TV REPORTS 9/14 WWE Smackdown review: Parks's report including final hype for Unforgiven PPV
Sep 15, 2007 - 1:27:55 PM
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By Greg Parks, PWTorch Contributor
WWE Smackdown review
September 14, 2007
Taped 9/9/07 in Minneapolis, MN
Aired on The CW
Report by Greg Parks, Torch Team Contributor
-Highlights of last week’s main event and Khali’s attack aired..
-Michael Cole and JBL plugged the main event, “for the first time on network television,” Batista vs. Great Khali.
1- MICHELLE MCCOOL VS. VICTORIA
McCool rode down on Chuck Palumbo’s bike, and Victoria came out with her new man, Kenny Dykstra. Victoria’s outfit showed no skin, as she wore full-length tights and a long-sleeve t-shirt. McCool rolled a side headlock into a pinning combination early on. Wristlock put McCool down, and Victoria used a bridge to work in a neck vice. Single-leg take-down by McCool, then a cartwheel for some reason and a few slaps. McCool was sent to the outside, right in front of Dykstra, who gave her an ear full. Victoria worked her over on the outside, then tossed her back in. Victoria used some more scientific wrestling, smearing Michelle’s face in the mat. A form of the Japanese sleeper was applied by McCool. Victoria went back on the attack after catching Michelle out of another cartwheel (this one made sense at the time in the match though). The two divas traded chops in the middle of the ring. Michelle came back with a pair of clotheslines, then two dropkicks. Belly-to-belly suplex, into a very near-fall. Crowd started getting into it here. Kenny and Chuckie went at it on the outside, then took their brawl into the ring. The ladies were fighting on the other side of the ring as we hit a break.
Out of break, Cole said Teddy Long came out and made it into a mixed-tag match. Apparently, the first match was stopped due to a DQ, so this is actually the second match. But I didn’t have the timing of the first one, so for my own sanity, I’m going to treat this as one match. The two men were in, with Chuckie pounding away at Dykstra. Dykstra finally got some offense, as he got his feet up on a corner charge. Kenny began to work on the left leg. Palumbo with a hard right hand that put Dykstra down. Kenny escaped a possibly big offensive run by tagging Victoria. Michelle had to tag in, and the two double-teamed Victoria. Michelle seemed to attempt a sort of back-body drop that didn’t go so well. Kenny broke up a pin, so Chuck took care of him. Karate kick by Michelle for the pin.
WINNERS: McCool and Palumbo at 11:54 (about half of that was one-on-one, the other half was mixed tag).
-Teddy Long’s bachelor party was tonight, so he couldn’t help Jesse and Festus in his office. Jesse said Festus was a party animal, and they brought in several girls to dance with Teddy. He was having none of it at first, but then his brother and friend came in and he loosened up a bit. Then, Butch Reed stopped in, sans the blond hair. Oh, the Major Brothers stopped in as well as Sgt. Slaughter.
-Tonight, Batista vs. Great Khali.
-Also, the first ever Belfast Brawl between Finlay and Kane.
-In the ring stood a rather large druid. The lights were out and chants were playing. And yep, it was Mark Henry. He said Undertaker wasn’t the only one that could do “hocus-pocus.” He cued up a video package of his dominance. In the middle of his interview, another video aired. The “symbol” (not a cross) was burning in the entranceway. Taker’s voice came over the P.A system, claiming Henry would rest in peace at Unforgiven.
-A diva-search video aired.
-Backstage, MVP was playing Matt Hardy in a game of chess. A friendly game, no doubt. MVP took an hour to make his move, but Hardy mated him on his next move. Hardy said they had a tag title defense at Unforgiven, so MVP has a warm-up match against Domino. MVP was not happy to hear Hardy had made that match.
2- JAMIE NOBLE VS SHANNON MOORE
Noble trash-talked, then shoved Moore. Shannon got a flurry of offense, including a dropkick for two. Arm-wringer put Noble down, and Moore began working the left side. Shoulderblock knocked down Noble. Back to the arm for Moore. Noble missed a corner charge, but picked Moore off the top and gave him the electric chair. Front chancery applied by Noble, hooking Moore’s arms. Roll-up by Noble is rolled through by Moore, who dropkicked Noble. Moore with some quick offense, and a hard whip into the buckle. Headscissor take-over by Moore, and that sent Noble to the outside. Moore hit Noble with a somersault off the top. Moore pushed Noble back in the ring for a near-fall. Rock-bottom into a back-breaker by Noble. Back elbow by Noble caught Moore charging in. Moore then began faking like he saw Hornswaggle under the ring. Noble went to check, so Moore rolled him up for the pin.
WINNER: Moore at 5:23.
