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Smackdown: Cage match prolongs JBL's reign
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


It's amazing how far WWE has fallen, when last week's decent episode of Smackdown! can be called a success. It'll be even more amazing if WWE can build off of it as Michael Cole and Tazz call the action from Providence, Rhode Island. It's even more amazing that the next Pay-Per-View is over a month away.

Booker T kicks off the show by heading to the ring a jabbering about being the 'five-time' WCW champ. He's starting to sound like a Steelers fan. All the championships were in the past, Booker, the long past. Booker then calls for Kurt Angle to give him what's rightfully his, the U.S. Title. Angle doesn't show, but Renee Dupree does. Dupree lays his claim to the title, by saying he has the class and culture to hold the title. Who's next to come out? RVD? No, it's Kenzo Suzuki. When is he going to realize that we don't speak Japanese? Hiriko translates. Kenzo should be champ because he loves America. Booker dares him to say something in English. Suzuki rips off Booker T's catchphrase. It's about time; the Doctor of Thug-a-nomics breaks up the meeting of "We are the World". Cena then figures it out; it's the Wizard of Oz. Cena takes verbal jabs at everyone, including Michael Cole. He tells them this isn't Kansas, its John Cena country. And he's here to see the wonderful wizard of Smackdown to get back his U.S. Title.

Cena heads to the back, looking for Angle. Cena kicks the door in to Angle's office, and pulls the G.M. out of his wheelchair. Luther Raines makes the save, but pays for it as Cena throws Raines through a wall. Security intervenes, and pulls Cena out of Kurt's office. And Luther Raines is out cold.

Match #1 - Rey Mysterio and Spike Dudley vs. Chavo Guerrero and Jamie Noble.

More Cruiserweights! Two words that instantly make Smackdown! better. Is it too soon to put up signs asking the whereabouts of Ultimo Dragon? Anyway, Noble and Spike start off the match, then Chavo tags in quickly and nearly get rolled up. A sidewalk slam spikes Spike, and Mysterio breaks the pin. Noble and Chavo double-team Spike, but are hit with a springboard cross body from Mysterio. Rey then nails Noble with a suicide dive through the ropes. Mysterio is double-teamed, but reverses his fortune with a dual bulldog. Spike gets the hot tag, and plants Chavo and then hits Noble with a leg scissors followed by an atomic drop. Chavo saves his partner, but pays for hit when Mysterio kicks him into the ropes and hits the 6-1-9. Spike hits Noble with a Dudley Dog, but Chavo saves the match by pulling Spike off Noble. Noble recovers to hit the tiger driver, when D-Von Dudley jumps on the apron. A distracted ref doesn't see Bubba Ray move in from behind and low blow Jamie Noble. Spike covers for the win, but isn't happy with his brothers' help.

Winner via pin fall: Rey Mysterio and Spike Dudley

It's a little early for the RAW rebound, read all about it in Nick Tylwalk's report. I have to go now; I'm starting to have flashbacks.

Recap of the Bradshaw/Guerrero feud. Someone wake me when this is over. Not the segment, the feud.

Luther Raines is being attended to in Angle's office. Angle tells a paramedic he heard his knee pop, and then announces that Cena will take on Booker T, Renee Dupree, and Kenzo Suzuki in a handicapped match.

Match #2 - John Cena vs. Booker T, Renee Dupree, and Kenzo Suzuki - Handicap Elimination Match

Cena warily enters the ring. Dupree starts things off by beating Cena down. Cena ducks under an elbow, and hits a shoulder block after coming off the ropes. We come back from commercial to find Cena in control. A woozy Dupree tags in Kenzo Suzuki. A big chop to Cena's chest breaks a side headlock. Suzuki is nearly DQ'ed by choking Cena, and then is disqualified after Suzuki's chokes Cena with Hiroko's scarf. With the bronze warrior gone, Dupree jumps in. Dupree is catapulted into the corner, and then Cena rolls him up for the pin. Booker T takes control with a snap mare, and then drops a knee to the throat of Cena. Cena fights with right hands, but runs right into a spine buster. Booker T measures up Cena, and takes him down with a thrust kick to the chest. Cena and Booker T exchange rights. Booker T is in trouble after a side slam but is able to kick out. Cena connects with the five-knuckle shuffle, but can't get the pin. Cena pumps up his shoes, but is low bridged by Booker. Luther Raines attacks Cena from behind, and tosses him into the ring post. Cena is rolled back into the ring. Booker nails a groggy Cena with an axe kick, and Booker covers for the win.

