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Smackdown: Eddie pins Brock in tag bout
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


It's only three days till No Way Out and the WWE really hasn't give anyone any incentive to order, unless you are trying to complete your set of WrestleMania XX trading cards. With only four matches on the card heading into tonight's Smackdown from Tacoma, Washington, the WWE better add some interesting matches. I feel sorry for the guy that has to report the buy-rates to Vince on Monday morning.

Match #1 -- Rey Mysterio vs. Tajiri

Rey kicks off the show, and he's brought a friend. Former IBF featherweight champion (man, where's Nate Tylwalk when I need him) and childhood friend of Mysterio, Jorge Paez, joins Rey in his corner and will be with him at No Way Out. Mysterio hits a head scissors on Tajiri, early. Mysterio is distracted when Chavo Guerrero Junior and Senior walk out on stage. Tajiri takes advantage and is able to lock in a camel clutch. Tajiri then tries a sunset flip, but Mysterio rolls trough and hits Tajiri with a drop kick. A spinning heel kick sends Tajiri into the ropes, and Rey nails the 619. Mysterio doesn't miss a beat landing a seated senton of the top rope, and pinning Tajiri for the win. Chavo Guerrero hits the ring and nails Mysterio. Jorge Paez chases Junior from the ring, only to come face to face with his father. Paez shows off some fancy footwork, and then lays out a mesmerized Chavo Sr. with a left hook.

Winner via pin fall: Rey Mysterio

A recap of what happened to Paul Heyman on RAW is shown, read all about it in Nick Tylwalk's Raw report.

Paul Heyman is in his office with Brock Lesnar. Brock can't figure out if Goldberg was trying to send him a message by spearing Heyman. Yes, Brock he was. Way to use that University of Minnesota education.

Match #2 -- Scotty II Hotty w/ Rikishi vs. Danny Basham w/ Doug and Shaniqua

Various holds start off the match. Scotty breaks up the tedium with a suplex. He follows up by ducking a clothesline and hitting a drop kick. Doug jumps up on the apron, distracting the ref. This allows Shaniqua to lay Scotty out with a clothesline after he is tossed from the ring. Back in the rings, Danny locks on a head vice, but Scotty fights out and nails a spinning back suplex. Danny ducks a bulldog, and knocks Scotty down in the corner. Danny gets the pin with a lot of help from the ropes and his tag team partner. Rikishi then takes out Doug and tosses Shaniqua into the ring. Scotty hits her with a bulldog and Rikishi drags her to the corner. The Bashams pull her to safety before Rikishi can squash her.

Winner via pinfall: Danny Basham

Josh Matthews interviews Rey Mysterio. Rey calls Chavo a coward, and that's why his boy Jorge Paez has his back.

In the trainer's room, Chavo Senior is receiving medical attention. Junior goes off, making excuses for why his dad got knocked out. The senior Guerrero doesn't seem real excited when Junior says his dad will kick Paez's butt.

Josh Matthews really gets around, as he is now interviewing Kurt Angle. Angle is pretty confident he can win the triple threat match on Sunday night.

Match #3 -- Hardcore Holly vs. Rhyno

Do my ears deceive me, but do I hear a pop for Hardcore Holly? Both men jaw at each other for a while, until Holly hits a side suplex. Rhyno tries a clothesline, which Holly ducks, and responds with chops to the chest. Rhyno fights back and sets up Holly for a powerbomb, but instead drops Holly over his back onto the turnbuckle. Rhyno then locks in a scissors hold, which Holly manages to turn into a pinning situation. Rhyno nails a spinebuster, and sets up for a gore. Holly counters with a dropkick. Rhyno drops Holly into the corner. After repeated warnings Rhyno shoves the ref and gets himself disqualified. Holly then loses his cool, and the fight spills to the outside. Rhyno is whipped into the stairs and the two continue to brawl. It takes several officials to pull the two apart.

Winner via DQ: Hardcore Holly

Backstage, paramedics rush to the aid of Kurt Angle. All we know is someone laid Angle out with a chair, and he has lost conciousness. He is out cold and the medics roll him onto a stretcher.

Mariachi music interrupts the scene in the back, and we cut to the ring, where a mariachi band has set up to play a gig. Brock Lesnar is behind the hijinks, dancing his way to the ring. He is throwing Eddie Guerrero a celebration, tonight, since he won't be celebrating after No Way Out. Eddie rushes to the ring, and everyone including Brock scrambles. Lesnar calls Eddie an addict, and then Guerrero cuts one of the best promos ever. I can't do it justice here. Eddie agrees that he is an addict. He addicted to the high that he gets from the cheering fans, and winning that title belt will be his way of apologizing to his family for his past mistakes. Brock is left in a stunned silence.

