WWE Friday Night SmackDown
10.04.12 | Seattle, Washington; Key Arena
Before the customary Smackdown opening video starts, we are treated to a recap of the WrestleMania just gone. The package begins with the most dangerous match of the night, the Money in the Bank ladder match, where we CM Punk knocking Kane of the ladder and unhooking the briefcase to become the first two time winner of the annual ladder match. Now we see the two Hardy’s going at it, in an Extreme Rules match, we’re treated to a plethora of action such as Jeff Hardy going for a Swanton Bomb through a table, but Matt rolls off and his brother goes straight through the table, and finally we see Matt finish the match with a Twist of Fate but with Jeff’s head in a steel chair. We fade to black before The Undertaker’s gong goes off (still in the video) and we see ‘Taker walking to the ring and then facing off with Shawn Michaels. The video shows The Undertaker managing to defeat his rival and extending his undefeated WrestleMania streak. To finish up the package – John Cena, Edge and the Big Show battle for the World Heavyweight Championship which ends in Cena holding the trophy aloft. And that’s when we finish the package.
Afterwards, the usual Smackdown video package plays, highlighting the stars of the blue brand. Once the package is over we cross over to the arena, where the camera pans around the Key Arena, checking out some of the more humorous and meaningful signs, then we cross to the stage where a huge pyrotechnic display begins. After the pyro dies down we cut to the new three man announce table, where Jim Ross, Matt Striker and Todd Grisham are waiting.
Jim Ross: Less than a week removed from WrestleMania, we are back for another year of sheer entertainment – welcome to Friday Night Smackdown! WrestleMania 25 has come and gone, but the memories will live on! We saw retribution, we saw families broken apart, we saw men put their bodies on the line for a chance to win the Money in the Bank briefcase but probably the biggest moment of the night was The Undertaker extending his undefeated streak at WrestleMania!
Todd Grisham: Indeed, J.R, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels put on a hell of a match but unfortunately for HBK, he couldn’t do what other great superstars couldn’t and that’s defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Hello everybody, my names Todd Grisham, and I’m part of this new look Smackdown announce team and it’s a pleasure to work alongside a legend of commentary.
Jim Ross: Thank-
Matt Striker: Todd, you truly do flatter me. But tonight isn’t about the commentary, it’s about the fallout from the grandest stage of em’ all. At WrestleMania, John Cena became the World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Edge and the Big Show in a triple threat match, but we also heard that the new General Manager, Theodore Long orcastrated a trade with the current inactive RAW GM, Stephanie McMahon.
Jim Ross: That’s right; John Cena is now back on Friday nights! John has been a staple of Monday nights for a long time now, but now he is part of the blue brand and I’m delighted to have him here.
Todd Grisham: And speaking of General Managers, Vickie Guerrero will not be happy that the board of directors removed her from the position and instated Teddy Long.
Matt Striker: Which I’ve got to say, is a travesty – there was no reason for Vickie to be removed and even worse is now we’ve been given a new GM in Theodore Long, who was the GM of ECW which we now know has ceased to exist.
Jim Ross: If you recall, Matt, you were part of the ECW commentary team, so maybe Teddy Long isn’t the only reason the ECW brand didn’t work out.
Todd Grisham: That shut you up, Matt.
Matt Striker: You were part of that team too, Todd.
*HUNT YOU DOWN*
The arena doesn’t really react to the unfamiliar music, but as soon as Matt Hardy walks out the crowd immediately erupts into loud booing as the once fan favourite, Matt Hardy saunters out on to the metal stage. Wearing a pair of jeans and a Matt Hardy t-shirt, he begins to make his way to the ring, ignoring the boos and hopping up on to the apron, he then swings a leg through the ropes and brings the rest of his body through.
Right there, is the man that last night – came out from behind his brother’s shadow.
Matt announced himself as a huge player on this brand after last night’s victory over his brother, a former World Champion.
But was it worth it do you think? Turning on his own brother.
I’m not condoning what Matt done, but he has proved that he is ready to reach the big time. He’s had a tough through years but now it looks as though this is a rejuvenated Matt Hardy.
Back in the ring – Matt is standing in the middle, microphone in hand and staring out into the crowd, with a focused expression. Matt brings the microphone up to his mouth about to speak, but is interrupted by the crowd as they chant “you suck”. Once the chants die down, he can finally speak.
Y’know... I’ve spent most of life in this business. Most of my life in this company...
Matt takes a breath as he contemplates what to say next...
We both came into this business together. Jeff and I-
The crowd pop loudly for the mention of Jeff, but Matt shakes his head at the crowd...
We came into WWE together, we fought alongside one another and we even one a few championships together. A lot of people say we were one of the best tag teams in the world at the time, and one of the best tag teams in WWE history. We were inseparable at that point in our careers, we were brothers at that point in our careers... we’re not anymore.
Hardy takes a pause as the boos build up...
A few years pass, and then we go our separate ways, we go into solo competition, we both win a championship or two, but then Jeff leaves the company and everybody begins asking me when is Jeff coming back? Everywhere I went... is Jeff coming back? Why did Jeff leave? Nobody asked about me. How are you doing, Matt? Good luck with your match, Matt. It was all about Jeff.
Another pause as Matt takes a breath...
been about Jeff. I win championship after championship... while Jeff is off doing god knows what. I wasn’t given a shot at the World Championship, oh no, I wasn’t given a chance to mix it with the best. But then when Jeff makes his much anticipated return... everybody loved it. And then Jeff gets his chance... he gets his chance
I haven’t had a break, I didn’t need
a break, I kept working hoping I’d be rewarded with a chance at World Championship. But as soon as Jeff returns... he’s given chance after chance at the World Championship. Even when I become ECW Champion... nobody gives a damn. It’s still... all about Jeff... he then becomes the World Champion.
