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Smackdown: Show heads in a new Angle
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Two things were not delivered as advertised last week. First, I had the hapless Phillies on my local UPN network instead of Smackdown! Second, The Big Show will not be returning to WWE television tonight; he has all ready arrived, and in a big way, no pun intended. Big Show laid out almost the entire Smackdown! roster to end last week's show.

This week's shows kicks off right, from Spokane, Washington, with Torrie Wilson headed to the ring. She announces the fourth match between John Cena and Booker T in the best of five series for the U.S. Title. This is a must win for Cena, as he is down 3 to 1.

Match #1 - John Cena vs. Booker T -- Match 4 in a best of 5 series

Both men lock up in the corner to start the match. Booker tries a quick roll-up but Cena easily kicks out. After kicking out from a Cena pin attempt, Booker T rolls out of the ring, and we go to a commercial break. We return to see Cena counter a kick, whipping Booker T off the ropes and hitting a hip toss. Booker counters Cena's next move by hanging him up on the ropes. Cena powers out of a side headlock, but cannot avoid getting chopped in the corner. A crescent kick to the chin of Cena puts the rapper down, but Cena kicks out of the pin. A forearm shiver sends Booker into the corner, but Booker reverses and gets a near pinfall. The ref stops the count when he sees Booker's feet on the ropes. Cena then hits a flapjack, but cannot follow up the move. Booker T then rolls out of the way of a flying shoulder block, but still cannot pin Cena. Booker rolls out of the ring, and grabs the U.S. Title. Referee Nick Patrick yanks the belt from Booker, and Cena nearly rolls up Booker. Cena taunts Booker, and hits the five-knuckle shuffle, but once again Booker pops his shoulder up. Booker drops out of the F-U, but Cena then punches him into the corner. Booker counters with a title shot to Cena's head. Booker covers, but Cena kicks out at two. Then out of nowhere, Cena hits the F-U and covers for three.

Winner via pin fall: John Cena; Series tied at 2-2

General Manager Teddy Long talks with Big Show. He tells Show he is impressed with his impact. So he'll give him a match at No Mercy. He has to choose one of two contracts to sign; his choices -- Kurt Angle or Eddie Guerrero.

Michael Cole is in the ring to talk to Billy Kidman. The clip of Kidman injuring Chavo is shown, and then footage of Kidman walking out on his partner, Paul London, last week. Kidman address the accusation that he is a quitter. Kidman says he left the match to prevent another injury. Kidman says he is the most misunderstood star on Smackdown! He is afraid of hurting people. Kidman asks the crowd if the want to see the Shooting Star Press. The crowd goes wild, especially when he asks if the want to see someone else get hurt. Paul London hits the ring, and asks Kidman why he won't talk to him. London calls him a quitter. Kidman responds by saying he has nothing to say. London smacks Kidman in the face. Kidman walks out of ring, looking very confused. Kidman stops at the top of the ramp, but then continues to the locker room.

It's time for the Smackdown! throwback. It reminds us that this show used to be awesome. This weeks it's the first ever free on TN tables, ladders, and chairs match. It was Edge and Christian versus Benoit and Jericho Versus The Dudleyz versus The Hardy Boyz. Good times man, good times.

Match #2 -- RVD and Rey Mysterio vs. The Dudleyz

D-Von starts off with a series of rights to RVD. A spin kicks slows D-Von. Mysterio tags in, and hits a springboard moonsault. Bubba tags in, but Rey takes the fight to him. Spike trips up Rey, and the Bubba tosses him to the outside. Bubba then press slams Rey, and follows up with a wheelbarrow suplex. Mysterio counters a second attempt with a bulldog. Mysterio tags in RVD, but so does D-von. After being shot off the ropes, D-von catches air from a back body drop. RVD then hits a thrust kick off the top rope. Bubba then catches RVD on the apron, but is able to wiggle free. Mysterio takes out Bubba on the outside, and RVD is able to hit the Five Star Frog splash on D-von for the win.

Winner via pin fall: RVD and Rey Mysterio

After the match D-Von and Bubba are dressed down by Spike in the ring. Spike takes out D-Von and then verbally rails into Bubba. Bubba then apologizes to his little brother.

Flashback time for those of you that missed Smackdown! last week, including yours truly. Michael Cole apologizes for losing his cool, and scrapping with Paul Heyman last week.

Eddie Guerrero approaches Big Show in the locker room. Eddie tells him to chill, and then tells him he was impressed with his comeback last week. It was impressive, except he did it on Eddie. So Eddie will make it easy for Big Show, sign the contract that says Eddie Guerrero.

