Friday Night Smackdown
June 13, 2008 Ė Recap by Sassy
Last week on Smackdown
In a Belfast Brawl, Finlay with Hornswoggle defeated Chuck
Palumbo in 5 minutes.
In a 2 on 1 Handicap Match, the Great Khali defeated Deuce
& Domino in 2 minutes.
Cousin Sal with Rowdy Roddy Piper & Jimmy Kimmel defeated
Santino Marella in 4 minutes.
In a Golden Dream Match, Natalya defeated Kelly Kelly &
Layla & Maryse & Cherry & Victoria & Michelle McCool in 2
Vladimir Kozlov defeated Jimmy Wang Yang in 2 minutes.
In an 8 Man Tag Team Match, Batista, Nunzio, Funaki &
Colin Delaney defeated Edge, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder & Chavo Guerrero in 11
Smackdown is broadcast on the CW Network in Fresno, CA
Ringside announcers: Michael Cole & Mick Foley
Ring announcer: Justin Roberts
As always, the show begins with Vickie Guerrero who no one
can hear because the audience wonít let her talk. WWE is having a contract
signing for the WWE Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions. The
challenger is The Animal Batista, who enters the ring. Edge has already signed
the contract and now Guerrero has to sign the contract as well. Batista has to
win one more match tonight against The Great Khali in order to be confirmed for
his championship match. Batista says he has beat Khali before and he will beat
him again just as he has been champion before and he will be champion again.
Batista signs the contract and leaves the arena. Guerrero says the second
amendment she added to the contract, if he loses to The Great Khali, he will be
banished from the WWE just as Undertaker has been banished and we go to
Finlay from Belfast, Northern Ireland, weighing 233 lbs.
John Morrison from Los Angeles, CA, weighing 219 lbs.
One half of the WWE Tag Team Champions
Finlay and Hornswoggle want the WWE Tag Team Champions. I
have a feeling Finlay and Hornswoggle would be better tag team champions. Finlay
goes for an early cover but only gets a one count. Itís a fact that Finlay can
outwrestle Morrison and itís a good bet that Finlay can out brawl Morrison but
right now Finlay is out on the floor. Morrison rolls him back in the ring,
Finlay catches Morrison coming back out of the ring and he uses Hornswoggle to
slam into Miz who tries to get involved. Finlay has Morrison down on the mat.
And Miz is down on the floor. Morrison delivers a high kick to Finlayís skull
and Finlay is back out on the floor. Morrison goes outside after Finlay and
rolls him back in the ring. Morrison goes for the cover but only gets a one
count before Finlay powers out. Morrison applies a headlock, keeping Finlay down
on the mat. Finlay delivers a jawbreaker but Morrison catches Finlay with a neck
breaker, goes for the cover and gets another one count. Finlay delivers a nice
drop kick and goes for the cover. Finlay gets a two count. Morrison picks Finlay
up and drops him to the mat, goes for the cover and gets a two count but outside
the ring, Miz has Hornswoggle, Finlay gets distracted, Morrison goes for the
roll up and gets the three count. Time: 6 minutes.
Winner: John Morrison with a roll up
The fans see a video of Royal Rumble 2005 featuring Batista
and we go to commercial break.
Edge is backstage for another interview Ė this time about
Batistaís match tonight against The Great Khali. CM Punk saves the fans from
more blah, blah, blah. Punk tells Edge that anytime, anyplace Punk can cash in
his Money in the Bank briefcase. Go for it, Punk!
The Worldís Strongest Man Mark Henry from TX weighing 392
Tommy Dreamer from Yonkers, NY weighing 275 lbs.
The fans certainly dislike Henry. Heís too large to be a wrestler, I agree, but since WWE is
to have large non-wrestlers in the ring, Henry does a good job entertaining the
audience. Dreamer has lost the match before it began but Dreamer never hesitates
to take hard hits in order to keep the favor of the WWE fans. Henry stands on
Dreamerís chest and then body slams him to the canvas. Henry is being generous
with the head butts in this match. Henry goes for a splash and meets Dreamerís
boot. Dreamer tries to take Henry down with a clothesline but it doesnít work.
Henry nails Dreamer, sending him back to the mat, goes for the cover and gets
the win. Time: 3 minutes.
Winner: The Worldís Strongest Man Mark Henry
A great beat down of Dreamer by Henry but not much in the way
of a match. Edge is backstage with Guerrero again, this time with a wedding
planner. Edge is complaining about Punk bothering him when M.V.P. appears to
tell Guerrero that he wants to negotiate his contract. Edge and MVP get into a
disagreement over who is the greatest talent on Smackdown is at the present
time. Guerrero tells MVP that she will look at the contract if MVP will take
care of CM Punk for her since Punk has been bothering Edge. Can this storyline
get any worse? We go to commercial break.
