April 4th, 2008
From the FedEX Forum in Nashville Tennessee
A Video Package Recaps Wrestlemania from start to finish, CM Punk winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Randy Orton punting Triple H then covering Cena to retain his title, Floyd Mayweather knocking out Big Show with the brass knuckles, then Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels’ 5-Star classic where at the end Shawn Michael made the decision to win the match and end the career of the Nature Boy, and finally Edge pushing Undertaker to the limit. But in the end Taker kept the streak in tact and becoming new World Heavyweight Champion.
Smackdown Opening Video
Welcome to the First Edition of Friday Night Smackdown after an amazing Wrestlemania 24 and of course the biggest story for Smackdown out of Wrestlemania is The Undertaker defeating Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship, I’m Michael Cole joined as always by partner Jonathan Coachmen
Yea Michael they know who I am, but the biggest story tonight is not the Undertaker, it’s the former World Heavyweight Champion, Edge. Edge tonight begins his quest to win back the title, what a warrior!
C’mon Coach enjoy the celebration, The Deadman is now 16-0 at Wrestlemania!!
Cole that why I don’t think you’re fit for this job you sit here and idolize people like the Undertaker while I focus on the wrestling and the stories people care about, like Edge winning back the Word Title.
Another Gong sounds off the Undertaker’s pyros come on as the Deadman rises up and enters the arena in Nashville wearing his newly entered World Heavyweight Championship around his waste. Taker slowly enters the ring to a huge pop. Coach calls the Tennessee fans idiots for cheering someone who is supposedly dead. Taker enters the ring and gets a mic
Five nights ago, Wrestlemania 24 took place and The Undertaker went to battle with the Rated R Superstar know as Edge.
Heat for Edge’s name
Wrestlemania is night where mortals battle for their shots to become immortals. For sixteen years now, many men have stepped up to challenge the Undertaker at Wrestlemania and as have of this Sunday all sixteen of them have fallen.
Every year a new man rises to challenge the Deadman and every year another man is knocked down. Every year people conduct reasons in their head of why someone can defeat me on the Grandest Stage of them all, Edge was the Ultimate Opportunist, he’d found me at my weakness before, and he could find it again, but all the wrestling preachers and pundits missed something, they didn’t realize that at Wrestlemania the Undertaker is never at his weakest, always at his best. At Wrestlemania The Undertaker is truly immortal.
Edge’s opportunity to defeat me at Wrestlemania and become immortal ended up making him more mortal then ever, embarrassed and defeated.
: Part of Edge’s soul was lost at Wrestlemania, he didn’t just lose a match, he lost his pride, he lost what little respect people still had for him, he lost it almost everything, but above all that, he lost this..
Taker points at the Title to a big pop
The World’s Heavyweight Champion, the Holy Grail of Friday Night Smackdown. The Gold at the top of the mountain. Everything every superstar to walk onto this show dreams of obtaining is once again in my hands.
This time though will be different, this time now that I have this title clutched in my grasp I will never let it go, not because of briefcases, not because of mortals trying to use whatever tools they need to obtain this from me, this title belongs now to the Undertaker and the Undertaker will not let it go.
See this title is now my hands thanks to Edge and his missed opportunity at Wrestlemania 24, Wrestlemania is my night, it’s always my night, and it always will be my night, no mortal will defeat me on that night. Edge was taught that lesson the hard way when I took back my World Heavyweight Championship from the Rated R Superstar.
EXCUSE ME!!!! EXCUSE ME!!!
Smackdown’s General Manager Vickie Guerrero comes out to massive heat and receives a stare from the Undertaker.
EXCUSE ME!! Undertaker I just wanted to come out here as General Manager of Friday Night Smackdown and on behalf of my fiancé Edge to congratulate you on your victory last Sunday at Wrestlemania.
Shut up!! This is my show and I’m talking. Now Undertaker I expect you to be a great champion just as Edge was, Edge did everything he was told as Champion, if the GM ordered him to do something he did. He fought as a valiant warrior any time I called upon him, he never turned down a match, he never disobeyed orders. I expect you to do the same.
Mega Vickie heat
Undertaker, should you not obey to what the General Manager tells you will be stripped of your World Heavyweight Championship. Do I make myself clear!
Clear as your small pitiful sole could ever be. Vickie Guerrero I will follow your orders to keep my World Heavyweight Champion but should you or your fiancé cross me in way I don’t want to be crossed there will be hell to pay and you will Rest in Peace!!!
I’m glad we are in agreement because, I’m not so sure that you can win outside of Wrestlemania, that is your night but tonight may not be your night. Because tonight Undertaker I’m going to put you to the test. Tonight Undertaker you will be competing in a gauntlet match, against competitors I have hand picked myself.
Undertaker gives her the stare as Vickie gets massive heat and walks out. “Rest in Peace” plays as Undertaker stands in the ring holding his World Title
A Video Package highlighting the Triple Threat Match from Mania advertising the Replay is shown
[Cut to Ringside]
Welcome back to Friday Night Smackdown and we now our main event of the evening will be the new World’s Heavyweight Champion the Undertaker running the gauntlet by order of Smackdown GM Vickie Guerrero.
I for one, think this is a great idea, the Undertaker is great at Wrestlemania but Edge is great all year round, I feel like Undertaker needs to be tested to prove he is worthy of being called Champion.
Are you kidding me Coach!! This is an obvious attempt by Vickie Guerrero to soften up the Undertaker for her fiancé Edge.
You call that, I call it being a good GM, tomatoes, tamotoes, Michael.
**Aint No Make Believe**
Now officially on Smackdown, the WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison and the Miz come out to some good heel heat. Morrison and Miz step into the ring holding their titles
: The best champions Smackdown has to offer, have finally come home! I would like to welcome John Morrison and the Miz to the show as now that ECW has folded they are members of Friday Night Smackdown.
Yes they are Coach, as our four other men those being, Elijah Burke, Mike Knox, Steven Richards, and Tommy Dreamer. All four of them will be competing in an ECW showcase match later tonight but now the tag champs are in action.
