August 1, 2008 –
Recap by Sassy
Last week on Smackdown
The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin, WWE United States
Champion, defeated Jimmy Wang Yang in 2 minutes.
In tag team action, Festus with Jesse defeated Curt
Hawkins, one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, with Zack Ryder, the other half
of the WWE Tag Team Champions, in 2 minutes.
Vladimir Kozlov defeated Stevie Richards in 3 minutes.
In a Battle Royal for a WWE Championship match at
Summerslam, The Great Khali defeated Mr. Kennedy, M.V.P., Umaga, Jeff Hardy
& The Big Show in 7 minutes.
Michelle McCool, WWE Diva’s Champion, defeated Maryse.
The Brian Kendrick with Ezekiel defeated Shannon Moore
in 2 minutes.
Smackdown is broadcast on the CW Network in Hershey, PA.
Ringside announcers: Jim Ross & Mick Foley
Ring announcer: Justin Roberts
Word on the street is that Foley is
unhappy at WWE and may depart at the end of his contract, which is coming up
soon. We’ll keep you posted.
The audience sees a replay of last
Friday night when The Rated R Superstar discovers Vickie Guerrero has reinstated
The Undertaker and Edge will face Undertaker at Summerslam.
Jeff Hardy appears at the top of
the entrance and heads to the ring. Hardy grabs a chair and sets it up in front
of the announcer’s table.
Montel Vontavious Porter from
Miami, FL weighing 248 lbs.
Jimmy Wang Yang (no
MVP has a mic and tells Hardy that
he is glad he is at ringside tonight. I will have to say that some of the
wrestlers who were suspended from WWE due to a violation of the wellness policy
have been relegated to jobbers. Unfortunately,
not ALL of the wrestlers who were suspended have faced the same fate. MVP is a
great mic presence but he’s a great ring presence too.
His heel gimmick works very well for him. Yang does a good job in the
ring although I’m not a big fan of his redneck gimmick. Yang gives MVP a run
for his money in this match. MVP manages to get the pin and the three count.
Time: 3 minutes.
M.V.P. with a kick to the head and a pin
After the match, Hardy enters the
ring to tell MVP that if he talks trash about Hardy again, Hardy will prove to
MVP what kind of man Hardy is. MVP takes a cheap shot, but Hardy blocks it and
delivers a twist of fate. In a move very much unlike Hardy, he kicks MVP when
MVP is down on the mat. We go to
Chavo Guerrero is pushing Vickie
Guerrero around in her wheelchair but Vickie spots the “wedding planner” as
Bam Neely appears to tell them the office is ready.
Mr. Kennedy from Green Bay, WI
weighing 235 lbs.
The Gold Standard Shelton
Benjamin from Orangeburg, SC weighing 238 lbs.
WWE United States Champion
Kennedy does his mic thing upon
entering the ring. I’m not sure if I got Benjamin’s weight right. It was
hard to hear the ring announcer. Kennedy is a decent showman but Benjamin is an
awesome wrestler, heel or not. Benjamin gets frustrated and bails out of the
ring when Kennedy manages to keep up with him using some nice counter maneuvers.
Both of these wrestlers are taking some hard hits. The audience verbally sides
with Kennedy during the match and Benjamin catches a hard kick by Kennedy.
Kennedy charges at Benjamin and Benjamin uses a drop toehold to send Kennedy in
to the ring post. We go to commercial break in the middle of a good match.
Back to the ring, Kennedy is receiving punishment at the hands of
Benjamin. Benjamin goes for a cover but only gets a two count before Kennedy
gets a shoulder off the mat. Benjamin keeps working on the left arm of Kennedy.
Kennedy works his way around to get Benjamin’s shoulders down on the mat but
Benjamin doesn’t release the hold. Kennedy gets Benjamin’s shoulders down a
second time and Benjamin hangs on. Kennedy is back to his feet but Benjamin
keeps up the pressure. Kennedy manages to turn Benjamin around and deliver a
type of figure four. Benjamin grabs the bottom rope and Kennedy is forced to
break. As Kennedy goes back at Benjamin, Benjamin sends him through the ropes to
the floor. Benjamin rolls out after Kennedy, delivers a shot to Kennedy’s
shoulder and rolls Kennedy back into the ring. Kennedy nails Benjamin in the
knee with a boot and Benjamin goes down to the mat. Kennedy takes control of the
match and goes for a pin but only gets a two count. Benjamin delivers a cross
body block off the ropes but he can’t get the three count. Kennedy comes off
the ropes with a kick to the abdomen and delivers the mind check to get the
three count. Time: 12 minutes.
