June 22 2007
Our hosts for the evening are John Bradshaw Layfield
and Michael Cole. This was taped in Charlotte, North
Carolina, so look for Flair to be embarrassed later
-The show immediately starts with World Heavyweight
Champion Edge coming to the ring for "The Cutting
Edge." Edge puts himself over for conducting the last
interview with Mr. McMahon before his "death" and
speculates over who could have killed a powerful
billionaire. Edge then brings out his guest, Torrie
Wilson, who was drafted to Raw last week. Edge makes a
case for Torrie being a suspect in the case. He
accuses Torrie of being a LIAR! We are then joined by
United States Champion MVP, who is wearing a suit for
some reason. MVP thinks Edge needs proof before he
makes such outlandish claims. MVP proposes that Torrie
should take a lie detector test, because he also
considers her to be a LIAR! Ric Flair then interrupts
on behalf of his buddy, Torrie. JBL rightfully scoffs
at Cole's announcement that Flair will be the "voice
of reason." Flair doesn't say anything and just
attacks the two champions, which leads to him being
double teamed. Cue Batista to make the save, and it
looks like we have a main event for later tonight.
-After a break, we hear that Theodore Long and Vicki
Guerrero made the main event that everyone and their
cat had predicted.
Jimmy Wang Yang and Shannon Moore vs. Cruiserweight
Champion Chavo Guerrero and Jamie Noble
They let Moore and Noble on Smackdown for TWO weeks in
a row? Is this a cruiserweight division before my very
eyes? Moore and Noble start things off, with Moore
taking Noble down with a headlock to kick off some
chain wrestling. Moore looks baked. Noble takes
control with a chinlock, but Moore reverses into a
hammerlock. Noble runs into an hip toss, and makes the
needed tag. Chavo walks into a hip toss as well and a
drop kick. Moore goes for the cover, but it's not
worth it. Yang tags in and chases Chavo from the ring.
Noble gets the tag and eats a hurricanrana. Chavo
distracts, and Noble hits the STO. Now Chavo wants in
and hits a back suplex for a cover. When that doesn't
work, it's only logical that Chavo applies an armlock
for Yang to fight out of. Noble tags in and works the
arm. Chavo tags in and slingshots onto Yang and works
a wristlock. Yang Irish whips Chavo to the corner but
misses a spear, colliding with the ring post. Yang
fights back with some drop kicks, but can't make the
tag to Moore. Noble and Chavo make another tag, and
Moore finally gets in. Moore cleans house on the bad
guys with some pretty moves. Moore hits a corkscrew
moonsault on Chavo, but Noble breaks the cover. Yang
dispatches Noble at ringside with a senton off the
apron, meanwhile Chavo hits the Gory bomb on Moore for
the win at 6:12. Match was by the numbers, but was fun
at times, *1/2.
Winners: Chavo Guerrero and Jamie Noble
-Maryse welcomes us back to Smackdown. These "welcome
back" vignettes appear to be all the creative team has
in store for her. Hey, it's important work making my
girlfriend think that I'm watching soft-core porn.
Mark Henry vs. Funaki
When Funaki shows up in the ring, you know his
opponent is going to be Masters, Henry, or Khali. We
get the lesser of the three evils in Henry. Funaki
tries to use his quickness, but Henry just swats him
off. Funaki gets some shots, but Henry lifts him up
for the press slam. Henry stalls too long and Funaki
escapes. Henry knocks Funaki down and chokes him in
the ropes. Henry looks disgusted with the quality of
his opponent and slams him again. Cole thinks Funaki
is a normal sized man. Well, not in wrestling terms he
is. Henry hits another slam and takes his sweet time
finishing the job. In fact, Henry stalls for time by
locking in the bear hug. However, Funaki passes out at
2:15. Wait, did I just see a bear hug finish a match?
Holy crap! 1/4*.
Winner: Mark Henry
-Cole and JBL take the time to recap the exploding
limousine saga yet again. Good, I was afraid I
wouldn't be able to see this again. Well, the footage
this time is mostly the federal investigator holding
fake press conferences, which is slightly different.
-After a break, we see Theodore Long and Vickie
Guerrero hanging out. Vicki was arranging all the
Smackdown guys' travel arrangements for Raw on Monday.
How nice. Long is leaving Guerrero in charge for the
rest of the night so he can go out for a night on the
town with Kristal, but before that, he wants Kristal
to join him in the ring. This can't possibly be
heading towards anything resembling entertainment.
