WWE Friday Night SmackDown Report – February 5th, 2010
Report by Richard Trionfo, PWInsider
We begin tonight’s show with a look back at Sunday’s Royal Rumble when Edge won the chance to main event Wrestlemania. What will happen when Edge has the World Champion on the Cutting Edge?
We are live on tape from Memphis, Tennessee and your announcers are Todd ‘What happened to Anfernee Hardaway’ and Matt ‘Do you know how many times Jerry Lawler lost a title in this town’ Striker.
We will have Elimination Chamber Qualifying Matches tonight, just like on Raw. We will also see exclusive footage of what happened after Raw went off the air.
Chris Jericho comes to the ring and he has something to say because he is not dressed to wrestle. Jericho tells everyone to be quiet so he can talk. He says that tonight was supposed to be his night. He should be the man standing victorious and triumphant as the 2010 Royal Rumble winner. However, he is not because it was taken away from him on Sunday. As a result, the main event at Wrestlemania was taken away from him. Jericho says that he has been waiting for that night since Wrestlemania 25. He has been planning this for ten months. However, that was taken away from him in ten seconds by one man. That man was Edge. Jericho says that Edge entered the match under false pretenses and was not announced for the match. He says that Edge did not deserve the win, while Jericho says that he deserved it. Jericho says that while Edge was at home recovering from a torn Achilles tendon for seven months, he has been carrying the company and filling arenas while winning championships. Now all people can talk about is the return of Edge. Jericho says that the fans fail to remember that Edge is a con artist just like everyone in the crowd. He says that Edge is the same man who has no heart, fire, or passion. He says that Edge was selfish enough to leave Jericho alone while they were tag team champions. Now Edge is wrestling in the main event while Jericho has nothing. Jericho says that he is too good to settle for nothing. He says that he does not settle for nothing. Jericho says that Teddy Long is making him qualify for the Elimination Chamber match because he does not qualify for anything. Jericho demands that Teddy Long come out to fix this situation.
Teddy Long does what any good obedient general manager would do, he ignores Jericho’s demands. Jericho says that if Teddy is not going to come out, he will go back to talk to Teddy. Jericho says that he is too valuable as he goes to the back.
Jericho wants to know where Teddy’s office is as he walks past the Hart Dynasty and backstage workers.
Jericho enters the office and there is someone reading a newspaper, but it isn’t Teddy Long, it is Edge. Edge says hello to Chris and then Edge is trying to remember where he saw that look on Chris’ face and he remembers that it was after Jericho was eliminated at the Royal Rumble. Edge tells Chris that he is the reason why he is back because Jericho lit a fire under him. Edge thanks Chris for creating a monster.
Jericho says that if he created the monster, he can slay the monster. Jericho tells Edge that he will regret coming back.
Edge tells Jericho that he will not regret it, Chris will be the one who regrets that Edge came back. Edge tells Jericho that he wants to celebrate by bringing back his show ‘The Cutting Edge’. Edge says that he will face a man he can meet at Wrestlemania and it is a man he has a past with. He is going to interview the Undertaker.
Jericho tells Edge that he will be watching.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for an Elimination Chamber video package. We then see who will be in the WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match.
Match Number One: Drew McIntyre versus John Morrison versus Kane in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Morrison kicks and punches McIntyre and then Kane goes after Morrison from behind but Morrison with punches to Kane. McIntyre attacks Morrison and then he kicks Kane. McIntyre with short arm clotheslines in the corner but Morrison with a rollup of McIntyre for a near fall. Morrison with a punch to McIntyre and then Kane tries for a double choke slam but McIntyre and Morrison with kicks and a double DDT. Morrison with a kick and punches. Morrison with a cross body and both men go over the top rope to the floor. We go to commercial with all three men down.
We are back and McIntyre is punching Kane on the mat while Morrison is still down on the floor. McIntyre punches Kane in the corner. Kane with punches and an uppercut followed by a snap mare and drop kick to McIntyre for a near fall that is broken up by Morrison. Morrison with punches and kicks to Kane followed by a European uppercut to McIntyre. Morrison tries for a tilt-a-whirl head scissors but McIntyre counters with a back breaker and gets a near fall. McIntyre with kicks but Kane with a big boot to McIntyre and then he goes up top but Morrison with an enzuigiri to Kane. McIntyre clotheslines Morrison over the top rope and then McIntyre punches Kane on the top turnbuckle and he tries for a superplex but Kane holds the top rope and he pushes McIntyre off. Kane grabs McIntyre but he takes too long for the choke slam so Morrison is able to get back into the ring and hits the springboard spin kick on Kane. Morrison with a clothesline to McIntyre followed by a drop kick. Morrison with a drop kick to Kane’s knee and then he hits a leg lariat and gets a near fall but McIntyre pulls him off. McIntyre with a head butt to Morrison but Morrison with a DDT and gets a near fall that is broken up by Kane. Morrison and Kane with punches and then Kane with an Irish whip and running clothesline to McIntyre. Kane with a running clothesline to Morrison in the corner and then he clotheslines McIntyre over the top rope to the floor. Morrison with a running European uppercut but Kane with a side slam to Morrison for a near fall. Kane goes up top and hits the flying clothesline and then he sets for the choke slam. McIntyre hits Kane with the title belt and then sets for the double underhook DDT and hits it but Morrison hits the Shining Wizard to break up the cover. Morrison hits the split legged corkscrew moonsault on Kane for the three count.
