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WWE Judgment Day 2009 (Repost)

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WWE open, then a typically cool opening video for the PPV.

Pyro, then Jim Ross welcomes us LIVE to Chicago!  The first man through the curtain is Chicago’s own Mr. Money In The Bank, CM Punk!  Ross and Todd Grisham are your commentary team for this match.  They show Umaga costing Punk his chance to cash in Money In The Bank in Madison Square Garden 3 weeks ago.

CM Punk vs. Umaga.  Punk fires away at Umaga and tries to be abusive and elusive.  Crowd is VERY pro-Punk.  Umaga manages to beat down Punk a bit, but Punk continues to fire back.  Umaga applies a nerve hold.  Punk tries to fight out, but Umaga blasts him with a Samoan headbutt, which will put down anyone.  Umaga continues to punish Punk’s shoulders.  Punk takes a bump off the apron into the guardrail.  Punk tries to get a sunset flip coming back in the ring, but Umaga sits on him, then continues the beatdown.  Punk tries to slam Umaga, who lands on top and gets a near fall.  Umaga goes back to the shoulder.  Umaga goes for a long distance diving headbutt, but Punk avoids it.  It looked like Umaga would have missed it anyway, but I digress.  Punk low bridges a charging Umaga to send him to the outside, then dives out onto him.  Back inside, Punk fires away with strikes, but fails to knock Umaga down.  Punk avoids a charging Umaga in the corner and hits the diving bulldog for a two count, which Umaga throws him off of.  Punk hits the springboard lariat for a close two count.  Punk signals for the Go 2 Sleep, but can’t get Umaga up.  Umaga reverses it into a Samoan drop for a near fall.  Punk avoids the Samoan Spike and nails some kicks.  He goes for the Go 2 Sleep again, but can’t get it.  Umaga nails a superkick which sends Punk into the corner, then ass butts him.  Umaga finishes him off with the Samoan Spike for the clean pin at 11:52.  Well that sucks.  Ok match, though.

Vickie Guerrero is backstage in her office.  Chavo comes in and tells her John Cena has been cleared to wrestle.  Big Show tells her he’s going to take Cena out tonight.  Edge comes in to talk to Vickie.

Matt Striker and Josh Matthews hype up the ECW Championship match, showing how Christian beat Jack Swagger for the title at Backlash.  The rematch is NOW!

ECW Championship Match:
Christian (c) vs. Jack Swagger.  Whoa, in-ring introductions for the ECW Title match.  And hey, Tony Chimel IS still with the company.  I haven’t seen him in so long I was starting to wonder.  Swagger tries to take down Christian, who avoids it.  Christian has been awesome since his return.  Christian goes for the Killswitch early, but Swagger escapes it.  Swagger gets the advantage briefly until Christian sends him outside and hits a dive out onto him.  Swagger manages to get the advantage again and works over Christian’s back to soften him up for the Doctor Bomb.  Swagger goes for the Vader Bomb, but Christian gets his knees up and tries to mount a comeback.  Christian goes for a splash or a headbutt, but misses.  Swagger gets a sloppy Oklahoma roll for a two count.  Christian takes some punishment, gets an inside cradle for a near fall.  Double clothesline spot.  Christian gets to his feet and goes for a sunset flip, but Swagger traps him and gets a near fall.  Swagger counters the tornado DDT attempt, but Christian hits the reverse version.  Swagger gets a schoolboy, but the referee catches him pulling the tights.  Isn’t that grounds for a DQ in WWE now?  Swagger counters the Killswitch, Christian counters the Doctor Bomb.  Christian gets a reverse cradle and pulls the tights for the win at 9:34.  Okay match, but not nearly as good as their match at Backlash.

Edge comes out of Vickie’s dressing room and chastises Chavo for not doing anything about Santino calling Vickie a pig, then says he has to go defend his World Title.

Shelton Benjamin (w/ Charlie Haas) vs. John Morrison.  Shelton starts in a big way with an Exploder, then works over Morrison a bit.  When Morrison turns the tide, Benjamin bails.  Morrison hits an awesome Shooting Star dive to the outside.  Haas provides the distraction to let Benjamin get the advantage again.  Long resthold sequence from Benjamin.  They finally get up and moving again, then promptly knock heads and go down.  Morrison makes a comeback, then Benjamin takes him down with a backbreaker for a near fall.  Morrison fights back and nails a sweet knee kick for a near fall.  Morrison tries a springboard rana, but it turns into an awkard powerbomb into the turnbuckle.  Morrison avoids the Paydirt and hits a drop toehold in the corner.  Morrison hits a monkey flip, but Benjamin lands on his feet.  Morrison quickly deals with an interfering Haas and avoids Shelton’s Stinger Splash in the corner.  Morrison hits the Flying Chuck and the Starship Pain (split-legged corkscrew moonsault) for the win at 10:09.  Okay match.  I think they could do better.

WrestleMania 25 on DVD this Tuesday!

The Miz comes out.  We finally get to hear from Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole on commentary.  The Miz implies that John Morrison is the Marty Jannetty to his Shawn Michaels, then says since he can’t challenge Cena tonight, he’s going to challenge a substitute.  He insults one of the Chicago Cubs players in the audience, then challenges him to either win a World Series or get in the ring.  Miz claims this somehow makes him 4-0 against Cena.  Santino Marella comes out and reprimands “The Fiz” for insulting a fellow Italian.  Santino compares WWE superstars to animals: Vickie Guerrero to a pig, Vladimir Kozlov to the blue eagle from Seasame Street or something, and “The Fiz” to a jackass.  Miz decks him with a cheap shot and they roll around a bit until Miz drops him with a DDT.  Funny segment.  Oh, wait.  Chavo Guerrero comes down and hits the frog splash on Santino as punishment for making fun of Vickie.

Please, don’t try this at home.

Josh Matthews interviews Chris Jericho.  He says he’ll win the Intercontinental Title tonight.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Rey Mysterio Jr. (c) vs. Chris Jericho.  Mysterio tries to go for the 619 quick, ala WrestleMania, but Jericho bails to avoid it, then comes back in to take the fight to Mysterio.  Mysterio hits a cool legdrop on Jericho, then a minute later Jericho dropkicks Mysterio off the ring apron.  Mysterio takes a beating for a bit.  Mysterio fights back and goes for the 619 again, but Jericho counters with a sweet back body drop frop a two count.  Jericho hits an awesome spinning rack backbreaker for a near fall.  Jericho tries to take of Mysterio’s mask, which the announcers put over as the ultimate insult to a luchador.  Mysterio fights him off and hits the Bombs Away, they does his Speedy Gonzalez routine, jumping around and hitting Jericho.  Jericho goes for the Walls, but Mysterio flips out of it.  Jericho catches him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall.  Jericho avoids the 619 again and tries to turn a rana into the Walls of Jericho but Mysterio headscissors his way out of it.  619 attempt again, but Jericho catches Mysterio’s legs and locks in the Walls of Jericho.  Mysterio suffers for a bit, but manages to turn it into an inside cradle for a near fall.  Mysterio goes for a Frankensteiner again, but Jericho powerbombs him down for a near fall.  Mysterio finally manages to hit the 619 and follows with the diving splash for the pin at 12:38.  Damn good match.

