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Smackdown!: Vince makes Zach a deal
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Smackdown! comes to us from famous Madison Square Garden tonight. Not to worry you NBA fans, it's on tape, so tonight's NBA draft will be coming off without a hitch. Michale Cole and Tzz call the action once again, but after seeing a recap of Vince McMahon actions over the past weeks, I have a feeling I'm in for a long night.

Match #1 - John Cena vs ???

Cena tells the New York crowd that he is bigger then MSG, and he will be main eventing WrestleMania XX next year. Cena also mentions that it's the one-year anniversary since he made his debut. It was an open challenge that he accepted versus The Undertaker. Cena issues an open challenge of his own to any rookie in the back. Out runs Orlando Jones, who has been on Velocity, or so Michael Cole tells us. Cena gives Jone no respect, verbally cutting him down. Jones answers with a clotheline and some early offense. Cena tries for the F-U early, buy Jones flips out of it. Jones goes high-risk with a flying cross body block off the top rope. It connects, but Cena uses the rookie's momentum to roll him up. Cena grabs the tights and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: John Cena

After the match Cena hits Jordan with the F-U, but doesn't get a chance to do any more damage, as Undertaker drives to the ring. Cena high-tails it out of the ring; wanting nothing to do with the dead man. Jordan comes finally come to, only to find himself face to face with Undertaker. Undertaker shows the rookie some respect with a pat on the back

Match #2 - Undertaker and the APA vs. The FBI

Turns out Undertaker was just early for his match, and now he has back-up in the form of Bradshaw and Ron Simmons. That right, Ron Simmons, Farooq is no more. Taker and Chuck Palumbo start things off in the ring. The dead man kicks it old school with the top ropewalk followed by a clubbing blow to Palumbo's arm.† Bradshaw tags in a cleans house, he catches Nunzio in mid-air, and then catches Palumbo's boot in the side of the head. Bradshaw ends the match with a "Clothesline from HellÓ to Johnny "The Bull" Stamboli.

Winner via pinfall: Undertaker and the APA

Jaime Noble and Nidia are outside of Madison Square Garden taking in the sites, when they are approached by a lawyer. Noble denies involvement with a girl from Mississippi. The lawyer just gives Noble a funny look; he's here to inform him that Noble's aunt has passed away. He also tells him that she left him over 800,000 dollars in inheritance. Nidia and Noble go crazy, making plans to go out to a high-class restaurant, Applebee's.

Match #3 - Matt Hardy (v1.0) vs. Rikishi

It's another first round match in the U.S. Title tourney. I have yet to see who else is in this tourney, much less a set of brackets. The MFer's are absent form ringside for the match. Still being punished for Matt losing the title, I guess. Hardy avoids an early stinkface, rolling to the outside. Rikishi chases him, only to eat the steel ring post, and then goes back for seconds.† The action returns to the ring, Matt Hardy tries for a Twist of Fate, only to suffer the effects of a sit-down piledriver, when Rikishi countered the move.† Hardy regains his senses and rips the padding off the top turnbuckle. Rikishi is thrown into the exposed metal, and a Twist of Fate finishes the big man off.

Winner via pinfall: Matt Hardy (v1.0)

Billy Kidman is sitting at ringside tonight. He is almost fully recovered from injury, or so we are told. Josh "I can do his job" Matthews talked to the cruiserweight. Kidman looked like he was going to cry, talking about how he can't wait to get back in the ring. The dude is going to marry Torrie Wilson, how can he be sad about anything?

Match #4 - Los Guerreros vs. Sean O'Haire and Roddy "Rowdy" Piper† WWE Tag Team Championship Match

It's official! Tajiri is a Guerrero. He made it into the video intro. I love it! My biggest hope during this match is that Piper keeps his shirt on. Too late, it's off, nightmares for me again tonight. Tajiri locks the tarantula onto O'Haire, but Piper makes the save with a swift kick to Tajiri's head. Piper tags in to face Eddie. While in the champion's corner Piper is blinded by the green mist from Tajiri. With Piper down Eddie hits the frogsplash, and Los Guerreros retain tag team gold.

Winner via pinfall and still WWE Tag Team Champs: Los Guerreros

And now it's time to brings this show to a screeching halt. Cue Vince's music. Cue Vince. Cue Steph. And action! Or should I say, Inaction! Once Vince, Steph, and Zach "All I want to do is wrestle, so stop dragging this story line out" Gowen are in the ring, Vince apologizes to Steph. He is sorry for all the things he made her do to help his career and business. Vince then turns to Zach, telling the young man he wants to be like him, to have the courage to spit in Death's face. Vince offers up an apology to Gowen, who answers emphatically with a no. Vince then demands Gowen accept his apology. Once again he says no, calling Vince an SOB in the process. Gowen gets in Vince face, telling the WWE chairman that he isn't intimidated and he spits on the apology. What Gowen wants is a WWE contract! Vince will give him one, on one condition. That condition is joining a very special club. You guessed it. The Vince McMahon Kiss my Ass Club. MSG is treated to Vince rear, but when Zach gets down to pucker up, he hits Vince with a low blow instead.

Match #5 Ultimo Dragon vs. Shannon Moore

This is Ultimo Dragon's debut on† Smackdown! and Rey Misterio is at the announce table to provide commentary on this match. Both men counter each other's moves through out the match. Ultimo wins after hitting what I can only descried asan inverted DDT, where he flips over Moore before crashing his head to the mat. After the macth Misterio shook Ultimo's hand and raised it in victory.

Winner via pinfall: Ultimo Dragon

Match #6 - Kurt Angle, Mr. America, and Brock Lesnar vs. Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, and The Big Show

Huge pop for Kurt Angle to start off this six-man tag. For reasons that are beyond my grasp, the WWE interrupts this match with a commercial. This is a pre-taped show! This shouldn't happen! In protest, I'll only report on the second half of the match. Both Lesnar and Big Show are down, after suplex by the champ. Lesnar tags Angle, and show tags Haas. Benjamin also enters the ring, but Angle counters the dual threat with multiple release suplexes for his former pupils. Angle slaps the ankle lock on Haas; Big Show makes the save, though, with a big boot to the side of Angle's head. Mr. America rocks the Big Show with a series of right hands. Angle and Lesnar pull the giant out of the ring and jump in. Haas feels the F-5, while Benjamin gets a taste of the Angle Slam. Big Show re-enters the ring and dual chokeslams Angle and Lesnar. Mr. America lands the Big Boot and has things well in hand when Vince comes to the top of the ramp. He has Zach Gowen in a chokehold, and then throws him to the ground, kicking him like a dog. Show takes advantage and chokeslams Mr. America, pinning him for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, and The Big Show

After the match Vince continues to beat on Gowen. Steph rushes to his aid, begging Vince to stop. A lightbulb goes off in Vince head. Gowen will get a shot at a WWE contract next week. He has to team with Steph though in a handicap match - versus The Big Show!

Dale Plummer is a rookie on the Slam! Wrestling staff. Dale is countering Nick Tylwalk's counter offer to TNN with "Plummer-vision!". Dale has yet to hear back from TNN.