TV REPORTS PARKS' WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 4/24: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of the show, including Dibiase & Rhodes vs. Batista & Shane
Apr 24, 2009 - 9:00:57 PM
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by Greg Parks, PWTorch.com Contributor
WWE Smackdown review
April 24, 2009
Taped 4/21/09 in London, England
Aired on MyNetwork TV
-JR and Todd Grisham opened the show as the camera panned the arena. They plugged Undertaker vs. Big Show for later tonight, as well as Batista & Shane McMahon vs. Ted Dibiase & Cody Rhodes.
-Edge came out, fresh off his win against Kofi Kingston on WWE Superstars last night. Edge said two weeks ago, John Cena called him a desperate man, said he was grasping at straws and that Cena was tougher than him. He told Edge that he couldn’t keep him down. Edge said he was right. But he said he’d stop at nothing to get what he wants. Edge talked about winning his first-ever World Title in 2006, by cashing in his Money-in-the-Bank against Cena following an Elimination Chamber Match. Edge said that since then, he has cost Cena World Titles, beaten him for World Titles, and even slapped his father across the face. Yet he still keeps coming back. He said on Monday night, that all changed. Then they aired the footage of Edge hitting Cena with a conchairto.
Edge said he hoped his voice was the last Cena heard before drifting into unconsciousness. They showed Edge counting to ten and Cena not getting up, from Raw. He said Cena’s night would end in a similar fashion on Sunday. Back to the arena, the lights were off and a single spotlight shined on Edge in the ring. He addressed Cena, saying he has the strongest resolve of anyone he has fought. It almost makes him respect Cena, but he despises him too much. Edge said this was it for him, he has nothing left. He said if he doesn’t beat Cena for the Title on Sunday, he has nothing. Vickie can’t help, he claimed, and he has no friends. This Sunday, he said they’re going to lay it all on the line for the very last time. Somehow I doubt that. Edge said that after three years, this feud has to come to an end, as it’s shortened both of their careers. Edge said that in the end, he’d walk away as champion. “I will be the last man.....standing.” After that line, Edge continued to stand in the spotlight for a few seconds, as his music then finally began to play. He just stared into the camera. Great promo that makes you wonder what would happen if Edge lost on Sunday. JR wondered if Edge’s prophecy would be fulfilled on Sunday.
-Grisham and JR were shown on camera as they talked about the Jeff Hardy-Matt Hardy feud. They showed how Big Show beat Jeff last week on Smackdown and the aftermath with Matt Hardy’s legdrops.
-Tonight, Matt Hardy & Kane face CM Punk & Jeff Hardy. Actually, it’s next!
1- MATT HARDY & KANE vs. CM PUNK & JEFF HARDY
I’ve got to be honest, I wasn’t sure that Matt could pull off being a heel, but he’s done a nice job thus far. Jeff and Matt began the match, but before they could make contact, Matt tagged out. Punk then came in to face his opponent for Backlash, Kane. Punk got the better of the big man and tagged in Jeff. Kane with an uppercut, then a tag in to Matt. That brought Jeff back off the mat for some punishment for his brother. Jeff jumped over the top and landed a cross-body onto Matt at ringside. The two men were down outside the ring as the show went to break.
A little double-teaming by Jeff and Punk, followed by a cover by Punk is what viewers saw upon return from break. More double-teaming on The Big Red Machine. Jeff, clearly not being able to focus with his brother standing on the apron, was the recipient of a boot to the back by Kane that sent him to the outside. The brothers were both in and they had a brief brawl, but Matt ended up getting the best of him for the time being. More legdrops from Matt. Neck vice applied by Matt. Both men found the mat, but only the eldest Hardy was able to make the tag to his partner. Jeff broke out of another rest-hold from Matt and hit Whisper in the Wind for two, broken up by Kane. Punk dove through the ropes onto Kane to take him out of the equation. Mule kick and a beauty by Jeff. Jeff tried a Twist of Fate, but Matt pushed him off, into Kane (who was on the apron). Matt then rolled up Jeff and used a handful of tights to secure the victory.
WINNERS: Kane & Matt Hardy, at 10:41. Fine tag match that did the job of hyping two of the PPV matches at once.
-Big Show vs. Undertaker is still to come.
-They showed a video package previewing the Randy Orton vs. Triple H match this Sunday, with clips from the happenings this past Monday on Raw.
-JR and Grisham plugged the Batista & Shane vs. Dibiase & Rhodes match again.
-The Big Show came out for his match with The Undertaker. It takes place next.
-Big Show got on the mic said Smackdown is happy he’s leaving because they won’t have a mountain of destruction to worry about anymore. Show talked up his lethal right hand and said he’d turn out Taker’s lights tonight.
2- THE BIG SHOW vs. THE UNDERTAKER
JR referred to this as the “main event” tonight. Body blows right off the bat by Show on Taker. Taker returned fire and even traded hedbutts with the giant. Show’s had a bit more behind them. Show missed a running boot and got hung up in the ropes. Taker booted him over the top and to the outside.