Orton/Batista video package.

WWE Championship Match: Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista.  Entrances, introductions, and the opening bell.  Orton bails immediately.  When he comes back in, they lock up and Batista grabs a headlock.  Batista knocks Orton down and he bails again.  He comes back in to get his ass kicked some more.  Orton dropkicks Batista off the apron to get the advantage and starts to work him over.  Orton beats down Batista for a while, then hits his sick DDT off the middle rope for a near fall.  Orton stalks Batista and sets up the punt of doom, but Batista wakes up and spears him.  They make it to their feet and trade shots.  Orton gets his ass kicked and bails, demanding that the referee counts him out.  Batista, of course, doesn’t allow that.  He goes out after Orton and manages to throw him back in the ring before the count of ten.  Orton bails again at the first opportunity and grabs a chair.  Batista knocks him off the ring apron before he can use it and bashes Orton’s head against the announce table, then throws him back in and hits a diving shoulder tackle for a near fall.  Batista goes for the Batista Bomb, but Orton scampers out, grabs his belt, and tries to leave.  Batista gives chase and throws him back in the ring.  Orton tries to use the belt and get DQ’d, but Batista nails the spinebuster and goes for the Batista Bomb.  Orton escapes and goes for the RKO, but Batista drops him.  Orton avoids a charging Batista, who goes shoulder-first into the ring post.  Orton goes for the RKO again, but Batista shoves him into the ref.  Orton slaps the referee to cause the DQ at 14:41.  Legacy runs in they commence to beat down Batista until RIC FLAIR comes running down to make the face.  Orton takes the Batista Bomb, then Batista and Flair fight off Dibiase and Rhodes.  Legacy bails as Batista and Flair stand tall in the ring.  Better match than I expected.

Extreme Rules, next month on PPV!

Cena/Show video package.

The Big Show vs. John Cena.  Cena is still hurt from Show chokeslamming him through a searchlight at Backlash.  Show, naturally, attacks Cena’s injured midsection with his huge fists.  Cena fights back, but is overwhelmed.  Rinse, lather, repeat.  After 10 minutes of getting massacred, Cena finally manages to make a comeback.  He drops Show and hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle.  Show goes for the chokeslam, but Cena hits the half assed rolling DDT on Show.  Is it really more dangerous for Show to just take the proper DDT?  Cena goes for the STF, but can’t get it.  Show squashed him with a Vader Bomb, but Cena kicks out!  Show goes for another one, but Cena avoids it and goes for the STF again, but still can’t manage it.  He hits his diving Fameasser and goes for the STF again, but Show elbows him in the face until he thinks better of it.  Show hits the Alley-Oop, which he hasn’t done in years.  Cena avoids the KO punch and hits the Attitude Adjustment for the win at 14:57.  Fun match, the story worked well.  Of course in the end, Cena’s retard strength overcomes all.

Terminator: Salvation video game trailer, for whatever reason, followed by a shot of the Sears Tower.

Edge/Hardy video package.

World Heavyweight Championship Match: Edge (c) vs. Jeff Hardy.  Entrances, intros, and we’re off!  Jeff shines in the opening minutes, working Edge’s arm.  I’m absolutely certain that won’t come in to play later.  Jeff sends Edge out of the ring and hits the obligatory suicide dive 3 minutes in.  Back in the ring, Jeff misses the Whisper in the Wind and allows Edge to get the advantage.  Edge spears Hardy off the ring apron, then brings him back in the ring to administer the beat down.  Jeff takes the punishment, but fights back and hits a diving cross body for a near fall.  Jeff catches Edge with an inside cradle, ala this past No Way Out, but Edge kicks out.  Jeff locks in a Sharpshooter, of all things.  Edge gets a rope break.  Hardy hits the Twist of Fate for a near fall.  Edge goes for a powerbomb, but Hardy counters it into a sunset flip for a near fall.  They end up on the outside, where Hardy clears the announce table and takes the protective covering off the barricade.  He tries walking across the barricade, but Edge catches him with a big spear.  Edge makes it back in and waits for the inevitable count-out victory, but Hardy makes it back in the ring before the fatal 10 count!  Jeff hits a Twist of Fate on the ropes and a springboard leg drop.  Jeff covers, but Edge gets a foot on the ropes.  Jeff hits the Whisper in the Wind for a near fall.  Edge bails, but Hardy follows him outside.  Jeff sets up the steps to use as a springboard and hits the Poetry In Motion over the barricade and into the front row.  They go back over the barricade.  Matt Hardy appears and nails Jeff with his cast!  Edge puts Jeff back in the ring and covers, but Jeff kicks out again!  Jeff avoids the spear and goes up for the Swanton Bomb, but Edge meets him hits an AVALANCHE-STYLE EDGECUTION for the pin at 19:54.  Good match.  The finish was pretty sweet.

Decent show, but not as good as Backlash last month.

WWE ECW 3/17/09 (Repost)

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Cold open this week.  Finlay and Hornswoggle arrive and meet Teddy Long, clad in St. Patrick’s day attire.  Hornswoggle disappears to cause mischief.  ECW open.

Todd Grisham and Matt Striker welcome us to wherever the hell we are.  They taped last night, so I guess it’s San Antonio.

Christian & MVP vs. WWE United States Champion Shelton Benjamin & Mark Henry (w/ Tony Atlas).  MVP and Benjamin start.  They’ll wrestle for the title this week on Smackdown.  Commercial.  Steve Austin Hall of Fame commercial.  Back to the match, where Henry has MVP in a bearhug.  MVP plays face in peril for a while.  He counters a Paydirt attempt with an overhead belly-to-belly and makes the hot tag to Christian.  Christian hits his reverse DDT on Benjamin for a near fall, decks Mark Henry on the apron, hits a monkey flip and a sunset flip out of the corner for a near fall.  Christian hits a tornado DDT and covers, but Mark Henry comes in and pulls him off the cover.  MVP comes in and he and Christian deal with Henry.  Christian decks Tony Atlas, but Benjamin hits him with the Paydirt for the win at 8:56.  Good match.

12 Rounds plug.  I AM SO FUCKING SICK OF THIS MOVIE and it hasn’t even come out yet.

Finlay looks for Hornswoggle and finds DJ Gabriel and Alicia Fox, who are dancing.

EVAN F’N BOURNE RETURNS TONIGHT!

WrestleMania XX video from last night or last week or whenever the hell they showed it.

Jamie Noble vs. Evan Bourne.  FUCK YEAH!  Awesome fast paced match.  Tyson Kidd and Natalya watch backstage.  Noble slows Bourne down by putting him in a facelock.  Bourne escapes and knees Noble in the face, then hits a swank rana.  Bourne hits a standing moonsault for a near fall.  Bourne heads to the top rope.  Noble stops him but gets kicked in the face a few times.  Bourne hits the Shooting Star press for the win at 2:56.  That ruled for a few minutes.  I want Bourne vs. Tyson Kidd!

Finlay finds Hornswoggle throwing stuff at Katie Lea.  Commercial.

