SD Fusion: Rey Aims For A Golden Summer
The 23rd July 2010 episode of SmackDown! starts after the titles roll with Todd Grisham recapping that at Money In The Bank, Kane won the SmackDown! Money In The Bank Ladder Match and cashed it in later that night against Rey Mysterio, winning the World Heavyweight Championship from him (click here for our Money In The Bank report).
Afterwards, Kane makes his way to the ring and with a microphone in hand as well as some music playing in the background to match his tone, he tells us that as a child he took his Goldfish, pinched it’s tail and held it high above it’s bowl, that he watched as it withered in pain, gasping for air, slowly dying.
He says that’s the way he felt for the past thirteen years until this last Sunday night, that’s when seven bruised, battered souls were laid to rest one after the other, as he won the Money In The Bank contract, then he did something unprecedented, cashing it in that very night to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.
He says it was the most gratifying moment of his entire career, that Rey Mysterio had put up a valiant effort against Jack Swagger, but Rey’s moment of glory was quickly extinguished when Swagger fastened on the Ankle-lock like a deadbolt, nearly tearing Rey’s ligaments into tiny pieces of fragmented shrapnel.
He says that when he came out to help, the gratitude in Rey’s face shined bright, and everyone applauded, but Rey’s gratefulness and appreciation quickly turned to horror when he came back out to challenge him.
Kane says that after he towered over Rey and grabbed him by the throat, he could feel Rey’s pulse throbbing in his hands, his eyes nearly popping out of his head, him then chokeslamming him through the mat with all his force – that would have been enough, but his primal animal instincts took over, so he scraped up Rey’s remains, dropped him on his head, and became World Heavyweight Champion.
Kane says that Rey would have done what anyone in his position – even Rey – would have done, he just did it better. He says he did it, he did it, HE DID IT! But he says that he didn’t do it for himself, he did it for his brother, as videos flash by of Kane and The Undertaker.
He says that he brought the title back to where it finally belongs, back to the dark side, and then he went to his brother’s bedside to share his victory, but instead of an overwhelming feeling of pride and adulation, his soul was overcome with shame and sorrow, as his once all-powerful brother just laid there unable to appreciate the momentous occasion.
He says that his eyes were still closed, his body empty and unresponsive, so he vowed to him at that moment that nothing and nobody would tear the holy grail from his grasp. He says his brother’s assailant is still at large, and he will not rest until he finds the culprit, and that Hell will reign supreme when the World Heavyweight Champion achieves his vengeance, ending it with his signature arm movement setting off his ring pyrotechnics before leaving the ring.
Todd Grisham tells us that later on, there will be a Number One Contender’s Match between Jack Swagger and Rey Mysterio to determine Kane’s opponent at SummerSlam. Afterwards there is a Smack Of The Night video showing the events of 3 and 2 weeks ago between Matt Hardy and Christian.
Now, Matt Hardy and Christian team up to take on Drew McIntyre and “Dashing” Cody Rhodes in a Tag Team match. The match ends with Hardy accidentally hitting Christian after Rhodes ducks, then being kicked in the head by McIntyre when he is trying to see if Christian is okay. Afterwards, Christian gets back into the ring and pulls Hardy to his feet, where he then offers his hand, which after a few moments Hardy accepts and they shake.
Next, we go backstage where Josh Mathews is interviewing Jack Swagger. Mathews asks if he feels fortunate about the opportunity to avenge his loss, but Swagger says that at Money In The Bank he was robbed, that Rey Mysterio took a page out of one of the dirtiest liars and cheats in history, Eddie Guerrero.
He says that Rey was about to tap out, but he unlaced his boots and slithered out of it like the snake that he is, saying to Mathews that is unfair. Mathews says that some people may call it clever, which Swagger rebuffs by saying that where he comes from, it’s called cheating.
He says that what he thinks is clever is that at the end of the night, Rey lost his championship to Kane because he’d nearly snapped his ankle in two. He says tonight, Rey won’t be able to lie, cheat, or steal, that he won’t even be able to walk after the first fall, because he’s going to dominate him, not only breaking his ankle, but shattering it, then doing the same to Kane at SummerSlam, doing to Kane what Kane did to his father, put him in the hospital.
After a video promo of Alberto del Rio, we go to Lay-Cool who are celebrating Layla’s successful title defense backstage, with them giving each other half of a ‘Best Friends’ pendant. Teddy Long walks in and congratulates Layla, saying to enjoy the celebration as next week Layla will be defending the Women’s Championship against Tiffany.
Back to the arena now and Kofi Kingston (accompanied by Michael McGillicutty) goes against Dolph Ziggler (accompanied by Vickie Guerrero). The match ends with Ziggler getting the win after Vickie grabs Kingston’s foot, allowing Ziggler to hit the Zig-Zag then lock in the Sleeper hold, causing the referee to call for the bell.
Next up, we have a WWE Rewind video showing the events of last week between Big Show and CM Punk, with Punk getting unmasked. Afterwards Big Show is set to take on Luke Gallows (accompanied by the rest of the Straight-Edge Society), until Punk tells Gallows to get out of the ring, and the masked member to take his place. The match ends with Show unmasking him to reveal them as a bald Joey Mercury, then hitting him with a punch to get the 3-count.
Now, a video of “Dashing” Cody Rhodes’ Grooming Tips, with him informing us how to properly remove nose hairs. Afterwards, we have a Raw Rebound video showing the events of this week’s Raw between John Cena and The Nexus (click here for our Raw report).
Josh Mathews interviews Rey Mysterio, asking him if he thinks his body will be able to handle his match with Jack Swagger. Rey says he’s in a lot of pain, and that he was just getting the feel of being World Champion, he says that his story was just getting started, when it got taken away in the blink of an eye.
He says that he probably wouldn’t have done what Kane did, but he’s not him, he’s not happy with the way things went down, but he has to move on, and the way to do that is to beat Swagger not once, but twice – and he is going to do that, and that next time he faces Kane in the ring, it will be a different story, one with a happy ending.
After another video promo of del Rio, we have the 2 Out of 3 Falls Match between Rey Mysterio and Jack Swagger. The first fall ends with Rey winning via disqualification, due to Swagger not heeding the referee’s 5-count when he had the Ankle-lock on Rey, who was holding onto the ropes.
The second fall goes in Swagger’s favour, with Rey forced to tap out to the Ankle-lock in the middle of the ring. The third fall, and thus the match, is won by Rey as he is able to get the 3-count with a Crucifix-pin. Afterwards, an angry Swagger starts attacking Rey, until Kane’s pyro goes off and he comes down to the ring for the save, giving Swagger a Chokeslam in the process.
Turning to a terrified looking Rey, he pulls him up and raises his arm in victory, before leaving the ring. Before Rey can relax, Kane gets back in the ring and attempts to Chokeslam Rey, but Rey reverses it into a Hurricanrana leaving Kane in the ropes, allowing him to hit the 619, then escape up the ramp as SmackDown! goes off the air.