Report by Richard Trionfo & PWinsider.com
Edge comes to the ring and he says that he will be out later tonight for an official contract signing for his World Title match against Alberto Del Rio at Wrestlemania 27. He says that he is looking forward to getting face to face with Alberto so he can look deep into his eyes and see what it takes to be a champion. He wants Alberto to see what it takes to main event Wrestlemania. Edge says that he has a bone to pick with Alberto. Edge says that he was rudely interrupted. He was in the middle of a going away party for the women that we all love . . . to hate, Vickie Guerrero. Edge says that the awesome part was that he got rid of Edge. She is gone now. Edge wants to start off where we left off last week when Alberto rudely interrupted them.
Edge doesn’t get the chance to sing because Drew McIntyre comes to the ring but Edge sees him coming and then after a few punches, Drew charges at Edge but Edge pulls down the ropes and Drew goes to the floor.
Teddy Long comes out and he says that he wants to thank Drew and on behalf of the entire WWE Universe because they owe him a debt of gratitude. The deal was that if Vickie’s team loses, she would be fired. Thanks to Drew, Vickie has been fired. Teddy tells Drew that if he doesn’t get into the ring and have a straight up match with the World Champion, he will be fired.
Edge says that Teddy brought up a good point. Thanks to Drew, Vickie is gone. Edge says that the fans should give him a hand, and then he starts a chant of ‘Thank You Drew’ and we go to commercial.
Match Number One: Edge versus Drew McIntyre
Drew charges at Edge, but Edge with a drop toe hold. Edge punches McIntyre in the corner and then he kicks him. Edge with another punch followed by an Irish whip but Edge misses a charge into the corner and Edge’s arm hits the ring post. McIntyre with an arm wringer and he gets a near fall. Drew wraps Edge’s arm in the rope and then he kicks the arm. Drew slams the arm into the apron and then he puts Edge in an arm bar.
Edge punches Drew once he gets to his feet. Drew with a boot to the head and Edge goes to the floor as he tries to figure out where he is. Drew slams Edge’s arm into the announce table. Drew sends Edge back into the ring and then Drew says that he is going to end Edge’s career and that he isn’t going to Wrestlemania. Drew gets a near fall and then he takes off the pad on Edge’s arm. Drew with knees to the injured arm and then he returns to the arm bar.
Edge with punches to Drew but Drew with a back elbow and Edge goes back to the floor. Drew goes to the floor and he charges at Edge but Edge with a back body drop. Edge sends Drew back into the ring and then Edge goes up top and hits a cross body for a near fall. Drew with a shot to Edge’s arm but Edge blocks a kick and hits a spear but Edge pulls Drew’s shoulders up. Edge puts Drew in the Edgecator and Drew taps out.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the match, Edge celebrates and then he looks at the Wrestlemania 27 sign.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Michael Cole mentions that he will have his first singles match at Wrestlemania against Jerry Lawler. Cole says that he will talk about it later in the show.
Rey Mysterio’s music plays but he got taller and a bit more Caucasian. Instead of Rey Mysterio it is Cody Rhodes wearing Rey’s mask. After he takes off the mask, the proper music plays. Cody stomps on the mask as he makes his way to the ring.
We see footage from last week when the Bull of the Woods got Funky Like a Monkey and helped his thun Cody get a first bit of revenge on Rey Mysterio.
Cody tells people not to look at him. He says that the feeling you have that is festering in the pit of your stomach because you heard Rey’s music and thought you would see him. That feeling is disappointment. Cody says that he knows disappointment. Lately, he is the King of Disappointment when he wakes up every day and sees what once was dashing has been reduced to THIS!
The fans chant for Rey.
Cody says that his father came to him, and Cody says that he convinced him to help him set up Rey Mysterio so he could inflict what he could only imagine is a fraction of the damage done to Rey’s face that he did to his. When he was up there and rubbing Rey’s face in the steel grate and when he removed the mask from Rey’s head, it felt good. Nothing has felt good lately. Cody says that he knew then that it was the right thing to do.
