April 18, 2008 – Recap by Sassy
Last week on Smackdown –
In a non-title tag team match, The Miz & John
Morrison, WWE Tag Team Champions, defeated Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang
in 8 minutes.
Finlay with Hornswoggle defeated Matt Stryker in 5
Victoria with Natalya Neidhart defeated Michelle McCool in
Vladimir Kozlov defeated Matt Logan in 1 minute.
Matt Hardy defeated Chuck Palumbo in 10 minutes.
The Undertaker defeated Festus with Jesse in 10 minutes.
Night Smackdown is broadcast from London, England
the CW network.
Ringside announcers: Michael Cole & Jonathan Coachman
Ring announcer: Justin Roberts
Backstage interviews: Eve Torres
Y2J Chris Jericho, WWE Intercontinental Champion, enters the
ring to host The Highlight Reel. Jericho gets a loud pop from the live audience.
Jericho informs the audience that he has been named as special guest referee at
the match between Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels and The Animal Batista.
Jericho introduces Batista as his guest tonight and Batista enters the
ring. Batista gets a decent pop from the live audience. Jericho tells Batista
has a huge match tonight against The Undertaker. Jericho relates to Batista what
Jericho said to Michaels on Monday Night Raw – that got Jericho a kick to the
jaw. Jericho said that by Michaels’ actions he basically justified what
Batista and Jericho think about Michaels. Jericho tells Batista that he’s
welcome for making Michaels admit it. Batista says that he didn’t ask for
Jericho’s help. Batista says that what is going on is between Batista and
Shawn. Jericho says that he will now analyze Batista. Jericho says he knows why
Batista is upset with Michaels. Jericho
says that Batista wanted to retire Flair himself. Jericho says it is not a
theory. Jericho says that Flair picked the best to face in his final match and
that must have upset Batista. Jericho asks for a show of hands from the audience
as to whether or not Batista wanted to retire Flair himself.
Quite a few of the audience raise their hands. Jericho then asks for a
show of hands indicating that Batista is more selfish than Shawn Michaels.
Another large showing of hands from the live audience. Batista then delivers a
Batista bomb to Jericho and leaves him lying in the ring.
Matt Hardy enters the ring to an enthusiastic welcome from
the crowd. If I was judging the
noise, I think Hardy gets a louder pop in the states, but it was a nice pop.
Hardy joins Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman at the announcer’s table.
Tommy Dreamer from Yonkers, NY, weighing 260 lbs. (already
in the ring)
M.V.P. from Miami, FL, weighing 248 lbs.
WWE United States Champion
I will have to admit that Dreamer has been seen in more
matches lately although I’m not certain they have been the same quality of
matches a wrestler like Tommy Dreamer deserves.
MVP gives the evil eye to Hardy at the announcer’s table.
MVP begins the match by showing off to the jeers of the audience. Dreamer comes
out using his wrestling ability until MVP slides himself out of the ring and out
of harms way and then takes Dreamer down to the mat by pulling him off his feet.
MVP delivers a neck breaker and goes for the cover but Dreamer gets a shoulder
off the mat. MVP has used everything but wrestling maneuvers to keep Dreamer
down on the mat. If Dreamer wasn’t the favorite going into the match he
appears to be the favorite with the live audience now. MVP again goes for a
cover and Dreamer kicks out. MVP tries for a cover again and gets a one count.
Dreamer makes it back to his feet, but MVP delivers a face buster and Dreamer is
down on the canvas again. MVP drops an elbow, goes for a cover and gets a two
count be fore Dreamer powers out. MVP
comes off the top rope and Dreamer gets out of the way. Dreamer sends MVP to the
mat with two clotheslines and then goes for a bulldog. Dreamer takes MVP down
with a neck breaker and gets a two count before MVP gets a shoulder off the mat.
