August 8, 2010- August 14, 2010
Welcome to the one-hundred nineteenth edition of the WWE Week in Review. Feel free to contact me on TWO or Wrestling 101 anytime with comments, questions, and anything in between. Make sure to check out the section at the end of the article highlighting a different WWE Superstar, Diva, or Alumni every week. I have also added a section that lists where WWE will be hosting their weekly television shows and monthly pay-per-views.
WWE Week In Preview
Monday Night RAW
Lumberjack Match: The Nexus To Serve As Lumberjacks:
John Cena & Bret “The Hitman” Hart Vs. Edge & Chris Jericho
Final Build To SummerSlam
Results of the Third NXT Poll & Third NXT Elimination
Kelly Kelly Vs. Michelle McCool (with Women’s Champion Layla)
Jimmy & Jey Uso (with Tamina) Vs. Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu
Chris Masters Vs. Chavo Guerrero
WWE Friday Night SmackDown
Face-Off Between World Heavyweight Champion Kane and #1 Contender Rey Mysterio
Final Build To SummerSlam
Six nights before “The Biggest Event of the Summer” SummerSlam, the 898th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, CA. One week after quitting Team WWE, leaving Team WWE with five Superstars to face the seven members of The Nexus at SummerSlam, “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge would reunite with his former tag team championship partner, Chris Jericho, as they face the leader Team WWE, John Cena, and, competing on RAW for the first time in thirteen years, WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart in a Lumberjack Match with the seven ruthless members of The Nexus surrounding the ring as Lumberjacks!
Monday Night RAW (August 9, 2010)
Good Week For: Team WWE (despite The Great Khali getting taken out, Edge & Chris Jericho rejoined the team to help chase off The Nexus)
Bad Week For: The Nexus (despite doing their best to handicap Team WWE before SummerSlam, they will see an even match-up this Sunday)
Before he teams with John Cena to face Edge & Chris Jericho with The Nexus as Lumberjacks later in the night, the show kicks off with WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart! Bret states that, for the last two weeks, he has been “training like an absolute lunatic” in preparation for SummerSlam, but he has witnessed Team WWE “fall apart”! Bret states that, three weeks ago, he visited John Cena and reveals that he “vouched” for Edge & Chris Jericho, saying that Edge & Jericho would recognize the threat of The Nexus and that their momentum needs to be stopped, but Edge & Jericho would prove him “wrong” by quitting Team WWE! Bret Hart then calls Edge & Chris Jericho to the ring to try and put the team back together and Chris Jericho comes out and tells Bret to “dazzle” and “impress” him! Bret interrupts and tells Jericho that it is his time to “be a man” and to “step up and change things” before telling Jericho that Jericho & Edge did not “hurt” Team WWE, they only “hurt” themselves because, if The Nexus wins at SummerSlam, then Edge & Jericho will not be accepted by The Nexus or any of the Superstars and they will have “nowhere to go”! Bret then asks Jericho if he is going to do the “honorable thing” and join back up with Team WWE or if he is going to “disappoint” the fans and look at himself knowing that he “quit”! Jericho responds by saying his answer is still “no” and states that he has Bret “figured out” before calling Bret a “phony”! Jericho continues that Bret is not “concerned” about beating The Nexus, Bret is “concerned” about getting the “beating” of his life at the hands of Edge & Jericho before calling Bret “scared” and stating that Team WWE can not beat The Nexus at SummerSlam without him or Edge and that “no one” can “replace” either of them on the team or in the WWE before stating that, once again, “Bret Hart is screwed”! Jericho continues that he is not interested in teaming with John Cena and even less interested in teaming with Bret Hart because all he cares about is “dismantling” Bret Hart in the main event! This brings out “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge who reminds Chris Jericho that Bret Hart is the “reason” they got into the business! Edge continues that Jericho trained in the legendary Hart Dungeon while he grew up in Toronto where he had a poster of Bret Hart on his wall and went to see Bret compete with the hopes that Bret would place his trademark sunglasses on Edge’s head before telling Bret that he can count him in as a part of Team WWE! Jericho then leaves the ring as Edge tries to cheap shot Bret Hart, but Bret catches the foot of Edge and is getting ready to lock in the Sharpshooter when Jericho comes back into the ring and delivers a thumb to the eye of Bret, allowing Edge & Jericho to escape! As Edge & Chris Jericho exit, an emotional and tear-filled Natalya rushes into the ring and pleads for Bret’s help before the big screen shows The Nexus in the middle of a vicious attack on The Hart Dynasty; an attack that ends with Wade Barrett delivering a vicious kick to the head of David Hart Smith! Barrett then reveals that The Hart Dynasty were set to replace Edge & Chris Jericho on Team WWE as Bret Hart & Natalya rush to the backstage area!