Maryse from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cherry from the Other Side of the Tracks
Cherry should take this match with no problem unless Maryse
manages to bring in some outside interference. Cherry is trying to pull
Maryseís blond hair out by its black roots. Maryse is spending way too much
time being in charge of the match. Maryse goes for a roll up but only gets a one
count. Cherry delivers a face plant, goes for the cover and gets the three
count. Time: 3 minutes.
Winner: Cherry with a face plant.
As far as a womenís match goes, it could have been better
but I do like the way Cherry has turned into a wrestling talent. Iíd like to
see her in an actual wrestling match to see how good she is but since WWE is
dragging on with the ďdivaĒ thing, it may never happen.
We go to commercial break.
M.V.P. from Miami, FL weighing 248 lbs.
CM Punk from Chicago, IL weighing 222 lbs.
MVP will have a hard time keeping up with Punk in this match.
Punk is fast and Punk has some spectacular moves.
While MVP does a good job in the ring, Punk should be able to stay out of
MVPís way if MVP tries for a brawl. Punk starts the match off as a wrestling
match and gets MVP down on the canvas. MVP tries for the ropes but Punk delivers
a roll up and gets a one count before MVP kicks out. The two lock up and Punk
applies a side headlock. Punk again has MVP down on the mat and Punk goes for
hair pulling but the referee makes MVP break it up. MVP rolls Punk over and gets
the shoulders down long enough for a one count. MVP switches things around and
now has Punk down on the mat with a headlock applied. Punk maneuvers MVP into a
head scissors. MVP gets out of the scissors. Punk delivers a high kick and goes
for the pin but he only gets a two count. MVP drops Punk to mat and goes for the
cover, getting a two count. MVP goes for another pin and again gets a two count.
Punk applies a wristlock, MVP rolls over but Punk hangs on. This has
surprisingly been a wrestling match. MVP comes off the ropes with an elbow but
Punk delivers a kick to the legs, MVP delivers a kick to the head and goes for
the cover but canít get the three count. MVP has the wristlock applied and
then takes Punk down with a right fist. MVP goes for the cover and gets a two
count. Punk drops MVP with an elbow, goes for the cover and gets a two count.
Punk delivers a short dropkick to the back of MVPís skull and again goes for
the cover getting another two count. Punk tries for another cover and gets
another two count. Punk again applies a head scissors and again MVP works out of
it. MVP misses an elbow drop and Punk goes to work with kicks, delivers a neck
breaker, goes for the cover and still canít get the three count. MVP comes off
the ropes and delivers a kick to Punkís chest and follows up with an elbow.
Punk goes after MVP and MVP gets out of the way, sending Punk shoulder first
into the ring post. For good measure, MVP sends Punk into the ring post shoulder
first two more times. MVP smells blood and goes for the shoulder and arm of Punk
and we go to commercial break. Back
to the action, MVP is going for the cover. MVP gets a two count. MVP continues
to work on the injured shoulder of Punk. MVP goes for another cover and again
gets a two count. MVP has Punk down on the mat but Punk reverses the move and
gets MVPís shoulders down on the mat. MVP kicks out at the count of one. The
audience is chanting for CM Punk but Punk is still down on the mat. MVP
continues to work on the shoulder but Punk isnít giving up. Punk is back to
his feet, backing MVP up into the ring post. MVP comes out of the corner with a
kick to Punkís shoulder, goes for the cover and Punk kicks out. MVP backs up
across the ring and waits for Punk to get to his feet. MVP charges and Punk
nails MVP with a clothesline. Punk comes off the ropes with a knee to the head,
goes for the cover and gets a one count. Punk catches MVP with leg lariat and
when MVP gets back to his feet, Punk nails him with knees to the head. Punk goes
for the cover and gets a two count before MVP shoves Punk off. Punk tries for
the high knee in the corner, MVP counters it. Punk delivers a hurricanrana and
goes for the cover. Punk again gets a two count. Punk goes up to the top
turnbuckle but MVP hits the ropes and knocks Punk down. MVP goes up to the
second rope and tries to set Punk up but Punk delivers a head butt that sends
MVP crashing down to the canvas. Punk comes off the top rope but MVP gets a knee
up and Punk is down on the mat. MVP goes across to pull the protective cover off
the top turnbuckle and tries to pick up Punk. MVP grabs the briefcase, Punk
nails MVP with a knee but the ref turns around in time to see Punk holding the
briefcase and calls for a DQ. Time: 13 minutes.
Winner: M.V.P. via disqualification
All right, so I didnít like the end of the match any better
than you did but you have to admit itís the first time Smackdown fans have
seen a decent wrestling match. Punk is always awesome in the ring and I have to
admit I was in awe of some of the moves MVP came up with including some nice
counters to Punkís moves. We go to commercial break.
Chavo Guerrero and Bam Neely are in the ring, Guerrero with
mic in hand. Guerrero announces that he will be the best man at the wedding.
