WWE Friday Night SmackDown Report – July 24th, 2009

WWE Friday Night SmackDown Report – July 24th, 2009
Report by PWInsider, Richard Trionfo



We start off tonight’s show with a look at the main event from last week when Jeff Hardy was confronted by Jeff Hardy and Punk returned the favor by throwing Chris Jericho into Hardy. Rey Mysterio confronted Punk.

We are live on tape from Richmond, Virginia and your announcers are Jim ‘Remember there is a pay per view on Sunday’ Ross and Todd ‘I miss Byte This’ Grisham.

Before our first match, Jeff Hardy gets on the mic and he is impressed by the reaction from the fans. Jeff wishes greetings and salutations to the fans. He reminds everyone that CM Punk said that he would be a statistic. He also says that Punk despises what Jeff Hardy means to the fans and he will hate it more when Jeff wins the title. Jeff says that he is sick of Punk preaching the Straight Edge lifestyle and on Sunday the WWE Universe will be living in the moment. Jeff talks about Chris Jericho and he says that Chris must be worried about finding a tag team partner, but he should worry about Jeff tonight.

Match Number One: Jeff Hardy versus Chris Jericho

Hardy with a waist lock take down and then he punches Jericho. Jericho goes to the floor and Hardy follows after him. Hardy sends Jericho into the ringside barrier and then they return to the ring. Hardy kicks Jericho in the corner. Hardy with a back elbow to Jericho but Jericho with an Irish whip. Hardy with a float over and head scissors. Hardy sends Jericho to the floor and then Hardy tries for a baseball slide but Jericho grabs the legs and pulls Hardy to the floor as we go to commercial.

We are back and Jericho with a neck breaker and a half nelson and choke. Hardy with elbows and a cross body for a near fall. Jericho with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Jericho kicks Hardy in the head and then he waits for Hardy to get back to his feet to send Jeff back to the mat with a punch. Jericho kicks Hardy in the head as he shows no respect for the number one contender. Hardy misses a splash into the corner when Jericho moves out of the way. Jericho goes to the turnbuckles and he hits an elbow drop and gets a near fall with his feet on the ropes. Jericho sends Hardy’s throat into the ropes and gets a near fall. Jericho punches Hardy in the head. Jericho with a side head lock but Hardy with a flying clothesline and both men are down.

Hardy with running forearms followed by a reverse atomic drop, leg drop and kick to the head for a near fall. Hardy goes up top but he misses the Swanton. Jericho does not miss the Lionsault but Hardy kicks out at two. Jericho tries to put Hardy in the Walls of Jericho but Hardy is able to escape the hold. Jericho tries a second time but Hardy with an inside cradle for a near fall. Hardy with the mule kick and Jericho falls into the corner. Hardy with the drop kick into the corner but Jericho grabs Hardy and puts Jeff in the Walls of Jericho. Hardy is able to get to the ropes. Jericho goes for the Walls again but Hardy punches Jeff. Jericho tries to catapult Hardy into the turnbuckles but Hardy lands on the turnbuckles and hits Whisper in the Wind for a two count. Jericho escapes a Twist of Fate with a Codebreaker that sends Hardy to the floor. Jericho sees Hardy on the floor and Jericho goes outside to bring Jeff back into the ring. Jericho pushes Hardy back into the ring but Hardy is able to kick out at two. Jericho with another kick to Hardy. Hardy with a kick and Twist of Fate and Jeff rolls to the apron. Hardy removes his shirt and then he struggles to go to the top turnbuckle for the Swanton. Jericho hits the ropes and it crotches Hardy. Jericho punches Hardy and then he sets for a superplex. Hardy punches Jericho off the turnbuckles and Hardy hits the Swanton for the three count.
Winner: Jeff Hardy

Michelle McCool is in the back telling Jan the makeup lady that she is the greatest Diva in WWE history. Michelle asks Jan about all of the women in the company. Melina stops by and Jan leaves but Melina tells Jan that Michelle needs a lot more work. Melina calls Michelle the biggest phony in WWE history. Melina says that she will win the Women’s Title at Night of Champions since she invoked her rematch clause. Melina decides to give Michelle a touch up with her makeup.

We go to commercial.

We are back and did you know that people cannot escape the WWE Universe unlike other websites.

It is time to take a look at John Morrison.

Match Number Two: Great Khali with Runjin Singh versus Mike Knox

They lock up and Khali sends Knox into the ropes. Knox with a kick to the midsection followed by a punch. Khali with a punch to the head and then he kicks Knox in the corner and then he goes to the elbow and a chop to the chest.