**I’ll Do Anything**
Shannon Moore and Jimmy Wang Yang come out happy to be getting another shot against JoMo and the Miz. They enter the ring and stare down their opponents
Match 1l Non-Title Tag Team Match
WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison & The Miz vs. Jimmy Wang Yang & Shannon Moore
Ending: Both explosive teams continue to go back and forth, Miz and Moore are currently the legal men. Miz catches Shannon running at him with an Irish whip, Moore goes back and Miz but catches the tag champ with a knee. Miz stood straight too “oohs” from the crowd. The crowd begins to cheer as Moore drops Miz with a sick head kick. Cover 1………..2….Miz gets the shoulder up. Wang begins to clap in the corner getting the crowd into the match, Shannon makes the tag. Yang runs down the apron and hits a spring board splash onto Miz. Yang hooks the leg and goes for a cover 1………2…Miz gets the shoulder up again. Yang looks disappointed after not getting the win but he’s a face so he’ll continue you on. Miz stands up and Yang lights up his chest with a chop. Yang whips Miz off the ropes and throws him down with an arm drag, Yang continues to come at Miz with a series of clotheslines and shoulder tackles. The crowd is getting excited as Moore claps in the corner. Miz is down in the center of the ring. The Asian Redneck climbs up to the top rope, MOONSALT!! NO!! Miz rolls out of the way into his corner and tags in Morrison.
JoMo runs into the ring and quickly puts Yang into a headlock. The A-Lister holds onto the maneuver as the Georgia Native looks to regain his vertical base, JWY breaks free from the hold but Morrison quickly hits him with a forearm to the face. Morrison looks pleased with him with himself as he whips Yang across the ring and meets him with a drop kick on the return trip. Cover 1…………2…Yang kicks out. Moore looks at his team thinking about a tag as Morrison drops an elbow onto Yang, Yang inches closer to Moore but Morrison plants another elbow drop. Morrison begins to jaw-jack with Moore for a second as Yang inches over only to be pulled back into the center of the ring by JoMo. Morrison hits a beautiful STANDING MOONSALT!! He hooks the leg. 1…………..2….Shannon Moore runs into the ring and breaks the count. Morrison gets up and begins to agrue with Morrison, Moore slaps the A-Lister!! Miz storms into the ring and begins to exchange blows with Moore. Miz tries for the Reality Check, he plants Moore over his knee but Shannon quickly backs into the ropes. Miz tires to clothesline the Reality star over the top rope but the always quick Shannon Moore ducks under and sends Miz over the top rope!! Miz slow gets to his feet on the outside, CROSSBODY BLOCK TO THE OUTSIDE from Shannon Moore.
Meanwhile the legal men were going back and fourth in the ring, Morrison landed a beautiful chop kick to knock down Yang who quickly kicked out. Morrison goes for a forearm shot but Yang reverses it into an arm drag. JWY runs over to the ropes and uses them for a running splash onto Morrison. Cover by the Asian Redneck 1………..2………. Morrison just barely gets his shoulder up. Yang looks at Morrison who is still down grabbing his midsection. JWY looks to the rope. Yang goes for the MOONSALT again, NO!!! Morrison rolls out of the way. Yang lays on the ground grabbing his ribs, Morrison goes over to the turnbuckles and hits a SPINNING CORKSCREW MOONSALT!! Cover 1………………2….Moore tries to get in the ring and break it up but Miz whips him back into the security barricade…………3!!!
Winners: WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison and the Miz via pinfall (6:57)
“Aint no Make Believe” hits as Miz slides back into the ring to get his arm raised the champs are handed their titles. Morrison calls for a mic and his demands are met.
That match you just saw is another fine examples of why the end of E-C-W was the best thing that could have happened to Friday Night Smackdown.
“E C Dub” chants break out.
You people should be thankful that two celebrities of our stature are now full-time members of the Friday Night Smackdown roster, granted we’ve already been the tag champs here for months, but now every week we will be here and we will be proving our superiority compared to every other tag team on this show.
Morrison hands Miz the mic
Forget the “E-C-W Showcase match” later tonight, the only thing Smackdown got that is worth anything from E-C-W is us, that was our showcase match, every week you’re going to see us come out here and dominate whatever team is put before us.
Both guys getting good heat
We’re the perfect combination of Superstars for this show, every time we’re on TV, the ratings will go up, every time we are in the ring we will do something unprecedented, unpredictable, unbelievable.
That move you just saw me finish Jimmy Wang Yang with, it’s called Starship Pain. It’s lethal, that’s what you can expect from us every week on Smackdown, dominate matches and unbelievable moves. Not to mention, our rockstar good looks and A-List lifestyle.
The crowd boos big time as “Aint No Make Believe” hits one last time.
We appear in the office of the Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero where new Smackdown talent, Vickie’s nephew Chavo Guerrero comes in.
Aunt Vickie can I ask you something, I believe later tonight there is a quote “ECW Showcase match.” And well I was left out of this match, Aunt Vickie your great at your job don’t get me wrong, but if anyone from ECW deserves to be showcased, it’s me. The real final ECW Champion.
Chavo, I love you, you’re my favorite nephew but the reason you’re not in the showcase match, is because I have something better then that for you. Chavo tonight you’re going to be in the main event. You are going to be in the gauntlet match tonight, because I trust that you can carry on the Legacy of the Guerrero name by bring down the Undertaker.
Aunt Vickie, trust me, after what Kane pulled at Wrestlemania, I’m not in a good mood, tonight, the Undertaker is gonna’ see what a true Mexican Warrior is.
The Edgeheads, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins walk into the picture
You wanted to see us boss.
Why yes I did, Zack, Curt just like Chavo here, I’ve also handed picked you two to me in the gauntlet match tonight against the Undertaker. I want Smackdown’s best to put the Undertaker to the test as World Heavyweight Champion, now I expect you three to give Undertaker everything you’ve got.
Vickie, Vickie, it’s no problem for us, we’re the Edgeheads and he’s the god damn Mexican Warrior, the Undertaker is gonna’ get tested tonight, you know I don’t know if he’ll pass with flying colors like all these people in the arena are thinking.
We got a plan to push the Undertaker to his limit tonight, this aint’ Wrestlemania anymore, the Undertaker’s time as come and gone and tonight is our time. Tonight the Undertaker is going to fail your test.
Chavo and The Edgeheads leave the picture
We appear in the interview area where Josh Mathews is standing by….
My guest joining me at this time made his return to the WWE last night at Wrestlemania and will be competing for the first in nearly sixth months, ladies and gentlemen Matt Hardy.