Backstage, Bret Hart & Natalya are with The Hart Dynasty as a WWE doctor checks on the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions before Bret grabs a steel chair and states that he is going to take matter into his “own hands”, but Bret is stopped by John Cena who convinces Bret to stay and take care of The Hart Dynasty, citing that Bret Hart going after The Nexus alone is just what The Nexus wants! John Cena then states that he is going to talk to The Great Khali! Can John Cena keep Team WWE from completely falling apart just six nights before SummerSlam?
United States Champion & “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz was in action on RAW as The Miz would go one-on-one with the high-flying Evan Bourne! In the end, it was The Miz hitting the Skull Crushing Finale on Evan Bourne to pick up the win!
One week after surprising everyone by making her return to the WWE and leaving the Divas Champion, Alicia Fox, laid out, “The A-List Diva” Melina would make her return to action as she would go one-on-one with Divas Champion Alicia Fox in a non-title match! In the end, it was Melina hitting the Last Call on Alicia Fox en route to pinning the Divas Champion! By pinning the champion, Melina has earned a shot at the Divas Title, but when will Melina get her shot at the gold?
Backstage, The Great Khali is interviewed about his affiliation and Khali emphatically states “WWE”, signifying his alliance with Team WWE, before challenging Nexus leader, Wade Barrett, to a one-on-one match! Six nights before Team WWE faces The Nexus at SummerSlam, can The Great Khali send a strong message to The Nexus or will Wade Barrett make an example of The Great Khali?
Following her non-title victory over Alicia Fox, it was announced that, this Sunday at SummerSlam, Alicia Fox will defend her Divas Title against “The A-List Diva” Melina! Can Melina regain the Divas Title or will Alicia Fox ruin the return of Melina?
Backstage, Team WWE teammates R-Truth & John Morrison are confronted by “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry, who throws his name in the hat as a possible replacement for both Edge & Chris Jericho on Team WWE before telling R-Truth & Morrison that they should consider his match an “audition”! However, it is then revealed that The Nexus saw this conversation between Mark Henry, R-Truth, & John Morrison and Wade Barrett gives The Nexus the nod before they leave the locker room! After assaulting potential Team WWE replacements, The Hart Dynasty, does The Nexus have their sights set on taking out Mark Henry as well?
After his conversation with R-Truth & John Morrison about possibly joining Team WWE, “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry was set to go one-on-one with “The Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase, but on Mark Henry’s way to the ring, Henry spotted Nexus members Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel standing on the steel ring steps, which distracted Mark Henry long enough for four more Nexus members to jump Mark Henry from behind as six of the seven Nexus members beat down Mark Henry before sending Henry crashing into the steel ring steps, leaving Mark Henry unconscious! What is the status of Mark Henry following this attack? Does The Nexus intend to take out every potential replacement that Team WWE could have?