Randy Orton/Triple H hype video.

Smackdown’s 500th episode this Friday night!

ECW Champion Jack Swagger comes out so the fans can look at him, then leaves.  That was pointless.

Tiffany convinces Teddy Long to have a divas night on ECW.  Paul Burchill and Katie Lea barge in to bitch about Hornswoggle.  Long books Burchill vs. Finlay tonight.

Tonight: The Dirt Sheet!

Edge/Vickie/Show/Cena stuff from Raw last night.

Paul Burchill (w/ Katie Lea) vs. Finlay (w/ Hornswoggle).  Finlay destroys Burchill as Hornswoggle bothers the announcers.  Finlay sends a charging Burchill out of the ring, but then the distraction allows Burchill to get a cheap shot and get the advantage.  Finlay gets beat up for a bit, then hits the Celtic Cross for the win at 3:05.

The Dirt Sheet is NEXT!

Undertaker/Michaels hype.

12 Rounds hype.  WHY DO THEY HAVE TO HYPE THIS FUCKING MOVIE 2-4 TIMES EVERY FUCKING SHOW?

The Dirt Sheet.  I’ve never seen one of these.  World Tag Team Champions The Miz and John Morrison with the Bella Twins.  Brie seems unhappy to be there, while Nikki seems happy.  They show Miz and Morrison beating Carlito and Primo on Smackdown last week.  Miz and Morrison put on masks of butts with afros.  WWE Tag Team Champions The Colons come down and bring the Carlito’s Cabana set.  The Colons challenge Miz & Morrison to a tag title unification match at WrestleMania, and they accept.  The Colons spit apples at Miz and Morrison but miss and hit the Bella that likes Miz and Morrison.  She shoves the Bella who likes Primo and Carlito.  CATFIGHT!  Each team ends up with one of the twins.  Fin.  Fun show.

WWE No Way Out 2009 (Repost)

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WWE open, followed by a video package hyping the top matches tonight.

Jim Ross welcomes us LIVE to Seattle, Washington.  I’m sure Tazz is somewhere around there too.  Now we’re ready to kick off with the Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship!  Really?  That’s strange.  Don’t worry kids, it will all make sense later on.

Undertaker comes out first.  I might be wrong, but I don’t think Undertaker has ever been the first guy through the curtain on a PPV before.  The other five follow, and we’re ready for the biggest PPV opening match ever.

Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship: Edge (c) vs. Undertaker vs. Big Show vs. Vladimir Kozlov vs. Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy.  Edge and Hardy start.  Jeff uses his speed to get the better of Edge at first, but Edge slows him down and beats on him.  Jeff comes back and hits the Twist of Fate, but missing the Swanton.  Edge sets up for the spear, but Jeff catches him with an inside cradle and pins him at 3:03.  Triple H and Show laugh at him from their chambers.  Kozlov is the first guy released, and he proceeds to give Jeff a beating.  Jeff fights back and hits the Whisper In The Wind, then Big Show is released from his chamber.  Show and Kozlov take turns slamming Hardy.  Hardy tries to fight back, but Show headbutts him to the mat and the beating continues.  Kozlov and Show finally give Jeff a rest when they start beating on each other.  Triple H is released from his chamber and cleans house on both of the big slugs.  Hardy tries to attack Triple H, but gets his ass kicked again.  Triple H teases Pedigreeing Kozlov on the steel floor of the chamber outside the ring, but Show prevents it and goes to work on Triple H as Kozlov beats up Jeff.  Triple H and Hardy unite to double suplex Kozlov, then start fighting each other.  A Whisper In The Wind leaves both of them down as Undertaker is released.  Undertaker hammers Show with punches, then destroys Kozlov.  He teases a double chokeslam on Triple H and Hardy, but Show stops it.  Taker drops him with a big clothesline for his trouble.  Undertaker goes for the Old School on Triple H, but instead dives onto Show outside the ring.  Undertaker hits a crazy DDT/suplex type thing on Show on the steel floor.  Undertaker goes for the Old School on Triple H again, but Kozlov attacks him and hammers him in the corner with punches.  Bad idea.  Taker hits the Last Ride out of the corner to eliminate Kozlov at 23:00.  Show chokeslams Taker.  Triple H sets up Show for the Pedigree, but gets backdropped out of the ring onto the steel.  Show press slams Jeff into Triple H.  Jeff climbs up to the top of one of the internal chambers.  Show climbs up the ropes to go after him, but Taker hits a superplex on Show!  The last time someone did that, the ring broke.  Triple H hits the Pedigree on Show.  Jeff follows with the Swanton off of the chamber.  Triple H pins Show at 26:14.  Jeff misses the Whisper In The Wind on Taker.  Triple H and Taker go at it until Taker tosses Triple H out of the ring.  Undertaker goes for the Old School on Hardy, but Triple H pulls the rope, causing Undertaker to crotch himself.  Hardy uses Undertaker as a catapult to hit the Poetry In Motion on Triple H.  Undertaker hits the Tombstone on Jeff to eliminate him at 28:32.  It’s down to two now.  Undertaker hammers Triple H with punches and headbutts.  Triple H ducks Taker’s running big boot in the corner.  Triple H dives at Taker, but Taker hits a chokeslam for a very near fall.  Triple H hits the spinebuster for a near fall of his own.  Fair warning, “near fall” will be used a lot in the next few minutes.  Triple H teases the Pedigree on the steel floor again, but Taker catapults him into the Chamber.  In the ring, Taker hits the Tombstone for the one, two, Triple H gets his foot on the bottom rope!  At least he didn’t kick out of it.  Triple H hits the Pedigree for the wi… no!  Taker kicks out!  They trade punches.  Triple H punches Taker in the corner.  Will he ever learn?  Taker goes for the Last Ride out of the corner, but Triple H slips out of it and hits the Pedigree for the win at 36:00 to capture his 13th World Title.  Really good match, with the Taker/Triple H finale being particularly good.  Triple H celebrates with his gold.  I’m glad he won.  Taker with the spinner belt would have been too strange a site.

Edge makes all kinds of excuses to Vickie Guerrero as to why he lost.  He wants Vickie to do something about it.  Vickie says it’s his fault, then apologizes.  Vickie tries to console Edge.

Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler take over the commentary duties for the next match.

Shane McMahon/Randy Orton video package.

Orton has words for Shane before their match.  He says something about making Shane cry tonight while Vince watches on TV.

No Holds Barred Match: Randy Orton vs. Shane McMahon.  Shane hits quick punches on Orton, then Orton beats on him a bit until Shane sends Orton out of the ring and hits a baseball slide dropkick.  Shane pulls some plunder from beneath the ring.  Orton finally gets the advantage on the devastating force that is Shane McMahon.  Shane wails on Orton with a Singapore cane, then politely clears off the announce table.  Shane nails Orton with one of the monitors, leaving a nasty cut.  He puts Orton on the announce table and sets up for the leap of faith, but Legacy runs in and attacks Shane.  Super Shane fights back and disposes of Dibiase, then hits the Van Terminator on Rhodes.  Shane finally goes for the leap of faith, but Orton moves and Shane crashes through the announce table.  Orton orders Dibiase to help Rhodes backstage.  Shane makes his way back to the ring to take Orton’s sick DDT off the ropes.  Orton superplexes Shane through a table.  Orton, bleeding from the earlier shot, sets up for the punt of death, but Shane spears him.  Shane hits Orton with nasty chair shots.  Shane sets up Orton for the punt, but Orton hits the RKO out of nowhere for the win at 18:16.  I liked the match better this time than the first time I saw it, but Shane was still booked way too strong against the guy they’re trying to build for their biggest show of the year.