Hardy is shown to a big pop in the arena
Now Matt, last night you made your return to the WWE by costing your former tag team partner and friend MVP the Money in the Bank ladder match, why did you choose Wrestlemania to return?
Josh can I first make one thing clear. MVP and I were never friends, associates, yes, tag team champions, yes. Friends, never. I mean Josh you saw what MVP did to my leg, would you do that one of your friends?
: No I would not.
Exactly Josh, MVP screwed me five, almost six months that I could’ve been winning champions in, the least I could was return the favor and screw him the Money in the Bank Briefcase. Maybe next time MVP will think about it the next time he decides to attack me.
Hardy is getting chants from within the arena.
But MVP I’m done, losing Money in the Bank was the of your worries, I’m far from done. We still have unfinished business, I still got my eye on that United States Championship your holding over your shoulder. I’m going to get another shot to become United States Champion, and when I do, MVP you better watch out, because I am going to beat you. No, I’m going to more then beat you, I’m going to embarrass, I’m going to hurt you. MVP, the road ahead for you, headed straight to hell. All these people out here tonight, all of them want to see me kick your ass MVP. And guess what? They’re going to get what they want.
Can I get your quick thoughts on your opponent tonight, Chuck Palumbo?
Chuck’s a big guy, he’s tough, I’m sure it’ll be a tough fight, but to me it’s just another block in the road to when I become United States Champion.
We return at ringside
**You Will Remember Me**
Chuck Palumbo comes out riding his motorcycle to decent heat.
That giant of a man, ladies and gentleman that is Chuck Palumbo, Vickie Guerrero sure isn’t making things easy for Matt Hardy.
Nor, should she, after what Matt Hardy did at Wrestlemania he deserves to be face a physically dominate superstar like Chuck Palumbo, who I by the way think as a better chance of becoming United States Champion then Matt Hardy.
You’re joking right?
Look at the size of that man and tell me, I’m joking.
**Live for the Moment**
Matt Hardy storms out to a huge pop, the crowd in Nashville goes nuts as Hardy runs down the ramp high-fiving fans. The Tennessee crowd is excited to see Hardy, Palumbo, not as thrilled.
Welcome back to Smackdown Matt Hardy!!
Who cares about Matt Hardy, look at Chuck Palumbo. The size, the strength, the bike, the man has everything it takes to be a big deal in this business. Tonight isn’t about Matt Hardy coming back, it’s about the welcoming crew.
More cheers for Hardy
Apparently the WWE Universe doesn’t think that.
The WWE Universe also thinks Hornswoggle is a big deal, you see what I’m getting at here, Cole.
Matt Hardy vs. Chuck Palumbo
Ending: We aren’t that far into the match as we begin to view. Hardy throws a few strikes at the Biker, until one of them gets caught. Palumbo uses the arm he has a hold of to pick Hardy up and throw him down with a body slam. Coach talks about the amazing strength and power of Chuck Palumbo. Hardy gets up and is on the receiving end of a giant boot to the face. Cover by the Biking Machine 1………….2….Hardy gets the shoulder up. Cole talks about the no quit attitude of Matt Hardy. Hardy struggles up his feet. Palumbo charges at him but Matt ducks down and Chuck goes flying into the ropes!!, Hardy quickly turns around and hits a drop kick sending Palumbo off the apron onto the floor. Hardy rolls out of the ring and throws some punches at the Biker, but Palumbo blocks a punch and whips Matt into the steel steps. Palumbo grabs Hardy by the hair and bangs his head down onto the steps. Hardy falls onto the floor grabbing his head. Palumbo stands over his with a smirk on his face.
Chuck begins to stomp down on the Heart and Soul of Friday Nights. Chuck whips Matt into the security wall causing him to fall down grabbing his ribs. Palumbo throws Hardy back into the ring and covers 1…………..2…Hardy powers out much to the displeasure of Coach. Matt gets up his feet as “Hardy” chants break out in the arena. Palumbo stalks Hardy as he stands up. Palumbo slowly goes at Hardy, but Matt comes at him with a blaze of glory, Hardy lands a few punches, then he goes off the ropes and this a corkscrew elbow onto the Biker Machine. Palumbo slowly gets to his feet as Matt begins to clap. The “Hardy” chants gets louder. Palumbo gets up, Hardy kicks him in the stomach and goes for the TWIST OF FATE!!! Palumbo spins out and pushes Hardy away into the ropes. Hardy bounces back and Palumbo drills him with a big boot. Cover from the Biker Machine 1………..2..another kick out from Matt Hardy. Palumbo picks Hardy up and puts him in position for a power slam. Palumbo this a running power slam onto the former tag champ Cover 1…………2…..no Hardy gets the shoulder up again!! Palumbo scoops up and puts him over his shoulder. Palumbo runs with Hardy and drives him straight into the turnbuckles back first. Hardy falls back into the center of the ring, Palumbo goes for a clothesline but Matt ducks under and shoots off the ropes, Palumbo throws another wild clothesline, Hardy ducks under and shoots off the ropes, he grabs Palumbo and hits the SIDE EFFECT!! Hardy struggles to his feet and goes up to the second rope. LEG DROP onto the Biker Machine. Cover 1…………..2…..kick from Palumbo.
Hardy looks up disappointed and it appears the crowd is too. Coach says Hardy isn’t strong enough to pin Palumbo, Hardy stands him up, the crowd gets behind the Heart and Soul of Smackdown as he begins to clap, he goes for the midsection to set up the Twist of Fate but the Biker Machine catches it. Hardy jumps on his one leg and looks he is going to jump into a head kick but Palumbo drops Matt down with a sick clothesline! Cover from Palumbo 1………….2…Hardy gets the shoulder up again. Palumbo stands Hardy up only drop him down with another slam. Palumbo shoots off the rope and drops on Hardy with a leg drop. Hardy rolls over grabbing his throat feeling the Impact from the massive leg drop. Hardy gets up grabbing his throat, Palumbo knocks his hand down and sets up for the Full Throttle, he gets Matt off the ground but Matt kicks him in the chest, quick Twist of Fate!!!! Cover by from Hardy 1………….2…………..3!! Matt Hardy wins his return contest.
