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Smackdown!: Angle betrayed
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


The tension between Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar is tight. A 15-foot steel cage hanging above the rings adds to the friction. Will Angle call a fair match inside the cage, when Lesnar takes on Vince McMahon, as Smackdown! comes to us from the Skyreach Place in British Columbia. And once again, Michael Cole and Tazz are at ringside.

Match #1- Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit

The cage will have to wait, and so will the U.S. Title. Eddie has decided not to put the belt on the line tonight versus the rabid wolverine. Both wrestlers take to the mat, showing off some amateur wrestling skills. Benoit lands a big back suplex, and chops Guerrero into the corner. After a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and a powerbomb, Benoit heads to the top rope to deliver a flying heat butt to Latino (c)heat. Rhyno sticks his horn in the match, pushing Benoit off the turnbuckle. Allowing Guerrero to climb the turnbuckle and frogsplash Benoit. Tajiri comes out of nowhere and ambushes Guerrero. Benoit attacks Rhyno on the outside, throwing him into the ring post. All hell is breaking loose, when Sgt. Slaughter grabs a mike and puts an end to it. He books on the fly, making a tag team match. Benoit and Tajiri will team up against Guerrero and Rhyno.

Winner via DQ: Eddie Guerrero

Match #2 -  Chris Benoit and Tajiri vs. Rhyno and Eddie Guerrero

After a commercial break, we join the action all ready in progress. Rhyno is taking it to Benoit. Guerrero tags in and picks up right where his partner left off. Tajiri has to break up the pin attempt. Rhyno tags back in. Tajiri counters a power bomb and hits a handspring elbow. The Japanese Buzzsaw then locks in the tarantula, which he is able to hold for longer then a 5 count. Why, you ask? Benoit distracts the ref, but Guerrero breaks the hold with a baseball slide to the head of Tajiri. Back in the ring, Eddie applies a sharpshooter on Tajiri, much to the disgust of the Canadian crowd. Benoit breaks it up with strong kick. Tajiri canít get a tag, eventually back dropping Guerrero to the outside. Tajiri makes the tag to Benoit, but Rhyno drags him back out of the corner, power bombing him in the middle of the ring. Rhyno taunts Tajiri, only to get a face full of green mist. Guerrero climbs to the top rope, frog splashing Tajiri. Benoit is the legal man, though, and pulls Guerrero off Tajiri, slapping the Crippler Cross Face on him. Guerrero taps to the CCF.

Winners via submission: Chris Benoit and Tajiri

Josh Matthews tracks down Kurt Angle backstage. Matthews wants to know about the rumors swirling about his friendship with Brock Lesnar. Angle counters by asking about the rumors surrounding Matthews and a Justin Timberlake poster. Angle says the fact is Lesnar F-5íed him for now reason, and were a team last week, so it doesnít matter who makes the pin. He says this issue will be settled face to face.

Match #3 -  Zach Gowen vs. Nunzio

Matt Hardy v(1.0) and Shannon Moore join Cole and Tazz at the announce position. Hardy chimes in early, calling call an ìassî. I canít say I disagree. Hardy also defends his actions against Gowen.  Nunzio is only, tonight, as the rest of FBI is sent packing by the ref even before the match starts. Nunzio taunts Zach, but even missing a leg, he can slap on a mean submission hold. Nunzio breaks it up by grabbing the ropes. Nunzio fights back with a huge clothesline, but gets caught in the ropes, after Gowen dodges a kick. With Nunzio tied up, Gowen climbs the turnbuckle and hits a moonsault. After a near fall, he drops the leg (the real one) on Nunzio. At this point, Hardy and Moore attempt to interfere. Gowen fights off Moore, but the distraction is enough for Nunzio. He hits a dropkick to Gowens face, and rolls him up for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Nunzio

After the match, Hardy hits Gowen with a Twist of Fate, and the adds insult to injury by standing on one leg in the ring.

