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Summer Games Relay on Smackdown!
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


After being away from Slam! Wrestling for two weeks because of vacation and computer problems, can Smackdown! entice me to pony up the dough for SummerSlam. We'll see as SD! comes from the Joe Louis Arena in Hockeytown, Detroit Michigan. On a side note, I did catch a house show in my hometown of Hershey, Pa over the weekend, and it's good to see Kurt Angle back in action.

JBL's limo pulls out to the ring, and Bradshaw gets out of the car, with Orlando Jordan. Last week, as Chris Sokol reported, Jordan helped JBL get away from the Undertaker. Jordan is dressed to the nines in a business suit. JBL cuts a promo on the Undertaker, saying that beating up a little person will not intimidate him. Bradshaw then lists the wrestlers 'Taker has beaten over the years, and I think he just called HH great; nothing like sucking up to the boss's son-in-law. Bradshaw goes on the guarantee a win at SummerSlam. The champ hands the mic to Orlando Jordan, his new ìChief-of-Staffî. Jordan says JBL has shown him the way. Bradshaw is so proud of Orlando, that he had new GM Teddy Long book him in a match with the Undertaker.

Match #1 - Spike Dudley vs. Paul London w/ Billy Kidman

The rest of the Dudley clan comes to the ring after the bell rings. London hits a series of arm drags, then bridges a fallaway slam into a pin. Spike kicks out. Spike takes advantage of his brothers' distraction to get a leg up on London. Spike hits an inverted atomic drop, but London follows with a drop kick. On the outside Bubba ambushes Kidman, taking him out with a clothesline. London hits an enzugiri. London goes to the top rope, but misses the 450 when Spike is pulled out of the way by Bubba. Spike hits the Dudley Dog and picks up the win.

Winner via pin fall: Spike Dudley

Kidman is tossed into the ring, and gets a Dudley Dog. After a whipping, London walks right into a 3-D.

Heidenreich is coming. I saw him wrestle in person, I hope he takes his time.

Scotty II Hotty runs into Spike backstage. Scotty says Spike has changed. Spike says he hasn't changed; he's just come home. The he smacks Scotty, and tells him he won't do anything about it.

Teddy Long wants to know why Kurt Angle is in his office. Angle says he wants the money from his stolen items that Eddie Guerrero stole. Angle doesn't seem to care that the money went to charity. Teddy Long tells Kurt that he will get an opportunity; the opportunity to tell the people how he feels. Long then challenges' Angle's manhood and tells him to get to steppin'.

Match #2 - Nunzio w/ Johnny ìThe Bullî Stamboli vs. Chavo Guerrero

And this match builds to Summerslam, how? Oh, my bad, it doesn't. Nunzio rolls up Chavo for the pin, with some help fro, the outside.

Winner via pin fall: Nunzio

Match #3 - Orlando Jordan w/ JBL vs. The Undertaker

I wonder if Bradshaw is going to get involved in this match? 'Taker looks like he means business, and shove Jordan down to the mat with one arm. Side headlock applied by 'Taker, and Jordan whips him across the ring, only to be taken down with a shoulder block. 'Taker dominates Jordan early in the match. Jordan get beaten in the corner, but is able to stop a charge by getting a boot in 'Taker's face. Jordan walks into a chokeslam, and JBL jumps onto the apron. This allows Jordan to roll out of the ring. Taker follows, smashing Jordan's face off the steps. Back in the ring, Taker goes ìOld Schoolî and then nails a modified DDT. JBL distracts the ref again, so Jordan can hit a low blow. Jordan keeps the pressure on with a series of right hands. Taker bounces Jordan off the turnbuckle and the fights spills to the outside. Jordan recovers, and whips the dead man into the steps knee first. Jordan drops the elbow back in the ring. A single punch lays out Jordan, and the a flying clothesline sends Jordan crashing to the mat. Undertaker picks up Jordan and hits him with snake eyes, only to turn around into the Clothesline from Hell from JBL.

Winner via DQ: Undertaker

Jordan and JBL celebrate has the head to back, until the Undertaker sits straight up, and he isn't happy.