Match #4 -- Shelton Benjamin w/ Charlie Haas vs. Bradshaw w/ Faarooq

For some reason these two tag teams will face each other at Now Way Out. So tonight, we have the requisite singles match. Bradshaw is tossed from the ring, early, and promptly lays Haas out on the floor. Back in the ring, Bradshaw hits the Last Call, but isn't able to pin Benjamin. Haas distracts the ref, allowing Benji to hit a fireman's carry, but Benjamin spills to the outside by a low bridge from Farooq. Bradshaw nails Benjamin with a back suplex, but the standout college wrestler is able to block the Clothesline from Hell, injuring Bradshaw's arm in the process. Benjamin works the injured arm of Bradshaw, but the big Texan fights through the pain. Benjamin is laid out with a big boot. He follows with a clothesline in the corner and then a scoop slam. Benjamin kicks out after a two count, and then nails a stunned Bradshaw with a superkick. Bradshaw kicks out, and then musters up enough energy to hit the Clothesline from Hell. Bradshaw covers for the victory.

Winner via pin fall: Bradshaw

Josh Matthews updates us on Kurt Angle. The Olympic champ is semi-conscious. Thanks Josh. Josh thinks the prime suspects are John Cena, Big Show, and Brock Lesnar. Quick get Gill Grissom and CSI in there!

Jamie Noble is in the ring to address Nidia. He says that if she gives back all the stuff he bought her, including the mink coat, and moves out, he will call off the match at No Way Out. Nidia rides onto the stage with a local tree service, and a large wood chipper. Nidia says if Noble wants her coat, to come and get it. She promptly tosses it into the chipper. And for the match on Sunday, Noble will be blindfolded.

An interview with Playboy cover girls and WWE Divas Torrie Wilson and Sable chews up five minutes. Just remember guys; you bought it for the articles, like the Jim Carrey interview. (It's really in there, too, bet you didn't think I'd notice that.)

Match #5 -- Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero vs. Big Show and Brock Lesnar

The heels are all ready in the ring, when Eddie Guerrero drives out in his low rider. He wisely waits for his partner, but Angle is a no show when his music hits. Then Cena's music hits, and Eddie has a new partner.

Match #5 -- John Cena and Eddie Guerrero vs. Big Show and Brock Lesnar

Show pounds on Cena to start the match, but Cena is able to knock the giant from the ring. Show tags Lesnar in, and Guerrero wants in. Cena tags him in and Eddie goes to work on the champ, until a spinebuster slows him down. Show tags back in and sets up Eddie for a power bomb. Eddie fights out of it and tries a sunset flip. He can't get it over, and is almost squashed by Show. Cena tags in, and is greeted by a head butt from Big Show. Guerrero pulls show out of the ring by his neck over the top rope, and Lesnar is knocked to the floor as we go to break. After the commercial, Big Show has Cena in an abdominal stretch. Cena fights out, only to have show tag in his partner. Lesnar nails a fisherman's suplex, and Guerrero has to break up the pin fall. Show tags back in, and works over Cena again. Show picks up Cena by the throat, but Cena is able to nail a DDT. Both men are down, but Show is able to tag in Lesnar, and Cena cannot get the tag. Cena is able to hit a DDT on the champ, and tags in Eddie. Guerrero ducks a clothesline, and is able to hit two vertical suplexes. He then knocks Show off the apron. Eddie hits a leg scissors and follows with a missile drop kick off the top rope. Big Show saves the match by breaking the pin fall. On the outside, Cena goes after Show, who sets him up for a chokeslam. Cena is saved when Angle runs down with a chair and lays out show. Cena isn't in the clear, though, as Angle lays him out. Kurt jumps on the apron, to get at Lesnar. With the ref distracted, Eddie grabs Cena's chain, and hits Lesnar with a low blow. Guerrero covers, and grabs the win.

Winner via submission: John Cena and Eddie Guerrero


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    Dale Plummer is a rookie on the SLAM! Wrestling staff. Dale is also an addict. He is addicted to watching the New York Rangers, which is why there may be some holes in tonight's report, as they were on TV against the Philadelphia Flyers. Dale is currently seeking treatment for following a crappy hockey team.