WWE Friday Night SmackDown Report – April 30th, 2010
Report by Richard Trionfo, PWInsider
We start off tonight’s show with a look back at the changes that took place with the Smackdown
roster as a result of the 2010 WWE Draft.
We are live on tape from Hershey, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Todd ‘ Good thing MNM didn’t return tonight’ Grisham and Matt ‘That is a lot of chocolate’ Striker.
Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long comes out and he addresses the people of Hershey. He mentions that the draft was held last Monday and he says that it was off the hook. He mentions that people switched brands and he says that Smackdown got the best of the deal. Teddy introduces one of the newest members of the Smackdown roster, Kofi Kingston.
We see the interaction that Kofi and Chris Jericho had when Kofi was drafted to Smackdown with Trouble in Paradise.
Before our first match, Chris Jericho comes out to the ring and he has something to say. Twelve months ago, he said that he would become the face of Smackdown and he has done it. He says that he dazzled everyone with his presence and he took the show to the next level. He says that he gave us some of the greatest matches they have ever seen. He says that his time is done here and it is time to become the face of Raw. Jericho says that he does not want the hypocrites to fret and be sad that Chris is gone and has left an empty hole in their lives on Friday nights. Jericho says that it is time for everyone to move on with their lives and listen to the advice that he has given them. Jericho says that it is time to move on and to grow up.
Kofi wants to know why they need to grow up and he tells Jericho to shut up. He tells Chris that if he doesn’t want to or know how to do it, Kofi says that he will show him.
Match Number One: Kofi Kingston versus Chris Jericho
Jericho with a kick and forearm and then he sends Kofi into the turnbuckles. Jericho with n Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Kofi leaps onto the turnbuckles but Jericho counters it with a power bomb and we go to commercial.
We are back and Jericho kicks Kofi and then hits a baseball slide to send Kofi to the floor. Jericho mocks Kofi before going to the floor after Kofi and brings Kofi back into the ring. Jericho with a reverse chin lock, but Kofi with forearms to Jericho followed by an Irish whip. Kofi misses a splash into the corner when Jericho moves out of the way and Jericho gets a near fall. Jericho with a kick to the back and then he chokes Kofi in the ropes. Jericho with a kick to the midsection and then he taunts Kofi. Kofi with punches but Jericho with a kick to the head. Jericho with a rear chin lock followed by knees to the midsection. Kofi with a cross body for a near fall and then he hits a series of chops to the chest. Kofi with the leaping clothesline but when he tries for the Boom drop, Jericho is able to counter and he tries for the Walls of Jericho but Kofi is able to turn it into an inside cradle for a near fall. Jericho avoids Trouble in Paradise and then he puts Kofi in the Walls of Jericho. Kofi struggles to get to the ropes and he eventually gets to the ropes out of desperation. Jericho argues with the referee instead of finishing off Kofi and Kofi with a drop kick and then he tries for the Boom Drop but Jericho moves out of the way. Jericho with a Codebreaker but Kofi is propelled to the floor after the move. Jericho goes to the floor to get Kofi and bring him back into the ring. Jericho gets a near fall and then he kicks Kofi in the ribs while asking ‘where’s the boom’. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise for the three count.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
After the match, Kofi celebrates on the turnbuckles, but he shows the damage that the Codebreaker can do.
We go to Jack Swagger in the back and we find out that he was on the Oklahoma Football team that won the Rose Bowl and he was invited to the White House by then President George W. Bush.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Chris Jericho is walking in the back and he stops to talk to someone and he wonders why this person was not out there to help him against Kofi. Jericho says that he could have used him on Raw and stayed there. Jericho says that he should have listened to him before. He wants to know if this person is listening to him now. Jericho starts to walk away but he walks into a big right hand from Big Show. Show says that he heard Jericho.
Chavo Guerrero is in the ring to make his return to Smackdown. He says that there is no need to rub your eyes or adjust your television sets because Chavo is back on Smackdown. He says that he is no longer under the thumb of the Raw guest host. He says that it feels good to be back. He talks about how there are now two Guerreros on Smackdown. He says that everyone knows how close he is to his Aunt Vickie. Chavo says that everyone can put their hands together to welcome Chavo back.
Chavo’s return is interrupted by Kane who makes his way to the ring. Kane walks up to Chavo and Chavo tries to be calm about Kane’s presence in the ring. Kane choke slams Chavo and then welcomes Chavo back to Smackdown. Who wants some pyro.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did you Know about what WWE does at military bases all over the world?
Shad Gaspard is in the back and he talks about all of the new faces coming from Raw and how they think that it is their time. Shad says that they are wrong because it is his time. He then says it again.
