Have I mentioned that CM Punk is a jerkface? He's so perfect in this role and the crowd is just begging for him to get his ass kicked. After he lists all of his accomplishments (and there are many), he claims there's no one left for him to beat. Those mysterious Druids interrupt, pushing a casket to ringside, Punk blasts it repeatedly with a chair, but it's not The Undertaker, it's Teddy Long! T-Lo, who looks battered and beaten, tells Punk that Hell's Gate is no longer banned and he'll face The Undertaker at Hell in a Cell and... tonight!
John Morrison & Finlay vs. Dolph Ziggler & Mike Knox was a good tag match. Basic tag team action, but served its purpose of putting over the Morrison/Ziggler and Finlay/Knox feuds, while also hyping up IC Title division. I'm looking forward to Morrison vs. Ziggler at HIAC, I'm impressed with Knox's progression as of late, my only gripe is that they're not really doing a lot with Finlay. Sure, he's winning matches, but I can't help but think he could be in something much more high-profile.
Backstage, CM Punk confronts Vince McMahon and doesn't want to wrestle The Undertaker. Vince says he should've thought about that before screwing Taker out of the World Title, but Punk seems to imply that it was Vince's idea. Is Vince trying to keep his name out of it or has he officially lost his mind? Hmm...
Slam Master J vs. Kane was a blink and you missed it kind of moment. Apparently SMJ vandalized T-Lo's office and had to face the consequences in the form of the Big Red Machine.
Vince McMahon comes to the ring (a rarity for Smackdown) and hypes up next week's Decade of Smackdown Celebration. After that, in a truly bizarre moment, Vince introduces a Superstar he personally signed, a man he calls a future World Champion... Drew McIntyre?! I can't remember the last time Vince personally gave that kind of endorsement to a new wrestler and of all people, it's Drew McIntyre, who we've yet to even see in an actual match? Weird. McIntyre runs his mouth, but is quickly cut off by R-Truth, who finally gets some shots in on the Scottish Superstar.
Batista vs. Big Show up next and it's pretty much what you would expect out of Batista vs. Big Show. The highlights of this one were Chris Jericho screaming at ringside ("WHO'S THE ANIMAL NOW!?) and Batista busting out the Ankle Lock, which I assume will be a new submission finisher for the Animal? I'm all in favor of it, I think every wrestler should have an impact finisher and a submission finisher, adds a whole new dynamic to every match. Jericho causes a DQ to stop Show from tapping out, but he gets an ankle lock for his troubles as well.
David Hart Smith vs. JTG was pretty good, but I'm still waiting to see Tyson Kidd take on JTG! Anyway, this one was fairly short, but Kidd nailing that sick kick on the apron while the ref was distracted with Natalya & Eve was awesome and Smith's celebration after his win was ridiculous. My point from last week still stands though, we need more tag teams!
Batista is backstage and lets JeriShow know that he's gunning for the Unified Tag Titles at Hell in a Cell, along with his partner... REY MYSTERIO! Told ya that suspension would go by quickly.
I'm not sure how I feel about giving away Undertaker vs. CM Punk on Smackdown. It's one thing when these matches are quick, but I felt like this one was pretty long and they gave it their all. I suppose it's no big deal, I'm sure their match inside the Cell will be much different than this one and it's not like we got a definitive ending here since Punk won by count-out. Punk keeps slithering away from The Phenom, but there won't be any shenanigans next week when they meet inside "Satan's Structure."
Much better Smackdown than last week; good storyline progression, solid in-ring action and even an in-ring appearance from Vince McMahon himself! Next week's Decade of Smackdown should be a blast too, especially with the huge main event of Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Triple H & John Cena vs. CM Punk, Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase. Can't wait!