WrestleMania hype.

Matt Striker and Todd Grisham take over commentary duties for the next match.

ECW Championship Match: Jack Swagger (c) vs. Finlay (w/ Hornswoggle).  Finlay works on Swagger’s legs early on.  Swagger responds by working on Finlay’s arm.  Pretty basic match.  Swagger pushes Finlay into Hornswoggle, then hits the Doctor Bomb for the win at 7:59.  Not much to it.  It wasn’t a bad match, but it was sandwiched dead between all the matches that mattered, and the crowd didn’t give a shit.

Lawler and Cole tell us that Shane has been taken to the hospital, and Stephanie went with him.

Shawn Michaels prays backstage, then puts on his cowboy hat and heads to the ring.  Michaels/JBL video package.

JBL vs. Shawn Michaels.  If Michaels wins, he’s free and gets all the money JBL owes him.  If JBL wins, he owns Michaels for ever.  Michaels’ wife, Rebecca, is in the front row.  They lock up.  JBL backs Michaels into the corner and warns him that all he needs is for Michaels to make one mistake for JBL to own him forever.  Michaels blasts JBL with a flurry of punches.  They brawl around ringside, then slide back into the ring, where JBL gets the advantage.  Shawn puts JBL in the Crossface, but JBL rolls through it and gets a near fall.  Hey, it worked at WrestleMania 22.  JBL beats up Michaels for a while.  JBL sets up a superplex, but Michaels pushes him down and misses the diving elbow drop.  JBL nails the Clothesline From Hell, but Michaels kicked out.  Damn, I always thought of that as a killer finish.  JBL nails another one, then nudges Michaels with his foot to send him out of the ring.  Michaels barely beats the count back in.  JBL throws him out again and goes over to taunt Shawn’s wife.  Rebecca slugs him and Michaels gets his second wind.  Michaels kicks JBL’s ass and blasts him with the superkick for the win at 13:18.  The match was okay-ish.  It was all about the storyline, which nobody buys, so that hurt the crowd reaction.  Shawn leaves with his wife.

WrestleMania hype.

Todd Grisham interviews Chris Jericho.  Jericho says he’s going to win the title tonight, then challenge Ric Flair to come out of retirement and face him for the title.  Then he says that’s not true.

Cole and Lawler put over Triple H winning the WWE Championship earlier tonight, and say that 67% of the time the title changes hands when it’s defended in the Elimination Chamber.  Doesn’t look good for John Cena.  It’s main event time.

Cena enters first, followed by Knox, then Kane.  As Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring, Edge jumps him from behind.  Edge rams Kofi into the steps, then bashes Kofi with a chair, creating a Conchairto effect with the steps.  Mysterio forgoes his entrance music to run out and check on Kofi.  Meanwhile, Edge locks himself in one of the chambers.  Mysterio tries to get to him, but the glass is “unbreakable.”  Jericho comes out next.  Mysterio and Jericho are going to start the match.  Good choice.

Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship:
John Cena (c) vs. Mike Knox vs. Kane vs. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Chris Jericho.  Mysterio and Jericho start with an awesome speedy exchange.  Jericho dodges a 619 attempt,  but Mysterio flips over the ropes and they crash into the steel floor.  Those bumps have to hurt like hell.  Jericho dodges a charging Mysterio and sends him headfirst into the plexiglass chamber housing Kane.  It made a big noise, and I bet it hurt.  Mysterio hits a cool rana off the Chamber wall, then hits the Bombs Away for a near fall.  Kane is the first guy released.  He nails Mysterio and Jericho, then taunts Edge.  Jericho tries to put him down with a sleeper, but gets put down himself.  Kane continues to beat on both of them.  Mysterio fights back and takes Kane down briefly, but gets beat on some more.  Jericho misses a Lionsault on Kane and gets blasted with a big boot for his trouble.  Mysterio goes for the 619 on Jericho, but Kane catches him and goes for the chokeslam.  Rey hits a Frankensteiner out of it and hits the 619.  Jericho hits the Codebreaker on Kane.  Mysterio sends Jericho out of the ring and hits the Bombs Away off the chamber to eliminate Kane at 9:39.  Knox is released next.  Too bad Kane didn’t last longer, he and Knox working together would have been good stuff if that tag match on Raw a few weeks ago is any indication.  Knox, the fresh man, goes to work on Mysterio and Jericho.  Knox beats the hell out of both of them and goes for his finish on Mysterio, but Jericho hits the Codebreaker out of nowhere and pins Knox at 14:43.  Edge’s chamber opens next.  Mysterio jumps him before he can come out.  Mysterio wails on Edge until Jericho nails him.  Jericho’s asshole heel facial expressions are fantastic.  Jericho beats up Mysterio and goes for the Lionsault, but Mysterio gets his knees up.  Edge hits the Edge-O-Matic on Jericho for a two count.  Edge goes for the spear, but Mysterio leapfrogs him.  Jericho goes for the Codebreaker but Edge holds on to the ropes.  Stuff happens too fast to type.  They do a tower of doom spot in the corner.  Edge throws Jericho out of the ring onto the steel floor of the chamber.  Ouch.  Cena is the last man released.  He’s FIRED UP! and cleans house on Edge and Jericho.  Jericho sets up Edge for whatever that move is called this week, but Jericho hits the Codebreaker on Cena.  Mysterio hits the 619, then Edge spears Cena to eliminate him at 22:21.  Mysterio hits a 619 on Jericho.  Jericho counters a Bombs Away attempt and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Mysterio counters it into a cradle and pins him at 23:54.  Mysterio dodges a spear attempt and schoolboys Edge for a very near fall.  Mysterio hits a springboard cross body for another near fall.  Edge attempts a sunset flip, but Rey rolls through a blasts him with a kick for yet another two count.  Rey hits a swank DDT and ALMOST wins it again.  Mysterio hits a facebuster on the steel floor.  Ouch.  He follows with a 619, then takes a nasty bump into one of the chambers, breaking the unbreakable plexiglass.  Edge spears Mysterio for the win at 29:47 to win the title.  So Edge loses the WWE Championship in the opening Elimination Chamber match and wins the World Heavyweight Championship in the closing Elimination Chamber match.  Edge celebrates with the belt as they show replays.

Good show.  Some stuff in the middle wasn’t interesting, but the Chamber matches were great.  Wrestler of the night honors go to Mysterio, who was really great in the main event.  He worked his ass off and took some nasty bumps.

WrestleMania 25, live April 5th on PPV!

