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Looks like last week had at least one nifty development, according to the WWE site. Let's see how that progresses this week.

Two weeks ago, Rey Mysterio beat Batista to earn a shot at Undertaker's championship. That didn't sit well with Dave. Last week, Taker and Rey met. Taker had the advantage when Batista attacked the champ (not Rey, the guy who beat him the week before who is also his nemesis since the summer) for the DQ. When Taker recovered enough to goozle Rey, Batista attacked him again instead of going after Rey. Rey hit Batista with a senton and skedaddled.

Welcome to the future! Matt Striker and Todd Grisham are your hosts for the first SD of 2010. Tonight, we will get the Beat The Clock Challenge to name the new number-one contender.

CM Punk and Luke Gallows, carrying Punk's Slammy, take the ring. Punk surveys the crowd on their resolutions. He wants the audience to rise and pledge to better themselves, and a number of them do the "state your name" gag. He also asks the TV audience to lay their hands upon the TV screen like a good evangelist should. Speaking of which, did you see where Rick Warren asked his congregation to donate $900,000 in 48 hours to keep the Saddleback Church afloat? Punk is disappointed in the crowd's lack of respect and threatens to beat them all up. He promises to save the soul of one audience member next week. Punk says he is no minor threat (wink, wink).

Matt Hardy vs. Punk - Beat the Clock
The winner of the shortest match challenges Undertaker at Royal Rumble. Matt wins the lockup and tries a schoolboy. An extended feeling-out process ends in Matt putting Punk in a small package. Punk evades and checks the clock. His eyes look exhausted. Can't he even have coffee? Matt works the arm, blocks a kick, and stomps the prone Punk. He punts him in the ribs and corners him with the shoulder. A nice sitout gourdbuster gets two. Punk hotshots him and springboards into a gut punch. That gets two. Side Russian gets two. Punk counters a corner boot, kicks Hardy in the back, and slams his head to the mat. They're not rushing for victory or maybe this is as fast as Matt can move these days. Punk can't get a pin and stomps him. He cranks a neckbreaker for one and applies the figure-four headlock and drops the sharp elbows. He sets up Matt for a neckbreaker again but turns it into a shortarm clothesline. A casual pin gets two. Again, no urgency. A leg lariat puts Matt down for two. A back suplex gets two, and Punk uses a chinlock. Matt fights out with his own back suplex, slams Punk's head into the turnbuckle, and hits a nice running lariat. He got some air but not the pinfall. A bulldog gets two. Side Effect gets two. Punk avoids the Twist of Fate and levels Matt with a swinging head kick. Go To Sleep ends it at 7:20. Gallows and Punk doubleteam Matt to set up the Gallows Pole. "It's clobberin' time!"

Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler - Beat the Clock
I've missed Dolph. I have. Striker notes Ziggler's collegiate wrestling background trained him to earn pinfalls in short timespans. Kane isn't working the "Kane face" tonight; he looks quite normal. He checks the clock as the bell rings, and he's squatting with twitchy fingers in anticipation of Ziggler's offense. He's actually preparing for his opponent instead of lumbering and teasing the chokeslam. Ziggler goes for the legs, and they grapple on the mat for leverage. They're mat wrestling! Dolph goes to the ropes to get clearance and dropkicks Kane's knee on the break. He targets the leg now and tries to torque it for pinfalls. He runs into a clothesline and a two-count. Kane uses a delayed vertical suplex (leg be damned) and the seated dropkick. Ziggler shoulders up.

Kane wants a backdrop, but Ziggler reverses from the upside-down position on Kane's shoulders to hit a DDT. That looked awkward. Punk and Gallows watch backstage. Ziggler uses a running snapmare but can't get the three-count. He pounds the neck and dropkicks the head but can't get the pin. A chancery keeps Kane down until he scoops Ziggler up for a slam. He misses an elbow drop, but Ziggler connects on a Rocker Dropper. It gets two. We're at 3:45 remaining. Ziggler can't pin after his chain of elbow drops, and Striker observes he's abandoned his usual posing and preening. He checks the clock and applies another chinlock. Kane fights up and drops him with the big boot. It gets two. Avalanche and side slam get two. Two minutes left.

