SD Fusion: Kane’s Shadow
The 3rd September 2010 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts before the titles roll with a video recapping Teddy Long’s announcement of The Undertaker being found in a vegetative state and the events since then involving Kane and The Undertaker.
After the titles roll, Alberto Del Rio is introduced by his personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez and he makes his way to the ring with a microphone and then plays a video recapping his attack on Rey Mysterio last week.
He says that he is throwing a celebration because he has removed Mysterio from the WWE as he’s proved that Mysterio was weak, and was misrepresenting the Mexican people, then referring to a piñata that he then breaks open.
After toasting to himself, Christian’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring with a microphone, joking that Del Rio is JBL – Juan Bradshaw Layfield, then Enrique Iglesias, before getting to the point that he doesn’t appreciate what Del Rio did to Mysterio.
He tells Del Rio that he has a scheduled match tonight, but he’s happy to take him on right now anyway, to which Del Rio tells the others in the ring to exit, then teases for a moment that he’ll fight before saying that there’ll be another time and place, that Christian will pay for it, and backing off as Drew McIntyre attacks Christian from behind. The match between McIntyre and Christian gets underway and ends with Christian getting the victory with a 3-count.
Next, Kelly Kelly takes on Co-Women’s Champion Michelle McCool after a video recapping LayCool’s challenge on Raw to Melina for unifying the Women’s and Divas titles at Night Of Champions, as the other Co-Champion Layla joins Matt Striker and Todd Grisham at ringside; the match ends with McCool hitting the Faith Breaker for the win.
After a video recapping the WWE’s visit to China, we see a Teddy Long and Hornswoggle with a Doctor, with the Doctor explaining what they have tried thus far to get Hornswoggle to speak English, and as it hasn’t worked, is going to now try electric-shock therapy, but ultimately ends up getting shocked by it himself as Long and Hornswoggle make their escape.
Now, Chris Masters takes on Dolph Ziggler (accompanied and introduced by Vickie Guerrero), with a video first recapping the events of last week between Ziggler and Kofi Kingston before the match gets underway, and the match ends when Ziggler gets the 3-count after hitting the Zig-Zag.
As The Big Show makes his way to the ring for his match against CM Punk and Luke Gallows, we see a video recapping the events of Raw between Show and the Straight-Edge Society (click here for our Raw report), with the match ending with a victory for Show after hitting the Alley-Oop and then making Gallows tap out to a Camel Clutch. Afterwards, an irate Punk hits Gallows with the GTS before leaving the ring.
Now, Jack Swagger hosts MVP’s VIP Lounge after winning the match between the Jack Swagger Sr. Invitational last week (which he shows us a video recap of), and his guest is Jack Swagger Sr. – and after his father counts him doing push-ups, MVP decides to interrupt.
MVP says that they look like squares making fools of themselves, and that there’s nothing “ballin’” about this VIP Lounge, throwing Swagger’s trophies out of the ring before taking out his father after he’s used as a shield and making Swagger go over the top rope when he tries to attack, then hitting his father with the “Ballin’” elbow drop as Swagger retreats up the ring.
Next up, Matt Hardy takes on “Dashing” Cody Rhodes, who starts out by insulting Hardy for not following his tips before the match starts. The match ends with Rhodes hitting Cross-Rhodes for the win.
We see Kane backstage telling us that the end for The Undertaker will come at Night Of Champions, because that’s when he defends his title against him, with that being the crowning moment of his entire life as he finally lays The Undertaker to rest.
A casket is taken to the ring by druids that usually signify The Undertaker, until the casket opens at ringside and Kane rises out of it. Getting in the ring and grabbing a microphone, he says he wishes that he could see the look on The Undertaker’s face, and his expression when he realises that there’s nothing that he can do to stop Kane, and realises that The Undertaker now walks in his shadow.
He says that for too long he has been the “other” brother and and afterthought, but things have changed, and that the only thing he sees when he looks at The Undertaker now is weakness, that he saw it the night he attacked him, at SummerSlam when he dropped him on his head, and on Monday when he proved that he was the Phenom (then showing a video recapping The Nexus’ attack on The Undertaker on Raw).
Kane says that despite the hope of the fans that The Undertaker would rise again after that, he knew that he’d just lay there like the mangled wretch that he has become as his powers have gone and now belong to him, and that when the saga is over at Night Of Champions, the man once known as The Phenom will become a memory known as Kane’s Brother, and there’s nothing that he can do about it.
The Undertaker decides to make his presence known, and he makes his way to the ring, and advances upon Kane, but the lights go out and when they are turned back on, Kane is nowhere to be seen.
The Undertaker looks in the casket at ringside, but Kane is not there. Instead we see Kane on the titantron and he just laughs and tells The Undertaker that he will simply be known as the brother he destroyed, and then starts to laugh and continue laughing as his pyro goes off and his music plays with The Undertaker standing in the middle of the ring as SmackDown! goes off the air.