Taker is getting ready for his return match with John Cena, backstage. He passes Vince\'s office on his way to the ring, and something catches his attention. He walks in on Vince and Sable having a tender moment. It doesn\'t last long, as Sable takes off. The Dead Man rips Vince for siccing A-Train on his own daughter. He then tells Vicne he\'s a lucky man. Lucky that ëTakers not in his family, or Vince would have been beaten to a bloody pulp. Vince tells ëTaker to watch out, or he\'ll meet Steph\'s fate, when a very excited Funaki interrupts. Vicne can\'t understand a word, so Funaki leads him to the hall where Brock Lesnar has been laid out. Angle is there, and with out saying a word, Vince implicates him in the attack. Angle just walks away.

Match #4 - John Cena vs. The Undertaker

Cena comes out rapping as usual. He tells ëTaker that he can\'t be stopped, even though he was beat at Vengeance. Taker dominates this match. Cena tries to trade punches, but the Dead man is too strong. Cena does manage to counter an attempt at the ìOld Schoolî ropewalk. Cena can\'t counter the second one, though. Everything is going Undertakers way, until he hits a superplex from the top rope. The Dead Man re-injures his ribs, and he rolls to the outside in visible pain. After the commercial, we come back to find Undertaker taking a beating from Cena. Cena dodge a big boot, and lands a spine buster. Undertaker fights through the pain, but cannot get Cena up for the Last Ride. Cena gets shoved into the ref, who goes down. Undertaker is able to get Cena up for the choke slam, but there is no one to make the count. A-Train runs in, and lays out ëTaker with a bicycle kick. The \"Shave your back\" chants are deafning. He then drags Cena on top of the Dead Man. The ref recovers, to make a two count. Undertaker kicked out, but it wasn\'t enough. Spitting up blood, Undertaker falls victim to the F-U. Cena gets the win.

Winner via pinfall: John Cena

Cole wonders if A-Train is doing Vince\'s dirty work. Thanks, now I can\'t see, due to that BLINDING FLASH OF THE OBVIOUS!

Match #5- Jamie Noble w/ Nidia vs. Doug Basham w/ Danny Basham and Shanequa

This match was just a vehicle for what is going to be a bad story line. Noble picks up the win with a roll up.

Winner via pinfall: Jaime Noble

Now for the reason this match was allowed to happen. After the bell, Danny jumps in the beat down Noble. Doug joins in, but Billy Gunn storms the ring to save his new ìfriendî Jamie Noble. What exactly went on in the bed last week? And I guess this give a whole new meaning to the lyrics of Gunn\'s entrance music.

Kurt Angle tells Josh Matthews he didn\'t attack Brock, but he\'ll deal with that issue later.

Match #6 -  Rey Misterio vs. Charlie Haas w/ Shelton Benjiman

Where\'s Billy Kidman? How can he let his partner go solo, with a title shot next week? I guess we\'ll never know. This was another short match. Misterio is able to hit the 619, but Haas dodges the West Coast Pop. He catches Misterio in mid move, and is able to lock him into the Haas of Pain. Misterio taps.

Winner via submission: Charlie Haas

Match #7 - Brock Lesnar vs. Vince McMahon w/ Special Referee Kurt Angle in a Steel Cage

You know what. We haven\'t had a special referee match in a long time. In Smackdown! Shut your mouth it seems like I\'m a special referee every other week, but I digress. Lesnar says he is fine from the brutal attack backstage, and he shakes out the cobwebs to take on the boss. Lesnar overpowers Vince and gets him up for an F-5. Lesnar stumbles though, and collapse to the mat. Angle and Vince look concerned. Vince then tells Angle to count the 1-2-3 and he pins Lesnar. Angle won\'t do it, and tries to call for medical attention from the back. A frustrated Vince slaps the champ. Angle responds with an ankle lock on Vince. With his back to Lesnar, he doesn\'t see the former champ pop up. Lesnar grabs Angle and lays his out with an F-5. He then picks Angle up, throwing him around the ring and off the cage walls. Vince leaves the ring and retrieves the title belt. He tells Lesnar that the belt should belong to him. Angle is able to get to his feet, but Lesnar nails the Olympic hero with his own title belt. Lesnar finishes off the attack with a press slam into the cage. The show ends with Vince and Lesnar standing over the broken body of Kurt Angle, with arms triumphantly raised.

Dale Plummer is a rookie on the Slam! Wrestling staff. Dale is slowing regaining his sight, but that\'s not a good thing if A-Train insists on not wearing a shirt to the ring.