Cody says that it is time for the other ‘right thing to do’. Cody says that he does not want to disappoint his dad, who is watching. He doesn’t want a carnival side show freak like Rey Mysterio to keep him from becoming the World Champion. Cody tells Rey that if he chooses to accept his challenge for Wrestlemania 27, he promises Rey, a guarantee and unbreakable vow, he promises that he will remove Rey’s mask and expose what is left of his face on the grandest stage of all.
Cody goes to the back while trying to avoid the camera.
Kane paces in the back and the members of Corre stop by. Kane wants to know what they want. Wade reminds Kane that his greatest victory came thanks to the help of some of them.
Kane says that he did not need or ask for their help and he definitely does not want it now.
Justin says that they want Kane to beat Big Show tonight. Ezekiel tells Kane to think about it.
Slater reminds Gabriel that they have a title defense so they better go.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did you Know that Smackdown was the Number One show on cable last Friday?
Match Number Two: Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov versus Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel with Ezekiel Jackson and Wade Barrett for the WWE Tag Titles
Gabriel and Marella start things off. Santino and Justin kick air and then Santino teases the cobra and Gabriel retreats to the ropes. They lock up and Santino with a slam . They lock up again and Santino with an arm wringer and a front face lock. Kozlov tags in and he punches Gabriel and follows it with a knee. Kozlov traps the arms and then he head butts Gabriel in the chest and then connects with an arm wringer and he sends Gabriel to the floor.
Slater tries to interfere but Kozlov and Santino force Slater back to the apron. Slater checks on Gabriel as we go to commercial.
We are back and Kozlov with a side head lock on Slater. Slater with forearms to the ribs but Kozlov with a shoulder tackle. Slater with a drop kick to the knee and then he punches Kozlov in the back. Barrett punches Kozlov while Slater distracts the referee. Gabriel tags in and he punches and kicks Kozlov. Gabriel chokes Kozlov and then Slater gets in a kick while Gabriel is with the referee. Gabriel with a snap mare and he gets a near fall.
Gabriel with a cravate on Kozlov and he turned it into a side head lock. Kozlov with a belly-to-back suplex to get out of the hold and both men are down. Slater tags in and so does Santino despite Slater’s attempts to keep Kozlov away from his corner. Santino with jabs and a forearm. Santino does a split followed by the hip toss and a diving head butt to complete his ‘moves of doom’. Santino gets a near fall after Gabriel breaks things up. Kozlov goes after Gabriel but Barrett and Jackson pull Gabriel to safety on the floor.
Slater attacks Kozlov from behind and Kozlov goes to the floor. Santino blocks a kick and hits an STO. Santino thinks about it and it is time for the snake charmer to bring out the cobra. Santino sees Jackson get on the apron and he tries to go after Ezekiel but Jackson gets to the floor in time. Barrett gets on the apron and he is not so lucky and he falls victim to the cobra.
That distraction is enough for Slater to hit Santino from behind and he hits the inverted DDT for the three count.
Winners: Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel
We are told that Christian will be back on Smackdown next week.
We see footage from September (back in the days before SyFy) when Christian was injured by Alberto Del Rio thanks to the cross arm breaker and being sent into the ring post with a chair wrapped around the arm.
Josh mentions the return of Christian at the Elimination Chamber to go after Alberto Del Rio and ‘help’ Edge?
Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez are in the back and Rodriguez is working on his pitch while Del Rio comments on a painting that is being done of him. Alberto appears to approve as we go to commercial.
We are back and it is almost time for the Dead Man to return to Smackdown and Booker mentions that he is getting a chill waiting for him to return.
Before we get to the Undertaker, we see the comments of his Wrestlemania opponent, Triple H. We go to the video tape from Raw.
We return to Smackdown and the music of Johnny Cash plays and as we pan to the entrance, we see a sign that says ‘19-0’. The Undertaker makes his way to the ring.