Six nights before he defends the WWE Title against Randy Orton at SummerSlam, WWE Champion Sheamus made an appearance to call out his SummerSlam opponent, Randy Orton! The confident champion states that, last week, he was “afraid”; afraid of what he would do to Randy Orton before proclaiming that he fears “nobody” and that he has “ended careers” in the ring before calling out the #1 Contender to his WWE Title, Randy Orton! The #1 Contender wastes no time in coming out as Randy Orton enters the ring to confront the WWE Champion! Orton tells the champion that Sheamus is “full of it” when Sheamus says that he was “afraid” of what he would do to Orton! Orton continues that Sheamus had the opportunity to prove that everyone should take him “seriously”, but Sheamus blew the opportunity, just like he at SummerSlam because Sheamus has never defeated him! Sheamus vows to retain the WWE Title and ensure that Randy Orton will never get another title opportunity as long as he is WWE Champion! Orton responds by vowing that he will win the WWE Title at SummerSlam and tells Sheamus to redeem himself from last week and “do something about it”! The anonymous RAW General Manager then chimes in with an email that announces that, given Sheamus’ last two title defenses, any Superstar that interferes in the WWE Title match at SummerSlam will be “suspended indefinitely” and that, if Randy Orton fails to win the WWE Title this Sunday, Orton will not get a rematch for the WWE Title as long as Sheamus is champion! The anonymous GM then challenges Sheamus to “do something about it” against Randy Orton, but Sheamus shakes his head before trying to fake Orton out! However, when Sheamus tries to leave the ring, Orton strikes from behind, but Sheamus fights back and is set to deliver the pump kick, but Orton dodges the move and hits a backbreaker on the WWE Champion! Orton would then set up for the punt, but would stop just short of kicking Sheamus in the skull, not wanting to jeopardize his WWE Title match at SummerSlam! Orton would then slide to the outside and pick up the WWE Title before holding it up to Sheamus! Can Randy Orton walk out of SummerSlam as the WWE Champion or will Sheamus be able to retain the coveted gold?
With WWE Champion Sheamus still seething at ringside over his confrontation with Randy Orton, the six remaining NXT Rookies got the opportunity to compete on RAW as Kaval, Lucky Cannon, & “Showtime” Percy Watson would face Alex Riley, Husky Harris, & Michael McGillicutty in a 6-Man Tag match! In the end, it was Husky Harris hitting the Husky Senton en route to pinning Kaval to pick up the win! After the match was over, Sheamus blasted Lucky Cannon and left Lucky laid out before hurling Michael McGillicutty into the ringside barricade and hitting Kaval with the High Cross Powerbomb in the ring before grabbing a microphone and proclaiming that, at the same time on next week’s RAW, he will still be the WWE Champion! Will Sheamus still be the WWE Champion next week or will Randy Orton have dethroned the confident champion?
Six nights before they are part of Team WWE at SummerSlam, R-Truth & John Morrison would square off with William Regal & Zack Ryder in tag team action! In the end, it was John Morrison hitting Starship Pain en route to pinning Zack Ryder to pick up the win! R-Truth & John Morrison appear unified, but can the rest of Team WWE stay on the same page?
In a very special Divas Match, six Divas would face off in the Divas Summertime Spectacular as Maryse & Jillian, Eve Torres & Gail Kim, & The Bella Twins would compete in their bathing suits in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match with Santino Marella as the Special Referee! At the end of a unique Divas contest, it was one of The Bella Twins hitting a high cross body on Jillian en route to picking up the win! After the match, Tamina came out in her swimsuit and got in the face of Santino Marella before allowing Santino to leave, but not before slapping the behind of Santino! Is Tamina interested in Santino Marella?
Backstage, The Great Khali is making his way to the ring to go one-on-one with Nexus leader Wade Barrett when the seven Nexus members attack Khali and the ruthless group viciously assaults Khali, slamming Khali’s knee onto the solid concrete in the process! What is the status of The Great Khali following this attack? Has The Nexus taken The Great Khali off of Team WWE at SummerSlam?
