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Smackdown: Main event ends up being `dark match¿

I was enjoying the Batista-Rey Mysterio match that main-evented Friday night's episode of Smackdown when out of nowhere a gong sounded and the screen went dark. The lights in the arena had gone out for a few seconds and then come back on. The same thing happened two more times, and in each instance one or both of the competitors were laid out.

It obviously was the work of The Undertaker, although he never appeared on camera. The match was supposed to determine the No. 1 contender for his world heavyweight championship, but it ended without a decision being rendered.

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I wasn't a big fan of The Undertaker's gong show and his parlor tricks with the lights. Not only was it hokey (I know, you can say that about a lot of stuff involving The Undertaker), but I don't think the angle made sense. Why would The Undertaker want to take out both contenders? Is he afraid to face them? It seemed like the actions of a heel champion. It's not too smart on his part, because the obvious result of all this is that he will have to face Batista and Mysterio in a triple threat match at the Rumble, which means that he can lose the belt without even getting pinned.

Perhaps The Undertaker will explain his actions on next week's show.

Other thoughts on Friday's show:

I liked the segment in which CM Punk "saved" a young man (a plant, obviously) from the audience. I'm guessing that some viewers think the scene went on too long, but Punk was just so good. His character has elements of cult leaders David Koresh and Charles Manson. ...

I'm enjoying the Mickie James-Beth Phoenix-Michelle McCool-Layla story line. I especially like the interaction between James and Phoenix. After Phoenix saved James from an attack by McCool and Layla last week, she then laid out James. On Friday, James returned the favor. The longtime rivals have common enemies in McCool and Layla, but that doesn't mean that James and Phoenix suddenly are friends, which adds another layer. James and Phoenix are bound to call a truce eventually, but it's more realistic to have it happen gradually. ...

Not only did Dolph Ziggler have a competitive match with Kane for the second consecutive week, but he got the better of him once again. During last week's Beat the Clock Challenge, Ziggler was in control of the match when time ran out. On Friday's show, he defeated Kane by count-out. The one thing about their latest encounter that I didn't care for was Kane kicking out of Ziggler's Zig-Zag finisher. I would love to see Ziggler get a pinfall victory over Kane at some point, but I'm not holding my breath. ...

The six-man tag team match that saw Chris Jericho and The Hart Dynasty take on R-Truth and Cryme Tyme was good. The bad news is that THD and Cryme Tyme were in the ring with each other for what seems like the hundredth time; the good news is that the guys in pink and black won and are seemingly on the verge of a decent push. ...

It was good to see Jericho apply the Walls of Jericho the way he used to when the move was known as The Lion Tamer in WCW (he also has done it on occasion in WWE). Instead of a typical Boston Crab, Jericho had JTG at more of a vertical angle, so when he pulled back and sat into the move, it looked a lot more painful. ...

When JTG got a very close near fall on Jericho – which would have been the second time JTG pinned Jericho in the past five months – my head nearly exploded. ...

I wasn't that surprised that Matt Hardy jobbed to Luke Gallows, but it was cleaner than I expected. Punk provided a momentary distraction, which resulted in Hardy walking right into Gallows' finisher. I was thinking that Punk would get physically involved behind the referee's back to lead to Gallows winning. ...

I can't believe that Slam Master J (formerly Jesse) hasn't confronted Gallows (formerly Festus) yet about becoming a Punk disciple. ...

John Morrison showed good intensity again on the microphone when he confronted Drew McIntyre during a backstage interview. However, I thought Morrison came off like a sore loser, while McIntyre seemed like a babyface for standing his ground. ...

Did Todd Grisham actually say "h-e-double hockey sticks?" I don't think I've heard that since elementary school. Smackdown is rated PG, not G, right?

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