July 7, 2009
Scott Criscuolo

Friday Night Smackdown!
July 3, 2009
Fresno, California
Jim Ross and Todd Grisham

OPENING ANIMATION

Todd welcomes us to Fresno and the controversy surrounding World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk. Speaking of Punk, the champ makes his way to the ring after what happened at the Bash. Punk gets a chorus of boos. Punk says he knows everybody’s talking about the Bash, and he’s sick and tired of everyone saying he purposely kicked the ref to get disqualified. He wants to break it down step by step. First off, Punk says Jeff Hardy was not screwed at the Bash, as Punk’s leg was clearly under the bottom rope after the Swanton Bomb. We go back to the Bash match and Jeff Hardy elbowing Punk in the eye and the kick to Brad Armstrong’s back. Punk says he was the one that almost got screwed. Punk says it’s clear he couldn’t see when he accidentally kicked the ref. We go back to the Bash match and Jeff Hardy’s post-match attack on Punk. Punk says Jeff Hardy has no idea what kind of person Punk is. Punk says he takes no shortcuts and no cheap shots. Punk says what Jeff did was uncalled for. Punk says Jeff Hardy’s been telling everybody who will listen that he wants a World Title rematch. Punk is cool with that, if Jeff Hardy will apologize for the post match attack at the Bash. Punk wants his apology right now. Instead, out comes suspended GM Teddy Long. Teddy says he’s not sure if what Punk did was intentional at the Bash. Teddy says regardless, there will be a rematch at Night of Champions between Jeff Hardy and CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship. Punk says that’s fine but he wants an apology from Jeff Hardy. Teddy says he won’t be taking any part in tha, but he is making tonight’s main event: Unified WWE Tag Champs Edge & Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk & Jeff Hardy. From there the #1 contender Jeff Hardy comes out and tells Punk he can see right through him and that Punk is a liar. Punk says unless Jeff’s next words are “I’m sorry”, Punk doesn’t care what Jeff has to say. Jeff says he’ll apologize. He’ll apologize for kicking Punk’s ass at Night of Champions. Jeff pushes him, Punk pushes back, but then Punk cools off and says to Jeff that tonight they have to be partners, and on the same page. Punk says he can read Jeff’s face that he wants to punch him in the face. Punk says Jeff needs to take advice he should have took a long time ago: JUST SAY NO. So Punk is starting to creep the heel “Straight Edge” philosophy in. I saw that side of him in Ring of Honor and its awesome. Punk just leaves the ring and we go to break.

-The first of probably many Raw promos for tonight: Cena vs. HHH for the title shot with Randy Orton at Night of Champions.

Ricky Ortiz vs. Finlay
Glad to see Finlay back on Smackdown, who hasn’t been on in a while. Had a great 20-plus minute match with Rey Mysterio in late 2007 on Smackdown. Ortiz takes the mike and asks Finlay if he’s still upset about losing his little buddy Hornswoggle to Raw. Ortiz says he must end the negativity and now he’s back on Fridays. Ortiz says to drop the shillelagh, lose the smile and rally up! Finlay responds by smacking Ortiz in the face. The bell rings and Ortiz with a low knee but Finlay clotheslines him over the top rope. Finlay with a kick to the head while Ortiz gets to his feet. Ortiz trips him and Finlay’s outside. Finlay with a right hand but Ortiz with a power slam. Finlay’s pitched back into the ring, and he follows. Ortiz with a back suplex for 2. Ortiz goes for a splash and Finlay puts his knees up. Ortiz goes for a spear in the corner but Finlay ducks and Ortiz goes into the post. Finlay with a roll-up for 2. Finlay with some clotheslines and a Rolling Hills, then an Earthquake-esque sit down splash for 2. Finlay goes for the Celtic Cross but his back can’t handle it and Ortiz starts clubbing away. Ortiz goes for a belly-to-belly suplex but Finlay reverses it into the Celtic Cross for the win. WINNER: Finlay (Grade: 2)

-Backstage Dolph Ziggler is stretching and Maria comes over to say hi. They have an uncomfortable conversation about going out the night before. Is Ziggler turning face? Hopefully not.

Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth
Ziggler with a low knee and a right hand. Truth leapfrogs a charge in the corner, does the break-dancing split on a missed clothesline and boots Ziggler in the face. Truth with a hip toss for 1. Ziggler goes into the corner and gets in the ropes, which gives Ziggler a chance to cheap shot him. Ziggler with a face plant suplex for 2. Ziggler with some forearms to the face and a some sort of chinlock. Truth gets to his feet, but Ziggler throws him down. He throws some right hands, and drops some elbows for 2. Ziggler with a Full Nelson. Truth to his feet and he whips Ziggler to the floor. Truth with right hands and a reverse elbow. Truth with a clothesline but bends down for a back drop and gets kicked. ZIggler charges and Truth with a power slam for 2. Truth with a windmill kick and Ziggler hangs onto the bottom rope. Truth charges and Ziggler drops him on the top rope, then hits leaping side Russian leg sweep for the 3 count. WINNER: Dolph Ziggler (Grade: 2)

-We have a Smackdown edition of “Word Up” with Cryme Tyme and Eve Torres going over words like “Wanksta” and “Street Safari”. Jesse comes out, I guess in this now “Cryme Tyme-in training” gimmick. Ugh, just release him.

Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio vs. Kane
Old feud revisited, as Kane makes what seems like his 500th move. Rey with kicks and punches to start. Kane with a clothesline takes over. Kane with some stomps and right hands. Kane with another clothesline for 2. Kane with a headlock. Rey tries to leapfrog an irish whip to the corner but Kane catches him. Rey squirms out and low drop kicks Kane’s leg and he hits the second rope. Rey tries to dial 619 but Kane catches him by the throat for a chokeslam. Rey escapes but Kane grabs him and tosses him into the corner. More right hands and kicks follow. Kane backs off and we go to break. We return and Kane with a boot to the head for 2. He whips Rey chest first into the turnbuckle and the IC Champ rolls to the floor. Rey gets in at 9 and Kane continues stomping. Kane with a shot to the back and more stomping. Kane with a body slam but Rey with a double mule kick and some forearms but Kane ends that with a reverse elbow for 2. Kane with a back suplex for 2. It’s been a glorified squash so far. Kane with a backbreaker and he holds it. Rey knees Kane in the head to break it, then trips Kane and he goes into the turnbuckle. Kane with the Springboard West Coast Pop, then reverses a power slam into a back drop for 2. Rey with a low drop kick for 2. Rey goes to the top but Kane punches him in mid-air for 2. Rey with a enziguiri and a drop kick. Rey hits the 619 but can’t hit the huricanrana flip, and instead Kane catches him and drops a chokeslam for the win. WINNER: Kane (Grade: 2)

-Kane was going to continue to work Rey over but the Great Khali comes out and comes after Kane with a steel chair. We go backstage where Josh Matthews is with Chris Jericho. He’s happy about Rey Mysterio’s loss, then announces he will enact his rematch clause next week to get back his Intercontinental Title. Edge comes on the screen and says worry about that match next week. Tonight its about their opponents, who are clearly not on the same page. Jericho rips Punk as a liar, then rips the crowd as parasites, and gelatinous worms.

The Hart Dynasty vs. Cryme Tyme
A DEFINITE benefit of the 15-talent trade. Tyson Kidd starts with JTG, and they lock up. Kidd with a waistlock but JTG breaks and a drop toe hold leads to a front facelock. Kidd breaks it but JTG with a monkey flip and Kidd bails. Tag to David Hart Smith and he works JTG over. Smith with a belly throw for 2. Smith with a headlock. JTG breaks it but Smith gets him in his corner and tag to Kidd, who boots JTG in the back for 2. Kiss spreads the arms out from behind. Kidd misses a charge in the corner and JTG with a roll up for 2. Kidd stomps and goes back to the arm spreading. JTG gets to his feet and Kidd knees him in the gut. Into the ropes and Kidd drops his head and JTG with a right hand and a takedown. Each guy crawls to their corner and Smith and Shad Gaspard are tagged in. Shad gets the upper hand with power moves. Shad with an elbow drop for 2. JTG cheap shots Smith from behind and Shad with “Magnificence” for the 3 count. One week on SD and the Dynasty already lays down. Boooo. WINNERS: Cryme Tyme (Grade: 2)

We go to last week’s Raw Rebound with first guest host Batista.

Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla vs. Melina & Maria
So Layla is a heel again? Who knows. Melina and Layla start and Layla with a cheap shot. Melina with a reverse kick and a throw into the turnbuckle. A tag to Maria who knees Layla in the ribs. Maria with a snap mare and sit down clothesline for 2. Interesting move. Maria with a hip toss but Layla catches her leg and drops her. Tag to the champ and McCool works Maria’s leg over. Tag back to Layla who continues to work Maria’s leg over. Quick tag to McCool who keeps the pressure on the leg. Maria snaps McCool over and gets the tag to Melina who works McCool over with forearms. McCool with a blind kick and a tag to Layla. Melina with a kick to both heels, then hits the Primal Scream on Layla for the win. WINNERS: Melina & Maria (Grade: 2)

-We get a hysterical skit backstage with John Morrison and Teddy Long doing Michael Jackson lines as Morrison talks about beating CM Punk last week.

Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Edge & Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy & World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk
JR reminds us that next week on Smackdown Chris Jericho takes on Rey Mysterio for the Edge and Punk start things off and they lock up but Edge works on Punk’s arm and applies an arm bar. Punk escapes and hits a drop kick. Hardy tags in and he connects with a forearm from the turnbuckles. Hardy with a punch and kick in the corner followed by a hard Irish whip but Edge has his foot on the ropes. Hardy sends Edge into the turnbuckles and then he tags Punk back in. Punk with a double sledge to the arm and he kicks Edge in the chest. Punk with an arm bar but Edge with a forearm and Jericho tags in but Punk with an arm drag into an arm bar. Punk with a slam to Jericho and Jericho favors his knee. Hardy tags in and hits the screaming leg drop from the second turnbuckle for 2. Jericho punches Hardy and kicks him in the head. Jericho with a kick but Hardy with a reverse atomic drop and leg drop. Punk tags in and he stays with the arm and snap mares Jericho for 2. Punk with an arm bar. Edge is tagged in and he punches Punk in the head. Edge with a head butt as he starts to focus on the eye. Punk with a leg lariat and Hardy is tagged in. Hardy hits Poetry in Motion and Jericho takes some of the impact as well. Punk clotheslines Edge over the top rope to the floor as we see Punk and Hardy stare each other down as we go to break. We are back and Edge punches Hardy but Hardy with an arm drag and arm bar. Punk is checking on his eye and he refuses to tag in. Hardy gets a near fall. Hardy with a suplex and a cover for a near fall. Hardy punches Edge and tries for a splash after an Irish whip but Edge moves. Jericho tags in and he hits a series of elbow drops followed by punches. Jericho draws Punk in to allow Edge to work over Hardy on the floor. Jericho goes to bring Hardy back into the ring but he sends him into the apron first. Hardy tries to make the tag but Punk is not looking because of his eye. Jericho goes to the floor and Hardy returns to the ring and he tries to make the tag but Punk is not in position. Hardy hits Whisper in the Wind and both men are down. Edge tags in and he keeps Jeff from making the tag. Hardy with a Twist of Fate and the tag to Punk with a knee in the corner and a bulldog for a near fall. Punk gets Edge up for the Go To Sleep but Edge with an Edge-O-Matic to Punk for 2. Edge with a knee to the head. Edge works over Punk and then he talks to the ref to allow Jericho some double team action. Jericho tags in and he kicks Punk in the ribs. Punk with forearms to Jericho but both men hit clotheslines and they are both down. Punk tries to make his way to tag in Hardy but Hardy gets a sudden eye injury and he cannot make the tag. Hardy cannot see and Jericho gets a near fall with a rollup. Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho while Hardy is struggling to see again. Punk sends Jericho into the turnbuckles and Edge makes the blind tag while Punk sets for the Go To Sleep. Punk hits the GTS on Jericho but Edge with a spear for the win. WINNERS: Chris Jericho & Edge

-Jeff Hardy gives Edge a Twist of Fate but before he can Swanton him Jericho saves him. Hardy’s still holding his eye but Punk’s still down. Hardy shows that his eyes are just fine. Copyright’s up and we’re done.

FINAL GRADE: B-

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