WWE Friday Night SmackDown Report – April 9th, 2010
Report by Richard Trionfo, PWInsider
We start off tonight’s show with a look back to the injuries suffered by Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania
and the subsequent attack by Edge on Smackdown. Ever the opportunist, Jack Swagger came out and cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to become the sixth man to successfully cash in the Money in the Bank Briefcase.
We are live on tape from Chicago, Illinois and your announcers are Matt ‘It could be worse, I could be Ken Harrelson’ Striker and Todd ‘Is that Steve Bartman’ Grisham.
Jack tells everyone to simmer down so he can speak. Last week he shocked the world and cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase to become everyone’s new World Champion. Tonight we will see Chris Jericho and Edge find out who will face him at Extreme Rules. Swagger says that he does not care who wins because he will be the odds on favorite to walk out of Extreme Rules with the title around his waist. He says that he is a changed man for the better in every way. Being champion suits him. For some, it comes easy and are meant to be champions. He is one of them. Swagger says that the people can boo him all they want, but there is no WWE superstar who can stop his momentum. Since Shawn Michaels’ career is over, he says that he should be considered the greatest natural competitor in the WWE. He tells everyone that he deserves to be champion.
John Morrison comes out and he has something to say. John wonders if Jack really deserves to be champion. He got lucky on one night. He says that he is a title holder, not a champion. John says that Jack didn’t look too good on Monday night and we go to the video tape.
John says that Jack claims to be a changed man, but he sees the same Jack Swagger. The same hair cut, same nickname, and same speed impediment. John jokes that he has crossed the line with Jack.
Jack says that John is the one who hasn’t changed. Jack says that while he is the champion, Morrison is stuck in the shadow of the Miz. Jack tells Morrison that he is jealous of his accomplishments. Morrison says that Jack might be right, but at least he doesn’t have a speech impediment. Swagger tries to attack Morrison but Morrison moves out of the way and he goes to the floor. We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Jack Swagger versus John Morrison in a Non Title Match
The match is joined in progress and Swagger pushes Morrison out of the corner. Morrison with punches and a drop kick for a near fall. Morrison with a side head lock but Swagger with a shoulder in the corner. Morrison with a kick but when he tries for a tilt-a-whirl DDT, Swagger blocks it with a power slam and gets a near fall. Swagger with a waist lock and he rolls Morrison around the ring. Swagger with a front face lock and then he hits a running knee to the midsection. There is some blood and the referee stops the match to clean the blood off Swagger’s face. This allows Morrison to recover.
The match is restarted and Swagger with a kick and forearm to the midsection. Swagger tries to work on the abdomen and uses his boots to add extra pressure. Swagger with a dead lift into a slam and he gets a near fall. Swagger with kicks into the midsection followed by shoulders. Swagger with a running shoulder and Morrison almost falls to the floor but he stays on the apron. Swagger with a punch to the midsection followed by a snap mare and waist lock and body scissors. Morrison tries to escape but Swagger applies a waist lock and then he connects with forearms to the back. Swagger puts Morrison on the top turnbuckles and tries for a superplex but Morrison punches him off and Morrison tries for a move but Swagger hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex and gets a near fall. Swagger gets ready for the double jump Vader splash but Morrison gets his boots up to stop Swagger and both men are down. Morrison struggles to get to his feet and he punches Swagger. Morrison with a flying shoulder tackle and a leg lariat for a near fall. Morrison moves on a charge into the corner and hits the springboard spin kick but can only get a two count. Morrison tries for the swinging neck breaker but Swagger drops Morrison’s midsection on the top rope. Swagger tries for the Doctor Bomb but Morrison escapes but he lands on his chest. Morrison with a sunset flip followed by a Shining Wizard and then he goes up top for the corkscrew split legged moonsault but he lands on his feet when Swagger goes to the floor. Morrison goes to the apron and then Swagger low bridges Morrison and Morrison hits the apron. Swagger rolls Morrison back in and then he picks Morrison up and hits the Doctor Bomb for the three count.
Winner: Jack Swagger
We go to commercial.
