July 4, 2008 –
Recap by Sassy
Last week on Smackdown
In tag team action, The Big Red Machine Kane & The Big
Show defeated M.V.P. and The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry in 6 minutes.
In tag team action, Hornswoggle & Finlay defeated Curt
Hawkins & Zack Ryder in 3 minutes.
In a non-title match, The Rated R Super Star Edge defeated
In a six-woman tag team match, Maryse, Natalya &
Victoria defeated Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool & Cherry in 7 minutes.
Vladimir Kozlov defeated Domino in 2 minutes.
In the main event, The Animal Batista defeated Samoan
Bulldozer Umaga via disqualification in 7 minutes.
Smackdown is broadcast on the CW Network from Tulsa, OK
Ringside announcers: Jim Ross & Mick Foley
Ring announcer: Justin Roberts
For those you who have not
heard, Trevor Murdoch and WWE have parted ways.
Montel Vontavious Porter is in the
ring for the MVP VIP Lounge. MVP’s guest tonight is The Game Triple H. HHH
enters the ring to a standing ovation from the Smackdown audience. After a few
minutes of banter, HHH shows the footage of Batista beating down The Rated R
Superstar and then CM Punk YES! turning in his Money in the Bank briefcase in
order to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Edge and then the
footage of John Cena being removed from the building and CM Punk keeping his
title in a challenge match against John Bradshaw Layfield. Could it be that WWE
is showing that particular footage because CM Punk is so hot in the ring? MVP
and HHH then begin with Edge jokes but Vickie Guerrero shows up to put a stop to
the jokes. This is going to be long and drawn out because the fans won’t let
Guerrero talk. Guerrero tells HHH that at the Great American Bash he will face
Edge. Did everyone else see that coming? We go to commercial break.
Golden Dreams Match
The winner of this match will face
Natalya for the WWE Diva’s Championship. Natalya is at the announcer’s
table. Natalya has changed her hair
color from blonde to red.
Michelle McCool from FL
Victoria from CA
The first diva to climb the pole
and reach the star will win the match. Cherry delivers a suplex from the top
turnbuckle to the mat. Cherry delivers a catapult to Kelly. Victoria is doing a
good job in this match but Cherry has some nice moves, too. Time: 3 minutes.
I realize there will be WWE fans
who like McCool but I think Cherry or Victoria are better competitors. Natalya
will kill her. Hawkins & Ryder are backstage with Guerrero who wants to know
where Edge is tonight and how they allowed him to lose the championship. Because
she is mad at them, Hawkins & Ryder will face Jesse & Festus tonight.
Edge is making his way into the building with everyone smirking as he walks by.
We go to commercial break.
The fans see a video of Vladimir
Kozlov after JR and Foley do some PR work on the mic.
Tag Team Match
Zack Ryder both from NY
At a combined weight of 435 lbs.
At a combined weight of 501 lbs.
Festus comes to the ring dressed
like Uncle Sam. The bell rings and Festus does what he does best. Festus tags in
Jesse and Jesse goes for the cover but he can’t get the three count. Ryder
delivers a kick to Jesse who is on the ring apron, sending him to the floor.
Back in the ring, Jesse kicks out of a cover at the count of two. Ryder goes for
the cover again but Jesse kicks out. Jesse finally tags in Festus. It’s very
considerate of Festus to wait until his opponent gets to his feet before he
knocks him down again. Festus delivers what Foley calls the flying biscuit,
delivers a power slam, goes for the cover and gets the three count and the win.
Time: 4 minutes.
Festus with a power slam & Festus
After the match, the bell has rung
and Festus goes back to where he was before. Edge appears to beat up Festus and
beat him with a belt – has Edge been watching TNA the last few weeks? Edge
proceeds to tear apart the announcer’s table and grabs a chair as Festus gets
back to his feet. Edge takes out Festus with a chair. The audience delivers some
really loud “you suck” just for Edge and we go to commercial break.
The audience again sees what
happened right before commercial break. And if that was bad enough, Edge is
backstage with Guerrero. She tells Edge she didn’t give him permission to be
on Monday Night Raw anyway. Edge loses his temper and Guerrero stands up –
meaning she gets her butt out of the wheelchair – and tells Edge that she is
still his boss and then she calls him a fool. The audience sees a video of Jeff
Hardy and we go to commercial break.
WWE Rewind: Jeff Hardy is drafted
to Friday Night Smackdown.
Jeff Hardy from Cameron, NC
weighing 225 lbs.
John Morrison from Los Angeles,
CA weighing 219 lbs.
One half of the WWE Tag Team
Jeff Hardy receives a standing
ovation from the Smackdown live audience. Doesn’t Morrison belong on WWE ECW?
He certainly shows up a lot on Raw and Smackdown. I’m not complaining
because Morrison can work the ring when he wants to. The Hardy chant begins as
soon as the bell rings. Hardy is going a great job in this match. Morrison goes
for a counter and a pin, but Hardy kicks out. Morrison delivers a kick to
Hardy’s face and again goes for the cover but Hardy kicks out at the count of
two. Morrison again goes for the pin but he can’t get the three count.
Morrison misses a springboard off the ropes and Hardy delivers a kick. Hardy
comes off of the ropes but Morrison tosses Hardy over the top rope and to the
floor and true to WWE tradition, during one of the best matches of the night, we
go to commercial break. Back to the action, Morrison and Hardy are back in the
ring and Morrison has an arm bar applied. Hardy misses the whisper in the wind
and Morrison goes for a cover but Hardy kicks out at the count of two. Morrison
goes to work on Hardy’s left arm and goes for the cover but doesn’t get the
three count. Hardy goes for a roll up and gets the two count before Morrison
kicks out. Morrison sends Hardy shoulder first into the ring post and goes up to
the second rope. Hardy catches Morrison coming off the ropes and drops him in a
power bomb to the mat. Both men are now down on the canvas. The referee counts
to eight before they are back on their feet. Hardy tries for a cover but
Morrison kicks out. Hardy comes off the ropes and nails the whisper in the wind
but only gets a two count. Hardy goes up to the top turnbuckle but Morrison
catches him with a kick and goes for the cover but Hardy kicks out at the count
of two. Hardy delivers a face buster power bomb and goes to the top and comes
off with the Swanton bomb, goes for the cover and gets the three count. Total
match time: 11 minutes.
