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Smackdown: Paul Bearer lives!

In my review of last Sunday's Night of Champions pay-per-view, I included a line about The Undertaker possibly bringing back Paul Bearer from the dead to help him "urn back" his dark powers.

Sure enough, there was the morbid manager rising from a casket, urn in hand, to reunite with The Undertaker at the end of Smackdown Friday night.

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You didn't need to have supernatural powers to figure out that Bearer's return to WWE after a six-year absence was imminent. No Undertaker-Kane program would be complete without him, and with The Undertaker needing something to help him get back on track, it was a no-brainer.The Undertaker – who was shown several times throughout the show sitting alone and despondent backstage – immediately perked up when he saw Bearer. Suddenly, he looked like The Undertaker of old rather than an old Undertaker, and he got the better of a physical exchange with a stunned Kane. As expected, it was announced that Kane will defend the world heavyweight title against The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match at the pay-per-view of the same name on Oct. 3.

It will be interesting to see if WWE addresses the fact that the last time we saw Bearer, The Undertaker seemingly murdered him by burying him in an enclosed case filled with cement. How did Bearer survive? And why has he chosen to side with The Undertaker rather than his "son" Kane?

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Whether or not it was by design, the timing couldn't be more perfect for WWE to be doing a story line with these three characters, as Smackdown officially moves to SyFy this coming Friday.

Other thoughts on Friday's show:

In an attempt to make the best of the unfortunate situation of Christian suffering a torn pectoral muscle, WWE got heat on Alberto Del Rio, who attacked and "injured" Christian. In the story line, Del Rio has now put out both Christian and Rey Mysterio, who will be returning on next week's show to wrestle Del Rio. …

Kane again did some good mic work, but I'm begging WWE to stop playing the hokey music when he's speaking. The story line is hokey enough already. …

The Kane-Chris Masters match that opened the show was pretty boring. The crowd was dead silent during the spot in which Masters had Kane in The Masterlock, as no one believed for a second that Kane wasn't going to break the hold. …

WWE NXT Season 2 winner Kaval isn't getting quite the same push that Season 1 winner Wade Barrett is getting. Barrett is feuding with John Cena and wrestling in pay-per-view main events. Kaval, on the other hand, just jobbed to Chavo Guerrero. I had no problem with Kaval losing a very competitive match to Drew McIntyre in his Smackdown debut, but putting over Chavo? What the [heck]? …

McIntyre and Cody Rhodes' successful defense of the WWE tag team title against The Hart Dynasty was an OK match. By the way, why was this match taking place on Smackdown? Aren't David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd officially members of the Raw roster? Ah whatever. …

I'm not too optimistic about the future of the Vance Archer/Curt Hawkins tag team, as they were squashed by The Big Show in a handicap match that lasted a little over a minute. Ouch. …

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I was surprised at the finish to the match between Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler and MVP, as Ziggler walked away during the contest and was counted out. I thought for sure MVP was going to lose, but the result of this match seems to indicate that there will be a title program between the two. MVP is in and out if the doghouse so often that you never know from one week to the next whether he'll be getting a bit of a push or jobbing on WWE Superstars. …

Vickie Guerrero was shoved down by her NXT Season 3 rookie, Kaitlyn, during the Ziggler-MVP match. I f figured it would be weeks before we saw anything like that between the two women. WWE definitely isn't wasting any time with advancing this story line. …

Luke Gallows got in a lot of offense before losing to CM Punk. I still think WWE disbanded the Straight Edge Society way too prematurely, and it feels like the talented Punk is just treading water right now. …

I think The Dudebusters are supposed to be babyfaces now, but taking the jump rope away from Rosa Mendes while she was using it was a heel move in my book. Look, Dudes, never, ever interrupt Rosa when she is jumping up and down. OK? Thanks. …

Looking ahead to Smackdown's debut on SyFy this Friday, it was announced that both Cena and The Nexus will appear on the show.


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