After assaulting The Great Khali, the seven members of The Nexus appear and Nexus leader Wade Barrett states that his scheduled match against Khali has been “cancelled” before proclaiming that, after they beat Team WWE at SummerSlam, the “balance of power will shift dramatically and permanently” and they will have accomplished what no one in the WWE could ever imagine! Skip Sheffield then proclaims that RAW is their show and that Bret Hart will join the likes of Ricky Steamboat and Mr. McMahon as “victims” of The Nexus as Bret will “never be seen again” after SummerSlam and that The Nexus will “break” the members of Team WWE “mentally” to the point that they will never be able to recover! David Otunga then sends a stern warning to anyone who is thinking of joining Team WWE as replacements to take a look at what they did to the potential replacements before proclaiming that “you are either Nexus or against us”!
Backstage, John Cena & Bret Hart on their way to the ring to face Edge & Chris Jericho in the main event when they are confronted by United States Champion & “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz, who makes Cena & Bret admit they need his help on Team WWE before stating that he will let them know this Sunday! With Team WWE in desperate need of replacements, will The Miz fill one of those spots at SummerSlam? Will The Nexus intervene and do to The Miz what they did to the other potential replacements?
Then it was time for the main event as Team WWE members John Cena & Bret “The Hitman” Hart would face the two Superstars who quit the team last week, Edge & Chris Jericho in a Lumberjack Match with the seven ruthless and unpredictable members of The Nexus serving as the Lumberjacks! However, the match quickly got out of hand as, on the outside of the ring, The Nexus proceeded to beat down both Edge & Chris Jericho after Jericho inadvertently knocked heads with Nexus leader Wade Barrett! As Edge & Jericho walked back up the ramp, the seven members of The Nexus got on the apron of the ring, set to do the unthinkable to John Cena & Bret Hart, but Team WWE teammates R-Truth & John Morrison rush to the ring to join Cena & Bret! The Nexus then enters the ring and comes face-to-face with Cena, Bret, R-Truth, & Morrison with The Nexus still having a three man advantage, but then, in a shocking change of heart, Edge & Chris Jericho rush to the side of the four Superstars, setting up a seven-on-six brawl that forces The Nexus to retreat through the crowd! If The Miz opts to join Team WWE this Sunday at SummerSlam, then the Tag Team Elimination Match will be back to a 7-on-7 situation! With the last minute decision by Edge & Chris Jericho to join back up with Team WWE and with The Miz a possibility to round out the team, can Team WWE rid the WWE of The Nexus this Sunday at SummerSlam or will The Nexus continue their reign of terror?
The tenth week of NXT Season Two came to you, live, from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. With two NXT Rookies already eliminated, only six Rookies remain as Kaval, Alex Riley, Husky Harris, Lucky Cannon, Michael McGillicutty, & “Showtime” Percy Watson remain in the hunt for a contract as a WWE Superstar and a future title shot on pay-per-view, but one of the Rookie’s dreams will be dashed as the third NXT Poll would be revealed and whoever is ranked last would be eliminated!
WWE NXT (August 10, 2010)
Good Week For: Kaval (regained the number one spot in the NXT Poll and picked up the victory for his team in 6-Man Tag action)
Bad Week For: Lucky Cannon (was eliminated from NXT Season Two)
The show kicks off with the introduction of the WWE Pros & NXT Rookies as WWE Pros Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, LayCool, John Morrison, MVP, “Dashing” Cody Rhodes, and United States Champion & “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz take their seats on the stage and NXT Rookies Michael McGillicutty, Kaval, “Showtime” Percy Watson”, Lucky Cannon, Husky Harris, & Alex Riley take their spots standing on the stage opposite the Pros! Once everyone takes their spots, NXT Host Matt Striker reveals that, due to the injuries dealt to him by The Nexus on RAW, Lucky Cannon’s Pro, Mark Henry, will be unable to be present. Matt Striker then makes the announcement that the Season Finale of NXT will take place in three weeks’ time and the Season Finale will be centered around determining who the sole Rookie is who will be WWE’s next breakout star and who will earn a title shot at a future pay-per-view! Striker then introduces the Power of the Punch Challenge where the Rookies will take turns at a boxing machine where they will hit the bag on the machine and whoever gets the highest score wins with the prize being their own individual appearance on next week’s edition of Monday Night RAW! Michael McGillicutty was the first Rookie to take the challenge as the number one Rookie scored an 863, followed by Kaval, who gets disqualified for kicking the bag instead of punching it! Next up was “Showtime” Percy Watson, who scored a 716, followed by Lucky Cannon who scored a 744! Husky Harris was up next and was surprised when he only scored a 380 and demanded a redo, which he was denied! Alex Riley was the last Rookie to take the challenge and Riley scored a 896 to win the Power of the Punch Challenge and earn his own individual appearance on RAW next Monday night! After winning the challenge, Alex Riley proclaims that he is the “best all-in-all athlete” of all the Rookies and proclaims that his Pro was a “reality star”, but he is a “star in reality”! What will Alex Riley do in his appearance on next week’s RAW? Will Alex Riley even be a part of NXT Season Two after the third NXT Poll is revealed and another Rookie is eliminated?