Kane’s pyro goes off as well as his music and he comes out. Knox attacks Khali from behind because Khali forgot he has a match. Knox punches Khali and Khali goes to a knee. Khali grabs Knox by the throat but Knox fights off. Khali with an elbow and kick to Knox. Khali with a clothesline and chop to the head. Khali sets for the Punjabi Plunge and hits it to get the three count.
Winner: Great Khali

After the match, Khali tells Kane to come to the ring and Kane walks to the ring. Kane gets on the apron and then he goes halfway over the ropes but then he thinks about it and returns to the apron and the floor. Kane leaves the ring and goes to the back.

We go to commercial.

We are back with Word Up featuring Cryme Tyme and Eve . . . and eventually Jesse. Eve advises us that the word of the day is G.O.A.T. Hart Dynasty confront Cryme Tyme and then Jesse joins in and points out that he is from Badstreet. There is going to be a rumble but the Hart Dynasty leave. Cryme Tyme lets Jesse stay with them, but then he speaks and he is left behind.

Dolph Ziggler has something to say before his match and he reminds everyone who he is and he says that he is not one for big introductions. After Night of Champions, everyone will know him as Intercontinental Champion.

Match Number Three Dolph Ziggler with Maria versus Fit Finlay

They lock up and Finlay backs Ziggler into the ropes and he has a clean break. Finlay works on the arm and he pulls Ziggler down by the hair. Ziggler gets to the ropes. Finlay with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Finlay with an Irish whip but he misses a running shoulder in the corner and he hits the ring post. Ziggler sends Finlay’s arm into the ring post and then the apron. They return to the ring and Ziggler works on the arm and then he hits a clothesline for a near fall. Ziggler with kicks in the corner and then he puts Finlay in an arm bar. Ziggler adds a chin lock but Finlay with a punches. Ziggler with a drop kick to the arm and he gets a near fall. Ziggler tries to use the ropes but Finlay punches Ziggler and brings him back in from the apron and hits a series of clotheslines and a seated splash for a near fall. Finlay with an Irish whip and a shoulder in the corner. Finlay tries for the fireman’s carry slam but Ziggler holds on to the ropes. Ziggler goes to the floor and he tries to pull Finlay to the floor but Finlay sends Ziggler into the announce table. Finlay sends Ziggler into the announce table and hits a clothesline. Maria checks on Ziggler and Finlay starts to get back into the ring but Ziggler hits the leaping leg sweep and gets back in the ring before the ten count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Kane is talking to Chris Jericho in the back. Does Chris Jericho have a tag team partner for Sunday?

We go to commercial.

We are back and CM Punk comes out to the ring and he has something to say. Punk says that he has a challenge for the fans. He challenges them to see things his way. He wants them to learn to ‘Just Say No’ because the people who cheer for Jeff Hardy are slaves to the vices that make Jeff ‘Live for the Moment’. He says that everyone proudly wears their prescriptions on their sleeves like a badge of honor. Punk talks about the drug use by everyone in the building whether it be prescription or recreational. Punk says that it is difficult to live the Straight Edge lifestyle and be like him. Punk says that they are living a tougher life. Punk says that nobody takes into the long term effects of alcohol on the liver. Punk says that it won’t be fun to drink any more when it spirals out of control. He talks about the smokers. Punk talks about all of the chemicals in cigarettes. Punk says that he does not want to be the bearer of bad news because they won’t be able to get the monkey off their back to stop smoking, drinking, or taking pills. It all starts by saying no. He challenges everyone before it is too late to say no.

Jeff Hardy’s music plays and he comes out again but not as fast as he did before his match with Chris Jericho. Jeff tells Punk that he has a lot of nerve. He says that what Punk doesn’t know about people could fill a book. Hardy says that Punk has forgotten to know what it is like to be human. Hardy says that people make mistakes and they can change. Punk says that they think they can change. Punk says that he is not going to enable Hardy and he is not going to stay in the ring with Hardy. Punk says that he is just going to say no. Punk leaves the ring.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Smack of the night: The six person mixed tag match from last week.