Winner: John Morrison
We see John Morrison celebrating with people in the front row as we go to commercial.
We go to commercial.
We are back and in case you missed it on every other show since Tuesday night, we will see what happened after Raw went off the air.
Match Number Two: R Truth versus Mike Knox in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
They lock up and Truth with a side head lock but Knox with an Irish whip. Truth with a float over and he does the split but Knox with a cross body for a near fall. Knox kicks Truth and then he slams Truth and hits a leaping knee drop to the head for another near fall. Knox charges at Truth but Truth moves out of the way and Knox goes to the floor. Truth with a pescado onto Knox and then Truth goes up top and hits a missile drop kick. Truth with a kick and he hits the corkscrew flying forearm for the three count.
Winner: R Truth
We take a look back at Bret Hart’s return on Raw.
It is now time for the Exclusive footage that you have been waiting for since it was announced on the Tuesday night show that will no longer exist as of February 23rd.
We see Bret Hart down after being attacked by Batista. John Cena makes his way to the ring and Batista decides that he is finished for the evening. Batista leaves while John Cena and Bret Hart are in the ring. The ominous instrumental music plays as we see Batista return to the ring and he sends John Cena into the ring post. Then he Irish whips Cena into the ring steps and throws him over the announce table. Batista punches Cena and then he picks up the ring steps and hits Cena with them. Back in the ring Batista power bombs Cena onto the ring steps. We see Batista stand over John Cena.
We go to the Straight Edge Society Clubhouse/Locker Room (and it is co-ed) to see CM Punk, Luke Gallows, and Serena. Punk asks Serena and Luke if they realize that without him, there is no them. Without their leader there is no Straight Edge Society. Punk mentions that he steps into the ring with Batista and he mentions what Batista did to Bret Hart and John Cena on Monday night. Punk says that Batista has the ability to do that to him and end the Straight Edge Crusade. He wants to know what Serena and Luke are willing to do for their savior. Serena says that she will do anything. Luke says that he knows what is at stake tonight. He says that he would stick his head into the fire to preserve their salvation. Punk tells them that they might just have to do that.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: CM Punk with Luke Gallows and Serena versus Batista in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Batista isn’t quite ready to come out of the corner when the bell rings and Punk wants to know what is going on. The referee invites Batista to start the match and he refuses. Batista goes to the apron and leaves the ring and starts to walk to the back. Punk wants the referee to start the count. Batista gets counted out.
Winner: CM Punk by count out
After the match, Punk, Luke, and Serena celebrate like they won the Super Bowl or something important like a Slammy. Punk does some laps around the ring.
Matt Hardy is walking in the back and he sees Maria. Matt congratulates Maria being on the Celebrity Apprentice and Matt says that he doesn’t want people to know that he is a fan. Maria wishes Matt luck in his match tonight.
Match Number Four: Matt Hardy versus Chris Jericho in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
Jericho retreats to the ropes before locking up. They finally lock up and Hardy with a break but Jericho pushes Hardy and goes to the floor and thinks that he has outsmarted Hardy. They lock up and Jericho with a side head lock and Hardy with a forearm. Jericho with a shoulder tackle and punches to the head. Hardy slams Jericho’s head into the turnbuckle and hits a clothesline that sends Jericho into the ropes. Hardy with more punches. Jericho with a kick and punches. Jericho charges at Hardy and Hardy sends Jericho over the top rope to the floor. Hardy with a clothesline from the apron but Jericho with a kick and then he kicks Hardy into the ring steps. Jericho returns to the ring and the referee starts his count. Hardy is able to get back in before the ten count. Jericho with a kick and punch followed by an Irish whip and running clothesline into the corner followed by a snap mare and reverse chin lock. Hardy with an elbow and punches followed by an inside cradle for a near fall. Jericho with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Jericho chokes Hardy in the ropes and then connects with an elbow to the head. Jericho with an Irish whip but Hardy moves when Jericho charges into the ring post and Hardy with a neck breaker for a near fall. Hardy with punches followed by an Irish whip and running clothesline followed by a bulldog for a near fall. Hardy goes to the turnbuckles for the screaming elbow and he hits it. Hardy with a kick and he tries for the Twist of Fate but Jericho with a back elbow and a Lionsault for a near fall. Jericho yells at the referee and then he connects with a forearm. Hardy with a Side Effect for a near fall. Hardy sends Jericho into the turnbuckles followed by an Irish whip and he misses a splash into the corner and then Jericho uses the ropes but only gets a near fall. Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho but Hardy tries to fight it off but Jericho rolls him around. Hardy with a rollup for a near fall. Hardy with a kick and he tries for the Twist of Fate but Jericho holds on to the ropes. Jericho with the Codebreaker and he gets the three count.
