WWE Friday Night SmackDown Report – April 2nd, 2010
Report by Richard Trionfo, PWInsider
We are live on tape from Las Vegas, Nevada and your announcers are Matt ‘Why are people looking at me when I split queens in black jack’ Striker and Todd ‘I wish there was a Money in the Bank for Announcers’ Grisham.
Chris Jericho does what he normally does on Smackdown and that is come to the ring to start off the show. He still has the World Title but he is walking a bit slower than usual. We see photos from the match at Wrestlemania between Jericho and Edge and we see the spear through the ringside barrier protecting the ring announcer and ring bell from the announcers.
Jericho says that he is still the World Heavyweight Champion and the best in the world at what he does. Jericho says that he told everyone last week that he was genetically superior to them and they were inferior like Edge. Jericho says that he wrestled a perfect match and proved that he is the greatest champion of this or any other generation. He says that he dismantled Edge piece by piece to remain the World Champion. Jericho says that in a cowardly act by Edge, he tried to permanently injure him by standing him on the announce table to spear him through the dasher boards. Jericho says that he was lying in a jumbled heap wondering what he did to deserve it. He says that he was internally bleeding while hearing 70,000 hypocrites cheered Edge’s name and chanted ‘SPEAR’. Chris says that he realized why. It is because they are like Edge. They have never been successes. They have cut corners and used short cuts so they are all losers. As a result, Edge is a loser and Chris reminds us that he is the champion. Chris says that he is an honest man who says what he will do and that is why he still has the title. He stands here not to say ‘I told you so’, he is here to say ‘It is so’.
Edge’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Edge tells Chris that he makes a valid point. Edge says that he has a lot of things in common with the fans. He says that they all enjoy watching Chris get speared. He says that he thinks that they would love to see him spear Jericho again tonight. Edge says that he wants a rematch for the World Title and he wants it right now.
Jericho wants to make sure that is what Edge and the fans want. Jericho says that he doesn’t care because Edge does not hold the cards. He is the champion and Edge lost his shot at the title at Wrestlemania. That puts Edge at the back of the line because he is a loser. Nothing that Edge says or does will change Edge from being a loser. Jericho threatens to tear Edge’s Achilles before telling him to leave the ring.
Edge punches Jericho and then he takes off Jericho’s shirt and jacket to reveal taped ribs. Edge with an Impaler DDT and then he sets for the SPEAR and hits it. Jericho holds his ribs in pain while Edge celebrates over Jericho.
As Edge heads to the back, he is attacked from behind by Mr. Money in the Bank, Jack Swagger who hits Edge in the back with the briefcase. Swagger gets a mic and demands a referee so he can cash in the briefcase.
Match Number One: Chris Jericho versus Jack Swagger for the World Title
Swagger gives the briefcase to the referee and then the ref checks on Jericho to see if he can participate. The bell rings and Swagger hits a Doctor Bomb and gets the three count.
Winner: Jack Swagger
After the match, Swagger stands over Jericho holding the title belt over his head while we see Jericho down in the ring and Edge down on the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Jack Swagger taking a page out of Edge’s playbook by becoming the Ultimate Opportunist by cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase to win the World Title.
Match Number Two: R Truth and John Morrison versus Cryme Tyme
Shad and Truth start things off and they lock up with Truth putting Shad in a side head lock. Shad with a shoulder tackle and then he presses Truth over his head but Truth gets out of the hold and then Truth with a kick and the scissors kick before tagging in Morrison who hits the split legged corkscrew moonsault for the three count.
Winners: R Truth and John Morrison
After the match, Truth and Morrison go to the back while Shad and JTG have some words in the ring. Shad grabs JTG by the throat and then JTG pushes him and Shad with a big boot and knees to JTG. Shad with a forearm to JTG and then he stands over JTG before picking him up and hitting an STO. The referee checks on JTG while Shad leaves the ring.
We go to the back where the new World Champion is walking and he stops to talk to Slam Master J, Tony Atlas, and Mickie James as they congratulate him on his win. Then Jack turns the corner and walks by Shelton Benjamin and suggests that they should start calling him the gold standard now.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of the end of Cryme Tyme.