I spend my whole adult life with this company... Jeff feels he needs to take a break and then he comes back and gets a shot... I never got a shot. I was never awarded a shot.
Matt takes a pause...
That’s when I realized, I’m done with waiting. I’m done waiting for someone to award me a shot... I’m done with Jeff having all the attention. So... I cost him the World Championship. But I didn’t just want to cost him the Championship, no. I wanted to hurt him
I wanted to hurt him... I threw him down a flight of stairs and I made the pyrotechnics explode onto him. A lot of people asked me... how could you do that to your brother? He isn’t my brother anymore.
Another batch of heat...
I want the spotlight... I want the attention... and I want the Championship opportunities. And I broke my family apart to do it... so John Cena-
The arena erupts in cheers for the mention of the World Champion.
John Cena, I know you’re back there... so come out here... right now.
Matt turns to face the stage, waiting for the World Heavyweight Champion. The fans wait with eager anticipating for the music to hit...
*MY TIME IS NOW*
... and they go absolutely wild. The new World Heavyweight Champion John Cena comes jogging out onto the stage, with the championship wrapped around his shoulder. The Champ’ is wearing a black t-shirt with his logo on it, and a pair of three quarter lengths jeans – he scans the crowd before saluting then jogging down to the ring.
Business is about to pick up, Matt is all business and so by the looks of it is John Cena.
The new World Champion certainly looks excited to be back on Smackdown.
Listen to these fans guys, the popularity of this guy is insane, listen to them.
Back in the ring, Cena is holding the World Heavyweight Championship aloft while keeping one eye on Hardy, smiling. He is handed a microphone from ringside. John walks across the ring and stands a few feet away from Matt; he points the microphone at him while shaking his head. The fans begin to chant Cena’s name which John acknowledges with a nod to the crowd. He brings the microphone up to his mouth.
... I’ll get to you in a minute.
The champion turns around and faces the crowd, smiling...
I just need to say this... THE... CHAMP IS... BACK ON FRIDAY... NIGHT SMACKDOWN!
Huge, huge pop...
Y’know... I started my career on Smackdown... and-
Cena’s cut off as Matt interrupts him...
Enormous amount of boos, while Cena turns to face Hardy...
Why don’t you forget about all these people for a minute... and do what you I brought you out here to do...
A confused expression encompaces Cena’s face...
Fine... fine, y’know what you’re right, Matt.
The crowd doesn’t know how to respond and Matt’s the same...
You are deserving... you do deserve... something. But it isn’t a World Heavyweight Championship match. You deserve... you deserve a beating
Cena lowers his microphone as the fans cheer...
You think that’s funny? You know I should get a shot at that championship-
I’m not finished.
Another pop. The crowd then eventually leads into a Cena chant...
I used to have respect for you, man. Hell... I even liked you at one point. But what you did... what you did to your brother... to your family... to your own blood... I’m all for sibling rivalry, but what happened at WrestleMania was too far.
Cena takes a pause...
Have you heard the expression – Green with envy? You got jealous of what your brother was able to do. And that’s win a World Championship.
The only reason I haven’t won a World Championship is because I haven’t been given a shot. And now that I think about it... you’re another one.
I’ve been in this company a lot longer than you, and then you come in and have everything handed to you on a silver platter, when people like me have to work for everything.
Loud boo’s as Cena laughs it off...
And another thing, John... you say you have lost respect for me? You think I care? Do you really think I care if I have or haven’t got the respect from... you?
Hardy takes another pause, as the two men get closer together...
Now why don’t you put that piece of gold on the line tonight, and face one on one, and then afterwards I’ll be World Heavyweight Champion.
You know me man. You want some... COME GET SOME
The two Superstars go face to face, nose to nose, as the fans loudly cheer at the prospect of having a World Championship match tonight. Suddenly...
YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME...
... the former World Heavyweight Champion Edge walks out from behind the curtain, wearing a pair of jeans, an Edge t-shirt and a pair of sunglasses covering his eyes. ‘The Rated R Superstar’ takes a moment before walking down the ramp.
Once the former champion arrives at the ring, he steps on the steel steps and climbs into the ring – before being handed a microphone. He glances at both Matt and John before focusing on the latter.
This little thing you two have planned... this championship match for later... it ain’t happening
Smackering of heat while Hardy prepares to say something...
Hey... you don’t decide that... now get-
Pop for Edge putting Hardy in his place, despite him being a heel...
The big boys are talking.
Hardy is getting visibly angrier...
Now go backstage and let us speak.
Don’t test me, Edge. I’ll do to you what I did to, Jeff.
A smirk comes across Edge’s face...
Please. Are you kidding me. The last time you said you would put a beating on me was 4 years ago, and if I recall I ended up beating you and...something else... oh yeah... I took your girlfriend.
“Ohhhh” The fans respond with a good cheer as now Matt is getting irate...
You think that’s funny?
Yeah. I do actually.
The two men get closer together while Cena shakes his head and shrugs his shoulders at the crowd...
Now now ladies.
Edge turns away from Matt to face Cena and begins to speak...
He does not get a championship opportunity before I get my rightful
rematch. You know triple threat matches are unfair; the odds are stacked against the champion. I deserve a rematch and you know it.
Y’know what, Edge... Matt... hell... I’ll take you both on.
Loud cheer for Cena...
The cameras cut to the stage where Vickie Guerrero is standing, microphone in hand. She begins to walk down the stage, she stops halfway down the ramp and begins to speak, but the boos are so loud she has to try and quiet the crowd.
Excuse me! Excuse me! ... Excuse me!