Winner: Chris Jericho
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Mickie James winning the Women’s Title at the Royal Rumble.
The New WWE Women’s Champion, Mickie James comes to the ring and she has something to say. She says that since she was traded to Smackdown, Michelle McCool and Layla have tried to humiliate them every week. She says that she would be lying if the jokes didn’t hurt. At the Royal Rumble she proved it by being true to yourself and being real is what a true champion is. She says that for everyone who tries to break you down, what goes around comes around.
Mickie is interrupted by Beth Phoenix who comes to the ring. We see photos from Sunday when Beth was in the Royal Rumble match and eliminated the Great Khali. Beth says that while Mickie was celebrating defeating two little girls, she was making history by participating in the Royal Rumble match with twenty nine grown men. She tells Mickie that moment put her in a league of her own. She is proud that Mickie was able to have her moment in the sun. Beth tells Mickie not to think that she won’t take the title from her at any time and any place that she wants.
Mickie tells Beth that if she wants a match any time, all she has to do is ask.
While Beth and Mickie are talking, we are interrupted by a few “Excuse Mes” from Vickie Guerrero who makes her way onto the stage and demands that people excuse her. She tells Mickie and Beth that it will not happen. She is the official consultant of Smackdown and she will determine if there is a match tonight. Vickie is another excuse me. She tells Mickie and Beth that since they feel like competing, why not face the true number one contender, Michelle McCool along with Layla in a tag match.
Match Number Five: Mickie James and Beth Phoenix versus Michelle McCool and Layla with matching hooded sweatshirts and choreographed routine
Michelle and Beth start things off and they lock up but Beth sends Michelle into the corner and Beth works on the arm and lifts Michelle in the air by one arm. Michelle with a European uppercut but Beth with a knee followed by an Irish whip and running shoulder into the corner. Beth with shoulders in the corner but Michelle with a drop kick to the knee as she works on Beth’s knee. Michelle with step over toe holds and then she drops down to add more pressure to the knee. Beth kicks Michelle off and Beth knocks Layla off the apron. Beth gets face to face with Michelle and then Beth picks up Michelle and runs her into the corner. Mickie tags in and she works on the wrist. Beth with a forearm to Mickie and then Michelle looks into Beth’s eyes and Beth smiles before connecting with a forearm and leaving the ring. Layla is tagged in and she falls victim to an inside cradle for the three count.
Winners: Beth Phoenix and Mickie James
We go to commercial.
We are back and did you know that a lot of photos were viewed on WWE.com last year?
It is time for the return of Word Up featuring Cryme Tyme. This week’s word is King. They run through some of the ‘Kings’ from Memphis. They mention B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lawler. Jerry makes an appearance on Smackdown and he says that it is good to be the King. They talk about going to the Rescue Mission to see some puppies.