Match Number Four: Eve with Cryme Tyme versus Natalya with David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd

They lock up and Eve with a side head lock. Eve holds on but Natalya with a hair pull. They lock up again and Natalya with a clean break. Eve with a side head lock take down. Natalya with a power slam for a near fall. Natalya tries for a surfboard and she has Eve in the air but Natalya’s shoulders were on the mat. Natalya misses a leg drop when Eve moves. Eve with a kick and clothesline followed by a drop kick. Eve with a forearm and kick but Natalya responds with a clothesline. Natalya punches Eve and then tries for a belly-to-back superplex but Eve knocks Natalya off and Eve hits a moonsault for the three count.
Winner: Eve

Khali and Singh are talking in the back and Chris Jericho stops by and he wants to talk to Khali. Jericho says that there is speculation for his tag team partner. Jericho tells Khali that he is one of the front runners to be his tag team partner. Khali and Singh start to talk and Khali says that it would be an honor to be champion but he wouldn’t want his partner to be Chris Jericho.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Five: R Truth versus Charlie Haas

Haas pushes Truth to the mat but Truth punches Haas. Truth blocks a kick and then he does a split to avoid a clothesline. Truth with a spinning kick for a near fall. Truth appears to have hurt his knee and Haas takes advantage of that. Haas pulls Truth into the ring post and wrings the leg. Haas with a kick to the injured leg. Haas continues to work on the knee and then he punches Truth and gets a near fall. Haas with a single leg crab and Truth gets to the ropes. Haas is sent into the turnbuckles and Truth with a punch and kick. Truth with an uppercut and punch. Truth with a back elbow and a back body drop. Truth with a hip toss for a near fall. Haas sends Truth into the turnbuckles. Haas continues to work on the knee. Haas charges into the corner but Truth moves. Truth hits a scissors kick for the three count.
Winner: R Truth

We go to commercial.

We are back and did you know that males under two years of age do not matter to WWE.

It is time to run down the card for Night of Champions and Grisham and Ross are in the ring to discuss the matches.

Match Number Six: CM Punk versus Rey Mysterio

Punk works on the arm and has Rey in a hammer lock but Rey with a snap mare to escape. Punk with a kick to Rey and then has Rey in a step over toe hold and then he rolls through. Rey kicks Punk to get out of the hold. Punk grabs the leg and then puts Rey in a front face lock. We go to a Greco Roman knuckle lock and Punk with a leg trip and then Rey with a sunset flip. Punk and Rey each get near falls and then they get face to neck. Punk pushes Rey but Rey with kicks to Punk. Punk sends Rey into the ring post and Rey’s shoulder is injured. Punk gets a near fall. Punk with a side head lock on Rey. Punk with a kick to Rey followed by a wrist lock. Rey uses the ropes to counter but Rey tries to use the ropes but he lands awkwardly after Punk pushes him and falls to the floor. Punk with a baseball slide to the shoulder and we go to commercial.

We are back and Punk has Rey in an arm bar and cross face. Rey with kicks to the head but Punk runs Rey into the turnbuckles and gets a near fall. Punk with a snap mare and kick to the back followed by a drop kick and near fall. Punk with a hammer lock. Punk with a key lock but Rey gets out of the hold. Punk with a kick and Rey responds with another one. Punk slams the arm into the mat and then he runs his shoulder into Rey’s arm for a near fall. Punk with a Gory Special but Rey gets out of the hold. Punk charges into the corner but Rey with a drop toe hold that sends Punk into the turnbuckles.

Dolph Ziggler comes out to watch the match. Rey with kicks to Punk but Punk with a kick to the back. Rey with forearms and then he hits a springboard cross body for a near fall. Rey with a drop kick for a near fall. Rey with a kick to the midsection. Rey with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors that sends Punk ‘into the position’. Punk back body drops Rey to the apron when he tries a 619. Rey hits a springboard seated splash and then Rey knocks Ziggler off the apron. Punk uses the distraction to his favor as he hits a drop kick for a near fall.

Punk tries for a suplex but Rey escapes. Punk hits the running knee but Rey avoids the bulldog. Rey sends Punk into the ropes and Rey tries for the 619 but Rey gets a head butt to the midsection. Punk throws Rey to the floor but Rey returns to the ring and Punk sets for the Go To Sleep. Rey avoids it and hits a bulldog out of a wheelbarrow. Punk staggers to the 619 position and Rey hits it. Rey hits the diving splash but Dolph Ziggler breaks up the cover and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Rey Mysterio by disqualification

After the match, Ziggler attacks Rey and Rey sends Ziggler into the ropes. Rey tries for the 619 but Punk pushes Rey from behind. Dolph waits for Rey to get up and Dolph hits the leaping side leg sweep. Ziggler hits a second one. Jeff Hardy blows past Punk and he attacks Ziggler. Punk gets to the ring and he gives Hardy Go To Sleep.

We go to credits.

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