Winner: Matt Hardy via pinfall (7:42)
After the match the ref raises Hardy’s arm. Hardy does his normal, raise his fist in the air thing to the crowd getting a massive pop. Hardy grabs his ribs in pain as Palumbo rolls out of the ring.
The United States Champion MVP comes out to massive heat wearing one of his designer suits, Porter rubs his US Title which he holds of his shoulder. He stares down his former tag team partner. Matt Hardy doesn’t looked pleased to see MVP.
What could MVP possibly want now?
Cole could you be more ignorant? He obviously wants to welcome his former tag team partner back to Smackdown.
MVP enters the ring with a microphone, Hardy stares at him. MVP takes off his suit jacket and lays it on the mat. MVP rolls up the sleeves of his shirt. Hardy sets up in MVP’s face.
Now Matt, what makes you think I want to fight you right now. It’s just getting a little warm out, I felt like takin’ off my jacket. Don’t worry bout’ it.
“Hardy” chants fill the arena
These people Matt, they’re excited to see you back and Matt I have to say, so am I…you’re my friend, my former tag team partner we’ve been to hell and back together.
Hardy just stares at him
In fact, I’d love to throw you a welcome back party next week in the V.I.P. Lounge, whatdaya’ say?
Matt Hardy nods
Cool, so we’re on for next week, but Matt there was one other thing I wanted to tell you this week….
MVP CLOCKS MATT HARDY WITH THE MIC!!! Hardy falls down to the floor on his knees. MVP gets in the corner and runs by him hitting the Drive-by kick. Matt Hardy falls to the ground in pain. MVP picks up his jacket and puts it’s over his shoulder to massive heat as he exits the ring. You can read his lips saying “Welcome Back”
A Video recaps Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair and Ric Flair’s final match.
We appear in the interview area
: My guest joining me at this time “The Anima” Batista.
Batista is shown dressed to wrestle to a big pop inside the arena
Batista, you’ve had an up and down week, Sunday at Wrestlemania you defeated Umaga in a Battle of the Brands match, but this past Monday on Raw you like the rest of us had to say frewell to your hero, your mentor, Ric Flair. What state of mind are you in to face Mark Henry tonight?
You know Josh, just last Friday I thought this was gonna’ be the best week of my life, I was gonna’ beat Umaga and win Battle of the Brands for Smackdown, then I was going to watch my hero Ric Flair defeat Shawn Michaels and we’d celebrate all week long. Josh, that didn’t happen. Monday, I had to say good-bye to Ric, but he left a message that I know I’m going to come through now.
He told everyone out there in the WWE Universe to remember him through me and Hunter, it’s an honor to have some a great wrestler say to me and from here on out, everything I wrestle these people I can remember Ric Flair. Every time I go out there in that ring, people can think of Ric.
“Thank you Ric” chants break out in the arena
Josh tonight when I beat Mark Henry, I’m not just going to do it for me, I’m going to do it for the “Nature Boy” so he won’t be forgotten. Mark Henry, tonight you aren’t just fighting any animal. You’re fighting the reborn “Animal”
Batista walks out of the picture.
[Cut to Ringside]
Strong words from the Animal as he will face Mark Henry later tonight and I expect to see a whole new Animal.
Yea, there’s the Animal you see now then there will be the one being taken out on a stretcher when Mark Henry is done with him. Two totally different Animals.
**Man in the Box**
The ECW Original Tommy Dreamer comes out to make his Smackdown debut to a massive pop, Dreamer is wearing an “ECW” T-Shirt as he runs down and high fives the fans.
Coach, I don’t know about you but I am excited to see Tommy Dreamer here on Smackdown, “The Heart and Soul of ECW” “The Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer. I’m excited to see what Tommy brings to Smackdown.
Ok Cole, you do that.
**Don’t Waste My Time**
Elijah Burke comes out to solid heat and smirks at Tommy Dreamer as he walks down the ramp.
This is someone that will truly add to Friday Night Smackdown Mikey, Elijah Burke a truly talented, truly great athlete. Now that he is on a superior show Elijah can truly shine.
Is that something against ECW?
: Yea, Smackdown is pretty and now Elijah has a chance to be on the better show.
Stevie Richards comes out to a solid pop and “ECW” chants, Richards is wearing leather pants and sleeveless shirt with “ECW” imprinted on it.
Another ECW Original, Stevie Richards, another man that can and will bring the Extreme to Friday Night Smackdown.
Mike Knox comes out to little reaction
Now things are heating up baby!!
Why because of Mike Knox.
Look at the size of that man, he’s got the power, strength, and killer instinct to be a big deal here on Smackdown Mikey.
Well this is a fatal four way ECW Showcase match, the man that wins this match would make a big statement in their Smackdown debut.
Match 3 l ECW Showcase Fatal Four Way Match
Tommy Dreamer vs. Elijah Burke vs. Stevie Richards vs. Mike Knox
Ending: We cut in about four minutes into the match, Richards catches a kick from Elijah as Dreamer sells in the corner. Elijah begins to jump around and tries to get free, Richards tries to throw him down but Elijah jumps and gets a head kick in to Richards. Burke looks over to Dreamer but decides to throw Richards out of the ring first. Richards lands in like a 619 position. Burke runs at Richards does a jumping leg lariat to the back of the ECW Original’s neck. Burke rolls through the ropes where Mike Knox charges at him outside of the ring, Elijah lands a sick Pimp slap to the monstrous Mike Knox. Burke turns around as Tommy Dreamer runs through the ropes and hits a suicide dive to Elijah outside the ring!! “EC-Dub” chants break out. Elijah lays on the ground grabbing his ribs until Dreamer grabs him by the tights and throws him back into the ring. Quick cover 1………….2..Elijah kicks out. Dreamer stands up Burke and begins to tee off him with a series of punches. He whips Elijah off ropes and hits a clothesline knocking Elijah to the ground. The Heart and Soul of ECW turns around where Mike Knox is back in the ring, Knox hits the running jumping crossbody!!! Cover 1…………2…Richards gets in and breaks up the pin
Knox gets up and looks at Richards, Knox goes for a clothesline but Richards ducks under. Big Mike turns around and is met with a round house kick from the former ECW Champion. Richards makes a cover but Burke quickly gets in to break up the pin. “ECW” chants break out as the action is picking up, Elijah smirks staring at Richards. You can read Richards’ lips “What’s so funny” Richards slaps Burke across the face. Burke looks up with a very angry look in his eyes, Burke lands and even harder bitch slap that drops Richards to the ground. Elijah shoots off the ropes and hits a jumping knee drop that lands right down Stevie Richards’ face. Elijah gets up and turns around only to eat a big boot from Mike Knox!! Knox picks up and Burke and slams him down onto Richards. The monster throws Burke out of the ring and covers Richards 1…………2……Dreamer breaks the count!! Dreamer grabs Knox by his tights and throws him out of the ring. Richards slowly gets up his feet as Dreamer didn’t bother to make a cover. Burke and Knox are in a similar spot outside the ring, Knox standing up using the ring apron as Burke is using the security wall, both me go to enter the ring as the two ECW Originals both hit running drop kicks threw the bottom rope sending the heels flying to the floor.
