Last week fans were left in the dark â€“ complete with screams â€“ regarding the fate of Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero. Was it The Undertaker, a disgruntled Big Show or a vengeful Edge who sought revenge? Tune in and follow Pulse Wrestlingâ€™s real-time coverage of Smackdown on the way to Unforgivenâ€¦
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The show opens with a video of General Manager Vickie Guerrero, her apology to The Undertaker and The Undertakerâ€™s refusal to accept her apology. The Undertaker, not the forgiving kind, wants the GMâ€™s soul and the end of last weekâ€™s show â€“ complete with screams.
Smackdown is brought to us live from St. Louis, Missouri. Ringside announcers are Jim Ross and Tazz. Unforgiven is this Sunday. JR tells us that tonight in a Lumberjack Match tonight, â€œThe Gameâ€ Triple H, WWE Champion, will take on The Great Khali.
HHHâ€™s entrance music begins and HHH enters the ring. HHH tells us that this Sunday he will defend his championship in the first ever Championship Scramble Match. He says it might be the most difficult challenge he has ever faced. â€œThe Gold Standardâ€ Shelton Benjamin, Intercontinental Champion, appears at the top of the entrance ramp to put in his two cents about the championship match on Sunday. Benjamin brags about taking out M.V.P. and Jeff Hardy last week and then reminds HHH that Benjamin took out HHH last week. HHH reminds Benjamin that right before he took out HHH, HHH beat him in their match. HHH calls Benjamin a cheap shot artist and invites him into the ring. Benjamin takes off his belt and heads to the ring but M.V.P. appears at the top of the entrance ramp to tell them â€œThe King of Blingâ€ is better than â€œThe King of Kingsâ€ and â€œThe Gold Standardâ€. MVP and Benjamin face off on the ramp but HHH breaks it up. HHH says his job is to cut a promo for the upcoming pay per view and they interrupted him. HHH says he then insults them and in a fit of rage they charge him in the ring, he beats them both up and they run to the back with their tails tucked between their legs. HHH says he will be champion for the next century. The Brian Kendrick and Ezekiel appear in the ring. HHH takes down TBK and as Zeke takes off his shirt, TBK nails HHH with a boot. Itâ€™s four on one until Jeff Hardy appears. Hardy takes out TBK, and goes after MVP and Benjamin but Zeke catches Hardy on the top turnbuckle. HHH hits Zeke with a chair to the back but Zeke just smiles. TBK talks Zeke out of the ring and HHH looks a little bit surprised that the chair had no effect on Zeke. JR informs us that when HHH faces Khali, the wrestlers just involved in the ring will be lumberjacks. We go to commercial break.
Back from commercial break, promo for the three Championship Matches at Unforgiven.
R-Truth from Charlotte, NC, weighing 235 lbs.
Bam Neely from Robinsdale, MN, weighing 273 lbs.
R-Truth appears in the audience and uses the stairs to head to the ring, singing his entrance theme on the way. Last week the audience reaction for Truth was lame. He goes get a little more verbal reaction from the live audience tonight. The bell rings and Truth applies a headlock. Truth delivers an arm drag and then a drop toehold before Neely delivers a few fists to back up Truth. Neely drops Truth with a short arm clothesline and goes for the cover but Truth kicks out at the count of one. Neely applies pressure to Truthâ€™s neck but Truth makes it back to his feet and delivers a high kick, comes off the ropes and drops Neely again. Truth comes off the top turnbuckle with a dropkick and comes off the ropes with an axe kick, goes for the cover and gets the three count.
Winner: R-Truth with an axe kick, match time 2 minutes
This match was still short, but Truth had a chance to show a little more of his athleticism in the ring. He does move well but short matches arenâ€™t going to awe the fans for long. Tazz informs the audience that GM Vickie Guerrero will not be on Smackdown tonight. Jeff Hardy faces The Brian Kendrick with Ezekiel Jackson tonight and Shelton Benjamin will face M.V.P. tonight. We go to commercial break.