WWE ECW 2/10/09 (Repost)

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WWE open.  A couple of weeks ago, Hornswoggle stole Jack Swagger’s ECW Championship belt.  Swagger pushed Hornswoggle and got his ass kicked by Finlay.  Last week, Finlay had a hand from Hornswoggle in handing Swagger is first defeat.

Matt Striker and Todd Grisham welcome us LIVE to Fresno, California as Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring.  He has to defend the title against Finlay at No Way Out, but tonight he’s calling out Hornswoggle!  However, the music that plays is a remixed version of “Just Close Your Eyes.”  It’s the returning Christian, who makes his way to the ring with a nice (not huge, but nice) response from the crowd.  Captain Charisma makes fun of Swagger’s lisp, then issues a challenge to the winner of the Swagger/Finlay No Way Out title match.  Swagger says Christian is not a threat to him, so Christian nails him with the microphone.  Instant commercial.

Moments ago: Christian nailed Jack Swagger with a microphone!

Swagger complains to Teddy Long and says he’s taking the rest of the night off.  Long says no, Swagger has a match tonight with Christian!

Tommy Dreamer is in the ring.  Last week, Miz and Morrison made fun of him, then beat him up.

Tommy Dreamer vs. World Tag Team Champion The Miz (w/ John Morrison).  Dreamer throws a weak punch, then awkwardly takes him down.  Tommy goes to ringside and makes Miz take a bump into the guardrail, then throws him back in.  Miz takes over briefly, then Tommy hits a backdrop suplex.  Tommy has a flurry of offense and gets a near fall with a Sky High-type move.  Dreamer hits a neckbreaker off the ropes and covers, but Miz gets a foot on the ropes.  A distraction from Morrison allows Miz to hit the Reality Check (I think) for the win at 3:08.

Tonight: Christian vs. Jack Swagger!

WWE Slam of the Week: Last week, the Boogeman squashed Jamie Noble.  Noble bailed before he got the worm treatment

Teddy Long is chatting with Tiffany in his office when Noble comes in.  Long offers him a rematch with Boogeyman, but Noble doesn’t want that.  He wants better treatment since he’s a huge superstar.  There’s a knock on the door.  It’s Natalya and TJ Wilson, who is going by the name Tyson Kidd.  They put over that he was trained in the Dungeon by Bret Hart.  Sure he was.  Was he?

No Way Out: Shane McMahon vs. Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels vs. JBL, a couple of Elimination Chamber matches, and Finlay vs. Jack Swagger.

Christian is getting ready when Finlay and Hornswoggle come in.  Finlay welcomes Christian to ECW, but warns him that after No Way Out, he’s going to have to go through him if he wants the ECW Title.

WrestleMania is 54 days away!

Evan Bourne returns… when?

Tyson Kidd (w/ Natalya) vs. Bao Nguyen, whose name is way to difficult a name for a one shot jobber to have.  Bao goes a hammer lock to start, then Kidd kicks his ass.  Kidd nails a kick right to Bao’s face!  Kidd wins at 1:30 with a swank springboard elbow drop.  Jamie Noble appears at the top of the ramp to stare at Kidd and Natalya.  That should be a good one for next week.  Kidd was impressive.

Swagger vs. Christian is NEXT!

Raw Rebound: Orton talked, then wrestled Undertaker.  Legacy ran in and the three of them beat down Taker until Shane McMahon made the save.  Yes, Shane McMahon saved UNDERTAKER.

Non-Title: ECW Champion Jack Swagger vs. Christian.  Swagger out wrestles Christian to start, then Christian nails him.  Finlay and Hornswoggle comes down to join the announcers as we take an instant commercial break, during which Swagger took over and press slammed Christian out of the ring.  Back in the ring now, Swagger is beating up Christian.  Christian starts making a comeback when he hits a tornado DDT for a near fall.  He hits his reverse DDT and goes for either his frog splash or a headbutt, but misses.  Christian goes for the Unprettier, but Swagger counters and gets a near fall off of an Oklahoma roll, then a  belly-to-belly suplex.  They tease a German off the apron, but Swagger ends up being knocked off and into the announce table.  Swagger throws Christian over the table into Finlay and Hornswoggle.  Back in the ring, Swagger exposes the turnbuckle, but Christian gets him with an inside cradle for a near fall.  Hornswoggle provides a distraction, allowing Finlay to hit Swagger with the stick I can’t spell.  Christian takes advantage and hits the Unprettier for the win at 8:14+ commercials.  Pretty decent match.  It’s good to see Christian back in WWE and away from that circus in Orlando.

WWE Royal Rumble 2009 (Repost)

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Opening video package highlights preview Royal Rumbles, then the Orton/McMahon angle from Raw last Monday.  Short version: Orton kicked Vince in the head.  Hard.

Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole say that the McMahon family hasn’t released any info about Mr. McMahon’s condition.  Orton will be reprimanded… later.

Castrol GTX presents the Royal Rumble!  The Road to WrestleMania begins tonight!

Fireworks, then Cole and Lawler welcome us to the Royal Rumble, LIVE from Detroit, Michigan!  Todd Grisham and Matt Striker then take over announcing duties for the opening match.

ECW Championship Match: Jack Swagger (c) vs. Matt Hardy.  That big silver belt still looks ridiculous on anyone not named Mark Henry.  We call the World title the “Big Gold Belt.”  Can we call this one the “Big Ugly Belt?”  Wow, in-ring introductions for the ECW Title match?  They lock up to start, then Matt starts throwing punches.  Swagger responds by initiating some mat wrestling.  As soon as Matt gets away, though, he goes back to brawling.  Swagger works on Hardy’s arm.  Striker says Swagger is the second youngest ECW Champion ever.  Who was the youngest?  I’ll have to look it up later.  My guess is Mikey Whipwreck.  Swagger hits a big belly to belly suplex for a near fall.  Striker is the new Jim Ross as far as random old school references.  Matt hits a moonsault(!) for a near fall.  Swagger throws Matt into the post and hits the Doctor Bomb to retain the title at 10:28.  Fine match, and thier TV match was pretty good too.  Swagger might be the first guy to have his PPV debut be a successful title defense.  Something else for me to research later!  That’s good, I’m going to have a lot of time to kill this evening.  Matt looks very upset.

Earlier tonight: Randy Orton arrived and all the midcarders snubbed him.  Now: a shot of Detroit to segway into Cole and Lawler being back on commentary for the next match.

WWE Women’s Championship Match: Beth Phoenix (c) (w/ Santino Marella) vs. Melina.  I still can’t buy Melina as a smiling babyface.  She needs to hurry up and get done with this “I just came back from injury” babyface run and turn into a bitch again.  They do some stuff, and most of it looks sloppy.  Beth hits a running butt in the corner.  Beth puts Melina in a modified half crab-type move, then uses Melina’s foot to kick her in the head!  That’s nifty.  I guess Melina is too flexible for her own good.  Beth gorrila presses Melina.  Melina tries to counter out of it, but just falls.  Melina wins with a sunset flip-style cradle at 5:57 to win the title.  Bad match with one neat spot saving it from being a complete waste of time.