Taker says that he finds it mystifying that the strongest of the strong and the greatest of the great don’t know well enough to leave it alone. You have to realize that there are mountains that you cannot climb, seas that cannot be sailed, and streaks that cannot be broken. He says that he heard Triple H’s comments on Raw and to be perfectly honest, there isn’t much that was said that he couldn’t agree with. He says that they are the last of an era and a dying breed. Hunter is everything that he says he is, if not more. Taker says that he is probably the greatest WWE Champion over the last decade and a half.
What Triple H said that he found most interesting is that he found out how to destroy the Undertaker and make him disappear forever. Taker says that all you have to do is beat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Taker says that is easier said than done.
Triple H has figured out how he is going to do this so he is going to take everything that he has accomplished. He is going to take his legacy and legend and put it all on the table and go for broke. If he wins, he will be hailed as ‘The Game’ . . . ‘The King of Kings’. But if he loses . . . and he will lose, he will become nothing more than a statistic. A name on a long list of people who came before him who tried to defeat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
He tells Triple H that he plays no game and he bows down to no man . . . especially the ‘King of Kings’. At Wrestlemania, he will find out what eighteen other men that come before you have found out . . . that he is indeed the Last Outlaw.
He says that Hunter will also find out what it means to rest in peace.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to recap the footage of the Sin Cara press conference.
We see footage from last week when Michelle cost Layla her match against Rosa Mendes due to a disqualification.
Match Number Three: Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendes versus Michelle McCool and Layla
Michelle and Beth start things off and they lock up. Beth with a waist lock take down and she works on Michelle’s injured foot. Rosa tags in and Rosa slams the foot into the mat. Michelle pushes Rosa away and she tags in Layla. Rosa tosses Layla by the hair. Michelle hits Rosa from the apron and that distracts Rosa long enough to allow Layla to recover and Layla hits a back heel kick to the midsection.
Layla with a punch and knee before tagging Michelle back in. Layla gets pushed into Michelle by Rosa and Michelle pushes Layla. Michelle keeps Rosa from making the tag and Michelle with punches and knees to Rosa. Michelle misses a kick and hits the rope instead and Michelle appears to have reinjured her foot.
Beth and Layla tag in and Beth with clotheslines and elbows followed by a double sledge. Beth with a kick and Irish whip but Layla tries to float over. Beth with a power slam but Michelle breaks up the cover. The referee keeps Rosa from getting involved and that allows Michelle to kick Beth and Layla gets the three count.
Winners: Michelle McCool and Layla
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see Big Show’s count out victory over Wade Barrett and his use of a steel chair after the match to try to get the odds in his favor against the Corre.
Match Number Four: Big Show versus Kane
They lock up and Show backs Kane into the corner. Show with a clean break but Kane with an uppercut. Kane with another punch but Show with a head butt and Irish whip. Show misses a running butt splash into the corner when Kane moves. Show grabs Kane by the throat but Kane kicks Show in the leg. Show and Kane each hit clotheslines and they are down.
The Corre come to the ring and Wade Barrett has a chair. He gives the chair to Kane and Kane picks it up and he hits Show with it. The referee sees it and he calls for the bell.
Winner: Big Show by disqualification
After the match, The Corre come into the ring and they all go after Big Show. Justin Gabriel bumps into Kane and then Kane thinks about it and he hits Gabriel with the chair. Show then clears the ring of the other members of The Corre. Wade and Heath wonder why would Kane do that.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that more people attended WWE shows than other big events combined?
It is time to talk about the Undertaker/Triple H a little more. We go to Shawn Michaels’ comments from Monday night about Wrestlemania and the match between Triple H and Undertaker.
Jack Swagger comes out and Michael Cole says that he is going to be in the main event of Wrestlemania against Jerry Lawler. Cole stands up and reminds us that Jack Swagger is his trainer. We see the footage from Monday night.
Michael Cole leaves the announce table and he enters the ring with Jack Swagger. He wants everyone to show some respect for the man who will train him and be in his corner when he embarrasses and humiliates Jerry Lawler by beating him at Wrestlemania. Cole invites everyone to watch Raw on Monday because he will introduce his guest referee.
