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Smackdown: Carlito cools off Cena
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


No Mercy has come and gone, but we are still left with its lingering stench. The reclamation project going into Survivor Series start tonight from the Fleet Center in Boston. Didn't the Red Sox play Tuesday? Why are so many people there?

WWE gives us still photos and video to recap the main event at No Mercy. It makes this reporter glad that he didn't slap down thirty bucks to see. When will WWE learn that crashing and exploding cars are not a good thing.

John Cena, the new U.S. Champ, kicks off the show. He heads to the ring, with mike in hand. Cena sports the hometown Sox jersey, and plays to the New England crowd. Cena actually gives some respect to Booker T, but not for long, as Cena reverts to his old ways and makes fun of people. First he sets his sights on Michael Cole. Cena relents, and decides that he wants to relax. He decides to pick someone from the crowd to come to the ring make fun of people. Instead, Carlito Caribbean Cool interrupts. John, do us all a favor and end this joker's career. Carlito takes a shot at the Red Sox, and then tells Cena that he came out to find the guy that considers himself the coolest guy on Smackdown! Carlito calls Cena a punk and that Carlito does what he wants. Cena then says it would be cool if Carlito faces him tonight in his first match ever. Carlito doesn't want to fight now, because he doesn't want to mess up his clothes. Cena doesn't accept Carlito's handshake, and gets DDT'ed on the belt. Carlito then spits on Cena.

Match #1 - Kenzo Suzuki w/ Renee Dupree and Hiroko vs. Rey Mysterio w/ RVD

Suzuki sings 'New York, New York' before the match, along with a few dance steps with the kick line. Sinatra he ain't. Suzuki sidesteps and springboard moonsault from Mysterio, and hits him with a chin kick. Suzuki then tosses Mysterio from the ring. Dupree tosses Mysterio back in the ring, and Kenzo whips Mysterio into the corner. Mysterio counters a corner charge. Mysterio follows with a springboard cross body block. Kenzo is then knocked into the ropes for the 619, but instead hits Dupree who jumped on the apron. Mysterio sets Suzuki up again with a drop toehold, and then hits another 619. Kenzo is able to recover and almost hits his finisher, but Mysterio rolls him up and gets the pin.

Winner via pin fall: Rey Mysterio

Josh Matthews is backstage with JBL. The champ tells him to shut his pie hole, and then paraphrases recent U.S. president, "No new champions!" JBL goes on and on about his win. JBL then goes off about Hardcore Holly. The champ then tries to get a JBL chant going.

Match #2 - John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Hardcore Holly

JBL is sporting a huge bandage on his forehead from his match at No Mercy. JBL jumps from the ring, and runs from Holly, only to jump him as he tries to re-enter the ring. Holly immediately goes after the open wound on JBL's forehead. The champ lands a clubbing blow on Holly and slows him down. Holly gets JBL in the corner and hits a series of chest chops. Holly follows with a boot to the forehead. JBL catches Hardcore in midair and then nails a fall away slam. Holly is tossed from the ring, and JBL bounces Hardcore's head off the announce table. Holly recovers and whips JBL into the steps. JBL is rolled back in the ring, buy Holly can't get the pin. Hardcore then hits a vertical suplex. JBL responds with a thumb to the eye, and then a neck breaker. Orlando Jordan makes his way to the ring, and hangs out on the outside. Holly hits a standing drop kick, but still cannot get the pin. Hardcore follows with a snap suplex, and then a flying elbow off the top rope. Hardcore then ducks a Clothesline from Hell, and hits the Alabama Slam. JBL rolls from the ring and heads the back, as Orlando Jordan contains Hardcore Holly. Holly picks up a win as JBL is counted out.

Winner via count out: Hardcore Holly

Chavo Guerrero returns in two weeks. Be there!

Paul Heyman is approached by Teddy Long. The GM is very upset, but tells Heyman that The Undertaker was not in the hearse when they opened it up. Heyman looks a little worried that no one was in the car. Long tells Heyman that Heidenreich will not be suspended or fired, because 'Taker with take care of his business. Heyman tells Long that his client isn't afraid; in fact he's going to read poetry in the ring tonight.

It's that time again. It's time for the RAW rebound, read all about it here, in Nick Tylwalk's report.

In the locker room, Kurt Angle, Luther Reigns, and Mark Jindrak discuss the match at No Mercy. Angle says he would take on the Big Show tonight, if the doctors would let him. Instead, Angle will be at ringside when Jindrak faces Show, tonight.

Teddy Long greets us after the break to announce JBL versus Hardcore Holly next week for the WWE Title. Oh, it's also a hardcore match.

