April 11, 2008 – Recap by Sassy
Last week on Smackdown –
Matt Hardy defeated M.V.P., WWE United States Champion.
Festus defeated Zack Ryder.
Vladimir Kozlov defeated Matt Bentley in their WWE
Smackdown debut match.
John Morrison and The Miz, WWE Tag Team Champions,
defeated Shannon Moore and Jimmy Wang Yang.
The Big Red Machine faced The Undertaker in one on one
action. The Rated R Superstar Edge, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, the Edgeheads,
and Chavo Guerrero interrupted the match. Kane and Undertaker were the last men standing in or out of
Night Smackdown is being broadcast from Boston, MA
the CW network.
Ringside announcers: Michael Cole & Jonathan Coachman
Ring announcer: Justin Roberts
Backstage interview: Eve Torres
Michael Cole informs the audience that tonight The
Undertaker, WWE World Heavyweight Champion, will face Festus in one on one
The Great Khali is having a Punjabi peace offering for Big
Show. Khali is in the ring with Indian dancers and a sort of a translator. In
the midst of Khali speaking into the mic, the audience hears Big Show’s
entrance theme and Big Show enters the arena. The Indian dancers clear out of
the ring as Big Show approaches. Khali continues speaking to Big Show and his
translator tells Big Show that Khali has brought him special water. Big Show
smells the water and hands it back. Khali’s translator hands Big Show a
decanter, I think they said it was wine. Big show takes a sip, makes a face and
hands it back. Khali’s translator hands Big Show a chicken. Big Show smiles
and hands it back. Khali’s translators bring out a goat and hands the leash to
Big Show telling him that he will always have goat’s milk and will never be
thirsty. Big Show pets the goat and
hands the leash back. Cole tells the audience it was scotch in the decanter, not
Big Show says that words can’t describe the way he feels
right now. He said he could show Khali how he feels and he holds out his hand
and shakes Khali’s hand. Big Show then sends a right fist into Khali’s jaw,
dropping him to the canvas. I take it from the reaction of the Indian dancers on
the floor outside the ring that was not the reaction they were hoping for.
Coach tells the audience that Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels
and The Animal Batista will be face to face tonight. On Monday Night Raw, the
audience voted whether or not they thought Michaels did the right thing via text
votes and they did agree that he did the right thing – 65%.
They are having the same text voting tonight for the Smackdown audience.
Tag Team Match
John Morrison from Los Angles, CA, weighing 219 lbs.
The Miz from Cleveland, OH, weighing 231 lbs.
WWE Tag Team Champions
Jimmy Wang Yang
At a combined weight of 410 lbs.
Audience favorites: Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang
My favorites: Shannon Moore, Jimmy Wang Yang & John
Morrison, although I have to admit Miz appears to have been improving as of
Didn’t these four just face each other last week?
It appears WWE, for all of their roster, has a shortage of tag teams
competing in the ring.
The bell rings and it is Morrison facing Moore in the ring.
Morrison is busy running his mouth before they lock up and Morrison seems more
interested in swinging his hips than practicing his wrestling moves. Morrison
finally warms up and you can hear his mouth as he tells Yang “that’s why
you’re still a virgin”. Moore has Morrison in a roll up and goes for another
cover before tagging in Yang. Yang delivers a dropkick and goes for the cover.
He doesn’t get the three count. Yang delivers a suplex and goes for the cover.
He gets a two count. Morrison comes off the ropes and nails Yang with a
clothesline before tagging in Miz and they do a little double-teaming before the
ref breaks it up. Miz goes for a cover and doesn’t get the win to the chants
of “you suck” from the audience. Yang tags in Moore and Moore goes for a
cover but he only gets a two count. Moore, Morrison and Yang all do very well
developed highflying maneuvers in the ring. Miz is out of place with the other
three even though he has shown some improvement. Morrison and Miz are known for
playing a little outside the rules and this match is no exception. Yang and
Moore work very well as a tag team and I am surprised this isn’t a title
match. Yang is trying to get a tag but Morrison in the center of the ring ties
up Moore. Morrison body slams Yang to the mat and then shows off for the crowd
allowing Moore to get the drop on him. Moore tags in Yang and Yang uses high
kicks to send Morrison down to the mat. Suffice it to say that Miz manages to
come in and break up a cover attempt by Yang, Moore gets sent over the top rope,
Yang sends Morrison over the top rope, Miz comes in for a roll up, gets the
three count and wins the match.
a neck breaker
Tag Team champions
I had to rewind three times to finally find out when Morrison
tagged in Miz. Morrison didn’t
tag, Miz slapped Morrison in the back when Morrison came off the ropes.