Cole says that his referee is flamboyant and simply awesome. Cole says that he is one of the all time greats in WWE. Cole says that the one thing that this man, Jack Swagger, him, and Lebron James have in common is that the four of them think that Cleveland stinks.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Jack Swagger versus JTG
Swagger with a waist lock take down and then he turns it into a front face lock. Swagger with another take down and then he hits the double jump Swagger Bomb. Swagger hits another double jump Swagger Bomb. Swagger puts JTG in the ankle lock and JTG tries to get to the ropes but he taps out.
Winner: Jack Swagger
After the match, Michael Cole goes into the ring and he celebrates with his trainer in the ring. Then Cole and Swagger run laps around the ring . . . Swagger Style.
While things happen in the ring, Josh talks about the war of words between The Rock and John Cena. We go to Rock’s response to John Cena with some extra footage.
Edge is walking in the back and he sees Alberto’s artist with the painting. Edge takes the painting and he makes some adjustments to the portrait. The portrait now makes Alberto look like the love child of Santino Marella, Big Bully Busick, and Tomko. To add insult to injury, Edge kicks the artist down as we go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the main event contract signing.
Teddy Long is in the ring and it has an international flair with a giant Mexican flag behind him and a few smaller ones on the ‘Official Contract Signing . . . but so many more uses Table’. There are more flags around the ring.
Teddy says that it is time for the Wrestlemania World Championship Official Contract Signing.
Ricardo Rodriguez introduces Alberto Del Rio who drives into the building for this ceremony.
Alberto introduces himself, but we already knew that. He wants to welcome everyone to his Wrestlemania 27 Contract Signing Ceremony. The only way to begin this ceremony is with the singing of the Mexican National Anthem. Alberto hands the mic over to Ricardo and he sings the Mexican National Anthem (or was it the Soviet National Anthem in Spanish?).
Edge interrupts the anthem and he makes his way to the ring.
Edge takes his spot at the table and he puts his belt on the table.
Teddy says that for the first time in the history of Smackdown, he asks that this be a contract signing that does not end in chaos. Teddy asks them to sit down.
They sit down and as Edge starts his comments, a ‘USA’ chant rings through the arena. Edge tells Alberto that once this contract is signed, there is no turning back, the party is over. Edge says that Alberto does not know what it is like to fight on the biggest stage in the world. Edge says that he is an eleven time World Champion.
Alberto says that he already knows that but it is part of the past. No one remembers that. The contract is not just a piece of paper. It represents the next chapter in the WWE. It is not for Edge, it is for him. It is his destiny.
Edge says that Alberto talks about destiny, but it can change in the blink of an eye. Alberto’s destiny can be that he is the fastest rising star in the history of the WWE or his destiny can be that Edge is going to beat him at Wrestlemania and he is just another flash in the pan that he made famous for just one moment.
Alberto tells the perro to listen to him. He says that Edge got one thing right. Once he signs the contract, it is the beginning of the end . . . for you.
Alberto laughs and gives the contract to Edge. Edge signs the contract and stares at Alberto.
Edge hands the contract to Teddy and then he brings up Teddy’s wish that this contract signing wouldn’t end in chaos. Edge apologizes to Teddy for continuing the streak. Edge stares at Alberto and Teddy leaves the ring. Alberto punches first but Edge leaps over the table and he punches Alberto. Edge throws the table out of the way so he can give Alberto an Impaler DDT. Edge sets up for a spear but Ricardo Rodriguez grabs Edge’s leg and Alberto takes advantage and attacks Edge. Del Rio punches Edge and then he thinks about the cross arm breaker and he puts Edge in it.
Del Rio releases the hold and then he throws Edge to the floor. Del Rio puts Edge in a hammer lock and sends him into the ringside barrier. Alberto tells Ricardo to get a chair for him. Alberto puts the arm in the chair in the same manner that he did to Christian.
Speaking of Christian, he comes to the ring and he goes after Alberto. Christian sends Alberto into the announce table and then he punches Alberto. They go into the ring and Christian punches Del Rio. Alberto goes to the floor and goes up the ramp but Christian tackles Alberto. Referees come out to try to stop Christian.
Ricardo helps Alberto up while Christian helps Edge up as we go to credits.
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