Random Wrestling Reviews (RWR) – ECW September 23, 2008.

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The Miz and John Morrison insult the new Superstar initiative.

Finlay beats Bam Neely.

Maryse pins Michelle McCool.

Mike Knox pins Chase Stevens.  After the match, Tommy Dreamer and Jack Swagger get involved.

The Miz vs. John Morrison ends in a no contest.  Ricky Ortiz runs out and hits a Big O on both men.

Opinions:

Jim Ross announced this episode, along with Matt Striker and this is exactly what Striker needs to get even better.  It’s been no secret that in my opinion, Striker is the best announcer in WWE.

Ricky Ortiz is over, and I have no idea why.  He’s goofy, he’s not that great a wrestler, he is apparently a ladies man, and I love every minute he’s on TV.  It’s the most ridiculous gimmick right now, and for some reason it works.

Why do Hornswoggle and Finlay run around the ring with small children?  ‘Swoggle is an adult, not a child.  He wants to go out, drink, find a woman, and have a good time.  Not be chased by kindergarten kids.

Maryse vs. Michelle McCool is the best rivalry going right now.  Every match these two women have, they improve.  Their chemistry is outstanding, and they even progress a storyline within their bouts.  Also, the hair flip DDT is one of the best finishing moves in years.  Sure its just a DDT, but the sexy flip adds so much personality to the move.

Did I hear Jim Ross say that Mike Knox will be ECW Champion in 2008?  I’ll give him 2009, but ’08 is almost over.  Knox has improved so much, and his new brawler style/look reminds me of Bruiser Brody and Steve Williams.  Knox could be the future, which is amazing when one things of his debut during which all he had was Kelly Kelly.

Miz and Morrison are future main eventers.  I’m talking WrestleMania level main events.  They are the best tag team in wrestling today, so good they should have an official tag team name with the word “Express” in it.  That’s right, as good as the Midnight Express or Rock and Roll Express.  Now if only they had someone as good to feud with, besides each other.

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WWE – Smackdown tapings for August 15, 2008.

from Rajah.com:

Dark Match:
* Elijah Burke b. Stevie Richards
– The match was slow throughout & the crowd could have cared less. Burke got the win via pinfall.
* A SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 video game highlight package is shown.

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results June 27, 2008.

Vickie Guerrero introduces the new voice of Smackdown – Jim Ross!

Triple H comes out and puts over Smackdown, puts over Jim Ross, and hypes up Night of Champions.  Edge comes out.  Triple H and Edge face off, both with their respective belts.  They insult and one up each other for awhile.  Batista comes out, Triple H tosses Edge out of the ring where Batista spears Edge on the outside.  Batista then steals Edge’s title.

Kane and the Big Show vs. Mark Henry and MVP

MVP and Mark Henry have problems throughout the match.  MVP tries to leave, Mark throws him back into the ring.  Kane hits a choke slam on MVP for the pin.

Vickie is having a meeting with Alicia Fox.  Edge comes in and wants Vickie to do something to Batista so Edge can get his title back.

Finlay and Hornswoggle vs. Kurt Hawkins and Zach Ryder

Finlay hits the Celtic Cross on Hawkins, then Hornswoggle comes off the top rope with the Tadpole Splash for the pin.

Matt Hardy vs. Edge

After a good long match, Edge hits a spear on Hardy for the pin.

Jeff Hardy hype video.  Jeff returns to Smackdown next week.

Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, and Cherry vs. Maryse, Victoria, and Natalya

Vickie Guerrero is barely watching the match backstage, instead she is continuing to talk to Alicia Fox.  All six Divas brawl until Maryse rolls up Cherry for the pin.

Vladmir Kozlov vs. Domino

Kozlov hits a shouler tackle into Domino as Domino is coming off the top rope for the pin.

Rey Mysterio and Hornswoggle have a little interaction backstage.

Rey Mysterio comes out to say goodbye to Smackdown.

Batista vs. Umaga

Batista is about to pin Umaga when La Familia come out and jump him.  All the heels beat down Batista, Umaga just about destroys him.  Umaga is about to splash Batista when Triple H comes out for the save.  Batista and Triple H take out the heels.

Show ends.

WWE Smackdown Tapings for June 27, 2008.

Dark Match:
* Tommy Dreamer b. Kevin Thorn after hitting a DDT.

WWE SmackDown: (Airing This Friday)
* Mick Foley makes his way out to ringside. So far, no sign of Jim Ross.

* SmackDown opens with Vickie Guerrero nearly in tears talking about Vince McMahon’s “accident.” She receives a lot of heat and wishes Vince well. She says she hopes he’s not in a wheelchair. She announces new SmackDown color commentator, Jim Ross. He makes his way out to ringside as the crowd explodes!

