June 25, 2004
Smackdown: Building up for the Bash
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
After a near death experience on Monday night from RAW, the question on my mind is not only will Smackdown! keep me trying to smother myself, but will it build enough interest in the Great American Bash for people to drop even more money on another WWE Pay-Per-View.
Tonight's show from Orlando, Florida kicks off with a recap of the Undertaker's actions last week. We then cut to the back where John Cena is telling Charlie Haas and Miss Jackie that he has everything under control. Haas tells him what he is about to do is suicide. Cena walks to ring, and grabs a mike. He tells everyone that he respects the Undertaker legacy, but he won't back down from anyone. Cena wants an explanation for last week, but instead he gets Kurt Angle and Luther Raines. Angle says he has something to be happy about this week. Angle came up with a rap just for Cena. Angle spells out that Cena will face the Undertaker one on one, tonight.
JBL visits Kurt Angle in his office to congratulate Angle on how he is running the show. JBL also tells Angle that making Eddie Guerrero wrestle tonight would be a great idea. JBL gets the bright idea to have Luther wrestle Guerrero. Raines likes the idea, so Angle makes it official.
Match #1 - 10 Man Over the Top cruiserweight Battle Royal - Number One contenders match
Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio joins the boys at the announce table. Spike Dudley is the first tossed by Nunzio, but Paul London tosses Nunzio out right after Spike. Nunzio jumps back in and goes after London. Nunzio is eventually tossed. Paul London tries to skin the cat, but Nunzio grabs him and pulls him off the apron. Funaki successfully skins the cat to stay alive. Shannon Moore and Akio are eliminated when Moore tosses Akio with a head scissors off the apron. Billy Kidman dropkicks Scotty II Hotty out of the ring. Funaki tossed over the top. Chavo Junior and Jamie Noble team up Kidman. Kidman fights off both men at the ropes. Kidman is tossed onto the apron, and grabs the rope to stay alive and roll back into the ring. Kidman is hung in the tree of woe, as Noble works him over. Noble almost tosses Chavo. Chavo eliminates Noble, after being knocked of the second rope in the corner. Your winner Chavo Junior then tosses Kidman.
Winner: Chavo Guerrero Junior
Paul Heyman is on the phone with a contractor for his glass crypt for Paul Bearer. The Dudleys want to talk to him, and look impatient. D-von want to know what Heyman has planned for Sunday. He tells them to trust him. Their discussion in interrupted as Mordecai beats Hardcore Holly into the hallway. The fight spills into the arena, before security can separate the two. It finally takes Luther Raines and Kurt Angle to stop the madness. Angle then stops Heyman and asks him if they are clear on tonight. Heyman tells him Undertaker will take out John Cena.
Match #2 - Kenzo Suzuki vs. Billy Gunn
Billy Gunn, wrestling in his hometown, can't lose, can he? Suzuki's geisha girl, Hiroko, disrobes Kenzo before the match starts. A couple of serious chops slow down Gunn, but he fights back with forearms in the corner. Suzuki then drives his knee into Gunn's throat. Gunn is able to power out of a modified headlock. Both men collide in the middle of the ring and go down. Gunn hits the famouser on Kenzo. Hiroko saves her man by tossing salt into Gunn's eyes. Suzuki is DQ'ed, but Kenzo still hits his leg sweep finisher on Gunn.
Winner via DQ : Billy Gunn
Sable struts through the backstage, and meets up with Torrie. Sable asks why Torrie was the only one promoting the G-A-B. Sable then threatens her, and then tells her that outfit makes her look fat. Torrie tells Sable she looks easy, and then Sable goes after Torrie. The girls are separate before any clothes can come off. Booooooo!
The Guerrero-Bradshaw feud is re-capped. I'm going to get a drink.
Match #3 - Eddie Guerrero vs. Luther Raines
Guerrero arrives in style, again, for his match. Raines wheels Angle down to ringside for the match. Guerrero backs Raines into the corner; Raines fights out and picks Eddie up over his head, and drops him. Guerrero knocks over Raines with a shoulder block. Angle grabs Guerrero leg to pull him down. Raines nails a butterfly suplex, and follows it up with a bear hug. Guerrero breaks to hold and hits two of the Three Amigos. Guerrero then goes up and over on Raines, and pushes him into the ref. Raines lays out Guerrero. Angle rolls into the ring and tries to make a quick count. Eddie kicks out. Raines grabs the title belt, but is met with a low blow from the champ. Eddie lines up Angle, but turns and lays out Raines. Eddie, sensing the ref is coming to, tosses the belt to Angle, who is tossed from the ring. Eddie climbs the top rope and nails the frogsplash. JBL breaks the pin, and attacks Eddie with the bullrope. Eddie is hung up by the neck over the ropes, but is able to fight out. He proceeds to take out JBL with the cowbell, before the challenger can flee the ring.