We are back Chris Jericho is in the back with his rookie Wade Barrett. He talks about losing the title but he is happy that Barrett is number two in NXT but he should be number one. Jericho says that he should still be champion.
Swagger comes into the locker room and asks Jericho if he saw what happened in the ring. He tells Jericho that he is pulling for Chris. He says that he cashed in on Jericho instead of Cena because Chris was hurt and he was a sure thing.
Jericho says that he is still the champion and he wants the title back. Jericho says that they are going to let the decision stand but he doesn’t buy it. Jericho says that he can come out with spiked hair and a suit, but it doesn’t make him Chris Jericho or a world champion. Swagger says that the belt means that he is the champion.
Shad Gaspard comes out to the ring and he has something to say. He says that for the people who did not see what he did to his tag team partner, we have some video tape footage.
Shad asks everyone if they liked it because it was all him. Some can related to him and some want and deserve proper respect but there is someone who gets all of the attention when you get none. There is a co-worker who gets promotions when you work as hard as they do. Shad says that everyone needs to be a lot like him. He tells everyone to take what they deserve. He emphasizes the word take. He tells everyone not to let people like JTG stand in his way. He says that you can do what you want, but everyone knows what is right. He says that it isn’t Cryme Tyme, or Y’all’s Time. He says that it is My Tyme.
JTG comes to the ring and then Shad goes to the floor and JTG runs into a big boot.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see footage from Drew McIntyre’s pre match attack on Matt Hardy.
Drew has something to say and he says that he is not going to waste his breath on the people so he puts the mic down.
Match Number Two: Drew McIntyre versus Matt Hardy
Hardy with punches and forearms but when the referee pulls him away, Drew with a kick and then Hardy takes Drew down and punches him. Hardy is pulled off McIntyre by the referee but he continues to punch Drew. Drew with a kick to Hardy and then one to the head. Drew with another punch and then he kicks Hardy in the corner. Drew with an Irish whip but he charges into a boot and Hardy hits a clothesline from the turnbuckles for a near fall. Hardy stretches Drew in the ropes and then he hits a neck breaker for a near fall. Hardy blocks a kick and then he clotheslines McIntyre over the top rope and both men go to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and McIntyre with an arm bar and cross face. We see footage from the commercial break when Drew sent Matt into the ringside barrier. Hardy with punches followed by a jawbreaker and both men are on their knees. Hardy swings wildly and McIntyre with punches. Drew with a belly-to-back suplex into the turnbuckles and then he pulls Hardy into the center of the ring and gets a near fall. Drew sends Hardy into the turnbuckles and then hits a short arm clothesline. Drew with a boot to the head and then he gets a near fall. Drew with a reverse chin lock. Drew waits for Hardy to get to his feet and McIntyre punches Hardy and connects with a forearm to the back of the head. Hardy with a Side Effect and he gets a near fall. Hardy with a second Side Effect and he goes to the turnbuckles and hits a leg drop for a near fall. Hardy waits for the Twist of Fate but Drew blocks it. Drew tries for the double underhook DDT but Hardy with a back body drop. Hardy runs into an elbow but Drew runs into a clothesline. Hardy with a running boot to the head and Drew goes to the floor. Hardy with an elbow from the apron to the back of the head. Hardy punches Drew but Drew sends Hardy into the side of the ring. Drew with the double underhook DDT on the floor and then he rolls Hardy back into the ring and gets the three count.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
We see Darren Young in the back and we go to commercial.
We are back with the Slam of the Week: CM Punk laying out the challenge for Rey Mysterio to put his hair on the line against Rey.
CM Punk comes to the ring with his followers Serena and Luke Gallows. They are joined by Punk’s rookie Darren Young. We are going to see a man with a little less hair tonight.
Serena calls everyone sinners and addicts. She says that they are living a pathetic life of meaningless excess. She says that if you would allow yourself to find straight edge through the grace of the angel known as CM Punk, then everyone would be saved just like her. They would be able to better their meaningless and worthless lives.
