Friday Night Smackdown

Friday Night Smackdown

March 28, 2008 Ė Recap by Sassy

Last week on Smackdown Ė

The Animal Batista defeated Deuce & Domino in a 2 on 1 Handicap match.

The Big Show defeated Chase Stevens, Andy Douglas and Luke Hawx in a 3 on 1 Handicap match.

The Rated R Superstar Edge with Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder defeated Funaki in a non-title match.

The Big Red Machine Kane faced Chuck Palumbo in one on one action but The Great Khali and The Worldís Strongest Man Mark Henry interfered in the match and no winner was announced. Henry did pick up Khali and Slam him to the mat. Ouch..

John Morrison and The Miz retained the tag team titles after defeating Jesse & Festus in a WWE Tag Team match.

Friday Night Smackdown is being broadcast

on the CW network.

Ringside announcers: Michael Cole & Jonathan Coachman

Ring announcer: Justin Roberts

WRESTLEMANIA XXIV IS 2 DAYS AWAY!

Match with Wrestlers Who Will Be in the 24 Man Battle Royal before Wrestlemania. The winner of that Battle Royal match will face WWEís ECW Champion, Chavo Guerrero at Wrestlemania XXIV. Chavo has joined Cole and Coach at ringside.

The Big Red Machine Kane, weighing 323 lbs.

Vs.

The Great Khali from India, weighing 430 lbs.

Vs.

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

Accompanied to the ring by his motorcycle

Vs.

The Worldís Strongest Man, weighing 392 lbs.

Palumbo needs to hide in the corner and let the three big guys battle it out. But he doesnít. Kane takes Henry down and then Palumbo takes Kane down. Kane sends Palumbo over the top rope and down to the floor and then gets caught by Khali. Khali and Henry double team Kane. Kane manages to switch it around and now has the upper hand against his two opponents until Henry delivers a blow that drops Kane. Again itís two on one as Khali and Henry join forces against Kane. Henry appears to be calling the shots and he picks up Kane and drops him over the top rope to the floor. Now itís Khali and Henry in the ring. Henry receives a chop courtesy of Khali and the audience is booing. Henry picks up Khali and picks him up and tosses him over the top rope.

Winner

The Worldís Strongest Man Mark Henry

Iím not sure why Chuck Palumbo keeps getting himself thrown into matches with wrestlers obviously so much larger than he went from a feud with Jamie Noble to a feud with the Big Boys. This wasnít a bad match for what it was but I prefer to see Kane and Palumbo work one on one matches with their opponents.

After the match Chavo charges into the ring and goes after Henry. Chavo comes off the top rope. Henry catches him and slams him to the mat. That was not a bright move on Chavoís part.

Winner of the altercation between Chavo and Henry Ė Mark Henry.

Commercial break.

Theodore Long is backstage with Cherry, Eve and Michelle. He says it is time to reveal who the last diva voted off is and the diva that has been eliminated is Eve. That leaves Cherry and Michelle. Maryse and Victoria show up to make fun of Eve. Teddy breaks up the argument and tells they will settle in the ring with a wet and wild water fight.

Two out of the Seven Money in the Bank Ladder Match

CM Punk from Chicago, IL, weighing 222 lbs.

Vs.

John Morrison from Los Angeles, CA, weighing 219 lbs.

One half of the WWE Tag Team Champions

These two wrestlers generally work well off each other in the ring. The briefcase is hanging over the ring and the audience is chanting for CM Punk.

We have a little wrestling until Morrison decides elbows to the side of the head are more effective against Punk. As both men go over the top rope and out to the floor, WWE provides itís viewing audience with

COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!

THATíS ONE!

Back in the ring, Punk has Morrison on the mat and Morrison takes the opportunity to attempt to use the ropes for a pin but he gets caught by the ref. Punk is back in charge and Morrison is back out on the floor. Punk says something to the ref and points up to the briefcase before going out of the ring. Morrison catches Punk with a leg sweep as his feet are on the ring apron and Punk goes down. Morrison rolls Punk back into the ring. Morrison sends Punk shoulder and neck first into the corner post and then goes to work on Punkís left arm and shoulder using the ring post as a weapon. Morrison continues the attack until the ref makes him get back into the ring. Morrison goes for the cover and gets a two count before Punk kicks out. Morrison continues to put pressure on Punkís arm and shoulder as the audience cheers for CM Punk. Punk gets back to his feet but Morrison goes up to springboard off the ropes. Punk ducks and Morrison meets the mat. Punk delivers a nice back body drop and then uses another move to sends Morrison back across to the opposite side of the ring before sending him out to the floor. Punk flies out of the ring in a suicide dive to take Morrison down to the floor again. Punk sends Morrison back into the ring and goes for the cover but he only gets a two count. Morrison goes for a bridge cover but Punk kicks out. Punk delivers a back breaker and goes for the pin but canít get the three count. Morrison delivers a back breaker and goes for the cover but only gets a two count. The audience seems to be vocally enjoying this match up. Punk tries for the GTS, Morrison counters, and Punk catapults Morrison into the top turnbuckle, delivers a bulldog and goes for the cover but gets a two count before Morrison gets a shoulder off the mat. Punk sets Morrison up on the top turnbuckle but Morrison is fighting back, Punk delivers a hard chop to the chest and climbs back up, Punk sends Morrison to the mat with a hurricanrana and both men are down on the canvas. Punk goes for the pin and again only gets a two count before Morrison kicks out. Punk tries again for the GTS, Morrison counters, Punk gets Morrison up again, this time hitting the GTS and gets the three count.