As General Manager of Smackdown... there will be no World Heavyweight Championship match tonight.
Loud boos as even Edge looks angry at his wife...
Instead, John Cena... you will face Edge at Backlash, one on one for the World Heavyweight Championship. And you, Matt, you won’t get a shot.
Edge applauds the decision, while Matt scowls at Vickie...
The crowd gives a slight pop as Theodore Long appears on stage with a microphone in his hand.
Now hold on a second, playas’. First of all...Vickie... I think you’ve forgotten, you are not the General Manager of Smackdown... believe that
Slight pop as Vickie suddenly remembers...
Now, playas, I was going to allow this triple threat World Championship match to go ahead. But Vickie... you reminded me... we do need a Championship match at Backlash. So instead of a championship triple threat match, we will have a number one contenders match to decide who will face John Cena at Backlash. Ya’ feel me, playas! It will be... Edge versus Matt Hardy versus... The Big Show! Believe that.
Bit of a mixed reaction from the crowd as they wanted a championship match – while Edge looks irate at his girlfriend, and Matt is smirking at John who is smirking right back.
Look at Edge, he is angry.
If Vickie never made an appearance, we would have had a World Championship match tonight.
We did need a Title match for Backlash.
We see Edge walking up the ramp, arguing with Vickie while Matt and John keep their eyes on each other. And with that, we fade to our first commercial break of the night.
Smackdown returns from the commercials and we are backstage where Edge is walking furiously through the backstage area, Vickie Guerrero at his heels.
Edge... baby... wait! I’m sorry.
Edge stops in his tracks and turns to face his wife, venom in his eyes...
Sorry? You’re sorry!?
Yes. Yes... I’m sorry, I didn’t know Theodore Long would change the match.
Edge rubs his face furiously...
How can you forget that you are not General Manager anymore? If you didn’t show your face, I’d be in a World Championship match tonight! But now I have to win a match tonight to face Cena at Backlash.
I said I was sorry. Please, Edge.
I don’t even know why I’m with you.
Cheers as Vickie’ face drops...
Edge: Shut up.
Fans cheer this as well...
I’ve got a number one contenders match to prepare for... and it could’ve been a championship match... if not for you.
Edge walks off leaving Vickie standing alone as we to back into the arena...
*IN THE MIDDLE OF IT*
The fans rise to their feet and give a little bit of heat, directed towards Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder. The two challengers appear from the behind the curtains, the two then begin to walk down the ramp, telling everybody that in a few minutes they will be WWE Tag Team Champions..
This is going to be a treat ladies and gentleman. A WWE Tag Team Championship match, live here on Friday night Smackdown. And after the win that Carlito and Primo had at WrestleMania against the World Tag Team Champions they’ll be on a high.
And if you think about it, Carlito and Primo are the reason The Miz attacked John Morrison on RAW a few nights ago. I wonder what will happen to the World Tag Team Championships now.
Who cares about RAW’s tag team championships, this is Smackdown and about the WWE Tag Team Titles. And about those two men in the ring, they’re former champions and will pose a big challenge to the Primo and Carlito.
The current WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito and Primo walk out from behind the stage, wearing orange attire, and with the Titles around their waists. The duo walk down the ramp to a good amount of cheers, pointing at Hawkins and Ryder, telling them to get ready because they are not losing their championships.
I do like this team.
I do also, J.R, when they are in a match it’s almost like they are sharing one brain, and knowing what the others going to do.
Maybe that’s because they grew up together, and probably practiced with each other when they were younger.
Primo and Carlito hand their Championships to the referee, who holds them in the air for a brief moment before beginning the match.
WWE Tag Team Championships
Carlito & Primo vs. Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
And this match is off, it’s Carlito starting it for the champions against Zack Ryder of the challengers. The first couple of minutes consist of ‘Lito and Zack trading blows, the pendulum swinging both ways, the action is fast paced which gets the fans going and cheering. Eventually Carlito takes the advantage after Ryder missed a clothesline and turned into a clothesline. Carlito and Primo then utilized quick tags and double team moves such as double hip toss and managed to keep Ryder away from his tag team partner. Eventually though, Ryder rolled out the way of a elbow drop from the top rope from Primo. Ryder then got the tag to Hawkins and before Primo could make his tag to Carlito, Hawkins dives on top of him and smashes his back with forearm clubs. The next few minutes consist of Hawkins and Ryder doing what The Colons did, keeping Primo away from his partner and in the corner. Contrary to Carlito and Primo, Ryder and Hawkins kept using dirty tactics, Hawkins distracting the referee while Ryder kept choking Primo in the corner. And Carlito would try to tell the referee but he would only tell him to get back in his corner, which allowed Ryder and Hawkins to continue cheating to gain an advantage; with the referees back turned.
Finally the end of the match came when Primo managed to escape from the corner, scampering between Hawkins legs and getting the hot tag to his partner. Carlito came in to the match, fired up, unleashing all the meant up rage that was gathered on the apron, watching Ryder and Hawkins cheat to inflict pain on his brothers. ‘Lito hit a number of clotheslines before knocking Ryder off the apron. Ryder got back on the apron and tried to distract Carlito, but Primo got back in the game and knocked Ryder of the apron for a second time, before flying over the top rope and landing on top of him. With Carlito distracted, Hawkins tried to take advantage with a school boy pin, but ‘Lito rolled his shoulder and got to his feet and planted Hawkins with the Backcracker! The fans cheering on as Carlito crawls to the pin and the referee counts the pin!