We go to Josh Mathews who is with Shad in the back. Josh asks Shad about all the time that he had been with JTG. Shad says that there is no more Cryme Tyme. He says that it is now his time.
Match Number Three: Drew McIntyre versus Matt Hardy
Before the match starts, Drew attacks Matt as he comes into the ring and then he sends Matt shoulder first into the ring post. McIntyre with the double underhook DDT. Drew gets his title belt and then he stands over Matt before leaving the ring.
It is time to take a look at John Cena’s appearance on True Jackson VP which will be on this weekend.
We go to commercial.
We are back with an Earlier Tonight Moment of Edge’s attack on Chris Jericho and Jack Swagger’s subsequent attack on Edge and Jericho leading to our new World Champion.
We see footage of Jericho’s reaction to losing the title when he destroyed the announce table followed by Jericho throwing a chair and the briefcase.
It is time for a video package for Shawn Michaels’ farewell.
We are in the Guerreroffice and Vickie is with Michelle and Layla. Vickie says that Wrestlemania was amazing. Vickie is angry that they are calling her move the ‘Hog Splash’ and Michelle and Layla say that people are jealous. Then they suggest that it should be called the Cougar Splash (along with sound effects).
Jack Swagger enters the office to applause from Michelle and Layla. Jack wants to know if they have seen Teddy Long and Vickie asks why he would want to talk to Teddy. Vickie says that she is the official consultant on Smackdown. Jack says that since he is the new champion, he would like to make a State of the Championship address tonight. Vickie congratulates Jack and gives him all the time he wants. Jack starts to leave and then he gives Vickie a kiss on the cheek before leaving. Vickie, Michelle, and Layla giggle like school girls.
Match Number Three (This time we mean it): Great Khali with ‘Dance Fever’ Runjin Singh versus Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler goes to the floor before locking up. Then he returns to the ring and Khali with a clothesline and then he sends Ziggler into the turnbuckles. Khali with a chop to the chest followed by a big boot but Ziggler rolls to the floor. Khali pulls Ziggler back onto the apron but Ziggler drops Khali on the top rope and then Ziggler locks in the sleeper. Khali uses the turnbuckles to loosen the hold and Khali with a snap mare. Ziggler recovers and puts Khali in the sleeper and Khali tries to do everything to get out of the hold but he passes out.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match, Singh tries to plead his case to the referee and then he checks on Khali. Khali gets to his feet and he asks for the mic. Khali gets on the mic and he says that he has been doing a lot of soul searching and it is time to go home to India to spend time with his family to regroup. He will return and become World Champion.
CM Punk is walking in the back with Serena and Luke Gallows as we go to commercial.
We are back with the Smack of the Night: Photos of Rey Mysterio defeating CM Punk at Wrestlemania.
The Straight Edge Society comes out and Punk addresses the crowd in Las Vegas. Luke tells everyone to open their ears and listen because Punk saved him and Punk can save everyone. Luke talks about the transformation that he has made since he took the pledge to accept CM Punk as his savior. All of his impurities have been washed away. Luke says that the time is now and the time to make a change for the better is right here and right now.
Before Punk starts his comments, Serena takes the mic and tells everyone to show him some respect. She says that Punk is perfect in every way. He is selfless and remarkable. He is a healer. If you would take a moment to look into his beautiful eyes, you would see that he is not blinded by a world of sin and addiction like everyone else is. She says that Punk can save you just like he saved her and Luke. If it weren’t for Punk, they would both be like everyone else. She says that when she looks around this crowd, she sees a sea of demons. When she looks at her savior, she sees an angel.
Punk takes the mic and he says that if there ever was a city in the WWE Universe that needed to be saved, we are in it. He tells everyone that he envies everyone sitting at home because they are not here. Punk wants to explain Las Vegas to everyone. He says that you can get an alcoholic beverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Punk says that you can smoke in any public place without any fear of reprisal. Punk says that the savage denizens of Las Vegas cheer those things. He says that it is like sheep following the herd that believes ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.’ Punk says that is a lie. He says that the people are a lie and the town is a lie. He says that it is full of liars lying to themselves. He says that they are just like Rey Mysterio.