The ECW originals continue to work together as they grab Knox and hit him with a double team suplex onto the steel steps to a massive pop as their extreme roots are shown. Knox grabs the back of his next as the ECW Originals shake hands, they both turn around as Elijah comes in and hits a spinning pimp slap to Dreamer. Dreamer stumbles backwards, Burke lands a quick jab keep Richards away before grabbing back onto Dreamer and hitting him with a forward leg sweep sending The Innovator of Violence face first into the steel steps!! Dreamer rolls around on the ground grabbing his head in pain, Burke makes a smart move as he throws Dreamer of the security wall. Burke turns around to be met but a round house kick from Richards. Burke grabs his ribs as Knox charges in and drops Richards with a clothesline. Knox sets up Richards on the second step and appears to be setting up for a suplex off the steps, but Richards lands a few punches to Knox causing him to let go off the suplex. Knox falls into the grips of Richards who grabs him and hits a tornado DDT onto the floor!! “This is Awesome” and “EC-Dub” chants break out in Nashville as the crowd is going wild. Richards gets up after selling the impact for a second where he is one again met by Elijah Burke. Elijah lands a sick chop across Richards chest before grabbing him and throwing him shoulder first into the steel steps. Burke smirks as Richards is slow to get up Richards pulls up using the steps as a balance, Burke smiles as Richards stands up leaning on the steps, Burke charges at Richards and hits the ELIJAH EXPRESS INTO RICHARDS ONTO THE STEEL STEPS. Richards immediately grabs his ribs, Coach says, they probably broken. Elijah slides Stevie under the bottom rope then establish a good ring position and makes the cover 1………..2………….3!!! Elijah wins the ECW Showcase
Winner: Elijah Burke via pinfall (11:47)
After the match, Elijah stands on the turnbuckles, Dreamer slowly climbs back over the security wall, Richards grabs his ribs in a lot. Knox slowly gets up as Elijah celebrates in the ring.
What a match Coach. I can’t wait to see more of these four men here on Smackdown.
Four men? That match was all about Elijah Burke, this man is going to steal the show here on Smackdown. He is the future of this business.
I agree Coach Elijah is going to be a star but all four men put on a great show. They should all be very happy with what they just did
Yea, I bet Stevie Richards is really happy with his cracked ribs.
Do you accept reason from anyone?
I don’t need to, I’m always right.
Moving on, Monday night on Raw the WWE and the WWE Universe had to say good-bye to a true Legend, Ric Flair. Let’s take a look back to Monday Night Raw when Ric Flair said farewell.
**Also sprach Zarathustra**
Ric Flair comes out to a massive, massive pop possibly top five in the history of the WWE, Flair slowly walks to the ring, one last time. Flair walks into the ring and hugs Batista. Batista hands his mic to The Legend.
Massive Pop for possibly the final woo.
Flair: Over twenty years I’ve doing this, every week coming out here and putting on show all you people in the WWE Universe, all the people that watched WCW, NWA, Raw, Smackdown, no matter where I was you people followed and decided to watch Ric Flair!! And for that I thank you.
Flair chants fill the building in Orlando as well they should
Flair: When I decide I was going to take on any challenge and put my career on the line that’s what I thought I’d miss the most coming out here and yelling “WOOOOOOOOOO”.
“Thank you Ric” chants break out
Flair: You know I’ve done it all in this business, I’m an sixty-teen time World Champion, I’ve faced everyone, all the imaginable greats, I’ve faced them all. Hulk Hogan, Triple H, Sting and finally, Shawn Michaels
Countering “HBK” and “Flair” chants begin
Flair: Yep, Shawn Michaels, the Heartbreak Kid., the man who I had in my head as the one who would end my career if I couldn’t beat them. Mr. Kennedy, MVP, who cares I knew I could beat dem! They’re nothing, Shawn Michaels though, Shawn Michaels is something, Shawn Michaels those at Wrestlemania, he sure is something
More mega pops “Thank you Ric” chants break out
Flair: I’ve won sixteen-worlds titles, I used to be the best there was, guys like me not being the best, it’s hard, its hard for use to deal with that’s why we have to face the best and feel like we are da’ best. I felt like if I couldn’t beat Shawn Michaels I didn’t deserve to be here anymore. That’s fine. I lost end of story.
More Thank you chants
Flair: I aint got no problems going the way I am, I lost to the best and that’s fine.
More “We Love You” Chants
Flair: Now I want to thank Shawn Michaels for keeping his promise to me, he smelled blood and he finished me, I know some people may have a problem with that but I sure as hell don’t.. He did what I wanted him to do, and for that Shawn Michaels I thank you.
“Ric” chants as Flair tears up.
Flair: No one said being in the business was easy, my only regret my whole career wasn’t cheating to win several titles, it wasn’t being the “Dirtiest Player in the Game” It wasn’t boosting Triple H’s ego to places I’ve never seen it go, it was turning my back to friends for my own benefit. It was not spending enough time with my family.
Tears flow down Flair’s face.
Flair: I spend Christmases making other people’s kids happy, not my own. It hurts me to see my kids get arrested but that’s one of the pluses of retiring I can finally be a dad.
“Ric chants take over the building” Flair cries as Batista puts his arm around his shoulder.
Flair: There is so much I’d like to say, so many people I want to thank, it’s so hard to walk away from this shit ya’ know.
That’ll probably get bleeped but it’s a farewell speech who cares.
