Full Credit: Steve Khan, WrestlingObserver.com
WWE Friday Night SmackDown! Report
By Steve Khan
Air Date: August 25, 2006
Taped from the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Big News: The worst angle in wrestling just got worse.
Best Match: Ken Kennedy vs. Matt Hardy
Worst Match: Tatanka vs. Sylvester Terkay
Line of the Night: None
Show Details: A SummerSlam recap opened the show, slightly different than
the one on RAW, as it projected King Booker versus Batista as the main
event. King Booker and his royal court stood in the ring, with Regal
shouting â€œAll Hail King Booker.â€ Our King said he was right when proclaiming
Batista could not beat him, dousing his dreams to become World Champion.
Crowd chanted for Batista, and JBL said they must be Batistaâ€™s family. King
Booker said there could be no King without his court, so he and Sharmell
named Finlay and Regal their royal knights extraordinaire. The King knighted
each of them with a huge sword.
Finlay said they made Lashley kiss The Kingâ€™s royal feet and they would do
the same to anyone who challenges The King. JBL said heâ€™s glad they chose
his feet instead of a different body part. As these royal men left the ring
to â€œAll Hail King Bookerâ€ chants (from Regal) Bobby Lashley attacked Finlay
from behind. The heels ganged up on him and Batista ran out to make the
save. Batista got a huge pop. Teddy Long came out and made a three-on-two
handicap match for later tonight. Great opening segment.
Ken Kennedy vs. Matt Hardy
Gregory Helms came out for commentary. Kennedy said he has two wins over
former World Champs in the past month, Rey and Batista. The crowd didnâ€™t
respond, probably because they didnâ€™t see either match. Helms gave Hardy
credit, saying he and Jeff were a great tag-team. He said Jeff was the
sizzle, but Matt was the steak. JBL asked Helms why heâ€™s never able to
defend his title at a PPV. Helms said every title has competition except for
his. Matt hit his comeback and nailed a pescado into a commercial break.
Matt missed a moonsault during the break, allowing Kennedy to regain
control. Kennedy worked the arm and shoulder and Helms did a great job on
commentary explaining it. Helms said heâ€™s a fan of JBLâ€™s financial situation
and has turned his own financial status around. Matt reversed a roll up into
one of his own for a near fall. Cole thought he won and reacted as if this
match was for the WWE Title. Hardy hit a superplex for another near fall.
Matt hit fists, a big boot, and a bulldog for a two count. He followed with
a Side Effect for another two count. Hardy hit an elbow drop off the ropes
and went for the Twist of Fate, but Helms interfered with the refereeâ€™s back
turned and Kennedy hit a neckbreaker for the win. Good match.
Ashley and the Miz spoke about nothing backstage. He tried to get his
â€œMizfitsâ€ to do his â€œHoo-rahâ€ chant but they didnâ€™t. He went out to the ring
and brought out Layla. Miz kept taking the spotlight and announced he would
be making his debut as a wrestler next week. Definitely looks like a Miz
heel turn. JBL said he would rather see Star Jones in a thong lying on his
Tatanka vs. Sylvester Terkay w/Elijah Burke
Tatanka tried to knock down the big man using chops and kicks but he
wouldnâ€™t budge. Tatanka then hit an overhead chop from the top rope knocking
him down and he got a two count after Terkay put his foot on the rope.
Tatanka accused the referee of screwing him again, so Terkay kicked him in
the head for the win.
Recap of Rey and Chavo from SummerSlam. Trailer for the Marine. John Cenaâ€™s
character is named John. Vickie Guerrero came out to Eddie Guerreroâ€™s music,
which was…weird. She said it would be the last time we hear the music
because its time for her to move on. Vickie said she did a bad thing on
Sunday, slapping Chavo and knocking Rey off the top rope. She also
apologized to the fans for getting involved in their matches. Crowd booed
lightly. She asked Rey to come out and accept her apology. They eventually
hugged to a mixed reaction. She then asked Chavo to come out, and he did.
Chavo hugged Vickie and the crowd booed again. Chavo then attacked Rey from
behind and Vickie screamed at him. Chavito grabbed a chair and Vickie pulled
it away from him. She then turned around and hit Rey, and the crowd booed
viciously. Chavo gave Rey a brainbuster on the chair and hugged Vickie
Paul London w/Brian Kendrick vs. KC James w/Idol Stevens & Michelle McCool
London was all over James hitting a ton of kicks, a mushroom stomp and
dropsault. London went to the top rope but the Pitbulls ran in and attacked
the faces. All three teams ended up brawling. The crowd was silent.
Kristal Marshall vs. Jillian Hall
Montel Vontavious Porter sat in the first row for this one. Kristal
dominated early but Jillian came back with stiff, loud chops to the chest.
Those have to be the loudest chops Iâ€™ve heard from the WWE women. The crowd
being dead silent definitely helped. Kristal rolled up Jillian, perhaps
holding the tights, for the win. MVP clapped.
Jimmy â€œWayneâ€ Yang debuted his new character â€“ a cowboy. He acknowledged the
fact that heâ€™s oriental, but played it like heâ€™s really a redneck. This is
the funniest thing Iâ€™ve seen all day. Another go-nowhere gimmick.
Vito vs. Sylvan
MVP was laughing at Vito and took a picture with his cell phone. (You can
take pictures with cell phones now? Thatâ€™s crazy.) Sylvan hit a missile
dropkick for two, and Vito followed with a back suplex. Crowd chanted USA.
With Vito in the ring, they should be chanting for Quebec. Vito won with his
usual finish. After the match, Vito said everyone was having a good time,
but asked MVP what he was laughing at. Vito told him to get in the ring, so
MVP grabbed the mic. His agent called halfway though his promo and he left
because MVP canâ€™t wrestle without a contract.
King Booker, Sir Finlay & Sir Regal w/Queen Sharmell vs. Lashley & Batista
Batista went right after Booker but Finlay attacked him from behind. Batista
grabbed Finlay and tagged Lashley who tossed Finlay into Regal. He gave them
a double shoulder tackle and called in King Booker. The King hesitated, and
decided to check on his men instead. After a break, Lashley and Batista
continued their dominance. The numbers caught up and they were able to knock
Lashley down. Only at this point did King Booker make his way in. The heels
traded tags. With Lashley on the outside, Finlay unleashed the Little
Bastard on him. Afterwards, the Leprechaun went after Michael Cole, but
Finlay kicked him back under the ring.
Lashley gave King Booker a delayed vertical suplex but Finlay broke up the
count. Lashley tagged Batista who hit a side slam to Booker, back body drop
to Regal and Jackhammer to Finlay. He then slammed Finlay on top of Regal.
Booker attacked Batista from behind, but Batista gave him a spine buster for
the win. The match was somewhat disappointing and the finish was
anticlimactic. Batista destroying all three heels this easily did not do
much for Lashley, who wasnâ€™t involved in the finish in any way.