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WWE Smackdown: Not captivated by Paul Bearer being held captive

I'm a big fan of Edge as a performer and I'm glad to see him getting a shot at the world heavyweight title at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, but the buildup for his match against Kane Sunday went from so-so to so bad on Friday night's Smackdown.

When Smackdown ended last week, Edge had kidnapped Paul Bearer and taken off with him. On Friday's show, we saw that a bound-and-gagged Bearer was still being held hostage by Edge.Keep in mind that last week's show took place in England and Friday's show was held in Richmond, Va. So we're supposed to believe that Edge was able to hold the bulbous, creepy-looking manager against his will while going through the airport, boarding a plane and flying overseas. Mae Young giving birth to a hand is more plausible than that scenario.

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Beyond the ridiculous nature of the story line, the scenes with Edge tormenting Bearer just weren't very entertaining. After watching Edge play dodge ball with Bearer's head (I guess unprotected soccer ball shots to the head are not banned in WWE) and pour food all over him, I began to feel sorry for Bearer.

To top it all off, we saw Kane – the big, bad monster – break down and cry like a baby after seeing what Edge was doing to his "father." Perhaps the real reason he was crying was because he was involved in such an awful angle.

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Other thoughts on Friday's show:

Kaval finally got his first victory since joining the Smackdown roster, as he upset Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler in a short but entertaining non-title match. Kaval, who by virtue of winning NXT Season 2 earned a pay-per-view title shot against a champion of his choosing, then announced that he wanted to face Ziggler at Survivor Series. The Ziggler-Kaval match will probably be good, but why wouldn't Kaval want a shot at the world title instead of a secondary championship? ...

It was a strong night for MVP. He did a very nice job on the mic in a verbal exchange with Alberto Del Rio, and then he defeated Drew McIntyre in a good match. ...

When MVP interrupted Del Rio's promo and challenged him to a match, Del Rio turned him down, but then said that he can face McIntyre instead. Right on cue, McIntyre's music hit and he walked down the entrance ramp. So how did Del Rio and McIntyre know that MVP was going to come out and issue the challenge? ...

Cody Rhodes and Kofi Kingston had perhaps the best match of the night. Rhodes winning was a bit of an upset, but I think the main reason he was given the victory was because WWE wanted the series of singles matches between Rey Mysterio's Survivor Series team and Del Rio's team to be tied heading into the advertised main event of Mysterio versus Del Rio. ...

I was disappointed that the Mysterio-Del Rio match was turned into a battle royal shortly after it started. The battle royal – which saw The Big Show and Mysterio emerge as the survivors – didn't do a whole lot for me. ...

LayCool's win over Natalya and Kelly Kelly came out of nowhere a little over a minute into the match. It took a double-team move for Michelle McCool and Layla to pin Natalya, so the story heading into their handicap match at Survivor Series is that Natalya can beat them one-on-one but not when the odds are stacked against her. ...

It was nice to see Jack Swagger get a convincing win over Chris Masters – not that there was really any doubt that he would. ...

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Matt Striker said that legendary Mexican stars such Dos Caras may look down on Del Rio because of his attitude. For those who didn't get the inside reference, Dos Caras is Del Rio's father, and Del Rio wrestled under a mask as Dos Caras Jr. before signing with WWE.


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