Match #3 - The Big Show vs. Mark Jindrak

Kurt Angle joins the crew at the announce table. Angle doesn't say a word, and just stares straight ahead. Show wastes no time, slamming Jindrak, and then nailing him with a head butt. Show stands on Jindrak's neck in the corner. Big Show slams Jindrak again, picks him up, and clotheslines him to the mat. Big Show makes a beeline to Angle, but Kurt just sits in his chair. Jindrak is able to drop kick Show off the apron, and then throws him into the steps at ringside. Jindrak tries to get in so more offense, but the Big Show just shoves him away. Jindrak tries a hammerlock, but Show counters. Show then tosses Jindrak out of the ring. Luther Reigns tries to interfere, but Eddie Guerrero stops him. Angle goes after Show with a steel chair, but Show cuts him off with a big boot. Jindrak is then choke slammed and covered for the pin.

Winner via pin fall: The Big Show

Josh Matthews interviews Carlito Caribbean Cool. I got it; this guy is a cheap Rock knock-off. You know, like the Rolexes you can buy on the street in New York. Any Carlito talks about being disrespected.

Match #4 - Billy Kidman vs. Charlie Haas w/ Miss Jackie

Haas locks up with Kidman, and works over Kidman with an arm bar. Haas then hits a fireman's carry and an arm drag. Kidman forces Haas into the ropes, and the hits a snap mare, and drives his knee into Haas's back. Haas catches Kidman coming across the ring, and hits him with a suplex. Haas hits a forearm off the top rope. Haas then charges Kidman in the corner, but gets kicked in the face. Kidman goes up for the shooting star press, but Miss Jackie jumps in and covers her man. Kidman comes down, and Miss Jackie attempts to slap him. Kidman instead hits her with the BK bomb. Haas is drop kicked from the ring, and then the referee is knocked out. Kidman then drags Miss Jackie to the corner, and climbs the rope. He decides not to hit the Shooting Star Press, and walks to the back, as Rico and paramedics come to Miss Jackie's aid.

Winner via DQ: Charlie Haas

Orlando Jordan, running errands for JBL, runs into Booker T. Jordan acts like they are friends, but Booker T wants no part of him. Booker then breaks out "Can you dig that ... Sucka!" on him.

Heidenreich makes his way to the ring, and Cole is ready to head for the hills. Heidenreich has some more poetry to share with us, and somewhere Lord Byron is spinning in his grave. The crowd boos Heidenreich out of the ring, but it doesn't stop him from jumping the barrier and attacking three 'fans' in the crowd.

Match #5 - John Cena vs. Carlito Caribbean Cool - U.S. Title Match

Cena is all business, chasing Carlito from the ring. When the bell rings Cena wastes no time, chasing Carlito to the floor, and laying him out with a clothesline, and then bouncing his head off the steps. Carlito is whipped into the corner and bounces off the turnbuckle. The champ follows up with a delayed vertical suplex. Cena then dominates with a back body drop, but Cena cannot get the pin. Carlito then runs into a side slam, but is able to kick out of the pin. Cena then kicks Carlito out of the ring. Cena grabs Carlito on the outside, and tosses him into the steps. Carlito is able to hang onto the ropes, and then low bridges Cena as he charges. Carlito attacks Cena on the outside, slamming his head off the announce table. Both men make their way back into the ring. Cena fires back with right hands, and the fights spills outside, again. Carlito rakes Cena eyes, but Cena counters a power bomb, and slingshots the rookie into the crowd. We return from the break to find Cena beating on Carlito in the corner. Carlito rolls away from a flying cross body block. The challenger hits a swinging neck breaker, and then mounts Cena, going to work with right fists to the face. Cena is shot off the ropes, and takes an elbow to the jaw. Carlito follows up with a suplex, and pin. Cena kicks out, but Carlito drops on elbow. He then locks in a sleeper on the champ. Cena fights out of the hold, and then counters a DDT attempts with a back body drop. Cena and Carlito trade blows. Cena whips Carlito off the ropes and takes him down with an elbow. Cena follows with a bulldog, and then the five-knuckle shuffle. Cena pumps it up, and sets up Carlito for the F-U. Carlito grabs the ropes, and breaks up the move. The challenger grabs the belt, and brings it into the ring. Cena grabs the belt, and Carlito is knocked into the corner. The ref takes the belt, but Carlito grabs Cena steel chain. Cena takes a shot from the chain and is knocked out. Carlito covers for the win and the title.

Winner via pin fall and new U.S. Champion: Carlito Caribbean Cool

Carlito stands over Cena, taunting him as the show goes off the air.


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