The champ is talking with his chief of staff. He tells Orlando Jordan that he will call out The Undertaker, to prove that he isn't scared of him.

JBL makes his way to the ring in his stretch limo. The champ sticks to his word and calls out The Undertaker, and I think he called out John Kerry, too. The bells toll, and the lights go out. JBL backs into a corner of the ring, as The Undertaker strides to the ring. JBL then sends Orlando Jordan to the back. JBL's first shot is blocked and Undertaker lays into the champ. A big boot knocks JBL for a loop, but he ducks a choke slam. Orlando then hits the ring with ... Gangrel and then Viscera!?! What in the??? I don't understand, why are these clowns back? Undertaker recovers to clean house and hits Jordan with a choke slam. JBL blindsides 'Taker with a clothesline from hell, and then Viscera finishes him off with a couple of splashes. So, let me get this straight. WWE releases Jamie Noble, only to re-sign these two jokers. My head hurts, and I will try to muster the strength to keep watching. Why Viscera, and not Faarooq?

Match #3 -- Kenzo Suzuki and Renee Dupree w/ Hiroko vs. The FBI

This is a non-title match, and we know what that means. The champs are going to lose, but they are heels, so maybe not. The Bull works over Dupree, and Nunzio tags in, but is then low bridged through the ropes. The match is interrupted when Heidenreich assaults Cole and carries him out of the arena. Tazz goes after him, so now we have no announcers. The Bull, to set up a tag team mover, slams Dupree, but Nunzio is pushed off the apron. Dupree then hits a sit down powerbomb to pin The Bull. I guess my theory was wrong.

Winner via pin fall: Kenzo Suzuki and Renee Dupree

We return from commercial break with Cole and Tazz still AWOL. It's a little strange watch replays with no commentary.

It's the Raw Rebound. You can read Nick Tylwalk's report here.

Heidenreich has Cole in the back somewhere pinned against a wall. I have too much class to make a prison joke here.

Elsewhere, Luther Reigns tries to talk Big Show out of facing Kurt Angle. He tells Show that they understand him.

Heidenreich tells Cole he is going to share something with him; it's a poem. Uh, this is really, really creepy. Cole looks like he's going to cry, and I don't blame him. So, Heidenreich is a poet? [Editor's Note: Perhaps they are building for a feud with a returning Mark Henry over who is the better poet.]

Match #4 - Charlie Haas w/ Miss Jackie vs. Spike Dudley w/ D-Von and Bubba Ray

Tazz returns to the announce position, very flustered. Spike goes for a single leg take down, but with no success. A shoulder block sends Spike to the mat, and then Haas follows with a hip toss. Outside the ring, Bubba and D-Von sandwich Jackie, and then Haas is tossed shoulder first into the ring post. Spike goes to work on Haas's shoulder. Spike is DQ'ed when his brothers hit the ring. Rico, who has recovered from his injury, saves Haas from a brutal beat down.

Winner via DQ: Charlie Haas

Another promo for Carlito Caribbean Cool. I hope Hurricane Jeanne wipes him out.

Teddy Long heads to the ring for the contract signing. Long asks the crowd what the want. The crowd wants to see Show face Angle, but it doesn't matter what the crowd wants; the only thing that matters is what Big Show wants. Show comes to the ring, followed by Angle and Reigns. Eddie Guerrero then rolls up in his low rider. Big Show looks over the contracts with a furrowed brow, trying to decide whom he should face at No Mercy. Teddy Long lets Angle and Guerrero make a final statement. Angle tells Show that he doesn't want revenge, and in fact facing Angle would be bad for business. Eddie Guerrero deserves to face you. Angle says the people need you to destroy Guerrero. Guerrero tells Show that the people don't speak for, but he speaks for himself. Eddie tells him if he wants a fight he'll get one, but he'll remember it for the rest of his life. Long has to step in front of Eddie and calm him down. After a few moments of contemplation, Big Show signs the contract to face Guerrero. Angle and Reigns then blindside Guerrero, and thank Show for signing that contract. Show then rips up the Guerrero contract, and signs the one to face Angle, instead. Reigns and Angle then punk out Show, but Guerrero rejoins Show in the ring, and chase the two heels to the ramp. Teddy Long ends the show by booking a tag team match. Big Show and Eddie Guerrero will face Reigns and Angle next week.

Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale is trying to get in contact with JBL so he can rent the stretch limo with bullhorns for Raw reporter Nick Tylwalk's wedding next weekend.