MVP fights back, Dreamer counters the playmaker, and Dreamer delivers a DDT and
gets a two count before MVP gets a grip on the bottom rope. MVP sends Dreamer
shoulder first into the ring post and follows up with a kick to Dreamer’s
skull, goes for the cover and gets the win.
with a kick to Dreamer’s head
After the match, MVP points to Dreamer on the mat and then
points at Hardy. Hardy gets to his feet and the two men have words.
Finlay and Hornswoggle are in the locker room and it appears
Finlay is giving Hornswoggle a pep talk.
Matt Stryker is in the ring with a mic. Stryker complains
about his match last week with Finlay and Finlay’s leprechaun son, Hornswoggle.
Tonight Stryker has to face Hornswoggle tonight. Stryker says it is an insult to
him and he is interrupted by Hornswoggle’s entrance theme.
Accompanied by Finlay
Matt Stryker from NY
This is a match strictly for the fans, specifically the
younger WWE fans. While I have no
objection to seeing Hornswoggle in the ring, I would prefer that he were up
against wrestlers in the same size/weight category.
The bell rings and Hornswoggle holds up his hands, takes some
tennis balls out and juggles them before throwing them at Stryker. Finlay grabs
Stryker by the leg, taking him down to the mat. Hornswoggle has water guns and
he goes up in sizes. Stryker manages to get all of the away from Hornswoggle but
then Stryker delivers a kick to Finely on the floor and when he takes a dive at
Finlay, Finlay catches him in the curtain around the ring. Hornswoggle dives off
the ring apron and takes down Stryker. Stryker is back in the ring and he grabs
Hornswoggle and slams him to the mat, then sits on Hornswoggle and slaps him.
Stryker gets to his feet and stomps on Hornswoggle and then Stryker grabs
Finlay’s weapon but the referee catches him. As the ref turns his back, Finlay
nails Stryker with another weapon, Hornswoggle delivers a tadpole splash off the
top turnbuckle and gets the three count.
several illegal weapons
I’m starting to think that Finlay and Hornswoggle make a
Eve Torres is backstage with Big Show. She reminds Show about
what happened last Friday night between Show and The Great Khali. Show says that
he was not interested in making peace with Great Khali. Show says that at
Backlash, he will finish what he started. Tonight Big Show faces The World’s
Strongest Man Mark Henry.
Chavo Guerrero from El Paso, TX, weighing 215 lbs.
Accompanied to the ring by Bam Neely, Guerrero’s new
Jamie Noble from Hanover, WV, weighing 202 lbs.
Noble got a nice pop when he entered the arena. Between the
two wrestlers in this match, I’d have to name Noble as my favorite. Not only
does he dish it out, he can take some hard hits and get back up and come right
back. He is a very talented ring worker.
The match begins with some wrestling moves and counter moves.
Both of these men know their wrestling when they choose to show it. Noble goes
for a roll up and gets a two count. Noble goes for another pin and gets another
two count. Guerrero drops Noble on the top rope and then uses the ropes to choke
Noble. Guerrero goes to work on Noble’s left arm and shoulder. Noble fights
out and runs into a knee to the abdomen. Guerrero goes for the cover and gets a
two count. Noble gets back to his feet and he drops Guerrero to the mat. Noble
goes for a bridge pin and he gets a two count. Noble comes off the ropes and
Guerrero sidesteps Noble. Noble hits the mat. Guerrero delivers two of the three
amigos but Noble blocks the third and delivers a swinging neck breaker. Noble
goes for the pin and gets a two count. Guerrero hangs Noble up on the top rope,
goes up to the top turnbuckle and delivers a frog splash, goes for the cover and
gets the win.
Guerrero with a frogsplash
That was a nice match until after the bell rings and Guerrero
has Neely enter the ring to slam Noble down to the mat.
Big Show and Mark Henry are headed toward the arena.
World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry from TX, weighing 392 lbs.
Big Show, 7’0”, weighing 441 lbs.
Big pop for Big Show as he enters the arena. I think we can
all agree that this won’t be a wrestling match. It will most likely be a show
of brute force.