Mr. Kennedy with a mind check.
In spite of commercial break in the
middle of the match, the fans at home saw a full 12 minutes of Kennedy and
Shelton. Nice match, great competitors. Does this mean that Kennedy has his eye
on that US title? As Shelton leaves
the ring, he is stopped by someone with a mic. She wants to know what happened
tonight. Benjamin says that he isn’t going to make excuses but he shouldn’t
have been in the ring because he is suffering from an acute case of bronchitis
and he heads up the ramp, remembering to cough on the way. Chavo shows up and
asks Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder about the wedding planner being there and who
Edge’s special guest is going to be on the show tonight. They tell Chavo they
don’t know and Chavo tells them to find out right away and find him and tell
him. They say the will and as soon as Chavo leaves, they go back to whatever
game they were playing and we go to commercial break.
WWE Rewind – The Brian Kendrick
along with his bodyguard Ezekiel and Kendrick’s match last week against
The Brian Kendrick from Venice,
CA weighing 184 lbs.
Stevie Richards from
Philadelphia, PA weighing 230 lbs.
Kendrick grabs a mic He claims he
played a part as a partner of Paul London to get his foot in the door and now he
is being himself. In case no one
has noticed, Zeke looks a lot like a young Mr. T, scowl and all. I like Richards
in the ring a lot but Kendrick is running hot right now and I think Richards
could be in trouble. Kendrick comes out with kicks and elbows and goes for an
early cover but Richards kicks out. Foley makes the remark that Kendrick knows
his holds. No kidding, Mick!
Kendrick applies a Boston crab but Richards refuses to give up. Kendrick again
goes for the pin but can’t get the three count. Kendrick misses a kick and
Richards comes after Kendrick with some well-placed kicks. Richards goes for a
cover but he can’t get the count. Richards delivers a power bomb but gets only
a two count. Kendrick gets knocked off the ring apron but Zeke catches Kendrick
before Kendrick can hit the floor. Richards should get a lot of credit for
taking the blows he has been taking during this match.
Richards then makes the fatal mistake of coming out of the ring and
taking his eye off Kendrick. Kendrick hangs Richard up on the top rope. Kendrick
delivers The Kendrick and gets the three count. Time: 4 minutes.
The Brian Kendrick with The Kendrick
This was a nice show of
Kendrick’s ability in the ring. After the match, Zeke picks up Richards and
delivers a back breaker to Richards before slamming him to the mat and
increasing audience dislike for the pair. Kendrick appears to be on his way to
the top. As Edge enters the building, we go to commercial break.
The Great Khali from Bombay,
India 7’0” weighing 420 lbs.
With Rajin Singh
Jeff Hardy from Cameron, NC
weighing 225 lbs.
Hardy enters the arena to what
appears to be a standing ovation from the live audience. Hardy better hope he
can stay in the air during this match. We know this won’t be a wrestling
match. Hardy begins the match standing but it doesn’t last long. Hardy comes
back and attempts to come off the top turnbuckle but Khali delivers a blow that
sends Hardy to the floor and we go to commercial break in the middle of the
match. Back to the action, Hardy is down on the mat. Kahli picks Hardy up and
sends Hardy back to the mat with a short arm clothesline. Hardy makes it back to
his feet but Khali takes Hardy back down to the canvas and works on Hardy’s
shoulder and neck. Hardy is back to his feet again and he comes off the ropes
and sends Kahli to the mat. Hardy goes back up and comes off the ropes hitting a
Swanton but before he can do anything, MVP appears at ringside and Hardy goes
after MVP. Khali grabs Hardy and brings him back into the ring, delivering a
hard blow that sends Hardy down to the mat. JR says there is no DQ in this match
as Khali applies the vice grip to Hardy’s skull. Hardy goes out and the
referee rings the bell. Time: 8 minutes.
The Great Khali with a vice grip.
MVP stands outside the ring looking
at Hardy who is down on the canvas. When the ref looks at MVP, MVP holds his
hands in the air to let the ref know he isn’t going to do anything. I’m not
sure where this storyline is headed but it appears to be another Hardy-MVP feud
brewing. MVP stands in the ring to stand over Hardy before leaving the ring. JR
introduces another video of R-Truth who is going to be debuting with the WWE
some day, I think. We go to commercial break.
Maria from Chicago, IL
Victoria from Los Angeles, CA
If Maria beats Victoria, I swear I
will throw up. Unless Maria has spent all of her time away from the ring working
on her wrestling, she isn’t a wrestler. Victoria delivers a power slam but
Maria kicks out. Victoria applies a full nelson, Maria gets out of it but
Victoria catches her and puts her back in the full nelson. Maria delivers a
sunset slip and goes for the pin but Victoria kicks out. Maria comes off the top
turnbuckle with a clothesline, goes for the cover and gets the three count.