Punk says something to Luke and then Luke has something to say. Luke says the moment of realization and moment of cleansing is worth a lifetime of pain. When he realized that straight edge was his destiny, it was in and through CM Punk. He says that he was saved.
Punk says that there was a time when Luke and Serena were as weak and powerless as everyone in the arena right now. Punk says that they were part of their pathetic moral majority. Punk says that he came around and saved them so they are no longer betwixt the muck and mire that the crowd lives in. He says that they stand on top with CM Punk and the Straight Edge Society. Punk says that he saw loneliness and despair in Luke and Serena’s eyes at a time. He sees loneliness and despair in Darren Young’s eyes. Punk says that he knows what Darren is going through. He says that he sees the despair in Darren’s eyes. Punk points out that Darren is in dead last and on the verge of being eliminated from the competition. Punk says that all is not lost. He says that Darren won the match through the power of straight edge. Punk says that he can save Darren. He says that he is giving Darren a choice tonight.
The Straight Edge Chair is set up and Punk says that Darren’s hair is the path that Darren has taken to this point. He says that it is a crooked path. Punk says that he will take away Darren’s weakness if he pledges allegiance to Straight Edge. He tells Darren that means no more drinking, smoking, or late night partying. Punk tells Darren it means not being a loser any more. He says that Darren doesn’t want to be dead last, he wants to be number one. Punk says that his hair represents all that is good, pure, right, and righteous. Punk says that Darren’s hair has been mired and filthed up by their civilization. Punk asks Darren if he is ready to take straight edge into his life. He wants Darrent to raise his arm and accept straight edge. Punk asks Darren if he is ready to accept Punk as his savior.
Darren thinks about it and he decides not to do it. Darren stands up and he tells Punk that he has changed his mind. Punk wants to know who Darren thinks he is. Young pushes Punk and then Gallows grabs Darren so Punk can kick him. Serena with a few kicks to Young. Punk has the clippers and Rey’s music plays so he has to stop.
Rey with a springboard seated senton to Luke after a shoulder to Punk. Rey and Punk are in the ring and Rey with a drop kick and then he grabs the clippers but Punk leaves the ring with some help from Serena before Punk can lose any hair.
Rey tells Punk that last week he made a challenge for a match at Extreme Rules where he put his hair on the line. Rey tells Punk that he accepts the challenge and he says that he will beat Punk again. This time he isn’t just going to beat Punk, he is going to shave Punk’s hair and put an end to the Straight Edge Society. Rey says that Punk is one move away from the 619.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Caylen Croft wants to introduce themselves to the Hart Dynasty. Caylen says that they are the Dudebusters. Trent says that it is not just a name, but a way of life. Caylen says that they had to get to the WWE on their own because they are not from the Hart family. Trent and Caylen talk about their exploits outside the ring. They say they aren’t here to brag.
Match Number Three: Caylen Croft and Trent Barreta versus David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd with Natalya
Kidd and Croft start things off and Kidd with a drop toe hold into a side head lock. Kidd with a shoulder tackle and a snap suplex after a hip toss is blocked. Croft with a shoulder from the apron and a sunset flip but Kidd rolls through and tries for a sharpshooter, but Croft sends Kidd to the floor. Barreta with a running back elbow to Kidd. Croft with a gourdbuster and then Barreta is tagged in and he hits a slingshot elbow drop and gets a near fall. Barreta with a cravate and then he hits a belly-to-back suplex and then Barreta gloats before trying to get the cover and can only get a near fall. Barreta with knees in the corner. Kidd sends Barreta into the turnbuckles and Smith is tagged in. Smith with punches and a back elbow, followed by a clothesline and flying shoulder tackle. Kidd with a springboard drop kick to Croft when he tries to interfere with an apparent Hart Attack version 2.0. Barreta tries for a tornado DDT but Smith blocks it and then he puts Barreta in the sharpshooter and Trent taps out.
Winners: David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd
Josh Mathews is in the back with Dolph Ziggler and Josh asks Dolph about what he did to Great Khali and wants to know how he feels. Dolph puts Josh in the sleeper and he is out.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to talk about what Dolph Ziggler did to Josh Mathews.