* Triple H comes out to cut a promo. He gets a huge pop. Triple H welcomes Jim Ross to SmackDown by saying he is the best and he’s glad he came with him. He the talks about Night of Champions. Edge comes out to interrupt him. He tells Triple H that they can get both get along. Hunter disagrees by saying that both have too big of egos and that Edge won’t have the World Championship after Sunday’s Night of Champions pay-per-view.

Edge combats by saying this is his house and that Triple H needs to respect him. Batista then comes out. Hunter then pushes Edge and Batista hits him. They both hold the title up while Edge is on the ground.

* Rey Mysterio’s last appearance on SmackDown is announced for tonight.

* Big Show & Kane b. MVP & Mark Henry
The match was back and forth throughout. MVP tagged himself in and got in trouble with Kane. He tried to leave but Mark Henry threw him back in. Kane pins him for the win.

* Finlay & Hornswoggle b. Zack Ryder & Kurt Hawkins
Huge pop for Finlay & Hornswoggle. The match was pretty much one sided throughout and Finlay & Hornswoggle take the win. The Miz & John Morrison stand on the entrance ramp with their belts.

* Edge b. Matt Hardy
I’m told this was a pretty decent match throughout. Lots of holds and counter holds. Edge wins with a spear after several near falls. Lots of crowd heat on Edge.

* Maryse, Victoria, & Natalya b. Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, & Cherry
The match was back and forth throughout. The crowd could have cared less. After all the divas get involved Maryse gets the roll up pin on Cherry for the win!

* It is announced that Kennedy won’t be on SmackDown until next week.

* Vladimir Kozlov b. Domino
Real quick match. Heat on both Superstars.

* Rey Mysterio comes out wearing street clothes and his mask. He explains to the fans that he has been drafted to Monday Night Raw and he hopes everyone will tune in weekly to watch him. He goes on to say hopefully he can fulfill more of his dreams.

Batista then comes out and says he will back Rey wherever he goes.

* Batista vs. Umaga
Umaga has control early on. The match moves slowly. Zack Ryder & Kurt Hawkins come running out while Edge grabs his belt. La Familia beat Umaga.

Triple H comes out and helps Batista clean house.  Pedigree and Batista Bomb on Zack Ryder & Kurt Hawkins.

Batista grabs the mic and said at first he was upset about the Draft. Triple H then told him he was going to do good on Raw. SmackDown goes off the air.

WWE – Smackdown tapings Results for 6/13

SmackDown spoiler taped 6/7/08 to air 6/13/08 (Friday the 13th) from Fresno, CA
MVP’s VIP Lounge segment was taped prior to the official start of SmackDown.  Tonight’s guest is Rey Mysterio.  Rey gives the crowd an update on his condition and rehab.  He will be back real soon.   MVP makes a few racial remarks geared towards Mysterio and the majority of the crowd.  The segment ends with no physical encounter.
SmackDown opening credits.
Before the cameras resumed rolling, Hawkins and Ryder wheel Vickie Guerrero to the Ring.  We are going to have a contract signing.
SmackDown begins and the roof explodes.  The amount of heat directed toward Vickie was impressive.  I was sitting in the 4th row and I could not really hear Vickie’s promo.  Vickie calls out Batista.  She tells him that Edge already signed the contract.  She tells Batista that it is a standard contract but there were 2 amendments.  1st amendment, Batista has to win another match before he can face Edge at Night of Champions.  His next opponent will be The Great Khali.  Batista leaves the ring.  Vickie calls up to Batista and tells him the 2nd amendment is, he must defeat The Great Khali tonight or he will suffer the same fate as The Undertaker, he will be banned from WWE.
WWE Tag Team Champion John Morrison w/ The Miz def. Finlay w/ Hornswoggle.  One on one match where Morrison rolls up Finlay to get the win.
Mark Henry cuts a promo on The Big Show.  Showing the world what his face looks like now, and a picture of what he will do to the Big Show’s face. (Instead of 1 black eye Show will have 2 black eyes.)
Another promo, Edge and Vickie.  Edge talks about Night of Champions and makes references to the demise of The Undertaker.  CM Punk walks in.  He congratulates the couple.  He then brings up Money in the Bank.  The vignette ends with Punk saying he may just cash in MITB during Edge’s wedding.
Mark Henry def. Tommy Dreamer.  Henry hits his World’s Strongest Slam for the pin after a short match.
Now we go backstage to Edge and Vickie again who are now talking to a wedding planner.  MVP interrupts the two.  MVP wants to renegotiate his contract with Vickie.  Vickie is reluctant to do so, but she said if MVP did them a favor she would look into it.  Vickie and Edge asks MVP to take care of CM Punk.
Cherry def. Maryse.  With what appeared at first to be a single arm DDT but it might have been a double arm.  It was sloppy either way.
MVP def. CM Punk via DQ.  Crowd was very dead for this match.  This was easily the longest match of the night.  MVP gets control of Punk’s MITB briefcase.  While MVP was in the corner Punk hits the running knee driving the briefcase into MVP’s skull.  Punk celebrates to the crowd and that is when the referee turns around, sees the briefcase, and DQ’s Punk.
Chavo Guerrero and Bam Neely come out to the ring.   Chavo puts over Edge’s and Vickie’s wedding and then introduces the United States Champ, saying that he will beat him at Night of Champions.
WWE United States Champion Matt Hardy def. Chuck Palumbo.  Matt Hardy used his Twist of Fate for the victory.   Chavo then announces the winner of the match and the “loser at Night of Champions”, Matt Hardy.
Jesse and Festus def. Deuce and Domino.  Festus had one of the biggest pops of the night during the match.  Festus picks up the victory.
After the match, Deuce and Domino get into it with each other and a brawl takes place between the two of them.  Is this the end of the team of Deuce and Domino?
The Great Khali vs. Batista is next!
Batista def. The Great Khali.  Edge and Vickie watch the match from the entryway.  Batista hits a spear on Khali.
Dark Main Event:   Batista def. World Heavyweight Champion Edge and The Great Khali, in a 2-1 Handicap Match.  Batista hits the Batista Bomb on Edge for the victory.   Batista celebrates in the ring and with the crowd.

