WWE Friday Night SmackDown Report – January 8th, 2010
Report by Richard Trionfo, PWInsider
We start off tonight’s show with a look back at the New Year’s Night edition of Smackdown when we thought Rey Mysterio was the man to earn the title match against the Undertaker at the Royal Rumble only to see Vickie Guerrero, the advisor to Smackdown general manager Teddy Long say that Rey interfered in Batista’s match so they will meet tonight.
We are live tonight from Louisville, Kentucky and your announcers are Todd ‘BC Whatever’ Grisham and Matt ‘Is Jim Cornette in the crowd tonight’ Striker.
We begin with Batista coming out to the stage and he wants his music turned off. He says that this is the last time that he will ask nicely for his spotlight. Dave wants his music to play as he walks to the ring. Batista says that it is a new year but it seems like nothing has changed. The people are still booing him. Teddy Long is still sticking it to him. First, he screws Dave out of the title at TLC. Then he has the nerve to do nothing about Rey Mysterio getting involved in the Beat the Clock match last week. Dave says that he appreciates Vickie Guerrero’s attempts to make things right, but she is not the general manager, even though she should be. Dave says that as the rightful World Champion, he wants Teddy Long to come out to explain why the number one star in WWE is being treated so horribly or there will not be a match with Rey Mysterio. Batista tells Teddy to come out or he is leaving and he is taking the crowd with him because they came to see Batista.
Teddy has gotten shorter and is wearing a mask . . . wait, Rey Mysterio comes out and he tells Dave why he is not the World Champion. He says that Dave is blinded by his selfishness and greed. Rey says that Dave’s true colors are finally coming out for everyone to see. He says that Dave is an arrogant crybaby. Dave says that he is not a crybaby and he beat Rey’s time. Rey says that he got some pay back because of what Dave did during Rey’s match against Undertaker. Rey says that is what friends are for. Rey says that he is ready for his match tonight and wonders if Dave is ready to wrestle or not. Rey wants to know if Dave is scared. Rey asks the fans if they think that Batista is afraid to face Rey tonight. Batista says that he is not afraid of Rey and the match will take place. Batista says that he will beat Rey and make sure that he does not walk out of the building tonight. Rey says that he is going to win the match tonight and he says that he will be the one to walk out of the building tonight.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see the footage from last week’s Beat The Clock Challenge Match between Kane and Dolph Ziggler and Dolph’s post match attack.
Match Number One: Kane versus Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler avoids Kane and he punches him. Kane grabs Ziggler by the hair and then he connects with an uppercut. Kane with a punch to Ziggler followed by kicks. Kane with another punch and Ziggler goes down on the apron. Kane with a side head lock take down. Kane with a snap mare and a drop kick to Ziggler for a near fall. Kane puts Ziggler on the top turnbuckle and Ziggler punches Kane off the turnbuckles. Ziggler with a drop kick from the second turnbuckle and he gets a near fall. Ziggler tries for a neck breaker but Kane blocks it. Ziggler with a DDT for a near fall. Ziggler with a leap frog neck snap for a near fall. Ziggler tries for a hip toss but Kane blocks it and he hip tosses Ziggler. Ziggler with an elbow to Kane and then he tries to choke Kane out. Kane backs Ziggler into the turnbuckles and Ziggler releases the hold. Ziggler tries for a tornado DDT but Kane pushes him off and Ziggler goes down. Kane with a clothesline and uppercut. Kane with an Irish whip and running clothesline followed by a side slam attempt but Ziggler flips out of the hold but he runs into a big boot and Kane can only get a two count. Kane with an Irish whip and this time he hits the side slam for a near fall. Kane goes up top and hits the flying clothesline. Kane tries for the choke slam but Ziggler with elbows to avoid the hold. Kane misses a charge into the corner and Ziggler hits the Zig Zag but Kane kicks out at two. Ziggler with a choke on Kane and Kane goes down to his knees. Kane gets back to his feet and then they fall to the floor but Ziggler holds on to the choke hold. The referee continues his count and Ziggler gets into the ring at nine but Kane is still on the floor when the referee gets to the ten count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler by count out
We are reminded that CM Punk will save someone in the crowd. We go to commercial.