After a confrontation during a commercial break, it was revealed that, after trying to get John Morrison to beg him to be a part of Team WWE at SummerSlam, but Morrison refused and instead challenged The Miz to a match, which “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” accepted! Can John Morrison show The Miz that Team WWE does not need The Miz or will The Miz show that Team WWE does need him?
In a rematch from RAW, the six Rookies would face off as Kaval, Lucky Cannon, & “Showtime” Percy Watson would face Alex Riley, Husky Harris, & Michael McGillicutty in a 6-Man Tag Match! At the end of a chaotic match, it was Kaval hitting the Warrior’s Way on Michael McGillicutty to win the match for himself, Lucky Cannon, & “Showtime” Percy Watson! Will this impressive win sway the votes in favor of Kaval in the third NXT Poll?
Former friends turned enemies and WWE Pros would face off as United States Champion & “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz would go one-on-one with “The Guru of Greatness” John Morrison! At the end of a hard-fought match, it was John Morrison missing the Flying Chuck that allowed The Miz to take advantage and hit the Skull Crushing Finale en route to picking up the win! Has The Miz proved his worth to Team WWE or can the six members of Team WWE succeed against The Nexus without The Miz?
Then it was time for the third NXT Poll to be revealed as, depending on their ranking in the NXT Poll, another Rookie will be eliminated as Kaval, Alex Riley, Husky Harris, Lucky Cannon, Michael McGillicutty, & “Showtime” Percy Watson will be voted for by the WWE Pros and WWE fans with the Rookie ranked last being sent home! With the six remaining NXT Rookies lined up at ringside, NXT Host Matt Striker asks Michael McGillicutty who should be sent home and McGillicutty states that Lucky Cannon should be eliminated because Cannon is “lucky” to be getting an opportunity in NXT, so he should go home! Kaval is asked the same question and Kaval gives the same answer as Kaval states that Lucky Cannon has not made the necessary “impact” needed to be a WWE Superstar! After initially dodging the question, “Showtime” Percy Watson would state that Alex Riley should be eliminated because Riley “talks too much”! After having two Rookies say he should be eliminated, Lucky Cannon was asked the question of who should be eliminated and Cannon stated that everyone but himself should be eliminated, because no one “wants it” more than him! Husky Harris is asked the same question and Husky states that Lucky Cannon should be eliminated, citing that Cannon has not won a match! Finally, Alex Riley gives his opinion on who should be eliminated and, after saying he wishes NXT Host Matt Striker would be sent home for asking “stupid questions”, Riley states that Michael McGillicutty should be eliminated because he will win the competition, not McGillicutty! Then it was time to reveal the third NXT Poll and it was revealed that “The World Warrior” Kaval was back on top as the Rookie takes the number one spot away from Michael McGillicutty with McGillicutty dropping to number two! The number three Rookie was revealed to be “Showtime” Percy Watson and the number four Rookie was revealed to be Husky Harris, who moved up two spots in the rankings from the second NXT Poll and it also marked the first time that Husky has not been in danger of being eliminated! With the first four revealed, it then came down to Alex Riley and Lucky Cannon as one of the Rookie’s dreams will be dashed depending on where they are ranked and it was revealed that Alex Riley secured the number five spot, meaning that Lucky Cannon is eliminated from NXT! After learning of his elimination, Lucky Cannon delivered his parting words by calling Kaval a “nine year old who sounds like Barry White” and calling Percy Watson a “poor imitation of Eddie Murphy” before vowing that the fans have not seen the “last” of Lucky Cannon! Alex Riley then comments on narrowly avoiding elimination by stating that he will not “change” who he is to “cater” to the WWE fans and he will prove on next week’s RAW and over the next three weeks of NXT that he will win NXT Season Two and he will, one day, be a WWE Champion! NXT Host Matt Striker then drops the bombshell that next week’s NXT will see a double elimination as two Rookies will be sent home on the same night! Which two NXT Rookies will be eliminated next week? Who will be the final three Rookies remaining?