Jeff Hardy with a Swanton bomb
As I said, so far this has been the
best match of the evening. Morrison has talent but Hardy is amazing no matter
who he is facing in the squared circle. We go to commercial break.
Samoan Bulldozer Umaga from the
Isle of Samoa weighing 350 lbs.
Funaki from Japan weighing 192
WWE seems to always have to have a
really small guy up against a monster. Funaki should have stayed with a mic
doing backstage interviews. This shouldn’t take long. And it certainly won’t
be a wrestling match. I’m not saying Umaga can’t wrestle, I’m saying Umaga
doesn’t wrestle. Time: 2 minutes.
Samoan Bulldozer Umaga with a Samoan spike
Edge is backstage with Hawkins
& Ryder but Guerrero’s messenger shows up to tell him that Guerrero wants
to see him. He heads toward Guerrero’s office. Edge tells her that she
wouldn’t have that office if it wasn’t for him because she doesn’t have
the ability to be the General Manager and that Edge is the actual GM of
Smackdown. Guerrero yells at him that she has made all of the sacrifices for him
and he tells her to shut up. She screams at him to get out and he obliges and
then he starts back into the office but the door is locked. She refuses to open
the door and we go to commercial break.
Fatal Four Way
WWE United States Championship
Mr. Kennedy from Green Bay, WI
weighing 235 lbs.
The Gold Standard Shelton
Benjamin from Orangeburg, SC weighing 248 lbs.
Chavo Guerrero from El Paso, TX
weighing 215 lbs.
With Bam Neely
Matt Hardy from Cameron, NC
weighing 236 lbs.
WWE United States Champion
I hate fatal four way matches for
title belts. Anyone can win without actually doing anything to win and Guerrero
with his outside help has a great chance of taking the belt from Hardy. Benjamin
and Kennedy are both strong opponents. The bell rings and Hardy faces off with
Guerrero as Benjamin faces off with Kennedy. Benjamin and Guerrero are down on
the mat and Kennedy and Hardy face off. Kennedy delivers a high kick that
surprised me. I’m not used to seeing him do any high moves. Benjamin nails
Kennedy with a high kick and takes Hardy down but now Guerrero is back to his
feet and he takes Benjamin down. Guerrero goes for a roll up but Benjamin kicks
out. Hardy takes down Guerrero and Kennedy takes down Benjamin. Hardy and
Kennedy face off again and we go to commercial break in the middle of the second
best match of the evening. Back in the ring, Kennedy is working over Guerrero
before turning his attention to Benjamin. Hardy seems to be missing. No, Hardy
is climbing to the top turnbuckle but Kennedy catches Hardy. Benjamin takes them
both down to the mat. Guerrero goes for the cover on Hardy, then Kennedy but he
can’t get the three count. Benjamin goes for the cover on Guerrero but Neely
puts Guerrero’s boot on the rope and Benjamin goes out of the ring after
Neely. Guerrero goes after Hardy. Guerrero sends Hardy into Benjamin on the
erring apron and goes up to the top turnbuckle but Kennedy catches Guerrero.
Guerrero comes off the top with a frog splash but Kennedy breaks up the cover.
Guerrero sends Kennedy out to the floor. Hardy goes for the cover, Benjamin
breaks it up but hits Guerrero. Hardy sends Benjamin out to the floor and goes
for the cover but he can’t get the three count. Hardy sends Kennedy over the
top rope and into Neely. Hardy goes for the cover and Benjamin breaks it up.
Hardy delivers the twist of fate to Benjamin, goes for the cover on Guerrero and
gets the three count and the win. Total match time: 9 minutes.
Matt Hardy who retains the WWE United States Championship
This was a decent match for a fatal
four-way match. I could have done without the commercial break in the middle of
the match but every one of the competitors did a good job in this match up.
We go to commercial break.
Slam of the Week:
Edge losing his WWE World Heavyweight Championship to CM Punk after being
beaten by The Animal Batista. Punk in an unusual opportunistic fashion turned in
his Money in the Bank briefcase and took the title from Edge. Absolutely
fantastic work by CM Punk!
Edge enters the arena and the ring.
The live audience begins a “you suck” chant but it fizzles out quickly. Edge
says that this will be the first and last statement regarding the loss of his
belt. Edge claims he was the victim of two cowardly attacks that cost him his
championship. Edge paces around the ring claiming that it wasn’t fair – like
Edge wouldn’t have done the same thing. Edge says that at the Great American
Bash he will beat Triple H and take his WWE Championship title. Edge says he has
had no support from anyone. Hawkins & Ryder have done nothing for him after
everything he has done for them. The fans have done nothing for Edge after
everything he has done for them. Edge says he will get through this all by
himself. Edge says that he has not received the support of the love of his life,
his fiancée, Vickie Guerrero. Edge says that he has a few dirty little secrets
that he can tell everyone about her but she shows up at the top of the entrance
ramp minus her wheelchair. She’s been taking lessons from Karen Angle in the
screeching department. Edge walks out of the ring and starts up the ramp. Edge
says he has one last public statement to make to the fans and to her.
He tells her the wedding is off. And
she has a screeching melt down before the show ends.