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SMACKDOWN REPORT: THE CHALLENGERS IN THE ELIMINATION CHAMBER SPEAK; BATISTA WRESTLES THIS WEEK; WOMEN'S TITLE MATCH NEXT WEEK

By Richard Trionfo on 2010-02-19 21:56:12
We are live on tape from Kansas City, Missouri and your announcers are Todd ‘I wish JR was here so we could get some good BBQ’ Grisham and Matt ‘He’s my favorite cricket’ Striker.

Chris Jericho comes out and he is not dressed to wrestle. He gets a mic and then he tells the crowd that he has made a career out of doing what the failures in the crowd hoped they could do. He has made an art form out of accomplishing the impossible and looking down the barrel of an insurmountable odd, but he has done it again and again. Jericho says that he did it when he defeated The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the same night to become the first Undisputed Champion. He did it again when he humiliated Shawn Michaels in a ladder match to win the World Title. Last Friday, he did what so few have been able to do, he drove the Phenom to his knees and he beat the Undertaker. We see footage from last week when Jericho got the win.

Jericho reminds us that he beat the Undertaker. He says that he proved that the Dead Man is only a man. He says that if that isn’t enough to cement his legendary status when he enters the Elimination Chamber for the sixth time and emerge as a World Champion for the sixth time. He says that average people curl up when faced with adversity. They hide behind delusions of grandeur, but Jericho says that he does not hide behind anything because he doesn’t have to. He says that he deals in reality and on Sunday, he will come out of the Elimination Chamber . . .

Stop that thought because Edge’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Edge tells Chris that it is refreshing to hear that Chris understands what a big deal it is to beat the Undertaker. Edge says that he has done it and there is an elite club, like getting a hole in one, pitching a no hitter, winning the Stanley Cup, or knocking out Muhammad Ali. It is actually bigger than all of those things.

Jericho says that he did it because he is the best in the world at what he does. Edge says that Jericho didn’t show everything that happened last week, so we see some more footage from last week when Edge interfered in the match between Jericho and Taker.

Edge tells Jericho that he didn’t do it to help Chris, but he did it because the Undertaker kicked him in the face. Edge tells Chris that he is not as good as he thinks he is. Edge says that he doesn’t think that Jericho would have beaten the Undertaker if he didn’t spear him first.

Jericho says that Edge shouldn’t be so worried about the past, but he should be worried about the future. Jericho reminds Edge that he is going to win the Elimination Chamber. He says that when he does, Edge should stay away from him and face the Raw Chamber winner at Wrestlemania. Jericho reminds Edge that when he is around him, bad things happen. If Edge continues to poke and prod him, he will hurt Edge.

Edge tells Chris that the more he hears his voice buzzing around in his head saying the same things over and over again, the more he wants to knock the condescending holier than thou look on his face. Edge says that he hopes that Jericho wins the Elimination Chamber so he can do it. Edge also tells Jericho that he shouldn’t worry about what he can do to him in the future, he should worry about what he can do right now.

The building has an energy surge but then Edge hits a spear on Jericho and Jericho leaves the ring.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the WWE Rewind: Kane versus Drew McIntyre from last week and their double count out finish and the post match festivities.

We are told that Kane will face Drew McIntyre for the Intercontinental Title on Sunday at the pay per view.

Match Number One: Kane versus Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler avoids Kane and he punches and kicks Kane but Kane tosses Ziggler into the air and plants him on the mat. Kane sends Ziggler into the turnbuckles and then he connects with forearms followed by a snap mare and drop kick for a near fall. Kane chokes Ziggler in the ropes. Kane punches Ziggler and then he slams Dolph. Kane with an elbow drop and he gets a near fall. Kane with an Irish whip but he runs into an elbow and then Ziggler with a forearm to the back and kicks. Ziggler works over Kane in the corner but the referee pulls him out of the way. Ziggler returns and Kane with a vintage uppercut. Kane with a punch but Ziggler with a kick. Kane clotheslines Ziggler over the top rope to the floor. We go to commercial.

We are back and Ziggler with an arm bar. We see footage from the commercial when Ziggler hits a drop toe hold that sends Kane into the ringside barrier. Kane gets Ziggler up and hits a side slam. Kane with a punch to Ziggler followed by an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Kane with a big boot and he goes up top.