Winners and still WWE Tag Team Champions: The Colon’s via pin fall@ 9.53
The crowd rise to their feet as Carlito sits exhausted on the mat, Primo walks around to the ring keepers table and grabs the championships; he slides into the ring and joins his partner. He lays the championship down next to him and kneels next to him, they go head to head, talking to one another, congratulating each other on a successful Title defence. Primo stands back up and helps his brother to his feet, the duo lift the belts above their heads to a good reception from the fans. Afterwards, the two decide to leave the ring and begin up the ramp.
What a match! The Colon’s put it all out there, and got their reward with retaining those Championships. You can really see the relationship between those two.
It was a great match, and I do agree – those two work really well together.
Take nothing away from Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, they battled for those Championships, but in the end The Colon’s just had more in their locker.
Back on top of the ramp, the duo turn around and lift the belts above their heads one last time. When...
Carlito goes tumbling forward... because of EZEKIEL JACKSON. The big man floored ‘Lito from behind with a clothesline to the back. Primo turns to face Zeke and try to exact some revenge, but Primos punches don’t seem to affect him, instead ‘Zeke picks up Primo and hits him with an elevated spinebuster on the steel!! The fans are incensed by this but then The Brian Kendrick then makes an appearance.
And when Carlito begins to get up, he manages one knee before being smacked in the face by a running boot from The Brian Kendrick!!
What the hell is going on! This was an unprovoked attack on two men who just went through a gruelling match, my god.
Ah, I see. This is Kendrick and Jackson showing Primo and Carlito that just because they defeated Hawkins and Ryder doesn’t mean they will have those Championships much longer.
A despicable way to go about it though, Matt.
A blind side attack by one of the biggest men on the roster, on two people who were exhausted.
On the stage, Brian Kendrick and Jackson are still standing over the WWE Tag Team Champions as we head to a commercial break.
We arrive back on Smackdown and are treated to action from last Monday’s RAW – the RAW Rebound!
This week’s RAW rebound begins with Randy Orton coming out for his promo at the start of the show, it shows us the bulk of his promo and Vince McMahon and Triple H interrupt. Orton is denied his rematch when Kofi Kingston gets a big win over him. Later on we see Triple H take on Cody Rhodes, Rhodes gives a good showing but ultimately loses to “The Game”. The rebound ends on a sour note for Triple H as Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase attack Trips, eventually Rhodes joins in the beat down and it continues for a few minutes. The rebound finally ends with the last picture being Triple H on the mat, with blood streaming down his face.
With that done, we cut back to the arena to see a local jobber in the ring, by the name of Drake Lawrence. The ring announcer announces him to the crowd, but he doesn’t get much of a response even though he does the customary jobber point to them...
Oh no. This guy is in trouble now as the huge Russian walks out from behind the curtain. Vladimir Kozlov doesn’t bother with looking out into the crowd and stopping – he’s all business. He swiftly walks down to the ring to face his next victim.
I fear for this man in the ring, Kozlov has challenged for the World Championship and beaten the likes of Triple H – this guy is in trouble.
I’ve heard that Kozlov is in an even more foul mood because of a lack of competition as he puts it.
Well, he’s got a point – Kozlov should be facing big stars like John Cena, Edge and The Big Show, not Drake Lawrence.
Kozlov climbs up onto the apron, stares at his opponent before entering and standing across from him.
Vladimir Kozlov vs. Drake Lawrence
Yeah, well, what do you expect? Drake tries to get some offense in on his bigger opponent but it’s not doing a damn thing. Kozlov just pushes him away like a fly, Vladimir toys with the local enhancement talent but he gains no pleasure from it. It’s all done with no expression whatsoever, although at one point he does shake his head in disdain. The fans have accepted Drake’s fate and it seems he has as well. The Moscow Mauler hits all of his signature moves, such as the Battering Ram before finishing Drake off with the Iron Curtain. Kozlov puts his foot on Drake’s chest and the referee counts the pin.
Winner: Vladimir Kozlov via pin fall@ 3.23
And with that decimation, the referee calls for the bell – Kozlov named the winner. Lawrence writhes on the mat in pain as the victor stands above him, staring down shaking his head.
I feel sorry for that poor kid – he was just pummelled by the Russian.
Kozlov doesn’t look to happy though.
When does he look happy?
Looks like we are going to hear from the man himself, I wonder what he wants to say?
In the ring, Kozlov is handed a microphone after demanding one from ringside – he makes his way to the centre of the ring and begins speaking.
I came to the double double – e to face elite competition.
Kozlov turns and looks at Lawrence...
Vladimir Kozlov: That
... not... elite competition.
Big Vlad’ turns to face the stage...
I want tougher competition.
With that, ‘Vlad’s music hits and he leaves the ring, walks up the ramp – disappearing behind the curtain.
Next, we cut to the backstage area, where the lovely Tiffany is waiting with a microphone in her hand.
Hello! My name is Tiffany, and I’m the new Smackdown interviewer, so please welcome my first ever guest... the World Heavyweight Champion... John Cena.
It’s a very loud pop as the camera pans out and sees John Cena standing next to the blonde.
Hi John. I’d like to congratulate you on your win last Sunday at WrestleMania! But as for my questions – I would like to ask you about the start of the show.
Cena nods and rubs his chin...
You’re confrontation with Matt Hardy; it got very heated in that ring, didn’t it?
Tiffany moves the microphone towards John’s mouth...
You’re right, Tiffany – it did get a little heated. I know what Matt Hardy did, I watched Hardy do those despicable things to his own brother. His own blood.
Cena pauses, thinking of what to say next...
It made me sick. Matt Hardy needs to be taught a lesson, Tiffany; he needs somebody to give him a good beating.
The fans give a pop for this...
And tell you what – if he does win this match tonight and faces me at Backlash, I’m going to be the one that gives him that beating!
Very loud pop as Tiffany takes the microphone back...