Flair: I guess the last thing I have to say is to the kids, everyone who tells you, you can’t do what you love, everyone who tells you that your dreams are stupid. They’re wrong!! I’ve been doing what I loved for twenty years and wouldn’t trade it in for anything!! Even more time with my actual family because you guys, my extended family, made this all worth it.
Flair begins to sob in the ring as he hugs Batista.
Flair: Thank you all for everything, it’s been a great run, I won’t be away forever, I’ll still be around, just because I’m not wrestling it doesn’t mean I can’t make an impact, thank you all goodnight, I love you guys. WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
A crying Flair hugs Batista who appears to be crying behind his sunglasses
**It’s Time to Play the Game**
Triple H comes out to a huge pop. “The Game” enters the ring from up the ramp holding a mic
Triple H: Ric, earlier tonight I said it was going to be about Mr. Kennedy and I said I was going to find him, I was actually going to come out here and call him out right now.
Flair and Batista just look at Triple H
Triple H: But I changed my mind Ric, tonight is your night.
Flair tears up and Triple H gives him a hug in the center of the ring. Triple H begins to tear up.
Triple H: Tonight isn’t about me or Mr. Kennedy, Ken can wait until next week. Ric tonight I just wanted to say, I love you and I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for me.
Triple H hugs the Nature Boy as “Time to Play the Game” hits.
Triple H: What the hell turn that off!! It’s not for me, put Ric’s music on…
Flair cuts him off
Flair: NOO!!!! Hunter, Dave I aint just sayin this, the best years of my life were teaching you guys the ropes, making you better. And when I’m gone people are you going to have to remember me, through what you two. So I think there is a more fitting music to play right now.
Flair points at the tron
**Line in the Sand**
A huge pop as Evolution hugs and raises each other’s arms.
[Cut to Ringside]
What a beautiful send off to Ric Flair but now Triple H must turn his attention to Mr. Kennedy who not only cost the game a shot at the WWE Championship but also savagely attacked “The Game” in the parking lot after Raw.
: Triple H can’t be distracted because Mr. Kennedy is another damn talented athlete that can and will make Triple H’s life hell.
**I Walk Alone**
Batista comes out to a big pop as he runs down to the ring doing his normal entrance.
Speaking of former Evolution members, “The Animal” Batista in action next against Mark Henry. .
It’s the greatest spectacle in sports entertainment.
Clips of the Citrus Bowl, fireworks and big flashy entrances are shown.
The biggest party of the year
Similar images are shown
But now the party is over and it’s time from business.
John Cena with is shown with a series look on his face and a clip of Randy Orton holding the WWE Championship.
Who will feel the Backlash?
Fast clips of Triple H, Mr. Kennedy, John Cena, Randy Orton, and Chris Jericho are shown
Backlash, May 4th only on Pay-Per-View
[Cut to Ringside]
“I Walk Alone”
is still playing as Batista is in the ring.
**Somebody’s Gonna Get It**
Mark Henry comes to decent heat. He enters the ring and stares down “The Animal” The ref rings the bell to begin this clash of giants
Batista vs. Mark Henry
Ending: A little slow pace for the match which is no surprise. Batista shoots off the ropes and goes for a clothesline on Henry but The World’s Strongest Man plants him with a shoulder block. Henry grabs Batista by his shoulders and picks him up. Henry throws Batista down for a powerful body slam. Batista attempts to stand up but as he gets to his knees but he before he can get any farther Henry lands a vicious five star to Batista’s back forcing the Animal to the ground. Henry shoots himself off the ropes and lands a sick leg drop to Batista. 1…………2….Batista kicks out. Henry pulls up and steps him up for the World’s Strongest Slam but Batista quickly reverses out and drops Henry with a huge clothesline. Henry gets up and Batista whips him into the corner of the ring. Batista comes at Henry and unleashes a series of kicks until the ref forces him away from the corner. Henry stands up in the center of the ring and Batista grabs him for a suplex in the center of the ring. Batista stands Henry up for a Batista Bomb but as he tries to pick him the size and powers of the World’s Strongest Man comes through as he reverses it into a back drop.
Batista gets up a little slowly only to be dropped by a clothesline from Henry. Batista jumps back to his feet but Henry gets back down with a big boot to the face. Batista gets up using the turnbuckles Not a smart move by Batista as Henry comes in and hits a huge running splash to “The Animal” Batista falls down gasping for air. Henry grabs Batista in the center of the ring and slams him down with an insane belly-to-belly suplex. Henry covers Batista 1………..2……Batista powers out. Henry shakes his head as he throws Batista into the turnbuckles, Henry drives his massive foot over Batista’s throat. “The Animal” gasps for air but there is no where for him to go until the ref makes Henry breaks the hold. Batista is worn down as he slowly gets up in the corner, Henry yells at the ref to let him get at Batista who is breathing heavily. Henry goes for another running splash into the corner to Batista but this time Batista gets out of dodge! Henry falls back into the center of the ring and Batista quickly gets him up for a spinebuster!! Both crash to the mat feeling the impact
Both men are down in the center of the ring “Ba-tista” chants break out as they both slowly try to get to their feet. Batista gets up just as Henry gets to his knees, Batista quickly dives at him with a clothesline. Henry falls to the mat and Batista makes a quick cover attempt. 1………..2..Henry kicks out. Batista looks up at the disappointed. Henry stands up Batista goes back on the offense and lands a few punches to Henry who backs away. Henry quickly goes straight back at Batista for a massive running shoulder block. Batista falls to the ground and Henry walks around the ring with a smirk on his face, Batista slowly gets back up this feet and Henry goes for another clothesline but Batista ducks under it!! Henry turns and Batista quick goes at him with a SPEAR!! Cover from the animal 1……2……..Henry kicks out! Batista can’t believe it but instead of complaining he sets up Henry for the Batista Bomb, Batista tries to get him up but the toll the match has taken on Bastia shows as he grabs his back in pain!! Henry tries to take advantage, he scoops up Batista for THE WORLDS STRONGEST SLAM!! NOO!! Batista manages to grab onto Henry’s ring gear and pull himself down SECOND SPEAR!! Batista makes the cover 1…………2……….3!! Second time is the charm for Batista’s Spear.
Winner: Batista via pinfall (8:46)
After the match Batista stands tall in the center of the ring the camera zooms in on the “The Animal” as he whispers to himself “I did it Ric”
We are interview area where Josh Mathews is standing by..