In fact, WWE was kind enough to play back the tag and the fact that the
referee saw the tag.
Theodore Long is somewhere in a spa. It appears Vickie
Guerrero and The Rated R Superstar Edge are getting a massage.
Teddy is holding the towels. I am not going to bore you with the details
of the massage or the conversation.
Finlay from Belfast, Northern Ireland, weighing 233 lbs.
Matt Stryker from NY, weighing 221 lbs.
Audience favorite: Finlay and Hornswoggle
My favorite: Finlay and Hornswoggle
Hornswoggle and Finlay, now known as father and son, receive
a warm welcome from the audience. They have not been on Smackdown since
Hornswoggle was injured at the hands of John Bradshaw Layfield. I was a little
surprised to see Matt Stryker as Finlay’s opponent. I didn’t know Stryker was going to be back in the ring on a
After the bell rings, Finlay drops his favorite weapon on the
ring apron and Hornswoggle crawls under the ring. I have always liked seeing
Finlay in the ring and would have liked to have seen him before his WWE career.
Hornswoggle comes out from under the ring with a squirt gun and catches Stryker
in the face with a nice spray of water. Finlay doesn’t need any help against
Stryker in the ring but Stryker comes back with a few illegal maneuvers that has
the ref arguing with Stryker. Stryker goes for a pin but only gets a one count
before Finlay powers out. Stryker knocks Finlay out of the ring and tries for a
baseball slide. Finlay catches him in the cover outside the ring until the ref
makes Finlay stop pounding on Stryker. In the meantime, Hornswoggle shows up
outside the ring with a bucket. He throws confetti at Stryker and then tries to
hand Stryker an umbrella. Stryker declines the umbrella, turns around and Finlay
catches him with a real bucket of water. Back in the ring, Hornswoggle sneaks in
and hits Stryker in the back with a blow up toy of some kind, Stryker turns
around and takes it away from Hornswoggle. The ref turns around and catches
Stryker with the toy, takes it away and hands it through the ropes and as the
ref’s back is turned, Finlay picks up his weapon of choice from the ring
apron, nails Stryker with it, throws the weapon back, goes for the cover and
gets the win.
With his favorite weapon to the side of Stryker’s head
behind the ref’s back
And a lot of help from Hornswoggle.
After the match, Hornswoggle and Finlay play it up for the
audience with the cameras showing the children in the audience waving at
Hornswoggle. Finlay then sets up Stryker and Hornswoggle delivers a tadpole
I know why WWE does this type of match up.
The audience loves Hornswoggle and because Finlay was his “protector”
and is now his “father”, the audience loves Finlay.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to see much of the abilities of the
wrestlers in the ring because of the comedy routines throughout the match. The
times that I have seen Hornswoggle actually wrestle against men his size, he
appeared to be quite knowledgeable about wrestling.
sees a video of last week’s Smackdown when Michelle won the best Diva contest
and Nattie Neidhart made her debut by attacking Michelle.
Victoria from Los Angeles, CA
Accompanied to the ring by Natalya Neidhart
Michelle McCool from FL
Audience favorite: Michelle McCool
My favorite: Victoria
Before the match, Victoria introduces a video clip of
Neidhart’s father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and then introduces Natalya
Neidhart as her friend and new co-worker.