Drew McIntyre comes out during the match and Kane violates Rule #2 allowing Ziggler to move out of the way. Ziggler with a sleeper as he climbs Kane’s back. Kane falls to his knees but he gets a second wind and returns to his feet and he gets to the ropes. Ziggler finally lets go of the hold but Ziggler returns to the sleeper. Kane with a choke slam and he gets the three count.
Winner: Kane

After the match, Drew McIntyre comes into the ring and he tries for the double underhook DDT but Kane with a back body drop. McIntyre leaves the ring and heads to the back.

We go to the locker room where Rey Mysterio is getting ready for his match and Josh Mathews stops by to ask him a few questions. Josh asks Rey about the Elimination Chamber. Rey says that the match is brutal, but it is no more brutal than what happened last week when the Straight Edge Society attacked him after the match. Rey says that he will take a beating on Sunday but he will walk out as the World Champion.

We go to commercial.

We are back with some footage from the final night of ECW when Ezekiel Jackson defeated Christian to become the final ECW Champion. Big Zeke takes that momentum onto Smackdown and he will be there soon.

Match Number Two: Cryme Tyme versus Caylen Croft and Trent Barreta

JTG and Croft start things off and they lock up. Croft with a forearm and punch but JTG slides to the floor and he pulls Barreta off the apron. JTG comes back in and hits a back elbow followed by a slam and leap frog neck snap for a near fall. JTG punches Croft in the corner but Croft with an Irish whip. Croft runs into a knee and then JTG goes to the turnbuckles but he gets distracted by Barreta and that allows Croft to knock JTG off the turnbuckles. Barreta tags in and he kicks JTG and connects with a forearm before returning to the ring. Barreta with a near fall. Barreta with a knee and Irish whip followed by an elbow in the corner. Croft tags in and hits a drop kick. Barreta tags in and after Croft slams JTG, Barreta hits a slingshot elbow for a near fall. Barreta with a side head lock on JTG. JTG tries to make the tag but Barreta pulls him away from Shad. Croft tags in and he kicks JTG followed by a knee to the back and he gets a near fall. Croft with a front face lock and then he tags in Barreta who puts JTG on the turnbuckles. JTG with an elbow but he is still unable to make the tag for a moment but Shad is finally able to get into the match. Shad with clotheslines and a back body drop and then he connects with a forearm to Croft. Shad presses Barreta and then turns it into a power slam for a near fall. All four men are in the ring but JTG goes over the top rope to the floor when Croft drops down. Shad sends Croft to the floor. Barreta with a springboard drop kick to the back and then he tries for a tornado DDT but Shad blocks it and then hits an STO for the three count.
Winners: Cryme Tyme

It is time to see the Antonio Inoki Hall of Fame induction video package.

We go to commercial.

We are back and John Morrison is in the interview area with Josh Mathews. Josh mentions John’s new DVD and his participation in the Elimination Chamber match. Josh asks John about his ankle. John says that he has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time ever since he showed that he was tough enough. His entire career leads him to Sunday. John says that if anyone thinks that a tweaked ankle is going to keep him out of the match, they are wrong. John says that you might only get one chance so he is not going to waste it.

R Truth stops by and he says that he has something to say to John. Truth says that if he has to go through Morrison to become the World Champion, but they have to deal with the Straight Edge Society. He wants to know if they are on the same page. John and Truth talk about their match.

We see footage from last week when Rey defeated CM Punk only to be attacked by Gallows, Serena, and Punk.

Before our next match, CM Punk has something to say. He says that he is a humble man, but he is the greatest thing to ever happen to everyone and they know it. Punk says that only the enlightened few can walk in his footsteps, but whether you like it or not, you are part of his crusade. For those who choose to live in darkness and stand in his way, he finds their lack of faith disturbing. He says that they confuse their defiance with power. They sacrifice their clarity for cheap thrills. Just like five other superstars on Sunday who will be locked inside the Elimination Chamber, he will crush their spirits and break them. He will fill the void with straight edge. Punk says that you can pretend that you don’t have a problem but you are lying to yourself. Punk says that straight edge means that he is better than you. He will prove it the same way that he proved it to Rey Mysterio. Punk says that he has fought in a way that the cowards do not have the courage to stand and fight. He says that he is fueled by a fire inside him. He will become a four time Straight Edge World Champion on Sunday and his crusade will be burning bright because the lost souls will have a savior and his name will be CM Punk.