Oklahoma Slam (godspeed, Dr. Death) gets two. Kane fights off Ziggler up top and connects with the flying clothesline. It only gets two. One minute left. Ziggler floats out to escape the chokeslam and hotshots Kane from the apron. He charges Kane from behind and leaps up for a sleeper instead of hitting his finisher. Thirty seconds. Kane is slowly fading. Body scissors variant now and Dolph is screaming in desperation. The crowd counts down, but Kane holds on until the clock runs out. Ziggler now slaps on the Zig Zag in anger. Note if you will that Kane was the one trying to outlast ZIGGLER's offense. Punk and Gallows are all smiles backstage.

Matt and Todd recap RAW, including the announcement of Bret Hart guest-hosting on the 4th. Yes, I'm watching. Good God, am I watching. He was never known as a great promo guy, however, and I wonder how well he can handle the mic after such a long absence. This might be like Vince vs. Trump where McMahon managed the mic to make it look like his adversary had the last word. He's really good at that.

The Carolina Panther vs. The Great Khali
Panther, sporting a Julius Peppers logo, is small and doomed. The jersey apparently is an effort to get him booed after the Panthers beat the Giants last week, so we must be near New York. No translator tonight with Khali. Panther charges out of a three-point stance, and his offense does nothing. Double goozle, slam, foot pin. Thank God this wasn't Beat the clock. Khali dances, and the camera is sure to show lots of kids joining him.

A Shamwow commercial!

Intercontinental champion Drew McIntyre vs. John Morrison
Also not Beat the Clock. Morrison challenged for the belt on Superstars and hit Starship Pain on the bedecked champ. And The Lovely Mrs. Tracker has swooned dead away. McIntyre enters tonight without his robe, and he looks ten times better without it. Oh, God, now I'm swooning.

Here's an ad for the Avatar game. I saw the film Sunday night at a packed 2D theatre (I can't see 3D), and it brought the goods. Loved the visuals, loved the action. Didn't see any kids in attendance, but it was night time. Their marketing strategy worked, I must admit. It's printing money.

We also get an ad for the next RAW. Credit the WWE with this: They're pushing Bret's return, sure, but they're also advertising matches. TNA is only promoting Hogan. I have no idea what to tune in for otherwise on their three-hour Monday special.

We're back. They briefly go to the mat, and John tries a pin. Drew slides out of it but is dropped by a corkscrew leg lariat. It gets a one-count. He's clotheslined out. John follows and stands on the railing. He run to the champ. Drew moves. John adjusts in midair and twists onto his feet. McIntyre misses a clothesline, and Morrison runs to the railing for a twisting moonsault onto the standing champ. What initially looked like Drew grabbing him to block the hold is really him bracing Morrison to jump cleanly into the move. John shoves him into the ring and pins for two. As he comes back inside, Drew boots his head, and Morrison falls, catching his ankle in the bottom two ropes. The champ goes out and kicks the suspended leg square in the quads. Morrison frees himself, but McIntyre now has a fat target.

He drops elbows on the knee and cranks the ankle. This is how everyone should wrestle Rey; the fliers can't leap off one leg. Drew takes his time. As Drew holds the bad foot, John kips up onto the good one and enziguris Drew down. Another assisted move makes Morrison look good. That's not derision; McIntyre's helping the challenger's presentation. Morrison falls back down, clutching the leg. He slugs the champ and hits a Pele kick with one bad wheel to make me look like an idiot. He can't get a pinfall. Drew clocks the knee to set up the St. Andrew's, but Morrison rolls out and shoves him into the corner. Flying Chuck (on one bad leg) is very loud. It gets two. Morrison hobbles up for the Moonlight drive. The champ shoves him off into the ropes. Morrison runs back for the headscissors, and Drew turns it into a backbreaker. Two-count.