Back from commercial break, The Undertaker is in the center of the ring. He does not remove his hat or coat. Undertaker is going to let Vickie decide because at Unforgiven, Undertaker is coming for her soul. Until Sunday, Undertaker leaves thinking about how he is going to achieve his goal. In a very descriptive speech, Undertaker will send her to hell to join her husband, Edge. Undertaker promises her endless agony and an eternity in hell. The lights go out and when they come back on, The Undertaker is gone.
Montel Vontavious Porter, M.V.P. from Miami, FL weighing 249 lbs.
â€œThe Gold Standardâ€ Shelton Benjamin from Orangeburg, NC weighing 248 lbs.
MVP is a little nervous as he enters the arena and he looks around to make sure The Undertaker isnâ€™t stalking him, too. Benjamin approaches the ring with the same nervous reactions. JR reminds us this is a non-title match. The referee calls for the bell and Benjamin has MVP down on the mat. MVP breaks free and argues with the ref before slapping Benjamin. Benjamin takes MVP down again and the two take turns throwing fists until Benjamin has MVP down in the corner. The ref pulls Benjamin off of MVP twice and MVP bails out of the ring. He waves off the ref and heads up the ramp but Benjamin goes after him. As Benjamin approaches, MVP throws a fist and drops Benjamin. MVP rolls Benjamin back in the ring and gets a two count before Benjamin gets a shoulder off the mat. MVP has Benjamin in a front face lock. Benjamin makes it up to his knees and stands up with MVP on his shoulders. Benjamin delivers a knee to the back and goes for a cover but canâ€™t get the three count. MVP is still down on the mat and Benjamin goes up to the top turnbuckle but MVP is back to his feet. As Benjamin steps back down on the canvas, MVP nails Benjamin with a kick to the face. Benjamin hits the pay dirt and gets the three count.
Winner: â€œThe Gold Standardâ€ Shelton Benjamin with pay dirt, match time 4 minutes.
This match was a little longer than the first and certainly not the best match I have seen either of these wrestlers work. Maria is backstage and is approached by Maryse. Maryse tells Maria the outfit she is wearing is cheap and poorly made and promises to take it easy on her in the ring so there wonâ€™t be a wardrobe malfunction. JR and Tazz remind the audience about the matches still to come and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial break,
Maryse faces Michelle McCool at Unforgiven for the Divaâ€™s Championship. The bell rings and Maria takes Maryse down to the mat. Maryse pushes her off and rolls out of the ring. Maria goes after her and Maryse catches Maria with a clothesline. Maryse rolls Maria back into the ring but Maria catches Maryse on the ring apron and sends her back to the floor. Back in the ring, Maria delivers a cross body block but doesnâ€™t get the three count. Maryse delivers a back breaker and goes for the cover, getting a two count. Maryse catapults Maria into the top rope but only gets a one count. Maryse applies what JR calls a camel clutch and slams Mariaâ€™s face into the mat when Maria refuses to give up. Maria comes off the ropes and takes Maryse down with two clotheslines. Maria comes off the second rope, Maryse gets out of the way. Maryse delivers a DDT and goes for the cover, getting the three count.
Winner: Maryse with a DDT, match time 3 minutes.
I donâ€™tâ€™ see as much improvement in Mariaâ€™s ring work as JR and Tazz seem to think but Maryse has been doing a fairly decent job in the ring. McCool shows up with her title belt to stare down Maryse. In all honestly, it was probably McCool getting a couple of seconds of TV time. JR reminds us that Jeff Hardy vs. The Brian Kendrick is coming up next and we go to commercial break.
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JR reminds the audience that HHH will face Khali in a Lumberjack Match tonight.
Jeff Hardy from Cameron, NC weighing 225 lbs.
The Brian Kendrick from Venice, CA weighing 184 lbs.