Right, okay, my next question is about the other two men in the triple threat match – are you at all worried if you have to face The Big Show?
And the microphone is moved back...
Anybody would be a little bit worried if they had to face a seven foot tall, five hundred pound monster. But I’ve faced The Big Show before, and defeated him and I’ll do it again.
And Edge? What’s your thoughts on facing Edge?
Cena thinks about this for a second...
Edge and I go back a long way, Tiffany, we’ve had one of the biggest rivalries of all time. Edge is truly a great competitor, he’s defeated me and I’ve defeated him. But if he thinks he will be the one who takes this championship...
John takes a look at the big gold belt...
Then he’s wrong... no one will take away my championship.
The crowd pops very loudly, as Tiffany wraps up the interview by thanking John for his time, before he walks off. The show fades to black at this time, as we throw to another commercial break.
We return to tonight’s show and we are backstage where The Big Show and Vickie Guerrero are speaking in Vickie’s room.
The Big Show:
So... tell me again, what did he say?
Vickie is tearing up as she speaks...
He... shouted at me! He... he... said “I don’t know why I’m with you”.
Guerrero suddenly gets a bit angry, the tears disappearing...
He says it’s my fault that he isn’t in a championship match tonight!
Show taps on his knee, which Vickie then sits on...
The Big Show:
Don’t listen to him. Remember, if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be in the number one contenders match tonight.
Show lifts Vickies face up with the tip of his fingers by the chin and looks into her eyes...
The Big Show:
Forget about, Edge. He treats you like dirt
A few seconds pass by of the two staring into each other eyes, before they end up kissing each other. The fans respond by booing, as they don’t want to see that, we then hear someone’s voice.
What the hell is going on?!
The camera pans around to see Edge standing in the doorway, staring at Vickie and Show who have stopped kissing and are on their feet...
I come here to say sorry about early... and... I find you kissing that whale.
Show gets angry at that comment and begins to walk towards Edge, but Vickie puts a hand out...
Save it. I’m done. I’m done with you.
The fans give a pop at seeing Vickie upset...
Listen up, Show, you can have her... because I don’t want her. She’s cost me nothing but grief. You’re welcome to her.
Who do you think you are... coming in here and talking to me and Vickie like her?
Show takes a step closer, the height difference meaning Edge has to look up...
Watch your tongue, because if you don’t I might just pull it out later.
Edge: I look forward to it.
Edge gives a quick glance at Vickie who just stares back, before turning around and walking out of the locker room. The camera focuses in on Big Show as he puts his arm around Vickie.
We then cut to ringside where Jim Ross, Matt Striker and the entertaining Todd Grisham are speaking.
Did we just see Edge break up with Vickie Guerrero?
I think we did... and what’s more... I think now Big Show and Vickie are a couple. What an annoying couple that will be.
Did you hear these fans when Edge told Vickie he was done with her? They were ecstatic.
The commentators stop talking and the arena is silent until...
Smackdown’s other Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, appears on the stage to a little bit of boos. Chavo kneels on the stage while holding his arms out in the air before walking down the ramp and getting into the ring.
Speaking of Guerrero’s – Chavo has got a great opportunity in this four way match, whoever wins will face MVP for a chance the United States Championship match.
And I’ve just received word, that that match... will be next week... on Smackdown!
Great, a championship match on Smackdown, can’t wait for that.
The fans give a nice pop for the arrival of R-Truth. Truth appears on the stage, with a microphone in his right hand and begins rapping his way to the ring, getting the fans involved any way he can.
And that man is the second competitor in the four way match. What’s up, Todd?
R-Truth is a very skilful competitor but he’s going to have to be on top of his game to win this match and then to win the United States Champion.
*AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ ME NOW*
The former United States Champion walks out from the back to a good amount of boos, and then Shelton Benjamin begins to make his way down the ramp and into the ring.
I’ve always believed that Shelton has something special, he’s a multiple time tag team champon, Intercontinental Champion and United States Champion, but he’s never been able to reach the top, and grab the World Title.
I’ve thought that as well. Benjamin is a talented Superstar, and has got to be the favourite to win this match tonight.
I don’t think you can have a favourite to win this match tonight, this is a Fatal-Four-Way match, anything can happen.
*CLOSE YOUR EYES*
Of all the men in this match, Christian gets the biggest reaction from the crowd as the former ECW Superstar walks down the ramp, playing to the fans. He stops at the ring, staring at the three other men in the ring.
Another man who I think has that ability to reach the top, why he hasn’t done it yet? Nobody can say.
This is the first step in that though, J.R, since coming to the WWE, this is Christian’s first chance to show us what he can do in a match that he needs to win to have a shot at the United States.
I can sense this is going to be a great match, look at all the competitors, they all look so motivated.
If you are in a number one contenders match, and you don’t look motivated, then you don’t deserve to be in the match.
United States Championship #1 Contenders Match
Christian vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. R-Truth vs. Shelton Benjamin
The action started off pretty slowly, all four men not knowing who to go for. Eventually, Chavo runs at Christian but Christian ducks and Chavo falls over the ropes. This leaving three men in the ring, Shelton points at R-Truth and tells him to team up on Christian. Eventually R-Truth says no, and Christian and he attack Shelton, they pummel him in the corner to good cheers. After a bit, Chavo gets back in the ring and hits R-Truth from behind. The action becomes separated here, as R-Truth pairs off with Chavo and Christian with Shelton. This continues for a few minutes, with each pair trading the advantage. R-Truth ends up eating a huge kick to the face from Chavo which knocks him out, and he rolls out of the ring. This allows Shelton and Chavo to double team Christian. The attack on Christian continues for another few minutes. Chavo and Shelton taking turns to choke Christian, while the other punches and kicks his stomach. Christian managed a brief comeback before the numbers game caught up with him, and he went back to being beat up by Chavo and Shelton.