He exposes a turnbuckle, but Morrison clobbers him in that corner. The ref pulls him off repeatedly. When he turns, drew shoves Morrison into the ref. The ref thinks Morrison retaliated for the admonition and DQs him. Drew slithers out, and I like that finish. The champ is solidified as a snake, neither man hit his finisher, and the challenger is stymied despite the superior offense. Nice, nice work. Morrison attacks on the ramp, and a herd of referees pull them apart.

Women's champ Michelle McCool and Lydia sport a new anti-Mickie James shirt and a pro-Beth Phoenix shirt at ringside. Considering that Beth has designs on that title, this is smart villainy.

Beth Phoenix vs. Mickie James
Beth isn't buying the adulation. James forearms Beth and runs into a backbreaker and a two-count. Mickie hits the Thesz Press from the top but can't secure the pin. Lydia goes to ringside to distract the ref so McCool can ambush Mickie. She's a bit slow to get there, and Beth and Mickie improvise until the champ is in place. Mickie ducks however, and McCool kicks Beth instead. Michelle is terrified, and Mickie gets the roll-up pinfall in about one minute. Lydia and Michelle attack James, but Beth goes after the champ and demolishes her in the corner. Beth and Mickie clear the ring, and Beth gives her a quick low-five on her way out of the ring. Mickie turns to the bad guys outside, but Beth sneaks up for the Glam Slam! Mickie is out, the champ and her lackey are reeling, and the Fabulous Firebird is dominant. A smart segment.

Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio - Beat the Clock
Can either man beat 7:20? The RAW main event Monday is DX vs. JeriShow. If DX wins, Jericho is off RAW forever. Again. On the mic, Jericho explains SmackDown isn't big enough for him by itself. He has to be on RAW. He guarantees to beat DX and become the face of the entire company. His resolution is to win every championship in the WWE. He will be "the omnipotent epicenter" of the WWE Universe. Rey greets the masked kids at ringside and gives one of him his shirt. We go to ads again before the match starts, and I appreciate it.

Jericho overpowers him to start. Rey goes for his wheelbarrow bulldog, but Jericho shoves him off and forearms him down. He shoves Rey out, and Mysterio is too dazed to roll through. He splats to the floor. We've already seen two alterations of common Rey spots, and we're not a minute into the match. Nice. Jericho poses to stall where the ad break usually hits. Punk and Gallows watch backstage. Rey slowly gets back into the apron, but he backs up Jericho to hit a springboard splash for two. He runs into a clothesline, and Jericho checks the clock. Backdrop suplex gets two. He prowls the ring before headbutting Rey down for a pin try. Rey enziguris him into position for the 619, but Jericho jumps up with a side body backdrop for two.

Jericho applies a sleeper ("ask him! ask him!"). Rey stands up and drops Jericho into the second turnbuckle. He goes up and dives into a flying headbutt to Jericho's chin. Wow. Two-count only. Rey springboards off the second rope with a crossbody for two. Jericho tries a sunset flip, and Rey rolls out for a kick. Jericho grabs the foot and twists him to apply the Walls. Rey powers out and runs into another clothesline for two. Two minutes left now. Rey tries a running headscissors, but Jericho counters for that bad-ass Torture Rack Drop. He folds Rey up and only gets two.

Rey dropkicks him for the 619. Jericho sees him coming on the TitanTron and grabs the legs for the Walls. Now Rey can see the clock as we have one minute left. Rey slides up, and Jericho pulls him up for a powerbomb, but Rey rolls through, draping Jericho on the ropes. 619! Rey sees the clock has 30 seconds left, and he springboards up and dives RIGHT INTO A LEAPING CODEBREAKER! Hokey smoke! Rey is crutons! Jericho crawls to pin. Two-count only! Jericho jaws with the ref and scoops up Rey, who turns it into a small package. Five seconds left! Three-count! Rey has beaten Jericho and Punk's time by one second! Holy dinosaurs, these guys are awesome. Punk and Gallows are quietly dismayed. Rey has the time of 7:19 (because 6:19 would have been too much).