The 69th edition of WWE Superstars came to you from the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, CA and from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. In their continuing rivalry, Kelly Kelly would go one-on-one with Michelle McCool, with Women’s Champion Layla in her corner! Jimmy & Jey Uso would be looking to get back in the hunt for the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles as Jimmy & Jey would face “The Bizarre Lonestar” Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu. Also, “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters would go one-on-one with “The Mexican Warrior” Chavo Guerrero.
WWE Superstars (August 12, 2010)
Good Week For: Michelle McCool (picked up an impressive win in the main event)
Bad Week For: Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu (narrowly missed defeating The Usos, thanks to Tamina)
The opening match of the night saw tag team action as Jimmy & Jey Uso would face “The Bizarre Lonestar” Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu. In the end, it was a timely distraction by Tamina that allowed Jey Uso to hit the super kick on Goldust followed by Jimmy Uso hitting the Superfly Splash en route to picking up the tag team win! Are Jey & Jimmy Uso on their way back to Unified WWE Tag Team Title contention?
WWE Superstars would also see one-on-one action as “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters would go one-on-one with “The Mexican Warrior” Chavo Guerrero. At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Chavo Guerrero hitting the Frog Splash en route to picking up the win!
Then it was time for the main event as Kelly Kelly would go one-on-one with Michelle McCool, with Women’s Champion Layla in her corner! In the end, it was Michelle McCool picking up a dominant win over Kelly Kelly after hitting the Faith Breaker!
Former WWE Superstar Dies at 29: WWE.com has announced that World Wrestling Entertainment was informed of the passing of former WWE Superstar Lance Cade, whose real name is Lance McNaught, by Lance’s father on Friday morning. Lance was 29 years old and the cause of death is being reported as heart failure. Lance Cade joined the WWE in March 2003 and, during his time in the WWE, Lance was a three-time World Tag Team Champion with Trevor Murdoch. Cade would continue working with the WWE until October 2008 when he was released. Cade would then rejoin the WWE in September 2009 and would be sent to WWE’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, but was released again in April 2010. Lance McNaught leaves behind two daughters, seven year old Natallye and two year old Laryssa.
Two nights before SummerSlam, the 573rd edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Two nights before they square off for the World Heavyweight Championship and one week after accusing each other of being the assailant behind the attack on The Undertaker, World Heavyweight Champion Kane will have a face-off with his #1 Contender, Rey Mysterio!