We are back and Michelle McCool, Layla, and Beth Phoenix. Michelle apologizes for what happened last week and says that it was supposed to be for Mickie. Michelle says that Beth wouldn’t need any help. Michelle and Layla have a gift for Mickie and it is a trough. Beth says that they are unbelievable because Michelle and Layla are playing games. Beth reminds Layla about their match and tells Layla that she better be serious. Michelle tells Layla that she is glad that it is Layla wrestling Beth tonight.
We go to a dressing room where Chris Jericho is with the Hart Dynasty. Jericho says that everyone has been following him asking him about being kicked off Raw. Jericho says that things never change because he is still the best at what he does and he is still the face of WWE. Jericho reminds the Hart Dynasty about his message to make an impact when they attacked him. Jericho says that he can respect that because he is the biggest draw in the company and it is a feather in their cap. Jericho wants to know if they are going to make an impact tonight.
Natalya says that they are more than ready to make an impact. Natalya says that Jericho claims to be the best in the world at what he does, but nothing lasts forever. David says that what happened to Bret on Monday was an embarrassment to him and an embarrassment to the Hart family. David says that they are better than that. Tyson reminds Jericho what he said before about how they are better . . . period. They leave the locker room.
Match Number Two: R Truth and Cryme Tyme versus Chris Jericho, David Hart Smith, and Tyson Kidd with Natalya
Kidd and Truth start things off and Truth dances around before they lock up. They lock up and Truth with a side head lock into a hammer lock but Kidd with a reversal. Truth with a drop kick to Kidd and then he tags in JTG and they hit a double flapjack for a near fall. JTG with a front face lock and knee before Shad is tagged in. Shad sends JTG into the turnbuckles and then Shad hits a running clothesline into the corner. Kidd with a kick to Shad but Shad with a back elbow and then he tags Truth back in. Kidd with a back kick and Jericho is tagged in. Truth with a hip toss to Jericho followed by punches. Jericho with an Irish whip but Truth floats over and does the split followed by a bicycle kick for a near fall. Truth with a punch to Jericho but he runs into a boot. Jericho misses a clothesline but Truth with a leg lariat that sends Jericho to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Shad punches and kicks Jericho in the corner. Shad with an Irish whip and a running clothesline into the corner. Kidd tries to distract Shad and the referee but Shad presses Jericho over his head and then drops him. Shad goes off the ropes but Smith pulls the ropes down and Shad goes to the floor. Natalya comes over and kicks Shad in the ribs. Jericho goes out and he sends Shad back into the ring. Shad tries to make the tag but Jericho kicks him in the head. Jericho with a kick to the ribs on Shad and then he tags in Kidd. Kidd with kicks to Shad and then he chokes him in the ropes. Jericho with a punch to Shad on the apron while the referee is out of position. Kidd with a kick to the back for a near fall. Kidd with a front face lock and Jericho is tagged back in. Shad blocks a punch and he connects with a few. Jericho with a drop kick for a near fall and then he complains to the referee about a slow count. Jericho slaps and kicks Shad before tagging Kidd back into the match. Kidd with a kick to the back of the head. Shad with punches but Kidd with a drop kick to the knee. Kidd knocks Truth off the apron. Shad with a clothesline to Kidd and both men are down. JTG and Jericho tag in and JTG hits the flip shoulder tackle followed by a drop kick and then he hits the wraparound clothesline but Kidd breaks up the cover. Truth punches Kidd and then clotheslines Kidd over the top rope. Shad with a running boot that knocks Kidd off the apron. Jericho knocks Shad off the apron and then JTG with a rollup for a near fall. JTG comes off the turnbuckles and Jericho stops him and tries for the Walls of Jericho and JTG eventually taps out.
Winners: Chris Jericho, David Hart Smith, and Tyson Kidd
CM Punk and Luke Gallows walk in the back as we go to commercial. There is a saving a-coming.
We are back and it is time for CM Punk to come to the ring with Luke Gallows to add another person to the New Dawn and save them from their life of addiction.
Punk gets the mic and he tells everyone to quiet down. Last week, he reminds us that he made a promise for a straight edge resolution to save one lost soul in the audience tonight. Punk says the crusade is very real. He says that he is a man who keeps his promises unlike the weak minded people in the crowd. Punk asks who wants to be saved. Punk looks around at the crowd and he has found the person that he will save tonight. Booker sends Luke into the crowd to get the person.