Punk says that he was supposed to save Rey on the grandest stage, but Rey continues to lie to himself. Punk tells Rey that whether he likes it or not, he needs straight edge. Punk tells Rey that he needs CM Punk. Punk says that Rey was his shining light and crown jewel to show that anyone could be saved by Straight Edge. Punk says that he is not going to give up. He wants a rematch against Rey. Punk says that he knows that Rey will think that there is nothing for him. Punk says that he is willing to sacrifice something very important to him. Punk says that he will sacrifice something free of foreign chemicals and something that represents his eternal purity and his position as leader of the Straight Edge Society. Punk says that if he loses to Rey, he will sacrifice his hair. Punk says that is how much he cares about Rey. He will sacrifice a piece of himself just to save Rey.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Michelle McCool and Layla with Vickie Guerrero versus Beth Phoenix and Tiffany
Tiffany and Michelle start off and they lock up. Michelle backs Tiffany into the corner and Michelle pushes Tiffany after the break. Layla and Michelle pose. Tiffany with a drop toe hold and gutbuster. Tiffany with a monkey flip and then she tries for another one in the corner but Michelle pushes her off and gets a near fall. Michelle chokes Tiffany in the ropes and slams her head into the mat. Layla tags in and they hit a double stroke and then Layla with a leg drop for a near fall. Layla with a chin lock and she stretches Tiffany. Tiffany escapes the hold and tags in Beth. Beth with a running shoulder tackle to Layla and then Michelle goes to the floor to avoid Beth. Beth with an airplane spin followed by a clothesline. Beth gets to knock Michelle off the apron. Layla misses a kick and Beth hits the Glam Slam for the three count.
Winners: Beth Phoenix and Tiffany
After the match, Vickie teases getting into the ring but Michelle holds her back.
Teddy Long is watching in the back and Chris Jericho comes up behind Teddy. Chris says that he will say it one time. He demands that the decision be reversed so he can get his title back. Teddy says that he will not do that and then he asks Chris if he wants his rematch tonight. Jericho says that his ribs are hurt so he cannot wrestle tonight. Teddy says that if Chris doesn’t want his rematch tonight, he is done talking to him. Jericho says that Swagger will not get away with this because he is still the champion.
We are back and Todd and Matt talk about the Hart and McMahon match from Sunday and we see a photo of the Hart Attack from the top turnbuckle to the floor.
Josh Mathews is in the back with the Hart Dynasty. Natalya says that they couldn’t be more excited and they know that they aren’t going to let anyone down. David says that it was great to see the entire family there to, an honour to see Stu inducted into the Hall of Fame, and to be a part of Bret’s match against Mr. McMahon. Tyson says that not it is their time to carry on the tradition of the Hart family.
Jack Swagger stops by the interview area to stand in front of the Hart Dynasty with the World Title.
Kane comes to the ring and he has something to say. He says that he is getting a little bored and when he gets bored, he gets frustrated. He says that a frustrated monster is not good for anybody. Kane says that he needs to take his frustration out on someone and the more the better. Kane says that he will take on the entire NXT roster . . . starting NOW.
Match Number Five: Kane versus David Otunga, Daniel Bryan, Heath Slater, Darren Young, Wade Barrett, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver, and Justin Gabriel in an Epsenhart Special . . . to Infinity and Beyond
Kane and Bryan start things off and Bryan with a kick to the leg. Bryan with more kicks to the leg but Kane pushes Bryan down. Bryan with forearms but he is caught by Kane and Kane with a slam and drop kick. Young tags in and Kane with a kick and uppercut followed by a punch. Young with an elbow and punch but Kane does not feel it. Kane sends Young into the turnbuckles followed by an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner. Kane with a punch to Young as Darren comes off the turnbuckles. Kane with a hip toss and Gabriel tags in but Barrett gets into the match. Kane sends Barrett into the turnbuckles and punches him. Kane with elbows in the corner followed by a punch. Tarver distracts Kane and Barrett punches him. Barrett with shoulders in the corner but Kane with an uppercut. Barrett with a kick but he comes off the ropes and runs into a big boot and gets pinned.
