WWE Fails To Provide Dark Match Main Event After SD Taping

Thanks to PWMania.com reader Marc Kerns for sending this in:

At this week’s Smackdown taping in Des Moines, IA, the advertised main event, which was to be a dark match, was listed as Christian vs. Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship. Once Smackdown was off the air, instead of the advertised match, fans were surprised to see Mark Henry make an entrance to the ring. As to who his opponnent was to be, nobody knew, as nobody ever came out.

Mark Henry stood in the ring for nearly 5 minutes before finally trying to pass the time by cutting an impromptu promo in front of fans at Wells Fargo Arena. However, each time he would try to begin talking, the microphones would die out. So instead, he decided to taunt several fans, including Joey Anderson, who wrestles for the independent promotion “Adrenaline Pro Wrestling.” After 15 minutes had passed since Smackdown had gone “off-air,” Tony Chimel made an announcement stating that while fans waited for Mark Henry’s opponnent, WWE wanted to thank the fans for attending.

Finally, Mark Henry’s music started back up, and fans thought they were finally moments away from a hopefully decent dark match. After a couple of minutes, Mark Henry’s music stops, and Hornswoggle’s hits. However, we got no Hornswoggle. A couple of minutes later, Hornswoggle’s music stops, and Great Khali’s old music hits, yet again, no Khali. Finally, Khali’s music stops, and Mr. McMahon’s music hits. Again, no show from the Chairman. Finally, Mark Henry had gotten tired of waiting for an opponnent, and walked backstage, ending a nearly 20 minute wait for a dark match opponnent. Needless to say, the fans were not happy with the outcome of WWE’s promise of a dark match.