Smackdown Recap 09.11.09
Smackdown Recap from Rockford, IL:Jim Ross welcomed fans to tonight's episode of Smackdown, just before The Undertaker made his entrance to the arena. In the ring, Undertaker talked up Breaking Point and his main event submission title match. He said he plans to reclaim the World Heavyweight Title this coming Sunday, because CM Punk is growing tired and will be broken by the Hell's Gate submission hold. Undertaker vowed to make Punk submit and then take his soul. CM Punk came out to confront Taker on his statement.
Punk said that Undertaker is worse than Jeff Hardy since he's been preying on souls for over 20 years now. Punk added that he won't be added to Taker's list of other victims like Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan, because he's stronger than those wrestlers. Punk said he only wants to make the Deadman tap out, and said he can imagine the fans going back to their bottles to destroy their lives if he does. Punk said they'd get to see his submission later tonight when he makes Matt Hardy tap out to the Anaconda Vice. Punk reminded fans of his "straight-edge" reign and said they'll be forced to join him in saying "just say no". Undertaker told him the fans won't be saying "just say no" it will be "rest in peace".
It was announced that Mike Knox and Finlay would square off in a Belfast Brawl, up next.
Finlay vs. Mike KnoxJR compared this to an "Irish Street Fight". Early in the match, Knox took control against Finlay, and was about to get a weapon from the outside. Finlay used a baseball slide dropkick to prevent Knox from grabbing a weapon. Finlay was then sent head first into the announce table, and Knox grabbed a steel chair. Finlay managed to get the chair out of his hands. Back in the ring, Knox kicked the chair into Finlay's face right before a commercial break.
When Smackdown returned, Knox used a sidewalk slam to drop Finlay on a steel chair. Finlay was knocked outside the ring, and Knox tossed three garbage cans at Finlay. Knox then kicked Finlay into the crowd barrier. Knox went after Finlay who dropped him over the barricade. Knox recovered to slam Finlay back into the barricade and eventually went under the ring for a table. In the closing moments, Knox jumped off the ropes for a cross body but Finlay had his shillaleigh in hand to clock him. Finlay scored the winning pinfall after getting out from under Knox.
Winner: Finlay defeated Mike Knox by pinfall in a Belfast Brawl.
Backstage, Dolph Ziggler was shown about to knock on the Divas locker room door. Michelle McCool interrupted him, asking if he was looking for Maria. Michelle knocked on the door, and then Layla came out. Layla said Maria wasn't in there. Michelle then said Dolph should be dating someone sexy like her. She pretended to lose her balance on her crutches and fell into Dolph, grabbing his butt. Ziggler left the scene but told Michelle to let Maria know he's looking for her. Once Ziggler left, Layla showed Michelle that she recorded footage of Michelle in Ziggler's arms on her cell phone.
The main event is World champ CM Punk vs. Matt Hardy in a submission match.
As Smackdown continued, Todd Grisham mentioned the 2009 WWE Breaking Point theme song will be Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Still Unbroken".
The Raw Rebound showed highlights from this past week's show, including the guest host Bob Barker, Legacy-DX scenario and Orton's attack on John Cena.
Great Khali vs. DH SmithDH Smith and The Great Khali were all set to have a match, but Kane came out to attack Khali before the bell rang. The Hart Dynasty took off, and Kane grabbed a Singapore Cane from under the ring. Khali chopped Kane in the head, then hit the Punjabi Plunge.
Winner: No contest due to Kane interfering before the match began.
The Unified Tag champs Jericho and Big Show were shown walking backstage on their way out for the next match.
Cryme Tyme vs. Chris Jericho & Big ShowEarly on, Jericho took control against JTG, but eventually missed when he charged at JTG in the corner. JTG went for a quick pinfall attempt via the inside cradle. JTG then dropkicked Jericho and soon clotheslined him out of the ring. Jericho became enraged and tore the cover off the commentators table before Smackdown hit a commercial break.
After break, JTG was still in control until Chris Jericho was able to punch him. Jericho made the quick tag to Show. Show tried for a backdrop on JTG, who leapfrogged over him and tagged in Shad. Shad attacked Show, then knocked Jericho off the apron as well. Shad went for a move off the corner, but Show punched him in the air. Jericho and Show started to work on Shad to wear him down, keeping him from a tag. Shad tried to crawl over at one point for the tag, but was stopped. Big Show locked in a reverse chinlock to continue the punishment. Jericho came in yet again to try to attack, but this time Shad hit him with a powerslam.
JTG got the hot tag back in and went into his fastpaced offense. Shad took care of Big Show outside, while JTG and Jericho grappled. JTG went for a move from the corner, with Jericho able to roll him into a pin. Jericho used the ropes to make the pin but only got a 2. Jericho went for Walls of Jericho, but JTG rolled him into a near pinfall. Jericho knocked JTG over the ropes, but JTG held on with both hands to flip back into the ring. Big Show was walking by ringside and delivered a solid blow to JTG knocking him down for the pinfall.