Teddy Long is in the ring. He hypes Summerslam, and the match between Angle and Guerrero. Long brings out Kurt Angle. As soon as Angle's music stops, Eddie's hits and Guerrero drives to the ring. Guerrero tells Angle to say whatever he has to say to his face. Angle says he doesn't hide, and his injury was legit. Eddie chews out Angle for screwing him out of the WWE Title. Angle is angry that Eddie stole him memorabilia, and he cheated his way to victory at Wrestlemania XX. And deep down Eddie knows he has to cheat to beat him. Eddie tells Angle that deep down Angle doesn't think he can beat Eddie. After a while Teddy Long has heard enough, and asks both men to shake hands in the spirit of the summer games. Eddie extends his hand, and Angle reluctantly accepts. Both men stare each other down before leaving the ring.

Match #4 - John Cena, Charlie Haas, and RVD vs. Booker T, Luther Reigns, and Renee Dupree ñ Summer Games Relay match.

The rules here are simple. The "Summer Games Relay" is a six-man tag, sort of. The match starts with a member of each team in the ring with a five-minute time period. If a pinfall or submission doesn't happen, then the team that won a coin toss would get "the relay" and then switch to another team member. If there's not a decision by the end of the ìrelayî, the other team sends in the first member, and the rotation continues.

Cena works the mike before the match, telling Charlie Haas he's on the team because of Jackie and her bigÖeyes. RVD starts out against Booker T to kick things off and we have a timer to count down to the next participant. RVD hits a couple of arm drags, and then locks in an arm bar. Booker T hangs RVD on the ropes, and follows with a heel kick. Booker T chops at RVD in the corner. RVD reverses a turnbuckle smash, and kicks Booker in the face. RVD fights out of the corner, and then hits a spinning heel kick. RVD ducks a scissors kick, and lays out Booker with a reverses heel kick. RVD follows with the five-star, but can't get the cover before time expires.

Luther Reigns takes Booker's place, and tries a series of unsuccessful pins. After a lengthy commercial break, RVD has one minute left before Haas takes his place. A heel kicks knocks down Reigns, and RVD follows with rolling thunder. A Spine buster takes down RVD, but time expires and Haas hits the ring. Haas sidesteps a kick, and Reigns hangs himself up on the ropes. Haas focuses on Reigns' knee. Reigns chokes Haas to break the hold, and then takes him down with a suplex. Haas tries to score a pin after a fireman's carry, but Reigns kicks out. A back suplex softens up Haas, but with one minute left on the clock, we go to commercial.

Dupree is in the ring versus Haas, as we return from break. Haas needs to survive two minutes to get Cena in the ring. Haas hits an arm drag from the top rope. Luther distracts the ref, so Booker can hit Haas from behind. Dupree slaps on an STF, but Haas is able to hold on, so Cena can hit the ring. Cena checks on Haas, before taking it to Dupree. Cena catches a Dupree kick, and starts laying into him with punches. Dupree is whipped hard into the corner. A shot to the stomach slows Cena, and a neck breaker takes him to the mat. Dupree slaps on a camel clutch. Dupree breaks the hold, and pick Cena up for a suplex. Dupree applies a rear naked choke. Cena counters with a chin buster. Dupree misses a clothesline, and Cena connects. Dupree is able to hit a spine buster, but misses with a fist drop. Cena hits the five-knuckle shuffle, but can't get the pin. Dupree counters the F-U, not once, but twice. And Booker T re-enters.

Booker T takes into Cena. A reverse heel kick puts Cena down, and Booker follows with a knee drop. Cena fights out of a chokehold, and side steps a kick from Booker. Booker sails over the top rope. RVD nails Booker T and rolls him back into the ring, where Cena rolls him up for the win. The faces then clear the ring, and stand tall as the show ends.

Winner via pin fall: John Cena, Charlie Haas, and RVD

Dale Plummer has been writing for Slam! Wrestling since 2003. Dale needs to attend a Monday Night Raw by the end of the year, so he can hit for the WWE cycle. Dale has attended a PPV (Home run), a Smackdown taping (double), and a house show (single).