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WWE Smackdown: Paul is `dead¿ ... again

Edge finally pushed Kane over the Edge, and as a result, Kane pushed Paul Bearer over the edge – literally.

Friday night's episode of Smackdown featured more Bearer dummies being abused and ended with Kane calling Edge's bluff and shoving what he believed to be a wheel-chair-bound Bearer dummy off a balcony. However, when Kane surveyed the scene below, he realized that it was indeed the real dummy in the chair this time.

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Thankfully, that ends the lame cat-and-mouse story line between Edge and Kane. It also appeared to signal the end of the Bearer character, but the guy has already returned from the dead once, so one can never be sure about these things.

Other thoughts on Friday's show:

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As much as I haven't cared for the Edge-Kane program, I have to admit that Edge's reaction to Bearer's tragic fall was hilarious. Right before Kane knocked Bearer off the balcony, Edge told him, "You don't want to do that." After Kane followed through, Edge shot a sarcastic look at the horrified Kane and said, "I told you." ...

When Smackdown began, Kane cut a promo in which he basically repeated everything that he had been saying for the past two weeks. He said that this has gone on too long and he wasn't a monster and then he begged Edge to give Bearer back. At first I thought I had put in the wrong tape and was watching last week's show. ...

The best thing on a pretty lackluster show was the Intercontinental title match between champion Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston, who appeared to be on the verge of regaining the championship until Jack Swagger interfered, causing Ziggler to be disqualified. Swagger's interference was predictable after he had said earlier in the show that an Intercontinental title match without him is unacceptable. I'm guessing this will lead to a triple threat match between Ziggler, Kingston and Swagger at the TLC pay-per-view a week from Sunday. ...

The tag team main event pitting Edge and Rey Mysterio against Kane and Alberto Del Rio ended up becoming a singles match between Mysterio and Del Rio. It was a decent match. I was surprised that Mysterio got the clean win over Del Rio. ...

Apparently the reason Kaval did such a fantastic job of selling an ankle injury in his loss to Swagger is because Kaval was legitimately hurt during the match. Kaval continuing to put up a fight while basically wrestling on one leg made him looked gutsy in defeat, and it was a convincing win for Swagger, who was in need of one after suffering back-to-back losses to Kingston. ...

Saying that the "match" between Hornswoggle and The Eagle was a silly waste of time is a major understatement. WWE should be embarrassed for putting something that idiotic on Smackdown. Save that stuff for house shows to entertain the kiddies but do not subject the television-viewing audience to it. ...

WWE got in a parting shot at the recently released MVP by having The Eagle do the ballin' elbow. ...

This was not a good night for comedy, as even the Santino Marella/Vladimir Kozlov stuff wasn't funny. Marella singing " We Are the Champions," Kozlov holding up a lighter like he was at a concert and Chavo Guerrero and Michael Cole making references to other Queen songs probably sounded good on paper, but I thought it fell flat. ...

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Chris Masters finally won something on Smackdown, but it wasn't a wrestling match. He overpowered Cody Rhodes in a Masterlock Challenge. Rhodes was pretty entertaining doing the "don't hit my face" gimmick. ...

When I saw Drew McIntyre teaming with Guerrero against Marella and Kozlov, my first thought was how much of a shame it is that McIntyre has fallen so far. I was encouraged, however, when an irate McIntyre attacked Guerrero after the match. Perhaps that was the start of McIntyre – who I still believe has a lot of potential – getting back on track. By the way, didn't former WWE tag team champions McIntyre and Rhodes split up because they wanted to concentrate on their singles careers? ...

WWE Divas champion Natalya got another sold win, this time over Layla. I would love to see WWE keep the belt on Natalya for a while and have her move on to other challengers, but something tells me that it's just a matter of time before the championship goes back to Michelle McCool. ...

Josh Matthews replaced Todd Grisham at the announce table and did an OK job. Grisham was demoted to backstage interviewer.


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