Inside Pulse WWE Smackdown Report 01/15/10

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A video recap reminds us of the wacky happenings in last week’s main event that once again failed to produce a number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship held by the Undertaker. After the usual opening video and explosions of pyro, Todd and Matt let us know that Rey Mysterio and Batista will battle for that undecided contendership inside a steel cage tonight and that we’ll get a promo from the champ as well.

Chris Jericho def John Morrison: As he makes his way to the ring (still selling his “punch” from Raw by Mike Tyson) we get a recap of that very event and afterwards a brief promo from Chris. He lets us know that he and not Tyson is the real “baddest man on the planet” and that he is going to win the Royal Rumble. There is some trash talk to start and Morrison slaps Jericho directly on the make-up of his injured face and then clotheslines him out of the ring. John considers flying out after him, but Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre comes down to ringside and we go to commercials.

As we return Morrison continues to press his advantage and gets a long two count after a backbreaker/Russian leg-sweep combo. John looks for some springboard offense but Jericho recovers enough to push him over the top rope. Chris gets him back in the ring quickly and hits a springboard splash of his own for a two count. Chris goes up top but gets hit in the gut on a double axe handle attempt and John follows with a knee to the face for two. Jericho misses the Lionsault but Morrison connects with his “Flying Chuck” and it produces another nearfall. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho but Morrison escapes easily and sets up for Starship Pain. It does not connect and Jericho goes for the walls again but John sits down for a brief pin attempt. Jericho gets a flapjack for another near fall and is finally able to lock on the Walls of Jericho. McIntyre gets up from his seat and taunts Morrison but this only serves as inspiration and he crawls to the ropes to break the hold. But Drew continues to be a distraction and when John finally turns his attention back to his opponent, Jericho nails him with the Codebreaker for the win. Post match, McIntyre climbs in the ring to pose over Morrison and stomps on his face for good measure.

As CM Punk and Luke Gallows make their way to the ring, we are treated to an all too brief recap of Punk saving a member of the Smackdown audience last week. Punk; “I am not going to stop until all of you, all of you here and all of you at home, make the pledge to stand on my side, one nation under Punk indivisible with integrity and sobriety for all!” Luke actually speaks in this edition of “Touched by a Wrestler” and of course sings Punk’s praises. Punk follows by telling us that the Royal Rumble can be a first step for all of us towards having a straight edge society, after he wins it that is. We then get our volunteer for the week, a young lad named Trevor. On a side note, Luke is extra touchy-feely with our recruit this week. Just like last week after taking Punk’s pledge, Trevor gets his head shaved but unlike last week he seem to really enjoy the process. All three men celebrate afterwards as he is announced as the newest member of the Straight Edged Society, but it gets interrupted by the entrance of Matt Hardy and Khali as we go to commercials.

CM Punk & Luke Gallows def Hart Dynasty, Cryme Tyme, Matt Hardy & Great Khali: This match is to choose a number one contender for the unified tag-team titles held by DX. DH Smith and Matt Hardy start the match and Smith quickly over powers him until Matt reverse a slam into a neck breaker. Matt tags in Khali before hitting his second rope elbow and TGK clotheslines Smith out of the ring. Natalya blocks Khali’s path to her cousin and Matt and Tyson Kidd join the party at ringside forming a Mexican standoff as we take a commercial break.

As we rejoin the action, it is now Khali and Luke Gallows in the ring which is a battle easily won by Khali. JTG ten tags himself into the match and goes for a cover on Gallows but it is not successful. Gallows recovers and pushes them both into his team’s corner and Punk tags into the match. But this really doesn’t slowdown JTG and he soon hits the Mug Shot on Punk for a nearfall. The match almost completely breaks down at this point with most of the participants scuffling and then ending up outside the ring. Matt climbs to the top rope and leaps onto all of the members of the match now at ringside. The only men left in the ring or apron are Punk, JTG and Gallows. Luke makes a blind tag on Punk right before JTG hits him with the Shout-Out. But as Punk is not the legal man, the ref does not allow the following pin attempt. Gallows then levels JTG with a kick and hits his finisher to give his team the title opportunity.

