August 28, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

Eddie Guerrero vs. Edge – No Holds Barred – WWE Smackdown (9/26/02)
The Eddie/Edge feud just kept getting better and better with matches at SummerSlam and Unforgiven, but here they had the ultimate opportunity to outshine those two other great matches. I remember this being one of the all-time best episodes of Smackdown too. Not only did it have this match, but also the Benoit/Angle/Rey triple-threat match in the main event. Edge monkey flips Eddie, but gets backed into the corner as Eddie takes over. Eddie uses the ropes to cover Edge after a hotshot. He can, because it’s NO HOLDS BARRED! Eddie enziguris out of an armbar and hits a suplex for two. Edge elbows out of a chinlock and hits a powerslam. Eddie meets him at the top and gives him a superplex! Slow cover, 1-2-NO! Eddie tries to rana Edge, but he’s caught up on his shoulders and dropped down throat-first on the ropes. Clothesline puts Eddie out on the floor. Edge follows him out and whips out a ladder from underneath the ring. This is NO HOLDS BARRED! He tries to ram Eddie with it, but Eddie ducks and the ref gets creamed. That’s what the ref gets for being out on the floor. Eddie grabs a chair and smacks Edge in the back with it. Back in, he brings the chair with him to beat on Edge’s ribs. Eddie’s feelin’ froggy, but Edge moves out of the way as we go to commercial. During the break, Edge got a nearfall after a spear as a new ref ran down to count. After the break, Eddie controls with a sleeper. Edge breaks loose and hits a half-nelson bulldog for two. Edge heads up to the middle rope, but Eddie ranas him down for two. Eddie walks the ropes and tries to spring off for another rana, but Edge counters with a powerbomb. Edge brings the ladder into the ring and Eddie dropkicks it back in his face. Now Eddie brings a second ladder into the ring and ladder sandwiches Edge for a Hilo! Both guys obviously hurting – Eddie takes too long to cover and only gets two. Eddie sets up a ladder in the corner and looks to FROG SPLASH Edge off it, but Edge meets him at the top. Eddie starts slamming Edge’s face into the top of ladder and then delivers a SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Another slow cover gets 1-2-NO! Eddie props Edge onto the ladder in the corner and charges, but Edge backdrops him into the ladder! Edge sets up the other ladder in the corner and climbs up, but Eddie meets him at the top again. Edge slugs at Eddie and slams his face on the top of the ladder before giving Eddie an EDGECUTION OFF THE LADDER! Cover, 1-2-3! (16:44 shown) Holy crap. How can you not love this match? ****¼

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