SD Fusion: Dragging Rights

by on 24th October 2010

The 22nd October 2010 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! starts with Team Raw and Team SmackDown in the ring, alongside SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long. He informs us that for the first time ever, he will not be making the matches but instead will be letting the Superstars make them, and suggests that The Miz goes first.

The Miz says that Long should thank him for his team appearing on SmackDown! and the resulting ratings boost it provides. He says that as he has already beaten The Big Show, there will be a Six-Man Tag Team match comprising of himself, Sheamus, and Ezekiel Jackson.

The Big Show says that it doesn’t surprise him that The Miz would hide behind two powerhouses as he did the same when he was his tag team partner, and asks if he still has the “wetting the bed” problem. He says that he needs speed, so chooses Kofi Kingston and Rey Mysterio to be on his side of the match.

Edge says that he has had an idea and wants to be in action too, but he wants a one-on-one match with the person he considers to be the most obnoxious, self-righteous, sanctimonious Superstar on either brand – CM Punk.

John Morrison decides to issue his own challenge, saying that he wants to face someone who thinks that he is better than anyone and too good to be there, and someone who has trouble with the English language. Telling Swagger that it’s not him, he says that he wants to take on Alberto Del Rio.

Jack Swagger says that doesn’t leave a lot for him, but he is going to choose the Superstar whose finishing move is worse than the Sharpshooter, and the only Superstar in WWE history with a unibrow and wipe it off his face – Swagger chooses to go against Santino Marella.

Long says that we’ll kick of SmackDown! right now with the Six-Man Tag Team match. The match ends with Mysterio getting the victory for Team SmackDown! after hitting a splash onto The Miz from The Big Show’s shoulders after Show gave The Miz a Chokeslam.

After a video recapping the events involving Cena, The Nexus, and Randy Orton on Raw (click here for our Raw report) and hyping the matches to take place at Bragging Rights, we go backstage to Josh Mathews where he interviews Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero.

After showing a video recapping Daniel Bryan’s challenge to Ziggler and it’s aftermath, Mathews starts to ask a question before Ziggler stops him. Ziggler says that he was jumped from behind and thought that a fan had actually jumped into the ring wearing his father’s old underwear and his grandfather’s old beard.

Ziggler compares Bryan’s challenge to a High School team taking on Super Bowl champions – they might get one or two shots in, but that’s all, and at least high school kids have pads to protect them. Something which he says Bryan doesn’t have when he crushes him.

Next, Jack Swagger (accompanied by the Swagger Soaring Eagle) takes on Santino Marella, in a match that sees Swagger get the win for his team after making Marella tap out to the ankle-lock.

After a “Dashing” Cody Rhodes Grooming Tips video on lip care, Alberto Del Rio goes against John Morrison in a match which results in another win for Team SmackDown! when Del Rio makes Morrison tap out to the cross-armbreaker.

Now, Edge is pitted against CM Punk in a match which results in the referee ringing the bell after The Miz and Alex Riley pull Edge out of the ring when it looks like he’s getting ready to hit a Spear on Punk.

Afterwards, Kingston runs to the ring and hits Trouble In Paradise on Riley before getting a Skull-Crushing Finale from The Miz. Tyler Reks runs in and hits The Miz with an inverted Death Valley Driver before succumbing to a DDT from John Morrison.

Morrison is subsequently taken out with an Enziguri by Del Rio, who in turn gets taken out by Ezekiel Jackson with a Uranage Slam. Swagger enters the ring and knocks him down with a shot to the leg, then applying the ankle-lock until Santino Marella makes his way to the ring.

Marella doesn’t get the change to try hitting The Cobra as he instead is given a gutwrench powerbomb by Swagger, who turns around to receive a Brogue Kick from Sheamus. The Big Show makes himself known by hitting a Chokeslam on Jackson, but is taken out with another Brogue Kick from Sheamus.

Sheamus ends up in the ropes thanks to Rey Mysterio and receives a 619, but Mysterio turns around and is hit with the GTS by CM Punk, before the chaos comes to an end after Punk is then hit with a Spear from Edge, which allows Team SmackDown! to stand tall in the ring.

LayCool are set to take on Natalya and Kelly Kelly, with Layla being dressed as Natalya but with a goatee resembling Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart’s and Michelle being dressed as Bret “The Hitman” Hart, with Matt Striker quipping that she looks like Otto, the school bus driver from The Simpsons.

The match ends with a victory for the real Natalya after she makes the fake one tap out to the Sharpshooter, without Kelly Kelly even entering the match.

After a video hyping Kane, Kane takes on Randy Orton in a non-title champion versus champion match. The match ends with the bell tolling and the lights going out as Kane grabs Orton for a Chokeslam, then the lights coming back on to reveal Orton poised to deliver the RKO once Kane turns around, which does happen and gives Orton the win.

Afterwards, the bell tolls again, the lights go blue, and after a few moments of Kane looking around, The Undertaker rises from underneath the ring, grabbing a screaming Kane and dragging him down into the hole he created despite the attempt to fight him off, as SmackDown! goes off the air.

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Discovering WCW Monday Nitro in the 1990s, he has been hooked on wrestling ever since, later going on to also discover WWF (now WWE), ECW and numerous independent promotions.


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