Michaels/JBL video package.  Oh yeah, that Cena character is somewhere in there too, but he’s not what’s important.  Backstage, JBL tells Shawn that if JBL wins the title tonight, Shawn will get all the money he’s owed and a spot in the Royal Rumble.  JBL leaves and Undertaker comes in.  Taker tells Shawn, “Sometimes, it’s hell to get to heaven.”  Okay.

WrestleMania 25, live on PPV April 5th!

World Heavyweight Championship Match: John Cena (c) vs. JBL (w/ Shawn Michaels).  JBL and Shawn come out without the limo.  Ironic, the one time the ramp looks like a street, JBL decides to walk down.  In-ring intros, then the referee gets a cheap thrill by feeling them up.  A minute and a half in, JBL bails to say something to Michaels.  Boring match.  These two have had like 500 matches, and only one of them was good.  Everyone, including me, is just waiting for Michaels to interfere.  10 minutes it, Cena gets JBL in the STF (no U anymore since WWE is kid friendly).  JBL escapes somehow, then hits the Clothesline From Hell for a near fall.  Cena goes for the move with which he goes for the victory, but JBL escapes, then there’s a ref bump.  Both men are down as Shawn gets in the ring.  Shawn superkicks JBL, then superkicks Cena.  Shawn puts JBL in top of Cena and leaves.  Another referee runs down to make the count, but Cena gets a shoulder up at two.  Cena goes for the victory and gets the win at 15:30.

Legends of WrestleMania video game commercial.  It looks cool.

Ross and Tazz take over commentary for the WWE Title match.  Hardy/Edge video package.

WWE Championship Match: Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Edge (w/ Chavo Guerrero).  Jeff enters first, then Vickie Guerrero comes with her awful “Excuse me!” voice and tells Jeff that the match is No DQ.  Edge comes out with Chavo Guerrero as his second.  In-ring intros, the Jeff jumps Edge as soon as the bell rings.  Jeff tries to bring in a chair early, but Edge stops him, so Jeff just beats him up some more.  Edge ends up on the outside and Jeff dives off the apron onto him.  Edge gets back in the ring and Jeff tries to springboard, but Edge knocks him off thanks to a distraction from Chavo.  They do some more stuff, then Edge hugs Jeff on the mat.  Edge tries to bring chairs in the ring, but Jeff spears him off the apron, then hits a suicide dive.  Jeff hits a Twist of Fate on the ring apron.  Jeff pulls a ladder from under the ring and sets Edge up on one of the announce tables.  Jeff climbs up, but Chavo climbs up to stop him.  Chavo gets knocked off, then Jeff dives off the ladder and clotheslines him.  Jeff puts Chavo on the announce table, then dives off the ladder onto him!  That should take care of Chavo!  Back in the ring, Edge exposes the top turnbuckle!  Jeff blocks Edge’s attempt to ram his head into it and hits the Whisper In The Wind for a near fall.  Edge hits (I think) I reverse DDT for a near fall.  Jeff gets a near fall with an inside cradle.  Jeff finally takes the exposed turnbuckle face first.  Edge goes for the spear, but Jeff counters in mid move with the Twist of Fate.  Jeff goes up for the Swanton bomb.  Vickie comes out and tries to prevent it, but Jeff hits it anyway.  Vickie pulls the referee’s leg to stop the count.  Matt Hardy runs down with a chair and tosses Vickie in the ring.  Matt sets up Edge for a one man conchairto from Jeff, then double crosses him and nails his brother with the chair!  SWERVE!  Edge gets the pin and wins his 7th World Title in 3 years.  He’s never won one clean, either.  Anyway, match went about 20 minutes and was pretty good.  Edge and Vickie leave happy, then Matt leaves, then Jeff is helped out by the referees!

No Way Out, live of PPV February 15, with Elimination Chamber matches!

Todd Grisham interviews Randy Orton.  Orton says he doesn’t know what the repercussions of his kick will be, but as far as he knows, he’s still in the Rumble match.  Jericho steps in and says he approves of what Orton did.  Jericho thinks Orton is going to get fired tomorrow.  He wishes him good luck.

Royal Rumble “by the numbers” match video package.  It’s Rumble time!  Justin Roberts runs down the rules of the Rumble.  If we don’t all know how it works by now, we never well.