The Undertaker makes his way to the ring for a promo. He assures us that despite the dawning of a new decade, his reign of darkness will continue to rule the WWE. After letting us know he’ll beat whoever happens to win the cage match tonight, his thoughts then turn to WrestleMania and Shawn Michael’s recent challenges. He says that Shawn came closer than anyone else to ending his dominance at that event. He does not answer his challenge tonight however instead he pledges to be at Raw Monday night and make HBK rest in peace.

Mickie James def Beth Phoenix: Neither lady waits for Phoenix’s full entrance before they are throwing hands. Beth shoves Mickie into the corner and begins to dominate the action. After punishing James with a chinlock, Phoenix hits her with a backbreaker for a nearfall. Beth ties her in the famous tree of woe and relentlessly pummels her despite the referee’s warnings. Eventually the ref disqualifies Phoenix and awards the match to James but that does not really help her situation. Michelle McCool and Layla then hit the ring and after a brief standoff, Phoenix leaves and lets them have the still hanging Mickie James. As you might imagine this leads to a two on one beatdown of James and a series of jokes by Matt Striker. McCool then hits AJ Style’s finisher on Mickie and she and Layla take their leave.

Kane def Dolph Ziggler: Before their match, we get not only a recap of their recent matches but some pre-match comments from Ziggler who says he is on a roll and is going to win the Royal Rumble. Kane begins the match in angry fashion and starts throwing haymakers and pounding away on Dolph. Kane hits Ziggler with a flapjack and follows with his low dropkick off the ropes before covering him for a long tow count. Kane follows with a series of elbow drops and I’m not sure Ziggler has landed a move yet. But as Kane shoots him into the corner and charges, he lands a kick to the charging behemoth and quickly jumps on his back to apply the sleeper. But Kane is ready for the move and slings him off and outside of the ring as we take a commercial break.

We return to the ring with Kane locked in a rear chinlock as a replay shows us that a ringpost assisted Ziggler in turning the tide in this match. Kane fights to his feet but Dolph does not loose the advantage and quickly has him back on the mat and in another chinlock. Ziggler runs right into a big boot and Kane begins to level him with a series of strikes and clotheslines. A powerslam gets the Big Red Machine a count of two and he climbs the turnbuckle to attack. Ziggler follows him up but gets slugged off and exits the ring before Kane can take to the air. Kane gives chase and Dolph uses the situation to his advantage to dropkick him off the apron and just like last week lock on the sleeper outside of the ring. This time Kane pushes Dolph into the ringpost to break the hold and both men return to the ring to beat the ref’s count. Kane misses his flying clothesline from the top rope and Dolph hits him with a Fame-Asser for a nearfall then tries for the Zig-Zag but Kane catches him and chokeslams him for the pinfall victory.

Rey Mysterio def Batista: Just like every match in this storyline for the last month, the winner is supposed to get a title shot against Undertaker at the Royal Rumble. Rey does not enter the cage thru the door instead he climbs to the top and poses around before Dave begins his entrance. Batista uses the conventional entrance and smiles as the cage door is closed. Rey dodges an opening attack and quickly tries to make his way up the cage wall but is caught before he can reach the top level. Batista falls into 619 position as Rey looks puzzled as if he’s considering what to do and Dave turns and mocks him for not being able to do his big move. But Rey sets him up the same way on the opposite rope and then runs up his back to try to climb the cage. However he is caught by Batista and brought back into the cage. Dave starts to toss him around and use the cage as a weapon, but after one such attempt, Rey grabs the cage and tries to climb again. Mysterio hits a senton off the cage and then starts rolling as Batista hits the cage on a spear attempt. Rey hits a leg drop and goes for a cover but it only gets him two. Batista catches him on another airborne offensive attempt and follows that up with a spear. Batista then nails his buddy with a spinebuster and pauses for a few push-ups and some other taunts. Rey tries to crawl for the door but is caught and lifted for the Batista Bomb. Rey grabs onto the cage and kicks Batista off as he climbs. As Mysterio reaches the other side, Batista goes for the door and gets it kicked back in his face. Rey Mysterio then drops to the floor to win the match and the title shot at the Royal Rumble.