A Slap Chop commercial! This SmackDown is a cornucopia of delight!

Rey is sitting at ringside to watch our final Beat the Clock match.

R-Truth vs. Batista - Beat the Clock
Truth shouts out to the audience ("New Jersey!" Thank you, now I know where we are tonight.). Batista gets monster heat on his entrance. He takes his time getting to the ring because he don't sweat the Truth. And we go to the ads again before the match starts. Thank you, editors.

The Body By Jake Tower 200 gives you 200 exercises (#79: ARMbar; #123: armBAR).

The bell rings as we return. Batista corners him to begin and avalanches him in the opposite corner. shoulder thrusts follow. Truth rolls him up for one. Running legdrop keeps Batista down. He breaks another pinfall try and rakes the eyes. A clothesline flattens Truth. Nice traditional suplex gets two. Truth escapes an Oklahoma Slam (seriously, Steve Williams was the ur-Knox) and flips and flops to avoid Batista's power. He drops into the James Brown split, and Batista lets a second or two go by before kicking him in the head. That could have been cleaner.

He wants the bomb, and Rey is on his feet. Truth slips out and kicks Batista outside. He slingshots out onto Batista, and both are woozy. Batista is in the ring first, and he shoves Truth into the ringpost and down to the floor he goes. Dave follows and throws him into the steps. 3:28 left. Back inside, Truth is put shoulder-first into the turnbuckle. Batista is in no hurry. Truth comes back with a dropkick and runs into a Bossman Slam. It gets two. Batista wants a spear, but Truth blocks and hits a DDT. That gets two. Corkscrew ax kick by Truth gets two. Batista runs into the turnbuckle, and Truth goes up for a dropkick. Batista sidesteps it, gives Rey the eye, and spears Truth down. He again looks to Rey.

Spinebuster connects at 20 seconds, and again Batista won't pin. He wants the bomb. It hits, and he covers with eight seconds left. The ref counts one and two, but Rey drags the ref out. The ref can't get back in to count the pin, and the clock expires. Why isn't that a DQ win with four seconds left? Batista should be the challenge winner. Rey runs backstage, and Batista is again left in shock in the ring. The ref officially names Rey the winner, and the latter has again denied Batista a shot at Taker's title, the allegation that started this feud months ago.

But here's Special Consultant Vickie Guerrero to tell Rey that he cheated Batista (which he did). She makes a match between the two next week to determine the contender to Taker's title. This is weak; the heel boss shouldn't be in the right here, and Batista shouldn't have a legit complaint against the roster's top face. Not a great ending to a strong, strong show.

There was no mention of the Hart Dynasty giving Jericho the business last week. I'm hoping they save this for after Bret's return and follow up. Bret and the new Dynasty against Jericho and (dare I dream) Edge could be good fun.



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The Minor Threat reference was lost on 99.44% of the audience....
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Oh, and this was episode 541. We all skipped last week's show.



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It was a pretty good Smackdown; the lead-off match between Punk and Matt Hardy was pretty good (I can see a good rivalry/ feud between these two).

I thought it was somewhat lame how Morrison and McIntyre ended. Getting DQ'd for being pushed into the ref? I know Morrison was arguing with the ref which made the ref "believe" Morrison was the instigator for the shove but these 2 could have a good feud and matches going which is why I do not like to see it end like it did.

I was actually hoping Jericho would win with the beat-the-clock challenge because if he faced off and beat the Undertaker at the Rumble, Edge (who is expected to return around the time of the Rumble) could win the Rumble and face Jericho at WM 26.