The two men lock up in the center of the ring with Henry
shoving Show back. Again they lock up and again they break apart. Henry holds up
his hand for a battle of strength then nails Show with a boot. Henry and Show
swap head butts in the middle of the ring with Show finally dropping Henry to
the mat. Show follows up with slaps to the chest. Henry picks up Show and
applies a bear hug. Henry releases the hold and Show delivers a boot to
Henry’s head. Khali is heading down the entrance ramp as Show picks up Henry
and delivers a choke slam. Instead of pinning Henry, Show rolls out of the ring
to face Khali. The ref calls for the bell to ring as Khali works over Show on
the floor. Khali sends Show into the steel steps and then rolls Show into the
ring. Khali enters the ring and stands over Show, motioning for Show to stand up
and as he does, Khali has Show around the throat. Kahli picks up Show and
delivers a Khali bomb.
Match time was 4 minutes
don’t think a winner was named.
Two giants working the ring opposite one another certainly
beats one giant squashing a much smaller man.
Show and Henry are obviously known for their speed but for what it was,
it did seem to go over well with the live audience.
to date scheduled for Backlash, WWE’s next pay per view
Big Show vs. The Great Khali
Four Way for the WWE Championship
Randy Orton, Champion, vs. John Bradshaw Layfield, Challenger
The Game Triple H, Challenger vs. John Cena, Challenger
Animal Batista vs. Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels
Special Guest Referee Y2J Chris Jericho
World Heavyweight Championship
Rated R Superstar Edge, Challenger vs. The Undertaker, Champion
Cherry from the Other Side of the Tracks
Accompanied by Michelle McCool
Victoria from Los Angeles, CA
Accompanied to the ring by Natalya Neidhart
To the best of my knowledge, Cherry has never wrestled in a
match in WWE. This could be
Victoria shoves Cherry to the mat and then applies a side
headlock. Cherry is taking a lot of hits and not sending many hits Victoria’s
way. Cherry finally manages to send a boot to Victoria’s abdomen but Victoria
sends Cherry to the mat. Cherry goes for a roll up but Victoria kicks out.
Michelle is trying to get the audience involved but they don’t seem to be
overly eager to join in. In the ring, Victoria continues to pound on Cherry.
Victoria slams Cherry to the mat and Cherry tries to talk to McCool but Victoria
pulls Cherry back and gets into a verbal confrontation with McCool. McCool gets
up on the ring apron and Victoria faces her giving Cherry a chance to surprise
Victoria with a roll up. Cherry gets the three count.
with a roll up
I’ll do another why in the world are they pitting Victoria
who has tremendous talent against Cherry?
Vladimir Kozlov from Russia, weighing 300 lbs.
Leroy Kincaid from London, England, weighing 236 lbs.
(already in the ring)
We have seen Kozlov several times on Smackdown but have never
seen him in a match with anyone of his size and strength.
At some point WWE must have decided he wasn’t ready for prime time.
These short squash matches don’t showcase any true talent that Kozlov might
have in the ring.
At the beginning of this match Kozlov is using a few
wrestling moves. And Kincaid is trying but he doesn’t seem to be having any
luck up against someone so much larger than he is. Every time the Londoner gets
a few steps ahead, the fans in the audience shout their approval but I don’t
believe the hometown wrestler is going to win this match. Kozlov delivers a neck
breaker, covers his opponent and gets the win.
NOTE: For those of you who haven’t noticed, Drew
McIntyre and Kevin Thorn have been absent from the WWE scene for quite some
time. It is my understanding they are back in developmental.
Edge, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder are shown taking seats in
the audience area.
The Animal Batista from Washington, DC, weighing 290 lbs.
The Undertaker from Death Valley, weighing 299 lbs.
Batista got a nice greeting from the fans but Undertaker’s
welcome was much louder.