Matt Hardy vs. Finlay
Lock up results with a clean break in the corner by
Hardy. Another lock up results with a slightly less
clean corner break by Hardy. Third lock up results in
some action as Hardy works Finlay's arm. Finlay hits
an elbow shot and applies the headlock. Hardy pushes
Finlay into the ropes, but eats a shoulder block.
Finlay goes for the cover and reapplies the headlock.
Finlay hits some shoulder thrusts, but Hardy tackles
him for another headlock. Hardy takes Finlay down and
keeps the headlock. Finlay escapes with a back suplex
and goes for the cover. Chinlock by Finlay. Hardy
elbows to freedom but runs into a clothesline. Elbow
drop to the jaw by Finlay. Aggressive chinlock by
Finlay. Hardy pushes Finlay into the turnbuckle and
hits a bulldog. Cover by Hardy doesn't quite get two.
Armlock by Hardy until Finlay gets into the ropes.
Finlay challenges a test of strength, but Finlay gets
a cheap kick. Hardy recovers and repeatedly rams
Finlay's head into the turnbuckles. Hardy dumps Finlay
to ringside, but misses a baseball slide. Hardy is
distracted by Hornswoggle long enough for Finlay to
hit a forearm. And with that, we head to a commercial.
After the break, Finlay has Hardy trapped in a
chinlock. On Monday I vowed to deduct half a star if I
saw this again, which makes me sad because I actually
like this match. Hardy fights out and sends Finlay
running into his elbow. Another elbow shot by Hardy
gets a cover, but not enough for three. Finlay
reverses the momentum and reapplies a chinlock. Hardy
fights out, but Finlay hits an uppercut. Finlay goes
for a splash, but Hardy gets his knees up! Hardy goes
high risk, but Finlay pulls him off, with Hardy
hitting the mat in a sickening fashion. Hardy appears
to have messed up his knee as a result, so Finlay
targets it with some stomps. Finlay locks himself to
the injured leg, with a modified half Boston crab.
Hardy finally gets the ropes, and tries to build
momentum. Finlay locks himself back onto Hardy's leg,
but Hardy kicks him in the face with his other foot.
Finlay quickly goes back to the knee, this time with a
variation of the sharp shooter. Finlay voluntarily
breaks the hold to throw Hardy through the ropes to
ringside. Finlay pushes Hardy knee-first into the
steel steps. Hardy limps back to the ring, and hits a
desperate clothesline! Finlay maintains control
anyway, and removes Hardy's knee brace. Now that's
just mean, he even tosses it into the entrance aisle!
More leg work by Finlay, which is working on behalf of
some wonderful selling by Hardy. Finlay incorporates
the Indian death lock, which means I'll add back the
half a star I deducted for the commercial chinlock.
Hardy kicks to freedom, but he still can't build any
momentum. That is until Hardy hits the enziguri after
an insightful comment by Cole that "Hardy hasn't
wrestled without a knee brace in close to two years."
Out of no where, Hardy hits the twist of fate, but
Finlay kicks out of the cover. Finlay continues to be
aggressive, but Hardy drops an elbow off the second
rope. Hornswoggle sneaks in and distracts the referee
while Finlay hits Hardy with the shillelagh. Hardy
recovers and hits another Twist of Fate and pins
Finlay at 15:51 (shown)! Matt Hardy continues his hot
streak with this bout, as he was the convincing
underdog to the very end, ***3/4!
Winner: Matt Hardy
-They tarnish the beautiful match by recapping the
hideous Stephanie McMahon interview from Raw. Cole and
JBL feel bad for her, but of course they would.
-Recent draftees from ECW, Brian and Bret Majors, get
their very own hype video! Considering they are only
one of two real tag teams left on Smackdown, I would
hope a push is on the way for them.
-Theodore Long and Kristal follow up on Long's threat
to have an in-ring interview. Long is in love with
Kristal, she has changed his life. How nice. This
seems to be leading to a marriage proposal. And it is!
Don't do it, Kristal, he's going to be elderly by the
time you hit middle age! Kristal starts sobbing
uncontrollably, at the risk of making Stephanie
McMahon jealous simply by being a more adequate
actress. However, Kristal leaves without an answer.
Dammit, Teddy, don't stand for this, make her face
-Eww, Chris Masters makes his way to the ring.
Smackdown was not treated well at all in the recent
draft. "Here you go, Smackdown, take this guy we
buried and make him a star again so we can draft him
back to Raw next year!" They play a hype package of
Masters using the Masterlock to take out several Raw
Chris Masters vs. Danny Shandling
Masters aggressively attacks the jobber with clubbing
blows. Clothesline by Masters and an elbow drop. Elbow
to the back of the head by Masters and choking on the
ropes. Elbow shots on the apron by the Masterpiece.
