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SmackDown 3/2

WWE wrapped up another solid week of TV on Friday night with SmackDown! from San Jose, CA. The main event was another cross-over, as ECW Champ Bobby Lashley took on Ken Kennedy with a stip that Kennedy could do whatever he wanted and that if Lashley did, he would lose the title. In the end, Lashley won a decent match with a powerslam. The other highlights included Lashley and Vince McMahon having another in ring run-in about the match with Lashley and Umaga at WrestleMania. Batista cut another promo on Taker, and this time Taker came on the video screen in a graveyard and said he would make the champ rest in peace at Mania.

The matches on the night of note included two Money in the Bank Qualifier matches. The first was a solid match that saw Matt Hardy advance as he took on and beat Joey Mercury. This leads me more to believe that we'll see MNM in a match together at Mania. The other MITB match was a three-way with Finley, MVP and Chris Benoit. After teasing a Benoit win most of the match, they switched it up and had Finley with with some outside help. This advances him on to the match at Mania. That means we have one more wrestler to add, and I expect that to be Randy Orton tomorrow night on RAW to round out the eight.

There was also a womens match with Ashley beating Jillian Hall, which continues her push to face Melina at Mania, and a six-man cruiserweight match with Scotty 2 Hotty, Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang beating Gregory Helms,
Daivari & Chavo Guerrero via pinfall. The wrestling on the show was good, and everyone is now so pumped for Mania that you can feel a stronger vibe on pretty much all the shows.

Next week they are doing Undertaker vs Finley, which should be good, and a push for Taker as he will likely get the pinfall win here. I can see Batista doing an appearance at ringside or on the ramp to make it look good as they do another stare down. The one thing about direction of this brand right now is really what to do with Benoit. He is stuck in no-man's land, and unless they come up with something quick, one of the companies best wrestlers will be off the biggest shows of the year.

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