Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed
~Friday Night Smackdown~
April 13th, 2007
1st Mariner Arena
Last week’s SmackDown saw one of the most shocking moments in the show’s history, as the entire stage collapsed on top of The Undertaker, but when the wreckage was cleared, ‘The Deadman’ was nowhere to be seen… and we still don’t know who will be chosen to face Batista at No Way Out.
During an Six Man Tag Team Match were the message was simple from Interim General Manager Jonathan Coachman… go out and impress me. And without any doubt, the most impressive and shocking event from last week saw Umaga bring the SmackDown set collapsing down on top of The Undertaker, only for ‘The Deadman’ to vanish. Feeling they’d made their point, Umaga and Armando Alejandro Estrada left the arena, seeing an impromptu main event end when Chris Benoit teamed with Batista to see off Mr. Kennedy and Edge. Benoit proved that his claims for a title shot at the start of the show were warranted, as it was he who sealed the victory for his team. But the big question tonight is whether that was enough to get Jonathan Coachman’s vote, or if the outcome of last week’s main event was irrelevant, and ‘Coach’ had already made up his mind.
Last week, Matt Hardy stepped into the ring with William Regal, and despite the attentions of Regal’s partners Dave Taylor and Paul Burchill at ringside, Hardy emerged victorious. Tonight though, The Bluebloods seek revenge in a Six Man Tag Team Match, forcing Hardy to look for a pair of partners. And who better to team up with the United States Champion than the WWE Tag Team Champions, The Hooligans, Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Despite London’s knee injury still clearly bothering him last week, Kendrick and London were happy to oblige, although all three champions know the vultures are starting to circle, with The New Breed clearly intent on getting a title shot against The Hooligans, while Hardy knows that both Finlay and The Miz are making plenty of noise regarding a future match against him with his newly won gold on the line.
Bryan Danielson rebounded from his disappointing WrestleMania defeat to Gregory Helms by crashing Helms’ victory party last week, assaulting the champion and knocking him clean from the ring before Helms’ security squad intervened. This however was overshadowed by Helms’ announcement that he’s launching a petition to have the Cruiserweight Championship retired in his honour as the longest reigning Cruiserweight Champion in history. Tonight, Danielson is set to take on Jamie Noble, but from what we understand, Helms will be in the arena tonight, canvasing for signatures, a move that is sure to draw the ire of Danielson once again.
All this, plus we’ll hear from Chavo Guerrero regarding the news that Rey Mysterio is on his way back to SmackDown, we’ll see if Santino Marella can finally lead The F.B.I. to a victory, Kane will look to continue to build on his victory last week over King Booker, and we’ll try and find out just how on earth Funaki managed to get a microphone back in his hand!
Matt Hardy and The Hooligans vs. The Bluebloods
Bryan Danielson vs. Jamie Noble
Plus!! Batista, Edge, Mr. Kennedy, Chris Benoit and Umaga will all be in attendance to hear Jonathan Coachman’s decision!!