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Cena's glory tops Smackdown taping
By KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun


WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!

John Cena won his match last night, but ultimately lost his United States championship belt after inadvertently striking Smackdown GM Kurt Angle with a clothesline.

Cena, who had fans going berserk when he came out in a blue Winnipeg Jets jersey with Tkachuk and No. 7 on the back, defeated Booker T as a result of a disqualification in the main event of yesterday's Smackdown taping before a raucous crowd at the Winnipeg Arena.

Angle, who was at ringside in a wheelchair, struck Cena with his cane during the match and allowed his henchman Luther Reigns to interfere but that didn't prevent him from stripping Cena of his title.

Earlier in the evening, when Cena was addressing the crowd, he was confronted in the ring by Kenzo Suzuki.

Cena was handling Suzuki just fine until Reigns attacked him from behind.

The much-anticipated appearance by The Undertaker never happened.

The stage was set when Paul Heyman went out to the ring and read what was supposed to be a heart-felt apology and offered The Undertaker a peace offering.

"Just let this one slide," Heyman said. "Please, please Undertaker take pity on my wretched soul and I will cross your path no more."

Heyman left the urn in the ring and much to the chagrin of the fans, Undertaker never appeared.

Recently-crowned WWE champion John Bradshaw Layfield was supposed to take on Mexican champ El Gran Luchador, but there was a surprise in store for him.

In the middle of the match, Eddie (Latino Heat) Guerrero, who was hiding under the ring, appeared in a mask and disguise before he pulled a switch with Luchador.

Layfield took a beating from Guerrero but ultimately made his way out of the ring and took the loss by count-out.

A championship actually changed hands in the second match of the night as Billy Kidman and Paul London defeated the Dudley Boyz, D-Von and Bubba Ray, to capture the tag team titles.

The crowd was shocked and so were the Dudleys, who unexpectedly offered congratulations to the new champions back-stage.

In the first match of the evening, an acrobatic Rob Van Dam used an assortment of high-flying manoeuvres to defeat Mark Jindrak, the self-proclaimed reflection of perfection.

Jamie Noble, Chavo Guerrero and Akio prevailed in a six-man tag match over Scotty Too Hotty, Spike Dudley and Rey Mysterio, the WWE cruiserweight champ.

The match ended when Noble nailed Spike Dudley with his finishing move, the trailer hitch.

For the second consecutive night, the evening ended with a booming chant of "Go Jets Go."

The taped show will air tomorrow night on The Score at 6 p.m.