The Nickel: Umaga vs. Morrison, Benjamin Goes to Town, Mysterio/Jericho
No CM Punk Match
I found it interesting that CM Punk didn't wrestle on SmackDown, as he is one of the most popular stars on the brand. I'm not a huge Punk fan, so I didn't mind that he didn't wrestle on the show.
John Morrison took his place and battled Umaga in a very lengthy match. Morrison really did a good job with Umaga and worked a great match with him. The Samoan drop was well executed.
Morrison sold Umaga's moves quite well, but I wish the match hadn't ended in a DQ. I guess WWE isn't ready to have Morrison lose yet; hopefully Shelton Benjamin will be the man to finally pin the Guru of Greatness.
Umaga used his strap and viciously beat up Morrison before CM Punk came to his rescue. Punk bashed him with the MITB briefcase a couple of times and talked on the mic about overcoming the odds at Extreme Rules in his Samoan strap match against Umaga.
R-Truth and Khali vs Ziggler and Knox
I don't know about many, but I was pleased with the match. SmackDown continues to use their superstars and give them airtime. Khali came out with R-Truth and his theme song, which Truth gave him the mic twice to say "What's up?!"
Khali even went as far as dancing with Truth before the match started. Dolph Ziggler and Mike Knox worked well together...until Ziggler decided to walk out on his partner to avoid facing the Great Khali.
Knox is a pretty huge, but Khali slammed him with little trouble. Khali and Truth get the win and the both of them continue to dance. The match should have been longer, but I'm somewhat satisfied.
Jericho attacks Rey
For months I wished someone from the crowd would just attack Rey when he does that mask to mask crap in the beginning of his entrance as he makes his way down to the ring.
SmackDown was no different as many little children had their Mysterio mask on and would anticipate Mysterio greeting them, but he was attacked this time.
Jericho had disguised himself as one of the Mysterio fans and headbutted Rey when he did the mask to mask. Maybe he should have known better, since kids are the only ones he does that with.
Rey was beaten down as he was thrown to the barricade and power slammed on the ground. Jericho proceeded to rip his mask off, but Jeff Hardy came to Rey's rescue just in time.
Mysterio was unable to compete and Hardy decided to make a bold decision and face both Edge and Jericho in a handicap match, which he lost and was beaten with a ladder by Edge afterward. I enjoyed the beat down and simply can't wait for him to leave.
Benjamin Goes To Town
It's good to know that WWE didn't suddenly abandon the Benjamin/Morrison feud. Morrison was being interviewed by Josh Matthews of all people and took a couple of shots at the Gold Standard while also talking about his match against Umaga.
Benjamin interrupted and the two got into an argument. Benjamin sounded pretty good, he's improving as he looks more confident and aggressive with his mic work.
He insists that Morrison is some fantasy land and goes on the say that he needs to get off the "Good Ship Lollipop" and into the real world.
Morrison took shots at him and Haas, calling them the most world's most forgotten tag team. The two-time former tag champions went on to wipe the floor with Cryme Tyme, who cost them their tag match against the Colons on WWE Superstars this week.
The match was solid, as Haas and Benjamin isolated JTG for a majority of the match with submissions and suplexes. JTG would finally reach Shad, who used his power to his advantage.
In the end, Benjamin and Haas finally got a well-deserved win as Benjamin hit Shad with the pay dirt and put on a devilish smile afterwards. Mr. Benjamin has a lot on his plate with Cryme Tyme and Morrison, but he'll be fine.
-No Teddy Long, Maria, or Ricky Ortiz
I was surprised he didn't make a match let alone get a backstage segment. I would have liked to see Ortiz, and I'm glad Maria wasn't used; she's not needed.
-Melina def. Alicia Fox
I didn't even care about the match, Michelle McCool was the thing I was looking at. She suffered a broken nose and confirmed it on her official WWE Universe blog. I hope she recovers soon.
Fox isn't too shabby, but she really has to do some thing with he hair. Melina did well with her flexibility, but she has to stop screaming...really.
-Eve def. Layla
-No Nuggets Segment(s)
Thank goodness! It was horrible on RAW; it really was. Vince should be happy to know that the Denver Nuggets have officially been eliminated from the NBA Playoffs though. SmackDown does another solid show.
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