Eventually, Chavo and Shelton’s teaming ends when the two conflict over who pins Christian. Guerrero and Benjamin started squaring off, putting on a good couple of minutes of action. Until R-Truth came round and pulled himself into the ring. The three men beat on each other, but then Christian came back and joined in the fun. After a few minutes of fast paced action, the match came to a close when R-Truth connected on Chavo with a corkscrew scizzors kick and went for the pin, but Shelton also planted Christian with Paydirt! R-Truth and Shelton cover Chavo and Christian at the same time and the referee doesn’t know what to do – so he just uses both hands and counts the pinfalls.
Winner and Number One Contender for United States Champion: ??? via pin fall @12:48
Confusion. That would be the word to describe what is going on just now. R-Truth and Shelton have both pinned one opponent, and now the two are face to face, arguing over who wins the match. Justin Roberts doesn’t know what to say as the commentators chime in.
After ten minutes, we still don’t know who will face MVP next week. Both R-Truth and Shelton Benjamin pinned Christian and Chavo Guerrero. We don’t have a winner.
Correction, we have two winners. But who will face MVP next week.
Someone needs to sort this out, right away.
The arguments continue as we cut to the Backlash promo.
The video opens with Matt Hardy pinning his brother at WrestleMania
One night a year...
A shot of Triple H pedigreeing Randy Orton at WrestleMania
Superstars face off at the biggest stage...
Shot of CM Punk unhooking the MITB briefcase
For their moment...
We fade to black with the last image being John Cena holding the World Heayweight Championship up
But the pageantry is over...
We suddenly hear a women’s blood curdling scream
Then the video returns with Randy Orton kissing Stephanie McMahon with Triple H watching on...
All that remains...
Shot of Jeff Hardy hitting the Swantom Bomb...
Shot of Edge hitting a spear...
Shot of Kane hitting a chokeslam...
Before we see a silhouette of a man in a dark room, only seeing his shadows...
All that remains... is the Backlash.
WWE Backlash | April, 26th, 2009 | TD BankNorth Arena | Boston, Massachusetts
When we return to Smackdown, we are backstage, where Theodore Long is speaking to the Russian, Vladimir Kozlov.
Fine... fine... fine. You need better competition I get it. I understand you came to the WWE for elite competition, playa. And I’m sure somebody
on the roster will want to face you, you’ll get your competition, next week.
Kozlov gives a wry smile...
I better. Or else
. Else I may get angry with you.
Kozlov turns on his heels and walks out of the GM’s office. Teddy sits down on the couch and rubs his forehead, but is peace is short lived as a production crew member comes in and tells him that he needs help. Long stands up and follows him outside, where Shelton Benjamin and R-Truth are still arguing.
You know I had him pinned first!
The hell you did! I’m in that championship match next week, I won that match. And that’s the truth!
Shelton shakes his head....
For somebody with the truth in his name, you sure do like to lie a lot.
Truth takes a step towards Benjamin...
Guys... guys calm down!
Teddy... from a brother to another brother... you know I won that match.
If you think he won that match, then you need glasses.
Long gives out an audible sigh, as Truth and Benjamin stare at him...
I think I’ve got a solution, playas.
Long takes a pause..
Since you both pinned somebody in that match, and since it did seem that it was at the same time.
Let me guess... another number one contenders match next week?
No, I said there will be a United States Championship match next week. So next week, will be MVP versus Shelton Benjamin versus R-Truth in a triple threat match! Ya’ feel that? Playas’.
Both Shelton and Truth nod their approval as the fans cheer for the big Championship match scheduled for next week. The show then cuts to the ring, where we hear...
It’s a muted reaction as Natalya makes her way from the back, dressed in black and pink. She begins to walk down to the ring, getting prepared for her number one contenders match.
Before we speak about this upcoming match, what about what was just announced a moment ago.
That was a huge announcement. Next week on Smackdown, we will see MVP put his United States Championship on the line against R-Truth and Shelton Benjamin.
Like Edge said at the top of the show, triple threats do not favour the Champion, MVP will be cursing his luck that the number one contenders match ended the way it did.
Speaking of number one contenders matches, this match will determine who Maryse will face at Backlash, defending her WWE Divas Championship.
*STRONG AND SEXY*
It’s another small response, but this one is more positive as Gail Kim gets a few cheers as she walks down the ramp and climbs into the ring.
Like you said, J.R, whoever wins this match will face Maryse at Backlash for the WWE Divas Championship. The Divas Championship hasn’t been around for long, but every Diva in the back wants a shot at that Title.
Winner Faces Maryse For WWE Divas Championship at Backlash
Gail Kim vs. Natalya
After a few minutes of feeling each other out, Natalya takes the advantage when she ducks a flying cross body from the top rope from Gail. Kim lands with a thud which causes the fans to gasp, she feels her head but Nattie doesn’t give her a chance to recover; she picks her up and then throws her face first back down to the mat. Nattie dives on top of Gail, looking for the win. One... Two... Gail kicks out to a nice cheer. Natalya complains to the referee which gives Gail a chance to get to her feet, and when Natalya goes over to her she kicks out – landing a shot to the gut. Gail then smashes Nattie with forearms, forcing her back to the ropes. Kim then launches her to the opposite side, but Natalya keeps a hold of Gail and reverses into an Irish whip of her own. But Kim has the ring smarts to duck a swinger from Natalya, continue running and then slide between Nattie’s legs, before finishing the sequence off with a nice dropkick. Gail goes for the cover, One... Two... Natalya’s shoulder is up! Gail climbs to the top rope again, looking for a high flying move, she dives off looking for an axe handle smash but Natalya catches her and turns it into the Sharpshooter. Kim struggles and struggles, the fans cheering her on, she manages to twist her body around, breaking Nattie’s grip before rolling her up in a Small Package! One... Two... Three!