However, I hope Batista wins next week because it is easier to work a match with 2 wrestlers who have had a past feud/ rivalry such as the Undertaker and Batista.

Either way, not a bad Smackdown at all to kick off the new year.
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    Originally posted by The Game


    However, I hope Batista wins next week because it is easier to work a match with 2 wrestlers who have had a past feud/ rivalry such as the Undertaker and Batista.



I hope that Rey wins. After all, it didn't really make sense to me why a face GM like Teddy Long wouldn't have granted Rey Mysterio another title match against the Undertaker, considering Batista interfered, costing him a fair shake at the belt on the Christmas edition of Smackdown.
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    Originally posted by geemoney
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      However, I hope Batista wins next week because it is easier to work a match with 2 wrestlers who have had a past feud/ rivalry such as the Undertaker and Batista.



    I hope that Rey wins. After all, it didn't really make sense to me why a face GM like Teddy Long wouldn't have granted Rey Mysterio another title match against the Undertaker, considering Batista interfered, costing him a fair shake at the belt on the Christmas edition of Smackdown.



Good point; however, how many times do we get teased of Rey being in the title picture and not winning it again? I know Rey is the "giant killer" but it just seems more legitimate for someone like Batista to win it and he is a heel and it does make matches usually more interesting when a heel and face square off, especially for the World Title.

If Rey were to win the title for sake of argument, then I would not mind to see Rey winning but it seems Rey may be just a "one hit wonder" when it comes to winning the top belt.
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And this is to anyone but did anyone see the sign that said, "Tito Santana is my Spanish teacher"? That may have been the best sign that I can remember as it was funny to spot right off the bat of last night's show.
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I've actually found myself rooting for Beth Phoenix throughout this whole Mickie/Michelle feud, as Beth's been the smartest person involved in the whole thing. I'd imagine what happened here sets up a three-way for the Rumble.

Speaking of three-ways, I'm guessing that's what winds up happening with the title picture as Batista/UT has been done to death and Rey's been way too awesome in his role to leave out of the title picture entirely.

Jericho's quietly becoming jobber-tastic lately. But even if he loses on Monday, his mic work can easily have people believing he's a favorite to win the Rumble match.




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I don't want to spoil anything, but actually this isn't much of a spoiler with the Card Subject to Change™... for MONTHS, we have been promised a DX/Jerishow Unified tag team title match at the 1/11 RAW taping at the Target Center. So even if Jerishow loses 1/4, somehow Jericho will still be at the next week's RAW taping. Card Subject to Change™, of course.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    I don't want to spoil anything, but actually this isn't much of a spoiler with the Card Subject to Change™... for MONTHS, we have been promised a DX/Jerishow Unified tag team title match at the 1/11 RAW taping at the Target Center. So even if Jerishow loses 1/4, somehow Jericho will still be at the next week's RAW taping. Card Subject to Change™, of course.


I would assume with the way the build has been going that Jerishow would win the titles back, but dunno for sure of course. I always thought the plan for WM was HHH-Michaels, but the recent Undertaker wrinkle confuses that some. Personally, I think it'd be great to have HBK distracted Monday by the UT gong, causing HHH to lose. Jerishow reveals the next week it was their doing, and HHH berates Michaels for being stupid enough to fall for it and focusing more on his personal needs/wants than the team.

Or maybe not.
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    I don't want to spoil anything, but actually this isn't much of a spoiler with the Card Subject to Change™... for MONTHS, we have been promised a DX/Jerishow Unified tag team title match at the 1/11 RAW taping at the Target Center. So even if Jerishow loses 1/4, somehow Jericho will still be at the next week's RAW taping. Card Subject to Change™, of course.
Sure enough, TONIGHT'S ads are only mentioning a Cena/Sheamus match for the WWE Championship. They could be trying to throw us off, however.

ALSO, next week's guest host has finally been confirmed and it IS...

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Mike Tyson
I....am still staying home as of now.

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