Winner

CM Punk

Iím a Punk fan over Morrison but Morrison seems to be able to keep up with Punk in the ring. Both of the wrestlers have some nice moves. This match was worth watching.  There were wrestling moves, action at all times in and out of the ring and a great build up to the Money in the Bank Ladder Match coming up at Wrestlemania.

Six Man Tag Team Match

Lance Cade

&

Trevor Murdoch

&

The Miz

One half of the WWE Tag Team Champions

At a combined weight of 763 lbs.

Vs.

Jesse

&

Festus

At a combined weight of 501 lbs.

&

Kofi Kingston from Jamaica, weighing 218 lbs.

I have a feeling a meet up between Trevor and Festus could be like two freight trains colliding.

However, Lance is the one who ends up in the line of Festusís fire when the bell rings. Trevor comes into the ring to help out his partner but he gets taken down before Festus tags in Jesse. Jesse goes for the cover but fails to get the three count. Jesse finds himself in the wrong corner as Lance tags in Trevor. Jesse manages to get the upper hand and goes for cover but only gets a two count. Jesse tags in Kofi and Kofi comes off the top turnbuckle then goes for a cover. He canít get the three count. Kofi tags Jesse back into the match. Miz does what Miz does best, he pushes Jesse off the top turnbuckle and to the floor then gets himself tagged into the match, goes to the floor, rolls Jesse back in the ring and goes for the cover. He gets a two count. Miz tags in Lance with Jesse still stuck in the wrong corner. Lance tags in Trevor and Trevor drops Cade onto Jesse before going for the cover. Jesse kicks out. Jesse delivers a suplex to Trevor and tries to get a tag but Trevor tags in Miz and Miz prevents a tag by Jesse. Miz goes for the cover and gets a two count before Jesse powers out. Festus is pounding on the top turnbuckle and gets the crowd involved. Jesse manages to deliver a jawbreaker to Miz, Trevor enters the ring, Jesse send him to the mat with a back body drop and tries again to get to his corner but Miz is back up and has Jesse by the leg. Trevor goes outside the ring and pulls Festus off of the ring apron then delivers a shot to Festus, taking him out of action temporarily. Jesse makes it to the corner and tags in Kofi. Kofi goes for a roll up and gets a two count. Kofi does his little dance and drops on Miz but Trevor and Lance hit the ring. Festus hits the ring and takes out Lance and Trevor then goes out on the floor after Lance. Iíve lost track of Jesse. Kofi is in the ring with Miz as Festus continues to beat down Lance outside the ring. Kofi delivers a high kick, goes for the pin and gets the win.

Winners

Kofi Kingston

&

Jesse

&

Festus

Jesse and Festus are an entertaining tag team pair and Kofi has a different style and is very quick in the ring. This match was not a bad match and I was surprised the live audience wasnít more involved in the action.

Commercial break.

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

Vs.

Snitsky from PA, weighing 307 lbs.

Iím not a big fan of Snitsky and have become less of a fan of Batista.

Batista begins the match with a spear, a spine buster, and a Batista bomb. Match over.

Winner

The Animal Batista

This has got to be one of the quickest matches I have seen on Smackdown in some time. Batista went for the spear so quickly I thought he was going to catch the referee in the crossfire.

After the match, Batista enters the ring with a chair, picks up Snitsky and delivers another Batista bomb on top of the chair. I didnít see any reason for this although Coach tells the audience that Batista is sending a message to Umaga.

Commercial break.

Wrestlemania Wet & Wild Tag Team Water Fight

Eve Torres, Special Guest Referee

Victoria

&

Maryse

Vs.

Michelle

&

Cherry

Since this isnít a match, Iíll skip this one and just provide the winners.

Winners

Michelle

&

Cherry

I think Cherry was the only participant, including the referee, who didnít get wet.

Commercial break.

M,V.P. enters the arena with mic in hand. He tells the audience that after Wrestlemania everyone will be calling him Money in the Bank because he is better than everyone in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Tonight he says he will beat Chris Jericho and prove that he is just that much better than Jericho.

Commercial break.

Money in the Bank Ladder Match Preview

M.V.P.

WWE United States Champion

Vs.

Y2J Chris Jericho, weighing 222 lbs.

WWE Intercontinental Champion

Jericho got as many cheers as MVP got jeers. I like both of these wrestlers so Iím not even going to try to hazard a guess as to the winner.