Winner and Number One Contender for the WWE Divas Championship: Gail Kim via pin fall @4.18
The ref calls for the bell and raises Gail’s arm once she stands up. We then cut backstage, where Josh Matthews is standing with a microphone in his hand.
Ladies and gentleman... my guest at this time... the WWE Divas Champion... Maryse.
We cut back to the ring, where Gail Kim is watching the titontron where Maryse has now appeared, looking fabulous with the hampionship.
And Maryse... we now know who you will face at Backlash. You will face Gail Kim, one on one.
Maryse takes a glance at the camera, knowing that Gail is watching this on the tron...
How do you feel about that?
Maryse rolls her eyes before answering...
What do I think? I think that z’no Diva z’is in my league.
Boos from the crowd as we get a shot of Gail shaking her head in the ring, before cutting back to Maryse..
I am prettier... classier... and just a better Diva.
Maryse looks at the camera, knowing she is looking at Gail.
Gail... if I were z’you... I wouldn’t even show up at Backlash... because z’you won’t win... I’ve got this Divas Championship... and I’m not losing it to the likes of z’ you.
Maryse blows a kiss at the camera, looks at Josh and then leaves. Meanwhile, Gail just stands in the ring, shaking her head in dismay.
Well... it looks as if we know SmackDown’s first match at Backlash. It will be Maryse defending her WWE Divas Championship against Gail Kim.
Maryse does seem very confident, and I like that in a women. What do you like in a women, Todd?
Anyway, next up ladies and gentleman, our main event... join us after the commercial.
We cut a commercial...
And as we return... we are backstage in the medical room where Carlito and Primo are being treated for the beat down which was put on them by Ezekiel Jackson and Brian Kendrick earlier on. Primo is sitting on a table, with a guy working on his back, after being slammed on the steel, and Carlito is standing beside him with an ice pack on his head. The two are in silence, until Brie Bella and Nikki Bella come into the room and give them both a hug.
Oh my god. When we heard we came straight away.
Are you two okay?
Primo winces as he stands up.
We’ll be fine.
All Carlito and Primo are worried about is getting payback on them.
Carlito takes the ice pack of his head and lays it down on the table.
What are you guys going to do?
Oh we’ve got something in store for next week; let’s see who’s laughing after what we do.
And dat’ will be cool.
Carlito puts his arm around Nikki and Primo does the same to Brie as they waddle out of the shot.
We cut back to the main arena where we hear...
*CRANK IT UP*
The fans respond with a nice amount of boos as The World’s Largest Athlete, The Big Show walks out from behind the curtain. The massive frame of The Big Show walks down the ramp before climbing onto the apron and stepping over the top rope. Show walks over to the ropes and leans over it and lifts his massive hand in the air.
Big Show has got to be the favourite for this upcoming match, his sheer size alone should give him a good chance of winning this number one contenders match. He and John Cena have history, so if Show does win, he’ll get a chance to get retribution for John Cena taking his United States Championship all those years ago at WrestleMania twenty.
That was a long time ago, I don’t think Big Show will be thinking about that. He will just be thinking about getting that championship opportunity at Backlash.
To get that, he will need to defeat two men, The Rated R Superstar Edge and Matt Hardy.
*HUNT YOU DOWN*
It takes a second for the Seattle crowd to remember whose music this is as it just debuted earlier in the evening, but nonetheless the heat is scorching hot for Matt Hardy as he walks out from behind the curtain. With his new look ring gear and long jacket on he walks down the ramp, pointing at himself telling everybody it is his time. Once Hardy reaches the ring, he slowly walks up the steel steps and steps into the ring; keeping an eye on one of his opponents for the evening, The Big Show.
Matt truly had a WrestleMania moment last Sunday at WrestleMania twenty five. Matt finally stepped out from his brother’s shadow and showed he is every bit as good as the former World Heavyweight Champion.
Indeed, Matt did step out from his brothers shadow, and this is his chance to get in amongst the World Championship picture. If he wins this match, he faces quite possibly the biggest Superstar in the WWE, John Cena at Backlash.
To do that though, he has to go through the World’s Largest Athlete and one of the most successful Superstars in this company, Edge. The former World Heavyweight Champion.
YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME...
It’s a booming mixed reaction for The Rated R Superstar, Edge, after his outbursts at Vickie Guerrero earlier on in the evening, the fans have took a shine to him. The former World Heavyweight Champion makes his way down the ramp, pausing at the half way stage of the ramp and steps off his pyrotechnics, with his arms raised in the air. After a bit, Edge continues his journey to the ring – he slides into it, keeping an eye on his opponents for the evening.
I’ve known Edge for a long time, and I know first hand how much he loves the World Championship. He wants the championship back, but he’ll know it’ll be tough defeating Matt Hardy and The Big Show.
No doubt about, maybe without the distraction of Vickie Guerrero – Edge will have his head in the game, you could tell he was distracted at WrestleMania.
It seems the marriage of Edge and Vickie is over after what happened earlier in the evening, and it has even made some of these fans start cheering Edge. I never thought I would see some of these fans be on Edge’s side.
That just shows how hated Vickie Guerrero is.
*YOU CAN’T SEE ME*
The fans erupt for the arrival of the World Heavyweight Champion, not involved in the match but obviously wanting to get a first hand view of his potential opponents at Backlash. John Cena is on the stage saluting the crowd before walking down the ramp, circling around the ring and sitting down next to Jim Ross, who he shakes his hands with.
