I’m awake tonight, and I’m not able to play my Xbox 360 (damned Red Ring of Death), so I’m going to do something unprecedented, at least for our site – a realtime report for the Friday Night show!
SmackDown kicks off with a recap of the draft, followed by Vicki Guerrero saying she sincerely hopes that Mr. McMahon doesn’t have to be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She then says we’re going to celebrate SmackDown’s good fortunes in the draft, starting with the new voice of SmackDown, JR! I just popped for Mick Foley – he’s wearing a Buffalo Bisons jersey!
It’s time to play the game! The WWE Champion is the first superstar to make his way to the SmackDown ring this evening. Hunter says Mr. McMahon’s whole world came crashing down around him – or basically on top of him. Trips says Mick Foley has a keen sense of style, and calls JR the greatest announcer in the history of this business. He says it doesn’t matter which show you’re a fan of, you’re a fan of the WWE Universe, which makes HHH feel at home. Now to shill the PPV, where Hunter will defend the WWE Championship against John Cena.
The WWE Champion is interrupted by the World Heavyweight Champion. Rumor has it that they can’t coexist. Edge thinks otherwise. Triple H disagrees with Edge, as they both have massive egos (Triple H’s is much bigger than Edge’s according to Triple H), and after this Sunday, Triple H will still be WWE Champion. Edge gives Triple H a history lesson – Batista has never beaten Edge for the World Heavyweight Champion, whereas Triple H lost his only one on one match with John Cena. Edge says that SmackDown is his house, this is his show (I’m sure the Rock is proud), and that Triple H needs to respect him like everybody else…
Which cues Batista.
Triple H dumps Edge over the top rope, right into a Batista spear. Batista enters the ring, and, to quote JR, “holy Evolution,” as The Animal and The Game hold the two world championships high.
Later tonight – WrestleMania 24 rematch, with brand roles reversed – Batista vs. Umaga, and Edge takes on U.S. Champion Matt Hardy. Rey Mysterio gives his SmackDown farewell address.
SmackDown comes back from break – after the jump.