July 25, 2003
Smackdown!: Building towards Vengeance
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
It\'s only three days from the first Smackdown! only Pay-per-View, and the card is set, or is it? As always, Michael Cole and Tazz bring us all the action, as Smackdown! visits the Fresno and the home of the Fresno State Bulldogs.
Stephanie McMahon starts the show off, and the people are cheering? Yes, Steph got a decent pop in Fresno. They must have started the beer sales early, tonight. The GM tells us that she is taking back her show tonight. Vince is back taking care of her mother, a victim of a brutal attack from Kane. Read all about it in Nick Tylwalk\'s Monday Night Raw report. (So much for respecting the brand split.) John Cena, making this a weekly gig, interrupts the young McMahon. He\'s sorry to interrupt, but he has rap just for Steph. Let\'s just say Cena\'s rap sounds like a 15-year-old boy with raging hormones authored it. Cena then offers Steph $20 to rip off Sable\'s top in their match. I\'ll pony up $50 if they don\'t fight, and give more time to Guerrero and Benoit match. Cena continues to hit on Steph, going as far to ask Steph if he can \"smack dat ass!\" Steph is flattered and indulges Cena, who does \"smack dat ass!\" Did HHH okay this in the creative meetings? Sable appears on the video screens, and despite my protests, shows a clip from last week\'s catfight. Sable also tells Steph that she\'ll take good care of her father when Steph is at her mother\'s side. Steph has heard enough and calls out Sable, to which Sable replies, \"Come get some!\"
Match #1- Rey Misterio and Billy Kidman vs. Matt Hardy (v1.0) and Shannon Moore
Misterio and Kidman maintain their momentum going into the PPV by securing a win in this match. Which means they don\'t have a prayer of winning on Sunday. I didn\'t see much of this match due to my cable going out. What I did see was Kidman pinning Moore after a Shooting Star press.
Winner via pinfall: Misterio and Kidman
Backstage, Steph finds Sable and the shrieking ensues. Steph overpowers Sable, slamming her into a limo. Steph grabs what little clothes Sable has on and rips off her top. Somewhere, John Cena is smiling. The black-censored bars make their appearance, disappointing teenaged boys all over North America. Sable jumps into the limo and locks the door. Steph is outraged and finds a pipe to smash in the window. Guess who stops her? Daddy dearest. Vince is angry and tells Steph she better stay focused or she will end up like her mother, incapacitated.
Match #2 - Jamie Noble vs. Billy Gunn
Noble comes out to the ring only. He explains that his dear Nidia is at home sick. Yeah, sick of him propositioning Torrie! (I kill me sometimes!) He then makes Torrie another offer; she can name her price. Everyone has a price, everyone. Billy Gunn still doesn\'t find the humour in Noble\'s proposals and beats the hell out of him. Noble does get Gunn on the outside, but instead of taking the offensive, he stalks Torrie instead. Torrie leads him into the ring, where Gunn finishes him off with a power slam.
Winner via pinfall: Billy Gunn
After then match, Noble is still running his mouth. Gunn looks to shut him up permanently, but Torrie spares him. Then she makes him this offer, if he can beat Gunn at Vengeance, she will sleep with him next week on Smackdown! I got nothing to say, mark it down; I got nothin\'.
The APA is still handing out invitations to their bar room brawl. Mine must have gotten lost in the mail. Anyway, A-train wants to know whom he will be beating up. The Easter Bunny is slated to be there, much to A-train\'s delight. Apparently he and the Easter Bunny had a falling out a few years back. Steve Lombardi (aka The Brooklyn Brawler) wants to know where his invitation is. It\'s with mine, I bet! Bradshaw tells him he has to prove himself to get an invitation.
Eddie Guerrero rolls to the ring in a \'64 Impala with the hydraulics pumpin\'. Eddie then gives his phat ride a touch up wax job, there was a little dirt on the chrome, and we can\'t have that. In the ring Guerrero says he is excited to be wrestling his best friend, Chris Benoit, at Vengeance for the US Title. Benoit makes his way down the ramp, giving his friend a big hug in the ring. Benoit wants to know what\'s up with the \"friends\" thing. He hasn\'t heard from Eddie in months, and being friends won\'t stop him from winning the title. Guerrero comes clean, telling Benoit he can\'t stand him. He sick of living in Benoit\'s shadow. Benoit is willing to throw down right then and there, but Eddie tells him we\'re gonna do this on my terms. Benoit turns his back on Guerrero. Latino Heat tries to get in a cheap shot, but Benoit dodges. The fight spills outside of the ring, where Guerrero grabs his spray wax and fires it into Benoit\' eyes. Rhyno runs to the ring a saves his friend from a further beating, but the damage is done. Rhyno challenges Guerrero to a match, right now, if Eddie has the cajones.
