Rey Mysterio In-Ring Segment
Mysterio’s music filled the arena. Kane’s challenger to his World Heavyweight Championship made his way to the ring.
Mysterio gave a dramatic recap about how he was choke slammed into the Gulf of Mexico last week by Kane. Mysterio denied having anything to do with attacking The Undertaker.
Mysterio talked about his dislike for caskets and said that he knows who is responsible for The Undertaker’s attack.
Drew McIntyre told Mysterio that where he comes from they call those who wear masks and lurk in the shadows criminals. McIntyre said that he thought Mysterio was a hero yet he allowed CM Punk and Jack Swagger be wrongfully accused. McIntyre challenges Mysterio to a match later that night.
This was yet another Rated G promo from Mysterio. He delivered more of the same cartoon-type dialogue.
When McIntyre interrupted Mysterio’s promo, I was relieved that I didn’t have to hear anymore from the popular kids’ star.
Segment Rating: 5/10
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes vs. Matt Hardy Match
The match started out with Rhodes being aggressive with kicks and strikes. Hardy eventually gets control after some offense and indicated to the crowd that he was going to attempt the Twist of Fate early until Rhodes escaped from the ring.
Rhodes regained the upper hand and delivered a running knee to Hardy’s head. Rhodes continued to wear down Hardy. Hardy then hit some clotheslines and dropped him with a Side Effect for a near fall.
Rhodes attempted to hit the Alabama Slam but Hardy held on to the turnbuckle. Rhodes then proceeded to drop him into the turnbuckle. Rhodes followed it up with the execution of the Cross Rhodes to gain the victory.
The match was average, but you have got to love Rhodes’ new character and his in-ring ability.
Matt Hardy should join TNA because he has looked terrible lately.
Match Rating: 6/10
Lay-Cool Backstage Segment
Lay-Cool insulted Rosa Mendes as she was talking to Teddy Long about her weight loss. They then showed their discontent with the decision to have only one women’s title. McCool gave Long her title. They pull the remaining title so that it breaks into two (like those popular heart pendants).
This was quite the clever way to maintain their “BFF” status.
Lay-Cool was slightly annoying at the beginning but they have found their stride and are the best thing in the women’s division.
Segment Rating: 8/10
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston (IC)-Intercontinental Championship Match
Kingston started the match with a lot of fire and appeared angry. Ziggler threw Kingston out of the ring where Kofi landed on his feet. Kingston re-entered the ring and knocked down Ziggler.
Later in the match, Kingston clotheslines Ziggler out of the ring. Kingston takes a huge chance and lands a suicide dive on Ziggler on the outside.
In the finish, Ziggler stood on Kingston’s arm and smiled at Vickie Guerrero. Guerrero got on to the apron and Kingston hits the Trouble in Paradise. Guerrero got into the ring causing the referee to be distracted. Ziggler executed the Zig Zag for the win and the championship.
Kingston spoiled Ziggler’s celebration by beating him down on the outside. Kingston finished him off by throwing him into the steel steps.
Kingston’s postmatch actions are very heel in essence but I think that it has given him the much needed depth to his baby face character.
Ziggler has finally won the Intercontinental Championship after Mysterio refused to drop the belt to him. Ziggler has shown “Main Event” possibilities during his feud with John Morrison. Their feud reminded me of Bret Hart and Mr. Perfect.
Kingston didn’t really need the title as he is “over” with the fans.
Match Rating: 9/10
SES vs. MVP, Masters, and JTG Match
MVP must be upset with his current standing in Smackdown right now. The face turn may have been the worst decision of his career. He has no spot for Summer Slam and is now being fed to CM Punk and his jobbers.
The SES basically had their way with JTG until he tagged in MVP. MVP had some offense but ultimately was pinned by Luke Gallows. MVP took the fall and it was Luke Gallows who pinned him.
The SES vs. Big Show at Summer Slam is a terrible showcase for CM Punk and his lackeys. CM Punk was recently a World Champion and contender but now he is in a handicap match against Big Show at a major pay-per-view? Injury notwithstanding, he deserves better.
Match Rating: 7/10
Kane Backstage Segment
Kane is shown backstage with a casket and said that he can smell Mysterio’s fear. Kane said that he will shove Mysterio into the casket where the darkness will consume him forever.
Kane’s promos are the best they have ever been. It’s too bad he is in a program with Mysterio.
I keep thinking that Kane will win his match at Summer Slam. When Kane attempts to place Mysterio into the casket, Undertaker comes out of the casket and attacks Kane.
Segment Rating: 7/10
Rey Mysterio vs. Drew McIntyre Match
McIntyre had the match in control to begin with little offense from the No. 1 contender.
Mysterio hit a head scissor on McIntyre. Mysterio sent McIntyre to the outside where he followed it up with a hurricanrana.
McIntyre later dropped Mysterio onto the announce table and re-entered the ring to try to get a count-out victory.
McIntyre attempted the Future Show but Mysterio escaped. When Mysterio tried to hit his 619, McIntyre moved, but Mysterio jumped on his shoulders and gets a roll up for the win.
Kane entered the ring and got some assistance from McIntyre, who knocked Mysterio down from behind. Kane smiled as he stood over Mysterio. But Mysterio avoids the assault when he exited the ring.
Mysterio told the WWE Universe that it wasn’t him who attacked Undertaker, it was Kane. Kane looked completely unhinged and screamed until he fell to his knees.
So it appeared that the writers went with the obvious, going with Kane as the culprit.
How does Mysterio know it was Kane who attacked Undertaker? I hope they plan to explain this. If Mysterio had known the whole time, why didn’t he say anything from the start?
Match Rating: 7/10
It was a pretty solid Smackdown this week overall. I was glad to see Dolph Ziggler get the belt.
I am bothered by the absence of Jack Swagger and Drew McIntyre from Summer Slam. Swagger was recently the World Champion and McIntyre just demolished Christian, so why are they not on the card?
Save us from the Melina/Alicia Fox match, and give us McIntyre/Christian/Hardy.
Did they have Christian and Hardy squabble for nothing?
The current Summer Slam Matches
Team WWE vs. Team Nexus
John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, Bret Hart, John Morrison, R-Truth and TBA vs. Nexus
Sheamus (c) vs. Randy Orton
World Heavyweight Championship
Kane (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
Big Show vs. Straight Edge Society
Alicia Fox (c) vs. Melina
Overall Rating: 7/10