More clubbing blows in the ring and a face rake.
Masters slingshots the jobber throat-first into the
ropes. Delayed power slam by Masters. Come on, just
end this already. Masters toys with the jobber,
dropping the elbow and twisting the neck. Yes, a
squash match needs rest holds. The jobber frees
himself, but Masters slams him. Masters signals the
Masterlock and applies it to finally end the match at
about three and a half minutes. This dragged, DUD.
Winner: Chris Masters
-We take a moment to remember Sensational Sherri with
a still graphic. I'm still not satisfied by this lack
-Backstage, Theodore Long is desperately knocking on
Kristal's door, who can be heard crying inside. She
opens the door and takes a seat. Long informs her that
for this insult, she'll have to face
KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANE!~ Okay, I made that part up.
Kristal tries the ring on and agrees to marry Long
after all! Aww, isn't that nice! This ranks up there
with Eddie Guerrero getting Chyna a puppy.
-Coming up soon, another fake press conference with
the investigator, who apparently has a big
announcement to make. But first, let's run down the
weird Vengeance card, which includes John Cena
defending the WWE title against Mick Foley, Randy
Orton, Bobby Lashley, and King Booker. Now back to the
important conference. Daniel Beck is the
investigator's name, which sounds purposefully
generic. Beck's big announcement is that they found
DNA in the limousine from the driver, Mr. McMahon, and
ONE OTHER well known personality. THAT'S IT? I demand
answers, a man has died! Damn you all!
-Cute video package for Michelle McCool, focusing on
her playing tennis. This is probably the response to
the new philosophy in the office that the divas need
to be less slutty.
Batista and Ric Flair vs. World Heavyweight Champion
Edge and United States Champion Montel Vontavious
I really hate the "blind mark" pops that Batista gets.
If they were waiting in a line to get his autograph,
they wouldn't feel so positive about him afterwards.
Flair gets the usual "Flair country" pop from the NC
fans. JBL brings up that Batista and Flair are two
time former tag team champions together, which is
something I'd actually forgotten about that. Cool
Flair and Edge kick things off. Edge goes for a cheap
shot, but gets destroyed by Flair's chops. More chops
by Flair. Batista tags in, but Edge quickly tags MVP.
MVP's power ranger outfit looks brighter than usual.
Batista arm drags MVP a couple of times in between
punching and kicking. Flair tags in and drops a knee.
More chopping by Flair. Batista tags and does his
usual offense. Suplex by Batista and a cover doesn't
quite even get two. Flair tags in and he drops a
trademark elbow drop for a cover. Tag is made to
Batista, but MVP blocks a body drop attempt. Edge
makes a distraction, and MVP hits a big boot. And cue
During the break, it appears that Edge has been in
control of Batista. There is no rest hold to welcome
us back, so I don't have to throw a fit. Batista cheap
shots MVP on the apron, but Edge knocks him down for
more stomping. Waistlock by Edge takes a few seconds
for Batista to escape. Edge drop toe holds Batista and
tags in MVP. MVP hits a series of knee strikes to the
face. Batista catches MVP with the rock bottom and
tags in Flair, who cleans house on the U.S. champ. Big
back body drop and inverted atomic drop by Flair.
Flair goes for the figure four, but Edge breaks it up.
MVP gets a cover, but Batista makes the save. Edge
gets the tag and now it's Flair's turn to be the face
in peril. MVP tags in and continues the good work Edge
had going. Abdominal stretch by MVP. Flair breaks out
of it and hits a series of chops. MVP prevents a tag
and beats on Ric some more. MVP hits the running kick
to the face and gets a close cover. Edge tags in and
aggressively punches Flair. Flair answers with chops,
but takes a big back body drop. Cover by Edge is no
good. MVP tags in and targets Flair's gut. MVP misses
a running boot to the corner, and Flair tackles the
back of his leg. Batista FINALLY tags in and cleans
house. Batista hits the running clothesline and
jacknife power bomb on Edge, and drags MVP into the
ring for Flair to unload. Edge jumps over a charging
Batista, and runs into the spinebuster. Batista hits
the Batista Bomb and pins Edge at 13:34! Good
television main event, especially considering some of
the participants, **1/2.
Winners: Batista and Ric Flair
Final Thoughts: Another solid episode of Smackdown.
This week delivered with a great Hardy/Finlay match,
and a nice main event that added some much needed
build to the Vengeance pay-per-view. Batista has a
victory over Edge, which seems to suggest that Edge
retains on Sunday, which is fine by me. The Smackdown
brand isn't wasting any time rebuilding after being
ravaged by the draft, and I'm glad to see this.
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