MVP has greatly improved since appearing in the WWE ring and he shows it as the match begins. Jericho takes control of the match in short order and the viewing audience gets an up close shot of the green strip MVP has across his nose. MVP gives up on wrestling and switches to boots and fists but Jericho is no stranger to fighting instead of wrestling. MVP isnít doing well and he rolls out of the ring to think it over. Jericho responds with a dropkick to MVP outside the ring and then Jericho goes out of the ring to send MVPís face into the announcerís table. Jericho is back in the ring and MVP rolls back in. Jericho attempts to deliver a dropkick by spring boarding off the ropes, but MVP gets a boot up and nails Jericho. MVP goes for the cover twice but canít get the three count. Jericho charges at MVP in the corner, MVP gets out of the way, Jericho hits the top turnbuckle, goes over the top rope and out onto the floor and we go to

COMMERCIAL BREAK

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!

THATíS TWO!

Back in the ring, MVP has Jericho down on the mat with the audience chanting for Y2J. Jericho manages to deliver a hip toss and take down MVP but MVP is back to his feet and takes Jericho out with a knee to the gut. MVP goes for the cover but Jericho kicks out. MVP again tries for a pin but Jericho manages to kick out. Jericho catches MVP in a roll up and gets a two count. MVP is on his feet, Jericho is down, and MVP drops an elbow on Jerichoís chest and goes for the pin. MVP only gets a two count and he argues with the ref about the count. Jericho goes up to the top turnbuckle and comes off with an elbow to the back of MVPís neck and goes for the cover. Jericho gets a two count. Jericho drops MVP with a clothesline and goes for a cover but he canít get the three count. Jericho comes off the ropes but MVP catches him and slams him down to the mat. MVP goes for the cover and gets a two count. Jericho gets MVP in a bridge cover but only gets a two count. Jericho goes for the lionsault but MVP gets his knees up, gets to his feet and delivers a boot to Jericho, goes for the cover and gets a two count. Jericho has MVP in a set up for the walls of Jericho but MVP manages to kick out and delivers a kick to Jerichoís head, goes for the cover but MVP canít get the three count. Jericho gets MVP in the walls of Jericho but MVP manages to grab the bottom rope and make Jericho break the hold. MVP goes out of the ring and comes back in with both title belts as Jericho is down on the mat. MVP goes after Jericho with the title belt, Jericho manages to take MVP down, title belt and all. The ref rings the bell for a disqualification.

Winner by DQ

Y2J Chris Jericho

After taking out MVP, Jericho goes outside the ring and brings out a ladder, sliding it into the ring. MVP gets the ladder to his head as Jericho uses it as a battering ram. MVP and the ladder are down in the ring.

Not a bad match although I could be prejudiced because I do think both of these wrestlers are talented.  When Jericho first returned to the ring, I thought he might have made a mistake but he has proven me wrong every time I have seen him in a match.

Commercial break.

The Burial of The Undertakerís Wrestlemania Winning Streak presented by

The Rated R Superstar Edge

WWE World Heavyweight Champion

With Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder

Teddy Long and Vickie Guerrero are already in the ring, Vicky in her wheelchair, as usual. Teddy introduces the General Manager of Smackdown, Vickie Guerrero and then he introduces Edge who is dressed in a suit and tie, by the way, to the chants of ďyou suckĒ from the live audience. I wonder why the Edgeheads arenít wearing suits?

Edge delivers some sort of eulogy

Some of the wrestlers Undertaker has beaten at Wrestlemania:

Jimmy ďSuperflyĒ Snuka

Jake ďThe SnakeĒ Roberts

King Kong Bundy

The Game Triple H

Nature Boy Ric Flair

Randy Orton

The Worldís Strongest Man Mark Henry

The Animal Batista

Edge claims that he is going to bury Undertakerís winning streak this Sunday at Wrestlemania XXIV. The live audience disagrees with Edge. Vicky takes the mic and says it is her duty to be unbiased as GM of Smackdown and she says that she finds it extremely difficult because of her relationship with Edge. I hope WWE provided the live audience with barf bags prior to this segment. She says that they have a surprise for Edge, a preview of Wrestlemania made just for Edge.

The audience gets to see the special preview. I wasnít all that impressed with the preview but Edge likes it so much he hugs the Edgeheads. Edge addresses the audience telling them that they have all have seen what will happen this Sunday at Wrestlemania. Edge says it is now time to bury Undertaker once and for all.

Edge then proceeds to gross out the audience by smooching on Vicky and we are saved by the sound of Undertakerís bell. The Edgeheads bail out of the ring to guard the entrance ramp and as the ring is still dark, Undertaker emerges from the casket in the ring and goes after Edge, taking on the Edgeheads when they try to help him. Undertaker has Edge by the throat, choke slams him into the casket, Teddy bails out of the ring and out of harms way as a screaming Vicky suddenly no longer needs her wheelchair and she jumps out of the chair and rolls out of the ring, before running up the entrance ramp. The Edgeheads are back in the ring and the Undertaker stops trashing the set up in the ring long enough to deliver a tombstone pile driver to one of them as Edge crawls out of the casket . Undertaker then delivers a tombstone pile driver to the other Edgehead as Edge bails out of the ring and backs up the entrance ramp.

What, Vicky not willing to take another hit for Edge?  Could their disgusting romance be cooling off?

I know itís a build up for the big match at Wrestlemania but it looks a little silly to be going through all of this casket stuff with Vicky in her wheelchair and Undertaker in the casket.

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