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Smackdown: 'Taker given an ultimatum
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


It's old news that SummerSlam will be held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, but it's also the home to tonight's Smackdown! broadcast. The show starts off on a somber note with a tribute to Jim Dudley, best known as the manager of Bobo Brazil. Dudley worked for Vince McMahon's father and grandfather.

Booker T kicks things off by addressing the Canadian crowd. Booker says he doesn't have to justify himself to the Undertaker or the crowd. He says he had nothing to do with the kidnapping of Paul Bearer, and thinks the Undertaker was behind it so he could weasel out of their match, tonight. John Cena interrupts, telling Booker he has a beef with him. Cena wants to know why Booker almost cost him the U.S. title last week. Booker says it's because Cena is ripping off his gimmick. Cena then mocks Booker with an impersonation. General Manager Kurt Angle wheels himself to the ring to stop both men from going at it. Angle scolds Cena, who is then jumped by Booker T. The fight spills to the floor, where Cena is knocked into Angle. The injured GM is tossed from his wheelchair. Angle grabs a mike and tells Cena he is going to the board of directors to have the U.S. title stripped from him. He also sends Cena home for the night.

Match #1 - Eddie Guerrero vs. Danny Basham w/ Doug

What happened to these guys? I'm not getting the velvet tights. What happened to the black leather and Shaniqua? Anyway, Eddie gets Doug banned from ringside, when he tosses Doug a chair, and alerts the ref. The ref falls for Eddie's misdirection and sends Doug packing. In the ring, Danny stops Eddie from nailing the hat trick with the vertical suplexes and knocks Eddie into the ref. Danny grabs the title belt and heads back into the ring. Eddie cuts him off with a lowblow, and nails Danny with the belt. Eddie then collapses to the mat. The ref comes to and starts to count both men out. Eddie springs to his feet at the eight count and climbs the turnbuckle. A frog splash seals the win for the WWE Champ.

Winner via pinfall: Eddie Guerrero

Now it's time for the religious segment as Mordecai makes his way to the ring. He demands a moment of silence for prayer. Mordecai calls us all sinners and that he will make us pay. I'm scared.

Backstage, Miss Jackie is trying on another bikini for tonight's bikini contest. Charlie Haas and Rico looked pleased.

Match #2 Chavo Classic vs. Funaki Cruiserweight Title Match

Funaki knocks down Chavo with a shoulder block and looks to be in control. Until he climbs the turnbuckle. Chavo Junior pushed Funaki off, allowing his dad to get the pin and retain his belt.

Winner via pinfall and still cruiserweight champion: Chavo Classic

After the match several ladies storm the ring to celebrate with Chavo Classic.

Jamie Noble is the emcee for tonight's bikini contest. Sable, Torrie, Dawn Marie, and Miss Jackie all gather in the ring. I can't do this justice in print; you just had to see it yourself. Miss Jackie wins, and Noble ends up all wet.

Another vignette for Kenzo Suzuki. He will be making his debut next week.

Match #3 Renee Dupree vs. Rey Mysterio

Renee Dupree pulls up a little lame after dropping an elbow on Rey. Mysterio hits a head scissors, and then knocks Dupree into the ropes with a drop toehold. Dupree dodges the 619, and sets Mysterio up for a powerbomb. Rey reverses it into a sunset flip and steals a win.

Winner via pin fall: Rey Mysterio

John Bradshaw Layfield heads to the ring to tell us all the stipulation for his championship match at The Great American Bash. It's going to be a Texas Bull rope match. Yea, it's bull, all right; this whole feud is bull rope in my book.

Match #4 Booker T vs. The Undertaker

Booker T jumps Taker before the bell, but he doesn't hold the advantage for long. Booker T is slammed after an armbar. Taker takes him for the old school rope walk, but Booker counters by hitting the ropes. The Undertaker spills to the outside as we go to commercial. After the break, Booker T hits a missile drop kick, and then a reverse heel kick. Undertaker fights back with a clothesline and sets Booker up for the Last Ride. Booker goes up and over, but then walks into a chokeslam. Before Undertaker can finish off Booker T, Paul Heyman appears on stage. He tells Undertaker that he should be more concerned with Paul Bearer then Booker T. Heyman climbs into the ring, and Undertaker grabs him. The Dudley Boys appear on the TitanTron and tell Undertaker to listen to Heyman. They have Paul Bearer in the room behind them, and they don't want anything to happen to him. Heyman then tells Undertaker to join him and the Dudleys, or he will never see Paul Bearer again. He gives the Undertaker one week to decide as the show goes off the air.


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