SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
   Fri, April 2, 2004



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

SHIMMER taping


The Ultimate Warrior


Raw in New Orleans


WrestleMania XXX Main Events


WrestleMania XXX Opening Half


WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony
WWE Hall of Fame Red Carpet


Make-A-Wish party







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT




RECENT PHOTO GALLERIES: SHIMMER taping
Ultimate Warrior | Raw in New Orleans | ROH Supercard of Honor VIII
WRESTLEMANIA XXX: Section | Photos

THE SCOOP: Visit our News & Rumours page.


Smackdown: Bradshaw does Dallas
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling

I know it's April Fool's Day, but I didn't expect my local UPN affiliate to play a prank on me. Instead of Smackdown! at 8 o'clock, I got Philadelphia Flyers hockey. I hate the Flyers. Well, at least I got to see Survivor and CSI live, tonight. In two hours we'll see if WWE has any tricks in store for us.

New General Manager Kurt Angle kicks things off from Columbus, Ohio with an announcement. He's looking for someone special that can help him build and bigger and better Smackdown! He's looking for a great American. Angle proceeds to unveil a huge trophy that he calls 'The Great American Reward'. Unfortunately Eddie Guerrero doesn't qualify. Now before things get ugly, let me explain. The winner of this trophy will receive a shot at the number one contender's spot for Eddie's title. The nominees will be decided in a series of matches, tonight. The first one starting now!

Match #1 - Big Show vs. Rikishi - 'The Great American Reward' nomination match

In my notes I write, "Big Show wins, since Rikishi is carrying the tag team strap," even before the match begins. Rikishi blocks a punch from Show to start the match, and proving my theory wrong, for now. Show retaliates with fist of his own, and kicks the big man when he's down. Rikishi recovers and knocks the giant down with two super kicks. With Show seated in the corner, Rikishi backs it up into the face of the giant. Big Show pushes him away, and Rikishi runs right into a choke slam. Show covers and scores the pin. I love it when I'm right. Big Show is the first nominee for 'The Great American Reward'.

Winner via pinfall: Big Show

A stretch limo with steer horns on the front pulls into the garage. Hold on, my phone is ringing. It's the '80s; they want Dallas back. Bradshaw steps out of the car and berates his driver before heading to work.

Footage from the premiere of Walking Tall is shown. Personally, I'm going to see Hellboy tonight.

Match #2 - Rey Mysterio and Spike Dudley vs. Chavo Guerrero Senior and Junior

Hey, Chavo has new music. Rey Mysterio starts off with an arm drag, and then drops Junior into the middle turnbuckle face first. Mysterio tags in Spike. Guerrero Senior jumps in to help, but gets drop kicked by Spike. Both Guerreros are down in opposite corners, and each receive a Bronco Buster at the same time. Rey Mysterio climbs the turnbuckle, only to get knocked off, and then hung in the tree of woe by Senior. Junior takes advantage, but not for long. Mysterio rolls through a sunset flip and hits Junior with a low drop kick to the face. Chavo is then flipped into the corner. Mysterio tags in Spike on the turnbuckle, and Spike lands feet first on Junior's chest from the top. Senior breaks a pinfall, after an Inverted Atomic Drop on Junior from Spike. Chavo Senior gets knocked into the ropes, but Junior breaks up the 619, clothes lining Mysterio to the outside. Spike hits the Dudley Dog on Junior, by using his dad for leverage. Spike covers and scores the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Rey Mysterio and Spike Dudley

After the match, Bradshaw hits the ring. He decimates the faces as they celebrate their win. Way to beat up on cruiserweights!

Match #3 - RVD vs. Charlie Haas - 'The Great American Reward' nomination match

Hey, this match looks awfully familiar. It should, it happened last week, and RVD won. Haas tries to use amateur wrestling tactics to start, but RVD won't have it. Haas ducks an enzugiri, but RVD is able to pull off a corkscrew head scissors by spinning on his head. A frustrated Haas grabs a chair on the outside, but is scolded by the ref, and leaves it on the floor. RVD hits monkey flip, but Haas fights back, slamming RVD into the ring post. Haas then goes to work on the knee of RVD. Haas follows up with a single leg Boston crab. RVD grabs the ropes to break the hold, and takes Haas down with a leg sweep. RVD nails Rolling Thunder. Haas kicks out after a two count. He dodges a corner charge, but is taken down with another leg sweep from RVD. Haas Haas dodges the 5-Star frog splash. Haas in the back dropped to the outside. RVD leaps over the top rope, only to have Haas block his move with a chair. Both men are down outside the ring, and are counted out. Kurt Angle hits the stage, telling is on Smackdown! there are winners and losers. Angle refers back to his amateur background and based on points, Charlie Haas wins the match and the nomination.

