By Ryan Clark | December 03, 2007
They start by recapping the Edge, Batista, and Undertaker storyline since Survivor Series. A nice touch was that they had both Vickie Guerrero and Theodore Long switching between their respective speeches to Edge and Undertaker.
After the opening credits, Theodore Long comes out and says it feel great to be back on Smackdown. Since Vickie Guerrero is out, he will be acting in charge. He puts over the Triple Threat match for the World Title at Armageddon and also announces that MVP will be facing Rey Mysterio for the US Title. Edge comes out and interrupts Long. Edge tries to have a heart to heart moment speaking into the camera to Vickie but gets interrupted by Long. Edge runs down Long, talking about how he stripped him of the title when he was hurt, saying Long didn't even give him the 30 days to defend his championship. Long fires back saying the doctors said Edge wouldn't be able to do anything even for 90 days. Edge brings up how Kane put him out months ago and Long decides to make a match for later tonight where Edge would face Kane since he had so much to say about it.
Later tonight: Michael Hayes in the VIP Lounge.
1st Match of Smackdown - Miz and Morrison versus Jesse and Festus. Miz and Morrison swapped when they came out and which turnbuckle they stood on versus what they did on ECW. More good tag offense from M&M and Festus got some roughhousing in as well. The finish came down with Festus taking out Miz and Jesse went to the top rope for a move but Morrison knocks him down and pins him. This kind of set Jesse and Festus back in my opinion.
Elijah Burke is interviewed next. Says that he has beaten every Smackdown star that he's come across since the talent swap started, but tonight he faces Batista.
2nd Match - Elijah Burke versus Batista. Batista comes on strong with the power game, running Burke in the corners and such but when Batista tries to run in for a clothesline, Burke hits a low drop kick to Batista's knee. This sets up Burke for an Outer Limits Elbow on Batista then Burke goes up to the top rope for a move. Batista catches Burke coming off the top rope hard into a spinebuster. Then Batista Bomb for the pin. After the match, Burke couldn't get up. Seems he got hurt when Batista caught him for the spinebuster, and in the replays it looked like Batista kind of stepped into catching Burke which might've knocked the wind out of him. Burke was on the mat for a long time before finally getting up and was helped to the back. Hope he's okay.
In the back, Jamie Noble talks to Michelle McCool about his recent wins over Chuck Palumbo. Noble boils it down and challenges McCool to a stipulation that if he wins tonight, McCool has to go on a date with him. McCool acts like she has with Noble in recent weeks, but accepts.
3rd Match - Jamie Noble versus Chuck Palumbo. Noble comes out with a shirt reading "Noble 2 - Palumbo 0." Palumbo pretty much manhandles Noble for most of the match until Noble gets the upper hand back. McCool then gets up on the apron and distracts Noble with her goodies but it backfires and Noble rolls up Palumbo for the pin. After the match, Palumbo runs down McCool for them just being friends and her agreeing to the stipulation of going on a date with Noble. He acted a bit like a heel saying she did that on purpose and that she can find her own ride home.
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