My guest joining me at this time, Kenny Dykstra.
Dykstra is standing next to Mathews wearing an orange pallid button up shirt and ripped up jeans. Dykstra doesn’t look happy.
Kenny I’m just curious why did you request this interview as you have no match tonight…
Kenny cuts him off
Exactly Josh, I have no match tonight, but my question is why? I’m twenty-two years old, I’m the most talented guy on the whole Smackdown roster, I look better then everyone here, I dress better then everyone here. I should be the face of this show by now.
Heat from inside the arena
Seriously Josh, give me one good reason why I’m not on the show tonight? Is it because I’ve been gone a while? It is because everyone is just afraid I’m going to pass them, what is it Josh?
I really don’t think I’m the person you should ask…
You’re right, you’re worthless. Vickie Guerrero, I hope you’re listening cause’ the future of Smackdown is right here, if I were you I’d get be in a match next week, the sooner I’m on TV the better for the show, it’s a simple choice Vickie. GET ME A MATCH!!
The Future of Smackdown is here and the rest of the locker room is on notice, they are going down.
Video Package – Raw Preview
Voiceover: Last Week Mr. Kennedy left his stamp on the game with a vicious post show assault, tune into to Raw to see the shocking footage and to see Mr. Kennedy comment on his actions. Also John Cena and CM Punk will join forces to face Randy Orton and JBL in the main event. All this and more on Raw at 9/8 Central Live on USA.
We appear backstage as the ECW Originals Tommy Dreamer and an injured Stevie Richards are walking through the backstage area. Richards is in obvious pain grabbing his ribs. Dreamer approaches a worker.
Where’s Vickie Guerrero?
I don’t know Tommy sorry.
Richards points out another worker.
You, have you seen Vickie Guerrero?
I haven’t seen her guys, sorry.
Richards turns around only to see, Vickie Guerrero. He points her out to Dreamer.
Where the hell is the doctor? We went to his office and the workers told us you have him the night off? What the hell were you thinking? You can’t give a doctor the night off. People get hurt Vickie!
Cry me a river. This isn’t ECW anymore boys, you can’t demand whatever you want and get it here. As far as I’m concerned you two are at the bottom of the Smackdown food chain.
What does being on Smackdown have to do with anything, everyone needs a doctor. His ribs look broken Vickie.
Aww, poor Stevie Richards hurt his wibss,, I don’t care! The doctors have been given the rest of the night off for the good of the show. If they were here the Undertaker could just run to them if he fails the test and get fixed, now he has to really fight for his life. It’s great idea, I can’t believe I thought of it.
You’re joking right?! You sent away the doctors just so your fiancé could have an advantage on the Undertaker? Are you out of your mind?!
I’m helping the show, I need to see whether or not the Undertaker is truly deserving of being called World Heavyweight Champion. I’m actually helping the whole show.
Dreamer looks royally pissed as surprisingly Mr. McMahon enters the picture.
Vickie, Tommy, Steven, some workers told me there was a commotion down here…
No Mr. McMahon of course not, I was just welcoming the boys here to Smackdown, that’s all.
Oh well, that’s good. I’ve to say I was impressed with you two tonight, you boys took a mighty lot of punishment and are still walking.
Vickie leaves the scene. Vince turns back to the ECW Originals
Mr. McMahon, we need to talk.
Richards: Vinnie do you really think she is a good GM, because I’ve watched this show for a long and I sure as hell don’t
Stevie grabs his ribs.
I know we just got here to Smackdown, but we can’t stand working for her.
Now while I know some of Vickie Guerrero’s decisions as General Manager are questionable, I feel that she is the best available option for the job, no one is really chopping at the bit to run Smackdown.
We know a guy who may be interested.
Yea, we’ve been talking to an old friend of ours and he wants back in, he’ll do anything to get back in, he’d gladly run this show and do a way better job then Vickie Guerrero.
Lets go into my office, I’m interested.
Vince opens a door and the ECW originals walk in.
[Cut to Ringside]
That’s just disgraceful, Vickie send away the doctors to “test the Undertaker”. I think anyone would be a better GM then her at this point.
HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND!! Vickie is the best General Manager a show could ask for. The fact that she is willing to push the limit to ensure that Smackdown will have a great champion almost brings tears to my eyes.
You’re joking right?
I was afraid you’d say that.
The Undertaker comes out holding his World Title around his waist. The Pyros go off as Undertaker enters the ring
Let the test begin
If you’re just joining us by order of our General Manager Vickie Guerrero the Undertaker will be forced to compete in a gauntlet match of competitors hand picked by Vickie Guerrero to “test him as Champion”
What a great idea
Taker removes his jacket and hat and hands over the title to the ref and awaits his opponent.
The General Managers Nephew comes down to the ring to some solid heat as the first challenger to the Undertaker.
Match 5a. l Gauntlet Match – Non Title
World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker vs. Chavo Guerrero.
Ending: Only about two minutes in Taker is dominating Chavo, Taker whips Chavo into the ropes The World Champ charges at the Mexican Warrior, Chavo pushes up on the ropes and jumps over Taker who charges into the turnbuckles. Chavo smirks as he waits for the Undertaker to turn around. Chavo lands a few punches to Undertaker, The Mexican Warrior grabs “The Deadman” and tries to whip him over the top rope, Chavo charges at Taker but “The Deadman” throws Chavo over the top rope. Taker gets down to ringside and grabs Chavo by the back of the head. He bangs the Mexican Warrior’s head down onto the steel steps. Taker then drops Chavo with a sick uppercut knocking Chavo to the floor. Cole says it would be smart for Taker to win by count out to save himself for his next opponent. Coach says it doesn’t matter cause Chavo will win. Chavo struggles to his feet and Taker drops him straight down with a huge boot to the face!! The World Champ slides Chavo back into the ring and covers. 1……………2..Chavo kicks out. Taker stands up and picks Chavo up, he gets him in what looks like a position where he is setting up for a tombstone but instead Taker drives Chavo back first into the turnbuckles. Chavo falls up into the clutches of the mighty Undertaker. Taker grabs Chavo by the throat and appears to be setting up for a chokeslam. Chavo tries to fight away, the nephew of the GM grabs the top rope but Taker still pulls him away. Chavo is desperate as he looks into the cold hard eyes of the Undertaker. Chavo blatantly lows the World Champion. The ref calls for the bell as Taker falls to the ground grabbing his groin area.