With Ezekiel Jackson
We see a replay of the ring melee earlier this evening and Zeke taking a chair shot. The bell rings and TBK confers with Zeke before facing Hardy. TBK charges Hardy and catches the ring post instead. Hardy drops TBK with a shoulder block and sends TBK over his head to the mat. Hardy misses a kick and goes down to the mat. TBK catches Hardy with one kick and then a kick to the head. TBK goes for the cover and gets a two count. TBK continues to stomp on Hardy before going to work on Hardyâ€™s neck. TBK waits for Hardy to get to his feet and delivers another high kick, going for a cover but not getting the three count. TBK goes back to work on Hardyâ€™s neck, keeping Hardy down on the mat. Hardy makes it to the ropes and the ref makes TBK break the hold. TBK delivers a stomp and again charges Hardy, again catching the ring post. Hardy delivers a double stomp to TBK in the corner and goes for the cover, getting a two count. Hardy takes TBK down with a clothesline and then sends TBK over to the canvas and again goes for the cover. Hardy gets a two count. Hardy tries for the twist of fate but TBK bails out of the ring. Hardy comes over the top and takes down Kendrick with a cross body block but as TBK gets back into the ring, Zeke sends Hardy back first into the guardrail. :TBK catches Hardy with The Kendrick and gets the win.
Winner: The Brian Kendrick with The Kendrick, match time 7 minutes.
Hardy did a lot more mat work than he has done in the past. Nice match but not nearly long enough to watch these two wrestlers in the ring. Vicky Guerrero appears in the parking lot and sheâ€™s walking just fine. In fact, she yells at someone who has brought a wheelchair for her. She heads to the building. We go to commercial break.
As we return to Smackdown, Ryan Braddock is already in the ring.
Ryan Braddock from Chicago, IL
Super Crazy from Mexico weighing 210 lbs.
Crazy is outsized in this match. Tazz says Braddock weighs 260 lbs., but he looks larger than that to me. Crazy is taking a beating until Braddock takes a boot. Crazy delivers a moonsault and gets the pin and the win.
Winner: Super Crazy with a moonsault, match time 1 minute.
Really short match and not much to describe. Vladimir Kozlov appears in the ring and knocks Super Crazy out of the ring after saying something to him in Russian. He then addresses the audience and tells everyone that he demands a better challenge. The Big Show answers the call. I think we have a match. Show enters the ring and tells Kozlov he understands that itâ€™s hard for Kozlov to get a better challenge but Show says that they should go at it right now. Kozlov lays down the mic and gets ready. As the two men square off, match killer Vickie Guerrero appears to order Kozlov out of the ring. Kozlov doesnâ€™t hear well in English. Guerrero gets in the ring and screams at Kozlov to get out of her ring. He does leave but he isnâ€™t happy about it. Show laughs at Kozlov. Guerrero says that Show has interfered with her show for the last time. She tells Show to get out of the ring and go home. She threatens to fine him and suspend him indefinitely. Show leaves the ring and he isnâ€™t happy about it either. Guerrero then addresses the audience who really doesnâ€™t want to hear it. She says she has an announcement for The Undertaker. Guerrero says that she reinstated Undertaker and she apologized for the sins she had committed. She reminds Undertaker that she is the General Manager of Smackdown and she will not be intimidated and will not live her life in fear of him. She says that Unforgiven, Undertaker will be apologizing to her and we go to commercial break.
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Victoria from Los Angeles, CA
Brie Bella from Scottsdale, AZ
Last week Bella defeated Victoria and this week Victoria doesnâ€™t waste any time going after Bella. Victoria applies a side headlock. Bella tries to break the hold but Victoria hangs on. Bella makes it back to her feet and applies a wrist lock. Bella delivers a snapmare and a kick. Victoria ends up on the floor outside of the ring. Bella comes off the ring apron with a weak clothesline. Victoria picks her up and slams her back first into the ring apron. Victoria sends Bella back into the ring, picks her up by the hair, delivers an on the shoulder back breaker, and then sends Bella out to the floor. Just like last week, Bella crawls under the ring and comes out the other side, catching Victoria with a boot. Bella delivers a roll up and gets the win.
Winner: Brie Bella with a roll up, match time 3 minutes.