Match #3- Eddie Guerrero vs. Rhyno
We join this match in progress thanks to a commercial break. Rhyno uses a drop toehold to slap a crossface on Guerrero. Eddie grabs the ropes to break the hold. Rhyno finds himself in trouble on top of the turnbuckle, and for good reason, too. Guerrero yanks him off the top with a leg scissors, but cannot get the pin. Rhyno regroups and line sup a Gore attempt. Guerrero pulls the ref into the line of fire, Rhyno pulls up, but still hits the ref. With the distraction Guerrero uses a low blow to take out the man beast. Then feigns getting hit in the junk himself to fool the ref. A quick kick to the face of Rhyno lets Eddie pick up the win.
Winner via pinfall: Eddie Guerrero
We see footage of the APA in the Middle East. They have a special invitation for Saddam and his sons. On second thought, I don\'t think his kids will make it.
Match #4- APA vs. FBI
This match was quick, so here wee go. Palumbo misses a super kick and takes out Stamboli. Bradshaw then takes out Stamboli with a clothesline from hell and gets the pin.
Winner via pinfall: APA
Now the fun starts. The Brooklyn Brawler hits the ring with a chair and takes out Simmons and Bradshaw. The Bashams follow and beat on the APA, followed by Sean O\'Haire and A-Train. It\'s a free preview of the Bar Room Brawl, but without the Bar Room!
In the locker room Vince McMahon approaches Zach Gowan. He tells Gowan that after Sunday everyone will have a legitimate reason to feel sorry for him. Zach just replies by calling Vince a sorry excuse for a human being. Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar approach Vince, who just wishes them good luck in tonight\'s match, because they are gonna need it.
Match #5- Brock Lesnar, Kurt Angle, and Zach Gowan vs. Big Show, Charlie Haas, and Shelton Benjiman
Angle and Benjiman start the match off with some old fashioned amateur style wrestling. That doesn\'t last long, though, as Benjiman goes flying after a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Haas saves his partner with a distraction and the Minnesota alum takes advantage. Angle tags in Lesnar. Haas breaks free of a bear hug with repeated head-butts to Lesnar. Gowan gets in on the action, when Lesnar tosses him into \"The Greatest Tag Team ever.\" Gowan then drops the leg on Haas from over the top rope. Things get ugly, then. Show tags in. Gowan tries to mount on offense against the giant, but Show just tosses him aside. A chop block from Lesnar prevents the one-legged wonder from getting chokeslamed. Gowan tags out, but Show hunts him down, tossing him off the ring apron. Vince McMahon heads down the ramp, steel chair in hand. He stomps at the prone Gowan, and does a Sammy Sosa impression on Gowan\'s leg. Angle and Lesnar clear the ring, and check on their teammate. Gowan is carried to the back as we are carried to a commercial. Speaking of commercials, I read about one for a game called Titan 2004. I haven\'t seen it in the stores yet; does anyone know the release date on it?
Back to the show. During the \"break\" Big Show threw Lesnar into the ring post. For the time being Angle carries on the fight alone. Big Show slaps a half-crab on Angle, but this give Lesnar time to recover. The Champ tags in and cleans house, only to walk into a big boot from the Big Show. Lesnar counters a chokeslam with a vertical suplex, while Angle takes out Haas and Benjiman. Angle then slaps an ankle lock on Show, Haas tries to break it up. Lesnar scoops up the Seton Hall product and hits him with an F-5. In the process though, Hass\'s foot catches Angle in the temple, breaking the hold on Show. Lesnar is thrown out of the ring and isolated by the tag champs. This allows Shwo to chokeslam Angle and pin him for the win.
Winner via pin-fall: Big Show, Charlie Haas, and Shelton Benjiman
After the bell Lesnar grabs a chair. He beats the Big Show senseless. Haas tries to stop Lesnar, but gets an F-5 for his efforts. Angle comes too and wants to know what happened. The faces fight over the steel chair, with Angle slapping Lesnar, but the argument is cut short. Big Show chokeslams both of them, leaving his opponents at Vengeance bruised and battered in the ring.
Dale Plummer is a rookie on the SLAM! Wrestling staff. Dale is sick of living in Nick Tylwalk\'s Monday Night Raw reports shadow. And Dale will take care of things on his terms, don\'t be surprised if Nick is unable to submit a report next week.