Match Number Six: Rey Mysterio versus Dolph Ziggler in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
They lock up and Ziggler with a waist lock and take down. Ziggler slaps Rey in the back of the head, showing him no respect. They lock up again and Ziggler with a side head lock and Ziggler with a clothesline for a near fall. Rey gets a near fall after a sunset flip. Rey with kicks to the leg followed by a tilt-a-whirl head scissors that sends Ziggler to the floor. Rey with a pescado onto Ziggler and both men are down. They return to the ring but Ziggler with a forearm and then he tries to send Rey into the ring post. Rey goes up top and his cross body is stopped by a drop kick and Ziggler gets a near fall. Ziggler tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Rey lands on his feet and then Ziggler with a head butt to the midsection. Rey with a drop toe hold and Dolph goes to that place but Ziggler gets to the floor before Rey can try for the 619. We go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler is in control as he punches Rey. Ziggler with an Irish whip and then he puts Rey on top. Rey knocks Ziggler off but Ziggler climbs back up and hits a superplex and gets a near fall with a rollup. Ziggler with kicks to the back and then he puts Rey in a reverse chin lock followed by a version of a bow and arrow as he works on Rey’s back. Rey with knees to get out of the hold but Ziggler maintains the advantage with an elbow to Rey’s head and then he tries to catapult Rey into the turnbuckles but Rey lands on the turnbuckles and then he drop toe holds Dolph into the turnbuckles when he charges. Rey goes to the apron and he hits the springboard seated splash. Dolph with a sunset flip but Rey rolls through and kicks Ziggler in the head and gets a near fall. Rey with a kick to Ziggler and then Rey with a bulldog out of a wheelbarrow move for a near fall. Ziggler pulls Rey into the turnbuckles and then connects with a knee to the back. Rey floats over on an Irish whip but when Rey tries for a springboard move, Ziggler with a power slam for a near fall. Ziggler sets for the leaping leg lariat and he hits it but Rey kicks out. Ziggler punches Rey in the head followed by an Irish whip and back breaker. Rey with a victory roll for the three count.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
After the match, Dolph tries to attack Rey but Rey moves and Dolph falls ‘there’ so Rey hits the 619.
We now have the participants in the Elimination Chamber match for the World Title finalized.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the Cutting Edge starring the Nine Time World Champion and winner of the 2010 Royal Rumble. . . Edge.
Edge says that it feels really good to be back. It feels good to be on Smackdown. It feels so good to be back home. Edge says that in July he tore his Achilles Tendon but with every ounce of energy and sweat through the pain, it was good to get back for this moment. Edge says that he defied the doctor’s odds and he is back months before he is supposed to be. Edge says that now he is on the road to the main event of Wrestlemania. We see the sign in the distance. Edge says that at Wrestlemania, he could face his guest on tonight’s Cutting Edge. That man is the World Champion . . . the Undertaker. Edge says that he could face the WWE Champion, Sheamus. Edge talks about how Sheamus got in his face on Monday night. Edge says that he wants to see how that worked out for Sheamus. We see footage from Monday night when Sheamus attacked Edge but Edge was able to get the upper hand.
Edge gets a good chuckle out of the video and he says that it ended up being fun.
Chris Jericho comes out to the ring unannounced, but with his entrance music playing. Chris takes Taker’s mic and he gets in Edge’s face. Jericho asks Edge if he wants to talk about fun and coming back for this moment. Jericho says that he was waiting for the moment to be in the main event of Wrestlemania, not Edge. He talks about Edge’s tainted victory at the Royal Rumble and says that Edge didn’t deserve to win. Edge reminds Chris that he eliminated him at the Royal Rumble so that is why Jericho did not deserve to win. Jericho asks Edge if he thinks that he is better than him. Jericho tells Edge that he is the face of Smackdown. Edge tells Chris that he isn’t the face of Smackdown any more. Edge says that Jericho tried to take away all of what Edge worked for as a punchline. Edge tells Jericho that he wants Chris to chew on those words. He says that he is sick of hearing Jericho saying that he is the best in the world. Edge says that he is sick of Jericho’s cheap suits and the stupid look on Jericho’s face. Edge says that he is sick of Jericho’s face.
Not to be outdone, CM Punk makes his way out with Serena and Luke Gallows. Punk is on the stage and he says that they almost look beautiful in the ring showing their tragic flaws for everyone to see. Punk reminds everyone that he is better than everyone and that he does not suck. Punk calls them a couple of pill popping, tweaking junkies arguing over who will get the last fix. Punk says that they are missing the big picture. It isn’t about them, it is about the Elimination Chamber and the Undertaker. When you talk about the Undertaker and the spotlight. Punk asks which one of them has had a greater spotlight against the Undertaker and Punk says that he has the biggest one. Punk reminds Edge that he was the first person to make the Undertaker tap out, which is something that Edge and Jericho have been able to do. Punk says that he was the first to look the WWE Universe in the face and challenge them to live as one nation under Punk, indivisible, with integrity and sobriety for all. Punk tells the two cowards if they need any further evidence that straight edge is better than them is to look at the Elimination Chamber. Punk says that he will win the Elimination Chamber match to become a four time straight edge champion.
A gong sounds and the lights go out. The lights come back on and the Undertaker is in the ring. Taker punches Punk while Edge punches Jericho. Taker then punches Luke and more punches to Punk. Edge with a spear to Jericho and then Taker with a choke slam to Punk.
Edge and Taker are in the ring and Edge looked like he was going to try for a spear but Taker turns around and Edge does the ‘I will be wearing the belt around my waist’ gesture as we go to credits.