Winner via GM decision: Charlie Haas

We see Bradshaw making an impact on last week's show.

Booker T is talking with Angle in his office. Booker whines and cries about getting no respect, so Angle does him a favor. Booking him in a match with Hardcore Holly for the Greatest America nomination.

Match #4 - Booker T vs. Hardcore Holly - 'The Great American Reward' nomination match

Holly takes to Booker right away. A reverse kick puts Holly down, but not for long as he responds with a back suplex. Holly goes to work with an armbar, and then reverses an Irish Whip into a hip toss. Booker recovers and counters with a sidewalk slam. Booker then drops a knee to Holly's head. Booker proceeds to choke Holly in the corner with his foot. Holly fights back with knife-edge chops. After another arm bar, Booker T is dropped onto the ropes. Booker responds with a super kick, but instead of breaking out the spin-a-ronni, he goes for the pin. Holly kicks out, and Booker slaps on a sleeper. Holly reverses with a back suplex, and the ducks a clothesline. A scoop slam puts Booker down for two. Holly then runs into the Bookend, but once again kicks out of the pin. Booker fights out of suplex, and the rolls up Holly with a schoolboy. Booker grabs the tights of Holy to insure the win.

Winner via pin fall: Booker T

Match #5 - The Dudley Boyz vs. Akio and Sakoda

I guess this is what passes as a squash these days. The Dudleys take care of the Japanese mafia with a 3-d on Akio.

Winner via pinfall: The Dudley Boyz

D-von and Bubba check up on Spike, who is nursing his injuries in the locker room. Teddy Long stops by to offer his services and leaves his card.

A Monday Night Raw recap is shown. Um ... Brand split, anyone?

Eddie Guerrero pulls up next to Bradshaw's limo. He chats with the driver and then walks away.

Match #6 - John Cena vs. Nunzio and Johnny 'The Bull' Stamboli - Handicap 'The Great American Reward' nomination match

Rene Dupree and his dog join Cole and Tazz at the announce postion. Cena raps and gets his verbal jabs in at the other nominees. Nunzio is pretty much a non-factor in this match, as Cena is able to handle the Bull. After hitting the throwback, Cena drops the five-knuckle shuffle. This is all he needs to set up Stamboli for the F-U. Cena immediately gets in Dupree's face after the match.

Winner via pinfall: John Cena

Backstage, Angle tells a production assistant to get Eddie Guerrero to the ring. Angle has a major announcement for him.

Angle tells the crowd he is impressed with the Smackdown! roster, and he is glad that he traded HHH. The winner of the 'Great American Award' will be announced next week, and we will choose the winner. You can vote on WWE.com. If Cena doesn't win, it has to be rigged. Eddie pulls out to the ring in his low rider. He snatches the mic from Angle, and tells him to do something if he's got a problem. Angle says he won't fight, but he has someone that he would like Eddie to meet. Bradshaw's limo pulls out, and Bradshaw emerges from the sunroof. Bradshaw promotes himself. Hold my phone is ringing again, it's Patrick Duffy, and he wants J.R. Ewing back. Bradshaw says last week was business; it wasn't personal. Eddie tells him now it is personal, and goes after Bradshaw in the limo. The Texan retreats, but Eddie steals his hat. The champ has ringside fans fill the hat with beer, water, soda, and whatever else they have, as Bradshaw goes ballistic. Bradshaw is livid, and tells Eddie he will pay.


Visit the SLAM! Wrestling store!


  • Pre-order the new autobiography:
    Ric Flair: To Be the Man

    Dale Plummer is still a rookie on the SLAM! Wrestling staff. Dale will be rooting extra hard against the Flyers this year for causing him to stay up late to write this report.