Guerrero calls out Matt Hardy who Guerrero will be facing for the WWE United
States Championship at Night of Champions. Hardy enters the ring. There is a ref
in the center of the ring and the announcer. Iím not sure what thatís all about.
Chuck Palumbo from San Diego, CA weighing 280 lbs
Matt Hardy from Cameron, NC
If Palumbo doesnít ditch that hat! Guerrero and Neely plant
themselves near the announcerís table as Palumbo drives his motorcycle around
the ring. Hardy begins the match with a side headlock. Hardy comes off the ropes
and tries to drop Palumbo with a shoulder block but Palumbo doesnít budge.
Palumbo backs Hardy up in the corner and as Hardy climbs up the ropes, Palumbo
delivers a blow that sends Hardy over the top rope and down to the floor.
Guerrero stops Neely from going after Hardy on the floor. Palumbo comes out of
the ring and rolls Hardy back into the ring, goes for the cover and gets a two
count. Hardy makes it back to his feet but Palumbo drops him with a clothesline.
Palumbo goes for the cover and gets a two count. The fans in the live audience
are pro Hardy and they are loud about it but Hardy is a tad bit outsized.
Palumbo comes off the top rope but Hardy rolls out of the way and Palumbo meets
the mat. Hardy goes for a twist of fate, Palumbo counters, Hardy delivers a side
effect and goes for the cover getting a two count. Hardy nails with the twist of
fate, goes for the cover and gets the three count and the win. Time: 4 minutes.
Winner: Matt Hardy with a twist of fate.
After the match, Guerrero announces Hardy as the winner of
the match and the loser of the WWE United States Championship.
This was definitely not as great a match as the match between MVP and CM
Punk. We go to commercial break.
Vladimir Kozlov is backstage for an interview. Kozlov
responds in Russian. I donít
speak Russian. I donít intend to
learn just to hear what Kozlov has to say and we go to commercial break.
Tag Team Match
Jesse & Festus
At a combined weight of 501 lbs.
Deuce & Domino from the Other Side of the Tracks
At a combined weight of 465 lbs.
Iím a fan of Jesse and Festus, particularly Jesse and would
appreciate it if WWE would allow Jesse to show the fans what he can do in the
ring. Festus goes crazy when the bell rings but Jesse sends Festus out on the
ring apron and faces Domino in the center of the ring. Jesse goes for an early
cover and gets a one count. Jesse runs into a boot but manages to take Domino
down and then takes on Deuce when he enters the ring. Jesse turns around in time
to get nailed with a boot by Domino. Domino hangs Jesse up on the top rope and
tags in Deuce. Festus enters the ring but the ref talks him back to the ring
apron. Jesseís forehead is bleeding. Deuce tags in Domino but Jesse fights
them off and tries to get to Festus. Jesse
doesnít make it and once again go for the double team but Jesse gets his knees
up and manages to get the tag. Festus sends Domino back across the ring and then
delivers a major squash. Deuce makes the mistake of entering the ring and he
gets take down and out of the ring. Domino goes for a roll up but Festus rolls
out and then sends Domino down to the mat, goes for the cover and gets the three
count. Time: 4 minutes.
Ė Iím not sure what to call the move he used to win Ė and Jesse
It was not a wrestling match but it was an entertaining
match. I couldnít see how bad the cut to Jesseís forehead was.
It appeared that the boot he took to the face caused the damage. After
the match, there is a brawl between Deuce & Domino in the middle of the
ring, Domino gets booted out of the ring and heads up the ramp and we go to
The Animal Batista from Washington, DC weighing 290 lbs.
If Batista wins the match, he gets a shot at the WWE World
Heavyweight Championship but if he loses, he will be banished from the WWE.
The Great Khali from India, 7í0Ē weighing 420 lbs.
As I said earlier, WWE has this thing about large men who are
not wrestlers. Although I prefer wrestling action in the ring, there must be
something other fans like about it because WWE continues to bring in this type
of ring worker. This obviously will not be a wrestling match and I can only call
who is getting the worst beating. Guerrero is pushed down the ramp in her
wheelchair by Edge. Batista canít take Khali down with a shoulder block but a
boot from Khali sends Batista out of the ring and down to the floor. As Batista
gets up on the ring apron, Khali delivers a head butt that sends Batista back
down to the floor. Back in the ring, Khali goes for the pin but Batista kicks
out. It turns into a beat down of Batista. Khali goes for another cover and gets
a two count. The fans are pro Batista during this match up. Batista goes for
shoulder blocks against the corner post. Batista goes up to the top rope and
comes off but he gets caught and Khali delivers the Khali bomb. Khali goes for
the cover but Batista kicks out at the count of two. Khali waits for Batista to
get back to his feet, Batista blocks the chop. Batista nails Khali with a spear
and goes for the cover, getting the three count and the win. Time: 5 minutes.
Winner: The Animal Batista who will now get a title shot at
Night of Champions
Not much in the way of a wrestling match. It wasnít a
surprise that Batista managed to win the match.