I’ll put my money on Undertaker in this match up but with
Edge and his cronies in the audience, there’s a good chance at some point
there will be interference. Undertaker isn’t taking any chances. He doesn’t
break clean on the first lock up that lands the two wrestlers in the corner.
Batista follows Undertaker’s lead. Batista lands an elbow as Undertaker comes
off the ropes and goes for the cover but he only gets a two count. Batista tries
for another pin and gets another two count. Undertaker face plants Batista and
goes for the cover. Undertaker gets a two count. Undertaker goes to work on
Batista’s left arm and shoulder and slams Batista’s shoulder into the top
turnbuckle. Undertaker goes old school but Batista manages to head Undertaker
off. Batista delivers a clothesline and goes for a cover but he can’t get the
three count. The two men meet in the center of the ring as Undertaker comes off
the ropes with dual clotheslines and both men are down on the mat and we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MAIN EVENT!
Back in the ring, the two men are back to their feet and
Batista is fighting his way out of the corner. Batista goes down to the mat but
the camera was on Edge in the audience so I’m not sure what happened.
Undertaker goes back to work on Batista’s left shoulder. Undertaker goes up to
the top turnbuckle but Batista cuts him off. Batista climbs up to the second
rope but Undertaker shoves him down to the mat. Batista goes back up after
Undertaker and delivers a superplex off the top rope. Batista goes for the cover
and gets a two count before Undertaker powers out. Batista's shoulders are down
but it’s only a one count before Batista gets a shoulder off the mat.
Undertaker goes up to the top and finally manages to go old school. Undertaker
tosses Batista out through the ropes and then climbs out after him. Undertaker
sets Batista up on the ring apron and delivers a leg drop on the ring apron.
Batista goes down to the floor and the ref starts the count. Batista gets back
to his feet and Undertaker rolls him back into the ring. Undertaker goes for the
pin and gets a two count. Batista comes off the ropes and delivers a spear and
both men are down, Batista gets up and goes for the cover. Batista gets a two
count. Both men are back to their feet and they exchange punches in the center
of the ring. Batista delivers a
clothesline and sends Undertaker over the top rope; Undertaker pulls Batista out
by his legs and slams him into the steel steps. The ref is counting both men out
and he’s up to 7, now 8, and the ref counts 10 as Batista slams Undertaker’s
head into the announcer’s table. Undertaker responds by slamming Batista back
first into the guardrail then slamming Batista’s head into the announcer’s
count out, double disqualification.
The fight continues outside the ring and as they fight around
the guardrail, Undertaker reaches out and grabs Edge by the shirt, tossing him
over the guardrail and onto the floor. Undertaker goes to work on Edge, rolls
him into the ring, as Batista comes after Undertaker. Hawkins and Ryder try to
assist and they get nailed by Batista and Undertaker. Batista rolls back into
the ring and Edge turns around and nails Batista with a fist. Edge is now
surrounded by Batista and Undertaker. Batista charges to take out one of the
Edgeheads and Undertaker takes out the other one as both have entered the ring
to help Edge. Undertaker has both an Edgehead and Edge by the throat. He shoves
the Edgehead back into the corner post but is forced to release Edge when
Guerrero and his bodyguard enter the ring. Batista takes out Guerrero with a
spine buster as Undertaker sends the bodyguard over the top rope.
Edge has made it to the top of the entrance ramp on his way out of the
arena, leaving Undertaker and Batista in the ring.
Edge doesn’t make it all the way out of the arena before
Theodore Long pushes Vicky Guerrero out to the top of the ramp in her wheelchair
which is getting very, very, VERY old. If Mrs. Guerrero hasn’t looked in the
mirror lately, it would do her a little good to be walking instead of sitting on
her butt. Her jaw muscles are just
fine and we aren’t spared the yak, yak, and yak from those jaw muscles.
She has now decided that The Undertaker will face Batista
next week in another match but this time it will be for the WWE World
Heavyweight Championship and the winner of that match will face Edge at