Winners: Chris Jericho and Big Show win via pinfall over the Big Show and Cryme Tyme.
Backstage, Teddy Long was using his phone when Chairman Vince McMahon walked in to talk to him. Vince said Smackdown is only a "good" show right now and he built the empire on being "great". Vince asked what Teddy plans to do about it, and Long said next week he's got a huge surprise that will change the face of Smackdown. Vince asked what Teddy has in store for Breaking Point. Long said he has something good for him. Vince said he doesn't look "good", so Teddy said he'll have something "excellent" for him at the PPV. Vince then asked Teddy why his picture wasn't up on the wall. Teddy said he thought someone stole it and was asking around where it was.
John Morrison vs. Charlie HaasMorrison had control early after a backbreaker and side Russian legsweep. Haas made his comeback and targeted Morrison's arm. Haas used various submission holds to stretch Morrison's arm back, and used an armbar as well. Morrison recovered though and hit a dropsault on Haas followed by a Shooting Star-Press for a two count. Haas threw Morrison shoulder first to the ringpost, and hit a DDT. Haas went to the corner for a move, but Morrison was able to kick him down from the top rope, and then set up for Starship Pain for the win.
After the match, Morrison got on the mic and called last week's match against Mysterio for the IC title, the greatest of his career. He gave props to Rey for a great match and had highlights shown. Morrison said he'll give Rey his re-match any day. Dolph Ziggler's music hit to interrupt the speech. Ziggler came out complaining that he won a match for the title fair and square, but Morrison got to face Rey before him, and won the title. Morrison suggested that Ziggler's already lost twice to Mysterio. Ziggler said third time's a charm. Ziggler demanded a title match which Morrison said they could do now, but Dolph said it will happen only on his terms. Morrison began name calling on Ziggler, including a crowd chant of "Mr. Ziggles" which enraged Dolph.
Winner: John Morrison wins via pinfall over Charlie Haas.
Backstage, Josh Matthews interviewed Matt Hardy about his upcoming match against CM Punk tonight. Matt suggested that Punk will be submitting two times; once to him tonight and then to Undertaker on Sunday. Matt said Punk will be lucky if he even makes it to Breaking Point after he puts him in a submission hold tonight.
Melina vs. Layla ElWomens Champion Michelle McCool was at ringside to support Layla in the match. Early on, Melina tried to build momentum as she got Layla in the corner and went for a series of punches on her. Layla shoved Melina down to the mat. Layla used a surfboard style submission on Melina. After a near fall by Layla, Melina began to strike back. Melina had a near pinfall, followed by a series of punches and attacked Layla in the corner. Melina hit Layla with a double knee to her gut, then used a faceplant. Melina was able to trip Layla so she was on the middle rope. As Melina went for a dive at her, Layla avoided it and Melina went to the outside. Michelle McCool hit Melina with her crutch, and then Layla was able to score the winning pinfall.
Winner: Layla El wins via pinfall over Melina.
Backstage, Josh Matthews interviewed a disgruntled R-Truth about the recent attacks by Drew McIntyre. Truth told McIntyre that the party is just getting started. Truth said he wants a match with McIntyre and he'll be all over him when that happens. Suddenly, McIntyre interrupted the interview, attacking R-Truth. McIntyre tossed Truth around into parts of the set, before referees arrived to break things up.
Matt Hardy vs. CM PunkEarly in this match, it was Hardy in control. He was able to punch Punk down, then hit several neckbreakers, eventually locking his legs around Punk's waist. Punk was able to ram Matt back into the corner turnbuckle. Punk was going for a springboard move off the top rope, but Matt knocked his feet out from under him. Matt went for an early Twist of Fate, but Punk countered and tossed Matt into the ringpost shoulder first, not once, but twice, prior to a break in the action.
After a commercial break, Punk was in control as he put his knee into the back of Hardy's neck. Punk started to punch away on Hardy's head, then hit a suplex followed by several ledrops. After a headscissors by Punk, Matt tried to make a comeback. Punk knocked him down with a kick, then went for his high knee on Matt. Matt came out of the corner to hit a knee buster on Punk, and locked in a figure four leglock. Punk appeared ready to tap out, but then reversed the move and eventually grabbed the ropes to break it up. Matt continued his momentum as he clotheslined Punk in the corner, hit a running bulldog and then the Side Effect. Punk regained composure to try for GTS, with Matt blocking it and putting Punk into a half Boston Crab. Punk managed to get to the ropes again. Once he was on his feet, Punk landed a roundhouse kick, then locked he Anaconda Vice grip submission on Matt to get him to tap out.
After the match, the lights went out and Undertaker's bell tolled. When the lights came back on, Punk no longer had his World Heavyweight title in hand. Instead, Undertaker held the belt up on the ramp, as Punk became enraged in the ring.
Winner: CM Punk wins via submission over Matt Hardy.
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