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WWE Smackdown: It¿s the `wrestling for dummies¿ edition

Edge and Kane may be adversaries, but they did agree on one thing on Smackdown Friday night: Both said that Paul Bearer being held hostage by Edge "has gone on too long."

At that moment, I had a glimmer of hope that the torment was going to end – I'm talking about mine as well as Bearer's. Unfortunately, the boring, inane story line continued throughout the show.

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After Edge pulled more bait-and-switches in which he teased that he was going to release Bearer only to have Kane find a dummy rather than the real Bearer, I felt dumber for having watched it.And since the show ended with Bearer still being held captive by Edge, it looks as if viewers are in store for more Bearer dummies being abused (not in the Katie Vick sense, thank God), more angry huffing and puffing from Kane as he chases the elusive Edge and the wheelchair-bound Bearer and more of Bearer wailing, "Kane, I'm here, Kane."

Please, stop the pain.

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Other thoughts on Friday's show:

Speaking of the Katie Vick story line, has anyone in wrestling been involved in more horrendous angles than Kane? And what happened to Edge's crusade against all things stupid in WWE? It appears that Edge has become the Ultimate Hypocrite. ...

By virtue of his victory over Kane in a non-title match, Edge got to choose the stipulation for their world heavyweight bout at the pay-per-view on Dec. 19. Hmm, let's see. The show is called TLC (tables, ladders and chairs) and Edge's specialty is a TLC match. I got it – a Paul Bearer on a pole match, right? Oh, sorry. I thought I was watching TNA Impact there for a second. ...

Edge got the victory because Kane was distracted when Bearer suddenly appeared on the video screen in the middle of the match. So how exactly did Bearer just show up on the screen like that? This story line has been so nonsensical that it seems like the writers don't even care about trying to get viewers to suspend disbelief. I would have had Edge say something about having friends in the production truck or something along those lines. Any explanation is better than nothing. ...

I knew right away that the person in the wheelchair with his back to the camera in the final segment wasn't Bearer. Apparently, so did the guy in the crowd who was clearly heard saying, "It's not Paul," as Kane walked up the ramp to the figure in the wheelchair. ...

If forcing us to watch the Bearer kidnapping saga the past few weeks wasn't bad enough, WWE decided to put together a video package about it, including recapping what happened on this show. That, my friends, is what the fast-forward button is for. ...

Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger followed up their match last week with another good, long bout (about 16 minutes). The match was a little slow at the beginning but it eventually kicked into second gear and featured an exciting array of near falls and counters. The match determined the No. 1 contender for Dolph Ziggler's Intercontinental title, which kind of gave away that Kingston was going to win. I didn't think WWE would do a heel-versus-heel match between Ziggler and Swagger. The only other probable scenario would have been the Kingston-Swagger match ending without a conclusive winner, thus leading to a triple threat match. Since we've already seen Ziggler against Kingston multiple times, I 'd rather see the triple threat. ...

It looked as if Rey Mysterio's legs landed right on Alberto Del Rio's face when he did the legdrop off the ring apron onto Del Rio, who went through a table. ...

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I liked the verbal exchange between Del Rio and Mysterio. Del Rio really has great presence on the mic. ...

The tag team match that saw Ziggler and Drew McIntyre defeat MVP and Kaval was entertaining. I would have bet anything that MVP – who was released by WWE on Thursday – would do the job since it was his last match in WWE, but it was Kaval who took the pinfall loss. Perhaps MVP requested his release after Tuesday's Smackdown taping. ...

Cody Rhodes scored an impressive victory over Chris Masters to get some heat back after his loss to John Morrison in the King of the Ring tournament on Raw Monday. ...

Things went downhill quickly after Layla defeated Rosa Mendes. First Hornswoggle got involved in the post-match angle, and then Swagger's eagle mascot showed up (I was hoping Hornswoggle had killed the eagle and eaten him last week). Seeing Hornswoggle and the eagle carrying on in the ring suddenly made the Edge/Kane/Paul Bearer shenanigans not seem so bad. ...

WWE NXT Season 3 winner Kaitlyn briefly appeared to announce that she is now on the Smackdown roster. No surprise there. I'm interested to see how the Ziggler/Vickie Guerrero/Kaitlyn love triangle plays out.


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