Before the bell rings, McCool goes after Neidhart who jumps
off the ring apron. Everyone knows I am not overly fond of diva wrestling but
Victoria is one of my favorites and if Neidhart follows in her family’s
footsteps, she will be great in the ring. McCool has gotten better since her
first appearance in WWE. Victoria delivers a superplex off the top rope and goes
for the cover but McCool kicks out at the count of two. Neidhart delivers a
distraction, Victoria goes for the roll up, grabs the tights and gets the three
with a roll up and the tights
Cole is in the ring. He announces that at Backlash it will be
Batista versus Shawn Michaels and introduces a video of the feud between the two
wrestlers. On the off chance that you have missed any of this, Batista is angry
with Michaels because he defeated Flair at Wrestlemania XXIV.
Batista said Michaels should have laid down for Flair. Cole then
introduces The Animal Batista who enters the ring and then Cole introduces
Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels who enters the ring. Batista may be angry with
Michaels but the audience does not appear to feel the same way. Batista sends
Cole out of the ring so that Batista and Michaels can talk one on one. Michaels
says it isn’t about Flair and Wrestlemania. Michaels says that Batista has a
problem with Michaels. Batista says that Michaels is right, that it isn’t all
about Flair. Batista says that after Michaels beat Flair, Batista realized that
he is the same Shawn Michaels and that Michaels hasn’t changed a bit. Batista
calls Michaels a back stabber. Michael says that he doesn’t get the same
luxury as Batista because Michaels is smaller than Batista. Michaels says he
will defeat Batista at Backlash. Michaels teases with an attempt at a super
kick, Batista teases with an attempt at a Batista bomb and Michaels rolls out of
the ring and backs up the entrance ramp.
Vladimir Kozlov from Russia, weighing 300 lbs.
Matt Logan from Boston, MA, weighing 208 lbs. (already in
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: I’m not sure
With all of the larger guys in the WWE locker room, I am
having trouble understanding why WWE considers it entertaining to have a much
larger guy in a squash match against a much smaller guy.
Kozlov is a big man and he looks mean without even trying.
Logan doesn’t stand a chance but he does try. A neck breaker and a cover,
Kozlov gets the three count.
Back to the spa and this must be why the DVR and fast forward
button were invented.
Commercial break -- and none too soon.
Montel Motavious Porter (M.V.P.) enters the ring, dressed in
his suit and tie with his WWE United States Championship belt around his waist.
MVP takes a seat at the announcer’s table with Cole and Coach in order to
observe the next match.
Matt Hardy from Cameron, NC, weighing 236 lbs.
Chuck Palumbo from San Diego, CA, weighing 280 lbs.
With his motorcycle
Audience favorite: Matt Hardy
My favorite: I like them both and I like Palumbo’s
The applause for Matt was deafening. Does anyone else wonder
why Palumbo wasn’t up against Kozlov in the previous match?
Cole tells the audience that when Palumbo rode his motorcycle
in front of the announcer’s table, Palumbo said to MVP “you’re going to
owe me one after this”. In the ring, Palumbo has Matt down on the canvas with
Matt fighting to get back to his feet. Matt does get up but Palumbo takes him
back down with a shoulder block. Matt works well in the ring and is certainly
more likely to use high-risk maneuvers than Palumbo but Palumbo does have the
size advantage. At the announcer’s table, Cole is arguing with MVP about
whether or not MVP could beat Matt Hardy in a match. In the ring, Matt delivers
a clothesline that sends Matt and Palumbo to the floor in front of the
announcer’s table. As Matt gets back to his feet, he is watching MVP who has
stood up on the other side of the announcer’s table, but it’s enough of a
distraction for Palumbo to deliver a forearm to the back of Matt’s head,
knocking him back down to the floor and we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back in the ring, Palumbo sends Matt over his head to the mat
and goes for a cover. Matt powers out before the count of three. Palumbo resorts
to a little hair pulling before again sending Matt to the canvas. Palumbo nearly
gets a three count before Matt gets a shoulder off the mat. Palumbo tries for
another cover and again Matt kicks out. Matt sends Palumbo into the ropes,
Palumbo comes off with a boot to Matt’s face, goes for the pin and gets a two
count. Matt manages to use the ropes to deliver a boot to Palumbo’s face. Matt
nails Palumbo with the side effect and goes for the cover. Matt gets a two
count. Palumbo runs shoulder first into the corner post when Matt steps out of
the way. Mat goes up on the second rope and comes off with an elbow. Matt goes
back up to the second rope and drops a leg before going for the cover. Matt gets
a two count. Matt tries for the twist of fate but Palumbo picks Matt up and
drops him to the canvas, goes for the pin, Matt kicks out. Matt hits the twist
of fate, goes for the cover and gets the win.
