1) Gregory Helms vs. Matt Hardy – 6
This was a fantastic way to kick off the show. The two had a history dating back to their days in the OMEGA promotion in the Carolinas and knew each other move for move. The only fault with I had with the match is that it was non-title. Helms has had the Cruiserweight title since January and hasn’t defended it on a regular basis since early in the year. It got some good time and really got the crowd excited with two hometown boys having a show-stealing match.
2) K.C. James & Idol Stevens vs. Brian Kendrick & Paul London – 6
Another solid encounter with both teams working very well with each other. London & Kendrick remind me a lot of the Rockers with their great double team moves. They compliment each other really well and with them holding the titles, the tag division on Smackdown is finally starting to get some traction behind it.
3) Montel Vontavious Porter (M.V.P.) vs. Marty Garner – 1
M.V.P. was less than impressive in his debut and his outfit looks absolutely ridiculous.
4) Ken Kennedy vs. The Undertaker – 6
This was a great match that had a totally different pace than the first two matches. The pace was slow and methodical and featured Undertaker hitting a sick leg drop on Kennedy while he was hanging over the apron. Kennedy came back to hit a sickening and outstanding piledriver. While everybody else online is complaining about the DQ finish, I though that it was necessary in order to protect both men. It was definitely the best match Undertaker has had since his series with Angle back earlier in the year.
5) Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero – Falls Count Anywhere Match – 7
This match didn’t spend much time in the ring but it told a tremendous story. Both men wanting to fight for the honor of Eddie Guerrero and willing to defend that honor at all costs. The crowd brawl, for once in a long time, had a point. Both bumped big and Rey hit a flying body press from the railing of a staircase to score the fall.
6) William Regal vs. Chris Benoit – 6
A fantastic surprise encounter which did nothing but add enjoyment to an already stellar broadcast. Both bled the hard way and beat the ever loving crap out of each other. They may have not of had the longest window to work with, but made the most of the time given.
7) Bobby Lashley vs. King Booker vs. Batista vs. Finlay – Fatal Four Way Match – 5
There some faults but came across as a tolerable main event. It also set up potential feuds down the line and maybe some eventual turns as well. The tease was well done at the end for Batista marks where he hit the powerbomb on Finlay and then got speared by Lashley. It worked because it teased both a Batista and Lashley title win but eventually Booker pinned Finlay.
Overall, this was a highly enjoyable pay-per-view (except for the MVP squash and the crap with Miz that I won’t even bother to mention) and is quite possibly the best Smackdown show of the year.