Ryan Clark

WrestleMag.com are at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, and over the next few hours weâ<80><99>ll be bringing you live coverage of tonightâ<80><99>s WWE Smackdown TV tapings, ahead of the show airing this Friday night.

– In a dark match, Funaki beat KC James after a sunset flip.

– The Boogeyman vs The Miz & Kristal went to a no-contest to open Smackdown. No official announcement was made on the result.

– Backstage, King Booker and Finlay got talking as it was announced theyâ<80><99>ll be taking on Batista and Bobby Lashley later on in the show.

– Footage of Rey Mysterio undergoing knee surgery last week was shown.

– Chris Benoit beat Tatanka after Tatanka (who looked awful) tapped out to the Sharpshooter. Post-match, Chavo Guerrero laid Benoit out with a chair.

– Mr Kennedy cut a promo on the TitanTron. He said heâ<80><99>s the future of the business and that he had surpassed The Undertaker.

– William Regal came out to a huge pop and went on to beat Paul London via pinfall after a running kneelift.

– Michael Cole brought some fans from ringside into the ring and got them to start up some football chants. Two of the fans supported Manchester United, a third a Liverpool fan.

– MVP beat Kane via pinfall in a Street Fight after interference from Ken Kennedy. The Undertaker made the save and the heels bailed out. Kennedy then threw MVP into the ring where he was met with a double chokeslam.

– Matt Hardy beat Gregory Helms via pinfall in a non-title match after a Twist of Fate.

– Backstage, Teddy Long announced that next week on Smackdown, MVP would again face Kane, this time in a Cage match.

– While the cameras werenâ<80><99>t rolling, fans were treated to seeing Big Dick Johnson in the ring, rubbing himself up against Tony Chimmel.

– Batista & Bobby Lashley beat King Booker and Finlay in the main event after Batista pinned Booker following a spinebuster

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