3 minutes before commercial break.
7 minutes after commercial break.
10 minutes total
Hardy with a twist of fate
After the match, MVP throws down his headset and holds up his
title belt but does not get in the ring with Matt. Instead, MVP backs up the
entrance ramp, holding his title belt in the air.
Eve Torres is backstage, knocking on the dressing room door
of Jesse and Festus.
Torres is backstage with Jesse and Festus. She asks Jesse how
Festus is feeling going into such a high profile match. Jesse says he has never
seen Festus like this. Jesse says this is the biggest match of Festus’ career
and that is the face of a man about to go toe to toe with The Undertaker.
The Undertaker from Death Valley, weighing 299 lbs.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Festus, weighing 271 lbs.
Audience favorite: The Undertaker
My favorite: I like them both
Commercial break before Festus is introduced. I think
Undertaker’s entrance was longer than Kozlov’s match. And we have another
Edge and Vickie segment before the match begins that I again fast-forwarded
right through it. Jesse looks a little nervous as he leads Festus to the ring.
The bell rings and Festus does what Festus always does but
Undertaker nails Festus with a boot to the face. Undertaker sends Festus into
the ropes and delivers another boot to the face. Festus fights back and
Undertaker has to battle to get him down to the mat. Undertaker goes up to the
top turnbuckle and delivers his old school slam from the top rope. Festus sends
Undertaker into the ropes and body slams him into the mat. Undertaker hasn’t
actually wrestled in many matches but he is an imposing presence in the ring.
Festus doesn’t wrestle either; he just bulldozes his way through everyone.
Undertaker is a little tough to bulldoze through as Festus soon discovers.
Festus sends Undertaker over the top rope with a clothesline; Undertaker grabs
Festus by the legs and pulls him outside the ring. The two men brawl on the
floor until Festus rolls Undertaker back inside the ring. Jesse is the one I
really enjoy watching in the ring. He does show have wrestling talent.
Undertaker is back out on the floor and Festus comes out after him. Undertaker
sends Festus into the steel steps, rolls back into the ring to break the ref’s
count out, and then goes back out to the floor after Festus. Undertaker puts
Festus back in the ring and delivers a kick to the head from the floor and then
an arm across the chest. Undertaker delivers a leg drop on the ring apron.
Festus fights back and now the two men are back in the ring. Festus resorts to a
little choking to get the upper hand. Undertaker delivers a DDT and goes for the
cover. Undertaker barely gets a two count before Festus kicks out. The two have
a punching contest in the middle of the ring, Undertaker sends Festus into the
ropes and takes him down to the mat with a clothesline. Festus uses a flying
shoulder block off the ropes to nail Undertaker. Festus goes for a cover but
can’t get the three count. Undertaker delivers a choke slam, goes for the
cover but Festus gets a boot on the bottom rope. Festus rolls outside the ring
and Undertaker goes out after him, chasing away Jesse who has come around to see
about Festus. Undertaker sends Festus back into the ring; Festus drops
Undertaker with a clothesline. Festus continues to pummel Undertaker with fists
and then Undertaker nearly nails the ref who is backed up against the corner
post. Festus does squash the referee. Festus has Undertaker down on the mat but
when Festus turns his back, Undertaker sits up. As Festus comes back toward
Undertaker, Undertaker has Festus in the submission hold Undertaker has been
using in the ring lately. Outside on the floor, Jesse is trying to get the ref
up and yelling for Festus to fight out. Another ref comes running to the ring,
checks on Festus and rings the bell. Jesse bails into the ring to protect Festus
The Undertaker via submission hold
World Heavyweight Champion
It may not have been a wrestling match but it was good match
for television. I’m not used to
seeing Undertaker work this hard in a regular televised match.
He did a good job and Festus did a great job as his opponent. Jesse is
very believable as Festus’ friend and protector.