-Kristal was very busy backstage, and Vickie led her into a locker room that was filled with WWE divas. The ladies celebrated with drinks and gifts.
-MVP tried to get out of his match by arguing with ref Mickie Henson, but Mickie was having none of it.
3- MVP VS. DOMINO
MVP didn’t have his ring gear with him, so he wrestled in a tank-top and khakis. MVP went to work with right hands on Domino. Hardy, as promised, was at ringside for his partner. Deuce tripped up MVP about a minute into the contest. Bodyslam by Domino, followed by a leg-drop. Chinlock by Domino. Matt got on the mic and chanted “MVP, MVP,” but the crowd just added “sucks” instead of chanting along. Knee to the jaw by Domino, and a two-count ensued. Domino got distracted, so MVP rolled him up for two. MVP battled back with rights and lefts, but a rake of the face by Domino put him back down. Domino continued to work over MVP. Butterfly suplex by Domino. Matt started chanting “MVP” again, with the same results as last time. Drop-toe hold by MVP. Deuce got on the apron to distract and Hardy knocked him off. MVP scolded him for helping, so Domino grabbed MVP and small-packaged him for the win.
WINNER: Domino at 5:52.
-Matt feigned praise for MVP after the match, saying what just happened is the reason MVP is the captain of the team.
-More Chavo/Rey clips, with Khali to spice it up.
-The Raw Rebound aired, with Mr. McMahon finding out his bastard son.
-The ladies gave some gifts to Kristal, which was then followed by the entrance of a UPS guy, whom the girls thought was a stripper. Inside the large box: Big Dick Johnson.
-Great Khali and Ranjin Singh were backstage, as Michael Cole talked to them from ringside.
4- KANE VS. FINLAY, BELFAST BRAWL
Another term for “No DQ.” Finlay attacked Kane with the shillaleigh during the Big Red Machine’s entrance. Kane came back and threw Finlay into the stairs. In the ring, Kane hammered away at the Irishman in the corner. High elbow by Finlay, who then went to work on Kane’s legs. Sit-down splash right into the ribs of Kane. Bodyslam by Kane. Uppercut that sent Finlay right over the top rope and to the outside. Back to work went Finlay, using the barricade as a weapon. More work by Finlay with Kane on the steel steps. As Finlay checked for Hornswaggle, Kane picked him up and drove him into the ring post. But Finlay was able to move out of the way of a charging Kane. With both men down, we took a break.
We returned with Finlay holding Kane in an arm-bar. Finlay got a chair and used that on the arm of Kane. Kane came back with right hands, then whipped Finlay into an exposed turnbuckle. Kane missed a charge into the same buckle, doing further damage to his arm/shoulder. Finlay went right back to attacking the injured wing. Finlay tried to go to the top, but that gave Kane too much time to recover, and he booted Finlay off the buckle and to the outside. Kane whipped Finlay into everything on the outside, pretty much. He began taking apart the announce table. Thumb to the eye by Finlay, and Kane went into the stairs again. Finlay got the shillaleigh, but Kane cut him off. Clothesline in the corner, followed by a side slam. Clothesline off the top by Kane. He set up for the chokeslam, but found the shillaleigh more to his liking. Finlay begged off and ran to the outside. Kane caught him in the arm, then went to the outside and gave him a big boot. The Big Red Monster threw the top level of the stairs into the ring, but Finlay hit Kane in the ribs with the chair before Kane could use them. Celtic Crunch by Finlay finishes the match.
WINNER: Finlay at 17:27.
-More backstage shenanigans from the wedding party, as Teddy was locked out of his locker room in his underwear. As both groups met in the hallway, Ron Simmons walked in and did his thing.
-Cole and JBL ran down the Unforgiven card.
-Batista came out for the main event.
5- BATISTA VS. GREAT KHALI
Khali shoved Batista off to start, then pushed him into the corner. Clothesline by Khali. Big boots in the corner from Khali, then a choke. Back elbow in the corner by Khali. Khali sent Batista off the ropes and hit a clothesline. Khali signaled for the head vice, but Batista grabbed his hands and tried to push them away. Batista got a kick to the gut, but Khali put his big boot into the face of Batista, who fell to the outside. To the outside, Khali was driven into the ring post. Khali swatted Batista away though, then shoved him into the ring. Batista got the big man up for a spinebuster, then started to convulse. Batista couldn’t get Khali up for the Batista bomb, instead, Khali hung him on the top rope. Khali vice grip (as Cole is calling it) was locked into Batista, who grabbed the ropes. Khali wouldn’t break, so Mickie Henson DQ’d him.
WINNER: Batista at 4:03.
-Khali continued to keep the hold on as more refs came out to try to break it. Finally, Khali let go, and held the title over his head and over the fallen Batista as we faded out.
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