By: Lennie DiFino
July 18, 2008
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On what should have been the happiest night of their lives, Edge & SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero’s wedding reception was interrupted by WWE Champion, and Edge’s Great American Bash opponent, Triple H. The Game offered his gifts to the newlyweds, and then shocked the world when he revealed a video of the Rated-R Superstar and wedding planner Alicia Fox locking lips.
Earlier in the night, the seemingly happy couple was in harmony as they celebrated their nuptials, even taking time out of the reception for in-ring action. Edge donned a guest referee shirt as he helped Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder defeat Finlay & Hornswoggle in a tag team encounter, spearing the Irishman to seal the win for his friends.
Moments later, after their first dance was interrupted by Big Show cutting in, the powerful pair placed The World’s Largest Athlete in a 4-on-1 Handicap Match. Up against The Great Khali, MVP, Vladimir Kozlov & Shelton Benjamin, Big Show proved why he is still one of the toughest competitors in the world, fighting off the teamed assault before the match was ruled a no contest. After the match, however, Khali, MVP, Shelton & the undefeated Moscow Mauler attacked Big Show, leaving him down in the center of the ring.
Not to be outdone, Vickie Guerrero entered the ring for her bouquet toss, followed by Divas eager to catch the flowers. Before the GM could carry the tradition out, Michelle McCool attacked her Great American Bash opponent, Natalya, in response to Natalya’s attack last week. An annoyed Guerrero ordered McCool out of the arena, and after Cherry caught the bouquet, Vickie put the soft-spoken Diva up against Natalya.
For the second week in a row, Cherry submitted to Natalya’s Sharpshooter. Adding insult to a painful loss, Vickie then ordered an immediate match with Cherry. The GM pinned Cherry to earn a victory in her wedding dress.
Also, as a wedding special attraction, longtime rivals of Edge, The Hardys, were put into action against each other, as United States Champion Matt Hardy took on his brother, Jeff. Before they faced off, the duo threw the wedding cake at Chavo Guerrero, igniting the anger of “The Family.” In the ring, the high-flying brothers put on a show in their home state of North Carolina, until the irate “Family” attacked to gain revenge for the cake-tossing.
But all the action couldn’t make up for the storm created by the 12-time World Champion, Triple H. As Edge tried to explain his extra-curricular activities with Fox, Guerrero unleashed her heartache, shoving her new husband and screaming as SmackDown ended. With just two days until The Great American Bash, will Edge’s affair with Alicia Fox haunt him when he steps into the ring against Triple H with the gold on the line?
Also on SmackDown, Brian Kendrick defeated Jimmy Wang Yang in one-on-one action. Kendrick is sporting a new attitude and new look since being drafted, not to mention the large shadow of his bodyguard, Ezekiel. Will Kendrick’s new approach help him climb the SmackDown ranks?
WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison defeated Jesse & Festus on SmackDown, but with just two days before the Fatal Four Way for their gold, are Miz & Morrison’s golden days numbered? Will Jesse & Festus transform from contenders to champions? Or will Finlay & Hornswoggle finally find their pot of gold? Will Hawkins & Ryder’s allegiance to GM Guerrero help them in their pursuit of the titles?
Finally, Mr. Kennedy is looking to make a name for himself on SmackDown, but the outspoken Superstar has run into Umaga. On Friday night, Kennedy appeared to have the match between the two won, but the Samoan Bulldozer blocked the Mic Check, and delivered a Samoan Spike to earn the victory. This rivalry is heating up, but can Kennedy find a way to take down the always dangerous Umaga?