Royal Rumble Match: #1 is the 2006 Royal Rumble winner, Rey Mysterio!  Ross and Lawler are back together to do commentary for the Rumble.  #2 is John Morrison.  This should be a good opening minute.  They take turns almost being eliminated.  #3 is Carlito.  Carlito spits apple in Morrison’s face.  Carlito hits a nice springboard moonsault on Morrison.  #4 is MVP, who gets a big babyface reaction.  Morrison hits his springboard kick on Carlito, then MVP hits the Drive By on Morrison.  #5 is Great Khali.  Khali destroys everyone.  #6 is Vladimir Kozlov.  He and Khali go right at it.  Kozlov eliminates Khali!  Kozlov dumps MVP as well.  He tries to eliminate Carlito, but Carlito saves himself and eats a Kozlov spinebuster, then Kozlov tosses him anyway.  Kozlov and Mysterio go at it.  #7 is Triple H, the 2002 Royal Rumble winner!!  Triple H goes straight for Kozlov, who he’s been having issues with.  Triple H gives Kozlov the crotch chop, then tosses him.  Morrison goes after Triple H, but gets a knee to the face.  #8 is Randy Orton!  Orton goes for the RKO on Triple H.  Triple H shoves him away and goes for the Pedigree, but eats Morrison’s springboard kick.  Mysterio hits the Bombs Away on Orton, then the 619 on Morrison.  #9 is… Cryme Tyme.  Okay, they’ve got one spot between them so they flip a coin.  JTG wins the coin flip and heads to the ring.  Shad picks up the coin and sees that it was a two headed coin!  #10 is Ted Dibiase Jr. (w/ awful new music).  Dibiase almost eliminates JTG and Morrison, but they both hold on and try to kick each other off of their hand holds.  Mysterio almost eliminates Orton.  #11 is Chris Jericho.  Jericho misses a Lionsault on Triple H.  Triple H goes for the Pedigree, but Jericho counters and goes for the Walls of Jericho.  Triple H prevents it, though.  #12 is Mike Knox (w/ beard).  Of course, he goes right after Mysterio first, then clocks JTG and Morrison for good measure.  #13 is The Miz.  The ring starting to fill up.  Ah, I see why.  Orton RKOs three guys, then gets Pedigreed.  Triple H tosses Morrison into Miz and they’re both eliminated.  #14 is Finlay (w/ Hornswoggle).  Mysterio goes over the top, but uses Miz and Morrison as steps to get back in the ring.  Brilliant spot!  Finlay loves to fight, so he’s having a great time tonight.  #15 is Cody Rhodes (w/ awful music).  The three members of Legacy triple team Triple H, then Finlay.  Mysterio springboards off the ropes and Orton catches him in mid-air with the RKO!  #16 is The Undertaker!  Undertaker beats up everybody and tosses JTG.  Taker beats up Cody.  #17 is Goldust.  Goldust nails Dibiase, then smacks his little brother.  Goldust almost eliminates Cody, but Orton gives him the RKO.  At Orton’s direction, Cody eliminates Goldust.  #18 is CM PUNK!  He tries to do his springboard into the ring, but slips on the ropes.  Hey, those ropes are sweaty by this point!  Triple H goes for the Pedigree on Punk, but Punk counters and nails the Go 2 Sleep!  #19 is Mark Henry (w/ Tony Atlas).  Henry beats on Taker and others. #20 is Shelton Benjamin.  As Punk and Jericho fight on the top rope, Shelton jumps up and hits a double Paydirt!  Triple H almost eliminates Punk.  #21 is William Regal (w/ Layla)  He goes straight for Punk, who beat him for the Intercontinental Title last Monday.  Mysterio low bridges Mark Henry, leading to the World’s Strongest Man being eliminated.  #22 is Kofi Kingston.  Undertaker eliminates Benjamin.  Jericho is trying hard to eliminate Mysterio.  #23 is Kane.  Taker is bleeding.  He and Kane united to chokeslam Dibiase.  Kane chokeslams Kofi as well.  Punk eliminates Regal.  #24 is R-Truth.  #25 is ROB VAN DAM!  He looks out of shape and rusty, but he’s still super crazy over.  RVD goes for the Five Star Frog Splash on R-Truth, but doesn’t hit it as Triple H tries to stop him and RVD has to jump over.  #26 is The Brian Kendrick (w/ Ezekiel Jackson), who eliminates Kingston, but is promptly eliminated himself by Triple H.  #27 is Dolph Ziggler.  He introduces himself to Kane, who tosses him.  #28 is Santino Marella.  He lasts approximately two seconds before being clotheslined over the top rope and eliminated by Kane.  “I WASN’T READY!” he protests.  Santino is awesome.  #29 is winner of the 1988 Royal Rumble, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, to a big pop.  Hacksaw beats up everyone!  #30 is The Big Show!  Show and Undertaker go face to face, but Kane interjects himself and nails Show.  Duggan goes after Show and gets tossed for his trouble.  Duggan shockingly got a nice push in this Rumble and was crazy over.  Show press slams R-Truth out of the ring.  Undertaker tosses Cody, who holds on and saves himself.  Show fails three times to eliminate Punk, but finally nails him with the big punch and Punk falls off the apron to be eliminated.  Knox and Mysterio are eliminated.  Hornswoggle comes in and saves Finlay from getting chokeslammed by Kane.  Kane backdrops Finlay out of the ring to eliminate him.  Jericho hits the Codebreaker on Kane.  Orton hits his sick DDT on Triple H.  RVD hits the Five Star Frog Splash on Orton, then gets eliminated by Jericho.  Jericho turns around into the Undertaker.  They go at it, then Taker eliminates Jericho.  Legacy eliminates Kane.  We’re down to six.  Triple H fight Shows as Legacy go after Undertaker.  Show chokeslams Triple H.  Undertaker chokeslams Orton, Dibiase, and Rhodes in turn.  Undertaker and Big Show trade punches.  Taker hits the big boot and sends Show out, but Show holds on too!  There’s WAY too much of that in this Rumble.  Orton tries to RKO Taker, but Taker shoves him away.  Undertaker and Show goozle each other on the apron.  Orton RKO’s Show, who falls to floor for the elimination.  Show pulls Taker off the apron to eliminate him.  Taker and Show brawl into the crowd.  Final four: Triple H and Legacy.  Triple H gets triple teamed.  He counters an RKO attempt and goes on the offensive.  He hits the knee facebuster on Cody and the spinebuster on Dibiase.  He Pedigrees Rhodes and tosses Dibiase.  He tosses Cody, but Orton bundles Triple H out from behind to win the Royal Rumble at 58:38.  Orton celebrates his ticket to WrestleMania!

Not the best Rumble PPV by any means, but Edge and Hardy had a good match, and the Rumble itself is always fun.

WWE ECW 1/13/09 (Repost)

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WWE open, Hardy/Swagger hype video, then ECW open.

Todd Grisham and Matt Striker are our announcers.  Grisham puts this show over as one of the biggest ECW episodes in history.  DJ Gabriel and Alicia Fox are dancing in the ring.

DJ Gabriel & Alicia Fox vs. Paul Burchill & Katie Lea.  The ladies start.  Fox hits some weak looking forearms.  At least she’s trying.  I’ve never seen her wrestle before, but she actually looks decent.  The men tag in and Burchill kicks ass.  Man, I miss Pirate Paul.  I’ve still got a piece of plastic pirate gold he threw out at a house show I went to March 2006.  Gabriel is pretty jacked, and Burchill still looks huge next to him.  Either Gabriel is a small guy or I’ve never noticed how big Burchill is.  Gabriel hits a diving European uppercut on Burchill to win at 3:01.  Not bad for what it was.

They show the awesome Austin Hall of Fame video from Raw again.

Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy for the ECW Championship TONIGHT!  Commercial!

Royal Rumble Hype: World Heavyweight Champion John Cena vs. JBL (w/ Shawn Michaels).

Tommy Dreamer comes out in a suit.  There’s a sentence I never thought I would type.  Tommy is sad because he’s old.  He says if he doesn’t win the title by June 6, he’ll leave ECW.  Poor Tommy.

Another Jack Swagger video.  They’re trying like hell to put him over aren’t they?

Starrcade: The Essential Collection is available NOW!  I got the last copy my store had.

Tiffany and Ricky Ortiz are about to kiss when Hornswoggle runs in and causes a ruckus.  Finlay gives chase.

The Boogeyman vs. Sammy Savard.  Boogeyman wins in 59 seconds with the pumphandle slam.  At least it was short.  I saw Boogeyman and Booker T go 10 minutes at a house show once, and it wasn’t pretty.

Smackdown Rebound: Jeff Hardy and a paid actress his girlfriend had a car accident!

Matt Hardy is the ECW Champion, and Jack Swagger isn’t!  Enjoy it while you can, buddy.

Another plug for Kennedy’s movie.  I still don’t want to see it.

Mr. McMahon returns to Raw next week!  One of the video packages from Raw replays.  Among the people he fires are Kurt Angle and Mick Foley.  Burn, TNA, BURN!

ECW Championship Match: Matt Hardy (c) vs. Jack Swagger.  Boxing-style intros.  They sure are trying hard to make this feel like a big match.  Some fine wrestling to start.  Then a commercial.  Dammit.  Back from break, Swagger is in control, but Matt makes a comeback.  Swagger hits some forearms and sends Matt off the apron to the floor.  I hope Alicia Fox is watching and sees how to throw a proper forearm, because Swagger is throwing some good ones.  Another commercial.  Dammit.  Back again, Swagger is continuing to work over Matt’s arm so he can’t hit the Twist of Fate.  Swagger hits a superplex.  He tries for another, but Matt counters with a sunset flip powerbomb.  Matt gets a two count from that.  Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but Swagger counters and hits a Belly-to-Belly.  Swagger goes for the Doctor Bomb, but Hardy hits a Russian leg sweep for another near fall.  Swagger hits a quick Vader bomb in the corner for a near fall, then goes back to the arm with a cross armbreaker.  Rope break gets Matt out of it.  Matt hits a reverse DDT for a near fall.  Swagger throws Hardy into the exposed turnbuckle and hits the Doctor Bomb to win the title at 18:42.  I think there was more commercial time than wrestling time, but what was shown was pretty good.

