SmackDown! 2008 05 23

May 23, 2008 – Des Moines, Iowa
Announcers: Michael Cole & Mick Foley

DARK MATCH: Matt Sydal defeated Jamie Noble..

ON STAGE
General Manager Vickie Guerrero & Edge: The crowd booed SmackDown!’s first couple and Vickie said none of the fans know how hard it is to run a television show like SmackDown!. Vickie said one of her duties as General Manager is to enforce the rules, and at Judgment Day, the referee made the mistake of awarding the Undertaker the World Heavyweight title on a Countout victory. Vickie said “thank God I was there to fix the mistake.” Vickie announced the “most extreme World championship match in history” – a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match between Edge and The Undertaker at One Night Stand. Vickie added that if the Undertaker loses at One Night Stand he will be banished from the entire WWE. Editor’s Note: They didn’t acknowledge this, but if it’s Extreme Rules, does that mean the illegal Choke-submission will be legal?

6-PERSON MIXED TAG TEAM MATCH
Deuce & Domino & Maryse Ouellet defeated Jesse & Festus & Cherry: Maryse pinned Cherry after a devastating kick to Cherry’s face, which they showed in slow-motion three times after the match.

BACKSTAGE SEGMENT
Vickie Guerrero & Edge + Chavo Guerrero: Chavo came in and said there was no hard feelings between them since he walked out and didn’t wrestle along side La Familia last week. Vickie booked Chavo against the Undertaker tonight and Edge said he would go out and watch the match.

IN THE RING (THE VIP LOUNGE)
Montel Vontavious Porter + Theodore R. Long + Batista: MVP said his guest was former General Manager Theodore Long, and wanted to give him a chance to tell his side of the story. MVP turned the tables and said he didn’t forget how Long treated him and held him down over the years. Long was about to walk out but MVP said he couldn’t leave until he was dismissed. “The Animal” Batista showed up to defend Theodore Long, saying that he did a good job as General Manager, and wished him luck. Batista warned MVP not to put his hands on Theodore Long again, or else. MVP ordered Batista not to disrespect him. Batista started destroying the VIP Lounge set, one piece at a time, shouting “That’s Disrespectful!” after each item was taken out. Meanwhile, MVP jumped out of the ring and stomped backstage pouting all the way.

BACKSTAGE SEGMENT
Vickie Guerrero & Edge & Chavo Guerrero + Montel Vontavious Porter: MVP barged into the General Manager’s office complaining about Batista destroying his VIP Lounge. Vickie booked MVP in a match with Batista, much to MVP’s dismay!

MATCH
Fit Finlay w/Hornswoggle defeated Chuck Palumbo: During the late stages of this match, Palumbo decided to assault little Hornswoggle at ringside. Hornswoggle spewed Irish green mist into Palumbo’s eyes and Finlay whacked him with a shillelagh for the win!

MATCH
Batista defeated Montel Vontavious Porter: This match was all about hyping Batista’s “Stretcher Match” with Shawn Michaels at One Night Stand.

SQUASH MATCH
Vladimir Kozlov defeated Nunzio:

INTERPROMOTIONAL TAG TEAM MATCH
Matt Hardy & Kofi Kongston defeated Elijah Burke & Shelton Benjamin:

MAIN EVENT
The Undertaker defeated Chavo Guerrero: Chavo Guerrero had La Familia in his corner; Edge, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, and Bam Neely – so he was extremely confident going into the match. The first time the Undertaker was thrown out of the ring, La Familia attacked him like a pack of dogs! The referee ejected La Familia from ringside, which could not have been part of their plan! It only took a couple of minutes for the Undertaker to finish off Chavo Guerrero with a Tombstone Pile-driver.