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WWE Smackdown: Can we end the Paul Bearer hostage story line ¿ please?

The more Edge torments Kane and Paul Bearer, the more I feel like I'm the one being tortured by having to sit through these lame segments.

On Friday night's Smackdown, Edge's cat-and-mouse game with Kane continued, as Edge kept teasing that he was going to return Bearer to Kane, but the show ended with Bearer still being held captive.

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In a segment at the top of the show that really dragged, Edge made Kane repeatedly ask him to release Bearer. "That wasn't very polite," Edge said after Kane asked the first time. "I didn't hear the magic word." So Kane gritted his teeth and said "please." Edge still didn't like his tone, so Kane then asked more politely.

At that point I was the one saying "please," as in, "Please, for the good of the game, let's move on."

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These shenanigans went on throughout the show, climaxing with a sight gag in the parking lot, where Edge had Bearer bound in a wheelchair. When Kane made it out to the parking lot, he found a Bearer dummy in the wheelchair, and then Edge ran over it with his car (the real Bearer was tied up in the back seat).

Edge sped off in the car, so The Abduction of Paul Bearer story line will be continued for another week.

Oh, please.

Other thoughts on Friday's show:

The highlight of the show was the King of the Ring qualifying match in which Kofi Kingston defeated Jack Swagger. These two put together an entertaining match that went nearly 20 minutes and could have gone either way. The last few minutes were especially good. ...

The three other KOTR qualifiers were OK, but none came close to the level of Kingston-Swagger. Along with Kingston, Alberto Del Rio (who defeated The Big Show by countout), Drew McIntyre (who defeated MVP) and Cody Rhodes (who defeated Rey Mysterio – with an assist from Del Rio) will represent Smackdown in the KOTR tournament, which takes place on a three-hour episode of Raw on Monday. Sheamus, John Morrison, Ezekiel Jackson and Daniel Bryan are the Raw competitors participating in the tournament. I think either Del Rio or Sheamus will win it, but Morrison winning wouldn't surprise me either. ...

Del Rio gaining a dubious countout victory over The Big Show thanks to interference by his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, was an effective way to get heel heat on him. ...

After defeating McIntyre on last week's show, MVP lost to him this week with a spot in the KOTR on the line, so the story line of MVP's misfortune continues. ...

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The Rhodes-Mysterio match wasn't bad, but you knew the second that Del Rio came out to do commentary on the match that Rhodes was going over because of interference from Del Rio. ...

Kelly Kelly pinning Michelle McCool was a pleasant surprise. ...

Bearer called the fans "bastards" several times. In today's PG WWE, that's pushing the envelope. ...

Hornswoggle "killing" Swagger's eagle mascot with a bow and arrow and preparing to make dinner out of him was beyond silly, but I'm all for it if it means the mascot is done as a character. Now if only someone would take a bow and arrow to the leprechaun. ...

Where were Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero this week?


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