PPV REPORTS KELLER'S WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 8/18: Undertaker vs. Khali, Finlay vs. Lashley, SSlam hype
Aug 20, 2006 - 7:00:00 PM
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By Wade Keller, Torch editor
WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT
AUGUST 18, 2006
TAPED 8/15 IN WASHINGTON D.C.
REPORT BY WADE KELLER, TORCH EDITOR
-A recap aired of the Undertaker-Khali feud.
-After the Smackdown opening, Michael Cole and JBL introduced the show and plugged Bobby Lashley challenging Finlay for the U.S. Title.
1 - SYLVAN vs. BATISTA
Batista came out to the ring first and played to the crowd. Sylvan stepped onto the stage with a mic and said he's going to beat the hometown hero of the fans. As soon as he entered the ring, Batista speared him. He finished him quickly. JBL said, "King Booker is not some worthless idiot from Quebec."
WINNER: Batista in 1:00.
STAR RATING: 1/4*
-Clips aired of Sylvester Terkay beating up various opponents. JBL said he is Big Foot and Sasquach. Cole said he is impressed with Terkay's credentials.
2 -- SYLVESTER TERKAY (w/Elijah Burke) vs. SCOTTY 2 HOTTY
JBL defended Terkay's post-match attacks by saying the way to stop it is to simply beat him. Cole referred to Scotty as a veteran. That's better than "very capable veteran."
WINNER: Terkay in 3:00.
STAR RATING: 1/2* -- Just as squash. Turkay looks tough, but he seems to have arrived in pro wrestling 20 years past when he might have had a chance to draw money. He just doesn't show the personality of money-drawing heels at this point. He's got to cut a promo and do more than huff and puff.
-JBL and Cole talked about Eddie Guerrero. JBL said Eddie knew how to solve a problem with his fists, and Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio need to do the same. They went to a video feature on the Rey-Eddie dynamic.
-Krystal interviewed Brian Kendrick & Paul London backstage. Kendrick addressed losing to K.C. James & Idol Stevens. He said they thrive on competition. London said it was a non-title match,. Then Idol & Stevens attacked them as Michelle McCool barked out commands. We still know nothing about James & Stevens. WWE can't just put two guys with a diva and expect them to get over as heels or draw. At least they gave 90 seconds of ever-so-valuable Friday night TV time to an angle involving the tag champs.
3 -- TATANKA vs. KENNEDY
WINNER: Kennedy in 7:00 after an eye rake, a low blow, and pull on the trunks. Tatanka yelled at the ref again this week.
STAR RATING: *1/4
-A video feature aired on Chavo and Eddie's history together in WWE.
-Vickie Guerrero approached Teddy Long backstage. "In the name of Eddie, this has got to stop," said Vickie, as she begged Long to cancel the match. Long said as G.M. he has to make tough decisions, and this is one of them, but since both men want to fight, the match remains scheduled.
-At ringside, JBL disagreed with Vickie, saying that Eddie would have wanted them to fight. He said Long did the right thing.
-Ring introductions took place for Khali vs. Undertaker.
4 - GREAT KHALI (w/Daivari) vs. UNDERTAKER - Last Man Standing
They joined the match in progress. Khali took control early, but Taker came back by hotshotting Khali's chest over the top rope, then battering on him as Khali lay on the ring apron. Taker guillotine legdropped Khali. Taker then applied a triangle choke while Khali was tied up in the bottom rope. Taker then asked the ref to begin a count on Khali to see if he could get up. Khali stood. Daivari then injected himself. Taker beat him up on the stage. Khali followed, and went after Taker. Daivari gave Taker a low-blow, setting up a string of offense by Khali. He set up a chokeslam, but Taker blocked it and set up his own chokeslam. Daivari interfered again, giving Khali a chance to take over. He tossed Taker off the stage and onto a table and cables below.
[BEGIN SECOND HOUR]
The ref began a count on Taker. Khali raised his arms, predicting victory. JBL yelled, "This is it! I can't believe Khali is beating Undertaker." That confirmed that Taker would rise before the count. Taker, of course, did. They cut to another break.
Khali dragged Taker down the aisle toward the ring. In the ring, Khali tied Taker in the ropes and chopped him in the head several times. The ref counted to nine, but Taker then sat up. Khali went back on the attack, but Taker made a comeback. He clotheslined Khali over the top rope to the floor. Khali reversed Taker at ringside into the steps, then threw the steps into the ring. Taker, though, grabbed them first and hit Khali with them. Daivari entered with a chair. Taker KO'd Daivari before he could use and then smashed a now bloody Khali with the chair as he lay over the steps. The ref began to count as Taker caught his breath. Taker hit Khali from behind once Khali rose, and hit him with a chair again. After another chairshot, he chokeslammed him. Khali began to get up, but fell again just as the ref reached ten.
WINNER: Undertaker in 16:00.
STAR RATING: ** -- That could have been much, much worse. They managed to orchestrate a match that masked Khali's weaknesses and even provide some drama for those who didn't figure ahead of time the inevitability of Taker's win. Still, Khali's limitations made it mostly a one-man magic show with Daivari trying to add some motion and energy a couple times.
-Raw Rebound aired.
-Cole and JBL ran down the line-up for Summerslam.
5 - VITO vs. SCOTT FOWLER
They showed Vito walking near some D.C. landmarks in his dress. Cole talked about what a great guy Vito is, how he likes to talk sports, and how he's entertaining. JBL said he isn't entertaining. As Vito flashed Fowler, JBL said he deserves hazard pay. JBL said: "If we can pass a gay marriage amendment, we should be able to pass a law about a man wearing a dress in a wrestling ring in front of me." Cole said he should run for office with that as his platform and he'd probably get laughed out of congress. After Vito won, JBL shouted, "His nipples are showing!"
WINNER: VITO in 4:00.
STAR RATING: 1/2*
6 - FINLAY vs. BOBBY LASHLEY -- U.S. Title match
A few minutes into the match, Regal came to ringside distracting Lashley, leading to Finlay throwing Lashley into the ringpost. They cut to a break.
Finaly controlled Lashley with mat work, mostly focused on his left arm, for several minutes. Lashley came back at 12:00, but again Regal's distraction gave Finlay a chance to regain control. Finlay was about to throw the little green guy at Lashley in the ring, but Lashley speared Finlay and the little guy fell to the mat. Lashley then gave Finlay a running powerslam and went for a pin. Regal yanked the ref out of the ring before three, then attacked Lashley. The ref called for the DQ. The little guy hit Lashley with the stick from behind. Finaly swung a chair at Lashley, but he ducked and the chair hit Regal. Lashley then made a comeback and backdropped Finlay and clotheslined him out of the ring. He then threw the chair at him, and it hit Finlay in the head.
WINNER: Lashley via DQ in 13:00 so Finlay retained the U.S. Title.
STAR RATING: *
-Booker T cut a mid-ring promo about defending his title against Batista. He talked for several minutes, making a case that Batista doesn't really want to face him. He said option A is beating him up at Summerslam. He called Batista to the ring to listen to option B. Booker told Batista he could get out of the match by getting on his knees and kissing his royal feet. "What kind of option is that?" asked Cole. JBL replied: "Just shut up, Michael. Let the King be a King." Sharmell then took off Booker's shoes and socks. "You're witnessing Royal Toes!" said JBL. Batista stared at them, leaned down as if he were considering it, plugged his nose, and stared at the feet. JBL told him to kiss the toes to save himself the beating. Batista instead stomped on his feet. Booker bailed out of the ring and limped to the back. Batista put on Booker's king robe as Sharmell and Booker trash-talked.
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