ryder but he only gets a two count. Moore ends up in the wrong corner, allowing Ryder to tag in Hawkins. Hawkins goes for the cover but Moore kicks out. Hawkins delivers a suplex and gain goes for the cover but Moore kicks out at the ocunt of two. Deuce is tagged in and he goes for a cover on Moore, but Moore gets a shoulder up. NOTE: Coach’s announcing is becoming a little annoying during this match. Deuce has Moore in a headlock but Moore gets back to his feet. Deuce sends Moore into the corner post and attempts a splash but Moore gets out of the way and tries to get back to his corner. Deuce tags in Domino who catches Moore before he can make it across to his corner. Moore manages to kick Domino down to the mat and make it to his corner to tag in Yang. Yang comes off the top turnbuckle in a cross body block, taking Domino down to the mat. Yang gets back to his feet and delivers a drop kick to Deuce on the ring apron sending him off the ring apron and face first into the announcer’s table. Yang has Domino going in circles in the ring. Yang goes for the pin and gets a two count before Hawkins and Ryder enter the ring to break up the count. Jesse is in the ring, followed by Moore while Festus remains outside the ring. Jesse and Moore go over the top rope and take out Ryder and Hawkins on the floor. Yang comes off the ropes in a moonsault, goes for the cover on Domino and gets the win.



Jimmy Wang Yang


Shannon Moore






A lot of action in this match and most of it was provided courtesy of Jimmy Wang Yang. You have to admit that Moore and Jesse had a hand in assisting in the win. Not a bad match for having eight men involved.


After the match, Hawkins and Ryder come in to take out winners Yang, Moore and Jesse. Deuce and Domino join in while Festus is still standing on the ring apron. The bell has rung and Festus is back to his docile self. Jesse is sent out of the ring and to the floor at the announcer’s table while Yang and Moore are getting worked over in the ring. Jesse makes his way to the bell and rings it, sending Festus into action. He goes after all four men in the ring, sending them out of the floor. After Festus clears the ring, Jesse rings the bell again sending Festus back to Mr. Nice Guy.


The match after the match looked more dangerous than the match itself. I was a little concerned the way either Deuce or Domino hit the top turnbuckle and twisted their neck on the way over the top rope and to the floor. No one in or out of the ring appears to be concerned.


General Manager Vickie Guerrero is backstage with Assistant General Manager Theodore Long and a makeup artist.  WWE DOES understand we only have a two-hour time slot, don’t they? Vickie should have started her make up session a little earlier – say noonish? Vickie tells Jan, the makeup miracle worker, to make her look great for her special night.  Okay, we can see how much storyline we’re going to be hit with tonight.


Commercial break.


Back from commercial break.


Michelle McCool from FL


Before McCool’s opponent is introduced, replay of the match last Friday between Chuck

Palumbo and Jamie Noble with McCool in Noble’s corner. Classic beat down of Noble although I complained at the time that the beat down lasted a little too long.




Victoria from Los Angeles, CA


Chuck Palumbo and his motorcycle appear at the top of the entrance ramp. Palumbo rides down to ringside in order to watch the match.


I have trouble believing McCool could beat Victoria. Victoria, even though she makes a great heel, is very talented in the ring. Palumbo is working as a great distraction as he drives slowly around the ring. Victoria takes advantage of the distraction. Every time McCool almost makes a move, Palumbo revs the engine making her look away from Victoria and toward the motorcycle. Victoria and McCool are up on the top turnbuckle when they tumble off and both go to the floor outside the ring. McCool tries to get back into the ring. Victoria rolls her and climbs in after her. Victoria goes for the cover but can’t get the three count. McCool has the upper hand but Palumbo runs the bike up to the ring apron and continually revs the engine enough for McCool to say something to him. As her attention is focused elsewhere, Victoria is back to her feet and when McCool turns around, Victoria hits the widow’s peak and gets the win.





Almost not a match with all of the outside distraction although I can’t complain about the motorcycle at ringside (or Palumbo either for that matter).


