This week’s edition of WWE SmackDown was taped at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
Shelton Benjamin d. Chris Harris
– We are told that they accidentally turned the ring over while changing out the ECW stuff for SmackDown’s setup. Tony Chimel and referees were said to be responsible. I was told it was hilarious.
– There are two rows of tires in the center of the ring.
– We are told that there is something that looks like potato sacks at ringside. Jonathan Coachman and Michael Cole are now at their positions ringside.
WWE SmackDown (Air date 3/14):
The show opens with the Divas Swimsuit competition. Eve Torres, Cherry, Maryse, Victoria, and Michelle McCool are all featured. Maryse is voted off by the fans through their text messages.
Michelle McCool wins an obstacle course with the remaining WWE divas. The obstacle course was said to be extremely dumb as the divas had to run through the tires in the ring, complete a potato sack race, and jump a small wall.
A Ric Flair/Shawn Michaels promo is up next.
WWE shows a promo for tonight’s match between Batista and MVP for the U.S. Championship in a no holds barred match.
(1) Big Show d. Jimmy Wang Yang & Shannon Moore in a handicap match. Big Show pinned Shannon Moore. After the match Big Show tossed Wang out of the ring.
It is announced that WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison and The Miz will face off against one another in a WrestleMania Money in the Bank ladder match qualifier.
(2) John Morrison d. The Miz in a Money in the Bank ladder qualifying match for WrestleMania. I was told the crowd was not too involved during the match. It should also be noted that Jeff Hardy’s picture was removed from the MITB graphic.
(3) United States Champion Montel Vontavious Porter d. Batisa in a No Holds Barred match to retain the title. This match was given significant amount of time. There was a lot of chairs used throughout. MVP was able to get the pin after Umaga came out and hit Batista with a Samoan Spike.
(4) Chuck Palumbo & The Great Khali d. Kane & Jamie Noble
(5) Edge, Zack Ryder, urt Hawkins, & Chavo Guerrero d. Ric Flair & Shawn Michaels in a steel cage match. Flair gets a monster pop from the live Chicago crowd. Vickie Guerrero comes out and says that ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero will join Edge, Ryder, and Hawkins and the match will be 4-on-2. Michaels got caught in the rope for several minutes as all six men are in the cage. Flair is busted open early in the match. Michaels and Flair both locked Figure Four leglocks on Edge and CM Punk at the same time, which I was told was a very cool spot. Eventually the lights went out and the Undertaker appeared. He cleans up but Edge is able to escape for the win. Undertaker points up to the WrestleMania sign.
Vickie Guerrero re-appears and says now it’s Big Show vs. Undertaker. This could be a dark match forthcoming.
(6) Undertaker d. World Heavyweight Champion Edge. It started as Big Show vs. Undertaker. Big Show was dominating early but left the ring when Edge came out and instructed Big Show to leave. Undertaker ended up hitting a Tombstone on Edge to get the victory.
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