April 6, 2010
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WWE U.S. Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Finlay – (WWE Smackdown 7/14/06)
We have the powerful rookie vs. the wise old veteran, says Cole. Lashley fights off a chinlock and works the crowd with one hand while he gives Finlay a suplex with the other. HOLY SNAP HE’S STRONG! Finlay takes a walk to the floor as we take a break. We come back to see Finlay throwing Lashley into the ringpost. During the break, Finlay tossed Lashley into the steel steps. Meanwhile, I miss hearing JBL on commentary. Lashley fires back, but Finlay trips him up and applies a Crippler Crossface. Lashley breaks loose and catches Finlay as he comes off the top with a boot. He mounts his comeback with multiple clotheslines and a release belly-to-belly suplex. Finlay rolls out and throws a chair in the ring to break Lashley’s momentum. While the ref gets rid of the chair, Finlay grabs his shillelagh and runs at Lashley. It does no good. Lashley kicks the shillelagh away and delivers a backdrop. Now Lashley has the shillelagh…and throws it up the rampway. Boo! They head to the floor for some brawling. On the other side of the ring, the Little Bastard/Little Monster/Hornswoggle comes up from underneath the ring apron and slides another shillelagh in the ring! While the ref is getting rid of a chair, Finlay BLASTS Lashley with the shillelagh! Ref turns around and counts 1-2-3! Finlay wins the US title! (10:02) This is Finlay 101, folks. Great to see him win the belt, but it was sadly just a transitional period. Also, watching this again reminded just how green Lashley really was. *˝

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