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WWE taped this week’s edition of SmackDown from the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizoona. This week’s edition of ECW on Sci-Fi was broadcast live earlier tonight. The following dark match took place before ECW.
According to one our correspondents, everyone was searched entering the building.
The event is said to be sold out.
Vladimir Kozlov defeated a local guy billed from Tucson, Arizona via pinfall.
Off-Air ECW Notes:
After ECW went off the air ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero slapped CM Punk. Punk laid him out with a kick and rose up the ECW Championship to the roar of the crowd. Chavo finally got up and told the live crowd that he is “happy” he is receiving all of the love from the raza as the majority Mexican crowd is said to be booing him.
Jonathan Coachman and Michael Cole come out to Coachman’s music. There is a lot of heat on Coachman.
WWE SmackDown (Air Date 2/29):
The show starts with no pyro, there are two local jobbers (referred to as nobodies) already in the ring. The Big Show’s music hits as he gets a pop from the crowd. A total squash match occurs with Big Show winning after hitting one of the local guys (referred to as a Hacksaw Jim Duggan lookalike) in the face.
After the squash match, Big Show gets on the mic and says that there is a rumor that Floyd Mayweather is going to face Oscar De La Hoya in September. He says that rumor is false because he is going to crush Mayweather at WrestleMania XXIV.
Jimmy Wang Yang & Shannon Moore defeated Deuce & Domino via pinfall.
Cherry came out with Deuce & Domino. Jimmy made the pin after a second moonsault from the top rope.
There is a backstage vignette with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Edge and Vickie Guerrero. They talk about leaving the United States and moving to Canada. They go to make out but Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins interrupt and say that Edge has to take care of Undertaker. Edge tells Zack that it is his job to do tonight to Zack’s disarray.
Chuck Palumbo defeated Jamie Noble via pinfall.
Michelle McCool accompanied Noble to the ring. The match was back and forth but Palumbo hit the Overdrive to collect the victory. Sporadic “Chuck” chants are heard amongst some in attendance.
Maryse is backstage with Vickie Guerrero. Batista walks in and asks her if he can represent SmackDown in the match for brand superiority at WrestleMania. After Maryse whispers something in her ear, Vickie says yes. Therefore it’s Umaga vs. Batista in a Raw vs. SmackDown match for WrestleMania.
Undertaker vs. Zack Ryder is announced for later in the night.
Batista & Kane defeated MVP & The Great Khali via pinfall.
Lots of tag team action between the four competitors. At one point Batista gives a pretty stiff beating to MVP. MVP finally is able to get the tag and eventually The Great Khali gets the best of Batista. Once Khali re-establishes control, he tags back in MVP. Batista is finally able to tag Kane in but Khali & MVP are said to be dominating. The action continues to go back and forth but it ends up being between The Great Khali and Batista. Batista hit the spear and was able to get the victory.
Eve Torres comes to the ring and hypes the upcoming WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. They run the Peter Maivia/Rocky Johnson piece that ran on Raw.
Jesse & Festus defeat The Miz & John Morrison via pinfall.
Before the match The Miz and Morrison showed the dirt sheet making fun of Jesse and Festus. This is a non-title match. Festus is able to hit his finisher on Morrison with The Miz on the outside. Festus is able to pin Morrison. After the match, Miz and Morrison argue in the ring.
Big Daddy V defeats Ball Mahoney in a squash match.
Matt Striker came to the ring with Big Daddy V for the squash.
After the match, The Undertaker comes out and takes out Big Daddy V. He chokeslams Balls. He then calls out World Heavyweight Champion Edge and tells him to bring out his minion to his yard and that they’ll both rest in peace. One of our correspondent notes that they may make it appear as if Undertaker came out of nowhere because Undertaker walked down the ramp with smoke and flames going.
The Undertaker defeats Zack Ryder via submission.
The match starts with The Undertaker completely dominating the match. He goes for a chokeslam on Ryder but Curt Hawkins (who came out with Ryder) distracts the referee. Ryder hits a low blow on Undertaker. The blow is not enough as Undertaker is able to regain control and win the match by making Ryder tap, presumably in the triangle choke. Edge hits the ring with Ryder and Hawkins as they try to beat on Undertaker. Undertaker takes care of Ryder and Hawkins with two chokeslams and a double triangle choke, Edge retreats to the outside. Kane and Batista come out and throw Edge back into the ring to Undertaker. Undertaker takes out Edge with a spinebuster, chokeslam, and a Tombstone and holds the World Heavyweight Championship above his head as the show goes off the air. One of our correspondents noted that Hawkins was busted open and Undertaker apparently licked his blood.
After SmackDown Goes Off The Air:
Edge backs up on the outside as Batista’s music hits. Kane’s music follows. Edge is frozen in fear and selling his “injuries.” They back him into the ring, he tries to escape but they put him back in. Kane hits a chokeslam, Batista a Spear, and Undertaker a Tombstone.
Kane and The Undertaker exit ringside with their brothers of destruction handshake. Batista goes all around the arena shaking hands with fans on his way out.
Edge, finally gets up in the ring and says that Undertaker won’t have Kane and Batista at WrestleMania. Tony Chimmel announces Edge as the World Heavyweight Champion and tells everyone goodnight. Edge’s music plays.
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