Skip Sheffield comes into the match as we go to commercial.
We are back and Sheffield with a side head lock and shoulder tackle but Kane does not budge. Kane with an uppercut and he sends Sheffield into the turnbuckles and then hits an Irish whip and running clothesline into the corner. Kane with a running power slam and Slater breaks up the cover. Slater backs up and he kicks Kane. Slater comes off the turnbuckles and Kane grabs him and hits a choke slam to pin him.
Tarver comes in and he kicks Kane in the back of the leg and Kane throws Tarver over the top rope to the floor.
Otunga comes into the ring but then he goes to the apron and then the floor as they have a strategy session to deal with Kane in a five-on-one situation. Young goes after Kane and so does Gabriel but Kane fights them off. Bryan chokes Kane and then everyone attacks Kane and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Kane by disqualification
After the match, they hold Kane while Tarver kicks him. Kane kicks Tarver back and then everyone attacks Kane. Bryan goes up top and hits a missile drop kick while everyone holds him. Otunga with an elbow drop while Young hits a leg drop. Sheffield with a splash and then they hold Kane again while Gabriel goes up top for the 450 splash.
The rookies celebrate in the ring before leaving. Kane follows after them and they head to the back.
We have another Earlier Tonight Moment of Jack Swagger’s victory and Jericho’s outrage.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that they are now up to 16 million views of photos of the Undertaker/Shawn Michaels match.
It is time for the State of the Championship Address by the new World Champion Jack Swagger.
Swagger says that this is the first of many State of the World Championship addresses that he will be giving. He has prepared a few statements. Jack congratulates everyone for being a part of history and says that this might be the apex of their lives. They are all witnesses to when Jack Swagger became the new World Heavyweight Champion. He says that he will be champion for an extremely long time so he tells them to show him respect by being absolutely silent until the speech is over. Swagger says that all of his life he has been the odds on favorite at everything he does. Jack says that while he was a two time All-American at the University of Oklahoma, he set an NCAA record for most pinfall victories. Within four months of coming to the WWE, he was the ECW champion. Then at Wrestlemania he won Money in the Bank. He says that it did not matter if there were ten, twenty, or one hundred people in the match, he would have won. He did not plan it this way, but becoming the World Champion couldn’t have come at a better time because everyone has found their replacement for Shawn Michaels as the greatest living wrestler on the planet. As his career . . . is interrupted by Chris Jericho who comes to the ring and he has not even put his shirt back on.
Jericho wants the title given back to him. Swagger says that it is his right now and Jericho cannot do anything about it. Jericho tells Swagger that he is the champion, not Jack. He says that Swagger committed the biggest crime in WWE history because Swagger stole the title from. Jericho says that when he gets better, he will take the title from Swagger. He wants to make sure that the parasites understand. Jericho says that he wants this travesty righted tonight.
Before it can be righted, Edge comes to the ring. Jack leaves the ring while Edge arrives. Edge says that if Swagger wants to show what kind of champion he is, he should defend the title against him. Edge says that if it wasn’t for him, Jack wouldn’t be the champion. Edge says that he understands about cashing in the briefcase and says that it was well played. He tells Jack to face someone who is not injured and not afraid to face him. Jericho says that Edge has no right to request that match. Jericho says that he beat Edge at Wrestlemania and he was the champion. Edge reminds Jericho that he hit Jericho with the two spears that made him an ex-champion. Edge tells Jericho to shut his mouth.
Teddy Long comes out and he has something to say to the playas. Teddy says that there is a situation here. Teddy says that Jericho has a rematch, but he doesn’t want to take it. Edge doesn’t have a rematch, so next week Edge and Jericho will wrestle for the right to face Jack Swagger for the World Title.
Swagger gets on the apron and distracts Edge long enough to allow Jericho to hit the Codebreaker on Edge. Swagger gets in the ring and hits a Doctor Bomb on Jericho and Edge. Swagger stands over Edge and Jericho with the title belt on his shoulder.
We go to credits.