Friday Night SmackDown (August 13, 2010)
Good Week For: Rey Mysterio (defeated Dolph Ziggler and got the better of Kane just two nights before SummerSlam)
Bad Week For: Dolph Ziggler (lost to Rey Mysterio and found out he will defend the Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam)
The show kicks off with SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero, who introduces the new Intercontinental Champion, Dolph Ziggler! Vickie then calls Dolph “more electrifying than The Rock”, “has more heart than Bret”, and is “sexier than Shawn Michaels” and Dolph is all hers! The new champion then states that, without Vickie, he would not be the “total package”! Vickie then states that she can not wait to get out of San Jose and enjoy a vacation in Tahiti! The celebratory love-fest is then crashed by Kofi Kingston who rushes to the ring and attacks Dolph before Kofi is pulled off of the new champion! This brings out the SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, who ruins Dolph & Vickie’s vacation plans as Long announces that Dolph Ziggler will make his first defense of the Intercontinental Title against former champion Kofi Kingston in two nights at SummerSlam! The GM then announced that Dolph Ziggler will also be in action on SmackDown as Dolph would go one-on-one with the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, Rey Mysterio! SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero then proclaims that, if Dolph is going to compete, then Kofi will as well as Kofi will go one-on-one with the World Heavyweight Champion, Kane! However, Theodore Long reminds Vickie that she is only the Consultant, while he is the one with the “power” on SmackDown! A determined Kofi Kingston then grabs the microphone from the GM and states that he is not a “coward” like Dolph Ziggler and he has “no problem” going one-on-one with Kane and he will even face Kane in the opening match!
Two nights before he gets his rematch for the Intercontinental Title against new champion Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam, Kofi Kingston would go one-on-one with World Heavyweight Champion Kane just two nights before Kane defends the World Heavyweight Title against Rey Mysterio! In the end, it was Kane delivering a huge chokeslam from the top rope before spiking Kofi Kingston with the Tombstone Piledriver en route to picking up the win! After the match, Kane states that Rey Mysterio attacked his brother, The Undertaker, and that Rey’s “desperation” was the “motivation” for his actions! Kane then proclaims that Rey’s “lies” will not protect him from the wrath of Kane at SummerSlam and also proclaims that “vengeance will be delivered by the devil’s favorite demon”! The #1 Contender Rey Mysterio then comes out and calls himself “one of god’s humble servants” before stating that, if there was one person who had the “motive” to attack The Undertaker, it was Kane! Rey continues that Kane is the one who found The Undertaker, as well as the one who “wrongfully accused” others before stating that Kane was also motivated by living in The Undertaker’s “shadow” since they were born! Rey states that Kane has the “most to gain” and, if The Undertaker was there, then the World Heavyweight Title would be in The Undertaker’s hands! Rey then proclaims that this Sunday, the World Heavyweight Title will be in his hands! Is Rey Mysterio right in accusing Kane of attacking The Undertaker? Has Rey Mysterio got in the head of Kane? Can Rey Mysterio regain the World Heavyweight Title from Kane this Sunday at SummerSlam?
Backstage, Drew McIntyre catches up with “Dashing” Cody Rhodes and tells Rhodes that, if Rhodes can not beat Christian, then he is not “dashing”, he is just “disappointing”! Will Drew McIntyre’s motivation work for “Dashing” Cody Rhodes?
For the first time since having his left shoulder assaulted by Drew McIntyre two weeks, “Captain Charisma” Christian would go one-on-one with “Dashing” Cody Rhodes! In the end, it was Cody Rhodes taking advantage of the injured left shoulder by throwing Christian shoulder-first into the steel ring post before hitting the Cross Rhodes to pick up the big win!
Two nights before he faces The Straightedge Society’s CM Punk, Luke Gallows, & Joey Mercury in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match at SummerSlam, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show was in action on SmackDown as he would face local competitors Jody Reese, Derek Werley, & Fernando Vega in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match with The Straightedge Society watching from the stage! Big Show made quick work of the three preliminary competitors as he flattened Jody Reese and Fernando Vega with chokeslams before laying Derek Werley out with the Knockout Punch en route to picking up the dominant win! After the match, CM Punk tells Big Show that Show’s “pea brain” can not tell the difference between the three “ham and eggers” Big Show just defeated and his “sin-free machine of self-discipline” that is going to “crush” Big Show before proclaiming that The Straightedge Society will present an “orchestra” this Sunday called “the destruction of Big Show”! Can even the three-on-one advantage that The Straightedge Society will have over Big Show be enough to stop the angry giant?
