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GM Teddy Long exits his stretch limo with caution and surrounds himself with a cadre of security. They move forward gingerly. We go to the ring for the return of Batista who claims he chose to return to the blue team ("the a-show; that's right, I said it"), and it's his first chance to determine his own future. Chris Jericho takes to the ring to say things have changed since Batista was there last, and Jericho is the face of the show. He claims to be the man. Batista says to be the man, you have to beat the man. Even though this is repeated by the announcers later, they don't say the name "Ric Flair." Batista makes a match against Jericho for tonight and spinebusters him on the way out.

Jericho, seemingly within seconds, is backstage to ask partner Big Show why he didn't help him out. Show says he was told Jericho had this by himself. Chris brushes that off and says he can handle Batista alone tonight; he doesn't need Show.

IC champ John Morrison vs. Mike Knox
Dolph Ziggler is on commentary. Knox's monologue this week is about restless leg syndrome, and he warns Morrison they have found no cure. I don't get it. Morrison kicks to keep Knox at bay, but Knox takes control. The highlight of the match is a brutal bicycle kick to the back of Morrison's head, and that barely edges out an awesome sell of a Morrison swinging DDT. That spot should have ended the match. KNOX BLOCK only gets two. Morrison hits the Flying Chuck, and Knox somersaults forward into position for the Starship Pain and pin. Diggler plays the calm, cool heel on the mic, but Morrison gets the crowd to chant "Mister Ziggles" again. The Lovely Mrs. Tracker can't stop laughing at this.

Backstage, referee Scott Armstrong explains he had to go along with the new Montreal Screwjob because he has a family to support. Vince confronts Teddy ("you promised to put up my picture") and demands Teddy go to the ring and explain why he screwed the Undertaker. Teddy suggests Vince pressured him into doing something big to make SmackDown a hot show, but Vince won't accept any responsibility for this. As Teddy leaves, we can't tell if Vince is smirking because of Teddy's predicament or out of pride for Teddy's chutzpah.

In the ring, Teddy (surrounded by security) says he also has a family to support, and he's too old to find a new job. He had to screw over the Undertaker. You know, we don't get a real answer as to why Punk's reign would be best for the show. Why wouldn't champ Taker bring in the money? I hope the vagueness is setting up a later revelation. Punk isn't much of this equation at all so far. Long apologizes to Taker and hopes he can find it in his heart (audience: HA!) to forgive Teddy. He and the security go backstage all the way to the limo. Teddy gets inside, and the locks activate, trapping him. The driver is revealed to be Taker (yep, just like with Steph in the ambulance), and the limo fills with smoke and thunder. Off goes the limo.

Into the ring goes CM Punk, the first straight-edge champion in the history of the WWE. "I told you so ... again." Punk gives a long rant against self-medicating, and while it's well delivered, it's already old hat. He talks through a boring chant. I do like that he calls out Taker and claims the latter's absence is awfully convenient for the challenger. He's straight edge, and he's better than you.

Women's champ Michelle McCool vs. Melina
That leg seems OK now. Michelle controls early and uses a deep-dish dragon sleeper. Melina focuses on Michelle's knee to go on offense. McCool goes for the Faithbreaker but Melina counters with ... is it the Code Red? It's the body-scissors sunset flip. She pins, but this was non-title.

Later on, Melina enters the Diva locker room and finds the walls covered in copies of that photo Michelle and Layla took last week of Diggler. Melina knows this will kill Maria and tries to take them down. Maria walks in, and thinks Melina put them up. She says their friendship is over. Melina is dismayed.

Charlie Haas is ready to wrestle R-Truth, but Drew McIntyre arrives to Truth's entrance instead. He says Truth had a backstage accident and must forfeit. He congratulates Haas and offers a handshake. Haas stupidly complies and eats the sitout double-arm DDT.

Cryme Tyme w/ Eva vs. The Hart Dynasty
The Canadian crowd is in full support of the heels tonight. These teams, I'll be honest, don't click for me. We hear a lot about the Dynasty's natural talent and skill, but Smith is a lump in there. Tyson Kidd has the flash and energy; he gets the pin after a snapmare Rude Awakening. I don't think I've ever mentioned JTG's reverse rocker dropper from the turnbuckle, and it is nice.