Punk asks the young man what his name is and it is James. Punk tells James that he has nothing to fear (but fear itself?). Punk says that he can see through James and know what he is all about. Punk tells James that there is hope. He wants James to have a seat. Punk tells James that what is about to happen to him is the most important moment of his entire life. Punk says that he is going to save James. He wants James to raise his right hand. He asks James if he is tired of living his life like all of the other losers and James says yes. Punk wants James to say it louder. Punk wants to know if James is going to stop treating his body like a sewer. James says that he has tried to quit smoking a few times and Punk says that is not enough. Punk tells James that straight edge is a commitment and you need to stop trying and start doing. If you are not straight edge now, you never were. Punk wants James to tell him that he will stop abusing his body with over the counter medication, alcohol, and cigarette. James says that he is going to stop. Punk wants to know if James is willing to find the will power to just say no in the face of temptation. James says that he will change. Punk says that it is easier said than done. He says that James should know that actions speak louder than words. Before James can be a member of the Straight Edge Society, he must do one thing. Luke opens Punk’s man purse and has clippers. James does not want his hair cut but Punk convinces him to sit down and get it done. Punk says that it is a fresh start for James and his life being governed by drug and alcohol addiction ends because he accepts straight edge into his life. James nods his head acknowledging that he accepts straight edge into his heart. Punk shaves James’ head. After Punk is done, he tells James that he will be able to look into the mirror and know that he is stronger than anyone else in the building. He has evolved a lot more than the sheep in the crowd. Punk says that it can happen and next week, it could happen to you. Punk welcomes the newest member of the straight edge society to the WWE Universe and Punk says that James is better than all of them.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we take a look at a video package about how Maria is on the new season of Celebrity Apprentice. We get comments from some of the other participants.
Match Number Three: Luke Gallows with CM Punk versus Matt Hardy
They lock up and Hardy works on the arm but Gallows pulls his arm away from Hardy. They lock up and Hardy with a waist lock into a side head lock. Gallows with a shoulder tackle and he kicks Hardy in the chest. Gallows with a back elbow but he misses a leg drop. Hardy kicks Gallows in the hamstring and then he drops a knee on Gallows’ leg. Hardy wraps Gallows’ leg in the rope and then he kicks the leg. Hardy with a leg sweep and then he hits a step over toe hold. Gallows kicks Hardy off but Hardy with punches to Gallows. Hardy with a kick and he tries for a suplex but Gallows blocks it and he drops Hardy on the top rope and hits a Kane-like uppercut that sends Hardy to the floor. Gallows sends Hardy into the ring apron and then rolls him back into the ring. Gallows with a belly-to-back suplex and then he gets a near fall. Gallows works on the arms and he adds a body scissors. Gallows with a reverse chin lock and Hardy with punches but Gallows with a punch to the throat. Hardy with a kick and a sunset flip but Gallows kicks out and then he punches Hardy. Gallows kicks Hardy and then punches him. Gallows with a snap mare into a reverse chin lock. Hardy with a jawbreaker but Gallows with a kick to the midsection followed by an Irish whip but he misses a charge. Hardy goes up top and hits a moonsault for a near fall. Hardy punches Gallows and then hits a clothesline. Gallows tries for a slam and then hits a neck breaker for a near fall. Hardy with a running clothesline into the corner followed by an attempted bulldog but Gallows pushes Hardy away. Gallows charges into a boot. Hardy with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Hardy goes to the turnbuckles and he goes for the screaming elbow but Punk gets on the apron. Hardy is distracted by Punk and Gallows with a big boot followed by the spinebuster power slam for the three count.
Winner: Luke Gallows
We go to the back where Teddy Long is with Maria. Teddy says that it is off the hizzle that Maria is on the Celebrity Apprentice. Vickie Guerrero stops by and she pushes Teddy out of the way and she hugs Maria. Vickie says that she would have done the show but she is too busy with Smackdown. Vickie says that Maria reminds her of herself at Maria’s age . . . beautiful, intelligent, strong willed, and ambitious. Teddy asks when it went downhill for Vickie. Vickie reminds everyone that Teddy is on probation. Vickie says that since Maria is on the show, she must have a good mind for business and it is time to go to the action figure table. She wants Maria to give Vickie a sales pitch. Teddy says that he can’t wait to see Vickie’s action figure and suggests that it would be the biggest one. Then he sees Khali and says otherwise. Khali, through Runjin comments on the action figures and suggests that Vickie’s reminds him of the cows back home. We go to commercial.