Match Number Two: John Morrison versus Cody Rhodes
Morrison goes to the leg but Rhodes gets to the ropes and Morrison releases the hold. Rhodes pushes Morrison but Morrison with a forearm. Rhodes with a kick to the leg and then he sends Morrison in the turnbuckles and then he punches and kicks Morrison. Morrison with forearms and punches to Rhodes followed by an Irish whip but Rhodes with a float over. Morrison with a leg lariat and standing shooting star press for a near fall. Rhodes goes to the floor and Morrison follows after him and takes Cody down. Morrison sends Cody into the ringside barrier but Rhodes uses the ring steps for a spin kick as we go to commercial.
We are back and Rhodes with a cross face and arm bar but Morrison backs Cody into the turnbuckles and gets out of the hold with an arm drag. Rhodes responds with a drop kick and gets a near fall. Rhodes with a front suplex to Morrison and then he sets up for and hits the Ric Flair knee drop and gets a near fall. Rhodes returns to the chin lock and arm bar. Morrison with punches but Rhodes pulls Morrison to the mat by using the hair. Rhodes with more kicks to Morrison and then he punches Morrison in the face and stomps on the chest. Morrison punches Rhodes and connects with knees in the corner. Rhodes with an elbow after being sent into the corner and Rhodes goes up top and hits a moonsault and instead of getting the cover, he punches Morrison and then he tries for a cover but can only get a near fall. Rhodes with a slam and then he tries for the Flair knee drop but Morrison moves out of the way. Morrison with a drop kick of his own and both men are down. Morrison with punches and clotheslines to Rhodes followed by a flying shoulder tackle. Morrison with a rollup but Rhodes kicks out. Morrison with the springboard round kick but he can only get a two count. Morrison tries for a suplex but Rhodes floats over and he tries for Cross Rhodes but Morrison counters with a flap jack for a near fall. Morrison tries for the corkscrew split legged moonsault but Rhodes moves out of the way. Morrison lands on his feet and then Rhodes sends Morrison to the apron. Morrison with a kick and then he tries for a head scissors back into the ring but Rhodes counters with the Alabama Slam for a near fall. Morrison with a kick to the head and that staggers Rhodes and sends him to the mat. Morrison with a Shining Wizard but Rhodes gets his hand on the rope to break up the count. Morrison with a Pele kick but Rhodes is able to recover and he hits Cross Rhodes for the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
We go to another Jack Swagger behind the curtain factoid. Jack says that he led Oklahoma to three consecutive national championships as team captain of the wrestling team.
We go to commercial with Edge walking in the back.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Edge spearing Randy Orton to allow Batista to become the new number one contender for the WWE Title.
Edge comes to the ring for his Smackdown Farewell Address. Edge starts off by mentioning that he was drafted to Raw and he says that he doesn’t want to go. He says that Smackdown always felt like his show and his home. He says that the people felt like his family. Through all of his injuries, trial, and tribulations, the fans stood behind him even when he thought he didn’t deserve it. Edge says that the fans probably brought him back from his Achilles injury faster than he should have. Edge says that he wanted to come to tell everyone that he loved them.
Edge’s former tag team partner, Christian comes out to the ring. Edge says that he knows why Christian is out here, but before he gets to it, he has to say Edge and Christian. He says that everyone must remember what they did. Edge says that before Christian wishes him luck on Raw, he says that Christian is his best friend and because Christian is his best friend, he wants to wish Christian luck on his show.
Christian says that a lot of people remember the history of Edge and Christian, but he wants to let those who might not know how far back they go. Christian says that they have known each other since the sixth grade. They went to high school together, were roommates in college. They broke into the business together. They became seven time tag team champions together. Christian says that it means that he knows Edge better than anybody, probably better than Edge knows himself. Christian says that he knows that every word to come out of Edge’s mouth before he came out was a load of crap.
Edge wants to know where this is coming from.
Christian says that Edge has come back from a number of injuries and the WWE Universe respects him for coming back and Edge might not know how much they respect him. Christian says that Edge did not respect them back. He used the fans to get what he wanted.
Edge says that this is about Christian and not him. Edge points out that he is a nine time World Champion and then he asks Christian how many World Championships he has won.
Christian says that he has never been World Champion . . . yet. He says that he will win it on his own talent and merits and not have to stand on anyone’s neck. Christian says that he knows that Edge is trying to change the subject so he is going to call Edge out in front of everyone. He will tell Edge exactly what he is. He tells Edge that he is a liar.
Edge thinks about what Christian just said and he has a revelation and tells Christian that he was right. Edge says that he can’t wait to get off this show. Edge says that for the last few months he has been the puppeteer getting everyone to chant ‘spear’ any time he wanted them to and they did. He says that he is a master psychologist. He played everyone and he enjoyed every second of it.