After the match, Palumbo gets off his motorcycle and enters the ring. McCool is still down on the mat. Palumbo takes off his shirt, grabs a mic, and stands on McCool’s writs to keep her from getting away. Palumbo tells her that he told her he was going to beat up Noble and make her watch. He lets go of her wrist and then stands on her hair. It appears Palumbo has become McCool’s own personal stalker.


Commercial break.


Back from commercial break, three weeks ago, The Undertaker versus Big Daddy V and the new submission hold Undertaker has been using to take out his opponents. Two weeks ago, the match between Undertaker and his brother, The Big Red Machine Kane, against V and The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry, accompanied to the ring by Matt Stryker with the same submission hold, this time used by Undertaker on Mark Henry.


The Undertaker from Death Valley, weighing 299 lbs.


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

Accompanied to the ring by matt Stryker


I’m starting to believe Undertaker’s entrances are longer than his matches. Undertaker beat V the last two times they have met on Smackdown. We’ll have to see if V has changed his strategy while in the ring with this opponent. The two lock up in the middle of the ring and V shoves Undertaker into the ropes. They lock up again and again V sends Undertaker back into the ropes. The two lock up again and tries to take V off his feet, but V sends Undertaker back into the corner post. V goes to work with fists before sending Undertaker across the ring into the ring post and then goes for the splash. Undertaker steps out of the way and works on V with a few fists to the face and head. Undertaker is using boots, elbows and fists trying to wear down V. Undertaker zeroes in on V’s left shoulder. Stryker gets up on the ring apron but Undertaker nails him with a fist, sending him to the floor. The distraction gives V enough time to get to Undertaker and deliver a clothesline when Undertaker turns around. V picks Undertaker up off the floor and sends him through the ropes and to the floor next to Stryker. Stryker delivers a shoe to Undertaker’s back as V comes out of the ring after Undertaker. V goes to work on Undertaker out on the floor but Undertaker comes back with fists. Undertaker tries to send V into the steel steps but V reverses it and sends Undertaker into the steps instead. V rolls Undertaker back in the ring and follows him in. V goes for the cover and he gets a two count before Undertaker gets a shoulder up. V has Undertaker down on the mat and is using his weight to keep him down. V picks Undertaker up and sends him head first into the top turnbuckle. V comes off the ropes to deliver an elbow but Undertaker gets out of the way, comes off the ropes, ducks under the clothesline of V, comes off the opposite ropes and delivers a clothesline that drops V to the mat. V is back to his feet and Undertaker goes for the left arm, going up to the top rope and coming off with a forearm that drops V to one knee. V is back on his feet, but Undertaker sends him over the top rope and down to the floor. Undertaker goes out of the ring after V, rolls V back in the ring and delivers a kick to V’s head. Undertaker gets up on the ring apron and drops a leg across V’s throat. Undertaker is back in the ring and both men are back to their feet. Undertaker comes off the ropes and delivers a DDT. Undertaker goes for the cover and gets the three count.



The Undertaker


Undertaker got a great work out prior to No Way Out by winning this match against Big Daddy V. I have a problem calling this a wrestling match since V doesn’t really wrestle – he merely uses his bulk to get over on his opponents. Undertaker and V are both in the Elimination Chamber Match at No Way Out.


After the match, Matt Stryker is in the ring checking on V when Undertaker grabs him by the leg and pulls him out of the ring and onto the floor. He sends Stryker head first into the steel steps and then follows Stryker back into the ring. Undertaker has Stryker by the throat and he delivers a choke slam sending Stryker to the mat. Undertaker then delivers the submission move he has used on V and Mark Henry on Matt Stryker in the ring. Stryker is tapping out but Undertaker doesn’t release the hold until Stryker is out.


Replay of the submission maneuver on Stryker.


Commercial break.


Back from commercial break, Edge is still backstage wandering around in the locker room.


Cole and Coach question whether or not Edge will be popping the question to Vickie.


