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WWE Smackdown: Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio added to TLC main event

Good things came in twos on Friday night's episode of Smackdown.

Two new participants – Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio – were added to the TLC match between world heavyweight champion Kane and Edge that takes place on Sunday's TLC pay-per-view, so the match is now a fatal fourway.

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It's definitely a change for the better. I have a lot more interest in a fourway for the title than another singles match between Kane and Edge.

Also on Smackdown, we were treated to a double dose of awesomeness, as WWE champion The Miz made a special appearance and wrestled not one, but two matches.Overall, it was a solid if not spectacular show. Just the fact that no Paul Bearer dummies were brutalized on this episode made it a significant improvement over the past few Smackdowns.

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Other thoughts on Friday's show:

The Miz versus Mysterio match and the Kofi Kingston and Kaval versus Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger tag team match were both very entertaining and well-booked. Miz got the win thanks to interference from Del Rio, and Kingston and Kaval prevailed when Kingston pinned Ziggler. After the tag match, Swagger KO'd his tag partner. So Ziggler, who will defend his Intercontinental title against Kingston and Swagger Sunday in a triple threat ladder match, was pinned by one of his challengers and sucker-punched by the other. Kaval, by the way, looked fine after reportedly suffering an ankle injury last week against Swagger. ...

The main event, which saw Edge and Mysterio battle Miz and Del Rio to a no contest, wasn't bad. I'm guessing that most viewers weren't surprised when Kane interfered in the match. ...

While I'm happy that the TLC match for the world heavyweight title has been changed to a fatal fourway, the story line reasoning behind it doesn't make a lot of sense. Smackdown general manager Teddy Long said he was unsure if Kane would even show up for the pay-per-view since he was so distraught over what happened to Bearer last week that. If Kane did no-show the event, Long said he would strip him of the title. Edge said that he didn't want to win the title that way (so much for being the ultimate opportunist), so Long decided that the TLC match would become a triple threat between Edge, Mysterio and Del Rio, with the winner being crowned the new champion. And if Kane did show up to defend his title, it would then become a fatal fourway. Edge, who was no longer getting a one-on-one title shot no matter what, was perfectly fine with all of this even though it was completely unfair to him. ...

Speeding up the video footage and playing "Benny Hill" music over it made the Edge/Kane/Bearer story line appear a lot more entertaining than it really was. I think Edge was shooting when he said that he would like to forget that the whole thing ever happened and he would like all of us to forget it as well. ...

Layla did a great job of selling that she was terrified after nearly being suplexed through a table by Natalya and Beth Phoenix. ...

I don't know where the story line with Drew McIntyre hitting on Kelly Kelly is going, but I'm interested to find out. By the way, I wonder what McIntyre's wife, former WWE Diva Tiffany, thinks about the angle. ...

After succumbing to Chris Masters in a Masterlock Challenge last week, Cody Rhodes got his heat back by scoring a convincing win over Masters. ...

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It was announced that Ezekiel Jackson, who had been on the Raw roster, will re-join Smackdown starting next week. WWE didn't even bother trying to come up with a story line reason for the move. ...

I'm always entertained by WWE tag team champions Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov, who defeated Chavo Guerrero and his tag partner for this week, Tyler Reks. I'm also glad to see that WWE has come up with something for Guerrero to do that doesn't involve wearing a mascot costume or jobbing to Hornswoggle. ...

I definitely could have done without the JTG segment.


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