We are back and did you know about Divas photos.
We see footage of last week when Michelle interfered in Beth’s match with Mickie James
Match Number Four: Beth Phoenix versus Layla with Michelle McCool
Layla offers her hand to apologize but Beth with a shoulder tackle and then she hits a dominator after spinning Layla around. Beth kicks Layla out of the ring and then she says that she wants Michelle in the ring. Michelle rolls Layla back in and then Layla with a kick to the knee and head. Beth pushes Layla into the turnbuckles but misses a charge. Layla climbs on Beth’s back and chokes her but Beth with a snap mare and then she pulls Layla up by the hair and hits the Glam Slam for the three count.
Winner: Beth Phoenix
After the match, Beth stares at Michelle who is a bit dismayed at what happened. Michelle enters the ring and Beth has her backed against the ropes. Layla grabs Beth’s leg and then Michelle and Layla attack Beth. Mickie James comes to the ring and she goes after Michelle and hits her with forearms. Beth throws Layla into Michelle and they both go to the floor.
Beth looks at Mickie and Mickie with a back kick to the head.
We go to commercial, including one for Marine 2.
We are back with a Raw Rebound.
We see footage from last week’s Intercontinental Title Match.
Josh Mathews is in the interview area with Drew McIntyre and Josh suggests that Drew deliberately pushed John Morrison into the referee last week to get the disqualification. Drew says that John Morrison was frustrated last week so you don’t capture the magnitude of his victory. He proved that he was the better man and then Morrison snapped. Drew points out that he is undefeated and he says that he will be the first Intercontinental Champion to win the Royal Rumble.
John Morrison stops by and he suggests that there is an awkward vibe. Morrison asks Drew about his definitive victory and then he wants to know if Drew has anything to say to his face. Morrison dares McIntyre to say something to his face. Morrison stands there while Morrison says that he figured Morrison out. Morrison and McIntyre get forehead to forehead. McIntyre says that Morrison is not going to get to him and Drew says that he is moving on to bigger and better things. Morrison says that it is starting to get boring and one of them needs to lose their temper so if it isn’t going to be Drew, it might as well be him. Morrison slaps McIntyre and then he attacks McIntyre. We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Rey Mysterio versus Batista for the Number One Contender Spot
Rey leaves the ring and Batista follows after him. Rey with a baseball slide and then he goes to the floor and he kicks Batista in the leg. They return to the ring and Batista runs Rey into the turnbuckles and Rey goes down hard. Batista with a hard Irish whip and then he hits a back breaker. Batista with a shoulder back breaker and then he drops down. Rey rolls to the apron and Batista goes to the floor and he punches Rey. Batista with an Irish whip and he runs into a boot. Rey comes off the turnbuckles and he pulls Rey up. Rey with punches and he hits a rana that sends Batista into ‘the position’. Batista goes to the floor. Rey goes to the apron and he hits a cross body but Batista catches him and runs Rey into the ring post. We go to commercial.
We are back and Batista punches Rey on the top turnbuckle and then he goes up there. Rey punches and kicks Batista off the turnbuckles. Rey goes up top and hits the frog splash but he bounces off Batista and cannot cover him. Rey with a springboard cross body but Batista catches him and hits a spinebuster. Batista picks up Rey and hits another spinebuster. Batista walks around the ring and then he waits for Rey to get up for the spear and he hits it. Batista is impressed with his performance and then it is time to pose and shake the ropes. Batista gets ready for the Batista Bomb but the lights go out.
The lights come back on and Batista and Rey are both down and the referee has no idea what is going on. Rey gets to his feet and punches Batista. Batista pushes Rey off and Rey hits a drop kick. Rey with a wheelbarrow into a bulldog and both men are down again. Batista tries for a power slam but Rey counters with a DDT. Rey with a drop kick to Batista’s back and Batista collapses into the ropes. Rey with the 619 and Batista falls to the mat. Rey pulls himself up on the apron and he goes for the springboard move, but the lights go out again.
They go back on and we see Rey and Batista down again and the referee is nowhere to be found.
The lights go out again and the Undertaker’s music plays.
We go to credits with no resolution to this match.