Cole reminds the audience that this Sunday at No Way Out for the first time ever, Smackdown has an Elimination Chamber Match. For the first time in WWE history, there will be two Elimination Chamber Matches in one night. Film promo for the Elimination

Chamber match.


No Way Out Card


Smackdown Elimination Chamber Match

Big Daddy V vs. M.V.P., WWE US Champion, vs. The Great Khali vs. The Animal Batista vs. Finlay vs. The Undertaker

Winner faces the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Wrestlemania.


Raw Elimination Chamber Match

Y2J Chris Jericho vs. John Bradshaw Layfield vs. HBK Shawn Michaels vs. Jeff Hardy, WWE Intercontinental Champion, vs. The Game Triple H vs. Umaga

Winner faces the WWE Champion at Wrestlemania


Career Threatening Match

Ric Flair vs. Mr. Kennedy


WWE Championship Match

Randy Orton, Champion vs. John Cena, Challenger


WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

Edge, Champion vs. Rey Mysterio, Challenger

NOTE: Rey Mysterio most likely will be unable to compete in this match due to his biceps injury. We have no word yet on whether or not there will be a replacement for Mysterio or if the match will be dropped from the line up.


WWE ECW Championship Match

Chavo Guerrero, Champion vs. CM Punk, Challenger


Tag Team Match


The Big Red Machine Kane, weighing 323 lbs.


Before Kane’s tag team partner is introduced, we go to


Commercial break.


Back from commercial break.



CM Punk from Chicago, IL, weighing 222 lbs.


The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin from Orangeburg, SC, weighing 248 lbs.


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

WWE ECW Champion


Chavo seems to have overcome his run in with the Gulf of Mexico last week on ECW. He isn’t sneezing, blowing his nose, or scratching all over. The bell rings and Kane faces Chavo in the ring. Chavo starts in with fists and boots, but he comes off the ropes and meets Kane’s big boot. Kane picks Chavo up and holds him over his head before dropping him to the mat. Kane tags in Punk who comes in with boots as Chavo is down on the floor against the ring post. Punk goes for a pin but doesn’t get the three count. Chavo gets to Benjamin for the tag. Punk drops Benjamin with a dropkick and then sends him into the ring post. Punk charges Benjamin but Benjamin sends Punk into the top turnbuckle. Punk is back to his feet, but Benjamin slams him to the mat at gets in Chavo who is begging for the tag in. Double team and Chavo goes for the cover but Punk kicks out. Punk is now in the wrong corner. Chavo grabs the referee as a distraction while Benjamin goes down to the floor outside the ring to work on Punk. Kane gets off the ring apron and heads around the side of the ring but the ref sees him and sends him back to his corner. Chavo tags in Benjamin and Benjamin attempts to deliver a power bomb into the ring post but Punk makes a switch and sends Benjamin face first into the turnbuckle. Benjamin comes off the turnbuckle and is met with a high kick courtesy of Punk. Punk tries to get to Kane for the tag. He does as Benjamin tags in Chavo. Kane goes to work on Chavo with clotheslines and a big drop to the mat, not once but twice before delivering a splash in the corner. Kane hits the side slam and goes up to the top turnbuckle, comes off and nails Chavo on the way down. Kane goes for the cover but only gets a two count before Benjamin is in the ring to break it up. Kane gets up and goes after Benjamin, grabbing him by the throat. As Chavo gets back to his feet, Kane gets Chavo by the throat. Chavo and Benjamin deliver a kick to Kane’s midsection, send him across the ring into the ropes, Kane comes off and takes Chavo down with a clothesline. Benjamin ducks under the clothesline but Punk comes off the top rope after a blind tag to Kane and sends Benjamin crashing to the mat. Punk picks up Chavo, delivers the GTS and gets the win.



CM Punk


The Big Red Machine Kane


The match wasn’t long enough for me but it was a nice showcase for all four wrestlers involved. Punk and Kane never cease to amaze me but it would be unfair not to note that Chavo and Benjamin also have great in ring talent.