Match Number Three: CM Punk and Luke Gallows with Serena versus John Morrison and R Truth

Morrison and Punk start things off and Punk tries for the leg but Morrison with a rollup for a near fall. Morrison with a front face lock and then he turns it into a waist lock and side head lock. Truth tags in and they hit a double gut buster on Punk. Truth with a side head lock take down for a near fall. Punk with a belly-to-back suplex to get out of the hold and he tags in Gallows. Gallows tries to slam Truth but Truth with a punch. Gallows with an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner. Truth with a cross body for a near fall.

The pyro goes off for the Undertaker and everyone stops wrestling so we go to commercial.

We are back and Punk is working on Truth’s back. Punk with an elbow to the head and then we see footage from the commercial break where Gallows worked on Truth’s back. Punk with a back kick and slam followed by a knee to the back. Gallows tags in and he kicks Truth. Gallows sends Truth into the turnbuckles and punches him. Gallows kicks Morrison off the apron and then Gallows with a splash into the corner and gets a near fall. Gallows with a front face lock followed by knees and a suplex for a near fall. Gallows with a front face lock and more knees as he keeps Truth from making the tag. Punk tags back in and he connects with a forearm to the back. Punk with another forearm to the back. He tries for a third time but Truth with a forearm. Truth with punches to Punk but Punk with a round house kick and that allows Punk to pull Truth into his corner and Gallows is tagged in and he hits elbow drops. Gallows with a knee to the back and then he punches Truth while Morrison wants to get back into the match. Gallows slams Truth’s head into the turnbuckles and then he slams Truth and tags in Punk. Punk waits on the apron for Truth to get up but he takes too long preparing for the springboard clothesline that Truth can counter with a drop kick. Morrison tags in and he punches Punk and hits a leg lariat followed by a Shining Wizard for a near fall. Morrison with a springboard kick to Gallows that knocks him off the apron. Punk charges into the corner but Morrison moves and Punk hits the ring post with his shoulder. Morrison tries to kick Punk but Punk moves and Morrison kicks the ring post. Punk takes advantage and he kicks Morrison in the injured ankle. Punk continues to work on the foot and the referee pulls Punk away. The referee checks on Morrison and he calls for the bell.
Winners: CM Punk and Luke Gallows

After the referee stops the match, Punk attacks Morrison again and Truth hits Punk from behind to help his tag team partner. Serena protects Punk from Truth and Gallows attacks Truth from behind and punches and kicks him. Gallows with the power slam to Truth.

Rey Mysterio comes out and he hits a shoulder on Punk and then a springboard splash onto Punk. Rey punches and kicks Gallows but Punk with a lariat to Rey and then Punk punches Rey and connects with elbows to the back of the head. Punk with a camel clutch and cross faces to Rey. Punk tells Luke to get Rey and then Luke with a back breaker and then Punk with a knee from the turnbuckles.

We have a recap of the injury to Bret Hart from Monday night and then Todd gives us an update on Bret’s condition and lets us know that Bret suffered a broken ankle and tendon damage.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Did you Know that there is a lot of steel in the Elimination Chamber and it is very heavy.

We see the video from last week of Vickie Guerrero getting cottage cheese knocked onto her by Mickie James. We realize that we are in Teddy Long’s office and he chuckles at the footage before turning around and bumping into Vickie Guerrero who has showered in the last week.

Teddy stops laughing and he says that he didn’t see Vickie come in. Vickie asks Teddy if he thought it was funny and Teddy says that Vickie doesn’t need any more cottage cheese. Vickie retorts back with a question to Teddy about his chin and Teddy says that it is a little sore. Teddy says that he is taking action against Shawn Michaels for what he did.

Mickie James enters the office and Vickie does not look to be happy that she is there. Mickie says that she came to apologize for what happened last week. Mickie says that she knows what it is like to be humiliated and she never would have done it to her. Vickie says that Michelle has invoked her rematch clause and Mickie will face her next week. Mickie says that she is looking forward to that match. Vickie says that Mickie and Michelle will have a special guest referee and it will be her.