Winner via pin fall: Booker T

A promo for John Heidenrich airs. Apparently, no one has given this man a chance, until now, and the man giving him the chance ... Paul Heyman.

Josh Matthews asks Eddie Guerrero to address the controversy over El Gran Luchador last week. Eddie says they are good friends, and tonight JBL won't be able to run away from him in the steel cage.

In case you missed there are new tag team champs on Smackdown! Billy Kidman and Paul London beat the Dudleyz.

Match #3 - D-Von Dudley w/ Bubba Ray vs. Paul London w/ Billy Kidman

D-von overpowers London to start off the match. D-von goes for an early pin, but London kicks out. London finally turns the tables, knocking D-von down with a drop kick, and then nailing an enzugiri. London is tossed from the ring, and Bubba goes to work with a belt. D-von slaps on a submission with some help from Bubba, but London is able to roll up D-von, after Bubba is knocked from the apron.

Winner via pin fall: Paul London

Angle is telling Luther that tonight is a night no one will forget. Luther says he wants Cena in the ring, so Angle grants him the match. Next week. That'll keep 'em coming back.

Match #4 - John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Eddie Guerrero - WWE Championship Steel Cage Match

JBL tries to escape early, but with 35 minutes left in the show, I don't think he's going to make it. And now JBL tries to get out, I'm not buying it. Eddie smacks JBL's head off the steel supports. The champ falls to the mat, and Eddie lines up a frog splash. Bradshaw rolls out of the way. Eddie fires up with right hands and kicks. Latino Heat follows with the 'Three Amigos'. Eddie is cut off at the top rope, JBL nails him with a superplex from the top rope, and both men are down as we cut to commercial.

JBL is in control as we return. Guerrero counters an attempted clothesline from Hell with a standing drop kick. Eddie cuts off Bradshaw from climbing out of the cage, and both men hit the mat hard. JBL slaps on a sleeper. Eddie spins around, and is able to toss JBL into the cage. Eddie then tosses the champ into the cage face first. JBL hits the clothesline from Hell coming off the ropes, but Eddie is able to kick out.

Bradshaw is trying to escape as we return. Guerrero is able to catch him a pull him back in. Eddie counters a fall away slam with a DDT. Eddie covers, but JBL just kicks out. Eddie climbs the cage, and JBL catches the one leg of Latino Heat, and is able to pull him back in. Bradshaw sets Eddie up and nails a power bomb. The champ covers, and Eddie gets a shoulder up. Guerrero catches JBL escaping again, and kicks Bradshaw to the mat. Eddie climbs to the top of the cage, but instead of dropping to the floor, he goes for the frog splash. And he hits it from the top of the cage! Guerrero is down and so is JBL. Eddie covers, but only for a two count. Both men rise, and Bradshaw drops Guerrero with a DDT. Bradshaw climbs the cage, slowly. Eddie also starts climbing and the two meet at the top. El Gran Luchador runs to the ring and climbs in the cage. EL Gran Luchadore grabs Eddie's leg, allowing JBL to win. Eddie is then tossed into the ring.

Winner via escape: John Bradshaw Layfield

El Gran Luchadore tries to use the door, but it's locked. He starts to climb, but is caught by Eddie. The Luchador is unmasked as he hits the floor. El Gran Luchador is Kurt Angle. If he was collecting worker's comp, I smell a lawsuit.


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale is looking to recruit roller hockey players to fill in for the injured Nick Tylwalk. Email your stats to Dplummer627@yahoo.com.