Winner via DQ: Eddie Guerrero
John Bradshaw Layfield heads to the ring. JBL says CNBC fired him because they found out he was a wrestler. Um, no, you got fired because you did something illegal and insensitive in Germany. JBL also says that the media is what is wrong with America, that Americans are what's wrong with America. Apparently, we are all jealous of him. JBL says despite what we do to him, he will be successful. Bradshaw's heel promo is pretty confusing, and not getting much heat. Will someone cue the house orchestra and play this guy off the stage. Eddie Guerrero has heard enough and hits the ring. JBL hightails out of the ring.
Match #4 - RVD vs. Renee Dupree
Booker T joins Michael Cole and Tazz at ringside. Dupree is laid out with a kick from RVD. Dupree is then tossed from the ring, and then knock off the apron with a baseball slide from RVD. Dupree kicks out of a roll-up attempt. A spin kick knocks down Dupree, again, and RVD follows with Rolling Thunder. A chop block takes down RVD. Dupree uses the time to expose the corner turnbuckle. RVD misses out on a pinfall as the ref tries to repair the turnbuckle. Dupree hits snakeyes on RVD, and Dupree covers him for the pin.
Winner via pin fall: Renee Dupree
After the match, Dupree taunts Booker T at the announce table.
The Undertaker is walking silently backstage, alone.
Match #5 - John Cena vs. The Undertaker
Undertaker takes to Cena with a series of knees and the a right hand to the face. Cena is whipped into the corner, but gets an elbow up to stop the Undertaker in his tracks. Cena yells at Taker that he isn't scared. Cena's haymakers are stopped with a thrust to the throat. Cena rolls away from an elbow drop, but is then tossed to the mat outside the ring. A vertical suplex brings Cena back into the ring. Undertaker goes old school, but can only get a two count. Undertaker palms Cena's face, but Cena fights back with punches. Undertaker hits a flying elbow, and signals the end with a throat slash. Cena fights out of tombstone attempt. He then low bridges Taker, and then knocks him off the apron into the security barrier. After the break, Cena is tossed to the outside, again, and Undertaker goes out to retrieve him. Undertaker slaps on a submission. Undertaker punches Cena in the back of the neck to break the hold. Cena fights back with right hands, but is taken out with an elbow coming off the ropes. After two count, Taker rubs his forearm in Cena's face. Cena goes down, again, after a right left combo. Cena is set up on the top rope, and is nailed with a superplex off the top rope. Cena some how kicks out. Taker slaps on a rear choke. Cena gets back to his feet, and fights out with fists to the ribs, but Taker takes him down with a clubbing blow. Cena then hits a spinebuster out of desperation. Both men get up on an eight count. Cena hits a clothesline from the top rope, and then follows up with the throwback. Cena hits the five knuckle shuffle, but Taker gets the shoulder up. Undertaker counters the F-U, and then hits a big boot as Cena bounces off the rope. Cena kicks out after two. Undertaker sets Cena up for the Last Ride. Cena counters, and ducks a clothesline that takes out the ref. Cena walks into chokeslam, but counters it into an F-U. The ref is still out, and Cena can't get a count. Undertaker gets up, and Cena walks into a chokeslam. Taker covers, but the ref is still out. Undertaker grabs Cena's chain, and nails Cena in the head with it. As the ref comes to, Undertaker picks up Cena and hits the tombstone. Taker covers for the win.
Winner via pin fall: The Undertaker
After the match, Paul Heyman walks down to ring
with the urn. The Undertaker drops to one knee as the
show goes off the air.
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Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM!
Wrestling since 2003. Dale will be celebrating his
26th birthday in Atlantic City on Sunday, instead of
watching the Great American Bash. You can e-mail Dale
at Dplummer627@yahoo.com to send him birthday wishes.