Winner: The Undertaker via DQ (4:47)
The ref orders Chavo to get away from the ring but Chavo doesn’t appear to care as he exits down to ringside and grabs a steel chair from near the time keepers table. Taker is about to get up but Chavo quickly stomps on him to keep him down. Chavo lands a vicious chair shot to the downed dead man. The Undertaker is laid down flat and Chavo lands another chair shot. Chavo goes up to the top rope holding the chair as Undertaker is laid down!! Massive boos as Chavo looks like he is setting up for a frog splash with the chair in hand. Taker gets up!! Chavo is helpless on the top rope, Taker grabs him by the throat and pulls him down off the top rope, Chavo manages to use the chair in his hands to wedge Taker in the stomach forcing him away, Another shot to the head from to the Champ!!
Taker falls to the mat. Chavo points onto to the tron.
**In the Middle Now**
One half of the Edgeheads, Curt Hawkins comes out to decent heat. He runs in the ring as Justin Roberts announces him as the second challenger in the gauntlet match.
What Chavo Guerrero did digusts me.
Of course it did Cole, just because you fail to se the genius in it. Taker is truly being test tonight.
The Bell rings
Match 5b. l Gauntlet Match Non-Title
World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker vs. Curt Hawkins
Hawkins makes a quick cover attempt 1………...2…The World Champ kicks out. Hawkins gets up on the middle rope as he awaits Taker to stand up. Hawkins grabs Taker by the throat and goes for a Tornado DDT off the second rope, but Taker throws him down across the ring. Taker shakes his head trying to shake off the cobwebs from the chair shots. Taker charges at Hawkins and drops him with a huge boot to the face. The Undertaker covers 1……….2…nope. Curt Hawkins kicks out. The crowd is disappointed. Taker stands Hawkins up and knees to him in the gut. Hawkins is downed a little and is send to the mat but an elbow to the back of his head from the World Heavyweight champion. Hawkins inches over towards the ropes where he sees the ref has laid the chair Chavo was using, it appears he was going to grab for until, Taker runs over and plants a sick leg drop onto the Edgehead. Taker covers but Hawkins grabs onto the bottom rope. Hawkins is about to pull himself but Taker shoots off the ropes and hits a sliding drop kick that sends Hawkins through the two lower ropes. .Taker exits the ring and follows his opponent out. Taker goes at Hawkins for a clothesline but Hawkins ducks under and kicks Taker in the stomach. Hawkins tries to build on his offense but Taker drops him with an upper cut. The ref counts three as Taker tries to get back to the ring until Hawkins chop blocks him! Taker falls to his knees as Hawkins picks up the chair and quickly hits Taker in the head once again with it!! Ring the bell
Winner: The Undertaker via DQ (3:24)
Hawkins takers the chair and puts it around “the Deadman’s” leg that he chop blocked. He stomps on the leg with malicious intent in his eyes. Hawkins stomps on the leg a few more times. He lets Taker go until Taker makes an attempt to stand up obviously having trouble with his now attacked leg. Hawkins goes right back to work as he ramps the chair into Taker’s ribs. Hawkins see the vulnerability in the World Champ and whips him shoulder first into the steel steps. The ref tries to break things up. Hawkins slides the Undertaker back into the ring, he points out to the tron.
**In the Middle Now**
The Other Edgehead Zack Ryder comes out to a ton of heat. Hawkins bashes Takers leg with the chair one more time. Can Taker overcome the odds find out when we return
Match 5c. l Gauntlet Match Non-Title
World Heavyweight Champion the Undertaker vs. Zack Ryder
Taker slowly stands up on his bad leg and Ryder quickly jumps him with a sick Jumping Leg Lariat!! The Edgehead covers the World Champ. 1………….2…….No Taker kicks out. Ryder looks up pissed you can read his lips he says “ah, screw it” Ryder yells at Hawkins who is walking down the ramp to come back down. As Ryder is yelling, Taker turns him around and grabs by the throat, the limp in Taker’s leg may have been the only thing that saved Ryder, before Taker can slam Ryder Hawkins gets on the apron and hits a springboard drop kick to Taker!! Another DQ!!
Winner: The Undertaker via DQ (1:03)
Hawkins stands over the downed Undertaker as Ryder rolls out of the ring, Hawkins begins to tee away on The World Champ from the top until the Deadman pushes up and pushes one of the Edgeheads away, Ryder is back in the ring and he hits Taker in the back with a new, less dented chair. Taker falls forward allowing Hawkins to plant him with a DDT!!! Taker slowly gets up and Ryder smashes the chair over Taker’s back. This time though an angry Deadman turns around and grabs Ryder by the throat. Ryder immediately drops the chair. Hawkins charges at Taker and Taker grabs him by the throat as well!! Both Edgeheads trying to fight off the double chokeslam but there appears to be no escape for them.
YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME!!!!!!!!!!
The former World Champ Edge’s music and pyro go off as Taker stairs down the ramp looking for the man he beat at Wrestlemania to appear down the ramp. A wider view shows Edge running in threw the crowd!! Edge quickly gets in the ring and grabs Ryder’s chair. Taker turns around and Edge ramps him in the ribs with the chair!! Taker lets go off Ryder and Hawkins and Edge grabs him and plants him with the impaler DDT. Edge yells at the ref to ring the bell.
Match 5d. l Gauntlet Match Non-Title
World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker vs. Edge
Taker can’t fight back as he slowly stands up as Edge kicks around in the corner. Taker stands straight up where he is met with a SPEAR!!! Edge covers 1………….2……….3!! Edge has pinned the World Champion.
Winner: Edge via pinfall (0:12)
Edge’s music hits again as Edge and his posse roll out of the ring and raise each others arms going up the ramp. Taker looks out frustrated as Edge smirks knowing he’s just pinned the World Champ.
[End of Show]
John Morrison and the Miz def. Shannon Moore and Jimmy Wang Yang.
Matt Hardy def. Chuck Palumbo
Elijah Burke def. Stevie Richards, Tommy Dreamer, and Mike Knox
Batista def. Mark Henry
Edge def. The Undertaker in the final round of a gauntlet match.
Confirmed for Next Week
Matt Hardy joins MVP in the VIP Lounge