Christian says that ever since he came back to the WWE, the peeps and the people in the back have been asking when will we see Edge and Christian together one more time to go for the titles. Christian says that he realized that Edge used him too to get to the top. Christian says that he doesn’t want to see Edge AND Christian any more. He wants to see Edge VERSUS Christian. He wants to see it right here and right now.
Edge takes off his jacket and then he tells Christian, no. Edge walks away and then he hits Christian from behind and then hits a big boot. Edge sets for the spear but Christian with a kick and then he tries for the Killswitch but Edge gets out of the ring.
Christian tells Edge that he has a better chant than ‘Spear’ and he starts serenading Edge’s farewell from Smackdown.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Josh Mathews asks Edge for his thoughts in the back for a possible match between Edge and Christian. Edge says that Christian probably wouldn’t want to see that match because it wouldn’t end well for him.
Edge backs into Show and Show says that it is a shame that we won’t see and Edge and Christian match. He says that it will be a shame that we don’t see this match and then we see Show knock out Edge.
Match Number Three: Michelle McCool and Layla with Vickie Guerrero versus Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly
Kelly and Michelle start things off and Michelle with a waist lock and she pushes Kelly into the turnbuckles. Michelle with a European uppercut followed by kicks and then she pushes Kelly. Michelle with a knee but Kelly with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors and clothesline followed by a rana and she gets a near fall. Michelle with a kick and Irish whip. Michelle sends Kelly to the apron but Kelly with a shoulder to Michelle and then she takes Layla down on the floor. Vickie hits Kelly from behind while the referee was not looking. Michelle runs Kelly into the ringside barrier before they return to the ring. Michelle gets a near fall. Michelle with a kick and she tries for a power bomb but Kelly with a rana to counter. Kelly with an enzuigiri and Layla is tagged in and she keeps Kelly from making the tag. Layla misses a leg drop and Beth is tagged in. Beth knocks Michelle down on the apron and then she sends Layla into the turnbuckles before she hits a double sledge and head butt. Layla with a drop kick to Beth but Beth with a back elbow and clothesline from the corner. Michelle tries to stop the Glam Slam and Beth sends Layla into Michelle followed by a kick to Michelle that sends her to the floor. Beth with a slingshot suplex and then Beth tags in Kelly who hits a leg drop off the back for the three count.
Winners: Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix
It is time for another ‘Getting to Know Jack Swagger’ segment. Swagger says that he turned down scholarships from Miami, Texas, Stanford, and USC while in high school.
We are back and Did you Know that a lot of people go to WWE.com.
It is time for another new face on Smackdown as Chris Master talks about viral videos and we see the Dancing Pecs. He says that is a masterpiece.
Dolph Ziggler comes out to address the fans. Dolph says that he did a huge favor for the Smackdown fans on Monday and he calls it the greatest moment of his career. We go to the highlights of what he did to Hornsowggle after losing by count out. Ziggler says that no one will ever see that little troll again on Smackdown. He says that he put him to sleep and now he is in leprechaun heaven.
Matt and Todd turn their attention to the injury problems with Matt Hardy. We go to footage from last week’s tag match when McIntyre stomped on Hardy’s head while it was on the ring steps.
We go to Matt Hardy in the back where Josh Mathews asks him about his health. Matt says that he has suffered a lot of injuries during his career, but nothing like last week. When Drew stomped his head into the stairs, it made its toll physically and psychologically. Matt says that he will come back and Drew McIntyre will realize.
We will not know what Drew will realize because he attacks Hardy and hits the double underhook DDT.
We go to commercial.
We are back and JTG is in the back and he says that he is thinking to himself about what is next for him. He says that it would look good to have some gold around your waist. JTG says that is a good idea.
CM Punk and the Straight Edge Society comes to the ring. Punk has Serena massage his hair before talking. Punk says that everyone in the WWE Universe thought that their hero Rey Mysterio would defeat him and shave his head bald. Punk says that he would beat Rey and he did it single handedly. Punk says that his symbol of purity on the top of his head. Punk says that Luke and Serena were unfairly ejected from ringside on Sunday, but he still beat Rey all by himself. Punk says that it is not a secret. He did it because he is straight edge.
Punk is interrupted by another face returning to Smackdown, Montel Vontavious Porter. Porter says that the cornrow wearing, savoir faring, jaw dropping, bottle popping, modern day mack is back.
Punk says that he was speaking and Porter says that was the problem. Porter says that he wants to apologize for having to listen to this moron and his band
of mindless followers talk every week. He tells Punk to shut up. Porter says that Punk calls himself a savior, but Porter says that he is going to be a savior tonight by saving everyone from having to listen to Punk. Porter says that he remembers when Fridays were fun and Smackdown was a party. Punk came in like a wet blanket killing all of the fun. Porter says that he will make one promise. Porter says that Friday nights are going to get hot again.