Promo for The Legacy of Stone Cold Steve Austin now available on DVD.


Commercial break.


Back from commercial break, the Raw Rebound: October 1, 2007, John Cena’s injury delivered by Randy Orton. The return of Cena during The Royal Rumble Match and Cena’s decision to use his win at The Royal Rumble to take on Orton at No Way Out instead of waiting for Wrestlemania XXIV.


I don’t know about the rest of the WWE fans, but I have my fingers crossed for Cena to win back his WWE Championship at No Way Out.


Commercial break.


Back from commercial break.


The Great Khali from India, weighing 420 lbs.

Accompanied to the ring by Ranjin Singh


Finlay from Belfast, Northern Ireland, weighing 233 lbs.

Accompanied to the ring by Hornswoggle


I have a lot of respect for Finlay and not just because he is willing to get into the ring with Khali week after week. I also respect his true wrestling abilities when he is allowed to use them. If you saw the midget match with Hornswoggle as one of the contestants, you know that he can wrestle as well.


Before the bell rings, we see the segment from two weeks ago where Vince McMahon was trying to get Hornswoggle to kiss his ass (ENOUGH already!). Hornswoggle refused, was saved by Finlay and instead bit McMahon’s ass. McMahon then scheduled a No Disqualification Match between himself and Hornswoggle for last Monday and if Finlay interfered, Finlay would be fired. Finlay did interfere, using his favorite weapon to wham McMahon upside the head after McMahon called him a coward. Finlay then had Hornswoggle deliver a tadpole splash and win the match.  McMahon did not fire Finlay but instead set up a Steel Cage Match between McMahon and Hornswoggle that will be shown on the next Monday Night Raw.


The bell rings and we know these two can’t possibly lock up in the ring. Finlay needs to stay out of Khali’s reach. Finlay goes after the legs first and then uses fists to try to take Khali down. Khali has Finlay in the corner delivering big boots to the abdomen before Finlay is down on the canvas and Khali is choking Finlay with the boot. Finlay fights back with kicks and gets up on the top turnbuckle but Khali knocks Finlay off and he goes out onto the floor. Khali goes out after Finlay and sends him head first into the guardrail surrounding the audience before tossing him shoulder first into the steel steps. Khali gets back in the ring to break the count out by the ref as Finlay manages to crawl back to the ring apron. Finlay uses the ropes to choke Khali and then crawls back into the ring. Finlay is dropped by a big fist by Khali. Khali picks Finlay up and slams him down to the mat. Khali has his hand up in the air, which he uses to squeeze Finlay’s right shoulder. Finlay is down on one knee and working to get back to his feet. Finlay makes it back to his feet and he delivers elbows into Khali’s midsection to make him break the hold. Finlay comes off the ropes and his met by a big Khali boot, sending Finlay once more crashing to the canvas. Cole tells the audience that Khali wears a size 24 boot.  Ouch. Khali picks Finlay up and sends him into the corner post. Khali comes after Finlay with a forearm, but Finlay ducks out of the way sending Khali into the ring post. Finlay goes out on the ring apron and climbs up to the top turnbuckle. As Finlay comes off the turnbuckle, Khali catches Finlay by the throat. Khali picks Finlay up by the throat and power slams him to the mat. Hornswoggle comes up the steel steps and into the ring to help his friend, Finlay. Hornswoggle has a big weapon in his hands. As the ref goes down to the mat to check on Finlay, Hornswoggle nails Khali in the back of the legs with Finlay's favorite weapon. Not hard enough because it has no effect on Khali except to make him turn around to see Hornswoggle in the ring. As Hornswoggle backs toward the ropes, Singh grabs him by the leg. Hornswoggle turns around to kick at Singh and by using the ropes, Hornswoggle delivers a double kick that sends Singh back down to the floor. Khali is still behind Hornswoggle and as he turns around he knows that he is in trouble. Khali has Hornswoggle by the throat as Finlay is trying to get back to his feet. Finlay has his hands on his favorite weapon as Khali sends Hornswoggle down to the mat. As Khali turns back around to go after Finlay, Finlay nails Khali with his favorite weapon across the arm and then across the head. Khali goes down to the mat. Finlay goes for the cover and gets the win.