We see a video of Josh Matthews is at the Republican National Convention with Mickie James and Mr. Kennedy. JR reminds us about the Lumberjack Match coming up between HHH and Khali and we go to commercial break.
We are back and we see the Raw Rebound â€“ 2 weeks ago, Chris Jericho blames Shawn Michaels for what happened to Michaelsâ€™ wife when Jericho delivered a blow that nailed Rebecca Michaels in the face. Michaels will not be retiring until he takes out Jericho. They face each other in an Unsanctioned Match at Unforgiven. Last week on Raw, Jericho and Michaels signed the contract for the Unforgiven match. Other scheduled matches at Unforgiven are CM Punk facing Batista, Kane, Mysterio and JBL in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Scramble Match, Mark Henry will face Finlay, Matt Hardy, Miz, and Chavo Guerrero for the ECW Championship, and HHH will face MVP, Shelton Benjamin, Jeff Hardy and Brian Kendrick for the WWE Championship. HHH is backstage to talk about his match at Unforgiven. Jeff Hardy appears and apologizes for interrupting HHHâ€™s promo but HHH has a big problem this Sunday and that problem is Jeff Hardy. HHH says that Hardy knows a lot about problems. Hardy already has two strikes against him and three strikes â€“ heâ€™s out of the game. We go to commercial break.
We are down to the final 18 minutes of tonightâ€™s Smackdown as we return to the arena. WWE Slam of the Week: Shelton Benjamin vs. HHH and the appearance of Khali. HHH won the match and then took a hit with the belt to the back of the head courtesy of Benjamin. Khali enters the ring to work over a downed HHH.
The Great Khali from Indian, 7â€™3â€, weighing 420 lbs.
With Ranjin Singh
â€œThe Gameâ€ Triple H from Greenwich, CT, weighing 255 lbs.
The Lumberjacks are the contenders for the WWE Championship title in the Championship Scramble Match at Unforgiven. Iâ€™d say that HHH is surrounded by enemies. The bell rings and HHH lays into Khali with fists. Khali sends HHH into the ring post and delivers a head butt. HHH comes back with more right hands. Khali sends HHH into the ropes and delivers a clothesline. Khali does a little choking with his boot and as HHH rolls out of the ring, MVP, Benjamin, Kendrick and Zeke go after HHH. Hardy stands back. HHH is rolled back into the ring and we go to commercial break. Back to the action, Khali has HHH in a shoulder grip but during the commercial break, Khali delivered a leg drop and got a two count after he covered. HHH makes it back to his feet and fights his way out of the hold. Khali delivers a series of elbowâ€™s to the side of HHHâ€™s head but when he back up, HHH gets out of the way. HHH comes off the ropes and receives a boot to the face. Khali sends HHH over the top rope and down to the floor. Again HHH is attacked, but Hardy goes after the men working over HHH. Benjamin and MVP send Hardy into the guardrail as Zeke sends HHH back into the ring with Khali. Khali delivers a choke slam and goes for the cover but he only gets a two count. Khali slams HHH into the top turnbuckle and delivers boots. HHH comes off the ropes and delivers a face breaker, then goes up to the second rope and delivers a shoulder block. As HHH goes back at Khali, the lumberjacks pull HHH out of the ring. Hardy appears and comes over the top rope to take down most of HHHâ€s attackers. TBK gets sent into the steel steps by HHH. HHH hangs Khali up on the top rope and then takes down Khali in the ring with a spinebuster. HHH waits for Khali to get back to his feet and tries for the pedigree but Khali sends HHH over his back and down to the canvas. Khali has HHH in the vice grip. HHHâ€™s face turns red but HHH fights back to his feet and breaks the hold but Khali delivers a head butt. HHH delivers a pedigree, goes for the cover and gets the three count.
Winner: â€œThe Gameâ€ Triple H, WWE Champion, total match time 9 minutes.
Iâ€™m never impressed by Khali in the ring but this match wasnâ€™t bad. After the match, Hardy is in the ring applauding HHH and then takes HHH down with a twist of fate. Hardy still has his eye on that Championship belt!
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Tags: Smackdown, WWE