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Smackdown: J-Day revisted
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


It's been four days since Judgment Day, and Smackdown! comes to us from my favorite town, Las Vegas, Nevada. And since I'm a betting man, I'll give you 2 to 1 odds the Pay-Per-View didn't wrap up a single story line or feud, so I'm looking forward to a rematch fest tonight.

Eddie Guerrero kicks things off, heading to the ring in a totally pimped out low-rider. If you didn't see Judgment Day, or read the recap here, Guerrero retained his WWE Title via a DQ. Guerrero is also sporting a nasty cut to the forehead to go along with that title. Despite the injury Latino Heat is feeling good, because he is in Las Vegas, the capital of "lying, cheating, and stealing." In fact Eddie stole a souvenir from Judgment Day, Bradshaw's bloody hat. Eddie proceeds to desecrate the hat, and calls out JBL. Eddie wants him in the ring tonight. JBL answers the call in his limo. JBL answers the challenge with a defiant 'No!' because he beat Eddie at Judgment Day. JBL demands that Eddie give him the championship. Eddie is about to offer JBL a beating, when Kurt Angle's music hits. Angle tells Eddie he can't make matches, and denies his match with JBL. And the Vegas crowd isn't happy. Instead we will see a six-man tag with Guerrero teaming up with Rey Mysterio and RVD against JBL and the Dudley Boyz.

Match #1 - Rico and Charlie Haas w/ Miss Jackie vs. the FBI - Non-Title match

Charlie is apprehensive about posing on the 'ramp' after his partner does, and then decides to go around it. Nunzio's ribs are still wrapped after the beating he took from the Undertaker. Haas reverses a press slam into a roll up and gets a near fall on Stamboli. Rico in and applies a unique arm bar to the Bull. Ninzio tags in and gets spanked by Rico. Rico them rides Nunzio to add insult to injury. Rico is tossed into the ropes, and falls to the outside due to a low bridge by Stamboli. Haas tags in and cleans house. Stamboli trips up Haas from the apron. Miss Jackie grabs Nunzio, who turns only to face Rico. Rico plants a kiss on Nunzio. The stunned goomba is German suplexed by Haas, and pinned.

Winner via pinfall: Rico and Charlie Haas

Still pictures from the cruiserweight match at Judgment Day. Chavo and Chavo Classic are backstage gloating over their win. Chavo Classic says he's better than his son, but then says he was just joking. I guess we'll see tonight when Chavo and Chavo Classic face each other and Spike Dudley in a triple-threat match tonight.

Match #2 - Billy Kidman vs. Akio

All right, a Billy Kidman sighting! The match lasts about six seconds when Mordecai's music hits and the pale rider makes his way to the ring. Kidman and Akio try a pre-emptive strike, but it is to no avail. Akio is taken out, and then Kidman falls victim to a 'Razor's Edge' type move.

In the trainer's room, JBL is getting checked out for tonight's match. JBL tells the doc not to believe a word Eddie Guerrero says when he comes in, since Eddie is a liar.

Match #3 - John Cena vs. Rene Dupree - U.S. Title match

It's our first rematch of the night! The crowd goes nuts for the Doctor of Thug-a-nomics sporting a UNLV throwback. Both men start the match by feeling each other out with grapples. Cena gets a two count with a roll-up early. It's rest holds galore in the beginning of this match. Both men collide in mid-air as both men went for flying shoulder blocks. After the break, we rejoin the action to see Cena getting tossed into the ring post shoulder first. Cena sells the injury, but battles back, until the rally is cut short by a DDT from Dupree. Dupree locks in a side armbar, after Cena misses a punch. Cena is able to struggle to the bottom rope, but Dupree drags him back to the middle of the ring. Cena is able to nail a series of back body drops and then a clothesline. Dupree rolls from the ring, and Cena pursues him up the ramp. Cena tosses Dupree back in the ring, and the Frenchman rolls out the other side. Cena hits another back body drop on the outside. Dupree attack with the French flag is cut off, but Dupree nails Cena with a low blow. Dupree rolls back into the ring, but Cena can't make it, and is counted out.

Winner via count-out: Rene Dupree

After the bell, Cena rolls back in the ring. Dupree hits him with the sit down driver and drapes the French flag over Cena.

We are treated to actual footage of the WWE Championship match at Judgment Day! What did we do to deserve this?

Match #4 - Chavo Jr. vs. Chavo Classic vs. Spike Dudley - Triple Threat Cruiserweight Title match

The Chavos double team Spike early and often. Spike is able to toss Classic from the ring, and takes to Junior one on one. Spike can't fight through the double team effort, again. Spike takes both men down with a cross body off the top rope, and then a dual arm drag/ head scissors. Spike hits the Dudley dog on Junior. Spike then charges at Classic who stumbles and falls on his son. The ref makes the count, and Chavo Classic wins the cruiserweight title.

Winner via pin fall and new cruiserweight champion: Chavo Classic

It's Smackdown's number one announcer, Funaki! He's with Booker T backstage. He asks Book if he's afraid of The Undertaker. He accuses 'Taker of cheating. He wants 'Taker tonight, but he isn't in the arena tonight. Kurt Angle has given Booker T a match tonight with anyone. Booker T tells Funaki he wants him. Funaki rips off Book's catch phrase "Tell me you did not just say that!" and lays out Booker with a shot from the mike.

Match #5 - Funaki vs. Booker T

I think Funaki got more offense in backstage. Booker T squashes Smackdown's Number One Announcer, busting him open and then finishing him off with a scissors kick.

Winner via pin fall: Booker T

The ending of the U.S. title match is recapped. Next week Cena will take on Dupree in a Lumberjack match for the U.S. Title.

JBL attacks Eddie in the trainers room. I don't think he'll be making his match tonight.

A Japanese warrior is headed to Smackdown! His name is Kenzo Suzuki. I wonder if he's related to Ichiro?

Match #6 - Rey Mysterio, RVD, and Eddie Guerrero vs. JBL and the Dudley Boyz

Eddie Guerrero is nowhere to be seen at the start of the match. Kurt Angle comes out and says Eddie is faking the beating he took and the match will start with or without him. Bubba and Rey start things off. The heels dominate the match early. Rey gets the hot tag and nails JBL with a head scissors. All the heels in the ring, and RVD sends them to the outside. RVD then hits a cross body over the top rope. JBL is knocked into the ropes and Rey dials up the 619, and RVD follows with the 5 Star Frog splash. Bubba saves the match by breaking up the pin. During the break RVD is double teamed by the Dudleyz on the outside. Eddie Guerrero makes his way to the ring, ala Willis Reed, and the crowd blows up. After Rey counters the Clothesline from Hell, Eddie almost gets the tag. Eddie finally gets the hot tag and cleans house. Guerrero hits D-von with the triple vertical suplex. The beatings Guerrero took at the PPV and earlier today finally catch up with him. Eddie collapses in the ring. D-von looks concerned, but JBL demands a tag in. He covers Eddie and the ref reluctantly counts three.

Winner via pin fall: JBL and the Dudley Boyz

Eddie Guerrero is unresponsive in the ring as the medical staff checks him. A stretcher is called for as the show fades out.

I would like to thank Chris Sokol for covering Smackdown! last week as I prepared for my move back to Chocolatetown U.S.A., Hershey, PA.


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    Dale Plummer has been covering Smackdown! since 2003. Dale is extremely pleased to see a Canadian team in the Stanley Cup Finals. And Wednesday's Sunshine girl being a Flames fan has nothing to do with it.