With a little help from Hornswoggle

And Finlay's favorite weapon


Not really a wrestling match but you have to love any match where Finlay and Hornswoggle are teaming up to take out the bad guys. I should add here that I have the utmost respect for Hornswoggle to go through some of the things he does in the ring.


Teddy Long is pushing Vicky in her wheelchair toward the ring. They appear to be headed to the ring.  We know what’s coming as we see the ring being changed to a hearts and flowers spot…


Promo for No Way Out and the Elimination Chamber Matches.


Commercial break.


Back from commercial break, we have hearts, music, flowers, etc., etc., etc. I really tuned in to watch wrestling and up until this point it was working out quite well.  If this is what I wanted to watch, there’s a Hallmark channel somewhere on my cable channels. The Rated R Superstar Edge is introduced by Roberts. He enters the arena and the ring…he really didn’t bother to dress up for the occasion. Edge is greeted by enthusiastic boos from the audience. I’m on the audience’s side. Edge now has a mic – that should help this dragging spot right along, shouldn’t it? Edge wants the audience to know that for the first time in his life he is actually nervous. He says he is the Rated R Superstar but tonight the “R” stands for really, really in love. Excuse me while I look for my remote…there’s a mute button on it. I can’t find the remote and Edge introduces Vickie in her wheelchair, pushed to the ring by poor Teddy Long. The wheels of the wheelchair are decorated! I’d ask if this could get much worse but I’m afraid of the answer. Vickie gets into the ring still holding her neck while Teddy folds up her wheelchair and slides it into the ring then sets it up for her to sit down. Should I mention here that Vickie might lose some weight if she WALKED to the ring instead of sitting in the chair all the time?

Edge is talking and Edge is going to sing but I’m afraid I’m going to hear blah, blah, blah…He’s killing a Bryan Adams song! Edge and Jillian Hall should get together.

Fortunately for Edge, Vickie appears to be tone deaf. Edge gets down on one knee – again to the boos of the audience – and asks Vickie to marry him. She says yes and he has the ring.




Rey Mysterio, fortunately for all of us, decides to interrupt this “occasion”. He comes out to the top of the entrance ramp with mic in hand. Mysterio says he wants to come out and personally congratulate them. He says he thinks he can speak for everyone when he says this is the most disgusting thing he has ever seen in his entire life.  The live audience agrees and I’ll bet the rest of us at home are agreeing with him. Mysterio tells Vickie that since she is now engaged, he hopes she is seriously considering dropping the Guerrero name because as of right now, Vickie is disgracing the Guerrero name. Edge demands that Mysterio get into the ring and apologize to Vickie or he will put Mysterio in a wheelchair at No Way Out. Mysterio gets into the ring with the audience behind him. Mysterio tells Vickie something in Spanish and then tells Edge that he is through apologizing. Mysterio says that he will beat Edge at No Way Out. Edge takes a cheap shot, Mysterio retaliates, sets Edge up for the 619 and nails it. Lover boy is now on the floor on both knees. As he gets to his feet, Mysterio comes off the top rope, Edge gets out of the way and Mysterio takes out Vickie, wheelchair and all. Oopsie. Mysterio doesn’t looks too sorry. And the audience loved it. If you read Edge’s lips, he was calling Mysterio a son of a bitch as he exited the ring and headed up the entrance ramp.

Replay of the end of the confrontation between Mysterio and Edge and Vickie.

The medics enter the ring with a stretcher and the camera pans a shot of Mysterio at the top of the entrance ramp and that’s the end of the show.


I will not be purchasing the No Way Out pay per view but will have results on the Monday Night Raw report.




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