Now we go to the Raw Rebound.
Edge is in the locker room and Jack Swagger enters. He wishes Edge luck tonight and he says that he is pulling for him. Swagger tells Edge that if he faces him at Extreme Rules, he will do what Jericho couldn’t and that is put Edge out of action. Edge says that he was just like Swagger when he first cashed in Money in the Bank. He was very confident, but he lost the title three weeks later. Edge says that he will win tonight and in three weeks he will beat Jack Swagger with the SPEAR. Edge clarifies and say that he will beat him with the Thpear. Swagger says that he doesn’t have a speech impediment.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that a lot of schools were involved with the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge?
Match Number Four: Chris Jericho versus Edge in a Number One Contender Match
They lock up and Jericho with a side head lock. Jericho with a shoulder tackle and then Edge throws Jericho over the top rope to the floor. Jericho holds his ribs as the referee holds Edge back and we go to commercial.
We are back and Jericho with a kick but Edge with a drop toe hold and a cross body into the ropes and gets a near fall. Edge with punches to the injured ribs followed by a hard Irish whip and then he stretches Jericho against the ring post until the referee warns him. Edge with a kick to the ribs. Edge with a punch but Jericho throws Edge to the floor. Jericho with the springboard drop kick and Edge falls to the floor.
We see Swagger watching from the back.
Jericho slingshots Edge’s throat into the bottom rope and then he hits a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Jericho with a kick to the head and then he chokes Edge in the ropes. Jericho stands on Edge’s back and then he tries to cover Edge but he has his feet on the ropes. Jericho with punches to the head and then he chokes Edge in the corner. Edge with punches to the ribs but Jericho with a clothesline for a near fall. Jericho with a snap mare and reverse chin lock. Edge with punches to the ribs to get out of the hold but Jericho with a back elbow. Edge goes to the apron and he connects with a shoulder. Edge tries for a sunset flip but Jericho drops down and gets a near fall. Edge with a near fall of his own. Jericho with a baseball slide to the ribs and Edge goes to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Jericho punches Edge and slaps him in the head as he continues to torment him. Jericho pulls Edge up and connects with a forearm and kick to send Edge to the floor. Jericho relaxes in the corner while he waits for Edge to get up. Jericho with a kick to the head and then he sends Edge into the turnbuckles. Jericho with a snap mare and modified sleeper. Edge with punches to Jericho to get out of the hold and then he Irish whips Jericho but he runs into a boot. Jericho comes off the turnbuckles but Edge with a punch to the midsection and clotheslines. Edge with a flap jack and then he hits a sit out DDT for a near fall. Jericho with a kick and bulldog. Jericho raises his arm and then means Lionsault, but Edge moves and Jericho lands on his feet. Jericho puts Edge in the Walls of Jericho and Edge tries to do everything possible to keep from tapping out. Edge gets to the ropes and Jericho argues with the referee. Edge with a boot to a charging Jericho and he gets a near fall. Edge counters a Walls attempt with an inside cradle for a near fall. Jericho hits a running Codebreaker and Edge falls to the floor. Jericho rolls Edge into the ring and can only get a near fall. Jericho yells at Edge and slaps him in the head. Edge with a knee and Impaler DDT and then he has that look in his eyes as he sets for the SPEAR. Jericho gets up and Edge charges but Jericho with a leap frog and then Jericho goes to the floor. Edge sends Jericho into the ringside barrier and then they fight into the crowd. They fight through the crowd and the referee makes the ten count.
Double Count Out
After the match, Edge and Jericho continue to fight in the crowd. Edge is ready to go into the ringside area, but Jericho tries to go over the barrier further up on the ramp. Jericho Irish whips Edge into the ring steps. Jericho kicks Edge in the ribs and then Jericho rolls Edge into the ring. Jericho stands over Edge and then he goes for a chair. Jericho brings the chair into the ring and Edge looks like he is a bit woozy. Jericho tries to use the chair, but Edge with a SPEAR.
Edge stands over Jericho with his arm raised and then we go to credits.