Match Number Four: Matt Hardy, Maria, and The Great Khali with ‘Dancing’ Runjin Singh versus The Hart Dynasty

The women start off and Natalya with a waist lock take down and then she picks Maria up by the hair and then hits a curb stomp. Natalya with a side head lock but Maria with punches. Maria with a kick to Natalya and then Maria with a drop toe hold into the ropes and Maria chokes Natalya. Kidd tags in and Hardy takes over. Kidd punches Hardy and Hardy with a tilt-a-whirl side slam and then Hardy sends Kidd into the turnbuckles and punches him. Hardy pulls Kidd out of the corner and hits a sit out power bomb for a near fall. Kidd backs Hardy into the turnbuckles and he tags in Smith who kicks Hardy and then hits a neck breaker for a near fall. Kidd tags in and Smith with a drop toe hold and Kidd with a drop kick for a near fall. Smith tags in and they start off with a double suplex but Smith turns it into a delayed vertical suplex for a near fall. Smith with a reverse chin lock on Hardy. Hardy punches Smith but Hardy with a Side Effect and both men are down. Hardy tries to make the tag but Smith with a knee to the back and Hardy goes to the floor. The referee determines that Hardy tagged in Maria as he went to the floor. While the four men battle on the floor, Natalya brings Maria into the ring and Natalya hits a discus clothesline for the three count.
Winners: The Hart Dynasty

After the match, Hardy checks on Maria but Maria leaves the ring and she is not happy about something. Matt follows her but he has no luck.

We have the Elimination Chamber video package.

It is time to run through the Elimination Chamber matches for the pay per view.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Matt Hardy has finally caught up to Maria in the back. Matt says that he wants Maria to talk to him. Maria says that she didn’t want to have to lose in a match with people she cares about. She says that she doesn’t care if she loses by herself. Matt tells Maria that he has won and lost matches. It does not change the person you are inside. Matt says that Maria is an awesome person. Matt says that he almost sees perfection in Maria’s face.

Michelle and Layla stop by and say that someone needs a room. Michelle and Layla call them losers in love. Layla and Michelle say that Matt will get cooties if they kiss. Michelle and Layla wonder why they can’t be in a relationship that lasts. Maria walks away and then Matt tells them to grow up before leaving.

Before our main event, we take a look back at the interaction between Batista and John Cena from Monday night.

Match Number Five: Edge versus Batista

Batista backs into the ropes when Edge tries to start things in the match. Batista says that he has had enough and he leaves the ring and walks to the back. The referee makes the count but Edge gets on the mic.

He tells Batista that he might not want to be in a match tonight, but his nights of backing away are over. Edge says that maybe John Cena is right and he says that Batista is spineless. He tells Dave to get back into the ring.

Batista makes his way back to the ring and they lock up. Batista with a kick and punch followed by an Irish whip but Edge with an elbow. Edge and Batista exchange punches and then Edge with a spin kick. Edge sets up for a spear and Batista goes to the floor. We go to commercial.

We are back and Edge charges into a boot and then Batista with a clip to the leg. Batista sends Edge into the turnbuckles and then he throws Edge into the ring post. Batista adjusts the ring steps and pulls Edge to the floor. Batista tries for a Batista Bomb onto the ring steps but Edge with a back body drop that sends Batista onto the steps. Edge rolls back into the ring while Batista stays on the floor. Edge goes to the apron and he hits a flying clothesline to Batista. Both men are on the floor. Batista kicks Edge as he comes back into the ring. Edge hits the Edge-o-Matic on Batista and gets a near fall. Edge sets for the spear but Batista with a spinebuster for a near fall. Batista shakes the ropes and the thumbs go down for the Batista Bomb. Edge with a kick and he hits the Impaler DDT but he can only get a two count. Edge goes up top but Batista hits the ropes and Edge is crotched. Batista sets for a spear but Edge hits the spear.

The lights go out in the building and when they go back on the Undertaker has Edge by the throat and hits a choke slam. Taker sees Batista leave the ring. Taker turns his attention back to Edge as he stands over him. Taker leaves the ring and walks to the back.

Edge turns around after Taker leaves and Chris Jericho hits a Codebreaker. Taker walks back out and he stares at Jericho. We go to credits.