WWE Friday Night Smackdown! 2/19/10

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“Dead Man’s Watching”

WWE open, Smackdown open, pyro and ballyhoo.  Todd Grisham and Matt Striker are our hosts TAPED from Kansas City, Missouri.  Tonight, Edge takes on Batista in the main event!

Chris Jericho comes out, suited up, and cuts a promo.  He talks about the things he’s accomplished, including beat The Undertaker last week.  They show the finish of last week’s match.  He says he’ll win the Elimination Chamber on Sunday and become World Champion again.  Edge comes out.  Edge reminds him that his spear did part of the damage to the Undertaker that lead to Jericho’s victory.  Jericho tells Edge to stay away from him after he wins the World Championship.  They continue to banter.  Before they can fight, the lights start flickering.  Edge spears Jericho.  Insta-commercials.

WWE Rewind: Last week, Kane and Drew McIntyre fought to a double count-out.  Then, Kane chokeslammed McIntyre.  They’ll meet for the Intercontinental Championship at Elimination Chamber.

Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler.  Again.  Ziggler gets it some blows early, but then Kane destroys him.  Basement big boot gets 2.  Kane continues the ass kicking.  Striker on commentary talks about the Intercontinental Championship, ignoring the fact that Kane is a 2 time champion.  Ziggler fights back, but Kane clotheslines him out of the ring.  Insta-commercials.  Ziggler works Kane’s arm.  He gained the advantage during the break with a drop toe hold that sent Kane’s shoulder into the barricade.  Kane hits a sidewalk slam to escape his predicament.  Kane goes up top.  McIntyre comes out to his music to distract Kane.  Ziggler clamps on the sleeper hold.  Kane gets the ropes to escape.  Ziggler goes for it again, but Kane chokeslams him for the pin (4:41 shown).  McIntyre runs in and tries to hit the double arm DDT on Kane, but Kane back body drops him.  Yeah, they had some good matches a month or two ago, but I don’t need to see Kane and Ziggler wrestle ever again.

Josh Matthews interviews Rey Mysterio.

John Morrison & R-Truth take on the Straight Edge Society TONIGHT!

Australia tour!

They show Ezekiel Jackson beating Christian to win the ECW Championship on Tuesday.  Zeke is coming soon to Smackdown!

Cryme Tyme vs. Trent Barreta & Caylen Croft.  JTG and Croft start.  JTG slides out of the ringand pulls Barreta off the apron, smacking Barreta’s face into the apron.  JTG runs wild on Croft some more.  JTG goes up top.  Barreta provides a distraction that lets Croft push JTG out of the ring.  The bad guys get heat on JTG.  Really good face in peril segment by JTG.  Shad Gaspard gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Shad press slams Barreta into a powerslam.  Croft saves.  Croft low bridges JTG out of the ring.  Shad clotheslines Croft out of the ring.  Barreta hits a missile dropkick on Shad and goes for a tornado DDT, but Shad counters into his STO for the pin in 4:55.

Antonio Inoki Hall of Fame video.

NXT commercial.

Josh Matthews interviews John Morrison.  He says he isn’t going to let a tweaked ankle keep him out of the Elimination Chamber.  R-Truth comes in and he and Morrison say whacky stuff to each other.

The Straight Edge Society comes out.  Punk his usual promo.  He does quote Star Wars this week, which rules.

Australia tour!

CM Punk & Luke Gallows (w/ Serena) vs. John Morrison & R-Truth.  Punk and Morrison start.  That’s always an awesome match-up.  They do mat wrestling, which I love.  R-Truth tags in and they double team Punk.  Punk backdrops R-Truth to escape a side headlock and tags in his big bruiser, Gallows.  Truth promptly owns Gallows.  Diving cross body gets 2.  Pyro randomly goes off to distract everyone.  Commercials.  The Straight Edge Society gets the heat on R-Truth.  Gallows boots Morrison off the apron, then squashes Truth in the corner for 2.  Truth continues to get beat up.  Morrison gets the hot tag and runs wild.  KNEE TO PUNK’S FACE gets 2.  Modified Flying Chuck takes Gallows off of the apron.  Punk spears the post.  Morrison kicks at Punk, but accidentally kicks the post with the bad leg.  Punk attacks the ankle.  Referee Charles Robinson stops the match (about 8 minutes shown).  Punk attacks Morrison again.  Truth cleans his clock.  Gallows jumps Truth and gives him the choke bomb.  I guess the SES wins by referee stop.  Rey Mysterio makes the save.  He gets beaten down to.  Punk and Gallows give him a Veg-O-Matic style knee drop.

Raw Rebound.  They say Bret Hart has a broken leg.

Edge vs. Batista TONIGHT!

WWE Bullshit fact of the week.

Teddy Long is laughing at Vickie Guerrero getting cottage cheese dumped on her last week.  He and Vickie bicker.  Mickie James comes in and apologizes to Vickie.  Vickie tells her that next week, she’ll defend the Women’s Championship against Michelle McCool, with Vickie as the guest referee.

Matt Hardy, Great Khali, & Maria (w/ Ranjin Singh) vs. The Hart Dynasty & Natalya.  The women start.  Natalya mauls Maria.  Maria fights back and abuses Natalya against the ropes.  Tyson Kidd tags in and goes at it with Matt Hardy.  Hardy gets 2 off a sit-out powerbomb out of the corner.  The Harts make quick tags and beat up Hardy.  Hardy hits the Side Effect on Smith and goes to tag Khali, but Smith shoves him and causes him to accidentally tag in Maria.  The guys fuck around outside as Natalya beats up Maria.  Natalya hits a discus lariat for the pin in 4:12.  Maria is mad.

Elimination Chamber hype video.

Edge vs. Batista is NEXT!

Shot of Kansas City.

Matt Hardy tries to console Maria.  Michelle McCool and Layla interrupt.  They’re really fucking annoying.  Like, I wish I was a woman just so I could punch them in the face.  Matt tells them to grow up.

Batista vs. Edge.  Batista stalls and teases leaving.  Edge calls him spineless and “pulls his punk card.”  Batista comes back and they fight.  Edge hits a spinning heel kick and goes for the spear, but Batista bails to avoid it.  Insta-commercials.  Batista clips Edge’s leg.  Outside, Batista sets up a Batista Bomb on the steps, but Edge back body drops him onto the steps.  Edge comes off the apron with a clothesline.  Back inside, Edge goes for the spear again, but Batista hits the spinebuster for 2.  Edge hits the Edgecution for 2.  Edge spears Batista.  The lights go out.  Undertaker appears and chokeslams Edge.  Batista retreats before any harm can befall him.  It’s a no-contest in about 7 minutes I guess.  Undertaker poses on the stage with his pyro.  Chris Jericho appears behind Edge and drops him with the Codebreaker.  Undertaker stares at Jericho from the stage and does the throat slash.

Alright episode of Smackdown, but if you didn’t catch it, you didn’t miss anything.