WWE Smackdown taping results for 6/6

Dark Match:
* MVP b. Jamie Noble after he connects with a running corner kick.

SmackDown: (Airing This Friday)
* The WWE Production Crew is currently changing the set from ECW to SmackDown.

* Lots of Champaign on ice with glasses is being setup. The opening segment will contain Edge and La Familia.

* La Familia is in the ring. Vickie is getting lots of heat. She introduces to the crowd, the man “who banished The Undertaker from WWE forever.” Edge makes his way out to the ring.

* Edge dedicates his victory to La Familia. He uses the Jerry McGuire line on Vickie saying she completes him and that not only is he the new champ but he got rid of The Undertaker. He goes on to say he did him a favor by allowing him to leave with dignity and that Taker should thank him. He then makes a “toast” to the “Deadman” saying may he “rest in peace.”

The lights go out teasing a Taker appearance… The lights then come back on and reveal it was all a prank by Edge. Vickie then announces her marriage to Edge for July 11th. Batista’s music hits… He comes out as asks why he wasn’t invited to the party. He goes on to say how he hopes they are happy together and congratulates them… He doesn’t mean it… He challenges Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship. Vickie says NO. She says for Batista to face Edge for the title he must win in an 8 man tag match but she chooses Batista’s three partners. If Edge wins, no more title shots for Batista ever.

* Finlay b. Chuck Palumbo in a Belfast Brawl via pin fall.
Chuck with an overhead suplex on Finlay outside the ring. Chuck removes a turnbuckle pad and goes for his chain… He gets a low blow from Hornswoggle. Finlay takes the chain and nails Chuck. He pins him for the win.

MVP is shown sitting by himself.

* A Cousin Sal vs. Santino graphic is shown.

* Big Show comes to the ring for a promo. He talks about his new #1 contender status and clips from his Singapore Cane Match at One Night Stand are shown. Mark Henry makes his way out to the ring. He says all Big Show did was get put into a match with sticks to be the #1 contender. He then makes a challende and retreats.

* Backstage is Piper warming up with Cousin Sal. A graphic is shown for tonight’s 8-man tag match.

* The Great Khali b. Deuce ‘n Domino in squash match. He gets a face reaction.

* Backstage is Vickie with the SmackDown divas. She brags about how she has absolute power. She goes on to compare herself to the Fabulous Moolah and says she will crown a new diva champion.

* Cousin Sal b. Santino Marella
– Jimmy Kimell and Roddy Piper are at ringside. Cousin Sal wins with the rollup after Jimmy Kimmel trips Santino.

* The Miz and John Morrison are shown backstage tormenting Hornswoggle. Finlay shows up. Hornswoggle grabs a supersoaker and spays them both.

* Edge pulls Chavo aside and tells him he’s going to be his Uncle Edge and he wants him to best the best man at his wedding.

* A Golden Dream Diva Match with Cherry, Maryse, Natalya, Victoria, Layla El, and Michelle McCool is up next. The winner advances to Night Of Champions. Natalya wins.

* Vladimir Kozlov b. Jimmy Wang Yang with a belly-to-belly suplex. After the match Shannon Moore comes out and saves Wang. They walk off together…

* Maria interviews Batista backstage.

* Hawkins, Ryder, Edge, and Chavo are all in the ring for the 8-man tag match. Out comes Batista followed by his partners Nunzio, Funaki, and Colin Delaney.

Batista and his team win after he hits the Batista bomb on Zack Ryder. Edge will defend the World Heavyweight Championship at Night Of Champions.