The Great Khali w/ little brother (obviously) vs. Kane
It quickly goes outside, and Kane gets DQd for popping Khali with a chair. That incapacitates Khali immediately, and Kane drags him to the ringsteps and smashes the left leg between them. It's edited for impact, but it looks silly as the handheld steps can't hit anything at that angle. Khali is stretchered out.

Unified tag champ Chris Jericho vs. Bah-TEEEE-Stah
The worst moment of the night, and I think it happens in this match, is when JR tries to make a contemporary reference and mangles the name "Kanye West." It's embarrassing. Batista is given an early alibi of "ring rust," and the match does feel like Jericho is carrying it. Batista's corner shoulder thrusts (a simple, simple move) look mild. Jericho goes after his knee but gets caught coming off the turnbuckle. He sets up a Lionsault. Batista evades, and Chris runs backward to the ropes and right into the spinebuster. He escapes the Bomb and tries a Codebreaker. Batista catches him, shrugs him up, and Bombs him down for the pin.

Backstage, Big Show warns Batista he shouldn't challenge him next week to a match.



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Morrison fucked the Starship Pain up so badly against Knox that he landed completely on his back. The fact that he can't hit his own finisher is completely turning me off of Morrison to the point where if he doesn't change it soon, I'm going to start changing the channel when he's on. (I will give him credit for covering well when Knox apparently missed the call for the standing moonsault.)

It was nice to see Jericho get a good deal of offense against Batista. I also like the fact that Big Show seems to completely buy into Jericho's credibility, saying with a straight face that Batista got lucky.

I got the feeling from both Scott Armstrong and Teddy Long's promos that someone else was ultimately behind the screwjob. Vince didn't seem to know anything about it, so maybe it wasn't him. Did Undertaker wearing the old Lord of Darkness coat cause Stephanie to have flashbacks of the hell he put her through during that period?

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    Originally posted by InVerse
    Morrison fucked the Starship Pain up so badly against Knox that he landed completely on his back. The fact that he can't hit his own finisher is completely turning me off of Morrison to the point where if he doesn't change it soon, I'm going to start changing the channel when he's on.


He's performed it as a double legdrop a few times, and I think it's based on the proximity of the opponent to the turnbuckle. He has not always landed it cleanly; he popped Tyson in the head during his feud with that stable a few months back.



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    Originally posted by InVerse


    I got the feeling from both Scott Armstrong and Teddy Long's promos that someone else was ultimately behind the screwjob. Vince didn't seem to know anything about it, so maybe it wasn't him. Did Undertaker wearing the old Lord of Darkness coat cause Stephanie to have flashbacks of the hell he put her through during that period?




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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker

    He's performed it as a double legdrop a few times, and I think it's based on the proximity of the opponent to the turnbuckle. He has not always landed it cleanly; he popped Tyson in the head during his feud with that stable a few months back.


I don't think it's based on anything, I think he just flat out can't do the move. Not only did he hit Tyson Kidd in the head with it, he also came down on him on his side either the week before or the week after that. In fact, since getting my DVR to where I could watch in slow motion, I think Morrison has only landed the move clean once. He has plenty of flashy looking moves that he can execute well but Starship Pain is clearly not one of them.
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    Originally posted by InVerse
    I got the feeling from both Scott Armstrong and Teddy Long's promos that someone else was ultimately behind the screwjob.
Hey, ya think?

    Vince didn't seem to know anything about it, so maybe it wasn't him.
Wait, what? Are you SERIOUS?

Vince was *falling all over himself* to not have Teddy say in front of the camera that he'd ordered him to do exactly what he did. I guess you can be forgiven for not catching this because The E really seems to want to train their Universe into believing that nothing ever takes place except on camera and you must have fallen under that spell.

Speaking of which, Undertaker sure went to a lot of effort to place all those cameras inside the limousine before enacting his devious plan AND coordinate with the guys in the truck to start showing those cameras AND utilising the Nailz effect on Teddy's voice - too bad they were all so intimiated by The Dead Man that they couldn't slip a note to Long ahead of time.

Like you, though, I couldn't help but think "Where to, Stephanie?" as it was happening, but given the statute of limitations on that one (4/25/1999) had long since expired, I can't get too righteously indignant about it.







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