It’s a great honour to be joined just now by the World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena, welcome to the announce table, John.
Thank you, J.R, if I wasn’t a wrestler – I’d be a announcer, so it’s a surreal experience being on this announce team but I’ll do my best.
No. 1 Contenders Match; World Heavyweight Championship
Edge vs. Matt Hardy vs. The Big Show
The referee calls for the bell and the match begins. It’s slow in the opening stages as nobody really wants to make the first move. After a bit, both Matt and Edge attack The Big Show, backing him into a corner and clubbing him with forearms and punches, Show powers out of the corner however by pushing Edge away and head butting Matt. Show then backs Edge into a corner and punches his stomach over and over, the cameras catch a glimpse of Matt just standing and watching – allowing Show to inflict as much pain as possible. While this is happening, Matt glances at Cena who glances back. Show gets tired of Edge and turns around looking for Matt, the two face off with Show getting the better and this time backs him into a corner. Edge gets back to his feet and attacks Show from behind, jumping onto his back and locking in a sleeper hold. Matt bounces off the ropes and connects with a low drop kick to Show’s leg which takes the giant down. Edge lets of Show and bounces of the ropes himself and hits a running drop kick of his own, but to Show’s face this time. Matt then climbs on top of Show but is pulled of by Edge and then the two of them go at it, trading blows. Show rolls out of the ring allowing the two more agile Superstars to go at it. The next few minutes consists of them trading blows until Matt gets Edge in an armbar and keeps him down on the mat. After a few minutes of using different submission moves to keep Edge on the mat and out of the match, Show gets in the ring and stomps on Matt. The triple threat turns into a singles match for a few minutes as Show and Matt go at it.
Edge gets back into the action as the three men trade punches with each other, before Big Show head butts Matt and he falls to the mat. Show begins to dominate Edge and eventually manages to connect with his Chokeslam! Show pins Edge but it’s broken up Matt, saving the match for himself. Edge rolls to the side, allowing Show and Matt to go at it, and eventually Show gets Matt in the Chokeslam position, but Matt wriggles out of it, he then kicks Show in the gut and attempts the Twist of Fate but Big Show reverses and breaks free before pushing Matt right into the referee! Matt doesn’t really care, instead of checking the referee is he is okay, he turns around before ducking a Knockout Punch from Show, and then connects with a Twist of Fate to Show! Matt goes for the pin but there is no referee to count the fall! The fans count, one, two, three but it doesn’t mean a thing. Suddenly...
*NO MORE WORDS*
The fans go absolutely crazy as “The Enigma” Jeff Hardy sprints out from behind the curtain, screwing his face up in pain as he does from last Sundays match. Hardy slides into the ring and tackles his brother, taking him down to the mat. The fans are going mental as Jeff reigns down on Matt with fists, he tries to cover up but the fists are breaking through Matt’s attempted shield. After a few seconds, Matt reaches out for the bottom rope, he then pulls himself out of the ring away from his brother. Jeff doesn’t let that stop however, as he follows him to the mat below the ring. Hardy grabs his brother by the back of the net and launches him across the announce table, into the laps of Jim, Todd, Matt and Cena! Cena picks Matt up from behind the table and holds Matt up for Jeff, keeping his arms stretched which allows Jeff to land full blows to Matt’s face. Cena lets go of Matt and the brawl then continues into the crowd and out of sight! The referee is still down, but Show is getting to his feet as is Edge.
The fans begin booing as Vickie Guerrero is running down the ramp, with a steel chair in her hands! She slides it into the ring and Show positions it with his foot in the centre of the ring, he then grabs Edge by the throat and goes for a Chokeslam! But Edge counters into a DDT on the steel chair!! He slides it out of the ring as Vickie is complaining outside of the ring, The referee begins to get to his feet and so does Edge. Edge goes to the corner and waits for Show to get up, after a bit he does and Edge sprints at him, connecting with the Spear!! Edge covers Show and the referee counts the pin!!
Winner and Number One Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship: Edge via pin fall @ 11:56
The referee gets to his feet and waits for Edge to do the same, he lifts Edge’s hand in the air and points at him. While Vickie Guerrero stomps in place on the outside as Justin Roberts announces the winner of the match and that he will face John Cena at Backlash.
And there we have it folks, at Backlash it will be Edge versus John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash.
A great way to end the show, what a action packed match.
Yeah, we saw Jeff Hardy attack his brother, Vickie costs The Big Show the match and Edge gets his rematch at Backlash.
A action packed way to end the action packed show. A lot of questions will need to be answered next but for now, thank you for joining us for SmackDown ladies and gentleman, join us again next week for another episode, thank you!
The last show of Friday Night SmackDown this week, is the World Heavyweight Champion John Cena sliding into the ring and going face to face with his challenger at Backlash. The two trade words which can’t be heard as the crowd cheer around them. The show fades to black as we end the first SmackDown after WrestleMania XXV!
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Colons © bts. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
Singles Match: Vladimir Kozlov bts. Drake Lawrence
Number One Contenders Match; U.S Championship: R-Truth & Shelton Benjamin bts. Chavo Guerrero & Christian
Number One Contenders Match; WWE Divas Championship: Gail Kim bts. Natalya
Number One Contenders Match; World Heavyweight Championship: Edge bts. Matt Hardy & The Big Show
05.03.09 | TD BankNorth | Boston, Massachusetts
World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena © vs. Edge
WWE Divas Championship
Maryse © vs. Gail Kim
Right, so glad to have gotten this up. First show in over a year, so they'll probably be some rust to work off but I hope everybody that reads enjoys the show. If anybody wants to know what Matt's new theme is then PM me.