Porter punches Punk but Gallows stops Porter and it turns into a two on one situation. Rey Mysterio comes out and he goes after Gallows and then he kicks Punk. Punk is pulled from the ring by Luke Gallows and we go to commercial.
Match Number Four: CM Punk and Luke Gallows versus Rey Mysterio and Montel Vontavious Porter
Gallows and Porter start things off and they lock up to a stalemate. Gallows with a kick and forearms but Porter with a flying forearm and he tags in Rey. Rey uses Porter for some extra force with a wheelbarrow slam onto Gallows for a near fall. Rey with a kick and forearm to Gallows but Gallows gets Rey up. Rey tries for a tornado DDT but Gallows blocks it and sends Rey into the ropes and Gallows with a big boot for a near fall. Gallows with punches and he tags in Punk. Punk punches Rey and then he has something to say to Porter on the apron. Punk chokes Rey with his boot in the corner. Punk with a belly-to-back suplex and then he hits a leg drop or three as they get more rapid and he gets a near fall. Punk with a figure four head scissors but Rey kicks his way out of the hold. Punk with a running knee to the head and he tags in Gallows. Punk with a suplex followed by a splash from Gallows for a near fall. Gallows with a knee to the chest and then he chokes Rey with his boot. Gallows with an uppercut to Rey and then Punk is tagged back in. Punk with a forearm to the back and Rey with forearms but Punk keeps Rey from making the tag. Punk with a spinebuster for a near fall. Punk with knees to Rey followed by an Irish whip. Rey counters with a tornado DDT and both men are down. Gallows tags in and so does Porter. Porter with an overhead throw followed by a clothesline and back elbow. Porter with a facebuster and then he sets for the Ballin’ elbow for a near fall that is broken up by Punk. Rey comes in and hits a springboard seated senton on Punk. Porter puts Gallows in the ropes and Rey hits the 619 and Porter hits the 305 for the three count.
Winners: CM Punk and Rey Mysterio
After the match, while Montel Vontavious Porter celebrates on the turnbuckles, the mysterious masked man attacks Rey and hits a swinging neck breaker before going into the crowd.
Jack Swagger is back for more ‘Did You Know’ and he says that he graduated with a 4.0 GPA. He says that he was invited back to give the keynote address at the 2010 Commencement Ceremony at the University of Oklahoma.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Jack Swagger comes to the ring to tell us some more facts. Jack raises the title belt before he talks. Jack says that when he was growing up in Perry, Oklahoma he was two years old when his father sat him down. Before he continues, he tells everyone that he has something important to say and asks to be allowed to finish. He tells everyone to sit down
Swagger continues by saying that when he was two years old, his father sat him down and told him ‘son, one day you’ll be a world champion’. By the time he was five, he completed the first grade and was six inches taller than everyone in his class. When he was twelve, he won the punt, pass, and kick competition. In the same year, he achieved the Boy Scout’s highest honor by becoming an Eagle Scout. Jack continues and says that when he was sixteen he scored a 1510 on his SAT. He says that he was admitted early to the most prestigious university in the land, the University of Oklahoma on a full scholarship. He points out that he did not have to pay for anything. Three years later, he graduated magna cum laude, at the top of the class. Jack says that he was the premiere athlete in the country and became a two time All American. He says that it was a lot of hard work, but he earned it.
Jack says that since he is being honest and pouring his heart out, his favorite achievement and greatest achievement was when he won the World Heavyweight Title. Jack says that thirty days ago when he won the title, he sat down with his daddy and wanted to sit down with him man to man. Jack says that his dad told him ‘Son, I told you so.’ Jack says that he is telling everyone that he is the World Champion and he is going to be the World Champion until he retires.
Teddy Long comes out and interrupts the champion. Teddy tells Jack that we have heard enough from him. Teddy says that everyone wants to hear who the number one contender is for Jack’s title.
Big Show comes out and he comes to the ring. Show wants everyone to give him a round of applause and then he wants to give him a golf clap. Show wants to tell Jack what the doctors said when he was born and it was ‘oh my god, do you see the size of him?’ Show tells Swagger that he is many things and he says that Swagger is not like he is. Show says that he is the world’s largest athlete. Show doesn’t want to take anything from Swagger’s accomplishments while the fans chant ‘punch him out’. Show counts off the accomplishments. One, he went to college; two, he earned a degree; three, he was an Eagle Scout; and four, he is the World Champion. Show says that there is only one little thing to add and that is early retirement. Show with a punch to Swagger and Swagger goes down.
We go to credits.