Intense rivals would square off on SmackDown as Matt Hardy would go one-on-one with “The Chosen One” Drew McIntyre! The match looked to take a turn for the worst on the outside for Matt Hardy as Drew McIntyre placed the foot and ankle of Matt between the steel steps and crushing the ankle of Matt in the process, which led to Drew McIntyre hitting the Future Shock DDT in the ring en route to picking up the win! What is the status of Matt Hardy after Drew McIntyre’s attack on Matt’s ankle?
Two weeks after being thrown into the Gulf of Mexico by Rey Mysterio, “The All-American American” Jack Swagger made an appearance on SmackDown! Swagger states that, when he looks at the fans, he sees people who look for an “excuse” to “feel sorry” for themselves, but he is not like them because he has a “legitimate excuse”! Swagger continues that he has been through “everything” over the last two months from being “cheated” out of his World Heavyweight Title to being thrown into the Gulf of Mexico to having to witness his father being attacked by Kane! Swagger then states that “SummerSlam has lost its Swagger” before Swagger is interrupted by “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP, who states that “nobody cares” about Swagger’s problems! Jack Swagger responds by saying everyone should care about his problems before reminding MVP that they had a similar discussion last year! MVP then recalls that they did have a similar conversation last year and that it led to him defeating Swagger at last year’s SummerSlam! Swagger then blasts MVP in the head with a microphone before hurling MVP into the ringside barricade! How will MVP respond to this attack?
Following their confrontation moments earlier, an impromptu match took place on SmackDown as “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP would go one-on-one with “The All-American American” Jack Swagger! In the end, it was MVP coming out of nowhere to roll up Jack Swagger to pick up the big win! How will Jack Swagger respond to this loss?
The very confident Alberto Del Rio will make his debut as the self-proclaimed “honest man” and “the bravest of the brave” will make his first appearance in a WWE ring on next week’s SmackDown! What will this new, very confident SmackDown Superstar bring to Friday Nights? Who will Alberto Del Rio butt heads with first on SmackDown?
Then it was time for the main event as, two nights before he challenges Kane for the World Heavyweight Title at SummerSlam, Rey Mysterio would go one-on-one with new Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler just two nights before Dolph defends his gold against Kofi Kingston at “The Biggest Event of the Summer”! During the match, Rey Mysterio looked to be lining up for the 619 when the World Heavyweight Champion, Kane, comes out and wheels a casket to ringside before standing at ringside with the casket opened as the match continues! At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Rey Mysterio catching Dolph Ziggler with a roll-up to pick up the win! After the match, Kane tried to get the better of Rey Mysterio, but Rey got the better of Kane and ultimately knocked Kane into the casket! What will happen when these two go to war over the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday at SummerSlam?
Superstars of the Week: Team WWE (John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, R-Truth, John Morrison, & Bret “The Hitman” Hart)
The 23rd annual WWE SummerSlam will come to you, live on pay-per-view, this Sunday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
6-on-7 Elimination Tag Match:
Team WWE (John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, R-Truth, John Morrison, & Bret “The Hitman” Hart) Vs. The Nexus (Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield, & Michael Tarver)
WWE Championship: No Interference Allowed:
Sheamus © Vs. Randy Orton
World Heavyweight Championship:
Kane © Vs. Rey Mysterio
3-on-1 Handicap Match:
The Straightedge Society (CM Punk, Luke Gallows, & Joey Mercury) Vs. Big Show
Dolph Ziggler © Vs. Kofi Kingston
Alicia Fox © Vs. Melina
Alumni Profile of the Week
Ring Name: Lance Cade
Real/Full Name: Lance K. McNaught
Born On: March 2, 1981 in Omaha, NE
Died On: August 13, 2010
Trained By: Shawn Michaels
WWE Run: 2003-2008 & 2009-2010
Three Time World Tag Team Champion
Next Week’s WWE Television Schedule
Sunday, August 15: WWE SummerSlam, LIVE from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Monday, August 16: RAW, LIVE from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, August 17: WWE NXT from the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA
Thursday, August 19: WWE Superstars from Los Angeles, CA & Bakersfield, CA
Friday, August 20: The Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA Hosts SmackDown