Excuse me while I find a trashcan.
Time: 4 minutes.
Maria with a clothesline.
JR and Foley discuss Mike Adamle
being named as Raw General Manager. As Foley reiterated, Adamle was not that
great of an announcer. In my opinion, if Adamle doesn’t develop some
personality, he won’t be worth anything as a GM. We go to commercial break.
The Big Show 7’0” weighing
Domino from the Other Side of
the Tracks weighing 230 lbs.
I see another non-wrestling match
coming up. Domino hasn’t been working long as a singles wrestler and the first
thing he does in this match is get thrown under the bottom rope and to the
floor. Domino comes off the floor mad but when he enters the ring, he gets
slammed face first into the mat. Domino takes off his shirt and throws it into
Show’s face but Show doesn’t give Domino a break. Show delivers a choke slam
and gets the cover and the win. Time: 1 minute or so.
The Big Show with a choke slam
I was hoping that Domino would get
an opportunity to show the fans what he’s got. Unfortunately, this wasn’t
the match to see Domino do much of anything but lay on his back in the middle of
the ring. After the match, Umaga appears and heads toward the ring. Show is
still in the ring as Umaga enters and stares Show down. Umaga circles Show in
the ring and we go to Chavo and Vickie and Neely in the back. Chavo says that
the Cutting Edge is next. We go to commercial break.
The Rated R Superstar Edge appears
and heads to the ring for his Cutting Edge show. The great and powerful Edge
looks a little uncertain right now. There is a ladder and a table in the ring
and Edge stops to looks at a fan’s sign that says Edge is going to Hell in a
Cell. JR tells the fans that Edge has never competed in a hell in a cell match
before. Edge sits on a chair in the center of the ring and the lights are
lowered. Edge says that all week he’s been searching for inner peace. He says
his marriage is going through a rough patch and even more than that, in just
over two week, he will be facing Undertaker in Hell in a Cell. Edge says he has
watched all of the footage but that was probably a mistake because he’s seen
all the punishment that Undertaker dishes out. Edge says that tonight he has
surrounded himself with his own weapons of destruction: tables and ladders and
chairs. Edge says he has found the one person that can help him against The
Undertaker, the person that knows Undertaker better than anyone else and that
person is Edge’s guest tonight on the Cutting Edge. Edge rolls out of the ring
and points at Mick Foley. The audience chants for Foley and Edge asks Foley to
enter the ring. Foley does enter the ring. Edge thanks Foley for coming on his
show. Edge says he knows that he and Foley have a history but Edge says he is
changed and he knows that Foley can look past their history. Edge says that he
has prepared something that will remind Foley what is still in his mind. Edge
shows a video of 1990, which contains the Hell in a Cell match between The
Undertaker and Mankind aka Mick Foley. That’s the one where Foley goes off the
top of the cage onto a table and Undertaker wins the match. Edge plays on the
injuries Foley suffered at the hands of The Undertaker during that match. Edge
says if Foley helps him, Foley can exorcise the demon of The Undertaker. Foley
says that Edge brings up some great points and part of him would like to help
Edge but over the past several months, Edge has hurt Foley’s credibility.
Foley says that his word and bond with the fans is the most important thing to
him. Foley says he has said before that Edge is the greatest Superstar in the
WWE but the fans think Edge sucks. Foley says he not only won’t help him, he
can’t help him, but he does know the one person who can – Edge. Foley says
that Edge took the letters TLC and made them mean something. Edge is trying hard
not to cry – and we’re talking hardcore? Foley gets in Edge’s face and
tells him how he needs to be and it’s a great speech by the once Hardcore
Champion Foley. Edge says that he understands and then he goes after Foley but
Foley ends up on the floor and as Edge comes out after him, Foley fights back,
slamming Edge’s head into the announcer’s table. Foley goes under the ring
and brings out a steel chair but as he charges at Edge, Edge kicks the steel
chair into Foley’s face. Edge delivers a spear that sends Foley backward and
headfirst into the steel steps. Edge
goes into the ring after the ladder as Foley is trying to get to his feet and
the crowd is calling for Undertaker. Foley makes it back into the ring and
applies the mandible claw but Edge delivers a low blow and sets Foley up on the
table. Edge goes up the ladder with the chair and comes off to send Foley
through the table. I think Edge has found the old Edge again.