12/13/2009 AT 09:20 AM EST
Just weeks after Taylor Swift
's appearance on Saturday Night Live
, her "really close"
friend, Taylor Lautner
, took center stage Saturday to host the late-night sketch show. In his opening monologue, Lautner hilariously defended Swift's honor by beheading a Kanye West
mannequin with some impressive martial arts kicks. The New Moon
star, who was on stage during the rapper's infamous VMA faux pas
, reenacted the scene – making himself into a high-kicking hero by knocking West's block off and then kissing his fair maiden.