Show had the advantage out of break. More clubbing blows from Show. Taker choked Show on the top rope to get away from an offensive attempt by The Big Show. Taker struck back with right hands. A reversal and Show caught Taker coming off the ropes with a clothesline. Taker tried another comeback here, but couldn’t get Show up for a chokeslam, as Show dodged it with a back elbow. Chokeslam by Show that got only a two-count. You could see the frustration on Show’s face. Dragon-sleeper by Show, with both men on their feet. Taker countered it with a DDT. He rolled over and got an arm across Show for a two-count. In the center of the ring, the men slugged it out, with fans booing on Show’s punches and yay-ing on Taker’s, much like Cena and Jericho on Raw. Clothesline from Taker took Show off his feet. Taker went Old School (much more believable late in a match like this), but Show socked him with a right hand as Taker jumped. Taker didn’t get knocked out, but staggered around the ring a bit. Show lined up Taker to hit him with another one, and he hit Taker in the back of the head. Referee Charles Robinson checked in on Taker and, determining Taker couldn’t continue, awarded the match to Big Show.
WINNER: Big Show via ref stoppage, at 14:21. Surprising result there. I guess Taker got to kick out of the chokeslam since he was going to be on the losing end.
Taker got up and apparently thought the match wasn’t over and was challenging Big Show, even though he was on spaghetti-legs. Show acted as if he was going to leave, but then attempted another punch. Taker ducked and knocked him out of the ring.
-Still to come, Batista & Shane McMahon face Ted Dibiase & Cody Rhodes.
-But next, the Divas Title is on the line as Maryse faces Gail Kim.
3- MARYSE vs. GAIL KIM- DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Kim got things started with some rights to the face of Maryse. Roll-up by Kim for one. Springboard cross body for two followed that up. Maryse got in some hair-based offense, which drew the ire of referee John Cone. Kim made a comeback, but the crowd wasn’t really behind her. Hurricanrana off the top by Kim for a near-fall. Maryse tried to leave, but Kim came out and brought her back into the ring. As Gail tried to come in, Maryse dropped her throat-first across the middle rope. The French Kiss (DDT) by Maryse finished things off.
WINNER: Maryse, at 2:51. Entertaining match without the small hiccups their last match had.
-Jeff Hardy did a promo backstage to hype his match with Matt on Sunday. I believe he was at the top of the ladder, but the camera spun around at the bottom, so it was hard to see exactly. There was some sort of perch up there. An angry Jeff said Matt would be known as a quitter for the rest of his life after Sunday.
-MVP was walking backstage; he’s in action next
-They showed clips from “The View” of Sherri Shepherd and the ladies talking about MVP and WWE.
4- MVP vs. CHAVO GUERRERO
Next week, at Madison Square Garden, MVP faces Dolph Ziggler with the United States Title on the line. Chavo with a double-knee to the back of MVP as he was briefly distracted. Chavo worked over the left arm of the US Champ. MVP worked out of it and bodyslammed Chavo. Guerrero came back with a dropkick and a baseball slide that sent MVP to the arena floor. Montel Vontavious Porter caught Chavo with a knee-lift as he attempted to come back into the ring. MVP with his trademark “Ballin’!” elbowdrop. Overhead throw by MVP, then he finished Chavo off with the Playmaker.
WINNER: MVP, at 2:44.
Dolph Ziggler came out after the match and did a sarcastic clap for MVP. He had a mic and said he hopes his number one fan, Sherri Shepherd, was watching, because it’ll be the last time he leaves a match as United States Champion. Ziggler said that after he beats MVP next week, he’ll introduce himself to Shepherd as the new United States Champion.....Dolph Ziggler.
-Another plug for the main event tag match.
-They replayed John Cena’s promo that aired on Superstars last night.
-JR and Grisham previewed the Backlash card.
-Batista made his entrance for the main event. The match is next.
Dibiase pummeled Shane in the corner, but Shane fought back with some jabs of his own. Jumping back elbow, then a few arm-drags. Batista tagged in and Rhodes made a blind tag. Batista caught Rhodes with a clothesline, then dropped him to the mat for a two-count. McMahon came in and was promptly double-teamed by Team Priceless. Batista saved him with a double-clothesline, and the faces each clotheslined a heel over the top rope and to the outside.
The faces were in control of Cody Rhodes out of break, with Batista entering the match. Shane elbowdropped Cody off the second rope while he was draped across the knee of Batista. Dibiase came in and broke up the pin. Shane was distracted, allowing Rhodes to nail him in the back with a dropkick. Dibiase then tagged in and went right to work. Shane tried to fight out of the heel corner, but Cody took him down with a Russian leg sweep. Shane kept trying to make a tag, but Dibiase kept holding him back. Shane came back with a DDT on Rhodes and Batista tried to get the crowd behind McMahon. Dibiase got the tag first and Shane rolled Ted up for two. He kicked out and in the process sent Shane into Batista on the apron. Batista didn’t look happy, shoved Shane out of the way and landed a spinebuster on Rhodes. Shane picked up the win.
WINNERS: McMahon & Batista, at 11:20. Well, we got some more hints of dissension, even though Batista and Shane hugged after the match.
-A final video package aired, plugging Cena vs. Edge at Backlash.
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