On WWE Friday Night SmackDown, we were treated to the return of the Undertaker. Although, he officially returned last month, the Dead Man didn’t officially return to his home brand of SmackDown until Friday night.
The “Last Outlaw” cut a decent promo on his WrestleMania XXVII match with Triple H, it just seems sort of silly to me for there to be so much hype around the match as the two have faced off before, and we all know that Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak will never be broken. Also, is it just me, or is ‘Taker looking a little rough around the edges these days?
I like the Johnny Cash music he’s using for his entrance now. It freshens up his character a bit and the song clearly fits him.
On Friday, we also got to see Edge defeat the “Chosen One” Drew McIntyre via a new submission maneuver. Edge managed to put together an impromptu spear off the ropes but, rather than go for the easy 3-count, Edge pulled Drew up off the mat, a move usually reserved for heels. Edge then debuted a sort of inverted Scorpion/figure-four hold that forced McIntyre to tap out.
Cody Rhodes cut a respectable promo and promised to unmask Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania. Could it be that, with the signing of Sin Cara (A.K.A. Mistico), the WWE only wants to have one masked superstar?
The Corre also made its presence known on SmackDown as Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater defeated Santino Marella and Vladimir Koslov when Santino got distracted.
Rosa Mendes and Beth Phoenix then mixed it up with Laycool in a Divas match that saw Michelle McCool use her giant boot to pick up the win. Layla and McCool also seem to be back on the same page…for now.
In a meeting of two giants, Kane took on the Big Show, but Kane got himself disqualified when he used a chair given to him by The Corre, who were trying to get Kane to side with them. It looked like Kane might join forces with Wade Barrett and company, but Kane drove home the fact that he works alone when he then turned on Justin Gabriel with a chair shot.
Jack Swagger made short work of JTG, which makes sense as Swagger needs to look a little more intimidating now that he’ll be training Michael Cole for his WrestleMania 27 match with Jerry Lawler. Cole also made it a point to tease the fact that he would reveal who his special guest referee would be on Monday Night RAW.
Finally, we had the WrestleMania contract signing between Edge and Alberto Del Rio. I thought it was funny that Teddy Long at least acknowledged how silly these contract signings are when he asked if, for once, we could have a contract signing that didn’t end up in total chaos.
Not a chance.
The two went at each other and Del Rio appeared to have the upper hand, as he prepared to put jam Edge’s shoulder into a steel chair in an attempt to put him on the shelf, just like he did with Christian.
Christian, however, decided to exact some revenge of his own as he came out and beat the snot out of Del Rio, making the save for his old buddy Edge as SmackDown went off the air. Edge got a bloody nose during the exchange, which added to the intensity level a bit.
I LOL’d at how Teddy made a hasty exit as soon as Edge implied that things were about to get out of hand. I also thought Booker T. seemed a lot more comfortable on the mic tonight. It seems he’s adapting to his new role pretty well.
Monday night, we’ll find out who Cole’s guest referee is. WWE also promises the return of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Could one thing have anything to do with the other? Hmm.
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- SmackDown Results: Bound By Contract (klqwrestling.com)
- WWE SmackDown, March 4, 2011: Captain Charisma and the Deadman Return (bleacherreport.com)